Friday, October 14, 2016

Boulder Beer slides into Winter with Slope Style Winter IPA

Winter is coming and so are the winter seasonal beer releases. Boulder Beer Company is ready to release one of their winter seasonal beers - Slope Style Winter IPA. Check out the details of this pending release in today's press release.

Boulder Beer Company To Release Slope Style Winter IPA

[Press Release] Boulder, CO – Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, brings back its limited release beer Slope Style Winter IPA.

Red in color with a perfect blend of five malts and a blast of piney Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather Red IPA to complement your ski and snowboard season.

“Whatever your altitude, you can drink-in a little bit of Colorado with this beer,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer. “But if you live here and have the benefit of enjoying a Slope Style at the base of the mountain after an epic powder day, even better!”

Slope Style Winter IPA will be available in most markets where Boulder Beer is sold in 12-ounce 6-pack bottles and draught. It will be available to ship beginning next week and be on the shelves as long as the snow flies.

Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Company has been a pioneer in the craft brewing industry for 37 years. Their passion for innovation keeps their brand mix diverse, offering a taste for every palate. They currently package seven year-round beers along with limited releases offered throughout the year. Shake Chocolate Porter is currently their #1 selling beer.

For more information on Boulder Beer Company and their brands, please contact Tess McFadden at 303.444.8448 x29 or at .

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

NoCo Beer News October 10-16 2016

[Northern Colorado Beer News] - Hopefully by now your GABF hangover is gone and you're ready for your next adventure. The rest of the year will see a dramatic drop in festivals, so most of the action will be at your local brewery. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene for the week of October 10-16, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Week: Intersect Brewing - Fort Collins, CO.

Featured Brewery News of the Week

Gravity Brewing - 55 Years Ago the Russians detonated the largest hydrogen bomb in the history of mankind. A little over 4 years ago Gravity Brewing started brewing a Russian Imperial Stout worthy of the same name. Join in for their 1st Annual Tsar Bomba Day! They will be releasing Bourbon Barrel Aged Tsar along with a few other renditions of this Mother of All Beers! 750ml bottles and draft only! More details to come. Save the date - October 29th at 12pm! Located at: 1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO.

Boulder County Breweries

12Degree Brewing - [Press Release] Following up their two medals and Champion Brewmaster of the Year award at World Beer Cup in May, 12Degree Brewing earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition for Treachery, their Golden Strong Ale. “We couldn’t be more excited that Treachery was recognized among the best beers in the country, particularly after it won Gold at World Beer Cup this year. It’s one of the beers I’ve been brewing the longest and one of my personal favorites, so it’s particularly special to see it receive this sort of recognition.” said Jon Howland, Head Brewer and Owner at 12Degree Brewing. Located at: 820 Main St, Louisville, CO.

300 Suns Brewing - In the spirit of the season, 300 Suns will decorate a special Day of the Dead Altar display starting October 14th. They are using it to honor some of their dear friends who recently past away. On Saturday, October 15th they will celebrate Day of the Dead and offer Day of the Dead Face Painting from 3-7pm. Live music from 5-7pm to go along with all their tasty brews on tap. Located at: 335 1st Ave, C, Longmont, CO.

Asher Brewing Co - Do you have some mad pumpkin carving skills? If so, you'll want to participate in Asher Brewing's upcoming Pumpkin Carving Contest set for Sunday, October 23rd from 4pm to 8pm at the brewery. A $10 entry fee gets you a pumpkin and a pint. They'll provide the carving tools. Your kids can carve for $8. Sign up by showing interest on their Facebook event page along with how many pumpkins you'll be needing. There will be a prize for the best carved pumpkin. Located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct S, Ste 104, Boulder, CO.

Avery Brewing Co - This year's batch of Mephistopheles' Stout has been released this week on October 10th and is now heading to store shelves in select markets around the country (including Colorado of course). Available on draft (limited) and in 12oz bottles. Tread carefully, this bad boy weighs in at 15.0% ABV! Available mid-October through December. Located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO.

Bootstrap Brewing Company - Bootstrap won not 1, but two medals at the 2016 GABF this year. They took a Gold medal for their "Stick's Pale Ale" in the American-style Pale Ale category (157 entries). They also won a Bronze medal for "Wreak Havoc" in the Imperial Red Ale category (62 entries). Grats on winning twice! Located at: 6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO.

Boulder Beer Company - If you're looking to visit Boulder Beer Company in the near future - be aware that their pub (tasting room) will be closed for renovations from October 16th through November 6th. You can still get beer to-go in 6-packs and kegs sales Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Stay tuned for their grand re-opening coming next month. Located at: 2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO.

Crystal Springs Brewing Co - Their new canning line is now up and running. They've been busy canning their IPA, Kolsch and Naughty Marilyn Belgian Style Ale. Look for these cans around Boulder County and available in the taproom. Located at: 657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO.

Industrial Revolution Brewing Company - Don't forget that this Saturday, October 15th from 2pm to 10pm is IRBC's 3 Year Anniversary Party. They will be doing special bottle releases (Blonde Stout and an Imperial Saison) with a limit of 3 bottles per person, a Smoke Off Competition, hosting live music, and Raffling off some other special releases. Free to attend! Located at: 285 Cheesman Street, Erie, CO.

J Wells Brewery - Today, October 13th, J Wells Brewery is celebrating World Thrombosis Day between 3:00pm and 8pm! Come on out buy one of their Lisa Red Ale Bombers to donate to the National Blood Clot Alliance to bring more needed awareness to this cause that is dear to their heart due to the brewer's lovely wife Lisa, a 3 year Survivor of massive bilateral pulmonary embolisms and DVT. Brochures, awareness bracelets and more being given away that night! Located at: 2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO.

Left Hand Brewing Company - Another medal has been won by the brewing team at Left Hand Brewing at the 2016 GABF. This time they won a Silver medal for their "Fade to Black, Volume 1" in the Export Stout category with 43 entries. Way to go! Located at: 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.

Odd13 Brewing - This Sunday, October 16th, Odd13 will be releasing a special brew: "Galaxy Double Dry Hopped Hop Wizard", a New England-style Pale Ale. The tasting room will be open from 1pm to 8pm that day. This is their October taproom exclusive can release (can't get this anywhere else). There's a limited supply and no growler fills on this one. Located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.

Open Door Brewing Co - The brewery just signed a lease for their upcoming taproom! The new brewery "Galactic HQ" will be at 2030 Ionosphere St in Longmont, CO. Up until now, they've only been a production-only brewery. No date has been set yet but you can expect it to be open sometime in late November or early December. It's been under construction for a while now, so who knows. They may just open sooner than you think. Stay tuned for more details.

Oskar Blues Brewery - [Press Release] The nut is back. Oskar Blues Brewery's cult classic Death By Coconut Irish Porter returns to store shelves and taps across the nation this month. Death by Coconut (6.4% ABV/25 IBUs) is a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. It pours a rich velvet black with a frothy head and exudes intense fresh cacao flavors swirled with popping coconut aromas. Death by Coconut, awarded the 2014 GABF Silver Medal in the Chocolate Beer category, hits shelves nationally in 4-packs of 12-ounce CANS and on tap at your favorite bar beginning this month. Located at: 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO.

The Post Brewing Co - Grats to The Post Brewing Company for winning a Gold medal at the 2016 GABF for their Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale in the Classic Saison category. They beat a field of 88 entries. Nice job! Located at: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO.

Upslope Brewing Co - Set your calendar reminder for Saturday, November 5th from 2pm to 8pm for Upslope's 8th Anniversary Party at their Flatiron Park location. They’re taking over the parking lot and tossin’ up the garage doors to the brewery space to make room for the party. Get ready for beer bust-outs, live music and food trucks galore! There will be 50+ beers on tap! (Get 'em while you can, as supply will be limited on each style.) -- They’ll be bringing out vintage favorites, collaboration brews, specialty styles, and, of course, their core beer classics + an 8th Anniversary Ale! Located at: 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO.

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Larimer County Breweries

Big Beaver Brewing - Starting this Friday and running for an entire week is Big Beaver's 6th Anniversary celebration. Each day they will offer up a special 1/2 barrel keg of beer. 10/14: Sour Cherry Stout aged in rum barrels, 10/15: Candied Pecan Nut Brown Ale, 10/16: Red Beer with garnishes, 10/17: Plum Sour Ale, 10/18: Roasted Chile Ale, 10/19: Star Anise Milk Porter, and 10/20: Pumpkin Spice Stout aged in a single malt barrel. Also, there will be plenty of board games to play all week long, an anniversary t-shirt for those who complete their games, and a lot more fun. Located at: 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO.

Big Thompson Brewery - Come watch the Broncos tonight (October 13th). There will be free food and beer during the game. They have beer brats at kickoff and anytime during the game where the Broncos score a TD. Those who arrive in Bronco orange and blue get a free taster of beer (21+ only). Guess the final score - closest wins a growler and fill-up! Coming soon: look for their Smoked Chipotle Porter. Located at: 114 E 15th St, Loveland, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery - Congrats to Black Bottle Brewery for winning a Silver medal at the 2016 GABF for their beer "PDA" in the Belgian-style Tripel category. They beat out 90 other entries! Located at: 1605 S College Ave, Ste 1609, Fort Collins, CO.

City Star Brewing - Want to put some coffee in your pint glass? City Star's "Up All Night Watchman" coffee stout returns to the taps very soon. Then coming on November 5th is the release of "Mule Kick", a strong ale / winter warmer brewed with Colorado wildflower honey. It's a multiple medal winner! Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing - Coopersmith's won a Bronze medal at the 2016 GABF for their "Not Brown" in the English-style Brown Ale category against 46 other entries. Grats! Stop in during ANY Broncos game and get their Pizza & Pitcher Special. Get any large 14" pizza and a regular priced pitcher of beer for just $15. Go to Poolside for this offer. Located at: 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO.

Crow Hop Brewing Co - Come help celebrate Crow Hop's 3rd Anniversary on Saturday, October 22 from 12pm to 10pm at the taproom. They've got a lot of beers pouring and a taster special: Get 10 tasters for only $20. These will be ten original, small-batch, specialty beers releases that very day. These beers include: Orange Crush Blood Orange Sour, Stinger New England IPA, Sweataweatha Smoked Pumpkin Porter, Jacqui's Pink Kimono Hibiscus Rice Lager, Pitta's Potion Barley Wine, Bru R-E-D Belgian-style Dubbel, I Drink Your Milkshake Chocolate Caramel Porter, Nessie's Scottish Ale, and Cirtus X Paradisi Grapefruit IPA - plus more! There will be limited edition t-shirts, giveaways & prizes too. They are extending their patio space for this event - bring your friends. Located at: 217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO.

Fort Collins Brewery - This Sunday, October 16th from 11am to 1pm is the FCB Beer Brunch at their Modern Tavern. This brunch will feature their release of their seasonal "Sled God", an Imperial Brown Ale made with hazelnutt cuffee, brown sugar and aged on American oak with hints of vanilla. There will be three courses each featuring a different beer. Cost is $35 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Funkwerks - Have you tried their latest creation "Romeo & Brewliet"? Its a mix of their taproom regulars (Deceit & Raspberry Provincial). The result is a tasty delight. Ask for one on your next visit. Also, look for their new winter seasonal - "Mango King" Imperial Saison Ale brewed with Mango - starting in early November. Located at: 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - For the fourth time in 5 years, Grimm Brothers' "Little Red Cap" Alt Style Ale has won a medal. This time it was GOLD at the 2016 GABF. They beat out 56 other beers in the German-style Altbier category. Well done! Located at: 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co - It's almost time for Movember! Join the H&D crew at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant's Agave Room on Monday, October 31st from 5-7pm. They'll debut their H&D BigoteRosado Hibiscus Lemongrass Agave Wheat Ale. If they raise over $1000 in donations that night, they're going to shave TimCo's beard off! They'll have a jar out in the taproom between now and then if you want to pitch in to help ensure the beard goes. Located at: 124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO.

Intersect Brewing - Just in time for the Broncos game, Intersect Brewing is doing a new beer release tonight (10/13) of their English Brown Ale. Come watch the game and enjoy a brew or two. Located at: 2160 W Drake Rd, Ste A-1, Fort Collins, CO.

Loveland Aleworks - On Friday, October 14th, Loveland Aleworks will release their Coconut Porter. They took a robust porter and packed in loads of chocolate and roasted coconut to make this fall treat. Embrace the dark side of beer and enjoy this one. Located at: 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co - Heading up to Estes Park for the Fall Back Beer Festival on November 5th? Then you might want to stop over afterwards to the brewery for the Fall Back Beer Fest After the Party, After Party from 6pm til close. There'll be even more food, music, fun and of course more beer! Spend the evening in Estes. Located at: 531 S St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO.

Maxline Brewing - Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 26th for "The Fourth Phase" and Hot Chocolate-Infused Porter. Snowboarding season is upon us! Enjoy Hot Chocolate-Infused Porter while watching Travis Rice undertake a 15,000-mile mission to snowboard the most remote mountains in the world in the film "The Fourth Phase". You can even sit out on their heated outdoor patio and enjoy your brew. Located at: 2724 McClelland Dr #190, Fort Collins, CO.

New Belgium Brewing - Get ready for "Halloween Foolery" on Saturday, October 29th from 8pm to midnight at the brewery. A wicked good gathering oozing with voodoo and villains, new brews and brujas. $10 for your soul to drink, your bones to boogie and your alter-ego to costume-up! Tickets go on sale Friday, October 14th at 9AM. Located at: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO.

Snowbank Brewing - Look for Snowbank's Colorado Red and also their Cranknbrew Coffee Pale in bottles in stores around NoCo. Also, Snowbank's 47 1/2 Stout is back on tap with rich notes of roast and a hint of earthy hops. Located at: 225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.

Three Four Beer Company - Next week on Thursday, October 20th starting a 4pm, Three Four Beer Co will tap their latest collaboration beer they did with Troubadour Maltings. It's "SMASH Test #3", a single malt, single hop beer brewed with Centennial hops. The brew is described as having a clean, nutty, lightly toasted flavor, with a hint of honey and floral aromas. Located at: 829 S Shields St #100, Fort Collins, CO.

Verboten Brewing - Congrats to Verboten Brewing for winning a Bronze medal at the 2016 GABF for their "Little Nonsense" in the Wood and Barrel-aged Strong Stout category. Coming up this Friday, October 15th - it's the return of their Friday Beer Releases. This week will be an Imperial Saison "5 o'clock Rust Red IPA" - aka Brett's wedding beer. Also, they'll tap a gluten-reduced version of Killer Boots. Located at: 127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO.

Weld County Breweries

Broken Plow Brewery - Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th from 7pm to close. That's the date for Broken Plow's "Spooky Brew Halloween Party". Wear your best innovative costume for a chance to win prizes. Plus, they will have a special "Spooky Brew" on tap starting that night. Food will be available outside from the Mad Smoker food truck. Meanwhile, Open Mic Night on Thursdays from 6-9pm. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO.

Echo Brewing Company - Congrats to Echo Brewing for taking home two Gold medals at the 2016 GABF this year. They won top honors for "Kirby" in the Golden or Blonde Ale category and for "Tri-Town Brown" in the English-style Brown Ale (Erie location). Located at: 5969 Iris Parkway, Frederick, CO.

High Hops Brewery - This weekend, October 15 & 16, 2016, High Hops Brewery will celebrate their 4th Birthday with a big Birthday Bash celebration spanning 2 days. There will be several special beer releases including: Lady Godiva Belgian-style Quad, El Pollo Loco American-style lager, Barrel-aged Belgian Red Ale, and Buried Alive (habanero buried beneath honey, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Sweet with a little heat. Plus, they'll unveil a specially aged The Noble One Belgian-style Quad that was aged for 4 years. Only 60 bottles of this exist ($20 each - limit 2 per customer). Live music from 3 performers on Saturday 2pm to 9pm and from 2 performers on Sunday 2pm to 6:30pm. Meanwhile, on October 13, they'll tap "Bad Mama Java", a vanilla blonde coffee stout. Next Wednesday, October 19th, their firkin tapping will be "Monster (S)quad", a quadruple. Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - On Saturday, October 15th from 1pm to 11pm, join in for the 3rd Annual Yacht Rock Party to celebrate Kyle (the brewer's) birthday! What is a yacht rock party? Yacht Rock celebrates the culture and music that sprung from the sun drenched Miami beaches in the '70s'. Costumes are encouraged. They will bring out Grif: English Strong Ale 2014 from their cellar to mark the occasion. A cigar and beer pairing will take place at 9pm and includes Grif as well as the cigar for $15. Tickets are available at the door. Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.

Special Events

[ October Beer Fests ] - [ November Beer Fests ] - [ December Beer Fests ]

Brew Fests This Week
- St. Dominic's Oktoberfest - Oct 15 - St Dominic Parish - Denver, CO.
- Grand Coffee Bazaar (and coffee beers) - Oct 15 - Redline Art Gallery - Denver, CO.
- 4th Birthday Bash - Oct 15-16 - High Hops Brewery - Windsor, CO.
- 6th Anniversary Celebration - Oct 14-20 - Big Beaver Brewing - Loveland, CO.

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

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oskar Blues to Expand Overseas

Now that Oskar Blues Brewery has reached into all 50 states in the USA, it's time for this once small brewery, now large, to expand to other countries. And Oskar Blues already has a plan. Read on for the details on where they are headed next.


[Press Release] LONGMONT, Colo., BREVARD, N.C. & AUSTIN, Texas - The craft beer-in-a-can pioneers are hopping overseas once again to quench international thirst for Oskar Blues Brewery.

After experiencing explosive domestic growth in the past year, achieving 50-state distribution (Montana), Oskar Blues will launch in Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium by the end of 2016, and in Brazil, New Zealand and Japan in early 2017.

Oskar Blues is currently available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, parts of Canada and Australia.

"After launching the canned craft beer movement in the U.S. we're ready to push boundaries around the globe." said Chris Russell, Business Development Director of Oskar Blues. "As American craft beer travels worldwide we want to challenge the perception of cans once again."

International Distributor Partners:

Australia - Phoenix Beers
Belgium - AmeriCraft
Brazil - The Beer Concept Trading Company
Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario) - TruCraft (AFIC)
Chile - Global Craft
Ireland - Grand Cru
Japan - Global Craft and Nagano Trading
Luxembourg - AmeriCraft
New Zealand - Global Craft
Puerto Rico - Craft Beer Distributors of Puerto Rico
Spain - Crusat
Sweden - Great Brands
The Netherlands - AmeriCraft
UK - Vertical Drinks Ltd

In 2015, the brewery achieved over 30 percent growth in year-over-year sales and is forecasted to surpass 215,000 BBLS in 2016. This year was highlighted with the opening of a 50,000 square foot brewery in Austin, Texas and a 21,000 square foot expansion in Brevard, North Carolina; doubling its capacity. The continued growth includes the collaborative addition of Cigar City Brewing in Florida, 92% increase in production of Michigan's Perrin Brewing Company and the expansion of Oskar Blues' ancillary brand offerings including B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, Oskar Blues Fooderies, Hotbox Roasters and REEB Cycles.

To learn more about Oskar Blues, visit

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, and now Austin, Texas, while producing 192,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues push innovation with creations like The Crowler, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, Oskar Blues Fooderies, and REEB Cycles. Oskar Blues is available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico Sweden, Spain, Chile, the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.K., Ireland and Australia.

In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that offers grassroots grants to those making a difference in the areas of community, the environment, music, and more. In 2015 alone, CAN'd Aid partnered with 52 organizations and provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions, bringing the total amount raised $1.9 million to date. CAN'd Aid's "do-goodery" efforts include:

Towns - building strong communities
Tunes - for your eyeholes and earholes
Treads + Trails - get outside and get after it
Love Yur Mama - save the blue marble

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 GABF Colorado Medal Winners

Another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone. The 35th Annual gathering of craft beer fans gathered at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado to celebrate everything that is BEER.

Yesterday morning, on October 8th, 2016, the Brewers Association and all the brewers in attendance gathered to award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in over 96 different beer categories. Once again, Colorado breweries took home a large portion of the medals. The following list describes the medals that Colorado-based breweries took home.

In all, there were 38 Medals won by Colorado breweries. The breakdown was as follows: Gold medals: 14, Silver medals: 15, and Bronze medals: 9. Congratulations to all these Colorado breweries who took home some new awards.

2016 Colorado GABF Winners

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer - 84 Entries
Silver: Mango Wheat, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 8: Chili Beer - 112 Entries
Gold: Rocky Mtn Saison, 14er Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 9: Herb and Spice Beer - 114 Entries
Silver: Ginger American Ale, Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge, CO

Category 10: Pumpkin Spice Beer - 39 Entries
Gold: Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 4 Noses Brewing Co., Broomfield, CO

Category 17: Session India Pale Ale - 118 Entries
Gold: Trump Hands, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 21: Historical Beer - 43 Entries
Gold: Valhalla, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen, CO
Bronze: Wild & Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery - Boulder, Boulder, CO

Category 25: Brett Beer - 53 Entries
Silver: Dreamy Thing, Cerebral Brewing, Denver, CO

Category 27: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer - 66 Entries
Gold: Drama Queen, Denver Beer Co. - Canworks, Denver, CO

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout - 131 Entries
Bronze: Little Nonsense, Verboten Brewing, Loveland, CO

Category 35: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener - 66 Entries
Bronze: Mexican Logger, SKA Brewing, Durango, CO

Category 36: American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager - 21 Entries
Silver: Lightner Creek Lager, Carver Brewing Co., Durango, CO
Bronze: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 37: American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor - 34 Entries
Silver: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 42: Munich-Style Helles - 84 Entries
Silver: Helles, Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock, Aurora, CO

Category 46: European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel - 38 Entries
Silver: Piney Ridge Dunkel, Front Range Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO

Category 47: German-Style Schwarzbier - 47 Entries
Silver: Alternate Present, Fiction Beer Co., Denver, CO

Category 49: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock - 29 Entries
Gold: Warning Sign, Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Castle Rock, CO

Category 51: Golden or Blonde Ale - 115 Entries
Gold: Kirby, Echo Brewing Co., Frederick, CO

Category 53: English-Style Summer Ale - 68 Entries
Silver: Ridgway Blonde, Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery, Ridgway, CO

Category 57: American-Style Pale Ale - 157 Entries
Gold: Stick’s Pale Ale, Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO

Category 63: Imperial Red Ale - 62 Entries
Bronze: Wreak Havoc, Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO

Category 68: Irish-Style Red Ale - 80 Entries
Silver: St. James Irish Red Ale, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO

Category 69: English-Style Brown Ale - 47 Entries
Gold: Tri-Town Brown, Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel, Erie, CO
Bronze: Not Brown, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins, CO

Category 70: American-Style Brown Ale - 84 Entries
Silver: Upslope Brown Ale, Upslope Brewing Co. - Flatiron Park, Boulder, CO
Bronze: Face Down Brown, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO

Category 73: German-Style Altbier - 57 Entries
Gold: Little Red Cap, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO

Category 74: South German-Style Hefeweizen - 111 Entries
Silver: WeiƟbier, Prost Brewing, Denver, CO

Category 75: German-Style Wheat Ale - 33 Entries
Silver: Slam Dunkel, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Category 76: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale - 61 Entries
Gold: Solid Gold, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 78: Classic Saison - 88 Entries
Gold: Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale, The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO
Bronze: Saison, Baere Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 83: Belgian-Style Tripel - 92 Entries
Silver: PDA, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

Category 84: Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale - 70 Entries
Bronze: Treachery, 12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO

Category 85: Other Belgian-Style Ale - 31 Entries
Gold: Blond, Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 89: Export Stout - 43 Entries
Silver: Fade to Black, Volume 1, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Category 92: Oatmeal Stout - 61 Entries
Silver: Backside Stout, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO

The dates for the 2017 Great American Beer Festival have already been set: October 5-7, 2017.

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Celebrating 9 Years Reporting on Colorado Beers

Time for a celebration! 9 years ago today Fermentedly Challenged got it's start as a fun way to track the craft beers and breweries I have explored and enjoyed. Never knew that this fun passion of mine would last this long. Cheers to all the great people I've met during this time - there have been countless numbers of you that I've had the privilege to talk to and share a beer with. Thanks too to all the fans and followers of Fermentedly Challenged.

I know that I've taken time off for a couple long stretches during this time and that I couldn't always keep up with the 350+ breweries across the state. It's not easy to follow everything that's been going on. But tomorrow is always another day to explore and while I still can I will continue to have fun tasting beers and meeting great fans of beer.

Cheers to you all. May we all look forward to another great year of craft beer here in Colorado!

Dave Butler

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

NoCo Beer News October 3-9 2016

[Northern Colorado Beer News] - Happy GABF Week! Thousands have traveled from all over the country to join in one of this nations largest beer festivals of the year. Many breweries are hosting special events all week long. While most of the action is down in Denver, there's still plenty going on up in NoCo. Here's what's happening around the Northern Colorado craft beer scene for the week of October 3-9, 2016. If you aren't reading this article on, you're not getting the full story.
Picture of the Week: Jessup Farm Barrel House - Ft. Collins CO

Featured Brewery News of the Week

Mash Lab Brewing - A new brewery is coming to Windsor in the very near future. Work on their taproom is nearing completion. Look for them to open sometime in November 2016 pending quick turnaround by the TTB! Stay tuned for upcoming details on their Grand Opening. Taproom & brewery to be located at: 4395 Highland Meadows Pkwy, Windsor, CO.

Boulder County Breweries

12Degree Brewing - There's a new beer on tap this week. Come try their Mosaic Tatupu, a hoppy pale ale that was made with unmalted wheat, Citra and Mosaic hops. It has notes of tropical fruit, peach, and citrus. So EZ to drink you might just want two. Located at: 820 Main St, Louisville, CO.

300 Suns Brewing - Now on tap: a limited release of their Barrel-Aged Peach Sour Ale. Served on cask, this sour ale was aged in whiskey barrels with fresh peaches and vanilla. A complex brown ale with light fruity aroma, subtle malty smoothness and a sour finish. Stats: 6.6% ABV and 34 IBU. Also, stop in Friday night October 8th for the Barley-Har-Har Comedy Late Show from 9pm to 11pm. Featuring: Desiree Brown, Jacob Rupp and headliner Jillian Kudryki. Located at: 335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO.

Asher Brewing Co - Tapping this week for GABF: Ginger Khan (October 7th at 4pm), an imperial whiskey ginger beer. Then on Saturday, October 8th at 2pm is "King Kolsch", a wild fermented ale. Food trucks on site both nights. Located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct, Boulder, CO.

Crystal Springs Brewing Co - The brewery has received their new canning line this last week and the installation will begin on October 10th. They play to do their first canning run with it starting on October 11th and will be canning their IPA and possibly their Naughty Marilyn. Volunteers welcome to help them can. They've also recently released their American Amber Ale in 12oz can 6-packs. Look for those in local Boulder-area stores. Also, they've recently tapped a new wet hop brew made with local Cascade and Nugget hops. Then on October 13th they will host their monthly "Thirteen Party" along with a new beer release during the Broncos game. Finally, on Saturday, October 22nd they will release a homebrew competition winning recipe from Steven Mongradon - a Coconut Cream Ale called "Found Paradise". Located at: 657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO.

Gravity Brewing - During the GABF, Gravity Brewing will be extending their Tasting Room hours. They will open at noon Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Come visit them this week and try all their latest beers. Located at: 1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO.

Industrial Revolution Brewing Co - Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15th for IRBC's 3 Year Anniversary Party from 2pm to 10pm at the taproom. There will be a special bottle release, a smoke off competition, a raffle for some special releases, live music and more. Located at: 285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO.

J Wells Brewery - A special beer has been tapped for GABF Week. Come try J Wells' "Blonde Stout", a collaboration beer they did with Ozo Coffee Roasters. It looks like a blonde ale, but takes light a dark and roasty beer. They also have a Milk Stout on tap and available in bottles as well. Located at: 2516 49th St, Ste #5, Boulder, CO.

Kettle and Spoke Brewery - The TTB finally gave approval to Kettle & Spoke so now they can begin to brew beer! Now all that is left is final approval from the city of Boulder. Get ready for opening day coming very very soon! Located at: 2500 47th St, Unit 12, Boulder, CO.

Left Hand Brewing Co - Come celebrate Halloween at Left Hand Brewing on Saturday, October 29th from 9pm to 11:30pm in their taproom. It's their "Day of the Dead Halloween Bash". They'll be tapping a new beer, a Peppercorn Kolsch that day. There will be live music with Quemando, face painting for adults, dance in the big Thriller salsa line and enjoy some Left Hand beer. Wear your costumes. Must be 21+ to attend and MUST show ID. Located at: 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO.

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company - Sometimes a picture says it all. In this case you can have all of these beers below in cans starting later this month. Located at: 297 US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO.

Odd13 Brewing - Two beer releases this week. The first is a collaboration beer they did with Our Mutual Friend Brewery called "Dragon Chaser", a beer made with peaches, and 2) their own brew called "Diego Grande", a tequila barrel aged Belgian-style quad. Both are available in bottles to go as well! Located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.

Oskar Blues Brewery - During GABF week, the Tasty Weasel Taproom will be pouring these fine OB brews: Cascade Dry Hop Dales, Coffee IPA, Hotbox Porter, Passion Fruit Pinner, Osktoberfest, Nitro Shordy, Bayside Black IPA, Death by Coconut, and Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. Also they'll tap from Cigar City: Jai Alai IPA, Invasion Pale Ale, Vanilla Maduro, and a Lager. Also from Perrin: a Black Lager and a Blackberry IPA. There will also be just as many of these beers and several others available for take home in crowlers and cans. Located at: 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO.

Powder Keg Brewing Co - Today only in their taproom (October 6th) from 5pm to 10pm is a special Crooked Stave Artisans Tap Takeover. There will be beers from over 11 different beers that are distributed under the Crooked Stave Artisans (CSA) umbrella. Enjoy beers from Bell's Brewery, Jester King Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Co, Council Brewing Co, Ecloptic Brewing, Melvin Brewing, Almanac Beer Co, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Lawson's Finest Liquids and more! For those of you not able to go to GABF this may be your next best thing! 1 night only October 6th. Located at: 101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO.

Sanitas Brewing - This month, look for a special beer to be tapped: a Bourbon Barrel Passionfruit Saison. This is part of their "Deluge" project and was put into a "first fill" bourbon barrel along with passionfruit puree. Also try their Special Cargo #4 brew: "French Wet Hop Red". It was fermented with French ale yeast and bittered with Chinook hops from Paonia, CO. Located at: 3550 Frontier Ave, Boulder, CO.

Upslope Brewing Co - On tap NOW at both tap rooms: Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine with Pumpkin and our Hops & Pie collaboration, "Table Beer" - Start celebrating #GABF week with Upslope! In Denver? Head over to Freshcraft for an Upslope Tap Takeover featuring their Black IPA with Long Pepper, Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale, Citra Pale Ale, Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin Barleywine, and Craft Lager. Upslope Flatiron location: 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO.

Very Nice Brewing Co - The brewery will be celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday, October 22nd from 12pm to 9pm. There will be several new beer tappings that day including some FREE BEER starting at 3pm. Get a FREE 10oz pour of their Anniversary Ale Double IPA while the 5 gallon keg lasts. (Limit one free pour per person) - Live music that night from 6pm to 9pm from Flash Mountain Flood. Head to Ned this week! Located at: 20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO.

Vision Quest Brewery - And now for something different... come try their new Morel Mushroom Gose - available now in the taproom. Located at: 2510 47th St, Unit A2, Boulder, CO.

Wibby Brewing - Tapping today (10/6) in their taproom - come try Wibby's Fresh Hop Lager. A lager takes longer than an ale to ferment but it's worth the wait! Located at: 209 Emery St, Longmont, CO.

Wild Woods Brewery - New beers this week for GABF Week. On Wednesday they tapped "Rose Family Blonde", a blonde ale brewed with red rose petals, rose hops, hawthorn berries, and raspberry leaf - all part of the rose family. Tapping today 10/6 is their returning favorite: Doppelbock. It's strong, smooth and finishes with a rich malty sweetness. Located at: 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO.

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Larimer County Breweries

1933 Brewing Company - This week the brewery released their famous Chili Beer. Last year's batch was considered very spicy, so this year they dialed down the heat a bit and they believe it's the best batch of chili beer they've ever made. Also tapping this week on Friday, October 7th is a special Pumpkin Beer (to be named) made with pumpkin, cinnamon, oatmeal, raisins, maple syrup, molasses and pumpkin pie spices. Live music on Friday from Whitebird too. New taproom hours: Mon-Thurs 1pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-9pm, and Sundays 12pm-6pm. Located at: 4025 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO.

Berthoud Brewing Co - Back on tap this week, just in time for the cooler weather, is their popular "Forged Stout". It's dark and roasty and perfect for Fall. They have it on the nitro tap too! Located at: 450 8th St, Berthoud, CO.

Big Thompson Brewery - Now on tap a new beer in their Experimental Series: "Kurt Sais", their first ever Saison. Stop in on Thursdays and play "Beat the Beertender", a game of chance where you can win beer discounts from 4pm to 6pm. Also, keep Big Thompson in mind for Sundays and watching Broncos games, because starting now, you can get FREE FOOD during Broncos games (breakfast burritos, pizza, brats depending on game time). This week they're ordering pizza just before halftime for the Broncos Falcons game. Plus, they will give away FREE BEER (taster of a rotating type) whenever the Broncos score a touchdown. There's a catch - you must be wearing Broncos gear to qualify for the taster. Located at: 114 E 15th St, Loveland, CO.

City Star Brewing - Tapping on Friday, October 7th at 2pm is City Star's Sundance Imperial Saison. Billed as a refreshing, and fruity ale, with the strength to keep your warm on chilly Fall nights. Stay for live music Thursday @ 7pm with Nancy Just, Friday night with Lee Johnson, and Saturday night with Franklin Taggart & Todd Silas. Located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.

Fort Collins Brewery - The first winter seasonal will soon be tapped in the next coming weeks. Look for their "Sled God Winter Warmer" in cans by the end of the month. It's an imperial brown ale brewed with brown sugar, hazelnut coffee and aged on American oak (6.8% ABV). Also coming soon, "Double Down", a Gose India Pale Ale - in cans! Plus, don't forget to sign up for FCB's 3rd Annual Malt Monster 5K run on Saturday, October 29th at the brewery. Cost is $35 and includes an FCB sports pack, 2 drink tickets, post-race snacks and vendor swag. Wear your best Halloween costume while you run! Details at the FCB Website. Located at: 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - There's a new beer available this week just in time for GABF - come try their new "Local Love", a collaboration beer they did with Root Shoot Malting and Colorado Hop Company. It's a SMaSH beer (Single Malt and Single Hop). If you're going to GABF be sure to stop by their booth in Section G! Located at: 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co - Here are a few special beers they released for GABF Week. On tap now: Rum-barrel aged Coconut Porter, Perambulation Ale 2016 Red Sumac Golden Ale, and Bounty of the Bine 2016 Fresh Hop Ale. Also, they now have their H&D Stout on the nitro tap for some smooth creamy goodness. Coming soon: Mission to Civilize Saison (Oct 27). Later this month look for Whistle Blast Honey Brown on nitro. Also, Bigote Rosado Hibiscus Lemongrass Agave Wheat (November). And in early November they'll tap H&D Snug Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale on both CO2 and Nitro). Located at: 124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO.

Jessup Farm Barrel House - Just tapped this week - four beers for your tasting pleasure: 1) Tequila Train Delay Pale Ale (barrel aged), 2) Wheelhouse Kick bourbon barrel-aged brown ale with coffee, 3) Wood Know whiskey barrel-aged black ale, and 4) Can't Knot bourbon barrel-aged black ale. Try one or get a taster of all 4! Located at: 1921 Jessup Dr, Fort Collins, CO.

Loveland Aleworks - Special beers are on tap this week in honor of the Great American Beer Festival. Come check out these rare cellar brews: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Brett Soured Golden Ale, Cherry Flanders Red, Barrel Aged Grand Cru, Rye Whiskey Barrel Wee Heavy, Brett-soured Tripel, and a Baltic Porter. These brews will be on tap through October 8th (while they last). Located at: 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.

Maxline Brewing - Coming very soon to a glass at Maxline - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Peach ESB. This one is almost ready. Ask for details on your next visit. Located at: 2724 McClellan Dr #190, Fort Collins, CO.

New Belgium Brewing - Going to this weekend's Bike Prom? Then you'll want to head to the Bike Prom Pre-party at New Belgium this Saturday, October 8th from 5pm to 8pm at their Liquid Center. Live music from The Other Black from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Get $3 pints from 5-8pm. Enter to win a New Belgium Cruiser bike at the Pre-party. Located at: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO.

Odell Brewing Company - Did you catch the release of Odell's "Jolly Russian", a Russian imperial stout aged in rum barrels last week? If not, you can get some in their tasting room. It's now also available in bottles. There's a limited amount available. 8oz pours on draft and a limit of 2 bottles for sale per person in the taproom. This is a big 13.3% ABV brew that you're going to love, but you better get some while it lasts. Located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Old Colorado Brewing Co - The brewery is now open on Mondays! Also, new hours on Sunday. Come visit: Mon-Thurs 2pm-9pm, Friday 2pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm. Also, plan to attend Comedy Night at the Brewery on Saturday, October 15th starting at 8pm. Located at: 8121 1st St, Wellington, CO.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - To celebrate GABF Week, PCBC is tapping a different beer every day. Tapped 10/5: Spring Prairie Lemongrass Sour. 10/6: Jolly Green Blonde Ale (made with Jolly Rancher green apple candy). 10/7: Pasil Beach Peach Ale. And 10/8: Oreo Porter (made with real Oreo cookies). Friday night 10/7 brings a Charity Comedy Showcase from 7-10pm in the tasting room. Cost is $7 at the door. Finally on Saturday 10/8 they'll be tapping a special surprise collaboration beer. Located at: 242 N College Ave, Unit B, Fort Collins, CO.

Rally King Brewing - There will be a new beer release on Friday, October 7th starting at 6pm at Rally King Brewing. Come try their "Lion Thistle" Scottish Ale. It's a taste of the old country. Located at: 1624 S Lemay Ave, Unit 4, Fort Collins, CO.

Snowbank Brewing - Special tappings today (Oct 6th) in honor of GABF week. Today's special release is a Blackberry Sourado, infused with fresh blackberries. One day only!! They also have their 47 1/2 Stout back on tap starting at 2pm today as well. Also ask if they have some of their Raspberry Porter released from yesterday left. Friday's tapping: Colorado Orange, a red ale with orange zest. On Saturday (10/8) they'll tap SLARVE, a Colorado Red aged in whiskey barrels. Then on Sunday 10/9, they'll tap Caramel Latte Cranknbrew, a coffee brew infused with caramel and vanilla bean. Located at: 22 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO.

Summit Hard Cider & Perry Co - The folks at Scrumpy's in Fort Collins is having a Summit Pint Night at Old Chicago's at 4709 S Timberline Rd in Foco on Thursday, October 6th from 5pm to 6:30pm. Come talk with Summit rep Brandon and try their Summit Peach Cider and get a free Summit Pint Glass to take with you. Summit Hard Ciders and Perry are always on tap at Scrumpy's in Old Town FoCo. Located at: 215 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

Three Four Beer Co - For GABF Week, there are special guest beer tappings. Tonight enjoy special beers from Bells Brewery, Crooked Stave, Melvin Brewing, Half Acre Beer Co, and Cascade Brewing. Then on Friday night 10/7, enjoy beers from Casey Brewing and Blending. Be sure to try Three Four Beer Co's own brews too. Located at: 829 S Shields St #100, Fort Collins, CO.

Weld County Breweries

Broken Plow Brewery - On Thursday night, October 6th, Broken Plow will have the Mad Smoker setting up a big CHILI BAR with all the fixins' in the taproom. Come warm up with some hot chili and stay for the beer and Open Mic Night 6-9pm hosted by Cole Britton. Located at: 4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO.

Crabtree Brewing Company - The brewery has just installed two new English Pub Beer Engines in the taproom and this Friday they will serve up their first pints from them with two special firkin pours: 1) a Spiced Rum Pumpkin Ale, and 2) an English Brown Ale. The beers tap starting at 6pm on October 7th. Located at: 2961 29th St, Greeley, CO.

High Hops Brewery - This week High Hops is tapping their Golden Belgian Strong Ale (October 6th). It's a magical melding of two styles that pay homage to The Golden One and The Noble One brews. Also, during GABF week through Saturday, they will be tapping daily small batch firkins: Oct 6 - Flower Power Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Oct 7 - Oh My Gourd - pumpkin milk stout with cinnamon and habaneros, Oct 8 - Barrel-Aged Dark One Milk Stout - aged a year in bourbon barrels. Next Wednesday's firkin (Oct 12th) will be a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter. Live music this weekend Friday 6-8pm and Saturday 5-7pm. Located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO.

WeldWerks Brewing Company - Long lines for special barrel-aged beer releases are becoming commonplace at WeldWerks. Yesterday, the brewery held a special beer release for their Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic Imperial Stout. This was a bottle release that they had just enough for 500 people to get up to 4 bottles each. The beers all sold out at $14 a 12oz bottle. They have just a little bit left of it on tap still at the brewery for those who missed it. They also went through their allocation of crowlers of their Double Dry Hopped Juicy Bits New England Style IPA. Next time you see a long line outside of the brewery - better get in it so you don't miss out! Located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - Did you miss their big 5 brew bottle release yesterday on Wednesday? Stop in today and ask to see if they have any bottles left of these new releases: 1) Little's Key Lime Express Belgian-style Grisette. 2) Sudachi Farmhouse Saison. 3) Sorachi Dry Hopped Farmhouse Saison. 4) Breakfast at Mr. B's Dark Sour Ale with black currants and maple syrup. And 5) Citra Dry Hopped Funk Yo Couch Farmhouse Saison with Brettanomyces. Long lines were here as well (just a couple blocks away from WeldWerks Brewing Co). Located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO.

Special Events

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Brew Fests This Week
- Great American Beer Festival - Oct 6-8 - Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO.
- Three Floyds Night - Oct 6 - Lowdown Brewery - Denver, CO.
- Fifty Firkin Fiasco - Oct 6 - Epic Brewing - Denver, CO.
- Collaboration Beer Celebration - Oct 7 - Denver Beer Co - Denver, CO.
- Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal Gospel Brunch - Oct 7 - Homemade Liquids & Solids - Longmont, CO.
- Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIII - Oct 7 - McNichols Building - Denver, CO.
- Great Avery Boulder Fest - Oct 7 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO.
- Haunted Brew Fest - Oct 8 - Colo. Springs Event Center - Colo. Springs, CO.
- CiderGrass - Oct 8 - Stem Ciders - Denver, CO.
- Robe One Out GABF After Party - Oct 8 - Star Bar - Denver, CO.
- Final Party Post GABF - Oct 8 - Falling Rock Tap House - Denver, CO.

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

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December 2016 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

December 2016 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

December beer festivals may be few and far between but when they happen they are special. Look for a variety of smaller events as well as a couple large festivals as well. Plus, you can expect lots of New Year's Eve parties too! Here are many of the Colorado beer-related festivals and events that you can attend this month. These calendar listings are updated regularly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details.

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Kyle Hollingsworth's Hoppy Holidays
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Fillmore Auditorium - 1510 Clarkson St
Denver, CO
Time: 5:00pm to 12:30am
Cost: General $34.50 adv, $40 day of, $60 VIP.
KBCO presents a night of live music and craft beer. Featuring the music of JJ Grey & Mofro and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Enjoy unlimited 2oz samplings of craft beer from over 30+ craft breweries while it lasts (beer available from 5pm to 7:30pm. Concert proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance. VIP ticket includes: Concert, Unlimited 2-oz sampling from 30+ craft breweries while supplies last, Unlimited 2-oz sampling all evening from select breweries, Balcony access, VIP Hoppy Holidays commemorative credential, VIP Entrance. You must be 21 years old or older with a valid ID to enter the Fillmore Auditorium. Valid ID must be government issued and contain your picture and birth date. There is no entry for anyone under 21 years old! The Fillmore Auditorium is a general admission venue with limited seating areas.

Black Bottle Brewery's 4th Anniversary Party
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Black Bottle Brewery - 1611 S College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 11:00am to Midnight.
Cost: Per food and beer item.
It's their birthday - time to party! Black Bottle Brewery will be pulling up some special beers from their cellar for this celebration. Mark your calendars now for one of their biggest parties of the year. More details to come. Follow them on Facebook.

5th Annual Denver [Only] Beer Festivus
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum - 7711 E Academy Blvd #1
Denver, CO
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, 3pm VIP
Cost: $40 General - $65 Feats of Strength (VIP)
Since this is an anniversary of sorts, expect all the good parts of years past, but amplified to be approximately 162% more fantastic! THey’ve also moved the party back to a Saturday afternoon to ensure maximum enjoyment (and no pesky complaints about missing certain football games). First timer, or need a refresher on what Festivus is? This special holiday-timed beer fest is the pinnacle celebration of Denver’s amazing growing craft beer scene and the culture that comes with it. They start by asking EVERY SINGLE brewery in Denver’s city limits to attend. Then they drizzle on some light references to the Seinfeld-created holiday by encouraging attendees to air their grievances, participate in Feats Of Strength and pay some respect to the Festivus pole. At the end of it all, this is just a big party designed to get Denver to raise a glass to the brewers and the beer they create.

New Years Eve Celebrations
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Statewide at most every brewery, bar and taproom.
Time: All day and well into the night.
Cost: Varies by venue.
Stay tuned for all of the best New Years Eve parties as they are announced. It's happening on a Saturday night this year so you know it will be special!

Expect to see more events added before December!


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Monday, October 3, 2016

Beer and Ice Cream are back in New Belgium / Ben & Jerry Collaboration

Beer and ice cream may not at first appear to be something you'd mix together, but given the right style of beer and flavor of ice cream - at times they can be an awesome combination. This year New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream are at it again with a beer & ice cream collaboration called "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale". Here's their press release describing this brew and the cause it also serves.

New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, and Protect Our Winters Partner to Create “100 Days to Change Our Ways”

The climate activism campaign calls on the incoming White House Administration to prioritize climate change

[Press Release] Ft. Collins, Colo. – October 3, 2016 – In celebration of New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s latest collaboration, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, the two B-Corp companies are once again joining forces with Protect Our Winters (POW): to drink beer, eat ice cream, and create tangible ways to fight climate change just as they did a year ago.

Calling this campaign “100 Days to Change Our Ways”, the three socially minded organizations want the new Administration to make climate change a priority during its first 100 days. To rally support, events will be held in twelve cities across the country with letter writing stations, POW athletes speaking out about the dangers of climate change, raffles, and of course beer and ice cream.

“Inaction needs to turn into action, from the highest levels of government to each of us,” said New Belgium Director of Sustainability, Jenn Vervier. “Combating climate change is something we’re passionate about and with the upcoming change in the White House Administration, now is the time to get vocal.”

To find out if a “100 Days to Change Our Ways” event is coming near you, visit:

You can also go to to learn more about the campaign and make your voice heard. A “100 Days” action plan will be delivered to the new Administration in January, outlining climate recommendations. A “Lobby Day” in April 2017 to meet with key senators will help determine progress made on the plan and future initiatives.

“Americans may disagree on whether their favorite pint is beer or ice cream, but Americans overwhelmingly understand that climate change is real and the time to act is now,” said Christopher Miller, Ben & Jerry’s Activism Manager. “Our campaign will ensure that the new president hears loudly and clearly that a bold commitment to fight climate change belongs at the top of their 100 days agenda.”

Proceeds to Benefit POW
A portion of proceeds from New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s second collaboration, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, which hits store shelves at the end of October, will go to POW. This non-profit, dedicated to raising awareness around climate change, received nearly $100,000 from last year’s collaboration beer, Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.

“We’re thrilled to be working with these amazing partners once again to help drive real climate action, centered around the idea that advocacy is our civic responsibility, and with beer and ice cream, it can be fun and collaborative too,” said Chris Steinkamp, POW’s Executive Director.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale uses Ben & Jerry’s popular ice cream of the same name for inspiration, along with hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla. This full-bodied blonde ale has the perfect balance of sweetness and comes in at 6% ABV. It will be available initially in Folly Packs, followed by 6-packs.

For more information about Protect Our Winters, visit

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