Breweries bring out red saisons and red fruits for the July 4 holiday

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River North Brewery revealed this week that it has signed on with C.R. Goodman to distribute its beer throughout Colorado. The brewery, founded eighteen months ago, had been distributing its beer to liquor stores in Denver, but needed help to get it to stores in other parts of the state. Full Front Range availability is expected by August; the beers will also be in select markets and locations statewide.

Turn the page for all of this week's craft-beer events.

Wednesday, July 3

The Rackhouse Pub has deemed July Sour Month, and will tap numerous sours every day at 5 p.m. from the likes of Avery, Crooked Stave, New Belgium, AC Golden, Elevation, Dry Dock and more. Today's kickoff features three single barrels of Dry Dock's Sour Swabby. "Having all three on tap side-by-side presents a rare opportunity to taste and compare the unique differences of the same beer aged in three separate oak barrels," the brewery says. "The original beer was a Belgian Quad that was brewed September 5, 2011. It was then transferred to identical American oak wine barrels and inoculated with lactic acid bacteria after the initial fermentation." Go to their website to see the list of tappings all month long.

Strange Brewing will tap Watermelon Heffe today as part of its weekly one-barrel Wednesday series of unusual or experimental beers. Strange opens at 3 p.m.

River North Brewery ‏will offer a preview -- one five-gallon keg -- of B-Side Quandary today at 3 p.m. as part of its weekly Wayward Wednesday series. The beer is River North's Quandary Quadrupel aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, and will be sold in bottles exclusively at Mr. B's Wine and Spirits in LoDo.

Black Shirt Brewing will release two new beers today at 5 p.m. The first is 2013 BSB Bitter|Track #1, a summer session ale, which was designed to be "a perfect blend of English yeast and hops and American barley and rye." The second is 2013 Red Saison|Track #2, a new version of BSB's Red Saision, which has Summit and Glacier hops "that bring a bright orange and tangerine aroma with a hint of pear and apricot to the beer." Both beers should be on tap for at least a few weeks.

The Copper Kettle will tap a new fresh fruit firkin every Wednesday in July beginning today with Blackberry Baltic Porter. The taproom opens at 3 p.m.

Friday, July 5

Hops & Pie will have a cask of Green Flash Brewing's West Coast IPA that has been double dry-hopped with Simcoe hops on tap tonight at 6 p.m. for its monthly First Firkin Friday program.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap two beers today. The first is its Proletariat, which has been dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Falconers Flight hops. The second is a Raspberry Saison.

Sunday, July 7

Avery Brewing will release Uncle Jacob's Stout today in bottles at 5 p.m. at the Boulder taproom. The beer, which is aged in bourbon barrels for six months, was ranked first on Westword's list of the ten best Colorado beers of 2012 and is highly sought-after. People may begin lining up hours in advance, however, and the line party will officially begin at 11 a.m. when Avery will offer several rare and exclusive beers on tap. Each 12-ounce bottle costs $12, cash only. There is a limit of twelve per person.

Wednesday, July 10

Tickets for the Bull & Bush Brewery's 42nd Anniversary Party with The Samples, which takes place on August 10 at 9 p.m., go on sale today at the brewery's bar.

Turn the page for more beer events later in the month.

Saturday, July 13

Oskar Blues will take over the taps at Parry's Pizzeria & Bar in Highlands Ranch today in a way that is particularly reflective of this boundary-pushing brewery's ethos: by serving a bunch of beers that are typically only available in the Longmont taproom. Confirmed beers include Obliterator, Chaka, Icey Wheat IPA, Maple Flurry, BA G'KNIGHT (G'knight aged in chardonnay barrels) and Vienna Lager, along with some other barrel-aged selections that will be announced later. "The intent is to give the consumer the feeling that they are in the brewery drinking the beers from their own taps," Parry's says of the event. "This type of event is special for those that cannot find the time to get out to the actual brewery, but instead they can stay in their own neighborhood and experience something close to going to the brewery." The tappings start at 11 a.m., and there will be brewery reps on hand to talk to customers; raffles for Oskar Blues and Parry's Pizza memorabilia will be held every hour.

Breckenridge Brewery will throw its 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny with a Kalamath Street block party today from noon to 6 p.m., featuring specialty beers, barbecue and live music from Head for the Hills, Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns and others. This year the party space has been expanded to include the entire block of Kalamath between Fourth and Fifth avenues, allowing for additional attendees and extra room for dancing. Some of the unusual beers include "one-of-a-kind firkins featuring Oatmeal Stout aged with orange and chocolate and two interpretations of SummerBright, one dry hopped with Sorachi Ace hops and one dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops," the brewery says. "Belgian interpretations of Breckenridge mainstays will include Belgian Double IPA, Barrel Aged Belgian Oatmeal Stout and Double Belgian Agave Wheat." There will also be 471 On the Moon, three-quarters 471 IPA and one-quarter Oatmeal Stout, aged in a cabernet barrel. Tickets, $23, are available at BreckBrew.BrownPaperTickets.com, and include four beers, unlimited tasters of rare and unique beers, and food from the Pig Roast. Additional beers are available for $2 each. Kids under twelve are free.

Saturday, July 20

Copper Kettle Brewing will host an all-Colorado beer festival tonight in conjunction with its second "A Night to Remember" event paying tribute to in the Aurora theater shootings in July 2012. One of victims, Alex Teves, was a regular at Copper Kettle. The festival runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and features beer from eleven Colorado breweries, along with four food trucks and two. Tickets are $40, and 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, along with a silent auction, will be donated to the ACT Foundation and Phoenix 999. The breweries on hand are: Caution Brewing, City Star Brewing, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Great Divide, Elk Mountain Brewing, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Hogshead, Prost Brewing, Renegade, River North and Wit's End.



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