Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082614

Today is Krakatoa Day. On this date, 131 years ago in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, or rather blew up with the biggest explosion in the modern era. The noise was so loud it was heard over 3,000 miles away. So much debris was hurled into the atmosphere that it affected the Earth's atmosphere for many years. Let's hope that type of event won't happen again for a long time. P.S. - for you dog lovers - it's also National Dog Day. You're never drinking alone when you have your dog with you. Take your pooch to a dog-friendly taproom today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 26th, 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]

It's FRESH HOP season! Look for your favorite brewery to start making their fresh hop beers starting this week. Scan the news for news of when they will be released.

Metro Denver

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wear your classic concert t-shirt this Friday to Wonderland Brewing and get entered into their raffle. WONDERFUL prizes are up for grabs! They'll also have Happy Hour from 3-6pm. Enjoy $2 off pints before The New Classics Band takes the stage! Also, plan to attend their Plum(b) Crazy Sour release party this Saturday (8/30) at 2pm.‬ [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce. Today's firkin keg is a Thai Chili IPA with Kafir Lime Leaves and Lemon Grass. Even though their firkin beers are not included in the daily specials, today you can also get $1 off Blue Spruce beers, all day today. The tap room opens at 11am, and restaurant opens at 3pm. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

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

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Tonight is Tacos & Trivia Night starting at 6:00pm. Come hungry and be sure to bring a friend. Put on your thinking caps and join in the fun. Enjoy a different food truck every night Tuesdays through Sundays. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

2014 Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - The 4th annual BMBW Fest will take place at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday October 3rd from 12-4pm. It's BMBW's largest festival to date, this year's event will take place during the weekend of the Great American Beer Festival. Visiting beer lovers throughout the country will get to drink in the Colorado landscape. Half of all proceeds from the festival will go to Cottonwood Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the outdoors. Advance tickets will go on sale on September 3rd at 12pm MDT. Tickets are $40 and include special glassware and unlimited access to over 30 place-based beers. They expect the event to sell out. More info at: www.beersmadebywalking.com.

LandLocked Ales (Wheat Ridge) - There's just a little over 4 days left in the fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to help raise $15,000 for doing their brewery buildout for their upcoming brewery. So far they've raised nearly $4,000 but need your help to push them over the top. Check out their perks for helping out. Perks start for as little as $25. Visit their Indiegogo site, watch their video and see if you can help bring give their brewhouse a little needed boost.

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Tuesday night is bike night! Meet at their neighbors, Yawp Cyclery, at 6:30pm for any last minute supplies. The plan is to hit the road at 7pm. The route is usually two laps around Sloans Lake, then back to the brewery where all participants get Happy Hour pricing the rest of the night. No theme this week, but if you dress up, extra high fives will be given. See you then, and Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Don't forget that this Thursday (August 28) is their first ever Hop Picking Party! Come on down and enjoy cold brews, Thursday Night Football featuring the Broncos vs Cowboys, and help 38 State produce their next great barrel of beer! The Cascade hops that you help pick will go into a signature batch of brew that will be entered in the first ever Bines and Brew Fest Competition to be held on September 20. Need another reason to swing by? How about a pair of GABF tix getting raffled off! A brew gets you a ticket, and a ticket gives you a chance. [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - In case you missed it last night, Dry Dock has tapped their 2014 GABF Pro-Am beer - Pillage and Plunder Dortmunder. This beer was brewed by Billy Beeson and was selected from The Brew Hut's homebrew competition recipe. He got to brew it on Dry Dock's system and is now available for customers to try out! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - It's that time of year again. Oktoberfests are starting up and that means you can find their Marzen bottled up and available in local liquors stores starting this week! Ask for it in a Denver store near you. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Stop in this Saturday, August 30th for Freshcraft's 4th Birthday celebration. THey'll have Iowa football on the big screen, delicious BBQ and they'll be pouring all kinds of amazing craft beers all day long. Open 11am to 2am that day. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - National Dog Day Special! Bring in your pup for a free 10oz beer (for you, not the dog). It's also Taco & Trivia Tuesday. They are also having a special sale on the Brew Dogs of Colorado book. $5 of each book sold will be donated to Denver Dumb Friend's League. El Carte 303 will be on site serving up tacos starting at 5:30pm. Geeks Who Drink trivia starts at 7:30pm. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Every Tuesday it's $2 Tuesday at Dad & Dude's where you can get $2 pints and $2 slices of cheese pizza all day long. Come taste one of their Colorado State Fair medal winning beers (3 of them). [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - The Jellyman has come up with another awesome Jellyman's Deviation beer that will be tapped this Friday, August 29th at 4pm. This time he's made "Pucker Up Buttercup", a Belgian Dark Strong Sour ale. It's a bold mahogany in color with a lacy tan head and has the aroma of molasses, cinnamon, toffee, licorice, and raison. But watch out! It has a potent tartness from their post-fermentation aging process. This one weighs in at 9% ABV and is served in a 10oz snifter glass.

Tour de Fat (Denver) - New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will stop in Denver again this year. [PRESS RELEASE] It’s the best way to celebrate the summer, complete with costumes, bikes, music, performers, contests and beer. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is coming to City Park in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Denver-area non-profits. This year, all funds raised in Denver will go to Bike Denver and The Denver Cruisers. At Tour de Fat friends, family and neighbors are all invited to come enjoy eclectic entertainment, brewing education, a bicycle revival and even a fashion show of the best Tour de Fat costumes. In the afternoon, the stages heat up with acts like The Handsome Little Devils and Lucius. The event kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets. The parade begins and ends in City Park, where the rest of the day’s entertainment shines from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can ride funky bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest,” which will determine the winner of a 2014 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series. No bike? No problem! Tour de Fat is partnering with Denver B-cycle to provide bikes to participants who are missing some wheels. For just $20, people can rent a B-cycle for Tour de Fat. The bike just needs to be returned by midnight on September 6. To take advantage of this deal, purchase an $8 membership at any B-cycle kiosk, before Tour de Fat, using the promotional code 9614. The first 100 people to take a picture with their B-cycle and then post it to Twitter or Facebook, tagging Denver B-cycle, can get a free beer token by showing off the post at the Denver B-cycle tent. Registration starts at 10am, September 6th in City Park. The ride runs from 11am to 12pm. Music and fun 12pm - 5pm.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Do you love Bluegrass and love to play it too? Join in with their Bluegrass Jam Social tonight starting at 6:30pm. Bring your instrument and join in this friendly group for an evening of acoustic bluegrass. Complimentary beverages for all participants! Then, stop back in on Saturday, August 30th for their ALS event. For every proper pint sold, Westminster Brewing will add $1 to their $100 donation to the ALS Association. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Three Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - What's going on at Three Freaks this week? Wednesday evening Brooks Smokehouse will be there with their great food. Friday, the Sandy Bear Shack will be serving up food while a few of next years Fire Fighters will be on hand to sell and sign calendars benefiting the Children's Hospital and the Burn Camp program. The 2015 Colorado Firefighter Calendar will make a great gift or a great way to figure out what day it is. Signing will take place between 4pm and 8pm. They also hope to have another IPA roll out by Friday! [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Have you tried their gluten free ginger saison yet? It's not just for those seeking gluten free alternatives, beer lovers will love this ale too! Don't forget Happy Hour is 2-5pm today and they have Irish Music later tonight! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Earlier this year the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events announced the Lovibond Series. Each beer festival in this series focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing industry. The final installment of the series, the Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival, will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Hop harvesting is an annual labor of love for many within the craft beer industry,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Fresh hop beers are exciting and unique. Fresh hop beers tend to be pale ales and IPAs, but there can also be a lot of variation with the fresh hop style.” Fresh hopped beers are defined as beers made with hops within 24 hours of being harvested. Hops play a vital role in the brewing process. Each hop flower contains lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains essential oils, bitter acids and resins that contribute to bitterness, flavor and aroma of the beer. Hops also help preserve beer’s freshness. Falling Rock Tap House has hosted the Fresh Hop Festival for nine years now. This year they have decided to partner up with the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events to expand the festival. This event will showcase beers from Colorado and the West Coast. Brewers will be producing fresh hop IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, Belgians and stouts. “We felt a festival surrounding this passion was the best way to kick off the week of the Great American Beer Festival,” said Casey Berry of Imbibe Events. “It will be a very hoppy afternoon!” Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance at http://www.imbibe-events.com/fresh-hop. Ticket includes unlimited beer tastings and snacks while they last. Ticket price will increase at the door if available. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Do you love Black Pepper? Come in and try the Painted Black Pepper Porter on tap now at the BBD tap room. If you are keeping count, Beer By Design is now producing 29 different craft beers and all are available in the BBD tap room. [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Good news! Their Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsch and their Migration Oatmeal Stout are now back on tap! Stop in and try one or both. They've also got new shirts in stock including under armour, work shirt and regular shirts. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This year during the NFL football season, Crystal Springs Brewing will open on Sundays so you can enjoy a beer with them and catch the games. [657 S Taylor, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at the Strap this week. Tonight - Trivia Night at 6:30pm and Taco Tuesday. Wednesday: Euchre Tournament & Game Night at 6pm. Saturday brings live music by Indigent Row at 5pm. Open Labor Day at 2pm with live music at 4pm. Food for sale on site Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Come thirsty! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - All night happy hour starts at 4pm til close with $3.50 pints of year round beers and $14 pitchers! Then on Wednesday, get your growlers filled and cards double stamped, and Thursday the seasonal Superflower Pale Ale returns! Get lost and then found in the Wild Woods this week! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today at their Flatiron Park location, come taste a special batch of their Imperial Rye IPA. This 11% ABV brew was make with Belma, Centennial, Citra and Orbit hops. Now on tap! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Sunday, August 31st from 9am to Noon is their annual Hop Harvest Party! Bring a friend and form a hop picking team. They'll give out prizes for the top 3 picking pairs. Fill a bucket and get a free pint. Pick a pound and take home 2oz of hops for yourself. There's also a Costume Contest. Dress in your favorite hop picking costume and get a chance to win best costume and a prize. The Hop Hut will be open at noon with music and food as usual. Plus, this Wednesday's firkin is called "Water-Logged", it's a delicious lager brewed with watermelon. Food trucks each night Tuesday through Sunday and live music Friday - Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Did you know that today and every Tuesday is T-Shirt Tuesday at Loveland Aleworks? Sure, everyone knows that. Well, did you know that you can earn a Dollar off your pints when you wear your Aleworks tee in the taproom on Tuesdays? You can also get a FREE pint if you buy a Loveland Aleworks t-shirt. How cool is that? Fashion does pay. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just a reminder that their taproom will be CLOSED on Saturday, August 30 for ‪‎Tour de Fat‬ Day. They hope to see you out & about enjoying the bike & beer culture and a ‪#‎freshtastycraftbeer‬ in downtown FoCo! If you need a taster box during the long weekend, they will be open as usual 12-6pm Sunday and Monday (Labor Day). [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today is Taster Tray Tuesday where you can try their wonderful beers and get $2 off. They are open today from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. Coming soon - "The Dame" Golden Ale, a small batch brew with organic local peaches. Details soon. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today! I'm in a Pickle, Dick - last year it was a dill pickle pale ale. This year they made a dill pickle golden ale and are releasing it today in the taproom! A limited amount is available. They used Katie's (from the Verboten Sisterhood) dill pickle recipe. Yum! Also, at 6:30pm they are having a veggie share. Bring in your extra veggies from your garden and join the Verboten Sisterhood as they taste the new beer and talk produce! Plus, if you ride your bike in, they will give you $1 off pints today! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Today is Double Stamp Tuesday! And their cooler is full of yummy beer. Plus Saison 4-packs! You can receive a stamp (or two on Tuesdays) for a 4-pack, but you can only redeem a full stamp card for a 750ml bottle. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Fieldhouse will be changing their business hours up during Monday Night Football this year. They will be closing on Tuesdays instead of Monday. Monday nights they will be open from 2pm til end of the football game. They will be doing Monday Night Squares every week. It’s the same as Superbowl Squares, but there is no buy in. People can pick a number for each team which is their guess for the last number of each team’s score. Whoever’s square wins at the end of the game will get their tab paid for by Fieldhouse Brewing Company. Bite Me Gourmet Sausages will be there for each MNF game. Also, if you have an open tab at the end of any Broncos game, they will do a drawing if Broncos win. Whoever’s tab they draw will get their tab free that night. They also have two new weekly events. Every Wednesday they are hosting Test Tap Wednesday. Each Wednesday they will release a new small batch at 5pm. Their food truck on Wednesdays, Global Grub Truck, does a special that pairs with and is often made with the test tap beer. This week is an IPA with Mosaic and Zythos hops paired with spicy Korean tacos. Also, every Thursday there's live music at 6pm.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Job Op! Trinity Brewing is currently hiring experienced wait staff. If you are an enthusiastic and hard working individual they are interested in you! THey are looking for outgoing people who are team players and great at multitasking. Open availability is preferred, as well as a sincere interest in craft beer. If this sounds like something you are interested in please bring in your resume and ask for Rikelle or Beth. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Their updated list of Brews of the Week has been posted: Red Light Blonde, Coconut Porter, Clown Nose Brown Ale, Irish Red, English Bob ESB, and IPA Freely. They are still open at their Bijou location until September 3rd. They will re-open at their new 8th Street location on September 5th. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery (Dillon) - Have your tried their brand new "Pack of Thieves" variety can 12-pack yet? It's loaded with Pug Ryan's special brand of outlaws including: Hideout Helles, Peacemaker Pilsner, and Dead Eye Dunkel. Their new 12-packs are priced at $16.50. Stop by Pug's and grab yours! Where else can you enjoy craft beer for about $1.38 a can? [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - What do brewer's do on their off days?? Brew with their friends, of course. A few weeks ago, Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending got together with RFBC head brewer, Chase Engel to brew a collab beer with 100% brettanomyces. What does a brettanomyces beer made by two well known and established brewers taste like? Come find out, Friday, 8/29 from 2p-9p at Roaring Fork Beer Co. They will be tapping their version of this collaboration at 2pm, along with music by Hell Roaring String Band at 5:30pm and food by Sabai Thai from 5:30p-Close. They won't have much of this blend for long, get it while you can! [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]


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