Thursday, March 13, 2014

Colorado Beer News 031314

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Good Samaritan Involvement Day. This is a day to showcase the importance of giving unselfish aid to those who are in need. If you see someone who needs help today please take the time to stop and do them a favor. Whether it be someone who is poor, homeless, or perhaps a friend of yours who could simply need a hand. If everyone would go out of their way to help someone today, just think how much better off and happier the world might be today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, March 13, 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

Breckenridge Barleywine Batch #1Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Coming up this Saturday, March 15th at Breck's Denver brewery on Kalamath, they will be hosting a Bottle Release Party for their new "Barleywine Batch #1". This brew comes packaged in a 22oz wax dipped top bottle. While you're there, you can enjoy a FREE pint of their new Spring seasonal "Ophelia" as well while sampling Barleywine Batch #1. Breck's Barleywine was cold conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, and weighs in at 10.1% ABV. It has an aromatic complexity resembling that of molasses and ripened black cherries, and a robust profile that blends a spectrum of flavors including sweet malts, dark fruits, oak, and esters. Plan to grab some bottles as this batch will sell quickly. Check out the review of this beer on Fermentedly Challenged. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - While supplies last: Buy a case of Saint Patrick's Brewing Company lagers, get a free cooler bag and two free footed pilsner flute glasses. Check it out in their taproom for details. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

River North Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Celebrates Colorado Craft Beer Week with Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie. A year and a half after the first batch, River North Brewery is bringing back one of its original barrel-aged brews, Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie! Serving as the finale for Colorado Craft Beer Week, Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie will debut Saturday, March 29th at 1pm in the River North taproom, at 2401 Blake Street in Denver. Aging J. Marie for nine months in Chardonnay barrels lends dry notes of oak and fresh pear to River North’s classic farmhouse ale. "We were looking for high quality, fresh Chardonnay barrels for several months," Head Brewer Matt Hess said. "When we finally found some last summer, we knew exactly what to fill them with. J. Marie is the perfect beer for these barrels." The brewery will have the beer on tap and in bottles throughout the day. Bombers will cost $15 with a 2-bottle limit. River North bottled 120 cases total, so the beer will see store shelves the following week. You can find a full list of River North’s events for Colorado Craft Beer Week on their website.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Tomorrow (Friday, March 14th) at 2pm is the 2014 Winter Warmer bottle release! There's only 300 of these bottles, so get them while you can. This one's over 10% ABV! The Special food truck will be at the taproom for the party. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Their barrel program is gaining popularity fast. Their next release is their Red Rum Red (an Irish Red in a rum barrel). Get this limited release while it lasts! Tapping this Saturday, March 15th at noon. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - As part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, Epic will offer Beer School! On Saturday, March 22 at 1pm, their brewer Brian Arnold is hosting a class that will be a beer tasting and full sensory analysis with discussions about tasting, storing, serving, cellaring and using proper glassware. The class is about 1 hour and costs just $5. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Space is limited so RSVP soon: jennie[at]epicbrewing.com [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Beer Release Update! Their "Butter Pecan Brown" will be on tap tomorrow, March 14th by 2pm. Growler fills ARE available of this one. They'll have a full dozen fresh craft beer on tap this weekend. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Today Grist is tapping the first of many experimental beers. Stop in and try a tulip glass full of their "Apple Berry Blonde". [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - There's a beer release this Friday, March 14th at 4pm called "Jose Smythe", an Agave Porter aged on oak. This Tequila/English-Porter hybrid beer uses 6lbs of Agave syrup per barrel and was aged on American oak (medium toast) spirals. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Today Strange Brewing is tapping a small amount of "99 Bottles IPA". Brewed with John Turk for his anniversary of the Colorado Craft Beer Show on the radio. Amarillo hops dominate this delicious brew. Stats: 6% ABV 55 IBUs. The doors are open and the weather is beautiful! [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Join in on the fun! It's time for their March Madness Keg Tourney Challenge! Visit the official web page and fill out your brackets between 3/16 and 3/19 for a chance to win a KEG! Print your brackets from the site and bring them into the Pub during the games and get happy hour pricing on pints! (Must be 21 to play.) - Also, tapping in the pub today at 4pm is their year's 1st batch of Kinda Blue, a blueberry wheat. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Sunscorched Smoked Porter is on tap today! If you traditionally don't like smoked beers because of their overwhelming smokiness, try this one. It's different. Subtle meaty smokiness with a smooth maltiness evocative of maple syrup. Hints of pine on the finish. IBUs: 33 ABV: 5.3%. Available in tasters or pints...or fill a growler! [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - This brand new brewery has yet another new brew being released today. Stop in and try their Blonde Ale today. They also have an Oatmeal Stout, an IPA, an Amber ale and a Brown ale on tap. Check out the brand new location! Open daily 12pm to 9pm. [4025 S Mason, Unit C, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Stop in this Saturday for their St. Patrick's Day Party. They will be tapping 3 new beers to help you celebrate. "Belfast Special" - an oak-aged bourbon vanilla stout, "Angry Irishman" - a sour Irish Stout, and good ol' "Green Beer" - their Stimulator Pale Ale with a green coloring. Plenty of good tunes will also be playing that day. Come get your Irish on! [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today they will tap their 2nd in their Mushroom March firkin series of 2014: Porcini Porter. See what a difference mushrooms can make in a beer. [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Crow Hop Brewing Co and Loveland Aleworks are holding the first ever Ale-Hop event this weekend! This beer crawl lasts all weekend (Friday-Monday), and includes both breweries and all of your favorite bars in Downtown Loveland! During all of this fun, those folks wearing a Colorado Flood Relief tee will enjoy $1 off beers at both breweries! In other news, they will release their new batch of Double Birds Imperial IPA on Friday, March 14th. They will open at 10:00am on Sunday, March 16th so everyone can enjoy a beer with breakfast (Billy's Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be there serving up his famous corn beef hash and eggs), and Noco Short Bus Tours will offer hop on-hop off shuttle service between Big Beaver Brewing Co., Aleworks, and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse on Monday, St. Patrick's Day from 6pm to 9:30pm. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - The goose has landed! Wild Goose Engineering's canning line that is. Grimm Brothers recently invested in a new canning line and now that beauty is in the house. Look for cans of their Little Red Cap coming soon. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - The brewery will be open all weekend for your St Paddy's Day enjoyment. They'll be serving: 6X ESB, Qhemosabe Pale Ale, Savoy Brown, Bella Lavender, McFlys Irish Red, and their Imperial Stout. Tapping of the Irish Firkin Monday first guest asking for the mallet taps the spout! [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Trinity will host a tasting of 5 of the 6 new Swingline beer series on March 25th. They will be offering tastes of: Original Swingline, Session (no microbes or barrels), Se Pliser (Lacto only and no wild yeast), Easy (Brett only, no bacteria), and Double (8.2% 150 IBUs!). The tasting starts at 6:30pm Tuesday, March 25th. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - When is a Root Beer not a Root Beer? When they blend it into a real beer! Tomorrow is Firkin Friday! Their cellar master, Jeff, created an awesome concoction for you this week: Root Beer Cara de Luna Black Ale, using handcrafted root beer from the Rocky Mountain Soda Company. They'll be tapping it at 5:00pm SHARP, so don't firkin miss it! Once it's gone, it's gone! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]
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