Thursday, February 27, 2014

Colorado Beer News 022714

Colorado Beer NewsToday is No-Brainer Day. A No-Brainer is an activity that requires the most minimum of thought. Today you are encouraged to take a break and do some kind of activity that gives your brain a rest. Perhaps sitting back in a comfortable chair and enjoying a delicious Colorado craft brew. The only thought you'll have to use is which of the thousands of beer choices to select. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, February 27th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - While they may have opened back in November, Jagged Mountain is going to host a Grand Opening Party on Saturday, March 8th along with a food pairing event from 5pm to 9pm that day. Tickets are limited and cost $30 per person and get you access to an incredible food and beer menu as well as a souvenir Jagged Mountain taster. They also plan to release some beers throughout the day and will be raffling off some swag, brewery tours/tastings and an opportunity to call your shot with a future pilot system beer. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - What could make a Thursday even better? How about a tapping of their Bourbon Coffee Stout! This dark winter warmer was aged with bourbon barrel wood and Sumatra dark roast coffee. It's on tap now in the Toadroom! [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood/Denver) - Just about anything goes at CAUTION's Open Mic Nights on Thursdays at CAUTION: West taproom from 7pm to 10pm. Think you got skillz? Stand up comedy, poetry reading, musical talent, magic tricks, etc. Also, if you haven't yet tried it - ask for a Cinnamon Oatmeal Stout. Also, CAUTION: East will be open tonight from 4-8pm. [West: 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO] [East: 12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Is it ever too early to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day? Never! Grab some green clothing and celebrate St. Patty's Day at GCB. Monday, March, 17, 2014. They will open at 11:30am. Their favorite Irish pub band, Mulligan Stew, will be playing from 4:30-6:30pm. Tin Star Smokehouse will provide Corned Beef & Cabbage & of course, there will be green beer! (and regular beer if you don't want green teeth!) [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Tonight is Ladies Night where gals get $1 off pints all night. Guys get $1 off on any "Women and Beer" series beer too. Also, their Coffee Imperial Stout is back on tap for a limited time. 2100 E. 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Diebolt now has bomber bottles of 4 of their beers available for purchase and take home in the taproom. Ask for 22oz bottles of C'est la Saison, Bourbon Barrel aged C'est la Saison, Mariposa Pale Ale, and A Votre Sante. While you're there, try a game of ping pong on their new table. Please ping responsibly. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Frozen Dead Guys Days are coming up March 7th, 8th and 9th and Very Nice Brewing plans to be open that whole weekend with some great activities and pouring their tasty brews. On Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8, they will host a "Frozen Flip Off Pinball Tournament". Friday also brings a beer tapping of "Grandfathered In", a Wee Heavy Scottish Ale. And on Saturday, March 8th, the Colorado Craft Beer Radio show will be doing a live remote from their taproom from noon to 2pm. Then later that day at 2:30pm, author Emily Hutto will be there signing copies of her book "Colorado's Top Brewers". Then on Sunday, March 9th, stop in for live music from 5pm to 7pm. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Today you can enjoy $3.50 pints of their Mojo IPA from 3pm to close at their Pub. This deal is good each and every Thursday. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Strong Ale Fest (Boulder) - Amazingly enough, as of 3:30pm today there were still some tickets available for the 5pm Friday session of the 12th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest to be held at Avery Brewing Company in Boulder. Grab 'em while they last! Tickets here.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Calling all beer fans - check out Beer Week Sauce, coming to a beer week near you! Draft only. Left Hand's strong & roasty coffee porter brewed with Allegro Coffee Company Ethiopia Yirgacheffe beans is sure to wake you up & make you wonder if you're drinking beer or coffee. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Three Spires Brewing Co (Greeley) - A new brewery is in the works for Greeley, one that will specialize in delicious tasting Gluten-Free beer. This brewery is looking for some investors and has put out a call for participation. Here's an excerpt from their blog: "Starting a brewery is an extremely capital-intensive business. The one thing that a person should never do is go into this business with their eyes closed, a brewery costs money up front and it is no different here at Three Spires. In addition to the equipment and location costs of a traditional brewery, doing a gluten-free beer has some additional challenges. The grain costs more, there is more equipment involved and in some cases that equipment is different from a traditional brewery. For example rather than using a traditional roller mill to crush the grain, we need to use a grist mill to turn the grain into a meal. The price differential on this will be noticeable. To that end we will be looking for outside investors and possibly participating in some form of crowd funding opportunity. If we go the crown funding route I will be posting much more information here and getting the word out. For now I would like to send out a Call to Action request: Get the word out about Three Spires Brewing Co. and that Colorado has a new special brewery coming that look to provide an excellent gluten-free alternative for those folks not able to enjoy craft beer." -

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - No live music in the taproom this evening, but fear not! Emily will be hosting a Berthoud Hoedown tonight complete with Watermelon Crawl radio, line dancing and mutton busting in the streets, steer roping contest, and rodeo clowns. Grab yer chaps and cowboy hats… City Star beers are $1 off every Thirsty Thursday 2-10pm! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today's Outlaw tap is a "Swift Kick to the Gourds", a pumpkin ale that redefines spiced ale. This brew tapped at 2pm and goes til it's gone. [242 N. College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Sour AlesNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Goes Seriously Sour with a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series. La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return to kick off the series. Having recently doubled its wood beer capacity with the addition of 32 new oak foeders, New Belgium Brewing is going sour with its latest Lips of Faith beers. La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return in 2014 as part of a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series. La Folie is a wood-aged, sour brown that spends one to three years in large oak barrels, also known as foeders. When the beer finally hits the glass, it is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany. “La Folie is a seriously sour beer, but we like to say that it’s sour in a good way,” said New Belgium Wood Cellar Manager, Lauren Salazar. “This Flanders-style reddish brown ale delivers plenty of green apple, cherry, sometimes even blackberry and chocolate notes. It’s the beer that launched our sour beer program in ’97.” La Folie is 7% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft. Transatlantique Kriek is a slightly sour cherry kriek beer. The 2014 edition began life in the oaken vessels of Frank Boon’s brewery, deep in Belgium’s Lembeek Valley. After two years of wood aging, Boon’s spontaneously fermented kriek shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to New Belgium’s Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. To go with Boon’s lambic ale, Bouckaert created a full golden brew to blend in, and round out, this light-bodied kriek. The intense cherry nose leads to a pleasing sweet and sour flash across the palate. Crisp and effervescent, Transatlantique Kriek is 8% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft. [500 Linden, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Limited time offer! Today is T-Shirt Thursday! All day long if you buy a Grimm Brothers t-shirt you'll get a free beer. This is a limited time promotion so if you've been putting off buying a shirt for yourself, or need a cool gift, now's the perfect time. Also tonight is live music from Joe O'Bryan starting around 7pm. And ROAD GRILL chili will be serving up hot food tonight. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today's Thursday and that means another firkin tapping is happening! Stop in for a taste of their Chocolate Hazelnut Deep Space Porter. It's dark and delish! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

C.B. & Potts (All Colorado locations) - Available now and for a limited time. Ask for a Rabbit Punch Irish Red. It's the perfect brew to celebrate the season of being Irish. Raise a glass... Slainte!

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Don't forget that starting up again tomorrow it's a frickin' frackin' Firkin Friday starting at 5pm. This week they're tapping a Fireball Blonde. Get some! [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - This Saturday, March 1st at The Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs, there will be a Pikes Peak Brewing Mini-Tap Takeover. If you buy a pint of Pikes Peak Brewing beer you'll get to keep the glass (while supplies last). The mini-tap takeover starts at 7:00pm and runs til close. [401 N. Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Trinity let it slip that their 6th Annual Beer & Boards event has been scheduled for Friday, March 28th from 7pm to 11pm. Stay tuned for more details. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Gamers! Come beat their high score on Asteroids (video game) and win a $10 gift certificate. Today only. Highest score at the end of the night takes home the prize. Plenty of good craft beer on tap. [204 Mount View Lane #3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Beginning on Saturday, March 1st, if you bring in your ski lift ticket you'll get Happy Hour prices on beer anytime. Lift tickets valid for 1 week after issue date. Must be 21+ of course. [2 E. Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

7 Hermits Brewing Co (Eagle) - There's going to be a Grand Opening party at 7 Hermits Brewing Company in Eagle, Colorado this weekend starting on Saturday, March 1st in the Eagle Ranch area. They plan to have 5 of their own beers on tap including: Haystacker Amber Ale, Gold Dust Lemon Blonde, Hop Rocker IPA, Paul Imperial IPA, and Worlds Greatest Pale Ale. In addition, they will have several guest beers on tap. They plan to have live music on Saturday night (9pm) and Sunday afternoon. They'll have drink specials along with giveaways both days. Visit them on the web: They originally opened in early February, but waited until now to throw an official party to celebrate. [717 Sylvan Lake Rd B-1, Eagle, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Tonight is their Pink Vail Kickoff Party where they will be tapping their "Pink Vail Fruit Ale". This event is a benefit for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Live music will play from 5pm to 8pm. Stop in and drink for a good cause. 439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Tonight will be a great night of live local music from Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues and plenty of Dillon Dam beer on tap. It's Ladies Night where ladies drink free 1/2 pints from 9pm to 11pm. Start your weekend off a little early. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

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