Monday, November 24, 2014

Colorado Beer News 112414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Everyone has one, whether you know it or not. That one thing you do that no one else can, it's your unique talent. Be proud about that special thing that you do and show it off. Whether it be singing, sculpting, painting, designing, memorizing or even yodeling - be proud of what you can do. Take time to find out what others' talents are as well. Then you can all go out and celebrate with a craft beer. And if you can't figure out what your talent is, you can always celebrate the start of National Game & Puzzle Week. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, November 24th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Crooked Stave has just recently acquired a lot more space at their old Barrel Cellar location on 46th Avenue and will be moving their brewhouse back to that location by early December. Their square footage at the Barrel Cellar is increasing from 3,000 to 12,000 sq. ft. This will free up their Tasting Room at The Source to expand to more seating and allow Crooked Stave to have more room for barrel aging and producing more beer. Barrel Cellar location: [1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO]

Lambics Against Leukemia (Denver) - There's a fundraiser going on right now aimed at benefiting a member of the craft beer community. Matt Meyer, the beer manager at Freshcraft has a young son, Owen, who's battling leukemia. Owen's going through a 3-year treatment plan to fight B Cell All Leukemia. To help fund Owen's lengthy and costly treatment, a series of raffles has been put together called Lambics Against Leukemia. Basically, for every $10 dollars given, donors receive an entry into a raffle to win beer. The beer has been generously donated from both private cellars, and multiple breweries including Crooked Stave, Casey Brewing and Blending, Dry Dock, and others. There's also a listing of the beers that'll be given away and there's pretty insane offerings up for grabs. The last day to donate and get entered into the raffle is Friday, November 28th. For more information on how you can contribute and enter the raffle, see the official details on Brewtally Insane's beer blog.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Dock Brewing Company is releasing its beloved Vanilla Porter in canned 6-packs. Celebrate the latest addition to the brewery’s canned offerings at the beer’s release party at Dry Dock’s new tasting room, Canoe Room at North Dock, on Friday, November 28 from 12pm to 6pm. Vanilla Porter was created by Dry Dock co-owner Kevin DeLange and first brewed in 2006 on the 7-barrel brewhouse in the original 800 square-foot tasting room and brewery, known to many now as “South Dock.” This beer is a classic English-style brown porter with more than a quarter pound of Madagascar vanilla beans added per barrel. It was an immediate hit— After winning a Gold Medal at the Colorado State Fair, Vanilla Porter was one of the first Dry Dock home fleet beers made available year-round. Dry Dock will celebrate the release of Vanilla Porter in cans on Friday, November 28 at Canoe Room at North Dock from 12pm to 6pm. Guests who purchase 6-packs to go will receive free Vanilla Porter koozies. Beginning in December, Dry Dock Vanilla Porter will be available in 6-packs, in 22-ounce bombers, and on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout Colorado. Vanilla Porter stats: 5.4% ABV, 33 IBU. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Growler Monday is happening all day long so come get those growlers filled for your Thanksgiving festivities. LTBC will close for the Thanksgiving holiday starting on Wednesday night at 6:00pm and will open again on Friday, November 28th. Check out their Facebook page for their December events and food truck schedule being posted today. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - Hey Locavores - due to Thanksgiving, their Live Ale Thursday will be on Wednesday this week. They'll be tapping casks of Tooth n Ale and Pullman Porter. Pullman is a robust porter made for the whiskey barrels, but they saved a little for casks and nitro. Additionally, they'll be open late to accommodate your pre-turkey beer needs, and the School of Rock crew will be playing around 8pm. [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a fun week ahead at the tap room. Tuesday & Wednesday is hand turkey craft night. Participation is free and highly encouraged. Wednesday they will also have a bottle sale with unbeatable prices so you can stock up for your Thanksgiving dinner. Plus that day, they will release this year's batch of Elder Brett (batch 6) along with a limited release of last years (batch 4). Get them both with a neoprene bag for a special price. They will be closed on Thursday. Then on Friday they will have a Black Friday merchandise sale (1 day only). All week long - have fun on their typewriter telling them what you are thankful for.[3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Call to Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - Progress is being made towards opening this new brewery. After 3 and a half months of setbacks, they finally have submitted their Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) application form. Now it's the waiting game. Look for them to open sometime in 2015. Stay tuned. [4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Don't forget! On Black Friday, November 28th, stop in and help them celebrate their 2nd Anniversary at Brewery Rickoli. They will be hosting a "Turkey Leftover Potluck" that day. Bring in a dish to share. Plus, they also have open slots in their Rickstar Club. Memberships cost $100 and are limited. Ask your server for details. [4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - The staches are coming in strong on the Joyride Movember team. If you're rocking a stache for Movember, join in today for Movember Monday, where you'll get Happy Hour pricing all day. They'll have Rolling Dough Pizza truck here for food. Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - They will be hosting their first ever Brewligan Street Team meeting on November 30th at 3pm. If you are interested in earning some sweet perks and priceless fun with us, come on in. They require all reps to be 21+ per requirements of our liquor licensed clients. All participants will receive a complimentary PINT or Flight just for coming in and listening to them blab for 30 minutes. If you are not interested, but know someone who might be, please SHARE THIS info with friends of yours. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Get Festive. Instantly. If you're lucky enough to find one of their Christmas Ale coasters at your favorite bar or restaurant, just hold one at arms length in front of a friend until it looks like a sweater! Take a picture and post it with ‪#‎Instasweater‬. They might just post it up and send you a present! Must be 21 years of age or over. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's a holiday treat! Their "Salted Caramel Apple Cider" is not back on tap! Happy Thanksgiving! [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Don't forget about their Thanksgiving Special starting today! Now through November 26th, get 2 WonderGlasses & 2 WonderCans for just $15. Stock up for Thanksgiving day! Also, Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes is on tonight at 7:30pm and Wheels on Fire Pizza Truck will be your chefs for the evening! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Put down the shopping bags and join them on an imperial stout journey this Friday, November 28th. They're tapping eleven (yeah, eleven) variations of their 11.5% Dark Star Imperial Stout throughout the day. 1:00pm - Dark Star, Firkin Dark Star, and Whiskey Coffee Dark Star. 2:00pm - Belgian Chocolate Dark Star, German Chocolate Dark Star, Mexican Chocolate Dark Star. 3:00pm - Thanksgiving Dark Star (cranberry, rosemary, thyme), Raspberry Dark Star. 4:00pm - Kopi Luwak Coffee Dark Star. And 5:00pm - Gingerbread Dark Star, Rum Raisin Dark Star. It's going to be epic, and you should be there for it! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - This Saturday November 29th 12pm-2pm Chain Reaction Brewing Company will have the Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) live broadcasting from the brewery and will be hosting a showdown between 2 beers! They brewed 2 collaboration beers (1 with Turk's wife Stacy, the other with the despondents Turk, Tebo and Mike Nelson), $1 from each pint sold will go to that brews chosen charity, the brew that sells the most pints will be deemed the winner and the other brew will match the donation to their charity. This will be a blast of an event so please attend! [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Oskar Blues has recently expanded their distribution. As of November 10th, they are now distributing to Missouri. This brings the count of states they ship to up to 36 plus Washington, DC. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Looking for that perfect craft beer to match your Thanksgiving feast? Beer Chef Ian Clark's recommendation - OBITUS American Brown Ale handbuilt with dates and caramelized sugar. "This roasty, malty beer pairs perfectly with the rich flavors of Thanksgiving." Grab a bottle at BRU or at a local Boulder liquor store. AND don't forget to fill your growlers early for the big feast as they will be closed on Thanksgiving. Don't forget, BRU also serves Sunday Brunches every Sunday from 9:30am to 3pm. [5290 Arapahoe, Unit I, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - During their recent 1st anniversary party they premiered several new beers and are now rotating them through their taproom - Imperial Red, Imperial IPA, American Stout, Belgian style amber (South of Marilyn). They also have their popular Cherry Saison (Chaisson) on tap right now. They just finished fermenting their first Gose (pronounced go-sah, like Rosa), a German style saline and sour beer brewed with salt, coriander and sour mash. It's somewhat tart, with lemony notes, a slightly salty finish and is amazingly refreshing. Today they are brewing this year’s holiday beer, 12, which they plan to release on 12/13/14. THey will also soon have Docs Porter and South Ridge Amber available again. Also on 12/13/14 they will be having a celebration at the brewery. They plan to release two beers that day: 12, their December Holiday Beer and 14, an Imperial IPA – so they’ll have 12, 13 and 14 on tap on 12/13/14. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at the Strap this week: Today - Open Mic Night at 6pm and Hoppy Hour prices all day. Tuesday 11/25: Trivia at 6:30pm and food from Niwot Market. Wednesday 11/26: Euchre Tournament at 6pm. Stock up with growlers because they will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Friday 11/28: Business as usual, wraps for sale. And Saturday 11/29: GutUrGoat Extravaganza at 5pm with the goat, the dog, and the cats. Food for sale from Niwot Market. [ 6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

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Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Look for a new beer in their Garage Series to be on draft only. New Belgium recently released "Black is the New Wit", a dark wheat beer made with coriander and orange peel. This is a limited release and you won't find it in bottles. Ask for it at your favorite beer bar. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just as one expansion ends, another begins. Odell Brewing has plans to add 8 new 6,500 barrel fermenters to their tank farm by early December. Look for cranes to be hoisting those 10,000 pound vessels into place very soon. Their fermentation capacity will jump from 110,000 to 155,000 barrels. Their total brewhouse capacity will then hit 300,000 barrels per year. Also, by the end of 2015, they plan to take over and move into the recently acquired Monument & Stone company next door and create a whole new wood cellar and expanded offices. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - You asked for it and now you're gonna get it. Back by popular demand, but for just 2 kegs only, is their Beaver Patch Ale. Come on in to get your fix before it's all gone. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Climb Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - There's TWO chances this week to stock up on your favorite ‪#Climb‬ ciders! A server will be there filling to-go bottles only from 2 to 9pm on WEDNESDAY (11/26), and 11am to 7pm on THURSDAY (11/27). Cruise on over and see them! Try their new Apple Chardonnay! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Lots happening this week! Tuesday 11/25: New beer release - Stand Up Philosopher, a double IPA dry hopped with only Simcoe hops. Wednesday 11/26: Come for their very 1st Firkin Tapping. At 3pm they'll tap a Cinnamon Cranberry Thinking of Something Orange. Happy Hour 3-6pm with $1 off pints too. Thursday 11/27: Closed for Thanksgiving. Friday 11/28: Open 12pm to 9pm with $4 off all Verboten apparel. Free donuts while they last and Beer Mimosas and Beer Bloodies. Then Saturday 11/29: it's Buy Local Saturday and their Movember Wrap-up Party. $4 off Verboten apparel all day and the party starts goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with all sorts of fun planned, including a Beard and Moustache contest! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at Berthoud Brewing: Wednesday 11/26: Wings are back! Open 2-9 with Happy Hour gets you $1 off beer all night. Thursday 11/27: closed for Thanksgiving. Friday is Firkin Friday with a tapping of Gingerbread Man Porter. Saturday brings live music. And Sunday features the Bronco game at 6:30pm. Join in for their "Anything but Leftover Turkey" Potluck too that starts just prior to the game. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Thanks to the collaboration of Linsey (H&D) and Jay, Katie, Phil & Kevin of Odell Brewing Company - they will be pouring their "25 200 India Pale Lager" starting today at 4pm in the Horse & Dragon taproom. Open today 12pm to 6pm. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Just in time for Thanksgiving, Funkwerks will be releasing two beers this Wednesday. 1) Crimson, a wild cherry Belgian-style Dubbel (7.0% ABV), and 2) Blanka, a double Belgian-style Witbier (6.8% ABV). Both available in 750ml bottles too. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Join Grimm Bros on Saturday, November 29th from 12pm to 9pm for the release of Cucumber Christmas, a Cucumber Pilsner and their tribute to the Christmas Pickle tradition. The Christmas pickle is a Christmas tradition where a decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune for the following year. It's the perfect counterpart to all the dark, big ABV beers available this time of year. Fruity, cool and refreshing, you'll have visions of the spa dancing in your head. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New beer tappings tonight at 4:00pm. Stop in and try their "Oatmeal Chocolate Stout" and their "Oatmeal Coffee Chocolate Stout". They also tapped a Weizenbock yesterday. It's the perfect weather for some stout. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Good news! Their Nitro Moos (milk stout) and their 40 West Amber Ale are both back on tap. All ten of their taps of now flowing with beer! Open today 2pm to 8pm. [1744 N Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Have you visited BREW for Nitrovember yet? Better hurry it's almost over. Be sure to try a "Martin", a rich, earthy, session brown porter - poured from the nitro tap with a smooth roasted malt body. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Today stacks and stacks of empty cans arrived for their upcoming canning run tomorrow of their Mistress Winter Wheat. Look for the bright yellow and blue cans soon on store shelves near you. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

Casey Brewing & Blending (Glenwood Springs) - The next big beer release day is Saturday, December 6th from 11am to 5pm. They've got 3 new bottled beers to release this month! Grape Fruit Stand is made with fresh, whole Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Palisade ($20/bottle - limit 2). East Bank Farmhouse Ale - brewed with fresh Glenwood Springs honey. Has notes of sweet honeycomb along with our house farmhouse yeast flavors ($16/bottle - no limit). And - Brett Loves Citra - This is their version of the collaboration brew with Roaring Fork Beer Company. 100% Brettanomyces oak fermented hoppy farmhouse ale made with Citra hops. Tastes like straight pineapple juice ($15/bottle - limit 6). They also have new blends of Montmorency Cherry Fruit Stand and Blackberry Fruit Stand. [3421 Grand Ave, Ste E, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Their award-Winning Baltic Porter & Alpine Abbey Blonde is available NOW on-tap for Mug Club Members (annual or weekly.) Join the Club! These beers will then be available to the general public starting Thursday, Thanksgiving in Growlers & Squealers. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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