Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Colorado Beer News 040114

Colorado Beer NewsToday is April Fools Day. It's a day where just about everything you read on the Internet sounds a bit strange, suspicious and just on the cusp of believability. How many jokes did you fall for? If you fell for a few, you're not alone. Enjoy this day of foolery, don't take much seriously and just enjoy. Perhaps you've played a few pranks yourself today. Just be sure by the end of the day everyone realizes it was all in good fun. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 1st, 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

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - What's that new railing along the sidewalk outside Jagged Mountain? Part of their new outdoor patio area! They've been working hard getting that ready for the outdoor season. Look for seating available outside real soon. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - New beer tappings for today include: Bigfoot (Barleywine) from Sierra Nevada, Perennial's Sum, Black Shirt's American Red Porter, Bear Republic's Churchill's Pale, and North Coast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout on Nitro. Tapped now and waiting for you! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - New business hours have been posted starting this week. They will now be open at 1pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on Mondays from 2pm to 9pm. No joke! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Breck eventsBreckenridge Brewery (Denver) - It's just a week away from the Brewers Association's Craft Brewers Conference in Denver! On Wednesday, April 9th, Breck will be hosting a Tap Takeover with SweetWater Brewing Company at the Ale House at Amato's in Denver to celebrate their collaboration beer, O'Tay. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Upslope Brewing Company will also be on tap! On Thursday, April 10th, they're doing a bar crawl with the SweetWater crew to several Denver taprooms, who will have O'Tay and other Breck/SweetWater beers on tap. Come and join the festivities! Click the poster for details. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Centennial's newest brewery will soon open. They've started brewing and all of their fermenters are now full and are actively turning malt sugars into beer. They hope to open in a couple weeks. Stay tuned! [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Just Beet It! Renegade's Beetnik is back on tap and it's a tasty pink beer. Stop in for a taste. #drinkyourveggies [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - No joke. CAUTION is releasing the hoppiest beer they've ever brewed to date today! Jumping Juniper Double IPA is on tap at CAUTION: West! 126 IBUs, 8.3% ABV, with hints of piney juniper notes, this hoppy beer finishes clean and leaves a great impression. Just ask the bunny. ‪#‎partywithcaution‬ [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - [PRESS RELEASE] Avery Brewing Company and Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar have teamed up for a very special craft beer event ­ another Big Ass Tap Takeover. Parry’s in Highlands Ranch will be allowing a “takeover” of at least 30 taps on April 26th beginning at 11AM for the general public. There will be kill-­the-­keg contests, raffles for Avery and Parry’s merchandise and three VIP tours to Avery’s own brewery as well as hourly bottle releases. Bottles being released range from Avery’s barrel projects including sours, big ales and even some vintage selections straight from their very own cellar. Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar is the only restaurant offering over 50 draft beers and the truest New York style pizza in Colorado. This restaurant is indeed Colorado born, but its roots are deep in the Big Apple. The menu is filled to the brim with a slew of fantastic menu offerings to bring you all the more closer to the NY scene. The pies are as New York as it gets as are the calzones and hot wings. One New York minute of a look at this menu will conjure up the city herself in your mind and all of her glory of sights, sounds, and spectacular food. Take a look and see for yourself just how far Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar have gone towards NY city without ever having left Colorado. [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Coming up on April 26th, it's the 8th Annual Boulder Beer Pearl St. Scavenger Hunt from 1-6pm! Tickets go on sale TODAY, April 1st at 10am at www.boulderbeer.com. Only 45 teams of 2 can compete for the grand prize of Free Beer for a Year! Teams are also highly encouraged to dress in costume, as the team voted Best Costume gets immortalized on the following year’s commemorative Scavenger Hunt t-shirt! So how does this event work?? Click here for event details.

Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (Boulder) - On Sunday, April 6th, it's International Sour Sunday. They'll have 25 of the best sours from across the pond and amazing food pairings compliments of Chef Anthony Lopiccolo. Tapping starts at 12pm. More details will be posted this Thursday, so keep on eye on their Facebook page. Then on Monday, April 7th it's Crooked Stave Artisan Brands Night. Get selections from Crooked Stave, Perennial, Prairie (we will definitely be pouring Prairie Bomb!) and more. More events later in the week! [2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Look for smoke signals! Left Hand has released this year's batch of Smoke Jumper - Smoked Imperial Porter. They started shipping it today. Look for it soon in stores near you. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Every Wednesday, High Hops taps a new and slightly different firkin for all to enjoy. This week, they will be tapping a firkin of a Grapefruit Wheat on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5pm. For a rundown on the other firkins planned this month, check out the Colorado Beer Releases page. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - This Saturday at 6:30pm, Wiley Roots will be tapping several new beers including 3 small batch ones. Their biggest brew will be "It's a TRAPP...ist!", a Belgian-style Quad weighing in at 8.3% ABV. They used a traditional Trappist yeast and dark Belgian candy sugar. Limited supply of this brew. Get some while it lasts! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Brewery Bingo (Northern Colorado-wide) - Remember Brewery Bingo? It's coming back again for another year. During American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18, 2014), visit just about any brewery in Northern Colorado and ask for a bingo card. Then take that card with you to participating NoCo breweries and have your card stamped when you try listed beers on your bingo card. Get a bingo and win a shirt!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12th. That's the date for their Can Release Party for Little Red Cap. Be one of the first to get Little Red Cap in cans. They'll also be hosting a canned food drive the same day to benefit House of Neighborly Service. Bring in two or more cans of food and your first can of Little Red Cap is FREE! The event runs all day 12pm to 9pm. They'll also have Little Red Cap beer can chicken and sides by Bedrock BBQ from 2-7pm - so come hungry and thirsty. Currently 10 beers on tap. Come for a firkin tapping of their Basil Snow Drop on Friday, April 4th. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Odell Loose LeafOdell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On April 7th, Odell Brewing will celebrate “Session Beer Day” with the release of its latest year round six pack offering, Loose Leaf American Session Ale. Loose Leaf debuted last year, as part of the brewery’s Montage Variety Pack. The beer was so well received, the brewery decided to release it in its own package this year. “When we introduced Loose Leaf last year, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive," said National Sales Manager, Kirk Simpson. "Many customers expressed how much they wished they could get more than just the three bottles in the Montage Variety Pack, so we listened!” Recently named one of the best new beers of 2013 by Modern Brewery Age, Loose Leaf is lighter in color, lower in alcohol content, yet flavorful and distinct. The final recipe is crisp and balanced with lower IBU's and a bright hop aroma. The name “Loose Leaf” is a nod to the loose, whole flower hops used in the hop back that give the beer its unique hop character. At 4.5% ABV, it’s delicate and refreshingly drinkable with a clean finish. “Light and crisp, but with such good hop character,” said Pete Reid, Modern Brewery Age. “Gently hopped, but the hops are perfectly calibrated”. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Loose Leaf with a variety of events in all of its markets, and in the Tap Room on April 7th(Session Beer Day). Loose Leaf will be available in six packs year round throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - What's happening at Patrick's in Greeley tonight? How about folkin' out with The Stubby Shillelaghs at 10pm with Guinness, Jameson and Car Bombs for $3.50. They also have over 30 craft beers on tap. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - If it's Tuesday, then it must be a growler special day. Get $2.00 off a growler and snarler fills all day. No fooling! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tickets went on sale today for the 2014 Saison Farmhouse Rendezvous - to be held on Saturday, April 19th from noon to 5pm. Inquire at the brewery or call them to reserve your tickets. Hurry! These tickets sell out fast. Also, upcoming beer releases: Mr. Saison, a saison vieille (5.6% ABV) will be tapped Friday, April 11th at 5pm. Then on Friday, April 25th, they'll tap their Three Flowers, Saison Vieille (7% ABV). [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Butcherknife Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - In anticipation of starting up their 1st brew day, Butcherknife Brewing has ordered 8,000 pounds of grain which is scheduled to arrive by the end of this month. This might mean beer sometime in May to select accounts and a taproom opening in the first half of June. [2875 Elk River Rd, #773207, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - This Saturday, April 5th is the annual Spring Beer Festival in Breckenridge. The fest will be located on Ridge Street from 12pm to 5pm. For those who ordered a mug, there will be a Mug pick up party Friday night at Apres fro 4pm to 7pm. For more info check the April beer fest listings.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Their State Champion fruit-infused wheat beer - Ragin' Raspberry - goes on tap tomorrow, April 2nd for all Mug Club members. Non-members try it later this week. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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