Beer calendar for the week ahead: Colorado Beer Week; home brew; Odell gets busy

Do you sense something? Is that...could it be...summer in the air?

Actually, no. But it is spring, and that means spring beer releases. What's on tap this month? How about Odell Double Pilsner, Left Hand Good JuJu, Ska's Mexican Logger and three beers from Great Divide, just to name a few.

Now, get out there and make it happen.

Wednesday, April 6

Brewers Association craft beer program coordinator Andy Sparhawk will talk about beer judging and tasting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at a meeting of the relatively new Denver Homebrew Club at the Rackhouse Pub, 208 South Kalamath Street. The club was founded last fall by Chris Washenberger, who had tried some of the suburban home brew clubs but said that they "weren't his cup of tea." He wanted a club that was closer to his house in the city -- and one that was more about beer and less about competitions and club business.

Friday, April 8

The inaugural Colorado Beer Week (April 8-15) begins tonight at the Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake Street, at 5:30 p.m., when fifteen Colorado breweries will pour rare and unusual beers, including Oskar Blues' One Nut Brown and Old Double Bagger, Ska Brewing's barrel-aged Dementia, and Strange Brewing's Le Bruit du Diable Farmhouse Ale. Tickets are $40.

This event is sold out, but a few tickets may be available at the door ($20) for the latest in Great Divide's storied release parties. This one, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 2201 Arapahoe Street, features the unveiling of the brewery's 17th Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA, along with the seasonal release of Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti and Collette Farmhouse Ale.

Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake Street, goes insane for Avery Brewing tonight, wheeling out some crazy kegs, including 2009 Mephistopheles, 2010 Mephistopheles, 2006 Oaked Salvation and some Rumpkin. The drinking begins at 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 Colorado Beer Week continues today with two events featuring beers from Odell Brewing in Fort Collins. Spend the afternoon hanging out with the owners and brewers of Odell and try their beer at Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street. The beers -- Avant Peche, Friek, Myrcenary and Red -- will be paired with appetizers from the restaurant. Tickets are $25, and the event runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

Then, at 8 p.m., Odell will launch an assault on Star Bar, taking over all of the taps with Myrcenary, Friek, Red Ale and three other brews. There will also be live music by the Longest Day of the Year and Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels. No tickets are needed.

In Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Beer Festival takes place today from noon to 5 p.m. with beers from 25 brewers on tap, along with live music. Go to www.BreckenridgeBeerFestival.com for more information.

Monday, April 11

It's always beer week at Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake Street, which will be pouring some Left Hand Brewing specialties (TNT, Week Sauce) beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, along with a couple of kegs of vintage beers: 2006 Oaked Imperial Stout and the original Fade to Black.

Euclid Hall gets into the firkin game tonight with a keg of Left Hand Brewing's 400 Pound Monkey, an unusual English-style IPA. The brewery will give away Left Hand logo glasses to the first 24 people who buy a pint. That firkin is hammered at 5 p.m.

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, will tap a mystery firkin of Breckenridge Brewing Agave Wheat, spiced with grains of paradise, tonight at 7 p.m. Only eighty pints will be available.

Tuesday, April 12

Falling Rock goes big again today, tapping kegs of Dry Dock Brewing's Black Death (a 12 percent ABV barley wine aged in oak barrels), Belgian quad, and a year-old keg of Baltic porter.

City, O'City holds its twice-a-month firkin and food event -- this one featuring a firkin of Odell's Myrcenary double IPA. The kegs gets hammered at 7 p.m.

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