Beer Calendar: Doughnuts, Eggnog, Peanut Butter and Raspberries Are in Your Beer

Ken Hamblin
Breweries opened at a rate of 1.5 per day in the United States in 2014. Broomfield's 4 Noses Brewing, which debuted in May, was just one of them.
New breweries opened at a stunning rate of 1.5 per day across the United States in 2014, bringing the total number to more than 3,200 by the end of November, according to the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based trade group that covers the craft-beer industry. And there are another 2,000 breweries currently in planning.

The volume of beer produced also rose by 18 percent over the first half of 2014, led by IPAs, which continue to be the most favored craft=beer style. "According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales," the Brewers Association said last week.

And finally, roughly 38 percent of U.S. households bought a craft beer in 2014, up from 29 percent in 2010. And while a lot of those purchases were made by men, women -- in particular, women aged 21-34 -- made up 32 percent of craft-beer volume.

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Breckenridge Brewery Bottles First Large-Scale Barrel-Aged Beer To Honor New Facility

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Construction at the new Breckenridge Brewery.
To celebrate the impending opening of its massive new brewing campus in Littleton -- and all of the square footage and brewing capacity that it will have at its disposal -- Breckenridge Brewery will release its first large-scale barrel-aged bottled beer this month.

Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is Breckenridge's 72 Imperial chocolate cream stout that has been aged in whiskey barrels for six months. It will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and sold in all 37 states where it distributes.

See also: Breckenridge Brewery's Massive Beer Campus Takes Shape in Littleton

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Beer Calendar: Christmas Tappings, Ugly Sweaters, Birthdays and Cranberries

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Upslope Brewing
Sam Scruby (left) replaced Alex Violette, who is opening a craft brewery in Vietnam.

Last July, we wrote about former Upslope head brewer Alex Violette, who was planning to leave Colorado and start an American-style craft brewery in Vietnam. And according to an Outside magazine story this week about U.S. craft breweries going global, Pasteur Street Brewing will open in Saigon on Christmas day.

"The goal: to build on the upstart, experimental character of American craft beer with unique, high-quality ingredients, including the local fruits rambutan and mangosteen, coffee, jasmine, ginger, and cacao beans," the article reads, before quoting Violette: "I have been able to source many of the parts for the brewery from vendors in Saigon. It took hundreds of kilometers on the motorbike to find the neighborhoods that sold the specific items. It was great to see the excitement of the shop owners when we were finally able to get past our language barriers and find an oddly specific part that I need."

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See also: Zephyr Brewing Opening in River North Tomorrow

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Zephyr Brewing Opening in River North Tomorrow

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A lot has happened since early 2013, when three Colorado friends -- Brian Wood, Rich Wisniewski and Tyler Shuey -- decided to open a brewery in River North. The neighborhood has grown quickly and now includes eight breweries within walking distance -- while their project, Zephyr Brewing, has suffered through permitting, power and construction delays in the multi-tenant complex where they decided to put their project.

And last December, Shuey passed away. "It was he and I who originally started this," says Wood, who went to elementary school in Aurora with both Wisniewski and Shuey and attended college in Boulder with Shuey as well. "But we decided right away that we couldn't stop, that we wanted to do for him as much as for us. He put in a lot of work."

See also: Zephyr Brewing Is the Latest Startup to Target River North

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Beer Calendar: Repeal Day, Sour Ales, Holiday Fests and Collaborations

This guy gets free beer for a year.

When Denver Beer Co opened its Canworks production brewery and packaging facility last August, it also cranked up a contest in which participants could buy the newly canned beers, grab printed GPS coordinates off of the cans, figure out the 24 different secret locations and then visit them and take a picture. One person who visited all of them first would win free beer for a year at Denver Beer Co. And the winner of the DBC Explorer Challenge: Cory Palm, whose name was drawn for a hat with the eleven people who successfully completed the challenge. Some of the spots included: Confluence Park, Deer Creek Canyon, Lookout Mountain, the summits of Mount Elbert, Evans, and Bierstadt, Clear Creek Canyon, St. Mary's Glacier, Shelf Road, and a secret hot spring in the Colorado River. Denver Beer Co will bring the challenge back with new place in 2015.

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Trinity Brewing Returns Silver Medal Because It Won for the Wrong Beer

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When Trinity Brewing owner Jason Yester first envisioned a series of beers designed to highlight the differences between various wild yeasts and souring bacteria, the goal was to educate consumers, brewers, beer writers, and even beer judges about flavor profiles. "There is a lot of confusion," he said then, about what makes an American Wild -- funky yeast, like Brettanomyces -- and what makes an American Sour -- acidic bacteria, like Lactobacillus. The project was a way to spread some knowledge.

And apparently there is still some work to be done.

See also: Is Red Swingline Colorado's defining beer? Trinity Brewing will release six versions in July

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Oskar Blues Debuts Pinner Throwback IPA -- a Lower-ABV, Session Beer

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The challenge for Oskar Blues was to make a hoppy, low-alcohol "session" beer that wasn't a "watered down Dale's Pale Ale," says Oskar Blues spokesman Chad Melis. And the result, Pinner Throwback IPA, will hit liquor store shelves in six-packs of twelve-ounce cans later this month in Colorado and North Carolina.

See also: Oskar Blues Selling Crowler Machines to Breweries for Canned Beer to Go

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If You'd Rather Drink Than Shop, These Black Friday Craft Beer Tappings Are For You

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Maybe you were done buying discount TVs before 6 a.m. or maybe you've just got better things to do today than join the masses at the mall. Whatever the case, there are some special beer tappings going on at a few local breweries in honor of the retail world's big day. And while beer geeks may also be hitting the liquor stores to catch a few rare releases (like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout), breweries are definitely where you want to be if you want to avoid the madness.

See also: Beer Calendar: Stouts and Porters to Sustain You Through the Thanksgiving Weekend

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Beer Calendar: Stouts and Porters to Sustain You Through the Thanksgiving Weekend

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Renegade Brewing, which has spent the past five months renovating a 15,000-square-foot production facility in a development called the Yard near First Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, announced last week that it will begin distributing outside of Colorado for the first time next month. Kansas is the first state that Renegade will sell to, with help from Worldwide Wine and Spirits. The brewery will begin brewing and packaging in its new space soon, using its own canning line. That change also means Renegade will begin canning its flagship Redacted Rye IPA in twelve-ounce cans rather than sixteen-ouncers.

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Crooked Stave Moves Its Brewery Equipment Out of the Source, Will Keep Tap Room

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Crooked Stave makes the move, with help from RMS Cranes and Rigging.

When Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opened its showplace tap room inside the urban-chic Source market a year ago, owner Chad Yakobson planned to start brewing there right away. But for month after month, his shiny new equipment sat empty as he and Zeppelin Development, which owns the building, tried to work out logistical issues.

The situation was never resolved, and Yakobson, frustrated, decided a few weeks ago to simply pick up his equipment -- which includes a 21-barrel brewhouse, six fermentation tanks and a coolship -- and take it to his other location in the Sunnyside neighborhood. He carried out the move last weekend in two all-night operations.

See also: Video: The Source Celebrates its First Birthday in River North

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