Yes, it's only June 1, but Denver is already making plans for the Great American Beer Festival, which takes place here September 29-October 1.
Tickets go on sale at the end of this month, and brewers are thinking about what categories to enter (or brewing up some specialties and hiding them away).
But the award for pre-planning goes to the Brown Palace Hotel, which sent notice yesterday -- four months in advance -- that it will be offering a "Celebration of Suds" package that includes: a room; a mini-fridge stocked with Breckenridge Avalanche Ale, Fat Tire from New Belgium and Colorado Native from AC Golden; two tickets to GABF; two soft gourmet pretzel necklaces with complementing dips; and a tasting for two in the Ship's Tavern of appetizers and Ship's Tavern Ale (made by Great Divide).
And although the package -- which starts at $539 -- is a little rich for our blood, I commend the fact that beer is so prominent in the Brown's thinking!
Tim, the Oskar Blues firkin master.
Hops & Pie
Wednesday, June 1
Highland Tap & Burger, 2223 West 32nd Avenue, gets into the firkin game tonight by uncorking a cask of of Mango Habanero Dale's Pale Ale at 6:30 p.m. Too spicy for you? Highland Tap has twenty other craft brews on tap.
Friday, June 3
Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder isn't just about Ghost Face Killah. The brewery releases its seasonal Le Petit Saison today with a tapping party and live music in its tap room. The beer is also available in 22-ounce bomber bottles throughout Colorado.
Hops and Pie's monthly First Firkin Friday will showcase the skills of Oskar Blues firkin master Tim Matthews tonight, who will tap Quad Hopped Dale's Pale Ale at 6 p.m. The firkin has had extra quantities of all the usual hops plus twice as much cascade added.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora brings back its cult beer, Watermelon Kolsch, which has been cask conditioned for Firkin Friday.
Saturday, June 4
Upslope Brewing in Boulder celebrates the release of its fourth can, Upslope Craft Lager, with a party in the brewery. In fact, they'll be selling cans of beer directly off of the canning line from 2 to 8 p.m., which is pretty awesome. There will be food.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company will have an Imperial Red Ale release party this Saturday; the new brewery opens at noon, and Alvie's Eats will be out serving food. The Imperial Red is a cross between an amber and an IPA.
Odell Brewing marks the release of Woodcut No. 5 with a fiesta in the Fort Collins tap room from 4 to 6 p.m. To commemorate the release, the brewery will be selling signed and numbered woodcut prints by local artist Chris Bates.
Tuesday, June 7
Falling Rock Tap House celebrates fourteen years of beery goodness today with a birthday party and free barbecue starting at 6 p.m. The beer Mecca will tap some special beers as it always does.
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Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield, hosts the Taste of Elegance Chefs Food & Beer Competition at 6 p.m., featuring a plethora of food and beverages from some of the state's top chefs. Admission is $60 to $75; call 303-438-6600.
Strange Brewing will be the site of a beer and cheese pairing starting at 6 p.m. in the tasting room. Tickets are $20.