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Beer Calendar: The Beast, Barrels, Belgian-Style Beers and Brewery Birthdays

AC Golden Brewing and its fan club, the Colorado Native Brew Crew, have adopted a 23-mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail, which runs from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico. The company — a Golden-based subsidiary of MillerCoors — is the first corporate entity to sponsor part of the famous, 3,100-mile route. It will be maintaining the section between Herman Gulch (about ten miles west of Georgetown) and Berthoud Pass (which is south of Winter Park) — a segment that AC Golden says includes the headwaters for the water that ends up in the brewery's beer. "As Adopters, the Colorado Native Brew Crew’s responsibility will be for the annual maintenance of this section of the CDT and work with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service to ensure it remains a high quality and safe recreational experience for all users of the CDT," the brewery says. 

Wednesday, July 22
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap a firkin of Imperial Saison today at 2 p.m. as part of its Saison Month.  The Imperial Saison has a higher alcohol content and more flavor. Pavys food truck will be on hand with gourmet sandwiches.

Thursday, July 23
Spangalang Brewery will release Lemon Session today; it's a session beer brewed with wheat, spiced with lemon peel and dry hopped with Citra hops. "The beer doesn't fit any particular style guideline, but it's very refreshing and drinkable at 4.5 percent ABV," the brewery says. "A moderate citrus hop aroma combines with lemon flavor and aroma."

Friday, July 24
Avery Brewing will hold a release party for the 2015 edition of the Beast. Bottles and draft will be available starting at 5 p.m. It will also celebrate this first installation of the Demons of Ale series by offering vintages of the Beast from Adam Avery's cellar.

Copper Kettle Brewing will tap a version of its Mexican Chocolate Stout aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels (for four months) today. There is only one keg of this beer (meaning it is very limited) and only ten cases of bottles in the tasting room. Hamborghini food truck will be out front selling burgers at 5 p.m.

Comrade Brewing will tap The Specter Belgian-Style Wheat beer today at noon. Brewed with wheat, flaked rye and a balanced dose of Curacao orange peel, coriander and hopped with Sorachi Ace and Lemondrop hops, it weighs in at 5.4 percent ABV.

Saturday, July 25
One of the first of the fourth-wave craft breweries in Colorado (and the first in Loveland), Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will celebrate its fifth anniversary today with a party from noon to 9 p.m. Co-founders Aaron Heaton and Don Chapman first met as members of the Liquid Mechanics, a home-brewing club in Fort Collins. "They were inspired by the German beer styles and resurrecting lost ancient recipes," the brewery says. "The idea for the name came from Don’s wife and brings the stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to life in the form of beer, with each being named after or from a part of the stories. From the beginning, the guys teamed up with local artist Josh Emrich, who has designed many beloved characters and continues to provide the art for the brand today." The party will include special beer releases throughout the day; live music by Cable Ten, The Waido Experience, Taggart & Silas and Leaded; burgers and brats by Big Thompson Kiwanis Club; mini golf and Hammerschlagen; and a chance to win free beer for a year.

Joyride Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary today with a giant block party in front of the brewery. Proceeds will benefit Edgewater Collective. It will be family-friendly, with jumpy castles, balloon artists and face painters. There will be beer service in the street for the adults, along with a "Dunk the Brewer" tank, live music with acts such as Legitimate By Friday, GT Scaggs, Thurston Group and Ryan Aids, as well as a Live DJ. There will be food out front from Rolling Dough and Burgersmith. Joyride has released two new beers recently, Straight Outta Hopton First Anniversary Triple IPA and Bee's Knees Honey Belgian Tripel.

Sunday, July 26
Saint Patrick's Brewing in Littleton will release the first batch of its Brewmaster's Reserve Series today at noon. The series features bottles of six Kolsch-style "orchard lagers": Dry-Hopped Peach, Mango Coconut, Peach Pie, Strawberry Jasmine, Strawberry Tangerine, and Sweet & Sour Mojito. The party runs until 7 p.m. 

Monday, July 27
Upslope Brewing will debut a new series of 19.2-ounce cans today. "The Tap Room Series cans will consist of brewer-selected beers that have been vetted in Upslope’s tap rooms," the Boulder brewery explains. "Unlike the barrel-aged Lee Hill Series that was introduced last summer, which are often intended to be cellared, the highly approachable new series of beers are crafted to be consumed brewery-fresh." The first in the series, a 5.9 percent ABV Citra Pale Ale, will be available for purchase at one of Upslope’s two Boulder tap rooms and at select retailers starting today. "The Citra hops used to brew this American Pale Ale impart distinctive citrus and tropical fruit flavors. With a moderately dry finish and a spicy hop character that approaches that of an IPA, this beer has been a top seller in our tap rooms since its release."

Thursday, July 30
As part of Brews for a Cure, Factotum Brewhouse will donate 40 percent of every full pour of beer sold from 4 to 10 p.m. today to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk fundraiser; there's also a $5 suggested donation at the door. There will be live music, silent auction items and food from 5280 Sliders and Sugar Crystal's.

Saturday, August 1
The second annual Sesh Fest, featuring beers that weigh in at 5 percent alcohol by volume or less, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. today at Sculpture Park. Hosted by Imbibe Events and the Colorado Brewers Guild, the event is a fundraiser for the Guild, which represents most of Colorado's breweries. Why have a low-alcohol-beer fest? "Coloradans are known for being outdoorsy. One favorite summer activity is day drinking outside in a park, on top of a 14er or on the river," the Guild says. "When planning to drink for several hours, one wants to enjoy something light, refreshing and full of flavor." Tickets are $25 and on sale now at, where you can also find the list of participating breweries.

Join Alpine Dog Brewing, Mockery Brewing and Renegade Brewing for their Inaugural Summer Brew Crawl. Start at Mockery Brewing at 2 p.m. and then bike to Alpine Dog for a few rounds. Then, pedal to Renegade to enjoy their new patio. Participation is free.

Sunday, August 2
The Post Brewing Company will host Jack’s Benevolent Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Koenig Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The event benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County and the Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Grant, which was created by Post chef Brett Smith, "in honor of his dear friend John Ferrigno's son Jack, who had autism and passed away due to a seizure disorder when he was only eight years old," according to the Post. Over the last three years, the organization has raised $75,000 "to send more than 150 developmentally challenged kids to fun, confidence-building summer camps." Tickets cost $100 per person at and include beers from the Post, Avery, Wonderland, Odd 13, Liquid Mechanics, BRU and Industrial Revolution, and food from a variety of big-name local chefs, including Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market, Ian Clark of BRU and many others. There will be live music from the Adam Bodine Trio. Radio personality Bret Saunders will emcee, and there will be a raffle. 

Saturday, August 8
Denver Beer Co will mark four freakin' years today with a birthday party from 2 to 10 p.m. The Freakin' Four Years event is a block party with a full lineup of music, food trucks and beer.

Avery Brewing will celebrate its 22nd anniversary today with a giant bash from 4 to 8 p.m. Since it's the first anniversary party in the brewery's new digs, Avery founder Adam Avery "is digging deep into his cellar and is pulling out rare and vintage beers to share," the brewery says. Tickets are $40 and include six brews, a commemorative glass and live tunes. Each drink ticket is good for a twelve-ounce pour of beers that are less than 8 percent ABV or an eight-ounce pours of beers 8-12 percent ABV, or a four-ounce pour of beer that are 12 percent or higher or aged in barrels. There will be barbecue available.

Saturday, August 15
Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden and Call to Arms Brewing, which just opened last week, have brewed the second beer in their Peace & Assist collaborative project, this time in conjunction with Bery's Beer Company in Denver, which will host a tapping party beginning at noon today. The series is a cheeky play on the cease-and-desist letters that have become commonplace in the past few years in the craft-brewing industry concerning beer names and trademarks. In addition to Peace & Assist Collaboration Brew No. 2, Beryl's will tap several other special beers throughout the day. There will also be food trucks, live music and outdoor games.

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