Beer Man

Twelve beers to track down in Denver outside the Great American Beer Festival

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4) Porter's Pride Colorado Brewers Guild Award-winning brewers at the Great American Beer Festival will bring home something in addition to their medals this year: a bottle of a special beer made collaboratively just for the occasion at Breckenridge Brewery by members of the Colorado Brewers Guild. A 22-ounce bottle of Porter's Pride, an imperial porter brewed with 200 pounds of dark chocolate, will be handed out to every medalist at the private awards ceremony on October 12. But regular Joes can try it, too, on tap at the restaurants and breweries owned by the Breckenridge-Wynkoop group and at the CBG booth inside GABF. Proceeds will be donated to the Danny Williams Fund. Williams, who was was the cellar master for GABF and the World Beer Cup, died earlier this year. 5) Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout Wynkoop Brewing Malt, water, hops, yeast...and bull testicles. That's the recipe for the ballsiest beer that Denver's Wynkoop Brewing Company has made in its 24-year history, and one that it will start serving on October 8 during Great American Beer Festival week. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which started off as an April Fool's Day prank last spring, became a reality when the brewery decided to brew a beer with 25 pounds of the local delicacy, hand-sliced and then roasted. The Wynkoop describes it as "an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite." You can find the beer at the Wynkoop, where the kitchen will be serving a special Rocky Mountain Oyster dish to pair with it, and also inside the Great American Beer Festival. Try it...if you have the balls.

6) Odio Equum Avery Brewing The latest barrel-aged sour from Avery Brewing won't be in a lot of places, nor will it be around long, but you can get a taste at Star Bar if you participate in the Pucker Up Poker Run, sponsored by Avery Brewing and the Denver Off the Wagon blog on Friday, October 12. For $45, players get a four-ounce taster of a rare sour beer from Avery at each of five locations around town, along with a six-ounce pour of an Avery "palate cleanser" to wash it down. They'll also get a playing card; the person with the best hand at the end of the day wins a prize. The beers are Odio Equum at Star Bar; Sui Generis at Falling Rock; Dihos Dactylion at Highland Tap & Burger; Bad Apple at Euclid Hall and Immitis at Lucky Pie Pizza &Tap House.

7) Grapefruit Jungle Sun King Brewing Hops & Pie will give you a chance to sample perhaps the largest variety of beer from Indiana's Sun King Brewing on Friday, October 12; the brewery doesn't normally distribute in Colorado, but made an exception for GABF week. You'll find Osiris Pale Ale; Velvet Fog, a Belgian quad; Cream Dream V imperial IPA; barrel-aged Oktoberfest; Grapefruit Jungle, the highly-regarded IPA; Sunlight Cream Ale; and Pink Taco, which is described as a raspberry and hibiscus sour made with a Sunlight Cream Ale base.

8) Continental Collide Denver Beer Co/Sarnac Brewery Denver Beer Co's brewers both went to college in upstate New York, where they spent four years drinking Saranac Brewery beer; last spring at the Savor Beer and Food event in Washington, D.C., the owners of the Saranac Brewery had a few beers with DBC owners Patrick Crawford and Charlie Berger. The result is Continental Collide, an east-meets-west collaborative effort that will be tapped at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 12. The beer, which celebrates both the Adirondacks and the Rockies, uses Colorado malted barley and rye from the foot of the Rockies along with Galena and Cascade hops raised at the base of the Adirondacks. The result is a vermilion Rye IPA with a touch of Colorado honey to compliment the citrusy New York hops.

9) Candela Green Flash/Cigar City Falling Rock Taphouse is probably the only place in town where you'll be able to taste Candela, a collaboration between these two amazing breweries. The rye barleywine will be available at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, October 12, followed at 3 p.m. by several other beers from Cigar City, which is only selling beer in Denver this week and typically doesn't distribute anywhere outside of Florida. Beers include: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Humidor IPA, Good Gourd, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu's, Cucumber Saison. Cigar City beers will also be on tap this week at Freshcraft, Hops & Pie and Star Bar. Find the times and dates in Westword's Awesome Guide to GABF.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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