Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Count Chocula, New IPAs, Pumpkins and Hot Wings

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Wednesday, October 22

As part of a month-long beer-education extravaganza, World of Beer Cherry Creek, in Glendale, is offering a weekly series of free beer schools at which guests can sign up to learn about "the history and care that goes into the specialty varieties crafted by some of the industry's leading breweries." Sign up is available before each class; space is limited and first come, first served. Today's class is Specialty & Barrel-Aged Beers with Avery Brewing, which starts at 6 p.m.

River North Brewery will tap its very last keg of B-Side Quandary, a version of its quadrupel aged with cherries, today at 3 p.m. There will also be classic Quandary and Big City Quad on tap as part of the brewery's Wayward Wednesday series.

It's Pumpkin Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of a pumpkin beer every Wednesday. Today's is Bourbon Oak Aged Pumpkin Porter, an Imperial Pumpkin Porter with bourbon=soaked oak spirals, paired with bourbon pumpkin pie bites.

Thursday, October 23

Odd 13 Brewing in Lafayette will tap two new beers today at 3 p.m.: Derplomat, an American brown ale, and Pepo the Picker, a sour ale with pumpkin and apple.

Friday, October 24

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland will release its second canned beer, Fearless Youth, today with a party from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be Fearless Youth beer brats from Rocky Mountain Sausage Grill, a free can with a brat purchase, and $1 cans for sale, plus a chance to win prizes with each can sold. Fearless Youth, a Dunkel lager, used to be sold in bomber bottles. It won a GABF medal in 2013.

Saturday, October 25

Lost Highway Brewing, which quietly opened in late September after three years of planning and construction, will host a grand-opening party today from noon to 6 p.m. with live music from Jim Dalton of the Railbenders, chile roasting, food and more. Founded by the owners of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway has six of its own beers on tap: District 6 Pils, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Golden Ghost Blond, Pumpkin Ale, Belghost IPA and Longest, Wickedest Wit. "The names of the beers reflect the history and experience of Colfax and the Capitol Hill area," the brewery says. "Brew Master TJ Compton is working on several other beers in the portfolio, which are expected to be released later this month." In addition to beer, Lost Highway also offers fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and other picnic-style edibles in its market.

Hops & Pie will host a Pumpkin Beer Fest starting at noon today and featuring a variety of gourdy goodness, including Avery Rumpkin, Bruery Autumn Maple, Dogfish Punkin, Strange Pumpkin Porter, Sam Adams Fat Jack, Denver Beer Co Hey Pumpkin!, Hoppin Frog Hoppin Hollow, Southern Tier Pumpking, Alaskan Pumpkin Porter and many others.

Copper Kettle will host a party for the release of Well Bred, its rich 10.7 percent ABV English barleywine. "Less hoppy and more malty than its American counterpart, this English barleywine has lavish hints of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel, with earthy tones from the Breckenridge Bourbon barrel-aging," the brewery says. Well Bred, which was released last year as well, is part of Copper Kettle's barrel-aged bomber series.

Lone Tree Brewing will begin selling 22-ounce bombers of its seasonal Hop Zombie Red IPA ($10 each) today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., or while supplies last. Only eighty cases will be available and, "based on the last two years of sales," they'll sell out early, the brewery says. A small amount of the 8.5 percent ABV beer will be available in the taproom after that. The first ten people in the door today will get a commemorative Hop Zombie T-shirt, but the shirt and glasses will be for sale all day.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora and the nearby Wing Hut will host their third annual Dante's Wingferno Challenge today at the brewery from noon to 4 p.m. The wings-eating contest typically involves fifty to seventy people who all try to eat eight super-spicy wings (and Wing Hut has been working on a new, hotter sauce recipe) in five minutes. You can register on the Wing Hut's Facebook page; it costs $10 in advance and $15 online. All proceeds go to the Aurora Fire Department, and each precinct plans to send a competitor. It also helps to have them there for safety's sake, since the wings are that hot, says Dry Dock co-owner Kevin DeLange. Dry Dock beers will help you cool down. If you finish, you get a T-shirt.

Sunday, October 26

Avery Brewing will release No. 23 in its barrel-aged series today with a bottle party starting at 1 p.m. Antonius' Carmen is a sour ale aged in madeira barrels; only 291 cases were produced. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12 (limit of twelve per person). Rare beers on draft starting at 11 a.m., including Drew's Fuzzy Peach, Karmarita, Papa Sour, Eremita V, The Preacher, 2013 Mephistopheles' Stout and Vanilla Bourbon Coffee Chocolate Stout.

Monday, October 27

Dad & Dude's Breweria is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a series of events that culminate on November 1. Today, the brewery will tap a nitro version of Gourd-Geous Pumpkin Ale, a 5.5 percent ABV creation made with pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pie spices. The theme is Pajama Day; wear your PJs and receive double raffle tickets.

Tuesday, October 28

Dad & Dude's Breweria is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a series of events that culminate on November 1. Today the brewery will tap Sun Kissed Braggot, a vintage style that blends beer and mead. It's crafted with malted barley, sweet orange peel, ginger, and orange blossom honey. Theme: Graffitti Night. Wear a white T-shirt and tag yourself and friends with fabric pens provided by D&D staff.

Turn the page to see more events later in October and in November.

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