Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Christmas Card Day and also #ColoradoGivesDay. It's essentially a reminder that the big holiday is just over 2 weeks away and if you want everyone to receive your holiday card this year before the actual holiday then today might be a good day to get those cards and letters out in the mail. Granted, in today's society, holiday greetings can be sent electronically and can be received instantly. But, if you still are a bit traditional, snail mail is the old traditional holiday method of sending out holiday greetings. Get writing soon! Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, December 9th, 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

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Rock Bottom is serving up Gingerbread Cookies with the release of their Baltic Gnome Porter tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Stop by Rock Bottom on your way home for a little tasty treat. Of course it's okay to have dessert before dinner. Besides, it won't spoil your appetite - it will just "tide you over" until you get home. [1001 16th St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - Tomorrow, December 10th (Wednesday) Barrels & Bottles will be releasing their "Lil' Gin IPA" from their Barrel-Ade Rotation. This is an American Pale Ale brewed and dry-hopped with Chinook hops and aged in an Agave gin barrel from State-38 Distilling in Golden. Stats: 5% ABV and 55 IBUs. Come taste one! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Several upcoming events at Epic Brewing. This Saturday, December 13th from noon to 3pm is "A Day With Santa". Get your photos taken with Santa. Embrace your inner child as you pose in front of their foeders with Santa while having a beer. Photos are $5 and come in a nifty Santa card. Get a FREE photo with Santa when you use their laptop there to purchase tickets to their 2nd Annual Holiday Brunch on December 28th. Tix are $35 all inclusive price. Food provided by Big Kiwi Eats. And then coming up in the new year on January 24th is their "Brewed - a coffee and beer workshop". Join brewers and coffee roasters for a discussion on coffee, beer and the confluence of the two. After the discussion, you get to have fun creating your own blends of various coffees and beers to find your favorite combinations. More info at: brewed.nightout.com. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - In honor of the boss's birthday this week, today you can get $2.00 off all 64oz growler fills all day long. Plus, get 20% off all shirts. Mention her birthday and get a free taster. Guess her age get another free taster - only 1 guess and no cheating. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday, they'll pour Avarice (Imperial Stout) three ways: classic, Trappist-style and ESB-style! That way, you can taste how different yeast strains affect the same base beer! First pours at 3pm. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland gift cards have arrived at the brewery and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than with a gift card good for BEER?! Ask your beertender during your next visit for one or more and take home something that is sure to make your loved ones smile. They also have a limited amount of the 2015 Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Pin Up Calendar available! Find thei very own WonderCrew member in the calendar as Miss March. And finally, did you hear about the brand new Whole Foods just east of Wonderland? They are making Wonderland Brats with local Berkshire Pork and Wonderland Dubbel. Go on, get your brat on! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - American Honey Wheat is now on tap! Made with local honey, this big wheat beer clocks in at 6.25% ABV and has a crisp finish. Perfect on a sunny day regardless of temperature. Stop in today and enjoy a pint. Open til 6:30pm. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Asher Brewing Company is turning 5 years old and they will celebrate with a 5th Anniversary Extravaganza this Saturday, December 13th from 2pm to 12am. Your $35 entry fee includes all you can eat & drink - including a pig roast from Powell Farms, a photobooth, live music from Naan Stop, a commemorative koozie for the first 100 guests, a charity raffle and great all organic beers from Asher Brewing. Buy tickets online at asherbrewing.com. Since opening in November 2009, Asher Brewing Co has been dedicated to providing world class beer to beer drinkers in the Boulder area using only the best, all-organic ingredients. Five years later, the company is still Colorado's first and only all-organic brewery. "Better ingredients make better beer." Click on the poster image for more info. [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Congrats to Left Hand Brewing Company. They received another honor this last week in the form of their 5th Gold Award and 7th overall European Beer Star award. Their Milk Stout won it's 5th gold in recent years. Cheers! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Upslope encourages everyone to check out the Colorado charities online and donate to your favorite today! They're choosing to donate to the Emergency Family Assistance Association with their "Cans for Cans Food Drive" that kicks off today until Christmas Eve at both tap rooms. For every 2 CANS OF FOOD you donate, you'll receive 1 CAN OF BEER*! *Limit 1 six pack per person. Valid only for 12 oz. core styles. For take-home consumption. Also - It's stout season! Get ready to cozy up with their Limited Release Foreign Style Stout, hitting shelves the week of December 15 in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Wyoming. Lastly, get ready for their Tacky Sweater Party coming up Tuesday, December 16th from 6-9pm. There they will have a tapping of the Upslope Limited Release Christmas Ale at 6:30pm. Prizes for the top 3 tackiest sweaters. Bring a gift for Toys for Tots and donate it and get an Upslope Pint Glass. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Enjoy $3.50 pints of any year-round beer all night tonight and every Tuesday. Open 4pm to 9pm today. Enjoy Happy Hour with Wild Woods. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - It's Funkwerks' 4th Anniversary today! Come celebrate with them, all day. New beer release and your first 1/2 glass of Paisley is on the house! Paisley is their new Brett Saison Ale and is the culmination of all their knowledge and experience with using Brettanomyces. Paisley is a unique type of Saison fermented with one Sacchromyces and two Brettanomyces yeast strains that showcase the tropical fruit esters produced by Brettanomyces. A cornucopia of distinctive hop varieties were added to compliment the Brett including El Dorado, New Zealand Rakau, Australian Galaxy, and Amarillo hops. Also, look forward to Saturday, December 20th when they will release their Barrel-Aged Deceit Belgian-style golden ale. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months to 2 years and is a deceptively smooth brew. Aromas of fresh apple and crisp white wine. Spicy notes compliment the complex characteristics pulled from the oak barrels. And that's not all, their last release of the year happens on Saturday, December 27th with the release of QUAD, a Belgian-style quadruple ale. Big and bold at 10% ABV with dark fruity aromas of raisins and plums. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Two brews are coming out this week that you won't want to miss. On Wednesday, December 10th at 5pm, they'll tap a firkin of a Blackberry Vanilla Red Ale. This is an easy drinking red ale with a touch of vanilla and blackberries added in the secondary. Then on Thursday, December 11th, it's the return of their award winning "Windsor's Wee Heavy". This is a strong Scottish ale (9% ABV) and has pronounced roasted malt and caramel flavors. Perfect for the holiday season. But that's not all - get ready for "The Dark Days" on December 20th when they will be pouring 6 different stouts including: Candy Cane Stout, Belgian Stout, Chocolate Habanero Stout, Dry-Hopped Stout, Vanilla Stout, and a Hazelnut Espresso Stout. Embrace the Dark! Don't forget also - food trucks available Friday through Sunday and live music Friday and Saturday nights. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Zwei Bruder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget! Tomorrow night, Wednesday December 10th is their big "Nachtbierfest" at the brewery where they will be tapping 5 new biers starting at 5pm. In addition to the 5 new biers, they will have live music from Neue Pola Colorado (at 6pm) and will also have German-style food available from Taps Food Truck. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County and receive 1 raffle tickets per canned food item donated. Raffle drawings for prizes between band performances. Come get a taste of these new biers: Doppelbock, Vienna Lager, RoggenLager, Strong Man Bourbon Barrel Aged Weizenbock and their HopfenPilz. Be sure to say hi to Zwei Bruder at the upcoming Fort Collins Festivus on Friday, December 12th at YendraBuilt from 6pm to 10pm. [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The brewery will be hosting some fun and festive events coming up in the next few weeks. Their ugly sweater party this Saturday, December 13th, is a great chance to dig through your closet or hit up the thrift store for a 'unique' sweater. There will be some great examples of past fashion trends on display. Next weekend, on December 20th, they'll be celebrating the shortest day of the year with their Winter Solstice party on Saturday night. This event will also be their release party for their Darkest Day Ale, a chocolate Coconut Porter. Also, plan to attend their New Year's Eve party - lots of fun & treats planned. Plus, on January 9th look forward to the release of their small-batch Sorachi Ace IPA! [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today in the taproom you can now get their popular Angry Banjo in 22oz bottles! December is the month of collaborations at Verboten! Last week, they brewed a collaboration with Black Bottle Brewery - a Black Wit with Cuties, called I'm On a Boat. Look for that beer at Black Bottle's anniversary celebration. Soon, Verboten will be brewing a very special collaboration with Odell Brewing Co - details to come, but it should be A-MAZING. And later in the month is their collaboration with their friend Matt from London, and The Mayor of Old Town. They are planning on doing a Imperial Pennsylvania Swanky that they will age in a Absinthe Barrel. Look for these great beers in their taproom or at your favorite local breweries and pubs soon. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Get ready for another "Twice As Nice Tuesday" Quizmaster Entertainment trivia night and potluck beginning at 6:30pm. Bring your most prized appetizer, entrée, side dish or dessert to share with your fellow trivia players and Crabtree friends. Quizmaster Entertainment will provide disposable plates, napkins and utensils. And don't forget to fill your name in on the DEER-FIELD BOARD. For every pint or taster tray you purchase, you get to sign your name in a numbered space. When the board is filled, they'll draw a number and if your name is in it, you win the prize! They'll also be having another super crazy minute to win it competition after round 4. Last Tuesday, Dave Esquivel won a growler for the Snowball Guess and team JUST HERE FOR THE BEER won the Snowman Poo Minute competition. NERD HERD, ROOFIED JELLO POPS and SOBCHACK SECURITY knew the most about all things snowy. So clear your calendar and be sure to attend "Twice as Nice Tuesdays" TONIGHT, there's something fun going on for everyone! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - On the first day of "The 12 Days of Christmas Grimm Style", the brewery gave to me... Happy hour prices all day long with the purchase of any Grimm Brothers glassware. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - #ColoradoGiveDay is here and they are donating 20% of all pints sold in the taproom today to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Tuesday special - get 2 bucks off growler and snarler fills today. Coming up on Friday, December 12th - a Benefit Christmas Feast at 6pm with smoked turkey (you provide the sides). All turkeys were locally grown here in Greeley and fed with spent Broken Plow grains. Elements Wood Fired Oven there be on site Wednesday which is also Trivia night (7pm). [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - It's Tuesday and they still have a great variety of beer. Come try one of these currently tapped brews: IPA Freely, Orange Blossom APA, Bent Rail Pale Ale, Bob's Your Dunkel, Kendellicious Amber, Medly's Irish Red, Imperial Stout, Milli Vanilli Porter, Wee Heavy and Red Light Blonde. Open today 3pm to 9pm. [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Come enjoy a dollar off Blue Nose brown all day and welcome Vladi's food truck to the brewery! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Time once again for another Brewmaster's Special Stash release. Today at 5pm they will release "Maple Pecan Imperial Brown Ale". This is a rare and special 5 gallon-only batch. They'll sell $5 half-pints while it lasts. Pair it with your favorite Dillon Dam dish. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - It's ‪#‎ColoradoGivesDay‬! They're donating 10% of merchandise sales to the La Plata County Humane Society. (online and in our Tasting Room). And meet Prince, their sponsored 12 Dog Days of Christmas pooch. They'll be walking him around town this Thursday. He needs to find his forever home. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Come by the Taproom, try any new item from our CAN-tina menu (tacos, tortas, burritos), and get some CANS ~ $1.50 off each 6-pk of River Runners Pale Ale... Time to stock up! (Same visit only, no quantity limit). [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - [PRESS RELEASE] Crazy Mountain Brewing Company announces the release of “Snowcat Coffee Stout”, a 5.9% ABV coffee stout available in a six-pack of 12 ounce cans. This is one of the few coffee stouts ever to be released in cans in the US. This winter seasonal style is an ode to our local Vail/Beaver Creek snowcat drivers - The Midnight Marauders - who flatten snow in the wee hours, as they ascend without fear into the darkness, living in a world of powder. If it weren't for these colorful characters, our ski runs would not be groomed to perfectly executed corduroy in time for First Chair. Crazy Mountain teamed up with local favorite, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company to take artisanal roasted coffee and brew it into a stout made up of a complex blend of roasted malts. Unlike other coffee stouts, Crazy Mountain uses real ground coffee beans during the brewing process, infusing the beer with a small amount of caffeine to give a quick energy boost. Get a caffeine buzz and a beer buzz in one drink! Crazy Mountain and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company produced a beer someone can enjoy in the morning or evening - Avanti or Apres. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Alert: cases and cases of their Belgian Farmhouse Saison will soon be released for the holidays. Sure to warm you up by the fire. Also, limited stock of their 10th Mountain Stout (imperial stout) are now available. Get some in bottles while it lasts. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

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