Beer calendar: South Denver Beer Fest and New Brew Fest kick off the summer party season
Mark Manger, the creator of the GrOpener one-handed bottle opener (and a former Westword photographer) is back with a new twist on his invention -- and has already raised enough with his second indiegogo campaign to move things along. The Grab-K is a thinner keychain version of the original. Although Manger has already surpassed his $3,000 goal, you can still donate to the campaign -- and score a Grab-K in the process at indiegogo.com.
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12 Degree Brewing in Old Town Louisville will host a Beer & Chocolate Pairing for Women today at 7 p.m. that includes the brewery's Belgian-style artisan ales and Robin Chocolates of Longmont. Robin Autorino of Robin Chocolates and Jon Howland of 12 Degree will both speak about the pairings. Organized by Barley's Angels Colorado, the event costs $20. Register at barleysangelscolorado.com/#!boulderevents/c8k2.
The Copper Kettle is celebrating Blondes this month by featuring a different blonde cask every Wednesday. Today's -- a twist on the cocktail called Sex on the Beach -- has peach schnapps, cranberry and orange peel. It will be tapped at 3 p.m. A new food truck, Barbed Wire Reef, will be on hand as well.
Thursday, May 1
The Source artisan food market in RiNo will host a New Belgium Brewing takeover today through Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., New Belgium will feature a miniature tasting room complete with New Belgium classics, along with the brewery's more esoteric Lips of Faith series, for sampling. In addition, the Source will show the Kentucky Derby races on a giant screen on May 3. All of the proceeds from New Belgium's Take Over at The Source will benefit the nonprofit Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.
Friday, May 2
Twelve Degree Brewing in Louisville will tap a limited amount of its Midnight Fog Quadruple today at 3 p.m. The brewery also has its inaugural batch of Dervish on tap, a brett saison "with an earthy aroma, pronounced tartness, and mild funk," as well as Pearanormal, a pear saison.
Saturday, May 3
The South Denver Beer Fest returns to Littleton's Clement Park from 2 to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, featuring a mix of more than 140 craft beers, wines and ciders. Many of the participating breweries have only recently opened their doors and some will be debuting at this years festival. But there will also be a variety of local spirits in the VIP Tent. Breweries will also be competing for votes from attendees as to the best overall beer. In addition, there will be a cooking-with-beer demo and food trucks. Tickets -- $40 in advance and $50 at the door, are available at southdenverbeerfest.com.
Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its second anniversary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Old Man, a roadhouse on 120th Avenue (the taproom will be closed today). There will be a 5K race in the morning and then special tappings and barbecue all day. For the kids, there will be face painting and a jumpy house from noon to 3 p.m. For the adults, cornhole and Jumbo Jenga tournaments start at 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 4
The South Denver Beer Fest continues in Littleton's Clement Park. See above for details.
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