If your New Year's resolution, like mine, was to visit fifty new Colorado breweries in 2017, then you know that we're at the halfway point of the year. Perhaps, like me, you are falling behind. There's no need to panic if your numbers are lacking, though, because breweries around Colorado are giving us plenty of reasons to get out of the house and onto a patio this month. From rockin' anniversary (or not-anniversary) parties, special tappings and themed events, there are almost too many choices. To narrow it down, we've compiled this list of the ten best bets for the month of July. For all the rest of the metro-area's craft-beer events, see our weekly beer calendar.
July 3 -July 31
JULYPA - Liberty, Freedom, and IPAs
105 West Brewing, Castle Rock
105 West Brewing at 1043 Park Street in Castle Rock is tapping a new IPA every Monday and Wednesday throughout the month of July, starting at noon on July 3 with a session IPA. Each one will stay on until it's gone, but some will last longer than others, so if you want to try a specific beer, get there on the release day just to be sure. Here's the tapping schedule after today: July 3 is Full Metal Jacket (Glazed Donuts) IIPA; July 5 is Raspberry Full Metal Jacket IIPA; July 10 is White IPA; July 12 is Blueberry Full Metal Jacket IIPA; July 17 is Coffee Hopped and Loaded IPA; July 19 is Jelly the Elder IIPA; July 24 is Denali IPA; July 26 is Grapefruit Rocky Juice NE IPA; July 31 is "Every IPA we Have Left." In addition, 105 West will have three other IPAs — Hopped and Loaded IPA, Rocky Mountain Juice NE IPA, and Black IPA — on tap all month.
Saturday, July 8
Great Divide Block Party
The Square on 2st
Great Divide Brewing will host a giant block party from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Square on 21st, the newly-created temporary urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets. The brewery used to host block parties on its anniversary every July on Arapahoe Street but moved them to its five-acre property in River North a few years ago. This year it returns to the Ballpark neighborhood. "The city of Denver and the Ballpark Neighborhood Association have supported Great Divide since day one,” Great Divide founder Brian Dunn explains. “With this in mind, we want to celebrate where it all started." There will be live music, lawn games and keg after keg of beer, depending on what kind of ticket you buy. There are $6, $12 and $46 options. You can buy them and find details of the ticket categories at GreatDivide.com.
Saturday, July 8
Baere Brewing Third Anniversary Party
It's time for "Jorts of July," says Baere Brewing (320 Broadway), which will celebrate its third anniversary "in this beautiful strip mall with Jorts, beer, ice cream and good times." The beer ice cream was made just for Baere by Sweet Action Ice Cream down the street, and there will also be live T-shirt silk-screening in four different colors by INDYINK from noon to 5 p.m. As for the beers, there will be fifteen of them, along with special tappings throughout the day. They include a 4.3 percent ABV anniversary Brettanomyces beer dry-hopped with Eureka, Columbus and Mosaic, and two bottle releases: Reciprocity B1, a golden sour brewed with rye, Reciprocity B2, which is a golden sour aged in a Laws Whiskey House barrel.
Saturday, July 8
The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
Riverside Park, Salida
The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild, returns to Riverside Park in Salida for its 21st annual celebration of independent Colorado craft breweries. Enjoy more than 300 samplings from 75 breweries at this mellow fest, which takes place alongside the Arkansas River. Long a favorite of breweries and attendees because of its small-town, outdoorsy vibe, the fest has changed over the years as Colorado's craft brewing scene grew, but it still retains some of that feeling. Tickets start at $40 and are are available at TwoParts.com.
Monday, July 10
Dim Sum Beer Dinner
East meets west when Cho77, 42 South Broadway, hosts Ratio Beerworks for a special Dim Sum Beer Dinner. Cho77 Chef Ryan Gorby and Ratio co-owner Jason zumBrunnen will present a five-course dinner "celebrating their innovative take on both traditional cooking and brewing techniques," Ratio says, with seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pairings include: red chili pork dumplings, crunchy shallots, Chinese vinegar and chili-soy with Dear You French Saison; lamb and lentil dumpling, paneer and cilantro yogurt with Domestica American Standard Ale; and cobia poke, strawberry, cucumber and crispy rice cake with Handwritten Belgian Abbey Ale. Tickets, $49, and more information are available at nightout.com.
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Saturday, July 15
Bastille Day Celebration of Saisons
Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
Intrepid Sojourner Brewing, 925 West Eighth Avenue, will honor French National Day (which is actually July 14) with a party called the Bastille Day Celebration of Saisons. The brewery, which takes its inspiration from ingredients found all around the world, will convert its parking lot into a giant beer garden, or jardin a biere, and welcome in Resolute Brewing, CO-Brew, Cannonball Creek Brewing and Black Sky Brewery, who will all be pouring tasty French- and Belgian-style offerings. Intrepid Sojourner will tap a new Imperial Saison of its own, as well as other special releases every two hours starting at 2 p.m. In addition, there will be live music from Mikey and the Pikeys at 4 p.m., and food from Maine Street Barbecue.
Saturday, July 15
Joyride Third Anniversary Party
Joyride Brewing, Edgewater
Edgewater's only brewery will toast three years on Sloan's Lake with a block party on 25th Avenue between Sheridan Boulevard and Benton Street that will include live music from seven bands, three food trucks (Burgerchief, Turn-In BBQ, Johno's Food Truck), outdoor beer tents, a kids' zone and several beer releases. The fest begins at 11 a.m. when Flying Splash Kicks take the stage in the parking lot across the street from the brewery. They'll be followed by Johnny Tarr at noon, Full of Mirrors at 1:30 p.m., Dirt at 3 p.m., Coambient at 4:30, Wandering Natives at 6 and Funk at 8 p.m. As for beer, Joyride brewed three different collabs to celebrates its three years, with Elk Mountain Brewing, Little Machine Beer and Hogshead Brewery. If you buy a pint of each of the collaboration beers, you'll receive a special edition commemorative glass. There will also be a rare-beer tent with some aged specialties, including five different versions of Tour Time Barleywine.
Saturday, July 15
Call to Arms Second Anniversary Fun Fest
Call to Arms Brewing
Call to Arms Brewing, 4526 Tennyson Street, has enjoyed two years of "Quality. Community. Camaraderie," as its motto says, and plans to host a blowout second anniversary Fun Fest from noon to 11 p.m. to thank its customers and fans. Activities include carnival games and prizes and live music from the Sparkplugs from 3 to 7 p.m.; there will also be food from the Burger Chief food truck, Mas Kaos and Raleigh Street Bakery. In addition, a variety of vendors will be on hand to break in the brewery's new patio. As for beer, there will be fifteen on tap, plus special releases and a noon bottle sale of Zany Razzy Winey Thing, a Brettanomyces IPA aged in white wine barrels with raspberries.
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Wednesday, July 19
Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer
The beer-soaked activists behind Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer are back with new beers, new breweries and new causes today. Six breweries — Factotum Brewhouse, Colorado Plus, Grandma's House, Baere Brewing, Black Sky Brewing and Goldspot Brewing — will all tap beers made with Kveik, a ancient Norwegian yeast strain used in farmhouse-style beers. In the past, some of the money from the sale of the beer has been donated to a variety of charities that serve causes that are in particular danger because of the Trump administration's goals. These have included nonprofits benefiting LGTBQ groups, women's heath, the indigent and the environment. Here are details for this round: 11 a.m. at Black Sky Brewing (charity is NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado); 11 a.m. at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge (Colorado Water Trust); 2 p.m. at Baere Brewing (the Reciprocity Collective); 3 p.m. at Goldspot (Girls Rock Denver); 3 p.m. at Factotum (the Women's Foundation of Colorado STEM); and 4 p.m. at Grandma's House (Swallow Hill Music).
Saturday, July 28
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland
To celebrate seven years of brewing German-inspired beers, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland will turn its parking lot into a biergarten at 4 p.m., with live music, games for the kids, face painting, Blood Orange Griffin Ice Cream, food by The Loveland Kiwanis Club and specialty beer tappings, including Bourbon Barrel Aged Master Thief and a mystery barrel-aged sour. Live music from Blind Alley Troubadours starts at 7 p.m. The festivities begin again on Saturday, July 29, with more live music, burgers and brats and drinking games like hammerschlagen. And finally, the brewery will tap Snow Drop along with "seven dwarfs": seven fruited versions of Snow Drop.