Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Colorado Beer News 020315

Colorado Beer NewsThe NFL season may be over, but the release of new Colorado craft beers continue. Welcome to February - a time for Valentines, Mardi Gras and Stouts! It's Stout Month at many locations across the state. Time to embrace the dark side of beer. Which one will you try next? Check out the February and March beer fest calendars to see what's coming up in the coming weeks. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, February 3nd, 2015. 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

Two Creeks Brewing - This brewery isn't open yet, but that's not stopping them from doing a beer release this Friday, February 6th at 6pm over at Grandma's House (brewery) in Denver, CO. Come try their "Wunsch", a German-style Amber Ale. It's an exercise in wish fulfillment. And according to Preston, they're giving away a free beer for signing up for their mailing list. Should be lots of fun and aprelude to a Spring and Summer full of beer releases and insane amounts of free stuff. [Grandma's House: 1710 S. Broadway, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - Please join LTBC in celebration of Valentines Day on February 14th from 7:00 - 9:00pm for a Sweet Pairing. Their Sweet Pairing will be a Chocolate Raspberry Stout and Cupcakes from Smallcakes in Lone Tree. Live music this Friday night from Jim Speiser. Food trucks on site Wednesdays through Sundays. [8200 Park Meadows Dr #8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Declaration Brewing - The finishing touches are now being made in preparation for their Grand Opening on Valentine's Day, February 14th. They plan to have around 8 beers on tap plus a regular rotation of food trucks. They will be doing a series of soft openings so check out their social media sites for word on when they'll open up. [2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co - Great news! Their brew dog Merlin has returned! If you don't happen to follow them on social media, you may have missed the news about their lost brew dog. Last Sunday, their head brewer's dog, Merlin, went missing from their very own backyard! For a week, they searched and searched for him, hoping they'd spot him in a park or that he'd show up at their front door. Their fans spread the news like wildfire; posting statuses, calling shelters, looking around their neighborhoods - they were in awe! With the entire community and even news channels searching for Merlin, they had hope that he would return, and on Saturday morning, he did. They are so thankful he returned to them safely and for all of YOUR help last week. In other news, they are hosting another Crafty Yogis, brewhouse yoga session with Nikki Sutton this Saturday, February 7th from 3:30-4:30pm. It is for all levels, just bring your own mat and $15, and enjoy a FREE craft beer afterwards. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing - February is Decadent Chocolate Cask Wednesday Month where each Wednesday they will tap a cask of something special made with chocolate (and beer). Tomorrow, February 4th they'll tap a Chocolate Vanilla Imperial Cream Ale. On February 11th - a Cherry Chocolate Imperial Milk Stout. On February 18th - a chocolate Toasted Coconut Imperial Porter, and on February 25th - a Chocolate Hazelnut Peanut Butter Imperial Brown. Also, one of their upcoming tappings is this Friday, February 6th - a Rum Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Porter on Nitro. Why settle for just October to enjoy a Pumpkin beer? Aged for 4 months in rum barrels. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co - This Friday, February 6th, Comrade Brewing will release their first Imperial IPA (IIPA) starting at 12 noon. This brew weighs in at 9.5% ABV and over 100+ IBUs and was hopped with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Millennium and Galaxy. They've also got two collaboration beers coming up in late February for the Collaboration Fest. One is with Hogshead and the other with Crooked Stave. More details on these beers to come. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste #F, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery has been named Brewery of the Year for 2015 in the Best of Craft Beer Awards, earning medals in five categories. River North was awarded the following accolades en route to its overall title: Gold for J. Marie in Bière de Garde, Gold for Quandary in Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Gold for River North Tripel in Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Silver for River North IPA in Specialty/Hybrid Beer, and Bronze for River North White in Witbier. “I am very humbled that we received this reward,” Founder and Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “We just brew what we like to drink, so I’m glad to see that the judges like it too.” Award-winners River North White, J. Marie, Quandary and River North IPA can be found on shelves and taps throughout Colorado and Kansas. In Missouri, the brewery distributes to the Kansas City area. River North Tripel, brewed only once in 2014, will return in 2015 as a spring and summer seasonal. The Best of Craft Beer Awards is an annual BJCP-certified competition in Bend, Oregon. A full list of this year’s results can be found at http://www.bestofcraftbeerawards.com/medal-winners/. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery - Guess who's featured in the most current episode of The Beer Diaries (Episode #27)? None other than Breckenridge Brewery! Tebo (Culture Czar) & John Jordan (Quality Control Brewer) talk history, beer, and our brand new ‪#‎Farmhouse‬ Brewery. Check it out!

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen - Lowdown Brewery has been open for almost an entire year! They'll be celebrating their one-year anniversary February 11th, and they'd love for you to join them! They'll be tapping some special beers for this big night, like their Sinister Aged Saison, Lowdown’s 1st Anniversary Ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout that’s been aging for months! The party will start at 5:00pm Wednesday, February 11th so get ready! [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co - Join in on Thursday, February 05 from 6-8pm for a beer and cheese tasting with New World Cheese. Taste some unique offerings and then pre-order cheese so you can make your own beer and cheese pairing at home for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co - Sometimes a picture says it all. Image courtesy Westminster Brewing Company's Facebook page. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project - Surprise! They're tapping a special keg of Surette Reserva Cassis tonight at 6PM! Try a half pour for $4 or a full pour for $12. Made with black currrants. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Co - Don't forget - every Wednesday is Vinyl Night from 6pm to 8pm BYO Vinyl. Plus, this Wednesday and every other Wednesday is Euchre night. Live music this weekend Friday and Saturday from 7-9pm. Plenty of good beer on tap including: Steffie's Heffe, Very Nice Pole Ale, Royal We IPA, Monk's Phunk, Fuggly & Brown, and this month's featured beer - The Logical Fallacy (hoppy stout). [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Southern Sun Pub & Brewery - Chocolate Thunder is on tap! Their Imperial Chocolate Stout was made specifically for barrel aging and has assertive flavors of vanilla, oak and bourbon from several months spent in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla bean. This will not last long. [627 S Broadway St, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co - New food truck today at the brewery! Who wants a burrito or tacos? Verde Burrito Truck serves the only authentic Sonoran style Mexican food in Colorado. Yum! Perfect for pairing with beer. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery - 6 more weeks of Winter? Who cares! They're keeping February rolling with continued new beer releases each Thursday! This week: Tuesday-Happy Hour all night! Wednesday-Double stamps on rewards card for each growler fill. Thursday - BLACKBERRY BOURBON WHEATWINE, and a Cask of Chipotle Chili Campfire Red + food from Knock On Wood Smokehouse. Check out their event calendar for the rest of the month on wildwoodsbrewery.com! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co - They've had a lot of people asking when the cherry stout is coming out of the bourbon barrel. They finally have an answer. Valentine's Day they will be doing a chocolate pairing. For just $20 you can start or finish your day by sharing a plate of hand selected chocolates and beer with your special lovey dovey shmoopypoo. Homesteader Saison with White Chocolate, Bison Peak Brown Ale with Milk Chocolate, Blue River Porter with The Unseen Bean Espresso Dark Chocolate, and Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout with Almond Dark Chocolate. Oh ya! [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]


Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery - Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 14th. It's time for the 2015 High Hops 3rd Annual Firkin Fest running all day long. For the love of beer, come join in on Valentine's Day for this special celebration of firkins. They'll be tapping several specialty firkins for this day only. Don't miss out! Meanwhile, High Hops will be tapping a firkin tomorrow, February 4th at 5pm (Yo!atmeal Stout) and a new beer on Thursday, February 5th - a Hinterwälder Lager. This lager was made with locally grown grain that was malted by Hinterwälder Malting Company based in the Front Range of Colorado. Food truck on site most evenings and live music Friday and Saturday nights. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is thrilled to invite you to join them for the release of 2015's The Bleeding Heart, a delicious Coconut German Porter! They brewed this special beer to celebrate Valentine's Day here in the Sweetheart City and are honored to join the Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center in naming The Bleeding Heart the Official Beer of Loveland's Valentine Celebration. To commemorate this event, bottles and draft went on sale February 1st and will be available only in Loveland. Join in for a before dinner treat in the taproom on Valentine's Day for a free taste of Bleeding Heart and chocolate coconut macaroons made by Pourhouse. Limited quantity available, first come first serve. Also, tomorrow night, Wed. February 4th is Cards Against Humanity Game Night from 6-8pm. Plus, Sundays are Game Nights at Grimm Brothers. Come play their games or bring your own. Game players get $1 off pints. Happy Hour today, Tuesdays from 5pm to 8pm with $3 pints. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery - Upcoming beer releases for February. Look for these beers coming soon in bomber bottles and draft wherever FCB beers are sold: Giles, Golden Imperial Ale (10.25% ABV) and Maibock (6.4% ABV). Both available February through May. Giles will debut on February 13th. February is also Stout Month and you can get their Double Chocolate Stout in 3 varieties in the taproom: Coffee, Cherry and on Nitro! Plus, Firkin Fridays are back at FCB on the FIRST Friday of every month. Tapping will start at 5pm so arrive early to make sure you get a pint. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - The 2015 Celebration of Dark Beers continues this Thursday, February 5th with the release of 3 more beers. 1) Mexican Chocolate Stout, 2) Double Chocolate Porter, and 3) Tequila Barrel Aged Deep Roots Chocolate Porter. The celebration concludes next Thursday, February 12th with the release of 3 more dark brews. These beers will tap at 6:30pm on Thursday. Be there! Limited quantities available of each one. [625 3rd St, Greeley, CO]

Zwei Bruder Brewing - Fat Tuesday is quickly approaching! Come join in at "Karneval - End of Winter Celebration" at Zwei Bruder Brewing on Tuesday, February 17th. There will be several new beer tappings starting at 3pm. Live bluegrass music by The Hicksters, plus cajun-style food from the Taps Food Truck. Plus, today is their Tuesday Countdown Special (every Tuesday) from 1pm to 4pm they'll be doing a growler fill special. From 1pm to 2pm get $3 off a growler fill, from 2pm to 3pm get $2 off a growler fill, and from 3pm to 4pm get $1 off a growler fill. Miss it today? No worry - this deal returns every Tuesday. [4612 S Mason Street, Ste 120, Fort Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing - Bike in today and get $1 off a int of your choice! Their seasonal beer line-up for today includes: Good Day To Your - Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout, I'm On A Boat - Black Wit, Pure Imagination - Double Oatmeal Stout, Standup Philosopher - Imperial IPA, Wine barrel_Aged Killer Boots on NITRO, Little Surprises - Belgian Style Quad, and Rye Whiskey barrel-aged Fat Penguin - Smoked Imperial Stout. Plus, Ladies - the Sisterhood is back on today at 6:30pm with an epic beer & cheese pairing. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub - Ride your skateboard CAREFULLY to Patrick's Irish Pub and get a FREE shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey! (Must be 21+ of course). Just show your board to Andy during the The Stubby Shillelaghs show this evening and he will pour you one. Restrictions: must ride with care, must ride on the sidewalks, offer tonight only 9pm-1am. it IS worth it! ‪#‎stubbytuesday‬ ‪#‎nobeeruntasted‬ ‪#‎aroundtheworldin80flavs‬ [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

1933 Brewing Co - Here's what's going on this week at 1933: This Thursday, 2/5, they will be hosting Acoustic Open Mic Night again starting at 5pm-until they have to close the doors! This Saturday, 2/7, they will have live music by Shane Tully and the Rain starting at 6pm ~AND~ Austin Taco food truck will be back again starting at 4pm. They're open today from 3-8pm. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - Tonight they're hosting the monthly meeting of the Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club from 7pm until 9pm. If you have facial hair, know someone with facial hair or simply appreciate epic beards and moustaches, please feel free to stop by and find out what this awesome group is all about! The taproom is open today from 2pm until 9pm. Swing by and enjoy a pint or two before the meeting tonight! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]


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