Beer calendar: Quads, sours and bocks are all a blessing
Odell Brewing takes pride moving slow, and in expanding at a reasonable, measured pace -- which is why the Fort Collins beer makers was so deliberate last week in announcing that it would enter the Texas market -- the company's first new state in two years. To help out, Odell produced the above online-only commercial that is pretty funny. Also pretty cool is the fact that Odell made a special beer with former top brewer, Joe Mohrfeld, who left a couple of years ago to open his own place, Pinthouse Pizza, in Austin. The beer, T.A.P. TX, is a session ale.
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February is Decadent Chocolate Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and today's beer is Strawberry Chocolate Blonde, a malt-oriented American craft beer brewed with fresh strawberries and cocoa. It goes on a 3 p.m. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 27
The Denver Bicycle Cafe will hold an Employee Tap Takeover tonight at 5 p.m., in which the staff got to choose the brew. Here's what they picked: Peter's Tap - Sierra Nevada Torpedo; Billie's Tap - Goose Island Matilda; Beki's Tap - Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter; Eric's Tap - Grimm Brothers The Griffin; Ryan's Tap - Avery Hog Heaven; and Jackie's Tap - Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
Saturday, March 1
River North Brewery will introduce the first in a series of seasonal brews, Quad on Oak, today at 1 p.m. in its taproom. Bombers will cost $9 with no limit, and the beer will be on tap all day. As a spring seasonal, River North will continue to brew and pour Quad on Oak until late May. The brewery says it aged its Quad on toasted American oak. River North plans to introduce several new seasonal beers this year, including a Tripel in the summer and a Dubbel in the fall.
New Belgium will throw a party in Denver to celebrate its latest year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, a tart, unfiltered wheat beer. The party, called #SnapshotDenver, will be co-hosted by Artifact Uprising at Galvanize from 7 to 11 p.m. For $10, guests get two free Snapshot beers, a photo booth, the Comida food truck, a chance to win prizes and live music from Ark Life and the Blue Rider. The event will also feature a gallery of fan-submitted original photography, displayed by Artifact Uprising. To be part of the gallery, share pics of your favorite Colorado scenes on Instagram and tag them with #snapshotdenver.
Tuesday, March 4
The Yak & Yeti will release is annual Fat Tuesday beer, (Yakety Yak) Don't Talk Bock at 4 p.m. today, followed by the Blessing of the Bock by an ordained minister at 5 p.m. Come early to get your glass filled in time for the blessing.
Odyssey Beerwerks and East Coast Joe's food truck will host a Crawfish and Shrimp Boil for Mardi Gras today starting at 6:30. Let the good times roll with crawfish, shrimp, corn, potatoes and dessert -- along with two pints of beer (one specially brewed just for the occasion) -- for $40. There will be music from Ryan Tipton and Friends. Get your tickets in the taproom or online.
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