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

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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

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.

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