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Beer Calendar: Fresh Hop Fest, Trillium and an After-GABF Tap Takeover

Brandon and Lisa Boldt own Primitive Beer.
Primitive Beer
Brandon and Lisa Boldt own Primitive Beer.
After cranking out hazy IPAs, sours and other beers for the past year at Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette, Brandon Boldt is picking up his boots and moving down the road to Broomfield, where he'll spearhead 4 Noses Brewing's new barrel-aging and sour program, along with other special brewing and blending projects.

Boldt started at Odd13 shortly after graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2013 with a master's degree in quaternary science. He rose through the ranks, taking the job of head brewer at the taproom because he was "excited by mixed fermentations with expressive microflora, experimentation with hop compounds, and using locally sourced ingredients to purvey the joy of hyper-localism through beer," he says.

Earlier this year, Boldt and his wife, Lisa, opened Primitive Beer, a side project in which they brew sour, uncarbonated lambic-style ales in Longmont. Primitive is only open two weekends per month, however, which allows the Boldts to keep their day jobs. They will retain ownership of Primitive as Brandon transitions to 4 Noses.

“Odd13 has an incredibly exciting future ahead of it, with an outstanding team and dedicated resources for quality IPA production and whatever styles of beer they decide to vehemently assemble in the future," Brandon says in a statement. "Likewise, I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a mixed-fermentation and extensive barrel program with the full support and resources of the world class 4 Noses team.”

Keep reading to see this week's craft-beer events in the Denver area.

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Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Wednesday, October 3
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery hosts a second anniversary party starting at 3 p.m. The brewpub will tap this year's batch of anniversary brews, including Joyce + Brett Belgian Saison; Bramble Blackberry Imperial Stout; and 902 Bravo Brettanomyces. There will also be special food pairings to go with the beers.

Chain Reaction Brewing will tap Roasted Pine Nut Amber as part of the Traveling One Barrel Wednesdays program involving Strange Craft Beer Company, Black Sky Brewery and the Brew on Broadway. "Toasted pine nuts lend a lovely full mouthfeel to this amber that will warm you just right and set the mood for a fire," Chain Reaction says. The beer will be on tap at all four breweries.

Friday, October 5
Unless you're a total beer geek, you may not understand how big this is: Hops & Pie has managed to score some very rare kegs from the highly acclaimed Trillium Brewing (which has six beers in Beer Advocate's list of  top 100 beers in the world. The beer-centric pizza haven landed the beer — which rarely leaves Massachusetts — because Hops & Pie chef and co-owner Drew Watson is friends with Trillium executive chef Mike Morway. Here's what they're tapping: Summer Street IPA; Sleeper Street IPA; Exchange Student Double IPA (which is a collaboration between Trillium and Manchester's Cloudwater Brew Company); Fated Farmer Series Barrel Fermented Wild Ale with Plums; and Fated Farmer Series Barrel Fermented Wild Ale with Blueberry. All of the beers will be on tap beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Goldspot Brewing was recently sold to new owners, and now the brewery wants to celebrate with three days' worth of beer, music, events and food. Today, Goldspot will tap a new beer at 3 p.m., backed by music from DJ Chris Schooley at 7:30 p.m. and food from the Budlong Hot Chicken truck at 3 p.m. On Saturday, there will be another new beer, plus Toby's New Orleans Po Boys and live music from 6 to 8 p.m. And on Sunday, it's yet another new beer, a neighborhood dog show and another food truck. There will also be raffles on Friday and Saturday.

Wiley Roots Brewing in Greeley introduces Peanut Monstah as the newest member of its Monstah family. It will be available on tap and in cans to go at noon. This collaboration with Lafayette's Liquid Mechanics Brewing is a mashup between Wiley's Monstah Imperial Stout base recipe and LMX's famous peanut butter porter. It "combines layers of rich chocolate with pounds of peanut butter goodness, creating a chocolate and peanut butter imperial stout that is easy drinking, not too heavy, and finishes with a huge peanut butter flavor," Wiley Roots says. "This is an expensive beer to make, with the amount of peanuts used. This is not a extract beer. It is 100 percent made with real ingredients. We would tell you exactly how we made the beer, but then Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company would kill us for telling everyone their secret." Peanut Monstah will sell for $20 per four-pack or $8 for a ten-ounce pour. The brewery will also tap a limited supply of Coffee Peanut Monstah, made with cold steeped coffee from NoCo Coffee Company.

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Comrade Brewing
Saturday, October 6
As we welcome fall, Denver’s Fresh Hop Festival returns to the Falling Rock Tap House. The event highlights beers made with whole-cone hops that are added to the brew within 24 hours of being harvested. "Because fresh-hop beers are created so quickly after harvest, these seasonal beers have a shorter shelf life but are fresh and delicious," says the Colorado Brewers Guild, which is co-hosting the fest. There will be more than forty fresh-hop beers on hand from Colorado breweries. There are no tickets; attendees can just pay as they go. Fifty cents from each pour will be donated to the Guild.

"GABF has passed. The dust (and haze) has settled. Life is seemingly back to normal in Denver," says TRVE Brewing. So there's no better time for the brewery to announce the inaugural edition of It's Like They Never Left, a tapping party to celebrate several breweries that TRVE's distribution arm brought in for the festival. "We held on to a bunch of fantastic kegs from our friends around the nation. This Saturday at noon we will be giving up half our lines for them so all you wonderful Denverites can come to enjoy some truly insane beers. All y'all can fight amongst each other instead of having to battle all the beer craving invaders of GABF," TRVE says. Beers on tap include J. Wakefield Haterade Fruit Punch Berliner Weisse, Finback Brewery Origin Double IPA,  Alvarado Street Brewery Haole Punch Kettle Sour with Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava, The Veil Brewing Pina Colada Tastes Tiki-Inspired Smoothie Sour, Great Notion Brewing Blueberry Muffin American Wild Ale, Scratch Beer Blackberry Lavender Sour Ale, Trophy Brewing Lil' Orphan Annie Carrot and Ginger Gruit, Civil Society Fresh NEIPA with Citra and Columbus, Commonwealth Brewing Sojourn Double IPA, Rowley Farmhouse Ales Germophile Berlinerweiss and several more.

Even though the weather hasn't quite turned yet, Oasis Brewing will tap Snoasis, its seasonal spiced winter amber ale, at noon. There will also be live music and food from Sizzle Food Truck.

Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project celebrates Oktoberfest from 1 to 11 p.m. by releasing a Kölsch with lemongrass and ginger. There will also be a craft market, lawn games and a food truck.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will be giving away one case per person of its Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde Ale to any retired military or active (but off-duty, obviously) police, fire and emergency responders. The offer is limited to the first 300 people who come to Dry Dock's North Dock location. The brewery will also present its annual donation to the Colorado Freedom Memorial.

Upslope Brewing is heading back to the backcountry, with its fourth annual Backcountry Tap Room event. The 2.5 mile hike to the top of Grand Park will take hikers to a makeshift bar, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where Upslope will be serving its as-of-yet unreleased new winter seasonal beer, Spruce Tip IPA. The brewery is also teaming up with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which will get 100 percent of the proceeds from the day. For tickets and more information, go to

Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette releases two new cans. Eric's Ex-Wife is a 7.1 percent ABV hazy IPA and a tribute to the brewery's original flagship, Eric the Red. It was dry-hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic and will hit distribution later this month. Casey McPlaidface is a 5.5 percent ABV pale ale hopped with Centennial, Idaho 7 and El Dorado. Cans will only be available in the taproom, so there will be no distribution.

Wednesday, October 10
Woods Boss Brewing taps Strangers Meeting Strangers at 2 p.m. The beer is a New England-style IPA made in conjunction with On Tour Brewing out of Chicago. The beer "raises a pint to meeting new people and the idea of your never know who may be sitting next to you," Woods Boss says.

Thursday, October 11
Comrade Brewing taps two beers at noon. The first is Single Hop Saphir, which was brewed with Colorado-grown Genie Pale malt from Loveland, and hopped it with German Saphir "for floral and spicy herbal noble hop aromatics," the brewery says. It was then dry-hopped for good measure. They second is Single Hop Mosaic Brut IPA, which was brewed with Root Shoot Genie Pale malt that was grown and malted in Loveland. The beer has big notes of apricots and mango with a light bitterness.

As part of the four-day Flatirons Food Festival, which opens today in Boulder, there will be several craft-beer related events. At 5 p.m., Pizza Squared + Beer (formerly a Boulder Beer Company location) and Cicerone Certification Program founder Ray Daniels will host a beer tasting dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include admission to a 7:30 p.m. screening of Brewmaster, a new documentary that follows two people, a NYC lawyer who dreams of starting a brewery, and a beer educator studying to become a Master Cicerone; the film includes interviews with Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione, Boston Beer's Jim Koch, Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver, and several other beer luminaries. The screening, which takes place at the Boulder Public Library's main branch, will be followed by a panel discussion with Daniels, Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian (who are both in the film), and Lady Justice Brewing co-owner Betsy Lay. It will be moderated by Westword beer writer Jonathan Shikes (that's me). Tickets to movie and discussion (without the dinner) are $13, are available at Afterward, there will be a party nearby at The Kitchen Upstairs, where you will have an opportunity to lift a pint and continue the craft beer discussion. The party is free to enter but registration is required. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks.

Friday, October 12
Last August, the brewers at Factotum Brewhouse traveled to Palisade to get a truck load of fresh hand-picked peaches. Then they stuffed them into an already barrel-aging stout. Now they will tap a single barre of Whiskey BA Palisade Peach Stout at 3 p.m.

Copper Kettle Brewing
Saturday, October 13
Support local firefighters from noon to 5 p.m. at Copper Kettle Brewing with a barbecue cook-off, live music and the release of Pull Box Pilsner. Food and beer proceeds of the day will go toward the South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation, which assists the families of firefighters who have lost their lives on the job. Pull Box Pilsner was brewed in conjunction with South Metro, and bombers will be available as well.

Join Wynkoop Brewing at 10 a.m. for the release of Honey Helles Bock, a beer that was inspired by a visit from Wynkoop brewers Charles McManus and Jason Lima to the National Honey Board booth at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, last spring. A golden lager brewed with five gallons of Orange Blossom Honey, the beer sits at a smooth 6.8 percent ABV and has just a touch of warm honey notes in the finish. It will be paired with bites from head chef Brent Butterfield. Tickets are free — and entitle you to a breakout pour, a paired bite and pint card good for any Wynkoop visit — but you have to RSVP at

River North Brewery has teamed up again with Mr. B's Wine & Spirits for two new installments in the B'Side series. "For this iteration, we brought in our friends at Bear Creek Distillery, aging our signature quadrupel in their wheated bourbon casks," River North says. After aging half the batch was dosed with Ghanan cocoa nibs, resulting in B'Side Quandary Cacao, while the other half got Lambert and Royal Anne cherries, resulting in B'Side Quandary Cherry. A very limited amount of both versions will be on tap and in bottles to go. Both Mr. B's locations will host an on-site tasting and bottle sale starting at 3 p.m., as well.

Musician and beer lover Kyle Hollingsworth, of String Cheese Incident, is back with a new Boulder beer fest called Rocktoberfest that benefits his longtime favorite charity, Conscious Alliance, which helps feed those in need. Taking place at Upslope Brewing the festival includes more than sixty craft beers from thirty breweries, including collaboration brews from Kyle and select breweries. There will also be plenty of music. For tickets, prices and much more information, go to

Thursday, October 18
In conjunction with the esteemed Festival by Shelton Brothers, which takes place October 19-20, Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales will be offering a series of special tappings and tours with co-founder James Howat. The tours are free (sign up at eventbrite) and will be at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; they are limited to twelve people each. Black Project will have bottles for both on-site and to-go. Beers to be tasted are Oxcart Blend C, a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old traditionally-produced spontaneous ale; 2018 Tagboard Wet-Hopped Spontaneous Ale, a blend of Lambic-inspired, coolship spontaneous beer, brewed in accordance with the méthode traditionnelle guidelines, combined with fresh picked Neomexicanus wet hops from Voss Forms in Arvada; and Mercury Golden Sour with Coffee, Cinnamon, and Vanilla.

Tavernetta joins the Shelton fest (October 19-20) fun as well by hosting a tap takeover starting at 3 p.m. from the famed Blackberry Farm Brewery in Maryville, Tennessee. Five Blackberry Farm beers will be available either by the glass or in bottles. They include the World Beer Cup gold medal-winning Classic Saison, Barrel Series Brett Saison 18, and Abbey Quad. The brewery's Kyle Morgan will be on hand to pour and greet guests, while  Tavernetta chef Ian Wortham will prepare special happy hour offerings to pair with each of the beers. The beers and happy hour pairings will be available through the weekend or while supplies last. Examples include: Maine mussels, smoked tomato and beans paired with Classic Saison; fried dough, mortadella and prosciutto paired with Harvest Saison; and pork sausage and cabbage paired with Peel Your Face IPA. No reservations for happy hour or tickets are necessary.

Romero's K9 Club & Taphouse in Lafayette will host Florida's Green Bench Brewing and "some of their finest industry homies for a little weekend warmup before this year's Shelton Festival in Denver," the taphouse says. There will be "exquisite beers, jammin' tunes and friendly faces from near and far."

Friday, October 19
Factotum Brewhouse taps Small Batch Sour Plum at 3 p.m. "This perfect fall beer will dance between the tartness of the beer and the richness of the fruit," the brewery says.

Saturday, October 20
The ever-expanding Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar is teaming up with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery a tap takeover featuring rare beers paired with "off-centered" pizzas. Some of the pairings include: Maple Buffalo Wings featuring the brewery’s Namaste White, and Pumpkin Bites paired with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Palo Santo Marron, Beers to be tapped include: 2015 and 2018 120 Minute IPA (all five locations); Bourbon Barrel-Aged Palo Santo Marron (Highlands Ranch, Northglenn, Southglenn, Johnstown); Fruit-Full Fort (Highlands Ranch, Northglenn, Longmont, Johnstown); 2016 World Wide Stout (Northglenn, Longmont); and Puddin’ Wine (Southglenn). The event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Parry's location in Highlands Ranch, Johnstown,  Longmont, Northglenn, and Centennial.