Thursday, March 6, 2014

Colorado Beer News 030614

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Oreo Cookie Day. Studies have shown that this famous chocolate cookie with the creamy frosting in the middle is highly addictive. It was back on this day, 102 years ago in 1912 that the Oreo cookie was first released. No matter now you choose to eat one - filling first, cookie first, or dunked in milk - celebrate this day and have an Oreo! They might just pair well with an imperial stout or a milk stout. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, March 6th, 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

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - On Wednesday, the brewery tapped their Mad Cow Milk Stout, a sweet stout at 6pm. It's now on tap at most locations. Also, today at their downtown Denver location, stop in and say "Hi" to Steve Burrel from KTCL Channel 93.3 who will be their guest bartender that night between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Order a drink from him. And don't forget to order a Fire Chief ale. Part of the proceeds from this beer goes to help Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation. [1001 16th St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Come on over for some midweek beverage and food! Today they have these house-made brews on tap: Pale Face Ale, Alf Smash Amber, Cow Tipper Milk Stout, and Smok'n Jo Smoked Porter along with their many other gluten free, ciders, and guest taps. Open until 9pm tonight! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - What's on tap at the Yak & Yeti you ask? Check out their taplist from this week. And yes, they still have a 2nd keg of the Orange Chocolate Porter left! This is the Pic of the Day. 11 different brews on tap plus their Honey Ginger Soda. Happy Hour 3-6pm daily. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]
Yak & Yeti taplist

Colorado Plus Brewpub (Wheat Ridge) - Today is Medical Craft Beer Day at Colorado Plus where you get 10% off all day long with your medical ID. And coming up tomorrow, Friday, March 7th, Colorado Plus will host a Grimm Brothers Brewhouse tap takeover. Here's your chance to try some of the best German-style beers coming out of Loveland, Colorado. On tap will be these Grimm Bros brews: Ungrateful Son (grapefruit zested amber), The Baron (Berliner Weisse), Snowdrop (Kotbusser Ale), 7 Ravens (Schwarzbier), and The Fearless Youth (2013 GABF medal winning Dunkel). The event starts at 5:00pm. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Diebolt's International Ale Goes on Tap Saturday. Be among the first to try the white IPA. Join in at the tasting room at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to tap Diebolt's International Ale, or DIA for short. Starting as an "experiment-ale," it will become part of their regular rotation, and at 80 IBUs, it's their hoppiest addition. What makes it international? They combined three international hop varieties and one very simple malt bill to create a crisp, smooth IPA. Then stick around for live music from Calder's Revolvers at 7pm. The Corner of Gourmet food truck will be outside from 5pm to 9pm as well. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - March is March Madness "What the Firk??" Cask Month. Every Wednesday in March, Copper Kettle will tap a new firkin of something special at 3:00pm sharp. Coming up this month: March 12th - Smoked California Common, March 19th - Blackberry IPA, and March 26th - Imperial Red Saison. Also look for their collaboration brew they did with CAUTION: Brewing - a spiced Dunkel lager for the Collaboration Fest on March 22nd. It was made with cacoa nibs and mild chili peppers. And finally on March 29th, look for a tapping of their "Naja" Imperial Red IPA with a whopping 110 IBUs. Get your March Madness on at CKBC!

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - This Friday's firkin release will be none other than the "Mayor Marion Berry Hefeweizen". The firkin will tap at 3:00pm sharp. Then coming up on March 22nd for the Collaboration Fest, Dry Dock and Steamworks Brewing got together and brewed up a collaboration beer - a Belgian Dark Ale, blended with their Barrel Aged Wee Heavy and Steamworks' Barrel Aged Spruce Goose. Don't miss it! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - On March 1st Crystal Springs brewed their first batch of Wuerzburger beer, the first in their "Original" series - re-creating beers that the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company made. This beer was brewed with malts from Colorado Malting Company and hops from Niwot Hop Farm. They're hopeful it will be ready by mid April. Still room for tonight's beer dinner at Bistro4 in Louisville. See the Beer Dinner listings for more info.[657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Frozen Dead Guys Days (Nederland) - Only one more day to Frozen Dead Guy Days! Be sure to check out some of the fun new events, kicking off with the Blue Ball in the Reanimate Yourself tent Friday March 7th 5-10pm, gather your thoughts to share at the poetry readings on First St, come watch a Remote Control Demo on Sunday or show off your best frozen beard/mustache on Sunday at 2:30 right after the band Zen Mustache for cool prizes from the Mod Cabin. More events listed at their Event Schedule page.

Liquid Mechanics Brewery (Lafayette) - Liquid Mechanics is moving full steam ahead. They have ordered their 10bbl DME brewhouse. TTB (Federal) and local Colorado licensing is in progress. They are on track for a Summer 2014 opening. Their marketing and social media campaigns will begin shortly. Stay tuned.

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Hop Heads take note! 300 Sun's Hop & Sol IPA is on tap today! It's lightly dry-hopped with Nugget hops and has an alluring grapefruit aroma that gives way to herbal and spicy flavors with just a hint of caramel. IBUs: 72 ABV: 6.6%. Open today from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - While they last, Rockyard still has some limited release bomber bottles (22oz) of 5 specialty beers. They won't be around long so grab them while you can of their: Diesel Double IPA, Spirit of Danny Grand Cru Saison, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Evil Beaver Belgian Style Ale, and Wilson Imperial Stout. Available at the brewery and at select stores. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock CO]

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - There's a couple new deals at the brewery that you should take advantage of. The first is their new Growler Club. Get a growler card. Purchase a growler and 8 refills and get the 9th refill for FREE. Must use a Broken Plow growler to qualify and be 21 to participate. The second deal is their Plowshares Mug Club. It's $25 to join. Membership gets you a 20oz mug to use when you visit the brewery and a card. Instead of getting the usual 16oz pours, show your card and get all pours in a special 20oz member glass. Each time you drop in you get marked down for a visit. 10 visits = Free mug fill. 15 visits = Free growler fill. 20 visits = Free hat or shirt. 25+ visits = something special (TBA). Open Tuesdays through Sundays. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Attention all you out-of-towners! We all know that St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching. But why wait for the 17th when you can celebrate Fake Paddy's Day on Tuesday, March 11th from 6pm to close. According to the owner Greg, "We understand it may be a long drive to Greeley for some of you, but we really think you will be amazed at how fun this Fake Paddy's Day sing-along is if you haven't participated before. So if you present an in-state but out of Greeley student ID to the door person, they'll give you a $5 discount to apply to your tab to help for gas." - Sounds like a deal to me. Plus you get to folk out to The Stubby Shillelagh's at 9pm. Wear something GREEN and get $3.50 Guinness, Jameson, & Car Bombs. ALSO TONIGHT - try these new beers on tap: Stone Go To IPA, Wiley Roots Off the Tracks IPA, and Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti. Open Mic Night is Tonight at 10pm. Enjoy $2 off all their ciders too on Wednesdays. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - A new collaboration beer between Black Bottle and The Mayor of Old Town is now on tap at both locations in Ft. Collins, CO. It's called "Brain Damage", an Imperial Rye Stout made with Orange and Cocoa Nibs. You'll want to try this one. O-YA. Black Bottle Brewery [1611 S College Ave, Suite 1609, Ft. Collins, CO] - The Mayor of Old Town [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]
Black Bottle - Mayor of Old Town - Brain Damage

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - What's in their new springtime Folly Can Pack? Let's see... Snapshot, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, and Shift Pale Lager. 3 cans each. Coming to stores. Look for it! [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley) - More new beer releases are coming next week. On Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30pm Wiley Roots will release their Hefeweizen. In addition, they will also have some small batch beers released as well including a Dry Irish Stout and a Belgian-style Quad. The Wing Shack will also be serving up some hot wings starting at 5:30pm. Live music will play from Briana Carrasquillo's Soul Station from 8pm to 11pm. Come celebrate these new beer releases! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Have you been over to their Poolside area recently? They've just installed 11 brand new Olhausen Billiard tables. These are made in the USA and offer a lot of fun while you enjoy a CooperSmith's brew. Come check them out soon! [#5 Old Town Square, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Coming up on Saturday, March 8th, Funkwerks will release their "Saison de Mars". They brewed their Saison de Mars, meaning “Saison of March”, with a traditional Belgian saison yeast, but added spelt malt grain and Belgian candi sugar to give this experimental brew a dry effervescence. This deep amber colored saison is spiced with orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and ginger, giving the nose an exciting burst of aromas. The complex spiciness compliments the fruity Belgian saison yeast notes. Then stay tuned later this month for a special St. Patty's weekend release of their Belgian Stout on March 15th. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - During next week's Beer Bettys meeting on March 11th, the Mayor welcomes Zach Weakland from High Hops Brewery in Windsor, Colorado. The event starts at 6:45pm. Zach will work with the Bettys to come up with a beer style and recipe so that they can all go brew with him on the High Hops brew system. This will be an official Mayor collaboration brew that will be put on tap later on. [632 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Pints of their popular "Killer Boots" Caramel Porter are $1 off tonight. There will also be pizza in the tap room tonight while it lasts. Come catch a game on the flatscreen with Steve tonight. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Their fourth year of Mushroom March begins today. Their firkins for the month of March will all be conditioned with different mushroom varieties, their second favorite fungus after yeast of course. At noon today they'll be tapping Orion Irish Red Ale conditioned with Chanterelle Mushrooms. [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - NEW BEER ALERT: Grimm Bros is releasing a series of beers that they are calling ODDS & ENDS. Hop heads will delight as these will be single hopped beers. Tomorrow, 3/7, their first beer of the series will be released using Amarillo hops. Odds & Ends: Amarillo will have a delightful citrus note with more of a grapefruit and orange flavor. This beer will be limited so stop by the tap room and give it taste. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Today they just tapped their "Switchback Coffee Porter". Next week, starting on March 13th, St. Patrick's Day festivities will begin. Next Thursday, at 4pm they will host a St. Paddy's Day tap takeover with their Paddy O' The Peak Irish Red and 5 other Irish beers including: O'hara Stout, Magners Cider, Murphy's Stout, Guinness, and Harp. They will also have Parked Pierogi on site selling delicious Irish-inspired cuisine in the Barrel Room. Then at 7pm that night, join in for a traditional Irish Singalong. Raise your glass and be Irish for an evening. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Two new beers are on tap today. Check out: 1) Oscuro Lager (5.3% ABV 26 IBU), and 2) Damn Dandy Amber (7.1% ABV 26 IBU). And while you're there, try to beat Pac Man in their video game high score contest. Winner gets a $10 bar tab. [204 Mount View Lane #3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - For those of you in Southwest Colorado area who can't get into Pagosa Brewing for a taste of their beer, they are now starting to distribute their beers into the Bayfield, Durango and Three Springs areas. You can find their beer both on draft and in growlers & Squealers at select locations in that area now. See their "Find Our Beers" page on their website. They will also be found at various beer festivals around the region as well.

Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant (Grand Junction) - It's Rockslide's 20th Anniversary and today to celebrate they are offering up a special 1994 Throwback menu featuring 6 entrees with 1994 prices. Plus, from 4pm to 6pm they will offer FREE samples of their new Platinum Blonde Ale and free appetizer samples. Stop in and wish them a happy 20th! [401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO]
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