Winter seasonals are back!

The wait is over and it’s time again for those winter seasonals to fill the shelves, taps and your fridge!

For many of you this is your favorite time of the year, as all those delicious warming beers come back to your favorite spots to grab a beer. Whether it’s at your neighborhood hangout, the beer bar downtown, or the liquor store that’s on your way home from work, you’ll now find an abundance of local and national winter seasonals all over Northern Colorado.

While light, citrus and hoppy beers are enjoyed during the warmer months, winter months visit the opposite end of the spectrum, and can often times be rich and dark (though they aren’t always that way). These seasonals can offer a little bit more in ABV (alcohol by volume), seemingly warming you up a touch, perfect for a cold and snowy night. The thick and almost syrupy viscosity that is sometimes associated with these delicious crafts can seem like a meal in themselves, perfect for a pre-meal snack or after dinner treat. Heck, enjoy one before, during, and after, because they won’t be around forever.

The Rocky Mountains must be quite inspiring, as Colorado’s breweries have a thing for creating beers that pair perfectly with the cold winter months. You’ll find Blue Moon’s Winter Abbey Ale, Boulder Beer’s Killer Penguin, and New Belgium’s newest creation, Accumulation, all across the state. Black Bottle Brewery doesn’t have a bottling line just yet, but you can stop by their place and try their Angry Elf that they just released last Saturday. National favorites like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale are all great winter seasonals you should give a try as well while they last.

So next time you belly up to the bar or stop by the liquor store take a look at the seasonals, because once they are gone you won’t see them for another whole year. Sad, we know.

We hope you’re enjoying the great holiday season!

Black Bottle Brewery Celebrates 1st Birthday With Beer, Cupcakes, and One Man Band

Black Bottle Brewery, the newest locally-owned brewery to Fort Collins, will celebrate their one year in business with the release of their first anniversary beer, Angry Elf, specialty cupcakes and one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, on Saturday, December 14th from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. at Black Bottle Brewery located at 1611 S. College Avenue, Suite 1609!

“It’s crazy how time has flown by this past year.” said Sean Nook, owner and head brewer. Nook, who was brewing beer in his home up until he opened Black Bottle Brewery, reflected on the last year, “It feels like just yesterday we were down here installing our copper kettle and fermenters, now here we are celebrating our first birthday.”

Join them as they kick off their birthday celebration at 11 a.m., or any time you can make it in, as the party will be going on all day. Their 40 tap system that they usually share with other local and national breweries will be full of their very own craft beer creations, including Ginger, their Gold Medal Winner at the All Colorado Beer Festival. They’ll be offering tours to the public at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. While there will be special tappings all day, the most important of them all will be at 7 p.m. when they toast with specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser and tap their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey and cinnamon that was then aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then whiskey barrels.

Feisty Spirits, Fort Collins’ newest craft distillery, will join in the celebration as well. Following the birthday toast, stick around for the special release of the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey, at 8 p.m. If that wasn’t already a full days worth, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger will be performing for your listening pleasure starting at 9 p.m. until close. This full day of beer, cupcakes, music and whiskey is one that you surely won’t want to miss, so join them!

Black Bottle Brewery, a locally owned and operated brewery and restaurant located in midtown Fort Collins, opened its doors in December of 2012. Brewing creative craft ales and lagers with radical ingredients in their basement is their passion and recently partnered with High Country Beverage of Loveland to help with their distribution. Offering a full food menu from its kitchen on the main level, Black Bottle Brewery provides a unique drinking environment enhanced by great food. For more information visit, www.blackbottlebrewery.com

Feisty Spirits, Fort Collins’ first distillery, provides brilliant hand crafted whiskeys and other distilled spirits. Continuing a family legacy, they pride themselves in using natural and organic ingredients to produce the highest quality distilled spirits. For more information visit, www.feistyspirits.com

Beer, Cupcakes, and a One Man Band

Congrats to one of our newest partners, Black Bottle Brewery, as they turn one year old this month!

Join them as the doors open on Saturday, December 14th at 11am to help them celebrate their birth a year ago last December. They will be celebrating their first birthday with Angry Elf (their anniversary beer), specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, and much more. Black Bottle will be offering tours of their brewery to the public at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4pm and 5pm. In addition, they will be taking over all 40 of their taps with 40 different BBB beers for the entire day, or until they are gone at least, including some that haven’t been seen since they first opened.

A tapping and toast of their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, at 7pm will kick of the night’s festivities! Angry Elf is an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey, and cinnamon that they aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then aged again in whiskey barrels. Accompanying the toast will be a specialty cupcake made with their anniversary beer and made by Fort Collins’ favorite cupcake truck, Cupcake Cruiser.

Stick around until 8pm and you’ll be able to have the first crack at the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey. This first batch has a strong, yet sweet, aroma of roasted malt with subtle hints of apricot, and its full body finishes warm and crisp compliments of the rye. Fair warning, this is a small batch and will be limited, so get a taste while it’s still around.

Randall Conrad Olinger, a one man band of sorts, will begin his foot stomping, “hobo honkey-tonk” (as he calls it) at 9pm, so be sure to stick around for a song or two! His acoustic combination of blues, country, rock and metal, played on loud guitars and a homemade foot drum, will keep your foot tapping and hands clapping well into the night.

A full day of activities, that’s the only way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

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Oscar Blues 11th CANiversary

Join Oskar Blues Grill & Brew this Friday, December 6th, as they celebrate 11 years of canning their craft. Rare Oskar Blues beers, live music, food specials and raising awareness for a good cause, there’s no better way to bring people together!

In 2002 Oskar Blues decided it was time to start packaging the sweet goodness and the decision between bottles and cans had to be made. Often associated with sodas or lack luster beer, Oskar Blues opted to go with cans for humorous reasons, but for other reasons also. Fully protecting their craft from sunlight and oxygen, portability, and ease of recycling (just to name a few), made cans the obvious choice for Dale and company. The initial set up included just a table-top canning system that could only seal one beer at a time, this made Oskar Blues the first American craft brewery to both brew and can their own beer. Needless to say, they became a trailblazer, as many craft breweries have followed their lead and now it’s time to celebrate!

The party starts at 7pm and will continue into the night, as people from all over ascend on the birthplace of canned craft beer. To celebrate this occasion Oskar Blues will be pulling out a few rarities at 7pm, including 2009 Ten FIDY, Southern Hemisphere ESB, and The White Buffalo IPA, followed by their first batch of O.D.B. Barleywine at 8pm. If that’s not convincing enough, Rocktin Grove will take the stage at 8:30pm and The West Water Outlaws will close it out starting at 10pm. Purchase your tickets early online for $10 to ensure you get a spot inside, or risk it and purchase them at the door tomorrow night.

Oskar Blues is taking this opportunity to raise awareness for the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund. CAN’d Aid has raised over $250,000 in donations to help aid in the recovery of all those who were affected by the floods that devastated Colorado earlier this year. The foundation has distributed a large portion of the donations to local area families, individuals and small businesses in order to help them get back on their feet. Special t-shirts and pint glasses can be purchased at this event and all proceeds will go directly to the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund to continue the flood recovery efforts.

Stop by to celebrate and learn about the amazing CAN’d Aid Foundation’s hard work!

Where: ​Oskar Blues Grill and Brew
​​303 Main Street
​​Lyons, CO 80540
When: ​7pm – Close
Price: ​​$10