At breweries, the holiday spirit means Frieks, pecans, pie and black metal
The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing the craft-beer industry, announced last week that it is moving its headquarters from 736 Pearl Street in Boulder to a much larger location at 1327 Spruce Street.
The organization says it "has been growing steadily -- along with the booming craft beer industry -- necessitating the move to a bigger space." The BA, which has been in the same office for nearly thirty years, paid $4 million for the 11,000-square-foot space and plans to make the move next year.
Turn the page to see all of this week's craft-beer events.
Wednesday, November 20
November is "Be Thankful" cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing, and the brewery will be pouring firkins of beers every Wednesday that were made with Thanksgiving ingredients. Today's cask is Pecan Bourbon Brown Ale, a brown ale made with fresh pecans soaked in bourbon. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21
Get in the Thanksgiving spirit tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Denver Beer Co, which will be pairing a flight of three pies from Maple Street Pie bakers with three different Denver Beer Co beers. Then vote for your favorite combo. The Pies & Pints event costs $12. And if you like the pies enough, you can place a pre-order for a pie and growler that you can pick up on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 22
American Craft Beer Radio will host a Holiday Beer Bash today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mile High Station, featuring 75 beers from thirty breweries along with festival holiday dishes from six local chefs. General admission tickets are $35, and VIP tix -- which get you in at 5 p.m. -- are $35. Go to the ACBR Facebook page for more information.
Lone Tree Brewing will host a double tapping tonight at 6 p.m. of its Stairway to Heaven Triple IPA and its Black Mountain Side Coffee Stout. Oh, and if you like the theme, you should know that Paul Lechner will be there to perform Led Zeppelin music.
Saturday, November 23
Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Friek today and tomorrow with parties in its renovated Fort Collins taproom. The beer is a Lambic-style Kriek-Framboise hybrid, and the brewery says it has become one of its most highly anticipated releases. Brewed with Colorado-grown cherries and aged in oak barrels for months, Friek is blended with fresh raspberries just prior to packaging. "The subtle raspberry sweetness balances the cherry tartness," Odell says. "A crisp and bubbly body creates a delicate and refreshing finish. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer and food truck pairings by the Common Link all weekend long, as well as live music by Ginger Whale on Sunday.
Sunday, November 24
TRVE Brewing will begin selling Eastern Candle to the public today at 2 p.m. The bottled beer is a pale wheat beer brewed with brettanomyces yeast and aged in white wine barrels. It is the first brew that TRVE is doing in collaboration with, and in honor of, Absu, a black-metal band from Texas. Members of the brewery's Cvlt club get first dibs at 1:30 p.m. There are fewer than forty cases available.
Tuesday, November 26
The Park Burger location on South Pearl Street will host a Tap Room Takeover tonight with ten beers from Aspen Brewing Company. The kegs will tapped at 4 p.m. and brewery reps will be on hand at 6 p.m. to talk about the beer.
Wednesday, November 27
World of Beer Belmar is hosting a tap takeover from Left Hand Brewing and a '90s party tonight at 7 p.m. that benefits Toys for Tots. So pull out your dopest '90s gear from back in the dizzle and try any of twelve beers from Left Hand, including Deep Cover, Motherlode, Milk Stout Nitro, Munich Dunkel, and Fade to Black, volumes two through five. WOB will be spinning '90s tunes, from Biggie Smalls to Britney Spears, and everything in between. Bring in toys for Toys for Tots and get a free beer shot. Left Hand will be giving out swag throughout the night.
November is "Be Thankful" cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing, with the brewery pouring firkins of beers every Wednesday that were made with Thanksgiving ingredients. Today's cask is Cranberry Wit, a light Belgian wit made with fresh cranberries. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
For more events later in November and in December, turn the page.
Friday, November 29
Brewery Rickoli in Wheat Ridge will celebrate its first anniversary today with a Black Friday relief party that lasts from noon to 8 p.m. There will be beer specials all day, along with a Thanksgiving leftovers potluck and a leftovers sandwich competition at 2 p.m. Also, there will be prizes and the launch of a new Rickoli beer club.
Saturday, November 30
Whiskey Barrel Quandary will return to River North Brewery at 1 p.m. today. For the 2013 vintage, the brewery aged its Quandary quad solely in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels, giving the beer a spicy bite. River North bottled 105 cases of Individually numbered bombers, but draft pours will also be available at the release.
Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will become Odyssey Beer'dwerks today as part of an effort to raise funds for MOvember, which supports men's health and helps the fight against prostate and testicular cancer. The brewery will have many beers on tap, in addition to live music and food from Quiero Arepas. There will also be a mustache and beard contest (entry is $5 or $10 on the day of), with prizes.
Sunday, December 1
Avery Brewing is hosting a holiday-themed "CrAft and CrAfts: Handmade Beers and Handmade Gifts" event today, at which "attendees can peruse local, handmade gifts while drinking local, handmade craft brews," including 10lb. Strawberry Wit (tapped at 3 p.m.), a Belgian-Style White Ale that was brewed with ten pounds of fresh strawberries just for this occasion. The craft fair, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., was organized by Avery events specialist Jess Steinitz through the Sisterhood of the Hop women's beer group. Proceeds from sales of the Strawberry Wit will be used to benefit the Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit that provides economic help to women.
Wednesday, December 4
West Flanders Brewing in Boulder is teaming up with the Cured Cheese Shop tonight at 7 p.m. to offer an evening of elegant beer and cheese pairings at the brewery. Join brewmaster Brian Lutz and Cured co-owner Will Frischkorn, who will be on hand to explain the pairings and answer any questions. Tickets are $25. RSVP to 303-447-2739.
Thursday, December 5
TAG Burger Bar will host a beer-versus-wine dinner today at 6:30 p.m. featuring a five-course meal paired with both German-style lagers from Prost Brewing and local wines from Infinite Monkey Theorem. The menu includes grilled quail, warm duck salad and bison short rib. The cost is $65 per person and reservations are required.
Friday, December 6
Oskar Blues will celebrate its 11th CANiversary today, and the Grand Re-Opening of Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, which is the company's first location and the birthplace of craft beer in a can. The party starts at 7 p.m. and will feature live music by Rocktin Grove and the West Water Outlaws along with food specials and rare OB beers. It will also serve as a fundraiser for the CAN'd Aid Foundation, which Oskar Blues created to help raise money for people affected by the flooding, especially in Lyons. Tickets are $10 and available at eventbrite.
Saturday, December 7
The Wynkoop Brewing Company brings back its annual holiday fest, Parade of Darks, today starting at 1 p.m. The event is a showcase of more than eighty beers in the amber to opaque categories coming from 35-plus breweries. It is also a fundraiser for Metro CareRing, and raised $14,000 last year. Tickets, $35, get you a commemorative glass and unlimited sampling.
The Copper Kettle will release the first 22-ounce bomber bottle in its four-part barrel-aged seasonal series today. Snowed In (previously known as High Country Breakfast Stout) is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout made with locally-roasted Pablo's Coffee and chocolate, and aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels for months. There is a limited quantity, so get there early. Copper Kettle opens at noon.
Diebolt Brewing is throwing its first annual Swanky Seasonal Party today from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring a special tapping of C'est la Saison, its 9 percent ABV holiday beer. And if you dress up, pints are $1 off. There will be live music from Minor Note Orchestra at 7:30, and food from CKrepes.
Strange Brewing will host its annual holiday party today from 7 to 11 p.m. with a variety of beers on tap, including its holiday brews: Gingerbread Man and Pumpkin Saison. There will also be a pig roast, so bring a favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share. Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and More!
Tuesday, December 10
It's back. The amazing Christmas Beer Tasting at the Bull & Bush returns from 6 to 10 p.m. today, featuring more than 100 different Christmas/Holiday/Winter/Vintage beers from around the world that the brewery/pub has been saving. It costs $20 for twenty tickets at the door, and each sample costs one-to-four tickets, depending on the age and rarity of the particular beer. Go to the Bull & Bush web site to see the list of merry brews.
Great Divide Brewing will host its first-ever beer dinner inside the brewery today at 7 p.m. in conjunction with Mikes 2 Kitchen. The four-course, five-beer meal includes dishes like Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with herb goat cheese croquette and toasted pepitas paired with Claymore Scotch Ale; crispy seared chicken with root vegetable hash and lemon thyme au jus paired with Peach Grand Cru; and Chocolate Espresso Torte paired with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Tickets are $55.
Saturday, December 14
The Copper Kettle will release the second 22-ounce bomber bottle in its four-part barrel-aged seasonal series today. Well Bred (previously known as 2013 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine) is an English-style barleywine packed with malt, caramel undertones and hints of vanilla, and aged for months in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels. There is a limited quantity (480 available), so get there early. Copper Kettle opens at noon. Next year, Copper Kettle plans to make this beer a fall seasonal.
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