We’ve got a big weekend folks and I’m dropping bombs! Say what? Hey, there’s not one, but two new breweries opening in Colorado this week! This looks like it’ll be the biggest weekend we’ve had since the GABF circus rolled through town almost two months ago. Strap on your beer goggles and get ready to go. Oh and if you really want to enjoy this week’s post, grab your favorite beer and take a swig every time you see the word “BOOM!”. Hurry up, you just missed one.
Ready? Alright, let’s do this.
Earlier This Week
Firestone Walker XVI dropped not once, but twice. BOOM!
The Bad News: It disappeared from store shelves almost as soon as it landed. The Good News: It’s on tap at Parry’s Pizza right now (11/29/2012 11AM). Head over and try this unique anniversary blend of 8 different barrel-aged beers! BOOM!
Deschutes The Abyss hit Colorado. BOOM!
This inky impy stout is proving to be a challenge to track down as well. There’s not as much to go around as originally anticipated. I’m not sure if we’ll be getting a second shipment or if the beer geek boom is stretching the supply thinner than previous years. Whatever the case may be, if you want some, don’t wait around. It’s hitting shelves this week and a few stores have already sold out.
Dry Dock bottled their 2012 batch of Bligh’s Barleywine on Tuesday. BOOM! This luscious Barleywine has spent the better part of 2012 aging in Stranahan Whiskey Barrels.
I had the opportunity to try a sample a few weeks ago during our interview with Dry Dock Co-Owner & Founder Kevin DeLange and it’s shaped up very nicely. You’re going to love it. And if you don’t, you’ll sell your bottles to me and like it. Dry Dock’s releasing 10 cases at the brewery on Sunday, 12/9 ($20 each / 1-bottle limit), with more cases going to local liquor stores on 12/11.
Brewery Rickoli Ltd. opened in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday. BOOM!
Brewmaster Rick Abitbol has been brewing along the Front Range for more than a decade. Rickoli opened with Black Pliny Double IPA, Social Lubricant Scotch Ale, Aldo’s Red, Totally IPA and a Rye Stout. Stay tuned for a single-hopped Pale Ale series exploring one hop variety at a time, plus a Hoppy Barleywine, a Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, a Dark Chocolate Milk Stout and more! Brewery Rickoli Ltd is located at: 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Mon – Thu: 3 PM – 11 PM & Fri – Sun: 2 PM – 12 AM. 303-344-8988.
Cantillon bottles have been dropping on local retailers too (thankfully no one was injured)! BOOM!
My most favoritest of the Belgians. I heart you Cantillon. Sadly, I’m not too hopeful that I’ll find any. With everyone on the hunt, I figure winning this week’s $400+ Million Powerball jackpot might be easier than finding a little Cantillon on a store shelf around town. But, hey, at least it’s returned to CO. More Cantillon news below…
Friday, November 30, 2012
For this week’s Deviation down at Rockyard Brewing, the Jellyman will be pouring JPA – Jelly Pale Ale.
According to Jellyman, this is a 7% ABV that pours a “dark straw with lacy white head”, has aromas of “fruit berry jelly with hints of toffee” and has “a balanced maltiness and citrus hops, punctuated by jam”. Get your Jelly On at 4 PM! BOOM! Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Dry Dock Brewing is following up last week’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown with a very festivus Firkin Friday. Here’s Firkin Friday Surgeon General Walt Chleva modeling an amazing beer and pairing it with this Christmas sweater that’s… Well it’s… hmm, oh yeah nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Thanks Mom.
This week’s firkin will feature a Roasted Marshmallow version of Bethla-Yam. Bethla-Yam is a Sweet Potato Stout, winner of the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and creation from Dry Dock Brewer Brett Williams. The win has secured Brett bragging rights around the brewery for the next 12 months as he beat out fellow brewers Doug Hyndman and John Schneider for the title.
As for Bethla-Yam, it’s a sweet, moderately spiced stout. BTW – Dry Dock is still pouring all of the Ho Ho Ho Slapdown entries, so if you’re interested in trying them or grabbing a growler to-go, head over now and get your fix. As for Firkin Friday, tappings will be at 3 PM & 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Wynkoop’s Annual Parade of Darks is lined up for Saturday.
34 breweries bringing 82 brews, all leaning towards the darker side of the force. BOOM! Here’s the complete list from Wynkoop’s very own Beer Evangelist, Mr. Marty Jones:
Arvada Beer Co – Jolly Holiday Ale, Foreign to Me Stout
Avery Brewing – The Czar, Old Jubilation, Out of Bounds Stout
AC Golden – Blueberry Sour, Plum Sour,
Bootstrap Brewing– Worthog Stout, Boomer Brown
Boulevard Brewing – Bully! Porter, Dark Truth Stout
Breckenridge Brewery – Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Porter, Extra ESB, Christmas Ale
Bull & Bush – Big Ben Brown Ale, Stonehenge Stout, Punk Up The Yams, The Legend Of The Liquid Brain, Captain Funk, Captain Midnight
Caution Brewing – Toaster Bat Black Smoked Porter, Dunkel(er)weiss.
Copper Kettle – Mexican Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin Porter
Denver Beer Co– Graham Cracker Porter, Chill Out Chocolate Chili Stout
Elevation Brewing – Apis, Lil Mo Porter
Drydock Brewing – Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale, Raspberry Porter
Firestone Walker – Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout, Walker’s Reserve Porter, DBA
Fort Collins Brewery – Double Chocolate Stout
Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Claymore Scotch Ale, Hibernation
Green Flash – Double Stout
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Master Thief German Porter, Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager, Wee Heavy Barrel-Aged Scottish Strong Ale
Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noir
Left Hand – Fade to Black, Milk Stout Nitro
Lone Tree Brewing – Acres O Green Irish Red, Toots’s Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout, Chili Beer Collaboration #2, Old # 99 Rauchbier
Lost Abbey – Lost & Found
Maui Brewing – Coconut Porter
Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub — Megatron Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing – Mountain Standard, Isolation Ale
Ommegang – Three Philosophers
Port Brewing – Old Viscosity
Prost Brewing – Doppelbock, Dunkel
Pug Ryan’s– Brain-teaser Barlywine, Barell-Aged Leap Year Trifecta
Sierra Nevada –Narwhal Imperial Stout,Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel
Ska – Steel Toe Stout, Nefarious, On The Sly Again
Strange Brewing – Pumpkin Porter, Cherry Bomb Stout, Gingerbread Man, Vanilla Rum Porter
Twisted Pine – Espresso Stout, Honey Brown
Upslope Brewing– Christmas Ale, Brown Ale
Wynkoop Brewing – Gingerbread Stout, 2012 Barleywine, Cowtown Milk Stout, B3K Black Lager, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Colorojo
As you can tell, this is going to be full of awesome beers for your tasting pleasure. Tickets are $35 in advance and available HERE or $42 at the door (if they’re not already sold out come Saturday). The Wynkoop is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Just up the road from the Wynkoop, Crooked Stave will be hosting Cantillon’s Zwanze Day on Saturday. BOOM!
This is a world-wide event with a coordinated toast at 1 PM MST. This is the first time a Colorado location has been picked to participate so don’t miss out. To quote some snotty teenager somewhere in America, “it’s kind of a big deal”. BOOM! For more specifics, check out our article about Zwanze Day from earlier in the week by clicking HERE. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Black Bottle Brewing up in Fort Collins, CO will open their doors to beer freaks for the first time this Saturday. BOOM!
This new brewery, run by Sean Nook, will be pouring their own beers, along with some great craft beer on their 40 guest taps. They’ll also have a full bar and fermented grape juice for those non-beer drinking types you so unwisely choose to associate yourself with… I’m freakin’ psyched about these guys. They’ve gotten great reviews and took second place in the People’s Choice Awards at the 2012 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival. In the near future, they’ll be working out a barrel-aging program, souring beers and brewin’ up some nice styles of craft beer that they’ll want to drink. And by the looks of things, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to drink them too.
Their videos are tough to beat. I mean, have you seen this yet?
Because Craft Beer Rocks! BOOM! I can’t wait to visit Black Bottle Brewing and give them a try. Black Bottle Brewing will be open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 2 AM and is located at: 1605 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. 970-493-2337.
Over in Boulder, Asher Brewing turns 3 this weekend.
They’ve got a little shindig planned complete with beer, food, beer, music, beer, dogs, games, beer and beer. Beer, it’s what’s for dinner. Bet you thought I was going to say “BOOM!”. I did clown. Now drink! Two for flinching. The party runs from noon – midnight. Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct, Suite 104, Boulder CO, 80301. 303-530-1381.
But wait, there’s more. While you’re up in the People’s Republic of Boulder, swing over to Twisted Pine and grab a bottle or 3 of the last installment in their Artisan Ale Series. For December, they’re releasing Noel Tripel.
This beer is a 9% ABV Belgian-style Tripel. 750mL bottles will be sold in the tap room beginning at noon. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Into next week, New Belgium has planned “The Creator’s Dinner”, where all the beers being poured will be introduced by their creator / brewer. This is happening over at The Kitchen in Denver on Monday at 6:30. Check out this lineup:
- Kick- Presented by Kim Jordan (NBB Co-founder and CEO) and Dick Cantwell (head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co)
- La Folie- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Le Terroir- Presented by Lauren Salazar (Wood Beer Blender and Sensory Specialist at New Belgium)
- Eric’s Ale- Presented by Eric Salazar (Wood Beer Brewer and Blender at New Belgium)
- Chocolate Coffee Stout- Presented by Grady Hull (Assistant Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Transatlantique Kriek- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
BOOM! There will be incredible food paired with each beer. This is a really great opportunity to meet and talk with some of the creative minds behind New Belgium’s fantastic beers. Reservations are $85 and can be made by calling 303-623-3127. The Kitchen Denver is located at: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202.
That’s it. Did you make it all the way to the end? I hope so. I’m all BOOM’d! out. Yes, that one counts too, so take your final sip and go grab a nap. You’re going to need it before the weekend gets here.
Have fun out there.
Howdy! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! We made the rounds with our little ones and popped a little nightcap when they went to bed. Three Floyds Dark Lord ’07 anyone?
Had to have something with a spooky name on Halloween! Man, this beer has aged sooo well. Delicious.
The weekend’s right around the corner. Got plans? Need someone to point you in the right direction? Follow me!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Crooked Stave has an awesome lineup of beers ready for you this weekend.
Cuvaison III – a blend made with Passion Fruit; L’Brett D’ Or – Golden Sour; Nightmare on Brett with espresso beans and more! Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will be open Thursday – Sunday this weekend.
The guys have been working hard to catch up from their crazy busy weekend during GABF. They’ve brewed up a bunch of fresh batches to share with you. Stop by and try their IPA, Pale Ale, Saison, Tart Saison, Proletariat Cream Ale and Huckleberry Coffee Stout. They’ll be open on Thursday 4 – 10 PM, Friday 4 PM – 12 AM, Saturday 2 PM – 12 AM and Sunday 2 – 10 PM. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Dry Dock’s got a good one for this week’s Firkin Friday. Can you say “Peanut Butter Cup Porter”?!?! Love this brew. Get some! Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday.
They’re also pouring a Spicy Stout, which was brewed with cinnamon and cayenne and they’ve also got a bit of their Shotgun Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout left as well. Both are delish! Speaking of the Dock, they turn 7 next weekend! Put next Saturday on your calendar now as the Anniversary Parties always include special tappings and good ol’ fashioned fun. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Speaking of firkins, Breckenridge Brewery will be hosting Firkin First Friday this week.
Look for a firkin of 471 IPA, dry-hopped with Warrior Hops on Friday at 5 PM. This’ll be at their Denver location, which is at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204. 800-328-6723.
Jellyman’s got another good one lined up for this week’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing. This Friday, he’s releasing Freaktoberfest, which is a Hefeweizen fermented Oktoberfest.
This 6% ABV beer has aromas described as a “spicy fruit cornucopia” and tastes like “caramel malts with light citrus notes and spice”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest is in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center this weekend.
It’s connected with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo and runs through Sunday. There’s 4 sessions running over the weekend and it’s only $12 to get in the door, which includes 3-samples and 1 full beer. Additional beers may be purchased separately. Look for Backcountry Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, Elevation Brewing, Odell Brewing and more. Ticket information and times can be found HERE. The Colorado Convention Center is located at: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Once again Saturday, is just ridiculous.
We should rethink our Saturday policy. I say we drop a day mid-week and add a second Saturday every week. There’s just never enough time on Saturday to see and do everything. I think two Saturday’s in a week might let us get around to all of these great beer events. Hey, it’s an election year. You want my vote politicians? Make it happen! Until then, you might have some tough decisions to make this week.
First up is the All Colorado Beer Festival. I did a writeup earlier this week on this beer festival down in Colorado Springs. Check it out HERE.
Two Sessions, 30+ Breweries, 100+ Beers. I’m really looking forward to having an opportunity to visit with some of Colorado’s newer breweries like Paradox and Elevation. This should be a blast.
And if you’re on the fence about the VIP ticket option, let me just drop a few beers on you. Upslope Pumpkin, Trinity TPS Report, New Belgium La Folie and more than 20 other interesting beers will be pouring in the VIP area. Don’t miss out! Again, click HERE for all the details and I hope to see you there!
In Denver, the Wynkoop is hosting their annual Beers of the Year event on Saturday.
This is a really cool event that features a keg of every beer brewed at the Wynkoop during 2012. They’ll also be pouring casks and beers from other local CO breweries. A partial list of beers that will be pouring on Saturday, can be found HERE. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $32. The event runs from 1 PM – 4 PM. Wynkoop Brewing Co. is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Up in Boulder, Upslope Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday.
They’ll be unveiling their 4th Anniversary Beer, which is a Saison brewed with Patagonia-sourced hops. They’ll have more than 15 additional brews to sample, live music, food trucks and a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
That’s right, the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be kicking off the party at noon with a live broadcast on AM 760. The show goes until 2 PM, the party rolls on all day and there’s NO COVER! Congrats to Upslope on 4 years of great beers! Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd No. 20, Boulder, CO 80304. 303-449-2911.
If you make it up to Boulder for the Upslope party, swing over to Twisted Pine for the next release in their Artisan Ale Series.
This month’s release is called “Modern Day Pine-eer”. This is an India Pumpkin Ale brewed wtih Pilgrim and Columbus Hops and 500 lbs. of pumpkin! The party goes from noon – 9 PM and label artist Shannon Ripley will be at the brewery displaying her artwork and signing bottles. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
As if that wasn’t enough, Learn To Homebrew Day is also on Saturday.
This is a great opportunity to try your hand at brewing your own craft beers. There’s a full list of events HERE, or just head to your local homebrew shop and watch how it’s done. If you’ve got your own rig, load it up, bring it to your local homebrew shop and share the fun of this growing and addictive hobby!
Thursday, November 7, 2012
Looking into next week, Prost will be pouring their beers for a German Beer Dinner at Ernie’s in Denver on Thursday.
The $40 dinner covers a 4-course meal each paired with a different Prost beer. This is limited to 30 people, so call Ernie’s and reserve your spot today. Ernie’s is located at: 2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211. 303-955-5580.
There you have it peeps, another full week of beer here in Colorado! Get out and enjoy the nice weather. Hope to see you out and about.
It’s brew fest season here in Colorado. We’re in full swing right now as we inch closer and closer to the Big Daddy, the Great American Beer Festival. Seems like my calendar has some sort of festival or tasting highlighted nearly every weekend. There’s no chance I’ll hit ’em all. My liver couldn’t keep up, but one can dream right?
For me, beer festivals fall into a few different categories. There are a handful of festivals that I probably won’t ever attend again for a variety of reasons (cost, distance, poorly run, etc…). Others, are on the “Maybe” list, which just means it’s a solid beer fest that would be nice to attend again, but life goes on if I can’t make it. While a few make it to the exclusive, “Must-Do!” list, that I make every effort to attend every year. Last night, my wife and I attended the Art and Ale Brew Festival at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO and it’s already been added to our “Must-Do!” list for next year.
We went with the Dry Dock crew and spent the evening pouring samples of their Amber, Pale, Hefeweizen and the ever popular Apricot Blonde. We had a great spot outside, in the shade and right next to New Belgium Brewing.
NB Beer Ranger Andrew, kept us stocked with samples of their Peach Porch Lounger, Red Hoptober and Super IPA, their delicious IPA brewed in collaboration with Alpine Brewing out in California. We talked about their sour program for a bit and he mentioned that the next batch of La Folie might be ready as early as this fall. Keep your fingers crossed!
In between pours, we took some time to wander the grounds outside and the halls of the museum inside.
In addition to the 30+ breweries, there were a variety of restaurants, wineries and distilleries in attendance as well.
David Parry, owner of Parry’s Pizza was super-busy all night long handing out slices of their delicious pies. They banged through more than 150 pizzas during the event!
He had just gotten the keg list for his next tap takeover, which will be with Oskar Blues on Saturday, September 15th. There are some mighty fine beers on the list, so mark your calendars now. More details to come.
The gang from Strange Brewing was pouring Cherry Kriek, Colorado’s answer to Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin. God, I love that beer. Thanks again for the full pours guys!
Jim from Rockyard Brewing brought his Redhawk Scottish Ale and Double Eagle Wheat. They also had their chef on duty, who cooked up an amazing batch of Jalapeño Cheddar Soup and Pretzels stuffed with jalapeño cheese. Oh my goodness! Delish!!!
Outside at Elevation Brewing, Xandy was flying through kegs of Mount Blanca Belgian Saison and Apis IV Quadrupel.
Twisted Pine brought three offerings from their monthly Artisan Ale Series.
I finally got a chance to try the Dank IPA from Dad & Dude’s, which was nice and hoppy, but still approachable and very drinkable.
There was even a band inside cranking out 80’s covers from bands like Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. Alcohol + Music + Dance Floor = Best People Watching Ever!
After eating and tasting our way through the festival, we met up with some friends and hit the chocolate fountains for desert. The good peeps from Sir Chocolate brought a variety of things like strawberries, marshmallows and rice crispy treats to dip in three different kinds of chocolate. Nom, nom, nom!
As the sun dipped down behind the mountains, the fire pits lit up and people lounged in the grass around the museum. What a night!
Beautiful weather, plenty of old friends and new ones too, music, amazing beer and food. We’ll definitely be back again next year and so should you!
Anybody else make it out there last night? What did you think?
Big thanks to the staff and volunteers at The Wildlife Experience for hosting a great event. Shoutout to all of the different companies in attendance as well. You guys rock!
Man, there’s another ton of great beers headed to our shelves. Check these out!
Dry Dock is gearing up for the opening of their 2nd location and adding a canning line. Here’s a sneak peek at their Amber and Hefeweizen cans. I’m hoping for an early winter release on these.
Twisted Pine released another addition to their Artisan Ale series over the weekend. On Saturday, they debuted their Wagon Wheel Stout. This big and rich stout was aged for 12 months in Buffalo Trace barrels with fresh, organic cherries.
Remaining bottles will be hitting local shelves shortly.
Trinity Brewing has another yummy Saison headed to bottles.
Le Capataine Petite Bouddha Saison Regal is aged in Chardonnay barrels with cacao and fermented with Brett and Lactobacillus. A 10.4% ABV Saison? Sounds like funky goodness to me.
Elevation Brewing is also getting ready to release a Chardonnay barrel-aged beer this Summer. Look for Signal de Botrange, which is a 7.5% ABV, Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale.
This will be Elevation’s first barrel aged release in bottles and is part of their Double Black Diamond, upper-end series of beers. They just signed a deal with Elite Distribution to bring 8 different beers to the Front Range throughout the year. Keep an eye out for these beginning August 10th.
The Beast is back!
This year’s batch of Beast Grand Cru was recent released at Avery Brewing on August 1st. This was the 10th release of this monstrous brew and it ages extremely well. Grab one fresh, but grab a few to stash away for the next decade or for the upcoming zombie apocalypse. Look for a 14%-18% ABV on this bad boy, so be nice or it’ll bite!
Dad & Dude’s Breweria has teamed up with Prost Brewing to bring you their Dank IPA in cans.
There was a huge release party at Dad & Dude’s Breweria on August 4th. This 6.5% ABV IPA should be on any hop heads radar. Look for 16oz. cans hitting the CO market shortly.
From our out-of-state friends, look for Stone Brewing to release their 16th Anniversary beer in the next few weeks. This year is a 9.4% ABV, lemon-tinged Double IPA.
They’re also gearing up to release “Enjoy By 09.21.12 IPA”. This is an 8.5% ABV IPA that is a hoppy, citrusy, bitter brew. Just like the label says, drink it fresh and live for the now!
I always enjoy Stone and these look to be a pair of great summer releases. Both will be making their debut at the Stone Anniversary Party in Escondido, CA on August 18th, 2012. Plan on bombers hitting local shelves soon after.
Over in Deschutes country, keep an eye out for The Dissident sour brown ale.
This 11.4% ABV brown ale is brewed with cherries and aged in French oak wine barrels. Don’t let the “brown ale” trick you… This is Flanders Oud Bruin. It’s sour, fruity and complex. Grab one if you see it as they won’t last long!
A little further down the road is The Abyss.
This is typically a November / December release, so I might be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I can’t help it. This is an absolute favorite of mine! The Abyss is a blend of beers aged in Bourbon barrels, Oak barrels and Wine barrels. This 11.0% ABV Imperial Stout has notes of licorice, chocolate, molasses, caramel, coffee and more. So complex and yummy, this also ages exceptionally well. My earliest bottles will be turning 5 this year. Might be about time for a nice, big vertical tasting. An amazing beer, but save me some will ya?
In my last bit of news, I’m a little sad to announce that Head Brewer Tod Mott has left The Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Tod has been leading New Hampshire’s amazing brewpub for more than 8 years and has really helped to put them on the map, particularly with Kate the Great, his decadent Russian Imperial Stout. There’s an entire day devoted to the release of this beer. At one point, Kate the Great was considered to be the best beer on the planet!
Patti and I have visited The Portsmouth Brewery several times over the years and they never disappoint. Tod will be replaced by Tyler Jones, who has served as Tod’s assistant for the past four years.
As for Tod, last week he announced that he will be opening a new brewery somewhere in Southern Maine. While no further details have been released, he plans to brew about 500 barrels a year and will be releasing Kate the Great at his new brewery. He mentioned that the name will be change, since it’s owned by Portsmouth Brewery, but he owns the recipe and plans to release it under a new name in the future. I wish him the best of luck.
Another full weekend lies ahead. You ready?
Friday the 13th got you freaked out? Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and head over to the Denver Beer Co. for Christmas in July! At 1 PM, they’ll be tapping a special “Christmas-spiced” firkin. Stick around for music, food and a special appearance by Mr. Claus himself. The fun runs until 5 PM and is sure to chase those Friday the 13th blues away.
Don’t forget Firkin Friday over at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, CO. This week’s release is a Black Cherry Saison. Sounds delish. I made it out last week for the Kona Coffee Milk Stout, which was really, really tasty. It was like sipping a nice, iced coffee. Another great creation by their Firkin Freak Walt.
Anyway, head over to the Dock at 3 PM on Friday, July 13th to give the Black Cherry Saison a try or two or three… Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch, CO is gearing up for another Tap Takeover on Saturday, July 14th. This time they’re joining forces with New Belgium Brewing to bring fans a slew of tasty brews, many of which haven’t been available in months. Look for a variety of beers from the Lips Of Faith series, including Tart Lychee, Cocoa Mole, Biere de Mars, Fall Wild, La Folie, Brett Beer (collaboration w/ Lost Abbey. Read further down on how to win a bottle.) and more!
This ain’t your local Old Chicago! Parry’s Pizza combines great food with one of the best tap lists in the Denver area. If you’re able to make it over to Parry’s in the near future, try to bring some items to donate, as they’re collecting a variety of goods for victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire. More details and a list of items you can donate, can be found on the Parry’s Pizza Facebook Page. Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
If you’re able to visit Parry’s between noon and 2 PM on Saturday, you’ll be able to hang with Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show. The guys will be broadcasting live from the event on AM 760.
Over on the FM side, American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous down in Salida, CO on Saturday, July 14th.
Gary V will be hitting the airwaves on 104.3 FM at noon in Riverside Park in Salida, CO. The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous will feature more than 60 Colorado breweries and runs from 1 PM – 5 PM. Tickets are $35 and covers beer samples, local music and root beer for the kids and DD’s. I really wanted to attend this year, but it wasn’t meant to be. Looks like it’ll be a blast though! Have fun guys!
Twisted Pine Brewing, in Boulder, CO, is gearing up for their 17th Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 14th.
Plenty of great food, music and of course, tasty beers, will be there for you to enjoy from 2 PM – 7 PM. Tickets are only $25. Congrats on 17 years! Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
And yet ANOTHER Beer Festival is lined up for this weekend up in Breckenridge, CO. That’s 3 this weekend, for those of you keeping score at home. Main Street Station will be hosting the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival on Saturday, July 14th from 1 PM – 6 PM.
25 Breweries will be pouring this year, including several out-of-state breweries such as Alaskan, Stone and Boulevard. Of course, a variety of great breweries from CO will be on hand as well. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Click here for more info.
Here at Brewtally Insane, we hit the Spring Breceknridge Beer Festival and it was an absolute blast! There’s a review and a ton of pics HERE. You’re probably not going to find any crazy, rare, sour, barrel-aged brews at this one, but you’ll definitely be treated to a solid lineup from quite a few of your favorite breweries.
Sour Month rolls on at the Rackhouse Pub. Scheduled to be tapped this weekend is Avery – Immitis, Crooked Stave – Petite Sour and AC Golden – Dry Hopped Sour. Looking towards next week, the tap lines will see New Belgium – Tart Lychee, Great Divide – Bretty Yeti and more!
The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-507-7824.
While we’re talking sours, on Saturday, July 14th, AC Golden will be releasing Kriek, the latest installment in their Hidden Barrel Collection. This is being sold exclusively through Mile High Wine and Spirits in Lakewood, CO.
Sales will begin at the store and over the phone at 3 PM, with a 1-bottle limit. If you can make it to the store, an AC Golden rep will be on-hand to answer questions and pour samples. I fought my way through the phone lines for the Apricot and Peche release a few weeks ago. These beers are delish and worth checking out. Mile High Wine and Spirits is located at: 435 S Vance St, Lakewood, CO 80226. 303-936-0272.
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Have a great weekend!
Hey everybody! Hope you had a fun and safe Independence Day. I know many of you are probably taking advantage of the mid-week holiday and enjoying a nice, loooong weekend. Many of my favorite breweries either closed early or were closed all together on the 4th, but are gearing up for a busy weekend. You ready?
Kick it off over at Dry Dock Brewing for their weekly Firkin Friday. This week’s release is a Kona Coffee Milk Stout.
Dry Dock’s Milk Stout is solid and I know Walt worked some magic with this coffee’d version. I’m going to try to hit this one up and so should you. Tapping is at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Breckenridge Brewery is turning 22 this weekend! Wow! There’s not too many craft breweries that have been pumping out beer for 22 years. Congrats guys! To celebrate, there’s a Pig Roast / Concert / Beer Drinkin’ Throwdown on Saturday, July 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM.
The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Breck’s Anniversary Party.
Turk will have Tebo sitting in for The Gubna again this week. Plan on lots of updates from the Breckenridge crew, plus visits with Brian O’Connell from Renegade Brewing, Boone from Bristol Brewing and Virgil from Illegal Pete’s. The show airs live on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM. Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204. 800-328-6723.
Over on the FM side, American Craft Beer Radio, will be broadcasting live from Backcountry Pizza and Tap House up in Boulder, CO. Gary V will be hittin’ the waves on Saturday at noon. Keep your ear on 102.3 FM for giveaways and beer news. If you can make it over to Backcountry, they’ll treat you to happy hour pricing from 11-2.
Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-449-4285.
Copper Kettle Brewing is releasing another round of deliciousness this weekend. This Saturday, July 7th, the tap lines will be graced with this year’s batch of German Altbier. A nice blend of malt and hops round out this highly drinkable, German-style brew.
They’ll be joined by Reetz Treats at 5 PM, who’ll be bringing an assortment of sweet, yummy morsels to pair with this and other Copper Kettle beers. The tapping is at noon. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine is ready to release the next installment in their Artisan Ale Series. For July, they’re releasing Hoppy Girl, an 8% ABV, 70 IBU, IPA infused with hibiscus and jasmine. 750’s will go on sale at the brewery on Saturday, July 7th from noon – 9 PM.
Kate Medlin, who designed the label art, will be on hand to sign bottles. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St. Ste A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
Sour Freaks, listen up! It’s Sour Month over at the Rackhouse Pub. This week will see Dry Dock’s Apricot Sour and Grand Teton’s Snarling Badger (Berliner Weisse) hitting the tap lines. Looking towards next week, keep an eye out for AC Golden’s Rackhouse Blend and Dry Hopped Sour, Avery Immitis and Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour.
There’s a lot of special sour treats to watch for over at the Rackhouse Pub in July. This event runs all month long and I’ll keep you updated with everything they’ll be putting on the tap lines. Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-570-7824.
TRVE Brewing picked up a Buffalo Trace barrel earlier this week.
A hint of things to come? They must have gotten smoked on their opening week, as they had to close for a few days to catch up and make more beer. Don’t worry, they’ll be ready for you this weekend. TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO 80203. 303-351-1021.
Lastly, Prost brewed their first batch of beer this week! Bill brewed up his Weißbier on Tuesday.
Still no firm opening date, but they’re getting closer. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.
That’s all I got! Hope you guys get out and try some great beer this weekend. Click “Like” on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the latest updates, events and beer news in Colorado and around the globe.
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.