Thursday, February 20, 2014

Colorado Beer News 022014

Colorado Beer NewsFebruary 20th marks the 52nd anniversary of the 1st American to to orbit the Earth. John Glenn was our 1st astronaut to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7 back in 1962 and the third person overall. The flight lasted just under 5 hours and completed just 3 orbits. It's hard to believe that after 52 years in space, humans still haven't ventured beyond the Moon and are still primarily orbiting the Earth. How long will it take before we send someone to Mars or beyond? Think about that the next time you're sipping on your favorite Colorado craft brew. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, February 20th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Epic Brewing (Denver) - [Newsletter] You may have heard some rumors about 12 oz cans. They're true. The Denver brewery is currently in the process of establishing a canning line and hopes to be operational early this summer. The initial release will include two brands: Escape to Colorado IPA and Hop Syndrome Lager, both are great hot weather, thirst quenching beers. The eco-friendly PakTech six packs will be distributed nationally, including their home state of Utah. While Epic is known for its 22oz bomber format they are also avid adventure junkies and when it comes to the outdoors, the can is king. They're looking forward to joining you on your next excursion.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Just in case you're in need of a Pliny the Elder fix, Parry's in Highlands Ranch now has it on tap. #AleYeah. [9567 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO]

River North Quad on OakRiver North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] On Saturday, March 1st at 1pm, River North Brewery will introduce the first in a series of seasonal brews, Quad on Oak! For this beer, River North’s brewers crafted a traditional Abbey-style Belgian Strong Dark Ale, then aged it on toasted American oak. Wood-aging lends dry notes of vanilla and coconut, providing a perfect balance to the rich, malty base of a Quadrupel. “One of our favorite beers we brew is Unified Theory, an oak-aged imperial witbier. The subtle, toasted oak character complemented that beer so well, we‘ve been anxious to create a new oaky twist on another Belgian style,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “That’s how we conceived the idea for Quad on Oak.” Quad on Oak will debut at the River North taproom at the release party on March 1st. Bombers will cost $9 with no limit, and the beer will be on tap all day. As a spring seasonal, River North will continue to brew and pour Quad on Oak until late May. Look for more seasonal brews from River North going forward, including a Tripel in the summer and a Dubbel in the fall.

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - It's Thirsty Thursday‬ and Grist is celebrating the only way they know how by releasing a new ‪beer‬ of course. Come down to Grist for the release of their "Hollerbock Girl Bock" at 2pm. WongWayVeg will be there to help them celebrate. [9150 Commerce Center Circle, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver/Lakewood) - Think you got talent? Tonight's the night to prove it during their Open Mic Night at CAUTION: West, starting at 7:00pm. They'll also have delicious crêpes, brought by CKrêpes & CKatering! The West Taproom will be open from 2pm - 10pm. At CAUTION: East, come play cards with Betty & enjoy a beer or three! East taproom open 4-8pm.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Today their "Saison2" gets tapped at 4:00pm. Out front you can also grab some food from A Taste of the Philippines. Get $1 off beer pints from 4-6pm as well. [2810 Larimer St., Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they are tapping their Scottish Ale made with Madagascar vanilla beans at 4:00pm. Pair that with some dinner from Barbed Wire Reef who will be out front serving from 4pm to 8pm. [7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Don't forget that this Sunday, February 23rd starting at 11am is their annual release of their Bligh's Barleywine Ale, aged in whiskey barrels for 7 months. The 2013 edition will be available in 22oz bomber bottles and sell for $20 each. There will also be a limited amount of Bligh's on tap as well while it lasts. Meanwhile, up at Dry Dock North, they just received in two new massive 120 bbl fermenters yesterday. Even more Dry Dock beer coming soon! [15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Just tapped today at Fate is their Classic American Pilsner, brewed with the brand new German Polaris hops. Stop in for a glass. (6% ABV) [1600 38th St., Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - St. Patrick's Day is coming! Join Left Hand Brewing in the Tasting Room on March 17th to celebrate with America’s favorite stout! All day they will be offering a 12oz bottle of Milk Stout Nitro (to enjoy in the bar) and a 16oz Nitro pub glass (for you to keep) for $5.75. AND, at 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:00pm they will be hosting “hard pour” contests. The winner will be the guest with the best “hard pour” and they will send them home with a case of Milk Stout Nitro. This competition isn't for chumps, so make sure you practice your “hard pour” beforehand! Event runs from 3pm to 9pm. [1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, CO]

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (Boulder) - Pliny the Younger will be tapped this Sunday (2/23) at 12 noon at Backcountry Pizza. Tickets for that will go on sale at 10am that day. After you purchase your ticket, you can either stick around and enjoy brunch until the tapping or come back. If you are not back by 12:30pm, however, your ticket will be null and void. This is to ensure that we can start selling a second round of tickets without having to account for people who haven't come back, which will be difficult to track that day. [2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Avery’s first tequila barrel-aged sour, Opuntia, a sour ale with a dose of prickly pears and patiently matured in first-use, small-batch tequila barrels for 9 months will be released at the brewery February 23rd. Opuntia, No. 18 in the Barrel-Aged Series, is a light sour ale (6.65% ABV) that’s Avery’s first release of a beer aged in tequila barrels and unlike anything the brewery has ever produced before. Only 263 cases of Opuntia were produced. The Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO, will host the release of Opuntia, starting sales at 1pm on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. Bottles are 12oz. and will be sold for $12 each. Fans will be able to buy up to 12 bottles, and availability can only be guaranteed at the Avery Tap Room during the release party until the beer runs out. The line party will start at 11am and will feature rare beers and Tap Room exclusives. [5763 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Today at the Tasty Weasel tap room they celebrate Gordon Knight's birthday with 7 different versions of G'Knight beer. For today's tap room Pic of the Day, here is their specialty beer line-up listing. [1800 Pike Rd., Longmont, CO]
Tasty Weasel taplist

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On February 24th, Odell Brewing beers will finally hit Texas taps. Odell Brewing has partnered with Ben E. Keith Company, and will begin their statewide launch with draft the week of February 24th, followed by a package launch the week of March 31st. Launching a state the size of Texas would not have been possible prior to the brewery’s recently completed expansion. This will be the first new market for Odell Brewing in over two years. The new brewhouse and additional fermentation vessels will provide the brewery much needed capacity to accommodate the Texas demand. Odell Brewing plans to bring its IPA, 90 Shilling, Seasonal Offerings including St. Lupulin, Four Pack offerings such as Myrcenary, as well as its limited release Cellar Series offerings. The brewery has a full week of launch events planned all over the state. Watch their new "Texas" video on YouTube. [800 E. Lincoln Ave., Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - [Newsletter] Since bringing home two medals at 2013 Great American Beer Festival the City Star brew house has been operating at capacity. All winter long head brewer John Way and lead brewer Ryan Joy have been working hard to keep up with demand from taproom patrons and from Front Range craft beer bars and restaurants. Good news: they have new brewery equipment on the way! Today a 7 horsepower glycol chilling unit will arrive to control temperatures on ALL tanks in the brew house (currently, each tank is individually accompanied by a small glycol chilling unit). Even more exciting, next month they are installing three 15 barrel fermentation and brite tanks (15bbl is double the size of their current 7 bbl tanks). Upon completion this expansion will allow City Star to double production. And yes, they are sticking with their 3.5 bbl brew system for now. [321 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - If it's Thursday, it must be time for another beer on the Outlaw tap. Today's special brew is "Andizzle Fo' Shizzle", a strawberry jalapeno kolsch, made with all the right amounts of sweetness and spice. Be sure to wish Quizmaster Andy a happy birthday tonight at the pub quiz from 7-9pm. Winner gets CASH! [242 N. College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today's firkin tapping is a Deep Space Porter that was conditioned on cocoa nibs. You know you want some. [133 Remington St., Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Bristol Brewing wants to remind you to get your tickets now for this Saturday's Firkin Rendezvous, a benefit for the Colorado Brewers Guild held at the brewery. Tickets are $35 and available at Event runs from 1pm to 5pm. Details in the February Beer Fest listings. [1604 S. Cascade Ave., Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Guess what they found hiding in the back? A single keg of Hot Shot Green Chili beer! It's now on tap while it lasts. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - There's a new beer on tap today that gamers will particularly love. Come try their new 8-Bit Pale Ale. It's made with Mosaic hops that give off berry and tropical fruit notes. Also, want to win a $10 Great Storm gift certificate? Come in anytime today and beat the high score in Space Invaders (bring quarters). Highest score at the end of the night takes home the prize. (Not to be confused with Tallgrass Brewing's 8 Bit Pale Ale) [204 Mount View Lane #3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Telluride) - It may still be months away, but it's never too early to start planning for this year's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Their popular Grand Tasting event will be held on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm with over 56 different breweries and 170+ different beers are expected to be poured this year. Mark you calendars now!

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - This brewery in the works just received both their State and Federal approvals this week! That means they will begin brewing next week. Looks like they will be opening in the very near future. Stay tuned for news on opening day. Follow them on Facebook. [1941 Dolores Way, Carbondale, CO]

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Skiers! Did you know that the Breck Brew Pub has $3 drafts and $9 pitchers from 3pm to 6pm every day? Plus get half off apps from 3-5pm Sun-Thursday too. A great place for apres ski. [600 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO]

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