With a Trademark Battle Behind it, Left Hand Brewing Celebrates Nitro Beers at New Fest

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When Left Hand Brewing introduced its Nitro brand in 2011, the beer maker's top brass wanted things to run smoothly -- both in how the beers poured and with control of the brand itself. The former worked out perfectly. The latter, not so much.

While the creamy beers, especially Milk Stout Nitro, quickly gathered a huge fan base and became some of the brewery's best-selling beers, the Longmont company's attempts to trademark the word "Nitro" met with anger, blowback and legal challenges. So last summer, Left Hand quietly dropped its efforts to trademark both the word "Nitro" as it relates to beer and the more specific "Nitro Milk Stout" in order to focus on building the brand across the country and on rebuilding goodwill among customers and competitors.

See also: Bud, Guinness, Sam Adams protest Left Hand Brewing's attempt to trademark "Nitro"

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Three (And Possibly Six) New Breweries Will Open in Denver in November

Alpine Dog's Gardiner Hammond is putting the finishing touches on his brewery.
November is shaping up to be a huge month for brewery openings in Denver, as at least three -- and possibly up to six -- new beer makers get ready to pour. Mockery Brewing, Alpine Dog and Fermaentra Brewing have all set opening dates, while Zephyr Brewing, Goldspot and Declaration Brewing are aiming for late this month or early next month.

These openings will solidify 2014 as the biggest year for new breweries in Denver in recent history. At least a dozen have gone into business within the city limits since January, bringing the total to forty (depending on how you are counting). In addition, Joyride Brewing opened in Edgewater, just a few feet from Denver's border.

When these six turn on the lights, we'll be at 46, and there may be at least one more before the year is out, which would give us 47. And that doesn't include the suburbs: look for Locavore Beer Works in Littleton and Grossen Bart Brewing in Longmont to open in November as well. Here's a rundown of what's to come.

See also: Mockery Brewing Opens Friday in River North's Burgeoning Brewery District

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Mockery Brewing Opens Friday in River North's Burgeoning Brewery District

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Yes, there's a new brewery getting ready to open its doors this weekend in the River North neighborhood, just across from the Source market. But no, that brewery isn't Great Divide, which is building a huge complex there. Rather, it is Mockery Brewing, at 3501 Delgany Street, which will be located literally in the shadow of what will eventually be Great Divide's five-acre, $38 million production facility, taproom and canning plant.

"We had already locked up our space before we knew about them," says Zach Rabun, who owns Mockery with his wife, Rachel. "We were half way through construction when we found out for sure."

See also: Photos: Great Divide Brewing Breaks Ground on Its River North Campus

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Tivoli Brewing Will Open Its Own Brewery and Taphouse Inside the Historic Tivoli Building


In what may be one of the most perfect meetings between Denver's past and its future, the new makers of Tivoli Beer will open their own brewery, taproom and restaurant inside the historic former home of the original Tivoli Brewing Company on the Auraria Campus.

Tivoli Brewing co-owner Corey Marshall and the Auraria Higher Education Center announced this afternoon that the brewery has signed a long-term lease for 8,000 square feet of space inside the landmark Tivoli Student Union building.

See also: A new brewery will pour Denver's Tivoli beer for the first time since 1969

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Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Anniversaries, Festivals and a Ski Season Kickoff

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Dry Dock Brewing debuted two whiskey-barrel-aged beers in its Signature Series last week, both in bottles and at its new tasting room, located inside the brewery's production facility in north Aurora. The beers are Double Brown Ale, an 8 percent ABV English-style brown "with a nutty, caramel backbone and pronounced, earthy bitterness"; and Double Hazelnut Brown Ale, an 8 percent ABV version of the brown that has been spiced with hazelnut, which "creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma." Fewer than 200 cases of each beer will be distributed.

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With Factotum Brewhouse, Will Sunnyside Become Denver's Next Brewery Neighborhood?

Factotum Brewhouse
While River North, LoDo and the Beermuda Triangle may boast the city's thickest concentrations of small craft breweries, the Sunnyside neighborhood in north Denver is slowly building a beer scene of its own -- one that could make it a new destination for craft-beer drinkers over the next year.

Factotum Brewhouse recently revealed that it plans to open later this year or early next year in a former auto-body shop-turned-photography studio at 3845 Lipan Street. The location is just yards away from Diebolt Brewing, which opened thirteen months ago at 3855 Mariposa Street.

See also: A GABF Sweep for Colorado Reinvigorates Boring Old Brown Ales

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Denver Gorilla Run Leaves the Wynkoop and its Silverback Beer for City Park

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The 2013 run set a world record.

Frank Keesling thought he was in trouble nine years ago when he got a call from the Wynkoop Brewing Company asking why there were so many gorillas sitting at the bar. Although the question sounded like the punchline to a joke, it actually came as more of a relief to Keesling, who had organized the Gorilla Run 5K, a race designed to raise money for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, an organization that his mother, Ruth, founded in Denver in the 1980s.

"Mile marker number one was at 18th and Wynkoop, where the brewery is, and we had lost about thirty percent of our participants there," Keesling says; it turns out the gorillas -- or rather racers dressed in full gorilla suits -- were making pit stops for beer. "I had been wondering where they went. I thought I had lost them."

See also: Photos: Denver Gorilla Run 2013 Sets a New Guinness World Record

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Cerebral Brewing Will Go Back to the Lab When it Opens Next Year on Colfax

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Chris Washenberger (left) and Sean Buchan will open Cerebral Brewing next year.
The beer boom on "the longest, wickedest street in America" will continue next year when Cerebral Brewing opens at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Monroe Street. Owners Sean Buchan, Chris Washenberger and Dan McGuire signed a lease this week for a space in a former Galaxie auto body shop, which is being redeveloped into a small restaurant complex.

Located across from the newish Sprouts Farmers Market development, Cerebral will feature a ten-barrel brewing system from Portland Kettle Works, a 4,000 square-foot space with a patio, and Belgian- and English-inspired brews.

See also: Fiction Beer Opens On Colfax With Craft Brews and a Bar Made of Books

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Beer Calendar: Jagged Mountain, Dad & Dude's Celebrate Brewery Anniversaries

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The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, which was created a year ago to help Lyons -- where Oskar Blues was founded -- recover from the devastating floods that ravaged several towns in Colorado, said this week that is had raised one million dollars over the past twelve months and has expanded its mission. In the first three months, CAN'd Aid distributed $515,000 (including a $150,000 personal donation from Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis), money that helped 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations. But the nonprofit foundation is now focused on grants to help small businesses in other places, particularly those that focus on music, arts and culture, disaster relief, outdoor pursuits, health and wellness, and sustainability and recycling.

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Beer Calendar: Count Chocula, New IPAs, Pumpkins and Hot Wings

Courtesy of Sanitas Brewing
Who knew that a cereal could capture the world's attention? On Monday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan posted a story about how Black Bottle Brewery had bought up all of the Count Chocula cereal in two stores and used it for a Halloween beer. Over the next few days, that story went viral, appearing on websites across the spectrum and in newspapers internationally. "That got out of hand quick. We have been getting calls from everywhere. Radio stations in Canada, NPR talked about it this a.m. on air, etc.," says brewery general manager Steve Marrick.

Cerealiously Count Chocula will be tapped on October 30. You'll have to go to Fort Collins to try that one (for now), but there are few other new or newly packaged beers (sorry, without cereal) that you can buy off liquor store shelves right now or in the near future. They include a new brew from Boulder's Sanitas called Sanitas IPA; a canned version of Grimm Brothers' GABF award-winning Fearless Youth dunkel lager; and Slope Style Winter IPA, a new seasonal release from Boulder Beer Company.

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