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The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in July

The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in July (8)
Coal Mine Avenue Brewing
The dog days of summer are here, and what better way to toast that scorching heat than by visiting a new brewery that includes an off-leash dog play area. But the opening of Littleton's Coal Mine Avenue Brewing (see below) is just one of many craft-beer happenings taking place in Colorado this month. There are also brewery anniversaries, a taco fest, a Hazy Appreciation Day and, of course, Independence Day. And to top it off, the Colorado Brewers Guild hosts its annual Rendezvous in Salida.

Keep reading to find out about the ten best craft-beer events in July.

click to enlarge LITTLE MACHINE BEER
Little Machine Beer
Wednesday, July 4
Fourth of July Parking Lot Party
Little Machine Beer
2924 West 20th Avenue

What could be more American than fireworks, burgers and a beer that tastes like an orange Creamsicle? How about all of that — plus tacos? Little Machine Beer will host its third annual Fourth of July Parking Lot Party starting at noon and running until after the fireworks end. The brewery, located on a rise next to Mile High Stadium, makes for a great viewing spot from the parking lot, or you can walk down to the grassy areas around the stadium. But first, play some yard games at Little Machine, enjoy food from Burger Chief and True West Tacos, and drink Tangerine Creamsicle. There will also be two other new beers on tap: Fun City Session IPA and Agribotix Hefeweizen. Parking will be very limited, so plan on alternate forms of transportation.

Coal Mine Avenue Brewing
Friday, July 6
Coal Mine Avenue Brewing Opening
Coal Mine Avenue Brewing
9719 West Coal Mine Avenue, Unit A, Littleton

Dogs. Love ’em or hate ’em, there's no denying that they are an integral part of Colorado living. People are so enamored of their four-legged friends, in fact, that they inundate breweries, sometimes making them look like doggy day-cares. Well, now there's a place for those people to go. After more than a year and a half of work and delays and more work, Coal Mine Avenue Brewing will open this weekend with an off-leash area for pups and a focus on canine-kind. Beers on tap for the opening include Colliery Porter, Pixie Slap Pale Ale, Punflex Cream Ale and A-Dobie Cilantro-Lime Saison, with a potential surprise fifth beer.

Saturday, July 7
Second Anniversary
Bruz Beers
1675 West 67th Avenue

You can't drink all day if you don't start early, and Bruz Beers will be starting early, at 7 a.m., with beers and brunch from Basted Egg Food Truck. There will be coffee from the brewery's neighbor, Backstage Coffee, and a car show in the north parking lot until 10 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., you can shop local at the mobile Midtown Market. There will also be yard games, giveaways and five food trucks serving local eats and desserts, including a special food truck for dogs. From 4 to 10 p.m., there will be live music from Ravin' Wolf, David Henning and Manza Boyz. And finally, Bruz will be tapping some special new releases throughout the day, along with some beers from its reserves.

click to enlarge JOYRIDE BREWING
Joyride Brewing
Saturday, July 14
Fourth Anniversary Block Party
Joyride Brewing
2501 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater

For its fourth anniversary party, Joyride Brewing is once again shutting down 25th Avenue in front of the brewery for a block party. A large stage will host seven bands throughout the day, starting at 11 a.m. There will be multiple food trucks and beer stations, as well as plenty of activities for the kids. Joyride will also tap four collaboration beers made in honor of the event, including brews made with Elk Mountain and Downhill Brewing, Little Machine Beer, Hogshead Brewery and Station 26 Brewing.

click to enlarge RIVER NORTH BREWING
River North Brewing
Saturday, July 14
Haze Appreciation Day
River North Brewery
6021 Washington Street

Join River North Brewery as it starts "a new chapter...and a new series of taproom-only, whatever-the-hell-we-want-to-brew can releases." The first two releases are being combined into an event called Haze Appreciation Day, because River North will tap and release a variety of hazy New England-style beers. Beers on tap will include: Hop-A-Matic Lupulositor, an 8.3 percent ABV double IPA brewed with oats, wheat, lactose and Mosaic, Simcoe and Idaho 7 hops; Flux Opacity, an 8.3 percent double IPA brewed with oats, wheat, lactose and Citra and Mosaic hops; Mountain Haze, the brewery's 6.5 percent flagship NEIPA; Galaxy dry-hopped Mountain Haze; Vic Secret dry-hopped Mountain Haze; Milkshake Mountain Haze; and Super Secret Mountain Haze. The first two beers will be available in taproom-only six-packs to go; supplies are very limited. El Taco Veloz will be serving Mexican street food.

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