May brings Maibocks, spring tappings and the start of beer-fest season
Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing, which announced in January that it will build a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taphouse in Denver, updated its followers on social media this week with a couple of pictures and some potential opening dates. The Facebook pictures (like the one above) show the brewery's tanks and equipment arriving at the brewery, at 3001 Walnut Street in River North. In the meantime, Epic said on Twitter that it would like to be brewing by the end of May and open at taproom sometime in August.
Epic Brewing Facebook page
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Wednesday, May 1
Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will debut Maiden's Kiss, a maibock lager, today from 6 to 9 p.m. exclusively at the new World of Beer in Glendale. The style typically welcomes spring in the German region of Bavaria.
Prost Brewing will release its own Maibock today as well, a beer that head brewer Bill Eye made in collaboration with Tom Hail of the Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot. Prost opens at noon and all of its employees will be dressed in German attire.
The Glass Half Full bar at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton will host Breckenridge Brewery head honcho Todd Usry, who will talk beer and offer pours of Buddha's Hand, Agave Wheat and Vanilla Porter tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The brewery is also bringing a firkin of 72 Imperial Double Chocolate Cream Stout aged with Belgian raspberries. The first 25 people on hand get a Breckenridge Brewery glass.
Fate Brewing, in Boulder, will release its eighth beer brewed on site, Cascadian Dark Ale made with three varieties of hops, today at 11 a.m. The release party features all-day happy hour pricing for the beer, which is dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA.
Copper Kettle is celebrating saisons in May. The brewery will tap a firkin of Black Pepper Saison today during taproom hours from 3 to 9 p.m. The Texorado BBQ food truck will be on hand at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
Wit's End Brewing will tap a new beer, Bitter Late Than Never, today at 4 p.m. The idea for the English session-style beer got its start when brewery owner Scott Witsoe "offered up a Brewer for a Day donation to his daughter's school auction fundraiser," according to the brewery. "The winning bidder would be able to work on a custom recipe with Scott as well as be involved in every aspect of the process in creating a commercial beer -- from customizing the recipe to kegging the final product." The winner was Ryan Benine, a former homebrewer who left a batch of beer in a carboy in 1997 when his child was born and never bottled it -- or homebrewed again. Benine found his original recipe notes, though, which he and Witsoe used to recreate that beer. Twenty percent of all sales of this beer will be donated to the school.
The Denver Bicycle Cafe will offer a Free Beer Tasting with Prost Brewing today starting at 5 p.m. Every two weeks, the cafe gives you a chance to taste beer from a local Denver brewer -- rotating breweries each time.
The Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot, inside Coors Field, is scheduled to open today at 11 a.m. for the first time in more than a decade on a non-game day. It will continue to be open to the general public on non-game days (Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. and on night game days until 4 p.m.) through the season. The Sandlot recently underwent renovations to give it a new layout and a new look. On game days, the brewery and restaurant will still be reserved for Rockies ticket-holders.
Friday, May 3
Hops & Pie celebrates First Friday today at 6 p.m. with its monthly Firkin 1st Friday tapping. Today's beer is Lagunitas Sucks from California's Lagunitas Brewing, described thusly: "Full of complex-ish-ness, this beer is a cereal medly of barley, rye, wheat and oats. Then it's joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous flavor."
TRVE Brewing celebrates the return of its Black Cascade, a 6.6 percent ABV American black ale, today beginning at 4 p.m.; as part of First Friday, the brewery will also be showing new artworks by Douglas Raymond Seaton of Dead Soul Art.
Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton will tap Maiden's Kiss, the new maibock from Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Topo Designs will hold a party from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at Fancy Tiger (during the shop's monthly Civilized Living event) to launch a new, limited-edition backpack that includes a detachable and collapsible insulated six-pack cooler, a branded water bottle that goes in the side pocket, and a bottle opener. Breckenridge Brewery will be tapping a few beers from its Small Batch series at the event. The $140 backpacks are on sale at www.breckenridgebrewery.com/store.
Saturday, May 4
The South Denver Beer Festival, a brand new outdoor two-day event, kicks off beer festival season today from 2 to 5 p.m. in Littleton's Clement Park. There will be beers from sixty breweries, cideries and meaderies from Colorado and elsewhere in the country and the world -- along with food vendors and yard games. Tickets are $40 at southdenverbeerfest.com; there are also VIP tickets ($85), which get you in an hour early for drinks from local distillers, as well as samples from cheese and chocolate makers. The festival will also host a beard/mustache competition and costume contest with prizes for top entries on both days. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items to support the local food bank Carpenters Cupboard.
Avery Brewing will release its latest small-batch sour ale this Saturday only in its taproom. The beer, Volunt Plus Erat (which translates into "wish there was more"), is No. 14 in the Boulder brewery's acclaimed Barrel-Aged Series and was fermented with two strains of brettanomyces yeast "on base malt (two-row) and Cabernet Franc grape must," according to the brewery. There is an extremely limited amount of the beer available to the public, so bottles, $8 a piece, will only be sold today in the taproom beginning at 5 p.m. and will likely sell out. There is a limit of six per person.
The date of May 4, or May the Fourth -- as in "May the Fourth be with you," -- is a special day for Star Wars fans who celebrate every year with various parties around town, and Denver Beer Co will join in today from noon to 6 p.m. by tapping several beers that have renamed in honor of the movies. They include Dubba Fett, Jabba the Hop, Chewbacca-nator, Emperor Pilspatine, Hop Solo and The Death Star. Enjoy them all in Denver Beer Co's cellar room next to the taphouse and take in screenings of Episodes IV, V, and VI as well.
Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield kicks off a two-day celebration of its one-year anniversary today with a party from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Old Man bar and restaurant in Broomfield. There will be giveaways, tapping of new beer, volleyball and a corn hole tournament (sign up for the tournament begins at noon and will only allow for ten teams; the tossing begins at 1 p.m.). The brewery will also tap a special beer at the taphouse (see below).
Big Choice and City Star Brewing in Berthoud will jointly celebrate their first anniversaries today by serving a collaboration beer, Big City Blonde, today at both taprooms. The 5 percent ABV summer rye blonde ale was brewed with alligator pepper and lemon zest.
Sunday, May 5
Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield continues its anniversary weekend with a party today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that includes new beer tappings, a movie, balloon twisting, face painting and BBQ from the Still Smokin Fusion BBQ food truck. The event is also a fundraiser for the Adam's Camp charity, and $1 from every beer will go to the cause.
The South Denver Beer Festival, a brand new outdoor two-day event, kicks off beer festival season today from 2 to 5 p.m. in Littleton's Clement Park. There will be beers from sixty breweries, cideries and meaderies from Colorado and elsewhere in the country and the world -- along with food vendors and yard games. Tickets are $40 at southdenverbeerfest.com; there are also VIP tickets ($85), which get you in an hour early for drinks from local distillers, as well as samples from cheese and chocolate makers. The festival will also host a Beard/Mustache Competition and Costume Contest with prizes for top entries on both days. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items to support the local food bank Carpenters Cupboard.
Wednesday, May 8
Avery Brewing will hold a Samael's Tap Room Release Party today from 6 to 8 p.m. and a guided three-year vertical tasting of this high-alcohol oak-aged barleywine, along with some food pairings. Tickets are on sale in the tap room only and are extremely limited.
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