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Beer Calendar: German Lagers, Pumpkin Ales and a Pair of Beer Dinners

Echo Brewing, which started in Frederick, has opened a second location in a former firehouse in Erie, at 600 Briggs Street, right across I-25. The taphouse and restaurant will specialize in pizza, appetizers, salads and desserts, in addition to its beer.

Three-month-old Denver Pearl Brewing announced last weekend that it has changed its name to Platt Park Brewing; the company says it made the switch as a result of pressure from PBR, which owns the trademark to Pearl Brewing, and Denver Beer Co, which has a similar lock on Denver Beer.

Turn the page to see of this week's craft-beer events.

Wednesday, September 10

Copper Kettle will tap a cask of Raspberry Rye Saison today as part of its weekly firkin program. It was made with rye grain and fresh raspberries and has a sour and spicy taste. The CKatering food truck will be on hand.

Thursday, September 11

The road to GABF goes through Euclid Hall, according to Euclid Hall, and the craft beer-centered restaurant will kick off its series of three intimate Road to GABF beer-pairing dinners tonight with Odell Brewing. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.; tickets, $50, and other details are available at brownpapertickets.com. The second dinner takes place September 18 and features Black Shirt Brewing. The third, with TRVE Brewing, is on September 25.

Dorchester Social Eatery hosts Pennsylvania's Victory Brewing, along with brewery founder Bill Covaleski, tonight in the first of a series of beer dinners. Four of Victory's signatures beers -- WildDevil, HopDevil, Golden Monkey and Prima Pils -- will be paired with chef Michael Wahaltere's tasting menu. The dinner lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $35. The beers are extra, at $5 to $9 each.

Friday, September 12

Diebolt Brewing will tap its 7.4 percent ABV Wethers Weizenbock today at 4 p.m. when the brewery opens. The beer has bready, chocolate-y, dark fruit, vanilla and subtle banana notes. "Everyone makes Oktoberfest/Marzen this time of year," the brewery says. "We wanted something German with just a little more kick and flavor."

Lowry Beer Garden will strike up the band again this year for Oktoberfest, celebrating the German-style beer party for three weekends in a row. And this year, the spot's new sister location, Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, will also celebrate. Dry Dock Brewing will take over the taps today and tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m., pouring Oktoberfest, U-Boat Hefeweizen and Apricot Ale. There will also be oom-[ah bands in the house each weekend, including Austrian Connection, The Rhinelanders and the Peter Kron Band -- not to mention Lowry's collection of brats and dogs. So dust off your dirndl, polka shoes and lederhosen for this annual fall tradition. Anyone wearing the getup gets their first beer free.

Dry Dock Brewing will open a second taproom today at noon, this one inside the brewery's 300,000-square-foot production facility on Tower Road in north Aurora. Dubbed the Canoe Room, the small and somewhat rustic taproom will be decorated with photos of Dry Dock's original location in south Aurora, as well as the brewery's first boil kettle. Since the taproom doesn't have drainage, Dry Dock won't be able to use glassware or fill growlers, relying on compostable plastic cups instead. But there will be some rare or unusual beers on tap, and Dry Dock will also sell its canned beers to go. The starting lineup today includes Imperial Pumpkin, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Rye-Zing Sun Rye Saison and Vanilla Porter. The taproom will be open Fridays through Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap a cask of Oak Aged Double IPA at its original location today as part of its weekly Firkin Friday program. These specialty casks are tapped at 3 p.m.

Brew at the Zoo returns to the Denver Zoo for the seventeenth year. The "Local Suds Safari" features samples from more than forty local breweries, food from twenty restaurants, music and dancing. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and tickets almost always sell out; go to denverzoo.org to see if you can still snag one for $85 ($30 designated drivers, $100 for preview that gets you in at 6 p.m.)

Saturday, September 13

Denver Beer Co will celebrate the grand opening of its brand-new production facility, known as the Canworks, at 4455 Jason Street today at 2 p.m. with an inaugural Harvest Party and release of Hey! Pumpkin in cans. There will be a pig roast, bluegrass bands, harvest party games, a dunk tank, a pumpkin launcher and tours of the new brewery. A group will be leaving the brewery's Platte Street taproom at 1:45 p.m. and riding bikes to the new location; you're welcome to join them. Tickets to the party are $30 and available at brownpapertickets.com. They include all-you-can drink beer a chunk of the roasted pig.

The Governor's Residence Preservation Fund presents Brews and Bites, a benefit for the historic Boettcher Mansion at 400 East Eighth Avenue, from 3 to 7 p.m. today The event includes tours, live music and beer and food samples (including more than twenty food and beer pairings) from the Colorado Chefs Association and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Tickets are $100 ($250 VIP); call 303-837-8350 ext. 4 or go to coloradoshome.org/brewsandbites.

River North Brewery will re-introduce Barrel Blonde today in its taproom at 1 p.m. The experimental beer is a Belgian-style blonde ale that was aged in bourbon, Manhattan or Boulevardier cocktail barrels and then blended. It was first poured in the taproom over the summer, and the brewery liked it so much, it decided to bottle it. Barrel Blonde will be available on tap and in 22-ounce bottles to go ($15 each; limit of three). River North bottled 147 cases total, so some will show up on liquor store shelves.

Sunday, September 14

The Slaughter, a meat-centric beer-pairing dinner, will return TRVE Brewing today as chefs Jon and Jamey from Bad Apple prepare an amuse bouche and three dishes that will be paired with three TRVE beers. There are two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30. Tickets are $50 and available at trve.cc/slaughter.

For more events in September, turn the page.

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