Raise a Glass to Colorado Beer Week

Colorado Beer Week, a new eight-day celebration of the state’s craft brewers, began on April 8, but there are still plenty of events left, even if the details of some of them may change up until the last minute (keep an eye on the event website).

Today’s $150 Birdies & Beer charity golf tournament at Pradera Golf Club begins at 11 a.m. (registration is at 9:30 a.m.) and features an auction, beer tastings at several holes and an après-golf beer-and-food pairing courtesy of Fort Collins Brewing. But if that’s a little rich for your blood, head to the Rackhouse Pub, 208 South Kalamath Street, after work tomorrow; brewers will be on hand to talk beer, and proceeds from the evening's beer sales will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

On Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Cheeky Monk, 324 East Colfax Avenue, hosts an event pairing four beers from Rogue Brewing with fresh Oregon oysters. It’s $25 for your first dozen oysters and a pint. Thursday brings a vertical tasting of Alaskan Brewing Company’s smoked porter from four different years. Tickets are $30, and the event takes place at Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, at 6 p.m. And on Friday, you can hit three bars with beers from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series on tap: Stoney's, 1111 Lincoln Street; Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street; and Star Bar, 2137 Larimer Street.

Find information and any updates to these events at www.colobeerweek.com.
April 8-16, 2011

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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