Monday, February 24, 2014

Colorado Beer News 022414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Bartender Day. Your bartender is one of your most important people when you go out for a night on the town. They not only serve you drinks, but they also help to ensure that you haven't had too much to drink and help to keep you in check. In the world of craft beer, your bartender knows how to serve your beer just right. Do something for them today and be sure to thank them for all they do. Consider giving your bartender an extra tip today and show them how much they are appreciated. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, February 24th, 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) - Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday is coming up next week! And just for the occasion, Yak & Yeti will bring back their popular "(Yakety Yak) Don't Talk Bock" beer on Tuesday, March 4th at 4pm. And at 5pm that day, they will conduct the "Blessing of the Bock" by an ordained minister. Come by early to get your glass filled in time for the blessing. In the meantime, this week's porter firkin tapping on Wednesday will be another people's choice: Orange Chocolate Porter at 4pm on Feb. 26th. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Tomorrow, February 25th, is the last session of "Birds and Beer". Support HawkQuest! They will have live raptors (birds of prey) on display, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, there at Lone Tree Brewing Company 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. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - The new artist glass (#6) is in and it will be available starting tomorrow. It's a beautiful stemmed glass with the brewery logo. Tonight is Jazz & Industry night in the taproom. Five Points Pizza will be on site for all your pizza needs. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Tomorrow they are releasing a new brown ale called "Junta Dog Enigma". Betcha can't guess how it got that name. Also, Yogo tonight at the brewery at 6pm. Sign up! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Company (Denver) - Good news came in the mail today. Fictio Beer Company just received their State of Colorado Alcohol Beverage License! One more step closer to opening. The brewery doesn't have a license to serve food, but they will be hosting regular food trucks, offer free popcorn on site and will encourage patrons to order food for delivery right to the brewery. Keep watching for news on their next steps towards opening. [7101 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Just a reminder that Monday's are 2-for-1 growler fill days. Get Double punches on your punch card as well. Monday is a great day to stock up for the week ahead. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Hall Brewing (Parker) - Put on your favorite Colorado craft beer shirt today and wear it into Hall Brewing. Show it to their beertender Tony and he'll give you $1 off your first pint. Happy Monday! [10970 S. Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Od Knowledge (or Trivia) tonight at the taproom. Starts around 6:30pm every Monday night with your host, Jeremy. Battle it out for a chance at $20 in FREE BEER!! Corner of Gourmet will be there to satisfy your need for food so your brain is firing on all cylinders. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Plan for Firkin Friday now. Dry Dock will be tapping a firkin of Raspberry Barrel Aged Shotgun Stout at 3pm. Be there! If you can't wait that long, then stop in tonight for a beer and partake in the Wing Hut Power Hour from 6pm to 7pm. [15120 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Rufus CorvusAvery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Over the weekend, Avery released No 18 in their Barrel-Aged Sour Ale Series - Opuntia. And already, they are making plans to release their next beer in the series. Look for "Rufus Corvus", No. 19, an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of their barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Pucker up, buttercup! Look for this one to be release in the coming weeks. Also, don't forget about the Boulder Strong Ale Fest happening this weekend, February 28th and March 1st at Avery Brewing. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Sign up for the BRU Ode to Colorado Game Beer Dinner set for Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm at BRU. Every month Executive Chef / Brew Master / Founder Ian Clark of BRU handbuilt ales & eats showcases his passion for all things food and beer with a monthly beer dinner. This month will showcase Colorado Game paired with his handbuilt ales. The evening starts with a Rabbit Crépinette with cranberry jelly and a crisp parsnip and paired with Pinesnarl Cascadian Black Ale with Colorado spruce tips. Other highlights of the night include Bison Tartar with cured egg yolks, puffed celery root, and kimchi mustard paired with Belux Belgian Pale Ale with black pepper and lemongrass and Lamb Braciola with toasted faro, saison-apricot demi glace, and roasted root vegetables paired with Big Brown Woody Imperial Brown Ale with new American oak. For more details visit www.bruboulder.com. Seating is limited, for reservations call 720.638.5193. Cost is $50/pp. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - [PRESS RELEASE] Gravity Brewing and Tivoli Distributing Company are pleased to announce a Distribution Agreement. Effective immediately, Tivoli Distributing will handle all sales and distribution of Gravity Brewing products in all Colorado markets except certain accounts in Louisville. Because of this partnership, Gravity Brewing brands will immediately be more broadly available in all Colorado markets and retailers will see great product availability, timely delivery, and overall customer service. “Gravity Brewing aims to produce sophisticated beers that the educated Colorado market will understand. We are ready to step-up our distribution and we wanted to partner with a distribution company that understands this competitive craft beer market” said John Frazee, Founder/Brewer of Gravity Brewing. “Tivoli Distributing is definitely the company that meets our expectations for distribution,” Frazee added. Corey Marshall, CEO of Tivoli Distributing Company, commented “Gravity Brewing is a great addition to our family. Gravity has taken the specialty beer and made it a standard offering for us.” [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Today at the Boulder Beer pub they've got a cask of Drunken Uncle Red IPA. It weighs in at 6.6% ABV and 59 IBUs. This one won't last long, so stop in for a try. And while you're there, take a look at their tap list - which just happens to be our Pic of the Day. (Image courtesy of their Facebook page) [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]
Boulder Beer Tap List

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Their brewhouse just added a new tank member. A new Grundy tank was installed and will act as a new fermentor. That will help them put up more than 5-6 beers on tap at a time and have more room to play with batches. #morebeer [400 W. South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Did yo miss their Grand Opening on Saturday? No problem, they are open today from 2pm to 8pm with at least 4 brews on tap. Come try their Colorado Sunday SMASH 1.0, 1st Avenue River Pale Ale, Rabbit Mountain Red Ale or their Sun Wortshipper Brown. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

The Pumphouse Brewery (Longmont) - Want to beat those Monday blues? Stop in and get a $1.50 beer with any burger purchase. That'll bout do it! [540 Main St, Longmont, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Help feed the hungry and stamp out hunger. If you bring in 3 cans of food for their friends at EFAAneeds, Twisted Pine will reward you with a free pint! Look for the big red & white barrel to drop off your donation. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - New super small batch beer tapping tomorrow. They made just 5 gallons of a special Cocoa Nibbed Coffee Lig-ts Out Stout and it'll tap on Tuesday, February 25th at 3pm. Be there before it's gone! [2516 49th St #5, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Plan to attend Mardi Gras at the Tasty Weasel next Tuesday, March 4th starting at 4pm as they celebrate Mardi Gras with music from Jockamo Trio! Mardi Gras inspired food will also be available with their awesome beer including shrimp jambalaya, gumbo & cornbread! More celebrations at OB Brew & Grill and OB Homemade Liquids & Solids. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - It's never too early to start thinking about warmer weather and outdoor beer fests. You can WIN Front Range Rally beer fest tickets this week just by listening to the radio: Big Country 97.9, KISS FM 96.1 & Radio 94.9. The festival is set for Saturday, May 31st with over 35 breweries and a lot of food trucks all to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. Regular ticket sales start next month. www.frontrangerally.org #WINITBEFOREYOUCANBUYIT

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - If you missed their Baltic Porter release last Friday then you need to get down to Crabtree and try it! They made a bunch of it and Fermentedly Challenged gives it 2 Thumbs Up! Starting up this Friday, Crabtree welcomes back Firkin Fridays at 5pm. Something special will be on tap from their firkin tap. This Friday, it'll be a Fireball Blonde. They put some cinnamon Red Hots into this blonde ale. Check the CO Beer Release page for upcoming tappings. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Colorado Springs Craft Week (Colorado Springs) - Coming up April 27th to May 4th, 2014 is Colorado Springs Craft Week. It's a celebration of craft beer, craft spirits and craft coffee!. Check out their events page at www.cscraftweek.com/events.

Mountains and West

Edgewater Brewery (Grand Junction) - Kannah Creek's sister brewery is hosting a Bottle Beer Give Back benefiting the Grand Valley Trails Alliance starting today. Stop in for a $2 bottled Lands End or Standing Wave ale and they will donate $1 from every bottle to GVTA. Stop in and make that Monday beer a helping beer. [905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO]

Rockslide Brewery (Grand Junction) - Join in for their 20th Anniversary Celebration as they tap a new keg of their Platinum Blonde. Stop in this Thursday, March 6, 2014. From 4-6 pm enjoy complimentary samples of Platinum Blonde and an appetizer sampling. All day enjoy a special “Throwback Menu” featuring some of their favorites at 1994 prices and $0.94 pints! [401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Tomorrow, February 25th it's $2 Pint Night from 5:30pm til last call! Also, their Pink Vail Fruit Ale is almost back! On Thursday, February 27th, they'll be launching this year's batch to kickoff the Pink Vail! It'll be available from February 27th to April 5th (the Pink Vail Ski Down) and they're thrilled to be partnering with Shaw to raise money for the "Spirit of Survival" program for cancer survivors! Drink beer, help people! It's a double win!
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