For the past five years, Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe owners James and Tina Pachorek have been showing Coloradans the Belgian specialty beers, some of which had rarely, if ever, been chugged in this square state.
On Friday, the Belgians will honor James (what, no female knights?) for his service to their beer by inducting him into the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mash Staff during a ceremony in Brussels. The title is an honorary one given by the Belgian brewer's guild.
An honorary title? Yes -- and the coolest title ever.
Thursday, September 1
Vine Street Pub's first-ever Belgian Beer Month kicks off today at the Mountain Sun-owned beer bar at 1700 Vine Street. It includes thirty days of special tappings, classes and events dedicated to Belgian-style beers like saisons, farmhouse ales, dubbels, tripels, quads, krieks and sours. Vine Street plans to roll out twenty of its own beers, along with dozens of beers from Belgian breweries and from American craft beer makers who brew their own versions of Belgian-style beers. Vine Street's own beers on tap today include: St. Amos Belgian White; Franklins Strong Golden; 1636 Dubbel; Belge Eclaire Belgian IPA; and Saison d'ete. Along with these guest beers: Avery 18th Anniversary Rye Saison; St. Feuillien and Green Flash Collaboration -- Biere De L'Amitie; De Ranke Noir de Dottignies; St. Bernardus ABT 12; The Bruery 7 Grain Saison; and Russian River Damnation.
Friday, September 2
Hops & Pie will host its monthly First Firkin Friday tonight as part of the Tennyson Street First Friday event. The pizza joint will tap a cask-conditioned keg of Avery Brewing's Simcoe Dry-Hopped IPA at 6 p.m.
Strange Brewing will tap its sought-after Cherry Kriek tonight at the tap room. The beer, which is only made on a limited basis because of the quantities of cherries involved, won a gold medal last weekend at the Colorado State Fair.
Dry Dock Brewing Friday will tap two firkins of its Mango Pale Ale today, one at 3 p.m. and the other around 7 or 8 p.m.
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Saturday, September 3
Join Colorado Craft Beer Radio hosts John Turk and Gary Valliere as they broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m. today inside the all-new Colorado Beer Garden, around Colfax Avenue and Broadway, at the Taste of Colorado. The garden is sponsored by AM 760, which also broadcasts the show. Guests include Julia Herz from the Boulder-based Brewers Association and Tom Boogaard from Wild Mountain Brewing in Nederland. Jonesy's Eatbar will host a Labor Day Weekend Seafood Boil today, serving up dishes that use beers made by Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing, including Double IPA shrimp, Hefeweizen mussels, and lobsters dropped in boiling pots of Apricot Blonde. Dry Dock will also be serving plenty of its beer for good old-fashioned drinking. The bash and Boil run from 5 to 9 p.m.; surf guitar courtesy of The Royal Aces.