Beer Calendar: Former Future Goes Big, Jagged Mountain Goes Small, Stout Month Begins

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Dad & Dude's Breweria in Aurora/Parker has been growing and changing quickly. The brewery said this week that it produced 1,016 barrels in 2014, a 116 percent increase over the previous year. The majority of that was Dad & Dude's three canned flagship beers, Leaves of Lemongrass Wit and Ryeot Red Ale, which are brewed at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock. The rest was made in-house on the brewery's 1.5-barrel nano system. The progress was led by Brian Connery, the brewery says, formerly of Dogfish Head, who became Dad & Dude's brewing director in early 2014.

See also: How Great Divide and Sam Adams Decided Not to Fight Over the Whitewater Beer Name

Wednesday, January 28

Jagged Mountain Brewery has tapped a new low-ABV beer as part of an effort to increase its lower-alcohol offerings. The brewery was founded on the idea of serving primarily strong stuff but recently said on Facebook that, "we've taken your feedback to heart. Based on, like, a lot of customer recommendations, we are improving and expanding our selection of lighter beers... In the next few weeks, we're going to be emptying our fermentation tanks and releasing four new tasty, more traditional beers." The beer, Sky Pond Pale Ale, is a 4.8 percent ABV brew with "a bright orange aroma" and "notes of pine and tangerine in the background," the brewery says. "A smooth, bready malt backbone balances the clean, light bitterness. Brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops."

It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Black IPA.

12 Degree Brewing in Louisville recently released a new beer called Outlier. It is a Belgian IPA dry-hopped with Cascade, Galaxy, and Saaz. Also on tap: Sleigh Ride, a winter seasonal red saison with Brett.

Thursday, January 29

Melvin Brewing (formerly known at Thai Me Up Brewing) in Jackson, Wyoming, has been raking in accolades -- and awards -- over the past few years for its fantastic hoppy beers. The brewery has finally begun very limited keg distribution in Colorado, and delivered beer to several places in Denver this week, including Falling Rock, Bull & Bush and Hops & Pie, which will tap the double IPA, Melvin 2X4, alongside Russian River's famed Pliny the Elder today at 11:30 a.m. Get there on time.

De Steeg Brewing kicks off a weekend-long two-year birthday celebration today when it taps the first of four new barrel-aged beers. Today's is Citra Hopped Oak Aged Ale, tapped at 2 p.m.

Denver Bicycle Cafe will hold another Employee Tap Takeover today. DBC usually only features Colorado-made beer, but during employee tap takeovers, the employees get to pick their favorite beer in the world, and if DBC can get it, they'll tap it. "First tap to kick, that employee wins $100," the cafe says.

Alpine Dog Brewing is releasing a new beer today: Cherry-Wood Smoked Porter. The brewery used cherry-wood smoked malt along with dark roasted malts to give the beer "a profile of wood, smoke and roast with notes of fruit, caramel, chocolate and coffee."

The brand-new Block & Larder on Tennyson Street is featuring a Milk Stout and Oysters night at 6 p.m. -- a classic pairing -- with nitro milk stout from Boulder's Upslope Brewing and oysters from both coasts.

Verboten Brewing in Loveland will kick off a three-day birthday celebration tonight with a gourmet wood-fired pizza dinner, a specialty beer flight and pint, and first dibs on the brewery's second bottled sour release, Dizzying Intellect. The beer is a "Farmhouse Wit with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus aged in Cabernet barrels," the brewery says. "We are releasing two versions in 22 oz. bottles. Volume I is aged on Apricots and Volume II is dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin." Dinner runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $35. Call 970-775-7371 for info and reservations.

Friday, January 30

Former Future Brewing will celebrate its first birthday with a three-day party kicking off today with the release of a special anniversary beer. The 20 percent ABV beer, called Cat Sabbath, was named after Former Future's "weekend ritual of playing Black Sabbath along with cat videos at the end of each evening. We will be pouring small pours and also mixing beer 'cocktails,'" the brewery says. Tonight's theme is the Roaring '20s and '30s; speakeasy-themed clothing is encouraged.

Our Mutual Friend will tap two of its old favorites today, a version of its Chinook Red Ale that was fermented in barrels with Brettanomyces yeast, and American Wild Ale, a collaboration that the brewery did with the nearby Populist restaurant. Also, my favorite food truck, Texorado, will be in the house.

De Steeg Brewing continues its weekend-long two-year birthday celebration today when it taps the second of four new barrel-aged beers. Today's is Tequila Barerl-Aged Het Huis.

Verboten Brewing in Loveland continues its birthday weekend today with a cellar sale, offering the last available bottles of Mountain Man and Night Has Fallen from 2014. They'll also be selling 2015's Dizzying Intellect.

Saturday, January 31

Former Future continues its one-year anniversary celebration today with live music from Mile High Social Club and new firkin tappings every hour. The theme of the evening is funk and soul through the outrageous '80s.

De Steeg Brewing concludes its weekend-long two-year birthday celebration today when it taps the final two of four new barrel-aged beers. They are a Belgian Sour aged one year in oak barrels (only one keg) and Caribbean Rum-Aged Imperial Pumpkin.

Odyssey Beerwerks will release a limited run of six-packs (about two hundred cases) of Perpetual Darkness Belgian Black today at the brewery.

Verboten Brewing in Loveland will conclude its birthday weekend today by releasing six specialty beers throughout the day including an Imperial Grapefruit, Lemon, and Lime Saison aged in a gin barrel, and a Belgian Quad aged in a bourbon barrel.

Sunday, February 1

Former Future Brewing wraps up its one-year birthday celebration weekend today (hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with four coffee beers brewed with Corvus coffee, a Recovery Food Truck brunch (details are TBA) and cartoons on the projector. The theme is the '90s through the present. There will also be growler discounts all day in honor of Super Bowl Sunday.

Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will release two gruits today in honor of International Gruit Day. "A Gruit or Grut (German for herb) Ale is a brew that uses an herbal mixture as a flavoring/bittering agent in place of hops," the brewery explains. Odyssey's are Primordial Gruit, a 5.7 percent ABV hopless beer bittered with grains of paradise, cardamom, bog myrtle and heather. Northern Lights Sahti, at 6.2 percent ABV, is a dark, cloudy, unfiltered beer, flavored with juniper and spruce.

Stout Month returns to the Mountain Sun today for the 22nd year, and this time, all five pubs (Mountain Sun in Boulder, Southern Sun in Boulder, Vine Street Pub in Denver, Under and Sun in Boulder, and the newly-opened Long's Peak Pub and Taphouse in Longmont) owned by the group will participate. Over the month, the pubs will tap dozens of different stouts, most of them brewed at Mountain Sun's various locations. They include: 48 Smooth Chai Stout, Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addition Coffee Imperial Stout, Brett Stoudt American "Wild" Stout, Casual Friday Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Chocolate Thunder Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, Coconut Cream Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick Stout, Girl Scout Stout, Korova Cream Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Mutual Respect Belgian Coffee Stout w/Odell Brewing, NIHILIST Russian Imperial Stout, Norwegian Wheat Stout, Oatimus Prime Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Old School Dry Irish Stout, Sharkbite Foreign Stout, Space Odyssey Stout, Stoked Oak Stout, Thunderhead Stout, Totally Stoked Stout, Trickster Stout, Yonder Mountain Oatmeal Stout. They will also tap a beer designed by the winner of Mountain Sun's annual stout homebrew competition. The 2015 version is Raspberry Chipotle Stout.

Monday, February 2

Freshcraft will host Elevation Beer Company at 7 p.m. tonight, which will be pouring Mustache Ride, Arete, Senorita, False Summit and Frontier Mojo (a collaboration with Wyoming Whiskey and Freshcraft). Elevation will be giving away some glassware and raffling off some shwag.

Tuesday, February 3

Crooked Stave will tap a special keg of Original Sin tonight at 6 p.m. The beer is a blend of the brewery's Origins sour ale and its La Temptation.

All five Mountain Sun pubs in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will release Chocolate Thunder Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout today as part of the company's annual Stout Month. "Our Imperial version of a traditional Milk Stout is opaque and full-bodied with a soft, velvety texture from additions of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and milk sugar," the brewery says. "Chocolate Thunder has assertive flavors of chocolate, vanilla and oak from several months aging in Maker's Mark Bourbon Barrels. The 10 percent ABV beer costs $8 for a snifter and $4.75 for a sampler.

Nebraska Brewing, a highly-respected brewery from Colorado's neighbor to the northeast, will begin distribution in Colorado for the first time this week. To celebrate, they'll host a launch party With Elite Brands of Colorado (their distributor) and porchdrinking.com from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cap City Tavern. Try Cardinal Pale Ale, IPA, Brunette Nut Brown and Melange A Trois tonight, meet the brewers, watch college basketball and maybe win some shwag.

The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette will host its very first beer dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. featuring Sous Chef Jimmy Giesler's take on pork, the Post's Anniversary IPA, and a new Oatmeal Stout. Tickets are $35 (tax & tip excluded); call 303-593-2066. Courses are: pork terrine/house pickles, spent grain flatbread with East County Brown Ale; rotisserie cauliflower/pork butter, apricot mustard with Anniversary IPA; and slow roasted porchetta/wood oven plums, winter salad with Oatmeal Stout.

Turn the page to see more events later in February. Wednesday, February 4

Copper Kettle will bring back its annual Decadent Chocolate Cask Month in February, offering different Imperial beers each Wednesday along with doughnut pairings (in limited quantities) from Glazed and Confuzed. This week's pairing is Copper Kettle's chocolate vanilla imperial cream ale with a creme brulee doughnut stuffed with vanilla custard and topped with a crunchy, torched sugar glaze. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be there at 4 p.m.

As it does every February, Falling Rock Taphouse will celebrate host Dain Bramage all month long, different different barleywines all the time.

Old Chicago will continue its Explorer Series today by tapping De'Nile, which was made by Left Hand Brewing Allegro Coffee Company. The coffee ale has "a big hop presence that highlights the berry and citrus notes from the coffee," Old Chicago says. "All three parties were involved in the creation of the beer every step of the way, from selecting the coffee at Allegro, to the brewing at Left Hand." The beer-centered restaurant chain will also be featuring Left Hand's three nitro beers -- Milk Stout, Sawtooth and Wake Up Dead - which will be poured in the brewery's dedicated Spieglau Stout glassware.

Thursday, February 5

Come say goodbye this week to the only location that Avery Brewing has ever known since it opened in Boulder on August 1, 1993. Now that the company is moving to massive new digs across town (with a grand opening on February 16), the old Avery Alley is being retired. The brewery will tap rare beers every day from today through the very last day on Monday, February 9, along with live music and appearances by former taproom employees.

Friday, February 6

Comrade Brewing will tap its very first Double IPA today at noon. The beer weighs in at 9.5 percent ABV and 100+ IBUs and was brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Millennium and Galaxy hops.

Two Creeks Brewing, a brewery-in-planning, will release its second beer today at 6 p.m. at Grandma's House, the collaborative brewery that hosts a variety of would-be brewers on its taps. The beer, Wunsch, is a German-style amber ale. "Very obvious but soft malt flavors sit across from a firm hop presence that balances the malt," the brewery says. In addition, anyone who signs up for Two Creeks' mailing list will receive a free glass of Wunsch at the release party. (Print out the confirmation e-mail that you receive, or just show it to them on your phone when you arrive.)

Saturday, February 7

Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs will continue its first-Saturday-of-every-month release program today by opening up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to serve glasses of Saison, East Bank Farmhouse Ale, Plum Fruit Stand and Dry Hop Test #1 Saison. Casey will also be selling bottles of Saison (new blend), East Bank (last month's blend), along with magnums of Saison, East Bank and Plum Fruit Stand.

Monday, February 9

Come say goodbye to the only location that Avery Brewing has ever known since it opened in Boulder on August 1, 1993. Now that the company is moving to massive new digs across town (grand opening for that is February 16), the old Avery Alley is being retired; the very last day for the taproom is today. To celebrate, they'll tap rare beers, and feature live music and appearances by former taproom employees.

Tuesday, February 10

All five Mountain Sun-owned breweries and restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will release two imperial stouts today as part of the company's annual Stout Month. The beers are Megatron American Imperial Stout and Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout. the 10.7 percent ABV Megatron "has dominant flavors of chocolate and roast balanced by huge citrus and pine flavors contributed by American hop varieties," the brewery says, while the 10.3 percent ABV Oatimis Prime "is dark and rich with flavors of chocolate from the blend of roasted grains balanced by warming notes of alcohol." You can get a six-ounce side-by-side tasting of each for $7.50.

Friday, February 13

River North Brewery will kick off a four-day birthday celebration at 1 p.m. today honoring its third birthday with a new brew: a huge 17.2 percent ABV Bière de Garde called Anniversary Ale #3. It's the brewery's strongest-ever offering. "Bursting with notes of stone fruit and complemented by undertones of anise and citrus, Anniversary Ale #3 finishes with a pleasant warming sensation," the brewery says. There will be draft pours and bomber bottles-to-go ($15, with a half-case limit). More bottles will store shelves in the following week.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Porter at 3 p.m. today at its original South Dock tasting room.

Saturday, February 14

The highly-anticipated Ratio Beerworks, at 2920 Larimer Street, will host a grand opening party today from noon to midnight. The new RiNo/Five Points brewery includes a 1,500-square-foot taproom and 4,000-square-foot production facility and will offer five flagship beers to start with, including an extra pale ale, a dark Scotch ale, and a French-American saison; a food truck will be on hand as well. Ratio's normal hours will be Tuesday through Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays, from noon to midnight; and Sundays, from noon to 10 p.m. The brewery will be closed on Mondays.

Lucky Pie LoDo and Proper Barbershop are calling all bearded men and the ladies who love them to celebrate handsome hairy face and drink barrel-aged beer tonight starting at 6 p.m. Proper will be offering complimentary beard grooming, and beards deemed the sexiest will be awarded with gifts. Lucky Pie will be pouring the following goodness: Crooked Stave's Motif, Elevation's Signal de Botrange, Epic's Big Bad Baptist, River North's Barrel Aged Avarice, Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti, Butcherknife's Red Wine Barrel Aged Barley Wine, Breckenridge Brewery's Bourbon Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Stout, and Dry Dock's Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Hazelnut Brown.

River North Brewery will continue its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today with side-by-side tappings at 1 p.m. of its three Anniversary Ales: #1, a 12.5 percent stout; #2, a 10.2 percent Golden Strong Ale; and #3, a 17.2 percent Bière de Garde. Both of the previous year's vintages are the last keg in the brewery. The Roaming Bull Brasserie food truck will be on hand.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats in Boulder will host a Valentine's Day dinner special tonight starting at 4 p.m. "Each course incorporates both barley and hops in the eats and then pairs it" with one of Bru's beers. Courses include a wood roasted oyster with cascade smoked chorizo and malt aioli paired with Solus Patersbier, and charred kale salad with malt brittle, pickled whole cone hops, citrum buttermilk dressing and shaved carrots paired with Citrum IPA. Seating is limited; for reservations -- $40 per person -- call 720-638-5193. For more details, go to bruboulder.com.

Sunday, February 15

River North Brewery will continue its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today with a cellar sale. The brewery will be offering rare bottles from the past year, starting at 1 p.m. An official list and format will be released later, but look for beers from the past two years to be included. The taproom will also host a beer and doughnut pairing from Bronuts.

Monday, February 16

River North Brewery will conclude its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today by tapping some rare kegs. The brewery opens at 1 p.m. for the holiday.

Tuesday, February 17

The Roaming Bull Brasserie food truck and Black Shirt Brewing are hosting a crawfish boil for Fat Tuesday today from 5 to p.m. at the brewery. Tickets are $35 and includes all you can eat crawfish, potatoes, and corn on the cob, as well as two cans of BSB beer.

Saturday, February 21

Denver Beer Co will host its 4th Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest from 9 a.m. to noon today at the brewery's Platte Street location. Each ticket holder gets a breakfast burrito, coffee from Coda Coffee Company, and all-you-can-eat bacon from Denver Bacon Company. You will also receive a souvenir mug to fill with all the "breakfast inspired" brews you can drink from Denver Beer Co.

Sunday, February 22

Copper Kettle Brewing and Hops & Pie have teamed up to offer the Snowed In Brunch, a craft beer and gourmet cuisine breakfast that's taking place at the brewery at 8 a.m. and again at 10:30. The brunch will feature a four-year vertical tasting of Snowed In, Copper Kettle's bourbon-barrel-aged imperial oatmeal coffee stout, dating back every year to 2011, when the brewery first opened. The menu from Hops & Pie is three courses: "White Corn Grits, Smokey Tomato Jam & Hickory Shrimp; Candied Bacon, Deviled Egg & Tiny Hash Browns; and Handmade Apple/Sage Pork Sausage, Fresh Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits & Maple/Bourbon Gravy." Tickets are $55 and will sell out.



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