Beer Calendar: Dry Dock Drops Hopricot; Mu Brewery Drops Bombs

Making the Hopricot twelve-packs.
Making the Hopricot twelve-packs.
Dry Dock Brewing

Dry Dock Brewing is taking an unusual tack with its new twelve-pack release, called Hopricot: The award-winning Aurora brewery is including six cans of its Apricot Blonde Ale and six cans of its Hop Abomination IPA, and encouraging people to blend them together to make their own beer cocktail. Dry Dock has been serving the concoction in its tap rooms and even filling Crowlers of it for people at the North Dock tap room, but says it has been "so popular...that we decided to send it home with you." The Hopricot twelvers are for sale in both Dry Dock tap rooms right now, and they will be available in liquor stores starting in February. 

Wednesday, January 27
Black Shirt Brewing has once again teamed up with Shauna of The Long I Pie Shop for a pie-and-beer pairing event. The menu includes Taj Mahal (Coconut Curry Veggie Pot Pie) with Red Evelyn; The Dark Knight (Chocolate Chess) with Jack Daniel's Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Black IPA; Purple Pear (Pear and Lavender Crumble) with Pale Red Rye; and Pumpkins in the Mud (Pumpkin with Chocolate Ganache) with Spiced Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Red Porter on Nitro, spiced with Saigon cinnamon, Jamaican allspice and Madagascar vanilla bean. Tickets are $20 per person, not including tax and tip. No advance tickets available.

12 Degree Brewing in Louisville has three new beers on tap today:  Red Giant, a farmhouse ale aged in pinot noir barrels and boasting "tropical fruit and peppery flavors combined with subtle cherry and strawberry pinot noir notes"; Supernova, the same base saison aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with Brettanomyces; and 48 Hours, a kettle-soured, double-dry-hopped Blond Ale.

Copper Kettle will continue its Kicked Up Coffee Month at 2 p.m. by tapping a firkin of a traditional Scottish ale with Java coffee added. The Farm to Truck will be out front.

Thursday, January 28
Dry Dock Brewing will release the bomber-bottled version of its Tripel today at the North Dock location. It has been two years since the brewery bottled the beer, which will be available in liquor stores in February. 

"Come grease your machine with wings from Fire on the Mountain" at the Little Machine brewery today. There will be live music at 7 p.m. from Wylie "Crazy Horse" Jones. The brewery will also tap a Green Chili firkin.

Gravity Brewing in Louisville will host a special release of its Colorado Coffee, the brewery's California Common with Coffee, today from 4 to 9 p.m. Colorado Coffee will be on tap and available in a limited amount of 750-ml bottles. The 6 percent ABV beer was made with cold press coffee from Paul’s Coffee & Tea in Louisville.

Friday, January 29
Former Future Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary today with a Prohibition Party (costumes encouraged) featuring Electro Swing, Cat Sabbath, beer cocktails and a photo booth. 

Comrade Brewing brings back its acclaimed double IPA, Hop Chops, today. This 8.5 percent ABV beer was "excessively hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, El Dorado and Experimental 06277," the brewery says.

Copper Kettle is tapping Bourbon Barrel Aged Mexican Chocolate Stout today at noon. This time the beer was aged with vanilla beans, as well. Smoke: Colorado Craft Barbecue will be there serving food.

Left Hand Brewing in Longmont will celebrate the release of its long-awaited Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter today at 5 p.m. in the tap room. The beer is the latest in its line of groundbreaking nitro beers in a bottle.

Mu Brewery in Aurora will tap a beer today at 3 p.m. that was brewed "in memory" of Breckenridge Brewery, which was bought out last December by AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser. The beer, called Vanilla Porta-Rita, makes fun of Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter by adding "Rita" to the end of it, like Bud's Lime-a-Rita and some of that giant brewery's other beverages. "This beer is a fun way for us to poke fun at The Man by brewing it with fifteen gallons of adjunct light lager from the very corporation that just purchased the brewery. Fear not, though, Vanilla Porta-Rita was brewed the easy way, and the porter tastes nothing like their lagers," Mu Brewery says. "It has a balanced sweetness that’s complemented by a full body and subtle roasted notes with a final touch of Madagascar vanilla beans soaked in bourbon. We think you’re really going to enjoy our take on a classic beer.... on December 28, we brewed a tribute beer for a brewery that we love, that was unfortunately sold to the very force looking to defeat us. Unlike another macro-brewery, the new owners are aggressively pursuing a business model that monopolizes production and distribution by buying breweries and incentivizing distributors to only carry their own products. To make matters worse, this same corporation mocks the very customers they hope to gain from selling their crafty beer. So it is with a sense of great loss that we bid farewell to a brewery that has embodied the Colorado spirit of independence and entrepreneurship we looked up to when our own brewery was just a dream. We understand that any good business must have an exit strategy, but we believe that when a company no longer sees their customers as a community, but only as numbers on paper, then we have lost a big part of why we love craft beer so much."

Sarah and James Howat, of Former Future Brewing.
Sarah and James Howat, of Former Future Brewing.
Anthony Camera

Saturday, January 30
Former Future will continue its two-year anniversary celebration today by giving away a Former Future/Black Project Glass and one free pour of Black Project Beer for the toast to the first fifty people. There will be one new beer tapped every hour on the hour. Mile High Soul Club will be deejaying all afternoon. 

Falling Rock Tap House owner Chris Black will hold one of his periodic bottle sales today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. (for on-premise drinking 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 is willing to share," Falling Rock says. "In order to make room for more and new beers, we’re going to host our Vintage Beer Sale and sell off these beers. 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 two or three bottles, but some of the more rare vintage are only one 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.... Just remember per Colorado law, YOU MUST DRINK THE BEER ON SITE! You are not allowed to purchase these to take home."

Finkel & Garf Brewing in Boulder is releasing its Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout today from 3 to 6 p.m. "We have been aging this beer for almost a full year in those lovely bourbon barrels on the side of the tap room, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with all of you," the brewery says. Four-packs will be available for sale in the tap room as well.

The UllrGrass Beer Festival kicks takes place today from 1 to 4 p.m. in Golden. It features 29 local breweries and cider makers. There will be live music, local vendors and local fare from food trucks in Parfet Park. Beer Festival sampling comes with a commemorative sampling cup and bottomless tasting. Find information at ullrgrass.com.

Sunday, January 31
Avery Brewing in Boulder will release this year's version of Tweak at 11 a.m. today. The beer is a 17.5 percent ABV monster, brewed with 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.'s organic Isabelle Espresso roast per barrel. "We made the coffee toddy by soaking the grounds in the beer rather than in water, which causes better extraction and more awesomeness," the brewery says. The beer was then aged four months in bourbon barrels. Draft and bottles will be available.

Monday, February 1
The annual glory that is Stout Month begins today at the Vine Street Pub, the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun and the brewing-and-restaurant company's other two locations in Boulder and Longmont. There will be dozens of rotating stouts on tap throughout the month, many made by the Mountain Sun breweries themselves. We'll update if we get specific dates on tappings.

First Draft Taproom & Kitchen in RiNo will kick off its own Sour Month today. Every day, the tap room — where you can pour and sample beers yourself and by the ounce — will feature a minimum of five sours. "First Draft will look to educate guests and enlighten palates with one of America’s growing craft-beer trends," the restaurant says. "The rotating sour tap list will include notable sour beers from breweries like Russian River, Almanac, Crooked Stave, Gueuze Tilquin and Trinity Brewing, but will also highlight some small craft brewers’ sour offerings as well, including Platt Park Brewing, Odd13 Brewing and Pikes Peak Brewing. Some of the beers that will be on tap over the course of the month include Russian River's Supplication, Consecration and Temptation; Gueuze Tilquin; The Bruery's Oude Tart, Gypsy Tart and Rueuze; as well as many offerings from Crooked Stave, Trinity, Almanac and New Belgium.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar will tap kegs of Emersum Oyster Stout today to kick off Oyster Month at the restaurant's various locations — a celebration that includes various special events, chef's specials, cocktails, games and giveaways. The beer is made by Odell Brewing in Fort Collins. "Pilot System Brewmaster Brent Cordle, Cellar Tech Jay Montez and members of staff from all Colorado Jax restaurants shucked Emersum oysters and added them to the mash and added whole oysters—shell and all—to the boil. This process adds more minerality, more mouthfeel, and a subtle brightness, and makes for an excellent companion to a dozen oysters on the half shell," Jax says.

Dry Dock Brewing's South Dock location will tap its new Breakfast Stout today. "Breakfast Stout is North Dock Head Brewer Alan Simons’ original recipe featuring one of his favorite ingredients. He’s a self-described 'coffee beer person' who at home has four ways to make coffee at any given time," the brewery says. "Simons created this beer with two coffee varieties, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Guatemalan Codeche. This sessionable coffee bomb of a stout that gets its hint of milk from the addition of lactose and its roastiness from a generous dose of Coda Coffee. This stout is lighter-bodied (because, hey, it’s forbreakfast!) with a rich chocolate aroma and subtle caramel notes."

Tuesday, February 2
Coda Brewing in Aurora will host Taps and Tapas today from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring the brewery's new Punky Brett Saison paired with a grilled Thai chicken satay.

Thursday, February 4
Today is 2/4 — which means that it's the perfect day to celebrate Melvin Brewing's 2X4 Imperial IPA — and all of the Wyoming brewery's other beers — that will make their grand entrance into 24 bars in Colorado and several other states, including Illinois, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland and Washington. "The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and – of course – Melvin’s 2x4 will all be out to party," says the brewery, which was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale. The 10 percent ABV beer has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards (second in 2015) and holds the current World Beer Cup Gold Medal. Melvin also won the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year at GABF. Melvin, formerly called Thai Me Up, recently built a new, thirty-barrel brewery near Jackson, Wyoming (run by former Oskar Blues brewmaster Dave Chichura), which is allowing for increased distribution of kegs and possibly bottles or cans. Wanna drink it? In Denver, head to Falling Rock Tap House or Hops & Pie tonight. In Boulder, go to Backcountry Tap House. Or you can find it at Backcountry in Nederland, or at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins.

Highland Tap & Burger will host New Belgium Brewing and chef Jensen Cummings of Brewed Food, who will team up with the restaurant's own chef, Eli Odell, on a beer-pairing dinner. Tickets are $50. The menu includes La Folie and beer-battered mushrooms w-th fermented honey, whole-grain beer mustard wort chicken kabob/curried wild yeast yogurt; Fat Tire and Rampant Imperial IPA with barrel smoked trout rillette / spent grain flatbread, orange-peel crème fraiche; Trippel with pork-belly bulgogi/yeasted kimchi, dry-hopped sriracha; Citradelic IPA with harissa grilled Colorado lamb loin / root-vegetable gratin, persimmon chutney; Blackberry Barleywine with spent-grain bread pudding / blackberry barleywine poached pears, hoppy pine-nut brittle.

Upslope Brewing will release the latest installment in its fantastic Lee hill Series today at 5 p.m. at the Lee Hill taproom in Boulder. Volume 7 is a 9 percent ABV Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout, which you can grab at this event ($10 per 19.2-ounce can; limit of six per person). It may also hit liquor store shelves after that. The Comida food truck will be on hand. "Built for cold weather, this rich and robust Imperial Milk Stout was aged for seven months in Leopold Brothers Maryland-style Rye Whiskey barrels. Brewed with premium malt and lactose sugar, our Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout exhibits a silky mouthfeel and copious body, teeming with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of cinnamon and rye whiskey spice," the brewery says. "Expect his bountiful, dessert-like offering to continue to develop with age."

Holidaily Brewing, a new gluten-free brewery in Golden, at 801 Brickyard Circle, will open today and celebrate its grand opening throughout the weekend. 

Friday, February 5
Boulder Beer will tap its spring seasonal Emergent White IPA today at 4 p.m. at its brewpub. "Orange peel contributes a bright, citrus flavor complemented by a subtle spiciness from the coriander and Belgian yeast," the brewery says. "With a golden hue and fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor, Emergent goes down like a breath of fresh mountain air."

Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate Stout Month with a variety of firking tappings at both of its locations. The original South Dock taproom will kick things off today at 3 p.m. with Horchata Breakfast Stout. That will followed on February 12 with Ladies’ Man Stout; on February 19 with Maple Bacon Breakfast Stout; and on February 26 with Samoa Stout.

Saturday, February 6
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, which has become one of the go-to places in Colorado for rare, special and unusual beers, is throwing itself a five-year anniversary party all day today by filling all 68 taps with one of the most intense lineups around — a beer geek's dream come true. Here are the first fifteen (for the full list, go the joint's Facebook page): 1. Melvin IPA; 2. Melvin Hubert; 3. Melvin 2x4; 4. Melvin Purple Drank; 5. Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout; 6. Off Color DinoS'mores; 7. Russian River Pliny the Elder; 8. Russian River Consecration; 9. Russian River Supplication; 10. Russian River Temptation; 11. Russian River Blind Pig; 12. Pipeworks Lizard King; 13. Comrade Superpower; 14. New Belgium Love Oscar Foeder #30: Ol' Dirty Bastard; 15. Birrificio Del Ducato La Luna Rossa.

TRVE Brewing will release bottles of Ecate today at noon. There are fewer than forty cases of this "beautiful Golden Sour aged on Cabernet Sauvignon pomace from our friends at Leap of Faith Winery," the brewery says. Limit of four bottles per person.

Two Penguins Tap & Grill in Centennial will host an IPA smackdown from 3 to 6 p.m. today featuring hoppy beers from five of Colorado's most hop-forward breweries: Dry Dock, Comrade, Ska, Odell and Station 26.

Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate Stout Month with a variety of firking tappings at both of its locations. The newer North Dock taproom will kick things off today at noon with Berger Cookie Stout. That will be followed by another TBD stout on February 13; Banana Split Stout on February 20; and French Toast Stout on February 27.

Tuesday, February 9
Bierstadt Lagerhaus hasn't made any of their own beer yet, but the owners recently went to Fort Collins to collaborate with Zwei Brewing on a Bamberger-style smoked lager, which they plan to serve at Collaboration Fest, which takes place in Denver on March 19. In the meantime, though, you can try to the rauschbier at a whole-pig roast at the Rackhouse Pub, which is located in the same building as Bierstadt (which hopes to open this summer). The event starts at 5 p.m.

Euclid Hall will host a beer dinner today at 6 p.m. with Oregon-based Rogue Ales’ Brewmaster John Maier, who will pour some rare Rogue beers. Maier is on a four-city tour. "Chef Jake Grant has paired his eclectic five-course menu with six selections from the Rogue collection," Euclid Hall says. The dinner is $89 per person. Find tickets and info about the pairings at brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday, February 13
Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse LoDo has partnerned with Proper Barber Shop once again for the second-annual Beerds & Barrels event today from 5 p.m. to close. Lucky Pie will be pouring five barrel-aged beers as well as having a beard contest. Proper will provide a portable barbering chair and provide free beard trimming. "Come down for a nice frothy pour of your favorite pint while you enjoy complimentary beard grooming," the businesses say. "Beards deemed sexiest will be awarded with, not only high honors, but with some great gifts as well." The beers are Crazy Mountain Tequila Barrel-Aged Lave Lake Wit; Almanac White Wine Barrel-Aged Peach De Brettaville; Finnriver Barrel in the Forest (whiskey barrel aged cider with fir tips and ginger);  Telluride Tripel Cork (Belgian tripel aged in red wine barrels); and Almanac Truthful Statement (sour stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with orange peels and cherries).

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