New Belgium Brewing is a great place for twenty- and early-thirty-somethings to find a job. The Fort Collins brewery — Colorado's largest craft-beer maker — was named one of the best places to work for millennial employees in America. To create the list, the Center for Generational Kinetics partnered with Best Companies Group, which manages more than fifty “Best Places to Work” programs around the globe, to analyze data from more than 4,000 U.S. organizations. The full list can be found here.
Although New Belgium may be a great place to work, not everyone appreciates the company's well-known activism. Several bars and liquor stores in the small, northwestern Colorado town of Craig have yanked the brewery's beer from their shelves and tap lines after discovering that New Belgium has given money to and supported WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group that has gone after the Colowyo Coal Mine, which is a major employer in the Craig area. Find the story in the Craig Daily Press.
Wednesday, June 10
Copper Kettle made a series of hybrid beers using wine/cider techniques this month and is serving a new one each Wednesday. Today's is ESB Carmenere, the brewery's English ale with Carmenere grapes. "These grapes bring flavors such as cherry, chocolate, smoke, and spice and is a traditional Chilean red wine," the brewery says. Tapping is at 2 p.m.; a food truck will be on hand.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release its 6.5 percent ABV Origins Burgundy Sour today at 6 p.m. Crooked Stave first introduced this beer in the spring of 2013; it is the fifth time the oak-aged beer has been sold.
BRU handbuilt ales & eats in Boulder will celebrate its third anniversary with a beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. Founder and chef Ian Clark will bring out the very limited First Anniversary Ale and Second Anniversary Ale from the cellar — and release the Third Anniversary Ale. He'll be pairing them with various dishes, including rock shrimp ceviche with kalamata olive, chunky tomatillo salsa, oven charred radish, and purple potato chips paired with TWO 2nd Anniversary Imperial Saison handbuilt with kaffir lime, and the wood-roasted turducken with apricot mustard glaze, charred turnips, mustard greens, and chile cornbread paired with THREE Third Anniversary Imperial India Pale Lager. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 720-638-5193 for reservations.
Thursday, June 11
Comrade Brewing will tap Lemondrop Wheat today at noon. The beer is a "crisp and refreshing wheat beer, single hopped with a new variety called Lemondrop. Big and pleasant lemon zest aroma with a well-rounded smooth bitterness. 5.6 percent ABV."
Factotum Brewhouse will tap #MZA Mosaic Zythos IPA today at 6 p.m. The beer was made by guest brewer, Jorge Chavez, who used Mosaic and Zythos hops, giving the beer a "fruity and bright flavor," the brewery says. Chavez will be on hand to talk about the beer and his experience at Factotum. 5280 Sliders will be there to serve food.
Friday, June 12
Today Copper Kettle Brewing will tap its Berlinerweisse, an unfiltered, tart and refreshing German wheat. You can also add syrups to the beer, which is traditional in Germany. Flavors are Desert Pear, Wild Raspberry, Kiwi and Peach.
Comrade Brewing will tap Single Hop Azacca IPA today at noon. The beer, Comrade's newest IPA, is hopped with a new variety, Azacca. "Big citrus and tropical fruit notes, we dry hop it to give it an extra boost of hop aroma for this 6.5 percent ABV IPA."
Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Keep Colorado LocALE today at its original South Dock taproom. The beer is the pale ale that Dry Dock brewed to support the Keep Colorado Local coalition. It has been cask conditioned with bing cherry juice from Colorado Cherry Company.
Saturday, June 13
Great Divide Brewing is turning 21 — and to celebrate its legal drinking age, the brewery is throwing its biggest anniversary bash yet from 2 to 6 p.m. Head down to the site of Great Divide's under-construction future location, 3395 Brighton Boulevard, for an afternoon filled with music (Gin Doctors, A. Tom Collins, Oakhurst, Brent Cowles of You Me & Apollo), food trucks, special-release beers (throwbacks, firkins, barrel-aged and pilots) and Yeti sightings. Tickets are $40.
All four metro-area Parry's Pizza & Bar locations (Northglenn, Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village and Castle Rock) will hold the annual Big-Ass Tap Takeover today in conjunction with Boulder's Avery Brewing. You'll be able to find much of Avery's regular lineup in addition to rarities, taproom-only beers and other sought-after specialties. Adam Avery, owner of Avery Brewing, and other brewery reps will be present in both Northglenn and Highlands Ranch to talk beer. The Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 with John Turk will be broadcasting live from the Parry’s in Highlands Ranch from noon to 2 p.m. In Northglenn, Gary Valliere will be broadcasting his show, American Craft Beer Radio, live on 102.3 ESPN from noon to 1 p.m.
River North Brewery will re-release Tripel, a summer seasonal, in the taproom at 1 p.m. today. The classic Abbey-style golden strong ale, at 9.2 percent ABV, should be available all summer on tap and in 22-ounce bomber bottles. "Bursting with notes of apricot, pear and lemon, River North Tripel finishes dry with a Trappist-esque yeast bite," the brewery says.
Three Freaks Brewery in Highlands Ranch will celebrate its first anniversary with a party today featuring Woody Woodpucker, a barrel-aged sour, live music from the Soul Patch Brothers Band and food from I GotZ BratZ. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
The local authors of Italy: Beer Country, Paul Vismara and Bryan Jansing, are hosting a series of Italian beer food pairings around the metro area. The first takes place today from noon to 3 p.m. at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House in Boulder. Flights of Italian beer will be available, along with specially prepared Italian small plates. Beers will include Del Ducato's magnificient Beersel Mattina as well as a collab between Del Ducato (Italy) and Hitachino Nest (Japan). There will also be selections on draft from Montegioco, and plenty of bottles. Food will include veal spedini, caprese arrotolato and porchetta. The authors will be on hand, along with Alex Liberati of Revelation Cat Brewing in Rome. Tickets are available here.
City Star Brewing will release its second-ever barrel-aged beer in a bottle today. Scoundrel is a brown ale that was soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria, "creating a pleasantly sour version of the brewery’s 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winning Bandit Brown Ale," the brewery says. It was then aged for a year in oak Cabernet barrels. The beer will be sold at the taproom in 22-ounce bottles for $18 each; only 1,014 bottles are available.
Sunday, June 14
BRU handbuilt ales & eats in Boulder will celebrate its third anniversary today with a party featuring live music from Many Mountains from 2 to 4 p.m. and special tappings throughout the day.
Station 26 Brewing will host its monthly Bluegrass Brunch today starting at 11 a.m. There will be beer, live music from Chain Station, donuts from Glazed & Confuzed, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke. Free admission.
Wednesday, June 17
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release one bottled beer, Colorado WildSage, and one taproom special, Petite Sour Grapefruit Radler, today at 6 p.m. Colorado WildSage (7.2 percent ABV) is a Brett Saison "brewed to embody Colorado’s high country. Each batch uses fresh white sage and lemongrass foraged from the Rocky Mountains and is fermented with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of Brettanomyces yeast," Crooked Stave says. "Petite Sour Grapefruit Radler (5.5% ABV), the seventh release in Crooked Stave’s line-up of Petite Sours, was primary fermented in oak with the brewery’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, and then received the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of grapefruit juice." Radlers are traditional German beverages consisting of a blend of beer and citrus juice.
Thursday, June 18
Alpine Dog Brewing will release a new beer, Ski Naked Saison, today at 5 p.m. The Pasty Republic food truck will be serving handheld pasty pies.
June Brewery Night at Stout Street Social (which has a brand new patio) will feature complimentary beers from Epic Brewing from 6 to 8 p.m. The beers include Hopulent, Wit Beer and Hop Syndrome Lager with free food pairings. An Epic brewer will be on-site to chat about the beer program.
Denver Deep Dish will host a dinner with Dry Dock Brewing tonight at 7:30 p.m. featuring a four-course dinner pairing menu favorites with some of Dry Dock's beer, including Apricot Blonde, Hefeweizen, Cool Lime Lager, and Vanilla Porter?. ?Tickets are $20 each or $35 for two. RSVP ?by emailing ?firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 19
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery will tap Triple Bypass IPA today. The enormous, 14.8 percent ABV beer was brewed by new head brewer Adam Glaser, who will be on hand to chat from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition, you can get a special four-taster flight — called Adam's Pursuit of Hoppyness — all day long for $7. It includes Sawatch IPA, Ptarmigan Ridge Cascadian Dark Ale, the 11.4 percent Timberline Barleywine, and Triple Bypass.
Copper Kettle Brewing will hold its Sobremesa Tap and Bottle Release party today. The beer is the brewery's English Strong Pale Ale, which was aged in tequila barrels with fresh lime zest and sweet agave nectar.
The booming beer town of Longmont will get its newest brewery when Skeye Brewing, at 900 South Hover Street, Suite D, opens at 3 p.m. today with a celebration featuring food trucks and live music by the Prairie Scholars and Interstate Stash Express. Skeye is owned by longtime homebrewers Christopher and Kami Malanowski, and craft-beer industry veteran Steve Allen. Kami, a Marine Corps veteran, will be the head brewer, but Christopher will brew as well. Skeye, named for the owners' dogs, includes a seven-barrel brewhouse and 3,600 square feet of space. It should have four beers on tap to start with: SMASH Pale Ale, SKEYE'S the Limit IPA, Tobias Red Ale and Yakita Porter, an English-style dark beer. The fifth flagship beer, PoleSki Pilser, an Eastern European lager, is set to make its debut in July. Rotating seasonal beers and barrel-aged beers will also be on tap in the future.
Odell Brewing will celebrate its newest bottled beer today through Sunday in the taproom. Brombeere is a 4.8 percent ABV blackberry gose with a "balance of tangy and sweet, and as crisp and lively as some of our favorite late summer evenings," the brewery says. It will be available in four-packs at the end of June.
Saturday, June 20
Hopheads will be in heaven today when Hops & Pie hosts a festival honoring some of the tastiest hoppy beers out there. The Exit 39 Hopfest, starting at noon, features Alpine Duet, Russian River Blind Pig, Melvin Brewing 2X4, Societe The Pupil, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Comrade Brewing Super Power IPA, Cannonball Creek Project Alpha 4, and beers from Boneyard and Green Flash.
Lone Tree Brewing is hosting a Summer Solstice Brew and BBQ Festival at the tap room and in the front parking lot of the brewery today starting at 10 a.m. with a free breakfast (paired with Beermosas and Bloody Mary beers) and continuing through the day and night. The fest will feature a barbecue wing cook-off, outdoor games, special beer tappings, live music from Barrel House String Band (at 5 p.m.), the Wing Wagon food truck and a Daisy Duke/Mustache contest. "Everyone is encouraged to don his or her Summer Solstice attire. Hula hoops will be provided," the brewery says. The event will also celebrate the arrival of Lone Tree’s new twenty-barrel brewhouse.
The fourth annual Boulder County BrewBQ (formerly known as the Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival) takes place today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlas Valley Shopping Center, 95th and Arapahoe, in Lafayette. The fest includes more than thirty breweries and ten barbecue restaurants, caterers and professionals for a day of competition and consumption. There will be music, kids' activities, vendors and prize drawings. Tickets are $30 for beer and barbecue or $15 for just the food. You can buy them at ymcabv.org/brewbq. All proceeds benefit the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s scholarship fund and Boulder Rotary Club.
Loveland Ale Works is the first of seven breweries that will screen a new feature documentary, Blood, Sweat, and Beer, which is on a national screening tour. The doc explores "the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries" (neither in Colorado). Other screenings: June 21 at Grand Lake Brewing in Arvada and at Joyride Brewing in Edgewater; June 22 at Denver Beer Co; June 23 at Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins; June 24 at Aspen Brewing and again at the Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins. Here's where you can find the trailer.
Sunday, June 21
Breckenridge Brewery will officially open its brand-new brewery — part of a twelve-acre, three-building campus — in Littleton today with public tours (reservations encouraged), which begin in the tasting room and include a ten-ounce pour from the daily selection on tap. The brewery will host tours four times a day, Wednesdays through Mondays; they cost $3. "The tour path leads from tasting room to brewery mezzanine overlooking the four-vessel 100-barrel brewhouse, across the bridge to the fermentation building, and continues on to barrel aging and packaging. Tours conclude back in the tasting room with four 4-oz. samples of each visitor's choice," the brewery says. Breck also plans to open its new beer garden today (depending on weather) next to the Farm House restaurant, which opened in May.
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Saturday, June 27
Renegade Brewing will host its 4th Anniversary Block Party today from 3 to 10 p.m. outside the taproom on Ninth Avenue between Santa Fe and Kalamath Street. There will be special beers, seven hours worth of food trucks (including Matt's Snack Shack, Baba & Pop's Kitchen, Smokestack 70, WongWayVeg, and Em's Ice Cream) and seven hours of live music ending with Josh Moorehead & The GuestList. Entry is free. Beers are $5 each.
The Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion will host Brews & Bites tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring beers from breweries that are members of the Colorado Brewers Guild paired with various culinary creations from Colorado chefs. Proceeds from the event, which takes place both inside and outdoors in the gardens, benefit the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund. Tickets are $80 for general admission or $200 for VIP admission, which gets you in an hour early. Find them at imbibe.com.
Tuesday, June 30
The local authors of Italy: Beer Country, Paul Vismara and Bryan Jansing, are hosting a series of Italian beer food pairings around the metro area. The second takes place today at 6:30 p.m. at Il Posto. A four-course meal with Italian beer paired with food from its region will be served, featuring dishes from Chef Andrea Frizzi. The dinner is $75 per person and you can call 303-394-0100 for reservations.