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Elevation Beer Company Announces New Spring 2013 Seasonals

elevationElevation Beer Company has two great sounding Spring Seasonals set to debut in March.  Read the following Press Release for all the details.

Cheers!

Elevation Announces Spring 2013 Black and Double Black Series Releases

February 26th, 2013 Poncha Springs, Colorado– Elevation Beer Company is excited to announce it’s upcoming Spring Seasonals in it’s Black Series and Double Black Series’.

Elevation plans on releasing Third Base, a traditional Belgian tripel in its Black Series of specialty seasonal beers, and False Summit, a Bourbon barrel-aged Quadrupel, in it’s Double Black Series of seasonal barrel-aged beers.

“We are super excited for these two fantastic Belgian style beers this spring,” says head brewer Christian Koch, “these two beers have been in the works for quite sometime and both are perfect fits for the warming weather of spring.”

They will both be released in 750ml cork and caged bottles as well as draft and should be available in mid to late March across Colorado.

“Third Base will come in at 9% ABV and was brewed using Belgian Candi Sugar and a traditional Belgian yeast strain, giving it great notes of pepper, clove, orange peel and spice,” Christian exclaims, “While False Summit, is a fantastic 11.1% ABV quadrupel and much more traditional then our Apis IV.  We aged it in Breck Distilling Bourbon Barrels to give it nice subtle notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.”

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Elevation plans on releasing 3 more beers this year in both the Black and Double Black Series, for a total of 8 different seasonal specialty beers brewed in 2013 by Elevation.

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About Elevation

Elevation Beer Co. is an artisan microbrewery located in Poncha Springs, Colorado, just minutes from Salida, Monarch Ski Area, Arkansas River Headwaters, and over seven 14,000-foot peaks.  Elevation specializes in brewing large adventurous beers for the craft beer fanatic, while trying to elevate the perception of what beer can be.

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Weekend Beer Buzz: Strong Ale Fest & Birthday Edition 02/28/2013

Cold, snowy week here my friends.  The “Redneck Ruler” has been working overtime, trying to keep up with the foot of snow we got this week.

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Our team of “experts” flew in for a few days to revamp the website.  Those slackers got a good start, but we’re not ready to relaunch just yet.  It’s coming…

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Some of the last kegs of this year’s Pliny the Younger release are getting tapped tonight.

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Freshcraft will begin handing out tickets at 5:30 PM, with the tapping scheduled for 6 PM.  6 oz. pours will sell for $7.  Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-758-9608.

Over at The Cheeky Monk, they’ll tap their last keg at 6:30 PM.  $10 / glass.  The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.  303-861-0347.

The Inaugural SUDS for SIDS Brew Fest is at Mile High Station in downtown Denver, CO.

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The event will raise money for Angel Eyes, which helps families cope with the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler.  As the father of two, this is a very scary topic and one that isn’t recognized enough.  Parent or not, it’s a great cause.  The $40 ticket will allow you the opportunity to try a variety of beers, sample food from local restaurants and meet dancers from the Broncos and Nuggets.  Beer geeks can look for brews from more than a dozen breweries including Elevation, River North, Strange and Oskar Blues.  Mile High Station is located at: 2027 W Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.

Last night, Renegade and Wit’s End tapped their collaboration beer, called Judge Whoppner.  It’s an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with malted milk.  The initial 10 gallon batch is on tap at Renegade right now.  A second batch is set to be brewed soon over at Wit’s End for their tasting room.  Shikes has all the details in his recent Westword article.  In the meantime, head over to Renegade and give it a try.  Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204.  720-401-4089.

Aurora’s Cedar Creek Pub is a bit of a hidden gem out in.  Today, they’ll tap a keg of The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye.  It’s brewed with around 40% rye malt, then transferred to oak barrels where the sour yeast and bacteria work their magic.  This is a tasty, complex, moderately funky, seasonal brew from California’s The Bruery.

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I still need to make a trip to visit Cedar Creek Pub, but their beer tappings have just gotten better and better over the past few months and the food menu looks great too.  Stop by and give them a try.  Cedar Creek Pub is located at: 2100 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO 80045.  303-537-4124.

Up in Arvada, Yak & Yeti’s Head Brewer Adam Draeger, tapped a Toasted Coconut Porter yesterday and the (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock is getting rave reviews.  Here’s this week’s lineup.

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Draeger also said he brewed a large batch of a Belgian Dubbel that will be ready sometime towards the end of March.  The beer will be called “Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge” and features 25 pounds of homemade Belgian Candi Sugar.  Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Crooked Stave has your sour fix.  They just tapped Sentience aged in a Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey Barrel.  This won’t last, so get to the barrel room today.  It’ll also be pouring at Strong Ale Fest, so you’ve got a couple of chances to try this amazing beer.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday release will be a Citrus Saison.

Tapping at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s got a 15% ABV Eis’d Bier de Garde, called King Baudoin.

This Deviation is described as a “malt forward and chewy ale” that will “warm you like a thick down coat”.  Perfect for the cold, snowy days we’ve experienced lately.  This behemoth will tap at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

As for us, we’ll be at the 11th Annual Strong Ale Festival at Avery Brewing in Boulder.  You know how much we love the Avery Fests and this one is no exception.  This is THE place to be this weekend if you crave those big ass, roided up, 8+% ABV, monster brews.  I’ll be scoping out Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, Avery’s Tweak (coffee infused Mephistopheles) and whatever the hell Surly brings this year.  Maybe a little of your new barrel-aged Brett beer, Pentagram?  Yeah, that works.  And bring back Darkness you foolio’s!

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Strong Ale Fest sold out quick, so if you don’t already have tickets, well, you’re probably out of luck.  However, if you do have tickets, look for us Friday night.  The event continues on Saturday and features a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio.  More details below.  And if you just want to re-live last year’s fest and gaze over the menu, click HERE.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

UPDATE: The 2013 Strong Ale Fest beer list is up for your drooling pleasure.  Start planning your weekend right HERE.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Strong Ale Fest at Avery continues on Saturday from noon to 5 PM.  The Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio will kick things off out front beginning at noon.  Check them out on AM 760 and 102.3 FM respectively.  Be responsible people.  Book a hotel, call a cab, eat a big meal, drink a whole mess of water, have fun.

If you don’t have tickets for Strong Ale Fest, then get your butt over to Copper Kettle Brewing Company, for the release of their Barrel Aged Old Ale.

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

Don’t forget your German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.

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Prost needs your help.  They’re looking to name their 4 fermenters.  They’ve got three 70 barrel tanks and one 80 barrel.  Send your entry to kevin@prostbrewing.com.  The winner will win a growler a month for one year!  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Hops & Pie will tap their Pliny the Younger keg on Sunday.

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They’ll hand out 50 tickets when the doors open at 2 PM.  A ticket guarantees you a 10 oz. pour, so don’t be late.  The keg gets tapped at 4 PM and all tickets must be redeemed by 8 or you risk losing your share.  Pliny the Elder will also be on tap.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Your last chance for Pliny the Younger is coming up on Monday down at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs.

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Tickets will be available at 6 PM and the tapping will happen at 7 PM.  Don’t be one of those whiners who didn’t get their Younger this year.  Get out and get some.  Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.  719-634-0029.

Other Exciting Brew News

Some of Colorado’s lady brewers brewed a collaboration beer at Wynkoop earlier this week.  They joined forces to brew a Belgian Pale Ale that’ll debut during Colorado Craft Beer Week in March. Click on this link for a short video that aired on Fox31 a few days ago.  There’s also details on a contest they’re having to name the brew.  Winner gets FREE BEER!

Boulder’s Fate Brewing has been staying busy.  Business is good at the new brewpub and the brewhouse is almost completely installed.  Sales & Marketing Director Hannah Lloyd says they should be “brewing test batches by this weekend…fingers crossed”.

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Until then, be sure to stop by and check out some of their tasty collaboration brews.  Fate Brewing is located at: 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew gave us a little tease this week.

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A new 3 BBL brew system is on the way and it looks like bottles are in the future as well.  Congrats to Brandon and the rest of the gang on this very exciting news!  Stop by and check them out if you haven’t already.  They just expanded their hours again to better serve the local beer freaks.  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Beer Hunters, take note that Firestone Walker’s §ucaba, a barrel-aged Barleywine and Stone’s Old Guardian Barleywine are making the rounds right now.  Stone also released an Oak-Smoked version of Old Guardian as part of their “Odd Beers for Odd Years” line of beers.  I can’t speak for the new Oak-Smoked, but the others are great both fresh and aged.  Get ’em while you can.

Utah’s Epic Brewing is opening a brewery, barrel room and tasting room right here in Denver. They’re just getting started over there, but plenty of exciting things are coming.

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As always, we’ll keep you posted with updates.  An April opening is expected.

Happy Birthday to us!

Brewtally Insane (that’s us) turns 1 this week!  Just wanted to say Thank You to all of our readers, brewers and amazing people who have supported us since we fired up this little site last year.  We really, really, really appreciate it.  I started this just as a way to keep some friends in the loop with all the local beer happenings and it’s taken off from there.  So Thank You!  Look for us at SUDS for SIDS at Mile High Station tomorrow and Strong Ale Fest at Avery Brewing on Friday. Say “hi”, have fun, be safe.

You guys rock!  Craft beer rules!

Cheers!


Beer Trippin’ in California. Part 6 – Mission Brewery

Our final stop during our San Diego brew adventure was at Mission Brewery.  Mission has a long history of brewing in San Diego, dating all the way back to 1913.  The brewery closed their doors in 1918, but the name was revived in 2007, when owner / founder Dan Selis launched a new line of Mission beers.  In 2011, Selis moved his brewery from Chula Vista to its current location in a former Wonder Bread bakery in downtown San Diego.

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The 14,000 square foot brick building dates back to 1834 and lends a beautiful setting for the brewhouse, tasting room and bottling line.  Mission is conveniently located in downtown San Diego, next to Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) and only minutes from San Diego International Airport, making it the perfect beginning or end point for your brew trip.

Inside, local history gets a modern upgrade, as the 150+ year old building and its’ metal chandeliers, combine with the shiny stainless steel brewhouse and black leather barstools.  It strikes a pleasant balance for beer lovers competing amongst one another on the shuffleboard table or while sitting at the bar watching the local sports teams on TV.

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Mission makes 4 year-round beers in 12 oz. bottles: Amber, Hefeweizen, Blonde and an IPA, which took a Bronze medal at the 2007 GABF.  Their big beer lineup consists of a 9.25% ABV West Coast Double IPA called Shipwrecked and a 10% ABV Russian Imperial Stout called Dark Seas, both of which are available in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.  In addition to Mission’s lineup of bottled brews, they also offer a variety of draft only and seasonals releases ranging from a Dunkelweizen to a Coconut Brown Ale to an Imperial Red Ale and more.

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Last month, we spoke with Mission’s National Sales Manager, Martin Saylor, at Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines in Vail.  He mentioned that Mission is looking to bring bottles to the Colorado market in the near future.  Beer hunters, keep your eyes peeled, as our first shipment from Mission should be heading our way in about 4 weeks!  Mrs. Insane and I can’t wait to have some Shipwrecked Double IPA in our fridge.

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Mission Brewery is located at: 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101.  619-544-0555.

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Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 02/21/2013

Yeah, it’s cold out.  Yeah, it’s snowing.  What of it?  It is winter after all.  Don’t let the weather get you down.  We’ve got plenty of big ol’ brews to warm you up this weekend.  Coffee?  Check.  Bacon? Check.  Coffee Bacon Beer?  Check.  Triple IPA?  Check.

Let’s do this.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Sour freaks, listen up!  Oregon’s Cascade Brewing will release 2012 bottles of The Vine at 5:30 PM MST on Thursday.  Click HERE to place an order through their website.

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The Vine is a delicious blend of oak aged blond ales that were aged on pressed grapes.  Bottles will sell for $20 / 750 mL.  Vlad the Imp Aler, Blueberry, Apricot and other bottles are also currently for sale.  Get on over there and grab some before they’re gone.

Crooked Stave bottled their Provision Saison earlier this month.  Stop by the tasting room for a beer or two (or three) and take some bottles home.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.

Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draegr will replace Red Hots Wheat with Very Berry Stout tomorrow. Here’s the rest of the current lineup.

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Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s mixing things up a bit for this week’s Deviation.  He’s announcing “Jellyman’s Mystery Deviation Contest”, which will begin this week and going forward, will run on the last Friday of each month.  Beer fans will have the opportunity to evaluate and critique his Deviation based on aroma, appearance and taste via entry sheets at each table.  The brewers will gather the entries and announce a winner on the Monday following the release.  Jim will pick the winner for most accurate and Jellyman will pick the winner for most creative.  Winners will receive Rockyard gift cards.

This week’s release is called “Dogleg”.  Stop by and put your palate to the test.  Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109.  303-814-9273.

Dry Dock’s whipped up a Simcoe and Amarillo Dry-Hopped Black IPA for Firkin Friday.

Tapping at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Congrats to PJ and the rest of the peeps over at Denver Off The Wagon on their 2nd Anniversary.

To celebrate, they’ve brewed a beer with the Denver Beer Co.  Swing by on Friday at 4:30 PM to try their Dubbel Entendre, a Belgian Dubbel brewed with Belgian malts, plenty of Belgian candi sugar and fermented with an Abbey yeast.  Denver Beer Co is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

So much to talk about on Saturday.  Where to begin???

Start your day with coffee, beer and bacon.  After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Denver Beer Co. is back with the 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest.  For $30, you get a breakfast burrito from Chile Billy, coffee from Coda Coffee, all you can eat bacon from Denver Bacon Co. and a coffee mug to drink up all the coffee brews you can handle.

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Here’s the list:

Swineheitsgebot: Rauchbier aged on Denver Bacon Co. bacon

Red Eye: Rauchbier aged on black & red chipotle chiles

Kenya Karitina: Coda oatmeal coffee stout

Rwanda Abakundakawa: Coda coffee stout

Cascara IPA: Hoppy American IPA aged on dried coffee bean fruit

Firkin: Denver Breakfast Stout – chocolate espresso stout

Firkin: Belgian Breakfast Ale – Belgian pale ale with apricots, blueberries, & spices

Red Beer: spicy bloody amber ale

The fest runs from 9 AM – noon, but be sure to call the brewery in advance to reserve a spot.  303-433-2739. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.

Over at Falling Rock Tap House, they’ve got two kegs of Pliny the Younger ready to go for this weekend.  The Saturday tapping will be at 12:30 PM.  The Sunday tapping will be at 1 PM.  Doors open at 11 AM and tickets will be handed out as people arrive.  More details and the entire Falling Rock update can be found HERE.

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The Wynkoop will host the 17th Annual Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals on Saturday at 2 PM.

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The three beer geek finalists will be judged by a panel of past Beerdrinker of the Year winners and guest judges Kyle Clark, beer lover from Channel 9 News, and Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer.  The 2013 Beerdrinker of the Year will receive $250 worth of free beer at their home bar or brewery, free beer for life at Wynkoop and unparalleled bragging rights.  This fun and unique event is free and open for all to come and enjoy.  Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

It’s “Littlest Big Beer Fest” time again at Hops & Pie.  This month, the featured brewery is Firestone Walker.

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Sucaba and XVI!  Are you kidding me?  Don’t miss this.  Tappings begin at noon.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Beer freaks down South need to get over to Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs for the 9th Annual Firkin Rendezvous.  This annual fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild will showcase firkins from 25 Colorado breweries including Great Divide, Odell, Dry Dock, Prost, Elevation and Three Barrel.

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Doors open at 1 PM for VIP and 2 PM for general admission.  Tickets are $50 and $35 respectively, which covers food, beer and tasting glass.  Bristol Brewing is located at: 1647 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.  719-633-2555.

Our friends on the airwaves will be “working” hard to bring you the latest and greatest in Colorado brew news.  This week, the Colorado Craft Beer Show is on location at Arvada Beer Co.  They’ll be chatting with guests from Firestone Walker and Uinta Brewing.

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Check ’em out on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM.  Better yet, get over to Arvada Beer and listen to the show live.  Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-467-2337.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Falling Rock Tap House will tap their final keg of Pliny the Younger on Sunday at 1 PM.  Details are above and HERE.

Up in Boulder, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will tap their keg of Pliny the Younger at 11 AM. Pours will be sold for $9 / 10 oz.

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Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-449-4285.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Our last Pliny the Younger tapping for the weekend comes from the good people over at Cheeky Monk in Denver.

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They’ll be tapping one of their two kegs of this heavenly nectar at 6:30 PM.  $10 / glass.  If you’re not early, then you’re late.  The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. 303-861-0347.

Other Brew News

Just a few bits of brew news to close out this week’s beer buzz.  Jim Koch over at Samuel Adams announced they’ll begin canning this summer.

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Once upon a time, all the way back in 2004, Koch said “Beer shall be offered in bottles, not cans”. My how times have changed.  No worries.  I love cans and don’t mind seeing Sam Adams get in on the action.

A little closer to home, Odell has announced Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA.

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Pinch me, because I must be dreaming.  Brewed with 2,000 lbs of pureed Colorado peaches, this is sure to be magical, wish granting unicorns in a bottle.  No word on a release date yet, but you know we’ll keep you posted on when you can expect 750 mL bottles to hit the shelves.

Colorado’s lady brewers are collaborating on a special brew to be released during Colorado Craft Beer Week in March.  Over at the Westword, Jonathan Shikes has all the details in his article about the Belgian Pale Ale they’ll be brewing up next week at the Wynkoop.

Lastly, Bill Eye’s here with his weekly terminology lesson.

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Prost Brewing is located at: Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

We’ll be working on a little makeover and doing some maintenance on the site this weekend.  I want to apologize in advance for any outages we might experience.  Our team of skilled experts are working hard to make improvements and fine tune a few things just for you.  (It’s also a great excuse to gather some friends and open some nice brews.)

Otherwise, that’s it for this round.  Have fun this weekend you little Younger freaks.

Cheers!


Beer Trippin’ in California. Part 5 – AleSmith Brewing Company

When I hear the term “Big Beer” in Colorado, I immediately think of Avery Brewing and Great Divide Brewing.  Both have a vast selection of big beers ranging from 8%+ ABV Imperial Stouts, Double IPA’s, Barleywines and so on.  When I hear the term “Big Beer” in reference to Southern California, I think of San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing.  AleSmith has been serving up tasty brews since 1995 and over time, they’ve grown their line to include a variety of fantastic, high ABV beers.

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AleSmith might be best known for their popular Speedway Stout, which is a 12% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with coffee.  Speedway Stout is full of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt flavors.  The thick, creamy mouthfeel lingers and leaves you wanting more.  Speedway variations spring up from time-to-time in the tasting room.  Past experiments have included batches brewed with dried sour cherries, mint chocolate and peanut butter & cacao nibs.  Wow!  Send some to Colorado.  Please??

Old Numbskull Barleywine is an American-style Barleywine that weighs in at 11% ABV.  If you’re not a fan of the big hop flavors found in fresh batches, tuck some away in the back of your cellar for a few years.  The caramel and malt notes that come through once the hops fade after a year or more are divine.  Fresh, aged, both, whatever, it’s a great take on the style.

Scotch Ale fans never seem to have very many options.  That poor beer just doesn’t get enough respect in my opinion.  Luckily, AleSmith gives the style its’ due with their Wee Heavy.  The 10% ABV Wee Heavy is a sweet, smokey, lightly hopped traditional Scotch Ale.

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The Grand Cru might be the most complex beer in their year-round big beer lineup.  This one is a 10.5% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale that is brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and fermented with authentic Belgian trappist yeast.  The dark brown brew has flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel.

Don’t forget the Grand Cru’s little brother, known as Horny Devil.  This bad boy is an 11% ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale.  Like the Grand Cru, the Devil is also brewed with Belgian trappist yeast, but uses a lighter Belgian candi sugar and coriander seeds in the brewing process.  The result is a beautiful golden beer with citrus, bread and spice notes.

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AleSmith has a small barrel-aging project and many of the barrel-aged releases are only available on draft in the tasting room.  They occasionally release 750mL bottles of their Barrel-Aged big beers like Speedway Stout and Old Numbskull, which are only available during release parties at the brewery. Take note beer traders, I highly recommend seeking these bad boys out.

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While the big beers tend to take center stage, don’t ignore the smaller, more sessionable brews like their IPA, Anvil ESB and X Pale Ale or their great seasonals like YuleSmith, My Bloody Valentine or Decadence (their Anniversary beer which is a different style every year).

DSC_0843AleSmith reps at GABF said they’re looking at entering the CO market in the near future.  Cross your fingers folks, because AleSmith would be a great addition to the CO beer scene.

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Drop by the tasting room on your next trip out west to see what they’re all about and grab some bottles to bring back for your cellar.  You’re gonna love ’em!

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AleSmith Brewing is located at: 9368 Cabot Dr, San Diego, CA 92126.  858-549-9888

Cheers!


Beer Trippin’ in California. Part 4 – Pizza Port

No beer trippin’ report in San Diego would be complete without a visit to at least one of the Pizza Port locations.  The original Pizza Port was founded in Solana Beach in 1987, by owners Vince and Gina Marsaglia.  Vince began using the restaurant’s extra space to experiment with homebrewing.   5 years later in 1992, a 7 BBL brewhouse was installed and the brewery was born.  In 1997, Tomme Arthur took the reigns in the brewhouse and the rest is history.

Since then, Pizza Port has grown to 4 locations (with 1 more on the way), opened a bottle shop in Carlsbad (offering 600+ of the best beers available in the San Diego area), named 2003 and 2004 Small Brewpub of the Year at GABF (Solana Beach) and 2009 Large Brewpub of the Year at GABF (Carlsbad) and opened a production facility in San Marcos, CA.  The brewpubs have also taken home numerous GABF and World Beer Cup medals.  Tomme Arthur has since moved on to become Director of Brewery Operations at Port Brewing and co-founded the The Lost Abbey line of Belgian influenced beers in 2006.

Each Pizza Port location offers a wide variety of beers brewed on-site, plus a lineup of guest taps from some of the world’s top craft breweries.  The great selection of beers, ranging from west coast hop bombs to authentic Belgian ales, is sure to satisfy even the most hardcore beer nerd.  If you can’t decide which location to visit, let the beer do the talking.  The Pizza Port website has a webcam feed showing all of the beers pouring at each location.

The close proximity to the beach and the laid back vibe, combined with a tasty menu and a ton of great beers, makes Pizza Port one of our favorite places to visit in the San Diego area.  Pizza Port shows no signs of slowing down, as they’re currently working on a new location in Bressi Ranch (near Carlsbad).  I guess we’ll have to add it to the list for next time.

On this trip, we only had the time to visit Pizza Port Carlsbad, but we’ve visited the other locations in the past and encourage you to try them all.  Here’s a handful of pictures from our recent visit.

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Cheers!


Falling Rock Tap House Update and Pliny the Younger Details!

Read below for the latest update from Chris Black at Falling Rock Tap House.  This time he gears you up for this weekend’s release of Pliny the Younger and talks about St. Patrick’s Day, Colorado Craft Beer Week and Opening Day at Coors Field.

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Howdy Folks,

It’s the time of the year for Russian River Pliny the Younger ! We have 2 more releases scheduled: Next Saturday February 23rd at 12:30 pm, & next Sunday February 24th at 1pm.  Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. We will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger as people arrive. There will be 2 colors of tickets, if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you’re getting a Younger, the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we’ll sell it to all of the folks with the first color, if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & giving it to the next persons in line. I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, civilized & less stressful for everyone involved. 


Other dates to remember:
March 16th St. Patrick’s Parade. Once again Blake Street Turns Green with The Parade running right in front of the Falling Rock. We will be opening at 9am on Parade Day.

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day. Opening at normal Hour (11am) No Cover.

March 18th Kickoff event for Colorado Craft Beer Week. 7-11pm. We will be closed to the public for a Ticketed Event to kick off the Inaugural Colorado Craft Beer Week. We will be attempting to switch out all of our taps plus a few extra ones to Colorado Breweries for a truly Once-in-a-Lifetime Event. Tickets will go on sale in a few days & will be preceded by another email letting you know when they go on sale. There will only be 250 tickets to this event so watch out for the email & Twitter announcements  (Twitter @FallingRockTap )

April 5th Colorado Rockies Home Opener. We will open at 10am for the game vs the San Diego Padres.

Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Cheers!


The Inaugural San Diego Winter Brew Fest

The team behind the annual Winter and Summer Brew Fests in Denver, known as RightOn Productions, has decided to take their beer, food and fun fests on the road.  Last weekend, they brought the Inaugural Winter Brew Fest to Broadway Pier in lovely San Diego, CA.

Lucky for us, we got invited to come out and cover the event.  Trust me, we didn’t need much convincing.  We LOVE a good brew fest and we love San Diego.  Yep, count us in!

The event was held at the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, which is a modern, environmentally friendly Cruise ship terminal.  Port Pavilion is easily accessible by car, bus and train and offers scenic views of the USS Midway and San Diego Bay.

The San Diego beer scene is on fire right now, with more than 63 breweries in operation and 32 more in various stages of planning.  The San Diego beer scene is almost as exciting as the current Denver beer scene.  The inaugural festival gave us the opportunity to try beers from some of the local up and coming breweries such as Iron Fist and Manzanita, but we were just as excited to revisit old favorites from our friends at Mission and Ballast Point.

The food trucks parked outside along the bay were no joke either.  They had prepared beer-centric menus just for the brew-minded crowd.  We couldn’t get enough from the guys at Underdogs, who were serving up some mean sausage creations.  I went with the “Mac Daddy”, which was a Stone Porter Sausage, topped with macaroni and cheese and bacon.  Oh delish.  The cheese sauce on top was made with a Saison from Iron First Brewing.

Inside the pier, the crowd sipped on beer, nibbled on Cabot cheese and grooved to the sounds of local bands.  All in all, a great time and another well run festival from the RightOn crew.  No word yet on whether they plan to expand the event to include a San Diego Summer Brew Fest.  We can only hope.

Until next time, check out some of the sights from the San Diego Winter Brew Fest.

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To see more highlights from our San Diego adventure, visit the Beer Trippin’ portion of our site.

Cheers!


Beer Trippin’ in California. Part 3 – Green Flash Brewing

After two great stops at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and Port / The Lost Abbey, it was time to start heading South towards San Diego.  So for our last stop of the day, we decided to visit Green Flash Brewing.  This place caught me completely off guard.  From the outside, Green Flash looks like a place where they should be programming satellites or making sketches for the next hybrid car.  Not your average looking brewery by any means.

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While we were scratching our heads on the way in, we slipped through the glass door and made our way down a long hallway lined with beer posters.  The hallway eventually led us to a tasting room surrounded by a large brewery, bottling line and pallets and pallets of beer.  Oh glorious beer!  It was clear we were in the right place.

We happened to hit Green Flash while they were pouring all 10 of their Anniversary Ales.  The brewery releases a different style one-off each year to commemorate the special occasion.  Past releases have included Barleywines, Strong Ales, Double IPA’s, Imperial Stouts and most recently a Flanders Red.  The prices were stupid good at just $1 for a taster and $4 for a full pour.

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In addition to their anniversary collection, there was also a variety of beers to sample from their year-round lineup, seasonals and special one-offs just for visitors to the tasting room.  Palate Wrecker Double IPA is a favorite of mine and I rarely pass up the opportunity to try a splash of this west coast hop bomb.  Luckily for me, a fresh keg was on tap.

The 9-year old Barleywine was tough to beat too.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve had a beer that was nearly a decade old and this was my second one in under 4 hours.  (Stone was also pouring beers going back to ’03!)  I think I need to “beer trip” through CA more often.

Visitors can make a day of sampling the more than two dozen offerings in the tasting room.  On brewing and bottling days, guests have the perfect vantage point to watch the Green Flash team go to work.  The small beer garden on the side of the building is a nice little hangout and a great chance to try some of the local food trucks.

While Green Flash may look a little different on the outside, Mama always said it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  And on the inside of Green Flash, is great beer.  Seriously tasty, great beer and that’s what really matters.

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Green Flash Brewing is located at: 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121.  858-622-0085

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz: Valentine’s Day Edition 02/14/2013

We had a killer time last week on the left coast.  San Diego is a great, great beer town.  No, it’s not Denver, let’s not get carried away, but it’s solid and growing just as quickly as our local scene.  This was our second visit in 18 months and it’s crazy to see the growth.  We shared some sights and tastes from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey and we’ve got more to come including the Inaugural San Diego Winter Brew Fest, Green Flash, AleSmith and more. Stay tuned!

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And hey, it’s lent.

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Maybe give up something a little more reasonable like eating or shaving (which I happily haven’t done since November).  Do what you gotta do, but don’t give up craft beer.

In other news, the CO brewers won their fight against grocery and convenience stores selling full-strength beer.  Well done boys and girls.  I sincerely hope this is the last time you all have to fight that fight.  Unfortunately, it seems some overpaid assbanana brings it up again year after year.  Until then, Congrats on winning this battle.

And lastly, before we start our weekend run down, Cheers to Swagger, the Old English Sheepdog and CO-native that made us all proud at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The big guy placed second overall out of 2,500+ pups.  Nicely done!  Now maybe your owner will finally get that furry mop out of your eyes.

And now, it’s time to get serious.  Focus.  It’s time for your Weekend Beer Buzz.

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Day of Love is very near and if you love beer, then have no fear, just plant your eyes on this page right here.   Many of the beery events and Valentine’s beer dinners sold out long ago, but here are a few that don’t require tickets and should have plenty of beer flowing for you and your special someone on Thursday night.

Dry Dock has a delicious pair of tappings lined up for Thursday.  Stop by and revisit Rudolph’s Revenge, which you might remember as Head Brewer Doug Hyndman’s Raspberry Pomegranate Porter from the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown.  Dry Dock also plans to release a firkin of Strawberry Hefeweizen, which I think at one point used to be called Heidi Klum?  Am I wrong here?  Either way, firkin at noon, Rudolph at 4 PM.  Don’t be surprised if a few more treats pop up as well.

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

Black Shirt Brewing is hosting a beer and desert pairing on Thursday.  End your special night with a Chai Red Porter and a specially prepared desert.

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This will run from 5 – 9 PM and is rumored to be your only chance to try this great brew.  The BSB tasting room will now be open on Wednesday’s, with expanded hours throughout the week.  Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

Scott and the Wit’s End Gang will have their 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Pairing from 4 PM – ? (until the chocolate’s gone!).

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Cruise over to the Wit’s End Website and see what they’ve got planned for this year’s event.  The Kitchen Sink Porter is paired with a chocolate-bacon bar.  Need I say more?  Sappy, cheese-filled music provided free of charge.  Wit’s End Brewing is located at: 2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO 80223.  303-459-4379.

Up at Yak & Yeti in Arvada, Head Brewer Adam Draeger released (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock and Cherry Porter this week.  For Valentine’s Day, he’s bringing back Red Hot Wheat, which is brewed with Red Hots Candies.  Draeger describes the 4.9% ABV bright red brew as a “Dentyne gum flavored dessert wine to share with the sweetheart of your life”.

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Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Speaking of Yeti’s, there’s been reports of a sighting over at Great Divide.  They’ll be tapping a Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Version of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti at 2 PM.  Wow, that sounds amazing.

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Great Divide Brewing is located at: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-9460.

Up in Longmont at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, they’ll have hand carved prime rib and some special Ommegang goodies on draft.

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Homemade Liquids and Solids is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.  303-485-9400.

Lone Tree Brewing will tap The Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout and Chocolate Cherry Stout at noon today.  Sounds delish.

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Lone Tree Brewing is located at: 8222 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124.  303-792-5822.

Here’s the latest from Crooked Stave.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Just in case you don’t have enough spice in your life on Valentine’s Day, Dry Dock’s tapping a Green Chili Double IPA on Firkin Friday.

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Tapping at 3 PM.  I don’t typically reach for chili brews, but this one’s good.  Damn good.  Trust me. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s busting out “The Preacher” for this week’s Deviation.  The Preacher is a Simcoe and Vanguard Pale Ale.

Tapping at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Congrats to River North Brewery, who’ll be celebrating their 1-year Anniversary on Saturday.  Stop by and share a beer from their great lineup of Belgian-influenced ales.  You’ll also have the opportunity to try their newest and biggest beer yet, a 12.5% ABV Imperial Stout that was brewed to commemorate the special occasion.  120 cases produced, so perhaps this’ll see a bit of local distribution.  Keep your eyes peeled fellow beer hunters and gatherers.

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River North will also be offering tours of their barrel room.  The party starts at 1 PM and you won’t want to miss out.  River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-2617,

The Tasty Weasel is also gearing up for an Anniversary Party.  The Oskar Blues Tap Room in Longmont will be celebrating 4 years with a super secret beer release, food trucks and of course skee ball. They’ll be joined by the Colorado Craft Beer Show, who’ll be kicking it off at noon on AM 760.  Better yet, stop by and watch the show live.

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The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd, Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501.  303-776-1914.

The 3rd Annual Winter Beer Fest is right around the corner.  On Saturday, the Woodland Park Cultural Center will be turned into a beer garden as Prost Brewing, Arvada Beer Company, Trinity Brewing and others set up shop for the afternoon.

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Tickets are only $15, but hurry, as they’ll jump to $30 if you wait to buy them at the door.  Ticket price includes taster glass and unlimited tastings.  This event runs from 2 – 6 PM.  More details and ticket info can be found HERE.  The Woodland Park Cultural Center is located at: 210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80863.

Pliny the Younger Update

The Younger kegs are slowly invading Denver.

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So far, we’ve got two tapping times confirmed.

Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will tap their keg on Sunday, February 24th at noon.  Tickets are $9 / 11 oz. and will be sold at 11 AM.  Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-449-4285.

The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe in Denver will have TWO tappings!  The first will hit tap lines on Monday, February 25th, the second will get tapped on Thursday, February 28th.  Both will start pouring at 6:30 PM.  $10 / glass, first come, first serve.  The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.  303-861-0347.

Until next time, here’s your German lesson for the week.

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Pretty sure they didn’t teach you that in High School.  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

It’s been fun.  Let’s do it again next weekend.

Cheers!