Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Chocolate Beers, a Rumpus and New Cerebral Cans

Oskar Blues
Oskar Blues has set a date in late November for the opening of its third new Colorado location — this one is the two-story former Croc's space at 1630 Market Street in LoDo. The 10,636 square-foot Oskar Blues Grill & Brew will offer traditional restaurant and bar service upstairs, along with the brewery's full lineup of beers. Downstairs, meanwhile, there will be a 5,500-square-foot music venue called Black Buzzard; patrons can expect a lineup of local and national Americana, bluegrass, rock, blues, reggae and folk musicians.

The brewery signed a ten-year lease on the space and plans to hire 120 people there. “We’ve been working diligently over the past twenty years to evolve and perfect our concept – and now we’re ready to bring the Grill and Brew’s signature blend of Southern-inspired Creole and Cajun dishes and entertainment to Denver,” says Jason Rogers of Oskar Blues Fooderies. "It mirrors the Lyons and Colorado Springs locations while adding a signature Denver flair. We wanted to deliver something special that LoDo could call its own."

Keep reading below for the best local craft-beer events and tappings through November 4.

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Copper Kettle has been serving pumpkin beers all month.
Copper Kettle Brewing
Wednesday, October 25
Copper Kettle Brewing ends Pumpkin Firkin Month with a heavy hitter: a 12.8 percent ABV, bourbon barrel-aged, oatmeal stout enhanced with pure pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin Snowed In is "a robust, velvety stout that pairs well with fireplaces, good conversation and comfy sweaters," the brewery says. This beer will be served on tap only, in twelve-ounce pours.

Platt Park Brewing taps a collaboration beer made with Kaladi Brothers Coffee as part of its 11th Tap Project. The beer is Platt Park's Vanilla Cream Ale with dark-roast coffee extract. "It's sweet, creamy, and has a bitter pop to it," the brewery notes.

Falling Rock Tap House
Thursday, October 26
Falling Rock Tap House is holding an event at 5:30 p.m. called Kill the Cancer, during which it will tap Heather's Ale, which was brewed by Strange Craft to support the American Cancer Society. Falling Rock will also tap Orange Creamsicle by Barrels & Bottles Brewery to support the National Kidney Foundation, Pink Peppercorn Saison by Chain Reaction Brewing for Wings of Hope, and Petal to the Metal by Black Sky Brewery for Sense of Security, to name a few. The organizations will be on site, and there will be a bonus for the keg that blows first.

The Denver Press Club continues its beer-and-media series at 6:30 p.m. when Denver Post reporter John Frank runs through the history of IPAs and talks about a few of his favorites. Those same beers will also be available to drink; the event is $15 for non-Press Club Members to taste all five and $12 for members. The beers are: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA; New Image East Coast Transplant; New Holland Mad Hatter; Bear Republic Racer 5; and Full Sale 8 Pound Ale.

Freshcraft welcomes Minnesota's Surly Brewing to Colorado with a launch party starting at 7 p.m. The maker of Todd the Axe Man IPA and other beers has made occasional beer drops in Colorado in the past, especially around GABF, but Surly is now trying to make a go of it full-time. Freshcraft is tapping Hell, Furious and Xtra Citra; it also promises "some fun surprises from the Surly cellar for your enjoyment."

Comrade Brewing and Cacao Chemistry host a chocolate-and-beer pairing at 7 p.m. with four four-ounce beers and four chocolates. The pairings are Koffee Kream Extra and milk-chocolate hazelnut; Yellow Fever and Firework milk chocolate with chipotle; Imperial Christman and raspberry dark chocolate; and Barrel Aged Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout and whiskey cherry cordial truffles. Tickets are $16 and are available here.

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Finkel & Garf has free beer.
Finkel & Garf Facebook page
Friday, October 27
Cerebral Brewing recently teamed up with two other breweries that were in town during the Great American Beer Festival for two separate collaborations, both of which will be available on draft and in a limited number of cans starting at noon. The first beer is Should've Brought a Jacket Session IPA, which Cerebral made with Mumford Brewing, "brewed with just under 50 percent oats and a touch of Colorado wheat and then hopped at five pounds per barrel of Enigma, Vic Secret and Motueka," the brewery says. The second beer is Natural Order Double IPA, made with Finback Brewing. This 8.2 percent ABV beer was hopped with Citra Lupulin pellets and Amarillo in the whirlpool and then Denali, Amarillo and Citra in the dry hop. And finally, Cerebral will also sell its first cans of Rare Trait, the brewery's flagship IPA.

Something Brewery in Brighton will host a special Crowler release at 3 p.m. of Cookie Monster, an Oreo vanilla milk stout. The beer will be on tap, but get there early. The release is part of the brewery's Halloween bash, which also includes candy on all the tables and bar, a DJ, a costume contest, a food truck, and other seasonal beers, like caramel covered pretzel oatmeal stout, pumpkin porter and more.

Free beer alert! To celebrate its GABF gold medal, Boulder's Finkel & Garf Brewing is treating customers to one free pint of the award-winning Oatmeal Milk Stout, with a limit of one per customer.

Wiley Roots Brewing in Greeley, which won a medal at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month, recently bought a canning line and has been putting it to work. The brewery will release three different cans over the course of the weekend: Double Dry Hopped 1320, a 6.5 percent ABV New England Style IPA;  Cinnamonstah, a 10.2 percent ABV Imperial Stout with cinnamon; and Mail Order Mule, a 4.6 percent ABV American sour ale with key limes and ginger.

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