Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorado Beer News 111414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Pickle Day. They are one of the world's most popular veggie concoctions around and come in lots of different flavors. Ever pair a pickle with a craft beer? It may take some searching to find the perfect match for you. Some pickle or cucumber beers are already out there in the market. Enjoy the end of the day with a pickle! What beer pairs best with a pickle? Perhaps a Cucumber Ale or perhaps even an IPA, or be bold and go with a sour ale. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, November 14th, 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 (2 Aurora locations) - 2 firkin tappings this weekend! There is a Rootbeer Stout firkin tapping at South Dock today at 3pm, and a Blackberry Porter firkin tapping at North Dock tomorrow at noon. Check out this month's firkin calendar for more on their website - [South Dock: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget that tomorrow they will release their J. Marie Whiskey barrel Aged Imperial Farmhouse Ale (10.2% ABV). This one will be available in bottles and on tap for a limited time at the brewery. There were 135 cases of these 22oz bottles made. Stock up! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - Ever say to yourself "64oz. is just too much beer?". Nah, neither have they, but they've just got some 32oz. growlers just in case, only $3 for the glass. Happy Friday! [7667 E Iliff Ave Ste F, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - Get your skis and snowboards in the car and head to Platt Park Brewing tonight for their Ski Waxing Party from 4pm to 8pm. It's just $15 for a ski wax and a pint! The service includes a wax and a light edge tune and a pint of house beer. If you need further work done on your skis or boards they will be returned to the brewery at a later date for you. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Stay tuned sour fans! The brewery stated today that a new batch of their Nightmare on Brett (whiskey barrel aged) will be soon available. They just bottled a new batch of it today. Release date TBA. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - At long last, opening day is tomorrow, November 15th! Expect to see a wide variety of beers on tap early on in their 1st season. Beers like: Belgian Wit, American Lager, Stout, 1-2 IPAs, ESB, Amber, Hefeweizen, Brown Ale, a Blonde and a Porter. Follow them on Facebook and visit them on their website at: Locavore Beer Works is located at: 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd in Littleton, CO.

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival (Denver) - After hosting eight beer festivals over the past four years, KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident and beer aficionado, is pushing his annual December Colorado run to a new level, bringing his Hoppy Holidays to The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Saturday, December 6th, marking the first ever beer festival concert at this legendary venue. KYLE will once again team up with the nonprofit organization Conscious Alliance to help provide food and funding to impoverished communities across the nation this holiday season. Previous Kyle’s Brew Fests have raised more than $50,000 to directly aid in this cause. This inaugural Hoppy Holidays beer festival and concert will feature performances from The Infamous Stringdusters and Kyle Hollingsworth Band, an opening set from Eufórquestra, plus beers from more than 30 craft breweries. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via and

FERMAENTRA (Denver) - You can still get a sneak peak tonight at this new Denver brewery. They are doing their last soft opening tonight and will then host their Grand Opening on Saturday, November 15th starting at 12 noon. They will have 8 beers on tap and some delicious BBQ from Texorado BBQ Food Truck as well. Fermaentra is located at: 1715 E Evans Avenue in Denver, CO.

Alpine Dog Brewing Co (Denver) - Speaking of new breweries, Alpine Dog Brewing Company is set to hold their Grand Opening a week from Saturday on November 22nd, BUT they will be doing a week-long soft opening starting tomorrow, November 15th. Meander over to their location at: 1505 Ogden St. Denver, CO. This will be the 58th brewery to open in Colorado this year (with even more to come)!

Colorado Cider Co (Denver) - Some of their bottles will now have a little extra bling on them! They recently took home a Gold medal for Grasshop-ah and a Silver medal for Glider from the Great Lakes Cider and Perry Association competition that took place earlier this year. Congrats! [2650 W 2nd Ave, Unit 10, Denver, CO]

Mockery Brewing (Denver) - They are open 12-10pm today and will be tapping their pumpkin ale. Slyderman will be on site serving food! Come on in and start your weekend off with craft beer and sliders! [3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - New on tap for the weekend at Hops & Pie: Yuel Fuel from Bull and Bush, Deceit from Funkwerks, Hopivore from New Holland, Even Less Jesus from Evil Twin and Stillwater, Dogpatch Sour from Almanac, and Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Hazelnut Brown from Dry Dock on the Handpull. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Today they opened at 2:00pm. Their ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce was scheduled at 3:00pm. Jason Flournoy will be providing live music at 5:00pm. And the Texas BBQ food truck will arrive at 5:30! So come grab an Anker Amber & a Fu Manch Foreign Stout and kick your heels up! Großen Bart Brewery is also the subject of the "Pic of the Day" - taken from their Facebook page. [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

FATE Brewing Co (Boulder) - FATE Brewing Co reveals plans for expansion. Project to include new barrel aging room, improved packaging facilities and nearly 100% production capacity increase. [PRESS RELEASE] The project, scheduled to break ground December 2014, is announced more than two months before the brewery's second anniversary. FATE Brewing Company owner Mike Lawinski states, “We knew that increased production capacity would be a goal at some point down the road. Never did we imagine it could happen so quickly but we have hit capacity and we need more space to keep up.” In addition to nearly doubling fermentation space the plans reveal FATE Brewing Company’s recent acquisition of 1600 38th Street, Unit 103 in Boulder, Colorado. The previous home of Boulder Light, this approximately 2500 square foot space will undergo a remodel resulting in a new barrel aging room and improved packaging facility all right next door to the brewery’s existing property. The remodel project is currently in its design phase and construction should wrap early 2015. Lawinski states “The goal of the project started simply: brew more beer and get our beer into more people’s hands but we are excited because the space will really allow us to do much more than that.” Increasing production capacity, optimizing packaging processes, enhancing packaged goods product portfolio and driving product innovation will all be other beneficial outcomes of the expansion, according to the owner. In addition to bourbon, tequila and fresh charred American oak barrels we look forward to housing wine and other spirit barrels in a variety of sizes. Look forward to new (and more) barrel aged products from the brewery in the near future. The plan lays out new bottling, canning and labeling facilities/equipment for the burgeoning brewery while the brew house investment includes the addition of two 30-barrel fermenters, one 10-barrel fermenter and two 3-barrel fermenters. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - With these blustery temperatures, 12Degree has stocked up their tap wall with some delicious, darker beers to keep you warm! Cherry Velour Fog, a quadrupel infused with tart cherries, will be released today at 3pm. Other winter warmers also on tap: Velour Fog ~ Quadrupel, Nemesis ~ Dubbel, Foxx Rougge ~ Dark Strong Ale. It may be cold out there, but it's warm and cozy in the taproom! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Come enjoy the best tastes of the season. They have their Slope Style Winter IPA and the new Scourge of the Dude barrel-aged barleywine available now. Also, Team Trivia is back every Wednesday at 7pm. Plus, plan to attend the Black Friday Cellar Sale on Friday, November 28th. They'll have bottles of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Killer Penguin Barleywine side by side (while supplies last). Finally, join in at the pub for a rare, barrel-aged beer tapping the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 4pm (November 18th this month). [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Tonight they are excited to invite David Potter back to the tasting room at 7pm. This solo musician plays multiple instruments on stage and loops the tracks he plays. After 10 seconds, he sounds like a full band and plays everything from Johnny Cash, to The Grateful Dead, to Green Day. Definitely an act to see if you haven't before. Bodacious Eats is also in the house tonight serving up some delicious food to go with your beer. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

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Northern Colorado

5th Annual Beers for Boobies (Loveland) - Join in with Team Stabos (Save Them All BIG or Small) tonight for the 5th Annual Beers for Boobies. Grimm Brothers will be one of the breweries pouring there, and make sure to bid on their silent auction item a beer tasting for 6. The event takes place at the Ellis Ranch Event Center Wedding Parks in Loveland, CO and runs from 7pm to 11pm. There is a $10 cover at the door. Live music, plenty of great craft beer and fun. [2331 Ellis Ranch Ln, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Repeal Day is coming December 5th and 1933 Brewing is going to party like it's 1933! Plan to attend their Bootlegger's Ball that Friday, December 5th from 5pm to 8pm. Dress up in your best 1930's outfits. They will be tapping a secret brew. There is a password required to get in the door. Tell the doorman you're attending "Z's Food Drive". There will be live music from The Sophisticats, Trivia, Blind Tastings, and prizes for winners. This party will benefit Food Bank of Larimer County. Please bring some non-perishable food items or cash to donate. If you get your costume at Life of the Party (costume shop Ft. Collins), then you'll get 10% off at the brewery on all beers. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - The taproom will be open tonight til 9pm. Don't miss their Movember fundraiser beer "Twig and Berries". It's their Angry Banjo aged on real raspberry puree and wild cherry bark. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley)- Back by demand, they've got a new batch of their Habanberry Wheat back on tap as of 5pm tonight. it's a smooth blend of strawberries and habaneros in a refreshing wheat base. Plan to stay for BBQ with Elements Wood Fired Oven and at 7pm they have live music playing from Travis Houle. Warm up your weekend with a Habanberry Wheat! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - It's the most wonderful time of the year for their Jingle Ale tapping coming up on Tuesday, December 2nd. Growlers will be available. Also try some Scrumpy cider, some barley wine and enjoy bagpipers and Santa too. [5 Old Town Sq, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Here's a bottle line-up you don't get every day. Today starting at 3pm they will have 3 bottled beers available in their Tasting Cellar. Skully #18, a sour ale brewed with spices and apple juice and aged in oak wine barrels. Skully #2 (In The Spirit of Skully), a bourbon barrel aged sour ale. And Skully #19, a sour ale brewed with cranberries and aged in oak wine barrels. Sour lovers will want all 3! [106 E Village Terrace Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - It's downright balmy out there today - relatively speaking! So get out of the house, and come drink some delicious craft beer to celebrate the fact you made it through another week! Gypsy-Pizzeria will be there serving up their delicious pizza from 4pm on, so come hungry. Also, pick up a 6 pack of their brand new cans in the taproom to get you ready for the rest of the weekend. Get yours before they sell out. [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - The current batch of Scottish Ale is almost depleted and, once gone, will be replaced by a 100 IBU India Pale Ale (calling it Fischer's IPA). The Scottish Ale should be back on tap in about two weeks. Friday's taproom hours are 2:00pm to 10:00pm and please remember that you are always welcome to bring your own food into the taproom. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Pair your Friday night beers with awesome food by SILO! Have you had the bacon and white truffle parm popcorn? or the RFBC Pub Ale Cubano!? Amazing! Music by Ted Frisbee, members of Hell Roaring String Band and friends 6pm-8pm. [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing (Breckenridge) - Skiing is back! Happy #Breck opening day! Get out there and make some turns, then stop by Broken Compass for a beer at the end of your day. That's the way to apre ski! [68 Continental Ct, Unit B12, Breckenridge, CO]


Colorado Liquor Laws - Here we go again! The grocery store lobbyists are at it again and are trying to change the law here in Colorado so that they can sell full strength beer and wine in Colorado grocery and convenience stores. Right now, grocery stores are only allowed to sell 3.2 percent alcohol beer and only location per company. There is a petition going around sponsored by Colorado Consumers for Choice that states liquor stores have an unfair advantage. Some people are for this bill and some are against it (most craft breweries and liquor store owners). Check the Denver Channel 7 story on their website for more info. Is this a good idea?

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