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04/20/2014 05:36 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

04/20/2014 05:36 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

04/20/2014 05:36 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

04/20/2014 05:36 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/20/2014 05:36 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/20/2014 05:22 AM
New bill Aims to Help SC Land Craft Beer Giant
New bill Aims to Help SC Land Craft Beer Giant WLTX.com South Carolina lawmakers are once again aiming to loosen restrictions on craft beer producers in hopes of luring a multimillion-dollar investment in a state that has seen a boom in craft breweries. 467651323. SANTA ROSA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: A Russian ...

04/20/2014 04:28 AM
Bill Could Slow Florida Craft Beer Industry Growth
SFGate Bill Could Slow Florida Craft Beer Industry Growth NBC 6 South Florida The fight between craft brewers and the distributors of Budweiser over the legalization of half-gallon beer containers has gotten so bitter that it is even being likened to extortion. The issue seems simple enough: Florida allows breweries to fill ... Legisl ...

04/20/2014 03:28 AM
FX Matt Brewing Co. hopes to expand, increase capacity …
FX Matt Brewing Co. hopes to expand, increase capacity ... Utica Observer Dispatch F.X. Matt Brewing Co. is looking to expand. The local brewery recently purchased several properties, on Edward Street, in West Utica with the aim to set up tanks to expand its capacity, Matt's Chairman and CEO Nick Matt said. email · print · ...

04/20/2014 03:05 AM
Disclosing gravity
Here's another gem I uncovered while looking for something else.

There was a lot of friction between working men's clubs and brewers after WW I. Clubs suspected brewers of overcharging for beer. Which was one of the reasons many clubs breweries opened around then. They didn't trust brewers, so made beer themselves.

That might explain why clubs were keen to find out the gravity of the beer supplied by brewers. Supplying weaker beer would be a way of upping the price, without it being obvious.


Derbyshire branch of the Working Men's Club and Institute Union, Ltd., is supporting a measure adopted by the national executive of the union  to compel brewers to state the gravity beer supplied to various clubs.

At a meeting of Derbyshire representatives Westhouses prior to the general election, a resolution to this effect, drawn by the executive in London, was presented and passed. All the M.P.s the county were approached and asked if they would support a bill, and opinion was divided.

This procedure was adopted in all the branches throughout the county, and, so for, 95 M.P.s have agreed to support the Bill, which will be introduced in Parliament during the next session. The Chancellor to asked to receive a deputation on the matter.

The union has four M.P.s of its own.


Derbyshire clubs obtain a good deal of their beer from the union's own brewery in Leicester, and this is always of standard gravity.

Other beer is supplied by Messrs. Offllers, Ltd.. Derby, Messrs. W. Griffiths, and Messrs. John Hair & Sons, Melbourne.

Mr. R. W. Griffiths told a "Derby Telegraph" representative that if the Bill passed the breweries would boycott the clubs and would not supply any beer. Mr. J. Wood, the local secretary of the Union, stated that this would not affect them, as they would be able to get all they required from their own brewery.

Mr. C. Offiler said: "As far this country is concerned, working men's clubs will never be able to compel us to disclose the gravity.


If they want to know the gravity of beer, it is a perfectly simple matter to send it to any analyst, and they have it analysed in half hour."

The executive of the Union took this step following repeated complaints from the clubs that thp strength of beer supplied appeared to vary."
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 12 December 1931, page 7.
You have to assume that brewers were pulling the trick of dripping the gravity unannounced, based on the level of hostility from Mr. Offiler. And the fact he was prepared to lose trade rather than disclose his beer's gravity.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 23 March 1934, page 16.

Of course brewers could be forced to reveal their gravities, if parliament insisted. Which is what happened in the 1980's. Though CAMRA - by doing exactly what Mr. Offiler suuggested, getting beers analysed themselves - had already let the cat out of the bag.

I can only think of one brewery that voluntarily put the gravity on their labels: Federation. Unsurprisingly, a clubs brewery.

04/20/2014 02:34 AM
New beer coming: Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cigar City Brewing collaborating
New beer coming: Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cigar City Brewing collaborating The Plain Dealer (blog) The Florida brewer is smaller than its counterpart in Cleveland. Distributed in half a dozen states, it has five core beers, including Jai Lai India Pale Ale and Florida Cracker, a Belgian-style White Ale. Breslow said eight to 10 differen ...

04/20/2014 01:48 AM
Beer In Ads #1166: Pat Harder For Blatz
Saturday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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04/20/2014 01:36 AM
Henniker’s wheat beer a delight
Henniker's wheat beer a delight Boston Globe The lone brewer at Henniker Brewing Company is pulling double-duty on a recent Tuesday, brewing two batches of beer in a day that has him at the brewery from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. or later. During time he's set aside to talk by phone to a Globe reporter, an ...

04/19/2014 07:56 PM
Me vs. the Universe (I am all in on Me).
Today, despite the winds that blow cold and seem determined to do so forever up here on Orchard Hill and the sweater I needs must wear because it is still freakin’ cold here in Liquid Diet World Central, I went … Continue reading

04/19/2014 07:25 PM
The Mythical Monolith Of Big Alcohol
Since the end of February, Alcohol Justice (AJ) has been tweeting the following: Big Alcohol will never admit #3 http://bit.ly/1mFY39E Alcohol classified carcinogenic 25 years ago It’s part of their new series of things that “Big Alcohol will never admit.” I think somebody forgot...

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04/19/2014 07:18 PM
Flying Dog partners with OLD BAY® for 75th anniversary, Dead Rise Summer Ale coming on Memorial Day
For 75 years, OLD BAY® been your staple seafood seasoning. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, we’ve developed a beer that will quickly earn its spot right alongside that iconic blue, yellow, and red tin.  More >> Flying Dog blog.

04/19/2014 06:57 PM
Flying Dog Agave Cerveza hits six-packs, draft in June
(Frederick, MD) – Flying Dog will add another beer to its six-pack mix when Agave Cerveza hits bottles in June. More below… — The inspiration for Agave Cerveza was for craft brewers to take on mainstream, macro beer styles, especially […]

04/19/2014 06:03 PM
40 new beers from Goose Island, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Harpoon and more
40 new beers added from Deschutes, Goose Island, Bell’s, Great Lakes, Goose Island, Shock Top, Harpoon, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Odell, Firestone Walker, Brooklyn and more. Check them out here.

04/19/2014 05:55 PM
Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club now featuring Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. April brings beer drinking weather! Are you looking for a fun gift to give your beer lover? Beer T-Shirt Club is a […]

04/19/2014 05:13 PM
Push Pin Wisdom — 19 April 2014
“Thank God we can’t tell the future. We’d never get out of bed.” –the Julie Roberts character in August: Osage County [This is an occasional series of snippets of wisdom, humor or dismay about the state of the world in … Continue reading

04/19/2014 05:00 PM
Introducing a Friend to Practical Pistol
The first match of the year at the Cedar Mountain Youths range was this morning. The group has changed the format somewhat from previous years; the round count is low, there is little movement, and no steel. At first glance, an avid USPSA shooter might think "What's the point?" But giving it more thought, there's an excellent point; it's a good practice match, and also a great way to introduce new shooters to the sport.

To that end, I invited a friend to come out and try his first practical pistol match. Greg has been shooting for a little over a year, with much enjoyment, so I knew he would have a good time. We spent the 30 minute ride to the match going over some rules and procedures. For myself, besides having the pleasure of introducing a friend to the sport, I was looking forward to getting in a little practice. And, of course, just shooting. And what better way to mark Patriot's Day?

The match consisted of 6 stages, all shot Virginia Count, meaning no makeup shots. The first stage was a "Bill Drill" of six shots on the target as fast as you can. The next stage we shot had three staggered targets, each requiring three shots, two to the body and one to the head, with a mandatory reload somewhere during the string. I felt like my first shot was slow, but it was all A's in a nice group.

The next stage had a single target, with three shooting boxes in a straight line perpendicular to the berm. The stage description called for putting two shots on the target from each box, moving toward the target. I ran this one way too fast, and although all the hits were on target, they weren't all A's. We had some time waiting for the other squad to finish so some of us ran the stage again for fun. I did better the second, and realized that I was not slowing my forward momentum enough to get off accurate shots. This is a stage I can easily replicate at my local range to practice that a bit more.

The fourth stage we shot had three shooting boxes and three targets, and a twist. The idea was to put one shot on each target, and repeat from each of the boxes. The targets were widely spaced requiring a wide swing to hit all three. Next up was an unloaded gun start, with the gun and first mag on a table. On the start, pick up and load the gun and put 6 shots on one target, perform a mandatory reload and put 6 shots on the second target. For the final challenge, there were six targets in a wide, staggered array, ranging from 6 feet to 20 yards distant. Putting the required on shot on each target required constantly adjusting speed and focus.

The stages all basic shooting skills to the test, which is the idea behind the match. It's a great place to come out and get some practice with your carry weapon if you so desire, or have a chance to perhaps run a little too fast and test your limits —all without the pressure of a scored match or risking a low score on a classifier. We even had the opportunity to run a couple of the stages more than once. Future matches will provide for an hour or so after finishing for folks to practice even more.

It was a fast match, 48 rounds total. When I got back into my car, the coffee in my thermal mug was still lukewarm and we were on the road home by 11:00PM. This quick match was perfect for a busy Easter weekend. As for Greg, I dare say he had a great time, and he shot well too. I suspect I'll get him to a full USPSA match soon. On the ride home we were discussing other friends we could invite to come out to Cedar Mountain for an introduction to practical shooting.

Cedar Mountain practice matches will be held going forward on the second Saturday of the month, which, conveniently, doesn't conflict with local USPSA matches. I'll use them for practice, or perhaps to run some rounds through my carry gun. I'm also looking forward to bringing out more new shooters and getting them hooked. We'll have our Gabriel Possenti Shooters team before long!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/19/2014 04:42 PM
Thirsty Dog Brewing files lawsuit against Sleepy Dog Brewery over “Leg Humper” beer
A few years back, a similarly-named brewery popped up in Arizona and started selling a similarly-named beer with a similarly-designed label. In a trademark lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday, Thirsty Dog’s lawyers say it’s no random coincidence: they […]

04/19/2014 04:20 PM
Saison de Lente — The Bruery — HAPPY EASTER!


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04/19/2014 03:17 PM
Macon Beer Company Announces Expansion
Macon Beer Company LogoApril 19, 2014 – Macon Beer Company is announcing a cellaring equipment expansion that will provide an additional 400% to its production capacity. “This expansion will move the company toward a larger distribution area, more year-round brands, and additional packaging options,” said Co-Owner Jeremy Knowles. The equipment is scheduled to arrive during the next couple […]

04/19/2014 01:18 PM
Recipe: Light American Lager

It’s Saturday already?! That means it’s time to brew, so here’s our recipe of the week: a light American lager.

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04/19/2014 12:40 PM
BYO challenge

Can someone send me a scan of the article in Brew Your Own magazine that starts like this?

"Beer historian Ron Pattinson, of the blog Shut Up About Barclay Perkins, is famous for writing about the longevity of ideas in the brewing community. His research provides some necessary grounding to the lofty ambitions of today's inventive craft brewers, who are fond of re-inventing the wheel and then arguing about what to call it. As Pattinson often points out, there are very few concepts in beer you could come up with that weren't already being brewed a couple hundred years ago.

But I would like to issue a bit of a challenge to Mr. Pattinson, or any other beer historians, for there is a realm of beer that I believe has never bubbles inside any historic fermentation tank--those fermented exclusively with Brettanomyces. When it comes to 100% Brett-fermented beers, we may be dealing with the only style of beer truly invented by modern brewers during the craft beer revolution."


04/19/2014 12:07 PM
Rare Beer Roundup: KBS, Veritas 013, Upright White Truffle Gose and More!

Ahh Spring – when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…beer. As many areas of the country slowly limp out of one of…

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04/19/2014 11:50 AM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Announces 30 BBL Addition

(Loveland, Colorado) - On the heels of the addition of a canning line just a few weeks ago, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced the…

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04/19/2014 10:24 AM
What in the world is Spröcketbier?
Perhaps more to the point, what in the world is one to make of a Black Rye Kölsch? Spröcketbier, you may not be entirely surprised to learn, is from Stone Brewing. Actually., check that. Once you discover that it has … Continue reading

04/19/2014 08:03 AM
Twisted Pine Grinds out Gold in Increasingly Competitive Coffee Beer Category
WBC2014“This is, has been, and will be one of the best beers in the country,” writes Dow Scoggins, chairman of the board governing the U.S. Open Beer Championships and editor of BeerInfo.com, in a recent article on the site. The beer so referenced is Big Shot Espresso Stout, brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing Company in […]

04/19/2014 07:06 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Hops proffered for a brew
Hops proffered for a brew

The hands of a farmer-brewer proferring hops for a brew: New York state Cascade pelletized hops will 'dry-hop' 1 an "East Coast Pale Ale", that had already been fermented with Maryland whole hops.

The photo may be somewhat out-of-focus, but I like the image and imagery.

At their Milkhouse Brewery —a farm-brewery 2 at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland— owners Tom and Carol Barse have a half-acre of Cascade hops under cultivation. Tom and assistant brewer Thomas Vaudin produce 10 barrels of beer per batch.

5 April 2014.

  • "Dry-hopping 1, the addition of hops to beer in the fermenting, conditioning, or serving vessel. <...> Dry-hopping is a cold-infusion technique that not only intensifies hop aromatics in beer but also adds aromatics that are substantially different from those achieved by late hopping. The alpha acids responsible for hop bitterness are not isomerized [molecularly-structurally altered] and therefore remain insoluble during dry hopping [do not add bitterness]."
    The Oxford Companion to Beer
  • A farm-brewery 2 in Maryland must produce a beer "manufactured with an ingredient from a Maryland agricultural product, including hops, grain, and fruit, produced on the licensed farm." [How much or many of those ingredients is not specified.]
    Brewers Association of Maryland
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

04/19/2014 05:05 AM
Me in San Diego

Since getting back from my last US trip several people have said: "I wish I'd known you were going to be in Philadelphia/ Boston/New York/Washington DC. Despite me having banged on about it for weeks here on the blog, many still didn't notice.

I don't want that to happen in San Diego because, while I'll probably be on the East Coast again, I'm not sure when I'll return to California. It's such a long way from here. I'm already dreading the flight.

14th to 18th of May is when I'll be there. I hope the weather's nice.

There will be at least one other event while I'm in town, but this is the one that's all firmed up. An event intended for home brewers where I'll give one of my legendary off the top of my head little chats about historic beer, followed by a question and answer session.

It's on Saturday, May 17th from 11am - 1pm at ChuckAlek Independent Brewers in Ramona, CA.
You can find more details about it here.

I'll also be signing (that's what I call it, someone less kind might say scribble) my book:

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
2330 Main St, Suite C
Ramona, CA 92065

04/19/2014 03:17 AM
News, Nuggets and Longreads 19/04/2014

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Here are a few things we’ve spotted around the blogoshire and beyond for you to enjoy with your hangover. → There’s a real sense of place evoked through small details in this piece on a Sam Smith’s pub in Cardiff from Craig Heap, and it made us want to drink their beer. → Is it time […]

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04/19/2014 03:05 AM
Random brewery - Clarkson's Berkshire Brewery
You'd never believe it, but I've been searching the newspaper archive looking for something about Simonds of Reading. Particularly unsuccessfully. It didn't help that I spelled Simonds with two M's. I can never remember that. No idea why.

Here's an advert for another Reading brewery that I did find.

Here's the text in, er, text form:


A. CLARKSON'S Fine ALE and BEER, equal to the best Home-brewed, being brewed from the best Malt and Hops that can be produced, regardless of expense.

MR. A. CLARKSON begs leave to return his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and supporters, for the very liberal patronage they have been pleased to bestow upon him since his commencement in the Brewing business. He also begs leave to inform his friends and the inhabitants of Reading and the vicinity that his Fine Mild October ALES of the present season, are now ready for consumption, which he can confidently recommend to all who love a glass of pure Home-brewed Beer.

Orders thankfully received and punctually attended to at No. 53, King's Road, Reading.

Supplied in Casks, of any size, at the following prices:"
Berkshire Chronicle - Saturday 24 January 1852, page 1.

Why have I bothered?  A couple of reasons. First, that the brewer claims his beer is as good as home brewed. What commercial brewery today would make that claim?  I'm pretty sure by home brewed he means domestically brewed beer. Which had a good reputation because domestic brewers didn't skimp on ingredients.

Secondly, there's a distinction made between Ale and Beer. Even though there's only one Beer in the list, T.B. or Table Beer. All the others being Ales.

Thirdly, the use of the phrase "Fine Mild October ALES". Why? Because October Ales and Beers were usually Stock or Old, not Mild. Never seen Mild October Ales before. I thought the whole point of brewing them in October was because they kept better. Not something that's very relevant with an Ale that's going to be sold young.

And finally, the fact that there are only Ales and a Table Beer. No Pale Ales but, more unusually, neither Porter nor Stout. Very odd.

Why no potted history of the brewery? Because it deosn't get a mention in "A Century of British Brewers Plus". There is something in there called the Berkshire Brewery. But it's a much later brewery. Because that was the name of the huge Courage brewery in Worton Grange, the one which replaced the Simonds brewery in Reading.

Amazing how many words I span out of that random find.

04/19/2014 12:49 AM
Beer In Ads #1165: Uta Hagen For Blatz
Friday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is Milwaukee’s Finest...

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04/18/2014 08:51 PM
Beer Birthday: Alan McLeod
Today is also beer blogger extraordinaire Alan McLeod’s 51st birthday. Alan runs a good beer blog, called — curiously enough — A Good Beer Blog. I’m not sure what came first, the goodness or the blog. Anyway, though I’ve yet to meet Alan in person I feel as if he’s already a...

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04/18/2014 07:49 PM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Drink’n Think’n
Drink’n Think’n is a Maine based podcast hosted by Ben Lizzotte, Ryan Poland and the one and only Tony C. The trio of hosts met while attending the University of Southern Maine and decided to record their thoughts after an evening of imbibing at the Sebago Brewpub in Gorham, Drink’n Think’n was born. Never claiming […]

04/18/2014 06:08 PM
Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers
bock-webWhat’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use […]

04/18/2014 05:59 PM
Colorado Beer News 041814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Juggler's Day. Do you juggle? It's an art practiced by many. Whether it be juggling balls, clubs, rings or possibly dangerous objects like knives, fire torches or chainsaws - today is a day to celebrate juggling. If you've never tried juggling, today would be the day to try it, however start off with something safe like tennis balls. Even if you're not so good at it, you can always enjoy your favorite craft beer afterwards and laugh about it with your friends. And also today, Christians are remembering Good Friday. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, April 18th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] 13-time award-winning sci-fi/fantasy novel The Bane of Yoto, published by FiXT, is setting its sights on beer lovin’ taste buds. Author Joshua Viola has partnered with Denver's Black Sky Brewery to create The Ale of Yoto, a blueberry wheat beer crafted by master brewer Harry Smith. “The concept of creating a beer seemed like a natural fit amidst the crazy things we were doing in the world of Yoto. The idea originally came to me when a friend -- Groovey of Groovey.TV -- had a custom brew developed for his online personality. It was received well and I knew then, after a fan suggested a Yoto beer, I had to do it. Groovey introduced me to the wonderful people at Black Sky Brewery and the rest is history. Their talented brew master, Harry Smith, concocted the most amazing beer I'd ever tasted. Harry came up with the blueberry wheat idea after reading the book; paying tribute the protagonist's blue skin tone.” - Josh Viola. A release party for the The Ale of Yoto will be part of the American Craft Beer Week celebration in Denver which showcases only the finest efforts from master brewers. The Ale of Yoto has a smooth finish with just the right hint of blueberry and is perfect for the upcoming Summer season as well as for enjoying the blockbuster novel it was inspired from. [490 Sante Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Today they are finishing up the final touches on their outdoor patio and will have it open today starting at 4pm. Come enjoy a fresh craft beer and drink up the sun as well. Gotta love warm Spring days. [9150 Commerce Center Circle, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing EAST (Denver) - Today they're tapping a new ExBeeriment - a Black Pepper Gose. A gose beer is made with salt, so this one has both salt & pepper included. Uniquely different! #partywithcaution [12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - While their brewhouse is not yet open, their new website is! Get the lowdown on this new brewery that caters to homebrewers and lets them brew on site and tap some of their beers there as well. Check out: www.factotumbrewhouse.com to see what's being planned. They plan to open later this year in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. [Location TBA, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide will be the subject of a Great Divide Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge, CO tonight. Look for these Great Divide beers on tap: Nomad Pilsner, Rumble Oak Aged IPA, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Great Divide 20th Anniversary, and Saison Yeiser (brett-finished dry hopped Saison). Colorado Plus is located at: [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Denver Pearl Brewing Company (Denver) - The date has been set for this new Denver brewery's Grand Opening - June 7th, 2014! Until then keep a look out for word on soft opening events in the weeks leading up. They will be located at: [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO] - near Pearl & Jewel.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - From their newsletter: The first beer in their new 5600 Belgium series, is being released on Friday, April 25th to the general public. The next two beers in this series will be released in May. Belgian 5600 Series: The first beer in this series will be their Saison, which is refreshing, medium strong fruity/spicy ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped with orange peels and pink peppercorns along with other special ingredients. The next beer will be a Belgium Golden Strong who recipe comes from a local brewer, Scott Jackson. This beer will combine the Belgium beer series as well as the Homebrewer's beer series. Watertower Wheat makes its return on Friday, April 25th. There will be a special pint price of $2.50 all day Friday! Renovator Doppelbock is being released on Friday, May 9th. Plus, Every Wednesday, we have a Hump Day Helper beer featured. That is where you get a pint of craft brewed beer for $ 3 per pint. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Chain Reaction Brewing Company is a new nanobrewery coming to the southern end of Denver located at 902 S. Lipan St which is just west of the intersection of Santa Fe and Mississippi. Chain Reaction Brewing Company hopes to be open by mid-June and will feature a unique line up of their hand crafted beers by offering 6 flagship brews, 4 quarterly seasonals, 2 unique 10 gallon test batches and room to feature up to 6 extremely small batch 5 gallon batches which will include collaborations, wild ideas, and innovation. Chain Reaction Brewing Company will brew on a custom built 1 barrel HERMS style system filling 6 2-barrel fermenters and 4 1-barrel fermenters along with using a small pilot system accompanied by smaller fermenters to house the small batch brews. Below you will find a briefing that details the story behind how the brewery came to be along with a flagship beer list and a list of the first seasonals that will be available upon opening. After years of home brewing and countless positive comments from friends, family and local brewing industry professionals cousins Zack and Chad Christofferson came together with the idea that this could be the calling in life that both had been searching for. As this idea formed between the two the weekly meetings began and the frequency of brewing went through the roof to insure every recipe that would be served in the future was tweaked to taste bud tingling perfection. Progressing through the many meetings and brew days Zack and Chad were able to settle on wanting to have a “nanobrewery” of the 1 barrel scale. While this size of system in one way meant more work would be required to keep up with demand it also meant that they would have a great deal of freedom to do small batches and try out many different style and ideas of beer. The hard work and pure dedication to craft beer is what eventually lead the duo to choosing the name Chain Reaction Brewing Company. Once that name crossed into their minds it was an automatic switch that went off that a Chain Reaction is exactly what this whole journey was. Both Chad and Zack came from a hard working family that was deeply devoted to its craftsmanship and producing quality handmade products. While the family crafts varied from family member to family member it didn't matter if it was cooking, woodwork, metalwork, auto mechanics or agriculture Chad and Zack loved everything about any skilled craft industry. This love of the trades they were born into is what created the Chain Reaction leading them to venture into their own craft industry, the crafting awesome beer industry. The motto around Chain Reaction Brewing Company is one that Zack and Chad apply to not only brewing beer but also living life, that motto is “for every action there is a reaction” and “for every reaction there is a reaction”.

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - New cask tapped today - an IPA aged in simi chardonnay barrels. Ask for one when you visit later today. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's Friday Firkin tapping is a Bier De Garde dry hopped with Saaz hops. It's big, bold and reportedly amazing! It's already tapped so hurry over. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so come play at the Avery Tap Room today with MuRveR, their Belgian-Style Quadrupel aged for 3 months in a Gosling's rum barrel! [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas brewersSanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] The guys at Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company are readying to unveil the first installment in their collection of wild and sour, barrel aged beers. Déluge is a farmhouse-style Saison aged for several months in California red wine barrels with wild yeast. “From the beginning, barrel aged and wild beers have been part of the plan at Sanitas,” explains brewery co-founder Zach Nichols ,”We have several of these beers currently aging and fermenting in barrels, and Déluge is the perfect debut for the collection.” Déluge is refermented in recently emptied oak red wine barrels with with brettanomyces, a wild yeast. A hazy-gold, aromatic Saison with layers of tart pineapple, lemon, oak, and funk, Déluge offers a dry, refreshing finish and comes in at 6.8% ABV. The Sanitas brewers named Déluge after the devastating events of Boulder’s thousand-year flood, a natural disaster that took many lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and local landmarks. Sanitas Brewing Company remained dry, as did its prized barrels. Déluge, French for “downpour,” is an emblem reflecting the strength and support Boulder demonstrated during the flood. Déluge will be available on draft in Sanitas Brewing Company’s Tap Room on Saturday, April 19th. Extremely limited and with much anticipation, the Sanitas staff expects the beer to sell out fast. [3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - If you haven't yet tried it, stop in and order one of their first limited edition Original Series beers - Wuerzburger beer. Also, their Roadtrip brew is back on and they've also added a Saison to the tap list. Happy Friday! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Today they are introducing their latest beer: The Session! It's an unfiltered American wheat beer made with Thomas Fawcett and Sons wheat malt. [2516 49th St #5, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Join in today, April 18th at 6pm at the taproom as they celebrate winning a World Beer Cup gold medal by giving out a complimentary toast of Big Shot Espresso Stout. Owner Bob Baile will lead the toast. Plus, don't miss their Barrel-aged Big Shot, plus coffee and prizes from The Unseen Bean, the official coffee roaster for Twisted Pine. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Cider (Firestone) - Starting on Monday, April 21st, Wild Cider will start canning their hard ciders. And within a week you'll be able to get 16oz 4-pack cans of Pineapple, Apple or Berry Hard Cider. Start asking your local liquor stores to stock it.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - It's a spectacular Friday to come sample a new beer they have on tap this week. Bruce Lychee is a farmhouse ale brewed with citrusy Sorachi Ace hops and tart lychee fruit added. A real wallop to your senses! Stanley Cup Playoffs will be on the big screen, too. Taproom is open! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Northern Colorado

Forge Publick House (Ft. Collins) - Aged Beer is a Fort Collins Treat. [PRESS RELEASE] Sample the delicious surprise of aged beer at the Forge Publick House. Old Firehouse Books will be hosting Patrick Dawson, author of Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time. Dawson will guide us through the complexities and challenges of aging beer on Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm. New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, will be diving into their rarely tapped collection of aged beer just for this event. Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions, a process that enhances and changes their flavors in interesting and delicious ways. Patrick Dawson explains how to identify a cellar-worthy beer, how to plan and set up a beer cellar, what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. He also includes a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers (from the readily available to the tantalizingly rare) to enjoy as your own collection is aging. [232 Walnut St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Firkin Friday is back once again with a new treat that will be tapped at 5pm today. This time they took their Serenity Amber and soaked in some rye bourbon oak chips. Get there early and enjoy a beer out in the sun in their beer garden. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - What better way to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL Friday afternoon than with a delicious beer? Enjoy $1 off all IPAs with their FrIPA Special, and from 5-9 pm, they'll be serving beer to-go so you can enjoy the The Lonely Biscuits on the 9th St Plaza, part of UNC's Derby Days fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. But wait, there's more! Starting tonight, they will be offering a Kick the Keg special, only during Go Cup events. Tonight they're featuring Colorado Native Lager. $5 for a cup and drink until the keg is gone. And don't forget to get your tickets to tomorrow's Cellar Tasting: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricks-2nd-cellar-tasting-tickets-11024278915 [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - For this fine Spring day, FCB will be releasing not one, but THREE different beers! They are: Tongue Slapper West Coast IPA, Beekeepers Braggot, and their American Pale Ale. Available in the FCB tasting room or inside Gravity 1020. [1020 E. Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Regulars know the drill, but if you don't know yet, there's FREE beer on Friday at Big Beaver. They will pour 40 free pints of their Brown Ale today starting at 2pm. This deal runs every 1st half hour on the hour until the keg's kicked. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today's special firkin is a Rose Peddle Odds & Ends, a single hopped Pale Ale with a rose backing and Amarillo hop finish. Also - Stop in this Easter sunday from 1pm to 7pm. They will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for Adults! Search in and around the taproom for Easter eggs filled with coupons for discounts off beer, growler fills and merchandise. Limit 1 coupon per person. Plus more news: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Adds 37% Production Capacity - [PRESS RELEASE] On the heels of the addition of a canning line just a few weeks ago, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced the addition of three 30 barrel fermentation tanks on April 19th The tanks come from California based Premier Stainless, as have most of Grimm Brothers other tanks. “With Little Red Cap being distributed in cans we needed to ramp up our production capacity. These tanks increase our production by 37%” Says Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Win 2 Free Tickets!Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - The ticket giveaway continues today. Register to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the May 31st beer festival at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO fro 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the GIVEAWAYS Page on Fermentedly Challenged and sign-up to win tickets. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 25th on the blog. Many ways to earn multiple entries by visiting and following various sponsors. First drawing ends April 23rd, 2014. A pair of tickets will be given away each week now through the end of May. Sign up each week for your chance to win a pair of tickets (a $70 value). Taste beers from 40 different breweries. Several local food trucks will also be on site. Live music and more. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Steel City Homebrew Competition (Pueblo) - Pueblo-based homebrewers are organizing the inaugural Steel City Homebrew Competition in Pueblo Colorado. The judging will take place June 6th followed by a craft beer festival and awards ceremony the following evening June 7th. Beer styles for the competition are limited to "American Styles". Two bottles will be required and the entry deadline is May 23rd. Check their website for drop off locations along the Front Range. http://www.steelcitybrewers.com/comp/

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Today there's a new seasonal on tap. Stop in and try their Split Rail Pale Ale. It weighs in at a modest 4.8% ABV, 38 IBU and 11 SRM. It was made with Pacific Jade and Mosaic hops that give it a touch of citrus and melon. Enjoy! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Lots of sunshine today and their brewer is busy brewing today. Currently on tap from BierWerks: Helles, Spring Water Pale Ale, Altbier, Hefeweizen, Hop Monster, Doppelbock, English Brown Ale, and an Imperial IPA. Guest beers include: Dunkel (Warsteiner) and Hard Apple Cider (Strongbow). Open today 12pm to 10pm. {121 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO]

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04/18/2014 05:30 PM
Budweiser Beer Tumbler 1879
I came across this interesting patent design for a beer tumbler this morning for Budweiser that was patented on June 10, 1879 by C. Conrad. Liquor importer Carl Conrad is one of the more forgotten names from the history of Anheuser-Busch. He was at least partially responsible, along with his...

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04/18/2014 05:24 PM
Grand Teton Brewing Releases Splash Down Belgian Style Golden Ale
VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Splash Down Belgian- Style Golden Ale, the second offering in their 2014 Cellar Reserve series. Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a smooth and crisp Golden Ale, brewed with Belgian practices and techniques in mind. True to style, this beer starts sweet, then finishes dry with a mild yet progressive bitterness from European Noble hops. Though pale in color, Splash Down proves to be complex and inviting, with intriguing spiciness created during [...]

04/18/2014 05:19 PM
Look what I found.
Kerry Bryne, who writes about food and drink for the Boston Herald (the perfect home for a crazed right winger) and is also the self-described “potentate” of the very good Cold, Hard Football Facts website, asked a lot of knowledgeable … Continue reading

04/18/2014 04:54 PM
Mead Industry Reports Explosive Growth
LAKEWOOD, WA – Mead, the alcoholic beverage made from honey, may be the world’s oldest fermented drink, but it is also the country’s hottest. A recent industry surveyreveals that mead sales increased 130% from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider. The numbers were released from the annual survey of American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) members. The trade organization represents the US mead industry. The number of domestic meaderies has grown from 60 just three years ago to 194 today, accounting for 2.5% of American wineries. Mead is popping up on restaurant [...]

04/18/2014 04:39 PM
Triple Voodoo Brewery Moves Production In-House
San Francisco, CA – January 2014 was a huge milestone for Triple Voodoo as we opened our new brewery and tasting room in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco. Our new brewery features a 10bbl brew house as well as10bbl and 20bbl fermenters and brite tanks. Triple Voodoo fans can now come to our 16 tap, 1500 sq. ft. tasting room and drink fresh beer right out of the brite tanks! Our new brewery is small which makes packaging a challenge. Therefore we had still relied on contract brewing to produce our package product. [...]

04/18/2014 04:38 PM
Time To Swap Vinegar For Lime Juice In Your Cocktail
Vinegar can be found in nearly every cupboard in every town in every country around the world. For over 10,000 years, humans have found inspiring uses for it – from healing elixirs, to pickling, to cleaning, to dissolving chewing gum, to preserving fruit. Vinegar was most likely created by accident by some sad sap who […]

04/18/2014 04:36 PM
Woodchuck Hard Cider Receives Awards at World Expo of Beer
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Vermont Hard Cider Company is the proud recipient of the World Expo of Beer Commercial Competition awards for Best Standard Ciders and Best Specialty Ciders. The World Expo of Beer Competition took place on April 12, 2014 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and received a total of 445 entries for all categories of the competition. Vermont Hard Cider Company took home the first, second and third place awards for both hard cider categories, sweeping the competition entirely. “The World Expo of Beer is a prestigious annual event, and we are thrilled to be the [...]

04/18/2014 04:31 PM
Alaskan Brewing Expands Both on Land and in Cans
Alaskan Brewing has announced plans to bring its beers further into the mainland U.S. with the addition of Michigan and South Dakota to its distribution footprint. The new distribution coincides with an ongoing facility expansion. The Juneau-based brewery, which produced approximately 145,000 barrels in 2013, has inked agreements with the M1 Network – a group of 11 wholesalers that cover the whole state of Michigan.

04/18/2014 03:33 PM
Continuing to ride the train of exotic and thought-provoking craft spirits this week, we thought it was apt to introduce you to The Seven Stills of San Francisco, a new craft distillery that has moved into San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. In the requisite twist of tradition, Seven Stills believes the future of craft distilling Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room moves all beer production in house and ends contract brewing
DSC07069January 2014 was a huge milestone for Triple Voodoo as we opened our new brewery and tasting room in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco.  Our new brewery features a 10bbl brew house as well as10bbl and 20bbl fermenters and brite tanks.  Triple Voodoo fans can now come to our 16 tap, 1500 sq. […]

04/18/2014 02:42 PM
“a woman walks into a bar…” but this time it’s a supermarket!
You know the old adage about how “a celebrity would go to the opening of an envelope”? Well, it wasn’t quite an envelope but I was invited to the pre-opening of the Sherman Oaks Ralphs supermarket. And there was a pretty good incentive as Ralphs selected several Bloggers, including me, to create posts about the […]

04/18/2014 02:06 PM
Sunday Growler Sales
If you haven’t already heard, there’s a bill in the Minnesota legislature that would allow breweries to sell growlers on Sunday. It’s a small step – it’s not full-blown Sunday sales, but it would at least put Minnesota breweries on the same level as Minnesota farm wineries, who are allowed […]

04/18/2014 01:12 PM
Ninkasi Brewery Expansion
The guys at Brew Age sit down with Ninkasi Brewing's Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge to talk a about the brewery's new building expansion.

04/18/2014 12:58 PM
Surly Schadenfreude Release Today
Here’s some last minute release info for Surly Schadenfreude, their seasonal Munich Dunkel Lager. Thirsty? Old Chicago Dulutn as well as several Twin Cities locations will have Schadenfreude on tap in just a few short hours, starting at 3pm on Friday, April 18th. Old Chicago Roseville • Old Chicago Blaine […]

04/18/2014 12:49 PM
3 Tips for Craft Beer Sauces
3 Tips for Craft Beer SaucesCraft beer offers nutritional attributes and a myriad of flavor contributions that are as intense as the beer you choose, and as diverse as the cooking methods you apply. Here are three important things to consider when using craft beer in sauces.

04/18/2014 12:20 PM
Push Pin Wisdom — 18 April 2014
“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.” –Ray Bradbury [This is an occasional series of snippets of wisdom, humor or dismay about the state of the world in which we live, the sorts of things … Continue reading

04/18/2014 10:59 AM
Week of 04/18/14 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Tait from Charleville will be pouring: Charleville Barrel Aged Box of Chocolate, Charleville Box of Chocolate, Charleville Tornado Alley, Charleville Hoptimistic, and Charleville Half Wit Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to [...]

04/18/2014 10:46 AM
Food and Beer: Stout

There are days where lighter beers won’t do.  Where you yearn for the creamy, thick, deep flavors of a Stout.  But, with drinking comes hunger, and when you’re at a … Continue Reading →

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04/18/2014 10:39 AM
Kona Brewing Castaway IPA

Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA has apparently been pretty popular for locals at the Hawaii pubs for quite some time and, now, it’s finally arriving on the mainland. Not only is it new to us non-islanders, but it’s also going to be part of the brewery’s year-round offerings. The 6% ABV (55 IBU) IPA uses a […]

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04/18/2014 10:21 AM
9th Annual FredFest
The month of May is right around the corner and this means the return of FredFest to Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room. Now in it’s 9th year, FredFest will take place on Sunday, May 4th. This annual event celebrates the 88th birthday of Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers. Eckhardt [...]

04/18/2014 09:33 AM
Session #87 announced: Local Brewery History
Host Reuben Gray has announced the ground rules for The Session #87: Local Brewery History: “I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way. The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local* brewery that […]

04/18/2014 09:00 AM
CYBI Terrapin Wake N Bake
Satan has a habit of making the same three beers over and over. So I sent him this recipe for him to make for me. In typical Satan fashion he ignored the recipe and came up with something he called Voodoo Ink. Since I can't depend on Satan (I can't wait to see what this line will do in a Google search), I went ahead and brewed it myself.

CYBI Wake N Bake
Imperial Stout


Type: All Grain Date: 4/7/2014
Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt
Boil Size: 7.97 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
17.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 72.71 %
2.04 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 8.48 %
1.53 lb Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 6.35 %
1.53 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 6.35 %
0.74 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 3.05 %
0.74 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3.05 %
0.74 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 22.0 IBU
0.50 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (30 min) Hops 11.4 IBU
1 Pkgs California Ale V (White Labs #WLP051) [Starter 500 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.085 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.080 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.022 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.29 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 9.82 %
Bitterness: 33.5 IBU Calories: 358 cal/pint
Est Color: 41.1 SRM Color:
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 24.07 lb
Sparge Water: 3.34 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 30.09 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 4.5 oz Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F  
60% Costa Rican, 20% Guatamalan, and 20% Zimbabwe or blend from Jittery Joe's

[Suggested to Satan: You can soak 4 oz oak chips in Makers Mark, strain and add chips to secondary.]
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04/18/2014 07:19 AM
Harpoon Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious

Press Release BOSTON, MA (April 17, 2014) – It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers from every department were invited to brew a beer of their choosing and present it to their colleagues for a blind sampling and voting at the company’s annual gathering in […]

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04/18/2014 06:00 AM
It is a "Good Friday"

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/18/2014 05:09 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: James Sanborn
I’m James Sanborn; I live in Hebron, Maine with my wife and three children. I have been drinking craft beer since college but really started to pay attention to what I was drinking about 3 years ago. Since then I have reviewed more than 600 beers on my blog and spent countless hours at breweries […]

04/18/2014 04:38 AM
Belgian Hop Beers

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007

Over the last few nights, we’ve tasted several Belgian ‘hop beers’ which we bought from the Belgian Beer Factory, a remarkably good value online beer store. As luck would have it, Joe Stange’s article on this topic appeared online at Draft Magazine on Wednesday, so we had an idea what to look out for: Whether today’s […]

Belgian Hop Beers

04/18/2014 04:05 AM
Book tarting again
I'm not just trying to persuade North Americans that they need to own my book. I'll be pestering Europeans, too.

In what might be my only UK appearance this year (I'm fast running out of holidays) I'll be at the Birmingham Beer Bash on 26th July.

It's not totally settled what I'll be doing, but I'll definitely be giving a talk about Brettanomyces in British brewing in the afternoon. Something aimed squarely at the geek crowd. In the evening I'll probably be doing a less formal, for a slightly less geeky audience. Hopefully involving drinking beer and me fielding questions. I'll be bringing along my baseball glove to make sure I don't drop any.

And, of course, at both sessions you'll have the chance to buy my book and have me scrawl something indecipherable in it. I think it's rather good, but I would, wouldn't I? So far reviewers have agreed with me.

If you can't wait to read the crystalised perfection of my prose, buy a copy now and bring it along for me to sign:

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

04/18/2014 02:33 AM
5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs

I believe we all concurred in the past post, house brewing beer gear gadgets should boost and enrich not just your homemade beer but likewise the encounter as well as enjoyment obtained from, what’s after all, your sideline. It Is crucial that you buy them for those grounds rather than only as they are the […]

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04/18/2014 01:00 AM
A Beer Vacation Is On Tap in Chicago
Lagunitas Brewing Company, which will open a facility in Chicago in May, is partnering with the JW Marriott in the city for a “Beercation” travel package.

04/17/2014 11:49 PM
Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off
Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music City Brewers homebrew club. MCB president John Malone shares his […]

04/17/2014 10:23 PM
Alaskan Brewing – New Canning Line, Brewhouse Expansion, Shipping to SD and MI

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaskan Brewing Company today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning…

The post Alaskan Brewing – New Canning Line, Brewhouse Expansion, Shipping to SD and MI appeared first on thefullpint.com.

04/17/2014 06:33 PM
New Belgium Brewing To Break Ground On Asheville, NC Facility May 1

Ft. Collins, CO – Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery …

The post New Belgium Brewing To Break Ground On Asheville, NC Facility May 1 appeared first on thefullpint.com.

04/17/2014 06:28 PM
Powdered Alcohol
First and for a long time, it was just liquid. Then it was whipped, solidified and almost vaporized. And now alcohol is powderized. I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. TTB approved seven versions of this powdered alcohol within the past few […]

04/17/2014 05:56 PM
The Commons Limited Bottle Release for Myrtle and Biere Royale
Still fresh off their 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal for Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery will be hosting a bottle release on Saturday, April 19th. This limited bottle release will be for a limited run of Myrtle and Biere Royale. The bottles will be available at the Tasting Room beginning at 2pm. Bottles will [...]

04/17/2014 05:51 PM
In a crowded market of new release beers trying to leave their mark, brewers have increasingly turned to obscure, niche, and at times experimental, ingredients & techniques. Unfortunately many of these beers fall short, that is, until you come across a bottle of High Water Brewing Campfire Stout and your belief in crazy craft concoctions Colorado Beer News 041714
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Blah Blah Blah Day. This is the dreaded day each year where you need to take care of those things on your long list of household projects and chores that people have been nagging you to do. There's no getting around it - best to just get as many of those things done today as possible. Then you can procrastinate all you want tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 17th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Please note: Many breweries, bars & restaurants may be closed for Easter this Sunday. Call ahead before you venture out.

Metro Denver

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) - The good folks at the Colorado Craft Beer Show are planning to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of their show this Saturday, April 19th with a live radio show broadcast at Lone Tree Brewing Company in Lone Tree from 12pm to 2pm. There they will unveil their anniversary beer that was brewed at Strange Brewing Company. If you can't be there in person, tune in to AM 760 Denver or listen online on iHeartRADIO (www.am760.net).

Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) - Denver is about to get a new brewery this month. Comrade Brewing Company is set to open its doors on Saturday, April 26th. They plan to have several beers on tap including: an American Blonde, an Irish Red, a Milk Stout, an IPA, an International-style Pale Ale, and a collaboration American-style Black Ale that they did with Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing. Until the opening, check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@ComradeBrewing). [7667 E Iliff Ave #F, Denver, CO]

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Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Only in Colorado... Epic is sponsoring "Dankin' Donuts" this Sunday, 4/20. $4.20 gets you a pour of one of their special, danky firkins and a FREE Voodoo Donut! Donut supplies are very limited so get there early! Kick off one of Colorado's favorite holidays (and they aren't talking Easter here) with them at 11am before you head down to Civic Center Park. And to kick off the weekend, Big Kiwi Eats will be there on Saturday 4/19 with a special 'Smoke Out' menu - just because it's 4/20 in New Zealand! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Last night, De Steeg tapped three new beers and brought back one beer from the past as well. Stop in and try one of these: Citra Dark Ale, Dry Hopped Imperial Amber, or their Belgian Red. And from the past: Alley Ale.

BrüFrou Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing Event (Denver) - BrüFrou is this Saturday, April 19th and TODAY ONLY (April 17th) you can purchase tickets for 45% OFF! Use Coupon Code "thursday45" when you purchase tickets online and save 45% off your entire ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased at: www.brufrou.com/blogfrou. There will be 70 craft breweries and eateries paired up for this special pairing festival at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

River North IPA canRiver North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm in the Denver taproom. In an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River North’s brewers will keg and can IPA less than 24 hours before the release party. IPA will join River North White in cans, providing Colorado adventure seekers with more options to fuel their outdoor endeavors. As with all their beers, the River North brewers put their own Belgian-style spin on this release, crossing pine and citrus American hops with yeast esters of white pepper and clove. The result is a Belgian-influenced red IPA like no other, coming in at 6% ABV and 55 IBU. River North will have IPA both on tap and in cans-to-go at the release. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will cost $10. (Image courtesy River North Brewery) [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Today at 3pm the brewery will tap a Super Kriek firkin. This is a big 8% ABV 15 IBU brew and won't last long. This is their World Cup gold medal winner made in the Imperial style. Have one while you watch the Avalanche hockey playoff game on their screen tonight. Game starts at 7:30pm. [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - This Friday at 5pm as a kick-off to their Easter Extravaganza weekend, they will tap "Smokin' Jo", a smoked porter al. Proceeds from this beer will go to the Westminster Burn Fund. Also this weekend, bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt at 10am Saturday. Must register your child by 9am, plus a kids coloring contest all weekend long. Open Sunday 4pm to 9pm where house beers will be $1 off. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is perfect patio drinking weather. They plan to tap a firkin of Cream Ale with green tea today at 4:00pm. They plan to be open all weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 1pm. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Today's tadpole tap has a special beer on it - a Craft Cream Ale. Perfect beer for this nice Spring day. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons) - The original home of Oskar Blues in Lyons is celebrating their 17th Anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. They will have two special groups performing: Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams and also Bonnie & The Clydes. There will be food & drink specials available, including all your favorite Oskar Blues beer all night long. The cost for attending this event is $10. Stop in and help them celebrate. [303 Main St, Lyons, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Today is a great day for the release of one of their spring seasonals, Honey Nut Blonde Ale. It was brewed with Colorado honey and aged on whole almonds. Get it today starting at 4pm! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

CHUBurger (Longmont) - Tomorrow, Friday April 18th, is DANK BEER SHOW DOWN DAY. Stop in and try 4 of the stickiest Imperial IPAs around. Ask for one who you order. [1225 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Win 2 Free Tickets!Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - The ticket giveaway continues today. Register to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the May 31st beer festival at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO fro 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the GIVEAWAYS Page on Fermentedly Challenged and sign-up to win tickets. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 25th on the blog. Many ways to earn multiple entries by visiting and following various sponsors. First drawing ends April 23rd, 2014. A pair of tickets will be given away each week now through the end of May. Sign up each week for your chance to win a pair of tickets (a $70 value). Taste beers from 40 different breweries. Several local food trucks will also be on site. Live music and more. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - New beer release today in Ft. Collins - "Blood Orange Imperial IPA". Here's how the brewery describes this beer: "Don't be fooled by the inviting reddish/ orange color, or the delicate citrus/ hop aroma. When this one hits your lips, be prepared for a flavor explosion and an all out assault on your taste buds." It was brewed with orange peel, coriander, blood oranges and plenty of American hops. Stop in and try a pint! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Don't forget that tonight the brewery is debuting their "Dr. Pat's Double IPA #12". This batch has a lot more hop aroma - twice the amount of dry hopping too. Grab a glass and join in with their Open Mic Night that starts at 5:30pm. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Craft Thursday special, Dry Dock Brewing Company Wee Heavy is just $2! The Irish Session starts around 7 pm and don't forget to buy your tickets to the Cellar Tasting happening this Saturday from 2-4 pm. They've got some incredible beers lined up, Kaelyn from MouCo Cheese Company will be pairing various cheeses with the beers, and all attendees are automatically entered into the drawing to win a bottle of Westvleteren XII! All that for just $15. Buy your tickets in person at the pub or online on Eventbrite. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Every season has its seasonals and Grimm Brothers has several seasonal beers on tap that you'll want to try if you haven't yet already. Stop in for one of these: Nitro Bastogne Red Ale, Iron John Milk Stout, Bearskin Irish Dry Stout, Gustavus Litchenhainer or Once Upon a Time 14 Flogen Flagen Bier. That plus their regular year-round brews. Prost! [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Grab $1 off pints of their "Not the Irish" Red Ale on Nitro tap tonight and watch the Avs playoff game. Pizza comes at 6pm - grab a slice while it lasts. Taproom opens at 1pm today. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - For today's Outlaw Tapping they've come up with a brew called "Cop Car". It's their Best Bitter made with Doughnuts! So tasty it should be illegal. On tap now. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - This Saturday, April 19th, Funkwerks will be releasing White - a malt beverage with spices. The brewer describes it as this: "This Belgian Style Wit is refreshing with ample character. The opaque pale color and voluminous white head results from a high percentage of raw wheat used in the recipe. Aroma is of orange zest and ginger combined with hints of chamomile and coriander. Flavors of lemon and orange citrus are complimented with a pleasant spiciness. The addition of raw oats gives the mouthfeel an interesting creaminess, yet finishes dry with a supple tartness." [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Their Amber Ale release is next Friday, and they need YOUR help in deciding a name! The winner receives a FREE growler fill to take home and a FREE pitcher to enjoy in house. Submit your name idea on Facebook, privately message them, or bring it tonight and play ‪‎Geeks Who Drink‬ at 7:30pm and your 1st PINT (when the quiz starts) IS ON THEM! Playing the trivia quiz is free, with a bunch of chances to win FREE BEER. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - There's a preview cask tapping tonight at 5pm: "de Coup" Biere de Coupage. Get $5 pints until it's gone. This yet to be released Paradox beer is made by carefully blending a one year old, Puncheon barrel aged, Golden Saison with a much younger and freshly Strisselspalt dry-hopped, Amber Saison; with both fermentations completed using their proprietary blend of house strain Brettanomyces and Farmhouse Ale yeast. The result is vibrant, complex and balanced. [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Shamrock Brewing Co (Pueblo) - Now on tap! Their "Foot Burner IPA" is now available. This 6.8% ABV brew was made to remind their brewers to pay attention. From now on this beer will be released every year in mid-April on the anniversary of the “foot incident”. This beer will showcase hop aromatics and leave the bitterness behind. After all, it is not healthy to be bitter about past incidents. [108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO]

Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs) - Come in to Rock Bottom Easter night from 7pm-9pm for a chance to win the $100 gift card raffle. Everyone that sits in the bar area will also get an Easter egg with free beer or free schwag and 1 ticket to the raffle in it! Plus, every BEER you order from 7pm to 9pm will get you another raffle ticket for the drawing! So skip the hunt and drink a beer! [3316 Cinema Pt, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - On-tap now exclusively at Pagosa Brewing Company is a collaboration beer called "We' Heavy Ale". It was brewed along with the help of Rockyard Brewing Company of Castle Rock. It's a big 8% ABV malty brew and is also available in 22oz bomber bottles. Individual draws are $5. Stop in for a pint. Also check out their other brews on tap at: pagosabrewing.com/brews/on-tap-now/ [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - While they will be closed for Easter Sunday, starting the next Sunday, April 27th, they will have extended Sunday hours from 12pm to 6pm. That way you don't have to rush over to get there before 4:30pm.

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04/17/2014 04:48 PM
Booze & Bullets? Oklahoma Gun Range Owner Applies for Liquor License
A business owner in Oklahoma is trying to get a liquor license to serve alcohol at his gun range. But is mixing booze and bullets a good idea? Co-owner of Wilshire Guns Jeff Swanson said, “We wanted to build a place where […] you could come in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go […]

04/17/2014 04:30 PM
Top 10 Most Irritating Wine Terms
This isn’t an attempt to tackle the ever-growing fruit salad of tasting note ingredients. Instead, the drinks business has picked out a number of common words – many of them perfectly valid terms in their own right – whose meaning is undermined by misuse or simply overuse within the wine trade. Read on for our selection […]

04/17/2014 04:11 PM
Hangar 24 Announces Music Lineup & Headliners For Airfest & 6th Anniversary Celebration

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04/17/2014 03:31 PM
New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility
Press Release:   Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony [...]

04/17/2014 03:09 PM
California Festival of Beers: 2 Days + 200 Beers

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to gear up and get ready for one of California’s largest and longest-running beer festivals. The California Festival of Beers is set to take place on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th at the Madonna Inn Meadows in the heart of San Luis Obispo. There will... Read more »

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04/17/2014 03:00 PM
North American Organic Brewers Festival Celebrates Ten Years
Press Release: PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June [...]

04/17/2014 01:33 PM
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink and Date

The dating website PlentyOfFish.com only released a fresh study on singles and drinking, and the findings shed intriguing light how our perspectives towards booze change as we get more serious about locating a mate. The study involved 1 million singles involving the ages of 21 and 50 who have set up profiles to the relationship […]

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04/17/2014 01:02 PM
Charging Hippo Spotted Near Seattle

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

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04/17/2014 09:19 AM
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04/17/2014 08:00 AM
Dark Matter Coffee at Dark Lord Day 2014

When Drinking Craft wrote about Three Floyd’s move from partnering with Intelligentsia Coffee to partnering with Dark Matter Coffee, the speculation began immediately in some beer circles. Would there be glassware as there had been in the past? Would the beans be available for sale at the event? I recently reached out to Kyle Hodges, Dark Matter’s “Minister of Propaganda”, to get some more details since Dark Lord Day 2014 is next weekend. He was nice enough to share a few of the details of what you can expect from Dark Matter at this year's Dark Lord Day:

Jake: You guys seem to enjoy barrel-aging the beans, but you mentioned barrel-aged iced coffee as well. What barrel-aged variants are you releasing and can you tell me what barrels were used?

Kyle: We have three variants of our Black Splash Iced Coffee:
Burundi Dukorere Ikawa aged in a Koval Lion's Pride barrel. 
Rwanda Misozi Kopaki aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel.  
Black Hole Necromancer, our Unicorn Blood Espresso blend aged in a Remy Martin Cognac barrel

We will also pulling espresso shots of Ethiopia Idido aged in a Letherbee Absinthe barrel and Unicorn Blood. The Unicorn Blood is not barrel-aged.

Jake:  I know you mentioned some glassware options. What can you tell me about the plan for those? Is everyone going to get handed one or are they strictly for sale?

Kyle: Yes, we are releasing 800 snifters split between two different colors. Not everyone will be able to get one, unfortunately, but we are still looking to release them systematically to try and be as fair as possible. We are keeping the colors a secret until Dark Lord Day. 

In addition to the snifters, we will have our classic diner mugs and an extremely badass shirt for sale. No limits per person on either of these. 

Jake: Which beans, or blend of beans, were used in Dark Lord 2014?

Kyle: This is our Unicorn Blood espresso blend, part of the DMC portfolio, aged in Remy Martin Cognac barrels

Jake: You mentioned Black Hole Necromancer. With a description like “Dark Matter Coffee introduces our Cognac Barrel-Aged Unicorn Blood espresso blend. This warlock's elixir is strong enough to summon the spirits of the dead and is sacrificially prepared for Dark Lord Day. Brewed and bottled by the hands of Dark Matter Coffee, cursed and waxed by the vikings at 3 Floyds, this limited edition coffee will be available only at Dark Lord Day. “ it sounds pretty awesome. Will you be selling bottles for carry-out at Dark Lord Day?

Kyle: There will be 800 bottles of the Black Hole for sale at DLD. They will not be opened at purchase and the customer is free to do with them whatever they want. These are not limited to one per person.

Jake: Specifically on Black Hole Necromancer, were the beans aged in barrels and then extracted or did you extract the coffee and age the liquid in barrels?

Kyle: For BHN, we aged the green beans in the barrel and then extracted. However, for the BA Dark Lord, we brewed the BHN into the barrel. 

So, there you have it coffee drinking beer folk. Go find the people from Dark Matter during Dark Lord Day. I have had their Chocolate City iced coffee. It comes in a 22oz bottle and I really enjoyed it. They take extra steps to make sure that it is shelf-stable at room temperature and are doing some really cool things to push what many coffee drinkers consider “normal”.

04/17/2014 07:37 AM
Perennial Ales Woodside

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04/17/2014 07:24 AM
#VeggieDag Thursday. It's wabbit season. No, it's asparagus season.
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

The Easter 'Wabbit' hops into action this Sunday, predicted to be carrying baskets of brightly-dyed chicken eggs, a colorful scramble of animal husbandry.

Here, along the mid-Atlantic East Coast, the month of April marks the beginning of asparagus season. The harvest runs through the beginning of June. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial vegetable, originally native to the eastern Mediterranean.

Ah, asparagus: at least this vegetarian's delight. Its tips, nutty and sweet; its spears, just ever-so slightly bitter. Buy it fresh. Eat it fresh. If you must store it, wrap with damp paper towels, and keep in the refrigerator for no more than a few days.

Roasted Asparagus

How to cook?

Asparagus is so innately flavorful that you don't have to do much (and shouldn't) to enjoy it.
  • Steaming is a simple method. (You could microwave, but why?) There's no need to peel. Simply cut off the tough, fibrous ends. (Save for vegetable broth.) In a steamer basket, steam from two to six minutes (thin vs. thick stalks). The asparagus is done when you can easily pierce a spear with a knife. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, and s/p, all to taste. Maybe a few sprigs of fresh herb (tarragon?) or a dash or two of prepared Herbes de Provence.

  • A tip from Mom: steam the asparagus in an old-school coffee percolator. (I used to do just this, that is, until the percolator was mistakenly discarded.) Tie the stalks together, add water to just below the tips, and boil, upright, for 2-6 minutes. The thicker ends get cooked thoroughly; the succulent tips, lightly steamed. A double-boiler will do, almost as well.

  • Asparagus with vegan hollandaise

  • Asparagus, roasted, develops a hint of caramelized just-so sweetness— and, again, it's simple to prepare. For example, here's my recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Mock Hollandaise Sauce. Of course, you could just serve it, as is, out of the oven, without the hollandaise, with just a spritz of lemon juice.

  • Grilling is another option. Even more sweetness and now some smokiness. To prepare, toss in olive oil. Grill removed from open flame for 5 or so minutes: just the non-side of char. Trepidatious? Here's the not-difficult procedure from The Food Network.

  • Grilling marinated veggies (01)

  • And, from The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, by Mollie Katzen, here's a recipe for Gingered Asparagus with Soy Caramel Sauce. Katzen was once a member of the renowned Moosewood collective.

What to drink?

Wine? Drunk with asparagus, red wines get all vegetal and metallic. Go white wine, but not oaky chardonnay: woody and vanilla are lousy companions. Try fragrant, spring-like Pinot Blancs and minerally, bracing, Grüner Veltliners.

But, without much doubt, there's beer. Grab a German-inspired Kölsch, märzen, or maibock (in order, light to full-bodied); from the U.K., a bitter (cask-conditioned, if you find it); from Belgium, a singel, Blonde/Golden Ale, or Tripel.

It's Wabbit season. No, it's Duck season.

Here, from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and the animators and writers at Warner Brothers (and voice-over artist Mel Blanc): a 1950s episode of Merrie Melodies. Enjoy with asparagus. Hold the wabbit.

  • As to the 'there are no rules when it comes to eating and drinking' rule, not all red wines do poorly with asparagus. Generally speaking, it's the tannins that do the damage. So, a year ago, there I was eating asparagus, drinking a glass of merlot.
  • Why the name VeggieDag Thursday? Here.
  • Read all the posts: here. Follow on Twitter with hashtag: #VeggieDag.
  • Suggestions and submissions from chefs, writers, and home-cooks welcomed! Contact me here.

04/17/2014 07:00 AM
Montinore Estate, Fire Mountain Brew House and EaT: An Oyster Bar To Host Annual Southern Crawfish Boil
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04/17/2014 05:27 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Eric Mihan
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04/17/2014 05:00 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 17 - April 23
You didn't think because it's Easter weekend that the beer events calendar would take a break, now did you? And, miss the annual Split Thy Skull and take the chance of missing Easter dinner the following day? Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or

04/17/2014 03:07 AM
Where all roads lead
Following on from Monday's post on the Italian beers I found last month in Rome, this one is about the foreign selection. I did try to drink local as much as possible, but some things were just too interesting to pass up.

My reasoning behind choosing Lervig's Johnny Low in Il Maltese is that I had a whole evening of talking ahead of me and wanted something I could sip safely while waiting for the event to start. A Norwegian IPA at 2.5% ABV seemed like just the ticket. It's lovely too: pale yellow with loads of lemon sherbet. Yes, the body is watery but not in a bad way -- it adds to the quenching power and drinkability. In fact, it was tough going to keep sipping it, this beer virtually pours itself down your throat.

I'd been through most of Il Maltese's draught selection by the time I got to Hoepfner Porter, exported from Baden-Württemberg. It's a wan pale red colour and very sweet, to the point of sickliness. It lays on cherries and milk chocolate without the weight of body to support the strength of the flavours. Just a mildly dry finish and a sudden sharp burst of cherry sourness rescues it, but I wouldn't be rushing back for another.

Before leaving I got a small taste of Amager's Wookie 9% ABV double IPA, before it all ran out. I can see why it's popular: pale blonde and with a super clean pithy hop flavour, unsullied by booze heat or crystal malt sweetness.

I mentioned on Monday that I found Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in the middle of celebrating German beer. It would have been rude not to join in. Besides, turning down a Schlenkerla beer I'd never tasted before is simply unthinkable. And so a large glass of Schlenkerla Fastenbier was acquired. Funny, I thought this style was usually super-strong, but this one is a mere 5.5% ABV, arriving a rich chestnut red colour. It has a lot in common with other beers from the Bamberg brewery: bags of beechwood smoke, of course, and a little bit of the tarryness you find in the Urbock, though not as pronounced. The real genius of this beer -- I opined to myself as the glass emptied itself more rapidly than one would expect for something so powerfully flavoured -- is the finish: there's virtually none. All the action happens while it's in your mouth, and when it's gone, it's gone. Which means you have to take another mouthful. And then order another glass when the first one empties. "Moreish" barely begins to cover it.

But I'm made of stronger stuff, me, and worked my way heroically across the taps. Freigest Salzspeicher caught my eye, a 6% ABV sour raspberry porter. This squirted flatly from the tap, forming a loose-bubbled head over a black body. A wary sniff revealed something that smells like the bottom of a punnet of elderly raspberries. The flavour is fresher, but still all raspberry and hardly any porter, only a tiny touch of dark roasted grain. The sourness kind of gets buried too: while the high attenuation is tasteable, the tartness of the raspberry dovetails very neatly with the inherent tartness of the beer and it's hard to tell which contributes what. It's an interesting experiment, but after the genius that is Schlenkerla it tasted like amateur hour.

There was an English stout on the handpumps: Siren's Sweet Dreams. This has a heady cocoa aroma tempered by the acidic tang of curing tobacco. The flavour is simpler, dominated by that chocolate and nicely smooth to drink. It's unusual for a beer that's not a pale ale to be worth it just for the aroma alone, but this is one of those.

I couldn't resist a swift tot of Gänstaller-Bräu Affumicator before moving on, an all-time favourite. Magic.

Later that evening, wandering alone in the depths of southern Trastevere I popped into Birrifugio for one. There's a small but eclectic selection in this vaguely English-style neighbourhood pub, with a beer each from Adnams, Carlow Brewing, Weihenstephaner, Dark Star and Amager on tap. What caught my eye, however, was Bayerischer Bahnhof Original Gose, as far as I know the only example of this style-of-the-moment brewed in the city most associated with it: Leipzig. It arrived looking and smelling like a simple witbier: hazy straw-coloured with mild herbal aromas. Its true nature is much more apparent on tasting as the salt and coriander are right up front giving it a lip-smacking crispness and offering cold ocean-grade refreshment. I'd loved to have stayed for another, and loved even more to be in a city where this is the sort of beer you get when you ask for a beer. I could drink a lot of its simple complexity.

But that's where this trip's beers end. A big thank you to Silvia and the team at Associazione Degustatori Birra for making it all possible. I did little more than scratch my major itches regarding Rome's craft beer pubs but I'm aware there's still plenty more to explore on future visits and that the local beer scene is expanding at a phenomenal pace. Forza la rivoluzione!

04/17/2014 01:00 AM
A Cold One Wrapped in Plastic
Govino introduces an affordable yet classy beer glass.

04/17/2014 12:00 AM
Holy Thursday: No, It Really Is
Also known as Covenant Thursday and Maundy Thursday, it's the actual Holy Thursday. Despite my weekly jab at my own lack of church attendance it has still roared its way here for those of you out there that choose to celebrate it. I've never actually attended mass today in the 25 years I've been alive, but I will admit that my favorite personal mass is that of Good Friday. Still, I haven't been at that one in years either. On Good Friday we have to kiss the feet of a crucifix in a communion-esque fashion. The last time I did this the priest accidentally moved the crucifix as I went down to kiss the feet and I almost lost my two front teeth.

Still, Holy Thursday is to help us remember the Last Supper. I'm sure all of you have seen the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci at some point in your life.  To me, the actual today along with Easter Sunday symbolizes a weekend of fun and feasting with our families and friends.

If not the painting, then surely the Tom Hanks movie.
Obviously if you're reading this or if you've ever read anything on this blog you have a habit of pairing some good brews with some snacks and other assorted foods on the holidays throughout the calendar year. I make an annual trek to Franklin, PA on Easter Sunday to spend time with family there. I remember when I first became of age to drink legally the beer of choice had been Heneiken in my uncle's stock. That's not too thrilling, but we always did have some interesting liquor. Distilled European assortments such as Absinthe (depending on your point of view) and whiskey from Ireland.

Aside from all of that, the beer selection has improved over the last few years. Last year I remember having a Schell's sampler. Some of you might run in fear from the corn, but I embrace it. Corn isn't that bad in beer! We've also had some Great Lakes variety packs at certain points.

I have cousins that live up in Erie that sometimes come down. I've been pushing to end up with some Derailed Cherry Ale for a good while now. Cheers to indulging in some Derailed. Also, cheers to your holiday weekend however you're celebrating.

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04/16/2014 08:59 PM
Black Raven Flock Party 2014 – Details Announced

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

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Charity Brew supports Australian Cancer Research Foundation
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04/16/2014 07:09 PM
Beach Party Blonde Ale Recipe

Following up on our Homebrew and Barbecue post from earlier today, we were thinking the most appropriate recipe to top it off with is this Beach Party Blonde Ale. She’s easy to brew and easy to drink, so I guess she’s just all around easy! Here’s the recipe so you can find out for yourself.

The post Beach Party Blonde Ale Recipe appeared first on You Make Beer.

04/16/2014 05:56 PM
Colorado Beer News 041614
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Stress Awareness Day. This day always comes on the first workday after income taxes are due. Let's face it, doing taxes is stressful. Use this day to try to reduce your stress and ease your mind. And what better way to remove some stress than with a pint of your favorite local craft beer! Do yourself a favor and de-stress today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 16, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Final inspections are happening today at this new soon to open brewery in Centennial, Colorado. If all goes well, they plan to open their doors next week. Their brewhouse has been working at full capacity and they've been busy making beer for the last several weeks. Stay tuned for official word on opening day. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at: www.bluesprucebrewing.com. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Wynkoop will hold a pre-release party for their latest beer being put into a can on Friday, April 18th at Novo Coffee on Glenarm Street. This time they are releasing their "Kurt's Mile High Malt", a vienna lager brewed with Novo coffee. The official release is on Sunday, April 20th (4/20) and can-packs will be available in local stores sometime next week. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Yesterday, the brewers along with Fire Fighters Union 4116 got together and brewed up their annual batch of "Bumper Time Ale". Look for the release of this beer in early May with a fantastic release party. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today is Discovery Beer Wednesday! At 5:00pm sharp they'll be tapping a Gose, which is a German style, unfiltered wheat beer; light, tart, and slightly salty. Easy drinking and refreshing. Plus, live music in the taproom tonight at 6:00pm and the Corner of Gourmet food truck will be outside at 5:30pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today's Wednesday special is $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to close. Plus some special beers on tap today: Noble King from Jester King, Euro Pale Ale from Station 26, Samaels from Avery, Earth Thirst from Eel River, and Dry Dock Double IPA on the Hand Pull. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Size does matter! They still have a few 2014 Mug Club memberships available. Get yours at the taproom today. Their mug club glasses are in! (Photo courtesy Arvada Beer Co. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]
Arvada Beer Mug Club mugs

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today is Dunkelweizen tapping day. Stop in and enjoy a pint of this dark Bavarian-style hefe. No food truck today, so please carry-in or order-in.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - This week's scheduled cask tapping of "Sex on the Beach" had to be moved to April 30th. Instead, today they will tap a cask of an Herb Blonde Ale made with Lemongrass and fresh mint. It taps at 3pm. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today's Wayward Wednesday tapping is a Whiskey Barrel Quandary Quad. Also on tap today is: The Goodman Life, J. Marie, Hoppenberg, Quad on Oak, Unified Theory, Quandary, Barrel Enkel and a bit left of the Whiskey J. Marie (to be followed up by Wine Barrel J. Marie). [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's Wednesday Firkin tapping is a Double Dry Hopped IPA. This one taps at 4:00pm sharp. Be there! [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo Brewing is turning 2 years old! And they plan to host an Anniversary Party on Saturday, April 26th from 11am to 9pm. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting their show live from 12pm to 1pm. Then listen to live music from Nick O'Conner from 1-3pm. And Ben Pu and Crew will perform on the patio from 4pm to 5:30pm. And then Cat Jerky will rock the parking lot from 6pm to 8pm. Four different food trucks will be on hand serving up a variety of great food. And don't forget their beer! Plenty of it on tap to help celebrate the anniversary. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Today they will be tapping a 10 gallon batch of a Session IPA just for fun. This brew has a hoppy, citrus taste and is reportedly awesome. Stock up your growlers before Easter as they will be closed this Sunday. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Double Zero Brewery (Longmont) - A new Kickstarter fundraising project just started up this week that aims to raise funds for Cary Holt's new Barrel Project. The Barrel project will be funding Double Zero’s equipment upgrade to a barrel brew system. This will allow Cary to master full grain craft-brewing skills. The expansion of these skills and knowledge will allow Double Zero to grow into a bigger business. Future plans include expansion into a space that includes a tasting room. By creating new and exciting brews and various flavors, Double Zero will be able to get the appropriate licensing to sell their brews around the Colorado area. Double Zero’s flavors so far are unique and intriguing combinations. Some of the favorites include Orange Clove Wheat, Honey Amber ale, Hoffee IPA (a double-hopped coffee IPA), DSA (Dangerously Scotch Ale) and a Mint Porter. [No address yet, Longmont, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Help support Meals on Wheels at the taproom by bringing in five cans of non-perishable food. When you do, you'll receive a free pint of beer from Left Hand Brewing. Great Beer, Great Cause! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The weather's right for busting out that bike and enjoying some beers on their patio, so they're taking full advantage! Head over to their Flatiron Park brewery location from 2:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 for their Bikes & Beer event to benefit Community Cycles (they’re donating a $1 from every pint sold!) featuring friends from Team Ten20, Boulder Cycle Sport, and Butter. Bumper Crop food truck, recently voted Best Food Truck in Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder, will also be on site serving up their great grub! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - They're continuing their celebration of Big Shot Espresso Stout's recent gold medal finish at the World Beer Cup and they'd like to invite you all to the Pine for a Toast to the Roast this Friday at 6pm. You'll all get a free glass of Big Shot to toast with, plus they'll be tapping a small keg of Bourbon barrel-aged Big Shot and Gerry from The Unseen Bean will be on hand with coffee prizes to give away. Be there Friday! [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Starting today, April 16th, enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO on May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs from April 16 through April 22nd, 2014. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. There are many ways to earn multiple entries. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Odell Footprint RegionAleOdell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.” First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Stop in at The Mayor today at 4:00pm for a tapping of their collaboration beer they did with The Fort Collins Brewery called "Any Colour You Like", a Berliner Weisse. Some of the FCB crew will be on hand to talk with and answer questions. They will also have some special traditional syrups you can add to the Berliner Weisse to take some of the sour edge off the beer. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In case you missed it, stop in for a taste of their newly released Mountain Avenue Weiss (wheat beer). This will be a great beer to enjoy during patio season or at their Poolside. [#5 Olde Town Square, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Save the date for Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm. That's the date for the new City Star Taproom Potluck event. This month's food theme is Mexican. Bring a dish to share. If you happen to cook your food with a City Star beer as an ingredient you will receive a free beer! Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Come for good food, good beer and good company. In other news, the brewhouse now has a new glycol chiller up and running complete with plumbed lines and flowing glycol. They are now awaiting three new 15bbl tanks to show up later this week. More beer! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Come check out their inaugural Open Mic Music Night from 6-8 pm tonight. Sign up starts at 5:00pm and each performer gets a free pint of beer. Jam with them tonight and listen to some great local talent! While you're there, sign up for their Regulators Mug Club and start reaping the benefits. Ask your server for details. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - For Hump Day - stop in and get $2 off growler fills. Bonus on the Traveling Growler - bring in a growler from Estes Park Brewing Co and you can win a free pint. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Get your trivia team together for tonight's Trivia Night. Top 3 teams will win Broken Plow Bucks good towards beer or merchandise. The questions start flying at 7:00pm. Beer, on the other hand, starts flowing at 2pm until 9pm. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado announced today the release of Raspberry Provincial, a seasonal Belgian-Style Sour Ale. This is the second bottling of Raspberry Provincial. Funkwerks first debuted Raspberry Provincial in summer 2013. More than 160 pounds of raspberries were added to Provincial, a Berliner Weisse style beer, resulting in a tart fruit beer complete with a citrusy raspberry aroma and delicate sweet and tart finish. Alcohol by volume is 4.2%. “Last summer we brewed a test batch of Provincial, our take on a Berliner Weisse style beer and decided to have some fun with it,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “We added a heavy dose of raspberries and the end result was so delicious we decided to recreate it. Raspberry Provincial is pleasingly tart and refreshing. It’s a perfect summertime beer and pairs well with lighter fare.” Raspberry Provincial is available in limited quantities for bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Raspberry Provincial is currently being poured on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Dave the brewer is busy cooking up the Jesters Ale for the upcoming Colorado Medieval Festival. Made with seville orange, juniper berries, chamomile and coriander, with malty sweetness! They will be closed Sunday for Easter. Their Steam Beer is kegged up, and delicious. They will have some pouring this Friday. It's amber colored, malty, with subtle hop notes. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Here's a tip for you to remember for Hump Days. Bristol Brewing offers $1 off all growler jug fills between 3pm to 7pm every Wednesday. Bring in your growler and fill 'er up! Open Wednesdays 11am - 10pm. And get ready for April 24th at 5pm when they will host their Maibock Release Party. It'll be the first patio party of the year. Bristol's Maibock will be part of their Brewhouse Series. Live music, Maypole activities, live music and giveaways. [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing (Trinidad) - Progress is being made towards opening a brewery in Trinidad. They finished the electrical for their glycol chiller and they are now awaiting final inspection from the city on the buildout. And they plan to need to modify the gas lines for their brew kettles in June. The taproom is about complete. The brewhouse will be a 3 bbl system with 6 bbl fermenters and a 1/2 bbl pilot system. Federal license approval is pending and then onto getting their state license. Look for a summer opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - TRiNiTY needs some volunteers for this weekend's Saison Rendezvous. They need a few for helping breakdown the rendezvous at 5pm and a few to help pour beers. Message TRiNiTY on Facebook or Twitter if you want to help out! Limited # of tickets for the Saison Rendezvous are still available, but will sell out fast. Call (719) 634-0029 or buy online soon. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Their soon to be released April beers include 3 different barrel aged Farmhouse Ales (de Coup, Cerveza Provisional, & Ol' Drowsy's Madman) and a new dry hopped sour, Skully Barrel #9! As they anxiously await the springtime weather to arrive on the mountain, they are just as anxious for these new bottle releases. Look for them at their retail partners around the last week of April, paired with some special release parties! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - It's that time of year again! Local's Appreciation Happy Hour! Starting April 21st, if you wear a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel you will get $2 pints of their year-round beer styles from 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday. Offer runs from April 21 thru May 23, 2014. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

MOG Outdoor Fest (Grand Junction) - Join in for a fun fest featuring outdoor brands, reps, retailers & gearheads come together for this annual outdoor gear/apparel sale, bike & gear swap, and Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour. There will be a Beer Garden sponsored by Rockslide Brewery, live music, food carts, raffles, door prizes and kids activities. More info: www.mogoutdoorfest.com. [400 Main & 4th St from Main to Rood, Grand Junction, CO]

Edgewater Brewery (Grand Junction) - Their seasonal beer - Crossed Irons Irish Red is now on special for just $3 a pint - all day, everyday! Stop in and get some before it's all gone. [905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO]

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