Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colorado Beer News 100114

Colorado Beer NewsWelcome to October and the final countdown to the #GABF. The focus for this month is the wrap up of the Oktoberfest season, the change over to fall and winter seasonals (after all it is snowing up in the mountains already) and the approach of Halloween at the end of the month. Several breweries, brewpubs and beer bars have started their pre-GABF festivities. Get ready for a great month of craft beer in Colorado! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 1st 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - This week's Jellyman's Deviation beer tapping is "Hop Tarts", a soured Double IPA. It has the appearance of an unfiltered hot mess (but that's OK). The aroma is of tropical citrus and rich maltiness. The taste is a flavorful cornucopial experience of chewy malts, chunky hops, and a grip of Sweet Tarts. It taps on Friday, October 3rd at 4pm and goes til it's gone. Savor this 7% ABV brew by the Tulip glass. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - This week, the brewery once again packaging its beers in bottles and is releasing three of its flagship beers in bombers. Look for their Cherry Kriek, Breakfast Grapefruit IPA, and their Le Bruit du Diable Belgian Farmhouse in bottles to take home with you. Available at the brewery and in select stores. There will be a release celebration today at 2pm. Also coming soon to bottles is their Dr. Strangelove Barleywine. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Grandma's House (Denver) - Here's a brewery with a unique name and beer to go along with it: Grandma's House. This is the newest brewery to celebrate their Grand Opening and it's today! Their doors open for the first time at 2:00pm. They're starting off with a limited tap list. What they lack in variety they make up for it with gusto. In addition to their own beers, Grandma's House will allow other aspiring breweries the opportunity to create their beers on their brewing system and sell them through their taproom. Grandma's House is all about craft in many ways, including their theme (cross stitch). Come check them out. Parking available in the lot next to Corvus Coffee Roasters. [1710 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - Welcome to October. They're long awaited return of their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager is today! It will be both on tap and in 22oz bomber bottles. Stop by their taproom and enjoy a pint of it or two and take some home with you. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - During GABF week, Crooked Stave is planning some special releases. Today, October 1st at 5pm, they will be releasing "Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie", a burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels with sour cherries. This one will be on draft AND available in bottles. Chad Yakobson will lead a toast. Bottle sales start at 5pm (limit 1 case per person - $15 per bottle) and on tap at 6pm. Then at 6pm they will also be tapping their collaboration beer with Firestone Walker Brewing called "Plum on Plum", a sour ale aged in oak barrels with plums. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - The first session of the GABF starts tomorrow! They've released the official beer list now. Check it out at: - Also, download the "My GABF" app for your phone or tablet. It's got a map of the festival floor, lists of beers broken into categories and a whole lot more. Updated for 2014. See you at the GABF! [Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - On Saturday, October 11th, 4pm til close LTBC is hosting a breast cancer survivors night! If you or someone you know has been effected by breast cancer please come to the brewery to show your support! They will have pink growlers, glasses and koozies for sale, and they will be giving away pink koozies for any group that has a tab of $100 or more! (limit 6) They are excited to support all of the amazing people who have fought or are currently fighting this disease! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today they ramp it up, with Wayward Wednesday GABF-style! Now pouring five versions of J. Marie: classic, whiskey-aged, Chardonnay-aged, tequila-aged and red-wine-aged with Brett! Matt's Snack Shack is also out front with a brat bar and pulled pork sandwiches! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is the day to pick up your Bourbon Barrel Prim & Porter bottles. They open at 4pm. And those will go fast! ‪#‎GABF‬ ‪#‎handcrafted ‬[1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Stapleton Tap House (Denver) - GABF TICKETS! They have one more pair of tickets to give away for the GABF Saturday evening session. Stop in the Tap House today or tomorrow for details. They also have a pair of tickets for Thursday evening and a pair for Saturday Afternoon (that's the Members Only Session) for sale for face value plus ticketmaster fees. If you're interested, please email Michael[at] [8286 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Happy Hump Day. To help you get over the hump, Goldline IPA is just $3 a pint (includes tax) all day today! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Boulder County

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Monday they tapped an Organic Pale Ale. Last night, they tapped their Cascadian Dark Ale as their second of five daily beer releases. These are 1 barrel batches so they go fast! Next up, Mango Hefeweizen (today), Belgian Abbey, Chipotle Lime Kolsch, and Imperial Porter. They also just installed a new 70" TV. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Stop on in this weekend at J Wells and at the GABF, they will be pouring some Hop Haze Imperial IPA, Lisa Red Ale and Chocolate Milk Stout (English Style). You might just find some Lig ts Out Imperial Stout as well. [2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - While you're out visiting breweries this week for GABF week plan to stop in at Upslope Brewing at their Flatiron Park location for some special tappings. Today they will be tapping their 4-brewery collaboration beer called "Up 4 It", a whole-cone hopped honey pale ale that they did along with UPland, UPstate and UPright breweries. Also, they will be tapping a collaboration beer they did with Freshcraft - a Nitro Blonde Ale. Then tomorrow, Oct. 2nd, they will tap a Coconut Brown Ale firkin. Then on Fri. Oct 3rd they have a firkin of a dry hopped IPA with Ella hops. And finally on Saturday, Oct. 4th they'll tap a firkin of a Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin ale. And that doesn't even cover what they're doing around Denver at various locations. They'll be special Upslope taps at Falling Rock Tap House, Hops & Pie, Freshcraft, Hyatt Regency, World of Beer LoDo, Pizza Republica, Cheba Hut, Grand Hyatt, and Russell's Smoke House. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) and Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) are teaming up on October 4th and 5th to release their collaboration beer "Chainsaw Princess of Karate", a charity beer that will support The Susan G. Komen Foundation and their drive to fight breast cancer. The subtitle of this beer is "Saving Boobs One Kick at a Time". It will release at Odd13 on Oct. 4th and at Big Choice Brewing on Oct. 5th. $1 per pint of this beer and all profits from t-shirt sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. [Odd13 Brewing: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO] [Big Choice Brewing: 7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Today is the annual "Steins & Staches" event. If you bring in your own stein (any size) you can have it filled for $8 with one of their select ales all day long. Then at 7pm tonight they will judge the "Best Stache in Boulder" for best facial hair. Prizes for the top 3 places. If you wear your BRU gear to the GABF and post a pic of yourself at the GABF using hashtag #bruatgabf you'll get a free pint at BRU. Stop by the GABF booth K4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card. [5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Notice: their Beer, Cheese & Goats Event has been postponed due to rain. Did you know goats absolutely DETEST the rain? So out of respect for these adorable animals and due to forecasted afternoon thunderstorms, they had no choice but to reschedule their event. It will now be next Wednesday, October 8th from 4 - 7pm at 12Degree. Tickets are still available in the taproom or [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Visit them at the GABF! Find West Flanders Brewing Company in the Brewpub Pavillion in the festival hall. Or, head down to Pearl Street in Boulder to try their special beer tappings including Cherry Trippel, Tres Rubias and Quad Hopped Harvest Pale Ale. They are pouring Third Kingdom IPA, Canniption Pale Ale, Angry Monk, Tres Rubias, and medal winner Saison Locale #4. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - There's a special tapping today in honor of ‪#‎GABF‬ week. Oso Caribe. Imperial Brown Ale. This brew was aged 12 months in Jamaican Rum Barrels. Rare and decadent, just like you. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Treat yourself to a Chocolate Cherry Quad at Front Range Brewing today. They've got one just waiting for you. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Today they're tapping Bob's Raspberry Stout! Bob went spelunking through the thorns and vines to harvest all those fresh berries. It's delicious and there's only 1 keg so you better get here fast before it's gone! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

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Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Ian is back with a special Great American Beer Festival week edition of TRIVIA at 7:30pm! Their special beer tapping today is Vaquero, a tequila barrel aged golden ale. There's just a limited supply of that brew and it starts pouring at 2pm today. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Who says you have to celebrate Oktoberfest in September? Broken Plow is releasing their Oktoberfest Der Pflug Lager today when their doors open at 2pm. They'll also be hosting Live Trivia tonight at 7pm. Sorry, no food truck tonight - they had to cancel. Let the spirit of Oktoberfest season last all October! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - October is here and so is the list of October releases. Today in the taproom, come try "Trends", a blended barrel aged sour dry hopped black IPA they did with Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins). Also starting today and running all month, if you buy one of their Brewers Lunchbox packs they will include a 2013 version of their Double Chocolate Stout (cellar series). Then on October 10th, they will release three beers: "Dark Side of Pumpkin" - a draft only pumpkin stout, 2014 Double Chocolate Stout (8.1% ABV), and Big Shot Hazelnut Brown Ale. Plus, this year's Halloween Party is set for October 31st from 5pm to 10pm in their parking lot. Details coming soon. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Proves the Best Way to Have Dessert is Poured. This creamy stout leaves a lingering, warm finish, perfect for fall weather. New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is out now through December 31, 2014. This collaboration is the result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty brands manager, and the team at Perennial. This latest addition to New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series is a full-bodied beer that’s perfect for the cooler weather ahead. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout combines roasted barley and caramel malts to create a stout with a dark pour and tan head atop. Belgian yeast paired with a chocolate addition inspires rich aromas to complement a coffee tone. The beer has a hint of tobacco and dried fruit, along with a touch of mild salt, which boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is 9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs. It’s available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Come down and join Grimm Bros ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ today as they have a limited amount of their 2014 Bleeding Heart. Each year they release a new Bleeding Heart around Valentines Day and this year's batch was fantastic. A Raspberry Porter that blends well with the fruit and chocolate notes. ONLY available today and in the taproom, so make sure you stop by for a taste. Tomorrow they tap a 2 year old Big Bad Wolf Schtick Alt, Friday a batch of Magic Mirror, and Saturday some Wooden Path Latzenebier. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - They won't let a little downpour spoil their beer release today. At 5pm today they will release this year's batch of Chunkin' Pumpkin. They will only have the pumpkin in pints and growlers to go this year. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Scrumpy's Hard Cider (Ft. Collins) - It's Wednesday! Come on in and enjoy $3 pours on any Summit Cider. Take your pick between our Blueberry Lavender, Dry, Calypso, Hopricot, Tart Cherry,Peach Cobbler, Raspenero, and their new Sour Crabby Neighbor; hand picked by their very own Scrumpers! [215 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Need some help getting ready for GABF to kick into high gear? Well come on down and enjoy $1 off Cutter Wit all night paired with a delicious sausage from Bite Me Gourmet Sausage! Tomorrow 10/2 - Beer Trivia at 7pm - come test out your beer geekdom! Free to play and prizes for the winners! Friday 10/3 - Alpha Company release at 5pm! A single hopped pale ale featuring Apollo Hops! Saturday 10/4 - Scottish Tattoo release at 3pm! A delicious Scottish Ale! Also, brewery tours at 3PM, 5PM and 7PM! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - For those of you not able to get to their taproom today but are in Denver, you can taste 6 of their beers on tap at Pub 17 today during their pre-GABF event. You can get such beers as: Cherry Bourbon Barrel Brown and Prickly Peach until 5pm tonight.

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