Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brews News 10-29

We are in the last week of October and into the beginning part of November and of course we have Halloween this week. As the months get colder the craft beer scene in Colorado is just as hot as ever with new brewery openings, anniversaries, and new beers flowing all week here is what is going on this week.
New Brewery Openings:
-After much anticipation the suburb of Highlands Ranch will welcome the opening of Grist Brewing Company on Saturday, November 2. Doors will open at noon and there will be six beers on tap. These include a Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Brown, IPA, Stout, and a Belgian Strong. There will be pints, tasters, and growlers available. This opening has been long awaited and is a must visit for any fan of craft beer in this great state.
-Earlier this week the craft beer scene in Boulder also expanded with the opening of Crystal Springs Brewing Company. This is a great new addition to an already diverse and great craft beer scene and their beers can be found in select locations throughout the area.
2 Breweries are celebrating anniversaries this week.
-In Loveland Big Beaver is turning 3 and the festivities began on Sunday, October 27 but they continue all week with new beer releases. Still to come this week includes the release of Cocoa Mate Scottish Ale, Juniper Pale Ale, Apricot Belgian Ale, and an Espresso Bourbon Stout. All of these beers will be available the one day only and in very limited quantities, the only beer available all week will be their Oktoberfest which was tapped on the 27th.
-In Boulder Upslope Brewing Company is turning 5 with their 5 Years of Beer Celebration. This 2 day event starts on Friday, November 1 at the Lee Hill Location with live music and special beer tappings. Saturday, November 2 the festivities continue at the Flatirons Park location with special beers plus the 5th Anniversary Ale.
Even though the Great American Beer Festival is behind us there are still a few festivals to keep us full of great beer and on Saturday, November 2 in Colorado Springs there is the 7th Annual All Colorado Beer Festival. This event features 40 breweries from all over the state, and tickets range from $30-50. For a complete list of participating brewers visit http://www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com/2012-acbf-brewers/.
New Beer Releases:
With Halloween ending the week and November starting there are new beer releases from all over to enjoy.
-Wednesday, October 30 for Wayward Wednesday River North Brewery will be tapping Unified Theory with pomegranate.
-Wednesday, October 30 Odyssey Beerwerks will be tapping a Mayan Chili Belgian Black as their most recent discovery series.
-On Wednesday, October 30 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be concluding their month of Dead Styles this month with a firkin of Adambier. This German Smoked Barley Wine is sure to go fast so arrive early and enjoy a great pour.
-Thursday, October 3 the cask beers continue and Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be re-releasing their Imperial Pumpkin Porter but with a twist. They have 5 casks that have been aging in Rum Barrels. They will also be hosting a costume contests for the holiday.
-Down in Colorado Springs on October 31 Bristol Brewing will be bringing back a favorite seasonal Winter Warlock. This popular Oatmeal Stout is looked forward to every year so enjoy it early and often.
-Saturday, November 2 Caution Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado will be releasing their first bottled beer. Toaster Black Bat Porter has been aging in barrels and will be available in very limited quantities. 200 cases only with a 2bottle limit. Each bottle was hand autographed by owners Danny and Betty Wang and will be $25 each.
Coming Soon:
-Hall Brewing Company the great Farmhouse brewery in Parker, Colorado announced their plans to open a tap room. Look for details to come soon and the location is being planned near Parker and Main Street.
-Renegade Brewing will be adding a new beer to their lineup of cans. Their medal winning Hammer and Sickle imperial stout will soon be debuting and available in liquor stores.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Dillon Dam

Of the many things that make Colorado great two in particular are the Rocky Mountains, and craft beer. So when driving west along I-70 the scenery is great in all directions and when needing a break from the road to enjoy the scenery the places to stop for a pint are in abundance. This includes the small town of Dillon where most people drive by on their way to a larger resort town, but within this small town lies one of the nation’s largest brewpubs. Serving not only delicious food and award winning beer to go along with the great scenery since 1997 this is the Dillon Dam Brewery.
Located right off the highway in a two story building this small brewery has a great environment both on the outside and inside. Walking inside you are greeted with a spacious bar top lined with tap handles, to the left is an open window into all the brewing equipment, and to the right is a patio. Walk to the second floor of this building and guests get a bird eye view into the production facility where all the kettles and fermenters are located, and in the upstairs dining room guests are surrounded by windows that show the mountains from every direction. Throughout the restaurant are all the awards this brewery has won including a coveted gold in both World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. With so many awards and so many beers to choose this is a brewery with a diverse, refreshing selection.
With so many beers available it is best to start on the light end of the spectrum and there is no better way to start than with the Wildernest Wheat. Brewed with lager yeast, Czech Saaz hops, and German Hallertau hops this is a very light bodied and clean beer. Served with a lemon slice this is a very refreshing beer and a great way to start a flight. Also available on the lighter side of beers is the Paradise Pilsner. A well balanced beer that has the hoppy forward one would expect, but unlike other pilsners this beer finishes with a nice malty flavor. Still on the lighter side, but with a more medium body is the Dam Straight Lager. A Vienna Style lager with great caramel notes from the malts but a mild hop finish this is a very balanced beer that is both crisp and refreshing.
For beers that are more full bodied and bold flavored there is the Sweet George’s Brown, winner of multiple awards and a great English Style Ale. This ale is brewed with a variety of both brown and caramel malts which create a richness, sweetness, and depth of flavor. The hop profile is very minimal, and there is very little bitterness. The end result is a rich, slightly sweet beer that has great body, and a clean finish making it easy to enjoy any season. For something darker there is the McLuhr’s Irish Stout. Winner of multiple awards and brewed with a variety of malts this beer has a rich sweet flavor full of coffee, chocolate, and even hints of caramel. Served with nitrogen it has a creamy mouth feel and a great Irish stout. Also available are a rotating variety of seasonal ales that include an IPA with seven different hops, an Oktoberfest, and an unique style known as a Bier de Garde in additional to several others throughout the year.
With a wide variety of beers that fans of all styles will enjoy it is no wonder that Dillon Dam Brewery has been serving high quality, award winning ales for so many years. A true destination in terms of breweries in Colorado this one is slightly off the beaten path within the mountains but one that is truly worth visiting. Good food, great beer, friendly service, and a small but comfortable tap room with some of the best scenery in Colorado. So when driving through the Rocky Mountains take a little extra time to make a visit to Dillon and visit the Dillon Dam Brewery where as they say they have some “Dam Good Beer,” and see for yourself one of the largest brewpubs in the nation.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brews News 10-22

October is coming to an end and as we get ready to head into the colder months of the year craft beer is still at the tops of our list in Colorado. With the festival season all but behind us there is a lot going on at tap rooms again all throughout the week.
Arvada Beer Company continues their weeklong celebration of their 2nd Anniversary. As part of the celebration there will be a new beer release everyday this week. Starting on Tuesday they will release their first sour beer, and this particular one is a Cherry Sour. Wednesday will be a Barrel Aged Doppelbock. Thursday will be back to sours with both a Nitro sour as well as a Sour Red. Friday will be back to barrels with a Barrel Aged Maibock. Saturday the festivities end with a Barrel Aged Wheat Wine and a live broadcast of the Colorado Craft Beer Show. A great event with a lot of limited release beers, all worth checking out.
New Beer Releases:
Some new beer releases this week and some classic beers from some of our favorite breweries coming back this week.
-Wednesday, October 23 the Dead Styles Month continues at Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver. This week they will be tapping a Kentucky Common. This Dark Cream Ale will go fast so arrive early.
-Friday, October 25 Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora has a great Firkin. They will be releasing their Peanut Butter Cup Porter.
-Friday, October 25 in Boulder at J Wells Brewery they will be releasing the New Hop Haze. This event will come with tasters, and of course the pints of this IPA will be flowing.
-Saturday, October 26 Lone Tree Brewing will be getting in the Halloween spirit a little early with the re-release of Hop Apocalypse. This popular Red IPA will be available in a limited number of bottles and pint glasses. Tap Room opens at 11 so arrive early.
Lots of events all around the state this weekend, and something to do everyday.
-Thursday, October 24 the pre Halloween festivities will begin at the Stapleton Tap House with the beginning of Oktumpkin Fest. 11 of their 30 tap lines will be filled with hard to find pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest beers from around the state.
-Friday, October 25 Caution Brewing Company in Denver will be hosting their Hallowbeer bash. This event starts at 4 and includes a costume contest, snacks, music, food truck, and most importantly beer including the rerelease of Toaster Black Bat porter.
-Friday, October 25 Tiny Ass Brewery in Broomfield will be hosting a kickstarter party. The event runs from 7-10 and includes bratwurst, cheese, and 6 tasters of beer. This will be a great event to help support one of the area’s newest breweries as well as sample some great beer. Event must be RSVP to attend so they can ensure there is enough tasters to cover all in attendance.
-Saturday, October 26 Denver Beer Company has teamed up with local animal rescue foundations and will be hosting the Howl-Oween Dog Adoption Event. Dogs available for adoption will be in their barrel room, and the tasting room will be available for beer and to drop off any donations including leashes, toys, and dog food. Event runs from 1-5 and will support a lot of great causes around the state.
-Sunday, October 27 Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield will be hosting Beer and Brushstrokes. Event is at 3:30 pm and tickets are $40 and available in the tasting room. A great chance to drink some great beer and paint a great picture.

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Friday, October 18, 2013


With Colorado tabbed as the Napa Valley of craft beer it is no wonder that the list of breweries in this state continues to grow. In 2013, that list now also includes out of state breweries expanding into Colorado. Such as when a Salt Lake City brewery opens up a new location in the heart of Denver where they can not only increase their distribution, but also have the tasting room they were not allowed to have in Utah. The location is in the thriving and trendy River North area, and the brewery is none other than Epic Brewing Company.
Located inside a 14,000 square foot warehouse this tasting room is not only spacious, but also comfortable and inviting. The large amount of windows allow natural light to keep this area warm, and that is complimented by the light fixtures made out of the base of fermenter tanks. Along the bright green brick wall sits a floor to ceiling fireplace with couches around it. To the left of the bar, lies the production area lines with rows of barrels and fermenter tanks. The tall ceilings and various sizes of tables make this a great tap room for large groups, or for one person wanting to enjoy some great beer. Epic Brewing has over 30 beers to choose from so deciding which one to have first can be slightly overwhelming.
For a brewery that originated in Salt Lake City and then moved to Denver, Epic decided to brew some select beer exclusive to the Denver brewery, and it starts with the Blueski Lager. This pale golden color lager is very light, refreshing, and a great beer to start with to wake your palate up. This lager has a great balance of malt and hops, with a crisp flavor and a clean aftertaste. It is very balanced, and it will lead itself into a more bold flavored beer that is the RiNo Pale Ale. The RiNo Pale Ale is light amber in color with a medium body, and a subtle malt flavor in the background.  The hop flavor creates a prominent bitter flavor that works well with the dry mouth feel. A clean aftertaste makes this beer refreshing, balanced, and easy to enjoy. The last of the Colorado exclusive beers is the Escape to Colorado IPA, which was one of the first beers Epic made in Colorado. This golden colored ale comes with a lighter body, but delivers a strong hop flavor from beginning to end. This beer has a very dry mouth feel along with layers of hop flavor with notes of pine, and citrus. The aftertaste lingers, but does not over power making this a very enjoyable IPA.
Of course all of the other great beers from Epic are available at the tasting room. These include the great barrel aged brainless fruit series available in peach, raspberry, and cherry. The seasonal ales are widely available, and the other great flagship beers in all styles ranging from the variety of saison, the stouts, and unique beers Epic is known for like the Utah Sage. All beers are available in sample sizes, full pours, growlers to go, and a wide variety of bombers available for purchase from the tap room.
With so many beers to choose from, an inviting tap room, and a friendly staff Epic pulled out all the stops and went all out when it came to constructing their new Denver home. With bold flavored, experimental, and unique ales and lagers flowing in abundance this is one brewery where there is a beer that anybody will find enjoyable and like. So when in the new hot spot of Denver in the River North area swing by Epic Brewing and enjoy the best of Salt Lake City in Denver, and enjoy some locally exclusive ales in the process from the confines of a comfortable, relaxing tap room.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brews News 10-15

Great American Beer Fest is officially behind us for another year, and as the festival season winds down we look forward to enjoying the best of Colorado craft beer from the tap room, and at local bars throughout the great state. Even though there are not any festivals this week there is still a lot going on in craft beer.
New Beer Releases
This week brings a great mix of new beer releases, and seasonal beers that we often look forward to and it starts on
-Wednesday, October 16 at Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs. It is that time when Venetucci Pumpkin Ale makes its return to the tap room. This family farm provided pumpkins to kids for over 6 decades and now Bristol returns all the profits from this beer to keep the farm running. A great beer for a great cause.
-Also on Wednesday the Dead Styles month continues at Copper Kettle Brewing Company with the tapping of a Gratzer. This is a German Smoked Wheat and will be available on cask, so arrive early and try this unique beer,
-Slightly north in Lafayette on Wednesday Odd 13 will be releasing a small batch beer they are calling Hoppy Stout. There will be 2 varietals so a vertical pairing is in the works to sample both these brews.
-Friday, October 18 Boulder Beer Company will be releasing one of their classical seasonal beers. Never Summer is making its return for the season and will be available at the tap room.
Even though the festival season is winding down there are still great beer related events going on all week.
-Wednesday, October 16 at Casselman’s Bar and Venue there will be the Save the Ales event. $30 will get you unlimited tastings and money will go to Colorado Air Protection to help preserve the necessary ingredients to brew beer. Event is on 2620 Walnut in Denver.
-For the Fresh Hop fan on Saturday there is a Fresh Hop Celebration that will be held at the Providence Tavern in Edgewater. Tickets can be purchased for $20 ahead of time at freshhopcelebration.com or $25 at the door and include a tasting glass and unlimited samples.
-Saturday, October 19 there is a second Fresh Hop Festival, this one in Denver at the Falling Rock Tap House. Tickets are $25 ahead of time and can be purchased at http://events.imbibedenver.com/products/fresh-hop-festival or are $30 at the door and include unlimited tastings from breweries such as Dry Dock, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, and many more.
One anniversary, and the beginning of a weeklong anniversary celebration all begin on Sunday, October 20.
-The first anniversary this week is not a brewery but instead the Colorado Cider Company. Tehir tasting room is turning 1 and on Sunday join them from 1-5 to raise a glass and enjoy some of the best cider you will find anywhere.
-Also on Sunday Arvada Beer Company will begin the week long festivity celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. All the beers served this week are going to be big and barrel aged, and as a tease they will be releasing 3 new beers on Friday for guests to try. They include the return of the popular Poolhall Porter, and Pumpkin Ale, plus the release of their new Vanilla Porter. As the beers are announced for the anniversary they will be made available.
Even as the year comes to an end breweries are still going above and beyond, and this week is no exception with an abundance of great beer to try to get us through the week and into the weekend. Cheers!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

GABF Winners

Colorado had a great year in the Great American Festival, and here are the winners from our great state.
Dry Dock Brewing: Aurora, Colorado
                Gold: SS Minnow Mild
                Gold: Wee Heavy
                Silver: HMS Victory Amber Ale, Extra Pale Summer Ale
                Bronze: Enterprise IPA
Wiley Roots Brewing: Greeley, Colorado
                Bronze: Super 77 Wheat
Great Divide Brewing Company: Denver, Colorado
                Gold: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Odell Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado
                Gold: 5 Barrel Pale Ale
Cannonball Creek Brewing: Golden, Colorado
                Silver: Featherweight Pale Ale
                Silver: Battlecat Stout
Lefthand Brewing: Longmont, Colorado
                Gold: Sawtooth Ale
                Gold: Fade to Black
                Gold: Milk Stout
Rockyard Brewing: Castle Rock, Colorado
                Bronze: Redhawk
Colorado Boy Brewery: Ridgeway, Colorado
                Silver: Colorado Boy Irish Red
City Star Brewing: Berthoud, Colorado
                Gold: Bandit Brown
                Bronze: Mulekick
Echo Brewing: Frederick, Colorado
                Bronze: Echo Amber
Colorado Steamworks: Durango, Colorado
                Gold: Slam Dunkel
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Denver, Colorado
                Bronze: Hop Savant 
Renegade Brewing Company: Denver, Colorado
                Bronze: Hammer and Sickle
Bull and Bush: Denver, CO
                Bronze: Release the Hounds
Grim Brothers Brewhouse: Loveland, Colorado
                Bronze: Fearless Youth
Yak and Yeti: Arvada, Colorado
                Silver: Chai Milk Stout
Carver Brewing Company: Durango, Colorado
                Gold: Munich Dunkel
Blue Moon Brewing: Golden, Colorado
                Gold: Golden Knot-Chardonnay
Pagosa Brewing: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
                Gold: Peachy Peach
Trinity Brewing: Colorado Springs, Colorado
                Gold: Elektrik Cukumbahh
Prost Brewing: Denver, Colorado
                Gold: Keller Pils
Ska Brewing: Durango, Colorado
                Gold: True Blonde
Gordon Biersch Brewing: Broomfield, Colorado
                Silver: Czech Pilsner
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
                Silver: Hanging Lake
New Belgium Brewing: Fort, Collins, Colorado
                Silver: Charlie's Brown (Pro-Am Competition)
Avery Brewing: Boulder, Colorado
                Bronze: Lilikoi Kepolo
Twisted Pine Brewing: Boulder, Colorado
                Bronze: West Bound Braggot
New Planet Brewing: Boulder, Colorado
                Bronze: Gluten Free Brown
SandLot Brewing: Denver, Colorado
                Gold: Second Hand Smoke
                Gold: Move Back
                Bronze: Goat Runner
                Large Brewery of the Year

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Friday, October 11, 2013


When it comes to unique beers in the Colorado craft beer scene one brewery that always exceeds expectations is TRVE Brewing Company in Denver. From the Prehistoric Dog salted wheat to the Smoked Tea Saison this brewery has consistently delivered full flavored beers that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Recently this small heavy metal inspired brewery has taken the next step in their production and that was with the beginning of bottling. The first bottled beer from this small brewery was a tap room exclusive that brought together all the qualities of a sour ale with the ever growing popular wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. Available in bombers the beer was named Vexovoid, and after enjoying a bottle of it here are our thoughts on this unique beer.
As with any beer drinking it out of the proper glassware is important, and for this particular sour a traditional tulip glass was necessary. This led to an aggressive pour that generated a lot of foam and created a nice contrast between the golden color and the snow white foam. Once the foam settled down but did not fade away this allowed the aroma to truly be released. The aroma to this beer was very unique and complex. The aroma had an earthy quality that was difficult to pinpoint and that was followed by a subtle bright tartness. This helped to create a pucker affect that would follow through to the flavor and body of this beer.
Once this beer had a moment to breathe and allow the aroma to be taken in it was time to enjoy a sip of this sour ale. At first sip this beer has a very light body that can be attributed to the wheat base and allows the strong flavors to shine. The beer has a lot going on with each sip. There is a mild hint of citrus that helps the bright acidity of this ale become that more prominent. The Brett yeast creates a earthy flavor that also adds some body to the beer to make it a beer that should be sipped and savored. To go along with it this beer had a lot of dimensions and the flavor profile was constantly changing the longer it sat out at room temperature. When cold and straight out the fridge the yeast was prominent and this beer had a earthier flavor. As it warmed up the beer became more acidic and bright which allowed the sour notes to create that pucker mouth feel. Regardless of temperature this beer had a very clean aftertaste making it very easy to drink, and not be overwhelmed by the strong ingredients that were used.
Once all was said and done this was a very light, refreshing, and complex beer that delivered on flavor and style. While it was not the most sour beer out there it provided just enough of a tartness to make the mouth pucker, and to want another sip. To make it even better is beers made with Brett are good for aging so it will be interesting to store a bottle or two for a while and see how the flavor profile changes over time. Either way this was a very well rounded beer, and a great first beer for TRVE Brewing Company to bottle, and it already makes us wonder what this unique brewery has in mind for their next experiment.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Brews News GABF

It has been a long year but it is finally that time of year again. The time where hundreds flock to Denver, Colorado for the annual Great American Beer Festival. Now for those of you who were unable to secure a ticket into this event there is a lot going on throughout the week to keep those thirsts quenched with great craft beer.
Monday, October 7 The beginning of the week starts off slow, but there will be special tappings.
-Odyssey Beerwerks n Arvada, Colorado is tapping a special beer every night and donating $2 from every pint to the Salvation Army in flood relief. They kick off the week with a Fluffy Pumpkin Porter. Quantities are limited so arrive early and thirsty.
Tuesday, October 8 will truly kick of the festivities at a great event that does not include a brewery, but instead a great bar that features amazing beer. The Rackhouse Pub in Denver will be hosting a sensory training class with Scott Kerkmans (Lead Judge at GABF). This class will help guests learn how to pick up subtle flavors in beers, and help enhance their pallets all while enjoying great beer in what will be an amazing learning experience from one of the best in the business.
Wednesday, October 9 is where the events will begin at the breweries and various tap rooms.
-Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver will be continuing their theme of dead style ales on cask, and today will be releasing a rare style known as a White Stout. This is called a stout for when beers were named stouts due to their ABV, not by style.
-A few miles away at Renegade Brewing in Denver they will be opening up their back room and allowing tours, something not often offered at this tap room. Tours will begin at 5 and will also feature a taste from an exclusive small batch made for the tour only, so arrive early.
-In their new home at The Source Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will be selling bottles of their Origins Burgundy Sour. Quantities are limited, so arrive early to get your hands on this great beer.
Thursday, October 10 kicks off the Great American Beer Festival, and also continues the festivities around the state.
-One of Denver’s newest breweries who is not participating in the festival will be hosting a small one of their own. Diebolt Brewing in Denver will be hosting their Oktoberfest party with the new release of their Dunkelweizen. This party will include a band and brats as well.
-The Stapleton Tap House is partnering with River North Brewery for a special beer and cheese pairing. $45 at the door this night will include 6 beers from River North including a rare barrel aged offering, a special pint glass to take home, plus a full pint from the Tap House.
-Barrel Aged beers are going to be in high demand this week and at Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew they will be tapping a Barrel Aged IPA.
-To go along with barrel aged beers Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be releasing 4 of their 2012 barrel aged offerings. These include the popular Breakfast Stout, English Barleywine, Double IPA, and Port aged Belgian Dark Strong. Vote on your favorite and which one you think will win a medal and possibly win a prize.
-Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will be tapping special discovery beers all week and on Thursday they will be tapping a Toffee Scotch Ale.
Friday, October 11 while the Festival is in full swing there will still be some small events going on around town.
-Renegade Brewing will be saying thank you to all of their loyal customers and from 7-9 pm they will be selling all their beers at the tap room for $1. A rare opportunity to have some great beers at unbeatable prices.
-If you are a fan of Barleywines than at Copper Kettle Brewing Company there is a rare chance to have a vertical pairing. The 2012 and 2013 will be both be available, and they will be giving guests a chance to see the difference that a year can make.
Saturday, October 12 will be the last day of the GABF, and the day all the awards are announced. As people await to see if their favorite brewery has some new hardware there will be plenty of beer in the Denver area to sip on while the awards are being handed out.
 -At Lou’s Food Bar in Denver they will be hosting a German Beer Brunch along with Prost Brewing Company. Tickets are $40 and will feature 3 delicious courses along with 4 great beers from Prost including their Oktoberfest Marzen.
-Our Mutual Friend will be tapping yet another new beer, and this will be a Chocolate Cherry Stout.
-Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be tapping a new barrel aged beer, a Belgian Tripel that has been aging in Malbec red wine barrels from Creekside Cellars in Evergreen.
-North of Denver in the small town of Lafayette Odd 13 Brewing will be hosting Sour Saturday. Their Dr. Cougar Petite Saison will be served with fresh raspberries, and they will also be tapping a rare and exclusive sour blonde. This is a blonde ale that has been aged on oak chips and has had both lactobacillus and Brett Yeast added. Both sound delicious and both are sure to go quick.
In spite of the fact that the festival will be the most sought after even of the week there is still a plethora of great events for craft beer lovers of all kinds. No matter how many nights you are available or what sounds best this week will be proof that there is something for everybody. Enjoy the week while it flies by, because it will be a long year before we get this week again.

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With so many new breweries opening throughout Colorado on a weekly basis there are some that turn out to be true hidden gems. Whether they are off the beaten path and take a little longer to find or the beer they serve is of such high quality that you enjoy every sip. That is the case in Boulder, Colorado where two former Boulder Beer employees came together to bring their love of craft beer to life. Combine that with a home brewer turned professional from Wisconsin and the brewery took shape. With a wide array of ales to choose from sourcing organic ingredients, and named after a nearby mountain this is Sanitas Brewing Company.
Located in an old industrial building next to the train tracks that run through this town the transformation this brewery underwent made this a very inviting tap room. This spacious tap room has room for the largest groups of people and has a nice bar top that accommodates the smallest of crowds. On one side lies a large group of windows that allows all guests to see inside the production area and how large scale this brewery is. On the other side lies more windows that has views of the outdoors and the train tracks that helps make this brewery so unique. That leads to a very nice outdoor patio complete with an official bocce ball court. With an inviting atmosphere to keep guests entertained of course a pint would be necessary, but which one to choose first?
For fans of hoppy beers there are two more unique styles of IPAs to choose from, and the first is their flagship Black IPA. This is a very complex IPA that starts with a bright, and citrus forward aroma that leads into a sip that has a surprisingly light body for such a dark beer. The flavor was also complex, but had a great balance. While this was a hop forward beer with a strong pine flavor the roasted malt flavor was still prominent to create balance and make this a very well rounded beer. Factor the clean finish and this is a great beer easy to enjoy any day. In a more unique IPA there is the first beer this brewery offered and was a collaboration beer with Dillon Dam Brewery, and it is the Snow White IPA. This is a hybrid style beer that brings together a traditional IPA with a Belgian style Witbier and the end result is very complex and flavorful. This beer had full body for a white ale and this was due to oats being added during the process and while it was a hop forward beer it was balanced out by and array of pink peppercorns and Valencia oranges. The end result was a full flavored beer that was very enjoyable and easy to drink, a must try.
For fans of non hoppy beers there is the other flagship beer, and that is the Saison. With a sweet aroma and a light body this is a truly refreshing beer. The flavor profile is very fruity with a subtle tartness, and the hop note is minimal but very unique due to the use of both American and French hops. A great beer that is easy to drink and one almost anybody would enjoy. Also for fans of the more unique and experimental beers there is a rotating line of beers known as the train series. With being located right next to the train tracks these smaller batches of beers will rotate regularly and will be offered at a dollar off a pint when the train drives by the tap room. Sanitas will also be canning very soon with their Black IPA and Saison available in six packs.
In a craft beer rich community like Boulder to open up a new brewery in this small town would take either some great beers, or some unique beers. Thankfully for Sanitas they have both. With styles of IPAs that are still not commonly seen on the mainstream market, and even their unique spin on traditional ales this brewery has a beer that anybody walking in will enjoy. Combine that with a very comfortable tap room, great scenery, and most importantly a friendly and knowledgeable staff and this is a brewery worth visiting. So when in Boulder venture slightly off the beaten path, and swing by Sanitas and try the delicious offerings in this locally inspired brewery.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brews News 10-1

October is officially upon us, and as we count down the days until Great American Beer Festival we must keep our pint glasses full in anticipation. Although it is not the most busy week in Colorado craft beer there is still lots going on and plenty of new beers to try.
New Breweries:
No new breweries opening up this week, while there are still plenty waiting to open there have been some delays in the process. Stay patient and before we know it the Colorado craft beer scene will continue to grow once again.   
No anniversaries this week.   
New Beer Releases:
Lots of great new beer releases this week and it all starts on Wednesday.
-New beer releases will begin early this week on October 1 at Lone Tree Brewing Company with the release of their new West Green Hopped IPA.
-October 2 Lone Tree Brewing will release their second new beer of the week with Mr. Moo’s Pumpkin Brew, a season pumpkin ale.  
-October 2 also brings on the beginning of dead month at Copper Kettle Brewing Company where they will feature styles not commonly seen anymore. They will kick off the month with a Gose, more commonly known at a Salted Wheat.
-River North will be featuring their newest beer for Wayward Wednesday with the Rum Barrel Aged Quandary.
-October 3 Funkwerks in Fort Collins will be bringing back Deceit, their Belgian Golden Strong. This beer won gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival and will be in strong demand.
-Also October 3 Arvada Beer Company will be releasing the always popular and often requested Butter Pecan Brown. One barrel of this beer was brewed so it will be available for growler fills as well.
-October 4 Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder will be releasing a special and rare beer. Their flagship Treeline IPA that has been aging in Gin barrels and will finally be tapped.
-October 5 at Copper Kettle Brewing Company they will be bringing back their popular Black IPA just in time for the fall weather. This popular beer is often requested and should go fast.
The weekend before Great American Beer Festival will be small, but still plenty going on to keep us entertained.
-Thursday, October 3 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be hosting their monthly beer and cheese pairing a week early. This monthly event pairs 4 beers with 4 cheeses from the Truffle Cheese Shop in Denver and is a must do for anybody wanting to learn more about beer. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance.  
-Saturday, October 5 Caution Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado will be hosting a pre GABF party. This will be complete with live music, a food truck, and of course beer. Caution will be releasing beers this day including a Pumpkin Curry ale, and a firkin of The Earl, an English Mild with Earl Grey Tea.
-Sunday, October 6 one of the most anticipated beers in Colorado from one of the more iconic breweries in Colorado will be conducting their pre sale. Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will be doing a pre sale of the Ventucci Pumpkin Ale. This event goes from 10-4 or until the beer is sold out, and there is a 3 bottle limit.
-Wit’s End Brewing Company in Denver announced that they will be expanding their hours to include Wednesdays. They will be open from 4-8 starting October 2.

Coming Soon!:
As if this week does not have enough there is always more to look forward to in the Colorado craft beer scene.
-Great Divide has officially bottled their annual Fresh Hop Ale and it should be available for purchase very soon.  

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