Beer calendar: salty beer, hoppy beer and pair of brewery grand openings
After getting off to a busy but rough start -- even closing briefly when it ran out of beer -- Former Future Brewing is now rolling. The South Broadway brewery is open six days a week and has a series of special nights, including $1 tacos next door at Adelita's on Tuesdays, game night on Thursdays (Battleship!), a food truck on Fridays and Sunday morning brunches with Tender Belly Bacon. Right now, there are seven beers on tap, but you can also find Former Future brews at a couple of bars and restaurants.
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May is fruit month at the Copper Kettle, which will tap a fruit-themed firkin at 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Today's cask is Peach Golden Strong. The Ckrepes food truck will be on hand.
Thursday, May 22
Denver Beer Co will host its fourth annual Neighborhood Hop Swap today, during which the brewery will give away 250 American Cascade hop plants that Denverites can plant in their yards; the giveways is from 4 to 8 p.m. and is first come, first served. Once the hops mature in the fall, participants can bring their hop harvests back to Denver Beer Co, which will use them in its Hop Swap beer. Once the beer, a pale ale, is done, each farmer can pick up a complimentary growler. The hop starters themselves were grown by Summit Plant Labs.
Friday, May 23
Coda Brewing, which opened a couple of weeks ago on the former Fitzsimons Army hospital base, will host its grand opening today. Brewery doors open at noon, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Aurora at 5 p.m. After the ribbon cutting, brewer Luke Smith's band, the Lookout Mountain Boys, will play. All ten taps will be flowing, pouring beers like Hydle Ale, Mandarin soaked Hindenberg IPA, and an African Hibiscus soaked Belgian Wit. There will also be food from Cedar Creek Pub.
TRVE Brewing brings back one of its most unusual beers -- and one of the most unusual beers brewing in Denver -- when Prehistoric Dog is tapped at 2 p.m. The salted wheat beers is TRVE's take on a Gose, an old style of beer that isn't made much anywhere. Brewed with Hawaiian black lava salt and coriander, Prehistoric Dog weighs in at just 4 percent ABV, making it a light-drinking summer seasonal.
Dry Dock Brewing will tap Whiskey Barrel Aged Flight 19 Oatmeal Stout today as part of its weekly Firkin Friday program. The tapping is at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 24
The brand-new 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. Details are TBA.
River North Brewery will release Barrel Reserve 2014 at 1 p.m. The beer is a special blend of three beers that were aged in sherry, wine and whiskey barrels. "The result melds the malt sweetness of traditional Belgian styles with dry wine notes and a kiss of oak," the brewery says. River North releases a new version of its Barrel Reserve each year. The 2014 vintage will be available in 22-ounce bottles, $15, over the Memorial Day weekend. The rest will hit liquor stores the following week.
BeerAdvocate co-founder Todd Alstrom will host another in his monthly series of BA get-togethers today -- this one from 1 to 5 p.m. at Epic Brewing. No cover. Pay as you consume. All are welcome, but you can RSVP at BeerAdvocate.com.
For more events later in May, turn the page.
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