Only three weeks into the new year, and already three new breweries have opened -- Verboten in Loveland, J Wells in Boulder and Cannonball Creek in Golden -- while a fourth has gone into production and released its first bottles. Hall Brewing, located in a gorgeous farmhouse east of Parker, won't have a tap room initially, but the brewery plans to sell kegs, firkins and bomber bottles of its IPA, Stout and Red. The first few hit a couple of liquor stores in Parker and Aurora this week, and brewery owner Aubrey Hall hopes to start setting up draft accounts in Denver soon.
In the meantime, Lone Tree Brewing has also begun bottling (after a recent expansion added two twenty-barrel fermenters) its Acres O Green Irish Red and Outta Range Pale Ale; those beers are available at a handful of metro-area liquor stores as well.
Turn the page for all of this week's craft-beer happenings.
Wednesday, January 23
Euclid Hall will give over a portion of its back tap wall to Avery Brewing today, by tapping all three beers from the Boulder brewery's famed Demons of Ale Series: Samael's, The Beast and Mephistopheles. Euclid hosts a tap takeover each Wednesday.
The Rackhouse Pub has been hoarding beer, but has now decided to share with a series of Wednesday night "I'd Tap That" events. The latest is today at 5 p.m., when the Rackhouse brings out Dogfish Head's Theobroma, Sah'tea and Hellhound On My Ale.
The Yak & Yeti will tap a Chipotle Porter today at 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 24
The Falling Rock Taphouse is clearing out parts of its vast cellar this month and will give you the chance to taste five years' worth of Avery Brewing Company's stellar Czar Imperial Stout today beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Join the Denver Bicycle Cafe every two weeks for some free beer samples from rotating local Denver breweries. Today's tasting, at 6 p.m., features Strange Brewing.
Friday, January 25
TRVE Brewing will release a new beer today at 7 p.m. that it brewed in collaboration with the band Speedwolf. Death Ripper is a 4.2 percent ABV session ale that is "based on an inverted bourbon grain bill and hopped up with Falconer's Flight," the brewery says. Reed Wolf and El Brian will be spinning heavy-metal tunes.
Saturday January 26
Hops & Pie will host its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest today beginning at noon, and it's a doozy, featuring some of the biggest, boldest beers from San Diego's Green Flash Brewing. The offerings include Barleywine Style Ale (10.9 percent ABV, 85 IBUs), Green Bullet 9th Anniversary Triple IPA (10.1 percent ABV, 100+IBUs), Grand Cru Dark Ale (9.1 percent ABV, 20 IBUs), Serrano Double Stout (9.8 percent ABV), Candela Rye Barleywine, a collaboration with Cigar City Brewing (10.9 percent ABV, 75 IBUs), West Coast IPA (7.3 percent ABV, 95 IBUs), Le Freak, a Belgian Trippel mixed with an American IPA (9.2 percent ABV, 101 IBUs), American Strong 1st Anniversary Ale (8.9 percent ABV, 45 IBUs) and Palate Wrecker Double IPA (9.5 percent ABV, 149 IBUs).
The Falling Rock Taphouse will hold a Vintage Beer Sale today from noon to 6 p.m. "It's been a few years since we've done one of these, and my cooler looks like it," explains Falling Rock owner Chris Black in his newsletter. "We've got a few too many bottles of different vintages so...we'll put up a big dry-erase board of all the different beers we're clearing out and the quantity available for purchase (at substantial discount, I might add). As we sell one, we'll update the board and count down till we're out."
Copper Kettle will tap a new beer, Oak Aged Double IPA, today; the brewery, which typically serves less hoppy beers, has never done one of these before. This one was aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels.
Crazy Mountain Brewing will debut its newest beer, Winter WonderGrass Blonde Ale, tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver during the Great American Taxi show; doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. The show is the kickoff party for Winter WonderGrass, a craft beer and bluegrass music festival that Crazy Mountain will host in its Edwards home February 16-17. Get more information at WinterWonderGrass.com.
Sunday, January 27
The local craft beer community is rallying around Denver's Strange Brewing today with a beer festival fundraiser to help Strange pay for possible legal fees it may incur in a trademark dispute with a similarly-named Massachusetts homebrew shop that has threatened to sue. The Strange Days fest, organized by Russell Fruits of Grimm Brothers Brewing, takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Rackhouse Pub. Tickets are $25 (if you can find one -- the event is SOLD OUT); there will be about 25 breweries in attendance.
Wednesday, January 30
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. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; for info and reservations, call 303-997-9911.
The Yak & Yeti will tap its Orange Chocolate Porter today at 4 p.m.
Friday, February 1
New Belgium will host a party this year 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. Tickets are $25 and available 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. And, "As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take it the can... no glassware allowed," the brewery says.
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 will release two new beers in cans this month: 5:00 Afternoon Ale, in 16-ounce cans, on January 23, and Elevation Triple IPA, in 12-ounce cans, on January 30. And on February 7, the brewery will fete both beers with a party tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. in the taproom wtih deals on cans, draft "and happiness."
Saturday, February 9
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 reslease party will feature live music food trucks. Amuste will also be available in 750 ml cork-and-cage bottles in liquor stores.
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 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.
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