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

Brandon Marshall
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.

For all of this week's craft beer events, turn the page.

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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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Steamworks Brewing contracts with Dry Dock to make its beer

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Steamworks Brewing in Durango was one of the first Colorado mountain breweries to can its beers and establish a presence in Denver, but financial problems in 2010 forced the brewery to close its canning plant. As a result, Steamworks went to its neighbor, Ska Brewing, which began brewing and canning Steamworks's beer on a contract basis.

But Ska has grown so much over the past few years that it no longer has the capacity to brew the Steamworks beers anymore. So Steamworks -- maker of the popular Colorado Kolsch -- has hired Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing to take over.

See also: Dry Dock Brewing quadrupled in size in 2013; plans to add new beers in 2014

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Golden City Brewery will begin canning three beers this summer

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Golden City Brewery, which was Golden's only craft brewer for nearly two decades, is feeling a bit of pinch now that it has been joined by three other craft-beer makers in the town.

But it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, and beginning this May or June, Golden City will begin canning three of its beers and distributing them throughout metro Denver, and possibly into other parts of the state after that.

See also: Tommyknocker Brewery will can beer again, twelve years after its first attempt

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Prost Brewing will start selling six-pack bottles of its Pils, Dunkel and Weissbier in April

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Prost Brewing will begin packaging its three core beers in twelve-ounce bottles next month as part of a renewed effort at distribution.

The German-style brewery, which opened in August 2012, had previously only packaged its beers in 64-ounce growlers, which it sealed and sold to liquor stores. But the growlers had trouble fitting in at some locations, and the beer sometime lost its freshness.

See also: Award-winning brewer Bill Eye has left Prost Brewing

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