Monday, September 29, 2014

Colorado Beer News 092914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Confucius Day. Confucius was born in 551 BCE and was a famous highly quoted Chinese teacher. He was credited for writing many classic Chinese texts including all of the Five Classics. He was a master of philosophers, a gatekeeper of highest wisdom, and solver of great riddles. Today while you enjoy a craft beer ponder this quote from Confucius: "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." - In our case, when we drink we study our glass and typically don't think and get wasted. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Get in out of the rain and enjoy some Brews and Board Games tonight starting at 6pm. BYO game or play one of theirs. Ask to join a game with others. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) - Come by Tuesday at 6:30pm to pick up the 2nd edition of the Craft Beer Pin Up Calendar. Meet the lovely ladies of the brew world and get this years copy signed. Also, on the opening day of GABF (October 2nd), Colorado Plus will have over 22 different specialty beers on tap from nearly as many Colorado breweries, beers that you don't normally see. Beers like: Avery Pumpkyn, Black Bottle's Sparkles Shimmers Shines, Dry Dock RYE-zing Sun Saison, Odell Comes and Gose and many more. They'll be pouring all day long. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Rainy days call for beer. Good thing they have lots on tap. Plus, at 6pm Almanac Beer Co is joining Crooked Stave for Collaboration Brewers Night. Almanac will be bringing at least 5 of their beers. Should be a tasty evening. Plus, Crooked Stave's Autumn Surette is now available at the taproom. This batch was brewed with Ceylon cinnamon, Thai chili peppers, star anise, all spice and roasted squash. Bottles go for $8 each. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - This week inside at the GABF, Bull & Bush will be pouring an astounding 12 different beers! And back at their taproom in Denver, they will be pouring 35 different beers including several vertical tastings and some rarities. They will even have bottles of 5 select beers available in the taproom as well. Variety is the spice of life and Bull & Bush certainly has it this week. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - The 50th brewery to open in Colorado this year is Fiction Beer Company of Denver, CO. Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick opened their book-themed brewery on Saturday, September 27th at 7101 E Colfax Ave. They are on the 1st floor of an apartment building. Even their bar is made of books and the beers are book themed! They have regular business hours on Wednesdays through Sundays, open at 2pm and stay as open as late as 10pm normally and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They're pouring several beers including a Wit, a Belgian Farmhouse, an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Stout and a seasonal ale called "Are Red Heads Supernatural?". Come open a "book" with them!

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's the event line-up for GABF week at BSB. Wednesday, Oct 1st is Bring Your Own Vinyl night from 5-10pm. There will be a special beer tapping of a Bbl-Aged Sour Red Saison too. Thurs. Oct 2nd brings a tapping of a Belgian Red Strong Ale that was aged in steel for 9 months. Then Fri. Oct 3rd - they'll tap a Guava Red Saison (2-10pm). On Saturday, Oct. 4th they'll re-tap more Sour Red Saison (2-10pm). On finally on Sun. Oct. 5th they'll tap a special Red Beet Saison (2-7pm). Live music Fri. & Sat. Food trucks on hand on most days. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Lost Highway Brewing Company (Denver) - Good things come to those who wait. The brewery you thought would never open finally has! Last Friday (September 26th), Lost Highway Brewing Company opened their doors for business at 520 E Colfax Ave in Denver, CO. They started off with 6 beers including: Golden Ghost (Belgian Oat Pils), Longest Wickedest Wit, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Belghost IPA, District 6 Pils, and a Pumpkin Ale. They are open 7 days a week. GABF special hours this week then regular hours start next Monday. They also host a deli counter with breads, meats and cheeses to pair with your beer. Check em out! [520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Welcome 2014 GABF Attendees! Wit's End Brewing will be holding special hours during GABF week. Their taproom will be open every day during the week of September 29th: Monday through Thursday 2pm to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday 12pm to 8pm. They will have special tappings throughout the week, including some of our rare beers like Sorry I’m Not Sour, Dim Mak, Big Willie Style and others! Check out our Facebook page for updates. Slow beer for fast times. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Stop in on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:00pm for a tapping of their Devil's Thumb Belgian Ale. They'll be giving out a free glass of this brew from 6pm to 6:30pm that day to wet your whistle. It makes a perfect warm up brew for GABF. Then two weeks later, they'll be tapping their Pumpkin Smasher Ale on October 15th at 6pm with the same great free tasting offer til 6:30pm. [1001 16th St, Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery is tapping some great beers this week; even busting out some barrel aged beers on Saturday in case you missed them over their anniversary weekend. Wed. Oct 1st - Mariposa Firkin w/Fuggle dry hop, Thur. Oct 2nd - Special B (Biere de Garde), Fri. Oct 3rd - Honey Hibiscus Saison, and Sat. Oct 4th - Bourbon A Votre Sante - and - Gin A Votre Sante - and - Gin/Oak Saison Voila. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - It's that time of year! Their Harvest Pumpkin Ale will be back on tap on Wednesday, October 1st. Taste the season! [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales and eats (Boulder) - This week during GABF, BRU has several events you'll want to check out. Tonight it's "The Art of Pairing Beer & Food" at 6pm. On Tuesday (9/30) it's a special tapping of their Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. On Oct 1st it's the 2nd Annual Steins & Staches contest at 7pm - plus a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary ale and a complimentary ale for GABF ticket holders at 6pm. Then on October 3rd at 7pm join in for a 3-course beer dinner. On Sat. Oct 4th at 6pm they'll do a special tapping of their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale. And finally on Sun. Oct 5th it's the GABF Hangover Brunch from 9:30am to 3pm - call (720) 638-5193 for reservations. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Avery Brewing will be busy with events during GABF week. In their Tap Room, October 1st through the 4th they will have special tappings and brewery tours. Daily tappings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Brewery tours at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Then on Thursday, Oct. 2nd join in at Euclid Hall in Denver for the annual Midnight Breakfast starting at 11pm. You'll get 7 courses and 14 rare beers! Then on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 8:30pm at the Fox Theatre in Boulder it's the Great Avery Boulder Fest. Get some of their tap room exclusives and cellar rarities on tap along with some live music. And on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 10pm at Star Bar it's Avery's Robe One Out event. Slip into something more comfortable and Robe One Out with them after the GABF session! A limited number of plush Avery robes will be available to buy at Star Bar, and they'll have rare hardcore & softcore Avery brews on tap! [Taproom: 5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Come down to 12Degree Brewing on Wednesday, October 1st from 4 7pm to enjoy some delicious beer and cheese pairings and mingle with some very friendly, goofy goats! This collaborative pairing event will showcase the delicious and age-old relationship between beer and cheese. The event will include a taster flight of five 5-oz Belgian-inspired 12Degree beers and a large spread of selected handcrafted cheeses from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. And the goats will be joining the party, too! As you enjoy your beer and cheese pairings, you can pet and watch these playful, cheeky tricksters. It is sure to be an extremely tasty and memorable experience. Tickets cost $22 per person and can be purchased in the taproom or online at [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - In honor of GABF this weekend we will be tapping a sixer of our Ginger Saison on Wednesday and then a sixer of the "Make It So Earl Grey IPA" on Saturday. First come first serve! (Or is that Last come, least served?) [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - GABF week is here! They can't wait to participate in their first ever GABF. If you aren't headed to GABF, they have some very special tappings back at the brewery to celebrate! Lineup: Wed: Unoaked American Barleywine, Thu: Spicy McHaggis, Dry Irish Stout, with brett and Fri: Small batch sour ales. ‪#‎drinkoddbeer‬ [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - They have some special barrel releases this week for ‪GABF: bourbon barrel aged black IPA and Drum (rum barrel aged porter). Come by and take a sip of these potent brews! ‪#‎crystalspringsbrewing‬ ‪#‎barrelaged‬ [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (Longmont) - Mountain Sun's newest addition to their pub family - Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse - is now open in Longmont. They'll feature many of the beers made from their Boulder and Denver locations. Happy hours regularly. Hours are 4pm to 12am. [600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's GABF at Grimm Brothers and they will be tapping something different each day this week. Today's tapping is "Bookends: A Story of World Beverage", a black sour ale aged in bourbon barrels. It will also be available in bottles only at World Beverage. On Tuesday, they tap "Randolf Gose", a sour salted beer. On Wed, Oct 2nd, they'll open up some cellared Bleeding Heart Raspberry Porter. Then on Thursday, they'll tap some 2 year old Big Bad wolf Schtick Alt. Then on Friday, Oct. 3rd come try their Magic Mirror, an imperial Kottbusser ale. And finally, on Saturday, stop in for their "Wooden Path Latzenebier". Something that every German beer lover will enjoy. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The culture of the Great American Beer Festival is much more than the tasting sessions in Denver; it encompasses the entire state of Colorado. In this spirit City Star is celebrating in their Berthoud taproom by pulling some of their favorite specialty beers out of the archives for tapping throughout the week (very limited supply). City Star's GABF week schedule: TUE - 2013 Mule Kick Strong Ale (2013 GABF Bronze Medal) tapping at 2pm, Oktoberfest Potluck 6:30pm. WED - Vaquero Tequila Barrel Aged Golden tapping at 2pm, GABF trivia 7:30pm. THU - 2013 Chai Watchman Chai Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Seth Phillips 7pm. FRI - 2013 Widow Maker Imperial Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Jeff Brinkman 7pm. And SAT - Country Pumpkin tapping at noon (growlers welcome!), and a late night show with aka Laser Bunny 8-11pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Starting at 1pm tomorrow (Sept. 30th), you can pick up 1 to 2 of their 22oz bottles of Night Has Fallen, a barrel aged American sour. They have just 13 cases bottled this time around so get them soon! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Fans spoke and New Belgium has listened. They are bringing back their 2 Below Ale as the Winter Revival Beer in their upcoming Folly Packs. Look for it soon! [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Out of State Brewery Events in Colorado

Stone Brewing Co (California) - Look for Stone Brewing to be involved in multiple events during GABF in Colorado. Tuesday 9/30 - Paramount Cafe Beer Festival 5-8pm in Denver, also San Diego Tuesday @ Tap n' Handle in Fort Collins, and Brewers' Karaoke at 8pm @ Star Bar in Denver. On Wednesday, Oct. 1st - Stone Tapping @ Lyons Fork in Lyons at 5pm, also World of Beer Barrel-Aged Beer Competition from 5-8pm in Cherry Creek, a rare beer dinner @ The Populist in Denver at 7pm, and a Stone tapping @ Federal Bar & Grill in Denver at 7pm. More events later in the week.

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