The fifth annual Collaboration Fest may still be five months away, but that doesn't mean the brewing hasn't already begun. Among several collaborations that took place while out-of-town brewers were in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival two weeks ago was one by representatives of fourteen different state beer guilds.
The crew gathered on October 5 at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to fill a 4 Roses Bourbon barrel with a dark sour cherry ale. The beer will only be available at Collaboration Fest, which takes place March 31, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The fest is the headline event for Colorado Craft Beer Week, which runs from March 31 to April 7, 2018. Stay tuned, because tickets are scheduled to go on sale next month.
Keep reading below for the best local craft-beer events and tappings through October 28.
Wednesday, October 18
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There is still some GABF goodness hanging around Denver, despite the fact that the festival ended more than a week ago. An example: First Draft Taproom & Kitchen
will tap a bunch of brews from San Diego's Modern Times at 5 p.m. The beers are Blazing World, Critical Band, Orderville, Spaceship Earth and Transit of Venus.
October is pumpkin firkin month at Copper Kettle Brewing
, which means a new pumpkin beer each Wednesday. Today's is a crisp saison flavored with with pumpkin and spices.
Thursday, October 19
Seven breweries will tap their unique herb or spice beers as part of the fourth round of the Makin' Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer project. Founded late last year, the project involves multiple breweries that make similar beers and then raise money for progressive charities by selling pints; $1 from each pint goes to the brewery's charity of choice. Here's the rundown on Makin' Noise V. 4:
- Comrade Brewing
, donating to One Colorado, will tap a blonde ale brewed with fresh jalapeños and lime zest at noon.
, giving to Groundwork Denver, taps at 3 p.m.
- Westbound & Down
in Idaho Springs, donating to Project Worthmore, opens at 11 a.m.
- Cerberus Brewing in Colorado Springs, also open at 11 a.m., is giving to the Palmer Land Trust.
- 3 Freaks Brewing
in Highlands Ranch is donating to Sense of Security; it made a gingerbread cookie kolsch.
- Caution Brewing
, open at 3 p.m. in Lakewood, is supporting Energy Outreach Colorado.
- Woods Boss Brewing
, donating to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, taps at 5 p.m. There will be live jazz with a guitar and fiddle, Coastal Summit food truck and the Coalition for the Homeless will be on site.
Denver Beer Co. will head to the foothills to host a paired four-course Beer & Bison dinner at Chief Hosa Lodge
in Genesee; the event will benefit the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation, an organization that has been important to DBC co-owner Charlie Berger's family for a long time. Tickets and info are here
Friday, October 20
has made its "most authentic" Biere de Garde and will tap Provacateur at 2 p.m. "We started with sixteen barrels of all French pilsner wort and boiled it down to ten barrels over 7.5 hours," Diebolt explains. "This extended boil concentrated and caramelized the sugars as well as changing the color from blonde to light orange. Our house French ale yeast complements the smooth bread and honey flavors of the extended boil with soft melon and subtle citrus, while late additions of noble hops contribute a spicy, floral aroma."
Boggy Draw Brewery
in Sheridan taps Elkspresso Coffee Stout, a 7 percent dark English coffee stout made with eight pounds of espresso, and ‘Tio Danny’ B.A Coffee Stout, which is Elkspresso Coffee Stout aged for eleven months in a Jack Daniel's whiskey barrel.