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Lucky Pie and Yak & Yeti kick off Thanksgiving weekend in craft beer style

Last week, we wrote about the numerous connections between the ski and snowboard industries and Colorado's craft-beer makers that will take place this year. And now you can add another one to the list: Denver Beer Co and Denver's Grace Skis are teaming up on a bock-style beer that they brewed on Friday and a pair of skis with the brewery's logo, which will be auctioned off in the near future. "They are a tiny ski company that makes custom, one-off pairs of skis, which is the same idea as what we do," says Denver Beer's Patrick Crawford. "We both like to make things one at a time."

To see all of this week's craft beer happenings, go to the next page.

Wednesday, November 21

Lucky Pie in LoDo will host Bristol Brewing out of Colorado Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The brewery is tapping a firkin of its delicious Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout aged over cherries.

Yak & Yeti holds its Pumpkin & Spice Ale tapping today at 4 p.m. This beer won't make it through the Thanksgiving weekend, so if you want some, show up for the release party or have your Thanksgiving meal at the Yak, which will be open all day on Thursday.

Friday, November 23

Need a Black Friday shopping break? Caution Brewing will open a little early today, at 2 p.m., to serve post-turkey suds.

Saturday, November 24

Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge will continue its twice-monthly Beers and Bonfire series today when it taps a bunch of beers from Avery Brewing. The series celebrates winter by letting a brewery take over the outdoor satellite bar and then lighting the fire pits and heaters.

Copper Kettle will release its Bourbon Breakfast Stout today. It's an imperial oatmeal stout made with coffee, chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels for months. The Statue of Liberty band will start playing at 7 p.m., and there will be food available at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28

The Rackhouse Pub has been hoarding beer. So in the interests of getting that out on the table, the restaurant will begin sharing it with you with in a series of Wednesday night "I'd Tap That" events. The first is today beginning at 5 p.m., when the Rackhouse will bring out Mad River Brewing's Barley On Bourbon, Extra Stout On Bourbon, and Belgian IPA. On December 5, it will be Grand Teton Brewing's 2011 Black Cauldron Imperial Stout, XX Bitch Creek Double ESB, and Pursuit Of Hoppiness. Check the web site for the schedule through the end of the year.

Brewery Rickoli in Wheat Ridge plans to open its doors for the first time today at 4 p.m. with a couple of beers on tap.

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