Thursday, August 14, 2014

Colorado Beer News 081414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Whiffle Ball Day. Back in 1953, the Whiffle Ball debuted and ever since then, backyard ballgames would never be the same. Here's to that hollow perforated plastic ball that never seems to throw straight or travel straight when hit. Catch one if you can! Dig out that old plastic ball and bat and get some friends together for a pick-up game. You can always celebrate with a Colorado craft beer afterwards. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 14th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Chain Reaction Brewing Co and Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Both of these breweries just got together to brew up a new collaboration beer. This brew will be an Oak Smoked Wheat Abbey ale. Look for this brew to debut at both breweries sometime in September.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Crooked Stave is once again honored to be a part of Brasserie Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014! The event will take place at their Barrel Cellar (1441 W. 46th Ave., Unit 19) on September 20th (details to come). See the Facebook link for a full list of Zwanze Day 2014 locations. Zwanze Day locations.

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - It's going to be a day of Waggin' T'ales. Come join 4 Paws 4 Life at the Hogshead Brewery from 2-7pm on Sunday, August 24th for an afternoon of beer and fun benefiting Rescue Dogs! There will be a silent auction featuring: a weekend stay in the mountains, artwork donated by local artists, a growler gift bag, a Pampered Pooch gift bag, and many more. All money raised will go to benefit 4 Paws 4 Life's Medical Fund so that they can commit to helping more dogs in need. Hogshead Brewery will be donating 20% of the day's sales to 4 Paws 4 Life. [4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO]

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Those of you who were lucky enough to score GABF tickets will want to download a new app for this year's festival called "My GABF". It is now available from the Apple Store and on Google Play. This app will let you search or browse the brewery list or see what's near you by tapping on a section in the GABF Map tab. You can locate breweries and see what beers they will be pouring. The app will let you track breweries you visit and help take notes on what you've tried. Granted, there's no beers listed yet on this app, but that will be automatically updated once the official beer list has been released.

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Every Monday starting at 6pm will be "Brews and Board Games" night at Kokopelli Beer Co. Come in and play one of their games or bring in your own. If you're playing games you get $1 off house pints! They've got Battleship, Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Brewopoly, Jenga and more. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Today their Kolsch is back on tap. It's a sessionable brew at 5% ABV. They've got some good beers coming up on tap soon as well. Look for their Rye IPA, Brown Ale, and a Berliner Weisse. [8071 S Broadway Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Station 26 Brewing CO (Denver) - Today is another Firkin Thursday. This week's firkin tapping is their "Red X", a brew spiced with cascara (the fruit of the coffee bean) from Covus Coffee. It taps at 4:00pm. Get some! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing - Now back on tap, their popular common-style (lager fermented at ale temps) beer called "Rio Common". This is a beer they brewed along with Rio Grande restaurant in Boulder. It has a pinch of fresh orange and limes that brighten this up into a summer quencher. [3550 Frontier Ave Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Tonight there will be a Fun Run with a FREE beer afterwards starting at 6:00pm. The run starts and finishes at their tap hour. Come prepared to run. Be good, then be real bad after. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - A member of their kitchen staff broun in some mesquite honey from their family's farm in California. So Fate Brewing decided to help turn that into beer. Today they tapped their "Mesquite Honey Porter". This porter uses that honey along with some house smoked mesquite malts. It's sessionable at 4.8% ABV and pairs well with their house smoked dishes. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Today their "River Rock Brown" returns to the taps. This is a smooth brown ale brewed with heated river rocks added to the boil creating a nice caramel character. It taps at 4pm. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Colorado Craft Beer Roundup (Frederick) - This beer fest is set for this Saturday, August 16th in Crist Park (105 5th St) in Frederick, CO from 4pm to 7pm (VIPs at 3pm). Ready for a boot-stomping, beer tasting good time? Mosey on over to the CO Craft Beer Roundup where over 20 Colorado breweries will be serving up suds to quench your thirst as food vendors quell your hunger, and plenty of live music and games entertain you! Featuring a kids corral with free kids activities including a fun splash pad, this fundraiser for the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce is sure to delight fun lovers of all ages! With a General Admission ticket, you get a mini Co Craft Beer Roundup tasting mug, unlimited samples from over 20 awesome Colorado Breweries and access to the event’s entertainment! If you want to skip the lines and get to the beer tasting quicker than the General Admission crowd, you can buy the VIP Admission ticket so you can get into the event at 3:00pm. Tickets and info at the Official Website.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) Head to their Lee Hill tap room tonight from 6-8pm and try their hop-less Summer Herbal Ale (5.7% ABV). Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary will be on site giving you the 411 on all things herbs, plus Bumper Crop will be on site serving up farm fresh food. [1501 Lee Hill Rd, No. 20, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Recently, Odell and Old Chicago Restaurants (Colorado) got together and came up with a specialty brew that will be available only in Colorado-based Old Chicago locations. This beer aims to replicate a German Gose beer (slightly sour and salty wheat ale). This beer "Comes & Gose" will available in all Colorado Old Chicago locations from August 25th to September 13th and will be part of Old Chicago's Explorer Series. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - The Mayor is getting ready for this year's "Tap Into Northern Colorado" event set for Sept. 21 through Oct 4th, 2014. Tap Into Northern Colorado (TINC) is a yearly celebration of the amazing beers and breweries in Northern Colorado. Over at The Mayor, they do a 'Tap Takeover' of their region of the state with ALL 100 taps pouring Northern Colorado's best beers. They turn themselves into your regional tap room for the week before and the week of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). If you'd like updates on the events and beers, please follow them on Twitter @TapIntoNOCO and use hashtag #TINC2014. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - This Saturday night, come listen to The Stubby Shillelaghs folk the Beaver starting around 7pm. That night, enjoy their Vanilla Porter, a special small batch brewed by one of their loyal homebrewer customers, Ben Lange. If you wear a kilt that night, they'll give you "Buy 1 Get 1" pints all night. Also, coming up next week is a new Golden Strong Ale (yet to be named) that weighs in at a hefty 11.5% ABV. This brew will be served in half-pints only. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget that Funkwerks will host a beer release of "Remi's Rye", a rye saison style ale this Saturday. This Pro-Am beer is a Saison brewed with a heavy dose of malted rye. It was inspired and brewed with homebrewer Remi Bonnart. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - PCBC's Mortal Komb-august continues today with the release of "Have An Ice Day", a mint porter. This beer is a tribute to one of the best characters in Mortal Kombat - Sub Zero. Enjoy a pint today. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - There's two reasons to come have a beer or two at Freedom's Edge today - 1) $1 off pints, and 2) the re-release of their Cream Ale. Stop in and enjoy! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today's beer special is $1 off pints of their Angry Banjo Kentucky Common (aka cream ale). Plus they have complimentary slices of pizza starting at 6pm while they last. They opened at 1pm today. ]1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Join in at the Bristol Brewing Pub for the release of their Octoberfest beer on Thursday, August 28th! There will be complementary pretzel-sausage bites available from The Meat Locker and a taste of this year's beer will be offered at 5:30pm! Let the Oktoberfest season begin! [1605 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ed Fest Craft Beer & Music Festival (Edwards) - The 4th annual festival is this Saturday at Freedom Park in Edwards, CO. The beer tasting runs from 3-6pm and the concert runs from 6pm to 10pm. This fest celebrates the international craft beer culture with over 40 craft breweries tasting microbrews from around the world. Ed Fest promises summer fun for the whole community with gourmet bites from local restaurants and food trucks, wares from Colorado purveyors, and live music by the nationally-renowned North Mississippi Allstars. Ed Fest benefits the Eagle Valley Land Trust, a local nonprofit dedicated to conserving and protecting Eagle Valley’s natural spaces. General Admission includes souvenir tasting cup, access to the unlimited beer sampling from 3-6 p.m. and entry to all live music acts. More info & tickets:

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