Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Old Resolutions and a CANniversary
Falling Rock Taphouse will hold its annual Vintage Beer Sale this Saturday, January 24, starting at 5 p.m., unloading bottles for on-premise consumption only. "Going through the cellar and cooler we have found some lonely bottles. The last of their kind, the last of that year, some really special ones Chris [Black] is willing to share, you know how it goes," the beer bar says on its website. "There will be a list posted on giant whiteboards in the bar. It will list the beer, year, what the price was, and what we will be selling them for now. Oh, and quantity. Most of these are 2-3 bottles, but some of the more vintage are only 1 bottle. Come early, place your order with the servers or bartenders, and hope you got there first. We fill the orders as they come in, and Chris will be updating the board as we pull bottles so it will be as current as possible."
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Chain Reaction Brewing Facebook page
Wednesday, January 21
It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Mexican Chocolate Stout.
Lost Highway Brewing will tap the next beer in its Porter series today. This one is the brewery's O.G. Colfax Porter with coffee and coconut added.
Thursday, January 22
The annual Art of Winter event, which features ski and snowboard art and design, will hold a kickoff party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Denver Beer Co's Barrel Room (next door to the Platte Street brewery). Attendees can try Denver Beer Co's Art of Winter beer and preview select pieces of Upcycled Snowboard Art that will go on display outdoors on Larimer Square over the next month.
Friday, January 23
Our Mutual Friend will tap its first-ever double IPA today at 2 p.m. Ilium was hopped with CTZ, Nugget and Willamette, then dry-hopped (one pound per barrel) with Cascade and Centennial hops. It weighs in at 10 percent ABV and 100 IBUs.
Nighthawk Brewery, at 2780 Industrial Lane, in Broomfield, will open its doors for the first time today at 11 a.m. and will be open every day of the week. Owned by homebrewing friends, Nighthawk will feature a variety of beer styles.
Saturday, January 24
Chain Reaction Brewing is hosting a Break Your Resolutions Party today for those of you who may have fallen off the path already. "We are dedicating this day to nothing but good times, good people, good food and great beer," the brewery says. Chain Reaction will tap its latest barrel-aged beer, Chardonnay Barrel Aged Pink Peppercorn Saison, along with a few other new ones. Rocky Mountain Slices will be on hand selling pizza.
Gunbarrel Brewing, a brewery-in-formation that hopes to find a location in the metro area soon, will tap two beers at Grandma's House brewery today at 4:30 p.m. Grandma's House is a cooperative brewery that allows breweries in formation to make and serve their own beers there. Gunbarrel's two beers are Salt Lick Gose and Rosemary Pale Ale. The Tony Guacamole food truck will be on hand as well.
Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate its two-year CANniversary today to mark the day when it began canning beer at its North Dock location in Aurora. The party will take place at the Canoe Room at the brewery's Tower Road location. It will include raffle prizes, food from Jessie's Smokin' NOLA from noon to 4 p.m. and live music from 2 to 5 p.m. One person will win free beer for a year by guessing the number of cans that Dry Dock has produced since it began canning on January 24, 2013. Guess here by January 23 at midnight.
It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Black IPA.
Thursday, January 29
Denver Bicycle Cafe will hold another Employee Tap Takeover today. DBC usually only features Colorado-made beer, but during employee tap takeovers, the employees get to pick their favorite beer in the world, and if DBC can get it, they'll tap it. "First tap to kick, that employee wins $100," the cafe says.
Friday, January 30
Former Future Brewing will celebrate its first birthday with a three-day party kicking off today with the release of a special anniversary beer (details are TBA). Tonight's theme is the Roaring '20s and '30s; speakeasy-themed clothing is encouraged and there will be beer "cocktails" served all night.
Saturday, January 31
Former Future continues its one-year anniversary celebration today with live music from Mile High Social Club and new firkin tappings every hour. The theme of the evening is funk and soul through the outrageous '80s.
Odyssey Beerwerks will release a limited run of six-packs (about two hundred cases) of Perpetual Darkness Belgian Black today at the brewery.
Sunday, February 1
Former Future Brewing wraps up its one-year birthday celebration weekend today with four coffee beers brewed with Corvus coffee, a Recovery Food Truck brunch (details are TBA) and cartoons on the projector. the theme is the '90s through the present.
Stout Month returns to the Mountain Sun today for the 22nd year, and this time, all five pubs owned by the group will participate: Mountain and Southern Sun Pubs & Breweries and Under the Sun Eatery and Taphouse in Boulder, Vine Street Pub and Brewery in Denver and Mountain Sun's newest sibling, Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse in Longmont.
Over the month, the pubs will tap dozens of different stouts, most of them brewed at Mountain Sun's various locations. They include: 48 Smooth Chai Stout, Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addition Coffee Imperial Stout, Brett Stoudt American "Wild" Stout, Casual Friday Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Chocolate Thunder Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, Coconut Cream Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick Stout, Girl Scout Stout, Korova Cream Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Mutual Respect Belgian Coffee Stout w/Odell Brewing, NIHILIST Russian Imperial Stout, Norwegian Wheat Stout, Oatimus Prime Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Old School Dry Irish Stout, Sharkbite Foreign Stout, Space Odyssey Stout, Stoked Oak Stout, Thunderhead Stout, Totally Stoked Stout, Trickster Stout, Yonder Mountain Oatmeal Stout. They will also tap a beer designed by the winner of Mountain Sun's annual stout homebrew competition. The 2015 version is Raspberry Chipotle Stout.
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