Colorado beer calendar: drink good beer at Falling Rock, Star Bar, Hops & Pie

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The holiday beer releases came early and often this year, and there are now dozens of them on the shelves and on tap at bars where you can get your cheer on. The Falling Rock Taphouse, in particular, knows how to get into the spirit, wrapping its tap wall in all sorts of holiday goodness. Falling Rock put half a dozen holiday beers on tap last weekend and plans to roll out many more over the next few weeks. Enjoy. Friday, November 18

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will tap a firkin of Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout today at 3 p.m. and another around 7 or 8 p.m. as part of its weekly Firking Friday program.

Oskar Blues celebrates its ninth Canniversary at the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont with a party offering lots of treats. The fun starts at 5 p.m. when the brewery will tap a firkin of Old Chub that was cask conditioned on vanilla beans. Oskar Blues will also unveil its new food truck, the Bone Wagon, serving smoked wings, jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches and other specialties. After that, party-goers who buy a six-pack of one of the Oskar Blues specialty beers will be able to hand-can their own can of HGH, the brewery's fresh-hopped beer made from hops it grew on its own farm. And there will be a BrewSkee Ball Tournament for a chance to win two ski tickets, a $50 gift card to the two Oskar Blues restaurants, or a $25 gift card to the Tasty Weasel Catch a brewery tour. There will also be live music, a cruiser ride and a cake-cutting at 7:30 p.m.

Falling Rock Taphouse will help California's Firestone Walker celebrate its fifteenth anniversary at 5 p.m. by tapping a keg of XV, the sixth installment in the brewery's acclaimed Anniversary series. And the beer certainly deserves a toast: It's a blend of eight Firestone beers -- including Parabola, Velvet Merlin and Double Jack -- that have been aged in 197 different, but hand-selected, oak bourbon and brandy barrels.

A crew from Odell Brewing in Fort Collins will descend on Star Bar at 7 p.m. to hang out and drink good beer. Odell beers on tap include: Friek, the 2011 GABF gold medal winner in the Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beer category; Bourbon Barrel Stout; Mountain Standard Double Black India Pale Ale; Isolation; Levity; and Dark Wit, a beer that is usually only served in Odell's taproom. Live music will be provided by the Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers at 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

Hops & Pie will welcome Grand Teton Brewing Company at 2 p.m. for the expanding pizza joint's monthly Littlest Big Beer Festival. Beers on tap include Black Cauldron Imperial Stout, Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red, Coming Home Holiday Ale, the Grand Saison Sour Farmhouse Ale and a mystery firkin.

Wednesday, November 23

Renegade Brewing likes its customers. It really does. To honor them, the brewery will put a different beer on $2 special every hour between 3 and 9 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving. The only way to know which beer will be the special one is to be on hand on the tap room.

Tuesday, November 29

City, O' City will tap a firkin of Great Divide Yeti at 7 p.m. as part of the newly expanded restaurant's regular firkin program. DJ Babyshoe will be in the house.

Saturday, December 3

The Wynkoop Brewing Company will get into the holiday spirit from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with its annual Parade of Darks fundraiser showcasing darker-style beer, including some made just for the season. More than seventy beers will be featured, from stouts and sours to Belgians and barleywines. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Metro CareRing, a downtown Denver food pantry. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door if the event is not sold out. Find them at www.wynkoop.com.

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