Saturday, June 18, was supposed to be the day of the second annual Burning Can festival, an all-canned beer bonanza featuring craft beers from around Colorado and the rest of the country. Sadly, it was not to be. Oskar Blues, which created and hosts the event, canceled it, saying logistical issues prevented the brewery from putting on the kind of spectacle that their fans expected. Burning Can should be back next year, however.
In the meantime, you can host your own canned beer festival by picking up a few six-packs of craft beer, and there are plenty of choices, including familiar Colorado brewers like Oskar Blues, Boulder Beer, Ska, New Belgium, Avery, Breckenridge and Wynkoop, and some interesting out-of-state goodies, like Summer Solstice from California's Anderson Valley and Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing.
Enjoy them, because you, um, CAN. Now, here's what's on tap this week:
Captain Midnight to the rescue.
Wednesday, June 15
Looking for some new beers to try? You won't find a better option than the four insanely unusual brews that just quietly went on tap at the Bull & Bush. Turnip the Beats (say it fast) is a beautifully-colored red trippel made with, yes, turnips, beets and beet sugar and aged in chardonnay barrels; Saison de Suitcase is a delicate Belgian-style saison aged in chardonnay barrels; ABT 12 is a Belgian-inspired dark ale: and then there's Captain Midnight, made entirely from black ingredients, including Korean black garlic, black treacle, black licorice, black anise, black peppercorns, black cherry juice and black figs. Bull & Bush brewer Gabe Molina created this beer in conjunction with TAG's Jensen Cummings, and it will likely go on tap at TAG and Madison Street soon.
Thursday, June 16
The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café's Westminster location, 14694 Orchard Parkway, celebrates its one-year anniversary today with a dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. To get into the mood, the Monk will break out a variety of anniversary beers, including Chimay Cinq Cents 500th Anniversary Beer, Avery's 18th Anniversary Beer, La Trappe Isid'or 125th Anniversary Beer and the Bruery's 3rd Anniversary Cuir. Find tix at www.thecheekymonk.com.
Friday, June 17
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will tap a firkin of its cask-conditioned Hop-ricot, which is half Apricot Blonde, half Enterprise IPA, "but with a bit more hop and apricot kick," the brewery says. The tap room party starts at 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 19
Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson Street, is hosting Ska Brewing of Durango for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest. On tap at 2 p.m. sharp: Dementia (barrel aged euphoria); Decadent; True Blonde Dubbel; Mexican Logger; and Modus.
Denver's Caution Brewing will finally serve its first beer today from noon to 4 p.m., a lager infused with Asian spices, Lao Wang Noodle House, 945 South Federal Boulevard, the restaurant owned by the parents of Caution co-founder Danny Wang. Caution brewed that beer in April.
Tuesday, June 21
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CANCELED: Learn more here. Vaunted California brewer Firestone Walker makes its first foray into Colorado today -- not in Denver, but in Longmont, at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy DBA, Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, Solace, Walker Reserve and Parabola, all on draft for the first time ever in Colorado.
Did you miss Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery's new Dirty Dark Sour Ale earlier this week? No problem if you live in Denver. Vine Street Pub's keg was too foamy to serve and had to be transferred to a new keg. It will now go on tap there at 4:20 p.m. today.