Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Colorado Beer News 121713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Saturnalia, an ancient Roman feasting festival day honoring Saturnus (aka Saturn), the god of agriculture, generation, dissoulution, plenty, wealth, periodical renewal and liberation. Later on, Saturnus was also called the god of time. Not only was this a feasting day, but Romans also use to practice role reversals, and do gift giving and revelry. Celebrate and do some revelry of your own today with a Colorado craft beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Stem Ciders (Denver) - The River North area of Denver is about to get a new craft taproom. This time, it's a cidery! Stem Ciders is set to open their taproom on January 10th at 2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150 in Denver, CO. They press and ferment their own hard ciders. Their products are naturally gluten free. Their new taproom is nearly complete and they plan to have plenty of hard cider on tap ready for opening day. Check them out on Facebook/stemciders.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Firkin Wednesday is almost here. Tomorrow, Copper Kettle will tap another in their "Candied Beers" at 3pm. This time they have a "Chocolate Peanut Brittle Old Ale". This brew was made with Chocolate Peanut Brittle flakes. ALso, $1 of each pint today goes towards Love Hope Strength, registering bone marrow transplant matches at concerts around the world. See if you are a match tonight for someone in need. Live acoustic music tonight.

Wynkoop tap newsWynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - With the holiday season upon us, Wynkoop has started tapping some of their special brews. This week they've got a Gingerbread Stout (7.5% ABV), their Koop Deville barrel aged sour, a Bourbon barrel-aged Barleywine (11% ABV), their Brewjolais Nouveau wine/sour beer, and now for the first time, they've brewed up a hard cider! All that plus their regular brews on tap in Lower Downtown.

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Quick brewery in the works status update. Waiting on the Feds! Baere Brewing is in line behind 18 other brewery applications their assigned TTB reviewer has on her desk. They are looking at mid-January before comments are given. They have been approved by several city agencies and don't have too much to change to become totally approved. Cheers to Future Beers!

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Coming back! Poolhall Porter and their Vanilla Porter will both be back on tap tomorrow, December 18th. Then on Thursday, another Brewers Limited Reserve beer - Coffee Porter will be on tap as well as their Sour Cherry beer.

CAUTION: Brewing Company (Lakewood) - Their 2nd brewery location is ready to open. Pending final inspections tomorrow at 10:30am, they may be opening at 2:00pm Wednesday December 18th! The new location is at 1057 S. Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood, Colorado. This location has a new 3 bbl electric brewhouse and a covered patio. The taproom has seating for 80 people. Check out all the details in today's PRESS RELEASE. (Image courtesy CAUTION: Brewing's Facebook page)
CAUTION: Brewing - Lakewood

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - The brewery just announced last weekend that they will now be open 7 days a week. They also now have a new Artist Glass available starting today for Keep The Glass Tuesday. Stop in and get one with your next beer! Ask your server for details.

Ironworks Brewery (Lakewood) - From their newsletter - Please join in at Ironworks Brewery & Pub in Lakewood this Saturday evening (December 21st) at 6pm for a Winter Solstice Celebration featuring the launch of their seasonal specialties IronWassail Ale. This is a Spiced English Strong Ale to remember! Top shelf English Malt creates a full body while a variety of caramel malt adds sweetness and a rich ruby color. Added to that is some Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange Peel, Cardamom, and Allspice. A generous addition of Wildflower Honey adds dimension and rounds the alcohol content at 11.2% ABV. They will also be tapping "Galaxy 103", a single hopped Imperial IPA with citrus and passionfruit aromas. It has all Top shelf English malts the IronWassail has but no spice and just one hop, Galaxy from New Zealand. The Galaxy 103 weighs in at 9.2% ABV. They're bringing in special 13oz stemware for the occasion. The price will be $5 per serving. Be sure to bring your growlers and take some IronWassail home for the holidays! (Growler Price TBD).

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Expecting to hear an opening day announcement any day now. But even though they aren't open yet, they've got one of their first events planned for Tuesday, January 7th - Yoga and Beer [BrewAsanas] at the brewery at 6:00pm. This is a good way to condition for hiking, running, biking, skiing or whatever activities you enjoy. Bring a yoga mat and water. Your event fee entitles you to a full session and a beer. Details on Facebook/KokopelliBeerCo.

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Denver) - Have you tried their Cranberry Snowflake Lager yet? It's a Wit inspired holiday lager brewed with cranberries, apples, raspberries, ten grains and 7 hop varieties. It has a slight tartness and weighs in at 7.8% ABV.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Right now, Great Divide has got their new year round beer coming off the line. Lasso India Pale Ale is set to debut in January. It's described as "the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine." This will be available in 6 packs, 5 gallon and 15.5 gallon kegs.

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Join them at Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings in Denver on Wednesday December 18th for a special Firkin tapping at 5:30pm. A Hopulent Mosaic Double IPA cask conditioned with Whole Leaf Summit as well! First 24 pints bought will get a free Epic Pint Glass.

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - The brewery is planning to stay up late for New Years Eve so you can party with them. Stop in to enjoy a barrel aged brew in their Barrel Room and they will be serving up a free firkin at midnight in the taproom. Party on!

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Tonight is SKI MOVIE night! The weather is perfect out for chilling in their beer garden, watching a ski movie, and enjoying one of their 9 beers with the good company! Big Kiwi will be there to serve you some food too!

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Need a job? Boulder Beer is currently looking for a Line Cook at their pub and also for a Massachusetts Promotions Representative. Check out their job listings at: boulderbeer.com/dream-jobs if interested. Also, when you stop into their Pub, try out of of their Twelve Blends of Christmas. They've come up with 12 different concoctions of blended beers including "Indian Summer", a blend of Jojo IPA and Never Summer Ale, and also "Black Betty", "Mobovoid" and others. Their Pub will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day, but open on Christmas Eve til 5pm and New Years Eve til 10pm.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The weather's warmed up, but it's still perfect stout drinkin' weather to us! Join in tomorrow, December 18th (5-9 pm) for this year's Foreign Style Stout Release Party at their Lee Hill tap room. From 5-7pm you'll have a 50/50 chance to get a FREE beer each time you order - just flip a coin! Call it correctly and it's on them!

Northern Colorado

Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins) - There's going to be a special Oskar Blues Fidy Friday on December 20th at 6:00pm. Tap n Handle will have 5 different Ten Fidy Imperial Stouts on tap: 2011 Ten Fidy, 2012 Ten Fidy, 2013 Ten Fidy, Makers Mark Barrel Aged Ten Fidy and a Nitro Smidy Ten Fidy. Embrace the dark and sip some Ten Fidy. Located at: 307 S College Ave in Fort Collins, CO.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Join their staff 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! Also, need a last minute gift idea? Buy a t-shirt or hoodie today and they'll buy you a pint of beer!

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - For their Sixth Day of Beer, Equinox will be tapping "Feats of Strength IPA". Just one of 12 different beers - one each day through Christmas Eve. Today they have a total of 5 IPA's on tap. Talk about a hoppy taster tray potential.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - In a press release issued today, Grimm Brothers announced that they have signed an agreement with Johnson Brothers Distributing Company that will begin distribution of Grimm Brothers beers into the state of Nebraska. Beers will start flowing into Nebraska immediately. Bottles first, then draft next. In other news, Grimm Brothers will be releasing a new beer this Friday in their taproom - Clever Hans. It's their take on American Brewers' creativity bridging the gap of complex aromas and flavors with careful balance. Oak aging and dry-hopping add a level of fun and creativity that every beer drinker can enjoy. This brown ale recipe started with German malts and was later dry-hopped with American Centennial hops. And then aged on oak. This brew weighs in at 5.2% ABV and 45 IBU.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's Wednesday Firkin will be "Cher-Lacto-Nobley". It's their infamous cherry quad soured with Lactobacillus for 6 months. There's strong notes of tart cherries that will help get you into the holiday spirit. It taps at 5pm December 18th. Also, Big City Burrito will be on site that night providing plenty of hot food. Then on Thursday, December 19th, stop in for their Lady Godiva beer release. It's their Noble One soured with Brettanomyces. Then on Friday, stop in for "Intro IPA", a brew made by their homebrew class on November 2nd. And the finale this week is "Dark Days of December" on Saturday featuring 5 versions of their Dark One on tap. 7 Stouts on tap total!

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Help them blow the keg today! Verboten has just a little of their Pennsylvania Swankey on nitro left and next up is Angry Banjo on nitro. Come in for $4 Swankey pints and the person to blow the keg gets a pint on the house!

Southern Front Range

Mountains and West

Two Rascals Brewing (Montrose) - On Wednesday night, December 18th at 7pm there will be a free film screening of "Reel Rock 8" - presented by Ouray Ice Park. There will be free popcorn and $1 tacos available. Along with the great brews on tap, there will be a drawing for a free pair of Madrock Climbing Shoes to those in attendance. Free film screenings every third Wednesday of the month.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - For those coming into town over the Holidays to do some climbing here are their holiday hours: Christmas Eve 11am-5pm, Christmas Day 5pm-9pm, New Years Eve 11am-close, and New Years Day 11am-9pm. They'll stay open for the holidays so you can enjoy great good and beer.

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Looking or something special to drink apres ski or apre shopping? Stop in and try their Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Cherry Stout. This brew was aged in barrels for 4 months and is rich and luxurious.
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