Friday, June 27, 2014

Colorado Beer News 062714

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Sunglasses Day. Here in Colorado where there is over 300 days a year with sunshine, having sunglasses is important. Everyone is reminded to help protect your eyes and wear sunglasses when out enjoying the great outdoors. Sunglasses and help block harmful rays and allow you to see better when conditions are too bright. Not only that, they can also act as a fashion accessory. So while you're out enjoying a cool beer out on the patio, be sure to wear your shades and help give your eyes a break. Happy 1st Friday of Summer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 27th 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Next week's festivities leading up to the 4th of July include: Tuesday 7/1 - opening early for World Cup USA game, 7/2 - limited edition Hefeweizen release, 7/3 - special release of Imperial Melon IPA and a BAGS tournament at 6pm, 7/4 - open from 11am to 4pm, and on Sunday 7/6 - Brunch from 10:30am - 1:00pm with American Grind. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Bartender Matt created today's firkin for Firkin Friday - "Breakwater Pale Ale", made with fresh ground ginger and motueka hops. It taps promptly at 3:00pm. Be there to start your weekend! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Beryl's Beer Co (Denver) - The grand opening for Beryl's Beer Company is tomorrow, June 28th! They plan to open with at least 4 beers including: Wald Bier (Steam Beer), Antero Ale (English-style ale), Bothnia (Baltic Porter), and a brandy barrel version of Antero Ale. This brewery plans to specialize in barrel-aged beers, so look for more of those to be released in the weeks and months to come. They plan to have a barrel aged beer on tap at all times. They are located in the heart of the RiNo district and have a tap room built to hold 50 people. Doors open for the first time Saturday at 11am. They'll have a food truck on site as well. [3120-C Blake St, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Just tapped! "Stoutella", a Nutella-inspired hazelnut stout (5.4% ABV + 30 IBU) and also "Two Ponds Honey Blonde", made with Colorado clover honey (4.6% ABV 22 IBU). Also, their Victorian-style (Haunted) house, located in Arvada, CO, is turning 150 years old this year! Coinciding with their 6th year Anniversary, they are commemorating the event on Tuesday, July 1st at 3pm with the release of "150 Pale Ale" (an American-style pale ale with Indian Jaggery sugar which has a strong dried papaya flavor). The first 150 guests will receive a free commemorative pint glass with a fill of the 150 Pale Ale, stickers and other fun prizes throughout the event. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Fridays mean two Happy Hours. One from 11am to 2pm and the other from 4pm to 7pm. During that time, get $1 off all pints and snifters. Tonight JR's Smokehouse will be on site at 5pm serving up brats and pulled pork. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Here's what's Hop-pening at Big Choice. Coming up: Passion of the Weiss is still on tap but not for long - this new brew is going fast. Sunday 6/29 - Family Movie "Aladdin" and Trivia @ 3pm, July 1-3 - Get $1 off a Big Choice 4-pack for your 4th of July needs, July 4 - open 11am-6pm with Happy Hour All Day on Growlers and pints. Choose wisely for the 4th - "don't drink beer and play with explosives". [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - Comrade Brewing says it's time to launch their "Camaraderie Series," the collaboration brews with some of their favorite brewmasters from around Denver! First up is Comrade Bill Eye & Ashleigh Carter's German Hefeweizen, freshly tapped today. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Wynkoop will release Mile High Pale Ale as the newest addition in their can lineup just before the July 4th holiday weekend. The beer, a sessionable (at 5.5% A.B.V.) version of the popular Mile H.I.P.A., will feature a new can design which will be the template that the other year-round classics like Railyard, Belgorado, B3K, and Colorojo will soon transfer into. The new can template features the Denver skyline as well as a map of Denver in the background. “We wanted to update the look of the can and create more unity in the design of the beers we make.” says Andy Brown, Wynkoop’s head brewer. “We are Denver’s first craft brewery, so I made this beer and named it in tribute to that back when I started working there in 2008.” The beer is currently being made exclusively at the brewpub using our innovative hopinator device, and cans will be available in 6-packs starting July 3rd. Mile High Pale Ale will also replace Silverback, which is no longer produced by Wynkoop, in the Mile High Mix 12-pack box. Colorojo Imperial Red Ale, which originally came out as a seasonal, will be transitioning into the year-round lineup and will be the next beer to move to the new design. Patty’s Chile Beer will be back in 4-packs mid-July, and will feature a new label as well. “The seasonal, hand-labeled cans will continue to feature quirkier art, but will still be easy to connect to the other Wynkoop beers on the shelf once they are all in the new template,” says Brown. Patty’s, named after Westword founder Patricia Calhoun, will follow Kurt’s Mile High Malt, which was released in April and featured a Kurt Vonnegut self-portrait. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 FM Denver) - Tomorrow's show will be live from the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver, CO. Joining Gary V and company for this show include folks from Fort Collins Brewery, Pikes Peak Brewing, and Elk Mountain Brewing. They'll start setting up at 11:30am and the show starts at noon and runs for an hour. The Hard Rock Cafe in Denver will be their location for Live shows every Last Saturday of the month. [Hard Rock Cafe: 16th St Mall & Glenam, Denver, CO]

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - Have you tried their "Roaring Milk" yet? This brew is a 1920's style mild. They made it malty & smooth and is available on both keg and cask. They're open til 10pm tonight. [4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today at 5pm stop in for an annual tapping of the Ska/Avery brew called: Wheel Sucker Wheat. Made in honor of the Tour de BoulDurango, their 476-mile cycling odyssey from Boulder to Durango. Also, tickets went on sale today for Avery's 21st Anniversary Party set for Sunday, August 3rd from 12pm to 5pm. Their alley has served them well for 21 years. They've gone from making 800 barrels of beer a year to 50,000, from 3 annual beer styles to 22 and counting, from 3 employees to 93 and counting, and from a 6-car-garage brewhouse to a series of 6-car-garages. They will love our alley forever, but need to keep following their dreams! For their last anniversary party in the original location, Adam Avery is digging deep into his cellar and is pulling out rare and vintage beers to share with you! Tickets are $40 for beer drinkers and $20 for designated drivers. Don't miss out on this celebration. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - [INDUSTRY NEWS] Eric Wallace, co-founder & president of Left Hand Brewing Co. has been recognized as an Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year! Eric Wallace was selected as the category winner for Consumer Products & Services from a group of 24 candidates from the Mountain Desert region. EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year recognizes extraordinary performance in leading successful innovative businesses, strong financial performance, and an endearing commitment to the community. From here, Wallace will represent his category & region at the national awards in November in Palm Springs, CA. Left Hand Brewing Company was founded in 1993 by former Air Force officers, Eric Wallace & Dick Doore in Longmont, CO. Throughout the brewery’s 20 years, Wallace has lead his team through changes in business climate, a merger, financial reconstruction, and even a 500 year flood. His perseverance & vision for Left Hand have remained steadfast, creating a company whose success and size is driven by quality, integrity, and the consumer experience. Left Hand is in its 8th year of consecutive double digit growth, operating as the 38th largest craft brewery by volume. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 21 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 6 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewery was also the first craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 27 states and DC. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - 11 beers on tap today! Don't forget, their special "Hops & Harley" event is this Sunday, in Berthoud's Fickel Park from 11am to 5pm. There will be food trucks, live music, craft beer, a photo booth and more all to benefit National Mill Dog Rescue. Also, coming up on the 4th of July will be a special beer release of their "ALL American IPA". It's brewed with a handful of elusive USA hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and dry hopped with Citra hops. Open July 4th 12pm to 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today is Firkin Friday at Grimm Bros. Stop in anytime after 12pm and try the "Apple Snow Drop". It's light and refreshing. Just right to start off your weekend. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing CO (Berthoud) - Not only is this soon to open brewery pouring their first beer at the "Blues From the Top" in Winter Park tomorrow, they also plan to hold their first soft opening in Berthoud, CO from 2pm to 10pm Saturday, June 28th! This would be one of 5 breweries opening this weekend in Colorado. Not sure of the tap list availability, but they plan to have these as part of their Year Round brews: Farmer Aid Session Ale, Fire Ban Session Ale, Red Barn Ale, Switch Track Amber Ale, Scottish Rail Bender Ale, Train Wreck Porter, and Smokestack Nitro stout. They will eventually do some small batch brews as well including: Firebox Saffron Ale, and Crazy Farmer Capsaicin Ale. Not only that, but also some seasonal beers like: Waving wheat Summer Ale, The Express English IPA, and Rebbekka's Raspberry. Check their Facebook page for soft opening hours. [450 8th St, Berthoud, CO]

Wiley Roots / Broken Plow / Crabtree Brewery (Greeley) - A triple collaboration! The "Stampede Pale Ale" is releasing in all of their taprooms this Saturday, June 28th! Each brewery utilized the same base recipe but each put their own impression on the beer by the use of varying signature hops. Between Saturday, June 28th and Wednesday, July 9th go to Wiley Roots, Crabtree, or Broken Plow in Greeley and pick up a punch card. Enjoy a pint of "Stampede Pale Ale" at each location, get your card punched, and at your third stop receive a limited edition Stampede Pale Ale Collaboration glass (21.5oz... they are awesome). [At all three Greeley breweries]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Saturday, June 28th (tomorrow) is their Grand Opening date! It's taken them since 2010, but they are finally opening their doors for business. Here's their opening line-up of brews: Fist Pump Milk Stout, Sticky Paws Honey Wheat, Paralysis by Analysis IPA and a gluten-free version of Paralysis by Analysis IPA. They've got even more brews in the works for coming weeks. They plan to offer even more gluten-free varieties. They are located in the downtown area. Their doors open at 12 noon and stay open til 10pm. [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - For all you sour IPA fans, Trinity is releasing their Super Juice Solution, Session Sour IPA tonight at 5pm! Soured with Lactobacillus delbrueckii and complimented with heavily fruity American hops. They used a touch of coriander to reinforce the citrus theme of this beer. Although no fruit is used, this specialty IPA structure drinks refreshingly juicy and extremely session-able. 4.1% ABV 65 IBU's. And - file this next one under Things to Look Forward To... Trinity is brewing up a Farmhouse Soliel today. This will be one of their summer seasonal beer releases coming late next month. It's being brewed with green peppercorns, ginger and lemon zest. Stay tuned for a release date. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] Steamworks Brewing Co. continues its special monthly “firkin” tapping Friday, July 4, 2014, reprising Steamworks’ own version of the popular beer cocktail “Skip and Go Naked.” The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m. “We're bringing back the Skip and Go Naked because of its tremendous popularity,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “It’s a light and refreshing cocktail and the perfect addition to the 4th of July festivities.” A far cry from college frat house concoction, Steamworks’ Skip and Go Naked firkin uses the award-winning Colorado K├Âlsch as a base. “Then we've added fresh peach puree and our own special lemonade made of lemon juice, zest and some sugar,” Steamworks Brewer and Certified Cicerone® Spencer Roper. “It’s mighty tasty, and this one always sells out quickly.” [801 E Second Ave, Durango, CO]

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - It's official! They have finally received their Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Steamboat Springs. That means they can now be open for business! If you want to be part of their Locals Mug Club better hurry and sign up. It's not too late to join the it's filling up quickly. Stay tuned for word on when they will open. [1744 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Butcherknife Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - It's a busy time in Steamboat for brewery openings. Last week Butcherknife held a soft opening, and today and tomorrow they will host 2 more soft openings. They will be open today 4pm to 11pm and on Saturday 1pm to 11pm. On tap will be their Blonde X (American Blonde Ale) and Amputator (American Pale Ale). Then look forward to their Grand Opening & Pig Roast on Saturday, July 5th. They plan to have a 3rd beer "The Bridge", a Belgian specialty beer available around then as well. Doors will open at 11am that day. [2875 Elk River Rd #773207, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - It's Hogfest in Aspen this weekend (as in motorcycles that is). They are offering up Happy Hour prices all weekend long to anyone in a Harley Davidson t-shirt or a leather biker vest. $3.50 pints and $12 pitchers. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

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