You'll find hoppin' parties at TRVE, Our Mutual Friend and Denver Beer Co
Factotum Brewhouse, which plans to open this fall in the Sunnyside neighborhood, is trying to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter so that it can "improve its current industrial vibe and make the taproom more fun and comfortable for customers." So far, it has about 40 percent of that goal, with 32 days left in the campaign. When it opens, Factotum plans to let homebrewers use its equipment to make beer that will be served in the taphouse. For more information about the campaign, visit Factotum's Kickstarter page.
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Denver Beer Co will host its third annual neighborhood Hop Swap today beginning at 4 p.m., during which it will hand out Cascade hop plants (until the run out) for Denver residents to grow in their back yards. The hop starters, which come from High Hops Farm in Windsor, are well suited to Colorado's climate. Once the cones mature, participants will harvest them and bring them back to the brewery where they will be used in a truly local pale ale. Denver Beer Co has approximately 300 plants.
June is Smoked Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and the brewery will feature a firkin of a different smoked beer each Wednesday, along with food from the Texorado BBQ food truck. Today's beer is Smoked Imperial Coffee Stout.
Thursday, June 20
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will celebrate and conclude its first seasonal release of IPA2 by offering 200 hand-numbered 22-ounce bombers for sale beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a party starting at 7 p.m. with co-owner Andrew spinning records.
The Front Range has a rich entrepreneurial history, boasting start-ups that have gone on to bigger things in fields as disparate as software, renewable energy, specialized clothing and craft beer. But can these different scenes, in particular software and brewing, help or learn from one another? That's the question that will be posed today at Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes, which will take takes place today from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the University of Colorado Law School, Room 101 (tickets are $15 in advance; free to CU students and staff). The event will "compare and contrast norms and key ingredients of the software and craft brewing scenes in the Front Range today (e.g., What is the role of information sharing? How competitive are companies within the scene? Who are the leaders and what are their roles?). And finally, the event will compare and contrast what it takes to start and run a brewery versus what it takes to run a tech startup." Speakers include Jim Deters of Galvanize, Kirk Holland of Vista Ventures, Ingrid Alongi of Quick Left, Matt Cutter of Upslope Brewing, John Eckstein of Fairfield and Woods, and Julia Herz of the Brewers Association.
Friday, June 21
TRVE Brewing we will begin its two-day Anniversary Party today by tapping its first anniversary beer, TRVE Brewing Vol. 1, a 3.7 percent Session IPA that was brewed hops from all across the globe (Summit, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic). There will also be a showing of artwork by Sam Turner, who did all the designs on TRVE's merchandise. As an added bonus, the brewery will be selling unrenewed seats in its CVLT growler club (TRVE won't be filling growlers today, however, because it expects big crowds).
Colorado Plus, a brewpub that opened in May with 56 Colorado beers on tap, will tap its own beers for the first time tonight (time is TBD). The beers are: Undead Red, a Belgian-style red ale; Bitter off Dead, a double IPA featuring more than a pound of dry-hopped Falconer's Flight hops added to each barel; Cinnamon Almond Ale, an original flavor combination; and Berliner Weiss, a low-alcohol soured wheat. The first two are from the brewery's planed Zombie collection. Brains.
Copper Kettle Brewing will finally be celebrating the release of its Mexican Chocolate Stout bombers today with a party that starts when the brewery opens at noon. Copper Kettle will be selling 22-ounce bottles of this GABF award-winning beer ($12 each) for you to take home. The beer will eventually be available in a few liquor stores later this summer. At 4 p.m., there will be grub from Crazy Good Food.
The three-day Colorado Brewers' Festival kicks off today for its 24th consecutive year in historic Downtown Fort Collins with more than eighty beers from forty Colorado breweries. The fest, which includes food and live music, is "made up solely of Colorado breweries, including host breweries from Fort Collins: Anheuser-Busch, Black Bottle Brewery, Big Horn Brewery/CB & Potts, Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing, the Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, New Belgium Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co., and Pateros Creek Brewing Co.," according to organizers. For information on hours, tickets and details, go to the Downtown Fort Collins web site.
Saturday, June 22
TRVE Brewing continues its birthday party today at the brewery from 2 to 7 p.m., and will then close the doors and move the festivities over to the hi-dive for its First Anniversary Bacchanal show. The bands Speedwolf, In the Company of Serpents, Primitive Man, Call of the Void and Belhor will all play. TRVE will also take over the taps at the hi-dive for the night.
Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot will also celebrate its first anniversary today with special brews on tap as well as their staples. There will be live music with Cat Jerky from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and BlueKrewe from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Bootstrap from noon to 2 p.m.
Denver Beer Co and Little Man Ice Cream will team up today from noon to 4 p.m. for an Adult Ice Cream Social in the Barrel Room next door to the brewery. The two local companies will have beer floats along with beer and ice cream pairings. Floats and pairings include: Graham Cracker Porter with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream; Kaffir Lime Wheat with Mint Mojito Sorbet; Barleywine with Honey Banana Ice Cream; Irish Stout with Bailey's Chocolate Ice Cream.
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