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Pliny the Younger 2016 Calendar

It’s Time! Pliny the Younger is coming and we’re working to get you all the details for the Colorado tappings. This list will continue to be updated as new tappings are announced, so bookmark this page and watch for updates.

We’re asking that you Please, Please, Please, DO NOT call your favorite beer bars over and over begging for Pliny tapping dates and times. When they’re ready, they’ll tell you. Trust us.

We’ll do our best to keep this list up to date, but we also encourage you to monitor social media, as that’s typically the first line of communication regarding these sorts of events.

Here’s what we’ve got so far…

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

*Date subject to change. A note from The King, via the Falling Rock website:

I’ve been talking with the logistics folks at the distributor & we can now release the (very probable) dates for this year’s Tappings of Pliny the Younger. The beer should arrive in time to tap on Saturday February 20th, Sunday February, 21st & Sunday February, 28th. All 3 tappings will be at 1pm. Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. We will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger as people arrive. There will be 2 colors of tickets, if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you’re getting a Younger, the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we’ll sell it to all of the folks with the first color, if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order (they have numbers written on the back 1-??) & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & we give it to the next person in line. I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, more civilized & less stressful for everyone involved as well as giving more people the opportunity to drink some truly amazing beer. Last year all the folks with the second color got a Younger, just saying. 

Please note that I said VERY PROBABLE. It IS February & there are 2 mountain Ranges between Santa Rosa, CA & Denver, CO. As long as there are no Blizzards that week between here & California, we should be able to hold to this schedule.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

*Date subject to change. A note from The King, via the Falling Rock website:

I’ve been talking with the logistics folks at the distributor & we can now release the (very probable) dates for this year’s Tappings of Pliny the Younger. The beer should arrive in time to tap on Saturday February 20th, Sunday February, 21st & Sunday February, 28th. All 3 tappings will be at 1pm. Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. We will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger as people arrive. There will be 2 colors of tickets, if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you’re getting a Younger, the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we’ll sell it to all of the folks with the first color, if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order (they have numbers written on the back 1-??) & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & we give it to the next person in line. I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, more civilized & less stressful for everyone involved as well as giving more people the opportunity to drink some truly amazing beer. Last year all the folks with the second color got a Younger, just saying. 

Please note that I said VERY PROBABLE. It IS February & there are 2 mountain Ranges between Santa Rosa, CA & Denver, CO. As long as there are no Blizzards that week between here & California, we should be able to hold to this schedule.

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

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

*Date subject to change. A note from The King, via the Falling Rock website:

I’ve been talking with the logistics folks at the distributor & we can now release the (very probable) dates for this year’s Tappings of Pliny the Younger. The beer should arrive in time to tap on Saturday February 20th, Sunday February, 21st & Sunday February, 28th. All 3 tappings will be at 1pm. Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. We will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger as people arrive. There will be 2 colors of tickets, if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you’re getting a Younger, the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we’ll sell it to all of the folks with the first color, if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order (they have numbers written on the back 1-??) & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & we give it to the next person in line. I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, more civilized & less stressful for everyone involved as well as giving more people the opportunity to drink some truly amazing beer. Last year all the folks with the second color got a Younger, just saying. 

Please note that I said VERY PROBABLE. It IS February & there are 2 mountain Ranges between Santa Rosa, CA & Denver, CO. As long as there are no Blizzards that week between here & California, we should be able to hold to this schedule.

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

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

11 AM tapping. First come, first served. You must be an Ale Yeah Member to get a pour, so make sure you’re signed up. Parry’s Pizza – Highlands Ranch is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

Other locations expected to receive Pliny the Younger:

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, Boulder, CO

The Kitchen Upstairs, Boulder, CO

The Cheeky Monk, Denver, CO

Choice City Butcher & Deli, Fort Collins, CO

The Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins, CO

World of Beer – Cherry Creek, Denver, CO

Freshcraft, Denver, CO

Euclid Hall, Denver, CO

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, Longmont, CO

Hops & Pie, Denver, CO

More details on the way!

Picture from The Kitchen Upstairs.

Picture from The Kitchen Upstairs.

By: Mark Robinson

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Falling Rock Readies For 2016 Pliny The Younger Tapping

As we brace for an onslaught of hops from some of the nation’s finest breweries, I probably don’t need to remind you that we’re approaching Pliny the Younger season. I’ve already seen our 2015 Pliny Calendar posted on message boards and I know you guys are thirsty for release dates and more info. They’re coming. Just a few hours ago, the King posted the following message to the Falling Rock Website. Hopefully it’ll tide you over until we have more details to share.

(This post pairs extremely well with 2×4. Grab a pint and enjoy!)

I’ve been talking with the logistics folks at the distributor & we can now release the (very probable) dates for this year’s Tappings of Pliny the Younger. The beer should arrive in time to tap on Saturday February 20th, Sunday February, 21st & Sunday February, 28th. All 3 tappings will be at 1pm. Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. We will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger as people arrive. There will be 2 colors of tickets, if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you’re getting a Younger, the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we’ll sell it to all of the folks with the first color, if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order (they have numbers written on the back 1-??) & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & we give it to the next person in line. I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, more civilized & less stressful for everyone involved as well as giving more people the opportunity to drink some truly amazing beer. Last year all the folks with the second color got a Younger, just saying.

Please note that I said VERY PROBABLE. It IS February & there are 2 mountain Ranges between Santa Rosa, CA & Denver, CO. As long as there are no Blizzards that week between here & California, we should be able to hold to this schedule.

You may know that each year, the owners of Russian River Brewing Company, Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, organize a breast cancer fundraiser called “All Hopped Up For A Cure”, which has been ongoing the last 11 years. 100% of sales from a special Russian River beer go to a local breast cancer center in their town of Santa Rosa, California. Last year they were able to donate over $100,000 to support the cause. For the 2nd year, Elite Brands has chosen to follow in the footsteps of Vinnie and Natalie with the release of “Pliny the Younger”, in what Elite hopes to be our own local, annual fundraiser. They have created this fundraiser to coincide with the release of “Pliny the Younger” to raise money for a local breast cancer center, Sense of Security**, located in Denver.

To help kick-off this amazing fundraising event, Elite Brands is donating their proceeds of the sale of each keg to Sense of Security. On our end, Falling Rock Tap House will be donating $1 for every glass of Pliny the Younger we sell. Don’t forget, we have 3 tappings worth of donations to gather! Please follow the link at the bottom of the post to add you own donation to Sense of Security as well, and help us support those around us in their fight against Breast Cancer. **Sense of Security’s Mission is to help Colorado breast cancer patients survive financially while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment. Learn more at www.senseofsecurity.org.

By: Mark Robinson

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/04/2016

It’s a fine week in the beer world. Hill Farmstead is here! Melvin is here! La Cumbre’s getting ready to drop! BOOM!

Happy 2×4 Day. Get out and enjoy an IPA and celebrate our killer beer scene and the hard working peeps bringing you this great selection.

Here’s the rundown for the weekend.

And Go Broncos!

 

 

 

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Melvin Brewing will officially launch in Colorado today, on the Inaugural 2×4 Day. Get ready to sip on some of the World’s Finest IPA’s. That’s a Fact. Tappings are happening at 5 locations along the Front Range, with other local bars tapping kegs throughout the weekend and into next week. Look for cans and bombers arriving in late-March / early-April.

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Get the full Melvin story HERE. Participating 2×4 Colorado locations are listed below.

Denver:

Hops and Pie, 2 PM.

Boulder:

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, 5 PM.

Nederland:

Backcountry Nederland, TBA.

Fort Collins:

Tap and Handle, 6 PM.

This week it’s Nitro Peaches and Cream. Le nom. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Holidaily Brewing Co. will open their doors on Thursday, with a Grand Opening celebration running all weekend. The new Golden brewery is 100% gluten-free and the brewhouse is being led by Wayne Burns, formerly of Bell’s, Kuhnhenn and most recently Jagged Mountain. Look for:

Favorite Blonde Ale 5% ABV, 20 IBUs

Riva Stout – 6.75% ABV, 50 IBUs

Fat Randy’s IPA – 7% ABV, 65 IBUs

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Holidaily Brewing is located at: 801 Brickyard Cir, Unit B, Golden, CO.

Upslope Brewing’s releasing another installment in their Lee Hill Series. Vol. 7 is a 9.1% ABV, Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout that spent 7 months in Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrels. The beer serves up notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and rye whiskey spice. 19.2 oz. cans will be available for $10 each, limit of 6 per person. Cans will be available at Upslope’s Lee Hill Facility in Boulder, CO.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Copper Kettle will tap Dunkelweiss on Friday at Noon. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

Dry Dock’s celebrating Stout Month with a series of Firkin Stouts, beginning this Friday with Horchata Breakfast Stout. Tapping set for 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

  • 5th Anniversary Party, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, Boulder, CO, All Day

Backcountry’s turning 5. I could sit here and tell you how great this party’s going to be or you could just look at the beer list and figure that out on your own. Read more »

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Colorado Set To Get Elevated With Arrival Of La Cumbre Brewing

Fresh off the announcement that Melvin Brewing’s coming to town, we’re following that up with more big news for all you hop heads out there. This time it’s the arrival of La Cumbre Brewing, courtesy of Crooked Stave Artisans. La Cumbre’s an IPA powerhouse hailing from Albuquerque, NM and they’re set to hit our market on February 8th.

A little run down of the beers that will be available next week…

First up is La Cumbre’s signature beer, Elevated IPA, a 7.2% ABV, 100 IBU beauty that took Gold for American Style IPA at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival in 2011 and Bronze at the World Beer Cup in 2012. This is an everyday drinker, and will surely find its way into your heart and fridge if you love excellent IPA’s.

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Malpais Stout rings in at 7.5% ABV, 60 IBUs, and is rich, roasty malt heaven. It has also taken home some impressive hardware, including GABF Silver in 2011 and WBC Silver in 2012 for Foreign-style Stout.

la cumbre malpais

Also landing next week is Red Ryeot. a 6.5% ABV, 75 IBU Rye IPA. Per La Cumbre “Rich caramel and toasted malts team up with flaked rye and march to the beat of a big but balancing bitterness only to be overtaken by an onslaught of American hop aroma and flavor.”

Elevated, Malpais and Red Ryeot will hit here in both kegs and 16 oz. cans. Don’t fret if the first round of kegs dries up quickly. Over the next few months, expect to see more La Cumbre taps showing up and eventually becoming available year-round.

A little further down the road we expect to see 22 oz. bombers of Project Dank, an ever-changing Double IPA, where each recipe will be different, with new hops and exciting new flavors. Anything more than that, we can’t confirm at this time, however, previous special releases include La Negra Imperial Stout, Tres Padres Tripel, a Rye Barrel Aged version of Red Ryeot called Ryeot on Rye, and Fievre d’Abricot Apricot Saison. Time will tell…

Needless to say, La Cumbe likes to keep things interesting and delicious. The brewery’s been around for a little more than five years and has seen tremendous growth in the last two years, allowing them the opportunity to expand distribution into Colorado. As a Albuquerque native, I am unbelievably stoked to have easier access to these great brews and I believe your palate will agree!

By: Matt Morris

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Beer Hunter’s Report 02/02/2016

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.

  • Firestone Walker Sucaba, a beer hunters delight!
  • Avery Tweak released last week from the brewery and is hitting shelves now.
  • Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb! diggity. Ape Snake too.
  • Pipeworks Cherry Murderous and Something Hoppy This Way Comes (along with some of their canned offerings) started to hit last week, but are here in full force this week.
  • Ska Bump & Grind!
  • Look at all these Jolly Pumpkin collabs…LOOK AT THEM:
    • Jolly Pumpkin/Stillwater Some of My Best Friends Are Pinchadiscos
    • Jolly Pumpkin/Mikkeller Sea Buckthorn Fandango
    • Jolly Pumpkin/Evil Twin/Leelanau Innovator Man
  • Omnipollo’s Symzonia Imperial Stout & Fatamorgana IIPA
  • Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout started hitting late last week, hitting wider this week.
  • Sierra Nevada 2016 Bigfoot is here for you to complete your verticals.
  • Hop Invasion 2016:

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Melvin Brewing Launches In Colorado

We all begged and pleaded for Melvin Brewing to come to Colorado. Now we have a Hallmark holiday in National 2×4 Day, where we can all celebrate and bask in the hoppy goodness that is 2×4. This fantastic Double IPA is no stranger to our Colorado taps, but vanishes faster than you can say “Shaolin Shadowboxing.”

The inaugural National 2×4 Day, set for Thursday, 2/4, will feature special tappings at 24 bars around the country. Are the numbers 2 and 4 ingrained in your brain yet?

 

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For us here in Colorado, here’s where to go.

Denver:
Boulder:

Nederland:

Fort Collins:

Entering the 36 Chambers

The story of Melvin begins back in 2000, when Founder Jeremy Tofte convinced the owner of a vacant restaurant space in Jackson, Wyoming, to give him 3 months to turn the place around after several ill attempts by previous inhabitants. Tofte believed that a good Thai restaurant would fit well with the vibe of the affluent community. Thus began the Kung-fu movie-loving Thai Me Up restaurant.

After years of success, Tofte took a surfing sabbatical in 2007. His adventures took him to San Diego, where he began frequenting the perennial medal-winning Pizza Port breweries and met brewer Kirk McHale. At the time, McHale ran both the Carlsbad and San Clemente locations, playing a large role in their medal winning ways and as Tofte describes them, “making beers from the future.” Eventually, Tofte and McHale’s universes aligned and they found themselves back in Jackson, WY, where McHale brought his love of the Wu Tang Clan and together, founded Melvin Brewing out of Thai Me Up.

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From there, Melvin began to blow up, winning hardware left and right at the industry’s most premier beer festivals:

  • 2012 GABF Gold Medal – 2×4
  • 2012 GABF Gold Medal – Melvin IPA
  • 2012 GABF Silver Medal – Chchchch-Cherry Bomb
  • 2012 Alpha King Winner – 2×4
  • 2013 Alpha King Winner – 2×4
  • 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Medal – 2×4
  • 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze – Chchchch-Cherry Bomb
  • 2015 GABF Gold Medal – Chchchch-Cherry Bomb
  • 2015 GABF Bronze Medal – Melvin IPA
  • 2015 GABF Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
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Jeremy Tofte Sporting The Alpha King Crown

Melvin Brewing At GABF 2015

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Tiger Style

To say that Melvin went on notice would be an understatement. Being that they were brewing on a 3 barrel system and located in a restaurant, they were constrained by any thoughts of expansion.  Occasionally, when they needed to brew larger batches, Melvin would contract brew at nearby Grand Teton Brewing Co., where then Brewmaster Marks Lanham would brew 2×4 and other Melvin treats. If you recognize the name, that’s because Lanham is well-known for his work locally at Denver’s Comrade Brewing. Melvin’s Kirk McHale is such an inspiration to Comrade that he has been forever immortalized with his name on one of Comrade’s fermenters (“Captain Kirk”).

Despite their efforts, the additional capacity was still not enough. They’ve now taken the next step and constructed a behemoth 20,000 sqft. brewing facility in Alpine, WY, that sits on 7 acres and brandishes a 30 Barrel brewhouse. Their old 3 Barrel system will still remain for pilot brewing purposes. And if you’re questioning the giant upscaling, don’t worry, Melvin has brought in an all-star production team to eradicate any growing pains, going to great lengths to replicate those award-winning recipes.

Bring The Ruckus

Thanks to the hard-working team over at Crooked Stave Artisans, Melvin Brewing’s here to stay in Colorado this time, and we can all say it again – We are spoiled! This year’s 2×4 Day coincides with the official Melvin kickoff in Colorado. The initial focus will be to keep the front ranged stocked and once that’s accomplished, look for them to spill into the mountain regions. The other initial markets include Wyoming, Idaho and Washington, with hopes to eventually expand into Oregon. Look for taps starting immediately after 2×4 day, with bombers and cans arriving this Spring.

Initial 2×4 Day offerings include:

  • Clinic – India Session Ale – 4% ABV, 40 IBUs. Loaded with hops and an easy drinking sesh beer.

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  • Hubert – Melvin Pale Ale – 6% ABV, 60 IBUs. A “not quite” IPA with tropical, citrus notes and light body.

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  • Melvin IPA – Flagship IPA – 7.5% ABV, 65-70 IBUs. Bitter, stronger, more malt than Hubert and packing a big citrus punch.

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  • 2×4 DIPA – Double IPA – 10% ABV, 100 IBUs. “The best damn IPA in the world!”

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  • Dready Copper Red IPA.
  • Shaolin DIPA.

Hubert and Melvin IPA will eventually be canned and hit here in 12oz., 6-packs. 2×4 will ultimately be part of a Rotational IPA Series, available in 22oz. bombers. The series will include Asterisk – all Mosaic IPA, Citradamus – 100% Citra IPA, and Convict Island – a New Zealand hopped IPA.

Further down the road, you’ll also want to watch for Chchchch-Cherry Bomb and Ruckus Russian Imperial Stout.

We love everything about this brewery. From their branding, to their ridiculous hijinks and most importantly their world-class beer, this brewery is the pinnacle of what makes craft beer fun. I sure hope Colorado is ready for a bombardment of amazing IPAs and big, bold brews. You’ve been warned.

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WuTang 4Ever!

By: Brian McKenzie and Mark Robinson

Photography: Patti Robinson

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Mountain Sun Set To Kick Off 23rd Annual Stout Month

On February 1st, Mountain Sun will kick off their 23rd Annual Stout Month. All 5 locations will take place in this awesome celebration of local, dark brews. Milk Stouts, Coffee Stouts, Barrel-Aged Stouts, Imperial Stouts, Chocolate Stouts, Sour Stouts and so much more. Be sure you don’t miss out on this awesome tradition.

Follow on social media to stay up to date on the latest news and tappings. Read on for more.
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Stout Month 2016 Kicks Off Monday

All Mountain Sun Tap Boards Fade To Black for the 23rd Annual Stout Month 

Now in its 23rd year, Stout Month has become a Front Range phenomenon. A dozen taps at all five Mountain Sun locations will be devoted to local and regional versions of this rich, thick, dark ale. Again this year, Stout Month will feature only Colorado stouts in celebration of our thriving suds scene. 

Stout Month 2016 is filled with more stouts than ever with 29 Mountain Sun stouts and more than 30 guest stouts from 25 different breweries. And the most exciting part of this year’s celebration is it’s a leap year, so you’ll have an extra day to enjoy the stout festivities.

Mountain Sun 2016 NEW RELEASES

Cherry Vanilla Stout, Chestertown Colonial-Style Stout, Planet Lovetron Imperial Milk Stout

Mountain Sun Barrel-Aged Stouts

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addition Imperial Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Thunder Imperial Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Mountain Sun Imperial Stouts

Addition Imperial Coffee Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout 

Other Mountain Sun Stouts

48 Smooth Chai, Brett Stoudt American “Wild” Stout, Casual Friday, Chocolate Dip, Coconut Cream, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick, Girl Scout, Korova Cream, Moloko Plus Coffee Cream Stout, Norwegian Wheat, Shadow Master Belgian-Style Stout, Sharkbite, Space Odyssey, Sovereign Star, Straight Stout, Stoked Oak, Trickster, Yonder Mountain 

Guest Stouts

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout, Boulder Beer Bogged Down Cranberry Stout, Call To Arms I F@*#‎ING‬ LOVE STOUT MONTH Session-Imperial Stout, City Star Brewing Night Watchman Stout, Comrade Brewing Koffee Kream Stout, Comrade Brewing Quit Stalin Imperial Stout, Diebolt Brewing The Commodore Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Epic Brewing 825 State Stout, Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Hogshead Brewery Divine Right Imperial Stout, Hogshead Brewery Extra Stout, Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Vol. 1, Odd 13 Brewing Blucifer Sour Cranberry Stout, Odd 13 Brewing Buzzin’ Cuzzin’ Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Oskar Blues Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged Decimal Point Stout, Pagosa Brewing R.I.P. Milk Stout, Pagosa Brewing Soaker’s Oatmeal Stout, Post Brewing Cul-de-sac Stout, Renegade Brewing Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, River North Brewery Barrel-Aged Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout, Station 26 Brewing Oatmeal Milk Stout, Telluride Brewing Ski-in-Ski-Stout, Upslope Brewing Oatmeal Stout, Wild Woods Brewery Smores Stout, Wild Woods Brewery Black Smoke Imperial Stout, Wonderland Brewing The Cuban Import Foreign Export Stout, Yak & Yeti Brewpub and Restaurant Chai Milk Stout

By: Mark Robinson

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You And I Deserve Better Liquid

Earlier this afternoon, we came across some interesting commentary from Nic Chase, Beer Buyer for Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree, CO. Chase operates the Colorado Beer News website, where he posts weekly updates on new beer releases and events at Lukas.

Today, his update was a little different. Chase wrote some thoughtful commentary on the state of the local industry, saying the Colorado beer bubble has finally “burst”. He feels there are too many “quick buck breweries” too eager to get their product on store shelves and less willing to focus on quality, which hurts everyone in and around the craft beer community. As consumers, we deserve the best.

It’s an interesting take on the industry and a topic worth discussing. Read for yourself.

If you ask any of your local liquor store beer buyers they will tell you our happy Colorado beer bubble has burst. It burst a couple years ago like an unfiltered, badly canned 16oz four-pack perpetually stiffening on a warm shelf. For the first time I’ve been hiding from new Colorado breweries, trying to protect some integrity of what I believe Craft Beer should be and how it should be presented to you, our and their customers. I love that people are inspired by craft beer. I love that people want to brew craft beer and their desire to share that enjoyment with others. Being inspired and starting a sustainable good business are too very different things. 

Ken Grossman home-brewed for almost ten years before opening Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. He dumped more beer down the drain then he sold for years because Ken knew the quality wasn’t good enough. He hand built or customized his entire brew-house with the help of friends to perfect his liquid. This passion has created one of the greatest independent Craft Breweries of our time. His time and passion for the industry he helped form is what makes their beers so good. Where has the passion gone? The “quick buck brewery” will never make it to the high aspirations of a New Belgium or a Sierra Nevada. Those companies did not start out distributing beer the entirety of a state within 2 years. That doesn’t speak to the quality of their product at the time, but to the integrity they maintained and the quality they believed their customers deserved. One of my favorite things to ask breweries new to packaging is; “How many batches have you dumped?”. I never get an answer. I’m always suddenly told how many different styles and beers they make for draft and have on tap. If a brewery hasn’t dumped beer, then where are all the “test” batches going? Where is all the bad beer going? Brewers have to brew a lot of bad beer to be able to brew a really good beer consistently. I don’t like being a unknowing lab rat for breweries. Serving people beer that has no standards or quality risks longevity. A large misstep I see in the craft scene. Beer consumers deserve better. We have molded the industry we all are a part of and love; consumers, retailers, distributors, breweries, brewers, farmers. We deserve better. Brew the liquid we deserve!

We, as Craft beer buyers and consumers expect more. We all haven’t been trained in off flavors like Diacetyl, filtering styles, Yeasts and even pellet vs whole cone hops. But let’s be honest, we can tell when a beer isn’t as good as another. We know beer and let our wallets show it. Breweries are held to a higher standard now then they were 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. Yet here we are during the pinnacle of the craft brewing era in a “booming” state for craft breweries and we have shelves littered with dust collectors and potential explosives. Retailers are inundated with new breweries seemingly working hard to not only keep the selection of dust collectors and canned explosives, but to grow into a category. I’m not saying all new breweries have bad beer or liquid people do not want to buy. I’m saying that after over ten years of buying beer professionally (I’ve been buying beer for retail longer than most brewers have been legal to drink), I’ve tasted more bad new beer then good for the first time. Just because you Can doesn’t mean you should’ve. As fast as people are being introduced to new craft beers they are flocking to trusted breweries and beers that have stood the truthful test of time. We want to love every beer we taste. It’s in our nature. We also want new, but only if it has the quality and tastes that are as good as what we can already fill our glasses with. We want exciting flavors but within a quality beer. Everybody has a different palate and variety is good for the craft industry but the quality of liquid should never dwindle or be cast aside for packaging. If breweries new and old want beer to sell, be like Ken, dump beer down the drain over and over and over and over until it has the integrity and quality to become a part of our community and practice those standards forever. If breweries don’t… we can not support them. 

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By: Nic Chase

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Weekend Beer Buzz 01/28/2016

 

With the potential of a blizzard heading our way, it’s time to get out and enjoy a few beers. We’ve got some fun things to talk about this time. Hop Chops is back, UllrFest, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Chocolate Stout, a birthday celebration at Former Future, Tweak! and more.

Here’s this weekend’s rundown.

Enjoy!

 

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Dry Dock Brewing’s bringing back their Belgian-style Tripel, with 22 oz. bombers releasing at North Dock on Thursday at 2 PM. They’ll also have it pouring on draft, so come by and grab a pour and a crowler to-go.

dry dock tripel

Look for distribution to local liquor stores in February. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

Station 26 will release a Lemongrass Honey Blonde on Thursday at 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Friday, January 29th, 2016

  • Hop Chops IIPA Tapping, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Hop Chops will return to Comrade on Friday at Noon. This rounds 8.5% ABV, hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, El Dorado and Experimental 06277. Get some. Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

Get ready for a boozie doozie at Copper Kettle on Friday. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Chocolate Stout with Vanilla Beans will be tapped at Noon. BOOM! Yeah, don’t miss this deliciousness. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

Former Future will celebrate 2 years, with 2 days of fun. Kick things off on Friday at 6 PM, with the return of their delicious 23% ABV Cat Sabbath!, beer cocktails, a prohibition party and a photo booth.

former future anniversary

Come back on Saturday for special tappings every hour and a dance party. The first 50 on Saturday will get a free Former Future glass and Anniversary Toast with Black Project’s Dreamland Golden Sour with Pineapple and Starfruit! Here’s the tentative list of tappings for Saturday:

2p: Dreamland with Pineapple and Starfruit
3p: Pistachio Lime Cream Ale
4p: Almond Joy Porter
5p: Corvus Coffee Grisette
6p: Citrus India Pale Lager
7p: Chile Cream Ale
8p: Last Word Cocktail-Inspired Beer
9p: Corvus Coffee Sour Black Ale
10p: The Triumphant Return of PB&J Porter

Former Future Brewing is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

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Beer Hunter’s Report 01/27/2016

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.

  • Get some Southern Tier Créme Brûlée, then visit the doctor to have your blood sugar checked.
  • Evil Twin Bozo Beer, an imperial stout with molasses, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, oak spiral, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar, chesnut and coffee. Kitchen sink sold separately.
  • Crooked Stave Vieille Reserva Prunus Armeniaca (Apricots galore!).
  • Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin is here. Look for lavender pomegranate next (just kidding…maybe).
  • Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight is back.
  • Dogfish Head Oak Aged Noble Rot & Immort Ale.
  • Lindemans/Mikkeller Spontanbasil.
  • Ecliptic Oort Imperial Stout and the barrel-aged version cleverly named Oort Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
  • Coming Soon:
    • Pipeworks Lizard KingNinja vs Unicorn and Close Encounter are all coming back. Cherry Murderous and Something Hoppy This Way Comes are new additions to seek out. These will appear this week or next.
    • 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (again, this week or next…more likely next)
    • Firestone Walker Sucaba

By: Scott Steigerwald

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