[Northern Colorado Beer News] - There's a special aroma in the air at most local breweries - it's FRESH HOPS. It's the hop harvest time and a multitude of NoCo breweries are making their fresh hop beers this week. Some of them are tapping this weekend! It's one of the best times of the year to appreciate the aroma and flavor of fresh cut hops in a beer. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene today, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Day: 300 Suns Brewing - Longmont, CO.
Featured Brewery News of the Day
Fort Collins Brewery - Do you love running, dressing up as a monster and benefiting a good cause? Then sign up for FCB's Malt Monster 5K - set for Saturday, October 29th. Today is the last day to take advantage of their early bird registration for a discounted entry. Check out the details at: https://malt-monster-5k.eventbrite.com. Race starts at 11am. Participants will received an FCB sports pack and pint glass, beer samples and appetizers. After the race join Team FCB and our awesome vendors for games, food, brews and activities. Don't forget to wear a costume for our costume contest! Free your inner Monster! Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Boulder County Breweries
12Degree Brewing - It's back on tap! 12Degree has brought back their popular Grapefruit Express Pale Ale this week. It has the aroma of citrus from the Citra hops and a dash of grapefruit in the taste. it pours with a bright white foamy head. They also have 11 other brews on tap today. Open today from 4pm to 11pm. Located at: 820 Main St, Louisville, CO.
300 Suns Brewing - Want a chance to win a kegerator from Wyatt's Wet Goods filled with a sixtel of 300 Suns craft beer? Better grab your ticket soon for the upcoming 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off & Craft Beer, Cider + Spirits Tasting event set for Saturday, September 10th from 2-5pm at the brewery parking lot. They will be giving away the kegerator with beer for one lucky attendee. Check out the September Beer Fest Calendar for details. Drinks from 13 different companies will be featured at this event. Located at: 335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO.
Avery Brewing Company - Avery Brewing in collaboration with FREESKIER Magazine will soon debut a new ski season kickoff beer this Thursday, September 8th at a release party at Avery Brewing from 5pm to 9pm. At the party they will debut: "Pow Day IPA". At the event there will be live music from The Goonies 80's cover band (6-8pm), plus a gear raffle, yard games, free beer (21+ only). Come check out some of next year's hottest ski products too. Located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO.
Boulder Beer Company - It's the hop harvest season and the crew was busy last night sorting through a huge delivery of fresh Cascade hops from Still Wind Farm in Hotchkiss, Colorado. These hops were added to a big batch of beer that will soon be released in September. Watch for "Harvest 16 Fresh-hopped Peach Pale Ale" and be ready to embrace fresh hop beer! Located at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO.
BRU Handbuilt Ales - It's fresh hop season and today BRU is making a batch of CO2 Colorado Pale Ale with some freshly picked garden hops. Look for this beer to be available sometime in September. Located at: 5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.
Fate Brewing Co - Boulder Association of Firefighters IAFF Local 900 and FATE Brewing Co. invite you to have a pouring of "Local 900's Thor Strong." Money raised from this beer will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Please come out and support the mission of MDA and help everyone work towards finding a cure for muscle disease! Located at: 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO.
Left Hand Brewing Co - Do you love fresh hops? Left Hand just took delivery of twenty five big bags of fresh cascade hops from Paonia yesterday and will use those to make this year's batch of Warrior IPA - made with Colorado fresh hops. Nothing like the smell of Cascade hops in the morning! Also, this Saturday (Sept. 3rd) Left Hand and Busted Sandal Brewing Company will tap a collaboration beer "On Your Left Heffe". All proceeds of this beer go to National MS Society, Texas. Located at: 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.
Odd13 Brewing - Have you had one yet? Odd13 recently tapped their "Liftmaster 13,000", a Biere da Garage brew. They open fermented this saison and it goes well on a late summer evening. They also have a Berliner Weisse made with Rocky Ford melons called "Rocky Melons Berliner Weisse". Available on draft and in cans too. Located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.
The Old Mine - Starting in September, The Old Mine will be closed on Mondays for the Fall and Winter. They will also be closed this Sunday, September 4th and on Labor Day.
Powder Keg Brewing Co - Tim from Oskar Blues Brewery joined in with the Powder Keg crew this morning in the brewhouse for a collaboration beer they've been planning for the past few weeks! They're brewing a single malt Barke Pilsner with 2 experimental German hops; Callista and Ariana. Keep an eye out for the beer to launch during #GABF at Powder Keg, Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Lyons, CO. Located at: 101 Second Ave, Niwot, CO.
Sanitas Brewing - Plan now to attend Sanitas Brewing's 3rd Anniversary Party set for Saturday, September 10th at 11:30am to 11pm. There will be a yoga class by All Terrain Yoga's glowing Jenna Bee, a cornhole tourney with prizes, their first bottle release and exclusive beers/tappings all day, the Second Annual Taco Eating Contest put on by McDevitt Taco Supply, and music by the Sixty Minute Men! More details and schedule to come. Located at: 3550 Frontier Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO.
Twisted Pine Brewing Co - Recent beer tappings you'll want to try: "Evil Kitty" American Session Black Ale and starting today "Hop Zealot" is back on tap! Stop in for a bite and a brew or two. Located at: 3201 Walnut St, Boulder, CO.
Upslope Brewing Co - Upslope has fresh hop fever as they just used over 400 pounds of local Colorado Nugget & Cascade today to brew up their Fresh Hop IPA. Look for this one to be available early in September. Also for you homebrewers, stop by the Flatiron Park taproom today and score a few ounces of their leftover hops for your next brew. The hops are FREE! Located at: 1898 S Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO.
Vindication Brewing Co - Now available on draft and in 6-pack bottles - Vindication India Pale Ale. Look for the green packaging at a store in the Boulder County area. Located at: 6880 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO.
Walnut Brewery - Join in on September 8th for their September Tapping Party when they partner with the Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program. Rodney will be tapping an Oktoberfest Marzen Beer at 6pm with 1 complimentary pint per person. 50 cents of every Marzen sold for the next 4 weeks will go to help the kids attend the annual burn camp. Representatives of Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program will be in attendance to talk about this worthy program. Located at: 1123 Walnut St, Boulder, CO.
West Flanders Brewing Co - It must be harvest season as West Flanders has joined the throng of local brewers who are brewing up Wet / Fresh hop beers this week. Look for their brew to be tapped by mid-September. Located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO.
Wibby Brewing - During their 1 year Anniversary Party this Saturday, September 3rd, Wibby Brewing will be brewing a Fresh Hop Lager! Anyone who brings 10 cans or more of non-perishable food will be allowed to help receive, weigh, and add fresh Cascade hops to their brew. These hops will be delivered at 3 pm from La Russo Hop Farms. All canned food collected will be donated to Community Food Share. This is a great way for us all to give back to the community while making delicious beer. Be there on Saturday September 3! Located at: 209 Emery St, Longmont, CO.
Wild Woods Brewery - SAVE THE DATE - Wild Woods Brewery's Four Year Anniversary Party - Saturday, September 24th 1-9pm! There will be a new anniversary beer debut, "Above Treeline", a commemorative glass giveaway, new and cellar beer tappings, and a GABF ticket raffle. LIVE MUSIC from A Shadow of Jaguar. Food from Knock On Wood Smokehouse. Free admission. Check out their Facebook event and website for updates/details! Located at: 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO.
Larimer County Breweries
1933 Brewing Company - This week's new Stash in the Back brew is called "Encore!", an amber ale made with fire roasted Woodchip coffee. Open today from 3pm to 8pm. Located at: 4025 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO.
Big Beaver Brewing Co - In case you missed it last week, Big Beaver has re-released two beers that you'll want to check out: Kama Citra White IPA and their seasonal Oktoberfest Märzen. Enjoy them while they last. Located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO.
Big Thompson Brewery - A beer so good they decided to release it early. Today, Big Thompson Brewery is tapping "Otto's Oktoberfest" Ozapft is! Prost! It's an awesome seasonal brew weighing in at 5.5% ABV. Come celebrate the harvest season! Also, starting Friday, September 9th, Big Thompson Brewery will be hosting "Fall into FUN Friday Nights". Each Friday in the Fall they will have a food truck and live music and a weekly cornhole tournament. The winner gets to take home a growler. Located at: 114 E 15th St, Loveland, CO.
Buckhorn Brewers - Over the last weekend, Buckhorn Brewers released a new beer - "Winter White IPA". This beer was made with all wheat and no barley. Stats: 7.5% ABV and 73 IBU. Also, their Krueger Porter is now on tap as well. Plus! Their Never Summers' Wit is back as well. They will be open Thursday through Sunday. Plan to attend their "Cards Against Humanity Night" on Saturday, September 3rd starting at 7pm. They'll stay open late that night! Located at: 4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO.
City Star Brewing - The list of breakfast themed beers for Flap Jack Day (September 5th) has been finalized. In addition to FREE flap jacks at the brewery, they will also have these awesome beers: Maple Brown, Coffee Stout, Blueberry Lager, and Peach Belgian - plus 1 more! Head to Berthoud this Labor Day for City Star's Flap Jack Day celebration from 11am to 6pm. For details check out the Flap Jack Day news release. Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.
Climb Hard Cider Co - This is the last week to enjoy their summer seasonal ciders (Pineapple & Elderflower) on tap. Starting next week, they'll tap their fall seasonal ciders: Vanilla cider and Spiced cider. Located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO.
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing - It's da freshness! Over 50 pounds of fresh harvested wet hops just went into the brew kettle earlier this week for the making of "Mr. Freshy" wet hop ale. Look for this to debut sometime soon in September. Open late til 2:00am to accommodate your late night beer needs. Located at: 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO.
Funkwerks - Business is expanding! Funkwerks will officially start distributing to the state of Minnesota starting September 13th. Making the nation funky one state at a time. Located at: 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Today's Hump Day special is $4 off growlers of Grimm Bros' Kleine Else Kölsch. You can also get $2 off all their other beers (subject to availability). Also, pre-orders on this year's Oktoberfest steins + fill are now on sale. These tend to sell out quick. Reserve yours at BrownPaperTickets. Located at: 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.
Loveland Aleworks - [Press Release] August 30, 2016 - Loveland, CO - Loveland Aleworks is excited to begin offering Crowlers for beer to-go out of the taproom on Friday, September 2, 2016. These 32oz cans will be filled on site at time of order with your choice of any of the ten beers available on tap. The prices will start at $8 per can, with no limitations on number purchased.
The Crowler can offers several advantages over typical Growler fills. The cans are completely sanitary and sealed which keeps the beer fresher longer, leading to a sustained shelf life. Also, these containers completely block all light, preserving the quality of the finely crafted ale, and reducing contaminants and off-flavors. Crowlers are single-use, recyclable containers perfect for throwing in a cooler or backpack. Loveland Aleworks will continue to fill clean Growlers and Growlettes. View their Crowler Launch video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mhfPlE3PZzg - Located at: 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company - Tonight is Vinyl Night at the brewery. Bring in a record to play and when they play it you'll get a free 12oz beer. Make it a classic! Also try their newly tapped "Romulan Territory Tripel" (8.5% ABV). Located at: 531 S St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO.
Maxline Brewing - It's football season and this Saturday is the Rocky Mountain Showdown with CSU vs CU starting at 3pm. Maxline will be showing the game and hosting a tailgate party from 3pm to 10pm. Bring your grill, your meats and your CSU pride. (CU fans welcome too but you will be outnumbered). Located at: 2701 S College Ave, Unit 190, Fort Collins, 80525.
Old Colorado Brewing Co - Stop in tonight for "Cards Against Humanity" in the taproom starting at 6pm. They'll also have live music daily Friday through Monday this weekend too. Plus a cornhole tournament as well. Located at: 8121 1st St, Wellington, CO.
Snowbank Brewing CO - It's Wear It Wednesday! Come to the taproom today wearing your Snowbank gear and get $1 off your first pint! Purchase some Snowbank gear and your first pint is on the house! They have a limited amount of bottle cap t-shirts remaining for $5 off, so hurry in for your vintage shirt before they're gone for good! The brewery is open from 2pm until 8pm! Located at: 225 N Lemay Ave Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.
Weld County Breweries
Broken Plow Brewery - It's Trivia Night at the Plow tonight starting at 7pm. There will be five rounds of fun with five customized prizes and FREE beer for the end of the night winners. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO.
High Hops Brewery - Today's Wednesday firkin is their "Cin'illa Stout", a sweet stout made with cinnamon and vanilla. Stop back on Thursday for the tapping of their "Gose Down Easy", dry-hopped Gose. Live music out on the patio Friday and Saturday this week. Food vendors now available Tuesday through Sunday! Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.
Wiley Roots Brewing Co - This Saturday starting at 1pm til close, Wiley Roots will tap their Fresh Hop IPA. It was made with cascade, centennial and saaz hops - all grown locally in Greeley. Wing Shack will be there outside serving up hot wings. 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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