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Bottoms Up At Parry’s Pizza Big Ass Tap Takeover

Parry’s Pizza will host a “Big Ass Tap Takeover” at their Highlands Ranch location on Saturday, April 26th, beginning at 11 AM. Again they’ve teamed up with Boulder’s Avery Brewing, who plans to bring an “ass ton” of beers to pour through 30+ taps. Avery will also have a limited amount of rarities to share like Opuntia (Prickly Pear Sour aged in Tequila barrels), Trogdor the Burninator and Coconut Brown. Cruise over to Parry’s on Saturday to see the full menu and experience the shenanigans for yourself.

The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be on site, broadcasting live from noon – 2 PM on AM760. Parry’s owner David Parry will sit in during the broadcast and chat beer with show host John Turk.

We hit this up last year and it was an absolute blast. Don’t miss out! Additional details on Saturday’s Big Ass Tap Takeover at Parry’s can be found in the press release below.

(Press Release): ­ Avery Brewing Company and Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar have teamed up for a very special craft beer event ­ another Big Ass Tap Takeover. Parry’s in Highlands Ranch will be allowing a “takeover” of at least 30 taps on April 26th beginning at 11AM for the general public. There will be kill­the­keg contests, raffles for Avery and Parry’s merchandise and three VIP tours to Avery’s own brewery as well as hourly bottle releases. Bottles being released range from Avery’s barrel projects including sours, big ales and even some vintage selections straight from their very own cellar.

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Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Makes The Jump To 12-Packs

Fresh off an award-winning run at the last week’s World Beer Cup, Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde is now headed to 12-packs. Just in time, as this is the perfect brew to sip on and enjoy during the long, warm days of Summer. Look for 12-packs in your favorite local liquor stores beginning in May. More details below in today’s press release.

 

DRY DOCK BREWING RELEASES 12-PACKS OF APRICOT BLONDE

Press Release: Beginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and is barely bitter with 17 IBUs.

This year, Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde won a silver World Beer Cup® in the fruit beer category. In 2012, the brewery took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival® for the Apricot Blonde. The beer has received six medals at the Colorado State Fair since the brewery’s inception in 2005.

Dry Dock was the first brewery in Aurora that began as a small, speakeasy-style bar next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut homebrew supply shop, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue. To-date, it’s one of Colorado’s top producing breweries, made possible by its new production facility, North Dock, which is now canning beer. Read more »

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Saison. Farmhouse. Rendezvous. 2014. Roundup.

Saturday’s Saison. Farmhouse. Rendezvous. at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs brought together both new and traditional interpretations on the classic style from breweries across the U.S. The annual festival serves as a reminder of the changing of the beer seasons as thick, rich stouts and barleywines give way to lighter, funky and more sessionable brews.

Saturday’s event was the perfect way to get reacquainted with the style, which seems capable of covering nearly every flavor profile in the beer world, including sweet, sour, tart, dry, refreshing, light, heavy, funky or hoppy. The style allows room for brewer interpretation and the opportunity to showcase their creative sides.

The variety of Saisons and Farmhouse-style beers that were shared during Saturday’s Rendezvous has us excited about the upcoming Spring and Summer releases. Here’s just a few of Saturday’s highlights.

Trinity Brewing’s entire operation was only open to lucky ticket holders on Saturday, allowing ample room to spread out and explore the variety of beers pouring throughout the restaurant and barrel room. Trinity served 5 beers in the bar area, which included the debut of their Hopped Toddy. The Toddy’s a rich, warming 13.8% ABV braggot that was brewed with black & orange pekoe tea, fresh ginger and lemon zest, and underwent 9+ months of aging in Bourbon barrels.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Trinity’s Blow Up Your TV collaboration with Black Bottle out of Fort Collins, came off as lightly spiced, with a touch of fruit from the Brett and Lacto. Check your better beer stores around town and snag a 375 mL bottle of this delicious brew today.

Across the room from Trinity were our friends at Backcountry Brewery, who made the trip down the mountain from Frisco. Brewers Alan Simons and Wes Burbank were pouring their Imperial Saison and the popular Brett Is A Douche, which uses the Imperial Saison as a base, but undergoes a secondary fermentation with Brett. The beer is constantly evolving and seems like a completely new beer every time we sample it. As ski season winds down up on the hill, don’t miss the opportunity to make a quick run up to see what kind of trouble these guys are brewing up. Awesome stuff.

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TRVE Brewing was positioned along Trinity’s bar and they continually remind us why we named them our Favorite Brewery of 2013. The Denver, black metal themed brewery is absolutely killing it. On Saturday, they served up their new Melissa Petite Saison, Crossover (a collaborative effort with Black Fox) and our personal favorite, Manannan, a sour brown ale fermented in Whiskey barrels with Brett and Lacto. saison14-2

Staged next to TRVE was Castle Rock’s Rockyard Brewing. When not jamming on his didgeridoo, Jellyman was happily pouring samples of Spirit of Danny, Buddha Nuvo and the upcoming (and very tasty) Dawg House Red. Dawg House Red is a version of Rockyard’s Redhawk Scottish Ale, that was dropped in Hungarian Oak Cabernet Barrels, fermented with Saison yeast and Brett and finally bottle conditioned with Colorado Alfalfa honey. The resulting beer is earthy, fruity, funky and delish! Bottles have been waxed dipped and are ready to roll out the door, pending label approval. Don’t miss this beautiful, small batch brew.

In addition to the strong Colorado lineup, the out-of-state offerings were pretty stellar too. Florida’s Cigar City and 7th Sun served up a combined 5 beers, which incorporated ingredients ranging from guava to cinnamon to kumquats to grains of paradise and more. Please send more Florida love to Colorado!

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On the other side of the wall, more than a dozen breweries were set up in Trinity’s Barrel Room. Nestled all the way in the back corner along the wall of barrels was the 2012 Small Brewery of the Year, Funkwerks. Co-owner Gordon Schuck brought 4 beers to this year’s event, including the newly released Raspberry Provincial. The tart and refreshing 4.2% ABV Berliner Weisse was made with 160 lbs. of raspberries and is available locally in 750 mL bottles.

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Next door, Crooked Stave served up a trio of beers, along with a few treats from their distribution team, including a pair from Oklahoma’s Prairie and 5 offerings from Stillwater, the gypsy brewery based out of Baltimore, MD. Stillwater’s Classique is one of only a few canned Saisons we’ve come across and is the perfect candidate for popping after a day hike. With a low 4.5% ABV, Classique is light and easy drinking, yet still offers a fair amount of complexity with notes of fresh fruit, wheat, spice and yeast. Grab a 6′er to bring with you on your next outdoor adventure.  Read more »

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Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial Returns

Funkwerks recently released a new batch of Raspberry Provincial. The Summer seasonal is a tart 4.2% ABV Berliner Weisse made with 160 lbs. of raspberries. Grab some in the Funkwerks tasting room, pick up a 750 mL bottle around town or head to the TRiNiTY Saison Farmhouse Rendezvous to give it a whirl. More details below.

Press Release: (Ft. Collins, CO) – Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado announced today the release of Raspberry Provincial, a seasonal Belgian-Style Sour Ale. This is the second bottling of Raspberry Provincial. Funkwerks first debuted Raspberry Provincial in summer 2013.

More than 160 pounds of raspberries were added to Provincial, a Berliner Weisse style beer, resulting in a tart fruit beer complete with a citrusy raspberry aroma and delicate sweet and tart finish. Alcohol by volume is 4.2%.

“Last summer we brewed a test batch of Provincial, our take on a Berliner Weisse style beer and decided to have some fun with it,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “We added a heavy dose of raspberries and the end result was so delicious we decided to recreate it. Raspberry Provincial is pleasingly tart and refreshing. It’s a perfect summertime beer and pairs well with lighter fare.”

Raspberry Provincial is available in limited quantities for bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Raspberry Provincial is currently being poured on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom.

For more information on upcoming events, tastings, additional beers, recipes and more, visit Funkwerks’ website, follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and enjoy the blog.

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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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