Cherries and Red Hots offer plenty of reasons to (heart) this week's craft beer calendar

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Tivoli Brewing, which owns the trademarks to several historic Denver beer brands, has released its second beer, Sigi's Wild Horse Buck Beer, based on the recipe for an incredibly popular beer that was first brewed in Denver 139 years ago.

New Belgium Brewing is releasing Rampant Imperial IPA this month to its year-round portfolio. The 8.5 percent ABV beer was brewed with Mosiac, Calypso and Centennial hops. It's available in twelve- and 22-ounce bottles.

For more beer news and all of this week's craft beer events, turn the page.

The latest attempt to allow supermarkets and gas stations in Colorado to sell full-strength beer went down on Tuesday faster than an ice cold lager on a summer day.

Representative Kevin Priola's bill would have allowed supermarkets and convenience stores to sell beer made by breweries that produce less than six million barrels per year, effectively limiting them to craft breweries. It would also have allowed the big chains to add four more liquor store locations (they are currently only allowed to have one).

The measure was tepidly supported by the supermarkets and vehemently opposed by craft brewers and independent liquor stores owners. After presenting his bill to a House committee, Priola acknowledged that he didn't have enough votes to carry it to the house floor, and then asked that it be killed.

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Wednesday, February 13

Black Shirt Brewing has expanded its taproom hours and will be open on Wednesdays for the first time today. The brewery's new hours are Wednesday through Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, from 2 to 9 p.m.

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.

The Yak & Yeti will break out its 5.2 percent ABV Cherry Porter today at 4 p.m. The beers uses thirteen pounds of Montgomery cherries in just one five-gallon keg.

For its weekly Wayward Wednesday tapping at 3 p.m., River North Brewery will break out a five-gallon keg of dry-hopped J. Marie Saison. It's a version of River North's flagship saison that's been infused with a bunch of hops.

Lucky Pie LoDo will feature some of Avery Brewing's draft-only beers as part of its Wednesday night showcase, which starts today at 4 p.m. The beers include Uberschwein, Bolder Weisse, Double Dry-Hopped New World Porter and Tweak.

The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of its double IPA with double the hops added to the cast; hours are 3 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, February 14

Wit's End Brewing will lure lovers with its 2nd Annual Valentine's Day Beer and Chocolate Pairing tonight from 4 to 9 p.m. (or whenever the chocolate runs out). An "alternative to the institutionalized dinners and...overpriced roses," Wit's End will bring back some of the pairings from last year and add some new ones. There will also be a special sappy music playlist (think Atlantic Starr meets Journey meets The Cure). Singles, couples and others are welcome.

As part of its twentieth annual Stout Month, the three Mountain Sun pubs (Vine Street in Denver and the Mountain Sun and Southern Sun in Boulder) will tap Cherry Chocolate Fate, a new 7.5 percent ABV foreign-export stout brewed in collaboration with Jeff Griffith and Mike Lawinski from Fate Brewing Company, which just opened in Boulder. The beer includes cocoa, sweet cherries and tart cherries; it replaces Mountain Sun's traditional Valentine's release, Cherry Dip Stout.

The Yak & Yeti gets red hot again this year with its Red Hots Wheat, a 4.8 percent ABV beer -- colored pink -- that uses real candy Red Hots and makes the beer taste like Dentyne gum. It's Valentine's Day, so make reservations early.

Also in honor of Valentine's Day, Great Divide will be pouring what it calls "an extremely rare, Jim Beam bourbon barrel-aged version of our Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti." The beer will only be available in the tap room for a short time.

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 the Truffle Cheese Shop, while two kinds of chocolate will come from 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 e-mailing info@copperkettledenver.com.

Denver Beer Co will host a Valentine's Day Beer Dinner tonight with Mikes2Kitchen from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the brewery's new Barrel Room. Tickets for the three-course, four-beer dinner are $75. Each couple gets a bomber of Denver Beer Co's Cabernet Barrel Aged Belgian Cherry Chocolate Stout to take home.

Friday, February 15

As part of its twentieth annual Stout Month, the three Mountain Sun pubs (Vine Street in Denver and the Mountain Sun and Southern Sun in Boulder) will tap Release the Kraken, a 6.3 percent ABV oatmeal stout that was aged with oak spirals soaked in Kraken Dark Spiced Rum. The beer was made by James Kunz, who won Mountain Sun's annual Stout Month Homebrew Competition.

Zak Thomas, the bar manager for Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse in LoDo, go to go to Sierra Nevada Brewing's California Beer Camp recently, and today at 6 p.m., he'll be pouring the beer he helped make there: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #85, AlteRed. Lucky Pie will also be tapping Sierrandipity and Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb.

Saturday, February 16

Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits, the new Capitol Hill liquor store that sells only craft beer and Colorado wine and spirits, will host a grand opening today, with tastings from 2 to 7 p.m. and giveaways all day; the store opens at 11 a.m.

River North Brewery will celebrate its one-year anniversary starting at 1 p.m. today by tapping 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 its 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.

For more craft beer events later in February, turn the page.

Location Info

Black Shirt Brewing

3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Strange Craft Beer Company

1330 Zuni St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Yak and Yeti

8665 N. Sheridan Blvd., Arvada, CO

Category: Music

River North Brewery

2401 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Copper Kettle Brewing

1338 S. Valentia St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Wit's End Brewing

2505 W. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Vine Street Pub & (Brewery)

1700 Vine St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery

1535 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Southern Sun Brewery

627 S. Broadway, Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Great Divide Brewing Co.

2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Beer Co.

1695 Platte St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits

1205 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General


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