Beer calendar: Sanitas Brewing opens, while Copper Kettle gets fresh
Two well-known out-of-state brewers are invading Colorado this month. Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, a sixteen-year-old brewery from San Francisco started pouring at a few bars around town this week and should follow up with bottles of some of its flagship beers, like Big Daddy IPA and Prohibition Ale, sometime soon.
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Then there's Houston's Saint Arnold Brewing, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, which has also been holding tapping events around town. The nineteen-year-old brewery plans to distribute its entire lineup, including special releases and seasonal beers, along the Front Range beginning in mid- to late September.
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Copper Kettle Brewing is turning out a new cask of beer aged with fresh hops each Wednesday this month for its weekly Firkin Wednesdays program. Today's beer, Mystery X Fresh Hop will go on tap at 3 p.m., when the brewery opens. East Coast Joe's food truck will be serving starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Yak & Yeti in Arvada will tap its Watermelon Wheat today at 4 p.m., part of its series of Wednesday Wheat tappings.
River North Brewery will have not one, but two, experimental beers on tap tonight for its weekly Wayward Wednesday weries: the first is BPR fermented with red wine yeast, and the second is Quandary Quadrupel done farmhouse-style.
Thursday, September 5
Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch will welcome San Francisco's highly-acclaimed Speakeasy Ales and Lagers to Colorado today with a tapping party from 5 to 7 p.m. The brewery, which just began distribution in Colorado, will be serving Accomplice, a Belgian Ale and Big Daddy IPA.
Euclid Hall is kicking off a series of intimate beer dinners tonight leading up to the Great American Beer Festival in October. The series, called The Road to GABF starts with a dinner tonight at 7:30 p.m. featuring beers from Dry Dock Brewing paired with creative food from the restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person. A rep from Dry Dock will be on hand. Future dinners are: September 12 with Trinity Brewing; September 18 with Epic Brewing; September 26 with Telluride Brewing; and October 3 with Stone Brewing.
Funkwerks is releasing a new beer in its Fort Collins taproom today: "Quad is a well-balanced ale with a malt-forward yet fruity aroma and flavors of caramel and dark fruits," the brewery says. It will be available in bottles and on draft in the taproom.
Front Range BBQ in Colorado Springs and the Focus on the Beer blog will host their latest Meet the Brewer event at 7 p.m. tonight with Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, which specializes in traditional German-style ales and lagers. Company founder and head brewer Don Chapman will be in attendance to hang out, showcase some of his beers and talk about the brewery. Available beers at the pay-per-pint event include: Farmer's Daughter, a Marzen style beer for Oktoberfest; 3 Golden Hairs, a hoppy pilsner; Dragon Slayer, a smoky, Bamberg style Rauchbier; Little Red Cap, an Altbier with multiple GABF medals; Fearless Youth, a Munich Dunkel; and Snow Drop, a Köttbusser beer with contained oats, honey, and molasses.
Friday, September 6
Boulder's newest beer maker, Sanitas Brewing, will hold a grand opening party today from 3 to 10 p.m., featuring several different beers on tap. After that, the brewery will be open from Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 10 p.m., and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Sanitas features a taproom that is exposed to the brewing area and a large three-season patio with mountain views, cornhole and bocce ball sets and permanent food cart, an outpost of the Pearl Street Mall's McDevitt Taco Supply. The brewery will begin two of their beers, Saison and Black IPA, soon.
Hops & Pie brings in Oskar Blues today as part of the beer-centered pizza joint's monthly Firkin 1st Friday series. At 6 p.m., they'll tap a cask of Black IPA that has been dry hopped with Centennial, Mt. Hood and Nugget hops from Oskar Blues's own farm.
Colorado Plus Brew Pub will turn over five of its 56 taps to River North Brewery tonight for a mini tap takeover that includes whiskey-aged Hello, Darkness Black IPA.
Saturday, September 7
Boulder Beer will celebrate its 34th birthday today with its annual Anniversary Beer Rave from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring an amazing lineup of rare and underground beers from Boulder Beer and 35 other breweries. It's a list so long, in fact, that I am just going to link to it on Boulder Beer's website. There will be live music and food; tickets, $30, benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild and the Boulder B-Cycle bike share program.
Copper Kettle Brewing will tap Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout today when they open at noon. The beer, aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels, has notes of dark cherries. The Eighty Ate food truck will be in the house at 4 p.m.
Monday, September 9
Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse will host AleSmith Brewing's Boulder rollout with a tapping party tonight at 6 p.m. San Diego-based AleSmith has been working its way up to Colorado for years, and its beers have long been anticipated here. Backcountry will be pouring X Extra Pale Ale, Anvil ESB and IPA, and also pouring Speedway Stout and Wee Heavy from bottles.
Tuesday, September 10
The New Belgium and Odell breweries will do battle tonight at World of Beer in Glendale tonight by having customers vote on who has the best beers for the lineup, with each brewery showcasing some of its core line up as well as specialties.