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Beer Calendar: Collaborations from Renegade, Upslope, Post and Prost Breweries

Name confusion is a fact of life in the craft brewing industry these days, which is why there have been so many trademarks battles — and trademark resolutions — in the past few years. The folks at Prost Brewing in Denver and The Post Brewing in Lafayette have a more unusual situation, though: although their names are different, they are very easy to confuse. Which is what makes their collaboration funny. A few weeks ago, the brewers from The Post got together with their colleagues at Prost to brew a collaboration beer. The result, an 8.5 percent Baltic Porter, called Prost To Post, is now available at both breweries.

The lager was made "from a blend of all of our favorite grains including Maris Otter, Special W, Perla Negra, roasted barley, flaked maize and pea flour," the breweries say. "Balanced by shovel loads of an herbal blend Magnum and Willamette hops, this luscious black beauty fills the mouth with roasty, deep chocolate and dried, dark fruit flavors."

Wednesday, March 9
Strange Craft debuts a one-off beer each Wednesday as part of its longtime one-barrel Wednesday series. Today's beer is Southern Cross IPA, "an experimental southern hemisphere IPA brewed with malts from Patagonia and experimental hops from South Africa." It taps at 3 p.m.

Copper Kettle Brewing continues its Irish-themed cask month today by tapping Tiramisu Irish Stout, the brewery's Irish stout made with rum and coffee. The Farm to Truck will be there as well.

Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse in Boulder will tap Scottish Style Ale today at 5:30 p.m. The beer is a collaboration between Upslope Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons. It was created by aging the beer in two Spirit Hound whiskey barrels that survived the devastating Boulder County floods of September 2013. The mash for the whiskey itself had been brewed a month before that at Upslope's Lee Hill location while Spirit Hound waited for its own equipment.

Thursday, March 10
In advance of Collaboration Fest, which takes place March 19 at Sports Authority Field, breweries all over Colorado are working on collaborative beers. One of those is Free to Be Renegade and FCB, which came about as a result of a friendship between Fort Collins Brewery national sales manager Katie Nierling and Laura Decker, vice president of operations at Denver's Renegade Brewing. The beer, a wheat lager brewed with five different varieties of wheat malt and hopped with mostly Cascade hops, is named in honor of Free to Be You and Me, the 1972 record by Marlo Thomas and Friends. Try the beer tonight at Historian's Ale House in Denver, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, March 11
Oskar Blues celebrates the seasonal return of Gubna Imperial IPA today at the Tasty Weasel taproom in Longmont from 4 to 8 p.m. The 10 percent ABV beer changes its hop profile every year based on testing by the brewery's staff. This year's version includes "prodigious amounts of hand-selected Eldorado and Comet hops along with Idaho Experimental 007 hops from Jackson Farms. The brew boasts the same golden to light orange color with white foam and a clear to slight haze. Aromatic qualities include spicy orange zest, papaya, peach, pineapple, floral, pine/spruce and a mix of red berries and watermelon," the brewery says. The party includes music from Tony Rosario and cheese-tastings provided by Haystack Mountain Cheese along with the 2016 GUBNA on draft and in cans, Anejo Barrel Aged GUBNA, Melon GUBNA (Firkin), and Mango Jalapeno GUBNA (Firkin). Harumph.

Falling Rock Taphouse will tap Scottish Style Ale today at 5:30 p.m. The beer is a collaboration between Upslope Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons. It was created by aging the beer in two Spirit Hound whiskey barrels that survived the devastating Boulder County floods of September 2013. The mash for the whiskey itself had been brewed a month before that at Upslope's Lee Hill location while Spirit Hound waited for its own equipment. 

105 West Brewing, which opened last November in Castle Rock, is celebrating March with a variety of St. Patrick's Day-themed beers and events. Today, the brewery will tap a nitro Irish stout, whch will join two earlier tappings: Cowfoot Coffee Porter, made with Irish whiskey and coffee beans, and Lucky Irish, an imperial red ale brewed with six boxes of Lucky Charms cereal. Then, on Monday, March 14, the brewery will tap an easy-drinking Irish Blonde. All of the beers this month will be served in new Saint Patrick’s Day themed pint glasses that are also available for sale. 

Saturday, March 12
TRVE Brewing will release its mixed-culture French-style farmhouse ale, Buried Sun, today at noon. TRVE describes it as "a stainless fermented malt-forward ale with a medium acidity. Malt flavor shines through with a citric fruitiness from our house culture." There is a limit of six per person.

Hops + Handrails returns to Longmont's Roosevelt Park for the fourth year in a row from noon to 6 p.m. today, courtesy of Left Hand Brewing. The event mixes an epic beer fest featuring beers from sixty  breweries with a snowboarding rail competition where riders do their best tricks down a forty-foot ramp. There is also live music (Sam Bush will headline), food, vendors and a kid zone. Tickets are $75. Get lots more information on Left Hand's Facebook page. 

Sunday, March 13
Station 26 hosts its monthly Blugrass Brunch starting at 11 a.m. It features beer, live music from Timber, doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke BBQ.

Avery Brewing will release bottles of Old Perseverance, an 18.5 percent ABV barrel-aged old ale, today at 11 a.m. in Boulder. The beer was made with maple syrup and dark muscovado sugar. Bottles are $12 each and there is a limit of one case per person. After that, bottles will go to liquor stores.

Wednesday, March 16
Copper Kettle continues its Irish-themed cask month today at 3 p.m. by tapping Green Helles With Cloves, the  brewery's traditional Bavarian helles dyed green and flavored with cloves. Pavlo's Taste of Ukraine ill be on hand with dinner.

Thursday, March 17
Ursula Brewing in Aurora (formerly called Coda Brewing) will celebrate St. Patrick's Day (and the launch of the March Madness NCAA Tournament) Chicago style. The brewery will tap two beers: Via Chicago River, a version of Ursula's Via Chicago that has been naturally dyed green (like Chicago does to the Chicago River) using a green algae; and Shuckago Stout, a dry Irish stout made with live oysters in the boil. Cedar Creek Pub will have corned beef and cabbage for delivery.

Copper Kettle Brewing will bring back Help Me Out Stout, its seasonal Dry Irish Stout served on the nitro tap. "This creamy, dark ale has a wonderful roasted character," the brewery says. "Ask the staff in the tasting room where the name came from." Pavy's Food Truck will on hand with gourmet sandwiches.

Friday, March 18
Did you miss out on tickets for the third annual Collaboration Fest, which takes place tomorrow at Mile High Stadium? Then join the folks from Beer Advocate, who will be hosting the official Collaboration Fest Pre-Party at 5:30 p.m. at Falling Rock Taphouse. They'll be "hanging with some of the collaborators, tapping some collabs and tasting some special offerings from collaborating breweries." No cover. Pay as you consume. Check Facebook for updates on the beer list.

Saturday, March 19
Colorado Craft Beer Week kicks off today with a variety of events celebrating craft beer throughout Denver and Colorado. It is sponsored by the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Westfax Brewing, which just opened last week, will host a grand opening party today with at least six beers on tap, inlcluding a couple on nitro. The brewery is located right next door to Casa Bonita in Lakewood and plans to be open Wednesday through Sundays. 

Strange Craft Beer will tap StrangeTail V today, a collaboration with Freetail Brewing in Texas. The beer is a version of Strange's Sour Cherry Kriek made with ancho chiles.

Upslope Brewing will tap a collaboration beer today at its Flatiron Park location in Boudler that it made with New Belgium Brewing. The beer is a tropical stout with plantains.

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SOLD OUT: The third annual Collaboration Fest takes place today at Mile High Stadium, featuring more than eighty collaborative, one-off beers made by Colorado breweries in conjunction with other Colorado breweries, as well as those from out of state and even out of the country. 

Sunday, March 20
The Black Project, which is part of Former Future Brewing, will release three different bottled variations of its Supercruise Tempranillo today. All three will be sold in 750-ml cork-and-cage bottles for $22 each and are in very limited supply. Here are some notes from the brewery: "Barrel 1 - First part of the grape pressing, aged in a 2nd use Law's Secale Rye barrel. Bright fruitiness, a bit of perceived sweetness, some oak character. Barrel 2 - Middle part of the grape pressing, aged in a 3rd use Law's Secale Rye barrel. More funky than 1 on the aroma, different fruit character in the taste. A bit less sweet, moderate oakines. Barrel 3 - Last part of the grape pressing, aged in a 3rd use Leopold Bros' Cherry Whiskey barrel. More dry and tannic but also combined with more interesting fruit notes, maybe some of that cherry character from the barrel is in there." There will also be some Dreamland Blend 2 available for $18 a bottle.

Tuesday, March 22
Launch Pad Brewery in Aurora will tap its Soyuz Russian Imperial stout, which has been aging in a Laws Whiskey  4 Grain bourbon barrel for more than three months. Come down at 3 p.m. and meet the owners of the brewery and some of the crew from Laws Whiskey House.

Friday, March 25
Four beers from Good River Beer Company will be featured today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rival Brews, a bar in Evergreen. Good River is searching for a location to open in the Denver area but contract brews in the meantime at Prost in Denver and Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada. The company donates two percent of its profits to river conservation efforts. Revival will also donate percent from tonight's sales. 

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