Monday, December 8, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is John Lennon Day. Back on this day in 1980, former member of The Beatles was shot and killed in New York City. Lennon was one of the best known figures in popular music in the 1960s and 70s and his music, both from his years with the Beatles and on his solo career, is still quite popular today. Raise a toast today in memory of John Lennon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, December 8th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Former Future Brewing (Denver) - Now through year-end, if you donate a coat - new or used - you'll get a free pint (no sweaters or sweatshirts, please). These coats can be for men, women, or children and will be delivered from us directly to a family in need by a LFS employee. Additionally, this Sunday, December 7 from 4:00p to 7:00p, they are hosting "Gears, Beers, and Holiday Cheers", a Steampunk-themed event along with LUPEC Denver. Donate any item from their wishlist and receive a free taster flight. All items are benefiting Safehouse Denver. Come for the beer, stay for the holiday crafts, and the photo booth of course. Next week they're welcoming the newest member of the family, Behemoth, to Former Future. This 15 barrel fermentor was purchased from Renegade Brewing Company and will help them keep more beer on tap in the taproom, as well as wholesale around town. Watch for new beer to hit your local watering hole soon (or join them in the taproom). As well, they are releasing their first sour ale in bottles in the next few weeks. Twin Ruby, a sour red ale aged and blended from two red wine barrels, to be sold in the taproom only, as well at various restaurants around town. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Announcing the Bull & Bush Brewery Annual Christmas Beer Tasting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6-10pm. Join them on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6-10pm to sample a wide variety of Seasonal, Holiday and Rare beers from the Barchive (over 150 different holiday beers). Erik has been curating the list of beers for this year's event and has some deep cuts to share with you. Tickets to this event are available online at, and at the bar (in case you stop in this weekend). Wear your Santa hats! [4700 Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - 'Tis the season for something Offensively Delicious. Check out these seasonal brews from Renegade: Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV 60 IBU), Radiator Winter Warmer (8.5% ABV 40 IBU), Berbere Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout with berbere spice (10% ABV 40 IBU), and Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout (11% ABV 35 IBU). Depravity will be tapped on Wednesday, December 31st at 4pm. Be one of the first to grab a glass or growler of the Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Save the date for Saturday, December 13th - Barrel Aged Avarice release day! One of their most anticipated releases of the year, they’re excited to tap batch three of this annual tradition. Rich with molasses and coffee notes, this year’s rendition was aged in both rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. Both bombers and draft pours available starting at 1pm. More bombers will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City following the taproom release. Don’t forget your cellar bottles! And if that weren't enough, the release party will feature a three-year vertical of Barrel Aged Avarice! Draft only, the 2012 keg is the oldest one in the cellar! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - There's some new beers to look forward too very soon at Front Range Brewing. In addition to the 10 beers they currently have on tap, they plan to release the following beers: Weizenbock (Dec. 10th), Mexican Coffee Porter (Dec. 17th), and a Pump Pudding Christmas Ale (Dec. 24th). Plus, they are currently working on a long term project. They are currently brewing and aging an Imperial Buckwheat Stout that will be aged in bourbon barrels and released sometime in June 2015. Plus, they will host a bottle release for their Silverheels English Barleywine on December 13th (12.25% ABV). Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Great news! Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout is once availa available. This year's batch is a big 17.1% ABV. Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture. Look for single 12oz bottles at a store near you. Then, coming up on Friday, December 12th at 5pm in the Avery Tap Room is the return of The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale (10.2% ABV). The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom! Plus, it that wasn't all, they also have two tap room only barrel-aged beer releases coming up on Sunday, December 14th. Spontanea Barrel-aged Wild Ale (#24) and Einzigartig Barrel-aged Wild Ale (#25). Bottle sales begin at 11am, limit 12 bottles of each beer per person. Rare beers on draft starting at 11am. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - This week, 12Degree Brewing released a new beer in their Belgian Pale Ale series. Space Kangaroo is a Belgian Pale aroma-hopped with Australian Galaxy hops. At 6.5% ABV, this beer has notes of citrus, peach and passion fruit. Galaxy hops are becoming a favorite in the craft beer world...come give them taste and find out why! There's a total of 12 beers on tap this weekend at 12Degree Brewing. Come check out their variety and stay for a pint or two. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - A day like December 13th, 2014 only comes around once every 100 years (12/13/14) - that's the day set for their big 12/13/14 Party. Starting at 1pm this Saturday will be a big release party for three beers: 12 - a holiday beer, 13 - their flagship IPA, and 14 - their Imperial IPA. There will be food, cake, door prizes, and plenty of good times (and beer). Everyone is invited. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - It's The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - Ugly Sweater party that is. Wear your worst festive holiday sweater to their party this Saturday, December 13th from 6-10pm. They will be hosting a gift exchange, a dessert bar, fun games and of course - sparkles. Come celebrate the holidays with megan and T at Echo Brewing. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Upslope Brewing Company’s Foreign Style Stout returns beginning the week of December 15. The Limited Release wintry brew will hit shelves in 12 oz. six-packs in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. “Originally brewed in 2009, Foreign Style Stout debuted as our first anniversary beer and has been one of my favorites ever since,” said Upslope's Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations Dany Pages. “It embodies the roots of a foreign export stout, but is brewed to have a rich head and smooth roast character.” As the snow starts to fall, the desire for a dark and full-bodied beer grows. Upslope satisfies the craving with its Limited Release Foreign Style Stout. The noteworthy and well-balanced taste of this 6.9% abv stout finishes easy thanks to the smooth roasted coffee flavors and Upslope's signature Patagonian hops. Roasted barley, chocolate malts and Irish Ale Yeast come together to create the perfect beer for stout aficionados and newbies alike. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Celebrate the season with some great German-style holiday beers at Nachtbierfest on Wednesday, December 10th from 5pm til close! Zwei Brüder Brewing will be releasing 5 new biers for the occasion starting at 5pm. Beers include: a Doppelbock, a Vienna Lager, a RoggenLager (rye lager), a Strong Man Bourbon Barrel-aged Weizenbock, and a HopfenPilz. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County and receive one raffle ticket per canned food item donated. Raffle drawings for prizes between band performances by Neue Polka Colorado. There will also be German-style food available by Taps Food Truck. More information available at: [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing and San Diego’s Alpine Beer Co. have come together once again for the love of IPAs. It’s a rare second visit for a New Belgium Hop Kitchen beer but this collaboration with Alpine Beer, first released in August of 2012, just begged for another round. At nine percent ABV and 99 IBUs, Super IPA is bursting with Amarillo, Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops, bringing the bitter all the way to the front and back again. Specialty malts create a nice balance, but the tropical and citrus tones of the American hops undeniably dominate. Super IPA pours a sheened copper and a bright, white head floats atop. “Super IPA is a beloved beer and we had a great time collaborating with Alpine Beer Co.,” said Matty “Smooth” Gilliland of New Belgium Brewing. “It’s a rare and special occasion for us to get to collaborate twice with the same brewery, but Super IPA was one of those beers we just couldn’t put to rest.” - Super IPA is available on draft. Pricing varies by location. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - December is Christmas firkin month. A new firkin will be tapped every Friday. On December 12th, it's a Candy Cane Little Red Cap. On December 19th it's a Rum Ball Master Thief, and on New Year's Eve they'll have a special Champagne firkin. Coming up in their Fairy Tale Series is a release on December 20th of "Two Travelers", a Hommel Bier. Other events of note: on Wednesday, December 10th is National Lager Day - get discounts on all lagers. And starting on December 9th Grimm Brothers will begin a special 12 Days of Christmas specials - a different special each day December 9th through the 20th. They'll be hosting an Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday, December 20th with the top 5 ugly sweaters will win a free growler fill. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Today City Star is releasing one of their favorite seasonal beers - Chai Watchman Stout. This brew has some extra added flavor to spice up your holidays: cardamom, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. As the clock winds down to crunch time they have some cool new merchandise in the taproom for the beer geek in your life (maybe it's you!) Locally made IPA flavored Hop Candy from Hydro Hop Farms in Ft. Collins, City Star Beer Chocolates from Robin Chocolates, and beer flavored lip balm from the Sage Script Inst. in Longmont, CO. We also have some beer tasting notebooks so you can keep track of all those tasty beers you're going to try through the next year. They also have a great selection of City Star hats, t-shirts, and work shirts. Plus more hoodies and pearl snap Western shirts are arriving this week. It's also FREE BEER MONDAY. Fill a 64oz Growler and receive a free beer or beer nickel. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - This Friday, December 12th starting at 6pm, stop in for a special event to benefit CAREhouse Greeley, part of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. We all love our children and provide the best for them. Sometimes this becomes difficult for some in different situations. CAREhouse provides for these kids in tough times. Plan to join Broken Plow Brewery in helping them. Proceeds from this benefit will go to purchasing toys and other items for foster kids in this program. They deserve a happy time at Christmas. What's more.....they live right here in our own community. Come feast with some smoked turkey and food from Elements Wood Fired Oven - plus lots of fresh craft beer! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Pouring beginning TODAY in the taproom (and also over at William Oliver's Publick House, The Forge Publick House, The Laureate Publick House and Tap & Handle - is their new brew: Scottish Tradesman, a coconut porter. Come try this De-flippin'-licious brew. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing CO (Ft. Collins) - On Friday, December 12th, they'll be having their first annual ugly Christmas sweater party. Come and join in from noon until 9pm. All of the ugliest sweaters will be documented and entered into a raffle for a free growler and fill. Then, Snowbank Brewing has something special planned for next Monday, December 15th. Nuance Chocolate will be at the brewery at 6pm for their first chocolate and beer pairing! Tickets will be available for purchase for $14.50 at both Nuance Chocolate in Old Town and at the brewery starting this week. More details will be posted to their Facebook page by midweek. Taproom open til 6pm tonight. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For one long year, the 2013 vintage Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine bottles have rested in the dark 53 degree fahrenheit cellar of Patrick's waiting and developing. What would you ask them: Nice to see you, how have you fared? How has your oakiness, tobacco and vanilla evolved? Ask these questions and more tonight as they offer one bottle of the 2013, a 5oz pour of the 2014, and a commemorative glass for the sum of just $16. Share one bottle of 2013, two 5oz samples of the 2014 and two commemorative glasses with a friend for just $22. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at Berthoud Brewing... Wednesday is Wing Day from Origins Catering and Happy Hour all day. Thursday night is "Geeks Who Drink Trivia". Win some great prizes. On Friday, December 12th they will tap a new firkin - Cherry Bomb Christmas. It taps at 5pm. Then on Saturday, listen to live music with Heartwood Duo. And on Sunday, potluck dinner and the Broncos game. Bring a dish to share. Game starts at 2:05pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - This Wednesday, December 10th is another Bike to Work Day (semi-annual). If you ride your bike to the brewery that day you'll get to enjoy $4 pints from 3-8pm. Also, one of their neighbors, Recycled Cycles, is one of the breakfast stations in the morning, so be sure to stop by there on your way to work. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today they have Beaver patch Vanilla Pumpkin Ale on special. Buy 1 get 1 free pints & growlers until it's gone! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come by and visit Great Storm Brewing on Saturday, December 13th for their last event of the year. They'll be offering four brand new beers, each brewed by one of the members of their staff. Beers include: Scut Farkas Saison, a wine barrel-aged cranberry ginger saison. Factory Girl, a toffee porter. Ginger Beard Stout, a gingerbread stout. And, Nutty Professor, a raspberry cinnamon nut-brown ale. Plus, Thunderstroke Barleywine returns: a very high gravity sweet English ale aged all year in a Jack Daniels barrel. Beer-nogs available as well: add eggnog to any beer (they personally like it with the Rum Raisin Stout). AND, as if that wasn't enough, enter your most hideous holiday sweater into their ugly sweater contest! Wear your ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest, or funniest sweater for a chance to win prizes. Prizes include free beer, and a chance to develop and brew your own beer with their awesome brewers! Beers on tap at noon, prizes awarded by staff vote at 9 pm, must be present to win. [204 Mount View Ln Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - AdAmAn Holiday Ale is here! This year look for AdAmAn Spiced Ale in cans at your local liquor store, as well as on the Winter Beer Tour at all local Old Chicago Restaurants! Or get your growlers or Peak Cans of AdAmAn in their Monument Taproom! Available in 16oz cans (8.3% ABV). Also, come celebrate New Year's Eve 1980's style! On December 31st from 7pm til 1am, dress up in your best 80's prom outfits or as your favorite 80's pop icon. It's gonna be totally tubular man! There will be DJ's playing 80's music with dancing, fun retro video games, 3 Hundred Days of Shine Cocktails, food by High Grade and a great $22 all you can eat food buffet. Ring in the new year with a lot of fun, food, beer and friends! More info on their website: [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Coming later this month a new sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels - "End of the Beginning Vol. II", part of their Brewmaster's Blending Project. Available in bottles very soon. [106 E Village Terrace, Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Did you miss their tapping last Friday? Stop in and try their new Farmhouse Petite Fête. This is a Saison with cranberries, toasted pecans and fresh whole kumquats. This is a fall harvest rare brew. Coming up this Friday, December 12th at 5pm is the release of another beer: Sour Threads. Sour Threads is a 3 part blend of a barrel aged dark sour, a very old barrel aged Flemish brown, and their plucky Horkey Ale. It's heavy in oak, moderate in lacto, light in acetic, and surprisingly malty. Notes of golden raisin shine in a finish that is balanced in every aspect. This dark red blend is a single release that they will never again brew. Very rare, 6.6% ABV. More tappings coming soon - Bourbon Yo' Mammy on December 19th (5pm) and Cherry Awaken Stout on Christmas Eve (1pm). [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - There's a new IPA on tap - Quiera - a rich, exquisite, full-bodies American IPA. Stop in and embrace the hops and pair it with your favorite dish. Also, join in for an afternoon sampling beer and food from around the region as Taos Ski Valley presents the 19th Annual Brew Master's Festival on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 4:30-7pm. Admission is $25, includes souvenir sampling glass, food and fun! Tickets may be bought at the door the day of the event. The Brew Master's Festival is a 21 and over event. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Ever had a Mexican Hot Chocolate? Now imagine that as a firkin beer tapping! They'll tap a special Mexican Hot Chocolate firkin tonight at 5pm. It'll warm your soul. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

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