Beer Calendar: A Battle Brewing Over Hazy IPAs, and Persica Day at Crooked Stave

Beer Calendar: A Battle Brewing Over Hazy IPAs, and Persica Day at Crooked Stave

As part of its 25th-anniversary celebration this year, New Belgium Brewing is "going back to its roots" by teaming up with four breweries from "old" Belgium to make four Lips of Faith collaboration beers — one of which will be released during each quarter of 2016. The beers are Transatlantique Kriek (on shelves now), a tart cherry lambic brewed with Oude Beersel in Beersel, Belgium; Hof ten Dormaal Golden Ale, a collaboration with the Jannsens family, which runs Hof ten Dormaal in Tildonk, Belgium; De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale, made with Antwerp, Belgium’s historic De Koninck Brewery; and Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale, brewed with Forêt d'Orval's first female brewmaster, Anne-Françoise Pypaert.

Wednesday, April 13
Living the Dream Brewing in Littleton will host a beer pairing with Pink Zebra Cupcakes Dessert today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For $20, you get four bite-sized desserts from Pink Zebra paired with four five-ounce pours: Belgian Cherry with Cherry Cheesecake; Helluva Caucasian Stout with Salted Caramel Brownie; Ice Climber Imperial IPA with Lemon Cupcake; and Smoked Porter with Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroon. To register, go to the the brewery's website

Thursday, April 14
There's been a battle brewing recently between breweries and beer lovers who enjoy the so-called hazy style of IPAs that are popular in New England right now and those who believe that IPAs should be clear. Westword talked a little about the dispute in a story recently, and there are many opinions on both sides (see April 16 event). But Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton is going to let you be the judge today starting at 4 p.m., when it taps five different hazy IPAs (sometimes called New England-style IPAs). The beers are WeldWerks Brewing's Juicy Bits, Fermaentra's Aesop, Odd13 Brewing's Codename Superfan, Cerebral Brewing's Rare Trait, and Fiction Beer Company's Cosmic Unity. Feel the haze.

Black Shirt Brewing teams up with Dead Dog Chocolate on the second Thursday of each month for a beer-and-chocolate pairing. Tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can get four delicious beers paired with four incredible chocolates for $20 plus tax/gratuity. Tonight's menu: candied blood-orange wheel dipped in dark chocolate with Blood Orange Double IPA; Puffed Amaranth Bar (65 percent) with Altbier; Cacao Nib Brittle with Chai At Dawn (Nitro); and S'mores Truffle with Black Beacon Sound (Nitro).

Friday, April 15
Fiction Beer in Denver and Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse in Boulder will both tap Consciousness at 5 p.m. today. The beer, a New England-style IPA, was brewed collaboratively by the two businesses. Weighing in at 7.5 percent ABV, Consciousness has "a tropical aroma of grape jelly, orange marmalade, peach sorbet and ripe guava," the brewery says. It is an example of the hazy style of IPA that has been controversial in Denver recently (see related events above and below). It was brewed with Equinox, Rakau, El Dorado, Citra, Mosaic and Summer hops. The Ghost of Paul Revere, from Portland, Maine, will play music. "Celebrate New England in style," Fiction says. "Let us all take a second to appreciate the plethora of amazing breweries in Colorado putting out some of our nation's best beers. Whether it's a clear West Coast IPA, a hazy juice-bomb East Coast IPA, or anything in between... Let's keep pushing the boundaries of American Craft Beer together! #inthistogether #sameteam #EmbraceTheHaze."

Comrade Brewing will tap Redshirt: Red IPA today at noon. "We wanted the El Dorado, Simcoe, and Chinook hops to shine in this Red IPA," the brewery says. "Free of any crystal malt, it still has a beautiful deep ruby color with minimal malt profile and no caramel sweetness."

Beer Calendar: A Battle Brewing Over Hazy IPAs, and Persica Day at Crooked Stave

Saturday, April 16
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will celebrate the reopening of the Barrel Cellar, at 1441 West 46th Avenue, by releasing one of its most sought-after beers, Persica, at 10 a.m. today. The Barrel Cellar was Crooked Stave's original Denver tap room, but closed to the public after the brewery opened a tap room at the Source in 2014. Although Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson had originally planned to brew his beer at the Source, that didn't work out, and he has been contract-brewing it elsewhere and fermenting it at the Barrel Cellar. Now that his brewery is fully operational at the Barrel Cellar, he is reopening the location to the public. For Persica Day, the brewery will be selling bottles of the beer, with a limit of six per person; they will not see any local distribution. "Persica was the brewery's first major hit release in 2011 and has been one of its most sought-after beers since," Crooked Stave says. "Aged in oak barrels for months with copious amounts of fresh Colorado peaches, Persica embraces a bright citrus, golden sour beer with all the peach flavor and aroma that can only come from the use of freshly harvested local peaches." In addition, the brewery says, it will be tapping numerous barrel-aged sour beers from years past and "producing a limited edition Persica glass to be used exclusively throughout the day."

There has been a battle brewing recently between breweries and beer lovers who enjoy the so-called hazy style of IPAs that are popular in New England and those who believe that IPAs should be clear. Westword talked a little about the dispute in a story recently, and now Station 26 is taking it to the next level with Drunken Tirade Double IPA, which will be released at Falling Rock Tap House today at 11 a.m. Brewed in collaboration with Mr. B's Wine & Spirits and Falling Rock, the beer will be released exclusively at Mr. B's in bombers, starting at 1 p.m. "This beer is a DISturbid, unfiltered Double IPA for drinking, not for chewing. Hopped intensely with Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc," the brewery notes, adding that the beer is "our not-so-subtle rebuttal to the 'New England-style IPA' hype train. ?#?nohaze? ?#?unfiltered?."

The Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Mile High Stadium today from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring more than 100 craft-beer samples and more than forty bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, plus music, games and more. General-admission tickets are $59; VIP tickets are $99 and get you in an hour early to either session. Find all the details at baconandbeerclassic.com.

POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 23: Atom Brewing, which operates out of the owner's house at 654 Moffat Street in Erie, will release its first bottled beer, Arlo Batch One, today from noon to 3 p.m. "This is our take on a traditional Farmhouse Ale. Open fermentation in our custom-built oak fermentors, utilizing our house yeast strain blend, additionally aged in oak barrels for three months. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100 percent naturally conditioned," the brewery says. The 750 ml cork-and-caged bottles are $15 each. "All sales are for off-site consumption only, no bottles are allowed to be opened at the brewery. Please do not bring outside alcohol to our property, aka no bottle share," the brewery continues. "Parking: Since we are located in a residential area, street parking is all that is available. If at all possible we ask that you carpool to limit the amount of traffic and cars. PLEASE be mindful of our neighbors and not block any driveways."

Sunday, April 17
POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 24: The Black Project will host a dual bottle release today from noon to 2 p.m. at its home at Former Future Brewing. The first is the dry-hopped wild ale Jumpseat Batch 2, which has Citra, Mosaic, Equinox and Mandarina Bavaria hops. It boasts "increased complexity, same delicious citrus fruit hops playing with our house wild-yeast derived peach/apricot character," the brewery says. Each 750-ml bottle costs $24, and supply is very limited, so bottle limits will be in effect. The second beer is Ejector, a double dry-hopped wild ale (and Jumpseat's big brother). "This beer receives a second dry hopping just a couple of days prior to packaging. The second charge contains more Citra along with New Zealand Kohatu," the brewery notes. "In case you aren't familiar, Kohatu is an interesting new hop out of New Zealand that is known for creating dry hop flavors ranging from funky pineapple to 'Hawaiian Punch.'" The 750-ml bottles of this beer will be $28 and are also very limited.

Beer Calendar: A Battle Brewing Over Hazy IPAs, and Persica Day at Crooked Stave
38 State Brewing

Tuesday, April 19
Sure, 4/20 is big in Colorado — so big that the Colorado Department of Transportation had to remove a highway mile marker several years ago, mile 420, because it was getting stolen too often. They replaced it with mile marker 419.99 — which is the inspiration for Mile 419.99 Rye P.A., which 38 State Brewing in Littleton has been making for a while. Today it will celebrate the canned release of this beer with live music at 7 p.m., the OL' Skool Que food truck and raffle tickets. All pours will cost $4.19.

Wednesday, April 20
It's possible you already have another way of experiencing Colorado's highs today. But you might also want to drink some of the dank by heading to Finn's Manor for the 2 X 420 event starting at 4:15. Finn's says they'll be tapping the nine "best hoppy beers we could get our hands on." They include Melvin Brewing's 2x4, IPA, Hubert and Brosaic; along with Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait; Comrade Brewing Superpower; Odd13 Codename Superfan; and WeldWerks Juicy Bits.

TRVE Brewing will bring back its dank double IPA, Nazareth, in honor of 4/20. The brewery traditionally taps the beer, dedicated to the song "Dopesmoker," by Sleep, a now-disbanded metal band, on this day. It is dry-hopped and made with three kinds of hops.

Copper Kettle Brewing will celebrate its five-year anniversary starting today with a five-day party that runs through Sunday, April 24. To do that, it will release twelve beers over that time period and rock on with live music, food and fun. It will kick things off today by tapping Rokaru Ale, a Japanese Pale Ale made with rice and sake yeast; Farm to Truck will be out serving up farm fresh cuisine. Mark Thomas will be playing an acoustic set on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 21
Copper Kettle continues its five-day fifth anniversary party today by tapping some Throwback Thursday beers — all beers released during its opening year of 2011, some of which you might have only seen once. They include Altbier, Roggenbier, Copper Mezzina Pale Ale and Black Onyx Black Lager. Tim Stiles will be playing live acoustic music on the patio from 6 to 8 p.m. Rocky Mountain Pizza Slices and The Pasty Republic will be out front selling food.

Friday, April 22
The new light-rail line between Union Station and Denver International Airport runs today for the first time, and one of its stops is just a block from Black Shirt Brewing, which is celebrating mass transit with a party and by tapping Frontman IPA at 11 a.m. "This is a transformative beer for us, as it's the first IPA we've brewed with hops that were hand-selected by head brewer Branden last fall in Yakima, Washington," the brewery says. "Chinook is used for bittering, and then we dry-hopped the beer intensely with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. If you like your IPAs dry and filled with tropical fruit & grassy, citrusy aromas, you're in for a treat. Frontman will be available on tap and in 32-ounce Crowlers to go." Maine Street Barbeque will also be outside from 3 to 9 p.m. The party continues tomorrow with live music and more food, and on Sunday.

Copper Kettle continues its five-day fifth anniversary party today with a staff showdown. For the showdown, a brewery staffer teamed up with a taproom worker to brew beer in pairs. Five beers will be released and you can vote for your favorite. The Acoustic Mining Company will play live on the patio, and the J Street Food Truck and Smoke: Colorado Craft Barbecue will be out front.

Saturday, April 23
Comrade Brewing welcomes you to an all-day party to celebrate our its second anniversary today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a whopping twenty beers on tap and limited-edition Spiegelau IPA Glasses. Also, the Pasta Cart and the Wing Wagon Grill will be out front. Sneak peak of some of the beers being served: 2015 BA Scotch Ale Reserve, 2015 BA Quit Stalin, 2016 BA Quit Stalin, 2014 Quit Stalin, 2015 Quit Stalin, 2016 BA Scotch Ale.

Hops & Pie brings the funk with its Sour, Wild and Fruited Fest today at noon. Pouring: Cherry Fruit Stand and Apricot Cut from Casey Brewing & Blending, La Vie en Rose, Hibernal Dichotomous and Ambree from Jester King, Consecration and Supplication from Russian River, Fou Foune and Vignermonne from Cantillon, Dorthy from Hill Farmestead, Geuze from Drie Fonteinen, Green Flash's Flander's Drive, Truthful Statement from Almanac, Lunctis Veribus from Avery, Jolly Pumpkin's Roja du Kriek, Red Poppy and Cuvee de Tommee from Lost Abbey, Perennial's Savant Beersel, Bon VIvant from Breakside, Gueuze and Quetsche from Tilquin, Omnipollo Nautilus and Hof Ten Dormaa's Zure Van Tildonk

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the German beer-purity law known as Reinheitsgebot at the Rackhouse Pub with Bierstadt Lagerhaus. They've done a collaboration with Hogshead Brewery called Collabieration Billsner from the Fässer, as well as Andechs Döppelbock, 1516 Beer from the Sandlot, AC Golden Reinheitsgebot smoked beer collaboration and others, There will be a special $15.16 menu.

Copper Kettle continues its five-day fifth anniversary party today by releasing its five-year anniversary beer, Hoppy Belgian Ale, which was aged in American brandy barrels for months and will be available on tap and in limited edition bottles. The first one hundred guests will get a free commemorative glass (with more available for purchase after that). The Dollhouse Thieves will play live music on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m. The Cluck Truck and the Gourmet Burger Company will be serving food.

Atom Brewing, which operates out of the owner's house at 654 Moffat Street in Erie, will release its first bottled beer, Arlo Batch One, today from noon to 3 p.m. "This is our take on a traditional Farmhouse Ale. Open fermentation in our custom-built oak fermentors, utilizing our house yeast strain blend, additionally aged in oak barrels for three months. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100 percent naturally conditioned," the brewery says. The 750 ml cork-and-caged bottles are $15 each. "All sales are for off-site consumption only, no bottles are allowed to be opened at the brewery. Please do not bring outside alcohol to our property, aka no bottle share," the brewery continues. "Parking: Since we are located in a residential area, street parking is all that is available. If at all possible we ask that you carpool to limit the amount of traffic and cars. PLEASE be mindful of our neighbors and not block any driveways."

Sunday, April 24
The Black Project will host a dual bottle release today from noon to 2 p.m. at its home at Former Future Brewing. The first is the dry-hopped wild ale Jumpseat Batch 2, which has Citra, Mosaic, Equinox and Mandarina Bavaria hops. It boasts "increased complexity, same delicious citrus fruit hops playing with our house wild-yeast derived peach/apricot character," the brewery says. Each 750-ml bottle costs $24, and supply is very limited, so bottle limits will be in effect. The second beer is Ejector, a double dry-hopped wild ale (and Jumpseat's big brother). "This beer receives a second dry hopping just a couple of days prior to packaging. The second charge contains more Citra along with New Zealand Kohatu," the brewery notes. "In case you aren't familiar, Kohatu is an interesting new hop out of New Zealand that is known for creating dry hop flavors ranging from funky pineapple to 'Hawaiian Punch.'" The 750-ml bottles of this beer will be $28 and are also very limited.

Copper Kettle concludes its five-day fifth anniversary party today by tapping a Triple IPA and releasing it in limited-edition bomber bottles. The Wing Wagon Grill will be out front.

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