At breweries, the holiday spirit means Frieks, pecans, pie and black metal
The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing the craft-beer industry, announced last week that it is moving its headquarters from 736 Pearl Street in Boulder to a much larger location at 1327 Spruce Street.
The organization says it "has been growing steadily -- along with the booming craft beer industry -- necessitating the move to a bigger space." The BA, which has been in the same office for nearly thirty years, paid $4 million for the 11,000-square-foot space and plans to make the move next year.
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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 Pecan Bourbon Brown Ale, a brown ale made with fresh pecans soaked in bourbon. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21
Get in the Thanksgiving spirit tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Denver Beer Co, which will be pairing a flight of three pies from Maple Street Pie bakers with three different Denver Beer Co beers. Then vote for your favorite combo. The Pies & Pints event costs $12. And if you like the pies enough, you can place a pre-order for a pie and growler that you can pick up on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 22
American Craft Beer Radio will host a Holiday Beer Bash today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mile High Station, featuring 75 beers from thirty breweries along with festival holiday dishes from six local chefs. General admission tickets are $35, and VIP tix -- which get you in at 5 p.m. -- are $35. Go to the ACBR Facebook page for more information.
Lone Tree Brewing will host a double tapping tonight at 6 p.m. of its Stairway to Heaven Triple IPA and its Black Mountain Side Coffee Stout. Oh, and if you like the theme, you should know that Paul Lechner will be there to perform Led Zeppelin music.
Saturday, November 23
Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Friek today and tomorrow with parties in its renovated Fort Collins taproom. The beer is a Lambic-style Kriek-Framboise hybrid, and the brewery says it has become one of its most highly anticipated releases. Brewed with Colorado-grown cherries and aged in oak barrels for months, Friek is blended with fresh raspberries just prior to packaging. "The subtle raspberry sweetness balances the cherry tartness," Odell says. "A crisp and bubbly body creates a delicate and refreshing finish. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer and food truck pairings by the Common Link all weekend long, as well as live music by Ginger Whale on Sunday.
Sunday, November 24
TRVE Brewing will begin selling Eastern Candle to the public today at 2 p.m. The bottled beer is a pale wheat beer brewed with brettanomyces yeast and aged in white wine barrels. It is the first brew that TRVE is doing in collaboration with, and in honor of, Absu, a black-metal band from Texas. Members of the brewery's Cvlt club get first dibs at 1:30 p.m. There are fewer than forty cases available.
Tuesday, November 26
The Park Burger location on South Pearl Street will host a Tap Room Takeover tonight with ten beers from Aspen Brewing Company. The kegs will tapped at 4 p.m. and brewery reps will be on hand at 6 p.m. to talk about the beer.
Wednesday, November 27
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.
For more events later in November and in December, turn the page.