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Dark days, Halloween parties and anniversaries in this week's beer calendar

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Yes, indeed, just as Christmas commercials have already begun overlapping Halloween spookiness, winter beers are fighting for tap and shelf space with the fresh hop and pumpkin beers of fall. And in addition to some of the usual suspects, there will be a few new ones this year, including Accumulation, a white IPA from New Belgium, and Winter Soulstiz from Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction. The beer has been on tap for a number of years, but the brewery just began bottling it and plans to distribute the malt-driven brew throughout Colorado over the next few weeks.

Turn the page to see all of this week's craft-beer happenings.

Wednesday, October 30

Left Hand Brewing will take over the taps at Renegade Publik House at 6:30 p.m. today to give people a taste of some of its rare and award-winning beers, including Milk Stout Nitro, Saw Tooth Nitro, Wake Up Dead Nitro, and Fade to Black, Volume 1. Tasters of all five and a side of candied bacon and walnut brittle are $10. The first 24 people to order a Left Hand beer get a souvenir glass.

The Copper Kettle is celebrating Dead Styles month in October by serving up firkins of beer styles that aren't produced much anymore. Today's cask is "Adambier," a smoked German barleywine. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.

For this week's Wayward Wednesday, River North Brewery will be serving two sixtels of its Unified Theory infused with pomegranate. First pour is at 3 p.m.

Thursday, October 31

Copper Kettle's Imperial Pumpkin Porter was the brewery's fastest-selling beer ever when it was released, so Copper Kettle has amped things up by aging it in Jamaican rum barrels. There are only four casks of it, however, and three of those will be released tonight. The brewery is also hosting a costume contest (winner gets a free growler of the rum barrel Imperial Pumpkin). The fourth cask will be released tomorrow during Day of the Dead festivities, which include music from the Conquistadors of Nothing.

Avery Brewing will take over seven of the taps at the Lowry Beer Garden today through the weekend, featuring its popular Angels and Demons series brews. Enjoy Salvation, The Reverend, Hog Heaven, Samael's, The Beast, Bad Apples and White Rascal. There will be prizes and giveaways all weekend long.

Golden City Brewery is celebrating its twentieth anniversary all weekend. Today it's offering 1993 prices on its original beers, so growlers of those are $4 and pints are $2. There is also a costume contest and live music. There will be other happenings and discounts tomorrow and Saturday.

Friday, November 1

Diebolt Brewing will throw a party today called Cerveza de Los Muertos and unveil its Graveyard Ale. Pints will be $3 all day if you're wearing a costume. Corner of Gourmet will be serving food and a DJ will be spinning tunes.

Stapleton Tap House will host its first annual Halloween Party today at 7 p.m., when you can party with the Farmer's Daughter from Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and a few of her closest friends. There will be special beer tappings from Grimm, Tivoli, Backcountry, Pateros Creek and Crabtree, as well as trivia and costume contests.

Hops & Pie brings back Firkin 1st Friday today at 6 p.m. by tapping a cask of Epic Brewing's 6.2 percent ABV Escape to Colorado IPA that has been conditioned with whole-leaf Simcoe hops.

Upslope Brewing is celebrating its fifth anniversary with back-to-back parties. The first is today from 2 to 10 p.m. at the brewery's original Lee Hill location; there will be live music, food and special beer tappings.The second will be tomorrow at the new production brewery and taproom in Flatiron Park. More details to come.

Saturday, November 2

Grist Brewing Company in Highlands Ranch will celebrate its grand opening starting at noon today. Grist, the first independently-owned craft brewery to open in Highlands Ranch, will have eight beers available, including Kolsch, IPA, Hefeweizen, Brown, Stout, and a Belgian Strong Ale. Four-ounce tasters will be available along with pints, half-pints and 32-ounce growlers. The El Toro the Tot food truck will be on hand all day.

Caution Brewing will release its Bourbon Barrel Aged Toaster Bat Black in bottles today at 2 p.m. Bottles is $25, and limited to two per person. There are only twenty cases, or 240 bottles; each one was hand-bottled, labeled, signed, numbered and wax-sealed.

Upslope Brewing is celebrating its fifth anniversary with back-to-back parties. The second one is today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the brewery's new Flatiron Park location. There will be special beer tappings, including its 5th Anniversary Ale (TBA), food from Blackbelly Catering with Chef Hosea of Bravo's Top Chef, burgers from the Burger Radio food truck and live music.

The All Colorado Beer Festival takes place from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center in Colorado Springs. There are four types of tickets, starting at $35 depending on which session you want to attend and other factors; 45 brewers will be in attendance. Get tickets and info at the fest web site.

Turn the page to find craft beer events later in November. Friday, November 8

Join Breckenridge Brewery and Never Summer Industries at 5 p.m. at Punch Bowl Social to kick of the 2013 skiing and snowboarding season with a free parking-lot party. The two companies will release their collaboration beer, Imperial Express, a hoppy imperial red ale named after the infamous chairlift on Breckenridge Mountain. They'll also show off their collaboration snowboard. And there will be games and activities, including life-sized human foosball, monster trike racing, a bowling tournament, a raffle, free waxing and edging from 720 Boardshop and the premier of "Slap Happy," a video from Never Summer, music and prizes.

Saturday, November 9

Avery Brewing will hold its second annual IPA Fest today from noon to 5 p.m. The tickets, $45, are likely sold out by now, but proceeds go to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, providing relief and recovery for the families and individuals affected by the severe flooding across Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Books, Bites and Brews. Sound like a good combo? Douglas County Libraries will put it all together at the Books, Bites and Brews Festival, which takes place today from 4 to 9 p.m. at Cielo at Castle Pines. Savor tasty bites from a variety of local cookbooks, including Tasting Colorado, Eclectic Entertaining, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, Muy Bueno, The Denver and Boulder Chef's Table, Soul Food, Shinin Times at The Fort and Beyond the Sauce. They will be accompanying beers from Hall Brewing, Elk Mountain, Lone Tree Brewing and Rockyard American Grill. Cicerone Sarah Johnson from Mandalay Bay will take attendees through a tasting tour. General admission tix are $25, although there are some available add-ons, and can be found on evenbrite.

Dry Dock Brewing will celebrate its eighth anniversary today with a party at its original location, now known as South Dock, that begins at 11 a.m. Details are TBA.

Sunday, November 10

Denver Bacon and Beer Festival returns today from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the EXDO Denver Event Center. The second annual event, produced by Eat Boston and Denver Off The Wagon, will once again bring together area restaurants and breweries to offer bacon-based dishes and craft brews (for a full list of the vendors, go to the Eat Boston website). Proceeds benefit Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. Tickets are $45 ($60 VIP) and will likely sell out, if they haven't already.

Saturday, November 16

Renegade Publik House presents Cans of Wrath (taken from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath), from 1 to 5 p.m. today, a party that celebrates canned craft beer that is 7 percent ABV or higher, including Hammer & Sickle, the new Russian Imperial Stout from Renegade Brewing. Enjoy an unlimited sampling of more than 25 beers from around the country, among them Oskar Blues, Redstone Meadery, Wynkoop, Crabtree, Aspen Brewing, Eddyline, Pikes Peak, Bonfire, Asher, Ska, Fate, Upslope, Santa Fe and Renegade. Tickets are $40 -- or $45 at the door.

Boulder Beer Company will release a limited-edition, barrel-aged barleywine in bottles today at 3 p.m. called The Dude's Bane. (Get there at noon to get an early line number, and wear a robe -- like the Dude himself -- for a chance to win bottle #1.) Aged for one year in first-use bourbon barrels, The Dude's Bane, at 12.3 percent ABV, is Boulder Beer's first barrel-aged beer released in bomber bottles and its most rare packaged offering, with only eight barrels in existence. "It began as a lighter-bodied English-style Barleywine with undertones of candied fruit, then over time evolved into something much more complex with the fusion of bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel," the brewery says. There is a limit of twelve bottles per person.

Sunday, November 17

The Colorado Brewers Guild will host a new small festival, the Thanksgiving Rendezvous, today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stapleton Tap House. The gathering "is a way for us to showcase a hand-selected collection of diverse beers from across the state," the CBG says. Breweries include Backcountry Brewery, Blue Spruce Brewing, Bristol, Caution, Denver Chop House, Dry Dock, Epic, Grimm Brothers, Hall, Left Hand, Lone Tree, Oskar Blues, Pikes Peak Brewing, Prost, Renegade, River North, Ska, Strange, Tommyknocker. Tickets, $40, are limited and can via Imbibe Denver.



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