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
Colorado Craft Beer Week is nearly upon us. You know what the Dr says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Big Choice Brewing
Boulder Brewing Champagne Mojo
Bristol English Old Ale
Bull and Bush
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Crooked Stave Assorted Goodness including L’Brett D’or
Elevation Oil Man
Hall Brewing Company
Hogs Head on CASK!
Left Hand Brewing on CASK!
Lone Tree Brewing
Odell Brewing Wooden Sidecar Oakaged Myrcenary
Strange Cherry Kriek
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.
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.
New beers. We’ve got a ton. Here’s a rundown of what to expect and what to watch for over the next few months.
Wynkoop Brewing is releasing cans of their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout today (yes, TODAY!) in unique, 2-packs.
100 cases will be available this time around and should reach several stores in their Denver-area distribution network.
Our Mutual Friend is bottling their first offering! Stop by the Denver brewery on Friday, March 22nd at 2 PM to snag one of only 100 wax-dipped, hand-numbered 22 oz. bombers. Limited to 2 / per person.
Parker’s Hall Brewing is gearing up for their next wave of bottled releases. Their Bock, Pilsner and Saison should be hitting shelves any day now.
Denver’s River North Brewery, with the help of the Mobile Canning Unit, plans to can later this year. Keep an eye out for their White and Hoppy Red to hit the metal soon.
Great Divide’s working on their 19th Anniversary Ale, which is scheduled to be released in April.
The annual release is a wood-aged IPA, brewed with birch syrup and aged on birch wood. The Anniversary Party will be at the Denver brewery this June.
New Belgium and Trinity have teamed up to brew a Berliner Weisse.
Not sure when this barrel aged beauty will debut, but with two funk masters behind it, I can’t wait.
Trinity’s also looking to release Elektrick Cukumbahh.
The world of Cucumber saisons and ales are growing on me and I’m looking forward to trying this one. Elektrick Cukumbahh is made with English Cucumbers, Grains of Paradise and fermented with Saison and Brett yeasts.
New Belgium’s working on several new Lips of Faith releases. The first is named after the Pluot, a wacky little fruit that’s a hybrid of the plum and apricot.
I like both and what’s even better, is that it’s fermented with a strain of wild Belgian yeast. Sounds delish!
Another New Belgium collaboration is underway with Utah’s Red Rock Brewery called Paardebloem. This odd little brew will feature peach juice, grains of paradise, dandelion greens and will be wood-aged with wild Belgian yeast.
If that’s not strange enough for you, New Belgium’s also got Rolle Bolle coming out this Summer, which is brewed with monk fruit and soursop. I don’t know where they find these crazy ingredients, but I’m hoping they make for a good beer.
Odell has a pair of new brews set to release this spring. One’s a low ABV session ale, while the other is an Imperial Peach IPA.
Kansas City’s Boulevard teamed up with The Roasterie to brew up a Coffee Ale, set to be released later this month.
Dogfish Head will release 61 Minute IPA into their distribution network towards the end of March. This is their 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.
Stone’s bringing back their Enjoy By IPA. This time it’s Enjoy By 04.20.13.
Apparently a much larger batch was made since we last received this beer in 2012. This was a really great IPA, that rivals the best of ’em, so look out hop heads.
Speaking of Stone, last month they collaborated with Two Brothers and Aleman, out of IL, to create Dayman Coffee IPA.
Citrus hops meets deep-roasted coffee in this 8.7% ABV, 42 IBU one-off. Look for bombers and kegs to start dropping on March 18th.
That’s the latest in new brews to watch for. If you’ve got something you’re excited to try or would like us to review a brew for you, let us know on our Facebook Page. Happy Hunting Friends!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wynkoop will host the 17th Annual Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals on Saturday at 2 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another glorious week here in old Colorado. The little varmint didn’t see his shadow, so maybe that explains the 50 degree weather all week.
Animals turn Humans into clowns. Babies seem to have that ability as well.
In other news, we visited The Source last week to check out the future digs for a variety of local artisans, but specifically Crooked Stave.
An update can be found HERE. We’ve extremely excited about this new venture and we’ll be keeping you updated along the way.
Breckenridge Brewery announced their plans to open an environmentally friendly new brewery, farmhouse, hop farm and more over in Littleton along the Platte River. They plan to break ground in 2013 and open in 2014.
Another very exciting turn of events in our world of CO breweries. Check out their page for the official announcement.
Lastly, congrats to De Steeg and Fate Brewing, who both had successful openings last week. We can’t wait to stop by for a visit and a chance to try your brews.
Grab a beer and let’s toast to Animals, Babies, Crooked Stave, Breckenridge, De Steeg and Fate on an awesome week. Now, sit back, grab your calendar and start planning your weekend. It starts… wait for it… get ready… NOW!
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Renegade Brewing launches their next wave of cans today! Cans of Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale have been showing up at better beer stores around town all week. To celebrate the release, Renegade’s hosting a party on Thursday from 6 – 10 PM.
Stop by for a pint and grab some cans to-go. Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draeger has plenty of great options to pick from this week, including a newly tapped Vanilla Porter, brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans.
Tune in next week, when Adam taps a Bock, Cherry Porter and Red Hots Wheat, his special Valentine’s Day brew made with Red Hots candies. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has your firkin fix this week. Stop by and try this week’s Firkin Friday release, which is a Lavender Dark Saison.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down South at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s got a 4.5% ABV Ginger Ale made with “fresh ginger, French oak and a tin of ginger Altoids”. This one’s called “NOT MARIANNE”. See if you can figure out the connection between the name and the beer.
Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Parry’s Pizza is hosting “Firkin Right Friday” and tapping some Barrel-Aged West Coast IPA from California’s Green Flash Brewing on Friday at 4 PM. Love this beer. To see a Green Flash firkin in CO is a rare treat. Get some.
Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Still not enough firkins fir ya? Then get the firk over to High Hops Brewery and Hop Farm in Windsor for their Inaugural Firkin Fest. Look for 14 taps to be pouring, plus special one-day only firkins, food and live music. The beer starts flowing at noon.
High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO 80550. 970-674-2841.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap their new Weizenbock on Friday at 7 PM.
7% ABV, 31 IBU’s. Stop by and check out one of Denver’s newest breweries. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Somewhat quiet Saturday around town this week, so we’re heading to California for the Inaugural San Diego Brew Fest and a visit to some of our favorite West Coast breweries like Lost Abbey and Stone. Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for updates. We’ll have a full report next week.
In the meantime, get your brew news fix with our friends Turk and the Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
This week, they’ll be joined in the studio with Brian Hutchinson, who formerly brewed at Mountain Sun and is now brewing at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, which just opened in Golden last month. They’ll also have David Zuckerman and Dan Weitz from Boulder Beer in the studio. Tune into the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM on Saturday.
Odell will release Amuste at the brewery on Saturday. This is an “Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado”.
Pick up a bottle to-go and stick around for a glass at the brewery. Sales will begin at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. This should hit local shelves very soon, so keep an eye out. Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524. 970-490-9070.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company is bringing back their Smoked Porter this weekend.
Tapping at noon, food truck at 4 PM and live music at 6 PM. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Don’t forget this week’s German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.
Hey, if you’re going to learn a foreign language, you better at least know how to speak Beer. Thanks Bill! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
Pliny the Younger Update
The Pliny’s been raging this week out at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA.
No word yet on when we’ll see kegs around town, but we should have some information at some point next week. Stay tuned!
Dark Lord Day 2013
Speaking of hyped, big beers. Dark Lord Day 2013 is coming. Last week, Three Floyds Brewing unveiled a new logo for their über popular Russian Imperial Stout. I guess they ran out of different colors of wax, so it was time to change the label in order for us beer nerds to differentiate between the vintages.
Looks pretty sharp. And angry! There are rumors that Three Floyds will move this year’s event to a location away from the brewery, in order to better accommodate the crowds. We’ll keep you posted with updates as we get ’em.
That’s it for this weekend.
Fort Collins, CO. – On February 9, 2013 Odell Brewing will release its first Cellar Series offering of the year. Amuste, an imperial porter brewed with grape must and aged in red wine barrels, is the product of a two year project lead by the brewery’s QA/QC manager, Eli Kolodny.
“They say it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine,” said Kolodny. “After two years of research and development, I can honestly say that the opposite holds just as true.”
In an effort to marry the distinctive qualities of beer and wine, Odell brewers crafted a rich, robust imperial porter and accented it with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado. The brew was then aged in red wine barrels and blended to create a harmonic combination of malt and fruit.
Amuste boasts a hearty malt backbone with notes of chocolate, a subtle sweet grape character, and hints of toasted almond from the oak barrels. It pairs perfectly with peppered red meats, brie cheese, or dark chocolate.
Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Amuste in the Tap Room on February 9th with live music and local food-truck pairings. Amuste will be available in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.
Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award-winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.
Late last year, I had the idea of reviewing beers with fellow bloggers. The whole idea sprouted from two realizations. The first being that the majority of the craft beer scene works together as a community, looking out for each other (#savestrange), sharing ideas and ingredients and even brewing beers collaboratively. I thought this would translate well to beer bloggers on a variety of levels.
The other realization centers around the old proverb that “two heads are better than one”. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that sharing and talking about beers with friends, has greatly opened up my sensory experience with beer. For example, I might have picked up on a certain aroma or flavor, while someone else with the same beer, may have picked up on something entirely different. Sometimes a beer can be so layered with complexities, that we might not pick up on a certain characteristic until someone brings it to our attention or we’ve had the opportunity to try a beer on numerous occasions.
And so, after a few e-mails, text messages and brainstorming during a late-night bottle share, I was able to team up with Dave Butler (who writes the fantastic Colorado-based beer blog, Fermentedly Challenged), for a series of beer reviews. For our first “coblogorative” review, we went with Odell Brewing’s newest seasonal, Lugene. This new release from our friends up in Fort Collins, is a Chocolate Milk Stout, dedicated to Lugene Sas and his family of cows.
The 8.5% ABV beer will be available from January through March. I paid $8.99 for a 4-pack.
Let me start by saying I love the artwork here. It sounds odd to call a cow cute, but the label has artwork depicting one of these peaceful creatures chowing down on a brick of chocolate. What’s not to like?
Brewtally Insane (BI): I used a moderately slow pour. The beer pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black color with a 1-finger, mocha head that was gone in the blink of an eye.
Fermentedly Challenged (FC): Dave used a “semi-aggresive pour and got a big 3+ finger head with lots of bubbles and sticky lacing. Color is dark as night – with just a hint of mahogany edges around the glass.”
Overall: It’s not quite oil dark, but dark enough to hide most of the carbonation inside or permit any light from penetrating. We both picked up on the mahogany tint toward the edge of the beer, near the wall of the glass. Looks creamy, thick and inviting. I can’t wait to taste it. Score: 4/5
BI: Lugene had “big, sweet milk chocolate” notes and came off like a “fine piece of rich Godiva”. I also detected the “slightest presence of hops, but it’s hidden” along with a “touch of vanilla”. I initially thought I was smelling peanut butter cups, but we later determined it to most likely be the chocolate smell from the type of chocolate used in candy bars. Admittedly, my favorite chocolate treat is a peanut butter cup, so maybe the chocolate just triggers my brain to automatically think it’s getting a peanut butter cup. Weird. Smells fantastic.
FC: On the other side of the keyboard, Dave picked up “milk sugars in this beer”. “Lugene has the classic milk stout signature aroma, only this one has a distinct chocolate aroma with the malt roastiness pushed behind it.” He also got a “hint of bitterness in the nose, but not much”. Dave agreed on the sweetness factor and picked up some “toffee perhaps, like a Heath bar”. He went on to say “I pick up a hint of alcohol, but not as rough as some Imperial Stouts”.
Overall: No surprise to find plenty of chocolate and candy bar sweetness in Lugene. We both noticed the slightest presence of bitterness and while I got vanilla, Dave picked up toffee and a touch of alcohol. Score: 4.5/5
BI: Lugene is sweet, creamy and chocolate-y. I felt it drank like a “rich, melted candy bar” and with a well hidden ABV, it was “very creamy and dangerously smooth”. There’s a “touch of bitter hops on the tongue”. This is a great dessert beer, and thankfully it’s not overpowering. This is what I would expect from a Milk Chocolate Stout, but it’s “not too big that they (flavors) turn you off and they’re not too small that you’re hunting with your nose crammed in the glass trying to find some sign of chocolate”. It’s sweet, rich, thick, bold, flavorful and quite yummy.
FC: “First thing I got was a semi-sweet chocolate taste. Reminded me of baking chocolate with some additional sweet in there. The beer was more sweet than bitter. Smooth going down. The roast is subdued also. The chocolate really comes through on this. Definitely a dessert beer. Can’t really pick up on the higher ABV initially. It’s well hidden, probably one to sneak up on you.” Dave wrapped up by saying “the chocolate took center stage”.
Overall: We’re both fans of Lugene and appreciate what Odell did with this recent release. A very nice, sweet dessert beer. Score: 4/5
BI: Lugene leans toward the thick side, which I found to be “perfect for a beer like this”. Personally, “I think too many stouts fall short by being watery and thin”. Odell’s Chocolate Milk Stout is “not necessarily oily”, but rather “creamy and dangerously smooth”.
FC: Dave referred to Lugene as a “tongue coater”. He goes on to say that it “leaves a nice coating over the tongue that lingers.”
Overall: Excellent, thick mouthfeel that only gets better as it warms. No complaints here. Score: 4.5/5
Odell Brewing continues to impress me by releasing new and well crafted beers into their already stellar lineup of beers. Lugene is a rich and decadent chocolate milk stout that has won us over with its’ heavenly aromas and balanced flavors. This seems to be flying off the shelves, so get out and grab a 4-pack before they’re gone. Highly recommended. Score: 4.25/5
Barrel-Aging, Food Pairings, Cellaring & Final Thoughts
We kicked around some thoughts about how barrel-aging might change this beer. Personally, I’m a little fearful of the barrel characteristics overpowering the chocolate, but we both agreed that a little time in a rum or bourbon barrel would be a fun experiment. (Odell, you reading all this?)
About halfway through the bottle, we started getting the munchies and began talking about possible food pairings. Dave mentioned “vanilla bean chocolate milk stout”, while I thought of fresh strawberries or a fruity cheesecake. At the end of the night, I think we were both interested in making a beer float or milkshake with Lugene. Nom, nom, nom.
We also tried to imagine how a year in the cellar would change this beer. It seems like the alcohol warmth would fade away, along with the slight bitterness on the tongue. My only fear would be losing too much of the sweetness from the chocolate. Lugene tastes great fresh. Only time will tell how cellaring will treat this beer, but I’d suggest enjoying it fresh and if you’ve got the willpower, maybe tucking one away in the cellar for comparison next year.
As for this format of conducting a beer review, I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed working on it. I’d like to extend a big Thank You to Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged for taking part in this review. What I envisioned as the two of us chatting online about beer for an hour or so, turned into 3+ hours of two beer blogging buddies, geeking out and discovering a great beer together and discussing a wide variety of topics about the world of craft beer. Don’t be surprised if you see more of these “coblogorative”, “Fermentedly Insane” or “Brewtally Challenged” reviews from us in the future.
Thanks to Odell Brewing for creating this great beer, Thanks to Dave Butler for putting the time and effort into this and Thank You all for reading. Click HERE to see Dave’s review of Lugene at Fermentedly Challenged and don’t forget to follow him on Facebook.
It’s 2013 and we’ve only got 52 weekend’s to enjoy this year. Don’t let one pass you by. Plenty to do, plenty to see and most importantly, plenty to drink. You ready? Need a little motivation? Click HERE for a reminder of what 2012 brought us. NOW are you ready? Thought so.
Friday, January 4th, 2012
Crooked Stave’s ready for the weekend. Stop by the tasting room for some funky goodness.
Grab something on tap or a bottle to-go (thee’s still a few bottles of L’Brett D’Or for sale). Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
My friend Firky D. Firkin, made his way down to Rockyard to brew with Jellyman and help bring you this week’s Deviation.
This week is “A Firkin Brown Ale”, which is described as “A Firkin balanced malty brown, with assertive bitterness and clean finish”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Over at Dry Dock in Aurora, they’ll be tapping a Centennial Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. Tapping at 3 PM.
Last week, Dry Dock brewed for the first time at the new production facility. Kevin, Doug and the rest of the gang made a monster batch of Apricot on their new 40 BBL brew system. Look for cans coming very soon! Click HERE to watch the live feed and see what they’re up to in the new digs. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, January 5th, 2012
Copper Kettle Brewing Company will release their Annual Mystery Beer on Saturday.
This is a tradition where Copper Kettle taps a “mystery beer” on the first Saturday of the new year. Last year’s mystery beer was a Belgian Quad. Stop by and check out this year’s mystery beer beginning at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Hops & Pie is hosting a “Vertically Epic Tasting of Stone Vertical Epic Ale” on Saturday afternoon.
They’ll be tapping kegs from the Vertical Epic series back to 08.08.08, including a special keg of 10.10.10 that was aged in French Oak barrels. The fun starts at noon. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to try multiples VE beers at the same time. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Also on Saturday, don’t forget to check in with Turk & Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
They’ve got your weekly dose of Colorado craft beer news. Tune into AM760 on Saturday at noon to listen live.
Sunday, January 6th, 2012
Odell Brewing will release Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on Sunday. What’s a new beer without a new beer release party? Odell has you covered with live music, food trucks and plenty of Lugene on tap and in 4-packs.
The beer starts pouring at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is named after local Fort Collins dairy farmer Lugene Sas. Click HERE to see a day in the life of Lugene and his family of lovely bovine sweeties. Odell Brewing Co. is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Into The Future
January’s not exactly a big month for beer festivals, but this is Colorado and there’s ALWAYS something on the horizon. It’s not too late to book a trip to Vail for Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines, which is coming up next weekend.
Ticket info, hotel deals and a full schedule of events can be found HERE. We haven’t been since ’07 and are excited to be going back.
And later this month is the Winter Brew Fest in Denver at Mile High Station.
This is on Friday, January 25th and you can click HERE for all the details.
Lastly, I noticed last night that the Facebook Page is approaching 300 Likes. Thank You all for your continued support! As a Thank You, I’m giving away something special to lucky #300. Not sure what yet, but we’ll hook you up with something any craft beer lover will enjoy. So check us out on Facebook and “Like” us if you haven’t already. Thanks again guys! We really appreciate you.
Happy New Year Friends!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
As we head into the winter months, breweries from all over are busy releasing a ton of great beers to keep you warm through those colder months. Trying to keep up with all the new releases these days is no easy task. So, as winter begins to settle into Colorado, here’s a rundown of some of the new beers that I’m excited about.
The Bruery, Black Tuesday
Let me start by saying that this year’s Black Tuesday is on Tuesday, October 30th. As in TOMORROW! So if you’re not a member of The Bruery’s Reserve Society, tomorrow is your one and only chance to secure a bottle. The beer is a 19.2% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout that has notes of vanilla, oak, sherry, dark fruits and chocolate. Black Tuesday is truly an amazing beer and definitely something everyone should try at least once. It’s currently listed in the Top 50 Beers on the Planet at beeradvocate.com Click HERE to get all the details on tomorrow’s release.
Boston Beer Company, Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary
To say this beer is big, is an understatement. Released every other year, this guy typically clocks in at 25%-30% ABV. This batch is a special release to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the beer. It’s made with a blend of beers that were aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels, Port casks and Rum barrels. Sam Adams used a bit of their original Triple Bock in the blend, which is 19 years old!
This is a monster of a beer that drinks more like a Cognac or Sherry than a beer. Be prepared to shell out $160-$180 for a single bottle of this complex, cellarable brew. 15,000 bottles were produced and our share is hitting local store shelves right now.
Stone Brewing, 12.12.12 Vertical Epic
The very last release in the Vertical Epic (VE) series. In case you haven’t heard, Stone’s VE is a yearly release that began on 02.02.02, followed up a year, a month and a day later with 03.03.03, and so and so, all the way up to the final release on 12.12.12. The idea was for beer connoisseurs to purchase a bottle (or three) each year and save them for a monstrously big tasting and opening all of the beers to sample side-by-side on 12.12.12. Each beer has been a different recipe and brewed with cellaring in mind. While beer geeks have stashed away many, many bottles of VE releases over the years, the earlier bottles can be very tough to track down. The 02.02.02 has sold for hundreds of dollars per 220z. bottle on the secondary market.
This year’s 12.12.12 is described as a Belgian-style Abbey Ale, brewed with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orange peel, clove and rose hips. I’ve managed to cellar away bottles going back to 03.03.03 and I’m really looking forward to opening them up for a special tasting in December. Whether or not you’ve been collecting the VE series, this sounds like a tasty brew that will hit our market just before Christmas.
Trinity Brewing / Black Fox Brewing Collaboration, Le Petite Morte Trajet aka Little Death Ride
The name of this collaboration brew is a reference to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of this year. Trinity owner Jason Yesterday and Black Fox owner John Schneider developed the recipe together using all Mayan cuisine. Corn, wild cinnamon, beans, squashes, peppers, cacao nibs and more come together in this unique, red Saison. The beer was brewed at Trinity on October 8th, bottled on October 24th and will be tapped at the brewery on December 21st, which is the last day of the Mayan calendar, also believed by some to be the end of the world. No matter what your beliefs, plan on this being a good beer. These guys without a doubt, know how to make a great Saison. Look for a few kegs to hit better beer bars and 750mL bottles to be released in December.
Upslope Brewing, Christmas Ale
This is a Belgian-style ale, that was brewed with a special mix of spices created by Upslope brewer Alex Violette. Look for coriander, brown sugar and juniper berries in this one. I was really impressed by their Pumpkin Ale and look forward to this new holiday seasonal. It was canned last week in 16oz. candy cane striped cans and will be released on November 1st.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., XVI Anniversary
This barrel-aged blend is always a highlight of the winter months. For this year’s Anniversary Ale, Firestone Walker has blended 8 different barrel-aged brews to create the 13% ABV, XVI blend. 42% of the beer is Stout consisting of Bourbon Velvet Merkin (Oatmeal Stout), Bourbon Parabola (Russian Imperial Stout) and Tequila PNC (Buckwheat Stout). The remaining mixture comes from a variety of Barleywines, Strong Ales and IPA’s. I’ve been trading for these beers for a number of years and have always been impressed by these releases. Fortunately, Firestone Walker started distributing to Colorado last year and this should be hitting our shelves sometime in November.
New Belgium Brewing, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
This upcoming addition to the Lips of Faith series is a bit of a deviation from their usual Belgian-style and Sour Ales. For winter, they’ll be releasing a 10% ABV Imperial Stout, brewed with locally roasted coffee beans and chocolate. This hit the Fort Collins market this past weekend, so keep your eyes open for it.
Odell Brewing Co., Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Similar to the New Belgium brew above, Odell has similar plans for the winter with their upcoming Chocolate Milk Stout. This one clocks in at 8.5% ABV and is brewed with lactose and milk chocolate. The label describes it as “rich and creamy” and is compared to “a cold glass of chocolate milk”. Sounds yummy. Odell’s planning to release it in 4-packs in early-January 2013.
Ska Brewing, Vinifera Stout
This is part of Ska’s new series of canned stouts, with a new beer getting released every quarter. The 2nd release, Vinifera Stout, is an Oak-aged, Foreign-Style Stout, brewed with Malbec grapes. These beers are released on the Solstice or Equinox, depending on the time of year. Look for Vinifera to get released on December 21st, which is the Southern Solstice, and also the last day of the Mayan calendar. Fingers crossed we’re still around to try this beer.
Keep your eyes out for some great beers hitting your local liquor store over the next few weeks. Winter is truly my favorite time of year for seasonal beers, with so many big, thick and flavorful beers to be on the lookout for. What are you excited for this winter? Good luck beer hunters!
Got a big one this week. No time for small talk. Climb aboard.
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:
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!
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.
Hope you guys had a fun and safe weekend! On Friday, we hit the Hops for Habitat Beer Festival at the Plains Center in Aurora. This was our first time attending, but certainly not our last. There were about 15 different Colorado breweries in attendance pouring a variety of beers including IPA’s, sours, wheats and everything in between.
On Saturday, Patti helped out in the studio with American Craft Beer Radio. We also made visits to River North Brewery and TRVE Brewing. But enough from me, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
On American Craft Beer Radio, Gary V brought in a panel of beer judges to do some on-air judging and explain how a beer is graded and evaluated. Here’s some studio shots.
We wrapped up our weekend with stops at River North Brewery and TRVE Brewing. River North just launched their Locals’ Club (more details in the Weekend Beer Buzz). They’re also staying busy with their weekly barrel-aged releases on Wednesday afternoons.
TRVE just can’t seem to keep up. They’ve been working their tails off brewing more beer, but demand is sooo high, they can’t make enough. It’s safe to say that business is good and they’ve been well received in the neighborhood.
That’s about it. Hope you all were able to get out and enjoy your weekend!
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!
Head’s up beer lovers, lots of new beers coming down the pipeline! Time to start saving your money and making out your shopping list.
Odell Brewing has three beers you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the near future.
First up is The Meddler, an 8.9% ABV Oud Bruin Ale. This Flanders Brown Ale has been aging with wild yeasts for the past 18 months! The label says “malty sweet chocolate and vanilla toy with a hauntingly sour finish”. Count me in.
Odell is also getting ready to release another edition of their popular Woodcut Series. For Woodcut 6, they’re featuring Mosaic hops, a new breed, which is supposed to have citrus and tropical fruit notes. The beer is then aged in oak barrels to add notes of vanilla and almonds.
It’s been over a year since Woodcut 5, an Oak-Aged Quad. Keep a lookout for this 10% ABV brew and grab one before they’re gone for good.
Lastly, not a new beer, but a re-release of DeConstruction should be heading our way shortly. This Golden Ale is blended with wild, barrel-aged beers from the Odell Pilot system, to create a tart, dry and slightly sweet beer.
This 10.5% ABV beer is very complex and is highly recommended for the sour freaks out there.
Over in Boulder, Twisted Pine Brewing is getting ready to release their 17th Anniversary Ale, called Red Rye-der. Look for caramel and hoppy notes in this big Red Ale.
This beer is just starting to show up on draft and should be showing up in 22oz. bombers soon. Also, check out Twisted Pine’s Anniversary Party at the brewery on Saturday, July 14th.
It looks like Grimm Brothers is going to bottle this year’s release of Big Bad Wold Sticke Alt. This is a traditional German style beer that translates into “secret”, since the brewery doesn’t reveal the recipe. Past batches from Grimm Brothers have been amber in color with bread, caramel and hop notes.
Grimm Brothers will also be bottling Sooty Brother Gratzer Ale later this year. This nearly lost style of beer is brewed with wheat and pilsner malt that has been smoked over oak. A smoky beer, but with a good amount of hop flavor and aroma.
Look for 220z. bomber releases at the brewery in the near future.
I’ll wrap up this round with two new Lips of Faith brews coming from New Belgium Brewing. In August, keep an eye out for Peach Porch Lounger Ale, a collaboration brewed with musician G. Love. This 9.4% ABV beer is brewed with peaches, lemon peel and molasses and fermented with Brett. I’ve never cared much for G. Love’s music, but his beer sure does sound tasty.
Lastly, New Belgium is collaborating with Alpine Brewing from California to bring us Super India Pale Ale. Alpine does some monsteroursly hoppy and tasty brews like Duet and Exponential Hoppiness. Unfortunately, they don’t see distribution very far from the brewery. This might be one of the few chances you get to purchase and try an Alpine brew outside of CA.
Super IPA clocks in at 9% ABV and is a triple dry-hopped Imperial IPA with Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops. This was brewed less than two weeks ago, but will hopefully be seeing bottles and kegs soon to retain maximum hoppiness!
There you have it, plenty of great brews are heading our way. I’ll keep you posted as release dates get firmed up on all these yummy beers. In the meantime, start filling your piggy banks and making room in your cellar.