Beer News

The Upslope Get Down
Straight from Upslope

Spring is upon us and so is festival season, so we thought we'd do a lil celebrating by throwing our own music festival right here at our Flatiron Park brewery!

Join us for the first annual Upslope Get Down, a FREE music festival with beer and food on Saturday, May 17 from 2:00 pm – midnight.

Want to upgrade? VIP tickets now available for all you can drink, exclusive access to specialty brews, catering, premium viewing, souvenir pint glass, and private restrooms! Limited space, so buy now!

Check out the official press release below and visit our Facebook event page to RSVP:

For more of the story on the Get Down and the press release.

Get your tickets Here before they run out or check out their Facebook page.
Boulder's Sanitas Brewing and Crown Beverages debut
Straight from Denver Westword Blogs and Jonathan Shikes

Colorado has been the king of canned craft beers since Oskar Blues began packaging its brews in aluminum more than a decade ago. And although the Longmont beer maker continues to change the game, other breweries are getting in on the act as well.

This week, Boulder's Sanitas Brewing, which opened last September, debuted a limited-edition beer, 360º Tripel, in a two new cans from Crown Beverages. The first has a lid that pulls all the way off; the second has a puncture hole at the top to make the beer pour more smoothly. Sanitas is the first Colorado craft brewery to use the cans.

"They like to team up with a local brewery," says Sanitas's Zach Nichols of Crown. Sanitas had been planning to put a new beer in a can for a while; the brewery sells its cans out of the taproom and in about forty stores in Boulder County.

Crown had both cans on display at the Craft Brewers Conference, which took place in Denver this week for the first time. The annual trade show drew 8,000 brewing professionals to town. The company first revealed the pull-off lid -= called the 360 End =- a year ago during the CBC in Washington, D.C., with Pennsylvania's Sly Fox Brewing.

The pull-off cans are a little problematic in some states because they violate old trash ordinances that were established in the days of pop-top cans. Colorado passed a similar rule in the early 1980s that was related to recycling.

For more of the story on the debut click here.
1933 Brewery Now Open
1933 Brewery now open in Fort Collins

Nothing was going to stop the brewery owners, Jimmy Vanderweide and Cody Pisacka, from opening their dream. Even after their four fermenters were stolen from the building that is their brewery, they kept their goal in mind. They have finally opened their doors in March at 4025 S. Mason St., Unit C Fort Collins, CO.

The theme of the brewery comes from the end of Prohibition in 1933 and has an older but hip look to it. And its location give it the furthest far south brewery in Fort Collins.

Stop by during the week Monday-Friday Noon-9pm and try out their craft beers! Bring a friend and make an event out of it. If you are hungry they have various food trucks that will be parked out their front doors.

The weekend of March 29, they will have Carl Carrillo playing 80's and old country music. Give them a call for more information 970-377-4107

For more of the story on the brewery click here.
Wit's End Brewing system goes from 1 to 7
Straight from Eric Gorski and the Denver Post

Wit's End Brewing of Denver just landed financing that will allow it to grow from a one-barrel to a seven-barrel system.

Owner Scott Witsoe said the expansion will result in more beers, more active distribution and tap accounts, and expanding tap room hours from Wednesday through Sunday to seven days a week.

Witsoe said he obtained a small business loan to finance the project, a pleasant turn of events after his initial efforts to get bank financing to open went nowhere.

Witsoe is getting his new equipment from Bennett Forgeworks out of Ridgway, which is attracting attention for the brew kettles it is now producing alongside railings, fireplace doors and other products in the Ouray County town that is also home to the Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery and its famed brewing school.

Read the whole story
TRVE Brewing Adding New Space
TRVE Brewing adding new space for wild and sour beers

Straight from Eric Gorski and the Denver Post

TRVE Brewing's barrel-aging program has been getting well-deserved praise since its debut last year - and the small but ambitious Denver brewery soon will have room for a lot more oak.

TRVE Brewing will keep their taproom on Broadway and open another place in order to age their wild and sour beers. There is no plan a the moment to add a tasting room just yet. They just wanted more space.

"The plan is to keep this place moving exactly the way it is," Nunns said. "It'll be the focal point, the place you can come hang out and have a beer. But we'll have more cool bottled stuff to serve you while you're here."

Check out the full story on the brewery
Trinity Looking to Expand
Trinity Brewing planning to open another location in Denver area.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Eric Gorski and The Denver Post

Founder and head brewer Jason Yester confirmed Trinity is targeting 2016 for its ambitious Denver project, which he said would likely involve a 30-barrel brewing system in a roughly 8,000 square-foot space in a warehouse district.

Most new brewery start-ups in Denver have adopted the kitchen-free tap room model, and a brewpub of Trinity's caliber would be welcome addition to the scene. In Colorado Springs, Trinity serves up slow food with an organic, local focus.

The plan is to use the Denver Trinity location for distribution of bottles in seven or eight cities out of state initially, Yester said. But Trinity is not waiting until then to begin distributing to its first out-of-state market. Yester, whose family lives in Oregon, said the brewery is scheduled to begin shipping its first bottles to Portland starting in mid-April.

Yester said he plans to move to Denver in two years and then nail down a location for the brewery, which would then take six to eight months to open. He said the River North neighborhood - bursting with new breweries - is one potential landing spot.

To see the whole story click here.
Roaring Fork Beer Company Grand Opening!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Roaring Fork Beer Company:

Carbondale, Co - March 3, 2014 - The Roaring Fork Beer Company, opens its doors with its trademarked Freestone Extra Pale Ale, Nitro Pub Ale, and seasonally inspired one off batches. The full production brewery and tasting room is located less than one mile southeast of downtown Carbondale at 1941 Dolores Way, near Carbondale's Park and Ride and Ajax Bike and Sport.

"It's been a long year trying to get this brewery off the ground; I can't wait to try that first RFBC beer, and more importantly, to be able to share them with the people in this valley," says head brewer and owner Chase Engel.

The Grand Opening will be celebrated over 2 days, on March 28th and 29th with 2 sessions.

Tickets to each session will need to be purchased in advance through the breweries website starting March 6th at 7am with limited quantities available.

A BBQ pig roast and eats provided by Mark Hardin of Craft Catering, and a commemorative glass with bottomless beer tastings are included in the $30 ticket. A ribbon cutting will be held Friday at the tasting room at 4pm to kick off the Grand Opening then sessions will run Friday from 5p-8p, and Saturday from 5p-8p.

Raffles will be held each night for a chance to win special items such as a custom RFBC skateboard handcrafted by Meier Ski's, a seasonal membership to the brewery, and a keg. RFBC's seasonal membership program will be revealed at the Grand Opening.

For more information about the brewery click here.
New Belgium Sour Vintage Series
Having recently doubled its wood beer capacity with the addition of 32 new oak foeders, New Belgium Brewing is going sour with its latest Lips of Faith beers. La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return in 2014 as part of a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series.

La Folie is a wood-aged, sour brown, 7% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.

Transatlantique Kriek is a slightly sour cherry kriek beer, 8% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.

For the full story check out their website.
Tommyknocker Brewery Plans to Can
After twelve years Tommyknocker is going to give canning another shot.

From the Denver Westword
The brewery, which was founded in 1994 as one of the state's craft pioneers, will enlist the help of Longmont's Mobile Canning to package a relatively new beer, IPA & A Half, in twelve-ounce cans beginning in May.
"We did in draft last year and it was so successful that we decided it would be our first offering in the new package," Indrehus explains. The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to double IPAs and triple IPAs, which are popular now. Tommyknocker, on the other hand, prefers to make "easier drinking" beers, he notes: "We're not an over-the-top brewery."

Tommyknocker, which just finished a $2 million expansion and plans to brew 14,000 barrels of beer in 2014, will start by canning 4,000 cases of IPA & A Half, and 1,500 cases per month after that. If sales go well, Indrehus will give Tommyknocker's history a nod by canning Ornery Amber again -- although that beer is now simply called Vienna-Style Amber. "If we do," he adds, "we'll probably stop bottling that one."

That was one of the lessons that Tommyknocker learned the first time around. "We made a bunch of mistakes," Indrehus says. For one, the brewery cannibalized the bottled version of Ornery Amber by making the cans.

But Tommyknocker also lacked the space at the time to increase production beyond its one-head filler, a machine it later sold.

For the full story check out Westword.
Tickets on Sale Now!
A Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival! Over 50 Craft Breweries and Food Trucks will be there to support the benefit for the Larimer County Food Banks. The Front Range Rally is a festival celebrating Colorado's rich culture of Craft Brewing and the emergence of a growing cadre of quality Mobile Food Vendors to help raise money.

Beer enthusiasts and foodies can take advantage of early bird ticket pricing now through April 15, 2014 and save $5!

● Early Bird VIP Admission = $45; includes early entry, unlimited beer tasting, & VIP tent access.

● Early Bird General Admission = $30; includes event admission & unlimited beer tasting.

● Early Bird Designated Driver Admission = $5 includes event entrance & water/soda.

Get more information and tickets.
Craft Beer Accounting Group
Left Hand Brewing Company is organizing
a craft brewery accounting professional peer group.

After spending a day with our counterparts from another Northern Colorado brewery, it was adamantly clear we had a lot we could learn from each other. There were quite a few instances of "you are dealing with X, so are we"! Many of us are experiencing out of this world growth. What better way for us number crunchers to connect and embrace our industry brotherhood.

Group will participate in a quarterly phone conference with dedicated agenda and/or training topic Open forum to ask questions, Consider some forum topics:
* Exploring brewing software * Dealing with unique TTB scenarios *
Accounting best practices and process improvement * A place to bounce
ideas off like-minded industry folks. A place where forms/spreadsheets could be shared(no proprietary data).

This private accounting group will be
open to breweries only (not meant for consultants, distributors, suppliers)
with a dedicated accounting person or department who produced at least 15,000 BBL in 2013.

Please email Mark at with any questions or seek him
out at CBC to talk about this further!

Mark Boelman, Accounting &
Administration Manager
Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, Colorado
Great Storm Brewing Birthday Bash!
To celebrate two years in business Great Storm Brewing will have food, live music and new beers on tap. Great Storm Brewing will be bringing back their famous birthday Pils in which an actual birthday cake is thrown in the mash!

Come and join them in the festivities,

-Saturday March 15th at 204 Mt View Ln #3, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
-New beers on tap all day.
-Live music by John Hornbaker 7pm-9pm
-Chilean food truck Merken 4pm-8pm

Any questions give them a call (719) 266-4200 or check out their website.
Bristol's 10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous
Bristol had an amazing turnout for brewers and beer drinkers alike!

Saturday February 22, 2014 continued on with Bristol Brewery and their 10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous. If you missed this event you need to add a reminder to your cell phone for next year!

At this event attendees were giving the opportunity to try some specialty beers that they may not ever get to try again. There were thirty-two different breweries filed into the new brewery space at Ivywild School. Bristol also brought in some delicious food to help keep the bellies full along with the tastings.

Sampling overall was a great time! There were no complaints

Check out their website to see up coming events you do not want to miss.
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery Grand Opening Party!
They opened in November and their party is now!

Straight from their website-

Join us for our official Grand Opening Party on Saturday, March 8th!

We'll be hoping to release some beers throughout the day, have food-beer pairings, and will be raffling off swag, brewery tours/tastings, and the opportunity to call your shot with a future pilot system beer (you choose the style and get to pick the name).

Get your ticket now for our food-beer pairing event on Saturday, March 8th, from 5-9pm! Tickets are limited. $30 gets you access to this incredible food and beer menu (food provided by Mikes^2 Kitchen) as well as a souvenir Jagged Mountain taster:

Shrimp ceviche with cilantro, jalepeno and lime, served with crisp tortillas, served with Spearhead Saison

Pork belly tacos with smoked tomato and avocado salsa, queso fresco and hearts of romaine, served with Barking Marmot Belgo-American Black IPA

Albondigas - Mexican style meatballs with roasted poblano cream and salsa verde, served with Junta Dog Enigma Brown Ale

Blue cheese and chive potato croquette with walnut pesto, served with Vallecito Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Come on down for this fun day!

Sounds like an awesome event! For more info, check out the Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery website.
Two22 Brew Grand Opening!!
Two22 Brew Grand Opening! Don't Miss Out!

Two22 Brew has been waiting for this day to happen and here it is. On February 22, 2014 (approximate date) Two22 Brew plans to hold their Grand Opening at 4550 S. Reservoir Rd., Centennial, Colorado 80015.

They'll have at least four beers on tap on opening day, including a blond, a porter and an IPA.

Two22 Brew is a place to socialize, find out about local charities, & give where you live--all while enjoying a great beer.

Two22 Brew is partnered with a small, local family foundation. Their mission is to carry out a broad range of charitable gifting to support Colorado entities in the fields of education, environmental action, and whole person enrichment.

Two22 Brew will give back $2.22 of every $10 of profit to local non-profits.

Here is their link.
It's Finally Here!
300 Suns Brewing Company is having their Grand Opening!

The first new brewery in Longmont to open in five years, 300 Suns Brewing Company, will be hosting their Grand Opening Saturday February 22 2014 from Noon to 10pm. They are located at 335 1st Ave., Longmont, CO.

Find some time on Saturday to stop by and say hi, ask them about their name and of course try out some of their beers on tap!

Here is their link.
Denver Welcomes A New Brewery
LowDown opened their doors to the beer drinkers in Denver on February 11, 2014.

Professional brewers that provide a new definition of quality. From the top-notch, organic and sustainable ingredients to the relaxed atmosphere (including a patio and on-site parking), LowDown redefines the brewery experience.

If you have not made it in you need to stop by. Take a lunch break or after work reward and enjoy their food along with a new craft brew!

They are open M-Th: 11am-Midnight, F-Sat.: 11am-1am, Sun: 11am-Midnight

Find them at 800 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203

Here is their link.
A new brewery in town called Station 26 Brewing!

Station 26 Brewing Company just opened their doors for everyone to come and taste their delicious beer. They do not discriminate from light to dark beers. They will have something that you will enjoy, you just need to check them out. They are located in an old renovated city of Denver fire station. Stop in and talk to Wayne Waananen or Justin Baccary and ask them to tell you their story!

Their current hours are T-Th 2pm-9pm, F-Sat. 2pm-10pm, Sun Noon-9pm.

Here is their link.
New Brewery in Steamboat Springs!
A new brewery called Storm Peak Brewing Company has opened their doors in Steamboat Springs!

Storm Peak Brewing Co. has made a taproom that they would like you to consider home. The Patterson brothers worked hard to follow a dream and they are finally open. They have live music and support the sport events on their big screen TVs. They have beers from light and crisp to dark and intriguing. Come and join them and bring your passion for craft beer.

Their current hours are Noon-Midnight daily!

Here is their link.
Grand Opening!
Don't miss out on the Grand Opening of Former Future Brewing Co. It will be this weekend Friday February 7, 2014 from 2pm-10pm and Saturday February 8, 2014 from Noon-10pm.

Pay a visit to the newest brewery in Denver, 1290 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80210. Try some of their amazing beers and ask them anything you want to know about the brewery. Ask them how they decided on their name!

Closing time may be later but not earlier. Baba's Falafel will be our food truck on Friday, and we'll have Maria Empanada back on Saturday. And, you're always welcome to order food from any of the fine establishments nearby, including Adelita's who has put together a special taco menu just for us!

Plus, we have plenty of board games to choose from.

So come, eat, drink, play, and make a day of it. We'll see you soon.

Here is the link.
Yak and Yeti get new TAPS
From the Press Release -

Yak & Yeti Brewpub has rebranded it's tap handles for 2014. The old handles were hand-made wooden "Y"-shaped handles to represent the double Y's in the Yak and Yeti, but due to the recent deluge of new breweries a rebranding was becoming more necessary. When the Yak & Yeti debuted their wooden wye there were only a few breweries in Colorado that had natural wood-based tap handles, less than two years later there are around two dozen breweries that are marketing a similar look.

The Yak & Yeti doesn't have a dedicated merchandise or branding manager so Adam Draeger (head brewer) takes on the responsibilities himself. "There are so many new breweries that are using beetle-kill wood or cnc routed/laser etched wood tap handles that I thought we should turn a different direction entirely," says Draeger.

The new handles are one-piece molded urethane-based with a glossy paint job. The yeti wears a sandwich signboard for labeling each individual beer. The Yak & Yeti partnered with for the manufacture of the handles, the entire process took about three months with artist concepts, revisions, prototyping and production.

The handles can be seen at both the Yak & Yeti Restaurant (8665 N Sheridan Blvd, Westminster), the Brewpub (7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada) and select tap houses in and around Denver.

For those interested in purchasing one for your own collections the tap handles are retailing at the brewpub for $65 each (tax included).

Here is the link to see the old handles. Pictured are the new handles.
Colorado Native Brew Crew
From the Press Release -

Colorado Native has recently launched the COLORADO NATIVE BREW CREW site and hope you will join our 'Crew". To receive future communications from us, you MUST join the Colorado Native Brew Crew, as this will be the only contact information we use to communicate with you in the future. To join, simply visit the web site at WWW.COLORADONATIVE.COM and click on the Brew Crew link.

When you complete the invitation to join, you will receive a Brew Crew Badge Number, "Peak One" status and a packet with directions on how to ascend to "Peak Two". Being a member of the Colorado Native Brew Crew will give you access to news, prizes and special events. We promise you will be happy you joined us. Until then…………all the best!

Here is the link.
Lone Tree Plans to Can
Straight from Lone Tree Brewing Company in honor of National Beer Can Appreciation Day!

Beginning in April 2014, Lone Tree Brewing Company is going to sell cans of their Peach Pale Ale and the Mountain Mama Golden Lager. You will be able to find them in liquor stores and restaurants in the Denver Metro area and the Lone Tree Brewing Company. Lone Tree Brewing Company saw a spike in sales from selling 22 ounce bombers and decided that there was a great demand for 12 ounce cans.

The brewing and the canning will take place at Lone Tree Brewing Company at 8200 Park Meadows Dr., Suite 8222, Lone Tree, Colorado. If you venture to a liquor store that does not have any cans please help and recommend that they contact Lone Tree Brewing Company.

Here is the link to read the whole story.
Avery Breaks Ground
Hot off the News from the Daily Camera -
Boulder County Business.

First phase of the $27 million project for Avery Brewery could be complete as early as 12 months from now, January 2015.

Adam Avery, who co-founded the brewery with his father in 1993 has spent the last 3 years trying to get the program going to build a new operational site for the Brewery. Avery Brewery needed more space to brew more beers to keep customers happy.

The location is going to be 4910 N. Nautilus Court Boulder, Colorado. It will be a 95,922-square-foot building. It will have a production facility (initial 100,000-barrel capacity), corporate offices, tasting room, 249-seat restaurant, outdoor seating to accommodate 100 people, and a gift shop.

Here is the link to read the whole story.
Oskar Blues Brewery Now Filling Specialty Beer Crowlers at The Tasty Weasel Taproom
Oskar Blues, best known for being the first Craft Brewery to can their beer, has a new can you will want to check out!

Hot off the News from the Tasty Weasel Taproom:

Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC - What IS a Crowler™?

A) A super big CAN B) A super big deuce C) A new type of growler D) All of the above

If you picked D, you're damn right.

A Crowler™ (CAN + growler) is a 32-ounce CAN filled with fresh craft beer from the source. Yep, draft beer in a portable growler-sized CAN. It's the newest innovation coming from the Oskar Blues Brewery taproom and their development partner Ball Corporation, the pioneers of the American craft beer-in-a-CAN movement.

"We get off on pushing the limits, doing things differently and the Crowler™ is another step of innovation to take advantage of what the can package has to offer from behind the bar. More beer options in more cans, we're working on creating one big glasshole," says Jeremy Rudolf, the man behind the Crowler™ integration at Oskar Blues.

Craft beer drinkers dig their growlers filled in local taprooms, but standard glass growlers are often brought into pubs and tap rooms without being cleaned correctly, which affects the taste and cleanliness of the refill. They also don't seal well and allow light in, while the Crowler™ is more portable and takes advantage of what the can has to offer by eliminating light-struck or skunky beer.

The Crowler™ is a one-use, recyclable 32-oz can that is filled and seamed right at the bar in the Tasty Weasel Tap Room in ColoRADo, using an All-American Can Company seamer. This is a tabletop design commonly used for canning homemade food into steel cans and allows you to take home one-off and specialty beers. The filler was modified to work with aluminum, and the height adjusted to accommodate the CROWLER™ height. Just like its smaller 12-oz. counterpart, the Crowler™ is made from aluminum that has 68% recycled content and also is infinitely recyclable.

Here's how a CROWLER™ works: Oskar Blues added a CO2 purge station to purge the cans before filling them, which helps assure that there is no beer-degrading oxygen added to the beer. The CROWLER™ is purged and immediately filled. Then the lid is applied and the CROWLER™ is placed onto the seamer pedestal. The pedestal is turned so that the can is raised up and locked under pressure into the seamer. Turn it on, and push GO. Turn it off, twist the pedestal to lower the can, and take it with you to enjoy. Once you open the CROWLER™, drink it up-ensuring the craft beer is consumed in a single serving while the beer is in its prime, just like in the taproom.

Here is the link to read the whole story.
CAUTION: Brewing Co. Opens Lakewood Location
The craft beer renaissance continues in Colorado as CAUTION: Brewing Company in East Denver opens a second brewery and taphouse to the West, in Lakewood! The taphouse will offer sixteen taps, a covered patio, and room to accommodate 70 beer aficionados. Certainly, the foothill dwellers in Lakewood have already begun to celebrate.


The Press Release -

CAUTION: Brewing Company's latest expansion will be unleashed to the public during the week of Dec 16th, with exact date and time to be announced on social media. Lakewood's first production microbrewery and taproom finally opens for business after months of planning and construction. With a taproom and covered patio seating for that can accommodate over 70 people, CAUTION: Brewing Company will bring their own brand of speciality beers to the Lakewood area.

Award winners such as Lao Wang Lager, Card Your Mom Saison, and Honey Matrimony Brown Ale will all be a part of a 16-tap draft system designed with experimental and unique recipes in mind. In addition to a regular list of flagship beers, CAUTION: Brewing Company will fill the remaining taps with new creations brewed on a new 3BBL system sourced from Minnetonka Brewing & Equipment Company.

For the full Press Release refer to the CAUTION: website.
Roaring Fork Beer Company Opening Spring 2014
The lush, wooded, Roaring Fork Valley will soon be home to another brewery. In early 2014, Chase Engel, the former head brewer at Aspen Brewing Company, will open Roaring Fork Beer Company in Carbondale, CO. The brewery and taphouse will specialize in seasonal brews, specialties, and one-off batches - along with one or two flagships.

From the Press Release -

The Roaring Fork Beer Company is proud to announce the opening of its production brewery and tasting room, located less than one mile southeast of downtown Carbondale at 1831 Dolores Way, near Carbondale's Park and Ride and Fold Community Kitchen. "Carbondale just felt like the perfect place to open this brewery. There's sort of a vibrancy and funkiness to this town that really charges me up creatively and gets reflected in the type of unique beers that I like to brew. People here support and are excited about the local business scene, they are adventurous and outgoing, and it helps that they like to drink good beer."

The new "brewer driven brewery" is the manifestation of head brewer and owner Chase Engel's long time dream to open his own brewery and brew aggressive yet simple beers. "I decided to only focus on one or two flagship beers because I want to leave plenty of room for seasonal releases, specialty lines, and one-off batches. I've felt a bit creatively hampered in my previous brewing jobs because we HAD to have the same 5 or 6 beers out ALL the time. I have fun making new recipes, teaching people about different beer styles, and expanding their beer palette. I don't like drinking the same beers all the time and I figure you probably don't either. We want to brew outside of the box and without any sort of self-imposed limitations."

The 3,000 square foot brewing facility will feature a 15 BBL Brewing System, hand crafted in Colorado by Bennet Forgeworks, and will start with a 2,000 BBL Annual Fermentation Capacity. RFBC will also include a 900 square foot tasting room next door at 1941 Dolores Way. The tasting room will include a front bar and seating area, as well as a barrel room in back to feature music and special events on certain nights.

For more info, check out their Facebook page.
Denver Beer Co. Set to Expand
From the Press Release

Denver Beer Co. today announced a plans to open a production brewing facility in addition to the current Denver Beer Co. brewery located in downtown Denver at 1695 Platte Street. The Denver Beer Co. production facility will be located at 4455 Jason Street in Denver and will focus primarily on canning and bottling beer for distribution. Denver Beer Co. is under contract to own the 48,000 square foot warehouse which sits on three acres of land. The production facility will begin by occupying one quarter, or 11,000 square feet, of the building and the existing tenants will continue to occupy the remaining portion.

The new Denver Beer Co production facility will house a new thirty barrel brew house and four sixty barrel fermenters created by DME (Diversified Metal Engineering) out of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Further, the warehouse space will feature a canning line from Wild Goose Canning of Boulder, Colo. The new system will have an initial brewing capacity of 5,000 barrels per year, with room for future expansion in the remaining 37,000 square feet of the Jason Street property. The brew house is scheduled to arrive in April after the Craft Brewers Conference and brewing will commence immediately.

The Denver Beer Co production brew house will use existing Denver Beer Co. recipes and will continue the brewery's tradition of brewing a variety of beers throughout the changing seasons. Offerings will include six-pack cans, seasonal mixed packs, and 22 oz. bombers of specialty batches. Unleaded Group, a local Denver design firm, will create the packaging and label designs.

"Our 6-pack cans will feature many of the existing Denver Beer Co. favorites such as Graham Cracker Porter, Kaffir Lime Wheat, and Hey! Pumpkin," stated Charlie Berger, Co-founder of Denver Beer Co. "The 22 oz. bombers will give us the opportunity to showcase special seasonal favorites and limited releases."

The canned and bottled offerings from Denver Beer Co. will be available in Denver area liquor stores starting in early summer, 2014. Distribution will begin with Denver metro locations and will expand to stores throughout the Front Range and mountain towns. Denver Beer Co. is currently interviewing distributors to support wholesale circulation.

"Ever since we opened our doors in August, 2011, Denver Beer Co. fans have been asking for cans and bottles," stated Co-founder Patrick Crawford. "We are excited to start canning beers for all those hikers, bikers, rafters, skiers, Denverites, and beer lovers who like to drink good beer while they are out on adventures or enjoying a good meal."

The new production facility will begin brewing in late April and Denver Beer Co anticipates the canning line to be running at full speed by May, 2014. The new facility will also house a tasting room and will be open for tours starting in early June, 2014.
Kannah Creek Expands Their Range
Kannah Creek Brewing Company has contracted with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) to distribute their beer throughout the state of Colorado. Their two flagship beers,Lands End Amber, and Standing Wave Pale Ale, will now be available outside of their home base of Grand Junction.

Kannah Creek Brewing Company opened in October 2005, and with the growing demand for their craft beer opened a second brewery and bottling facility, Edgewater Brewery, in South downtown Grand Junction this past May. The new facility houses a 30 barrel brewhouse, four 60 barrel fermentation tanks, and one of only three bottling lines of its kind in the entire United States.
So Many Breweries...
I admit, it can be a tough job to be a craft beer enthusiast in Colorado. Most of us only have a limited amount of time to pursue one of our favorite pastimes, visiting new breweries around the state. It's a daunting task to track all the new places popping up.

Well, we're here to help. Last weekend, new brewery openings included Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden, and Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada. Mountain Toad is a small craft brewery started by four locals, engineers from the Colorado School of Mines, who chose to leave their jobs in pursuit of brewing. Odyssey Beerwerks was started by two long-time homebrewing friends who decided to take it live to the people.

This weekend, if you are in the Denver area, there is the opening of Beer By Design Brewery in Northglenn, the first craft brewery in this community. They open June 1st, a production craft brewery with a taproom housing 30 taps, supplied by a twenty-barrel brewing system, with four forty-barrel fermenters. If you happen to be in or near the southern San Juans, there is a new place to check out in Pagosa Springs. Riff Raff Brewing opened its doors this week in an old victorian building in the downtown district. Riff Raff Brewing becomes the 2nd brewery in Pagosa Springs, joining the long-time locals favorite Pagosa Brewing Co..

Further to the NW, up in Montrose, Tom & Sandy Hennessey of Colorado Boy in Ridgeway, opened Colorado Boy Pizzeria in Montrose. Serving fresh artisan pizzas made in minutes, along with craft beer supplied by Colorado Boy and the two Montrose craft breweries, Horsefly Brewing Co. and Two Rascals Brewing Co., this is sure to become a favorite locals hangout.

And Colorado Springs' Bristol Brewing Co. finally opened their new taproom in their new digs, a stones throw from the old brewery in the newly renovated Ivywild School on South Cascade.

Lots of choices, craft beer drinkers. Get out there and do your part. All of these new breweries mean that we need to drink more beer!
Paradox Beer Co. Opens In Woodland Park
The Brewers at Paradox Beer Co. are doing things a little bit differently. Portability, flexibility, and no two batches of beer being quite the same is their mantra. Brewers Brian Horton and Jeff Aragon, are excited about this new venture.

Barrel aged, bottle conditioned beers are their forte, and according to Jeff, they couldn't be happier about it. "We've been wanting to do this for a long time", said Jeff recently. "These are the kind of beers that we like to brew, and the beers that we love to drink".

One thing that sets Paradox Beer Co. apart is that they aren't starting out with their own Brewhouse. Chris Wright of Pike Peak Brewing is helping out on that end. "Chris has a 10 barrel system at Pikes Peak that he brews on a few times a week. When it's idle, we can load up our tanks on our truck, head to Pikes Peak Brewing and brew our wort there. We transfer it by hose to our tanks, bring it back to our location, where fermentation, conditioning, bottling all takes place."

These portable tanks are another example of thinking things through differently at Paradox Beer. Their fermentation tanks are large and square, traditionally used in Belgium to brew Belgian beers. Often used as an open top tank, they allow for more ester development during fermentation, an important element in Belgian beers. They are also flat-bottomed, and can be loaded by forklift onto their truck.

Each beer that Paradox brews is called a "project", and is separated into different tanks and fermented differently. "For instance for our IPA recipe, the wort was brewed at Pikes Peak Brewing. We brought it back here, and in one tank we might add some Belgian yeast, in another tank a different treatment, and so on. One gets different hops, some goes right into the barrels. There will be several different beers under that IPA "project", so we end up with a series of different IPA's. All the beer will be barrel aged, and bottle conditioned. Some will be pulled aside for firkins."

Paradox now has more than 100 oak barrels to age their beer in. Some held Syrah wine, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Some held whiskey and rum. All of those original wines and liquors leave their essence in the barrel, and impart something special to the beer that comes next. Barrel aging is an exciting new wave in craft beer production, and Paradox has come up with some amazing, delicious beers. No two are the same. Or as Paradox describes it, "In our case, we took Wayward Beers, unruly at best, and Bound them in the confines of Experienced Oak in the hopes that the sum would be greater than the parts...A lofty goal!

You can check out the results yourself! Paradox Beer Company opens tonight, March 21st, in Woodland Park at 4pm.
Riff Raff Brewing In Pagosa Springs
In honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week, and just because we want you to know, we will keep profiling the new Colorado breweries that are preparing to open their doors. There are so many. It's an exciting time for craft beer in Colorado!

Pagosa Springs will soon have a new place to sip on a Colorado craft beer. Riff Raff Brewing Company, a new brewpub located in historic downtown Pagosa Springs at 274 Pagosa St., hopes to be open by the end of May. Two couples are the force behind this new venture, Eleanor and Randy Schnose, and Shelly and Jason Cox. They are all homebrewers, and both Randy and Jason have been assistant brewers at Pagosa Brewing Company, working for Tony Simmons there. Pagosa Brewing has been the craft beer choice in Pagosa Springs for many years. At Riff Raff, Eleanor will be the brewmaster, and Shelly is the General Manager. Another woman brewmaster in Colorado. Cool!

Riff Raff Brewing has been in the planning stages for a long time. The site for the brewery is an old victorian-style building built in 1896, that has previously housed other restaurants. Jason says that they are planning an eclectic menu. "Not just a great burger, but a lamb and a goat burger. We'll also have lots of vegetarian items, tempeh, and the like." They'll be open 7 days a week, 11am to 10pm, serving lunch and dinner, along with their creative brews. So far on the list is an American Kolsch, a Porter, an American Red Ale, and an English Pale Ale.

So a brewpub it is. The 3bbl system, with some 7bbl fermenters, is being built in Oregon. As Jason said "With all the breweries planning to open in the near future, the market for used equipment is tight. It wasn't that much of a stretch to purchase new equipment rather than used, and it will enable us to have a really automated system. We will be able to dial in our temperatures, for example, to a half a degree."

The target date for opening is May 24th, if the everything goes as planned. Let's hope so, because Riff Raff Brewing sounds like another great place to dine and quaff a quality craft Colorado beer! We'll keep you posted.
Ute Pass Brewing To Open In Woodland Park
As US Highway 24 heads west out of Colorado Springs, it curves and climbs around Pikes Peak through small mountain towns on it's way to the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains.

Driving on this winding route, up on the backside of Pikes Peak, you will find yourself in the small town of Woodland Park, where there will soon be, not one, not two, but three breweries.

First there was BierWerks a german style brewery, then last year Paradox Beer Company, which produces barrel-aged, bottle conditioned beers. And by the end of the month they will be joined by Ute Pass Brewing Co, opening in the recently vacated location of Maximillian's Cafe at 209 E. Midland Ave., just across the road from BierWerks.

Owners Scott Jones and Todd DeRemus have been planning for this for quite a while. Graduates of Tom Hennessey's Brewery Immersion Course at Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery, both are looking forward to being a part of the Colorado craft brewing community.

Ute Pass Brewing will operate as a brewpub, offering a simple menu, hot sandwiches, paninis, appetizers, and will start out serving guest beers until they have their brewing system up and running.
Their boil kettle and mash tun came from Ouray Brewing Co.s' old 7 bbl system, and they also procured a tank from Horsefly Brewing in Montrose. Said Scott "The amount of help and cooperation we have received already is amazing. We took Tom Hennessey's course at Colorado Boy and can call him any time with a question. Nigel at Horsefly provided us with a wealth of information, not to mention Brian and Jeff just down the street at Paradox. It's been great". When asked about the proximity of Paradox down the road and BierWerks just across the street, Scott's reply was simple. "Our goal is to help make Woodland Park a destination for great craft beer. The more the merrier". And the merrier you will be, too, when you visit Woodland Park with more choices than ever to quench your craft beer thirst. Look for their opening about the 3rd week in March.
Renegade "Redacts" Ryeteous IPA
Renegade Brewing Company's flagship, award-winning rye IPA, up until today named Ryeteous, is the latest example of a brewery receiving a Cease and Desist order from another brewery that has a beer by the same name. An attorney representing Sixpoint Brewery out of Brooklyn, New York sent the Cease and Desist Order to Renegade Brewing because Sixpoint produces a beer called Righteous and the company felt that although they don't distribute in Colorado, or anywhere near Colorado, that they should stake their claim on the name Righteous and all sound-alike versions of the name.

A collaboration brew named Righteous Ryeteous was suggested by Renegade Brewing's founder and president, Brian O'Connell. He felt that this would be an example of brotherhood in the industry and follow the example set by Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing, when both breweries brewed a beer called Salvation. Rather than sue each other over the name, they collaborated an a beer called Collaboration Not Litigation. Sixpoint made it clear that they were not open to such an idea.

From Brian O'Connell: We at Renegade are saddened to see the rising number of disputes in the brewing industry. Renegade is proud to be a member of an industry that has a strong collaborative component and we will do our part when possible to preserve it.

Of course a company has a right to protect its trademarks, but we believe that a cease and desist letter should only be used in the case of honest trademark infringement that causes legitimate confusion for the consumer in the market place. When Renegade set out to change the name of Ryeteous, we wanted to make a statement about our perspective on cease and desist letters. Renegade stands for doing things differently, plain and simple, and the craft brewing industry does things differently. When Avery Brewing and Russian River discovered that they both had a beer named Salvation, rather than sue each other for the naming rights, they decided to blend their beers into a new beer called Collaboration Not Litigation. That is the industry that Renegade joined and that is the industry we wish to preserve. Can you imagine Chevy and Ford reaching an agreement like that? Or Anheuser Busch and Coors? No, it wouldn't happen between any other companies other than craft beer companies.

Therefore, the new name we chose for our beer is Redacted. It represents that there was something there before that no longer is, that our original name was silenced by a legal move. Although the name will change, the beer inside the cans will not. No recipe changes will take place. We look forward to continuing to bring our popular Rye IPA to the people of Colorado and to working in the greatest industry in existence.

Redacted is expected to start hitting shelves in April 2013. Until then the beer will continue to be distributed under the current Ryeteous label.
Echo Brewing Hosts Barley Belles Tonight
Tonight Echo Brewing Co. will host the Barley Belles, a women's beer tasting group, at 7pm, Wed., Jan 16th. Whitney from City Star Brewing will be bringing their Raspberry Bandit brown ale. There will be three beer and food pairings and a discussion about the use of malt in the brewing process. Of course the Tap Room is still open to the public tonight for those not attending the Barley Belles session.
Cost is $10 at the door.