Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Costume Contests, Pumpkin Beers and a New Denver Brewery

The Denver Bicycle Cafe is donating $1 to Trips for Kids Denver/Metro for every pint of Mockery Brewing’s Rakau IPA that is poured during the month of November from the new Confluence Tap Handle at DBC. "The Confluence Tap Handle program is a collaboration managed by Confluence, a corporate social responsibility firm, to further the community engagement practices of restaurants and craft beverage makers," according to the organization. "Confluence’s vision is to have an identifiable brand where customers who see the Confluence Tap Handle will know that a portion of sales always goes to charity and that a different craft beverage will be served each month." DBC will host a launch party for its Confluence Tap Handle on Thursday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28
First Draft continues its ongoing pumpkin fest today and tomorrow, tapping dozens of pumpkin beers, as it has been all week. Some of the breweries include Ballast Point Pumpkin Down, Uinta Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Wasatch Black O' Lantern Pumpkin Stout, Eddyline Pumpkin Patch Ale, Lost Highway Pumpkin Ale, New Holland Ichabod. See the rest on the First Draft Facebook page.

Thursday, October 29

Little Machine, a new brewery located right next to Sports Authority Field, will open its doors for the first time today at noon. The brewery will have five beers on tap to start with — Colorado Stock Ale Pale Ale, Sniff IPA, The Reason Saison, Tractor Beam Oatmeal Stout (with or without a cold-brew coffee infusion) and Alternating Currant Black Currant Kettle Sour — but plans to build up to at least ten soon. 

Dry Dock Brewing Company is releasing its Double Coffee Porter for the second year running. This whiskey barrel aged beer is the fourth of six 2015 Signature Series releases. It will be available on draft and in bombers today in the Canoe Room at North Dock at 2801 Tower Road in Aurora. The beer will also be available at South Dock and in liquor stores across Colorado starting next week.

Wynkoop Brewing will honor its "27th year of blood, sweat and barley" from 4 to 6 p.m. today by "tapping an impressive list of special edition Wynkoop beers and telling brewers tales of what it's like to be Colorado's first brewpub." Featured pours include: Dunkleweiss, Pricklypear Berliner Weiss, Rye Saison, Cocorojo, Zest Above the Rest, Reel Big Stout, Groundbreaker, 2014 Sour Quad and more.

Freshcraft will tap a keg of Lagunitas Born Yesterday today at 7 p.m. The beer is the California brewery's fresh-hop pale ale — and has never before been poured outside of that state. A crew from Lagunitas will be on hand to talk about it.

Friday, October 30
Comrade Brewing will tap a new beer today at noon. Redshirt is a 7 percent ABV Red IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Chinook hops. It "has a beautiful deep ruby color with minimal malt profile and no caramel sweetness," the brewery says. 

Dry Dock's original South Dock location on Hampden Avenue will tap a special pumpkin-y firkin today at 3 p.m. "We decided to do something a little different with this firkin, so we took our Half Moon Pumpkin and added some secret ingredients to make it taste just like your favorite pumpkin pie," the brewery says. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but why wait when we have a glass of pumpkin pie beer waiting for you?"

Oskar Blues will host a HalloWEASEL Dance party tonight, starting at 6 p.m., at the Tasty Weasel taproom in Longmont with DJ Chad, disco beats, and delicious eats from CHUBurger and Habit/Carbon. There will be Death By Coconut and Hotbox Porter on tap all night long.

Arvada Beer Company will continue its multiple-day four-year birthday celebration today by tapping a new doppelbock. It has already released several others. Tomorrow, the brewery will host a costume contest.

Saturday, October 31
Call to Arms Brewing will host the Tennyson Street Rumpus today from noon to 7 p.m., where you can kick off Halloween festivities with a neighborhood gathering featuring food, beer and games for both kids and adults. There will be a pig roast, sides, and churros provided by Mas Kaos throughout the day, and the Sweet Cow MooMobile will be there from noon to 3 p.m. In addition, Call to Arms will be releasing two exclusive Rumpus-inspired beers.

Our Mutual Friend will host a Halloween Dance/Costume/Keep the Glass party today starting at 8 pm. There will be a DJ, special tappings, prizes (free beer and merch), candy — and the OMF ghost will be there.

Copper Kettle will host its own Halloween Costume Contest today and tap a special cask of  Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is the brewery's pumpkin porter infused with with dark, organic, cold-brewed rainforest coffee. It will be served in baby pumpkins. Food truck TBD

The Post Brewing in Lafayette will hold a pumpkin party today from 4 to 9 p.m. They'll be pouring happy hour pints all day long and hosting a costume contest for prizes like Post six-packs, growlers and swag. Voting begins at 8 p.m.

Join Upslope Brewing at their Lee Hill taproom for the Swills & Chills Halloween Costume Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be live music from DJ Old Man Winter and a costume party (first place wins a $100 taproom gift card).

Avery Brewing will bring back Mephistopheles — "the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture," the brewery says — today at the Boulder taproom. There will be draft pours and bottles to-go available starting at 11 a.m. There will also be costume contests at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. with special prizes for the best Avery-related costumes.

Wonderland Brewing Company and the Colorado Beer Trail will team up today to host a Halloween Craft Brew Ball from 1 to 6 p.m. behind Broomfield's Wonderland Brewery. The family-friendly event features Colorado craft beer trick or treating from thirteen local craft brewers and cideries and benefits the Arc of Adams County, which "works to give everyone the opportunity to live, learn, work and play in their own community." There will be more than forty beers and ciders on hand, as well as trick or treating for the kids, a miniature golf course, pumpkin bowling, face painting, a photo booth, live music, and more, all under a big festival tent. General admission is $25.

Thursday, November 5
River North Brewery is in transition. The beer makers closed its taproom at 24th and Blake after being forced out by development, but the brewery is currently building out a large production facility at 6021 Washington Street, which will include a small taproom. In the meantime, River North will continue to release beers. Today, Stapleton Taphouse will pour all three versions of Funk the Man, a series of brews that River North made to express its feelings over losing its location. 

Friday, November 6
Breckenridge Brewery and Never Summer Industries will once again take over the Punch Bowl Social for a free Opening Day party starting at 6 p.m. to celebrate the start of the winter recreation season. The two companies have created an Artist Series Snowboard to commemorate it. The parking lot party will include Breck beers, music from The Nun's Of Brixton (Clash cover band), the Never Summer Movie, This Aint A Movie, giveaways including the Andrew Hoffman Designed Snowboard, ski and board waxing from  7Twenty Boardshop, and games including a mechanical bull.

Saturday, November 7
Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch is turning two today, and it will celebrate with a party featuring eleven beers, along with a different specialty beer every hour until 8 p.m. Grist will also tap its extremely limited seasonal Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, which was aged in whiskey barrels for ten months. There will also be two food trucks on hand, Churn and Burn, and Jessie's Smokin' NOLA, along with prizes and raffles and vendors selling beer-related stuff in the parking lot.

Mockery Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary today with a block party in front of the brewery. Beers will include limited barrel-aged releases poured throughout the day, commemorative glassware, live music, food trucks (Cluck Truck and Events by Revelry) and giveaways.

Boulder Beer Company releases The Dude’s D’Spare today at a party from noon to 3 p.m. at the the Pub at Boulder Beer. All bottles purchased during the party will be signed by brewmaster David Zuckerman and "the infamous Shipping Dude," according to the brewery. The first 150 guests will also receive a complimentary 4-ounce pour of the beer, a barrel-aged imperial stout. Attendees will also be entered to win a VIP party at the brewery with a $500 retail value. Other fun activities at the Big Lebowksi-themed party include robe giveaways, lawn bowling and a photo booth. "This Imperial Stout uses a blend of specialty malts for a dark chocolate, roasty flavor with hints of black licorice," Boulder Beer notes. "Aging it in first-use Cabernet wine barrels adds depth, bringing out soft fruit flavors and subtle oakiness. The stout rings in at ten percent ABV and 52 IBU." The brewery adds that the barrels onsite "really tied the room together."

Sunday, November 8
The fourth annual Bacon & Beer Festival takes place today from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Glitter Dome, 3600 Wynkoop Street, featuring numerous area restaurants and breweries who are offering bacon-based dishes paired with beer. Proceeds from the fest will benefit the Metro Caring and Project Angel Heart. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Get them at

Monday, November 9
Enjoy pints and painting tonight at Dry Dock Brewing Company's South Dock location at 6:30 p.m. This class costs $40 and includes painting supplies, instruction and your first pint of Dry Dock beer. Sign up at The Paint Cella website while tickets are still available.

Wednesday, November 11
Coda Brewing in Aurora will tap 11 Iron Men Triple IPA today. Made with eleven kinds of hops and eleven kinds of malts, this 11 percent ABV triple IPA is named after brewery co-owner Scott Procop's grandfather's "Yale football team from 1935 that played without substitution for the full 60 minutes, the last time this ever happened in college football," the brewery says.

Thursday, November 12
River North Brewery is in transition. The beer makers closed its taproom at 24th and Blake after being forced out by development, but the brewery is currently building out a large production facility at 6021 Washington, which will include a small taproom. In the meantime, River North will continue to release beers. Today, Jake’s Brew Bar in Littleton will tap a keg of a new brew, Nightmare Fuel, a 13.5 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with whole bean coffee.

Friday, November 13
At 2 p.m., Wit's End Brewing will tap a version of its Super FL-IPA that has been aged in Law's Rye Whiskey barrels.

Saturday, November 14
Upslope Brewing will host a 7th Anniversary Party today from 2 to 8 p.m. at its Flatiron Park location. There will be more than forty beers on tap (some very limited), including a seventh anniversary brew, vintage favorites, collaboration brews, a battle of the firkins and their core beer classics. There will be live music from Technicolor Tone Factory, Wandering Natives, Zen Mustache, & K-Law, and food from the Tasterie Truck, Sancho's Authentic Mexican Restaurant & Rollin' Bones BBQ.

Nitro Fest, produced by Left Hand Brewing, returns to Longmont's Roosevelt Park today as the country's only fest dedicated exclusively to nitrogentated beer. There will be rare, out-of-state and just plain creamy selections from around forty breweries like Ballast Point, North Coast, Founders, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Victory, Green Flash, and more. Some the beers will be on nitro for the first time, and many almost never make it out of their home taprooms. Left Hand is hosting the fest because it is a leader in the nitro category. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the brewery. There will be live music and performance from Lunar Fire, Fractal Tribe, and the Boulder Circus School, including fire dancers, stilt walkers and aerial artists. Food will be available from Samples World Bistro, the Roost and more. Cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets range from $50 to $85.

Thursday, November 19
The Chef & Brew Festival returns to the EXDO Event Center from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP entry starts at 6 p.m.) with a new lineup of chefs and brewers who have teamed up to offer an overwhelming pairing experience. Enjoy dishes from more than twenty restaurants with over fifty unique beers. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $65 for VIP (although they will go up on October 26). They include a commemorative glass and unlimited access to beer and food. Gets tickets at