Monday, March 30, 2009

This Week in Colorado Beer

OK, seriously that was the last time I go away for weeks on end. I mean it. Let's drink some good beer. And I've got a lot to say in the coming days and weeks about new beers, beer events and even beer books . . .

New tappings
*Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m.: Bristol Brewing taps its fifth-edition Grand Cru. I personally believe that no one in the state of Colorado does sour and slightly sour beers better across the spectrum than the boys from Colorado Springs. Here's a chance to test that theory.
*Thursday: Dying for a new Rock Bottom beer? Then take your pick. The Downtown Denver location will be breaking out its Catcher in the Rye. Meanwhile, the Orchard Town Center facility rolls out its Anniversary ESB. Wait, are anniversaries supposed to be bitter?

Beer and food pairings
*Tuesday, 5 p.m: Great Divide breaks out its monthly allotment of non-government cheese, this time with five pairings from St. Killian's Cheese Shop (which is located in the Highlands, not in a Coors brewery). Ten dollars gets in you in.
*Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Wynkoop hosts an April Fool's Day beer dinner in honor of Dr. Suess. I haven't found details about the $35 menu, but let's assume Lorax lasagna is not on it. Oh, the places your tastebuds will go!
*Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Avery is pairing its beers not just with Scotch food but with a selection of Scotch brews as well. The event is $35 and is at the Scotch Corner Pub in Boulder. No kilts necessary. Here's the menu.

This one may be sort of a tease . . .
*Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: New Belgium Brewing hosts a membership rally for the American Homebrewers Association. I'd go on about how cool this events are, but unfortunately, the website says it's already RSVP'd out. So, if you were smart and thought ahead (unlike some of us), hoist a La Folie for the rest of us. Oh, and tell them to let more people in.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This Week in Colorado Beer

First, I want to apologize to anyone who may have come here over the past 3-1/2 weeks looking for what's going on in Colorado brewing. It's been a tumultuous time for me, what with my newspaper closing and me having to find a new job. I've been drinking a lot of beer, but not all of it necessarily was in conjunction with tasting it for reviews.

That said, my new reporting position with the Denver Business Journal actually includes the brewing industry as part of my beat, so I should not only be able to litter this site with my opinions about beer from now on but with news as well. And with that said . . .

Brewing news
Beer drinkers seemed to come down all over the spectrum on a bill that would have allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. That measure died, due in large part to efforts of craft brewers against it. Here's the story:

St. Patrick's Day
Your favorite brewpub will be serving drinks. And there will be a whole bunch of amateur drunks there, swearing at the bartender because he can't just pour them a Bud Light. But there are some good reasons to go out today as well:
*Shamrock Brewing opens the day with a 7 a.m. Irish breakfast. If you're in Pueblo and you're reading this, stop and go there now.
*CB & Potts, at its five Colorado locations, is one of two places advertising itself as making a beer specifically for the occasion. Ole St. Nick's Dry Stout has been on tap for almost two weeks, but today seems the perfect day to try it.
*The other? Wynkoop Brewing broke out its Irish Milk Stout over the weekend.

New Tappings
*I'm a few days late on this, but Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Denver cracked open an Uberwit last Thursday.
*Dry Dock Brewing, meanwhile, will tap its Paragon Apricot Blonde on Monday at 3 p.m. First round is on the Aurora brewery. No kidding.

Beer to Go
*Those of you who have been to Trinity Brewing before and, like me, been told that you couldn't buy a growler on a particular day because the brewery didn't have the proper license can go in there again without fear of further frustration. The Colorado Springs brewery is filling them seven days a week now.

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