Beer calendar: Pliny, Bligh's headline major beer releases, plus two new breweries open
Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction has just released a new beer in bottles called Crossed Irons Irish Ale that it will use to help raise money for the Colorado chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund, which helps injured or sick firefighters or the families to those were killed in the line of duty. Kannah Creek began helping firefighters in 2008 when a local firefighter, a regular at the brewpub, was diagnosed with leukemia. Crossed Irons (which refers to the tools used by firefighters) is a 5.2 percent ABV red ale with medium malt body and light hop bitterness. It will be available throughout Colorado.
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February is Decadent Chocolate Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, and today's beer is Orange Grand Marnier Chocolate Milk Stout, a sweet, roasted stout brewed with fresh orange peel, cocoa, and Grand Marnier liqueur. It goes on a 3 p.m. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand at 4:30 p.m.
Falling Rock Taphouse will tap a keg of Pliny the Younger today -- the first of three days that the beer bar plans to serve the cult triple IPA from Russian River Brewing. For times and details, go to our PTY in Colorado 2014 page.
Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will release its Smokebrush Porter, one of three seasonal community ales, from 5 to 9 p.m. All of the profits from this annual tradition benefit the Smokebrush Foundation, which will pass along the funds to the Uncle Wilber Fountain in downtown Colorado Springs. The party includes live music from Bob Tudor's One Man Band (4:30 to 5 p.m,), a toast by Mike Bristol, and live music from Moonhoney (6 to 9 p.m.). The beer -- a "clever combination of malts smoked on peat and beechwood add an ever-so-slightly smoky character to the finish," -- will also be available in Front Range liquor stores in 22-ounce bottles.
Thursday, February 20
TRVE Brewing will tap a beer at 6 p.m. that it brewed in collaboration with Denver Off the Wagon to celebrate the booze blog's third anniversary. Circle the Wagons, a French saison finished with wine yeast, comes in around 7 percent ABV. "We'll be at the brewery enjoying tulip glasses full of Circle the Wagons for $5," writes DOTW founder PJ Hoberman on the blog. "You can also find Circle the Wagons at Star Bar, Stapleton Tap House, and a few other places to be announced.
Saturday, February 22
Two22 Brew, at 4550 South Reservoir Road, in Centennial, will hold a grand opening today (appropriate date) with beer, food trucks and live music. The name comes from an idea that husband-and-wife owners Paige Schuster and Marcus Christianson have for combining their love of beer with their interest in philantrophy. Specifically, they plan to donate $2.22 from every $10 of profit to charity. They'll have at least four beers on tap on opening day, including a blond, a porter and an IPA.
300 Suns Brewing plans to open today at 335 First Avenue in Longmont. The brewery has four owners, a 3,000-square-foot space with an outdoor deck and a seven-barrel brewing system.
BeerAdvocate co-founders Todd and Candice Alstrom, who recently moved from Boston to Denver, will begin hosting a series of monthly Social Gatherings to meet and greet and hang out with beer fans; the first runs today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lucky Pie Lodo.
SOLD OUT: Denver Beer Co will host its third annual -- and highly-anticipated -- Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest today from 9 a.m. to noon. Coda Coffee will provide an assortment of locally-roasted coffees for sampling, while the Denver Bacon Company will bring its specialties. Tickets are $32 and include a breakfast burrito from Chile Billy. In addition to unlimited coffee and bacon, Denver Beer Co will have the following firkins going: Apricot Pale Ale with blueberries and mango; Russian Imperial Stout with chicory; and Rauchbier with maple. There will also be Coffee Stout; Cascara Pale Ale; Cacao Chile with espresso; Mocha Graham Cracker Porter; and Red beer
Sunday, February 23
Dry Dock will release 22-ounce bottles of its highly-acclaimed Bligh's Barleywine today, starting at 11 a.m. Bottles are $20 and they'll have a limited amount on tap as well.
TRVE Brewing will release the final beer in its bottled sour series today, Tiphareth, a sour red ale. "Subtle acidity and a mild brett balance out a hefty malt character in this blood red libation," the brewery says. Bottle sales start at 2 p.m. (1:30 for CVLT members), and there is a limit of four per person.
Avery Brewing will release bottles of its eighteenth small-batch, barrel-aged sour today, Opuntia, beginning at 1 p.m. at its Boulder taproom. This one has "a dose of prickly pears and was patiently matured in first use small batch tequila barrels for nine months," the brewery says. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12 cash, with a limit of twelve bottles per person. As usual, there will be a lineup of rare and exclusive beers available on draft.
Odell Brewing will have a party to celebrate the re-release of its Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in its Fort Collins taproom. The beer was brewed with 3,000 pounds of pureed Colorado peaches. There will also be food and live music.
Monday, February 24
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 will be the winner of the Stout Month 2014 Homebrew Contest.
Tuesday, February 25
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