Beer Man

Rare bottles, cask ales and the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous highlight the week

Copper Kettle Brewing scored some hand-painted, custom table tops recently that incorporate not just game boards -- like backgammon and checkers -- but a few of the young brewery's accolades, including its Great American Beer Festival medal and, of course, its nod as Best Brewery for Neighbors in Westword's Best of Denver 2012 (it's at the lower left in the picture above). Wanna check them out? Click the calendar below to see a couple of upcoming Copper Kettle events along with all of this week's beery fun.

Elevation Brewing, which opened May 19 in Poncha Springs, recently released this video commemorating its journey -- complete with a speech from Governor John Hickenlooper, who was there on opening day.

Wednesday, July 11

River North Brewing continues its Barrel-Aged Wednesdays today by tapping Barrel Series No.3, Whiskey-Aged Quandary Quadrupel at 3 p.m.The brewery will also sell individually numbered bombers for purchase.

Loveland Ale Works opened a week ago today (on July 4). The taproom is open every day (for hours check their Facebook page). As for beers, a recent Facebook message said, "We are transferring our Mild to the conditioning cellar today and kegging more Saison. Brewing ESB tomorrow, and the IPA is getting kegged on Wednesday."

Thursday, July 12

It's Sour Month at the Rackhouse Pub, which is tapping eighteen different wild or sour ales in July. Today's sour brew is Avery Emmitis, followed by Crooked Stave Petit Sour on July 13, AC Golden Dry Hopped Sour on July 15 and New Belgium Tart Lychee on July 17. Go to the Rackhouse Facebook page for the full lineup.

Friday, July 13

This week's Friday firkin at Great Divide Brewing is an oaked Doppelbock they're calling Wunder Wald. "It's a sultry beauty and it taps at 3 p.m.," the brewery says.

Saturday, July 14

Bottles of Kriek, the third beer in AC Golden's Hidden Barrel Collection, will go on sale at Mile High Wine & Spirits today at 3 p.m. -- by phone and in the store. Mile High will limit customers to one bottle per person, however. There will also be a free public tasting of Kriek in the store and representatives from AC Golden on hand to talk beer.

Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of Imperial Red at 4 p.m. The hand-pumped cask-style ale will poured alongside the same beer from a tap line so you can try it both ways.

The 16th Annual Colorado Brewer's Rendezvous will take place today in the town of Salida's Riverside Park. The family-friendly Rendezvous, a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild, will feature a record 62 Colorado breweries, all of them Guild members. In addition to the beers, there will also be music, food vendors and root beer.

Twisted Pine celebrates its 17th anniversary today by releasing Red Rye-der, made with München and rye malts and lots of American hops. The 6.1 percent ABV Red Rye-der will be available in 22-ounce bottles.

Sunday, July 15

The Avery and Ska breweries bring back their collaboratively brewed Skavery Wheelsucker Wheat, a German-style Hefeweizen, this week to commemorate the fourth annual BoulDurango bicycle ride that begins at Avery's home in Boulder and ends at Ska in Durango. During the multi-day trip, riders from Avery, Ska and other breweries will visit some industry colleagues. The ride gets started with a silent auction and tapping at Avery today and ends on July 23 with a second party and tapping at Ska that includes live music, food, and beer from Avery, Ska, Left Hand, and Great Divide.

Monday, July 16

You'll find Science on Tap tonight at the Denver Beer Co when Dr. Nicole Garneau, curator of human health at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stops by to talk about the craft of brewing from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to her talk, attendees can sample a beer made in partnership with Denver Beer Co and Dr. Garneau (to help name the beer, go to the brewery's Facebook page), mingle and network with fellow young professionals. Tickets are $25 and include two beers and food from the Uber Sausage.

Saturday, July 21

Wynkoop Brewing Company presents its second annual United Tastes of Belgium today from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring samples of Belgian-style beers from Colorado and the United States, along with a choice selection of brews from Belgium itself. Some of these delicious beverages include Arvada Beer Company;s Belgian IPA and Belgian Strong Golden Ale; Avery's Salvation, Reverend and White Rascal; Breckenridge Brewery's Elevation Belgian Pale Ale and Peak Six Belgian Vanilla Porter, along with many others. A selection of artisan-style chocolates and Colorado gourmet cheeses will accompany the beers. Tickets are $30 in advance and $37.50 the day of (if any remain).

Copper Kettle will release its Oak Aged Imperial Stout today at noon. The jet-black stout was "aged with oak spirals for a smooth and earthy finish." Pete Stein will be playing guitar from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Harvest Food truck will be on hand from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 22

Hops & Pie will bring Firestone Walker to the house for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest starting at 2 p.m. Enjoy flights and single pours of Parabola Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Wookey Jack black rye IPA, Double Double Barrel Ale, Double Jack American Imperial IPA, Solace Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer, and a firkin of UDBA, an unfiltered, cask-style amber ale.

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