Monday, August 11, 2014

Colorado Beer News 081114

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Presidential Joke Day. 30 years ago today, President Ronald Reagan made a joke about outlawing Russia and bombing them (in bad taste). And today, some even say President Obama's best joke was Obamacare. Yes, even presidents can crack jokes during tough times. As for the rest of us, the best way to tell a joke is doing so over a beer at your favorite taproom. We could all use a good laugh and a beer these days. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 11th, 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

38 State Brewing Co - Teachers! Are you sad that summer is coming to an end? A new school year always brings with it new challenges and adventure. With that said, 38 State is running their "Back to School Special" promotion beginning now through August 24. The promotion is open to all educators (teachers, administrators, office and custodial staff, etc). All they must do is present their 2013-14 school ID and they will receive 20% off their entire order (pints, flights, apparel, and glassware). They are very thankful for everything that teachers do each and every day, and this is their way of sending them back to school with a smile! [8071A S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Barrels and Bottles Brewery (Golden) - New Beer Release Today! In support of the Golden Rotary Club, B&BB has brewed not 1 but 2 peach beers! Wanda Mae's Peach Pie - Well-rounded brown ale with delicious pie spices and 50lb of fresh peaches (5.0 % ABV). And "Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Beer" (named by the Golden Rotary club) - A little, tiny wheat ale with lactobacillus, fermented with alt yeast and 50lb of fresh peaches, served with a shot of fresh peach juice - just 3.3% ABV! They'll have the Fuzzy Wuzzy on the Fusion Tower infused with, what else...peaches! They've also got a yummy Peaches N' Honey Mead from Meadery of the Rockies (Palisades). Stop in for the kick off today at 4pm! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

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

River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery has announced it will expand distribution into the Kansas City Metro area in September. By partnering with Central States Beverage Company, beer lovers on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border will have the opportunity to enjoy River North’s acclaimed brews. River North Founders Matt and Jessica Hess know Kansas City well. Jessica grew up in Missouri, Matt in Kansas. “Kansas City is the perfect fit for our first expansion outside Colorado,” Jessica said. “Kansas and Missouri are where Matt and I met and discovered our passion for great beer, so it just made sense.” Kansas City will receive all seven of River North’s year-round brews, including award-winners River North White, Hoppenberg and J. Marie. In addition, the brewery will send limited amounts of its barrel-aged beers, the rarest and most sought-after bottles it releases. “We could not be more excited to partner with River North Brewery in Kansas City,” Jordan Millam, Craft Beer Manager for Central States, said. “Matt and Jess craft interesting and challenging brews that the beer lovers in Kansas City are sure to appreciate.” Central States will host an invite-only kickoff party September 15th. Watch its social media feeds for ticket giveaways. The first public tapping will be held at Barley’s Brewhaus (5031 West 135th St, Leawood, KS) at 6:30pm that evening. Distribution to stores starts September 16th. [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - The BoB is open at 3:00pm on Mondays and offer $1 off every pint you buy, exception to some big, rare beers like the Barleywine apply. Get this discount every Monday. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Great news for football fans. Blue Spruce has subscribed to the NFL Sunday Ticket and the Big 10 Network (for college games). Come in and watch your favorite teams play and while you drink some great beer when the season starts on September 7th, or before, to watch some pre-season games. They will be extending their hours on Sunday, Monday and Thursday during the NFL season. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Art & Ale Brew Festival (Parker) - Plan to attend the 11th annual Art & Ale Brew Festival this Friday, August 15th from 6pm to 10pm at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO. This event features a dazzling lineup of musical entertainment, bountiful brews, and tantalizing treats. Guests will soak up food and beverages from some of our finest local breweries and restaurants, and are welcome to peruse The Wildlife Experience's galleries and exhibits. Purchase tickets online, or by calling (720) 488-3344 on site. Visit their website. [10035 Peoria St, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Don't forget! Tonight they are hosting a beer and cheese pairing. For $25 you can get a flight of beer and an amazing cheese plate from Gourmet Cheese pantry Shoppe. Stop in and enjoy! [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Their official Grand Opening celebration is this Saturday, August 16th from noon to 10pm. But they are also open all this week as well from 2 to 9pm for soft openings. For their opening, they plan to have 8 beers on tap, plus food trucks and live music. It took 3 years of planning and 4 months of building out the brewery and tasting room and now it's ready. Come check it out! [297 US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing’s Outdoor Bike-In Movie series returns to Ft. Collins with all new films and a celebration of local nonprofit, Wolverine Farm Publishing. Join neighbors and friends to catch a flick, sip beer and enjoy the entertainment under the stars. All proceeds from each Bike-In Movie will benefit Wolverine Farm Publishing’s cultural initiatives. The Bike-In series opens Thursday, August 21 and runs for four consecutive Thursdays through September 11. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for lounging and an appetite for local food trucks. Because this event series is a benefit for Wolverine Farm Publishing, outside alcohol is prohibited. Dates and Films - Aug. 21st - Ratatouille, Aug. 28th - The Breakfast Club & Whensday, Sept. 4th - Stand by Me, and Sept. 11th - Ghostbusters. Gates open at 7pm with shows beginning at dusk. Films will be shown in the New Belgium Front Parking Lot. $2 admission. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Their yearly release of "The Farmers Daughter Oktoberfest Lager" releases to distributors on Thursday, August 14th. Last year this was one of their biggest selling beers. Farmers Daughter will be available on draft and in 22oz bombers across Colorado and Nebraska. Stats: 6.1% ABV, 23 IBU, 11 SRM. Oktoberfest beer was first brewed in the mid 1890’s based on the Vienna styles of beer at the time. They were originally brewed in the spring, cold stored throughout the summer in cellars or caves, and served in autumn at traditional German Festivals. Farmers Daughter is a traditional German style Oktoberfest beer. Using various European specialty malts we created and elegant and complex, rich malt forward beer, hopped it for balance and lagered for a clean finish. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Exciting news! City Star has acquired the small building directly next door to them to the east at 315 Mountain Avenue and plan to turn that spot into a nice big beer garden. That means more room for you to spread out on those busy nights. Look for that space to get a massive overhaul and open up sometime in 2015. Meanwhile, tonight they are having the release of their "Toasted Coconut Bandit Brown" today. Plus it's Free Beer Monday (free beer w/every 64oz growler fill that is). [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - This weekend is their Mountain Man (barrel aged American Strong Ale with Rye) Bottle Release. If you would like a chance to win one of the very limited bottles — come by the taproom at 3pm on Saturday, August 16th dressed in your very best Mountain Man or Mountain Woman costume. Winner will be chosen at 3:30pm. The winner of the Mountain Man costume contest will take home one of the signed bottles of Mountain Man. All those who participate will get a card for a free pint in the taproom for your enthusiasm. Tap your inner Mountain Man and come loaded for bear! (no guns please) [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week they have Wings on Wednesday with Origins catering at 5:30pm and Happy Hour for beer from 3-6pm. Then on Thursday, wear your hometown t-shirt and get $1 off your brew. Then on Friday, August 15th, they'll tap a firkin of their Summertime Ale. It's a cream ale infused with mint and lime and garnished with a watermelon wedge. Happy Hour on Sunday from 4-8pm.

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company (Trinidad) - It's official! This brand new brewery plans to open its doors to the public on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm! Their initial taproom hours are expected to be: Monday - Wednesday (closed), Thursdays 2pm to 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays 2pm to 10pm, and Sundays 12pm to 6pm. On their tapline for opening day look for: Miner Extra Pale Ale, Long Pond IPA, Blue Lake Pale Ale, Wee Heavy Scottish Ale, Coffee Porter, Pumpkin Stout, Huajatolla Milk Stout, and a Wheated Ordinary Bitter. The south end of the Colorado I-25 corridor is about to get craft beer! Visit them on Facebook or at www.dodgetoncreek.com. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Smiling Toad Brewery is planning to move! By sometime next month, Smiling Toad Brewery will move it's business to 1757 South 8th Street in Colorado Springs. The new place has a lot more room to grow! Watch for more news as moving day approaches. In the meantime, they have beer yet to drink at their current location. Open Tuesday through Saturday to 9:00pm. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - A second brewery will be opening in Colorado this Saturday, August 16th. This time it's down in Colorado Springs and goes by the name of Iron Bird Brewing Company. Their doors will open at 12 noon. They'll have a food truck on site and plenty of good beer for everyone to try. This brewery will specialize in cask ale as well as on tap carbonated beers. They plan to be open Tuesdays through Sundays every week. Visit them on Facebook or online at: www.ironbirdbrewing.com. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Breck's "Pedal Power Pale Ale" will be on tap in late August in honor of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. It was brewed with American, English, and German hops that come together to create a refreshing, hoppy but not bitter Sessionable Pale Ale @ 5.7% ABV. [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO]

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - Tonight, their Community Potluck starts at 5pm (bring a dish to share) and you can also get $1 off beers from 4-7pm. Their Cherry Pale Ale is now on tap - thanks in part to Field To Fork CSA for the delicious cherries. This is a light, refreshing pale ale with just a hint of cherry flavor. [233 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO]

Thunder Mountain Moody Brews & Blues Fest (Delta) - Join in for the 1st annual Thunder Mountain Moody Brews & Blues Fest! Saturday, August 16th at Cleland Park in Delta, Colorado from 3pm to 7pm. All proceeds go to charity. Cost is just $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.

The Great Central City Beer Festival (Central City) - What a better place to hold a beer festival than on the streets of Central City! There will be over 40 breweries attending and pouring beers on Saturday, August 23rd from 1pm to 6pm. Wander historic Main Street with your to-go cups, drink beer, play in the casinos and have some fun. Food and additional refreshments are available also. No pets please. Park anywhere off of adjacent streets and lots. Families are welcome. Plenty of street vendors, live music and restaurants too. Bring your ID for all drinking and gambling. More info at: www.centralcitybeerfest.com.

Eddyline Brewery (Buena Vista) - Hey Eddyline Fans! Has your dream always been to work at a brewery or in a busy restaurant? Now is your chance! The Eddyline Brewery and Pub is expanding and is looking for experienced Bartenders, Servers and Cooks. Please shoot them an email with a resume and short cover letter to: apply[at]eddylinebrewery.com. They look forward to hearing from you! [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

Big B's Hard Cider (Hotchkiss) - One of Colorado's biggest Western Slope hard cider makers has announced that two of their best hard ciders will now be available in cans. Look for their cans of Harvest Apple (semi-sweet hard cider) and Cherry Daze (hard apple cider infused with cherries) to hit store shelves this month. [386 High St, Hotchkiss, CO]
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