Well, this is awkward. The massive Republican-created, Trump-endorsed tax bill that will pass today — slashing taxes for corporations and the rich — will also supposedly benefit craft brewers. After years and years of fighting, the Boulder-based Brewers Association finally got its Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which will likely be sent on to the reality-TV star today for his signature.
“This is a monumental day for small and independent craft brewers...6,000 strong and located in every state and virtually every congressional district in the country... [that] are incredibly pleased Congress has recognized that they have great growth potential," BA president Bob Pease says in a statement. "Our expectation is that small brewers will use their savings related to the recalibration of the federal excise tax on beer to invest in their breweries, expand their operations, create more jobs and hire more American workers.
“For the better part of a decade, the BA has played a central role advocating for tax relief for small brewers," he continues. "We appreciate all the support and hard work from every corner of the country that brought this to fruition. This is a significant step forward representing over $142 million in annual savings for small brewers."
Ah, politics. Doesn't it make you want to drink another beer?
Continue reading for craft-beer events through the end of the month.
Copper Kettle Brewing continues its 12 Firkins of Christmas holiday countdown by tapping a new firkin each day at 2 p.m. Today's is Mocha IPA (with coffee and chocolate). Tomorrow you can find Imperial Cafe Con Leche, followed by Basil Cherry Lager on Friday and Golden Stout on Saturday.
Do you like Black Shirt Brewing's Frontman IPA? Then you'll love Frontmaniac Double Dry Hopped IPA, an amped-up version of the brewery's flagship hoppy beer. Not only that, but Black Shirt is releasing it in four-packs (limit of one case per person). "Frontmaniac is brewed with oats, wheat and a blend of yeasts for a fuller and softer texture on the palate," the brewery says. "Bursting with tropical fruit notes, bright citrus characters and dark field grass, the palate is rich with these same hop characters and a rounded but firm bitterness."
Freshcraft hosts a Winter Solstice party with Surly Brewing at 7 p.m. Enjoy the darkest day of the year with Surly Abrasive, Surly Darkness 2017, Surly Damien and Surly Coffee Bender. There will also be bottles (on-site only) and pours available of Surly Barrel Aged Pentagram.
Ursula Brewing in Aurora releases the Sacred Fire Wee Heavy (both regular and rye barrel-aged) in honor of the Winter Solstice. Ursula describes it as "silky and smooth, with a huge toasted-marshmallow quality." The beer will be available all day, but the festivities — and food and fire — will start at 5:30 p.m.
Cedar Creek Pub, at 2100 Ursula Street in Aurora, gets dark with Surly Brewing. The bar taps the brewery's Darkness and Damien at noon, along with a few other dark surprises, including Ballast Point's High West Barrel Aged Victory at Sea.
4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield releases the latest in its Ad Hoc series at 2 p.m. on draft and in cans. The beer, Whimsy, is described as "a bright New England Style India Pale Ale, reminiscent of citrus fruits from the massive amounts of Citra, Amarillo and Jarrylo hops."
To make the 13.3 percent ABV Beasts of Bourbon, Liquid Mechanics Brewing in Lafayette took its Russian Imperial Stout, which had been aged in Spirit Hound Distillery barrels for eleven months, and blended it with an American Barleywine that had been aged on Breckenridge Distillery barrels for eleven months. "This rare experiment paid off well. Beasts of Bourbon is smooth, with a nose hinting toward an American Barleywine," the brewery says. "The flavors are complex, but a dominant sweet milk chocolate note takes the center of the stage while silky bourbon flavors play in the background." It taps at 6 p.m., and there will be 100 22-ounce bottles as well, with a limit of two per person.