Here's to American Craft Beer Week, and something wet in every cup
Here's to American Craft Beer Week (which began Monday), the annual salute to small independent brewers that the Boulder-based Brewers Association (with help from Congress!) created seven years ago to increase awareness of craft beer. Of course, in Colorado, as some people say, every week is craft beer week, but that hasn't stopped dozens and dozens of breweries, restaurants and bars from hosting tap takeovers, beer dinners, special tappings and others events feting our favorite sudsy beverage.
American Craft Beer Week
For many of these events, along with other beery happenings on the next page.
The Noble Swine Supper Club will be serving food at Black Shirt Brewing from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight, while the brewery will release its Coffee|Red Porter Collaboration beer at 7:30 p.m. and pairing it with a dessert made by Noble Swine
The Rackhouse Pub will continue its I'd Tap That series by featuring Arvada's Yak & Yeti Brewpub. Beers on hand will include: GF Apple Ale (gluten-free), West-Coast Glutton Double Red and Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge.
Thursday, May 16
As part of American Craft Beer Week, breweries, bars and restaurants will hold a simultaneous nationwide toast tonight at 6:30 p.m. MST. The Boulder History Museum, which is currently featuring an exhibit called Beer! Boulder's History on Tap, will host a big toast along with a tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at which guests will have the opportunity to sample beers from thirteen Boulder County craft breweries. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Falling Rock Taphouse will assault your tastebuds with Night of the Hops, a tap lineup of all things hoppy, including IPA's, Imperial IPA's, Black IPA's, and so on. At 6:30 p.m., it will raise a toast as part of American Craft Beer Week.
Avery Brewing will celebrate its twentieth birthday later this summer, but it's opening its presents early -- as it usually does in May -- by tapping this year's anniversary ale at a party in the Boulder taproom. This year's anniversary brew is Twenty XX India Pale Ale, an aromatic double IPA made with Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The party starts at 5 p.m., and there will be live music as well.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will host a screening of Crafting a Nation, the Colorado-produced craft-beer documentary, today at 7 p.m.; director Thomas Kolicko will be on hand. The movie "features breweries, small businesses and individuals that are growing because of the rise in the American craft beer movement. They're not only creating unique and American-made beer, but also jobs, tax revenue, and drive that cannot be stopped for creating a better tomorrow."
Hops & Pie will tap Avery Brewing's twentieth anniversary beer today at 5 p.m., along with a couple other Avery rareties: Lillikoi, Hand of Buddah and Out of Sight.
Strange Brewing will host a beer dinner today with Chef Michael Long and BeerCraving to celebrate the brewery's third anniversary. The multi-course menu is centered around the number "three," and includes such dishes as a trio of deviled eggs, triple beef Reuben sliders with bock kraut, and a pork dish with the pork done three ways. All of the meals will be paired with Strange beers, including 1000 Barrel Imperial IPA and Dr. StrangeLove barleywine. The dinner costs $49 per person and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Strange or at www.chefnbrewevents.com.
The Rackhouse Pub is one of only a few bars getting Avery's 20th Anniversary XX IPA on tap. And at 5 p.m., they put it on simultaneously with the brewery in Boulder, as well as a few other lucky accounts.
Friday, May 17
Falling Rock Taphouse tickles your tastebuds tonight with Night of the Sours, starting at 5 p.m., during which owner Chris Black will tap at least ten kegs of special sour beers that he dug out of the cellar. They include Consecration, Supplication, Sanctification, Sour in the Rye and Ambassador.
At the end of every day, the taproom staff at Avery Brewing kicks back at the round red tables and has a meeting of the minds. "On one such day," the brewery says, "a legend of an idea was born, and your beloved Tap Room staff designed and brewed an epic saison." The beer, Red Table Saison, was brewed with two yeast strains, specialty malts, wheat and American hops -- and created and brewed entirely by the tap-room staff. Avery will tap the beer at 5 p.m. You can drink it at a red table.
Denver Beer Co and Mikes2 Kitchen will hold their spring beer dinner tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. during American Craft Beer Week. The three-course, four-beer dinner costs $50 per person and will be in the Barrel Room next to the brewery.
The Rackhouse Pub will tap some rare treats from Oskar Blues tonight at 5 p.m., including: IceyPA, a wheat IPA brewed in partnership with Colorado ski manufacturer Icelantic Skis; Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Mama's Yella Pils; and Santo Poco Mexican Lager.
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