Beer calendar: Caution, Cannonball Creek, cans and coffee are cause for celebration

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Oskar Blues has introduced a new kind of vessel for taking beer to go from its Tasty Weasel taproom in Longmont. The Crowler, a cross between a can and a traditional growler, is a 32-ounce recyclable aluminum can that can be filled, purged of CO2 and sealed within minutes.

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Diebolt Brewing in Sunnyside has initiated an experimental, presale bottle club called Bottled Lightning. For $125, members (and there are only 100 memberships available) get twelve 22-ounce bottles of experiment, one-off ales await you, one per month throughout 2014. Bottled Lightning Club members also get ten percent off all beer and merchandise at the brewery for the year.

Wednesday, January 15

January is New Year's Resolution cask month at the Copper Kettle, and today, the brewery will be serving No Bitterness Ale, a mild ale made with all finishing hops, for a ultra low IBU rating.

Thursday, January 16

Breckenridge Brewery will throw a kickoff party for its newest bottled beer, Ophelia today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Irish Rover. Ophelia is a wheat beer, but has been supercharged with Mosaic hops. There will complimentary appetizers.

West Flanders Brewing in Boulder has started a Single Keg series, in which is brews a small-batch one-off beer, and this week's is Brett on the Broncos, an "AFC Champion Style Ale." In reality, the beer is a blend of the brewery's Obfuscation Trippel and its Angry Monk Belgian-style golden ale, which was fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. At 7.2 percent ABV, the brewery says "this beer is much too strong of a match for New England-style chowder or Boston-baked beans."

Friday, January 17

TRVE Brewing will tap Decibrew today at 7:06 p.m., which the brewery made in conjunction with the "Brewtal Truth" column in Decibel magazine. The beers is described as "a burly German weizenbock brewed under the sign of evil...the name loosely translates as 'wheat goat.' The bock style originated as a strong lager, but this is actually a strong wheat ale and the special Bavarian yeast used to brew it produces some interesting flavors. It is a hefty, malty 7 percent ABV beast of a beer."

Did you think Ugly Sweater season was over? Then you thought wrong. Parry's Pizza -- the Castle Rock location -- is having one last Ugly Sweaters & Barrel Aged Beers Party starting at 5:30 p.m. today. You must be wearing your ugliest sweater to gain access to the barrel aged beauties that include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Boulder Beer's I Am The Eggman, Epic's Big Bad Baptist, Backcountry Breakfast Stout, Renegade Black and Gold, River North Barrel Aged Avarice, and more.

Saturday, January 18

Epic Brewing will host a coffee and beer workshop today in conjunction with Imbibe Denver, the Colorado Brewers Guild and the Craft Coffee Alliance. Brewed, as it is called, runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will be led by coffee roasters and brewers; participants will learn about coffee, beer and coffee beers; then, they'll get to play with blending them. Tickets are $15.

World of Beer in Glendale will host its first-ever Sour Night tonight with more than twenty sour and wild ales on tap, including some rare ones. Customers can buy beer by the glass, or buy a ticket, $50 in advance or $60 the day of, and get unlimited four-ounce samplings of these beers. Several brewery owners and representatives will be coming in throughout the day to showcase their beers, which include: Russian River Consecration, Temptation and Supplication; New Belgium La Folie; Green Flash Little Freak; Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga; Bear Republic Tartare; Aspen Cougar; Elevation Engel Weiss; Cuvee de Jacobin's Rouge; The Bruery Oude Tart, Rueuze and Tart of Darkness; Odell Sour Mash; Wynkoop Brewjolais Nouveau; and Trinity 7 Day Sour.

Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden will celebrate its one-year anniversary today from noon to 10 p.m. with multiple new beers on tap, including a collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines Homebrew Club, and an anniversary beer. There will also be food from Quiero Arepas and Basic Kneads Pizza, and live music from Modern Whiskey Market and the Lookout Mountain Boys.

Caution Brewing West, which opened in Lakewood in December, will celebrate its grand opening today with a party from noon to 10 p.m. complete with beer specials, food trucks and entertainment. More details TBA.

Left Hand Brewing and Murray's Cheese/King Soopers will join together today for a beer and cheese tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. at the brewery's Longmont tasting room. Guests will get private experience that includes four four-ounce beers and array of Murray's cheeses. Tickets, $25 are available on Left Hand's website; all proceeds will be donated to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation to benefit flood relief. The first fifty people to buy tickets will get a Colorado Flood Relief pint glass and sticker.

Funkwerks will release a new beer in bottles today -- but just in the taproom. Cognac Barrel-Aged Deceit is the brewery's award winning Belgian-style golden ale that has been aged in a single oak cognac barrel for eighteen months. "The beer pours a pure golden color with aromas of apricot and spice," the brewery says. "Notes of caramel and vanilla from the cognac combine with a light malty sweetness from our base beer and are balanced by oak tannins that lead to a dry finish."

Sunday, January 19

Hogshead Brewery will tap the second in its Beer From the Wood series today at 2 p.m. Birth Of, an East India porter, will be served straight from the firkin.

Tuesday, January 21

January is beer month at Euclid Hall. During Brew Bites, an every Tuesday event from 3 p.m. to close, Euclid will pair three two-ounce pours of selected beers with three bite-sized snacks from the kitchen for $12.50. Today's pairing is called "Show Us Your Pucker Pace," and features Petrus Sour Pale, Bear Republic Tartare Berliner-style Weisse, and Trinity Red Swingline IPA Primitif.

For more events later in January, turn the page. Wednesday, January 22

January is New Year's Resolution cask month at the Copper Kettle, and today, the brewery will be serving Superfoods Wheat, a light wheat made with acai berries and pomegranates.

Thursday, January 23

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap a brand new beer, Chinook Red Ale, today at 4 p.m. Quiero Arepas will be serving food, whole Ryan Means will spin soul and jazz.

Friday, January 24

The two-day annual Winter Brew Fest kicks off today at Mile High Station with about 45 breweries and cideries in attendance, roughly thirty of which are from Colorado. The hours are 7 to 10 p.m. both days. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (although they will likely sell out beforehand), cash only,and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. VIP tix are $40 and $45 and get you in an hour early (at 6 p.m.) and include Mouco cheeses paired with a beer. There will also be live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

Dry Dock Brewing will throw a party at its original taproom today to celebrate one full year of canning beer. The brewery, which opened a major production facility in Aurora in January 2013, now cans Hefeweizen, Hop Abomination, Apricot Blonde and Amber Ale. The party, which runs all day, includes giveaways, prizes and the chance to win free beer for a year (one mixed case of Dry Dock cans once a month for a year and a growler of the month package).

Saturday, January 25

River North Brewery and Mr. B's Wine and Spirits have teamed up again, collaborating on a second release in their B-Side barrel-aging project. Today, the two businesses will each begin selling B-Side Avarice, a new take on River North's Belgian-style Imperial Stout, aged for one year in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels. Only thirty cases were bottles, so the beer will only be available at the brewery and Mr. B's. River North's release party starts at 1 p.m. Mr. B's will release additional bottles later this afternoon.

The annual Winter Brew Fest continues today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mile High Station. See above for details.

Wednesday, January 29

Barley's Angels, and international women's craft beer organization, recently created a new, roving Colorado chapter that plans to hold monthly meetings at different tap rooms along the Front Range. (Initially, there will be one meeting per month in both the Denver and Boulder areas). The first one, at the Wynkoop, was on January 27 and sold out quickly. The second one is today at Sanitas Brewing in Boulder. At this meeting, cheese educator John Scaggs of Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese will lead a beer pairing class featuring four Sanitas beers.

Thursday, January 30

The Warwick Hotel is hosting a winter beer tasting today with Colorado Springs-based Bristol Brewing that will include Smokebrush Porter and Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout; hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 303-318-7272; the event will be held on the 15th floor of the hotel.



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