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Beer Calendar: Nitro Fest, a GABF Gold Medal Beer and a Brewery Opening

Beer Calendar: Nitro Fest, a GABF Gold Medal Beer and a Brewery Opening (6)
Wiley Roots Brewing
With more than 400 breweries in Colorado, it can be hard to keep up with what's going on in the beer scene. There are plenty of interesting changes and bits of news to go along with the bigger stories, such as the expansions of Ska Brewing and Outer Range Brewing, the closure of Dad & Dudes Breweria, and Colorado's medal tally from last month's Great American Beer Festival. Here are just a few of those smaller items:
  • A year after WeldWerks Brewing's astonishing and successful attempt to brew more than 100 different beers in a year, its Greeley companion, Wiley Roots Brewing, says it is close to doing the same thing. Owners Kyle and Miranda Carbaugh discovered as much last week after reviewing year-to-date production numbers. “Honestly, we were really surprised that we had produced so many beers this year, considering the number of recent changes to our brewhouse personnel and with the challenges of expanding the brewery," Kyle Carbaugh says in a statement. The brewery has also grown significantly, doubling sales in just over a year.

  • In Lafayette, Cellar West Artisan Ales, a small-batch producer of oak-aged farmhouse saisons and wild ales, signed on with Culture Beverage, a new local distributor, in order to get its beers into the hands of more people around the state. Cellar West won its second GABF medal this year and is likely to garner more acclaim in the future. "This partnership aligns our brewery with several other artisan beverage producers," Cellar West owner Zach Nichols says in an announcement of the deal. Culture specializes in small-batch breweries and cider makers.

  • New Belgium Brewing, meanwhile, looks to be testing the waters of the nitro beers market, something that Left Hand Brewing currently owns (and Breckenridge Brewery participates in as well). The Fort Collins brewery has released Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale, a 5 percent ABV canned coffee beer. "We infused a cream ale with oats and High Brew Coffee's cold brew for a velvety mouthfeel and refreshing finish that will have you wanting more," the brewery says, before adding this: "Pour Hard."
Keep reading to see craft-beer events into mid-November.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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