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Beer Calendar: Doughnuts, Milkshakes and Frontmaniac

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Station 26 Brewing
Saturday, December 23
Donut Panic, Fiction Beer Company's annual collaboration with Glazed & Confuzed Donuts, returns to the brewery. This year's doughnut beer is Chai-pple Pie Oatmeal Stout, which was brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, Chai spices and, of course, doughnuts. The base beer is a "chewy, rich and smooth oatmeal stout," the brewery says. The inspiration for the beer was the Chai-pple Donut from Glazed & Confuzed, which was recently named one of the fourteen best doughnuts in the country by Zagat. Fiction will release the beer on tap and in a limited number of Crowlers. There will be doughnut pairings and a food truck.

Station 26 Brewing taps the latest in its milkshake series of fruited, flavored IPAs at 1 p.m. Blackberry Milkshake will be available in Crowlers (but only in a limited amount). Pints will be pouring until the beer is gone.

River North Brewery opens up its cellar for an end-of-the-year Cellar Sale starting at noon. There will be limited bottles available of numerous beers, including barrel-aged specialties. For the list, go to the brewery's Facebook page.

Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette says it couldn't resist bringing back Codename: Holidayfan, "the most ridiculous Codename variant that we have ever produced," for the holidays. The triple IPA comes in at 10 percent ABV and will be available on tap and in cans to go. It's $18 for a six-pack, with a limit of two cases per person.

Monday, December 25
Are any breweries open on Christmas? Yep. Alpine Dog Brewing, for one, will bring back its fourth annual Christmas Day Party starting at 11 a.m. This year, the brewery will serve an imperial porter aged in Dominican rum barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans and cacao nibs. At noon, they will also tap a firkin of French Toast Red, made with maple, vanilla and cinnamon. Bottle-release details and Christmas treats are TBD.

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Fermaentra Brewing
Saturday, December 30
Just in time to ring in the New Year, Fermaentra Brewing will release bottles of its decadent, 11.8 percent ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Meristem Russian Imperial Stout ($12 for a 375-ml bottle). This version is "thicker and bolder than its predecessors, as it reveals richer flavors of carmelized brown sugar, milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and that unique Laws Whiskey House small-batch bourbon character from the barrel in which it was aged," the brewery says. "We think it’s our finest barrel-aged imperial stout yet and recommend letting it slightly warm up from cold storage, as the noted flavors really unfurl as you approach the higher 40s to mid-50s in beer temperature. Enjoy now or cellar for the years to come." The beer won't be on tap.

Sunday, December 31
Epic Brewing brings back its Coast to Coast New Year's Eve Party, where you can celebrate the new year four times starting at 9 p.m.  Each hour, Epic will count down the minutes to 2018 from East Coast to West Coast and serve up a themed buffet of bar fare from major cities in each time zone, along with a special beer pairing. DJ Eerie will keep the night going by spinning tunes for each city celebration: New York, Chicago, Denver and Portland. Tickets for the entire shindig, $60, are available at eventbrite.com.

Ratio Beerworks will ring in the New Year with special release firkins (including a champagne-y firkin, and a special variant take on Genius Wizard Imperial Stout), late-night snacks, dance partying and a balloon-and-keg drop at midnight. The Mystery Sisters DJ Duo will be spinning vinyl punk and dance tracks. Finally, right before midnight, the brewery will pop a magnum of a special Ratio beer and hand out free tasters.

Fiction Beer Company hosts its fourth annual New Year's Eve Party starting at 7 p.m. There will be specialty tappings (TBD), live music from the Dollhouse Thieves at 9 p.m., a beer that was brewed just for toasting the New Year, a heated covered patio and complimentary New Year's party favors.

Depravity, Renegade Brewing's stellar Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout, will make its annual appearance on New Year's Eve day once again. Quantities are limited, and there is a limit of one case per person. Live screen printing will be provided by Indy Ink; the first thirty people will get a free Depravity T-shirt. The Ham Bone Thieves will be in the house later in the evening playing hits from musicians who passed away in 2017.

Comrade Brewing taps two beers at 3 p.m. The first is the all-Colorado Mile High Nuggz. It was brewed with Genie pale from Root Shoot Malting, organic Nugget hops from High Wire Hop Farms in Paonia, and yeast from BSI in Woodland Park. The second is Donny American Pale Ale, brewed with Colorado-grown Root Shoot Genie pale malt, wheat and South American crystal malt, and Hopped with Galaxy, Amarillo and Citra.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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