Beer Calendar: Breweries Tap Into Peaches, Grapefruit, Chile and Vanilla Beans
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The owners of Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista have opened a new brewery and pizzeria in Nelson, New Zealand. "Molley and I have a vision for the Eddyline brand to grow internationally with individual Eddyline brewpubs serving as gateways to incredible places around the world," co-founder Mic Heynekamp wrote in a statement about the expansion. The New Zealand location is brewing Eddyline's flagship Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA, among other new and old recipes. Heynekamp says Nelson is similar to Buena Vista in that it is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Longtime Eddyline manager Brian England will run the show in the United States, while the Heynekamps operate the New Zealand spot. Eddyline is also in the midst of updating its branding, including logo and packaging.
Wednesday, May 4
Wit's End Brewing will tap Mai the Fourth, a Maibock-inspired ale, today at 4 p.m. There is only a limited amount of the spring seasonal this year, "so get in before it goes to a galaxy far far away," the brewery says. "In addition to the beer, we will be screening our favorite space opera all evening. All Star Wars geekery is highly encouraged, in fact, wear your favorite Star Wars tee/outfit and get 10 percent off! May the beers be with you...always."
Black Shirt Brewing taps Mexican Drinking Chocolate Saison today at 11 a.m. as part of its weekly One Keg Wednesday series. "We incorporated Dead Dog Chocolate's Mexican Drinking Chocolate into our American Red Saison," the brewery says. "With flavors like this, you'll want to have a few."
It's Fruit Saison Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap Cherry Saison today at opening. "Tart and sweet with a little spicy finish," the brewery says. Pavlo's Taste of Ukraine will be out front.
Dry Dock Brewing
Thursday, May 5
Alpine Dog Brewing is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the release of four chile pepper-infused beers: Rye Blonde Ale with Anaheim and jalapeño chiles; Habanero IPA; ESB with smoked serrano chiles; and Chocolate Chili Pepper Stout with Aleppo, guajillo, and Fresno chiles and cacao nibs. The tappings are at 5 p.m., and there is a limited supply! The Pikine Grill will be serving up West African food.
Dry Dock Brewing has added a grapefruit twist to its highly-regarded Double IPA and will sell 22-ounce bomber bottles of the new brew today from its North Dock location in Aurora. "It's a tall order to brighten this beer— a gentle beast brewed with seven different American 'C' hops— but we think the infusion of grapefruit is a perfect complement," the brewery says. "Expect hoppy characteristics of citrus and pine intertwined with bright flavors of grapefruit juice and zest for a bold and refreshing experience." Bombers of this limited seasonal beer will hit liquor stores beginning next week.
Join Gravity Brewing in Louisville for a Colorado-style Cinco De Mayo celebration. The brewery will tap Cerveza, a traditional Mexican lager, as well as several variations, like Mango Habanero Cerveza, Tequila Oak Aged Cerveza, Red Beer/Cerveza and Pineapple Lime Cerveza. The brewery will also be having its weekly potluck — with a Mexican theme, so bring your favorite Mexican dish to share. Live Latin Jazz from Jazz Ram at 6 p.m.
Friday, May 6
Cerebral Brewing will tap Elephant Gun, a 9 percent ABV imperial milk stout conditioned on Ghanan cacao nibs and Ugandan vanilla beans, today at 4 p.m. Crowlers are $12 each, and there is a limit of two per person. Burger Chef will be parked outside.
Ursula Brewing in Aurora will tap its version of a New England-style hazy IPA today. The beer, called Lazy Brewer, clocks in at 8.5 percent ABV. Growler fills are $20.
Declaration Brewing is giving away yeast in honor of National Homebrew Day. Stop by between noon and 7 p.m. to grab one of three different strains: Irish Ale Yeast WLO004; Belgian Monastery Ale Yeast WLP500; California Ale Yeast WLP001. They will go fast. "Please bring a clean container with a lid for your yeast," the brewery says. "If you need a recipe feel free to use one of our own."
Saturday, May 7
The South Denver Beer Fest returns to Littleton's Clement Park today and tomorrow for the fourth year in a row. Tickets are $40 and include unlimited samples of craft brews from 100 breweries, live music, food trucks, and lawn games. The fest runs from 2 to 5 p.m. both days.
Powder Keg Brewing in Niwot will release its latest bottled beer, Fruitful Union, today with a party starting at noon. The blonde sour ale is based on Palisade Reunion, a beer that the brewery made earlier this year using Western Slope peaches. "After racking Palisade Reunion off of peaches, the peaches had this incredible fruity hard candy and Peach-O's flavor," Powder Keg writes. "Taking inspiration from the production crew at Jester King, we decided to rack beer onto our leftover peaches like they do to create La Vien Rose after Atrial Rubicite is racked off raspberries. Once refermentation was complete we wanted more fruit to complement what was going on and raspberries worked well with the bacteria and yeast presence already in the base beer." The brewery then blended the beer on the same day as Powder Keg co-founder Eric Schmidt's wedding day; Schmidt came up with the name and drew the label as well. Bottles are $16, with a limit of six per person. There will also be bottles for sale for on-site consumption.
Sunday, May 8
Station 26 Brewing hosts its monthly Bluegrass Brunch today starting at 11 a.m. There will be beer, live music from Jay & The Chain Gang, doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke BBQ. Free admission.
Wednesday, May 11
Breckenridge Brewery will launch its new Nitro Vanilla Porter in sixteen-ounce cans today at 7 p.m. with a free concert at the Bluebird Theater. "These nitrogen-charged cans produce a silky, smooth, cascading head right inside the can. No glass? No problem. Crack open an NVP and enjoy straight from the can at any concert venue," the brewery says. The two bands are the Bright Light Social Hour and Dragondeer. Get a complimentary can of Nitro Vanilla Porter with entry. The show is free; no tickets necessary.
It's Fruit Saison Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap Blueberry Saison. "Perfect sweetness when paired with the spicy finish of the saison," the brewrey says. Ol' Skool Que will be on hand.
Denver Beer Co
Saturday, May 14
Denver Beer Co will throw its biggest-ever event today with the Sun Drenched Music Festival, which will take place outside at the brewery's Canworks production facility at 4455 Jason Street from noon to 8 p.m. The band lineup will be bluegrass-heavy, and include headliner Hot Buttered Rum, as well as Caribou Mountain Collective, Bill McKay Band, The Railsplitters, Rapidgrass Quintet, and Town Mountain. Denver Beer Co will transform the area outside the brewery into a "summer beach party complete with sand volleyball, beer balloon fights, and beach games. In addition to beach games, festival goers can stroll the 'boardwalk' and grab food from favorite food trucks or shop at the festival market which will feature several local artisans," the brewery says. "In addition to food, vendors, and games, the venue will feature an outdoor beer garden, and shaded and indoor seating areas." Tickets, $35 to $65, can be purchased at sundrenchedmusicfest.com.
Locavore Beer Works in Littleton will release The Bees Knees, which won a silver medal at this year's International Maizer Cup, today. The 13 percent ABV Braggot-style beverage —it is half mead and half beer — was made with honey sourced locally from Clarks Honey Farm.
Sunday, May 15
The Post Brewing in Lafayette will release its two newest canned beers, Ol’ Zippy and Meathooks, today on liquor-store shelves. At 5 percent ABV, Ol’ Zippy Premium American Ale "features a crisp malt flavor and a snappy hop aroma. The hop zing carries through the flavor as the beer comes to a clean finish with a pleasant, subtle sweetness derived from flaked maize," the brewery says. Meathooks Mild Ale, at 4.1 percent ABV, includes "toasty, biscuity and satisfying lush layers of malt flavor and aroma, culminating in a clean, dry finish that begs another taste."
Tuesday, May 17
Westfax Brewing in Lakewood will tap Death Star Dubbel today at 4 p.m. The beer has been aging in a Laws Bourbon barrel and is finally ready to drink.
Strange Craft Beer Company is celebrating its sixth anniversary all week this week. Today the brewery will tap Chardonnay & Cabernet Barrel-Aged Blondes, its classic Belgian Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay and Cabernet barrels.
Wednesday, May 18
In celebration of its sixth-year anniversary, Strange Craft Beer is hosting a luau in its beer garden with Roaming Bull Brasserie. "Start off with Tuna Poke appetizer and a half pint of brew. Follow it up with a traditional Hawaiian-style pig roast and side fixin's of kimchi and potato salad, along with a specialty small batch of Tropical Golden brewed just for the luau," the brewery says. "Don't forget to wear your festive shirts...we've got the leis. Music by Wylie 'Crazy Horse' Jones, for a little island flair." Seatings are between 4 and 8 p.m., no set times. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.
Thursday, May 19
Strange Craft marks its sixth anniversary today by tapping Super Kriek, which it calls "Cherry Kriek on steroids." The beer was a favorite at the Big Beers festival earlier in the year. There will also be extended hours, 2 to 11 p.m., hourly merchandise raffles (get a ticket with the purchase of a pint), live bluegrass from Groundcover at 6 p.m. and a Dr. Strangelove Barleywine bomber release party at 2 p.m. Also, if you wish Strange a happy birthday, you get a free five-ounce pour of your choice (not including Dr. Strangelove).
Alpine Dog Brewing will tap "some vintage Notorious MONK, Belgian - style Dubbel that has spent the last year aging in red wine barrels," today at 6 p.m. They will also be selling Colfax+Ogden/Alpine Dog branded glasses. Get a glass and your first pour for $10; supplies are limited.
Denver Comic Con
Friday, May 20
Every year, Breckenridge Brewery makes a beer to celebrate Denver Comic Con, and hosts a naming and artwork contest. This year's winner is Snape-ricot, an American lager with sweet notes of apricot. It will debut at a free show today at Stoney's Bar and Grill featuring the Gin Doctors, a '90s cover band, and the Red 5 Band. Artist Frankie Serna will be attending the release party to sign commemorative 2016 Denver Comic Con pint glasses, which will be given away to the first 200 people through the door.
Saturday, May 21
Diebolt Brewing will tap the Wiggy Wiggy, its hibiscus-and-honey saison, today and will host a party in its honor. Details are still TBA, but there will be music, food and the saison — which Diebolt says is its most popular brew. Oh, and Diebolt will also begin canning the Wiggy Wiggy this year.
Platt Park Brewing will host a bottle-release party for its Watermelon Berliner Weisse today at noon. The brewery will only be selling about one hundred bottles, so there is a limit of two per person. Platt Park will also tap a single keg of the beer, and when it's gone, it's gone.
Copper Kettle will debut two new cans today, IPA and Milk Stout, which are joining the brewery's Helles, which has been in cans for a while now. The cans will be sold out of the taproom today, but should be available in liquor stores soon. There will be live music from Roots & Rhythm Band from 2 to 5 p.m., and the Cluck Truck will be out front.
Upslope Brewing in Boulder hosts its third annual Upslope Get Down music festival today from 1 to 10 p.m. at its Flatiron Park location and in the parking lot. In addition to the thirteen bands on stage all day long, there will be plenty of beer, food, live art, games, and more.
The Rialto Cafe will host its fourth annual Brewers Alley event from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring beer tastings from ten local brewers, including Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing and Denver Beer Co, musical entertainment, lawn games and appetizers. The event takes place in the alley between Curtis and Champa streets. A portion of the proceeds are going to Denver's Road to Work Program. Find tickets, $25, at Eventbrite.
Thursday, May 26
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza and Ft. Collins Brewery are bringing back their 2nd Annual FCB Skeeball Tournament today at Ernie's at 8 p.m. The tournament will pit individuals and teams against each other to compete for prizes, including a VIP Tour for two of Ft. Collins Brewery. FCB beers on tap for the event include Far Away IPA, Red Banshee, Hefeweizen and the Savor Series American Barleywine. Participants will also receive a souvenir pint glass.
Saturday, May 28
Rebel Restaurant is pairing with TRVE Brewing for an unusual summer kickoff dinner that suits both of these artisan establishments: Rebel specializes in whole-animal presentations, while TRVE specializes in being metal. The event, called The Slaughter, features three whole animals —a pig, a goat and a lamb — which will be slow-roasted and smoked. Guests will then devour them in a pop-up biergarten in Rebel's parking lot; the food will be served alongside some old favorites and brand new summer sours from TRVE. There will also be homemade wine coolers from bartender Jason Randall. Nostalgic punk and metal records will be spun on the patio. The Slaughter runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at theslaughter2016.nightout.com.
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