Beer calendar: Colorado's craft breweries toast new beers and a new year

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The last twelve months have been amazing ones for Colorado's craft brewers, both old and new, and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Two highly-anticipated brewpubs have already announced that they will open in the first month of the new year. Denver's Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, the brainchild of two former Rock Bottom brewmasters, has set a tentative date of January 28; the spot, at Eighth Avenue and Lincoln, will serve pizza, paninis, soups and salads. Meanwhile, The Post Brewing, which will dish out chicken and craft beers in Lafayette, also says it will open in January; The Post is owned by the Big Red F Group and boasts former Dogfish Head brewmaster Bryan Selders.

Turn the page to see all of this week's beer events.

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Tuesday, December 31

As it does every year, Renegade Brewing will pour its Black Gold tonight for New Year's Eve. The beer is a an Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout. Yes, yes it is.

The Rackhouse Pub is celebrating New Year's Eve with a giant tap takeover by Avery Brewing. Beers include the Boulder brewery's standard lineup, along with its various specialties, including the Dictator series, the Demons and the Holy Trinity series. In addition, there will lots of special stuff, including 4.2 Pale Ale, Double Dry-Hopped Dugana IPA, Lilikoi Kepolo, Chai Ellie's Brown, Tweak, Liebenweizen and Boulder Weiss.

Left Hand Brewing is taking over the taps at Ale House at Amato's for New Year's Eve tonight, starting at 5 p.m. Available beers include: 2013 Pro Am Schwarzbier, Oktoberfest, Dunkel Weiss, Deep Cover Brown Ale, Jackman's Pale Ale, Motherlode Golden Ale, Munich Dark Crystal Lager, Fade to Black Volume 4, Milk Stout Nitro and Widdershins Barleywine, which will be served with a toast at midnight.

Ring in the New Year with Denver Beer Co, which will celebrate by serving and drinking some of its favorite beers of 2013. The party takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Barrel Room next door to the brewery. There will also be music, a free firkin at midnight and other shenanigans.

Wednesday, January 1

The Yak & Yeti will be open today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will have a couple of newish beers on tap, including Sherpa Porter, a 5.4 percent traditional English porter; Peppermint Porter, which is a a version of the Sherpa that has been infused with organic tea-cut peppermint leaves, and Musee des Beer Arts, a Bordeaux barrel-aged Belgian blonde.

For more events later in January, turn the page.


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