Breweries light up for 4/20, while Copper Kettle blows out two candles
Odell Brewing in Fort Collins recently began opening its taproom on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., which means more beer (including taproom-only specials like Wee Willy Winkie, Easy Elephant and Monarch Saison) and more brewery tours. In fact, Odell now offers tours seven days a week at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Reservations aren't taken, so sign up when you get there; tours are capped at 25 people.
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For this week's Wayward Wednesday tapping, River North Brewery will pour the fifth and final beer in its series of variations on Quandary Quadrupel. Fermented with a red wine yeast strain, the beer can be served alongside regular Quandary so that you can taste the difference.
Thursday, April 18
Copper Kettle Brewing, which was one of the first breweries to open as part of a new wave of small beer makers, will celebrate its two-year anniversary today from noon to 10 p.m. (and over the next few days) with new beers, bands and food trucks. Today, Copper Kettle will put two beers on cask, Double Mexican Chocolate Stout and its Rauchbier. Basic Kneads Wood Fired Pizza be be there are 4 p.m., and Nick Amodeo will start playing guitar and mandolin at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 19
The Copper Kettle continues its two-year anniversary weekend today with "Battle of the Beers," which involves five different beers brewed by five different CKBC employees. You can vote on your favorite for bragging rights: Pecan Wood Smoked Brown Ale, India Alt Ale, Belgian Wit w/ Lemongrass & Ginger, Belgian Dark Strong Ale aged in Port Barrels, or Barrel Aged Saison w/ Strawberry & Rhubarb. In addition, the Conquistadors of Nothing will play at 5 p.m. and Crazy Good Food will be in the house from noon to 5 p.m. Then Biker Jim's takes over with food from 5 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 20
Yeah, it's 4/20, and in that spirit, take a look at this post from November, "Five Colorado pot-themed beers to pair with Amendment 64." In the meantime, there are some beer events going on today as well, although the first three are definitely mile-high crossovers.
TRVE Brewing will tap its biggest beer ever, Nazareth, a 10 percent ABV double IPA dedicated to the one-hour-and-three-minute anthem to pot, "Dopesmoker," by the stoner-metal band Sleep. The beer was made with four-and-a-half pounds of hops per barrel; hops, which are related to cannabis, often give off a dank aroma, similar to pot -- and Nazareth's odor will be no exception. The beer will be tapped at 8 p.m.
And speaking of dank, the Falling Rock Taphouse will tap a draft-only double IPA from Lagunitas called Waldo's Special Ale. The beer is brewed every year just for 4/20 and it will be tapped at exactly 4:20 p.m.
Star Bar will also host a 4/20 event, tapping a keg of Stone Brewing's Enjoy By 4/20 IPA today at 4:20 p.m. Stone created the Enjoy By series last year; it brews each batch only for select markets and then names it for the last date by which it should be consumed -- the point being that many IPAs taste best if they are enjoyed fresh. Its most recent batch, Enjoy by 4/20, was distributed in Colorado, among other states. This may be the last keg available in Colorado, and Star Bar will have commemorative Stone glasses and then live music by the Stilettos at 9 p.m.
River North Brewery will introduce a traditional Abbey-style Dubbel today in the taproom at 1 p.m. as part of its continuing homage to Belgian beers. The 7.4 percent ABV brew "delivers the dark fruit notes typical of monastic dark beers, backed by a seductive malty complexity and subtle sweetness," the brewery says. You can get the beer on tap or by a 22-ounce bomber bottle to go. Eighty cases were brewed, so the Dubbel will also be available on some Denver-area liquor store shelves.
Copper Kettle's weekend birthday celebration continues today with Barrel Aged Baltic Porter and two special cask releases. There will be live music from the Acoustic Mining Company from 5 to 10 p.m. and two food trucks, Eighty Ate Food Truck from noon to 5 p.m., and Uber Sausage after that.
Sunday, April 21
The Copper Kettle wraps up its four-day birthday extravaganza with a vertical pairing of 2012 and 2013 English Barleywine. There will be live music from Pete Stein on guitar from 4 to 9 p.m. and food from the Biscuit Bus from noon to 7 p.m.
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