Colorado beer calendar: Sausage at Denver Beer Co; Black Friday at Copper Kettle

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Avery Brewing has created an online petition at change.com, urging the brewery's fans to support an effort in Boulder to change the zoning code to allow breweries, wineries and distilleries located in industrial parts of the city to open restaurants. Right now, those businesses are only allowed to open a kitchen under certain conditions. For instance, they have to primarily serve the local neighborhood, operate with limited hours, and they can't be located on a busy street. Avery is hoping to move to a 5.6-acre spot and build a brand new brewing facility, complete with a high-end restaurant, but it needs the zoning change for it to work. The Boulder City Council is scheduled to make a decision by December 6.

Now, on to this week's beer events:

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Wednesday, November 23

Renegade Brewing likes its customers. It really does. To honor them, the brewery will offer a different beer for $2 every hour between 3 and 9 p.m. today. The only way to know which beer will be the special one is to be on hand on the tap room.

Friday, November 25

Sausages, mustaches and beer. You're either with 'em or you're against 'em. If you're with 'em, then you'll want to be at the SausageFest Movember Party 2011, hosted by Uber Sausage and Denver Beer Co at the brewery. Manly activities include an Uber Sausage eating contest, a mustache contest (award categories include Creepy, Classy, Best Use of Wax, Thickest, and Most-Likely-to-Belong-to-a-Porn-Star, a costume contest and a Mustached Man Auction. SausageFest starts at 5 p.m. In addition, 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening's sales will benefit men's health causes.

Dry Dock Brewing will tap two firkins of Shannon's Cranberry Pale (holy Thanksgiving!) today, one at 3 p.m., and the other around 7 or 8 p.m.

Copper Kettle Brewing wants you to relax after your Black Friday shopping by joining them from 5 to 9 p.m. for the release of their new new spiced Winter Ale. The first person to guess which spices are in the beer gets a Winter Ale growler for free. Two food trucks will on hand to keep your bellies full.

Saturday, November 26

Caution Brewing is releasing a Thanksgiving brew, Cranberry Ammo Dunkelweizen, today at its production facility, 12445 East 39th Avenue, #314, at 2 p.m., and although the brewery doesn't have a tasting room, it is inviting people down for samples of the a 5.5 percent ABV beer that it says "will remind you of Thanksgiving dinner."

Tuesday, November 29

Firestone Walker co-founder will be in Denver day for two appearances and to drink and tap of of his California brewery's rare beers. At 5 p.m., Walker will be a Falling Rock Taphouse, where you'll be able to sample some of the eight beers that went into XV, the brewery's fifteenth anniversary, barrel-aged blend. Falling Rock will have Double Jack, a 9.5 percent double IPA, a cask of Pale 31 and a five-gallong keg of Bravo, a 13.5 percent Imperial Brown Ale Aged in bourbon and brand barrels. After that, Walker will head over to Euclid Hall to tap kegs of Parabola and XV. The drinking starts at 8 p.m. He'll also chat about process of making XV and his other beers.

City, O' City will tap a firkin of Great Divide Yeti at 7 p.m. as part of the newly expanded restaurant's regular firkin program. DJ Babyshoe will be in the house.

Saturday, December 3

The Wynkoop Brewing Company will get into the holiday spirit from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with its annual Parade of Darks fundraiser, showcasing darker-style beer, including some made just for the season. More than seventy beers will be featured, from stouts and sours to Belgians and barleywines. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Metro CareRing, a downtown Denver food pantry. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door if the event is not sold out. Find them at www.wynkoop.com.

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