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Weekend Beer Buzz 10/23/2014

The weekend’s almost here. You ready? It’s shaping up to be a sweet one, with a celebration of Pumpkin Beers at Hops & Pie, two Grand Openings and a new bottle release from Avery. Check it out!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

  • Pepo The Picker Release, Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO

Odd13 will release Pepo the Picker on Thursday afternoon. This isn’t your ordinary pumpkin beer. No Sir. Pepo’s actually a collaborative effort between Odd13 and Stem Ciders. The beer’s a blend of Sour Brown brewed with pumpkin and fermented with granny smith and crab apple juice.

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We tried this beauty straight out of the fermentation tank a few weeks ago and are pleased to report it’s delicious. Get over to Odd13 and try it for yourself this weekend. 22oz. bombers will also be available to-go. Odd13 Brewing is located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This week’s firkin tapping at Dry Dock is Spicy Apricot Blonde. Tapping will be held on Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Swing down to Rockyard on Friday to try Jelly 3.0. This is an 11.5% ABV monster IIPA brewed with a blend of Belgian yeast. Don’t forget to try the special appetizer created to pair with the beer. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

It’s Back! Lone Tree’s releasing their latest batch of Hop Zombie Red IPA at the brewery on Saturday. The doors open at 11 AM and the first 10 customers will get a free t-shirt!

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Lone Tree will have a Zombie costume contest, giveaways, and live music beginning at 6 PM. Get your cure on Saturday! Lone Tree Brewing is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

  • Liberate Yourself From Crappy Beer Fest, Parry’s Pizza – Greenwood Village, 11 AM

Parry’s Pizza will host the 3rd installment of their “Liberate Yourself From Crappy Beer Festival” on Saturday afternoon.

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For this round, they’ll be sharing some awesome brews from Avery Brewing. Look for Tweak, The Beast, Rumpkin, Pump[KY]n, Samaels and more. This is set to kick off at 11 AM at the Parry’s Pizza in Greenwood Village, which is located at: 5970 S Holly St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

It’s been a long time coming, but Lost Highway Brewing is finally open! They’ll host a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday at Noon.

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Lost Highway will have a variety of original beers to share, live music, food and more. Come out and grab a beer. Lost Highway Brewing Company is located next to The Cheeky Monk (who also founded the brewery) at: 520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.

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Stone Brewing Introduces Smoked Porter w/ Chocolate & Orange Peel

Stone Brewing has just begun shipping out their newest seasonal, Smoked Porter w/ Chocolate & Orange Peel. The new Smoked Porter variation should be landing locally in 22oz. bombers in the very near future. A tasty mix of smoke, citrus and cocoa, this one should go perfectly with the changing weather. Scroll down to learn more about this new brew.

Stone Brewing Co. Debuts a New Fall Release: Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 20, 2014) – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.

“Since 2006, we’ve done experimental cask creations with Stone Smoked Porter and discovered how well it pairs with a broad range of ingredients, from chipotle peppers to vanilla beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “When trying out different combinations for this specific limited release, I was really impressed with how well chocolate and orange peel worked together and knew it had to be shared with our fans on a large scale.”

Orange peel was added post-fermentation to bring about a citrusy aroma and lingering, tangy flavor. The cocoa flavors come from the dark malts and addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based ChocoVivo, which naturally augment the beer’s sweet, robust flavor. Magnum and Mt. Hood hops provide complex flavors, aromatics and a balanced bitterness that doesn’t overpower the chocolate and citrus qualities of the beer.

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Sanitas IPA Hits Cans

Sanitas is launching a new year-round canned brew. Their IPA has begun showing up in limited quantities around town. The new release will be the third year-round canned beer from the Boulder brewery, joining their Black IPA and Saison. Additional details below.

BOULDER’S SANITAS BREWING CO. TO RELEASE NEW IPA CANS

Boulder, Colorado – With warm weather dwindling and the midst of Fall growing nearer, the brewers at Sanitas Brewing Company are preparing to release their third year-round beer, Sanitas IPA.

“Sanitas IPA is a result of exploration and coincidence,” explained Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “it took us nearly a year to brew our first American IPA. We made a couple over the summer in order to test some new hop varieties, and they were a hit. We merged the best attributes of those beers into what is now Sanitas IPA.

Deep gold in color, Sanitas Brewing Company’s new India Pale Ale leans on a base of organic English and German malts. The aroma and flavor are dominated by overtones of exotic fruit and wet pine from a blend of rare American and Australian hops.

“We use some pretty cool hop varieties in this beer,” said Coyne, “it’s a carefully chosen blend from all over the world. The result is a very vibrant hop experience.”

Cans of Sanitas IPA will hit Boulder and Denver area shelves in the coming days, as well as local taps soon after. It will join Sanitas Black IPA and Sanitas Saison as the brewery’s third year-round beer.

About Sanitas Brewing Co.
Founded in 2013, Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company is regarded for their signature blend of tradition and innovation as well as their use of only the finest ingredients. With a passion for exploration, Sanitas epitomizes the wild spirit of Colorado with a variety of premium beers. For more information, visit http://www.sanitasbrewing.com

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New Brewery Spotlight: Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge, CO

During a recent event sponsored by Colorado Brewers Guild, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jason (aka Ford) and Jo Ford to discuss their newly opened Broken Compass Brewing, located in Breckenridge, CO. Ford and Jo, together with business partner Dave “Ax” Axelrod, saw a gap in the local market (and a chance to keep up with their skiing) and became the first brewery to open in Summit County in more than a decade.

A departure from many of the surrounding mountain town breweries, Broken Compass has decided to skip the kitchen/brewpub concept, instead focusing strictly on the beer. This sharp focus is evident in current popular offerings such as a Toasted Coconut Porter designed by Jo that boasts 350 pounds of hand roasted organic unsweetened coconut in each 20 barrel batch.

The Chili Pepper Pale Ale features a melange of peppers (anaheim, poblano, serrano, jalapeño and habanero) added during secondary fermentation, which have been hand-roasted and de-seeded, resulting in a beer that boasts bright flavors, minimal heat and is both flavorful and sessionable.

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Ford’s Portland roots are evident in his IPA, which he has designed using plenty of residual sugars and a malt backbone big enough to stand up to the assertiveness of the hops. Warrior, Cascade and Centennial are used during the boil with Amarillo, Simcoe, Williamette and Colorado-grown Nugget for dry hopping. Makes us thirsty just typing it!

In addition to the beers mentioned above, current seasonal offerings at Broken Compass include a black IPA, a Double IPA, a Ginger Pale Ale and an Irish Red. They also have a Chocolate Pumpkin Stout in the works that will definitely be worth a trip up the mountain to sample this Fall.

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Conveniently located next to the Breckenridge Distillery, Broken Compass has easy access to fresh bourbon barrels and already have eight barrel projects in the works, including a Barrel-Aged India Brown and a Barrel-Aged version of the Black Saison they made in collaboration with Summit County’s other 4 breweries for this past Collab Fest.

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Stone Brewing Announces East Coast Location

Last week, Stone Brewing revealed their plans to open a brewery on the East Coast. Their new home will open by 2016 in Richmond, VA and will include a production brewery, restaurant and gardens on 14 acres. Learn more about the new brewery in the announcement below.

Stone  Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opening a year or two after that. Ultimately, the company will employ more than 288 people.

“The search for our location east of the Mississippi River was no easy endeavor,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We received and reviewed hundreds of proposals, visited more than 40 sites, and received quite a bit of attention from communities and craft beer fans. The three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, however, we decided to begin next-step negotiations with Richmond because of their ability to meet our extensive site requirements, subject to the city’s approval. We also feel that Richmond’s vibrant energy and impressive craft beer culture, along with the uniqueness of the property, will allow us to create a truly memorable Stone experience for our fans. We are honored by the amount of time and effort all the communities that submitted proposals put forth, and we want to specifically thank Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for welcoming us.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “A facility on the East Coast will allow us to meet demand for our beer, ensure we are providing our fans with the freshest beer possible and also serve as a distribution hub for states located east of the Mississippi. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the lively craft beer community in Richmond, the state of Virginia and the entire eastern U.S.”

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Weekend Beer Buzz 10/17/2014

Well, we survived GABF, even winning the Fantasy League along the way.

Now we’re rested, rehydrated and ready for beer again. Here’s the scoop for the upcoming weekend. It’s a lite week, but there’s still plenty to get excited about.

Let’s go!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

  • Bacon and Beer Festival Ticket Sale, 10 AM

Tickets to the 3rd Annual Bacon and Beer Festival go on sale Thursday morning at 10 AM.

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This year’s fest is set for Sunday, November 16th at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. Dude, it’s BACON AND BEER! Stop reading this and go buy your tickets right HERE! Do it now. We’ll be waiting until you get back.

Our friends at The Old Mine have another Tap Takeover planned for this Thursday. This round, they’ve teamed up with Stone Brewing to share 11 awesome beers.

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There’s something for everyone, ranging from Belgian-style ales to hearty Stouts to hopped up IPA’s. The full list is below.

Enjoy By
Arbalest
Bang Bang
Coffee Milk Stout
Reason Be Damned
18th Anniversary IPA
Xocoveza Mocha Stout
Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
2013 Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stochasticity Project – Hibiscusicity
Stochasticity Project – Quadrotriticale

We recently visited The Old Mine for the very first time and were blown away by their ciders, incredible draft lineup and deep bottle list. Don’t miss this one. Tappings begin at 4 PM. The Old Mine is located at: 500 Briggs St, Erie, CO 80516. Read more »

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The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival Returns!

The 3rd Annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is set for Sunday, November 16th. Presented by EatBoston and Denver Off The Wagon, the event will feature 18 breweries, more than 25 restaurants and hundreds of pounds of glorious BACON!

Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 16th for $46.50, which covers unlimited bacon bites and beer samples. Click HERE for ticket information and scroll down for more details on this amazing event.

Denver Bacon and Beer Festival Returns For Third Year

Breweries and local chefs team up for an afternoon of bacony fun

DENVER – Returning for its third year, the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival will be held November 16. This is not just any food festival, and not just any beer festival, instead the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival features 18 breweries and 25+ restaurants. The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is presented by EatBoston and Denver Off The Wagon.

In the last two years, the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival has raised almost $40,000 for Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing. The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is excited to announce a continued partnership with these two organizations.

“Each November, Colorado breweries and chefs outdo themselves with the dishes and beers they bring to the festival,” said Aaron Cohen, founder of EatBoston. “This year to make things even more exciting, one restaurant and one brewery will be crowned Denver’s first “Beast in Show,” a people’s choice vote for the best beer and bacon dish. The winning restaurant and brewery will receive bragging rights and a $750 donation to a local charity of their choice.”

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival will take place on Sunday, November 16 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at The Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis St., Denver CO 80202).

Participating restaurants and breweries include:  Read more »

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River North Announces Big City Quad Release

River North Brewery’s got a new addition to the family that they’ll unveil on October 18th. Big City Quad is a 13.7% ABV Belgian-style Quad that spent 10 months again in Manhattan cocktail barrels. Get the full scoop on this new brew and the upcoming release party in the announcement below.

River North to Release Big City Quad October 18th

When River North’s brewers got their hands on barrels that used to hold a Manhattan cocktail blend, they wanted to push their limits, filling them with a lavish and luxurious brew, a celebration of everything delicious and decadent about barrel-aged beer.

In doing so, they created Big City Quad, a 13.7% Manhattan-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel, which will debut Saturday, October 18th at 1pm in the River North taproom.

river north big city quad label“The Manhattan is such a beautiful cocktail, we had to do it justice. So we brewed our highest-gravity beer yet,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “Ten months later, there’s only one way to describe the result. Big City Quad is an uptown exercise in ale opulence.”

Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters compliment sweet Belgian malts, creating a timeless classic that can be savored now or cellared for years.

Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. River North bottled 150 cases of Big City Quad, which will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will ship to stores in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.

Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Brewing in the RiNo district of Denver, River North focuses on yeast-centric beers with Belgian-style flair. Like the brewery on Facebook (facebook.com/rivernorthbrewery) or follow on Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) for the latest insights.

River North Brewery is located at 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO, 80205.

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The 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Pictures

GABF Week was completely insane. It felt as if we were being pulled 10 different directions everyday, with good beer awaiting us at every destination. Mrs. Insane kept particularly busy trying to document everything through her camera and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from the weekend with you all.

Here’s a rundown of our weekend in pictures, in chronological order. Hope you enjoy. Also, click the links for more pictures and writeups from some of the side events.

On Thursday, the Team started out at The Source, for lunch at Comida. Soon after, we made our way to Epic’s 2nd Annual Firkin Fiasco for a lineup featuring 50 different firkins to sample. From there, Patti and Greg made their way to the Convention Center and the opening ceremonies of GABF, while Scott and I grabbed a quick beer at Freshcraft and worked their way up to What The Funk!? at EXDO.

Epic’s 2nd Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco

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What The Funk!? Vol. 3

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GABF Thursday Night

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Third Annual Denver Beer Festivus Announced

One of our favorite brew festivals returns in December. The Third Annual Denver Beer Festivus is set for December 13th at McNichols Building in downtown Denver. Presented by Imbibe and Denver Off The Wagon, this one features only Denver breweries and is the perfect way to sample a few tasty local brews, enjoy a little dancing and show off your worst xmas sweater. Tickets are currently on sale and can can be purchased HERE. Hope to see you there!

Imbibe Events and Denver Off The Wagon Present the Third Annual
Denver Beer Festivus

The festival for the rest of us celebrates the Denver spirit of brewing

DENVER – Denver is home to almost 40 breweries in operation, and 20 more breweries are in active development. To celebrate these breweries, Imbibe Events and Denver Off The Wagon will host the annual Denver [only] Beer Festivus, a beer festival for the rest of us, on Dec. 13 from 3 – 6:30 p.m. at the McNichols Building at 144 West Colfax.

“When GABF first started in 1982, there were 93 breweries in the country. Denver now has almost half that in its city limits,” said PJ Hoberman, founder of Denver off the Wagon and co-owner of Imbibe. “We want to celebrate all of the breweries in Denver under one roof. Festivus is a great place for guests and brewers alike to revel in the family that is the Denver beer culture.”

Last year’s festival featured 25 breweries with roughly 1,000 craft beer enthusiasts and yet again, an amazing dance party. This year, more than 60 breweries have been invited to participate. In order to qualify for an invitation, a brewery must have a Denver address.  Read more »

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