Thursday, August 21, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082114

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Senior Citizens Day. Just less than a hundred years ago, if a person lived to the age of 55 or more, they were considered as having lived a long life and a senior citizen. Today, people tend live a lot longer, yet we still call people a "senior citizen" as early as 55. Celebrate this day and consider sharing a craft beer with a "senior" in your life. These days, seniors have a lot more life left in them and can probably still out-drink you. Although with craft beer, there's no need to rush. Savor it! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 21st, 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

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - In case you missed it earlier this week, Yak & Yeti just tapped their "Cinapple", a 5.1% ABV 0 IBU (yes 0) cinnamon infused apple ale. Plus, they also tapped a Barrel-aged Saison, an 8.5% 23 IBU brew aged in a Leopold Bros Whiskey barrel. Coming up this Saturday, August 23rd at 3pm is a release of their Lavender-Warrior Imperial Saison, a big 10.5% ABV 25 IBU brew infused with lavender. This was a collaboration with Shelly Blais Yoga Studio. Then, on August 30th at 3pm, Yak & Yeti will tap "Big G's Red IPA", a 5.% ABV 65 IBU brew made with Crystal 60 malt and Centennial + Cascade dry hops. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

High Plains Tap House (Littleton) - Have you discovered High Plains Tap House yet? They opened in November 2013 and have 40 beers on tap (soon to expand to 52 taps) and love to highlight local Colorado craft beers. Plus, they have over 20 different beers in bomber bottles as well. They have a full bar with mixed drinks and wine plus offer a small plates menu as well. Enjoy your drinks out on their patio. Check them out - they are at Wadsworth & Chatfield just off C470. [8176 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit F, Littleton, CO]

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

Denver Pearl Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] After only 3 months of operations the owners of the family run Denver Pearl Brewing Company, located on South Pearl Street in Denver, will change their name to avoid legal action. The re-branded brewery will open Saturday September 6th, from Noon until Midnight, with a large "Re-Naming Party" that features new beers, special barrel-aged releases, and prizes to mark the occasion. They also plan to roll out new merchandise with the new name and logo! While that name remains under wraps until September the ownership, the staff, the location and all of the beers will remain the same. The name change comes after receiving pressure from other operating brewers. One national and one local brewery threatened legal action because of the name and rather than fight to keep it, the Rankin family decided to pull back and move ahead with a new name. Attorneys representing the Pabst Brewing Company, who own the trademark for Pearl Brewing Company of San Antonio, had given notice of their issues with the name, one citing customer confusion. Chief Operating Officer Randy Rankin explains, “We researched Pearl being used in the brewing industry and found brewers using it frequently and assumed our name was different enough. Our intentions were to have our name represent this great Denver neighborhood and certainly not to confuse customers in or from Texas.” While Pearl Brewing Company closed in 2001 and no longer produces beer on site, Pabst still produces Pearl and Pearl Light beer for distribution in Texas and Oklahoma at the Miller facility in Fort Worth, TX. Additionally, one brewer from the local brewing scene threatened legal action as well, as they felt they were entitled to the sole use of the word “Denver” in craft brewing. That alone seemed simple to overcome legally, however with a pair of potential legal snares on the horizon the solution became apparent: get a fresh name and keep on brewing. Rankin added, “We did not get into the craft beer industry to spend money in court, we are here to brew and serve outstanding craft beer in the city of Denver. That is what we are going to continue to do.” Moving ahead and putting a positive spin on the legal issues is Colby Rankin, the Operating Partner of the brewery, said “Well, I guess we will just have to open fresh and throw another crazy party! We plan to throw a bigger party than our original opening day... which killed it!” - Denver Pearl Brewing Company has been named by Zagat.com as one of the “Ten Hottest Beer Gardens Across the US” and “Hottest Taprooms in Denver”. They are located in the historic Platt Park neighborhood at 1875 S. Pearl Street Denver, CO 80201.

Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Fest (Castle Rock) - Looking for a beer fest this Saturday? Why not attend the Rendezvous at the Rock hosted by Rockyard Brewing on August 23rd from 1pm to 5pm. There you will find beer from 30+ Colorado breweries. Listen to live music and enjoy some great food offerings as well. Tickets are $35 in advance at rendezvousattherock.net. Or it's $40 at the door. For you designated drivers, the cost is just $10. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - Today is another famous Firkin Thursday! By customer request, they are tapping a Coconut Rum Porter firkin today. It's like a taste of the islands. There's just 10 gallons of this batch, so hurry in. [1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - The staff loves their dog Blanca and also their white IPA. And to prove it, they are tapping a new batch of "Blanc de Blanca" in the taproom today. It's an American-Belgo IPA hopped up with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin for some white wine, lime, and spicy notes. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Get ready for the weekend with "12 Apostles" and their American Pale. Both beers are now BACK on tap in the tasting lab. Street food tonight by Tasty Eats. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Boulder Beer will be the focus of a special Boulder Beer Brewmaster Dinner tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd at the Fairways Restaurant Terrace at the OMni Interlocken Golf Club. The dinner starts at 6:30pm and will be hosted by David Zuckerman. Enjoy 5 courses, each paired with a different Boulder beer. The cost is $39 per person. Call (303) 464-3207 to make your reservations.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - A new milestone is about to be reached. Look for their very 1st liquor store distribution this weekend at South Boulder Road Liquor in Lafayette, CO. They're starting off with bottles of their Saison. Soon they will ramp up their production capacity and also boosting their hop contracts so that they can make even more beer. Perhaps soon they will stop running out of IPA. Stop in tonight for a beer and stay for the Bluegrass Jam that starts at 7pm tonight. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - The Gael will be hosting a Celtic Session tonight from 6-8pm at the Very Nice tap room. Come to listen or play-- they'll be playing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other music in the Celtic realm. Bring your fiddle, whistle, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, squeezebox, or Uillan pipes, or have a beer and listen to the jigs, reels, waltzes and airs. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today they're pouring heaps of Tap Room Rarities to help get you to the weekend - plus this year's batches of The Beast and The Kaiser too! Enjoy: Uberschwein, Bhakti Chai Brown, Tweak, Wheel Sucker Wheat, Lilikoi Kepolo, and Eremita VII. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - This Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm, join in for their Pro AM Jalapeno Cream Ale release party. Bring a dish to pair, and the best recipe will win a free Saturday PM GABF ticket! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing and Road 34 Bike Bar (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Road 34 is excited to team up with their friends at Odell Brewing once again to participate in a very unique event to celebrate the start of 2014 CSU Fall Semester. Road 34, along with several other great Campus West businesses, including The Bar, Mo Jeaux’s Bar and Grill, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Krazy Karl's Pizza, and Yum Yum/Ma’s Juice Bar will all be necessary stops in order to fill a punch card acquired at Campus West Liquor on Friday, August 22nd between 3 pm and 6 pm. Once your card has all of the required punches, you can turn your card in at Road 34 for a chance to win an Odell Brewing snowboard. Participants must be present to win and have all of the required punches. The drawing will be held promptly at 10 pm at Road 34. Road 34 will also be featuring $3 Odell Brewing pints from 3 pm until 10 pm including 5 Barrel pale ale, 90 Shilling Scotch ale, and Loose Leaf session ale. [Road 34 Bike Bar: 1213 W Elizabeth St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - High Hops' brewhouse will soon be expanding. They've recently ordered two new fermenters with a total capacity of about 2000 gallons (roughly 64 barrels). They are being shipped out starting today from California. Look for even more beer soon! [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO] '

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - It's a "Brew #2" kinda day at Verboten. Come in and chat is up with Steve over a game and grab yourself $1 off pints of their ESB. If you hand around long enough you can throw back your pint with a slice of pizza (starting at 6pm). Free slices while they last. Also, there are now limited bottles of "In Love with Summer" strawberry rhubarb wheat available in local liquor stores. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Their Outlaw beer for the week was just tapped in honor of Mortal Kombaugust and is called "Fatality", a strawberry rhubarb lager. It's billed as being light and crisp with a balance of sweetness from the strawberry. This beer will definitely keep you coming back for more. Finish him! [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - It's Thursday and that means you get $1 off pints all day today! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Tomorrow at 12pm (August 22nd) marks the Grand Opening of Snowbank Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. They'll have a variety of beers on tap and the Umami food truck on site. Come help celebrate Colorado's newest brewery! (You only get to say that for a few days in these times - right Zwei Bruder?!). [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The string of Swingline beer releases continue this week. On Friday, August 22nd, Trinity will release "Red Swingline, Wild IPA". This is the original IPA Primitif, aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and fermented with both funky Brettanomyces and souring Lactobacillus. The result is a wild, tart and hoppy IPA (4.1% ABV 100 IBUs pH 3.6 - rare). Available in 375ml bottles starting at 5pm. Don't miss this one! [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - In the mood for an IPA? Stop by today for a pint of their Seven Wolves IPA. It's back and on the CO2 tap today - just in time for Thirsty Thursday. Plus! Mark your calendars for September 20th and their Oktoberfest celebration. Stay tuned for details. [204 Mount View Ln, Suite 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - It's almost time for Paradox's 2nd Anniversary! Soon they will be releasing a special anniversary beer called "Deux Ans" in wax-topped bottles. This is a special reserve ale that was aged in oak wine barrels and is further bottle conditioned. It will be released later this month. Get ready! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - It's a Double IPA kinda tapping day. They have 6 of them to choose from on tap. Pair one of those with a tasty Double BLT sammich. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Back on tap today is their "Two Headed Dog" Imperial IPA. This Double IPA uses 2 varieties of hops known for their citrus-like flavors and aromas - Sorachi Ace and Mosaic hops. These hops balance a hefty amount of malt and produce a higher alcohol content. Served in a snifter to boost the senses. Also available in 22oz bomber bottles. Stats: 8.5% ABV, 110 IBUs. [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Today the crew has been brewing their Lavender beer all day! It creates such a relaxing aroma with an earthy and sweet herbal smell. It's not ready yet, but be sure to join in tomorrow as they introduce their new Coconut Porter! [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - New Beer Release today! They've got a smaller small batch of their newest beer - Scottish Wee Heavy. This is a big 8.4% ABV 34 IBU brew made with Eldorado hops and plenty of pale, european light and dark caramel malts and some cherry wood smoked malt. It's a big beer to tame any seasoned lad or lass' palette. Notes of caramelized raisins and almonds up front, finishing with a kiss of smoke and brown sugar. Every sip leaving you all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus - all pints are $1 off all day too. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - New promotion starting today and every Thursday. If they have beer left in the Firkin - they'll be selling it for $3 a glass. Help them drain the Firkin before the next one is tapped! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Are you a hunter? Then you'll want to pick up one of their new camo/hunter orange logo hats. They are a popular selling items these days as no hunter will want to be without a bright orange hat for their next hunt. Stop in and get one and stock up on beer while you're at it. They suggest getting their Sour Brett Golden ale. [304 Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - There will be a special tapping this Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm for Mug Club Members ONLY - it's the last keg of their Alpine Abbey Dubbel. Not a member? Join the club for either an annual membership or a weekly one. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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