Eric Gorski from the Denver Post spent some time with a few brewers and business owners of Colorado and got their insight of a few different categories, Favorite Beer of the Year, Colorado Brewery of the Year, New Colorado Brewery of the Year, Colorado Brewery to Watch in 2015, Most Notable Craft Beer News or Trend of 2014 and Craft Beer Trend to Watch for in 2015.
Chain Reaction Brewing Co PreThanksgiving 11.26.14
- November 25, 2014 -
Chain Reaction Brewing Co is normally closed on Wednesdays but since it is the day before Thanksgiving they are going to make sure you have plenty of beer to drink with your friends and family before everyone feasts! They will open at 3:00pm and close when everyone decides to go home.
They will also be offering a special on growler fills and will be tapping a very special very limited rare brew that they brewed up just for Thanksgiving!
Storybook Brewing is having their Grand Opening Tuesday November 25, 2014 in Colorado Springs. They are going to be located at 3121A N El Paso St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907.
Storybook Brewing is a Colorado Springs based nano brewery with a 3 barrel brew house. Their Story begins with old classics like porters and IPA's while innovating using techniques and ingredients to keep it interesting.
Their vision at Storybook Brewing is to solidify themselves as strong contributors to the local Colorado Springs community and those in need. They love Colorado and they love good beer. They want to be a known part of the culture of Colorado Springs, reaching as many people as possible both with their beer and their vision.
Their hours will be Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday - Monday Closed
Make sure you stop by for their Grand Opening and meet the newest brewery in Colorado Springs.
Join Nano 108 Brewing Company as they celebrate their One Year Anniversary from November 13 throughout this week starting November 20th-November 26th. They will have a bunch of special tappings and events at their 2402 Waynoka Road location.
Bring your friends and family to enjoy great beer in Colorado Springs. Fall Harvest has arrived!
For all of those Black Friday shoppers make sure you stop in to see what is going on in the taproom on November 28th too. Shopping is always easier after a cold craft beer.
Just say no. If grocery store chains are allowed to sell "full-strength" beer and wine, it will change the marketplace for the worse. Independent liquor stores will have business siphoned away, and local craft beer and wine makers will have a much more difficult time finding retailers to sell their product. It won't expand the market, it will shrink it.
Colorado's thriving beer scene has prospered partly because state regulations allow small brewers, wineries and distillers to self-distribute their products directly to retailers. It's not like that in many other states. It's how New Belgium, Odell, Bristol and just about every other craft producer in the state has been able to grow and sell great beer. It's why you'll find fabulous selections of craft beverages in local liquor stores who "get it".
We'll have a lot more to say about all this in the coming months, as the grocery-store-driven "choice" campaign heats up. Don't be fooled: it's not about choice, it's about grocery stores making money by selling high-volume national beer and wine brands.
Ask yourself: if it's such a crappy product, then why do Colorado's grocers and convenience stores devote tens of thousands of linear feet of extremely valuable and expensive refrigerated display space to selling 3.2 beer?
More to follow…
Mockery Brewing Grand Opening
- November 04, 2014 -
November is full of new breweries opening and Mockery Brewing will be the first of many to open their doors to the public. They will open with 9 beers on tap. Everyone will find their favorite.
The party starts Friday November 7 at 3pm and will go on until around 10pm. They will have Mestizos food truck to help fill your belly's as you flavor Mockery's new beers on tap.
They are located at 3501 Delgany St. in Denver Colorado
They will also be open on Saturday November 8th to continue their Grand Opening festivities. Pride of Philly food truck will be there then
Join the newest brewery in Colorado as they present you with their amazing beers!
Großen Bart Brewery will open their doors on Monday November 10th to the public. They will have many festivities planned throughout the next month. They will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 14, 2014 and an official Grand Opening Party on December 13.
The Brewery is located at 1025 Delaware Ave. in Longmont, Colorado. It has a nice outdoor beer garden with a mountain view! They look forward to pouring you and your friends The Purest Form of Outlandish Character!
Join them for some great craft beer and a different style of facial hair for everyone!
Check out their different style to this new brewery joining the Colorado Craft. See their website
Mystery of Count Chocula
- October 23, 2014 -
In case you missed the 9 News in Fort Collins we have the link to share with you. Black Bottle Brewery bought out two Albertsons stores of their famous seasonal Count Chocula cereal. For what reason you ask? To drown it in their beer! They used boxes of Count Chocula cereal to add some flavor to their craft beer that they will release at the end of October.
Even General Mills got excited once they caught wind of what was happening. General Mills even sent Sean Nook at Black Bottle Brewery some more boxes so that he can brew up a batch for the CEO and others of General Mills to try. Look for the beer that they will be brewing for St. Patrick's Day as well. They are going to use Lucky Charms for that one!
Well, Green Man has partnered with Iron Bird Brewing, Fieldhouse Brewing, Zeezo's Costume Company, and Downtown Fine Spirits & Wines, among others, to host an adult costumed craft beer crawl to support the non-profit American Distance Project called "A Nightmare On Craft Beer Street."
What's it all about?
In traditional Halloween mode, the craft beer crawl will progress like this:
- Adults will create their own costumes;
- Check in at Green Man at 7:30pm on Halloween, Friday, October 31st, & get a free pint for the road;
- Venture out on a downtown New South End craft beer trick-or-treat crawl;
- Receive adult trick-or-treats, including, well, of course, CRAFT BEER!, Zombie Fingers and Muldwine as they make their way from stop to stop;
- The adult trick-or-treaters will return to Green Man for another free pint, live music, and a costume contest with prizes!
The day is finally here! Fossil Brewing Company will host their Grand Opening on Friday October 24, 2014 2pm-10pm. Gather up your friends and head on over to 2845 Ore Mill Road Unit 1 in Colorado Springs.
They will have "liquid-goodness" flowing with 8 of their own taps with one non-alcoholice beverage. You can enjoy a beer flight, boston rounds to-go, glasses and t-shirts with their logo. There will also be a food truck so when you get hungry you do not have to leave.
Join this crew as their dream of opening a brewery becomes a reality!
SAW Artist’s to Feature Works at Roaring Fork Beer Company
- October 14, 2014 -
Roaring Fork Beer Company is pleased to present the works of local artists, Chris Erickson and Stanley Bell at the brewery's tasting room in Carbondale, Colorado. Currently in house are small to large scale pieces of various mediums by both Erickson and Bell, also members of Studio for Works and Arts, or "SAW." SAW is a collaborative studio and gallery space located at 525 Buggy Circle in Carbondale.
Please join them on Wednesday October 22nd, from 5-8p, for a casual artist reception and showing, and a chance to chat with both artists about their featured works. To coincide with the showing, the event will also feature live music from 5:30-7:30p by Guy Welles and Garrett Del Castillo. Light snacks will be provided and a special beer infusion will be tapped for the night.
Roaring Fork Beer Company's boutique tasting room, located at 1941 Dolores Way, has quickly become a staple meeting and greeting destination for local artists, outdoor enthusiasts, local business owners and industry folks alike. RFBC Tasting Room Manager, Aly Sanguily, takes pride in supporting the artistic communities of the Roaring Fork Valley and makes showcasing their works a high priority for the tasting room space.
Sanguily, an out-of-practice artists herself states, "My vision for the tasting room even before we opened was to create an unpretentious environment for local artists to showcase their works, giving them a chance to use the brewery's space as their own personal gallery with a showing and artist reception at each rotation. I wanted to allow the tasting room to have a larger purpose than just a "beer drinking" establishment. I wanted people to walk in and immediately have a conversation about the aesthetics and the artistic habitat that they have just stepped into."
Recently Fieldhouse Brewing lost a partner and a brother. Travis's brother Jason unexpectedly passed away. Breweries around Colorado Springs are helping them out along with help from you. It is a week long set of events at different breweries around town. If you visit on the particular day half of the proceeds will go to Jason Field's family. He left behind 3 small children and a wife.
Sunday October 19 1pm-5pm, Bristol Brewing
Monday October 20 3pm-11pm, Nano 108
Tuesday October 21 1pm-9pm, Great Storm Brewing
Wednesday October 22 2pm-9pm, Red Leg
Thursday October 23 3pm-9pm, Smiling Toad
Friday October 24 2pm-11pm, Iron Bird
Saturday October 25 12pm-10pm Fieldhouse Brewing
You can download and print a punch card that will get you a free Fieldhouse growler if you visit each of the seven participating breweries.
Visit each breweries website to see the events they are planning and the food trucks that will be visiting
Chain Reaction Brewing Company, GABF Events
- September 23, 2014 -
Newest Brewery on Lipan Street has lots to do for the GABF Week
The Great American Beer Festival is a must attend event at least once. If you are not able to score tickets, Chain Reaction Brewing Company has an event everyday to tide you over. Even if you are attending the Great American Beer Festival still check out what Chain Reaction Brewing Company has up their sleeve.
Join them Tuesday September 30 through Saturday October 4 for a well planning few events. From food trucks and pairings they will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Check out their website to see all of their events
- September 18, 2014 -
Don't have your GABF tickets?
If you were not among the lucky ones to score yourself some tickets to the Great American Beer Festival when they went on sale, you do have another chance to win some for the Saturday session.
Home Wet Bar.com is giving a lucky person some tickets. Go to their website and follow the directions. At the end of September that winner will be notified.
Check out their website to try your chance to win some tickets
Exciting day for Paradox Beer Company
- September 11, 2014 -
From Paradox Beer Company
After two years of successful self-distribution, Paradox Beer Company is proud to combine their mutual passion for craft beer to partner with Elite Brands of Colorado.
To meet this increased demand for statewide coverage, additional production space as well as larger batch sizes are already in the works. They thank everyone for all their support to help them achieve this momentous step. If you don't see Paradox bottles in your favorite liquor store or restaurant, ask them to contact Elite Brands for all their newest releases.
Elite Brands of Colorado will now handle deliveries and work to spread their beer all over the state. All 4 new releases are on the truck and will be available in stores soon.
Check out their website to see more information about them
Fiction Beer Company
- September 10, 2014 -
Fiction Beer Company will open their doors on Saturday September 20th at 2:00pm and again on Sunday September 21st 2pm-10pm. They will then close their doors and get ready for their Grand Opening on Saturday September 27th starting at 2pm.
You do not want to miss their awesome story and their great beers.
Their address is
7101 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
They are located in the bottom portion of the Phoenix building.
Check out their website to see more information about them
Olde Town Arvada Grand Opening
- September 09, 2014 -
Grand Lake Brewing Tavern Grand Opening
The Grand Lake Brewing Tavern found a new home for their tasting room in Olde Town Arvada. They will open their doors with full service at 5 PM! Please come in and enjoy any one of their 9 beers on tap and delights of the menu!
Here is their official new address for you to add to you GPS.
Grand Lake Brewing Tavern
5610 Yukon St, Arvada, Colorado 80002
They weather looks great for the Grand Opening so join them from 5pm-10pm to check out what they have to offer for and exciting evening
Check out their website to see more information about them
Platt Park Brewing Co.
- September 09, 2014 -
Change of name for Denver Pearl Brewing
If you were Googling information for Denver Pearl Brewing and could not find much, do not worry. They did not go anywhere. Their name only changed. They changed their name to avoid any issues in the future with confusion.
They are still located at 1875 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO. They had a name change release party last Saturday and could not of had a better turn out with tons of people to show their support for them.
If you have not tried their beer yet you need to stop in and say hi and grab a pint or two.
Smiling Toad Brewery is moving, but they are not moving far. They will still be located in Colorado Springs still (thank goodness). They are moving to a bigger place so they can share more of their great beer with everyone.
Today is the last day that they will be at their current Bijou location. They will take a few days to completely get set up and ready at the new place and will reopen Friday, September 5, 2014.
Their new location will be at, 1757 8th Street Colorado Springs.
Join them on Friday and help welcome the brewery to their new locations!
Check out their website to see what beers they will have on tap and more information about them
2014 Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition
- August 26, 2014 -
284 Entries Judged, 91 Registered Participants
In case you did not make it out to the Colorado State Fair to hear the judging results, do not worry, we have the results here. Whether they placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or received an honorable mention, Colorado Breweries brought their "A Game" to the Colorado State Fair.
Colorado Springs is opening another craft brewery. Iron Bird Brewing will be located downtown at 402 S. Nevada Ave. They are going to have true cask ales and session-style beers. Iron Bird will launch with a seven-barrel system and a trio of seven-barrel fermenters, and will operate solely as a taproom.
Stop in and chat with Mike Centanne, a 9 year homebrewer, and Aaron Celusta, an Air Force Reserve pilot, about their dream that is becoming a reality.
If you missed out on the awards from the 2014 U.S Open Beer Championship, we have the Colorado winners here. City Star Brewing certainly did not miss out on the competition. Congratulations to them for taking home a Bronze, Silver and a Gold medal in 3 different categories. Other Colorado winners were Odd 13 Brewing, Bootstrap Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Boulder Beer Company, New Belgium Brewing, Elevation Beer Company, Front Range Brewing, Oskar Blues and Aspen Brewing.
Breweries from Australia to Iceland sent in more than 3,000 beers and ciders representing 81 different categories for the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
Judges were from England, Canada, Finland and the U.S..
Congratulations again Colorado! 10 Colorado breweries and 16 medals were brought home!
For the full list of winners and categories, see their website
Broken Plow Brewery Grand Opening
- July 11, 2014 -
Even though Broken Plow Brewery has been open since New Year's Eve they never had an official Grand Opening or Ribbon Cutting. They are going to hold this on July 18, 2014. The ribbon will be cut at 3:30pm and then the festivities will begin. They will have music, food craft beer, games and prizes all weekend long.
Bring your friends and join in on the festivities that you will not want to miss!
Living the Dream Brewing Company gets to share their dream with the craft beer lovers on July 12, 2014. Join them starting at 2pm at 12305 DUMONT WAY, UNIT A LITTLETON, CO 80125. They will have 5 beers to share. They have high tables to share with your friends over a cold craft beer. Come out and support the newest brewery at their Grand Opening.
Pucker Up for the 4th of July with Paradox Beer Company
- July 01, 2014 -
Celebrate with Red, White and Blue New Beers
Join Paradox Beer Company and celebrate their patriotism during the Independence Day season with the release of three new Skully-line beers, themed in red, white and blue with wax-dipped tops to match. These new releases are Skully Barrel No. 11, a Sour Red Ale, Skully Barrel No. 12, the Sour Blueberry Ale, and Skully Barrel No. 13, the white wheat Biere Blanche.
The latest development at Paradox Beer Company, the new crown-capped bottles mean a superior seal that protects beer for exceptional long-term bottle aging.
Check the local craft-beer-friendly liquor store or visit the Paradox tasting room in Woodland Park to pick up the full line of these extraordinary summer sour releases.
Bristol Brewing Co. Releases Community Ale to Benefit Cheyenne Cañon
- July 01, 2014 -
From Bristol Brewing Company and CBS46
Bristol Brewing Co., known in Colorado for exceptional microbrews, announced the return of Cheyenne Cañon Piñon Nut Brown Ale on June 19. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each pint and bottle of the award-winning community ale will be donated to The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon.
As a genuine "thank you" to Cheyenne Cañon for countless hours of peaceful reflection, true bliss and adrenaline rushes, the ale benefits the 1,320 acre regional park that encompasses the Starsmore Discovery Center, Helen Hunt Falls and miles of hiking and biking trails. Cheyenne Cañon Piñon Nut Brown has raised more than $100,000 - over the course of seven years - to help the volunteer organization preserve, protect and enhance the natural, scenic and historic resources of North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
The beer is available on tap and in 22 oz. bomber bottles in the Bristol Pub, as well as in restaurants, bars, and liquor stores in Colorado Springs.
Check out more Bristol Brewing informaiton on their website
Also check out CBS46
Dont Miss Brews Wayne Debut Party
- May 30, 2014 -
Get out your best super hero outfit and join Breckenridge Brewery and Denver Comic Con! Article from Breckenridge Brewery
The Brews Wayne debut party at The 1up, Colfax, 717 E Colfax Ave in Denver, will begin at 8:00 p.m. on May 30th and feature live music from Total Ghost, Sundown Social, and DJ Ginger Perry. The first 200 fans to arrive will receive one of the limited edition pint glasses. Artists, Josh Viola and Aaron Lovett, will be at the party to unveil the commemorative art. Breckenridge Brewery will provide samples of Brews Wayne to attendees and have their infamous photo booth on hand to capture every moment. In addition, Geek Street Society will be in attendance remote hosting their radio show.
Following its launch at The 1up, Colfax, the beer will be served at the Denver Comic Con, in addition to several taprooms throughout the Denver area while supplies last. For a complete list of locations, visit BreckBrew.com/DenverComicCon.
Breckenridge Brewery has been a partner with Denver Comic Con since the event's inception in 2012. The three-day event, which covers the exciting world of comic books, film, and gaming, will bring 75,000 fans to the Colorado Convention Center this year. The convention is a fundraiser for Comic Book Classroom, a charitable organization that applies pop culture to alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development.
The beer's name, "Brews Wayne," was selected from more than 1000 names submitted and voted on by fans. Colorado-based author, artist, and video game developer, Josh Viola, accompanied by comic book artist and illustrator, Aaron Lovett, created the commemorative pint glass and tap handle art for Brews Wayne. Viola is most known for his novel, "The Bane of Yoto," but has also worked as an art director for Leviathan Games and been a featured artist on FEARnet
Party at Bristol and the Release of the Imperial IPA
- May 13, 2014 -
Have some fun at Bristol
Bristol Brewing Company, known for brewing distinctive, award-winning beers for the people of Colorado, announces the release of its Imperial IPA on Thursday, May 15. Bristol's Imperial IPA is one of seven beers in the Brewhouse Series, and is Compass IPA's stronger, hoppier cousin.
Bristol Brewing Company will release their Brewhouse series' Imperial IPA with a Celebration of American Craft Beer and American Craft Beer Week. The release party will feature live music from John Stone, a hop challenge and giveaways.
This citrusy, medium-bodied beer is amber in color, featuring four varieties of hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial. And while Bristol's Imperial IPA is pungent and robust in flavor - checking in at an 8.1 percent ABV - it's a treat for the hop loyal that has just a bit more finesse than the popular but typically palate-crushing American IPA. Beginning Thursday, May 15, following the release party, the beer will be available on tap and in 22 oz. bomber bottles in the Bristol Pub, as well as in restaurants, bars, and liquor stores along the Front Range.
Thursday, May 15 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The Bristol Pub at Ivywild School
1605 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tasting and toast by Mike Bristol at 5:30 p.m.
Live music by John Stone
Guests partaking in the Hop Challenge
Display of all four hops used to make the Imperial IPA
Timeline of Craft Beers in America
38 State Brewing Company held their Grand Opening celebration on Saturday May 10, 2014. They are the first brewery in Littleton. Their location is on the west side of S. Broadway between Mineral and County Line Rd. Convenient access right off of C-470.
They Grand Opened with five different craft beers on tap. They will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Stop in this Wednesday from 3pm-8pm and check out their decor and craft beer! Ask them how four friends decided to pursue making great craft beer.
The latest challenge for Tim Myers is a name change: Strange Brewing will complete its switch to Strange Craft Beer Company this month -- a change that came about as the result of a trademark battle with a similarly named homebrew shop in Massachusetts.
"We have to get everything changed over or destroyed," Myers explains. "We're done with all the old growlers and pint glasses. We got the new shirts and the new web site." The new sign for the front of the building will be installed later this month.
The two sides also agreed not to sell beer in each other's state for five years and not to use each other's beer names. Strange Brew's are mostly homebrew kits, so far.
In the meantime, Strange has continued to grow and expand, adding a patio and a larger space next door last year, winning a World Beer Cup medal for its Cherry Kriek in April, and bottling its second batch of Dr. Strangelove Barleywine-Style Ale.
Epic Brewing announces the release of Escape to Colorado IPA and Hop Syndrome Pils Lager in 12 ounce cans. Canning will commence the middle of May with distribution in all 15 states where Epic's beers are sold. Customers can expect to see cans on retail shelves sometime in June.
"We want our great brews to fit smoothly into people's lifestyles and be able to go where bombers can't. People love the bomber format but are always asking us for cans because they want a very portable Epic beer," explains National Sales Manager Michael Malachowski.
If you live in Broomfield Colorado, you need to add a visit to the newest brewery in Broomfield and in Colorado this weekend. 4 Noses Brewing Company proudly opened their doors to the public with 5 of their beers on tap. They have it all from ales, lagers and barrel-aged beers.
The atmosphere is comfortable but elegant. One thing you need to ask them is how they came about their name 4 Noses Brewing when you see them. Check them out and try their craft beer!
Freedom's Edge Brewery newest brewery location is now opened in the Napa Valley of beer. Located in the heart of Old Town Ft. Collins in the historic Antlers Hotel building at 224 Linden St.
Stop in and see all they have to offer. They are open 7 days a week for the opportunity to try out their craft brews. It is not just the beer that is craft for the folks a Freedom's Edge Brewery. They pretty much design and build everything themselves, from the brewery and fermentation controllers to the new (coming soon) outdoor sign... Craft in every way.
If you missed their opening in Centennial, Colorado this weekend, make sure you add this new brewery to your schedule to visit this week. They had a jam packed house this weekend with excited craft beer drinkers. They had 8 beers of their own on tap and also had a variety of guest beers from Colorado. They also offer some Colorado whiskey and will offer wine.
They offer a full menu and are open 7 days a week at 11am so there is no reason not to stop by and check them out. For the moment they have traditional pub food but look to move towards a menu of Mazatlan-style Mexican food.
They are located at 4151 E. Country Line Road, Unit G in Centennial.
Receiving an award on a one-barrel system is a huge accomplishment for Wit's End. Especially when the award was in the the World Beer Cup, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.
"The fact that we won an award on a one-barrel system validates everything I have been doing for the last few years," says Witsoe. "This was our first foray into the big-boy world of beer medals. ...I can't even describe how it feels."
And the medal, for Jean Claude Van Blonde, a Belgian-style blonde, couldn't have come at a better time, since Wit's End will be replacing the one-barrel system in May with a seven-barrel brewhouse that will allow the brewery to significantly expand.
"We're ushering in a new chapter," Witsoe says. "But it feels nice to put closure on it."
The new system, along with four new seven-barrel fermenters, was manufactured by Bennett Forgeworks in Ridgway, and Witsoe, along with assistant brewer Pat McNerney and taproom manager Matt Boehm, are now working to get everything positioned and hooked up.
"We'll do our first batch and cross our fingers," he says.
Once Witsoe feels like he has been able to scale up his core recipes for the new system and is "confident that everything is doing what it is supposed to do," he plans to "open the floodgates and crank out as much beer as possible. That is the goal."
The upgrade will allow Wit's End to distribute kegs of beer to local bars and restaurants -- something Witsoe hasn't really been able to do for the past two and half years. If things go well, he will likely can or bottle limited amounts of his beer -- probably Jean Claude Van Blonde, for starters -- later this year.
When drinking a stout you want to make sure you have the correct glass so that it will allow you to take in the aromas of what makes your favorite stout.
Specialized beer glasses appeal to connoisseurs, but the architects of the stout glass view the project more as a way to introduce neophytes or skeptics to the beer style. Matt Rutkowski, U.S. vice president for Spiegelau, said the idea is "to move the needle to get people aware of stout," which some may avoid as being too dark or bitter.
For Left Hand, it also made sense to provide another showcase for Milk Stout and Nitro Milk Stout, its top-selling beers.
So on to the glass itself and what the breweries have to say about it … it is pure quartz, making it light, thin and clear (and fragile). The bottom is designed to drive beer and foam upward into the main bowl, which is wider and conical. The glass is large enough that you can pour a 12- or 16-ounce beer into it and still have plenty of room to savor the smell.
Left Hand co-founder Dick Doore said the glass allows drinkers to take in the aromas of roast, chocolate and lactose sugar that combine for that characteristic sweetness of Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro.
"You don't have a choice," Doore said. "It puts it right in your face."
It's also not so out there that it's hard to hold or hoist.
Rutkowski said that greenish-blue tint on the thicker rim and base of an average pint glass comes from traces of iron. People think a thick glass will keep beer colder, he said, but it draws temperature into the class, warming the beer. The glass does not hold aroma and kills mouthfeel by going flat more quickly, he said.
"Saying glass is glass," Rutkowski said, "is like saying all beer is alike."
Don't Miss Comrade Brewing Company's Grand Opening!
Come and celebrate the grand opening of Comrade Brewing Company on Saturday, April 26. Open from noon-10pm.
Wikipita will be here at noon to serve up amazing Mediterranean-style pitas. Brewery tours on the hour.
Get the opportunity to meet the cabinet, David Lin, Marks Lanham, and Bill Eye. See their new system they are working with and pick their brains.
Taste one or all of their 6 beers, Blonde Ale, Irish Red, Cream Stout with Coffee, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale and a very special collaboration Cascadian Dark Ale with Kirk McHale of Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing.
They will also have apparel to buy and have growlers to go.
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
- April 14, 2014 -
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
ROARING FORK BEER COMPANY REVEALS GRAND OPENING AND FLAGSHIP BEERS
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
- March 03, 2014 -
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.
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.
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.
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 &
Left Hand Brewing Company
Great Storm Brewing Birthday Bash!
- February 28, 2014 -
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
- February 27, 2014 -
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!
- February 27, 2014 -
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!!
- February 20, 2014 -
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Taphandles.com 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
- January 30, 2014 -
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!
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.
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.
Broomfield is gaining another brewery. Nighthawk Brewery is set to open their doors to the public Friday January 23, 2015. They are located 2780 Industrial Lane Broomfield, CO 80020. They will have a variety of beers for everyone. Give them a warm craft beer welcome when you stop by Friday. Hours on Friday will be 11am-10pm.
Oskar Blues Brewery Now Filling Specialty Beer Crowlers at The Tasty Weasel Taproom
- January 10, 2014 -
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.