Copper Kettle goes big with its one-year anniversary, goes bigger with 2012 plans

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Copper Kettle Brewing was a key piece of Denver's neighborhood brewery revolution in 2011, opening in a business park off of Parker Road and quickly garnering a following of regulars. Over the course of just one year, the brewery has released more than two dozen beers, increased its tasting room, added fermenters and won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Mexican Chocolate Stout.

Beginning today, Copper Kettle will celebrate a year in business by going big -- with a four-day fiesta that includes beer, food and music.

"This year was nothing like we expected, for sure," says Kristen Kozik, who owns the brewery with her husband, Jeremy Gobien. "Not even just winning gold at GABF...but having so many loyal, repeat customers. That is something we wanted for the business, but we didn't expect it to happen right away."

Kozik admits to being nervous about the location, which is a little off the beaten path, but she says it helps that there isn't another neighborhood brewery close by.

The couple's goal for the next year is to upgrade to a fifteen-barrel brewing system and hopefully expand into a larger space in the business park. "We cant brew enough beer right now to keep up, so a bigger brewhouse would let us brew a wider variety of styles."

On Thursday, Copper Kettle will tap its Belgian Golden Strong Ale at 3 p.m. and welcome Doimoi Dumplings, serving potstickers, from 5 to 9 p.m. Lizzie Huffman will be singing folk music from 5 to 9 p.m. as well.

On Friday, the brewery re-releases Black Belgian Quad, its mystery beer from a January contest. Biker Jim will be in the house selling hotdogs at 5 p.m. and Whole Lotta Nada will play through the night. Outdoor seating will be available.

On Saturday, Copper Kettle will tap an anniversary barley wine when it opens at noon and host Gary Valliere from American Craft Beer Radio, who will broadcast live from the brewery. The Biscuit Bus will roll up at 5 p.m. while the Acoustic Mining Company will play bluegrass music outside under a tent from 7 p.m. and into the late hours.

And on Sunday, the doors open at noon with a slideshow and photos from the first year in business along with beers on tap. At 5 p.m., the Uber Sausage will be dishing food while the brewery will pour its Bourbon Breakfast Stout from a firkin. But there are only 150 pours available, so Copper Kettle will be selling tickets during the day. Pete Stein will be playing music.

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