Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Toasting 4/20, the New Light-Rail Line and Brewery Birthdays

Brewery lawn games have taken on a whole new meaning at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, which recently completed a nine-hole disc-golf course outside of its North Dock tap room and production facility. For help in building the nautical-themed course, which has alternate tee boxes for eighteen holes, the brewery enlisted Flying Green Disc Golf of Englewood. If you don't have any discs but want to play, Dry Dock is selling brewery-branded discs in the on-site Canoe Room tap room. "These discs— sets of drivers, mids and putters that can also be purchased individually — are certified per the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Disc Golf Technical Standards," Dry Dock says. The course is open rain or shine.

Wednesday, April 20
It's possible you already have another way of experiencing Colorado's highs today. But you might also want to drink some of the dank by heading to Finn's Manor for the 2 X 420 event starting at 4:15 p.m. Finn's says it will be tapping the nine "best hoppy beers we could get our hands on." They include Melvin Brewing's 2x4, IPA, Hubert and Brosaic, along with Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait, Comrade Brewing Superpower, Odd13 Codename Superfan and WeldWerks Juicy Bits.

TRVE Brewing will bring back its dank double IPA, Nazareth, in honor of 4/20. The brewery traditionally taps the beer, dedicated to the song "Dopesmoker" by Sleep, a now-disbanded metal act, on this day. It is dry-hopped and made with three kinds of hops.

Dunbar Kitchen & Taphouse is featuring a chef-inspired menu paired with beers from Dad & Dude's Breweria, including its cannabis-oil-infused Sativa IPA. The 4/20 dinner is $40 a person and includes welcome apps and three courses, along with four ten-ounce pours. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by calling 720-630-7641. Check out the menu at Dunbar's Facebook page.

Copper Kettle Brewing will celebrate its five-year anniversary starting today with a party that runs through Sunday, April 24. Over the five days, it will release twelve beers and rock on with live music, food and fun. The brewery will kick things off today by tapping Rokaru Ale, a Japanese Pale Ale made with rice and sake yeast; Farm to Truck will be out serving up farm-fresh cuisine, and Mark Thomas will be playing an acoustic set on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 21
Copper Kettle continues its five-day fifth-anniversary party by tapping some Throwback Thursday beers — all beers released during its opening year of 2011, some of which you might have only seen once. They include Altbier, Roggenbier, Copper Mezzina Pale Ale and Black Onyx Black Lager. Tim Stiles will be playing live acoustic music on the patio from 6 to 8 p.m. and Rocky Mountain Pizza Slices and the Pasty Republic will be out front selling food.

Renegade Brewing has tweaked the recipe for its grapefruit-infused triple IPA and will release the finished product, Endpoint Triple IPA, in cans today at 5 p.m. (Endpoint was formerly known as Elevation.) Come down to the brewery to try discounted pints and grab some cans to go. 

Alpine Dog Brewing will tap Wolf's Blood Red Ale today. "Come try our new dark, malty red ale named for the wolf's ancestral linkage coursing through the veins of our modern furry friends," the brewery says. Wolf's Blood weighs in at 5.7 percent ABV.

Friday, April 22
The new light-rail line between Union Station and Denver International Airport runs today for the first time, and one of its stops is just a block from Black Shirt Brewing, which is celebrating mass transit with a party and by tapping Frontman IPA at 11 a.m. "This is a transformative beer for us, as it's the first IPA we've brewed with hops that were hand-selected by head brewer Branden last fall in Yakima, Washington," the brewery says. "Chinook is used for bittering, and then we dry-hopped the beer intensely with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. If you like your IPAs dry and filled with tropical and grassy, citrusy aromas, you're in for a treat. Frontman will be available on tap and in 32-ounce Crowlers to go." Maine Street Barbeque will be outside from 3 to 9 p.m. today, and the party continues tomorrow with live music and more food.

The Wynkoop Brewing Company will celebrate a grand re-opening today in conjunction with a party for RTD's new Train to the Plane line from Union Station. The brewery underwent a major remodel over the last four months, completing replacing its brewing equipment — which had been there since the late 1980s — with a state-of-the-art system. From 3 to 7:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a beer and tour the new brewery; they will also be able to check out the full range of new seasonal brews, as well as revamped standards. In honor of the A Line, attendees can try a throwback batch of Light Rail Organic Ale, which was made with organic pilsner malt and a blend of New Zealand grown hops. Pints of Light Rail are $4 all day Friday; public brewery tours are free and will run every 30 minutes. In addition, attendees can taste Saison done three ways—Saison de Seigle, the kettle-soured Necessity Saison, and the Forethought Saison, a barrel-aged sour—plus the limited-run Rye-Teo Old Chap, an imperial rye stout aged in Laws Whiskey House Secale rye whiskey barrels.

Join Cerebral Brewing today at 4 p.m. for the release of the first in its planned series of fruited Berliner weisses. Tetrachromat 1 was brewed with 260 pounds of dragon fruit, "resulting in a beer that could best be described as neon magenta," the brewery says. "Notes of red berries and melon with a soft, balanced acidity." Burger Chief will be parked outside until close, and Humble Pie is open just down the hall.

Copper Kettle continues its fifth-anniversary party today with a staff showdown, for which brewery staffers teamed with tap-room workers to brew beers in pairs; five beers will be released, and you can vote for your favorite. The Acoustic Mining Company will play live on the patio, and the J Street Food Truck and Smoke: Colorado Craft Barbecue will be out front.

Saturday, April 23
Comrade Brewing welcomes you to an all-day party to celebrate its second anniversary today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a whopping twenty beers on tap and limited-edition Spiegelau IPA glasses. Also, the Pasta Cart and the Wing Wagon Grill will be out front. A sneak peek at some of the beers being served: 2015 BA Scotch Ale Reserve, 2015 BA Quit Stalin, 2016 BA Quit Stalin, 2014 Quit Stalin, 2015 Quit Stalin, 2016 BA Scotch Ale.

Beryl's Beer Company will tap A-Line IPA, a West Coast-style IPA, today at 11 a.m. in honor of the new light-rail line that goes from Union Station to DIA (the stop is just blocks away from Beryl's). Black Shirt Brewing will also continue its weekend-long light-rail party (see Friday).

Hops & Pie brings the funk with its Sour, Wild and Fruited Fest today at noon. Pouring: Cherry Fruit Stand and Apricot Cut from Casey Brewing & Blending, La Vie en Rose, Hibernal Dichotomous and Ambree from Jester King, Consecration and Supplication from Russian River, Fou Foune and Vignermonne from Cantillon, Dorthy from Hill Farmestead, Geuze from Drie Fonteinen, Green Flash's Flander's Drive, Truthful Statement from Almanac, Lunctis Veribus from Avery, Jolly Pumpkin's Roja du Kriek, Red Poppy and Cuvee de Tommee from Lost Abbey, Perennial's Savant Beersel, Bon VIvant from Breakside, Gueuze and Quetsche from Tilquin, Omnipollo Nautilus and Hof Ten Dormaa's Zure Van Tildonk.

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the German beer-purity law known as Reinheitsgebot at the Rackhouse Pub with Bierstadt Lagerhaus. Rackhouse has done a collaboration with Hogshead Brewery called Collabieration Billsner from the Fässer; it will also be pouring Andechs Döppelbock, 1516 Beer from the Sandlot, AC Golden Reinheitsgebot smoked-beer collaboration and others. There will be a special $15.16 menu.

Mockery Brewing will also get into the spirit of restrictive beer laws with its first annual Reinheitsgewhat?! Party in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Germany's beer-purity rule. "It's going to be a grand day of mocking and rocking the law with new and limited beer releases (all of which break the law), live music by The Polkanauts 'Metal by Birth-Polka by Choice,' and first 100 people get commemorative steins," the brewery says. More details to follow.

Reinheitsgebot has also inspired the brewers at AC Golden Brewing and The Sandlot at Coors Field — both small-batch breweries owned by MillerCoors — to make something similar to what would have been brewed 500 years ago when the law first passed. To do it, the two breweries invited Master Brewer Andreas Gahr of the St. Johann Research brewery in St. Johann, Germany to come to Golden and collaborate. The result is Reinheit, which will go on tap today at the World of Beer locations in Belmar, from 1 to 3 p.m., and in Glendale, from 4 to 6 p.m. "The recipe includes three types of hops, four different malts and a distinctive lager yeast from an ancient German brewery," AC Golden says. "This German-style lager has a medium-body and a coppery hue. The flavor is that of a freshly baked biscuit with notes of smoky campfire, honey and ripe fruit. The malt sweetness is balanced with herbal noble hop bitterness."

Copper Kettle continues its fifth-anniversary party today by releasing its five-year anniversary beer, Hoppy Belgian Ale, which was aged in American brandy barrels for months and will be available on tap and in limited-edition bottles. The first 100 guests will get a free commemorative glass (with more available for purchase after that). The Dollhouse Thieves will play live music on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Cluck Truck and Gourmet Burger Company will be serving food.

Call to Arms Brewing will host its latest Rumpus, the Tennyson Street Spring Rumpus & Market, today from noon to 9 p.m. "Dust off your camping chairs and bring them down to eat, drink, shop and relax with some live music for the day" in the tap room and parking lot, the brewery says. Vendors on hand will include Farmer Girl, Raleigh Street Bakery, Il Porcellino Salumi, MAS KAOS, Kettle Head Popcorn and the Funky Trunk. Music is from FeralHeart, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call to Arms will also be tapping Rumpus-inspired beers throughout the day. 

Atom Brewing, which operates out of the owner's house at 654 Moffat Street in Erie, will release its first bottled beer, Arlo Batch One, today from noon to 3 p.m. "This is our take on a traditional Farmhouse Ale. Open fermentation in our custom-built oak fermentors, utilizing our house yeast strain blend, additionally aged in oak barrels for three months. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100 percent naturally conditioned," the brewery says. The 750 ml cork-and-caged bottles are $15 each. "All sales are for off-site consumption only, no bottles are allowed to be opened at the brewery. Please do not bring outside alcohol to our property, aka no bottle share," the brewery continues. "Parking: Since we are located in a residential area, street parking is all that is available. If at all possible, we ask that you carpool to limit the amount of traffic and cars. PLEASE be mindful of our neighbors and not block any driveways."

Sunday, April 24
The Black Project will host a dual bottle release today from noon to 2 p.m. at its home at Former Future Brewing. The first is the dry-hopped wild ale Jumpseat Batch 2, which has Citra, Mosaic, Equinox and Mandarina Bavaria hops. It boasts "increased complexity, same delicious citrus fruit hops playing with our house wild-yeast derived peach/apricot character," the brewery says. Each 750-ml bottle costs $24, and supply is very limited, so bottle limits will be in effect. The second beer is Ejector, a double dry-hopped wild ale (and Jumpseat's big brother). "This beer receives a second dry hopping just a couple of days prior to packaging. The second charge contains more Citra along with New Zealand Kohatu," the brewery notes. "In case you aren't familiar, Kohatu is an interesting new hop out of New Zealand that is known for creating dry hop flavors ranging from funky pineapple to 'Hawaiian Punch.'" The 750-ml bottles of this beer will be $28 and are also very limited.

Copper Kettle concludes its five-day fifth-anniversary party today by tapping a Triple IPA and releasing it in limited-edition bomber bottles. The Wing Wagon Grill will be out front.

Tuesday, April 26
4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield is releasing its latest canned beer, 'Bout Damn Time American IPA, at 4 p.m. The brewery already features several other beers in cans. 

Wednesday, April 27
Beryl's Beer Company will welcome St. Kilian's Cheese Shop today from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for a pairing that includes a flight of four beers matched with four artisanal cheeses and accoutrements. Tickets are $20 at the door. The cheese selections will also be available to purchase separately.

Thursday, April 28
Left Hand Brewing will debut a new, year-round American-style IPA today at 7 p.m. at Freshcraft in Denver. Crafted on the Longmont brewery's seven-barrel pilot system, Extrovert IPA is a 7.1 percent ABV beer brewed with Jarrylo, Cascade and Comet hops. "Extrovert is the result of over six months of development to brew a balanced American IPA that was the perfect complement to Introvert," the brewery says. Introvert is Left Hand's session IPA. "In addition, rye and acidulated malt give the beer a dry mouthfeel and distinct bite. The lasting result is a hop melody like a basket of fruit with mouthwatering notes of pineapple, mango, and orange blossom, balanced by sweet biscuity malt."

Dry Dock Brewing will release Aurora Ale today at 2 p.m. at its North Dock-Canoe Room facility to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the City of Aurora. The blond ale was "brewed with beet sugar to commemorate our home's roots as a beet-growing region," Dry Dock says. The beer will be available on draft or in bomber bottles to go. The Comida food truck will be slinging tacos and a a special beet dish.

Friday, April 29
Dry Dock Brewing will release Aurora Ale today at 5 p.m. at its original South Dock location to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city of Aurora. The blond ale was "brewed with beet sugar to commemorate our home's roots as a beet-growing region," Dry Dock says. The beer will be available on draft or in bomber bottles to go. Time 4 Dezzerts will be on hand with beet birthday cupcakes for purchase.

Saturday, April 30
Alpine Dog is releasing a new version of its seasonal summer saison, Ski Naked in Paradise, at noon. "This saison was aged on apricots and grains of paradise to emphasize the fruity, peppery, and earthy characteristics of the base beer," the brewery says. Revelry will be on hand with grub.

Sunday, May 1
Avery Brewing will release number 36 in its Barrel-Aged Series today in its Boulder tap room. Callipygian is a 17.4 percent stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. "She was twerking well before the word was in our vernacular," the brewery says. "A true trailblazer. A mover and a shaker of monumental proportions. Our muse and inspiration for this full-bodied, bodacious and well-rounded stout. You know we love big stouts and we cannot lie." Bottle sales begin at 11 a.m.; there is a limit of one case per person. After the brewery release, the beer will hit liquor-store shelves.

Sunday, May 15
The Post Brewing in Lafayette will release its two newest canned beers, Ol’ Zippy and Meathooks, today on liquor-store shelves. At 5 percent ABV, Ol’ Zippy Premium American Ale "features a crisp malt flavor and a snappy hop aroma. The hop zing carries through the flavor as the beer comes to a clean finish with a pleasant, subtle sweetness derived from flaked maize," the brewery says. Meathooks Mild Ale, at 4.1 percent ABV, includes "toasty, biscuity and satisfying, lush layers of malt flavor and aroma, culminating in a clean, dry finish that begs another taste."

Saturday, May 21
Diebolt Brewing will tap the Wiggy Wiggy, its hibiscus and honey saison today and will post a party in its honor. Details are still TBA, but there will be music food and the beer — which Diebolt says is its most popular. Oh, and they will be canning the Wiggy Wiggy this year.

The Rialto Cafe will host its fourth annual Brewers Alley event from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring beer tastings from ten local brewers (including Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing and Denver Beer Co, musical entertainment, lawn games and appetizers. The even takes place in the alley between Curtis and Champa. A portion of the proceeds are going to Denver's Road to Work Program. Find tickets, $25 at Eventbrite.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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