Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Colorado Beer News 070814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Video Game Day. Not to be confused with National Video Game Day on September 12th. This is a day to embrace your inner geek and play some of those old video games you used to spend (or still may spend) hours each day on and simply waste time. And what goes better with video games than enjoying a great craft beer with one. If you happen to be lousy at video games, at least you won't care as much when you've had a beer. Video game enthusiasts tend to remind us that "Reality is for Losers who don't play video games". Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 8th, 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - On Wednesday, July 9th, Copper Kettle will continue their July Cask Month releases with a firkin of a "Brett Saison". Come taste what Brettanomyces will do for a Saison. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Now on tap - "Orange County Suite", a Citra Hop IPA. This brew weighs in at 6.9% ABV and 78 IBUs and is full of citrus notes. This is part of their experimental elixir series and was only a 10 gallon batch. So hurry in and try it before it kicks! [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - In the mood for something hoppy? How about an India Pale Ale? Their "Blue Spruce IPA" has been tapped and is now available for your drinking pleasure. Stop in and be one of the first to try it. Stay for a bite to eat while you're there too. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Boulder County

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Their Lee Hill location is the spot where Upslope will be working on and releasing beers in their quarterly "Lee Hill Series" of barrel-aged beers. Their first such release is coming July 17th and is a Barrel Aged Brown Ale - which will be packaged in 19.2oz tall cans. [PRESS RELEASE] First out of the gate is a 7.6% Barrel Aged Brown Ale aged for four months in first use Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels from Leopold Bros. The beer’s early caramel and toffee sweetness slowly fades and intertwines with the spicy wood character imparted by the whiskey barrels to produce a warming tone and lingering rye finish full of balanced complexity and substance. Be the first to try this one on tap or snag a can for your cellar at their Lee Hill Series Release Party on Thursday, July 17 (5-9 pm) at their Lee Hill tap room. Bumper Crop food truck will be serving food and live music will be performed by Blake Aaron Russell. 19.2 ounce cans will be available for $10 (limit four). [1501 Lee Hill Road No. 20, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] Leftapalooza is back for its fourth year!! Left Hand Brewing Company’s ultimate music and craft beer experience brings together some of the most talented cover acts in Colorado to help raise funds and support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For just $10, concert goers can enjoy a full day’s worth of great music at the brewery as eight bands go head to head for the #1 spot at the Mile High Tribute Band Competition! The 2014 lineup brings you the best mix of the rock genre featuring classic early 60s rock n’ roll to alternative funk, showcasing the talents of The Beatles, Stone Temple Pilots, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, B-52s, The Police, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Eagles!! There’s a little something for everyone at Left Hand’s family friendly showcase, with the first band starting at noon and the music carrying into the evening. Bring the family down, a lawn chair, sunscreen, and get ready to dance. The eight bands will not just be battling for the title and bragging rights, but a heck of a first place prize - a show at the Boulder Theater! Beyond the music and entertainment, Leftapalooza is also a benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To date, Leftapalooza has generated over $73K in cash donations to LLS. In particular, this year’s Leftapalooza will be honoring cancer fighters Del Ewing & Delaney Stafford. LLS will be present throughout the event raising awareness as well as Love, Hope, Strength whom will be swabbing concert goers for possible donor matches.

Leftapalooza 2014
When: Saturday | 8-2-14 | 12-10pm
Where: Left Hand Brewing Company - 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.
Tickets: $10 Adult | $5 Kids 12-5 | Free – Under 5
Music: The Fab 4 | The Long Run | My Blue Sky | Hey, Lady! | Pop Star Homicide | Pipin Hot Ghost Peppers Zeppephilia | Message in a Bottle
More: Left Hand Kid Zone, Local food, Left Hand craft beer

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - With their new location in the works, the Avery team is planning to go to Germany to check out all kinds of potential new equipment. One such piece of equipment is a 720 barrel tank! Once the new location opens, look for Avery to put out a lot of beer to quench the thirsty masses! [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's Wednesday tapping will be "EnBSB", an English Style Extra Special Bitter. This brew taps at 5pm. You can pair that with food from Bedrock BBQ that night. Then, coming up on Thursday, July 10th, High Hops will be tapping a Tequila Barrel-aged Golden One. They aged their regular The Golden One in tequila barrels for 9 months. See what a big difference hints of tequila and oak will do for this beer. Live music Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Food truck available every night too. [6462 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Summer days got you thirsty? Stop in for a refreshing brew. here's their current line-up on tap today: Saison, Deceit, Sorachi, Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial, Galaxy and two new Randalls today: Saison w/Crystal Hops, or Tropic King w/Hibiscus and cocoa nibs. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - It's T-shirt day at Loveland Aleworks. Wear your favorite Aleworks shirt into the taproom today and get $1 off all of your beers. And if you happen to purchase a shirt today, they'll treat you to a pint on the house! [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - If you ride your bike to the brewery today then you'll get $1 off pints all day long. Start pedaling! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - On Saturday, July 19th from 2pm to 11pm, please join in to help celebrate Wiley Roots' 1st anniversary with the return of their Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Porter "Rocky Mountain Hide Out", as well as special small batch releases! Come and enjoy live music throughout the day and wings from the Wing Shack! They hope to see you and all of their Wiley Roots Brewing Company friends and family for this fantastic celebration! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - A big CONGRATS go out to City Star Brewing for winning FOX31 KDVR.com's Colorado Brewery Cup as the favorite Colorado brewery. A bracket-like pool was set up and fans voted daily in multiple rounds for who they liked best. The final two came down to City Star and Aurora's Dad & Dude's Breweria. City Star ended up winning with 60% of the final round votes. If you haven't yet visited this award winning brewery (they won GABF medals also) perhaps you should! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - This ever-growing brewery in Loveland has been cranking out a lot of new beers lately, in particular many seasonals. In case you missed some lately, here's the currently list of seasonals on tap: Griffin Hefeweizen, Nitro Bastone Red, Fundevolgel Dortmunder Lager, Maiden's Kiss Maibock, Dos Grios Vienna Lager, Eternal Spring Session Pale Ale, and King Son Double IPA. What kind of seasonal drinker are you? [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

The breweries down south are saving up their news for tomorrow. Come back tomorrow to hear more about these local breweries.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Today for Tap It Tuesday, the brewery is releasing a 5 gallon batch of Strawberry Rhubarb Hefeweizen. It's like a summer picnic in a glass. Get $5 half-pints of this while it lasts. Also on tap now is "Zuma Zen", a Marzen-style of amber lager and also "Nosy Bear Kolle", a cross between a Kolsch and a Hefeweizen. Try one this week! [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

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