Black Bottle Brewery takes over William Oliver’s!

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Black Bottle Brewery is stepping up and taking on the “16 Tap Challenge” at one of Fort Collins’ newest hot spots, William Oliver’s Publick House.

Beginning, today, February 17th, at 11AM all 16 taps at William Oliver’s are pouring Black Bottle Brewery beers.  You’ll find a variety of different styles on tap, India Pale Ales, an American Red, an American Brown, Imperial IPA’s and Stouts, plus more.  There are even a few gems that have been brought out for this event including, Home Brewer’s Do It In The Garage (unblended Lambic), Liquid Folk Metal (Imperial Rye Stout aged in whiskey barrels), and the third version of their Cerealiously Milk Stout, which had an addition of Reese’s Puffs, for a smooth peanut buttery and chocolaty flavor.

You can enjoy these crafts for $3 a piece all day long for the entire week, or until they are gone.  There is a catch though; if a keg kicks the line will stay empty until the very last Black Bottle keg is gone.  Be the one to get the last beer out of a keg and you’ll be rewarded with anything from gift cards, shirts, hats and more.  Also, for every two (2) Black Bottle beers purchased, you’ll receive one (1) FREE beer at the brewery during the following week.  If that’s not enough incentive, should you be the lucky one to get the last drop of the very last keg, you’ll be the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to William Oliver’s!

This isn’t your ordinary tap takeover either, it is a race.  Black Bottle is trying to race the clock and have all 16 kegs kicked by closing time on Wednesday evening, just three days time.  Help them break the record, which is currently held by Fort Collins Brewery!

Game on!

Great American Beer Festival 2013 – Oct. 10th-12th

The week we’ve all been waiting for!  Or at least a good portion of us…

The Great American Beer Festival, better known as GABF, has been around since 1982 and continues to grow in popularity year after year.  With hundreds of different craft breweries from all over the country and thousands of beers, this event is truly a beer lover’s heaven.  Three days and four different tasting sessions, gives hundreds if not thousands of beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste some of the most creative beers ever created.

While it may be fun and games for some, for the breweries it is serious business, as many are seeking to win the highly coveted GABF medals and wear them proudly.  Judges and beer professionals from all over the world take part in blind tastings to score and rate beers according to their beer-style category.  The professional judging panels award gold, silver and bronze medals to 75 different beer-style categories, who knew there were so many!  Last year Fort Collins breweries were able to bring home some fancy hardware including, earning 7 total medals, 6 of them being gold.

Tickets may be sold out to the event but you can find them listed for sale online if you’re really itching to go.  If the ticket price is a little bit steep or you’ve got prior engagements, there is plenty to do all week outside of the festival walls.  Most breweries have tons of beer dinners and special events planned all week long.  Beer bars, brewpubs and restaurants all over northern Colorado have lots going on as well, including tap takeovers, visits from breweries, and parties.

Best of luck to all of the northern Colorado breweries taking part in this year’s competition!

That being said here is a list of a few breweries and a couple bars below you should check out this week!

Breweries:

  • Black Bottle Brewery
  • Blue Moon
  • Boulder Beer Company
  • Colorado Native
  • New Belgium
  • Oskar Blues
  • Tommy Knocker

Bars:

  • Choice City Butcher
  • Tap n’ Handle
  • The Mayor of Old Town
  • The Forge Publick House

Get out and enjoy FoCoMX!

After being holed up for the first half of the week due to the wonderful Colorado weather, FoCoMX gives you the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and stretch your legs this Friday and Saturday.

On April 19th and 20th FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) will be holding its annual event, FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music Experiment), an event that celebrates Northern Colorado musicians and their music.  FoCoMA, a non-profit organization, provides Northern Colorado musicians with educational, supportive and networking opportunities.  This organization is put together to help inspire and support the creative minds of local artists and at the same time generate awareness of the great work that are being created.

This two day event takes place at 24 different venues all over Fort Collins and includes a lineup of over 240 bands and/or musicians for your listening pleasure.  For $30 you’ll be able to enjoy some of Northern Colorado’s well known bands like Mama Lenny and The Remedy, Fierce Bad Rabbit and The Patti Fiasco.  But this is a great opportunity to check out some of its best kept secrets like Daniel Ondaro, Samuel Mouton and The Holler! Be sure to check the full list on the event program to see the wide variety artists and genres performing over the weekend.

Popular performing places like Aggie Theatre, Avogadro’s Number and Hodi’s Half Note will of course be participating but that’s just the beginning.  Places like Choice City Butcher, East Coast, Mo Jeaux’s and many more will be joining in the fun too!  Concerned about how you’re going to get around to all these places?  There’s no need to worry, a FREE bus/van service will be running just for FoCoMX participants that will pick up and drop off at the four main locations of the event around town.  And while a majority of the venues are for all ages some require that patrons are 21+, so check the venue list prior to heading out on the town.

You can pick up your FoCoMX wristband at Rock ‘N’ Robins today or at the Will Call & Ticket booth located in front of the Art Lab on Linden Street which will be open from 12pm to 11pm on the days of the event.  You may also pick one up at Odell Brewing Company or Fort Collins Brewery during their business hours and Road 34 the night of.  We’d recommend getting them in advance to save yourself the hassle and so you don’t miss out!

Below is a list of useful information and links to help you plan your weekend filled with music!

Will Call & Ticket booth – Located at 239 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Open 12pm-11pm 4/19 & 4/20)

http://focomx.focoma.org/

http://focomx.focoma.org/2013-FoCoMX-Digital-Music-Guide.pdf

 

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!

A Night Spent Lost in the Woods

A special release party held at the brewery was the first of its kind for New Belgium, Fort Collins’ largest craft brewery, and was a big hit for all of those who attended!

Lost in the Woods, a private ticketed event, showcased New Belgium’s 2013 La Folie Sour Brown Ale and Transatlantique Kriek.  The brewery saw more than 700 guests come through their doors last Friday night.  The buzz had built for weeks and tickets sold out faster than expected so it was no surprise that the line to get in started forming early and stretched clear back out on to Linden Street.  Once the doors opened the line quickly dissipated and guests slapped on a name tag, took their three tokens (each good for one free draft beer of your choice) and set out to see what the Woods had in store.

The Liquid Center was packed, serving the 2013 La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek alongside a variety of other New Belgium beers.  Here people spent their time snacking on tasty appetizers, discussing first thoughts of the new beers, and talking of what might be found in the rest of the brewery.  Taking a walk and sticking to the right you found a dimly lit conference room where brewers like Peter Brouckaert and Eric Salazar, along with other New Belgium staff, explained the processes and techniques used to brew these craft sensations.  Offering tasters of the showcased beers at their different stages in the brewing process allowed enthusiasts to both see and taste the drastic changes it goes through.

After grasping an understanding of what it takes to make these delicious beers, it was time to head to “Cache La Foeder”, the whole reason this event was even possible.  Walking through the “woods” of the enormous cellar that houses 30 plus wood foeders (pronounced foo-ders), you could find various beverage stations serving up the sour beers with more details and facts of the creation process.  Candles and various decorative lights splashed the wooden barrels with bits of light leading you back to a forest of white trees projected up on the walls.  Wondrous sounds of blues, rock and soul came from the back of the cellar where you could find Mama Lenny & The Remedy performing all night.  Getting Lost in the Woods while enjoying live music, good company and dancing around but being ever so careful not to waste a drop of beer, was a perfect way to spend a Friday night.

Needless to say, a good time was had by all.  Job well done New Belgium, we look forward to attending your next event!

If you weren’t able to attend the event and want to try these beers you can use New Belgium’s Libation Locator to find where you can purchase these awesome beers!

Old Chicago World Beer Tours!

If you 1) like beer and 2) like Old Chicago, then there should be no reason that you do not have a World Beer Tour card for Old Chicago- whether you live in Greeley, Fort Collins or Loveland.

What is the World Beer Tour card?

Basically, Old Chicago wants to reward all of you beer lovers and connoisseurs out there with prizes for your beer drinking!

How your World Beer Tour card works:

  • Your electronic World Beer Tour card tracks every beer on your journey, from any Old Chicago location, just be sure to give it to your waitress.
  • Once you’ve tried all 110 beers your tour’s complete. There are also mini tours that are celebrant of the current season (for example, right now there is a Cinco de Mayo mini tour going on to celebrate May coming up- and of course, Mexican beer!)
  • If you finish the tour (the full tour, not the mini tours!) you get your name on the World Beer Tour wall.
  • You will receive prizes along the way- shirts, bottle openers, pizza’s, etc…

Check out the Old Chicago website here,  to register your World Beer Tour card so we can tell you about promotions, special events, add a free medium one-topping pizza to your card the month of your birthday and award your prizes without delay (beginning with your 25th beer, your prizes will be placed on hold until your card is registered). Registering only takes a minute, and providing your name and address or e-mail address is enough.