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February a stout time at Mountain Sun and Vine Street Pub

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, at 1535 Pearl Street in Boulder, and its newer Denver sibling, Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine Street, are celebrating Stout Month starting on February 1. "Ten of Mountain Sun's taps will fade to black with local, regional and national versions of the rich, thick and dark ale," the company promises.

Examples include nitrogen-poured Belgian Dip Chocolate Stout, Korova Cream Stout and Old School Irish Stout. The two pubs will also be pouring Yonder Mountain Stout, Thunder Head Stout and Cherry Dip Stout (a chocolate stout with sweet cherry puree). New this year will be Trickster Stout, which is loaded with hops, along with Usurper and The Nihilist.

The bars will also offer a roundup of guest stouts from local and national brewers, including Stone, Anderson Valley, Twisted Pine, Dog Fish Head, Avery and Great Divide.

And, for the third year in a row, Mountain Sun will host a Stout Homebrew Competition; the winner gets to help brew his or her own recipe on Mountain Sun's 6-barrel system.

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