Thursday, December 4, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120414

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Dice Day. Dice come in all shapes, colors and sizes. There are 4 sided, 6 sided, 8 sided, 10 sided, 12 sided, 20 sided and even dice that go up to 100 sides! Dice are commonly used in games and games of chance. Whether you use them in Dungeon games, board games or on the craps table - today is the day to break out those dice and let them roll. Play a friendly game with dice today and have some fun. And why not pair that experience with a craft beer? Take your favorite dice game and bring it to a taproom near you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, December 4th, 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

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - This Friday night, December 5th from 2pm to 10pm at Black Shirt Brewing they are hosting a Prohibition Repeal Day celebration complete with their own speakeasy, proper Prohibition era attire, a pop-up hat shop from Goorin Bros, as well as a huge art installation from their favorite artist TiredPirate. Plus, a collaboration beer between them and him. For complete details, visit the official Facebook event page. Admission is free and everyone 21+ is welcome. Join in the celebration of the 81st anniversary of Prohibition Repeal with a Red Ale! [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Instead of releasing a new firkin every Wednesday this month, CKBC will be putting out 12 different firkins during the 12 Days of Christmas (December 13th through 24th), one each day. These beers are named after each gift in the song. You can expect to see these styles: Double IPA, Imperial Brown, English Barleywine, Coffee Porter, Chai Milk Brown, piney IPA, Rum Eggnog Stout, Golden Strong, Belgian Quad, Biere de Garde, Chocolate Caramel Stout, and an Oud Bruin. Check out the Colorado Beer Releases page for official names and release dates and get ready to drink the 12 Firkins of Christmas! [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Join in at 7pm this Friday, December 5th to help celebrate Repeal Day! On tap will be Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin, Velvet Merkin, and their bar staff came up with The Volstead: A Specialty Merlin & Whiskey Cocktail. Also, coming up on Saturday, December 13th at 11am is their Chili Cookoff featuring their talented Kitchen and Front of House Staff and Stone Brewing Co. Crime and Punishment beer. For $7 you will get two 4oz portions of each chili plus two 4oz Stone Brewing Co beers that staff paired with each chili. Plus, they will have several other Stone beers on tap including some rare ones. [1530 Blake St, Ste A, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - It's the most wonderful time for a beer! Come celebrate the holidays at Hops & Pie on Saturday, December 20th from 12pm to close for their "Holiday Cheers and Beers" event. Hops & Pie has been gathering one of the best assortment of holiday beers for this event. Choose from 10+ holiday beers including: Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada, Christmas Bomb! from Prairie, 2013 Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing, Merry Maker from Sam Adams, 2014 Anchor Christmas Ale, 7 Swans-A-Swimming from The Bruery, Yule Fuel from Bull & Bush, Noel de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin, Christmas Eve at a New Your City Hotel Room from Evil Twin, and Hanukkah Chanukah Pass the Beer from Schmaltz Brewing. Tappings start promptly at noon. Flights and single pours will be available. No tickets necessary. Just come thirsty (and hungry too). There will also be a few more surprises for those who attend! Ho Ho Ho! Click the event poster for a bigger image.[3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] National Repeal Day on Dec. 5 marks 81 years to the day that alcohol prohibition ended, and this year, it will also mark the unveiling of Denver Union Station’s new specialized beer, Union Kolsch. Made exclusively for DUS by Denver Beer Company, the new brew will launch on Dec. 5 with a public evening-long celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Terminal Bar inside Denver Union Station’s Great Hall. Guests will enjoy tastings of Union Kolsch, drink specials and entertainment. Union Kolsch is the product of a partnership between the Denver Union Station Alliance partners and Denver Beer Company, which Steve Kurowski from the Colorado Brewers Guild helped coordinate. The Denver Beer Company’s talented team of brewers worked with with the DUS team to create a new beer that would celebrate the reopening of Denver Union Station while honoring Denver’s reputation as a craft brew leader. “We began talking to the owners of Denver Beer Company last year about creating a special brew to not only celebrate Colorado’s beer culture, but to pay homage to Denver’s rich beer history,” said Joe Vostrejs of the Denver Union Station Alliance. “After four months and numerous iterations, we believe we’ve struck that perfect balance with the delicious Union Kolsch.” The traditional German ale was inspired by Denver’s rich German brewing history and is a bright, straw-colored ale with a white head. Malty and lightly hopped, the well-balanced beer has a touch of fruit and a clean, refreshing finish. “We used German techniques when brewing Kolsch that reflected the vibrant German brewing culture of pre-prohibition Denver in the 1880s,” said Charlie Berger, co-owner of Denver Beer Company. “Union Station is such a landmark in Denver, and it was important to us for our beer to commemorate the reopening, while regarding its history. We are honored to be a part of this project and to feature a beer that celebrates both the past and present.” Union Kolsch will only be available at The Terminal Bar, which serves over 30 Colorado-craft beers on tap, and Denver Beer Company’s Platte location just across the tracks from Union Station. [1695 Platte St, Denver, CO]

Zephyr Brewing Co (Denver) - The latest brewery to open in Colorado debuts tomorrow - December 5th. Zephyr Brewing Company will finally open their doors at 4:00pm. Here are some of the expected beers they plan to have on tap for opening day: a Milk Stout, a Dark Chocolate Raspberry Stout, a Scottish Ale, a Colorado Pale Ale, and a Belgian Wit. They're located in Denver's up and coming River North district at the corner of 26th and Walnut, just 5 blocks northeast from Coors Field and within walking distance of several other breweries. Food will be available from Amazeballs and Mestizos Food Truck. Live music from Kenny Lee Young. They hope to see you there on opening day. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at www.zephyrbrewingco.com. [1421 26th St, Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - It's Firkin Thursday! They're tapping a firkin of Honey Blonde with Earl Grey tea. Did you know the citrus flavor and aroma of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oranges? They're more bitter than a grapefruit, less sour than a lemon, and very delicious in this beer! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

FERMÆNTRA (Denver) - Great news to share - HAPPY HOUR begins today! Get $1 off all full pours! They'll be offering happy hour on Wednesday's & Thursday's, from 3-7pm and Friday's, from noon-4pm. Tonight they have 9 brews on tap & Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks out front at 5pm. [1715 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Thirsty Thursday means $2 off WonderCans for the ‪‎WonderCan Special‬! Taste of Texas BBQ will be there with smoked meats, Southern style sides, and reportedly they'll be bringing some wings! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Their popular Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout (in cans) is now back on store shelves. Get some before it's all gone. With a taste like this, it'll go fast. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Join in as they tap their 2014 Barelywine on Wednesday, December 10th from 7:00-10:00 pm at Lowdown Brewery! Weighing in at 10.4% ABV, it contains complex malt and ester flavors reminiscent of plums and raisins. This warm and flavorful beer is perfect for winter! [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - They've taken over the taps at The West End Tavern! Satellite tap room starts at 6:30pm tonight. Meet the brewer, enjoy 10 of their beers and live music! First person to order a beer answer this question in person to Erin or Jake tonight gets a free Wild Woods hat: What is the owners favorite football team? Stop over at: 926 Pearl Street for this event.

The Pumphouse Brewery (Longmont) - For a limited time, they're offering a free growler with the purchase of a $50+ gift card! Gift cards and Growler fills cannot be used on the same day of purchase. Only 1 per day, per guest. Fills limited to standard beer pricing. [540 Main St, Longmont, CO]

Vindication Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Saturday, December 6th, Foxfeather Music graces the taproom once again! The good folks of Bumper Crop will bring you tasty eats. Not to mention Vindication's First Crop IPA, goes damn well with both. Join them this Saturday so you can brag to your friends later! [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Funkwerks just tapped the winners of the World Hop Cup! Galaxy won the Australian hop variety, Mosaic for the American hop, and Nelson Sauvin for the New Zealand variety. Thanks to everyone who participated. Come in and try them back to back, let them know which is your favorite. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - It's Pizza Thursday at Verboten. Get free pizza slices starting at 6pm. Grab a slice or few while they last and get $4 pints of Two Fives, their American IPA. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Happy Thursday! Today's $3 pint is their Fester's Ale with a dash or aromatic herb (chamomile and 5 spices). Doors opened at 3pm - get there soon! [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Do you like free beer? Do you need a Christmas gift for the Grimm fan in your life? Then come in today and get a t-shirt and yourself a free pint while you're at it. Happy T-shirt Thursday! Then stay and listen to the sounds of Danny Shafer tonight at 6pm in the taproom. Food available from Bottlecap BBQ. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - All December Pateros Creek Brewing will be partnering with Nuance Chocolate to explore the world of chocolate infused beers. Today they have an IPA infused with cocoa nibs from Ghana called "Hangin' with Cocoa". Intrigued? Come try one! Also, tonight is Andy's 500th Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes session starting at 7pm. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - This Friday's Firkin is a Cranberry Candi Ale. This 7.5% ABV brew is an American blonde ale with Belgian amber candy sugar, and tarted with whole cranberries. It's a dry, tart, seasonal brew. This beer will tap at 6:00pm on Friday, December 5th. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Tonight come listen to live music from Jami Lunde and Eric Straumanis in the taproom starting at 7pm. Jami will also have some beautiful holiday crafts for sale too. Drink a beer, listen and shop all in one place. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - There's a lot to be excited about this week: bombers of Deep Roots Chocolate Porter are dropping in liquor stores in Greeley, FoCo and Loveland; Grif English-style Strong Ale releases on Saturday; the head brew Kyle is going full time at the brewery; and their very own beertender/harp aficionado extraordinaire, Jenna, will be serenading the taproom beginning at 7pm on Saturday evening! But, it gets even better - they're bringing out a small batch Sour Brown and another barrel of Rocky Mountain Hideout Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Porter -- both hitting glasses in the taproom at 6:30 Saturday! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Trinity Brewing has announced their December tappings. Tomorrow, Friday December 5th at 5pm they will tap Farmhouse Petite Fête, a Saison with cranberries & pecans & kumquats. Then this Saturday, December 6th at 11am, they'll tap a firkin of their Flo IPA dry hopped with Citra, UK Goldings and Willamette hops. Just $3 a pint til it's gone. Then on Friday, December 12th at 5pm look for the release of "Sour Threads", a 3 part blend made with 1 part barrel aged dark sour, a barrel aged Flemish brown, and their plucky Horkey Ale. Very rare. And finally on Christmas Eve at 1pm, they will tap their 7th Annual Cherry Awaken, a stout that's very cherry! Pre-sale tix start at noon that day and the pouring starts at 1pm. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - This weekend's taplist will start with Extra Pale Ale, Scottish Ale, India Pale Lager (IPL), Red's Dirty Lil' Ale, Blue Lake Pale Ale, Coffee Porter, Pumpkin Stout and Troy's ESB. Expect the IPL, Red Ale and Pumpkin Stout to be replaced with an IPA, Red lager and Milk Stout as the weekend progresses. Thursday's taproom hours are 2:00 PM to 8:00pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Swing by Crazy Mountain tonight from 6-8pm and support the Eagle County Salvation Army. $15 dollars gets you a plate of Nickie's Quickies and 2 pints of the KSKE Extra Pale Ale! Don't forget to park over at CMC tonight! Click poster below for details. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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