Monday, June 6, 2016

NoCo Beer News 060616

Big Thompson Brewery - Loveland, CO
It's been a long year away from the blog and Fermentedly Challenged is now back! The craft beer landscape in Colorado has continued to change dramatically and with it come changes to the blog as well. Going forward, Fermentedly Challenged will focus primarily on craft beer news & events from around Northern Colorado - covering locations in Boulder, Larimer & Weld Counties. The craft beer state of Colorado has gotten so large in the past year that this blog wouldn't be able to cover it all. As the old song says, "If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with" and so Fermentedly Challenged will be covering the landscape that it is closest to - namely Northern Colorado. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene on D-Day, Monday, June 6th, 2016. Be sure to catch the entire article and read it on, otherwise you don't know what you'll miss.
Photo of the Day: Big Thompson Brewery in Loveland, CO.

Boulder County

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co has announce the start of construction on an expanded brewery. An additional 1500 square feet of space will be added which will include a new 600 sq. ft tasting room and 900 sq. ft more of brewery space. This will allow them to add a canning line and additional storage tanks. The canning line should be up and running by mid-August in time for their 2nd Anniversary party. Expect to see the new tasting room open around July 10th complete with two big screen HDTV's and a room for private events. Their barrel aging program will also expand by nearly 400%! Visit them at: 297 N. Hwy 287, Suite 100, Lafayette, CO.

West Flanders Brewing Company now offers 32oz Crowler Cans. You can take these crowlers places your glass growler can't and will help keep the sunlight off your beer to protect its flavor. Also, West Flanders has two new beers for you to try including their 11th batch of "Saison Locale" farmhouse ale and also "Prom Queen Surprise", a Belgian-style golden ale. Stop in to try them in the taproom or put some in a crowler for later. Look for them also on Pearl Street during "Bands on the Bricks" summer concert series. Located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO.

Oskar Blues Brewery just announced the national release of their latest canned beer "Priscilla White Wit Wheat", a long-time favorite Belgian-style brew featuring hints of orange peel and coriander spice. This brew has been on tap for over 10 years but now is deserving of a special can of its own. Look for this beer available in all 50 states in 12oz 6-packs and draft. Main taproom located at: 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, CO.

Very Nice Brewing Company now has two special premium beers available for you to try. Stop in for their "Dance I, Saison" made with rose hips, orange peel and lemon balm and also their "Special Lady Friend", a saison made with cherries and ginger. Plus, Euchre night is this Wednesday, June 8th from 6pm to 8pm. And Open Mic Night is this Thursday, June 9th at 7pm. Come thirsty: 20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO.

300 Suns Brewing - The brewery will be closed today for some re-painting and team building. Stop back in tomorrow! Also, don't forget to join in on the Father's Day Brew Tour on June 19th. The last stop of the 4 brewery tour ends at 300 Suns with brew and live music. Located at: 335 1st Ave, Unit C Longmont, CO.

Asher Brewing Company has a contest going on where you could win two VIP tickets to see The Motet at Red Rocks. Stop in, grab a beer in their special Red Rocks pint glass, snap a photo of it and share it to Facebook or Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #MotetOnTap and you will be automatically entered. Details of the contest are at The Grand Prize includes 2 VIP tix to the show, a backstage tour of Red Rocks, a Band meet-and-greet, round-trip shuttle tickets from Denver and a limited edition event poster signed by The Motet. Even 2nd place can win a pair of VIP tix! Questions? Email: Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct S, Ste 104, Boulder, CO.

Finkel & Garf Brewing Company recently added a lot of new shiny stainless steel tanks into their brewhouse. They rolled in off the truck last Thursday, June 2nd. Soon they'll be set up and helping to make and store even more F&G beer. Also, grats to F&GBC for receiving a Silver medal in the 2016 North American Beer Awards for their Dry Hopped Amber Ale. Available on draft and in cans. Located at: 5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO.

Larimer County

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - This small brewery on the North side of Fort Collins is about to celebrate its 5th Anniversary this coming Saturday, June 11th from 2-7pm. Stop by at 242 N. College Avenue and enjoy some live music with "Amy and the Peace Pipes" as well as "Clark Street Station". Come hungry as they'll have food on site from Kolaveri Chicken. To celebrate the anniversary, they'll have several special beers on tap that weekend including Pasil Beach, Peanut Brittle Red, Sleeping Elephant, an Oreo Porter and many others. Bring a friend and a designated driver too!

1933 Brewery - Over the weekend, 1933 Brewing release two new beers in their Stash in the Back series - 1) The Show Must Gose On (both a regular and a Sauvignon Blanc soaked French oak version, and 2) a year-long aged Raspberry Sour Brown that was blended from Cabernet and Pinot Noir barrels. Hurry in - limited supply on those. Also, this coming Saturday June 11th from 12pm-5pm, 1933 Brewing will be hosting a Parking Lot Party and getting together with fellow businesses "The Life of the Party" and "Recycled Cycles". There will be a Cornhole tournament, a BYO BBQ (they provide the grill - you bring da meats), plus a special beer release and a chance to win a cruiser bike and more! Be sure to use MAX as your alternate solution to driving. Located at: 4025 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO.

Fort Collins Beer Week is coming June 18-24, 2016 and the celebration will be happening all over town! Be sure to visit your favorite FoCo breweries, bars and restaurants that week for special fun events like "Pints and Poker" "Brewers Olympics" "Bowling with Brewers" "Geeks Who Drink Trivia" "Scavenger Hunt", special beer tappings and takeovers, plenty of live music, great food and more. For complete details check out the web site at:

Fort Collins Brewery now has their popular Brewer's Lunchbox variety pack available in cans and has 3 each of Red Banshee Red Alt Ale, Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat, Far Away IPA and Shot Down Chocolate Stout. Pack some with you on your next hike. Also not available in bottles - Scarlett on Brett Wild Ale. It's described as full of tropical fruit flavor and aromas along with a mildly tart dry finish. Also look for their new line of FCB Craft Sodas including: Cucumber Lime, Blood Orange Basil and Cherry Vanilla. And coming in July, look for the release of "Peaches & Barley", a Belgian-style peach saison in 6-packs. Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

New Belgium Brewery is getting ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary and has released a new "Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack" featuring beers from five other breweries. This new 12-pack will feature 5 new takes on Fat Tire beer from Allagash Brewing Co (Portland, ME), Avery Brewing (Boulder, CO), Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA), Rhinegeist Brewing (Cincinnati, OH) and Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR). Fat Tire varieties include a Belgian-funk Fat Tire, a Fat Wild Ale with Melons, a Fat Hoppy Ale, a Fat Pale Ale and a Fat Sour Apple Ale. Now available in stores. Visit New Belgium Brewery at 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO.

City Star Brewing has just released a batch of their "Harley's Honey Wheat" - brewed in memory of their dog Harley. It's also in preparation for their upcoming 4th annual Hops & Harley festival set for Saturday, June 25th from 11am-6pm in Fickel Park in Berthoud in celebration of dogs and craft beer. Later this week on Friday, June 10th, City Star will release a Raspberry Saison. Stop in Wednesday for Trivia at 7:30pm as well. Plenty of live music on Thursday through Saturday evening plus food trucks on site most of the week. City Star is also in the midst of a taproom expansion project that will house a barrel aging cellar, more restrooms and an outdoor beer garden. Stay tuned! Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.

Climb Hard Cider Company is hosting a Cider & Cheese Pairing on Tuesday, June 7th from 7-9pm. The cost is $20 a person. The cheese is from The Welsh Rabbit and the tasting will be guided from experts from the cidery and the cheese shop. Contact them to sign up. Plus, don't forget their 5th Annual "Running of the Wieners" dog race at their production facility this Saturday, June 11th from 1-4:30pm (245 S Madison Ave). Register your Dachshund today! Tasting room located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery pushed back their release of their Cerealiously beer to this Tuesday, June 7th at 11am. This batch was made with over 35 pounds of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch cereal. The beer will be available in bottles in limited quantities. This beer, part of the series of cereal-inspired brews, is very popular and will sell out fast. Located at 1611 S College Ave, Suite #1609, Fort Collins, CO.

Loveland Aleworks recently released a new seasonal English Brown Ale last weekend. And coming up this Friday they will release a seasonal Rye Extra Pale Ale with Grapefruit. Also, look for weekly cask releases on Fridays. This weeks will be a Lemon & Basil IPA on June 10th. Artists will want to stop in every 1st Tuesday of the month for "Painting & Pints". A $35 fee includes instruction from Studio Vino and a beer. Located at: 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.

Odell Brewing Company recently released their latest Cellar Series offering: "Zard-Alu" a sour apricot ale in 750ml cork-and-cage bottles. The brew is 100% bottle conditioned. The apricots come through with hints of peach and pear-like flavors in the background. The Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus add all that sour goodness to the beer. It's a light and refreshing beer. Try some in their tap room or look for it at your favorite beer store. Also, coming this week (June 9th) is a brand new year-round can only beer - Drumroll American Pale Ale. It's described as juicy and hazy (New England style) and made with 8 different hops. Located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing recently released a returning seasonal favorite "What-A-Melon Blonde Ale". Order a pint and they'll even garnish it with a bit of watermelon on top. Enjoy one and sip it on their patio. It's going to be a hot week! Located at: 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse released their "Briar Rose Helles Lager" last Saturday, June 4th. Stop in and try one. Also, mark your calendars for Friday & Saturday, July 22-23 for the big Grimm Brothers 6th Anniversary celebration. They'll be hosting a Pig Roast on Friday. Tickets will include food, beer and access to specialty release beers. Lots of games and live music in the parking lot too. Then on Saturday the 23rd there'll be more special beer releases games, live music and giveaways. Located at: 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.

Weld County

High Hops Brewery recently released their latest batch of "Phunkatron Saison", a Belgian-style saison described as having a light refreshing tartness with a dry malt finish and the aroma of citrus and fruity "funk" well known in saisons. Also, for those who love to paint - stop in on Tuesday, June 7th for "Brushes & Brews" from 6:15pm to 7:30pm. The price of the class includes one pint of a flagship beer and step-by-step painting instruction and your own hand painted glass. This time it'll be a beach scene on a pilsner glass. Stop by at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.

Broken Plow Brewery is hosting Music Trivia (aka Music Mashup Monday) in the taproom tonight at 7pm. Test your music recall skills. Bring some friends, have some fun and compete as a team while you enjoy some tasty craft beer. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO.

Brix Taphouse & Brewery just release their new Bikini Bottom Pineapple Wheat over the weekend. Just one of nearly 60 different Colorado craft beers on tap. Plus, Tuesday Pint Nights start tomorrow with this week's featured brewery "Boulder Beer Company". Enjoy a brew out on their patio at: 813 8th Street in downtown Greeley, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Company recently joined forces with Sap House Meadery (New Hampshire) to create a collaboration brew called Sappy Roots, a kettle-soured farmhouse ale with orange blossom honey. The beer will debut in the Wiley taproom this Saturday, June 11th at 1pm. The beer will be available both on draft and in bottles too. Also don't forget live music on Friday featuring Professor Fox Band doing some patio jams. Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.

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