Oskar Blues CHUBurger Served 50,000 Burgers at Coors Field in 2014, Will Return Next Season

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CHUburger at Coors Field served nearly 50,000 burgers in 2014.
The 2014 baseball season didn't work out so well for the Colorado Rockies, but it was a grand slam for Oskar Blues, which sold nearly 50,000 burgers at the CHUburger restaurant on the new rooftop deck at Coors Field. The location also poured 43,000 beers, although that total was split between two Oskar Blues offerings, Dale's Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils, and Coors and Coors Light, which flow like water at that stadium.

"It had a great feel and we had a great time up there," says Oskar Blues spokesman Chad Melis, adding that the company may try to expand its menu slightly for the 2015 season with a chicken sandwich. "I think we got past the learning curve."

See also: Oskar Blues is opening a CHUBurger at Coors Field, but will it serve its own beer?

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Wynkoop Head Brewer Andy Brown Leaving After Six and a Half Years

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Andy Brown (right) and former Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones.

Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown, who is credited with updating the beer recipes at Colorado's oldest brewpub to fit the modern craft-beer market, said this week that he is leaving the job after six and a half years.

Mike Hall, the head brewer at Phantom Canyon Brewing in Colorado Springs, will take over on an interim basis. Both Wynkoop and Phantom Canyon are run by Breckenridge-Wynkoop Holdings, which also owns Breckenridge Brewery, Session Kitchen and other restaurants.

See also: The Wynkoop Cans Kurt's Mile High Malt, Based on a Recipe From Kurt Vonnegut's Family


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Beer Calendar: Sour Ales, Thanksgiving Tie-Ins and Beery Anniversaries

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Fate Brewing Facebook page
Fate Brewing in Boulder announced this week that it has acquired an extra 2,500 square feet of space next door to its current facility, where it will begin renovations next month, adding a barrel-aging room and new bottling and canning equipment. In addition, Fate will double its fermentation capacity to about 150 barrels. "We knew that increased production capacity would be a goal at some point down the road. Never did we imagine it could happen so quickly, but we have hit capacity and we need more space to keep up," Fate Brewing owner Mike Lawinski says in a statement.

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Ratio Beerworks Will Build on River North Momentum When It Opens in 2015

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Ratio Beerworks Facebook page
The owners of Ratio Beerworks had stopped looking for space in River North -- a district that already boasts seven breweries with at least three more on the way -- when they heard about the 5,500-square-foot warehouse that Mile High Spirits was leaving behind after finding newer digs downtown.

"It was an A-plus for us -- the right size with soaring ceilings and a huge side yard," says former Wynkoop and AC Golden brewer Jason zumBrunnen, who plans to open Ratio with partners Zach Lowery and Scott Kaplan.

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

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Locavore Beer Works Opens in Littleton Tomorrow

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Locavore Beer Works Facebook page
Keeping it local. That's the goal of Andy Nelson and Jason Reinhardt, who will open Locavore Beer Works on Saturday, November 15 in Littleton.

"We use the concentric ring model and only go outside of that if certain goods or services aren't available," says Nelson, adding that the brewery is committed to supporting neighborhood businesses as much as possible.

See also: 38 State Brewing Opens Littleton's First Taproom on Saturday

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Fermaentra Brewing opens Saturday near the University of Denver

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When people walk into Fermaentra, owners Brennan Mann and Spencer O'Bryan want them to know they're in a brewery. "Otherwise, you're just in a bar in LoDo," Mann says.

That's why beer drinkers at Fermaentra, which opens its doors for the first time on Saturday, will be able to look past the taps to the seven barrel brewhouse and the six tanks beyond them -- without walls or windows to separate them from the beer-making process.

See also: Alpine Dog Brewing Will Open Saturday in Capitol Hill

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Alpine Dog Brewing Will Open Saturday in Capitol Hill

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Alpine Dog opens Saturday.
Gardiner Hammond has always been a fan of Capitol Hill -- the bars, the music halls, the mix of people and styles. So when he began searching for a location for his brewery, Alpine Dog Brewing, he focused on this eclectic neighborhood. "It's the densest part of Denver," he says. "And there weren't a lot of breweries here."

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

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Beer Calendar: Bacon, Barrel-Aged Beers, Nitro Fest and Three New Breweries

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Christopher Morgan
Ski resorts haven't always made craft beer a priority, but that has changed a lot over the past two years. The latest pairing between local brews and winter sports is at the Base 9 bar inside Breckenridge's Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is introducing a new craft-beer program this season. Bar managers hired craft consultant Laura Lodge, who also created the annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail, to help them design a beer menu that works with the food menu. Different Colorado breweries will be served at the bar, and one will be featured each week with a tasting in Beaver Run's lobby and other specials. Currently on tap: Ska True Blonde, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Great Divide Collette, New Belgium Fat Tire, Avery IPA, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA, Odell Cutthroat Porter and Left Hand Milk Stout.

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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

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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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