Beer Man

Beer calendar for the week ahead: Odell's Small Batch Revival and Great Divide gets cheesy

It's beer festival season, which means that over the next few months we'll have some sort of fest — and sometimes two or three — every weekend. Which is why it's important to pace yourself.

The first fest takes place this Saturday — rain or shine! — in Fort Collins at Odell Brewing. For more on the Small Batch Revival, read on.

Wednesday, May 25

There's nothing like a crisp, refreshing summer seasonal straight from the tap, especially after a hard bicycle ride. Starting today, and continuing every Wednesday through July 31, Star Bar, 2137 Larimer Street, will host Beer and Bikes, Bikes and Beer, when participants can enjoy a freshly tapped keg of New Belgium's new summer seasonal, Somersault; proceeds will benefit Bike Denver. Admission is $10 for all-you-can-drink till the keg runs dry. For info, call 720-328-2420 or visit

Friday, May 27

This week's Firkin Friday at Dry Dock Brewing kicks off at 3 p.m., when the brewers will tap a keg of cask-conditioned Double IPA fermented with a spicy Belgian yeast strain.

Saturday, May 28

Tune in to AM 760 today at noon for Colorado Craft Beer Radio, where Westword Beer Man Jonathan Shikes will join co-host John Turk to talk about festival season, breweries and tap houses and Ska Brewing's Big Shikes Orange Blossom Imperial Pilsner. And if you miss the show, check out for the podcast.

Odell Brewing goes big when it comes to small. The Fort Collins brewery, located at 800 East Lincoln Avenue, is bringing back the Small Batch Revival after a two-year absence, showcasing 25 beers that are only brewed for the taproom on Odell's pilot system; they range from browns and blonds to Belgian IPAs and German lagers. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on the brewery's new parking lot and lawn, meaning there will be limited parking (so the brewery suggests you bring your bike). No entry fee, but beer tokens cost $4 each (cash only); live music and food will also be on hand.

Sunday, May 29

Pucker up for Sour Sunday at Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street. Beginning at 2 p.m., the restaurant will tap Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, New Belgium La Folie and Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, among others.

Tuesday, May 31

City, O' City, 206 East 13th Avenue, will celebrate beer with a tapping of a firkin from Upslope Brewing at 7 p.m.. The firkin is TBA.

Great Divide's monthly beer and cheese tasting will feature five of the brewery's beers paired with artisan cheeses from St. Kilian's Cheese Shop. There are two seatings, at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and tickets cost $20.

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