Beer calendar: fruity firkins, a taphouse tour and a new Denver brewery opens

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On Thursday morning, a group of six small Colorado breweries will take a decidedly modern approach to beer-making when they all brew Simultaneous Saison at the same time at their respective locations across the state. The six breweries -- Denver's Strange Craft, Echo Brewing in Frederick, Monument's Pikes Peak Brewing, Very Nice Brewing in Nederland, Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction, and Butcherknife Brewing in Steamboat Springs -- will unite their efforts via social media with the hashtag #SimultaneousBrew.

For the project, which will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow, each brewery will use Colorado-grown ingredients, including malt from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Nugget hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, Chinook hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia, and honey from BeeYond the Hive in Salida. Organizer Tim Myers, of Strange Craft, is urging each brewery to use the same recipe but to finish their beers in their own way. You can follow the progress of the beer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It will be served at the eighteenth annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida on Saturday, July 12.

Turn the page for all of this week's craft-beer events.

Wednesday, June 18

June is Fruit Beer month at the Copper Kettle, which is tapping a new firkin every Wednesday. Today's cask is Pineapple Mango Charlie's Golden Strong. Ckrepes will be on hand at 3 p.m.

River North Brewery will tap Tart Cherry Dubbel today at 3 p.m. as part of its weekly Wayward Wednesday series. There are only five gallons, so get there early.

Saturday, June 21

Want to tour Former Future Brewing with owner/brewmaster James Howat and taste some beers from barrels? Tours begin at 1 and 3 p.m.; there are only a limited number of tour/tasting spots available, so arrive early and sign up at the bar. But that's not all. Former Future has made limited, one-off variations for each of the beers it has on tap and will begin tapping them, one every two hours, at 1 p.m. The first is Lage Landen Tripel with Peaches at 1 p.m., followed by Countinghouse Cream Ale Dry Hopped with East Kent Goldings Hops at 3 p.m. After that, it's Salted Caramel Prim and Porter at 5 p.m.; Blended Brimful at 7 p.m.; Singularity Principle Ver. II with Mangos & Zythos Hops at 9 p.m. The food truck today is Sand Bear Shack, serving hot dogs, brats, etc.

Chain Reaction Brewing in Denver will host its grand opening celebration today beginning at noon. The one-barrel nanobrewery will have a whopping sixteen beers on tap, including six flagships, four summer seasonals and six small-batch brews. And if those kegs run dry, Chain Reaction has a round of backups.

12 Degree Brewing in Louisville will celebrate its one-year anniversary today beginning at noon. There will be new beer releases, giveaways, music and food specials.

Odell Brewing in Fort Collins will celebrate the first weekend of summer with the release of its newest Cellar Series beer, Trellis Garden Ale, brewed with a variety of herbs and spices grown at The Gardens on Spring Creek, an eighteen-acre community garden. The 8.7 percent ABV beer "is a crisp, double pale ale brewed with coriander, cilantro, pineapple mint, lavender and rose petals harvested from the Gardens just last year," the brewery says. "Hoppy hints of citrus and fresh cut grass balance the malty sweetness and enhance the subtle floral spice for a refreshing finish." The party will take place at Odell today and tomorrow, when guests can enjoy samples of the beer and local food-truck pairings; there will be live music by the Matt Skinner Band on Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. One dollar of each bottle of Trellis sold will go to The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Jake's Brew Bar will begin a weekly summer series today featuring live Bluegrass music at 8 p.m. and beers from Breckenridge Brewery. Today's band is Caribou Mountain Collective. Check Jake's Facebook page for the rest of the summer lineup.

Sunday, June 22

Hops & Pie will host a tap takeover by San Francisco's Almanac Beer Company, which is beginning distribution in Colorado. Beginning at 2 p.m., they'll have Farmer's Reserve Blackberry, a 7 percent sour blonde aged with blackberries in wine barrels; Dogpatch Strawberry, a 7.5 percent sour blonde aged with strawberries in wine barrels; a 7.5 percent West Coast-style IPA; Golden Gate Gose, a 5 percent gose brewed with coriander and salt; and Honey Saison, brewed with honey and ginger root.

BRU handbuilt ales & eats, which was originally conceived and founded in chef Ian Clark's Boulder garage, will celebrate its second anniversary today with a party from 1 to 8 p.m. There will be special tappings, including the 1st Anniversary bomber pouring at 2:30 and the 2nd Anniversary release at 3:30, along with live music and a pig roast with all the fixins'. Tickets, $25 in advance, are available at bruboulder.com.

For more events later in May, turn the page.

Wednesday, June 25

June is Fruit Beer Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, which taps a new firkin each Wednesday. Today's is Blueberry Hefeweizen. Ckrepes will serve food at 3 p.m.

Goose Island representatives are in Denver for "Migration Week," and they're serving their lineup, including some rarities, at various locations. Today, they'll be at the Giggling Grizzly from 6 to 9 p.m. for a tap takeover.

Friday, June 27

Jake's Brew Bar will host a mini tap takeover with Almanac Beer Company today as part of the San Francisco brewery's launch in Colorado. Beers will include Farmer's Reserve Blackberry, a 7 percent sour blonde aged with blackberries in wine barrels; Dogpatch Strawberry, a 7.5 percent sour blonde aged with strawberries in wine barrels; a 7.5 percent West Coast-style IPA; Golden Gate Gose, a 5 percent gose brewed with coriander and salt; and Honey Saison, brewed with honey and ginger root.

Saturday, June 28

Beryl's Beer Company will celebrate its grand opening at 3120-C Blake Street in RiNo today starting at 11 a.m. There will be live music and the Capt'n Crabby food truck.

Renegade Brewing will celebrate its third anniversary today with a block party from 3 to 10 p.m. in the 900 block of West Ninth Avenue in front of the brewery. There will be music all day (at 3:30 CP Carrington, 5:30 Holly Lovell, 7 p.m.The Way, The Arrow, 8:30 The Knew), food trucks (Matt's Snack Shack, Baba & Pop's Kitchen, Slider Shack 303, Em's Ice Cream), ice cream, and tons of beer. There is no entrance fee and all beers, including the regular lineup and a few hits from the past year, are $5. A free bike valet will be provided by the Denver Bicycle Cafe.

Freshcraft will tap Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA today at 1 p.m. as part of a new series of rare beers tappings that it will hold over the next few weeks.

Front Range Brewing in Lafayette is celebrating its first anniversary by taking over the back pavilion of the Jax/Lafayette Marketplace. There will be seven special beer tappings, food specials including beer cupcakes from Juliana's Bakery and a pig roast from Lunada, and three live bands. The music kicks off at noon with Big Hibiscus on the pavilion followed by Wall of Records; Ash Ganley brings it inside at 6 p.m. The special tappings include an aged keg of Rumrunner Coffee Quad, Brandy Barrel aged Tripel, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Dopplesticke Alt, small batch Gratzer and Kentucky Common, finishing with a Tequila Barrel Saison with Brett and a Cherry Lambic.



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