Beer calendar: Sesh Fest, Avery's anniversary and a pair of new cans
Dude's Brews, the packaging arm of Dad & Dude's Breweria in Aurora, has started canning two new beers: Leaves of Lemongrass, a light-bodied wit bier brewed with lemongrass, coriander and orange peel, and Riot Red Rye Ale, a spicy red infused with Lampong peppercorns from Indonesia. They should be available in local liquor stores next week, along with an existing beer, Dank IPA. Dude's was able to can the beers after raising $770,000 from investors; the brewery used the money to hire two sales reps to help expand its distribution and to design the artwork for the cans. All of the beers are being produced at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock using an alternating proprietorship agreement, which allows Dude's to use its fellow brewery's equipment.
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Hall Brewing has begun canning three beers, and it will celebrate today at 5 p.m. with a canned launch party in the Parker taproom. The new cans are Farmhouse IPA, Farmhouse Red and Juicy Peach Blonde Ale. Six-packs of twelve-ounce cans will begin showing up on some liquor-store shelves this week.
The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin of Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout today at 3 p.m. Ckrepes will be serving food as well.
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery tapped a barrel-aged brett version of its Peakbagger Imperial White IPA yesterday. The beer, called BrettBagger, is a collaboration between Jagged Mountain and the Dragonmead and Kuhnhenn breweries out of Michigan. The beer brings the brewery's tap list to thirteen beers, including an imperial porter aged in thirty-year-old tequila barrels and weighing in at 11.5 percent ABV.
Friday, August 1
Left Hand Brewing will tap its first keg of Oktoberfest for the season at 5 p.m. today in its Longmont tasting room. The annual release is brewed using the time-intensive decoction mash process; it is a 6.6 percent ABV traditional Marzen lager. And wear your laderhosen and dirndl, because there will be a costume contest and prizes.
Saturday, August 2
The Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Denver will present the second event in their "Lovibond series" of festivals today when they host Sesh Fest from 3 to 7 p.m at Sculpture Park in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The event highlights "session beers," which are typically 5 percent ABV or less. The concept of session beers was created by the British, who don't like to get hammered when they're taking a lunch break. Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at seshfest.com. Participants include Black Bottle Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, CAUTION: Brewing, Crooked Stave, Dad & Dude's Breweria, Denver Beer Co, Epic Brewing, FATE Brewing, Former Future Brewing, Great Divide, Kannah Creek Brewing, Kokopelli Beer, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Pateros Creek, Ska Brewing, Station 26 Brewing, The Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub, TRiNiTY Brewing, TRVE Brewing, Upslope, Vine Street Pub & Brewery, Wonderland Brewing, and the Yak & Yeti. The Lovibond Series includes three separate events: Collaboration Fest (which took place March 22), Sesh Fest and the Fresh Hop Festival (which is set for September 27). Each Lovibond festival focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing process and industry, according to the CBG.
Sunday, August 3
Avery Brewing will celebrate its 21st birthday -- and its last at the brewery's original location on Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder -- today from noon to 5 p.m., when it will be serving up rare and vintage beers (including strong ales and sour/wild ales) along with all of its flagships. There will also be live music and a commemorative glass. Tickets, $40, are available at eventbrite.com. "Our alley has served us well for 21 years. We've gone from making 800 barrels of beer a year to 50,000, from three annual beer styles to 22 and counting, from three employees to 93 and counting, and from a six-car-garage brewhouse to a series of six-car-garages," the brewery says. "We will love our alley forever, but we need to keep following our dreams." Avery will move to its massive new brewing campus in north Boulder in the summer of 2015.
Barrels & Bottles Brewery in Golden will host a tapping of several sour beers today from 2 to 8 p.m. The beers that are part of The Sour Incident will include Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband, Brouwerij Bockor Cuvee' des Jacobins Rouge, Uinta Brewing 21st Birthday Suit, Odell Brewing Fifty Niner, Russian River Consecration, Crooked Stave St. Bretta Summer, Trinity Brewing Super Juice, Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale, The Bruery Tart of Darkness and Barrels and Bottles Hot Lips.
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