Thursday, January 31, 2013

Telluride Brewing bringing its beers to Denver

Telluride Brewing CompanyGreat news for Denver as Telluride Brewing will finally bring their beers to the Mile High city next week.

[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, Colorado – February 4th - February 8th - Multiple locations in the Denver Metro area will be hosting Telluride Brewing Company as they offer up a special selection of their award-winning craft beer for the masses. This will mark the very first time Telluride Brewing has entered the Denver Metro Market. Their product was previously available only in Telluride and in Northern Colorado.

Telluride Brewing Company began as the brain child of Tommy Thacher and Chief Brewer Chris Fish. Having only been in business for a little over a year, winning gold medals at both the International Beer Festival and the Great American Beer Festival for their Face Down Brown is quite an accomplishment. Elite Brands is proud to be distributing their products on an expanded basis. The launch is a great way to try a selection of their craft-brewed beer if you haven’t already had the opportunity to do so. Tommy and Chris will be at numerous locations to talk to patrons about their beers as well as handing out brewery related merchandise.

The following is a beer centric locations will be pouring Telluride brews as part of the Denver launch:

Falling Rock Taphouse
Freshcraft
Ale House at Amato’s
Patrick’s
Hops and Pie
Lucky Pie Pizza – Denver
Vine St Pub

Event Details:

Who: Open to the public
What: Telluride Brewing Denver Launch
Where: Multiple Denver Locations
When: Week of February 4, 2013

http://www.telluridebrewingco.com/
Contact: Jon Sliter 303-503-5280

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Related articles:
- Telluride Brewing Company opens for business. (Oct. 2011)
- Throwback beers included in New Belgium Folly Packs.
- Boulder gets Knee Deep in collaboration.

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Colorado Beer News 013113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. There's beauty all around us and we may not even know it. Local artists create a wide variety of creative objects yet many go unnoticed. When was the last time you took a close look at a really good piece of art? Many of us consider what craft brewers do to be an art. Why not celebrate that and examine a pint of craft beer close up at your local taproom today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, January 31st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Yak and Yeti (Arvada) - From their recent blog update: Yak & Yeti received their new double-sided, gold-foiled growlers recently. The front is the same as the old growlers, but the back includes a drawing of the Victorian house they reside in, as well as a short history. They also have logo’d Brittanica mugs for sale. When you use their pint club card you automatically get a free logo pint glass, but since these are $8, if you pay the difference of $3, then you can get a mug in place of the pint glass. The growlers only cost $4 when you get a newly filled growler. New on tap this week - Yak & Yeti Milk Stout and their Yak's R.I.S. Next Wednesday is the re-release of the Vanilla Porter. Yak & Yeti's Chai Milk Stout will be on tap at all 3 Mountain Sun locations during Stout Month. In February, Yak & Yeti will also release a special Very Berry Stout, a collaboration with KROC member and BIRKO employee Dana Johnson, which features 3 boxes of Celestial Seasonings "Wild Berry Zinger Tea" per barrel.

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery opens tomorrow and they've posted their initial opening weekend hours (assuming that you all don't drink up all their beer): Friday, Feb. 1st 4pm - 10pm (Grand Opening), Saturday, Feb. 2nd 4pm - 10pm, and Sunday, Feb. 3rd 3:30pm til 1 hour after the Big Game ends. De Steeg is located in the back (alley entrance) at 4342 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm i their new Barrel Room, Denver Beer Co will be hosting a Beer & Cheese Pairing. They will have 4 cheeses paired with the Saison du fou, a chardonnay barrel aged saison aged with brettanomyces, The Wilderness, a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout along with Summit Sunrise and their Barleywine for $15. If you've never seen the Barrel Room you really ought to check it out!

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - February is Dain Brammage Month (Barleywine Month) at the Falling Rock. Their 16th annual Barleywine Dinner is set for Tuesday, February 5th @ 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now and cost $55 per person (tax & Gratuity included) through Feb 1st @ 7pm, $65 after that. Better hurry and get yours before the price goes up!

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Tomorrow begins the start of their 20th anniversary of Stout Month at all three (now 4) Mountain Sun locations. The month of February will feature up to 60 different stouts including at least 28 of their own concoctions and 30 or more guest stouts from other Colorado breweries. There will also be the winning annual homebrew competition stout recipe on tap, The Kraken, that was made with Kraken Black Rum soaked oak spirals. There will be a rotating selection of house stouts, several imperial stouts, a variety of barrel-aged stouts, new recipes, and guest beers. It's a dark beer lover's dream come true. Stop in at either the Mountain Sun or Southern Sun (and Under the Sun) in Boulder, and the Vine Street Pub & Brewery in Denver.

Fate Brewing Company (Boulder) - Monday is the official opening date for Fate Brewing in Boulder. The brewery, located at 1600 38th Street, Suite 100 in Boulder, CO will actually open for business without a working brewery in place, but fear not. They've been busy working with several local Colorado breweries (8) doing collaboration beers which will all be available on opening day. Since Fate is also a brewpub, they will be serving up their own food with a full menu as well. Fate has worked with breweries like: Boulder Beer, Echo Brewing, Asher Brewing, Crystal Springs Brewing, Shine Brewery, Twisted Pine, Southern Sun and Wild Woods to come up with some exciting collaboration beers. This will be the 1st Colorado brewery to open up with primarily collaboration only house brews. Once their brewhouse is completed in late February, they will revert to brewing up their own beers on site. The site is large with a capacity for 230 seats.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Did you miss their recent BREW-U event? Never fear, they're hosting another one coming up Saturday, February 23rd from 1pm to 4pm at the brewery production facility. This will be a comprehensive and hands-on 3-hour course targeting the complete novice, the experienced homebrewer, and everyone in between. The course will be taught by brewmaster / owner Bob Baile and will cover Brewing Basics, Yeast and Fermentation Effects, Style Guidelines, and Ingredient Selection. Participants will enjoy snacks, refreshments, and sample of various beer styles. Graduates of the course will receive a diploma and be entitled to Happy Hour pricing for the remainder of 2013. Cost is $75/pp. Sign up at the brewery or visit RegOnline.com/BrewUFeb.

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - For today's firkin, Equinox has come up with a version of their Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout conditioned with orange zest and organic chocolate. In their words: "Orange You Glad I Said Chocolate?" - come get some. It taps at noon.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell wants to help rebuild strength, balance & community and invite you to sign up for a special fundraiser for the NoCo Rebuilding Network. On February 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm they will be offering Flow for a Cause - a yoga flow class that includes 2 beers and a dinner from Spoons Soups, Salads & Sandwiches. Space is limited to 20 people and cost $30 per ticket. Please bring your own Yoga mat. More info at www.NoCoRebuilding.org.

High Hops Firkin FestHigh Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Mark your calendars for Friday, February 8th! It's High Hops' 1st Annual Firkin Fest! Come celebrate their 6 new taps that now given them 14 beers on tap. There will be a bevy of firkins on tap starting at 12:00 noon. Special 1-day firkins, live music and great food! Then, coming up on Tuesday, February 19th is a High Hops Beer Dinner at Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins at 6:30pm. Get 5 beers, 4 courses. Please RSVP to reserve your slot. Cost is $55 per person. Call 970.490.2489. Plus! Tonight, is Open Mic Night at High Hops. Sign up for a 15-minute slot. The stage will be open between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The Giggling Greek will be on hand serving up great Greek dishes starting at 4:30pm. Last item: need a keg for your Big Game party? High Hops is offering 10% off kegs this Saturday and Sunday on most beers. They also loan Bronco pumps.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Save the date! Saturday, May 18, 2013. You’ll want to be in Loveland Colorado for the First Annual Front Range Rally. It’s a Craft Beer and Food Truck festival for the benefit of Food Bank For Larimer County. 30 Craft Brewers and up to 20 Food Vendors will converge on the LOVELAND FOOD SHARE, @ 2600 N. Lincoln, Loveland, CO for an afternoon of fun, food and fine beer. Mark your calendars and watch for more details coming soon. Also, get over to the taproom tomorrow, February 1st, as Grimm Bros releases their Bleeding Heart Coffee Porter on draft. Bottle release will be next week.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Today is the day that marks the release of their Dark Prophet, a strong dark Belgian-style ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. It's available in bottles and on draft.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - This weekend is a double release! They're releasing the Heart Warmer Cherry Saison as well as welcoming back a new batch of Potent Pecker Pilsner. For the Big Game on Sunday, they are offering 1/2 price pitcher specials and a complementary burrito bar during halftime. They will stay open late for the game.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Up in the mountains this weekend? If so, stop by Dillon Dam Brewery and make your Big Game plans. Starting at 4:30pm, the brewery will put the game on their huge big screen TV. Get great drink specials from 3-6pm as they will offer up $2.50 pints, $3 Wine & Wells (in the bar only). Tonight (Jan. 31st), you can listen to heavy metal, punk and rock band Crux, a local band who'll start playing at 9:30pm.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - Are you and your friends good at trivia? Want to get your bar tab paid for tonight? Then head up to Poncha Springs and compete in their Trivia Night competition. The winning team gets their bar tab paid for. There will also be some swag given away to the runne
rs up. The fun begins at 5:00pm tonight. Be sure to try some of their great beers on tap.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Brewery Factoid (Colorado) - According to the Colorado Brewers Guild, Colorado craft breweries in the aggregate employ approximately 5,800 Coloradoans! Thanks to the breweries for helping to boost the Colorado economy and support thousands of families.

Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - The Oskar Blues eatery is hosting a Goose Island Tap Takeover today from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and one of the featured taps will be their famous Bourbon County Brand Stout and a few other surprises. It's not often you get a chance to get these beers on tap in Colorado. Get other there quick!

New Beer Labels (Colorado) - Fresh off the TTB approval list come these upcoming Colorado craft beer labels. Look for these beers to be available in bottles soon.
River North Anniversary Ale 1 River North Quandry Quadrupel Paradox The Cherished
BRU Beezel Eddyline River Runners Pale Ale
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Throwback Beers included in New Belgium Folly Packs

New Belgium Folly PackNew Belgium Brewing’s Folly Packs Rotate “Throwback” Beers

Seasonal Favorites will Appear throughout the Year in Folly Packs

[PRESS RELEASE] Ft. Collins, Colo., January 30, 2013 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is bringing back fan favorites from the proverbial “past”. Starting in 2013, each Folly Pack (mixed 12-pack of New Belgium beers) will have a beloved former seasonal release from the archive.

“We've been rotating out seasonal releases every two years to keep things fresh for the beer drinker,” said New Belgium Spokes Model, Bryan Simpson. “We get a lot of requests for classics like Loft, Springboard and Giddy Up, so this allows us to revisit some old faves while keeping the seasonal program progressive and dynamic.”

The following beers will be packed for folly:
Q1: Fat Tire, Ranger, Trippel, and Springboard*
Q2: Fat Tire, Ranger, Shift, Blue Paddle* and Loft*
Q3: Fat Tire, Ranger, Rampant, Shift and Giddy Up*
Q4: Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Rampant and 2 Below*

The *asterisks represent the “throwback” beers that aren’t available outside of the Folly Pack.

In other news, New Belgium’s spring seasonal Dig Pale Ale will soon hit the shelves. Dig will be the focus of New Belgium’s upcoming BeerStream, a live video feed hosted by New Belgium that gives fans an opportunity to engage with brewers and assorted brewery folks in a virtual tasting and Q&A. The next BeerStream event is February 12 at 6:00 p.m. mountain time. To learn more, go to http://bit.ly/Wykqim.

To find New Belgium beers in your area, you can use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Belgo IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

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Colorado Brewery Music January 30 - February 5 2013

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLike a little music to go with that taproom beer? While craft beer may be the universal social lubricant, local live music is the key to the soul. Here's a line-up of local and regional musicians and groups who are playing at a local brewery taproom or craft beer bar near you here in Colorado for January 30th through February 5th, 2013.

Get a complete music listing for the next two months for all local breweries and beer bars and more at the Colorado Brewery Music Listings page. More bookings are being added daily.

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
- Open Mic Night - Palisade Brewing Co - Palisade - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
- Lunde Station - Odell Brewing - Fort Collins - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
- Delta Sonic Trio - West Flanders Brewing - Boulder - 8:30pm - 11:00pm
- Open Mic Night - Patrick's Irish Pub - Greeley - 9:00pm

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
- Esther Sparks (gypsy folk) - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
- Steve Manshel - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
- Danny Shafer - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
- Acoustic/Vocal Open Mic Night - The Mayor of Old Town - Ft. Collins - 7:00pm
- Open Mic Night - High Hops Brewery - Windsor - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
- Crux (rock)- Dillon Dam Brewery - Dillon - 9:30pm
- Irish Jam Session - Patrick's Irish Pub - Greeley - 6:30pm

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Friday, February 1st, 2013
Beaver Jam Bluegrass Jam - Big Beaver Brewing - Loveland - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
- Tyler T. - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Live Music (TBA) - Equinox Brewing - Ft. Collins - 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
- Mamma Lenny & the Remedy - New Belgium - Ft. Collins - 7:00pm - Lost in the Woods Party
- Ana Sia & Kraddy - Eldo Brewery - Crested Butte - 10:30pm $15 cover
- Blue Grama (bluegrass) - High Hops Brewery - Windsor - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
F.A.C. Live Music - The Mayor of Old Town - Ft. Collins - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
- Jo Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters - Oksar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 8:00pm - 11:30pm
- Rocktin Grove - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 8:00pm - 11:30pm
- The Railsplitters - West Flanders Brewing - Boulder - 10:00pm - 12:00am.
- Chancer Hooley - Left Hand Brewing - Longmont - 8:00pm - 10:00pm.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
- Doctor Robert (Beatles tribute) - Dolores River Brewing - Dolores - 8:00pm no cover.
- Social Livers - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
- Craig Corona - Bootstrap Brewing - Niwot - 4:00pm.
- Paul Sprayberry - Echo Brewing Company - Frederick - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- The Magic Beans - Eldo Brewery - Crested Butte - 10:30pm
- David Richey & Jordan Ramsey - Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel - Longmont - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
- Johnny O Band - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 8:00pm - 11:30pm
- Ronnie Shellist Blues Band - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 8:00pm - 11:30pm
- Live Music - Verboten Brewing - Loveland - 1:00pm - 9:00pm - Grand Opening Celebration
- Left Hand Market Boys - Left Hand Brewing - Longmont - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
- Michael Kirkpatrick - Verboten Brewing - Loveland - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
- Old-Time Jam (open) - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
- Bluegrass Pick - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - Noon - 3:00pm
- Lindsey Lou & the Flatbellys - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
- Fauxgrass (bluegrass) - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
- Live Music (TBA) - Mountain Sun - Boulder - 10:00pm
- Live Music (TBA) - Southern Sun - Boulder - 10:00pm

Monday, February 4th, 2013
- Electric Blues Jam - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
- First Tuesdays Comedy Night - The Mayor of Old Town - Ft. Collins - 7:30pm
- Bluegrass Pick - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 8:00pm - 11:30pm
- The Stubby Shillelaghs (Irish) - Patrick's Irish Pub - Greeley - 9:00pm

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Colorado Beer News 013013

Colorado Beer NewsHumpdays give us hope. How? Wednesday marks a milestone in the week that says your workweek is halfway over and the weekend will soon be here. Celebrate that! And what better way to do so than to visit your favorite taproom at the end of your day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, January 30th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Every Wednesday, Copper Kettle will offer up a new, rotating firkin on the hand pump. Check and Like their Facebook page for the firkin schedule or sign up for their "Weekly Cask Update" on their web site for details. Today's cask is a Jasmine IPA. It taps at 3:00pm! Also, don't forget - on Fridays they now open at 12 noon!

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Stop in today for Happy Hour pricing all day long. On Friday, they'll release A.L. Old Ale - a 9.1% ABV 20 IBU malty brew with lots of body and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. Mug Club members can sample it starting today.

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Denver will get another brewery on Friday as De Steeg Brewing opens it's doors on February 1st for the first time. They play to have 3, possibly 4 beers on tap for their Grand Opening including: Pomegranate Acai Wheat (5.5% ABV), an English Mild on nitro (5.1% ABV) and a big Imperial Pumpkin Ale (11% ABV). Located in the back alley side of 4342 Tennyson Street. Look for the black and white sign!

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Come celebrate Mardi Gras season at the Koop with a Rum & Beer Dinner on February 7th at 6:30pm. Wynkoop is planning a 5 course meal and pairing a rum and beer with each course. Cost is $45 per person. Reservations required: 303.297.9999.

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Celebrate Groundhog Day a day early this Friday, February 1st at their Highland's Ranch location. Woodchuck Hard Cider will be on hand pouring some of their classic hard ciders and passing out prizes for those that guess right as to whether the groundhog will see his shadow this year. The Woodchuck event runs from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Don't forget to get some great food and test some of their 50 beers on tap.

Boulder County

Atom Brewing Company (Erie) - The owners are still negotiating the final details of their business with the Town of Erie, Colorado for the proposed location of 600 Briggs Street. Once that is complete, they plan to get to the board for final approval, get the keys to the building and begin construction. Atom Brewing is targeting a June 2013 opening. More details as they become available.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - February is coming and that means one thing. STOUT MONTH! All month long at all three locations (Southern Sun, Mountain Sun and Vine Street Pub & Brewery) they will be offering up a huge line-up of the best, darkest stout beers around. New stouts will be released all throughout the month including several old favorites. Get ready to give into the dark side of beer and enjoy a stout during Stout Month.

Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - New Belgium just put out a great new 2-minute+ promotional video that showcases their operations in Fort Collins and also give a peak at their new Asheville location. Check out the video below or watch it directly on YouTube. Watch closely as the images tend to change rapidly.


Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Now that they've been open for a couple weeks, Verboten Brewing wants to officially throw a Grand Opening Celebration and everyone's invited! On Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00pm to 9:00pm stop in for some tasty new beers, live music, giveaways, beer cupcakes and a fun time for all. Two food truck will be parked outside as well. Some new beer releases will be coming out that day as well.

Southern Front Range

BiersWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Tickets are now on sale for the Winter Beer Fest in Woodland Park slated for February 16th, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm. Cost if $15 online or $30 at the door (so get them early). Nine+ breweries are expected to participate in the event to be held in the Woodland Park Cultural Center.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today's special - get $1 off all Jug fills today. Jugs to go - New $12 and Refills $7. Get over the hump with a jug fill and your favorite Bristol brew!

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The brewery is planning to hold a Beer & Cupcake pairing event on Thursday, February 7th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Tickets for this event will be $10 in advance and can be obtained by calling 970.925.3009. This event will sell out fast so call soon. Three different beers will be paired with 3 different cupcake treats.

SnownDown Festival (Durango) - Starting today and running through Sunday February 3rd - Durango's SnowDown festival! Now in its 35th year! A long time ago back in 1979 the Land of Durango was covered in winter's darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed. A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit. And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah, heard this hue and cry. He enjoined the Lords of Business and the Lords of Information Dissemination that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need. Then the Founder said to the people, "Let there be FUN!" And SNOWDOWN was established as a winter Fun celebration. This year's theme is "Get Your Geek On". And there's always plenty of beer related activities in this beer town. For more info visit: www.snowdown.org.

Dolores River Brewery (Dolores) - This Saturday night! Help the brewery celebrate 11 years of great beer, great music, and great community! They are hosting a Mod/psychedelic dress up dance party at the pub featuring the Beatles tribute band, Dr. Robert! The music starts at 8:00 pm and NO COVER! Just fun and appreciation! (And great beer too)

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Tonight is a concert and fundraiser at Lord of the Mountains Church for Leon Littlebird, who is battling leukemia. Many of his musician friends are playing ( Arnie J Green, John Truscelli, Moe Dixon, Len Rhodes, Pine Beetles, Dewey Paul Moffit and Jeff Shook). These musician are gathering at Pug Ryan's following the concert, and they will donate half of the beer sales during that time to Leon's medical fund. Come hear some great music and have cold beer while supporting longtime local Leon Joseph Littlebird.
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CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Art of Winter mixes art with breweries and shops

Art of WinterDenver Breweries, Local Spots Host Art of Winter Themed Art Galleries

Upcycled Ski, Snowboard Themed Art Galleries Inspired by Each Location

[PRESS RELEASE] What: Denver Breweries and local restaurants are host to Art of Winter’s themed Upcycled Ski & Snowboard Art Galleries. More than 20 Colorado artists created themed artwork on non-traditional canvasses of recycled skis and snowboards. Artwork is available via online auction at ArtofWinter.co or at the respective “Buy It Now” price.

When: Now through Feb. 10, 2013.

Where: Participating Locations & Gallery Themes:
• Backcountry Provisions - The Avalanche Gallery – Inspired by the deli’s “Avalanche” roast beef sandwich.
• Crave Coffee & Dessert Bar – Ski Denver Gallery – Nordic-themed inspired art.
• Denver Beer Co. – The Hops Gallery – All things beer and hops, just like the DBC. The limited edition Sony Bono Skis are causing quite the conversation.
• Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen – The Food Gallery – The Bacon Snowboard is already an AoW favorite.
• Renegade Brewery– The Elevation Gallery - Inspired by Renegade’s Elevation Triple IPA, a 11.2% beer. Renegade is also is home to the Wagner Scramble Ski Exhibit. More info below.
• Strange Brewing - The Cherry Bomb Gallery –Based off the brewery ’s Cherry Bomb Belgian Stout.

Wagner Scramble Skis Exhibit at Renegade: Wagner Custom Skis and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival collaborated with Colorado renowned artist, Scramble Campbell to create this unique Art of Winter exhibit. The idea was to create a pair of custom skis from start to finish using a custom ski canvas as the paint canvas for Scramble Campbell’s famed style of ‘performance painting,’ for the 2012 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. This video depicts the creation of the piece: https://vimeo.com/58415564

Starting on first Friday, Feb. 1, the Wagner skis will be displayed at Renegade Brewery. All Renegade visitors this weekend can enter to win two three-day passes to the 2013 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. The skis are available via online auction at ArtofWinter.co with proceeds going directly to the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Additionally, all Art of Winter Upcycled Gallery visitors can be entered to win a $200 Larimer Square gift card. Contestants simply need to upload a photo with them next to any Upcycled Art at gallery to Facebook.com/larimersquare.

About Art of Winter: A snow-inspired exhibition featuring Colorado artists and innovators expressing their passion and creativity in their everyday work. This three-week series from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10 features exhibits, events and panel discussions, offering a canvas for sharing the stories and creations of artists and entrepreneurs who are melding their passions and professions.

For a full schedule of events, gallery guides and more information about Art of Winter, visit ARTOFWINTER.CO.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nothing is Verboten about this Loveland celebration

Verboten BrewingThe welcome mat was rolled out on Monday at Loveland's newest brewery Verboten Brewing in a special Industry Night thank you celebration. Verboten opened to the public on January 11th and since then has been busy serving local craft beer. Currently, the small brewery and taproom are open just Thursday through Sunday each week, but has plans to expand their hours further later this year.

Members of the local beverage industry and the media got together for drinks and catered food delights in an effort to thank them for their help in getting Verboten to opening day. The party was well attended by around 90 guests. There were 7 different beers on tap, delicious bites from Fly By Diner and an open brewhouse to showcase their operations.

The beers on tap included: Where's Carl (English IPA), Thinking of Something Orange (Orange Blossom Honey Wheat), Five Second Frencher (Lemongrass Wit), Angry Banjo (Kentucky Common Cream Ale), Midnight Expresso (Coffee Stout), Killer Boots (Caramel Porter) and The Behemoth (Rum barrel-aged sour Porter).

Verboten Brewing taproom

I managed to sample 3 of their beers. First up was the Killer Boots (Caramel Porter) which had a delicious roasted malt taste with a hint of caramel. The staff stated that this beer was their top seller so far. Next up was The Behemoth - a modestly soured barrel-aged beer with a subtle funk and roast aroma. Lastly came the Angry Banjo - a cream ale that had the most amazing creamy / frothy head I'd seen. It reminded me of a nitro tap although they insisted it wasn't on nitro. My favorite was the Caramel Porter for sure. Can't wait to come back and try their other offerings.

The brewery is situated in a small business complex on Taurus Court just off of Boise Avenue in Loveland. Across the street to the north is Dancing Pines Distillery, who by the way supplied some of the barrels being used to barrel-aged some of Verboten's beers.
Co-owner/brewer Joe Akers
The brewery is owned and managed by two couples - Josh and Angie Grenz and Joe and Keri Akers. Josh and Joe act as the brewers and had previously homebrewed together for a long time before deciding to open up the brewery. I had a chance to speak with Joe Akers who graciously showed off his 3-barrel brew system. They have a few 7 barrel fermenters and have room enough to produce double batches. Verboten brews a couple of times a week and manages to keep all of their fermenters working at all times. There were several oak barrels also working on some upcoming small batches.

Verboten brewhouse

Joe stated that they plan to keep offering different style beers all the time, not just a variety of standard house beers. Look for something new coming every couple of weeks. Should business really start taking off, they have the ability to add several more fermenters as well as an option to expand into another room directly south of their existing space behind the brew wall.

Verboten taps

Angie Grenz, aka their Mistress of Marketing, stated that they had gotten about 90 RSVP's for their industry gathering. Reps and brewers from several local breweries were on hand as well as some bar owners and distilleries. There seemed to be a wonderful spirit of cooperation among beer businesses there. Sure, they compete for the same share of the beer market, but they do it in a very non-cutthroat way. The party had a great turnout and there were plenty of beer selection to go around.

Verboten celebration

Verboten will be open to the public again this Thursday with up to 7 beers potentially on tap. They are located at 1550 Taurus Court in Loveland. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at: www.verbotenbrewing.com.

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Killer Boots Caramel Porter Angry Banjo Kentucky Common Cream Ale

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Curmudgeos Day. It's an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Celebrated on the birthday of W.C. Fields, one of America's most beloved curmudgeons. He was also one of Hollywood's most famous movie drunks. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - If you're heading to Denver for the SnowSports Industries America trade show then go pick up a So Gnar x Breckenridge Brewery can cooler. These will be given away to the first 200 people during the Shredded Beasts show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom this Saturday, February 2nd. The show is a celebration of snow sports culture and features national and local music acts.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Trivia is coming to the Wynkoop. Wednesday night at 8:30pm they'll be hosting Geeks Who Drink for the 1st time. Enjoy beer-blessed trivial geekdom and $10 Wynkoop pitchers.

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Looking for a place to stay and watch the Big Game on Sunday? Denver Beer Company has you covered. They will have a pre-game party in the brewery and then turn the game on in the Barrel Room with the large screen projector. Barrel Room doors open at 3pm so come early to get a seat. Plenty of tapped beers and snacks available - so wear your stretchy pants.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Time for another special firkin! On Wednesday, January 30th from 3pm to 9pm (or when the firkin kicks), Copper Kettle will be tapping their Jasmine IPA. It's a limited run so get a pint quick.

Boulder County

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) and Fate Brewing Company (Boulder) announce the release of a collaboration beer called: Eastside Extra Pale. It's at 7% ABV and brewed with 100% Belma hops and a touch of orange zest. Available at 4pm today at Wild Woods and next week at the Fate Brewing grand opening.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - There's a special tapping going on today. Their "Red Beerd" has been aged in a rm barrel. They will be pouring 10oz glasses of this tiny batch of special beer. Red + Rum = Yum! Just don't tell that to Jack Nicholson.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday, January 30th, at High Hops they will be tapping another special Humpday Firkin. This time it's "Whiskey Oak Stout". Thurday the 31st will be Open Mic Night with Jordan Price at 5:30pm. Bring your talent to show off on stage. The Giggling Greek truck will be on site to serve up some of the best Greek food around. Then on Friday, February 1st, Blue Grama blue grass will be playing from 6pm to 8pm and the Wing Shack will have some tasty wings for sale. Saturday features Bedrock BBQ. All weekend just for the Big Game they will offer up 10% off keg orders Saturday and Sunday.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Trivia fans - tonight is another session from 7pm to 9pm. The Orange Crunch will be serving food from 5pm to 8pm-ish and the special tonight is Smoked Elk German. Oh yes, plenty of fresh beer on tap to wash it down with too.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Tonight bring music from Franklin Taggart starting at 5pm. If you buy an Aleworks t-shirt today, they will treat you to a pint on the house. If you wear your existing Aleworks t-shirt in today, they'll take $1 off your beers all day long. Bonus: Food available from Chaulkboard Gourmet Express featuring tacos, burgers and more!

Mountains and West

Revolution Brewing (Paonia) - Music is back at Revolution Brewing after a month hiatus. Starting in February they'll be offering live music at the brewery twice a week on Wednesday's and Thursday's. Music starts around 5:30pm in the tasting room at 325 Grand Avenue in Paonia, CO. Open mic night is the first Thursday of every month.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - On Friday, February 1st at 6pm, Hops & Pie will host another Firkin 1st Friday. February's firkin will be a special treat from Crooked Stave - Surette Saison - barrel-aged with Hibiscus & Cinnamon. This wood aged farmhouse ale is brewed with malted barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt. Surette was fermented and aged in large oak foeders with Brett and Lacto naturally present. Post fermentation cinnamon & hibiscus were added then transferred to a 10 gallon downslope whiskey barrel for another bout of aging. This wild ale weighs in around 6.5% ABV and will lend some warming characteristics for a brisk February 1st.

Star Bar (Denver) - Tonight at the Star Bar on Larimer in Denver will be a #DenverTweetup and "Can Do" MS Fundraiser starting at 6:00pm. Come meet the virtual people you tweet in person in support of Team Teledu and Can Do MS. Donate $6 to receive two complimentary 12oz beers from Dry Dock Brewing. 100% of the proceeds go to Can Do MS. Guilt free beer, the best social media people, and a great cause. No excuse not to be there.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Colorado Beer News 012813

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Admit it, we all have secretly admired bubble wrap and have caught ourselves popping those individual bubbles. Perhaps even stomped on them until every single bubble is gone. Find some bubble wrap today and give it a pop. Otherwise, wrap up some good beer with it and ship some to a friend who doesn't get your beer there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, January 28th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - TAKE IT IN THE CAN! On Saturday February 2nd, from 11am – 5pm Dry Dock is having a “Take in the Can” launch party to celebrate the release of Dry Dock Brewing beer in cans. Cans of Apricot Blonde, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale and Hop Abomination will be available for $3 each. As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take it in the can… no glassware allowed!

Rock Bottom (Denver) - This Thursday, January 31st, Rock Bottom will be tapping their OLD ALE at 6pm and will be serving a complimentary pint until 6:30pm (21+ only). Then on Thursday, February 14th (Valentines Day) they'll be tapping RIGHT BE CIDER, a cider ale at 6pm and once again will offer a free pint until 6:30pm.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - If you stop by the brewery today or tomorrow, January 28-29, you'll find their doors are closed. Fear not! They are doing some improvements and maintenance and will be back open on Wednesday the 30th at 4:00pm.

Boulder County

BRU Handbuilt Ales (Boulder) - From their recent Press Release - 2013 looks to be an exciting year for BRU handbuilt ales. The year kicked off with Draft Magazine releasing their list of “2013 Breweries to Watch,” which included BRU along with five other breweries across the country that they’re “keeping an eye on.” Beer Chef / Founder Ian Clark was delighted with the news; “I feel very honored and honesty just ecstatic. Given our small size I never expected to be included. It is really exciting and I’m so happy that people are enjoying the BRU.” Ian Clark is also proud to announce the release of his third handbuilt ale, Beezel. Beezel, a Belgian Style Golden Ale handbuilt with honey, black pepper, and bitter orange peel joins Citrum and Obitus in the BRU lineup. This crisp, effervescent Belgian Style Golden Ale is a perfect example of Ian’s culinary skills at work. The bitter orange peel and black pepper create a delicious depth that builds on the fruity and spicy flavors in the Belgian yeast strain while he honey adds complexity.

Fate Brewing Company (Boulder) - Opening day is getting closer. The official opening day is now set for Monday, February 4th. They plan on having some soft openings set for this weekend but expect to be open for business by this time next week.

Oskar Blues (Longmont + Lyons) - Speaking of temporary closings. All three O.B. locations - Home Made Liquids & Solids, The Tasty Weasel Taproom and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew will be closed today at 2pm to give their employees a holiday day. They will all be back open on Tuesday for regular business hours.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Avery will be hosting a Guided Tasting of Stouts & Porters on February 5th starting at 6:00pm. Tickets went on sale today. The chocolatey, creamy, roasty, hoppy, and spicy flavors of this wide variety of brews will open your eyes to the wonderful world of dark beer. Special guest beer from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Couples looking for a great place to have a Valentine's Dinner might want to consider dining at the Bleeding Heart Valentine Dinner at Grimm Brothers on February 14th at 7pm in the taproom. It will be a 7 course meal featuring 7 different Grimm Bros beers (including their special Valentine beer) and 7 tasty food pairings. Cost is $75* and limited to 30 couples. Tickets available on BrownPaperTickets.com.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - There's been interest lately from a couple Colorado breweries of late in mixing in grapes or grape juice in with beer and Odell is coming out with their new Amuste Oak Aged Imperial Porter on February 9th. This will be the first cellar offering of the year for Odell. Read all about it in their Press Release from today. Also, two beer bloggers have joined together for a joint beer review of Odell's other recent release - Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Mark Robinson of Brewtally Insane and Fermentedly Challenged share tasting notes on this big chocolatey beer.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Heads up Funkwerks fans: The taproom is low on bottles of Montagne, the lighter citrus saison, and Liege, a highly hopped Belgian-style ale. Both were experimental releases and probably won’t be back on their menu for a while - if ever! So better get some while it lasts.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Echo's first chili contest will be held Saturday, February 16th at 2pm. This contest is the first in a series and will be Green Chili. For additional details and to sign up see Kristen or Krystal in the tap room.

Southern Front Range

Rocky Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Nerd Night Mondays are BACK! Now that football has ended the nerds are once more in the commanders chair, from 6-9pm. Bring in your group for some table top gaming(risk,D&D,apples to apples, cribbage, warhammer, etc...) and receive 10% off your whole groups tab IN ADDITION TO pitchers at growler price! Prefer to go it solo? That's cool too, just bring in your laptop because PC GAMERS RECEIVE buy one get one free 1/2 pints! 6-9pm, on Monday Nights (that is until football returns in the Fall).

Mountains and West

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) - Must be a trend today. The brewery will be CLOSED all day today but will re-open on Tuesday at 12:00pm sharp.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - 2012 was a great year for Elevation Beer. They produced 935 barrels last year and overshot their projections by nearly 40%. They did that in only 7 months of operations. Over 50% of sales came from their Blue Series. Elevation just completed their first expansion which will help them triple capacity and improve bottling speeds. Capacity now stands at 4,000 bbls a year. Soon, their Blue Series will be available across the entire state of Colorado. Look for First Cast IPA and Little Mo' Porter to be available in ping bottle 4-packs and draft. Their Black and Double Black Series in seasonal 750ml bottles will also soon make their way across Colorado.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Colorado Brews - TV ShowColorado Brews (TV Show) - A new TV show about the Colorado craft beer scene is coming and the first episode will be shown on Rocky Mountain PBS in April! The show was created and produced by Charles Nuckolls and is hosted by reporter & author Ed Sealover (Denver Business Journal - Mountain Brew) and features segments by Chef David Davis (The Golden Hotel) and local beer bloggers Leah Arthur (Colorado Beer Girl), Billy Broas (BillyBrew) and Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged). Read all about it in the full article here.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Ever taken a trip around the world? Now you can take a beer tasting trip and never have to leave Colorado. Starting this week, grab a beer passport at Patrick's and drink your way around the world and earn free prizes while you go. It's their Around the World in 80 Flavs. Ask your bartender for a passport. The passport costs $5 but your 10th beer is free. Buy beers and drinks from around the world and get your passport stamped and win awesome prizes. Complete the tour and they'll give you a personalized glass permanently kept at the pub for you to use. #aroundtheworldin80flavs

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (3 Locations in Colorado) - One Big Ass Tap Takeover with Avery Brewing is coming to all 3 Parry's Pizza locations on Saturday, April 27th. All day long, 11am to 11pm, there will be 90 Avery beers on tap - over 30 at each location. The Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to certify that this is the largest tap takeover - ever. Raffles will be happening at every location throughout the day for those that purchased Avery beers at the event. There is scheduled to be a VIP tour of Avery Brewing given away at all three locations. Parry's has locations in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and the new one in Greenwood Village, CO.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Big Game Day is also Great Divide Day at Choice City this Sunday. They've rented a big screen TV and will be offering a $15 all you can eat buffet with 5 different kegs from Great Divide on tap including 2 limited editions. Football, Food & Beer - that just about covers it for that day!

Freshcraft (Denver) - Come join in for The Mega Pigskin Party this Sunday 4pm at Freshcraft. Tickets are being sold for this intimate gathering with plenty of food pairings to go along with select Avery Brewing beers. There will also be party games and chances to win beer, swag & gift cards. Get tix at BrownPaperTickets and use code "football" at check out to get $10 off the admission price. Limited to 30 customers only so hurry.
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Help brewers get their kegs back with Keg Return

KegReturn.comBrewers Association Launches KegReturn.com

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • January 28, 2013 – The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—today launched KegReturn.com, a site that provides tools to help consumers, homebrewers, retailers, wholesalers, brewers and scrap yards redirect kegs back to the breweries that own the kegs.

Kegs are always the property of the brewery which purchased them and filled them with beer. Many kegs disappear as a result of accidental mishandling, while others go missing due to intentional misappropriation. KegReturn.com offers a convenient way for kegs to get returned to their proper owner.

“Craft beer sales have grown tremendously over the past decade, which means the number of kegs owned by brewers has increased as well,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “Keg disappearances and the resulting profit loss are hindering opportunities for craft brewers. We must ensure kegs are returned to their owners, it’s the right thing to do.”

According to the Brewers Association, keg loss costs craft brewers between $0.46 and $1.37 per-barrel of annual keg production. Assuming 2011 craft beer sales of 11.5 million barrels, that is a total direct capital charge to craft brewers of $5.3 million and $15.8 million annually. Lost kegs act as an enormous additional and unintended tax on beer, ultimately having a direct impact on job growth and profit reduction for brewers, wholesalers and retailers.

“Understanding the issue at hand is a vital part of finding a solution,” said Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and BA Technical Committee chair. “The online resource at KegReturn.com allows people to contact the brewery or their local distributor to return kegs back to the brewery to be filled again with beer. We call on beer lovers and people in the trade to help reunite kegs with their owners.”

For more information on keg etiquette, the keg return program, or for registration, visit: http://www.kegreturn.com/

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About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA's American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

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Parry's Pizza plans world record tap takeover

Parry's Pizza One Big Ass Tap TakeoverOne Big Ass Tap Takeover - 90 Craft Beers on Draft - 3 Parry’s Pizza Locations

[PRESS RELEASE] Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO and Castle Rock, CO - April 27, 2013 - Parry's Pizza in Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO and Castle Rock, CO will be hosting Avery Brewing Company for the world’s largest tap takeover - ever. All three locations will be host to at least 30 beers from Avery Brewing Company. The event will be an all day affair: beginning at 11AM and ending at 11PM. Brewery representatives and unannounced guests will be on hand to talk about Avery’s craft of brewing with customers on the day of the event. A representative of The Guinness Book of World Records will also be on hand to affirm that this event was an actual world record. Colorado Craft Beer Radio and American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from two different locations - one in Highlands Ranch and the other at Greenwood Village.

Avery Brewing Company, from Boulder, CO has one of the finest reputations amongst American craft breweries. When approached about doing a 90 tap takeover, Avery Brewing had no sense of hesitation in taking part. They have unearthed many beers from their cellar as well as brewed some specific beers just for this event. The core lineup that Avery distributes will be on hand for this event, plus the entire Demon series, selected barrel-aged products and some surprises that not even Parry’s Pizza knows about, yet.

They will be raffling off great Avery and Parry's Pizza gifts throughout the day for those that purchased an Avery beer including shirts, hats, tin tackers and VIP tours of Avery Brewing Company.

Denver's very own, The Westword is a proud sponsor of this event.

Please, call 303-587-7429 for information on this event, go online to Parry's Pizza's website, at www.ParrysPizza.com or send emails to info[at]parrypizza.com.

Event Details:

Who: Open to the public
What: Avery Tap Takeover
Where: Parry's Pizza (3 locations)
9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126, and
5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80106, and
5970 S Holly St., Greenwood Village CO 80111
When: April 27, 2013 beginning at 11am, ending at 10pm

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Grain and Grape to unite in new Odell release

Odell AmusteThere's been interest lately from a couple Colorado breweries of late in mixing in grapes or grape juice in with beer and Odell is coming out with their new Amuste Oak Aged Imperial Porter on February 9th. Read all about it in their press release from today.

Odell Brewing introduces Amuste Oak Aged Imperial Porter

[PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins, CO. – On February 9, 2013 Odell Brewing will release its first Cellar Series offering of the year. Amuste, an imperial porter brewed with grape must and aged in red wine barrels, is the product of a two year project lead by the brewery’s QA/QC manager, Eli Kolodny.

“They say it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine,” said Kolodny. “After two years of research and development, I can honestly say that the opposite holds just as true.”

In an effort to marry the distinctive qualities of beer and wine, Odell brewers crafted a rich, robust imperial porter and accented it with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado. The brew was then aged in red wine barrels and blended to create a harmonic combination of malt and fruit.

Amuste boasts a hearty malt backbone with notes of chocolate, a subtle sweet grape character, and hints of toasted almond from the oak barrels. It pairs perfectly with peppered red meats, brie cheese, or dark chocolate.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Amuste in the Tap Room on February 9th with live music and local food-truck pairings. Amuste will be available in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.

Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout review

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutA new beer from Odell Brewing is the subject of the 1st of several collaborative beer reviews from the bloggers of Fermentedly Challenged (Dave Butler) and Brewtally Insane (Mark Robinson). Here we will compare notes during a simultaneous beer review of Odell Brewing Company's newest release: Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Lugene is a new member of the Odell family and was recently released on January 3rd, 2013 as part of their new 4-Pack Series.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout was brewed not only with milk sugar, but also with a generous amount of milk chocolate to give this big 8.5% ABV beer a wonderful choco-boost. Both Dave and Mark had previously tried samples of this beer up at the 2013 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail over January 11-12 and thought it would be a great subject for a collaborative review.

So far in 2013, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout has been a big seller. Many stores have a hard time keeping this beer in stock as it has become popular with all kinds of beer drinkers. This beer will be available January through March and hopefully be returning annually. The following collaboration review effort is a "Brewtally Challenged" or perhaps a "Fermentedly Insane" twin look at this newest 4-Pack seasonal from Odell.

The Set-up

For this collaborative review, Dave and Mark hooked up "screen to screen" via Facebook Messaging and simultaneously reviewed Odell's Lugene in Greeley and Aurora, Colorado. The following is an edited transcript of their shared review on January 22nd, 2013.

Dave Butler (DB): Hey Mark - I'm online. Got the bottle of Lugene out of the fridge and letting it warm up a bit. Let me know when you are ready to start.

Mark Robinson (MR): OK, game on. What type of glass are you using?

Odell Lugene bottles DB: I'm using an Odell logo stout glass - and you? Took me a couple of visits to the store, but luckily they got some Odell's Lugene in today. They charged me $9.49 for this 4-pack. (Greeley)

MR: Found it for $8.99 down here. (Aurora) It's been a popular seller. Been going quickly.

DB: I need to get me a cheaper store! So what did you think overall of the packaging Odell used?

MR: Love the artwork, interesting story. I like the fact that they're paying tribute to a long-time "employee".

DB: The grain story was nice. Interesting how they put in a big bucket of milk chocolate into the brew kettle too.

MR: Yeah, that picture yesterday was pretty awesome. Looked like it was gooey chocolate. Yummy.

DB: This is a bigger beer than I thought it would be. At 8.5% ABV this may even qualify for cellaring. I'm going to put some away for a year and hopefully compare it to next years.

Appearance:

MR: Dark brown, almost black in color. Head lasted about 3 seconds and fizzled away.

DB: I used a semi-aggressive pour and got a big 3 finger brown head with lots of big bubbles and sticky lacing. Color is dark as night - with just a hint of mahogany edges around the glass.

MR: Yeah, lacing looks good. I get the mahogany. Looks creamy and inviting.

DB: What glass did you use on yours? What temperature is yours about? Mine was a bit too cold initially so I let it warm up for 30 minutes.

MR: Same. it's a Fischer glass, but same shape. I'm guessing, but around 55-60 degrees. It's not cold, cold. I put it in the fridge about an hour ago and pulled it out 10 minutes ago. I figured a chocolate beer would be dark. I like that this one is more pronounced.

DB: It's not oil thick dark, but dark enough to hide just about everything inside. Odell's Lugene at least has some good "darkness" about it.

Aroma:

MR: I'm getting big, sweet milk chocolate. I home-brewed a chocolate oatmeal stout about 5 years ago and it had that bitter, cooking chocolate smell. this is more like a fine piece of rich Godiva. Divine. I also get peanuts, like Reese's cups.

DB: I can pick up the milk sugars in this beer. Lugene has the classic milk stout signature aroma, only this one has a distinct chocolate aroma with the malt roastiness pushed behind it. You got peanut butter in this? (I didn't.)

MR: Yeah, more like the Reese's peanut butter cup aroma than peanuts I guess.

DB: It's not nutty like peanut butter, but the rich chocolate from a candy bar does come through.

MR: Maybe that's it.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout 4-pack DB: It's always tough to pick out a hop aroma in a stout like this. With all the other things going on here, I can pick up a hint of bitterness in the nose, but not much. Some stouts have a coffee-like scent. I don't get that in here. Milk sugar has a noticeable sweetness all its own.

MR: Yeah, there's the slightest presence of hops, but it's hidden. Agree, no coffee. Get a touch of vanilla too.

DB: Toffee perhaps, like a heath bar. With the higher ABV, I pick up a hint of the alcohol, but not as rough as in some imperial stouts. Would you say this might border on an imperial stout aroma?

MR: It's a big beer, but it doesn't smell hot. It feels like it'll have that bold imp stout flavor though. Not exactly Dark Lord or anything huge like that, but big nonetheless. Speaking of which, I'm thirsty. cheers?

Taste:

DB: Cheers! (glug glug glug...) Texture is full, creamy and smooth. Also a bit on the drying side.

MR: Yeah, it's on the thick side, which I think is perfect for a beer like this. I think too many stouts fall short by being watery and thin. Very creamy, dangerously smooth. I like the rich, melted candy bar flavor.

DB: First thing I got was a semi-sweet chocolate taste. Reminded me of baking chocolate with some additional sweet in there. The beer was more sweet than bitter. Smooth going down. The roast is subdued also. The chocolate really comes through on this. Definitely like a dessert beer. Can't really pick up on the higher ABV initially. It's well hidden, probably one to sneak up on you.

MR: Seems like this would go well with strawberries or a fruity cheesecake.

DB: This beer is also what I refer to as a tongue coater. Leaves a nice coating over the tongue that lingers. Can taste the chocolate long after it's gone. Ya, I could go for some cheesecake right about now. Any negatives for you? For me, Milk Stouts come in 2nd behind other styles of stouts, but the chocolate flavor is changing the way I look at this milk stout. I can still pick up on the milk lactose sugars, if not for the chocolate they can get a bit too sweet.

MR: Yeah, despite being full flavored and a higher ABV, there's really not much of an alcohol presence. Yeah, it's got that milky, creamy coating in your mouth. not necessarily oily, but big and creamy coating. touch of bitter hops on the tongue.

Odell Lugene at Big Beers Fest DB: Do you think this beer would stand up to aging? Being 8.5% I think it would weather well in a cellar. This beer tastes even better as it warms too. Now that it's nearing 60 degrees it is still tasting real good and the chocolate comes out more. Yes, the bitterness hits the tip.

MR: It's obviously very sweet. It's a 1 (or 2) and done kind of beer for me. I can't see myself having more than that in a sitting. I could see it benefiting from a little age. I used to age Southern Tier's Crème Brûlée stout. That thing is super sweet. Too sweet. A year or two might mellow it out. Truthfully, I think it's solid right now, but I'd still be curious to see what a year would do to this beer.

DB: I think 1 would be plenty, although I might go for 2. But no more than that. This beer is starting to give a nice warming effect. The sweetness may mellow a bit in a year as well as some of the bitterness. Wonder if there is enough yeast in there to eat up more of this milk sugar.

MR: I definitely like it better at a warmer temp. We had some at a tasting when it first came out and it was in an ice bin. Didn't do much for me. Tonight tastes pretty good though. I've got a good line of sediment in my bottle.

DB: Stouts never taste good real cold. Masks all the roast and flavor. At the 2011 GABF I had a brewer specifically ask me to take his stouts out of the ice so they could warm a bit. You got sediment at the bottom of your bottle? I didn't

MR: Odell Lugene chocolate milk stout ice cream float?

DB: Oh hell yes! Love to make Beer Floats. Especially with big stouts. Chocolate or toffee or vanilla ice cream. I don't have any sediment that I can see in my bottle, but I did pour the entire contents into my glass. Wow, just noticed. I'm near the bottom of my glass and the aroma on this beer has changed a bit. I'm getting a lot more dark roast now than before. As it warms the malts are really fighting past the chocolate. It's nice.

Overall:

DB: So overall impressions of this beer. How would you compare it to other similar beers you've had?

MR: I like this one. It's sweet, but it's not too much. You drink a chocolate milk stout and you expect these flavors, but they're not too big that they turn you off and they're not too small that you're hunting around with your nose crammed in the glass trying to find some sign of chocolate. It's good. rich, thick, creamy, bold and flavorful. I wish I had some vanilla ice cream. A float or milkshake sounds awesome right about now.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout DB: I liked this beer a lot more than other milk stouts I've tried. Usually the milk sugars change the taste to much too sweet and it almost ruins it, but this one didn't do that. It kept a low sweetness, bitter sweet, and the chocolate took center stage. The malts eventually came through more in the end. Overall, very satisfying. I can see why the masses are really liking this beer.

MR: Do you know if this is going to be a returning seasonal or what their plans are for it?

DB: This beer should return next year January through March I believe. Being so popular thus far and selling out quick, I don't see why Odell wouldn't make this again. I'd love to see what this could do in an oak barrel too. Did you have Lugene and the tiramisu dessert at Big Beers? I thought that was an excellent pairing also.

MR: No. We didn't hit any of the events outside of the commercial tasting. need to fix that next year. Barrel-aging would be interesting. I fear the barrel characteristics would take over too much of the chocolate presence. Still, I'm curious. that's a good idea. Rum barrels would be good I think.

DB: Perhaps you are right about the barrels. Too much wood might ruin the great chocolate taste. But would still be curious to see how it would turn out. Rum or bourbon.

MR: The vanilla from the rum. Oh daddy. That could be nice.

DB Vanilla bean chocolate milk stout!

MR: Nom, nom, nom.

DB: May have to beg a recipe out of Odell for this. My beer is gone. Wonderful brew. Glad I have 7 more.

MR: I'm getting low. have 3 left. Debating on drinking another and saving some for that ice cream float. My wife would like to try it I'm sure.

DB: My wife told me that her fellow teachers at her school were raving about Lugene. I think I might just have a 2nd of these. The night is young. (Uncaps another)

MR: Cheers my friend. I'm comparing (Lugene) in my mind to Old Rasputin. We've had that in our kegerator for about two months and it ran out earlier this week. I like the beer, good price point, but it was just a tad on the thin side. We had Yeti last winter and that was almost too much. Love the Yeti, but it's soooo big and thick. Lugene is a nice middle of the road, but with a chocolate presence to make it stand out on its own.

Glass of Odell Lugene DB: I've had Old Rasputin before, it was much stronger and less sweet than this beer. I wouldn't say Lugene was much like an impy stout, but it did have a lot of flavor, some roast, lot of chocolate too. Don't get a ton of chocolate in some impy stouts, but ones like Deschutes The Abyss had a lot of chocolate flavor.

MR: Love the Abyss.

DB: Enjoying this second Lugene. Thanks for sharing the tasting. Had fun. Let's do it again. Good talking to you Mark. Keep in touch. Always fun to talk beer with another beer enthusiast and blogger. Cheers!

MR: Good to talk. We'll be in touch!

Wrap-Up

Looks like Odell has another solid beer here with Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. It's a beer that will appeal to a wide variety of craft beer drinkers. I'm glad I bought two 4-packs of this as I intend to age some of these in my cellar to see how it does over time and to eventually do a vertical tasting with next year's batch. Look for a cellar report somewhere down the road next year when Lugene hits shelves in 2014. While I don't normally repeat buy too many craft beers due to the desire to try as many different beers as possible, this is one of the few that I'll probably buy on a regular basis when it is available.

Collaboration beer reviews are a lot of fun. Get some friends together and all try the same beer together and compare notes. You may be surprised what some people pick up in a beer and some of the ideas they have for possible food pairings.

About Brewtally Insane:
Mark Robinson is the writer for the Colorado-based beer blog Brewtally Insane and initially approached me to do a side-by-side beer review of this beer. You can read his review of this beer here later today. Follow him on Facebook too.

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