New beers from Strange, TRVE, Dry Dock, Copper Kettle and River North
Each week, Strange Brewing taps a new, small-batch creation: just one barrel of whatever head brewer Tim Myers and buddy Harry Smith (who is starting his own brewery next year) can think up. Along with the beer, they take a pic of the wort as it is being brewed and post it on Facebook as Strange Mash Art (see a previous example above). The latest One Barrel Wednesday brew is Ye Old Ale, an English Old Ale with "a complex flavor profile including caramel, nutty and molasses flavors," that will tapped on Wednesday, December 19.
Strange Brewing Facebook page Strange Mash Art
Speaking of Strange, the Fermentedly Challenged beer blog (which won the Best Booze Blog nod at Westword's recent Denver Web Awards) is reporting that Grimm Brothers and the Rackhouse Pub are organizing a benefit for Strange, which is facing a legal trademark challenge from a homebrew shop in Massachusetts. Stay tuned to Cafe Society, where we'll report more on this fundraiser.
For all of this week's craft events, go to the next page.
Wednesday, November 28
TRVE Brewing will release its newest beer, Atma, today. It's an 8.6 percent ABV Belgian golden strong ale. (TRVE also has new shirts and hoodies in stock.)
The Rackhouse Pub has been hoarding beer. So in the interests of getting that out on the table, the restaurant will begin sharing it with you with in a series of Wednesday night "I'd Tap That" events. The first is today starting at 5 p.m., when the Rackhouse will bring out Mad River Brewing's Barley On Bourbon, Extra Stout On Bourbon, and Belgian IPA. On December 5, it will be Grand Teton Brewing's 2011 Black Cauldron Imperial Stout, XX Bitch Creek Double ESB, and Pursuit Of Hoppiness. Check the web site for the schedule through the end of the year.
Brewery Rickoli in Wheat Ridge (the city's first brewery) plans to open its doors today at 4 p.m. Owner Rick Abitbol will be pouring a lineup of five big beers with a low gluten content: Social Lubricant Scotch Ale; Hearty Rye Stout, Black Pliny Black IPA; Totally Eye-P-A and Aldo Red, a cross between an altbier and an Irish Red.
Friday, November 30
Tis the season, and Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora is into it. The brewery will tap a firkin of Roasted Marshmallow Bethla-yam today at 3 p.m. and another around 7 or 8 p.m.
Freshcraft will tap kegs of three of the biggest bastards in the world today at 7 p.m.: Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard and Lukcy Basardt, all from Stone Brewing.
Saturday, December 1
Copper Kettle puts its Imperial Pumpkin Porter on nitro today at noon, giving the big gourdy beer a smooth, creamy texture. Brad Murphy and Sam Parks will be kicking ass on guitar at 5 p.m.; a wood fired pizza truck will be on hand too.
The Wynkoop Brewing Company will present its annual Parade of Darks holiday fundraiser and beerfest today from 1 to 4 p.m. The Parade showcases the darker side of seasonal beers from around the state (and a few from out of state), including stouts and barley wines, winter warmers and sours, Belgians and porters. There will also be of selection of cheeses and chocolates to accompany the beers. Wynkoop donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Metro CareRing, a downtown Denver food pantry; last year's event featured seventy beers and raised nearly $14,000. Advance tickets (available until November 30) are $35 and can be purchased at www.ticketalternative.com/Events/20968.aspx. Tickets at the door (if it is not sold out) are $42.
Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder will release its final Artisan Ale Project beer of the year today from noon to 9 p.m. in the taproom. The series included a new beer each month along with a unique piece of art that was used to decorate the label. The 9 percent ABV beer, Noel Tripel, is a Belgian-style golden ale and "Twisted Pine's first foray into the Tripel style popularized by Trappist monasteries in Belgium," the brewery says. "Spice-scented hop character floats fragrantly from the glass, mingling with sourdough aromatics from Pilsner malt and fruity esters provided by the yeast. The artwork, "Longest Night," was done by local artist Richard Dotson, who will display his artwork on the walls of taproom today as well. Noel Tripel will also be available in a few liquor stores in 750 ml, wax-dipped bottles.
Black Shirt Brewing, the intermittently-open nanobrewery in RiNo, will be open today from 4 to 8 p.m., serving a new beer, which it describes as "an aggressive Red IPA brewed with boatloads of Voss Farms Colorado Chinook hops."
Monday, December 3
River North Brewery plans to break out one of its most anticipated beers today at 3 p.m.: It's whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout, which has been biding its time since early summer. Barrel Series No. 7, Avarice Imperial Stout will be on draft and available in bottles in the taproom today. The brewery made sixty cases, however, so it will also hit a few liquor stores around town next weekend and a handful of draft accounts.
For a few events later in December, go to the next page.