Beer Man

Beer calendar: English versus German beers, plus Odell, Dry Dock and River North

A new year brings new beers, and Colorado's breweries have already released or are just about to unveil many of them. They include: Breckenridge Brewery Ophelia, a hoppy wheat ale; Great Divide Lasso, a low-ABV IPA made with Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops; New Belgium Rewind, an IPA brewed with Maris Otter and Special B malts and Horizon, Willamette and Galena hop; New Belgium Spring Blonde, a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with pale malts; and AC Golden Framboise Noir, a sour aged in oak barrels with blackberries from the Western Slope. That last beer, which will be fairly limited, is packaged with labels made from real cherry wood, so each one is uniquely grained.

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