Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Colorado Beer News 072214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Spooner's Day. This is not a day for couples to spoon, but rather to pay homage to Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was known mostly for not saying words in the right order and transposing adjoining words. Instead of saying "cold beer", he'd say something like "bold ceer". Instead of "bitter drink", he'd say "ditter brink". You can make up your own "spoonerisms" today and transpose words. Just be careful who you say it too. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Cask Month continues every Wednesday in July. This week's firkin is an "Espresso Cream Ale". This brew will be tapped on July 23rd and goes until it's gone. Put a little espresso kick into your beer! [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Starting August 1st, you will be able to find cans of Dude's Brews at local liquor stores and restaurant taps. Back on June 30th, Dude's Brews canned 3 of their beers: Dank IPA, Leaves of Lemongrass Belgian-style Witbier, and Riot Red Rye Ale. These have been available at Dad & Dude's, but now will be distributed out to stores and taps in the area. Dude's Brews has an alternating proprietorship with Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock to help them keep up with the demand for packaged beers. By the end of the year, Dude's Brews plans to start distributing outside of Colorado as well. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

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

2nd Annual Fermentation Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] On August 9th and 10th at Denver’s Highlands Masonic Center, Fermentation Experts from across Colorado will gather to share their knowledge with the eager ears of attendees at the 2nd Annual Fermentation Festival & Market. The event will feature unlimited tastings from craft brewers, distillers, sauerkraut makers, Kombucha brewers and much more. Education is the main goal of the organizers with home fermentation classes offered on every subject from lacto-fermented veggies to how to make sake. Nowhere else will you find this many fermentation gurus gathered at one event. This is not your typical festival. The event is open to all ages with fun activities for kids as well. Debuting this year is a fermentation “petting zoo” where kids will be encouraged to experience fermentation with all their senses - think Halloween where grapes turn into eyeballs and spaghetti noodles act as worms. Back this year is the ever popular pickle toss, where contestants will fling, toss and throw pickles into their teammates’ mouths from varying distances for a chance to win serious bragging rights, a gallon of pickles and $50 cash. Guests from all walks of life will have the opportunity to eat, drink and experience fermentation at its finest. This year’s event will benefit First Descents, a non-profit who offers young adult cancer survivors and fighters a free outdoor adventure experience designed to help them climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. More info: www.fermentationfestival.com.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - As anticipated, Jagged Mountain will release their 10.9% ABV "Voodoo Goat Barleywine" today when they open. Coming up later this month, look for their "Wilkinson Exit 30-Year Old Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter" to tap this Sunday, July 27th and their "BrettBagger Barrel-Aged Brettanomyces Imperial White IPA on Tuesday, July 29th. They also have an Imperial Stout, a Redpoint Belgo-American Red Rye Double IPA and a Barking Marmot Belgo-American Black IPA in the works. Look for them in the weeks to come. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Get ready for the "LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM CRAPPY BEER FEST NO. 1" this Saturday, July 26th all day starting at 11am. At Parry's, they give the craft beer enthusiast many reasons to liberate themselves from crappy beer. On July 26th, they're proving it - the proof is in 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 from Russian River Brewing Company, Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co., and Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company and more. [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - The brewery is counting down the days 'til their 4th Anniversary Party on August 1st and 2nd. In the meantime, stop in today for Growler Tuesday with discount growler fills. Tomorrow will be Firkin Wednesday (TBA). This Friday night, Elk Mountain will be pouring their beers at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event in Denver at Civic Center Park. Live music Saturday night and Open Mic Night on Sunday. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Arapahoe County Fair Craft Brew Fest (Aurora) - The Craft Brew Fest is new this year on Friday, July 25th, featuring more than 10 of the top brewers in Colorado. For $10, fairgoers 21+ get unlimited tastings. Buy your tickets online till July 23 or during the Fair at the main gate or Event Tent. Featuring craft brews by: The Brew on Broadway, Dry Dock Brewing Company, Two22 Brew, Three Freaks Brewing Co., Mu Brewery Inc., Dad and Dudes Breweria, Coda Brewing Company, Living the Dream Brewing Company, Blue Spruce Brewing Company, and Grand Lakes Brewing Co. Located at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. [25690 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - There's always something new on tap at Hops & Pie. Today they've tapped these brews: "4.0 GPA" from Bull & Bush, "Imperial Biscotti Break" from Evil Twin, "Cellar Door" from Stillwater, "Summer Pale Ale" from Port Brewing, and "Ol' One Eye" from City Star Brewing. Pair one of those with their Slice of the Day: "Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese". [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Along with their regular stock of house brew and 12 guest brews, the staff has been busy making some new brews. They've just put their Porter in whiskey barrels yesterday for some aging. They are now brewing up their Pale Ale and will next brew up their Oktoberfest beer (yes it's getting to be that time of year). It's "Two Buck Tuesday". Get $2 off all Blue Spruce beers today til close. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Another brew to look forward to... today the brewers were mashing in the first of 2 batches of Red Evelyn, their annual Imperial Red Rye IPA that they brew to honor their grandma. Look for this beer mid August (draft and 22-oz bombers this year). Plenty of beer on tap until then. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Beer Camp Across America (Denver) - Are you ready for Beer Camp this Friday?

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Don't forget! They tap their "Blåbær of Love" specialty one-off keg of blueberry sour TONIGHT at 6pm. Pucker up at The Source! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Stop in this Saturday, July 26th at noon for a tapping and bottle release of a collaboration beer they brewed with Call to Arms Brewing Company called "Peace & Assist #1", a hibiscus & peppercorn kettle-sour beer. Only 175 bottles will be releases with a limit of 2 per person. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Be sure to stop on down to the brewery this Saturday, July 26th from 12pm to 2pm. That's when the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be doing their live remote broadcast of their radio show. Host John Turk and company will have lots of special guests and will be doing some cool giveaways during the show. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll pour Batch Two of their session Farmhouse ale. Two versions: same yeast strain, fermented at different temperatures! In the meantime, today they have fresh J. Marie farmhouse ale kegged yesterday! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - What's bigger and bolder than a quad, but less than a sextupel? That would be Avery's upcoming barrel-aged release of "5 Monks", a quintupel. This MASSIVE brew weighs in at an astounding 19.4% ABV! Five Monks will be released at the Tap Room this Sunday, July 27th at 11am. It's #22 in their barrel-aged brews. Each 12oz bottle will sell for $12 each (limits per person will apply). Get there early to ensure you will get an allotment of this brew. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Want to Win a Trip for two to the Great American Beer Festival this October in Denver? In celebration of their 35 years in beer, Boulder Beer Co is sending two lucky folks to the GABF! (This includes airfare, hotel stay and tickets to the fest for two nights.) All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter by answering a few simple questions and you are entered to win! The lucky winners will be announced in September. Good luck! Enter at: boulderbeer.wishpond.com/win-a-trip/

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] About 1,000 people came out to sample beers and enjoy films at New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour stop in Boulder, Colo. on Friday, July 11. The event raised $9,917 for Community Cycles. The non-profit organization of bicycle enthusiasts educates and advocates for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable mode of transportation and recreation for entire communities. “This year’s Clips stop in Boulder was a ton of fun,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manger. “We ended up with beautiful weather after some rain earlier in the day and raised almost $10,000 for an awesome nonprofit. Last year we were rained out, so we’re thrilled that we had such a great turnout this year.” This was the seventh city stop for the national tour, now in its fifth year. The tour will travel to 21 cities this season, showcasing amateur films while pouring hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and popular New Belgium classics. Each stop features an outdoor screening of the selected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers, food from local vendors and other fun activities.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - For this week's Wednesday firkin, High Hops is bringing back their popular Habanero Honey Ale. This brew will tap promptly at 5pm July 23rd. As always, you can find a food truck on site Wednesday through Sunday evening. Plus, live music Friday (6pm), Saturday (5pm) and Sunday (3pm). Special: If you buy a High Hops t-shirt you'll get a free flagship pint of beer. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today it T-Shirt Tuesday at 1933 Brewing. Buy a t-shirt from them today and you'll get a FREE pint of any of their brews today. They will be open from 3pm to 8:30pm today. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Berthoud's first social run is this Thursday, July 24th starting at City Star 6pm. Enjoy a 2 or 4 mile run followed by a hard earned beer. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Today is T-Shirt Tuesday at the Aleworks. Wear your Loveland Aleworks shirt into the taproom and score $1 OFF every pint you drink today. And, if you buy a new shirt today they'll treat you to a free pint on the house. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Can't wait for the weekend to stock up on beer? Drop by and get $2 off on growler fills at Freedom's Edge today. [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Yee ha! The new fermenters are in and that can only mean one thing. Funkwerks is once again expanding their production. Look for even more beer heading your way very soon. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today you can get 1/2 price to-go fills all day long. It's a great time to stock up on Big Beaver brews! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tickets are now on sale for their Trinity Brewing 6th Anniversary Dinner and Horizontal Swingline Pairing set for Sunday, August 24th at 8pm. An RSVP is required and just 20 seats are available. Expect this to sell out fast. Not only will there be 6 food pairings, but there will be 6 different & new Swingline beer variations for you to try including: Super Juice Solution Session Sour IPA, Session Swing American Session IPA, Red Swingline IPA Primitif, Easy Swinger Wild IPA, Swing Se Pliser Sour IPA, Double Swingline DIPA Primitif, and Passion Swing American Fruited IPA. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - One of Summer's best beer festivals is happening this Saturday, July 26th up in Breckenridge. This annual beer fest runs from 1pm to 6pm at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center. There will be over 40 craft breweries pouring along with live music, food and retail vendors. There's a VIP area too. This year they moved it to the base of the Breck Ski Resort. If you stop in on Friday at Park Avenue Pub between 6-8pm you can enjoy the beerfest mug pickup party and get your mug and wristbands early. Come on up to Summit County and enjoy beer and the beautiful mountain view! Tickets available online thru Friday.

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Recently in the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Aspen Brewing took home a Silver medal for their "This Season's Blonde". The medals just keep on coming! Stop in when you're up in the area and try this brew. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

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