Friday, December 20, 2013

Colorado Beer News 122013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Go Caroling Day. Grab some friends, head towards your favorite brewery or watering hole and start singing holiday songs. Who knows. If you're really good, they might just give you a free beer for your efforts! Do what you can today to help spread the holiday cheer this season. Happy Last Day of Fall! Starting this weekend daylight hours start getting longer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, December 20th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - How ugly is your holiday sweater? Show it off this Saturday night at 6pm for their Ugly Sweater Party. A winner will be selected at 6pm. $50 dollar Grist gift card for the winner. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd will be given also. El Toro the Tot will be serving their awesome burgers. Spiced Russian Imperial special tapping, as well as a Cranberry Kolsch Firkin. $4 Kolsch and Hefe 4 to close!

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver/Lakewood) - It's not really First Friday, but it is the first Friday for CAUTION: West! Either way, the party is on at both locations! They also have their newest VIP Growler + memberships available in Lakewood, only 130 were available, and are going fast. $6 fills for life, special beers release and events. Details at CAUTION: West in Lakewood! Business hours today - CAUTION: East 4-8pm and CAUTION: West 2-10pm.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Don't forget! Their sour brown ale "Manannan", packaged in 750ml bottles, goes on sale starting this Sunday, December 22nd at 1:30pm.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Every Friday this month, Big Choice has been tapping another keg of their Peppermint Stout. And today it is back on tap starting at 3pm. Come try this brew before it's gone for another year.

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - His Awesomeness - The Maharaja is back for another year starting today. Avery will be tapping this big Imperial IPA today at 5pm in the Avery Tap Room. You can expect to see legions of his bottles in stores soon after. As the Maharaja said, "I will conquer your palate!"

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. has acquired distribution rights from Upslope Brewing Company for the state of Arizona. Upslope uses the finest ingredients to craft award-winning beers at its two Boulder, Colorado breweries. This will be Upslope's first entrance into the Arizona market and expands their distribution footprint to three states. After meeting at the Great American Beer Festival, Golden Eagle built a relationship with Upslope, visiting their Boulder breweries and hosting them in Arizona. Management from both companies quickly realized this could be a great partnership. Arizonans will get to enjoy Upslope's year-round offerings including Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Craft Lager and Imperial Pale Ale as well as their limited release selections. These selections will be available in draught and cans. Upslope will be available in Arizona in early 2014.

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Celebrate New Year's Eve with Left Hand Brewing. Their taproom will be open December 31st from 5pm to ???. There will be 10 of their favorite specialty, seasonal and year round beers on tap. They will feature a toast with their Widdershins Barleywine at Midnight. Other beers on tap include: Mr. Black Schwarzbier, Oktoberfest Marzen, Dunkelweiss, Depp Cover Brown Ale, Jackman's American pale Ale, Motherlode Golden Ale, Safety Round - Round 2, Polestar Pilsner, and Milk Stout Nitro.

J Wells Brewery - Darker days call for darker beers. Come get some "Lig Ts Out Stout", a big 10% ABV beer - now on tap. Just 35 gallons of this in all. They've also been doing an upgrade on their cold storage room as well to ensure all their beers stay fresher longer.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Head on over to their Lee Hill location today for a special firkin tapping. They took their Imperial India Pale Ale and infused it with Buddha's Hand (fruit). Pucker up and get ready for this citrusy, hop bomb.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - tarting today, Niwot Market will be selling small plates in the tasting room on Fridays as well as Saturdays at 4 p.m. And, don't forget that today is their Fugly Sweater Party and Contest. All day, you get $1 off pints if you are wearing a Fugly Sweater and they'll be identifying contestants to win prizes between 6pm and 7pm.

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - On the 9th day of Beermas my brewery gave to me... Today's 9th Day of Beer features Spassmacher (fun maker) Rauchbier, a rich malty and smokey brew weighing in at 7.5% ABV.

American Eagle Distributors (Northern Colorado) - [PRESS RELEASE] American Eagle Distributing Co. (American Eagle) has donated $20,000 to flood recovery efforts in affected communities that it serves. The funds have been split and given to the Business Relief Fund in Loveland, The Weld County Flood Relief Fund and the Lyons Community Foundation/Flood Relief Fund. “Community drives us here at American Eagle Distributing. We have solid relationships with business owners, nonprofits, citizens and leaders in many communities affected by the recent flooding and are committed to helping them bounce back,” said Jerry Helgeson, founder of American Eagle. “We have worked with each community to identify the most critical needs and collected funds will go directly back into these communities to support these efforts.” In addition to this contribution, American Eagle is also working with other brewers to collect additional flood recovery funds. Those will be announced at a later date.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today marks the release of Clever Hans - an oak aged American Brown. 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 everyone can enjoy. They started off with a traditional brown ale recipe with German malts then dry-hopped with American Centennial and oak aged. This combination highlights a great malty beer with citrusy,herbal hops and oak. This one won't last long, so stop on by for a pint for a growler.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - In case you hadn't heard, the Funkwerks taproom will be closing early this evening for their Employee Holiday Party. The taproom will be open 12pm-7pm today, and they will be open regular hours tomorrow (12pm-9pm).

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - In 2012, the term "selfie" made Time Magazine's top 10 list of buzzwords, and by November 2013 the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. To celebrate the close of 2013, the brewery has decided to kick off a Wiley Roots selfie competition. Take a selfie with your favorite Wiley Roots schwag (shirts, caps, pint glasses, growlers, etc.) and post the photo to their Facebook page with the hashtag ‪#‎wileyrootsselfie‬ between now and December 31st at 11:59pm MST. The most creative shot, exotic location, or Wiley Roots inspired (or combination thereof) selfie will win a free growler. Just stop by the taproom by January 31st 2014 to redeem.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Tonight they mark the return of their "As You Wish", a chocolate raspberry stout. Plus, the publishers of the book "BrewDogs of Colorado II" will be on site signing books at 5:30pm. Get a free pint for every book purchased.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - If you attend their New Year's Eve Speakeasy party on December 31st, you'll be one of the first to try their pre-release of Tequila Barrel Incline IIPA at 7pm. Check the December Beer Fest Calendar for details.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - Ska is getting into the Snowdown Durango spirit a bit early this year and is planning to release their annual Snowdown beer on Friday, December 27th at 5pm at the taproom. The theme of the 2014 Durango Snowdown is "Safari So Good". Keeping with that theme, they will release a beer called "Dr. Livingstone, IPA?", an IPA brewed with African Gesho Stems. There will also be African theme food specials available from The Container Restaurant.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Rock in the New Year with Dillon Dam this year. On Tuesday, December 31st at 9:30pm there will be a special dinner menu to start off the night including party favors and free glass of champagne at midnight. Live music will be provided by Something Underground, a roots rock band who puts out a high-energy show. Contact the brewery for details at: (970) 262-7777. Located at 100 Little Dam Road in Dillon, CO.

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