Beer calendar: Star Bar runs the Avery gauntlet and Dry Dock takes it in the can
Friday, February 1
Star Bar will roll out its Drink the Gauntlet contest again this year by putting thirty Avery Brewing beers (yes, thirty different Avery beers) on tap over the 28 days of February. If you can drink them all -- and record this feat on a Gauntlet scorecard that you can get at the bar -- by February 28, you get to go on a private tour of the Boulder brewery, with transportation to and from Star Bar; the date is TBD, but it will be on the same day that Avery releases its next Barrel Series beer. Star Bar will have all five of Avery's core beers -- IPA, White Rascal, Joe's Pilsner, Ellie's Brown Ale and Out of Bounds Stout -- on every week, along with at least one beer from the Dictator series, the Demon series and the Holy Trinity series. In addition, at some point during the month you'll be able to find Avery taproom specialties, like Lebenweizen, Lilikoi Kepolo, 3point5 Pale Ale, Bolder Weiss and Tweak, along with some kegs of some Barrel Series brews that Star Bar has stashed away. The kick-off party takes place tonight.
Hops & Pie will toast its monthly 1st Firkin Friday today at 6 p.m. with a cask of Crooked Stave Surette Saison that has been barrel-aged with hibiscus and cinnamon. The base beer itself is a wood-aged Farmhouse-style ale brewed with malted barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt and then fermented and aged in large oak foeders with brettanomyces yeast and and lactobacillus. The cinnamon and hibiscus were added when the beer was transferred to a ten-gallon Downslope whiskey barrel for more aging.
Sold Out: New Belgium will host a party to celebrate the return of its classic sour beer, La Folie. The Lost in the Woods party, running from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Fort Collins brewery's foeder room, will also feature a sour beer symposium with New Belgium's wood cellar crew, a food pairing, live music and a take-home bomber bottle. The event is sold out, but you can try to score $25 tickets at eventbrite.com.
Saturday, February 2
Dry Dock Brewing, which just opened its new production facility and began canning four of its beers -- Hop Abomination, Apricot Blonde, Amber Ale and Hefeweizen -- is hosting Take it in the Can, a canning-launch party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its original tasting room location at 15120 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora. Cans of all four beers will be available for $3 each. "As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take the can...no glassware allowed," the brewery says.
The Dreaded Brit returns to the Copper Kettle today. The beer, a malty, English-style ESB, is named for "our English dreadlocked friend Stephen [Kirby], owner and brewer at Hogshead Brewery," according to the Copper Kettle.
Sunday, February 3
Freshcraft will turn its back room into Super Bowl central today when it throws a football-watching party for just thirty people -- yep, only thirty tickets available. The restaurant will serve upscale versions of tailgate favorites paired with Avery Brewing beers. The pairing menu includes truffled pretzel sticks with Ellies Brown Ale cheese sauce and Avery Lebeweizen, a dark German wheat; blood orange and candied walnut glazed pork wings with Stilton cheese dressing and Avery Hog Heaven; Captain's crunchy quail with smoked cheddar biscuit, pear jam and maple butter, and Avery Bolder Weisse with pear syrup; and dessert nachos, a cheesecake plate with crispy pastry chips, along with Avery Odio Equum. Freshcraft will also be featuring $4 drafts for ticket holders of Avery 3Point5 Pale Ale, plus party games and chances to win beer, swag and gift cards.
Thursday, February 7
Renegade Brewing released two new beers in cans in January: 5:00 Afternoon Ale, in 16-ounce cans, and Elevation Triple IPA, in 12-ounce cans. The brewery will fete both beers with a party tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. in the taproom with deals on cans, drafts "and happiness."
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