Crabtree Brewing in Greeley has announced that it is moving and expanding in order to make more Eclipse, Oatmeal Stout, Ginger Bee and -- hopefully -- its GABF award-winning Berliner Weisse. The brewery will hold a grand opening at the new location, 2961 29th Street, on Wednesday, August 8 at 4 p.m. The last day at the old place will be August 3rd.
Wednesday July 25
The Falling Rock Taphouse will celebrate Missouri's Boulevard Brewing Company today at 5:30 p.m. by tapping Doublewide Double IPA, a Smokestack Series beer that recently went from being offered seasonally to year-round. Some Boulevard representatives will be on hand, and Falling Rock will also be pouring Tank 7 and Love Child #2.
Thursday July 26
At 6 p.m., California's Firestone Walker celebrates its one-year anniversary of being distributed in Colorado with a party at the Falling Rock Taphouse. Come meet brewery co-founder David Walker and enjoy XV (the brewery's fifteenth anniversary beer), DBA, Double DBA and unfiltered DBA on cask.
Friday, July 27
Caution Brewing will debut its Big Bunny Cascadian Dark Ale today in its new tap room and at the Summer Brew Fest (see below). The black idea uses roasted malts and was dry hopped with Palisade and Centennial hops. It's Caution's hoppiest beer to date -- and speaking of hops, the brewery wants bunnies -- lots of bunnies -- for decoration, and it's willing to pay, in beer. To celebrate the release of Big Bunny, Caution will give a free pint to anyone anyone who brings in "a clean stuffed bunny" this weekend (of any design, but it must be a bunny -- no tigers, cows, piggies, buffaloes, or any other kind of animal). The deal is limited to one free beer per person, but "you're welcome to bring in more than one bunny," the brewery says.
The annual Summer Brew Fest returns to Mile High Station today, featuring 125 different beers from 45 breweries, many in Colorado. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and get you in the door from 7 to 10 p.m. along with a souvenir glass. VIP tickets are sold out. There will be live music from The Paucity. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association.
Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs will hold the annual bottle release party for its GABF award-winning TPS Report today from 5 to 11 p.m.; the beer is an experimental sour Flanders ale. "The grain bill for this beer includes flaked oats and flaked wheat, and the recipe is flavored with tangerine and lemon zests," the brewery says. "Fermented 100 percent with a very rare variety of the wild yeast and bacteria (Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus), this beer is the funky funky farmhouse, wet wool, and heavy leather that we've all grown to love." Bottled once a year, the 2012 vintage is the first version of TPS done entirely in French chardonnay barrels.
Saturday, July 28 Boulder Beer and Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for the String Cheese Incident, will host the third annual Kyle's Brew Fest featuring sixty beers from more than thirty breweries and a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Hollingsworth, an avid homebrewer, is a fixture at some of the breweries around Boulder and has brewed collaboration beers with Mountain Sun, Avery and Boulder Beer, among others (some will be on tap at the Fest). His most recent collaboration with Boulder Beer resulted in Hoopla, a nationally-distributed pale ale that will be canned for the first time this summer and will hit stores on July 23. The Fest runs from 3 to 7 p.m. outside the brewery; tickets are $25 and available at www.kylehollingsworth.com. There will also be a silent auction when ticket holders can bid on rock memorabilia and more. Proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance, a Boulder nonprofit.
Join Denver Beer Company and Maple Street Pie Company from 1 to 5 p.m. for a Pies and Pints Festival at the brewery. The two companies will pair pies with three different beers: Key Lime Pie paired with Kaffir Lime Wheat; Apricot Peach Pie with Tart Apricot Ale; and Mexican Chocolate Pie with Chile Stout. There will also be a pie-eating contest at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.
Sunday, July 29
Beers Made by Walking will meet at Strange Brewing at 9 a.m., and lead the first twenty people who sign up at the brewery on a hike through Eldorado Canyon to learn about the edible flora along the way. After the hike, Harry and Tim from Strange will develop a beer inspired by the hike and incorporate some of the plants they learned about. Beers Made by Walking was founded by Colorado Springs beer blogger Eric Steen. Learn more about it at www.beersmadebywalking.com/.
Monday, July 30
The Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery turns 41 years old next month and it plans to blow out the candles slowly, by tapping 41 different beers over 41 days, starting today with Turnip the Beets, which won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in San Diego in May (and a bronze at GABF last fall). Find the full schedule of tappings on the Bull & Bush web site.
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Wednesday, August 1
The Beast returns at 6 p.m. Avery Brewing worships the annual return of its 16 percent ABV Grand Cru today -- and the demon ale will have friends as Avery will hold a "guided three-year vertical tasting of his manifestations with a pairing of exquisite culinary confections." Admission is very limited; contact the brewery at 303-440-4324 ext. 20 for ticket information.
Old Chicago rolls out its Gold Medal Mini Tour today featuring Wheelsucker Wheat, a beer brewed collaboratively by Avery and Ska to commemorate their yearly BoulDurango bike ride. The Gold Medal Tour is meant to tie into the Summer Olympic Games by including eight beers that have won medals or come from a medal-winning brewery, which leaves a lot of room for selection. Others includes in the Mini Tour are Blue Moon Belgian White, Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss, Widmer Hefeweizen, Schneider Weisse Original and Empyrean Luna Sea Extra Special Bitter. The Mini Tour runs through August 19 at all Old Chicago locations.
Thursday, August 2
Copper Kettle will celebrate the life of Alex Teves, who was killed in the Aurora theater shootings, tonight with charity night that has been approved by his family. Teves was a brew club member at the brewery meaning he had special status there. The night will run from 3 to 10 p.m., and Copper Kettle will donate 100 percent of its beer sales to the Ronald McDonald House, where the family requested.
Saturday, August 4
Dad & Dude's Breweria will hold a release party for its revamped Dank IPA, which is being brewed and canned under the authority of Bill Eye of Prost Brewing. American Craft Beer Radio will be in the house at noon, and there will be various giveaways from Dad & Dude's, Bartab and Big Shot Bikes.
The tenth annual Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival takes place today in Memorial Park in Manitou Springs, featuring live music, food and lagers from dozens of breweries in Colorado and around the nation. All day passes, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., are $40.00, while tickets to the morning, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or evening, 4 to 8 p.m., sessions are $30.
Sunday, August 5
Avery Brewing will celebrate its nineteenth birthday by throwing its biggest bash of the year from noon to 5 p.m. There will plenty of beer, live music and barbecue. More details to come.
Saturday, August 11
Denver Beer Co will celebrate its first year in business with a block party that includes live music, food trucks and more than a dozen beers on tap. One of them will be Imperial Graham Cracker Porter, a bigger, badder version of the beer that won an award last year at the Great American Beer Festival. The party runs from 2 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 12
Dry Dock Brewing hosts its first annual Pie-A-Palooza today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Bring a pie (although you should email the brewery first at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your pie category and what beer you think its pairs best with), serving utensils and toppings and hope for the best. Categories include Berry, Fruit, Creamy and Savory/Nut; judging begins at 12:30 p.m. in the barrel room. Winners at 2 p.m.
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