Beer Man

Beer Calendar: New Brews at Avery, Dry Dock, Left Hand, TRVE and Alpine Dog

Joyride Brewing in Edgewater has hired Chris Marchio, formerly of Fiction Beer Company, as its new head brewer. Marchio, who was featured in a recent Westword story about hazy, New England-style IPAs, will be tasked with helping to expand the already large lineup of beers at Joyride. "We are thrilled to have Chris join our team," Joyride brewmaster Dave Bergen says. "Chris has a diverse skill set and a unique voice that we feel will complement and enhance our current brewing operations. We’re excited to have him impart his personal flair into some new recipes that will appeal to new and current customers alike.”

An award-winning professional brewer, Marchio worked at Anderson Valley Brewing Company and Roslyn Brewing before joining Fiction when they opened in 2014. Joyride Brewing, which also opened in 2014, is located across the street from Sloan's Lake Park and recently expanded into the space next door.

Wednesday, April 27
Comstock, Michigan-based Perrin Brewing, which was acquired by the Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Company last year, will make its Denver debut today at 4:30 p.m. at Highland Tap & Burger. "The burgeoning brewery's buzz stems from head brewer John Stewart's sought-after and award-winning creations initially only available at the Perrin brewpub," according to a statement. "Perrin's reputation within the strong Michigan craft beer scene led to a near ubiquitous draft launch across the state driving the brewery to nearly 15,000 barrels in just a few years. After a collaborative partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery expanded sought-after, draft-only brews to cans last year, the distinction of Perrin's creative and quality brews heightened." Highland Tap & Burger will tap Lotsa Problems IPA. Then, after the Rockies game, Perrin will be at Star Bar at 9 p.m. 

Beryl's Beer Company will welcome St. Kilian's Cheese Shop today from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for a pairing that includes a flight of four beers matched with four artisanal cheeses and accoutrements. Tickets are $20 at the door. The cheese selections will also be available to purchase separately.

Thursday, April 28
Left Hand Brewing will debut a new, year-round American-style IPA today at 7 p.m. at Freshcraft in Denver. Crafted on the Longmont brewery's seven-barrel pilot system, Extrovert IPA is a 7.1 percent ABV beer brewed with Jarrylo, Cascade and Comet hops. "Extrovert is the result of over six months of development to brew a balanced American IPA that was the perfect complement to Introvert," the brewery says. Introvert is Left Hand's session IPA. "In addition, rye and acidulated malt give the beer a dry mouthfeel and distinct bite. The lasting result is a hop melody like a basket of fruit, with mouthwatering notes of pineapple, mango and orange blossom, balanced by sweet biscuity malt."

Dry Dock Brewing will release Aurora Ale today at 2 p.m. at its North Dock-Canoe Room facility to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city of Aurora. The blond ale was "brewed with beet sugar to commemorate our home's roots as a beet-growing region," Dry Dock says. The beer will be available on draft or in bomber bottles to go. The Comida food truck will be slinging tacos and a special beet dish.

Friday, April 29
Dry Dock Brewing will release Aurora Ale today at 5 p.m. at its original South Dock location to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city of Aurora. The blond ale was "brewed with beet sugar to commemorate our home's roots as a beet-growing region," Dry Dock says. The beer will be available on draft or in bomber bottles to go. Time 4 Dezzerts will be on hand with beet birthday cupcakes for purchase.

Saturday, April 30
Alpine Dog is tapping a new version of its seasonal summer saison, Ski Naked in Paradise, at noon. "This saison was aged on apricots and grains of paradise to emphasize the fruity, peppery and earthy characteristics of the base beer," the brewery says. Revelry will be on hand with grub.

TRVE Brewing will release Suffering Soul, which it describes as "a killer golden sour with ginger, pomelo and black pepper," today at noon. "There are less than fifty cases available, and the beer will only be available at our tap room. There is a limit of six bottles per person."

Denver Beer Co, Seattle Fish Company and Island Creek Oysters have teamed up to make an oyster stout, which will be tapped today at 1 p.m. for the brewery's Oyster and Stout Festival. The beer was brewed with live Island Creek oysters. The fest runs from 1 to 5 p.m., and Denver Beer Co will pair this briny brew with oysters from both coasts at its original Platte Street tap room. It's $30 for two beers and a dozen oysters, and $15 for an additional dozen oysters. A shucking competition will take place at 3 p.m.

The latest beer smackdown at Two Penguins Tap Room & Grill in Centennial will feature brown ales from Telluride Brewing, Upslope Brewing, Little Machine and City Star. Vote for your favorite in the Talk of the Town Brown Ale Smackdown. There will be live music from The One and Only Jon Ham.

Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its fourth anniversary all day today with special beer tappings, giveaways, cornhole and Jenga, a bouncy castle and face painting (12 to 3 p.m.), food trucks (Orange Crunch, Lena B Bar-B-Que, the Dessert Stand), and a Mini car show. There is also a charity drive for A Precious Child. Please bring one or more of the following items for the brewery's Birthday Bag Program and get a coupon from Big Choice: cake mix, candles, ready-made frosting, gift bags.

The third annual BrüFrou, a craft-beer and culinary pairing event, takes place today at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. The one-day tasting event for 3,000 foodies will transform a WWII-era airplane hangar into a celebration of local breweries and chefs, who will present more than fifty unique offerings. Tickets cost $65-95 depending on the package you pick and are available at, along with more detailed information, including a list of all of the beer-and-food pairings.

Sunday, May 1
Avery Brewing will release number 36 in its Barrel-Aged Series today in its Boulder tap room. Callipygian is a 17.4 percent stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. "She was twerking well before the word was in our vernacular," the brewery says. "A true trailblazer. A mover and a shaker of monumental proportions. Our muse and inspiration for this full-bodied, bodacious and well-rounded stout. You know we love big stouts and we cannot lie." Bottle sales begin at 11 a.m.; there is a limit of one case per person. After the brewery release, the beer will hit liquor-store shelves.

Strange Craft Beer Company will release its latest beer in a bomber bottle today starting at 1 p.m. when it begins selling Maibock bombers.

Wednesday, May 4
Wit's End Brewing will tap Mai the Fourth, a Maibock-inspired ale, today at 4 p.m. There is only a limited amount of the spring seasonal this year, "so get in before it goes to a galaxy far far away," the brewery says. "In addition to the beer, we will be screening our favorite space opera all evening. All Star Wars geekery is highly encouraged, in fact, wear your favorite Star Wars tee/outfit and get 10 percent off! May the beers be with you...always."

Thursday, May 5
Alpine Dog Brewing is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the release of four chile pepper-infused beers: Rye Blonde Ale with Anaheim and jalapeño chiles; Habanero IPA; ESB with smoked serrano chiles; and Chocolate Chili Pepper Stout with Aleppo, gaujillo, and Fresno chiles and cacao nibs. The tappings are at 5 p.m., and there is a limited supply! The Pikine Grill will be serving up West African food.

Wednesday, May 11
Breckenridge Brewery will launch its new Nitro Vanilla Porter in sixteen-ounce cans today at 7 p.m. with a free concert at the Bluebird Theater. "These nitrogen-charged cans produce a silky, smooth, cascading head right inside the can. No glass? No problem. Crack open an NVP and enjoy straight from the can at any concert venue," the brewery says. The two bands are the Bright Light Social Hour and Dragondeer. Get a complimentary can of Nitro Vanilla Porter with entry. The show is free; no tickets necessary. 

Sunday, May 15
The Post Brewing in Lafayette will release its two newest canned beers, Ol’ Zippy and Meathooks, today on liquor-store shelves. At 5 percent ABV, Ol’ Zippy Premium American Ale "features a crisp malt flavor and a snappy hop aroma. The hop zing carries through the flavor as the beer comes to a clean finish with a pleasant, subtle sweetness derived from flaked maize," the brewery says. Meathooks Mild Ale, at 4.1 percent ABV, includes "toasty, biscuity and satisfying lush layers of malt flavor and aroma, culminating in a clean, dry finish that begs another taste."

Tuesday, May 17
Strange Craft Beer Company is celebrating its sixth anniversary all week this week. Today the brewery will tap Chardonnay & Cabernet Barrel-Aged Blondes, its classic Belgian Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay and Cabernet barrels.

Wednesday, May 18
In celebration of its sixth-year anniversary, Strange Craft Beer is hosting a luau in its beer garden with Roaming Bull Brasserie. "Start off with Tuna Poke appetizer and a half pint of brew. Follow it up with a traditional Hawaiian-style pig roast and side fixin's of kimchi and potato salad, along with a specialty small batch of Tropical Golden brewed just for the luau," the brewery says. "Don't forget to wear your festive shirts...we've got the leis. Music by Wylie 'Crazy Horse' Jones, for a little island flair." Seatings are between 4 and 8 p.m., no set times. Tickets are available at

Thursday, May 19
Strange Craft marks its sixth anniversary today by tapping Super Kriek, which it calls "Cherry Kriek on steroids." The beer was a favorite at the Big Beers festival earlier in the year. There will also be extended hours, 2 to 11 p.m., hourly merchandise raffles (get a ticket with the purchase of a pint), live bluegrass from Groundcover at 6 p.m. and a Dr. Strangelove Barleywine bomber release party at 2 p.m. Also, if you wish Strange a happy birthday, you get a free five-ounce pour of your choice (not including Dr. Strangelove).

Saturday, May 21
Diebolt Brewing will tap the Wiggy Wiggy, its hibiscus-and-honey saison, today and will host a party in its honor. Details are still TBA, but there will be music, food and the saison — which Diebolt says is its most popular brew. Oh, and Diebolt will also begin canning the Wiggy Wiggy this year.

Platt Park Brewing will host a bottle-release party for its Watermelon Berliner Weisse today at noon. The brewery will only be selling about one hundred bottles, so there is a limit of two per person. Platt Park will also tap a single keg of the beer, and when it's gone, it's gone.

The Rialto Cafe will host its fourth annual Brewers Alley event from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring beer tastings from ten local brewers, including Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing and Denver Beer Co, musical entertainment, lawn games and appetizers. The event takes place in the alley between Curtis and Champa streets. A portion of the proceeds are going to Denver's Road to Work Program. Find tickets, $25, at Eventbrite.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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