Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Parties at OMF, Caution, Lowdown and Cannonball Creek

Crazy Mountain Brewing said this week that it plans to open its own importation company in the United Kingdom so that it can better manage and control how it sends beer to Europe. "Establishing an importing company headquartered in the UK will allow the brewery to increase their global presence and continue to grow within European markets," the brewery says. "Crazy Mountain joins a small handful of American craft breweries to export high volumes to Europe, and one of an elite number to actually operate their own importing company overseas." The brewery, which has facilities in Denver and Edwards, plans to launch in England in February.

Wednesday, January 13
Copper Kettle continues its month of Wednesday coffee beer tappings today at 3 p.m. with a firkin of Rum Coffee Cream ale, brewed with Kenyan coffee. Farm to Truck will be there serving food.

Thursday, January 14
Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton will host a vertical tasting of two year's worth of Elevation Beer Company's Oil Man bourbon barrel-aged stout today at 4 p.m. The bar will pour the 2014 and 2015 versions and will also tap Elevation Senorita.

Friday, January 15
Oskar Blues celebrates the return of Deviant Dale's double IPA today at 4:30 p.m. at the Tasty Weasel tap room in Longmont. "Come grab a pint from from the Weasel and take home a six-pack of Deviant in its new twelve-ounce package," the brewery says. It will also have various Deviant firkins, including Jamaican and Pineapple, and a special unfiltered version of Deviant Chowdah on tap. There will be food from Oskar Blues's Homemade Liquids and Solids, live music and a voodoo doll-making station for the kids.

Caution Brewing West, in Lakewood, will kick off its two-day two-year anniversary celebration today at 3 p.m. They'll be tapping an anniversary beer, Imperial Earl, which is the brewery's Earl with an amped-up alcohol content, as well as a Cherry Hippity Firkin. (On Saturday, Caution will tap Kissing Cousins, a chocolate banana hefeweizen, and a Blackberry Hefeweizen Firkin.) There will also be food from Luckyz Eatz food truck, live music and door prizes both nights.

Barrels & Bottles in Golden will tap its 12 percent ABV American-style barleywine, Fromageddon, today. "Heavy bitterness balanced out by it's malty backbone. Lots of Centennial and Cascade hops for aroma compliment this heavy beer giving it a good fruity and citrus floral nose," the brewery says. At 3 p.m., they will also tap five gallons of Hypnos Imperial Stout with bourbon soaked vanilla beans. There will be live music from A.J. Fullerton Music starting at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 16
Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden will celebrate its third anniversary today and tomorrow with several beer releases and other festivities. Today, the brewery will tap its third-anniversary beer at noon and other specialty kegs throughout the day. My Beer Pickles will be sampling and selling Mindbender IPA pickles from 2 to 5 p.m., while Moe's BBQ will have a pig roast. There will also be live music from Modern Whiskey Market & The Lookout Mountain Boys throughout the day.

Coda Brewing is releasing 112 numbered bottles of its Spoonful Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine today at noon. The 10.2 percent ABV barleywine was aged for nine months in bourbon barrels. There will also be one keg for tap pours.

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen will host its second annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival today at 2 p.m. It features beers from Lagunitas, Great Divide, Dry Dock, River North Brewery, Ratio Beerworks, Left Hand Brewing, Platt Park Brewing, Rock Bottom Downtown, and of course, Lowdown. No tickets, no cover. Just pay by the pour.

Our Mutual Friend will release two beers at 2 p.m. today: its 2016 Winter Warmer and its Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer. Both are available in 500-milliliter bottles. Barrel Aged Winter Warmer was brewed at the beginning of 2015 and aged for more than a year in Laws Whiskey House bourbon barrels.

A new brewery called Castle Rock Beer Co will open its doors today at 11 a.m. at 514 Perry Street in Castle Rock. The brewery will tap a new beer each day of the weekend, including Monday. 

What!? You're more in a cider kind of mood? Well then, head to C Squared Ciders at the Rackhouse Pub between 5 p.m. and midnight for its First Annual Wassail Celebration. The night includes the 5 p.m. tapping of Wassail 2016, "a semi-dry 5.5 percent ABV Organic Cranberry Ginger cider, seductively spiced with Sri Lankan cinnamon," the cidery says. Chef Brandon Muncy is creating an entree to pair with the cider, although it will run out fast. At 6:15 p.m., C Squared will air the Packers vs. Cardinals game and give a tour of the cidery at half time, "culminating in a traditional Wassail celebration around our newly planted Dolgo Crab Apple Tree." Please RSVP.

Sunday, January 17
The Black Project will release two beers for the first time today at noon at its home brewery, Former Future. The first is Peach Rye Dreamland, a sour golden ale with peaches that was aged in a fresh AD Laws Secale Rye Barrel. "Great peach, funk, oak, tartness, and a noticeable rye whiskey character," the brewery says. "All parts are about equal in presence, no one component (fruit, base, oak, spirit) overwhelms the others. Very balanced and delicious." It will be sold in 375-milliliter bottles for $12 each (limits will be announced closer to the date). The second beer, Mach-Limit Tempranillo, will serve as the launch beer for Black Project's revolving fruit sour series. Brewed in collaboration with Red Fox Cellars & Vineyard in Palisade (which supplied the Tempranillo grape must), the beer is described as "bold, black cherry, currant, and herbal notes from the grape combines with the beer which has a dry tartness, wild yeast 'funk' and stone fruit from our house coolship microbes. Super interesting to drink. A little like the wine, a little like the beer. The two parts end up tasting like a super complex, funky sangria - in the best possible way." This one sells for $28 per 750-milliliter bottle.

Cannonball Creek Brewing continues its third anniversary celebration today with a Hair of the Dog Sunday Brunch featuring Solid Gold Mimosas and Bloody Red Marys. There will be artisan brunch pizzas from Rolling Dough Pizza and live music from The Industry.

Tuesday, January 19
Since it opened one year ago, Park Burger's River North location has become a go-to — of somewhat unexpected — spot to find a great lineup of craft beer, and not just brewery staples, but fun and rare stuff as well. Tonight at 6 p.m., Park Burger RiNo will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special beer lineup that includes: Goose Island Bourbon County and Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye; Russian River's Consecration and Supplication; The Bruery's Cuivre Anniversary Ale; Great Divide's 21st Anniversary Sour; and Prairie Artisan Ales's Second Anniversary Sour Raspberry Saison. In addition, there will be a keg kick with Lagunitas. A $15 cash donation will be collected for the keg, which will benefit Urban Peak, a Denver foundation working with youth to overcome homelessness and poverty.

Wednesday, January 20
Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of its mild Extra Special Bitter wood aged with Oak and added coffee from Bali today as part of its month of coffee firkins. Pavlo's Taste of Ukraine will be outside.

Friday, January 22
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap Rye IPA at noon. The "spicy American IPA has a mellow hop flavor with a rye finish. Dry-hopped with Amarillo hops, this beer has a great citrus scent," the brewery says. 5280 Sliders will be on hand.

Mockery Brewing will release a new bottled beer today. Wardrobe Malfunction debuted at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail earlier this month. It's a tart cherry strong ale aged in red wine barrels.

Saturday, January 23
Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate the third anniversary of its canned beers today from noon to 8 p.m. at the Canoe Room taproom inside its North Dock location. The Caniversary includes live music by Chris Dismuke, eats by the Jessie's Smokin' NOLA truck, and a chance to win free Dry Dock beer for a year, among other raffle prizes. Dry Dock will also debut its new twelve-packs, which include six Apricot Blonde cans and six Hop Abomination IPA cans. The "Hopricot" twelve-packs will be available at liquor stores across the state in February.

The Town of Frisco will partner with New Belgium Brewing to present the inaugural Frisco BrewSki, a happy hour ski tour at the Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Nordic Center, today. At the event, New Belgium will pour its new Citradelic IPA. The ski portion of the event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The after-party runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Day Lodge, where prizes will be awarded for best costume, most difficult costume to ski in and more. Advance registration is $15 per adult and $10 for youth ages 17 and below; day-of registration is $20 per adult and $15 for youth. Participants must register as teams of two to four people, and provide a team name upon registration. To register, please visit 

Thursday, January 28
Dry Dock Brewing will release the bomber-bottled version of its Tripel today at the North Dock location. It has been two years since the brewery bottled that beer, which will be available in liquor stores in February. 

Friday, January 29
Former Future Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary today with a Prohibition Party (costumes encouraged), featuring Electro Swing, Cat Sabbath, beer cocktails and a photo booth. 

Saturday, January 30
Former Future will continue its two-year anniversary celebration today by giving away a Former Future/Black Project Glass and one free pour of Black Project Beer for the toast to the first fifty people. There will be one new beer tapped every hour on the hour. Mile High Soul Club will be DJing all afternoon. 

Sunday, January 31
Avery Brewing in Boulder will release this year's version of Tweak today at 11 a.m. The beer is a 17.5 percent ABV monster, brewed with 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.'s organic Isabelle Espresso roast per barrel. "We made the coffee toddy by soaking the grounds in the beer rather than in water, which causes better extraction and more awesomeness," the brewery says. The beer was then aged four months in bourbon barrels. Draft and bottles will be available.

Saturday, February 6
Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse, which has become one of the go-to places in Colorado for rare, special and unusual beers, is throwing itself a five-year anniversary party all day today by filling all 68 taps with one of the most intense lineups around — a beer geek's dream come true. Here are the first fifteen. For the full list, go the joint's Facebook page: 1. Melvin IPA; 2. Melvin Hubert; 3. Melvin 2x4; 4. Melvin Purple Drank; 5. Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout; 6. Off Color DinoS'mores; 7. Russian River Pliny the Elder; 8. Russian River Consecration; 9. Russian River Supplication; 10. Russian River Temptation; 11. Russian River Blind Pig; 12. Pipeworks Lizard King; 13. Comrade Superpower; 14. New Belgium Love Oscar Foeder #30: Ol' Dirty Bastard; 15. Birrificio Del Ducato La Luna Rossa.

2 Penguins Tap & Grill in Centennial will host an IPA smackdown from 3 to 6 p.m. today featuring hoppy beers from five of Colorado's most hop-forward breweries: Dry Dock, Comrade, Ska, Odell and Station 26.

Tuesday, February 9
Euclid Hall will host a beer dinner today at 6 p.m. with Oregon-based Rogue Ales’ Brewmaster John Maier, who will pour some rare Rogue beers. Maier is on a four-city tour. "Chef Jake Grant has paired his eclectic five course menu with six selections from the Rogue collection," Euclid hall says. The dinner is $89 per person. Find tickets and info about the parings at