Thursday, April 3, 2014

Colorado Beer News 040314

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Party Day. It's a synchronized global mass celebration of a better world and the active creation of desirable reality. According to Wikipedia, World Party Day began as a grassroots effort in 1996 and was one of the first global efforts in a growing number of movements of synchronized human celebration to bring about improved social conditions. World Party Day is observed yearly on (April 3) through personal and public observances of party-like atmosphere. A basic premises is that the opposite of war is not passive action or peace, but party. Celebrate today with a pint of your favorite craft beer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - In two weeks, Kokopelli will be sponsoring a couple of events at their location. On Friday, April 18th join in for a tapping of their "Smokin' Jo Porter". 10% of the sales of this beer will go to the Westminster Burn Fund. Then on Saturday, April 19th, bring the kids over at 10am for an Easter egg hunt. The westminster Fire Department & truck will also be there for the kids to enjoy. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Call To Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - It wasn't easy to leave the comforts of Avery Brewing Company a couple of weeks ago, but three now former employees from Avery are striking out on their own to create a new brewer - Call To Arms Brewing Company. Chris Bell, Jesse Brookstein, and Jon Cross are now in the process of find a Denver location for their upcoming brewery. They plan to make all kinds of beer including some lower ABV sour ales. Look for them to open sometime in early 2015.

2014 Denver International Beer Competition

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Special deal today only! Renegade has a bit of Hammer and Sickle cans left so in honor of the snow they are offering a $2 4-pack with the purchase of a full pour of hammer and sickle or $12 cases with the purchase of a full growler of hammer and sickle! Today only! [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - With Easter just about 2 weeks away, if you're looking for a spot to bring the kids for an Easter Egg Hunt, stop over to Lowry Beer Garden on Saturday, April 19th at 11am. Let your kids enjoy a good egg hunt while you enjoy a beer and some good food. Hop on over! [7577 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - Opening day at Coors Field is just 1 day away! Don't forget, you can park at Prost for FREE during all home games (while spots last). It's a little hike to the ball park, but the money you save can buy you a beer or two at Prost! Stop in early - they open at 12pm every day. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - It's their last two days before they close for the big move! They just tapped their last kegs from the cooler including: Epic/Elevation's Epication Blackberry Saison, Dry Dock's Shotgun Stout, Breckenridge's Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter, and River North's Quad on Oak. Last chance for a couple months! [208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Hey hopheads! Now on tap: Double Dry Hopped Blitzkrieg IPA. That and 8 other regular beers on tap. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Most breweries tap a single firkin when they offer something special. In Epic's case, they're not doing 1 firkin, but 25 different firkin at one time! This coming Tuesday, April 8th at 8:30pm Epic Brewing will will offer up 25 firkins of different Epic beers. The list is amazing (trust me), but so long that they can't be listed here. Also, if that wasn't enough, on Wednesday, April 9th at World of Beer Cherry Creek, Epic will have 50 of their beers available starting at 6:00pm. That's one huge tap takeover! The selections are nothing short of... well Epic! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Here's a short list of some of the brewery's upcoming beer releases: April 18th - Saison, April 25th - Water Tower Wheat (returns), and May 2nd - Doppelbock returns. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Here's the lineup of events that River North is having during the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver next week: Tues. April 8th @ 12pm - A River North Tap Takeover at Hops & Pie at 3920 Tennyson St. Then, Wed. April 9th at 3pm at the brewery - Wayward Wednesday tapping of their Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Avarice and B-Side Avarice. Same base beer, aged in different barrels. Then on Thurs. April 10th at the brewery, another side-by-side barrel tapping in the taproom. Both B-Side Avarice and B-Side Quandary will be on tap together. Fri. April 11th brings and event "Funky River" at Denver Bicycle Cafe at 6pm along with Funkwerks. Look for 3 versions of J Marie. And finally on Sat. April 12th at 1pm outside at the brewery, they will set up a draft trailer for a day-long party with mountain views. Expect to see rare and barrel-aged kegs throughout the day. [2401 Blake St, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood/Denver) - For those of you who like to experiment, they are releasing a brand new "ExBeerimental Ale", an oak aged Belgian Pale Ale at both locations tonight. Also, it's open mic night at CAUTION: West in Lakewood from 7-10pm. [1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Today's Tadpole tap is a Farmhouse IPA. Sip on one while you enjoy looking at paintings in the tasting room and chowing down on Latin food from Freddy's Cuisine. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Avery is packing up an "ass-ton" of beer and will be bringing it over to Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch, CO on Saturday, April 26th for an all-day Big Ass Tap Takeover. All Avery beers will fill their tap well. Avery will also bring some rarities like Winter's Day IPA (with rosemary and Chinook hops) and Bolder Weisse (a rustic sour aged in oak barrels for 6 months with Brettanomyces)! Don't miss this event! [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Yes more news from Avery! Avery will tap their #19 Barrel Aged Sour Ale called Rufus Covus in their tap room on Sunday, April 27th at 1pm. Rufus Corvus is described as an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of their barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz. bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. Bring cash for the lineup of rare beers available on draft, and join us for brunch from 9-11:30am before the release! ALSO - if you want to see their full lineup of events during the Craft Brewers Conference - head to their Facebook event page. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - It's back! Angry Monk is once again on tap. Come spend some quality time with your favorite Belgian. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Just in time for National Beer Day - On Monday, April 7: Join Boulder Beer at the Tap and Handle in Fort Collins for a very special Killer Penguin Vertical Tasting where they will sample 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Killer Penguin (barleywine) back-to-back. Learn more about this rare bird and hang with Bearded Brad and the Tap and Handle crew this Monday at 5pm! Tap and Handle is located at: [307 S College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO] - In other news, Boulder Beer just installed a brand new canning line. It is now up and operational. Look for even more varieties of their beer to hit store shelves this summer. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - The brewery is tapping a new beer today. "Belgians Maibock", a Maibock with a Belgian inspiration. They added Belgian candy sugar and honey and aged it over French oak. This amber colored brew has a soft sweetness and weighs in around 7% ABV and 32 IBU's. This one is around for just a limited time. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Progress towards opening day is being made at Horse & Dragon. And while the owners aren't promising to be open by May 1st (just yet), they do report that as of last night they have kegged their first beer! One keg down and many more to go before opening day. Look for word on their official opening day coming in about a week or so. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Colorado State University (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Anheuser-Busch Foundation today announced a $250,000 donation to Colorado State University’s newly developed Fermentation Science and Technology program. The gift will fund the renovation of academic space and the hands-on lab at CSU. Before a crowd of university and local officials, representatives from the brewery emphasized Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to community involvement, and praised the accomplishments of the university and its new program. Launched in the fall of 2013, CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program has already been a popular focus among students. CSU recently developed and implemented a new Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science and Technology in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences. CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program is the first of its kind in the region and just the third of its kind in the country. “Anheuser-Busch and Colorado State University share a commitment to the Fort Collins community, education and brewing quality,” said Fort Collins brewery general manager Kevin Fahrenkrog. “We work hard to bring adults the beers they love and look forward to helping educate the next great generation of brewmasters.” Brewing experts from Anheuser-Busch have already embraced opportunities to meet with students in the classroom and discuss the growing field of fermentation science, and they view the partnership as a way to continue fostering connections with the local Fort Collins community. “Adding this program has not only been a successful step for the university’s research and development. It’s opening more and more doors for our students, as well,” said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. “We’re so appreciative of Anheuser-Busch’s involvement, and we look forward to the continued success of this partnership for years to come.” ### - CSU plans to build a brewery inside the Student Center later this year.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today's Outlaw tap is "Jackelope". It's their Rattlesnake Jack Blackberry Chipotle Ale infused with Hibiscus. Pucker up - this one has a punch to it. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Tomorrow's Friday Firkin will be "Not Your Standard Bitter". This big firkin taps at 5:00pm sharp. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - New today in their taproom are fresh bottles of Raspberry Provincial, a Belgian-style Sour Ale. Get your bottles today to take home with you!

Southern Front Range

Shamrock Brewing Co (Pueblo) - Like IPA? Then you are in luck. IPApril is in effect starting Friday, April 4th. They will have 4 IPA's on tap including their Red Rye'der. Then stay tuned for the annual Foot Burner pale ale to be released soon. This year it will be an IPA! [108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO]

Mountains and West

Bootleggers Society (Durango) - Join in at El Moro Spirits & Tavern in Durango for National Beer Day, Monday April 7th, and sample the Spring Tonic Elixir brewed especially to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition in 1933! "The Tonic" is collectively brewed by Carver Brewing Company, BREW Pub & Kitchen, Durango Brewing Company, SKA Brewing Co., & Steamworks Brewing Company - The Bootleggers Society. Proceeds benefit the La Plata County Historical Society. [945 Main Ave, Durango, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - During the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference in Denver next week, Ska Brewing will be co-hosting several local events in Denver. On Wednesday, April 9th at Star Bar in Denver from 5-8pm they will host a "Swedish Invasion - Wipa Snapa Release Party". Ska and Sweden’s Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri got together to brew up a special White IPA. Then on Thursday, April 10th at Breckenridge Colorado Craft fro 5pm to 7pm, Ska will host the "6th Annual Skavery Tour de BoulDurango Happy Hour along with Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Left Hand Brewing and Oskar Blues in an effort to raise funds for local charities. Then finally on Friday, April 11th at Tooey's Off Colfax in Denver from 10pm to 2am - Ska and DC Brau will host a Wrap Up Party and feature their collaborative Taster's Choice coffee Doppelbock lager. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Today the brewery bottled and packaged their Broken Oar IPA for the very first time. Look for that soon wherever Kannah Creek beers are sold.

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