Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colorado Beer News 031814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Awkward Moments Day. We all get them from time to time. Some of us have more of them than others do. This is a day to celebrate those awkward moments. Is it a coincidence that this day falls the day after St. Patrick's Day? If you happened to celebrate a bit too hard yesterday, today could be one big awkward moment. Try to see the humor in all of your awkward moments and laugh along with everyone else. After all, you'll be laughing at theirs later on. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - This Friday, March 21st, join Hall Brewing as they throw a belated Grand Opening celebration at their taproom at 10970 S Parker Road in Parker, CO. The party will run from 4:30pm to 10:00pm. They will have plenty of beer on tap along with food from Smokin' Timbers BBQ. Their taproom has been open for a couple months now, but they never official gave it a big kickoff party, but now is the time to officially celebrate.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - There's a new beer being released today in their taproom at The Source starting at 6:00pm. Stop in for a glass of "Surusion", it's reportedly a cross between their Surette Provisional Saison and a Golden Sour Ale. [3550 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Collaboration Festival (Denver) - Don't forget about the upcoming Collaboration Fest on March 22nd from 3pm - 7pm at the Curtis Hotel in Denver. Collaboration Festival will showcase the release of more than 30 Colorado collaboration beers, all being unveiled at the event. Each beer featured at Collaboration Festival will be created by at least one Colorado Brewers Guild member, with other participating breweries coming from near and far. The other breweries will be from both in and out of state and some collaborations involve more than five breweries. The out-of-state brewery involvement is an exciting first for Colorado Craft Beer Week. More info in the March Beer Fest Calendar.

CRAFT (Beer Documentary) - [PRESS RELEASE] CRAFT, the beer documentary from filmmaker and Cicerone Craig Noble, premieres in Denver with three screenings at the Sie FilmCenter on Friday, April 4th. The latest film from Craig Noble follows him on a coast to coast journey that includes an apprenticeship at a farm brewery, beer schooling in Vermont that lead to Cicerone certification and the development of his farmhouse ale recipe. Inspired by the double digit growth of the craft brewing industry, Noble takes a look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs. The 7:00 pm screening includes a VIP pre-reception starting at 5:30 with Noble and a beer and food pairing. Tickets are $25 for Denver Film Society members/$20 for non-members. The 7:15 and 7:30 screenings are priced at $12 for members/$15 for non-members. All who attend are invited to a free after party starting at 8:15 in Henderson’s Lounge. There will be drink specials on the beers mentioned in the film and Noble will be in attendance. Tickets for all three showings can be purchased through the Sie FilmCenter. More info about the movie at: www.craftbeermovie.com.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - Want to try something really different? Available now at the West location, you can try a blend of their Card Your Mom Belgian Saison with Happy Leaf's "Mango Jalapeno" Kombucha. Ask for it on your next visit. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Recently, Fate Brewing was voted as Boulder's Best New Restaurant by the Boulder Daily Camera, and also as Colorado's Best New Brewery by RateBeer.com. The brewery wants to thank everyone for all their support in voting for them in these recent honors. Today is "Wear Your Fate Gear" day. If you wear a Fate logo item, you'll get Happy Hour Beer prices all day long. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Today they are tapping two collaboration beers. 1) Flanders Brown, a sour brown brewed with Right Brain Brewery of Michigan. And 2) a Mushroom Stout, brewed with Wild Woods Brewery of Boulder, CO. Stay for Trivia tonight at 7pm. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Over at the Tasty Weasel taproom today you can get a Cafe Chub (Old Chub infused with coffee). Just tapped today. That ought to wake you up! [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Today, FCB's spring seasonal "Maibock" is officially being released. It's the 10th anniversary of this beer as well. Stop in to FCB/Gravity 1020 to get your taste of Spring. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - In honor of Alex Sabados, a 13-year old Berthoud resident who died of cancer in 2010, City Star is donating $1 for EVERY beer sold ALL day Sunday, March 23rd 12-9pm to purchase gas cards for families traveling to and from the Children's Hospital for oncology treatments. Additional cash and gas card donations are welcome! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Returning to a firkin for the first time since September, High Hops is bringing back their Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout this Wednesday, March 19th at 5:00pm. This time, they've added even more Belgian chocolate to the brew. You won't want to miss this one. Don't forget you can alway fill up on food from their regular schedule of food trucks Wednesday through Sunday. Plus, listen to live music on Friday (6pm) and Saturday 5pm. Plus, coming this Spring, look for High Hops to release two of their beers in cans! The power of Zeus and The Golden One. (See image below) [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]
High Hops beer in cans

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Tickets are now on sale for this year's Front Range Rally - beer & food truck festival set for Saturday, May 31st, 2014 from 2:30pm - 7:00pm at the Food Bank for Larimer County in Loveland, CO. This year's event will be bigger and better than ever with more breweries and a VIP tent (1:30pm entry) with special pours. Two live bands on the music stage. Early Bird discount tickets are available now through April 15th. Save $5 off the regular price. Help us raise funds for Food Bank for Larimer County! Info and tickets at: frontrangerally.com. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Today is Double Stamp Tuesday. Stock up on bottles and get your bottle card stamped twice. Try their Belgian Stout on the nitro tap today while you stop in. It's going fast. Don't have a Bottle Club Card? Ask for one! Buy 11 get the 12th free. And if you get Double Stamped, it'll take less time. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - $4 glasses of Killer Boots Caramel Porter today. Also - Plan to attend the Animal House Pet Adoption and Fundraiser event at Verboten on Sunday, March 30th from 1pm to 4pm in Loveland. They will have dogs present that are available for adoption along with a binder that has their complete list of available dogs. Verboten will buy a pint for anyone who fills out paperwork to adopt one of the dogs (must be 21 years or older) and they will also be donating $5 to Animal House for each Brew Dogs of Colorado book purchased that day. Animal House will also have volunteers present to talk about Animal House and their mission, along with info about all the different ways folks can volunteer. Come support a worthy cause, play with some sweet pooches and drink a beer! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Compass Cider (Ft. Collins) & Blossomwood Cidery (Cedaredge) - The oldest cidery and the newest cidery in Colorado have decided to merge into one company. Check out the latest news on how both companies plan to help each other out in a new joint venture in today's Press Release. Look for a celebration and Grand Opening party in Ft. Collins this Friday, March 21st at Compass Cider. [216 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Need a cure for the St. Patty's Day hangover or a pick me up before "hump day"? Buy any Trinity beer and enjoy a FREE piece of juicy bacon from 4:30pm til close today. This deal is good every Tuesday. Suds and Swine time! [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - It's less than 3 weeks away til the 2014 Breckenridge Beer Festival. This year's fest will be held on Ridge Street in the downtown area and run from 12pm to 5pm. Over 30 breweries are expected to participate in this annual Spring ritual. Find tickets and more information in the April Beer Fest Calendar.

Riff Raff Brewing (Pagosa Springs) - For those of you who can't get enough Irish beer these days, they still have their Irish Blonde on tap as well as a guest beer, Ohara'a Irish Stout. Extend St. Paddy's Day further! Also, they now have an Black Cherry Porter on tap as well. [274 Pagosa St, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Bootleggers SocietyBootleggers Society (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] Continuing with its mission to support the community that has supported the local craft brewers, the Durango Bootleggers Society will host the society’s Spring Tonic Release and Repeal of Prohibition Party to benefit the La Plata County Historical Society, Monday, April 7, 2014. Festivities begin at 6pm at El Moro Spirits and Tavern, 945 Main Ave., Durango, and the public is invited. “El Moro, with its authentic Durango history and d├ęcor, is the perfect location to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition,” said Brian McEachron, co-founder, Steamworks Brewing Co. “Plus the folks at the Historical Society and the Animas Museum helped us ‘find’ so much of El Moro’s history, we want to return the favor with a fundraiser.” Dr. Duane Smith, well-known historian, author and Fort Lewis College professor, will be on hand to speak about Prohibition and its repeal – and how it played out in Durango. Party guests are encouraged to wear “speakeasy” fashions typical of the day, and prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed.” The Bootleggers Society’s annual specialty brew, the Spring Tonic elixir, co-brewed by the brewers (physically this year at Carver’s), will be tapped at 6 p.m., and served in a commemorative “jar.” The Spring Tonic is an American pre-prohibition lager brewed from a recipe thought to be from the late 1800s. “And if you buy a Tonic, you get to keep the jar,” added McEachron. A portion of all beverage sales from the evening will be presented to the Historical Society, plus additional donations can be made to the Bootleggers Society Fund, earmarked for the Historical Society. Durango’s four award-winning craft breweries, Carver, Durango, Ska and, Steamworks brewing companies, originally came together in 2003 as the Bootleggers Society with a mission to raise the awareness and understanding of craft beer by rallying around the needs of the community. Brew, the most recent addition to Durango’s craft brew line up, joined the consortium in 2013.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Next time you visit, try their IPA Taster Tray. It comes with samples of their Powder Day IPA, Shreddin' Red IPA, and Black Diamond Black IPA. It's $3.75 for the 3. Save $1 today. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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