Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Divide Heyday Belgian-style White Ale review

Great Divide Heyday Belgian-style White AleGreat Divide has been busy changing up its seasonal line-up these past couple of years. This year, they brought in a new Spring seasonal called Great Divide Heyday, a Belgian-style White Ale. This ale was designed to be easy drinking and great with a wide variety of food.

While this beer weighs in at 5.2% ABV, it's one you could probably have 2 or 3 of with no problem. It's built as a low hopped, low bitter brew with a pleasant aroma and taste.

I've been looking for lighter alternatives for Spring and Summer and Great Divide Heyday might be one to keep in mind. It reportedly goes great with lighter foods, cheeses and even desserts. Would this beer have enough flavor for a big beer drinker? Let's find out.

Appearance: Great Divide Heyday poured out a light straw yellow color, slightly cloudy, and with a billowy thick white head that stuck around for a long time. I found no sediment in this brew. It's about as light a color of beer as you'll probably find out there - hence the title of White Ale. Swirling the beer left a big sticky lacing along the glass walls. The beer was moderately carbonated. Using a laser-etched bottom glass added a lot of bubble nucleation in this beer and aided the head retention.

Aroma: Belgian yeast strains are easy to pick up on. This particular brew had a light fruity aroma with a hint of lemongrass, and biscuit. I couldn't pick up any spiciness in this aroma as some Belgian yeasts have. This one was more subtle on the funk and gave way to the wheat and barley. The hops definitely take backstage in this scent.

Heyday up closeTaste: Heyday starts off with a medium bodied feel with a slightly tart wheat taste. The taste was fresh, clean, slightly sweet and had a refreshing summer-time blend of oats, barley and wheat. The yeast definitely added flavor to this witbier, yet didn't try to steal the show. This type of beer would be a good thirst quencher and light enough to enjoy several of these. The taste was very easy to swallow and would appeal to most beer drinkers.

Overall: Have to admit, this beer is one I would definitely want to get a 6-pack of, particularly for warmer days or on days where I wanted something a bit lighter in taste. While the color was pale, Heyday definitely had a lot of flavor. One of these won't fill you up and will leave room for more. Not bad. Glad I picked one of these up. It reminds me of an Avery White Rascal, but with a taste all its own.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store as part of a build-it yourself 6-pack.

Related articles:
- Avery White Rascal review.
- Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager review.
- Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout review.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Colorado Beer News 043013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Jazz Day - celebrating "the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people". Add some jazz to your life today. Listen to a concert, add some jazz to your music player, head to a locale that plays jazz music, or pick up an instrument and play some yourself. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 30th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Firkin Wednesday is coming up tomorrow, May 1st from 3pm to 9pm. The theme for May is Saisons and the first firkin to be tapped on Wednesday is a Black Pepper Saison. Stop in for a taste. Texorado BBQ will be on hand that day starting at 5pm.

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Today marks the grand opening of Renegade Brewing's new restaurant business called Renegade Publick House. The restaurant is located at 2043 S. University Boulevard (near the DU campus) and will feature a menu including artisan grilled pizza and salads plus 25 beer taps. These taps will be home to several Renegade Brewing beers as well as many rotating guest taps. Renegade Publick House opens at 3pm today and will host a grand opening party on May 18th.

Hops & Pie 1st Firkin FridayHops & Pie (Denver) - Wonder what Hops & Pie's Firkin 1st Friday will be all about on May 3rd? Stop in at 6pm this Friday for a firkin of Lagunitas Sucks - Brown Shugga Substitute. This beer is a "Cereal Medley" of Barley, Rye, Wheat & Oats. It weighs in at 7.6% ABV and 63 IBU. Come get a taste to see what this special beer from Lagunitas Brewing of California is all about. Also, on tap now - Pursuit of Hoppiness from Grand Teton, Burton Baton from Dogfish Head, Dubbel from River North, He'brew Rejewvenator from Schmaltz Brewing, Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang.

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Stop by the Crystal Springs booth at the South Denver Beer Fest this weekend and try some of their beers. On May 13th, they will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary and will be releasing their third anniversary beer called, oddly enough, Thirteen, an India Pale Ale. In addition, they will also release Butch, a pale ale. Look for these to hit stores and select restaurants around the Boulder area.

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - From their recent newsletter: Gravity Brewing will also be pouring at the South Denver Beer Fest this weekend. In addition, this Sunday, May 5th, Gravity is sponsoring and providing beer for the Louisville Trail Half Marathon and 10K. The race starts at 8am. A post race festival, expo, and BBQ, including beer from Gravity, will be held at the Louisville Community Park until noon. Also, Gravity Brewing is underway with construction of an outdoor beer garden at the brewery. Look for the beer garden to be open in a month or so. Gravity's beer garden will be one of the biggest, and quite possibly the only, traditional outdoor beer gardens in the area.

Upslope Imperial IPAUpslope Brewing (Boulder) - Fresh off the heals of opening up a second brewery, Upslope has announced that they will be putting out a new beer - Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale in cans. Not just any can, but a big 19.2oz tall can! This marks the second Colorado brewery, behind Oskar Blues, to put a beer in this new super tall can. This Imperial IPA will weigh in at 10% ABV and have 90 IBUs. This will be available year round starting in May.

FATE Brewing Company (Boulder) - FATE Brewing Company Owner, Mike Lawinski, and Head Brewer, Jeff Griffith are excited to announce the release of their eighth beer brewed on site, Cascadian Dark Ale. There will be a release party starting at 11:00am featuring all day happy hour pricing for the Cascadian Dark Ale on Wednesday, May 1st. This unique beer style is a dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA. (6.4% ABV, 64 IBU) - Other beers now on draft: Kolsch Style Ale, IPA, Belgian Pale Ale, American Stout, American Amber Ale, Imperial IPA and their just released: Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale.

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - The brewery is going to be tapping their chili/chocolate porter test batch on Thursday 05/2/2013 in honor of their first Thursday opened! They'll even be experimenting with a Very Nice coffee blend prepared for us by Mountain Mocha. For an extra $1 they'll add a cold shot of it to your beer. They call it tweaking your pint. This beer has no name, so suggest one and if they use it, they'll find a Very Nice prize for you.

Oskar Blues Brau HaufeOskar Blues (Longmont) - Oskar Blues is planning an event where they will be serving up nothing but homebrew beer! on Saturday, May 4th from 11am - 1pm at the Tasty Weasel Taproom, employees of Oskar Blues were all asked to brew up their own recipes and they will all put it on the line for the 1st Annual Brau Haufe! (aka Brew Off). There will be blind judging by the Oskar Blues brewers and production staff, plus vote on your favorite. Live music from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Plus the Bonewagon will be on site to satisfy your noms. $5 cover charge to try the homebrew samples.

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Today is your LAST day to get discount tickets to the upcoming Front Range Rally beer & food truck fest in Loveland on May 18th from 3pm to 7pm. Starting tomorrow, tickets will go up to their regular price. The Front Range Rally will have 30 breweries and over 60 different beers available and up to 15 different food trucks to satisfy your noms. Get tickets on-line at: frontrangerally.org - Hurry! Prices go up May 1st!! This is an outdoor festival - so come prepared.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday's firkin is Honey Habanero. Drink some to start your Cinco de Mayo a little early. It taps at 5pm on May 1st. Don't forget, live music every Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 5pm. See the Brewery Music listings for who's playing this week.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star Deputies "mug club" memberships go on sale this Saturday, Mary 4th! $50 annual fee = Happy Hour ALL the time, a deputy pint glass (bigger) and first beer free. Sign up soon as these memberships are limited.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Tomorrow is May and that marks the beginning of Barley Wine as their beer of the month. Stop in and enjoy a pint of it while it lasts.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Tonight's Karma Hour benefits the Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. Their mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. $1 from every pint sold between 5pm-9pm supports them.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Super Ted's Super Trivia season finale kicks off tonight at 6:00pm! Join in at Ska before Ted heads into his summer siesta! 2 for 1 beers, Good on the Bun and lots of great prizes. (Don't worry trivia will return in the fall).

_____________________________________________________________________

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog. "Like" us and get even more soon after it happens. Thanks for helping us grow to over 1600+ "Likes" in 2013!

View Colorado Brewery Maps
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

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.

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA review

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPAFirestone Walker came to Colorado back in 2011 and has been a popular California brewery here ever since. Seems like there is no lack of Firestone Walker tap takeovers and beers on shelves here in Colorado these days. And that's a good thing. Firestone Walker sets the bar high with every beer they bring out of state. This review is of their American IPA called: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA. It's an Americanize India Pale Ale.

Union Jack IPA's vital stats - Style: American IPA, 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU, 8 SRM - Bittering hops: Magnum, Late boil hops: Cascade, Centennial, Dry hopped with: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe (4-pounds per barrel). Available in 12oz 6-packs or 22oz bombers. Available in 6 states (CA, NV, AZ, WA, OR CO). It's won 11 medals (GABF, World Beer Cup, European, Australia) and several honors since 2008. The "Bottled On" date was missing, so not sure how old this was.

This beer's reputation had preceded this review, so I had high expectations of this. Would this beer be able to balance out the big hop load with the malt? Here's what I found.

Appearance: Union Jack IPA poured a deep golden yellow color that came with a modest 1 finger white head. There was just a bit of lacing along the edge of the glass that slide easily off the sides. The beer was still rather cold when poured and the beer looked as if it had a hint of haze, otherwise it had mostly good clarity. The carbonation levels seemed good. The bottle opened with a nice hiss. I could not see any sediment in the bottle or in the glass. Just a slight agitation brought back a nice 1/2 inch head and later on the lacing started clinging a lot better.

Aroma: The hops took front and center attention upon the first whiff. There was a lot of citrus, grapefruit mostly, plus a hint of pine and a light sweet crystal malt aroma. For an IPA, this aroma hit spot on and was very inviting. It was never lacking in a big aroma. It's the kind of IPA you can practically smell across the room.

Taste: For an IPA, this had one of the cleanest tastes I've seen. The hop bitterness was present, but so were the malts. The hop resin was big, yet tasty. It was like a constant back and forth between the bitterness and the slightly sweet malts in the glass. The beer itself felt crisp with a semi-dry finish. It felt clean going down as well without leaving too much bitterness in my mouth.

Union Jack up closeThe beer tasted excellent from start to finish. This is what an IPA should be. I can see why the beer ranking sites liked this brew and why this beer won so many medals in the last 4-5 years. In stead of leaving dry, this beer actually left my mouth watering.

Overall: If I still gave numerical rankings this beer would nearly hit a perfect score. Everything that I expected out of an American IPA was there. The boatload of hops that they added to this beer was well worth the expense. I might just go back for a 6-pack of this soon.

Disclosure: I found this as a single 12oz beer in a build-your-own 6-pack. I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store so it cost me around $1.67.

This beer compares well with a Stone Brewing Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA.

Related articles:
- Firestone Walker DBA review.
- Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout review.
- Firestone Walker Double Jack DIPA review.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Colorado Beer News 042913

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Zipper Day and National Dance Day. Two totally different and separate "holidays", but if you combine the two, it's a day where you can dance like crazy, but just be sure you don't do it with your zipper down. That normally happens if you've had too many beers. Otherwise, keep zipped up and light on your feet today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere on Monday, April 29th, 2013.

Metro Denver

River North Brewery (Denver) - River North is planning some special beers and events for American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19, 2013). May 13 - Meet the Brew at Denver Bike Cafe at 6pm. May 15th - Wayward Wednesday tapping of Avarice Belgian-style Imperial Stout aged in Marker's Mark barrels at 3pm. May 16th - Mini-tap takeover at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder with 8 selections. May 18th & 19th - A debut of their next barrel aged beer - Barrel Series No. 9 - Hello, Darkness Black IPA aged in whiskey barrels - just 30 cases available in bottles ONLY in their taproom.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Starting tomorrow, April 30th, Renegade Brewing will open up a new location called Renegade Publik House. This place is situated over at 2043 South University and will offer up not only 25 beer taps, plus a bottle and can list, but also their own pizza!

Parry's Pizza (4 Locations) - Did you make it to the One Big Ass Tap Takeover at Parry's Pizza on Saturday? If not - you missed out on one of the biggest tap takeovers ever. Adam Avery from Avery Brewing (Boulder) was on hand to toast their new 3Point5 Pale Ale, a hop aggressive pale ale that's big on flavor, but low on ABV (just 3.5% ABV). It's a hoppy beer that you can enjoy several of without feeling too buzzed. Check that out plus a ton of pictures and video on the event highlight page.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - There's going to be a Meet The Brewer night happening at the Glass Half Full Taproom connected to the new Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton on Wednesday, May 1st from 5pm to 7pm. Todd Usry will be there to talk about Breckenridge Brews and to offer samples of Buddha's Hand, Agave Wheat, Vanilla Porter and a firkin of 72 Imperial Double Chocolate Cream Stout. The first 25 people to order a Breckenridge brew will receive a Breckenridge Brewery glass.

Boulder County

Avery Volunt Plus EratAvery Brewing (Boulder) - Avery's 14th barrel-aged release "Volunt Plus Erat - Barrel-Aged Sour Ale" will be released this Saturday, May 4th at 5:00pm. The name in Latin means "Wish there was more". Avery describes this beer as follows: "No. 14. And by complete coincidence, aged to perfection for 14 months in neutral Zinfandel barrels! The time necessary for our culture of lactobacillus and pediococcus to fulfill their portion of the workload – to create massive amounts of lactic acid and subtler amounts of acetic acid to interplay with the fruity Cabernet Franc grape must. 55 cases shared. 23 hoarded. $8 per bottle, 6 bottle limit per person. Bottle sales will begin at 5pm, but get there early if you want to score your bottles, and hang out in the line party while enjoying a plethora of rare beers on tap!" - Bottles are $8 each and limited to 6 bottles/person.

Northern Colorado

City Star Big City Blonde CollaborationCity Star Brewing (Berthoud) - This Saturday, May 4th marks the 1 year anniversary celebration for City Star Brewing. They've been making beers in downtown Berthoud now for a full year and will be throwing a party that Saturday from 12pm to 12am. Kicking off the festivities will be the new beer release of Big City Blonde, a collaboration beer made with alligator pepper and lemon zest, between Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) and City Star Brewing who are both celebrating their 1st anniversaries at the same time. Also, look for the debut of the "City Star Deputies" mug clug, brewery tours at 2, 4 and 6pm, a fun "Challenge of Nonsense" at 7pm, and live music from the Carbone Family Band from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Help them celebrate their first year and bring a friend.

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing shared an image showing off what their brewery will look like once the latest expansion is completed later this summer in 2013. Look for more room both inside and outside to enjoy fresh Odell beer!
Odell Brewing expansion

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - This Tuesday, April 30th, there will be an Echo Brewing Tap Takeover at The Tavern at St. Michael's Square in Greeley. Reps from Echo will be on hand and will give away chances for free giveaways. Located at 2918 67th Ave in Greeley. Also, coming on on Sunday, May 5th will be a special Cinco de Mayo Pot Luck at the brewery starting at 2pm. Sign up at the brewery with Krystal or Kristen or call to bring a dish to share - 719.445.5969.

Crabtree Brewing Company (Greeley) - After being open for 7 years, Crabtree Brewing Company realized that they had never officially had a ribbon cutting ceremony back when they 1st opened. So, in a better late than never spirit, Crabtree will be hosting a 7th year ribbon cutting tomorrow, April 30th at 4:30pm. They'll have a full line-up of beers on tap and pizza available from a local food truck parked outside. Then stay tuned for word on their 7th Anniversary Party coming up later this weekend.

Broken Plow Brewing Company (Greeley) - Not only is Greeley getting Wiley Brewing Company and Nostalgic Brewing Company in the near future, but also another brewery is planning to come to 4731 W. 10th Street in Greeley this Fall - Broken Plow Brewing Company. This business will be owned and run by Randy & Regan Waddle. Their final location has been determined and is in planning and licensing now. Stay tuned for news on this upcoming operation.

Mountains and West

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) - Attention local artists: Have you ever wanted to see your artwork on a beer can? Here's your chance. Print ready work is not required, but is a plus. If you feel your art is a fit for a brewery contact Danny to discuses details and view your portfolio. Your love for beer required! Call 970.464.1462 or 303.324.8613.

Steamworks Cherry CindersSteamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Coming up on Friday, May 3rd at 3pm Steamworks will host another Firkin Friday and will be introducing a unique brew "Cherry Cinders". The specialty firkin will have a base of Steamworks’ flagship beer, Colorado Kölsch, a light, crisp ale with a hint of fruitiness, refermented with Belgian yeast. “We added a small amount of smoked malt, made into a ‘tea,’ to the cask because we're into experimentation,” said Steamworks Brewer and Certified Cicerone Spencer Roper. “That’s where the ‘cinders’ come into play.” “And for the cherry, we will be adding both sweet and sour cherries to the Kölsch base,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “The final touch will be the Belgian yeast that will consume the sugar from the cherries, and give the beer a little spice character as well.” - Draws will be $1 and tankers will be $2 until the firkin is kicked.

Misty Mountain Hop Farm (Olathe) - One of Colorado's largest hop farms is planning to expand with more acreage this year. Misty Mountain is also currently the only Colorado hop farm that pelletizes their hops for local brewers. Read all about it in this latest news release.
_____________________________________________________________________

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from last week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) on Fermentedly Challenged with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

View Colorado Brewery Maps
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

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.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog. "Like" us and get even more soon after it happens. Thanks for helping us grow to over 1600+ "Likes" in 2013!

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

South Denver Beer Fest kicks off outdoor season this weekend

South Denver Beer FestivalThe outdoor beer festival season gets underway this weekend with the arrival of the South Denver Beer Fest, a new festival sponsored by BeerCraving.com. Littleton's Clement Park will be the home of this event and lots of people are expected to turn out. You'll still need your jacket as temperatures for the festival are expected to be in the 50s. Here's their official press release about this upcoming event set for May 4th & 5th, 2013.

[PRESS RELEASE] South Denver Beer Fest takes place outdoors at Clement Park in Littleton this weekend on May 4th and 5th. The festival features over 60 Breweries, Cideries and Meaderies from all over the world and will have over 12 Gluten Free options. VIP ticket holders will have access to a plethora of local distillers, cheese and chocolate as well as entry 1 hour before the general public. Beautiful Clement Park will provide the backdrop to the festival with amazing mountain views just beyond Johnson Reservoir. The festival will also host a Beard/Mustache Competition and Costume Contest with prizes for top entries on both days.

Festival attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items to support the local food bank Carpenters Cupboard. Many don’t realize there is a huge daily demand for food in our local area that extends well beyond the holidays. Each person who donates will receive a free festival sticker.

Tickets include a souvenir tasting cup, unlimited samplings of 120 different beverages, free shuttle service to and from the Downtown Littleton LightRail and the chance to vote for “Best of Show Beer” and “Most Creative Beer.” A full list of participants is available at SouthDenverBeerFest.com.

Clement Park
Image courtesy the Clement Park Facebook page.

Event Details:

When: May 4th and 5th 2013 General Admission 2-5pm, VIP 1-5pm
Where: Clement Park 7306 West Bowles Ave, Littleton CO 80123
Tickets: GA - $40 Advance, $50 Door, VIP - $85 Advance, $90 Door
Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/64767557

Getting There: We encourage all guests to take advantage of public transportation for this event. BusToShow.org will provide free continuous shuttle service to the Downtown Littleton LightRail Station. There are also ticketed buses available from Golden, Boulder and Denver through BusToShow.org

# # #

Related articles:
- Parry's Pizza pulls off One Big Ass Tap Takeover with Avery Brewing.
- Former Future previews beer in a presidential setting.
- Front Range Rally brings food trucks and breweries together for a cause.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Misty Mountain Hop Farm keeps Colorado growing

Misty Mountain Hop FarmHop farms are popping up all over Colorado these days. Some of the best hop growing is being done on the Western slope of Colorado, in particular around Olathe, CO. One hop farm is doing something no other hop farm in Colorado has yet to do - offer pelletized hops. That farm is Misty Mountain Hop Farm. Read their press release from April 28, 2013 and see what's hopping at Colorado's largest hop farm.

[PRESS RELEASE] Olathe, CO - In the few short years that Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, Colorado has existed (Est. 2009) big things have been happening for owners Ron and Pam Munger.

For starters, supplying hops to AC Golden (Miller/Coors) for brewing their all Colorado ingredients beer ‘Colorado Native’ isn't bad. Having hops brewed in beer by Wynkoop Brewing Co. and Tommyknocker Brewery winning awards at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 and 2012 respectively is pretty cool. And producing hops with alphas that are at or near the top of the charts (more on that later) makes Misty Mountain Hop Farm the real deal.

Owner Ron Munger states “We are committed to growing high quality hops for brewers and breweries throughout the state of Colorado. Other hop farms in Colorado have come and gone but we are here to stay.”

Misty Mountain Hop Farm is producing some of, if not the best hops in the state. Just ask AC Golden who recently hosted a luncheon for Colorado hop farmers and awarded Misty Mountain Hop Farm with the 2012 ‘Hop Grower of the Year’ award.


Images courtesy Misty Mountain Hop Farm's Facebook page.

The number of Colorado breweries brewing with their hops is constantly growing, just like the farm itself. Currently the largest hop farm in Colorado, plans are in place to plant another eight acres and install a state of the art drip and fertilization system this Spring, offer more varieties of hops and make them available in all forms. 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for Misty Mountain Hop Farm.

At this time Misty Mountain Hop Farm is the only hop producing farm in the state of Colorado to offer their hops in pellet form. Wet hops are seasonal, fresh off the vine and brewed within 24 to 36 hours of being harvested. Whole Leaf hops are dried when harvested and stored in cold storage with a limited shelf life. Pelletizing hops (the most widely used of the three) is a process used to convert the dried Whole Leaf hop into pellet form and when properly stored can potentially last for years.

Let’s talk about those alphas. Alpha acids (AA) the acidic make up of a hop is important for the bittering flavor it brings to a brew. Different hops have different levels of alphas ranging from 4% to as high as 14%. The five varieties of hops currently being grown at Misty Mountain Hop Farm (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Crystal and Nugget) come close to or exceed the average alpha standards set by the industry for each type of hop.

With the launch of their new website (mmhopfarm.com) all the information about Misty Mountain Hop Farm, the hops they produce and their availability is easily accessible.



Related articles:
- Hops are a growing cash crop in Colorado. (2012)
- Hop harvest time in Windsor, CO. (2011)
- Hop shortages cause rising beer prices. (2008)

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Parry's Pizza pulls off One Big Ass Tap Takeover with Avery

Parry's Pizza One Big Ass Tap TakeoverAvery Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado makes a lot of different beers and it's rare to see 31 of their beers on tap at any place other than their own Tap Room. But on April 27th, 2013, Parry's Pizza took three of their locations in Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village and Castle Rock, and turned them into remote Avery taprooms during the One Big Ass Tap Takeover event.

During this event, a combination of 93 Avery Brewing beers were on tap as well as a couple of rare bottled beers in what some are calling the biggest tap takeover event in history from any 1 brewery. Owner, David Parry, wanted to host an event that would be like no other. He somehow convinced Adam Avery to dig into some of his own private stash of Avery beers and put them all up at once at a remote location.

Parry's Pizza started out early. They advertised that this event was going to run all day from 11:00am to 11:00pm. However, Parry's Ale Yeah Club members were invited to show up 1 hour early and get access to some of the more rare beer offerings in bottles including Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout and the popular sour beer Odio Equum - both barrel aged beers. Both of those beers were gone by the time the 11:00am crowd showed up, and by crowd I mean the place was packed! At least the Highlands Ranch location was.



Some people might not think that beer drinkers would be interested in drinking beer at 11am, let alone 10am for some, but come they did and the place was standing room only, even out on the outdoor patio where the sun and warm air made for a perfect day.

When attendees showed up, they were presented with a big colorful Big Ass Tap Takeover menu with all 31 beers on tap listed. Every conceivable draft beer from Avery was there including a new beer which Avery Brewing was debuting that weekend.



Around 11:30am, Parry's Pizza owner David Parry grabbed a bullhorn and welcomed the crowd to his One Big Ass Tap Takeover and presented Adam Avery, owner of Avery Brewing Company. Avery talked about the new 3Point5 Pale Ale, a very hop forward session ale that had a powerful flavor yet boasted a very low 3.5% ABV rating. This beer could have fooled everyone. It had a big hoppy nose and a big IPA-like flavor, yet without most of the alcohol. Patrons could easily down a few of those without feeling the effects of higher ABV beers.

Adam Avery told Fermentedly Challenged later that plans for their new larger brewing facility were coming along slowly, but surely. They still have some hurdles to clear with all of the permits and licenses, but once that is done the build-out of the new building facility would take about 12 months after to complete. Look for their new facility to open sometime around late 2014 or early 2015 complete with a restaurant, outdoor gardens / patio and a much bigger brewing capacity.



Getting a table there was a bit tough. The waiting list to be seated lasted over 45 minutes due to the big crowds. Even the bar area with its 50 taps was standing room only. Those who were patient were eventually rewarded with a seat and had plenty of Avery beers to choose from.

The Colorado Craft Beer Show was also doing a live remote of their radio program from 12 noon to 2pm. Host John Turk and guest co-host Elizabeth Kagan from Firestone Walker led interviews with David Parry, Adam Avery, Todd Thibault (Breckenridge Brewery) and a couple of beer blogger guys - Mark Robinson (Brewtally Insane) and yours truly, Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged).

After the show, both David Parry and Adam Avery headed over to the new Parry's location in Greenwood Village for another toast and another radio program spot on the American Craft Beer Radio show with Gary V where things got even rowdier.



During this event, I was able to try several Avery beers including the new 3Point5 Pale Ale, Uncle Jacob's Stout, Tweak (formerly Meph Addict), Avery Nineteen, Bolder Weisse, and Wee Turtles (smoked Scotch wee heavy).

3Point5 Ale - for a beer at 11am - this beer was perfect to start off with. This beer had a full hop aroma like an IPA and tasted like a big full flavored Pale Ale. And after a full 16oz, I could have easily gone for another one. Tons of flavor and just a hint of a buzz. This beer is going to be popular during the warmer months or anytime when you don't want a higher ABV beer.

Uncle Jacob's Stout - This was a big powerful beer that was only available in bottles. This beer was totally gone by 11am. I was lucky enough to have someone save some for me and I got to taste 3oz of this big 17%+ ABV barrel aged imperial stout. It was absolutely big and powerful, rich with vanilla and molasses tones and one of the best imperial stouts I've had to date. Those 12oz bottles were going for $12 at this event and everyone of them were gone.



Tweak - This beer is a coffee-infused version of Avery's Mephistopheles Stout. This too was a big beer weighing in at 15% ABV. It had a bold coffee-forward taste that fave this big stout a whole new attitude. Amazing beer for those who love a little coffee in their stout.

Avery Nineteen Anniversary Ale - This was a tasty Belgian-style tripel that I've had before and wanted some more of. This was a big 8.23% ABV and had a funky Belgian flavor with hints of sweetness from Belgian candy sugar, and a big wheat taste. Yummy.



Bolder Weisse - This is a Berliner Weisse ale. It's light, tart and a bit on the sour side. This is one of my go-to summer favorite styles, yet can be enjoyed any time of year. This one was served up in a snifter glass and went well on a warm day.

Wee Turtles - This was my last sampling of the day. A full glass of this Scotch Wee Heavy style that had a hint of smoked malts added for a smokey up front flavor and a sweet back end malty taste. This beer was big also at 9.5% ABV and served in a snifter glass. Thanks to Mark & Patti Robinson for buying me that beer. Another great Avery beer.

By 2:00pm and three hours later, I got very hungry and found a seat at the bar and ordered a plate of 10 Parry's BBQ hot wings. Ah that and the Wee Turtles ale went well together and satisfied my hunger pangs for the afternoon.



Overall, the entire event was well attended and the beers from Avery were all amazing. I just wish this event was spread out over several days so that I could return and try even more Avery beers. Rumor has it that Avery will be back to Parry's again next year with up to 40 different beers! That will be an event worth waiting for.

For more info on Parry's Pizza and all 4 of their locations, visit: www.parryspizza.com. Look also for Parry's Pizza to open up several new locations in the next year or so in north Denver. Next one to open will probably be in Northglenn. Stay tuned!

Related articles:
- Avery Brewing sets plans on 2013 Beer Events.
- Avery Nineteen Belgian Style Tripel review.
- Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Colorado Beer News 042613

Colorado Beer NewsThe snows are melting, the grass is greening up and it's finally the weekend here in Colorado. Sunny and warm days are expected for the weekend and it makes the perfect opportunity to head to your favorite watering hole, grab a craft beer and enjoy one out on a patio. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, April 26th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Beer on the Radio (Denver) - Both the American Craft Beer Radio and the Colorado Craft Beer Show radio programs will be doing live remotes from the Parry's Pizza Big Ass Tap Takeover tomorrow. Gary V and the American Craft Beer Radio show will be out at the Parry's in Greenwood Village and broadcast live starting at 2pm on 102.3 FM ESPN. John Turk and the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be at the Highlands Ranch location and broadcasting at 12 noon on AM 760.

South Denver Beer Festival (Littleton) - For those of you expecting to get a taste of beer from some of the "not-yet-opened" breweries at the festival, you're going to be out of luck. The Denver Post is reporting that state regulators were questioning the legality of allowing unlicensed breweries to pour beers in a homebrew pavilion. Due to this, the homebrew pavilion is being dropped from the festival. So brewers like Former Future Brewing Company will have to wait for another opportunity to pour their beers prior to their official opening and getting all of their licenses. Still, there will be more than 50 breweries represented at this two-day festival May 4th & 5th and tickets are still available via Eventbrite.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - From their recent blog post about their latest release of St. Bretta Witbier: "St. Bretta is our 100% Brettanomyces Whitebier that was just released this week! Not only is St. Bretta an evolution of Wild Wild Brett Orange, but also it will be ever-changing depending on the fresh citrus available that season. For our spring release we decided to brew St. Bretta with fresh Minneola Tangelo. Each seasonal release of St. Bretta will have a diverse range of citrus fruit added to keep the beer fresh and exciting (the summer release was brewed with blood oranges)! In February we brewed up three batches of St. Bretta on River North Brewery’s 15bbl system. We then loaded up the fresh wort from River North Brewery, and trucked it back to the Barrel Cellar before filling up one of our new upright foeders. Once the foeder was full, we pitched our Brettanomyces yeast strain with a steady fermentation lasting almost two weeks. St. Bretta spent a total of six weeks in the foeder before packaging into bottles and kegs. St. Bretta will hit our distribution chain in the state of Colorado so we hope that each of you gets the chance to try this wonderful beer."

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Just hitting store shelves now - Great Divide's 19th Anniversary Ale - available in 22oz bombers. The brewery describes this beer as follows: "19th Anniversary Ale isn’t just a wood-aged ale. It’s a compass – a reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Brewed with pure birch syrup and aged on birch wood, this beer embraces reverential tradition and revolutionary innovation. As we celebrate our 19th year, we hope you’ll join us for the road ahead." - Happy 19th Great Divide!

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Make plans to drop by during American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19) for some special limited edition releases. There will be 1 new release each day that week. May 13 - Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, May 14 - Barrel Aged Black IPA, May 15 - Barrel Aged Jet's Baltic Bliss Porter, May 16 - 5776' English IPA, May 17 - Kollaboration Kolsch (done with Arvada Beer Co), May 18 - Triforce Tripel, and May 19th - Weidmaier's Wheat & Peach Wheat. Food trucks will be available each day outside with food to pair your beers with.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Tomorrow, April 27th at 11am, Dry Dock will be tapping The Brew Hut 2013 Homebrew Competition Best of Show winning beer - Loggerhead Lager. Winning brewers John Will and Jason Reinhardt will be at Dry Dock to toast the tapping.

Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden) - Today's new tapping is a new beer named High Water Wit. It starts pouring at 3pm when they open. Nine total beers on tap today! One of them has your name on it. Which one will it be? Also, Worldwide Vittles (food) is in the house.

Boulder County

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - As expected, the 2013 Boulder SourFest tickets sold out in a matter of minutes this morning. Did you get tickets? If so, consider yourself lucky. Perhaps in coming years Avery will expand this event into multiple days once they move to their new location (hint hint). For those who missed out, here's another sour event you might be interested in. On Monday, May 13th at Avery Brewing at 6pm, they will host a hands-on demonstration of how they make a blended barrel-aged sour beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Tickets will be available Monday, April 29th at 11am by calling 303.440.4324 or stopping by the Avery Tap Room. And yes, there will be sour beer to taste.

Left Hand Good JujuLeft Hand Brewing (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] "The days are getting longer and brighter… A little juju voodoo is right around the corner! Each year, as the spring snow melts and we set our clocks an hour later, we look forward to those warm summer evenings of sipping Good Juju on the Tasting Room patio. Back for the spring/summer season, Good Juju is light pale ale brewed with organic ginger to create a spicy aroma and unique flavor. New to this year, the Left Hand brewing team is now juicing the ginger, giving way to a much more intense flavor. For each 60 bbls brewed, the production team juices 20kg of fresh Peruvian ginger. Left Hand will be producing 2400 barrels of Good Juju for the 2013 spring/summer season. The beer will be available on draft and 12oz six packs in all 27 states where Left Hand is sold and distributed." - It's described as a light ale brewed with organic ginger to create a spicy aroma and unique flavor.

West Flanders Brewing (Boulder) is tapping a rare pumpkin lambic by Timmermans today at 5pm. Stop in and listen to live music from The Railsplitters @ 8:30pm.

FATE Brewing Company (Boulder) - FATE is releasing a new beer on Saturday, April 27th - a Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale starting at 10:00am. It's their new summer seasonal brew with happy hour pricing on it all day long on Saturday.

Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - In honor of having artwork from Jacquelynn Woodley on display in the taproom, Verboten is offering Happy Hour from 3 to 6pm today with $1 off pints of $1 off flights of 6 tasters.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Did you know? Trinity Brewing always has a cask of their IPA and Double IPA available. They dry hop it differently each time they put another one up. Vive la difference! Also, the last batch for the year of Chilly Water Baltik Porter taps tonight at 5pm. It was aged on Breckenridge Distillery whiskey barrels.

Brewer's Republic (Colorado Springs) - Tonight at Brewer's Republic they will hold a Crooked Stave Tap Takeover starting at 5:00pm. There will be 6 Crooked Stave brews being poured: Vielle Artisanal Saison, Surette Provisional Saison, St. Bretta, Origins Burgundy Sour, Leopolds Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged Vielle and Hop Savant. More power to the sour! Located at: 112 North Nevada in Colorado Springs, CO.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - New beer on tap today - Leggy Mountbatten - an English IPA on cask! Described as "Hoppy, caramel-like and fruity aromas give way to flavors of brown bread and earthy hops. It’s a medium bodied beer with a nice balance and lingering bitterness. 5.5% ABV."

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Today from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Aspen Brewing is offering $3.50 pints and sunshine on the patio!
_____________________________________________________________________

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

View Colorado Brewery Maps
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

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.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog. "Like" us and get even more soon after it happens. Thanks for helping us grow to over 1600+ "Likes" in 2013!

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Colorado Beer News 042513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Penguin Day. Here's to our tuxedo'd feathered flightless birds of the Antarctic region. It's a good day to watch "Happy Feet", dress up in a tux, or visit these birds at your local zoo. Or better yet, find a bottle of Killer Penguin Barleywine (Boulder Beer) or Tactical Nuclear Penguin (BrewDog) and enjoy it outside a mild Spring day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden) - There's a new beer tapping today at Cannonball Creek. Stop in after 3pm for a taste of "Forêt-Noire", a black saison with an aroma of chocolate covered cherries and flavors that include cherries and citrus fruits. Stick around for dinner as Smokey J's will be on hand serving up BBQ.

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Did you know, if you are the lucky person to get the last pour from any of their kegs you will get a bunch of prizes and some free beer! Now through "FOREVER", be the lucky one to finish the keg on any of their 16 tap lines and win (gift certificates, t-shirts, beer). Also, Lowry Beer Garden will be celebrating their 1st Anniversary on Thursday, May 23rd at a celebration from 5pm - 10pm that includes a benefit fundraiser for The Lowry Foundation. There will be a silent auction where you can bid on over 30 incredible items. Tickets for this event are $20/adults or $10/children 12 and under and includes 1 adult beverage, entree and side item (or kids food item, soda and ice cream).

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, Castle Rock) - If you're planning to head to the Big Ass Tap Takeover this Saturday, April 27th 11am-11pm and try one of the 90 taps of Avery beer, be sure to take a picture of your beer in the special #Bigatt pint glasses and post it to one of Parry's social media sites and you'll be eligible to win some free beer.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Get limber! Join in on Sunday, May 5th at 10am for the first Poses and Pints with Shelly Blais Yoga. $15 for the class and your first pint is FREE. BYOM (bring your own mat). They'll meet upstairs in the Yak & Yeti Brewpub before opening.

2013 Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Time to start saving up your pennies GABF fans. Prices for this year's GABF tickets were just announced and it's going to cost you more this year. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night session tickets go for $75 plus all those wonderful convenience fees that Ticketmaster adds on top of that. AHA/BA members can get Member Only Session tickets (limit 2) for $65 each. Tickets won't go on sale for a while. Look for June timeframe for tickets to go on sale. Better be quick, as all tickets sold out last year in less than 40 minutes. The GABF runs from October 10-12, 2013.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - During American Craft Beer Week, Brewery Rickoli is planning 5 special big releases including 4 barrel aged ones. Monday May 13th - Peach Gobbler - Wild Turkey barrel aged American Strong Ale with peaches (8.6% ABV). Tuesday May 14th - Woody! - a barrel aged Scotch ale (8% ABV). Wednesday May 14th - Old Rickoli - barrel aged sherried Barleywine (11.5% ABV). Thursday May 15th - The Monolith - barrel aged Imperial American Stout (12% ABV). And Friday, The Statik - an insane Pale Ale (13% ABV) with 420 IBU(?) and served through a Randall. Sound good?

Boulder County

Boulder SourFest (Boulder) - Don't forget! Tomorrow, April 26th at 9:00am sharp - tickets for this year's Boulder SourFest at Avery Brewing go on sale for the June 8th festival from noon to 5pm. Tickets are $55 and will disappear in just a few hours (if that long). Get your bookmarks for bouldersourfest.eventbrite.com.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] "With an ever-growing selection of creative brews with innovative combinations of hop varieties, specialty malts, and imaginative flavor adjuncts, the contributions of one very important ingredient are often overlooked by lovers of American craft beer – yeast. The flavors and aromas contributed by yeast are probably best known in regards to authentic Belgian and Belgian-style beers, where fruity esters and/or spicy phenols will take the lead role in defining associated tastes and smells. It was a deep appreciation for these flavors which led the brewers at Avery Brewing Co. to create their unique summer seasonal Karma, a bright Belgian-style Pale Ale with a fruity nose and slightly tart finish. Brewed with the authentic Rochefort yeast strain, Karma takes its cues from the sessionable pale ales historically popular in Belgium. As seasonal beers were the #1 category of American craft beer sales in 2012, Avery plans to accommodate with a 40% increase in production of this iconic summer ale. Released seasonally since 2005, this year’s Karma left the Avery production team particularly pleased, as it marks their first time to fully propagate the traditional Rochefort yeast strain with the brewery’s Handtmann automated yeast propagation system."

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will debut Maiden’s Kiss, a Maibock Lager, exclusively at World of Beer - Cherry Creek, 660 South Colorado Blvd, Glendale, Colorado on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm. Maiden’s Kiss will be generally available in Northern Colorado on May 3rd. Maibocks (May Bocks) are strong, golden lagers. Because of the climate in Bavaria, brewers offer Bocks in all but the summer season. Maibocks are brewed in spring with light colored malts and a little more bitterness than their winter cousins. Most Bocks are dark, malty, strong lagers. Maibocks are a pleasant kiss of springtime fresh air and a foreshadowing of a sunny summer Helles. “With our recent availability in the Denver market, this special release at World of Beer is the perfect opportunity to introduce our classic German style beers to a Denver audience.”, stated Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers.
Grimm Brothers Maidens Kiss

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Members from several Fort Collins breweries are on hand at Odell Brewing today making this year's batch of Collusion. Expect to see this on tap in town in time for American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19). Pateros Creek & Funkwerks are among the breweries chipping in on this one.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - (Sponsor) Today's beer special is a 1/2 price beer on Oskar Blues' oSKAr the G'Rauch Smoked IPA. This beer will only last a day and then they are preparing for Friday's Firestone Walker Tap Takeover. So head to downtown Greeley for some great craft beer today and tomorrow. Don't forget to have your drink passport stamped!

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today during Happy Hour - get $3 pints of Winter Warlock from 4-9pm. That included their Warlock on Nitro as well.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Now on tap - Jacked Black IPA. This hoppy dark IPA is "jacked" with Jack Daniels wood chips that adds additional complexity and flavor to this 6% ABV brew. Love their Dam beer? Sign up for their Frequent Keg Buyer Program - 5 & 15 gallon kegs are ready to roll for your Spring party. Note: Dillon Dam Brewery will be closed for their annual Spring Cleaning & Maintenance from May 6th - 9th. Fear not! They will re-open on May 10th at 3pm in time for Happy Hour!

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - KDVR Fox 31 Denver TV recently did a video feature on Elevation Beer Company as part of their Explore Colorado segment. They visited Poncha Springs and got a behind the scenes look at their operation. Also featured are some of their barrel aged beers as well as Little Mo and First Cast. Check out this 3:43 minute video on Elevation! If you can't view the video on your device, head over to Fox 31 website here.


Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - The brewery just keeps growing! Today the brewery took delivery of two new 60 barrel fermenters. Look for even more Tommyknocker beer on hand in the near future. This brings their total fermenter farm to 21 and adds about 20% to their existing capacity and allows for another 3000 bbls annually.
_____________________________________________________________________

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

View Colorado Brewery Maps
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

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.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog. "Like" us and get even more soon after it happens. Thanks for helping us grow to over 1600+ "Likes" in 2013!

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Colorado Beer News 042413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Administrative Professionals Day aka Secretary's Day. They are your workplace's focal point. With out them the business would be chaos. Take some time today to thank your Administrative Assistants for all of their hard work and dedication. Consider buying them a beer or doing something else nice for them. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 24th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (4 Metro locations) - This weekend! It's finally arrived! It's One Big Ass Tap Takeover at Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village and Castle Rock. Avery Brewing will have 90 beers spread out across 3 locations, 30 at each location - even some rare ones in bottles and some beers that rarely venture out of the Avery taproom. This will potentially be the biggest single brewery tap takeover in history! Don't miss out. The event lasts all day from 11am to 11pm. Both the American Craft Beer Radio and Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from the Highlands Ranch and Greenwood Village locations starting at 12pm. Don't miss this opportunity to taste the biggest selection of Avery Brewing beer in any one location. Click here for more info and locations.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - It's almost time to taste the rainbow. One of the last colors in their Wild Wild Brett (color) series is being bottled today. They're bottling up 1,500 bottles of their new Wild Wild Brett Violet. The series is almost complete. Rumor has it that they will have a "rainbow" tasting event once all the colors of the rainbow of this series are released. Stay tuned for release date. Previous "colors" included: Rouge, Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, and Indigo.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Their Colonial-style Ginger Beer is back on the Haunted Beer Series Tap this week. It's brewed with brown malts (no pale malts), English hops and English yeast and a distinctive ginger bite. It weighs in at 6.7% ABV and 22 IBUs.

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - It's Firkin Release Wednesday at Hogshead Brewery. They have 3 casks on today including: Lake Lightning with Delta hops, Chin Wag ESB dry hopped with Fuggles hops, and The "John Shaft" Gilpin Black Gold London Porter w/Tcho Ghana Cocoa. Embrace the cask!

River North Brewery (Denver) - Opened early for the Rockies game. They have a special Wayward Wednesday tapping of their Dry-hopped River North White. Stop in before, during, or after the game. Sorry, no food truck today.

Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - Here's a chance for you to win a free $100, $50, or a growler and fill from the upcoming brewery Sanitas Brewing Company of Boulder, CO. Enter their t-shirt design contest! They are looking for a "mind blowing" t-shirt design. This shirt will be sold at the Sanitas Brewing Company tap room and worn by brewery staff as well as local retailers around Boulder. They need your creativity and design skills. All entrants get a free beer! Check out their contest page at: www.womstreet.com/contests/sanitasshirt

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Left Hand is planning to release a special beer in honor of Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency help to military vets and their families. Homefront IPA will be released on Memorial weekend in May - it's brewed with orange zest and aged on maple Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bats! All sales of this beer will go towards Operation Homefront.

Northern Colorado

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - This Friday, April 26th at 6:30pm, Patrick's in downtown Greeley is hosting a Firestone Walker Tap Takeover featuring 10 different Firestone Walker beers on tap. Special beers include Anniversary 16 and Parabola. Stop in and see what beer geeks have been talking about ever since these beers came to Colorado. A Firestone Walker rep will also be on hand to talk about these beers with you. Located at: 909 8th Avenue in Greeley, just across from the Ice Haus.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Don't forget! Tomorrow night, Thursday April 25th at 5:30pm at the Wapiti Colorado Pub in Loveland, there will be a Verboten Brewing Beer Dinner. There will be 5 courses and 6 Verboten beers. Seats are still available. For full details read their posted menu and call for reservations.

CSU BreweryCSU Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Here is a major that most college students would love. According to the Coloradoan newspaper, Colorado State University is making plans to install a brewery on campus inside the Ramskeller, a pub inside the Lory Student Center. To help with educating students enrolled in brewing sciences classes, CSU will install a brewery as part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the student center. Two 3-barrel brewing systems are being planned and will be part of an interactive classroom environment. Beer would only be sold in the Ramskeller pub and not off campus. Only problem is, renovation of the student center funding does not include brewing equipment. That would have to be raised separately. Read more about this in the Coloradoan article.

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Just 7 days left to get Early Bird discount tickets to the May 18th beer & food truck festival. Approximately 30 craft breweries (60+ beers) and 15 food vendors will gather for an afternoon of food, beer, music and good times. More information at: www.frontrangerally.org. Follow on Facebook too. Designated Driver tickets also available. 21+ only event, but kids under 5 OK and free with parent.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Tomorrow, April 25th in their taproom, Funkwerks will release "Nelson Sauvin" - a light saison single hopped with the New Zealand hops of the same name. Available in draft and in bottles.

Knockin' Rocks Brooms & Brewfest (Ft. Collins) - Want a chance to win a free ticket to the beer fest on June 29th? Head to www.knockinrocksbrewfest.com and click on "Prizes" to learn more.

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Company (Woodland Park) - Paradox is planning to brew up a special batch of a Belgium Pale Ale especially for the upcoming Wolfstock 2013 benefit concert at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, CO on Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day). Tickets are available in their barrel cellar room. The concert will feature a beautifully landscaped Beer Garden. More info on Facebook.

Mountains and West

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - From today's press release: "Firkin Fridays continues at Steamworks Brewing Co. on Friday, May 3, 2013, with the introduction of a unique brew: “Cherry Cinders.” The firkin cask will be tapped at 3 p.m. The specialty firkin will have a base of Steamworks’ award-winning, flagship beer, Colorado Kölsch, a light, crisp ale with a hint of fruitiness, refermented with Belgian yeast. “We added a small amount of smoked malt, made into a ‘tea,’ to the cask because we're into experimentation,” said Steamworks Brewer and Certified Cicerone® Spencer Roper. “That’s where the ‘cinders’ come into play.” “And for the cherry, we will be adding both sweet and sour cherries to the Kölsch base,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “The final touch will be the Belgian yeast that will consume the sugar from the cherries, and give the beer a little spice character as well.”"
_____________________________________________________________________

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday

View Colorado Brewery Maps
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

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.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog. "Like" us and get even more soon after it happens. Thanks for helping us grow to over 1600+ "Likes" in 2013!

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...

Grand Opening: Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park

Grand Opening Today!

Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park
1898 S. Flatiron Circle
Boulder, CO 80301
Email: info[at]upslopebrewing.com
Phone: 303.449.2911
Date Opened: April 24, 2013 (second location for Upslope Brewing)
Taproom hours: 7 days a week: 11:00am - 10:00pm.
Tours at 4:00pm daily.
This is their 2nd location and main production facility.

Facebook - Twitter - Web

Grand Opening Beers on Tap:
- Upslope Pale Ale
- Upslope India Pale Ale
- Upslope Brown Ale
- Upslope Craft Lager
- Belgian Style Pale Ale

Photos


Photos of Upslope Brewing's 2nd location from their Facebook Page.

Map

View Larger Map

Related articles:
- Upslope Brewing expands into 2nd Boulder location.
- Grand Opening: BREW Pub & Kitchen - Durango, CO.
- Grand Opening: FATE Brewing Company - Boulder, CO.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.

Read the full article here...