Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Bonfire Brewing, Lone Tree Brewing, Rockyard and Tommyknocker are just some of the companies that have altered or overhauled their branding in the past twelve months.
"The recipes have not changed for these favorites," says 4 Noses, but co-owner Tommy Bibliowicz explains that he's "seeking to enliven the branding to match the style and feel of the beer it encases." To do this, the brewery hired design firm StudioMast to incorporate the hand-drawn art created by Bibliowicz himself.
New packaging for seasonal beers like Oktoberfest and Pump Action will roll out in the taproom and across Colorado liquor stores in the upcoming months.
Keep reading for craft-beer events through August 4.
Platt Park Brewing taps the latest beer in its monthly 11th Tap Project at 3 p.m. This month, it's Pineapple & Rosehip Saison. The beer was flavored with Florida pineapples and rosehips oil, which "adds a tang similar to hibiscus, while the pineapple gives it a touch of sweet," the brewery says. There is only one keg.
Join Eskimo Bros. Nitro Ice Cream and Station 26 Brewing at Freshcraft from 3 to 7 p.m. when Eskimo Bros. will be making liquid nitrogen ice cream paired with Station 26 beers, including the brewery's Dark Star Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wayne and Piña Colada Milkshake Double IPA. Available drafts from Station 26 include Juicy Banger, Bang Bang Double IPA, Piña Colada Milkshake DIPA, Dark Star Imperial Stout, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wayne 2016.
Thursday, July 26
Renegade Brewing continues its Beers + Banned Books series at 6 p.m. by pairing To Kill a Mockingbird with Tequila Mockingbird, which is the brewery's 5:00 Afternoon Ale aged with tequila-soaked American Oak staves and flavored with lemongrass. The first forty people to purchase a ten-ounce pour of Tequila Mockingbird will receive a worn copy of To Kill a Mockingbird to keep. This is the third Renegade monthly event where the brewery pairs books on banned-book lists from America's past with a new beer created in a Squarrel Barrel.
"Summer means lemonade stands. We've got the adult version of that," says Station 26 Brewing, which will tap Strawberry Lemonade Sherbert (and, yes, sherbet is spelled wrong on purpose), a kettle-soured beer brewed with lactose and vanilla and "bursting with flavors of strawberry and lemon. Smooth, slightly tart, and just what you need in the middle of summer." Station 26 will also sell a limited number of Crowlers starting at 1 p.m.
Denver Beer Co. is cooling things down with its third annual Beer and Ice Cream Pairing, taking place at the original taproom on Platte Street in Denver and at the Arvada brewery at 5768 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. The brewers at Denver Beer Co. teamed up with Little Man Ice Cream to create five different summer shandies (beer plus juice) that can be paired specifically with five different ice cream flavors. The full pairing — five four-ounce beers and five mini-scoops — will be available both Saturday and Sunday for $20.
Something Brewery in Brighton debuts its Cereal Beer Series at noon. The beers are: Fruity Sparkles, a kettle-soured glitter beer made with Fruity Pebbles; Super Cereal, a milk stout made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs; and Crunch Beeries, a milkshake IPA made with Cap'n Crunch Berries. To take the cereal theme even further, all three-pack Crowlers of the beers will come with 3-D glasses (like a surprise inside) to go along with the 3-D labels. Also, "all beers have fun games on the back of each Crowler just like your childhood growing up eating cereal," the brewery says. Only 250 Crowlers will be available for each beer.
Westminster brings the heat with the return of the Westy Craft Brew Fest and a whopping sixty regional breweries and cider makers, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Christopher Fields, where you'll find fantastic views of the Front Range. In addition, there will be music from Rob Drabkin, food trucks and even child care for kids seven and up. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door; there are also VIP options. Get them at westybrewfest.com.
Get thirsty for ThirstyFest, a beer festival with fifteen breweries, live music, lawn games and food trucks at the McNichols Civic Center Building. The event is a volunteer-led beer festival, and all proceeds will be donated to Water for People, a Denver-based organization that helps people in nine countries gain access to clean water and sanitation. Breweries on hand include: Denver Beer Co., Left Hand, Renegade, Crooked Stave, Joyride, Hogshead, Crazy Mountain, Colorado Native (Coors), Good River Beer, Horse & Dragon, Bruz Beers, Goldspot, 4 Noses Brewing, Epic and Declaration. There will be music from Envy Alo, Boogie Mammoth, Devan Blake Jones, Sonic Flow, Ben Hammond and Malakai, and food from Dos Gringos and FishSki Provisions. Tickets, $25, are available at thirstyfestdenver.com.
Wiley Roots Brewing in Greeley is releasing mixed four-packs of Slush starting at noon. Each four-pack consists of one each of Orange Blossom Slush, California Limeade Slush, Watermelon Limeade Slush, and Cherry Limeade Slush. Slush is the brewery’s rotational series of fruited kettle soured golden ales, featuring flavors inspired by drive-ins. "Slush variants are divided by either lemon or lime base beers with additional fruits added, creating a nostalgic flashback to adding a shot of fruit flavor to your summer slushy," the brewery says. "The mild acidic base is the perfect canvas for experimentation with various fruits, spices, and other ingredients."
Sunday, July 29
River North Brewery, which has jumped into the hazy IPA game with both feet, will kick off a series of Hazy Sundays at noon. The series (running the last Sunday of every month) will introduce drinkers to new takes on the brewery's Mountain Haze and "other cloudy, deliciously juicy brews." The first beer in the series is Ekuanot Mountain Haze, a 6.1 percent ABV New England-style IPA with an extra addition of Ekuanot hops, which is known for its melon and berry character. Also on tap will be Experimental Mountain Haze, which was dry-hopped with HBC 438, a new experimental hop also known as Sabro, lending notes of mango, coconut and lemongrass. There is only one keg of each.
Comrade Brewing taps Honeyman 22, the 22nd in its experimental IPA series. This one was hopped with Chinook and Mosaic and has notes of grapefruit, pine and tangerine.
Black Shirt Brewing releases Turbo Juice in sixteen-ounce four-packs starting at 11 a.m. This hazy IPA was brewed with heaps of Citrus and Galaxy hops, fresh blood oranges and lactose. The 5.25 percent ABV beer was originally brewed as part of the Makin' Noise beer project's latest edition, so $1 from every Turbo Juice four-pack will be donated to Youth on Record, a nonprofit "that makes a serious impact on young lives by employing professional musicians as mentors." Only eighty cases are available.
Wednesday, August 1
In honor of Colorado Day, Centennial's Resolute Brewing will tap Spruce Willis, a Märzen featuring hand-picked Colorado spruce tips. "This clean tasting lager, coming in at 5 percent ABV, offers a fruity evergreen character and a little bump in bitterness that’ll keep the palate on its toes," the brewery says.
Thursday, August 2
It's National IPA Day, and several venues are celebrating, including Comrade Brewing, which specializes in the style. As such, the brewery has four limited editions of its flagship Superpower IPA on tap; regular Superpower, dry-hopped Superpower, Passion Fruit Superpower and Grapefruit Superpower. In addition, Comrade is pouring Powder Session IPA, Honeyman IPA, Lupulin Manifesto IPA and Thunder Donkey IIPA.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will re-release cans of Trellis Buster Double IPA as its third limited-edition beer for 2018. The hazy, 8 percent ABV resinous hop bomb was "brewed with more hops than we have ever used in a single beer," Crooked Stave says. "We've tailored the malt profile to deliver a ridiculously smooth and drinkable double IPA, dry-hopped with Azacca, Citra, Motueka and Simcoe." The name was inspired by "the fresh hop fields we visit each year during harvest." In celebration of National IPA Day, Trellis Buster will be available in six-pack cans and on draft in the brewery's tasting room at the Source.
Cheluna Brewing, inside the Stanley Marketplace, will tap the first of five different varieties of its popular Pálida IPA. It will tap a different one each day through August 8 — just one sixtel per day, or a little over fifty pints.
For IPA Day, Resolute Brewing in Centennial taps a 2.0 version of the Transparently Trendy Hazy IPA. This version features an added hop variety – Citra – and a new ABV of 6 percent.
Upslope Brewing in Boulder will tap a special double dry-hopped version of our 2018 Experimental IPA (with twice the hops) at both of locations. The brewery will also hand out 150 free National IPA Day glasses starting at 4 p.m. (buy a beer, get a custom glass).
Saturday, August 4
August is National IPA month, and Factotum is celebrating with an IPA tap takeover — "an IPA Parade if you will — that features the brewery's ten "most popular and varied IPAs from years past, all freshly re-brewed and on tap for one day only. Tickets, $23, are available at eventbrite.com and include a five-ounce pour of all ten beers along with a commemorative glass. Be Food Truck will be on site, while Zero Day Exploits will be playing live music in the afternoon, "And yes," Factotum says, "there is an IPA for every palate. We promise."
Dry Dock Brewing will unveil its new patio at its North Dock taproom with a patio party from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be brats, beer floats, live music, raffle prizes and a baby goat petting zoo.
Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette celebrates its five-year anniversary with multiple beer releases. They include: Quadruple Dry Hopped Codename Superfan (in six-packs); Enigma DDH Intergalactic Juice Hunter (in six-packs); Blackberry Sheriff Shane Sherman Solera; and several draft-only new releases.
For its 25th anniversary party, Avery Brewing is paying "paying tribute to the hundreds of beers that make Avery, Avery," the brewery says. For $40, guests get unlimited two-ounce pours of rare beers, vintage verticals, high ABV and specialty beers, along with eight-ounce pours of select core beers and a commemorative glass. There will also be live music all day, a kids zone and food for purchase.