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SIP Beer Fest and Nine Other Fun Ways to Help Colorado Craft Breweries

Play Brewery Bingo while supporting Colorado breweries.
Play Brewery Bingo while supporting Colorado breweries. Seedstock Brewing Co.

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click to enlarge Remember when you could do this? Hogshead does, and the brewery is planning to do it again one day. - HOGSHEAD BREWERY
Remember when you could do this? Hogshead does, and the brewery is planning to do it again one day.
Hogshead Brewery
Hogshead Happy Days Party Tickets
Hogshead Brewery misses you so much that it is already planning to throw a big bash when this is all over, one day. Tickets for the Happy Days Are Beer Again party are $40 and will be available on the brewery's website. The date of the party is, of course, unknown, but it will include unlimited food and beer. For now, help the brewery out by ordering beer (or kegs) for delivery or to go, donating to the online tip jar or buying a "Fuck C02 and This Virus" T-shirt. Hogshead specializes in English-style cask beers.

BLACK SKY BREWERY
Black Sky Brewery
GoFundMe — Twisted Pine, Black Sky, Front Range Brewing
Fans of three different breweries in the Denver/Boulder area have taken it upon themselves to set up GoFundMe pages for their favorite breweries — some of which may face closure if they aren't able to find ways to make ends meet during the coronavirus closures. They are longtime Boulder brewpub Twisted Pine (which has a tip pool), Louisville taproom Front Range Brewing, and Denver's Black Sky Brewing. Help if you can.

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Propagate Lab
Colorado Craft Brewery Bingo
After Colorado's breweries were closed for on-site drinking — the primary way that many of them make money — the owner of yeast supplier Propagate Lab jumped into action to create the Colorado Craft Brewery Bingo card. The newest iteration of the card lists 24 breweries; buy one or more Crowler from each of the five breweries in a row (horizontal, vertical, diagonal), and get 5 percent off each future Crowler from the rest of the participating breweries. Guests are encouraged to take a photo at each brewery, use the hashtag #ColoradoCraftBingo and post to Facebook or Instagram. The first person to hit every brewery gets a free piece of merch (T-shirts, hat, etc.) from each of the participating 24 breweries. Bingo sheets can be picked up at any of the participating breweries: Seedstock Brewery, Baere Brewing, Lady Justice, Bruz Beers, De Steeg Brewing, Odyssey Beerwerks, Factotum Brewhouse, Prost Brewing, Locavore Beer Works, Fiction Beer, Mockery Brewing, Woods Boss Brewing, Halfpenny Brewing, Old 121 Brewing, Over Yonder Brewing, Boggy Draw Brewing, LandLocked Brewing, Mountain Toad Brewing, Coal Mine Ave. Brewing, Rail's End Brewing, CODA Brewing, Peak to Peak Brews and Knotted Root Brewing.

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Denver Beer Co.
Denver Beer Co. Pairings
Always one step ahead of the game, Denver Beer Co. has debuted a series of virtual beer-pairing events that you can do at home while virtually connecting with the brewery on Facebook live. The second one is today (Wednesday, April 1), but there is another one next week with cookies. For today's, participants can pre-order the two-person pairing packs online and pick them up at one of DBC's taprooms or get them delivered. Example: Pretzel Assassin Amber Lager paired with Hard Pepper salami and smoked gouda. Each pairing pack is $5; head brewer Jason Buehler will lead you through them and then open the live stream up for a Q&A session. For ordering details, hours and other information, go to the Facebook page
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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