Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Colorado Beer News 090214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is a Virtual Monday. It's the first workday of the month after the long Labor Day Weekend. If you thought Monday's were rough, this Virtual Monday is going to be even rougher. At least there's good news in all this. You have one less work day this week and there's only 3 days until Friday. Perhaps a little hair of the dog after work to celebrate getting through this day might help. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 2nd, 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

Colorado Plus Brew Pub (Wheat Ridge) - Coming to Denver for the whole weekend of GABF and looking to explore the Colorado Craft Beer culture? At Colorado Plus Brew Pub Tap House and Restaurant, they offer 56 rotating Colorado micro brews including beers brewed on site by their award winning brew master. In celebration of the Great American Beer Festival, they will have 50+ rare beers, sour beers, barrel aged beers, one offs, and hard to finds on tap throughout GABF weekend. Try one of their fan favorite flights which lets you choose ANY 5 of their 56 tap selection. Their scratch kitchen featuring local products such as Colorado lamb, fresh ground burgers, and in house made sausages will pair perfectly with your craft beer experience. Located just 10 minutes west of downtown off of 38th Ave, and right off of I-70 and Wadsworth Blvd, it's the perfect place to stop in and see their year round brew fest concept. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Copper Kettle has a bevy of beer releases scheduled for this month of September. So many, that they can't all be listed here. Check out the Colorado Beer Releases page for all their September releases. This week it's a Cucumber Saison cask on Wed. Sept 3rd. And then on Friday, they're tapping their Stinger Imperial Pils, made with Colorado wildflower honey. Enjoy the coming of fall at CKBC. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

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Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - This Saturday, September 6th there's a new collaboration beer being tapped. Hops & Pie of Denver is proud to announce their own special House IPA - H26P IPA! This is a special collaboration effort between Hops & Pie and Station 26 Brewing Company. To celebrate the release of H26P IPA, they're throwing a bash with Hops & Pie at the brewery from 1pm to 9pm. Hops & Pie will be grilling pizza all day, the Bumblebee Truck will be selling desserts, and Station 26 will be tapping special H26P IPA firkins at 2pm and 4pm. Plus, live music from Jonny Miller and Erinn Luke at 7pm. Stick around for the S26BC and Hops & Pie Schwag Raffle at 8pm. Don't miss out on September 6th! H26P IPA will then be on tap at Hops & Pie too. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Beer Off-Flavor Sensory Course - Saturday, September 13th from 1pm to 3pm, Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be hosting a Beer Off-flavor Sensory Course with Head Brewer and Owner, Jeremy Gobien and Certified Cicerone, Paul Mahoney. Ever wonder why some beers taste odd to you? They will be discussing chemical off-flavors that arise in the production of beer, what they taste like and how these flavors happen. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at Eventgrid. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Here's a look ahead for the rest of the year. Big Choice will be bringing back their Chainsaw Prince of Karate Sour. It's more puckery than the last batch. Once Punk-toberfest can season is through, they will be releasing their ApreShred Winter Ale in cans (regular, not bbl-aged). Starting in November, they will also be releaseg 3 barrel aged beers (one per month) so be sure to look for those. Also, for Bronco season they will be offering Bronco Game Party Packages. Each time the Broncos play this season, they will offer the following specials starting two hours BEFORE the game and ending at the start of the game: $1 off 4-packs, $2 off NEW growlers, and $1 off Refill Growlers. Stock up before the game! ALSO, come in on Tuesday's between 6pm to 8pm with a Friend wearing your Big Choice gear and yo each get a Buy One Get One FREE (on $4.50 pints). [7270 W 118th Pl, Unit A, Broomfield, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today the brewery is releasing BrettBagger, a special barrel-aged brettanomyces Imperial White IPA. This brew weighs in at a hefty 10.1% ABV. Also, the last keg of their regular PeakBagger Imperial White IPA (9.5% ABV) will be tapped today as well. Stop in and feel the power of the Imperials! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Due to some crazy construction going on outside the front of the brewery, the staff wants you to know that they are still open and there is a parking lot in the back of the brewery if you are having a hard time finding parking. Also, get ready for their upcoming week-long 1st Anniversary coming up September 21-28! Metal show, anniversary beer releases and more. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Want tickets to the GABF? Westminster Brewing Co has them! They are raffling off two tickets to the opening night session of this year's Great American Beer Festival to benefit the Westminster Legacy Foundation. For $3 per ticket entry (4/$10), you have a chance to win 2 tickets to the Thursday night session on October 2nd (a $150 value!). The drawing will be held on Saturday, September 27th @ 5 pm. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Today is not only $1 off Tuesday for all Blue Spruce beers, but it is FIRKIN Tuesday. Come taste their Raspberry Truffle Brown firkin after it is tapped at 4pm. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Grand Lake Brewing Co (Arvada) - After closing their taproom in Grand Lake back in 2013, Grand Lake has continued to brew beer without a taproom. That is until this month. Their new taproom based in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado is almost ready to open. Stay tuned for news on their re-opening. [5610 Yukon St, Arvada, CO] (Picture courtesy of their Facebook page)

Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - Just a reminder that tickets for the annual Beers Made By Walking Festival go on sale tomorrow, September 3rd, at 12pm MST. The event is on October 3rd from 12-4pm at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver, during the week of the Great American Beer Festival. We will feature over 32 place-based and landscape inspired beers! Most of the beers at the festival were created specifically for this event. Tickets are $40 and give visitors unlimited access to the beers, until they run out. Get tickets at Imbibe Events.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - If you haven't been to Arvada Beer in a while, stop in to try their redesigned beers. Today's Chile beer is Chile Golden Ale made with fresh roasted Poblano and Hatch Green chiles. Just 10 gallons. Beer releases coming up: Fri. September 12th - Triple IPA. And on Friday, September 26th - Oktoberfest will be released. Normally around 10 beers on tap at all times. Stop in every Wednesday for a Hump Day Helper where you can get a pint of beer for $3. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - They've got another gem from the cellar for this week's Wayward Wednesday - it's their original brett beer and most limited release to date, J. Marie Barreled & Bretted! Single keg only, tomorrow (September 3rd) at 3pm! For today, they have classic J. Marie back on tap, and Unified Theory returning later this afternoon! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Declaration Brewing Co (Denver) - Declaration Brewing is giving away a pair of tickets to the 2014 Great American Beer Festival! Write a creative haiku tweet (on Twitter) and include @DeclarationBrewing or @DeeclaratioBrew and hashtag #GABFTWIKU. Must be 21 to enter. Tweet it out BEFORE September 24th to qualify. For complete contest details and rules visit Declaration Beer Company's website. [2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Happy Tuesday! Keep the Glass #12 is finally there in the taproom and Five Points Pizza will be selling pizzas from the bar. Today's taplist includes: Proletariat, American Wheat, Farmhouse, Brown, Chinook Red, and an IPA. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Have you tried their new Rum Barrel ESB yet? It was aged for 4 months in a rum barrel and tastes amazing! Hurry, it won't last long. Also, they are doing a special password special today. If you come in and say the password, you will get $1 off your first beer. The password is: "Fresh Hopping". PLUS! In the coming weeks 38 State will be giving at 5 pairs of tickets to the GABF! Stay tuned. See? Reading this blog can help save you money. [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - New Beer! Their latest creation "N.P.O.N" goes on tap today. It's an Equinox pale Ale (6.7% ABV) that's crisp and spicy with a little honeydew flavor and aroma. You need a beer after a long weekend! [227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - September is going to hold another month of good beer and great events at Very Nice Brewing. Friday, Sept. 5th brings music from Lucas Swafford from 7-9pm. Every 2nd Thursdays (Sept 11th this month) brings a Very Nice Open Mic Night starting at 7:00pm. Get all limbered up with Pints & Poses (yoga class) on Sat. Sept. 13th from 12:30pm - 1:45pm. Then on Sun. Sept 14th & 28th from 5-8pm, come listen to Caribou Mountain Collective, winners of the 2014 RockyGrass Band Competition. On Thurs. Sept 18th, The Gael hosts a Celtic Session fro 6pm to 8pm. Then Fri. Sept. 19th they have live music from The Funky Tonk Heroes from 7-10pm. Thurs. Sept 25th is their New Artist Spotlight highlighting local musicians from 6-8pm. And finally, on Fri. Sept 26th from 7-9pm it's the music of Tobrin Hadlock. Plenty of beer on tap to unwind with. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery Tasty Weasel Taproom (Longmont) - Plan to stop in on Friday, September 5th between 5-8pm and meet book author Russ Phillips. He will be on hand with plenty of copies of his book "CANNED! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can". There will also be plenty of awesome canned craft beer available too. Come say Hi, check out the book, and grab a beer. Then on Saturday, they're hosting a Poker Run in the morning and Mile High Sci Fi is showing The Sandlot (movie) that night. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Pay attention this week to their Facebook page for daily previews of their 2 Year Anniversary Party, happening this Saturday, 9/6 from Noon - 10pm! Today they have a preview of Worldwide Vittles menu and a special Gravity Beer tapping for the Celebration on Saturday 9/6. Smoked Giant Turkey Legs braised in Gravity Beer. Barrel Aged Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong (aged in Downslope Rum Barrel, previously containing red wine)! [1150 Pine St Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - It's going to be a busy week for beer releases at High Hops. This Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at 3pm they'll tap a firkin of Hunny Bunches Cream Ale. It's like breakfast in a glass. Then on Thursday, Sept. 4th they will host the release of "Peach Larone", a blonde ale with a punch of peach. Then on Saturday, Sept. 6th, it's the Beer Garden Re-opening Party featuring the release of "Dr. Pat's #15 IPA". Live music Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Food trucks every day Tuesday through Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Brats & Brews for Books (Loveland) - Join in Saturday, September 13th from 6-9pm at the City of Loveland Chilson Center for Brats & Brews for Books. Taste local craft beers from all 7 local Loveland breweries. Enjoy delicious brats and fixins, and dance the night away with live music. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door. There will also be a silent auction to help raise funds for the Loveland Public Library Foundation. Root beer also available for DD'ers. [700 E 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Do you love being politically incorrect? Have plans for Friday? Now you do. Join in this Friday, September 5th at 7pm for their first MC'd, live action Cards Against Humanity night! It's free to play with beer specials and prizes. Bring some friends and leave your good taste at home! [242 N College Ave Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Being a Saison brewery, this is their favorite time to make beer. This Friday, Sept. 5th, kicks off the month with their seasonally spiced Saison, Emma's Pumpkin. It's brewed with an absurd amount of pumpkin, the base of this beer is very earthy and creamy. For the 2014 harvest, they have 2 new Farmhouses, crafted specifically by region. Both are crafted with: fresh berries, a very funky wild Brettanomyces, and Rhubarb for a contribution of bitterness and tartness. Farmhouse Blue features Oregon grown Huckleberries, and releases on Friday Sept. 12th. Farmhouse Red releases the following Friday, Sept. 19th, crafted with the same base recipe, but aged on Colorado grown Chokecherries. Their annual 'Fresh Hop' IPA batch of Houdini Hopper is scheduled to release Friday Sept. 26th. It's lighter and more earthy than most IPAs and features notable hop oils, light earth tones from the use of 100% fresh simcoe whole flowers. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - A reminder, today and tomorrow are the last days at their current Bijou location. Starting this Friday, September 5th, they will open up at their new location at 1757 8th Street. Here's their current taplist in the meantime: Groovy Pict Wee Heavy, Coconut Porter, Pink Snapper (Saison), Irish Red, English Bob ESB, and QQQQ IPA. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Steamworks Brewing Company is hosting Firkin Friday on Sept. 5, 2014, and is offering up a new and interesting take on a strong IPA. The Ruby Red IPA firkin will be tapped at 3pm. The base is their Conductor Imperial IPA and is their most heavily hopped beer. This beer weighs in around 8.7% ABV. They added an alcohol-based grapefruit extract. The variety of hops they use in the IPA – Simcoe – already has flavor and aroma properties similar to that of ruby red grapefruit. Simcoe is a relatively new variety of hop from the Yakima Valley in Washington state, and exclusive in the industry. It’s one of the more difficult hops in the industry to procure, which makes the Ruby Red IPA firkin extra special. [801 E Second Ave, Durango, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - In Durango tonight? Stop in at Ska HQ and quantify your value as a person and win some BEER! Tonight at 6pm it's the return of "Super Ted's Trivia" at Ska Brewing. Plus, they're offering 2 for 1 pints to boot! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - They've got some awesome events coming up this week! You've been waiting patiently all summer, and now their "Drink a Peach IPA" is ready. They're having a release party on Thursday, Sept 4th! Then, on Friday, the Education Association of Eagle County is hosting a Teacher Happy Hour from 4-7pm. All EC teachers with a valid ID get $2 pints during the event! THEN, Sunday marks the return of Crazy Mountain Yoga with lululemon athletica Vail Showroom and Local Joe's Pizza & Subs! Get Crazy! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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