Friday, November 29, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112913

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Black Friday. It's the craziest and most hectic shopping day of the year. Or at least it used to be before businesses decided to break tradition and start opening up on Thanksgiving. If you've been up since the crack of dawn waiting in line for an early opening to get the best deals of the year then you're going to need to unwind with a craft beer later today. Hope that loss of sleep was worth it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, November 29th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Dad and Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Stop in today on Black Friday. They are open from 11am to 6pm. Bring in all your gifts as they are offering FREE gift wrapping today courtesy of the Dude, his mom and sister. It's there way of thanking everyone for their patronage this year. Also today at 6pm they are shooting a video at the brewery. Stop in and raise your glass with them on camera. Upcoming holiday closures: December 2nd (Employee Party), Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Today for Black Friday, the brewery is tapping their Peppermint Stout starting at 3:00pm. If leftovers aren't your thing, then stop in for some food from GottaRubIt serving up BBQ.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - Stop in after Black Friday shopping and try one of two new beers on tap today. Try Adam's Disgruntled Pumpkin Ale and/or the Rye Ask Rye IPA. Both will help soothe your tired body after a hard day of fighting for bargains.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Black Friday Special at Prost - Purchase any retail item at the brewery today and receive a fresh Colorado crafted German bier on the house.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - There's a Growler Gift Pack on sale today. This pack includes: a stainless steel growler, your choice of a t-shirt (from available stock), and a koozie for $50. Available today only. Or get a glass growler, growler fill, t-shirt (from stock) and a koozie for $30.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Today is the day! Their 1st Anniversary Party kicks off at noon today with Rickstar beer club memberships going on sale at the same time there at the tasting room. Bring in your Thanksgiving leftovers for their potluck and participate in the leftover sandwich contest at 2pm. Create your best leftover sandwich. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Special beer tappings of Woody Lube, Crazy Aldo's Chili Beer, Old Rickoli, and Disturbed Reflection through the randall as well as their 16 regular taps should keep your whistle wet.

Colorado Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock - online) - Want to learn how to brew? Colorado Homebrew Supply is offering Starter Equipment Kit's online. Right now, you can get either a 5 gallon stainless steel brew pot OR your first ingredients kit for just $10. A complete starter package can be put together for under $165. For those who can't get to Castle Rock Homebrew Supply, going online to Colorado Homebrew Supply is the next best thing. Visit them on the web at:

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - For Black Firkin Friday they are tapping a Mid Mountain Mild with clove, ginger, cinnamon and molasses. Get great deals on Epic gear today. Open 12pm to 11pm.

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Today they will light up the Beer Garden for the holiday season. Their amazing light display will have thousands of lights that dance to the music. The choreographed show will run at 6pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm so come by and cozy up by their new stone fire pits while enjoying S'mores and a Hot Smuggler! (or a complimentary Hot Cocoa for the little ones)

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Thirsty? Maybe you'd like to stop by for a beer or two and preview their new place before the Grand Opening. Their doors will open today from 1pm-9pm. If you find yourself in the neighborhood after your Black Friday activities come into the Tasting Lab and check them out! Westminster Brewing Company is located at: 7655 W. 108th Avenue, Unit 600 in Westminster, CO.

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - It's Black Gold Friday at Hogshead. Come in and get pints of Gilpin Black Gold London Porter for $3 or up the ante with a $7 Black Top - a pint of Porter and a 4oz sidecar of Window Licker Barley Wine!

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - It's a Stout Friday Sale today through Monday at - get 20% off everything at their online store by using code: "STOUTFRIDAY". Also, get Free Shipping when you order $50 or more worth of goods. Shopping for the holidays just got easier.

Boulder County

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - It's Firkin Friday at the Lee Hill location. They've lined up firkin tappings every Friday at 2 pm at their Lee Hill brewery to celebrate the weekend. If you've still got room after stuffing your face, join in this week on Friday, November 29, as they serve up their Persimmon Altbier - a German style ale with a nice malt character kicked up with some added persimmons. Firk yeah!

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Did you do any of your Black Friday shopping on Pearl Street in Boulder this year? If so, on Saturday November 30th bring in any receipt from 11/29 from a Pearl Street retailer and be entered to win a free growler. All day Lion Heart Stout and Black Immaculate will be on Happy Hour pricing. Don't forget - they have daily happy hour from 3pm to 6pm where you'll get $2 off West Flanders brews, house wines and well drinks.

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Still need an idea for a holiday gift? How about a giftcard from BRU? If you buy a giftcard worth $50 or more you will get a complimentary pint from one of their house ales. This offer good today only (11/29/2013).

American Homebrewers Association (Boulder) - How about this for a Black Friday special - order an AHA Membership Gift Card and you'll get a free book! Follow this LINK for more info.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Stop in for Black Fidy Friday at the Tasty Weasel Taproom and get The Crowler! It's a can, It's a Growler, It's Both! Yes, you can get a 32oz can growler (crowler) of Ten Fidy Imperial Stout today. It's hand-canned right there at the Tasty Weasel. That should last you the better part of the weekend! Also on tap today is the 2009, 2010, 2011 and a Barrel Aged Fidy today. Impial Stout lovers are gonna love today. The Crowler is gonna be big and will give the growler a run for its money.

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Since they were closed yesterday, today they'll have a release of their 2013 Midwinter Warmer Barleywine starting at noon. They also cellared a limited amount of the 2012 Midwinter Warmer and are releasing a few cases. Get one 2012, one 2013 and a Midwinter tulip glass in a gift box for $30 while supplies last.
Equinox Winter Warmer Barleywine 2013

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star is staying open late tonight. Along with all their great beers on tap they will be hosting live music starting at 8:00pm with Bonnie and the Bluegrass Clydes. Sip a brew and enjoy some local music - no cover charge.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Stop in today and try their Oaked Imperial Stout, a Cranberry Saison and some free stuff. Buy any shirt or sweatshirt and get an aleworks pint glass free.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Shopping for a Christmas tree today? The Windsor Gardener just got in their stock of Christmas trees. If you buy a tree from them you'll get a free beer at the brewery. Live music tonight from Luxa at 6pm and food from The Boot Grill.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - What's the best beer deal on Black Friday? How bout this - for today through Monday, December 2nd - if you buy a $100 Gift Card from Black Bottle Brewery you'll also get a $15 gift card for yourself FREE. Offer good November 29 - December 2nd only.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Guys! While the ladies are spending all day at the stores shopping, have them drop you off at Daddy Daycare at Grimm Brothers. They'll take care of you with special brews like their new belgo-amber Ungrateful Son that's being released today. The weather is nice and the garage door is open.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Black Friday deals today. Growlers - buy one get one half off! T-Shirts - buy one get a free pint! Don't get trampled at the stores, enjoy a beer instead.

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Once your shopping is done, stop in today and try their latest release. This year's Barley Wine is now on tap. It's a big brew that works well this time of year and will help you unwind after fighting the crowds for those bargains. Also, coming up in December is their 20th anniversary. They will be hosting a special 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your packet on November 30th from 1pm to 4pm to participate. The hunt will begin on December 1st and end at Phantom Canyon on Friday, December 13th.

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Time to get your New Year's Eve tickets to PPBC's Speakeasy New Year's Eve Party. It makes a great gift. Just 120 tickets will be sold. Dress in your best 1920's costume. Your $65 ticket included 2 drinks, live 1920's entertainment and music, a champagne toast, tasty bites, a special gift, loads of fun and a ride home if needed. The party starts at 7pm on December 31st.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Make out like a bandit! Bristol Brewing is giving away a free ‪Laughing Lab‬ bandana with every purchase ($10 or more) starting today (11/29) until Monday (12/2) at their Dry Goods store & online at

Rock Bottom Brewery (Colorado Springs/Nationwide) - When you buy a $25 gift card to Rock Bottom you'll also get a $5 bonus for yourself. Also available at most all Colorado locations.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - For Black Friday, they have their Imperial Pumpkin Porter on tap plus 12 other craft beers. As a special next week, get 30% off their Pub Dinner Menu Sunday through Thursday December 1-12 from 5-10pm. Looking for holiday gifts? How about a Dillon Dam t-shirt, cap, hoodie, glassware or even a gift certificate. Craft beer is always a welcome gift.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Today marks the memorial service and burial of their old friend - Ten Pin Porter. Stop in and pay your respects. It's an open casket - your last chance to say farewell to their long time beer in their taproom. We will all miss it.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Today their final keg of Great Pumpkin Ale is on tap. Better get in early if you want one last pint of this liquid pumpkin pie of a brew. Once that's gone - get ready for some porters.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Just for Black Friday, they're serving up $2 pints of their Cara de Luna Black Ale today - all day! Great for post-shopping or apre-ski.

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