Friday, December 6, 2013

Colorado Beer News 120613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Saint Nikolaus Day. The real Saint Nikolaus was the patron saint of children who reportedly did a miracle of resurrecting three butchered children. People used to give children gifts in his name. The "spirit" of this famous saint turned into the person we now know and love as Santa Claus. If you are in a gift giving mood, why not give something unexpectedly to a child in need in your community today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, December 6th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Capitoline Brewing Project (Englewood) - There's a new brewing in the works who is working on perfecting their recipes for their eventual opening day. They hope to open in the Englewood area. This Saturday December 7th, they are hosting a SOLD OUT tasting in Denver at the BharArt Studio to show off some of their beers and get feedback from their peers. They will have 4 beers being poured that day and will use the comments to perfect their recipes. They are still looking for a final location for the brewery and taproom, They plan on focusing on beers that use Mediterranean-inspired ingredients. Such beers include titles like: Germanicus - an Apricot & Date Hefeweizen, Vesuvius Tripel, Remus' Robust Porter. They also plan to bottle their beer and possibly include recipes like: Scotch Ale, a Brown Ale, a garlic Amber, and a Russian Imperial Stout. Look for them sometime in 2014.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - There's a new batch of their Goldline IPA out today. This version used Centennial hops instead of the Glacier hops that the old recipe used. This brew has a lot of hop aroma and more hop flavor than ever. Try a pint and let them know what you think.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today at Hops & Pie they will be doing their monthly Firkin 1st Friday. The special firkin for today is from Elevation Beer Company. They took their First Cast IPA and dry-hopped it further with Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops. The result is what they call "Hoppy Fishing". The firkin taps at 6pm. (6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs). Then, don't forget on Saturday, December 7th is another installment of Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest (LBBF) featuring 9 different beers from Perennial Artisan Ales. The LBBF starts at 12:00pm and runs through the day. Flights and individual pours will be available. Visit Hops & Pie at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - In their never ending list of new tappings this weekend, Copper Kettle will be tapping 3 brews. Today, they have a Winter Spiced Ale and a firkin of American IPA dry hopped with Centennial hops. Then tomorrow, Saturday December 7th, they will release Snowed In, a barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout in bottles. Expect at list 1-2 new tappings a week at Copper Kettle. Check out their upcoming tappings on the Beer List.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - There's some new Belgians in town this week and both of them are on tap at Elk Mountain. Come try their El Dobelgo (Belgian Pale) and the hefty Shaytan (Belgian Strong Ale 9.2%). Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - There's a new Amber ale being put on tap today (#348), but they didn't know what to call it. So they ran a Facebook naming contest today and Randy DeLorenzo's entry was picked - "AmBurrrr Ale". He gets a free pint. That plus 9 other unique beers are on tap now. (Image courtesy Denver Beer Co)
Denver Beer Company taplist

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Stop on out to The Source taproom as they will be tapping two kegs of some special beers. The first is Peach Surette (7.2% ABV) and the other is a Farmhouse Brett Cider (6.0% ABV)! Both available for $8 full pour or $3 taster. It starts flowing at 12 noon.

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - This Saturday, December 7th, Lone Tree Brewing will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. Lots of small batches will be poured on the hours from 11am to 7pm. Here's the line-up: 11am - Gran Cru Witbier, 12pm - Triforce Tripel, 1pm - Beeson's Biere de Garde, 2pm - Barrel Aged Baltic Porter, 3pm - Tropical Stout, 4pm - Snickerdoodle Red, 5pm - Jalapeno Cheddar IIPA and a Barrel Aged Black IPA on Nitro, 6pm - 2012 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout and the 2013 Russian Imperial Stout, and finally at 7pm - Peppermint Mocha Stout. Also, John Turk will be hosting the Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) from noon to 2pm live on site.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - The brewery just installed some new TVs. You can now watch your favorite college and pro sports in their taproom. Stop in soon for a beer and relax.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget - tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 7th) they will release bottles of their Barrel Aged Avarice. Each bottle is hand labeled and numbers. The bottles are available starting at 1pm. If you love their regular Avarice Belgian-style Imperial Stout - you're gonna LOVE the barrel aged version.

Boulder County

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - What a year 2013 has been and Left Hand Brewing has been busy not only making great beer, but also helping out the community in several different fundraising efforts. Last year, Left Hand Brewing Company helped to raise over $449,000 to local causes including over $70K to flood relief, $60K to various charities at their Leftapalooza event, $269K to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, $18K to Operation Homefront and over $30K of in-kind donations to local charities. Thanks to Left Hand for helping support the Colorado community. Please be sure to thank them and support Left Hand Brewing Company in return.

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Just tapped today - a Belgian Blonde ale. It was made with Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops that members of the staff brought back with them from a trip to Belgium.

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Progress is being made on building out Longmont's next brewery. They began framing walls this week at 335 1st Avenue, Unit C in Longmont. Look for them to open in early 2014.

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Sanitas recently tapped their newest seasonal beer, Sanitas Stocking Ale. Inspired by malty English Stock Ales and fermented with over a pound per barrel of dried figs for a rich, dark fruit flavor in the finish, Stocking Ale should be on tap through December. They also recently brewed a second winter release, a strong saison with a spice blend chosen by their staff members. This unique beer should be on draft in the tap room by late December or early January. Plus, they're now selling memberships to the Sanitas rendition of the "mug club". $50 gets you happy hour pricing all the time, free chips and salsa with each visit, dollar off all growler fills, a special glass, and plenty of other discounts. Memberships make a great holiday gift for any craft beer lover. Visit the Tap Room to get your 2014 Good People membership today.

Northern Colorado

Wiley Roots Griff releaseWiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Stop in this Saturday starting at 12 noon for the release of their new English Strong Ale - Griff. Easyriders Grill will start serving authentic German food at 5 p.m. and Kenyon Brenner and Friends will play Christmas jazz music from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Griff is reminiscent of the stock ales brewed in Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The slight fruity esters are nicely balanced with a mildly sweet finish, complete with just a kiss of alcohol warmth. The perfect beer to be paired with a good book and a crackling fire on a cold winter's eve. Wiley Roots is located just to the east of the railroad tracks at: 625 3rd Street, Unit D in Greeley, CO.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - To help you stay warm, Patrick's is continuing their Hot Drink special as long as the weather is below 20°. Come in and try an Apple Pie Cider, Butter Crown Cider, Hot Toddy, Irish Cream Cocoa, or a Snowy Russian for just $3.50. THey also have Dogfish Head Beer Raison D'Etre and Port Brewing / The Lost abbey High Tide IPA for just $3.50 today. And they just tapped one of their favorite winter seasonals, Odell Brewing Co Isolation Ale. Also, don't forget, on Saturdays get a FREE slice of pie with the purchase of any cellar beer from 4pm to 10pm.

Askew Bruery (Wellington) - This soon to open brewery in Wellington, CO is now offering up Founders Mug Club memberships. For $100 you will get a personalized 25oz mug to fill for the pint price for your life. This would make a great Christmas gift for that hard to buy for beer lover in your life. When you are not using the mug it will be displayed behind the bar on their Founders Mug Club Membership wall. The first person to provide proof of joining the mug club will be invited to a sensory analysis tasting party. Just 200 memberships will be available and once they are gone they will no longer take any members. For more information, visit their website at: They will be located at 8121 1st Street in Wellington, CO.

Scrumpy's Hard Cider Bar (Ft. Collins) - Stop in tomorrow, Saturday December 7th for a free tasting of meads from Redstone Meadery. They will be in the house from 4pm to 6pm. Meet the mead makers and learn about how mead is made and what it tastes like. Scrumpy's is located at: 215 N. College Avenue in FoCo.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Ever hear of a beer style called a Pennsylvania Swanky? Well, Verboten has and this long lost beer style is now on tap in the form of "Weather Prediction". This brew was made in honor of the 80th anniversary of Prohibition Repeal Day. It's made with Star Anise and it's on the nitro tap for $4 a pint. Stop in and try one.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star is introducing "City Star EATS" - their brewery beer and food pairing series! Join in for the first pairing dinner in the brewery on Saturday 12/21 at 6:30pm. City Star EATS holiday dinner will feature local chef and Berthoud Inn owner Mark Chaffee. The pairing will include 3 courses paired with 6 beers for $45 (plus tax and tip). Dinner attendees will also receive a 15% discount at the Berthoud Inn that night! Dinner reservations can be made in the taproom, by calling 970-532-7827 or by e-mailing whitney[at] Credit card required for reservations (no charge until night of event). Berthoud Inn reservations can be made by calling 970-532-4566 or by e-mailing berthoudinn[at] Mention you are attending City Star EATS Holiday Dinner for your 15% discount on 12/21!

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - With single digits outside, it's the perfect weather to enjoy their Imperial Stout. The taproom will stay warm and open until 11pm tonight. They are also pouring: Tripel, Saison, IPA, Abbey Grand Cru, Robust Porter, Double Birds Imperial IPA, Nick L's Rye Wit, Cherry Saison, and the American Sour w/Raspberries.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Next Wednesday, December 11th is Winter Bike To Work Day. Get a Free Pint if you ride your bike from 4-6pm at Odell's taproom. Also, there will be a free bike mechanic on site and free snacks from KIND Bar. Also, there will be live music and a food truck outside.

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Bust out your ugliest / craziest / zaniest holiday sweater and bring it on down to Red Leg tomorrow (Sat. Dec 7th) starting at 4pm and get a chance to win gift certificates, pints and get your photo displayed in the taproom for an entire year!

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Stop in this coming Wednesday, December 11th at their Breckenridge Pub for a Winter Kickoff Party from 3pm to 6pm. They will be giving away a Never Summer x Breck Brew Collab snowboard. Get free ski and board waxes courtesy of Saucer Wax. Then stay for the special beer release of "Imperial Express", a hoppy imperial red ale. Get $2 drafts. There will be other prizes, beer and food specials too. Located at: 600 S. Main Street in Breckenridge, CO.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Expansion just keeps happening at Elevation Beer Co. This week they took delivery and installed two new 60 barrel fermenters. They were so big that they barely fit through the garage door with less than 1" to space. That means even more great Elevation beer will be coming in the near future.

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - The Winter Solstice is almost here and that means it's time to release Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska's winter offering in their Seasonal Stout Series. This is an oak-aged foreign stout brewed with Malbec grapes and packaged in cans! This is the 2nd year for this seasonal stout. You can read a Fermentedly Challenged review of this beer here.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Their beer and cheese pairing is tonight starting at 5pm. Stop by anytime between 5-7pm and get five beers and five cheeses for only $15. You can get tickets when you show up - no advance tickets required. Behold the power of cheese (and beer).

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