[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 FermentedlyChallenged.com, 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.
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.
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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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