Oskar Blues will debut Old Chub Nitro this week, the first U.S.-made nitro beer in a can

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Oskar Blues, which pioneered putting craft beers in cans in the United States, is taking an old favorite from the U.K. and making it better. Call it an AmeriCAN revolution.

This week the Longmont beer-maker will become the first stateside brewery to can a beer that has been carbonated with nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. Old Chub Nitro will debut at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver before being sold in four-packs of sixteen-ounce throughout the brewery's distribution network.

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

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First of its kind: Ernie's will host a thirty-tap takeover of beers made only by women

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Ashleigh Carter after GABF last year.
Be careful about making assumptions next time you meet a woman at a beer festival. Warns Ashleigh Carter: "You might be looking at the brewer -- not the secretary."

Or the girlfriend, or any number of other stereotypical labels that people may hang on women working for breweries. And that's part of the reason why Carter is organizing what could be a first in the craft-brewing industry -- a thirty-tap takeover featuring only beers that were made by women.

See also: Beer calendar: Baseball, blondes and the Craft Brewers Conference

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Trinity Brewing will make Colorado's first coolship-produced wild ale

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The coolship is unloaded at Trinity.
April is a high-pollen month, particularly in the northwestern part of Colorado Springs, where the winds blow hard around Trinity Brewing. It's the kind of month when you can find all kinds of things floating in the air, things that make people sneeze, swell their eyes shut -- and maybe, just maybe, help to produce a very unusual beer.

Next Tuesday, Trinity Brewing founder Jason Yester plans to become the first commercial Colorado brewer to ferment a beer using naturally-occurring bacteria and yeast.

See also: TPS Report, Oh Face: Trinity Brewing bringing its funky beers to Denver

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The new Rooftop deck at Coors Field is chock full of booze and views

Dick Monfort talks shop on the Rooftop.
Baseball fans are in for a few new treats when they return to Coors Field this weekend -- although if they're not careful, those treats will get the fans too drunk to remember what they were.

Team owner Dick Monfort led several dozen media members on a walking tour of the stadium on Wednesday and showed off the upgrades. The most noticeable is a change in the look and design of the food and beverage vendors. The facings have all been given a sleek, almost retro, feel that adds to the overall aesthetics of the ballpark.

See also: Blue Moon's Sandlot brewery at Coors Field has two new beers on tap for Opening Day

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Beer calendar: Baseball, blondes and the Craft Brewers Conference

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The Brewers Association released its annual accounting this week of the top fifty craft brewers in the nation as base on sales, as well as the top fifty brewers altogether. In Colorado, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell, Left Hand, Boulder Beer and Craftworks -- which owns the Rock Bottom and Old Chicago chains -- remained on the first list. But Left Hand launched itself onto the second list as well for the first time, becoming the fiftieth largest brewery in the United States. At the same time, the Longmont beer maker released its own numbers, saying that its volume grew by 32 percent in 2013 to 65,879 barrels; Left Hand predicted that will brew 85,000 barrels in 2014.

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Boulder Beer celebrates its 35th anniversary with a special beer -- made by mistake

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Regrets? We've had a few. And over the past 35 years, so, too, has Boulder Beer, the state's oldest craft brewery. But a mistake made by a brewer in 2011 isn't one of them, and the company will use that fortuitous mishap next month to celebrate its birthday.

Boulder Beer will release its 35th Anniversary Ale at a party on Tuesday, April 8 during the Craft Brewers Conference, a national trade show that's in Denver that week. The beer is 9.5 percent ABV imperial black IPA made with nearly 8,000 pounds of barley malt.

See also: Boulder Beer turns a brewing screw-up into a big, bold double black IPA

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Blue Moon's Sandlot brewery at Coors Field has two new beers on tap for Opening Day

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April brings new hope every year to the Colorado Rockies -- and new beers to the Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot, the in-stadium brewery owned by Coors.

This year, the Sandlot has two new beers lined up for Opening Day at Coors Field, which is Friday, April 4, against the Arizona Diamonbacks. They are Batters I-PA, a pale ale made with Mandarina Bavaria, a hop variety not used very often in the United States, and Willis Brau, a 5.5 percent ABV black lager.

See also: GABF award-winning Sandlot brewery will stay open all winter at Coors Field

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April Fools: Helium beers, self-filling cans and fake lawsuits highlight annual brewery jokes

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Craft breweries and related companies love April Fool's Day and each year, they skewer their fans, their competitors, big breweries and themselves with jokes. But these breweries are also innovators, and a couple of years ago, one of these jokes actually became reality when Wynkoop Brewing produced Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, a beer made with bull testicles -- it will be re-released today, by the way.

The creative force behind that joke, Marty Jones, is back this year with one for Cask Brewing Systems, which makes canning lines. But there are other funny pranks out there as well. Check out a few of the press releases on the following pages.

See also: Beery reasons we're glad April Fool's Day only comes once per year

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Avery Brewing will make White Rascal at New Belgium for a year as it builds new facility

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Colorado's small craft breweries are well-known for helping one another out with advice, equipment and other kinds of support. But the big guys like to do that, too.

On Monday, Avery Brewing announced that it had signed an agreement with New Belgium Brewing that will allow Avery to make its best-selling beer, White Rascal Belgian Style White Ale, on New Belgium's system for the next twelve months.

See also: Avery Brewing expands its acclaimed barrel-aging program tenfold

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Renegade Brewing will open a production brewery near its taproom, add new canned beers

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Renegade Brewing, which helped invigorate the Santa Fe arts district three years ago, will sink its roots even deeper this summer when it opens a large production facility -- and eventually a second tap room -- just eight blocks south of its current location.

The brewery has just signed a lease on a 15,000-square-foot space in what will become the Yard at Santa Fe, a new "craft-centered" development at 924 West First Avenue. There, Renegade owners Brian and Khara O'Connell will install a thirty-barrel brewhouse and several large fermentation tanks, along with their own canning line from Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder.

See also: TRVE Brewing will add new production brewery dedicated to sour and wild ales

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