Beer calendar: salty beer, hoppy beer and pair of brewery grand openings
After getting off to a busy but rough start -- even closing briefly when it ran out of beer -- Former Future Brewing is now rolling. The South Broadway brewery is open six days a week and has a series of special nights, including $1 tacos next door at Adelita's on Tuesdays, game night on Thursdays (Battleship!), a food truck on Fridays and Sunday morning brunches with Tender Belly Bacon. Right now, there are seven beers on tap, but you can also find Former Future brews at a couple of bars and restaurants.
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Wednesday, May 21
May is fruit month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a fruit-themed firkin at 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Today's cask is Peach Golden Strong. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand.
Thursday, May 22
Denver Beer Co will host its fourth annual Neighborhood Hop Swap today, during which the brewery will give away 250 American Cascade hop plants that Denverites can plant in their yards; the giveways is from 4 to 8 p.m. and is first come, first served. Once the hops mature in the fall, participants can bring their hop harvests back to Denver Beer Co, which will use them in its Hop Swap beer. Once the beer, a pale ale, is done, each farmer can pick up a complimentary growler. The hop starters themselves were grown by Summit Plant Labs.
Friday, May 23
Coda Brewing, which opened a couple of weeks ago on the former Fitzsimons Army hospital base, will host its grand opening today. Brewery doors open at noon, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Aurora at 5 p.m. After the ribbon cutting, brewer Luke Smith's band, the Lookout Mountain Boys, will play. All ten taps will be flowing, pouring beers like Hydle Ale, Mandarin soaked Hindenberg IPA, and an African Hibiscus soaked Belgian Wit. There will also be food from Cedar Creek Pub.
TRVE Brewing brings back one of its most unusual beers -- and one of the most unusual beers brewing in Denver -- when Prehistoric Dog is tapped at 2 p.m. The salted wheat beers is TRVE's take on a Gose, an old style of beer that isn't made much anywhere. Brewed with Hawaiian black lava salt and coriander, Prehistoric Dog weighs in at just 4 percent ABV, making it a light-drinking summer seasonal.
Dry Dock Brewing will tap Whiskey Barrel Aged Flight 19 Oatmeal Stout today as part of its weekly Firkin Friday program. The tapping is at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 24
The brand-new 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. Details are TBA.
River North Brewery will release Barrel Reserve 2014 at 1 p.m. The beer is a special blend of three beers that were aged in sherry, wine and whiskey barrels. "The result melds the malt sweetness of traditional Belgian styles with dry wine notes and a kiss of oak," the brewery says. River North releases a new version of its Barrel Reserve each year. The 2014 vintage will be available in 22-ounce bottles, $15, over the Memorial Day weekend. The rest will hit liquor stores the following week.
BeerAdvocate co-founder Todd Alstrom will host another in his monthly series of BA get-togethers today -- this one from 1 to 5 p.m. at Epic Brewing. No cover. Pay as you consume. All are welcome, but you can RSVP at BeerAdvocate.com.
May is fruit month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a fruit-themed firkin at 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Today's cask, the last in the series, is Raspberry Le Chapeau. The Ckrepes food truck will also be on hand.
Lucky Pie Louisville is hosting a Chef vs. Chef dinner featuring the pizza joint's Louisville chef, Josh Stone, and his sous chefs, Chris Ryan and Conner Updegrave, in a four-course, head-to-head showdown. Guests will choose their favorite courses an determine which beer reigns supreme -- Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada. Tickets are $65 per person including tax and gratuity and can be purchased at LuckyPieTickets.com.
Friday, May 30
Breckenridge Brewery and Denver Comic Con will celebrate the release of their third collaborative superhero beer, Brews Wayne, at 8 p.m. tonight at the 1UP Colfax. The beer, a malty amber ale, was named via a Facebook naming contest and will be served at Denver Comic Con, June 13-15, as well as other venues in town. Josh Viola, a Colorado-based author, artist and video-game developer, along with comic book artist and illustrator Aaron Lovett, created the commemorative pint glass and tap handle art for Brews Wayne. The kickoff party will feature live music from Total Ghost, Sundown Social and Ginger Perry. The concert is free to people 21 and up, and the first 200 people to arrive will receive a limited edition pint glass.
Saturday, May 31
Hops & Pie will host the the Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest II today, starting at noon. You'll find rare and special beers, including Odell Friek; Jester King Das Wunderkind; New Belgium's Clutch and Felix; Russian River Consecration; Elysian Blueberry Tart; Cantillon's Classic Gueuze, Vigneronne and Mamouche; the Bruery Rueuze; Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tommee; and Tilquin's Olde Gueuze.
Oskar Blues Brewery and the Town of Lyons will bring back the popular Burning Can Festival and Lyons outdoor games today, despite the September flooding that damaged most of the town's parks and rec areas. Located in the unaffected areas of Bohn Park, Burning Can includes 150 beers from more than fifty can-centric breweries from all over the country. General admission tickets for the fest, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m., are $30 ($35 the day of); VIP tix are $45 and get you in an hour early. Proceeds go to the Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation (which has already raised more than $600,000) and benefit the Lyons parks and rec department and the Colorado Brewers Guild. The Lyons Outdoor Games, meanwhile, will again include pro kayak events, the high-flying "Outlaws of Dirt" Jump series, along with a junior pump-track event, a rugby tournament, the Ultimate Athlete Competition, the 2014 Lyons Outdoor Games Slackline Jam presented by Gibbon Slacklines, cornhole tournament, live music (Anders Osborne), food booths and a family-friendly area. For a list of the breweries, events and for tickets, go to burningcan.com
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