Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Pliny the Younger, Stout Month and Two New Brewery Openings

Both Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora and Upslope Brewing in Boulder announced over the past week that they experienced significant growth during 2014. Upslope surpassed the 15,000-barrel mark in sales for the first time during 2014, brewing and selling a total of 19,600 barrels, a 66 percent increase over the previous year. The brewery also expanded distribution in Texas, Arizona and Wyoming.  "The recent addition of a new centrifuge, canning line, cold room and three more 120-barrel fermenters will bring brewing capacity to 35,000 barrels, allowing Upslope to expand distribution to Montana and New Mexico in the upcoming months," the brewery said.

Dry Dock, meanwhile, surpassed the 15,000-barrel mark as well. About 2,000 of those barrels were made for Durango's Steamworks Brewing on a contract basis. Dry Dock also opened a second tasting room, the Canoe Room, inside its larger production facility.


Wednesday, February 11

Russian River Brewing's triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, will return to Colorado today at 6 p.m. at the Falling Rock Taphouse, which will host the first of three tappings. The other two will be on February 15 at 1 p.m. and on February 21 at 1 p.m. All three tappings will adhere to strict rules and times; you can find the details on Falling Rock's website. The California brewery makes a limited amount of this cult beer each year and sends just a small amount out of state. There are typically about a dozen bars that get it here. Stay tuned to our beer calendar for other tapping information.

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen will celebrate its one-year anniversary starting at 5 p.m. today by tapping some special beers, including Sinister Aged Saison, Lowdown's 1st Anniversary Ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout that's been aging for months.

Lost Highway Brewing is releasing Tripel Homicide today at 3 p.m. The Belgian style tripel was brewed with Sorachi Ace and Saaz hops. It "begins with the true Abbey 'bubble gum' sweetness on the nose, then delivers hints of spice such as clove, and finishes dry and refreshing," the brewery says. It will be accompanied by a special food pairing.

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 Cherry Chocolate Imperial Milk Stout with a honey lime goat cheese doughnut. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be there at 4 p.m.

Friday, February 13

River North Brewery will kick off a four-day birthday celebration at 1 p.m. today honoring its third birthday with a new brew: a huge 17.2 percent ABV Bière de Garde called Anniversary Ale #3. It's the brewery's strongest-ever offering. "Bursting with notes of stone fruit and complemented by undertones of anise and citrus, Anniversary Ale #3 finishes with a pleasant warming sensation," the brewery says. There will be draft pours and bomber bottles to-go ($15, with a half-case limit). More bottles will hit store shelves in the following week.

Bery'ls Beer Company will tap a stout today that was aged in Fireside bourbon barrels from Mile High Distillery. It will also have the un-aged version on tap.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Porter at 3 p.m. today at its original South Dock tasting room.

Saturday, February 14

The highly-anticipated Ratio Beerworks, at 2920 Larimer Street, will host a grand opening party today from noon to midnight. The new RiNo brewery includes a 1,500-square-foot taproom and 4,000-square-foot production facility and will offer five flagship beers to start with, including an extra pale ale, a dark Scotch ale and a French-American saison; a food truck will be on hand as well. Ratio's normal hours will be 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to midnight Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. The brewery will be closed on Mondays.

Declaration Brewing will also celebrate its grand opening today in grand fashion. Much larger than most start-up breweries, Declaration has a big taproom and patio. There will be more than ten beers on tap and food from the Churn and Burn BBQ & Ice Cream food truck.

Lucky Pie LoDo and Proper Barbershop are calling all bearded men and the ladies who love them to celebrate handsome hairy faces and drink barrel-aged beer tonight starting at 6 p.m. Proper will be offering complimentary beard grooming, and beards deemed the sexiest will be rewarded with gifts. Lucky Pie will be pouring the following goodness: Crooked Stave's Motif, Elevation's Signal de Botrange, Epic's Big Bad Baptist, River North's Barrel Aged Avarice, Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti, Butcherknife's Red Wine Barrel Aged Barley Wine, Breckenridge Brewery's Bourbon Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Stout, and Dry Dock's Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Hazelnut Brown.

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