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Weekend Beer Buzz 03/14/2013

Colorado Craft Beer Week is nearly upon us.  You know what the Dr says.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Backcountry Brewery
Big Choice Brewing
Black Bottle
Bonfire Brewing
Bootstrap
Boulder Brewing Champagne Mojo
Bristol English Old Ale
Bull and Bush
Carver Oatmeal Pale Ale
Caution Brewing
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Crabtree
Copper Kettle
Crazy Mountain
Crooked Stave Assorted Goodness including L’Brett D’or
Denver Beer Company
Dry Dock
Echo
Elevation Oil Man
Equinox
Ft. Collins
Funkwerks Deceit
Great Divide
Grimm Brothers
Hall Brewing Company
Hogs Head on CASK!
Left Hand Brewing on CASK!
Lone Tree Brewing
New Belgium
Odell Brewing Wooden Sidecar Oakaged Myrcenary
Oskar Blues
Pagosa Brewing
Prost
Redstone Meadery
Renegade
River North
Ska
Strange Cherry Kriek
Telluride Brewing
Tivoli
Tommyknocker
Upslope Foreign Export Stout
West Flanders
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.

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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.

Cheers!


Pints in Pictures: Our Mutual Friend, CAUTION: Brewing Co. and The All Colorado Beer Festival

Another brew filled weekend has come and gone.  Here’s the highlights in pictures.

Our Mutual Friend was open for the weekend.  The Huckleberry Roasters Coffee Stout is delicious!

Next, we met up with some friends at CAUTION.  The Green Tease blew me away.  It’s brewed with Green Tea Leaves and two Sake yeasts.  Really nice, refreshing beer.

We wrapped up our weekend with a trip down South to attend the All Colorado Beer Festival.  It was nice to finally try Paradox and some of their Barrel-Aged brews.  I also got my Trinity fix and sampled new beers like the Lips of Faith releases from New Belgium and Upslope’s Christmas Ale.

Another great weekend of beer here in Colorado!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 11/01/2012

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.

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Cheers!


Pumpkin Beer Guide Pt. 2 – The Locals

Pumpkin Beers Round 2!  Last time, we discussed some awesome Pumpkin Ales and Lagers from around the U.S.  This time, we’re going to talk Pumpkin Beers that are brewed right here in Colorado!  Whether they come in bottles, cans or growlers, there’s a variety of great tasting gourds waiting for you.  Take a look.

Tommyknocker Brewery, Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale.   The Idaho Springs brewery first released their Small Batch Pumpkin Harvest Ale in 2011.  This 5% ABV beer retails for $7.99/ 6-pack. The beer poured a very dark, ruby red color with a 1-finger, off-white head.  The aroma was malt, dark fruit and molasses.  Where’s the pumpkin?  The taste was cherry, raisins, burnt wood and molasses.  I was a little confused by this one as I found very little pumpkin anywhere in the beer.  It seemed one-dimensional and was fairly disappointing.  Score: 2.5/5

Note: My review is based on Tommyknocker’s bottled version.  I had it on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs two weeks ago and found it to be a whole lot better.  It’s possible I got a bad bottle.

Dry Dock Brewing, Half Moon Pumpkin Ale.  The ’09 Small Brewery of the Year released this beauty last week and I was able to make it over for the release party.  This 5.2% ABV beauty pours a clear, dark orange color, with a 1-finger, off-white head.  Big pumpkin spice dominates the aroma, along with some notes of cinnamon and brown sugar.  The taste was pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar, molasses and a touch of vanilla.  This is a very spicy, flavorful brew.  Very enjoyable.  Hey homebrewers, The Brew Hut (homebrew shop) next door will set you up with the recipe so you can brew your own batch.  I brewed a batch about 6 years ago and it’s a great recipe.  Score: 3.75/5

Upslope Brewing, Pumpkin Ale.  The Boulder brewery took home a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 with this special beer.  The 7.7% ABV brew pours a clear, copper color with a half-finger, off-white head.  Soft carbonation and faint lacing trim the glass.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and malt round out the aroma, while the flavor is pumpkin pie, graham cracker, brown sugar and a touch of hops.  A touch of alcohol and the slightest hop bite in the finish.  Very nice beer.

In addition to sporadic tappings at the brewery, 16oz. cans have been distributed to multiple stores along the Front Range.  You can purchase a 4-pack from the brewery for $15, which also includes a coupon for a free pumpkin from Munson Farms in Boulder.  Baby Bear Pumpkins from Munson Farms were used in the making of this wonderful beer.  Score: 4.5/5

Avery Brewing, Rumpkin.  Wow.  There are pumpkin beers and there are PUMPKIN BEERS!  This is a monster of a pumpkin beer, clocking in at 15.9% ABV!  That’s right, 15.9%!  Avery released this amazing concoction for the first time in bottles last year and most stores were sold out within hours. This brew was barrel-aged in rum barrels and sold for $10 / 12oz. bottle.  I’m reviewing the inaugural 2011 batch, since the 2012 batch is yet to be released.

This monster pours a hazy, dark amber color, with a 1-finger tan head.  Amazingly sweet notes of rum, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, raisins and booze.  Smells more along the lines of an Old Ale or aged-Barleywine than a Pumpkin Ale.  The taste, ooooohhhhhh, the taste…  Sooo sweet and smooth. Vanilla, rum, raisins, dark fruit, cinnamon, caramelized brown sugar and a slight hint of pumpkin. This is a truly amazing beer and completely different to anything else I’ve tasted while going on this little journey through the land of Pumpkin Beers.  It’s clear that some of the pumpkin flavors have faded since the ’11 release, but that’s part of the beauty of aging beers.  Over time, the layers slowly blend together, harsh flavors mellow out and time can turn sharp notes into smooth ones.  Score: 4.75/5

This is a very special beer and is more along the lines of Avery’s “The Beast” than a standard Pumpkin Ale.  I picture The Beast chowing down in a pumpkin patch.  If you’re looking to grab a bottle from this year’s batch, you had better make plans to visit the brewery on Saturday, September 29th.  Word on the street from Avery’s Barrel Herder, Andy Parker, is that he had trouble tracking down rum barrels and production is lower than last year.  I’ve also heard that there will be no distribution for the 2012 batch.  In other words, get your butt to the brewery on the 29th if you want a bottle.  12oz. bottles will run $10/each, with a 12-bottle limit.  It seems like there’s 826 beer related events going down on the 29th, but I’m going to give it the old “college try” to make it up to Boulder for this.  Hope to see you there!

“But wait, there’s more!”

Keep your eyes out for a variety of other Pumpkin brews that are in various stages of fermentation at your favorite local brewery.  Strange Brewing in Denver is working on a Pumpkin Porter.  Look for it to get tapped sometime around October 8th.

Slaying Pumpkins at Strange Brewing

TRVE Brewing, also in Denver, was cooking their gourds earlier this week.  Owner / Brewer Nick Nunns is naming TRVE’s Pumpkin Ale, “Carving Out The Eyes Of Gourd”.  He’s brewed the beer with 8 different varieties of roasted heirloom gourds and expects it to be in the 8% – 10% ABV range. Nick’s planning to spice it up later with vadouvan, which is a French-influenced curry blend.  I’m excited to try his creative take on the style.

Grilling Gourds at TRVE Brewing

Down in Colorado Springs, Bristol Brewing was picking perfect pumpkins earlier this week for their amazing Venetucci Ale.  This is a very nice beer that can only be purchased at the brewery (guaranteed to sell out!) and proceeds go to charity.

Also down South in the Springs, Trinity Brewing has brewed several batches of this year’s Emma’s Pumpkin Saison.  This is always an impressive beer that can be found on tap at the brewery and in 750mL bottles.

This list is by no means complete, but it’s certainly a great starting point for you to get your gourd on this season.  Grab a pint at your favorite brewery or get a growler to-go.  Many of these won’t last more than a few weeks, while some will be gone in a matter of hours, so get out and enjoy them while you can.  If you’d like to share your favorites, feel free to send me an e-mail or post a picture on the Facebook page.

Cheers!