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River North Brewery Adds IPA To Canned Lineup

River North Brewery will launch 16 oz. cans of their IPA on Saturday, April 26th. The perfect size and vessel for throwing in a backpack for a day hike or dropping in a cooler for tubing down the Platte. The IPA joins River North’s Witbier in their growing lineup of canned offerings. Expect more releases to be added throughout the year. Details on next week’s release party are in the press release below.

 

River North Brewery to release IPA in 16-ounce cans April 26th

River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm in the Denver taproom. In an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River North’s brewers will keg and can IPA less than 24 hours before the release party.

IPA will join River North White in cans, providing Colorado adventure seekers with more options to fuel their outdoor endeavors.

As with all their beers, the River North brewers put their own Belgian-style spin on this release, crossing pine and citrus American hops with yeast esters of white pepper and clove. The result is a Belgian-influenced red IPA like no other, coming in at 6% ABV and 55 IBU.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 04/17/2014

Happy Easter friends. We’ve got a nice relaxing weekend lined up for you. Come down to the Springs with us on Saturday and enjoy Trinity’s Saison Farmhouse Rendezvous. We love the vibe there and hope you can raise a glass with us. Here’s the rest of this weekend’s rundown.  

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

West Flanders Brewing will host the 2nd Annual New Brew Crew tasting on Thursday from 7 PM - 10 PM.

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Guests will enjoy beers from 6 of Colorado’s newest breweries, each paired with a tasty bite prepared by Chef Tony Hessel. Enjoy some of the best new breweries to hit the Colorado beer scene and meet the brewers behind them. Here’s the menu:

West Flanders Brewing Co: Trippel Lutz
Organic Eggplant Spread with Shiitake Slivers & Preserved Lemon

Twelve Degree Brewing Co.: Brett Saison
Red Wagon Farms Spinach with Golden Raisin, Brown Rice, Hazelnut & Chevre Cheese Dolmade

Bru Handbuilt Ales: Beezel
Seared Spanish Mackerel with Sweet Potato & Fennel Giardiniera

Fate Brewing: Imperial Red Ale
Braised Short Rib Raviolo with Soubise Broth

Front Range Brewing Co.: Black Saison
Duck Confit & Rainbow Chard Croquette

Post Brewing Co: Big Rosie
Shaved Lamb Tongue ‘Reuben Style’ with Pickled Onion & Angry Monk Mustard

West Flanders Brewing Co.: Chocolate Milk Stout
Float with Alchemy Milk Stout Ice Cream & Macerated Strawberries

Tickets are $35 and selling quickly. Additional details can be found HERE. West Flanders Brewing is located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Station 26 will tap a firkin of their Cream Ale with Green Tea on Thursday afternoon at 4 PM. The Pride of Philly food truck will be on location throughout the night, so come hungry.

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Also tapped this week was Double IPA Batch 2 (there’s enough for growler fills this time!) along with Foreign Extra Stout. Get over and enjoy. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The Post Brewing will debut their new patio on Friday at 4 PM.

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Come check out their hard work and enjoy backyard games while they release LuYu, brewed with Pekoe green tea. The Post Brewing Co. is located at: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026. Read more »

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Odell Brewing Reinvents Footprint RegionAle

Odell will launch the 2014 batch of Footprint RegionAle at the brewery on Saturday, April 19th. The beer is part of Odell’s Cellar Series and is made with ingredients taken from each state in their distribution footprint. The new recipe incorporates grapefruits from Texas, which was added to Odell’s distribution Footprint in late 2013, along with green chiles from New Mexico, honey from South Dakota, hops & barley from Colorado and more . Additional details on the beer and upcoming release party can be found in the press release below. Look for 750 mL bottles to be on local shelves soon.

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Brewery announces the return of Footprint RegionAle, with new Texas ingredient 

odell footprint bottleFort Collins, CO – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint.

“We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.”

First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint.  Read more »

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Wynkoop Releases New Canned Brew

Wynkoop Brewing will release the next beer in their Even-Smaller Batch Series this weekend. Kurt’s Mile High Malt is a nod to Kurt Vonnegut and is based on the recipe of Vonnegut’s grandfather. The beer’s a Vienna-style lager brewed with locally roasted coffee from Novo. Cans will be launched this weekend and Wynkoop will host a book themed brunch on Sunday. More details on the beer and release party can be found in the press release below.

New Can Release: Wynkoop Adds Kurt Vonnegut Beer to Even-Smaller Batch Series

Kurt’s Mile High Malt, a Vienna-style lager brewed with Novo coffee, will be released 4/20/14 on draft and in hand-labeled cans with Vonnegut book themed brunch 

wynkoop kurt mile high malt(Denver, Colorado) — First brewed by Wynkoop in 1996, Kurt’s Mile High Malt is based on the recipe of Vonnegut’s brewer grandfather. Straight from the recipe vault, this beer has thus far only been resurrected in honor of Kurt’s passing in 2007 and then again for Wynkoop’s 25th anniversary last year.  Beer lovers, history buffs, and Vonnegut enthusiasts can take credit for helping bring the beer back to stay in the normal Wynkoop rotation as the newest addition to the hand-labeled cans of the Even-Smaller Batch series.  The beer will be available on draft and in 4-packs at local retailers starting April 20th.

This Vienna-Style lager is brewed with Ethiopian Anyetsu coffee from local roasters Novo Coffee. The malty, sweet, copper-colored brew showcases the balance and nuance of coffee flavor in a clean and drinkable lager at 5.8% abv and 18 IBU.

This beer was originally brewed and bottled for a show at a local gallery featuring the prints of Vonnegut and fellow artist Joe Petro III.  As it turns out, the father of Wynkoop founder John Hickenlooper was one of Vonnegut’s fraternity brothers at Cornell.  For more on the story behind the Vonnegut-Wynkoop connection, check out the blog at www.wynkoop.com/brewery.

To celebrate the release of the beer, there will be a pre-release event at the Novo coffee Glenarm location (1600 Glenarm Pl, Denver CO 80202) on Friday, April 18th from 5-10pm. Wynkoop BeerCo will be giving out swag with Kurt’s original label artwork while Kurt’s Mile High Malt pours on tap. Read more »

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A Look Inside The Craft Brewers Conference & World Beer Cup

The annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) landed in Denver last week, drawing in roughly 9,000 attendees that represented approximately 1,100 breweries from all over the world. The festivities kicked off with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday night, held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, followed by two full days of seminars and the industry’s largest trade show, before finally wrapping up with Friday’s bi-annual World Beer Cup gala and awards ceremony.

Needless to say, it was a pretty great week in the craft beer world. Although this is an industry-only affair, we wanted to take you inside and give you a glimpse at what the CBC / WBC’s all about.

Let’s Get It Started

Everything kicked off at the Welcome Reception, held at Sports Authority Field, home of the Denver Broncos. Sports Authority Field was filled with more than 60 craft breweries from all over the great state of Colorado. It was our first time drinking Crooked Stave Vieille from the 50 yard line on the field, which was a pretty fantastic way to begin our week.

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The club level offered dozens of additional beer options, plenty of food and a fantastic view of the field below. Even the gigantic screens flashed images of Colorado’s proud brewing scene. It was a great night and the weather couldn’t have been better.

The State Of Craft

The following morning, we attended a press conference, let by Paul Gatza, the Director of the Brewers Association (BA), who began by stating there’s currently 2,866 breweries in the U.S., with 1,898 known breweries in various stages of planning. While we’ve seen a ton of new breweries and explosive growth on a local level, the “boom” is happening everywhere and there’s no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Gatza said that while the BA is encouraging new breweries to blossom and grow, he warns against ignoring or not investing in proper quality control. Here on the blog, we understand the rush and excitement of opening a new brewery, but if the quality’s not there, it’s a sure way to lose customers and possibly even halt craft beer’s growing fan base.

Bob Pease, the BA’s Chief Operating Officer also spoke during the press conference and went on to say that the industry has created more than 100,000 U.S. jobs over the past two decades. The BA plans to grow that number even more and has an aggressive goal of 20% market share by 2020 (current craft beer market share is 7.8%).

The discussion then turned to the BA’s Export Development Program, which aims to get American Craft Beer into the hands of beer drinkers in other countries. Pease said “the word is out that the very best beer in the world is made by American craft brewers”. The international demand for U.S. craft beer is exponential and the Export Development Program is working hard to protect, preserve and share what we’re brewing. There are currently 82 breweries participating in the program, which sends beer to a variety of countries including Sweden, Australia, Canada and Japan.

Here on the blog, those were some pretty eye-opening numbers and definitely something we can get excited about. It’s interesting to hear the BA’s plan for continued success and aggressive growth going forward. The next few years will certainly be interesting ones.

BrewExpo America Takes Over

Wednesday and Thursday we attended BrewExpo America, a trade show held at the Colorado Convention Center with 490 companies offering up nearly a bazillion products and information on every subject imaginable that might be of interest to the brewing world.

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BrewExpo America also served up dozens of seminars touching on brewing techniques, new innovations, ingredients, sensory panels, tastings and more, with guest speakers from a variety of fields throughout the brewing world.

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The end of each day saw worn out attendees heading towards the popular hospitality suites, where plenty of cold brews and tasty appetizers were consumed. Some chose to keep the momentum going by Read more »

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Geeks Gone Wild At 2nd What The Funk!? Beer Fest

As I sit here in front of the computer on the morning after the second installment of What The Funk!?, I’m realizing there’s nothing I can type that’s capable of capturing the awesomeness of this festival. No words can convey the joy that this festival instills in the heart of sour loving beer geeks across the land. If you were there, you know exactly what I mean. If you weren’t, you truly missed out on what has already become one of the nation’s premier sour, wild, barrel-aged, funk fests.

WTF!? Vol. 2 coincided with the Craft Brewers Conference, which brought more than 8,000 brewing industry professionals to the Mile High City for a week of seminars, a trade show and dozens of side events, before wrapping up at Friday’s World Beer Cup gala and awards ceremony. Thursday’s WTF!? was held at the EXDO Event Center in Denver’s River North District, which in addition to a multitude of delicious world-class beers, also offered up food, music and fun in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

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The 3-page long beer list (pictured below) was a dream lineup that brought together more than 150 of the very best wild beer offerings in the world. The 60+ attending breweries were laid out around EXDO in alphabetical order, making it easy to navigate and bounce between popular draws like Cascade, Cigar City, Evil Twin and Jester King, while also allowing guests the opportunity to seek out and explore the tasty limited releases from young breweries like Ale Apothecary, The Commons, The Rare Barrel and Wicked Weed.

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Chad Yakobson and his Crooked Stave team once again played the role of host brewery and organizers and they absolutely nailed it. Our hats go off to the many employees and volunteers and the phenomenal job they did before, during and after the event.

And with that, here’s a look back at the night through the lens of Mrs. Insane, followed up by the entire beer menu. wtf2-12

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World Beer Cup Winners 2014

The 2014 World Beer Cup (WBC) Awards, held in Denver’s Hyatt Regency, saw 253 different breweries, earn 281 awards in 94 different categories of beer. The WBC is often referred to as the “Olympics of Beers” and winning an award in the international competition is a top honor for any brewery.

Colorado certainly came on strong and made us proud during the event, earning 24 awards, including 10 Golds! While always great to see old favorites like Odell and Boulder Beer take an honor, it was even more exciting to see Dry Dock and Funkwerks continue their success along with young breweries getting the recognition they deserve, like Strange, Wit’s End, Verboten, Red Leg and Cannonball Creek.

The winners list is a fascinating one. Who knew Mexico was making Imperial IPA’s or Israel was brewing up Robust Porters? It might be time to seek out some international beer traders. Congrats to all of the winners and we hope you enjoy the list. *Colorado winners have been highlighted in yellow.

Diverse Winners Emerge From Largest-Ever World Beer Cup®

2014 competition saw 4,754 entries from 58 countries

Boulder, CO • April 11, 2014—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colo.

Drawing the highest number of entries to date, this edition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries.

Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.

This year’s event was particularly competitive; the proportion of winning breweries winning one or more awards was 18 percent, compared to 27 percent in 2012. There was a 75.6 percent increase in breweries competing this year versus 2012, which had 799 breweries that entered beers in the competition. A total of 253 breweries took home awards in 2014, a 16.6 percent increase over 2012.

A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2014 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.

“Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world.”

Judges

A panel of 219 judges from 31 countries participated in this year’s competition, working in teams to conduct blind tasting evaluations of the beers and determine the awards. Drawn from the ranks of professional brewers and brewing industry experts, 76 percent of the judges came from outside the United States.

Category Trends

·         The average number of beers entered per category was 50, up from 41 in 2012.
·         The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 223 entries.
·         The second most-entered category was American-Style Pale Ale, with 121 entries.
·         The third most-entered category was Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, with 111 entries.

Award Highlights

The 281 awards were won by 253 breweries, with very few breweries earning more than one award.

·         226 breweries won one award.
·         26 breweries won two awards.
·         One brewery won three awards.

Competition Manager Chris Swersey commented, “This is the most diverse set of winning breweries in any World Beer Cup.”

The non-U.S. entry rate and winning rate tracked very closely in the 2014 competition, with 28 percent of beers entered coming from outside the U.S., and 27 percent of awards going to beers entered from outside the U.S.

Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Awards

The competition also bestows Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards in each of five brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery. Coronado Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant are first-time champion breweries in their categories.

The five Champion Brewery/Brewmaster award winners are:

Small Brewpub
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA Iron Hill Brewery Team

Small Brewing Company
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR Darron Welch & Steve Panos

Mid-Size Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA Coronado Brewing Company

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Coronado Brewing

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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS John Dean

Large Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO Dr. David Ryder

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Beer Awards

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Gold: Float Trip, Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO
Silver: Red Dawn, Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast, 25 Entries
Gold: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: White Noise, Überbrew, Billings, MT
Bronze: Cascade Blonde, Cascade Brewery Co., Abbotsford, Australia

Category 3: Fruit Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Silver: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora, CO
Bronze: Chchchch-Cherry Bomb, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY

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Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer, 37 Entries
Gold: Salty Kiss, Magic Rock Brewing Co., Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Silver: Meantime Raspberry Wheat Beer, Meantime Brewing Co., London, United Kingdom
Bronze: 5 Lizard Latin Style Witbier, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL

Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR
Silver: Cheval Deux, Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago, IL
Bronze: Imperial Pumpkin Smash, Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling, Ste. Genevieve, MO

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 101 Entries
Gold: Mango Magnifico con Calor, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Silver: Bitterama, Kamala Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, CO

Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 51 Entries
Gold: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, Minneapolis, MN
Bronze: Decadent Dark Chocolate, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI

Category 8: Coffee Beer, 109 Entries
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Il Vicino Brewing Co. – The Canteen, Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category 9: Specialty Beer, 30 Entries
Gold: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby, OH
Silver: Stiegl Wildshuter Sortenspiel, Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Bronze: Le Saisoniere, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA

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Craft Brewers Conference / World Beer Cup Calendar: Friday, 04/11/2014

What a wild week it’s been. We’re slowing down, but hoping for a second wind this afternoon. There’s one more day of stellar events and incredible tappings, leading up to tonight’s World Beer Cup Gala. Here we go.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

World Beer Cup Awards, Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO

This is the big one folks. The World Beer Cup is an international competition held every two years that crowns the very best beers in the world in nearly 100 categories. Unfortunately, the WBC isn’t open to the public, but we’ll be sure to get a winners list posted on the site as soon as possible. Watch it unfold live on the official WBC website.

Brewing With Friends Luncheon, The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO, 11:30 AM

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Head to Post Brewing on Friday afternoon, where Post Brewer Bryan Selders and Dogfish Head Brewer / Owner Sam Calagione will present a 3-course beer lunch.

“Don’t forget the pig menu”

Welcome beer: Namaste (Dogfish Head), Top Rope (The Post Brewing Company)

Crispy Pork Belly and Poached Egg with asparagus, grilled ramps, pickled garlic scapes
Paired with– Sixty-One (Dogfish Head), Domestic Pils (The Post Brewing Company)

Char Grilled Pork Spare Rib with new potatoes and spring greens
Paired with– Noble Rot (Dogfish Head), Red Panda (The Post Brewing Company)

Haji’s Apple and Bacon Caramel Pi
Paired with– 2006 vintage World Wide Stout (Dogfish Head), Big Rosie (The Post Brewing Company)

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Bryan and Sam will be on-hand to talk, answer questions and hang out during the event. Tickets are $55 / each. Call 303-593-2066 to make your reservation. The Post Brewing Co. is located at: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Heavy Goose Wee Heavy Tapping, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora, CO, Noon

Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.

Firkin Friday, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora, CO, 3 PM

This week’s release is a Raspberry Porpoise Blonde. Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.

Night of the Sours, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO, 5:30 PM

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Pucker up kids. On Friday, Falling Rock will dish up 30 sour brews. Some pretty tasty and rare treats are lined up from Allagash, Boulevard, Bruery, Cantillon, Elysian, Firestone Walker, Gueuze Tilquin, Lost Abbey, New Belgium, Odell, Russian River, Siren and Trois Dames. Don’t forget the Tums. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. Read more »

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Craft Brewers Conference Calendar: Thursday, 04/10/2014

Yesterday was pretty incredible and there’s even more of the same on the schedule for today. You’ve got some of your toughest decisions to make today. The menu’s full of Sour Beers, Ambers & Art, Barrel Aged Brews and more. We’ll be getting funk’d up at What The Funk!? Here’s the rest of today’s rundown.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Barrel-Aged Tappings, River North Brewery, Denver, CO, 3 PM

Stop by the brewery beginning at 3 PM for tappings of B-Side Avarice and B-side Quandary. This is the very last keg of B-Side Quandary out there, so don’t miss out. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.

Amber Waves, RedLine Contemporary Arts Center, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Amber Waves is a beer tasting and silent auction, presented by Dogfish Head and Victory Brewing. The 2nd annual event will bring together more than 25 craft breweries, each pouring an amber-colored beer and bringing a custom art piece, which will be auctioned off throughout the night. Here’s the art for Avery Brewing, from Boulder artist Bryce Widom.

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Breweries include: Allagash, Avery, Maui, New Belgium, Port / Lost Abbey, Ska, Stone, Three Floyds and more. Tickets are $25 and available HERE. The RedLine Contemporary Arts Center is located at: 2350 Arapahoe, Denver, CO 80205.

Tour de BoulDurango Happy Hour, Breckenridge Colorado Craft, Denver, CO, 5 PM

For the past 6 years, the Tour de BoulDurango has taken brewery employees on a 476-mile bike ride from Avery Brewing in Boulder to Ska Brewing in Durango to raise money for local charities. On Thursday night, Breckenridge Colorado Craft will host the breweries to share a slide show from past Tour’s, special brews, stationary bike races and kick off the fundraising for this year’s Tour. Participating breweries include Ska, Avery, Boulder Beer, Left Hand and Oskar Blues. Breckenridge Colorado Craft is located at: 2220 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205.

A Festival of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers, Hops & Pie, Denver, CO

More fun at Hops & Pie on Thursday, when they release a whole slew of Bourbon Barrel-Aged madness.

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Look for beers from Sun King, Mission, Odell, Stone, Eel River, Oskar Blues, Grand Teton, Stone and Elevation. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.

Hops 4 Heroes Event, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora, CO, 5 PM

Support Colorado’s wounded Veterans at Dry Dock’s Hops 4 Heroes on Thursday night. $25 in advance, $30 at the door for two beers, pizza, wings and more, plus a chance at door prizes. Guest Military speakers will be there as well. Grab your tickets HERE and support this great cause. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.

Night of the Barrel, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO, 5:30 PM

Falling Rock continues their theme nights on Thursday, by featuring all Barrel-Aged brews. Roughly 30 will be tapped at 5:30, with offerings from Anchor, Anderson Valley, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Elevation, De Struise, Full Sail, Funkwerks, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Lost Abbey, Port, Odell,  Mikkeller, North Coast, River North, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Stone and Victory. Don’t forget to Order By Number! Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

What The Funk!? Vol. 2, EXDO Event Center, Denver, CO, 6 PM

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UPDATE: Sold Out! (but there’s a wait list)

If you prefer your beers sour, wild and funky, you can’t miss WTF!? This thing will melt your mind. Read more »

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Craft Brewers Conference Calendar: Wednesday, 04/09/2014

Hell of a time at last night’s Welcome Reception. Hope everyone had a great time. We’re up and at ‘em early today as the seminars, workshops and trade show get fired up. Here’s the scoop for today’s events.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Handpull Double Brown & Biere de Garde Tappings, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora, CO, Noon

Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.

Jester King & Crooked Stave Tappings, Hops & Pie, Denver, CO

Hops & Pie will be tapping some special kegs from Denver’s own Crooked Stave, along with a killer lineup from Jester King out of Austin, TX. Take a gander at these babies:

Jester King:
Atrial Rubicite
Funk Metal
RU-55
La Vie en Rose
Noble King
Ambrée
Ol’ Oi!

Crooked Stave:
St. Bretta Winter
Surette
Nightmare on Brett
Batch 60
Origins (not yet confirmed)

Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.

Open House, Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO, 11 AM – 3 PM

Stop by the Breckenridge’s Kalamath location on Wednesday for their Open House. You’ll be treated to brewer tours, special tappings with cheese and chocolate pairings and the “Construction Trailer” with architect renderings of the new brewery. Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 Kalamath, Denver, CO 80204.

Wayward Wednesday, River North Brewery, Denver, CO, 3 PM

River North will tap two versions of their Imperial Stout for their Wayward Wednesday release. Look for Barrel-Aged Avarice and B-Side Avarice pouring at 3 PM. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.

Breckenridge & SweetWater Tap Takeover, Ale House at Amato’s, Denver, CO, 4:20 PM

Amato’s is hosting this tasty tap takeover, which will feature the O’ Tay Red Wheatwine collaboration between Breckenridge and SweetWater. Upslope and Crooked Stave will have a few pouring as well. At 5:45, the breweries will toast and celebrate the life of the late great Curtis McArthur of SweetWater. Come out and raise a glass. Ale House at Amato’s is located at: 2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211.

Swedish Invasion, Star Bar, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Head to Star Bar on Wednesday at 5 PM, where Ska will release Wipa Snapa, their collaboration with Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri. Wipa Snapa’s a 6% ABV White IPA, featuring ingredients from both Colorado and Sweden, including Sea Buckthorn berries—a tart, refreshing berry native to Scandinavia—and Chinook hops from Paonia, Colorado’s High Wire Hop Farms. The beer was also brewed with juniper berries, representing the high desert south and west of Durango, and substituting for the orange peel and coriander spices traditionally used in Belgian wit biers.

Dogfish Head will also bring their collaboration with Nynäshamns, called Kvasir, part of the Dogfish Ancient Ale Series. Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Dave Thibodeau of Ska and Marcus Wärme from Nynäshamns will be manning the bar during the event. Expect a few other special kegs to pop up too. Star Bar is located at: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

Night of the Saisons, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO, 5:30 PM

Head to Falling Rock on Wednesday when they tap 30-some Saisons from all over the World! Grab a menu, ORDER BY NUMBER and have fun! Look for offerings from Boulevard, Crooked Stave, Firestone Walker, Jandrain Jandnouille, Jolly Pumpkin, Nogne, Perennial, Prairie, Off Color, Victory, Stillwater, River North, Sierra Nevada and Ilkney. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

The Ultimate Firestone Walker Tap Takeover, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, Boulder, CO, 6 PM

F/W’s Adam Firestone, David Walker and Brewer Matt Brynildson will be taking over the Backcountry taps for an absolutely insane night of beer. Look for a 3-year vertical of Parabola, Anniversary Ales, vintage Sucaba, Velvet Merkin, Double DBA, Stickee Monkey, Agrestic and Lil Mikkel’. Unreal. Don’t miss this! Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.

Epic Tap Takeover, World of Beer, Glendale, CO, 6 PM

Epic Brewing will take over the wall of tap handles at World of Beer on Wednesday night. 50 KEGS! This is going to be unreal. Look for various vintages of Barley Wine, single-hopped variations of Hopulent, all sorts of batches of Brainless, Big Bad Baptist, Saisons and much more. 50 Taps! This will be an Epic event! World of Beer is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246.

Odell Beer Dinner, Lucky Pie, Denver, CO, 6 PM

Odell Brewing will bring 6 variations of their Schwarzbier to Lucky Pie Lodo on Wednesday for a special beer dinner. Check out the menu and grab your tickets today.

odell lucky pie dinner

Tickets are $75 and available right HERE. Lucky Pie is located at: 1610 16th St, Denver, CO 80202.

The Beer-Music-Mashup, The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, 7 PM

Dogfish Head’s bringing some killer live music and great brews to the Ogden on Wednesday night.

dogfish head beer music mashup

$5 pints include 90 Minute, Namaste, Indian Brown Ale, American Beauty & Positive Contact. Doors at 7 PM, Show at 8 PM. Tickets just $20 ($25 at the door). More details HERE. The Ogden Theatre is located at: 935 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

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