Monday, September 8, 2014

Colorado Beer News 090814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Pardon Day. Back on this date 40 years ago in 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon of any wrong doing related to the Watergate scandal. Whether that was a bad thing or not, pardons are occasionally used when dealing with sticky situations. So if you just happen to be in a forgiving mood, why not pardon someone you know and let bygones be bygones. You can always ease your conscience with a craft beer later on. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 8th, 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

Dry Dock Brewing Co North Dock (Aurora) - For the first time during last weekend, their new Canoe Room (tasting room) is now open at their North Dock facility. Stop on over Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm and check out some tasty Dry Dock beers over at their north-side 30,000 square foot production facility. They recently tapped their Imperial Pumpkin, a whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, a Vanilla Porter and a Rye-Zing Sun Rye Saison. For the moment, they are only serving beers there in plastic cups because their taproom doesn't have drainage and cannot use glassware. Since this is their big canning facility, you can also pick up some canned Dry Dock beer to take home. [2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Starting last weekend, they are now open 7 days a week starting at 11am for Lunch service. Enjoy their all you can eat Soup and Salad bar for just $7.40, plus their 10 fresh craft beers on tap. Drop in Olde Town for lunch this week! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

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

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's what's happening at the brewery this week. They're brewing up a batch of Big Hoppy Brown that they will be putting into a whiskey barrel for aging. They will be blending some of their Hoppy Saison with their Dark Saison and putting that into a wine barrel and adding some Brettanomyces. Then they will be tapping 5 gallons of a Strawberry Basil Saison this Thursday, September 11th. Also, they are now kegging 5 gallons of a Ginger Bug fermented Weisse. And finally, they will be brewing up a new batch of Baere-liner Weisse this week as they expect their existing stash to run out by Thursday. Open Thursdays (5pm-9pm and Saturdays 4pm-10pm. [320 Broadway Suite E, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - As you may remember, the original Denver Pearl Brewing Company name had to be changed to help that brewery avoid legal issues. So begrudgingly, over the weekend, they hosted a Name Changing Party and revealed their new name as Platt Park Brewing Co. Same location, same great beer - now just under a new name. The brewery is named after an actual park - Platt Park, which is about a half mile north of the brewery. Starting today, September 8th, they will open on Mondays for Monday Night Football. They will open at 5pm and stay open til the end of the 2nd game. And, if you hurry, they will have a limited amount of bourbon barrel stout left. Get it while it lasts. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Tonight is Brews and Board Games starting at 6pm. If you get a pizza or pretzel you'll be entered to win 2 tickets to "Brew At The Zoo", a $200 value. Let Kokopelli Beer Company make your Monday a bit better. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Barrels & Bottles (Golden) - Barrels & Bottles is celebrating their 1st anniversary on September 20th. On that day, they will be tapping two limited releases from the brewery. First, a Raspberry IMperial Stout that was barrel aged in a Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrel. And second, a Juniperus Imperial IPA, aged in the world's first Agave based Gin barrel from State 38 Distilling in Golden, CO. They'll have special tap releases all day long to include some beers made just or them by other breweries. These include a tequila infused lager from Wynkoop Brewing, a half barrel of AC Golden Peche from their hidden barrel series, and a collaboration beer they did with Strange Craft Beer Company. Plus, special beers from over a dozen or more breweries in the region and Firkin tappings! You won't want to miss this. The American Craft Beer Show will be doing a live radio broadcast there that day from 12pm to 2pm on AM 760. Giveaways all day including free growlers, shirts, glassware and a chance to win GABF tickets! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Beginning next week (September 15), they will open at 2pm on Monday-Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. They will also be staying open until 9pm on Sundays. Monday through Thursday 2pm to 10pm, Friday 2pm to 11pm, Saturday 12pm to 11pm, and Sunday 12pm to 9pm. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - They have a fun filled week ahead as they start counting down to their big Elktoberfest celebration this Saturday from 12pm to close with beer, live music, Krug holding competitions and German Bratwurst with all the fixings! Tonight they have Happy Hour and of course Monday night football! They will have the game on, and make sure to ask Jen for your week 2 Pick 'em sheet so you can get it filled out early. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Stop in for Monday Night Football at Blue Spruce. They have $1 off beers during the games. Then tomorrow, September 9th at 4pm, they'll celebrate Firkin Tuesday with a tapping of a Fresh Hopped Red. [4151 E County Line Rd Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Their taproom is now open on Sundays for football season. Hours are 11am to 6pm. They are closed Mondays but available for event rentals. This Saturday they will be at both the Craft Beer and BBQ Festival at Atlas Valley and at the first annual Boulder Valley Beer Fest in Superior. Both are combined with food - one with BBQ, the other with chili. Superior Liquor is running specials on the beers from every brewery involved in Superior's Boulder Valley Beer Fest. Next, they will have a beer tap takeover at Lulu's Barbeque in Louisville on Thursday, September 11. Then, on September 16th, they are hosting a Food Drive as part of Hunger Action Month for their neighbors, Community Food Share. They will be collecting in their tap room for one week. The weekend of the 19th of Sept. they will be at the Elitch Beer Garden. Crystal Springs Brewing will be releasing at least three new beers in the next several weeks, plus an oldie, but a rummie - Drum. Look for them soon! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - This is your last chance to reserve a seat at their End of Summer BBQ Beer Dinner set for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm. For $35 per person, you will be treated to a big three course dinner - family style with pitchers of handbuilt ales. For reservations, call BRU at (720) 638-5193. Also, all night Happy Hour every Tuesday 3:30pm to close starting September 16th. [5290 Arapahoe, Unit I, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - It's going to be another busy week at City Star. Today they are releasing their Altoberfest, an Oktoberfest Ale. It's also FREE beer Monday. Get a free pint of beer when you buy a growler fill. Then on Wednesday Sept 10th, stop in with your friends and compete in Trivia from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. The Oskar Blues Bonewagon will be outside that day form 6-9pm. And then there's live music nightly Thursday 7pm with happy hour all day, Friday music at 7pm, Saturday music at 7pm. Come watch the Broncos play this Sunday at 2:25pm. Then stick around for an Old Time Jam at 6pm (or following the game). [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - Make your Monday more enjoyable. Stop in and enjoy $1 off pints all day long. They have FREE Wifi, lots of space, games to play, TVs for the games and more. Open 3pm to 8:30pm tonight. Fermentedly Challenged and the Treehouse Brewers Club stopped by on Saturday and had a great time! Check out their taplist! [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]


Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at the brewery - enjoy Wing Wednesday from 2-9pm. Happy Hour is 3-6pm that day and Wings will be available from Origins Catering. Get retro on Thursday from 2-9pm with Atari on the big screen. Then on Friday, enjoy another firkin creation. This week it's "Country Sunrise Peach Agave". It taps at 5pm. Should be nice and sunny on Saturday so you can enjoy a beer on the patio. Then come watch the Broncos on Sunday. They'll be doing a halftime giveaway. Happy Hour from 4-8pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Have you been to Snowbank Brewing yet? They've been open just over 2 weeks and are making some impressive beers. During a stop to their taproom over the weekend, they had six different brews on tap. Something for just about everyone's taste. Fermentedly Challenged especially recommends their Colorado Red, the Silent Snow White IPA and their Bike Trail Pale. Here's a pic of their taster series. They are open 7 days at week starting at noon each day. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]


Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins, CO) - Odell Brewing is turning 25! They've got a reason to celebrate! Join them in the taproom September 22-28 for week-long festivities include vintage beer tap releases, food truck pairings, live music throughout the week, a photo booth and Oktoberfest pig roast, plus tons of giveaways! Let Odell's staff show you around the brewery on one of their daily tours; they may even share some stories from the past quarter-century. Also, on Tuesday, September 23rd, join Odell Brewing Company as they celebrate their 25th anniversary in style at the Silver Lining Soiree. The event will include live music from the Phuong & Friends Jazz Combo, small plates prepared by The Kitchen, Jay's Bistro, The Moot House, and The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop, and pairings of some of our rare, vintage, and Cellar Series offerings. THey will also unveil their 25th anniversary release, 180 Shilling. Each ticket purchase benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County. Check out all the events on their website.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Upcoming September Beer Releases: On Saturday September 13th, Funkwerks will release "Oud Bruin", a Belgian Style Sour Ale. The Funkwerks sour beer program was launched in early 2012 to produce traditional beers of the Flemish region of Belgium. The Oud Bruin that sits before you is a blend of one and two year old beers from a variety of oak barrels. Pouring with a deep auburn hue, this beer exhibits aromas of black cherry, raisin, and dark chocolate. Long, slow fermentation with a blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and other sour cultures contribute the characteristic tart flavor profile of this style. Enjoy this wonderfully complex beer that has been years in the making. Then on Saturday, September 20th, Funkwerks will release "Nelson Sauvin", a single hopped Saison. Named after the unique New Zealand hop that has distinct white wine characteristics, this single-hop Saison has a subtle aroma of gooseberries, honeydew melon and a hintof spiciness from our house Saison yeast strain. Bright fruit characteristics carry through from the late hop additions into the flavor but with a restrained bitterness. The addition of Muscat grape juice at the end of the boil plays into the fruity aromas from the hops and contributes to the crisp, dry finish. This intriguing Saison blurs the line between wine and beer. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Tomorrow is the BIG day! Come check out FCB's new Happy Hour & Tapas Bar (4-8pm) featuring craft beer, Spanish wine, cocktails and a 15 different special tapas menu they've created for YOU to share and savor! There's even a seasonal ice cream dessert from a special collaboration with Walrus Ice Cream. Create Share Savor. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There are several Stevetoberfest posters hanging around Ft. Collins town. If you find one - take a picture of it with you and tag #Stevetoberfest on social media to receive a free pint at Stevetoberfest on September 20th. Live music, authentic German food, and plenty of beer! [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Each and every Monday at Patrick's is a special Keep The Glass night. Tonight, it's a Keep a Duvel glass when you order a Duvel Single on tap. Drop on down to Patrick's in downtown Greeley. Patrick's is in the heart of the Go Cup District in Downtown Greeley. Plan to attend one of the last remaining Friday night Go Cup events in September and enjoy your beer outside walking downtown. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fossil Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - This brewery may not be open yet, but they are already brewing up their beer that they will bring to the upcoming Beers Made By Walking event. The brewers collected some local sage and horehound and will be using those ingredients in a Saison for the October 3rd event at the Wynkoop in Denver during GABF week. They will also feature this beer in their soon to open tasting room this fall. Stay tuned for opening day announcement. Look for them to open sometime later this month with 8 taps. [2845 Ore Mill Rd, Unit 1, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Monday is Sgt. Pilsner night, which means that pints of their pilsner are $1 off all night. They are dedicated to helping Mondays get better, so come on down to the taproom to enjoy this delicious, refreshing beer and take a load off. They've got WADA WADA here all night as well, serving up their delicious asian cuisine, so no need to worry about cooking either! [4630 Forge Rd Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - No, it's not an episode of South Park on TV, it's a real brewery that's opening in Fairplay, CO. The date has been set - September 19th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony that Friday at 4pm. Check them out on Facebook or visit them on the web closer to opening day to get all their latest details. They've already been pouring their Milk Stout and a d Raspberry Stout at a local festival. Look for even more brews by opening day. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] Steamworks Brewing Co. will celebrate its 18th Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, with a “step back in time.” Patrons who visit the brewpub on Sept. 14 will enjoy the 1996 price for pints and pitchers of Steamworks’ award-winning craft beers. “We’re rolling back beer prices to celebrate our anniversary and thank the community that has supported Steamworks throughout all these years. We couldn't have done it without Durango,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder. “We will be selling pints for $2.50 and pitchers for $10 all day.” In 1996, Steamworks Brewing Co. caused a stir throughout Durango as Oyler and co-founder Brian McEachron transformed what once had been a circa 1920s motor works into a brewpub. Today, after all the trials and successes, the brewpub is a thriving local business, a respected employer, and Steamworks beers have earned numerous national and international awards, helping to put Durango on the radar of travelers throughout the country and world. [801 E Second Ave, Durango, CO]

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