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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/21/2013

Yeah, it’s cold out.  Yeah, it’s snowing.  What of it?  It is winter after all.  Don’t let the weather get you down.  We’ve got plenty of big ol’ brews to warm you up this weekend.  Coffee?  Check.  Bacon? Check.  Coffee Bacon Beer?  Check.  Triple IPA?  Check.

Let’s do this.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Sour freaks, listen up!  Oregon’s Cascade Brewing will release 2012 bottles of The Vine at 5:30 PM MST on Thursday.  Click HERE to place an order through their website.

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The Vine is a delicious blend of oak aged blond ales that were aged on pressed grapes.  Bottles will sell for $20 / 750 mL.  Vlad the Imp Aler, Blueberry, Apricot and other bottles are also currently for sale.  Get on over there and grab some before they’re gone.

Crooked Stave bottled their Provision Saison earlier this month.  Stop by the tasting room for a beer or two (or three) and take some bottles home.

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

Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draegr will replace Red Hots Wheat with Very Berry Stout tomorrow. Here’s the rest of the current lineup.

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

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s mixing things up a bit for this week’s Deviation.  He’s announcing “Jellyman’s Mystery Deviation Contest”, which will begin this week and going forward, will run on the last Friday of each month.  Beer fans will have the opportunity to evaluate and critique his Deviation based on aroma, appearance and taste via entry sheets at each table.  The brewers will gather the entries and announce a winner on the Monday following the release.  Jim will pick the winner for most accurate and Jellyman will pick the winner for most creative.  Winners will receive Rockyard gift cards.

This week’s release is called “Dogleg”.  Stop by and put your palate to the test.  Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109.  303-814-9273.

Dry Dock’s whipped up a Simcoe and Amarillo Dry-Hopped Black IPA for Firkin Friday.

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

Congrats to PJ and the rest of the peeps over at Denver Off The Wagon on their 2nd Anniversary.

To celebrate, they’ve brewed a beer with the Denver Beer Co.  Swing by on Friday at 4:30 PM to try their Dubbel Entendre, a Belgian Dubbel brewed with Belgian malts, plenty of Belgian candi sugar and fermented with an Abbey yeast.  Denver Beer Co is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

So much to talk about on Saturday.  Where to begin???

Start your day with coffee, beer and bacon.  After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Denver Beer Co. is back with the 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest.  For $30, you get a breakfast burrito from Chile Billy, coffee from Coda Coffee, all you can eat bacon from Denver Bacon Co. and a coffee mug to drink up all the coffee brews you can handle.

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Here’s the list:

Swineheitsgebot: Rauchbier aged on Denver Bacon Co. bacon

Red Eye: Rauchbier aged on black & red chipotle chiles

Kenya Karitina: Coda oatmeal coffee stout

Rwanda Abakundakawa: Coda coffee stout

Cascara IPA: Hoppy American IPA aged on dried coffee bean fruit

Firkin: Denver Breakfast Stout – chocolate espresso stout

Firkin: Belgian Breakfast Ale – Belgian pale ale with apricots, blueberries, & spices

Red Beer: spicy bloody amber ale

The fest runs from 9 AM – noon, but be sure to call the brewery in advance to reserve a spot.  303-433-2739. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.

Over at Falling Rock Tap House, they’ve got two kegs of Pliny the Younger ready to go for this weekend.  The Saturday tapping will be at 12:30 PM.  The Sunday tapping will be at 1 PM.  Doors open at 11 AM and tickets will be handed out as people arrive.  More details and the entire Falling Rock update can be found HERE.

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

The Wynkoop will host the 17th Annual Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals on Saturday at 2 PM.

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The three beer geek finalists will be judged by a panel of past Beerdrinker of the Year winners and guest judges Kyle Clark, beer lover from Channel 9 News, and Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer.  The 2013 Beerdrinker of the Year will receive $250 worth of free beer at their home bar or brewery, free beer for life at Wynkoop and unparalleled bragging rights.  This fun and unique event is free and open for all to come and enjoy.  Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

It’s “Littlest Big Beer Fest” time again at Hops & Pie.  This month, the featured brewery is Firestone Walker.

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Sucaba and XVI!  Are you kidding me?  Don’t miss this.  Tappings begin at noon.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Beer freaks down South need to get over to Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs for the 9th Annual Firkin Rendezvous.  This annual fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild will showcase firkins from 25 Colorado breweries including Great Divide, Odell, Dry Dock, Prost, Elevation and Three Barrel.

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Doors open at 1 PM for VIP and 2 PM for general admission.  Tickets are $50 and $35 respectively, which covers food, beer and tasting glass.  Bristol Brewing is located at: 1647 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.  719-633-2555.

Our friends on the airwaves will be “working” hard to bring you the latest and greatest in Colorado brew news.  This week, the Colorado Craft Beer Show is on location at Arvada Beer Co.  They’ll be chatting with guests from Firestone Walker and Uinta Brewing.

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Check ’em out on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM.  Better yet, get over to Arvada Beer and listen to the show live.  Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-467-2337.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Falling Rock Tap House will tap their final keg of Pliny the Younger on Sunday at 1 PM.  Details are above and HERE.

Up in Boulder, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will tap their keg of Pliny the Younger at 11 AM. Pours will be sold for $9 / 10 oz.

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Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-449-4285.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Our last Pliny the Younger tapping for the weekend comes from the good people over at Cheeky Monk in Denver.

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They’ll be tapping one of their two kegs of this heavenly nectar at 6:30 PM.  $10 / glass.  If you’re not early, then you’re late.  The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. 303-861-0347.

Other Brew News

Just a few bits of brew news to close out this week’s beer buzz.  Jim Koch over at Samuel Adams announced they’ll begin canning this summer.

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Once upon a time, all the way back in 2004, Koch said “Beer shall be offered in bottles, not cans”. My how times have changed.  No worries.  I love cans and don’t mind seeing Sam Adams get in on the action.

A little closer to home, Odell has announced Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA.

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Pinch me, because I must be dreaming.  Brewed with 2,000 lbs of pureed Colorado peaches, this is sure to be magical, wish granting unicorns in a bottle.  No word on a release date yet, but you know we’ll keep you posted on when you can expect 750 mL bottles to hit the shelves.

Colorado’s lady brewers are collaborating on a special brew to be released during Colorado Craft Beer Week in March.  Over at the Westword, Jonathan Shikes has all the details in his article about the Belgian Pale Ale they’ll be brewing up next week at the Wynkoop.

Lastly, Bill Eye’s here with his weekly terminology lesson.

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

We’ll be working on a little makeover and doing some maintenance on the site this weekend.  I want to apologize in advance for any outages we might experience.  Our team of skilled experts are working hard to make improvements and fine tune a few things just for you.  (It’s also a great excuse to gather some friends and open some nice brews.)

Otherwise, that’s it for this round.  Have fun this weekend you little Younger freaks.

Cheers!

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Brewery Spotlight: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is here!  After months and months of waiting, dreaming and drooling about owner Chad Yakobson’s funky, sour brews, I’m happy to report that the beer is flowing at his new Taproom and Barrel Cellar in Denver.

Since opening in 2011, Crooked Stave has been operating out of Funkwerks in Fort Collins.  This past June, Chad packed up his barrels and made the trek down to Denver to open his own facility.

Today’s Taproom and Barrel Cellar opening is part of a bigger plan to also open a brewery and taproom in a market called The Source, scheduled to open in Denver next Spring.  In addition to the brewery, The Source will bring together a chocolatier, winemaker, coffee roaster and more, all under one roof.  For now, Chad is brewing his beers at Prost Brewing and River North Brewery and transferring them over to barrels in his Barrel Cellar.

For today’s opening, they’re pouring:

Wild Wild Brett Blue (WWBB) – Dark hoppy ale brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips and fermented with Brettanomyces.

Wild Wild Brett Indigo (WWBI) – Brewed and barrel aged with blueberries and fermented with Brettanomyces.

Vignole – Belgian golden ale with Vignole grapes.

Petite Sour – A true farmhouse beer, brewed with lacto and Brett.

L’Brett d’Or – Aged in Leopold Bros Peach Whiskey barrels that were previously used to make New Belgium’s Love.

Unfortunately, I was short on time and only had the chance to enjoy one glass.  Decisions, decisions…  I went with The L’Brett d’Or, which was amazing!  Medium tartness, fruity, crisp and complex.

During my visit, I talked beer with Jonathan Shikes aka Big Shikes, the Beer Man from the Denver Westword. He shared his WWBI with me, which was tart, earthy and lightly fruity.  Also a winner.

The bar has roughly 10 seats for fans to get their funk on, plus several tables and a small patio out front.  The Barrel Cellar is behind the bar in the warehouse area of the building.

There’s no growler fills, but several bottles are available to go (WWBI, Surette Reserva and Batch 1) along with glassware and shirts.

I feel like Crooked Stave completes the Denver Beer Scene.  The Coasts have their Russian River, Cascade, Allagash, Bruery, Lost Abbey and so on.  The middle of the U.S. has their Upland, Destihl and Jolly Pumpkin.  And now we’ve got our Crooked Stave.  So raise your glasses with me fellow Colorado Beer Geeks, as we toast to Chad and Crooked Stave.  Congrats and Welcome to Denver!  I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is open Wed – Sat from noon – 7 PM and is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.

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!


The Beer Lover’s Guide To Cheese: Copper Kettle Brewing and The Truffle Cheese Shop

I was lucky enough to attend Copper Kettle Brewing’s Beer and Cheese pairing last Thursday at their brewery in Denver, CO.  This event, which is scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM, pairs 4 beers from the Copper Kettle lineup with 4 cheeses selected from The Truffle Cheese Shop in Denver.

Upon arrival at the Copper Kettle, my nose was immediately greeted by a delicious aroma of BACON!!!  I glanced around looking for a food truck, but found the side street to be empty.  I eventually tracked down the amazing smells to a smoker that was prepping the yummy slaps of bacon for the upcoming Makin’ Bacon Brown Ale.  Not a bad way to start the night.

The Beer & Cheese pairing is held in the brewhouse, which has enough room for about 15 beer and cheese lovers, seated in smaller groups of 5-6.  Each person is given a plate with the 4 cheese selections along with a menu giving the name, pronunciation and information about each one.  I really had to restrain myself, as I was very tempted to just dive in and devour the plate.  Man, I’m a sucker for a good cheese.

CKBC’s Head Brewer and Owner Jeremy Gobien was on hand to present and talk about each beer being poured.

He was joined by Miguel Vera, a cheesemonger from The Truffle Shop.

I had honestly never heard the term “cheesemonger”, but it’s similar to a wine sommelier or beer cicerone, only they obviously specialize in cheese.  I think I might have missed my calling on that one…  Miguel explained each cheese to us, while Jeremy gave the history and style explanations of each beer and why it was chosen to be paired with each cheese.

Our four courses were:

1.  Montcabrer – a raw goat’s milk cheese from Spain, with a charcoal coated rind.  Paired with CKBC’s Heller Doppelbock – a sweet, malty German-style brew.

2.  Tomme du Berger – a French cheese, made from raw, mountain cow’s milk.  Paired with CKBC’s Altbier – another German-style ale that’s brown, light and refreshing.

3.  Chimay – made from cow’s milk by the Trappist monks in Belgium, washed with glorious Chimay beer.  The funky aroma can turn people off at first, but the tasty, creamy flavor is sure to pull you back in.  I absolutely love this cheese and it was the most popular at my table.  This one was paired with CKBC’s Imperial Red – a hoppy, amber ale.

4.  Young Sheep Milk Gouda – a sheep’s milk gouda from the Netherlands that is firm in texture, but smooth and nutty in flavor.  Paired with CKBC’s Double Black IPA – a malty, British-style IPA, which, even at 78 IBU’s, came off as more sweet than bitter.  A really tasty beer that paired well with the cheese and didn’t throttle my palate with bitter hops.

There was plenty of bread and grapes to go around as well.

Miguel had prepared sliced wedges of each cheese if anyone wanted to purchase some to-go.  I bought a wedge of Gouda to take home to my wife Patti, since she wasn’t able to attend.  I grabbed a fresh growler of Copper Kettle’s Imperial Red for the road as well.

Last week, Jonathan Shikes over at the Westword, broke the news about Copper Kettle’s plans to triple the size of their brewing space next month.  At the pairing, Co-owner Kristen Kozick, announced that they’re hoping to hold their August Beer & Cheese event in the new space, which is located directly next door to their current location.  In addition to an expanded area for events, the new space will also allow them to produce and store more beer, and eventually expand into barrel-aging.  For all the details, check out Big Shikes’ article HERE.

Big Thanks to Copper Kettle Brewing, The Truffle Cheese Shop and all of their employees for collaborating on a great event!  It was a fun, informative and tasty night and definitely something I’ll try to attend again in the future.

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

The Truffle Cheese Shop is located at: 2906 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206.  303-322-7363.

Cheers!