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Weekend Beer Buzz and Another New Brewery 03/12/2012

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Get a jump start and kick things off right by heading over to Dry Dock this afternoon for their latest Firkin Friday release.  Firkin Master Walt Chleva has brewed a special Graham Cracker Marshmallow Brown to be tapped today.  No, that’s not a typo.  Sounds like a winner to me.  First firkin goes on at 3pm, followed by a second at 7pm.  Don’t be late, these won’t last long.

Roasting marshamallows for the tasty firkin.

In addition to today’s firkin, they’ve got some awesome seasonals on tap like an oak-aged Sour ESB called Stowaway, a Belgian Tripel, a Bourbon Barrel aged Porter and just in time for St. Patrick’s day, a dry Irish stout pouring on nitro.  Dry Dock is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave., in Aurora, CO.  303-400-5606.

While you’re there, head next door to The Brew Hut, their homebrew shop.  Ever thought about growing hops in your backyard?  If you brew your own beer or just want a cool, unique and great smelling plant to grow in your backyard, maybe it’s time to start thinking about it.  The always helpful and knowledgable Brew Hut staff is taking orders through today for hop rhizomes.  A rhizome is a chunk of root that will produce a plant.  They’re offering a variety of great hops including Cascade, Centennial, Fuggle, Hallertau and Nugget.

Cascades from my backyard.

Hops are very easy to grow and after a year or two of getting themselves established, will produce a ton of useful hops for you to use in your beer or just to sit back, smell and enjoy while you’re outside.  I’ve been growing Cascade and Nugget since 2006 and they come back stronger and more prolific every year.  Call the guys at the shop to reserve your rhizomes.  303-680-8898.  If you’re not sure what to get or still have your head in the snow and aren’t yet ready to start thinking about gardening, they usually order extra to sell to customers.  At $4.50 / rhizome, you can’t go wrong.

Down south in Colorado Springs, Trinity just released some exciting news.  Their head brewer, Darren, announced that they will be upgrading their 4.5 barrel brewhouse to a 12 barrel brewhouse.  They will be closed on March 12th and 13th to get the new equipment moved in and the first batch on the new setup is scheduled to be brewed on March 16th.

They also have a firkin scheduled to be tapped on Saturday, as part of their First Saturday Firkin program.  This go round is FLO IPA, with Summit, Kent Golding and Williamette hops.  At only $3 a glass, it can’t beat it.  Lastly, if you’re a fan of Saisons, you won’t want to miss their Saison and Farmhouse Ale Festival coming up on April 14th.

$30 pre-sale, $35 at the door, gets you a glass and access to some seriously tasty Belgian style Saison and Farmhouse Ales.  Owner and brewer, Jason Yester is a master at what he does and I highly recommend checking this festival out.  Trinity Brewing is located at 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO.  1-719-634-0029.

I just caught wind of another brewery getting ready to open up in the Denver area.  Alpine Dog has a website up and running.  Check them out by clicking HERE.  I really know next to nothing about these guys, but will keep you in the loop with whatever I can find out.

Enjoy your weekend and feel free to e-mail me or shoot me a message on the facebook page with any news or anything you’d like to share.  Cheers!

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