Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Colorado Beer News 012814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Admit it, we all have secretly admired bubble wrap and have caught ourselves popping those individual bubbles ever since we were kids. Perhaps you've even stomped on them until every single bubble is gone. Find some bubble wrap today and give it a pop. Otherwise, wrap up some good beer with it and ship some to a friend who doesn't get your beer there. If you run out, the UPS Store probably has more. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, January 28th, 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

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - This week brewer Adam has announced 2 beer releases. On Wednesday, January 29th at 4pm they'll tap a 100% Kona Coffee Porter as part of their Wednesday Porter Firkin series. It's 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs. Then on Friday, January 31st at 4pm, they'll tap "Raj Mahal", a 7.9% 21 IBU Belgian-style Red Ale. The name was given by rian Leppla who won their Facebook naming contest for this beer. These beers should help end January just right.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - There's a new brew on tap today - "Ludicrous Speed Imperial IPA". Be one of the first to try it. They've also got 10 other beers on tap to choose from. Today's Growler Fill Special - Buy a growler fill and get a free beer! Tonight is also movie night. They will be showing the classic comedy "Space Balls" at 7pm.

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Mark your calendars for a unique brewery experience. On Wednesday, February 19th from 4pm to 8pm, stop in for "Birds and Beer". The brewery will have live raptors (birds of prey) on display as part of the brewery's Charity of the Month program. Come see the birds up close and enjoy a hand-crafted beer. A portion of all brewery taproom sales will be donated to HawkQuest throughout February.

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - The brewery has officially ordered all of their brewing equipment this week. Once that arrives they will be able to start brewing and will plan to open shortly after that. Look for them to open in late Spring or early Summer at 2501 Sheridan Boulevard in Edgewater, CO (west of Denver).

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, River North will offer up their Unified Theory fermented with wine yeast and infused with fresh grapefruit. There's just 1 keg of this and the first pour is at 3pm.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - It may only be Tuesday, but Dry Dock already has their Friday Firkin announced. This Friday they will tap the U.S.S. "Chai"yoming, a chai spiced Belgian-style Abbey Ale. As always it taps at 3pm and goes til it's gone.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - This Wednesday's final New Year's Resolution Cask is an Ultra Low Gluten Ale, a 100% rice ale. Note, this is a very low gluten ale and not gluten free.

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - More inspections are getting completed today. THey just passed their plumbing final, wastewater management and construction engineering inspections. All that is left is their final fire and overall final inspection and they will be ready to open. Stay tuned.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Come watch the game at That Brewery on Zuni (aka Strange Brewing). They are planning a potluck party. Bring a dish and share the delights. They open at 1pm on Sunday and will stay open until the party is over. Go Broncos!

Fiction Beer Company (Denver) - Their TTB (federal) application was approved! They are now an official brewery in the Fed's eyes. Next up, they will be obtaining their state wholesaler and manufacturer licenses. Fresh craft beer coming later this year! They will be located at 7101 E. Colfax Ave in Denver, CO.

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Plan to be at Kokopelli's for the Big Game this Sunday. They'll have 3 big 60" TVs showing the game. Get $10 pizzas. There'll be a football food buffet, giveaways, craft beer and a SB Square game. The buffet starts at 3pm - reservations suggested. Contact: (303) 284-0135 or drop by Kokopelli Beer Co to sign up.

Boulder County

West Flanders Brewing (Boulder) - Just in time for the Big Game on Sunday, West Flanders will be releasing "Orange in Brew Championship Ale", a special keg of their Canniption Pale Ale spiked with the zest from 18 oranges, a toss of dried orange peel, and a special dose of Omaha hops flown in by Nebraska Brewing Company in Nebraska. The beer will go on tap at West Flanders on Thursday, January 30th at 5:00pm. Go Broncos!

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - According to a report from Eric Gorski of the Denver Post's First Drafts, Upslope Brewing saw a 109% growth in 2013 over the previous year's production. In addition, Upslope is going to be distributing to Wyoming and Arizona soon and also in New Mexico in a few months. Grats to Upslope on their fantastic year-over-year results! Also, their next Fan Firkin will debut on Friday February 7th at their Lee Hill location. It'll be their Imperial IPA with Apollo & Citra hops and kicked up a notch with a lil tequila.

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - There's a new limited release at the brewery today. "Swiftsure" is a 4.0% ABV American-style Bitter ale, or more commonly known as a Session IPA. Now on tap. The brewery will be closed on Sunday however, so stop in earlier this week to try it.

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - The string of 1st year anniversaries continues, this time with Fate Brewing Company. On Tuesday, February 4th (next week), the brewery will celebrate turning 1. Stop in and party with Fate all day long. Then on Sunday, February 9th, come to a special tapping of a beer that the Crafty Ladies Beer Club brewed with Fate. The brewery is also doing a little tap takeover so there will be a handful of other beers of theirs to try as well. This event is open to everyone male and female. Also, the Tap is launching it's new "DJ Brunch" that morning with a brand new menu in case you want to grab a bite first.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Looking for a brewery job? Left Hand is hiring! They are in need of a Quality Manager, a QC Lab Tech, and a Logistics Team Member. Check out the listings on their website: http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/blog/contact/#employment

Oskar Blues (Lyons) - He's back! Elvis is in the house! Oskar Blues has Nitro Velvet Elvis (stout) back on tap. It's "Hunka Hunka" good.

Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) - What's in store for the taps in the days ahead? Here's what FRBC is planning to tap soon: Chocolate Hazelnut Milk Stout (Jan 29th), Cherry Chocolate Quad (Feb. 5th), and Pomegranate Hibiscus Saison (Feb. 14th). Tonight is Open Mic Night. Sign up before 6pm or call and ask for Tom to get on the list.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Stop in to try their FROZEN FOREST Barleywine. It's a strong American style barleywine that is fragrant with citrusy and piney hops, plus it has a hint of orange spice from the coriander and a fresh spruce character. Perfect for a winter day.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Recently the brewery Dreadnaught Artismal Brewery from Bend, Oregon got together for a collaboration brew and High Hops will be tapping it this Wednesday for a special firkin release. Come taste "Dread Hop Verbena IPA" starting at 5pm. This is a citrusy India Pale Ale that will convince you that you're having a pint in the Pacific Northwest.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Make plans to watch the Big Game at Patrick's this year. They will open up at 3:30pm and offer $2 off all 20oz beers during the game. The Giggling Greek food truck will be on site serving up delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Located at: 907 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - In addition to hosting a Big Game party this Sunday, Loveland Aleworks will also be releasing an exclusive small-batch beer - ORANGE Zest Imperial IPA. Plus, there will be FREE BBQ on hand for their potluck. Just bring in a side dish to share. Wear your best Broncos clothes and be ready to fun and games and prizes.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Lots of activity this week at the brewery. Tonight is Live Trivia by Quizmaster Entertainment from 7pm to 9pm. Then on Friday from 7pm to 10pm come enjoy a beer and listen to the music of Ben Pu. The Giggling Greek will also be on hand serving up great dishes. Then attend their Big Game party on Sunday and get entered to win free prizes including the TV that will be showing the game that day. Must be present to win the prizes.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) and Gro├čen Bart Brewery (soon to open) collaborated on a special anniversary beer for Verboten called "I Must Break You", a Collaboration White Russian Imperial Stout. This brew has both coffee and milk sugar added and weighs in at 9.0% ABV. The beer taps at 3pm as part of Verboten's 1st year anniversary party. Additional specialty sour and barrel beers will be tapped, free anniversary cake, and their bottle releases are open to the public. Limited supplies available.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star's first beer dinner of 2014 is happening tonight in Greeley, CO at The Tavern at St. Michael's Square at 7pm. Each month during The Tavern's Tap Takeovers, they host a special pairing dinner to go along with the the amazing beer their brewery friends bring in! Dinner cost is $40 or $30 for Tap Head Members! Tonight's dinner features entrees that include braised beef short ribs, chicken ramen, apple crisp, garlic shrimp and more. Each dish paired tonight with a City Star beer. The Tavern at St. Michaels is located at 2918 67th Ave in Greeley, CO. Call (970) 330-2337 for more details.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Just a reminder to get ready to tailgate! The weather may be cold, but they will still be grilling out on the patio. Bring your brats, burgers and dogs to cook. They will have plug-ins for crock pots and plenty of room inside to eat! Broken Plow will have some appetizers to nosh on in the taproom too. Bring your Bronco spirit and watch the game on 3 screens! Come cheer on our BRONCOS this Sunday!

Southern Front Range

The Springs area breweries were sleepy today. Maybe news from there tomorrow.

Mountains and West

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] Steamworks Brewing Co. taps specialty beer at the brewpub, Feb. 7th. A new twist on a chili beer, “Flaming Willie,” will be tapped Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Steamworks Brewing Co.’s monthly showcase of unique hand-crafted beers, Firkin Friday. The firkin will be tapped at 3pm. With a base of Steamworks’ McDammit’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, full-bodied with a pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor, the “Flaming Willie” is kicked up a notch with a variety of chili peppers incorporated into the fermentation, according to Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “To the McDammit’s we added ancho, guarillo (dried red chili peppers), habanero, poblano and New Mexico’s famous Hatch green chili peppers,” said Martin. “This cask ale will be both sweet and spicy with flavors of the chili blend and a rich roasted toffee goodness.”

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - For the Big Game on Sunday, come watch at BREW. They will be offering $3 beers and all kinds of food specials on sliders, wings, & nachos during the game. Located at 117 West College Drive across the railroad tracks from Wells Fargo Bank.

Breckenridge Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - Tickets for the annual Spring beer festival set for April 5th are now on sale. These tickets tend to sell fast. Details in the April Beer Fest Calendar.

Rockslide Brewery (Grand Junction) - Happy shouldn't be limited to just an hour. Rockslide has 5 hours of happy with two Happy Hours daily 3-6pm and 10pm - midnight. Come get happy.

Dostal Alley (Central City) - Join in up in Central City for the Big Game this Sunday. They will be hosting a free taco bar, drink specials and lots of ORANGE. Beer, food, casinos, football, fun.

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