Longmont's Oskar Blues Brewery, which was partially purchased by an East Coast private equity firm last year, revealed this week that it has experienced yet another year of double-digit sales growth, surpassing 30 percent over the previous year. Part of that growth came about as a result of the fact that Oskar Blues increased its production to 192,000 barrels in 2015 — 102,000 from the location in Longmont and the rest from its brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Both breweries are planning to expand in 2016. Oskar Blues is also planning to open a third brewery, in Austin, Texas, in 2016, and possibly a fourth, somewhere in the western U.S. In addition, the company grew its Crowler sales (Crowlers are aluminum growlers that can be sealed in any brewery with a machine that OB sells) by 1,000 percent, delivering four hundred of the machines and more than 1.3 million cans in 2015.
Wednesday, January 20
Strange Craft Beer Company will celebrate the release of its latest bottled beer, Big Malty Winter Brew, today at 3 p.m. "Really happy with the way this one turned out! The name pretty much says it all. We brewed this one big to help keep you warm on a cold winter night. English Maris Otter forms the malty backbone of this seven-malt English Ale. And Colorado Beeyond the Hive honey adds some unique character and warmth with an added alcohol kick," the brewery says.
Former Future Brewing will host Jensen Cummings, chef and Certified Cicerone, today at 7 p.m. Cummings will pair food and raw ingredients with two of Former Future's beers. Parings are $8; buy one and receive a raffle ticket for a bottle of Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales Mach Limit: Tempranillo to be given away tonight.
Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of its mild Extra Special Bitter aged on oak and with added coffee from Bali as part of its month of coffee firkins. Pavlo's Taste of Ukraine will be outside.
Thursday, January 21
Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton will tap two incredibly sough-after beers today at 4 p.m. The first is Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas, a rich, smooth 10-percent ABV imperial stout brewed with ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks; many people consider it to be one of the finest beers made. The second is Dorothy, from Vermont's Hill Farmstead Brewery, which many people consider to be one of the best breweries in the country. Until recently, Hill Farmstead didn't distribute outside of Vermont, but Crooked Stave Artisans, the distribution arm for Crooked Stave, recently announced that it would bring a little bit of Hill Farmstead's beer into Colorado. Dorothy is a pale ale brewed with wheat, fermented with funky Brettanomyces and hopped with Citra.
Friday, January 22
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap Rye IPA at noon. The "spicy American IPA has a mellow hop flavor with a rye finish. Dry-hopped with Amarillo hops, this beer has a great citrus scent," the brewery says. 5280 Sliders will be on hand.
Comrade Brewing is tapping a new beer today. It's an American Stout "with 6.6 percent ABV, 69 IBU and roasty," the brewery says, and it's "hopped with 06277, 07270 , El Dorado and Azacca."
Mockery Brewing will release a new bottled beer today. Wardrobe Malfunction debuted at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail earlier this month. It's a tart-cherry strong ale aged in red wine barrels.
Spangalang Brewery has named one of its beers Orange Crushsicle in honor of the AFC Championship game this Sunday, and will tap it today. The beer "is a fast-finishing, super-quaffable session beer (of just 4.3%) taken to championship heights by additions of orange juice, bitter and sweet orange peel, and a dose of vanilla," the brewery says, comparing it to a Dreamsicle frozen treat. "Local craft beer drinkers will love it, but it’s way too much for people from New England." Oh, and Spangalang is setting aside a very special keg of the beer for Tom Brady for after the game. “Just before kickoff,” they say, “we’re going to drop the pressure on the beer by a few PSI. It'll be a bit flat and more to his liking, something to enjoy while he wipes away the tears."
Saturday, January 23
Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate the third anniversary of its canned beers today from noon to 8 p.m. at the Canoe Room taproom inside its North Dock location. The Caniversary includes live music by Chris Dismuke, eats by the Jessie's Smokin' NOLA truck, and a chance to win free Dry Dock beer for a year, among other raffle prizes. Dry Dock will also debut its new twelve-packs, which include six Apricot Blonde cans and six Hop Abomination IPA cans. The "Hopricot" twelve-packs will be available at liquor stores across the state in February.
Sanitas Brewing owners Michael Memsic and Chris Coyne, along with Will Frischkorn of Boulder's Cured cheese & wine shop, will host a night of exclusive beer tastings straight from the barrels — all paired with small bites from Cured. Tickets to the event are $65 and include four ten-ounce pours of various beers that are still aging in barrels and haven't yet been released. These are: #12 Raspberry Deluge; #20 Rum Barrel Barleywine; #26 Bourbon Barrel IPA; and #28 Galaxy Dry-Hopped Brett Saison. Attendees will get to taste them right from the barrels and then meet the brewers and talk about the barrel-aging process. Sanitas doubled its barrel-aging program in 2015. Tickets can be purchased in the Sanitas taproom or by visiting eventbrite.com.
Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House will celebrate its first anniversary from 4 to 11 p.m. today with tap takeovers by the Odell and Epic brewing companies. Beers include: Odell's IPA, Runoff Red IPA, Friek Cherry Lambic, Lugene Imperial Milk Stout, and Easy Street Wheat; and Epic's 825 State Stout, Blue Ski Lager, Lil' Raspberries, Utah Sage Sasion, Imperial IPA w/ 100% New Zealand Hops. In addition, Dunbar will have Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA and Kannah Creek Lands End Amber on tap. Aside from the beer, there will be sampling and cocktail specials from Leopold Bros. and wine tasting and specials from Republic National Distribution Company, plus shwag, giveaways and burger specials.
Ratio Beerworks will tap One Great City, its Belgian-style quadrupel, today at noon. The beer "comes to the party with fruity esters of fig, raisin and prune notes from specialty malts we added," the brewery says.
Powder Keg brewing in Niwot is releasing bottles of Palisade Reunion today at noon with a party as well. The sour beer is made with peaches from the Western Slope and funked up with Brettanomyces cultures and Lactobacillus. Bottles cost $16 each and there is a limit of six per customers (bring your own box or bag). If you just want it on draft, ten-ounce pours are $8. Powder Keg will also tap Brewer's Playground Blend (40 percent sixteen-month-old spontaneous golden ale, 30 percent remix one tart saison, 30 percent brett pale ale dry hopped with Citra and Galaxy), In the Brambles (a sour blackberry ale), and Fruitful Union (a golden sour with peaches and raspberries).
The Town of Frisco will partner with New Belgium Brewing to present the inaugural Frisco BrewSki, a happy hour ski tour at the Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Nordic Center, today. At the event, New Belgium will pour its new Citradelic IPA. The ski portion of the event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The after-party runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Day Lodge, where prizes will be awarded for best costume, most difficult costume to ski in and more. Advance registration is $15 per adult and $10 for youth ages 17 and below; day-of registration is $20 per adult and $15 for youth. Participants must register as teams of two to four people, and provide a team name upon registration. To register, please visit www.FriscoBrewSki.com.
Wednesday, January 27
Black Shirt Brewing has once again teamed up with Shauna of The Long I Pie Shop for a pie-and-beer pairing event. The menu includes: Taj Mahal (Coconut Curry Veggie Pot Pie) with Red Evelyn; The Dark Knight (Chocolate Chess) with Jack Daniel's Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Black IPA; Purple Pear (Pear and Lavender Crumble) with Pale Red Rye; and Pumpkins In The Mud (Pumpkin with Chocolate Ganache) with Spiced Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Red Porter on Nitro - spiced with Saigon cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, & Madagascar vanilla bean. Tickets are $20 per person, not including tax and tip. No advanced tickets available.
Thursday, January 28
Dry Dock Brewing will release the bomber-bottled version of its Tripel today at the North Dock location. It has been two years since the brewery bottled the beer, which will be available in liquor stores in February.
"Come grease your machine with wings from Fire on the Mountain" at the Little Machine brewery today. There will be live music at 7 p.m. from Wylie "Crazy Horse" Jones. They will also tap a Green Chili firkin.
Friday, January 29
Former Future Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary today with a Prohibition Party (costumes encouraged), featuring Electro Swing, Cat Sabbath, beer cocktails and a photo booth.
Comrade Brewing brings back its acclaimed double IPA, Hop Chops, today. This 8.5 percent ABV beers was "excessively hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, El Dorado and Experimental 06277," the brewery says.
Saturday, January 30
Former Future will continue its two-year anniversary celebration today by giving away a Former Future/Black Project Glass and one free pour of Black Project Beer for the toast to the first fifty people. There will be one new beer tapped every hour on the hour. Mile High Soul Club will be DJing all afternoon.
Falling Rock Taphouse owner Chris Black will hold one of his periodic bottle sales today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. (for on-premise drinking only). "Going through the cellar and cooler we have found some lonely bottles. The last of their kind, the last of that year, some really special ones Chris is willing to share," Falling Rock says. "In order to make room for more and new beers, we’re going to host our ..Vintage Beer Sale and sell off these beers. There will be a list posted on giant whiteboards in the bar. It will list the beer, year, what the price was, and what we will be selling them for now. Oh, and quantity. Most of these are 2-3 bottles, but some of the more rare vintage are only 1 bottle. Come early, place your order with the servers or bartenders, and hope you got there first. We fill the orders as they come in, and Chris will be updating the board as we pull bottles so it will be as current as possible... Just remember per Colorado law, YOU MUST DRINK THE BEER ON SITE! You are not allowed to purchase these to take home."
Sunday, January 31
Avery Brewing in Boulder will release this year's version of Tweak today at 11 a.m. The beer is a 17.5 percent ABV monster, brewed with 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.'s organic Isabelle Espresso roast per barrel. "We made the coffee toddy by soaking the grounds in the beer rather than in water, which causes better extraction and more awesomeness," the brewery says. The beer was then aged four months in bourbon barrels. Draft and bottles will be available.
Monday, February 1
The annual glory that is Stout Month begins today at the Vine Street Pub, the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun and the brewing-and-restaurant company's other two locations in Boulder and Longmont. Details are TBA.
Thursday, February 4
Today is 2/4 — which means its the perfect day to celebrate Melvin Brewing's 2X4 Imperial IPA — and all of the Wyoming brewery's other beers — which will make their grand entrance into 24 bars in Colorado and several other states, including Illinois, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland and Washington. "The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and – of course – Melvin’s 2x4 will all be out to party," says the brewery, which was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale. The 10 percent ABV beer has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards (2nd in 2015) and holds the current World Beer Cup Gold Medal. Melvin also won the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year at GABF. Melvin, formerly called Thai Me Up, recently built a new, thirty-barrel brewery near Jackson, Wyoming, (run by former Oskar Blues brewmaster Dave Chichura), which is allowing for increased distribution of kegs and possibly bottles or cans. Wanna drink it? In Denver, head to Falling Rock Taphouse or Hops & Pie tonight. In Boulder, go to Backcountry Tap House. Or you can find it at Backcountry in Nederland, or at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins.
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Friday, February 5
Boulder Beer will tap its spring seasonal Emergent White IPA today at 4 p.m. at its brewpub. "Orange peel contributes a bright, citrus flavor complemented by a subtle spiciness from the coriander and Belgian yeast," the brewery says. "With a golden hue and fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor, Emergent goes down like a breath of fresh mountain air."
Saturday, February 6
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, which has become one of the go-to places in Colorado for rare, special and unusual beers, is throwing itself a five-year anniversary party all day today by filling all 68 taps with one of the most intense lineups around — a beer geek's dream come true. Here are the first fifteen. For the full list, go the joint's Facebook page: 1. Melvin IPA; 2. Melvin Hubert; 3. Melvin 2x4; 4. Melvin Purple Drank; 5. Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout; 6. Off Color DinoS'mores; 7. Russian River Pliny the Elder; 8. Russian River Consecration; 9. Russian River Supplication; 10. Russian River Temptation; 11. Russian River Blind Pig; 12. Pipeworks Lizard King; 13. Comrade Superpower; 14. New Belgium Love Oscar Foeder #30: Ol' Dirty Bastard; 15. Birrificio Del Ducato La Luna Rossa.
Two Penguins Tap & Grill in Centennial will host an IPA smackdown from 3 to 6 p.m. today featuring hoppy beers from five of Colorado's most hop-forward breweries: Dry Dock, Comrade, Ska, Odell and Station 26.
Tuesday, February 9
Euclid Hall will host a beer dinner today at 6 p.m. with Oregon-based Rogue Ales’ Brewmaster John Maier, who will pour some rare Rogue beers. Maier is on a four-city tour. "Chef Jake Grant has paired his eclectic five course menu with six selections from the Rogue collection," Euclid hall says. The dinner is $89 per person. Find tickets and info about the parings at brownpapertickets.com.