Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Colorado Beer News 012914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Curmudgeons Day. It's an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Celebrated on the birthday of W.C. Fields, one of America's most beloved curmudgeons. He was also one of Hollywood's most famous movie drunks who once said: "A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her." He later said: "I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home." Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Today Crooked Stave is bottling their St. Bretta Citrus Wit (Winter) all. It was fermented 100% by Brettanomyces in oak foeders. Look for these bottles soon.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Don't forget! The firkin of their "Cherry Pie Stout" will be tapped today at 4:00pm. Choose Wisely.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today in the taproom they are doing another Discovery Beer release. Today it's a Dark Chocolate Coconut Stout. It taps at 5pm. Stick around for live music at 6pm with Esther Sparks. The Corner of Gourmet food truck will also be on site starting at 5pm.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Last year, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing nearly quadrupled its production numbers, jumping from 3,273 barrels in 2012 to 12,000 barrels in 2013. This increase comes with Dry Dock’s new 30,000-square-foot production facility, North Dock, at 2801 Tower Road. At North Dock, Dry Dock has the space to brew 110,000 barrels a year. It currently has six 80-barrel fermenters and two 80-barrel bright tanks; and it continues to grow. There are another three 120-barrel fermenters and another 120-barrel bright tank on the way. Also last year, Dry Dock began canning its beers at North Dock. In 2013, the company produced more than 2 million cans of Amber Ale, Hop Abomination, Hefeweizen, and Apricot Blonde. (Image courtesy Dry Dock)
Dry Dock's brewing tanks

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - What's it gonna take to get you over the Hump today? How about a pint of Session IPA for just $3 at Arvada Beer Co? That should help. Also, 2014 mug club members remember to come by today for the 2013 Colorado State fair Gold medal American Barleywine. It will be released to everyone else Friday! 11.5% ABV and 90 IBU's. Made with 4 C hops and boiled for 4 hours this is a rich beer with a nice citrusy nose.

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Stop in for their new release of "Roundabout IPA". This is their new British-style IPA. Also, food truck "Boy Meets Dog" will be on site serving up gourmet dogs cooked in Cannonball Creek beer!

Can't Stop Brewing (Denver) - Thanks to their good friends at Fire On The Mountain Buffalo Wings, CSB will be participating in their first ever tasting event/beer festival. On Friday Feb. 21st, The Oriental Theater will be hosting the 1st Annual Northwest Beer (and wine) Fest. This event will include 20+ Breweries, wine, and live music, with all proceeds benefiting North High School and Skinner Middle School. The shenanigans start at 8pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm, and go on until Midnight. Tickets are $20 per person - see the February Beer Fest Calendar for more info.

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - More on their 1st Anniversary celebration. They plan to celebrate across 4 days - January 30th through February 2nd. Special beer releases each day: Beire de Garde (1/30), Dubbel (1/31), Tripel & Quad (2/1) and a Big Game Party on Sunday, 2/2. Just wander in from the back alley - 4342 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - Here's today's brewery poster of the day. It's the complete beer release schedule for the entire year of 2014 (excluding Jellyman's Deviations). Enjoy!
Rockyard Brewing 2014 Beer Release Schedule

Breweries & Foodies (Denver) - The beer and food event at the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum that was scheduled to happen this weekend has been postponed until Sunday, February 23rd at 4:00pm.

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Stop in for the Big Game this Sunday and get $1 off all their flagship beers if you wear your Broncos gear. They'll have the game on TV and if you like, you can grab food from Backcountry Pizza right above them. Also, start practicing for Open Mic Night scheduled later that month for February 13th at 7pm.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - New tappings of Bootstrap beer in the area today! Worthog Stout is on tap at the Gondolier Italian Eatery, Insane Rush IPA will be on tap at the new Georgia boys BBQ in Frederick and Bombers are on the shelf at Lucky's Market Longmont and Total Beverage Westminster. Time to stock up!

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Did you know that the brewery offers $1 off pints for Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm? Now ya do. Tonight, the Giggling Greek Cuisine will be on site serving up hot food from 5pm to 8pm.

Shine Restaurant & Brewery (Boulder) - Celebrate the Big Game "Shine Style". They'll have local organic bar food - wings, tacos, sliders and more plus Shine brewed beer and happy hour prices AND a big screen! This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Shine + Football=Ecstasy.

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - The brewery will be open from Noon to 4pm this Sunday prior to the Big Game. Come on in and enjoy some pregame beers or grab a couple of growlers to go. Place your keg orders ahead of time 303-522-0995.

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - In honor of Farm Show Week in Greeley, Broken Plow has released a new beer tapping. Stop in and try their new Smoked Porter.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The 2nd Annual City Star Chocolate & Beer Pairing is Friday, February 14th… Valentine's Day! Whether you are looking for an activity to share or flying solo join them anytime between 5 and 10pm. $20 includes a flight of 5 beers paired with 5 chocolates. Reserve your pairing online today at The pairing includes five 4oz beer pours paired each with a different chocolate.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Their big 1st Anniversary celebration is almost here! Starting tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 30th, they will close the taproom for a 5 beer/4 course pairing dinner. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased in the taproom or by calling 970-775-7371. Limited seats are available. Attendees receive a commemorative glass and first opportunity to purchase bottle releases. Then on Friday, Jan. 31st - They will tap several barrel aged and sour limited release beers. Commemorative glasses while supplies last. And finally on Saturday, Feb. 1st - Additional specialty sour and barrel beers will be tapped, free anniversary cake, and our bottle releases are open to the public. Limited supplies available. See their Facebook Event page for further details on specific releases.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Get your jug on! Every Wednesday you can get $1 off all Growler fills between 3pm and 7pm during Happy Humpday Happy Hour!

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Colorado's soon to be most southern-most brewery is making progress towards opening. They have passed inspections for electrical, plumbing and framing. They are expecting an HVAC contractor in later this week and are ready to start hanging some sheetrock. Stay tuned for word on an opening.

Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Announcing their NEW Happy Hour at their Interquest location. It runs Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Get 16oz hour beers for $3, 25oz house beers for $5.25, Well Drinks $2 and house wines $3. Plus a wide variety of appetizers including kettle chips, seasoned fried, pretzel bites, wings, mini pizzas, pulled port sliders and cheese quesadilla. All food items $5 during happy hour.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Barleywine fans. They've got only 7 bottles of their 2013 Winston Smith's Barley Wine left. This beer was aged in Jack Daniel's whiskey barrels. Get 'em while you can. It's a long time until 2014's is released on November 28th. Plus, today marks the bottle release of Phantom Canyon's Valknut Tripel. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with three grains (barley, wheat, & oats), three Belgian yeast strains and three spices to create a refined yet complex golden Belgian-style Tripel (9.6% ABV). Also available in caged and corked 750ml bottles.

Mountains and West

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Put this one down for future reference. Tommyknocker announced that they will be offering their Green Chile Lager in 12oz 6-packs beginning May 1st, 2014.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Every Wednesday is Wildflower Wednesday at Elevation Beer Co. It's then that you can get $9 bottles or $5 draughts of their Wild Flower Imperial Saison. Stop in and enjoy one today.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Their new mixed 12-packs are now available in liquor stores in Colorado! This sampler "Pack of Crazies" includes 3 cans of Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, 3 cans of Mountain Livin' Pale Ale, 3 cans of Lava Lake Wit and 3 cans of Boohai Red Ale. Grab a mixed 12-pack for this weekend's Big Game and let your party guests try all of Crazy Mountain's canned flavors.

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - The brewpub is ready for the Big Game and will be hosting an All You Can Eat Pig Roast on Sunday starting at 4:00pm. $15 gets you a plate to fill up with all the fixings. Plus they'll have drink specials all day long and special menu items.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Come to the Dark Side. STOUT & CHOPS MONTH starts Saturday, Feb 1st. A whopping 24 House & Guests Stouts rotating throughout the month, along with Special Food Pairings. They are partnering with their friends in Boulder at Mountain Sun for this month-long event. It's gonna be Stoutastic! Check out the details at:

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