Monday, January 5, 2015

Colorado Beer News 010515

Colorado Beer NewsHappy New Year! Now that the holidays are over and while work is still somewhat quieted down, it's back to the daily ritual of posting Colorado Beer News once again. Sorry for being absent for the last 3 weeks. During 2015, there will be some changes coming to these news posts. For starters, the main focus of the blog will be on Colorado breweries along the front range from Castle Rock (south) to the northern border just above Fort Collins. Breweries in Colorado Springs (south) and the mountain breweries will have much less coverage as there's starting to be just way to many breweries to cover these days. Most of the updates will be centered on Northern Colorado. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, January 5th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Co - Head on down to Kokopelli Beer Company next weekend (January 10th and 11th) and help them celebrate their first anniversary! Here are some of the highlights to look forward to: 7 new beers will be tapped! Special 7 taster flight of all the new beers for $11. Musical entertainment periodically through the weekend. Giveaways and Merchandise specials. They thank you all for making their first year so special, and can't wait to spend the weekend celebrating with you! Also, Kokopelli is hiring for an experienced Cook. 28-32 hours a week. Weekends required. Kitchen experience is a must. Pizza making a huge plus. Call (303) 284-0135. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Colorado Plus - Get ready for Colorado Plus' Big Barrel Aged Beer Festival happening the weekend of January 16th. This mini-fest will feature a variety of barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts, Belgian Quads and Barley Wines from Avery Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing, Kannah Creek Brewing, Butcherknife Brewing, River North Brewing, Strange Craft, Rock Bottom Brewing, Elevation Brewing and many more! Stop by and order by the pint or get a taster tray. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co - [Newsletter] Renegade Brewing Company had a busy year in 2014, but they will not slow down in 2015. In fact, with a new production facility and an out-of-state market (Kansas) you can expect a number of changes to take place in this young brewery. Since opening in 2011, Renegade has released their Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout on New Year's Eve. The idea for the beer originated after Halloween 2011, when surplus candy was bought at a discount and brewery owner, Brian O'Connell, started experimenting on the pilot brew system. The brewery had only been open for a few months, but the Renegade taproom began receiving phone calls from folks across the state trying to get their hands on the brew. "That's when I knew it would be an annual tradition," says O'Connell. He started making plans to brew a larger batch that winter. In order to get enough peanut butter cups, Renegade orders in increments of 25 lbs. These are individually-wrapped gold foil cups. The process of unwrapping the cups is only part of the labor; as you can imagine it is a messy operation. The end result is an 11% Imperial Milk Stout which contains peanut butter cups, dehydrated peanut butter, and sea salt. Previously called Black Gold, this year the brew will debut under a new name: Depravity. Last week, Renegade taproom tapped the 4th year's brew of this big stout on December 31st. You can find it at select restaurants following this month. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project - [PRESS RELEASE] Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is expanding distribution of its wild and sour beers to Georgia and Connecticut, thanks to its distribution relationship with 12 Percent Imports (Brooklyn, NY). With adding these two new markets, Crooked Stave is now distributed throughout 5 different states through 12 Percent Imports. “We have a great relationship with Brian Ewing at 12 Percent Imports and we have a great admiration of what he has done within the craft beer world,” says Crooked Stave Owner/Head Brewer Chad Yakobson. “Thanks to Brian and his distribution network we are able to expand into new markets and bring our passion-driven beers to new drinkers.” Savannah Distributing will be handling distribution of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Georgia, while Northeast Distribution will manage statewide distribution in Connecticut with five initial offerings hitting these new markets: Vieille Artisanal Saison, Surette Provision Saison, St. Bretta Citrus Wildbier, Origins Burgundy Sour, and Nightmare on Brett, a dark sour aged in Leopold Brothers whiskey barrels. Growing out-of-state distribution is one of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project’s short-term goals as it expands production and moves brewing operations in-house. The brewery recently relocated its brewing equipment, including the coolship and 25-hectoliter brewhouse, from its taproom location at 3350 Brighton Blvd. in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood to its former Barrel Cellar location off of 46th and Pecos St. in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The location, now formerly known as the Barrel Cellar, is undergoing an expansion in order to house all brewing, barrel-aging and packaging under one roof, which will be a first for Crooked Stave. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] January’s themed cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be a coffee beer themed month using fresh coffee from Pablo’s coffee. Some of the beers include a Coffee Pumpkin Porter using Java beans, and the company’s signature brew, the Mexican Chocolate Stout, with Costa Rican coffee beans. Copper Kettle continues the tradition of having February be chocolate beer month, producing a fan favorite, the Cherry Chocolate Imperial Milk Stout. Other selections in the month of February include a Vanilla Chocolate Imperial Cream Ale and a Chocolate Hazelnut Peanut Butter Imperial Brown Ale. Next release this month is their Coffee Pumpkin Porter on Wednesday, January 7th.[1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

2015 Collaboration Fest - [PRESS RELEASE] The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) and Imbibe Events announced the return of Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest will take place during Colorado Craft Beer Week on March 21 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204). “Colorado currently has more than 200 operating craft breweries and these breweries were responsible for $826 million in revenue in 2013,” said Steve Kurowski, director of marketing of the CBG. “Collaboration Fest showcases how these breweries work together to strengthen the industry and why Colorado is the state of craft beer.” VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, is working with Imbibe Events and the Colorado Brewers Guild to promote the event to a regional and national audience in 2015. “Beer is in Denver’s DNA, and we want to help promote an event that will draw brewers, beer enthusiasts and visitors from around the nation to the Mile High City every year to taste one-of-a-kind, short term creations that will be here, and then gone,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER. Collaboration Fest will showcase the release of more than 50 Colorado collaboration beers. Each beer featured at Collaboration Fest is created by at least one CBG member, with other participating breweries from near and far, including breweries from other countries. Some collaborations will also feature more than five breweries. “This year’s festival included brews from all-female brewers to pairings from Ska and Nynashamns Angbryggeri, ” said Casey Berry, founder of Imbibe Events. “The brewers are already starting to out do themselves for next year’s festival. During GABF, TRVE Brewing Company brewed a German-style wit with The Bruery. This beer was fermented with two kinds of wild yeast and is currently being aged with Lactobacillus in Chardonnay barrels. ”

Great Divide Brewing Co - [Newsletter] Expansion Update - Building has finally commenced at the site of their future second home, and they can’t believe how fast it’s progressing. The packaging hall is going up now, and masonry on their Barrel Bar has also begun. Phase one of this project (which includes the canning line, kegging line, warehouse, and Barrel Bar) is right on track to be completed by summer of 2015. After that, it will be time to start working on phase two - the new brewery! Also, please welcome back to store shelves - Orabelle Belgian Style Ale, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, and Old Ruffian Barley Wine. These 3 Quarter 1 seasonals will be available January through March (while supplies last). [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Barley's Angels Colorado - [PRESS RELEASE] The New Year is often a time for people to explore a job change and seek new employment in an area that they’re passionate about. For those who are interested in jobs in craft beer or brewing, Barley’s Angels Colorado will be kicking off a job board on January 1st, 2015. The job board is located at www.barleysangelscolorado.com. A Longmont Times Call / Daily Camera survey published this fall, indicated that 34 percent of brewery employees in Boulder County are women and that this number is expected to grow. If this rate is similar to other areas on the Front Range, then there may be a need for a job board produced by women who are interested in craft beer and brewing. The job board is run by two Barley’s Angels volunteers and is designed to be simple. It lists available jobs, the breweries that is hiring for the job, and a link to the job description/application information. Any interested breweries or beer-related organizations that have a job to post are encouraged to contact Barley’s Angels with their job information at barleysangelscolorado@gmail.com.

Bull & Bush Brewery - Stop in for a taste of their new "Release the Hounds" Barleywine - 2014 Vintage - now available in bottles. Also every Friday in January is German Gravity Keg time! They're talking 20 liter gravity kegs - unfiltered, unpasteurized, traditional Franconian goodness, dispensed without artificial pressure or preservation of any kind. This is the way beer was enjoyed everywhere in the world until modernization/refrigeration/(insert curmudgeonly catchphrase here) made everything sterile and safe to consume! (they're kidding, you're safe). Coming up on January 9th is a tapping of: Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe Green Monkey Mandarina #1 starting at 11am. Then come back this Sunday night for movie night. This Sunday, January 11th at 9:30pm is the classic James Bond flick - "A View to a Kill". Popcorn will be served. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen - On Saturday, January 17th, they’re pulling three beers out of barrels and some of their brewery friends are joining the party as well! Guest breweries are: Dry Dock, Great Divide, Platt Park Brewing, Lone Tree Brewing, Downtown Denver Rock Bottom and Jagged Mountain! Yes, that means NINE barrel aged beers to choose from right here at Lowdown starting at 2pm! That’s some serious barrel-aged goodness. THey'll pour ‘em till the kegs are gone! [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Black Sky Brewery - Do you love pizza pie? Got some mad kitchen skillz? Then Black Sky Brewery is hiring experienced cooks. Full & part time positions available. Stop by the brewery and ask for Harry. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - It's Growler Monday! Come get that LTBC growler filled for tonight... remember they are closing promptly at 5pm TODAY so that they can celebrate the post holidays and the year with all of their employees! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co - [Newsletter] BSB will have an incredible, free live concert this Sat, Jan 10th at 7:00 pm in the tap room featuring Denver's own Glowing House. Here is a link to the Facebook event. In addition to the show, they are tapping a really unique collaboration beer between BSB and the band that will only be on tap this day! It’s no secret that they are big music advocates, especially when it comes to our local scene where the musical talent is overflowing. They had a successful summer of hosting concerts in their outside Beer Garden, as well as a unique lineup of solo and duo artists inside during the recent cold months. They've been anxious to get a full band inside our cozy taproom, which is why they are absolutely thrilled to announce that Glowing House will be doing a very special performance on January 10th! For those who don't know, Glowing House is a folk/rock band anchored by the local married duo Steve Varney and Jess Parsons. Their beautiful and original sound has been referred to as “hauntingly hopeful” and “enlighteningly sad”. They are a house favorite at BSB, and they couldn't be more excited to host this intimate performance! Expect a completely rearranged taproom, floor-pillow seating, and a special Glowing House/Black Shirt collaboration beer on tap. The concert is free and music begins at 7pm. Seating will be limited so be sure to come in early to secure a spot. This is a night not to miss! About the collaboration beer: After hanging out with the members of the band and getting to know their preferences, favorite flavor profiles, etc, they set out to make a beer that reflected Black Shirt's style as well as each member's favorite drinks. The result is a blend of barrel-aged Red Ales, along with 6 year old Cab Franc and 7 year old Merlot. If you didn't know, they were vintners before brewers and this project allowed them the opportunity to combine passions, tastes, preferences, and projects that have stretched out for some time. They guarantee you've never tasted anything like this...in a damn good way! [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co - On New Year's Day, Comrade Brewing tapped their latest beer - Yank Tank, an American Pale Wheat Ale. It's an updated take on the classic American wheat beer. This 5.3% ABV - 30 IBU session beer is loaded with Citra and Simcoe hops for a crisp and refreshing citrus finish. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste #F, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co - Have you heard the news about their new WonderCan pricing? To bring in the new year right, they are celebrating with special pricing for their beer to go! Get one 32oz WonderCan of any non-specialty beer for $11 or two for $17. And for speciality beers, get one for $13 and two for $21! Stop in tonight for Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 7:30pm and their Ping Pong Singles Tourney Tuesday night at 6:30pm. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

CODA Brewing Co - Tapping fresh today: Covalent Double IPA. This big brew weighs in at 9.8% ABV and has 100+ IBUs! Citra forward and extremely fresh. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]
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Boulder County

Boulder Beer Company - Announcing the return of Mojo Risin' Double IPA! Released annually in January, Mojo Risin' double IPA is a souped-up, extreme version of the one and only Mojo IPA. They added more than a half ton of extra malt and twice the amount of Amarillo hops, so be prepared for a full sensory explosion. The double dry-hopped addition elevates the grapefruit-like aroma and flavor to an outrageous intensity, while the added malt raises the alcohol level to over 10% by volume. Also, they're two months into Slope Style Winter IPA season, their brand new Red IPA for the cold weather months, and it's flying off the shelves! If you haven't tried it yet, have no fear - this isn't just a holiday beer! Slope Style will be around through March, so ask for it at your local retailer while the snow flies. Lastly, Team Trivia is back! Join in each and every Wednesday at 7pm. Show off your smarts and win some awesome prizes! Be sure to arrive early to secure a table. Teams are limited to 8 people. The season will run through early February. The grand prize is $250 to the pub PLUS a keg of your choice! (Excluding limited release and high gravity brews.) [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Very Nice Brewing Co - Can't get enough of the holiday spirit(s)? Come try a glass of their Very Nice Holiday Cheer - a spiced beer with spruce tips, pine needles, orange zest and cinnamon. Stop in this Wednesday for Vinyl Night from 6-8pm - BYO vinyl music to play. Plus, this Wednesday is also Euchre night at 8pm. Live music in the taproom this Friday from 7-10pm also. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Avery Brewing Co - Now available - the return of "Joe's Premium American Pilsner". A sessionable pilsner (4.7% ABV) loaded down with hops. Now in stores. And also, look for the return of Avery's "Collaboration Not Litigation Ale" later this month. It's an agreement between Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing who both came up with a beer named "Salvation". Rather than sue each other, they decided to jointly to mix Avery's Belgian-style Golden Ale with Russian River's Strong Dark Ale. Soon to be on shelves in 19 states. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing - Do you love craft beer, food, brewery tours and craft beer art? Join the Pink Boots Society and Twisted Pine for a Fundraiser on Saturday, January 17th from 12pm to 6pm in the Twisted Pine taproom. They will be tapping a special collaboration brew and will be pairing that with some fantastic food. Get an exclusive brewery tour. Limited edition apparel and posters will be available. Tickets are $25 for this event. For $35 you'll get a ticket and a limited edition t-shirt. Get tix online at twistedpinebrewing.com/shop. Also, don't miss their special 7-year vertical tasting of their Northstar Imperial Porter on Thursday, January 15th from 5pm to 7pm. Get your $45 tickets online. [3201 Walnut St, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing - Thursday nights at 12Degree Brewing is the place to be through the end of February for their Thursday Night Concert Film Series. The music concert films are FREE and start at 8pm each Thursday. This week, January 8th is a concert film with Pink Floyd: Pulse Live in London. Grab a brew and watch & listen to some of your favorite classic groups. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co - Come help celebrate the new year on January 13th at their taproom. They'll be releasing a new beer AND will host Trivia Tuesday as well. They'll open at 3pm. Don't miss out. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]
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Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] On December 19, 20 & 21, Odell Brewing celebrated the return of its winter-spring seasonal, Runoff Red IPA. Runoff follows Isolation Ale as part of the brewery’s seasonal six pack series and just received the Gold Award for American-style Amber/Red Ales at the 2014 World Beer Cup®. Runoff is named for the crisp, clean, Rocky Mountain snowmelt that is key to not only the brewing process, but also to the local ecology. Brewed with a robust malt bill, Runoff boasts a rich malt backbone and a bright garnet color. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous variety of American hops, giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character. Runoff is also available in the Winter-Spring Montage Variety Pack. The seasonal 12 pack also features the brewery’s flagships 90 Shilling and IPA, as well as the latest Roots Release brew, Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale. First introduced in early 2014, Wolf Picker is named in honor of the hop growing community and the harvesting rig many use. Each year, the brew is crafted with the same malt base but with new and unique varieties of hops. Some of the varieties are so new, they’re not even named yet. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Odell Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] In January, Odell Brewing will release the second edition of its Fernet Aged Porter, a rich imperial porter aged in retired Leopold Bros. Fernet barrels. “Fernet Aged Porter is thin yet dark, a deep ebony liquid beneath a sandy tan head composed of large, fragile bubbles that pop away rather quickly giving up beautiful aromatics as it does,” said Zachary Fowle in his review for the Phoenix New Times. “Chocolate is noticeable foremost, in multiple forms. Herbal mint, anise, and alcohol swirl in the background.” Fernet is a dark minty liqueur made with herbs & spices and aged in oak barrels. Leopold Bros. has crafted its own unique recipe which includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and peppermint. “Our Fernet is the most bitter type of Amaro (Italian word for bitter) that is prepared by steeping various botanicals, with a large proportion of bitter roots, in spirit,” said distiller Todd Leopold, “so far as we are aware, it is the first of its kind produced in America since well before Prohibition.” Fernet Aged Porter is offered in 750 ml, cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution area. Odell Brewing will offer tap room guests a sneak peek of Fernet Aged Porter on December 26-28. Guests can enjoy samples of the brew and purchase bottles in advance of the market wide release. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery - The brewery just celebrated their 1st anniversary on December 31st, 2014 and release a new Anniversary Amber Ale. While you may have missed their anniversary and New Years Eve party, there's still plenty of their Anniversary Ale to go around. Stop by for a taste. [4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO]

Loveland Colorado Breweries - [PRESS RELEASE] The nation’s “Sweetheart City,” Lovela​n​d, Colo. will announce its 2015 Valentine’s Day activities on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. WHAT: The launch of Loveland, Colo.’s 2015 valentine season. Since 1947, Loveland has been home to the nation’s largest Valentine Re-mailing Program, which reaches all 50 states and more than 110 countries. Loveland transforms into the Sweetheart City during February, with romantic heart-shaped love notes dotting the streets, local craft brews transformed into love potion and romantic sentiments weaved throughout events and activities. The chamber of commerce, Miss Loveland Valentine Ellen Colpitts, the Loveland Post Office and various community representatives will unveil the official Loveland valentine card, cachet stamp and verse, cancellation stamp, valentine coffee and beer available only in Loveland, as well as announce the dates for the 2015 Valentine Re-mailing Program and Valentine’s Day overnight tourism packages. WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 10 a.m. WHERE: Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO 80538.

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern - [PRESS RELEASE] FCB (Fort Collins Brewery) is excited to release its brand new seasonals, Black Sheep, Black IPA and FCB Hefeweizen beginning January, 2015. Standing apart from the herd, Black Sheep, Black India Pale Ale is a result of fortunate contradiction. FCB’s newest 4-pack seasonal is an elegantly 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. Stats: ABV: 6.8%, IBU: 45, SRM: 70. True to German style brewing techniques, FCB’s Hefeweizen has an aroma of citrus and spice that come alive with robust flavors of bready wheat and sweet malt. A hazy golden hue and refreshing finish, this 6-pack seasonal bids a goodbye to winter and a nod to the first taste of spring. Stats: ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 15, SRM: 5. Black Sheep, Black IPA and FCB Hefeweizen will be available to FCB’s distribution footprint in bottles and on draft. Hefeweizen will also be part of FCB’s Seasonal Brewer’s Lunch Box, a variety 12-pack. Also, coming to the Taproom on January 9th is "Dark & Stormy", a German-style Dunkelweizen (Colorado only). [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks - Two new beers to look forward to this month. On Saturday, January 10th, they will release "Pale Ryder", a Rye Belgian Pale Ale (6.0% ABV). They wanted to brew a beer that was spicy and burly like Clint Eastwood. Brewed with 40 percent malted Rye to give ample amounts of rye character with a thick and smooth mouth feel. They added a host of fruit forward hops to balance out the spiciness of the rye and to compliment the Belgian yeast strain. Notes of peach, passion fruit, pepper and pumpernickel. Pairs well with spaghetti westerns. Then at the end of the month on January 31st, Funkwerks will release a Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadruple Ale (11.5% ABV). Their Belgian-style Quadrupel, which was inspired by the Trappist breweries of Belgium, sat in bourbon barrels for a year allowing the unique flavors of oak and bourbon from the barrels to meld with their base beer. Notes of spicy vanilla oak, caramel, dark fruit and hints of bourbon. Pairs poorly with New Years resolutions. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Real Ale - Real Love Firkin Festival - It's Northern Colorado's first Firkin Festival! Loveland breweries - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Verboten Brewing have teamed up with Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Conference Center to host a special firkin & cask event set for Saturday, January 24th from 4pm to 8pm. This unique festival showcases one-off beers by the best local breweries. The event is a smaller, more intimate beer festival with representatives from the Northern Colorado brewing community. Food and music will round out the evening's entertainment. Tickets are limited - buy them online today starting at $40 each and $50 for VIP. [5542 E US Hwy 34, Loveland, CO]

Max/Transfort & 4 Ft. Collins area Breweries - The MAX/Transfort and 4 local breweries have created a fun and safe partnership! Starting this year, 2015, you can pick up a Transfort - Breweries Partnership Card at any of the 4 cooperating breweries (Pateros Creek, Black Bottle Brewery, 1933 Brewing Company, and Zwei Bruder) or at any of the Transfort Transit Centers. Once you collect a stamp from each brewery on your card, you get a chance at a monthly drawing to win a free growler fill from each brewery. Also, you can turn in your card to any of the Transit Centers and receive a FREE monthly pass! What a fun and safe way to enjoy craft beer and an awesome new transit system in this beautiful City of Fort Collins. We are proud and honored to be partnering with MAX/Transfort. More details at ridetransfort.com or call (970) 221-6620.

City Star Brewing - City Star loyalists! Today is FREE BEER MONDAY. Fill a 64oz growler and they'll give you a free beer or a beer nickle to use at a later visit. Just another reason why Monday's aren't all bad. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

New Belgium Brewing - Introducing their new seasonal brew - Portage Porter. A great porter just feels right in your hand. And carrying a glass of Portage Porter is no different. An opaque, brown pour, this beer presents with coffee and chocolate aromas, with hints of toast and smoked almonds. The taste follows suit, adding an upfront sweetness and a slight, roasty bitterness to back it up. Creamy and wonderful, this porter sips a medium body and finishes dry and delightful. Portage Porter carts itself towards perfection. Just tip your glass and keep smiling. Available now in 12oz 6-pack bottles and draft - January 2015. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - This week at Berthoud Brewing: Tuesday: 2-9 Fill your growler on Tuesday and get a free pint! Wednesday: 2-9 Wings from Origins Catering and $1 off Happy Hour ALL day! Thursday: Open 2-9pm. Friday: 2-10 Firkin Friday! This week they will tap a Cask Conditioned Farmhouse RyePA at 5:00pm! Saturday: 2-10pm NFL Playoff game! Ravens vs. Patriots will be on at 2:35pm. Stick around for great music at 5:00 with Heartwood Duo! Sunday: 1-9pm NFL Playoff game! Our Broncos vs. Colts will be on at 2:40pm. Wear your Bronco gear for $1 off drinks! [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Join in tonight at 7:00pm for NoCo Geeks Who Drink Trivia. The Quizzin Bears are on a 2-week win streak. Come get your geek on and see if you have what it takes to beat them. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - Escape from the wind and stop in the taproom today for a growler / growlette special. Get $2 off growler fills all day today. Stock up for these winter days. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - Interested in playing darts in a league? Stop in this Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for the Winter Dart League sign-up and info meeting. Darts and beer just seem to go together. The cost for the league is $10 per person (2 person teams) and you will get a pizza party and specially tapped beers at the end of the league. Play cricket, shanghai, 501, 301 and other dart games. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]
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Other Colorado Beer News

Bristol Brewing's 11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous - Saturday, February 21st, 2015 2-5pm (VIP 1-5pm). Bristol Brewing Company presents the 11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous, a cask ale celebration to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Saturday, February 21, in the fermentation room at Bristol Brewing Company. 35 Colorado breweries will share cask conditioned ales of goodness. Cask conditioning of ales is a traditional British style of brewing that originated centuries ago when publicans lived above their pubs and made a life’s work out of tending their beers. Cask ales are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask, the ‘Firkin’ being the British cask size most commonly used. $60 VIP Admission at 1 p.m. (Early access & collectible t-shirt included) $35 General Admission from 2-5 p.m. Tickets available at TicketFly.com.

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