The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, which was created a year ago to help Lyons -- where Oskar Blues was founded -- recover from the devastating floods that ravaged several towns in Colorado, said this week that is had raised one million dollars over the past twelve months and has expanded its mission. In the first three months, CAN'd Aid distributed $515,000 (including a $150,000 personal donation from Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis), money that helped 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations. But the nonprofit foundation is now focused on grants to help small businesses in other places, particularly those that focus on music, arts and culture, disaster relief, outdoor pursuits, health and wellness, and sustainability and recycling.
Turn the page to see all of this week's craft-beer events.
Wednesday, October 29
TRVE Brewing will tap a new beer today called Dunwich. A 5.4 percent ABV robust porter, the beer is named after a song by Electric Wizard, an English doom-metal band.
It's Pumpkin Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of a pumpkin beer every Wednesday. Today's is Pumpkin Saison, a Belgian saison with pumpkin pie spices added to give it that extra kick, paired with pumpkin whoopie pies.
As part of a month-long beer education extravaganza, World of Beer Cherry Creek, in Glendale, is offering a weekly series of free Beer Schools at which guests can sign up to learn about "the history and care that goes into the specialty varieties crafted by some of the industry's leading breweries." Sign up is available before each class; space is limited, first come, first serve. Today's 6 p.m. class is Belgium Beers with Ommegang Brewery & Duvel. "Discover the variety of Belgium beers, from Trappist Ales to Lambic Beers and everything in between."
Thursday, October 30
Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins will tap Cerealiously Count Chocula today at 5 p.m. today at what is sure to be a madhouse scene. News about the beer, a milk stout infused with Count Chocula cereal, went viral last week after the owners of Black Bottle bought out two entire supermarkets worth of the cereal. General Mills has since endorsed the beer and sent care packages for Black Bottle customers. And someone dressed as the Count will allegedly be there, signing autographs.
Dad & Dude's Breweria is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a series of events that culminate on November 1. Today the brewery will tap Rum Forrest, Rum, an American-style stout aged for three months on Madagascar vanilla beans in a rum barrel. Theme: KISS night. Face painters will be on hand to help you get the rocking Ace Frehley look.
World of Beer and ESPN will host an event called WOBtoberfest today at 5:30 p.m. at Mile High Station. Calling it "the most interactive beer festival connecting people through sports and great craft beer," the fest includes interactive games, "craft beer celebrities, including celebrity athletes and cheerleaders," a food truck and a variety of beers, ciders and spirits. Tickets, $35 ($65 for VIP), are available at eventbrite.com.
Friday, October 31
Brew on Broadway will tap Orchard Place Caramel Apple Stout today, an unusual ale that was blended with fresh-pressed apple cider from apples picked in Englewood. Owner/brewer Paul Webster says the fall treat should be around for a few weeks.
Lost Highway Brewing will host the Grave Robber Halloween Party today starting at 7 p.m. with a costume contest, ghost stories, a palm reader and special pairings with its Grave Robber Fraud Quad.
Dad & Dude's Breweria is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a series of events that culminate on November 1. Today, the brewery will tap Lion Heart Barley Wine, a 12 percent ABV English/American hybrid made with Colorado malt and hops and fermented with an English yeast. Theme: Halloween Night.
Saturday, November 1
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary today with a party running from noon to 11 p.m. They'll be tapping a variety of beers, including Whiskey Barrel-Aged Voodoo Goat Barleywine (noon); Lunar Eclipse Imperial Stout (3 p.m.); Cognac Barrel-Aged Voodoo Goat (6 p.m.); and Barrel-Aged First Descent Old Ale (9 p.m.). The Truck Yeah food truck will be on hand, and there will be giveaways.
Chain Reaction Brewing will tap its first-ever firkin today at 3 p.m. The beer is the brewery's Northern English Mild aged in a cask with "more than a few generous handfuls of Colorado grown Habanero peppers."
Dad & Dude's Breweria is celebrating its fourth anniversary today by tapping Zinful, a beer/wine hybrid made with red zinfandel and Cabernet grape juices, blackberry puree and Belgian pale malts, then aged in a red wine barrel for four months. Theme: Redneck Prom. Wear your best overalls, flannels mullets, daisy dukes and denim fashions.
The 8th Annual All Colorado Beer Festival takes place today at Freedom Financial Expo Center in Colorado Springs. There are two sessions, the first from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35. There will be seventy Colorado breweries on hand with two hundred different beers. All proceeds benefit Theatreworks, the Empty Stocking Fund, the Home Front Cares and the ACBF Scholarship Fund at UCCS.
Friday, November 7
Mockery Brewing will introduce itself as the newest brewery in River North today with a grand opening party starting at 3 p.m. There will be nine beers on tap, including Black IPA, Vanilla Bourbon Porter, Blonde, Peach Blonde, Salted Scotch Ale, Red Session IPA, Southern Hemisphere Ale, Pumpkin Oktoberfest Ale, and Rye Saison.
Upslope Brewing will kick off its sixth anniversary weekend today at its Lee Hill location from 4 to 8 p.m. for an evening celebrating the taproom's barrel-aged releases. Cured will provide cheese pairings at 4 p.m.; Heirloom food truck will serve farm-fresh eats from 5 to 8 p.m., and there will be music from The Longest Day of the Year Duo at 6 p.m.
Breckenridge Brewery and snowboard maker Never Summer Industries have teamed up for the second year in row for "Opening Day," an event at Punch Bowl Social that celebrates opening days at ski resorts around Colorado and the rest of the country. The companies will also debut new limited-edition snowboard artwork at the free parking-lot party, which starts at 5 p.m. (Breck and Never Summer will also host parties in seventeen other states.) Never Summer will screen its movie, Dang Bud; there will also be Breckenridge beer, free ski and snowboard edgings and waxings from 7Twenty Boardshop, snowboard giveaways, and much more.
Saturday, November 8
Avery Brewing will host its third annual Boulder IPA Fest today beginning at 1 p.m. at the brewery; this event will likely sell out far in advance. There will be more than 100 different beers on tap. Tickets are $45 and include sixteen four-ounce pours and a commemorative glass; additional drink tickets will be available for sale. Find the full beer list at Avery website or Facebook page. It includes Hop Shovel from Bear Republic, Flower Child IPA from Cambridge Brewing, Hoperation Overload from DESTIHL, Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing. Get more info at eventbrite.com.
Upslope Brewing will celebrate its sixth anniversary today from 2 to 8 p.m. with a party at its Flatiron Park location. There will be new and vintage releases, plenty of food trucks, games and live music on the back dock.
Boulder Beer Company will release Scourge of the Dude -- a sequel to The Dude's Bane -- today at the taproom starting at noon. The second in the brewery's barrel-aged Dude Series, Scourge is a barleywine made on Boulder Beer's pilot system with a blend of caramel malts, toasted rye and a hint of smoked malt, then aged for eight months in first-use bourbon barrels. Scourge of the Dude will be sold in 22-ounce waxed bottles and initially available only at Boulder Beer. A handful of cases will begin shipping to select markets the following week for distribution.
Sunday, November 9
Hogshead Brewery will welcome beer historian, author and journalist Ron Pattinson at 6 p.m., who is touring four North American Breweries. Pattinson will help Hogshead tap a wood firkin of 1845 Lovibond XX Yesteryear Mild, a 6.5 percent ABV English mild that was brewed with historic barley varietals, and chat about English beer history.
Saturday, November 15
In honor of its 21st birthday, Left Hand Brewing will introduce an unusual new festival today called Nitro Fest, the first even dedicated exclusively to nitrogenated beer. Taking place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Longmont brewery, the fest will feature beers from 21 breweries across the country. Some are rare beer that are being nitrogenated for the first time for the fest. Tickets are $50 for four hours of all-you-can drink nitro craft beers. Event proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. Left Hand helped popularize the nitro style recently by introducing three different nitogenated beers in bottles over the past few years. Breweries at the fest include Founders, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Victory, Green Flash, Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, New Belgium and Odell. In addition, there will be performance art including fire dancers, stilt walkers and aerial artists.
Sunday, November 16
The third annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival runs today from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Curtis Hotel. This year's event will feature eighteen breweries and more than 25 restaurants; one beer-bacon team will be crowned Best in Show win $750 to donate to the local charity of its choice. Presented by EatBoston and Denver Off The Wagon, the fest has raised almost $40,000 for Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing in the past. For tickets, $46.50, more info and a list of participants, go to the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival's website.
Avery Brewing will debut a brand-new beer in its Annual Barrel Series today at 1 p.m. when it starts selling bottles of Tweak, a stout aged for four months with Orzo coffee in bourbon barrels. The beer, formerly known as Meph Addict, was a version of Avery's Mephistopheles Stout, and has only been on tap in the past. Weighing in at 17.81 percent AVB, Tweak will join Uncle Jacob's and Rumpkin as part of the annual series.
Thursday, November 20
The annual Chef & Brew Festival, which brings some of Denver's best chefs together some top breweries, returns today to the at EXDO Event Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees get access to unlimited appetizers and craft beer samples from at least eighteen restaurants and eighteen breweries. The apps and beers are paired together, and the best combo, as voted on by guests, will win the competition. Tickets are $49 (or $80 for VIP, which gets you in an hour earlier, at 6 p.m.). Some of the chefs include: Jensen Cummings of the BSide, John Chad Little of Harmans, Argyll's John Broening and Panzano's Elise Wiggins. Breweries include, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks, TRVE, Epic and Great Divide. Find the full list, info and tickets at chefnbrewfestival.com.
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