Beer Calendar: New Year, New Beers at River North, Copper Kettle, Baere and Kokopelli

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Barley's Angels Colorado, a networking and social group for both women in the beer industry and consumers, has started a brewery job board as of January 1. Run by two Barley's Angels volunteers, the site, at barleysangelscolorado.com, lists available non-gender-specific jobs and provides a link to the description and application information. A recent newspaper survey "indicated that 34 percent of brewery employees in Boulder County are women and that this number is expected to grow," according to the local chapter of the national Barley's Angels organization. Breweries that want to list positions can send them to barleysangelscolorado@gmail.com.

Turn the page to see all of this week's craft-beer events.

Wednesday, January 7 River North Brewery plans to debut its third canned offering, River North Farmhouse, in March. In the meantime, you can try two of the pilot batches for this beer at the brewery's weekly Wayward Wednesday event.

Freshcraft will tap several rare beers from Perennial Artisan Ales today at 7 p.m. They include Abraxas, Hommel bier and Heart Of Gold. Brewery reps will be on hand.

It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Pumpkin Porter.

Friday, January 9

Baere Brewing will release a new beer, Black Rye-day, today. The dark Belgian-style ale was brewed on Black Friday last November. (Baere is closed Saturday this week.)

The Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival kicks off its fifteenth year today in Vail, where there will be seminars, beer dinners and the world-famous commercial tasting event on Saturday. Tickets for most things are sold out, but there may be a few left.

Saturday, January 10

Oskar Blues will hold an official release party for its brand-new Pinner Throwback IPA today from 1 p.m. to close at the Tasty Weasel taproom in Longmont. The 4.9 percent year-round brew is a session IPA sold in six-packs and made with several kinds of hops. There will brewery tours, giveaways, hot air balloon rides and live music from the Delta Sonics at 3 p.m. and skee-ball tournament starting at 6.

Kokopelli Beer Company will celebrate its first anniversary today and tomorrow with seven new beers that will be tapped (get a special seven-taster flight of all the new beers for $11), along with music, giveaways and merchandise specials.

Dry Dock Brewing's Canoe Room tasting room at the North Dock location will host a firkin Saturday today with Green Chile Apricot. It opens at noon.

Sunday, January 11

Station 26 brings back its monthly Bluegrass Brunch today at 11 a.m. with old and new beers, live music from That Damn Sasquatch, doughnuts from Glazed & Confuzed, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke.

Turn the page to see more events later in January. Wednesday, January 14

It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Cascara Charlie's Golden Strong.

Friday, January 16

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will mark the third annual release of its 10 percent ABV Winter Warmer old ale, in bottles today at 2 p.m. "This crowd favorite has notes of fruit, dark chocolate, roastiness, toffee and black currant," the brewery says. "It's brewed using 100 percent Colorado-grown malt and hops." Each 500 ml bottle is wax-dipped and hand-numbered. There is a limit of two per person. The Texorado food truck will be on hand.

Hogshead Brewery celebrate its annual Hogshead Days weekend starting today (it's also head brewer Stephen Kirby's birthday). The three-day fiesta will include a few new beers, like AK Bitter and Dr. Bakken's Lunchtime Oatmeal Stout. There will also be Beer From the Wood Chin Wag ESB; Beer From the Wood John Shaft Porter with cocoa nibs; New Years Window Licker Barleywine Vertical; Olde Burton Extra Old Ale (two year vertical); Richard Roundtree Stout with cocao nibs; and Divne Right Imperial Stout.

Saturday, January 17

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen will host a barrel-aged beer festival today starting at 2 p.m., featuring some of the brewery's own creations as well as barrel-aged offerings from other breweries around town. All together, there will be nine different beers on tap; each costs $7 to $9. They include Lowdown Imperial IPA aged in a Woodford Reserve Barrel; Lowdown Strong Ale aged in a Breckenridge whiskey barrel; Platte Park Milk Stout aged in a Fireside Bourbon barrel; Rock Bottom Denver Baltic Porter aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel; Lowdown Barleywine aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel; and beers from Great Divide, River North, Lone Tree and Dry Dock.

River North Brewery will re-release "the patriarch" of its barrel-aged beers, Whiskey Barrel Quandary, today at 1 p.m. in the taproom. The beer, which only comes out once per year, is a Belgian-style quadrupel; the barrel-aged version is a blend of several batches of the beer that was aged in rye and bourbon barrels. It "bursts with notes of ripe plum, rye whiskey spice and a malty, bourbon-infused kick," the brewery says. "Finishing at 12.7 percent ABV, this beer can be savored now or cellared for years." Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available. With 120 cases total, bottles will cost $15 with a limit of six. More cases will hit liquor store shelves.

Wednesday, January 21

It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Mexican Chocolate Stout.

Saturday, January 24

Chain Reaction Brewing is hosting a Break Your Resolutions Party today for those of you who may have fallen off the path already. "We are dedicating this day to nothing but good times, good people, good food and great beer," the brewery says. Chain Reaction will tap its latest barrel-aged beer, Chardonnay Barrel Aged Pink Peppercorn Saison, along with a few other new ones. Rocky Mountain Slices will be on hand selling pizza.

Wednesday, January 28

It's coffee month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a different firkin of beer made with Pablo's coffee each Wednesday. Today's cask is Coffee Black IPA.



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