Big Choice Brewing is known for good beer and good music. But the business, which moved from Broomfield to Brighton in 2017, means more than that to History Colorado Center. The beer maker occupies a historic wooden structure that was originally built in 1940 by Japanese-Americans as a Buddhist temple.
History Colorado used the structure at an event earlier in December to showcase the benefits of historic preservation and of its tax-credit program, which helps finance such preservation.
Purchased in 2016 by Carolyn Corogin, a Denver-based developer and architect at C2 Studio US, the temple was then vacant and dilapidated. With the goal of rehabbing it for a modern use, Corogin "worked with the City of Brighton and Brighton’s Japanese American Association members, many of whom grew up going to the temple as children in the 1940s and 50s," History Colorado says. "Their realtor brought Nathaniel and Andrea Miller, the husband-and-wife team that owns the brewery, through for a tour, and it all came together. The brewery relocated to downtown Brighton, and opened for business about a year ago."
The Historic preservation tax-credit program has been available since 1990 and was bolstered by a 2014 Colorado state law that established a $10 million annual fund for commercial preservation projects.
Keep reading for all of this week's craft-beer events.
Friday, December 28
Denver Beer Co. is releasing Glitter Balls Brut IPA at its Platte Street and Arvada taprooms. There will only be 100 Crowlers available at each location. The special-edition beer was brewed to celebrate the New Year of 2019. It was made with barley and toasted rice, along with Cascade, Enigma and Nelson Sauvin hops "for a citrus and light tropical note with some white wine fruitiness," the brewery says. Oh, and it also contains loads of glitter.
New Image Brewing in Arvada taps Bromance, a collaboration with its bros up in Fort Collins, Funkwerks. The beer is a very limited run of a sour ale with elderflower and lemon.
Avery Brewing debuts a new series of taproom-only beers that will be available for the first time in sixteen-ounce cans to go. The monthly Tap Room Rarity series will include seasonal classics, fun variants, retired favorites and new beers; they will only be available for purchase at the Boulder brewery. The first one is Preesh Lightning, a grapefruit IPA that was a top seller from this past summer. It will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. In February, Avery will have Cloud 9, a vanilla-bean Belgian-Style White Ale with orange zest.
Saturday, December 29
Renegade Brewing is clearing out the cellar to celebrate the end of 2018. The brewery will pour six different barrel-aged beers from noon to 11 p.m. The beers are Barrel-Aged Hammer Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Berbere-Spiced Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Cherry Farmhouse on Brett (aged in a red-wine barrel), Barrel-Aged Bedwetter Barleywine, Barrel-Aged Renegado Rye Mexican Lager, and Rum Barrel-Aged Pancakes Maple Porter. The One and Only Jon Ham will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., and there will be a food truck parked outside.
Join River North Brewery for a dual release of brand-new beers starting at noon. The first beer is Single Cask Avarice: Tequila Barrel, a Belgian-style imperial stout aged in a tequila cask. The second beer is Decennial IV: The Last Guardian, which is the newest addition to the brewery's Decennial series, its line of high-gravity brews intended to age up to ten years. This bière de garde weighs in at 15.2 percent ABV.
Sunday, December 30
River North Brewery finishes out its Hazy Sundays for 2018 with two new varieties of Mountain Haze. Belma Mountain Haze was brewed with Belma hops, "a Northwest hop with strikingly nouveau qualities. Bright and citrusy with notes of strawberry and melon," the brewery says. Pacific Gem Mountain Haze was made with a New Zealand hop varietal that presents like a West Coast hop. Bright pine and citrus with a hint of blackberry."
Monday, December 31
Copper Kettle Brewing hosts a special Crowler release of its Brut Saison from noon to 5 p.m. This 8 percent ABV champagne-like beer is perfect "to take home to your NYE celebrations," the brewery says. You can also grab a pint on tap. Copper Kettle will close at 5 p.m.
Every December, Renegade Brewing makes one of the most luscious beers in Colorado: Depravity Peanut Butter Cup Porter, which it releases on New Year's Eve. This time around, the brewery is hosting a Saints & Sinners party to go along with it. From 3 to 7 p.m., Renegade will have Depravity flowing on tap, live music from
Something Vinyl Club and food from Cilantro & Perejil starting at 4 p.m. Come dressed as either a saint or a sinner (or just wear wings or devil horns if you're lazy); the group with the most dressed-up people gets free pints. Four-packs of Depravity will be available for purchase until the brewery runs out (there is a limit of three per person).The party will wind down by 8 p.m. so "you can be back on the couch in sweats to watch the ball drop (or you can still make that other NYE party you have scheduled)," the brewery says.
Burns Family Artisan Ales releases its newest big beer, Auld Lang Syne, at 6 p.m. Aged in brandy barrels for almost five months, "this beer promises high-gravity goodness with [the brewery's] hallmark balanced and smooth warmth," Burns says. The 16.5 percent ABV beer features "rich stone fruit and caramel notes from the barrel." Liam O'Beirne, Jennifer Lee, Jesse Mitchell and Joe Nicholson of Indigent Row will rock the house starting at 9 p.m. with their energetic Celtic prog-rock music, promising at least two versions of Auld Lang Syne.
Saturday, January 5
The Cultural Center, which is the new joint taproom and barrel-aging cellar from Westbound & Down Brewing and Amalgam Brewing, will hold January hours from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be eight beers on draft and food from El Taco Veloz food truck. A draft list and on-site/to-go bottle offerings have yet to be announced. The Cultural Center is located at 6381 Beach Street, Unit A, in Denver.
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