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Beer Calendar: Find Pickles, Pears, Pilsners and Patios at Colorado Breweries

Local pickle purveyors Tyler DuBois and Justin Park of The Real Dill have been partnering with Colorado breweries for a while now, at food-and-beer pairing events and with one of their jarred offerings, Titan Dills, which incorporated Titan IPA brewing ingredients and techniques used by Great Divide into the pickle-making process. The second collaboration in the Briners & Brewers Series was just announced last week: The Real Dill is now making a pickle with Odell Brewing called Myrcenary Pickles, which was inspired by the Fort Collins brewery's Myrcenary Double IPA and involve a hopped wort brine. "The wort, which is essentially the backbone of the beer, gives the brine its malt and hop character," says the company. "It is then combined with a variety of ingredients designed to bring out the same flavors and aromas that Myrcenary Double IPA evokes and dry hopped for up to two weeks." The Real Dill and Odell will celebrate at Odell's taproom on Friday, July 10, when guests can enjoy samples of the pickles paired with Myrcenary.

Wednesday, July 8
It's Saison Month at the Copper Kettle, which is celebrating the warm-weather beer by tapping a new firkin each Wednesday. Today's is Desert Pear, which has a purple hue and subtle sweetness. Pavy's food truck will be there with gourmet sandwiches.

Thursday, July 9
Goldspot Brewing and its neighbor, the Noshery (which just celebrated its one-year anniversary), will host a collaborative beer dinner at 6 p.m. tonight at Goldspot. The dinner features meats from Western Daughters. Tickets are $60 and available at either business.

Factotum Brewhouse will tap 5280 IPA today at 6 p.m.; the West Coast-style IPA was made by guest brewer and local beer lover Steve Comeau. "It features more hops than anything else we've brewed at Factotum," the brewery says. "Brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Citra and Simcoe hops and dry-hopped with Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe, this one's a hop-head's delight." Comeau will be on hand to meet and greet all the fans of his beer, Factotum says.

Shine Brewing (Restaurant & Gathering Place) will take over the taps at Cafe Aion in Boulder today, pouring Ahimsa Gluten Free Ale (which won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival) as well as Summer Sour and Down Dog IPA. There will also be Spanish-style tapas and live music by Amanda Aflague.

World of Beer will honor Breckenridge Brewery's 25th anniversary and its brand-new brewery in Littleton by tapping Salted Grapefruit Farmhouse Ale, a beer that Breck made specifically for the Florida-based craft-beer bar chain. The 5.2 percent ABV beer was brewed with dried grapefruit peel and Red Hawaiian Sea Salt, and will only be available at the brewery or at WOB locations.

Boggy Draw Brewery, located at 3535 South Platte River Drive in the south Denver suburb of Sheridan, will soft open tonight at 5 p.m. now that it has its certificate of occupancy. The brewery was founded by longtime homebrewer and BJCP judge David Miera, who is also a carpenter and who built the bars for Caution East and Kokopelli. Boggy Draw will focus on English-style beers. The 78-seat taproom has an outdoorsy hunting lodge feel with plenty of natural wood. Boggy Draw will have hours throughout the weekend and plans to announce a grand opening date soon. 

Friday, July 10
Swingin' Udders, Copper Kettle Brewing's milk stout, returns today at noon with more intensity. "We added more roasted malt and lactose this year for a fuller flavor with a sweeter finish," the brewery says. Hamborghini will be serving burgers.

Comrade Brewing will tap Yank Tank, a session IPA, today at noon. The 4.9 percent ABV beer includes plenty of late kettle additions of Azacca, Citra and Mosaic hops; it was then dry-hopped. It's a session beer that tastes like a regular IPA, the brewery says.

Spangalang Brewing will release one new beer and re-release two of its most popular offerings today at noon. Making its debut is Spangalang Pilsner, a 6.2 percent Bohemian style Pilsner brewed using traditional German malts and a healthy dose of Czech Saaz hops. Back by popular demand are D-Train IPA and Night Walker Imperial Stout.

Saturday, July 11
River North Brewery will tap the latest version of its very first barrel-aged beer, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, today at 1 p.m. in the taproom. The brewery will also sell 22-ounce bomber bottles of the beer — $15 each with a half-case limit — which will be distributed to liquor stores as well. The 10.2 percent ABV brew "melds the delicate malts of an imperial saison with notes of coconut and vanilla from its rest in whiskey barrels," the brewery says. This beer is the first in a series of limited barrel-aged releases coming soon from River North.

Diebolt Brewing has begun canning two of its beers on a limited basis. Both Anton Francois French Ale and Colorado Greenback Session IPA should be available for sale by today in the taproom. "We will have a limited quantity of cans and we expect they will go fast. Stop by and pick-up a 6-pack for a hot July weekend," the brewery says. 

West End Tavern and The Farm will bring the seventh annual JUL-IPA Festival back to the outdoor pavilion at the Millennium Harvest House today from noon to 4 p.m. in Boulder. A "celebration of the best and the baddest IPAs out there," the event features beer from more than thirty breweries, bites from the West End Tavern (BBQ Pulled Pork, Bacon Baked Beans and Mac ‘n’ Cheese), live music from the Goonies and Sixty Minute Man, and carnival games. Some of the breweries include Avery Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., Bristol Brewing Co., BRU Handbuilt Ales, Crazy Mountain Brewing, Crystal Springs Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co., Elevation Beer Co., Epic Brewing Co., Fate Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Left Hand Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Odd 13 Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pikes Peak Brewing, River North Brewery, Sanitas Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Telluride Brewing Co., The Post Brewing Co., Upslope Brewing Co. and Wild Woods Brewery, Tickets are $30 per person and $10 for designated drivers (non-drinking). All proceeds will benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.

Fiction Beer Company will celebrate a double-whammy today. The first event is the opening of the brewery's new patio at 2 p.m. "The process to open our patio took a grueling 14 months (5 months with zoning, 4 months with permits, 4 months of delays out of our control and one month to execute), but we made it through and are very excited to bring one of the nicer patios to Colfax," the brewery writes. There will be eight beers on tap to enjoy outdoors, including Heart of Hearts, a new Belgian triple with dragonfruit. There will also be cornhole, giant Jenga, live music and the Farm to Truck food truck. The second event is the 3 p.m. release of ALS IPL, a special beer that Fiction made as part of a fundraiser for ALS research. Each year, an organization called Ales for ALS (a partnership between Loftus Ranches and HopUnion) creates a unique blend of hops and distributes it to just a few breweries around the country. Those breweries then make a beer with the hops and donate at least $1 from each pint sold to the organization. In Colorado, Fiction, New Belgium and Odell were selected to participate this year; Fiction hopes to raise nearly $5,000 for ALS research from the sales of this beer.

Boulder Beer will celebrate its 36th birthday today from noon to 8 p.m. And even though it's the oldest craft brewery in Colorado, Boulder Beer still likes to try new things, which is why it will be featuring at least a dozen rare pilot brews outside in the beer garden. They include The Reckoning, a dark red ale; Avalon Project, a Belgian pale; Jilted Lover, a session IPA; Michael Jackson II-Still Beating It, a white stout; Night Man Cometh, a coffee beer; Jalapeno Business, a spiced ale; Honey Basil Don’t Give A Sh*t, a golden ale; Old Man Brown Sack, an old ale; Smoked & Oaked; Yohan’s Bock, a weizenbock; The Condor, a California Common; Lucy Lawless Lager; and Mandatory Minimum. Boulder Beer will sell commemorative tasting glasses with twelve tasting tickets for $25. Also available: two tickets and a glass for $6 (one ticket = a five-ounce pour). Beer and cheese pairings will also be available from Murray's Cheese Company. Live music starts at noon with an acoustic set, followed by funky Funkiphino from 2 to 6 p.m. Tours will be offered on the hour, every hour from 1 to 5 p.m.

Great Divide and the Edge Restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel have launched a new weekly brewery brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that includes bottomless Great Divide beers on tap and a free pint glass. Guests can chat with Great Divide reps while eating smoked pulled pork Benedict with ancho hollandaise, fried chicken and waffles and other menu items. The Brewery Brunch is offered each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Sunday, July 12
Avery Brewing has expanded its barrel-aged beer program immensely over the past year, but the latest offering, Ill Dolia, will only be available in very small amounts and only at the brewery. That's because a quarter of the beer, which is a blend of sour ales, was aged in unusual Carcavelos barrels, while another 44 percent was aged in the very scare and expensive Medeira barrels. Both are fortified Portuguese wines, and “the entire island of Madeira only lets a couple hundred barrels a year get out into the world," Avery says. The rest was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, and the beer's name is a nod in Latin to the three types of barrels that comprise this unusual blend. Bottle sales of the 7.2 percent ABV III Dolia will begin at 11 a.m.; there is a twelve-bottle limit. And to celebrate the release, Avery head chef Chris Blackwood is offering several food pairings "to further enrich the tasting experience," the brewery says. “The boldness of III Dolia balanced with its bright acidity cuts through the richness of our barrel-smoked duck leg confit. On the side, the sweet potatoes, caramelized shallots, and sherry gastrique will highlight the sweetness from the barrels, creating the ultimate harmony in your mouth.” 

Wednesday, July 15
Old Chicago has teamed up with Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing on a new beer that will be served this month at some locations (Aurora-Southlands, Aurora, Arapahoe Crossings-Aurora, Littleton, Thornton, Grant-Thornton and Lakewood) in Colorado as part of the restaurant company's continuing Explorer Series. To make the 6.1 percent ABV beer, called Grapefruit IPA, some Old Chicago employees went to Dry Dock's original South Dock location on Hampden Avenue to work with head brewer Tim Evon. His tasting notes read: "The light sweetness of Golden Promise and CaraRuby malts provide the base to this IPA for the summer hop head. We loaded it with Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops to take advantage of their potential to impart grapefruit character before adding actual grapefruit peel and juice. The result is a summer IPA with huge hop character, smooth fruitiness, and a refreshingly tart finish." The Old Chicagos will also be pouring Dry Dock's Apricot Blonde, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale and Vanilla Porter. Grapefruit IPA will be available at Dry Dock, too.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release its newest specialty one-off beer, Key Lime Tau (2?), at its taproom today at 6 p.m. "Key Lime Tau (2?) was brewed in collaboration with Hawkshead Brewery in the United Kingdom as part of the Trans-Atlantic Rainbow Project, a series that challenges brewers to come together and brew a beer inspired by a color," Crooked Stave says. "In its third year, the 2015 project involved seven UK breweries, each paired with a different American brewery and randomly assigned a color...Key Lime Tau (7.0 percent ABV), brewed to embody the color green, is a Mixed Culture Fermentation Ale aged in Oak with Lactose, Fresh Lime Peel and Fresh Lemongrass."

Thursday, July 16
Factotum Brewhouse will serve the latest beer brewed there by homebrewers today at 6 p.m. John Emrich and Toby Gerard brewed a Biere de Garde called Conundrum; it's the first French ale Factotum has featured. The brewers will be on hand at 6 p.m. to talk beer and hang out; 5280 Sliders will satisfy all food needs.

Saturday, July 18
Join Breckenridge Brewery for its annual Hootenanny today. This one is extra-special, however, because it celebrates both the brewery's move to its farm-like, twelve-acre campus in Littleton and Breck's 25th anniversary. "To commemorate the 25-year milestone, Breckenridge Brewery joined forces with Leftover Salmon to create a collaborative limited-release beer, packaged exclusively with Leftover Salmon's brand-new, 25-song live album," Breck reports. "The collaboration beer and live album will debut at the Hootenanny." Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne will be headlining; also performing will be Anders Osborne, Zach Deputy and MilkDrive. A second stage hosted by WinterWonderGrass Festival will feature The Drunken Hearts, Chain Station, Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, a second MilkDrive set, and a special set with The WinterWonderGrass Allstars. General admission tix are $45, while VIP are $95. They include music, food from the annual pig roast and lots of beer; some of the proceeds will benefit Conscious Alliance, a Colorado-based nonprofit that fights hunger.

Großen Bart Brewing — the Longmont beer maker with the facial hair theme — will host its inaugural Longmont Mane Festival from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the taproom. Owners Shad Chancey and Taylor Wise plan to fete "beers, beards, and community" at the fest, which will include a Beard & Mustache Contest (it costs $10 to enter at the brewery's website) from 4 to 5 p.m., featuring categories like "The Business Beard," "The Groomed Beard," The Full Beard Natural,"  "The Styled Mustache," "The Natural Mustache," "The Goatee" and "Sideburns & Chops." There will also be a "Whiskerella" category for women and a "Freestyle" category for "particularly creative and outlandish facial hair." Other features include live music from 2 to 8 p.m., food trucks all day long, free beard and mustache trims by Sean Murphy, mustache rides (Speed/Obstacle Race on Adult Big Wheels), mustache tattoos (fake), facial hair-themed vendors and lots of beer. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder will celebrate its twentieth anniversary today from 2 to 7 p.m. with an indoor/outdoor party. There will be live music from members of Head for the Hills, Augustus and Dear Landlords, life-sized lot games, and food from Umami Mobile Eatery. Plus, the brewery will release Twenty to Life, "a canary-colored Belgo-American ale with a light, bright body and tropical fruit finish." Twisted Pine will also tap other special treats throughout the day. Tickets are $5.

Sunday, July 19
The fourth annual A Night to Remember beer festival takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Four Mile Historic Park, honoring the twelve people who were killed in the Aurora theater shootings in 2012. One of those was Alex Teves, the 28th member of the Brew Club at Copper Kettle Brewing, which co-founded the festival; proceeds from the event go to the Alexander C Teves Foundation, which benefits the Humanex Academy, providing scholarships for "students with unique academic, social, or emotional needs." There will be beers from 29 breweries, as well as food trucks, live music, a silent auction and prizes.

Saturday, July 25
One of the first of the fourth-wave craft breweries in Colorado — and the first in Loveland — Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will celebrate its fifth anniversary today with a party from noon to 9 p.m. Co-founders Aaron Heaton and Don Chapman first met as members of the Fort Collins home-brewing club Liquid Mechanics. "They were inspired by the German beer styles and resurrecting lost ancient recipes," the brewery says. "The idea for the name came from Don’s wife and brings the stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to life in the form of beer, with each being named after or from a part of the stories. From the beginning the guys teamed up with local artist Josh Emrich who has designed many beloved characters and continues to provide the art for the brand today." The party will include special beer releases throughout the day; live music by Cable Ten, The Waido Experience, Taggart & Silas and Leaded; burgers and brats by Big Thompson Kiwanis Club; mini golf and Hammerschlagen; and a chance to win free beer for a year.

Thursday, July 30
As part of Brews for a Cure, Factotum Brewhouse will donate 40 percent of every full pour of beer sold from 4 to 10 p.m. today to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk fundraiser. There is also a $5 suggested donation at the door. There will be live music, silent auction items and food from 5280 Sliders and Sugar Crystal's.

Saturday, August 1
The second annual Sesh Fest, featuring beers that weigh in at 5 percent alcohol by volume or less, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. today at Sculpture Park. Hosted by Imbibe Events and the Colorado Brewers Guild, the event is a fundraiser for the Guild, which represents most of Colorado's breweries. Why have a low-alcohol beer fest? "Coloradans are known for being outdoorsy. One favorite summer activity is day drinking outside in a park, on top of a 14er or on the river," the Guild says. "When planning to drink for several hours, one wants to enjoy something light, refreshing and full of flavor." Tickets are $25 and on sale now at, where you can also find the list of participating breweries.

Sunday, August 2
The Post Brewing Company will host Jack’s Benevolent Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Koenig Center at the University of Colorado, 1202 University Avenue, in Boulder. The event benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County and The Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Grant, which was created by The Post's Chef, Brett Smith, "in honor of his dear friend John Ferrigno's son Jack, who had autism and passed away due to a seizure disorder when he was only eight years old." Over the last three years, the organization has raised $75,000 "to send more than 150 developmentally challenged kids to fun, confidence-building summer camps." Tickets cost $100 per person at and include beers from The Post, Avery, Wonderland, Odd 13, Liquid Mechanics, BRU and Industrial Revolution, and food from a variety of big-name local chefs, including Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market, Ian Clark of BRU and many others. There will be live music from the Adam Bodine Trio. Radio personality Bret Saunders will MC. There will be a raffle. 

Saturday, August 8
Denver Beer Co will mark four freakin' years today with a birthday party from 2 to 10 p.m. The Freakin' Four Years event is a block party with a full lineup of music, food trucks and beer.

Saturday, August 15
Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden and Call to Arms Brewing (which is scheduled to open in July in Denver) have brewed the second beer in their Peace & Assist collaborative project, this time in conjunction with Bery's Beer Company in Denver, which will host a tapping party beginning at noon today. The series is a cheeky play on the cease-and-desist letters that have become commonplace in the past few years in the craft brewing industry concerning beer names and trademarks. In addition to Peace & Assist Collaboration Brew No. 2, Beryl's will tap several other special beers throughout the day. There will also be food trucks, live music and outdoor games.

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