The 23rd annual Stout Month kicked off this week at the Vine Street Pub & Brewery in Denver and at the rest of the Mountain Sun Pubs group's breweries and restaurants in Boulder and Longmont. The yearly tradition has continued to grow over the years and there are now a dozen or more taps at all five spots “devoted to local and regional versions of the rich, thick and dark ale,” all throughout February. (Oh, and since this is a leap year, there will be one extra day of delicious darkness.)
The Mountain Sun group has brewed 28 of its own beers for the Stout Month, including 48 Smooth Chai Stout, Addition Imperial Coffee Stout, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Sharkbite Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Space Odyssey Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addition Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Chocolate Thunder Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout. In addition, they'll have other rotating stouts from at least thirty other local breweries on tap at different times. The brewery group hasn't released a schedule, but if they do, we will include it in the beer calendar.
Wednesday, February 3
Green Bench Brewing, from St. Petersburg, Florida, is doing several events along the Front Range this week through Crooked Stave Artisans, including tonight's 5:30 p.m. tapping at Falling Rock of a collaboration beer that the brewery created with Denver's TRVE Brewing. You can also find Green Bench beers today at Hops & Pie, World of Beer LoDo, School House Kitchen in Arvada and Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs. Find them tomorrow at Mr. B's Wine & Spirits for a tasting and Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins, and on Friday at Small Batch Liquors, for a tasting.
The annual glory that is Stout Month continues today at the Vine Street Pub, the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun and the brewing-and-restaurant company's other two locations in Boulder and Longmont. There will be dozens of rotating stouts on tap throughout the month, many made by the Mountain Sun breweries themselves. We'll update if we get specific dates on tappings. In the meantime, here is what Vine Street opened with on February 1: Nitro Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Nitro Korova Cream Stout, Dropkick Stout, Sharkbite Foreign Stout, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Stout, Avery Vanilla Bean Stout, Wonderland The Cuban Import Stout, Yak & Yeti Chai Milk Stout, Comrade Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout.
First Draft Taproom & Kitchen in RiNo continues its own Sour Month today. Every day, the tap room — where you can pour and sample beers yourself and by the ounce — will feature a minimum of five sours. "First Draft will look to educate guests and enlighten palates with one of America’s growing craft-beer trends," the restaurant says. "The rotating sour tap list will include notable sour beers from breweries like Russian River, Almanac, Crooked Stave, Gueuze Tilquin and Trinity Brewing, but will also highlight some small craft brewers’ sour offerings as well, including Platt Park Brewing, Odd13 Brewing and Pikes Peak Brewing. Some of the beers that will be on tap over the course of the month include Russian River's Supplication, Consecration and Temptation; Gueuze Tilquin; The Bruery's Oude Tart, Gypsy Tart and Rueuze; as well as many offerings from Crooked Stave, Trinity, Almanac and New Belgium.
Also, it is Dain Bramage month at Falling Rock Taphouse, which celebrates February each year by putting numerous high-alcohol barleywines on tap.
Little Machine Beer has just tapped a new beer called Hey, Hay! The ten percent ABV wheat wine is described thusly: "Soft and full-bodied, with restrained esters from a combination of Belgian and American yeasts."
Thursday, February 4
Today is 2/4 — which means that it's the perfect day to celebrate Melvin Brewing's 2x4 Imperial IPA — and all of the Wyoming brewery's other beers — that will make their grand entrance into 24 bars in Colorado and several other states, including Illinois, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland and Washington. "The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and – of course – Melvin’s 2x4 will all be out to party," says the brewery, which was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale. The 10-percent ABV beer has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival and back-to-back Alpha King awards (second in 2015), and it holds the current World Beer Cup Gold Medal. Melvin also won the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year at GABF. Melvin, formerly called Thai Me Up, recently built a new, thirty-barrel brewery near Jackson, Wyoming (run by former Oskar Blues brewmaster Dave Chichura), which is allowing for increased distribution of kegs and possibly bottles or cans. Wanna drink it? In Denver, head to Falling Rock Tap House or Hops & Pie tonight. In Boulder, go to Backcountry Tap House. Or you can find it at Backcountry in Nederland, or at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins.
Highland Tap & Burger will host New Belgium Brewing and chef Jensen Cummings of Brewed Food, who will team up with the restaurant's own chef, Eli Odell, on a beer-pairing dinner. Tickets are $50. The menu includes La Folie and beer-battered mushrooms with fermented honey, whole-grain beer mustard and wort chicken kabobs with curried wild-yeast yogurt; Fat Tire and Rampant Imperial IPA with barrel smoked trout rillettes with spent-grain flatbread and orange-peel crème fraiche; Trippel with pork-belly bulgogi, yeasted kimchi and dry-hopped sriracha; Citradelic IPA with harissa-grilled Colorado lamb loin with root-vegetable gratin and persimmon chutney; and Blackberry Barleywine with spent-grain bread pudding, blackberry-barleywine-poached pears and hoppy pine-nut brittle.
Upslope Brewing will release the latest installment in its fantastic Lee Hill Series today at 5 p.m. at the Lee Hill tap room in Boulder. Volume 7 is a 9-percent ABV Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout, which you can grab at this event ($10 per 19.2-ounce can; limit of six per person). It may also hit liquor-store shelves after that. The Comida food truck will be on hand. "Built for cold weather, this rich and robust Imperial Milk Stout was aged for seven months in Leopold Brothers Maryland-style Rye Whiskey barrels. Brewed with premium malt and lactose sugar, our Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout exhibits a silky mouthfeel and copious body, teeming with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of cinnamon and rye whiskey spice," the brewery says. "Expect this bountiful, dessert-like offering to continue to develop with age."
Holidaily Brewing, a new gluten-free brewery in Golden, at 801 Brickyard Circle, will open today and celebrate its grand opening throughout the weekend.
Friday, February 5
Boulder Beer will tap its spring seasonal Emergent White IPA today at 4 p.m. at its brewpub. "Orange peel contributes a bright, citrus flavor complemented by a subtle spiciness from the coriander and Belgian yeast," the brewery says. "With a golden hue and fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor, Emergent goes down like a breath of fresh mountain air."
Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate Stout Month with a variety of firkin tappings at both of its locations. The original South Dock tap room will kick things off today at 3 p.m. with Horchata Breakfast Stout. That will followed on February 12 with Ladies’ Man Stout; on February 19 with Maple Bacon Breakfast Stout; and on February 26 with Samoa Stout.
Saturday, February 6
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, 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.
Our Mutual Friend Brewing will release three hundred bottles of 24 Frames Per Second Golden Sour Ale today at 2 p.m. The beer won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in September. It will also be on draft.
TRVE Brewing will release bottles of Ecate today at noon. There are fewer than forty cases of this "beautiful Golden Sour aged on Cabernet Sauvignon pomace from our friends at Leap of Faith Winery," the brewery says. Limit of four bottles per person.
Copper Kettle will sell some bottles o fits Mexican Chocolate Stout aged in bourbon barrels today starting at noon. The beer was aged for several months in the barrels with Mexican vanilla. The Tony Guacamole Food Truck will be on hand.
Two 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.
Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate Stout Month with a variety of firking tappings at both of its locations. The newer North Dock taproom will kick things off today at noon with Berger Cookie Stout. That will be followed by another TBD stout on February 13; Banana Split Stout on February 20; and French Toast Stout on February 27.
Sunday, February 7
Lost Highway Brewing will release a new beer today, in addition to hosting a Super Bowl celebration at the brewery and next door at the Cheeky Monk. The 7.85 percent ABV beer is Mighty Chai, the brewery's Belgy Sumthin’ barrel aged with notes of Liquid Pajamas and Chai. Select beers are $3 and chips and salsa are free. The Cheeky Monk, meanwhile, will also have $3 beers and free chips and salsa, and is offering a wings-and-beer deal for $9.
Just about every brewery and craft-beer bar is having a Super Bowl watching party of some sort today.
Tuesday, February 9
Bierstadt Lagerhaus hasn't made any of its own beer yet, but the owners recently went to Fort Collins to collaborate with Zwei Brewing on a Bamberg-style smoked lager, which they plan to serve at Collaboration Fest, which takes place in Denver on March 19. In the meantime, though, you can try the rauschbier at a whole-pig roast at the Rackhouse Pub, which is located in the same building as Bierstadt (which hopes to open this summer). The event starts at 5 p.m.
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 pairings at brownpapertickets.com.
Friday, February 12
Ratio Beerworks will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a three-day party this weekend. The events kick off today with the bottle release of Barrel Aged One Great City!, a Belgian quadrupel aged nine months in rum barrels. The beer will be available for purchase in 375ml bottles. A limited amount will be available on draught at the brewery that evening. Ratio will also release this year’s version of the regular One Great City! in 375ml bottles. In addition, Ratio will tap an anniversary firkin, and there will be food from Smokestack 70 and a special edition of Ratio Comedy. Hosted by Andrew Bueno, the lineup will feature Los Angeles based comedian, Allen Strickland Williams, Nathan Lund, Matt Monroe, Timmi Lasley, Meghan DePonceau, Miriam Moreno and Ian Douglas Terry.
Saturday, February 13
Ratio Beerworks will continue its weekend-long anniversary celebration today by releasing its one-year anniversary beer, a Lemon Zest Belgian Tripel, at noon. Ratio will also re-tap a special, very limited, keg of Wild in the Streets, a Wild Saison Fermented in Oak Barrels, which was released in bottle format earlier this year. Other surprises may hit the taps during the party as well. The afternoon and evening events will feature performances by Matt Pryor, frontman of The Get Up Kids, as well as a Weezer Tribute Band featuring employees of Ratio Beerworks. DJ Digg will be spinning punk, indie and soul during the afternoon and evening as the party continues. Raffles and giveaways will take place throughout the day and Matt's Snack Shack will be out front providing food.
Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse LoDo has partnered with Proper Barber Shop once again for the second-annual Beerds & Barrels event today from 5 p.m. to close. Lucky Pie will be pouring five barrel-aged beers as well as having a beard contest. Proper will provide a portable barbering chair and provide free beard trimming. "Come down for a nice frothy pour of your favorite pint while you enjoy complimentary beard grooming," the businesses say. "Beards deemed sexiest will be awarded with, not only high honors, but with some great gifts as well." The beers are Crazy Mountain Tequila Barrel-Aged Lave Lake Wit; Almanac White Wine Barrel-Aged Peach De Brettaville; Finnriver Barrel in the Forest (whiskey barrel aged cider with fir tips and ginger); Telluride Tripel Cork (Belgian tripel aged in red wine barrels); and Almanac Truthful Statement (sour stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with orange peels and cherries).
Sunday, February 14
The Rackhouse Pub (along with C Squared Ciders) has teamed up with Epic Brewing and Ratio Beerworks for a Valentine's Day progressive beer and cider dinner today called the RiNo Love Fest. It's three courses at three locations over a three-hour period. The first course, of cheese and beer, will be at Epic. Course two is at the Rackhouse and consists of pork osso buco, roasted-carrot puree, risotto, shaved parm, pickled beets and the ciders, Alma, Ginger and Nona. The third course is at Ratio, which has partnered with Crepeful for dessert and beer. Find tickets at nightout.com.
Denver Beer Co will host a Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate pairing today from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Barrel Room next door to the brewery's original location on Platte Street. It's $25 for four beers paired with four chocolates from The Chocolate Lab. Info on their website.
Ratio Beerworks will wrap up its anniversary weekend today with a Valentine's Hangover Brunch featuring sweet and savory crepes from Crepeful, a hangover firkin and another appearance from DJ Digg. Ratio is also taking part in the Valentine’s Day RiNo Love Triangle event alongside Epic Brewing and the Rackhouse Pub. The three neighbors will be offering a progressive beer and cider dinner with stops at all three RiNo establishments. For more information, go to Ratio's website.
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Alpine Dog Brewing is teaming up with Colorado Raw for a catered oyster-and-beer pairing today at 6 p.m. "There will be four oyster varieties with four suggested beer pairings then choose your favorite two oysters to go with your favorite pint," the brewery says. Seats are $30, then oysters after the pairing go for $3 a piece with $1 off pints. Reserve your spot via Eventbrite.
Friday, February 19
Goldspot Brewing is celebrating its first anniversary today and tomorrow with a variety of special beer tappings, including whiskey-barrel aged Black River Imperial Stout. There will be food from Matt's Snack Shack today and Bakin' Bakery tomorrow. In addition, there will be live music with Regis's own Souled on Saturday. Also: random giveaways and prizes during the day.
Copper Kettle will tap its Milk Stout today. "This dark and delicious beer was brewed with real lactose for a creamy body," the brewery says. 5280 Sliders will be on hand as well.
Wednesday, February 24
Halfpenny Brewing, a 5150 East Arapahoe Road in Centennial, will celebrate its grand opening today. Focused on German, American and English beer styles, the brewery includes a 2,000-square-foot taproom with room for 100 people Halfpenny is owned by Chris Reigrut and Chris Garner, friends since high school in Maryland who have been home-brewing together in Colorado since 1996.