Weekend Beer Buzz 08/01/13 National IPA Day Edition

ipa day 2013

Did you score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival?  The Brewers Association seems to have another mess on their hands as Ticketmaster once again had issues handling ticket sales. This time around ticket buyers said their AHA membership numbers weren’t being accepted during the members only pre-sale on Tuesday morning.  Once it was announced that the issue was resolved, tickets to the popular Saturday afternoon, members only session, had already sold out.  There were also reports of hundreds of tickets for sale on Craigslist and eBay for more than double face value.  Good times.

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It’s frustrating to know that the BA has a contract to work with Ticketmaster again next year. Sigh…

We’re on the road this week, but have managed to put together a killer list of events for your Weekend Beer Buzz.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

National #IPADay is back!  Grab your favorite hoppy brew and celebrate with our friend Humulus lupulus.

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We’ve got a few recommendations and reviews up on the site featuring interesting and boundary pushing IPA’s you should check out.  Our most recent featured Crooked Stave’s Hop Savant.  Grab your favorite hoppy friend and raise a glass.

Boulder’s Upslope Brewing is a great starting point to celebrate the big day.  They’ll have 9, count ’em NINE! IPA’s on tap for that hop craving, mouth-hole of yours.


Stop by their Flatiron Park Tap Room to try the IPA, Imperial IPA, Rye IPA, Thai IPA and 5 single-hopped versions of their Imperial IPA brewed with Cascade, Columbus, Galaxy, Simcoe & Summit.  The tap room opens at 11 AM, will have food trucks at 5 PM and live music at 6 PM. Upslope Brewing Flatirons is located at: 1898 S Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO 80301.

Odyssey Beerwerks will tap a special keg for #IPADay.  Look for a Double Dry-Hopped version of their Siren Song IPA.


This one’s been hopped up with Centennial and Cascade and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin.  Hop Bomb Go Boom!  This’ll be hitting the tap lines at 5 PM, so don’t be late.  Odyssey Beerwerks is located at: 5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO 80002.

Copper Kettle Brewing will release their Straight Jacket IPA for #IPA Day.

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A 4.6% ABV, sessionable “Copper Hopper”.  Tapping at 3 PM.  Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO 80247.

Black Shirt Brewing has a few new teasers to share this week.  First up, they’ll be tapping two new oak-aged beers this week.  Look for a Red Porter and Red Bitter that were aged in Leopold Bros. Small Batch Whiskey Barrels, to hit the tap lines at some point over the weekend.  Here’s the rest of the list, although we imagine the Sour Mash Red Saison is gone by the time this goes up.

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In other BSB news, they officially opened their 36-seat patio last Saturday.  Get over there and check out the new space with a Red Ale in hand.  Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Dry Dock will tap a very special firkin of Stranahan’s Oak-Soaked Apricot Blonde.  Oh delish!

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Tapping at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Jellyman’s releasing “Hopwiesser” for this week’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock.


This one’s an IPA and Tart Lactobacillus Wheat Ale.  Bitter and tart.  Sounds mouth puckering and tasty.  Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette, will have their Grand Opening on Saturday.


Look for food trucks, live music and a killer lineup of beer.  Beers include Coal Miner’s Cuzzin’ (Oatmeal Stout), Buzzin’ Cuzzin’ (Oatmeal Stout with coffee), Eric the Red (India Style Red Ale), Succubus (Belgian Golden Strong Ale) and Doctor Cougar (Petite Saison).  The “maybe” list includes Zed the Zorcerer (IPA) and Odd One (Single Hop IPA).  Get up there and celebrate with Colorado’s newest brewery.  The party starts at 11 AM and will continue on Sunday.  Here’s a schedule of Saturday’s special tappings:

11 AM: Hawaiian Bartender – A Saison with Mango
12:30 PM: Pacific Papa Nelson – Double IPA dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin
3 PM: Lafayette Brett – Pale ale with Citra hops fermented 100% with Brettanomyces Bruxellnsis Trois
4:30 PM: Hawaiian Bartender – A Saison with Pineapple
6 PM: Pacific Papa Nelson – Double IPA dry hopped with Galaxy
7:30 PM: Lafayette Brett – Pale ale with Citra hops fermented 100% with Brettanomyces Claussenii

More details on the festivities can be found HERE.  Odd13 Brewing is located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Stapleton Tap House will open their doors for the first time at 3 PM on Saturday.

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They’ll have 30 beers on tap, all of which come from Colorado craft breweries.  The first ten tappings have been announced:
Epic Brewing Company – Escape to Colorado IPA
Twisted Pine Brewing Company – Hoppy Boy IPA
The Fort Collins Brewery – Major Tom’s American Wheat
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company – Boohai Red Ale
Elevation Beer Company – First Cast IPA
Telluride Brewing Co. – Fishwater Double IPA
Pateros Creek Brewing Company – Car 21 Best Bitter
Grand Lake Brewing – Plaid Bastard Strong Scotch Ale
Funkwerks – Tropic King
River North Brewery – Unified Theory Oaked Imperial Wit

Stay tuned to their Facebook Page to see what other beers get added to the list throughout the day.  Their Grand Opening is scheduled for August 24th.  Stapleton Tap House is located at: 8286 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525, Denver, CO 80238.  720-449-2337.

The Gnarly Barley Beer Fest returns to Loveland on Saturday.

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30 breweries from around the U.S. including Firestone Walker, Goose Island, City Star, Verboten, Wiley Roots, Grimm Brothers, Odell and many more.  General Admission tickets are just $15.  Click HERE for ticket information and more details on the event.  This one runs from 1 – 6 PM and is held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, CO.

The 7th Annual Springs Beer Fest is back.

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The $30 ticket gives you access to more than 30 breweries including Alaskan, Avery, Dry Dock, Oskar Blues, Trinity, Samuel Smith, Green Flash and more.  Ticket information and more details can be found HERE.  The Spings Brew Fest is held at the America The Beautiful Park at: 126 Cimino Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

The Colorado Craft Beer Show’s back in the studio this week.  Turk will be sitting down with Chris Hill from Arvada’s Odyssey Beerwerks and will also talk beer with the guys from Hogshead and Epic Brewing.


The Colorado Craft Beer Show airs on AM760 from noon – 2 PM every Saturday.

Over on the FM side, Gary V. plans to bring the American Craft Beer Radio show to Parker’s Elk Mountain.  They’ll be celebrating Elk Mountain’s 3rd Anniversary with fun, food, games, music and of course plenty of beer!

Radio Show, Firkin Friday and More Russian River News

American Craft Beer Radio airs on Saturday at noon on 102.3 FM.  Elk Mountain Brewing is located at: 18921 Plaza Dr., Parker, CO 80134.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Avery Brewing Company turns 20 this weekend!


The $40 ticket to the party includes six beers, a pig roast & buffet and live music.  The lineup of beers is absolutely ridiculous.  Check it out:

Summer’s Day IPA
The Maharaja
Double Dry-Hopped Twenty
Momi Hiwa
Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Bad Apple
Bolder Weisse
Eremita V
Eremita II
Ross’s’s’ Melange
Odio Equum
Dihos Dactylion
’06, ‘08, ’10 Old Jubilation
‘04, ’06, ‘10, ‘13 The Reverend
’03-’13 Salvation
‘ 02, ‘08, ’09, ‘10, ’13 Hog Heaven
‘09, ’10, ‘11, ’12 Collaboration Not Litigation
’07, ‘10, ’12 The Czar
‘10, ’11, ‘12, ’13 The Kaiser
06, ’08, ‘10 The Beast
’05, ‘07, ’09, ‘11 Samael’s
‘07, ’09, ‘11 Mephistopheles’
AND MORE! Lineup subject to change.

You won’t want to miss this!  The party runs from noon – 5 PM.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

Beer Hunting

A few more details came out this week about the upcoming New Belgium and Cigar City Lips of Faith release.  Check out the label below.

nb lips of faith

This one will feature Anaheim and Marash Peppers, Belgian Yeast and will be aged on Spanish cedar.  New Belgium’s also rumored to be planning a collaboration with Belgium’s De Dolle in the 4th Quarter, which might have us even more excited than the Cigar City collab.  Keep your eyes peeled for more details.

And now for you next-level, beer hunter types, Lost Abbey has finally announced a release date for their second batch of Duck Duck Gooze.

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It’s been more than 3 years since the first and only batch of bad little duckies came out, so this is very welcome news to the nerds.  This one will be released at the brewery over Labor Day Weekend.  Tickets will be sold ahead of time through Brown Paper Tickets, with a 6-bottle limit.

Hey wait, so tickets will be sold ahead of time???  Is anybody reading this?  Crooked Stave, Avery, Anybody?  Selling tickets to pick up beers ahead of time takes the focus off the hours spent in line and makes the entire experience a much more enjoyable one for both the brewery and the consumer.  Just sayin’.  Hmm, anybody interested in a little trip to California in September?

That’s it for this week.  Happy #IPADay and enjoy your weekend.


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