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Beer Hunter’s Report – 2016 GABF Edition

Every week, Scott puts his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. During GABF Week, he’ll be updating on a daily basis with the rare, interesting brews landing all over town. Get ready for a fun, wild week and check back often. 

No snark this time around, there’s way too much beer for snark! This is the first of what we expect to be many GABF-related beer reports. Stay tuned!

  • Jester King Space Waves, Wytchmaker, Kollaborationsbier, Snorkel, FoudreweizenDetritivore, Intersection of SpeciesBeachtimez Sportzketball, and Multifarious
  • Bruery Confession, Wiki Wiki Tart, Mash and Vanilla and Dodie
  • Jack’s Abbey Hoponius Union, Smoke & Dagger, House Lager and Excess
  • Off Color Sibling Rivalry and Jerk Bird
  • Green Bench Sunshine City and IPA
  • Stillwater On Fleek
  • Ommegang 3-Philosophers Cellared 3-pack which includes vintages of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Odell Crossover Sour Blonde aged in white wine barrels.
  • Fort George/Melvin/Barley Brown’s 3-Way IPA!!!
  • Russian River Pliny, Temptation, Supplication and Consecration
  • Another Wicked Weed drop that includes returning and some new; Xibalba, Barrel-Aged XibalbaLa Bonté Plum, Oblivion, Freak of Nature, Pacificmost, Pernicious and Juiceless (collab with Creature Comforts)
  • Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Prunus Persica release at 5 PM on Wednesday, 10/28 at The Source. Blueberry Origins also released this week.
  • Jolly Pumpkin Cucurbitophobia
  • Casey is dropping somewhat silently around town too. Look for various Casey’s inlcuding (but not limited to) CFP Lapin Sweet Cherry, Cherry Fruit Stand Stella and Bing and Brett Loves Simcoe 
  • Firestone Walker Lil Opal
  • Surly Coffee Bender, Todd the Axe ManFuriousHellCynicOverRated and Bender!
  • Shorts Soft ParadeHuma Lupa Licious, and others return for thier annual GABF visit
  • Sun King is back too, with Sunlight Cream Ale and Wee Mac
  • Marble dropped cans of Double White, Red and Pilsner
  • La Cumbre Dank Project
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Raspberry Umami
  • Great Divide BA Hibernation

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Beer Hunter’s Report 09/21/2016

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update and apologize on the late Beer Hunter’s Report and the lack of a Weekend Beer Buzz. My house is up for sale and we’re gearing up for a move. This has eaten up practically every second of my free time for the last several weeks. Long days, short nights and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

We hope to be back to normal soon, but for now, please bear with us as things are pretty crazy and we’re doing our best. Thanks for understanding.

-Mark

  • The GABF drops continue!!
    • Half Acre has dropped Pony PilsnerDaisy CutterGone Away IPA and Navaja Double IPA 
    • Bell’s dropped more beers including some returning from last week (Two Hearted) and some new ones like OctoberfestThe Oracle DIPAKalamazoo Stout and Best Brown
  • Fremont Field To Ferment Centennial from their fresh hop series, and we should be seeing them all! And that’s not all! The Rusty Nail oatmeal stout brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt, aged on cinnamon bark, then spends 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels. I am not shitting you! Supa limited y’all.
  • Gigantic Scrilla Hoppy Pale is also out there.
  • Blackberry Farms New World Cuvee
  • Trois Dames La Fianee
  • De Molen Tsarina Esra

By: Scott Steigerwald

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GABF 2016 Calendar

It’s time. The Nation’s largest beer festival will roll into town this month with thousands of kegs, bottles, industry folks and beer geeks ready to party and celebrate craft beer.

We’re back with our Monster calendar which we’ll continue to update as more events are announced. It’s also available in a Google Calendar friendly layout, so if that’s your jam, click HERE. Visit our Beer Hunter’s Report for all your bottle shopping needs and there’s a GABF 2016 tab at the top of the site, where you’ll find all your GABF news, updates and events.

Bookmark these pages, check back often and get ready for an amazing week!

You early birds and locals will want to start things up early over at the 11th Annual Fresh Hop Festival. Now, let’s do this!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Backcountry’s Annual Sour Sunday returns with 55 beers getting tapped, along with some special bottle offerings.

backcountry sour sunday gabf

Brunch will be available. More details to come. Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

First Draft collaborated with Stone Brewing for Stone Mixtape Ale Vol. 15 – Brett the Rockies. This is a Brett-fermented foudre blended with Ruination 2.0 and cannibis oil. They’ll also tap Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton Sour Cherries and Stone Cali-Belgique aged in Tequila Barrels. First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Great Divide will be at Avanti F&B on Monday night to kick off GABF Week. Look for a monster lineup that will include 2014 Oak Aged Yeti, The Smoothness, Gose and more. Avanti F&B is located at: 3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO.

Head to Freshcraft for a solid lineup of funk on Monday night. Participating breweries include New Belgium, Black Project, Cascade, Wicked Weed, Crooked Stave, Avery and TRiNiTY. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Odd13 will head to First Draft on Tuesday for some special tappings, giveaways and fun. Look for:

Codename Superduper Fan
Hawaiian Bartender
The Economist
Codename Superfan
Boulder Brett
Chainsaw the Princess of Karate (collab with Big Choice Brewing)

First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Details HERE. Work & Class is located at: 2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Beers Made By Walking returns to Denver for GABF Week. The event invites brewers to create beers inspired by nature and ingredients found on trails. This years tasting will feature 30+ breweries, including Black Project, Great Divide, Dry Dock, Odd13, Odell, Paradox, Ratio, TRVE and more. Snag your tickets HERE. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located at: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO.

The 5th installment of What The Funk!? is set for Tuesday. No words for this one. Look, if you like your beers funky, barrel-aged, sour, wild, or anywhere in-between, this is your event. The invitational fest will feature some of the best beers in town for GABF week.

This year’s massive brewery list includes Allagash, Beachwood, Bell’s, Boneyard, Fremont, The Rare Barrel, Yazoo and many more. Past WTF!? coverage can be found HERE. The EXDO Event Center is located at: 1399 35th St, Denver, CO.

Crooked Stave Artisans will present some of GABF’s finest at The Crafty Fox on Tuesday night. Look for beers from Bell’s, Lawsons, Council, Perennial, Fremont, Bone Yard, Crux, Lord Hobo and many more. The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

Freshcraft will bring the spotlight back to the local scene on Tuesday night. Look for tappings from TRVE, Ratio, Comrade, WeldWerks, Lost Highway and others. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Head to Hops & Pie on Wednesday for a whole slew of beers from the portfolio of Crooked Stave Artians. Participating breweries include Beachwood Brewing, Creature Comforts, Melvin, Boneyard, Stillwater, Half Acre, Jester King, Lawson’s and many more. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

WeldWerks will release Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic on Wednesday. This is their Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans, aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels.

weldwerks bama

DBTers assemble. WeldWerks is located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.

Three local breweries will share some tasty and limited brews at World of Beer – Cherry Creek on Wednesday afternoon. Look for Paradox at 4, River North at 5, and New Belgium at 6 PM. Details HERE. World of Beer – Cherry Creek is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO.

Ursula will release bottles and tap their Merit Badge Beer on Wednesday. This one’s a Coconut and Chocolate Imperial Porter. Ursula Brewery is located at: 2101 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO.

The Beerliner’s making the trek back to Denver again for GABF Week.
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available Soon.

$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Look for The Beerliner at 14th and Stout in Denver.

Funkwerks and River North have teamed up for a special collaboration tapping to bring back the spotlight to the local beer scene. Here’s the lineup:

River North Saison Conspiracy Noir (dark saison with syrah must aged in red wine barrels)
Funkwerks Saison Conspiracy Blanc (pale saison with white wine grapes aged in white wine barrels)
River North White
River North Avarice
Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial
Funkwerks Cascade

Lucky Pie – LoDo is located at: 1610 16th St, Denver, CO.

River North will release BA Nightmare Fuel on Wednesday. Aged in Whiskey Barrels and loaded with Coffee, don’t miss this special brew. Available both on tap and in bottles, there will also be a special mussel pairing from Roaming Bull Brasserie. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

The Oskar Blues Ordeal is back for another year of GABF fun. Kick things off on Wednesday at the Pig Roast. Head to the Hops & Heifer’s Farm for an all-you-can-eat pig roast, plenty of Oskar Blues brews, live music, a tour of the farm and plenty o’ fun. Tickets start at $30 and are available right HERE.

Tivoli will kick off their GABF Week shenanigans on Wednesday night. Come on by for a brewery tour, see what’s on tap, grab a bite and hold on for the wild week ahead. Tickets are $35, which includes unlimited beer tastings. Tivoli Brewing is located at: 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO.

  • La Cumbre Brewing, First Draft, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Look for special tappings from La Cumbre at First Draft on Wednesday at 5 PM.

Project Dank
Monzon Fresh Hop
Apricot Saison
La Negra BA Imperial Stout

First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

The Crafty Fox will host Horse and Dragon Brewery for some fun food and beer pairings. They’ll have all sorts of beers to share, from a Rum Barrel-Aged Coconut Porter to a Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Each beer will be thoughtfully paired with food made from spent grain, hops, wort and yeast. The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

The Mercantile will host an incredible beer dinner on Wednesday night. Featuring 6 breweries and 8 chefs, this “State of the Union” beer dinner will be one for the books. Breweries include Crooked Stave, Side Project, Jester King, The Bruery, Alesong and Call to Arms. Reservations are $150 in advance, $175 at the door. Details HERE. Mercantile is located at: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO.

Offensively Delicious, the annual celebration of comedians and craft beer is a great way to kick back and enjoy GABF week. This year 10 breweries and 4 comedians have signed on for the event. Breweries include Brooklyn, New Holland, Liquid Mechanics and more, along with headlining comedians Beth Stelling and Matt Braunger. Tickets start at $30. The McNichols Building is located at: 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

Avery Brewing will host The Brett Pack for a special 5-course beer dinner on Wednesday. Avery, Dogfish Head, Russian River, The Lost Abbey, and Allagash and their owners will each offer up several beers for this special event.

the brett pack avery

Here’s the rundown: Avery – El Gose, Callipygian, Ceratio. Russian River – STS Pilsner 2009, Consecration 2008, Beatification. Dogfish – Namaste, Flesh & Blood 2015, Black and Blue. Allagash – Sixteen Counties, James Bean, Farm to Face. Lost Abbey – Port Pils, Ad Idem, Bret Devotion.

Tickets are $125 / each. Avery Brewing is located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO.

The Upslope crew will head to Freshcraft on Wednesday night. Here’s the tap list:

Upslope Lager
Upslope x Freshcraft Smell My Hand Long Pepper Black IPA
Upslope Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Wine
Upslope Presidents Beer (barrel aged dark Belgian)
Upslope Citra Pale

Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Breast friends are the best friends. Hi-Dive will host a tap takeover and music showcase featuring TRVE, Ratio, Burial and Revolution. Tickets just $10. Proceeds benefit the Keep A Breast Foundation. Don’t miss this one. Hi-Dive Denver is located at: 7 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Copper Kettle’s releasing 4 variants of Mexican Chocolate Stout during GABF Week. First up is Coffee – brewed with Pablo’s coffee, cinnamon, local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a coffee twist. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO.

The Crafty Fox will serve up more than 21 Wicked Weed beers on Thursday afternoon! From stouts to sours to IPAs, don’t miss this awesome lineup. The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

Crooked Stave will take over the taps at World of Beer – Cherry Creek on Thursday. Look for tappings from Almanac, Bell’s, Cascade, Fremont, Green Bench, Half Acre, Perennial, Two Roads and more. World of Beer – Cherry Creek is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO.

The Beerliner’s making the trek back to Denver again for GABF Week.
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available Soon.

$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Look for The Beerliner at 14th and Stout in Denver.

Get your game face on for Thursday’s tappings at Freshcraft. They’ll bring the heat from Casey Brewing & Blending. #caseymafia Check the event page for updates and tap list. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

River North will release bottles of Saison Conspiracy on Thursday afternoon. This is a collab with Funkwerks that’s a Dark Saison with Syrah grape must aged in Red Wine Barrels. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

  • Almanac Brewing, First Draft, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Look for special tappings from Almanac at First Draft on Thursday at 5 PM.

Apricot de Brettaville
Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch
Tropical Platypus
many options from Farmer’s Reserve

and more! First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

The Crafty Fox will serve up some of Odd13’s finest and hardest to find brews on Thursday evening. Stop by at 5 and enjoy a pint or three. The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

Lowdown Brewery will tap 4 beers from Three Floyds on Thursday. Come on down for the rare opportunity to try some great brews from this Munster, IN brewery. No tickets. No reservations. No bologna. Lowdown Brewery is located at: 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO.

Cigar City Brewing will make a rare Colorado appearance at Freshcraft on Thursday night. Look for:

Guayabera Citra Pale Ale
Jai Alai IPA
Lager
Outskirts Imperial Porter (aged in Bourbon barrels)

Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

The 50 Firkin Fiasco returns to Epic Brewing on Thursday night. Head over for 50 new and delicious firkin tappings. Featuring variants from Big Bad Baptist to the Brainless Series to Escape IPA and more, there’s plenty here for everyone. This killer event starts at $30 for early birds. Grab your tickets today, which includes a t-shirt. Epic Brewing is located at: 3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO.

Avanti will host a post-GABF Happy Hour with Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione on Thursday night. They’ll be popping 120 Minute IPA, with vintages back to 2007! Get over and see how a little proper cellaring can work some magic on this already great beer. Avanti F&B is located at: 3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO.

Details to come. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Oskar Blues Ordeal continues with Friday’s Gospel Brunch. Depart at 9:30 AM from the Hyatt Regency Denver and get ready for a full day of Oskar Blues fun. Transportation to Homemade Liquids & Solids, food, beers, and even a side trip to The Tasty Weasel. Details and ticket info HERE.

Tappings include:

From Casey –
Cherry Cut : Balaton
Cherry CFP: Attika
Apricot Cut
East Bank
Cherry CFP: Golden Cherry
From Cascade –
Elderberry
Black Cap Raspberry
2014 Project: Noyaux
Sang Noir
Manhatten Project

Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

The 8th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting is set for Friday at Noon. Always, always, always an amazing event. Get your big boy pants on and get ready to tick some waelzbro. This one benefits Pints for Prostates. The McNichols Building is located at: 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

Copper Kettle’s releasing 4 variants of Mexican Chocolate Stout during GABF Week. Second up is Pumpkin – brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO.

Duvel will bring a variety of beers from the family to share at World of Beer on Friday. In addition to Duvel, they’ll serve up some classics and rarities from breweries like Ommegang, Boulevard, Maredsous, Chouffee and more. Brewery reps will be on hand throughout the day. World of Beer – Cherry Creek is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO.

Denver Beer Co. will host the annual Collaboration Celebration on Friday. Head over and try some brand new beers, featuring collabs with Saranac, Base Camp, Rhinegeist and more. Tickets are just $25. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1550 Platte St, Denver, CO.

The Beerliner’s making the trek back to Denver again for GABF Week.
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available Soon.

$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Look for The Beerliner at 14th and Stout in Denver.

Who knew Bellingham, WA has become such a beer destination. Melvin and Crooked Stave will also be on hand and will join the likes of Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Aslan and others for a fun evening of beers rarely seen in Denver.

bellingham beer gabf

Come meet the brewers, snag some killer swag and get entered to win an all inclusive trip to Bellingham! Must be present to win. The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

Details to come. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

  • The Bruery, First Draft, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Look for special tappings from The Bruery at First Draft on Friday at 5 PM.

Melange #14
Sour in the Rye
White Oak
Tart of Darkness

and more! First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Freshcraft will tap a firkin of Warrior Fresh Hop IPA at 7 PM. This one will go quickly. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Already a kick ass list, with more to come:

Green Flash Blanc Tarte Barrique (sell sheet attached)
Green Flash Adambier (collaboration with Great Divide, Cigar City, Uinta, and Spiegelau)
Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker
Stone Barrel Aged Saison with Blackberries
Stone XS
Stone Xocveza Charred

Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Freshcraft will host this year’s annual Breakfast with The Bruery. Start the day right and get a good layer before the award’s ceremony and Members Only Session of the GABF. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Black Project will release two new beers and will also pull some special bottles from the cellar for a bottle release on Saturday. Here’s the lineup:

NEW RELEASES
-LUNEX – Spontaneous Blended Sour with Corvus Coffee
-DREAMLAND (Batch 3) – never released in bottles

CELLAR STOCK
-кальмар Spontaneous Imperial Gose
-SUPERCRUISE Tempranillo
-DREAMLAND (Batch 1) – Waxed and capped old-school bottle
-DREAMLAND (Batch 2)
-VOODOO (Batch 1)
-ELSEWHERE (Batch 1)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 2) (cold-stored since release)
-EJECTOR (Batch 1) (cold-stored since release)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 3)
-EJECTOR (Batch 2)
-Probably some other stuff that I find a couple bottles of 😉

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Have breakfast GABF style on Saturday at Denver Beer Co. Just $10 for a killer breakfast burrito and glass of Barleywine. Details HERE. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1550 Platte St, Denver, CO.

River North’s annual rare bottle sale is set for Saturday. Bottle list to come. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Copper Kettle’s releasing 4 variants of Mexican Chocolate Stout during GABF Week. On Saturday, look for Double Chocolate – brewed with cinnamon, a double dose of local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO.

The Beerliner’s making the trek back to Denver again for GABF Week.
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available Soon.

$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Look for The Beerliner at 14th and Stout in Denver.

“A mini beerfest with the cream of the crop craft beer.” Look for Casey Brewing and Blending, Cantillon, Jester King, Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s and plenty more. Purchase a time slot for $10, which includes tokens for 6 – 4oz. pours. Additional tokens will be available for $2 / each. Tickets and details HERE. First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Wrap up your GABF week with some special brews from Surly. Details to come. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus will host BA’s from around the nation at the BeerAdvocate Throwdown on Saturday night. Come try some of the finest Lagers in the country. Bierstadt Lagerhaus is located at: 2876 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Come wrap up your GABF week with some special tappings and belt out a few tunes at Ratio’s Post-GABF Karaoke Party. Ratio Beerworks is located at: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Copper Kettle’s releasing 4 variants of Mexican Chocolate Stout during GABF Week. Last up is Vanilla Bean – brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist.

copper kettle vanilla bean mexican chocolate stout

Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO.

Hop Wizard will return to the Odd13 taproom on Sunday. This round’s been double dry-hopped with Galaxy. Look for a limited amount on tap, plus cans to-go. Odd13 Brewing is located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.

By: Mark Robinson and Scott Steigerwald

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Beer Hunter’s Report 09/15/2016

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update and apologize on the late Beer Hunter’s Report and the lack of a Weekend Beer Buzz. I’m getting ready to put my house up for sale and we’re gearing up for a move. This has eaten up practically every second of my free time for the last 2+ weeks. Long days, short nights and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

We hope to be back to normal soon, but for now, please bear with us as things are pretty crazy and we’re doing our best. Thanks for understanding.

-Mark

  • Green Flash Cellar3: Blanc Tarte Barrique is out now.
  • Dry Dock Imperial Pumpkin, releasing at the right time of the year (not Summer)
  • Alesmith Evil Dead Red, so evil.
  • Renegade Pancakes Maple Porter, beer for breakfast yo!
  • La Cumbre Monzon Wet-Hopped Pale Ale. Wet-hop season is here!
  • Bells! Making their annual GABF appearance, slightly earlier this year. Look for Amber, Porter, Two Hearted and Roundhouse.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Beer Hunter’s Report 09/08/2016

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update and apologize on the late Beer Hunter’s Report and the lack of a Weekend Beer Buzz. I’m getting ready to put my house up for sale and we’re gearing up for a move. This has eaten up practically every second of my free time for the last 2+ weeks. Long days, short nights and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

We hope to be back to normal soon, but for now, please bear with us as things are pretty crazy and we’re doing our best. Thanks for understanding.

-Mark

  • Dry Dock Signature Series Imperial Stout started hitting last week, but is pouring down upon thee this week.
  • Atom Brewing’s releasing Blueberry Harvest to local liquor stores on Saturday. This is the first release in Atom’s Harvest Series. The beer spent 4 months aging French Oak Barrels and aged on 2 lbs of blueberries per gallon for an additional 2 months. There’s only 46 cases being released, so don’t miss out. Look for Blueberry Harvest at the following stores: Erie – County Line Wine & Spirits; Lafayette – Atlas County Purveyors; Boulder – Hazel’s Beverage World; Denver – Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits, Little’s Wine & Spirits, Small Batch Liquors.
  • Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Apricot is on shelves now.
  • Almanac Mandarina (cans), Pumpkin Pie de BrettavilleHoppy Sour: Amarillo and White Label are all either returning or new to us.
  • A whole bunch of fuckin’ pumpkin beers.
  • Codename: Superduperfan releases at the brewery this Sunday (Sep 11). One of the more highly anticipated IPA releases of the year.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Beer Hunter’s Report 09/01/2016

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update and apologize on the late Beer Hunter’s Report and the lack of a Weekend Beer Buzz. I’m getting ready to put my house up for sale and we’re gearing up for a move. This has eaten up practically every second of my free time for the last 2+ weeks. Long days, short nights and not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

We hope to be back to normal soon, but for now, please bear with us as things are pretty crazy and we’re doing our best. Thanks for understanding. Until then, we’re taking the weekend off and going Phishing. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

-Mark

  • Avery Rumpkin started hitting last week, but this week it’s stinking up the shelves real bad.
  • Jester King Brewery Ambree is hitting, but very limited.
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Rosé was aged on fruit skins. That’s all I know. Oh, and L’Brett d’Apricot is releasing at the brewery on Wed (8/31)!

By: Scott Steigerwald

cantillon zwanze 2016

Zwanze Day Location Update and Beer Info

It’s hard to believe, but Cantillon’s Zwanze Day is barely a month away. Earlier this morning, Jean posted an update regarding locations and shared some insight into this year’s blend. Check it out and make sure you’re there on Saturday, October 1st.

A few news regarding the Zwanze Day.

The 2 locations in Japan are known, in Tokyo and Osaka.
In Canada, the Bar Volo in Toronto will receive the event for it’s last evening.
And we have one more new place in Italy : The TryBeer Room in Castiglione d’Adda.

Welcome dear friends !

The almost now complete list here below. Still 1 place to come in the US.

And to finish, a few explanation about the beer of this year in English, français en nederlands.

The Bars :

AUSTRALIA
– The Scratch Bar — Brisbane

AUSTRIA
– Tribaun — Innsbruck

BELGIUM
– Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
– Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
– Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
– Rose Red — Brugge

CANADA
– Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
– Bar Volo — Toronto, Ontario
– The Drake – Victoria, British Columbia

DENMARK
– Himmeriget — Copenhagen

FRANCE
– La Fine Mousse — Paris
– La Capsule — Lille

FINLAND
– Stadin Panimo Baari — Helsinki
GERMANY
– Café Herman — Berlin

GREAT BRITAIN
– Kernel Brewery – Bermondsey
– North Bar — Leeds
– Six° North — Aberdeen

ITALIE
– Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
– The Dome — Nembro
– LambicZoon– Milano
– The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
– Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
– Ottavonano — Atripalda
– TryBeer Room – Castiglione d’Adda

JAPAN
– Belgian Brasserie Court Antwerp Six – Ginza, Tokyo
– Dolphins – Umeda, Osaka

NEDERLAND
– De Bierkoning — Amsterdam

NEW-ZEALAND
– Garage Project – Wellington

NORWAY
– Nogne O — Grimstad

SPAIN
– Masia Agullons — Sant Joan de Mediona

SWEDEN
– Akkurat — Stockholm

SWITZERLAND
– Erzbierschof — Zurich

USA
– Anchorage Brewing Co. — Anchorage, Alaska
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– De GardeBrewing — Tillamook, Oregon
– Fool’s Gold — Manhattan, New York
– Green Bench Brewing Co. — St-Petersburg, Florida
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales — Dexter, Michigan
– Mikkeller Bar — San Fransisco, California
– Monk’s Café — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– Playalinda Brewing Co. — Titusville, Florida
– REAL a Gastropub — Honolulu, Hawaii
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s — Elkader, Iowa
– Seymour – Greenfield, Massachusetts
– Side Project Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Slow Boat Tavern — Seattle, Washington
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– The Sovereign — Washington D.C.
– Thin Man Brewery – Buffalo, New-York
– Trillium Brewing Co. — Canton, Massachusetts
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois

The Zwanze 2016 :

When I was a kid, I would come to the brewery to lend a hand during my summer vacations. My father needed help refilling barrels of lambic with sour cherries and raspberries that came to the brewery by the ton. I would go home with red hands and a small case of indigestion after having stuffed myself, too!

At the time, sour cherries and raspberries came from the Pajottenland, harvested within about ten kilometers of the brewery: local fruit for a local beer. The summers were subject to the whims of the weather, going from sunny and hot one year to wet and cold the next. Being finicky fruit, raspberries were particularly sensitive to the changing weather, and went from being very flavorful and brilliant red to bland and colorless – something that of course determined the degree of acidity and the color of our Framboise Lambic.

At the beginning of the ’80s, we compensated for the lack of color in our Framboise with the addition of Kriek Lambic. The excessive acidity added by the fruit was tempered by the use of vanilla. This is how, during the decade to follow, Cantillon Framboise evolved into a blend of 75% raspberries, 25% sour cherries, and .05% vanilla.

Throughout the ’90s, with increasing demand for housing, labor costs rising, and artificial flavors and syrups coming into use by many of the Lambic brewers, there was an almost complete disappearance of cherry orchards and raspberry farms in the Pajottenland. We were therefore forced to look for our fruit outside of Belgium. Today, our raspberries come from Serbia. Brighter, more flavorful, and more consistent than their Belgian cousins, these Serbian raspberries mean we no longer need to turn to cherries and vanilla to make our Rosé de Gambrinus, which is now 100% raspberry.

For Zwanze 2016, I wanted to do a bit of a throwback and revisit one of these old blends. Since the intensity of today’s Rosé de Gambrinus approaches that of the Kriek, the additions of cherries to the raspberries no longer seemed necessary.

Instead, we had to turn to a fruit that would bring more intense color and flavor sufficient to stand out. My choice was to bring in the blueberries that we’ve used for the last ten years to create our Blåbær Lambic, a special beer done for the Danish market.

For our third ingredient, we’ve opted to use the finest possible Bourbon vanilla beans. During the ’80s we used vanilla extract for reasons purely financial. Traditional Lambic-based beers were, at the time, under-appreciated and the breweries that produced only spontaneously fermented beers struggled to make ends meet. Cantillon was no exception, and it was impossible for us to use real vanilla in our Framboise. Zwanze 2016 is the new incarnation of what should have been during the dark years of Lambic.

To best appreciate the complexity of this beer, we suggest tasting it at a temperature of 12 to 15° C (55 to 60º F). Don’t hesitate to warm your glass a bit if the beer is served too cold.

We’ve stepped back in time 30 years for Zwanze 2016, which is the result of a blend of 82% raspberries, 18% blueberries, and .05% Bourbon Vanilla beans, on which we’ve aged two-year-old Lambic at a rate of 300g fruit per liter.

À votre santé et vive le Lambic!

Jean

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By: Mark Robinson

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Beer Hunter’s Report 08/24/2016

Every week, Scott puts his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

  • The big news this week is the arrival of Westbrook Mexican Cake, dropping all over town along with Key Lime Pie Gose and some other returning favorites from Westbrook.
  • Crooked Stave Batch 200, a dry-hopped raspberry sour, is hitting the shelves.
  • Avery Rumpkin is one of the few pumpkin beers I actually care about.
  • Off Color/Amager Bryghus collab Hell Broth.
  • A bunch of Almanacs have returned or hit anew. I really can’t keep track anymore, but here’s a list: Farmer’s Reserve CitrusLavender Honey de Brettaville, Craft Pilsner, Saison Dolores, and San Francisco IPA.
  • Head on over to River North for the release of Nightmare Fuel this Saturday. This was my favorite local coffee beer from last year. So. Good.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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What The Funk 2016 Announcement and Ticket Info

The 5th installment of the What the Funk!? Beer Festival will return to the EXDO Event Center on Tuesday, October 4th. Here at Brewtally Insane, we’re pretty excited about the return to EXDO and as many of you might remember it was used for two incredible WTF events back in 2014.

Aside from an incredible list of breweries, including Beachwood, Casey, Creature Comforts, The Rare Barrel and many more, there’s also several changes in the works to allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable festival experience. Attendees can plan on smaller crowds and pre-screening ticket holders so everyone will be able to begin sampling beers when the festival begins at 6 PM.

Honestly, we love What the Funk!? and can’t wait to see what kind of surprises the 2016 event has waiting for us. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, August 24th at 10 AM right HERE.

Click HERE for previous What the Funk coverage.

What the Funk!? Invitational Festival to Return for GABF 2016
Denver, Colo. – August 18th 2016 – What the Funk!? Invitational is returning to Denver for the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, with proceeds benefiting a local non-profit organization! Last year’s WTF!? Invitational festival raised $26,000 for two local non-profit organizations, Cancer Climber and Water for People. The fifth installment of WTF!? will take place at the EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St. Denver, CO 80205) on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

What the Funk!? Invitational is a celebration of all things barrel-aged from boozy and strong to wild, sour, and funky. Seeking out the fascinating and inspiring artisans, this invitational style festival provides a curated interactive setting where beer enthusiasts can mingle, meeting the brewers and other alchemists who create sought after barrel-aged liquids. Sponsored by Denver-based Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Shelton Brothers, this festival features numerous breweries from across the United States and around the World making some of the best barrel-aged libations.

In a break from last year’s setup, which featured its fair share of complications on festival day, this year’s festival will return to its roots at the EXDO event center. In order to make sure this year’s festival goes off with a bang, and maybe a few popping corks, the brewery has also partnered with Shelton Brothers for a little added excitement. The EXDO Event Center offers a large open space, with unobstructed access to the brewers and artisans, all in a meet and greet style hangout.

“We learned a lot from last year’s festival,” said Crooked Stave Owner/Brewmaster Chad Yakobson. “It is always our mission to put on the best barrel-aged festival we possibly can by bringing in exciting brewers from around the world that would not be here in Denver if it were not for this festival. That did not translate in 2015 as it did in year’s past, as we would have hoped. All we can do is hang in there and strive to make this year the best of any of the years for every festival goer.”

WTF!? Invitational is one of the only festivals in the world to feature so many of the best barrel-aged beers under one roof with all the artisans present. This year will feature more beer from each brewer in attendance, a simplified layout in order to easily access all the brewers, as well as a reduced number of tickets available, with the size of the crowd decreasing by 25% from last year. “With a smaller crowd of participants, back to our old home at EXDO Event Center which holds 1500 people and more beer it should mean a great experience and amazing night of tasting many rare barrel-aged beers from around the world,” said Co-curator of WTF?! and Crooked Stave COO Yetta Vorobik-Yakobson. “Plans are also in place to minimize the time in line by prescreening and allowing guests to get checked in early so participants can be ready to taste right at 6:00 p.m.”

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on www.wtfinvitational.com. This year’s WTF!? Invitational will offer general admission tickets for $100, taxes and fees included and 800 total tickets available. Proceeds from this year’s What the Funk!? Invitational will benefit Water for People, a local non-profit organization that works to provide clean water systems to developing countries.

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By: Mark Robinson

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Amalgam Brewing Ready To Mix Things Up In Niwot

We’ve got some thrilling news for all of you Colorado craft beer junkies and we couldn’t be more excited to give you the exclusive.

Philip Joyce and Eric Schmidt of Powder Keg Brewing are branching out with a new side project brewing venture called Amalgam. Now before everyone panics, I know what you’re thinking – Does this mean that Powder Keg is going to stop making sours? The answer is quite the contrary, Powder Keg is actually in plans to slightly expand their barrel program with Joyce and Schmidt still at the helm making the beers we all know and love.

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“We want to brew beers that we want to drink and Amalgam gives us an artistic avenue to make the experimental beers and take risks that we just can’t do at Powder Keg. We’re letting inspiration lead the way,” says Schmidt. Amalgam’s initial focus will be barrel aged mixed cultured beers, however the long-term focus of the project is purposely being left wide open as to not constrain creativity. Will we see IPAs, barrel aged stouts, or spontaneous beers from this project? Your guess is as good as their’s. This “no holds barred” approach allows them the freedom to be inspired by growing trends in craft, while still being able to apply their own artistic spin.

Initially, Amalgam will brew and occupy a cozy 90 sq ft. at Powder Keg in Niwot, CO, consisting of 8 barrels and a puncheon with hopes to max out the rented space with an additional 4 barrels. Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this new venture is that it is free to grow as organically and incrementally as it wants. Both Joyce and Schmidt have day jobs at Powder Keg and the Amalgam project is solely worked on during their free time. “Inevitably we will grow out of the space and we’ve already begun the hunt for additional warehouse space,” says Schmidt. As Amalgam grows, Joyce and Schmidt envision a gypsy brewing scenario but they are definitely not trying to get ahead of themselves and are allowing the project grow at it’s own pace.

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“One goal of ours is to have a library of barrels housing different types of beer. The types of barrels will range from neutral oak to wine and spirit barrels. This will give us the ability to blend beers of different age, recipe and taste to dial in flavors we’re looking for, creating truly unique beers,” remarks Joyce. This technique sounds like a page out of a winemaker’s book, however it truly captures the essence of their namesake – to blend.

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