Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the third annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, which will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m. November 16 at the Curtis Hotel. This year's event will feature eighteen breweries and more than 25 restaurants; one beer-bacon team will be crowned Best in Show win $750 to donate to the local charity of its choice. Presented by EatBoston and Denver Off The Wagon, the fest has raised almost $40,000 for Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing in the past. For tickets, $46.50, more info and a list of participants, go to the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival's website.
Read on to see all of this week's craft-beer events.
Wednesday, October 15
It's Pumpkin Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of a pumpkin beer every Wednesday. Today's is Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Ale, an Imperial ESB with vanilla beans, chai and pumpkin pie spices, paired with vanilla glazed pumpkin muffins.
The Yak & Yeti will open its third location today: Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Event Center. It's located at 9755 East Hampden Avenue, across the street from Kennedy Golf Course. The space fits approximately 300 people with room for another 75 people on the wraparound outdoor patio and will specialize in hosting events like weddings. It will serve Yak & Yeti beer brewed in Arvada.
Thursday, October 16
Boulder Beer Company will release a new winter seasonal brew this week called Slope Style Winter IPA. Brewed with five malts and piney Horizon hops, Slope Style is is a red IPA and will be available in twelve-ounce six-packs. Boulder Beer will tap the first kegs of the beer today at 4 p.m. in its Boulder taproom with a party that includes a prize drawing for two pairs of lift tickets to Loveland Ski Area, a frozen T-shirt contest to win a keg of Slope Style, and a snowflake-cutting Contest to win prizes for most creative snowflakes.
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids in Longmont will pour four different beers made from the Beers Made By Walking program today from 5 p.m. to close. Breweries represented will be Oskar Blues, Horse & Dragon, Bonfire and Pateros Creek. Guests can buy these beers by the pint, or they can have them paired with a special farm-to-table dinner that will accompany the full menu at HMLS. The Beers Made By Walking Festival, which took place in early October during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, showcased forty beers that were inspired by hikes or urban walks.
Friday, October 17
Platt Park Brewing (formerly Denver Pearl Brewing) will re-release Gump's Vienna Lager today and celebrate the beer's silver medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Gump's will be on tap from 3 to 9 p.m. Pints of the beer are $2 each, and each pint purchase receives a raffle ticket for hourly drawings of logo merchandise and the chance to win the grand prize: a pin (1/6th of a barrel) of Gump's. The beer "is named after the original owner of the building, Grandpa Gump," the brewery says. "He and his family had operated a cash register store and repair shop there since 1975. The antique, nickel-plated cash register on the bar is the brewery's tribute to the past and now the GABF Silver Medal will help carry on this history into the future." Platt Park will also have several other beers on tap, including Chardonnay barrel-aged Gump's called Ahh...Venice, Nadare Japenese-Style Lager brewed with Jasmine Rice, and Velvet Ninja, a German-Style Schwarzbier.
Saturday, October 18
River North Brewing will release Big City Quad today at 1 p.m., a 13.7 percent ABV Belgian-style quadrupel aged in barrels that once held Manhattan cocktails. "Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters complement sweet Belgian malts," the brewery says. Draft pours and bombers to-go will be available at the release party. River North bottled 150 cases of Big City Quad, which will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will ship to stores in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.
Chain Reaction Brewing will release Smoked Pumpkin Porter, the first of four pumpkin beers, today at a party starting at 3 p.m. "This big robust porter uses all those tasty roasted malts that you know and love but also uses the addition of twenty-plus pounds of maris otter that was slowly hand-smoked over pecan wood," the brewery says. "We also had our friends from Churn and Burn BBQ & Ice Cream smoke seventy pounds of fresh organically grown Colorado pie pumpkins. When all was said and done we added fifty pounds of cooked pumpkin goodness including all the favorite spices to this one." At the event, Churn and Burn will do a special food pairing, which will include something savory and something sweet both made with the smoked pumpkin smoked porter.
Wednesday, October 22
It's Pumpkin Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of a pumpkin beer every Wednesday. Today's is Bourbon Oak Aged Pumpkin Porter," an Imperial Pumpkin Porter with bourbon soaked oak spirals, paired with bourbon pumpkin pie bites
Saturday, October 25
Lost Highway Brewing, which quietly opened in late September after three years of planning and construction, will host a grand opening party today from noon to 6 p.m. with live music from Jim Dalton of the Railbenders, chile roasting, food and more. Founded by the owners of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway has six of its own beers on tap: District 6 Pils, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Golden Ghost Blond, Pumpkin Ale, Belghost IPA and Longest, Wickedest Wit. "The names of the beers reflect the history and experience of Colfax and the Capital Hill area," the brewery says. "Brew Master TJ Compton is working on several other beers in the portfolio, which are expected to be released later this month." In addition to beer, Lost Highway also offers fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and other picnic-style edibles in its market.
Hops & Pie will host a Pumpkin Beer Fest starting at noon today and featuring a variety of gourdy goodness, including Avery Rumpkin, Bruery Autumn Maple, Dogfish Punkin, Strange Pumpkin Porter, Sam Adams Fat Jack, Denver Beer Co Hey Pumpkin!, Hoppin Frog Hoppin Hollow, Southern Tier Pumpking, Alaskan Pumpkin Porter and many others.
Copper Kettle will host a party for the release of Well Bred, its rich 10.7 percent ABV English Barleywine. "Less hoppy and more malty than it's American counterpart, this English barleywine has lavish hints of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel, with earthy tones from the Breckenridge Bourbon barrel aging," the brewery says. Well Bred, which was released last year as well, is part of Copper Kettle's barrel-aged bomber series.
Lone Tree Brewing will begin selling 22-ounce bombers of its seasonal Hop Zombie Red IPA ($10 each) today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., or while supplies last. Only eighty cases will be available and, "based on last two years of sales," they'll sell out early, the brewery says. A small amount of the 8.5 percent ABV beer will be available in the taproom after that. The first ten people in the door today will get a commemorative Hop Zombie t-shirt, but the shirt and glasses will be for sale all day.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora and the nearby Wing Hut will host their third annual Dante's Wingferno Challenge today at the brewery from noon to 4 p.m. The wings-eating contest typically involves fifty to seventy people who all try to eat eight super-spicy wings (and Wing Hut has been working on a new, hotter sauce recipe) in five minutes. You can register on the Wing Hut's Facebook page; it costs $10 in advance and $15 online. All proceeds go to the Aurora Fire Department, and each precinct plans to send a competitor. It also helps to have them there for safety's sake, since the wings are that hot, says Dry Dock co-owner Kevin DeLange. Dry Dock beers will help you cool down. If you finish, you get a t-shirt.
Sunday, October 26
Avery Brewing will release No. 23 in its barrel-aged series today with a bottle party starting at 1 p.m. Antonius' Carmen is a sour ale aged in Madeira barrels. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12. Rare beers on draft starting at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 29
It's Pumpkin Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a firkin of a pumpkin beer every Wednesday. Today's is Pumpkin Saison, a Belgian saison with pumpkin pie spices added to give it that extra kick, paired with pumpkin whoopie pies.
Friday, October 31
Lost Highway Brewing will host the Grave Robber Halloween Party today starting at 7 p.m. with a costume contest, ghost stories, a palm reader and special pairings with its Grave Robber Fraud Quad.
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