Monday, January 6, 2014

Colorado Beer News 010614

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Smith Day. Smith is one of the more common names here in America and this day is to honor this widely used name. If you know someone whose last name is Smith - you're supposed to give them a hug today. This family surname had its roots in England and refers to people who work in metal - aka blacksmiths. While the rest of us don't have a day named after our surnames, the Smiths get special attention just because there are so many of them and are found almost everywhere in English speaking countries. Cheers to the Smiths! And if you really need something else to celebrate, you can always watch the BCS Championship game between Florida State and Auburn. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, January 6th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - There's going to be cans of Lone Tree beer in local stores this year as the brewery recently acquired their brand spanking new canning line. While we wait for the first cans to come off the line, LTBC has announced some new upcoming seasonal tappings. On Wednesday, January 8th, look for their Bronco Belgian Pale, and on the next Wednesday, January 15th they will tap IPL, an India Pale Lager. Later on, they have plans to tap a Scottish ale in later January and in February a Cherry Chocolate Stout and a Dunkelweizen.

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Coming on on Thursday, January 9th, Station 26 will begin with Firkin Thursday program. For their first firkin, they will be tapping a Coffee Red IPA. This IPA was brewed with Colombian coffee beans. Next week's firkin will be a red IPA with chipotle chilis and cocao nibs. The firkin will tap at 4pm and go until around 8:30pm.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - The special collaboration beer that they did with Moe's Original BBQ is almost ready to debut. It's a Bourbon Barrel Quad and it will be ready in time for the Big Beers Festival in Vail this weekend. Look for it at the festival and at Wynkoop and Moe's this weekend.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Their canning line has been very busy lately. They now have cans of Red Porter, India Red Ale and Red Saison available in the tapping room. These become the 1st three new canned Colorado beers of the year. Take some home with you.

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Just 4 days away til their Grand Opening on January 10th at 2pm. Westminster's newest brewery will be located at 8931 Harlan Street. Stop in for some beer and handmade pizza's. They have 6 inaugural brews including a Pale Ale - 5.3% ABV, Copper Road Ale (ESB) - 5.5% ABV, a White Belgian - 4.9% ABV, Autumns Amber - 5.9% ABV, an India Pale Ale - 6.8% ABV 68 IBU, and a Milk Stout - 5.5% ABV (all subject to availability). Here's a sneak peek via their Facebook page.

Boulder County

Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - Late last Friday, Industrial Revolution (IRBC) tapped their "High Pressure" Vanilla Porter. Other beers on tap include: Cotton Gin Copper Ale, Incandescent Cream Ale, Smog Stout, Erie Pale Ale, Hot Iron Orange Ale, Steamboat Wheat, Coal Hopper IPA, London Bridge Brown Ale, and Master Plan Amber Ale. If you haven't visited them yet - make plans soon! Located at 285 Cheesman Street in Erie, CO. Open 5pm to 9pm today.

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today Fate has tapped their Baltic Porter. A big porter that weighs in at 7.4% ABV and comes in a small batch so it won't be on tap for long.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Want to learn how to brew? Come to their Brew-U class on January 25th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a comprehensive 3-hour course targeting the complete brewing novice. Inquire at the brewery for details. There are 3 new specialty beers on draft this month including: Be-Dank-a-Dank IPA, King Leopold's IPA (Belgian-style), and Rhesus Peanut Butter Stout. And don't forget their West Bound Braggot. On tap all month! And get prepared for the Ghost Face Killah Ultimate Challenge coming up on March 8th, 2014 (details coming soon).

Northern Colorado

Freedom's Edge Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - A Cheyenne, Wyoming brewery is planning to open a 2nd location in Fort Collins, Colorado at 224 Linden Street and is targeting to open around the end of February 2014. They plan to do a lot of experimentation and offer many different styles of beer. Check them out on Facebook.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Another new brewery is quickly making progress towards opening near the old Ft Collins airport area. They are planning a late March 2014 opening at 124 Racquette Drive in FoCo. They've been pouring concrete in December and are doing interior construction now. Follow on Facebook or visit at

Snowbank Brewing (Ft. Collins) - The FoCo brewing scene will be getting yet another new brewery later this year and will be located at 225 N. Lemay Avenue, not too far from FCB and Odell. Not much is known about this upcoming business as of yet. More will be posted as details are announced.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Greeley's newest brewery opened on December 31st and already they are tweaking their business hours for the winter season. They will now be open Tues-Thurs 2pm to 8pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-10pm and Sun 2pm to 7pm. (Closed Mondays) - There's three beers on tap now, pale ale, brown ale and a milk stout, with a new chili beer coming out just as soon as TTB approval comes in. Located at the NW corner of 10th Street and 47th Ave just a few doors west of Papa John's Pizza. You can have your pizza order delivered to the brewery!

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - The brewpub just tapped their "Sir Edmund's Extra Special Bitter", an English-style ale. It's a bitter with a rich copper color, medium malt sweetness and with a Golding and Horizon hop finish. Now on tap Pub-side.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Plenty of beers now on tap at Grimm Bros! In addition to their 5 regular beers, they also have some seasonals on tap including: Peanut Butter Master Thief on cask, Bastogne Red on nitro, Clever Hans (dry hopped brown), Ungrateful Son (Belgo Amber), Big Bad Wolf (Sticke Ale), Gustavus (lichtenheiner), and The Baron (berlinerweise). They are open today until 9pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today the taproom has a limited release on tap of Snowy River, a warming vanilla porter. Perfect for these cold snow-filled days of winter. Hurry, it won't last long.

Southern Front Range

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - The brewery has announced plans to host their 4th Annual Winter Beer Fest at The Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, CO (directly across the street from the brewery) on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 from 2pm to 6pm. The advanced online cost is just $17.50 or twice the price $35 at the door. So far they have at least 11 confirmed breweries with more coming soon. Admission included unlimited tastings. Food will be available at a separate price.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - In 2013, Trinity Brewing experienced a 38% increase in volume of beer produced. Plus, they beefed up their barrel room with well over 100 oak barrels. In 2014, they plan to shift away from 750ml bottles and focus on 375ml bottles for all offsite distribution starting in March. If you still like their current 750ml bottles then you better stock up while they are still around. Upcoming releases include: January 10th - Bourbon Barrel Aged Chilly Water (Baltic Porter) at 5pm, January 17th Pappy Legba (Crimson Saison @ 13% ABV), and January 24th Passed Stout (11% ABV) with milk chocolate, vanilla beans and cocao nibbs on French Oak.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Every Monday you can get $3 pours of any flagship beer from 3pm to 7pm in their taproom at Ivywild. Stop in and cheer up your Monday.

Mountains and West

2013 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines FestivalBig Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival (Vail) - One of the biggest (ABV-wise) beer festivals in Colorado is happening this weekend in Vail, Colorado at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. There will be seminars and a beer tasting event on Saturday, January 11th that will feature some of the biggest and best beers from across America (all above 8% ABV). Tickets are still available for $60 to the Commercial Tasting & Seminars. The seminars start at 9:30am and the beer tasting session from 2:30pm - 6:00pm. Details and link on the Festival calendar.

Vail Ale House (Vail) - For those heading up to the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Fest this weekend, stop in to the Vail Ale House on Friday night January 10th at 6pm for Yeti Night. They will have 3 versions of Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout on tap including: Bourbon Barrel Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti. Flights of all 3 will be available. Meet the Great Divide brewers and get free Yeti hugs! Live music after starting at 10pm.

San Luis Valley Brewing Co (Alamosa) - Introducing their Espresso Stout. This brew is described as a walking contradiction. Both extremely flavorful and bold yet also light and drinkable. Dark black and brewed using 11 pounds of freshly roasted Espresso beans, this stout does not skimp on flavor by any means yet at just 4.8% ABV is also incredibly drinkable. Come on down to the pub and enjoy this full flavored stout and fill your day with flavor.

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