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Weekend Beer Buzz 06/14/2012

We’ve got a big weekend coming up here people and there’s no time to lose.  Let’s do this!

Great Divide Brewing in Denver, CO, is turning 18 on Saturday, June 16th.  Yep, they’re legal and they’ll be celebrating with a full-on bash including beer, rare beer, food, more beer, music, multiple breeds of Yeti (hopefully!) and of course, tasty beer!  Some of the rare brews that will be pouring include a Berliner Weisse, Oak Smoked Dunkelweiss, Schwarzbier and an India Pale Lager.  The Great Divide parties are a ton of fun and the $25 admission is tough to beat.  I mean, they close the freakin’ street for this thing!  When’s the last time you had the pull to close down a street in Denver?  Unless you’re U2 or have a Yeti on your staff, I don’t see it happening.

Oh, and they’ve launched a new website and brewed a super-special beer for the occasion.  The beer is out and about in 22oz. bombers.  If you haven’t tried it, then shame on you.  Go stand in the corner until you fully realize the consequences of your actions.  Now, chin up and go grab a bottle at your favorite local shop.  It’s a 10% ABV, wood-aged Double IPA.  Tasty and sweet.

Anniversary Party tickets and other details can be found HERE.  Great Divide and their brilliant concoctions are located at: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-9460.

Dry Dock warms up your weekend on Friday, June 15th with their Firkin Friday tapping.  This week, your Firkin Master Walt Chleva, has brewed up a refreshing Blackberry Summer Ale.  This fruity beauty gets tapped at 3 PM.  Fruit beers on a warm, summer day.  Man, that sounds nice.

Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Just a short drive down the road, Copper Kettle Brewing is at it again.  They’re releasing another tasty brew on Saturday, June 16th.  This week, it’s their Imperial Red.  Yeah, this yummy, hoppy, beautiful, almost IPA will be back on the tap lines until the beer nerds drain the kegs dry.  Plan on sticking around to enjoy not 1, but 2! food trucks that will be rolling in at 5 PM.  Live local music for your enjoyment begins at 6 PM.

Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Don’t forget about our friends down south at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument, CO.  They’re celebrating their 1st Anniversary this week, with several events.  First up on Sunday, June 17th is live Celtic rock in the beer garden from 5 – 8 PM.  On Wednesday, June 20th, there’s a Brewers Dinner with Chef Greg Soukup of Blue Sage.  Wrapping things up next weekend on Saturday, June 23rd is a Family Picnic, featuring activities for the kids and free brats from the brewery from 4 – 7 PM.

Pikes Peak Brewing is located at: 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132.  719-208-4098.

Snow in June?  Maybe.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is going to be releasing another one of their rare and unique snowflakes on Saturday, June 16th.  Yes, I realize this is a beer blog, but Stranahan’s makes some pretty tasty whiskey.  Not to mention, their barrels have been used to age some pretty amazing beers over the past few years.  Oh Barrel Aged Yeti, Aaah Bligh’s Barleywine, Mmm Well Built ESB.  I could go on, but you get my point.  They’re an important part of the local craft scene.

I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon last week bottling at the distillery and got a picture of the magical barrel of snowflakes.  It was pretty hush-hush last week, but now that they’ve made an official announcement, I feel OK sharing a picture.

Just like past Snowflake releases, it’s a one barrel batch that was bottled today.

This time it was aged in a Cherry Wine Barrel for six months, and is being called Maroon Belles.  If you’re serious about picking one of these up, make sure to head there early on Saturday.  Bottles will sell for $100 / each, with a 3 bottle limit.  Don’t sit and wait on these as they probably won’t last past lunch time.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is located at: 200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.  303-296-7440.

There’s rumors of a new brewery opening up in Boulder, CO on Saturday, June 16th.  I’ve been following the progress of J Wells Brewery for the past few weeks.  Still awaiting confirmation that this is going to be their opening weekend, but haven’t heard back yet.  I’ll be sure to pass on anything I can find out on the Brewtally Insane Facebook page.

 If they are in fact planning to open and you want to check them out, they’re located at: 2516 W 49th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Lastly, there’s a big ol’ anniversary beer hitting CO store shelves right now.  The Bruery, from California, recently released Fruet, their 4th Anniversary beer.  It’s a monstrous 15.5% ABV Old Ale that was aged in Bourbon Barrels.  Patrick Rue and The Bruery crue were kind enough to send a few cases to our market.  I wouldn’t expect it to sit on shelves for too long, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re looking for a bottle.  It began hitting shelves yesterday.

The 750 mL bottles will be retailing between $30 – $34.  The high alcohol content and style of beer, should lend itself well to long term cellaring.  I recently had a bottle of their 2nd Anniversary beer, Coton, which is a 14.5% ABV Old Ale and it’s holding up really well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they could go for a decade or more.  At any rate, it’s a great series of beers and is worth the high price tag.

Well, there you have it peeps.  Another warm, sunny weekend is in our forecast.  Hope you have a good one!

Cheers!

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