Monday, September 15, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Make a Hat Day. This is a day that celebrates the age old tradition of hat making. These days, most of our hats are manufactured oversees and are mass produced, but some locals still practice the art as crafters - making anything from beanies, cowboy hats or woven hats. Hats can be anything from plain and simple like a baseball hat or stylish and old-fashioned looking like a bowler, fedora or a top hat. Celebrate this day by wearing a hat of your choice. Doesn't matter what kind is it - simply wear what you have. And why not enjoy a craft beer today while wearing your hat. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 15th, 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

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Please join in this Saturday, September 20th, 12-8pm to celebrate Wit's End Brewing's 3rd year anniversary! They are featuring over 13 different beers on tap, these include old favorites and some awesome new concoctions. There will be raffles throughout the day for schwag, beer, and a set of the coveted Saturday afternoon GABF tickets! Also, this year they are featuring two food trucks, Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks and Bakin’ Bakery! Details can be found on Facebook. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today another new beer goes on the taps. It's their "Mountain Jim Dark Mild". Stop in and enjoy a dark pour. They are now open with some new opening hours - open now Monday - Friday at 2pm. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Today is Anarchy Monday at 4 Noses. Get $2 off anarchy mugs, and $1 off pints. Burgersmith will also be on site today. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Brewery (Boulder) - This Wednesday 9/17, each of thei four locations will release two very special beers upon opening. They are both products of their barrel-aging/blending cellar at their Vine St. Brewery in Denver. Use Your Illusion #1, a blended sour ale, medium in body, garnet in color and with aromas of bourbon from the barrel and funky & tart flavors. This weighs in at 9.4% ABV. And also - Use Your Illusion #2, a blended sour with a light body, effervescent fruity aromas from raspberry and funkiness from the secondary fermentation. This one is 11.3% ABV! Also on Saturday 9/20, in honor of the start of Oktoberfest, each of their four locations will release their annual batch of Oktoberfest which has been fully lagered for several months - Headybrah Oktoberfest (6.3% ABV)

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Whether you were one of the lucky few to grab tickets to this year’s GABF or are just looking to imbibe in special craft beer events during the festivities BRU handbuilt ales & eats will be bustling with mouthwatering beer and food events from September 29th to October 5th. It all kicks off on September 29th with The Art of Pairing Beer and Food where Beer Chef / Owner Ian Clark will share his extensive beer and food knowledge for a beginner lesson of beer and food tips and tricks. Then on September 30th they will tap the limited LOCH Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (pouring at the GABF). October 1st brings back the 2nd Annual Steins and Staches event as facial hair enthusiasts go head to head for the “best stache” while those competing and the more inclined-to-shave onlookers sip on $8 stein fills. Then on October 2nd they share a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary Ale (pouring at the GABF) and a complimentary handbuilt ale for GABF ticket holders. Looking to take a breather from the festivities in Denver? Join them on October 3rd for an intimate Beer Dinner in the brewery with 3 delicious courses paired with their hand built ales all served family-style. Then on October 4th they tap their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale made from Ian's backyard hops. And to finish it all off they’ll be having a special Hangover Brunch on October 5th with an entree and two handbuilt ales or beer cocktails for $22. Don’t forget – Wear your BRU gear to the Great American Beer Festival for a complimentary pint at BRU. Just post a pic in your BRU gear roaming the halls of GABF with the hashtag #BRUatGABF. Stop by booth k4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Just a reminder that Sanitas Brewing is now open on Monday's with Happy Hour all day long. As a double bonus, they also have a special event going on tonight with their friends from Zeal Optics in the taproom tonight at 6pm. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Loveland Oktoberfest (Loveland) - Less than 5 more days til the big 2014 Loveland Oktoberfest celebration on September 20th from 11am to 5pm at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater complex next to Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson. This is a family friendly event with music, fun and plenty of craft beer from nearly every Loveland brewery and a few more craft brewers. There will be pretzel necklace making, a stein hosting competition, an Oktoberfest Best Dressed Contest, live music, a kid's coloring contest, and plenty of food available. The event is FREE to attend. Then, after the Oktoberfest is over, make plans and get tickets now for the big after-concert at the amphitheater area. Three bands will perform including: The Epilogues, Proverbial and The Flobots. Gates for the paid concert open at 4pm and the show lasts til 10pm. For more info on this event and concert tickets, visit: lovelandoktoberfest.org. [Thunder Mt. Amphitheater: 4250 Byrd Dr, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Earlier this year, a film crew from The Travel Channel showed up and did a piece on this small Loveland-based nanobrewery. Starting today, The Travel Channel's web site will begin debuting their web-based series entitled "Microbrew Madness". If you'd like to get a preview of the segment on Verboten Brewing, check out this link: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/in-loveland-with-nano-brewing - This segment plus dozens of others are available online at the Microbrew Madness page: http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/microbrew-madness. Microbrew Madness is a spirited journey across America to discover some of the nation’s best craft breweries. Each of the 16 six-minute webisodes on tap features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (TravelChannel.com’s "Girls Gone Bayou"), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (TravelChannel.com’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (TravelChannel.com’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”). The Travel Channel also featured Avery Brewing Company of Boulder, CO and 14 other craft breweries. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

FORToberfest (Ft. Collins) - This Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, the 2nd annual FORToberfest celebration hits downtown Fort Collins. Since the city’s cultural gifts include more than beer, FORToberfest is a unique fall celebration. Fortoberfest beer lovers will be able to visit the Fort Collins Brewery District tent (named for the city’s recently created beer-making district) and purchase “build your own” sampler flights of seasonal beers. The samplers are $6 and hold four 4-oz servings of beers from the FORToberfest beer lineup. FORToberfest beers will be from a dozen of the sixteen breweries now in Fort Collins, including New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Coopersmith’s Brewery & Pub, Black Bottle and others. Two Fort Collins breweries that opened this summer - Zwei Bruder Brewing and Snowbank Brewing Company - will make their Fortoberfest debut at the event. The 2nd annual FORToberfest celebration takes place Friday, September 19th (5 -10:30 PM) and Saturday, September 20th (11 AM -10:30 PM) at the Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Colorado-based Tour de Fat stops in Ft. Collins and Denver raised a combined total of more than $200,000 for local non-profits. Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised more than $113,000 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, August 30 – up 25 percent from last year – and raised more than $100,000 in Denver on Saturday, September 6 – up 30 from last year. About 25,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Civic Center Park for the Fort Collins stop and 18,000 showed up in City Park in Denver. Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - This week at City Star: Today is FREE Beer Monday. Get a free 12-16oz beer with every 64oz growler fill. Tuesday - stop in for the FLood Hound Ale taproom release at 2pm. It's their Red Necktar aged 6 months in Spirit Hound Distillers rum barrel. Wednesday night is Trivia Night at 7:30pm to 9pm. And Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) [PRESS RELEASE] This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week. 180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops, and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. Odell Brewing got its start in 1989, just after Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle. Doug had been an active homebrewer, strongly influenced by the northwest brewing pioneers, so the two decided to take his passion commercial. Doug’s sister, Corkie, was living in Fort Collins and scoped out a location to start the brewery. Shortly after their move, Corkie joined Doug and Wynne in opening the brewery in an old converted grain elevator. It was just the second packaging craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins. During the first five years, the popularity of Odell’s hand-crafted draft only ales caught on. In fact, they became so popular that a larger facility was needed to handle the increasing demand. Thus a whole new brewery was built in 1994 at the current location. In 1996, a packaging line was installed, and the brewery introduced bottles for the first time. After many years, several brewery expansions, and a packaging re-brand, Odell Brewing expects to produce around 100,000 barrels of beer this year. It currently employs just over 100 people, and sells a diverse portfolio of delicious and innovative beers across eleven states. Odell Brewing will also commemorate its 25th year with a special collaboration beer brewed with Boulevard Brewing later this fall. Boulevard also got its start 25 years ago (and just one day before Odell Brewing). The Boulevard/Odell collaboration will be released in mid-November with a series of events and celebrations across the breweries’ collective distribution areas. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - While Black Bottle Brewery is known for tapping their own awesome beers, they also put up some of the best guest beers in town. Coming up tomorrow, September 16th, Black Bottle will play host to two of Stone Brewing Company's most tasty rare beer offerings. Stop in BBB starting at 5:30pm for a glass of these beers: Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels, and Stone Reason Be Damned Abbey Style Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels. Hard to get brews will be on tap for just a very short time (one night). Hurry in! [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at BBC: Wednesday is Wings on Wednesday from 2-9pm featuring Origins Catering dry-rub wings with different sauces. Happy Hour that day 3-6pm. Thursday is "Bring Your Own Vinyl" from 2-9pm. They'll play an album side from your disk and take $1 off your drinks. Friday 9/19 they'll be tapping a firkin of Harvest Pumpkin Wheat at 5pm. Open Saturday 2-10pm. And of course, Sunday is Broncos Sunday - wear your Broncos gear. They'll have great food on site for the game as well. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The new FCB Happy Hour and Tapas Bar is now open at the brewery featuring 15 different hand crafted tapas as well as full flights of FCB brews. Open Mondays - Saturdays 4-8pm. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pike's Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - This year's version of Pikes Peak Brewing's Local 5 Pale Ale is being tapped today in the taproom and at Jack Quinn's downtown Colorado Springs. This beer will help commemorate this year's Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. Look for this beer to be on tap around town and in 4-packs at various stores. The beer was brewed along with the help of members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 5. Proceeds from the sale of this beer will help assist the families of Local 5 members attend funerals of fallen heros. Also - don't forget that this week is Monument Beer Week thru September 20th. Something special going on daily. Today there's some special chocolates available in the taproom that was made from their Gold Rush Belgian Strong. And tomorrow, September 16th PPBC is hosting a tap takeover featuring the local CO breweries who also opened in 2011. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Last Friday, Trinity released their Farmhouse Blue Saison featuring huckleberries. And - this Saturday, Trinity is going to release Farmhouse Red Saison, this one made with Colorado chokecherries. It's a lightly fruity and unique brew and weighs in at 7.2% ABV. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - There are now 67 Colorado breweries signed up to pour at the annual All Colorado Beer Festival set for Saturday November 1st. Check out ticket info and all the pertinents at: www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come to their Oktoberfest event this Saturday. Among other beers, they'll be tapping their Mint Chocolate Chip Stout. A high gravity and sweet stout, brewed with Colorado Springs grown spearmint leaves and fair trade cocoa nibs. Chocolaty, slightly minty, smooth and creamy. 9% ABV. That and several other releases too. [204 Mount View Ln, Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Hitting store shelves this week is their annual wet hop IPA - Hoperation Ivy #24. It's a hop bombshell made with fresh hops from High Hop Farms in Paonia, CO and malt from Colorado Maling Co in Alamosa. It's for distribution ONLY in Colorado. Stop by the tapping party at Ska HQ tomorrow, September 16th from 5-8pm. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

National News

2014 Great American Beer Bars - Now more than ever, bars across the U.S. showcase the wide array of offerings from the more than 3,000 breweries in operation throughout the country today. To help navigate the nation for some of the best places to imbibe, CraftBeer.com — the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—surveyed its audience for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition. More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized. Colorado regional winners include: Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver), Falling Rock Tap House (Denver), Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont), and The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins). Grats to our local Colorado businesses! Falling Rock Tap House was also one of 5 beer bars voted as best overall.
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