The craft beer business is booming, but so is the homebrewing sector as the interest in making and drinking good beer grows. The American Homebrewers Association, which is based in Boulder, released the results of a survey of homebrewing shops this week showing that 80 percent of them saw increased sales of beginner homebrewing startup kits, meaning more people are getting into the hobby; and that 43 percent of those stores have been in business less than three years, meaning they are new as well. For the full survey, visit the AHA's website.
For all of this week's craft beer events, turn the page.
Wednesday, June 12
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday, along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Maibock.
River North Brewery's Wayward Wednesday will feature all the rare beers it has brewed this year, including Anniversary Ale #1, Barrel Reserve 2013 and whiskey-aged Hello, Darkness Black IPA. The brewery opens at 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 15
Great Divide Brewing will once again celebrate its anniversary with a giant block party in the Curtis Park/Ballpark neighborhood, where the brewery was founded nineteen years ago. In addition to food trucks, and live music from A. Tom Collins, the Parlor Pickers, Confluence and Royal Aces, Great Divide will brew a full spectrum of small-batch and experimental beers to complement its stellar regular lineup. The party runs from 2 to 6 p.m., and tickets, if it isn't sold out, are $30 in advance and $35 the day of.
Sunday, June 16
Avery Brewing will release Ross's's Melange today in bottles at the brewery; it's the sixteenth beer in the brewery's acclaimed Barrel-Aged Series, and the third in a month's time. The beer is an 11 percent ABV wild ale brewed with Chardonnay grape must and aged with Brettanomyces yeast in first-use Chardonnay barrels for six months. "This beer has a huge white wine influence and aromas of fresh pear juice. It has some nice tannic notes from the oak and is very dry, definitely Champagne-esque," the brewery says. Bottle sales will start at 4 p.m. at Avery's Boulder taproom. Each twelve-ounce bottle costs $10 (cash only) with a limit of twelve per person. Only 147 cases exist, so Ross's's Melanage will likely sell out today, meaning you should hop in line early. None will end up in liquor stores.
Wednesday, June 19
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday, along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Imperial Coffee Stout.
Thursday, June 20
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will celebrate and conclude its first seasonal release of IPA2 by offering 200 hand-numbered 22-ounce bombers for sale beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a party starting at 7 p.m. with co-owner Andrew spinning records.
The Front Range has a rich entrepreneurial history, boasting start-ups that have gone on to bigger things in fields as disparate as software, renewable energy, specialized clothing and craft beer. But can these different scenes, in particular software and brewing, help or learn from one another? That's the question that will be posed today at Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes, which will take takes place today from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the University of Colorado Law School, Room 101 (tickets are $15 in advance; free to CU students and staff). The event will "compare and contrast norms and key ingredients of the software and craft brewing scenes in the Front Range today (e.g., What is the role of information sharing? How competitive are companies within the scene? Who are the leaders and what are their roles?). And finally, the event will compare and contrast what it takes to start and run a brewery versus what it takes to run a tech startup." Speakers include Jim Deters of Galvanize, Kirk Holland of Vista Ventures, Ingrid Alongi of Quick Left, Matt Cutter of Upslope Brewing, John Eckstein of Fairfield and Woods, and Julia Herz of the Brewers Association.
Turn the page for more beer events later in the month.
Friday, June 21
TRVE Brewing we will begin its two-day Anniversary Party today by tapping its first anniversary beer, TRVE Brewing Vol. 1, a 3.7 percent Session IPA that was brewed hops from all across the globe (Summit, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic). There will also be a showing of artwork by Sam Turner, who did all the designs on TRVE's merchandise. As an added bonus, the brewery will be selling unrenewed seats in its CVLT growler club (TRVE won't be filling growlers today, however, because it expects big crowds).
Copper Kettle Brewing will finally be celebrating the release of its Mexican Chocolate Stout bombers today with a party that starts when the brewery opens at noon. Copper Kettle will be selling 22-ounce bottles of this GABF award-winning beer (price TBD) for you to take home. The beer will eventually be available in a few liquor stores later this summer. At 4 p.m., there will be grub from Crazy Good Food.
Saturday, June 22
TRVE Brewing continues its birthday party today at the brewery from 2 to 7 p.m., and will then close the doors and move the festivities over to the hi-dive for its First Anniversary Bacchanal show. The bands Speedwolf, In the Company of Serpents, Primitive Man, Call of the Void and Belhor will all play. TRVE will also take over the taps at the hi-dive for the night.
Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot will also celebrate its first anniversary today with special brews on tap as well as their staples. There will be live music with Cat Jerky from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and BlueKrewe from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Bootstrap from noon to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday, along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Juniper Golden Strong.
Friday, June 28
The two-day Epic Beer Festival begins today at the Colorado Convention Center, featuring more than 300 beers from 120 breweries. The private company that puts on the festival also runs Epic events in Dallas and Philadelphia; this is its first year in Denver. Today's session runs from 7 to 10 p.m.; tickets are $40.
Saturday, June 29
Renegade Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary today with an all-day block party out front on West Ninth Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street. The street will be closed to traffic from noon to 10 p.m. and filled with food trucks, live music and plenty of beer. In fact, Renegade has put together some small-batch brews that were made just for the party and will only be served today. There will be valet bike parking and Renegade encourages guests to use buses, light rail or B-cycle (there's a station out front).
The two-day Epic Beer Festival continues today at the Colorado Convention Center, featuring more than 300 beers from 120 breweries. The private company that puts on the festival also runs Epic events in Dallas and Philadelphia; this is its first year in Denver. There are two sessions today, one from 1 to 4 p.m. and one from 7 to 10 p.m.; tickets to each are $40.
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