Friday, October 17, 2014

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Wear Something Gaudy Day. If you're like most folks, there's something really extravagantly bright or showy or a somewhat tasteless article of clothing sitting in your closet or dresser. Today would be the day to bring that item out, put it on and go out and let the world see it. Sure, you're going to get some looks, possibly some comments, but you've got an excuse today. So go ahead and be a bit garish, glaring, glittery or ostentatious - who knows, you might just start a new trend. Worst case, you can all laugh about it over a beer later. And Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 17th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget! Tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th starting at 1pm, they will host their release party for their Big City Quad. This is a big 13.7% ABV quadruple ale with 75% aged in rye whiskey & vermouth barrels. It's the biggest beer they've made to date! Be sure to get there early for a glass. Bomber bottles also available for purchase for $15 each (limit three). [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - Tonight at 6:00: tapping their American Amber, "The Farmlight." Brewed with all Colorado ingredients. This beer is dry like a Colorado summer and amber like our fall harvest. It's easy drinking and hoppy. Start off your weekend with a little good Fiction. [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Barley's Angels Colorado (Denver & Boulder) - Here are a couple of upcoming events for the ladies that will be of interest. On Sunday, October 26th at 12pm - Learn about Colorado History and Craft Beer. Colorado's rich brewing history has its roots in more than a century of brewing that took place as miners populated the western frontier. Barley's Angels, a group devoted to providing beer education and social events for women, is exploring this history with an event in Golden that features Beer Historian, Dave Thomas, and his book "Of Mines and Beer, A History of Brewing in 19th Century Colorado." The event includes lunch, beer taster samples, and a trip across the street to visit AC Golden on the MillerCoors campus. Tickets are very limited, and men are invited if they are the guest of a female attendee. Their next event is for Boulder County Beer Lovers where ladies can create a Holiday Brew at J Wells or 300 Suns. This year, give Colorado craft beer it's place at your holiday table. Create a beer with one of the Front Range's professional brewers and bring it to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, to a holiday party, or just to share with friends. Each ticket provides for a planning session, brew day, and tasting event. The 300 Suns brew begins Monday night (Oct. 20th at 7pm) and they're starting early so that the beer can be ready for Thanksgiving. There are just 3 tickets left for this brew. The J. Wells brew begins on Monday night Oct. 27 at 6:30. They will likely be brewing a bold, English style ale, and there are just 5 tickets left for this brew. Details on the program, info on types of brewing opportunities at both breweries, and links to purchase tickets, are available at

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - CKBC just tapped the last of their S'Mores Porter! Don't miss this smooth and creamy blend with a hint of sweetness! (ABV 5.7%) Plus tonight, a new food truck, Satay By Jorge is out tonight so swing by for some awesome new food! [1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Just tapped today! Stop in and try their "Thin Air ESB". This Extra Special Bitter weighs in at 5.4% ABV and 45 IBUs. It's on draft exclusively at their Arvada brewpub location. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern (Arvada) - If you want to get some of their 3 Degrees of Awesome, a strong ale, then you'd better hurry. They only have so many bottles of it available. [5610 Yukon St, Arvada, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Gabe just unveiled the 2014 edition of his Stolz Premium Lager! This Proud Session Beer is always highly anticipated by all the beer fans around here. Come start your weekend off right by tipping a couple back. They also have a couple new guest taps on, Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, La Guillotine and a French Saison from our friends over at De Steeg Brewing. [4700 E Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - This brewery is planning to open on November 15th at 12pm, however, they've got a lot of empty wall space in their taproom that they'd love to fill with local artists' work for display and sale. If you are a local artist and would like to display some of your works contact Jen via email at: jen [at] Get ready for some great beer Littleton! [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Fall is in full swing and the smoked hatch Chile amber ale is now on tap and ready for you to enjoy. A perfect blend of chilies roasted then smoked to give a balanced spice bouquet that will warm the mouth and tickle your taste buds. Come try this fan favorite while it's fresh. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO] ‪

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - The first anniversary of their Louisville location and taproom is coming up the end of this month and they're planning to celebrate big time. They'll have some special happenings during the week: October 28 (actual anniversary date): they will release an Imperial Red. It is also Trivia night and, of course, there’ll be some fun questions around the history of Crystal Springs (the old and the new). Winners will receive special prizes this night, so be sure to get your team together and don’t miss this one. And - Kristy will have some other special surprises. October 29: Cornhole! They hold their cornhole in the brewery, so you can play amongst the yeast turning wort into beer. October 30: Thursday night fun run. Join in for a fun run around the CTC. Runners each receive a beer on the house. October 31: They'll have a costume party on Halloween with special prizes for the winners. November 1! (which also happens to be “Day of the Dead”): their “official celebration day.” They will be offering several very special beers: 2014 Black Saddle Imperial Stout, the 2nd release of Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle, this year's Solano (chili beer), an Imperial IPA, and they're pulling out a few cases of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Saddle (#1, #2, #3 and #4) and several bottles of their 2012 Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Nitro Fest (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] Left Hand Brewing is proud to present Nitro Fest - the first exclusively nitrogenated beer fest this November 15th from 3-7pm at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. Nitro Fest will feature 21 of the best breweries from across the US pouring rare, never-before-seen nitro styles in celebration of Left Hand’s 21st birthday. Nitro Fest will be a lavish evening, pairing smooth & creamy ales with live performance art and fresh fare. Tickets are $50 for 4 hours of all-you-can drink nitro craft beers from the best breweries across The States. Event proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. Famous for their Nitro series including Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand is eager to showcase a wide offering of nitrogenated beer from the craft community. Nitro Fest guests can sample hard to find styles from out of state breweries including Founders, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Victory, Green Flash, and more. “Some of these beers will be nitrogenated for the first time, and many do not make it out of their home brewery tap room. This will be a truly unique opportunity for craft beer fans to get their hands on exclusive styles from widely acclaimed breweries.” comments Josh Goldberg, Community & Event Manager. Representing the Colorado front, will bring local presence from Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, New Belgium, Odell and more. The first annual Nitro Fest will also commemorate Left Hand’s 21st birthday, inviting guests to imbibe under a vast tent with live performance art including fire dancers, stilt walkers and aerial artists. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - Plan to attend in costume on Halloween Night (Fri. October 31st) from 6pm to 10pm. They will hold a costume contest and give away some fun prizes. They're dying to see you there. [285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today's 5pm Bad Friday Special Tappings are Bad Karma, their soured Belgian Pale Ale, and Bad Apple, their soured Belgian Pale Ale barrel-aged with Granny Smith apples. It's deliciously tart and decidedly bad. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - The winter Folly Packs (variety 12-pack bottles) are coming starting in early November and one of the beers in their Folly Packs will be a revival of their 2° Below Ale, a winter warmer. Also, starting November 9th, as the holiday season draws near, you'll be able to start sipping on New Belgium's Frambozen, a raspberry brown ale made just for the holidays. Plus, look for their Accumulation White IPA to hit store shelves in early November as well. The changing of the seasonals is always a fun time. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today at 5pm marks the annual release of their "Owl Canyon Fresh Pumpkin Ale". They make this brew with real pumpkins from the Osborn Farm in Larimer County. They bake them and toss them into the brew along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg to create a pumpkin pie in a glass. This brew will also be available in 6-pack cans from the tap room for the very first time. There's just a limited amount on tap and in cans so hurry in to grab yours. Also tonight is more party game fun for horrible people - it's an MC'ed version of Cards Against Humanity night from 7-9pm. Plus, live music on the next three Sundays from 4-6pm (no cover charge). [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Following the release of Little Red Cap in cans this April, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced that they will be releasing their 2013 GABF winning beer, The Fearless Youth, in cans available this October. The 12oz cans will be sold in 6 packs in Colorado and Nebraska. “The Fearless Youth marks our second beer available in cans, and we’re excited to be able to offer our customers another alternative to glass” Says Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers. “We’ve had a lot of success with our first canned beer, Little Red Cap, and this was a natural progression.” Easily transported and eco-friendly cans are becoming a more popular form of packaging for many breweries. The Fearless Youth, a clean tasting, malty Munich Dunkel Lager, is available year round as part of the Legend series. Perhaps best known for a 2013 Bronze medal at Great American Beer Festival, The Fearless Youth has a loyal customer following. Other Legend series beers include 3 Golden Hairs, Snow Drop, Little Red Cap, and Master Thief. Plans are already in the works to can the remaining Legend beers starting next year. To kick off the release Grimm Brothers will be having a Fresh Can Friday party at their taproom on October 24th from 5-8 PM. The party will feature chances to win prizes with each can sold, Fearless Youth beer brats from Rocky Mountain Sausage Grill, a free can with a brat purchase, and $1 cans for sale. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's Chocolate Friday again! Tonight at 5pm they'll be tapping the latest of their collaborations with Nuance Chocolate and Old Town Spice Shop - Ghana Cacao Vanilla Porter. They've taken our Pawnee Porter and infused it with Ghana cacao husks and nibs and Madagascar vanilla bean. Only 5 gallons of this is available and, as usual, it will go fast! Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be there starting at 3:30pm to serve up some of the best spicy beef tacos and piping hot Philly cheesesteaks that you can find in the state. The taproom is open until 9pm tonight. Come hungry. Come thirsty. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Get ready to get Yachty! Rocky Mountain Hideout, a bourbon barrel aged Deep Roots Chocolate Porter makes it's limited return tonight, alongside a new ‪‎collaboration creation‬ with The Blue Mug Coffee Bar: Blue Mug Coffee Milk Stout! The new beers start flowing at 6:30pm tonight. Be there! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Today their Friday Firkin is a BRANDY OAK STOUT! This is another of the comeback series with their oatmeal stout that has been fermented with small batch brandy soaked oak chips. And Dave threw in a vanilla bean for some added depth and good measure! This lovely beer is 7.6% ABV and will be tapped at 6pm. And don't forget about good ole TEACHER FRIDAY. Teachers start your weekend off right with $3.75 pints all day (with a valid teacher ID). [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - They have a special day planned to end the work week. Today they are tapping Snowy Tale Weissebier. It has a sweet base with a wheaty tang. It's really good! Today, they will have $3 pints and $2 off of growler fills of Snowy Tale. Come by, unwind and have a pint or two. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The brewery will host a pumpkin carving contest on Tuesday October 21st from 5pm to 10pm. Bring in a pumpkin and tools, carve, and get your 1st beer on the house. (Kids will get a free root beer). Prizes to include a hoody and more. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fossil Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Colorado's next brewery to open will be Fossil Brewing Company. They're finally able to open the doors for their Grand Opening! Their first day opening to the public will be next Friday, October 24th from 2pm to 10pm! They'll have liquid-goodness flowing through all 8 of their taps, with one non-alcoholic beverage and 7 of their beers for you to enjoy! They'll be offering pints, beer flights, boston rounds to-go, glasses and t-shirts. There will also be a food truck setting up to provide some local cuisine. They'll be posting more details on food and beer as the date gets closer, but they hope to see you there to celebrate with them! [2845 Ore Mill Rd, Unit 1, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - It's Friday, and for some reason, we feel like celebrating. So they are tapping a Special Cask today: "Salty Nibs" Hell for Stout with Organic TCHO cacao nibs and sea salt. It taps today at 4pm in their Tasting Cellar. [106 E Village Terrace, Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Fall Back Beer Fest (Estes Park) - It's almost time to turn the clocks back for the upcoming season and this festival commemorates this time with a great setting for a beer festival. The Fall Back Beer Fest is set for Saturday, November 1st from 1pm to 5pm (VIPs at 12pm) at the Estes Park Events Center Pavilion (1125 Rooftop Way). Held each year on the weekend we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. With 100+ beers being poured by the brewers themselves from 30+ Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it. FBBF also coincides with the American Homebrewers Associations Annual Learn To Homebrew Day. To help celebrate, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch. With seminars from beer glass experts, food pairings from certified cicerones, demonstrations from homebrewing equipment fabricators, samples from hop farms, seminars from yeast labs, giveaways from local homebrew supply shops, and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone. Also, FBBF is family-friendly! Taking part in the celebration of brewing are Colorado craft soda breweries. They will be pouring for festival guests of all ages. Plus, for everyone's entertainment, live music from Colorado bluegrass and rockabilly bands throughout the day! Still looking for more? Check out the official website at to see what else will be at Fall-Back Beer Fest 2014!

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Open Sky Yoga will be offering a free beginner yoga class at the brewery this Sunday, October, 19 from 9:30 - 10:30 am. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a playful heart. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. After, stay for a beer and some football. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Palisade Brewing Co (Palisade) - Today's the day for the release of their Porter of Love (P.o.L). Stop in and get this. Also available in cans too! [200 Peach Ave, Palisade, CO]

Riff Raff Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Time for a bit of Fall cleaning and repairs. Stop in this weekend and stock up on your favorite Riff Raff beers because from Wed. October 22nd through Thurs. October 30th they will be closed to patch things up a bit. They'll be open again on Halloween Day. [274 Pagosa St (Hwy 160), Pagosa Springs, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Announcing Fork Founders Club and Bottle Reserve Memberships! A membership to the Fork Founders Club and Bottle Reserve are the ultimate ways to experience the Roaring Fork Beer Company & Tasting Room. Both memberships can be renewed on an annual basis, and each comes with unique and special benefits for its members to enjoy. Sign up with the bartenders today, spaces are limited. Membership drive ends 11/18 so sign up today to secure your spot. Benefits include: custom 2L swing top glass growler (only available to members) with 1st growler fill free, a 22oz custom mug where normal 16oz beers will be poured into these (only full), a 16oz tulip glass where normal 10oz pours will filled to the top, $10 off all dry goods and to-go beer purchases, Tuesday Founders Night with $1 off fills, yearly Founders Party with complimentary food and drink, 1st right of refusal for future member programs, in 2015 you can opt out of getting new glassware and membership fees will be $65. Fork Founders Club Membership Cost: $100 a year starts November 17th, 2014. Also, they'll have a Bottle Reserve Membership. Limited to only 40 spaces and this will sell out. Once a month their brewer’s will brew a special brew on the pilot system and bottle it just for you. Your one-year bottle reserve membership will include 12 different seasonal brews to be released throughout the year. These 22 oz. bottles are exclusively for bottle reserve members and will not be available for purchase in our taproom or at retail. One bottle per member and you get to be the coolest kid on the block. *Bottle Reserve Membership Cost: $100 a year. Starts 12/1/14* [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Statewide and National

Learn to Homebrew Day (Nationwide) - [PRESS RELEASE] On November 1st, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates the 15th annual Learn to Homebrew Day. The day provides an opportunity for homebrewers to draft their non-brewer friends and family to learn one of the most rewarding and emergent hobbies: homebrewing. Through beer making, demonstrations, tastings and other educational efforts, participating in Learn to Homebrew Day is as easy as finding a local event on the AHA website. Individuals can also organize their own event, register it online, invite friends and brew at home. This year, over 300 events are expected to take place at homes, homebrew shops, breweries and club gatherings both in the U.S. and abroad. “Homebrewing is at the very heart of the craft beer revolution,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Learn to Homebrew Day encourages people everywhere to be a part of the ever-growing movement and become familiar with the brewing process—the basics of which are much simpler than many think.” Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at


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