Oktoberfest, fall brews and pumpkins highlight this week's beer calendar
|It's Oktoberfest season again, y'all.|
Great Divide continues its celebration of Oktoberfest this week by putting on all of its German-style beers in the taproom. The list includes: Schwarzbier, Alt, Hefeweizen, Oaked Smoked Dunkelweiss, Wiesn, and Wolfgang. The first four pilots have been poured before but the Wiesn is a new beer off the pilot system that is a traditional Oktoberfest favorite. Pints are $5 and tasters are $1. The beers will be through September 28.
Friday, September 28
The relatively new Lowry Beer Garden kicks off a three-day Oktoberfest celebration at 5 p.m. today, doubling in size for the event by expanding into the parking lot of Hangar 2. Guests at the massive biergarten will enjoy a ceremonial tapping of an authentic wooden keg, live music, including traditional oom-pah, German food, performances and plenty of opportunities to do the chicken dance. There will also be beer, including all of Lowry's regular tap handles, along with Paulaner. There is a suggested $2 donation for admission; a portion of the proceeds will go to the Denver Children's Home. The party runs through midnight and picks up again tomorrow from 11 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 29
Hops & Pie knows how to celebrate a birthday, and beginning today at noon, the pizzeria and taphouse will celebrate its second year with a massive list of rare beers from Boulder's Avery Brewing, along with giveaways and prizes. Some of the the beer you'll be able to enjoy include: Uncle Jacob's Stout, Ale to the Chief, Summer's Day IPA, 2009 Czar, 2010 Mephistopheles, 2010 Reverend, Beast, Kaiser, Immitis, Oud Floris, Odio Equum, and more.
The Great Rumpkin will rise at Avery Brewing today at 5 p.m. when the Boulder brewery taps its amazing imperial pumpkin ale aged in fresh rum barrels. Avery squeezed this beer into twelve-ounce bottles for the first time last year after previously distributing it only on tap and it will have both again this year. Today's barrel-release party will include live music, autumn-inspired eats, and a selection of rare and exclusive brews to sample. Bottles will be $10 each; cash only.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will host its Docktoberfest today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will be on hand to tap the German-style Märzen at 11:15am. There will be food and live music.
Colorado's oldest microbrewery, Boulder Beer, celebrates its 33rd birthday today from 2 to 6 p.m. with an Anniversary Beer Rave featuring "the most underground, tap-room-exclusive, specialty and hand-crafted beers from more than thirty Colorado breweries." Tickets, $30, include samples of all beers and a commemorative tasting cup. Proceeds benefit the Danny Williams Fund; buy tickets at www.BoulderBeer.com.
Wit's End Brewing, meanwhile, will celebrate its very first birthday today with beer and pizza from Marco's Coal Fired Pizza. "There are plans to grow our little operation over the coming months and 2013 should be a great year," says owner Scott Witsoe.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland will celebrate Oktoberfest beginning today at 11 a.m. by releasing its annual Farmer's Daughter, an Octoberfest lager and with a party that will spill into the parking lot. There will be live music from Wendy Woo and The Stubby Shillelaghs, a pretzel-eating contest at 2 p.m.; a children's dance contest at 3 p.m.; a men's keg race at 4 p.m.; live music from the Stubby Shillelaghs at 5 p.m.; stein-hoisting contests at 6 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Colorado Youth Outdoors.
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