[Northern Colorado Beer News] - Fermentedly Challenged is changing up the way Beer News is being done. Instead of 3-4 daily news postings a week, it will now be published WEEKLY on Thursdays of each week. These weekly posts will focus primarily on the latest beer tappings and special brewery news and events coming up for the weekend. Just more of the news that matters. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene for the week of September 12-18, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Week: Maxline Brewing - Fort Collins CO.
Beer Factoid of the Week
Economic Impact of Homebrewing - America has slowly awakened to the tremendous economic impact of small and independent craft brewers. But there’s another group of brewers who are also leaving a significant imprint: homebrewers! In a new report posted on the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) website, Brewers Association chief economist Dr. Bart Watson investigates in-depth the impact of homebrewing on the U.S. economy. Among the report’s findings: In 2015, the hobby of homebrewing—and its 1.2 million participants—created over 11,000 jobs, and resulted in over $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues. The complete analysis can be found on HomebrewersAssociation.org.
Boulder County Breweries
Asher Brewing Company - This Saturday, September 17th, Asher Brewing will release their "Green Dream Pale Ale", made with fresh local Cascade and Chinook hops from Niwot Hops. It taps at 4:00pm. Located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct S, Ste 104, Boulder, CO.
Avery Brewing Company - Now available in the taproom only: "No. 39 Barrel-Aged Series - L'Eighyore Sour Ale". This brew aged in rum barrels for 7.5 months and was dry-hopped with Simcoe, Galaxy and Huell Melon hops as well (9.9% ABV). You won't find this one in stores, but you might be able to take home a bottle or two from the brewery. Hurry while it's still in stock. Located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO.
Bootstrap Brewing Company - After 4 long years of putting up with a parking lot that just wasn't cutting it, this week their parking lot got a new black top paving job and now has fresh painted parking stripes and stops. Stop on in and enjoy some beer! Located at: 6778 N 79th St, Niwot. CO.
Boulder Beer Company - Good news coming for all you fresh hop beer lovers. All of those fresh hops that were used a few weeks ago will soon debut in Boulder Beer's "Harvest 16 Fresh Hopped-Peach Pale Ale". It'll be on tap next week. Meanwhile, this Saturday, September 17th, stop in to celebrate "Half Way to St. Paddy's Party" all day long. They'll have Shamrock Shakes (with mint) and Shake Bombs, both made with Shake Chocolate Porter. While the rest of the world is acting German - you can act Irish! Located at: 2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO.
Front Range Brewing Company - This year's edition of FRBC's classic German FestBier called "Novemberfest" will be available has been tapped this week. This rich malty lager is amber colored and comes in at a healthy 6.4% ABV. Come on by to sample this delicious seasonal specialty. Located at: 400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO.
Gravity Brewing - This Saturday, September 17th marks Gravity Brewing's 4th Anniversary Party starting at 1pm. A different beer will be tapped hourly from 1pm to 8pm including: Strawberry Saison at 1pm, Vanilla Bean Oatmeal Stout @ 2pm, Blueberry Wit @ 3pm, Mango Double IPA @ 4pm, Equalizer Coffee Tsar Bomba @ 5pm, Barrel-Aged Sour @ 6pm, Wine Barrel-aged Old Ale @ 7pm, and a Dry Hopped Sour @ 8pm. You won't want to miss these. Located at: 1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO.
Grossen Bart Brewery - Do you love cigars and beer? If so, join in at Grossen Bart Brewery for the inaugural Oktoberfest Cigar & Beer Pairing sponsored by Havana Manor on Monday, October 3rd from 5pm to 10pm. The first twenty people to purchase tickets gets 2 pints of Friendly Mutton Chop Marzen, & 2 Oktoberfest Quesada Bavarian Cigars! The price is $20.00. There will also be some tasty German cuisine to go along with the evening. Monday night football will be in full effect with the Vikings taking on the Giants. (Purchase tickets at Grossen Bart.) Located at: 1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO.
Left Hand Brewing Company - Now on tap in their taproom. Fresh off their Pilot System is a new Saison! Come try one and let them know what you think. Also, don't forget about Left Hand Brewing's 23rd Anniversary on Wednesday, September 21st. If you wear your Left Hand gear into the taproom that day you'll get Half Off your first pint. Located at: 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company - If you love beer and playing pinball - listen up. Liquid Mechanics just doubled the number of pinball machines they have on site to 6 machines! Start practicing up and get ready for some upcoming pinball tournament action. Machines include: Party Zone, Pinball Magic, Dr. Who, South Park, No Fear and 1 more. Located at: 297 N US Hwy 287, Lafayette, CO.
Odd13 Brewing - Now on tap: "The Economist", a hazy, juicy American pale ale that was hopped up with Mosaic hops. It has a huge pineapple and tropical fruit flavor profile. Plus, also now on tap: "Boulder Brett", an IPA with Brettanomyces and hopped with Huell Mellon and Simcoe hops. It's light and cloudy and has notes of honeydew, strawberry and pineapple along with some barnyard funk from the brett. Located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.
Oskar Blues Brewery - Looking for a beer with a little pick me up? Look for Oskar Blues' newest creation: "Hotbox Coffee Porter". They blended their favorite morning coffee from Colorado's Hotbox Coffee with their best malts to produce a brew that combines the best of both worlds. Check out the details in their Press Release. Available now through the end of November. Located at: 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO.
Sanitas Brewing - Now available in their new 750ml bottles: "Deluge", a French-style Saison aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Also now on tap, their Rum Barrel Aged Barleywine and their Grand Cru. Both are good warmers on these cool Fall-like evenings. Located at: 3550 Frontier Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO.
The Post Brewing Co - Now on tap - a fresh hop version of their Townie Ale - aka Wet Townie. It was made with over 300 pounds of fresh hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia and Niwot Hops in Niwot. Just 15 barrels were made. Grab a pint while it lasts. Located at: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO.
Upslope Brewing Company - There's FREE beer coming at 11,000 feet. In 2 weeks, Upslope will host their 2nd Annual Backcountry Tap Room at Vance's Cabin on Saturday, October 1st (11am-5pm. You'll need to hike up 3.1 miles for the exclusive release of their newest tap room series beer "Fresh Hop IPA". Details on the Backcountry Tap Room hike online. Located at: 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO.
Vindication Brewing - Beer special all weekend long: get their IPA 6-packs to go for $8. That's 6 craft beers for just $8. What are you waiting for? Located at: 6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO.
Vision Quest Brewery - Two new beers to try today: "Hibiscus Cranberry Gose" and a "London Ale" with Cookie malt. Located at: 2510 47th St, Unit A2, Boulder, CO.
West Flanders Brewing Co - Now on tap: "Wicked Wet", a wet hop beer made with the freshest Cascade, CTZ and Chinook hops. Located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO.
Wild Woods Brewery - Just tapped on September 15th - try their Oktoberfest Lager, a classic seasonal brew with German hops, malts and yeast and lagered for 3 months. Located at: 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO.
Larimer County Breweries
1933 Brewing Company - This week in the brewhouse, Z the brewer made a batch of his popular Chili Beer. Look for it to be on tap in about 2 weeks or so. In the meantime, stop in and enjoy their Slightly Lupid IPA, or an amber ale, a stout, a Mexican-style lager, or 2 different pale ales. Located at: 4025-C South Mason, Fort Collins, CO.
Big Thompson Brewery - This week on September 15th, Big Thompson Brewery turned 1 Year Old. They are planning to host a 1st Anniversary Party on Saturday, September 24th at the brewery. Look for some special beers to tap for the occasion. Meanwhile, Big Thompson will be pouring this weekend at the Loveland Oktoberfest and at the Fall Harvest Brewfest in Fort Collins. Located at: 114 E 15th St, Loveland, CO.
Black Bottle Brewery - BBB is hosting a mini Octoberfest celebration this Saturday, September 17th for those feeling the need to drink some delicious Oktoberfest beers while listening to German music. They’ll be serving all Oktoberfest beers in dimple steins and the Boots (for those looking to indulge a bit more) to give you the extra authentic vibe. BBB's own Oktoberfest brew, Shushen Ze Mouthen, will be making it’s seasonal debut for the occasion. Along side it, they'll be pouring Oktoberfest beers from Fort Collins Brewery, Odell, and Paulaner, one of the most consumed beers of its kind during Oktoberfest celebrations. Feeling strong? Test your strength in a stein hoist competition at 7pm for your chance to win some awesome swag from the participating breweries! Located at: 1611 S College Ave, Ste 1609, Fort Collins, CO.
C.B. & Potts Brewery & Taphouse - Now on tap this week: "King Bouche Strong Ale". It was brewed as a Pro-Am beer for the upcoming GABF with homebrewer Andrew Lowell (his recipe). Stats: 9.1% ABV & 60 IBU! Available for only a limited time. Located at: 1427 W. Elizabeth St, Fort Collins, CO.
City Star Brewing - Tapping this Saturday at City Star - "Country Pumpkin", a harvest ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and aged on vanilla beans (6.5% ABV & 21 IBU). Also - City Star wants you to show off your talent at the upcoming "City Star Farm Stand Band Talent Show" set for Saturday, September 24th at 3:00pm at Fickel Park in Berthoud, CO. Sign up to perform online. There is a catch - Contestants will be judged on: 1) Use of materials found on a farm or in the garden in your act, 2) Creativity, and 3) Performance. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place but the real winners are the people that have the most fun participating in a fun, quirky, unique event! Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.
Crow Hop Brewing Company - Next Saturday, September 24th, Crow Hop will once again host a Monthly Microfest and tap 4 different beers with the same malt bill only each one will use different hops grown from High Wire Hops in Paonia, CO. Come taste and smell the difference hops can make! Located at: 217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO.
Equinox Brewing - Need a job? Equinox Brewing Co. is hiring for a part-time production assistant (20-25 hrs/week). This job is labor intensive and does require heavy lifting! Resumes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted in person at Equinox. Please include references and availability. Application deadline is end of day on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. Located at: 133 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO.
Fort Collins Brewery - Monday's can be great if you become active in FCB's Artisan Collector Series. Every month with the release of the latest FCB brew, they will also release specialty glassware from the Artisan Collector Series. Designed by Kelsey Knoble, the illustrator behind FCB's new packaging artwork, the Artisan Collector Series is truly one-of-a-kind. Receive a pour with the purchase of the specialty glass. Then bring in your glass every Monday of the month for discounted refills of select beers. There's a new glass and beer every month. Collect them all! July's glass was a tall flute, August's glass was a beer stein, and September's glass is a wide-bottom globe. This month's new beer is their Oud Bruin. Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Funkwerks - Starting today, Funkwerks is pouring "Bramble", a barrel-aged Brett Saison that was brewed with blackberries. Cheers to barrel-aged beers! Also, Funkwerks has lots of kegs to sell out of the taproom this week! Call or stop in and ask your friendly beertender what's available to take home. Rumor has it there are a variety of 1/6 and 1/2 barrels of Saison, Tropic King, Nelson Sauvin and Raspberry Provincial. Located at: 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland Oktoberfest is this weekend at Grimm Bros - September 16th and 17th. Beers from 7 Loveland breweries will be featured including special beers "The Farmer's Wild Daughter", a wild Oktoberfest lager, and also "Hans the Hedgehog", a Vienna/Amber style lager. Details on this Oktoberfest celebration can be found at: lovelandoktoberfest.org. Located at: 623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company - During the last week, Horse & Dragon tapped a bunch of new beers. 1) Ruby-Throated Red, a red kettle sour ale. 2) Theo's Secret IPL, a lager with bold hop selections with flavors/aromas of passion fruit, tangerine, and peach. 3) Kahlo By Muray, a Munich Dunkel with notes of toffee and biscuit and a touch of chocolate. 4) Harry Hughes's Aggie Ale, a pale ale infused with jasmine green tea. Try a pint or perhaps a taster of all four! Coming soon: Perambulation Ale 2016, Bounty of the Bine 2016, and a Rum-barrel-aged Coconut Porter. Located at: 124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO.
Loveland Aleworks - Two new beers are getting tapped in the coming weeks. This Friday, September 16th they're releasing their "Colorado Grand Cru". The following week on Friday, September 23rd "Crowdsource Ale 2016" goes on tap: a community powered beer brewed with all Loveland grown hops. Have you had the chance to try their Crowlers yet? They are a unique and innovative way of taking your favorite beer from the taproom to-go in 32oz cans. Local beers are perfect for watching the game, throwing in the cooler for a picnic, or taking to the mountains for watching the leaves change. Located at: 118 West 4th St, Loveland, CO.
Odell Brewing Company - Now rolling off the canning line and coming to you in October, it's Odell's Fall/Winter seasonal - Isolation Ale. Look for it in 6/12 packs in the next few weeks. Located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Old Colorado Brewing Company - New beers on tap this week: Opa's Brown, Oragne Shandy, Grapefruit Shandy, Cornaleous Joe Rye Sour, Where's Your Aspen Saison, and a Golden ale. Located at: 8121 S 1st St, Wellington, CO.
Pateros Creek Brewing Co - The brewery's annual "Stevetoberfest" celebration has been set for Saturday, September 24th from 2pm to 7pm at the brewery. The theme for this year is "BEER:30 STEVE:40" - it's both a celebration of the harvest season and also a celebration to mark the 40th birthday of owner/brewer Steve. There will be several beer releases that day including: Stevetoberfest 2016, Oreo Porter, and Peanut Brittle Red, plus more announced that day. Live music from 3 groups: from 2pm to 7pm. Plenty of food will be available from the Come N Get IT food truck. Games and more fun as well. Located at: 242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO.
Rally King Brewing - Now back on tap: "Problem Child", a dark kettle soured beer. Also, Rally King is now serving up delicious Empanadas. Grab a pint and a snack. Located at: 1624 S Lemay Ave, Unit 4, Fort Collins, CO.
Snowbank Brewing CO - Saturday, September 17th marks the release of Snowbank Brewing's "S'mores Porter" in bomber bottles! The cost will be $12 per bomber with a 2 bottle per person limit. Located at: 225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.
Three Four Beer Company - This Friday, September 16th at 5pm, Three Four Beer Company will tap their fourth beer "Hop Experiment Vol 2", an IPA. This one is described as "citrusy, dank and bitter hop flavor, and a huge aroma of citrus, pine, and floral notes". Located at: 829 S Shields St, Fort Collins, CO.
Verboten Brewing - Guten Tag! This Friday Verboten Brewing is releasing Frau Blucher. She is spicy, smooth and so refreshing. Frau Blucher is their 7% ABV, traditional Bock made with rye and fermented with the house lager yeast from our good friends, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse! Released in their taproom and at Loveland Oktoberfest this tonight. Verboten Brewing is located at: 127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO.
Zwei Brewing - Their annual Oktoberfest celebration happens this Saturday, September 17th at the brewery. Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell will tap the first keg at noon. Live music in the Oktoberfest tradition from 12-2pm and 4-7pm. Plenty of German food, beer, music and fun from Noon to 10:00pm. Also, Zwei Brewing now has 32oz crowler cans available for take home. Ask your server about it. Located at: 4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Fort Collins, CO.
Weld County Breweries
Brix Taphouse & Brewery - Releasing today - Brix Oktoberfest Beer! It's a big malty brew (5.8% ABV & 22 IBU). Get $4 pints of it and all their other Oktoberfest beers on tap today. Plus, you can get $1 off pretzels all day too. Located at: 813 8th St, Greeley, CO.
Broken Plow Brewery - Speaking of Oktoberfest beers, Broken Plow will also be releasing an Oktoberfest Der Pflug Lager on Saturday, September 17th at 2pm. Plus, today they'll have "The Plow Summer Ale" back on tap starting at 5pm. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO.
Crabtree Brewing Company - One of their favorite seasonal beers is now back on tap: "Chunkin' Pumpkin"! It's the fan favorite pumpkin brew. It's also being bottled this week and will soon be on store shelves for a limited time. Located at: 2961 29th St, Greeley, CO.
High Hops Brewery - Two new beers are being released this week. First up is the latest incantation of "Dr. Pat's Double IPA". This batch was brewed with wet Zeus, Chinook, and Nugget hops from their fields (8.6% ABV). Also on tap this week is "The Destro: Dunkel Märzen", a dark German lager made with Hallertau hops (8.5% ABV). Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.
WeldWerks Brewing Company - With their latest expansion in brewing capacity, new secured hop contracts and clever ideas from their brewers, WeldWerks is planning some great stuff ahead. Soon to be released: "Fruity Bits Piña Colada", their Juicy Bits IPA with coconut and pineapple. Also coming soon: Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits, more hoppy goodness. Then releasing during GABF week (first week of October) is their "Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic Imperial Stout" made with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and a dash of cayenne. Also on the horizon: Apricot Gose and a Barrel-Aged Peach Sour (to be named), the first in their upcoming barrel-aged sour program (near end of 2016). Also of note, there's less than 100 crowlers left of their Coffee Maple Achromatic left. If you want some better come sooner than later. Located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.
Wiley Roots Brewing Co - Now on tap - ISO Juice #1: The Boston Hop Party - a cloudy New England-style IPA featuring Citra, El Dorado and Simcoe hops. Tapping on Saturday, September 17th is Wiley Roots' Oktoberfest beer. Stop in and try them both soon. Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.
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Brew Fests This Week
- Fall Harvest Brewfest - Sept 16 - Lincoln Center - Fort Collins, CO.
- Blue Moon Brewery RiNo Grand Opening - Sept 16 - 37th & Brighton Blvd - Denver, CO.
- Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Sept 16-18 - Town Park - Telluride, CO.
- Thrills & Pils' Brew Festival - Sept 17 - Elitch Gardens - Denver, CO.
- Bines & Brews Hopfest - Sept 17 - Limbach Park - Monument, CO.
- Red, White & Brew VI - Sept 17 - Lakewood Elks Lodge - Lakewood, CO.
- Loveland Oktoberfest - Sept 16-17 - Grimm Bros Brewhouse - Loveland, CO.
- Vail Oktoberfest - Sept 16-18 - Vail, CO.
- Steamboat OktoberWest - Sept 16-17 - Steamboat Springs, CO.
- Pueblo Oktoberfest - Sept 16-17 - Pueblo, CO
- FORToberfest - Sept 17 - Fort Collins, CO.
- Oktoberfest in Woodland Park - Sept 17-18 - Woodland Park, CO.
- Autumn Gold Brats & Beer - Sept 17-18 - Estes Park, CO.
Find all the details of these events in the September 2016 Colorado Beer Festival Calendar.
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