Thursday, March 20, 2014

Colorado Beer News 032014

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the Vernal Equinox, aka the start of Spring! Winter is finally gone and warmer days are ahead, but just remember that March is still one of the snowiest months of the year. Celebrate Spring today by heading outdoors and soaking up some sunshine. Or, like many are doing, skip work and watch non-stop March Madness on TV. However you choose to celebrate, do so with a pint of your favorite local craft beer. Cheers to Spring! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, March 20tj, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Hops & Pie (Denver) - The Craft Brewers Conference (April 8-11, 2014) is coming to Denver and Hops & Pie is planning a lot of special beer tappings for that week. They are located just 4.3 miles from the convention center. On Wednesday April 9th they'll be tapping 7 different beers from Jester King and 5 different beers from Crooked Stave. Then on Thursday, April 10th, they'll host a Festival of Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers. Choose from over 10 whiskey barrel aged beers from Odell, Sun King, Elevation, Mission, Grand Teton, Stone, Eel River and Oskar Blues. On Friday, April 11th, they'll host multiple tappings from The Bruery (California) and Cigar City (Florida). And finally on Saturday, April 12th, come enjoy a wide selection of beers from Firestone Walker (California) on tap. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Here's what's planned for Colorado Craft Beer Week at Freshcraft. On Sunday, March 23rd at 1pm come for an opportunity to meet the brewmasters of Telluride Brewing and Marble Brewing. They teamed up and brewed a Belgo Rye IPA for you to try. Then on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm come for a collaboration tapping of a beer brewed between Epic Brewing and Elevation Brewing - a Blackberry Saison. Several other Epic and Elevation beers will also be on tap. And finally on Saturday, March 29th from 1-5pm, it's the BeerAdvocate Social & Rare Beer Tapping. Todd & Candice Alstrom will be in house and will help to tap Odell's Utterly Cherry and Lost Abby's Cuvee de Tomme. Hang out and chat with them and enjoy some great beers. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - In honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week, on March 21st, B&B will host an Odell Tap Invasion from 5pm to 10pm. They plan to feature 12 Odell brews on draft including: 90 shilling, Levity Amber, Odell IPA, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Easy Street Wheat, Cutthroat Porter, Runoff, Myrcenary, Lugene Milk Stout, Wolf Picker, Tree Shake Peach IPA, and Udderly Cherry. Something for every beer lover. [600 12th St, Golden CO]

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - This Sunday is going to be a Funday at BSB. In conjunction with Colorado Craft Beer Week, they are tapping a couple of unique beers. They'll have a food truck, music, and sunshine! Those wearing their BSB shirts will have additional incentives, as always! They'll be open and pouring beer from 2-6 pm and will be celebrating all that Colorado has to offer. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Happy Vernal Equinox! To celebrate the onset of Spring and the celestial significance of this day, today’s tadpole tap is the Polaris IPA! Polaris, mostly known as the North Star, is also the name of a new hop strain with tropical citrus flavor and a hint of spice. Let the Polaris IPA and its bright bitterness lead the way into Spring just as Polaris the star does in the northern night sky! [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - The brewery has a couple new friends joining their bottle line up today; Anton Francois (French Ale) is back from a brief holiday and will be available in bottles and on draft and DIA (Diebolt's International Ale - White IPA) is ready to fly off shelves and tap handles alike. Also, don't forget about run club tonight. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]
Colorado Craft Beer Week
Boulder County

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Join in on Tuesday, March 25 at their Lee Hill Tap Room for their Belgian Pale Ale Barrel Aged Fruit Beers Release Party! The brewers have aged their Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale in red wine barrels with a variety of fruits - cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, & blood oranges - to bust out during this week! The beers will be flowing all day with Burger Radio Food Truck joining the party at 5:00 pm. In addition to the special Barrel Aged Fruit Beers on tap, they'll be pouring their core lineup, Ferus Fluxus - a Wild Belgian Pale collaboration with Crooked Stave, and two other limited specialties! [1501 Lee Hill Rd, No 20, Boulder, CO]

West Flanders Brewing (Boulder) - To help celebrate the NCAA basketball tournament, West Flanders Brewing is serving up a series of oak-aged Single Keg beers during the tournament.Here's the lineup for our Hardwood Madness series: March 20 - Oak-Aged Recreational Smoke Porter: A three pointer of roast, smoke and wood. March 27 - Oak-Aged Canniption Pale Ale: Toasted oak gets an assist from hops and malts. April 3 - Oak-Aged Third Kingdom IPA: Sticky hops & All-American oak do the Big Dance. They crack these one & done Single Keg beers each Thursday at 5pm. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales (Boulder) - This week they've tapped another new beer at BRU. Stop in and try their "Nymeria American Pale Ale". It weighs in at 6.1% ABV and was made with: Experimental Hops, 2-Row, White Wheat, and Crystal Malt. And the taste? Piney with a pretty dry, slightly bitter finish. Not very fruity or floral. One of these is waiting for you now. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Old Chub NitroOskar Blues (Longmont) - Starting in April, Oskar Blues will be releasing their own Nitro beer in a can. They will be offering "Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale" in tall cans starting next month as a tie in for the Colorado Brewers Convention. It's billed as being the first American nitro beer in a can. If you've ever seen a nitro beer poured into a glass, you'll know what to expect both visually and texture wise. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Boulder’s Oldest; Newest Brewery Collaborate on Unique Beer. Is it a California Common or an IPA? Area newcomer Sanitas Brewing Co. (founded in September of 2013) has gotten together with Boulder Beer Company (founded in September of 1979) to create Boulder Common. This unique brew merges one of the original American beer style, the California Common, with the modern India Pale Ale for a crisp, easygoing beer with a bold hop blast. Coyne, along with other Sanitas Brewing co-founder Michael Memsic, was a former brewer for Boulder Beer. In mid March brewers Sam Green and Tony Giordano from Boulder Beer Company spent a day with the Sanitas brew staff at their new facility. The end result is a medium bodied, straw colored lager with a bright, fruity aroma and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit and sauvignon blanc grapes. A crisp finish and firm bitterness round out the unique beer. Boulder Common will be available at Collaboration Fest in Denver on March 22 as well as on tap at both Sanitas Brewing Co. and Boulder Beer starting this weekend. [3550 Frontier Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Things are heating up for Colorado Craft Beer Week. They'll be releasing two brews during the week at City Star: On Friday, March 21st, try their Barnhouse Beast rye saison. It's brewed exclusively for beast + bottle. Then on Monday March 24, they'll tap Dead or Alive, a double IPA. April should be an exciting month in the brewery as they complete the installation and of their new glycol chilling system and receive 3 shiny new 15bbl tanks! In May they'll celebrate their 2 year anniversay! A few highlights to look forward to for their birthday weekend: The Railsplitters AFTER HOURS show 5/3 8-11pm, AKA Laser Bunny 5/4 3-5pm, year 2 Deputy Mug Club memberships on sale, and the release of their Tequila Barrel Aged Golden. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

New Belgium Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium’s RyePA Looks to the Future, while Gruit Goes Back in Time. RyePA is the latest in the Hop Kitchen Series; Gruit joins the Lips of Faith line-up. With the groundbreaking of the Asheville, N.C. facility just a few short months away, New Belgium Brewing is celebrating the second Mothership coming to life by teaming up with Asheville’s own artisan maltster, Riverbend Malt House. The two collaborated on New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen release, RyePA. The India Pale Ale, which is brewed with Carolina RyeTM and malted by Riverbend, boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops, giving it some spicy notes and aromas. RyePA comes in at 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV. Gruit Ale is the latest Lips of Faith release and uses an ancient brewing style of incorporating herb mixtures into beer. This ale is brewed with pale and Munich malts, along with wheat and oats. Other ingredients include Bog Myrtle, Horehound, Yarrow, Wormwood and Elderflower, making for an herbal, almost mint-like and floral bouquet with a bittered root taste. The flavor is bold, with the botanicals playing a big role. Gruit is 6.6% ABV. Both RyePA and Gruit are available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft, now through late May, or while supplies last. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Grimm Brothers Brewhouse plans a beer puzzle for Colorado Craft Beer Week. Colorado Craft Beer Week is Friday March 21st thru Saturday. To celebrate in Loveland, Grimm Brothers has put together a beer puzzle that can be completed at various locations throughout Loveland. The 9 participating locations are: Grimm Brothers, Old Chicago’s, Monroe’s Lounge, Henry’s, Next Door, Pourhouse, Sports Station, Wapiti, & Miller’s. To play get a playing card at the Grimm Brothers taproom and order any Grimm Brothers beer from one of the participating locations. Each location will have one piece of the puzzle. Once all 9 puzzle pieces are collected bring it back to Grimm Brothers for a free draft beer, free logo pint glass, and a certificate for a free can of Little Red Cap at the Can Release Party on April 12th first 50 people to turn in a completed puzzle. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Road 34 Bike Bar (Ft. Collins) - Come for a Colorado Craft Beer Week kickoff party on Friday, March 21st featuring a New Belgium Brewing tap takeover. New Belgium Brewing and Road 34 kick off Colorado Craft Beer Week with a tap takeover and live music by Rich With Friends and Blue Grama. They will be featuring the following beers all to be tapped at 6 pm with music starting at 9 pm for a $5 cover charge: Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Spring Blonde Belgian Style Blonde, Snapshot Wheat, La Folie sour brown ale, Le Terroir dry hopped sour ale, Billy's Beer, Biere de Garde, and RyePA. [1213 W Elizabeth St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - The Equinox is here! And to celebrate, Equinox Brewing is releasing their Spring/Summer seasonal - Vernal hefeweizen. They tapped it at 1pm today. Come get a fresh taste of the new season. [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - What a better way to celebrate Spring and March Madness than with having two new IPAs on tap. Stop in to try either Scuba Steve or Cadillac Hipster (El Dorado hops only). Come watch your brackets fall apart. [1611 S. College Ave, Suite 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - In honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week that starts tomorrow, Verboten is planning to have three beer releases during that week. On Friday, March 21st at 12pm they'll tap "I Must Break You" on Nitro tap, a white Russian imperial stout (9% ABV). Then on Tuesday, March 25th at 3pm they'll tap a collaboration brew with their Verboten Sisterhood group - Cherry Porter, a session style porter w/cherries. And finally on Friday, March 28th, they'll tap a Whiskey Barrel-aged Angry Banjo (8% ABV). Celebrate CO beer! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In honor of the safe return of the Armstrong Hotel's lobby cat, Pateros Creek has named their Outlaw Tap beer "Oreo's Return Porter". It's a porter made with Oreo cookies! [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come have a brew today and participate in their Galaga (video game) tourney today only. If you get the highest score of the day by last call you'll win a $10 bar tab. [204 Mount View Ln #3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Colorado Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow! Bristol brewed a hoppy-wheat-pilsner, named: "Jimmy Camp WeiPi" (pronounced weepee) with Phantom Canyon Brewing Company & Pikes Peak Brewing for Collaboration Fest THIS Saturday. Don't forget to try it there! [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - The brewery is in the mood to celebrate Spring, and they figured the Spring Equinox is the perfect excuse for a $2 Pint Night for Colorado Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Colorado Brewers Guild! They'll be serving up pints of their year round styles for only 2 bucks from 4-8pm on Saturday, March 22nd! Get pitchers for just $10 too. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - New on cask today: Gin Barrel-aged Pale Ale. It taps at 4pm. Stop by for a taste. Now that's real cask ale! [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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