Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Colorado Beer News 010615

Colorado Beer NewsThe winds of winter are blowing hard these days. Good thing there's plenty to great Colorado craft beer to go around. Stay warm by stocking up on your favorite local brews. There's plenty of great drinking places around the Front Range and Fermentedly Challenged has some tips on where you can go to find the best brews and deals. Can't find a place near you? Check the Colorado brewery maps for a spot near you. There's always something new popping up nearly every week these days. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, January 6th, 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

Hops & Pie - Their "Tuesday 23" deal is on today. Get 2 drafts and an 18" 2-topping pie for $23. New on tap today: Atropos from Fate Brewing, Blue Law Porter from Epic Brewing and Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe - Tip of the Day: So what's in a beer glass? Besides beer of course? Once the beer hits the glass, its color, aroma & taste is altered. Some scientific studies suggest the shape of glassware will impact head development & retention. Many believe using the correct glass is considered to improve its flavor. So drink your beer the way it was meant to be drank & join in at their Colfax or Westminster location for Keep the Glass Night - tonight! Westminster 6:30pm w/DeKoninck. Colfax 7pm w/ Left Hand Brewing Company Fade to Black. Both locations while supplies last! [534 E Colfax Ave (Denver) & 14694 Orchard Pkwy #700 (Westminster)]

Blue Spruce Brewing - Tonight is Trivia Tuesday starting at 6:00pm. Come early to get a great seat to view one of their three TVs that will be displaying the questions. It's your chance to win some great Blue Spruce prizes. Trivia always goes better with fresh craft beer. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co - Their first brewery event of the year will be a Comedy night! THey did this comedy night for the very first time in December and it was such a huge hit that they have decided to make it a monthly event! The laughs start at 8pm on Friday January 9th. They are very excited to be teaming up with the local comic and pairing these local laughs with some local craft beer. Comedy talent includes: Sam Tallent, Kristen Rand, Andy Sell, Christie Buchele, Brett Hiker and hosted by Steve Vanderploeg. Free to attend. Drink a beer or two and laugh it up this Friday. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - January is Coffee Cask Beer Month at CKBC. Every Wednesday in January they'll tap a different coffee beer. This Wednesday, January 9th stop in to taste their "Coffee Pumpkin Porter" cask. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden - It's that time of the week again - POKER NIGHT! Come try your hand at the Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden. Signups start at 6:30pm and the games will begin at 7:00pm. Nightly prizes will be awarded to the top finishers! Enjoy a beer and don't forget to put on your poker face. [4995 Argonne St, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - Nature's Educators will be joining everyone in the tasting room tonight from 4:30-7:00pm! Please stop by to see some of their amazing animals and enjoy a cold beer! All of your purchases help this small organization to continue their important mission of educating the public about these amazing wild creatures! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern - The rumors are true! Starting this Wednesday, January 7 @ 7pm, they will be holding a weekly Cards Against Humanity tournament! Great prizes to be won! Great beers to be drank! Great pizza to nom, nom, nom! Also don't forget the bluegrass jam on Tuesday's with members of Gone Before They Got Here! Happy hour everyday 'til 6 and all day Sunday! [5610 Yukon St, Arvada, CO]

Broken Spine Brewing - This brewery-in-planning has been busy putting out beers that have appeared recently at local Denver events. They will be releasing their Roggenbier on Saturday, January 17th at Grandma's House (brewery) in Denver. Also, they now have stickers available for their upcoming brewery. Get one for free at the beer release. [Coming soon to: 1710 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - They'll be tapping their thus-far unnamed Belgian Blonde again this Wednesday, January 7th. Friday the 9th is the day for another new Belgian release - Black Rye-day was brewed by their staff on Black Friday and is a Rye-heavy dark Belgian. They'll be closed on Saturday so that their staff can attend the Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines festival in Vail. [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery - [PRESS RELEASE] The patriarch of River North’s renowned series of barrel-aged Quadrupels, Whiskey Barrel Quandary, will return from its year-long sabbatical in just a few weeks’ time. Jealousy was running high after the celebrated October debut of the now infamous Big City Quad, aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. But now Whiskey Barrel Quandary has been resurrected to claim its rightful place on the throne of River North Quads. This 100% barrel-aged behemoth returns to the River North taproom Saturday, January 17th at 1pm! “This is one of my favorite bottles to crack when hosting friends,” Founder and Brewmaster Matt Hess said. “It’s a beer for special occasions.” A blend of Quandary aged in rye and bourbon barrels, Whiskey Barrel Quandary bursts with notes of ripe plum, rye whiskey spice and a malty, bourbon-infused kick. Finishing at 12.7% ABV, this beer can be savored now or cellared for years. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. With 120 cases total, bottles will cost $15 with a half-case limit. More cases will ship to stores in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release. This release marks the beginning of a big year for River North. Look for their annual Anniversary Ale in February, and a new farmhouse ale in 16-ounce cans in March.


Boulder County

Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery - Rumor has it (and is now confirmed) that this small Nederland brewery & restaurant is up for sale. A notice was emailed to Fermentedly Challenged on Sunday with the following statement: "Brewery-restaurant in highly desirable foothills mountain community. The facility was planned and constructed for the brewery and restaurant, and is included in the sale. Established clientele and stable income stream with many opportunities to grow the business. This is a rare opportunity to step into an established and desirable business. Brewery is acclaimed for its variety of beer offerings and the restaurant for its tasty food prepared on-site in the custom built smokehouse. There is a wide variety of indoor and outdoor dining, bar and entertainment spaces within the facility and on the expansive deck overlooking the surrounding mountain terrain. Craft beer is brewed on-site and is not yet but could be distributed throughout the metro area." - Interested parties are asked to contact Henry Tiberi at (303) 271-1010 or Email: htiberi[at]frontrangebusiness.com. [70 East First St, Nederland, CO]

J Wells Brewery - In celebration of getting their State of Colorado Alcohol Beverage License renewed for another year today - J WellS Brewery is offering $2 pints of defense, all day today. Also, mark your calendars for this Friday, January 9th all day for their Second Anniversary Party starting at 12:00pm. Featuring: Barrel aged Hop Haze release, Barrel aged Lig Ts Out bottle release, only 5 cases! Heirloom food truck will be on site serving food! DJ Drew will spin the latest digital vinyl. Plus all sorts of high jinks, shenanigans, and skullduggery! [2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues - Tasty Weasel Taproom - Oskar the gRauch (Smoked IPA) is available now in the taproom. Brewed with their dudes from Ska Brewing, this Smoked #‎IPA‬ has aromas of freshly-peeled orange and apricots with a touch of smoke. Juicy citrus and fruit flavors dominate but don’t overpower the slightly sweet malt structure. Finish is all citrus rind ping-ponging with some smoky phenols. Available in cans for their take-home pleasure. Also, they're amped for their ‪#Pinner Throwback IPA Release Party‬ this Saturday (January 10th 1-5pm) & they want everyone to have a mutha fuh-CAN good time! So they're hookin' ‪‎Boulder‬ locals up with a free ride to and from The Tasty Weasel. The OB trolley will be pickin' up at the World Famous Dark Horse at 2:30pm and heading back to Boulder at 7:00pm. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery - The brewery is teaming up with Knock On Wood Smokehouse to bring you a new beer and delicious smoked food every Thursday during January! First up, this Thursday 1/8: Cask of Dessert Porter with chocolate and hazelnuts. 1/15: Cherry Wheatwine, 1/22: Cask of Wildflower Pale with hibiscus and rose, & 1/29: Imperial Stout flight featuring several versions of Black Smoke. Make Thursday nights in the 'Woods part of your Winter routine. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Walnut Brewery - Get ready for a year of excitement as they celebrate 25 years of being Boulder's original brewpub. This Thursday they are tapping their famous Sub Zero Winter Ale. THey will be handing out free pints of Sub Zero Winter Ale from 6:00pm - 6:30pm to anyone that would like to taste this classic brew. [1123 Walnut St, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing - Studio yoga is so 2014. Ever done yoga in a brewery? Join in tonight at the brewery for brewhouse yoga led by Jenna Bee starting at 6pm. $15 includes an hour of yoga and a craft beer after. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]


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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Deal of the Day - Burrito BOGO starts today! Buy a burrito at the Big City Burrito-LOVELAND and receive a coupon for a BOGO pint. Bring your burrito over and enjoy a pint while you eat. Grimm Bros will be open from 2-8pm today. Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be there at 6pm too. Also, you can join in today for Happy Hour from 5-8pm and get $3 pints all night. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing - Interested in brewing your own beer? There will be a Homebrew meeting tonight in the brewery at 6:30pm. Bring in some of your own homebrew (if you have some) and meet other people that share your passion for brewing. This month's theme is Brown Ales. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Funkwerks - If you've got a Funkwerks Bottle Stamp Card then you know that Tuesdays are Double Stamp day in the taproom. Buy a bottle and get two stamps. Collect stamps for great discounts. Their bottle cooler is stocked full today. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery - With all of the snow we've had lately, it's about time to have a little warmer. How about their new firkin beer tapping - "The Nutwarmer". This is a 10.5% barleywine that was aged on caramelized hazelnuts. There are subtle cinnamon notes and mellow sweetness that's sure to keep you warm during cold winter days and nights. It taps January 7th at 5pm. Then be sure to stop back in on Thursday, January 8th for the release of "Dr. Pat's #18 IPA". Your favorite High Hops IPA is now dry-hopped with even more Cascade at the end of the boil. Food trucks on site Thursday through Sunday and live music Friday and Saturday night. [6461 Hwy 392 Windsor, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town - The Mayor welcomes Horse & Dragon Brewing Company in tonight to talk to their Men's and Women's beer clubs! You will be trying flights of their beers including a coffee infused version of their double IPA and a barrel aged barley wine. Join in at 6pm for the Men and 6:45pm for the women. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - Get your own Brix Box today. On sale now with details on their website. $120 for a single with about 20 boxes remaining and $225 for a double with 2 remaining. 4 free oz. with every beer pour if you're a box holder. Many other extras included including your own 20oz glass, 20% off Brix merchandise, a Brix Box Member party and half off your first growler fill of a Brix brew! Year long membership starts at their grand opening or your purchase date if after. Find the link on their Facebook page! Opening very soon with 60 Colorado beer taps in downtown Greeley. [813 8th St, Greeley, CO]

Zwei BrĂ¼der Brewing - Don't forget to bring in your growlers today from 1pm to 4pm and get $3 off fills from 1-2pm, $2 off from 2-3pm and $1 off from 3-4pm. Missed it? It'll be back next week. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern - Celebrate the seasonal releases of Hefeweizen and Black Sheep, Black IPA with them on Friday, January 9th with a fun Kick the Keg competition!! Starting at 5pm in FCB Modern Tavern! First people to kick either the Hefeweizen or the Black Sheep keg will win a sweet prize! [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing - There are a bunch of awesome seasonal dark beers on tap today. Check out their taplist for today! Nuclear A-poca-liss: Cascadian Dark Ale, Good Day To You: Salted Chocolate Caramel Stout, I'm on a Boat: Black Wit, NITRO Midnight Expresso: Espresso Stout, Red Wine Barrel-Aged Killer Boots, 15 Commandments: Black Imperial Belgian IPA, and Pure Imagination: Oatmeal Stout. Fun stuff happening this week! Tomorrow is their first-ever board game night there in the taproom hosted by Nick from Heroes and Horrors Games! Also, tomorrow they will be releasing Killer Boots out of a Firkin with Butterfingers! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

The Tavern at St. Michael's Square - Funkwerks will be taking over the taps at The Tavern at St. Michael's Square on Tuesday, Jan. 27th in Greeley. The event will start off with a Funkwerks Beer Dinner that night! Make your reservations at (970) 330-2337. [2918 67th Ave, Greeley, CO]


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