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The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in May

The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in May (11)
Cerveceria Colorado
Festival season is upon us in Colorado, but that's not the only way to get outdoors and enjoy a cerveza or three. There are multiple anniversary parties this month, where the sunshine, music and beer will be flowing on patios and rooftops and through open garage doors. May also brings the grand opening of a Mexican-style beer hall from the owners of Denver Beer Co., summer beer school and some barrel-aged specialty brews.

click to enlarge DENVER BEER CO.
Denver Beer Co.
Saturday, May 5
Cerveceria Colorado Grand Opening
Cerveceria Colorado
1635 Platte Street

Cerveceria Colorado, a brewery project from Denver Beer Co., will open its doors at 11 a.m. with nine beers on tap, all of them honoring the traditions, cuisine and culture of Mexico. Located next to the brewery's original home on Platte Street, Cerveceria Colorado is both a beer bar and a statement: "Cerveceria Colorado believes beer is inclusive, collaborative and celebratory. Cerveceria Colorado is here to build bridges, not walls, in our communities," owners Patrick Crawford and Charlie Berger say. In addition to the beers, there will also be Mexican games, Mexican food trucks, a Tres Leches cake tasting, piñata smashing and a photo booth.The opening lineup of beers includes: Lupulo Cacao, a chocolate pale ale; Senor Piña, a pineapple blonde; Venga, a traditional Mexican lager that you can sip chelada-style with a salted rim and lime wedge; Barrica Reserva, a tequila-barrel-aged saison; Churro Stout, a milk stout aged on vanilla beans and cinnamon; Cocolimon, a kettle sour with zested limes and shredded coconut, created in collaboration with Cerveceria de Colima in Colima, Mexico; Nopalito, a wheat beer with nopal, created in collaboration with La Cirquera from Querétaro, Mexico; and Poblano Pils, a smoked Mexican lager aged on smoked fresh poblano chiles.

Thursday, May 10 (Beginning)
Craft Beer Summer School
Multiple locations

Are you interested in taking your beer knowledge to the next level? Then join seven Denver breweries that are hosting a series of classes every Thursday at 7 p.m. from May 10 through June 21. Here's the official decription of the syllabus:

You'll visit a new craft brewery every week and gain in-depth knowledge of the science and methodology of what they do best. Explore the world of IPAs and hops with Alpine Dog, dig into sour and mixed culture fermentation with Baere Brewing. Take your palate to Germany and Belgium at Bierstadt Lagerhaus and Bruz Beers, respectively. Delve into the complicated world of barrel aging with Cerebral Brewing and the detailed science of ingredients at CO-Brew Denver. Learn about the wide world of adjuncts at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project.
Each brewery will provide two to three hours of instruction to small classes of twelve people (there will also be swag and beer discounts). A graduation bash will take place on June 30 at Intrepid Sojourner. The cost for the entire series is $399, and registration is available at

click to enlarge PLATT PARK BREWERY
Platt Park Brewery
Saturday, May 12
Fruit Frenzy
Platt Park Brewing
1875 Pearl Street

Join Platt Park Brewing for its second annual Fruit Frenzy, which encompasses a wide variety of beer styles. There will be nine fruit beers on tap starting at noon — for one day only. The beers are: Watermelon Berliner Weisse, Papaya Milkshake IPA, White Pear Berliner Weisse, Coconut Coffee Porter, Tangerine Tropical Snow Dance IPA, Future Blind Chocolate Cherry Stout, Pineapple Hop Religion, and Passion Fruit Phaded Pale Ale.

click to enlarge RIVER NORTH BREWERY
River North Brewery
Saturday, May 12
Barrel Aged Extravaganza
River North Brewery
6021 Washington Street

"Here in Colorado, we know to expect those early May snows. So to celebrate the real end of winter, we are raiding the cellar and filling our lines with barrel-aged brews," says River North Brewery, which is throwing a Barrel Aged Extravaganza. Beers on tap include 2017 Vicennial: Barrel-Aged God Complex; 2017 Vicennial: Barrel-Aged Shadowman; 2017 Vicennial: Barrel-Aged Father Time; 2016 Barrel Aged Avarice; 2016 Whiskey Barrel Quandary; 2017 Whiskey Barrel Quandary; 2017 Fancy Effing Stout; 2017 Big City Quad; 2017 Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman; 2017 Whiskey Barrel J. Marie; Single Cask J. Marie - Port-Finished Whiskey; and Saison Conspiracy Noir. All beers will all be available to take home in Crowlers, too.

Brewtography Project
Saturday, May 12
Hops for Homes Craft Beer Festival
Great Divide Brewing
3403 Brighton Boulevard

Join Habitat Denver and more than thirty breweries at Great Divide Brewing's event space, 3403 Brighton Boulevard, for the 2018 edition of Hops for Homes, a craft-beer festival that "brings the collaborative spirit of the craft-brewery community together to craft a home and build hope for a local family in need." Tickets — $40 for GA and $50 for VIP — include unlimited pours, a specialty tasting glass, games, a live DJ and raffles. Food trucks include Basic Kneads Pizza, Farmer Joe's Food Truck and Catering, Mile High Cajun Food Truck, and Trubucha. For tickets and a full list of participating breweries, go to The fest runs from 1 to 4 p.m. (VIPs get in at noon).

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