BrüFrou Craft Beer & Food Pairing: April 30, 2016

BRUFROU

BrüFrou is the marquee craft beer & culinary pairing event of the year. Featuring 80 local brewers & chefs collaborating on 50+ unique pairings, BrüFrou [broo-froo] will excite your epicurean senses! On Saturday, April 30th, experience BrüFrou with friends & family at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum [directions], a WWII-era hangar in the Lowry community of Denver. Full Pairing Tickets are on sale now: $65-$95 (see chart below brewery list).

The 2016 BrüFrou breweries represent Colorado adventure– from Summit & Eagle County skiing, river running on the Arkansas, to mind-bending scientific endeavors across the Front Range. Bright minds in brewing science from School of Mines, CU, CSU and entrepreneurial homebrewers are here in force.

Many of this next generation of brewers have branched out from larger organizations, growing and developing their own styles, brands and neighborhood hangouts. Embracing the past and creating the future, breweries are the modern day town hall. They are a leading indicator of revitalization and a nexus of community spirit. Where there is delicious Colorado beer and tasty eats, there are hungry, thirsty, appreciative lovers of craft and culinary to support them and the hoods they occupy.

This class of brewers is confident in their innovative approaches and collaborative efforts. Serving up dry hopped, wet hopped, red, black, tawny, extruded, stressed and nucleated beer experiences; get out there and check them out (we’ve included these photos from our own brewery adventures).

Here’s a list of all partnering 2016 BrüFrou breweries:
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Black Shirt Brewing Co
Brewery Rickoli
Bristol Brewing Company
Call to Arms Brewing Company
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Declaration Brewing
Denver Beer Co.
Diebolt Brewing Company
Elevation Beer Co.
Fate Brewing Co
Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.
Four Noses Brewing Company
Great Divide Brewing
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
High Hops Brewery
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Liquid Mechanics Brewing
Little Machine Beer
Locavore Beer Works
Lone Tree Brewing Co
Mockery Brewing
Mountain Sun Breweries
Odell Brewing Company
Oskar Blues Brewery
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Ratio Beerworks
Sanitas Brewing Co.
The Post Brewing Co.
Trinity Brewing Co
Verboten Brewing
WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Wibby Brewing
Wild Woods Brewery
Wit’s End Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Colorado National Bank Brews & Cruise Festival May 7, 2016

CNB-Brews-and-Cruise-logo (2)What is the Brews & Cruise Festival?  It’s clear there is a big world of beer out there and Colorado has more breweries per capita than any other state in the United States. Palisade is hosting our 3rd Annual event to introduce you to some new brews and teach you more about your favorites. The Colorado National Bank Brews & Cruise Festival offers an opportunity to taste and chat with fellow beer lovers. We will have several acclaimed craft breweries, beer, and food pairings, live music and the finest quality of handcrafted unique products and arts and crafts.

Colorado National Bank Brews & Cruise Festival

Friday, May 6th
New to 2016. The Brews Beer Bus Tour. The luxury shuttle bus will pick up at Palisade Brewing Company where you will be treated to a tour and local handcrafted beer samples, next stop is Copper Club Brewing Company in Fruita for small batch beer on tap, last but not least is Edgewater Brewery on the river in Grand Junction’s newest playground. Tours, samples, snacks, water, complimentary beer mug – all for only $48.00.  Must be 21 and over to participate.  Buy Here

After the tour drops you back off at Palisade Brewing  Company walk on over to the street dance at the intersection of 3rd and Main in downtown Palisade! We will have live music with Stray Grass, food, and Palisade Brewing Company.  7 P.M. – 10 P.M.  Then Palisade will be lively with Peach Street Distillery, Palisade Brewing Company and the local bars ready to make the night fun!

Saturday, May 7th
Cruise on over to The Colorado National Bank Brews & Cruise Festival to be held Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from Noon – 5:00 P.M. at Palisade Memorial Park. Rain or shine. Vendors, food, brew samples, local wine for sampling, and live entertainment with Lincoln Pants Band and Dual Lakoo. Powderhorn bag jump for the thrill seekers. All drinking tickets, $25/person, receive a complimentary beer mug. Bring your bike for the ride home. Non-drinking tickets are also on sale now.  Volunteers are welcome to call 970-464-7458 for sign up form. Click Here for more information.

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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

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Hops + Handrails – March 12, 2016, Longmont, CO

Hops+Handrails 2016Saturday, March. 12th | 12-6 pm | Roosevelt Park | Longmont, CO

60 Breweries | Rail Jam | Live Music feat. Sam Bush | Vendors | Kid Zone
Left Hand’s bringing the mountain to the people! In it’s fourth year, Hops+Handrails features the best of Colorado, mixing an epic beer fest with a live rail jam! Sip from 60 craft breweries, while riders do their best tricks down the 40ft. ramp with live music filling the air. Sam Bush will headline the Hops + Handrails stage, featuring his trademark bluegrass and jaw-dropping mandolin playing!

Hops + Handrails is a benefit for SOS Outreach, Chill, and the LHB Foundation.

VIP EXPERIENCE: Beer Fest + Rail Jam- $75

Exclusive Beer & Food Pairings, Couches, Private Bathroom, Shade
GENERAL ADMISSION: Beer Fest + Rail Jam – $30

General Admission, including 4 hours of unlimited sampling
GENERAL ADMISSION: Rail Jam Only – $10
KIDS (5-12yrs) – $5
KIDS (0-5yrs) – Free

Click Here to purchase tickets!


Hops + Handrails features some of Colorado’s best riders,
showing off their tricks on Left Hand’s 40 ft ramp & rails!

Riders will participate in the Open, Women’s, & Junior’s categories with prizes below.

Open :
1st- $1K, 2nd – $500, 3rd -$250
Women’s :
1st- $1K, 2nd – $500, 3rd -$250
Juniors:
Burton Gear


Sip from over 60 craft breweries, across 4 hours of unlimited sampling!

300 Suns Fate Renegade
4 Noses Firestone Walker Revolution
Avery Ft Collins Rockyard
Bear Republic Gravity Shoes & Brews
Big Choice Great Divide Sierra Nevada
Big Thompson Green Flash Ska
Bootstrap Brewing Grimm Brothers Skeye
Boston Beer Grossen Bart Station 26
Boulder Beer Liquid Mechanics Stem Ciders
Bristol Beer Lost Abbey Stone
City Star Loveland Aleworks Telluride
Crazy Mountain Melvin The Traveler Beer Company
Crow Hop Mountain Sun Three Weavers
Dark Horse New Holland Trinity
Declaration New Belgium Twisted Pine
Denver Beer Ninkasi Upslope
Deschutes North Coast Victory
Dogfish Head Odd13 Wibby
Dry Dock Odell Wild Cider
Eddyline Oskar Blues Wild Woods
Elevation Post Wiley Roots
Epic Pumphouse

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!

7th Annual JUL-IPA Festival: July 11, 2015

Celebrating the BEST and BADDEST IPAs out there

West End Tavern LogoOn Saturday, July 11, The West End Tavern and The Farm present the seventh annual JUL-IPA Festival, a celebration of the BEST and BADDEST IPAs out there. Brewers, beer geeks, and the Boulder community will join forces for this epic event of awesome ice-cold beer from 30+ breweries, delicious bites from The West End Tavern, live music by The Goonies and Sixty Minute Man, carnival games, and summer fun in the sun. All proceeds will benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.

“We’re really excited about this year’s Jul-IPA Festival!” Says Sharon Read, Bar Manager at The West End Tavern. “It’s awesome to have the opportunity to host an event with the craft beer community while raising money for Safehouse Progressive for Nonviolence. Some of the best breweries in the country are contributing to the cause and we are stoked to taste all the delicious IPAs they will be pouring.”

Breweries slated to pour pints at this year’s fest include Avery Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., Bristol Brewing Co., BRU Handbuilt Ales, Crazy Mountain Brewing, Crystal Springs Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co., Elevation Beer Co., Epic Brewing Co., Fate Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Left Hand Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Odd 13 Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pikes Peak Brewing, River North Brewery, Sanitas Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Telluride Brewing Co., The Post Brewing Co., Upslope Brewing Co., and Wild Woods Brewery

Now in its seventh year (and its third year at the Millennium Harvest House), JUL-IPA takes place at the outdoor pavilion of the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder. Lots of shade from oak trees and the cool, calm Boulder Creek make it an ideal location for outdoor IPA drinking. The West End Tavern will be serving up it’s world-famous, rib-sticking BBQ Pulled Pork, Bacon Baked Beans, and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. The festivities kick-off at 12 noon and last until 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and $10 for designated drivers (non-drinking).

To purchase tickets, and for more information, please visit: www.thewestendtavern.com/beer-and-bourbon/jul-ipa/

Odyssey Beerwerks Brewery & Taproom – Arvada, CO

Odyssey Beerwerks logoOdyssey Beerwerks Brewery & Taproom is located in Arvada, CO near I-76 and Sheridan Blvd. Odyssey is known as a happening brewery with live music, great food trucks, and a fun atmosphere. The brewery is in close proximity to the Clear Creek Bike Trail, and has great access to a few of the major metro area highways. Whether on a bike or in a car, Odyssey is a popular place to stop in for a fresh Colorado craft beer.

History of the Brewery:
Odyssey Beerwerks opened for business on May 25, 2013. Owners, and Colorado Natives, Chris Hill and Josh Van Riper are longtime friends and homebrewing partners that had a dream of opening their own brewery someday. Chris and Josh had extensive homebrewing experience dating back to the mid-90s. Chris grew up in Fort Collins, a town widely known for it’s amazing craft beer. Josh grew up in Montrose, on the Western Slope of Colorado. The two met in Fort Collins, and developed a friendship that ultimately led to the creation of Odyssey Beerwerks. Over the years they honed their craft with help of a friend that brewed for, and helped open some of the CB & Potts locations in Colorado.

Initially, Chris and Josh wanted to open up a brewery in Fort Collins. After doing some research they decided it was best to look elsewhere – due to the high density of breweries in Fort Collins. Since Fort Collins was out, they began looking on the north side of the Denver metro area, and landed in a newly built industrial park on the eastern edge of Arvada. Odyssey Beerwerks is a great example of a team coming together with different skills to create an excellent product. Chris brought experience in marketing, while Josh brought engineering experience. Together the two designed, and built an impressive brewing setup at Odyssey. Josh was actually responsible for much of the wiring and setup of the controls for the fermenters. It should be noted that the wives of both owners have also played an important role in running the brewery, helping with bookkeeping and scheduling.

IMG_0545(1)About the Brewery:
While many new breweries simply open up with the intent of selling beer inside their facility, some like Odyssey open with bigger plans in mind. When Chris and Josh opened Odyssey Beerwerks, their business plan included distributing their beer to local liquor stores and taprooms. Odyssey’s brewery includes a canning line, a 15 barrel brewhouse, four 15-barrel fermenters, and two 30-barrel fermenters. The brewery has the capacity to have 120 barrels fermenting at one time. Josh has done a great deal of testing and tweaking the brewing equipment in order to maximize production, and ultimately distribution of Odyssey Beerwerks’ beer.

Beer List: Odyssey has a beer locator that can be viewed here. I’ve seen Odyssey’s beer in many local liquor stores around the Denver area, so it should not be difficult to find their beer somewhere close to home. While they will try many different styles of beer, Odyssey tends to stick mostly with ales. They do some season lagers – it just depends on the time of year for exactly which options will be available. You will always find a diverse menu at Odyssey, thanks to Josh Van Riper’s experience traveling, and learning about different beer styles along the way.

  • Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter: ABV 5.4%, IBUs 36 –  Dark, silky maltiness will slide down the throat but not before the nose and tongue have picked up the smooth and smoky flavor of Mexican vanilla beans lurking within.  It’s an easy drinker and hard to put down.
  • Heliocentric Hefeweizen: ABV 5.5%, IBUs 12 – Very good, light, crisp, banana hints from the Belgian yeast strain. This was one of my two favorite beers at Odyssey.
  • Ghost Drifter Pale Ale: ABV 5.8%, IBUs 36 – Smooth flavor, hop forward, northwestern hops.This is a classic American Pale Ale, and was my favorite beer at Odyssey!
  • Clan Warrior Scotch Ale: ABV 8.7%, IBUs 29 –  A rich and sweet, and malty ale that showcases a blend of specialty malts. There is also a nice smokiness to this awesome scotch ale.
  • Eye of Ra Belgian Strong Ale: ABV 8.9%, IBUs 39 – Malty, yet not strong tasting for a higher alcohol volume beer, very smooth. Has a deep, crisp, and seductive fruit and spice notes. The Eye of Ra is worthy of devotion.
  • Seasonals: Rum Barrel Aged Olde Ale, *Hop Shot IPA, Lazy Gopher Dry Stout, Dubbel Down Abbey Ale,, Belgian Black Ale (always have stout and IPA), Seething Stout, Palm Tree Caribbean Pilsner Lager (hop note with peppery note).

Odyssey just came out with 12-pack mix packs, which you can purchased at the brewery, or in select stores. If you would prefer to purchase a growler, you can pick up a 64oz glass growler for $7. The core beers are $14 to fill, seasonals are more expensive depending on the style of beer. For the outdoorsy types, you can purchase 64 oz Hydro Flask Growlers, which will keep beer cold for 24 hours!

I had a good time discussing Colorado craft beer with Chris Hill at Odyssey Beerwerks. I would recommend a trip to the brewery for anyone that enjoys a fresh, locally brewed beer. You will find a wide variety of beer styles so everyone in a group should be able to find one that fits their taste. Bring a bike and check out the Clear Creek Bike trail, or simply stop in and hang out on the patio, you’ll enjoy visiting Odyssey Beerwerks!

Odyssey Beerwerks Brewery & Taproom
5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 421-0772

Fort Love Brewers Jamboree: May 16, 2015

The 2015 Fort Love Brewers Jamboree was created by the Loose Affiliation of Fort Collins Craft Brewers (LAFCCB) a group consisting of the craft brewers in Fort Collins and Loveland. This event is envisioned as a journey through craft beer at a slower pace. Our goal is to put craft into the festival experience with a focus on the great culture of Fort Collins and Loveland breweries. This premiere event is for brewers, beer lovers and family and will have an emphasis on beer tasting, education, and brewers telling the stories of their journey into the craft beer industry.

What’s beer without good food? Admission to the Fort Love Brewers Jamboree will include small plates of food to pair with beer.

Why not support a cause? The Cache La Poudre River and Big Thompson are vital natural resources to the communities in Northern Colorado. Also, water is a main ingredient in beer, which is why we are supporting water advocacy and the proceeds will support Save the Poudre.

To find out more or to purchase tickets visit: http://brewersjamboree.com

Fort Love Brewers Jamboree

 

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.