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

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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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