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Colorado beer calendar: Breweries are popping off on New Year's Eve

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There are plenty of places around Denver to drink good beer on New Year's Eve, and that appears to be the main event this week as breweries, beer bars and beer-friendly restaurants are focusing on their 2012 celebrations. Look below for all the details.

Friday, December 30

Star Bar gets the new year's fun going a day early with its Off Centered New Year's Eve Party, starting tonight at 6 p.m. The party includes of a Dogfish Head tap takeover with including Raison D'Etre, a Belgian brown; My Antonia, an imperial pilsner; Ta Henket, one of Dogfish Head's famous Ancient Ales; Bitches Brew; Hellhound on my Ale; and Faithful. There will also be live music from the Atomic Drifters starting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 31

The Rackhouse Pub will host what looks to be an amazing lineup of Great Divide beers tonight from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The tap takeover turns all twenty taps into dispensers of Great Divide cheer; in addition to many of the Denver brewery's signature beers, you'll also find Bretty Yeti, a sour version of the classic; Rockies Real Ale, Denver Pale Ale dry-hopped with American hops; Petty Theft, another sour; Brett, Meet Collette, a sour version of Collette; and Nomad, a new pilsner. For the full list, check out the Rackhouse Facebook page. There will also be live music provided by the Whiskey Kings and a Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey midnight toast.

Great Divide itself will help you uncork the new year tonight with its own New Year, New Beer Midnight Toast. The party will be the first time that the brewery's latest beer, Nomad, will be tasted in the tap room; the beer, a pilsner, will be released in bottles in January. Great Divide will stay open late tonight and pour Nomad for a midnight toast. Get there early.

Strange Brewing Company is presenting its first annual Dress Down New Year's Eve Party with live jazzy funk from 9 p.m. until midnight and a dress code that calls for PJs and loungewear ($1 off pints if you dress it down). There will also be a potluck, so bring a dish to share.

Freshcraft will celebrate tonight from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with plenty of food and beer, including a special tapping of Firestone Walker's XV Anniversary Ale.

Renegade Brewing rings in 2012 with its brand-new Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, which it taps tonight during a New Year's Party lasting until 1 a.m.

Arvada Beer Company will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, then close for one hour and open up again for a New Year's Eve party with free beer from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Also on tap: a DJ, dancing, wings, meats, cheeses, desserts and a midnight toast. Tickets are $50, and there are only 100 of them available.

Wanna have a Happy New Beer? Head over to Denver Beer Co, which will be tapping a keg of Graham Cracker Porter, its GABF award-winning favorite. Free "toasts" of GCP will be passed out for a midnight toast. No cover charge, no ties/formalwear required. Chilly Billy will be serving food.

Ale House at Amato's will toast 2012 with rare beers, an open bar and a complimentary champagne toast, all for $40.

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