Howdy Beer Freaks! How was 12.12.12? I spent the night in a haunted hotel drinking spooky beers. Anybody have any tasting stories or notes to share about the Stone Vertical Epic series? Falling Rock Tap House held a 03.03.03 through 12.12.12 tasting. I’m holding my tasting later this month or early next month. I’m really curious to see how these have held up. Drop us a note on our Facebook page to share your experience.
Quick update this weekend.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has a Cocoa-Weizen planned for this week’s Firkin Friday release.
First batch hits at 3 PM, followed by another batch at 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s releasing a Deviation called “Parli-Funki-Fication”.
Copper in color, spicy and fruity in the nose, with a malt forward, tangy farmyard funkiness. They’ll be givin’ up the funk at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe have joined forces to bring us the Denver Only Beer Festivus on Saturday.
19 Denver Breweries, local vendors, food trucks and live music. This should be a blast. Unfortunately, it sold out quickly. It was announced during GABF in mid-October and tickets were gone by early November. We’ll be there and hope to see you there too. The Festivus is being held at the recently renovated McNichol’s Building in Civic Center Park at 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO. The fun runs from 2 PM – 6 PM, with an after party featuring Great Divide at 6:30 PM. More details on the Festivus and After Party can be found HERE.
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver is hosting “Pints and Painting” on Sunday from 2 PM – 5 PM.
My wife “dragged” me to some sort of “Canvas and Cocktails” deal a few weeks ago and I gotta admit, it was a a lot of fun. The beer sucked, I actually drank wine. Gasp! Copper Kettle on the other hand, has awesome beer. So I can only imagine how much fun this is going to be.
Let your creative side shine as you’re walked through step-by-step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece of the chosen painting for the night. I’m telling you guys, the ladies love it and it’s actually a lot of fun. Not to mention, it’s at a brewery! What more could you ask for?
Reservations are $35, which includes all materials, instruction and your first beer. Click HERE for more details. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
That’s it for this round. Have fun this weekend.
Oh, and if you’re out beer huntin’ this weekend, Westvleteren probably came and went by the time you read this. Buy yourself some St. Bernardus Abt 12 and close your eyes. You’ll never know the difference.
But, AC Golden’s Ctayt, barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout is hitting shelves right now. This GABF medal-winner is limited to 1344 bottles.
Check the latest round of New Beers and Beer News for more new brews to watch for.
Good luck beer hunters. And Be Nice to each other! No chinese finger traps, feces throwin’ monkeys, tazers or anything like that. It’s only beer people! Great beer, but it’s still only beer.
Beer News! Beer News! Get Yer Beer News Here! We’ve got a million-and-one things to talk about in the beer world and there’s no time to lose. In fact, this monster update is sooo big, I’m cutting this sucker in half. So here’s part 1. Ready, Set, Go!
First up, we’ve got lots of new brews and brew labels to talk about.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora just released Bligh’s Barleywine. Daddy snagged one Sunday morning during the release at the Brewery. I briefly spoke with one of their in-house distributors and he said bottles will begin hitting local stores on Monday.
Such a great beer. We popped a ’11 at the release and it’s drinking nicely as well. Although, I think I prefer it fresh. Just my opinion. Either way, get some. It’s tasty. This is going for $20 / 22oz. this year.
Renegade Brewing in Denver is hooking up with the Mobile Canning Unit again to bring you the very bestest, freshest and tastiest of canned goodness. Their Ryetous IPA hit cans earlier this year and has done so well, they’ve decided to introduce Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale in cans as well.
The 11% ABV, 100 IBU, Elevation Triple IPA is a hopheads delight, while 5:00 Afternoon Ale is a 5% ABV blond, session-ale. Look for these to hit local stores in the very near future.
AC Golden is gearing up to release Ctayt, their Russian Imperial Stout that took a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year. This bad boy spent over a year in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels before it was put into bottles.
Look for 750 mL’s to hit a few select stores around the Denver area later this month. This won’t last long, so get out and grab one when it hits.
Out of Poncha Springs, Elevation Beer Company has not 1, not 2, but 3! great beers lined up to release in the upcoming winter months. Downpour, an Imperial Red Ale should be out any day now.
Hop Heads will want to grab one of these for the hops, grapefruit and pine notes that dominate this one.
Elevation also has an Imperial Stout lined up to release later this month, called Oil Man, an 11% ABV brew that was aged in Bourbon Barrels from Breckenridge Distilling. Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante said they’ll be “blending Oil Man next week so it should be out in time for Christmas”.
This one has hints of coffee, chocolate and bourbon throughout and will be just what you’ll want after a day on the slopes. Or after snowball fights and making snowmen, for the baby daddy’s out there.
Looking into next year, Elevation plans to release Señorita, a Horchata Imperial Porter. I’ve only been able to try a handful of beers from Elevation, but the Apis IV Quad quickly became one of my favorite beers of 2012 and these guys know how to make great beer. I feel confident telling you these should be on your radar. All of these beers will be released in bottles throughout the Denver area.
Up in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing also has something crafty up their sleeves. They’ll be releasing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on January 6th at the brewery and featuring it at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail on January 12th.
This will be released in their 10 state distribution range in 4-packs.
Also, keep an eye out in the coming months for Amuste, a Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Porter.
Amuste is brewed with Colorado Tempranillo grapes and will debut in 750mL bottles next year. This has my interests… Hmm, grapes and wine barrels for a porter. Yeah, I’ll be looking to track one down.
While we’re talking about our friends up in the Fort, New Belgium should be releasing my favorite beer from their Lips of Faith series before too much longer. Their 2013 La Folie should hit stores during the first part of next year.
Keep your eyes out. Sour heads stock up! Mr. and Mrs. Insane really love this one.
Speaking of sours, Crooked Stave is working on bottling several of their beers this week. Some are exclusive to Cellar Reserve members, while others will be available for sale in the tap room. L’Brett d’Or was bottled this morning!
L’Brett d’Or is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented, dry-hopped, golden sour that was aged for 18 months in french oak barrels with Lacto and Pedio. I love, love, love this beer. 375mL bottles will retail for $11.
Great Divide Brewing also has two new seasonals ready to roll in 2013. Look for HeyDay, a Belgian-style White Ale and Orabelle, a Belgian-style Tripel.
Both should hit in 6-packs during the first quarter of 2013. They’ll be replacing Samurai and Wild Raspberry Ale.
That’s it for now. Lots and lots and lots of great stuff. Some for now, some for later. Stay tuned for Part 2, later this week. Happy hunting friends!