Beer Calendar: New Beer From Crooked Stave; Old Beer From Great Divide

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Call to Arms Brewing, which plans to open late this year at 4526 Tennyson Street, has launched an unusual crowdfunding progam that allows friends and fans to become financial supporters by sponsoring pieces of the brewery's furniture. There are about eighty pieces of furniture altogether, including table chairs ($150), bar stools ($250), tables ($500) and community tables ($800) — all of them built by AND Collaborative, a local company. Sponsors will get a variety of perks, including a handmade plaque mounted on their furniture, a hat and T-shirt, a custom mug and an invite to a special annual party. For more information, go to the brewery's web site.

Wednesday, April 1
As Great Divide preps for its new warehouse and packaging line in River North, it has been organizing and cleaning out its current cellar — and everything must go! This year's version of the brewery's well-regarded barleywine, Old Ruffian, just hit shelves (and a barrel-aged version may also be out soon), but Great Divide will sell off seventy cases ($60 per case, limit of two per person) today of its 2012 Old Ruffian. This one-time case sale starts at 4 p.m., and you can buy a ticket in the taproom and "then head over to the tank farm to retrieve your glorious prize," the brewery says.

Crooked Stave will release Petite Sour Raspberry, a 5.5 percent ABV mixed-fermentation ale aged in oak foeders with raspberries, today in its taproom at the Source. "Petite Sour Raspberry is the second in a string of Petite Sours the brewery will be releasing this spring. Each Petite Sour features a different fruit to both celebrate the season and exhibit subtleties in flavor that comes from the interaction between the wild yeast Brettanomyces and a singular fruit," the brewery says. "As Crooked Stave continues to grow, our focus is on making sour beers more accessible and at a price point that will motivate a larger group of people to try these beers." Petite Sour Raspberry, and all Petite Sours, will be priced at $8 per bottle.

Copper Kettle is celebrating Hoppy Easter month with a series of Wednesday firkins. Today's is Super Dry "Hopped" Naja Imperial Red IPA, the brewery's already hoppy red IPA with Amarillo and Citra hops added. Gusto's Kitchen will be serving food.

Thursday, April 2
Regis University Applied Craft Brewing students brewed a roasted coconut and vanilla porter at Factotum Brewhouse that will be released today. Stop by Factotum from 6 to 8 p.m. for the official tapping "and to meet, and talk with, lead brewer Brann Greager and fellow brewing students about their beer and experience brewing," Factotum says. 5280 Sliders will be on hand as well.

Saturday, April 4
SOLD OUT: The 13th annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest takes place today at Avery Brewing, featuring "beers of brawn" from around the country — those that are 8 percent ABV or higher "and represent something very special from the heart and soul of its creator," according to Avery, which will hold the event at its newly opened location in north Boulder.

Westminster Brewing will host a chocolate and beer pairing from 3 to 6 p.m. today featuring the entire beer menu and at least fifteen different craft chocolates from Cacao Girl Chocolate. 

Wednesday, April 8
Crooked Stave will release a new batch of Vieille Artisanal Saison today at its taproom in the Source. This is the second batch of Vieille released this year. "The brewery has moved production of its core brands – Vieille Artisanal Saison, Surette Provision Saison, and St. Bretta Citrus Wildbier – to a quarterly basis, with a new batch of each beer coming out every quarter," the brewery says. "Lightly dry hopped with Motueka, the April 2015 batch of Vieille exhibits zesty citrus aromas and a refreshing tartness at the finish."

Copper Kettle is celebrating Hoppy Easter month with a series of Wednesday firkins. Today's is Headless Bunny, an intense chocolate Irish Stout. 5280 Sliders will be selling burgers.

Friday, April 10

Lucky Pie in LoDo will host its second annual Opening Day Pig Roast today starting at 11 a.m. The patioparty, which celebrates Opening Day at Coors Field, will include pork from Tender Belly and beers from Epic Brewing. Cans of Epic beer will be $5 all weekend.

Comrade Brewing will tap a collaboration beer today at noon that it did with Hogshead Brewery. Communist Pig East IPA is an 8.1 percent ABV beer brewed with Simpsons Marris Otter and hopped with Target and East Kent Goldings.

Saturday, April 11
Ratio Beerworks, a brand-new brewery in River North, will release of Antidote IPA today at noon. Live music from Chad Price starts at 6 p.m., followed by an acoustic performance by the Gamits. Matt's Snack Shack will be serving food out front.

Wednesday, April 15
Crooked Stave will release Petite Sour Boysenberry at its taproom today. "Another of the ever growing Petite Sour series, Boysenberry was primary fermented in oak with the brewery’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, and was dosed with the equivalent of over a pound of fruit, leaving a beer with a deep violet color and vibrant boysenberry characteristics," the brewery says.

Copper Kettle is celebrating Hoppy Easter month with a series of Wednesday firkins. Today's is an English Strong Ale version of Sombremesa with a higher ABV and cherry flavors. Gusto's Kitchen will be serving food.

Friday, April 17
Dry Dock Brewing's original south location will tap a firkin today at 3 p.m. as part of its weekly cask program. The beer is S-Words, Dry Dock's Swordfish Extra Pale Ale with added coriander and lime.

The Denver Flea — a maker-fest featuring more than one hundred vendors — returns for the season today and tomorrow to the Bindery on Blake, and this time the event will feature a special beer that the organizers of the Flea brewed with New Belgium. Fleak Out! Wild Ale is a limited-edition wild ale that will only be available at Denver Flea events. Brewed on New Belgium's small pilot system, the beer was fermented with Brettanomyces yeast, which will evolve over time so that the beer tastes different at each Flea party. New Belgium, which will be the only brewery serving, will also pour Slow Ride Session IPA in cans, along with Skinny Dip in bottles; Skinny Dip is no longer available on regular basis from New Belgium. Tonight's Denver Flea kickoff party runs from 6 to 10 p.m.; tickets are $25 and include bottomless adult beverages, live music, and Room & Board surprise giveaways. Tomorrow's Spring Flea is free and runs from noon to 7 p.m.; there will be food and beer available to buy, as well as plenty of shopping.

Thursday, April 23
Copper Kettle will kick-off its four-day-long four-year anniversary today with the tapping of several firkins that customers voted for, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Watermelon Helles and 12 Hops IPA. 5280 Sliders will be selling burgers at 2 p.m., and the Lovely In-Betweens will fill the patio with tunes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 25
Comrade Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary today, starting at 11 a.m., by pouring twenty different beers, including saved kegs of Eisenhower American Strong Golden, Leroy American Brown, Red Dawn American Red and Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout. The brewery will also tap two new barrel-aged beers: Whiskey Barrel Aged Man Oar-Board Scotch Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout. Growler fills will be available for all the beers. Basic Kneads Pizza will be on hand.

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