Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NoCo Beer News 080316

City Star Brewing
[Northern Colorado Beer News] - The work week is half over and you're well on your way to reaching the next weekend. Summer is still packing the heat so you're going to need some cold craft beers to get you through it. Plenty of specials today plus peaks at upcoming events and beer releases. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene today, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Day: City Star Brewing in Berthoud, CO.

Fort Collins Breweries

Black Bottle Brewery - Black Bottle Brewery will be pouring sessionable beers at this weekend's "SESH FEST" down in Denver on Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. Visit the August Beer Fest Calendar for details. It's an entire festival serving up all the best sessionable (lower ABV) beers. It's happening at the Masonic Events Center - 3550 Federal Boulevard in Denver, CO. They hope to see you there. Meanwhile back in FoCo, their taproom is open today from 11am to 10pm. Located at: 1611 S College Ave, Ste 1609, Fort Collins, CO.

Fort Collins Brewery - Plan to join FCB in the tasting room every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm for another in a series of talks called "Beerducate". Members of the staff will have a different topic each month. August's topic will be "Top Brewing Tools & Quality Management" and will be held on August 9th. Sit down with their team and discuss and learn about different parts of the brewing process. Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Funkwerks - The legend of Funkwerks' beer continues to spread into new areas. Funkwerks announced yesterday that they are now found in the state of Texas statewide. Today, the taproom is open from 11am to 8pm. On Fridays 6pm and Saturdays 5pm enjoy live music along with your beer. Located at: 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Intersect Brewing is getting closer to opening day. Yesterday was their first brew day as they were spending a lot of time dialing in their brew system to get everything set right. That plus brewing up a big IPA. Also, they have their first offer out. Here's the word from social media: "Are you looking for a destination brewery to call your own? Behind-the-scenes early access to our opening? Discounts on merchandise and beer? Well look no further, you guys. We are offering an annual Back Stage Pass to Intersect Brewing! Visit our website store for more details. Don't snooze on this one - the membership will be capped at 100!" - Back Stage Passes go for $100 each. Opening sometime in August or September. To be located at: 2160 W Drake Road, Ste A1, Fort Collins, CO.

Maxline Brewing - Now available in the taproom - Randall-ized beer! Yesterday, Maxline ran their 1st beers thru a Randall. They were turning their Wit beer into a Palisade Peach Wit beer. Stop by and ask your server about Randall-izing your beer. Located at: 2701 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

New Belgium Brewing - After a 3-day hiatus, the tasting room is once again open at New Belgium. Get ready to stretch out on Thursday. New Belgium is once again hosting Yoga Thirstdays. On Thursday, August 4th from 6pm to 7pm out on the lawn, join CorePower Yoga for a free class. Stick around after the class for a free beer. Bring your own mat and water. Located at: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO.

Odell Brewing Company - Don't forget! Tomorrow is IPA Day and Odell Brewing is celebrating the release of their Myrcenary Double IPA in cans on August 4th in the taproom and will be giving everyone (21+) a FREE can of Myrcenary at a special toast around 6pm. Enjoy live music out on their patio stage from 4-6pm. They'll have special IPA taster trays available. 7 different IPA's to choose from. Be there! Located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Prost Tasting Room - Prost Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary this month. And to celebrate, Prost Tasting Room will be celebrating the week of August 22 - 28 up at their tasting room in Fort Collins. Specials each day. Aug 22 - 2 for 1 growler fills. Aug. 23 - $2 off any Maß. Aug. 24 - 2 for 1 Doppelbock, buy a 6-pack and get a 7th bottle free. Aug. 25 - Das Boot 1-litre $9.99, 2-litre $19.99. Aug 26. - Marzen Sneak Preview. Aug. 28 - Killer Keller Party. Located at: 321 Old Firehouse Alley, Fort Collins, CO.

Rally King Brewing is hosting a "Dig or Die Volleyball Players Party" on Saturday, August 6th from 7pm to 9pm. After the local Dig or Die event, they will offer you $1 off your beer if you mention the "Colorado Volleyball Charities" to your server. Located at: 1624 S Lemay Ave, Unit 4, Fort Collins, CO.

Snowbank Brewing Company - Today is "Wear It Wednesday" at the taproom. Stop in wearing your Snowbank Brewing gear and get $1 off your pints. If you purchase some Snowbank gear you'll get your 1st pint on the house. Open today from 2pm to 8pm. Located at: 225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.

Soul Squared Brewing Company will be pouring two of their beers at this weekend's Gnarly Barley Brew Fest in Loveland. They'll be pouring their Belgian Blonde Ale and their August CSA beer - Watermelon Wheat. (No tap room - production only)

Zwei Brewing - Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 21st from 11am to 8pm - that's when Zwei Brewing will host their 2nd Birthday Block Party (aka Zwei ist Zwei). There will be some surprise beer releases and plenty of fun and games all day long. Live music at 3pm and 5:30pm. Food available from Hush Truck and Trattoria Oreganata. Free event to join, pay by the beer. Located at: 4612 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO.

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Loveland Breweries

Big Beaver Brewing Company - Regular know that there's a great way to get free or discounted beer. Simply buy a Big Beaver glassware and when you do you'll get a free fill on purchase and one free fill every Wednesday when you bring in your glass. This glassware pays for itself in a short period of time. Other specials - Thursday is Ladies Night with 1/2 price pints for the gals all day long. Plus Thursday brings Geeks Who Drink Trivia from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Always at least one special going on every day. Open Sun-Thu: 2pm-9pm, Fri: 2pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-10pm. Located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO.

Big Thompson Brewery - New tapping today - Sloppy Pete the Hoppy Wheat! Plus, Wednesdays bring a special deal on growler fills. When you purchase a pint OR a growler carrier then you'll qualify to get 1/2 off growler fills! Also, be sure to visit the Big Thompson Brewery booth at Gnarly Barley Beer Fest this Saturday. Want to win tickets to that event? Go to Facebook and visit Big Thompson Brewery's page. Find the post about a pair of tickets to giveaway and LIKE that post. One lucky winner will be chosen sometime on Thursday! Located at: 114 E 15th St, Loveland, CO.

Crow Hops Brewing Company - Wednesdays are Merchandise Wednesday at Crow Hop. Wear your Crow Hop gear to the taproom and enjoy $1 off full pours. Also, if you buy a hat or a shirt on Wednesdays you'll get a free flagship pint! Located at: 217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Here's a Hump Day special - stop in today and fill up a growler of their Poor Fiddler Session Lager for $4 off today. Poor Fiddler has subtle notes of citrus and melon with some bready undertones. You can crush this one! Or, get $2 off all other growler fills today. Located at: 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.

Laughing Leprechaun Meadery - Work continues towards opening the meadery in downtown Loveland. At this point they are aiming for a late September 2016 opening. They've been busy testing and perfecting future recipes. More info about their opening as plans are revealed. To be located at: 451 N Railroad Ave, Loveland, CO.

Loveland Aleworks - Tonight you can help out the United Way of Larimer County by stopping in the taproom and ordering any beer. A dollar from every pint sold tonight from 6pm to 11pm goes to help the United Way. Drink up for a cause! Located at: 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.

Verboten Brewing - Looking for something a little different? On Friday, August 5th Verboten will tap a unique brew - a Strudel Stout. This is a whiskey barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout made with cinnamon and peanut butter. It weighs in at 10.5% ABV. Some enjoy this special barrel aged madness in a glass. Located at: 127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO.

Greeley Breweries

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - With 60 Colorado craft beers, ciders and meads on tap - there's always something new to try at Brix. Ask for a sample and experience something different. Later tonight, listen to live music from Mary Claxton from 7-9pm. Located at: 813 8th St, Greeley, CO.

Broken Plow Brewery - Time to plan ahead for Broken Plow's 3rd Annual Catfish Po'Boy Potluck set for Saturday, September 10th at 6pm. You'll need to craft a side dish to share and Broken Plow will fry up some fresh catfish for the best sandwich. That night will also bring live bluegrass music from Rusty 44. Plenty of fresh Broken Plow craft beers will be flowing too. You've got a month to get ready. Meanwhile, it's Trivia Night tonight with Quizmaster Entertainment from 7pm to 9pm. Free to play and you can win prizes for every round, plus a grand prize for the winning team. Plus, don't forget Open Mic Night on Thursdays from 6-9pm. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO.

Crabtree Brewing Company has a beer special on Thursdays where you can get $2 off Flights of beer. Also that night, Empire Pizza will be on site offering up $5 personal pizzas all night. Located at: 2961 29th St, Greeley, CO.

Grand Lake's 16th Street Tavern - Wednesday Special today is Buy one beer and get another beer for half off. Choose from the full line of Grand Lake brews on tap. Then on Thursday, all Students (21+), Teachers, Veterans and Hospital staff get 10% off their tab. Drop in today - open from 12pm to 10pm. Located at: 915 16th St, Greeley, CO.

WeldWerks Brewing Company is hosting a special beer release for #IPADay Thursday, August 4th (tomorrow), that's when they'll tap "Fruity Bits - Mango", the first iteration in their new rotating IPA series. Based on their cloudy New England-style IPA Juicy Bits, Fruity Bits Mango has added mango to give this beer an extra bit of tropical fruit character, plus the special hops also give hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and tangerine. Surprisingly complex and delicious! This is a one time per year kind of release so don't miss out. Also, limits on crowlers of their Juicy Bits is now bumped up to 4 per person. Located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Company - Don't forget the upcoming Fireside Chats with Kyle coming up this Friday, August 5th from 7pm to 9pm. This time, Kyle will lead a discussion on barrel aging. This session is open to everyone 21+ with the purchase of a beer. Learn about barrel sourcing, blending beers from different barrels, barrel aging, and prepping barrels for cellaring. Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.

Other Northern Colorado Breweries

Berthoud Brewing Company - Tonight in the taproom stop in for a beer and listen to live music from the Cole Porter Band. The music starts at 6pm. The taproom is open from 2pm to 9pm today. Located at: 450 8th Street, Berthoud, CO.

City Star Brewing - Don't forget Trivia Night tonight where you can win a pair of tickets to this weekend's Gnarly Barley Brew Festival in Loveland at The Ranch/Budweiser Events Center. Bring a friend or two and compete as a team. Trivia starts at 7:30pm and runs til 9:00pm. Return to the taproom on Thursday 7-9:30pm for live music from Johnny Campbell and the Bluegrass Drifters. Then on Friday, live music from Chris Elliot & Marlo from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.

High Hops Brewery - Don't forget their regular Wednesday firkin tapping today. Today's brew is "Bea Arthur", a big Belgian-style golden (girl) that's rockin' it at nearly 11% ABV! Plus, today is a Pokemon Go Meetup from 4pm to 7pm. Get 10% off your beer tab if you wear your team's color (must show matching team color in your app to quality). Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.

Hunter's Moon Meadery is getting ready to celebrate Mead Day this Saturday, August 6th. Just for that one day, they will take $5 off the price of their International Gold medal winning mead Velvet Moon. Regularly $32 a bottle, but on Saturday only it will be $27. They only made 35 gallons of this special mead and it was aged for 4 1/2 years! It's a big mead weighing in at 16% ABV. This is a one time only sale. Call for a visit to their meadery at: (970) 302-3183 or (970) 590-6059. Located at: 404 Immigrant Trail, Severance, CO.

Special Events

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Brew Fests This Week
- India Pale Ale Day (#IPAday) - Aug. 4th - Nationwide. Enjoy an IPA this day!
- International Beer Day - Aug. 5th - Worldwide - have a beer!
- Boulder County Fair Brewers' Festival - Aug. 5th - Boulder County Fairgrounds Pavilion Park.
- National Beer Mile - Aug. 6th - Front Range Airport - Watkins, CO.
- Winter Park Beer Festival - Aug. 6th - Hideaway Park - Winter Park, CO.
- Leftapalooza Tribute Band Competition & Beer Fest - Aug. 6th - Roosevelt Park - Longmont, CO.
- 3rd Annual Sesh Fest 2016 - Aug. 6th - Highland Masonic Events Center - Denver, CO.
- 10th Annual Springs Beer Fest - Aug. 6th - America the Beautiful Park - Co. Springs, CO.
- Gnarly Barley Brew Fest - Aug. 6th - Budweiser Events Center grounds - Loveland, CO.
- Denver Beer Olympics & Beer Fest - Aug. 6th - Civic Center Park - Denver, CO.
- Avery Brewing's 23rd Anniversary Party - Aug. 6th - Avery Brewing - Boulder, CO.
- Beers, Bacon + Bicycles Festival - Aug. 6th - William Oliver's Publick House - Ft. Collins, CO.
- 5 Points Brew & BBQ - Aug. 6th - Historic 5 Points - Denver, CO.
- Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival - Aug. 6-7 - River Run Village - Keystone, CO.

Find all the details of these events in the August 2016 Colorado Beer Festival Calendar.

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