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Beer Calendar: St. Paddy's Day Fun; New Brews from Crooked Stave, Renegade

Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins will release bottles of its latest Cerealiously beer today (the brew has already been tapped on draft as well): Cerealiously Lucky Charms. The brewery has garnered quite a bit of attention over the past six months or so with its cereal beers, especially after General Mills endorsed the brews and began sending boxes of cereal — including Count Chocula and Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch — en mass to Black Bottle. This one is in honor of St. Patrick's Day. And in more beer news....

Wednesday, March 11

March is Irish Themed Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a different cask-aged version of its Help Me Out! Stout each Wednesday at 3 p.m. Today's is Catholic Irish Whiskey Keltic Stout, which was oak-aged and "made with the smooth and slighter sweeter Catholic Irish Whiskey, produced outside of Cork," the brewery says. A food truck will be on hand.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project plans several bottle releases over the next few months. The first is a special edition of its recently released new beer, Progenitor, a 6.2 percent ABV dry-hopped golden sour. This one, called Progenitor Noir, uses "dark malts to create a 'Dark IPA'...while still being primary fermented with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria," the brewery says. "While both Progenitor and Progenitor Noir received ample dry hopping, Progenitor Noir was concocted to have a fresh, resinous hop bite. Thanks to great hops like Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe, Progenitor Noir is a hoppy sour worth seeking out fresh to enjoy the full citrusy, resinous goodness."

Thursday, March 12
Renegade Brewing will debut its newest canned beer, Contrarian, today in the taproom. The 8 percent ABV imperial pilsner is Renegade's new spring seasonal and will be available in green cans at the taproom and in liquor stores soon. At today's party, though, you can get a ten-ounce pour for $2. Discount 4-packs will also be available.

Friday, March 13
Comrade Brewing will tap a 4.8 percent ABV Irish Dry Stout today at noon, just in time for Saint Patrick's Day. It was "brewed with Irish Stout malt from Ireland, the new Double Roasted Crystal from Simpsons and hopped with East Kent Goldings," the brewery says.

TRVE Brewing will tap a new saison today. The 5.6 percent ABV beer is called Ecdysis. Merry Friday the 13th.

Saturday, March 14
There's a St. Paddy's Day Celebration going down from noon to 10 p.m. today at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap Help Me Out Stout, a dry Irish stout, regular and on nitro. Spudwackers will be selling Irish-inspired grub and Irish potatoes starting at 2 p.m.; Brian Hagen & The Inquiry will be playing live music at 6.

Denver's St. Patrick's Day parade ends one block from Zephyr Brewing, which will open at the special early hour of 10 a.m. today and tap its brand-new Ryerish Red Ale, hand out door prizes and grill up hot dogs/brats all day long.

Tuesday, March 17
Asbury Provisions will host a release party today for Renegade Brewing's newest beer, Contrarian Imperial Pilsner. "Those who appreciate the craft of beer will likely pass on pints dyed green on this day. Celebrate St. Patrick's with a green can instead," the brewery says. "This will be Contrarian's first appearance outside the taproom. Raffle prizes will be awarded to those who purchase a can."

Saint Patrick's Brewing will hold a grand opening party today at its large new location at 2842 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton. The lager-only brewery should have at least seventeen beers on tap, including Oktoberfest, Dubbel, Berry Chili, Limoncello, Russian Imperial Stout, Pumpkin Vanilla Chai, French Barleywine, Espresso Blonde, Imperial Helles, Belgian Quad Wit, Dry Hop Saison, Hawaiian Farmhouse, Coroni, Helledel Helles, Czech Pils, Luminosity Oak Reserve and Midnight Mocha.

Cedar Creek Pub in Aurora will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration today. It will also be serving corned beef and cabbage, and  tapping Deschutes Brewing's The Abyss Imperial Stout.

Renegade Brewing will tap a special barrel-aged version of its E3 Triple IPA today at 6 p.m. There is only a small amount.

Wednesday, March 18
Crooked Stave will release Petite Sour Hibiscus and Cinnamon, the first in a series of Petite Sours, today in its taproom at The Source. The beer was first released to Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve members in May of 2013 as a small batch experiment. "Due to its popularity, Crooked Stave tweaked the recipe to make a new batch for public release," the brewery say. "The 2015 batch of Petite Sour Hibiscus and Cinnamon received a modest dose of cinnamon and hibiscus, leaving a slightly tart beer with a vibrant red hue and soft spice notes."

Thursday, March 19

Colorado Plus Brewpub in Wheat Ridge will host a tap takeover today featuring Denver breweries that opened in 2011 and are among the first of the so-called third-wave breweries in the Mile High City. The breweries — Copper Kettle, Renegade, Wit's End, Denver Beer Co. and Caution Brewing — will each have two handles, one an original recipe and one something new.

Craft brewers love to collaborate. But what does that actually mean? Find out at a collaboration-immersion class that will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight through Metro State University's Hospitality Learning Center. Done in coordination with Collaboration Fest (which takes place March 21; look below for details), the class is being hosted by Imbibe Events, the Colorado Brewers Guild and MSU; it will take guests through a history of collaborations and provide a preview of the festival beers. The class will be led by beer-industry consultant Scott Kerkmans, a former brewer and beer writer who was among the first Certified Cicerones in the world and is a beer judge every year at the Great American Beer Festival. There will also be a panel featuring Nick Nunns from TRVE Brewing, Jesse Brookstein from the yet-to-open Call to Arms Brewing Company, someone from New Belgium Brewing and several others. Tickets, $35, are available at The class will be held at MSU Denver’s Hospitality Learning Center, Demonstration Theater Room 208, 1190 Auraria Parkway.

Friday, March 20
Falling Rock Taphouse owner Chris Black has again teamed up with Star Bar's Justin Lloyd and New Belgium Brewing's taste specialist Lauren Salazar to blend a sour beer. Rock Star Part Deux will be tapped at 5:30 p.m. in advance of Colorado Craft Beer Week.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA this weekend with a variety of activities in the taproom. The beer, which used to be packaged in 750 ml bottles, will be released for the first time this year in four-packs of twelve-ounce bottles, and distributed April through June. Tree Shaker is brewed with pureed Colorado peaches and fruity hops varieties. "Odell guests can enjoy samples of the brew all weekend, local food truck offerings including Tree Shaker infused specials from Common-Link on Saturday, and live music by Porcelain City on Sunday afternoon. The brewery will also offer special cheese pairing plates from The Welsh Rabbit (available for purchase while supplies last)," the brewery says. 

Saturday, March 21
Colorado Craft Beer Week, organized by the Colorado Brewers Guild, kicks off today with a variety of events, highlighted by Collaboration Fest. See more below, and for the complete Colorado Craft Beer Week schedule, go to

The second annual Collaboration Fest returns today as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week — and it's grown to enormous proportions. This year's version will feature more than 75 one-off beer collaborations, mostly between Colorado breweries, but some including breweries deom other states or countries. The event itself — hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events — will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. “Colorado currently has more than 200 operating craft breweries and these breweries were responsible for $826 million in revenue in 2013,” CBG spokesman Steve Kurowski explains. “Collaboration Fest showcases how these breweries work together to strengthen the industry and why Colorado is the state of craft beer.”

Not done drinking? Head over the Falling Rock Taphouse at 7:30 p.m. for the Post-Collaboration Fest Party featuring San Diego County-based Alpine Brewing’s introduction to Colorado. "One of the most awaited imports to Colorado will kick-off their arrival with a tapping of six beers here," Falling Rock says.

Denver Beer Co and the Real Dill are teaming up again to bring beer and pickle lovers that fifth edition of Beers & Spears, a beer-and-pickle pairing event from noon to 5 p.m. Taking place in the Barrel Room, next door to DBC's Platte Street location, Beers & Spears includes a flight of three beers paired with three pickles for $12. The Real Dill will also make a batch of its spiciest pickles for the infamous spicy pickle-eating contest; the winner takes home a jar of the Real Dill pickles and a six-pack of the Denver Beer Co beer of their choice.

Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will throw a Spring Party today from noon to 11 p.m. with two live bands (Daniella Katzir Band at 2:30 p.m. and Andrew Wynne at 5:30 p.m.); four special release beers; food from Barbed Wire Reef (featuring wild game burgers, gourmet brats, BBQ pulled wild boar, seafood); prize drawings throughout the day for free beer, shirts, growlers, six-packs, and more.

River North Brewery will release the third beer in its lineup of sixteen-ounce cans, River North FarmHouse, today with a party in the taproom. "Distinctive but sessionable, River North FarmHouse delivers the balanced Belgian character the brewery is known for, with an effervescent dry finish," the brewery says. The 4.6 percent ABV beer will debut at 1 p.m. 

Alpine Dog Brewing will release its newest beer, Colfax Gold Belgian-Style Golden Ale, today in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week. And if you are one of the first 72 people to buy a pint, you get a free Alpine Dog Colfax tribute glass with it.

Sunday, March 22
A couple of weeks ago, Ska Brewing teamed up with Wynkoop Brewing and the band Reel Big Fish to make a reel big 10 percent ABV oak-aged Russian Imperial Stout called Reel Big Stout. The upshot? A party today from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Denver Bicycle Cafe. In addition to that beer, DBC will also feature ten other beers from Wynkoop and Ska, along with food from The Cluck Truck and Barbed Wire Reef, and live music from the Denver Vintage Reggae Society and The Dendrites. There will be a raffle to benefit Trips for Kids Denver.

Falling Rock Taphouse will host its own Imperial Stout Fest today at 1 p.m. Details and beers are TBA.

Monday, March 23
The Stone and Ska breweries will tap Mighty Mighty Bastogne at 7 p.m. today at Freshcraft. The two breweries made the 9.7 percent ABV beer for Collaboration Fest, which was held over the weekend. The Belgian-inspired triple trippel IPA was made with traditional Belgian malts and candi sugar, but with Citra and Amarillo hops added. Other special brews from both Stone and Ska will be tapped as well, including Ska-Face barleywine.

Wednesday, March 25
Freshcraft will throw a tapping party to celebrate the release of River North Brewery's new canned beer, River North FarmHouse, a 4.6 percent ABV Belgian-style ale. There will be several other River North beers on hand, as well as brewery representatives.

Crooked Stave will release another new beer, Serenata Notturna, today in its taproom at The Source. The beer, which at 12 percent ABV is unusually strong for Crooked Stave, is a "take on a Belgian Strong Golden Ale, primary fermented with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria in previously used Sherry Casks," according to the brewery. 

Thursday, March 26
The New Kids on the Block craft-beer party returns to The Lobby today at part of Colorado Craft Beer Week. The fest celebrates local breweries that are less than two years old; there are at least twenty participating. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest '80s duds. The all-you-can-drink event includes unlimited beer tastings, '80s jams and a costume contest. Tickets are $30 for general admission (7:30 p.m.) and $45 for VIP (6 p.m. admission), which includes a three-course dinner.

Friday, March 27

Falling Rock Taphouse will host its own Sour Fest today at 5:30 p.m. as a way to wrap up Colorado Craft Beer Week. Firestone Walker has confirmed a special sour for the evening. The rest is TBA.

Saturday, March 28
Featuring beers brewed with rye malt, today's first Rye the Hell Not Rye Fest involves ten local breweries and benefits the MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. Participating breweries include The Brew on Broadway (The BoB), Chain Reaction Brewing Company, Baere Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Black Sky Brewery, Strange Craft Beer Company, Wit's End Brewing Company, FERMÆNTRA, Brewery Rickoli Ltd. and CAUTION: Brewing. Rye the Hell Not takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Black Sky Brewing; tickets, $35, are available at participating breweries.

Hops & Pie will hops an insane Sour & Wild Fest today, beginning at noon. The beer list includes Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, Cascade Blackcap Raspberry, Crooked Stave Progenitor, Epic Brewing Elder Brett, New Holland Blue Sunday Sour, Crooked Stave Flor d'Lees, Siren/Prairie Ratchet, Brasserie De Blaugies/Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise, Almanac Farmer's Reserve Blueberry, Evil Twin/Intangible Ales Sour Bikini, Crooked Stave Origins. Sante Fe Brewing Kriek, Lost Abbey Cuvee De Tommme, Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett, Russian River Consecration, Mikkeller SpontanRosehip, Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse. No tickets are necessary. There will be flights and single pours available. 

The third annual Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, hosted by Left Hand Brewing in Longmont's Roosevelt Park, returns today from noon to 5 p.m., featuring beers from fifty different craft breweries and a totally sick forty-foot snowboard ramp where local pros will test their mettle in a competition, doing flips and tricks. The event also includes live music, local food and a kids' park. Tickets are $30 for the beer fest and Rail Jam, and $10 for just the Jam. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; the beer fest runs from noon to 4:45; the rail jam goes from 1:45 to 5 p.m.; and the awards ceremony is at 5 p.m.

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