Simone Biles and mental health issues are all over the news right now, but the stigma associated with mental health usually isn't talked about. That's why advocates within the craft-brewing industry recently kicked off a campaign called the Things We Don't Say IPA Project. "The project was created to help shift how we approach mental health by encouraging people to talk about their experiences and feelings, both good and bad, and to demonstrate the importance of asking for help when we need it," organizers say. It "is a call to empower breweries from around the globe to use their platforms to stand up for those who suffer in silence with their mental health, be it with anxiety, depression, or other mental illness."
To participate in raising awareness, breweries can make an IPA and use the accompanying label.
Ursula Brewery in Aurora releases its version, a 6.3 percent ABV hazy IPA brewed with cashmere, Azacca and El Dorado hops, at 3 p.m. on July 29. One dollar from every four-pack sold will be donated to Hope for the Day, a nonprofit that provides proactive suicide prevention and mental health education programming. Other Colorado breweries, including Burns Family Artisan Ales and Cerberus Brewing, have also brewed one.
Keep reading to see craft-beer tappings and events into early August.
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 Real Dill pickles, hot sauce and Bloody Mary mix worth $150.
Two new beers and two returning favorites hit the tap wall at Station 26 Brewing. The new beers are New Zealand Pale Ale, which has notes of tropical fruit, and POG Sour, a cocktail-style sour with passion fruit, orange and guava. The returning beers are both German styles: Kolsch, a refreshing 5.5 percent ABV beer, and Vienna, which is an excellent summer lager that Station 26 does very well.
Recently tapped: Wah Gwaan Brewing's Kingston 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.
Friday, July 30
Call to Arms Brewing releases two beers as part of sixth-anniversary party. Canapillar 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 seven kinds of malt, Styrian Goldings hops and actual bull testicles — about six balls per barrel. The 9.1 percent ABV beer is 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 passion fruit, mango and peach; and Premium Pils, the brewery's new Italian-style pilsner.
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 Triple Juicy Diamonds, Advanced Fluid Dynamics (Cryo-Hopped), Triple Berry Cheesecake Berliner, Watermelon Cotton Candy Sour, and 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-Columbian 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.
Sunday, August 1
Epic Brewing jumps on the Marzen train with Munich Mayhem, a seasonal lager that is part of its monthly sixteen-ounce can releases. It was brewed with Crystal & Pilsner malts and Tettnang and Saaz hops.
Friday, August 6
Bull & Bush Brewery celebrates its fifty-year anniversary with a two-day block party and bash. Friday'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).
Join De Steeg Brewing from 3 to 5 p.m. for Brews and BBQ in the Alley, featuring Dorsia Barbecue, serving up its award-winning food. Tickets include two Mexican lager and food. Go to the Facebook page for details.
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.
Tuesday, August 10
Freshcraft taps a Hadley's Hazy IPA, a limited-edition beer that Upslope Brewing made specifically to help raise funds for the Children's Heart Foundation, which supports Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) research. "This is a cause close to our hearts and we hope you will join us in supporting a good cause and drinking some damn good beer," Freshcraft says. The beer goes on tap at 5:30 p.m.
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