Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Colorado Beer News 012114

What do squirrels, women's health and hugs all have in common today? They all share a national holiday. It's Squirrel Appreciation Day, plus it's Women's Healthy Weight Day and also National Hugging Day. So what can you do on a day like today? How about hugging a healthy woman while waving to your little furry friends! It sounds crazy, but so are some of these holidays people cook up. At the least, you can hug a couple of craft beers today at your local watering hole. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - The series of Wednesday firkins continues this week on January 22nd when Copper Kettle will tap a cask of "Superfoods Wheat". This brew is a light wheat made with superfoods acai berries and pomegranates. This is part of their New Year's Resolution Cask Month releases.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Last Saturday, the film crew for the upcoming TV series "Colorado Brews" was at Yak & Yeti filming a segment for one of their upcoming shows. It is set to debut on Rocky Mountain PBS early this Summer. Look for Yak & Yeti to be featured in an upcoming episode. In the meantime, on Wednesday January 22nd, come try their Orange Chocolate Porter. It's another in their continuing series of Porter recipes. This one is 5.2% ABV and 32 IBU and uses real orange zest and Hershey's cocoa.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today is Growler Fill Tuesday. Bring in your growler tonight, pay for the fill and get a free beer to go along with it.

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Final inspections on this upcoming Denver brewery are expected to start today. Barring any major issues, they plan to be able to open for business by the end of this month! Stay tuned to opening day details.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Announcing a new bottle release party on Saturday, February 8th at 2pm. Elk Mountain Brewing is pleased to announce its very first bottling. They will be releasing Ghost Town Brown to the public at 2pm on Saturday February 8th. They will have 200 bottles available for purchase. They will be signed and numbered by Brewmaster and Owner Tom Bell. East Coast Joes food truck will be serving food all day and music will be provided by ShadyMcCree. Bottles will be first come first serve so get there early to make sure you get one!

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Barley's Angels, a nationwide women's craft beer interest group, has a new Colorado chapter. Wynkoop is hosting the first Denver meeting next Monday, January 27th with their lady brewer Bess. Are you a lady who loves beer? Do you know ladies who love beer? Join in! Link for more info.

Drinking Laws (Denver) - The city of Denver is considering a new law that would allow Denver businesses to serve alcohol until 7am in the morning. The reason for this is that now, at 2:00am there is a massive exodus from late night bars that all seem to hit the streets at the same time. By allowing businesses to stay open essentially all night until 7am serving alcohol, it would avoid having tons of people all leaving at the same time. Is this really a good idea? Would this lead to even more drunks at even wee'er times of the morning milling around? If passed, bars would have the option of staying open even later, but how many would actually opt for that?

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - The brewery is now open on Tuesdays! They open today at 4pm. Sad news though, their beer release of The Dreamweaver has to be postponed as it's not quite settled down enough to serve yet. Perhaps on Wednesday. But the good news is that they still have 8 other beers on tap ready to go!

Lucky Pie (Denver LoDo) - On Saturday the 25th, Lucky Pie will be hosting Hogshead Brewery and Prost Brewing in a friendly and fun England vs. Germany event. The event will feature 3-4 beers from each brewery and a meet the brewers session from 11am to 2pm. The event will be featured live on American Craft Beer Radio 11am-12pm on 105.5 FM ESPN. Both Bill Eye and Steve Kirby will be in attendance and on the air. After the broadcast both Bill and Steve will give a stump speech to the attendees selling the crowd on why their respective beers are superior to the other. Which beers do you think will come out ahead? Lucky Pie is located at 1610 16th Street in Denver, CO.

Boulder County

The Post Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Attention Homebrewers! The Post Brewing Company is about to launch a brewing competition. Start getting your best brewing recipes out and prepare to submit your bottles. Stay tuned for details here or follow them on Facebook for further details.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - The brewery just received shipment on several new stainless steel brewing vessels today. Stop in and check them out and taste their new American-style Barleywine called "Frozen Forest". It's a beer made with spruce tips and coriander. It weighs in at 10.5% ABV and 76 IBUs. They open at 4pm.

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Mojo Risin' Double IPA is back! This big 10% ABV DIPA is only made once a year and is now available on draft and on the store shelves. So hurry and grab a 4-pack of 12oz bottles while it is in stock. Ask for it on tap as well.

Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - The brewery is open from 1pm to 9pm today and they are offering $3.50 glasses of Killer Boots Caramel Porter all day long. Also, tonight at 6:30pm is the Verboten Sisterhood meeting followed immediately after at 7:00pm with the Weiss Guys Homebrew club meeting.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Today is Double Stamp Tuesday at Funkwerks. When you purchase 1 bottle from their taproom you'll receive 2 stamps on your bottle card. That equates to Buy 6 Funkwerks bottles, get 1 for FREE!

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Heard from the brewery today that they are busy toasting some oats to include in their upcoming Pomegranate Stout that's due out in February.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - New tappings this week! On Wednesday, January 22nd, stop in for a firkin tapping of their Coconut Milk Stout at 5pm. It's a robust stout with toasted coconut notes and aged in the secondary with coconut water. Then on Thursday, January 23rd, they're tapping Windsor's Wee Heavy. It's a full-bodied, sweet Scottish ale with pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. Live music this week on Friday (6pm) and Saturday (5pm) nights. Plus food trucks Wednesday through Sunday nights.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutOdell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On January 25th and 26th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the much anticipated return of Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, a hearty Imperial Stout brewed with milk sugar (lactose) and milk chocolate. Named for the local dairy farmer that has hauled away the brewery’s spent grain for nearly two decades, Lugene is brewed with 250 pounds of chocolate per batch. The chocolate, a mixture of milk and dark, is added directly to the wort in the kettle where it melts into the boil. The result is a rich and creamy brew that drinks like a cold glass of chocolate milk. Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Lugene in the Tap Room the weekend of January 25th. The brewery has partnered with another beloved local dairy, Cozy Cow, for the release. On Saturday January 25th, guests can sample Lugene beer floats with Cozy Cow ice cream (beginning at noon while supplies last). Then on Sunday, meet Lugene’s calves and enjoy live music by The Longest Day of the Year from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Local food truck favorite, Common Link, will be onsite both days. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout will be available in 4 packs and on draft through April within the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint.

Southern Front Range

Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Tonight is free Live Trivia starting at 6pm at their CMB Interquest location. Get $3 16oz house beers and $5.25 25oz house beers for all trivia players.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The fame of Trinity beers is spreading out of state. They just released a very small number of bottles to Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. Hope they love barrel-aged sour beer as much as Colorado does. (I'm sure they do)

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