Beer Calendar: Tappings and Parties at Grist, Halfpenny, Black Sky, Comrade Breweries

Worth the Wait Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Gose.
Worth the Wait Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Gose.
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For longtime Coloradans, late summer means the beginning of the harvest bounty — Western Slope peaches, Olathe corn, Pueblo green chiles and Rocky Ford cantaloupe in particular. While you can get these gifts of the earth from anywhere, our local versions are especially sweet and delicious. Rocky Ford's cantaloupe growers, who have suffered everything from droughts and floods to water-rights fights, hail and PR problems in recent years, are taking the next step this season, though. In addition to finding their melons in stores, farmers markets and on restaurant menus, consumers can drink a new cantaloupe beer

Worth the Wait Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Gose was brewed by CO-Brew, a brewery/homebrew shop on Broadway. Made with organic cantaloupe from Hirakata Farms, the beer is "a crisp German-style wheat beer with a hint of saltiness offset by the sweetness of Rocky Ford cantaloupe," according to the Rocky Ford Growers Association. The beer will be bottled up and become part of three cantaloupe-themed gift baskets that will be given away, one each, as part of a drawing at Co-Brew, The Preservery in River North, and at Cheese + Provisions; stop by one of these locations by September 17 to sign up. Cheese + Provisions will also host a cheese-pairing class on September 8 featuring the beer and other cantaloupe creations.

Now, here are this week's craft beer events.

Growler from the six-month-old Halfpenny Brewing Company in Centennial.EXPAND
Growler from the six-month-old Halfpenny Brewing Company in Centennial.
Halfpenny Brewing Facebook page

Wednesday, August 24
Halfpenny Brewing in Centennial has made it...half a year. So, to celebrate its six-month anniversary, the brewery will host a variety of events today through the weekend. At 7 p.m. today, it will tap an oatmeal stout that has been aging in Four Roses Bourbon barrels. In addition, they will have specials and giveaways all day, including tickets to GABF and merchandise.

Black Shirt Brewing will tap Canteloupe Box of Boom today at 11 a.m. for its weekly One Keg Wednesday program. The beer is a Farmhouse Triple IPA — just released last Thursday — conditioned atop fresh cantaloupe. "It's addition is delicate, balancing the fruity hop and spicy/peppery yeast notes, and lasting right to the finish," Black Shirt says. The brewery will also host the Long I Pie Shop, as it does every fourth Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., for a beer and pie pairing. Check the Black Shirt Facebook page for details.

Spice up you life with Chile Cask Month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which is tapping a different firkin of a chile beer each Wednesday this month. Today's is Vietnamese Ot Hiem Say Pale Ale — and it's very spicy. The 5.7 percent ABV pale ale was made with citra hops and infused with Ot Hiem Say chiles. In Vietnamese, Ot Hiem means "dangerous pepper," the brewery says. Smoke: Colorado Craft Barbecue will be on hand.

Thursday, August 25
Black Sky Brewery is celebrating its third anniversary all week with beer tappings and live heavy-metal music. Today you'll find Sacrificial Red IPA, and music from Master with Sacrificial Slaughter at 8 p.m. Black Order and VS 36 are also playing. Tickets are $10.

Living the Dream Brewing in Littleton will host the Colorado Let's Talk Craft Beer Facebook group  today from 4 to 8 p.m. for its second Discovering Craft and Community meetup. "We're all passionate about craft beer in this group, but what do we love most about it? For many of us, it's that great beer brings us all together. Craft brewers pour their heart and souls into so much more than a bubbly drink. They strengthen the community around them, provide a friendly place for neighbors to visit and make new friends, and inspire our own lives as we witness their dedication and devotion to their craft," the group says. 

Ursula Brewing in Aurora will host a tapping and bottle release for Nautical Buzz, its coffee IPA. The beer is a collaboration with Logan House Coffee Company, which will open in the Stanley in a few months.

Beer Calendar: Tappings and Parties at Grist, Halfpenny, Black Sky, Comrade Breweries
Epic Brewing

Friday, August 26
Epic Brewing celebrates the return of its Imperial Pumpkin Porter today. "This beer explodes with aromas of sweet spices giving way to chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh-cut pumpkin and chocolate and complemented by hints of clove, fresh Madagascar vanilla beans, nutmeg and allspice," the brewery says. There will also be KettleHead Pumpkin Popcorn on hand to pair with your beer.

Comrade Brewing will the tapping of the Paul Ogg Helles today; the beer was brewed in honor of Ogg, a Colorado School of Mines professor, beer lover and co-founder of Declaration Brewing, who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Proceeds from sales of the beer — and a silent auction that takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. — will go to support Ogg's wife and two young daughters. There will also be a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m.

Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ale (formerly Former Future) will tap Starfire Citrus Table Sour today at 6 p.m. The low-gravity sour wheat ale with lemon and lime zest tastes almost like a dry, sour shandy, the brewery says.

Cerebral Brewing will tap its newest IPA, Fantastic Planet, today. Brewed with oats and lactose and then hopped heavily with Mosaic, Huell Melon and Hallertau Blanc, Fantastic Planet was conditioned on more than 300 pounds of blueberry puree. Burgerchief will be outside from 3 to 10 p.m.

Grist Brewing will pump up the drama, and the tunes, for an East Coast vs. West Coast IPA battle — Tupac vs. Biggie style — today starting at 4 p.m. They will tap two IPAs: Westside Til I Die "is a straight up west coast style IPA... Big hop flavor profile that is sure to bite your pallet with each sip and a lite malt flavor profile to help keep this beer well balanced"; and Notorious M.I.K.E, a New England-style East Coast brew with "a bit more of a complex grain bill, with a large late hop addition to the kettle giving this beer and big juicy mango nose and excellent hop profile." There will be voting sheets for customers and the brewery will be bumping Biggie and 2Pac all night. ChurnandBurn will be on hand with food.

Beer Calendar: Tappings and Parties at Grist, Halfpenny, Black Sky, Comrade Breweries
River North Brewery

Saturday, August 27
River North Brewery brings back Nightmare Fuel today at noon. The 13.5 percent ABV imperial coffee stout is loaded with more than 300 pounds of dark roast coffee beans per barrel of beer. It will be on tap and in bottles to go; the are $10 each.

Black Sky Brewery is celebrating its third anniversary all week with beer tappings and live heavy-metal music. Today you'll find a rare bomber release from the brewery: Black Currant Belgian Strong Ale. OK Stupid and Hail Satan are playing at 7 p.m.

The Bull & Bush Brewery wraps up its four-concert series today in honor of its 45th anniversary (as a restaurant and bar). Each Saturday this month, the brewery featured a different band in concert. In addition to the concerts, the Bull & Bush released tribute beers for each band; each limited-edition bottle included a special music sampler download. Today's concert is by The Giraffes, a band from Brooklyn. The tribute beer is Washing Machine, a dark lager.

Sunday, August 28
Halfpenny Brewing in Centennial will wrap up its half-anniversary events today by tapping an early Oktoberfest beer at 2 p.m. They will also have Bavarian pretzels from Styria II Bakery.

Wednesday, August 31
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will host a bottle release for L’Brett d’Apricot today at 5 p.m. The beer "builds upon the brewery's well-known barrel-aged beer Persica, a Golden Sour aged in oak with peaches," Crooked Stave says. "Using the same Golden Sour base, L’Brett d’Apricot goes deep with four hundred pounds of Apricots packed into secondary fermentation in oak."

Join two craft artisans tonight at 5 p.m. when Cerebral Brewing and Il Porcellino Salumi come together at the brewery for a beer and meat pairing. "We have hand-selected six beers to be paired up with six different salumi offerings resulting in one night of beer and cured meat utopia," Cerebral says. "Show up anytime between 5-8 p.m. to pick up your plate and tasting sheet and go at your own pace." Tickets are $35 and space is limited, so make a reservation at brownpapertickets.com.

Thursday, September 1
As it does every year, Euclid Hall will celebrate the run-up to the Great American Beer Festival (which takes place October 6-8) with a series of intimate craft beer dinners. For the sixth year, each dinner will have a multi-course menu created to pair with the particular brewery and a brewery expert on hand to discuss the beers and answer any questions. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets, $65 per person, are available at brownpapertickets.com. Today's dinner features beer from Wyoming's Melvin Brewing.

Friday, September 2
Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ale (formerly Former Future) will tap Starfighter double citrus table sour today at 6 p.m. (it is slightly different than last week's Starfire). A low-gravity sour wheat ale with lemon and lime zest, plus blood orange zest, this beer has nearly double the amount of lemons and limes as the last one.

Thursday, September 8
As it does every year, Euclid Hall will celebrate the run-up to the Great American Beer Festival (which takes place October 6-8) with a series of intimate craft beer dinners. For the sixth year, each dinner will have a multi-course menu created to pair with the particular brewery and a brewery expert on hand to discuss the beers and answer any questions. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets, $65 per person, are available at brownpapertickets.com. Today's dinner features beer from Call to Arms Brewing.

Saturday, September 10
Station 26 Brewing will host a rare bottle release today starting at 1 p.m., offering Barrel Aged Belgian Golden Strong on tap and in 750-ml bottles ($18 each). The beer was brewed with Belgian pilsner malt, candi sugar, Saaz hops, and yeast from East Flanders, then aged in Hungarian oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels for over twelve months.

Sunday, September 11
Odd 13 Brewing in Lafayette brings back its Origin Series of taproom-only can sales — and today's is a big one: Codename Super Duper Fan. A double IPA version of its popular Codename Superfan IPA, the beer will go on sale at 11 a.m. and is bound to go quickly. Buy a case and receive a free pint glass; there is a limit of one case per person.

Thursday, September 15
As it does every year, Euclid Hall will celebrate the run-up to the Great American Beer Festival (which takes place October 6-8) with a series of intimate craft beer dinners. For the sixth year, each dinner will have a multi-course menu created to pair with the particular brewery and a brewery expert on hand to discuss the beers and answer any questions. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets, $65 per person, are available at brownpapertickets.com. Today's dinner features beer from  Prost Brewing.

Friday, September 16
Diebolt Brewing plans to celebrate its third anniversary with a weekend filled with beer, food and events. They will kick things off today by tapping Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Magdalena Double Pale Ale and others. Baby E's BBQ and American Cultures Kombucha will be on site, and there will be a comedy show at 8 p.m.

The Loveland Oktoberfest returns to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse today from 3 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow, featuring beer from seven Loveland breweries: Verboten, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop, Big Beaver, Buckhorn, Big Thompson and Grimm Brothers. There will also be food from Gunter’s Bavarian Grill, The Road Grill, Bedrock BBQ, Styria Bakery, Chaulkboard Gourmet Express, and Artisan Pops. Neue Polka Colorado, a local CSU polka band, will kick off the live music at 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
Join Station 26 Brewing today for an Oktoberfest celebration with Oktoberfest lager served by the liter in Station 26 branded maßkrüge. There will also be a live punk oompah band, brats from Matt's Snack Shack and pretzels by City Pretzel Company, and a masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest).

Lost Highway Brewing will celebrate its birthday and tap a pumpkin beer, Pumpnik Pie-Eyed, today starting at 11 a.m. There will be food trucks, a pumpkin-carving contest, prizes and live music.

Diebolt Brewing will continue its third anniversary celebration today by tapping Wethers Weizenbock and Cabernet BA Biere de Triomphe. There will also be a cornhole tournament at noon, live music from the Gold Company from 8 to 10 p.m. and food from Pavlo's Taste of Ukraine and Pink Zebra Cupcakes.

Locavore Beer Works in Littleton is bringing the bier today and tomorrow with its second annual Oktoberfest celebration. Seven beers will be tapped today: Friend of the Devil Schwarzbier, Kolsch, Das Litre Beer Marzen, Monica Berlinski Berliner Weisse, Locavator Dopplebock, Muncher Dunkel, and  Uberweizen Hefeweizen. Also, look for German-style food offerings from Pile High Burgers and hot Bavarian pretzels from Baker Street Pretzels. Pre-order your custom Locavore Maß in the tap room by September 10 for $20 (first fill included). Extras will be available for purchase on the day of for $25 (first fill included). Keep that Maß with you throughout the year and become part of the Locavore "Litre Club" where you can get an $8 fill on select styles of beer every Monday.

The Loveland Oktoberfest continues at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse today from noon to 9 p.m. featuring beer from seven Loveland breweries: Verboten, Loveland Aleworks, Crow Hop, Big Beaver, Buckhorn, Big Thompson and Grimm Brothers. There will also be food from Gunter’s Bavarian Grill, The Road Grill, Bedrock BBQ, Styria Bakery, Chaulkboard Gourmet Express, and Artisan Pops. Today, there will be live music from Dave Beagle, William’s Reserve, and Hazmat. Also, wear your dirndl and lederhosen for the best-dressed contest at 2 p.m. and a stein-hoisting contest at 4:30. The Loveland Big Thompson Kiwanis Club will run hammerschlagen, corn hole, carpet ball, ladder ball, washer toss, and more. Money raised from playing games will go directly to Kiwanis Club.

Sunday, September 18
Locavore Beer Works in Littleton continues its Oktoberfest celebration today with seven beers (see above), as well as German-style food from 808 Fusion Grindz and Bavarian pretzels.

Thursday, September 22
As it does every year, Euclid Hall will celebrate the run-up to the Great American Beer Festival (which takes place October 6-8) with a series of intimate craft beer dinners. For the sixth year, each dinner will have a multi-course menu created to pair with the particular brewery and a brewery expert on hand to discuss the beers and answer any questions. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets, $65 per person, are available at brownpapertickets.com. Today's dinner features beer from Odd 13 Brewing.

Thursday, September 29
As it does every year, Euclid Hall will celebrate the run-up to the Great American Beer Festival (which takes place October 6-8) with a series of intimate craft beer dinners. For the sixth year, each dinner will have a multi-course menu created to pair with the particular brewery and a brewery expert on hand to discuss the beers and answer any questions. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets, $65 per person, are available at brownpapertickets.com. Today's dinner features beer from Funkwerks.

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