Save the Ales – August 10, 2017

Save the Ales - August 10, 2017Save the Ales – A Beer Festival With a Higher Purpose
August 10, 2017, 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Mile High Station
2027 Old West Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204

Raise a glass with friends while helping Conservation Colorado raise funds to protect, conserve, and ensure a future with plenty of clean water for all Coloradans. Because no water means no beer!

Your Save the Ales ticket purchase will help Conservation Colorado educate citizens on how to be stewards of water, collaborate with lawmakers to protect water at the policy level, and encourage people to stand up for the basic human right to clean, healthy water for all.

Ticket Info:
There will be over 30 Colorado craft breweries and tickets are limited.

River Runner – **BEST VALUE**
$65 Online Price (tickets expected to sell out soon)
▸ UNLIMITED tastings
▸ Save the Ales t-shirt
▸ Early access to venue
▸ Entry to VIP Lounge (includes food & shorter lines!)
▸ Commemorative glass
▸ 2 raffle tickets

Boater – General Admission
$30 Online Price (tickets expected to sell out soon)
▸ UNLIMITED tastings
▸ Commemorative glass

Paddler – Designated Driver
$15 Online Price // $20 at the door
▸ Unlimited tastings of non-alcoholic beverages
▸ Commemorative glass

Burning Can Festival, Lyons, CO – June 4, 2016

Burning-CanOskar Blues Brewery is bringing its BURNING CAN (notjusta) Beer Fest and CAN’d Aid Fundraiser back to Lyons, Colorado on June 4, 2016. This summer tradition is an award-winning celebration of canned craft beer, Burning Can (notjusta) Beer fest is part of Lyons Outdoor Games. More than 60 craft breweries from around the country will be on hand to sample their canned brews – nearly 200 beers in all – and take part in the country’s original active beer festival that combines live music, spectator sports and sport competitions, and a concert by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Registration is open and tickets are on sale HERE. Burning Can also features participant and spectator sport competitions including The Beer Relay, a team trail running and beer drinking event. This four-hour competition is run in teams of two or four. Runners will complete as many 5K laps as possible within the four-hour time period. If they choose to drink an Oskar Blues beer prior to their lap, they get two-minutes deducted from their lap time. The team with the most laps wins. Those who’d rather spectate than participate can watch legendary mountain bike freeriding and trials rider, Jeff Lenosky, perform jaw-dropping, not-to-be-missed demos. Lenosky is a three-time National Champion and World Record Holder for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches).

This celebration of craft beer-in-a-can raises money for Can’d Aid Foundation. The CAN’d Aid Foundation is all about diggin’ in and makin’ a difference with their “do-goodery” program areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama. The two-year-old public charity has raised nearly $2 million and has recently provided disaster relief assistance to South Carolina, North Texas and Flint, MI with fresh drinking water and rebuilding efforts through its “Towns” program. Look for additional events highlighting Can’d Aid Foundation’s community do-goodery to surround their April events, including bike builds & giveaways and free music workshops and instrument donations. Burning Can in CO and NC were called “7 don’t miss US beer fests” by CNN. Burning Can and Lyons Outdoor Games named USA TODAY 10 BEST “Greatest Beerfest in All the Land”.

WestFax Brewing Grand Opening March 19, 2016

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WestFax Brewing Company will officially open to the public on Saturday, March 19th in Lakewood, CO next the the famous Casa Bonita Restaurant. WestFax will be the fourth craft brewery in Lakewood, the other three include; Caution, Great Frontier and Ironworks. The Grand Opening will include raffles, merchandise, giveaways and more. The first fifty visitors to purchase a pint will get to keep their glass.

WestFax Brewing Company’s mission is: “To artfully craft quality brews that everyone can enjoy.  Whether the beer meets a style guideline or not, the beer will be of the highest quality, and most importantly taste delicious.”

WestFax Brewing Comany
6733 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 233-3742
westfaxbrewingcompany.com

WestFax Flyer

Green Mountain Beer Company Opening in Lakewood

Green Mountain Beer Co- Coming Soon

Green Mountain Beer Company has been in the works for about five years and the owners are excited to open in Lakewood at the corner of Kipling Pkwy and Morrison Road. Their goal is to open the brewery in April or May of 2016; however, construction and building upgrades need to be completed for the brewery to open on time. The owners of Green Mountain Beer Company are asking locals for help completing the project on GoFundMe.com. Those that support the brewery can get some cool schwag, beer, and other items from the brewery.

About Green Mountain Beer Company:
Green mountain beer company combines new and innovative ingredients with classic brewing techniques to create original brews with a professional brewer’s enthusiasm for experimentation! We’ll be pouring quality beer, and offering friendly, knowledgeable service and a spacious patio, in a comfortable neighborhood with a family-friendly vibe.  Count on Colorado’s best food trucks and great BBQ all the time.  Our beer will be an eclectic mix of sessionable staples, classic styles from across the pond, and seasonal treats.

Note from the owners about their GoFundMe campaign:
After almost five years of diligent planning, our dream of being able to share our love and enthusiasm in crafting quality German and Belgian-style beer is finally coming to fruition. We have recently signed a lease in the quaint community of Green Mountain in Lakewood, CO. This ideal setting is right on a bike path and nestled among several beautiful golf courses. In addition, we are a mere five miles away from the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Our building plans are currently in the works and we are continuing to perfect our beer recipes at an off site pilot brewery. Our goal is to open in April or May 2016.

This is where you come in!

The cost needed to finalize our building plans have exceeded what we have been able to secure thus far. To create an efficient, vibrant brewery with a comfortable tap room worthy of the most discerning clientele we expect to serve, we need your help!  We invite you to come aboard on this exciting new venture.

Your financial support will help us create an extraordinary tasting environment that will provide our Green Mountain community and surrounding beer lovers with an outdoor patio, allowing guests to take in the splendor of the beautiful surrounding foothills and will help us fund a larger walk-in cooler to allow us to produce and store more beer on site.

Every dollar donated helps us reach our goal to provide you our high quality, specialty beer. Become part of something special by donating today. We anticipate becoming a welcome addition to this beautiful community and need your help to get us to the final stages.

Since we will be forever grateful for whatever amount you can afford, every contribution of $15 or more will include a free beer, your name posted as a funder and a huge thank you!! If you have any questions or would like to make your donation a gift to someone else, please send us a message and we will make sure that happens!!

We invite you to be part of the exciting future of Green Mountain: outrageously great beer served in an warm, friendly neighborhood tap room!

FATE Brewing Expanding to Previous Avery Brewing Location

Fate Brewing Co LOGO2015 has been a big year for FATE Brewing Company located in Boulder, Colorado. The brand recently signed on with Elite Brands of Colorado for statewide distribution, released three new canned products and now has another big announcement to share.

The brewpub will increase its capacity with the expansion into the space that formerly housed Avery Brewing Company for over 21 years.

Since opening in February of 2013, FATE has built a solid footprint around the state and gone on to win many awards including a Gold Medal in the German Style Kölsch category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for Laimas Kölsch Style Ale and a Bronze Medal in the Pro-Am category at the 2015 GABF for single hopped Citra IPA.

The beloved home of Avery since 1993, located at 5763 Arapahoe Ave in Boulder, will add much needed production capacity for the currently maxed out craft brewery.

“We increased our fermentation capability by over 80% at the end of 2014 in our existing space at the brewpub located at 1600 38th Street in Boulder,” said FATE Brewing Company owner Mike Lawinski “and that growth meant we met capacity in our current brewery footprint. The acquisition of the additional square footage and brewery equipment enables us to reward our loyal fans, the people who have loved our beer along the way and gotten us to where we are today.”

FATED, an exclusive brewery access program gives loyal fans access to special bottle releases only available and released to members. The $375 membership gets members over $500 worth of product, access and benefits including four 750mL bottles of the brewery’s most exclusive hand-signed member-only specialty release beer. The full list of benefits including members only gear can be found at FATEDbeer.com.

“No one outside the club will have access to these releases.” said FATE Brewing Company Head Brewer Jeff Griffith, “Plus the year long membership gets you discounts on beer and gear at the brewpub, first access to other specialty releases and much more.”

For more information on FATED exclusive access program visit FATEDbeer.com

The Post Brewing Company Taproom Grand Opening: March 19th

The Post Brewing Company Logo1On Thursday, March 19, The Post Brewing Company is throwing a party for the official grand opening of its Taproom in Lafayette, CO. Brewmaster Bryan Selders will serve up fresh cask beer from The Post’s spankin’ new beer engine, and all guests will get their FIRST BEER FREE as well as FREE HOUSE BITES. Doors open at 5pm and Grant Farm Acoustic Trio featuring Tyler Grant, Jordan Ramsey, and Meathook will perform from 5 – 8pm.

The Taproom will be a welcoming place for guests age 21+ to go to relax and enjoy fresh brewed beer, great music, and snacks. It will feature 12 lines of Post beer, including fan fav and GABF silver medal winner Howdy Pilsner. The special release, Taproom-exclusive cask beers will be tapped every Thursday, known as “Firkin Friday on a Thursday.” Casks will be prepared with beers already fermenting in The Post’s brewery and will almost always be ales rather than lagers. First up is Meathooks Dark Mild Ale specially dry-hopped with Azacca. Guests will also enjoy Fun & Games and can pair their brews with some delicious bites from GoodBird Kitchen which will include:

Chicken Poutine – house fries, brown gravy, cheese curd – $6
Pig in a Pretzel – house mustard sauce – $5
Howdy Beer Cheese – spent grain flatbread, carrots, celery – $7
Wood Oven Potato Skins – bacon, cheddar, poblano, chives – $7

The Taproom will be open at 5pm Monday – Thursday and at 3pm Friday – Sunday.

About Cask Beer:  Cask beer is the traditional method of beer dispense originating in the UK. Often called real ale, cask beer is unfiltered beer which is naturally carbonated and conditioned in it’s final dispense vessel, the cask. This is accomplished by adding a small amount of sugar to the beer in the cask. The yeast in the beer converts the sugar into carbon dioxide and since the cask is sealed, the pressure build up causes the CO2 to go into solution thus carbonating the beer. The carbonation level is low compared to more mainstream draft beer leading to a softer mouthfeel. The Post’s cask beer is served cool, not cold and not warm, at 52°F. This allows full enjoyment of all of the beer’s flavor and aroma.

About Beer Engines:  A beer engine is the proper way to dispense cask beer. It basically pumps beer from the cask into the glass. As the beer is pumped into the glass, it’s forced through a cap with tiny holes called a sparkler. This expresses the CO2 creating a thick durable head of foam which is important to deliver full aroma from the beer and it makes the beer look beautiful. Nitro beer was invented to mimic this desirable  aspect of properly served cask beer.

About The Post Brewing Company:  A Big Red F Restaurant Group restaurant, The Post Brewing Company & GoodBird Kitchen brings family style dining and sessionable brews to Lafayette, Colorado and beyond. The Post brews beers that are gosh darn delicious. Bryan Selders, Brewmaster, designs each beer to pair perfectly with the food of GoodBird Kitchen. Chef Brett Smith serves comfort food cooked with the love of your grandma and the skill of passionately trained chefs that is meant to be shared like a family supper.

Local Beer Info

Local Beer InfoHere are resources to help you find out more about Colorado craft beer. We support local breweries, and hope the information below will help you find the local beer information your looking for.

American Homebrewers Association – Over 1.2 million people brew their own beer at home in the United States. The American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo., dedicated to promoting the community of homebrewers and empowering homebrewers to make the best beer in the world. Since 1978, the AHA has worked to educate people worldwide about the coolest hobby there is—homebrewing.

Beer Drinkers Guide to Colorado – The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado is passionate about producing engaging, informative, and entertaining stories, creating vivid and memorable imagery, and finding, discussing, filming and promoting the great beers, breweries, and travel destinations of Colorado.

Brewers Association – To promote and protect small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers.

Colorado Brewers Guild – The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) was founded in 1995 by Colorado craft brewers in an effort to promote the quality and diversity of the growing Colorado craft brewing industry. The CBG provides valuable information to the beer-drinking public and the media while also serving to protect the industry and promote positive legislation for Colorado craft brewers.

Colorado Canned Beer Database (CraftCans.com): A very cool searchable database of Colorado Breweries that use craft cans. Users have the ability to search by brewery, beer type, or name of beer.

Denver Westword Beer Man – An outstanding beer blog written by Jonathon Shikes, Managing Editor of Westword. Find out about the latest brewery openings, events, etc.

Fermentedly Challenged – An outstanding beer blog written by Dave Butler. Fermentedly Challenged is all about expanding your tastes in craft beer by providing reviews of hundreds of craft beers, tips on homebrewing beer and reporting the beer news around Northern Colorado. This site is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+ in the USA).

First Drafts Blog (Denver Post) – In Colorado, our pint glasses overflow with excellent beer. New breweries, new batches, festivals every other week. How lucky are we? First Drafts is The Denver Post’s beer blog aimed at helping you keep tabs on the state’s ever-expanding craft beer culture. We offer a mash of news, event coverage, homegrown stories, tasting notes and tips to help you imbibe.

Colorado Brewery For Sale – Foothills West of Denver

Interested in buying a Colorado Brewery-Restaurant? There is an opportunity in the foothills about 30 minutes from Denver! Colorado Craft Brews was contacted by the party involved in selling the business, and possibly the property. Here are more details:

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Brewery-restaurant in highly desirable foothills mountain community. The facility was planned and constructed for the brewery and restaurant. Established clientele and stable income stream with many opportunities to grow the business. This is a rare opportunity to step into an established and desirable business. Brewery is acclaimed for its variety of beer offerings and the restaurant for its tasty food prepared on-site in the custom built smokehouse. There is a wide variety of indoor and outdoor dining, bar and entertainment spaces within the facility and on the expansive deck overlooking the surrounding mountain terrain. Craft beer is brewed on-site and is not yet but could be distributed throughout the metro area.  Facility is available for purchase as well.

Asking Price:     $350,000
Annual Sales:     $1,000,000
Cash Flow:         $93,000
Inventory:           $30,000*
FF&E:                  $200,000*
Real Estate:        Lease $6,000/mo. NNN
Employees:        2 FT Owners, 2FT/18PT
Location:            Denver-Boulder Foothills

For more information, Contact: Henry Tiberi 303.271.1010 or Click Here

FATE Brewing Company Reveals Plans For Expansion

Fate Brewing LogoProject To Include New Barrel Aging Room, Improved Packaging Facilities and Nearly 100% Production Capacity Increase

The project, scheduled to break ground December 2014, is announced more than two months before the brewery’s second anniversary. FATE Brewing Company owner Mike Lawinski states, “We knew that increased production capacity would be a goal at some point down the road. Never did we imagine it could happen so quickly but we have hit capacity and we need more space to keep up.”

In addition to nearly doubling fermentation space the plans reveal FATE Brewing Company’s recent acquisition of 1600 38th Street, Unit 103 in Boulder, Colorado. The previous home of Boulder Light, this approximately 2500 square foot space will undergo a remodel resulting in a new barrel aging room and improved packaging facility all right next door to the brewery’s existing property.

The remodel project is currently in its design phase and construction should wrap early 2015.  Lawinski states “The goal of the project started simply: brew more beer and get our beer into more people’s hands but we are excited because the space will really allow us to do much more than that.” Increasing production capacity, optimizing packaging processes, enhancing packaged goods product portfolio and driving product innovation will all be other beneficial outcomes of the expansion, according to the owner.

In addition to bourbon, tequila and fresh charred American oak barrels we look forward to housing wine and other spirit barrels in a variety of sizes. Look forward to new (and more) barrel aged products from the brewery in the near future. The plan lays out new bottling, canning and labeling facilities/equipment for the burgeoning brewery while the brew house investment includes the addition of two 30-barrel fermenters, one 10-barrel fermenter and two 3-barrel fermenters.

FATE Brewing Company has been named Colorado’s Best New Brewery (RateBeer.com, 2014), one of 10 New U.S. Breweries to Watch from D.C. to California (Bon Appétit, 2014), Boulder’s Best New Bar (Daily Camera, 2014) and Boulder’s Best New Restaurant (Daily Camera, 2013). The brewery was also recognized this year for having the nation’s best Kölsch style ale at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival®, taking home Gold in the German-Style Kölsch category for their Laimas Kölsch Style Ale.

Colorado Native Releases New IPL (India Pale Lager)

AC Golden Brewing Company, the makers of Colorado Native Lager, announced this week they have a new addition to their Colorado beer lineup, Colorado Native IPL. IPL is an India Pale Lager, which is a newer style, and not seen very often. Colorado Native IPL is similar to an IPA (India Pale Ale) with a big hop flavor, and aroma. The main difference is the IPL is brewed with a lager yeast, which makes for an extremely smooth, balanced taste. You still get the hops you would in a typical IPA, but the bitterness is really toned down. I’m an IPA drinker, and found IPL to be a really good beer that is perfect for someone wanting to try something hoppy, but doesn’t like too much bitterness. Colorado Native IPL is a full bodied, hoppy, All-Colorado beer that I highly recommend trying.
Colorado Native IPL3There are many beer drinkers that say Colorado Native is simply a Coors product in flashy new packaging. I’ve been lucky enough to visit AC Golden twice – where I met the small staff, and brewers that brew the beer. Colorado Native is brewed in a small brewery within the Coors facility in Golden, however the production is on a very small scale in comparison. Colorado Native is unique in the fact that it’s brewed with only Colorado ingredients. Due to only being brewed with Colorado water, hops, barley, and the oldest yeast strain in the state, AC Golden can only produce a small amount of beer. Colorado does not have a big enough hop output to be able to produce Colorado Native in the large quantities of a Coors Light, or Coors Banquet. So for those of you that think Colorado Native is just another Coors product, I hope you realize that is not the case. While the beers are held to the same high quality standards as Coors, Colorado Native is produced by a small, passionate staff that puts a lot of love into what they do. For more of a background on AC Golden, check out the details from my first visit, here.

Colorado Native IPL2I visited with AC Golden’s President and Co-Founder, Glenn ‘Knip’ Knippenberg, Brewer, Jeff Nickel, and Marketing Consultant, Aimee Valdez. I spent a couple hours finding out about Colorado Native IPL, touring the brewery, and trying IPL at different stages in the brewing process. The team at AC Golden is as excited about their product as any brewery I’ve featured so far. From using only Colorado ingredients, to taking on a newer style of beer, the team at AC Golden impressed me with their genuine passion for what they do, and the commitment to making an excellent product that is only available in Colorado.

Colorado Native IPL Info:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Nugget, Crystal
  • Malts: Moravian 2-row Pale and Munich
  • IBUs: 62
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • All ingredients are grown in Colorado
  • Bottles are manufactured in Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Colorado Native Lager and Colorado Native IPL are only sold in Colorado
  • Colorado Native provides incentives for Colorado farmers to produce hops. In doing so, they helped create a market for Colorado-grown hops and a new category of agriculture.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoNative.com