[Northern Colorado Beer News] - Fermentedly Challenged is back after a 1 week vacation. I enjoyed some great Michigan craft beer, but it feels good to be back in Colorado after a long road trip. The summer is nearly over but you can still find lots of new beer releases to taste and beer festivals to attend. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene today, Tues, August 30th, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Day: Funkwerks of Fort Collins, CO.
Featured Brewery News of the Day
High Hops Brewery - Have you tried their recently tapped new beer? It's The Prospector Blonde Ale. This brew has the aroma of citrusy grapefruit. It's an easy drinkin' ale. Later this week on Wednesday they'll tap a firkin of Cin'illa Stout, a dark brew with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Then on Thursday, September 1st, High Hops will tap "Gose Down Easy", a gose style beer dry-hopped with Pekko hops for a hint of orange and mint aroma. Very sessionable at 4.2% ABV. Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.
Boulder County Breweries
Boulder Beer Company announced they will be making their new Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA a year round beer, effective immediately. Pulp Fusion was first released this May as a new summer seasonal in 12-oz 6-pk bottles and draft throughout Boulder Beer’s 34 state footprint. Its unprecedented success as a summer seasonal prompted the brewery’s decision to keep it out year round as part of their core portfolio of beers.
“With the strength it has demonstrated in the market, Pulp Fusion has the capacity to be our #2 selling beer this year,” said Judd Belstock, National Sales Director for Boulder Beer. “There is no doubt in my mind that we have a winner on our hands, and with one taste you’ll understand why.”
Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA blends the beauty of an IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice of blood oranges. It shines with a bright, golden color and finishes smooth without lingering bitterness. Pulp Fusion clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 52 IBUs.
Left Hand Brewing Company - Let the Oktoberfest season begin! Available now from Left Hand Brewing is their returning seasonal - Oktoberfest! This brew is a Märzen Lager made especially for this late summer / early fall time of year. This beer was brewed in the late Spring and lagered for several months. It's a dry crisp brew weighing in at 6.6% ABV. Taproom located at: 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.
Oskar Blues Brewery - [Press Release] News flash.... Summer is coming to a close. That means fall, colder weather, shorter days... sad times indeed. BUT if there's one thing that can warm you (and your belly) up it's the release of Oskar Blues Brewery's giant fuhCAN Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. The 10.5% ABV half-baked, but fully-roasted dark mouth bomb is consistently rated as one of the best of its style around (100 ratings from both Beer Advocate and Rate Beer) and the 2016 edition is just as kickass as usual.
"Ten FIDY is the perfect illustration of the how good the malt we use really is," Tim Mathews, said. "Shipped direct to the brewery from the Simpsons Malthouse in the UK; the roast, chocolate, espresso, and burnt sugar really pop. It's a bear to brew and tests the brewer at every step, but all the sweat and tears are worth it!"
Ten FIDY is a complex beer. Like a Rubik's Cube. It continually brings a new experience for the drinker every time. Each sip or sniff can evoke a different appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel while never departing from the quality and consistency that Oskar Blues Brewery brings to every batch of beer. It's complicated and that's a good thing. This is an immensely viscous stout loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee underneath a smooth blanket of malt. This brew is constructed with colossal amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. And at 10.5% ABV you won't forget you're drinking a big, bold, badass beer that is #NeverTheSameStout.
Look for Ten FIDY in four-pack, 12-ounce cans and on draft in all 50 states where Oskar Blues Brewery is sold from September through March only. Located at: 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO.
Upslope Brewing Company - New beers are arriving. Now available in large 19.2oz cans - Upslope's Experimental Hop IPA. This beer was a collaboration they did with REEL ROCK. This beer is available in the taproom, and will be available at all REEL ROCK shows. Look for it also in local stores. Plus, look for the new limited release of Upslope's Blood Orange Saison. Available in 12oz cans and on draft. Located at: 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO.
Larimer County Breweries
Black Bottle Brewery - Get ready for three upcoming beer releases over the next 7 days. Today, Black Bottle tapped their new "Bockstreet's Bock, Alright", a Doppelbock beer. The second happens this Friday, September 2nd at 11am with tapping of "Static Age", a hazelnut breakfast stout. Time to start embracing the dark beers again. So good you'll want one for breakfast. The third release is set for next Tuesday, September 6th at 11am - "Karma Payment Plan", a sour grapefruit IPA. Located at: 1611 S College Ave, Ste 1609, Fort Collins, CO.
City Star Brewing - On International Womens Day, March 8th, women across the world brewed together for the Pink Boots Society's Big Brew Day, raising the profile of women in the industry and raising the profile of beer to women. The City Star Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers ladies brewed Calamity Jane, gose inspired ale with pink Himalayan sea salt, coriander and tart cherries at City Star.
In further collaboration the ladies distilled 2 kegs of Calamity Jane at Spirit Hound, producing just under 1 gallon of Calamity Jane Spirit. The finished product weighs in at 90 proof, featuring a floral brandy nose that leads to a taste of roses on the palate. There is hint of malt and long lingering heat finish. Calamity Jane Spirit is a truly one-of-a-kind, delicate spirit and supply is extremely limited.
The fruits of their labor will be unveiled at the Calamity Jane Release Party at Lyons Fork on Thursday, September 1st 5-8pm. The final keg available of Calamity Jane Ale will be on tap. Due to the very limited supply of Calamity Jane Spirit it will only be available for sale at this event with purchase of a tasting ticket, and it is expected to completely sell out that night. Calamity Jane Release Party - Thurs. Sept. 1st 5-8pm, Lyons Fork, 450 Main St, Lyons, CO.
Funkwerks - Fans of barrel-aged beers take note. Funkwerks now has bottles of all three vintages (2014, 2015 & 2016) of Barrel Aged Deceit Belgian-style Golden Ale available in the taproom. Perfect opportunity to stock up your cellar or plan for a vertical tasting. Tuesdays are double stamp days for bottle purchases. Earn your way quickly to a great discount! Located at: 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - [Press Release] Loveland Oktoberfest returns to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. This year we brought back the two-day format that was such a success last year. “We want to give people a chance to come out and have a good time on Friday, Saturday or both if they want to,” said Russell Fruits with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.
The event will feature beer from seven Loveland craft breweries; including Verboten, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop, Big Beaver, Buckhorn, Big Thompson, and of course Grimm Brothers. Beer will be sold in several locations and allowed anywhere inside the fenced area. Local food will be brought to you by Gunter’s Bavarian Grill, The Road Grill, Bedrock BBQ, Styria Bakery, Chaulkboard Gourmet Express, and Artisan Pops. Neue Polka Colorado, a local CSU polka band, will kick off the live music at 6:00 on Friday night. Saturday’s lineup will feature local favorites Dave Beagle, William’s Reserve, and Hazmat. Wear your dirndl and lederhosen for the best-dressed contest at 2:00 on Saturday, and hold those steins high for the stein-hoisting contest at 4:30. The Loveland Big Thompson Kiwanis Club will run hammerschlagen, corn hole, carpet ball, ladder ball, washer toss, and more. Money raised from playing games will go directly to Kiwanis Club.
“There will be something for everyone at Loveland Oktoberfest this year, with live music, food, games for kids and adults alike,” said Aaron Heaton of Grimm Brothers. “We’ve even got a face painting booth for the little one’s, so bring the whole family”.
Loveland Oktoberfest will be celebrated on Friday, September 16th from 3:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday, September 17th from 12:00 – 9:00 PM at 623 Denver Ave. Loveland, CO 80537. The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome.
Intersect Brewing - Fort Collins has a new brewery that opened last week - Intersect Brewing! They have a huge outdoor patio and a spacious taproom. They opened with a Milk Chocolate Stout, Raspberry Berliner Weiss, IPA, and Belgian Wit. Many more to come! Go check them out! Open today from 1pm to 9pm. Located at: 2160 W Drake Rd, Ste A-1, Fort Collins, CO.
Pateros Creek Brewing Company - New beers on tap today. Come taste their Pasil Beach Summer Ale and Snowy River Vanilla Porter. Get 'em while they're fresh! Located at: 242 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Three Four Beer Company is now pouring their own beers in addition to 3 dozen+ guest beers. Come try their freshly made beers including: Hop Experiment V 1 (West Coast Session IPA), Smash Test Dos (American Pale Ale), and their Robust Porter. Located just west of CSU campus at: 829 S Shields St, #100, Fort Collins, CO.
Verboten Brewing - Over the weekend, Verboten tapped two new beers. One was a collaboration beer they did with Fort Collins Brewery called "Stout, Collaborate, and Listen", a white stout made with steam lager yeast. The other brew was "Laze About", a peach habanero golden ale. Both are on tap this week. Located at: 127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO.
Weld County Breweries
Crabtree Brewing Company - Grats go to Crabtree Brewing for being awarded 1st Place in the People's Choice Awards at last weekend's Garden City Bootlegging Brew Fest. Wiley Roots Brewing took 2nd place and Broken Plow Brewery took 3rd place.
WeldWerks Brewing Company - This brewery was just named Best Local Brewery for 2016 in the Greeley Tribune's annual local survey. There's a lot of new beer brewing that will be tapped soon. Look for these new offerings coming your way soon: Coffee Maple Achromatic Imperial Stout, Extra Juicy Bits IIPA, Liqweldellic sour cherry farmhouse ale, and Pomegranate Berliner sour wheat beer. Located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.
Wiley Roots Brewing Company - Mark your calendars for this Saturday, September 3rd at 1pm for Wiley Roots' Fresh Hop IPA Release Party. The hop crop was harvested and the freshest batch of beer was made with them. This beer has fresh Cascade, Centennial and Saaz hops grown in a local homebrewer's garden. Stats: 5.8% ABV and 57 IBU. Come see how good fresh hop beer can be. Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.
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Brew Fests This Week
- Keystone Oktoberfest - Sept. 3 - River Run Village - Keystone, CO.
- Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Sept 3-4 - Beaver Creek, CO.
- Tour de Fat - Sept. 3 - New Belgium Brewing - Ft. Collins, CO.
- Pints in the Park - Sept. 3 - Community Park - Louisville, CO.
- Brews & Views Beer Fest - Sept. 3 - Hudson Gardens & Event Center - Littleton, CO.
Find all the details of these events in the September 2016 Colorado Beer Festival Calendar.
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