Is it fall yet? Almost. A pair of seasonal beers from two Colorado breweries are hitting shelves around town right now. They include Grimm Brothers Brewhouse's Farmer's Daughter, a 6.1 ABV German Style Oktoberfest beer with a creamy mouthfeel and toasty aroma, and New Belgium's Tour de Fall, a new seasonal that celebrates the Fort Collins brewery's annual ten-city Tour de Fall bicycle extravaganza. The 6 percent ABV pale ale was dry-hopped with Cascade and Amarillo dry hops.
Turn the page for all of this week's craft-beer events.
Wednesday, August 13
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap a series of firkins based on childhood cereals at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays this month. Today's is Cinnamon Toast Crunch, an American wheat ale with cinnamon added. Ckrepes will be serving its Asian/Hawaiian-style cuisine at 3 p.m. The brewery is now tapping two firkins of each one.
Thursday, August 14
Denver Bicycle Cafe will host a meet-the-brewer event tonight at 7 p.m. featuring Fate Brewing in Boulder. Try the beers and talk with a Fate brewer.
Upslope Brewing will tap a special beer, Summer Herbal Ale, today at 6 p.m. at its original Lee Hill taproom in Boulder. The beer is a gruit, an ancient beer style that uses herbs to add flavor and bitterness, rather than hops. "Traditionally, gruit is brewed with a combination of three herbs: sweet gale (Myrica gale), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and wild rosemary (Ledum palustre), which are used to temper the sweetness of the grains, add medicinal properties and preserve the drink from spoiling," the brewery says. Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply will be on site sampling and educating guests on a variety of herbs, while Bumper Crop food truck will be serving up food.
Friday, August 15
Diebolt Brewing will tap Diebolt's International Ale (DIA) today beginning at 4 p.m. "We stowed three international hop varieties and one extremely simple malt bill into the overhead compartment on this one to create a crisp, smooth flight of hoppy flavor," the brewery says. The Bakin' Bakery food truck will be on hand.
Saturday, August 16
Black Shirt Brewing will release its once-a-year Red Evelyn Imperial Rye IPA today, a beer that owners Branden and Chad brew to honor their late grandmother. The party runs from 2 to 10 p.m. and includes live music and food. Red Evelyn will be available in 22-ounce bombers for $9.99 each beginning at 4 p.m., with a limit of three per person. It will also be on tap.
Crazy Mountain Brewery will host its fourth annual Ed Fest today from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Freedom Park soccer fields in Edwards. There will be more than forty craft breweries on hand, from Colorado and also out of state (find the full list at edfestbeer.com). There will also be gourmet bites from local restaurants and food trucks, wares from Colorado purveyors, and live music by the North Mississippi Allstars. Tickets are $39 in advance, while VIP tix are $79. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Land Trust, a local nonprofit.
Verboten Brewing will celebrate the once-a-year release of barrel-aged Mountain Man today in its Loveland taproom with a breakfast starting at 10:30 a.m. The breakfast is $20 per person and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet along with a ten-ounce pour of Mountain Man and the first opportunity to buy a bottle (limit one per person.) For tickets, e-mail Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org (only 32 tix available). Verboten will open to everyone else at noon and hold a best-dressed mountain man contest at 3 p.m. Mountain Man is an 11.8 percent ABV dark rye ale aged in bourbon barrels.
Sunday, August 17
Join BeerAdvocate's Todd and Candice Alstrom this morning at 11 a.m. for Waking Up with BeerAdvocate at Euclid Hall. Tickets are $65 and include these pairings: Dry Dock Apricot Blonde with melon, chilies, citrus, speck; Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale with everything bagel, tomato, breakfast sausage, cheese; Black Shirt Brewing Red Ale with bresaola cream gravy, sixteen-grain toast, fried egg; Ska Modus Hoperandi with Carnitas chimi, salsa, avocado, cheese whiz, sour cream, black beans; Great Divide Chocolate Yeti with red eye andouille gravy, crispy grits, pork belly; Avery Hog Heaven with sourdough waffle, fried chicken, orange habanero glaze.
For more events in August, turn the page. Wednesday, August 20
Michigan's New Holland Brewing -- which said last week that it will begin distribution in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa -- will host a launch party at Star Bar today from 6 to 8 p.m. (and another tomorrow at Freshcraft from 8 to 10 p.m.). The brewery plans to release its year-round series as well as several seasonal beers here.
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap a series of firkins on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. this month based on childhood cereals. Today's is Count Chocula Stout. Ckrepes will be serving its Asian/Hawaiian-style cuisine at 3 p.m. The brewery is now tapping two firkins of each one.
Thursday, August 21
Denver Bicycle Cafe will host a beer-and-cheese paring tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. with Boulder's Fate Brewing. Tickets are $20 and include four craft beer pours with four different cheeses selected by A Cheese Peddler.
Saturday, August 23
The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival takes place today in West Central Park, where twenty Boulder County breweries will be pouring their beers. The festival, produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc., runs from noon to 5 p.m. and includes live music, food and lawn games. Participants include 12 Degree Brewing, Fate Brewing, Oskar Blues, Upslope, Avery, Gravity, The Post Brewing, Vindication, Bootstrap, J. Wells Brewery, Sanitas, Walnut Brewery, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Shine Brewing, West Flanders, BRU, Odd 13, Twisted Pine and Wild Woods Brewery. Attendees will enjoy unlimited two-ounce pours. Tickets, $30 in advance ($35 the day of), can be found at BoulderCraftBeerFest.com.
Wednesday, August 27
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap a series of firkins on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. this month based on childhood cereals. Today's is Apple Jacks, an American blonde with apples and cinnamon. Ckrepes will be serving its Asian/Hawaiian-style cuisine at 3 p.m. The brewery is now tapping two firkins of each one.
Saturday, September 6
Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs will release Cherry Fruit Stand Farmhouse Ale today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fruit Stand series consists of Casey's saison aged on different Colorado fruits. There are two versions of Cherry Fruit Stand, one made with sweet cherries and one with sour Balaton cherries. Both will be available on tap ($6 a pour) and in bottles ($16 each with a six-bottle limit). Casey will also be pouring Saison Blend Two, Saison Blend Three ($5 a pour) or by the bottle ($15), and selling Saison Blend Three ($15 per bottle). There are forty cases of Saison Blend Three and twenty cases each of the Cherry Fruit Stands.
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