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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/19/12

It seems like every weekend, there are more and more events going on around town.  There’s a TON of events happening this weekend.  I’m not complaining, I just hope I can fit it all into one post.  It’s worth a shot.

Start your weekend by hitting up Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday release on July 20th.  Mix Master Walt has come up with Apple Pie Rye in July for this week’s release.  3 PM sucka!

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

Speaking of Dry Dock, Patti and I will be pouring beers for them over at the Hops for Habitat Beer Festival on Friday, July 20th at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO.  Come out and drink some beer while raising money for the environment!  This charity brewfest runs from 5 PM – 9 PM and will feature more than 15 Colorado breweries, food trucks, wagon rides, live music and more.

Some of the breweries pouring include Dry Dock, Copper Kettle, Odell, New Belgium and Ska.  Stop by the Dry Dock booth and say Hi!  Tickets for the event are $30 ($15 for DD’s) and can be purchased in advance HERE.  The Plains Conservation Center is located at: 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013.  303-693-3379.

Celebrate Belgian Independence Day on Saturday, July 21st, over at the Wynkoop Brewing in Denver, CO.  They’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual United Tastes of Belgium with more than 50 breweries on-hand, pouring authentic Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

Some amazing breweries will be in attendance including Stone, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Duvel and of course Wynkoop.  Check out the complete list of beers HERE.   Advance tickets are $30, which covers your glass, beer, cheese and chocolate samples.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.  Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $37.50.  Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

The radio waves will be blowin’ up again with Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 at noon.

This week, they’ll be sitting down with the guys from TwinHops Brewing to talk about their campaign on Kickstarter and hear about their plans to open a brewery in Aurora next year.  (More on TwinHops further down in this post).  Also in the studio will be Whitney and John from City Star Brewing out of Berthoud, CO.  The Colorado Craft Beer Show will also be giving away tickets to Kyle’s Brew Fest and the Denver Summer Brewfest, so keep your phones handy.

Over on American Craft Beer Radio, Gary V will be sitting down with a panel of beer judges.  They’ll be breaking down the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines, explaining how a beer is judged and doing some on-air tastings of commercial beers.

Tune in to the show on 102.3 FM on Saturday, July 21st at noon.

Where my freaks at?  Sour Freaks that’s you!  (Don’t get offended, I include myself in that category). The 2nd meeting of the Funk ‘n Wild Club is scheduled for Saturday, July 21st at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, CO.

This unofficial club of local sour freaks doesn’t require a golden ticket or secret password to get inside.  Just show up and be ready to get your mouth-puckering, funky, freak on.  Breweries on-hand include Crooked Stave, Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium, Russian River and more.  Beers can be purchased in full pours, half pours or tasting flights.  Special guest Chad Yakobson, the mastermind behind Crooked Stave Brewing is scheduled to be the guest speaker.

Dude, I’m pumped for this!  More info on Funk’n Wild can be found HERE.  The event runs from 3 PM – 6 PM at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.  303-485-9400.

Speaking of sours, The Rackhouse Pub keeps their Sour Month rolling with new sours getting tapped daily throughout the month of July.  This week, look for Great Divide Bretty Yeti, Crooked Stave Surette, Odell Shenanigans and AC Golden Apricot Sour hitting the tap lines.

The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.  720-507-7824.

Looking for something not sour, but still packed with complexity and flavor?  Copper Kettle Brewing’s got ya covered.  They’re releasing an Imperial Oak Aged Stout on Saturday, July 21st.  This is one of those rare chances to try a nice, big, flavorful stout, right, smack in the middle of summer.  Skip the wheat and pils, grab your big boy drinking pants and hit up Copper Kettle for this one.

Stop by at noon for the tapping, stick around for the Harvest Food Truck at 5 PM and music from Pete Stein at 6 PM.  Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

River North Brewery is getting ready to begin accepting sign-ups for their Locals’ Club.  Sign-ups for the club begins on Sunday, July 22nd at 1 PM.  The $30 membership includes an exclusive, 16 oz. glass (pictured below), $4 pints all day, every day and a membership card.

Memberships will be sold to the first 50 people on a first come, first served basis.  River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-2617.

Hops & Pie is back with the next round of their Littlest Big Beer Fest on Sunday, July 22nd.  There’s a killer lineup of Firestone Walker beers hitting the tap lines at 2 PM.  Look for Double Jack (Double IPA), Double DBA (Barrel-Aged Barleywine), Parabola (Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout / my FAV of the bunch!) and more.

This special collection of Firestone Walker beers should not be missed.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Lastly, the guys behind TwinHops Brewing want to invite you over to help them brew a batch of beer on Sunday, July 21st.  Brad, Scott, Rick and Colin will be firing up the burners to educate, answer questions and share with fans all the details about their upcoming brewery.  More info on TwinHops Brewing can be found on yesterday’s blog.

Starting at noon and rolling throughout the day, stop by and taste their beer.  Bring your homebrew rig over and brew with them if you’d like!  This is being held at: 23891 E Alabama Dr, Aurora, CO 80018.

7/20 Update: The TwinHops brew day has been postponed.  Just got word that it won’t be happening on Sunday, July 21st, but will be rescheduled for a later date.  I’ll update you when they get a new date scheduled.

That’s it kids!  Hope to see you around town this weekend.  Have fun, stay cool and follow us on Facebook for more updates throughout the weekend.

Cheers!

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New Brewery Spotlight: TwinHops Brewing

I get excited when I start thinking about all of the new breweries plugging away in various stages of opening in Colorado.  While some are in the final stages, others are just getting started.  This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the team behind TwinHops Brewing, which is shooting to open in the Aurora, CO area in early 2013.

The TwinHops Brewing team consists of identical twin brothers and Brewers Brad and Scott Burton, older brother Rick Burton and Creative Director, Colin Bridge.  The guys sat down with me to share a few pints and fill me in on their last 18 months of progress as well as their future plans to get TwinHops up and running.

Like many other successful brewery stories, Brad and Scott began as homebrewers back in 2006. From there, they discovered a passion for the craft that helped them create and fine tune their own recipes for tasty brews.  For TwinHops, they’ve created 5 beers that will represent their core lineup: Bad Medicine Oatmeal Stout, Golden Spike Pale Ale, Scantily Clad Blonde Ale, Salinger Rye IPA and a yet to be named IPA.  They’ve also mastered a Green Chili Smoked Porter that could eventually serve as a seasonal offering.

While the guys are currently focused on getting their brewhouse and tap room secured, they’re not shying away from the possibilities of expanding into barrel-aging, souring and just experimenting with beer recipes in general.  No style guidelines are safe!

I had the opportunity to try their Bad Medicine Oatmeal Stout and wanted to share some notes with you.  The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color.  Kind of initially looked like a glass of cola. A 1/2 finger, tan-colored head forms at the top of the glass and is fed by a slow, steady stream of moderate carbonation.

The aroma is roasted grains, malt, oats, a touch of coffee and biscuit.  Smells really nice.

Taste is roasted grains, sweet oats (malted milk balls???), chocolate, toast, faint caramel and chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth, while the finish is a bit dry, and slightly bitter.  A well-crafted beer and with a 5.5% ABV, it’s very approachable, flavorful and highly drinkable.  Recommended!

In order for TwinHops to become a reality, they’re trying to get some financial help through kickstarter.com  The guys want to upgrade from an all-grain, homebrew setup to a 7 BBL system and a space to call home for TwinHops.  Obviously, that all takes money.

Through Kickstarter, supporters are able to contribute anything from $1 to more than $1000 and are awarded for each different level of donation.  If TwinHops isn’t able to reach their goal of $20,000 by July 30th, 2012, you won’t owe anything, but that means they won’t be getting any financial help either.  Get all the details and find out how to pledge by clicking HERE.

The guys have other plans if Kickstarter doesn’t work out for them.  They’ve created a Founder’s Club that will reward members with a lifetime of benefits, including a custom 18 oz. stein, which comes with $3 fills.  Other benefits include 20% off growler fills, invitations to special events and access to exclusive bombers.  The club will get backers in on the ground level and is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.  1/3 of the Founder’s Club memberships have already been snatched up.  Click HERE for more details and to enroll in the club.

At noon on Saturday, July 21, the TwinHops team will be making an appearance on the Colorado Craft Beer Show with Turk and The Gubna on AM 760.  They’ll have a chance to talk about TwinHops and share some beers with the guys, so be sure to tune in.

On Sunday, July 22, they’ll be hosting an open brew day.  For this unique event, the guys have invited beer lovers over to have a beer with them and taste their Blonde, IPA and Rye IPA.  They’re also inviting homebrewers to bring their rigs over and brew a batch of beer with them.  Think of it as a fun, educational afternoon that will give you a chance to hone your brew skills or just hang out and try some new brews.  The day kicks off at noon and will be held at: 23891 E Alabama Dr, Aurora, CO 80018.

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the brew day on Sunday, July 22, has been cancelled.  I just got word from Scott that they’ll be rescheduling for a later date.  I’ll keep you updated when a new date is set.

TwinHops is off to a great start.  By offering your support, you’ll be helping them bring their vision to life.  In turn, they’ll be enhancing our community and amazing Colorado craft beer scene.  Check them out and I hope to see you at the Brew Day on Sunday!

Cheers!