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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.

River North Brewery will continue its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today with side-by-side tappings at 1 p.m. of its three Anniversary Ales: #1, a 12.5 percent stout; #2, a 10.2 percent Golden Strong Ale; and #3, a 17.2 percent Bière de Garde. Both of the previous year's vintages are the last kegs in the brewery. The Roaming Bull Brasserie food truck will be on hand.

All five Mountain Sun-owned breweries and restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will tap two beers today just for Valentine's Day as part of the ongoing Stout Month through February. The first is Cherry Chocolate Stout, brewed with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and and a blend of over 300 pounds of dark sweet cherries and red tart cherries. The second is a beer that Strange Craft made just for this event, Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout, brewed with raw organic cocoa nibs from Ghana and fermented with a special Belgian yeast and then aged on forty pounds of of raspberries.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats in Boulder will host a Valentine's Day dinner special tonight starting at 4 p.m. "Each course incorporates both barley and hops in the eats and then pairs it" with one of Bru's beers, according to the restaurant. Courses include a woodroasted oyster with cascade smoked chorizo and malt aioli paired with Solus Patersbier, and charred kale salad with malt brittle, pickled whole cone hops, citrum buttermilk dressing and shaved carrots paired with Citrum IPA. Seating is limited; for reservations — $40 per person — call 720-638-5193. For more details, go to bruboulder.com.

Sunday, February 15

River North Brewery will continue its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today with a cellar sale. The brewery will be offering rare bottles from the past year, starting at 1 p.m. An official list and format will be released later, but look for beers from the past two years to be included. The taproom will also host a beer and doughnut pairing from Bronuts.
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.

Former Future Brewing will sell a very, very limited number of bottles from its Black Project Spontaneous Ales at 2 p.m. today. The first is Flyby Coolship Spontaneous Sour Ale (a GABF 2014 medal winner), which will be sold for $35 per 750 ml bottle. There are only 48 bottles available, with a limit of one per customers. The second is Jumpseat, a dry-hopped sour ale (and offspring of Flyby) that will be sold for $22 per bottle (limit of four).

Falling Rock Taphouse will tap Russian River's Pliny the Younger triple IPA today at 1 p.m. The tapping will adhere to strict rules and times; you can find the details on Falling Rock's website.

Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse will tap Pliny the Younger today at noon, although doors open at 10 a.m. A $10 ticket will get you one ten-ounce pour. "We sold out of tickets last year before the tapping, so we are not expecting there to be second pours. On the plus side though, it's supposed to be a beautiful day this time around! We will also be serving brunch," Backcountry says in a Facebook post. "Also note: please make sure to bring a valid, non-expired ID. If you have a license renewal slip, please have it ready along with some other form of photo identification. Foreign issued driver's licenses/i.d. cards that are not from a US Territory, Mexico or Canada will not be accepted. Please bring a passport, if necessary."

Monday, February 16

The Cheeky Monk on Colfax Avenue will tap Russian River's Pliny The Younger triple IPA today at 6 p.m. (and again next Monday, February 23 at the same time). Tickets ensuring a pour of the beer go on on sale at 4 p.m. the day of the tappings.

River North Brewery
will conclude its weekend-long birthday extravaganza today by tapping some rare kegs. The brewery opens at 1 p.m. for the holiday.

Two22 Brew will be celebrating its one-year anniversary all week with a variety of events, starting today with a beer and painting party at 6 p.m. Tomorrow is tacos and trivia from 6 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, it's a Happy Hour Market from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring Happy Leaf Kombucha, Cream City Market cheese curds, Baba & Pops Pierogis, & Moonshot Roasters. On Thursday, Two22 will have a beer pong/water pong event for charity. The anniversary party itself begins on Saturday (scroll down to that day to find details).

Tuesday, February 17

All five Mountain Sun-owned breweries and restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will release another imperial stout today as part of the company's annual Stout Month. The beer is 10.3 percent ABV Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, which was brewed with orange blossom honey, Chinook and Amarillo hops. "Complex notes of coffee, chocolate, orange and cherry fill the palette, while an ample addition of bittering hops ensure a smooth ride all the way to the last drop," the brewery says.

The annual Yak & Yeti Brewpub's "Blessing of the Bock" tradition will take place today. The beer, Yakety Yak Don't Talk Bock will be tapped at 4 p.m., followed by the blessing of the bock at 5 p.m. by a certified minister.

The Roaming Bull Brasserie food truck and Black Shirt Brewing are hosting a crawfish boil for Fat Tuesday today from 5 to p.m. at the brewery. A ticket is $35 and includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, potatoes, and corn on the cob, as well as two cans of BSB beer.

Wednesday, February 18

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release a brand new beer today at 6 p.m. Progenitor is a 6.2 percent ABV dry-hopped sour ale. "Born from the idea that all beers were once sour, Progenitor is a beer unlike other modern sour beers — it is the primitive form of beer, but with an extreme take on dry hopping," the brewery explains. "Primary fermented with Crooked Stave's mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Progenitor is a complex blend of sour funk with a heavy handed dose of tropical and citrus hop notes from the ample dry hopping regimen." Bottles will cost $8 each, and there is a limit of twelve.

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 Toasted Coconut Imperial Porter with a turtle doughnut, caramel glaze with chocolate drizzle and sweet, salty crunchy pecans. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be there at 4 p.m.

World of Beer in Cherry Creek will tap Pliny the Younger today at 6 p.m. World of Beer Loyalty Members will have first crack, though, and are guaranteed a pour between 5 and 5:30 p.m. A line will form at 5:30 for everyone else.

Thursday, February 19

Boozy local blog Denver Off the Wagon turns four years old this month. As it does every year, the bloggers have teamed up with a local brewery to create a celebratory beer. In this case, Off the Wagon joined Former Future to brew a 7.8 percent ABV imperial IPA called 4×4. To make it, they used four grains, four hop varieties, four yeast strains (to highlight the fourth anniversary. You can find the beer at Former Future starting tonight, and then at Star Bar, starting tomorrow.

Alpine Dog Brewing will release its newest beer — a black IPA called Darth Hop — today at 5 p.m. The brewery will also have a Star Wars-themed party to celebrate, so wear a costume because the top three costumes will be awarded prizes ranging from growlers to t-shirts. The beer is "packed with tropical/citrusy American hops, caramel and de-bittered roast malts for a smooth malty, roast cocoa/coffee profile.," the brewery says. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be on site.

Upslope Brewing will release the third volume of its quarterly limited release Lee Hill Series today at the brewery’s original Lee Hill tap room in North Boulder. The beer, a 10 percent ABV Barrel Aged Imperial Stout , "was brewed to be aged in Leopold Bros. Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels," Upslope says. "With copious amounts of Maris Otter malted barley and three distinct roasted grains this stout provides a chocolate, coffee and nuanced dark fruit flavor that fuses excellently with the unique character of the oak barrels." Today's party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Shopey’s Sandwiches food truck will be serving food, and 19.2 ounce Barrel Aged Imperial Stout cans will be available for $10 (limit four).

Saturday, February 21

"It's gonna be a party. Wear your drinking shoes." That's the message from Goldspot Brewing, which will open its doors for the first time at noon today at 4970 Lowell Boulevard, near Regis University. The brick-walled neighborhood spot, owned by Matt Hughes and Alex Sward, will have five or six beers on tap, including an IPA, a coffee cocoa porter, a Belgian pale, a Kolsch-style golden ale, and Uh Huh Honey, an IPA that Goldspot brewed for last December's Festivus beer fest along with Cerebral, a brewery-in-planning. Basic Kneads will be serving pizza.

Denver Beer Co
will host its fourth annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest from 9 a.m. to noon today at the brewery's Platte Street location. Each ticket holder gets a breakfast burrito, coffee from Coda Coffee Company, and all-you-can-eat bacon from Denver Bacon Company. You will also receive a souvenir mug to fill with all the "breakfast-inspired" brews you can drink from Denver Beer Co.

Two22 Brew in Centennial will celebrate its one-year anniversary today and tomorrow, featuring hourly releases of favorite beers from throughout the year, including Patio Peach, Boo!22, Hefeweizen, Imperial Melon IPA, Saison, Abbey, White IPA, Chocolate Porter. The Basic Kneads Food Truck will be on hand from 1 to 8 p.m.

Falling Rock Taphouse will tap Russian River's Pliny the Younger triple IPA today at 1 p.m. The tapping will adhere to strict rules and times; you can find the details on Falling Rock's website.

Sunday, February 22

Avery Brewing, which just opened its new taproom and restaurant earlier in the week, will host its first bottle release today, starting at 11 a.m. when people can begin buying Batch No. 4 of the highly-acclaimed bourbon-barrel-aged Uncle Jacob's Stout. The 16.9 percent ABV beer has become one of the brewery's signatures. Each bottle is $12 and there is a limit of one case (24 bottles) per person. Other Avery beers will be flowing from the brewery's new thirty-tap wall, both into pint glasses and into growlers.

Copper Kettle Brewing and Hops & Pie have teamed up to offer the Snowed In Brunch, a craft beer and gourmet cuisine breakfast that's taking place at the brewery at 8 a.m. and again at 10:30. The brunch will feature a four-year vertical tasting of Snowed In, Copper Kettle's bourbon-barrel-aged imperial oatmeal coffee stout, dating back every year to 2011, when the brewery first opened. The menu from Hops & Pie is three courses: "White Corn Grits, Smokey Tomato Jam & Hickory Shrimp; Candied Bacon, Deviled Egg & Tiny Hash Browns; and Handmade Apple/Sage Pork Sausage, Fresh Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits & Maple/Bourbon Gravy." Tickets are $55 and will sell out.

Two22 Brew in Centennial will conclude its anniversary week today with a tribute to our the Colorado charities that the brewery donates to. They will release their new Fruits of Philanthropy Beer; the Wong Way Veg Food Truck will be on hand.

Euclid Hall will tap Russian River's Pliny the Younger today at 3 p.m. "Due to a limited amount of The Younger we will be selling tickets for one 6 ounce pour per person for $6 on a first come first serve basis so that as many people as possible can sip on this special brew," the restaurant says on its Facebook page. "Tickets will be available when we kick the doors open at 1:30pm. Once you have your ticket you can enjoy a glass of Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig or Temptation while you wait."

Monday, February 23

The Cheeky Monk on Colfax Avenue will tap Russian River's Pliny The Younger triple IPA today at 6 p.m. Tickets ensuring a pour of the beer go on on sale at 4 p.m. the day of the tapping.

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids will tap Russian River's Pliny the Younger tonight, HOWEVER, you have to have bought your ticket the previous Saturday, February 21, at 10 a.m. One per person.

Tuesday, February 24

All five Mountain Sun-owned breweries and restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will release another imperial stout today as part of the company's annual Stout Month. The beer is Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, which is the brewery's coffee-infused Imperial Stout aged several months in Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels.

Hops & Pie will tap Russian River's Pliny the Younger today at 1 p.m. The restaurant will begin handing out tickets at 11:30 a.m. sharp when the doors open. "If you receive one of said tickets you are guaranteed a 10 oz pour, you do not have to be present at 1pm, you just have to return at some point Tuesday WITH your ticket. If you loose your ticket you loose your beer, sorry. If you do not redeem your ticket by closing on Tuesday your pour will be enjoyed by the staff. That is all," Hops & Pie says on Facebook.

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 boa bun. Liquid Pajamas is a 12.5 percent ABV winter beer, brewed with wheat, rye, barley and eight pounds of powdered cocoa.

Friday, February 27

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.

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