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Copper Kettle, Cholaca, & Nova Craft Chocolate Create the Perfect Partnership

Products from Nova Craft Chocolate, and a bottle of Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed with Cholaca)

Beer and chocolate: two wonderful, individual things. But together, it can be a magical combination. Beer paired with chocolate? Yes, please. Beer brewed with Cholaca, pure 100% cacao? Amazing. Truffles made with hops and Cholaca? Phenomenal. Sound like something you want in your life? Yes! Well, if you haven’t heard of it before let me introduce you to Boulder-based company, Cholaca.

Cholaca pure liquid cacao and a taste of Copper Kettle’s Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed with Cholaca)

Cholaca, pure, 100% cacao, was created to bring healthy, organic and regeneratively-farmed cacao to the world, while creating sustainable Fair Trade partnerships with farmers throughout the rain forests of Peru and Ecuador. Two Colorado companies, Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Nova Chocolate, are partnering with Cholaca to celebrate Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) and beyond, and a portion of the proceeds will go to regenerative cacao farmers through Yellow Seed, a conscious trade nonprofit that promotes equality, ecological conservation and community resilience in the cacao marketplace.

Delicious Hops Truffles by Nova Chocolate and Cholaca

Nova & Cholaca have always shared a vision of regeneratively-farmed cacao, so Hops Truffles was a natural pairing. Nova combines Cholaca’s Peruvian cacao with Amarillo Hops to give this truffle the citrus brightness beer lovers appreciate in brews made with Amarillo hops.
Hops Truffles are available for sale online. Or, to purchase locally, please visit any of these Colorado stores throughout the month of April:
Zavy Green (Lafayette)
Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette)
Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver)
Cheese & Provisions (Denver)
The Preservery (Denver)
Cured (Boulder)

Jeremy Gobien (Owner and Head Brewer at Copper Kettle), Ira Leibtag (CEO of Cholaca), Andrew Starr (Owner of Nova Chocolate). Photo credit: Tyra Sutak Media

Cholaca began supplying its liquid cacao to craft brewers in Colorado in 2015, and then quickly expanded to supply breweries across the country. Cholaca grew sales by 300% in the beer segment from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Cholaca sold over 3,600 gallons of pure liquid cacao to approximately 30 breweries. Of these, approximately a half-dozen of them are nationally distributed, including Breckenridge Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Tommyknocker Brewery and Troegs Independent Brewing.

Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout, brewed with Cholaca. One of my personal favorite beers!

Other Colorado breweries that have already used Cholaca include Big Choice Brewing, Coopersmiths Pub & Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, FATE Brewing Company, Shine Brewing Co, and Zwei Brewing.

Jeremy Gobien, Owner and Head Brewer at Copper Kettle

As part of their commitment to supporting a healthy planet, Copper Kettle is excited to be making their GABF gold medal winning-Mexican Chocolate Stout now with Cholaca. They are also celebrating their 6-year anniversary throughout Earth Day weekend, which will include 50% of all Mexican Chocolate Stout sales on Earth Day being donated to Yellow Seed. 
On Sunday, April 23, Copper Kettle will be releasing a very special version of its famous Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout, aged on Maple Syrup. Cholaca will be working with the on-site food truck to bring you a delicious brunch menu of chocolate eats to pair with this amazing ale. Check out the schedule of events for all the information on Copper Kettle’s 6th Anniversary Bash. Be sure to stop by for a Mexican Chocolate Stout and the special version of Snowed In, both brewed with Cholaca. And definitely don’t forget to pair the beers with a couple of Hops Truffles!

Valentine’s Events for Beer Lovers: 2017 Edition

If you’re thinking about treating your sweetheart to chocolates or a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day, you’re on the right track. But don’t forget the beer!

Impress your Valentine by taking him or her to any one of these fantastic breweries’ special events!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-10 pm: 2nd Annual Valentine’s Oyster and Stout Festival! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company (1505 Ogden St, Denver, Colorado)

Our famed Valentine’s Day Oyster and Beer Pairing is returning for its 2nd year! This time around,in honor of Stout Month, a flight of four oysters will be paired with four specialty stouts! Chef Sandoval will be shucking oysters to be paired with the following variations of our Blind Sherpa Stout:
Mint Chocolate Stout
Peanut Butter Stout
Chocolate Raspberry Stout (from the firkin)
Maple Breakfast Stout
No Tickets this time around, just show up! Additional a la carte oysters will be available as well as full pours of our one-off stouts!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm: Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver) ***SOLD OUT!***

Join us for a special Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate event for Valentine’s Day, hosted by The Truffle Cheese Shop and Copper Kettle Brewing Co., with delicious desserts made by Pink Zebra Cupcakes. Bring your sweetie for a unique V-Day idea to do together!
This is a four course pairing featuring a craft beer sample, artisan cheese, and fine chocolate dessert for each course. The pairing will be held in our private event center with an intimate feel, personalized with our head brewer or Certified Cicerone and professional cheesemonger from the Truffle Cheese Shop. What a great gift idea for yourself and/or a special friend!
Tickets are $30.00. Tax and tip excluded. We sell out of this event every year, so TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!
Price includes:
Four artisan cheeses from all around the world
Four craft beer samples (oftentimes, we release a beer that’s not even on the draft line yet!)
Four decadent, locally made desserts
Locally baked bread or crackers
Fresh crisp fruit
We do require at least 24 hours to cancel your tickets.
See you there!!!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-9 pm: Valentine’s Day – Run Club and Special Trivia at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver)

Every Tuesday we’ve been working out our legs (and heart!) with Sunnyside Run Club and working out our mind with live trivia at 7 pm. This week, we’ll continue the fun with a special Valentine’s edition! There will be MORE prizes and MORE giveaways.
Weekly prizes include pizza from Denver Deep Dish LoHi, meat from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe and gift cards from @LivWell Dispensary. ADDITIONALLY, there will be FREE brewery glassware for all Trivia participants AND a chance to win bottles of Barrel-Aged Beer. And probably more 🙂
Join us. It’s going to be a lot more fun and laid back than sitting 6 inches away from a fighting couple at an overpriced prix-fixe dinner.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5:30-8 pm: Valentines Day Oyster Tapas & Beer Pairing at Resolute Brewing Company
(7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial)

Resolute’s first beer & food pairing is here!
Jordan Wein of Grassroots Grill will be throwing down a Valentine’s Day tapas menu (small plates) that will be accompanied by four special Resolute beers. The menu will be mostly mollusks- including grilled oysters, oyster shooters, oyster stew & more!
So go ahead, be shellfish this Valentine’s Day and bring your sweetheart to Resolute for this one-of-kind beer and oyster engagement.
Tickets are on sale! There are two seatings, the first seating is at 5:30 pm followed by the second at 7 pm. Space is limited, follow the link on the event and buy your tickets today!

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Special Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $30 or purchase a menu item a la carte!
First:
Caprese Salad $5
Second:
Goat cheese stuffed date wrapped in bacon $6
Third:
Rigatoni, white wine sauce with shallots, peas and roasted garlic,
choice of chicken or shrimp $13
or
Roasted Pork chop w/ maquechoux $13
Fourth:
Creme Brulee $6

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids
(1555 S Hover St, Longmont)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $60 Or purchase menu items a la carte!
First:
Seared pork belly atop brioche served with charred slivered callions, fresno chilis, and a juniper berry balsamic reduction. $9
Second:
Spinach & red onion tossed with a slightly warm bacon & sherry vinegrette. Garnished with egg wedges and asiago. $12
Third:
Seared sous-vide ribeye with potato croquets and sautéed spinach. $30
or
Black Pepper and fennel crusted salmon grilled and served with saffron risotto, asparagus, and lemon basil butter. $18
Fourth:
HotBox roasters infused chocolate mousse. $6

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Denver Beer Co’s Valentine Beer and Chocolate Pairing! at Denver Beer Co (1695 Platte St, Denver)

Show your Valentine just how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.
Before dinner, after dinner, instead of dinner, treat your date, your bestie, or yourself to our insanely amazing beer and chocolate pairings.
Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab is creating some amazing, artisanal chocolates paired with 5 of our favorite beers.
$30 gets you 5 amazing sweet treats paired with 5 4oz beers.
There are very limited tickets available for this event so grab them now and come by the Platte st taproom anytime between 11am-11pm on Valentines Day to get your taste on!
PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.

 

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Tue., Feb. 14: Singles Awareness Day Party at The Post Brewing Company (105 W Emma St, Lafayette)

 The Post Brewing Company is throwing a SAD (Singles Awareness Day) Party for all the singles out there this Valentine’s Day. Held in the Elkhorn Taproom, this 21+ event will feature $3 house-made Sweet Tea Vodka shots, house barrel aged tequila shots, and the return of The Post’s most romantic beer—Lovey Dovey Belgian-ish Style Amber Ale. Fermented at 69°, this is truly the most romantic beer in the world. Complex layers of herbal hop and spicy yeast rest upon a deluxe base of European Munich and Vienna malts. This 6% ABV love machine will deliver you to all the right places.
For more information, please contact The POST at (303) 593-2066.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 4-9 pm: Valentine’s Day with Rock Cut at Rock Cut Brewing Company
(390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park)

Valentine’s Day is two weeks from tomorrow and if you’re like us, romantic plans always involve craft beer. Since V-Day is on a Tuesday this year, we’ll be hosting a special Valentine’s Day themed trivia night, complete with a new beer release, special menu from Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse, and more. Check out the event below and click ‘Interested’ if you plan to stop by!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Valentine’s Day at Avery!  at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder)

Bring your best friend, your S.O., or your soul mate to our Valentine’s Day celebration at Avery! Nothing says “I Love You” like drinking beer and sharing a meal.
We’ll have a variety of special platters meant to share all day. But don’t worry, that pint of beer is all yours.
Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 303.440.4324.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5-11 pm: Loveless Sour Raspberry Dark Saison Bottle Release Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver)

Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.
Meet Loveless, our Dark Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh raspberries for another three months.
With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.
Brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless will be released on Tuesday, February 14th at 5pm in the 750ML champagne bottle format. Bottles are limited, so get here early.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-9 pm: Beer and Chocolate Dinner at WestFax Brewing Company (6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood)

We are headed west (to Lakewood) again for a beer and chocolate dinner with Westfax Brewing.
Bring your Valentine, a friend or come alone to our chocolate dinner pairing with Westfax Brewing. We have planned a four course dinner and they have hand selected beers to accompany each dish.
Start with a salad, select one of two small plates, choose an entree and dessert all for $45.00.
Tickets are required to attend the event. Please contact the brewery to make your reservation 303-233-3742 or click on the link to buy on-line.
Salad:
Roasted Beet & Apple Salad
oven roasted beets, apples, mixed greens & chocolate balsamic dressing
Tears of Our Enemies Scottish Ale
Small Plates
Albondigas
spicy three-meat meatballs, bourbon-chocolate barbeque sauce
Moasic El Dorado Pale Ale
or
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
honey-chili glazed, cocoa nibs, mizithra cheese
Cream Ale
Entree
Butternut Squash Ravioli
sage brown butter, shaved dark (72%) dark chocolate
Premature Pumpkination (Pumpkin Brown Ale)
or
Pulled Pork Sandwich
14 hour slow roasted pork, bourbon chocolate barbeque sauce, pickled onions, broccoli slaw, kettel chips
IPA is the new black (black IPA)
Dessert
Brownie a la Mode
triple chocolate brownie with Swole Stout ice cream
Swole Stout (Imperial Coffee Stout)
You must be 21+ to attend the event.

Black Friday 2016: BEER!

Don’t want to spend Black Friday at the mall? Rather hang out at a local brewery instead? You’re not alone! Come join the fun and see what all of these breweries have planned for Friday, November 25th, 2016.

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Black (Shirt) Friday Beer Brunch at Black Shirt Brewing

Roll out of your Turkey-and-pie-filled-stupor and celebrate Black (Shirt) Friday with BSB Brunch Cocktails, Long I Pies, 25% off swag, and the release of our Four Track Porter!
We’ll be pouring our delicious BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails and matching them with The Long I Pie Shop’s mini-pies! $10 gets you a Michelada, Coffee Beer, or Beermosa and a mini pie! You know you want it!
We’re also offering deals on BSB merch—25% all BSB swag! Load-up on holiday gifts and spread the BSB love.
We’re releasing Fourtrack Porter, our American Red Porter! The time is perfect for Porter, with complex milk chocolate, toffee, caramel notes. We can’t wait to crack it open.

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Avery Black Friday at Avery Brewing

Escape the crowds and join us for the darkest of Fridays – a deliciously dark line-up of Avery Stouts on the mezzanine. A true “Black” Friday.
Plus, check off a few items on your holiday shopping list with our Black Friday deals.
The Details:
-Available at the Brewery & Online (http://shop.averybrewing.com/)
-11/25 through 11/28
-20% off all items from our Gear Shop (online code: holidaycheers20)
-40% off all clearance items from our Gear Shop (onliine code: holidaycheers40)
-Online Only: Free Shipping on orders over $50 + Free keychain & coozie on orders over $75

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Black Friday 2016 at Station 26 Brewing

Put down the shopping bags and join us for another bourbon barrel aged imperial stout journey!
This year’s Dark Star Imperial Stout was aged in a mix of bourbon barrels for 10 months and clocks in at over 13%!
** Note: This is a 21+ event **
Three versions available in bottles this year:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Stout
German Chocolate BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout
Salted Caramel BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout

* There is a two bottle limit for each variant. We have 20 cases of each, or 120 full allocations. $22 per bottle. *

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Black Friday + Ancient Ruins Release at Cerebral Brewing

After your tryptophan coma finally wears off, come join us for a very special Black Friday event!
We are releasing a brand-new beer, Ancient Ruins. This 9.0% Imperial Chocolate Stout was brewed with a plethora of chocolate malts, cacao husks and Haitian cacao nibs from our friends at Cultura Craft Chocolate.
We will also be releasing limited quanities of the following variants:
• Blackberry
• Sea Salt and Orange Zest
• Toasted Coconut
**Ancient Ruins Crowlers limited to 3 per person. We will be releasing 25 Crowlers of each variant. Limit one Crowler per person per variant. $16 each**
All three variants will be available on draft while supplies last. Nightglow, our Robust American Porter, will also be making a return to the taplist!
To sweeten the pot even more, we will be offering a 25% discount on ALL OF OUR MERCH, including the brand new Dreamy Thing t-shirts!

ratio

Black Friday Release & Breakfast at Ratio at Ratio Beerworks

Either before or after braving the insanity that is Black Friday Shopping, find your safe place by enjoying beer and brunch at Ratio Beerworks.
We’re opening early on Friday, November 25, at 10 a.m. for the release of Young Pilgrims, Raspberry Belgian Dubbel, as well as a limited release of Coffee Domestica.
We’ll also have donuts from Fractured Prune Denver, breakfast burritos from Illegal Pete’s, and coffee from Novo Coffee . So take shelter from the madness of holiday shopping, by cozying up to pints and bites at Ratio Beerworks.

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BA Cranberry Cream Ale Release at Factotum Brewhouse

Last January we released the wintry Cranberry Cream Ale, a traditional cream ale infused with unsweetened cranberries, for a slightly tart taste, with guest brewers Chris MacDermaid and Trupti Suthar. We then let this beauty hibernate in a Chardonnay barrel for 9 months before bottling it. It’s a perfect compliment to any holiday gift basket and is sure to please a wide range of palates.

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Tapping: Gingerbread Man at Strange Craft

A big American Brown spiced with Grandma’s gingerbread cookie recipe. Think liquid gingerbread. Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Allspice. Perfect for a cold winter night. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man. 6.7% ABV, 22 IBU. #GingerbreadMan #SeasonalBrew

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Black Friday Dual Bottle Release, Tappings and Merch Sale! at Baere Brewing

The time is nigh. Next Friday, Black Friday, November 25, 2016 we will be releasing two bottles and tapping three different variations of Table Sour!
Beer details now:
Bottles:
Palisade Peach Table Sour
Kettle Soured with our house lactobacillus culture and fermented in stainless with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Aged on fresh Palisade peaches and bottled by hand with love.
750 mL – $14 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 9/26/2016
Saison Batch 2 – GABF Bronze Medal 2016 for Classic Saison
Our take on the classic saison brewed with Barley, Wheat, and Rye and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for a spicy, dry finish. Highly carbonated and bottled by hand in a strip mall with love.
750 mL – $12 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 6/27/2016
Tappings:
Palisade Peach Table Sour – less than 5 gallons on tap!
Blackberry Table Sour
Black Currant Table Sour
All merchandise will be 20% off.

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Vintage Barrel-aged Bomber Release at Copper Kettle

We’re tapping into the Copper Kettle cellar! We’ll be releasing barrel-aged bombers that have been gently aging for years and years. Don’t be afraid of a little dust on the bottle.
Snowed In
Intense coffee stout with notes of chocolate, aged in bourbon barrel 2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.6 – IBU 68
2014 – aged in High West bourbon barrels – ABV 12.1 – IBU 78
2015 – aged in Colorado bourbon barrels – ABV 11.5 – IBU 57
2016 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 13.3 – IBU 45
Well Bred
Regal English strong ale aged in bourbon barrels with some malty notes of fruit (plums/dates), slightly nutty, with a touch of molasses
2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.2 – IBU 75
2014 – aged in Breckenridge borbon barrels – ABV 10.7 – IBU 72
2015 – aged in Versailles Kentucky bourbon barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
2016 – aged in Woodford Reserve barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
Law’s Whiskey Charlie’s Golden Strong
Straw colored Belgian with tropical fruit and spice notes, named in honor of our beloved brewery mascot, Charlie
2016 – aged in Laws Whiskey barrels – ABV 8 – IBU 23
Le Chapeau
Imperial Saison with notes of tart fruit and spice aged in lightly toasted wine barrels
2015 – aged in Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc barrels

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Évoluer Bottle Release & Black Friday Sale at Ursula Brewery

Black Friday Shopping just got a whole lot better. We will be open for limited hours on Friday, 11/25 to release our very limited edition barrel aged golden sour Évoluer, available only in our taproom. Stop by, enjoy a beer and get some Christmas shopping done for all the beer lovers in your life.
Special Promotions Include:
Évoluer Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Golden Sour: $15 per bottle (limit 4)
Renata Bomber: $6 (regular $8)
Man of the Earth Bomber: $7 (Regular $10)
$5 off all t-shirts
$1 off all glasswear
Évoluer – An American Golden Sour Aged in California Pinot Noir barrels. This bright, dry beer has notes of lactic and stone fruit in the nose with just a hint of Brett funk and a soft touch of tartness. A sip brings in a peach Sweet tart flavor that we think marries well with the oak tannins and grape skin character the barrel imparts.
We do not have any draft of Évoluer but we will be pouring small samples to folks buying bottles.

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Barrel Release at Beryl’s Beer Co.

We are releasing our Brandy Barrel Aged Antero and Classic Antero!

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Odell’s Black Friday Toy Drive & Fun Run at Odell Brewing

Skip the chaos on Black Friday and join us at the taproom. We’ll be partnering with Santa Cops of Larimer County and Track Friday to celebrate community, health and charity. There’s lots of different ways to get involved and give back. Check out the itinerary for the day:
10:30 am: Meet at the tap room and head out for a 3 mile fun run along the Poudre River.
11:30am: Meet back at the tap room and try the limited edition Track Friday brew. It’s a lavender-sage, unfiltered wheat beer. $1 from every pint goes to Santa Cops.
12pm-3pm: Santa Cop Toy Drive. Come pick out a discounted toy from BeginAgain Toys and donate it to the Santa Cops who will gift the toys to children in need throughout Larimer County.

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Mexican Achromatic Crowler & BAMA Bottle Release at WeldWerks Brewing

Escape the shopping madness and join us for a dual crowler and bottle release on Black Friday (Friday, November 25th) at 12:00 noon. For starters, we will be releasing our latest batch of Mexican Achromatic, an Imperial Stout at 10.5% ABV brewed with cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Mexican Achromatic will be available on draft and in crowlers to-go.
In addition, we held back several cases of our Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic, originally released during GABF week, and the remaining bottles will be available for purchase along with crowlers of Mexican Achromatic (no draft).
There will be a limit of 2 crowlers of Mexican Achromatic ($21 each) per person and 2 bottles of Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic ($14 each) per person. We plan to have enough full allocations for at least 250 people. We will also have the following specialty crowlers available for purchase:
~Juicy Bits: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 500+ available
~Alpha Bits: $14 each, limit 2 per person, 400 available
~Coffee Coconut Stout: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 400+ available

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Black Friday Release Party at Odd 13 Brewing

Who said Black Friday was only for shopping? We think it’s a great day to release dark beers, and avoid the crazy shoppers. We don’t release a ton of dark beer, but when we do, we go all out!
Sir Joshua, our black IPA, and Double Buzzin Cuzzin with Mole Spices, an imperial stout, will be available in 6 packs. Saint Nicole, our bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, will return and will be available in bottles.
All will be available on draft. Plus we will have several variants on Saint Nicole on draft too! Come hang out and avoid the crazy shopping mayhem with a pint!
***Sir Joshua and Double Mole Coal Miner’s Cuzzin will hit select liquor stores too.

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Tasting Room Can Release – Black Friday at Liquid Mechanics

6 packs and cases of Kolsch, Belgian Double IPA, and Hop Nectar will be available in the tasting room starting at noon on Black Friday. 1 case limit of Hop Nectar per person.

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Fade To Black Friday at Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company

We will be tapping an archive 2014 Fade To Black. Spend $95 on merchandise and get a FREE Beer For A Year Gift Certificate!! Purchase a Fade To Black Sweatshirt & Can Glass for $40.

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Black Friday, Day of Delightful Dark Beer at Westfax Brewing

On Friday November 25 at 12PM Join us at WestFax Brewing Company for a day dedicated to dark beer.
Before, during, after, or instead of dealing with crowds at the mall come join us for a celebration of dark beer. We will be Tapping 6 small batch dark beers at noon with additional tappings throughout the day(as space and time allow).
Yummy’s To Eat, Brazilian food truck will serving up their delicious Brazilian and international cuisine.
Beer Lineup:
– Black Lager
– Imperial Stout
– Coffee Imperial Stout
– Black IPA
– Mango Chili Stout
– Nitro Milk Stout
– Others TBA

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Beer Release- The Old Fashioned at Verboten Brewing

If you’re a fan of a good old fashioned, you’ll love this delicious “cocktail beer”. This Golden Ale was aged for 6 months in a single bourbon barrel, and then we added cherry puree and orange peel.

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Epic Black Friday at Epic Brewing – Denver

For Black Friday ths year Epic is celebrating with two great specials.
First, we could not think of anything better to put on special then one of our newest darkest beers the “Big Bad Baptista!” Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee.
So on Black Friday we will be tapping a special frikin of Baptista with Bacon and Smoked Sea Salt. We will tap this Firkin at 12pm.
Second, we will also be releasing a very limited amount of our newest beer in our Oak & Orchard series “Sour Pineapple.” We will have a extremely limited amount on tap as well. Sales will begin at 12pm.
The intense and complex sour character of this beer is developed in oak Foeders containing select cultures of Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and wild yeast. The process is slow and delicate, regularly taking a year or more. Once our brewers have decided it’s ready, we blend the soured beer into hand-selected oak barrels with fresh pineapple puree, where it undergoes additional sour fermentation and aging. You are holding our Brewmaster’s selected blend of those barrels. We took our time crafting this beer, and we hope you’ll take yours enjoying it.
See you this Friday!

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Black Friday at Fiction Beer Company

Dark Beer. Lots of dark beer on tap; 5 to be exact. Bringing out some rarities to put on tap for Black Friday: ‘Feely Effects’ and bourbon barrel aged ‘Malice & Darkness.’
*Open @ 2:00 on Black Friday
*Pavy’s will be serving up sammies
*25% off all Fiction Beer merchandise

August Beer Events

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August Beer Events! 

Lots to look forward to in Colorado as far as beer events go in August:

Copper Kettle

Avery

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales / Former Future Brewing

Sesh Fest

Tivoli

Bluegrass & Beer Fest

Gnarly Barley Fest

Odd 13

Living the Dream

Save the Ales

Rendezvous at the Rock

Hops in the Hangar

Colorado Craft Beer Relay

Ed Fest

Boulder Craft Beer Fest

Black Shirt Brewing

Jack’s Benevolent Bash @The POST Brewing

Colorado Cider & Beer Circus

Click here for the full events listing!

Winter Brew Fest 2013: The best beers to drink while seriously annoyed

I’ve been attending the annual Winter Brew Fest and Summer Brew Fest in Denver for several years. The first couple of years I went (2009 & 2010) were great. The venue, Mile High Station, worked well for the event and had plenty of space for attendees to enjoy their beers; it was fairly crowded but not unbearable. But the number of tickets keeps increasing each year:

  • Winter Brew Fest 2010 sold 1200 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest 2011 sold 1500 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest 2012 sold 2000 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest sold…? This information is not available on their site.

This year, in addition to selling out, the folks at Brew Fest decided to employ a “1 in, 1 out” system, due to the fact that they had a “ton of requests from people who did not buy tickets in time.” Now, I don’t know when exactly the tickets went on sale, but when they did, I got an e-mail about it and ignored it. Then–weeks later–I saw a “daily deal” for half-priced tickets…so I figured I might as well do it. It’s not like GABF, where tickets were gone within mere minutes. But Brew Fest obviously wanted to make as much money as possible, not caring that they were basically screwing the rest of us competent people who actually purchased tickets. The “1 in, 1 out” system allows a non-ticket holder to pay and enter once another person is done and leaves. That way, instead of allowing ticket holders a little bit of breathing room toward the end of the night, the festival stays completely packed the entire time. There are certain breweries which are basically impenetrable after the first hour or so due to the enormity of the crowd (if anyone was there, think upstairs near the restrooms). And at one point, my friends and I found ourselves “in line” to simply try to get to the other side of the room. Beyond annoying.

So, which beers were best (and tastiest) at taking the edge off?  Here are my picks:

It was also my first time trying Fate, as they are gearing up for their grand opening in Boulder next week. I am highly interested in Fate and plan on paying them a visit in the very near future.

I’m not sure if I’d had anything from Elevation before, but these two beers were amazing. I’ve tried many bourbon barrel aged stouts, and this one was a standout for sure. And the horchata porter?! Brilliant idea.

I had heard of Big Choice, yet I hadn’t had their beer until this festival. I’ve decided it’s definitely worth the short drive to Broomfield to see what else they have to offer.

I was not aware of No-Li, so I was pleased to discover a new (to me) brewery. I found out they just started distributing in Colorado about 3 months ago, so I’ll be looking out for them.

And Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout is one of my all-time favorite beers. Ever. Always a winner.

That is probably the last time I will attend a Denver Brew Fest (Summer or Winter), as it’s getting (gotten) out of hand. But I’m glad I went last weekend, as I discovered some new favorites. Should the festival organizers decide to either move it to a larger venue or keep ticket sales under control enough so as to not feel like sardines in a can…count me in. But I’m not holding my breath.

My Favorite Colorado Beers of 2012

I drank more great beers in the past year than I can even begin to remember. So, looking back on 2012, I’ve decided to make a list of my favorite Colorado beers I had throughout the year. Some are not new, but have been around for a while, whereas others were just released in 2012. But here are the best Colorado-brewed beers I drank last year, in no particular order.

These last 2 are new, as these breweries just opened in 2012:

I also got to try a very special version of Oskar Blues’ G’Knight aged in Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey Barrels, in May at Star Bar‘s Wood & Barrel Aged Beer Party.

I can’t imagine what my 2013 list is going to look like this time next year, with all the new breweries set to open within the year. But I can tell you I am extremely excited about it!

CHEERS!

Happy Stout Day! Drink These Colorado Stouts

The stout.  My second favorite style of beer.  Happy International Stout Day!

If you’re in Colorado and want to stop by a tap room today, take a look at my list of excellent stouts.  Or if you’re not here but still want to consume one of our state’s tastiest beverages, there are some bottled/canned ones on the list which, depending on where you live, you can easily pick up at your local liquor store.

Brewpub/tap room only stouts:

Bottled/canned stouts:

*I have not yet tried this, as Wild Woods just opened in September.  But it sounds wonderful!

**All of the Yetis are delicious, but my favorite is Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.

There are most likely some other great ones I’ve missed.  If so, let me know!  Cheers!

Great American Beer Festival 2012: Highlights

Thanks to some of my wonderful followers I was able to get a lot of superb suggestions on breweries to visit during GABF.  Specifically I needed help with those East of the Mississippi River, as many of them don’t make their way out to Colorado.  If you told me to go see a brewery at the festival, I probably did; I got to most of them but I’m sure I missed a few.  If you don’t see that brewery on my list, it just means it wasn’t one of my overall favorites.  But that’s o.k.; I appreciate every bit of the input and had a fantastic time sampling them all.  Below are some of the most memorable brews I tasted.

Midwest Region

Mid-Atlantic

Pacific

Pacific Northwest

Mountain

Southeast

I am doing one more post about GABF, focusing on a few of the absolute best ones I tried. All of the above were wonderful brews, but I’d like to specifically point out a few more beers/breweries that I feel deserve special attention.

I had such a great time at GABF. Thanks for all your suggestions, and thanks for reading!

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