Beer calendar: TRVE Brewing shreds, Hops & Pie goes big, and the Rackhouse gets Strange
New Belgium will host a party this year 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. Tickets are $25 and available 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. And, "As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take it the can... no glassware allowed," the brewery says.
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 will release two new beers in cans this month: 5:00 Afternoon Ale, in 16-ounce cans, on January 23, and Elevation Triple IPA, in 12-ounce cans, on January 30. And on February 7, the brewery will fete both beers with a party tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. in the taproom wtih deals on cans, draft "and happiness."
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 reslease party will feature live music food trucks. Amuste will also be available in 750 ml cork-and-cage bottles in liquor stores.
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 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.
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