Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Brews News 2-18

Valentine’s Day weekend is over and now it is back to another week. February continues to move along at a fast pace and this week is another busy week in craft beer. Not one but two new breweries opening, festivals, and of course new beer releases. Here is what is going on in the week ahead.
New Breweries!
2 New breweries will be opening up this week.
-The first is 300 Suns in Longmont which will be opening their doors to the public on Saturday, February 22. They will join some already great breweries in the area, and after a year and a half in the making they are ready to open. They have been brewing since January and plan to have 4 different beers on tap for opening day.
-Saturday, February 22 will also be a big day in the small suburb of Centennial, which is when Two 22 Brew will open their doors to the public. This new brewery located in a strip mall will pride themselves on donating $2.22 of every $10 in sales to charity. They will have several diverse beers on tap for opening weekend including a Blonde Ale, Session IPA, Simcoe IPA, Cinnamon Red, Chocolate Porter, and Milk Stout. The residents in the area surrounding this brewery have been looking forward to it for quite some time, now that it is finally ready to open we wish them the best a luck and raise a glass in congratulations to all their hard work.
-Although festival season is still a few months away from warming up there are still some great ones early on in the year. That is the case on Saturday, February 22 when Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will host the 10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous. 33 craft brewers will bring their cask conditioned ales for guests to try. Event runs from 1-5 in the tasting room. VIP Tickets are $60 and comes with a 12 start time, and general admission is $35. Tickets can be purchased through ticketfly.com or the Bristol website. This is always a fun festival and a great chance to try some small, experimental beers.
New Beers!
-Tuesday, February 18 Upslope Brewing will be celebrating their Ferus Fluxus Collaboration with Crooked Stave at their Lee Hill location. This beer will be available in 19.2 oz cans for $14 each with a limit of 3. This is Upslope’s Belgian Pale Ale with a Crooked Stave twist and a beer definitely worth trying.
-Copper Kettle is continuing their month of Chocolate Decadence on Wednesday, February 19 with a cask of Grand Marnier Chocolate Milk Stout! This is sure to sell out fast so arrive early for this 3:00 pm tapping.
-Wednesday, February 19 River North Brewery will be giving guests a last chance to enjoy their Anniversary Ales for Wayward Wednesday. They will have both year 1 (Russian Imperial Stout) and year 2 (Nelson Dry Hopped Belgian Golden Strong) on tap starting at 3.
-Wednesday, February 19 Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will be releasing their Smokebrush Porter for the 7th straight year. Beer will be released in the tap room at 5:00 pm.
-Thursday, February 20 Station 26 in Denver will have a Vanilla Bean Scottish Ale firkin being tapped at 4:00.
-Sunday, February 23 Dry Dock Brewing is bringing back Bligh’s Barley Wine. This event gains more and more attention every year and this year will be no different. Starting at 11:00 am guests can buy 22 ounce bombers in the tap room for $20, and there will also be a limited amount on tap in the tap room. A great beer, so arrive early and claim your spot in line.
-Sunday February 23 Avery Brewing will be releasing Beer number 18 in their Barrel Aged Beer Series, Opuntia. This sour ale with prickly pears spent 9 months in tequila barrels, and is now ready to be served. Bottles are available in 12 ounces with a limit of 12 and are $12 each. This beer sounds very intriguing and is sure to go fast so arrive early.
-Sunday, February 23 Station 26 in Denver will be tapping a horizontal pairing of their Session Coffee Stout. Volkopi Lintong was made with Sumatra coffee, Hopped Kivu Konzu was brewed with Rwanda and hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. Last is the Whiskey Coffee Session Stout made with green coffee beans aged on whiskey barrel wood, then roasted at Corvus Coffee. Only 5 gallons of each available so arrive early and see just how different the same beer can be.

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