Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Colorado Beer News 031914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the Last Full Day of Winter. This season was one for the record books in snow in the Colorado high country, but now it's time to wish this colder season goodbye and start looking ahead to Spring! People who live here in Colorado know that just because Spring is coming doesn't mean we've seen the end of the snow for the season. Far from it. The snows of March, April and even May can be just as worse as any month we've had so far. Either way, give a toast and a good riddance to Winter today and get ready for what comes next. Let's hope for a milder Spring this year. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, March 19th, 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

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - There's a firkin being tapped today that harkens back to the notion of an old fashioned real ale. Come try a glass of their "Old Fashioned Pale Ale", a pale ale dry hopped with Cascade hops. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Their series of March Madness "What the Firk?" firkin releases continues today with the tapping of a Blackberry IPA today at 3:00pm. See what some hops will do with fruit. [1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Get ready for the World Beer Cup & Lone Tree Brewing Company Mini Tap Takeover at Parry's on Saturday, March 22nd all day long. Every beer you purchase that is a Lone Tree Brewing Company beer comes with a ticket that could win you free beer for a year! The drawing is at 6pm. Don't miss your chance. [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Thanks to their extra brewing capacity, Dry Dock will soon be contract brewing for Steamworks Brewing Company of Durango, CO. Steamworks used to have Ska Brewing help them brew beer, but now that Ska is expecting to need their own equipment full time, Steamworks has asked Dry Dock to help them brew some of their beer. Dry Dock will help to brew Steamworks' Steam Engine Lager, Third Eye Pale Ale, and Colorado Kolsch and perhaps a stout in the Fall. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - A reminder that Colorado Craft Beer Week starts this Friday! In honor of this great nine day event (March 21-29), Saint Patrick's Brewing Company is releasing Luminosity Oak Reserve (batch 2).

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today's Hump Day Helper is Olde Town Brown. This easy drinking American brown ale comes in at 5% ABV and a low 18 IBU's. If you have not tried it in the last few months you need to try it again - it's an improved recipe. It's $3 a pint, that includes tax, all day! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today they are tapping their J. Marie Barreled & Bretted. It's on tap now for Wayward Wednesday. Matt's Snack Shack will also be on site tonight to satisfy your hunger pangs. 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - What's tappening today? It's One Barrel Wednesday and today they're tapping their Lemongrass Saison, a collaboration brew that they made with Rachel from Watercourse Foods. Brewed with Meyer's Lemons, toasted Coriander and Lemongrass. It's a great beer to start off Spring! Stats: 4.9% ABV 16 IBUs. [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today Fate tapped a cask of a special Saison de Corassol. It was made with Soursop fruit and Galaxy hops. You can get a glass of it tonight for just $3.50 all night long. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - For the third consecutive year, Odell has team up with the Rio Grande restaurant in Fort Collins, CO to brew up some limited edition beers for 2014. Over at the Rio Grande, they will host a launch party on Thursday, March 27th at 6pm and offer up two collaboration beers. The first is "Chueco", a variation on last year's recipe, this strong Vienna lager is brewed with agave, lime and blood oranges and aged in tequila barrels. The second beer is their "Battalion Stout". This is a brand new imperial stout brewed with roasted poblanos, chipotles, anchos, canela and dark chocolate and also aged in tequila barrels. Both beers are around the 9% ABV mark so go easy on them. Rio Grande is located at: 143 W Mountain Ave, Ft. Collins, CO. Odell is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Heads up! This Friday, March 21st at 5pm, Crabtree Brewing will be tapping another in their Friday Firkin series. This week, they plan to tap a big firkin of Amaretto Porter. This is a beer you won't want to miss. Seriously! [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Win a new bike! Join in at 6:00pm on April 1st at The Mayor for the Mother of All Tap Take-Overs!! Funkwerks and the Mayor have teamed up to bring you a very special evening of great beers from 2012's GABF Small Brewery of the Year. Meet the owners, brewers and staff, drink hard to find beers, get swag and enter to win a green Funkwerks' bike! [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - To kick-off Colorado Craft Beer Week this Friday, City Star is tapping City Star's Barnhouse Beast, brewed exclusively for beast + bottle. The Denver "farm to fork" restaurant just celebrated their one year anniversary and CIty Star is excited to share this Belgian Rye Saison with some of you who haven't yet visited the restaurant. They only have 1 keg to tap this Friday 3/21 at 2pm! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, Co]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's happening! Their first official brew day happened yesterday on March 18th. The beer is now fermenting away in their fermenter. Opening day is just that much closer to reality. Look for word on when opening day will take place. Should be sometime in early to mid-April.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Funkwerks is the focus of a Tap Takeover today at William Oliver's Publick House in Fort Collins, CO going all day long. Prizes will be given away with every brown keg. The person that kiks the last Funkwerks keg will get a $100 gift card! William Oliver's is located at: 2608 S Timberline Rd, Ft. Collins, CO.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Patrick's has a new Sunday beer special. LOVE LOCAL! Get $2 off local brews all day every Sunday 4pm to 2am. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Manitou Brewing Co (Manitou Springs) - Head up to MBC today and try their new Belgian Dark Strong Ale. This brew weighs in at 8% ABV and has a rich malty sweetness, moderate spiciness and some dried raisin/plum notes. Served up in a 13oz tulip glass. [725 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - According to the Durango Herald, Ska Brewing is about to install a new two-story canning line. This is just part of a new $750,000 expansion to help increase their capacity. When all installed and tested, this canning line will put out around 240 cans a minute. Also, get ready for this year's release of Mexican Logger on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5pm at the brewery. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Durango Brewing Co (Durango) - Recently, the brewery added around $30,000 worth of new brewing tank capacity. This follows on the heals of installing a $56K faster bottling line last year. They anticipate jumping from 2,300 barrels last year to over 3,000 barrels of beer this year. [3000 Main Ave, Durango, CO]

7 Hermits Brewing Co (Eagle) - Eagle's newest brewery is now doing growler fills! Their growers have not come in yet (their should be there in the next couple weeks), but if you have one that's a standard 64 ounces from another brewery, bring it in for a fill! $10 for standard Hermit beers or $15 for Paul Imperial IPA. [717 Sylvan Lake Rd, B-1, Eagle, CO]

Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration (Grand Junction) - Coming up on Saturday, March 29th at the Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction, it's the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration from 2pm to 6pm. There will be unlimited tastings for $10 featuring beers from 10+ breweries from the Western Slope. More info & tickets at www.kannahcreekbrewingco.com. [905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO]

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Elevation is planning some releases and events for Colorado Craft Beer Week for March 24th, 26th, 27th & 28th. On Monday, they'll tap a firkin of an Orange and Cocoa Nib Imperial Stout. On Wednesday, March 26th they'll offer up Little Mo', a porter aged in Deerhammer Whiskey Barrels. Then Thursday, March 27th is a Brew Day with head brewer Christian Koch. There are limited spots to help out - ask at the brewery for details. And on Friday, March 28th, it's Movie Night featuring "Beer Hunter", a Michael Jackson documentary. The movie is FREE and open to the public - starts at 6pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - The brewery is kicking off Colorado Craft Beer Week, hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild with a bang by releasing their "Saison Juan Farmhouse Ale" on Friday, March 21st! This brew was created and brewed by their intern, John and he will be on hand starting at 4:00pm to chat about his beer and his future brewpub in California! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]
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