Count down to a craft beer Christmas at Stapleton Tap House, Copper Kettle, Hops & Pie
Odell Brewing, which just completed a major expansion of its Fort Collins brewery and taproom, has also made a change to one of its seasonal offerings. Odell Red Ale, a hoppy red beer available in the first few months of each year, has become Runoff Red IPA -- a switch that was designed to put the beer more squarely into the developing red IPA category that includes brews like Wynkoop's Colorojo and Oskar Blues G'Knight.
"A lot of people assume it's a malty red beer, but there's a lot of hops in it," says Odell spokeswoman Amanda Johnson. "We're not changing the recipe. It's still the same beer."
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December is "Candied Beers" Cask Month at Copper Kettle Brewing, which will tap a firkin of a beer made with a candy ingredient each Wednesday. Today's beer is Chocolate Peanut Butter Old Ale, made with chocolate peanut brittle flakes. Ckrepes will be serving food at 4:30 p.m.
Upslope Brewing will celebrate the annual re-release of its winter seasonal, Foreign Style Stout, today with a party from 5 to 9 p.m. in its original Lee Hill taproom. Made with roasted barley, chocolate malts and Irish ale yeast, the 6.9 percent ABV beer, sold in twelve-ounce six-packs, will be available in liquor stores starting this week as well.
Thursday, December 19
Nope. It's still not winter, somehow. But it will be here soon enough, and Stapleton Tap House is counting down the remaining days by tapping a different winter or holiday or barre-aged beer each night until December 21. Tonight's beer is scheduled to be Wynkoop Brewing's Gingerbread Stout, followed by Renegade's Radiator Winter Warmer on Friday and Pike's Peak Brewing's AdAmAn Ale on Saturday. Keep an eye on Stapleton Tap House's Facebook page for the rest and for daily updates because some may disappear faster than others and there may some last-minute adjustments.
The Colorado directors and producers of Crafting A Nation, a recently-made craft-beer documentary, will hold a benefit screening at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel in Longmont tonight at 7 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening with benefit the CAN'D Aid Foundation, which Oskar Blues created to help support flood relief efforts in Boulder County and elsewhere in Colorado. Tickets are $10.
Friday, December 20
World of Beer in Belmar will tap a firkin of Odell Brewing Myrcenary, the brewery's double IPA, tonight at 6 p.m. that has been infused with fruit.
Saturday, December 21
Hops & Pie will host the Littlest Big Christmas Beer Fest today starting at noon and featuring more than fifteen jolly big holiday brews from the likes of Port Brewing, Boulevard, Crooked Stave, Prairie Artisan Ales, Lost Abbey, Evil Twin, Upslope, the Bruery, Alesmith, Dry Dock and Diebolt, among others.
Sunday, December 22
TRVE Brewing will release its latest bottled beer this afternoon at 1:30. Manannan is a sour brown ale that has been fermented in whiskey barrels with two strains of brettanomyces yeast and soured with lactobacillus. TRVE describes it thusly: "Dark fruit, citrus, and a slight whiskey flavor, with a perfectly balanced acidity."
Monday, December 23
Barrels & Bottles Brewery in Golden presents its 1st Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Beer & Wine Dinner tonight at 5 p.m. The evening includes: Feats of Strength, presented by Crazy Mountain Brewery; a Traditional Festivus Family Style Dinner paired with beer and wine; a Festivus Pole; Airing of Grievances; a Festivus Miracle, and more. Tickets are $28; call the brewery for information and to purchase at 720-328-3643.
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