Beer Calendar: Two Brewery Openings and a Blast-Off at Launch Pad

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Steve Kurowski, who was the face of the Colorado Brewers Guild for ten years as its marketing and events director before leaving in 2019 to join Laws Whiskey House, has returned to the beer world in grand fashion. Kurowski joins the rapidly growing Denver Beer Co. as marketing director.

"I can't wait to learn and grow with this role," Kurowski wrote on Facebook. "Coming back to the Colorado craft beer community is already filling me with energy and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with folks I haven't seen in a while. Big thanks to [DBC owners] Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford for this golden opportunity."

During his time with the Guild, which advocates for laws and policies that benefit Colorado's craft breweries, Kurowski helped guide the organization through an unprecedented period of growth in the industry. He also helped develop the annual Colorado Craft Beer Week and created Collaboration Fest, the state's signature beer fest.

Keep reading to see craft-beer tappings and events into late July.

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Launch Pad Brewery

Thursday, July 22
Launch Pad Brewery in Aurora kicks off its four-day sixth-anniversary party by tapping four new beers, some of which are collaborations with other local breweries. They include Scientific Wager Kentucky Common, made with Copper Kettle Brewing; Rocket Repair Italian Pilsner, made with Liquid Mechanics Brewing; 95 Minute Launch Window Hazy IPA; and Ballistic Barrel Aged Adambier. Hesher BBQ will have food. In total, seventeen beers will be released for the celebration, including nine collaborations.

New cans: Cerebral Brewing has just released Vanity Plate, a double-dry-hopped double IPA made with Citra and Mosaic hops. The brewery also has fresh cans available of Muscle Memory, its house pale ale, and Inhabited Form, an oat lager that was dry-hopped with Galaxy and Citra hops.

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Bull & Bush Brewery

Friday, July 23
As part of the 50 Beers For 50 Years countdown to its fiftieth anniversary, the Bull & Bush Brewery taps Mango 'B' Red, a 6.2 percent ABV hoppy red ale with Citra and Mosaic hops, along with ginger and mango.

Woods Boss Brewing has two new double-dry-hopped hazy IPAs available on tap and in cans. The Sylvan Conundrum Part 1 is a collaboration with Paradox Beer Company that was fermented on a lemon-forward Kveik yeast strain and Buddha's Hand purée. It "pops with layered notes of tropical fruit and soft berry," the brewery says. The second beer, See Through the Lines, featuresLotus, Idaho Gem and Eldorado hops. It has notes of "soft candied tropical berry and citrus," and is dedicated to thoughts of Acadia National Park.

Little Machine Beer Company taps Secret World Gluten Free Saison. "This is not gluten-reduced, it is gluten-free — brewed from millet and buckwheat into a beer style which complements the natural flavors of these grains," the brewery says. "A chef doesn’t go into a kitchen and say, 'I only cook with cauliflower, all other ingredients suck,' and we don’t go into the brewery saying barley is the only way."

Launch Pad Brewery continues its sixth anniversary weekend by tapping five more beers: Crop Circles Honey Cream Ale, a collaboration with Seedstock Brewing; Spacecraft Cemetery Gose, a collab with Downhill Brewing; Space Center Houston Smoked Peach Blonde, a collab with Six Capital Brewing; Cosmological Principle Dark Saison, which was brewed with Italian plums and aged in Laws Bourbon barrels for seven months; and Habitable Planet, a hard seltzer with passion fruit, orange, and guava purée.

Fritz Family Brewers opens its doors for the first time in the Boulder County town of Niwot, at 6778 North 79th Street, in a former taproom owned by Bootstrap Brewing.

4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield releases its latest foeder-aged lager. The beer, a Vienna-style lager, was brewed with Vienna malt for a "bready, drier profile," the brewery says. "We used the traditional decoction mash method to bring more depth to the flavor and color. This lager spent time maturing in our oak Foeder, which should impart some notes of vanilla and oak." It is available in four-packs and on tap.

New Image Brewing in Arvada releases a trio of beers in cans and on tap. They are Passion Fruit Moped Wit Bier; Hecka Phantastic IPA made in conjunction with Phantasm; and Real Science, an 8 percent ABV hazy double IPA made with Isolated Hop Terpenes and Hop Plasma. Jester King collaborated on the latter.

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River North Brewery

Saturday, July 24
River North Brewery releases the latest version of DDH Flux Opacitor on draft and in cans. This limited-release beer was double-dry-hopped with Citra, Sabro, Azacca and Mosaic hops, "giving it tons of hop flavors in a well-balanced 8.4 percent ABV New England-style double IPA," the brewery says. It is available in both taprooms.

Hops & Pie Artisan Pizzeria continues its series of summer tap takeovers with Two Roads Brewing out of Connecticut. Beers include Stratcity Hazy Juicy IPA, Two Juicy Hazy IPA and Persian Lime Gose. There will also be live music from the Edgewater Project on the parking lot turned patio.

After waiting it out through the pandemic, Comet Brews, at 5642 South Sycamore Street in Littleton, is finally ready to open its doors to the public, which it will do with a grand-opening weekend today and tomorrow. Go to the brewery's Facebook page to see what beers they'll have on tap.

Luki Brewery celebrates its first anniversary by paying tribute to its owner's ties to the Ringling Bros. Circus and by tapping two new beers, Anything You Say, a gose brewed with key limes and a hint of sea salt, and Mango Payday, a pale ale that took top honors at Luki’s AHA Big Brew Homebrewing competition; one dollar from every Mango Payday purchased will be donated to the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation and the GoFundMe page for John Hurley. And "while there won’t be fire breathers or snake charmers just yet, the festive anniversary bash will be equipped with carnival games, live music, delicious eats from local restaurants, fair food like deep-fried Oreos and funnel cake from Colorado Corn Dog Company," the brewery says.

Launch Pad Brewery in Aurora continues its sixth-anniversary weekend by tapping five new beers: Archer’s Imperial Blonde with blueberry and raspberry honey and blueberry purée; Red Eye Coffee Ale (a collab with FlyteCo Brewing); Minotaur Tropical Black IPA, a collab with Bent Barley Brewing; Airglow Ginger Carrot Saison, a collab with Barquentine Brewing; and Magnificent Desolation, an English-style barleywine that aged in Laws rye whiskey barrels for eight months.

The Summer Brew Fest returns to Mile High Station with two sessions featuring more than twenty breweries, plus local cider, sake and seltzer, and live music Tickets range from $35 to $65, and some proceeds will benefit Big Bones, an all-breed, 501(c)3 nonprofit dog rescue center located in Windsor.

Sunday, July 25
Launch Pad Brewery wraps up its sixth-anniversary weekend by releasing three beers: S’mores Soyuz Imperial Stout, with graham crackers, cacao nibs and marshmallows; Robotic Bees German Historical Kotbusser; and Voyager Mango Black Tea Kettle Sour.

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Comrade Brewing

Tuesday, July 27
Comrade Brewing taps Honeyman 42 at noon. This American IPA is the 42nd in Comrade's R&D IPA series, and it was hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Strata.

Wednesday, July 28
Comrade Brewing brings back its cheekily named More Dodge Less Ram IPA, which won gold in 2019 at the Great American Beer Festival. The beer is a "stronger brew of our flagship Superpower IPA, given an extra round of dry-hopping and named for our first celebratory brew after a Dodge Ram plowed into the brewery in October 2016," the brewery says. It weighs in at 8.3 percent ABV.

Fiction Beer Company introduces Lion’s Ransom Doppelbock in cans and on draft. This lager was brewed to style, with Vienna and Munich malts. "The richness of these lightly toasted grains contribute an amazing caramel-forward aroma with a luscious chocolate and fresh toast finish," Fiction says. "The extended three-hour boil serves to promote deep melanodian production that enhances the natural malt sweetness."

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Great Divide Brewing

Thursday, July 29
As part of its sixth-anniversary celebration this weekend, Call to Arms Brewing is bringing back the F*cking Catalina Wine Mixer, a famed event that usually takes place during the Great American Beer Festival but had to be canceled in 2020. Four barrel-aged wild and sour beers are being released: Funk If I Know, a can- and keg-conditioned wild ale aged in a Sauternes barrel; Three Sheeshes to the Wind, a keg-conditioned wild ale aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels and dry-hopped with Riwaka hops; I Like the Wine Not the Label, a Grenache Blanc wine hybrid fermented in French oak and brewed in support of One Colorado during Pride Month; and Ashley Shafer's Pears, another Grenache Blanc wine hybrid made with pears. There will be live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Great Divide Brewing uncorks not just one, but two pickle-spiked collaborations with Denver pickle purveyors, The Real Dill. Using a specially blended dill brine, the brewery created Pickle & Dime Gose, a tart wheat beer that seems like the kind of style that "would lend itself to pickle-ification," the brewery says. In addition, Great Divide made Dill.I.Am Hard Seltzer, which it calls "refreshing, crisp, and, of course, briny." Stop by either Great Divide taproom between 5 and 6 p.m. today and be entered to win a prize pack featuring Great Divide swag and an assortment of The Real Dill pickles, hot sauce, and Bloody Mary mix worth $150.

Recently tapped: Wah Gwaan Brewing's Kington Imperial New England-Style Double IPA is "big, bold and beautiful — just like Jamaica’s capital city," the brewery says. Cashmere and Citiva hops bring forward orange and pineapple notes." The beer weighs in at 8.6 percent ABV.

Holidaily Brewing in Golden, a dedicated gluten-free brewery, brings back Boombastic Hazy IPA, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. The gluten-free beer was made with a variety of hops.

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Call to Arms Brewing

Friday, July 30
Call to Arms Brewing releases two beers as part of sixth-anniversary party. It's a Cannapillar is a West Coast IPA made with Strata and Nelson Sauvin hops; this 4.5 percent ABV collaboration with Cannonball Creek Brewing is available on tap and in 16-ounce cans. George Juicerson Jr. is a 5.2 percent ABV "session" IPA dry-hopped with Experimental 09326, Amarillo and Enigma. There will be live music.

After a nearly two-year hiatus, Wynkoop Brewing brings back Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, a much loved — and feared — beer that is brewed with actual seven kinds of malt, Styrian Goldings hops and actual bull testicles — about six balls per barrel. The 9.1 percent ABV beer has an "assertive, viscous stout with ... a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts," and a "savory, umami-like note," the brewery says. The Wynkoop's chef will prepare a special pairing of fried Rocky Mountain oysters to go with the beer.

As part of the 50 Beers For 50 Years countdown to its fiftieth anniversary, the Bull & Bush Brewery taps Bull Sauce, an 8 percent ABV hazy double IPA — a rare sight at the Bull & Bush.

Little Machine Beer Company taps CASH 4 GOLD when it opens at noon. This IPA was brewed with Sabro, Motueka and Mosaic hops.

New Image Brewing drops three beers in cans and on tap. They are: Double Double Double Double, a 10.5 percent ABV quadruple dry-hopped double IPA; Maceration Fruited Sour Ale with passionfruit, mango and peach; and Premium Pils, the brewery's new Italian-style pilsner.

as well as Premium Pils (in its full glory), and our Maceration series reaches new heights with a new tropical Passion Fruit Mango Peach edition.

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Hops & Pie

Saturday, July 31
If You Miss Your Fifth, You're Six! That's the name of Call to Arms Brewing's anniversary party today — a name that is all too clear after so many events were canceled in 2020. The brewery will tap the Narnia of Partya Kiwi Hefeweizen; AGROCRAG Double IPA, brewed with Segal Ranch, Riwaka, Waimea  and Strata hops; and a fruited, dry-hopped sour made in collaboration with Empourium Brewing. There will be live music.

Hops & Pie continues its summer tap takeover series by featuring beers from WeldWerks Brewing and Outer Range Brewing. There will also be live music on the parking lot patio. Weldwerks beers on tap include Weldwerks' Triple Juicy Diamonds, Advanced Fluid Dynamics (Cryo-Hopped), Triple Berry Cheesecake Berliner, Watermelon Cotton Candy Sour, Mostra Single Barrel Medianoche. Outer Range beers include Slipstream, Fresh Palette, and Kettle Sour (normally only available in the taproom).

And speaking of Weldwerks, the brewery puts its latest round of Medianoche beers — a pair of heavy hitters — up for sale at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite online. The first is Warehouse H Medianoche, which was aged in freshly-emptied Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon barrels for nearly 21 months "so that the casks would mature over eight full seasons of Colorado weather," the brewery says. "The final blend exhibits notes of cinnamon sugar, orange blossom honey, caramel candy corn, crème brûlée and a hint of freshly ground espresso." The second beer, Double Chocolate Medianoche, was aged for 24 months in five- to six-year-old MGP high rye bourbon barrels and then conditioned on Belizean, Guatemalan and Mexican cacao nibs from Cultura Chocolate.

Dos Luces Brewing invites you to its third birthday party. The brewery, which makes the corn- and maguey-based pre-Colombian drinks chicha and pulque, will have Chicha Morada Sorbet that can be served on its own or as a float in any of its beers. There will also be a Túpac Amaru III Vertical Tasting at 3 p.m. and a special barrel tapping at 4 p.m. (tickets required for both). In addition, Dos Luces will have food and music.

Burns Family Artisan Ales hosts Art, Beer & A Grazing Dinner from 1 to 7 p.m., featuring tapas-like food from a wide variety of eateries, art by local artists that you can buy on site, and beer, including Genie Logical Wild/Sour, 1,2,3, Go! American Porter, Robber's Roost Brut IPA and N.P. German Pils. Tickets are $7 and get you one beer and one free plate of food. Go to the Burns Family Facebook page for more details.

Triple Cinnamon Mr. Sandman makes its debut at River North Brewery. Made with three varieties of cinnamon sourced from the far corners of the world — Sri Lankan Ceylon, Vietnamese Cassia and Indonesian Korintje — the beer is not actually "overpowered by cinnamon flavors," the brewery says. It is available at both taprooms.

Westfax Brewing rolls out the latest version of its Spirit Guide experimental hazy IPA. Spirit Guide No. 9, at 7 percent ABV, was brewed with Idaho 7, Motueka, El Dorado and Mandarina Bavaria hops for notes of Orange, Melon and Lime. In addition, the brewery brings back its Cilantro Lima Ale. Both beers are available in cans and on draft. There will be food from La Cocina De Luco.

What's you that say? It's Oktoberfest time already? Well, maybe not quite, but that doesn't mean July isn't a good time to drink an Oktoberfest-style lager. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland, which specialized in German lagers, is the first out of the gate this year with its seasonal offering, Farmer's Daughter. Get two of them, along with a big pretzel, for $16. Expect many more of these marzen beers in the next few weeks.

Oskar Blues Brewery will tap Notchyo Cuppa Tea Session IPA at its Longmont taproom. "This all-female brewed beer was born out of the recent news of harassment and discrimination in the brewing industry," Oskar Blues says. "The name is aimed at empowering women, declaring that the craft beer industry is 'Not Yours!' One hundred percent of proceeds from the beer will be donated to organizations dedicated to combating these issues and supporting those in the industry." There will also be a women-owned business pop-up vendor market and live music to make this a fun day. The beer was brewed with black tea, Saphir hops and lemon peel.

Friday, August 6
Bull & Bush Brewery celebrates its fifty-year anniversary with a two-day block party and bash. Today's events, which run from 4 p.m. to close, include special tappings (like a collaboration with Comrade Brewing), an outdoor beer tent, food and the Whisky Wagon. An 8 p.m. concert with DeVotchKa is sold out.

It's First Friday, and Wah Gwaan Brewing is celebrating in the Art District on Santa Fe with a Jamaican Independence Day Party. There will be new beers, tunes from DJ Chris Milly and food from Jamaican Jerk BBQ.

Saturday, August 7
Bull & Bush Brewery continues its fifty-year anniversary celebration with a block party from noon to close with a beer tent, special tappings, live DJs, a whole-hog barbecue with chef Justin Brunson from River Bear Meats, and an 8 p.m. concert with Dragondeer (tickets for that show are still available).

Knotted Root Brewing in Nederland knows what you want, so the brewery, which specializes in New England-style IPAs, will host its second annual Taylor Ham Egg and Cheese (Salt Pepper Ketchup) Day. The beer of the same name will be there. So will the famed New Jersey-style sandwiches. 

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