Friday, March 14, 2014

Colorado Beer News 031414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Pi Day. It's a geek holiday whenever the calendar shows 3.14 which is the starting numbers in the value of Pi (π). You might like to celebrate this day with a slice of pie and wash it down with a πnt of Colorado craft beer. Either that or try solving some equations using the value of π to figure out the circumference of your beer glass. If the thought of that brings you flashbacks of failing a Math exam, don't worry, just relax and enjoy a beer on this St. Patrick's Weekend. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, March 14, 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]

Don't Drive Buzzed! A friendly reminder that DUI checkpoints will be out in mass this weekend for the St. Patrick's Day weekend. Use a designated driver or call a cab home this weekend.

Metro Denver

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Rumor has it that Lowdown has two new beers on tap today. But unless you stop in the check them out you won't know what they are. It's a secret. They don't want to share it online. Could those beers have something to do with St. Patrick's Day weekend? One never knows until you stop in. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - It's back! Enjoy this beautiful day and the return of their Perplexity 100% Brettanomyces IPA. They are open from 2pm to 10pm today. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] A new collaboration beer is born from the brewers of SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta, GA and Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, CO. The brew, named “O’ Tay,” will be a dry-hopped red wheat wine ale and will available later this month on draft in Colorado. J. Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Operations at Breckenridge Brewery says, “With a malt bill inspired by SweetWater’s 16th Anniversary Red Wheat Wine Ale and Breckenridge’s new spring seasonal, Ophelia Hoppy Wheat, the new beer will be tapped just in time for a sneak peak at Colorado’s Collaboration Festival on March 22 and featured in a select few tap rooms throughout Denver during the Craft Brewer’s Conference.” Brewed with red wheat malt from the Colorado Malting Company, along with malted Buckwheat and Mosaic hops, this brew is a tribute to the friendship of brewing buddies J. Todd Usry and Freddy Bensch, the Big Kahuna at SweetWater Brewery, from the times when the two used to pal around Colorado in the early days of craft beer. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Ale House at Amato's (Denver) - During the Craft Brewers Conference on Wednesday, April 9th, the Ale House at Amato’s will be tapping Breckenridge Brewery's collaborative brew and hosting a full tap takeover featuring Breckenridge Brewery and SweetWater Brewery beers. The night will also honor the late Curtis McArthur of SweetWater Brewery with a toast at 4:20pm. Brewer friends of McArthur, Upslope Brewing Company and Crooked Stave, will be in attendance with a few of their beers to pour as well. [2501 16th St, Denver, CO]

BrüFrou (Denver) - What's a BrüFrou? (pronounced broo-froo) It's a big craft beer and culinary pairing event - set for Saturday, April 19th at the Wings Over the Rockies Air + Space Museum. Over 40 Colorado breweries will each be paired with a unique food vendor to showcase how craft beer and food go well together. There will be 2 sessions that day: 11am - 3pm, and 4pm to 8pm. Come hungry and thirsty! Tickets are on sale now. Dining only tickets (no beer) are also available. www.brufrou.com.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Centennial) - Today D&D is tapping two new session brews that you can enjoy more than 1 of. Come try a "Twist 'N Stout", a dry Irish stout, or a "Drink 'Til She's Irish", a Red Ale. Now on tap! [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Centennial, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - Want a chance to win free bier for a year? Then join the Prost March Madness pool and see if you can out pick everyone. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Great Divide 20th AnniversaryGreat Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide Brewing Company will mark 20 years of craft brewing with a new anniversary ale this year. Their 17th and 18th Anniversary Ales were oak aged imperial IPAs, and the brewery followed up with 19th Anniversary American strong ale with birch syrup. 20th Anniversary celebrates the milestone with a Belgian-style ale brewed with Viognier grape juice. This Belgian-style Ale is a golden example of their traditional bold character, but with a little something special to commemorate the milestone. Fermented with Viognier grape juice, 20th Anniversary is both delicate and assertive. Big without being brutish, cunning without being cloying, this is a grown-up beer for a big-time celebration. Look for Great Divide 20th Anniversary in 22oz bombers and draft. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Stop by the brewery to take a ride! "Bus to Beelzebub" is available starting today and is their newest Spring seasonal! It's a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale weighing in at 9.7% ABV. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a surprise firkin tapping today. Stop in and try their "Peanut Butter Stout". It tapped at 3pm. Beer:30 starts now! [1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Dry Dock's firkin has been tapped! Come taste their Toasted Pecan Albatross Nut Brown Ale. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - This week marks the return of their draft only specialty brew - Cold Hop British-style Ale. Stop in to the Pub and try one. Coming up tomorrow, Saturday March 15th you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day at their celebration from 12pm to 8pm. They'll be pouring Obovoid Oak Aged Stout and a Neapolitan Porter, a chocolate porter with cherries and aged in oak for vanilla tones. Irish Step Dancers and live music starting at 4pm. Also, coming up on April 8th, Boulder Beer will offer one of their very first kegs of their 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA in time for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference. This keg will be tapped at Marlowe's in Denver at 9:30pm. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - It's the perfect Friday to get in the Irish spirit down at Odd13 this evening. Progressive Celtic Rock band Indigent Row will be out to jam today and again on St. Patrick's day. Odd13's Irish Stout, Spicy McHaggis, is on tap tonight. And they have Burger Radio on site tonight serving up good food. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Northern Colorado

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - It's Friday and that means it's time for another Firkin tapping! Today at 5pm they will be tapping a firkin of a Black IPA. This batch won't last long so enjoy it while it lasts. Also, The Giggling Greek will be on site serving up food to satisfy your hunger. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Tonight at 8pm, Wiley Roots will be putting more of their "White Boots' Black Irish Stout" back on tap in honor of St. Paddy's weekend. Listen in to live music from Irish Session tonight as well. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Today Loveland Aleworks is putting their American Sour Ale back on tap. This batch has more pucker and more fruit flavor. Check it out! [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget to sign up for this class and beer pairing dinner. - To celebrate the seasonal release of their Maibock, FCB introduces a Gloat Cheese-Making Class & Maibock Pairing Dinner set for Friday, March 21st. The cheese-making class starts at 5:30pm and the 2-course dinner will begin at 7:00pm in the FCB Community Room. RSVP by calling The Fort Collins Brewery at (970) 472-1499 or email rsvp[at]fortcollinsbrewery.com. Cost is $35 for just the class or $75 for both class and dinner. FCB's seasonal Maibock is now available from March through June. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - No, they don't have green beer. But they do have a special beer release on Saturday, March 15th. They took a traditional oatmeal stout recipe and brewed it with an experimental Belgian Stout yeast. This beer is described as having a rich chocolate nose with a modest roasty element. Notes of dark chocolate are expressed throughout the flavor, with hints of caramel and dark fruit. The oatmeal gives it a silky smooth mouth-feel, finishing slightly sweet without being cloying with little to no bitterness. Try it soon - Funkwerks Belgian Stout. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tonight Red Leg Brewing is releasing their new Scotch Ale at 5pm. Plus, they will host an Irish Dinner at 5:30pm complete with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots all for just a suggested $8.00 donation. Just 100 servings available so come early. All proceeds will benefit Rising Veteran Professionals. [4630 Forge Road, Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Last night at 5pm, Bristol Brewing released an English Old Ale at their Pub. Stop in to get a taste of British-style ale. Then this Sunday, March 16th, they will tap a special firkin of Winter Warlock at 11am. Also, Bristol is also revamping their entire food menu over the next four weeks. Let them know what you think of their new offerings. [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - More St. Paddy's weekend fun at PPBC continues tonight with their 3rd annual Leprechaun Lookalike Contest. Plus, Delilah's Revenge, a Celtic Rock Band from Boulder gets their jig on at 8pm - No Cover! Lots of beer on tap this weekend. Get your Irish on! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Stop in on Saturday, March 15th as Great Storm celebrates their 2nd Anniversary. They'll have special beer releases starting at 11am including: "Happy Birthday", a vanilla double pils with an entire from-scratch birthday cade thrown into the mash, "Pollinator Saison", a saison brewed with orange blossom honey and aged in a wine barrel 5 months, and the seasonal return of "Lightning Wit". Live music from 7-9pm too from John Will. Celebrate with Great Storm! [204 Mount View Lane, Unit 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co (Glenwood Springs) - The Glenwood Canyon Brewpub is celebrating their 18th anniversary this Saturday, March 15th. They will be offering drink and food specials all day long. Try their award winning "Carbonator Doppelbock", now on tap once again. They are also beginning a new kitchen and store front remodeling project. Get ready for some new looks soon. Then on March 17th, come in for their special St. Patrick's Day menu. [402 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Try this today. Walk into BREW and tell Lainie the bartender "CHALUPA-BATMAN!". And if you don't get your face slapped, you will be graced with a $1 draw of any house beer. It's the secret word of the day. Bonus points if you know what or who CHALUPA-BATMAN is. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Mug Club Members! Come get Stoned at the brewery today. Fire Stoned Irish Ale that is. It's on tap today and the whole weekend for Mug Club Members ONLY. Then join in on Monday for a St. patty's Day beer & food pairings. Sláinte! [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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