Beer calendar: Star Bar runs the Avery gauntlet and Dry Dock takes it in the can
Saturday, February 9
Odell Brewing will release its first Cellar Series beer of the year today in its Fort Collins taproom. Amuste is an imperial porter brewed with grape must and aged in red wine barrels; it is the product of a two-year project lead by the brewery's quality-control manager, Eli Kolodny. The must comes from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado. The release party will feature live music and food trucks. Amuste will also be available in 750 ml cork-and-cage bottles in liquor stores.
The Copper Kettle will re-release its Smoked Porter today with a party at 6 p.m. featuring live music from the Conquistadors of Nothing. The beer is described as "a smooth, slightly sweet porter with mildly smoked flavor."
Tuesday, February 12
For Fat Tuesday, the Yak & Yeti will tap its Yakety Yak: Don't Talk Bock today at 4 p.m., a beer that will blessed by an ordained minister at 5 p.m.
Strange Brewing and Chef Michael Long of Chef & Brew, along with Beer Craving, will host a six-course Mardi Gras beer pairing dinner, Creole Food and Killer Beer, today at 6 p.m. at the brewery, which will tap a special brew, Krewe Beer, that it made for the occasion. Tickets are $49 per person, including tax and tip, and can be purchased at Strange or at www.chefnbrewevents.com
Wednesday, February 13
For this week's One-Barrel Wednesday, Strange Brewing will tap a keg of Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout, a special beer brewed with Colorado Craft Beer Radio's John Turk and his wife, Stacy Turk. Kegs of this Valentine's Day beer will also be available at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery for their Stout Month.
Thursday, February 14
The Copper Kettle Brewing Company will host a five-course beer, cheese and chocolate pairing for Valentine's Day from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets to the event, taking place in the brewery's private event room next door are $25 per person (no kids, please). Three artisan cheeses will be provided by Truffle Cheese Shop, while two kinds of chocolate will be provide by a local chocolatier. The beers will include a few that aren't yet available to the public, as well as some aged and specialty brews. Get tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 16
River North Brewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary starting at 1 p.m. today by tapping in a beer with a higher gravity than any that owner Matt Hess has yet concocted: a 12.5 percent ABV imperial stout. River North will also open is barrel garden to the public today. Since opening on February 18, 2012, River North has released nine "mainline" ales, along with seven barrel-aged versions of those brews. It has also released weekly "Wayward" beers, which are experimental five-gallon batches of existing recipes that have been slightly altered to allow customers "to taste how subtle changes in yeast or hops can add entirely new flavor profiles to a brew," Hess says. River North produced 295 barrels in 2012, a number expected to triple this year.
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