Thursday, January 30, 2014

Colorado Beer News 013014

Colorado Beer NewsColorado is in the final prep stages for the Big Game this Sunday. The majority of the craft breweries are planning celebrations of some kind this weekend. There will be plenty of beer, food and fun as the Broncos get ready to take on the Seahawks. Where will you be watching the game from? No matter where you watch the game, you'll probably want to stock up on craft beer. The Colorado Beer News this week will be full of news items about Big Game specials and tappings. Be sure to check with your favorite brewery first Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, January 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Are you a stout lover? Stop in today as they are once again tapping their BBD Imperial Stout. It's a great way to start off your weekend early.

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - Stop in today for their special firkin tapping. They've got a Raisin & Chili infused Harvest Farmhouse Ale. They warned us that it's got some bite to it - so be ready!

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - They've got their IPA3 back on tap today, plus they're tapping 5 gallons of Nitro Winter Warmer. A total of 10 different beers on tap today. Quiero Arepas will be out front tonight. Stop in before the snow hits.

Yak & Yeti TaphandlesYak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - [PRESS RELEASE] Yak & Yeti Brewpub has rebranded it’s tap handles for 2014. The old handles were hand-made wooden “Y”-shaped handles to represent the double Y’s in the Yak and Yeti, but due to the recent deluge of new breweries a rebranding was becoming more necessary. When the Yak & Yeti debuted their wooden wye there were only a few breweries in Colorado that had natural wood-based tap handles, less than two years later there are around two dozen breweries that are marketing a similar look. The Yak & Yeti doesn't have a dedicated merchandise or branding manager so Adam Draeger (head brewer) takes on the responsibilities himself. “There are so many new breweries that are using beetle-kill wood or cnc routed/laser etched wood tap handles that I thought we should turn a different direction entirely,” says Draeger. The new handles are one-piece molded urethane-based with a glossy paint job. The yeti wears a sandwich signboard for labeling each individual beer. The Yak & Yeti partnered with for the manufacture of the handles, the entire process took about three months with artist concepts, revisions, prototyping and production. The handles can be seen at both the Yak & Yeti Restaurant (8665 N Sheridan Blvd, Westminster), the Brewpub (7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada) and select tap houses in and around Denver. For those interested in purchasing one for your own collections the tap handles are retailing at the brewpub for $65 each (tax included).

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - As read on their Twitter feed, they stated that within a few hours they will know whether they will be able to open for business this weekend. They had a few issues with their final inspection yesterday. Fortunately, they stated they were easy things to fix. They are getting another final inspection today and will know very soon. Stay tuned! Former Future is located at: 1290 S. Broadway in Denver, CO. Check them out on Facebook or on the web at

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Remember that trademark lawsuit? Tomorrow they plan to make a major announcement regarding that settlement. In the meantime, stop in tonight for One Barrel Thursday. They're tapping a Raspberry Honey Tripel. A beer that was made using 15 pounds of Colorado raspberry honey. It's a powerful 8.9% ABV and 37 IBUs.

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Today's tadpole tap is S.M.A.S.H.- (single malt & single hop). It was brewed with 1 grain type and highlights the Calypso hop. It's light in body with a pear and tropical fruit profile and a crisp, dry finish.

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Renegade welcomes back "Conspirator", a Coffee Milk Brown Ale. This brew weighs in at 6% ABV and 45 IBUs. Also available in 15.5 gal and 5 gal kegs. Open today 2pm to 10pm.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Tomorrow their gold medal winning American Style Barleywine will be released, but if you tell Kevin or Devo that you heard about it on the internets they will sell you a snifter or taster of it tonight. Happy Hour runs from 4pm to 7pm tonight.

River North Brewery (Denver) - There's just 5 gallons of Barrel-Aged Avarice on tap today in their taproom. It will go well with Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks on a snowy evening.

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - The Wait Is Over! This Saturday, they Release The Stouts! This February will be the 21st annual Stout Month at all four Mountain Sun locations: the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun and Under the Sun in Boulder, and the Vine Street Pub and Brewery in Denver. Now in its 21st year, Stout Month has become an anticipated event among local beer connoisseurs. During the month of February, most of Mountain Sun pubs’ taps will fade to black with local versions of the rich, thick and dark ale. This is a once-a-year opportunity to try some of the region’s best stouts, side-by-side, and on tap. The mega stout celebration will continue as long as supplies last.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - There's a beer release today in the taproom. Now back on tap is their Brett Saison, a classic, dry Saison fermented with Brettanomyces. Coming up on Big Game Sunday (Feb 2nd) is their Batch 28 - Legal Nelson. It's a unique Belgian-style Golden Ale aroma hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. They will be showing the game on their big HD screen and will have food and beer specials throughout the day. And look for their Pear Saison and Dubbel coming to a tap very soon. Today's taplist includes: Treachery - Golden Strong, TreaCherry - Golden Strong Ale with tart cherries, Soleil Saison, Walter's White, Brabant Tripel, Foxx Rougge - Dark Strong Ale, Hayride Saison, Velour Fog - Quadrupel Ale, Midnight Fog - Quadrupel Ale, Cherry Velour Fog - Tart Cherry version of Velour Fog, and Sorach L'Orange - Farmhouse Ale with blood oranges.

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - The brewery will host a Big Game party this Sunday and will be providing FREE pizza and will also host a potluck (bring a dish to share and you'll get 1 FREE pint). The TV game sound will be wired through their larger speakers. Plus, they will be hosting a SB Squares game. Claim your square(s) before they're all gone. Winning squares take home Odd13 Beer / Gear.

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Stop in and try this month's featured beer "The Logical Fallacy", a delicious mistake in reasoning. This beer challenges the Logical Fallacy that says if a beer is a stout, it can't be hoppy. It has four generous hop additions including Summit and Northern Brewery and is rated around 70 IBU. The beer also has a deep smokiness and coffee tones with the sweetness of Colorado honey. Try that or one of several other flagship and premium beers on tap. Also try the new "The Petrichor ESB", brewed with New Hampshire white pine needles.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Heads up! The brewery will be closed next week on Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 4th & 5th) for brewery renovations. They'll be back open on the 6th with the release of CABIN FEVER, an imperial red ale with a hint of cinnamon and rum soaked oak. Until then, stop by after work today and beat the storm with a pint and fill your growlers to go!

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Their new "Session One" is off and running, the first in a new seasonal session series. This one is a Belgian-style ginger blonde ale. It's only 4.4% ABV and 19 IBU, and crisp, clean, & fresh.

The Post Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Another week and another Beer Release coming your way. Get your hands on the Tendulkar IPA Friday at 4pm. It's the perfect balance of hop, with a citrus and apricot nose. This one weighs in at 6.2% ABV - try one.

Northern Colorado

Trinity - Black Bottle - Blow Up Your TVBlack Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There's a new collaboration beer going on tap today. Black Bottle Brewery recently got together with Trinity Brewing of Colorado Springs and brewed up "Blow Up Your TV", a Saison Grisette - aka a table Farmhouse ale. This beer is described as: "... a very dynamic grain bill featuring Buckwheat, flaked oats, rye, vienna, spelt, triticale and European Pilsen malts. This Belgian is not spiced, however, spicy notes are bolstered from the use of rye malt, Styrian Golding hops, Farmhouse yeast, and wild yeast. A tart and fruity flavor arises from the use of Lactobacillus to complete the delightfully refreshing and savoir-faire ‘little beer.’ 3.0% ABV." This beer goes on tap at 4:00pm Today!

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today's firkin is the last of the Space Ghost Oddity Series. At noon they'll tap a firkin of Space Ghost conditioned with cardamom and grains of paradise. What will you be drinking when the storm hits tonight?

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Things at the taproom are about to change and FCB will be throwing a Kick the Keg Party on Friday, February 7th. Check out their Press Release issued today to see how you can win a prize.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - The Thursday Outlaw Tap is up. This week it's "Orange Julius", named in honor of the Bronco's Tight End. It's a locally sourced SMaSH IPA that's dry hopped with Amarillo hops and Orange Zest.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - It's Ladies Night tonight. Ladies get 1/2 price pints all night.

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - For the Big Game this week they have some Big Game kinda beers. Hurry Hurry Porter, Knowshon Brown Ale, 24x Champ's ESB, IPA Freely, Omaha Trippel, and the EllaWay Lavender. (New names just for this week)

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Today they are tapping Hop Elixir Double IPA at 5:00pm. It's a big 9.4% ABV 100+ IBU behemoth.

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Three of their beers are now officially on store shelves in Texas - Fanboy, Apis IV and Downpour. The fame of Elevation Beer continues to spread.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Let Dillon Dam prepare your Big Game fixings! Host your own Dam Super Home Party. Make your football party super easy with an appetizer and beer package from the Dam Brewery. Get pulled pork sliders with rolls, sweet & spicy meatballs, cowboy dip and chips and a veggie tray for 4-5 people for $60 - or 8-10 people for $110. Add six packs, growlers, party pigs or kegs and get 10% off the beer. Reserve by noon on Saturday. Call (970) 262-7777.

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - The taproom is hosting a Big Game gathering. Bring your favorite game time snack to share and watch the game on their big screen TV.

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - It's dumping powder outside and inside they've got Conundrum Red back on tap. Come in and stay warm with them.

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