Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Colorado Beer News 121813

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Flake Appreciation Day, and by flake we don't mean people, we mean snow. And out here in Colorado much of our economy is driven by snowflakes. With them, we'd have no ski resorts and we'd have no drinking water. And without water, we wouldn't have any craft breweries here in the state. So we have a lot to be thankful for with the snowflake. Each flake is unique and under a microscope they appear to be a work of art. Appreciate the snowflakes today, they are what help to make Colorado beautiful this time of year. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Holiday Tip: Just wear your ugly sweater to all the breweries you visit this week and you might just get discounts on your beer. If not, you can always say you are filled with holiday spirit!

Metro Denver

Colorado Cider Company (Denver) - Turning the apple harvest into something wonderful this time of year. And with the addition of some cherries, hard cider can take on a whole new direction. Yesterday, Colorado Cider Company announced the arrival of their Cherry Glider Cider. They have it available now in their taproom in Denver. Bottles will soon be on store shelves just in time for the holidays.

Zephyr Brewing Co (Denver) - Funding is still underway on CrowdBrewed.com for this upcoming brewery in Denver. So far, their funding efforts have collected $2,100 towards their $15,000 goal. If you'd like to help Zephyr raise funds, head tot their CrowdBrewed page and watch their video and see what they are all about. The brewery has just received their building permits and construction can now begin on their facility at 2601 Walnut Street in Denver, CO.

Littlest Big Christmas Beer FestHops & Pie (Denver) - Coming up this Saturday, December 21st starting at 12 o'clock noon is a special Denver's Littlest Big Christmas Beer Fest at Hops & Pie. This session will feature more than 15 different Christmas or Holiday beers. Flights and individual pours will be available. Some of these beers are hard to find and you won't want to miss them. Click the poster to see all of the different beers that will be available. This fest lasts all day long. Located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Coming up for this Friday, December 20th at 4pm is another Jellyman's Deviation beer - this time they're tapping "Galaxy", a Single Hop Pale Ale (5.8% ABV) using, you guessed it, Galaxy hops. The taste is described as "A full hoppy foreground with slight biscuit maltiness and a pleasant lingering bitterness". Be sure to pair this with a specially prepared appetizer from Chef Jeff.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Today's special beer featured with the Randal is a Winter Warmer infused with Ginger, Cinnamon, and Cloves. They've also got Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks on site tonight to feed your face as well.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - It's One Barrel Wednesday! Today they are tapping a collaboration test brew called Beermuda Black Saison. This was a joint effort between Strange, Black Sky, Breckenridge Brewery, Wit's End, Renegade and TRVE Brewing. It was brewed with midnight wheat and molasses to create a non-traditional black saison. It was finished off with oak spirals soaked in rum. It weighs in at 5.7% ABV and 25 IBUs. They only have 1 keg and Black Sky Brewing has the other.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a new beer on tap this week. Stop in for a glass of 2013 India Red Porter | Track #1. It was brewed in the style of a Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA. It weighs in at 7.70% ABV and a big 80 IBU and 24 SRM. The taste of this beer is described as: "Pungent and resinous pine and bright citrus aroma, with a rich, roasty, and dark chocolate mouthfeel, finishing with a dry, and aggressive bitterness. The complexity of this beer is truly experienced as you drink a full glass of it. The enormous hop bite of the beer tends to fade back as your palate adjusts to it, and the softer and more subtle caramel and milk chocolate undertones in the body come forward."

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Don't forget! Today at 4pm their Russian Imperial Stout will be tapped. #atlast

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - There's a special holiday treat today in the form of a firkin tapping. Stop in for a taste of their Holiday Spice Imperial Stout. Then stick around for some food from Grahams Texapino.

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Fans of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Saddle Stout take note. They now have bottles of batch #1 and #2 available in 22oz bomber bottles in their tap room. Bottles sell for $15 each and has a limit of 2 each per customer. They will be open today starting at 4:00pm.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Never take that ugly sweater off this season, you never know who'll throw an Ugly Sweater Night event - like 12 Degree is this Friday, December 20th. The ugliest sweater wins a $20 Twelve Degree gift card. Located at 820 Main Street in downtown Louisville, CO.

Northern Colorado

Crow Hop Brewing (Loveland) - Crow Hop is hosting a "Bad Sweater Party" this Friday December 20th. If you wear a bad sweater you'll get $1 off pints and have your photo taken for their annual collage of sweater shame. Then on Saturday, they will release their Twelve Twenty-Five Spiced Stout. A big 12.5% ABV chocolatey stout infused with holiday spices, honey orange peel and molasses.

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - On Thursday afternoon, December 19th, author Emily Hutto of "Colorado's Top Brewers" will be in the taproom signing copies of her new book. While you're there, try one of their many brews and pilot brews on tap including: Celastrina, Baltic Porter, Myrcenary, Mountain Standard, Cherry Oh!, Oh My Gourd, Nitro 5 Barrel, Exp #1, Exp #2, Wellspring, Friek, and Nitro Cutthroat Porter. If you haven't seen their recently remodeled facility then you really need to see it!

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - What's coming up for Christmas week? Monday they'll be releasing Widow Maker, our 11.25% Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Christmas Eve they'll be open regular hours until 9pm (no taproom potluck but will have some complimentary sweets for you!). Taproom will be closed Christmas Day. Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) they are featuring a special music duo in the taproom at 6pm: Blake and Groves, featuring KC Groves and Greg Blake of Jeff Scroggins & Colorado.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Tonight is Big Beaver Mug/Mason Jar Night. If you have one already, bring it in and show it to Danielle and you'll get your first fill on the house.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Stop in tonight for Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm. Then tonight at 6pm stick around for "Name That Tune" with Frankin Taggart. Drink beer, name tunes, win prizes from 6pm to 8pm.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Hey what day is it? Guess What Day It Is? $1 off All Jug Fills Day! Oh ya, and it's humpday too.

Mountains and West

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - Breakfast Stout is back! A new batch was just tapped and is available for you in the taproom. Come have a pint by their warm fire.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Heading to up Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort tomorrow? They will have a special 5 gallon keg on tap of Ska's Buster Nutmeg Ale, a holiday edition of their Buster Nut Brown spiced with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Get off the slopes early and get a pint or two before it's gone.
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