Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Say Bye to Avery's Old Tap Room and Hi to Beers at TRVE, Comrade, Beryl's

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Wednesday, February 4

Platte Park Brewing will continue its Freakin' Firkin Wednesday program tonight by cracking a cask of Phaded Pale Ale fresh hopped with Citra Hops.

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 vanilla imperial cream ale with a creme brulee doughnut stuffed with vanilla custard and topped with a crunchy, torched sugar glaze. The Truck Yeah Food Truck will be there at 4 p.m.

As it does every February, Falling Rock Taphouse will celebrate host Dain Bramage all month long, with different barleywines all the time.

Old Chicago will continue its Explorer Series today by tapping De'Nile, which was made by Left Hand Brewing and Allegro Coffee Company. The coffee ale has "a big hop presence that highlights the berry and citrus notes from the coffee," Old Chicago says. "All three parties were involved in the creation of the beer every step of the way, from selecting the coffee at Allegro, to the brewing at Left Hand." The beer-centered restaurant chain will also be featuring Left Hand's three nitro beers -- Milk Stout, Sawtooth and Wake Up Dead -- which will be poured in the brewery's dedicated Spieglau Stout glassware.

Fate Brewing in Boulder will celebrate its second anniversary today by tapping a special 2nd Anniversary Ale; there will also be festive surprises and food and drink specials.

Thursday, February 5

Come say goodbye to the only location that Avery Brewing has known since it opened in Boulder on August 1, 1993. Now that the company is moving to massive new digs across town (with a grand opening on February 16), the old Avery Alley is being retired. The brewery will tap rare beers every day from now through the very last day on Monday, February 9; there will also be live music and appearances by former taproom employees.

Friday, February 6

Comrade Brewing will tap its very first Double IPA today at noon. The beer weighs in at 9.5 percent ABV and 100+ IBUs, and was brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Millennium and Galaxy hops.

TRVE Brewing will release its latest bottled sour beer, Crimson Death, today in the taproom. The beer was aged on raspberries and boysenberries.

Two Creeks Brewing, a brewery-in-planning, will release its second beer today at 6 p.m. at Grandma's House, the collaborative brewery that hosts a variety of would-be brewers on its taps. The beer, Wunsch, is a German-style amber ale. "Very obvious but soft malt flavors sit across from a firm hop presence that balances the malt," the brewery says. In addition, anyone who signs up for the Two Creeks mailing list will receive a free glass of Wunsch at the release party. (Print out the confirmation e-mail that you receive, or just show it to on your phone when you arrive.)

Copper Kettle Brewing will bring back its Rum Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Porter today, both on tap and on nitro. The beer has been aging for four months in barrels, giving it a fuller rum flavor with the same great pumpkin pie spice.

Beryl's Beer Company will release a new coffee schwarzbier that it collaborated on with Logan House coffee. It will be tapped at noon. The brewery will also be tapping a new stout today; it will release a barrel-aged version in one week.

Saturday, February 7

Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs will continue its first-Saturday-of-every-month release program today by opening up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to serve glasses of Saison, East Bank Farmhouse Ale, Plum Fruit Stand and Dry Hop Test #1 Saison. Casey will also be selling bottles of Saison (new blend) and East Bank (last month's blend), along with magnums of Saison, East Bank and Plum Fruit Stand.

Sunday, February 8

Station 26 Brewing will get down and boogie at its monthly Bluegrass Brunch today starting at 11 a.m. There will be live music from Acoustic Mining Company, donuts from Glazed & Confuzed, and barbecue from Rolling Smoke BBQ. On tap: Colorado Cream Ale (2014 GABF medal winner), Belgian-American Pale, Rye Pale, Plum Dubbel, Winter Wheat, Red X, Wee Heavy, Juicy Banger IPA, Red IPA and Milk Stout.

New Belgium hosts an amazing party each year called Lost in the Woods at its Fort Collins brewery, when it releases its two flagship sour ales, La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek. Although tickets to that event sold out months ago, the brewery will hold a Denver version today at the Terminal Bar in Union Station. The evening will include beer, food, special guests and Boxwood Pinball. Get tickets, $40, at imbibe.com.

Monday, February 9

Come say goodbye to the only location that Avery Brewing has known since it opened in Boulder on August 1, 1993. Now that the company is moving to massive new digs across town (grand opening for that is February 16), the old Avery Alley is being retired; the very last day for the taproom is today. To celebrate, Avery will tap rare beers and feature live music and appearances by former taproom employees.

Tuesday, February 10

All five Mountain Sun-owned breweries and restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Longmont will release two imperial stouts today as part of the company's annual Stout Month. The beers are Megatron American Imperial Stout and Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout. the 10.7 percent ABV Megatron "has dominant flavors of chocolate and roast balanced by huge citrus and pine flavors contributed by American hop varieties," the brewery says, while the 10.3 percent ABV Oatimis Prime "is dark and rich with flavors of chocolate from the blend of roasted grains balanced by warming notes of alcohol." You can get a six-ounce side-by-side tasting of each for $7.50.

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