Beer Calendar: Party at Breckenridge and Odell New Brew Releases

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The River North district has seen an explosion of new breweries over the past year, the most recent of which, Ratio Beerworks, opened earlier this month. But the big daddy on the block is going to be Great Divide's $38 million, five-acre campus between Brighton Boulevard and the South Platte River. The first phase of that project, a huge warehouse and packaging facility, along with a small taproom called the Barrel Bar, is scheduled to open this spring. To inspire beer lovers, the brewery has posted a time lapse of the construction on its website. Check out the screen capture above or go to greatdivide.com to see the rest.

Wednesday, February 25
Copper Kettle will bring back its annual Decadent Chocolate Cask Month in February, offering different Imperial beers each Wednesday along with doughnut pairings (in limited quantities) from Glazed and Confuzed. This week's pairing is Copper Kettle's Chocolate Hazelnut Peanut Butter Imperial Brown Ale with a strawberry shortcake doughnut, strawberry jelly glaze with a shortcake spike whipped cream. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be there at 4 p.m.

Lost Highway Brewing will tap TJ's PJs today at 3 p.m. The beer is a limited release of the brewery's Liquid Pajamas winter warmer that was aged in a maple whiskey barrel. It will be paired with a pork belly bao bun. Liquid Pajamas is a 12.5 percent ABV winter beer, brewed with wheat, rye, barley and eight pounds of powdered cocoa.

Fiction Beer Company will tap a new beer at 6 p.m. today, a Gose. The salted wheat beer is based on an old German-style of beer with a high sodium content. The 4 percent ABV beer is tart and sessionable and has cardamom and makrut lime leaves.

River North Brewery will break out as single keg of its Avarice Stout aged with coffee today at 3 p.m. as part of the brewery's Wayward Wednesday program.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery will tap its fourth new beer in as many weeks when it starts pouring Wolfpack Black Saison today. The beer joins the brewery's new lineup of lower ABV brews that include Sky Pond Pale Ale, Sawatch IPA, Grizzly Peak Session Porter, and Quickdraw Kolsch.

Thursday, February 26
Factotum Brewhouse will celebrate its grand opening today at 4 p.m. Located at 3845 Lipan Street in the Sunnyside neighborhood, Factotum will rely on homebrewers who are willing to pay $400 each to brew beers and serve at the brewery. Owned by brother and sister Chris and Laura Bruns, the brewery currently has five beers on tap: Peach Cobbler Cream Ale, Juniper pale Ale, a dry Irish stout and a black IPA made with tea. There may also be an amber today. Denver Deep Dish will be slicing up pizzas today.

Friday, February 27
Good god, if you haven't made it to the Vine Street Pub in Denver, or to one of the other Mountain Sun-owned pubs and breweries in Boulder or Longmont for Stout Month, this weekend is your last chance to bathe yourself in multiple kinds of the dark stuff. Get over there. The beer menu changes daily.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Double Chocolate Doppeldock today at its original South Dock tasting room. The cask is part of the brewery's weekly Firkin Friday program, and it taps at 3 p.m

Breckenridge Brewery will release its brand new Barleywine Batch #2 today at its Kalamath Street headquarters from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be one of your last chances (although probably not the final one) to "party amongst the fermenters" with live music, chocolate and cheese pairings, the brewery says. The beer is an English-style barleywine aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvingnon barrels; it gives off aromas of prune, molasses, wet oak, and subtle hints of wine, the brewery adds. Like its predecessor from last year, Barleywine Batch #2 will also be sold in 22-ounce wax-topped bottles. Breck will also be popping some bottles of Batch #1 to compare.

Odell Brewing in Fort Collins will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series beer today through Sunday in its taproom. Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry was aged in oak barrels with wild yeasts and 300 pounds of golden raspberries. Odell will be offering samples of the brew, cheese pairings (while supplies last) tomorrow and and live music on Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
Black Shirt Brewing will tap Blood Orange Double IRA today. "This beer was brewed with Centennial and Cascade hops, dry-hopped with the same, conditioned on heaps of blood oranges, and then double dry-hopped with Mosaic. It's beyond fantastic, it's sublime," the brewery says.

Saturday, March 7
City Star Brewing in Berthoud will release Outlaw today at  noon in the taproom. The beer is the first in City Star's barrel-aged series and the firsts City Star beer available in bottles. The 13.25 percent ABV brew was aged for one year in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels. It includes flavors of "dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey," City Star says. The brewery only has 970 22-ounce  bottles available. They cost $18 each, with a limit of twelve per person.

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