Holy cow, it is already November! The weather sure has changed quickly, with some of us seeing glimpses of the white stuff falling from the heavens, but never fear, beer is always here. We’ve got some fun events happening this week, so get off your couch, bundle up and head out! Plus we’ve debuted our very own Best Of contest for Pikes Peak region breweries and beer outlets! There were so many great choices in our area for our “top ten,” so we’ve decided to turn to you, the voters, to make all the tough decisions…
2014 Best of Beer
You may have noticed that our little town has a couple “Best Of” voting events that occur each year…The Gazette does one and so does The Independent. After seeing the results from both, we felt that the vast majority of craft beer in Colorado Springs is woefully represented. In years past, we’ve given you our personal top-ten list for local beer, but this year we decided to put the decision making in your hands, election style. We have 10 categories with some of our favorites from this past year, but it’s up to you to decide who gets the win! Share with your friends/fans if you’d like as well! Voting will close on December 1st, and you can vote once per day! http://focusonthebeer.com/2014-best-beer/
On to the events:
Tuesday, Nov 4:
Karma Hour at Bristol Brewing
Karma Hour this week supports the Palmer Land Trust. The Palmer Land Trust works to guarantee that open lands remain a part of southeastern Colorado’s heritage. So far, they have worked with individuals and communities to permanently conserve nearly 75,000 acres of public open spaces, historic farms and ranches, critical habitat and stunning scenic vistas. Head over to Bristol tonight between 5 and 9 and grab a freshly released Winter Warlock and support a community cause!
Wednesday, Nov 5:
Test Tap Wednesday at Fieldhouse Brewing
Not only did Fieldhouse just release two new beers (pumpkin porter and a cranberry saison), but they’ll release their next Test Tap this week as well! Head down on Wednesday for a pint as well as a great pairing with Treehouse BBQ! When they announce what will be on tap, we’ll update this! UPDATE: Test Tap will be a Witbier paired with Bacon Mac N’ Cheese with smoked salmon!
Giving Beer at Trinity Brewing
No word on who this week’s Giving Beer supports, but as soon as we hear anything, we’ll let you know. As per the norm, 1 dollar from each beer sold goes to the nonprofit.
Breckenridge Pint Night at Brewer’s
Every Wednesday in November, Brewer’s Republic will be hosting a Breckenridge Brewery pint night. Each pint awards you a raffle ticket with great prizes including a Breckenridge Onesie…Word is that they’ll be giving away a Never Summer snowboard at some point in December…
Thursday, Nov 6:
Traveling Firkin at Old Chicago: Tejon
Bristol Brewing has been pumping out firkins in coordination with Old C’s for the past few months, and now they’re doing one downtown! Head to Old Chicago’s Tejon location for a firkin of Old #23 barleywine that’s been cask conditioned! Pre-sale starts at 5:30, and the cask is tapped at 6. First 48 pints get free glassware as well!
Friday, Nov 7:
Alaskan Brewing Tapping
Brewer’s Republic will be hosting an Alaskan Brewing tapping with raffle prizes! Buy pints for your chance to win cool swag or an Alaskan Brewing longboard!
Hopped Toddy, Saison de Miel Release at Trinity Brewing
“Aged for a year, and inspired by chilling winter nights, this hopped braggot is made with 48% honey and 52% grains. The recipe was crafted with fresh ginger, lemon zest, Black & Orange Pekoe tea, then aged on bourbon barrels. We brew a single batch annually and cellar it for a minimum of 9 months.” Taps start flowing at 5pm!
Saturday, Nov 8:
Beer for Boobies at Pikes Peak Brewing
A few weeks ago, much of the female staff at Pikes Peak Brewing got together to craft a recipe all their own. The result: A S’mores porter.
Join Pikes Peak Brewing for their release of Beer For Boobies S’mores Porter. This beer brewed by women for breast cancer research has over 25 lb of graham crackers, loads of marshmallow fluff, a touch of smoke, and several pounds of cocoa nibs.
For the release PPBC will be hosting The Pink Lifesaver, a mobile mammography van, a food truck, and Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show!