Beer calendar: Euclid Hall gets props; Colorado Craft Beer Week continues
Colorado Craft Beer Week kicked off last Friday at the Governor's Mansion, where our brewer-in-chief, John Hickenlooper, toasted the brewing industry in the state and unveiled three draft handles that will now serve the historic home. But the events at breweries, restaurants and bars around the state will continue through this weekend. One of those restaurants is the beer-centric Euclid Hall, ranked this week by Travel + Leisure as one of America's Best Beer Bars. The magazine listed places based "not only on the number of taps and uniqueness of the kegs (plus extras like beer-focused menus and on-point design), but on "knowledgeable bartenders to help you sort out your saisons from your stouts.
The new taps at the Governor's Mansion.
"Locals belly up for 12 taps, beer cocktails, and an extensive menu of bottles and cans quirkily ranked by mathematical difficulty ('Arithmetic' session beers to strong, complex dubbel bad boys under 'Quantum Mechanics')," the magazine wrote. "Bestsellers like Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Avery IPA get paired with way-above-average bar bites by James Beard-nominated Top Chef Masters star Jorel Pierce."
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Station 26 will tap a different beer each day this week in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Today is Dreamsicle Kolsch (mad with orange zest and juice plus vanilla beans), followed by two Cherrywood Smoked beer tomorrow, one made with grilled peaches and one with grilled pineapple and ancho chile. Friday is Single hop Mosaic pale ale and Saturday is single hop El Dorado pale ale.
March is "What the firk??" Cask Month at the Copper Kettle, as the brewery taps some "crazy combinations that will make you think twice about the makings of a great beer." Today's beer, tapped at 3 p.m., is Imperial Red Saison, which mixes the grain bill from Naja, Imperial Red IPA, New Zealand hops, and a Belgian farmhouse yeast strain. There will be a food truck on hand at 4:30.
Freshcraft will host a 7 p.m. tapping for a blackberry saison collaboration between Epic Brewing and Elevation Beer Company. Also on draft will be Elevation Apis IV, Kolsch and Epic Big Bad Bad Baptist, Escape to Colorado IPA.
Historian's Ale House is hosting a Battle of the Breweries in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week. At 5 p.m. every day this week, two different breweries tap a keg of their choice; the first to blow their keg wins. Each customer who buys a pint of either beer will receive a raffle ticket; Historian's will raffle off prizes from both brewers every half hour. Tonight's battle features Grimm Brothers Brewhouse versus Elk Mountain Brewing. Tomorrow is Tivoli versus Echo, followed by Diebolt and Gravity on Friday.
Thursday, March 27
The Colorado Brewers Guild will continue its annual Colorado Craft Beer Week celebration today with the New Kids on the Block festival, an '80s-themed event that celebrates breweries that are less than two years old. New Kids starts at 8 p.m. at the Lobby and is presented by Denver Off the Wagon, Imbibe Denver and PorchDrinking.com. Tickets are $25 and are available at imbibedenver.com. They include unlimited beer tastings, '80s jams, a beer-themed buffet and costume contest. Participating breweries include Black Bottle Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, Brewery Rickoli, CAUTION: Brewing, Elevation Beer Company, FATE Brewing, Former Future Brewing, Front Range Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Prost Brewing, Station 26 Brewing, TRVE Brewing, Verboten Brewing, West Flanders Brewing, Westminster Brewing and Wild Woods Brewery.
Renegade Brewing released its first bomber in the Conviction Series last week to liquor stores, and the brewery will celebrate tonight with a release party. Sunday Morning is a coffee-infused American strong ale; it will be available for purchase at a discount at 6 p.m. Novo Coffee will be on hand with samples of the coffee used in the brew.
Ska Brewing will take over the taps at 7 p.m. tonight at the Denver Bicycle Cafe. There will be a variety of beers, plus free schwag and a brewery rep to talk with.
Friday, March 28
Get a sneak peak of Great Divide's new 20th Anniversary beer, a Belgian-style golden strong ale brewed with Viognier grape juice, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Cheba Hut downtown. The beer was brewed to honor Great Divide's second decade (there will be a huge party in June). In addition, enjoy the brewery's spring seasonals, which are just coming out again: Rumble Oak Aged IPA (which used to be a July release) and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (which just won a gold medal at GABF).
Saturday, March 29
Join Odyssey Beerwerks and Awd aRT for a Saturday afternoon of craft beer and beer craft. Awd aRT's Amanda Willshire will be showcasing her latest spring-themed bottlecap creations at the brewery starting at 3:45 p.m. There will also be a food truck on hand and live music at 6 p.m. from Ash Ganley.
Copper Kettle Brewing will release Naja Imperial Red IPA on draft today during taproom hours, starting at noon. The American Red IPA is "full of intense hop flavor," the brewery says and loaded with 110 IBUs. While this release is draft only, Copper Kettle plans to make Naja one of its seasonal bomber releases later this year. CKrêpes & CKatering will be at the brewery starting at 2 p.m.
River North Brewery is bringing back one of its original barrel-aged brews, Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie, today at 1 p.m. as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week. The beer was aged for nine months in Chardonnay barrels, which the brewery says lends dry notes of oak and fresh pear to this farmhouse ale. The beer will be on tap and in bottles throughout the day. Bombers are $15, and there's a two-bottle limit.
Todd and Candice Alstrom will be at Freshcraft today from 1 to 5 p.m. for their montly Beer Advocate Social. Freshcraft plans on tapping a rare keg or two for the crew.
Left Hand Brewing in Longmont will hold its second-annual Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam today from noon to 6 p.m. -- the closing event of Colorado Craft Beer Week. The family-friendly hybrid winter event features 35 Colorado's craft breweries alongside a snowboard competition featuring a thirty-foot-high high ramp and some of Colorado's best riders showing off their airs, grabs, spins, and flips. There is also a kids zone. Tickets to the beer fest, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., are $30. Tickets to just the Rail Jam are $10. Proceeds benefiting SOS Outreach and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. There will be prizes. Participating Breweries: 300 Suns, Avery, Backcountry, Big Choice, Bootstrap, Boulder Beer, Breckenridge, Bristol, Cannonball Creek, Crooked Stave, City Star, Crow Hop, Denver Beer Co, Dry Dock, Echo, Eddyline, Elevation, Fate, Gravity, Great Divide, Grimm Brothers, Kannah Creek, Left Hand, Loveland Aleworks, New Belguim, Odell, Oskar Blues, Pumphouse, Renegade, Revolution, Rockyard, San Luis Valley, Ska, Trinity, Twisted Pine, Upslope, Wynkoop.
Tuesday, April 1
The Wynkoop Brewing Company's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout will return to cans today for a short time. The extra-small batch is being released in honor of April Fool's Day, when the idea for the beer -- made with bull testicles -- was first hatched two years ago. The brewery has been making it periodically since then, but has decided to limit its release to April 1 each year. Get it in two-packs.
Monday, April 7
Barrels & Bottles in Golden will help kick off the Craft Brewers Conference & World Beer Cup with a tap takeover today from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring twelve rare or unusual beers from four breweries, Dry Dock, Bonfire, Trinity and Eddyline (go to Barrels & Bottles Facebook page for the beer list). Brewery representatives and owners will be on hand with giveaways and to talk about their beers.
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