Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Brews News 12-3

Can you believe that it is December already? Gone is Thanksgiving and now the Holiday season is in full swing. Lucky for us that the craft beer world is giving us gifts early in the month, as this is a very busy week in craft beer around Colorado with festivals, anniversaries, and new beer releases to keep us warm, and full of great beer all week.
This week prior to the annual Parade of Lights is the annual Parade of Darks at the Wynkoop in LoDo. This annual event will feature around 35 breweries and over 80 porters, stouts, barley wines, and all great dark beers from around the state and country. Tickets are $35 in advance and $42 at the door, and all proceeds go to benefit the Denver Metro Care Ring. This is a great event with some great beer perfect for the cold weather and the Holiday Season.
2 Breweries will be celebrating their anniversaries this week.
-The first is a 2 night event in Denver as Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew turns 1. The first night of this event is Friday, December 6 as they will be bringing back their popular Winter Warmer. Day 2 December, 7 is the staff tap takeover. This features beers from all the OMF staff and the beers will include a Black IPA, All Galaxy Red Ale, Blood Orange Wheat, Belgian Dubbel, Hoppy Saison, Cream Ale, and a NY Maple Syrup Porter. All Beers will be available in tasters or full pours. Of Course it wouldn’t be an Our Mutual Friend event without some great music and there will be local musicians and great food trucks to help this brewery celebrate.
-Saturday, December 7 Lone Tree Brewing Company will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. This day will be highlighted with great food trucks, live music, and of course beer… lots of small batches will be tapped throughout the day. These include a Gran Cru Wit, Triforce Tripel, Biere de Garde, Barrel Aged Baltic Porter, Tropical Stout, Snickerdoodle Red, Jalapeno Cheddar IPA, Barrel Aged Black IPA on nitro, Peppermint Mocha Stout, and a vertical pairing of the 2012 and 2013 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. This will be a great event with some unique and great beers so stop on by and raise a glass to another year for this small brewery.
New Beer Releases:
You can tell the weather is getting colder, new beer releases this week will embody the season and warm the body.
-Renegade Brewing in Denver has brought back Radiator just in time for the cold weather. This popular winter warmer is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and brown sugar so head down to the Santa Fe art district and enjoy a pint.
-Wednesday, December 4 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will start a new month of firkins, and December is candied beer months. Starting off the month is a Caramel Bock Lager. Beer will be tapped at 3 and is sure to not last long.
-Thursday, December 5 in Colorado Springs Bristol Brewing will be releasing their annual Christmas Ale. This spiced ale full of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and molasses is looked forward to every season and this year is no exception.
-Friday, December 6 Hall Brewing in Parker will be releasing another new seasonal ale, Deck the Hall is a Holiday Ale and will be available in the 22 ounce bombers we expect from this farmhouse brewery.
-Friday, December 6 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be tapping their Winter Spice Ale in their annual guess the spice contest. This English Style Old Ale is spiced to fit the season and if you can correctly guess 3 of the 4 spices you win a growler to take home.
-Saturday, December 7 River North Brewery will be Barrel Aged Avarice in bombers. Quantities are limited so arrive early.
-Saturday, December 7 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be releasing the first in a series of barrel aged bombers. The first is Snowed In, formerly known as High Country Breakfast Stout. Quantities are limited, and they go on sale at 12 so arrive early for this favorite beer.
Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside this week. Enjoy the season through Colorado craft beer and let the hearty ales warm you.

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