Monday, December 16, 2013

Colorado Beer News 121613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the 240th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. This was a non-violent protest organized by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts. They dumped an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company into Boston Harbor. Good thing that wasn't beer - that would have been a real waste! This protest was just one of many events that lead to the eventual Revolutionary War. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, December 16th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - The taproom Christmas tree is in need of some decorations. If you bring in an ornament for the tree you'll receive 50% off your pint of beer. Limit one per customer. Ask your server for details.

Parry's Pizza (Greenwood Village) - This Thursday, December 19th, stop in for a Samuel Adams Pint Night from 4pm to 6pm. There will also be raffles for those in attendance drinking a Sam Adams beer. Then on Friday, December 20th at 6:00pm Bristol Brewing Company will be at the same Greenwood Village location handing out one of their very own pint glasses to everyone that purchases a pint of Laughing Lab Scottish Ale. The glass makes a great stocking stuffer too. Supply is limited so get there at 6pm.

Fiction Beer CompanyFiction Beer Company (Denver) - East Denver is going to get a new brewery by July 2014. Fiction Beer Company is headed up by Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick. They plan to open a brewery in the Phoenix on the Fax building at 7101 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO at the corner of E. Colfax and Pontiac Street. According to their press release: “Fiction Beer is a place where beer geeks and book dorks can revel in their respective geekiness. But it is also a place where beer novices can feel comfortable learning about beer,” said Christa Kilpatrick. “We look forward to inviting our neighbors in and offering them a relaxing family friendly environment. The taproom will be a laid back sort of place where people can hang out and play a board game or read a book while drinking beer(s).” - They plan to open with at least six beers on tap, four Classics and two Adventures (seasonals). Check them out on Twitter @FictionBeer and on

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Tonight is another Wing Hut Power Hour from 6pm to 7pm. Get 50 cent wings... or 25 cent wings if you wear a Big Lebowski costume for Movie Night! They'll be giving out prizes for the best costume. Be there at 6! Always plenty of great craft beer on tap.

The Old Mill Brewery & Grill (Littleton) - Join in at The Old Mill for a New Years Eve Celebration with a Dinner for 2 for $39.99 staring at 5pm. They will be serving a special menu including: a choice of Soup or Salad, Filet Mignon, Stuff New York Strip, Prime Rib, Seafood Pasta, and Cranberry Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken. Plus a choice of Dessert of the Day. Reservations Recommended (303) 797-2433. Also, don't forget on Saturday nights it's Karaoke Night from 8pm to Close - over 150,000 songs to choose from.

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today is Growler Monday. Get discounts on fills when you bring in a LTBC growler. Also, this Friday, December 20th (new date) at 12pm Lone Tree Brewing will tap their holiday Gingerbread Old Ale. This dark, malty beauty from England is making her appearance LTBC style. A delicious addition of gingerbread makes this a perfect ale for the season. With an expected ABV of 8.5% she's got the body to match her beauty. Stop in soon, this one won't last long!

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - The brewery just got in a fresh stock of new growlers in both 64oz and 32oz sizes. Also, logo glassware is now back in stock. Come in and get one!

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Recently, another new fermented beverage company opened in Denver called Happy Leaf who makes Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage. Now Crooked Stave and Happy Leaf are collaborating on a new beer/kombucha blend called Vieille Happy Leaf - made with a mix of Crooked Stave's Vieille and Happy Leaf's Longevity (lemon, hibiscus, ginger kombucha). Now pouring at Crooked Stave. Get a taster for $2 or a full glass for $6. Betcha love Kombucha. Then, come back on Tuesday at 5pm for their new tapping of Strawberry Surette for Tap-It Tuesday.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Announcing a release date for their new J. Marie Barreled & Bretted - January 4th at 1pm. This brew was fermented with their usual farmhouse yeast, then aged in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces for a full year. Rustic yet elegant, this beer is a beautiful marriage of farmhouse esters, red wine finesse and Brett funk. This will be one of their most limited beers to date; they have less than 30 cases for both taproom supply and distribution. During the release party, however, they’ll keep it flowing on tap. While delicious now, this beer will age nicely in the bottle, adding complexity as time passes.

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Their Russian Imperial Stout will be tapped at 4pm this Wednesday. The Firkin this Thursday will be a Cinnamon Honey Blonde. It's a blonde base touched up with cinnamon sticks, vanilla, honey malt and a bit of lactose. Tapping at 4 pm! Plus, their Ugly Sweater party will be this Saturday. A holiday spiced version of the Russian will be tapped along with a Cranberry Kolsch firkin. $50 dollar Grist Gift Card for the ugly sweater winner. Grist swag and beer for 2nd and 3rd. $4 Hefe and Kolsch all day. Judging at 6pm!

Boulder County

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Got talent? Show it off! Open Mic Night is tonight with host Denny starting at 6pm. Get a complimentary beer for your performance plus hoppy hour prices all day. Then get ready for their Fugly Sweater Party and Contest this Friday, December 20th all day long. Between 6pm to 7pm they'll identify contestants to win prizes for their fuglyness.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - This Thursday December 19th at 6pm there will be a benefit movie screening shown at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room of "Crafting A Nation". 100% of the proceeds from this movie will benefit the CAN'd Aid Foundation - helping those in need in our area.

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Don't forget that if you leave your car at home and walk to the brewery or ride your bike to the brewery you'll get Happy Hour prices all night long on Mondays. Plus, Bumper Crop is on site today serving up street tacos.

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - The brewery is now in the midst of offering up 12 unique beers for their "12 Days of Beer". Today's special tapping is a Chocolate Covered Cherry Red Ale. Stop in for a taste as this beer will only be around for a very short time.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Plenty happening this week at City Star. Today is Free Beer Monday*. Get a free pint with every 64oz growler fill. Unfortunately, they will be closed on Tuesday due to their employee holiday party. But then on Wednesday, stop in for beer and live trivia at 7:30pm. Last trivia of the year. Then on Thursday (6pm), Friday (6pm) and Saturday (6pm) they will once again host live music in the taproom. Also, on Saturday at 6:30pm they wil host their City Start EATS Holiday Dinner. More info at What's on tap today? (See below)
City Star Taplist

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - The pub is happy to announce that they are now featuring a tap from Blown Spoke Hard Cider Company of Loveland, CO. They've just tapped their Peach Cider and will soon have their Apple Semi-Dry on after that. Come see why hard cider is an up and coming popular adult beverage. In addition, they just tapped Odell's Friek (raspberry sour). Come get some! Stop in tonight at 7pm for their monthly Craft Beer Club meeting with special guest brewer Kyle Carbaugh of Wiley Roots Brewing. He'll bring along his Scotch Wee Heavy and also Griff Old Ale. Plus some other tastings of Hibernation (Great Divide) and Flying Dog Horn Dog (barleywine). Cheese samples also available. Just show up and imbibe!

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - On Saturday, December 21st, the days marks the Winter Solstice and with it one of the shortest days of the year. Come to Trinity that day starting at 11am for their Winter Solstice Beer Tappings. Warm yourself with a taster winter beer to kick off the first day of Winter.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - On December 21st from 5pm to 7pm Winter will officially arrive which means it's time for the release of their oak-aged foreign style stout, Hibernal Vinifera Stout, brewed with Malbec grape juice. Enjoy beer and artisan cheese pairings while Robby Overfield hits the stage! #CelebrateWinter

Breckenridge Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - Need a good stocking stuffer? How about tickets to the upcoming Breckenridge Beer Festival on April 5, 2014! Tickets are now on sale starting at $27.50 each.

San Luis Valley Brewing Co (Alamosa) - The brewery is proud to announce the return of their "Saddle Up" Strong Scotch Ale. This brew is always popular and brewed to get you through the long, cold of winter. Saddle Up Strong Scotch is back and ready for action. A big, complex Strong Scotch Ale, Saddle Up will keep you going no matter what you are doing. An annual classic, this beer always moves fast so get it while you can.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - [PRESS RELEASE] Eat, Drink & Be Tacky” Holiday Theme Party at Crazy Mountain Brewery. On Saturday, December 21st, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company will throw a holiday-themed costume party in their tasting room. Revelers are encouraged to dress up in the ugliest, tackiest, and trashiest getups they can possibly think of. Making your own costume is highly encouraged. Costumes can be easily sourced at your local thrift shop or your grandparents’ closet, like ugly sweaters or Santa outfits. You can also create a DIY costume with some simple and affordable ingredients from Walmart, such as ribbon, Christmas lights, iron-on decals, cotton balls, cheap plastic ornaments, tinsel and a glue gun. Dress yourself up as a present with wrapping and tissue paper. Decorate a headband with festive ornaments. Pin brightly colored ribbons and bows all over a dress you already own. Live music is from 7-10pm by The Town Calvary, an awesome Colorado rock band. Beer specials include $9 pitchers of Crazy Mountain’s year round beer styles. There will be a costume contest with some great prizes. Crazy Wagon food truck will be serving up some cold weather comfort foods. The “Eat, Drink & Be Tacky” party will run from 6pm – 11pm, so Crazy Mountain will be open late! This event is free to the public and there is no cover charge.

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