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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 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 and times, all the details of which you can find 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 wiill be accompanied with 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-barrel-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.

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.

Monday, February 16

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Saturday, February 21

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.

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.

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.

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.

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