Thursday, February 26, 2015

Colorado Beer News 022615

Colorado Beer NewsTis the season for Winter seasonal beers. But Spring beers are already making their debut. Enjoy this cross-over period between the cold, the dark and the lighter Spring brews. You're almost to the weekend! If you just can't wait till then - you should read today's Colorado Beer News to see what's new and tapping around the Front Range. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, February 26th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Bull & Bush Brewery - Some of the staff from Bull & Bush Brewery will be featured on the American Craft Beer Radio show this Saturday, February 28th - broadcast live from the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Denver. Listen in to host Gary V and company as they talk all things craft beer. Tune in to 105.5 FM ESPN Denver from 12pm to 1pm MST. Come watch them do their show live - there will be some swag given away. Or just come down to the brewery and have a pint or two. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing - Fans of their 10,000 Summers Saison will want to come to the brewery this Sunday, March 1st and get some of the first 16oz 4-packs of this new into cans beer. The 4-packs will sell for $9 each. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - Come celebrate St. Patty's Day a bit early starting on March 14th. On that day you'll be able to drink your fill of their Dry Dock Irish Stout and also their Irish Red. There'll be Celtic Step dancers, an Irish band and a food truck serving up corned beef burritos. That's for your Saturday, March 14th at South Dock. In the meantime, Friday's firkin is a Double Chocolate DoppleDock. And on Saturday at North Dock they'll tap a Chocolate Hefeweizen. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] On Wednesday, March 4, Living the Dream Brewing Company in Littleton will donate 20 percent of sales from all pints sold from 6-8pm to the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). The event is one of many initiatives the brewery has taken on during its first year to give back to the community. In addition, companies like the Alamo DraftHouse, Starbucks, Rock Wood Fire Kitchen, and Murdoch’s have contributed items to the silent auction to raise funds that will be going towards the NSCD’s scholarship fund. NSCD athletes and volunteers will also be on-hand to share their experiences and accomplishments in NSCD programs. Living the Dream Brewing Company opened in July of 2014 and is located near Santa Fe and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Carrie Knose, an owner of Living the Dream Brewing Company, was connected to the NSCD, particularly their winter programs, as she volunteered with a program similar to the NSCD in the Lake Tahoe area prior to moving to Colorado to start the brewery. The NSCD provides outdoor therapeutic offerings to over 3,000 people with disabilities year-round. Based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the NSCD helps athletes with almost any type of disability learn new sports and set goals. The event is put together by Confluence, a consulting firm that helps businesses and communities connect more strategically to generate greater positive impacts and winning relationships. For more details about the event, please visit the event page at [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Mu Brewery - Come for Kill the Keg Thursday today. They'll tap a single keg of Cranberry Pilsner. Get $1 pints and/or $2 32oz growler fill or $4 64oz growler fills of that brew. Some new brews are waiting for this keg to get killed - so drink up! To the person who Kills the Keg tonight you'll receive a pair of free tickets to see Big Fish at the Aurora Fox. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - Don't let the snow get you down! They've got a freshly kegged batch of their Barrel Hoppy Brown (Batch 3) up on tap as well as plenty of Imperial Stout left over. They will be open from 5pm to 9pm tonight.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project - When a beer gets ready a bit earlier than expected then they'll put it on tap! Why wait?! So tonight at 6pm they will tap their "L'Brett d'Pluot", a golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with pluots (plum/apricot hybrid). Get a full glass for $12 or a taster for $4. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co - Tomorrow (Friday Feb. 27th), Westminster Brewing Co will host a can release for their 12 Apostles German-style Kolsch Ale. Get some early before they hit stores next week. They'll be offering discounts on 6-packs ($7 - limit 2 6'ers per person). Plus, live music and wood fired pizza and all-day happy hour Friday! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co - Want to get warm and toasty? Stop by and try their new beer "Le Bruit du Diable", a farmhouse ale. Also, Brook's Smokehouse will be on site serving up tasty food. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Declaration Brewing - Snow Day Special - 20% Off All Beers - All Day Today! Plus, Jessie's Smokin' NOLA is on site today with some awesome food. [2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co - In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Led Zeppelin double album Physical Graffiti, Joyride will be hosting a double beer release tomorrow. The first beer is Emerald Irish Stout (on nitro tap), and also Czech the Rhime, a Czech-style Pilsner (their first lager). Make plans to Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]


Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery - GUBNA IMPERIAL IPA returns with new hop bill chosen by O.B. staff - [PRESS RELEASE] Oskar Blues' spring seasonal, GUBNA Imperial IPA, rolls out in March with a new hop bill featuring some of the most exciting and aromatic hops, all of which were sniffed out by Oskar Blues staff at concurrent hop selection panels at both breweries. Each year GUBNA is reinvented, taking the season's highest quality hops and creating a formidable and complex Imperial IPA. Coming in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this inimitable beer is an IPA unlike any other. Available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs, this hop grenade joins the diabolical Oskar Blues roster from March until July each year. Mash-hopped with whole-leaf Galena hops, our brewers then kettle hop with Columbus and Sorachi Ace, which spikes GUBNA 5.0 with spicy, blackcurrant notes and lemon zest overtones. The brewing is then finished with more Galena hops in the whirlpool to accent these aromas. These colossal hop varieties fuel a serious assault on the senses, balanced by the satisfying warmth of 10 percent ABV. The 2015 GUBNA is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops. These hops create a dank, dense nose and unique blend of grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and herbs, while finishing clean and bitter, but smooth. The GUB sits on a base of Rye, North American Pale, and Munich malts, which offers a smooth and flavorful backbone to support the gargantuan load of hops. In honor of the GUBNA, Oskar Blues North Carolina Brewery will host a release party on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Oskar Blues invites all governors, whether of states or television/comic book series, to attend and quaff a GUBNA. The 2015 release party will offer specialty barrel-aged and firkin varieties of GUBNA 5.0, along with CHUBurgers from the CHUBwagon, free brewery tours, a giant Nintendo 64 to play, and live music from indie rock Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show. The Longmont Tasty Weasel will release the 2015 GUBNA on Friday, February 27, accompanied by live music from bluesy duo Boa & Jodi. (Image courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery) [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Mountain Sun Breweries - It's the last 3 days of Stout Month! Today they are releasing two more stouts. Their friends at Avery Brewing sent over a keg of Avery's Tweak imperial coffee stout (17.8% ABV). And also, the Mountain Sun team brewed up "Totally Stoked Stout", a smoked malt brew with vanilla extract and aged on oak spirals and then aged further in Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels (8.3% ABV). Find Totally Stoked tapped over at their Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse location. Friday it will tap at Vine Street Pub (Denver) and Saturday at Southern Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder). Also, check out their Facebook page and find out about their Mutton Chop Competition that starts today. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co - Starting next week (March), Boulder Beer Company will release a brand new spring seasonal beer - Emergent White IPA. Join in at the brewery and pub on March 6th at 4pm for the first tapping of this new brew. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

The Post Brewing Co - Think you've got a winning homebrew recipe? Enter the "Lil' Brewer Buddy 2015" Homebrew competition. Drop off your best homebrew to the brewery by April 15, 2015 2pm. The best beer will win a day with The Post Brewmaster - Bryan Selders. The winner will collaborate, create and brew a beer on The Post's brew system. [105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO]

Upslope Brewing - Available Next Week! 12-packs of Upslope's Craft Lager will start hitting store shelves the 1st week of March. 1% of all Craft Lager can sales will be donated to local Trout Unlimited chapters in the state where the beer is purchased. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]


Northern Colorado

Big Beaver Brewing Co - Come to a special Silent Auction at Big Beaver Brewing this Saturday, February 28th from 3-7pm. They are trying to raise money for Staci Wynn in her fight against cancer. Items for auction include gift certificates to local bars and restaurants, gift baskets, alcohol, raffle prizes, guitar, snow blower, jewelry and more. You do not need to be present to win auction items. Also, a big portion of Big Beaver's sales that day will be donated as well. Then stop back on Sunday, March 1st for Bingo at 4pm. Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of play, or $2 per game. Games run from 4:30pm - 6pm. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - In yesterday's blog post, you learned about the 5 winter seasonal beers they have on tap now. Back in the brewhouse, things are expanding! They are awaiting the arrival of a new 20 bbl fermentor in late Spring that will increase their brewing capacity by 50%. Their barrel aging program is also expanding with the addition of 32 oak barrels from regional and national distilleries. This has doubled their cellaring capacity. They will be releasing their first barrel aged Tripel next week to kick off the new project. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

New Belgium Brewing - New Belgium expands distribution to Kentucky [PRESS RELEASE] Fans of New Belgium Brewing no longer have to cross the border into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee. Starting March 2, New Belgium Brewing will begin distributing in Kentucky, expanding the brewery’s distribution to 38 states. New Belgium will offer the brewery’s flagship beer Fat Tire, along with year-round releases Ranger IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Seasonal releases, along with Rampant Imperial IPA, Trippel Belgian-Style Ale and New Belgium’s variety packs will also be available in 12-ounce packages. “We've been eyeing Kentucky for quite a while, so it’s exciting to officially open up the state,” said New Belgium Brewing’s Sales Co-Pilot, Brian Krueger. “The glory of college basketball is upon us and the Derby isn't too far off, so we’re arriving at a pretty fun time in the state.” [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - Come listen to live music from The Burroughs tonight from 7-9pm for their bi-weekly jam session. Plus food outside from Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on hand. Plenty of beer on tap today. Stop in to enjoy some. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co - Something new on tap you'll want to try - Trina's Mint Chocolate Stout. It might just remind you of a certain mint chocolate cookie. They made enough to last til April. Growler fills also available. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

WeldWerks Brewing Co - You might have seen their doors open already over the last week, but it's time to do it right. Their official Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, March 7th all day from 2pm til 11pm. Enjoy live music, food, and delicious beer from Greeley's newest craft brewery. Located at the corner of 8th Ave and 5th Street in downtown Greeley. [508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - Today's Outlaw Tap is a tribute to Bill Withers who made the song "Ain't No Sunshine" famous. This Kolsch-style beer with the same name as the song was made along with Rooibos Strawberry Sunshine tea from Happy Lucky's Teahouse. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]


Other Colorado Breweries

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] Edwards, Colo. – On February 27th Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is teaming up with Pink Vail, the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer, and throwing a keg tapping party for Pink Vail Fruit Ale from 5-8 PM. This delightfully fruity beer features raspberry, pomegranate and red currant flavors yielding a slight sweetness complimented by a tangy zest. Stop by for a pint of this antioxidant rich beer that is light and crisp on the palate. Crazy Mountain Brewery will be offering $2 Pints of our specialty Pink Vail Fruit Ale and live music by the Trevor G. Potter Band. If patrons sign up to be on a Pink Vail team, during the party, they will receive one free pint. Last year Pink Vail was able to raise over 500,000 dollars to support their spirit of survivor program and Crazy Mountain Brewery is proud to partner with Pink Vail on even more successful fundraising endeavors in 2015. Pink Vail Fruit Ale will be available on draft and in 6 pack cans throughout the Vail Valley starting February 27th. For more information on Crazy Mountain Brewing Company or our events, please call 970-926-3009 or email


Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

View Colorado Brewery Maps - Find a brewery near you!
[ Boulder-Longmont Map ] [ Denver Area Map ] [ Northern Colorado Map ]
[ Southeast Colorado Map ] [ Northwest Brewery Map ] [ Southwest Colorado Map ]

Like us on Facebook - There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook Page. Find recaps, photos, special offers, and tips that you won't find on the blog.

Colorado Beer News is published on Fermentedly Challenged daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

This article came from - a Colorado beer blog. Don't miss another article. Subscribe to Fermentedly Challenged by RSS today.