Monday, December 30, 2013

Colorado Beer News 123013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bacon Day. When all other holidays are over, it's time to celebrate one of America's favorite foods - BACON! Bacon Day is for bacon lovers. Celebrate this wondrous food by preparing bacon in one of a thousand different ways and adding it to your menu today. Beer and bacon go well together too. See what other pairings you can do with bacon. What have you mixed bacon with? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, December 30th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

Call ahead - many brewery taprooms may be closed early on New Year's Eve and on New Years, so check before you go out. And if you choose to drink alcohol for New Year's Eve please call for a taxi or bring along a sober designated driver.

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Metro Denver

Stem Ciders (Denver) - December 28th the soft opening of Denver's newest cidery. They didn't have their signage up yet, but look for their temporary sign on Walnut. Watch their Facebook page for more soft opening dates. Come into the parking lot at 2811 Walnut Street in Denver and head for their patio. They are located directly behind Mile High Winery. Their actual grand opening is expected to be around January 10, 2014.

Star Bar (Denver) - Looking for a place to spend New Year's Eve? Stop in at Star Bar for $4 craft beer can specials and a bubbly toast on the house at midnight! They'll stay open until 1:30am. There will be live music from The Switchyard Social Club. Located at 2137 Larimer in Denver, CO.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Each month a new theme is chosen for their Cask Wednesdays. In January, Copper Kettle's theme is "New Year's Resolution". Their recipes will offer a taste that will allow you to: Reduce Stress, Be Nicer, Eat Better, and Reduce Wheat in your Diet. Stop in every Wednesday in January for a unique cask that will be tapped at 3pm and last until it's gone (or 9pm). Check out what they have planned in the Colorado Beer Releases page.

4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield) - Progress is being made at this upcoming brewery in Broomfield. They are taking delivery of their brewing equipment today. If you're curious to see what they will be using stop by their location today at 8855 W. 116th Circle in Broomfield, CO. They plan to open sometime around the March 2014 timeframe.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - The brewers are busy tasting samples from their wood barrels today choosing which beers to blend for their upcoming Bourbon Barrel Stout. Look for that beer to debut sometime this week. Stay tuned for news on its release or check the Colorado Beer Releases page.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their tasting room (aka The Tasting Lab) will be closed today, December 30th for maintenance, but they will re-open tomorrow on Tuesday, December 31st and be open from 3pm to 8pm. They plan to have regular hours on New Year's Day from 3pm to 9pm. Start off the new year with WBC!

River North Brewery (Denver) - Get ready for J Marie Barreled & Bretted! This wine barrel aged and soured edition of their popular farmhouse ale will be released in bottles on Saturday, January 4th at 1pm. Stop in for a taste and buy a bottle to bring home with you.

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock) - Want to learn to brew? The shop is planning to host a Beginner Brew Class on Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm at the store at 1043 Park Street in Castle Rock, CO. Learn to brew on their big system and take home a batch of wort to ferment. Reservation is required. Contact eric[at]castlerockhomebrew.com.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - The brewery will be ringing in the new year from 7pm to 12:30am on New Years Eve. El Brian and Kris Wolf will be spinning tunes. Help them windmill headbang their way into 2014.

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - Starting in January, they will be open Saturdays from 2pm to 9pm. There will also be a Ping Point tournament there this Saturday, January 4th starting at 3pm. Join in! Located at 4750 S. Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2 in Englewood, CO.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Tomorrow, December 31st marks the release of their Black Gold Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout. This brew was made with 20 pounds of peanut butter cups and 20 pounds of powdered peanut butter. The beer will be released at 6pm on New Year's Eve.

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Come to their New Beers Eve party. Denver Beer Company is going to celebrate the new year by drinking their favorite beers of 2013 and beyond. Come ring in 2014 with the Barrel Room Collection beers in the Barrel Room while a DJ plays your favorite tunes! Let's start 2014 with a Barrel Aged bang! They will also host the normal (free firkin at midnight) New Year's shenanigans in the taproom.

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - FREE BEER ALERT! According to their Facebook page, if you stop in at the Pub at Boulder Beer Company this Saturday, January 4th between noon and 1:30pm you'll get your first beer free courtesy of Brewmaster DMZ!

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - The brewery plans to stay open until 1:00am on New Year's Eve. Stop in to enjoy their Belgian-inspired beers. There's no cover charge and you'll get a free beer for their midnight toast! Located at 820 Main Street in Louisville, CO.

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Yesterday, the brewery tapped a new batch of Eric the Red and is reportedly their best batch of it yet. Stop in for a taste. Open today at 3pm with happy hour running from 3pm to 6pm.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Wild Woods is hosting a New Years Eve pre-party from 4pm to 9pm on New Years Eve. They'll be pouring their Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA with mango and ginger at 4pm. Grab some food from the Heirloom food truck. Get $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills too. Closed on New Year's Day.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - The Maharaja IIPA returns this week! [PRESS RELEASE] It’s cold and dark out there and the Avery Brewing Company has something bright, floral, citrusy and vibrant for you—hops! Nothing washes away the winter blues like a hoppy beer and there is no hoppy beer quite like The Maharaja, which started hitting shelves and taps this week in Colorado. The word Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, “great” and rajan, “king.” Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. First brewed in 2005, The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series, also including The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest and The Czar Imperial Stout. The Maharaja is brewed in several small batches each year during the winter months. This latest batch marks the 18th release of the beer. The Maharaja, at 10.2% ABV and 102 IBUs, showcases a bouquet of hop varieties including Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook. More than five pounds of hops are added per barrel. The hops are set against a substantial malt backbone that gives the beer just a hint of caramel-like sweetness. The Maharaja offers complex aromas and flavors that range from fruity notes like grapefruit and strawberry to more pungent and biting layers that smack of grass and pine. This beer is intended for the most dedicated of the Hop Freaks! Also look for Avery's New World Porter to return this week as well.

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Tomorrow, December 31st will mark the soft opening of Broken Plow Brewery in Greeley from 4pm to 9pm. They plan to have 3 initial beers on tap including a brown ale, an IPA and a stout. More beers are due out by their grand opening. Visit them at 4731 West 10th Street. This marks the 46th and final Colorado brewery to open in 2013.

Cranknstein (Ft. Collins) - It's Locals Monday! Get $1.50 off any full pint of locally brewed beer, 75¢ off any 10 ounce pour. This includes: New Belgium Brewing's California Route and Peach Porch Lounger, Odell Brewing Co's Mountain Standard, High Hops Brewery's Dr. Pat's IPA, and City Star Brewing's Mule Kick. Located at: 215A N. College Avenue in Ft. Collins, CO.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Lots of events planned this week at the brewery. Today is FREE BEER MONDAY. Get a free pint on the house with every 64oz growler fill. On Tuesday (New Years Eve) they will be open from 2pm to 9pm with Euchre games starting at 6:30pm - Win Beer! They will be closed on New Year's Day. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night bring live music at 6pm each night.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Have you tried New Belgium's newest IPA? It's called "Rewind IPA" and is a throwback to the American IPA's that were popular back in the 1990's. This brew was introduced on a wide scale in mid-December. Grab one at a store new you.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - The brewery is hosting their 2nd annual Chili Competition on Saturday, January 18th from 2pm to 5pm. Do you have an awesome chili recipe? Then enter into the competition by contacting any of the taproom staff or by emailing aaron[at]grimmbrosbrewhouse.com. If you just want to sample, then the cost will be $12 for 15 samples plus a libation. Proceeds of this competition will benefit House of Neighborly Services.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Can't decide what to drink for your New Year's Eve party? Why not pick up a Brewer's Lunchbox Variety pack from FCB? This 12-pack has 5 different beers including Red Banshee Ale, Chocolate Stout, Major Tom's American Wheat Ale, and Rocky Mountain IPA.

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - The brewery just announced some January activities at the brewery that you might want to join in on. On Friday, January 3rd enjoy a beer over live music from The Jazz Cannibals at 6pm (no cover charge). Then on Friday, January 17th enjoy a screening of the ski film "Elevation" at 6pm - it's free. Then on Sunday, January 26th have a beer / food pairing with the Asian palate. $25 per person. Limited seating and reservations required. Contact the brewery for info and to reserve a spot. And finally, on Thursday, January 30th it's Trivia Night. Compete for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate. Bring a team and sign up.

Copper Club Brewing Company (Fruita) - Tonight there will be a community potluck dinner starting at 5pm. Bring a dish to share and get $1 off beers from 4pm to 7pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - The brewery will be open today 2-8pm, Tuesday 12-5pm, and open 10am to 4pm on New Years Day with a special New Years Day Hangover Brunch. They will also be open 12-8pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - The brewery will be hoppin' on New Years Eve thanks to DJ Ray-Ray and DJ Beau-Jangles. The party starts at 9pm with a $5 cover.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Today, it's back by popular demand. The Mexican Chocolate Stout is back on tap at 5pm tonight for one night only.
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