Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Yetis, Monsters and a Turkey Beer

Our Mutual Friend

Two small homegrown breweries — both founded in Denver in 2012 — have teamed up on a new distribution arrangement. TRVE Brewing, which started a distribution arm last year to help sell beer for some of its brewery friends in other states (like Burial Beer, Finback Brewry and 7venth Sun), will now begin distributing beer from Our Mutual Friend Brewing. It's the first time TRVE has worked with another Colorado-based brewery.

"Our Mutual Friend has recently grown its infrastructure and capacity, including the addition of three new foeders, in order to increase the production of some of their award-winning mixed culture and Brettanomyces beers," the brewery says. "They will be ramping up production of these as well as their stainless fermented ales to bring their beers to both on- and off-premise accounts in Denver and the surrounding area. The agreement will mark the first time OMF beer is significantly available outside their own taproom."

"We’ve known the guys and gals at OMF since they opened and have been watching them grow in a way much like we’ve grown our own brewery," TRVE founder Nick Nunns said in a statement. "The similarity in our approaches to beer makes this relationship a no-brainer.”

"Though we fully intend to remain a small brewery serving the northeast Denver community, it has become clear as we've built a friendship with TRVE that our vision and principles for how we desire to operate are aligned," said OMF co-founder Brandon Proff in a statement. "Craft beer has become an increasing arms race, but we do not believe (nor have any interest) in fighting for shelf space. TRVE's resources and expertise will allow us to approach where our beer goes with agility and intention through their strong, meaningful relationships with businesses that care deeply and want to know whose products they are selling."

Continue reading for all the craft-beer events through early December.

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Wednesday, November 15
Copper Kettle Brewing taps a firkin of Grandma's Cookie Jar Brown Ale at 2 p.m. The beer is "a classic recipe with a little twist," Copper Kettle says. "We're adding chocolate and vanilla, as inspired by the chocolate chip cookies we used to sneak from Grandma's cookie jar."

Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield brings the high octane at 2 p.m. with the release of two different beers. The first is Reactor #5 Russian Imperial Stout, a 10 percent ABV beer that has "hints of roasted malts [and] chocolate, and finishes a little dry," the brewery says. The second comes in at just over 10 percent; Malleus Maleficarum Belgian Quad "has dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and fig." Seasoned Swine will be on hand with food.

Thursday, November 16
4 Noses Brewing will release El Jefe, an imperial stout with coffee and cinnamon, in cans and on tap at 3 p.m. "The flavor is loaded with a dark roastiness that transforms into a cinnamon cold brew. The flavor ends with a warm dose of dark and milk chocolates," the brewery says.

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Great Divide Brewing
Friday, November 17
Join Great Divide Brewing at the Barrel Bar in RiNo for a celebration of the second annual National Yeti Day as it honors "the magical beasts we love so much." There will be more than ten varieties of Yeti on tap, including a hot and cold Yeti station for Yeti hot chocolate and Yeti floats made with Yeti ice cream from Sweet Action. Plus, there will be awesome specialty firkins, a food truck and the Yeti Cave. There will also be giveaways and raffles starting at 2 p.m., with prizes like a bar tab, Yeti Beer, new Yeti merch, Yeti Skis from Meier Skis, a Yeti Yoga Mat from Yeti Yoga and more. And finally, the Yeti himself will be in attendance. Great Divide is also tapping Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, which is part of its Local Knowledge Series, but not in bottles this time. (Can we say Yeti one more time?)

Cerebral Brewing celebrates its second anniversary all weekend. Things kick off at noon with the release of two canned beers. The first is Remote Island, an 8 percent ABV double IPA brewed with oats and "aggressively hopped in the whirlpool and dry-hopped with Galaxy, Motueka and Hallertau Blanc," the brewery says. Remote Island has notes of guava, ripe melon, white grape and a hint of pine. The second beer is Gamma Knife, a brand-new 6.4 percent ABV IPA brewed with flaked oats and hopped with "the hyper-focused combination of Galaxy and Hüll Melon." Both will also be on tap. The Adobo Food Truck will be out front.

Ursula Brewery in Aurora releases bottles of 11 Iron Men at noon. The 11 percent ABV triple IPA is brewed with 11 malts and 11 hops. The recipes changes every year "based on what we have available and what flavors we are seeking to experiment with," Ursula says. "Last year the single-keg fruited version was so popular that we've decided to make two batches this year. So we will have two draft and two bottled versions for sale this year, regular and blood orange." The beers will also be on tap.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release Coffee Baltic Porter in cans at 2 p.m. Part of its limited-release series, the beer "focuses on the art of coffee roasting, showcasing the uniqueness of this single ingredient," the brewery says. "Through conditioning of our Baltic porter with freshly roasted beans, we strive for a balanced coffee character, adding dark sugar, plum and cocoa notes to the robust porter base."

3 Freaks Brewery in Highlands Ranch brings back the unusual Adams Furking Turkey Beer when the doors open at 1 p.m. The beer will be available in Crowlers to go for $14 each.

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