Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Colorado Beer News 022415

Colorado Beer NewsEnjoy this mini-thaw while you can because another round of snow comes in tomorrow. Better stock up on beer to get you through the cold nights ahead. Several Colorado breweries have new tappings and some fun events coming up. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, February 24th, 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

Dad & Dude's Breweria - New beer alert! Last night they tapped "Dos Generations", an Imperial Agave Blonde Ale. It's big at 10% ABV - $6 for a 10oz pour. This brew was aged well in Tequila barrels. Available in bomber bottles and on draft. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co - Want to work in a brewpub kitchen? Kokopelli Beer Company is hiring for an experienced cook. Job is part-time 28-32 hours a week. Weekend are required. Kitchen experience is a must. If you also have pizza making experience you get bonus points. Contact them at (303) 284-0135 with your qualifications. Meanwhile, Geeks Who Drink Trivia starts tonight! Runs 6:45pm to 8:45pm. Free to play. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co - During a test run on being open on a Monday, they've decide to continue being open on Mondays going forward. So... expect to see them open at 3:00pm every Monday from now on. Also, there will be a food truck on site Wednesday through Saturday this week. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co - Epic Brewing's 2014 Growth Report [PRESS RELEASE] Epic Brewing Company, now approaching its fifth year in operation, has continued to grow rapidly by increasing craft beer sales by 54% in 2014. Epic Brewing sold a total of 16,840 barrels of beer between its three breweries, up from 10,950 in 2013. With this increase in sales Epic Brewing is now designated as a Regional Craft Brewer by the Brewer’s Association. Epic’s beers were recognized with eight domestic and international awards in 2014, with each of the following beers winning gold medals: Hop Syndrome Lager at the San Diego International Beer Festival, Smoked Porter at the LA International Beer Competition and Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale at the North American Brewers Association. The Denver brewery continued its planned expansion with the addition of three 80 barrel and two 40 barrel fermenters, along with a 40 barrel brite tank, in the early summer of 2014. In late January of this year they added an additional three 120 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank, as well as a second 20 Barrel kettle to the brew house. A further two additional 180 barrel fermenters and a corresponding brite tank are planned for delivery in the late summer of 2015. The Denver Brewery also installed a canning line and began packing several beers in 12 oz. cans. Current offerings include the popular Escape to Colorado IPA, which was brewed in celebration of Epic’s expansion to the East side of the Rockies and features Mosaic hops. The second beer to be canned was the 2012 and 2013 Silver Medal Session Beer winner, Hop Syndrome Pils-Lager, which would subsequently win gold at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Hop Syndrome will return this June and become a year- round offering. Epic also introduced Element 29 Pale Ale, an all-Amarillo-hopped American Pale Ale, in October, as a fall seasonal. In February of this year Epic released Lil’ Brainless Raspberries: a 5.2% ABV canned version of its award winning Brainless Raspberries, Belgian-Style Ale, bringing the total offering of 12 oz. canned beers to four. Taking advantage of its growth to meet the demand for Epic beers in other craft-centric regions, Epic opened 4 new major domestic markets in Wisconsin, Montana, Texas and Indiana. This brings Epic’s total number of national markets to 19. In 2015 Epic plans to continue opening new markets in Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri, as well as extend market reach in Texas and California. Epic continued creating jobs and investing in its skilled workforce, and now employs 115 people in Utah and Colorado, with a team of ten sales representatives supporting their 38 distribution partners nationally. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO & Salt Lake City, UT]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - Drop in tomorrow, on Wednesday February 25th to get your skis or board waxed and have a pint. For only $15, Eskimo Ski & Board shop will get your gear ready for the mountain while you enjoy a delicious beer. It's not like you really need an excuse to come to the brewery on a Wednesday but now you have one. They also have a tasty new Dunkel on tap! And also, mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm. They are doing a fundraiser and silent auction where 20% of any drink purchased will go towards supporting a disabled sports facility in Winter Park. There will be a chance to win 2 tickets to Winter Park. Just guess the number of bottle caps in the carboy. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

38 State Brewing Company - Visitors to the taproom today will have their choice between 6 beers on tap. Choose from their Pound Town Brown, Two Buttes IPA, Black Saison, Single White Female Blonde, Belgian IPA, and a Smoked Porter. Taster trays of all 6 are available! Trivia is on Wednesday at 7pm. Denver Poker Tour is there on Thursday at 7pm. [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - Something new on the nitro tap. Stop in for a pint of their Sugar Daddy Brown Ale. With nitro, this brew is one smooth operator. Also, their S.S. Flyer hoppy wheat beer returns to the taps today. Crisp & smooth. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co - [Newsletter] Going into March, one of the first awesome things they're starting is a special on the Beer of the Week. Every Tuesday, Wonderland Brewing will announce which one of their brews will be a $1 off on Tuesday only! So, stay tuned. The Beer of the Week this week is Cold Weather Friend! Have you seen The Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Calendar hanging in the tasting room? Notice Miss March? Their very own Social Butterfly was featured in this year's calendar and because she's in a fantastic mood, she's decided to lower the price to just $15.99 during the month of March! If you catch her in the tasting room, she'll even sign your calendar - get one this Sunday! Been hearing about the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that's up for release next? It's official - they are tapping this special craft beer this Sunday, March 1st! Be one of the first to get a fresh glass. More is to come in March, like Crafty Yogis Brewhouse Yoga and another Beer and Cheese Pairing. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse - For a limited time, Factotum Brewhouse is selling memberships in their Local 303 club. For the $495 membership fee, you'll get a free brew session, your first beer every day the taproom is open will be FREE, a beer-cation for members only, and first dibs on extra festival tickets/events. Memberships this year will run through May 1, 2016 so you'll get a few extra months for this first year. If you have questions about the Local 303 club please email them at factotumbrewhouse[at]gmail.com. Enrollment closes May 1st or when they run out. [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co - Love Girl Scout Cookies? Then you'll want to drop in next Monday, March 2nd for a special Girl Scout Cookie & Beer pairing night. They've picked out 5 Girl Scout Cookie brands and will pair them with 5 different Renegade beers all for $10. The pairing starts at 6pm that night. First come, first served til the cookies run out. Inquire in the taproom. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery - It's the last week of stout month and they've released a very special beer - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout. This brew was aged for months in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels. The beer was made back in the Fall of 2013 and aged for a full year. Get a snifter full for $8 or a sampler for $4.75. Also check out: Brett Stoudt American Wild Stoudt (8.2% ABV), The KRÄKEN light smoked & spiced stout. Available at all five locations. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Asher Brewing Co - Today they will release a special tapping of "Peace of Porter" in their Gunbarrel tasting room. This beer is described as roasted and chocolaty. Stats: 5.5% ABV and 25 IBU. They opened at 2pm today. [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery - Tonight you will get Happy Hour prices on beer all night. Plus, double stamps on all growler fills on Wednesday, February 25th. Then on Thursday, they will release their Barrel Aged Butternut Brown ale. Come taste beers inspired by the great Colorado outdoors. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery - Their Soul Patch Porter is once again back on tap - just in time for Ladies Night tonight. Ladies get $1 off pints every Tuesday from 4pm til close. [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

3rd Annual Hops & Handrails - Beer Fest & Rail Jam - On Saturday, March 28th from 12pm-5pm Left Hand Brewing is bringing the mountain to the people, with 50 of their brewery friends! Back for its third year, Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, returns to Longmont, Colorado. The hybrid winter event will feature a 50 craft brewery fest alongside a 40’ high snowboard ramp & rail jam competition. Join in for 5 hours of unlimited tasters from the best breweries across the USA while watching Colorado’s best riders do flips & tricks off the ramp! Plus: live music, Kid’s Riglet Park, Food & more! Doors: 11:30am | Beer Fest: 12-4:45pm | Rail Jam: 1:45-5pm | Award Ceremony: 5pm. Location: Roosevelt Park - 700 Longs Peak - Longmont, CO.


Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing - [PRESS RELEASE] Warning: Outlaw on the Loose! Keep a look out for Outlaw, the first in City Star Brewing's barrel aged series and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Outlaw will be released at the City Star taproom in Berthoud, Colorado on Saturday, March 7th. Outlaw weighs in at 13.25% alcohol by volume and has spent 1 year "doing time" in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels waiting for the chance to bust out. While incarcerated Outlaw mellowed nicely and includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey. Outlaw is a rare limited release (only 970 bottles) specialty beer and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Each 22oz bottle has been sealed in red wax and individually numbered. Outlaw will be available for purchase exclusively in City Star Brewing's taproom starting Saturday, March 7th at 12pm. Bottles will be sold for $18 each (plus tax) with a one case (12 bottles) limit per person. Catch this Outlaw before it escapes again and put it where it belongs... in your belly. City Star Brewing co-owner and head brewer John Way says, "We've been barrel aging beers since year one and we are excited to have Outlaw be our first bottled beer. The imperial stout base beer used for Outlaw is amazing on its own, and then we introduced this big, delicious brew to age in whiskey oak barrels for one year. The barrels impart a very complex dark chocolate and charred oak body with a very bold whiskey aroma that turned this phenomenal beer into something very special that can be aged for years to come.” [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

New Belgium Brewing - Progress is coming along at their Asheville, NC location. [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium’s Asheville fermentation vessels and bright beer tanks are scheduled to arrive at their east coast home by mid-March. Two dozen FVs and a half dozen BBTs departed from ZIEMANN in Bürgstadt Germany in January and arrived to the Port of Charleston, SC, in early February. New Belgium is building an east coast location with an expected capacity of 500,000 barrels. The oversized vessels require rolling road closures and NC Department of Transportation approved routing and police escort, as they arrive to New Belgium Asheville. The vessels are currently scheduled to arrive during daylight hours between Monday, March 9 and Saturday, March 14, pending weather delays. They will travel in pairs with a minimum of 30 minutes between arrivals. Installation of the vessels will also begin this week. The two dozen FVs have varying sizes between 32 and 52 feet tall with net volumes between 547 and 1860 hectoliters or up to 49,000 gallons. They house the process where yeast ferments wort into beer and allow the liquid to condition and mature. The six BBTs, which store beer before packaging, are approximately 55 feet tall with net volume of 2090 hectoliters, equivalent to about 55,000 gallons. New Belgium’s 200 hectoliter brewhouse system arrived seamlessly and on schedule in January with support from NC DOT, the districts along the route, Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, and the Asheville Police Department. Public hiring for the Asheville location kicked off last month, with two dozen positions filled as of February 2015. New Belgium anticipates brewing beer in Asheville by the end of 2015.

High Hops Brewery - There's a new firkin that'll be tapped this Wednesday at 5pm. Stop by to try their Vanilla Barn Owl, an American-style Hefeweizen with vanilla beans and aged 6 months on cherrywood. Then coming up on Thursday, February 26th will be the release of "License to 'IL, an India Lager weighing in at a hefty 8.25% ABV. Live music this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday too. Food trucks also on site Thursday through Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - On Wednesday night, February 25th from 6pm to 8pm, Snowbank Brewing will be hosting the first Ft. Collins Community Night for Gociety. Meet with other fellow outdoor enthusiasts, drink some beers and plan some new adventures. The first beer is on Gociety and get $1 off any more beers after that. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Why spend just an hour to get happy? At Grimm Brothers tonight you can get Happy Hour for 3 solid hours starting at 5:00pm. Come on, be happy now. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery - Tuesdays bring their weekly Growler Special. Get $2.00 off all growler fills and refills. Make the Plow one of your stops after work today. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co - Today Kate is filling up your growlers for just 1/2 price! Get your jugs filled at the Beav. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]


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