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Arvada Beer turns one; Boulder Beer, Funkwerks party in our beer calendar

Lost amid the avalanche of beer tappings during the Great American Beer Festival was a pumpkin beer that Longmont's Left Hand Brewing made just for Old Chicago restaurants as part of its Halloween Mini Tour. The beer, 4 Foodies Ale (see the video above), was brewed in collaboration with Guerrilla Farms in Niwot, which grew 1,000 pounds of pumpkins for the project, and the Savory Spice Shop in Boulder, which provided cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and other spices for the mash. The pumpkins themselves were roasted in Old Chicago's Louisville test kitchen before being added.

4 Foodies should be on tap for a few more weeks at Old Chicago locations throughout Colorado, but it's reportedly going fast in some areas.

Wednesday, October 24

Arvada Beer Company will continue its one-year anniversary celebration today by tapping a cabernet barrel-aged version of its Belgian IPA. Tomorrow's tapping is the Russian Imperial Stout, followed by Wheat Wine on Friday -- which is officially Arvada Beer Company's 100th batch of beer. On Saturday, the brewery will tap a syrah barrel-aged version of its Russian Imperial Stout.

The Yak & Yeti in Arvada has a couple of new beers on tap for a limited time, including Oaked IPA, a Himalayan IPA aged four months in a Leopold Bros Rye Whiskey barrel; Blueberry Tart, a brown ale with 1.5 pounds of blueberries per gallon; and Milk Stout, the un-spiced version of the Yak's Chai Milk Stout. Some beers that will go on tap in mid- to late November include Pumpkin Ale and Sherpa Porter, which is heavier on the cocoa and lighter on the roasty notes. Head brewer Adam Draeger is planning to kick off a porter series over the winter that will include toasted coconut, cherries, peppermint tea leaves, orange, vanilla and coffee.

Strange Brewing will tap Off the Wall Fall today as part of its One-Barrel Wednesday series. The autumn seasonal "will warm your heart with its malty balance and Santiam hops background," the brewery says.

Thursday, October 25

Great American Beer Festival darling Funkwerks will release its newest beer, Mistral, today in the Fort Collins taproom. The beer is a pale ale brewed with Belgian yeast and hops from the Niwot Hop Farm.

Friday, October 26

Craft beer expert, author and newsletter publisher Christian DeBenedetti will be back in Denver tonight to tap PUBlisher, a beer he brewed on Odell's pilot system during the Great American Beer Festival. The beer -- which he calls a "super hoppy aromatic extra pale ale" -- will actually be tapped at a wine event called Around the World in 80 Sips, which runs from 8-10 p.m. at Mile High Station. The tasting party includes wines from around the world and lots of snacks. Tickets, $75, are available at

In homage to the Halloween season, Freshcraft will unleash all three of Avery Brewing's Demons of Ale beers at midnight. Samael's, The Beast and Mephistopheles will all be on tap.

Boulder Beer Company will celebrate the return of the seasonal Obovoid today by putting a keg of the oak-aged oatmeal stout on nitro in the brewpub. Be there from 4 to 7 p.m. for $3.25 pints and an Obovoid Egg Relay Race (where teams race around an obstacle course with a pint of beer in one hand and an empty bottle balancing an egg on the other) and a chance to win a free keg.

Saturday, October 27

The Rackhouse Pub opened on Halloween in 2009, and in Rackhouse tradition, it will celebrate its third birthday by not half-assing it. How so? By submitting to a total tap takeover by Dry Dock Brewing Company. The Booze Cruise features some really rare Dry Dock beers, as well as some taproom-only seasonals and regular favorites. They include Half Moon Pumpkin Ale, Urca Vanilla Porter, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Sour Apricot Blonde, Belgian Dark Strong, Hop Abomination VI IPA, Barrel-Aged Shotgun Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Non-Oak Aged Bligh's Barleywine, La-la-la-la-la Belgian IPA, Coffee Milk Stout, Barrel Aged Swabby Quad, The Ambassador Sour Ale, Fetchez la Vache Biere de Garde, Whale Tail Wit, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Porter, Apricot Blonde, U-Boat Hefeweizen, Hms Victory Amber Ale, Breakwater Pale, Uss Enterprise IPA and Dry Dock Double IPA. There will also be a costume contest and live music from the Goat Ropers at 10 p.m.

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