Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Colorado Beer News 092314

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Jetsons Day. Back in 1962 on this day, The Jetsons premiered on ABC TV. This space age animated series was the first program on that network to be carried in color. While 52 years later we still don't have flying cars like the Jetsons did, we do manage to have a lot of push button devices that make our lives simpler. Good thing finding a good craft beer to drink is fairly simple in this state. Also, it's Bruce Springsteen's birthday today - cheers to the Boss! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 23rd, 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

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's an event you should keep in mind for a pre-GABF stop. On Wednesday, October 1st from 11:30am til close, Hops & Pie will host a Crooked Stave Artisans Tap Takeover. Featuring the beers from Crooked Stave, Prairie, Perennial, Almanac, Breakside, Stillwater, Evil Twin, Jester King, Westbrook, Boneyard, 10 Barrel and Oakshire. This is a tasting event not to be missed! Flights and singles available. See poster below. Meanwhile, today they've tapped: West Coast IPA from Green Flash, The Ripper from Black Bottle, Unfiltered Wheat from Boulevard, Pranqster from North Coast, Make My Day Session IPA from 4 Noses and Kvasir from Dogfish Head. Let them pour one for you! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - September Cask Month continues at CKBC on Wednesday, September 24th with a tapping of their "Tequila Sunrise Cask". They started with their Imperial Pilsner and aged it in tequila barrels. Then added fresh crushed oranges and maraschino cherries giving it a sweet twist with a hint of tequila! It taps at 2pm and will typically be drained by 10pm. [1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Right before GABF, River North is set to release its next concoction. On Saturday, September 27th at 1pm, the brewery will introduce J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged), their signature farmhouse ale aged in artisan tequila barrels. “I've always been skeptical of tequila barrels for aging beer,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “But when I had the chance to smell these barrels just after they were emptied, I knew we had to seize the opportunity.” Notes of pepper, citrus and cinnamon balance the malty backbone of classic J. Marie, creating the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Finishing at 10.2% ABV, J. Maria holds its own. No lime or salt required. In total, the brewery bottled 135 cases. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - Strange Craft is gearing up for GABF week and will offer extended business hours from September 27th through October 4th. They've got events planned from September 29th through October 4th as well including "A Strange Cheese Incident GABF Gala" on September 29th at 6pm. Get 5 courses of beer, cheese and accoutrements for $30. Also starting September 29th they are the subject of a week long Tap Take Over at Blue Sushi Sake Grill in Denver. On September 30th they will host a Raffle for a chance to win GABF tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to charity. $5 a raffle ticket. Drawings at 6, 7 & 8pm. There will be live music in the taproom at Strange on September 26-28, and October 2-5 daily. And of course, let's not forget the special tappings - 1 daily from September 29th through October 4th: 9/29 - Barrel-aged Strange Tail, 9/30 - Fresh-Hopped 1000 Barrels Heather's Ale, 10/1 - Vanilla Rum Porter, 10/2 - GABF Firkin, 10/3 - Chain Smokin Stranger, and Choke Cherry Cream Ale, and 10/4 - Dr. StrangeLove Vertical ('12 & '13), plus a Watermelon Hefe. Plan to visit! [1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - Oktoberfest celebrations continue today at Prost! Today they are having a 6-pack release of their Prost Pils and Prost Dunkel. All 12oz 6-packs are $9.99. Plus, you can get $2 off all Monster Biers (33.1oz) today. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Their taproom is back to normal hours today (12pm - 11pm) and they're tapping Sentience Wild Quadrupel today at 6pm. Stop in for a glass. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - The ninth annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival is taking place this Saturday, Sept. 27 at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202) from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is part of Denver Beer Fest. All of these beers were made with hops that were harvested 24 hours or less before the start of the brewing process. Enjoy fresh hop beers from 25+ different breweries. Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance at 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. [1919 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - It's baaack! Big Bad Baptist makes its return to the tap room TOMORROW - September 24th! Batch 32 will be on draft, featuring Novo Coffee and Ritual Chocolate - both of whom will be there giving away samples of their products. Specials on Baptist t-shirts and a special prize for those dressed as a Big Bad Baptist! Wednesday September 24, 6-9pm. Don't miss it! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (4 Metro Locations) - Save the date for Saturday, October 11th - that's the date for "Refreshment of a Cause" - at all Parry's locations. Not too long ago Parry's paired up with Epic Brewing to provide them a beer that would be private labeled through Parry’s. The beer was to be called, Landon’s Wanna Walk Wheat. They wanted this to be a refreshing beer for a cause. So, they paired up with St. Jude Children’s Hospitals to make the sales of this beer go further for the good of children and their families. For every pint they sell of this beer, they are going to give .25¢ to St. Jude. They've been doing this since October 1st of 2013 and the last day for this round of donations is October 1st of this year. After October 1st, they'll tally everything up and then they're throwing a party. But don't fret, they'll be doing this from here on out with Landon’s Wanna Walk Wheat. Many breweries have generously donated kegs of their own beer to further their efforts in getting St. Jude the donations they need to continue doing what they do. All sales from these beers will be donated to St. Jude. Their Greenwood Village location is where the check will be presented to St. Jude’s representatives and a photo op with many of the contributors. It’s also where Epic Brewing will have their one-off firkin made especially for this event. [parryspizza.com for locations]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Today there is a beer release at 4 Noses. Stop in for a pint of their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. Enjoy one on this first full day of Fall. Also, Tony Guacamole will be on site tonight serving up tacos and guac. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - They tapped what? Come get some fresh made Salted Caramel Apple Cider. You can thank them later. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - GABF week will be busy at Chain Reaction Brewing. They're planning a Black Sky Collaboration tapping Tuesday, Sept 30th, a Dubble Trubble collaboration tapping with High Plains Tap House on Wed. Oct. 1st, another Black Sky collaboration tapping on Thurs. Oct. 2nd along with a Taste of Texas collaboration pairing, and a collaboration tapping with Strange Craft "Churn and Burn" on Sat. Oct. 4th. Plus, plenty of food trucks all week. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] The 2014 limited release of Oskar Blues Brewery's award-winning seasonal, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, hits all 35 states where Oskar Blues is sold in September, inspiring dark beer lovers to go cross-eyed. This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 65 IBUs underneath its smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. The name of this boundary-stretching beer has multiple meanings--it is what you think, and it isn't--at the same time. The CANcupiscent seasonal, which has bulldozed beer lovers everywhere, will be available at your favorite watering holes and retailers and restaurants starting in September. Find it if you CAN. Following the successful release of Oskar Blues spring seasonal, GUBNA, the FIDY will be available until February 2015 (or until it sells out). [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Get ready to bend, breathe and imbibe! Brewhouse Yoga is tonight at 6pm. It's $15 for yoga and a beer. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - It's Happy Hour all day every Tuesday! Get $3 16oz pints or $5 22oz beers on their Citrum IPA, Obitus Brown, Belux Belgian Pale Ale, Rigley IPA or their rotating BRU. Happy Hour also on select Eats from $2 to $5. House wines (white or red) for $4. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Goodbye summer, hello fall...and Pumpkin Ale! Just in time for the changing of the leaves, their highly anticipated Limited Release Pumpkin Ale is ready to start flowin'. Join in next Tuesday, September 30 at their Flatiron Park tap room for their Pumpkin Ale Release Party (5-9 pm), and be the first to try this year's batch on tap. They'll start pouring as soon as they open at 11 am, but the party kicks off at 5 pm with live music by Alex Maryol and food by Heirloom food truck. Cans hit store shelves that week, too, but you can snag your 4-pack of 16 oz cans from their tap room for $15. Come get your fill, and start the season off right! [[1898 S Flatiron Ct -or- 1501 Lee Hill Rd No. 20, Boulder, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - This Saturday, September 27th, Gravity Brewing presents the beginning of their month-long Oktoberfest celebration. There will be plenty of German beer and food including smoked turkey legs, rotisserie chicken, German potato salad, and house made brats from Worldwide Vittles. Get $4 beers every Saturday until the end of October. They're pouring their Heisenberg-Oktoberfest Marzen and starting on October 4th also their Schwag Lager. Stop by every Saturday through October. [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Snowbank Brewing has some ome fun experimental beers they're working on for Great American Beer Festival week, and lots of food trucks lined up to feed the masses of craft beer geeks and nerds that will be venturing up to Fort Collins from Denver. Get your schedules locked in. It's going to be a busy week! From the looks of it they've got some coffee infused beers coming! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Stop in today for "Two Stamp Tuesday". Get out your Bottle Stamp card, buy a bottle and get two stamps on your card instead of 1 for each bottle purchased. Once you get six stamps you get a bottle for FREE! There's 8 different beers in bottles at the tasting room today: Saison, Deceit, Oud Bruin, Nelson Sauvin, Remi's Rye, Motueka, Tropic King and Dahlia. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - There's just two more "Bike in Tuesdays" left for the season. Bike in anytime today and get $1 off pints in the taproom all day. They are open from 1pm to 9pm. Also, Starting on Friday, Sept. 26 - BARREL AGED BEER RELEASES! They are releasing TWO barrel aged versions of their GABF Pro-Am beer at 3pm. They took Crossroads, a Scottish Wee Heavy, and put some in both a Blue Corn Bourbon Barrel and a Rye Whiskey Barrel. Try tasters of the original and two barrel versions for a special price from the 26th to October 3rd, while supplies last. Three-taster flight for $7. And from Friday the 26th through October 3rd, enter their HOMEBREWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY: For every barrel aged beer you purchase, they will enter you to win one of their bourbon barrels to take home. During the week they will also be offering $3 off all Verboten t-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts and hats. And... a week from today: Tuesday, Sept. 30 - a SOUR BOTTLE RELEASE!
A special 22 oz. bomber release of their fantastic Night Has Fallen, a blended barrel-aged American Sour. Bombers available starting at 1pm. Buy two bottles and take home a free logo glass. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in tomorrow, Wed. September 24th at 5pm, for their weekly firkin tapping. This week they have one called "Cherbocka". This beer was lagered for 6 months and is not ready in time for Oktoberfest season. It's rich, malty, and has just enough cherry flavor to make a Wookie purr. Then on Friday, they'll tap "Dr. Pat's #16". It's an IPA made with their own Crystal & Cascade hops for a unique grass aroma. As usual, food trucks nightly and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - It's Tuesday, and that means you can get $2.00 off on all growler fills today. If you want to buy one of their awesome stainless steel growlers they'll fill it for free with the beer of your choice. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here are their brews of the week - now on tap: IPA, Blonde, Bella, Porter, City City Brown Brown, and Rocky Mountain Red Head. Get $1.00 off your first pint if you buy a gourmet sausage from Bite Me Gourmet Sausages (who will be on site today). [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - If you're in the Montrose area this Thursday, September 25th, stop in for a free movie night. They'll be showing "Tattoo Nation" starting at 7pm. They'll have plenty of beer, plus $1 tacos and FREE local coffee. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Coming tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24th - Fresh Hop Double Conundrum Red Ale. It's a great way to spice up the first Hump Day of Fall with tastings of this premium seasonal brew. Also available in bottles. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Introducing Dudes Who Brew ‪#‎dudeswhobrew‬ on Thursday nights. Their brewmaster and assistant brewer will be manning the taps and are ready to talk all things brewing while pouring amazing beer. Try all of their new beers in this just opened brewery! [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

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