Sunday, June 30, 2013

Avery Brewing's 20th Anniversary Plans to be Big

Avery Brewing CompanyWith all of the new breweries opening up in Colorado these days, it's not common to see a brewery celebrate their 20th anniversary, but Avery Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado is planning to do just that. Avery Brewing has become quite the cult favorite lately as they continue to crank out a huge line-up of beers as well as barrel-aged limited releases. Check out their press release below to see how this Boulder-based brewery plans to whoop it up for their 20th.

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO – The Avery Brewing Co. is finalizing plans for its 20th Anniversary Party, and according to party organizers this year they’re “gonna go big” to celebrate the last 20 years.

“Twenty years of brewing here in the alley in Boulder is a huge milestone for us,” said Avery’s National Marketing Director Darin McGregor. “We want to throw a rager. This year’s beer selection is going to blow peoples’ minds.”

Tickets to Avery Brewery Co.’s 20th Anniversary Party will go on sale Monday July 1st. The festival will be at the Avery Brewing Co. at 5757 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder on Sunday August 4th. Tickets are $40 and will be available online www.averyanniversary.eventbrite.com or at the Avery Tap Room in advance only. In a departure from years past, no tickets will be available the day of the festival.

Adam Avery is venturing into his cellar to pull out a wide selection of rare and vintage beers to be poured during the party. The festival will feature pouring stations in homage to the brewery’s other festivals. “There’s going to be an IPA Fest station, a Strong Ale Fest station and a SourFest station. Each is going to be stocked with some badass beers that you don’t see very often,” said McGregor. “Don’t worry- we will have some of our year round offerings too for those sessioners in the crowd.”

In addition to the extensive beer list, the party will also feature live music from The Matt Flaherty Band and Roots & Rhythm as well as the annual pig roast and barbeque all included in the $40 ticket price. For more information, Avery fans can check www.averybrewing.com or email info@averybrewing.com.

What: Avery Brewing Co. 20th Anniversary Party

When: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12pm-5pm

Tickets: $40 available starting July 1st at 11am at www.averyanniversary.eventbrite.com or at the Avery Tap Room. TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE ONLY. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

About Avery Brewing Company:
Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and visionary breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian-Style Wit Ale, Mephistopheles’ Stout and eighteen other year-round and seasonal beers. Please go to www.averybrewing.com for more information on Avery beers.

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Wiley Roots Brewing Company opens for the 1st time in Greeley

Wiley Roots Brewing CompanyHidden behind the activity of the Greeley Independence Stampede this week, a new brewery opened its doors for the 1st time on Saturday in Greeley, Colorado marking the start of a new brewery growth spurt in Weld County's biggest town. Wiley Roots Brewing Company opened its doors for business on Saturday, June 29th for 5 hours as a test run for its upcoming Grand Opening set for Saturday, July 20th.

Owners Kyle and Miranda Carbaugh opened at noon on Saturday and tapped two of their inaugural beers to thirsty customers. Wiley Roots Brewing Company is located at 625 3rd Street Unit D just to the east of the main railroad tracks going through town. The Carbaughs have been brewing beer in anticipation of their Grand Opening and decided to give their new business a thorough shakedown before the Grand Opening.

Kyle Carbaugh stated that they plan to be open weekends, July 6-7 and July 13-14 prior to their Grand Opening July 20th where they will then be open 5 days a week initially. Their business is located in the same building that used to house Crabtree Brewing Company and is situated right next door to Syntax Spirits. The Carbaughs totally remodeled the entire place. The main bar is now on the west side of the interior and there is plenty of seats both at the bar and on tables scattered throughout the area.

Kyle Carbaugh of Wiley Roots Brewing Co

Wiley Roots Brewing Company is brewing on a 10-barrel system and are using three 7-barrel fermenters. Two of their fermenters came from Upslope Brewing in Boulder, Colorado. Their mash tun is a huge round container that was originally built back in the 1950s and was used in a dairy, but with some small modifications works perfectly in the brewery. The mash tun is flexible enough to do batches ranging as small as 20 gallon up to 10 barrels.

Visitors can see all of the brewing equipment set up directly behind the main bar area. Next it the brewhouse sits a walk-in cooler that houses 5 bright tanks that will hold all of their beer. There's plenty of room for at least 10 bright tanks and keg storage in there for future growth.



Wiley Brewing had two beers on tap for their initial opening. The first was their Super 77 American Style Wheat, a refreshing summer brew with a 5.5% ABV rating. The other beer was their Chocolate Porter, a dark beer with hints of chocolate aroma that weighed in at 7.0% ABV. By July 20th, they plan to have two more beers on tap including a Belgian-style Amber with a bigger hop profile, and also a White IPA that will have even more hop flavor and aroma. The Carbaughs also plan to throw in the occasional 1-off brew and rotate in some special beers later on. Currently, their tap wall has fixtures for 6 different beers.

In the back of their taproom is a small lounge area with cushioned seats. Off to the east side, there is a private room with seats for about 12-16 people for private events and overflow seating. A hallway still attaches directly to Syntax Spirits where guests can walk over and try hand crafted distilled spirits.



Wiley Roots plans to also bring in food trucks once they officially open to give patrons options for eating along their beers.

Kyle Carbaugh stated that the entire process of going from planning to opening took a while and their efforts with getting federal, state and city licenses and permits took less time than they thought.

The name "Wiley" came from Kyle's childhood. One of his relatives thought he was rather a mischievous youth and called him Wiley. The name stuck. Originally, they planned to open under the name Wiley Brewing Company, but due to another brewery in the western US that held the naming rights to a Wiley wheat beer, they had to change their name slightly and chose Wiley Roots instead.



Greeley will soon be getting even more breweries in town. Later this Fall, Broken Plow Brewing Company plans to open on the west-central part of town off 10th Street near 47th Avenue, and in 2014 Nostalgic Brewing is making plans to come to Greeley. Does this mean Greeley is finally starting to catch up to towns like Loveland? Let's hope so.

Visit them on the web at: www.wileyrootsbrewing.com or on Facebook.



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Friday, June 28, 2013

Grand Opening: Twelve Degree Brewing

Twelve Degree BrewingGrand Opening!

Twelve Degree Brewing
820 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027
Email: info@twelvedegree.com
Phone: None listed yet.
Date Opened: June 29, 2013 (Grand Opening)
Soft Opening: June 21, 2013

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Grand Opening Beers on Tap:
* Summer Saison
* Walter's White
* Hommel - Belgian Pale
* Biere de Garde
* Tripel

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Owner: Jon Rowland. Brewmaster: Ryan Thompson. Located in a 120 year-old building that used to be a temperance hall in old town Louisville, Colorado. Their focus will be on Belgian-style beers. They also plan to have a kitchen offering up flatbread pizza and Belgian-style frites. Other Belgian-style guest beers will get 2 guest taps. Twelve Degree becomes the 2nd brewery currently located in the city.

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- Grand Opening: Beer By Design Brewery. (Northglenn)

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Colorado Beer Releases Week of June 24-30, 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 June 24-30, 2013

Black Bottle Brewery - Mother Should I Trust The Government? - Saison w/tea - June 29th 5:30pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Lake Lake Wit w/Acai berries - firkin - June 28th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Smoked Juniper Golden Strong - cask - June 26th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Swingin' Utters Milk Stout - June 29th.

Dry Dock Brewing - Dry Hopped Amber Ale - firkin - June 28th 3pm.

Echo Brewing / Left Hand Brewing - Collaboration Saison - June 25th 4pm.

Epic Brewing - Escape to Colorado IPA - June 28th.

Equinox Brewing - Cumilus Witbier - w/ginger - firkin - June 27th 1pm.

Funkwerks - Saison with Asian Teas - bottle & draft release - June 27th 12pm.

High Hops Brewery - Relay for Raspberries - Raspberry wheat firkin - June 26th 5pm.

Kettle & Stone Brewing - Solstice Wheat - June 26th - Grand Opening.
Kettle & Stone Brewing - Opening Day I.P.A. - June 26th - Grand Opening.
Kettle & Stone Brewing - Freedom Stout - June 26th - Grand Opening.

Left Hand Brewing - Operation Homefront IPA - June 28th 5pm.

Lone Tree Brewing - Peach Tree Pale - June 26th.

Mountain Sun / Porchdrinking.com - Hibiscus Witbier - collaboration - June 26th.

New Belgium - Loft - Belgian pale ale - returns in Folly Packs - June.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew - Larimer St. Lager - CA common - June 26th 7pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Double Pilsner w/star fruit + Motueka hops - June 17th 12pm.

Renegade Brewing - 2nd anniversary small batches - 1-day only - June 29th 12pm.

Twelve Degree Brewing - Summer Saison - June 25th - Inaugural beer.
Twelve Degree Brewing - Walter's White - June 25th - Inaugural beer.
Twelve Degree Brewing - Hommel - Belgian Pale - June 25th Inaugural beer.
Twelve Degree Brewing - Biere de Garde - June 25th Inaugural beer.
Twelve Degree Brewing - Tripel - June 28th.

Wit's End / Renegade Brewing - Judge Whoppner - imperial brown w/malted milk - June 27th 6pm.

Yak & Yeti - Chocolate Mint Porter - June 25th.
Yak & Yeti - Strawberry Wheat - June 26th 4pm.

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 062813

Colorado Beer NewsHappy Friday! It's the 2nd weekend of summer and there are plenty of beer festivals, tappings and events happening this time of year. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 28th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Epic Beer Festival (Denver) - The festival starts today and runs through tomorrow at the Colorado Convention Center. Three sessions with 350+ different craft beers and 120+ breweries. Tickets still available online. Visit www.epicbeerfestival.com.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - If it's Friday then it must be another Firkin Friday at Dry Dock! Today's special firkin is a Dry Hopped Amber Ale. This brew taps at 3:00pm. Start your weekend off right!

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Don't forget tonight's Elevation Beer Company Pint Night starting at 5:30pm at Parry's in Highlands Ranch. The brewery reps will be passing out fine glassware when you buy one of their brews. #AleYeah

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Today is their official Grand Opening ribbon cutting event at 4:30pm. Come experience this brand new brewery and their beers. The Orange Crunch Food Truck will be on hand for grub and listen to some classic rock live music from Watersong from 7pm to 9:30pm. Located at: 2100 E. 112th Ave in Northglenn, CO.

Declaration Brewing Company (Denver) - Declaration Brewing Company announced today their inaugural location at 2030 South Cherokee St. in Denver, Colorado. Just North of Evans between Broadway and Sante Fe. A spacious beer garden and tap room are slated for opening in early 2014. Like them on Facebook for regular updates or email info@declarationbrewing.com while their website is under construction.

Boulder County

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Today, Left Hand will be officially tapping Homefront IPA! Head to the Tasting Room for your first taste at 5:00pm, and at 7pm they will live auction off one of the bats used in the brew (yes this beer was aged on wood baseball bats). This beer was a collaboration between 9 different breweries. All proceeds will go to Operation Homefront who assist military families.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Tomorrow marks the official Grand Opening event at Twelve Degree Brewing starting at 1:00pm Saturday, June 29th. They are located at 820 Main Street in Louisville, CO. They've been unofficially open since Tuesday but are celebrating big on Saturday. Today they also added their new Tripel on tap. It's a dry, golden ale with a touch of sweetness that packs a punch at 9.2% ABV! Come check them out.

Northern Colorado

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Attention Avery barrel-aged fans! The Mayor has acquired a case of 12oz bottles of Avery Brewing Company's Momi Hiwa - a rum barrel-aged Imperial porter with coconut! It's a whopping 17.09% ABV and worth the big price for a bottle ($16). Stop in and order one to see why this was a very sought after brew!

New Belgium Brewery (Ft. Collins) - In case you were wondering if there were any breweries open on July 4th - yes! New Belgium's tasting room will be open from 10am to 6pm. Stop in for a beer!

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Tickets are on-sale for their 1st Anniversary party - "Fest of Ale" happening on July 3rd at 7:00pm. Over 10 beers on tap plus staff member special brews, an Imperial Stout vertical tasting and a new Raspberry Stout. Tickets are $35 and are available in the taproom.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) Today marks the tapping of their "Mother Should I Trust The Government" at both Black Bottle and The Mayor of Old Town. This was a collaboration with The Mayor and their Beer Betties group. It's a Belgian-style Saison with Earl Gray Tea. It weighs in at 6.8% ABV and 27 IBUs. It taps at 5:30pm in both locations in FoCo.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Need a good laugh? Stop in the brewery tonight at 7:00pm for FOCO Free Funny Fridays. Mitch Jones headlines the evening. Get your beer and grab a seat for an evening of jokes.

Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) - Tomorrow, Saturday June 29th from 12pm to 5pm Wiley Roots will open for the 1st time for a soft opening. They will have 2 of their beers on tap including an American-style Wheat and a Chocolate Porter. Look for word on their official Grand Opening coming very soon. Located at 625 3rd Street Unit D in Greeley, CO - right next to Syntax Spirits.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Bristol Brewing dug into their archive recently and discovered they still had 15 bottles of their Bristol XXX Warlock (double imperial stout) brewed back in 2003. They are selling single 12oz bottles for $25 while they last. They'll even throw in a Warlock glass with it. At 18.4% ABV, this is one big brew that stands the test of time. Read my review of this beer back in 2011 when it was 8 years old.

Colorado Whiskey & Beer Tasting (Colorado Springs) - The Fine Arts Center (FAC) presents Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses , the fourth annual summer fundraiser held in the intimate FAC Courtyard that features whiskey and beer tastings from Colorado craft distilleries and breweries, barbeque, and live music courtesy of The J. Miller band. Breweries and distilleries lined up include Oskar Blues Brewery (Lyons), Rocky Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs), Trinity Brewing Company (Colorado Springs), Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs), Distillery 291 (Colorado Springs), Deerhammer Distilling (Buena Vista), Spring 44 (Loveland), and Leopold Brothers (Denver). Buffalo Gals will have heapin' helpins' of New West BBQ available for purchase. Tickets now on sale; $20 for FAC members; $25 for non-members. It runs today, June 28th from 5pm to 8pm. More info at: www.csfineartscenter.org/whiskey.asp

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Today's Friday Firkin is their Lava Lake Wit infused with Acai berries. This makes it a healthier beer to drink! Stop in for a taste today as you explore the Vail valley area.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Colorado Beer News 062713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Handshake Day. It's one of our most common greetings between two people. The gesture originated back as far as the 2nd century B.C. It was meant to show that your hands held no weapons. Today you are encouraged to use the handshake to greet people. At a brewery, you can also use the handshake to grip a pint of your favorite beer! The handshake is also part of the logo for Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew in Denver. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, June 27th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - On Saturday, July 13th starting at 11am, Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch, CO will be hosting an Oskar Blues Brewery Tap Takeover. On that day, there will be brewery reps on hand to speak to customers about their craft beers. Raffles for Oskar Blues and Parry’s Pizza memorabilia will be held every hour for those that have purchased one of their products. There will be a select few barrel aged selections that will be announced on the day of or shortly before the event. Confirmed beers on tap include Obliterator, Chaka, Icey Wheat IPA, Maple Flurry, BA G'KNIGHT (G’knight aged in chardonnay barrels) and Vienna Lager. Parry's is at 9567 University Blvd. (Parry's Pizza is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Their Speakeasy Club program (aka "The Leagues of HOPstraordinary Ladies & Gentlemen") is changing starting July 1st. Points will now get you much much more! Rack up your points and use them to buy yourself a meal or swag. And THE BEST part of the new program, entry into The League of HOPstraordinary Ladies & Gentlemen. Receive complimentary entry into the club which comes with a pretty fancy 22oz stein that can be filled for the price of a pint! Also, membership will be required for participation in a great new offering coming late Summer, FIRKINS!

Colorado Brews (TV Show) - If you missed the original debut of the new reality TV show "Colorado Brews" on Rocky Mountain PBS in April then you'll want to know that the show will be repeated on Thursday, July 25th at 9:30pm MDT on Rocky Mountain PBS. The show was recently picked up for a 13-episode series and will begin taping in August. The show is all about the Colorado craft beer industry and will feature segments on Colorado brewers, festivals, taprooms and more. The series will begin sometime this Fall or early Winter. Follow the latest on their Facebook page.

Epic Beer Festival (Denver) - The inaugural Epic Beer Festival Denver begins tomorrow, June 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver with the 1st session at 7pm followed by two more sessions on Saturday June 29th at 1pm and 7pm. The festival will feature over 160+ breweries and offer up over 350+ different craft beers from around Colorado and the USA as well as some international brews. This will become an annual event in Denver. More info and tickets at: www.epicbeerfestival.com. (Epic Beer Festival is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - The new stainless steel growlers are in! But to get one you need to be a member of their Adventurer Club. Not a member? Not a problem, come to the brewery and sign up while spots last. Existing members can pick theirs up today.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - In a press release today, Great Divide revealed that their third quarter line-up of season beers would be coming out in July. Among them are: Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti, Great Divide Rumble Oak Aged IPA and Great Divide Wolfgang Doppelbock. Rumble will be available in 6-packs while Oatmeal Yeti and Wolfgang will be offered in 22oz bomber bottles. Kegs are also available of all three. Oatmeal Yeti replaces Belgian Yeti in their Yeti Imperial Stout series.

Epic Brewing (Utah/Denver) - According to their recent newsletter, back on June 19th, Epic Brewing brewed up their first batch of beer in their 2nd brewery location in Denver. Their 1st beer was their "Escape to Colorado IPA". They wanted to give their new brewing system a good shakedown and they'll be working out the kinks over the next few weeks. But you'll need to wait a while before you can visit their new taproom. Their doors won't open until September 2013.

Wit's End Brewing (Denver) - Don't forget! Tonight at 6:00pm is the tapping of their collaboration beer with Renegade Brewing at 6pm at Wit's End. It's the return of "Judge Whoppner" - a beer brewed with malted milk powder. It's like Whoppers in a beer! The Judge weighs in at 9.7% ABV. Get some while it lasts.

Boulder County

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Attention beer geeks and Avery fans. The next release of Avery's very popular Uncle Jacob's Stout is set for Sunday, July 7th at 5:00pm. This big 16.5% bourbon barrel-aged stout is packaged in individual 12oz bottles. The Line Party will begin at 11am and bottle sales begin at 5pm (yup a 6-hour wait). Buyers will be limited to one case (24 bottles) at $12 each. The line party at 11am will feature rare and exclusive beers as well as some bluegrass music to entertain you. Fans will also be bringing their own bottles to share and possible use as swap materials for these bottles. Save your pennies and wear comfortable shoes - you're going to need them!

FATE Brewing Company (Boulder) - What are your plans for the 4th of July? Come celebrate The Fourth at Fate. They'll be tapping a brand new beer "Red, Wit and Blue". You can get $4 FATE Core beers all day long. There will be smoked Chicago dogs and All-American Clubs available - plus you'll get a great view of the fireworks from the brewery. Come party!

Northern Colorado

Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) - Greeley's next new brewery just got some good news. Wiley Roots finally received their "Occupancy Load Certificate" from the City of Greeley. They've been approved for up to 87 people to be present in their brewery building. This means one thing - they will be opening for business very, very soon! They would become Greeley's third brewery behind Crabtree Brewing and Pitcher's Brewery & Sports Shack. A 4th brewery is in the works - Broken Plow Brewery is targeting opening later this year. Look for word on Wiley Roots Brewing Company's opening soon.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Yes, it's been extremely hot lately and the taproom has been hot as well. But good news! They have just installed a new swamp cooler and now cooler air is circulating in the tasting area. Just in time as today's heat may set a record. The beer has always been cold, but now the air will be a bit cooler as well. Have you tried their Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat yet?

Knockin' Rocks Brooms & Brewfest (Ft. Collins) - The new beer festival is this Saturday, June 29th! You can still get Online discounted tickets until Friday. The event will be held at 7900 Fairgrounds Ave just outside the NoCo Ice Center. Look for the big white tent! Visit www.knockinrocksbrewfest.com for info and tickets. This is the last day to get discounted tickets! Festival runs from 12pm to 5pm. Also stop inside the Ice Center for demonstrations on the sport of curling!

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Join in for a special tapping this Friday (6/28) at 5:30pm! The Mayor will be tapping their latest collaboration beer which they brewed with Black Bottle Brewery. The beer is a Belgian Saison infused with Earl Gray Tea. It's @ 6.8 ABV, IBU 27 IBU made with Belgian Pale, Crystal 10-15 malt & Hersbrucker Hops. The beer is called 'Mother Should I Trust the Government?' and was brewed in conjunction with our women's beer club the Beer Bettys: The Mayor's Ladies Only Beer Club!

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Thursday means Ladies Night at Echo Brewing. Ladies get half price beer all day. There's also BBQ and live music at the brewery tonight as well. Ash Ganley will be playing from 7-9pm and the Shuffler Bros. BBQ will be on site.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - On today's Outlaw Tap is a special collaboration brew with Go West T-Shirt Company that's a double pilsner that was made with Motueka hops and Star Fruit. A perfect brew for a hot day.

Mountains and West

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Their series of monthly firkin tappings continues on Friday, July 5th with a special "Piña Colada” brew. The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m. This beer uses their Hefeweizen as a base and then adds toasted coconut, pineapple juice and brown sugar. And to top it all off they'll put a maraschino cherry garnish on it! It will taste like a Piña Colada tropical brew. This is a limited batch so better get there soon after it taps at 3pm.

Reds, Whites & Brews (Avon) - On Saturday, June 29th up at Harry Nottingham Park in Avon, CO - this high country event returns for its 2nd year with unlimited wine and beer samplings, a gorgeous outdoor venue and live music with crowd-pleasing ‘hard country’ band the Railbenders and others. Summer weather in the high country is legendary and getting around Avon is a breeze – you can hoof it, jump on your bike or catch the free Avon bus. If you drive to the event, consider throwing your friends in the car. Under age OK to enjoy the park and music. Food also available for additional cost. No pets allowed. Rain or shine. Website: redswhitesandbrews.net

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The brewery's "Scenic Route Kolsch" is back on sale once again for the summer. This light brew is available in 22oz bomber bottles and on draft.

Summit County Breweries (Colorado) - The Summit Daily newspaper just compiled a list of favorite summertime beers produced in Summit County, Colorado in a recent article. These beers include: Backcountry Brewery's Imperial Saison, Breckenridge Brewery's SummerBright Ale, Dillon Dam Brewery's Dam Hefeweizen, and Pug Ryan Brewing Company's Crispi's Cream Ale. If you're heading up to the high country this summer you should stop in and try one of these brews. Check the article for more info on those beers.
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A Six Pack of Stories to be read at Old Town Book Fair

A Six Pack of StoriesYou probably come to Fort Collins for the beer. Now you'll want to come for beer stories in a reading from Fort Collins Brewery's marketing guy and book editor/author Charles Drew Stanley. Check out his press release below and come listen to some beer-centric stories at the Old Town Book Fair in Fort Collins, CO.

Beer and Literature Combine in the Pages of A Six Pack of Stories at the Old Town Book Fair

[PRESS RELEASE] June 27, 2013 - Among the many talented local authors to be featured at the Old Town Book Fair on Saturday, June 29th is newcomer is Charles Drew Stanley, editor and contributing author of A Six Pack of Stories. A Six Pack of Stories is a collection of short beer-centric fiction from writers across the US and Europe that together tell the tale of the world’s (or at least Colorado’s) favorite beverage. Stanley independently published it in late 2012 as a means of combining his two great passions, beer and creative writing.

“I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was very young and working in the craft beer industry since 2009,” says Stanley. “It occurred to me that the worlds of fiction and beer have rarely collided. Most published works about beer are historical, technical, or how-to guides. I thought the beer-loving community was missing a whole dimension in which to interact with beer.”

In early 2012, Stanley put out the call for short fiction of all genres, the only qualification being that it had to be beer-centric. The result is a mixed-genre collection of 24 (incidentally, the number of beer bottles in a case) stylistically diverse stories.

Stanley will speak with beer and literature lovers at this Saturday’s Old Town Book Fair from 2-4pm in the FCB Local Author Tent. Copies of A Six Pack of Stories will be available for $10.

“Wolverine Farm is providing a great opportunity to local authors by giving us the opportunity to interact with fans of literature at The Old Town Book Fair,” says Stanley. “This will be first time I’ve done anything like it in my role as an author, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Those who cannot attend the Old Town Book Fair can purchase A Six Pack of Stories in paperback at Wolverine Farm Bookstore and in paperback and Kindle format from Amazon.com.

Links

A Six Pack of Stories Webpage: http://storybrewhouse.com/A_Six_Pack_of_Stories.html

Facebook: facebook.com/ASixPackofStories

Old Town Book Fair Webpage: www.wolverinefarm.org/bookfair/

Facebook: facebook.com/OldTownBookFair

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Port Brewing Board Meeting Brown Ale review

Port Brewing Board Meeting Brown AleA bottle of beer from Port Brewing Company or The Lost Abbey from California usually means one thing - you're going to get a lot of flavor in a 22oz bottle. When I spotted this bottle of Port Brewing Board Meeting Brown Ale I hesitated at first as brown ales can be rather boring. But when I saw this beer was made with coffee and cocoa nibs, that changed my mind and I bought it.

This beer is a hefty 8.5% ABV so I could almost classify this as an Imperial Brown Ale. The beer rating sites also put this as an American Strong Ale. Either way, it was a big beer with some added flavors and it sounded good, even if it was a 97 degree day. I was in my cold 67 degree basement so that didn't bother me a bit.

Port Brewing bills this beer as one of their year-round beers and boasts that this beer was brewed for early risers who love to catch morning waves on the Pacific coast. Heck, I'm high and dry here in Colorado, so hitting the waves was out of the question, but I'm not one to argue with when is the best time of day to drink this beer. I chose after dinner and went to work on this review.

Appearance: Board Meeting Brown Ale poured a very dark, dark brown with dark mahogany edges along the extreme edges. The beer quickly built up a tall 2-3 finger light brown head and that head lingered for the longest time. When the foam receded, it left a wonderful sticky lacing along the sides of the glass and kept a small top coating of brown foam throughout the sampling. The beer was too dark to see through. The bottle opened with a noticeable "hiss" and seemed to have a modest carbonation.

Aroma: Once the cap popped, immediately I could smell the coffee and cocoa nibs in this beer. I could also pick up on a roasty malt base and the Magnum and Challenger hops gave off a spicy / earthy tone as well. This beer also had a sense of nuttiness to it, not quite like hazelnut, not exactly like almond, but a nut just the same. Leaving this beer standing for a while gave off most of the coffee and cocoa aromas, but then swirled I got a lot more of the spicy hop scent. The beer was quite pleasant to smell.

Port Brewing Board Meeting close-upTaste: Board Meeting certainly had a big bold flavor. It was rich in dark malts without being very roasty nor sweet. Granted, there was some sweetness to the malts, but the coffee and cocoa flavors grabbed the taste buds initially. The texture was nearly creamy, with a slight bitter finish at the end. The beer was slightly drying and had a bit of an alcohol hit to it. I also tasted a hint of citrus on the back end as well for a nice mix.

This beer had a medium body, nearly a chewy kind of beer. This beer tried to remind me of an imperial stout, but falls short on the roastiness scale and instead gave a more sweeter dark malt base without going too far on the sweet. This definitely has a "morning coffee" feel but with a punch. I wouldn't drink a big glass of this at breakfast, but man, a small 4oz cup of this before work wouldn't hurt.

Overall: It was easy to get to enjoy this beer. As the beer warmed up later in the session, more of the sweeter malts and cocoa flavors came out. The coffee bitterness is toned down and I'm glad Port Brewing decided not to put a lot of coffee into this beer. This is the kind of beer I would like to keep an extra bottle of in my beer cellar. And at 8.5% ABV, it's right on the edge of being cellar-worthy. Although, time may ruin the coffee tones and would kill the nice spicy hop character.

Call me a fan. Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey seems to put out quality brews every time I've tried them. Glad they ship here to Colorado. They give many breweries a run for the shelf space around here.

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

Related articles:
- Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale review. (2008)
- The Lost Abbey Judgment Day review. (2009)
- The Lost Abbey Saint's Devotion Ale review. (2013)

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Colorado Beer News 062613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bike to Work Day here in Colorado. Keep that car in the garage and pedal your way to your workplace. Many breweries are setting up special stations today so that you can stop by on your way home and earn a little reward for using your muscles instead of gas to commute back and forth. Enjoy your ride, but please be careful on the roads today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, June 26th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - They may have just recently opened for business, but they are now planning to hold an official Grand Opening party on Friday, June 28th. Beer By Design Brewery will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30pm followed by some fun, giveaways, plenty of craft beer and live music from Windsong at 7:00pm. Stop in and see what this new brewery is all about. Located at: 2100 E. 112th Avenue in Northglenn, CO.

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Join Parry's and Todd Thibault, director of marketing of Breckenridge Brewery at the Highlands Ranch location on Thursday, June 27th from 4pm to 7pm for their "Taste of Knowledge Night". They'll be tapping Breckenridge's Barrel-aged 471 with Mosaic hops and a Barrel-aged 471 with Citra hops. Todd Thibault will be talking about their beer and sharing his knowledge of brewing. If you can't make it Thursday night, then stop in on Friday night for a special Elevation Beer Company Pint Night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. THey'll be pouring special brews from Elevation Beer Company. [Parry's Pizza is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged]

Boulder County

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - They've been doing soft openings recently, but quietly yesterday, Twelve Degree Brewing started serving beers to the public last night in Louisville, CO. They will be pouring beers Tuesday through Thursday this week from 5pm to 10pm and Friday from 4pm to 1:30am. And then on Saturday they will hold their official Grand Opening starting at 1:00pm. Stop by and enjoy one of their Belgian-inspired craft beers! They have a Summer Saison, Walter's White, Belgian Pale 'Hommel', and a Biere de Garde. They are located at 820 Main Street in Louisville, CO.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - It's Bike to Work Day at the Tasty Weasel Taproom today! Get $1 off drafts with your bike helmet and the Oskar Blues Bonewagon has free fries with every burger! Check in with their folks at Bicycle Longmont, Gates Carbon Drive & REEB Cycles for more cool stuff throughout the day. Get out and ride! Plus over at Home Made Liquids & Solids you can get $2 off Dale's Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils cans when you bring in your bike helmet.

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - BRU is also participating in Bike to Work Day. Ride your bike to BRU, show them your bike helmet and get $1 off pints today. Offer good all day June 26th, 2013.

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star is teaming up with Harley, a tiny Chihuahua with a great big dream. Together they plan to help educate people while raising money for National Mill Dog Rescue so they can save more dogs. On June 30th they will host "Hops and Harley", an event that will help create awareness about the cruel realities of puppy mills. A special beer was brewed in Harley's name called Ol' One Eye Honey Wheat, and it's quickly become popular. T-shirts were designed with Harley's picture along with the phrase: Rescue your thirst for National Mill Dog Rescue! During the event on June 30th, $1 from every beer sold will be donated to NMDR along with all proceeds from t-shirt sales.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Biking to/from work in Loveland? Stop at the station at Woodward (3800 N Wilson) and pick up free beer coupons and stickers for Bike to Work day. Look for the Loveland Aleworks tent. Also

New Belgium Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [Press Release] Come Enjoy New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour This Friday, June 28. New Belgium Brewing is bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to your backyard. The nationwide tour is coming to Boulder on Friday, June 28 at Twenty Ninth Street Mall. Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 16 beer varieties will be on tap, including selections from the Lips of Faith series and some brewery classics. The best part is that 100 percent of beer sale proceeds on Friday night will go to Community Cycles (www.communitycycles.org). Time: 8:00pm - Where: Twenty Ninth Street Mall - Boulder, CO. Cost: Free to attend - 3oz sample $1.25, 12oz beer $5.00. Bring a chair and your own food - families welcome.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Ride in to FCB after work for Bike To Work Day beer specials from 4:00pm to 6:00pm today (June 26th).

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - According a blog post by FocusOnTheBeer.com, Phantom Canyon is almost done with their recent expansion. They've added much larger fermenters, plan to add more beers on tap and bottle even more of their beers, and open up a new upstairs patio above the new brewhouse with great views of the mountains. The new brewhouse should fire up their 1st batch very soon and the new patio could open as soon as July 1st!

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - It's a SKARAGE SALE! Ska is having a SUPER sale this Saturday morning, June 29th from 9am to 1pm. Stop in at their World HQ in Durango for discounted merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, bike jerseys and more. Check out their employee garage sale too. Besides having lots of beer discounts, they'll have food (breakfast burritos and doughnuts early and burritos for lunch later) and live music from Elder Grown as well. It'll be worth getting up early for!
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Breckenridge Brewery plans a Hootenanny for their 23rd Anniversary

Breckenridge Brewery 23rd Anniversary HootenannyHere's an upcoming brewery party you'll want to take note of. Breckenridge Brewery is turning 23 years old next month and everyone is invited to a block party, aka Hootenanny where there will be plenty of food, music and beer. Here's the details in their latest press release.

BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY PLANS 23RD ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY JULY 13

[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, Colorado, June 25, 2013 - As the summer reaches its boiling point Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado heats up to celebrate its 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny with a Kalamath Street block party Saturday, July 13, from noon to 6 p.m. The celebration will feature a diverse collection of specialty beers, barbecue and an all-Colorado music lineup, with live performances by Head for the Hills, Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns and a few special surprise guests that will be in attendance.

“We’ve made it through another year, and what a year it’s been!” said Breckenridge Brewery’s Brewmaster and Brewery Director J. Todd Usry. “We made extensive expansions in our production facility, introduced some new markets to our Breckenridge beers, and announced the plans for our new home in Littleton. Now it’s time to celebrate and thank our devout beer drinkers with the party of the summer.”

This year the party space has been expanded to include the entire block of Kalamath between Fourth and Fifth avenues, allowing for additional attendees and extra room for dancing. Breckenridge Brewery will be serving up a diverse collection of beers, including one-of-a-kind firkins featuring Oatmeal Stout aged with orange and chocolate and two interpretations of SummerBright, one dry hopped with Sorachi Ace hops and one dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. Belgian interpretations of Breckenridge mainstays will include Belgian Double IPA, Barrel Aged Belgian Oatmeal Stout and Double Belgian Agave Wheat. Finally, party-goers can enjoy “471 On the Moon,” three-quarters 471 IPA and one-quarter Oatmeal Stout, aged in a cabernet barrel. The delicious result is a beer with citrus notes from the hops, chocolate and roasted notes from the stout, and wood with a bit of sweetness from the wine barrel.

Music will play nonstop throughout the afternoon, beginning with Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns. Jones has been stomping out barn rock and true-grit country since 1997. Together with his band, they blend early country, hillbilly bop and back porch blues and rock into a beer-soaked hybrid.

The entertainment will continue with the Colorado Goat Ropers Guild combining country, rock, folk and roots music with pop sensibilities to create their own version of Americana which they refer to as “cosmic country.” With lyrics echoing hope and loss, the music is said to have the wood stove comfort of an old mountain cabin, reminding listeners to “kick it back” and “kick ‘em up.”

Head for the Hills will take the stage as the party reaches its peak. Named “Best of Colorado” at the Westword Music Showcase and former winner of Yonder Mountain String Band’s Northwest String Summit Band Competition, the group is rooted in the tradition of bluegrass but with a progressive acoustic/modern sound. The band produces a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies and improvisation and has performed at music festivals throughout the U.S.

Tickets for the 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny are $23 and include four Breckenridge Brews, unlimited tasters of rare and unique beers brewed especially for the festivity and a barbecue lunch from the Pig Roast with all the fixings. Additional beers are available for $2 each. Kids younger than 12 receive free admission. Designated drivers and youth ages 12 to 20 are welcome at $10 each. Tickets are on sale now at www.BreckBrew.BrownPaperTickets.com.

For more information on 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny, visit www.breckbrew.com

About Breckenridge Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts more than 52,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado. For more information visit www.breckbrew.com.

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Grand Opening: The Kettle & Stone Brewing Company

Grand Opening Today!

The Kettle & Stone Brewing Co
6880 Winchester Circle, Unit F
Boulder, CO 80301
Email: kettleandstone[at]gmail.com
Phone: 303.530.0642
Date Opened: June 26, 2013

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Update: Changed name to Vindication Brewing Company in 2014.

Grand Opening Beers on Tap:
- Opening Day I.P.A.
- Freedom Stout
- Solstice Wheat

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Photos of The Kettle & Stone Brewing Co from their Facebook Page.

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Head Brewer - Eric Huber - formerly brewed at Mountain Sun Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery. Other owners include Sanjiv Patel (brewery account manager background) and Marty Lettow (Lutheran pastor and homebrewer). The brewery will have eight taps with regular beers, small batch and also ginger ale. The brewery name honors two classic parts of any brewery - a brew kettle and a millstone. Their mantra is "Purity, Quality & Craftsmanship". They held a soft opening on June 21, 2013 with two beers.

Related articles:
- Grand Opening: BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats.
- Grand Opening: Beer By Design Brewery.
- Grand Opening: Mountain Toad Brewing.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Colorado Beer News 062513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Color TV Day. It was on this day back in 1951 that the first regular commercial color TV transmission was broadcast by CBS. Granted, back then hardly anyone owned a color TV, but it was available never the less. And ever since then the world has become even more enamored by the boob tube. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, June 25th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Brewery (Arvada) - The brewery is having a Fermentor naming contest on Facebook. They need a unique, witty name for each of their 4 fermentors that have Nepali or Himalayan play-on-words. Vote for your favorites from others or share and tell people to vote for your suggestions. The top 4 (acceptable) favorites will be chosen and winners will receive a $15 gift card and a free growler with a fill. - Also, a new beer this week - Chocolate Mint Porter. This brew will tap just as soon as their Oaked IPA runs out. Drink up!

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - This Thursday, June 27th at LuLu's BBQ in Louisville there will be a Big Choice Tap Takeover starting at 5:00pm. For $15 it's all you can drink of Big Choice beer. Featured beers include 10,000 Summer Saison, Disconnected Red Ale on nitro, and Rail Slide Extra Pale Ale. The special is good until their beer is all gone! Bring a Designated Driver with you! Don't forget to load up on BBQ also.

Epic Beer Festival (Denver) - This weekend's biggest beer festival is happening in the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. It's the first annual Epic Beer Festival Denver featuring over 350+ beers from over 120 craft breweries! Tickets are still available. www.epicbeerfestival.com. Three different 3-hour sessions: Fri. June 28 7pm-10pm, Sat. June 29 1-4pm & 7-10pm.

Factotum BrewHouse (Denver) - There's just 26 days left in their Kickstarter fundraising campaign for this upcoming brewery that's designed to let homebrewers be the brewmasters. Factotum is well over half way to making their goal of raising $8,000 that will help complete their taproom. Check out their Kickstarter page and see if you'd like to help them out.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - This week's Wednesday firkin will be a "Smoked Juniper Golden Strong". It's part of their June Smoked Brews Cask Month. It taps at 3:00pm on June 26th.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Next Tuesday, July 2nd marks the 22oz bottle release of their Hoptree IIPA - a double IPA! Look for it in area stores.

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Wanna be on TV and try a crazy beer this weekend? Get over to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont this Saturday, June 29th, to try the collaboration beer they'll be making with BrewDog (brewery) for their new TV show and get your chance to get your mug on the TV! The fun runs from 6pm to 8pm with a 6pm tapping. Also - tomorrow June 26th is Bike to Work Day. If you bike in and show proof of your bike gear you'll get $1 off all drafts.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Don't forget that every Tuesday is Happy Hour all day long at Twisted Pine. You'll get happy hour prices from open to close every Tuesday. Nuff said!

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - There's a new craft beer promo video for Boulder Beer's Hoopla Pale Ale out on YouTube featuring the music of Kyle Hollingworth. Check it out below or on YouTube.


Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - For Bike to Work Day tomorrow, June 26th, if you ride your bike in to the brewery on your way home (4pm to 6pm) you'll receive a complimentary pint and a soft pretzel! Also, try the new Echo Brewing / Left Hand Brewing collaboration beer - Collaboration Saison.

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - If you're in Greeley today, Tuesday June 25th, stop over at The Tavern at St. Michaels Square for a City Star tap takeover. There will be several City Star beers on tap. City Star beers will be on tap all evening. Meanwhile, back at the taproom in Berthoud, they're hosting a BBQ-theme Potluck tonight at 7pm in the taproom. Bring a dish to share and they'll provide the plates, napkins and silverware. If you made your dish with a City Star beer as an ingredient you'll get a free beer! Also - In the back inside the brewhouse, they are working to add a 2nd walk-in cooler and double their cold storage capacity. That means soon more beer for local restaurants and bars!

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - It's "Wear your Loveland Aleworks Shirt Day"! Do so and get $1 off your beer in the taproom today. Billy's Chaulkboard Gourmet Express is serving up food tonight and Joel Kachel will be performing live music starting at 5:00pm.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - A reminder to the ladies - it's Ladies Night starting at 4:00pm tonight. Get half-price pints! The Daily Dawg will be on site serving up food tonight as well starting at 4pm. Also, coming up on July 4th is the return of their "Water Of Life" American IPA. It'll be served up after the Liberty 5K race.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Tonight from 5pm to 7pm come for a special release of their Collaboration Saison. It's a brew they worked with Left Hand Brewing on. All the proceeds from this beer will go towards Bike MS. The Bodacious Eats food truck will also be on hand serving up good food.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - This summer, New Belgium has brought back Loft - a Belgian pale ale. You can find this beer mixed in with their summertime Folly Packs wherever New Belgium beer is sold. It's only back for a limited time so enjoy it while it's here.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews (Loveland) - Start planning now to attend this year's Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews in Loveland happening on July 12 and 13. Feast upon some of the best BBQ dishes in the region, drink craft beer from the Loveland areas many craft breweries. A new band plays every hour! There's even a Car Show on Saturday. Event times: Friday 12th 3pm-10pm, Saturday 13th 11am-10pm. More info at: www.e-l-events.org.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Does that PCBC growler of yours need filling? Today they are offering $7 growler fills of their Legend beers if you bring in one of their growlers. Pateros Creek is also one of the stations for Bike to Work day in FoCo. Stop in on your bike for a pint tomorrow after work.

New Brewery (Ft. Collins) - A brewery whose name isn't being revealed yet, held a public meeting yesterday to talk about the potential impact it may have on its neighborhood. Only problem is, the owners didn't want to reveal any of their business plans, their brewery name or the name of one of their owners. The neighbors are concerned about a brewery being so close to their homes and a nearby school and didn't get the answers they were looking for. Travis Robertson and a guy named Dave (wouldn't give last name) are heading this new business and want to open a brewery at 302 N. Meldrum in Fort Collins, CO. For the full scoop check out David Young's article in the Coloradoan. Do they have something to hide? Or do they don't have a plan yet?

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Tuesday is Trivia night at 7pm. Wednesday is $6 growler fill day. Saturday is a Spell-A-Bration from 1pm-3pm and a Dog Wash from 2pm-4pm. Food trucks on site Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Cactus Bend Brewing (Ft. Collins) - According to FeastingFortCollins.com, Cactus Bend is now longer planning to open a brewery in Fort Collins. Reportedly, the prospective owners have moved out of state and are no longer pursuing a brewery in Colorado.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - New beer alert! Funkwerks will be releasing a new beer in the taproom this Thursday June 27th! "Saison with Asian Teas" will be available both on draft and in bottle and was made with Jasmine rice and a mixture of green, white, and Jasmine teas! Also, coming up this Friday, June 28th at DaveCo Liquors in Thornton from 4pm to 6pm, a Funkwerks rep will be on site giving out free samples of Funkwerks beers. Stop by, try some and take some home.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Schools In! Bristol Brewing is quickly making their transition of their brewery over to their new digs at the Ivywild School location just a block away. Changes aren't always easy, but they are doing their best to get everything up and running at the new school location. They've recently released the 6th and last in their Schoolhouse Rocks videos showcasing their new locale. Check it out below or on YouTube.


Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Grats to Crazy Mountain as their Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ESB just won a Silver medal at the Asia Beer Awards in Singapore this month. Also, closer to home, visitors to the brewery will now find some new Corn Hole sets outside to play on. Come challenge your friends to a round of bags and don't forget to sample their beer! In future news, Crazy Mountain just got label approval for an upcoming beer called "Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale". This beer is to be released in 22oz bombers and features hops that are completely native to the United States and genetically unique from other varieties of Humulus Lupulus.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Their new Edgewater brewing and bottling facility is making their first deliveries of their bottled beer to local liquor stores today! Start looking for Kannah Creek beer in select Grand Junction liquor stores this week.

Statewide

Stone Brewing (California) - Look for another batch of Stone Brewing Company's "Enjoy By IPA" hitting store shelves next week. Colorado is on the list to receive shipments of "Enjoy By 8/2/13 IPA" next week. You'll then have a month to enjoy this fresh batch of IPA before Stone rips it off the shelves. Beer geeks as well as non-geeks are eagerly awaiting the return of this beer. Also look for their "w00tstout" collaboration with Wil Wheaton and Fark to hit shelves in mid-July and the R&R Coconut IPA collaboration beer to hit shelves in late July. And, their 17th Anniversary IPA is coming in August as well.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Left Coast Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale review

Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice Double India Pale AleCalifornia is known for their big variety of craft beers, and here in Colorado we get a wide variety of California brews. I spotted a bottle of Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale and wanted to try it. It's been a while since my last adventure with Left Coast and I wanted to see what they could do with a Double IPA (DIPA).

Here's the vital stats on this beer: It comes in a 22oz bomber and weighs in at 9.7% ABV and 82 IBUs. Left Coast used at least 5 different hops in this brew, both in the boil and a few during dry hopping. There's a mix of CTZ, Cascade, Mt. Hood from the boil and Centennial, CTZ and Simcoe for dry hopping. The malt base was comprised of premium American 2-row and a splash of light crystal malts.

It was interesting to note that this beer has won 2 medals in the last 10 years, including a Bronze in 2006 at the Great American Beer Festival. So how would this beer stack up to other Double IPA's? One thing to note was that I've had this beer in my fridge for about 2+ months since I bought it, so the hop experience may be somewhat affected by age. Let's find out.

Appearance: Left Coast's Hop Juice poured out a medium copper color with an off-white billowy head. The head had no trouble rizing in this glass and when it receded it left a wonderful sticky lacing along the sides. The bottle opened with a slight hiss. While I could not detect any sediment in the first pouring, I noticed that this beer wasn't very clear - just slightly hazy.

Aroma: Ba-zinga! The hop aroma hits you like the Flash - it's strong and powerful. There's a lot of pine, fruity, citrusy, dank, pepper and resin-like aromas here mixed in with a hint of sweet malts. There seems to be a bucket load of aromas here. One worry I had was that I left this big beer sitting in a bottle for a couple of months and hoped that time wouldn't change the hop aroma too quickly. With the 5 different hops put into this beer and 3 during dry hopping, the aroma mixture seemed a bit over crowded. A lot of hop in the mix for sure. One possible off-aroma here was that there was a slight hint of old musty grapefruit.

I did the "burp" test on this beer. I gulped a sip and burped with my mouth closed and exhaled through my nose. Wow - what a hop rush from that!

Left Coast Hop Juice up closeTaste: Left Coast stated on their bottle that the sweetness would hit up front followed by a crisp dry bitterness. In my experience, this beer hit me with bitterness right up front and kept on coming. There was a biting bitterness followed by a slight sweetness in the background.

The brew left my mouth very dry, as some IPAs tend to do. The taste didn't seem as fresh as other DIPA's I've had, and I fear I didn't get this beer at it's best due to age in the bottle. There wasn't a bottling date on the bottle so I don't know how long it had been since it was packaged. My guess is that this beer had been sitting around for a few months at least. On the back end of this beer, there was a slight caramel taste, not too noticeable, but the sweetness was there. I wish it had been a bit more prominent.

There was a big stickiness to this brew. It had a medium body and feel, very resiny and was medium on the carbonation scale. The brew left a lingering taste of bitterness in my mouth minutes after the sampling. It begged to be paired with some food, so I grabbed some non-sharp cheese to pair it with and yes, that made a big improvement in my overall enjoyment of this beer. Gotta pair this beer with food. Suggest don't go drink it without something either like cheese or spicy food to mix it with.

Overall: This beer is quite the contrast to other Double IPA's I've had recently. The bitterness here in this beer was definitely on the strong side, almost too bitter for a DIPA (if there is such a thing). The hops just didn't seem very fresh, or else the mix of hops just didn't seem to work as well with this beer as other DIPA's.

To be fair, I made sure I experienced this beer for the full bottle's worth. I sampled it both cold and as it warmed. Granted, most beers I continue to drink tend to get better as they go along. I think it may be that I haven't had Mt. Hood and CTZ hops in a beer recently and perhaps am a bit unfamiliar with how that changes a beer. I kick myself for waiting too long to try this. I've had it for a couple months. It wasn't until I ate something with this that I started enjoying this brew. I suggest drinking this beer soon after it hits the shelf.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store about 2 months prior to this review.

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