Beer Man

The Stapleton beer fest, mustaches and cans highlight this week's beer calendar

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Wednesday, August 15

Ale House at Amato's -- one of the restaurants owned by the Breckenridge-Wynkoop group -- and the Yak & Yeti Brewpub are going old-school with Tom Selleck's Amazing Double Pilsner, a collaboratively-brewed, heavily-mustachioed beer. The 6.6 percent ABV pils uses yeast from the Czech Republic and has been aged with "a hint of toasted oak for that special touch," according to the Yak. It's also "the only beer name that rivals the length of our Bockbier." The Yak will tap the beer at 4 p.m. today, and everyone who buys a glass gets a free (self-adhesive) faux-moustache. The party moves to the Ale House at Amato's tomorrow; fake mustaches will abound there as well.

Local author and journalist Ed Sealover will read from, discuss and sign copies of his book, Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado Breweries, tonight at 6 p.m. at the Vine Street Pub.

River North Brewery hosts its second Wayward Wednesday today by pouring Wayward Darkness, a version of its Hello, Darkness Black IPA that has been fermented with an alternative yeast strain. It opens at noon.

Thursday, August 16

The Bull & Bush is in the midst of celebrating its 41st birthday by tapping 41 beers in 41 days. Today, you'll find the deliciously sweet Ice Cream Clone on tap. The kitchen at Bull & Bush is closed for a remodel (opening back up in mid-October), but the rooms are all open and you're welcome to bring your own food; sometimes there is a food truck on hand as well. Find the full 41 Days lineup on the B&B's website.

Friday, August 17

Ernie's Bar & Pizza will celebrate the release of three new beers from New Belgium Brewing today from 6 to 9 p.m. New Belgium reps will be on hand to talk about Super IPA, a collaboration between New Belgium and San Diego County's Alpine Brewing; Peach Porch Lounger, co-brewed with musician G Love and named after one of his songs; and Red Hoptober, the brewery's fall seasonal. All beers from New Belgium will be on special from August 13-17.

The Art & Ale Brew Festival serves up its ninth year at the Wildlife Experience tonight from 6 to 10 p.m., pouring dozens of beers from 35 breweries and dishing out food from more than a dozen restaurants. Tickets are $40 and guests are welcome to peruse The Wildlife Experience's galleries and exhibits. There will be live music from Flock of Beagles.

Great Divide will tap a firkin of a dark mild that they are calling Gnefarious Gnome today at around 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 18

The Stapleton Beer Festival returns today from 4 to 8 p.m. for its third consecutive year, pouring beers from more than twenty breweries from Colorado and beyond (including some of the newer, smaller guys like Wits' End, Renegade and River North). There will also be live music from Tommy & the Tangerines at 4 p.m. and Chris Daniels & the Kings at 6 p.m., along with more then ten food trucks. It all takes place on The Green at Stapleton. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 on the day of) and are available at (they include food tickets).

Hops & Pie will host the brand new (since May, anyway) Elevation Beer Company from Poncha Springs today with its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest. The fun starts at noon when Hops will tap Apis IV, a Belgian-style quadruple; Cabernet Barrel-Aged Apis IV; Signal de Botrange, an oak-aged Belgian ale; un-aged Signal de Botrange; Mount Blanca, a Belgian saison; and a double dry hopped firkin of First Cast IPA.

Del Norte Brewing, with makes Mexican-style beer in Denver, will set the stage for local alt-country rockers, the Hollyfelds, today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5. Pints of beer are $5, but admission is free. Cash only. Must be 21+ with ID.

Sunday, August 19

The Brown Palace hotel celebrated its 120th birthday exactly one week ago, on August 12, and will be honoring the milestone into September with 1892 Artesian Lager, a beer brewed by the Wynkoop Brewing Company using the hotel's artesian well. Available in the Brown's Ship Tavern (and at the Wynkoop) the lighter beer has a "neo-retro flavor designed to echo the first beers ever served at the Brown," according to the hotel.

Monday, August 20

Euclid Hall will host Tom Korder, the brewer and innovation manager for Chicago's Goose Island today at 8 p.m. The famed Chicago brewery will begin distributing its full lineup in Colorado (and may brew some beer here as well) in September. Korder will discuss the Goose Island portfolio and its relationship to food. He will also tap and taste some beers from the brewery's Vintage Reserve line. Euclid Chef Jorel Pierce will pair some items from his menu with the beers.

River North Brewery will now be open seven days a week, beginning today. The new hours are Monday-Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m. With the new hours, the six-month-old brewery will also expand happy hour, offering $4 pints Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Ernie's Bar & Pizza, along with several other bars, will welcome Prost Brewing, which opens today, to the Denver scene with a group toast. Ernie's will eventually carry three of Prost's beers on tap including its pilsner, hefeweizen and Altfrankisches Dunkel Beer.

Thursday, August 23

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

See events later in August on the next page.

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