Another glorious week here in old Colorado. The little varmint didn’t see his shadow, so maybe that explains the 50 degree weather all week.
Animals turn Humans into clowns. Babies seem to have that ability as well.
In other news, we visited The Source last week to check out the future digs for a variety of local artisans, but specifically Crooked Stave.
An update can be found HERE. We’ve extremely excited about this new venture and we’ll be keeping you updated along the way.
Breckenridge Brewery announced their plans to open an environmentally friendly new brewery, farmhouse, hop farm and more over in Littleton along the Platte River. They plan to break ground in 2013 and open in 2014.
Another very exciting turn of events in our world of CO breweries. Check out their page for the official announcement.
Lastly, congrats to De Steeg and Fate Brewing, who both had successful openings last week. We can’t wait to stop by for a visit and a chance to try your brews.
Grab a beer and let’s toast to Animals, Babies, Crooked Stave, Breckenridge, De Steeg and Fate on an awesome week. Now, sit back, grab your calendar and start planning your weekend. It starts… wait for it… get ready… NOW!
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Renegade Brewing launches their next wave of cans today! Cans of Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale have been showing up at better beer stores around town all week. To celebrate the release, Renegade’s hosting a party on Thursday from 6 – 10 PM.
Stop by for a pint and grab some cans to-go. Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draeger has plenty of great options to pick from this week, including a newly tapped Vanilla Porter, brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans.
Tune in next week, when Adam taps a Bock, Cherry Porter and Red Hots Wheat, his special Valentine’s Day brew made with Red Hots candies. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has your firkin fix this week. Stop by and try this week’s Firkin Friday release, which is a Lavender Dark Saison.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down South at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s got a 4.5% ABV Ginger Ale made with “fresh ginger, French oak and a tin of ginger Altoids”. This one’s called “NOT MARIANNE”. See if you can figure out the connection between the name and the beer.
Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Parry’s Pizza is hosting “Firkin Right Friday” and tapping some Barrel-Aged West Coast IPA from California’s Green Flash Brewing on Friday at 4 PM. Love this beer. To see a Green Flash firkin in CO is a rare treat. Get some.
Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Still not enough firkins fir ya? Then get the firk over to High Hops Brewery and Hop Farm in Windsor for their Inaugural Firkin Fest. Look for 14 taps to be pouring, plus special one-day only firkins, food and live music. The beer starts flowing at noon.
High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO 80550. 970-674-2841.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap their new Weizenbock on Friday at 7 PM.
7% ABV, 31 IBU’s. Stop by and check out one of Denver’s newest breweries. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Somewhat quiet Saturday around town this week, so we’re heading to California for the Inaugural San Diego Brew Fest and a visit to some of our favorite West Coast breweries like Lost Abbey and Stone. Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for updates. We’ll have a full report next week.
In the meantime, get your brew news fix with our friends Turk and the Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
This week, they’ll be joined in the studio with Brian Hutchinson, who formerly brewed at Mountain Sun and is now brewing at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, which just opened in Golden last month. They’ll also have David Zuckerman and Dan Weitz from Boulder Beer in the studio. Tune into the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM on Saturday.
Odell will release Amuste at the brewery on Saturday. This is an “Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado”.
Pick up a bottle to-go and stick around for a glass at the brewery. Sales will begin at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. This should hit local shelves very soon, so keep an eye out. Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524. 970-490-9070.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company is bringing back their Smoked Porter this weekend.
Tapping at noon, food truck at 4 PM and live music at 6 PM. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Don’t forget this week’s German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.
Hey, if you’re going to learn a foreign language, you better at least know how to speak Beer. Thanks Bill! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
Pliny the Younger Update
The Pliny’s been raging this week out at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA.
No word yet on when we’ll see kegs around town, but we should have some information at some point next week. Stay tuned!
Dark Lord Day 2013
Speaking of hyped, big beers. Dark Lord Day 2013 is coming. Last week, Three Floyds Brewing unveiled a new logo for their über popular Russian Imperial Stout. I guess they ran out of different colors of wax, so it was time to change the label in order for us beer nerds to differentiate between the vintages.
Looks pretty sharp. And angry! There are rumors that Three Floyds will move this year’s event to a location away from the brewery, in order to better accommodate the crowds. We’ll keep you posted with updates as we get ’em.
That’s it for this weekend.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!