Leftovers, pumpkin beers and Black Friday highlight our weekly craft beer calendar
Zephyr Brewing isn't the first would-be brewery in Colorado to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money for equipment, operating capital or aesthetic elements. But it is the first to go with CrowdBrewed, a relatively new crowdfunding site that was created just for the craft brewing industry. Zephyr, owned by Colorado natives Brian Wood, Tyler Shuey and Rich Wisniewski, already has its equipment, most of its funding and a location in the River North neighborhood. So the campaign was created in order to drum up $15,000 for staffing, taproom improvements and the final start-up costs. You can read about the campaign and the rewards at the brewery's page on CrowdBrewed.com.
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World of Beer Belmar is hosting a tap takeover from Left Hand Brewing and a '90s party tonight at 7 p.m. that benefits Toys for Tots. So pull out your dopest '90s gear from back in the dizzle and try any of twelve beers from Left Hand, including Deep Cover, Motherlode, Milk Stout Nitro, Munich Dunkel, and Fade to Black, volumes two through five. WOB will be spinning '90s tunes, from Biggie Smalls to Britney Spears, and everything in between. Bring in toys for Toys for Tots and get a free beer shot. Left Hand will be giving out swag throughout the night.
November is "Be Thankful" cask month at Copper Kettle Brewing, with the brewery pouring firkins of beers every Wednesday that were made with Thanksgiving ingredients. Today's cask is Cranberry Wit, a light Belgian wit made with fresh cranberries. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 28
Most breweries are closed today, but most liquor stores are open in the mornings and early afternoons. Call first.
Friday, November 29
Brewery Rickoli in Wheat Ridge will celebrate its first anniversary today with a Black Friday relief party that lasts from noon to 8 p.m. There will be beer specials all day, along with a Thanksgiving leftovers potluck and a leftovers sandwich competition at 2 p.m. Also, there will be prizes and the launch of a new Rickoli beer club.
Upslope Brewing's original Lee Hill location has lined up firkin tappings every Friday at 2 p.m.. starting today with Persimmon Altbier, a German-style ale with a nice malt character kicked up with some added persimmons.
The Yak & Yeti opens at 11 a.m. today to serve Disgruntled Pumpkin Ale and a brand new Rye IPA to Black Friday shoppers.
Saturday, November 30
Whiskey Barrel Quandary will return to River North Brewery at 1 p.m. today. For the 2013 vintage, the brewery aged its Quandary quad solely in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels, giving the beer a spicy bite. River North bottled 105 cases of Individually numbered bombers, but draft pours will also be available at the release.
Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will become Odyssey Beer'dwerks today as part of an effort to raise funds for MOvember, which supports men's health and helps the fight against prostate and testicular cancer. The brewery will have many beers on tap, in addition to live music and food from Quiero Arepas. There will also be a mustache and beard contest (entry is $5 or $10 on the day of), with prizes.
Sunday, December 1
Avery Brewing is hosting a holiday-themed "CrAft and CrAfts: Handmade Beers and Handmade Gifts" event today, at which "attendees can peruse local, handmade gifts while drinking local, handmade craft brews," including 10lb. Strawberry Wit (tapped at 3 p.m.), a Belgian-Style White Ale that was brewed with ten pounds of fresh strawberries just for this occasion. The craft fair, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., was organized by Avery events specialist Jess Steinitz through the Sisterhood of the Hop women's beer group. Proceeds from sales of the Strawberry Wit will be used to benefit the Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit that provides economic help to women.
Wednesday, December 4
West Flanders Brewing in Boulder is teaming up with the Cured Cheese Shop tonight at 7 p.m. to offer an evening of elegant beer and cheese pairings at the brewery. Join brewmaster Brian Lutz and Cured co-owner Will Frischkorn, who will be on hand to explain the pairings and answer any questions. Tickets are $25. RSVP to 303-447-2739.
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