Tickets for the third annual Collaboration Fest — an event that has quickly become one of Colorado's signature beer parties — went on sale yesterday for $50 a pop ($75 for VIP) at collaborationfest.com. Collaboration Fest will take place on March 19, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and serves as the kickoff for Colorado Craft Beer Week. Created by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events, the fest will feature 75 collaborative beers made by combinations of breweries from around Colorado, the nation and the world. Many of them will only be made once, for this event. Some of this year's collaborative teams include: Avery and Call To Arms; Beryl's Beer Co and Goose Island; Big Choice Brewing and Black Bottle; Cannonball Creek and Pizza Pizza Port Carlsbad; Crazy Mountain and Stillwater Artisan Ales; Crooked Stave and Evil Twin; and Oskar Blues, 3 Floyds, and Horse and Dragon. Get tickets, information and full list at the Collaboration Fest website. But you might want to hurry because it will likely sell out.
Wednesday, November 25
Black Shirt Brewing has once again teamed up with Shauna Lott of the Long I Pie Shop to pair its beers with her pies. Today's pairing costs $20 per person and includes four beer samples and four pie samples. No advanced tickets available.
Falling Rock will release Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout today at 6 p.m. as part of the official Colorado release. There will be 2014 BCS, 2015 BCS and 2015 BCS Rye plus special glassware.
Crooked Stave will release a new beer, Salvador Cybies, today at 5 p.m. The beer is the brewery's "take on a Dark Belgian Strong" and "was aged in well used Leopold Brothers American Small Batch Whiskey barrels with Sour Cherries harvested from the Colorado western slope," the brewery says.
Copper Kettle will tap a cask of Pecan Pie Brown ale today when it opens. The beer is "savory with just the right amount of sweetness," according to the brewery. Pavy's Food Truck will be on hand with gourmet sandwiches.
Friday, November 27
Station 26 will bring back its Black Friday madness today by tapping eight different versions of its 11 percent ABV Dark Star Imperial Stout, which was aged for twelve months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. They open a 1 p.m. with the original version, Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Stout, then tap a new variation every thirty minutes. They are: 1:30, Mexican Chocolate; 2, Blueberry; 2:30, Maple; 3, Cherry Vanilla; 3:30, German Chocolate; 4, Espresso; 4:30, Salted Caramel; 5, Manhattan (inspired by the cocktail).
Comrade Brewing will tap Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout today at noon. The 10.5 percent ABV beer was hopped with Chinook, Azacca, and Centennial hops "It has an aroma of toffee and chocolate dominate, lightly sweet, full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a subtle smoky finish and just enough bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness," the brewery says.
Cheeky Monk will host Goose Island's official Bourbon County release party for Colorado today at 2 p.m. The annual Black Friday release will include Goose Island's regular barrel-aged stout plus coffee, barleywine and oatmeal versions.
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap and release Snowed In today at noon. This Black Friday tradition is an imperial oatmeal stout aged in Colorado bourbon barrels with coffee and chocolate. 5280 Sliders will be on hand as well.
Fermaentra Brewing will tap Backlit today at noon. The Black IPA was hopped with Falconer's Flight, Cascade, Simcoe and Magnum. "This brew has huge aromas of pine, orange, and subtle campfire from the black malts," the brewery says. "Refreshing, with a nice hop bite, and perfect for the upcoming cold weather."
Saturday, November 28
TRVE Brewing will sell bottles of a new beer called 1,000 Eyes today starting at noon. The beer is an oak-fermented, mixed culture amber ale spiced with citrus peel and coriander. It is an extremely limited release with less than 666 bottles available, so get there early. There is a limit of six bottles per person.
Freshcraft has some rare Russian River beers to share with you in your post-Thanksgiving haze. On draft will be: Russian River Supplication, Russian River Temptation, Russian River Consecration, Russian River Blind Pig, and Russian River Pliny the Elder.
Dry Dock Brewing will tap three holiday seasonals: Figgy Pudding Stout, Fruit Cake Brown Ale, and Sparkling Pear Berliner Weisse, at its original South Dock location today at noon. And don't forget your ugly sweater for a contest. The ugliest sweater will be announced at 3 p.m.; the winner receives a Dry Dock gift card.
Sunday, November 29
Paul Vismara, who is a Falling Rock bartender and co-author of Italy: Beer Country The Story of Italian Craft Beer, is also in a band — and that band, Deer Creek, has done a collaboration beer with Black Sky Brewery, which will be released today at 1 p.m. at Black Sky, followed by live music from Deer Creek at 1:30. The beer, called A Dark, Heartless Porter, is an 11 percent ABV Imperial Dark Chocolate, Bitter Orange Peel Porter
Tuesday, December 1
Call to Arms Brewing was founded by three ex-Avery Brewing employees. But the owners are still friends with their old comrades in Boulder — so much so that they brewed a beer together. Who Let the Hogs Out, an "imperial" barley wine, will be tapped today at 3 p.m. to celebrate that partnership. "We miss our friends at Avery, pretty much every second of every day, and we want to hang out and make more memories together. With those thoughts in mind, 'Who Let the Hogs Out?' was brewed. This Imperial Barley Wine is our 'tip of the hat' to a place we all love and is inspired by one of their most delectable beers," Call to Arms says. "Our friends from up north came down and enjoyed a few libations while this beer was brewed, but we want to share that camaraderie with the masses. Join us, and our pals from Boulder on December 1st when the taproom doors open at 3pm for the release of our Imperial Barley Wine, 'Who Let the Hogs Out?'"
Wednesday, December 2
Crooked Stave will release Nightmare on Brett Sour Cherry in bottles today at 5 p.m. The beer is "this year's first of a few fruited Dark sours to be released. Aged with over 3,000 pounds of Colorado sour cherries, this batch of Nightmare really strikes a balance of chocolaty roast coffee notes and cherry pie characteristics all wrapped into one giant sip," the brewery says. "We really didn't know what we would get when we aged our biggest sour beer with even more sour cherries, but the result was strikingly complex without too much acidity."
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Thursday, December 3
Dry Dock will release the 2015 version of Bligh's Barleywine today at the Canoe Room at 2 p.m. at the brewery's North Dock location. Taste the beer on tap and purchase bombers at this release event. Big Kiwi Eats food truck will be on hand at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4
Station 26 will begin a weekend-long celebration of its two-year anniversary today by releasing bottles of its Second Birthday Beer (a dopplebock) at 1 p.m. and then following up with live music from honky-tonk band The Heresies, tonight. There will also be a food truck.
River North Brewery will take over five taps at Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse in LoDo today starting at 4 p.m. Reps from River North, which is relocating right now, will be on hand to give out free samples and promotional attire. The five beers are IPA, White, Farmhouse, Big City Quad, and Barrel Aged Avarice Imperial Stout.
Saturday, December 5
River North Brewery, which lost its taproom in October and is transitioning to a new one, will continue its show show in the meantime, pouring beer at various other locations until it has a taproom again. Today, you can find their beers at Hops & Pie, which is hosting one of its Littlest Big Beer fests starting at noon. River North beers on tap include Nightmare Fuel, 2015 Barrel Aged Averice, Big City Quad, Corundum and Funk the Man 3.