Beer calendar: February is for lovers -- of stouts and barleywines
Have you seen a lot of natural-wood tap handles recently? So has Adam Draeger, the brewmaster at Arvada's Yak & Yeti Brewpub, which is why he decided to replace his handmade wooden Ys (rep the double Y's in the Yak and Yeti) with one-piece molded urethane-based handles finished with a glossy paint job. Made by Taphandles.com, each one features the yeti wearing a sandwich signboard for labeling each individual beer.
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February is Decadent Chocolate Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and today's beer is Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout, a sweet, roasted stout brewed with fresh cherries and cocoa. It goes on a 3 p.m. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand at 4:30 p.m.
February is Barleywine month -- or Dain Bramage month, as they call it -- at the Falling Rock Taphouse. Check its Twitter feed or stop in to find out what's on tap.
Friday, February 7
Wit's End Brewing will tap a new beer tonight. Me, Myself, and Rye is a rye pale ale made with Millennium and Tettnang hops. "It is dry and crisp, with layered spicy and fruity notes from the 28 percent rye malt bill. It rings in at 6.4 percent AVB and has 42 IBUs," the brewery says.
Former Future Brewing, which officially opened last weekend, will celebrate its grand opening today at tomorrow, with beer, food trucks and board games. Hours today are 2 to 10 p.m., with the Baba's Falafel food truck on hand. Hours tomorrow are noon to 10 p.m. with Maria Empanada in the house. In addition, Adelita's, a taco place next door, has put together a special taco menu for Former Future.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is planning to create a series of barrel-aged wild and sour ales later this year exclusively for The Populist, its neighbor in River North. And although the first beer won't be available for at least six months, OMF will offer a sneak peak at 4 p.m.today, when it taps an un-aged version of the straw-colored light rye ale that the brewery will use as the base beer for its barrel-aged versions. The un-aged version should have some tartness since OMF soured it in the brew kettle by letting the mashed grain sit for 36 hours.
Avery Brewing will tap Trogdor the Burninator in its Boulder taproom tonight at 5 p.m. The beer is described as a "German-style smoked doppelbock featuring 30 percent beechwood-smoked malt. It's named with the 'ator' suffix in deference to Paulaner Salvator, the original German doppelbock."
Saturday, February 8
World of Beer in Belmar will host an all-day event today -- Kegs, Cans and Helping Hands -- that is designed to raise money for the flood-related charities created by two Longmont breweries, the Left Hand Flood Relief Fund and Oskar Blues Can'd Aid. For $20, guests get a ticket good for four beers and a raffle ticket. If you don't want a ticket, WOB will also be selling the donated beers for $6 each and raffle tix for $5 each. The donated beers include: New Belgium Ranger; Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils; Boulder Beer Hazed and Infused; Avery White Rascal; Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown; and beers from Epic, Twisted Pine, Odell and Left Hand. There will be live music from Kenny Lee Young from 4 to 7 p.m. and Ryan Chrys at 9 p.m. In additon to the raffle, there will be a silent auction featuring a New Belgium Bicycle, Oskar Blue's skis or jacket, Omni Resort stay donated by New Belgium Brewing, a chance to brew a beer at Twisted Pine.
Oskar Blues's Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont is celebrating its fifth anniversary today starting at 4 p.m. live music from Kort McCumber, then the Jack, Ken & Juice trio and The Strategic Beef Plan B. They will also tap a specialty version of G'Knight, the brewery's imperial red IPA, that they're calling G'Afternoon.
Sunday, February 9
Avery Brewing will bring back Uncle Jacob's Stout today in the Boulder taproom. The beer, a "robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for six months in the very finest Bourbon barrels," is typically one of the best barrel-aged beers made in Colorado. Sales begin at 1 p.m. and each twelve-ounce bottle costs $12; buyers are limited to one case (24 bottles each), cash only. To help ease the pain of standing in line, or to celebrate afterwards, Avery will have several rare and exclusive beers on tap, starting at 11 a.m., including Khodynka, Tweak, 2012 Beast, Chewblacka, Bolder Weisse, Double Dry-Hopped Maharaja, and more.
New Belgium Brewing says it will make history today by opening its Fort Collins tasting room for tours and tasting for the first time on a Sunday; the brewery is typically closed on Sundays and Mondays, but will begin keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter months on those days. To celebrate, New Belgium will tap a keg of Tart Lychee, which combines New Belgium's barrel-aged sour beer, Lychee Fruit puree, and cinnamon sticks, at 4 p.m. today. (P.S. tours still book up fast, so reserve tour tickets online at newbelgium.com/Brewery/tasting-room/visit-us/tour-calendar.aspx).
Monday, February 10
Every Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the month of February (Stout Month), the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun or Vine Street pubs will offer anyone who buys a six-beer sampler a preview of the next day's special stout release and a tour of the brewery. Today's preview beer is Stoked Oak Stout.
Tuesday, February 11
As part of the month-long Stout Month, the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun or Vine Street pubs will all release Stoked Oak Stout. "Former Mountain Sun brewer Scott Overdorf masterfully balanced various malts, vanilla and oak to create an 'Old World-Style' stout with barrel-aged character," the company says. The combination of smoked malt and the additions of pure vanilla extract and toasted oak spirals give the impression of a barrel-aged stout without having undergone the barrel-aging process."
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