Prost Brewing opens, Left Hand's Oktoberfest returns in this week's beer calendar

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Left Hand Brewing in Longmont is out early with its copper-colored Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. The 6.6 percent ABV German-style beer took two months two brew (so drink it slowly), something that was made easier by Left Hand's recent addition of several 480-barrel fermenters. The space crunch meant that Oktoberfest was only available in Colorado last year. This year, the slightly sweet, biscuity beer will be available in all 25 states where Left Hand is distributed.

Wednesday, August 22

Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will introduce two new beers, Belgian Dubbel and Belgian Trippel today at 5 p.m. in its taproom. The two beers, which will be sold exclusively in 750 ml bottles, will be paired with cheeses that were specially selected by Blue Sage Catering.

Thursday, August 23

Prost Brewing opens its doors to the public at noon today. The highly-anticipated new German-style brewery and biergarten will have its Weißbier, Pils and Dunkel on tap.

The Focus on the Beer blog in Colorado Springs will host Crabtree Brewing's Andrew Sheffield at its regular Meet the Brewer series tonight at 7 p.m. at Front Range BBQ, 2330 West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs. Sheffield works in the brewery's barrel program and played a part in the making of Menage at Trois, a barrel-aged beer that won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup last May. Other beers from the Greeley-based brewery will also be on tap, including Ginger Bee, Serenity Amber and Boxcar Brown.

Friday, August 24

Boulder Beer will tap Stage 6, a bourbon barrel-aged rye pale ale, today to celebrate the sixth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that finishes in Boulder. The beer will be on tap today and tomorrow only at the brewery (and a few other spots in Boulder. Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will tap two firkins of Blueberry Hefeweizen today, one at 3 p.m. and another around 7 or 8 p.m., as part of its weekly Firkin Friday program.

Saturday, August 25

Odell Brewing in Fort Collins celebrates the return of Deconstruction in its tap room today beginning at 4 p.m. Guests are invited to sample the brew, along with grub from the Rolling Bistro Food Truck and music from 4 to 6 p.m. from the Constant Tourists. Deconstruction is a barrel-aged Golden Ale most that was last brewed in 2010. Based on Jacque Derrida's theory of Deconstruction ("whereby developing a process of brewing that first deconstructs the desired complexities in the finished product thereby revealing how to achieve these characteristics through brewing process," Odell says), the beer was created by blending the final recipe with smaller pilot batches of the brew aged in oak barrels and fermented with wild yeasts.

See events in September on the next page.

Saturday, September 1

Freshcraft will celebrate its second anniversary today with a special menu featuring barbecue and beer tappings. They include a firkin of Upslope Peach Cobbler made with Palisade peaches and spices at 11 a.m.; Avery's Avery Lilikoi Kepolo, made with passionfruit, at 1 p.m.; New Belgium's La Folie Sour Brown at 3 p.m.; Firestone Walker Parabola at 7 p.m. and Oskar Blues Jim Beam Barrel Aged Ten Fidy on nitro at 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 8

Avery Brewing in Boulder will "honor the craft beer style that has made the hop our favorite flower...be they dank or piney or floral or tart, spiced or fruited or dry-hopped or wet, Double or Imperial, a little of some or all those together," with the inaugural IPA Festival today from noon to 5 p.m. Attendees will find all kinds of IPAs from brewers in Colorado and around the country, along with music and a commemorative glass. Tickets are $35 and available at www.averybrewing.com.

Saturday, September 15

The Vine Street Pub will host its third annual Uptown Block Party today beginning at 1 p.m. Artwork is in and hanging in the pubs for this year's Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewer's Olympics. Keith Moseley from SCI, 12 breweries competing for gold, 30 different styles of world-class brews in the beer garden... and all to support New Era Colorado. Saturday, September 15th! Mark your calendars!



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