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Weekend Beer Buzz 12/18/2014

One more push for great craft beer before Christmas. There’s plenty of goodies getting tapped and a big ol’ Beer Hunter’s Report. Check it out.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Copper Kettle’s 12 Firkins of Christmas is still going strong. Head over every day this week until Christmas to enjoy a new firkin release. Thursday’s tapping is an IPA made with 7 different “C” American hops – Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Crystal, Chinook, Citra, and Cluster. Hmm, sounds familiar. Check out the full firkin lineup HERE. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

Dry Dock Brewing’s releasing bombers of Chocolate Raspberry Porter this week.

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Head up to The Canoe Room at North Dock this weekend to pick up your bombers of this sweet, new Winter brew. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

  • Oatmeal Stout Release, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO

Comrade Brewing has released a new one just in time for the holidays. From owner David Lin, the new Oatmeal Stout is “brewed with a blend of four roasted malts, flaked oats and hopped with East Kent Goldings. The oats give this beer a smooth and slightly sweet mouthfeel with hints of caramel, chocolate coffee and a wonderfully dry finish.” Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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

Head down to the Rock this week and enjoy a pint of Brother’s Pale. This one’s a 5% ABV Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. Tapping set for 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Every Saturday during December, Dry Dock will tap a special keg from the cellar. This week stop by for a pour of ’13 Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Tapping set for Noon. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

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Collaboration Fest Announced For 2015

Collaboration Fest is returning in 2015 and this is one festival you don’t want to miss. This year’s event is set to take place during Colorado Craft Beer Week, on Saturday, March 21st from 3 – 7 PM at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The initial lineup includes dozens of Colorado breweries, but also some special guests from around the nation.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18th at 9 AM. Use the code “PRESALE” and enjoy a $10 discount. Grab yours and we’ll see you there. In the meantime, check out our coverage from 2014. More details can be found below.

Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events Announce Collaboration Fest 2015 

Headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week returns for second year

DENVER – Dec. 17, 2014 - Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) and Imbibe Events announced the return of Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest will take place during Colorado Craft Beer Week on March 21 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204).

“Colorado currently has more than 200 operating craft breweries and these breweries were responsible for $826 million in revenue in 2013,” said Steve Kurowski, director of marketing of the CBG. “Collaboration Fest showcases how these breweries work together to strengthen the industry and why Colorado is the state of craft beer.”

VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, is working with Imbibe Events and the Colorado Brewers Guild to promote the event to a regional and national audience in 2015.

“Beer is in Denver’s DNA, and we want to help promote an event that will draw brewers, beer enthusiasts and visitors from around the nation to the Mile High City every year to taste one-of-a-kind, short term creations that will be here, and then gone,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER.

Collaboration Fest will showcase the release of more than 50 Colorado collaboration beers. Each beer featured at Collaboration Fest is created by at least one CBG member, with other participating breweries from near and far, including breweries from other countries. Some collaborations will also feature more than five breweries.

“This year’s festival included brews from all-female brewers to pairings from Ska and Nynashamns Angbryggeri, ” said Casey Berry, founder of Imbibe Events. “The brewers are already starting to out do themselves for next year’s festival. During GABF, TRVE Brewing Company brewed a German-style wit with The Bruery. This beer was fermented with two kinds of wild yeast and is currently being aged with Lactobacillus in Chardonnay barrels. ”

The current collaboration list includes:
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Beer Hunter’s Report 12/17/2014

A big beer week calls for a standalone beer hunter report. Stock up for the Holidays y’all!





  • Boulevard Imperial Stout is out now.
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean has hit.
  • Against the Grain The Brown Note (fyi, not randalled through underwear).
  • Almanac Tequila Barrel NoirDevil’s Advocate, and Saison Dolores.
  • Local Option Walk ov Shame. um…nice label.
  • Off Color Dino’Smores. Dino-mite!
  • The Bruery Rueuze is back.
  • Fantôme de Noel has landed too.
  • Evil Twin Molotov LiteMolotov Simcoe and Mosaic Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager.
  • Dry Dock Bligh’s Barleywine!!
  • Also from Dry DockChocolate Raspberry Porter. North Dock release this week.
  • Rockyard will be re-releasing Buddha Nuvo this week. The brewery’s hosting several promotional events and bottle releases to celebrate the return of this great brew. Look for 750mL bottles at Parker Payless (promo on 12/18 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM), Colorado Liquor Mart (promo on 12/19 from 3 – 7 PM), 287 Craft Spirits in Ft Collins (promo on 12/20 from 3 – 7 PM) and Veterans Wine and Liquor in CO Springs (promo on 12/20 from 4 – 7 PM).


By: Scott Steigerwald and Mark Robinson

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The 3rd Annual Denver Beer Festivus

The 3rd Annual Denver [only] Beer Festivus hit town last weekend. Again this year we were given the opportunity to bust out our absolute worst holiday sweaters, dance the night away, and sample some of Denver’s finest craft brews. While we couldn’t stay away from our friends at TRVE, Crooked Stave, and Vine Street (pouring a decadent Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Chocolate Stout), we were also impressed by some of the new kids in town like Mockery, Baere, and Fermæntra.

There’s certainly a ton of awesome local breweries, both young and old, to get excited about. We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us in 2015. In the meantime, here’s a look back at the 2014 Denver Beer Festivus.

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Odell Brewing Launches Winter-Spring Montage 12-Pack

Odell’s Winter-Spring Montage launches this weekend. Be sure to pick up the new 12-pack and try the new batch of Runoff Red IPA, and Wolf Picker. Details below.

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Fort Collins, CO – On December 19, 20 & 21, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its winter-spring seasonal, Runoff Red IPA. Runoff follows Isolation Ale as part of the brewery’s seasonal six pack series and received Gold Award for American-style Amber/Red Ales at the 2014 World Beer Cup®.

Runoff is named for the crisp clean, Rocky Mountain snowmelt that is key to not only the brewing process, but also to the local ecology. Brewed with a robust malt bill, Runoff boasts a rich malt backbone and a bright garnet color. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous variety of American hops, giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character.

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Runoff is also available in the Winter-Spring Montage Variety Pack. The seasonal 12 pack also features the brewery’s flagships 90 Shilling and IPA, as well as the latest Roots Release brew, Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale. First introduced in 2014, Wolf Picker is named in honor of our hop growing community and the harvesting rig many use. Each year, the brew is crafted with the same malt base but with new and unique varieties of hops. Some of the varieties are so new, they’re not even named yet.

Wolf Picker 2015 features the experimental HBC #472 hop, and the recently reintroduced Comet hop. The two offer a complex and layered hop character that combines hints of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine in the bright aroma with a refreshing tropical fruit and citrus hop flavor.

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Breckenridge Brewery Expands Barrel-Aging Program

Breckenridge Brewery has announced they’ll begin sharing their Barrel-Aged offerings with the rest of the country. First up is Small Batch 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout, which is brewed with 400 lbs. of chocolate from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for every 100 bbl’s of beer. The beer is then aged in whiskey-soaked oak barrels and eventually released in 750mL bottles.

Earlier this year, a small batch of the beer was made available exclusively for Davidsons Liquors in Highlands Ranch, CO. The larger release should begin hitting shelves soon. More details on Breckenridge Brewery’s expanding Barrel-Aging program can be found in the press release below.


Breckenridge Brewery Offers Its First Nationwide Barrel-Aged Release

Denver, CO – Breckenridge Brewery expands its barrel-aged offerings with the nation-wide release of Barrel Aged 72 Imperial in 22oz bottles.  For the first time, the Colorado brewery will package one of its specialty barrel-aged beers in large format and ship it to all 37 states that it distributes in.

This unique release is a whiskey barrel-aged take on the brewery’s Small Batch 72 Imperial, an imperial chocolate cream stout.  For every 100 bbl. batch, 400 lbs. of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory lustrous chocolate, made especially for 72 Imperial, are added to the brew.  After spending a considerable amount of time in whiskey-soaked oak barrels, the finished product is molasses in color and smells of chocolate, wood, and whiskey harmoniously blended together.  The beer has a dense and decadent mouthfeel and an abundance of rich flavors, including hints of sherry and dark fruit that compliment the toasted chocolate and oak notes remarkably.

Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is the first of many large format, barrel-aged beers that Breckenridge Brewery will release on a national scale.  The company’s new brewing and production facility, slated to be operational in April of 2015, will house a 2000 sq. ft. cellar room for barrel-aging beers.

“It’s very exciting that we’ll have the ability to produce these unique, one-off beers at a significantly larger scale,” remarks Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Breckenridge Brewery.  “Until now, distribution of our barrel-aged varieties has been mostly limited to our home market due to capacity constraints.  With the features in place at our new brewery, we’re going to be able to share these notable releases with consumers across the country.”

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Dry Dock Brewing Introduces Chocolate Raspberry Porter

Dry Dock’s got another new brew hitting bombers this week. Chocolate Raspberry Porter will release at The Canoe Room at North Dock on Thursday, December 18th, with future releases set for Dry Dock’s South Dock and local liquor stores.

The rich, 7% ABV, is brewed with raspberry powder and cacao nibs, and will be an excellent treat to share this holiday season. More details on the beer can be found below.


Dry Dock Brewing Company Releases Chocolate Raspberry Porter

AURORA, CO — Dry Dock Brewing Company is releasing the Chocolate Raspberry Porter in 22-ounce bomber bottles on Thursday, December 18th at Canoe Room at North Dock. This beer will be available exclusively at Canoe Room on December 18, 19, and 20.

The Chocolate Raspberry Porter is brewed with dehydrated, seedless raspberry powder and cacao nibs. This dark brown porter has rich flavors of chocolate malt, coffee bitterness, and subtle ruby notes.

This beer was made using dehydrated, seedless raspberry powder from North Dock’s neighbors, Ticklebelly Desserts. “I experimented with it in a couple barrels of Imperial Stout and we liked it so decided to use more of it,” says North Dock Head Brewer Brett Williams.

“We also used organic cacao nibs from Ghana,” says Williams. “Nibs are just crushed up cacao beans, the precursor to chocolate— basically chocolate before sugar or anything else is added. They are the ideal way to impart chocolate flavor in beer because, when added after fermentation, you get the dry cocoa flavor without adding bitterness, astringency, sugars (which would ferment in the bottle) or fats and oils which would affect mouth feel and appearance.”

Williams made Nutella and raspberry jam sandwiches for the North Dock crew on the day the Chocolate Raspberry Porter was bottled.

Chocolate Raspberry Porter

7% ABV, 33 IBU

Ruby highlights sparkle ever so slightly from the heart of this dark brown porter. Bold chocolate malt flavors are softened by flaked oats, cacao nibs, and Northwest raspberries, adding a luxurious depth of flavor and tempering an already subtle coffee bitterness.    

food pairing suggestions: Nutella and raspberry jam sandwiches, vanilla ice cream, chocolate desserts.


Dry Dock was the first brewery in Aurora. Since its opening in 2005, it has become one of Colorado’s top producing breweries, made possible by its production facility, North Dock, where Chocolate Raspberry Porter, Vanilla Porter, Double IPA, Imperial Pumpkin, Tripel, Wee Heavy and the Signature Series beers are bottled. North Dock is also the canning facility for Dry Dock’s home fleet beers Amber Ale, Apricot Blonde, Hop Abomination, Hefeweizen, and Vanilla Porter.

Check out North Dock’s new tasting room Canoe Room at 2801 Tower Road Aurora, CO 80011. Canoe Room is open Thursdays from 2 to 7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 7pm. Visit drydockbrewing.com for more information.

Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/DryDockBrewing and on Instagram and Twitter @DryDockBrewing.



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Bull & Bush – Beers of Christmas Tasting

This past Tuesday, December 9th, Denver’s Bull & Bush Brewery held their annual “Beer of Christmas Tasting”. The event is in its 10th year and had a phenomenal lineup of 171 beers. A majority of these were vintage beers, some dating back as far as the late 80s. The event takes place in the back rooms of the Bull & Bush.

Upon entry, each attendee was given 20 tickets and a beer list. Glasses were available for sampling (but not to take home). Oh, and Christmas cookies were provided! Lots of them! The beer list was alphabetic, as was the layout of the beer. The alphabetic listing made it very easy to find what you wanted and beeline for that rare/vintage beer. The “A’s” started to the left of the entrance. The tickets are used to purchase pours from the tables.  The pours ranged from 1 to 4 tickets, depending on the beer. Additional tickets could be purchased at the bar if necessary, and believe me, you can blow through those tickets fast.

I started all the way at the beginning, in the “A’s” and was lucky to get a pour of the AC Golden Sour w/Merlot Grapes. On the beer list, this was noted as Troy Casey’s 1st EVER sour. It was an excellent choice to start with this one…it was the highlight of the night. It was sour but mellowed from the years on it.

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Next up was Avery Hog Heaven from 1998, the 1st vintage of Hog Heaven. Although heavily oxidized, it was amazing to try the beer.

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Next, I sought out Thomas Hardy’s and wanted to try the oldest vintage possible. Unfortunately, the 1986 was already gone by the time I got there, but the 1999 was still flowing. Although it was oxidized, it seemed to work well with this beer. Next was Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 1997. I was surprised that I could still sense a faint hint of hops in the beer.  By the time I finished the above beers, I was already down to just 5 tickets, so I carefully picked 1-2 ticket beers. Most of these were newer vintages, in the 2010 range.

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After the first hour, the room got extremely crowded and it became a little difficult to navigate. During a brief conversation with The Minister, he said this was the most people who have ever show up. He had a huge smile on his face and seemed to really be enjoying himself.  Read more »

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Avery Brewing Set To Release Two New Barrel-Aged Offerings

Avery Brewing’s releasing two new beers in their Barrel-Aged Series on Sunday, December 14th. Scroll down to get the full scoop on these new “grape-beer hybrids”. Head over to grab your bottles this weekend and enjoy what could be the very last release at Avery’s current location. The new facility is scheduled to open in early 2015.


Avery Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Grape-Beer Hybrids
Spontanea and Einzigartig are the final Barrel-Aged Series release from the Avery Alley

Boulder, CO – This Sunday Avery Brewing Company is having a party in honor of No. 24 and No. 25 in their Barrel-Aged Series, Spontanea and Einzigartig. This is Avery’s second time to release grape-beer hybrids, a rare category that incorporates both malted barley and grape must. Adam Avery, founder and CEO of Avery Brewing, says, “They came from our love of stretching the boundaries of what beer can be.”

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Spontanea and the Riesling grapes in Einzigartig come from Bookcliff Winery in Boulder. The Avery brewers asked their friends at Bookcliff to not put sulfites on the grapes so they could experiment with whatever yeasts were living on the skins, and the result surprised them all.

For Spontanea, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were carefully hand-shoveled into a tank alongside malted barley. The brewers then waited for 3 days to see if the grapes’ wild yeast would induce fermentation, but nothing happened. Just as they were about to add yeast, the brew began bubbling and within 5 days fermentation was complete. The Avery brewers put this 100% spontaneously fermented beer into neutral oak barrels and aged it for a year, resulting a unique barrel-aged beer with 30% of the fermentables coming from grapes.

“Spontaneously fermented beers can sometimes taste like cheese or sulfur or sweatsocks,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “So I was surprised that Spontanea turned out so clean. It has earthy notes, brett funk, and some mild oak tannins that meld together with a bright acidity that I love.”

Einzigartig is also a grape-beer hybrid, yet it is a very different beer from Spontanea. Says Parker, “We’d never used Riesling grapes before, so we thought it’d be interesting to use a strain of Brettanomyces that has similar tropical fruit flavors to Riesling grapes.” The brewers added the juice from Bookcliff’s Riesling grapes to the tank along with wort made from malted barley, then pitched a “Brett” yeast strain from their friends at Crooked Stave. They then aged the beer in neutral oak barrels for a year, resulting in what Parker calls “a bright sparkly beacon of goodness”.

“You don’t see many grape-beer hybrids, especially outside of California wine country,” says Parker. “But there’s a giant world to be explored of interesting flavors, so we’re happy we can simultaneously release two of these rare blends in our hometown.” He added, “Beer and wine are my two favorite fermented beverages, so yeah, I’ll be bringing home some bottles.”

Spontanea and Einzigartig will be released on Sunday, December 14 at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder. Bottle sales begin at 11am with a 12 bottle limit of each beer per person. Exclusive beers will be tapped at 11am featuring Eremita VII, Brett Karma, Antonius’ Carmen, caffeinA, Khodynka, 2012 Beast, Bourbkin, and Tweak. Avery expects this will be the last Barrel-Aged Series release party in their current location, as they will be moving to their new brewery in the Gunbarrel neighborhood of Boulder early next year.




Fremont Brewing Lands In Colorado

Seattle-based Fremont Brewing was kind enough to send another round of cans and bombers to us here in Colorado. We know it’s hard to keep tabs on all these new arrivals, so here’s a look at what showed up with this shipment. The descriptions are courtesy of Fremont Brewing. Don’t sleep on these delicious brews.

Also, many thanks to the team at Crooked Stave Artisans for pulling these in just in time for the holidays.




fremont universale paleUniversale Pale Ale

Fremont is the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” and Universale, our flagship beer, honors the namesake of our unique location. Universale Pale Ale offers a distinctive Northwest twist on the classic pale ale, using a select blend of pale roasted malt and Old World malts balanced with classic Northwest hops to achieve a heavenly beer of rich malt flavor and hop spice. This is beer. Enjoy.


Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Special Aromatic, and Victory malts with Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe hops.
ABV:  5.6%
Availability: Year-Round

fremont interurban ipaInterurban India Pale Ale

Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of roasted pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of flavor malts and filled with the rich spice of Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo hops. Interurban India Pale is eminently drinkable throughout the year.


Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Munich, and Honey malts with Chinook, Centennial, and Amarillo hops.
ABV: 6.2% 
Availability: Year-Round

fremont bonfireBonfire Ale

Bonfire Ale steals from the winter fires its gift of dark barley and gentle hops to provide you, beer drinker, with this delightful winter treat. Fremont set the sky rockets to flight and wrote the book on afternoon delight before waking the night on the wings of a great blue heron to soar below the radar and above the clouds, raining down beer to blow your mind and caress your soul. Light a Bonfire today.


Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and White Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rye, Smoked, and Chocolate malts with Cascade and Goldings hops. 
ABV: 6.0% 
Availability: November through January

fremont abominableAbominable Ale

Dark, roasty, chocolatey malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Don’t be scared to be Abominable.





Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Chocolate, and Carafa-2 malts with Columbus, Willamette, and US Goldings hops. 
ABV: 8.0% 
Availability: November through January

fremont bourbon abominableBourbon Barrel Abominable

Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping.



Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Carafa-2, and  Chocolate malts with Columbus, Willamette & US Goldings hops.
ABV: 11.0% 
Availability: Released annually each winter, extremely limited

fremont bourbon dark starBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star

Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts compliment the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in gentle embrace of Bourbon Barrel aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave and then she’s gone.



Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale,  Roast Barley, Crystal-60, Chocolate, and Carafa-2 malts with Flaked Oats and Magnum, Willamette, and Cascade hops. 
ABV: 11.0%
Availability: Extremely limited



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