Friday, October 10, 2014

Colorado Beer News 101014

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Mental Health Day. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to promote efforts in support of mental health. Take some time to focus in on your own mental health today. While beer drinkers may not preserve all of their brain cells while drinking beer, it's a good day to remember to keep your brain fit by exercising it regularly. Just like our body, our brains need a workout too. Try doing some puzzles or engage in trivia today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 10th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - Good news! Locavore Beer Works just passed their City and Health final inspections today! They should be able to pick an opening date and announce it by Monday October 13th. Get ready for some tasty craft beer! [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Mockery Brewing Co (Denver) - More good news! Mockery Brewing just hit another big milestone on their way to opening their brewery. Today marks the first day they are actually brewing at their facility in Denver! Let the countdown to opening begin. Look for word on opening day soon. [3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Plan to attend Kokopelli's Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st from 6-11pm at the brewery. They will host a Costume Contest with multiple winners, live music, goodie bags for the kids, Halloween themed games, and $1 off pints if you wear a costume. They will also release a Pumpkin Ale and have some spiced apple cider. Feast upon some BBQ Pizza, pumpkin pie, and indulge in their creepy Jello shots. Plan to attend! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Every week, Dry Dock puts out some new firkins. 1 on Friday at South Dock at 3pm and 1 on Saturday at North Dock at 12pm. This week's firkins are: Smoked Amber Ale (Fri) and Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (Sat). Stop by either place and get your Dry Dock fix. [South Dock: 15120 E Hampden Ave - North Dock: 2801 Tower Rd - Aurora, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Today's Pic of the Day comes from Chain Reaction. Pick your favorite from their 16 beers on tap and head down there to enjoy some Chain Reaction‬ ‎craft beer‬ with them on this beautiful ‪#‎coloRADo‬ Friday.‬ Bakin Bakery‬ is headed their way to serve up some awesome food as well. They also have a very small amount of their ‪Fresh Hop‬ Saison pouring! This one will be gone quickly so get down ASAP. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO] (Picture courtesy of their Facebook page)

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - The brewers were busying brewing a special batch today. They used 80 lbs of pumpkin, plus 50 lbs of roasted malt. Then after fermentation is done, they will add lots and lots of cocoa nibs to finish off this Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. It should be ready by Halloween. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Lost Highway Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] After three years of planning and construction, Lost Highway Brewing Company has opened its doors. Lost Highway is the first brewery to be located on Colfax Avenue in Denver and will brew traditional Belgian-style ales along with other styles of beers. It is neighbor to one of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafés. Owners Tina and James Pachorek, who also own the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafes, have created a city block in Denver offering some of the best choices around for beer enthusiasts. Lost Highway currently has six of its own beers on tap: District 6 Pils, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Golden Ghost Blond, Pumpkin Ale, Belghost IPA and Longest, Wickedest Wit. The names of the beers reflect the history and experience of Colfax and the Capital Hill area. Brew Master TJ Compton is working on several other beers in the portfolio, which are expected to be released later this month. The brewery will offer limited distribution on select beers. In addition to the brewery and tap room, Lost Highway also offers fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and other “picnic” style edibles in its market. Lost Highway Brewing Company will host its Grand Opening Party on Saturday, October 25th from 12-6PM with live music from Jim Dalton of the Railbenders, chile roasting, food and more. The public is welcome. [520 E Colfax, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Now that Fall has sunk in, they will be tapping their Pumpkin Ale this Saturday, October 11th at 4pm. Come enjoy the taste of Fall in a glass. They open for lunch at 11am too. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Here's their Weekend Update: Tonight - street food by Up In Smoke (BBQ). Saturday - music entertainment by Eric Lane (Rock, 6-9 pm.) Street food by 5280 Food Truck (Mexican). Zapft (Oktoberfest-style lager), Smokin' Wiccan (smoked pumpkin black ale), Sir Walter Pale (American pale made with Eldorado hops) and their standards in both draught and cask versions are all on tap! Get out of the cold and into some fun, food and good beer at the WBC Tasting Lab this weekend! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Today they are tapping hat Chocolate Covered Orange Brown Ale Firkin at 4pm today! [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Ste 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] With warm weather dwindling and the midst of Fall growing nearer, the brewers at Sanitas Brewing Company are preparing to release their third year-round beer, Sanitas IPA. “Sanitas IPA is a result of exploration and coincidence,” explained Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “it took us nearly a year to brew our first American IPA. We made a couple over the summer in order to test some new hop varieties, and they were a hit. We merged the best attributes of those beers into what is now Sanitas IPA. Deep gold in color, Sanitas Brewing Company’s new India Pale Ale leans on a base of organic English and German malts. The aroma and flavor are dominated by overtones of exotic fruit and wet pine from a blend of rare American and Australian hops. “We use some pretty cool hop varieties in this beer,” said Coyne, “it’s a carefully chosen blend from all over the world. The result is a very vibrant hop experience.” Cans of Sanitas IPA will hit Boulder and Denver area shelves in the coming days, as well as local taps soon after. It will join Sanitas Black IPA and Sanitas Saison as the brewery’s third year-round beer. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

FATE Brewing CO (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] - Known as the “Napa Valley of the brewing industry” Colorado, and Boulder County specifically, can be proud of their showing this last weekend at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Coming in 2nd in quantity of medals and 2nd in quantity of gold medals only to California, Colorado can continue to be proud of the thriving industry and the quality of the products produced regionally. Of the medalists, five breweries list Boulder as their city of origin: Gold – FATE Brewing Company – Laimas Kölsch Style Ale – German-Style Kölsch, Silver – Bru Handbuilt Ales – Loch – Scotch Ale, Silver – Avery – The Kaiser – German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock, Bronze – Upslope – Upslope Brown Ale – American-Style Brown Ale, and Bronze – Shine Brewing – Liberations Gluten Free – Gluten-Free Beer. ### - Now head to Boulder and try these beers! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Scourge of the Dude strikes again! A sequel to The Dude's Bane, Scourge of the Dude is the second release in their barrel-aged Dude Series. This barleywine was born on their pilot system, using a blend of caramel malts, toasted rye and a hint of smoked malt, then aged for eight months in first-use bourbon barrels. Join in on Saturday, November 8th at their brewery for the first ever release of this limited edition brew! Their second ever bottled barrel-aged beer will be first on sale to the public on that date so get it while you can! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Here are some new tappings you'll want to keep your eye on. Coming up on Wed. October 15th, FRBC will tap a small back of Tequila Blackberry Saison. Then on the next Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, they will tap a small batch of Bonita Applebock, an apple cider-bock hybrid. Their next batch of IPA is coming very soon. Plus, their Silverheels English Barleywine (12.25% ABV) will be released on Black Friday (Nov. 29th). It should make a nice cellaring holiday gift for the beer lover in your family. And lastly, their RumRunner Quad is now in barrels as of Monday and should be out early next month and in bottles for Mug Club members. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Their Cranberry Brown with Hibiscus is on tap starting today. It is a limited release so get it while you can - it might go before the weekend is out! Fall is the perfect time for cranberry's tartness which is enhanced by the natural zing of hibiscus. It counterbalances our brown's sweet maltiness and is perfect for this cool Colorado fall day. And check out the red head on that beer! [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado was awarded a Gold medal in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the largest national beer competition that evaluates and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers produced in the United Funkwerks was recognized in the Belgian-Style Fruit Ale beer-style category, for their Raspberry Provincial, a Belgian-Style Berliner Weisse ale with a heavy dose of raspberries. A sessionable fruit beer at 4.2% alcohol by volume that is delightfully tart, with a citrusy raspberry aroma and a dry, tart finish. “Raspberry Provincial appeals to a range of beer drinkers because it maintains a bright fruit profile without being overly sour or cloyingly sweet. The result is one of the most refreshingly drinkable beers we have brewed,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Brewer. The 2014 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 222 expert judges from the record number of 5,507 entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,309 U.S. breweries. Funkwerks was the only brewery from Fort Collins, CO to win an award this year at GABF. “The competition was fierce; it’s an honor to be awarded a medal from one of the most recognized beer competitions in the U.S.,” Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner. Raspberry Provincial is brewed during the summer season and available in bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Raspberry Provincial is poured on draft and available in bottles. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today they are tapping their new firkin - Horseradish 3 Golden Hairs. This brew has a bit of heat, but blends well with the Bohemian Pilsner. Stop in and give this a try. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Tomorrow, October 11th, marks the return of their seasonal favorite - Apumpalyptica Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It will be on tap when they open tomorrow at 2pm. Bottles of this beer will be available starting next week. Reserve yours now. Also on Saturday, Elements Wood Fired Oven will be there serving up pizza at 5pm and the Oakmont Mountain Boys will be playing live music from 8-10pm. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Today's Friday Firkin is an Almond Joy Porter! This imperial porter weighs in at 9% ABV and has unsweetened coconut and amaretto. Firkin taps at 6pm. And as always they have a special deal for teachers on Fridays. Come on in any time today and get your teacher pint for $3.75 with a valid teacher ID! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - To celebrate the changing of the seasons, they have an extra special beer going on tonight at 5pm - Cinnamon Truffle Porter featuring Ghana cacao husks and nibs from Nuance Chocolate and Saigon cinnamon chips from Old Town Spice Shop. They've only got five gallons of this and they guarantee it will go faster than any other specialty keg they've had on before. Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be in from 3:30pm until close serving up hot cheesesteaks and spicy tacos to help you warm up. The taproom is open until 9pm tonight. Come hungry. Come thirsty.

Southern Front Range

Ute Pass Brewing Co (Woodland Park) - Brewing is happening! They now have their Kick Back Irish Red bubbling away in the fermenter. It will be on tap in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, they have lots of guest beers on tap. [209 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Georgetown Loop Railroad (Georgetown) - Can't get enough Oktoberfest? Then sign up for a ride on their Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Trains. They will run special trains serving up beer on October 18-19 and October 25-26 and November 1-2. These excursions operate in their enclosed heated coaches. They have a free Colorado micro brew beer tasting for all adult riders, (root beer for the younger ones) and a free bratwurst or hot dog for all riders. Come enjoy the crisp fall days as you ride on the Georgetown Loop. More info on their website: [646 Loop Dr, Georgetown, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - The TRIPPEL has been tapped and they are kind of drooling over it. With a slight candy like sweetness and big aromas of spice and banana, with just enough hops to balance it all out- this ‪‎big beer‬ is deceptively strong and dangerously delicious. 8% ABV. Be there tonight for the tapping party! [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

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