Crafting a Nation needs money; you need a beer -- all in this week's beer calendar
You have three more days to help out the Colorado-based producers of Crafting a Nation, a feature-length documentary that "tells the story of how the American Craft Brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time." The group's Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday, and although donors have already pushed them well past their $5,000 goal, you can still get in on the ground floor if you donate.
For all of this week's craft beer events, turn the page.
Wednesday, January 9
Every Wednesday through the month of January, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th Street, will surrender its back-wall taps to various craft breweries. Tonight's takeover is courtesy of California's Russian River Brewing Co. Euclid will begin pouring the brewery's Supplication, Consecration and Temptation ales at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-4255 for more details.
The Copper Kettle will open a cask of Mexican IPA today as part of the brewery's new Firkin Wednesday program. The beer is made of 75 percent Black IPA and 25 percent Mexican Chocolate Stout.
The Rackhouse Pub has been hoarding beer, but has now decided to share with a series of Wednesday night "I'd Tap That" events. The latest is today at 5 p.m., when the Rackhouse brings out Flying Dog Brewing's Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout, Galaxy Single Hop Imperial IPA, and St. Eadman Belgian Dark Strong Ale.
Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse will tap Grand Teton Brewing's Coming Home Holiday Ale and Double Vision Dopplebock today at 4 p.m.
Hogshead Brewery will tap a firkin of Gilpin Black Gold London Porter today at 4 p.m. It's the brewery's regular Black Gold that has been dry hopped with Fuggles hops and Tcho chocolate. Also on cask today: Chin Wag ESB and Eurotrash Black Lager.
River North Brewery will feature a new take on its Quandary Quadrupel today for its weekly Wayward Wednesday tapping. The beer has been fermented with an Abbey yeast strain and "exhibits warmer alcohol notes backed by malt sweetness," the brweery says. There are only five gallons, so get there early.
Thursday, January 10
The J Wells Brewery, at 2516 49th Street in Boulder, opens for the first time ever today at 1 p.m., serving three beers on tap. Owner Jamie Wells has been working for four years to convert his 1.5-barrel homebrewing kit into a commercial system that could sate the thirst of many more people, and he'll finish that task today.
Friday, January 11
Upslope Brewing will re-release its canned seasonal, Foreign Style Stout, at 2 p.m. today in its Boulder taproom; it will be available on draft and in six-packs. The beer, which was Upslope's first anniversary beer in 2009, was also its first canned seasonal. Roasty and smooth, the 6.9 percent ABV beer will be available in liquor stores next week. There will also be a Q&A session with the brewers from 4 to 6 p.m., live music from DD & The Beamer, and grub from the Heirloom food truck.
Sunday, January 13
The Cheeky Monk on Colfax will tap three of Firestone Walker's previous anniversary beers, 14, 15 and 16. It's hard to find just one of these beers, hurry to the Monk to try all three.
Monday, January 14
In 1906, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody took his traveling circus on the road to Belgium. Now, more than a hundred years later, a beer that was accidentally brewed as a result of that tour (according to legend, at least) has made its way to Colorado, where the famous buffalo hunter is buried. Buffalo 1907, as well as two other beers made by the van den Bossche brewery in Sint-Lievens-Esse, Belgium, will be served today at a party at the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe that will be attended by van den Bossche's head brewer, Belgian dignitaries and Steve Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.
Tuesday, January 15
Every Tuesday in January from 3 p.m. until close, Euclid Hall will feature three two-ounce pours of selected beers paired with three bite-sized snacks from the Euclid Hall kitchen for $12.50. Today's is entitled Planes, Trains and Automobiles, though I don't know what that means in terms of either the beer or the snacks.
Wednesday, January 16
The three beers in Avery Brewing's Dictator series are all seasonal releases, but once a year The Kaiser, the Czar and the Maharaja are able to convene. But only eight spots -- six in Colorado, one in California and one in Texas -- are worthy of the summit. They include Avery's taproom and the West End Tavern, both in Boulder; Denver's Euclid Hall; The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins; Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs; and the Vail Ale House in West Vail. Join them at 7 p.m. as they raise a combined toast.
Thursday, January 17
The Denver Bicycle Cafe will host two beer-and-cheese pairings today with the Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Marczyk Fine Foods; the first is at 6 p.m. and the second is at 8 p.m. For $20 ($25 on the day of), you get four five-ounce beers -- from a light lager to a dark stout -- paired with four hand-selected gourmet cheeses. There will also be a discussion.
The Falling Rock Taphouse will break out kegs of Alaska Brewing's Alaskan Smoked Porter going back to 2009. Try one or try the whole vertical beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18
Denver Beer Company will host a beer dinner today at 7 p.m. with the Mike2Kitchen food truck to celebrate the grand opening of DBC's new Barrel Room annex. The brewery will pair five of its small-batch beers with four courses from Mike2Kitchen, including cured and smoked trout with a crispy potato latke, sour beer reduction with lemon and caper and horseradish creme fraiche, paired with DBC's very first barrel-aged brettanomyces beer, Saison du Fou. Tickets are $60 plus gratuity. Call 303-433 2739 for reservations; get more information on Denver Beer Company's Facebook page.
Saturday, January 19
Fans of the Copper Kettle have been askign for more hoppy beers, and the brewery is happy to oblige. It will release American IPA, "a bright, citrusy" brew today. There will also be live music from Brad Murphey and a food truck in house.
Thursday, January 24
The Falling Rock Taphouse is clearing out parts of its vast cellar this month and will give you the chance to taste five years' worth of Avery Brewing Company's stellar Czar Imperial Stout today beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Join the Denver Bicycle Cafe every two weeks for some free beer samples from rotating local Denver breweries. Today's tasting, at 6 p.m., features Strange Brewing.
Saturday January 26
The Falling Rock Taphouse will hold a Vintage Beer Sale today from noon to 6 p.m. "It's been a few years since we've done one of these, and my cooler looks like it," explains Taphouse owner Chris Black in his newsletter. "We've got a few too many bottles of different vintages so...we'll put up a big dry-erase board of all the different beers we're clearing out and the quantity available for purchase (at substantial discount I might add) as we sell one we'll update the board and countdown till we're out."
Copper Kettle will tap a new beer, Oak Aged Double IPA, today; the brewery, which typically serves less hoppy beers, has never done one of these before. This one was aged in "in oak spirals for a hint of earthiness in the end."
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