Beer calendar: Smoked beers, books and barleywine are on tap

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Governor John Hickenlooper, co-founder of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, signed legislation this week that will continue to fund the Rural Economic Development Initiative, a program that "encourages local governments and businesses to join forces to develop community infrastructure and private facility projects and job training grants," according to the state. One of those projects: Eddyline Brewing in Buena Vista, which will receive a $125,000 grant toward a $1.4 million expansion and the creation of eighteen new jobs.

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Wednesday, March 12

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 Smoked California Common, "a different spin on a traditional American style, a lager fermented at ale temperatures. With the addition of smoked malt this toasted and slightly fruity beer gains complexity." There will be a food truck on hand at 4:30.

Thursday, March 13

Patrick Dawson, a Denver resident, certified beer judge and writer, will celebrate the release of his new book, Vintage Beer, today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Crooked Stave. The book explores the idea of aging beers, which beers are suitable for cellaring, and how flavors change through time. There will be free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar featuring some special kegs. The book sells for $14.95.

Check out the Denver Bicycle Cafe tonight, when you can try some Wynkoop Brewing Company beers and meet one of the brewers from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs will release its seasonal English-Style Old Ale with an 'English Invasion' celebration today from 5 to 8 p.m. The bash will feature a ceremonial toast by owner Mike Bristol at 5:30 p.m., live music from Mellow Method at 6 p.m., and "The Great British Canned Goods Giveaway," in which trivia winners will walk away with authentic British canned goods. The beers is "medium-bodied and singularly malty, supplying sweet caramel undertones and age-related character with every sip," the brewery says.

Friday, March 14

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will release its Winter Warmer in 22-ounce bomber bottles today at 2 p.m. The 10.4 percent Old Ale "is incredibly complex with hints of chocolate, coffee, acidic notes, raisin and black currant, all which come from the use of house roasted barley and brown malts. Cascade and summit hops impart a complimentary aroma and bitterness," the brewery says. Version two of this beer debuted at the end of 2013; this event will conclude the availability of the seasonal release. Only 300 bottles were filled and will be available; limit is two per person. The Special food truck will be out front, and Ryan Means will spin jazz and soul.

Great Divide Brewing will go old school today when it taps Saint Bridget's Porter, a one-time GABF-award-winning beer that was discontinued in 2010 to make way for some livelier styles. At 5.9 percent ABV, it was described as an elegant, smooth porter, "brimming with the coffee and chocolate characteristics of dark barley malts." Great Divide only brewed fourteen barrels of the Saint Bridget's on its pilot system as a way to honor its upcoming twentieth anniversary -- and because the beer had a St. Patrick's Day-looking theme; it will only be served on draft in the taproom.

Copper Kettle Brewing will host a St. Paddy's Day Celebration all day long today, featuring its Help Me Out Stout, a dry Irish stout made with roasted barley and a generous dose of hops. It will also be on Nitro. Dogtown Concessions will be serving up some Irish-inspired grub starting at 7 p.m.

Fort Collins Brewery and the co-located Gravity 1020 Tavern will release the fourth beer in the brewery's Out of the Ashes series today at a Western-style taproom party from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; anyone who wears Western-style gear will get a pint of the beer and plate of barbecued ribs for $8. A 5.6 percent ABV, German-style beer, Smoked Märzen "boasts rich caramel and molasses sweetness with a touch of nuttiness," the brewery says. It will also be packaged in 22-ounce bomber bottles and sold at liquor stores. Out of the Ashes is a limited-release series that features "varied and unique flavors and aromas delivered from malt smoked over wood-burning fires."

Saturday, March 15

Breckenridge Brewery will introduce a new beer, Barleywine Batch #1, today by selling 22-ounce, wax-topped bottles out of its Kalamath Street taproom. The beer debuted in January at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail. Cold-conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, this beer comes in at 10.1 percent ABV and is the brewery's first barleywine. "It has an aromatic complexity resembling that of molasses and ripened black cherries, and a robust profile that blends a spectrum of flavors including sweet malts, dark fruits, oak and esters," Breckenridge says. Todd Usry, Breckenridge Brewery's brewmaster and director of Brewing Operations, will be at the Batch #1 Bottle Release to mingle with patrons and autograph bottles; American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live as well. The brewery plans to release a limited run of its barleywine every year. "Each batch, however, will incorporate a new, imaginative twist on the recipe. It will be unveiled at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines year after year, followed by a limited bottle release at the brewery with availability in select markets," says Breckenridge.

Monday, March 17

Big Choice Brewing will release its bourbon-barrel-aged ApreShred Winter Ale in bottles and on tap starting at around 3 p.m. "This awesome spiced winter ale includes hints of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger root, honey and orange peel and aged in a bourbon barrel to give you something nice to enjoy at your leisure," the brewery says. It's $22 for a 22-ounce bomber bottle, limit two per person. First come, first served.

For more events later in March, turn the page.

Location Info


Copper Kettle Brewing

1338 S. Valentia St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Bicycle Cafe

1308 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Breckenridge Brewery and BBQ

471 Kalamath St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Big Choice Brewing

7270 W. 118th Place, Broomfield, CO

Category: General

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

3550 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

2810 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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