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Beer Calendar: Party at Sanitas; Limited Releases From Upslope, Former Future

Pug Ryan’s has been a Summit County favorite for four decades, evolving slowly, ever so slowly, from a restaurant and bar into a brewpub in 1996. In 2004, Pug's became one of the first Colorado breweries to can beer, and this month, the spot began distributing its first-ever canned seasonal releases, Pack Iron Pale Ale and Old Crow Cream Ale. These two ales — normally only available at the brewery — join Pug Ryan's year-round canned offerings, Peacemaker Pilsner, Hideout Helles and Deadeye Dunkel. Pack Iron features "a generous dose of freshly-harvested West Coast and Southern Hemisphere hops that are complemented by a smooth amber malt backbone," the brewery says, while Old Crow has "a light dash of Golden Naked oats to provide the smooth drinkability...and a beautiful sun-golden color and a refreshing, creamy body perfect for summer afternoons."

Wednesday, June 3
It's Hybrid month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which has made four different style beers with wine/cider-making techniques. Today's concoction is Rhubarb Wine Hefe, which "will have an intense rhubarb flavor and was made using a rhubarb wine kit," the brewery says. California Wrap Runner will be there are 4 p.m. selling food.

Crooked Stave will release two beers today. Progenitor is a 6.2 percent ABV golden sour that was fermented with the brewery's culture of Brettanomyces yeast and bacteria before being dry-hopped. Petite Sour Passion Fruit, a 5.5 percent ABV sour, was fermented in oak with the yeast and bacteria mix; it was then given the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of passion fruit juice.

Thursday, June 4
Upslope Brewing in Boulder will release the latest in its series of canned barrel-aged beers, Lee Hill Series - Volume 4, with a taproom party from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the brewery's original Lee Hill location. The Manhattan Style Rye Ale was barrel-aged in Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey barrels; the beer itself "was brewed to recreate and reimagine the taste of a classic Manhattan cocktail," Upslope says. "Delivering a bold rye flavor with sweet malty aromas, this unique ale has notes of sweet cherries, caramel, rye whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Similar to the timeless cocktail of the same name, the character of the rye whiskey is at the center of this one-of-a-kind 10.4 percent ABV beer." Shopey's Sandwiches will be serving food; 19.2 ounce cans will be available for $10 (limit four per person).

Friday, June 5
Banana Hammock is back at Wit's End Brewing for the summer. The beer is an amber rye hefeweizen and is one of the brewery's most popular seasonals. It taps at 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 6
Platt Park Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary beginning at noon today. The brewhouse "is turning into a 7 tap bar area that will feature our barrel-aged beers and sour beers," Platt Park says. "We will also have our main 10 taps flowing with some amazing brews."

Little Machine won't be opening for a while, but the brewery-to-be next to Sports Authority Field is hosting an open house today for anyone who is interested in meeting the owners, checking out the demolition and buying a T-shirt. The Little Meet and Greet runs from noon to 2 p.m. "Whether you're old friends or new neighbors, we would love to have you stop over, check out the space, and hang out for a bit," the owners say. T-shirts are limited; they cost $15, cash-only. Corn hole, ladder golf and disc golf will be set up for all to enjoy.

Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton will celebrate its third anniversary today starting at 2 p.m. when it taps Jake's IPA, a special beer made for the bar in collaboration with Station 26 Brewing. The party will include a pig roast with Rolling Smoke, live music with Taylor Kline from 5 to 7 p.m., and with Wandering Natives from 8 to 11 p.m. Other special tappings includes an Elevation 7437 firkin with apricots added, 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine, 2014 Bourbon County Stout, Dieu De Ciel Peche Mortel on Nitro, Bruery Sour in the Rye, Bruery Cuivre, Avery Lilikoi, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Crooked Stave Petite Blueberry, Great Divide Prince of Tartness, Avery Samuels, Avery Lilikoi, among others.

The Brew Hut will celebrate its twentieth anniversary today with a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Guests are encouraged to bring their homemade beer, wine, cider, mead, cheese, and more to share with fellow homebrewers," Brew Hut says. "They can also taste The Brew Hut’s employee homebrew showcase, purchase commemorative Brew Hut T-shirts and posters, and enjoy 20 percent off discounts on select merchandise. The Brew Hut’s anniversary party will also feature carnival games and raffle prizes, as well as homebrew demonstrations from The Fermentologists homebrew club and Aurora City Brew Club." In addition, Dry Dock Brewing, which is next door, will tap Mandarina Pale Ale, which it brewed in honor of the anniversary; the beer was made with "a new, experimental hop variety from the Hallertau and Tettnang growing regions of Germany called Mandarina Bavaria. These hops create a sweet, fruity aroma with strong notes of tangerine." The shop — now the largest homebrew store in Colorado — was founded by homebrewer Scott Newcomb in 1995. He sold it in 2002 to Kevin DeLange and Michelle Reding, who went on to create Dry Dock in 2005. Newcomb, who moved to Florida, where he is opening his own brewery, will be on hand for the party.

Imbibe, Denver Active 20-30 and Applejack Wine & Spirits are teaming up to host an event called the Applejack BrewDown from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the well-known Wheat Ridge liquor store. Local food trucks and breweries will be on hand with food and beverages; there will also be live music and lawn games — all to raise money for Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children. Tickets are $30 and include unlimited beer tastings from thirty breweries, a tasting glass and a $10 gift card to Applejack.

Sanitas Brewing will host its second annual Sanitas Fest today, turning its back yard into a full-on music festival, featuring Eufórquestra, Coral Creek with special guest Luke Bulla, Jaden Carlson Band, Groundscore, The Hop Pickers, Nate Hrivnak and DJ Dug-E. Tickets to the all-ages fest are $10. VIP are $55. There will also be booths from area vendors and food trucks.

Left Hand Brewing will bring back its Culture Jam music festival today at the brewery. The event, which celebrates Longmont's cultural diversity, will feature music from La Santa Cecilia, Afro-Fusion with Paa Kow, Quemando, and more; it benefits Himalaya Health Care, Intercambio Uniting Communities and Left Hand Brewing Foundation. There will be food, beer and a kid's zone.

Sunday, June 7
Former Future will release its latest very-limited, spontaneously-fermented bottled beer today, part of its Black Project series. Ramjet was made in the brewery's coolship and then aged for close to a year in a single red wine barrel. "Montmorency cherries were added to the barrel for a second fermentation. Finally the beer was bottle-conditioned using the spontaneous microbes. Ramjet will age and develop in the bottle for years if treated properly," the brewery says. "Deep red with clingy, bright white head. Big tart cherry aroma mixed with lactic tartness. Flavor is complex and balanced. Mild tart cherry acidity and lactic acid mingle with doughy-malt flavor and a dose of traditional Brettanomyces funk." There are only 168 wax-dipped, hand-numbered, hand-signed 750 ml bottles available; each one costs $25. Here are more details from Former Future: "At 11:50 a.m., prior to opening the doors [at noon], James will come outside and speak briefly to anyone waiting about this release, future releases, and how to apply for our free, very limited membership program. This program will offer discount and perks and will fill up very quickly. If you are interested in this program we recommend making sure you are outside the front door by 11:45 a.m. as details on how to apply may never be publicly shared again...We will also be pouring a few bottles into glasses for folks to purchase at the bar and enjoy here. Former Future draughts will also be available."

Wednesday, June 10
BRU handbuilt ales & eats in Boulder will celebrate its third anniversary with a beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. Founder and chef Ian Clark will bring out the very limited First Anniversary Ale and Second Anniversary Ale from the cellar — and release the Third Anniversary Ale. He'll be pairing them with various dishes, including Rock Shrimp Ceviche with kalamata olive, chunky tomatillo salsa, oven charred radish, and purple potato chips paired with TWO 2nd Anniversary Imperial Saison handbuilt with kaffir lime and the wood-roasted turducken with apricot mustard glaze, charred turnips, mustard greens, and chile cornbread paired with THREE Third Anniversary Imperial India Pale Lager. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 720-638-5193 for reservations.

Saturday, June 13
Great Divide Brewing is turning 21 — and to celebrate its legal drinking age, the brewery is throwing its biggest anniversary bash yet from 2 to 6 p.m. Head down to the site of Great Divide's under-construction future location, 3395 Brighton Boulevard, for an afternoon filled with music (Gin Doctors, A. Tom Collins, Oakhurst, Brent Cowles of You Me & Apollo), food trucks, special release beers (throwbacks, firkins, barrel-aged and pilots) and Yeti sightings. Tickets are $40.

River North Brewery will re-release Tripel, a summer seasonal today in the taproom at 1 p.m. The classic Abbey-style golden strong ale, at 9.2 percent ABV, should be available all summer on tap and in 22-ounce bomber bottles. "Bursting with notes of apricot, pear and lemon, River North Tripel finishes dry with a Trappist-esque yeast bite," the brewery says.

City Star Brewing will release its second-ever barrel aged beer in a bottle today . Scoundrel is a brown ale that was soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria, "creating a pleasantly sour version of the brewery’s 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winning Bandit Brown Ale," the brewery says. It was then aged for a year in oak Cabernet barrels. The beer will be sold at the taproom only in 22-ounce bottles for $18 each; only 1,014 bottles are available.

Sunday, June 14
BRU handbuilt ales & eats in Boulder will celebrate its third anniversary today with a party featuring live music from Many Mountains from 2 to 4 p.m. and special tappings throughout the day.

Friday, June 19
The booming beer town of Longmont will get its newest brewery when Skeye Brewing, at 900 South Hover Street, Suite D, opens at 3 p.m. today with a celebration featuring food trucks and live music by the Prairie Scholars and Interstate Stash Express. Skeye is owned by longtime homebrewers Christopher and Kami Malanowski, and craft-beer industry veteran Steve Allen. Kami, a Marine corps veteran, will be the head brewer, but Christopher will brew as well. Skeye, named for the owners' dogs, includes a seven-barrel brewhouse and 3,600 square feet of space. They should have four beers on tap to start with: SMASH Pale Ale, SKEYE'S the Limit IPA, Tobias Red Ale and Yakita Porter, an English-style dark beer. The fifth flagship beer, PoleSki Pilser, an eastern European lager, is set to make its debut in July. Rotating seasonal beers and barrel-aged beers will also be on tap in the future.

Odell Brewing will celebrate its newest bottled beer today through Sunday in the taproom. Brombeere is a 4.8 percent ABV blackberry gose with a "balance of tangy and sweet, and as crisp and lively as some of our favorite late summer evenings," the brewery says. It will be available in four-packs end of June.

Saturday, June 20
Hopheads will be in heaven today when Hops & Pie hosts a festival honoring some of the tastiest hoppy beers out there. The Exit 39 Hopfest, starting at noon, features Alpine Duet, Russian River Blind Pig, Melvin Brewing 2X4, Societe The Pupil, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Comrade Brewing Super Power IPA, Cannonball Creek Project Alpha 4, and beers from Boneyard and Green Flash.

Lone Tree Brewing is hosting a Summer Solstice Brew and BBQ Festival at the tap room and in the front parking lot of the brewery today starting at 10 a.m. with a free breakfast (paired with Beermosas and Bloody Mary beers) and continuing through the day and night. The fest will feature a barbecue wing cook off, outdoor games, special beer tappings, live music from Barrel House String Band (at 5 p.m.), the Wing Wagon food truck and a Daisy Duke/Mustache contest. "Everyone is encouraged to don his or her Summer Solstice attire. Hula hoops will be provided," the brewery says. The event will also celebrate the arrival of Lone Tree’s new twenty-barrel brewhouse.

The 4th Annual Boulder County BrewBQ (formerly known as the Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival) takes place today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlas Valley Shopping Center, 95th and Arapahoe, in Lafayette. The fest includes more than thirty breweries and ten barbecue restaurants, caterers and professionals for a day of competition and consumption. There will be music, kids' activities, vendors and prize drawings. Tickets are $30 for beer and barbecue or $15 for just the food. You can buy them at All event proceeds benefit the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s scholarship fund and Boulder Rotary Club.

Saturday, June 27
The Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion will host Brews & Bites tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring beers from breweries that  are members of the Colorado Brewers Guild paired with various culinary creations from Colorado chefs. Proceeds from the event, which takes place both inside and outdoors in the gardens, benefit the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund. Tickets are $80 for general admission or $200 for VIP admission, which gets you in an hour early. Find them at

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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