Thursday, June 16, 2016

NoCo Beer News 061616

Zwei Brewing
[Northern Colorado Beer News] -The old saying goes - "Those who don't know what to get their Dad for Father's Day probably never stepped into a craft beer liquor store before". Hint - beer makes the perfect gift and there are at nearly 100 taprooms in Northern Colorado who will be more than happy to fill up a growler for you. So don't visit Dad empty handed this Sunday. There's plenty of tips on where to go this week to fill 'er up. Don't forget - Fort Collins Beer Week starts this Saturday June 18th. It all kicks off with the Brewers Olympics at Go West T-Shirt Company in FoCo.

Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene today, Thursday, June 16th, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

Picture of the Day comes from: Zwei Brewing in Fort Collins, CO.

Boulder County

12 Degree Brewing is turning 3! 12Degree Brewing, the 2016 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewpub and Brewmaster, is having a big ‘ol party to celebrate their 3-Year Anniversary this Saturday, June 18th. The party runs from noon to ~11pm and they will be tapping four small-batch Farmhouse Ales and one kettle-soured ale throughout the day. The new beers will be tapped at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 8:00 and are: Pommy Dervish, a mild Brett Saison aged on Pomegranate, Wicked Blackberry, a wild Farmhouse ale aged on blackberries, Mowgli, a Cabernet barrel-aged Saison, One Night Stand, a classic Saison aged on Brett, and Pearanormal, a kettle-soured blond ale aged on pears. Treachery, their World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning Golden Strong Ale, will also be on tap, along with the rest of their current lineup (available at Raffles for prizes will be held at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 and the phenom West African band, Paa Kow, will take the stage at 7:30. Located at: 820 Main Street, Louisville, CO.

SourFest 2016 Beer ListAvery Brewing Company has released its tentative list of beers that will be available for this weekend's sold out SourFest 2016. There will be beers from over 35 different USA craft breweries including a couple dozen or more beers from around Northern Colorado. Click on the image to see a large version of the list and get ready to pucker up this weekend! Some beers are subject to change at the last minute. Don't miss out on this festival next year. Tickets will go on sale shortly after the new year. And don't forget about their barrel-aged sour release set for Sunday morning! Located at: 4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder, CO.

Boulder Beer Company wants you to join them this Saturday in Denver for the annual South Pearl Street's Brew Grass music and beer fest starting at 1:00pm. Boulder Beer will be pouring their Sweaty Betty Blonde Hefeweizen as well as their brand new summer seasonal: Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA. Plus, the countdown continues to their bit 37th Anniversary Celebration set for Saturday, July 16th from 12pm to 10pm. Live music and great craft beer all day long - plus a movie too at 6pm (The Goonies). Located at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO.

Front Range Brewing Company invites everyone down tonight for some beers and some Down Home Brewgrass music. The beers start pouring at 3:00pm and the music starts up at 7:00pm. You'll be foot stomping in no time. Located at: 400 W South Boulder Road, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO.

Gravity Brewing reminds you to get something ready for their upcoming potluck dinner on Monday night (June 20th). This week's theme is "Salad Bar". Prepare a dish and bring it to share Monday from 6:15pm to 8:30pm. Also stock up on 750ml bottles of Gravity Brewing beer to take home. Stay for the Monday ping pong tournament too shortly before 7pm. Located at: 1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO.

Left Hand Brewing Company continues their After Hour Series of music sessions this Saturday, June 18th featuring Bonnie and the Clydes from 9pm to 11:30pm. Tickets for this event are $10 and are available on the Left Hand Brewing's web site. You'll also get complimentary cake and ice cream that night in honor of Taylor Sims' birthday. Located at: 1265 Boston Avenue, Longmont, CO.

Odd13 Brewing tapped two new beers last night. The first is "Hop Troll Azacca", a hazy IPA featuring tropical fruit notes of mango & pineapple. Azacca hops give it hints of orange zest, peach and vanilla. The other beer is called "Ronnie P", a sour blonde ale with peach black tea and lemon zest. It was a sour ale inspired by an Arnold Palmer and goes well on hot days like today. Stop in and try one or both! Located at: 301 E Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO.

Oskar Blues Passion Fruit Pinner IPAOskar Blues Brewery gave a sneak peak at a new beer rolling off the canning line. Look for their new Passion Fruit Pinner Throwback IPA to hit stores by the end of June nationwide. They've added a dose of passion and citrus to this beer you might say. It's an easy drinking, low ABV (4.9% and 40 IBU) beer and highly refreshing. Drink one soon on draft and in cans wherever they sell Oskar Blues. Brewery and taproom located at: 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO.

Powder Keg Brewing Company invites everyone in Niwot who plans to ride in Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22nd to stop in after work on their bike to get $1 off pints of any of their flagship beers. You'll need a break. Biking is thirsty business! Located at: 101 2nd Avenue, Niwot, CO.

Shoes & Brews is hosting another Social Run tonight at 6:00pm. Also a shoe special - buy 1 pair get 1 pair free for the 1st 10 customers. For those sore after the run they have mini massages available on site plus a mini massage giveaway raffle along with G'Knight Ride ride entry giveaways too. Run and relax after with a beer. Located at: 63 S Pratt Pkwy, Unit B, Longmont, CO.

Very Nice Brewing Company will host music 4 straight nights in a row this weekend starting tonight with a Celtic Session hosted by The Gael from 6-8pm. Friday brings Many Mountains from 6-8pm. Saturday is Jake Bergstrom from 6-8 and on Sunday listen to Brody O' & FeralHeart from 5-7pm. Plenty of craft beer on tap. Located at: 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, CO.

Vindication Brewing Company is for IPA lovers. They have several IPAs to choose from including: Momentum IPA, The Culprit IPA, Scarlette's Red Imperial IPA and a Red Rye IPA. These beers will also be featured at their upcoming 3rd year anniversary celebration. Located at: 6880 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO.

Wibby Brewing will be the subject of a Tap Takeover tonight over at Smokin Daves's BBQ & Taphouse in Lyons tonight from 5pm to 7:30pm (228 State Hwy 7, Lyons, CO). There will be 4 Wibby beers on tap there including their brand new Double IPL. Come for the beer, games and free Wibby swag. Also visit their taproom at: 209 Emery Street, Longmont, CO.


Larimer County

1933 Brewing Company is hosting Open Mic Night tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Sign up early and cool off with a brew. Coming soon - they just brewed up a double batch of a beer they plan to barrel age and sour. Details coming soon. Located at: 4025 S Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO.

Anheuser Busch Biergarten hosts a Movie Night outside in their biergarten at sunset on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month all Summer long. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to sit on and enjoy a film. This Saturday's film (June 18th) is "The Avengers: Age of Ultron". The movie is open to the public - free admission. Doors open at 8pm movie begins around 9pm. Located at: 2351 Busch Drive, Fort Collins, CO.

Big Thompson Brewery is once again hosting T-N-T (Thursday Night Trivia) in the taproom tonight starting at 7:00pm. Bring a team and stay for some fun, laughs and a couple beers. Top three teams can earn rewards. Run by Quizmaster Entertainment. Located at: 114 E 15th Street, Loveland, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery - Rumor has it that there will be a special beer release today in the taproom. They'll tap this surprise beer sometime around 5pm. Then, they invite everyone to drop over to Blind Pig Fort Collins after the release for more BBB beers and witness an amazing Keg Race at 7pm. It's Black Bottle Brewery against Melvin Brewing. There, for $12, you'll get a cup and all you can drink access to their Friar Chuck or Melvin's Hubert beers. Pint glasses will be given out while supplies last and even prizes to those who end up kicking each keg. Blind Pig Fort Collins is at 214 Linden Street in FoCo. Black Bottle Brewery is at: 1611 S College Ave, Ste 1609, Fort Collins, CO.

Climb Hard Cider Company wants to bring out the artist in you. Come join in for a special session of "Painting and Pints" in the taproom this coming Tuesday, June 21st starting just before 7pm. The $35 fee includes one cider of your choice plus instruction and all the materials you'll need to create a "Colorado Summer" scene. Additional cider and MouCo Cheese Company cheese will be available for purchase. Register for the class st Located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse has a password to get access to Happy Hour Pints early. Stop in today and tell your server the password is "Passport" and you'll be guaranteed Happy Hour prices. It's also T-shirt Thursday - buy a shirt and get a free pint! And while you're there, get your Loveland Passport stamped. Don't have one? Stop off at the Loveland Visitors Center and pick one up. Grimm Bros located at: 623 N Denver Avenue, Loveland, CO.

Maxline Brewing hosts their Grand Opening Party this Saturday, June 18th just in time for the start of Fort Collins Beer Week. Their featured brews at the open will be an Irish Red, an Extra Special Bitter (ESB), an IPA, and an Oatmeal Stout. They'll also have a Maxline Beer Club with lifetime memberships available for $50. Enjoy 10% off full-time pours and triple points for growler fills. Plus access to small-batch beers, invite-only events, limited edition merchandise and monthly specials. The Grand Opening celebration runs from 5pm to 10pm but they'll start pouring beers at 11am. Lots of live music, brewery tours, prizes, BBQ and more. Located at: 2701 S College Ave, Unit 190, Fort Collins, CO.

Odell Brewing Company is the finish line for Friday's Ride The Rockies bike race (June 17th). Bikes will be heading into Fort Collins and arriving at the brewery from 11:00am to 3:30pm in their main parking lot. Please be sure to enter the brewery from Buckingham (not E Lincoln) and park in the back lot to the north of the brewery. Tap room will be open as usual that day with live music from 11am to 3:30pm on the Ride The Rockies Stage in the parking lot. Plus more celebrations in the backyard with more music starting at 3:30pm. Located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Old Colorado Brewing Company is open today from 2pm to 9pm and will have Mile High Lobster Shack on site today form 4-7pm for dinner. A beer and a lobster roll make for a great meal. Located at: 8121 S 1st Street, Wellington, CO.

Pinball Jones will host a special event for the upcoming Fort Collins Beer Week (June 18-26) on Tuesday, June 21st starting at 7pm to 10pm - ARCADE TAP SLAM! They've stocked up on some great FoCo craft beers and many of the local brewers will be on hand talking beer and playing pinball - New Belgium, Snowbank Brewing, Pateros Creek, Black Bottle, Horse & Dragon and Funkwerks - some will get there as early at 6pm! There will be prizes too. Some of the games will be FREE. Join in the fun. Located down the stairs below: 107 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO.

Snowbank Brewing Company is offering a food truck special. Purchase any food item from the Mac'N truck parked outside and get a $1 off all flagship pints to pair it with. Open today 2pm to 8pm. Located at: 225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.


Weld County

Brix Taphouse & Brewery will host Trivia tonight starting at 7pm. Tonight's Cowbell theme is Classic Movies: Clint Eastwood vs Harrison Ford. Win customized prizes after every round. Receive a raffle ticket for every beer or drink you purchase. Nearly 60 Colorado beers on tap at all times including their own. Located at: 813 8th Street, Greeley, CO.

Crabtree Brewing Company offers a $5 Fill Club Card. Ask for a club card and get it punched for every growler you fill. Every 4th growler fill lets you get the next one filled for just $5. And when you get your card completely filled with punches you get a Free Pint or a Free Beer Flight. And on Wednesdays you'll earn double punches - a great way to fill up your card fast! Located at: 2961 W 29th Street, Greeley, CO.

Grand Lake's 16th Street Tavern will be hosting more Blues this Saturday from 8:30pm to 10:00pm. They couldn't get enough Blues during last week's Greeley Blues Jam so they wanted more. Come have a Grand Lake beer and listen to The Teague Stefan Band. Grab a bite too - the custom cheese sandwiches are awesome. Thursdays mean 10% off for UNC students and teachers. And Fridays get $2 off flights and $8 six-packs. Located at: 915 16th Street, Greeley, CO.

Hunter's Moon Meadery - Want to know where you can get some Hunter's Moon mead? Head over to RJ's Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins. They just got stocked up on Lunar Lemon, Moon Dance Cherry, Kona Mikala, Blueberry Haze and the gold medal winning Velvet Moon. Or call ahead to visit their tasting room in Severance, CO at (970) 302-3183 by appointment only.

Wiley Roots Brewing Company will be pouring at this weekend's SourFest at Avery Brewing Company. They're bringing 4 different sour beers including: Montmorency Dreams, Apricot Boxes, Pua Aloalo, and Cinna(man)bun. Be sure to check them out! Also, if you happen to be going to the Mystify magic show at the Moxi Theater in Greeley tonight at 7pm, bring over your ticket before the show and get your first beer free! Located at: 625 3rd Street, Unit D, Greeley, CO.


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