Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Colorado Beer News 101414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Homebrewing Legalization Day. Back on this day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law H.R. 1337 that federally legalized homebrewing in the United States. Yet, it wasn't until 35 years later that the last of the 50 states finally legalized homebrewing (Alabama & Mississippi in 2013). Celebrate your right to brew your own beer today by either having a glass of homebrew, brewing up a batch of beer or by simply enjoying a craft beer at your local craft brewery or beer bar. Don't know how to homebrew? Just wait until November 1st when it'll be Learn To Homebrew Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 14th, 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Wednesdays in October mean Pumpkin Casks and this Wednesday's cask tapping (October 15th) is a Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Ale. Stop in for a glass. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - Word from Andy Nelson, co-founder of Locavore Beer Works, says that their Littleton brewery will officially open on Saturday, November 15th to the public. They may hold some soft openings prior to that. They plan to have as many as 10 beers on tap for the opening or shortly after. One beer is already ready - a hefeweizen. Stay tuned for details on opening day and their line-up. [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Platt Park Brewing Company will re-release their 2014 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal winning, Gump’s Vienna-style Lager with a celebration party on October 17th from 3PM to 9PM. All are welcomed to come down to the tasty South Pearl Street neighborhood and check out one of Denver’s most talked about new craft beer breweries. The celebration will feature $2 pints of Gump’s and hourly drawings for prizes with a chance to “Win-A-Pin” or 1/6 bbl keg of Gump’s Lager. A raffle ticket will be given for every Gump’s purchased with the winning numbers posted at the bar and on their Facebook page. The grand prize drawing will take place at 9PM. Winners do not have to be present to receive their prize. The back story for this smooth tasting, copper-colored lager is historic. It is named after the original owner of the building, Grandpa Gump, he and his family had operated a cash register store and repair shop there since 1975. The antique, nickel plated cash register on the bar is the brewery’s tribute to the past and now the GABF Silver Medal will help carry on this history into the future. Other delicious lagers on tap during the celebration will be the Chardonnay barrel-aged Gump’s called Ahh...Venice, as well as Nadare Japanese-Style Lager brewed with Jasmine Rice and the dark lager known as Velvet Ninja, a German-
Style Schwarzbier. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - New beers just tapped today: Watershed from Oakshire, Port Brewing's Mongo, Cru Da Tat from Ska Brewing, Epic's Fermentation Without Representation and Coronado Brewing's Orange Avenue Wit. Have one of those along with their Tuesday Night 23 Special - get a 2 topping 18" pie and 2 drafts for $23 from 5pm til close. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Next Tuesday, Oct. 21st they will be hosting "Pours for Paws" in the tap room with their friends at New Day Animal Allies! Enjoy beer tastings, great local food & a silent auction including a chance to win a keg of our beer, all for a great cause. Purchase your tickets at http://goo.gl/AyOesB - The tap room will of course be open as usual from 2pm-10pm next Tuesday. [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Ste 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today's tap wall PIC of the day comes from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. Their tasting room was jam packed during the recent GABF in Denver and is one of the closest breweries to the Colorado Convention Center. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - This Thursday, Station 26 will tap a firkin at 4:00pm. This week it's a Limoncello Cream Ale. Bring an appetite too as they have a different food truck each night Tuesday through Sunday. They'll have the Broncos games on this Sunday night at 6:30pm on the big screen. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - Better start practicing your pumpkin carving skills. Soon, Prost Brewing will announce details of their upcoming pumpkin carving contest where someone will get a chance to win bier for a year! Stay tuned. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Bacon and Beer Festival (Denver) - Tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 15th at 10am for the 3rd annual Bacon and Beer Festival set for November 16th, 2014 in Denver, CO. The fest will be held at The Curtis (1405 Curtis St, Denver, CO) from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. Tickets and info at: http://www.wheretoeat.in/2014-denver-bacon-and-beer-festival/. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $61.50. Get yours early!

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - New beer alert! Slandering Rye Porter is now pouring. This 6.0% ABV porter has notes of cocoa, roast, and subtle spice. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Powder Keg Brewing Co (Niwot) - Have you been to Powder Keg Brewing lately? If not, they just tapped a few new fall seasonals over the weekend. 1st - Volksbier, a German Helles-style lager. 2nd - Chene Cerise, a Farmhouse ale with tart cherries and french oak. And 3rd - Eastern Horizons, an Autumn Saison. You can also check out those beers and others online at: www.powderkegbrewingcompany.com/beers. [101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Cherry Raging River Rock returns today! It's an imperial brown ale with 100% Montmorency tart cherry juice. A smooth 8.7% ABV with notes of chocolate, roast, and the perfect balance of bright cherry flavor. They also have 4 other unique seasonals and happy hour all night on 6 year round beers. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] – Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, will release a new winter seasonal brew this week called Slope Style Winter IPA. Red in color with a perfect blend of five malts and a blast of piney Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather Red IPA to complement your ski and snowboard season. “Whatever your altitude, you can drink-in a little bit of Colorado with this beer,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer. “But if you live here and have the benefit of enjoying a Slope Style at the base of the mountain after an epic powder day, even better!” Slope Style Winter IPA will be available in most markets where Boulder Beer is sold in 12-ounce 6-pack bottles and draught. It will be available to ship beginning this week and be on the shelves as long as the snow flies. For those living in the Boulder area, the brewery will tap its first kegs of Slope Style Winter IPA this Thursday, October 16th at 4pm. Festivities during the release party include a prize drawing for two pairs of lift tickets to Loveland Ski Area, the infamous Frozen T-Shirt Contest to win a keg of Slope Style, and for those brave with scissors a Snowflake Cutting Contest to win prizes for most creative snowflakes. Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Company has been a pioneer in the craft brewing industry for 35 years. Their passion for innovation keeps their brand mix diverse, offering a taste for every palate. They currently package six year-round beers, numerous rotating seasonals, and periodically release very limited-edition, small-batch brews throughout the year. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Come in and try their new collaboration release of E'FITE saison (5.6% ABV). This is a limited time release between BRU handbuilt ales & eats and their friends at The Post Brewing CO. Enjoy a pint for $3 on our ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR menu (Tuesdays only). [5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today at the Pine, the staff was busy bottling their new beer "Agaveras". It's being billed as the world's first agave IPA. Look for this brew to hit liquor store shelves in a couple weeks. [3201 Walnut St, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing today announced that Tour de Fat, its traveling tour of philanthropic bicycle advocacy, raised $625,716 for local nonprofits this season, totaling close to $4 million in its 15-year stretch. This year’s total is up more than $84,000 from last year. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants go to nonprofit organizations focused on making communities a better place to ride a bike. Tour de Fat celebrates bicycle culture, kicking off each festival with a costumed bike parade through city streets. After the parade, thousands gather for a day of eclectic entertainment, New Belgium beer, bike-themed activities, delicious local food and much more. The events also encourage people to think twice about recycling, with most waste diverted from landfills at each stop of the tour. Tour de Fat traveled to 10 cities between May and October this year, attracting a total of 103,500 beer and bike enthusiasts. New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. raised the most money ($110,454), and had the most festival-goers, totaling 25,000 people. To see how each city performed, a breakdown is included below. Tour de Fat also hosted the eighth annual car-for-bike swap, where one brave role model in each city stepped on stage to trade in car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Each swapper received a $2,250 stipend to buy their own commuter bike in exchange for their car. Vehicles for Charity auctioned the swapped cars, with proceeds benefitting Tour De Fat’s local nonprofit partners. Each of the swappers is encouraged to blog about their adventures as a two-wheeled local rock star. To read their tales from the road, visit the car-for-bike trade blog at http://trademycarforabike.tumblr.com/. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Their "Ales From the Crypt" releases continue this Wednesday, October 15th @ 5pm with a tapping of "Freddy Brewger's Never Sleep Again Espresso Lager". This lager was made with whole roasty espresso beans to help keep you awake this season. Also, this Saturday, October 18th, High Hops Brewery is turning 2 years old! They want everyone to come celebrate this milestone with them and enjoy great beer, food and music at High Hops. Special beer releases to include: Barrel-aged Chernobley and a cask conditioned Honey Habanero. Music from 3pm to 9pm featuring Jeff Brinkman (3-5pm), Seth Phillips (5-7pm) and Cosmic Mesa (7-9pm). Food trucks Wed. thru Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Great news! 3 Golden Hairs, Snow Drop, The Fearless Youth, Little Red Cap, and Master Thief; as of this coming Sunday (October 19th) all of their Legend beers will be served out of traditional German steins in their taproom. Also, get ready for another Grimm Brothers beer in cans. Soon you can get The Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager in cans. Prost! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - In the spirit of Halloween, their October City Star potluck theme is CREEPY FOOD! Plan to attend and bring a "strange" dish on Tuesday 10/28 6:30pm. In the meantime, come check out a glass of their "Up All Night Watchman", a French roast coffee infused stout. It's one heck of a pick-me-up. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Zwei BrĂ¼der Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Good news hop lovers. Wilhelm II IPA was just released earlier today. It has big citrus hop notes, a touch of tropical fruit and some earthy pine. There's a glass there waiting for you to order one. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Mark your release calendars for Saturday, November 1st. That's the day Funkwerks will release "Crimson", a wild cherry Belgian-style ale. This is Head Brewer Justin’s first Movember brew. He dumped 168 pounds of sweet and tart cherries into this dark, rich Belgian-style ale. A slurry of Brettanomyces strains, lactobacillus, pediococcus and a unique experimental sherry strain contribute to its sour profile. Only aged for a short time, it will continue to sour and evolve with more age. Dark fruit notes, cherry, hints of Brettanomyces, and a little cherry tartness. This beer pairs well with a handlebar mustache for Movember! [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Don't forget - Every Tuesday you can get $2 off growler and Snarler fills. What will you fill yours with? Come check out their beer line up today. Open today 2pm til 9pm. Also, plan to attend their Halloween Party on October 31st starting at 6:30pm. They will be tapping a Spooky Brew, hosting a costume contest, with food, beer and prizes. Live music that night from Mostly Joe Hawkins. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just when you thought Odell's expansions were over - they are expanding again! Their latest cellar expansion has now begun. They plan to add eight 400 bbl fermenters by early 2015. That means more beer is headed your way in 2015! [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - They start this week with a new IPA, an Irish Red, an ESB, an Amber and the new Blood Moon Pumpkin! Keep an eye out for more brews being released later in the week! They are also excited to announce their Chili cook-off competition. Keep your calendar open for Sunday, October 26th and bring in your friends and your best chili! Share this news so they can have a great turn out! [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - This Thursday, October 16th, stop in for the return of their Farmhouse Walloon, Saison d'jardin. This rare release was made with local farm & garden ingredients including pumpkins, squashes and other exotic ingredients. This brew will tap at noon that day.

Haunted Beer Fest (Colorado Springs) - Now that you're recovered from the GABF, it's time for another beer fest this Saturday, October 18th from 1-6pm! The Haunted Brew Fest will feature over 140 different beers from 50 breweries. There will be plenty of live entertainment, free prizes, unlimited 2oz beer samplings, and discount tickets to Ghouls Gulch Haunted House. There will be food from 3 Margaritas, Ernie's Smokin BBQ (food sold separately), live music and live broadcasts from 6 different radio stations. Since this is a Halloween themed brewfest, costumes are welcome (but not required). $50 prizes for best male and best female costumes. 21+ only event. More information and tickets at: hauntedbrewfest.tapiaadvertising.com.

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New beer release! The IB's Amber is ready today! Come out and enjoy a pint with some awesome Treehouse BBQ! Open 2pm to 9pm. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Join in tonight after 5pm for a tapping of a special 5 gallon keg of the latest Brewmaster's Special Stash. This time they're tapping a "Pumpkin Pie Oak-toberfest". Available in half-pints for $5 while it lasts. Then return on Wednesday night at 9:00pm for Live Trivia Night with Steven A. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

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