Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is always celebrated on the day after Cyber Monday. It's a day for giving back - giving to family, charities, businesses, organizations or whoever is in need this time of year. While you're out looking for bargains, why not also take some time to give back to someone who could use a bit of help this year. Why not help out and support your local small craft brewery near you? Every dollar you spend at a craft brewery will help to ensure they can continue to produce all your favorite beers well into next year. Without your support, our craft breweries wouldn't be there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, December 1st, 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

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Did you know that their Antelope Amber ale is now back on tap? Yup. This brew will pair well with Trivia tonight and with the Bakin' Bakery Food Truck. Trivia starts tonight at 7:00pm for all your brain busting fun. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - This Saturday, December 6th, Big Choice will tap their infamous Peppermint Stout (served with crushed candy cane and a peppermint patty). Sales from this beer from 12pm to 2:30pm will help finish up their Movember Fundraiser. They'll be giving away a few things that day too including Beer for a Year. Plus, sign up for their Ugly Mug Club between December 15th to the 31st. The 1 year membership costs $70 and gives you a bunch of cool perks. Ask your server at the taproom for details. [7270 W 118th Pl, Unit A, Broomfield, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Sign up for their 2015 Diebolt Brewing Bottled Lightning Club. Looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or a friend? Sign up now to catch lightning in a bottle with the 2015 Bottled Lightning Club and receive twelve 22 oz bombers (1 per month beginning January 2015) and a 10% discount on beer and merchandise in the brewery tasting room. The cost of the bottle club is $150. To enroll go to Diebolt Brewing's web site, click on the shop button or you can purchase a membership in the brewery tasting room. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - [PRESS RELEASE] Two friends had a vision: to build a suburban neighborhood craft brewery with an emphasis on sampling small, handcrafted batch brews and then share the experience with fellow beer lovers. Their vision will celebrate its third year of successful realization on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with Lone Tree Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Party. The traditional tapping of a small batch beer every two hours to help celebrate the brewery’s 3rd Anniversary will begin at 11am. This year’s innovative line up will feature a Jalapeno Cheddar IPA and the return of the crowd favorite, Twix Bar Stout. Along with these will also be the return of the long awaited MT. Massive Black IPA. This years Anniversary celebration will also include a “State of the Brewery” address in which owners John Winter and Jason Wiedmaier will be making three big expansion announcements regarding the brewery’s production for 2015. "This is when we have the opportunity to interact directly with our customers and say thank you. Without them, we would not be able to do what we love and create great beer,” quotes Wiedmaier. “Our anniversary party is truly a time for reflection. In three short years we have grown at almost a 100% growth rate per year. We owe all of this to the best customers and employees in the world!” says Winter. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Former Future Brewing (Denver) - Be sure to attend Former Future's "Gears, Beers Holiday Cheers" event, a Steampunk Holiday Fundraiser benefitting Safehouse Denver this Sunday, December 7th from 4pm to 7pm at the brewery. There will be some special beers pouring, crafts, a photo booth and lots of fun. Cash and item donations will go to Safehouse Denver. Donate an item from their wishlist worth $10 or more and get a FREE 4 beer taster flight! (Limit 1 flight per guest - must show item receipt) - View the list at: www.lupecdenver.org/safehouselist. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - PONG ON! Plan to participate in Wonderland Brewing's Singles Ping Pong Tourney TONIGHT December 2nd starting at 6:30pm. Free pints are up for grabs. Also, Wednesday brings a Brewhouse Cornhole Tourney at 6:30pm. Ladies also get $2 off pints that night. Live music Friday and Saturday night. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Good news! Their "Hammer & Sickle" imperial stout is officially back on tap! And if you ride your bike to the taproom get $1 off all your beers. Matt's Snack Shack is serving up grilled wings that pair perfectly with our beers. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they're going big... Big City Quad! This Manhattan-barrel aged Quadrupel pours tomorrow at 3pm! Be there. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their December beer list is up and they have a new beer menu. Stop in and try these brews: 12 Apostles, American Pale, 1066, Smoking Wiccan, Irish Red Ale, Forbidden Fig Stout, Sir Walter Pale, 4 Horses American IPA, and Shiva. Coming soon... Moses (the beer), and a Christmas Porter. 20oz proper pints available for all beers too. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Yum! Their Russian Imperial stout and Ritual Rivers Cocoa Coffee Porter are both back on tap tonight! Follow your nose. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Boulder County

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Look forward to trying their Holiday Wheat ale coming up in mid-December. It's got spruce, pine, cinnamon, and orange zest and will make your spirits bright. Also, every Wednesday night is Vinyl Night at Very Nice. Bring in your favorite LP and they'll play a side. And, every other Wednesday night is Euchre Night. Next one is on December 10th. Live music in the taproom on December 4th, 6th, 12th, 13th and 18th. Plus Open Mic Night on December 11th at 7pm. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - Good news red ale lovers! Their "Red Beerd" is now back on tap! Com enjoy this beer brewed with roasted barley and chocolate that gives this brew its deep red color with a big malty taste. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Looking for a holiday gift? Attend the Handmade Art & Craft Beer Holiday Show at the brewery this Sunday, December 7th from 1pm to 7pm. Come get your holiday shopping done and support local artists while drinking craft beer. Free admission. 18 beers on tap. Great food from Worldwide Vittles. Come check out all the unique handmade goods by local artists. [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Feeling a little weighed down from Thanksgiving? They've got Brewhouse Yoga tonight at 6pm. For $15 you'll get a great yoga class and a beer afterwards. Bring a mat and get limbered and relaxed. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - It's only one month away from entries being due. Check out the pictures on Facebook of last year's judging and subsequent Bacon Milk Stout brew! This could be your Stout this year! Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries Stout Month 2015 Homebrew Competition (Sorry, professionally experienced brewers excluded). The Mountain Sun Brewery Team is getting ready for Stout Month 2015. They are calling on you, the local homebrewers, to come up with a brand new recipe to help them pay homage to this diverse and classic style! The winning brewer will have the opportunity to a join a Mountain Sun Brewer and brew a six-barrel batch of his or her brew at the Mountain Sun Brewery. This beer will accompany their line up of original and guest stouts during February’s Stout Month 2015. The winning brewer will also receive a fifty-dollar Stout Month bar tab! For rules, see their Facebook page. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Later this month, Oskar Blues will be getting into the canned session IPA market with the release of their "Pinner Throwback IPA". This brew will be available on draft and in 12oz cans in the Colorado and North Carolina markets in December and nationwide where Oskar Blues distributes by February. This brew clocks in at an easy 4.9% ABV and has just 35 IBUs. So easy that you can throw back a few without much problem. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There are several beers coming out from FCB in the weeks to come. Starting December 12th, you can stop in their tap room and try their Colorado-only releases of "Champagne of Craft" and "Reinbeir Games". Champagne of Craft is a sparkling ale with a dazzling crisp mouthfeel and a balanced finish. Reinbier Games is a Wassail showcasing a deep mahogany hue and a full malty body, finishing slightly sweet. Then coming up in January is "Black Sheep Black IPA". This is a Black India Pale Ale with a blended array of bright citrus and earthly hop aromas with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. It is especially smooth for its dark appearance, but contains a solid malt backbone, setting the stage for an artfully crafted arrangement of hops. Black Sheep will be available to FCB's 23-state distribution footprint in 4-packs, as well as on draft. Then coming by February is their newest seasonal offering: "Hefeweizen". True to German style brewing techniques, Hefeweizen has an aroma of citrus and spice that come alive with the robust flavors of bready wheat and sweet malt. A hazy golden hue and a refreshing finish, Hefeweizen will be available to FCB's 23-state distribution footprint in 6-packs, as well as on draft. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's Wednesday firkin release is a special one - Rum Barrel Hefeweizen. This is a light, refreshing Hefe that has nice flavors of banana and clove. They barrel-aged it for 6 months, which adds pleasant notes of vanilla and oak. Then on Thursday, December 4th, it's the return of their Winter Warmer - Footwarmer. This is a warming barleywine that will heat you up from the inside. And of course you can always grab something to eat Wednesday through Sunday from one of their many food trucks. Live music on Friday and Saturday too. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Get ready for NachtBierfest! NachtBierfest is their winter celebration at the Zwei Brüder tasting room. Happening on the 10th of December from 5:00 to 10:00pm, they will be releasing 5 new beers: a Doppelbock, a Vienna Lager, a Keller-style Roggenlager, a HopfenPilz, & re-realizing the Bourbon Barrel aged WeizenBock. The Band Neue Polka Colorado will be playing a few sets from 6-9, Plus door prizes and a raffle for people who bring a canned or non-perishable food Item for the Food Bank of Larimer County. [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, announced their
distribution expansion to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Funkwerks’ flagship Saison, Tropic King and Deceit
will be available in 750 ml bottles and draft in select bars, restaurants and liquor stores starting in January. Additionally, Saison and Tropic King will be available in 4-packs. Funkwerks will be co-hosting several Andrews Distribution Launch events the week of January 12th. Details of the events will be released as the launch date approaches. “We are excited to expand distribution into the Texas’ craft beer market,” said Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder. “With the growing craft beer culture, Texas is a great fit for a Saison-style niche brewery and we are looking forward to working with the highly regarded Andrews Distributing Co.,” added Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder. Andrews Distributing Co. is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. Andrews Distributing’s home office is located in Dallas, Texas. Andrews Distributing represents 34 brewing partners, more than 300 brands, and 1,400 proud team members. For information about Andrews visit http://www.andrewsdistributing.com. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Its the most wonderful time of the year. This is their current seasonal beer list in case you were wondering. Do you have a favorite on this list? Cucumber Christmas, Hans the Hedgehog, Midnight Strikes, Pumpkin Griffin, Wooden Path, and The Baron. Join in for Happy Hour tingith from 5-8pm! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the taproom! Get $2.00 off growlers and growler fills all day today! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Join them TONIGHT for the tapping of this year's Jingle Ale. The tapping starts at 5pm. See Santa, bagpipers, try the Jingle Ale, Barley Wine and Scrumpy Cider! [5 Old Town Sq, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Plan to stop in this Thursday, December 4th for a release party for this year's Christmas Ale. The release runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Bristol Pub. Also, start looking for that ugly sweater you've got tucked away and wear it to their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party set for Friday, December 19th from 5pm to 8pm in the Wildcat Room at the Bristol Pub. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Make sure to come out TONIGHT at 6PM as they tap their Wicked Elf Ale! Enjoy Complimentary samples from 6- 6:30pm. Of course, the fun doesn't end there. Stick around for BINGO starting at 9pm! Always remember your beer doesn't see the light of day until it is served in your glass. Now that is FRESH BEER! [3316 Cinema Pt, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The week after a holiday weekend can be hard... Let Red Leg Brewing help you make it easier! They're offering you $1 off pints of Blue Nose Brown all night, and they have Potato Potato out front taking care of dinner, so no need to cook! So come enjoy some delicious craft beer, and some scrumptious fries and remember, at least it's not Monday anymore! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Elevation Beer is shipping to Washington State this month! [PRESS RELEASE] Elevation Beer Company is sending a limited amount of its Black and Double Black Series releases this December for a sneak peak of the award winning Colorado brewery’s beers into Washington State. “Sheila and I lived in Seattle for two years, Washington and its unbelievable breweries, bars, bottle shops, and food scene have always held a special spot in our hearts.” Says Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante. Elevation will be pouring at Brouwer Café’s Big Wood Festival Thursday, December 4th and will be hosting an official meet and greet Friday, December 5th at The Pine Box for industry, press, and craft beer fans. The events will serve as a soft launch for the brewery into Washington State, with an official launch planned for early 2015. Elevation will only be sending draught this time, so make sure and hit up your local beer bar as only a small amount of Elevation’s beers were sent into the state. [115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Want to turn up the heat? Come get a pint of their Poblano Pepper Ale. It's now back on tap. This will be the last batch of it for the season so get one soon. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Butcherknife Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Special release today! They're releasing a very limited sneak preview of their Briones Barley Wine. Come and get it, while supplies last (sorry, no growlers). [2875 Elk River Rd #773207, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Want to donate to the Eagle County Salvation Army in a way other than spare change in the red buckets? Crazy Mountain brewed a special Extra Pale Ale for the Salvation Army and 100% of proceeds go to them! Join in this Thursday from 6-8pm at the brewery where $15 will get you 2 pints of the Ski Country Extra Pale Ale and a plate of food from Nickie's Quickies. Live music by Harris & Lee band. Cheers for charity this holiday season! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - The brewer's son, Porter Alexander, is celebrating his FIRST birthday with the tapping of HIS beer, "Porters' Porter" - a tasty English Brown Porter that he helped brew. On-tap for Mug Clubbers today with special Food Pairings. Tapping Party for the everyone else is Saturday, December 6th. Hope you can join them. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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