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If You'd Rather Drink Than Shop, These Black Friday Craft Beer Tappings Are For You

Maybe you were done buying discount TVs before 6 a.m. or maybe you've just got better things to do today than join the masses at the mall. Whatever the case, there are some special beer tappings going on at a few local breweries in honor of the retail world's big day. And while beer geeks may also be hitting the liquor stores to catch a few rare releases (like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout), breweries are definitely where you want to be if you want to avoid the madness.

See also: Beer Calendar: Stouts and Porters to Sustain You Through the Thanksgiving Weekend

Let go of the Walmart coupons and shine a little light on Black Friday by trying one, some or all eleven variations of Station 26 Brewing's 11 percent ABV Dark Star Imperial Stout. The brewery opens at 1 p.m., when it will tap Dark Star, Firkin Dark Star and Whiskey Coffee Dark Star. From there you'll find Belgian Chocolate Dark Star, German Chocolate Dark Star and Mexican Chocolate Dark Star at 2 p.m.; Thanksgiving Dark Star (cranberry, rosemary, thyme) and Raspberry Dark Star at 3 p.m.; Kopi Luwak Coffee Dark Star at 4 p.m.; and Gingerbread Dark Star and Rum Raisin Dark Star at 5 p.m.

Today Copper Kettle Brewing will debut the 2014 version of its Snowed In coffee stout in bomber bottles and on draft. Previously known as High Country Breakfast Stout, the beer is an Imperial oatmeal stout made with locally-roasted coffee from Pablo's Coffee and aged for months in High West Distillery bourbon barrels. Taste of Texas BBQ will be out front selling food.

Comrade Brewing is releasing its 10.5 percent ABV Russian Imperial Stout today. Brewed with Chinook, Sorachi Ace and a generous late addition of Centennial hops, aromas of "toffee and chocolate dominate," the brewery says. Oh, and Comrade is setting aside a few hundred gallons of the stout to be aged in whiskey barrels, which will be released in a few months.

Dry Dock Brewing will toast the release of its Vanilla Porter in six-packs today with a party from noon to 6 p.m. at the Canoe Room, the brewery's new tasting room at its North Dock production facility. Guests who purchase six-packs to go will receive free Vanilla Porter koozies. A classic English-style brown porter, the beer was created in 2006 by Dry Dock co-owner Kevin DeLange and is made with more than a quarter pound of Madagascar vanilla beans per barrel. Beginning in December, Vanilla Porter will be available in six-packs as well as 22-ounce bomber bottles.

Strange Craft will tap Big Malty Winter Brew today at 3 p.m. The beer is a winter seasonal.

The Cheeky Monk on Colfax will offer a Black Friday Survival tasting paddle today with Scaldis Noel, St. Bernardus Winter, Bristol Brewing Winter Warlock and Brewery Ommegang Adoration.

Diebolt Brewing will tap Algerian Biere de Garde, Pieds Noir today at 4 p.m., as part of its Ex-Pat series. "Our Ex-Pat Series explores French colonialism past and present through indigenous ingredients. We choose a colonial entity, select interesting or unique ingredients from this area and incorporate them into French beer styles like Biere de Garde, Saison or Grisette," the brewery says. "Pieds Noir means Black Foot and refers to people of French and other European ancestry who lived in North Africa particularly Algeria. This Ex-Pat features a sweet Algerian curry, palm sugar and figs which give it the color of the Saharan sands, the heady, spiced aroma of an outdoor bazaar and the figgy flavor of the cradle of civilization."

Left Hand Brewing will be releasing a "Forgotten Wake Up Dead" keg today at 5 p.m. "Come early to make sure you have a chance to try this rare brew," the brewery says.


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