Monday, February 23, 2015

Colorado Beer News 022315

Colorado Beer NewsAll that shoveling of snow over the weekend made you thirsty! While there's a calm in the weather, it's a good time to get out and restock for the next storm. Today's news has some tips on what's new at the breweries along the front range in Colorado. Several new brewery openings over the weekend and this week. Check 'em out! Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, February 23rd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Goldspot Brewing Co - Denver's newest brewery opened on Saturday, February 21st with 6 beers on tap including: a collaboration honey IPA with Cerebral Brewing, a regular IPA, a Belgian Pale Ale, a Coffee Cocoa Porter, an Imperial Stout, and a Kolsch-style Golden Ale. Follow them on Facebook or visit them on their site at: Located at: [4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse - This brand new brewery has been hosting some soft openings last weekend and plans to host their official Grand Opening on Thursday, February 26th at 4:00pm. Initially, they plan to have the following business hours: Thursdays 4pm-10pm, Fridays 3pm-10pm, and Saturdays 12pm - 10pm. Their business model is focused on helping homebrewers and other amateur brewers create batches of beer on their system. Factotum Brewhouse will act as a stage for others to showcase their beers. It's all about supporting local brewers at all levels of skill and helping them brew up some great ales. Most of the beers brewed by guest/homebrewers will be put on tap at Factotum. Just about any style may show up on tap - it all depends on the homebrewer's imagination. Visit them this starting this Thursday at: [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Mu Brewery - Everyone gulped down their Pumpkin Peach they released over the weekend. Within the first 24 hours they went through 50 gallons or 1/3 of the Pumpkin Peach Ale stock. There's still some left so if you haven't tried it out yet come on down soon. It's billed as "The King Of Spoof Beers". Open today at 3pm if you haven't tried it yet. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Fiction Beer Company - [PRESS RELEASE] Fiction Beer Company is getting ready to release a new beer this month that will surely draw fans from miles around. Fiction Beer Company has made a niche for themselves by finding inspiration in their favorite works of Fiction. Head brewer Ryan Kilpatrick says, “We like to take traditional styles and give them a twist using interesting flavors or unique processes. We also like to develop fun and interesting experimental beers like Denouement (Raspberry Quad with Brett) and Somewhere Around Barstow (Fruited IPA).” In anticipation of spring, warmer weather and their forthcoming patio (opening in May) Fiction will be releasing a new beer. This new beer, Waves and Ripples, is a Gose (a slightly sour salted German Wheat Beer). Gose is a beer style from a small region in Germany that had a high sodium chloride content in their aquifers. The salt content of the water is transferred into this beer as no filtration was available when this style came to fruition. A Gose has a slight lactic acid sour character which can be difficult to impart without overpowering the other ingredients or developing an off flavor. In order to obtain this classic flavor the brewers at Fiction used a technique known as kettle souring. The sugary liquid that would become this beer was placed into the kettle with souring organisms and a heavy dose of carbon dioxide which helps prevent development of off flavors. Once the appropriate pH was achieved the now sour liquid was boiled and the souring organisms killed off, locking in the flavor. In order to enhance and fill out the flavor profile of this beer a lime sea salt was used which contributes a citric acid flavor to complement the lactic acid. Another traditional ingredient in a Gose, coriander, was added but of course Fiction doesn't always stick with tradition, so they also used cardamom and makrut lime leaves as well. All combined this light, refreshing, easy drinking, and sessionable sour beer is sure to be a spring hit. Fiction’s Waves and Ripples Gose is 4% ABV with 5 IBUs and will be released at the brewery on Wednesday February 25th at 6pm. [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria - [PRESS RELEASE] The Fermentologists recently held a member’s only competition with Dad & Dude’s Breweria in Aurora, CO. This collaboration gave members an opportunity to do what every homebrewers dreams of doing; creating a recipe and brewing on a professional system at a local brewery. “We were excited to invite the club to join us and look forward to doing this again with them,” said Brian Connery, Head Brewer at Dad & Dude’s Breweria. “Since all of us here at Dad & Dude's stated as homebrewers, we know what kind of an opportunity it is for them. We enjoy having them in and their enthusiasm is appreciated." - As part of the competition, members were paired into one of four teams and asked to brew a 'Winter Warmer' beer. Teams were challenged to create a recipe that included specific ingredients. These ingredients included something from a tree in Colorado, at least one kind of fruit, a type of adjunct sugar, Maris Otter as their base malt, and White Labs English Ale for their yeast. Each Winter Warmer also had to be above 6% ABV. Members of the Fermentologists worked hard during the month of November to perfect their recipes and brew their beers. Once the beers were ready to drink, Connery and his team sampled the beers and selected one winning recipe. The winner was a Chocolate Raspberry Stout called ‘Winter Yum Yum’ brewed by Nick Arias and Cole Hinson. The Winter Yum Yum included spruce tips, raspberries, chocolate nibs, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. The final ABV was 9.4%. The homebrew recipe can be viewed at Arias and Hinson brewed a scaled up version of Winter Yum Yum at Dad & Dude's on February 5. The scaled up version will be 6% so that it is more approachable to guests. It was made with 60 pounds of fresh raspberries that were juiced. The juice and the puree were both added to the beer at the end of the boil. “It was important for us to collaborate with a brewery that fit our founding principles: Education, Community, and Competition,” said Scott Davidson, President of The Fermentologists. “Brian and his team at Dad & Dude’s take risks and challenge the industry head-on. They continuously exceed expectation from the founding days of brewing on homebrewing equipment, to canning their signature DANK IPA, to now barrel aging beers and expanding their canning line to include two more beers.” - Dad & Dude’s and the Fermentologists will continue these collaboration competitions quarterly, having each style and parameters decided by Connery and the Dad & Dude’s team. The next quarterly competitions will focus on traditional saisons. The Winter Yum Yum will be tapped at 7 p.m. on February 23 at Dad & Dude's Breweria in Parker. [6730 S Cornerstar Way Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery - [PRESS RELEASE] The year 2015 will be one of growth and innovation for Breckenridge Brewery. With its new farm-inspired brewery campus opening in May, the brewery projects 30% growth in volume and the flexibility to produce more small-batch beers, exciting collaborations, and interesting one-offs. The new brewery in Littleton, Colorado, is wrapping up construction. In addition to the 76,000 square-foot brewery, cellar, and warehouse buildings, the campus includes its Farm House restaurant, which promises an open and welcoming visitor experience with a farm-to-table menu, an outdoor beer garden and music venue, and a world-class tour program. Last year was a challenging year for Breckenridge Brewery as it fought capacity constraints which held the brewery at 64,371 barrels, a 4.15% increase in volume over 2013. But a look at the core business shows impressive brand health. The Vanilla Porter brand posted growth of 21.3%. The seasonal portfolio grew 11.6%. Variety pack business grew 29.4%, with Rocky Mountain Sampler growing 51% in the brewery's home market since the package's redesign in July. Avalanche Amber Ale bucked style trends to grow 6.7%. Despite its capacity limitations, the brewery was able to grow key brands by strategically freeing up fermentation space. It discontinued a 3.2% ABV beer brewed only for Colorado and reduced lagers in its portfolio, most notably spring seasonal Pandora’s Bock, which has been replaced with Ophelia Hoppy Wheat. George O'Neill, Director of Sales for Breckenridge Brewery, shares that, "The sales staff worked hard to establish clear brand standards with distributor and retail networks which drove growth on the items identified as the core. This disciplined approach has set us up well for 2015 as we make the move to our new brewery." - This year the company is doubling its sales and marketing staff, another strategic move to add support to its distribution networks and provide more resources to launch new brands. "We're building up our barrel-aged program, something we wouldn't be able to do without our new brewery," says Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations. "We're also experimenting with new hop and malt varieties and have plans for some great collaborations with other brewers this year." Two barrel-aged limited release beers are presently conditioning, soon to be released in draft. Spring seasonal Ophelia is aging in tequila barrels, while 471 Double IPA soaks in whiskey barrels awaiting fresh hops. "You'll see more of these special treatments in the second half of this year," Usry adds. 2015 will be a landmark year for Breckenridge Brewery. Evidence won't just be found on the shelves and in pubs, ale houses, and restaurants. Locals and visitors to Colorado should put the Littleton brewery on the "must see" list for a unique beer tour experience. "A lot of thought has gone into the guest experience at the Littleton brewery," explains Todd Thibault, the brewery's Culture Czar. "We want to make sure people see us for who we are - a fun-loving bunch of folks who take pride in making great beer and living the Colorado lifestyle. We hope to create a connection with each and every one of our guests. Most of all, we want them to have fun along with us - whether they drive, bike or float down the Platte River to get to us." [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO] (Photo courtesy Breckenridge Brewery)

Joyride Brewing Co - The brewery has a new beer on tap - Blucifer, a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale. It has the aroma of red apples, pear, with white pepper. There's also a champagne-like effervescence along with a big white head. Stop in for a try tonight. Also join in their Euchre tournament tonight - bring a partner or find one in the taproom. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

River North Brewery - Imperial Stout lovers take note! On Wednesday, February 25th, River North will tap 1 keg (and 1 keg only) of a special batch of Coffee Avarice Imperial Stout for Wayward Wednesday. It'll tap at 3pm Wednesday. Don't miss this one! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co - There's plenty of beer and happenings this week. On Wednesday, play Trivia starting at 7pm. On Thursday, try your hand at Poker with the Denver Poker Tour (free to play) at 7pm. Live music on Friday with Indigent Row at 7pm and on Saturday with Chancer's Hooley at 7pm. Then work it off on Sunday with Outlaw Yoga at 10:30am. [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - Starting on March 8th, LTBC will start offering a special guided brewery tour deal. For $10 get a tour of their brewhouse, a pint of beer and a pint glass to take home. Inquire in the taproom. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Zephyr Brewing Co - For the rest of the winter (until the end of March anyway), Zephyr Brewing Co will have new winter business hours: Sundays 12-9pm, Mon-Thurs 3pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-Midnight. Their original hours will return starting April 1st. [1421 26th St, Denver, CO]

Grist Brewing Co - Tomorrow night, Tuesday February 24th, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm stop by the taproom for a chance to win prizes from A-Basin, Ella B Creations, and High Plains Tap House - it's a fundraiser for Advocates for Children. Come dressed up in your best ski attire to qualify for prizes. Tickets are $10 and include: 1 Grist beer, 1 Baker Street Pretzel, and 1 Raffle Ticket. [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Ste 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]


Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] On the heels of the first release in Sanitas Brewing Company’s new Wild and Sour Project, the Boulder brewery is set to unveil the second installment in the series. Bramble, a blackberry sour ale, will be released on draft at Sanitas’ Tap Room on Monday, February 23rd. “We often hear people say they don’t like fruit beers,” explained Sanitas’ Co-Founder Zach Nichols, “Bramble will make them second guess that notion. It’s loaded with complex sour notes, deep oak undertones, and finishes crisp and dry with a lingering blackberry characteristic.” - The brewers at Sanitas brewed a batch of pale wort last Winter. The beer was then transferred to and fermented in neutral oak barrels with a proprietary blend of wild yeast and bacteria. Blackberries were added near the end of fermentation for further layers of complexity. Pouring light ruby in color and 4% ABV., Bramble is a beautiful example of sour, barrel-fermented fruit beer. Bramble will be released to the public in Sanitas’ Tap Room Monday, February 23rd when they open at 3pm. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co - [Newsletter] Their Fifth Anniversary is coming up on May 13th and they're planning to party hardy! That week is also American Craft Beer Week. In trying to decide what beer they should make to celebrate their Fifth Anniversary, they thought it might be fun if they could get some help from you. So, if you’d like to help, please let them know what style of beer you would like to see released on May 13th. On March 13th, they'll publish the top five vote getters and let you vote on your favorite. On April 1st they'll count the votes and that will be the beer they brew for release at their May 13th Fifth Anniversary Celebration. So please vote for the style you would like us to make by emailing your style choice to Also, they celebrate the 13th of every month with a party at the brewery. They also like to celebrate other holidays that occur in each month. Since St. Patrick’s Day occurs in March, they'll be releasing an Irish Red on March 13th. If you wear a kilt or bring your bagpipes to their celebration on March 13th, they'll give you a dollar off each beer you purchase and if you don’t play your bagpipes, they'll give you your first beer free! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Echo Brewing Co - What's on tap this week? Mirror Image IPA, Nocturnal, Tri-Town Brown, C.V. Milk Stout, Hefeweizen, Razz Raspberry Ale, Munich Helles, Kirby Kolsch, Dark Lager, Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru, and Brix Boots & Socks Winter Ale. Happy hour is 2:30-6pm today. Plus, they will be brewing up collaboration beers this week with both Gravity Brewing and Front Range Brewing and also doing a simultaneous brew with Strange Craft Beer Co., Very Nice Brewing, Pikes Peak Brewing and Kannah Creek Brewing. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Avery Brewing Co - Quote of the day from Avery Brewing: "You can now take home any of our 30 draft beers, including Tweak, Pump[KY]n, Rumpkin, Clio, Eremita VIII, Bad Buddha, Bad Karma, Mayan Goddess, Rocky Mountain Olson's, Mint Chocolate Stout, Gored, Chai Brown...and seriously everything else on tap!" [4910 Nautilus Ct, Boulder, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats - Today they are releasing "Pinesnarl", a Cascadian Dark Ale weighing in at 6.5% ABV. This beer was made with Colorado spruce tips and chocolate malt. It's roasty, toasty and available only for a limited time. [5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co - Good news beer lovers. Pitchers of their Hazed Hoppy Session Ale are just $14 a pitcher every Monday after 3pm in their Pub. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]


Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] In early March, Odell Brewing will release Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale. Part of the brewery’s Cellar Series, Brazzle is an oak aged golden ale brewed with golden raspberries. “We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,” said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!” - The base beer in Brazzle is a crisp golden ale that was aged and soured in former Woodcut barrels for a little over two years. 300 pounds of raspberries were added before and after the barrel aging process, giving the beer both a puckering tartness and a hint of raspberry sweetness. Brazzle is offered in 750 ml, cork and cage finished bottles, and will be available within the brewery’s eleven state distribution area this spring. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Brazzle in the Tap Room February 27th – March 1st. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, and live music on Sunday afternoon. A special Welsh Rabbit cheese pairing plate will also be available for purchase (while supplies last). For more details on the beer and the Tap Room release party, please visit the brewery’s blog.

Fort Collins Brewery - [PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins, Colo. – FCB (Fort Collins Brewery) announces the return of its spring seasonal brew, Maibock for the 11th consecutive year on Friday. A gold medal winner at BTI World Beer Championships, Maibock features a smooth malty flavor attained from the richness of Munich malts that finishes with a gentle warming sweetness. Toffee notes and understated hop bitterness round out the bock experience. Maibock is brewed in the fall, aged in the winter and celebrated in the spring. “Maibock has been around since the beginning of the FCB brand and it’s truly become a part of our family,” said Tina Peters, General Manager at FCB. “Its sweet malt profile, yet subtle hop character is something to look forward To celebrate the release of Maibock, FCB is hosting a Goat Cheese Making Class and Pairing Dinner in the FCB Community Room on Thursday, March 26th. Newborn goats will make a special guest appearance at the brewery. The class option, which runs from 6 – 7 p.m. is $35 per ticket. The class and dinner pairing, with dinner served at 7 p.m. is $50 per ticket. To RSVP, email Maibock is available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft throughout FCB’s distribution footprint. It will be available to ship beginning the week of February 23rd and will be out through June.

WeldWerks Brewing Co - After a long journey, WeldWerks Brewing Company opened for business over the weekend in Greeley, CO. WeldWerks becomes the 5th brewery in Greeley and opens less than a month after Brix Taphouse & Brewery did just a few blocks away. WeldWerks renovated an old car dealership building on the corner of 8th Avenue and 5th Street. They started out with 3 beers on tap including a Red Ale, a Coffee Stout and an IPA. They'll also soon have a Hefeweizen. They will be open again starting Wednesday. Taproom hours are: Wed-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 2pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. [508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery - FCB has unleashed Giles - a Golden Imperial Ale. Last Friday, FCB let loose their villainous monster! Giles may be a light-bodied brew, but he's as complex of a creature as any. The fighting trilogy of fruity esters, light, spicy hops and sweet notes of alcohol supported by a soft malt character create an all too familiar mischief-maker. 10.2% ABV. Now available. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Another new brew is coming onto the tap lines this Saturday, February 28th. Come then to check out "Bearskin", a dry stout that's perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick's day season. This brew has Noble hops and their classic house yeast. It's quite sessionable at 4.2% ABV and 45 IBU. It's got coffee characteristics and a creamy tan head. Slainte! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - The Ultimate Pi Day is coming - 3/14/15 and Pateros Creek is planning to celebrate big time. All day long they will have free carnival games and FREE pie. As well as four delicious Pie flavored beers! There will be random ways to win free schwag and beer, like pie/pi trivia and pie/pi drawing contest. Plus, anyone wearing their Ultimate Pi Day t-shirt will receive 20% off pints! PCBC Pi Day Shirts go on sale starting today! There's a sign up for them in the taproom until close on Thursday 2/26. The final shirts will be royal blue and will have 3.141592653 on the sleeve. $20.00 gets you a sweet and super soft shirt, as well as dollar off pints on 3/14. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - Come try their new 1888 ESB - now on tap. Also this week - Tuesdays are growler fill days where you'll get a free pint with your growler fill. Wednesday is Wings day and get $1 off pints for all day Happy Hour. On Thursday, get $1 off their Staff Pick of the Week: Farmhouse RyePA. On Friday, they will tap a keg of cask conditioned Caramel Brownie Stout at 5pm. Plus, live music on Saturday 6:30pm - 9:30pm from Danny Shafer. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Road 34 Bike Bar - [PRESS RELEASE] On Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm Road 34 and Odell Brewing Co. are teaming up to throw an event for all of the barrel-aged beer fans out there. The special kegs being tapped will include a vertical tapping of 2013 and 2014 “Fernet Porter”, a brand new bourbon barrel aged imperial porter called “Wicked Underbite”, and a keg of the cherry-raspberry sour ale “Friek” form 2013. This event is free and open to the public, and it coincides with the last home game of the CSU Rams men’s basketball team which begins at 7 pm. [1213 W Elizabeth St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - There's still some brews left over from this weekend's Half Anniversary celebration. Stop in to try" Ghana Chocolate Stout, The Wakatu Experience single hop ale, Winey Blonde Belgian ale, and Bee's Knees small batch IPA Braggot. Plus they now have more Moon Arete Wheat back on tap. Open today from 2pm to 6pm. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]


In other News...

El Moro Spirits & Tavern - El Moro Spirits & Tavern in Durango, CO will host a meet-and-greet event with Stone Brewing Co. CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. Fans are invited to rub elbows with Koch, while enjoying limited edition Stone special-release beers. WHEN: Friday, February 27. Greg Koch meet-and-greet from 5:30pm to 7pm. WHERE: El Moro Spirits & Tavern - 945 Main Avenue - Durango, CO 81301. Greg will be pouring the following Stone Brewing beers: 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA, and Stone Delicious IPA.


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