Friday, June 13, 2014

Colorado Beer News 061314

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Friday the 13th. This is a good news / bad news kind of day. The bad news, for those who tend to be very superstitious, is that Friday the 13th is associated with a day when bad things happen to people. The good news is that in 2014, there is only one Friday the 13th this year. So for those of you who believe in bad luck days, this is going to be THE day of the year for it to happen. In some cultures, Friday was always considered to be bad luck, case in point, Jesus died on a Friday. The the number 13 has been labeled as bad luck by Western cultures. So if you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, today is not your day, but for the rest of us, let's just enjoy the start of a warm June weekend, a full moon and have a beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 13th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Father's Day Gift Suggestion: A growler fill from his favorite local brewery is always great!

Metro Denver

Stem Ciders (Denver) - If you are headed to the Golden Music Festival starting tonight and running through Sunday - look for Stem Ciders. They are helping to sponsor the event. Then catch them at the after party at Golden Moon Speak. Have you tried a hard cider lately? [2811 Walnut St, Suite 150, Denver, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Tonight brings another edition of Firkin Friday. Tonight's brew is a Kiwi Kolsch. Just right for a hot June afternoon + evening. [9150 Commerce Center Circle, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Tonight Big Choice will tap one keg of their "Passion of the Weiss", a Passion Fruit Hefeweizen that they did in collaboration with Old Chicago's! Come check it out while it lasts. No food truck tonight so BYOF. Choose Wisely. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Want a special way to celebrate Flag Day this Saturday? Stop over at the future second location for Great Divide at 3403 Brighton Boulevard in Denver from 2pm to 6pm in the empty lot for Great Divide's 20th Anniversary Party. With your ticket ($30 advanced or $35 at the door) you'll get access to their entire beer line-up along with some special tappings and rare brews. You also get a food ticket to use at one of the many food trucks on site. Live music from 4 different bands too. It's across the street from The Source.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Bring Dad in this Sunday for Father's Day. Get a free BSB beer with the purchase of an entree. Or if you can't bring along Dad, come in and watch some World Cup soccer and get the same deal! [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - The brewery is tapping a Saison tonight around 5:00pm. They'll also have the Comfortable Food Truck on site too to help fill you up. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Looks like Friday the 13th is an unlucky day at 38 State. Unfortunately, they'll be closed today. Apparently you've been very thirsty and they've run too low on their brews to serve you today. They had hoped to have more available today, but it's just not quite ready. They have new larger fermenters and will be brewing in triple batches so they can avoid this interruption in the future. Thanks for your understanding and continued support as they work through some growing pains. They WILL be open on Saturday and Sunday. They'll have a small but awesome selection with something for everyone. [8071 S Broadway Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Please note: their Barrel Cellar taproom will be closed for the summer starting this weekend. However, that taproom will open Saturday, June 21st for their Cellar Reserve member release. So please head to The Source for your Crooked Stave beer fix. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's what's new on tap for this weekend (while it lasts): Collective Distortion - a collaboration from Stone/Kyle Hollingsworth/Keri Kelli, Lagunitas IPA, Festina Peche from Dogfish Head, and White IPA from Green Flash - all TAPPED now! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Look for some more creative beers to be released this summer including: Barleywine (late June), Black Saison (late June), Peakbagger Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sour Imperial White IPA (July), Small Batch 30 Year-Old Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter (late July), and Small Batch Free Solo series single-hopped IPAs (late July). Plus, they've got a HUGE Imperial Stout in the works as well that will take months to produce, but it'll be worth the wait. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Today is a lucky Firkin Friday. Today's firkin is a Chocopeno Porter. Try a pint if you dare! It taps around 3pm. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Announcing the return of their beloved summer seasonal - Banana Hammock, an amber rye hefeweizen. This brew is bursting with yeasty banana aromas and is complemented with light malty and spicy rye notes. Open today 2pm to 8pm. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit #13, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Stop in and get a glass of their newly tapped firkin today. They took their Escape to Colorado IPA and added in grains of paradise for a special treat. Get free samples and $4 pints while it lasts. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Breckenridge Rocky Mountain SamplerBreckenridge Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Breckenridge Brewery introduces the Rocky Mountain Sampler featuring its new Mountain Series. In the coming weeks, Breckenridge Brewery will release the Rocky Mountain Sampler 12-pack, featuring its all-new Mountain Series. In addition to three favorite Breckenridge Brewery varieties, the Rocky Mountain Sampler will include a rotating, limited release Mountain Series beer, exclusive to the new package. Each beer in the series will offer a little something different based on the season, specially obtained ingredients, and whims of the brew staff. The Mountain Series celebrates the brewery’s origin as a small, ski town brewpub passionate about crafting fun and adventurous beers. The Mountain Series is a collection of pilot, small batch, and seasonal brews which showcases the unabashed creativity and experimentation that thrives in the brewery’s original Rocky Mountain home. The first Mountain Series beer to be released in the Rocky Mountain Sampler will be Buddha’s Hand, a Belgian Witbier (wheat beer) brewed with the ancient citron fruit called Buddha’s Hand. This tropical fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling the hand of Buddha. At 6% ABV and an IBU of 15, this ale is crisp and refreshing with a subtle citrus zest making it ideal for summer meditations. The new Rocky Mountain Sampler 12-packs are slated to hit shelves across the nation just in time for Fourth of July. For more information on the Rocky Mountain Sampler and the limited release Mountain Series beers, visit [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - If you happen to be attending the Louisville Downtown Street Faire (the first one is tonight), look for Crystal Springs Brewing to help quench your thirst. They are just a short 4 minute walk away. They open at 3pm and the Faire starts at 5pm. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - There's a special Tap Room release happening this Sunday, June 15th. Get ready for "Obscuro & Nimbosus", a barrel-aged sour ale. According to Adam Avery "We love rum. We love beer cocktails. This beer replicates the flavors in one of my favorite rum drinks in an original, authentic way. It’s crisp, sour and refreshing. This is the first beer in this series inspired by a cocktail, but I doubt it will be the last." Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz. bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. Bring cash for the lineup of beers available on draft, featuring rarities like Eremita V, Raven, Thoma's Mom, and MuRveR! They’ll treat fathers to a pint of IPA or White Rascal and kids to a root beer! Happy Father's Day! [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Today in their taproom they are pouring "Chainsaw Ale". It's their double version of their Sawtooth ESB that weighs in at a big 9.4% ABV. This brew is also available in bomber bottles. Try one and take some home too. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Boulder Beer CO (Boulder) - Did you know that Boulder Beer sponsors a Hoppy Hour Monday through Saturday from 3pm to 6:30pm? During that time you can get $13.50 pitchers and $3.50 pints. Plus, don't forget to stop in on Saturday for their big 35th Anniversary celebration. Special rare beer releases, live music all day noon to 9pm and more. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - What brew has Nugget, Cascade, Cashmire, Tahoma and Triple Pearl hops and is made from a 2nd runnings? Why it's their small batch "Second Sun IPA". This brew weighs in at 5.6% ABV (not bad for a 2nd runnings), and an unbelievable calculated 125 IBUs! This batch is so small, it's available only in taster size. It's a fruity and spicy smelling IPA. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo Brewing Company is excited to announce their first "Open MIC Night" taking place on Sunday, June 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm. Do you have a hidden talent? Do you sing in the shower? Do you play a musical instrument? They'll give you the stage to show off your talent. Come in and perform for your friends! Meanwhile, stop in for some tasty brew tonight. Shopey's Sandwiches Food Truck will be there from 5-9pm. The patio is open! [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Summer quencher alert! Their Apricot Saison flew off the taps. Now, they present their Peach Saison. It's now on tap at the brewery starting this afternoon. [3550 Frontier Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Today the brewery is releasing their Out of the Ashes (series) Smoked IPA! FCB says "It's like an IPA kickboxing a smoked beer in your mouth!" - Stop by their taproom. If you buy any Out of the Ashes pint you'll get a free FCB Tin Tacker also. Also, one brewery note: they are busy now brewing up their Oktoberfest brew - it won't be long til Oktoberfest season! [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Colorado Brewers' Festival (Ft. Collins) - The fest is coming up quick! June 28th & 29th and also the All Brewers Eve on the 27th. At the fest they will be pouring over 100 different Colorado beers over 2 days. Different beer will be available each day. If you get a tasting package ($20, avail here -, your wristband is good both days. Here is a list of the beers that also notes which beers will be served which days -

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - It may be Friday, but City Star is already planning for Monday when they will tap their Boomerang IPA. This brew was made with hops from down under: New Zealand Pacific Jade, Australian Galaxy, New Zealand Motuka and Australian Summer hops. These give the brew some citrus and apricot flavors. Stats: 5.7% ABV and 77 IBU. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Odell Trellis Garden AleOdell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Odell Brewing introduces ale brewed with herbs from the Gardens on Spring Creek. On June 21-22, Odell Brewing will celebrate the first weekend of summer with the release of its newest Cellar Series beer, Trellis Garden Ale, brewed with a variety of herbs and spices grown at The Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens on Spring Creek. Situated on an 18-acre site along the Spring Creek corridor, the Gardens on Spring Creek is the community botanic garden of Fort Collins, Colorado. Trellis Garden Ale is a crisp, double pale ale brewed with coriander, cilantro, pineapple mint, lavender and rose petals harvested from the Gardens just last year. Hoppy hints of citrus and fresh cut grass balance the malty sweetness and enhance the subtle floral spice for a refreshing finish. At 8.7% ABV, Trellis is balanced and refreshing. Odell Brewing and The Gardens will celebrate the release of Trellis in the brewery’s backyard on June 21 and 22. Guests can enjoy samples of the brew, local food truck pairings, and live music by the Matt Skinner Band on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. One dollar of each bottle of Trellis sold will go to The Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. Admission to The Gardens is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Another day another new beer! Stop in to try their "Grievous Angel Hoppy Lager". This is an unfiltered lager with tropical fruit aromas and a taste of light malts and lots of hops. It's a bitter kinda of brew, just like the guy who developed their recipe - Troy. This is an easy drinking 4.5% ABV 47 IBU brew. Plus live music tonight as well. [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The day has arrived! Tonight at 5pm Trinity will be tapping their 2013 GABF GOLD winner - Elektrick Cukumbahh, Saison d'été. It's officially summer and cucumbers are coming into harvest. Cooling cukes are such a nice treat that they decided to make a Saison d'été with them. Adding a large amount of English cucumbers per barrel, and just enough lemon zest to lend an overall brightness to the beer, this recipe is quickly becoming legendary. 6.4% ABV. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Celebrate Friday by joining in for the release of a new beer! This latest concoction is a Double Rye Pale Ale, which will be tapped at 5PM today! Don't worry, they've got your hunger pangs covered as well, Gypsy-Pizzeria is with them all evening. So, hurry up and finish that work week and come on down! [4630 Forge Rd, Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - For Friday the 13th they are tapping a new beer - "Street Cred", an India Rye Red Ale. This is a new year round beer that is a blend of Imperial Red and and IPA. This brew weighs in at 7.2% ABV and will make you howl at the full moon. Plus live music at 5:30pm too. Open today from 2pm to 8pm. [1941 Dolores Way, Carbondale, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - CMBC is gearing up for a great weekend! Saturday is the Crazy Wagon Food Truck's New Menu Debut so swing on by and taste some of Chef David's newest fare! THEN, on Sunday they're celebrating the Worldwide Day of Giving with a Canned Food Drive all day long. Each person who brings in canned food for those in need will receive a FREE pint of their year round beer (one per person, please)! Drink good. Do good. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Casey Brewing and Blending (Glenwood Springs) - In addition to their Saison being available during their openings July 3rd and 5th, Casey Brewing will be pouring an extremely limited amount of a test batch they did, Raspberry Saison. Available for on-site tasting only, this was aged on fresh whole raspberries and was done to learn how this Saison plays with berry fruits. They'll be doing larger fruit batches of Saison later in the summer. Opening soon! [3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Tip for Father's Day: A person who doesn't know what to get Dad for Father's Day obviously has never been inside a beer store.

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