Thursday, December 26, 2013

Colorado Beer News 122613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the Day After Christmas. In many ways, this is a day to recover from the big holiday rush. All the presents have been opened, the holiday leftovers are in the fridge, and there's no more presents to buy - that is unless you plan to spend a lot of time returning gifts and exchanging them for other gifts today. Many are still off work, but for those who do work today, it'll be hard to get back at it. Hopefully, you still have a stash of craft beer left over. If not, many breweries are back open today. if you live outside the USA (or used to) you might also be celebrating Boxing Day today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, December 26th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

Don't forget - holiday patrols are still beefed up this week looking for drunk or buzzed drivers. If you plan to celebrate this week, be sure to plan ahead and use a designated driver or call a cab to take you home. A DUI will end up costing you over $10,000, a lot of service hours and possibly worse.

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Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster) - Secretly last weekend, the brewery held a soft opening to a small test crowd which was deemed a success. Look for word on their grand opening at 8931 Harlan Street in Westminster, Colorado coming very soon. Kokopelli is one of two breweries planning to open before the end of the year here in Colorado.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - Good news! Their Sherpa Porter will be available all winter long. Also, they made a batch of Peppermint Porter infused with organic tea cut peppermint leaves and was tapped on Christmas day. Plus, try their Musee des Beer Arts, a Bordeaux Barrel-aged Belgian Blonde.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - This week for their Friday firkin, Dry Dock will be tapping a special batch of Cranberry Orange Gose on December 27th at 3pm sharp. If you've never had a Gose before be sure to give it a try. It's an old German beer style that has wheat, low bitterness, a bit of spice and a bit of saltiness.

Dad and Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - What's on tap for today? Today's brews include: Fathom Amber Ale, Dank IPA, Dirty Chai Milk Stout, Shot in the Dark Belgian Barleywine, Spiced Rum Barrel Sour Oatmeal Stout, Sleep When You're Dead Coffee Stout, and Owen Meany Dink IPA. Pair one with an artisan pizza. One of their pizzas today features spent grains from one of their hoppier beers.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) The brewery is now sending out cases of Eastern Candle (batch 2) barrel aged pale wheat ale and Mannanan (batch 1) sour brown ale to select accounts today. Look for those bottles on the shelves of Small Batch Liquors, Mile High Wine and Spirits, Joy Wine and Spirits, Mondo Vino, Mr. B's Wine & Spirits, and Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - The music group Big Head Todd and The Monsters will start celebrating the New Year early on Monday, December 30th at the Downtown Denver Rock Bottom Brewery, on the 16th Street Mall. This will be a Live Q&A Acoustic Happy Hour event hosted by Ginger from KBCO, so come hang with with them! Rock Bottom will be giving away some cool prizes, tickets to see Big Head Todd and The Monsters NYE at the Paramount Theater, signed items, and more. Visit Rock Bottom's Facebook page and tell them why you love Big Head Todd in the comments for your chance to win two tickets to their NYE concert in Denver!

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - There's a new Black IPA now on tap at Cannonball Creek. Stop in today at 3:00pm for a glass of Little India Black IPA. This brew was dry-hopped with Australian and American hops. What a good way to end the year on a hoppy note.

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Their taproom is back open today and they have Cask #3 of their Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Stout available. This brew was aged in a Cedar Ridge 12 ear old bourbon barrel for about 16 months. It's both on tap and available in 22oz bomber bottles to go. There just a bit of batch #1 and #2 left as well. A 4th cask of this stout should also be ready to tap in about two more weeks. In early January, they will be offering a Kriek (Belgian style cherry lambic) as well.

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT BRU - What better way to ring in the New Year with a handcrafted meal paired with handbuilt ales and a complimentary champagne toast? Beef Chef Ian Clark has expertly paired a three-course dinner with three of his handbuilt ales for just this. The meal begins with an amuse of Shaved Guanciale with a grit cracker and pickles. Then onto the first course which includes the option of Winter Squash and Barley Soup paired with Obitus American Brown Ale with roasted dates and caramelized sugar or a Warm Red Pea Salad with charred kale, dried cranberry, and chicken chicharones paired with his 5290 Saison with tangerines. Then onto the second course, with options like the Corned Beef Brisket with potato-cabbage hash, malt glazed carrots, and wee heavy peanut jus. And to finish things off, Chocolate Beignets with coffee-stout sauce and cranberry jelly paired with Beezel Belgian Style Golden Ale with biter orange, black pepper, and honey. For more details visit Seating is limited, for reservations call 720.638.5193.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The realm of Oskar Blue will get bigger coming December 31st when they open their latest business - CyclHOPS Bike Cantina. This place will feature food, rad bikes, 43 tequilas in their Teila Room and all your favorite beers (20 on tap + cans). They open on New Year's Eve Day at 1555 S. Hover in Longmont, CO. Live music that night from Chicha starting at 8pm.

Boulder Strong Ale FestAvery Brewing (Boulder) - The dates have been set for the 12th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest - Friday & Saturday, February 28th - March 1, 2014. Boulder Strong Ale Fest features epic brews from craft breweries around the country, bringing the beers of brawn and this king of categories to one holding pen for your pleasure! To make it into this fest, a beer must be 8% ABV or higher and represent something very special from the heart and soul of its creator. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 17th at 9am Mountain Time. Because this event is for charity, there will be no discounted designated driver tickets. See for upcoming ticket details.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Spend New Year's Eve with Twisted Pine. They will be releasing their medal winning West Bound Braggot on New Year's Eve at their official release party from 6pm to 9pm. Come see why this beer & mead hybrid won at the GABF.

Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - On Friday, December 27th at their Lee Hill location, Upslope will tap a Fan Firkin Friday cask of Milk Stout with vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. It's a great way to unwind after a nice holiday week.

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Sometime before the end of the year (hopefully), Broken Plow will be one of the two remaining breweries left to open up in Colorado. The beer is just about ready and the taproom is ready to go on the northwest corner of 10th Street and 47th Avenue at 4731 West 10th Street in Greeley, Colorado. Look for word on their opening any day now.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The taproom is open today with plenty of beer. Tonight they'll host live music at 6pm with Blake & Groves (bluegrass, folk, country). Happy Hour runs all night for #thirstythursday.

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today marks the return of their regular Thursday firkins. Today's offering is an Equinox Pub Ale that was dry hopped with East Kent Golding hops. Stop in today!

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Here's your chance to win Free Beer for a Year! If you donate 5 non-perishable food items to their Holiday Food Drive, you'll earn a chance to win a Loveland Aleworks growler and a free fill of beer every month during 2014. Clean out your pantry and drop them off soon. They are open from 2pm to 10pm today (Dec. 26th). Plus, today you can get Nick L's Rye wit on special today - $4/pint or a $6 growler fill.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Come to Patrick's today at 4 pm when they open to continue the Holiday celebrations. They have Port Brewing / The Lost abbey Gift of the Magi and Santa's Little Helper for just $2.50 all day! No Post-Christmas Blues here.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Are you known for your chili recipe? Enter in the Big Beaver 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off. 1 winner will be chosen from each category: Green Chile, Red Chile, and White Chili. Off-site prep is required. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. The event will be held at the brewery on Sunday, January 26th at 3pm.

Southern Front Range

Manitou Brewing Co (Manitou Springs) - Progress towards opening is now going full speed ahead. They plan to open sometime in early 2014. They've been getting the brewhouse and storage tanks ready and getting fittings for their glycol system ready. Look for word on opening day coming in the near future. They will be located at: 725 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs, CO. Follow their progress on

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - There's a new bier coming out - Rejuvenator Dopplebock. This brew will go on tap Saturday, December 28th. Mug Club members can get early pours today! Not a member - Join the Club today! More info at

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