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Beer calendar: high hopes and heavy hops appear for Rockies opening day

The massive Craft Brewers Conference, an annual industry-only meeting, wrapped up in Washington, D.C. last week, but a beer-themed art exhibit and auction, Amber Waves, sponsored by the Dogfish Head and Victory breweries continues through Friday. And it features a cool sculpture piece by Denver bottlecap artist Amanda Willshire of Awd aRT. "Big Hoss," named for the Great Divide beer, is made up of pattern-rusted steel with sculptured bottle caps layered on top. It's selling for $375 on the Amber Waves auction website. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Turn the page to find all of this week's craft beer happenings.

Wednesday, April 3

Black Shirt Brewing is selling hop rhizomes during regular tap room hours supplied by Arvada's Voss Farms, where Black Shirts gets its hops. The varieties are Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Willamette, and they cost $5 each. In addition, Black Shirt is still selling its brand new 32-ounce pre-filled growlers of Red Evelyn Imperial Red Rye IPA for $22 each. Drink it and return the empty for a filled one for $17 in four weeks.

The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of Rye IPA that has been dry-hopped with Centennial hops as part of its weekly cask program. The brewery is open from 3 to 9 p.m.

The Wynkoop Brewing Company has brought back its Cottonwood Organic White for the month of April to help raise money for the Cottonwood Institute, an environmental education nonprofit group that works with inner-city students and local schools in the Denver/Boulder area. The 4.6 percent ABV beer is an unfiltered American-style wheat made with organic malts and wheat, kaffir lime leaf and organic agave nectar. Fifty cents from the sale of every pint will be donated to the organization.

The Yak & Yeti will tap a Belgian blonde ale aged in a Leopold Brothers Rocky Mountain Peach Flavored Whiskey barrel today at 4 p.m. The beer is 7.5 percent ABV beer "has a beautiful oak aroma and flavor," the brewery. says. "The peach notes are subtle but the fruit is noticed if you mute the oak from your mind."

Thursday, April 4

Falling Rock Taphouse will release its allocation of Stone's Enjoy By 04.20.13 today at 5:30 p.m. The IPA is designed to be imbibed shortly after being brewed.

The Rackhouse Pub brings back its annual IPApril this month, featuring more than thirty IPAs, Double IPAs, and Imperial IPAs on tap at different times. Check the web page for the beer list, but here are some of the brews that the Rackhouse has lined up: Asher Brewing Greenade Organic Double IPA, Avery Maharaja, Bristol Nitro Compass, Caution Brewing Hippity Hops IPA, Crabtree Syzygy Barrel-Aged Black IPA, Crazy Mountain Hookie Bob, Dry Dock Hop Abomination, Eddyline Crank Yanker, Elevation First Cast, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Golden City Evolution IPA, Great Divide Hercules, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey, Lone Tree Zombie Red IPA, Moylans Hopsickle, New Belgium Rampant, Odell Myrcenary, Renegade Ryeteous Rye IPA, Ska Decadent Imperial IPA, Strange Brewing 1000 Barrel Imperial IPA and IPAphany, Telluride Brewing Fish Water Double IPA, Trinity IPA and Upslope IPA.

Boulder's West End Tavern will give Great Divide Brewing fans a chance to "visit the taproom without leaving the bubble" by turning over fifteen of its taps to Great Divide beers. The West End hosts a different brewery on the first Thursday of every month in its Satellite Tap Room.

Friday, April 5

Hops & Pie will feature Apple Pie Rye from Dry Dock Brewing today at the restaurant's monthly 1st Firkin Friday event. The beer was designed to celebrate baseball and the Rockies home opener, which is today at 2 p.m., by Dry Dock cask master Walt Chleva, who put apples into a firkin with a spicy rye ale.

Want more apples in honor of Opening Day? The Lobby American Grille will be have a pig roast buffet (for $20) and tap Crooked Stave's Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged Vielle at noon. Nine-ounce pours will go for $8.

Denver Beer Co will tap Walt Weiss (pronounced with a "v," German-style) at 10 a.m. today before the Rockies home opener against the San Diego Padres. The cleverly-named beer, a traditional weiss-style wheat with flavors of banana and clove, is named in honor, obviously, of Walt Weiss, the team's shortstop from 1994-97, who was named as the new Rockies manager in November.

Falling Rock Taphouse will open at 10 a.m. in celebration of the Rockies home opener today, and will have a special beer station set up in the parking lot just for Odell beers.

Twisted Pine Brewing welcomes warmer weather with the seasonal reappearance of its La Petite Saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style beer, that will be released with a party at the taphouse today beginning at lunchtime. "La Petite is unfiltered like traditional saisons and pours a hazy straw color with a snow white head of micro-fine bubbles," the brewery says. "Aromatics of lemon peel with a dash of black pepper and a gentle, pleasant funk waft up from the glass and bear evidence of the unique yeast strain used to ferment this ale." Twisted Pine doubled its production of La Petite this year since it will now be supplying thirteen states, up from four in 2012.

Star Bar opens today at 10:30 for pre-game festivities that include sunshine, beer and meatball sandwiches from the Slotted Spoon. The beer special is pints of New Belgium's Rolle Bolle, which will be $3 all day. Live music from Mid Life Crisis after the game.

Ernie's Bar and Pizza will tap Elevation Brewing's new Third Base Belgian Tripel today and offering half off pints any time the Rockies get a triple.

Saturday, April 6

Clown Shoes Brewing of Ipswich, Massachusetts, will make its Colorado debut at noon today at Hops & Pie, pouring Miracle IPA, Supa Hero IPA, Hoppy Feet Black IPA, Vampire Slayer Smoked Imperial Stout, Clementine White Ale, and Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA.

Odell Brewing will host a release party for Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA, today; the beer will go on tap at 11 a.m. in the Fort Collins taproom and there will be music from Hectic Hobo from 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Avery Brewing will host a Karma Belgian Pale Ale release party today, beginning at 5 p.m. in the taproom. The event will also be a food drive for Harvest for Hope Food Pantry; bring in three items from the brewery's high-needs list (located on its Facebook page) and you'll get a free pint of Karma.

Thursday, April 18

Copper Kettle Brewing, which was one of the first breweries to open as part of a new wave of small beer makers, will celebrate its two-year anniversary today from noon to 10 p.m. (and over the next few days) with new beers, bands and food trucks. Today, Copper Kettle will put two beers on cask, Double Mexican Chocolate Stout and its Rauchbier. Nick Amodeo will be there on guitar and mandolin at 5 p.m., and Basic Kneads Wood Fired Pizza be be there are 4 p.m.

Friday, April 26

Tickets for Avery Brewing's fourth annual Boulder SourFest, taking place on June 8, go on sale today at 9 a.m. Last year's sold out in seconds, you get after it at this website:

Saturday, April 27

Parry's Pizza will host its Big Ass Tap Takeover featuring thirty different Avery Brewing beers at three of its locations at the same time. The takeover begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Avery and Parry's memorabilia will be raffled off, and Avery representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

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