Craft beer calendar: two brewery openings, a festival and a host of tappings
New Belgium Brewing is rolling out its new look on a wide scale this month, after having introduced bits and pieces of it last year. The "portfolio-wide packaging refresh...reimagines New Belgium's iconic and playful watercolor imagery from the past 22 years through a modern lens," the Fort Collins company says. The new artwork, by Leah Giberson of San Francisco's Hatch Design, replaces the easily recognizable work of Ann Fitch, who is the neighbor of New Belgium co-founder Kim Jordan.
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Star Bar will host Cory King, the head brewer for St. Louis-based Perennial Brewing, at 6 p.m. tonight for a mini-tap takeover. King will be on hand to talk about the beers, including Aria, a Belgian-style ale with brettanomyces; Heart of Gold, a wheat wine; Hereafter, a Belgian golden ale with Missouri pears and white sage; Fete de Noel, a Belgian strong dark; and Abraxas, an imperial stout with cacao nibs, Ancho chiles, vanilla beans and cinnamon.
January is New Year's Resolutions cask month at the Copper Kettle. Each Wednesday, the brewery will tap a different cask made with a different ingredient. Today's resolution is to reduce stress, so try a pint of Holy Basil IPL, an India Pale Lager made with the stress-reducing herb holy basil, adding a light scent of mint and cloves.
Thursday, January 9
Epic Brewing will be tapping Old Sage Brett, its elegant and unusual Utah Sage Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels that were previously used to age Brainless on Peaches. There are only two kegs, so the beer won't last more than a couple of days.
The Post Brewing, the long-anticipated new chicken-and-beer joint in Lafayette, is scheduled to open today at 4 p.m. Owned by the Big Red F group and run by one of its chefs, the Post also boasts brewmaster Bryan Selders, formerly of Dogfish Head.
Station 26 Brewing, which just opened in December, will debut a new weekly firkin program today by tapping coffee red IPA, made with coffee from Novo, a local roaster. Next week, it will tap a red IPA with chipotle peppers and cacao nibs.
The fourteenth annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival kicks off today in Vail, featuring dinners, tastings, seminars and other events, along with hobnobbing with craft-beer celebrities and brewers. Tickets are still available for some events, but they are going fast. For information, go to the Big Beers web site.
Friday, January 10
Kokopelli Beer Company in Westminster will hold its grand opening at 2 p.m. today with six of its own beers on draft, including a milk stout, an IPA, an American pale and an English pale, along with a couple ciders and a sour from other brewers. The brewpub will also be serving Austrian pretzels, appetizers and pizzas.
J Wells Brewery in Boulder will celebrate its one-year anniversary today from 4 to 9 p.m. with seven beers on tap.
Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards turns four years old today and is throwing a birthday party that includes beer toasts at noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; if you're on hand, you'll get a complimentary glass of beer. At 6 p.m., there will also be live music by Denver Blues/Rock/Funk band, Leung and The Wreck, along with homemade comfort food from the Crazy Wagon food truck.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland will release 7 Ravens Schwarzbier today in its taproom. The winter seasonal is a variant of a Munich Dunkel. "Sometimes referred to as a black pilsner, this beer is rarely that dark and doesn't have strong roasted or porter-like flavors," the brewery says. "7 Ravens keeps with German tradition and is balanced throughout combining subtle, smooth roast malt flavors with hints of caramel."
Tuesday, January 14
Crooked Stave will begin selling bottles of Nightmare on Brett, one of its sour ales, today at 5 p.m. Bottles are $12 each (cash only) with a six-bottle limit. At 6 p..m., the brewery will tap its final keg of Galaxy dry-hopped Hop Savant.
January is beer month at Euclid Hall, and the restaurant kicks things of today with Brew Bites, an every-Tuesday event in which it will pair three two-ounce pours of selected beers with three bite-sized snacks from thekitchen for $12.50. Today's pairing (the deal runs from 3 p.m. to close) is called "Big Bad Ass," and features Anchor OBA American Strong Ale, Dogfish Head Raison D'etre Belgian Strong Dark, and Ommegang Take the Black Stout.
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