Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Colorado Beer News 041614

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Stress Awareness Day. This day always comes on the first workday after income taxes are due. Let's face it, doing taxes is stressful. Use this day to try to reduce your stress and ease your mind. And what better way to remove some stress than with a pint of your favorite local craft beer! Do yourself a favor and de-stress today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 16, 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

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Final inspections are happening today at this new soon to open brewery in Centennial, Colorado. If all goes well, they plan to open their doors next week. Their brewhouse has been working at full capacity and they've been busy making beer for the last several weeks. Stay tuned for official word on opening day. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at: www.bluesprucebrewing.com. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Wynkoop will hold a pre-release party for their latest beer being put into a can on Friday, April 18th at Novo Coffee on Glenarm Street. This time they are releasing their "Kurt's Mile High Malt", a vienna lager brewed with Novo coffee. The official release is on Sunday, April 20th (4/20) and can-packs will be available in local stores sometime next week. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Yesterday, the brewers along with Fire Fighters Union 4116 got together and brewed up their annual batch of "Bumper Time Ale". Look for the release of this beer in early May with a fantastic release party. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today is Discovery Beer Wednesday! At 5:00pm sharp they'll be tapping a Gose, which is a German style, unfiltered wheat beer; light, tart, and slightly salty. Easy drinking and refreshing. Plus, live music in the taproom tonight at 6:00pm and the Corner of Gourmet food truck will be outside at 5:30pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today's Wednesday special is $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to close. Plus some special beers on tap today: Noble King from Jester King, Euro Pale Ale from Station 26, Samaels from Avery, Earth Thirst from Eel River, and Dry Dock Double IPA on the Hand Pull. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Size does matter! They still have a few 2014 Mug Club memberships available. Get yours at the taproom today. Their mug club glasses are in! (Photo courtesy Arvada Beer Co. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]
Arvada Beer Mug Club mugs

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today is Dunkelweizen tapping day. Stop in and enjoy a pint of this dark Bavarian-style hefe. No food truck today, so please carry-in or order-in.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - This week's scheduled cask tapping of "Sex on the Beach" had to be moved to April 30th. Instead, today they will tap a cask of an Herb Blonde Ale made with Lemongrass and fresh mint. It taps at 3pm. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today's Wayward Wednesday tapping is a Whiskey Barrel Quandary Quad. Also on tap today is: The Goodman Life, J. Marie, Hoppenberg, Quad on Oak, Unified Theory, Quandary, Barrel Enkel and a bit left of the Whiskey J. Marie (to be followed up by Wine Barrel J. Marie). [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's Wednesday Firkin tapping is a Double Dry Hopped IPA. This one taps at 4:00pm sharp. Be there! [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo Brewing is turning 2 years old! And they plan to host an Anniversary Party on Saturday, April 26th from 11am to 9pm. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting their show live from 12pm to 1pm. Then listen to live music from Nick O'Conner from 1-3pm. And Ben Pu and Crew will perform on the patio from 4pm to 5:30pm. And then Cat Jerky will rock the parking lot from 6pm to 8pm. Four different food trucks will be on hand serving up a variety of great food. And don't forget their beer! Plenty of it on tap to help celebrate the anniversary. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Today they will be tapping a 10 gallon batch of a Session IPA just for fun. This brew has a hoppy, citrus taste and is reportedly awesome. Stock up your growlers before Easter as they will be closed this Sunday. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Double Zero Brewery (Longmont) - A new Kickstarter fundraising project just started up this week that aims to raise funds for Cary Holt's new Barrel Project. The Barrel project will be funding Double Zero’s equipment upgrade to a barrel brew system. This will allow Cary to master full grain craft-brewing skills. The expansion of these skills and knowledge will allow Double Zero to grow into a bigger business. Future plans include expansion into a space that includes a tasting room. By creating new and exciting brews and various flavors, Double Zero will be able to get the appropriate licensing to sell their brews around the Colorado area. Double Zero’s flavors so far are unique and intriguing combinations. Some of the favorites include Orange Clove Wheat, Honey Amber ale, Hoffee IPA (a double-hopped coffee IPA), DSA (Dangerously Scotch Ale) and a Mint Porter. [No address yet, Longmont, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Help support Meals on Wheels at the taproom by bringing in five cans of non-perishable food. When you do, you'll receive a free pint of beer from Left Hand Brewing. Great Beer, Great Cause! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The weather's right for busting out that bike and enjoying some beers on their patio, so they're taking full advantage! Head over to their Flatiron Park brewery location from 2:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 for their Bikes & Beer event to benefit Community Cycles (they’re donating a $1 from every pint sold!) featuring friends from Team Ten20, Boulder Cycle Sport, and Butter. Bumper Crop food truck, recently voted Best Food Truck in Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder, will also be on site serving up their great grub! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - They're continuing their celebration of Big Shot Espresso Stout's recent gold medal finish at the World Beer Cup and they'd like to invite you all to the Pine for a Toast to the Roast this Friday at 6pm. You'll all get a free glass of Big Shot to toast with, plus they'll be tapping a small keg of Bourbon barrel-aged Big Shot and Gerry from The Unseen Bean will be on hand with coffee prizes to give away. Be there Friday! [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Starting today, April 16th, enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO on May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs from April 16 through April 22nd, 2014. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. There are many ways to earn multiple entries. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Odell Footprint RegionAleOdell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.” First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Stop in at The Mayor today at 4:00pm for a tapping of their collaboration beer they did with The Fort Collins Brewery called "Any Colour You Like", a Berliner Weisse. Some of the FCB crew will be on hand to talk with and answer questions. They will also have some special traditional syrups you can add to the Berliner Weisse to take some of the sour edge off the beer. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In case you missed it, stop in for a taste of their newly released Mountain Avenue Weiss (wheat beer). This will be a great beer to enjoy during patio season or at their Poolside. [#5 Olde Town Square, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Save the date for Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm. That's the date for the new City Star Taproom Potluck event. This month's food theme is Mexican. Bring a dish to share. If you happen to cook your food with a City Star beer as an ingredient you will receive a free beer! Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Come for good food, good beer and good company. In other news, the brewhouse now has a new glycol chiller up and running complete with plumbed lines and flowing glycol. They are now awaiting three new 15bbl tanks to show up later this week. More beer! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Come check out their inaugural Open Mic Music Night from 6-8 pm tonight. Sign up starts at 5:00pm and each performer gets a free pint of beer. Jam with them tonight and listen to some great local talent! While you're there, sign up for their Regulators Mug Club and start reaping the benefits. Ask your server for details. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - For Hump Day - stop in and get $2 off growler fills. Bonus on the Traveling Growler - bring in a growler from Estes Park Brewing Co and you can win a free pint. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Get your trivia team together for tonight's Trivia Night. Top 3 teams will win Broken Plow Bucks good towards beer or merchandise. The questions start flying at 7:00pm. Beer, on the other hand, starts flowing at 2pm until 9pm. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado announced today the release of Raspberry Provincial, a seasonal Belgian-Style Sour Ale. This is the second bottling of Raspberry Provincial. Funkwerks first debuted Raspberry Provincial in summer 2013. More than 160 pounds of raspberries were added to Provincial, a Berliner Weisse style beer, resulting in a tart fruit beer complete with a citrusy raspberry aroma and delicate sweet and tart finish. Alcohol by volume is 4.2%. “Last summer we brewed a test batch of Provincial, our take on a Berliner Weisse style beer and decided to have some fun with it,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “We added a heavy dose of raspberries and the end result was so delicious we decided to recreate it. Raspberry Provincial is pleasingly tart and refreshing. It’s a perfect summertime beer and pairs well with lighter fare.” Raspberry Provincial is available in limited quantities for bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Raspberry Provincial is currently being poured on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Dave the brewer is busy cooking up the Jesters Ale for the upcoming Colorado Medieval Festival. Made with seville orange, juniper berries, chamomile and coriander, with malty sweetness! They will be closed Sunday for Easter. Their Steam Beer is kegged up, and delicious. They will have some pouring this Friday. It's amber colored, malty, with subtle hop notes. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Here's a tip for you to remember for Hump Days. Bristol Brewing offers $1 off all growler jug fills between 3pm to 7pm every Wednesday. Bring in your growler and fill 'er up! Open Wednesdays 11am - 10pm. And get ready for April 24th at 5pm when they will host their Maibock Release Party. It'll be the first patio party of the year. Bristol's Maibock will be part of their Brewhouse Series. Live music, Maypole activities, live music and giveaways. [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing (Trinidad) - Progress is being made towards opening a brewery in Trinidad. They finished the electrical for their glycol chiller and they are now awaiting final inspection from the city on the buildout. And they plan to need to modify the gas lines for their brew kettles in June. The taproom is about complete. The brewhouse will be a 3 bbl system with 6 bbl fermenters and a 1/2 bbl pilot system. Federal license approval is pending and then onto getting their state license. Look for a summer opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - TRiNiTY needs some volunteers for this weekend's Saison Rendezvous. They need a few for helping breakdown the rendezvous at 5pm and a few to help pour beers. Message TRiNiTY on Facebook or Twitter if you want to help out! Limited # of tickets for the Saison Rendezvous are still available, but will sell out fast. Call (719) 634-0029 or buy online soon. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Their soon to be released April beers include 3 different barrel aged Farmhouse Ales (de Coup, Cerveza Provisional, & Ol' Drowsy's Madman) and a new dry hopped sour, Skully Barrel #9! As they anxiously await the springtime weather to arrive on the mountain, they are just as anxious for these new bottle releases. Look for them at their retail partners around the last week of April, paired with some special release parties! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - It's that time of year again! Local's Appreciation Happy Hour! Starting April 21st, if you wear a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel you will get $2 pints of their year-round beer styles from 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday. Offer runs from April 21 thru May 23, 2014. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

MOG Outdoor Fest (Grand Junction) - Join in for a fun fest featuring outdoor brands, reps, retailers & gearheads come together for this annual outdoor gear/apparel sale, bike & gear swap, and Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour. There will be a Beer Garden sponsored by Rockslide Brewery, live music, food carts, raffles, door prizes and kids activities. More info: www.mogoutdoorfest.com. [400 Main & 4th St from Main to Rood, Grand Junction, CO]

Edgewater Brewery (Grand Junction) - Their seasonal beer - Crossed Irons Irish Red is now on special for just $3 a pint - all day, everyday! Stop in and get some before it's all gone. [905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO]
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