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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/31/2014

Plenty to talk about this weekend and even more to drink. From a festival built around low ABV brews to an Anniversary Party for one of Colorado’s finest craft breweries. It’s all in there, plus much more. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Have you been to The Old Mine yet? Filled with an awesome list of craft beers and ciders, it’s time to make the trip. The Old Mine will host a Dogfish Head Tap Takeover on Thursday, beginning at 5 PM.

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They’ll have tasty session brews like Festina Peche and 60 Minute IPA, all the way up to the big boys like World Wide Stout and 120 Minute IPA. Don’t miss this! The Old Mine is chock full of good beer & cider and is located at: 500 Briggs St, Erie, CO 80516.

Head to Station 26 on Thursday afternoon, where they’ll tap a firkin of Cream Ale with blueberries, vanilla and cinnamon! Tapping begins at 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Copper Kettle’s bringing back their German Hefeweizen this Friday. Oh For Hefe’ns Sake is a dry, tart, traditional German Hefe. Grab yours beginning at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

This week’s Firkin Friday release is a Peppered Old Ale. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Down at Rockyard, Jellyman’s releasing Wolfhound, a 10% ABV Irish Malted IIPA. This baby’s a “full bodied malt bomb”, balanced by “bountiful hop flavors”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

  • Rare Beer Saturday, Freshcraft, Denver, CO, 1 PM

Freshcraft will tap a keg of The Lost Abbey’s Deliverance for this week’s Rare Beer Saturday release. Deliverance is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share. Try saying that 3 times fast. Or just once after a glass of this 14% gem. Tapping set for 1 PM. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • Sesh Fest, Sculpture Park, Denver, CO, 3 – 7 PM

Sesh Fest, the second installment of the Lovibond Series hits Denver’s Sculpture Park this Saturday.

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Presented by Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild, Sesh Fest will feature all Session Beers, all 5% ABV or less. More than 20 breweries have signed on and the teams at Imbibe and the CBG know how to throw a great brew fest. In other words, don’t miss this! Find out more in the Press Release. Click HERE to grab your tickets, which start at just $20!!! Sculpture Park is located at: 1101 13th St, Denver, CO  Read more »

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Hall Brewing Introduces New Cans In Mixed 6-Pack

Sitting amongst the rolling prairies and spacious ranches of Parker, Colorado, is a brewery very few craft beer drinkers have ever visited. Hall Brewing, which launched their first beers back in January 2013, has constructed one of the most visually impressive production facilities in the Denver-area.

The 4,000 square foot farmhouse took Founder / Brewer Aubrey Hall and his family 20 months to complete. From the outside, the wood’s natural finish, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains is a sight to behold. Built by hand from Colorado beetle-kill pine, the inside is fitted with a 20 BBL brew system, multiple fermenters, a large storage cooler and a growing collection of oak barrels.

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Sadly, the Hall Farmhouse isn’t open to the public, but just a short drive away, you’ll find the Hall Tap Room. Conveniently located in downtown Parker at the intersection of Parker Rd. and Main St., the brewery has given the community a brewery they can be proud of. Read more »

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Visits Denver

For the past few weeks, maybe even months, I’ve been preaching about how great Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp was going to be. I believe we proclaimed it would be “THE event of the Summer!”. And so we sat, like little kids counting down the days leading up to Christmas, patiently waiting for Beer Camp to arrive.

Last Friday, the trucks, buses, jockey boxes and countless kegs rolled into Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. It was here! Beer Camp had arrived! It was a beautiful sight and for 5 glorious hours, it blew us all away.

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If you were there, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you missed it, you’re going to be kicking yourself for a very loooong time. Hey, I’m not psychic, nor do I have a crystal ball, but with the Sierra Nevada name and team behind it, Beer Camp was bound to be an epic event. You don’t survive 30 years and become a respected leader in this industry by doing things half-ass.

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Beer Camp was truly a massive undertaking from the get-go, featuring:
-12 collaboration beers with 12 different craft breweries across the U.S.
-a box set distributed nationwide with 12 different beers: 10 bottles & 2 cans.
-7 Beer Camp stops, with hundreds of attending craft breweries and thousands of beer drinkers.
-a 3 week long, 3,000+ mile trek across the U.S.
-a final stop culminating with the Grand Opening of a brand new East Coast brewery in Mills River, NC.

Somehow, it all came together and made for the highlight of the Summer Festival Season. Denver Beer Camp was perfect on so many levels.  Read more »

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Avery Brewing Releases 5 Monks Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quintupel Ale

Avery Brewing’s getting ready to release the newest beer in their Barrel-Aged Series this weekend. No. 22 in the series is called 5 Monks and is a 19.4% ABV Belgian-style Quintupel Ale that’s been aged in Bourbon Barrels. Head to the brewery on Sunday, July 27th to take part in the release party, enjoy special tappings and purchase bottles of 5 Monks for your cellar. Additional details on the beer, release party and the future of Avery’s barrel program can be found in the press release below.

Avery Brewing Co. to release 5 Monks Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer

No. 22 in the Barrel-Aged Series will debut at Avery Release Party July 27th

Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release No. 22 in it’s Barrel-Aged Series, 5 Monks, a 19.4% ABV Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style quintupel ale.

Although Avery’s brewers didn’t go into this project trying to make the highest gravity beer in Avery history, that’s what they did. But Avery’s Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker explains they were more interested in exploring ethanol as a flavor component. “As a brewer, the main reason to make these high alcohol beers is that there’s a whole range of flavors out there that’s virtually unexplored.”

“In the spirit of quadrupels, we made the recipe to have lots of dark fruit and raisin flavors. Those match well with the vanillin compounds from the fresh Bourbon barrels and the charred oak,” said Parker.

Adam Avery, the brewery’s founder, says the entire Barrel-Aged Series has been fun for the brewers to dream up, and naming 5 Monks a “quintupel” was done in jest. “Belgian beers have a long history of singles and doubles and triples and the occasional quadrupel, so we’re calling it a quintupel because ‘sextuple’ just didn’t seem right with monks on the label.”

“What do you call a 19.4% Belgian Bourbon beer?” Avery jokingly asks. “You tell me!”

Parker anticipates there will be some sticklers who maintain that quintuples don’t exist. “You’re right, they didn’t exist. But they do now. We’re creating our own destiny here.”

Parker explains why he loved making this beer. “Avery Brewing has been on the ragged edge of experimentation for years. Everyone who works at Avery is a beer geek, and if we’re not creating new styles that no one has ever made before, then what’s the point?”

5 Monks is one of six beers over 15% ALC/VOL that Avery will release in the next several months: Rumpkin rum barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, The Beast Grand Cru, and Mephistopheles’ Stout, plus two beers that will be packaged and released for the first time ever: Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter and Tweak Bourbon barrel-aged Espresso Stout.

“Building our new brewery has opened up lots of exciting opportunities for us, including expanding our barrel-aging program and having more freedom to explore. It’s gonna be an exciting fall for us,” said Avery.

5 Monks will debut on Sunday, July 27th at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder. The line party starts at 11am and will feature rare and exclusive beers. Bottle sales will begin at 1pm and will be sold for $12 each. Fans will be able to buy up to 12 bottles, and availability can only be guaranteed at the Avery Tap Room until the beer runs out.

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Cheers!

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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/24/2014

It’s Beer Camp Weekend!!! Needless to say, we’re pretty pumped about this weekend and all the crazy events surrounding this traveling beer festival. In addition to the good times Sierra Nevada’s bringing to Denver, there’s some pretty killer bottle releases, festivals and special tappings planned up and down the Front Range. And with that, we hope you enjoy your Weekend Beer Buzz.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Lots of new brews at Lone Tree this week. Here’s the latest menu.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

  • Menu Update, Yak & Yeti, Arvada, CO

A quick update from Arvada’s Yak & Yeti, who just tapped Fenugreek Belgian Special and Ginger Wheat.

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Look for Yak & Yeti at Beer Camp on Friday (more details below), where they’ll be pouring Chai Milk Stout and Apple Ale. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Summer’s most anticipated beer event lands in Denver on Friday. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp will roll into town with 100+ breweries in tow and an insane amount of beer.

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Denver’s the 3rd stop on the tour, which is currently in the process of working its way across the U.S., creeping closer and closer to the final stop in Mills River, NC. The NC Beer Camp coincides with the Grand Opening of Sierra Nevada’s new, state of the art, east coast brewery. For us here in Denver, the $65 ticket covers unlimited tastings, live music, food trucks and more. This is sure to be a blast, so grab a friend, some tickets and head downtown on Friday afternoon. More details HERE. Civic Center Park is located at: 101 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202.

Freshcraft is your Beer Camp After Party Headquarters. On Friday at 10 PM, they’ll be tapping all 12 of the collaboration beers made for the festival.

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Stop by to try:

Russian River: Yvan The Great – Belgian Style Blonde
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Torpedo Pilsner - Hoppy Pilsner
3 Floyds: Chico King - Pale Ale
Oskar Blues: Canfusion - Rye Bock
Asheville Brewers Alliance: Tater Ridge - Scottish Ale
New Glarus: There and Back - English Style Bitter
Cigar City: Yonder Bock - Tropical Maibock
Victory Brewing: Alt Route - Altbier
Bells Brewery: Maillard’s Odyssey - Imperial Dark Ale
Ballast Point Brewing: Electric Ray - India Pale Lager
Ninkasi Double Latte - Coffee Milk Stout
Allagash: Myron’s Walk - Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Tapping’s begin after Beer Camp at Freshcraft at 10 PM. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. Read more »

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Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus Comes To Colorado

A new one from Almanac Beer Co. has landed in Colorado. Look for bottles of Farmer’s Reserve Citrus to begin hitting area shelves later this week. The new release is a Sour Blonde Ale made with citrons, oranges and aged in wine barrels.

Here’s some additional details from the Almanac website on this new Farm to Barrel release:

Farmer’s Reserve Citrus – 7% ABV

Citrus and beer have always made a great pair, ever since the first lemon wedge was added to a cold wheat beer. Here we expand on that tradition in a new way, melding the intensely aromatic zest of Buddha’s Hand citrons with the bracing tartness of Bergamot oranges in a sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels. Pair with sushi or flakey white fish or contrast with earthy roasted root vegetables.

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Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture, a cocktail of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including San Francisco sourdough starter. The yeasts slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating a mild acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After maturing, the barrels are blended together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures the essence of a particular harvest. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for several years.

Yet another awesome addition to the Colorado market, brought to you by the team at Crooked Stave Artisans. Keep your eyes peeled for bottles of this tart beauty to begin hitting shelves in the next few days.

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Cheers!

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Wynkoop Fest Celebrates Belgium’s Rich Brewing History

This past Saturday, Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing hosted their annual United Tastes of Belgium (UToB) beer festival. The event took over the top half of the brewpub, drawing in more than 30 breweries, who together poured nearly 100 beers from around the world. A few hundred lucky beer fans were able to spend 3-1/2 hours sampling their way through classic Belgian beers alongside contemporary American interpretations. With styles ranging from light Saisons to funky Sours to malty Quads and everything else under the sun, the UToB once again showed us why it’s a “Must Do” event during the busy Summer festival season.

It’s amazing how many new and small-batch releases come out during these types of specialty festivals. The afternoon provided a unique opportunity to try a variety of rare offerings from local brewers, as well as sample some of the latest bottled offerings to make the trip over from the mother land of Belgium.

Crooked Stave Artisans brought an array of beers from their ever-growing catalog, ranging from the earthy notes of La Moneuse Saison by Brasserie Blaugies to the briny nose of Bronze Age, a collaboration between Stillwater Hof ten Dormaal. Stillwater continues to come out on top in the realm of U.S. brewers interpreting Belgian-style beers. From the canned Classique Session Saison to the cleverly named Why Can’t IBU? Belgian IPA, the Gypsy brewer is always one to watch for.

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Aside from all the new imports, there were plenty of classics to be had too, including beers from Duvel, Rochefort,  and my personal favorite Orval. The complexities of Orval would have kept me happy even if it was the only beer in the room.

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Some of our favorite local breweries came to play on Saturday too. Oskar Blues brought a trio of new cans – Freedom Tickler Saison, Tickled Pink Raspberry Saison and Good Game Belgian Quad – that had us coming back for more.

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TRVE‘s always on our radar and offered up Hail Saison Worship Doom, a Saison w/ lemon and lime peel, along with Atma, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. If you’re not yet a Cvlt Member, you might still be able to snag a membership before it’s too late. In addition to their growler program, there’s also an option this year to secure some unique sour bottles while helping to support their upcoming Acid Temple sour production facility. Stop by the brewery and get signed up today. Read more »

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River North Introduces New Barrel-Aged Beer

River North Brewery’s launching a new one in their Barrel-Aged lineup. Grand Unified Theory’s an imperial witbier that was aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels. Release is set for Saturday, July 26th at the brewery. Details below.

River North Brewery to Release Grand Unified Theory July 26th

First cocktail-barrel-aged bottle release by River North

Nowadays any brewery worth their malt experiments with barrel-aged beers. But River North Brewery has taken it a step further, filling barrels that previously held classic cocktails – and now the first is ready for release.

Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels, will debut Saturday, July 26th at 1pm in the River North taproom.

“We jumped at the chance to get these barrels,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “I try to push flavor boundaries with our barrel-aged brews, and cocktail-aging is the next step in redefining what beer can taste like.”

Straight bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur lend Grand Unified Theory a spicy citrus note that is the perfect complement to its robust wheat backbone. The result is a unique and unforgettable brew unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/17/2014

Not sure what to say about this weekend, other than it’s gonna be HUGE!!!! It’s been at least a week since we’ve had so many great events and tappings on the schedule. Get ready. Here’s your guide to this glorious weekend.

 

 

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

  • Firkin Thursday, Station 26 Brewing, Denver, CO, 4 PM

Station 26 will tap a firkin called Thinking Man’s Pop on Thursday at 4 PM. This one’s an Extra Pale Ale with Amarillo and Simcoe Hops. Stop by for a taste of this new small batch treat. Station 26 Brewing is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO.

Upslope’s launching a new line of brews this Thursday. The new Lee Hill Series will feature quarterly releases of small-batch, experimental brews.

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First up is a 7.6% ABV Brown Ale that’s spent 4 months aging in Leopold Bros. Maryland Rye Whiskey Barrels. The beer gives up caramel, toffee, spicy oak notes, rye and more. Try the beer on tap and grab a 19.2 oz can for the cellar. The release begins at 5 PM at Upslope’s Lee Hill location – 1501 Lee Hill Rd, Boulder, CO 80304.

  • 12 Beers of Christmas in July, World of Beer – Belmar, Lakewood, CO, 6 PM

Left Hand and Epic Brewing will share some special brews at the World of Beer – Belmar on Thursday evening. Red beers, Green beers, a toy drive, pictures with Santa and Christmas cookies make up this fun celebration.

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The Left Hand crew’s bringing 6 beers, including Chainsaw, 400 Pound Monkey and a Mint Milk Stout Firkin, while the Epic lineup features Sour Apple Saison, Brainless Raspberries, an Escape to Colorado Firkin with Kiwi and many more. Get a picture with Santa or his chipper little elf and don’t forget a toy to donate. Toys will go to the Mount St. Vincent Home. World of Beer – Belmar is located at: 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood, CO 80226.

  • Big Red / OMF Collaboration Brew, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Denver, CO, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Jax Fish House and OMF have collaborated on a Hibiscus & Tangerine Red Ale. The beer will be released on Thursday at 6:30 and OMF’s hosting a beer dinner to kick it off.

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Jax Fish House is bringing the food and for $60, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, you’ll be rewarded with “all the Jax food and OMF beer you can put away”. Tickets available at OMF or Jax. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

  • Menu Update, Lone Tree Brewing, Lone Tree, CO

Here’s the lineup pouring at Lone Tree Brewing this weekend.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Listen up, this is a big one. Sierra Nevada will take over the taps at World of Beer in Cherry Creek this weekend. They’ll fire things up on Friday at 2 PM and keep on truckin’ through to Sunday. The lineup includes all 12 of the Beer Camp collaboration beers, plus some special, vintage treats from the Sierra Nevada cellar.

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Look for:

Pale Ale, Torpedo, Kellerweis, Summerfest, Peppy Rye-Biscus (World of Beer Collab), Blindfold, Nooner, Hoptimum, Electric Ray, Wood Aged Brandy Quad, Narwhal, California Common, Yvan the Great, Millard’s Odyssey, Double Latte, Canfusion, Chico King, Southern Hemisphere, Yonder Bock, There and Back, Blonde Ale, Myron’s Walk, Snow wit, Alt Route, Tarter Ridge, Torpedo Pils, Bigfoot 2010, Bigfoot 2011, Bigfoot 2012, Bigfoot 2013, Bigfoot 2014, Bigfoot 2014 nitro, Dunkelweizen, Ovila Saison, Ovila Quad & Narwhal Nitro.

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Breckenridge Brewery Hosts 24th Anniversary Hootenanny

A Congratulations and a Thank You are in order for our friends at Breckenridge Brewery. The quintessential Colorado brewery recently celebrated their 24th Anniversary with a Hootenanny, jamboree, good ol’ fashioned throwdown at their home on Kalamath St. in Denver.

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With Kalamath blocked off to traffic, the brewery set up two stages for live music, a BBQ pit to feed the hungry masses, along with picnic tables and beer stations along the perimeter. The inside of the brewery was open for tours, pours from the bar, additional seating and a rare beer station, highlighted by rotating firkins and special small batch tappings.

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With glorious weather (minus a short, but welcome passing shower), good food, funky jams and an abundance of cold beer, it was the perfect opportunity Read more »

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