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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/07/2013

Another glorious week here in old Colorado.  The little varmint didn’t see his shadow, so maybe that explains the 50 degree weather all week.

Animals turn Humans into clowns.  Babies seem to have that ability as well.

In other news, we visited The Source last week to check out the future digs for a variety of local artisans, but specifically Crooked Stave.

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An update can be found HERE.  We’ve extremely excited about this new venture and we’ll be keeping you updated along the way.

Breckenridge Brewery announced their plans to open an environmentally friendly new brewery, farmhouse, hop farm and more over in Littleton along the Platte River.  They plan to break ground in 2013 and open in 2014.

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Another very exciting turn of events in our world of CO breweries.  Check out their page for the official announcement.

Lastly, congrats to De Steeg and Fate Brewing, who both had successful openings last week.  We can’t wait to stop by for a visit and a chance to try your brews.

Grab a beer and let’s toast to Animals, Babies, Crooked Stave, Breckenridge, De Steeg and Fate on an awesome week.  Now, sit back, grab your calendar and start planning your weekend.  It starts…  wait for it…  get ready…  NOW!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Renegade Brewing launches their next wave of cans today!  Cans of Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale have been showing up at better beer stores around town all week.  To celebrate the release, Renegade’s hosting a party on Thursday from 6 – 10 PM.

Stop by for a pint and grab some cans to-go.  Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204.  720-401-4089.

Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draeger has plenty of great options to pick from this week, including a newly tapped Vanilla Porter, brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans.

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Tune in next week, when Adam taps a Bock, Cherry Porter and Red Hots Wheat, his special Valentine’s Day brew made with Red Hots candies.  Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has your firkin fix this week.  Stop by and try this week’s Firkin Friday release, which is a Lavender Dark Saison.

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

Down South at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s got a 4.5% ABV Ginger Ale made with “fresh ginger, French oak and a tin of ginger Altoids”.  This one’s called “NOT MARIANNE”.  See if you can figure out the connection between the name and the beer.

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

Parry’s Pizza is hosting “Firkin Right Friday” and tapping some Barrel-Aged West Coast IPA from California’s Green Flash Brewing on Friday at 4 PM.  Love this beer.  To see a Green Flash firkin in CO is a rare treat.  Get some.

Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  303-683-0600.

Still not enough firkins fir ya?  Then get the firk over to High Hops Brewery and Hop Farm in Windsor for their Inaugural Firkin Fest.  Look for 14 taps to be pouring, plus special one-day only firkins, food and live music.  The beer starts flowing at noon.

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High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO 80550.  970-674-2841.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap their new Weizenbock on Friday at 7 PM.

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7% ABV, 31 IBU’s.  Stop by and check out one of Denver’s newest breweries.  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Somewhat quiet Saturday around town this week, so we’re heading to California for the Inaugural San Diego Brew Fest and a visit to some of our favorite West Coast breweries like Lost Abbey and Stone.  Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for updates.  We’ll have a full report next week.

In the meantime, get your brew news fix with our friends Turk and the Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.

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This week, they’ll be joined in the studio with Brian Hutchinson, who formerly brewed at Mountain Sun and is now brewing at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, which just opened in Golden last month.  They’ll also have David Zuckerman and Dan Weitz from Boulder Beer in the studio. Tune into the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM on Saturday.

Odell will release Amuste at the brewery on Saturday.  This is an “Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado”.

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Pick up a bottle to-go and stick around for a glass at the brewery.  Sales will begin at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM.  This should hit local shelves very soon, so keep an eye out.  Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.  970-490-9070.

Copper Kettle Brewing Company is bringing back their Smoked Porter this weekend.

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Tapping at noon, food truck at 4 PM and live music at 6 PM.  Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Don’t forget this week’s German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.

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Hey, if you’re going to learn a foreign language, you better at least know how to speak Beer.  Thanks Bill!  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

Pliny the Younger Update

The Pliny’s been raging this week out at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA.

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No word yet on when we’ll see kegs around town, but we should have some information at some point next week.  Stay tuned!

Dark Lord Day 2013

Speaking of hyped, big beers.  Dark Lord Day 2013 is coming.  Last week, Three Floyds Brewing unveiled a new logo for their über popular Russian Imperial Stout.  I guess they ran out of different colors of wax, so it was time to change the label in order for us beer nerds to differentiate between the vintages.

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Looks pretty sharp.  And angry!  There are rumors that Three Floyds will move this year’s event to a location away from the brewery, in order to better accommodate the crowds.  We’ll keep you posted with updates as we get ’em.

That’s it for this weekend.

Cheers!

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Weekend Recap: Pints of Phunky Phish

I love the 3-day weekend.  It’s such a morale booster!  The 2-day weekend isn’t nearly long enough, and the 4-day is way better for obvious reasons, but I’m not trying to be greedy.  Let’s push for 3. Who’s with me?

I spent my past 3-day weekend hanging with the other wookies and hippies over at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for some tasty sets from Phish.  Beer blog, beer blog.  I know, I know.  But you might be surprised at the beer selection in the parking lot.

The Phish Lot is a magical place.  Typically referred to as Shakedown Street, it’s a farmer’s market made for and run by Phish fans.  RV’s and campers with people selling everything from artwork to clothing to stickers.  Hungry?  Grab a wood-fired pizza, philly cheesesteak, or the best gouda grilled cheese you can imagine.  Thirsty?  People set up full bars with blenders and mixed drinks, shots, smoothies and more.  It’s awesome.

The Westword just posted a bunch of pics from the Lot.  Click HERE to take a look.

It’s also a great place to do a little beer shopping.  There were plenty of people schlepping coolers around, selling beers for $3 or 2/$5 for the thrifty shoppers in the crowd.  There’s the usual load of crap to be found like Budweiser and Coors, but there’s also a ton of Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Boulder Beer, Odell, Sierra Nevada and more.  I don’t have any hard facts, but if I had to guess, I’d say the amount of craft beer drinkers outnumbers the macro drinkers.  The Phish lot introduced me to Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout way back when.  I think I was at Deer Creek in Indiana, but can’t remember…

As far as beer, you never know what you’re going to find, since many of Phish’s fans tour for weeks at a time and could be bringing some beers to CO that we wouldn’t normally get out this way.  I did a bit of shopping for the beer cellar as I found someone with a cooler full of Bell’s.  I bought up a few bottles of the tasty 10.5% ABV Expedition Stout.  This Russian Imperial Stout ages exceptionally well and these puppies are already 11 months old.  Score!

My wife let me fly solo one night, but there were plenty of other beer geeks and good people in the crowd to hang with.  I met up with a fan from beeradvocate.com that was in town from Berkeley, CA. We shared a few beers and some tunes and will probably be doing some beer trading in the future.

I also heard Kyle Hollingsworth was in the crowd one night.  He’s the keyboardist from the String Cheese Incident, and is also a big advocate of craft beer.  Heard of Hoopla?  That’s his beer.

The Lost Abbey shirt I was wearing on Saturday sparked multiple conversations, including one with Eric Franecki, who runs the NoCo Beer Forum.  Check it out if you haven’t done so already.

Oh, and then there was the whole concert thing going on.  I like music.  I’ve played drums most of my life and have tried to absorb just about every style of music in the book.  I’ve seen plenty of concerts, from Anthrax to Yanni, but Phish has my heart.  Mrs. Brewtally Insane and I have been all over this great wide country following those boys and we love ’em.  Plenty of my friends don’t get it. I can’t explain it and I don’t really try.  Their loss.

Here’s a tune from Saturday’s show.  Not one of my favorite studio tracks, but they really rocked this thing in concert.  It starts out pretty straight forward, transforms into a funky jam at about the 8:30 mark (dig that base line), mellows into almost nothing at the 15:00 mark, builds, Builds, BUILDS and just rocks out at the end.  This is jamming people.  Love it.

What a weekend.  The people watching is worth the price of admission alone.  Not to mention, everyone should experience a glowstick war at least once in their life.

Great shows Phish!  Thanks for ending your Summer Tour in Colorado!

If this post was just too off base for you, I apologize.  We’ll return to our normally scheduled brew news and other assorted beery things tomorrow.  I’ve got some really exciting things to share with you, so check back soon.  And shoot me a line if you made it out to the shows this weekend or just dig good music.

Now for some random shots I snapped over the weekend.

Cheers!


Brewtally Insane / American Craft Beer Radio Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Kyle’s Brew Fest!

Alright, you guys ready for another giveaway?  So last weekend, my wife Patti, won a pair of tickets from American Craft Beer Radio to attend Kyle’s Beer Fest at Boulder Beer in Boulder, CO. Unfortunately, she forgot we’re embarking on another brew-venture on the same weekend and won’t be able to attend.  After talking with Gary V over at American Craft Beer Radio, we decided to have a little fun, come up with a contest and give the tickets away to a lucky reader of Brewtally Insane.  Hey, that means you!

Kyle’s Brew Fest is entering its’ third year and features Kyle Hollingsworth (from the String Cheese Incident) and his band, along with a ton of great beers.  The event is being held on Saturday, July 28th from 3 PM – 7 PM and tickets run $25 for beer samples, an exclusive tasting glass and a mountain of great music.

Kyle is a big fan of craft beer and has done several collaborative brews with local breweries, including Boulder Beer and Dry Dock Brewing.  In fact, his recent collaboration with Boulder Beer, called Hoopla – Pale Ale, is set to debut in cans in just two weeks.

The event will feature more than 30 breweries including Boulder Beer, Odell, Left Hand, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Oskar Blues and many more.  There’s also a silent auction that will benefit the Conscious Alliance.  Music meets Beer, all for a good cause.  This is sure to be a great time and I’m pretty bummed that we can’t make it.

But, our loss is your gain.  So if you’d like to attend, all you need to do is guess how many breweries I’ve been to.  Simple right?  Here’s a few quick rules:

1.  You must be able to attend this event on Saturday, July 28th at 3 PM.

2.  Place your guess on the Brewtally Insane Facebook Page in the comments section under the link to this post.

3.  Guesses will be judged “Price is Right” style.  In other words, closest guess without going over.

4.  Your guess should be based on the total number of breweries I’ve visited.  Not beer bars, beer festivals, etc…  Just places that actually brew beer on-site.

5.  One entry per person.

6.  Keep listening to American Craft Beer Radio on 102.3 on Saturday’s at noon.

That’s about it.  You’ve got until Sunday, July 15th at 5 PM MST to get your guess in.  Good luck!

Oh, and thanks to everyone that helped us break 100 Likes today on the Facebook Page!  Congrats to Cory Seaton for being our 100th Like and getting hooked up with a New Belgium Lips of Faith Brett Beer bomber and official NB Globe glass!

Cheers!