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We’ve Moved!!! Go To Brewtallyinsane.com And See What You’re Missing.

If you’re reading this, then you’re on our “old” site.  We’ve found a new home and relaunched our site.  Please update your bookmarks and point your browsers over to our new site, http://brewtallyinsane.com   Come on, what are you waiting for?

Cheers!


Stone Brewing Co. Unleashes Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA In Colorado Today

It’s back.  The tasty hop bomb known as Enjoy By is making a return appearance to our delicious state.  The beer was loaded onto trucks last Friday and it’s hitting store shelves today.  Hop heads, get out and get ya some, because it sure won’t last long.  Read the press release below for more details, including tasting notes from Brewmaster Mitch Steele and suggested food pairings from Dr. Bill.

COLORADO RECEIVES LIMITED RELEASE OF STONE ENJOY BY 04.20.13 IPA

ESCONDIDO, CA (March 18, 2013) – A devastatingly fresh Stone Brewing Co. beer is on its way to Colorado. On Friday, Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA was bottled, kegged and loaded on a truck destined for The Centennial State. Brewed with 11 different hop varieties, this beer is designed to be enjoyed on or before the date printed on each bottle to fully experience the beer’s über hop-forward flavor and aroma.

Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele implemented several techniques while brewing Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA including “hop bursting,” which adds copious amounts of hops to the end of the boil process to maximize the intense flavors and aromas of hops in the brew. Traces of resin, peaches and tropical fruit are evident in the aroma while the taste is almost entirely an onslaught of hop bitterness.

Stone fans looking to enjoy this limited release beer should visit stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/ and use the interactive map to find exactly which retailers, restaurants and bars are carrying the beer in bottles or on draft. In the unlikely event that any beer remains on the shelf on April 21, it will be immediately removed.

Stone is measuring buzz for the beer through the company’s social media platforms: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and the Stone Enjoy By IPA website. Beer enthusiasts may express their desire to have Stone Enjoy By IPA back in their city or state by using any or all of the aforementioned social media sites. Hopheads are encouraged to comment, tweet, post and share with fellow beer enthusiasts using the hashtags #EnjoyBy #CO. All engagements may be viewed in real time at the Stone Enjoy By IPA website,stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/.

Name: Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA

URL: stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/

Stats: 9.4% ABV, 88 IBUs

Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning the week of March 18

Hops bill: Calypso, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Motueka, Citra, Cascade, New Zealand Nelson Sauvin, and Australian Galaxy

Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Golden with a creamy white head.

Aroma: Intense dank hoppiness, resin, peaches, and hints of tropical fruit are all evident in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth malt up front, quickly dissipating into a massive onslaught of hops. The dankness and peach notes come through strongly.

Palate: Smooth with hints of alcohol, and a perfect balance of bitterness and dryness on the back end.

Overall: We took the opportunity with this beer to use several interesting techniques we’ve learned during our many years of brewing great double IPAs. The result is an intense dry beer with very little malt sweetness, but with plenty of malt flavor to provide a background to the enormous…or shall I say “ginormous” hop character. Hopping, as might be expected, was over the top. First, the brew was mash-hopped with Calypso, a beautiful fruity hop that we also used in our Stone 16th Anniversary IPA, after which we kettle-hopped with a very small dose of Super Galena hop extract for bittering. Then, using a technique known in homebrew circles as “hop bursting,” we loaded up very heavily on the flavor hops at the end of the boil and in the whirlpool. Simcoe, Delta, Target and Amarillo were used in the late kettle hop. Motueka, Citra, and Cascade were used for the whirlpool hop. As you can clearly tell, this beer was super hoppy even before we dry-hopped it, but then we went for it…dry-hopping with one pound per barrel EACH of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin and Australian Galaxy.

Drink extra-super-dank-and-tasty Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA well before its shelf life to maximize the pungent glory that this beautiful, intense hop profile provides.

Suggested food parings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak

Appetizers: Guacamole, kimchi, salt and pepper shrimp (or tofu), sausage-stuffed jalapeños

Main course: Chicken-fried steak, Merguez sausage, gumbo, chile relleno, Thai drunken noodles

Dessert: Carrot cake, peach cobbler, ginger spice cake, pumpkin cheesecake

Cheeses: Parmigiano-Reggiano, extra aged Cheddar, Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue, Mimolette

Cigars: Alec Bradley Trilogy Authentic Corojo, Altadis U.S.A Edición Limitada, Camacho Select

Description: Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.jpg@01CD2C6E.2CD71410ABOUT STONE BREWING CO.

Twice named “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine, Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner and is the 11th largest craft brewer in the U.S. Headquartered in Escondido, CA, Stone owns and operates the farm-to-table restaurant Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, as well as Stone Catering, Stone Distributing Co., and Stone Farms. Other lofty ventures include construction of Stone Packaging Hall and a second restaurant with an on-site brewhouse, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, both with an estimated completion of first quarter 2013, and Stone Hotel & Headquarters with an estimated completion of late 2014. For more information, please visit stonebrewing.com or on social media sites: TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+YouTube, and The Stone Blog.

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Cheers!


Kickin’ Off Colorado Beer Week

Here we go friends.  Buckle up and hang on, because Colorado Craft Beer Week starts NOW!  There’s such an insane amount of beer events lined up for this week, that I thought it’d be helpful to post an early update.

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This isn’t the mother load of lists, but rather a listing of some of the events we’re really excited about and wanted to share with all of you.  Thanks to the Colorado Brewers Guild, the master list can be found on the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage.  I’m just afraid my fingers would fall off if I tried to list every single event.

Ongoing All Week

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont will devote all 44 of their taps to Colorado brews this week.  Each night, reps from your favorite local breweries will be on hand to answer questions, talk beer and giveaway some great swag.

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Monday– Prost, Tivoli and Upslope
Tuesday– Left Hand and New Belgium
Wednesday– Breckenridge, Boulder, Telluride and Denver Beer Co
Thursday– Avery, Bootstrap, Epic, Equinox and Twisted Pine
Friday– City Star, Renegade and Strange
Saturday– Oskar Blues, Estes Park, Echo, Gravity and Grimm Bros.

Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.

Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge is featuring IPA’s all week, building up to the main event on Saturday with an IPA showdown between 12 different breweries.  Game on!  The tappings begin nightly at 6 PM.

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Monday– Oskar Blues *All 3 IPA’s from OB
Tuesday– Equinox Brewing *Zenith IPA and Remi’s Saison IPA
Wednesday– Elevation Beer Co. *Cask IPA Night
Thursday– Ska Brewing Modus IPA, Decadent DIPA, and Insubstantial IPA
Friday– Avery Brewing *Double Dry Hopped Maharaja, Winters Day IPA
Saturday– 12 different breweries racing to see who can sell the most IPA.  Come support your favorite brewery and help them win by drinking beer.

Right Coast Pizza is located at: 7100 W 38th St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Falling Rock Tap House is THE place to be on Monday, when you’ll be able to view the glorious sight of 80 different Colorado breweries pouring under one roof.  Yeah people, this is BIG!  $45 gets you in.  The fun starts at 7 PM (not 6 PM, like you may have heard elsewhere) and runs until 11 PM. You can buy tickets right here.  You need to go.  It’s your civic duty.  Make it happen.  Tell the King I sent you.

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But don’t tell the King I’m showing you this list.  It’s Über secret and we’re the only blog on the street brave enough to have hijacked his keg list.  Check out the list of breweries and a few of the beers that’ll be on hand.

Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Backcountry Brewery
Big Choice Brewing
Black Bottle
Bonfire Brewing
Bootstrap
Boulder Brewing Champagne Mojo
Bristol English Old Ale
Bull and Bush
Carver Oatmeal Pale Ale
Caution Brewing
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Crabtree
Copper Kettle
Crazy Mountain
Crooked Stave Assorted Goodness including L’Brett D’or
Denver Beer Company
Dry Dock
Echo
Elevation Oil Man
Equinox
Ft. Collins
Funkwerks Deceit
Great Divide
Grimm Brothers
Hall Brewing Company
Hogs Head on CASK!
Left Hand Brewing on CASK!
Lone Tree Brewing
New Belgium
Odell Brewing Wooden Sidecar Oakaged Myrcenary
Oskar Blues
Pagosa Brewing
Prost
Redstone Meadery
Renegade
River North
Ska
Strange Cherry Kriek
Telluride Brewing
Tivoli
Tommyknocker
Upslope Foreign Export Stout
West Flanders
Wynkoop Ellegance, the Women’s Collaborative Brew

Say what?!?!  You’re telling me there’s still a keg of Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout still out there?  That amazing beer alone is worth the price of admission.  Again, get your tickets HERE and ring in CO Craft Beer Week like one bad little monkey.

The admission price will get you your fill of any of the beers being poured.  No limit or tickets, but please be responsible and don’t ruin it for everyone else.  Cookies from The Cookie Brewer will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In Denver, River North Brewery will tap 10 gallons of their Avarice Imperial Stout, which has spent the past 6 months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels.

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This made its’ debut over the weekend at the Littlest Big Beer Fest at Hops & Pie.  Grab a glass on Wednesday afternoon before it’s gone for good.  River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.

Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing will host the New Brew Crew Tasting on Wednesday, featuring 5 of the newest breweries up that way.

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$20 will get you 3 hours of tasting and a tulip glass.  Proceeds go to charity.  As for the beer, look for 10 beers pouring from West Flanders, Fate, Echo, Gravity and Bootstrap.  7 – 10 PM.  West Flanders Brewing is located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Out in Durango, Ska will launch the third beer in their Seasonal Stout series.  This time it’s Vernal Minthe Stout, brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans.

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The Durango release party will feature $3 pints, tours of the brewhouse and a chance to meet the brewer from 5 – 7 PM.  Keep your eyes out for 12 oz. cans to hit the Denver area soon.  Ska Brewing is located at: 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303.

Get out and celebrate our great state of Beer!  Keep in mind, this just covers the first few days for the week.  If you’re unable to attend the events mentioned above, but still want to participate, check the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage or just check with your local brewery to see what they’ve got planned.  Stop by our Facebook page where we’ll list more events throughout the week.  Coming up on Thursday, we’ll set you up for the weekend with the Weekend Beer Buzz.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 03/14/2013

Colorado Craft Beer Week is nearly upon us.  You know what the Dr says.

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I like Beer.  You like Beer.  Drink often, drink well.  Who’s got what on tap, when and where?  I’m on it.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Black Shirt Brewing’s been teasing some big news on their Facebook page this week.  They’re busy for sure and I can’t wait to share the news with you guys.  Hopefully next week.  In the meantime, here’s this week’s setlist.

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Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

Former Future Brewing Company is releasing tickets today for their first ever tasting event, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th.

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The link to score FREE tickets will go up on their Facebook Page at 2 PM.  There’s only 50 tickets available, split between two timed sessions.  Don’t delay.

Boulder’s Upslope Brewing will re-release their Belgian Style Pale Ale at the brewery on Thursday.

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You want fresh?  You got it.  From 5 – 7 PM, you’ll be able to walk right up to the canning line and grab a freshly filled can before the lid is sealed on top.  How cool is that?!?!  6-packs will also be available to-go.  Beer hunters watch for this one to hit your local retailers over the next few weeks. Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd #20, Boulder, CO 80304.

World of Beer opened in Denver yesterday.

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500+ beers from around the world, plus 50 taps.  It’s good to have options.  And a cab.  We stopped by and were blown away by the selection.  Top notch beers and a very knowledgable staff.  Good times for sure.  They don’t offer food, but you can bring your own or order from nearby restaurants. We’re working on a feature story which will hopefully be up soon.  Until then, stop by and see what they’re all about.  World of Beer is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Flyin’ High Rye on Friday.  This is a dry-hopped Rye Ale.

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

Rockyard Brewing’s very own Jellyman is getting in the spirit of the upcoming Funk’n Wild event (details below), by releasing “…Deviate From The Norm”.  This is a 5% ABV “light ale fermented with Brettanomyces yeast”.

Nerds, you catch that Rush reference?  Old School Rush.  Eat it up.  “Everybody needs a mood lifter.” Tapping at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Up at Yak & Yeti in Arvada, they tapped a Chocolate Frosting Stout, which was brewed with vanilla, almond and lactose.  This is the newest release in the “Haunted Series”.  Here’s the rest of the lineup.

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

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

There’s fun(k) to be had at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids on Saturday.  Funk’n Wild is back for another round of frightfully funky, sickeningly sour and wickedly wild ales.

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This time around, AC Golden’s Troy Casey will be the guest of honor.  Troy just got back from Belgium and will surely have some great stories and experiences to share.  He’s a brilliant brewer and has been hatching secret brews in the bowels of MillerCoors for the past few years.  We recognized his Apricot in our Best of 2012 article.  Stop by and stir the ongoing “Crafty vs. Craft” debate, while enjoying some funk’n wild brews in the process.  The fun begins at 1 PM.  Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.

The boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be posted up at Hops & Pie for this month’s Littlest Big Beer Festival.  This time, the LBBF is featuring all Barrel-Aged beers.  Quick story, Hops & Pie got ahold of 5 first run, Makers Mark barrels, then hand-picked 5 different local breweries to each receive one barrel.  This all went down last September.  Each brewery then filled their barrel with a secret brew and stashed it away.  Flash forward to this weekend and now these new brews are ready for you.  The Odell Mountain Standard & Lugene Blend just sounds stupid good.  All 5 beers will be tapped at noon.

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While you’re there, enjoy the Colorado Craft Beer Show from noon – 2 PM on AM760.  If you can’t make it, be sure to tune in and see what you’re missing while getting your weekly dose of craft beer news.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Tickets!  Get your tickets!

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Dark Lord Day is coming, you fervent little freaks.  Sunday’s the day to get tickets to the release party, which is scheduled for April 27th at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, IN.  Better skip those St. Patrick’s Day frat parties or you’ll be left behind with nothing to show for it other than a bad hangover and a reminder of why green beer is still lame.  Click HERE and cross your fingers on Sunday or the Dark Lord will eat your soul!  He’s hungry, so don’t test him.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Most Monday’s suck.  It’s a fact.  So says Garfield and Angry Cat.  Then again, Angry Cat doesn’t like anything, so screw that little ball of hate.

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Well buckle up, because this Monday’s going to be good.  In fact, it’ll be great.  “Why”, you ask? Thanks for asking.  Because Colorado Craft Beer Week begins on Monday and Falling Rock Tap House is the place to be for the big kickoff.

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I repeat, Falling Rock Tap House is THE place to be on Monday.  So quit your whining and head over to view the glorious sight of 80 different Colorado breweries pouring under one roof.  Yeah people, this is BIG!  (That’s what she said!)  $45 gets you in.  The fun starts at 7 PM (not 6 PM, like you may have heard elsewhere) and runs until 11 PM.  You can buy tickets right here.  You need to go.  It’s your civic duty.  Make it happen.  Tell the King I sent you.

But don’t tell the King I’m showing you this list.  It’s Über secret and we’re the only blog on the street brave enough to have hijacked his keg list.  Check out the list of breweries and a few of the beers that’ll be on hand.

Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Backcountry Brewery
Big Choice Brewing
Black Bottle
Bonfire Brewing
Bootstrap
Boulder Brewing Champagne Mojo
Bristol English Old Ale
Bull and Bush
Carver Oatmeal Pale Ale
Caution Brewing
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Crabtree
Copper Kettle
Crazy Mountain
Crooked Stave Assorted Goodness including L’Brett D’or
Denver Beer Company
Dry Dock
Echo
Elevation Oil Man
Equinox
Ft. Collins
Funkwerks Deceit
Great Divide
Grimm Brothers
Hall Brewing Company
Hogs Head on CASK!
Left Hand Brewing on CASK!
Lone Tree Brewing
New Belgium
Odell Brewing Wooden Sidecar Oakaged Myrcenary
Oskar Blues
Pagosa Brewing
Prost
Redstone Meadery
Renegade
River North
Ska
Strange Cherry Kriek
Telluride Brewing
Tivoli
Tommyknocker
Upslope Foreign Export Stout
West Flanders
Wynkoop Ellegance, the Women’s Collaborative Brew

Say what?!?!  You’re telling me there’s still a keg of Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout still out there?  That amazing beer alone is worth the price of admission.  Again, get your tickets HERE and ring in CO Craft Beer Week like one bad little monkey.

The admission price will get you your fill of any of the beers being poured.  No limit or tickets, but please be responsible and don’t ruin it for everyone else.  Cookies from The Cookie Brewer will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Into the Future…

As for the rest of the week, I’m not going to list every single event going on during CO Craft Beer Week.  If I did, I wouldn’t have time to get out and enjoy the fun myself.  But, keep your browser pointed HERE for a list of what to drink and do next week.  There are plenty of chances to get out and toast our amazing breweries and craft beer scene.  Check with your local breweries to see what they’ve got planned.  We’ll have more events listed on our Facebook Page and in the next Weekend Beer Buzz.  Stay tuned.

And last, but not least, Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch will be releasing a small amount of delicious bombers from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing on Thursday, March 28th at 6 PM.

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I don’t need to tell you how big this is.  Parry’s is the only place in the state where you’ll be able to find Cigar City (aside from some random beer nerds cellar) and these beauties surely won’t last long. We’ll see if we can finagle some more details before the event gets here.  Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

That’s it for now.  70 degrees this weekend.  Go, see, do, drink, repeat.

Cheers!


River North Set To Launch New Brew During CO Beer Week

RNB_Barrel_Reserve_13Denver’s River North Brewery is launching a new, blended Barrel-aged beer during Colorado Craft Beer Week.  Read the press release below for more details.  A small amount of bottles will be distributed throughout the Denver area.

Press Release:

River North to Release Blended “Barrel Reserve 2013”

March 12, 2013

After gaining notoriety for their barrel-aged beers, producing seven unique concoctions in the first year of operation, the alchemists at River North decided to kick it up a notch for the brewery’s eighth barrel release.

Blending several whiskey-aged beers, River North’s brewers created a 100% barrel-aged combination known simply as Barrel Reserve 2013. The most complex River North Brewery release to date, this beer is for the true connoisseur. It can be enjoyed fresh or aged up to five years.

Barrel Reserve 2013 will release on Saturday, March 23rd at 1pm at the brewery taproom, when both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available. Only 120 cases were produced of this one-time release. The brewery plans to release a new Barrel Reserve once each year, but no two blends will ever be the same.

The week after the release party, River North will distribute a limited supply of bottles to the Denver Metro area.

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Matt and Jessica Hess opened River North Brewery in downtown Denver on February 18th, 2012. Matt, who walked away from his engineering job in the aerospace industry, heads the brewing operation and focuses on Belgian-style beers and Belgo-American hybrids.

The brewery also hosts an ever-growing barrel program, aging brews in whiskey, wine or rum barrels of varying styles.

Aside from cranking out creative and unique beers, River North Brewery has cemented itself in Denver’s new beer district, RiNo, establishing close and personal relationships with local residents and businesses. In addition to promoting a “drink local” mentality, River North connects with customers through social media. The brewery hosted a Twitter contest where

followers could submit suggestions for fermenter names, with the winning suggestions going on the tanks. The two winners: “Think Tank” and “The Louis Pasteur Cultural Events Center.”

River North Brewery produced 295 barrels in 2012, a number expected to triple this year. 

River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.


New Beers and Beer News 03/11/2013

New beers.  We’ve got a ton.  Here’s a rundown of what to expect and what to watch for over the next few months.

Wynkoop Brewing is releasing cans of their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout today (yes, TODAY!) in unique, 2-packs.

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100 cases will be available this time around and should reach several stores in their Denver-area distribution network.

Our Mutual Friend is bottling their first offering!  Stop by the Denver brewery on Friday, March 22nd at 2 PM to snag one of only 100 wax-dipped, hand-numbered 22 oz. bombers.  Limited to 2 / per person.

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Parker’s Hall Brewing is gearing up for their next wave of bottled releases.  Their Bock, Pilsner and Saison should be hitting shelves any day now.

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Denver’s River North Brewery, with the help of the Mobile Canning Unit, plans to can later this year. Keep an eye out for their White and Hoppy Red to hit the metal soon.

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Great Divide’s working on their 19th Anniversary Ale, which is scheduled to be released in April.

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The annual release is a wood-aged IPA, brewed with birch syrup and aged on birch wood.  The Anniversary Party will be at the Denver brewery this June.

New Belgium and Trinity have teamed up to brew a Berliner Weisse.

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Not sure when this barrel aged beauty will debut, but with two funk masters behind it, I can’t wait.

Trinity’s also looking to release Elektrick Cukumbahh.

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The world of Cucumber saisons and ales are growing on me and I’m looking forward to trying this one.  Elektrick Cukumbahh is made with English Cucumbers, Grains of Paradise and fermented with Saison and Brett yeasts.

New Belgium’s working on several new Lips of Faith releases.  The first is named after the Pluot, a wacky little fruit that’s a hybrid of the plum and apricot.

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I like both and what’s even better, is that it’s fermented with a strain of wild Belgian yeast.  Sounds delish!

Another New Belgium collaboration is underway with Utah’s Red Rock Brewery called Paardebloem. This odd little brew will feature peach juice, grains of paradise, dandelion greens and will be wood-aged with wild Belgian yeast.

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If that’s not strange enough for you, New Belgium’s also got Rolle Bolle coming out this Summer, which is brewed with monk fruit and soursop.  I don’t know where they find these crazy ingredients, but I’m hoping they make for a good beer.

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Odell has a pair of new brews set to release this spring.  One’s a low ABV session ale, while the other is an Imperial Peach IPA.

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Kansas City’s Boulevard teamed up with The Roasterie to brew up a Coffee Ale, set to be released later this month.

boulevard coffeeLighter in color than most coffee ales, this one gets its coffee aroma from the coarsely ground Ethiopian roast seeped into the ale.

Dogfish Head will release 61 Minute IPA into their distribution network towards the end of March. This is their 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.

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Stone’s bringing back their Enjoy By IPA.  This time it’s Enjoy By 04.20.13.

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Apparently a much larger batch was made since we last received this beer in 2012.  This was a really great IPA, that rivals the best of ’em, so look out hop heads.

Speaking of Stone, last month they collaborated with Two Brothers and Aleman, out of IL, to create Dayman Coffee IPA.

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Citrus hops meets deep-roasted coffee in this 8.7% ABV, 42 IBU one-off.  Look for bombers and kegs to start dropping on March 18th.

That’s the latest in new brews to watch for.  If you’ve got something you’re excited to try or would like us to review a brew for you, let us know on our Facebook Page.  Happy Hunting Friends!

Cheers!


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.


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!


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!


Breaking Ground at The Source

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at The Source, a high-end, European-style market set to open in Denver in June 2013.  Kyle Zeppelin, the brains behind this massive undertaking, chose a 26,000 square foot, former ironworks building in River North to call home for this project.  The red-brick building, which dates back to the 1880’s, is being renovated and given new life by Zeppelin, who is signing on some of the very best local artisans to bring their respective crafts to The Source.

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A variety of businesses have signed on, including Mondo Food, which will offer gourmet cheeses and cured meats; Proper Pour, which in addition to selling fine wines, liquor and bartending supplies, will also feature a wine cellar, where local residents can rent storage units and store their wine collection on site; Babette’s, a bakery that will feature fresh breads, croissants and sandwiches; The Source will also feature a coffee roaster, distillery, two restaurants, chocolatier and more.

As a beer lover, I’m particularly excited that The Source will be the home for Crooked Stave’s new brewhouse.  Crooked Stave Owner/Brewer Chad Yakobson, plans to install a 20-BBL brewhouse on site, along with a coolship, one of only a handful of open fermentation vessels found throughout the U.S.  This will allow him endless possibilities for experimentation and the ability to make a wide variety of wild and sour beers.

The Source looks to be one-stop shopping for beer connoisseurs, wine aficionados and foodies alike.  Although still a few months away from completion (the opening date is anticipated to be June 2013), it’s a very exciting time to be in Denver.  We’ll keep you updated as the opening date gets closer, but in the meantime, here’s some pictures from last week’s Groundbreaking ceremony and a glimpse into The Source.

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The Source will be located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 01/31/2013

Another great week here in Colorado.  Last weekend, we had the opportunity to check out the Denver Winter Brew Fest.  We put together a recap and shared a ton of pictures from our visit to this fun festival.

We also launched the first in a series of collaborative beer reviews that we’re working on with Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged.  Together, we put together an in-depth look at Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout.  So far, the feedback has been very positive.  I know we both enjoyed working on the review, so be on the lookout for more “coblogorative” style reviews in the future.

And now, here we are again, getting ready for a weekend full of great craft beer.  2013 looks to be the year of the new brewery.  I’d say we’re on pace for an average of 1 new brewery to open every week in Colorado this year.  I’m not complaining, but it’s going to be a very busy year in the world of craft beer.  This coming weekend, we’ll see three new breweries open in just four days.  If we keep this up, we’ll have to host two GABF’s.  One for Colorado and one for the rest of the U.S.

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Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is tapping a few special kegs from Goose Island on Thursday night.

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Matilda, Sofie, Pere Jacques and Mild Winter will all be available.  Wait, I think I’m forgetting one… Hmmm, what could it be?  Oh yeah, Bourbon County Brand Stout!  Now we’re talking.  Get over to Liquids & Solids for this special tapping, which runs from 4 – 6 PM.  Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.  303-485-9400.

Our Mutual Friend’s Imperial Belgian IPA will probably kick soon.

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Head over today and don’t miss out!  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Crooked Stave has some tasty treats on tap as well.

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

Over at Yak & Yeti, Head Brewer Adam Draeger tapped his Orange-Chocolate Porter last night.  Only 1 keg was available and it’s long gone.  But fear not, he’s got plenty of other great brews to share. Earlier this week, he tapped the newest release in his Haunted Series. This time it’s “Yak’s R.I.S.”, a big ol’ 10% ABV, 100+ IBU Russian Imperial Stout. Here’s the rest of the lineup for this week.

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

This is the final weekend to reserve your seat for Falling Rock’s Annual Barleywine Dinner on Tuesday, February 5th.

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The multi-course menu is still being planned and there are vegetarian options available, if you notify them ahead of time.  In the past, there have been up to a dozen barleywines paired at this dinner. Tickets are $55.  Call or stop by Falling Rock to reserve your seat for this great event.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Friday, February 1st, 2013

We’ve got a new brewery opening on Friday!  De Steeg is set to open their doors on Friday at 4 PM.  Owner Craig Rothgery is ready to pour his first beers from the newest brewery to open in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver.

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This weekend, he’ll be pouring a 5.1% ABV English Mild on Nitro, a 5.5% ABV Pomegranate Acai Wheat and an 11% ABV Imperial Pumpkin.  Come out and explore the area as the opening has been coordinated with the Tennyson Street First Friday Artwalk, which spotlights local artisans and restaurants.  De Steeg Brewing is located at: 4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-484-9698.

In Aurora, Dry Dock Brewing’s got a Mosaic Dry-hopped IPA ready to roll for Firkin Friday.

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

Jellyman’s tapping “The French Press” for his Deviation this week down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock.

This is a 6% ABV Coffee Stout brewed with the second runnings of Wilson, their very tasty Russian Imperial Stout (which is getting bottled today).  Tapping at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Breckenridge Brewery is back again this month with their Firkin First Fridays.

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This month’s release is their Avalanche Amber Ale with Kaffir lime leaves and dry-hopped with Summit Hops.  Get out and enjoy the nice weather and this great sounding brew.  Tapping at 4 PM.  Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204.  303-573-0431.

Can’t get enough freakin’ firkins?  Then head over to Hops & Pie for their Firkin 1st Friday release. This time it’s with Crooked Stave and their Surette Saison.

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Look for plenty of funk and spices in this 6.5% ABV Saison that was aged in a Downslope whiskey barrel.  Tapping at 6 PM.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Friday is also the kickoff for the “Run the Gauntlet” challenge over at Star Bar.  30 Avery beers in 28 days.  Can you handle it?  Probably not, but you should try anyways, because if you can, you’ll be rewarded with transportation from Star Bar to Avery Brewing for a private tour.  Have you seen the beer list?  Here’s a peek at some of the ridiculously tasty offerings they’re planning to tap:

– The Maharaja Imperial IPA
– The Czar Imperial Stout
– The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
– Hog Heaven Barleywine
– The Reverend Belgian-Style Quad
– Salvation Belgian Golden
– New World Porter
– Lebenweizen
– Lilikoi Kepolo
– 3Point5 Pale Ale
– Bolder Weisse
– Tweak
…and more!

Star Bar is located at: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-328-2420.

Over at Falling Rock, it’s the start of “Dain Bramage Month”, with a month-long celebration of Barleywines!

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Owner Chris Black acquired 6 new barleywines last week and plans to tap several vintage kegs Tuesday night for those lucky guests attending the Barleywine Dinner (see above).  These will be available for everyone else beginning on Wednesday.  No word on what will be tapped just yet. They’re still deciding what to pull out of the cellar.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Don’t forget February is the beginning of Stout Month over at the Mountain Sun brewpubs.  Stout Month is always a great time to stop by and enjoy some rich, roast brews.

Look for special beers to be released every Tuesday and Friday, beginning on 2/5 at all three locations.  In addition to their own beers like Addicition Coffee Imperial Stout, Girl Scout Stout and Chocolate Dip, they’ve got plenty of great guest beers lined up as well.  Keep your eyes open for Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Renegade’s Black Gold Peanut Butter Stout, Wildwood’s S’mores Stout and dozens more.  Mountain Sun is located at: 1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.  Souther Sun is located at: 627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.  Vine Street Pub is located at: 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

We mentioned Verboten a few weeks ago when they had a soft opening at their location up in Loveland.  But get ready, because their Grand Opening is coming up on Saturday afternoon.

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They’ll be debuting their new brewery with live music, food trucks, beer cupcakes, giveaways and of course BEER!  Verboten will be pouring Orange Blossom Honey Wheat, Lemongrass Wit, IPA, Caramel Porter, Espresso Stout, Kentucky Common Dark Cream Ale and Sour Rum Barrel-Aged Porter.  The party starts at 1 PM.  Be sure to check out this preview of Verboten from our friend Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged.  Verboten Brewing is located at: 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537.  970-988-6333.

Dry Dock Brewing launched their cans to local retailers last week and that’s cause for celebration. Stop by the brewery for the official “Take it in the Can” launch party on Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. Snag a can of Apricot Blonde, Hop Abomination, Hefeweizen or Amber for only $3.

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

Don’t forget to check out the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM760 from noon – 2 PM.

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Don’t quote me, but I believe the boys are back in the studio this week.  They always put on a great show, so be sure to tune in and see what’s on tap for this week.

Over on the FM side, Gary V and Dustin (from Avery Brewing) will be in the studio for American Craft Beer Radio.

This show is live on 102.3 FM ESPN Radio from 1 -2 PM.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Go watch the Super Bowl already.  Or at least watch the commercials and heckle whatever joke of an artist the NFL has chosen for the half-time show.  Do your thing and drink a craft beer or two.  Go Ravens.

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Fate Brewing in Boulder, will open their doors on Monday.  They might not have their brewhouse up and running just yet, but that hasn’t stopped Head Brewer Jeff Griffith from getting out and brewing some beer.  He’s already collaborated with multiple brewers in Boulder, including Wild Woods, Twisted Pine and Southern Sun.

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Fate plans to have their collaborations pouring on Monday, along with twenty other Colorado craft beers.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried the Imperial IPA, Cocoa Punk’n Porter and Eisbock and I love what I’ve had so far.  Bring an appetite, as a full food menu will also be available.  Fate Brewing is located at: 1600 38th St, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301.

Beer Hunters, Gatherers, Trappers and Traders

Pliny the Younger Season starts this weekend at Russian River in Santa Rosa, CA.

Here in Colorado, we’re still patiently waiting to see what beer bars will be allocated a keg of this beautiful beer.  Try to remain calm and know that we’ll get you the details as soon as we can.  In the meantime, enjoy this fun little documentary we came across last week.

Sour fans might want to consider securing a bottle or two of Cascade’s 2011 Vlad the Imp Aler, when they go on sale through the Cascade website this Saturday.

A little pricey at $30 / bottle, but this is a phenomenal beer.  Mrs. Insane and I visited the brewery a while back for their Anniversary Party and this is one of my favorites from Cascade.  The beer is a blend of Quads, Triples and Blonds and has been aged in select bourbon and wine barrels.  Get some before they’re gone.

Firestone Walker will release their latest batch of §ucaba this week.

Beer hunters should keep an eye out for this barrel-aged American Barleywine to hit the CO market in the next few weeks.  Drink fresh or age for later.  (Or both.)

Lastly, for all the beer traders out there, Foothills Brewing out in North Carolina, will be releasing the 2013 batch of Sexual Chocolate on Saturday at the brewery in North Carolina.

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1800 bottles of this delicious Russian Imperial Stout will be up for grabs during Saturday’s release. It’s well worth the trouble if you’re lucky enough to track down a bottle.

Almost forgot about your German lesson for this week.

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

Man, I’m spent.  Hope that tides you over for a few days.  Have fun, drink well and enjoy the big game.

Cheers!


Elevation Beer Company Expands and Gears Up For State-Wide Distribution

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Press Release:

Elevation Announces 2012 numbers, Blue Series to launch Across Colorado

January 28th, 2013 Poncha Springs, Colorado– Elevation Beer Company is excited to announce that it produced 935 barrels in 2012 making it one of, if not the largest, craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado in 2012 in terms of total production.

“We overshot our projections by nearly 40%,” says Elevation’s General Manager and Co-Founder Carlin Walsh, “We are so thankful to all our wholesalers, accounts, and most importantly our fans that allowed us to almost break the 1,000 barrel mark within only 7 months of brewing in 2012.”

More than 50% of Elevation’s total production was sold through their Blue Series, which includes their First Cast IPA and Little Mo’ Porter.  Both of which were sold in just three Colorado counties in 2012.

Due to the high demand, Elevation has just completed its first expansion, which will triple the capacity of the brewery and vastly improve its bottling speeds with the addition of 3 new fermenters and two Meheen bottling lines. The expansion will allow Elevation to produce as much as 4,000bbls a year.

“We will finally be able to meet demand in our local area, and with the added capacity we are excited to announce that we will be bringing our Blue Series including our First Cast IPA and Little Mo’ Porter to select accounts across the state of Colorado starting in February.”  Says Sales and Distribution Manager Xandy Bustamante.

The Blue Series will launch in pint bottle four packs in conjunction with Elevation’s Fortitude Ski Giveaway promotions at two liquor stores in the Denver Area, Mile High Wine and Spirits in Lakewood, and Hazels Beverage World in Boulder, starting in February.  More off-premise accounts and draft availability should be added in March as Elevation ramps up on production.

“We are hoping we will have our First Cast IPA and Little Mo’ Porter available at beer bars and liquor stores statewide by summer in our pint bottle four packs and draft.” Says Xandy, “Also keep an eye out for our Black and Double Black Series seasonal 750ml bottles and draft as we will be also increasing their availability across Colorado. It has definitely been an exciting and wild ride so far and we are excited for 2013.”

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.

 

Odell Brewing Set to Launch Amuste Wine Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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Press Release:

Fort Collins, CO. – On February 9, 2013 Odell Brewing will release its first Cellar Series offering of the year. Amuste, an imperial porter brewed with grape must and aged in red wine barrels, is the product of a two year project lead by the brewery’s QA/QC manager, Eli Kolodny.

“They say it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine,” said Kolodny. “After two years of research and development, I can honestly say that the opposite holds just as true.”

In an effort to marry the distinctive qualities of beer and wine, Odell brewers crafted a rich, robust imperial porter and accented it with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado. The brew was then aged in red wine barrels and blended to create a harmonic combination of malt and fruit.

Amuste boasts a hearty malt backbone with notes of chocolate, a subtle sweet grape character, and hints of toasted almond from the oak barrels. It pairs perfectly with peppered red meats, brie cheese, or dark chocolate.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Amuste in the Tap Room on February 9th with live music and local food-truck pairings. Amuste will be available in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.

Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award-winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Collaborative New Brew Review: Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout

Late last year, I had the idea of reviewing beers with fellow bloggers.  The whole idea sprouted from two realizations.  The first being that the majority of the craft beer scene works together as a community, looking out for each other (#savestrange), sharing ideas and ingredients and even brewing beers collaboratively.  I thought this would translate well to beer bloggers on a variety of levels.

The other realization centers around the old proverb that “two heads are better than one”.  Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that sharing and talking about beers with friends, has greatly opened up my sensory experience with beer.  For example, I might have picked up on a certain aroma or flavor, while someone else with the same beer, may have picked up on something entirely different.  Sometimes a beer can be so layered with complexities, that we might not pick up on a certain characteristic until someone brings it to our attention or we’ve had the opportunity to try a beer on numerous occasions.

And so, after a few e-mails, text messages and brainstorming during a late-night bottle share, I was able to team up with Dave Butler (who writes the fantastic Colorado-based beer blog, Fermentedly Challenged), for a series of beer reviews.  For our first “coblogorative” review, we went with Odell Brewing’s newest seasonal, Lugene.  This new release from our friends up in Fort Collins, is a Chocolate Milk Stout, dedicated to Lugene Sas and his family of cows.

The 8.5% ABV beer will be available from January through March.  I paid $8.99 for a 4-pack.

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Appearance

Let me start by saying I love the artwork here.  It sounds odd to call a cow cute, but the label has artwork depicting one of these peaceful creatures chowing down on a brick of chocolate.  What’s not to like?

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Brewtally Insane (BI): I used a moderately slow pour.  The beer pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black color with a 1-finger, mocha head that was gone in the blink of an eye.

Fermentedly Challenged (FC): Dave used a “semi-aggresive pour and got a big 3+ finger head with lots of bubbles and sticky lacing.  Color is dark as night – with just a hint of mahogany edges around the glass.”

Overall: It’s not quite oil dark, but dark enough to hide most of the carbonation inside or permit any light from penetrating.  We both picked up on the mahogany tint toward the edge of the beer, near the wall of the glass.  Looks creamy, thick and inviting.  I can’t wait to taste it.  Score: 4/5

Aroma

BI: Lugene had “big, sweet milk chocolate” notes and came off like a “fine piece of rich Godiva”.  I also detected the “slightest presence of hops, but it’s hidden” along with a “touch of vanilla”.  I initially thought I was smelling peanut butter cups, but we later determined it to most likely be the chocolate smell from the type of chocolate used in candy bars.  Admittedly, my favorite chocolate treat is a peanut butter cup, so maybe the chocolate just triggers my brain to automatically think it’s getting a peanut butter cup.  Weird.  Smells fantastic.

FC: On the other side of the keyboard, Dave picked up “milk sugars in this beer”.  “Lugene has the classic milk stout signature aroma, only this one has a distinct chocolate aroma with the malt roastiness pushed behind it.”  He also got a “hint of bitterness in the nose, but not much”.  Dave agreed on the sweetness factor and picked up some “toffee perhaps, like a Heath bar”.  He went on to say “I pick up a hint of alcohol, but not as rough as some Imperial Stouts”.

Overall: No surprise to find plenty of chocolate and candy bar sweetness in Lugene.  We both noticed the slightest presence of bitterness and while I got vanilla, Dave picked up toffee and a touch of alcohol.  Score: 4.5/5

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Taste

BI: Lugene is sweet, creamy and chocolate-y.  I felt it drank like a “rich, melted candy bar” and with a well hidden ABV, it was “very creamy and dangerously smooth”.  There’s a “touch of bitter hops on the tongue”.  This is a great dessert beer, and thankfully it’s not overpowering.  This is what I would expect from a Milk Chocolate Stout, but it’s “not too big that they (flavors) turn you off and they’re not too small that you’re hunting with your nose crammed in the glass trying to find some sign of chocolate”.  It’s sweet, rich, thick, bold, flavorful and quite yummy.

FC: “First thing I got was a semi-sweet chocolate taste.  Reminded me of baking chocolate with some additional sweet in there.  The beer was more sweet than bitter.  Smooth going down.  The roast is subdued also.  The chocolate really comes through on this.  Definitely a dessert beer.  Can’t really pick up on the higher ABV initially.  It’s well hidden, probably one to sneak up on you.”  Dave wrapped up by saying “the chocolate took center stage”.

Overall: We’re both fans of Lugene and appreciate what Odell did with this recent release.  A very nice, sweet dessert beer.  Score: 4/5

Mouthfeel

BI: Lugene leans toward the thick side, which I found to be “perfect for a beer like this”.  Personally, “I think too many stouts fall short by being watery and thin”.  Odell’s Chocolate Milk Stout is “not necessarily oily”, but rather “creamy and dangerously smooth”.

FC: Dave referred to Lugene as a “tongue coater”.  He goes on to say that it “leaves a nice coating over the tongue that lingers.”

Overall: Excellent, thick mouthfeel that only gets better as it warms.  No complaints here.  Score: 4.5/5

Final Score

Odell Brewing continues to impress me by releasing new and well crafted beers into their already stellar lineup of beers.  Lugene is a rich and decadent chocolate milk stout that has won us over with its’ heavenly aromas and balanced flavors.  This seems to be flying off the shelves, so get out and grab a 4-pack before they’re gone.  Highly recommended.  Score: 4.25/5

Barrel-Aging, Food Pairings, Cellaring & Final Thoughts

We kicked around some thoughts about how barrel-aging might change this beer.  Personally, I’m a little fearful of the barrel characteristics overpowering the chocolate, but we both agreed that a little time in a rum or bourbon barrel would be a fun experiment.  (Odell, you reading all this?)

About halfway through the bottle, we started getting the munchies and began talking about possible food pairings.  Dave mentioned “vanilla bean chocolate milk stout”, while I thought of fresh strawberries or a fruity cheesecake.  At the end of the night, I think we were both interested in making a beer float or milkshake with Lugene.  Nom, nom, nom.

We also tried to imagine how a year in the cellar would change this beer.  It seems like the alcohol warmth would fade away, along with the slight bitterness on the tongue.  My only fear would be losing too much of the sweetness from the chocolate.  Lugene tastes great fresh.  Only time will tell how cellaring will treat this beer, but I’d suggest enjoying it fresh and if you’ve got the willpower, maybe tucking one away in the cellar for comparison next year.

As for this format of conducting a beer review, I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed working on it.  I’d like to extend a big Thank You to Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged for taking part in this review.  What I envisioned as the two of us chatting online about beer for an hour or so, turned into 3+ hours of two beer blogging buddies, geeking out and discovering a great beer together and discussing a wide variety of topics about the world of craft beer.  Don’t be surprised if you see more of these “coblogorative”, “Fermentedly Insane” or “Brewtally Challenged” reviews from us in the future.

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Thanks to Odell Brewing for creating this great beer, Thanks to Dave Butler for putting the time and effort into this and Thank You all for reading.  Click HERE to see Dave’s review of Lugene at Fermentedly Challenged and don’t forget to follow him on Facebook.

Cheers!


River North Brewery Announces 1st Anniversary Celebration

rivernorthDenver’s River North Brewery will celebrate their 1-year anniversary next month.  To celebrate, they’re planning a party on Saturday, February 16th, where they’ll also release a new Imperial Stout and open their barrel garden to the public. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on this great event.  Read the press release below for the full scoop.

Press Release:

River North Brewery Celebrates One Year

As River North Brewery rapidly approaches one year of operation, Head Brewer Matt Hess has been harboring a dark secret, a concoction unlike any other the brewery has produced to date.

Clocking in at 12.5% ABV, the River North 1st Anniversary Imperial Stout is the brewery’s highest-gravity offering thus far. It will release Saturday, February 16th at 1pm to kick off the brewery’s first-anniversary party, when the brewery will open its barrel garden to the public. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available.

This celebration represents the culmination of a productive first year for River North. Including the anniversary beer, the brewery released nine unique “mainline” ales this past year, in addition to seven barrel-aged varieties of those brews. Since acquiring its first two whiskey barrels in March, the barrel program has grown to include more than 30 whiskey, wine and rum barrels of varying brands.

Additionally, the brewery released weekly “Wayward” beers – experimental five-gallon variations on existing recipes – which allowed customers to taste how subtle changes in yeast or hops can add entirely new flavor profiles to a brew.

Aside from cranking out creative and unique beers, River North Brewery has cemented itself in Denver’s new beer district, RiNo, establishing close and personal relationships with local residents and businesses. In addition to promoting a “drink local” mentality, River North connects with customers through social media. The brewery hosted a Twitter contest where followers could submit suggestions for fermenter names, with the winning suggestions going on the tanks. The two winners: “Think Tank” and “The Louis Pasteur Cultural Events Center.”

Matt and Jessica Hess opened River North Brewery in downtown Denver on February 18th, 2012. Matt, who walked away from his engineering job in the aerospace industry, heads the brewing operation and focuses on Belgian-style beers and Belgo-American hybrids.

River North Brewery produced 295 barrels in 2012, a number expected to triple this year.


Weekend Beer Buzz 01/17/2013

What a week.  I’m still recovering from last weekend’s Big Beer Fest in Vail.  It was unbelievably great.  Insanely Great.  Insanely Great x 2!  Yet the world continues to turn and time keeps ticking away…  Right into this weekend!  What looked like it was going to be a slow weekend, has transformed into one filled with plenty to drink and do.

Right NOW!

Delicious sours abound over at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

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

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Down in Castle Rock at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s releasing “Tibanna Tan” for this week’s Deviation.  Described as having a “carbonite copper” color and being a “creamy malt forward ale with balanced hop flavor”.  Tapping at 4 PM.

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Another subtle Star Wars reference from Kjell this week.  I dig.  Bonus points from the nerds out there who know Tibanna and picked up on the carbonite reference.

No clue what’s going on right now?  You can go about your business.  Move along.  Move along. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Over in Aurora, Dry Dock’s got another batch of their Kona Coffee Stout ready to roll out for Firkin Friday.

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Love, love, love this brew.  3 PM for this one.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Out at the Denver Beer Co., they’ve got a beer dinner planned for Friday.  They’ll be hosting in their brand spankin’ new Barrel Room.

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Five small batch brews, paired with four dinner courses for $60.  There’s still a handful of tickets left.  Call Denver Beer Co. to get your name on the list.  Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-433-2739.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

If you’re headed to the mountains this weekend, swing by Backcountry Brewery in Frisco for their Expansion Party.  The fun starts at 1 PM with $2 pints in the bar, tours of the new expansion and a chance to check out the new 12oz. bottles.

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We were up that way last weekend and the new fermenters look great.  We’re excited to see more bottles hitting the Denver-area soon.  Backcountry Brewery is located at: 730 Main Street, Frisco, CO 80443.  970-668-2337.

Just a short-haul down I-70 and you’ll find Crazy Mountain in Edwards.  They just happen to be turning 3 this weekend.

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They’ll be pouring $2 select pints and will have live bluegrass music in the tap room.  The party starts at 6 PM.  Crazy Mountain Brewing is located at: 439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO 81632.  970-926-3009.

It doesn’t seem a weekend goes by without a new brewery opening up around here.  Over in Golden, Cannonball Creek will crack their doors for a soft opening at 3 PM.

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This is led by two former brewers from Mountain Sun in Boulder, so look for plenty of big hop bombs and Belgian-influenced brews.  Can’t wait to give them a try.  Cannonball Creek Brewing is located at: 393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403.  720-427-8453.

Not enough for you?  Hall Brewing, a new brewery currently in the works in Parker, is having a tasting at Cornerstar Wine and Liquor in Aurora, from  2 PM – 6 PM on Saturday.  They’ll have their IPA, Stout and Red Ale to sample and bombers to-go.  This will be your first chance to try this new brewery, so don’t miss out.

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Cornerstar Wine and Liquor is located at: 15404 E Briarwood Circle, Aurora, CO 80016.  303-360-9463.

Our friends on the radio will be back in the studio this weekend.  The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be on AM 760 at noon and will feature Bootstrap Brewing from Niwot, CO.  In the meantime, check out last week’s podcast from Vail’s Big Beers, where the guys had a chance to talk with everyone from Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey to Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave to Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker and many more.  It was an awesome show.

Random Brew News

Lastly, I’ve got some real quick news clips to share before we wrap up this Weekend’s Beer Buzz.

Dry Dock fired up their new canning line earlier this week and pumped out a batch of Apricot Blonde.

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Look for cans from this batch to hit local store shelves before the end of the month and a release party next weekend (details to come!).

Crooked Stave and Anchorage Brewing collaborated this week on a 100% Brett beer.

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This was brewed at the Anchorage Brewery (yeah, all the way up in Alaska!) and will ferment in foeders until the beer says “Hey guys, I’m Ready!”.  No word on distribution plans yet.  Cross your fingers for some Colorado Love.

And to wrap up the week, how ’bout a round of applause for New Belgium Brewing on becoming 100% employee owned.  That’s such awesome news for this fun-loving Colorado brewery.  Cheers to that!

And if that wasn’t enough, New Belgium also announced “Lost in the Woods”, a party to kick off this year’s La Folie release.

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This will be a unique chance for sour beer lovers to gather in the Foeder Forest for an evening with New Belgium’s sour experts Peter Bouckaert, Eric Salazar and Lauren Salazar.  There will be live music, food pairings and plenty of beer.  Tickets are on sale HERE for $25 and includes a bomber of beer to take home.  New Belgium is located at: 500 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO 80524.

That’s it for this week peeps.  It’s a great week to be a craft beer freak.  Especially a freak living in Colorado.

Cheers!


New Brew Review: Elevation’s Downpour Imperial Red Ale

Ever since I tried my first sip of Elevation Beer Co’s Apis IV (their first bottled release) last summer, I’ve been closely following this fledgling Colorado brewery.  From what I’ve seen so far, they consistently put out high quality beers at a price that’s relatively easy on the beer geek’s wallet.  So when their newest release, Downpour Imperial Red Ale, hit the Denver-area market a few weeks ago, I thought it was time for a review.

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The Story

Straight  from the label:

Downpour is named after the sudden thunderous downpour that hit the Elevation Team during a “team building” trip of paddle boating and beer at Chaffee County’s Cottonwood Lake.  The hot day on the lake and its enlivening, bitter, cold downpour inspired us to create an Imperial Red Ale with a combination of the fresh bitterness of 4 different types of hops and the warming of a big malt backbone.  This beer is perfectly balanced for the warmth of summer sun and the cold of fall rain. 

Downpour balances on the border between malt and huge hop flavors, mulch like the balance between warm summer days and the bitter cold thunderstorms we get here in the high country of Colorado.  The beer pours a hazy redwood red with a white fluffy head.  Hops dominate the nose with pine, earth and grapefruit, balanced slightly by caramel malt flavors and hints of our fruity London Ale yeast.  The beer hits the palate with bitter hop notes and is balanced by bready malt.  A beer for the hop freaks among us.

The Review

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Appearance:  Poured from a 750 mL, corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass, the beer is, well, it’s red.  Says so right on the bottle.  There’s no foolin’ there.  No sediment, just a nice, dark, ruby red with a steady, controlled stream of carbonation throughout.  The head shapes up 3-fingers tall and is frothy, off-white, and resembles a creamy latte.  Plenty of lacing to coat the walls of my glass all around.  Downpour just looks awesome.  Score: 4.5/5

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Aroma:  Piney hops, sweet caramel and bread make up the bulk of the aroma.  There’s also a touch of citrus and if you close your eyes there’s a bit of wood and honey.  Mmmmm….  Score: 4/5

Taste:   First sip is biscuit, nuts and citrus hops.  It’s as if I’m eating a slice of hop bread baked by a mischievous baker.  Second sip, more hops jump out, with pineapple, peaches and mango lurking in the background.  It’s leaning towards an IPA, but never quite crosses that line.  The bottle says 90 IBU’s, but it’s not overly bitter by any means.  That’s where the “Red” comes in.  The malty, rich, caramel notes keep the hops in check and prevent this brew from becoming just another bitter hop bomb.  West coast Red mixes with a malty ESB.  To hell with style guidelines.  What you should know is the combo works and it’s freakin’ tasty.  Score: 4/5

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Mouthfeel:  Downpour is full flavored and brings a medium, yet not too heavy or syrupy mouthfeel to the table.  It finishes on the bitter side and like a red wine, it leaves your palate dry.  What to do, what to do???  Whet that thing and drink some more!  Score: 4.5/5

The Verdict

Overall:  People, I only paid $8.99 for this 750 mL bottle and it didn’t disappoint on any level.  It brings a beautiful pour, aroma, flavor and finish to the table.  As prices on the craft beer market continue to rise, sometimes approaching ridiculous levels (cough, Woodcut, cough, cough), Elevation keeps it in check by offering well crafted AND affordable beers. It’s beers like Downpour that allow the macro-crap drinkers to make the switch over to high quality, craft beer.  Score: 4.25/5

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Add Elevation Beer Co to your list of Colorado breweries to watch and seek out your own bottles of Downpour while they last.  You won’t be disappointed.

Cheers!


Epic Brewing To Open A Brewhouse And Taproom In Denver

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Back in October, during the Great American Beer Festival, Epic Brewing of Salt Lake City, UT, announced their intentions to open a brewery in Denver.  They’ve secured a location and plan to be in production by March.   Never a dull moment here in Colorado.  Read on for more details from the press release.

Epic Brewing Arrives in Denver

Salt Lake City, UT, January 4 – Following a year-long search, Epic Brewing is proud to announce its expansion plans to the Denver, CO area.

Co-founders Dave Cole and Peter Erickson have signed a lease at 3001 Walnut Street, located in the River North area of the city.  The building is approximately 19,000 square feet and Epic plans to install a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom, along with a space for retail sales.  The new facility will use a twin-kettle system, allowing for a significant increase in production, and have an initial 480-barrels for fermentation.

Epic plans to be in production at the new facility by late March 2013, with an anticipated opening in April.  The new production facility will focus on brewing Epic’s Exponential series of brews with a large emphasis on its popular barrel-aging program.

“We anticipate that we will be using approximately 1,000 wood barrels within the year,” said Epic’s Brewmaster, Kevin Crompton.

The brewery will also produce Epic’s four Elevated series of brews (825 State Stout, Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale, Copper Cone Pale Ale and Hopulent IPA) and a “Classic series-like” line of three beers, to include a Lager, IPA and hoppy Pale Ale.

Kyle Rossman, a brewer at the current Salt Lake City brewery, is anticipated to become the Lead Brewer in Denver.  Epic will be hiring many locals for brewing, packaging, sales and taproom staff at the new facility in the coming months and is looking forward to becoming a part of the community.

Cole wants to be clear that the addition of the new facility does not mean any changes for the existing brewery in Utah. “Epic Brewing is not leaving Salt Lake City,” said Cole, “This is a much-needed expansion to meet demand in the region and our markets further to the east, which are continuing to grow.”

American Eagle currently distributes Epic brews in the Ft. Collins and Loveland areas of Colorado.  Epic anticipates signing an agreement with Elite Beverage very soon to distribute to the remaining areas of the state.

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Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010. Epic Brewing Company was founded in 2010 in Salt Lake City and is known for its passion for brewing award-winning, boutique, full strength, real Ales and Lagers.  Epic is distributed in the following States: Utah, California, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, Ohio, Virginia & DC, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Michigan.

For more information on Epic Brewing Company visit: www.epicbrewing.com
For more information on American Eagle visit: http://www.americaneagledistributing.com
For more information on Elite Beverage visit: http://elite-brands.com


Brewtally Insane Best of 2012: Beers, Breweries and Beer Bars

2012.  What a year!  Certainly a HUGE year for beer!  With more than two dozen breweries opening in Colorado this year, there were plenty of new and interesting brews that were introduced into our market.  It’s not easy for a beer geek to keep up with everything…

We did our best to try them all and my liver hates me for it.  But have no fear, all this “research” has good purpose.  There was no way we could have tried everything out there, but here’s some of our personal favorites from 2012.  While I didn’t take availability into account, we did have a few rules that each beer had to meet: 1. available in either bottles or cans.  2. a new release in 2012.  3. made right here in Colorado.

Without further ado, here’s our list of favorite beers, breweries and beer bars from the past year.

10. Odell Brewing – The Meddler

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Big woody notes combine with tart cherries and plums to round out this complex Flanders Oud Bruin.  Such a tasty style that seems to be making a bit of a comeback.  Odell has been rolling out great sours since the emergence of Friek last year and this is a great addition to their already impressive lineup.

9. Oskar Blues Brewery – Deviant Dale’s IPA

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Not only did Oskar Blues give us an IPA this year, but they put it in those big ass 16 oz. cans!  Who do I need to thank for this great gift?  Plenty of grapefruit, caramel, pine and citrus hops galore.  Best addition to the OB family since TEN Fidy.

8. Prost Brewing – Hefeweizen

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We all knew Bill Eye was an amazing brewer, but I don’t think any of us knew German lagers could be sooo damn tasty.  I love the entire Prost lineup, but the Hefeweizen is pretty special.  Fruity, flavorful, refreshing and light enough to make it a sessionable beer.  In addition to being on tap at a variety of restaurants and bars, look for growlers of this tasty brew at liquor stores throughout the Denver area.  Delish!

7. New Belgium – Lips of Faith Tart Lychee

A three-year old wild ale was mixed with lychee fruit and cinnamon to create a unique combination for New Belgium’s summertime Lips of Faith release.  It turned out to be the perfect “lighter” sour brew for the warm summer months.  I liked it so much, I greedily snagged a keg for myself.  I hope they keep this tasty offering in regular rotation.

6. Trinity Brewing – Oh Face Saison Provisional

I credit my wife, Mrs. Insane, with finding this one.  While I was filling my cup with Trinity’s phenomenal sours during GABF, she was discovering Oh Face.  This is another beer in their “Office Space” series, which also includes TPS Report and the upcoming Red Swingline Stapler.  Oh Face is a sensory adventure with plenty of Bretty funk, fruit, cardamom, pepper, coriander, yeast and more.  Another complex masterpiece from our favorite brewery down in the Springs.

5. Funkwerks – Deceit

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The 2012 Small Brewery of the Year just seems to get better and better.  Deceit is a classic Belgian-style Tripel with flavors of tropical fruit, spices and hops.  Look for more interesting one-off’s and seasonals to come out of this Fort Collins brewery in 2013.

4. AC Golden Brewing – Hidden Barrel Apricot

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Low production numbers, a high price tag and no distribution for AC Golden’s first bottled release. Yet, it still managed to tie up phone lines with orders and sold out on the same day it hit store shelves.  And for good reason.  It’s full of sour apricot, barnyard funk and oak.  Hopefully we’ll continue to see more interesting bottles and expanded distribution from AC Golden in 2013.

3. Elevation Beer Co. – Apis IV

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Elevation’s first bottled release was a delicious, complex Belgian-style Quadrupel, that was much more authentic Belgian than American knockoff.  Although Elevation may or may not brew this beer again, they’re clearly on the right track and I’m looking forward to more greatness from them in the years to come.  Awesome beer.

2. Avery Brewing – Uncle Jacob’s Stout

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This 17% ABV Imperial Stout, debuted in April as the 2nd release in Avery’s Annual Barrel Series. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and booze make up this sticky, sweet stout.  Look for another batch to be released sometime in 2013.  Be sure you don’t miss out!

1. 2012 Beer of the Year: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Persica055

I could have easily picked 5 beers from Crooked Stave to make this list.  They’re just that good. But for me, Persica was the standout and my pick for best Colorado Beer of 2012.  Unfortunately, the only way to try this one was by being a member of Crooked Stave’s 2012 Cellar Reserve, having a generous friend who’s in the Cellar Reserve or were lucky enough to snag a sample at Avery’s Sour Fest.  Ripe peaches and oak mix for this fruity, sour gem.  It’s a shame only a few hundred bottles were made, but the good news is that it’ll be making a return in 2013 to members of the Cellar Reserve.  It’s not too late to sign up, so don’t miss out.

Best Colorado Breweries of 2012

1.  Avery Brewing – Not only do they offer a solid lineup of year round beers, but their seasonals and occasional Barrel-Aged releases are second to none.  The Barrel-Aged series has become so popular, that the releases have turned into mini-festivals at the brewery, where Avery taps unique and hard-to-find beers just for the occasion.  Combine their great beers with their annual Anniversary Party, Sour Fest, IPA Fest and Strong Ale Fest and the new brewery which is expected to open in 2014, and it’s easy to see why Avery Brewing is our favorite brewery of 2012.

2.  Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Wild Wild Brett Indigo, L’Brett D’Or, Nightmare on Brett, Persica and they even managed to bring Cantillon’s Zwanze Day to Colorado.  Phenomenal job all around!

3.  Odell Brewing – They make some of our favorite CO beers including Friek, Myrcenary and Bourbon Barrel Stout.  I could sit in their tasting room all day, play a little cornhole or just watch the world go by on the patio.  Thank you Odell for another great year of events, tappings and bottled releases.

Best Denver Area Beer Bars of 2012

1.  Parry’s Pizza – Epic tap takeovers, pint nights, great food and a friendly and knowledgable staff made Parry’s our favorite place to sip a pint outside of a brewery in 2012.  Three locations around the Denver area, with more on the way!

2.  The Rackhouse Pub – Aside from great beer, great food and multiple beer events throughout the year, The Rackhouse shares the roof with Stranahan’s Whiskey.  Stop by for a tasting and tour of the distillery, stick around for a bite to eat and a locally brewed craft beer.

3.  Falling Rock Tap House – The classic Denver tap house.  They get the good stuff the for the geeks and always seem to have something special on draft.

Three Colorado Breweries to Watch in 2013

1.  Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – More barrels, more bottles, a coolship and a brewery at The Source.  Look out!

2.  Dry Dock Brewing – A new production facility, new brewhouse, a 63-BBL foeder, canning line and expanded distribution.  I’m in!

3.  Black Shirt Brewing – I’ve admittedly only tried 3 of BSB’s brews, but if that’s any indication of what’s to come, Denver’s in for a treat in 2013.

With so many great beers, breweries and beer bars around town, this wasn’t an easy list to compile and sadly, many deserving beers didn’t make it.  What were your favorites from 2012?  Leave a comment on our Facebook Page and share with us.

As 2012 draws to a close, I cant wait to see what lies ahead for the Colorado Beer Scene in 2013. It’s an exciting time to be a craft beer lover.

Cheers and Happy New Year!


Crafty Christmas Beers of the World

The holidays are here and it’s my favorite time of year for beer!  Soooo many great beers come out during the winter months.  I love it.  My wallet hates it.  I wanted to share some of my favorite Holiday Seasonals with you, but thought I’d offer a few that you might not be all that familiar with.

Most Colorado craft beer fans know about Great Divide’s Hibernation, Odell’s Isolation and Avery’s Old Jubilation, but what about those crazy Belgian’s and their wacky beers?  And what’s going on outside of Colorado?  Well, I thought I’d take some of the confusion out of the equation and break down a few of those other, maybe lesser known beers that are out there right now.

Here’s a few suggestions to share with those wine snobs in your family, your drunk uncle or just to help get you through dinner with the in-laws.  Whatever your situation is, here’s a guide to some of our favorite holiday brews.

Brasserie d’Achouffe – N’Ice Chouffe

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The little gnomes from the Ardennes Mountains in Belgium know how to make a great beer.  N’Ice Chouffe pours a deep, dark brown with a 2-finger, off-white head and huge carbonation.  Notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, orange peel and Belgian yeast dominate the nose, while the flavors take on raisins, cinnamon, oranges, biscuit and malt.  A lovely winter brew that will age for 2-3 years.  In fact, the bottle has an “enjoy by” date two years out from the original bottling.  750 mL bottles retail for $10 – $12. Score: 3.75 / 5

Brasserie Fantôme – Fantôme De Noel

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Another Belgian classic, this one from brewer Dany Prignon and his quaint, farmhouse brewery in the small town of Soy, Belgium.  Fantôme De Noel pours a hazy, copper color with a 3-finger tan head and moderate lacing around the glass.  The aroma is fresh fruit (apples, cherries, pears), earth, oak and a touch of hops.  The flavor brings out more fruit and candied apples, biscuit and like most Fantôme beers, there’s a bit of funk as well.  The carbonation is crazy on this one and mine was a gusher.  Folks, have your glass(es) ready!  750 mL bottles retail for $12 – $15.  Score: 3.5 / 5

P.S. All of the Fantôme beers are corked.  My wife and I opened this one at the “haunted” Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and I forgot the corkscrew!  Oops.  Don’t be me!

Brouwerij Het Anker – Gouden Carolus Noël

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Founded in 1471!  Are you kidding me?!?!  Belgium has some serious brewing history.  Why must it be sooo far away from the U.S.?  The Noël pours a hazy, ruby-red with a one-finger, tan head.  The aroma is raisins, plums, malt, caramel and anise.  The flavor is on the spicy side with notes of caramel, cinnamon, anise, brown sugar, cherries, dates and other dark fruits.  An interesting sipper for sure and one that opens up and becomes more complex as it warms.  Personally, I enjoy the subtleness of the spices.  All too often American breweries over spice and almost “dumb down” their beers for us, whereas Belgian breweries are masters at creating layer upon layer of complexity for us to seek out and discover.  This one is no exception.  A nice 10% ABV brew that should age well for 2-4 years.  This one goes for $4 – $6 per 11.2 oz bottle or $12 – $15 for 750 mL bottles.  Score: 4.25 / 5

Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Vœux

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This next one from Belgium is a Saison from Brasserie Dupont.  Dupont is a master of the Saison style and this is their 9.5 % ABV Winter release.  Avec Les Bons Vœux translates to “With Best Wishes”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a huge, 4-finger white head.  The aroma is lemon, Belgian yeast, earthy hops and pepper, while the flavor has notes of lemons, peaches, apricots, pepper, spices and sweet malt.  This is a beautifully balanced, almost champagne-like beer.  Xmas morning beer-mosas anyone?  Light and dry, it’s a great beer for the non-craft drinkers, yet complex enough to keep the sophisticated drinker interested.  Hard to believe it packs a 9.5% ABV punch, as the alcohol is very well hidden.  A 750 mL bottle will run you $11 – $14.  Score: 3.5 / 5

Brauerie Schloss Eggenberg – Samichlaus

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Samichlaus, which translates to “St. Nick”, is a monster of a holiday beer.  This comes in at a whopping 14% ABV and for a long time, held the title of being the World’s Strongest Lager.  It’s brewed only once a year on December 6th and spends the next 10 months aging.  Samichlaus pours a clear, dark amber color with a tiny, quickly diminishing head.  Looks more whiskey than beer. Huge notes of caramel, raisins, cherries, brown sugar and leather in the nose.  The high ABV gives the taste an expectedly warming and boozy feel with notes of dark fruits, honey, nuts, vanilla and rum.  Samichlaus is a thick, syrupy brew with a sticky, full mouthfeel.  Very tasty and a great candidate to cellar away for a few years.  11.2 oz bottles run $4 – $6.  Score: 4 / 5

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Noel de Calabaza

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Jolly Pumpkin is a Michigan-based brewery, well known for making some funky, yet very approachable sour beers. Noel de Calabaza is a winter release that pours a dark ruby-red color, with a  4-finger!, foamy, tan head.  The aroma dances with sour cherries, oak, brown sugar and pepper. The flavor is moderately tart with notes of dark fruits, vinegar, oak and a touch of spices.  A very nice gateway beer into the world of sours, that also ages well.  750 mL bottles sell for $13 – $16.  I wouldn’t call this one a “gusher”, however a slow, steady stream of foam poured out of my bottle for 5+ minutes.  Score: 4 / 5

The Lost Abbey – Gift of the Magi

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This unique, Brettanomyces-based brew from The Lost Abbey in California is a funky, Farmhouse / Biere de Garde. Gift of the Magi is a 10% ABV brew that pours a hazy, copper color with a 3-finger, bubbly tan head.  The aroma is all fruit here with loads of pineapple, pear, apricots and apples.  In the back, you can pick out caramel, malt and a touch of funk.  The flavor is expectedly sweet and fruity with caramel apples, bread and a small dose of hops.  Very dry mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more.  Another candidate for cellaring, I’ve had some nice ones in the 2-3 year range.  750 mL bottles sell for $12 – $15.  Score: 3.75 / 5

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This Oregon brewery is known for their deep, rich Old Ales and Strong Ales.  Doggie Claws, is an American Barleywine that is released every November.  Reader beware, this is NOT available in Colorado.  This one’s for the beer traders, pac-NW travelers or beer freaks that have creative ways of getting ahold of beers that aren’t distributed to our great state.  In other words, it’s going to take a little more work to track one of these down.  I’ve also seen it for sale online from liquor stores that are willing to pack and ship.  Is it worth it?  Let’s find out.

2010 vintage.  Doggie Claws pours a cloudy orange color, with a 1-finger, sandy head.  Light carbonation comes up through the beer and leaves a touch of lacing around the glass.  The aroma is super sweet with loads of toffee, rum-soaked raisins, leather, oak and a bit of bourbon.  The taste brings out notes of leather, tobacco, brown sugar, booze and caramel.  Another great candidate for the cellar.  Over time the hops will drop out and the rich flavors will blend together like a fine wine. Plan on shelling out $5 – $7 for a 12 oz. bottle.  Score: 4.5 /5

De Dolle Brouwers – Stille Nacht

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I saved my favorite for last.  De Dolle Brouwers or “The Mad Brewers” out of Esen, Belgium, releases Stille Nacht annually to ring in the holiday season.  This was actually distributed to CO at one point (as was Hair of the Dog mentioned above), but for one reason or another, hasn’t made it out here in a good 5 years or more.  I’ve previously ordered bottles at Falling Rock Tap House, but I’ve got a feeling those days are over.  Regardless, it’s distributed to quite a few states and if you happen to be traveling or have a way to get some, I highly recommend it.

Stille Nacht pours a rusty-brown color with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head.  Slow carbonation rises through the beer and leaves a thick coating of lace around the glass.  The aroma is a combination of oak, candi sugar, figs, apple and funky Belgian yeast.  The taste is sweet and is layered with apple, honey, cherries, cinnamon, port wine and the ever so slightest hint of sour.  Stille Nacht is ridiculously complex and only gets better as it warms.  It’d be tough to put this into a category, but it bounces between an English Barleywine and a Belgian Quad.  Words just can’t do justice to this beer.  Get out and track one down for yourself.  It’s also another for the cellar.  I’ve had bottles aging for 7+ years and they’re still holding up well.  11.6 oz. bottles sell in the $6 – $7 range.  Score: 5 / 5

I hope this list gives you a reason to try something new this holiday season.  There are hundreds and hundreds of great beers to reach for during this time of year and this list is by no means complete. Stop by our Facebook Page and share what you’re drinking during the winter months.  Aside from the last two picks, all of these beers were purchased in the Denver area.  Head to the better beer store in your neck of the woods and try them out for yourself.

Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Cheers!


Stone’s Vertical Epic Series Culminates At Falling Rock On 12.12.12

12.12.12.  It just sounds Epic.  It’s big and bad and has a lot of 12’s.  Well, it’s HERE!  12.12.12. is tomorrow!  No, it’s not the end of the world, that’s next week.  12.12.12 marks the end of an era. The end of the Stone Vertical Epic Series.  You know, the one that started way back in 02.02.02 when Stone decided to put 300 or so cases out and kick off a decade long journey exploring a variety of beer styles along the way.

The idea was simple.  Stone would release one beer per year in the series, each release coming 1 day, 1 month and 1 year after the previous release.  Beer nerds would buy a bottle and cellar it until 12.12.12, when the whole collection was meant to be tasted together.  Very cool concept. It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to trying for years, picking up the many releases along the way.

Collecting the entire set turned out to be more than a little difficult.  I’ve actually tracked down all but the elusive 02.02.02 and I’m ok with that.  For one, 02.02.02 is a Witbier, which is typically not a style of beer that ages very well.  For another, it comes with a hefty price tag.  In the past few years, bottles have popped up on various online sites for $500+.  Think of all the amazing beer you can buy with $500 and then compare it to one bottle of a 10-year-old Witbier.  A little hard to pull the trigger don’t ya think?

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With the craft beer explosion that has occurred over the past few years, it’s a safe bet that a lot of craft beer enthusiasts don’t have the earlier releases.  If you find yourself in this boat, but still want to try the series, Falling Rock Tap House in Denver is here to help.

On Wednesday, 12.12.12, Falling Rock will have Stone Rep Chris Cantrell in the house and they’ll be tapping the entire lineup, except for 02.02.02.  I told you that was one elusive little bastard… Flights of 03.03.03 through 12.12.12 will be available beginning at 1:12 PM for $25.

Or for you high society types, Falling Rock will have a VIP option, with the same beers flowing, but paired with 5 appetizers, beginning at 6 PM.  In addition to the Epic Series, they’ll also have 3 barrel-aged variants available for VIP attendees.  Both events are ticketed ($25 for the flight, $60 with the appetizers) and expected to sell out.

Don’t miss out on this truly once in a lifetime event.  Stop by and get your tickets before they’re gone. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

And if you go, be sure to let me know what you think of the beers.  I’ve got a group tasting planned which unfortunately won’t happen until later this month or next.  That is unless, the end of the world really happens on 12.21.12…  Hmm, might have to reschedule that tasting.

Cheers!


New Beers and Beer News 12/10/2012

Beer News!  Beer News!  Get Yer Beer News Here!  We’ve got a million-and-one things to talk about in the beer world and there’s no time to lose.  In fact, this monster update is sooo big, I’m cutting this sucker in half.  So here’s part 1.  Ready, Set, Go!

New Beers

First up, we’ve got lots of new brews and brew labels to talk about.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora just released Bligh’s Barleywine.  Daddy snagged one Sunday morning during the release at the Brewery.  I briefly spoke with one of their in-house distributors and he said bottles will begin hitting local stores on Monday.

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Such a great beer.  We popped a ’11 at the release and it’s drinking nicely as well.  Although, I think I prefer it fresh.  Just my opinion.  Either way, get some.  It’s tasty.  This is going for $20 / 22oz. this year.

Renegade Brewing in Denver is hooking up with the Mobile Canning Unit again to bring you the very bestest, freshest and tastiest of canned goodness.  Their Ryetous IPA hit cans earlier this year and has done so well, they’ve decided to introduce Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale in cans as well.

The 11% ABV, 100 IBU, Elevation Triple IPA is a hopheads delight, while 5:00 Afternoon Ale is a 5% ABV blond, session-ale.  Look for these to hit local stores in the very near future.

AC Golden is gearing up to release Ctayt, their Russian Imperial Stout that took a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year.  This bad boy spent over a year in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels before it was put into bottles.

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Look for 750 mL’s to hit a few select stores around the Denver area later this month.  This won’t last long, so get out and grab one when it hits.

Out of Poncha Springs, Elevation Beer Company has not 1, not 2, but 3! great beers lined up to release in the upcoming winter months.  Downpour, an Imperial Red Ale should be out any day now.

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Hop Heads will want to grab one of these for the hops, grapefruit and pine notes that dominate this one.

Elevation also has an Imperial Stout lined up to release later this month, called Oil Man, an 11% ABV brew that was aged in Bourbon Barrels from Breckenridge Distilling.  Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante said they’ll be “blending Oil Man next week so it should be out in time for Christmas”.

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This one has hints of coffee, chocolate and bourbon throughout and will be just what you’ll want after a day on the slopes.  Or after snowball fights and making snowmen, for the baby daddy’s out there.

Looking into next year, Elevation plans to release Señorita, a Horchata Imperial Porter.  I’ve only been able to try a handful of beers from Elevation, but the Apis IV Quad quickly became one of my favorite beers of 2012 and these guys know how to make great beer.  I feel confident telling you these should be on your radar.  All of these beers will be released in bottles throughout the Denver area.

Up in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing also has something crafty up their sleeves.  They’ll be releasing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on January 6th at the brewery and featuring it at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail on January 12th.

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This will be released in their 10 state distribution range in 4-packs.

Also, keep an eye out in the coming months for Amuste, a Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Porter.

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Amuste is brewed with Colorado Tempranillo grapes and will debut in 750mL bottles next year.  This has my interests…  Hmm, grapes and wine barrels for a porter.  Yeah, I’ll be looking to track one down.

While we’re talking about our friends up in the Fort, New Belgium should be releasing my favorite beer from their Lips of Faith series before too much longer.  Their 2013 La Folie should hit stores during the first part of next year.

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Keep your eyes out.  Sour heads stock up!  Mr. and Mrs. Insane really love this one.

Speaking of sours, Crooked Stave is working on bottling several of their beers this week.  Some are exclusive to Cellar Reserve members, while others will be available for sale in the tap room.  L’Brett d’Or was bottled this morning!

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L’Brett d’Or is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented, dry-hopped, golden sour that was aged for 18 months in french oak barrels with Lacto and Pedio.  I love, love, love this beer.  375mL bottles will retail for $11.

Great Divide Brewing also has two new seasonals ready to roll in 2013.  Look for HeyDay, a Belgian-style White Ale and Orabelle, a Belgian-style Tripel.

Both should hit in 6-packs during the first quarter of 2013.  They’ll be replacing Samurai and Wild Raspberry Ale.

That’s it for now.  Lots and lots and lots of great stuff.  Some for now, some for later.  Stay tuned for Part 2, later this week.  Happy hunting friends!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 11/29/2012

We’ve got a big weekend folks and I’m dropping bombs!  Say what?  Hey, there’s not one, but two new breweries opening in Colorado this week!  This looks like it’ll be the biggest weekend we’ve had since the GABF circus rolled through town almost two months ago.  Strap on your beer goggles and get ready to go.  Oh and if you really want to enjoy this week’s post, grab your favorite beer and take a swig every time you see the word “BOOM!”.  Hurry up, you just missed one.

Ready?  Alright, let’s do this.

Earlier This Week

Firestone Walker XVI dropped not once, but twice.  BOOM!

The Bad News: It disappeared from store shelves almost as soon as it landed.  The Good News: It’s on tap at Parry’s Pizza right now (11/29/2012 11AM).  Head over and try this unique anniversary blend of 8 different barrel-aged beers!  BOOM!

Deschutes The Abyss hit Colorado.  BOOM!

This inky impy stout is proving to be a challenge to track down as well.  There’s not as much to go around as originally anticipated.  I’m not sure if we’ll be getting a second shipment or if the beer geek boom is stretching the supply thinner than previous years.  Whatever the case may be, if you want some, don’t wait around.  It’s hitting shelves this week and a few stores have already sold out.

Dry Dock bottled their 2012 batch of Bligh’s Barleywine on Tuesday.  BOOM!  This luscious Barleywine has spent the better part of 2012 aging in Stranahan Whiskey Barrels.

I had the opportunity to try a sample a few weeks ago during our interview with Dry Dock Co-Owner & Founder Kevin DeLange and it’s shaped up very nicely.  You’re going to love it.  And if you don’t, you’ll sell your bottles to me and like it.  Dry Dock’s releasing 10 cases at the brewery on Sunday, 12/9 ($20 each / 1-bottle limit), with more cases going to local liquor stores on 12/11.

Brewery Rickoli Ltd. opened in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday.  BOOM!

Brewmaster Rick Abitbol has been brewing along the Front Range for more than a decade.  Rickoli opened with Black Pliny Double IPA, Social Lubricant Scotch Ale, Aldo’s Red, Totally IPA and a Rye Stout.  Stay tuned for a single-hopped Pale Ale series exploring one hop variety at a time, plus a Hoppy Barleywine, a Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, a Dark Chocolate Milk Stout and more!  Brewery Rickoli Ltd is located at: 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.  Mon – Thu: 3 PM – 11 PM & Fri – Sun: 2 PM – 12 AM.  303-344-8988.

Cantillon bottles have been dropping on local retailers too (thankfully no one was injured)!  BOOM!

My most favoritest of the Belgians.  I heart you Cantillon.  Sadly, I’m not too hopeful that I’ll find any. With everyone on the hunt, I figure winning this week’s $400+ Million Powerball jackpot might be easier than finding a little Cantillon on a store shelf around town.  But, hey, at least it’s returned to CO.  More Cantillon news below…

Friday, November 30, 2012

For this week’s Deviation down at Rockyard Brewing, the Jellyman will be pouring JPA – Jelly Pale Ale.

According to Jellyman, this is a 7% ABV that pours a “dark straw with lacy white head”, has aromas of “fruit berry jelly with hints of toffee” and has “a balanced maltiness and citrus hops, punctuated by jam”.  Get your Jelly On at 4 PM!  BOOM!  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Dry Dock Brewing is following up last week’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown with a very festivus Firkin Friday. Here’s Firkin Friday Surgeon General Walt Chleva modeling an amazing beer and pairing it with this Christmas sweater that’s…  Well it’s…  hmm, oh yeah nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Thanks Mom.

This week’s firkin will feature a Roasted Marshmallow version of Bethla-Yam.  Bethla-Yam is a Sweet Potato Stout, winner of the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and creation from Dry Dock Brewer Brett Williams.  The win has secured Brett bragging rights around the brewery for the next 12 months as he beat out fellow brewers Doug Hyndman and John Schneider for the title.

As for Bethla-Yam, it’s a sweet, moderately spiced stout.  BTW – Dry Dock is still pouring all of the Ho Ho Ho Slapdown entries, so if you’re interested in trying them or grabbing a growler to-go, head over now and get your fix.  As for Firkin Friday, tappings will be at 3 PM & 7 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wynkoop’s Annual Parade of Darks is lined up for Saturday.

34 breweries bringing 82 brews, all leaning towards the darker side of the force.  BOOM!  Here’s the complete list from Wynkoop’s very own Beer Evangelist, Mr. Marty Jones:

Arvada Beer Co – Jolly Holiday Ale, Foreign to Me Stout
Avery Brewing – The Czar, Old Jubilation, Out of Bounds Stout
AC Golden – Blueberry Sour, Plum Sour,
Bootstrap Brewing– Worthog Stout, Boomer Brown
Boulevard Brewing – Bully! Porter, Dark Truth Stout
Breckenridge Brewery – Oatmeal StoutVanilla PorterExtra ESB, Christmas Ale 
Bull & Bush – Big Ben Brown Ale, Stonehenge Stout, Punk Up The Yams, The Legend Of The Liquid Brain, Captain Funk, Captain Midnight
Caution Brewing – Toaster Bat Black Smoked Porter, Dunkel(er)weiss.
Copper Kettle – Mexican Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin Porter
Denver Beer Co– Graham Cracker Porter, Chill Out Chocolate Chili Stout
Elevation Brewing – Apis, Lil Mo Porter 
Drydock Brewing – Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale, Raspberry Porter
Firestone Walker – Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout, Walker’s Reserve Porter, DBA 
Fort Collins Brewery – Double Chocolate Stout
Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Claymore Scotch Ale, Hibernation
Green Flash – Double Stout
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Master Thief German Porter, Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager, Wee Heavy Barrel-Aged Scottish Strong Ale
Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noir
Left Hand – Fade to Black, Milk Stout Nitro
Lone Tree Brewing – Acres O Green Irish Red, Toots’s Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout, Chili Beer Collaboration #2, Old # 99 Rauchbier
Lost Abbey – Lost & Found 
Maui Brewing – Coconut Porter 
Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub — Megatron Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing – Mountain Standard, Isolation Ale 
Ommegang – Three Philosophers 
Port Brewing – Old Viscosity 
Prost Brewing – Doppelbock, Dunkel
Pug Ryan’s– Brain-teaser Barlywine, Barell-Aged Leap Year Trifecta
Sierra Nevada –Narwhal Imperial Stout,Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel
Ska – Steel Toe Stout, Nefarious, On The Sly Again
Strange Brewing – Pumpkin Porter, Cherry Bomb Stout, Gingerbread Man, Vanilla Rum Porter
Twisted Pine – Espresso Stout, Honey Brown 
Upslope Brewing– Christmas Ale, Brown Ale
Wynkoop Brewing – Gingerbread Stout, 2012 Barleywine, Cowtown Milk Stout, B3K Black Lager, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Colorojo

As you can tell, this is going to be full of awesome beers for your tasting pleasure.  Tickets are $35 in advance and available HERE or $42 at the door (if they’re not already sold out come Saturday).  The Wynkoop is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

Just up the road from the Wynkoop, Crooked Stave will be hosting Cantillon’s Zwanze Day on Saturday.  BOOM!

This is a world-wide event with a coordinated toast at 1 PM MST.   This is the first time a Colorado location has been picked to participate so don’t miss out.  To quote some snotty teenager somewhere in America, “it’s kind of a big deal”.  BOOM!  For more specifics, check out our article about Zwanze Day from earlier in the week by clicking HERE.  Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.

Black Bottle Brewing up in Fort Collins, CO will open their doors to beer freaks for the first time this Saturday.  BOOM!

This new brewery, run by Sean Nook, will be pouring their own beers, along with some great craft beer on their 40 guest taps.  They’ll also have a full bar and fermented grape juice for those non-beer drinking types you so unwisely choose to associate yourself with…  I’m freakin’ psyched about these guys.  They’ve gotten great reviews and took second place in the People’s Choice Awards at the 2012 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.   In the near future, they’ll be working out a barrel-aging program, souring beers and brewin’ up some nice styles of craft beer that they’ll want to drink.  And by the looks of things, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to drink them too.

Their videos are tough to beat.  I mean, have you seen this yet?

Because Craft Beer Rocks!  BOOM!  I can’t wait to visit Black Bottle Brewing and give them a try. Black Bottle Brewing will be open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 2 AM and is located at: 1605 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525.  970-493-2337.

Over in Boulder, Asher Brewing turns 3 this weekend.

They’ve got a little shindig planned complete with beer, food, beer, music, beer, dogs, games, beer and beer.  Beer, it’s what’s for dinner.  Bet you thought I was going to say “BOOM!”.  I did clown. Now drink!  Two for flinching.  The party runs from noon – midnight.  Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct, Suite 104, Boulder CO, 80301.  303-530-1381.

But wait, there’s more.  While you’re up in the People’s Republic of Boulder, swing over to Twisted Pine and grab a bottle or 3 of the last installment in their Artisan Ale Series.  For December, they’re releasing Noel Tripel.

This beer is a 9% ABV Belgian-style Tripel.  750mL bottles will be sold in the tap room beginning at noon.  Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301.  303-786-9270.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Into next week, New Belgium has planned “The Creator’s Dinner”, where all the beers being poured will be introduced by their creator / brewer.  This is happening over at The Kitchen in Denver on Monday at 6:30.  Check out this lineup:

  • Kick- Presented by Kim Jordan (NBB Co-founder and CEO) and Dick Cantwell (head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co)
  • La Folie- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
  • Le Terroir- Presented by Lauren Salazar (Wood Beer Blender and Sensory Specialist at New Belgium)
  • Eric’s Ale- Presented by Eric Salazar (Wood Beer Brewer and Blender at New Belgium)
  • Chocolate Coffee Stout- Presented by Grady Hull (Assistant Brew Master at New Belgium)
  • Transatlantique Kriek- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)

BOOM!  There will be incredible food paired with each beer.  This is a really great opportunity to meet and talk with some of the creative minds behind New Belgium’s fantastic beers.  Reservations are $85 and can be made by calling 303-623-3127.  The Kitchen Denver is located at: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202.

That’s it.  Did you make it all the way to the end?  I hope so.  I’m all BOOM’d! out.  Yes, that one counts too, so take your final sip and go grab a nap.  You’re going to need it before the weekend gets here.

Have fun out there.

Cheers!


Zwanze Day 2012 Comes To Colorado!

Zwanze Day is coming to Colorado.  Shhh!!!  There’s not much to go around, so don’t tell anyone, OK?  Don’t even read this post.  You already know too much!

Just relax and take a deep breath will ya?  Zwanze Day is almost here, but there’s no reason to freak out.  Read on to get the latest on this Saturday’s world-wide toast with Cantillon.

Cantillon, the legendary Lambic brewery in Brussels, Belgium, began making Zwanze in 2008 and decide to bottle it for an annual release at the brewery.  Zwanze is a spontaneously fermented Lambic and the bottles that were released at the brewery from 2008-2010 were highly sought after by craft beer lovers around the World.  All was well until 2010, when several bottles appeared on eBay for more than ten times the original price.

So in 2011, the brewery decided to keg the entire batch and send it to some of the finest breweries and beer bars around the world for everyone to enjoy.  This year marks the first time a Colorado location has been chosen to receive Zwanze.  Cantillon’s fourth generation brewer and blender, Jean Van Roy, chose the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar in Denver to participate in this years’ Zwanze Day, which has turned into a world-wide tapping and toasting party.

On Saturday, December 1st at 1 PM MST, wild beer fans from all over the Rocky Mountain area will descend upon Chad Yakobson’s Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar for a chance to try this unique beer and raise a glass with beer lovers around the world.  Crooked Stave is one of only 35 beer destinations across the globe, 15 of which are in the U.S., to receive the coveted brew.

Chad and the Crooked Stave Team are preparing for a big crowd on Saturday.  They’ll be opening up the Barrel Cellar to accommodate the gathering of loyal beer hunters.   Chad says this will be a first-come, first-serve event and they’ll be using a ticketing system to keep things as fair and orderly as possible for attendees.  The doors will open at noon and ticket holders will be allowed to purchase 2 pours of beer (1 Zwanze and 1 yet unnamed Cantillon) plus a Zwanze day glass for what is expected to be a $20 (CASH ONLY) price tag.

There will only be 150 pours of Zwanze on Saturday and jokes have already started buzzing around about how early beer nerds will begin lining up for the festivities.  Those ARE jokes right guys?  I hope.  I mean, we just survived the Black Friday shenanigans and that was just over TV’s…  This is about BEER, which is obviously way more important than any TV could ever hope to be.  Do we at least have time to run home for a shower and a hot meal before heading back out to line up for Zwanze Day?  A low-key, in-line bottle share has been discussed as well, but it remains unclear if the powers that be (i.e. local laws and surrounding businesses) will allow a bottle share to take place or not.  If not, I’m pretty sure Crooked Stave will have some beauties on tap to share.

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

Here’s a few more details about this year’s Zwanze Day straight from Cantillon’s Jean Van Roy:

When in early April we brewed a top-fermentation beer which was to become Zwanze 2012, we hoped that it would be ready 3 or 4 months later so that we could organise another Zwanze Day sometime in September.

However, since we are working in the very specific environment of traditional Lambic brewery where natural yeast flora reign supreme, even a top-fermented beer can take control of its own destiny. As such, on the occasion of a final tasting session at the end of June it became crystal-clear that the Zwanze 2012 would not be ready in time and that it would, we hope, become Zwanze 2013.

Seeing that we had received numerous requests to organise a Zwanze Day this year we decided to recreate the very first Zwanze produced in 2008. As a reminder, that year’s vintage had been brought about by soaking rhubarb in Lambic. The ultimate result of that experiment was a very delicate and complex product in which the beer’ acidic taste struck a very nice balance with the plant’s tartness and then lingered long on the palate.

For this new production batch we decided to work with organically-grown rhubarb, and you can really taste this in the beer, which is more structured and full-bodied than the 2008 vintage. We opted to recreate the rhubarb Lambic because very few consumers had been able to taste this beer 4 years ago, when only 300 litres had been produced. On top of this, unlike fruit crops, rhubarb production was not adversely affected by the very poor weather which hit Europe this spring. And finally, the last, perhaps most important reason of all for bringing back Zwanze 2008: my wife tells me it’s one of her favourites.

Of course, because of the delays encountered with the first Zwanze we will not be able to hold this year’s Zwanze Day in September. Instead, Zwanze Day 2012 will take place on Saturday, 1 December at the 30 or so locations around the world listed below.

I wish you all an excellent Zwanze Day!

    • America – USA :
      • Armsby Abbey – Worcester, Massachusetts
      • Avenue Pub – New Orleans, Louisiana
      • ChurchKey – Washington, D.C.
      • Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar – Denver, Colorado
      • Holy Grale – Louisville, Kentucky
      • Hop and Vine – Portland, Oregon
      • Lord Hobo – Cambridge, Massachusetts
      • Monk’s Café – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      • Novare Res Bier Café – Portland, Maine
      • REAL a gastropub – Honolulu, Hawai’i
      • Redlight Redlight – Orlando, Florida
      • Spuyten Duyvil – Brooklyn, New York
      • The Foundry – Kansas City, Missouri
      • The Trappist – Oakland, California
      • Toronado – San Diego, California
      • West Lakeview Liquors – Chicago, Illinois
    • America – Canada :
      • Canada – Montréal : Dieu du Ciel
    • Europe :
      • Belgium – Brussels : Moeder Lambic Fontainas
      • Belgium – Brussels : Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles
      • Belgium – Arlon : Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon
      • France – Paris : La Fine Mousse
      • France – Lille : La Capsule
      • Great Britain – London : The Earl of Essex
      • Italy Rome : Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà
      • Italy Bergamo : The Dome
      • Italy Nicorvo : Sherwood Pub
      • Italy – Quinto Vicentino : The Drunken Duck
      • Italy – Quartu Sant’Elena : Ristopub Margherita
      • Norway – Grimstad : Nøgne Ø
      • Finland Helsinki : Pikkulitu
      • Denmark Copenhagen : Olbutikken
      • Netherlands – Amsterdam : De Bierkoning
      • Sweden Stockholm : Akkurat
      • Spain – Sant Joan de Mediona : Masia Agullons
    • Asia :
      • Japan – Tokyo: Embassy of Belgium

In all seriousness, everyone just remain calm and good luck this weekend beer hunters!  It’s only beer.  Right?  This post will self destruct in 3… 2… (Cheers!) 1…