Colorado Beer Girl: A blog focusing on Colorado beer, breweries, beer bars, beer festivals, events & more
I receive a lot of news/announcements from Colorado breweries, and unfortunately there isn’t always time to write full blog posts on all of them. So I’ve created this page where I will periodically add new and exciting announcements to share with you.
Great Divide Brewing Company Wins Competitive Grant to Launch Community Recycling Program
State-sponsored grant will help divert waste from landfills
DENVER – April 18, 2018 – Great Divide Brewing Company has been awarded a $16,000 grant to launch a recycling program in the RiNo neighborhood. The funding is part of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) competitive grant program, which is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The brewery will use the grant to establish themselves as a community recycling center for small manufacturing businesses in the RiNo neighborhood.
The inspiration behind becoming a hub for a community recycling program came about when the Great Divide Green Team started researching ways to recycle, polypropylene grain bags and shrink wrap, items in which recycling centers do not take unless the items are baled (compacted into blocks that can be stacked and easily transported). Without a baler, these streams would go directly to landfills.
“We estimate that we use 2,000 lbs of polypro grain bags a month, and all of this was going to the dump,” said Erin Cox, sustainability coordinator at Great Divide. “We realized if we were struggling with recycling these items, then surely our neighboring breweries were also having the same issue.”
Upon receiving the grant, Great Divide became registered as an official recycler in the state of Colorado. The brewery purchased and installed two balers and a pallet scale which weighs recyclable materials and can help participating businesses understand their diversion rates and impact. This spring, Great Divide is launching a pilot program with neighbors Bierstadt Lagerhaus and Black Shirt Brewing to ensure that the community recycling program is efficient and runs smoothly for all involved. Once the program is finalized, Great Divide will launch the official community recycling program and open up its recycling capabilities to other RiNo small businesses in the fall.
“At the end of the day, this grant serves as a way to ensure that we’re impacting the environment as little as possible,” said Cox. “With these new resources, we are now able to not only bale our own waste streams, but can handle our neighbors’ recyclable byproducts as well.”
SPRING FLEA POPS UP FOR FIRST TIME AT DENVER ROCK DRILL IN RINO APR. 14-15 Largest Spring Flea yet brings together more than 200 local and regional makers, food trucks, and more
***The Denver Flea will host its first-ever Beer Garden at the Spring Flea where Flea-goers can taste a variety of special Great Divide Brews + Jameson Caskmates Whiskey!***
The Flea bartenders will also be serving up a variety of cocktails at the event. A list of the cocktails that will be available are below and include special breakfast cocktails for morning attendees.
Spring Flea Cocktails:
The Big Whoop with Jameson Irish Whiskey, peach tea, lemon juice, simple, ginger-citrus bitters
Spring Slammer with Seagram’s Gin, pear tea, lemon juice, simple, lavender bitters
El Maestro with Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, hibiscus tea, lime juice, simple, and pepper-lime bitters
RiNo Mule with Absolut Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice
Jameson Mule with Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice
The Real Dill Bloody Marys
Grapefruit Juice Mimosas
Fleamosa with Great Divide Samurai Ale and OJ or Grapefruit Juice
Get your shop, eat and drink on at the the Spring Flea, popping up at a new location in the RiNo/Cole neighborhood at Denver Rock Drill on April 14-15, 2018. The Denver Flea brings together more than 200 local makers and small businesses from Colorado and the Western region, making it the largest Spring Flea to date. Vendors will be selling their goods alongside food trucks and pop-up bars serving Great Divide beer and craft cocktails. Of the 200 vendors, over 40 vendors are new to the Flea.
The Spring Flea is open on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online and at the door (tickets valid for both days). Children 12 and under are free. Flea goers who purchase a ticket online will receive a FREE subscription to 5280 Magazine. Bonus!
The Flea’s new location at the Denver Rock Drill is within walking distance to the 38th and Blake RTD stop, making it easy to get to and from the Flea.
Spring Flea sponsor partners include Alterra, Zeal Optics, 5280 Magazine and Great Divide. The Flea is also partnering with local non-profit organizations including Big Green, a non-profit established by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, that creates a healthier future for kids through a nationwide network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs; Culture Haus, the Denver Art Museum’s young philanthropist group that inspires and cultivates the next generation of arts patrons; and RMMFI, a local non-profit community creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship.
Collaboration Fest Hits Record Number of Participating Breweries
DENVER – Feb. 5, 2018 – More than 150 breweries will showcase their one-of-a-kind creations at Denver’s Fifth Annual Collaboration Fest. This world class festival takes place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202).
Collaboration Fest is the original craft beer collaboration festival where brewers let their imaginations run wild. Breweries choose who they want to brew with and what style of beer they want to make; the final product is truly a unique brew that will most likely be available at the festival only.
“Brewery collaborations are a much needed and important piece of the craft brewing industry because it allows brewers to step out of their comfort zone to try something different,” said Tobias Krause of Two Parts. “It’s a chance for brewers to evoke the creative side of brewing, which will only draw attention to all parties involved for nothing but the benefit of the beer being created.”
Collaboration Beer Fest 2018 will feature collaborations from the following breweries:
300 Suns Brewing and Gemini Beer Co.
Alpine Dog Brewing Co. and Copper Kettle Brewing Co.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Redstone Meadery
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales and Jing-A Brewing Co.
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales and Speciation Artisan Ales
Black Shirt Brewing Co. and Elevation Beer Co.
Bonfire Brewing and Invasive Species Brewing
Boulder Beer Co. and Bristol Brewing Co.
Bruz Beers and Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Call to Arms Brewing Co., Comrade Brewing Co. and Upslope Brewing Co.
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company and Melvin Brewing Co.
Carver Brewing Co. and Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
CB & Potts – Fort Collins, Equinox Brewing, and CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing
Chain Reaction Brewing Co. and Platt Park Brewing Co.
Guild Collaboration: Colorado Brewers Guild, Crooked Stave Artisan Project, Ohio Brewers Guild, Iowa Brewers Guild, New York Brewers Guild, Kentucky Guild of Brewers, Arizona Brewers Guild, Indiana Brewers Guild, Texas Brewers Guild, Oregon Brewers Guild, North Carolina Brewers Guild, and Brewers Association
Colorado Plus Brewpub and 3 Freaks Brewery
Comrade Brewing Co. and Breakside Brewery
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Maui Brewing Co.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Omnipollo
Crystal Springs Brewing Co. and Something Brewery
Declaration Brewing Co., Platt Park Brewing Co., Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Chain Reaction Brewing Co., Alternation Brewing Co. and Fermaentra
Declaration Brewing Co. and Launch Pad Brewery
Diebolt Brewing Co. and Invictus Brewing Co.
Summit County Collaboration: Dillon DAM Brewing and Angry James Brewing Co., Broken Compass Brewing, The Bakers’ Brewery, Pug Ryan’s Brewery, Outer Range Brewing Co. and Breckenridge Distillery
Downhill Brewing Co. and Rockyard Brewing Co.
Eddyline Brewery and High Alpine Brewing Co.
El Rancho Brewing Co. and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Boulder
Epic Brewing Co. and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Epic Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co.
FATE Brewing Co. and Ladyface Ale Companie
FATE Brewing Co. and Vail Brewing Co.
Fermaentra and River Rat Brewery
Fiction Beer Co. and Strange Craft Beer Co.
Funkwerks and New Image Brewing Co.
Great Divide Brewing Co. and 4 Noses Brewing Co.
Great Divide Brewing Co. and Huss Brewing Co.
Grist Brewing Co. and Koala San Brew
Grossen Bart Brewery and Two Brothers Brewing
Golden Collaboration: Holidaily Brewing Co., Mountain Toad Brewing, Golden City Brewery and Barrels & Bottles Brewery, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., and New Terrain Brewing Co.
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. and Black Bottle Brewery
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. and Ancestry Brewing
Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and 105 West Brewing Company
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and CO-Brew
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Überbrew
Joyride Brewing Co. and Little Machine Beer
Joyride Brewing Co. and Snowy Mountain Brewery
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. and The Lost Abbey
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. and Wiley Roots Brewing Co.
Little Machine Beer and Mason Ale Works
Living the Dream Brewing and Big Grove Brewery
Living the Dream Brewing and Hideaway Park Brewery
Locavore Beer Works and 38th State Brewing Co.
Lone Tree Brewing Co. and Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Lone Tree Brewing Co. and Sycamore Brewing Co.
Lost Highway Brewing and Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Mockery Brewing and Adroit Theory Brewing Co.
Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing Co.
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub and Caution Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing and Blackberry Farm Brewery
New Image Brewing and Dancing Gnome Brewery
New Image Brewing and Molly’s Spirits
Odd13 Brewing and River North Brewery
Odell Brewing Co. and Austin Beerworks
Odyssey Beerwerks and Banded Oak Brewing
Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing
Our Mutual Friend Brewing and Fort George Brewery + Public House
Our Mutual Friend Brewing and TRVE Brewing Co.
Peak to Peak Tap & Brew and The Brew on Broadway (BoB)
Periodic Brewing and Mother Trucker Brewery
Prost Brewing Co. and Goodcity Brewing Co.
Ratio Beerworks and Ska Brewing Co.
Renegade Brewing Co. and La Brasseie du Baril
Resolute Brewing Co. and Resolution Brewing Co.
Resolute Brewing Co. and Spice Trade Brewing
Sanitas Brewing Co. and The Bakers’ Brewery
Schmaltz Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing Company
Seedstock Brewery and Diebolt Brewing Co.
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. and Station 26 Brewing Co.
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. and Stillwater Artisanal
Spangalang Brewery and Eppig Brewing
Steamworks Brewing Co. and Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Strange Craft Beer Co. and Freetail Brewing Co.
Strange Craft Beer Co. and Metro State University Brewing Program
Telluride Brewing Co. and Marble Brewery
The Post Brewing Co. and Burns Family Artisan Ales
Tivoli Brewing Co., Schoenramer Brewery and Atwater Brewing
Upslope Brewing Co. and Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Vail Brewing Co. and Lone Pine Brewing Co.
Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project and Grossen Bart Brewery
Lakewood Collaboration: WestFax Brewing Co., Landlocked Ales and Green Mountain Beer Co., Caution Brewing Co., Great Frontier Brewing Co, Ironworks Brewery
Wibby Brewing and August Schell Brewing Co.
Wibby Brewing and Media
Wibby Brewing and Station 26 Brewing Co.
Wild Woods Brewery and Very Nice Brewing Co.
Wonderland Brewing Co. and Gordon Biersch
Woods Boss Brewing Co. and Goldspot Brewing Co.
Tommyknocker 10,000th Collab: Woods Boss Brewing Co., Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub, Golden City Brewery, Lariat Lodge, Westfax, Lefthand Brewing Co., Broken Compass and Elevation Beer Co.
Wynkoop Brewing Co. and White Labs
Zuni St. Brewing Co. and Bonfire Brewing
“Besides obviously the beer, the story behind the collaborations are very unique,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “We’ve got brewers such as Baere and Mockery that have been teaming up since we launched this festival who will be releasing their fifth edition at the fest, and we’ve got brewers that have been long time friends who just want to get together and make an incredible beer.”
General admission tickets start at $65 and includes unlimited tastings throughout the event and a commemorative glass. Connoisseur tickets are $85 and include early access, a food voucher, t-shirt, unlimited tastings throughout the event and a commemorative glass. To purchase tickets or for more information visit https://www.collaborationfest.com.
“In the past, we’ve made blended sours and wild ales that were good butwe’ve never been this excited about one.” said Chris Bell, owner and co-founder of Call to Arms Brewing Company. “We were able to revisit these beers and experiment with the addition of blackcurrants to create an interesting and complex sour that can stand on its own.”
At 8 percent ABV, this magenta hued sour is a jammy blend offering complex notes of boysenberry, blackcurrant, candied cherry and gentle oak that results in a pronounced sour finish with a slight sweetness. Majestic Wolf Lamp, which pays homage to the wolf lamp scene in the movie Step Brothers, is reminiscent of farm stand blackberry jam.
This limited quantity sour will be available in 375 ml bottles and on draft at the brewery starting on February 1st. Only 125 bottles will be released with a purchasing limit of two bottles per person. Bottles will retail for $12. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Call to Arms has designed branded Teku glasses. These glasses will be available for purchase at $10.
“If you like sours, it’s a must have,” said Bell. “It’s probably one of the best beers we have ever brewed.”
Jan. 18, 2018: The Post Brewing Companyis officially TV Famous! Food Network’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins & Diveswill feature the Colorado brewery and restaurant on Friday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The show’s host, Guy Fieri, recently visited The Post Brewing Company in Longmont to film the segment with Chef / Partner Brett “Smitty” Smith. Two of Smitty’s most popular dishes—Colorado-style fried chicken and chicken chicharrones—will be featured in the episode.
All Post Brewing Company locations—in Lafayette, Longmont, Rosedale, and Boulder—will host special viewing parties on February 2 at 6:30p.m. Guests will get the chance to watch the show while enjoying food & drink specials and fun & games. There will be $2 Post cans during the show, as well as I-Spy Post Beer for cool swag.
Jan. 18, 2018: Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub is excited to announce the addition of a new state-of-the-art canning line in its production facility. Set to run for the first time on January 24th, just in time for Can Appreciation Day, the transition from bottles to cans, as well as investment in new equipment including a dissolved oxygen meter, is a continuation of the brewery’s vision to support the mountain town lifestyle in which it serves.
The can roll out will start in February, featuring new beers, and a mixed 12-pack release in May. Tommyknocker’s line of soda will transition into cans in the fall.
To celebrate the launch of the brewery’s foray into cans and commemorate the brewery’s 10,000th brew which took place on January 10th, Tommyknocker will host a 10,000th Brew Party on Saturday, February 10th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will include the release of Collaboration Baltic Porter, music from Rapidgrass Quintet, food and drink specials.
Jan. 15, 2018: Great Divide Brewing will be releasing their first Local Knowledge release of 2018 this Saturday, January 20th at both taprooms starting at 12 p.m.Mexican Chocolate Yeti, which is batch number 10, is brewed with Cholaca liquid cacao. Another variation on the classic Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide added a variety of spices, vanilla and coffee to invoke the flavors of a Mexican hot chocolate (traditionally called champurrado). Spiced chocolate drinks have been part of Aztec and Mayan cuisine and culture for centuries, but they have yet to be paired up with a Yeti!
Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, and are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit. Drink, discover, and share your #localknowledge.
Dec. 20, 2017: Rounding out a year of robust beer releases, Upslope Brewing Company is excited to reveal its 2017-18 Oatmeal Stout, as well as a tasty, Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout for fans to enjoy as they ring in the New Year.
Emerging this week, Upslope’s tried-and-true Limited Release Oatmeal Stout is available throughout the winter season. The 5% ABV Oatmeal Stout, brewed with oats, roasted malts and East Kent Golding hops, delivers notes of cocoa, dried fruit and caramel in a smooth, full-bodied, yet sessionable beer.
The Limited Release Oatmeal Stout will be distributed throughout CO, WY, MT, AZ, and NM and is available in Upslope’s Mix Box variety 12-pack or 12-ounce six-packs.
Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout will be offered in 19.2-ounce cans, distributed throughout their footprint. For more information regarding the Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout release, stay tuned to Upslope’s Facebook Page.
Dec. 19, 2017: Photographer Dustin Hall brings the art of photography and brewing together in “Discovering Colorado Breweries,” a 232-page 11×13 coffee table book, featuring photographs of over 70 Colorado craft breweries. Discovering Colorado Breweries will be released on January 20, 2018.
After nearly four years of photographing Colorado craft breweries, Hall along with his wife Marcia decided to take their passion project one step further by creating a photography book of Dustin’s work. Hall wanted to share the story by documenting every little detail on what it takes to run a brewery on a day-to-day basis.
Come down to Falling Rock Tap House and help The Brewtography Project celebrate! After four years of photographing and almost two years of pre-press work, the release day for Discovering Colorado Breweries is finally here. This 11 by 13 inch, 232 page coffee table book features photographs from more than 70 Colorado craft breweries. Kickstarter backers who pick up their rewards and anyone who purchases a copy of the book will receive a beer on The Brewtography Project.
Dec. 11, 2017:Great Divide Brewing will be releasing their newest limited release, Lemongrass Colette, this Saturday December 16th at both taprooms. The addition of spelt adds a layer of spicy complexity to the malt component which provides a nice backdrop for the lemongrass to make a showing. The lemongrass is highly fragrant, but blends well into the beer to provide a refreshing variation on a Great Divide classic. This beer rounds at 7.3% ABV.
Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, and are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit.
Dec. 7, 2017: Great Divide Brewing Company will introduce seven new beers in 2018, including the addition of a new barrel-aged program and the return of a Great Divide classic. New to the lineup are Car Camper Gose, Heyday Modern IPA, Rumble Oak Aged IPA, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, and the new Wood Werks Barrel Series including a Belgian-Style Sour, Flemish Sour Brown with Strawberries, and a Barrel Aged Brown Rye Ale.