May showers bring beer flowers at taphouses in Denver, Boulder and Loveland
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New Belgium Brewing just announced that construction of its new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, will be delayed by eight months, meaning the facility may not start making beer until 2016. "The adjusted construction timeline is the result of increased capacity coming online in Fort Collins this year," New Belgium said in a statement. "With 70,000 barrels of capacity recently added, the Fort Collins brewery can produce up to 920,000 barrels, which will take New Belgium through 2015 sales projections."
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Wednesday, May 29
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will be at theRackhouse Pub tonight at 5 p.m. for the restaurant's weekly I'd Tap That series. The Rackhouse will be pouring Crooked Stave's Vieille Artisanal Saison, Surette Provision Saison and HopSavant.
Black Shirt Brewing will tap its 2013 Red Porter | Track #2 today at 5 p.m. The brewery says it has "lots of dark chocolate notes and a bit of a roasty edge, complemented by a touch of caramel and toffee sweetness, and a sharp but clean bitterness." (Tap only -- no growlers.) Chef Andrew Van Stee, formerly of Potager, will be cooking in the house (cash only). There will also be Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwich pairings from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lucky Pie Lodo is holding a two-year vertical tasting of Great Divide Brewing's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. It starts at 5 p.m.
Glass Half Full, the bar inside the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, will hold a Meet the Brewer night at 5:30 p.m. with beers from the Wynkoop, including Belgorado, Rail Yard Ale, Colorojo Double Red, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout and Chancellor Barley Wine.
Upslope Brewing will release its new Imperial India Pale Ale in 19.2-ounce cans today at both of its Boulder taphouses (Lee Hill and Flatiron Park); the super hoppy, 10 percent ABV brew is Upslope's fifth year-round canned beer and it will be available in the bomber bottle section of liquor stores beginning next week. There will also be a food truck, Bon Appetit, at the Lee Hill taproom.
Saison Cask Month continues at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of Cucumber Saison today from 3 to 9 p.m. The Texorado BBQ truck will be in the house at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 30
Meet the brewer behind The Caped Brewsader, the official Denver Comic Con beer, today at 7 p.m. at Freshcraft. John Jordan, a brewer for Breckenridge Brewery, will be on hand to talk about his inspiration for the beer, a Belgian Witbeir made with Buddha's hand fruit. Samples will be available, and anyone who has a ticket to Denver Comic Con (which runs May 31 through June 2 at the Colorado Convention Center) will get a free pint and a limited-edition pint glass designed by artist Ben Templesmith.
Friday, May 31
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland will debut Over My Dead Body, an India Pale Lager, today in its taproom. The new beer will only be available on draft at the taphouse and at a few select accounts. Grimm primarily brews German-style beers, so an IPL is an unusual choice for the brewery; in fact, company president Don Chapman points out that he has been quoted as saying he would make a hoppy beer like this "over my dead body." Thus, the name. IPLs are like pale ales or IPAs, but are made with lager yeast rather than ale yeast, which can give them a lighter, crisper finish.
Saturday, June 1
Oskar Blues will celebrate canned craft beers again this year at the annual Burning Can Beer Fest, taking place from 3 to 7 p.m. today in Bohn Park in Lyons. The festival, which has been incorporated into the Lyons Outdoor Games, promotes various mountain sports like kayaking, fly fishing, biking, wood-carving and dog events. Breweries in attendance include Bootstrap Brewing, Breckenridge, Eddyline, NOLA Brewing, Crazy Mountain, Aspen Brewing, Bonfire Brewing, Big Choice Brewing, Moab Brewery, Dry Dock, Crystal Springs Brewing, Telluride Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Asher Brewing, Sun King, Ska, Renegade, Pateros Creek Brewing, Twisted Pine, High Noon Saloon & Brewery, New Belgium, Golden Road Brewing, Maui Brewing, Left Hand, Boulder Beer, Avery, Upslope, Great River Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing, San Tan Brewing, 21st Amendment, Uinta, Sam Adams, Kona and Redhook.
Wednesday, June 5
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked American IPA.
Friday, June 7
Hops & Pie will tap a cask of Stone Brewing's Ruination IPA today at 6 p.m. as part of the pizza restaurant's monthly Firkin First Friday program. The 7.6 percent ABV beer is loaded with Amarillo and Chinook hops.
Sunday, June 9
Avery Brewing will release Momi Hiwa, the fifteenth edition in its series of very small-batch bottled beers today at 5 a.m. at the tap room. The beer, a coconut stout aged for six months in rum barrels, was designed to taste like a Mounds bar soaked in rum. Although the bottles don't go on sale until 5 p.m., the tap room opens at 11 a.m. and people are expected to start lining up several hours early. The bottles cost $10 each and there is a limit of twelve per person, cash only. As always, a lineup of rare and exclusive beers will available in the Line Party, which begins at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, June 12
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Maibock.
Wednesday, June 19
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Imperial Coffee Stout.
Thursday, June 20
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will celebrate and conclude its first seasonal release of IPA2 by offering 200 hand numbered 22-ounce bombers for sale beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a party starting at 7 p.m. with co-owner Andrew spinning records.
Wednesday, June 26
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Juniper Golden Strong.
Saturday, June 29
Renegade Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary today with all all-day block party out front on West Ninth Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street. The street will be closed to traffic from noon to 10 p.m. and filled with food trucks, live music and plenty of beer. In fact, Renegade has put together some small-batch brews that were made just for the party and will only be served today. There will be valet bike parking and Renegade encourages guests to use buses, light rail or B-cycle (there is a station out front).
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