Beer calendar: Firkins on First Friday and Peanut Butter Milk Stout at Renegade

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Have you run the gauntlet at Star Bar? If not, you've got through February 6 to try and drink thirty Avery Brewing beers available at the hip Larimer Street beer bar. For starters, you'll need to drink all of these: IPA, White Rascal, Ellie's Brown, Joe's Pilsner, Out of Bounds Stout, Salvation, The Reverend, Hog Heaven, Old Jubilation, New World Porter, DuganA, Maharaja, Czar, Kaiser, and Collaboration Not Litigation. If you do it, you'll be eligible to win a free VIP tour of Avery in Boulder (transportation included). Get more details and sign up at Star Bar. And bring some Tums.

Here are more beery events around town this week:

Friday, January 6

Hops & Pie kicks off the First Firkin Friday of the New Year with a cask of Strange Brewing's Patience Saison aged with Montmorencey cherries. A Patient Kriek, as it is called, will be tapped at 6 p.m.

Copper Kettle is releasing a beer today. What beer is it? You'll have to find out yourself at the brewery's First Annual Mystery Beer Release (only two kegs available); a food truck will also be there, starting at 5 p.m.

Dry Dock taps two firkins of Cascade dry-hopped Hop Abomination, a hugely hopped brew with extra hops. One firkin is at 3 p.m., the other around 7 or 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 7

Renegade Brewing satisfied the soul on New Year's Eve by tapping Black Gold Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, and today, beginning at 2 p.m., the brewery will pair the beer with pretzel-toppers from the Denver Pretzel Company drizzled in -- what else? -- chocolate and peanut butter; $8 gets you one of each. To make the beer, Renegade owner and head brewer Brian O'Connell uses real peanut butter cups along with peanut butter and chocolate flavoring. "It's labor-intensive to make because we have to unwrap all of the peanut butter cups," he says. "And then it involves an extensive amount of cleaning after to ensure that we don't have any residual peanut butter in our lines for our next brew."

Copper Kettle's award-winning Mexican Chocolate Stout goes back on tap today. The brewery won gold in 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival.

Del Norte Brewing, 1390 West Evans Avenue, which specializes in Mexican lagers, will celebrate its Luminaria Bock winter seasonal today with a party from 3 to 7 p.m.. For $15, you get three pints, a Del Norte pint glass and live music from the Strange Americans (music starts at 4 p.m.). Del Norte will also host the BrewDEN meet-up group today at 3 p.m. for the party.

Monday, January 9

Odell Brewing brings back its spring seasonal, Red Ale, this month with a party in the Fort Collins tap room today from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be live music and samples of the hoppy brew paired with tangy goat cheese (which explains the goat on the label). Red Ale is available through April in Odell's ten-state region.

Tuesday, January 10

January is Beer Month at Euclid Hall, and the restaurant is celebrating by tapping a keg of some sort of rare or special beer each day at 5 p.m. And on Tuesdays through January, Euclid will showcase Beer Bites from 3 p.m. until closing. Beer Bites includes two-ounce pours of selected beers paired with three bite-sized snacks for $12.50 in the bar. Today's Beer Bites involves sour beers. The daily 5 p.m. tapping is Avery's Lilikoi Mahu, an amazing sour beer made with Hawaiian passionfruit. To see the full lineup, go to Euclid Hall's Facebook page.

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