Beer calendar: Get hopping with big cans, chefs and holiday brews
River North Brewery added two new thirty-barrel stainless steel fermentation tanks and one new brite tank last week, which will increase the brewery's capacity by 44 percent -- and allow River North to focus on canning its River North White, a Belgian-style wit beer that was just released, and on River North Ale, which will debut in cans next year.
Courtesy of River North Brewery River North owner Matthew Hess.
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Hogshead Brewery, which opened in June 2012 in a former auto shop near Sloan's Lake, won a Mayor's Design Award last week -- one of several projects honored for for excellence in architecture, design and place-making. "The Hogshead team juxtaposed nonstandard materials in its playful re-imagination of this building, with a rustic wooden entrance, a transparent storefront and clear garage doors where the bays used to be," the announcement said. "It shapes up to be a social, relaxing atmosphere inside and out, making creative use of iconic brewery nostalgia."
November is "Be Thankful" cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing, and the brewery will be pouring firkins of beers every Wednesday that were made with Thanksgiving ingredients. Today's cask is Yamalama, a Candied Yam Red Ale. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
River North Brewery's weekly Wayward Wednesday series will focus on hops today, as the brewery taps its Belgian Pale Red (BPR) that has been dry-hopped four different ways. There's one keg each of Cascade, CTZ, Williamette and Nugget.
Thursday, November 14
The Chef & Brew food-and-beer-pairing festival returns today -- this time at a larger venue, the EXDO Event Center. It features more than fifteen local chefs and brewers in a competition to create the ultimate food and beer match-up. Attendees have the chance to sample all of them, and vote for their favorites. Last year's winner -- a blue corn pork taco by Jay Leandro of Pub 17 -- ended up on the menu there. This year, Leandro will be teamed with Crooked Stave. To see the rest of the pairings, go to the Chef & Brew website. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and tickets are $49 in advance. VIP tickets are $59 and get you in the door at 6 p.m. A portion of sales will benefit Project Angel Heart.
Upslope Brewing doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice: It's tapping Christmas Ale regardless at the Lee Hill tap room (where the staff will be in their tackiest Christmas attire, and are encouraging customers to dress the same). The beer will be on all day, but the real party starts are 5:30 p.m. with the arrival of the Cheese Louise food truck and live music from Brian Parton.
Saturday, November 16
Renegade Publik House presents Cans of Wrath (taken from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath), from 1 to 5 p.m. today; the party celebrates canned craft beer that is 7 percent ABV or higher, including Hammer & Sickle, the new Russian Imperial Stout from Renegade Brewing. Enjoy an unlimited sampling of more than 25 beers from around the country, among them Oskar Blues, Redstone Meadery, Wynkoop, Crabtree, Aspen Brewing, Eddyline, Pikes Peak, Bonfire, Asher, Ska, Fate, Upslope, Santa Fe and Renegade. Tickets are $40 -- or $45 at the door.
River North Brewery is bringing back a second version of its first-ever barrel-aged beer, Whiskey Barrel Aged J. Marie, today at 1 p.m. The brewery first released the beer a year and a half ago; for this rendition, the brewers aged J. Marie farmhouse ale in a combination of rye and bourbon barrels, then blended them. Individually numbered bombers will be available to go. The brewery expects bottles to sell out quickly, but the beer will be on tap all day; the rest will be distributed to liquor stores.
Hops & Pie rolls out its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest today at noon, featuring brews from Dogfish Head: Bitch's Brew, Sixty-One, Rhizing Bines, American Beauty, Olde School Barleywine, Chateau Jiahu, Palo Santo, Theobroma, Sah'tea, Raison D'etre, 2010 World Wide Stout and 2011 120 IPA. Flights and single pours are available.
Boulder Beer Company will release a limited-edition, barrel-aged barleywine in bottles at 3 p.m. today called The Dude's Bane. (Get there at noon to get an early line number, and wear a robe -- like the Dude himself -- for a chance to win bottle #1.) Aged for one year in first-use bourbon barrels, The Dude's Bane, at 12.3 percent ABV, is Boulder Beer's first barrel-aged beer released in bomber bottles and its most rare packaged offering, with only eight barrels in existence. "It began as a lighter-bodied English-style Barleywine with undertones of candied fruit, then over time evolved into something much more complex with the fusion of bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel," the brewery says. There is a limit of twelve bottles per person.
Sunday, November 17
The Colorado Brewers Guild will host a new small festival, the Thanksgiving Rendezvous, today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stapleton Tap House. The gathering "is a way for us to showcase a hand-selected collection of diverse beers from across the state," the CBG says. Breweries include Backcountry Brewery, Blue Spruce Brewing, Bristol, Caution, Denver Chop House, Dry Dock, Epic, Grimm Brothers, Hall, Left Hand, Lone Tree, Oskar Blues, Pikes Peak Brewing, Prost, Renegade, River North, Ska, Strange, Tommyknocker. Tickets, $40, are limited and can via Imbibe Denver.
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