Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado Beer News 081914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Potatoe Day. It's a day to celebrate America's 2nd most often eaten food - aka the spud, the tater, the "pomme de terre". The average American eats over 132 pounds of potatoes a year! That's a lot. It's a good source of potassium, iron, fiber and complex carbohydrates. It's also fat free (it you don't add fatty oils that is)! Cheers to that, better wash some down with a craft beer today. If potatoes aren't your thing, then you can always celebrate World Photography Day and photograph your beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 19th, 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

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Next Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm will be the 1st ever LowDown Beer Dinner at the brewery. They will be serving a tasting menu of five courses, each of which will be paired with one of their craft beers. The cost is $60 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Call to make reservations at (720) 524-8065. Limited seating available. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland realizes that man & woman can't live by beer alone, that's why they've invited a food truck to be with them each night Thursday through Sunday this week. Something new each night. Then get ready for Labor Day weekend August 28 - September 1st. All weekend long they will be offering WonderCan specials with $2 off all cans all weekend. On Friday, 8/29 for The New Classics Band wear your classic concert t-shirt and get entered into a raffle all night long. Happy Hour 3-6pm that day with $2 off pints. Saturday 8/30 they will release "Plum(b) Crazy Sour Beer" during a release party that starts at 2pm. Then on Sunday, 8/31 its a Picnic at the Brewery. Bring in a picnic and enjoy $2 off all session beers. Family, friends, kids and even your dog are all invited. Sweet Cow Ice Cream will be on hand serving up sweet treats starting at 2pm. Then on Labor Day, September 1st it's Bike to the Brewery Day. Get $1 off pints for bikin' in. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

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Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - August "Childhood Cereals" Cask Month continues this Wednesday August 20th with a tapping of "Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout". How many chocolate cereals can you think of? You'll be sure to taste some of those in this dark brew. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Their next Jagged Gives day is Sunday, August 31 for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Denver! $1 per beer sold that day will benefit YNPN-Denver. Young Nonprofit Professionals Network focuses on attracting talented people to the nonprofit sector, helping young nonprofit professionals connect with their peers, providing programs that help develop current and emerging nonprofit leaders, and advocating for the interests of young nonprofit professionals. Drink. Mingle. Network. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - There will be a special tapping of their Hydle ale this Thursday, August 21st. Then on Friday, August 22nd, they will tap Blackwater Whiskey Oak Aged Stout along with a music concert from Indigent Row and also the 12th Doctor Scottish Strong Ale. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today is growler day where you can bring in your Elk Mountain growlers for a discounted fill. Especially their Mug Club Members. And tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, stop in for a firkin tapping of a Toasted Coconut Alt beer. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today is Chile Tuesday. Today's beer is a Jalapeno IPA. It has just the right amount of heat. Small batch so this one will go quick. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll dig into the cellar and tap one of their rarest kegs, Oud Bruin! Five gallons only, first pours at 3pm tomorrow. Don't miss it! Also, for today, they still have both Grand Unified Theory and Barrel Reserve 2014 on tap! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Here is something to look forward to - "Putin on the Fritz" is going to be coming back bigger and stronger than ever at 15.5% ABV. It's being aged in a Law's Whiskey House Bourbon Barrel. Also, Putin on Cherries will also be making an appearance soon. Look for both of them around GABF time (that's early October). Betcha can't wait. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight's the night! Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrels hits the tap at 6 p.m. It's a big bad dark sour ale weighing in at 9.666% ABV. Sour lovers won't want to miss this one. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Colorado Brewers Guild (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) announced a new program, Hop the Vote. This program is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators. Voting will take place during all sessions at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) from October 2 through October 4. “The Colorado Brewers Guild works side-by-side with our state leaders on a daily basis on public policy for the industry” said Steve Kurowski, marketing director at the CBG. “Hop the Vote gives us the chance to show the Colorado community how and why we work together.” To prepare for the competition, each team will host a brew day at a local Denver brewery next week. Each team has both Democrat and Republican representatives, many whom are up for re-election this November. The Colorado State Senate team will be brewing at Dry Dock Brewing Co. on Wednesday, August 27. This team is made up of Matt Jones, Andy Kerr, Scott Renfroe, Pat Steadman, Lois Tochtrop and Rachel Zenzinger. The Colorado State House of Representative team will brew at Denver Beer Company on Friday, August 29. Team members include Joann Ginal, Chris Holbert, Polly Lawrence, Dan Pabon, Brittany Pettersen, Jonathan Singer and Spencer Swalm. During each session of GABF, team members will be pouring their beer at the CBG booth. GABF attendees will try both beers and cast a vote for their favorite brew. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. on October 4, 2014. The winning team will receive medals and bragging rights.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's their 1st Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce Brewing. Today's firkin is a Peach Cobbler Pale Ale. It tapped at 4pm today. Come get some! [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - It's Tacos & Trivia tonight starting at 6pm. Don't forget to wear your Two22 apparel and get $1 off (beers that is). [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide has some "Demeter Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour" from their pilot system on tap now. This won't last another day cuz it's just so good. Get some now before it's gone! [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's an ad hoc small batch kind of day. They have a little bit of Sage Black Saison and Belgian IPA left. When the saison is gone then it's gone for a while. The Belgian IPA will be back on Friday - both in nitro and CO2 form. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Tonight, they have some Nitro Black IPA, brewhouse yoga and an open turntable in the Tap Room. Flex, listen to some tunes and enjoy a brew. [3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Wild Woods now offers 64oz pitchers of beer. No, not for just you - bring in a couple of friends and save a couple bucks off individual pours. Also, don't forget that it's Happy Hour all night tonight where pitchers are just $14. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Join in today after 4pm as they tap Stage 7 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye Pale Ale! This beer was brewed in celebration of the USA Pro Challenge! (The Stage 7 race is on Sunday, 8/24 and runs from Boulder to Denver.) Look for Stage 7 Ale on tap locally AND this Saturday at the Inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival! Also they'll be tapping "Cork n' Berry Blueberry Ale this afternoon as well. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week you can find a food truck at High Hops Tuesday through Sunday! On Wednesday, August 20th at 5pm there will be another firkin release. This time it will be "Apple Bottom Jeans", an apple berry wheat ale. It was made with blackberries, blueberries and apples. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's a NEW Tuesday Special starting today. Get $2 off taster trays! Stop in today and try all of their 8 options on tap or their standard 6 tray and take $2 off. Introduce yourself to their line-up of craft brews. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's On! Come by tomorrow (Aug. 20th) at 5:00pm to see the owners of Grimm take the ‪Ice Bucket Challenge‬! Russell will be doing a special ‪‎beer bucket challenge‬ (no drinkable beer will be hurt in the making of this challenge). For every pint bought between 5pm and 9pm they will be donating $1 to ALS. And don't worry, they'll have plenty of buckets of ice water if you want to take the challenge or challenge someone else! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - "Düsseldorf altbier, whazzat?" Although they're having a meet-the-brewers celebration for this beer in September, they're releasing it in the tasting room today. Come on in and give it a try -- and then come on back and meet Ryan in September! [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Please join in this Wednesday August 20th at 5:30pm for their next homebrewer collaboration beer tapping. It's an American wheat with two kinds of wheat for complexity. An ample amount of American Mosaic hops were used during the boil. More Mosaic hops used for dry hopping to enhance the tropical fruit and melon flavors they were looking for. It's well balanced and not hoppy, this beer is highly drinkable. Come on by and let Brew Brother member Randy Gingrich know what you think of his winning beer recipe. Also, new business hours! Mon-Thurs 3pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 12am, Sun 12pm - 7pm. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's a list of their Brews of the Week on tap: Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, English Bob ESB, Blonde Ale, IPA Freely, Wallonian Pale (Belgian style), and Clown Nose Brown Ale. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Mark your calendars for Sat, September 20th, 2014, to celebrate the first day of Oktoberfest. They'll have sausages from Bite Me! Plus, there will be door prizes given away every hour 6-9 pm, including a chance to win two tickets to the sold-out Great American Beer Festival! Must be present to win. And as usual, there will be new beer releases staring at noon including the return of their fall seasonal, Red Oktober, a mashup between traditional German and Irish styles, with a Russian name, and Gdansk Gdansk Revolution, a Baltic Porter spiced with bay leaves, plus other beer surprises! [204 Mount View Ln, Suite 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

San Juan Brewfest (Durango) - Why wait til Saturday for the fest when you can start early at the San Juan Brewfest Pre-Party at Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange on Friday, August 29th starting at 7pm. Enjoy brews from Ska Brewing, Telluride Brewing, Marble Brewery, Upslope Brewing, Left Hand Brewing and more. At least 2 beers from each brewery. Talk to the brewery reps and get some swag! Located in the heart of downtown Durango.

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