Weekend Beer Buzz 02/16/2017

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Hey guys, the Weekend Beer Buzz has returned with a slightly different approach this time. Rather than blasting you guys with dozens of events every weekend, we’re going to share our very favorite beer releases and beer related events. Think of it as the breweries, tappings and happenings you’d most likely find us hanging out, drinking and supporting.

Don’t forget it’s Stout Month. Head to your nearest Mountain Sun location and take part in this month-long celebration of dark beers.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

On Thursday, February 16 we will be releasing Alpha Bits 3, which is an IPL version of Juicy Bits, our popular New England-style IPA. The Alpha Bits series serves as both our playground and proving ground for experimenting with new hop varietals, different brewing techniques, and in this case, different yeast. Fermented cold with the same lager strain used for Puesta del Sol (our Vienna Lager) Alpha Bits 3 followed nearly the exact same hop schedule as Juicy Bits, using 3.3 lbs of Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado. The colder fermentation and extended lagering kept the fermentation profile clean and crisp, allowing the hops to truly shine, resulting in a beer suprisingly unique from its predecessor.

Alpha Bits 3 will be on tap and available in crowlers to-go starting when the taproom opens on Thursday, February 16. We will have approximately 200 crowlers available, with a limit of 4 per person.

WeldWerks Brewing is located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO

Well its that time of year again! We will be tapping our keg of Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Younger on Thursday 2/16/17. Again this year we will be working with Elite Brands to raise money for Sense of Security. Their mission is to help Colorado breast cancer patients survive financially while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment. We will be donating $2 from every Pliny the Younger purchase for this worthy cause. 

We will also be tapping a keg each of Consecration and Supplication for your enjoyment.

Time some details:
*This is a highly sought after beer and we will only be getting a very limited amount. This means that we have to have a system in place to divide it up fairly. We will begin distributing tickets to guests interested in purchasing a pour of this amazing beer that are in the restaurant at 5:30 pm*

A ticket guarantees a pour of the beer. In order to receive a ticket you will need a valid ID showing that you are of legal drinking age. One ticket per guest (no, we’re sorry you can’t get an extra ticket for your friend that is coming later). Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have a ticket you can relax, you will get a pour of the beer. Enjoy some food or one of the other fine beverages that we will pouring that evening. We will be serving 6 oz pours of Pliny the Younger and the price will be $8, inclusive of the $2 donation. You will not be asked to pay for your beer until you actually receive it. You will need to either pay cash or put it on a tab at the time that we tap the keg. We highly suggest starting a tab before 6 pm.

We will tap the keg at 6:00 pm. In the past few years it has been completely gone by 6:30 pm and we anticipate this will be the same in 2017.

As an FYI, after initial tickets are passed out we will then have a few remaining “second chance” tickets which will be numbered. These “second chance” tickets do not secure you a pour, but allow you the chance to get one of the last few remaining pours until the keg kicks.

We have run this event the same way every year with great success and we hope everyone has a great time! See you on Thursday 2/16/17!

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Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We’re re-releasing Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout!

Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout is brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50

Nati Dogs food truck will be here all evening serving delicous comfort food.

Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO

Hypersonic has been the most popular and juicy version of our wild yeast NE IPA series

That is why we decided to make a year-round beer. 

We have also changed our method of hopping slightly, but still 8x dry-hopped. Hypersonic is not sour. It is made with wild yeast foraged from our neighbor’s apple tree in the Baker neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. 

Tapping will begin when we open at 2pm
EVENT – bit.ly/hypersonic20170217

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Five years!!! Two new IPAs! Come party with us!

Saturday 2/18, Noon to 9pm:
Anniversary Ale 5: our first American Double IPA – draft and bottles.
Anniversary Ale 5 1/4: our first hazy IPA – draft and crowler, taproom only!
Crawfish boil by Roaming Bull Brasserie.
Live music 4-6pm by The Dollhouse Thieves.
Rotating cellar tappings throughout the day.

Advance tickets available for reserved bottles and crowlers, see ticket link in this event for details!

Sunday 2/19, Noon to 7pm:
Lock Up the Cellar – your last chance at Decennial bottles and Single Cask Mr. Sandman.
Rotating cellar tappings throughout the day.
Raffle for full Anniversary Ale vertical (100% for charity).
New Mexican street food by The Road Runner.

See. You. There!!!

River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO

WINE-BEER HYBRID BOTTLE RELEASE

SUPERCRUISE: Cabernet Franc
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $30/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON

SUPERCRUISE: Cabernet Sauvignon
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $30/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON

MACH-LIMIT: Cabernet Sauvignon
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $32/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
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Each beer starts with wine grapes from locally-sourced, family-owned vineyards in Palisade, CO. Once the grapes have been destemmed and crushed, we allow the juice to rest for a few days – developing rich color and depth of flavor – before finally transferring the juice to neutral oak barrels along with our base Golden Sour. The beer then goes through a secondary fermentation while resting on the grapes, and after a few weeks is ready to bottle.

MACH-LIMIT
Fruited at the highest limit allowed, thereby creating a beer that is truly something of a hybrid with intense grape character – almost sangria-like. This beer should age well with proper cellaring; however, the grape character may diminish over time.

Wine grapes from Mesa Park Vineyard

SUPERCRUISE
Fruited at about half of what we do for Mach-Limit, the stonefruit character from the base beer is backed by bright fruit and soft tannins, yet the beer still shines through. This beer should age well with proper cellaring; however, the grape character may diminish over time.

Wine grapes from COLTERRIS Colorado Grand Valley Wine and Mesa Park Vineyards

EVENT – bit.ly/supercruise2017

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO

  • Palisade Reunion Bottle Release, Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO, Noon

Palisade Reunion Batch 2: Our golden sour beer aged on Colorado-grown Palisade Peaches!

Price: $20/750ml (tax included) 
Limits: 4x bottles per customer. 548 bottles available. 
First come, first served. 

How it compares to Batch 1: More peaches, our favorite 3 varietals and more carbonation. This year we took 200 gallons of our favorite golden sour wort and aged it on 1000 pounds of Colorado-grown peaches for 3 months (a fruiting ratio of 5lbs/gallon!). There was so much fruit that we rented a special wine fermention tank from California for the occasion and had to punchdown the fruit to keep it in contact with the beer. Batch 1 consisted of 220 gallons of sour beer, racked onto 700lbs of peaches (3.18lbs/gallon). For Batch 2 we also selected our 3 favorite varietals of the year, Cresthaven, Suncrest and JH Hale. For Batch 1 we ordered #2 peaches which growers use to reference the ones that fall of the tree on their own, are bruised and aren’t pretty enough to sell on regular store shelves. While these peaches still make wonderful beer, they are an unknown grab bag of varietals, some so sweet and overripe that the flavor nearly completely ferments out. By selecting the exact varitals that I wanted this year we were able to select juicy peaches with some residual tartness which I’ve found to translate into better, more complete, peach flavor in the finished product. It took more time and coordination to work with our peach grower, but overall the effort was totally worth it! Over the past year we have tweaked our bottle conditioning methodology for more consistency and while some bottles were slightly undercarbed last year, we think this years batch has just the right amount of carbonation to really accentuate the peach aromas! Just like last years batch, we used the same house culture, so if you want bright juicy peaches, drink fresh. With age the beer will develop a deep funk thanks to the various brettanomyces strains present in the beer and will age gracefully.

For transparency sake, last years batch was only $16. The additional cost this year is due to higher quality, specific varietals of peaches and a lot more of them while yielding a lower volume of finished beer.

We’re incredibly excited to share the beer with you!

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Powder Keg Brewing is located at: 101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO

Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. As people arrive we will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger. 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 are getting a Younger, if you get the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we will start by selling 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. If you don’t have a table line up, no pushing or shoving, and get your beer. 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. 

WE CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A TAB OPEN TO SPEED THIS PROCESS UP!! BETTER YET, PAY CASH! We will not close tabs during this process because no one wants to wait all day for their Younger! – See more at: http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/pty-2017-update-and-schedule/#sthash.FRRV7RtX.dpuf

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

Bristol Brewing Company presents the 13th Firkin Rendezvous, a cask ale celebration to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Over 40 Colorado breweries will share cask conditioned ales in a fully expanded layout this year!

The cask conditioning of ales is a traditional British style of brewing that originated centuries ago when publicans lived above their pubs and made a life’s work out of tending their beers. Cask ales are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask, the ‘Firkin’ being the British cask size most commonly used.

Get your tickets at ticketfly.com

VIP TICKETS • $65 • 1-5pm
–> Early access to the beer tasting
–> Souvenir tasting glass 
–> Collectible T-shirt
–> Lunch

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS • $45 • 2-5pm
–> Beer Tasting
–> Souvenir tasting glass
–> Lunch

Designated driver tickets are $15 per person and includes lunch.

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Bristol Brewing is located at: 1604 South Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO

Join us for the long-awaited release of Barrel Aged Imperial Somethin’ Came For You in the Mail Today! Aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for 13 months, this imperial chocolate stout is loaded with the same hazelnut and almond character of the base. However, the extended barrel aging takes this beer to the next level with heavy oak overtones and notes of vanilla, bourbon and a decadent roast character.

As for bottle counts and limits, we will have 250 bottles with a limit of 3 bottles per person, meaning we have full allocations for about 80 people. Each bottle will be $13 + tax. Unfortunately, we will not have Barrel Aged Imperial Somethin’ on tap; however, we will have the cinnamon imperial variant and the non-imperial base variant on tap and available in crowlers to go.

In addition to the Barrel Aged version, we’ll be releasing three different variants of our non-barrel aged Imperial Somethin’: Cinnamon, Coffee and Coconut! All available for $7.50 + tax per bottle with no limit on the variants.

Wiley Roots Brewing is located at: 625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO

We’re excited to announce a mini tapping at Falling Rock Tap House ! We’ll be tapping some special kegs:

The Cut: Blackberry (2016 Blend)
The Cut: Elephant Heart Plum
Leaner (2016 Blend)
Supreme Clientele – Farmhouse Ale aged in oak with Cherries, Blackberries and Raspberries 

In addition to these kegs, there will be bottles available of:
The Cut: Blackberry (2016 Blend)
The Cut: Elephant Heart Plum
Fruit Stand: Cab Franc Grape
East Bank
Santa Rosa Plum Casey Family Preserve

We’re bringing out the special kegs for this event to celebrate our brother-in-law’s Denver concert that night! Russell Scott Music is having a show right accross the street from Falling Rock at The Moon Room. Here are the show details: Russell Scott Album Release – Definition of Pursuit Part 2

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

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Join us on Sunday, February 19th, for a special brewery only release of N. 42 in our Barrel-Aged Series – Nox Reposado. With whispers of smoke and sweet tarts, this dark Tequila Sour has been aged in Suerte reposado and anejo Tequila barrels from the heart of Atontonilco El Alto. 

A jimador’s sour, spiritual experience.

Starting promptly at 1:00pm, Nox Reposado will be available for purchase. Limit two cases per customer ($12 per bottle).

We will also have some cellared Barrel-Aged Series favorites from the past on sale. 

TIMELINE:
11:00am – Nox Reposado will be on tap for all to try! Line forms for bottle sales.
1:00pm – Nox Reposado bottle sales + cellared Barrel-Aged Series past favorites on sale.

Cellared Beers on Sale (3 bottle limit):
-’14 Beast
-’15 Mephistopheles
-’15 Rumpkin
-Black Eye
-Fortuna
-Antonius
-Expletus
-Xolotl
-III Dolia
-Twenty-Three
-’10 Kaiser
-’11 Kaiser

Please note: cellared Barrel-Aged favorites from the past are in extremely limited supply and prices range based on age.

avery brewing nox reposado

Avery Brewing is located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO

Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. As people arrive we will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger. 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 are getting a Younger, if you get the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we will start by selling 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. If you don’t have a table line up, no pushing or shoving, and get your beer. 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. 

WE CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A TAB OPEN TO SPEED THIS PROCESS UP!! BETTER YET, PAY CASH! We will not close tabs during this process because no one wants to wait all day for their Younger! – See more at: http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/pty-2017-update-and-schedule/#sthash.FRRV7RtX.dpuf

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

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Its here!!! Tapping at 11:30am Monday 2-20-17. LIMITED tickets available in line prior to opening. $6 each, one per person, CASH ONLY.

Euclid Hall is located at: 1317 14th St, Denver, CO

By: Mark Robinson

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