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The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in December

This Festivus is for the best and the rest of us.
This Festivus is for the best and the rest of us. Festivus
Brrrr, these sixty-degree days are really chilling, um, nothing. But that's okay — our internal body clocks know it's winter, and so do Colorado's breweries. That's why they are unleashing a host of wintry beers and hosting the best holiday-themed beer bashes imaginable. So grab your ugly sweaters (and flip-flops) and hit Festivus or the Holiday Rumpus, or just try out some amazing new beers from some of the best breweries around.

These are the ten best craft-beer events for December. For all of the beer events and tappings going down in Denver and the surrounding area, look for Westword's weekly craft-beer calendar, which posts every Wednesday.

click to enlarge TRVE BREWING
TRVE Brewing
Saturday, December 2
Wavering Radiant Release
TRVE Brewing
227 Broadway

TRVE Brewing will release its first spontaneously fermented beer, Wavering Radiant, at noon — and this one is a big deal for the brewery, says head brewer Zach Coleman. The beer was 100 percent fermented (and then re-fermented in the bottle) with microflora captured in TRVE's coolship, an open fermentation vessel. “This beer was made with processes slightly different from our more traditional batches of spontaneous beer, which are still aging/fermenting in wood, and is meant to be a window into what we have coming down the line," Coleman says. TRVE will have about 1,000 500-ml bottles for sale. There is a limit of four per person.

click to enlarge CEREBRAL BREWING
Cerebral Brewing
Friday, December 8
Triple Release
Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe Street

Cerebral Brewing will release two different canned beers and one in bottles. Destruct Sequence is a 6.4 percent ABV IPA brewed with wheat and oats, then "hopped aggressively" with a blend of Vic Secret, Idaho 7 and Cashmere; it will be available in cans for $16 per four-pack. Rare Trait, also in cans at 6.4 percent, is Cerebral's house IPA, "featuring powerful notes of tangerine, mango, and candied peach, with restrained bitterness." Safe Word, at 10.5 percent, is an "imperial pastry stout conditioned on Belizean cacao nibs from our friends at Cultura Craft Chocolate along with cassia bark and coconut." It runs $14 per bottle. Doors open at noon, and there will be a line. All three beers will also be on tap, and the Adobo Food Truck will be out front slinging food at 4 p.m.

Alternation Brewing
Saturday, December 9
Alternation Brewing Opeing
Alternation Brewing
1539 South Broadway

The opening of a new brewery in Denver is always cause for celebrating, and Alternation Brewing will be doing just that when it opens its doors for the first time at noon. "In a world filled with conglomerates, marketing campaigns and industry-shifting behemoths, the humble, quaint and well-crafted shall rise above," the owners say. "We welcome everyone to enjoy the taproom on this day, as six of our twelve taps will be filled with a wintery variety of artisan ales. Tap list to be announced as we draw closer to opening." Going forward, the taproom will be open on a limited schedule (Thursday and Friday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.). Alternation will ramp up production in the coming months.

click to enlarge OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
Our Mutual Friend
Saturday, December 9
Fifth Anniversary Party
Our Mutual Friend Brewing
2810 Larimer Street

Our Mutual Friend Brewing will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party where you'll be able to sample several special beers. They include Year Five Golden Sour (cuvée of one- to five-year barrels); 2017 Laws Rye Barrel Aged Fixed Blade Barleywine; Saison Trystero Batch 2; and Those Who Believe in Telekinesis, Raise My Hand Winter Solstice Mixed-Culture Golden Sour (a collaboration with Baere Brewing). The first 150 people in the door will get a free fifth-anniversary glass with the purchase of a pour.

click to enlarge RATIO BEERWORKS
Ratio Beerworks
Saturday, December 9
2017 Genius Wizard Vintages & Variants Release Party
Ratio Beerworks
2920 Larimer Street

Ratio Beerworks hosts "an intimate beer release experience" from 5 to 8 p.m., celebrating the return of its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard Russian Imperial Stout. "This unique ticketed event will transport attendees to a mystical new dimension, as Ratio's back brewhouse will be transformed into an ethereal, illuminating experience designed by Denver artists Knomad.Colab," the brewery says. Tickets, $40, are very limited and available at They include three four-ounce vintages of Genius Wizard; three four-ounce variants of Genius Wizard (variants still to be announced); one full pour of 2017 Genius Wizard or any non-barrel-aged Ratio beer; one bottle of 2017 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard; a commemorative tasting glass and a chance to win a 1.5 liter magnum bottle of Genius Wizard. In addition, guests can sample food from the vendors who will be part of the soon-to-open Zeppelin Station in River North.

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