Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Colorado Beer News 020514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Digital Learning Day. This day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn about new things using tools in the digital environment. Tools such as computers, laptops, tablets, etc. Take a pledge today to make a difference in your area schools by helping them support the effective use of technology to improve education for all students. Think about it, you learn every day about the world on digital devices. Why not help children do the same. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, February 5th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - Join in for Stout Month at Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company. On tap they have Nitro Lightning Strike Oatmeal Stout, 1 Year barrel aged Wilson Imperial Stout, & Bourbon Barrel Stout! it's the perfect time of year to warm up to a stout.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Looking for a Hump Day special? Arvada Beer has 2 beers on special today. Try their Double IPA (8.8% ABV) or Barleywine (11.5% ABV) - both are just $3 including tax all day long. Those will surely warm you up on a frigid day like today. Also, plan for their next beer release this Friday, February 7th - a Chili Golden Ale.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Braving the cold tonight? Stop in for a beer and play some poker. The cards will be shuffled up and dealt at 7:30pm. Free to play poker with some great prizes. Here's the beer line-up for tonight: Mixed Berry Wheat, Model Citizen Blonde Ale, Diggity Dank Imperial IPA, Sleep When You're Dead Coffee Stout, Ryot Rye Ale, and Toffee Porter.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Why is the Amber always gone?! Fear not - their Alpine Amber is back on tap tonight in the taproom.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Brave the cold tonight for a special tapping of their Raspberry Winter Warmer starting at 4pm. Got hunger too? Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks will be on site as well.

Colorado Cider Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), the national trade association of the cider industry, has elected a new Board of Directors. After a year of astounding growth in the US hard cider industry, some 200 member cider companies that make up the USACM, met in Chicago as part of their annual Cider Conference. Throughout 2013, the organization worked to grow membership and advance legislative priorities. It led to the creation of the CIDER Act which is currently making its way through the US House and Senate. The bill seeks to create a tax definition for cider that allows for increased carbonation and higher alcohol by volume over what current tax law allows. The new board is made up of cider makers from across the country including Brad Page of Colorado Cider Company.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Tonight's firkin is a Peach Helles. This German style Lager has been in the fermenter for over 5 weeks producing some delicious malty lager goodness. Add a little peach to the firkin and see what they got!

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - It's the Tasty Weasel Taproom's 5th Anniversary this weekend and you're invited to come celebrate in Longmont. The party starts on Saturday, February 8th at 4:00pm. They'll have specialty beer tappings all day topped off with their 5th Anniversary Weasel only beer: "G'Afternoon", a Hoppy Red Ale. Live music starts at 4:30pm with Kort McCumber, and Strategic Beef Plan B: The Morning After @ 6pm. Cheers to 5 years in Longmont!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Come to Arts & Ales at the tasting room on Thursday, February 20th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Left Hand's Tasting Room is partnering with The Muse Gallery to provide one night a month to mix and mingle with local artists, and get to know a little about their creative process. This night is a great opportunity to meet some local artisans and perhaps even purchase a piece of handmade regional artwork. Arts and Ales starts at 5pm but you are encouraged to get there a bit early. For more information call 303-678-7869 or - Featured artist: Linda Sole Faul. In other news, stop in for a pint on Valentine's Day and you'll receive a free chocolate with every pint purchase.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Today the brewery is releasing a small batch of their Chocolate Cherry Quad. It went fast last time. Hurry and get in on it this time. Tomorrow they're kicking off their first ever Bluegrass Jam Session from 7-9pm. AND it's growler fill special day, AND the Olympics are starting!

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Avery Brewing Company announced today that it is expand its distribution in Wisconsin by partnering with Beechwood Sales & Service and Specialty Beverage of Wisconsin. Starting this week, Avery beers will be available throughout the entire state in package and on draft. “We are so proud to have full distribution once again to the homeland of both our CFO and our plant engineer,” said Adam Avery, the brewery’s president, CEO and brewmaster. “Wisconsin has a long and proud history with beer and we are honored to be a part of it.” Bottles, cans, and draft of year round beers like White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, Avery IPA and Ellie’s Brown Ale will be the first available, and seasonals and other limited releases will arrive in the months to follow. “What makes a brand like Avery stand out, is the quality of the beers,” said Dave Cartwright of Beechwood and Specialty Beverage of Wisconsin. “We were greatly disappointed when Avery decided to pull from most of Wisconsin due to capacity constraints three years ago. As a business partner and as a fan of great beer, I am personally very excited they are returning. I believe Wisconsinites, craft beer connoisseurs and casual fans alike will welcome Avery back in droves, and include them in their stable of favorites.” Wisconsin was one of several states where Avery cut distribution three years ago as sky-rocketing demand outpaced production at Avery’s brewery in Boulder. During that time Avery beers were available in Wisconsin only at Brennan’s Market, which maintains its own distributor license. Since then Avery has invested in equipment and personnel to increase barrelage at its existing location and construction has begun on Avery’s new $27 million brewery set to open in early 2015. Avery will maintain its distribution with Brennan’s and will cover the rest of the state of Wisconsin through Beechwood Sales & Service and Specialty Beverage.

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - What's on tap at Sanitas Brewing? Here's their latest list: Sanitas Black IPA (6.5% ABV), Sanitas Saison (5.8% ABV), Winter Saison (9% ABV), Oso Grande Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale (7.5% ABV), Stocking Ale (8% ABV), Train Beer 3 (4.2% ABV), The Waker Espresso Stout (6% ABV), and Nitro Stout (6% ABV). Join them for Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm.

Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Beer Week (Ft. Collins) - Mark your calendars. The week of May 11-18, 2014 has been designated as Fort Collins Beer Week. It's billed as a celebration of the area's thriving craft-beer industry and the local artisans who brew some of the best beer in the world. The week will kick off with an Opening Night Collaboration Brew Tapping. Then all week long, enjoy menu pairings at local restaurants, beer dinners, brewery tours and tastings, local business specials, music, movies, art and more. Details forthcoming. Keep an eye on the May Beer Fest Calendar.

Safety Seminar for Brewers (Ft. Collins) - Developing a Safety Culture at your Craft Brewery, Brewpub or Distillery - Anfeald, PFS Insurance, Lincoln Law Firm and Mueller and Associates, CPA are hosting a free safety-seminar and discussion on February 11th at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins. This seminar will focus on the development and evolution of company culture from an occupational health and safety perspective. A company culture will evolve in your organization, with or without your input. If that's the case, how can business owners, managers and safety officers positively influence an organization's culture so that it includes strong occupational health, occupational safety and risk management components?
Andrew Troccoli from Anfeald will provide a presentation for the group's consideration, followed by a robust discussion between participants on tools, techniques, best practices and examples.
This seminar is geared towards brewers, distillers and the food and beverage industries however, attendees from all industries are welcome to attend. The seminar runs from 8:30am to 12:00pm Tuesday Feb. 11th at The Rocky Mountain Innosphere - 320 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins, CO. RSVP to John Hintzman at johnh[at] or call 970.776.1892.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - The new Folly variety 12 packs are now out in stores. There's one in bottles and one in cans. The bottle Folly pack features a returning friend - Mighty Arrow - a spring seasonal as well as Ranger IPA, Fat Tire and 1554 Black Ale. It's back for a limited time. In the canned Folly pack you can try the new Snapshot Wheat, a refreshing beer with a slightly sour finish as well as Fat Tire, Ranger IPA and Shift Lager. Plus, the new 2014 La Folie is now hitting store shelves as well - sour lovers rejoice!

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Have you heard about the BBB $8 Lunch Special? For 8 bucks you can get any 2 sliders, a side of fries, soup or salad and 1 BBB beer. Plus, on Wednesdays and Sundays get 1/2 off growler fills. Also, Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday 11am to 3pm where you can get $1 off BBB beers and $4 well drinks.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - The 1st fill is on the house tonight if you bring in your Big Beaver mug or mason jar. Also, there's just about 2 gallons left of their Juicy Peach Ale, grab it before it's gone.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today they have happy hour going from 3pm to 6pm and then the fabulous musical game show "Name That Tune" with Franklin Taggart from 6 to 8pm. Today's prize is a 22 oz. bottle of their Mantooth Imperial IPA. Speaking of bottles, you can still purchase 22oz bombers of Killer Boots and Mantooth for the time being. Don't let this cold snap keep you from drinking good craft beer!

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Stop in for $2 off their entire selection of Ciders, including Angry Orchard, Colorado Cider Company Pear Snickety, and Blown Spoke Hard Cider Co. Cyser. And join in tonight at 9pm for Open Mic Night.

Southern Front Range

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Come try a fruity version of their Lafayette Brett down at Odd13 tonight, it's one of their small batch beers that they do every Wednesday. Fig's Italian Catering is the food truck tonight and the small batch will be tapped at 6pm.

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - February is Stout Month at many breweries including Pagosa Brewing Company. They'll have both their own house stouts as well as several guest stouts on tap. They also plan on doing a cask as well. There will be new batches of stouts available every week. Embrace the dark side of beer.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - [PRESS RELEASE] Elevation Beer Company will release 4-packs of it’s 8 Second Kölsch starting February 10th, and have it's Apis IV available year-round in Colorado starting February 17th. “We are really excited to have 8 Second Kölsch in 4-packs,” says Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante, “We have had it in the works since March of last year and finally have the production capabilities to release it statewide.” Elevation will also be bringing on its award-winning Apis IV, A Belgian honey quadrupel, on as its first year-round 750ml Black Series release. “Apis IV is our most requested product by consumers and we thought it would be the perfect beer to release as our first year-round Black Series release.” Bustamante exclaims. 8 Second Kölsch will be available across Colorado starting February 10th, while Apis IV will be available year-round in 750mls starting the week of February 17th. Year-round Texas availability of Apis IV will start sometime thereafter.

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Get a sneak preview of their Sour Cranberry Bourbon Bock (8% ABV). It's on the secret tap. It's Pandora's Bock soured & aged 11 months with cranberries in Breck Bourbon barrels. Gotta ask for it.

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