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Weekend Beer Buzz: Doomsday Edition 12/20/2012

Great week here in Colorado.  Busy, but it’s that time of year.  We hit the Denver Only Beer Festivus last weekend.  Awesome, awesome event.  Big shout out to Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver for putting on such a kick ass event.  Get the full scoop and a ton of pics from the Mrs. and I right HERE.

So with the end of the world upon us, I highly suggest you put down the PBR and reach for something a little more sophisticated this weekend.  I’m just saying…  Whether or not you think Doomsday is actually going to rear its’ ugly head on 12.21, you’ll have plenty of great drinking options to choose from on what could be your last night on this big blue planet.

No time to lose.  There’s beer to be drank and zombies to be killed.  (In that order).

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Dry Dock Brewing is at it again and Firkin Master Walt has brewed up a batch of Peppermint Porter for this week’s Firkin Friday.

Just in time for xmas.  Head over and grab a pint at 3 PM & 7 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s releasing “CranBlaaager” for this week’s Deviation.

He describes it as a “Nicely balanced mead/Munich Helles with a clean finish and cranberry notes floating in and our of perception.  If the end is near then this is just the ticket.”  Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Our friends over at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew are hosting a Winter Celebration & Food Drive from 4 PM – 12 AM.

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Donate two non-perishable food items on Friday and they’ll give you a free OMF stemmed glass with the purchase of a beer.  Click HERE for more details and a list of items they’re looking for.  This is awesome glassware that’ll be a great addition to your collection.  Or maybe you get one and gift it to the writer of one of your favorite blogs since he can’t make it.  Wait, what?  How’d that get in there?!?  Seriously though, this is a great deal and they’ve only got 100 glasses to go around, so don’t miss out.  Limit 1 glass per person.  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Just down the road at Black Shirt Brewing Co., they’ll have plenty of tasty Red Ales pouring for you on Friday night.

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They’ll open at 4 PM so you can “drink red before you’re dead”.  BSB was my pick for best beers at the recent Denver Beer Festivus and I can’t wait to check them out to try more.  Black Shirt Brewing Co. is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

Over in Highlands Ranch, Parry’s Pizza is gearing up for their End of the World Party on Friday.

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They’ll be pouring Doomsday-inspired brews along with firkins from Oskar Blues and Odell.  Stop by for a very cool “Last Supper” influenced menu and songs about the end of the world.  I’m interested to see how far they went with their playlist.  I came up with a list of tunes that hint at the end of the world and there are quite a few out there.  I mean R.E.M.’s cute and all, but there are some really good ones that aren’t so obvious, ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Medeski, Martin & Wood.  The fun starts at 6 PM at Parry’s Pizza Highlands Ranch – 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 and in Castle Rock – 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108.

For our friends down south, get your butts over to Trinity for the Little Death Ride Release & Death Costume Party.

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This is a collaboration beer made with John Schneider of Black Fox Brewing.  Little Death Ride is a “Super Saison” brewed with a slew of Mayan ingredients, with everything from red Aji chiles to pumpkin to wild white cinnamon and more and finally aged in clay pots.  Put your zombie costume on and grab some Little Death Ride.  They’ve got 1 and ONLY 1 keg that’ll be getting tapped at 5 PM.  They’ll also have 750 mL bottles available.  If we survive, there’s a toast planned at midnight. Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.  719-634-0029.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Uhm, what?  We’re closed Dummy!  The world’s gone to crap and the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived!  Every man / woman / zombie for themselves.  Did you make it?  Then get your ass over to Right Coast Pizza for their Apocalypse Survival Bonfire Bash.

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They’ll have 18 beers pouring from Great Divide & Ska along with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and plenty of food.  The party runs from 6 PM – 11:30 PM.  Right Coast Pizza is located at: 7100 W 38th St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.  303-431-6077.

Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be pouring their Bourbon Breakfast Stout on Cask on Saturday.

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There’s no comments needed.  This is a great beer that speaks for itself, so I repeat: Bourbon Breakfast Stout on Cask on Saturday.  Done deal.  Head to Copper Kettle Brewing Company at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Post Apocalyptic Brew News

New Belgium’s got a new Lips of Faith in the works.

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Cascara Quad is a Belgian-style Quad brewed with date sugar and blended with the fruit that surrounds coffee beans (called cascara).  No release date yet.

That’s it for this round guys.  Have a good weekend, stay safe and I hope this isn’t my last blog… Signing off for now.

Cheers!

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New Beers and Beer News 12/10/2012

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!

New Beers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 06/14/2012

We’ve got a big weekend coming up here people and there’s no time to lose.  Let’s do this!

Great Divide Brewing in Denver, CO, is turning 18 on Saturday, June 16th.  Yep, they’re legal and they’ll be celebrating with a full-on bash including beer, rare beer, food, more beer, music, multiple breeds of Yeti (hopefully!) and of course, tasty beer!  Some of the rare brews that will be pouring include a Berliner Weisse, Oak Smoked Dunkelweiss, Schwarzbier and an India Pale Lager.  The Great Divide parties are a ton of fun and the $25 admission is tough to beat.  I mean, they close the freakin’ street for this thing!  When’s the last time you had the pull to close down a street in Denver?  Unless you’re U2 or have a Yeti on your staff, I don’t see it happening.

Oh, and they’ve launched a new website and brewed a super-special beer for the occasion.  The beer is out and about in 22oz. bombers.  If you haven’t tried it, then shame on you.  Go stand in the corner until you fully realize the consequences of your actions.  Now, chin up and go grab a bottle at your favorite local shop.  It’s a 10% ABV, wood-aged Double IPA.  Tasty and sweet.

Anniversary Party tickets and other details can be found HERE.  Great Divide and their brilliant concoctions are located at: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-9460.

Dry Dock warms up your weekend on Friday, June 15th with their Firkin Friday tapping.  This week, your Firkin Master Walt Chleva, has brewed up a refreshing Blackberry Summer Ale.  This fruity beauty gets tapped at 3 PM.  Fruit beers on a warm, summer day.  Man, that sounds nice.

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

Just a short drive down the road, Copper Kettle Brewing is at it again.  They’re releasing another tasty brew on Saturday, June 16th.  This week, it’s their Imperial Red.  Yeah, this yummy, hoppy, beautiful, almost IPA will be back on the tap lines until the beer nerds drain the kegs dry.  Plan on sticking around to enjoy not 1, but 2! food trucks that will be rolling in at 5 PM.  Live local music for your enjoyment begins at 6 PM.

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

Don’t forget about our friends down south at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument, CO.  They’re celebrating their 1st Anniversary this week, with several events.  First up on Sunday, June 17th is live Celtic rock in the beer garden from 5 – 8 PM.  On Wednesday, June 20th, there’s a Brewers Dinner with Chef Greg Soukup of Blue Sage.  Wrapping things up next weekend on Saturday, June 23rd is a Family Picnic, featuring activities for the kids and free brats from the brewery from 4 – 7 PM.

Pikes Peak Brewing is located at: 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132.  719-208-4098.

Snow in June?  Maybe.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is going to be releasing another one of their rare and unique snowflakes on Saturday, June 16th.  Yes, I realize this is a beer blog, but Stranahan’s makes some pretty tasty whiskey.  Not to mention, their barrels have been used to age some pretty amazing beers over the past few years.  Oh Barrel Aged Yeti, Aaah Bligh’s Barleywine, Mmm Well Built ESB.  I could go on, but you get my point.  They’re an important part of the local craft scene.

I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon last week bottling at the distillery and got a picture of the magical barrel of snowflakes.  It was pretty hush-hush last week, but now that they’ve made an official announcement, I feel OK sharing a picture.

Just like past Snowflake releases, it’s a one barrel batch that was bottled today.

This time it was aged in a Cherry Wine Barrel for six months, and is being called Maroon Belles.  If you’re serious about picking one of these up, make sure to head there early on Saturday.  Bottles will sell for $100 / each, with a 3 bottle limit.  Don’t sit and wait on these as they probably won’t last past lunch time.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is located at: 200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.  303-296-7440.

There’s rumors of a new brewery opening up in Boulder, CO on Saturday, June 16th.  I’ve been following the progress of J Wells Brewery for the past few weeks.  Still awaiting confirmation that this is going to be their opening weekend, but haven’t heard back yet.  I’ll be sure to pass on anything I can find out on the Brewtally Insane Facebook page.

 If they are in fact planning to open and you want to check them out, they’re located at: 2516 W 49th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Lastly, there’s a big ol’ anniversary beer hitting CO store shelves right now.  The Bruery, from California, recently released Fruet, their 4th Anniversary beer.  It’s a monstrous 15.5% ABV Old Ale that was aged in Bourbon Barrels.  Patrick Rue and The Bruery crue were kind enough to send a few cases to our market.  I wouldn’t expect it to sit on shelves for too long, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re looking for a bottle.  It began hitting shelves yesterday.

The 750 mL bottles will be retailing between $30 – $34.  The high alcohol content and style of beer, should lend itself well to long term cellaring.  I recently had a bottle of their 2nd Anniversary beer, Coton, which is a 14.5% ABV Old Ale and it’s holding up really well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they could go for a decade or more.  At any rate, it’s a great series of beers and is worth the high price tag.

Well, there you have it peeps.  Another warm, sunny weekend is in our forecast.  Hope you have a good one!

Cheers!