Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Party at Four Noses, River North, Nighthawk and Station 26

Ska Brewing in Durango has added a new seven-barrel pilot brewing system at its World Headquarters, where it will be able to focus on experimental and one-off beers. The new system will free up the brewery's primary system for its mainline beers, like Modus Hoperendi and Mexican Logger. Ska says the new system is an entity of its own and is calling it Mod Brewery. The taproom at the brewery has also added eight handles, which will feature small-batch beers from Mod. They will only be available on-site.

"In order for Ska to fulfill demand and production of its flagship offerings in the existing facility, the veteran craft-brew brand felt that experimental ales and one-offs deserved a mad laboratory of their own," the brewery says. "Mod Brewery offers a structured program on which Ska can increase production of its popular specialty beers. Ska World HQ underwent renovations earlier this month to make room for the new brewery. The additional taps will increase the tasting room’s Ska draft selections to twenty.

"Many Mod Brewery recipes call for local fruits and fermentation in barrels from Ska’s sister distillery, Peach Street Distillers, out of Palisade, Colorado. The Mod beers will have varying levels of tartness to complement the blend of local fruits used in producing them," Ska adds.

Wednesday, May 25
Black Shirt Brewing will tap its Colorado Red Ale dry-hopped with Lemon Drop hops (a "super Cascade" with citrus/lemon and floral/earthy notes) as part of its weekly One Keg Wednesday. The brewery will also pair up with Long I Pie for a May Beer and Pie Pairing today from 6 to 9 p.m. This month, they are featuring Shoofly (Molasses Crumb) with Pomegranate Molasses Common Red; Caprese (Tomato, Mozz, Pesto) with Colorado Red Ale (floral & citrusy Red IPA) with balsamic water; Strawberry Rhubarb with Electric Currantcy (Currant and Cranberry Sour); and Bourbon Chocolate Pecan with At Dawn (Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Porter on Nitro). It's $20 for four tasters and four pie samples.

Thursday, May 26

Great Divide Brewing will host a special barrel-aged event at its Barrel Bar on Brighton Boulevard today from 6 to 9 p.m. in support of the Brewtography Project's Kickstarter. For $20, each guest will receive a branded Spiegelau glass, a pour of 2015 barrel-aged Old Ruffian barleywine or another beer on tap, and an eight-by-ten-inch print signed by Dustin Hall of the Brewtography Project. A photo booth will be set up so that guests can take pictures, which will be available on the Brewtography Project’s Facebook page. Great Divide will donate 100 percent of sales to help fund it. For information, go to the Facebook page.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza
and Ft. Collins Brewery are bringing back their second annual FCB Skeeball Tournament today at Ernie's at 8 p.m. The tournament will pit individuals and teams against each other to compete for prizes, including a VIP tour for two of Ft. Collins Brewery. FCB beers on tap for the event include Far Away IPA, Red Banshee, Hefeweizen and the Savor Series American Barleywine. Participants will also receive a souvenir pint glass.

Friday, May 27
Four Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its second anniversary with a weeklong party full of beer releases, food trucks and other activities. Today the brewery will tap its 2nd Anniversary Double IPA along with multiple casks. The Tony Guacamole food truck will be on hand, and a DJ will spin from 7 to 11 p.m. 

"When River North’s fourth anniversary passed in February, the brewery was still readying its new facility. Now that the Washington Street location is open, it's time for a belated birthday beer," the brewery says. To that end, it's releasing Anniversary Ale 4 ¼ (say “four-and-a-quarter”) today at 4 p.m. The imperial saison was aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. The anniversary celebration will continue throughout the weekend with food trucks and River North beers both classic and new.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Strawberry Honey Maibock today at 3 p.m. at its original South Dock location in Aurora. The beer is a twist on the brewery's spring maibock. 

Zephyr Brewing will host a beer-and-chocolate pairing with the Chocolate Lab today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and only thirty people will be allowed in each hour. Get tickets at

Saturday, May 28
The first ever Libations & Provisions: A Brewery Farmer's Market takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Station 26 Brewing in Denver. Vendors include Mountain Fresh Market, Black Squirrel Deluxe Granola, Chocolate Lab, City Pop, Happy Leaf Kombucha, New World Cheese, OO MOMMIE, Rocky Mountain Barrel Company, Smart Cookie Dog Treats, Stapleton Roasters and Tonix Denver. There will be five more Libations & Provisions events through the summer and fall.

Four Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its second anniversary with a weeklong party full of beer releases, food trucks and other activities. Today the brewery will tap various experimental and barrel-aged beers; there will also be a pig roast and then lives music from 3 to 6 pm. 

Rebel Restaurant is pairing with TRVE Brewing for an unusual summer kickoff dinner that suits both of these artisan establishments: Rebel specializes in whole-animal presentations, while TRVE specializes in being metal. The event, called The Slaughter, features three whole animals — a pig, a goat and a lamb — that will be slow-roasted and smoked. Guests will then devour them in a pop-up biergarten in Rebel's parking lot; the food will be served alongside some old favorites and brand-new summer sours from TRVE. There will also be homemade wine coolers from bartender Jason Randall, and nostalgic punk and metal records will be spun on the patio. The Slaughter runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at

Nighthawk Brewery in Broomfield will host its Inaugural Funk & Farm Fest today from 1 to 4 p.m.; the fest is a celebration of grisette, saison and farmhouse beers, and features more than a dozen Colorado breweries. Tickets, $38-$48, include a commemorative glass and goat cheese from Haystack Mountain. Participating breweries include Nighthawk, Trinity, Black Project, Crooked Stave, Atom Brewing, Dad & Dudes Breweria, Colorado Plus Brewery, Goldspot, Mu Brewery, Odd 13 Brewing, Spangalang, Our Mutual Friend, Wynkoop and Wiley Roots. Find tickets at

Sunday, May 29

Four Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its second anniversary with a weeklong party full of beer releases, food trucks and other activities. Today the brewery will tap some experimental and barrel-aged releases. There will also be a crepes and beermosas brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Burgerchief food truck starting at 1 p.m., and live music from 3 to 6 p.m.

Monday, May 30
Four Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its second anniversary with a weeklong party full of beer releases, food trucks and other activities. Today the brewery will tap various experimental and pilot beer releases. The Chuey Fu’s Latin-Asian Fusion food truck will be on hand.

Wednesday, June 1
Denver Beer Co took home a gold medal in May at the prestigious 2016 World Beer Cup in Philadelphia for its winter seasonal, Summit Sunrise, in the Double Red Ale category; DBC's entry topped a field of 51 contestants. To celebrate, the brewery will offer a limited release of the beer in its original Platte Street tap room today, on draft only; Summit Sunrise is typically only available from November through March, in cans. "Summit Sunrise is characterized by a balance of malt and hops making this Red Rye IPA a quintessential example of a Double Red Ale," the  brewery says. "Crimson in color, Summit Sunrise boasts pine and citrus hop aroma, spicy rye tones, and a rich, malty backbone."

Thursday, June 2
The Backyard Concert Series at Anythink Wright Farms in Thornton will host Great Divide Brewing and brewery manager Ro Guenzel tonight for Beerology. The event is "an opportunity to discover beer through a variety of lenses, including its history, impact on culture and literature, and the science of brewing," Anythink says. "Attendees can sample various beer styles, learning all about the features and ingredients that make them distinct. This ticketed event is for both beer novices and enthusiasts alike." Beerology takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. A Q&A session with Guenzel will follow. Proceeds raised from ticket sales and the auction will benefit the Anythink Foundation.

Friday, June 3
Ursula Brewery, formerly called Coda Brewing, is throwing a two-day "Re-Brandiversary" party to celebrate everything new. The location is celebrating its second anniversary in this spot, but had to change its name when head brewer Luke Smith left earlier this year and took the name Coda with him. Ursula will have special tappings today and tomorrow, including some sours. There will also be a live DJ and bands.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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