Friday, December 13, 2013

Colorado Beer News 121313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Friday the 13th, the last "unlucky" day of the year. Are you superstitious? If you find yourself avoiding black cats or staying away from ladders, or even avoiding mirrors so you won't break them - then Friday the 13th is not a day you take for granted. Whether you believe in bad luck or not, take time today to do something in your life that makes you feel a bit luckier. Buying a lotto ticket might help. Or perhaps visit your favorite brewery or bar and order yourself a favorite beer. Make a wish and perhaps 2014 will be even luckier for you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, December 13th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - For those of you who have been waiting, De Steeg has put one more keg of their Russian Imperial Stout back on tap. Just one keg this time, so it may go quickly. And their Oak Aged Pumpkin is now, sadly, gone.

Hall Brewing Company (Parker) - The day has finally arrived! Hall Brewing is happy to announce that TODAY at 3:30pm they will open their doors on the new Hall Brewing Company Tap Room. They are located at 10970 S. Parker Road in Parker at the Southeast corner of Parker and Main in the strip mall near McDonald's and Wells Fargo. It's where Quiznos used to be between the cigarette shop and the gun shop. They still brew offsite at their production facility but now have an actual taproom where folks can come in and specifically drink just their beers. Stop in soon and visit them!

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Fans of their Hammer and Sickle Russian Imperial Stout take note. You can now purchase 4-packs of this big 9% dark brew in their taproom. They finally got caught up on production of the cans and can sell some directly out of their taproom now.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a new firkin for today and it's been tapped since 2pm. Stop in for a pint of their Old Ale.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Wynkoop has just released their Mile High Mix Pack (12-pack of cans). Each mix pack has 4 different beers (3 each). Look for these at your favorite local metro area store very soon.

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Bring in some canned goods to donate today and you'll get $1 off a pint or $2 off on a pitcher. Help them feed those in need this holiday season.

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Here's a shot of their taplist board for today. They've got 14 beers on tap today, plus Cajun eats from Smokin Nola and live music tonight as well.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - The weekend is finally here! Stop in and enjoy a beautiful Friday with them at the brewery. Have a couple of pints of one of their 15 beers on tap. They still have the 3 a.m. Pale and who doesn't love a pint of Gingerbread Man? The boys from Can't Stop Brewing will be hosting a party to celebrate the 3 a.m. Pale at 7 pm tonight. Stop by and meet them!

Boulder County

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Today at 5pm, Odd13 will be tapping their holiday ale, Spruce Campbell, an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with several pounds of spruce tips to give it a nice piney aroma with a hint of pine in the flavor. If the name sounds familiar, it's because it's named after Bruce Campbell, the actor famous for his roles in The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Burn Notice and other shows/movies. What's even better is that he officially sanctioned their use of the name.

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place & Brewery (Boulder) - Shine is celebrating 2 years this weekend! Tonight DJ's Mikey Fisher and Raja and Saturday DJ Buddha Bomb for their RADIATE Unified Dance Party 2 year celebrations. Please come! They want the dance floor PACKED with all of the people that have supported Shine! Plus give the gift of magic and memories this holiday season. Beautiful gift bottled Shine potions, growlers of Shine beer and gift certificates. $100 value GC gets you a free shine t-shirt ($25 value).

Lutz and RabinWest Flanders Brewing (Boulder) - Tomorrow, December 14th at 6pm, West Flanders will release a brand new beer, Obfuscation Trippel. Obfuscation is built from grain bill of over 90% imported Belgian-style pilsner malt from a small-batch maltster in Belgium. The beer’s recipe also includes a small amount of caravienne malt for body and flavor, and a dose of light Belgian candi sugar. It’s very lightly hopped with Saaz hops. The result is an orange-hued, Belgian-style beer with a creamy, lace-producing head and a big bouquet of fruit and candy aromas. These gifts are followed by pale malt flavors and a subtle-but-enticing toasted/nutty flavor in the beer’s middle. Obfuscation finishes with crisp, citrus-like notes and has a well-hidden 7.5 % ABV. This beer is a collaboration between West Flanders brewer Brian Lutz and beer journalist / homebrewer Dan Rabin.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Upslope's Foreign Style Stout is back and hittin' store shelves next week! To celebrate, they'll be hosting a release party on Wednesday, December 18 starting at 5pm to welcome its return! From 5-7pm, they will be playing a game of 50/50 - Flip a coin and call it correctly, your beers are on us! (Pretty good odds wouldn't you say?)

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - Tonight (Dec. 13th) at 5pm at OB's Homemade Liquid & Solids there will be a "Get Funky!" Funkwerks Tap Takeover. Sample a big spectrum of Funkwerks beers including some specialty and rare beers. Get your funk on!

AHA Membership Deals (Boulder area) - Attention American Homebrewers Association members. Show your AHA member card at either BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats or at Sanitas Brewing Company and receive Happy Hour prices all day, every day! Membership has it's rewards. Not a member? Join up!

Northern Colorado

Blown Spike Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - They're tapping a new cider today made with a Scottish Ale yeast. This is part of their Grinder Series (5.5% ABV) and helps to make this apple cider crisp, light and refreshing. Get a free sample in the tasting room today. They are just down the hall (literally) from Big Beaver Brewing in Loveland, CO.

Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Drop by between 3pm - 5pm today (December 13th) for the last Free Pretzel Friday of 2013. Order an adult beverage and you'll get a free stuffed pretzel with dipping sauce. 100 beers on tap to choose from - plus many in bottles too.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - There's a new beer coming out from Crabtree this week in 750ml bottles. It's their Gooseberry Cezanne Saison. Tivioli Distributing is helping to get these out on local Colorado shelves. This is part of their rotating Cezanne Saison series. Grab one for the holidays so you can have your Christmas "goose".

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Winter is coming! What can they do but prepare to embrace the season? Join them at dusk on Saturday, December 21st, for the release of Darkest Day, their small-batch Chocolate Coconut Porter, available exclusively in the taproom while supplies last! Warm up with a glass of this decadent beer and partake of some holiday treats and photo booth fun as they welcome Winter to the Front Range! Festive costumes encouraged! Loveland Aleworks will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, but the taproom will be CLOSED on Christmas Day. Loveland Aleworks will be tapping a special, small-batch brew on New Year's Eve! Open late on New Year's Eve and open regular hours on New Year's Day.

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On January 4th, 2014, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff Red IPA. Formerly known simply as “Red Ale,” Runoff is the same recipe with a new name and label and follows Isolation Ale as part of the brewery’s seasonal series of beers. “We wanted to give this beer a name, story and label imagery that would reflect the spirit of the season and better coincide with our other seasonal offerings,” said Marketing and Branding Manager, Amanda Johnson-King. “We also felt that Red IPA more accurately described the character of the beer, which is a very hoppy crimson colored ale.” The name “Runoff” is a nod to the late winter and early springtime snows in Colorado, that generate the precious water so vital to the area and to beer making. The label art also depicts the shoulder season along with a vibrant red alpenglow that mirrors the color of the beer. Brewed with a complex malt bill, Runoff boasts a hearty backbone and a ruby hue. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous amount of American hops giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff in the brewery’s Tap Room on January 4th and 5th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, special food truck fare, as well as live music by the Waido Experience on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Runoff Red IPA will be available in six packs and in the Winter-Spring Montage variety pack throughout the brewery’s ten state distributor footprint.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Hurry, get your tickets for their New Year's Eve Speakeasy party. Prices go up on December 26th. Act now - tickets are $65/pp but will go up to $75 on December 26th. Ticket includes two drinks (beer or wine), a Midnight champagne toast, 1920's style dance lessons, cocktail mixology lessons, live music and dancing, and buffet style appetizers. Plus, you'll have a chance to preview their upcoming release of Incline IIPA aged in Tequila Barrels. Details on the web or Facebook. party runs from 7pm to 1am.

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - It's Friday the 13th! Change your luck! Stop by BierWerks this afternoon (starting at 4:30) when they will have free hot appetizers and snacks. Make sure to get a free sample of the fresh cheese curds they just got in from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. In fact, you might be unlucky if you miss out!

Mountains and West

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - Need a gift idea? How about the Horsefly Prepaid Growler Card! For $90, this card entitles the holder to 12 growlers of beer that they can use anytime of the year. It'll save them $30 over the regular fill prices. Pick one up at the brewery and put one in someone's stocking.

Three Barrel Brewing Co (Del Norte) - Fans of Three Barrel Brewing's beers can now find bottles of their beer in Boulder, Colorado at Hazel's Beverage World. They just stocked them with: Burnt Toast, Pemba Sherpa, Freeze Cat, Pumpelstiltskin, Chimayo & Hermano along with glassware. Grab it while it's still in stock!

Palisade Brewing Co (Palisade) - There's a firkin being tapped today that'll you'll want to try. It's called "Pomegranate Hula Hoppie IPA". Get one before it's gone.

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