Friday, May 31, 2013

Colorado Beer Releases for May 25 - May 31 2013

Colorado Beer ReleasesHere are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of of the 170+ breweries here in Colorado. If you spot something interesting - head on over to that brewery before it's gone. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases Week of May 25 - 31, 2013

Avery Brewing - Bhakti Chai Brown Ale - 2nd batch ever - May 31st 5pm.

Black Bottle Brewery - Just a Minor Threat - Double IPA - returns May 31st.

Black Shirt Brewing - 2013 Red Porter | Track #2 - May 29th 5pm.

Breckenridge Brewery - Well Built E.S.B. - returns May 25th 11am.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Saison Nu - May 30th 3pm.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Dunkel Weizenbock - May 25th 4pm.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Cucumber Saison - cask - May 29th 3pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Black Cherry-infused Boohai Red Ale - firkin - May 31st 5pm.

Equinox Brewing - Space Ghost IPA - returns May 29th.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Over My Dead Body - India Pale Lager - draft only - May 31st.

High Hops Brewery - Agave Jalapeno Wheat - firkin - May 29th 5pm.

Lone Tree Brewing - India Pale Lager - May 29th 12pm.
Lone Tree Brewing - Whiskey Barrel Aged Black Ipa on nitro - May 30th.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Apex Amber - May 25th Grand Opening.
Mountain Toad Brewing - White Ranch Wit - May 25th Grand Opening.
Mountain Toad Brewing - Mt. Zion IPA - May 25th Grand Opening.
Mountain Toad Brewing - Ryrish Stout - May 25th Grand Opening.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter - May 25th - grand opening.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Helios Hefeweizen - May 25th - grand opening.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Ghost Rider Pale Ale - May 25th - grand opening.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA - May 25th - grand opening.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Caber Tosser Scotch Ale - May 25th - grand opening.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Brick Lane ESB - May 25th - grand opening.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Put Your Feet Up Pilsner - outlaw tap - May 30th.

Pikes Peak Brewing - Incline Imperial IPA - May 27th 1pm.

Prost Brewing - Altbier - returns May 31st.

Rock Bottom Denver - Fools Gold - Belgian Ale - May 29th 6pm.

San Luis Valley Brewing - Settin' Sail Kiwi Ale - Blonde Ale w/kiwi - May 25th.

Trinity Brewing - Damn it Feels Good to be Gangsta - dark American wild - May 31st 5pm.

Upslope Brewing Co - Imperial India Pale Ale - 19.2oz can release - May 29th.

Wynkoop Brewing / Cheeky Monk - Saison de Colfax - Memorial Weekend.


To see a complete list for the last month and the previous 11 months visit the Colorado Beer Releases page.

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Colorado Beer News 053113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is What You Think Upon Grows Day. It's all about the power of positive thinking. Think about something positive today and if you believe in it, your actions will help make your thoughts a reality. I'm going to think about enjoying a good craft beer today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, May 31st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Summer hours have officially begun at Brewery Rickoli. Starting today they will open at 12 noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their new summer hours are: Mondays 3pm - 9pm, Tues-Thurs 3pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 12am, and Sundays 12pm - 9pm. Stop in for a brew or two.

Prost Brewing Company (Denver) - You asked for it and now it's back! Prost Brewing announces the return of their Altbier (German for old bier). It's a light brown beer with a crackery malt flavor. It weighs in at 5% ABV and 37 IBUs. Ask for a pint the next time you visit.


Boulder County

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - For just the second time in their history, Avery Brewing is tapping a batch of their Bhakti Chai Brown Ale today in the Avery Tap Room at 5pm. This brew has organic ginger and fiery spices. It weighs in at 5.5% ABV and will be tap only.

Burning Can Festival (Lyons) - Don't forget tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st is the Burning Can Festival up at the Lyons Outdoor Games in Bohn Park from 4-7pm. Online ticket sales are done so you will need to get extra tickets at the gate for $35. Over 30+ brewerie who all offer craft beer in the can. Live music plus all the Lyons Outdoor Games around town too!

Northern Colorado

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Time once again for Free Beer Friday! Starting at 2pm for 30 minutes and repeating at the top of every following hour until the keg is gone - Big Beaver will be pouring a free pint of Screw the Pooch Pale Ale today. Limit 1 pint per customer. This week's Blend of the Week is "Shaved Chubby" - a combo of Shaved Tail Ale and Rub-A-Chub Kolsch. Also, don't for get this Saturday, June 1st at 12:30pm in the parking lot it's the annual "Running of the Wieners" Dachshund Race and BBQ Benefit. Show them your Beaver (wear your Big Beaver gear that is) and get a free pint.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Good news hop lovers - a very limited batch of "Just a Minor Threat" is back on tap today. It's an Imperial IPA and then some. Get it while it lasts.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Today marks the bottle release of Trinity's "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta!" - Obscur Noir. It's a black wild beer brewed with all golden adjuncts - local honey, golden raisins and mustard seed and inoculated with Brettanomyces. #gangstabeer

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Fox 21 News in the Springs did a video piece on the new Ivywild School tasting room for Bristol Brewing. Get an inside peak before you visit! If you can't view the video below then check it out on YouTube.


Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Today's Mutha-Firkin Friday firkin features a Black Cherry-infused Boohai Red Ale. Catch some starting at 5pm today. Try a new firkin every Friday all summer long!
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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 top watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find out who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches review

Epic Brewing Brainless on PeachesEpic Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah is building a second brewery in Denver in 2013 and after spying this beer on my local store shelf, I wanted to get to know this company before they open here in Colorado. I chose to review their Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches - Belgian Style Ale for my first exposure to this brewery.

Brainless on Peaches is listed as a Belgian Strong Ale. It was aged for months in French oak barrels and was given some champagne yeast later on in the fermentation to give it a more dry and bubbly effect. The beer weighs in at a hefty 10.5% ABV and was bittered with noble hops to give it a bit of spice. According to the label, just 1800 22oz bottles of this Release #10 were made.

Appearance: Brainless on Peaches poured a golden yellow color with a small bright white head. The head dissolved fairly quickly and didn't leave any lacing to speak of. The beer started off slightly cloudy and seemed to have a lot of bubbles suspended in the beer. I could see tiny bits of sediment in the beer and inside the 22oz bottle there was a noticeable amount of yeast sediment at the bottom, so pour carefully on the 2nd serving. As this beer settled in the glass it got much clearer, but also brought out the fact that there was more sediment floating in this beer than I originally saw.

Aroma: This beer has quite the fruity ester in the nose. It definitely had peach in it, but it was more sour than sweet. There was also some spice from the hops and a slight bit of vegetable funk as well. This was a barrel aged beer and the French oak didn't add a lot to this aroma. I admit, the aroma wasn't pleasant at first, but as the beer warmed a bit I got accustomed to it. Perhaps the yeast combo along with the peaches and hops were something I hadn't encountered before.

Taste: The taste of this Belgian-style ale was sweeter than it smelled, but it didn't have much fruit, rather more from the malts. There was a slight tartness in this beer, but I wouldn't call this sour by any means. The Belgian-yeast added the usual funkiness of this style and added a bit of flavor itself. The beer had a decent balance between sweet and bitterness. There was quite a bit of carbonation in this beer from the champagne yeast and I think that affected the flavor a bit. The flavor burst up front punched me in the face, but then it mellowed out rather quickly as it went down. I'm not sure if the French oak barrels added much to the flavor, I could pick up some subtle oak tones but not a lot.

Brainless on Peaches close-upAs the session continued, I grew to enjoy this beer more. I think the "shock" of the initial blend of the yeasts, oak, and peaches was a bit confusing at first and it took some time to understand where this beer's flavor was really heading. The alcohol level in this beer was well hidden by the sweetness and I didn't really start feeling it until later in the sampling.

Overall: For a Belgian Strong Ale, a style I generally really enjoy, this one left me with more questions than I had answers. I ended up enjoying the taste more and more as I went on, but it definitely took a bit of time to get used to. The combination of peach, Belgian funk and French oak was a combo I hadn't encountered before, so I decided not to judge too soon before giving this a final nod. By the end of the bottle, I had finally figured out what this beer was all about. Normally, it doesn't take that long to figure out a beer, but this one made me study it a while.

The alcohol content in this beer really snuck up on me late. It wasn't until the 2nd half of this bottle to really start noticing it and then I could really feel it. If you decide to try this beer please note that your initial thoughts on this beer will probably change by the time you finish it. It took me a while to get used to it, but by the time I did it became a much better beer.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store.

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- Oskar Blues / Sun King Chaka Belgian Style Ale review.
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Colorado Beer News 053013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Loomis Day honoring the man, Mahlom Loomis, who patented the wireless telegraph back in 1872. This guy was working as a dentist at the time he patented this invention. So if you need something to toast about today, why not toast to Loomis. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, May 30th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden) - Tis the season for Saisons. Today at 3pm CCBC will be tapping Saison Nu. Meanwhile, back in the brewhouse they are brewing up another batch of their Rosemary Sourdough Saison which will be ready in a few weeks. They open at 3pm today and McDivitt Taco Supply will be on site serving up food to go with your brew.

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock) - On Monday, June 3rd at 5:30pm - Learn to brew over dinner. In this class you will brew your own extract recipe to take home and ferment while enjoying some of the finest Pizza in the west. Class size is limited to 4 students. Each student may bring a guest for $5 more. You will need a minimum of a full recipe kit, fermenter, lid and airlock. They will provide the rest to include pot, burners, spoon, thermometer, sanitizing chemicals, wort chilling, propane and of course all of the instruction to get you going in your homebrewing career. Cost is $24.95. Please RSVP to Eric at eric@castlerockhomebrew.com.

Parry's Pizza (4 Metro locations) & Lone Tree Brewing (Parker) - Parry's Pizza will be tapping a new Colorado craft beer that can only be found at Parry’s Pizza locations. In collaboration with Lone Tree Brewing Co., Parry’s now serves Landon’s Wanna Walk Wheat as it’s own house beer. Passion Me By is the second beer being brewed by Lone Tree Brewing Co. and can only be found at Parry’s Pizza locations as a seasonal offering. Landon’s Wanna Walk Wheat is an unfiltered wheat ale brightened by subtle hop additions and a delicate citrus aroma. It has a medium body with a lively carbonation finishing with a hint of lemon citrus. It will be sold as a pint and can be found at all four Parry’s locations. Passion Me By is a light, refreshing, unfiltered wheat ale that has been delicately infused with passion fruit lending it a slightly tart and thirst quenching finish. It has a medium body and finishes dry with a slight tartness. This beer will also be at all four Parry’s locations but is only available while supplies last due to its seasonal billing.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - In less than 2 days, the new Beer By Design Brewery in Northglenn will open it's doors and start serving beer! Their doors open up at 2:00pm. Beers expected to be on tap during the opening are: Hopstacle, Wild Mountain Wheat, Copper Mountain Pale, Cascade Mountain IPA, and Alpine Amber Ale. Stop in and check it out. They become the 14th new brewing establishment to open in Colorado this year.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Hurry over for a taste of their Whiskey barrel Aged Black IPA on nitro! It's only on tap today til it runs out. So you better run out to get one!

Boulder County

Burning Can Festival (Lyons) - If you are still planning to go to the Burning Can Festival this Saturday in Lyons, Colorado they be aware that their VIP tickets are now Sold Out. You can still get regular passes for $25 online and for $30 at the gate. It's the only beer festival in Colorado that only invites breweries who offer craft beer in cans. More info and directions at www.burningcan.com.

Bootstrap Brewing Company (Niwot) - Bootstrap Brewing is celebrating their 1st birthday on June 22nd. They plan to celebrate with a party starting at noon that day. In addition to having a big selection of their beers on tap, there will be a Cornhole Tournament, Live Music from Cat Jerky and BlueKrewe and plenty of food available. The guys from Colorado Craft Beer Radio will be doing a live radio show on site from 12pm to 2pm as well. Come on in and help them celebrate a year of beer in Niwot!

Northern Colorado

Colorado Brewers' Festival (Ft. Collins) - Call for Volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help out for the upcoming beer festival on June 22nd and 23rd in Fort Collins. You'll get free entrance to the festival just for donating a few hours of your time. Sunday volunteers are particularly needed. Sign up to volunteer at: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=566741049

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Need a fun idea for Thursday night? How about joining in for NoCo Geeks Who Drink trivia tonight from 7 to 9pm at Pateros Creek? There will be food outside from Umami Mobile Eatery from 6-9pm. Also, new on the Outlaw Tap today is a Classic American Pilsner infused with Chamomile and Citrus called Put Your Feet Up Pilsner. Your Thursday just got better!

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Want to win your very own 2013 New Belgium cruiser bike? If you visit http://bit.ly/pairswell (it's a Facebook app page) and share a picture of your favorite Fat Tire Amber Ale pairing, you'll be entered to win. Just that simple!

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - As promised, their Belgian-style wit, White, is officially back at Funkwerks! This beer was a taproom favorite in the past. Come celebrate it’s return with a full or half glass on the patio.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - The rumors are true! Bristol Brewing has opened part of their new Ivywild School location to the public and are now serving beer in there! The Ivywild location is just a block west from their Tejon Street location at 1604 S. Cascade in Colorado Springs. Work continues on completing the new location so for now just the north side of the building is open. They are serving beer and pretzels, but are not yet serving food from their new pub. Their new hours at Ivywild are: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm and 11am-8pm on Sundays. Other businesses who will be sharing the building (but are not yet open) are: The Principal's Office (Coffee shop), The Meat Locker (Deli), The Old School Bakery, KRCC (recording studio), Nourish Organics Juice Bar and ModboCo School of Art - coming soon.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - It's a Ska-B-Q kind of day at the brewery from 5-7pm. Listen to live music from Mark Berenson, eat some food from Good on the Bun, and get $3 beer specials on tap.
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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 top watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find out 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.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Colorado Beer News 052913

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the 60th anniversary of the 1st successful ascension of Mount Everest in 1953. Today also marks the 96th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the USA. Why not celebrate these anniversaries with a toast at your favorite craft beer watering hole later today. Here's what's happening in the Colorado craft beer world today Wednesday, May 29th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Colorado Brews (TV Show) - According to show host and book author Ed Sealover last night on Facebook: "Just got news from my producer Charles Nuckolls that Rocky Mountain PBS has decided to pick up Colorado Brews for a full 13-episode season. Don't know when the episodes will start airing yet - it could be anywhere between September and January, depending on how quickly we can get sponsors and get this all filmed - but Colorado is going to have its own show about breweries. Thank you all so much who wrote into the station, watched the show and told your friends to watch it. There will be a heck of a lot more fun to come, and we're looking forward to it." - Expect to see a lot more Colorado breweries, brewers, festivals and bars featured in this series. They'll be looking for future locations to record at soon.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Today at 5pm, Black Shirt Brewing will tap their 2013 Red Porter | Track #2. On tap only - no growlers of this however. It's got plenty of dark chocolate notes with a bit of roast, caramel and toffee sweetness - and it's red! Perfect for a cool rainy Spring day.

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock) - Starting this weekend, Castle Rock Homebrew Supply will have new weekend business hours. Saturdays 9:30am - 4:30pm and Sundays 10:30am - 4:00pm. Just minutes from the south end of Denver.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - It's taken over 2 years, but the Yak & Yeti has unveiled a brand new website this week. Head on over to www.theyakandyeti.com and check out the new layout. Head brewer Adam Draeger will maintain the beer listings and continue his regular blog updates there as well. Stop in tonight for Acoustic Jam Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Enjoy the music along with a fresh tapped beer. Yak & Yeti also have new growler kooozies available for sale. On tap through this weekend: Big Hairy Feet Barleywine - a powerful 8.5% ABV 96 IBU brew made with Fuggles hops. Also try their beermix of the week: Red Swirly - 1/3 West-Coast Glutton Double Red plus 2/3 Amber Tap (Thin Air ESB). This mix bumps up the hops and ABV up considerably.

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival (June 8th) - Here's an offer just for our Facebook fans. Want to get a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Highlands Ranch Beer Festival on June 8th? Just Like Fermentedly Challenged on Facebook and click on the Giveaway tab and follow the simple steps to sign up. The winner will be drawn and notified by June 7th. Must be 21+ to enter and win. Tickets will be kept at Will Call at the gate for the winner. The event will be held in Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch from 1pm to 6pm on June 8th.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Are you going to Denver Comic Con this weekend? Yea? Good - then bring in your ticket to Freshcraft tomorrow night (May 30th) at 7pm as the brewer (John Jordan) of the Breckenridge Brewery Comic Con beer called "The Caped Brewsader" will be on hand pouring his Comic Con beer and if you show your ticket you'll get a FREE beer and limited edition Caped Brewsader pint glass.

Boulder County

Burning Can Festival (Lyons) - This Saturday June 1st marks the return of the Burning Can Festival at the Lyons Outdoor Games in Lyons, Colorado at Bohn Park. This festival won't have any kegs - just all the locally available craft beer found in cans! This year, the festival is hosting a FREE concert the night before (May 31st) featuring the New Orleans-based band - Dumpstaphunk. Get more info and tickets at www.oskarblues.com/burningcan

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Time to renovate the Tasting Room! The Tasting Room will be closed on Tuesday, June 4th for renovation. And from June 5th through the 9th the tasting room will be operating out of the Malt Room. Once again on Monday, June 10th, the tasting room will be closed down for final touches. They plan to have the newly done tasting room re-opened by June 11th.

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Asheville,NC) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing announced today that it has nearly completed deconstruction at the site of its future Asheville facility and will continue site development and building construction later in 2014. The adjusted construction timeline is the result of increased capacity coming online in Fort Collins this year. With 70,000 barrels of capacity recently added, the Fort Collins brewery can produce up to 920,000 barrels, which will take New Belgium through 2015 sales projections. “We’re in a good situation as far as capacity in Fort Collins right now,” said New Belgium Spokesman, Bryan Simpson. “With deconstruction in Asheville wrapping up, our plan is to operate at maximum efficiency in Fort Collins and bring Asheville online at just the right moment. Along with our construction partners and the City of Asheville, we look forward to using the additional time to balance the many elements of such a dynamic project.” Current estimates are for about an 8-month adjustment (push back) to the construction timeline. Once underway, the construction phase will take place over 22 months as originally projected. The scope and physical attributes of the project remain the same. In the meantime, New Belgium will continue to work with the community to develop bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the area. All recovered materials slated for repurposing have been down-streamed to contractors or put into storage for future use. Once construction is complete, the brewery is expected to create more than 150 jobs in the area.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - Back here in Colorado, New Belgium is preparing to release their latest in the Hop Kitchen series of beers. The second in the series is called French Aramis India Pale Ale. It's made with French Aramis hopes that give off an essence of garden herbs and fresh cut flowers. It'll be packaged in 22oz bomber bottles and it considered a drier IPA for the summer. Look for it on store shelves soon.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Here's how to get a free beer from High Hops Brewery. Stop in and purchase a 12" or larger hanging basket from the Windsor Gardener (on site) and get a coupon for a free pint of beer or root beer at the brewery. After all, gardening is thirsty work!

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - How would you like to be on Echo Brewing's team for the Tour de Flight bike ride? They're having a free drawing for registration entries tomorrow night (Thurs. 5/30 at 7pm). 10 spots available. Each person will get an Echo t-shirt and a Tour de Flight t-shirt. Also at 7pm live music from Mike Finders starting right afterwards and Shuffler Bros BBQ from 5-8! You can also register for the Tour de Flight online at: http://www.regonline.com/tourdeflight - also more info at: http://www.frederickinflight.com/family-bike-ride.html

Cranknstein (Ft. Collins) - If you've never tried Elevation Beer Company's Little Mo' Wood - a whiskey oak cubes soaked Little Mo' Porter - then you'll want to head to Cranknstein on College Avenue tonight at 8pm. This limited batch is bound to run out quickly so get there pronto for your glass full.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Now back on tap - Head Turner Blonde and Dearfield Ale (blonde w/strawberry) are now back on tap! They say two blondes are better than one. Come find out why.

Knockin' Rocks Brooms & Brewfest (Ft. Collins) - If you buy tickets online between now and Saturday June 1st for the upcoming beer festival on June 29th, you'll also receive 2 extra beer tokens! Hurry, this offer ends Saturday.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - The brewery's barrel room just got a bit more crowded. They just picked up 2 Tequila barrels and 4 Rum barrels. What do you supposed they'll put in those? Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Mountains and West

Butcherknife Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Construction continues on the new brewery in Steamboat Springs and just today they received their official Federal approval on their TTB application. Next step is to apply for state licenses once the building is completed and then install the equipment. They may not be open yet, but progress is being made! Follow them on Facebook.

National

Beer Labeling Laws (US-wide) - [PRESS RELEASE] On May 28, 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a ruling (Ruling 2013-2) that allows alcohol beverage industry members to provide consumers with nutritional information about their products and provides guidelines to ensure that the information is presented in a consistent and non-misleading manner. The Federal Alcohol Administration Act provides for regulation of the labeling and advertising of distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages to prevent consumer deception, to provide consumers with adequate information as to the identity and quality of the product, and to prohibit false or misleading statements. The ruling allows “Serving Facts” statements that include the serving size, the number of servings per container, the number of calories, and the number of grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat per serving. Additionally, Serving Facts statements may include information about the alcohol content of the product as a percentage of alcohol by volume and may also include a statement of the fluid ounces of pure ethyl alcohol per serving. Industry members will not need to apply for new label approval to add a Serving Facts statement if it conforms to the examples contained in the ruling. TTB is providing this interim guidance on the use of optional Serving Facts statements on labels and in advertisements pending the completion of rulemaking on this matter. The Ruling can be found at http://www.ttb.gov/rulings/2013-2.pdf.
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CO Beer Dinners - Are you hosting a beer dinner in Colorado? Let us know about it! Several 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 top watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find out who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Royal pint cans used for Upslope Imperial IPA

Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale 19.2oz canEither craft beer cans are getting taller or I need my eyes examined. Upslope Brewing Company just became the next Colorado craft brewery to start using the larger sized 19.2oz can for their next release of their Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale. If that beer wasn't badass enough, with 90 IBUs and 10% ABV, it's gonna be even more badass in the "Royal Pint" can. Read all about it in their press release issued today.

Upslope Brewing Company Christens Tasteful New Brewery with an Imperial IPA of Equal Proportions

Upslope’s fifth year round offering hitting shelves in June

[Press Release] Boulder, Colo. (May 28, 2013) – Upslope Brewing Company, brewers of premium ales and lagers, introduces its Number 5, Imperial India Pale Ale this week. This new addition to Upslope’s year round offerings is packaged exclusively in Ball Corporation’s 19.2 oz Royal Pint aluminum can and will be available in Colorado liquor stores starting June 3rd.

Each barrel of Imperial IPA is brewed using six pounds of a unique blend of hops intended to impart subtle flavors of pineapple and melon to the central hop notes of citrus and pine. This assertively hopped 10% abv Imperial IPA captures a golden color, with a medium body.

“We took our time to develop a unique brewing technique for the Imperial IPA,” says Upslope Founder Matt Cutter, “Our brewers developed a process for adding hops to the beer, that maximizes the hop flavor and aroma without producing astringent or grassy flavors, typically associated with a highly hopped ale.”

The new Imperial IPA will be brewed at Upslope’s original facility located in North Boulder and canned on its Wild Goose canning line. “Since we began brewing beer in 2008, we always wanted to package one of our small batch series beers in a large format package. Now that we have built our second brewery in Boulder we have the ability to expand our year round offerings into the single serve category," said Cutter.

To learn more about Upslope Brewing, visit www.upslopebrewing.com. Stay tuned for Upslope-sponsored events and tap room happenings on their Facebook page.

Stop by Upslope’s new Flatiron Park location for a cold beer on tap or an enlightening tour at: 1898 S. Flatiron Court in Boulder, Colorado. Open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. Brewery tours at Flatiron begin at 4:00 p.m. every day.

About Upslope Brewing Company

Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company is the creator of premium, filtered ale that is artfully crafted to compliment the outdoor lifestyle. Upslope beer is made with natural ingredients, including snowmelt. The four flagship beers include: Pale Ale, Craft Lager, India Pale Ale, and Brown Ale. Additional installments are offered in a Limited Release Series. Upslope’s beer is packaged in aluminum cans because it is exceptionally portable, preserves the taste of the beer by keeping light out, and it uses fewer resources to pack and ship. In an ongoing effort to protect Colorado watershed, and the key ingredient in Upslope ale, one percent of Upslope’s Craft Lager revenue benefits the Colorado Trout Unlimited. Learn more about Upslope at www.upslopebrewing.com

Related articles:
- Grand Opening: Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park.
- Upslope Foreign Style Stout review. (2012)
- Upslope Brown Ale review. (2012)

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Colorado Beer News 052813

Colorado Beer NewsIt's Virtual Monday - the Tuesday after Memorial Day and it's one of a few times all year that a Tuesday feels like a Monday. The long holiday is over and it's time to get back to work Colorado. It's the last week of May and June is coming up this weekend. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft breweries and businesses today on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - It's becoming known as a tasty addition for certain styles of beer and now you can try it in a limited release cask this Wednesday. Copper Kettle will tap their "Cucumber Saison" on Wednesday, May 29th at 3pm. This will be available until 9pm or whenever the cask is kicked. Also, look for Copper Kettle to soon bottle it's Mexican Chocolate Stout in 22oz bottles on it's new bottling line. Look for the 1st bottling run later in June and a release party later this Summer.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - The next brewery to open in Colorado will be Beer By Design Brewery in Northglenn, Colorado. They have a soft opening set for this Saturday, June 1st. They plan to work out the kinks for a few weeks and then hold an official grand opening by June 28th. Read all about them in today's Press Release.

Parry's Pizzeria (4 Metro locations) - Love craft beer? Looking for some great deals on pints? Now it's easier than ever to sign up for their Ale Yeah Club.Get Happy Hour pricing Sun - Wed, all day. Special pouring announcements, members only discounts, special deals on bombers and more - and it's FREE. Simply text ALEYEAH in all caps to 22828, enter your email address and that's it! You'll then get updates on how and when you can save on great craft beer as well as food specials.

Epic Beer Festival (Denver) - One of the Summer's biggest beer festivals is coming up at the end of June. It's the inaugural Epic Beer Festival Denver. Expect to see over 120+ craft breweries pouring over 350 unique beers indoors at the Colorado Convention Center (Hall F). It's all happening June 28-29 spread out across 3 different tasting sessions. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend. Get the background on this festival in an article posted today "Epic Beer Festival Denver promises to be big".

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival (Highlands Ranch) - Want a chance to win 2 free tickets to the upcoming Highlands Ranch Beer Festival on June 8th 1-6pm at Civic Green Park? Check out the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page and click on the Giveaway tab (must be signed up on Facebook and like our Facebook page). Follow the instructions and enter the contest. There are ways to increase your chances of winning by revisiting the contest page daily. Must be 21+ to enter and win.

Denver Beer CO (Denver) - Tomorrow, May 29th in their Barrel Room at 7pm you can stop in and listen to Author Dave Thomas - "Of Mines & Beer!" talk about Denver area's beer history in the 19th century. For those who read the book, he's gathered a terrific history of how beer helped satisfy the miner's and their companions back in the 1800's.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in today at The Tavern at St. Michael's Square in Greeley for a High Hops Tap Takeover. Reps from High Hops will be on hand pouring 5 different beers. Tomorrow, May 29th it's Firkin Wednesday. This week they're tapping an Agave Jalapeno Wheat at 5pm. Don't forget live music on Friday 6-8pm and Saturday 5-7. See the Music listings to see who's playing.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Now with their expanded tap wall there is more selection on tap. On tap this week: Roll in Ze Hay (Gose salted wheat), Thinking of Something Orange (Orange Blossom Honey Wheat), Got the Knife (golden ale), Get Busy Living (Pear Wit), Angry Banjo (dark cream ale), Killer Boots (caramel porter), Chicory Midnight Expresso, Midnight Expresso (nitro), Pure Imagination, Walking the Parapet (bourbon barrel porter), and Mantooth (Imperial IPA). Coming soon - the return of Five Second Frencher (Lemongrass Wit).

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Only two more days until the re-release of White. This round will be considered one of their experimental batches and will only be available on draft at select Fort Collins locations and in bottle in the taproom.

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - If you were outside of the brewery early today you would have seen big flatbed trucks unloading new brewery equipment into the new brewhouse expansion. The expansion is coming along nicely and will soon be complete.

KB Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - With the change of seasons, some change is happening at KB Kraft Beer. Currently on tap is their Tropical Saison, Erroneous IPA, Sweet Wheat, Spring Blonde, Chocolate Oatmeal and their new porter - Jumbe Porter. Ten percent of all proceeds go to Bowling for Rhinos, helping preserve these majestic animals.
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Epic Beer Festival Denver promises to be big

2013 Epic Beer Festival Denver[Paid Sponsor Post] While most Summer beer festivals head outdoors this time of year, there's one new beer festival coming to Colorado that plans to do it all indoors in one of Colorado's biggest venues. Why? Let's just say that the sheer size of this festival is going to be Epic! From the creator of the Epic Beer Festival in San Diego - Denver has been chosen to be the next big city to get another giant sized beer fest - Epic Beer Festival Denver.

Epic Beer Festivals Director Chad Bratt says his company is no stranger to doing events here in Colorado. They've previously put on the Boulder Brew Fest for a few years and also the Mile High Beer Fest last year. The festivals have gotten to be so well attended that they quickly outgrew their venues. So this year, they reserved the Colorado Convention Center (Hall F) in downtown Denver for the June 28-29, 2013 Denver Epic Beer Festival.

Just how big is this festival?

Normally, the average beer festival attracts anywhere between a handful to a few dozen breweries. The Denver Epic Beer Festival is planning to have over 120+ craft breweries in attendance and over 350 different beers being poured. Even Gluten-free drinkers will have at least 14 breweries offering GF choices.

The festival will span three separate tasting sessions: Friday, June 28th from 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday, June 29th at 12pm to 4pm and again at 6pm to 10pm. The organizers are expecting to attract over 10,000 attendees and end up being the biggest Summer indoor beer festival in Colorado this year.

This festival will feature not only American craft breweries, but also several dozen international craft breweries. Attendees will get unlimited 2oz tastings. In addition to the beer, there will be over 30 vendors at the festival showing off their products. Live music will also be playing all session long from 3 to 4 local bands on stage. Food will also be available inside the Convention Center hall. The beer tables will be manned primarily by volunteers. Every brewery is also encouraged to have a representative in attendance in order to talk about their beer with their fans.

Epic Beer Festival doesn't rely on breweries donating kegs for this festival, instead they purchase ALL of the beer for the event, whether its from distributors or self distributed brewers. This way, they can get a lot more breweries involved in this growing event.

More Beer? Epic!Denver's Epic Beer Festival is planning to become an annual event and will likely become one of a few premier beer festivals in Denver. There will also be moreEpic Beer Festivals happening in two other big cities later in the year and in 6-8 total festivals nationwide starting in 2014. The cities of Philadelphia and Dallas will be the next cities getting this festival.

Where to get tickets:

The official web site for all Epic Beer Festivals can be found at: www.epicbeerfestival.com. There you can locate the Denver festival information and also purchase tickets which are now on sale. General Admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets will be sold as well which will give entrance 1 hour early each session plus a festival t-shire and tasting cup. Designated Driver tickets will also be available with special incentives. Ticket prices and deals are listed on the website. Hurry, get your tickets soon, as the VIP session for Saturday night is already Sold Out!

This is a 21+ event only. No children or pets will be allowed inside the festival hall. Volunteers are also needed for this festival. If you'd like to help out apply online.

Epic Beer Festival Denver
June 28-29, 2013 - 3 Sessions
Colorado Convention Center - Hall F
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Website: www.epicbeerfestival.com

Are you planning to attend? This festival is definitely going to be, well... EPIC!

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Beer By Design Brewery preps for June 1st soft opening

It's brewery opening season in Colorado. Already this month there have been 3 new brewery openings and June promises to have several more openings as well. One such opening slated for June 1st is Beer By Design Brewery - coming to Northglenn, Colorado. The brewery issued a press release over the Memorial Weekend announcing their plans for their upcoming soft opening this weekend. The actual Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for June 28th.

Beer By Design Brewery[PRESS RELEASE] May 27, 2013 - Northglenn, CO - After being introduced to home-brewed beer in the early 90’s, Vance Sabbe began pursuing the perfect process for creating a great tasting beer. His first brew kit led to another and about six months into it, Vance started a home brew shop – selling supplies for home brewers. He also developed a portable brewing system – “Port-A-Brewery” which he sold online for some time.

Vance had been working on plans for a brewery for about three year, when suddenly his job in the technology industry was eliminated. He decided the time had come and he began putting his research to work. Initially he looked at a number of scenarios, including a fully automated, robot controlled process. Vance finally determined that the right approach would be a 20 barrel brewing system with a 40 barrel fermenting system to make sure that customer’s favorite flavors were always “in-stock”.

Rich Aggen had worked with Vance for a number of years as part of their HOA board. Vance introduced him to homebrewing and Rich and his wife were quick to invest in Vance’s brewery idea. When the opportunity presented itself, Rich jumped at the chance to be a partner in the business, and the two began finalizing the initial business plans.



In November 2012, construction began on the 5,000 square foot space that would become Beer By Design Brewery. In December, signs went up on the building and in January their website www.beerbydesign.comand their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/beerbydesign) went live; allowing fansto follow along with their progress. Vance and Rich have been hands on in the setup of the brewery, doing everything from helping to hang the building signs, to laying cement, to installing equipment.

The philosophy behind Northglenn, CO’s first craft brewery is that fresh quality beer produced locally, using the finest ingredients and without chemicals in processing or for preservation is the key to success among beer drinking enthusiasts. Their system has been designed to be “green” – BBD has installed processes that save water and create a smaller carbon footprint, while increasing efficiency. “By lining up our processes, we decrease our water usage by about 80%.” Water is not only important to the process, but also to the flavor of the beer. BBD is proud to use Rocky Mountain Water, one of the finest water sources anywhere to create their beer.

In fact, BBD will pay tribute to the Rocky Mountains when they open their doors later this week by introducing the Mountain Ale Series. This soon-to-be signature line will feature favorites like Copper Mountain Pale Ale, Wild Mountain Wheat, Cascade Mountain IPA and Alpine Mountain Amber Ale. Other beers will include flavors from their Architectural Series, their Women & Beer Series and a new creation called “Hopstacle” a tribute to the start-up process.

Beer By Design will start with a soft open on June 1st with a grand opening event to follow later in the month. During their tap room hours (Monday through Friday, 2:00 pm to close and Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am to close), the brewery will offer tours to the public. They will also self-distribute beers to retail liquor establishments in Colorado, including restaurants, bars, etc. “We want to make our beers real – drinkable – beers. We have designed them to be enjoyed over and over again.”

If you would like more information about Beer By Design, please contact Vance Sabbe at (303) 517-2202 or visit them online at www.beerbydesign.com.

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Beer By Design Brewery
2100 E. 112th Ave.
Northglenn, CO 80233
303.517.2202
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel 2012 review

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel 2012Sour ales by themselves can be impressive. Put a great one in a Chardonnay barrel and age it and it can become outstanding. If the popularity of Crooked Stave beers has been surprising, just wait, it's going to become a cult following soon. This beer review is from their 2012 Cellar Reserve Membership. It's a beer they call Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel - a rustic five grain Saison artisan ale aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Many of the beers fermented with Brettanomyces get a funky taste, but when they are aged in wine barrels they can take on a whole new perspective. The barrels add a wine and woody character and can often add a few more wild "bugs" to the beer which can sour them further. When Crooked Stave originally released this beer, they warned that they wanted to age this beer further. In my case, I let it age another 8 months!

Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel weighed in around 6.5% ABV and came in a smaller 375ml bottle with a bottle cap top (no wax on this one). It was meant to be served between 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I chose a tulip glass for this beer in order to help capture more of the aroma and flavor.

Appearance:Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel (SRCB) poured out a medium golden color with a tight nearly white bubbly head. The beer itself was cloudy and I could not see all the way through the glass. There was a modest amount of carbonation in this beer. Down to the last few drops, I could not see any noticeable sediment or yeast cloud. Saisons typically have some cloudiness and sediment, but this beer looked a bit cleaner than most. This beer was bottle conditioned, yet the yeast sediment was not very noticeable.

Aroma: SRCB started out with a powerful Brett and barrel aroma. The Chardonnay barrel added wonderful wood and grape and sour apple-like tones. This beer had the usual acidic funk and tart aroma that many Crooked Stave beers have. For the sour beer lover in me, this was already smelling like heaven even before I tasted it. There's just something about a barrel-aged brett beer that really stands out.

Surette Reserva Chardonnay close-upTaste: Bingo again! Spot on sour Saison. This beer had a fresh tart and fruity taste with some funk and wood tones in the mix. It was medium bodied and with a powerful flavor that made me say "Oh wow" when I tried it. This bottle had been aged at least 7-8 additional months after it was released and age hasn't diminished the flavor and complexity at all. This beer tasted like it was meant to be put away for a while. This was also a touch of acidic bite on the tongue and it felt tangy the entire way down. A very unique and exciting sour beer.

Overall: So far, I can't get enough of their 2012 Cellar Reserve beers. I'm kicking myself now for not resigning up for their 2013 Cellar Reserve Membership. Sure, it is pricey, but I know much of my membership fee was going towards helping the brewery to get better established and prepared for moving into their newer Denver location later in 2013. Crooked Stave made a wonderful beer by aging this version of Surette Reserva in Chardonnay barrels. I hope they continue to do more of those wine-barrel beers.

If ever anyone offers you a taste of this beer say "Yes absolutely"! Sour fans will absolutely love this beer. Even those who've never tried a sour beer might just like this one. It's fruity, tart, sour, bitter and quite complex. The barrel aging did wonders for this beer to change up the taste over their non-barrel-aged version.

A top of the line beer. One of my favorite sours.

Disclosure: I got this bottle as part of the 2012 Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership.

Related articles:
- Crooked Stave L'Brett d'Or 2012 review.
- Crooked Stave Sentience Wild Quadrupel Cognac Barrel review.
- A visual tour of Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar. (2013)

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Grand Opening: Mountain Toad Brewing

Grand Opening Today!

Mountain Toad Brewing
900 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Email: info@mountaintoadbrewing.com
Phone: 720.638.3244
Date Opened: May 25, 2013

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Grand Opening Beers on Tap:
- Apex Amber (6.6% ABV, 30 IBU)
- White Ranch Wit (6.5% ABV, 25 IBU)
- Mt. Zion IPA (6.9% ABV, 75 IBU)
- Ryrish Stout (5.9% ABV, 60 IBU)

Taproom hours: Tues-Thur 2pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 10pm, Sun 12pm - 8pm.

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Mountain Toad Brewing is Golden's third craft brewery and will be starting out with a 10 barrel brewhouse and also a 1 barrel pilot system. They plan to have up to 8 beers on tap including several regulars, some seasonals and an occasional experimental beer. The logo was modeled after both the Rocky Mountain Toad and bicycle chain links. They plan to utilize food trucks to serve food in their beer garden. Outside food is also welcome. There are four owners including Kaylee Acuff.

Related articles:
- Grand Opening: Odyssey Beerwerks.
- Grand Opening: Colorado Plus Brew Pub.
- Grand Opening: Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park.

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Grand Opening: Odyssey Beerwerks

Grand Opening Today!

Odyssey Beerwerks
5535 W. 56th Ave, Suite 107
Arvada, CO 80002
Email: info@odysseybeerwerks.com
Phone: None listed yet.
Date Opened: May 25, 2013
Owners: Josh Van Riper (aka "Tree") and Chris Hill (aka "Chill").
Taproom hours: Mon-Thur 3pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-7pm.

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Grand Opening Beers on Tap and other beers planned:
- Brick Lane ESB
- Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter
- Helios Hefeweizen
- Ghost Rider Pale Ale
- Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA
- Caber Tosser Scotch Ale
- Coming Soon: Adventurer Series beers.

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Two friends, an engineer and a advertising/marketing guy, who were both homebrewers have taken a long journey, rather an odyssey, towards opening a brewery. They brew off a 15 barrel brewhouse. The brewery is close to I-70, I-76 and the Clear Creek bike path. They predict around 800 barrels of beer production in the first year. The taproom can easily hold over 110 people and more can enjoy sitting outside on the patio. Expect to see food trucks parked outside often and live music filling the air every week.

Related articles:
- Grand Opening: Mountain Toad Brewing.
- Grand Opening: Colorado Plus Brew Pub.
- Grand Opening: Upslope Brewing Company - Flatiron Park.
- Grand Opening: BREW Pub & Kitchen - Durango, CO.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Colorado Beer News 052413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Don't Fry Day. It's a day to remember to protect your skin from over exposure to the sun and help prevent skin cancer. Avoid burning or tanning, seek out the shade, cover your skin while out in the sun, generously apply sunblock, and use extra caution near water, snow and sand. So while you enjoy a beer on this hot Memorial Weekend - do so safely and protect your skin! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, May 24th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - It's going to be a warm day today - time for a Luau! Stop in today between 3pm - 7pm for a Luau. Come listen to Ukelele tunes, beer filled coconuts, refreshing shaved ice from Maui Shaved Ice Co, wear grass skirts, and attend the tapping of their Pineapple Pale Ale. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and get your hula on.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Their newest batch of HopSavant dry hopped with experimental hop 462, is now bottled and on draft in their tasting room. Come taste the difference side by side! Also, batch #4 of Surette was bottled yesterday and is available in the taproom starting now. Also, according to Eric Gorski's article in First Drafts, Crooked Stave may be planning a slightly different rainbow series of beers in the future along with bringing back many of their recent beers from their cellar reserve series. The article also discusses the crowd reaction to being shut out at a recent release. Good reading.


Boulder County

Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - Grats to Upslope Brewing for being named the #5 fastest growing company in Boulder County by the Boulder County Business Report and the Mercury 100. Craft beer is still one of the fastest growing businesses around.

Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - The brewery WILL be open this Monday from noon to 6pm. Stop by during your weekend travels through the Nederland area. Plenty of beer will be on tap for this long weekend.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Today's 5:00pm special tapping in the Avery Tap Room is Liliko'i Kepolo, their unfiltered Belgian White with Hawaiian passionfruit puree. This favorite will be on tap all weekend long. Also, #16 in their Barrel-aged series has just been announced and it's got a strange name: Ross's's' Malange Barrel-Aged Wild Ale. It's brewed with Chardonnay grape must and aged in Chardonnay barrels. Release date TBA. It was bottled on May 2nd and just 105 cases of 12oz bottles were packaged. It weighs in at 7.89% ABV.

Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Funkwerks is introducing “Secret Sixtel” - a small batch of experimental beer. This will not be on the menu and will only be available in the taproom, while it lasts. Today they are tapping a Belgian Quad that was inspired by the Trappist breweries of Belgium, this Belgian Style Quadrupel is the base beer that Funkwerks is currently aging in oak bourbon barrels. It's a malt-forward, yet with a fruity aroma that smoothly transitions into flavors of caramel and dark fruit.

Friday Fest (Greeley) - It's the first official Go-Cup Friday of the year in downtown Greeley. Stop down to your favorite watering hole along 9th Street plaza (like Patrick's Irish Pub with 31 craft beers on tap) and you can take your drink outside on the 9th Street Plaza. Beer and other beverages will be flowing freely. There will be plenty of live music each week to enjoy in one of Colorado's 1st outdoor entertainment zones. Every Friday from May 24th to September 20th the 9th Street Plaza will be filled with food, drink and fun. It's family friendly too and attendance is free! This week listen to the sounds of Moses Jones Band. Watch the amazing performers of Salida Circus. And view classic cars cruising "D" block downtown. More info on upcoming Friday Fests here.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Coming up on More Beer Monday is a tapping of their Incline Imperial IPA. It's theoretically rated at 185 IBU! Also, if you are so inclined (sorry for the pun), a group from the brewery will be hiking up the Manitou Incline. Meet at the PPBC parkint lot on Monday May 27th at 7am or at the Barr Trail Parking lot at 7:30am. If you join them for the hike you'll get $1 off your first beer.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - It's Friday - that means you can enjoy pints of Bristol Beehive Honey Wheat for just $3.50 from 6-9pm today.

Mountains and West

The Mountains are the place to be this Memorial Weekend for several outdoor festivals.

Steamworks Brewing and Ska Brewing (Durango) - It is time to shine up your cruiser and get out to Ska Brewing at 5pm and then spin your way along the Animas to Steamworks via the Durango Cyclery. For those whose join in their celebration and pedal push their way will have a chance to win a Joint Effort Schwinn bicycle.

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Two new tastes to try! Cid - a Belgian Trappist-style ale with notes of fruit, bread and spice. And also Corey - a traditional IPA, medium bodied, citrusy nose and rich hop resin bitterness. Stop in for a brew and a bite!

Paddles and Pints - River Side Happy Hour (Buena Vista) - Looking for a fun event this weekend? Head to Buena Vista tonight 4-8pm and Saturday 1-8pm for Paddles & Pints - it's a river side drinking event set up during the CKS PaddleFest. The Ark Valley Libation Society is sponsoring a special zone for drinking. Beverages will be available from Eddyline Brewing, Vino Salida, Deerhammer Distillery, Elevation Brewing, Woods High Mountain Distillery, Moonlight Pizza & Brewery, and Amicas. Watch paddlers head down the river and sip on a few cold drinks.

Blues, Brews & BBQ (Beaver Creek Village) - Beaver Creek's favorite early summer festival returns for a 10th year! Join in this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 6pm each day as visiting chefs from all over the country as well as Vail Valley favorites serve up delicious BBQ while live entertainment rocks Beaver Creek Village, and of course, microbrews from across the country for your sampling pleasure. The microbrew festival happens on Saturday, May 25 from 1-5pm, and a beer garden will be open 12pm to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of great music, food and beer. Plus fun for the whole family. More info here.

Festival of the Brewpubs (A-Basin) - This Sunday, May 26th fro 12pm to 4pm at A-Basin ski resort - It's a beach party in the mountains! Come celebrate the end of the ski season at A-Basin. This is their largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pug Ryan's, Breckenridge Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, and more. Enjoy live music 1-4pm, springtime skiing and much more. More information here.
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Over My Dead Body according to Grimm Bros

Grimm Brothers BrewhouseWith a large list of Grimm Brothers fairy tales to choose from, it's not easy to choose a name for their next beer. But Grimm Brothers finally chose a name for their new India Pale Lager called "Over My Dead Body". Read all about this upcoming brew debuting next week on draft only. It weighs in at 6.37% ABV, over 100 IBUs and SRM 14. It's one of their hoppiest beers yet.

[PRESS RELEASE] Loveland, Colorado, May 24, 2013: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, never one to be told what to do, will debut Over My Dead Body, an India Pale Lager (IPL) on Friday, May 31st, 2013. This will be a draft only release and generally available at that time in our Taproom and throughout our market.

“An IPL is not a typical beer for us”, stated Don Chapman, President of Grimm Brothers. “We’re more focused on German styles and in fact I've been known to say that we’d brew a beer like this ‘over my dead body’. Things change, I’m still alive.”

The IPL recipe was developed by Grimm founder Aaron Heaton and was championed by Director of Marketing/Adult Supervision (yes, that’s his real title), Paul Ferguson, who participated in the brewing. “We decided to let the marketing guy take a shot at a brew”, added Chapman.

Grimm intern Adrienne Hoeffner working on the IPL

“Lead Brewer, Michael Becker had a firm hand on the controls at all times.”, Ferguson emphasized. “My roll was closer to head cheerleader than quarterback. It was hugely fun and we managed to create a great beer!”

According to Heaton, “It’s close to an American IPA but uses our signature lager yeast instead of an ale yeast. With the softer and more rounded character of this yeast, we emphasize the up-front grapefruit and other citrus notes to showcase the hops. A touch of malt and caramel and a light zing from the bitterness brings balance, but don't be fooled, this is a hop forward IPL using Centennial, Citrus, Cascade, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace”

The name, Over My Dead Body, was inspired both by Chapman’s earlier sentiments and by the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale, The Three Snake-Leaves (Die drei Schlangenblätter). It’s a clever tale of deceit, betrayal, and ultimate redemption.

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About Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is one of the premier craft brewers of Northern Colorado. Founded in July, 2010, Grimm Brothers is a two time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice award winner three years in a row. Located in Loveland, Colorado, Grimm Brothers specializes in German Style Ales and Lagers brewed in the traditional manner but with innovative American freedom. Grimm Brothers operates a Tap Room at 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO offering our fine beers for on premises consumption and carry-out sale and is widely distributed throughout Colorado.

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