The look of liquor-store shelves across Colorado continues to change. Fort Collins Brewery, which began canning its beers earlier this year, has decided to abandon bottles altogether and move its entire packaged lineup to aluminum. They'll begin in August with Oktoberfest, a beer that won gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015. "Being 100 percent recyclable, cans are right in line with our commitment to sustainability," the brewery says. "Cans are ideal in protecting the freshness and integrity of beer as barriers to oxygen and light. As the craft marketplace becomes more informed about the benefits of cans, we’re ready to take the plunge.” In addition, Fort Collins Brewery is teaming up with Water Mission, "a nonprofit engineering organization that helps design, build and implement safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas."
Wanna try some FCB beers? The brewery will host a "Small Batch Sessions" event at Dazzle in Denver during the Westword Music Showcase at 7 p.m. on June 25. The sessions "will be focused around everything small batch; small batch beer, small batch musicians, and a small batch club," says Fort Collins. There will be $3 FCB drafts (Major Tom’s and Shot Down) and swag giveaways all night.
Here are more craft-beer tappings this week.
Wednesday, June 22
River North Brewery will take over the taps at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen today from 4 to 8 p.m. with River North White, FarmHouse, J. Marie, Quandary, Anniversary Ale 4 1/4 and Barrel Aged Avarice. The event is part of the brewery's relaunch after being forced to move from its original Blake Street home. Brewery reps will be at First Draft with swag and giveaways. There will also be a cheese pairing from First Draft's chefs.
It's English-style cask month at Copper Kettle. "A cask-conditioned ale is beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients and matured in the cask from which it is served. This means that it is fresh and unfiltered and therefore has a unique flavor," the brewery says. Today, Copper Kettle will tap ESB. "Low gravity, low alcohol levels, and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking session beer. The malt
profile can vary in flavor and intensity, but should never override the overall bitter impression." Pavy's food truck will be on hand.
Friday, June 24
Banana Hammock is back — and you can't have just one. Wit's End Brewing will tap its beloved amber rye hefeweizen today at 2 p.m. The seasonal beer with huge banana flavors will be on tap all summer in the tap room and available as beer-to-go in growlers. The brewery also recently tapped a new beer called Mr. Bigglesworth, "an incredibly full-flavored hoppy Belgian pale ale...spicy up front with a hop candy-like finish...all at about 3.5 percent ABV."
Beryl's Beer Company will begin its three-day second-anniversary party tonight with a beer release, the I GotZ BratZ food truck, corn hole and live music from 7 to 9 p.m. from the Kevin Smithwick Band.
Alpine Dog Brewing will tap two versions of its Dyatlov Pass Incident Russian Imperial Stout today: a mocha version and a chocolate-orange-vanilla version. Food will be available from the 2 Street Chefs food truck.
In advance of TRVE Brewing's Anniversary Bacchanal, the brewery will host pre-parties today and tomorrow featuring limited amounts of some new releases from The Acid Temple before bottles become available. Today's tapping is at 5 p.m. The beers are EPIKLESIS, a mixed-culture amber ale with rosemary and lime peel; and DHUMAVATI, a smoked, mixed-culture ale.
The hi-dive will welcome TRVE Brewing tonight and tomorrow night to celebrate the brewery's fourth anniversary with a concert and party. Tonight, DANAVA, Cloud Catcher, Alaric and Blood Incantation will be playing. Tomorrow it's FLOOR, Pueblo Escobar, Matriarch and Parasitic Death. Single-night tickets are $20, or get both nights for $30 at ticketfly.com.
Saturday, June 25
Renegade Brewing will throw its fifth-anniversary block party today from 3 to 10 p.m. in the 900 block of West Ninth Avenue, in front of the brewery. There will be local food (Matt's Snack Shack, Pasty Republic, Ol' Skool BBQ, Green Tree Stir Fry and Em's Ice Cream), local music (Holly Lovell, Animal Electricity, Plume Varia and Inner Oceans) and lots of Renegade beer. There is no entrance fee, and all beers are $5.
Join Spangalang Brewery and the Real Dill for the Birth of Cool Cucumber Gose release party today. The brewery is bringing back the German-style cuke beer, one of the favorites from year one, and will be pairing pickles and beer with "the live music stylings of the Mike Schwartz band. We also spent a day with Tyler and Justin over at the Dillery creating some unique one-off pickles for the event," the brewery says. "Expect a five-spice, lotus-root pickle with a pho-inspired brine. We also made a garlic-citrus daikon-radish pickle with whole-cone Cascade hops. If you're extra lucky, Austin Wiley might share one of his pickled shiitakes with kombu and serrano peppers with you." There will also be a home pickling contest.
Beryl's Beer Company continues its second-year anniversary party today with a special beer release, corn hole, food from Little Bird Baking and live music.
In advance of TRVE Brewing's Anniversary Bacchanal at the hi-dive tonight (see yesterday's entry), the brewery will host a pre-party featuring limited amounts of some new releases from The Acid Temple before bottles become available. Tapping at noon are: Currant Mouth, a mixed-culture golden ale with black currants; and Fight Fire With Fire, a mixed-culture pre-Prohibition adjunct ale.
Station 26 Brewing will host its second Libations & Provisions brewery farmers' market today from 1 to 5 p.m. Come hang out in the sun, drink beer, and check out wares from local merchants, including Basic Kneads Pizza, AikoPops a Unique Eatery, Chocolate Lab, Happy Leaf Kombucha, New World Cheese, Smart Cookie Dog Treats, The Agápe Roasting Project, Tonix Denver, Tru Pickles and OO MOMMIE.
Every year, Parry's Pizza throws a huge craft-beer party with Avery Brewing that's "affectionately" called the Big Ass Tap Takeover — and for good reason. "We typically tap between fifteen and thirty different Avery kegs at this event, depending on the location," Parry's says. "We even supplement the draft selection with some of Avery’s rare bottle releases, as well." Expect the same passion this year as in years past. Five Parry's locations will participate this year, with about fifteen Avery kegs at the Castle Rock and Greenwood Village spots and at least thirty kegs in Highlands Ranch, Longmont and Northglenn. Avery founder Adam Avery and his brewery posse will appear at some of the locations to talk beer and make a toast. There will be live music at the Longmont and Northglenn stores, and there will be hourly drawings for craft-beer goodies, including Avery VIP brewery tours, at all locations. "This is an all-damn-day event," Parry's says. "Get sitters for the kids and the pets. Make sure you don’t have to work on Sunday. Get your vacation dates worked out around this date. If you don’t get your affairs in order and miss this event, you will be criticized and possibly tarred and feathered." The party runs from 11 a.m. to close.
Wednesday, June 29
It's English-style cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing. "A cask-conditioned ale is beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients and matured in the cask from which it is served. This means that it is fresh and unfiltered and therefore has a unique flavor," the brewery says. Today, Copper Kettle will tap XXX Stout, "a very dark, moderately strong, fairly dry stout with prominent roast flavors." Mestizos Food Truck will be on hand.
Falling Rock Tap House will tap a new beer from Left Hand Brewing today at 4 p.m. called Pride Runs Deep IPA. The limited-release beer is part of the Longmont brewery's Big Mo series and will also be available in liquor stores in 22-ounce bomber bottles. Pride Runs Deep was brewed with Colorado blue-spruce pine tips and was made in support of the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee. "Running silent in the deep for months at a time, the attack sub and 134 officers and crew members are armed and ready to protect our oceans and territories from threats against our freedom," the brewery says. The release will be done "in the company of supporters and veterans. Proceeds will help support the Committee, funding commissioning events and supporting the crew."
Friday, July 1
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is a side project of Former Future Brewing, but Black Project's beers are made in such a limited quantity that they are rarely on tap at the brewery, being primarily sold at monthly bottle releases. But Black Project is hijacking the taps at Former Future today for "a night of 100 percent wild, spontaneous, and isolated yeast beers," the brewery says. The tap list should include Peach Rye Whiskey Dreamland, Kalmar 100-Percent Spontaneous Gose, Kalmar with Fruit, a not-yet-released Black Project Saison, a not-yet-released Black Project Saison with Oats and Wheat, and more. Former Future will also launch a new monthly event today called the Brewer's Table. Held on the first Friday of every month, it will include a tour, tasting from the barrel, one bottle of a Black Project beer, two ten-ounce pours of any beer on tap, and charcuterie from the Truffle Cheese Shop. Tickets are $75 per person with a limit of six people per session. "Please expect to share a table with others if your party does not include six people," the brewery says. Tickets for the Brewer's Table are available at blackprojectbee.com/brewers-table.
It's July, which means time for the return of Jul-IPA at the West End Tavern in Boulder. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. every day this month, and the West End will host a variety of festivities and offer beer specials, all featuring everyone's favorite hoppy beer, the IPA. There will also be a mini-satellite tap room every Tuesday and Thursday, with beers from breweries from across the country, including Wildwoods, Elysian, Denver Beer Co, Telluride, Odd13, New Belgium, River North, Stone and Avery.
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Strange Craft brings back its Watermelon Hefe today for a limited time. The summer seasonal is brewed with 660 pounds of organic watermelon. "Bright and crisp, this easy-drinking wheat brew is perfect for a hot summer day," the brewery says. It will be available on draft and in bomber bottles to go.
Saturday, July 2
Locavore Beer Works in Littleton will host its second annual Freedom Fest celebration today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The brewery will tap its seasonal Jolly Farmer Watermelon Wheat beer. There will be corn hole, tie-dying for adults and kids, four live bands and food from Brad’s Pit BBQ. There will also be limited-edition T-shirts and glassware. A portion of proceeds will benefit Denver firefighters. Go to Locavore's Facebook page for more information on the event and on pre-ordering T-shirts.
C Squared Ciders, located alongside the Rackhouse Pub and Bierstadt Lagerhaus, will celebrate its one-year anniversary from 2 to 9 p.m. today with a party featuring live music by the Atomic Drifters and the Hot Apostles, food from the Rackhouse, a 1969-and-older car and motorcycle show, games and prizes, and small-batch-cider releases. Admission to the family-friendly event is free.
Wednesday, July 6
The Brew on Broadway (the BoB) in Englewood will celebrate its third anniversary today by releasing its 2016 Gothic Sour Milk Stout, along with "many earmarked BoB special brews that have been lurking in the cooler," the brewery and coffee shop says. Saturday-night events feature the Mighty High Grateful Dead Cover Band and El Tep's Mexican Street Kitchen Food Truck.