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Beer Calendar: Crooked Stave, Cannonball Creek Show You a Good Time

Beer Calendar: Crooked Stave, Cannonball Creek Show You a Good Time
Great Divide Brewing
Like a lot of older craft breweries, Great Divide Brewing has occasionally updated its recipes to better reflect changing consumer beer tastes. The latest beer to undergo a little modernization is Titan IPA — and Great Divide is having some fun with the process by hosting Titan Tuesdays in January and February, when it looks at "the story behind this iconic beer and what you can expect from the new Titan," the brewery says.

First brewed in 2004, "Titan remains one of our most popular and best-selling beers," Great Divide adds, pointing out that the recipes remained largely unchanged until now. The brand-new version is beginning to hit taps and liquor stores, but will receive a full rollout in February.

Keep reading for this week's new beers and tappings.

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Platt Park Brewing
Wednesday, January 13
Platt Park Brewing releases twelve-ounce cans of Nadare Japanese Lager, an unusual beer made with puffed Japanese rice and Sorachi Ace hops. This is the brewery's first beer in a 12-ounce can.

Four Denver breweries have teamed up to offer a mixed four-pack of beer — one from each brewery — that will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The breweries are Station 26, Call to Arms, Counter Culture and Joyride. The F**k COVID four-pack is available at all four locations.

Cerebral Brewing has two new beers available in cans. Gris Gris Tropical Double IPA is a collaboration with Parish Brewing in Louisiana. The other beer is Neon Lights IPA.

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Crooked Stave
Thursday, January 14
Crooked Stave officially marked its ten-year anniversary over the weekend, but the brewery will celebrate today and tomorrow by releasing at least four new beers, including two stouts and two lagers made with experimental hops. "Founder Chad Yakobson will be elbow fivin’ and nerding out on our upcoming beers that we can’t wait to pour for ya," the brewery says. "Cheers to everyone for your support and love of our crooked craft experiment."

Diebolt Brewing releases Après Bier Kölsch Style Ale in cans that look suspiciously like PBR cans — which is part of the brewery's satire series of beers. "Affectionately known as Après BR, this light ale was designed as a refreshing reward for all your winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, waking up, putting on pants, or hell, just being alive is a extreme sport these days," the brewery says. "Clocking in at 5.2 percent ABV, this light beer was brewed with a combo of Pilsner and Vienna malt, Loral and Saaz hops, and fermented with a German ale yeast strain. The aroma is light malt, a touch fruity, with a hint of sweetness, while the flavor follows suit and finishes medium dry." The taproom is open from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Ursula Brewery
Friday, January 15
Ursula Brewery taps Boho Vibes at noon. The beer is an unfiltered Bohemian-style pilsner clocking in at just 4.6 percent ABV. It will be available on draft and in sixteen-ounce four-packs to go.

Copper Kettle Brewing brings back its seasonal Winter Lager when it opens at noon. "This 6 percent ABV lager is malty, full-bodied, with a full hop profile and a crisp finish," the brewery says.

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Call to Arms Brewing
Saturday, January 16
Yep, Call to Arms Brewing is going there. The Tennyson Street brewery will release cans of You're Fired!, which it calls an "American Dreamy IPA." Loaded with Strata, El Dorado, Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka hops, You're Fired! comes in at 7 percent ABV. "It boasts a punchy aroma of guava and melon which lead way to an intense Nelson Sauvin dankness with subtle notes of citrus and white grape," the brewery says. "A few sips and a glance at the hilarious label artwork by the talented Andrew Geppelt are sure to bring a touch of levity to the otherwise sobering state of current national affairs."

Station 26 Brewing
is tapping a different small-batch beer each Saturday this month. Today's beer is DDH Haze Wrangler #3, a fluffy hazy IPA double-dry-hopped with Sabro, Citra and Mosaic.

River North Brewery will have bottles of its new beer, Midnight Hike, at both of its taprooms. The beer is an imperial chocolate porter. There will be food trucks at both taprooms as well.

New on tap: Fiction Beer Company recently tapped an experimental beer, Littleun Tropical Stout, aged on pineapple and passion fruit. The beer is the result of  a "parti-gyle" brew — "an English brewing technique where you make two beers from one grist," the brewery explains — that also resulted in Malice and Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. "The first runnings (the most premium sugars) went into Malice and Darkness. The second runnings (which started in our normal range of 15 plato) made our tropical stout," Fiction adds. "The base beer is rich, roasty, and chocolatey. For fermentation we used kveik yeast (a specially selected Scandinavian yeast), which helped to convert some of those stout characteristics into an amazing array of tropical fruit aromas and flavors. To bump up the unconventional nature of the beer, we aged it on pineapple and passionfruit."

Although it won't be the same as previous years, Cannonball Creek Brewing will celebrate its eighth anniversary with several beer releases that will be available on site and to go.

It's dessert week at New Image Brewing, which has two new beers available. Neapolitical Interest, a collaboration with Ology Brewing Company, is a 10.5 percent ABV imperial stout with strawberry, vanilla, cacao and heavy cream. Unreasonable Ninja, a collaboration with Hidden Springs Aleworks, is a 10.5 percent ABV imperial stout with strawberry, cream cheese powder and lactose. Both beers are have barrel-aged versions.

Friday, January 22
Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada releases cans of Mind Hike IPA, a session IPA on which it collaborated with Mike Drumm, a well-known Colorado beer attorney who just finished writing a self-help book also called Mind Hike: A 365-Question Journey of Self-Discovery. The book is available online in both personal and business-owner editions. Brewed with El Dorado, Sabro, Lotus and Barbe Rouge hops for notes of tropical fruit, tangerine and stone fruit, Mind Hike IPA is available on draft and in six-packs to go. "We’re encouraging customers to pair the book with the beer" by offering discounts if you buy both, the brewery says.

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Station 26 Brewing
Saturday, January 23
Station 26 Brewing is tapping a different small-batch beer each Saturday this month. Today's beer is Pineapple and Coconut Sherbert. This pastry sour was brewed with lactose and vanilla for "a smooth and slightly tart finish," the brewery says. There will also be a seafood pairing.

Do you like beer? Do you like smashing things? In honor of National Can Appreciation Day, Dry Dock Brewing hosts its annual Can Bash Celebration at its North Dock in Aurora — and the brewery says, "think Top Golf, but with beer cans." Tee time reservations are $30 and include fifty minutes at a driving range bay, a table for up to six people, and three cases of cans to hit. "Come dressed in clothes you don't mind getting soaked in beer."

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Woods Boss Brewing
Wednesday, January 27
"When a dump truck forgets to lower its bed and takes out the power lines in front of your brewery, obviously you make that into a beer!" That's the word from Woods Boss Brewing, which went through that exact nightmare a few weeks ago. The result is What the Truck!?! (Electrical Dumpster Truck Fire) Double IPA, which was brewed with Pilsner and Cara Ruby malt, fermented with two strains of kveik yeast and generously hopped with Citra, Bravo, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. "Here's to it not being 2020 anymore."

The next edition of the F*CK COVID four-pack is here. Each time, four Denver-area breweries select one special beer to for this mixed pack, which is sold at each location; then the brewers or brewery owners go online to talk about the beers and answer questions. This time around, the four-pack includes: Dry Dock Brewing 25•15 Imperial Stout; Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery Cold Heaven Chocolate Cherry Stout; Joyride Brewing Fluff Capacitor Hazy IPA; and Woods Boss Brewing Right side of the Hammock IPA.

Friday, January 29
Hogshead Brewery celebrates its annual Hogshead Days today and tomorrow with a variety of cask ale tappings and a can release. This is when "we pull the dark, roasted and big beers...while they last," the brewery says. There will be firkins of an old ale, barleywine and wood-aged porter and stout. In addition, there will be 54 cans of can-conditioned Old Bill Barleywine. First come, first served.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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