Beer calendar: Colorado's craft breweries toast new beers and a new year

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The last twelve months have been amazing ones for Colorado's craft brewers, both old and new, and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Two highly-anticipated brewpubs have already announced that they will open in the first month of the new year. Denver's Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, the brainchild of two former Rock Bottom brewmasters, has set a tentative date of January 28; the spot, at Eighth Avenue and Lincoln, will serve pizza, paninis, soups and salads. Meanwhile, The Post Brewing, which will dish out chicken and craft beers in Lafayette, also says it will open in January; The Post is owned by the Big Red F Group and boasts former Dogfish Head brewmaster Bryan Selders.

Turn the page to see all of this week's beer events.

Tuesday, December 31

As it does every year, Renegade Brewing will pour its Black Gold tonight for New Year's Eve. The beer is a an Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout. Yes, yes it is.

The Rackhouse Pub is celebrating New Year's Eve with a giant tap takeover by Avery Brewing. Beers include the Boulder brewery's standard lineup, along with its various specialties, including the Dictator series, the Demons and the Holy Trinity series. In addition, there will lots of special stuff, including 4.2 Pale Ale, Double Dry-Hopped Dugana IPA, Lilikoi Kepolo, Chai Ellie's Brown, Tweak, Liebenweizen and Boulder Weiss.

Left Hand Brewing is taking over the taps at Ale House at Amato's for New Year's Eve tonight, starting at 5 p.m. Available beers include: 2013 Pro Am Schwarzbier, Oktoberfest, Dunkel Weiss, Deep Cover Brown Ale, Jackman's Pale Ale, Motherlode Golden Ale, Munich Dark Crystal Lager, Fade to Black Volume 4, Milk Stout Nitro and Widdershins Barleywine, which will be served with a toast at midnight.

Ring in the New Year with Denver Beer Co, which will celebrate by serving and drinking some of its favorite beers of 2013. The party takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Barrel Room next door to the brewery. There will also be music, a free firkin at midnight and other shenanigans.

Wednesday, January 1

The Yak & Yeti will be open today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will have a couple of newish beers on tap, including Sherpa Porter, a 5.4 percent traditional English porter; Peppermint Porter, which is a a version of the Sherpa that has been infused with organic tea-cut peppermint leaves, and Musee des Beer Arts, a Bordeaux barrel-aged Belgian blonde.

For more events later in January, turn the page. Friday, January 3, 2014

Upslope Brewing's Fan Firkin Friday will feature a Milk Stout with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs and cinnamon, an idea sent via Facebook by Upslope fan John Daniel Gibson. The firkin will be tapped at Upslope's Lee Hill tap room at 2 pm.

TRVE Brewing will tap a new beer today: Scorn is a pale ale with wheat, dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. It was made in honor of Primitive man. Tapping is at 7:06 p.m.

Saturday, January 4

River North Brewery is ringing in 2014 by releasing J. Marie Barreled & Bretted, the brewery's first bottle-conditioned beer. For this limited, one-time release, River North took its J. Marie farmhouse ale and aged it for a full year in red wine barrels with wild brettanomyces yeast. One of the rarest River North releases, only thirty cases of 750 ml bottles were packaged. It will also be available on draft at 1 p.m.

Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Brewing in the RiNo district of Denver, Matt focuses on Belgian styles and American styles with a Belgian twist, with an emphasis on barrel-aging. Follow the brewery on Facebook (facebook.com/rivernorthbrewery) or Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) for the latest insights.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff Red IPA today and tomorrow in the brewery's Fort Collins tap room. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, special food truck fare, as well as live music by the Waido Experience on Sunday from from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The beer, which used to simply be called Odell Red, will be available in six-packs in liquor stores. The name was changed to better reflect the beer's hoppy character.

Ska Brewing will take over the taps at Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge today at 6 p.m. for what they're calling a #failedresolutions tap takeover.

Falling Rock Taphouse will try out the second beer brewed by members of the Publican National Committee, which includes Falling Rock owner Chris Black. This one, called Broken Elevator, was made more than three years ago at Allagah Brewing in Maine. The tapping is at 5:30 p.m.

Woodshed Smoked Porter makes its triumphant return to West Flanders Brewing in Boulder today at 4:20 p.m.

Funkwerks in Fort Collins will tap Brett Trois today, a new 100 percent Brettanomyces Belgian ale. The first keg will be tapped at noon when Funkwerks will give everyone a free half glass until the keg runs out.

Anyone (well, anyone 21 and older) who shows up to Boulder Beer today from noon to 1:30 p.m gets a free pint. Yes, that's free beer.

It's a Copper Kettle tradition to start the year off with a "Mystery Beer," release in which only the brewers know what will be tapped. That happens today. (Copper Kettle tapped a Black Belgian Quad in 2012 and a Juniper Berry Golden Strong in 2013).

Wednesday, January 8

January is New Years Resolutions cask month at the Copper Kettle. Each Wednesday, the brewery will tap a different cask made with a different ingredient. Today's resolution is to reduce stress, so try a pint of Holy Basil IPL, an India Pale Lager made with the stress reducing herb holy basil, adding a light scent of mint and cloves.

Thursday, January 9

The Post Brewing, the long-anticipated new chicken-and-beer joint in Lafayette is scheduled to open today at 4 p.m. Owned by the Big Red F group and run by one of its chefs, the Post also boasts brewmaster Bryan Selders, formerly of Dogfish Head.

Station 26 Brewing, which just opened in December, ‏will debut a new weekly firkin program today by tapping coffee red IPA. Next week, they'll tap an red IPA with chipotle peppers and cacao nibs.



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