Thursday, October 9, 2014

Colorado Beer News 100914

Today is Fermentedly Challenged's 7th Year Blogiversary. My how times flies. Back on this day in 2007, this blog started out as a personal journal to explore the world of craft beer. I posted my first blog page not knowing where it was headed. Seven years later, it's now morphed into a blog dedicated to spreading the news about Colorado craft beer, its breweries, the brewers, and the people who drink their beer. Thanks to all my readers for going along for the ride in the world of craft beer for all these years. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 9th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co - South (Aurora) - Dry Dock is celebrating two more GABF medals this year - one for Apricot and the other for S.S. Minnow Mild Ale. Here's what's coming up at this award winning brewery. On Saturday, Oct. 25th at 12pm - Aurora’s favorite spicy chicken wing eating contest is back! Wing Hut and Dry Dock Brewing Co. are teaming up again to bring you The Third Annual Dante’s Wingferno Challenge. Are you fit for the challenge? Register here and come ready for the heat. Complete the challenge and get a free t-shirt. Proceeds from this event go to the local Aurora Fire Department, many of whom will be participating. For more information about Dante's Wingferno, visit the Dry Dock Brewing Co. website. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - North (Aurora) - Every Saturday Dry Dock Brewing Company’s brand new Canoe Room at North Dock tasting room taps a specialty firkin at noon. In October, Canoe Room will serve Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Lapsang Souchong Smoked Tea Amber, and Double Dry-Hopped and Wet-Hopped Hop Abomination. Click here for Dry Dock's October Firkin Calendar. 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co (Littleton) - Their latest creation has a Cosmo-pink color. I'ts called "Framboyz In The Hood", a Belgian-style wheat beer made with raspberries and a bad attitude. Stop in and try a pint today. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Huell Melon Hop is their new pale ale - now on tap. This is the last of their 4-part series exploring the newest rare hops out of Germany. Honeydew melon, apricot and strawberry flavors are pronounced. Plus this beer is Gluten reduced. A glass is there waiting for you. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Good football and good beer? They have both! Come join in tonight for Military Discount night ($1 off all pints for active/retired military) AND for Thursday Night Football. They will be open until the end of the game! No food truck so feel free to order/bring in! Just bring enough for hungry beertenders Justin and Blake! [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern (Arvada) - Grand Lake Brewing Tavern will be tapping not one, but two, new beer releases on Friday, October 10, 2014. A tasty peach wheat and a robust Raspberry Wooly Booger. Why not try both? [5610 Yukon St, Olde Town, Arvada, CO]

Three Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - They've got something special for you this Friday, October 10th. The amazing people from 100% Chiropractic Highlands Ranch will be at their taproom giving FREE back rubs from 5-7pm. Drinking a beer while getting a free massage? That's how they do Friday! [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - Today's pic of the day comes from Platt Park who's showing off their latest taplist board for today. Which beer will you choose? [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - There's a new beer/cider hybrid beer coming soon from the joint efforts of Odd13 Brewing and Stem Ciders (Denver). It's a Sour Pumpkin Collaboration Ale. This beer is a kettle sour brown ale made with 20% cider, pumpkin and pumpkin spices and fermented with 100% Brett Lambicus. The aroma casts huge notes of apple and pumpkin pie. While the aroma from the spices are dominant, they carry over nicely into the flavor as they are much more subtle. The lacto and malic rule this beer, wholly puckery! The brett lambicus will add some great funky complexities making this beer over-the-top. They think it will be one of the most unique pumpkin beers available. Odd13 will announce the release of this very rare sour beer soon. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Wild Cider (Firestone) - Also celebrating an anniversary today is Wild Cider. They filled their first keg of hard cider 1 year ago today. They wish to thank everyone for all of your support for them during this last year. Drink some Wild Cider today - available in cans & on draft. Available in regular Apple, Berry, Pineapple and their fall seasonal - Pumpkin. [Production: 11455 County Rd 17, Firestone, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - The staff will be tapping their Pumpkin Ale today. This small batch is a delicious light brown with a subtle hint of spice and features local pumpkins from Munson Farms. Yum! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Boulder Beer's extremely limited winter barleywine ale is back for the season! Traditional winter seasonals are warm and comforting -- not this bird! Diving in at around 10 percent alcohol by volume, Killer Penguin Barleywine Ale uses over twice the malt as other winter beers. Aged to perfection, this beer doesn't ferment, it hibernates -- and wakes up with an attitude! Brewed in very small quantities once a year, they anxiously await Killer Penguin's return every November. Its dark garnet red color and candied-fruit like aroma get your mouth watering before taking a sip! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - It's a Lupulin Rapture Incarnate! This Friday, October 10th at 5pm Avery will release this year's edition of "duganA", an India Pale Ale. As fervent devotees of hops, they found themselves on a quest to create a transcendental IPA capable of quenching their voracious lupulin desires. Their mantra became "unity of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma." - Enlightened, duganA IPA was born: A brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous ale designed for those seeking a divine hop experience. Stats: 8.5% ALC/VOL, 93 IBUs. Then, stay ready for their "Black Eye Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout" on Sunday, October 12th. It's number 21 in their barrel-aged series of bottle releases. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. "Black Eye tastes like the best kind of toasted that's been soaked in rum." -Adam Avery [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Dust off that favorite costume or create a new one and wear it to Broken Plow's Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st starting at 6pm. They will be doing a Spooky Beer Release, a costume contest, offering up food, prizes and their entire line-up of beers. There will also be live music by Mostly Joe Hawkins too. Spend the evening with Broken Plow. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Grimm Brothers is busy finishing a beer for their upcoming Bear Hot Wing Challenge this Saturday at 2pm. It's called "Scorpion Chili Snow Drop". They added some Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chilies into this beer and have a Max SHU rating of 2,000,000 which is 10 times hotter than a Jamaican Hot Red pepper or 40x hotter than Tabasco. So if you decide to enter their wing challenge don't expect this beer to help cool the burn. Woah! Meanwhile, The Copoetics have been touring the nation and will be stopping by tonight in the tap room at 6pm with live music. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - There will be a Pumpkin Carving party at Funkwerks on Monday, October 27th at 5pm. Pumpkins and carving utensils will be provided. Please call to reserve your pumpkin at (970) 482-FUNK. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's a new Outlaw on tap today at PCBC. In the spirit of Halloween, they have created: Caramel Apple Red Ale. Yeah, bobbing for this won't be as easy so they just will serve it up in a glass. Come experience one. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Another beer is being tapped today! The Nelson Pale Ale is back! Vladi's will be braving the rain while you huddle inside. It really is a perfect day for some Iron Bird beer and Thursday night football - Colts vs. Texans at 6:25pm! [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - On Tuesday, October 21st, they're donating half of their sales to the family of Jason Fields, partner at Fieldhouse Brewing Company, who recently passed away. All you have to do is show up, get a beer, maybe play some bingo, have a good time, and they'll do the rest. Plus, if you go to their web page at, and go to the Calendar page, you can download and print a punch card that will get you a free Fieldhouse growler if you visit each of the seven participating breweries. And, as long as you're feeling charitable, bring a can of food for the Brewer's Harvest food drive going on throughout October to benefit Care and Share Food bank. [204 Mount View Ln, Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - What to do on a dreary rainy Thursday? Drink delicious craft beer in the nice warm dry taproom of your favorite local brewery! They've got some unique limited release beers on tap right now to satisfy your thirst for new flavors, and Bite Me Gourmet Sausage is there all evening serving up their delicious sausage. Other exciting news: Tomorrow: New beer release - a Biere De Garde, tapping at 4PM for commanders club and 5PM general tapping. Saturday: Brewery Tours @ 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - A new beer is available for you to try. Stop in for a glass of "Dam Gogh de Garde". Picture an old wood barrel with foam on top spilling over. It includes 11 varieties of mild malts, and a Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. This is a coppery-blonde ale with an amazing aroma of fruit and spice. Then on Tuesday, October 14th, they'll tap a 5 gallon keg of their latest Brewmaster's Special Stash - Pumpkin Pie "Oak"-toberfest. This one will go quick. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Tonight is another of their famous SKA-BQ's at 5pm. They'll be offering up $3 pints or you can get 2 for $5 Ska cans. Plus food specials from The Container restaurant. Live music from "Bacon" as well. Drop by tonight. ]225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Today they've got their Nitro Dirty Shovel Double IPA on tap. Come try this crazy delicious hoppy treat. Drink one while watching the season opener for the Colorado Avalanche on TV. [1744 N Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Come celebrate the return of "Erik", one of their favorite hoppy brews. Drink that with a green chile chicken sandwich for a tasty pairing. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

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