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Weekend Beer Buzz 10/30/2014

Time for another dose of your Weekend Beer Buzz. Halloween’s coming up on Friday and sooooo many breweries are hosting costume contests, special tappings and even beer pouring out of pumpkins…. Check with your favorite local breweries to see what they’ve got planned. We’ve listed a few of the weekend’s bigger happenings below, along with a giant Beer Hunter’s Report. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

  • Cerealiously Count Chocula Tapping, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO, 5 PM

By now, you’ve probably heard of the case of the missing Count Chocula cereal up in the Fort Collins area. Seems Black Bottle snatched them all up to make a special Halloween Cerealiously Count Chocula brew. You’ll have the opportunity to try the beer for yourself beginning on Thursday at 5 PM. We hear The Count himself might even make a guest appearance. Get on it! Black Bottle Brewery is located at: 1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Head to Freshcraft on Thursday for a special night with Green Flash. They’ll tap the 2014 Treasure Chest Beer, which is a Barrel-Aged Saison with Plum. $1 from every pour will go to charity for breast cancer.

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Say “Hi!” to your local Green Flash rep, who’ll be on hand with some great giveaways including pint glasses and t-shirts. The fun begins at 7 PM. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • 4-Year Anniversary Events, Dad & Dude’s Breweria, Aurora, CO, Thu – Sat

Congrats to Dad & Dude’s on their 4-Year Anniversary Weekend. They’ll be tapping and sharing some special kegs throughout the weekend and will host a costume contest on Halloween Night. Find more details on their Facebook Page. Dad & Dude’s is located at: 6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO 80016.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The two latest Signature Series releases from Dry Dock Brewing will hit the South Tap Room on Friday at Noon. Stop by to grab your bombers of Double Brown Ale and Double Hazelnut Brown Ale, which have both been aged in Whiskey Barrels. Learn more about these beautiful brews HERE. Only 200 cases made, but these should begin hitting local shelves soon. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

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Winter Beer Fest Calendar

Just because Summer’s gone, GABF’s over and Winter’s settling in, doesn’t mean all the good beer fests are done for the year. We’ve got a few to watch for in the coming months and we’ll keep adding to the list as new ones are announced. Check it out!

November 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, Sessions @ 1 PM & 6:30 PM
$35 – $50

The All Colorado Beer Festival is back this year with two tasting sessions. More than 60 breweries have signed on to pour during this years event. Look for AC Golden, Dry Dock, Horse & Dragon, Paradox, Pike’s Peak, Three Barrel and many more. Grab your tickets and all the details you need right HERE.

Saturday, November 8th, 2014, Noon – 5 PM
$20 – $30 

Avery Brewing will host the 3rd Annual Boulder IPA Festival on Saturday, November 8th.

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Look for nearly 100 different hop bombs pouring throughout the afternoon. Tickets can be found HERE for $45. Check out the complete list of beers and grab your tickets today. Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.

Saturday, November 16th, 2014, 2:30 - 5 PM
$46.50 – $61.50 

The third installment of the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is right around the corner. Yeah, that’s right, it’s Bacon and Beer!

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Presented by Denver Off The Wagon and EatBoston, this is sure to be a highlight of the the Winter Festival Season. There’s already 18 breweries signed on and more than 25 restaurants ready to share their bacon, beer and bacon-inspired beer. Click HERE for more details and a list of attending breweries / restaurants. You can grab your tickets right HERE. The Curtis Hotel is located at: 1405 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 6 – 10PM
$49 – $80

Chef & Brew returns to EXDO Event Center in November. Sponsored by BeerCraving, this is a beer and food pairing competition that pairs some of the best local chefs and brewers in Colorado for a night of amazing culinary experiences to fill that mouth hole of yours. Come hungry (and thirsty!). Leave happy. Check out our coverage from last year and grab your tickets today. The EXDO Event Center is located at: 1399 35th St, Denver, CO.

Friday, November 21st, 2014, 5 – 9 PM
$35 – $45

The 2nd Annual American Craft Beer Radio Holiday Beer Bash takes over the Wings Over The Rockies on Friday, 11/21.

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More than 35 breweries have already signed on for the event and local chefs will be dishing out small bites. ACBR Host Gary V. will be giving away tons of cool prizes throughout the night. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased HERE. Wings Over The Rockies is located at: 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230.

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Avery Brewing Launches No. 23 in Barrel-Aged Series – Antonius’ Carmen

Avery Brewing will release No. 23 in their Barrel-Aged Series on Sunday, October 26th. Antonius’ Carmen is a Sour Ale aged in Madeira barrels that’s been described by Avery’s Barrel Herder Andy Parker as tasting “totally different from any sour we’ve ever done because those barrels are baller”. Only 291 cases made, so get over to Avery on Sunday afternoon to grab some for your cellar.

More details can be found below.

Avery Brewing Co. to release sour ale aged in Madeira barrels

No. 23 in Barrel-Aged Series will be released at Avery Tap Room on Oct 26th

Boulder, CO – Antonius’ Carmen is a sour ale aged in Madeira barrels, a type of barrel Avery has never before explored.

“I love Madeira,” says Founder and CEO Adam Avery, “because it’s sweet and interesting and old. But it’s hard to find Madeira barrels, so as soon as they became available, we snatched them up because we wanted to give this a shot.”

Rather than make a sweet beer and then add more sweetness from the Madeira, Avery’s brewers wanted to make a sour beer to contrast the flavors from the barrels. “We wanted to put the essence of Madeira into a beer, and Antonius’ Carmen has a hint of the caramel that is the backbone of Madeira.”

Avery’s Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker says Antonius’ Carmen “has aromas of dark cherries, and lots of ‘em, with a very clean, lactic sourness and a tannic dryness from the oak.” Says Parker, “This tastes totally different from any sour we’ve ever done because those barrels are baller.”

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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

Fossil Brewing will host a Grand Opening party on Saturday afternoon.

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They’ll have a food truck and 7 beers to sample. Look for:

Ginger Ale (non-alcoholic)
Megalodon Blonde Ale
Evolution Amber Ale
Mammoth India Pale Ale
Buried Brown Ale
Hair of the Hound Saison
Sabertooth Imperial IPA
Steggy Stout

Fossil Brewing is located at: 2845 Ore Mill Rd #1, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

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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Cheers!

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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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