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Beer Calendar: Bonzo, God Complex and Black Friday Tappings

Left Hand Brewing

If Left Hand Brewing's lawsuit against craft-brewing yeast supplier White Labs ever goes to trial, the court room is going to look more like a lab than a legal proceeding, with all the microbiology expert witnesses showing up. Colorado's fourth largest independent brewery has accused White Labs of selling faulty yeast that resulted in Left Hand having to recall or destroy $2 million worth of beer in 2016 and 2017. Several beers were affected, but it was primarily Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand's flagship brew.

"Despite White Labs’ Certificate of Quality Assurance guarantee, Left Hand found, through a wide-ranging investigation and multiple tests, 'the source of the Diastaticus contamination was the yeast supplied by White Labs,'" writes Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, which first reported the story, quoting the brewery. "The presence of Diastaticus caused the affected Left Hand beers to secondarily ferment, resulting in multiple defects."

White Labs responded to the publication by saying, "There is no specific proof on where the contamination originated from, as each White Labs culture undergoes a rigorous testing process from start to finish, which includes 61 quality checkpoints throughout the propagation cycle."

The case will likely take a long time to play out in court.

Read on for craft-beer events into early December.
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Ratio Beerworks
Wednesday, November 22
Ratio Beerworks welcomes the return of two heavy-hitting winter seasonals to its taproom at noon. The first beer is the 8 percent ABV Nobody’s Darlin’ Blended Barrel-Aged Whiskey Ale. The beer blends "various barrel-aged versions of Reservoir Old Ale, Stone + Ratio’s Collaboration India Black Ale and Hold Steady," the brewery says. The second beer is Reservoir Old Ale, a 7.7 percent ABV brew that "imparts bold, toffee, nutty, malt-forward flavors from the use of Maris Otter English malts and muscovado sugar."

Black Shirt Brewing has given its Pistachio & Lavender Rye Pale Ale a new look and a new name: Bonzo, which will be available on tap and in four-packs of sixteen-ounce cans to go. This is the first beer that Black Shirt has released in sixteen-ounce cans. This highly anticipated beer will not last long, even though there is a one-case limit per person.

Copper Kettle hosts its annual release of Snowed In at noon. This 12.8 percent ABV oatmeal stout was aged twelve months in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels and has "strong notes of chocolate, coffee and (of course) sweet, sweet local Colorado bourbon," the brewery says. It is available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.

Cerebral Brewing is hosting a Thanksgiving Crowler and Can Sale, where you can stock up on your favorite Crowlers and four-packs to-go. Cerebral opens two hours early, at 2 p.m., and is offering 10 percent off all Crowlers (not including Peace be the Journey) and four-packs. Chibby Wibbitz Sliderz n Bitez will also be out front starting at 4 p.m.

Something Brewery (at 117 North Main Street in Brighton) saved a few thin mint Girl Scout cookies from earlier this year in order to bring back Mint Condition, a minty chocolate porter made with the cookies. The brewery will start selling 250 Crowlers of the beer at 3 p.m. It will also be on draft.

Resolute Brewing in Centennial will tap its 8.1 percent ABV Baltic Porter when it opens at 11 a.m. "Full-bodied and smooth, this beer drips with rich, malty sweetness. Aromas of dark fruits, like raisins and cherries, complement a bouquet of caramel, molasses and dark chocolate flavors for a big, toasty brew," Resolute says.  Ol’ Skool Que will be serving up barbecue starting at noon.


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