Wynkoop Brewing celebrates Belgium; Denver gets ready for GABF
The Great American Beer Festival is coming a little late this year, October 11-13, but tickets go on sale August 2, and the GABF buzz is already beginning as breweries in Colorado and around the country get ready to wow the crowds -- the big crowds. As usual, Westword will be fully
See more GABF photos in our Westword slide show. loaded immersed, with coverage, slide shows and more. Can't remember what happened last year? Our 2011 GABF coverage may prod your memory. And while you whet your appetite for the next GABF, here are some beery events around town over the next few weeks.
Strange Brewing hosts its weekly One-Barrel Wednesday beginning today at 3 p.m. by tapping Hops of the Rising Sun Pale Ale, which was brewed with 100 percent organic hops from Rising Sun Hop Farm in Paonia.
River North Brewery's Barrel-Aged Wednesday features BPR, its hoppy Belgian-style red ale, aged in whiskey barrels. Tapping is at 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 19
Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will release its RyePA (see the label in "Ten Colorado beer labels you'll be seeing soon,") today at 5 p.m. at its brewery. Bristol describes the beer thusly: "With its rich copper color and exquisitely hoppy nose, Bristol's RyePA impresses at the very start. From there, bright, citrusy hop flavor takes center stage, set against a more subtle but solid malt profile. The rye malt lends its characteristic crispness, making this a highly refreshing addition to our Brewhouse Series."
Friday, July 20
Fort Collins Brewing will give you a chance to talk with Michael Blaschak, the brewer behind Imperial Rye IPA, the latest in the brewery's Incredible Hop series. Blaschak, who has a degree in astrophysics from California Polytechnic,Pomona, "leans on his scientific background to approach recipe formulation from an experimental standpoint," the brewery says. "His latest creation, Incredible Hop: Rye IPA was inspired by his admiration of traditional German beers and a love of bread making. After many years of baking, rye bread has become one of Michael's all time favorites." The Know Your Brewer event takes place at the FCB tasting room from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
Wynkoop Brewing Company presents its second annual United Tastes of Belgium from 1 to 4 p.m., with samples of Belgian-style beers from Colorado and the United States, along with a choice selection of brews from Belgium itself. Some of these delicious beverages include Arvada Beer Company's Belgian IPA and Belgian Strong Golden Ale; Avery's Salvation, Reverend and White Rascal; Breckenridge Brewery's Elevation Belgian Pale Ale and Peak Six Belgian Vanilla Porter, along with many others. A selection of artisan-style chocolates and Colorado gourmet cheeses will accompany the beers. Tickets are $30 in advance and $37.50 the day of (if any remain).
Copper Kettle will release its Oak Aged Imperial Stout at noon. The jet-black stout was "aged with oak spirals for a smooth and earthy finish." Pete Stein will be playing guitar from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Harvest Food truck will be on hand from 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
Hops & Pie will bring Firestone Walker to the house for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest starting at 2 p.m. Enjoy flights and single pours of Parabola Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Wookey Jack black rye IPA, Double Double Barrel Ale, Double Jack American Imperial IPA, Solace Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer, and a firkin of UDBA, an unfiltered, cask-style amber ale.
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