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Colorado Beer Week / American Craft Beer Week Update 05/17/2012

Here we are, right in the middle of Colorado / American Craft Beer Week.  What a great week to be off from work!  Hope you’re having as much fun as I am!  We kicked things off over in Boulder, CO, with a visit to both Mountain Sun Brewing and Avery Brewing.

The latest tap list at Avery.

From there, we drove up to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont, CO, where I got to try the new Chaka, in its’ hi-tech aluminum bottle.

Oskar Blues / Sun King Can-Laboration “Chaka”

Next, we scooted up and over to Grimm Brothers in Loveland, CO to sample a few German treats.

Eventually, we hit up Odell’s, New Belgium and The Mayor of Old Town all the way up in Fort Collins, CO.

Co-Pilot Tray at Odell’s.

The Great Wall of Taps at The Mayor of Old Town.

Tart Lychee & Higher Learning at New Belgium.

After that, we got our bearings, caught up on some sleep and made the trip back to Denver, with a side trip to Great Divide Brewing on the way.

The mighty Hercules Double IPA in the Great Divide Tap Room.

It’s been a whirlwind, and we’re only at the half way point!  Some of the biggest events are still to come!  So here are some reminders to help plan out your weekend.

On Friday, May 18th, Freshcraft in Denver, CO, will be hosting a Tap ‘Takeover.  They’ll be featuring 15 taps of Odell deliciousness.  This event will be going all day, beginning at 11 AM.  Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-758-9608

Can’t make it to Freshcraft?  Or maybe you’re like me and can’t get enough Odell brews…  Have no fear, I’ve got you covered.  On Saturday, May 19th, the good people down at Parry’s Pizza will also be hosting an Odell Tap Takeover!  Owner David Parry, even spent a day up at Odell brewing a special beer just for this event.  This should be a great time, with giveaways and rare releases all day long.  You’ll even get a chance to meet and talk with some of the Odell staff.  Bring an appetite as Parry’s food is not to be missed.

Here’s the tap list: 90 Shilling, Easy Street Wheat, IPA, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Levity Amber Ale, St. Lupulin, Double Pilsner, Myrcenary, Cutthroat Porter on Nitro, Dunkel, Parry’s Empirical Pale Ale, Mello Yello Belgo and Wooden Owl Oak Aged Double Pilsner.  They’ll also have bottles of Shenanigan’s and Woodcut 5 and maybe a few more surprises.  Should be a great time!  Parry’s Pizza is located at:  9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-683-0600.

What would a weekend in Colorado be without another new brewery opening?  Elevation Beer Company, in Poncha Springs, CO, will officially open their doors on Saturday, May 19th at 11 AM.  Elevation has a 15 barrel brewhouse and will be experimenting with higher-end beers.  They have plans to experiment in barrel aging and are going to be releasing Apis IV, a 10.5% ABV Belgian Quad in 750mL bottles this weekend.  These should be making their way into the Denver market later this month and I’m really looking forward to giving them a try.

Their Grand Opening this weekend will feature live music, food, rootbeer floats and of course, plenty of beer!  Ride your bike to the event and get a free t-shirt.  Order a sampler and get a free pint glass.  Or go all out, ride your bike and order a sampler and leave with all sorts of free swag!  Colorado Governor and fellow beer lover, John Hickenlooper is expected to attend.  This sounds like it’ll be a ton of fun and I hope to hear more about Elevation in the near future.  They’re located at: 115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO 81242.  719-539-5258.

Although, technically not a new brewery, CAUTION: Brewing Co., will be kicking off the grand opening of their tasting room on Friday, May 18th at 4 PM.  CAUTION has been brewing for the past year and has been supplying its’ beer to local Denver restaurants.  The new tasting room will give beer lovers a chance to try all of their brews under one roof.  They’ll be releasing their latest beer, Chrysanthemum IPA, during their Grand Opening weekend.  Check them out at: 12445 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80239.  970-315-2739.

Hops & Pie will be wrapping up Craft Beer Week with another round of Denver’s Littlest Big Beer Fest.  This time they’re going to be featuring some treats from Stone.  Plan on seeing some past releases from their Vertical Epic Series, Imperial Russian Stout and more.  The fun goes down on Sunday, May 20th at 2 PM.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Don’t forget about Strange Brewing.  They turned 2 this week and have a long list of events planned to celebrate the occasion.  Their brand spankin’ new biergarten is open and with the warm weather, it’s a great time to stop by and check it out.  Stop by on Thursday, May 17th to try their Cherry Saison firkin.  Or hit them up on Saturday, May 19th for Kegs & Eggs at 9AM and stick around for a live broadcast from John and The Gubna on the  Colorado Craft Beer Show at noon.  Strange Brewing is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO 80204.  720-985-2337.

Lastly, to round out your week of craft beer madness, be sure to head over to Tipsy’s Liquor World for their inaugural Taste of Tipsy’s Beer Festival.  This will feature more than 90 breweries from all over the U.S.  They’ll also have live music, food, activities for the kids and a paintball tournament.  The event is on Saturday, May 19th and will run from 11 AM – 6 PM.  The event is free, but admission to the beer festival will run you $25.  The first session runs from 11 AM – 2 PM and the second runs from 3 PM – 6 PM.  We’ll be at the second session, so be sure to say hi!

Gary V, will be broadcasting live from Tipsy’s on American Craft Beer Radio at 11 AM.  For a full list of breweries and ticket information, click HERE.  Not to be missed!  Tipsy’s is located at: 5869 S Alkire St, Littleton, CO 80217.  303-551-7000.

Wow, another weekend to remind me why I love living in Colorado!  Hope to see you around town.

Cheers!

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