Beer calendar: Italian beers, Collaboration Fest and Colorado Craft Beer Week
Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara, who've been slinging suds at the Falling Rock Taphouse for years, will release their book, Italy: Beer Country The Story of Italian Craft Beer, in a couple weeks with a couple of launch parties. The fully-illustrated book covers the "story of the Italian craft beer movement from its improbable beginning to today's explosive growth." The first party takes place April 1 at 7 p.m. at Falling Rock, where you can buy a copy and try some Italian beers. The second is on April 6 at 1 p.m. at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder. Here, you can hang with the authors and with Giovanni Campari, head brewer of Italy's award-winning Del Ducato brewery. Also on tap will be more than twenty sour beers from around the world including Del Ducato's Blueberry Nightmare and Brett Peat Daydream.
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And finally, on April 8 at 1 p.m. at Falling Rock, enjoy Italian Beer Day by meeting the authors and charismatic Toccalmatto brewer, Bruno Carilli, who will be sampling beer from Toccalmatto, as well as Birrificio Italiano, Del Ducato, Loverbeer, Panil and Baladin.
The Denver Bicycle Cafe will host a Beer and Blue Cheese night from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring four gourmet cheeses that were hand-picked by cheese expert Amy Combs to match a selection of four five-ounce Colorado craft beers. Combs will also discuss "what makes a blue, a blue." Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.
West Flanders Brewing in Boulder is celebrating the NCAA basketball tournament with a series of oak-aged single-keg beers. Here's the lineup for the Hardwood Madness series: March 20 is Oak-Aged Recreational Smoke Porter; March 27 is Oak-Aged Canniption Pale Ale, made with toasted oak; and April 3 is Oak-Aged Third Kingdom IPA. The beers will tapped each Thursday at 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21
Epic Brewing will host Four Firkin Friday today from 4 to 10 p.m. as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Get a flight of all four or a full pour of any one of them for $5 (all of which benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild). The firkins are Sour Apple Saison with fresh ginger; Santa Cruz Brown with Novo Cascara (coffee cherry); Escape to Colorado IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo; and 825 State Stout with coconut.
World of Beer Cherry Creek, in Glendale, is celebrating its first anniversary today from 2 p.m. to close with a "nanobrewery" tap takeover featuring: Former Future, Denver Beer Co, Elevation Beer Company, Dry Dock, Odd13, Bull & Bush, Grimm Brothers, Wynkoop, Renegade, Fate, Telluride, Copper Kettle, Black Bottle, Lone Tree, Strange, Trinity, and Backcountry. WOB has also brewed a collaboration beer with Strange Brewing, a "mango golden," that they will tap.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will tap its double IPA seasoned in a cask with green chiles today at 3 p.m. as part of its weekly Firkin Friday program.
Saturday, March 22
Collaboration Fest, hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Denver, takes place today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Curtis Hotel. The inaugural event, which is part of the annual Colorado Beer Week, features at least forty different collaborative beers, made by breweries around Colorado, across the nation and even overseas. They include everything from an all-female cast of Colorado Springs brewers to a roundup of several current and former brewers for the Mountain Sun and Vine Street Pub breweries, to a pairing between Ska Brewing and some colleagues in Sweden. Tickets are $50 (plus fees) for general admission, and $80 for VIP. For tickets, more information on the event and for a list of many of the collaborations, go to imbibedenver.com.
It's halfway to Oktoberfest, so Lone Tree Brewing is celebrating Halfte Oktoberfest today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring its Weisen-style Oktoberfest beer. El Toro the Tot will be on site with food.
Sunday, March 23
Station 26 will hold its first Bluegrass Brunch today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music from the Hayward Strangers and donuts from Glazed & Confuzed. They're also releasing a Coffee Vanilla Porter just for the occasion.
Freshcraft will host a tapping for Fish and Ted's Excellent Collaboration at 1 p.m. This beer, a Belgo Rye IPA, part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, was brewed by Chris Fish of Telluride Brewing and Ted Rice of New Mexico's Marble Brewing. Both will be on hand.
Monday, March 24
Stapleton Tap House will host the brewers from the Wynkoop today at 6 p.m. as they tap their Barrel-Aged Barleywine. This special English-style Barleywine was aged for a year in old whiskey barrels, and has flavors of figs, fruitcake, raisins, and tobacco.
Tuesday, March 25
Upslope Brewing will host a Belgian Pale Ale Barrel Aged Fruit Beers Release Party at its original Lee Hill taproom today. Their brewers have aged their limited release Belgian Style Pale Ale in red wine barrels with a variety of fruits, including cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and blood oranges. The beers will be flowing all day with Burger Radio Food Truck joining the party at 5 p.m. Upslope will also be pouring its core lineup, along with Ferus Fluxus, a Wild Belgian Pale collab with Crooked Stave.
Wednesday, March 26
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 will continue its Battle of the Breweries series today, which it is doing in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week. At 5 p.m. each day this week, two different breweries tap a keg of their choice; the first to blow their keg wins. Each customer that 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.
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