Monday, May 5, 2014

Colorado Beer News 050514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Cinco de Mayo. This is a day to celebrate our local Mexican heritage and pride. Historically, this day marks the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in both Mexico and America and just happens to be one of the biggest "drinking" holidays of the year. Celebrate your community's Mexican heritage today responsibly. Enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine, down a Mexican-style brew and help to extend your weekend perhaps just a day longer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, May 5th, 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

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 10th. That's the date set for the Grand Opening of 38 State Brewing Company. For opening day they plan to have 5 of their beers on tap including an amber ale, a lemon honey wheat, a chocolate bourbon stout, a Double IPA, and a Scottish Ale. They will also have a food truck (El Toro the Tot) on hand serving up some Spanish-American burgers and tater tots. [8071 S Broadway, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Their 20th Anniversary Party has been set for Saturday, June 14th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 9th at 10am at greatdivide.com. The real news? They are moving their celebration down the street. Party with them at the site of their future second facility - 3403 Brighton Blvd - just across the street from The Source.

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Beer Camp Across America (Touring Event) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of California is taking it's famous Beer Camp and going on the road for a huge 7-city Beer Camp Across America celebration this summer and Denver, Colorado has been targeted as one of the stops in this nationwide tour. The Beer Camp Across America tour is a huge beer festival that will take place here in Colorado on Friday, July 25th in Sculpture Park in Denver, CO from 5pm to 10pm. The festival will feature beers from all over the country. Other cities on the tour include: Chico, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, Portland, ME, Philadelphia, PA and Mills River, NC. Something new this year, 12 craft breweries, including Colorado's Oskar Blues, will create a uniquely special mixed 12-pack of both bottle and can collaboration beers and make it available across America. Look for this "Beer Camp" mixed 12-pack later this year. In the meantime, here's a video that helps to describe what Beer Camp Across America is all about. Enjoy! Also visit the official Beer Camp web site.


Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - Their Farmhouse Red is now on tap. They will also have $3 cask Barleywine flowing until the keg is killed too. Stop in for Cinco de Mayo today. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today for Cinco de Mayo, they are tapping a Chili Golden ale. They made just 15 gallons of this brew - so get one before the keg kicks. Growler fills are available while supply lasts. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] When FATE Brewing Company first brewed Uror Gose in mid-July 2013 no one expected the journey it would take over the course of the next year. Gose, originally brewed in Germany, is a sour ale designed around a heavily weighted wheat grain bill and then spiced with coriander and sea salt. This traditional recipe drew the eye of the brew staff at FATE Brewing Company because it allowed the team to produce sour ale in the brewery’s first year without fear of wild yeast contamination. FATE Brewing Company first brewed the unique Uror Gose, last summer and the sessionable ABV (coming in at 4.8%), crisp tartness and salty bread character nicely complimented the smoked BBQ, fresh salads and sharable pub plates served at the brewery. But the story doesn’t end there. Uror Gose found it’s way into a tequila barrel. The brain child of FATE Brewing Company’s owner Mike Lawinski, head brewer Jeff Griffith and Arta Tequila National Account Manager, Erica Beard, this distinctive ale aged for nearly 3 months in 53 gallon oak barrels used previously to age Arta’s quality tequilas. Aging Uror Gose in Arta Tequila barrels laces tequila-like flavors of oak and smooth agave to the already tangy sour wheat ale. FATE Brewing Company will release this tequila barrel aged sour mash ale to the public on Cinco de Mayo, 2014. This limited release ale will be sold beginning Monday, May 5th in 750mL bottles from the restaurant, located at 38th and Arapahoe in Boulder. FATE Brewing Company’s Arta Tequila Barrel Aged Uror Gose will first be available at Front Range retail outlets beginning Saturday, May 3rd. If your local liquor store does not carry FATE Brewing Company products, be sure to ask about them. In addition to the specialty bottle release, FATE Brewing Company will also tap a house-brewed Mexican Dark Lager and offer food specials all day to celebrate the holiday.

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - The very first batch for their new upcoming 1 Barrel Wednesday series of beers is now in the fermenter. Starting in about 2-3 weeks, Very Nice Brewing plans to have a new 1-barrel batch available each Wednesday. Look for the first one to be tapped around the end of the month. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Their new extended hours for Spring & Summer are now active! Stop in 7 days a week. Open 12pm to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 8pm Sundays. Enjoy a beer in the sun on their patio. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - New extended hours! Starting this week, Asher Brewing will extend their Wednesday through Saturday hours to Midnight. Now open Sun, Mon, Tue - 2pm to 10pm, Wed - Sat 2pm - 12am. More daylight = longer business hours! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Suite 104, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Stop in for Cinco de Mayo at their Lee Hill location where they will be tapping a Jalapeno Craft Lager. Food trucks at both locations tonight. At the Lee Hill location, they'll have a Pinata and a raffle, plus a Burrito eating contest. [1501 Lee Hill Dr, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Recently, Funkwerks, along with 9 other Fort Collins breweries all got together to work on some special collaboration brews. One such collaboration brew will be a Belgian IPA that will be tapped on Monday, May 12th at Funkwerks and other breweries. This beer will be draft only and available in half-glass and full glass servings. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - This Thursday, May 8th, there's not one, but two beer releases happening starting at 3:00pm. The first beer released will be their "Haystack Kolsch" at 3:00pm. Then at 6:30pm, they will release their "Double Black IPA". Wing Shack will also be on hand at 6:30pm serving up some of the best wings in town. Then stay and listen to live music from "The Burroughs" from 8pm to 10pm. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Can't get enough of City Star since their anniversary party? Check out what's happening this week. Monday (today) - Free Beer Monday - buy a 64oz growler fill and get a free beer. Tuesday - Berthoud Barn Burners Homebrew meeting at 6:30pm. Wednesday - Trivia at 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Thursday - Happy Hour all day. Live music (Matt Miller) from 6pm to 9pm. Friday - Live music (The Social Livers) - 6pm - 9pm. Saturday - Live music (Brian McCosky) 6pm to 9pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Happy Cinco de Mayo! All of their Mexican style lagers are just $1 today! Stop in and celebrate. Also, $1 from every beer sold from 6-11pm tonight will go to support local children participating in Odyssey of the Mind. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - In honor of Cinco de Mayo, you can get $4 pints of any beer all day long. Stop in today - open daily 12pm to 9pm. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tonight at 7:00pm is Trivia and they are giving away two tickets to the Front Range Rally beer fest set for May 31st. Grab some friends, form a team and have some fun (& some beer too). [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Brewery Bingo (NoCo Breweries) - Brewery Bingo is almost here! Starting on May 11th, stop in at most every craft brewery in Northern Colorado and ask for a Brewery Bingo card. Drink the beers listed on the card and get stamped. If you complete a Bingo - you'll be rewarded with a FREE t-shirt! Must visit several NoCo breweries in order to complete a Bingo. Score a Bingo with as few as 4 stops! Stop in at: FCB, Grimm Bros, New Belgium, Verboten, 1933 Brewing, Odell, High Hops, Broken Plow, Coopersmith's, Wilbur's Total Beverage, Crabtree, Horse & Dragon, Freedom's Edge, Big Beaver, Pateros Creek, Rock Bottom (Centerra), Loveland Aleworks, Equinox, CB Potts (Ft. Collins), Crow Hop, Funkwerks, Black Bottle, Wiley Roots, or City Star to play!

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Great Storm is hosting a homebrew competition. The winner of a beer judging by their staff will have an opportunity to brew his or her beer there with us and put it on tap in our taproom. The winner is entitled to free beer in their taproom as long as their beer is on tap! They'll be accepting beer submissions May 21 - May 24, 5pm - 8pm, and announce the winner at 7 pm in the taproom on Wed May 28th. See details on their “Calendar” page at www.greatstormbrewing.com. [204 Mount View Lane #3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Glenwood Canyon BrewPub (Glenwood Springs) - Now on tap! Stop in and try their new Three Mile Scottish Export. At 4.8% ABV, it's the perfect brew for enjoying Spring. Try pairing that with their Grilled Salmon pasta or their Grilled Top Sirloin Steak. [402 Seventh St, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Firkin Fundraiser tonight for HOPE of the Grand Valley! They will tap a German Alt Bier style firkin at 5pm. Come support this great local nonprofit by enjoying a firkin beer! [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]
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