Beer calendar: English versus German beers, plus Odell, Dry Dock and River North

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New Belgium Brewing Facebook page
A new year brings new beers, and Colorado's breweries have already released or are just about to unveil many of them. They include: Breckenridge Brewery Ophelia, a hoppy wheat ale; Great Divide Lasso, a low-ABV IPA made with Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops; New Belgium Rewind, an IPA brewed with Maris Otter and Special B malts and Horizon, Willamette and Galena hop; New Belgium Spring Blonde, a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with pale malts; and AC Golden Framboise Noir, a sour aged in oak barrels with blackberries from the Western Slope. That last beer, which will be fairly limited, is packaged with labels made from real cherry wood, so each one is uniquely grained.

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

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Hogshead Brewery Facebook page
Wednesday, January 22

January is New Year's Resolution cask month at the Copper Kettle, and today, the brewery will be serving Superfoods Wheat, a light wheat made with acai berries and pomegranates.

Thursday, January 23

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap a brand-new beer, Chinook Red Ale, today at 4 p.m. Quiero Arepas will be serving food, while Ryan Means will spin soul and jazz.

Friday, January 24

The two-day annual Winter Brew Fest kicks off today at Mile High Station, with about 45 breweries and cideries in attendance, roughly thirty of which are from Colorado. The hours are 7 to 10 p.m. both today and tomorrow. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (although they will likely sell out beforehand), cash only, and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass. VIP tix are $40 and $45, get you in an hour early at 6 p.m., and include Mouco cheeses paired with a beer. There will also be live local music, food and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

Dry Dock Brewing will throw a party at its original taproom today to celebrate one full year of canning beer. The brewery, which opened a major production facility in Aurora in January 2013, now cans Hefeweizen, Hop Abomination, Apricot Blonde and Amber Ale. The party, which runs all day, includes giveaways, prizes and the chance to win free beer for a year (one mixed case of Dry Dock cans once a month for a year and a growler-of-the-month package).

Saturday, January 25

River North Brewery and Mr. B's Wine and Spirits have teamed up again, collaborating on a second release in their B-Side barrel-aging project. Today the two businesses will each begin selling B-Side Avarice, a new take on River North's Belgian-style Imperial Stout, aged for one year in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels. Only thirty cases were bottled, so the beer will only be available at the brewery and Mr. B's. River North's release party starts at 1 p.m.; Mr. B's will release additional bottles later this afternoon.

It's England vs. Germany at Lucky Pie in LoDo today when the restaurant and American Craft Beer Radio host representatives of Hogshead Brewery (which makes English-style cask ales) and Prost Brewing (which makes German-style lagers), who will each try to sell the crowd on why their country's beers are better. In addition to hearing speeches, you'll be able to try three to four of the beers that each brewery will be featuring. The battle runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be featured live on 102.3 FM, where head brewers Steve Kirby (Hogshead) and Bill Eye (Prost) will give stump speeches.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the much-anticipated return of Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout today and tomorrow in its Fort Collins taproom. Named for the local dairy farmer who has hauled away the brewery's spent grain for nearly two decades, Lugene is brewed with 250 pounds of chocolate per batch. On Saturday at noon, Odell will be serving Lugene beer float samplers made with ice cream from another local dairy, Cozy Cow. Then on Sunday, guests can meet Lugene's calves and enjoy live music by The Longest Day of the Year from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Common Link food truck will be on hand both days.

The annual Winter Brew Fest continues today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mile High Station. See above for details.

Sunday, January 26

Odell Brewing will continue celebrating the return of Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, which celebrates the dairy farmer who hauls away the brewery's spent grain, in its Fort Collins taproom. Today guests can meet Lugene's calves and enjoy live music by The Longest Day of the Year from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Common Link food truck will be on hand.

TRVE Brewing will be selling the third batch of its Eastern Candle, a wheat beer aged with Brettanomyces yeast in wine barrels, today. This version was dry hopped with Citra hops, and the bottles were "topped with thrash metal green wax."

Tuesday, January 28

Crooked Stave will release bottles of Batch 60 today at 5 p.m. The beer is a an American wild ale dry-hopped with Amarillo and Citra hops. Each bottle costs $10, cash only.

For more events later in January and in February, turn the page.


Location Info

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Copper Kettle Brewing

1338 S. Valentia St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Mile High Station

2027 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Dry Dock Brewery

15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: General

River North Brewery

2401 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Odell Brewing Company

800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, CO

Category: General

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