Thursday, June 12, 2014

Colorado Beer News 061214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Jerky Day. We're talking about meat here, not someone who is a jerk. Sasquatch isn't the only one who likes jerky. Jerky is the 4th top selling salty snack in the USA even beating out popcorn and pretzels. Jerky comes in many meat varieties and flavors and is considered very lean and is naturally high in protein and low in fat. It may even surprise you that many flavors of jerky pair well with beer, in particular smoked beers. Try a jerky/beer pairing yourself today while you watch the 2014 World Cup. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, June 12th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - A limited number of bombers of their Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde Ale are still available in their taproom. This American blonde ale was brewed to commemorate and support the Colorado Freedom Memorial. $1 from every bottle sold will be donated to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Do you like big, bold, and high ABV beers? So does their brewer Josh as he brewed up a batch of his Belgian Tripel pouring on today's tadpole tap! This brew is described as spicy and fruity with a gentle sweetness and hints of alcohol lead to a dry and mildly bitter finish on this 9% beer, it's "absolutely delicious"! [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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3 Freaks Brewery3 Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - Highlands Ranch will be getting a new brewery this Saturday, June 14th - 3 Freaks Brewery! Doors open at 11:00am. They plan to start with 4 beers on tap including a Belgian Dubbel, an Irish Red, an IPA and a Stout. Plan to stop by and check them out real soon! This marks the 25th brewery to open in Colorado this year. [7140 E County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Get ready for the "Liberate Yourself from Crappy Beer Fest No. 1" on Saturday, July 26th starting at 11:00am. At Parry's, they give the craft beer enthusiast many reasons to liberate themselves from crappy beer. On July 26th, they're going to prove it - the proof is in the pudding - er rather the beer. This is the first of many, Liberate Yourself from Crappy Beer Fests they'll be throwing throughout the year. Keep an eye out for future collections of spectacular offerings such as these: Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Bourbon County Stout, Samael's Ale and more. Ale Yeah! [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today's special beer tappings you won't want to miss: Mongo from Port Brewing, La Migra from Black Bottle Brewery, and Splash Down from Grand Teton Brewing - now on tap! Stop in for a brew and a slice of za! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Yak & Yeti is down to their last keg of (Yakety Yak) Don't Talk Bock. As soon as the tapline is open they'll be releasing their "Two Ponds Honey Blonde", a nice 4.6%ABV summer porch beer. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - Today they will be releasing a bevy of bombers to-go at the taproom this afternoon: Belgian Dubbel lager, Belgian pale Lager, CaliLager, Chai peach Cream Lager, Coroni, Kolsch, Oaked Sweet Stout Lager, Pineapple Fire Lager, Robust Porter Lager, and Sour Cherry Saison. Now that's a bomber load! [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Are you a big soccer fan? If so, then you'll want to come watch FIFA soccer matches on their big 100" TV screen while sipping on a brew. Plus at 6:30pm, stay for Music Video Bingo with Jen. [2101 N Ursula Unit 10, Aurora, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co WEST (Lakewood) - Today's Thursday ExBeeriment is a Mojito Blonde made with mint leaves and fresh cut limes. Just a 5 gallon batch so it won't last long. Tomorrow on Friday the 13th, stop in for Ginger Cocoa Big Bunny firkin. Plus, they will tap their Father's Day brew: PaPa SMaSH Pale Ale. Then, this Saturday marks the return of Big Bunny Cascadian Dark Ale. Enjoy Open Mic tonight at West from 7-10pm and get $4 beers during open mic. East is open from 4-8pm tonight too. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Their official opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st and they've got 16, count 'em 16 different beers on tap for opening day. Flagship beers: Orange Cream Ale, Pink Peppercorn Saison, Pale Ale, Red Ale, IPA, and Belgian Rye Stout. Seasonal beers: Pale Wheat, Lemon IPA, Rye IPA, Crème Brulee Stout (rarity). Small Batch beers: Amber Ale, Barley Wine, Black IPA, Oatmeal Brown, English Mild and a Cilantro Serrano Lime Wheat. Whew! What a selection - be there for the opening. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Twisted Pine is hosting a birthday bash on Saturday, July 19th to celebrate their 19th anniversary (aka their "golden" anniversary - 19 on the 19th). On that day they will tap Audacity, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Plus, there will be live music from The Congress, Groundscore and North Boulder Underground. $5 admission. A 21+ only event. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Grab a beer and fill a growler to go tonight, and don't forget to come back this Friday night to listen to The J Band play in the taproom! No cover, but bring some cash for donations to show some love to this rock trio from California. Blackbelly Catering food truck will be there at 4:30pm, and they'll have a limited tapping at 6:30pm of Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA with mango and ginger, and the band starts rockin at 7:30pm. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Lots of people do Bike To Work events, but today Boulder Beer wants you to "Bike FROM Work" to their pub. If you ride your bike in between 3pm to 7pm they'll give you a FREE pint! (Limit one per person and must be 21+). [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Southern Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Brewer Davis Brown wants you to meet his "Dank Nugget IPA". This dank and resinous American-style IPA has a "slightly toasted" malt profile and is liberally hopped with Colorado-grown Nugget hops. Come get some! [627 S Broadway St, Boulder, CO]

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Good news! Their Hefeweizen is now back on tap just in time to watch some FIFA World Cup Soccer. Happy Hour from 4-6pm and Fig's Catering food truck will be on site from 5-8pm. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Northern Colorado

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - [PRESS RELEASE] Wiley Roots Brewing Company will be presenting a grand re-opening celebration Friday, June 13th in their taproom at 625 3rd St in Greeley. The taproom was closed and brewery operations ceased last week as the Poudre River overflowed its banks and flooded the brewery. Co-owner Miranda Carbaugh says “The past couple weeks have been challenging, but we feel extremely fortunate to live in such a great community, and are thankful for the army of volunteers who were with us in preparing for the flood and in the cleanup process. We are especially grateful to our fellow Greeley breweries, Crabtree Brewing Company and Broken Plow Brewery for their support. We look forward to celebrating the grand re-opening with our Wiley Roots friends and family." Wiley Roots’ Grand Re-opening will feature live music from blues artist Sawmill Joe from 7:30p.m. until 10:30p.m., and CSK’s Grill will be serving barbeque starting at 5:30p.m.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Their popular tart cherry-raspberry lambic "The Last Unicorn" is coming back at the end of this month. They will be releasing a small amount of draft at the pub and the rest will be going into 750ml bottles. The Last Unicorn comes out on June 27th, the Friday before the Colorado Brewers' Festival. [1611 S College Ave Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Thursday always brings a special brew on the Outlaw Tap. And today, they'll tapping a Brewers Limited Reserve - a Strawberry Golden Ale. They made just 15 gallons of this and they'll keep pouring it til it's gone. 2nd Happy Hour today from 4-7pm. Get $1 off all pints and snifters. Plus, stay for NoCo Geeks who Drink pub quiz at 7pm. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - You might notice a bit of commotion going on this summer behind the brewery. Their expansion project has officially begun today. They plan to add more room for a bottling line, storage and barrel aging. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, get in and order some of their gold medal winning Berliner Weisse - now back on tap! [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Colorado Brewers' Festival (Ft. Collins) - This 25th annual beer fest will be their biggest ever. They plan to have 50+ Colorado-only breweries pouring over 100+ different brews. Each day of the fest will feature a rotating tap list for the 2-day affair. 50 different beers each day will be available. Plus, look for the special COBF 25th Anniversary Ale, a collaboration with Odell Brewing and CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing. Plus a new feature - The Summit. The Summit features 20 rotating kegs each day of hard-to-find and exclusive Colorado beers. The Summit also includes daily beer education seminars in Beer School and a Meet the Brewers tent where attendees can rub elbows with brewers. Plus, for the first time, the COBF will offer hard ciders from 2 Colorado hard cider companies. Want a chance to "Wind a Year of Odell Beer"? Online advance ticket buyers this year are entered into a drawing for a complimentary year of beer from Odell Brewing Company. Free admission to the fest this year to enjoy the entertainment, attractions and activities. Access to beer can be obtained with the $20 Beer package that includes 10 "Festival Buck" tickets for 10 samples of beer. Tickets and more info at:

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - In honor of the World Cup games that start today, Verboten will be offering $1 off pints (excluding specialties) from 2pm to close tonight. They will also be doing a drawing throughout the games...prizes TBD. One entry per visit with purchase of a pint. Winners will be announced July 14th. Also grab some pizza slices at 6pm while they last. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Two quick reminders: Next Wednesday, June 18th, is their 60's themed "Summer of Love Party". Make sure to be there. It's gonna be groovy & beer-y er brewvy. And today is their Classic Arcade Thursday. Get the top score on Ms PacMan by last call and win a $10 taproom credit. [204 Mount View Lane, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ska Estival Cream StoutSka Brewing Co (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] Ska Brewing Co. Announces Estival Summer Stout in Cans - Estival, the freshest release in Ska’s Seasonal Stout Series hit the canning line today. The Cream Stout will be available Saturday, June 21st and is destined to be paired with barbeque, ice cream, and high country campouts. "This is a medium-bodied stout brewed with orange blossom honey, milk sugar, and aged on orange peels," said Ska co-founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations Bill Graham. "It is a great match for summer evenings when you feel like something more substantial than a lager or pale ale, but still not too heavy." Estival Cream Stout is 5.8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and, in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates, will be tapped on the summer solstice, June 21st. The release will double as a summer kick-off celebration and will be held at Ska World Headquarters in Bodo Park. The event will feature Estival specials, lawn games, unique food pairings from The Container and live music by Robby Overfield. The packaging for the Estival Cream Stout features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s Pinstripe character emerging from a fiery citrus sun. As with all four of the stouts in the Seasonal Stout series, this campfire beer will be released in cans, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Welcome back an old friend. Their Firestarter IPA (6.6% ABV) is not back on tap at Bonfire Brewing! Stop in and get re-acquainted. Plus look outside at their Hop Jungle (or what will be one). They planted several hop vines along the Second Street patio. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

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