Beer Man

Colorado beer calendar: Odell Frieks out; Halloween freakouts; Rackhouse gets freaky

Yes, it snowed. Get used to it. Better yet, take advantage of it. The Rackhouse Pub, which celebrates its two-year anniversary later in the week, is marking the time-honored tradition of calling in sick on powder days by offering a free pint to anyone who shows up with a lift ticket or ski pass. And there will likely be other snowy deals around town today as well. For other beery events, including the details about Rackhouse's anniversary, look below. Wednesday, October 26

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will hold a party for its fourth bottled release today at 6 p.m. at Funkwerks Brewing, 1900 East Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins. Surette is a farmhouse-style beer brewed with malted barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt, then aged for a few months in an oak foeder with brettanomyces and lactobacillus.

Friday, October 28

Arvada Beer Company opens today in a 95-year-old brick building in Historic Olde Town Arvada. The brewery will have five beers on tap in its 130-person tasting room: a Mexican lager, a brown, an IPA, a porter and an American lager.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap two firkins of its Breakwater Pale Ale that has been dry-hopped with Millennium hops and Falconers' Flight hop blend. The first cask of Millennium Falcon will go on at 3 p.m., the second at around 7 or 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

Renegade Brewing kicks off the Halloween weekend with some beery tricks and treats from 6 p.m. tonight. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Asher Brewing, 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104, in Boulder will hold a Halloween party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The band 18 Switchbacks will play at 7 p.m. There will be eats from a food truck and prizes for the best costumes.

Odell Brewing's gold-medal-winning Friek, was re-released on Monday in 750 ml bottles, and the Fort Collins brewery will celebrate with a Friek Out party today in its tap room. Guests are encouraged to don their Friekiest Halloween outfits and enjoy samples of the beer, as well as local food and live music. The beer, a cross between a Framboise and a sour Kriek, won at this year's Great American Beer Festival in the Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beers category. Aged in oak barrels with cherries grown on the Western Slope, it is also blended with raspberries.

The Cheeky Monk's Westminster location is pouring Dogfish Head's Hellhound On My Ale tonight beginning at 7 p.m.; pay $10 bucks for your pint and you can keep the glass. The beer was made to mark the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson; it's a super-hoppy beer weighing in at 10 percent ABV and 100 IBUs.

The Rackhouse Pub opened two years ago this weekend, ushering in a cultural renaissance when it comes to beer bars in Denver. Celebrate that change -- and the beginning of the Halloween weekend -- beginning at 5 p.m. tonight when the Rackhouse celebrates its second anniversary with a tap takeover by Avery Brewing (all twenty handles will be pouring Avery beers). There will also be a costume contest with beer and whiskey as the prize. Music will be provided by the Colorado Goat Ropers.

Sunday, October 30

The Pinyon, at 1710 Pearl Street in Boulder, will toast Avery Brewing's Rumpkin barrel-aged imperial pumpkin beer today with a draft release and costume party from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickers are $25 and include fall-inspired appetizers, cheese and meat samples provided by Cured and a ten-ounce pour of Rumpkin -- a beer that costs $10.50 for a single twelve-ounce bottle in liquor stores (if you can find it). The best costume wins a Rumpkin six-pack.

Caution Brewing, 12445 East 39th Avenue, #314, welcomes early trick-or-beerers today from 5 to 10 p.m. (and in costume) with a Halloween open house, Trick-or-Test-Batch and a chance to taste their latest beer, Toaster Bat Black, which they describe as "a big, dark, crazy, smoked, well malted and hopped robust porter." Caution isn't normally open to the public, so this is indeed a treat. The Route 40 Argentinian food truck will be on hand.

Monday, October 31

Copper Kettle Brewing gets its ghoul on tonight with a costume contest and the release of its Belgian Dubbel. The winner gets a free growler. The party runs from 6 to 8 p.m., when the winner is announced, but Monday Night Football watching will also be in full effect until the game ends.

Thursday, November 3

Denver Beer Co brings back its bronze-medal-winning champion tonight at 7 p.m. with a Graham Cracker Porter Party. "Due to popular demand, we brewed our award-winning beer again," the brewery says. The beer, a reluctant star, took the bronze at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month. The Basic Kneads food truck will be in the house cooking up pizzas.

Saturday, November 5

Odell Brewing in Fort Collins celebrates "the return of darker days with the arrival of Mountain Standard Double Black IPA," this year in four-packs of twelve-ounce bottles. The beer, named for Colorado's craggy time zone, was brewed with Colorado-grown Cascade and Chinook hops. But first, Odell is planning a "Mountain Standard Bash" at 6 p.m. tonight. The event will be held outdoors and serve as the brewery's chilly kickoff to the ski and snowboard season. There will be live music, food trucks, beer samples and ski and snowboard makers on hand. Odell will raffle a custom snowboard by Oz Snowboards, with proceeds benefiting the Colorado State University Snowriders club.

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