Beer calendar: TRVE Brewing shreds, Hops & Pie goes big, and the Rackhouse gets Strange
Only three weeks into the new year, and already three new breweries have opened -- Verboten in Loveland, J Wells in Boulder and Cannonball Creek in Golden -- while a fourth has gone into production and released its first bottles. Hall Brewing, located in a gorgeous farmhouse east of Parker, won't have a tap room initially, but the brewery plans to sell kegs, firkins and bomber bottles of its IPA, Stout and Red. The first few hit a couple of liquor stores in Parker and Aurora this week, and brewery owner Aubrey Hall hopes to start setting up draft accounts in Denver soon.
Hall Brewing Facebook page
In the meantime, Lone Tree Brewing has also begun bottling (after a recent expansion added two twenty-barrel fermenters) its Acres O Green Irish Red and Outta Range Pale Ale; those beers are available at a handful of metro-area liquor stores as well.
Turn the page for all of this week's craft-beer happenings.
Euclid Hall will give over a portion of its back tap wall to Avery Brewing today, by tapping all three beers from the Boulder brewery's famed Demons of Ale Series: Samael's, The Beast and Mephistopheles. Euclid hosts a tap takeover each Wednesday.
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 Dogfish Head's Theobroma, Sah'tea and Hellhound On My Ale.
The Yak & Yeti will tap a Chipotle Porter today at 4 p.m.
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.
Friday, January 25
TRVE Brewing will release a new beer today at 7 p.m. that it brewed in collaboration with the band Speedwolf. Death Ripper is a 4.2 percent ABV session ale that is "based on an inverted bourbon grain bill and hopped up with Falconer's Flight," the brewery says. Reed Wolf and El Brian will be spinning heavy-metal tunes.
Saturday January 26
Hops & Pie will host its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest today beginning at noon, and it's a doozy, featuring some of the biggest, boldest beers from San Diego's Green Flash Brewing. The offerings include Barleywine Style Ale (10.9 percent ABV, 85 IBUs), Green Bullet 9th Anniversary Triple IPA (10.1 percent ABV, 100+IBUs), Grand Cru Dark Ale (9.1 percent ABV, 20 IBUs), Serrano Double Stout (9.8 percent ABV), Candela Rye Barleywine, a collaboration with Cigar City Brewing (10.9 percent ABV, 75 IBUs), West Coast IPA (7.3 percent ABV, 95 IBUs), Le Freak, a Belgian Trippel mixed with an American IPA (9.2 percent ABV, 101 IBUs), American Strong 1st Anniversary Ale (8.9 percent ABV, 45 IBUs) and Palate Wrecker Double IPA (9.5 percent ABV, 149 IBUs).
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 Falling Rock 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 count down 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 Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels.
Crazy Mountain Brewing will debut its newest beer, Winter WonderGrass Blonde Ale, tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver during the Great American Taxi show; doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. The show is the kickoff party for Winter WonderGrass, a craft beer and bluegrass music festival that Crazy Mountain will host in its Edwards home February 16-17. Get more information at WinterWonderGrass.com.
Sunday, January 27
The local craft beer community is rallying around Denver's Strange Brewing today with a beer festival fundraiser to help Strange pay for possible legal fees it may incur in a trademark dispute with a similarly-named Massachusetts homebrew shop that has threatened to sue. The Strange Days fest, organized by Russell Fruits of Grimm Brothers Brewing, takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Rackhouse Pub. Tickets are $25 (if you can find one -- the event is SOLD OUT); there will be about 25 breweries in attendance.
Wednesday, January 30
The Lobby is kicking off a Monthly Beer Dinner Series today with a four-course feast featuring paired beers from Renegade Brewing, along with a welcome beer cocktail. The Lobby will feature one Colorado brewery each month with a special tap handle all month long. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; for info and reservations, call 303-997-9911.
The Yak & Yeti will tap its Orange Chocolate Porter today at 4 p.m.
For more craft beer events in February, turn the page.