The Craft Brewers Conference, a national trade show that brought more than 8,000 brewing-industry pros to town, wrapped up last week in Denver with the presentation of awards in the World Beer Cup, a prestigious biennial competition. There were 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries this year, but Colorado held its own, bringing home two dozen awards. The winners included Loveland's Verboten, which won two medals; Strange Brewing; Wit's End; Aspen Brewing; BJ's; Boulder Beer, Eddyline, Dry Dock, Odell, Elevation, Left Hand and Cannonball Creek.
Turn the page for all of this week's craft beer events.
Wednesday, April 16
The Copper Kettle is celebrating Blondes this month by featuring a different blonde cask every Wednesday. Today's is Herb Blond, brewed with lemongrass and fresh mint. It will be tapped at 3 p.m. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand.
Station 26 Brewing will tap its Foreign Extra Stout today, weighing in at 6.5 percent ABV. The brewery also has its stellar Double IPA on tap right now. The 10 percent ABV beer was again dry hopped with Citra and Galaxy hops. Station 26 hopes to get the beer into kegs this time so it can show up at accounts around town.
Thursday, April 17
Station 26 Brewing will tap a firkin of Cream Ale with green tea today at 4 p.m. as part of the brewery's weekly cask program.
Friday, April 18
Head to Novo Coffee on Glenarm Street from 5 to 10 p.m. today to get the first taste of Kurt's Mile High Malt, a German-style lager from the Wynkoop Brewing Company that was made with Ethiopian Anyetsu coffee from Novo. The beer, which is based on a family recipe that the late author Kurt Vonnegut gave to Wynkoop co-founder John Hickenlooper in the 1990s, should hit liquor stores shelves over the weekend or early next week.
Saturday, April 19
John Turk's Colorado Craft Beer Show, broadcasting on AM 760, will celebrate its third anniversary today with a special show from noon to 2 p.m. at Lone Tree Brewing. The brewery will also use the occasion to showcase its new canned beers.
Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs will host its annual Saison Farmhouse Rendezvous today at noon. Tickets, $45, are very limited. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild. For more info, go to Trinity's Facebook page.
BeerAdvocate's Todd and Candice Alstrom will host their monthly get-together today at Avery Brewing in Boulder from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, so bring your friends and chat with the Alstroms and drink good beer. There will tastings and brewery tours scheduled for the group. Tours will start when they arrive.
The first annual BrüFrou beer and food pairing event will take place today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Lowry. There will be forty Colorado breweries paired with dishes from forty Front Range chefs. "Socialize and enjoy DJ selections that amplify the vibe and elevate your experience," says the company hosting the event. There are two sessions, and tickets are $95. For a full list of breweries and restaurants and other info, go to brufrou.com.
Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer, with a party in the taproom at 4 p.m. Made with ingredients sourced from all eleven states in the brewery's distribution footprint, the beer was first brewed in 2012 when Odell only sold beer in ten states. The new addition is Texas grapefruit. The other ingredients are hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho; Arizona prickly pear juice; wheat from Kansas and Wyoming; Minnesota wild rice; Nebraska corn; New Mexico green chiles; South Dakota honey; and oak staves from Missouri. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food-truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4 to 6 p.m. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged bottles.
Sunday, April 20
Jesus died for your sins, and 78 Peeps gave their lives for a new beer being tapped at Barrels & Bottles in Golden. Hoppy Peeps, an ESB-style beer, was made with English and German hops and has a touch of both sweetness and bitterness. Brewed by Kim Collins and Shaun Salyards, the 5 percent ABV will be served on Easter with a side of Peep. Check out the video above for the melty truth.
For more events later in April, turn the page. Thursday, April 24
Copper Kettle Brewing will kick off a four-day-long celebration of its third anniversary today at noon. The brewery will showcase some of its favorite beers from the year, including: Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale, Rum Barrel Aged Old Ale, Snowed In, and Well Bred. There will also be live music from 6 to 9 p.m. from Midwest Rebellion, an acoustic duo, and food from Dogtown Concessions.
Friday, April 25
The Copper Kettle will continue its weekend-long third anniversary celebration today by opening at noon and tapping its first sour beer, Raspberry Framboise Aged for ten months in wine barrels. The Acoustic Mining Company plays from 6 to 9 p.m., and El Toro the Tot and Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs will be slingin' grub.
Saturday, April 26
Copper Kettle will continue its weekend-long third anniversary celebration today at noon with a Battle of the Beers contest featuring recipes from different staff members. The beers include: Tokaji Hungarian Oak Spiced Biere de Garde, Brown Ale with Bacon and Brown Sugar, India White Ale with Citra and Zythos Hops, Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter with Blackberry Liquor, Mint and Vanilla Double Chocolate Mexican Chocolate Stout, Colonial Ale with Black strap molasses, Oak Aged Vanilla Peach American Wheat, and the Luis Suarez Extra Special Biter. Groundscore will be playing live music from 6 to 9 p.m., while CKrêpes & CKatering and Basic Kneads Pizza will be on hand with food.
River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, today at 1 p.m. -- and "in an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River North's brewers will keg and can IPA less than 24 hours before the release party," the brewery says, which is pretty cool. The 6 percent ABV beer -- which is similar to Belgian Pale Red, a taproom favorite -- crosses American hops with a Belgian yeast strain. River North will have the IPA on tap and for sale in four-packs of 16-ounce cans ($10).
Sunday, April 27
Copper Kettle will wrap up its four-day third anniversary celebration today by tapping Petit Verdot Barrel Aged Belgian Grand Cru. Live music will be provided by Aaron McCloskey & Alex Johnstone from 3 to 6 p.m. and food will be from The Biscuit Bus.
Parry's Pizzeria & Bar in Highlands Ranch will host its second annual Big Ass Tap Takeover today beginning at 11 a.m. in conjunction with Avery Brewing, which will take over at least thirty taps. "There will be kill-the-keg contests, raffles for Avery and Parry's merchandise and three VIP tours to Avery's own brewery as well as hourly bottle releases. Bottles being released range from Avery's barrel projects including sours, big ales and even some vintage selections straight from their cellar," Parry's says.
Echo Brewing Company in Frederick will hold its Anniversary Party today, featuring numerous beers along with live music and food trucks. ESPN Radio will air live from Echo from noon to 1 p.m., while Nick O'Conner will perform in the tap room from 1 to 3 p.m.; he'll be followed by Ben Pu and Crew from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Cat Jerky from 6 to 8 p.m. Rocky Mountain Slices, GottaRubIt BBQ Co., Lauer Krauts and The Orange Crunch, LLC will be there for the entire event.
Sunday, April 27
At 1 p.m. today Avery Brewing will release Rufus Corvus, No. 19 in its barrel series, at the Boulder taproom. The brewery calls it "an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of our barrel aging cellar." Bottle sales begin at 1 p.m., but the line will likely form much earlier. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12, and there is a limit of twelve per person. Bring cash for the lineup of rare beers available on draft.
Wednesday, April 30
The Copper Kettle is celebrating Blondes this month by featuring a different blonde cask every Wednesday. Today's -- a twist on the cocktail called Sex on the Beach -- has peach schnapps, cranberry and orange peel. It will be tapped at 3 p.m. A new food truck, Barbed Wire Reef, will be on hand as well.
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