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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
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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!


Big Beers Abound At The 11th Annual Avery Strong Ale Fest

The 11th Annual Strong Ale Fest has come and gone.  Our hosts at Avery Brewing had to reconfigure a bit in order to accommodate this years event.  As they continue to push their facility to the limits and fill every nook and cranny in their building with beer, they’re just flat-out running out of space.  Until their new facility is ready next year, they’ll just have to keep thinking of creative ways to make it work.  Thankfully, this past weekend, they still managed to find enough room for a few hundred of their closest beer lovin’ friends to sip, sample and share 100+ high ABV brews.

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The tasting room was slammed as usual, pouring the first 20 beers on the menu.  Samples from Allagash, Asher, Avery, Boulevard and others were ready and waiting for attendees as they walked through the door.
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The menu seems to get a little longer each year.  105 beers were on tap this time around and with only 16 tasting tickets, some tough decisions had to be made.

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The Barrel Room was reduced from a wall of roughly 40 taps, down to only 10.  Personally, I thought this was a great improvement, as it allowed for several tables and chairs to be placed in the barrel room and gave attendees additional space to spread out and talk.

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Side note – The barrel room was lined with barrels full of Uncle Jacob’s stout.  This is a phenomenal Imperial Stout that will hopefully be released again later this year.

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The back of the barrel room opened up to a pair of massive tents, where the remaining 75 beers were flowing.  Except for the BA Ten FIDY, which sadly, none of the staff or volunteers could coax out of the keg.  So close, yet so far…

In addition, there was a tent out front, next to the patio area, which seemed to be a well-kept secret during Friday’s session.  Plenty of tables, chairs and even a heater were inside to keep the crowd happy and allow for a little more room to spread out.

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As expected, Russian River’s Pliny the Younger was a hot commodity and the usual suspects were proudly pouring this highly coveted brew.  Gang signs and all.

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Everybody has their own take on live music, but we enjoyed it.  This little trio rocked it with their covers of Zeppelin, Neil Young, Phish, etc…

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With so many great beers on the menu, it’s a little silly to try to pick a “Best of Show” beer, but here are a few that really stood out for us.  Pizza Port’s Barrel Aged Knight Rider, is an Imperial Stout that spent 9 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels.  A great beer that we recently had during our trip to Pizza Port last month.  Pizza Port also impressed with their Poorman’s IPA.  Poorman’s took Gold last year at the World Beer Cup.

Avery’s Tweak is a coffee infused version of their 16% Mephistopheles Imperial Stout.  Formerly known as Meph Addict, this beer NEEDS to be bottled.  You hear me Adam Avery?  Bottle this beast. Pretty please???

We also really enjoyed Wynkoop’s Barleywine, known as The Chancellor.  It’s just a well made beer that could easily stand its’ ground against some of the top examples in the style.
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Although we didn’t attend on Saturday, we did catch a few bits and pieces from the Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio, both of whom were broadcasting live from the festival.  If you missed out, be sure to look for the podcasts, which should go up in a few days.

Strong Ale always makes our list of “must-do” beer fests and this year was a great time as always.  Hats off to the Avery Crew for another fantastic event and for all of the breweries for sharing their wonderful beers.

Cheers!


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

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

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

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

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

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

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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

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

Other Exciting Brew News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday to us!

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

You guys rock!  Craft beer rules!

Cheers!


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!


Weekend Beer Buzz: Thanksgiving Edition 11/22/2012

Happy Turkey Day Friends!  With the holiday and all, I had seriously considered skipping the Weekend Beer Buzz this week, but there’s just way too much beer fun to be had.  You asked for it, you got it.  Let’s roll.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The blackest of all Friday’s is here.  Skip the shopping and get your breakfast in a glass down at Rockyard in Castle Rock.

Jellyman’s brewed “MBM 5.0”.  Are you ready for this?  It’s a Whopper and Krave Chocolate Cereal Stout!  Say What?!?!  Dude, delicious!  As if that wasn’t enough, he’ll have it pouring ALL DAY starting at 8 AM.  Drop the shoppers in your family off at the outlets and head over to the Rockyard for your fill.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Over at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, they’ll be tapping a firkin of Galaxy Dry-Hopped Pale Ale at 3 PM and another at 7 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub will be tapping their Sherpa Porter on Friday.

This popular seasonal weighs in at 5.2% ABV and 34 IBU’s.  The beer goes on at 11 AM, with a party beginning at 4 PM.  This beer will serve as a launching pad for head brewer Adam Draeger to kick off his Porter Wednesday series, which begins in December. Here’s the lineup he has planned for the winter months:

  • Dec 5th – Toasted Coconut Porter
  • Dec 12th – Vanilla Porter
  • Dec 19th – Peppermint Porter
  • Dec 26th – Cherry Porter
  • Jan 2nd – Orange Chocolate Porter
  • Jan 9th – 100% Kona Coffee Porter
  • Jan 16th – Repeat of Favorite
  • Jan 23rd – Repeat of Favorite

Keep your browser pointed right here for the latest details in his series of winter releases.  Sounds yummy.  Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Dry Dock brewers will be going head-to-head on Saturday for the annual Ho Ho Ho Slapdown.

This year, head brewer Doug Hyndman brewed a Raspberry Pomegranate Porter, Brett Williams is pouring a Sweet Potato Porter and John Schneider crafted a Gingerbread Amber.  Come on down, try all 3 and vote for your favorite.  I love this event as the brewer’s really work the crowd and campaign to get your vote.  The pours begin at noon and the voting ends at 3 PM, but beers will be pouring all day.

This has also been dubbed “Ugly Sweater Day” at the Dock, so get those tacky Xmas sweaters ready. I’ve already seen a few pics of what they employees will be wearing and they’re BAD!  This should be awesome!  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Big beer time over at Copper Kettle Brewing Company.  On Saturday, they’ll be tapping this year’s batch of Bourbon Breakfast Stout.

This is an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels.  Oh Daddy! This sounds awesome! Tapping at noon.  CKBC is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Black Shirt Brewing will be open again this Saturday.

Stop by and try their new Fall Harvest Saison, brewed with locally grown squash.  They only brewed 10 gallons, so don’t miss out.  Black Shirt will be open from 4 PM – 8 PM. They’re located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

Don’t forget about the boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show, who’ll be broadcasting live from the Arvada Beer Co on Saturday.

Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery will be co-hosting this week.  Tune in to AM 760 at noon to get the latest news on the Colorado Craft Beer Scene.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Looking into next week, Avery Brewing will be releasing this year’s batch of Mephistopheles on Wednesday.

Tickets for their 3-year vertical tasting in the tap room are sold out, but be on the lookout for bottles of this 15 – 17% ABV monster of a stout to hit store shelves very soon.  It’s an amazing beer that ages very well.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Blvd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Future Brew News

Looking ahead, Forkly, Eat Boston and Denver Off The Wagon have teamed up to bring us the Denver Bacon & Beer Festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the December 9th tasting.  Look for 25 local chefs to bring their bacon creations and 20 local breweries pouring their beers for this one.  Some of the breweries include Crooked Stave, Prost, Strange, Wits End and Trinity. Check the official website for more details and ticket information.  The Denver Bacon & Beer Festival will be at: Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.

That’s it peeps.  Hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!  Stop by our Facebook page and share what you’re drinking this weekend.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 11/15/2012

I declare Shenanigans!  In September, the good people at Strange Brewing Company here in Denver, were threatened with a potential lawsuit from Strange Brew Homebrew in Marlboro, MA over the use of the term “Strange Brew”.  You can get all the details in this great article from our friend Jonathan Shikes over at the Denver Westword.

I wasn’t going to chime in on this debate, but I can’t help it, so I’ll try to keep it short.  To me, this just comes off as sad and lame.  Seems like Strange Brew is trying to get a little publicity from the success of Denver’s Strange Brewing Co.  Show your support to the Strange gang by clicking “Like” on Keep Strange Brewing Strange on Facebook.  This page was started by fans of our local brewery and has been keeping people up to date with the latest in this drama filled battle.

This whole situation makes me sad.  I’m not necessarily surprised, just let down that Strange Brew Homebrew isn’t willing to work with Strange Brewing here in Denver to figure this out.  You’re talking about a term that’s been around for ages and is referenced in music, movies and more…  Hey, if Avery and Russian River can settle their differences and collaborate together to brew “Collaboration Not Litigation”, I’m pretty sure these two can come up with a better solution rather than wasting time and money on lawyers…  Stay tuned to watch this one unfold.

Time for something positive.  I found out on Monday that we were nominated for a Westword Web Award in the Best Booze Blog category!  I’m really excited to have made the list of 4-finalists.  Denver Off The Wagon, Fermentedly Challenged and Colorado Wino are also in the running.  Man, am I in good company or what?  All of these sites are run by good people and without a doubt, deserve to win.  I’m just happy to be mentioned.  We’ve come a long way since I started this journey 9-months ago and I can’t Thank You guys enough for your continued support. So Cheers to you!

Alright friends, we’ve got a big weekend to talk about.  Roll Tide!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012.

Beer Craving is gearing up for their first beer festival.  They’ve created Chef N Brew, which will pair 12 locally brewed beers with 12 dishes from local chefs in an event / challenge to come up with the perfect pairing.

Want a teaser of what to expect?  How about Prost Brewing’s Dunkel paired with pasta, handmade meatballs, cheese tortellini, cinnamon custard and savory pie crust from Panzano’s.  Or how about Elevation’s Apis IV Quad, paired with smoked lamb neck shepherd’s pie, with goat cheese whipped potatoes in a honey whole wheat crust.

In addition to the tasting, pairing and competition, there will be a silent auction and raffle. Head over to The Oriental Theatre for this fun and one-of-a-kind event.  Tickets are $49 at the door and the event runs from 6 – 9:30 PM.  More details can be found HERE.  The Oriental Theatre is located at: 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212.  LATE UPDATE – This is now SOLD OUT!

Over at Crooked Stave, Chad’s got another lineup of amazing sour brews pouring in the Barrel Room.

Man, I need to get over and try Cellar Blend #1.  Sounds awesome!  Crooked Stave is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.  720-508-3292.

As for us, we’ll be hitting the Westword Web Awards on Thursday.  This looks to be a pretty sweet event that recognizes writers, photographers, twitterererers, bloggers and just about anybody else covering the great city of Denver via the internets.  The complete list of finalists can be found HERE. Winners will be announced in more than 40 different categories.

Odell Brewing will be pouring #OhMyGourd, a small-batch pumpkin beer, which was brewed specifically for the event.  The tap handle logo was designed by Jeff Herndon, who had his winning creation chosen by Odell in a recent contest.  Awesome design in my opinion.

Despite being an invitation only event, there will be some extra tickets available via the Denver Westword’s Facebook page on Thursday morning.  Get on it if you’re interested and come cheers us on in the “Best Booze Blog” Category.  The Web Awards run from 7 PM – 11 PM at Denver’s RedLine, located at: 2350 Arapahoe Ave, Denver, CO 80205. Wish us luck!

Avery releases the 2012 batch of Czar today at 5 PM.  This big, bold Russian Imperial Stout is a tasty release from their “Dictator Series” and is one of those beers that drinks well both now and later. Don’t be afraid to grab a few for the cellar.

Stop by the Tasting Room and bring some non-perishable food items with you.  You’ll get a 10 oz. pour of Czar for every 3 items you donate.  You’ll also have a shot at winning a 5 gallon keg or 2-cases of Czar.  Good Beer for a Good Cause.  Win / Win.  The Avery Tasting Room is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is open with regular hours!

Hours will be: Thu 4 PM – 10 PM, Fri 4 PM – 12 AM, Sat 2 PM – 12 AM and Sun 2 PM – 10 PM.  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.  Stop by and welcome them to Denver!

Friday, November 16th, 2012.

Down in Castle Rock, the Jellyman’s got another of his Deviations ready to roll at Rockyard.  This week, look for “Verbal Warning”, a 6.0% ABV version of their Redhawk Scottish Ale lagered with semi-sweet chocolate.

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

Over at Dry Dock, Firkin Master Walt, has brewed a Chestnut Brown Ale.

Tapping’s at 3 PM & 7 PM.  Don’t be late.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch is hosting another Pint Night.  They’ll have Odell in the house for this round.

Stop by and try the yummy Haven and Hale Peach Ale and get a pint glass to take home.  Ryan Odell will be in the house handing out Odell swag from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

So you’re in the Parry’s Pizza Ale Yeah club right?  I hope so.  It’s the only way to find out about special tappings and events at Parry’s before they happen!  Oh, and it’s FREE!  There’s a special tapping coming up next Wednesday that Sour-heads won’t want to miss, so get over there and sign up today!  Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-683-0600.

Saturday, November 17th, 2012.

Turk and The Gubna are headin’ North on Saturday.  They’ll be broadcasting live from the Foeder Forest at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins.

Man, we had a tour of that area earlier this summer and I’m still having funky, sour dreams because of it.  Such a cool place.  New Belgium better lock up the La Folie.  Turk can’t resist that beer.  Tune in and listen live on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM or grab the podcast on their website. LOVE their show!

10 Years of Dale’s Cans?!?!  Nicely done Oskar Blues!  Crazy to think the can movement has grown from OB into more than 200 breweries canning beers in the U.S. today. Head over to the original OB, the OG of cans if you will, for their CANiversary.  On Saturday, stop by their Lyon’s location and raise a pint can to the OB gang.

There’s a concert by The White Buffalo, sorry, it’s sold out…  But, the rest of the party is FREE and runs from 6 PM – midnight.  There’s even a special CANlaboration beer debuting at the party.  OB teamed up with Ska to brew “oSKAr the G’Rauch”, an 8.5% ABV, smoked IPA that will debut in 19.2 oz cans this weekend.

Come on out for some great food, beer, silent disco and more!  Oskar Blues is located at: 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540.

Sunday, November 18th, 2012.

And on the 7th Day, He rested (and had beer for breakfast at Copper Kettle Brewing Company). Bourbon Breakfast Stout is back!

On Sunday, Copper Kettle is hosting a breakfast and beer pairing, which will give you the only chance to try last year’s batch of Bourbon Breakfast Stout, alongside this year’s batch.  The $25 ticket includes 3-courses and 4-beers. Stop by the brewery or send them an e-mail (info@copperkettledenver.com) to reserve your spot at either the 9:30 AM or 11 AM meals.  Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at:  1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC. Oh, and if you can’t attend Sunday’s breakfast, you’ll still have a chance to try this year’s batch. The tapping is scheduled for next weekend.  Keep your browser pointed right here for all the details.

The Littlest Big Beer Fest is back at Denver’s Hops & Pie.  Killer freakin’ lineup this time with the FiftyFifty crew out of Truckee, CA.

Some sick brews will be flowing.  Man (or WoMan) up and order a glass of the Eclipse, aged for 300 days in 12 Yr. Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels.  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  Their stouts are not for the faint of heart, not easy to find and certainly not to be missed.  Want. To. Drink. The. Eclipse. I. Do.  said Master Yoda in odd, punctuated speak.  LBBF starts at 2 PM.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

That’s it for now friends.  Once again, Thank You for getting us nominated for a Denver Westword’s Web Awards tonight!  Have a great weekend.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz: GABF Edition 10/10/12

Where to go?  What to do?  I find myself asking the same questions every year during GABF.  You’ve basically got a year’s worth of great beer events crammed into one week.  So I’m going to give you my picks for some of the best events around town this week.  These are the ones that aren’t already sold out like the GABF and Rare Beer Tasting IV.

Pick a day, any day, and head over to Crooked Stave.  Just look at this menu and list of special tappings for this week.

Deliciouness abounds over there.  Stop by Crooked Stave: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.

Take a side trip from all the buzz downtown and hit up Parry’s Pizza for their Great Divide Tap Takeover.

Apparently there’s been a Yeti sighting on the south side of town.  Be on the lookout for Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, the new Baby Yeti and more.  In addition to the family of furry beasts, they’ll be bringing out other big guns like Hercules and Hibernation.  The tapping starts at 11AM and runs all day.  Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

Firestone Walker has an amazing beer dinner lined up called The Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster.

This will feature 4 of Firestone’s previous Anniversary beers and will also be the debut for this year’s Anniversary beer XVI.  Each beer is paired with a different course prepared by Chef Hosea Rosenberg.

Firestone Walker owners Adam Firestone and David Walker, along with brewmaster Matt Brynildson will be in attendance to discuss the beers and pairings between each course.  This is a rare chance for you to try all of these complex and impressive beers that will never be brewed again. Tickets are $75 / each and can be purchased HERE.  This event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Denver’s Mile High Station: 2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.

Thursday, October 11th, 2012.

Freshcraft’s tapping some beers from the very popular Cigar City Brewery out of Tampa, FL on Thursday at 3 PM.

Get your GABF warmed up with Cinnamon Apple IPA, Guava Grove Saison, Ligero Black Lager, Hotter Than Helles and the delicious Marshal Zhukov’s Russian Imperial Stout.  Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

The first night of GABF wraps up with some great after parties.  The World Brewers Forum, sponsored by The Keg Ran Out Club (KROC), a local homebrew club, is entering its’ 18th year.

This year, they’ll have 3 guest speakers.  Mitch Steele, the brewmaster for Stone Brewing, along with Mark Irvin and John Bryant from the No-Li Brewhouse.  There will be more than 20 homebrews to sample, plus a carving station with roast beef and ham.  This is really a great chance to sit back, relax and catch your great after a busy opening night at GABF.  There will also be drawings for prizes and a silent auction featuring glassware, t-shirts, beer, gift cards and more.  I’ve never left empty-handed.

The event starts at 8PM and runs until Midnight.  Best of all, it’s FREE!, but please RSVP to: WBF@kroc.org  The WBF is being held at: Marriott City Center Hotel, 1701 California St, Denver, CO.

Oskar Blues is gearing up for a big party at the Blake Street Tavern called “It’s All About The Package”.

They’ve been pretty tight-lipped about this so far, but it sounds like this will commemorate the release of a new canned beer.  There will be music, giveaways and even transportation from the Convention Center between 9 – 11PM.  Be sure to print off a ticket HERE or have it ready to show on your phone at the door.  The Blake Street Tavern is located at: 2301 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205.

Thursday is barrel day over at Star Bar.

They’ll have New Belgium’s La Folie, Tart Lychee, Clutch and Kick.  Odell’s is bringing Shenanigans, Saboteur, The Meddler and Deconstruction.  Other breweries and beers will be announced as the event gets closer.  This fires up at noon.

Stop by later that night for some special one-offs from New Belgium’s Wood Cellar.  Look for Dunkel Apple, Funky Friends and more.  Live music starts at 9:30 PM.  Star Bar is located at: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

Just a few blocks down on Blake Street, the Falling Rock Tap House is sure to be rockin’ all week-long.  On Thursday, stop by for the tapping of several beers from Sun King Brewery out of Indianapolis, IN.

Look for Osiris (Pale Ale), Cream Dream V (American IPA), Velvet Fog (Belgian Quad) and more to get tapped at 11PM.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Friday, October 12th, 2012.

Friday afternoon means the Annual Kill-A-Keg contest at Falling Rock at noon.  Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale will be racing through the tap lines as owner Chris Black tries to beat last year’s record of draining a keg in just over 9 minutes.  Stop by and help make this happen!

Hang out for lunch and wait for the Cigar City release at 3PM.  They were able to obtain Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown, Humidor IPA, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and more. These are some really nice beers that won’t last long, so get over and get yours.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Got hops?  Then get over to Rock Bottom for this year’s Alpha King Challenge!

This is an annual search for the best hop bomb out there.  Beers under 60 IBU’s need not apply. Stop by and check out the competition which runs from 1 to 4PM.  Rock Bottom Denver is located at: 1001 16th St #100, Denver, CO 80265.

The Rackhouse Pub is running a series of classes this year of Liquid Education that’s all about Beer.

One of the sessions that I’m pretty excited about features Andy Parker from Avery, Chad Yakobson from Crooked Stave and Troy Casey of AC Golden leading a class called Sours 101.  These 3 bad asses of funky brews will be discussing all that is barrel-aging, souring, blending and more.  They will also guide you through a tasting of sour beers from their breweries.  Any one of these brewers would be worth the price alone, but the Rackhouse has put all three together for what is sure to be a fun, informative and tasty event.  Tickets are available HERE.  The Rackhouse is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is opening their doors for a soft opening this Friday and Saturday from 1-10PM.

They’ll be pouring their 5 beers for $5 / pint and $1 / taster.  We met with owner Brandon Proff earlier this summer to get the low down on his new brewery and beers.  Check out the post HERE.  If you’re planning to attend the soft opening this weekend, and you should be, they ask that you please RSVP at this link: http://www.gabfweekend.omfmb.com/  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

For some late night, post-GABF action, head over to Freshcraft for their Oak Aged Extravaganza at 10PM.

They’ll be pouring Firestone Walker ’12 Parabola and Anniversary XIV, Odell ’11 Bourbon Barrel Stout, The Meddler and more!  Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

You’ve got a long day ahead of you on Saturday, so make sure you start out with a good breakfast. Head to The Cheeky Monk for Breakfast With The Bruery.

The popular Belgian Beer Bar has teamed up with Bruery owner Patrick Rue to bring you a variety of special beers paired with a delicious breakfast menu.  No advanced tickets required.  Breakfast starts at 8AM.  The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.

There’s not one, but TWO new breweries opening this weekend.  Black Shirt Brewing is gearing up for their Grand Opening on Saturday.

The new Denver brewery, which will focus on a variety of Red Ales will open their doors on Saturday from 3 – 10PM.  We’ve been waiting a loooooooong time for this, so get over there and show them your support.

Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.

Saturday night, once the afternoon GABF session wraps up, I usually grab dinner, catch my breath, regroup and get ready for Dr. Bill’s Annual GABF Beer Tasting at Falling Rock.  Dr. Bill is the Beverage Coordinator for Stone Brewing and has one of the largest and most extensive beer cellars in the world.  He knows his stuff and can put on one hell of a party.

He takes over the Falling Rock basement each year after GABF to share some amazing beers with all the beer nerds in town.  Last year he brought some great stuff including Cantillon’s Lou Pepe Gueuze, The Bruery’s Black Tuesday, Three Floyd’s Dark Lord and so much more!  He’s back again this year and armed with 100 beers!  Come at 8PM when the corks start getting popped and the caps start flying.  Bring $40, a full stomach and a DD.  RSVP to: bill.sysak@stonebrew.com  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

So there’s my picks for a good weekend of wholesome beer fun.  I hope to see you all around town over the next few days.  This is my favorite weekend of the year and personally, I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy all that is GABF.  Have fun, be safe, try something new and please don’t drive.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz: Denver Beer Fest Edition 10/05/12

You ready?  You better be.  Denver Beer Fest marches into town this weekend and won’t let go of your liver until the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) rolls out next weekend.  Wow, is GABF really next weekend!?!?  My favorite holiday of the year is almost here!

This is big folks.  BIG!  I’m not going to pepper you with small talk.  I mean business this week and I’ve got the events to back it up.  For reals.  Here we go!

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Crooked Stave has sorted through all their licenses and legalities and is back pouring their mind-blowing brews in the Tap Room.  Here’s their most current list:

Crooked Stave, you complete me.  Stop by and get funky in their Tap Room.  1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock is at it again.  This time he’ll be tapping Denver Beer Co’s Pumpkin Beer, a brew he helped create.

Stop by Denver Beer Co. and help the Mayor kick off Denver Beer Fest.  Tapping is at 4:30 PM. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-433-2739.

Killer beers are on at the Dock.  This week’s Firkin Friday at Dry Dock Brewing is a Sour Freaks wet-dream.

Boysenberry Sour!  Wow.  Ok, breathe, there’s a long way to go in this post yet.  But damn, Boysenberry Sour!  Well played Dry Dock.  I had the base beer, The Admiral, this afternoon at the brewery.

The Admiral Barrel-Aged Tart Ale is a tasty little brute and will hopefully still be flowing tomorrow during Firkin Friday.  It’s a dry, crisp, green apple, lip-smackin’ sour that’s too good for its’ own good.  Whatever that means…  Sounds very Right Said Fred, no?

I talked to Dry Dock’s Firkin Master, Walt Chleva, about this weeks creation and he said it’s gonna be a good’un that should pour a beautiful purple color with plenty of fruit and funk for CO’s Sour Freaks.  People, don’t miss this!.  I’ll be there for some mouth puckering deliciousness on Friday at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Jellyman’s back to his crafty ways down at the Rockyard in Castle Rock.  This week’s Deviation is a French Oak-Aged Dopplebock with Raspberries.

Grab a snifter of this 10% ABV one-off, starting at 4PM on Friday afternoon.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Gary V. and American Craft Beer Radio will be on location this week, live from Oktoberfest at Libations Wine & Spirits.  $20 in advance, $25 at the door gets you live music, beer, wine, food, prizes and more.  ALL money goes to charity!

Dry Dock Brewing, Odell Brewing, Leopold Bros. and more will be on hand and American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting LIVE!  Even if you can’t make it, flip over to 102.3 FM ESPN Radio and listen to Gary V. and his guests talk about all that is Craft Beer.

I’m going to try, I promise I’ll try!, to make it over there in time for the show.  Gary’s invited me as a guest on the show again this week to share some of the events hitting Denver leading up to GABF. Fingers crossed that I can make it there in time to share all the deets on the air.  Radio is fun and radio with beer is simply brilliant. Libations Wine & Spirits is located at: 16530 E Arapahoe Rd, Unit 102, Foxfield, CO 80016. American Craft Beer Radio airs at noon on 102.3 FM ESPN Radio.

The boys on the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be hanging out at Strange Brewing in Denver for this week’s show.

They’ve got a variety of brewers sitting in with them from some of the area’s exciting, new breweries.  Look for Lone Tree, Wit’s End, Caution, Renegade and others to sit in with the guys and talk beer during the 2-hour broadcast.  Flip over to AM760 from noon – 2 PM or get off your couch and head over to listen live and join in the fun.  Have a delicious Cherry Kriek while you’re at it and keep your ears open for a chance to win a pair of tickets to GABF.  Strange Brewing is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO 80204.

Twisted Pine Brewing is releasing the newest brew in their Artisan Ale Series on Saturday.  This time it’s Lupuliopheliac, a 52 IBU, fresh hopped Pale Ale, made with wet Cascade hops from nearby Niwot, CO.

Stop by on Saturday to meet Darren Hall and Phil Bartell, the tattoo artists behind the label and get your 750mL bottles signed.  The party runs from noon – 9 PM.  Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut Street, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301.  303-786-9270.

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Falling Rock Tap House is gearing up for this year’s Fresh Hop Celebration.

This event is entering its’ 6th year and features a variety of unique and fun beers that were all brewed with fresh, wet hops.  Look for a great list of breweries to pour including Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Crazy Mountain, Full Sail, Wynkoop, Great Divide, Ska and more.  Tickets are $25, which covers unlimited tasting and a commemorative glass.  The Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Hops & Pie is teaming up with Great Divide for the next Littlest Big Beer Fest.  Starting at 2PM, you’ll be able to try beers like 2008 Old Ruffian, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and the brand new Fresh Hop Pale Ale.

Hops & Pie is located at 3920 Tennyson St., Denver CO, 80212.  303-477-7000.

Avery Brewing.  Odio Equum.  I can’t pronounce it, which can only mean one thing, another release in their Barrel Aged Series!  Number 13 to be exact.  Last week’s shenanigans’ on American Craft Beer Radio with Dustin Lemoine from Avery Brewing revealed that Odio Equum translates to something along the lines of “I hate horses”.  Glue jokes ensued and it was just downhill from there…

I’m not impressed by the ancient Latin language, but I’m very impressed by Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series of beers.  This one is brewed with raspberries and aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, with just about every funky, wild yeast you can think of.  It weighs in at 7.89% ABV and will sell for $8 / 12oz. bottle / 12 bottle limit at the brewery on Sunday at 4PM.  Bring cash just to be safe as their credit card sales seem to be hit-or-miss.

Sadly, this date doesn’t work with my calendar.  Anybody that’s going and willing to mule back a few beers for me will be paid for their troubles and rewarded with, what else.. BEER!  E-mail me at: brewtallyinsane@yahoo.com and let’s talk.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

Monday, October 8th, 2012

At 5PM, the countdown clock at Falling Rock, will reach 000:00:00:000.  What does that mean? GABF is here!  Chris Black always brings out special kegs to share when the clock runs out and this year he’s got 10 special beers ready to share.

Chris likes to keep a lid on what he’ll be pouring, so who knows, but I’m sure it’ll be awesome and probably won’t last very long.  The Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Wynkoop, boy do they have balls for brewing their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.  What started out as an April Fool’s Joke has become disturbingly real.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout will debut on Monday at 5PM at the brewery, and yes, BPB actually means “Balls Per Barrel”.  I know I should be turned off by this, but strangely, I’ve just gotta try it.  I hear it’ll be pouring at the Wynkoop booth during GABF, so I’ll be looking for a way to get my unsuspecting wife or my slightly buzzed friends to try it before I get my very own shake at it.  It’s just too easy to get an unsuspecting friend to drink this and I’m always up for a good laugh.

Hey, Cheers to Wynkoop for taking some “bigger” chances lately.  It’s a tough biz, but they’re keeping pace.  If you’re looking to try some beer with balls, from the nuts at Wynkoop, then head over for the tapping on Monday afternoon.  Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

Beer hunters, hoarders, collectors and connoisseurs should make a visit to Davidsons Liquors on Monday, when their resident beer geek’s bring out some gems from the cellar to sell.  They’ve been holding these cellar sales right around GABF for the past few years and I always seem to find something I can’t live without.

You never know what you’ll find at one of their sales, but look for some FiftyFifty Eclipse, Dogfish Head, vintage Avery and interesting Deschutes brews to highlight this year’s GABF cellar clean out sale.  The doors open at 8 AM.  Good luck!  Davidsons Liquors is located at: 5555 Boatworks Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-224-0444.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Yeah, it’s Beer WEEK folks, which means were still kicking ass into Tuesday.  Renegade is releasing bombers of Elevated Wood on Tuesday.  They’ve taken their super-charged, triple IPA and banished that puppy to a bourbon barrel for 6-months.

That beast has been bottled and will be yours for the buying on Tuesday at 6PM.  Don’t miss out on this limited, hand-numbered release.  Renegade will be pouring other special beers in the tap room exclusively for the release party.  Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.

And I might have saved the best for last with this one.  You be the judge.  Head over to Falling Rock Tap House to get your glass of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) on Tuesday at 5 PM.

BCBS is a barrel-aged, jet-black, thick, chewy, roasty, bad-ass of a stout, that always seems to find its’ way onto the list of the Top Beers in the World.  It’s sitting pretty at #50 right now.  I hear the even higher ranked, #12 to be exact, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout will also be making an appearance, along with gems like Lolita (the spontaneously fermented, barrel-aged raspberry tart), Madame Rose (the barrel aged, brett beer made with Michigan cherries) and Juliet (the oh so tasty, barrel-aged blackberry sour).  Screw the lists and come down and judge for yourself.

To say this is BIG, would be an understatement.  Grab your calendar, circle it and circle it again. These will not last long and you won’t want to be the one stuck looking at a tap handle like this!

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

That’s it peeps.  You got a big week coming your way.  If you come across events you’d like to share, e-mail me at brewtallyinsane@yahoo.com.  I’m also going to share a few things exclusively on Facebook, so “Like” us over there and keep an eye on us through twitter @BrewtallyInsane.

Get ready, have fun and be safe!

Cheers!


Pints in Pictures: Docktoberfest, Craft Beer Radio, Wild Woods Brewery, Rumpkin Release and the New Dry Dock

Awesome weekend.  You can read about it later.  For now, just look.

On Saturday, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan tapped the first keg of Oktoberfest at Dry Dock Brewing with owners Kevin and Michelle Delange.

Next stop, off to ESPN Radio to talk beer on American Craft Beer Radio with host Gary V. and special guests, Chris Black, owner of Falling Rock Tap House, Dustin Lemoine from Avery Brewing and Duane Taylor of The Brew Hut.

Then it was off to Boulder’s newest brewery, Wild Woods.

And eventually over to Avery for the release of this year’s batch of Rumpkin.

Then a little cookout, football and sneak peek into the new Dry Dock facility on Sunday.

Busy, busy weekend.  Plenty of things to write about, I just wanted to share a few pics and hopefully ease your “Case of the Mondays”.

Cheers!


Pumpkin Beer Guide Pt. 2 – The Locals

Pumpkin Beers Round 2!  Last time, we discussed some awesome Pumpkin Ales and Lagers from around the U.S.  This time, we’re going to talk Pumpkin Beers that are brewed right here in Colorado!  Whether they come in bottles, cans or growlers, there’s a variety of great tasting gourds waiting for you.  Take a look.

Tommyknocker Brewery, Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale.   The Idaho Springs brewery first released their Small Batch Pumpkin Harvest Ale in 2011.  This 5% ABV beer retails for $7.99/ 6-pack. The beer poured a very dark, ruby red color with a 1-finger, off-white head.  The aroma was malt, dark fruit and molasses.  Where’s the pumpkin?  The taste was cherry, raisins, burnt wood and molasses.  I was a little confused by this one as I found very little pumpkin anywhere in the beer.  It seemed one-dimensional and was fairly disappointing.  Score: 2.5/5

Note: My review is based on Tommyknocker’s bottled version.  I had it on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs two weeks ago and found it to be a whole lot better.  It’s possible I got a bad bottle.

Dry Dock Brewing, Half Moon Pumpkin Ale.  The ’09 Small Brewery of the Year released this beauty last week and I was able to make it over for the release party.  This 5.2% ABV beauty pours a clear, dark orange color, with a 1-finger, off-white head.  Big pumpkin spice dominates the aroma, along with some notes of cinnamon and brown sugar.  The taste was pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar, molasses and a touch of vanilla.  This is a very spicy, flavorful brew.  Very enjoyable.  Hey homebrewers, The Brew Hut (homebrew shop) next door will set you up with the recipe so you can brew your own batch.  I brewed a batch about 6 years ago and it’s a great recipe.  Score: 3.75/5

Upslope Brewing, Pumpkin Ale.  The Boulder brewery took home a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 with this special beer.  The 7.7% ABV brew pours a clear, copper color with a half-finger, off-white head.  Soft carbonation and faint lacing trim the glass.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and malt round out the aroma, while the flavor is pumpkin pie, graham cracker, brown sugar and a touch of hops.  A touch of alcohol and the slightest hop bite in the finish.  Very nice beer.

In addition to sporadic tappings at the brewery, 16oz. cans have been distributed to multiple stores along the Front Range.  You can purchase a 4-pack from the brewery for $15, which also includes a coupon for a free pumpkin from Munson Farms in Boulder.  Baby Bear Pumpkins from Munson Farms were used in the making of this wonderful beer.  Score: 4.5/5

Avery Brewing, Rumpkin.  Wow.  There are pumpkin beers and there are PUMPKIN BEERS!  This is a monster of a pumpkin beer, clocking in at 15.9% ABV!  That’s right, 15.9%!  Avery released this amazing concoction for the first time in bottles last year and most stores were sold out within hours. This brew was barrel-aged in rum barrels and sold for $10 / 12oz. bottle.  I’m reviewing the inaugural 2011 batch, since the 2012 batch is yet to be released.

This monster pours a hazy, dark amber color, with a 1-finger tan head.  Amazingly sweet notes of rum, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, raisins and booze.  Smells more along the lines of an Old Ale or aged-Barleywine than a Pumpkin Ale.  The taste, ooooohhhhhh, the taste…  Sooo sweet and smooth. Vanilla, rum, raisins, dark fruit, cinnamon, caramelized brown sugar and a slight hint of pumpkin. This is a truly amazing beer and completely different to anything else I’ve tasted while going on this little journey through the land of Pumpkin Beers.  It’s clear that some of the pumpkin flavors have faded since the ’11 release, but that’s part of the beauty of aging beers.  Over time, the layers slowly blend together, harsh flavors mellow out and time can turn sharp notes into smooth ones.  Score: 4.75/5

This is a very special beer and is more along the lines of Avery’s “The Beast” than a standard Pumpkin Ale.  I picture The Beast chowing down in a pumpkin patch.  If you’re looking to grab a bottle from this year’s batch, you had better make plans to visit the brewery on Saturday, September 29th.  Word on the street from Avery’s Barrel Herder, Andy Parker, is that he had trouble tracking down rum barrels and production is lower than last year.  I’ve also heard that there will be no distribution for the 2012 batch.  In other words, get your butt to the brewery on the 29th if you want a bottle.  12oz. bottles will run $10/each, with a 12-bottle limit.  It seems like there’s 826 beer related events going down on the 29th, but I’m going to give it the old “college try” to make it up to Boulder for this.  Hope to see you there!

“But wait, there’s more!”

Keep your eyes out for a variety of other Pumpkin brews that are in various stages of fermentation at your favorite local brewery.  Strange Brewing in Denver is working on a Pumpkin Porter.  Look for it to get tapped sometime around October 8th.

Slaying Pumpkins at Strange Brewing

TRVE Brewing, also in Denver, was cooking their gourds earlier this week.  Owner / Brewer Nick Nunns is naming TRVE’s Pumpkin Ale, “Carving Out The Eyes Of Gourd”.  He’s brewed the beer with 8 different varieties of roasted heirloom gourds and expects it to be in the 8% – 10% ABV range. Nick’s planning to spice it up later with vadouvan, which is a French-influenced curry blend.  I’m excited to try his creative take on the style.

Grilling Gourds at TRVE Brewing

Down in Colorado Springs, Bristol Brewing was picking perfect pumpkins earlier this week for their amazing Venetucci Ale.  This is a very nice beer that can only be purchased at the brewery (guaranteed to sell out!) and proceeds go to charity.

Also down South in the Springs, Trinity Brewing has brewed several batches of this year’s Emma’s Pumpkin Saison.  This is always an impressive beer that can be found on tap at the brewery and in 750mL bottles.

This list is by no means complete, but it’s certainly a great starting point for you to get your gourd on this season.  Grab a pint at your favorite brewery or get a growler to-go.  Many of these won’t last more than a few weeks, while some will be gone in a matter of hours, so get out and enjoy them while you can.  If you’d like to share your favorites, feel free to send me an e-mail or post a picture on the Facebook page.

Cheers!


Pints in Pictures: Avery Brewing Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest

This past Saturday, Avery Brewing hosted their Inaugural IPA Festival.  The weather was beautiful, the crowd was mellow and the beers were delicious.  With 90 beers on the menu, I was blown away by the huge variety of hoppy, lupulin-doused, bitter creations from both local and out-of-state breweries.  Whether you were able to make it out for the event or not, any true hop head can appreciate the beer menu and pictures below.

MUCH love to my dear wife, who took one for the team and played the starring role of DD this weekend.  Thank you!  Love you!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 09/07/2012

Got a big one this week.  No time for small talk.  Climb aboard.

Now.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opened their taproom this week.  You want the funk?  Chad’s got it.  I hit up the big opening day this past Wednesday to check it out.  I expected Awesome and they delivered.  More details can be found HERE.

But wait, there’s more!  I couldn’t get enough, so I went back for a second visit on Thursday afternoon.  Things had quieted down a bit since the big opening day and Chad was gracious enough to give me a tour of his new Barrel Cellar and share a look into what he has planned for Crooked Stave.  Expect a full blog with a ton of pics to go up in the next few days.  In the meantime, stop by and check out his new stomping grounds at: 1441 W 46th Ave. Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.

Friday, September 7, 2012.

Jellyman’s got a “Mysterious” cask conditioned, wild yeast fermented, rum barrel-aged, smoked ale for this week’s Deviation release down at the Rockyard.  Mysterious might be a bit of an understatement, but as usual, I’m intrigued.

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

Over at the Dock, they’re bringing back the Toasted Coconut Porter for Firkin Friday.

My wife’s allergic to coconuts, but still can’t turn this beer down.  Break out the Benadryl and head over for the release at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

I’m happy to announce that Yak & Yeti in Arvada has been added to our list of supporters.  I spent an afternoon this week with Head Brewer Adam Draeger getting the full tour and plenty of samplers. He’s brewing up some tasty treats over there.

This Friday at 4 PM, he’s releasing a Brown Rice and Honey Ale, brewed with 60 lbs of clover honey and 60 lbs of brown rice.  He also still has a bit of his 8.2% LoonyToon Tripel, brewed with a strain of yeast from Unibroue and if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll still be pouring his refreshing Watermelon Wheat.  Today was my first visit to his brewery, but it won’t be my last.  Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Brew At The Zoo is back at the Denver Zoo for its’ 15th year.  This year, more than 40 breweries will be pouring including Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing, Strange Brewing and River North Brewery.

The $70 price tag not only gets you beer, but food from a variety of great restaurants from Euclid Hall to Vine Street Pub.  Proceeds go to charity.  Tickets information and more details can be found HERE.

Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Hop Head Unite!  Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival is ready to blow your palate on Saturday afternoon with their IPA’s, Double IPA’s, Triple IPA’s, Sextuplet IPA’s.  Wait, what?!?  One can dream right?

Hop bombs for my mouth.  I’m in, what about you?  How has this not sold out yet?  Here’s a tentative beer list:

AC Golden- IPL
AC Golden- Double IPA
Alpine- Exponential Hoppiness
Arvada Beer- Goldline IPA
Arvada Beer- Arvada Pride Double IPA
Asher- Greenade Double IPA
Avery Brewing- Summer’s Day IPA
Avery Brewing- duganA
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped duganA
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped Maharaja
Avery Brewing- Ale to the Chief
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped Ale to the Chief
Avery Brewing- Avery IPA
Avery Brewing- Centennial and Cascade dry-hopped IPA
Big Choice Brewing- Hemlock Double IPA
Big Choice Brewing- Type III IPA
Bootstrap Brewing- Insane Rush
Boston Beer Co.- Dark Depths
Boston Beer Co.- Tasman Red
Boston Beer Co.- Whitewater IPA
Boston Beer Co.- Latitude 48
Boulder Beer Co.- Mojo
Boulder Beer Co.- Champagne Mojo
Boulevard Brewing- Double-Wide IPA
Breckenridge Brewery- 471 Double IPA
Breckenridge Brewery- Lucky U IPA
Brewery Ommegang- BPA
Bristol Brewing- Compass IPA
Cigar City- Jai Alai
Cigar City- Jai Alai aged on White Oak
COOP Ale Works- F5 IPA
COOP Ale Works- Orange Blossom Double IPA
Crazy Mountain- Hookiebobb IPA
Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA
Dry Dock Brewing- Dry Dock Double IPA
Epic Brewing- Hopulent IPA
Epic Brewing- Imperial IPA
Fate Brewing- Evolution
Firestone Walker- Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker- Double Jack
Firestone Walker- Wookey Jack Unfiltered Black Rye IPA
Funkwerks- Belgian IPA
Golden City- Evolution IPA
Golden Road- Point the Way IPA
Grand Teton Brewing- Lost Continent Double IPA
Gravity Brewing- Acceleration Double IPA
Great Divide- Titan IPA
Great Divide- Rumble
Great Divide- Hercules Double IPA
Left Hand- 400 Pound Monkey
Mountain Sun- Vagabond
Nebraska Brewing- Romancing the Cone
Nebraska Brewing- Hop God
New Belgium- Super
New Belgium- Ranger IPA
New Belgium- Belgo
Odell Brewing Co.- Odell American Style IPA
Odell Brewing Co,- Myrcenary
Oskar Blues- Deviant Dale’s IPA
Oskar Blues- Double dry-hopped Deviant Dale’s IPA
Oskar Blues- Barrel Aged Gubna
Oskar Blues- Homeskillet Black IPA
Pizza Port Ocean Beach- Retox
Pizza Port Carlsbad- Delusions of Grandeur
Pizza Port San Clemente- Nose Rider Double IPA
Port Brewing- Hop 15
Redstone Meadery- Nectar of the Hops
Renegade Brewing- Ryeteous
Renegade Brewing- Elevation
Santa Fe- Happy Camper
Ska Brewing- Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing- Decadent
Stone Brewing- Stone 16th Anniversary Double IPA
Stone Brewing- Sublimely Self Righteous
Strange Brewing- IPAphany IPA
Strange Brewing- Z.O.R.A Rosemary Pale
The Fort Collins Brewery- The Incredible Hop Rye Imperial IPA
The Fort Collins Brewery- Rocky Mountain IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Boy IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Girl IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Knight
Two Brothers Brewing- Outlaw IPA
Upslope- Upslope IPA
Upslope- Rye IPA
Upslope- Double IPA
Victory Brewing- Hopdevil
Victory Brewing- Hop Wallop
Victory Brewing- Ranch Double IPA
Wynkoop- Belgorado

Grab a ticket HERE and come on out for the fun, which runs from noon – 5 PM.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

 

So we’ve got an IPA Festival scheduled for Saturday, which is also Sour Beer Day!  That’s right, Saturday is Sour Beer Day!  Hmmmm….  I like it.  All hail beer!  God Bless Sour Beers.  Maybe I’ll raise a glass when I get home from the IPA Fest.  I could use a good reason to pop some Cantillon, Cascade, Crooked Stave or some other great sour beer brought to us by the letter “C”.

Odell Brewing is embracing the spirit of Sour Beer Day by releasing The Meddler, a barrel aged Oud Bruin ale.

This beauty was aged for more than 18 months with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces yeasts. Looking forward to tracking some bottles down.  Keep your eyes peeled peeps!  750mL bottles will be released in the tap room at 4 PM.  Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.  970-498-9070.

There’s a new brewery opening their doors today!  (I love typing that line).  Gravity Brewing in Louisville, CO is having their Grand Opening on Saturday from 2 – 10 PM.

Gravity as in high gravity beers.  Cheers to that!  On Saturday, they’ll be pouring: Belgian Wit, Belgian Abbey, Belgian Blonde, Double IPA and Imperial Stout.

Stop by and visit the tasting room and enjoy a little bubble hockey or ping pong.  The weather should be cooperating if you want to hang out in the beer garden and enjoy a little horseshoe action. Gravity Brewing is located at: 1150 Pine St. Unit B, Louisville, CO 80027.  303-544-0746.

Don’t forget about our friends on the radio.  Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat over at City Park in Denver.

Grab your bike and a costume and head over for the parade of bikes and beer.  Can’t make it out? Tune into the show on AM 760 at noon and listen in live.

There you have it!  Another beer-packed weekend is waiting for you.  Go get it!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 08/30/2012

Man, my kids started school last week and were gracious enough to bring The Funk home with them and share it with us.  Been sick for the past few days…  Time to kick this crap and get ready for the holiday weekend!  I’m goin’ Phisin’!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012.

Parry’s Pizza has some new goodies hitting the tap lines today.  They just added kegs of Firestone Walker’s Oaktoberfest (Marzen), Fort Collins Brewing’s BamBostic! Rauchbier and Crazy Moutain’s Mountain Livin’ (Pale Ale).

They’re also pouring Stone 16th Anniversary (Lemon Double IPA), Great Divide’s ’08 Old Ruffian (Barleywine), Elevation’s Apis IV (Belgian Quad) and another 40+ tasty microbrews.  Stop by and pay them visit at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-683-0600.

Friday, August 31st, 2012.

Kick things off over at Dry Dock with their Firkin Friday.  This week is a batch of Green Chili Double IPA.

Who’s in?  Sounds delish.  Tapping’s at 3 PM.  This week, in addition to their home fleet of tasty brews, they’re also pouring Phoenix Rye IPA and Coffee Milk Stout.

Get out there and get some before they’re gone!  And by the way, who’s ready for Hop Abomination cans?!?!  I know I am! Here’s a little teaser of what’s to come.

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

Down at the Rockyard, Jellyman has dug up a real treat this week.  On Friday, he’ll be pouring his award-winning Eisbock “Eiscavator” Eised Doppel Bock.  He describes it as having “caramel malts with faint sweet oak character” and “surprisingly smooth for 14% ABV”.  He also mentioned it was the first commercial beer he ever brewed with the Rockyard.  Pretty cool!

This bad boy gets tapped at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104.  303-814-9273.

Saturday, September 1st, 2012.

The 3rd Annual Boulder Brew and Music Festival is happening on Saturday at The Boulder Theater. More than 20 breweries will be pouring 60+ beers over the course of two tasting sessions.

Lots of great breweries will be in attendance including Firestone Walker, Great Divide, Avery and Odell.  3 bands will also be serving up live tunes for you.  Tickets run $40 per session and the sessions run from 1 – 5 PM and 6 – 10 PM.  More details and ticket info can be found HERE.  The Boulder Theater is located at: 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302.

New Belgium’s zany Tour de Fat bike parade is coming home to Fort Collins on Saturday.

The madness starts at 10 AM and lasts all day at Civic Center Park.  Grab you costume and two-wheeled ride and head over for some fun.  Click HERE for a full schedule and registration info.

Back here in Denver, the Wynkoop will be tapping their annual batch of Belgorado on Saturday.  This wet-hopped Belgian IPA, won a Silver Medal in the Experimental Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.

This year, the Wynkoop will feature three different batches brewed with local hops from three different hop farms.  The batch set to be released on Saturday will feature hops from Voss Farms up in Arvada.  This is a very limited, seasonal release, so don’t miss out.  Get over to the Wynkoop at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

Just down the street from the Wynkoop, Freshcraft is turning two and they’ve got some awesome beers ready to be tapped for the celebration.

The party starts at 11 AM, when a firkin of Upslope’s Peach Cobbler (brewed with Palisade peaches) gets tapped.  More unique and rare beers will get tapped throughout the day including New Belgium’s La Folie (sour brown), Firestone Walker’s Parabola (Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout) and Oskar Blues Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY on nitro!  They’ll also have their full menu available and BBQ as well.  Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-758-9608.

If you can make it out for the Freshcraft Anniversary party, say hi to The Gubna, who’ll be broadcasting live on AM 760 with the Colorado Craft Beer Show from noon – 2 PM.

Co-host Turk will be all the way out in Durango for Ska’s 17th Anniversary Party.

Ska has put together a beer fest and invited 25 of their favorite breweries to come out, pour beers and celebrate with them.  $25 gets you a commemorative glass, beer samples and live music. Turk, I’m jealous!  This sounds sick.  Have fun and congrats to Ska on 17 years!

Stay tuned for more details on Ska’s upcoming series of canned stout releases, which is set to debut next month.  Ska Brewing is located at: 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303.  970-247-5792.

Many breweries around town are operating on limited hours due to the holiday weekend, so be sure to call ahead and get your growlers filled early.  Nothing ruins a good cookout quicker than serving bad beer.  Just a thought.

Looking towards next weekend, don’t forget to grab your tickets for Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival.

Don’t miss this!  Come get bitter with us up at Avery Brewing in Boulder.  Ticket details and more can be found HERE.

That’s it for this round.  Go have some fun and enjoy the holiday weekend!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 08/16/2012

Get yer brew news!  Yep, the weekend is almost here and the forecast is perfect.  You ready?

Friday, August 17th, 2012.

Kick things off over at Dry Dock with Firkin Friday.  This week, they’ve taken Doug’s Hop Abomination VI and double dry-hopped that bad boy.

Because obviously a single dry-hopping just wasn’t enough.  Hop Abomination is a great, great beer and I can’t wait to see its’ debut in cans later this year.  In the meantime, stop by and try the latest batch.  Hop heads won’t want to miss this firkin.  The beast gets unleashed at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Sadly, I will miss this week’s firkin, but I’ll be happily pouring beers at the Art and Ale Brew Festival at The Wildlife Experience in Parker.

This is a new one for us, but the list includes Deschutes, Avery, Elevation, Trinity, Uinta and 30+ other breweries.  There’s also several wineries, distilleries and restaurants on the list.  I’m really excited to finally attend this one.  A beer fest in a museum is an awesome idea and I can’t wait. Tickets are $35 for members of The Wildlife Experience, $40 for non-members and $25 for DD’s. More details can be found HERE.

We’ll be pouring at the Dry Dock booth, so stop by and say hi!  The Wildlife Experience is located at: 10035 Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134.  720-488-3300.

Oh, and if you’re out that way, don’t forget about Parry’s Pizza.  They’ve got a location right across the street at: 12501 Lincoln Ave, Englewood, CO 80112.

Don’t forget that Friday will be your first chance to grab tickets for Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival. This is taking place at Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO on Saturday, September 8th from noon – 5 PM.

Saturday, August 18th, 2012.

On Saturday, head over to Stapleton for the third annual Stapleton Beer Festival.

This year, check out dozens of local breweries serving up their tasty offerings from 4 – 8 PM.  Look for Great Divide, Wit’s End, Copper Kettle, CAUTION and an additional 20+  breweries to be on-site. Two bands will perform and nearly a dozen food trucks will be there as well.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the event.  Call 303-388-0724 to purchase tickets in advance or get more information.

If you’re looking to get out-of-town, head up to Central City for the Great Central City Beer Festival. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival on 102.3 FM from noon – 1 PM on Saturday.  The Beer Festival runs from noon – 7 PM.

I got my history lesson on Central City’s rich brewing history last weekend from Dave Thomas of Dostal Alley Brewing.  Dave recently wrote a book on the history of brewing in Gilpin County and this past weekend, he was a featured guest on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.

The Great Central City Beer Festival will celebrate the rich, 150 year brewing history of Central City and will feature hayrides, live music and more than 40 beers to sample from breweries like Prost (oh yeah!!), Backcountry Brewing and Dostal Alley Brewing.  This is an all ages event and tickets are on sale for $20.  Click HERE to check out some pics from our trip to Dostal Alley Brewing earlier this summer.

And speaking of the Colorado Craft Beer Show, the guys will be hanging out at Hops & Pie this week as they broadcast from noon – 2 PM on AM760.  Head over to Hops & Pie at noon to check out the live show, as they give you all the latest and greatest brew news and take part in Denver’s Littlest Big Beer Fest.

This month’s lineup is from Elevation Brewing.  Elevation, from Poncha Springs, CO, will be bringing a bunch of tasty beers like their Apis IV Quad, Signal de Botrange Belgian Ale, several barrel-aged variations, a firkin and more!  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Don’t forget about Bull & Bush’s 41 Beer in 41 Days event that rolls on all month-long.

This weekend, they’ll be tapping their own Captain Funk, and on the guest list is J.W. Lee’s 25th Anniversary Harvest Ale and  d’Achouffe’s Biere Du Soleil.  A full list can be found HERE.  Bull & Bush Brewery is located at: 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246.  303-759-0092.

Sunday, August 19th, 2012.

The 2nd Annual Colorado Distillers Festival hits the Rackhouse Pub from 1 – 5 PM on Sunday.

Check out some delicious spirits from Breckenridge Distilling, Deerhammer Distilling, Peach Street Distillers and more.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door and includes admission, a tasting glass and a tour of Stranahan’s Distillery.  More details can be found HERE.  The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.

Monday, August 20th, 2012.

Stretch your weekend clear into Monday as Euclid Hall will be hosting Tom Korder, brewer from Goose Island at 8 PM.  Yep, that would be Chicago’s Goose Island.  Goose Island recently announced they’ll be bringing their full line of beers into the Colorado market, beginning in September.  There’s talk that they may even begin brewing some of their famous recipes out this way too.  Time will tell. But, on Monday, visit Euclid Hall to try some of their Vintage Beers brought out to CO just for this event.

The chefs at Euclid Hall have created some unique dishes to be paired alongside the beers. Euclid Hall is located at: 1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-595-4255.

I’m glad to hear that Goose Island will be expanding their distribution to include our market.  For the past few years, we’ve seen bits and pieces of the Goose Island portfolio, but it’s been pretty hit or miss and some of my favorite styles never made it out this way.  It sounds like they’re planning to bring nearly the entire lineup to us.  I had the chance to visit Goose Island last year and if you’re not familiar with them, you’re in for a treat.  They have an awesome lineup of beers and an enormous barrel-aging program that includes everything from big, bold stouts to sour, belgian-style ales.  I can’t wait to track down some more Bourbon County Brand Stout, as my supply is dwindling. For more details on Goose Island’s expansion into Colorado, check out the recent article by Jonathan Shikes over at the Westword.

If you’re just looking to hang out at home and enjoy a new beer this weekend, keep an eye out for Stone’s 16th Anniversary beer, a new batch of Cantillon (which is probably already gone by now…), The Bruery’s tasty Tart of Darkness and some interesting new Brettanomyces beers from Anchorage Brewing.

Looking into the crystal ball, Prost Brewing will officially open on Thursday, August 23rd at noon. I’m hoping to get a sneak-peek at the finished place and try the lineup on Wednesday.  Absolutely can not wait for them to open!  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80202.

Grab your calendar and save the date of Saturday, September 29th.   That’s the big date for the upcoming Fall Beer Classic.  Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show are hosting their very own beer fest!  These boys know beer and how to have fun.  Sounds like the perfect combo for a beer fest!  Think of it as a warm-up for the Great American Beer Festival.

I’ll get you all the details in the coming weeks, but for now, be sure to “Like” them on their Facebook Page.

Hey, “Like” us too while you’re at it.  I’ve got more beer to give away, but you’ll need to follow the Facebook page if you want a chance to win.

That’s it y’all.  My fingers are done, my mind is blown, it’s time for a beer!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!


New Beers and Beer News 08/06/12

Man, there’s another ton of great beers headed to our shelves.  Check these out!

Dry Dock is gearing up for the opening of their 2nd location and adding a canning line.  Here’s a sneak peek at their Amber and Hefeweizen cans.  I’m hoping for an early winter release on these.

Twisted Pine released another addition to their Artisan Ale series over the weekend.  On Saturday, they debuted their Wagon Wheel Stout.  This big and rich stout was aged for 12 months in Buffalo Trace barrels with fresh, organic cherries.

Remaining bottles will be hitting local shelves shortly.

Trinity Brewing has another yummy Saison headed to bottles.

Le Capataine Petite Bouddha Saison Regal is aged in Chardonnay barrels with cacao and fermented with Brett and Lactobacillus.  A 10.4% ABV Saison?  Sounds like funky goodness to me.

Elevation Brewing is also getting ready to release a Chardonnay barrel-aged beer this Summer. Look for Signal de Botrange, which is a 7.5% ABV, Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale.

This will be Elevation’s first barrel aged release in bottles and is part of their Double Black Diamond, upper-end series of beers.  They just signed a deal with Elite Distribution to bring 8 different beers to the Front Range throughout the year.  Keep an eye out for these beginning August 10th.

The Beast is back!

This year’s batch of Beast Grand Cru was recent released at Avery Brewing on August 1st.  This was the 10th release of this monstrous brew and it ages extremely well.  Grab one fresh, but grab a few to stash away for the next decade or for the upcoming zombie apocalypse.  Look for a 14%-18% ABV on this bad boy, so be nice or it’ll bite!

Dad & Dude’s Breweria has teamed up with Prost Brewing to bring you their Dank IPA in cans.

There was a huge release party at Dad & Dude’s Breweria on August 4th.  This 6.5% ABV IPA should be on any hop heads radar.  Look for 16oz. cans hitting the CO market shortly.

From our out-of-state friends, look for Stone Brewing to release their 16th Anniversary beer in the next few weeks.  This year is a 9.4% ABV, lemon-tinged Double IPA.

They’re also gearing up to release “Enjoy By 09.21.12 IPA”.  This is an 8.5% ABV IPA that is a hoppy, citrusy, bitter brew.  Just like the label says, drink it fresh and live for the now!

I always enjoy Stone and these look to be a pair of great summer releases.  Both will be making their debut at the Stone Anniversary Party in Escondido, CA on August 18th, 2012.  Plan on bombers hitting local shelves soon after.

Over in Deschutes country, keep an eye out for The Dissident sour brown ale.

This 11.4% ABV brown ale is brewed with cherries and aged in French oak wine barrels.  Don’t let the “brown ale” trick you…  This is Flanders Oud Bruin.  It’s sour, fruity and complex.  Grab one if you see it as they won’t last long!

A little further down the road is The Abyss.

This is typically a November / December release, so I might be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I can’t help it.  This is an absolute favorite of mine!  The Abyss is a blend of beers aged in Bourbon barrels, Oak barrels and Wine barrels.  This 11.0% ABV Imperial Stout has notes of licorice, chocolate,  molasses, caramel, coffee and more.  So complex and yummy, this also ages exceptionally well.  My earliest bottles will be turning 5 this year.  Might be about time for a nice, big vertical tasting.  An amazing beer, but save me some will ya?

In my last bit of news, I’m a little sad to announce that Head Brewer Tod Mott has left The Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  Tod has been leading New Hampshire’s amazing brewpub for more than 8 years and has really helped to put them on the map, particularly with Kate the Great, his decadent Russian Imperial Stout.  There’s an entire day devoted to the release of this beer.  At one point, Kate the Great was considered to be the best beer on the planet!

Patti and I have visited The Portsmouth Brewery several times over the years and they never disappoint.  Tod will be replaced by Tyler Jones, who has served as Tod’s assistant for the past four years.

As for Tod, last week he announced that he will be opening a new brewery somewhere in Southern Maine.  While no further details have been released, he plans to brew about 500 barrels a year and will be releasing Kate the Great at his new brewery.  He mentioned that the name will be change, since it’s owned by Portsmouth Brewery, but he owns the recipe and plans to release it under a new name in the future.  I wish him the best of luck.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 08/02/2012

Real quick y’all. I’m on vacation after all!

The Jellyman has a super tasty concoction coming up for this Fridays’ Deviation. Swing by The Rockyard to sample his “Cab-Beret”, a Cabernet Barrel-Aged Belgian Tripel.

He describes it as a “very fruity and tart tripel, with a strong oak presence”. 10+% ABV. Sounds delish! I’m pretty sad that I’ll be stuck on an airplane when this gets tapped. I’ll miss out, so grab one for me. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109.

Also, up in Loveland, CO this weekend is the annual Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.

This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th from 1-6 PM. This is a great chance to try brews from local favorites like Grimm Brothers, New Belgium, Odell, along with newer breweries like City Star and Loveland Ale Works. It’ll also be a chance to preview Black Bottle Brewing, which is planning to open later this summer and a brewery I’m really excited about. Head’s up, there’s even a free shuttle running from The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins to the brew fest. Get all your Gnarly Barley details HERE.

Don’t forget Avery’s 19th Anniversary Party is coming up on Sunday, August 5th in Boulder, CO.

The $30 ticket covers 5 beers, BBQ, live music and more. All money will be donated to the Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund, so get out and support this great cause. Avery always puts on a great party and this is a great way to spend a nice, sunny afternoon. Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

That’s it guys. Like I said, I’m keeping it short. I don’t want to leave you hanging, so don’t forget about the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760, American Craft Beer Radio on 104.3 FM and the Dank IPA Release party from Dude’s Brews (sister project of Dad & Dude’s Breweria) on Saturday, August 4th. I’m on vacation. Back to the grind next week.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 6/20/2012

We’ve got another beer filled weekend coming up.  You ready?  Get your calendar’s out, here’s the run down.

The 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival is this weekend.  The festival runs from 12:30 – 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.  More than 40 breweries will be pouring their brews including the usual suspects from Fort Collins, along with out of towners like Crazy Mountain, River North and Ska.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking HERE.

If you’re really looking to geek out and try some amazing beers ahead of time, then head over early for the VIP Connoisseur Tasting on Friday June 22nd.  This is sponsored by Choice City Butcher & Deli and is sure to have some nice beers available to taste.  Sour heads will want to check out Crooked Stave and Black Bottle Brewing.  Black Bottle hasn’t opened yet, so this might be your first chance to give them a try.

The 2012 Colorado Brewers’ Festival is being held at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, CO.  Check out the official website for a brewery and beer list, hours, directions, ticket information and schedule for the weekend.

Fire things up with Firkin Friday over at Dry Dock Brewing.  This week is Starship Enterprise.  Firkin Master Walt took their Enterprise IPA and dry-hopped it with Galaxy, a citrusy, Australian hop.  Tapping is at 3PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Copper Kettle Brewing is releasing another brew to the tap lines on Saturday, June 23rd.  This round is their summer Kolsch.  With more 90 degree weather on the way, this is just what you need.  The fun starts at noon and The Vegan Van will be rolling in at 5 PM.

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

The Falling Rock 15th Anniversary celebration wraps up this weekend.  Friday will feature a special barrel aged version of Bull & Bush’s Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial Stout.  Saturday will see New Belgium’s sour LOVE on tap and Sunday will feature a variety of special kegs from Dogfish Head.  It’s Falling Rock, you won’t be disappointed.

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

Benjamin Weiss, Marketing Director for The Bruery, is in town visiting Colorado for a few days.  He’ll be hosting a beer dinner in Boulder on Thursday, June 21st.  Pizzeria Basta will be pouring Sans Pagaie (sour cherry), Loakal Red (hoppy, oak aged red), Smoking Wood (imperial, smoked, barrel aged rye porter) and Birra Basta (brewed exclusively for the event).  A special food menu was created to pair with each beer.  Call to make a reservation if you’re planning to attend.

Pizzeria Basta is located at: 3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-997-8775.

Ben will stick around and share some more Bruery specialties over at Hops & Pie on Sunday, June 24th.  This mini Tap Takeover will feature Otiose (sour guava), Loakal Red, Hottenroth (berliner weisse), Tradewinds (Belgian golden) and Mischief (hoppy Belgian golden).  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Aside from the Birra Basta, I’ve had the chance to try all of the beers that The Bruery is sending out our way.  Several of them have never been available in Colorado until now.  This is a rare opportunity to try some of their sours and Loakal Red, so check out these events.  You won’t be disappointed.

Wrap up your weekend with Avery’s next release in their Barrel Aged series.  This round is Oud Floris, a Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale.  You can purchase beers at the brewery on Sunday, June 24th at 4 PM.  Bottles are $8 / each, cash only, with a 6-bottle limit.

They’ll have plenty of sours on tap just for the event, including Bad Apple and Grapes of Wrath.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

Last, but not least, another new brewery opened their doors for the first time this afternoon.  Bootstrap Brewing is open and ready for you!  They’re located up in Niwot and are currently pouring: 1956 Golden Ale, Backfire Chili Beer, Boomer Brown and IPA Batch #1.

Congrats on the opening guys!  Their hours are Mon-Thur 3-8 PM, Fri-Sun 12-8 PM.  Bootstrap Brewing is located at: 6778 North 79th St, Niwot, CO 80503.

That’s it folks.  Another solid week of events around town.  Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy them.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz: American & Colorado Craft Beer Week Edition 05/10/2012

If you live in Colorado and like good beer, this is going to be a busy week for you.  It’s not only Colorado Beer Week, but it’s also American Craft Beer Week.  Nearly every brewery in the state has a full calendar of events planned every day.  So I’m a little unsure at where to even begin with the beer buzz for this weekend.

I’ll give you some highlights to look for and some links to find more information, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to cover the 100+ events going on next week.  If there’s a particular brewery or event you’d like more information on, the official list for American Craft Beer Week can be found HERE.  The official list for Colorado Beer Week can be found HERE.

Falling Rock Tap House is getting a jump start on the festivities, by hosting a Russian River event on Friday, May 11th at 5:30 PM.  They’ll be tapping some of the popular beers in the “-tion” series, including Supplication, Temptation and Sanctification.  It’s getting harder and harder to track down Russian River around town, so don’t miss your chance to try these great beers.

Falling Rock has other events planned throughout the week, including a New Belgium “Lips of Faith” Extravaganza on Saturday, May 12th and some hard to find beers from Lost Abbey & Port Brewing on Sunday, May 13th.  A full list of events can be found on their website.  Just in case you’ve been living under a rock or are new in town, Falling Rock Taphouse is located at: 1919 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Colorado Beer Week officially kicks off over at the Highland Tap and Burger, with a mini-beer festival on Saturday, May 12th.  This event will feature more than 15 local breweries and 2 distilleries, pouring more than 35 beers.  John Turk and the Gubna will be broadcasting their weekly Colorado Craft Beer Radio Show live on 760AM at noon.  Tickets and details can be found HERE.  This will definitely be an awesome way to get the week-long party started.  Highland Tap and Burger is located at: 2219 W 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211.  720-287-4493.

Strange Brewing is kicking off Craft Beer Week with the Grand Opening of their Biergarten on Saturday, May 12th.  They’ve got other events planned throughout the week including a 4-course beer brunch, the tapping of a Cherry Saison Firkin and the release of their 2nd Anniversary Beer – Munich Dunkel.  Check out this list for more details.   Strange Brewing is located at: 1330 Zuni St., Unit M, Denver, CO 80204.  720-985-2337.

Over in Aurora, Dry Dock Brewing will be releasing a different firkin every night of the week.  They will be releasing Hopricot 2.0 on Friday, May 11th at 3 PM for their weekly Firkin Friday.  Starting on Monday, they will tap a new firkin every afternoon at 3 PM.  With beers like Cranberry Wit, Peanut Butter Cup Porter, Mango Pale Ale and Green Chile Double IPA scheduled to be released, there’s definitely something for everyone.  Check out the full schedule on Dry Dock’s Facebook page.  Dry Dock is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO  80014.  303-400-5606.

Up north, towards Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins, the breweries have gotten together and planned a game of Bingo.  You can pick up a card at any of the participating breweries and get it stamped for the different beers you sample.  Complete a line and turn it in for a free T-shirt!  Cool idea.

Odell has a full list of events, both in Colorado and around the country, that can be found HERE.

Looking towards the following weekend, be sure to put the inaugural Taste of Tipsy’s Beer Festival on your calendar.  This event, which is scheduled from 11 AM – 6 PM on Saturday, May 19th, will be held behind Tipsy’s Liquor World in Littleton, CO.  This is a family friendly event that will feature face painting and carnival games for the kids, great food, live music and more.  The event is free, but entrance to the beer festival will run you $25 for a 3-hour session.  The beer tasting will feature more than 60 breweries, with proceeds going towards the Dakota Ridge Athletic Foundation.  You can find more information and tickets HERE.  Tipsy’s is located at: 5869 S Alkire St, Littleton, CO 80127.  303-551-7000.

Lastly, Parry’s Pizza is at it again with another Tap Takeover on Saturday, May 19th.  This time they’ve joined forces with Odell’s from Fort Collins, CO.  Parry’s Pizza owner, David Parry, even brewed a special batch of beer with Odell for the occasion!  After hitting up the Avery Tap Takeover last month, I’m really excited for this one.  Odell always has special, tasty one-offs, brewed exclusively for their tasting room.  They seemed to have perfected just about every style of beer imaginable, yet they still continue to push boundaries and come up with new recipes on a regular basis.  I’m really curious to see what they bring down for this event.  Don’t miss it!  Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-683-0600.

Oh, I almost forgot…  If you’re like me and are one of those “Beer Hunter” types, always trying to track down the latest and greatest, then head’s up, Firestone Walker’s Parabola is in Colorado!  Get off your couch and get some!  This barrel aged beauty is a tasty Russian Imperial Stout, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee and oak.  This beer is a delicious, high ABV sipper, whose flavors will age well and continue to blend together and smooth out over time.  An amazing beer for sure.  Get it now or kick yourself later.

So that’s all I’ve got for now…  There are events going on all over the state and around the country next week, so get out and have some fun.  I’ll post some updates throughout the week on the Facebook page.  Have an event you’d like to share?  Post it on the Facebook wall or leave a comment on here and I’ll be sure to cover it.

Here’s to Craft Beer Week!  Cheers!