Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Colorado Beer News 120413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Hug Day. Let's face it, we could all use a good hug every once in a while. Today is the day to give hugs freely. Share your seasons greetings not only by saying it, but also showing it. Just be sure that the person you want to give a hug to won't slap a restraining order against you if you do. Best ask permission first. Here in Colorado, this would be a good day to Hug Your Local Brewer and thank them for all the delicious beer they've made during this last year. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Diebolt is hosting their "Swanky Seasonal" party this Saturday, December 7th from 6pm to 10pm at the brewery. Dress up in your fanciest seasonal duds and you'll get $1 off pints all night. That night they will be tapping their winter saison "C'est la Saison". Ckrepes and Ckatering will be on hand creating some festive crepes as well. And live music from Minor Note Orchestra will perform starting at 7:30pm. Be there!

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Looking for a place to ring in the new year? Come to Denver Beer Co's New Beers Eve Party on December 31st from 8pm to 1am. They're going to celebrate the new year by drinking their favorite beers of 2013 and beyond. Come ring in 2014 with the Barrel Room Collection beers in the Barrel Room while a DJ plays your favorite tunes! Let's start 2014 with a Barrel Aged bang! They will also host the normal (free firkin at midnight) New Year's shenanigans in the taproom. Need a quick laugh? Check out their new video posted today:

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Come warm up inside their tap room today. They will be putting their aLTBier on tap starting today. Try a pint to help warm your senses. And don't forget, just 3 days until their anniversary party. The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting their radio show there live from noon to 2pm this Saturday.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Here's a deal that won't last long. Today until the keg is gone, Freshcraft is offering 2 for 1 pints of Odell's Isolation Ale. That and some Ale & Cheese soup will help to keep you warm.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Tonight is $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to close. Any craft beer in a can they have will be yours for just 2 bucks. Plus, they now have Epic's Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout on tap.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Today is Festive Holiday Sweater Wednesday at the Vine Street Pub. Every Wednesday this month, if you wear your "Festive" holiday sweater to the pub you'll receive Happy Hour prices all day long. And on a day like today, you're gonna need a sweater.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Wear that ugly sweater of yours to Parry's Ugly Sweaters & Barrel Aged Beer event on Friday, December 13th. If you aren't wearing an ugly sweater you won't be given access to the 6 awesome barrel aged beers they'll have available. These beers include: Big Bad Baptist by Epic Brewing, Bourbon County Stout by Goose Islan, Seventeen by Firestone Walker, Santa's Little Helper by Port Brewing, Wild Turkey barrel-aged Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues, and Well Built ESB by Breckenridge Brewery. There's always 50 ever rotating craft beers on tap at Parry's in Highlands Ranch, 40 at Castle Rock and 50 at Greenwood Village.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - It's back! Their "Clan Warrior Scotch Ale" is back on tap today in the taproom starting at 3pm.

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Great news today. Their American IPA (packed with Warrior, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops) will be released at 5pm on Wednesday, December 11th. Plenty of citrus and pine with enough malt backbone to tie it all together. It's a much anticipated brew.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - It's Randall Wednesday. They have their Saison running through the Randall with Hibiscus, Mango, & Sorachi Ace hops. It's pink. It's lemony. It's tasty. The fireplace is on and the taproom is warm.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they are tapping Gingerbread Man for the holiday season. They are welcoming back this big American Brown spiced with Grandma's gingerbread cookie recipe. Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Allspice make this perfect for a cold night like tonight. Stats: 6.7% ABV 23 IBUs.

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Coming up in the Fall of 2014, Boulder Beer Company will celebrating their 35th Anniversary! And for that special event they will be brewing up an incredible Imperial Black IPA. They want YOU to name that beer. Submit your beer name ideas and if they pick yours you will get Internet fame, glory, and the first 6 bottles of it off the line. Submit your ideas to their Pub in Boulder.

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This Friday is Faculty Friday - all teachers get Happy Hour all night long with ID. Try their limited release Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Saddle Stout. Both cask #1 and cask #2 will be on tap plus 11 other beers. Plus Jim's WINGS will be on site.

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - It may be freezing outside, but luckily they just installed their new covered patio yesterday. Now you can enjoy your beers outside in their winter wonderland patio protected from the wind and you'll still stay cozy. Come check it out.

Northern Colorado

Estes Park Winter Festival (Estes Park) - Official word on 2014: "The Estes Park Winter Festival is taking a year off due to the Stanley Fairgrounds construction for the new Multi-Purpose Event Center. We'll have limitless possibilities for the 2015 Festival, so send in your ideas and requests. We'll be gifting free 2015 Festival tickets for the BEST ideas. In the meantime, check out the other Winter activities in Estes Park and come join us! Thank you for everyone's support and patience during this time. 2015 will be bigger and better than ever!"

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Enjoy your frigid cold Humpday in their warm indoor beer garden with a firkin of their Vanilla Brown ale. It taps at 5:00pm.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Grimm Brothers will be hosting a Beer Dinner in their tap room on Wednesday, December 18th from 6pm to 9pm. Food will be prepared by Common Link and will serve up multiple courses each paired with a Grimm Bros brew. Tickets are limited and can be obtained in their tap room or at

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Fans of their Oatmeal Stout will be happy to know that there are now 4-pack 16oz cans of Crabtree Oatmeal Stout now available in the tap room to purchase and take home. Perfect for this kind of weather.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Sour Fans - tonight at 7pm after the Mayor's Pucker Club function, they will be hosting a Sour Beer night featuring 8 different sour beers on tap including: 1) Funkwerks Oud Bruin, 2) New Belgium Let Terrior, 3) Odell Friek, 4) Funkwerks Echoes, 5) Goose Island Lolita, 6) Fort Collins Brewery Flemish Red, 7) New Belgium La Folie and 8) Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge. Pucker up starting at 7:00pm tonight. Get there by sled dog if you have to.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Another favorite is back on tap today - Up All Night Watchman coffee stout is now being served once again. Don't forget trivia tonight at 7:30pm. Bundle up!

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Since it's so cold outside, they are offering a special on all Hot Drinks today - just $3.50 including Hot Toddy, Irish Cream Cocoa, Snowy Russian, Butter Crown Cider, and Hot Apple Pie Cider. And since it's Wednesday, all Ciders are $2 off, which includes Angry Orchard, Grasshop-ah, and Pacific Pear. Plus they have Red Hook Brewing Gamechanger for $2 and Dogfish Head Beer Raison D'Etre for just $3.50. And if that's not enough, they just tapped these great new beers: Port Brewing / The Lost abbey Santa's Little Helper, Lagunitas Brewing Co Brown Shugga', and Boulder Beer Co. Shake Chocolate Porter. Specials start at 4pm. Open Mic Night starts at 9pm.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - More awards and accolades for Trinity Brewing. Draft Magazine just named Trinity's Red Swingline IPA Primitif one of the top 25 beers in the world for 2013! This comes on the heals of winning a Gold medal at GABF and being named the #1 Brewpub in Colorado by earlier this year. Congrats! Upcoming tappings: First Saturday Firkin is this Saturday, December 7th at 11am. Get $3 pints of the house IPA until the keg is kicked. Then on Friday, December 13th at 5pm they will release their Farmhouse Rusé, a cold weather midnight black Belgian Saison (9.2% ABV). That same night is their Ugly Sweater night. Then on December 21st at 11am they'll tap their Winter Solstice Beer tappings. And, and Christmas Eve they will have their annual Cherry Awaken Stout tapping starting at 12 noon. Tickets will start being sold for that at noon and pourings will commence at 1pm. Finally, tentatively on Friday, December 27th they will tap their Whiskey Barrel Aged Chilly water Baltic Porter (8.5% ABV) at 5pm.

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Need a good way to warm up? How about trying their new Sweet Potato Chile Saison. It's got some fruity Guaillo Chiles in it to give you just a hint of smoky warmth.

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Company (Steamboat Springs) - At long last they've signed a lease and can finally reveal their location. Storm Peak Brewing Company will be located at 1744 Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's right on the main road through town and on the free bus loop. Plus, it's across the street from the bike path and near an accessible bend in the Yampa River. Their building is 2,100 square feet with plenty of space to brew. There goal is to put up a killer tap room with several great beers that can also be purchased for consumption off premise and also be on tap in a few spots around town. Let the remodeling begin.

Pagosa Brewing Company (Pagosa Springs) - To help celebrate a birth in their brewing family, Pagosa Brewing is proud to tap their Porter's Porter - named after the baby boy Porter Alexander. Grats to the Pagosa Brewing family.

Telluride Brewing Co (Telluride) - The brewery just finished upgrading their canning line. Instead of being able to fill just 2 cans at a time, they can now fill 4 cans simultaneously. They are canning very fast now. First off the line is their IPA.

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