Beer calendar: Star Bar runs the Avery gauntlet and Dry Dock takes it in the can
Several Denver breweries and restaurants will serve as mini art galleries between now and February 10, displaying the work of more than twenty artists who use recycled skis and snowboards as their canvases. The displays are part of Art of Winter, "a snow-inspired exhibition featuring Colorado artists and innovators expressing their passion and creativity in their everyday work," according to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
You can find the pieces at Backcountry Provisions, Crave Dessert Bar, Denver Beer Co (check out the limited edition Sonny Bono skis), Euclid Hall (which has a bacon snowboard), Renegade Brewery and Strange Brewing.
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BRU, the home-based brewery started by Centro Latin Cuisine chef Ian Clark, will release its third bottled beer, Beezel, this month in Boulder-area liquor stores. The beer is a Belgian-style golden ale made with honey, black pepper and bitter orange peel. The 9.3 percent ABV beer joins Citrum and Obitus in BRU's lineup.
Elevation Beer Company, which opened in May in Poncha Springs, announced this week that it produced 935 barrels last year, overshooting its projections by 40 percent and qualifying it as one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- Colorado breweries to open in 2012. Because of that growth, Elevation recently added three new fermenters and two Meheen bottling lines that will allow it brew up to 4,000 barrels a year. That also means that Elevation will be able to expand distribution of some of its previously limited beers, like First Cast IPA and Little Mo' Porter, to accounts on the Front Range; those beers will both be sold in four-packs, as opposed to 750 ml bottles.
Wednesday, January 30
Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo will fete Crazy Mountain Brewing in Edwards starting at 4 p.m. today as part of its weekly pint night. You can try the brewery's Snowcat Coffee Stout side by side with a barrel-aged version of the same beer, as well as nitro Snowcat Coffee Stout. The first fifty people to order a pint can keep the glass.
The Lobby is kicking off a monthly beer dinner series today with a four-course feast featuring paired beers from Renegade Brewing, along with a welcome beer cocktail. The Lobby will feature one Colorado brewery each month with a special tap handle all month long. Tonight's Renegade dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; for info and reservations, call 303-997-9911.
The Yak & Yeti will tap its 5.2 percent ABV Orange Chocolate Porter (only one keg) today at 4 p.m.
The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of IPA that has been aged with jasmine as part of its weekly Firkin Wednesday program. The taproom opens at 3 p.m.
Friday, February 1
Star Bar will roll out its Drink the Gauntlet contest again this year by putting thirty Avery Brewing beers (yes, thirty different Avery beers) on tap over the 28 days of February. If you can drink them all -- and record this feat on a Gauntlet scorecard that you can get at the bar -- by February 28, you get to go on a private tour of the Boulder brewery, with transportation to and from Star Bar; the date is TBD, but it will be on the same day that Avery releases its next Barrel Series beer. Star Bar will have all five of Avery's core beers -- IPA, White Rascal, Joe's Pilsner, Ellie's Brown Ale and Out of Bounds Stout -- on every week, along with at least one beer from the Dictator series, the Demon series and the Holy Trinity series. In addition, at some point during the month you'll be able to find Avery taproom specialties, like Lebenweizen, Lilikoi Kepolo, 3point5 Pale Ale, Bolder Weiss and Tweak, along with some kegs of some Barrel Series brews that Star Bar has stashed away. The kick-off party takes place tonight.
Hops & Pie will toast its monthly 1st Firkin Friday today at 6 p.m. with a cask of Crooked Stave Surette Saison that has been barrel-aged with hibiscus and cinnamon. The base beer itself is a wood-aged Farmhouse-style ale brewed with malted barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt and then fermented and aged in large oak foeders with brettanomyces yeast and and lactobacillus. The cinnamon and hibiscus were added when the beer was transferred to a ten-gallon Downslope whiskey barrel for more aging.
Sold Out: New Belgium will host a party to celebrate the return of its classic sour beer, La Folie. The Lost in the Woods party, running from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Fort Collins brewery's foeder room, will also feature a sour beer symposium with New Belgium's wood cellar crew, a food pairing, live music and a take-home bomber bottle. The event is sold out, but you can try to score $25 tickets at eventbrite.com.
Saturday, February 2
Dry Dock Brewing, which just opened its new production facility and began canning four of its beers -- Hop Abomination, Apricot Blonde, Amber Ale and Hefeweizen -- is hosting Take it in the Can, a canning-launch party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its original tasting room location at 15120 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora. Cans of all four beers will be available for $3 each. "As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take the can...no glassware allowed," the brewery says.
The Dreaded Brit returns to the Copper Kettle today. The beer, a malty, English-style ESB, is named for "our English dreadlocked friend Stephen [Kirby], owner and brewer at Hogshead Brewery," according to the Copper Kettle.
Sunday, February 3
Freshcraft will turn its back room into Super Bowl central today when it throws a football-watching party for just thirty people -- yep, only thirty tickets available. The restaurant will serve upscale versions of tailgate favorites paired with Avery Brewing beers. The pairing menu includes truffled pretzel sticks with Ellies Brown Ale cheese sauce and Avery Lebeweizen, a dark German wheat; blood orange and candied walnut glazed pork wings with Stilton cheese dressing and Avery Hog Heaven; Captain's crunchy quail with smoked cheddar biscuit, pear jam and maple butter, and Avery Bolder Weisse with pear syrup; and dessert nachos, a cheesecake plate with crispy pastry chips, along with Avery Odio Equum. Freshcraft will also be featuring $4 drafts for ticket holders of Avery 3Point5 Pale Ale, plus party games and chances to win beer, swag and gift cards.
Thursday, February 7
Renegade Brewing released two new beers in cans in January: 5:00 Afternoon Ale, in 16-ounce cans, and Elevation Triple IPA, in 12-ounce cans. The brewery will fete both beers with a party tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. in the taproom with deals on cans, drafts "and happiness."
Odell Brewing will release its first Cellar Series beer of the year today in its Fort Collins taproom. Amuste is an imperial porter brewed with grape must and aged in red wine barrels; it is the product of a two-year project lead by the brewery's quality-control manager, Eli Kolodny. The must comes from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado. The release party will feature live music and food trucks. Amuste will also be available in 750 ml cork-and-cage bottles in liquor stores.
The Copper Kettle will re-release its Smoked Porter today with a party at 6 p.m. featuring live music from the Conquistadors of Nothing. The beer is described as "a smooth, slightly sweet porter with mildly smoked flavor."
Tuesday, February 12
For Fat Tuesday, the Yak & Yeti will tap its Yakety Yak: Don't Talk Bock today at 4 p.m., a beer that will blessed by an ordained minister at 5 p.m.
Strange Brewing and Chef Michael Long of Chef & Brew, along with Beer Craving, will host a six-course Mardi Gras beer pairing dinner, Creole Food and Killer Beer, today at 6 p.m. at the brewery, which will tap a special brew, Krewe Beer, that it made for the occasion. Tickets are $49 per person, including tax and tip, and can be purchased at Strange or at www.chefnbrewevents.com
Wednesday, February 13
For this week's One-Barrel Wednesday, Strange Brewing will tap a keg of Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout, a special beer brewed with Colorado Craft Beer Radio's John Turk and his wife, Stacy Turk. Kegs of this Valentine's Day beer will also be available at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery for their Stout Month.
Thursday, February 14
The Copper Kettle Brewing Company will host a five-course beer, cheese and chocolate pairing for Valentine's Day from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets to the event, taking place in the brewery's private event room next door are $25 per person (no kids, please). Three artisan cheeses will be provided by Truffle Cheese Shop, while two kinds of chocolate will be provide by a local chocolatier. The beers will include a few that aren't yet available to the public, as well as some aged and specialty brews. Get tickets by emailing email@example.com.
Saturday, February 16
River North Brewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary starting at 1 p.m. today by tapping in a beer with a higher gravity than any that owner Matt Hess has yet concocted: a 12.5 percent ABV imperial stout. River North will also open is barrel garden to the public today. Since opening on February 18, 2012, River North has released nine "mainline" ales, along with seven barrel-aged versions of those brews. It has also released weekly "Wayward" beers, which are experimental five-gallon batches of existing recipes that have been slightly altered to allow customers "to taste how subtle changes in yeast or hops can add entirely new flavor profiles to a brew," Hess says. River North produced 295 barrels in 2012, a number expected to triple this year.
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