Beer calendar: Shoulder-season brews celebrate St. Paddy's Day, skiing and pizza
Denver Beer Company hired Austin Wiley, who had been with Great Divide since 2007, to take over as the lead brewer, heading up recipe development at the Platte Street taproom, managing the operation and overseeing the barrel-aging program. Nick Bruno, who had been lead brewer at DBC, will move over to the company's new production facility, which should go online this spring. Owners Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford will continue to oversee brewing operations at both facilities.
And Prost Brewing has hired Larry Leinhart, who worked for 26 years for Anheuser-Busch, as its head brewer. Leinhart replaced Prost-co-owner Bill Eye, who resigned in January. The owner of a Fort Collins hops farm, Colorado Gold Hops, Leinhart has also worked for New Planet, Fort Collins Brewery and Pabst.
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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 Oatmeal Wit, a "moderate-strength wheat based ale that uses no coriander or orange peel, like a traditional wit. The added oatmeal provides a creamy texture and silky mouth feel."
River North Brewery will tap a single five-gallon keg of its Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle that has been fermented Trappist-style. The 3 p.m. tapping is part of the brewery's weekly Wayward Wednesday program.
(This post has been corrected to reflect that the beer is being served at Colorado Plus, not the Yak & Yeti; Draeger is the brewmaster at both) Pizza beer? Pizza beer. Instead of pairing a beer with pizza, Colorado Plus brewmaster Adam Draeger decided to take his all-time favorite pizza (Hawaiian) and turn it into a beer using malts like Munich, Melanoiden and Biscuit to emulate the crust; pineapple juice; smoked hickory malt for the bacon; and oregano for sauce flavor and aroma. 421 Hawaiian Pizza comes in at 7.8 percent ABV.
Thursday, March 6
Ernie's Bar & Pizza and Oskar Blues Brewery will team up today on a fundraiser to benefit the brewery's CAN'd Aid Foundation, which was founded to help raise money for victims of last year's floods. Oskar Blues will take over a portion of Ernie's tap lines from 5 to 8 p.m. and feature some of its best beers; a brewer will be on hand to talk about them as well. Fifty cents from every pint purchased will to CAN'd Aid; Ernie's will also donate 20 percent of the day's sales from lunch and dinner to the foundation.
West Flanders Brewing in Boulder will wallow in defeat today at 5 p.m. by tapping Boom! IPA, a beer brewed by Kevin Watson of Seattle's Elysian Brewing and Brian Lutz of West Flanders as part of a Super Bowl bet between the two breweries. Since Denver lost, Watson got to take over the West Flanders equipment for a day. Boom! will have plenty of hoppy aroma and was made using Citra and Mosaic hops.
Friday, March 7
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will take over the taps tonight at 5 p.m. at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge. Beers on tap include: Ungrateful Son, a grapefruit-zested American amber; the Baron, a Berliner weisse; Snowdrop Kotbusser Ale; 7 Ravens, a schwarzbier; and Fearless Youth dunkel.
Saturday, March 8
Hops & Pie needs to empty its cellar, pronto. So the craft beer-centered pizza joint is holding an Everything Must Go party today from noon to close, and its closets are full of amazing stuff. Some of the beers on tap include Bruery Bois; Prairie Bomb; Boulevard Rye on Rye; Oskar Blues barrel-aged Ten Fidy; Perennial Abraxas; Firestone Walker Parabola; New Belgium Biere de Peach Barrel; Ska Two Tone Montanya; Upslope Cabernet Barrel-Aged IPA; and Jackie O's Dark Appartition.
Although Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery opened last November, the spot will hold an official grand opening today. Details are TBA, but the brewery says it will be releasing three or four new beers at different times throughout the day (including two beers with experimental hops). There will also be food-beer pairings, and raffles of swag, brewery tours/tastings and "the opportunity to call your shot with a future pilot system beer (you choose the style and get to pick the name)."
Diebolt Brewing will tap a brand new beer, Diebolt International Ale, today at 6:30 p.m. The beer, nicknamed DIA, is a white IPA that will become part of the regular rotation -- and the brewery's hoppiest beer, at 80 IBUs. It also includes three international hop varieties. Local rockers Calder's Revolvers will kick out the jams starting at 7 p.m., and Corner of Gourmet will be outside the brewery from 5 to 9 p.m., serving everything from pork tacos to fried Reuben rolls.
Wanna know what it's like to be craft beer rep? Tune into American Craft Beer Radio today at noon on 102.3 FM, when host (and former Prost Brewing rep) Gary Valliere will welcome ten or so sales reps from a variety of breweries that could include Stone, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Dry Dock, Avery, Ska, Renegade, Squatters, Mission, Grist, Fort Collins and Elk Mountain.
Sunday, March 9
Lowry Beer Garden will say goodbye to Dark, and hello to Light today -- in honor of the beginning of Daylight Savings time -- by pouring some beers from Lone Tree Brewing, including Toot's Oatmeal Stout, Hoptree Double IPA and Pale Peach Ale. Happy hour on these beers runs from 2 to 7 p.m. and there will be prizes and giveaways, as well as a brewery representative on hand to talk beer.
For more events later in March, turn the page.
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