Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brews News 1-21

So far January has been a great month in craft beer and a great start to the year. As the month continues we continue to see festivals start up again, new beer releases, and much more in the craft beer world. Here is what is going on in the week ahead in craft beer.
Festivals: Shortly after the annual Vail Big Beers festival the season continues on and before we know it we will be in the full swing of festival season.
-For now we have the Denver Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station. This annual event will now be 2 days Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 day of for general admission, and $40/$45 for VIP hour. This event will feature some great Colorado breweries including Mountain Toad, Odd 13, Odyssey, Jagged Mountain, and Grist. Also included will be great local cider, mead, and kombucha from Colorado as well. This is a great event to start off festival season, and a great chance to try breweries from Colorado and around the country. For a complete list of participating breweries and to purchase tickets here is the link http://www.denverbrewfest.com/winter/.
New Beer Releases: Each week breweries around the state are releasing new beers to the thirst masses, here is what’s new this week.
-Tuesday, January 21 at The Source Crooked Stave has a great beer for Tap it Tuesday. This week is Batch 60 dry hopped with citra and Amarillo hops. Beer releases at 5:00.
-Tuesday, January 21 in Boulder Wild Woods Brewery will be releasing their Frozen Forest. This American style Barleywine was brewed with coriander and spruce, tapping is at 4.
-Wednesday, January 22 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will continue their New Year’s Resolution cask month with the resolution “Eat Better.” The beer this week was made with super foods and is a light wheat with pomegranate and acai berries. Tapping is at 3.
-Thursday, January 23 Our Mutual Friend in Denver will be releasing their newest beer, a Chinook Red Ale. This 8.3% beer comes in at 90 IBUs and is sure to be hoppy and malty. Beer will be tapped at 4 with food truck, and is a great addition to their lineup of beers. 
-Thursday, January 23 Station 26 will be tapping a Brown Ale with French Oak for their weekly firkin. Tapping will be at 4, these are becoming more popular on a weekly basis so arrive early!
-Friday, January 24 Dry Dock will be tapping a Tart Cherry Belgian Dubbel for firkin Friday, arrive early to save your spot in line for this 3:00 tapping.
-Saturday, January 25 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be bringing back their popular Saison Savoureux. This is always a popular beer when they bring it back, and this time is sure to be no different. Tapping is a 12.
-Saturday, January 25 River North Brewery will be releasing their newest barrel aged series and also their newest B Side Series. This Imperial Stout was aged in Oak Rye Whiskey Barrels. Only 360 bottles made, so arrive early and get your hands on this one.
-Sunday, January 26 TRVE Brewing will be releasing Batch3 of Eastern Candle. This batch was dry hopped with citra, and is sure to go fast. Bottles will be sold out of the tap room.
-Also by end of week 2 new beers should be hitting liquor store shelves. Lugene, the great Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell, and Snapshot, a new subtle sour from New Belgium.
Upcoming Events: Although this week is plenty to keep you busy there is always more to look forward to in craft beer.
-Alpine Dog Brewing in Denver announced their location. Colfax and Ogden in the old Independent Record store. Now that the location is squared away we have to patiently wait for the beer.
-Two22 Brew in Centennial should soon be finishing their construction in their great location, and should be announcing an opening date soon.
-As we are a few weeks away from Valentine’s Day look for some great events from breweries all over the city, including an already announced four course dinner from Copper Kettle Brewing Company.

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