Powder Keg Brewing has opened in Niwot, where it's the town's second craft-beer maker; the location has a brewpub license (since it plans to serve food), which means it can also pour beers from other local breweries, including its neighbor, Bootstrap Brewing. Powder Keg plans to be open seven days a week, from 2 to 10 p.m.
Turn the page to see this week's craft-beer events.
Friday, July 25
California's Sierra Nevada Brewing will take its show on the road this summer for Beer Camp Across America, an unprecedented series of festivals in several cities that will go along with a twelve-pack of twelve different collaboration beers. The nation's second largest craft brewery has invited every other craft brewery in the country (all 3,000 of them) to attend and pour their beer at one of seven stops on the tour: Chico, California (where Sierra Nevada is based), San Diego; Denver; Chicago; Portland, Maine; Philadelphia; and Mills River, North Carolina. The Rocky Mountain/Denver edition takes place today from 5 to 10 p.m. at Civic Center Park and will include food trucks, live music and beer from more than 100 Colorado and regional breweries, as well as the twelve that are involved in the collaborations. Tickets, $65, are available at SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp (only 5,000 per venue). As for the collaboration beers, the Beer Camp Across America variety twelve-pack features collaborations with a dozen of the darlings of craft beer: Allagash, Ballast Point, Bell's, Cigar City, Firestone Walker, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Oskar Blues, Russian River, 3 Floyds and Victory, plus a beer from the Asheville Brewers Alliance. It's the first ever to contain both bottles and cans.
Saturday, July 26
River North Brewery has expanding its barrel-aged beer program by experimenting with barrels that once held classic cocktails. The first beer it will release is Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels. The cocktails were made with bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur. River North will release the beer at 1 p.m. today. Bottles ($15) and draft pours will be available. River North has two other cocktail-aged brews in the works for later this summer: Big City Quad will be a quadrupel aged in Manhattan barrels, and Barrel Blonde will be aged in a blend of whiskey, Boulevardier and Manhattan barrels. The latter was a taproom-only experimental brew which will now be released in bottles.
Sanitas Brewing will host its own music festival beginning at 2 p.m., featuring performances by Mountain Standard Time, West Water Outlaws, the Drunken Hearts and DJ Mikey Thunder. Taking place in the brewery's back yard, the party will include booths from area vendors, five food trucks and plenty of Sanitas beer. Tickets to the family-friendly Sanitas Fest, $8 in advance, are available at sanitasbrewing.com and include one free beer. VIP packages, including access to Sanitas' deck, exclusive beers, a free taco bar, will be available for $55 at the door or $45 presale.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will celebrate its fourth anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. today with a BBQ Competition (open to anyone; go to lovelandbeerbq.com for more information about categories and registration) and a beer garden. Grimm will tap several specialty beers to celebrate the event. A limited edition anniversary stein will be available to purchase (last year's sold out minutes after the event started).
Sunday, July 27
Hops & Pie will feature Against the Grain Brewery today for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest starting at 2 p.m. The Louisville, Kentucky, brewery will be pouring Citra Ass Down, Cutty Can't Hang, Kentucky Ryed Chicken, the Brown Note, Killewitte and 35K.
Avery Brewing will release the latest beer from its Barrel-Aged series (No. 22), an intriguing, 19.4 percent ABV Belgian-style beer called 5 Monks. Although the brewery says the beer started off as a quadrupel, Avery is calling it a "quintupel," because it is so high in alcohol. "The term 'sextupel' seems inappropriate alongside a congregation of monks," the brewery adds. "So quintupel, it is." Bottle sales begin at 1 p.m., although the line will form much earlier. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12, with a limit of twelve per person, cash only. There will be other rare beers on tap starting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 29
Members of the Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association may buy tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, which takes place October 2-4, beginning today at 10 a.m. They sold out last year. They are $75 each.
Wednesday, July 30
Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. to the general public. They cost $80 this year and are available at Ticketmaster.com. They sold out within minutes each of the past two years. GABF takes place October 2-4.
The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin o fVanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout today at 3 p.m. Ckrepes will be serving food as well.
For more events in August, turn the page. Friday, August 1
Left Hand Brewing will tap its first keg of Oktoberfest for the season today at 5 p.m. in its Longmont tasting room. The annual release is brewed using the time-intensive decoction mash process; it is a 6.6 percent ABV traditional Marzen lager. And wear your laderhosen and dirndl because there will be a costume contest and prizes.
Saturday, August 2
The Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Denver will present the second event in their "Lovibond series" of festivals today when they host Sesh Fest from 3 to 7 p.m at Sculpture Park in downtown Denver. The event highlights "session beers," which are typically 5 percent ABV or less. The concept of session beers was created by the British, who don't like to get hammered when they're taking a lunch break. Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at seshfest.com. Participants include: Black Bottle Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, CAUTION: Brewing, Crooked Stave, Dad & Dude's Breweria, Denver Beer Co, Epic Brewing, FATE Brewing, Former Future Brewing, Great Divide, Kannah Creek Brewing, Kokopelli Beer, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Pateros Creek, Ska Brewing, Station 26 Brewing, The Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub, TRiNiTY Brewing, TRVE Brewing, Upslope, Vine Street Pub & Brewery, Wonderland Brewing, and the Yak & Yeti. The Lovibond Series includes three separate events: Collaboration Fest (which took place March 22), Sesh Fest and the Fresh Hop Festival (which will take place on September 27). Each Lovibond festival focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing process and industry, according to the CBG.
Sunday, August 3
Avery Brewing will celebrate its 21st birthday -- and it's last at the brewery's original location on Arapahoe Avenue -- today from noon to 5 p.m., when it will be serving up rare and vintage beers -- including strong ales and sour/wild ales -- along with all of its flagships. There will also be live music and a commemorative glass. Tickets, $40, are available at eventbrite.com. "Our alley has served us well for 21 years. We've gone from making 800 barrels of beer a year to 50,000, from three annual beer styles to 22 and counting, from three employees to 93 and counting, and from a six-car-garage brewhouse to a series of six-car-garages," the brewery says. "We will love our alley forever, but we need to keep following our dreams." Avery will move to its massive new brewing campus in north Boulder in the summer of 2015.
Barrels & Bottles Brewery in Golden will host a tapping of several sour beers today from 2 to 8 p.m. The beers that are part of The Sour Incident will nclude: Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband; Brouwerij Bockor Cuvee' des Jacobins Rouge; Uinta Brewing 21st Birthday Suit; Odell Brewing Fifty Niner; Russian River Consecration; Crooked StaveSt. Bretta Summer; Trinity Brewing Super Juice; Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale; The Bruery Tart of Darkness; and Barrels and Bottles ow Hot Lips.
Friday, August 8
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap Sombremesas today at noon, the fourth in its series of barrel-aged bottled beers. This one is a little different however: weighing in at just 4.8 percent ABV, the beers is a pale ale that was aged in tequila barrels with fresh lime zest and agave nectar. Crazy Good Food will be serving food starting at 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 16
Crazy Mountain Brewery will host its fourth annual Ed Fest today from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Freedom Park soccer fields, 0450 Miller Ranch Road, in Edwards. There will be more than forty craft breweries (find the full list at edfestbeer.com) on hand, including those from inside and outside of Colorado. There will also be gourmet bites from local restaurants and food trucks, wares from Colorado purveyors, and live music by the North Mississippi Allstars. Tickets, available at edfestbeer.com, are $39 in advance, while VIP tix are $79. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Land Trust, a local nonprofit.
Sunday, August 17
Join BeerAdvocate's Todd and Candice Alstrom this morning at 11 a.m. for Waking Up with BeerAdvocate at Euclid Hall. Tickets are $65 and include these pairings: Dry Dock Apricot Blonde with Melon, Chilies, Citrus, Speck; Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale with Everything Bagel, tomato, breakfast Sausage, cheese; Black Shirt Brewing Red Ale with Bresaola cream gravy, sixteen-grain toast, fried egg; Ska Modus Hoperandi with Carnitas chimi, salsa, avocado, cheese whiz, sour cream, black beans; Great Divide Chocolate Yeti with red eye andouille gravy, crispy grits, pork belly; Avery Hog Heaven with Sourdough waffle, fried chicken, orange habanero glaze.
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