High Country Beverage and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Team Up with Tap n Handle for the Biggest Tap Takeover in Colorado

High Country Beverage, a locally-owned and operated beverage distributor, is teaming up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Tap n Handle, a local beer bar and grill, for the biggest tap takeover at one location to ever hit Colorado.  The tap takeover, which is a celebration of Tap n Handle’s one year anniversary in Fort Collins, will kick off on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5 p.m.

The tap takeover will consist of 56 different Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers, including three firkins, various barrel aged beers and extremely limited vintage beers and offerings that hardly ever leave the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, Calif.

“We are excited that Tap n Handle wanted to celebrate their anniversary with Sierra Nevada, a craft beer pioneer.  Fort Collins is a city that is passionate about craft beer, making this an event that many will be anticipating and talking about for some time,” said Matt Dravet of High Country Beverage.

Tap n Handle is a world class beer bar and grill with a knowledgeable staff that has a causal approach to service. Tap n Handle creates a unique environment for Fort Collins beer lovers, brewers, explorers and the occasional imbiber.

Located in Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of the top craft breweries currently operating in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sierra Nevada is one of the pioneers in craft brewing; its flagship Pale Ale is considered the standard for American/West Coast style Pale Ales.

High Country Beverage is an independent Colorado family owned and operated beer distributor known for product quality and outstanding customer service.  They proudly represent over 250 brands of the finest local, craft, domestic, and imported malt beverages from around the world.

Colorado Craft Beer Week March 18th to March 24th!

It’s not too late to partake in Colorado Craft Beer Week!  Join breweries and establishments all over Colorado this week as they celebrate Colorado breweries, their brewers and of course their amazingly crafted beers!

Take the time to stop by your local breweries this week and help them rejoice in all their hard work.  Many breweries will be hosting tapping parties with special and/or rare beers that they want to share with those who enjoy the taste of their many hours spent working in the brewery.  Some will be hosting tours and educational events, giving those new and seasoned craft beer lovers the chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and its craft.  You can find beer and food pairings at some local restaurants as well, allowing you to explore a wide variety of dishes perfectly paired with beers that compliment all their flavors.

Be sure to ask if the restaurant or establishment has any Colorado Craft Beer Week specials when you are out in Northern Colorado!

And below is a list of just a few events you can still check out!

3/18/2013-3/24/2013 – Visit Tommy Knocker Brewery for week long specials!  Schedule a free brewery tour and mention Colorado Craft Beer week when you’re there and get $2 off your growler fill!

3/19/2013-3/23/2013 – Visit New Belgium Brewing Company in their Liquid Center while wearing your SOCIAL shirt, share a toast and receive a full size beer of your choice for FREE!

3/21/2013:  Oskar Blues Firkin Night @ Black Bottle Brewing!  Starts at 6pm, Oskar Blues will be tapping a firkin of oSKAr the G’Rauch

3/21/2013:  Road 34 in Fort Collins will be tapping various New Belgium beers including: La Folie, Biere de Garde, Abbey Grand Cru, Clutch, Heavenly Fiejoa and others!  Tapping starts at 7pm and many of these will go quickly!

3/21/2013:  Oskar Blues @ West End Tavern Specialty Tapping Party.  Join Oskar Blues for the tapping of Herradura Barrel Aged Chub, starts at 6pm.

3/22/2013:  Firk-Off @ Cranknstein starting at 8pm!  Join Oskar Blues reps as they tap a special firkin for this Colorado Craft Beer Week.

3/22/2013:  Legends & Rarities Event! This event celebrates the old guard, the behemoths, the forerunners, The Legends. Guests will revel in the glory of 10 breweries. Each brewery will pour two beers: one legend, one rarity.

4/1/2013: High Country Beverage and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Team Up with Tap n Handle for the Biggest Tap Takeover in Colorado! High Country Beverage, a locally-owned and operated beverage distributor, is teaming up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Tap n Handle, a local beer bar and grill, for the biggest tap takeover at one location to ever hit Colorado.  The tap takeover, which is a celebration of Tap n Handle’s one year anniversary in Fort Collins, will kick off on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5 pm.

High Country Beverage and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Team Up with Tap n Handle for the Biggest Tap Takeover in Colorado

High Country Beverage, a locally-owned and operated beverage distributor, is teaming up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Tap n Handle, a local beer bar and grill, for the biggest tap takeover at one location to ever hit Colorado.  The tap takeover, which is a celebration of Tap n Handle’s one year anniversary in Fort Collins, will kick off on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5 p.m.

The tap takeover will consist of 56 different Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers, including three firkins, various barrel aged beers and extremely limited vintage beers and offerings that hardly ever leave the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, Calif.

“We are excited that Tap n Handle wanted to celebrate their anniversary with Sierra Nevada, a craft beer pioneer.  Fort Collins is a city that is passionate about craft beer, making this an event that many will be anticipating and talking about for some time,” said Matt Dravet of High Country Beverage.

Tap n Handle is a world class beer bar and grill with a knowledgeable staff that has a causal approach to service. Tap n Handle creates a unique environment for Fort Collins beer lovers, brewers, explorers and the occasional imbiber.

Located in Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of the top craft breweries currently operating in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sierra Nevada is one of the pioneers in craft brewing; its flagship Pale Ale is considered the standard for American/West Coast style Pale Ales.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration!

This weekend, be sure to wear green, throw on your shamrocks and celebrate St. Patty’s Day with family and friends in downtown Fort Collins!  Whether you’re getting up early to run the Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K Run/Walk or taking the family to watch the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there is lots of fun to be had this weekend!

Start your Saturday off right, at 8:30 a.m., by signing up for the Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K Run/Walk that will begin and end at Library Park.  Dressing up in your best Irish or green attire is encouraged!  You’ll be helping a good cause too, as all proceeds go toward Partners Mentoring Youth, a local program that pairs youth in need of extra help with adult mentors.  Plus, participants will have a complimentary beer waiting for them at the end of the race!

Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the corner of Walnut and College and travel through the heart of downtown Fort Collins.  CSU’s Temple Grandin is this year’s Grand Marshall and will have the honor of leading the 80 plus floats through the parade route.  Stick around for the Old Town Irish Party that will take place in Old Town Square from 10am to 5pm.  Listen to live Irish music by Gobs O’ Phun, The Commoners and TribU2 while hanging out with your family and friends.  Enjoy a Guinness draft, green beer (if you really want to get in to the spirit!), Irish food, Irish whiskey and even green cotton candy!

Need a better reason to wear green?  CSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Las Vegas to play in the Mountain West Conference tournament that starts this Thursday, so show your support and wear lots of green for them this week!

Lots of downtown businesses will be in the Irish spirit all weekend, so head downtown to enjoy the nice weather and the fun festivities!

Getting in the Spring Mentality

The transition from spiced and heavy dark beers that are commonly associated with the winter is finally here.  With Spring coming early and daylight savings moving the clocks forward an hour to give us more sunlight, it’s time to get your taste buds in line with the warmer weather that is on the way.

Finish up or store away the last of your winter brews, Spring is just around the corner and that means there are other beers to be had.  Toasty malt or thicker beers that tend to be higher in alcohol content warm us during the cold winter months but those don’t often do the trick in the Spring.  Break out of the winter rut with citrusy or hoppy APA’s and IPA’s or fruity Lambics, these will help you transition into the warmer months that are ahead.

A strong golden color is often seen in APA’s and IPA’s, and have citrus flavors that come from the hops and yeasts used to brew these delicious beers.  With a lower alcohol content, generally around 5% or 6%, than common winter seasonal beers you are able to enjoy a few of them without the effects that those heavy stouts can carry with them.  High Country Beverage carries four APA’s that are found in the top 10 on BeerAdvocate.com; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale, Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale and Boulder Beer’s Hazed and Infused.  Sierra Nevada carries a wide selection of IPA’s if those suit your taste buds better, and Oskar Blues and Flying Dog have some options for you as well.

If hops aren’t your favorite then maybe the fruit flavors found in a Kriek or Frambroise might be more your style.  These beers, also known as fruit Lambics, brewed with barley and wheat are spontaneously fermented have fruit added to them after the fermenting has started and are then aged for months or even years.  Common fruits used in these beers are cherries (Kriek), raspberries (Frambroise), peaches and black currants.  These carefully aged beers have a tartness that hits your tongue followed by a sweet fruit flavor that makes them perfect for drinking a warm spring day.  New Belgium’s Transatlantique Kriek, from their Lips of Faith series, is one of the most popular in the area and can be found in stores and restaurants.

Enjoy the change of the season with these types of beer while out on the town or on your own porch and they will slowly ease you out of those wintery beers and into the summer months.  While you’re out don’t hesitate to ask your server or store employee to suggest a great Spring seasonal to try!