Friday, May 30, 2014

Colorado Beer News 053014

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Loomis Day. It's a day that celebrates Mahlon Loomis, a guy who got the first patent on the wireless telegraph back in 1872. He groundwork set the stage for other wireless forms of communication. You might say his ideas were slightly ahead of his time. So if you need something to toast about today, why not toast to Loomis. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, May 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival (Highlands Ranch) - If you missed out on getting VIP tickets to the June 7th Highlands Ranch Beer Festival you are still in luck. Fermentedly Challenged is giving away 2 pairs of VIP tickets - 1 pair for 2 lucky winners (an $80 value). Enter for FREE in this week's Giveaway promotion. Just visit the Giveaway's page and follow the instructions and earn multiple entries to win a pair of VIP tickets. The fest will run Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm in Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, CO and will pour beers from over 45 different breweries. Contest runs through the end of the day June 3rd. Two winners will be selected at random and have tickets emailed to them.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Brews Wayne (dark, malty Amber ale) is the Official 2014 Denver Comic Con Beer and has its own pint glass too! They'll be giving away 200 Brews Wayne logo pint glasses for the Brews Wayne Release Party at 8pm tonight at The 1UP - Colfax! Look forward to performances by Sundown Social and Total Ghost! More info on the official Facebook Event page. [1UP location: 717 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Something special for you Epic Brewing Lovers today! At Hops & Pie (Denver) they have an Epic Imperial IPA firkin tapped. This brew was made with Huckleberry Roasters Costa Rican Coffee added. It's on tap now! [Hops & Pie: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Plans are now in motion to start building their new 2nd location in the River North area of Denver. In a Denver Post article written by Eric Gorski, Great Divide revealed that they plan to have the 1st phase of their new brewery completed by Spring 2015 that will include a new 70,000 square foot facility complete with a canning line. Yup, expect to see some canned GDBC beers in 2015. The new facility is needed to help them keep growing as their current facility is at maximum capacity. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

River North Oud BruidRiver North Brewery (Denver) - River North Brewery to Release Oud Bruin June 14th. [PRESS RELEASE] On Saturday, June 14th at 1pm, River North Brewery will release a beer nearly two years in the making. Aged 20 months in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces, River North Oud Bruin is the brewery’s longest running project to date. Oud Bruin is an exercise in balance; rich Belgian malt notes blend with tartness from a partial lactobacillus fermentation, funk from brettanomyces and a pleasant finish lended by extensive red wine aging. “I was blown away by how this beer was transformed in the barrel,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “I just wish we had more of it!” Oud Bruin is one of River North’s most limited beers to date. With only 50 cases total, 750ml bottles will cost $20 with a 2-bottle limit in the taproom. Draft pours will also be available. The best bottle shops in Colorado will receive a very limited allotment following the June 14th release party. River North recommends you drink one bottle fresh and cellar the second, as Oud Bruin will develop nicely over time. [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - In a nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Big Choice is releasing their "Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Session IPA" today. This brew (in the book) was considered to be the "Best Drink in Existence". Check it out for yourself and enjoy some Tasty Eats. Don't panic and bring a towel. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

United Tastes of Belgium (Denver) - Tickets are on sale now for this year's United Tastes of Belgium. Every beer geek would love the chance to go to Belgium and explore the birthplace of some of the finest beer styles on earth. Unfortunately, Wynkoop Brewing can't all do that. But don't fret, Wynkoop is bringing a taste of Belgium to you. The fourth annual United Tastes of Belgium is upon us, bringing reps and brewers from over 30 breweries to show off their finest Belgian and Belgian-inspired styles of beer. This is not where you come for your mainstream beers, this is where you find the secret stash of specialty brews and one-offs that you can’t find anywhere else. Think barrel-aged, sour, wild ales, tripels, quads, beer, glorious beer! This is where you decide that maybe your true calling in life is to enter a monastery. A Belgian beer event wouldn't be complete without Belgian chocolates and cheeses either, so they've got you covered there too. Enjoy unlimited tastings as you geek out with the people who actually make and market the beer you’re enjoying. Event happens July 19th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. More info & ticket link in the July Beer Fest Calendar.

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) - John Turk and company will be doing a live remote of their craft beer show from 12 noon to 2pm at Arvada Beer Company. They've got a ton of stuff to giveaway including beer, Parry's Pizza gift cards, 3 pairs of tickets to the Highlands Ranch Beer Fest and more! Plus the folks from 4 Noses Brewing Company will be joining us as well! Or listen in on AM 760 live.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today they are releasing a Kolsch. This is an easy drinking 4.5% abv light German style beer. A clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas. This beer recipe is from an award winning homebrewer, Kevin Hanley. Kevin helped brew this one with Arvada Beer Co. Come on down and try a few today. Happy Hour from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm today! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Today's beer list is a good one! Check out their line-up for the weekend: Arcminute Hoppy Wheat, Reminiscence Wheat Wine, Ryetly So Rye ESB, Prim & Porter, Brettly So Rye ESB w/Brett, Putin on the Fritz Bbl-fermented Russian Imperial Stout, and Countinghouse Cream Ale. Also be sure to ask about their Federation Membership. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Dry Dock debuted their S.S. High Flyer Hoppy Wheat this week! And at 3pm today, they'll tap a firkin of it that's been cask-conditioned with kumquats. Cheers, and Happy Friday! ‪#‎FirkinFriday‬ [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Wit's End is excited to announce a special tapping today…the first original recipe from brewer Pat McNerney! Pat has been with Wit's End almost since the beginning and has been kicking ass in the brewhouse for the past year. The beer is called “Karl Hungus”, a Dusseldorf-style Altbier with some wonderful bready malt undertones and a fruity hoppy finish. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - June will be a month of small batch releases and the return of a favorite in a BIG batch. Here's the release schedule: June 4th - Cherry Kombucha Saison (small batch) and also ALTitude Red Ale (big batch), June 11th - Ted's Watermelon Ale (small batch), June 18th - Red IPA (small batch), and June 25th - Chocolate Orange Stout (small batch). [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Today is the last day of school for the summer for many schools. Appropriately, it's also Faculty Friday. Teachers - Happy Hour prices all day with your faculty or staff ID. They're open from 3:00 - 9:00pm tonight. Directions: East on Dillon Road past 96th. Turn left into the Co Tech Ctr at the stop light (Pierce) - just past the RR tracks. Next street, Taylor, turn right. Second building on the left, end unit. [867 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Most craft breweries are less than 5 years old, but here in Colorado, we have one of the oldest in the nation. Boulder Beer Company is planning to celebrate their 35th anniversary with a big celebration on Saturday, June 14th from noon to 9pm. There will be plenty of live music, some very special limited brews in their Rare Beer Tasting Garden and lots of other fun to be had. Plan to attend! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Burning Can Beer Fest (Lyons) - One of the two big festivals happening this weekend will be up at Bohn Park in Lyons, CO from 3pm to 7pm. Burning Can is a festival featuring canned craft beer exclusively. You won't find a keg here, just the best in canned brew. This event is in conjunction with the Lyons Outdoor Games. Tickets available at the gate for $35 or online for $30. Links and info on the May Beer Fest Calendar.

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Their first "Half Barrel Hump Day" is this upcoming Wednesday June 4th! Come by for a tapping of "The Special Lady Friend Cherry Saison". Another half barrel Hump Day will come later that month. Watch for it! [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Stop in at the Tasting Room today at 5pm. Avery will be tapping a special batch of Summer's Day IPA. Start off your weekend right! [5763 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Tonight in the tasting room is "FoCo Funny Fridays" starting at 7pm. Grab a beer and listen to some hilarious jokes on the open mic. Be sure to try their new Keyhole IPA which also debuts tonight. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - Tomorrow, Saturday May 31st is the day for the 2nd annual Front Range Rally. Your ticket gets you entry, 2 free live music shows, and unlimited samples of over 100+ different craft beers from over 40 different breweries. Hungry? No problem - there will also be 10 different food trucks on the fest grounds. This is an outdoor festival located on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank. General admission tickets are available online or at the gate. Fest runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm. VIP entry is SOLD OUT with access at 1:30pm. More info and tickets at: 100% of the proceeds to to Food Bank for Larimer County and will help to feed the hungry in Northern Colorado. Designated Driver tickets also available. And FREE rides home will be available - check the posters at the exit for details. Here's the Pour List for tomorrow's fest! (PDF file) [Location: 2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today's the day for the last cocktail themed firkin for May. Stop in today and enjoy a firkin tapping of Daiquiri Maiden's Kiss, a Maibock lager that's flavored like a Daiquiri! A nice way to start your weekend and say goodbye to the month of May. Also, on Saturday, May 31st Fundevogel will return to the taps. This is their Dortmunder Lager, a smooth easy drinking lager with a kick of Pilsner and Munich malts that emphasizes a more malt forward finish. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Roll, roll, roll in ze hay! If those words bring back memories from Young Frankenstein, then you'll also want to welcome back "Roll in Ze Hay" back to the tap line tonight. This is a salty, slightly tangy traditional German brew that pairs well with a Friday night! Also, coming up on Tuesday, June 3rd at 1pm is the bottle release of their World Beer Cup Silver Medal winning "Pure Imagination Double Oatmeal Stout"! If you purchase 3 bottles they will give you $1 off a pint and a Belgium tulip glass with the Verboten logo to take home! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Today's Friday Firkin tapping at 5pm is a Sour Wheat Pale Ale. Pair that with a Firewood Pizza who will also be on site serving up some Za! Come on down. Teachers can also get a discount on beer today with Faculty ID. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - On Friday, June 13th the fifth edition to the Out of the Ashes series, Smoked IPA will be released. This brew mingles a soft sweet smoke with citrus zest in the aroma, each fighting for dominance. Strong hop bitterness cuts through at the end to keep this beer clean, bright and full of flavor. Stats: 5.8% ABV, 12 SRM, 74 IBU. This will be available in bomber bottles as well as on draft. Also look for these draft only brews in the taproom in June: Breakfast Brown, Soured Major Tom's American Wheat, and In Cahoots Session IPA. [1020 E Lincoln, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - You're invited to the 3rd Annual Running of the Wieners, a Dachshund Race and BBQ Benefit on Saturday, June 7th at 245 S. Madison Avenue in Loveland, CO at 1:30pm. This event is being hosted by Big Beaver, Blown Spoke Hard Cider and Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic. Big Beaver will have 14 taps pouring beer, hard cider, wine, root beer, Italian Soda, and water, and be serving pulled pork, brisket, bratwursts, veggie burgers, cornbread, beans, and coleslaw. If you wish to enter your Dachshund in the race sign up online. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Mountains and West

Casey Brewing & Blending (Glenwood Springs) - The brewery may not be fully open yet, but that's not stopped them from bottling some of their first beers today - 4 cases worth. This first bottled brew is a blended barrel-aged Saison. The brew will be officially release in July. Look for an announcement sometime in early June on this release. [3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing CoBroken Compass Brewing Co (Breckenridge) - Today at 4:20pm this brand new brewery will open its doors for the first time. They'll start off with a Power Hour with 2 for 1 pints from 4:20pm to 5:20pm. Then, this Saturday, May 31st marks the official ribbon cutting of Broken Compass Brewing. Their brewhouse is located at 68 Continental Court, B12 in beautiful Breckenridge, CO. Their beer menu plans are to tap a Belgian Wit, a Helles, an IPA, a Chili Pepper Pale Ale, a Coconut Porter and a Stout. They eventually to also open a remote Tasting Room on Main Street in central Breckenridge later on. When up in Summit County come check them out!

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