Friday, August 15, 2014

Colorado Beer News 081514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Relaxation Day. Go ahead - relax! It's a day where you are encouraged to take it easy and simply relax. Why wait until the weekend? Of course, there's always some work to be done, no doubt, but when you get the chance to, relax. All work and no play make Jack and Jill dull people. And what a better way to relax a bit is with a nice cool craft beer from your favorite local Colorado brewery! Enjoy your Friday and your weekend. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, August 15th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Have you tried their Cinapple Ale? It could also be called Spiced Apple Pie! As this is a special batch of GF Apple Ale aged on Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) sticks for an awesome Cinapple experience. There are actually two types of cinnamon. In the US, we are most familiar with Cassia, but true cinnamon is called Ceylon (the old historic name for Sri Lanka). Either way, we think that apples and cinnamon are a great fit for one another, but don’t take our word for it, come in and try one for yourself. On tap now for a limited time. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Heat got you thirsty? Come on down - they opened at Noon. Here's their beer menu to start your weekend: Saison, Dunkel, Kolsch, Belgian Pale, Double IPA, and an Amber. Churn-N-BBQ will be on site at 4pm dishing up BBQ and Ice Cream. Plus, Teachers! Swing by this weekend for 20% off your entire order. Then - Don't forget Trivia this next Wednesday (August 20th) where the winning team gets 2 GABF tix! [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Bruises + Brews Beerfest (Glendale) - Stop over to Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on Saturday, August 16th from 12pm to 4pm. Glendale’s summer beer fest is back again this year. “Bruises + Brews” will feature unlimited tastings from 20 craft breweries (mostly local) and three Colorado distilleries, all adjacent to the 7s rugby tournament action for a perfect view with your perfect pour. This year, attendees may purchase larger pours in order to explore the stadium and enjoy a live performance from Denver’s own the Epilogues (3 p.m.) up close. Tickets & info at:

Hops in the Hanger (Denver) - Here's your chance to learn about classic aircraft and also learn about craft beer as well. Come out to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum on Saturday, August 16th from 6pm to 10pm and sample beers from 20+ breweries and enjoy some tasty BBQ as well. Admission includes museum entry food and beer sampling. More info at [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Tonight there'll be Elk Mountain's Kodiak Irish Red pouring from the nitro tap. Plus, Gusto's Kitchen will be on site starting at 4pm for your hunger needs. Let the weekend begin! Also, don't forget Open Mic Night on Sundays starting at 4pm. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - There's always something new going on tap at Hops & Pie. Last night they tapped Canfusion from Oskar Blues/Sierra Nevada. Today, they've tapped La Folie from New Belgium and also Folklore from Stillwater. Stop in and try one before the kegs kick! Stay for a bite. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - Their Local 303 Beer Club memberships keep on getting sweeter. There's a free GABF ticket tossed in for the next lucky few who sign up. Theye have a very limited quantity and now they're developing partnerships with other local businesses that will offer perks just for Local 303 Beer Club members. It's a great community they're building! A place where homebrewers can connect, in-house beer competitions (they have to take 'someone's' beer to beer festivals to showcase), free beers, a chance to explore other breweries on a fun, well-organized, and subsidized beer vacation and even more! Check out all of the details on their website. Opening in the near future. [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - Mark you calendars for their upcoming Anniversary party that starts on Monday, August 18th. They plan to have an extended celebration with live music, 2-for-1 biers, a pig roast, food trucks and much more. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

AC Golden Brewing Co (Golden) - Coors' small spin-off brewery has just come out with an addition to their Colorado Native series. This time it's an India Pale Lager. This one weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 62 IBUs and made with 100% all Colorado ingredients. But despite the IBU ratign it is reportedly less bitter than you might imagine. Some might call this a hopped up Coors Banquet Beer, but you'll need to judge it for yourself. Available now. [1301 Ford St, Golden, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Today at 4pm, Diebolt Brewing will tap their DIA (Denver International Ale), a dry-hopped IPA with 80 IBUs. Don't take off without this one in your glass. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Come get some! There's a new batch of Jr. Haze that was put up on tap last night. At 6% ABV, this has a pleasantly bitter taste with a strong grapefruit bite. Start your weekend here. Open today 3pm to 9pm. [2516 49th St, Suite 5, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing CO (Longmont) - Have you tried Safety Round, Left Hand's session series? Their latest edition, Round 3: American Pale Ale was created by Left Hand Brewing's John Kure! Today at 5pm, they bid it farewell by tapping the final kegs. Join them in celebrating this delicious brew! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Colorado Craft Beer Roundup (Frederick) - Tomorrow, Saturday August 16th from 4pm to 7pm is 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.

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Tomorrow, August 16th, from 12pm to 10pm, Liquid Mechanics will officially celebrate their Grand Opening with an Extravaganza celebration. They'll offer up a full line-up of craft beers, have live music from "Ultralowfi" along with bagpipes and unicorns, and food from Lena B Bar-B-Que and Bumper Crop food trucks. All the soft openings are done - time to officially be open! Some of their beers include: a Patersbier, a Kolsch, a Red Ale, a Blackberry Sour, a Belgian IPA, a Saison, a Hefeweizen, a Chipotle Lime Kolsch, and an Imperial Porter. Come thirsty! [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO] (Photo courtesy Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.)

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - With the recent addition of their Mojo IPA and their Buffalo Gold beers in cans, that brings the total of 4 different beers that Boulder Beer Company now makes available nationwide. Look for their cans in a store near you. Also, don't forget that every 3rd Tuesday of the month is Barrel-Aged Tuesday at the pub. They'll tap a rare, barrel-aged beer at 4pm (August 19th). Also, the brewery just announced their plans to greatly expand their restaurant, patio and office space. This new expansion is expected to cost around $1 Million. This will provide an additional 30% capacity for the brewery and add up to 10 more beer taps and a new food menu. Not to mention more parking spaces too. Stay tuned for further details. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Previously released on 12Degree's one-year anniversary party, Enkidu, a cherry Brett golden strong ale, will be tapped once again today at 3pm. Enkidu is a 100% Brett golden strong ale aged on Montmorency cherries. At 8% ABV, this unique beer is tart with distinctive pineapple notes. With only an extremely limited supply, Enkidu won't be around for very long. 12Degree's classic Belgian farmhouse ale, Soleil Saison will also be back on tap starting tonight. Fruity, spicy aromas and complex fruit notes. Tart and crisp on the palate with a dry, slightly peppery finish. They are excited to have Soleil Saison back in the lineup! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Be sure to stop in to Echo Brewing this weekend. They've got a wide variety of beers on tap including: Balefire Irish Red, Kirby Kolsch, Munich Helles, Mirror Image IPA, Nocturnal Black IIPA, Rye IPA, Simultaneous Saison, Echo Amber, CV Milk Stout, Tri-Town Brown, and even a Root Beer! Currently in the fermenters: "Frank" - a Belgian Dark Strong, a Hefeweizen, Razz - a raspberry wheat, and a Pumpkin Ale. Rocky Mountain Slices food truck will be on hand tonight 4:30pm-9pm and on Saturday - Shopey's Sandwiches food truck will be there from 5-9pm. Echo will also be pouring at the "Colorado Craft Beer Round Up" on Saturday as well. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Northern Colorado

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Have you had some Colorado peaches lately? If you come in today (or anytime this weekend that you can tear yourself away from ‪#‎NewWestFest‬) and ask for a sneak preview of ‪‎Morgan's Savvy Golden Peach Ale‬ they'll happily serve you this delicious, bright, aromatic beer. You can also sample it, along with peach beers and ciders from 6 other local breweries/cideries, at the Fort Collins Peach Festival next Saturday (8/23) at Colorado State University, Hughes Stadium. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - It's back! Today they tap Elaine's Coconut Porter once again. They open at noon and tap it at the open. Come in and enjoy. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Stop in tonight and enjoy a beer from their award winning line-up of beers. Plus an awesome night of music coming to the taproom tonight: all the way from Nashville, TN Ashleigh Caudill Music is bringing her song writing, bass playing and singing skills to City Star 7pm! Aaron McCloskey and Jessica Weatherly will be joining Ashleigh for a stellar evening of folk and bluegrass. Don't miss this! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Crow Hops Brewing Co (Loveland) - Good news! Now you can start off your weekend with a fresh batch of their Rado's Red on the nitro tap. Or sip down a Window Screen Wheat. Both are back on tap today. 217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - The very first batch of beer in their new 15 barrel fermenters is done and now on tap. It's their popular Haystack Kolsch and it's now back on tap starting at 3pm today. This batch won't run out as fast with this new big tank. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Stop in tomorrow, Saturday, August 16th for their annual release of The Farmer's Daughter Oktoberfest Lager. They will also have giveaways, food and of course lots of beer. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tomorrow, August 16th is their official Grand Opening of the Springs' newest brewery. The doors will open at 12 noon and will stay open til around 10pm that day. They will specialize in serving cask ales plus some hard carbonated equivalents. In addition to a full line-up of beer, they will also have food on site provided by Good Golly Grub Trolley. Beers to be pouring include: Propaganda IPA, Steelhead Red, Black Auger Stout, a Wit beer, two different single hop Pale Ales and a Shy Ann Rye ale. Beers available in 8oz and 16oz pours. Weekly business hours: Tues-Thurs 2pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Come give their cask and tap ales a try! [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Tonight Trinity Brewing unveils their "Swing Se Pliser". Part of their Six Degrees of Swingline. This brew debuts in 375ml bottles starting at 5pm. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

The mountains are full of beer fests this week. Enjoy one of the busiest weekends of the summer!

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Today Bonfire Brewing started packaging their Firestarter India Pale Ale in new 12oz cans. They will start going on the shelves by this afternoon. If you still have one of their 16oz Firestarter cans, cherish it as it will no longer be made in that size for the foreseeable future. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

Flavors of Colorado (Avon) - This weekend, August 16-17, come up to Nottingham Park in Avon, Colorado for Flavors of Colorado. Flavors of Colorado is a celebration of Colorado's own chefs, artists, musicians, craft brewers and distillers. Come discover the many flavors of these Colorado artisans and their craft right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Harry A. Nottingham Park, Avon, Colorado. Free admission - food & drink separate. See the Beer Fest Calendar for more info.

Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge & Beer Tasting (Conifer) - This Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 - The Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge will include a special opportunity for people to taste some unique Colorado Craft Beers. Around 15 craft breweries as well as several wineries in Colorado will be on hand for this big annual BBQ challenge with a $10,000 purse. Free parking and free admission to the BBQ competition. For more info and advance tasting tickets visit: Located on the Meyer Ranch. [US Hwy 285 & Eagle Cliff Rd., Conifer, CO]

Ed Fest Craft Beer & Music Festival (Edwards) - The 4th Annual Alpine Insurance Agency Ed Fest, brought to Edwards by the team at Crazy Mountain Brewery, celebrates international craft beer culture with over 65 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 on Saturday August 16th from 3-6 p.m. and entry to all live music acts. More info & tickets: Located in Freedom Park soccer fields at WECMRD. [0450 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO]

Thunder Mountain Moody Brews & Blues Fest (Delta) - This Saturday, in Cleland Park in Delta, CO is the 1st annual Moody Brews & Blues brew fest from 3pm to 7pm. All proceeds go to charity. Cost is $20 (available at the gate). Taste all of the local and statewide flavors of beers and ciders! Kick back and relax while listening to the Take Five jazz ensemble, and support the local Delta Lions Club. This event will help raise money for the Delta Lions Club to continue to provide eye glasses, vision screens, health fairs, human trafficking prevention, scholarships, and many other community projects. The festival features many local brewers, breweries, and cideries. With over 14 breweries in attendance, there will be 30-40 beers and ciders to taste. Food will also be available for purchase, courtesy of CB's Tavern.

Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Another milestone has been reached today. For the first time, they are now brewing their 1st batch of beer on their new 30 barrel brewhouse. It's their IPA in a much larger format. More beer is heading your way very soon. No more beer shortages! Overall, there were 18 new tanks placed inside their new facility. [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

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