Beer Man

The Ten Best Craft-Beer Events in Denver in February

Stouts are the beer of the month at Vine Street Pub and other breweries.
Stouts are the beer of the month at Vine Street Pub and other breweries. Brandon Marshall

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Falling Rock owner Chris Black always gets Younger in February.
Falling Rock Taphouse

6. Pliny the Younger Tappings
February 11 and multiple other days
Falling Rock Tap House and other locations

Falling Rock Tap House will host the first tapping on February 11 for Pliny the Younger, the rare and exceptional triple IPA from California's Russian River Brewing that has inspired a cult-like following over the past few years. Only a very few beer halls in Colorado get a keg of this beer (not to be confused with its uncle, Pliny the Elder) during February each year, but Falling Rock is always the first, and it always has the most. Falling Rock will tap Younger at 1 p.m., though the beer bar will open at 11 a.m., which is when it will start issuing tickets to people for a glass of the beer. There will be additional tappings on Sunday February 12 at Backcountry Taphouse in Boulder, Saturday, February 18,  and Sunday, February 19. For more details and for other Younger tappings in the metro area, see our post on where to get Pliny the Younger in Colorado in 2017.

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Alpine Dog's pairing event will be a shuckin' good time.
Alpine Dog Brewing
7. Valentine's Day Oyster and Stout Pairing
Tuesday, February 14
Alpine Dog Brewing

Alpine Dog Brewing brings back its second annual Valentine's Day Oyster and Stout Pairing in honor of Valentine's Day. Get four oysters paired with four versions of Blind Sherpa Stout: Mint Chocolate Stout, Peanut Butter Stout, Chocolate Raspberry Stout (from the firkin) and Maple Breakfast Stout. There are no tickets needed in advance; à la carte oysters will be available as well.

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River North Brewery
8. River North Brewery Fifth Anniversary Party
Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19
River North Brewery

Five years ago, River North Brewery opened for business. The brewery has gone through a lot of changes since then — including a new location — but has reached this fifth anniversary milestone in grand style. And it plans to throw a fitting two-day birthday party, starting at noon February 18, by debuting two new IPAs and tapping various rarities. In addition, there will be a crawfish boil by Roaming Bull Brasserie (in addition to the regular menu) and live music from the Dollhouse Thieves from 4 to 6 p.m. The first IPA is Anniversary Ale 5, double IPA with Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic hops (bottles are $6, with a limit of one case per person). The second is Anniversary Ale 5 ¼, an "irresponsibly over-hopped" New England-style hazy IPA, brewed with late additions of Mosaic, Citra and Idaho 7. It's only on draft, but Crowlers will be available. There will be rotating rare tappings throughout the day, including Single Cask Mr. Sandman, Rum Barrel Quandary, Anniversary 4 ¼, Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel and Whiskey Barrel Quandary. Then, on February 19, River North will host a Lock Up the Cellar Sale featuring other rare bottles, including God Complex, Shadowman and Father Time, Single Cask Mr. Sandman and regular Mr. Sandman. There will also be a bottle raffle benefiting Be the Change Volunteers, which builds, refurbishes, equips and trains schools and education centers worldwide. The Roadrunner New Mexican street-food truck will be on hand. Oh, and if you're not sure when you can make it down, buy a ticket for $25, the brewery advises, and "reserve two bottles of Anny 5, one Crowler of Anny 5 ¼, plus one pour of any beer on tap. Beer for ticket-holders will be reserved separately for pickup anytime Saturday or Sunday, even if we are sold out. Basically, if you buy a ticket, we will fill your Crowlers before the weekend and stash your bottles until you can get down here."

Roll out the firkins on February 18.
Bristol Brewing
9. 13th Annual Firkin Rendezvous
Saturday, February 18
Bristol Brewing, Colorado Springs

The Firkin Rendezvous is a celebration of cask-conditioned ale from more than forty Colorado breweries, and benefits the nonprofit Colorado Brewers Guild. "The cask conditioning of ales is a traditional British style of brewing that originated centuries ago, when publicans lived above their pubs and made a life’s work out of tending their beers," Bristol says. "Cask ales are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask, the firkin being the British cask size most commonly used." The Rendezvous takes place February 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bristol Brewing, 1604 South Cascade in Colorado Springs. General admission tickets are $45 and include a souvenir glass and lunch. VIP tickets, $65, get you in an hour early and include everything above as well as a T-shirt. Get your tickets at

Things are going to get a little dark at Wiley Roots.
Wiley Roots Brewing Facebook page
10. Festival of Dark Beers
Saturday, February 25

Wiley Roots Brewing
Wiley Roots in Greeley will host its second annual Festival of Dark Beers from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., featuring more than twenty experimental, small-batch or pilot beers that the well-respected brewery has made over the past few months. They range from a New England Style Black IPA to a Russian Imperial Stout aged in a Feisty Spirits Rye Whiskey barrel. There will also be two collaboration beers: S’Mores Stout, brewed with Cerebral Brewing in Denver; and Coconut Chocolate Stout, brewed with WeldWerks, also in Greeley (several dark beers from these two breweries will be on tap as well). General admission tickets, available at, are $45 in advance ($50 at the door) and include unlimited sampling, three palate-cleansing beers and a commemorative tasting glass. VIP tickets, $60, get you in the door an hour early and also include access to exclusive beers and a meal coupon for $10 that can be redeemed at the on-site food truck. There will be live music from Troubadour Sound System.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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