Leftovers, pumpkin beers and Black Friday highlight our weekly craft beer calendar

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Zephyr Brewing isn't the first would-be brewery in Colorado to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money for equipment, operating capital or aesthetic elements. But it is the first to go with CrowdBrewed, a relatively new crowdfunding site that was created just for the craft brewing industry. Zephyr, owned by Colorado natives Brian Wood, Tyler Shuey and Rich Wisniewski, already has its equipment, most of its funding and a location in the River North neighborhood. So the campaign was created in order to drum up $15,000 for staffing, taproom improvements and the final start-up costs. You can read about the campaign and the rewards at the brewery's page on CrowdBrewed.com.

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

Wednesday, November 27

World of Beer Belmar is hosting a tap takeover from Left Hand Brewing and a '90s party tonight at 7 p.m. that benefits Toys for Tots. So pull out your dopest '90s gear from back in the dizzle and try any of twelve beers from Left Hand, including Deep Cover, Motherlode, Milk Stout Nitro, Munich Dunkel, and Fade to Black, volumes two through five. WOB will be spinning '90s tunes, from Biggie Smalls to Britney Spears, and everything in between. Bring in toys for Toys for Tots and get a free beer shot. Left Hand will be giving out swag throughout the night.

November is "Be Thankful" cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing, with the brewery pouring firkins of beers every Wednesday that were made with Thanksgiving ingredients. Today's cask is Cranberry Wit, a light Belgian wit made with fresh cranberries. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 28

Most breweries are closed today, but most liquor stores are open in the mornings and early afternoons. Call first.

Friday, November 29

Brewery Rickoli in Wheat Ridge will celebrate its first anniversary today with a Black Friday relief party that lasts from noon to 8 p.m. There will be beer specials all day, along with a Thanksgiving leftovers potluck and a leftovers sandwich competition at 2 p.m. Also, there will be prizes and the launch of a new Rickoli beer club.

Upslope Brewing's original Lee Hill location has lined up firkin tappings every Friday at 2 p.m.. starting today with Persimmon Altbier, a German-style ale with a nice malt character kicked up with some added persimmons.

The Yak & Yeti opens at 11 a.m. today to serve Disgruntled Pumpkin Ale and a brand new Rye IPA to Black Friday shoppers.

Saturday, November 30

Whiskey Barrel Quandary will return to River North Brewery at 1 p.m. today. For the 2013 vintage, the brewery aged its Quandary quad solely in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels, giving the beer a spicy bite. River North bottled 105 cases of Individually numbered bombers, but draft pours will also be available at the release.

Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will become Odyssey Beer'dwerks today as part of an effort to raise funds for MOvember, which supports men's health and helps the fight against prostate and testicular cancer. The brewery will have many beers on tap, in addition to live music and food from Quiero Arepas. There will also be a mustache and beard contest (entry is $5 or $10 on the day of), with prizes.

Sunday, December 1

Avery Brewing is hosting a holiday-themed "CrAft and CrAfts: Handmade Beers and Handmade Gifts" event today, at which "attendees can peruse local, handmade gifts while drinking local, handmade craft brews," including 10lb. Strawberry Wit (tapped at 3 p.m.), a Belgian-Style White Ale that was brewed with ten pounds of fresh strawberries just for this occasion. The craft fair, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., was organized by Avery events specialist Jess Steinitz through the Sisterhood of the Hop women's beer group. Proceeds from sales of the Strawberry Wit will be used to benefit the Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit that provides economic help to women.

Wednesday, December 4

West Flanders Brewing in Boulder is teaming up with the Cured Cheese Shop tonight at 7 p.m. to offer an evening of elegant beer and cheese pairings at the brewery. Join brewmaster Brian Lutz and Cured co-owner Will Frischkorn, who will be on hand to explain the pairings and answer any questions. Tickets are $25. RSVP to 303-447-2739.

For more events later in December, turn the page. Thursday, December 5

TAG Burger Bar will host a beer-versus-wine dinner today at 6:30 p.m. featuring a five-course meal paired with both German-style lagers from Prost Brewing and local wines from Infinite Monkey Theorem. The menu includes grilled quail, warm duck salad and bison short rib. The cost is $65 per person and reservations are required.

Friday, December 6

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will celebrate its first anniversary with two parties, one today and one tomorrow. Today's party begins at 7 p.m. when OMF will tap the second release of its Winter Warmer, a complex 10 percent AVB Old Ale. "This crowd favorite has notes of fruit, dark chocolate, roastiness, toffee and black currant," the brewery says. OMF will also be pouring Winter Warmer on oak and cherries and Winter Warmer aged on Madagascar Vanilla. There will be music from Flashbulb Fires, A Mouthful of Thunder, and Confluence, along with food from The Special, a vegan/vegetarian food truck. Tomorrow, the second party kicks off at 7 p.m., when OMF will tap seven different beers, each made by a different member of the brewery's staff. The list of ten-gallon batches includes a Black IPA, an all-Galaxy-hopped red ale, a Blood Orange Wheat ale, Dubbel, Hoppy Saison, Cream Ale, and a NY Maple Syrup Porter. Tasters and full pours will be available. Musical guests are the Pickers, Two Tone Wolf Pack, and Josh Dillard. The Baba's Falafel food truck will be serving Middle Eastern fare. OMF will have door prizes, raffles, and giveaways both nights as well as food/draught specials.

Oskar Blues will celebrate its 11th CANiversary today, and the Grand Re-Opening of Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, which is the company's first location and the birthplace of craft beer in a can. The party starts at 7 p.m. and will feature live music by Rocktin Grove and the West Water Outlaws along with food specials and rare OB beers. It will also serve as a fundraiser for the CAN'd Aid Foundation, which Oskar Blues created to help raise money for people affected by the flooding, especially in Lyons. Tickets are $10 and available at eventbrite.

Saturday, December 7

The Wynkoop Brewing Company brings back its annual holiday fest, Parade of Darks, today starting at 1 p.m. The event is a showcase of more than eighty beers in the amber to opaque categories coming from 35-plus breweries. It is also a fundraiser for Metro CareRing, and raised $14,000 last year. Tickets, $35, get you a commemorative glass and unlimited sampling.

The Copper Kettle will release the first 22-ounce bomber bottle in its four-part barrel-aged seasonal series today. Snowed In (previously known as High Country Breakfast Stout) is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout made with locally-roasted Pablo's Coffee and chocolate, and aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels for months. There is a limited quantity, so get there early. Copper Kettle opens at noon.

Diebolt Brewing is throwing its first annual Swanky Seasonal Party today from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring a special tapping of C'est la Saison, its 9 percent ABV holiday beer. And if you dress up, pints are $1 off. There will be live music from Minor Note Orchestra at 7:30, and food from CKrepes.

In Boston, the founders of the Beer Advocate magazine and web site have hosted an annual pub crawl each December to "drink hardcore beers, get the blood warm and meet up with real beer drinkers." This year, since co-founder Todd Alstrom is now living in Denver, Beer Advocate will continue this tradition here. Things kick off at Lucky Pie LoDo at 11 a.m. before moving to Great Divide at 1 p.m., Star Bar at 3 p.m., Jagged Mountain at 5 p.m., and finally to Falling Rock, at 6 p.m.

Strange Brewing will host its annual holiday party today from 7 to 11 p.m. with a variety of beers on tap, including its holiday brews: Gingerbread Man and Pumpkin Saison. There will also be a pig roast, so bring a favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share. Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and More!

Monday, December 9

Colorado's ladies of craft beer will be featured in a new calendar from Denver's Copper Penny Photography -- a calendar that makes its debut tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Annual Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Pin-up Calendar Release Party at Breckenridge Brewery's Colorado Craft location in LoDo. The models come from Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Twisted Pine, Denver Beer Co, Strange Brewing, Dry Dock, Caution, Boulder Beer, Odd 13, Big Choice, Bootstrap, Wynkoop and TommyKnocker. Come down early to grab a calendar, meet the girls and enjoy a beer in vintage style.

In celebration of the holidays, Crafting a Nation will be hosting an intimate screening of its craft beer documentary at Crooked Stave's Source Taproom tonight at 7 p.m. There will be a Q&A session with key players in the craft beer industry immediately following the screening. Tickets are $10.

Tuesday, December 10

It's back. The amazing Christmas Beer Tasting at the Bull & Bush returns from 6 to 10 p.m. today, featuring more than 100 different Christmas/Holiday/Winter/Vintage beers from around the world that the brewery/pub has been saving. It costs $20 for twenty tickets at the door, and each sample costs one-to-four tickets, depending on the age and rarity of the particular beer. Go to the Bull & Bush web site to see the list of merry brews.

Great Divide Brewing will host its first-ever beer dinner inside the brewery today at 7 p.m. in conjunction with Mikes 2 Kitchen. The four-course, five-beer meal includes dishes like Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with herb goat cheese croquette and toasted pepitas paired with Claymore Scotch Ale; crispy seared chicken with root vegetable hash and lemon thyme au jus paired with Peach Grand Cru; and Chocolate Espresso Torte paired with Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Tickets are $55.

Saturday, December 14

The Copper Kettle will release the second 22-ounce bomber bottle in its four-part barrel-aged seasonal series today. Well Bred (previously known as 2013 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine) is an English-style barleywine packed with malt, caramel undertones and hints of vanilla, and aged for months in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels. There is a limited quantity (480 available), so get there early. Copper Kettle opens at noon. Next year, Copper Kettle plans to make this beer a fall seasonal.

Sunday, December 15

Renegade Publik House will host a beer dinner tonight at 5:30 p.m. with Wit's End Brewing, featuring five of the nano's brews paired with a menu created by Renegade chef Tim Hefty. Some of the courses include: charred butternut squash bisque topped with a caramelized onion and raisin compote paired with Wit's End Ugly Sweater; and baked cod pave over roasted fennel and sweet potatoes paired with Jean Claude Van Blonde. Tickets are $49 per person and must be purchased in advance at rphbeerdinner.bpt.me.



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