Beer Man

Colorado beer calendar: hop plants, firkins and summer seasonals

TRVE Brewing owner Nick Nunns announced this week that he'll be opening the doors to his Baker neighborhood brewery and hangout on June 27 at 4 p.m.

But in the meantime, the black-metal loving Nunns will hold an open house on June 9 so that future fans can "pledge their oath" and try TRVE's first beer, a Belgian-American pale ale called Wanderlust. Nunns will also have some of his limited edition growlers for sale; buying one (for $50) makes you a one-year member of the "Growler Cvlt" and entitles you to five fills and $7 fills thereafter.

Thursday, May 31

Denver Beer Co will host its second annual neighborhood "Hop Swap" today, beginning at 5 p.m. The brewery will hand out Cascade hop plants to any Denver resident who will grow them in their own backyard and then harvest the hops in the fall for Denver Beer Co to use in what it calls a "true local" pale ale. The 350 plants -- certified organic hop starters from Fort Collins' Summit Plant Labs -- will be handed out first come first served.

The Wynkoop Brewing Company is holding a Pint for a Pint blood drive today at the brewery and in conjunction with Children's Hospital. The even takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and if you donate a pint of blood, you get a coupon for a complimentary draft. Advance sign up is required, contact [email protected] for information.

Friday, June 1

Hops & Pie hosts its First Firkin Friday with Cascade Ellie's Brown at 6 p.m. The beer is Avery's Ellie's Brown that has been dry hopped with six pounds of Cascade hops.

Lucky Pie Denver will host its a Firkin Friday today at 7 p.m. by tapping Firestone Walker's Pale 31 on cask and on tap to compare.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will tap two firkins of Toasted Coconut Porter today as part of its weekly firkin program, the first at 3 p.m. and the second around 7 or 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 2

Copper Kettle is bringing back its summer seasonals beginning today with the tapping of its Dortmunder. Each Saturday after that, it will tap another. Here's the lineup: June 9 is Return of the Czech Pilsner; June 16 is Return of the Imperial Red w/ live band; June 23 is Return of the Kolsch; and June 30 is Return of the Altbier.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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