Beer Man

Beer Calendar: More Pliny and the Southern Hemisphere Hops Fest

Greeley’s WeldWerks Brewing — which Westword called one of five breweries to watch this year — has also attracted some national attention: USA Today has included the company in a readers' choice contest to select the Best New Brewery to emerge over the last few years. And the voting will continue for the next few days, with Weldwerks — the only Colorado representative — in the lead. "Only nineteen nominees were selected nationwide by the USA TODAY expert panel and nominees were limited to breweries that have opened since 2013. In that time period, over 1,800 breweries have opened, bringing the total number of breweries in the country to over 4,200, the most in U.S. history," Weldwerks says. Wanna vote? Go to before 10 a.m. on Monday, February 29. The winners will be announced on March 4.

Wednesday, February 24
The Cheeky Monk will tap Russian River's triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, today at 5 p.m. For all of the other PTY tappings in Colorado this year, see our PTY post.

Halfpenny Brewing, at 5150 East Arapahoe Road in Centennial, will celebrate its grand opening today. Focused on German, American and English beer styles, the brewery includes a 2,000-square-foot taproom with room for 100 people. Halfpenny is owned by Chris Reigrut and Chris Garner, friends since high school in Maryland, who have been home-brewing together in Colorado since 1996.

Copper Kettle Brewing continues its Decadent Chocolate Cask Month by tapping Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter today at 2 p.m. Farm to Truck will be at the brewery with food.

Thursday, February 25
Renegade Brewing has recently expanded its barrel-aging program and will have four to five taps dedicated to barrel-aged beers starting at 5 p.m. Brews include Whiskey barrel-aged Endpoint Triple IPA, Rye Bourbon barrel-aged Redacted Rye IPA, Heaven Hill barrel-aged Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout and Bourbon barrel-aged Bedwetter Barley Wine.

Join the Denver Bicycle Cafe tonight at 7 p.m. as they host Former Future Brewing and Whole Foods for a beer-and-cheese pairing event. You will get some five-ounce pours with gourmet cheese and learn from cheese expert Nate Cougill. Ticket are $25 at

Friday, February 26
Comrade Brewing will release two beers today. The first is Honeyman Ocho, a 6.1 percent pale ale brewed with Patagonia pale malt from Chile, and then hopped with Vic Secret, Enigma and Galaxy, all varieties from the Southern Hemisphere. (This beer was brewed for the Oskar Blues Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest on Saturday.) The second is Secret SMaSH, brewed with American pilsner malt and Vic Secret. "No hops were added to the boil, but one huge addition in the whirlpool and then dry-hopped," Comrade says.

Dry Dock Brewing
continues its own stout month today by tapping a firkin of Samoa Stout at its original South Dock location in Aurora.
Saturday, February 27
Station 26 Brewing aged its once-a-year Dark Star Imperial Stout in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for thirteen months, then bottled some of it. The brewery will sell those bottles today, starting at 1 p.m.; it's $20 for a 22-ounce bottle. The beer will also be on tap. 

TRVE Brewing will release bottles of a collaboration it brewed with Prairie Artisan Ales at noon today. "This barrel-fermented gose with peaches from Oklahoma and Colorado is not one you want to miss," the brewery says. Limit six bottles per person.

The Cheeky Monk will tap Russian River's triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, today at 3 p.m. For all of the other PTY tappings in Colorado this year, see our PTY post.

Oskar Blues Brewery has teamed up with Stoney's Bar and Grill for a new event called the Southern Hemisphere Hop Festival, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP tickets get you early entrance at 6 p.m.) Inspired by OB's newest beer, IPA, which features an all-Australian hop lineup, the fest will focus exclusively on beers and food from "the other side of the world," including Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. At least twenty breweries will be on hand to showcase two beers each, all made with Southern Hemisphere hops. Attendees can vote for their favorite, and the winning beer will be placed on tap at Stoney's for a full month. Since these hop varieties are hard to find, OB helped source many of them for the breweries. GA tickets are $35; for more information, go to the Facebook page.

Atom Brewing, which hasn't opened a physical location yet, will tap three new beers at the Old Mine in Erie today at noon. Atom's owners will be there as well to talk about the brewery and the beers — which are: Arlo, a traditional Farmhouse Ale; Maggie, a Small Batch Gin Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale; and Imperial Farmhouse Stout.

Sunday, February 28
Falling Rock Taphouse will tap the famous Russian River triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, today at 1 p.m. For details on this tapping and all of the other PTY tappings in Colorado, see our PTY post.
Monday, February 29
Freshcraft will tap its keg of Pliny the Younger today at 8 p.m. — and is donating $1 from every PTY purchase to Sense of Security. Here are the details from Freshcraft: "All PtY purchases will be cash only and only available at the bar. We will not be starting tabs for the purchase of Younger. We will be forming a line at 5:30pm, Tapping at 6pm. It is recommended that you arrive early. You also must have a Valid ID. There will be a limited number of tickets - once you receive one you can relax, you will get a pour of the beer. After initial tickets are passed out we will then have a few remaining 'second chance' tickets which will be numbered. These 'second chance' tickets do not secure you a pour, but allow you the chance to get one of the last few remaining pours until the keg kicks."

Saturday, March 5
The Parry's Pizza location in Highlands Ranch will tap Pliney the Younger at 11 a.m. today. "Oh,'s first come, first served and if you're not an Ale Yeah member, don't expect a glass," Parry's says — whatever that means. PTY is a triple IPA from Russian River Brewing.

Caution Brewing, which sold its original east Denver location to the Brewability Lab earlier this year, will host a final party, to say goodbye and to welcome the new brewery. There will be live music from 4 to 8 p.m. and the Green Tree Stir Fry food truck. There will also be beer specials and giveaways every time a keg is kicked. The more you drink, the less Caution has to move.

Thursday, March 10
In advance of Collaboration Fest, which takes place March 19 at Sports Authority Field, breweries all over Colorado are working on collaborative beers. One of those is Free To Be Renegade and FCB, which came about as a result of a friendship between Fort Collins Brewery national sales manager Katie Nierling and Laura Decker, vice president of operations at Denver's Renegade Brewing. The beer, a wheat lager brewed with five different varieties of wheat malt and hopped with mostly Cascade hops, is named in honor of Free to Be You and Me, the 1972 record by Marlo Thomas and Friends. Try the beer tonight at Historian's Ale House in Denver, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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