Dubbels, double IPAs and downward dog highlight our beer calendar
Can craft beer and yoga co-exist? "You bet your flexible-ass they can," says Adrienne Rinaldi, who runs BrewAsanas, a one-hour yoga class that rotates between different breweries in the metro area and is always followed by a beer.
Billed as a an introduction to both Vinyasa yoga and good beer, BrewAsanas cost $20 per session (purchased by card or cash at the door) and is taught by Rinaldi, an instructor at Elevate Yoga and a beer blogger herself, who goes by BeerSnobChick.
There is a class tonight at Black Shirt Brewing in Denver at 6 p.m. That will be followed on Monday, March 11 at Strange Brewing and Wednesday, March 13 at Gravity Brewing in Louisville. Go to brewasanas.com for more information.
For all of this week's craft beer events, go to the next page.
Wednesday, March 6
The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin today of a "hoppy ass red ale" as part of its weekly cask program. Hours today are 3 to 9 p.m.
Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo will tap a keg of Ommegang Brewing's Seduction today at 4 p.m. as part of its weekly Wednesday Night Showcase.
River North continues its Wayward Wednesday series today by tapping an Abbey-style Dubbel. The brewery's Anniversary Ale 1 will also still be on tap.
Saturday, March 9
Left Hand Brewing in Longmont will re-release its Twin Sisters Double IPA today at noon in its tasting room. The beer, named for two mountains visible from Longmont, is loaded with sweet pine and citrusy aromas.
The Copper Kettle will tap its Czech Pilsner today in the taproom. The pale lager has a light hoppy aroma and a clean finish. There will be a food truck on hand at 4 p.m.
Big Choice Brewing will debut cans of its Disconnected Red today in the Broomfield taproom. Four-packs of the sixteen-ounce cans will be sold in liquor stores in the area soon, but this is your first chance to buy one. Limit of one four-pack per person. The brewery, which opened last year, will also reveal its new logo today.
The Yak & Yeti will tap Carrot Cake Dessert Ale at 4 p.m. The 7.1 percent ABV beer was made with twelve pounds of carrots per barrel, along with lactose, vanilla and spices.
Wednesday, March 13
The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe on Colfax will tap Victory Brewing's Oaked Aged Old Horizontal Barleywine tonight at 6:30 p.m. This is the first time the Philadelphia brewery has sent kegs of the beer to other states. Cheeky Monk will also tap Victory's Session Saison, which is new to the brewery's lineup. Customers can keep the glass.
In Colorado Springs, the Brewer's Republic, in cooperation with the Focus on the Beer blog, will dedicate an evening to some of New Belgium's limited release beers. The event, which runs from 4 to 11 p.m., will include two IPAs, Ranger and Rampant, the brewery's newest offering. There will also be four beers from the Lips of Faith Series, Cascara Quad, Heavenly Feijoa Tripel (a collaboration with Dieu du Ciel in Belgium), Fall Wild Ale and Biere de Mars. There will also be a keg of Frambozen. There will also be La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek in bottles.
For more craft beer events in March, turn the page.
Colorado Craft Beer Week begins on Monday, March 18. We'll be adding events slowly to the calendar, but highlighting just a sampling. To find information about all of them, check out the CCB web site.
Monday, March 18
The Falling Rock Taphouse will attempt a feat never before accomplished: turning over all eighty taps to beers brewed in Colorado. Starting at 6 p.m., the beer Mecca will showcase Colorado's best. Tickets are $45.
Denver Beer Co will re-release one of its most asked-about beers at 5 p.m. in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Kaffir Lime Wheat. The 4.9 percent ABV beer was inspired by a trip to Thailand and one of the first beers that the brewery ever made.
Tuesday, March 19
All week, Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids will also be turning all of its taps -- 44 in this case -- over to Colorado craft beer. Each night of the week, there will be representatives from three to five different Colorado craft breweries in-house starting around 5 p.m. to do pint/schwag giveaways and talk beer.
Wednesday, March 20
The Lobby American Grille is hosting a couple of events for Colorado Craft Beer Week, including a Dry Dock Beer Dinner tonight featuring dishes from executive chef Nate Gravina paired with Dry Dock's Dark Saison, HMS Bounty Old Ale and Vanilla Porter. One will also be served with a beer cocktail that includes Apricot Blonde and Disaronno. Tickets are $45 per person (before tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.
Thursday, March 21
Ernie's Pizza will cede 24 of its 30 taps today to Renegade Brewing, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Crazy Mountain, Dry Dock and Strange Brewing as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week. The tap takeover runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and gives guests the chance to meet and greet some of the brewers and brewery reps; some of the beers should be rare ones that are only available in the breweries' tap rooms.
Friday, March 22
Legends & Rarities, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Star Bar celebrates the old guard of the Colorado craft brewing world, the behemoths, the forerunners, the legends. It is the first part of a two-part celebration hosted by Imbibe and Denver Off the Wagon (the second part takes place tomorrow at the Lobby and highlights the youngest beer makers in the state). Ten breweries will each pour two beers: one legend (something that brought the brewery from infancy through to today) and a rarity (something that makes the brewery desired by even the most devout beer geeks). Brewery reps from Avery, Boulder Beer, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ska and Wynkoop will be on hand. And to keep the theme of oldies but goodies going, Mid Life Crisis will perform rock n' roll classics starting at 9:30. Tickets are $30.
As part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder is making things hot by challenging anyone to eat a ten-inch cheese pizza smothered with Ghost peppers and drink our the brewery's pepper-infused Ghost Face Killah beer inside of five minutes. It costs $15 bucks, but anyone who is successful gets a special GFK t-shirt and their face immortalized on the Twisted Pain Wall of Fame.
Saturday, March 23
So, you've done the beer and chocolate thing, the beer and cheese pairing, and maybe even beer and bacon. But you probably haven't done beer and pickles -- at least not yet. As part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, the Denver Beer Co and the Real Dill will host Beers & Spears in the brewery's new Barrel Room space. A ticket will get you three beers and three pickles, including one made just for the event. There will also be a spicy pickle eating contest (winner gets a growler of beer and a jar of pickles).
Check out the very newest of the new breweries in the metro area tonight at The New Kids on the Block Party, hosted by the Lobby New American Grille; it is the second part of a two-part party hosted by Imbibe and Denver Off the Wagon. The fun starts at 9 p.m. with beers from breweries that have been open less than two years. Wear your best '80s outfits or concert t-shirts to get into the NKOTB (the band, if you remember them) feel of things. Tickets cost, yes, $19.86.
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