Beer calendar: Throw down at Grimm Bros., Sanitas, Avery and Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp
Powder Keg Brewing has opened in Niwot, where it's the town's second craft-beer maker; the location has a brewpub license (since it plans to serve food), which means it can also pour beers from other local breweries, including its neighbor, Bootstrap Brewing. Powder Keg plans to be open seven days a week, from 2 to 10 p.m.
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California's Sierra Nevada Brewing will take its show on the road this summer for Beer Camp Across America, an unprecedented series of festivals in several cities that will go along with a twelve-pack of twelve different collaboration beers. The nation's second largest craft brewery has invited every other craft brewery in the country (all 3,000 of them) to attend and pour their beer at one of seven stops on the tour: Chico, California (where Sierra Nevada is based), San Diego; Denver; Chicago; Portland, Maine; Philadelphia; and Mills River, North Carolina. The Rocky Mountain/Denver edition takes place today from 5 to 10 p.m. at Civic Center Park and will include food trucks, live music and beer from more than 100 Colorado and regional breweries, as well as the twelve that are involved in the collaborations. Tickets, $65, are available at SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp (only 5,000 per venue). As for the collaboration beers, the Beer Camp Across America variety twelve-pack features collaborations with a dozen of the darlings of craft beer: Allagash, Ballast Point, Bell's, Cigar City, Firestone Walker, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Oskar Blues, Russian River, 3 Floyds and Victory, plus a beer from the Asheville Brewers Alliance. It's the first ever to contain both bottles and cans.
Saturday, July 26
River North Brewery has expanding its barrel-aged beer program by experimenting with barrels that once held classic cocktails. The first beer it will release is Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels. The cocktails were made with bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur. River North will release the beer at 1 p.m. today. Bottles ($15) and draft pours will be available. River North has two other cocktail-aged brews in the works for later this summer: Big City Quad will be a quadrupel aged in Manhattan barrels, and Barrel Blonde will be aged in a blend of whiskey, Boulevardier and Manhattan barrels. The latter was a taproom-only experimental brew which will now be released in bottles.
Sanitas Brewing will host its own music festival beginning at 2 p.m., featuring performances by Mountain Standard Time, West Water Outlaws, the Drunken Hearts and DJ Mikey Thunder. Taking place in the brewery's back yard, the party will include booths from area vendors, five food trucks and plenty of Sanitas beer. Tickets to the family-friendly Sanitas Fest, $8 in advance, are available at sanitasbrewing.com and include one free beer. VIP packages, including access to Sanitas' deck, exclusive beers, a free taco bar, will be available for $55 at the door or $45 presale.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will celebrate its fourth anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. today with a BBQ Competition (open to anyone; go to lovelandbeerbq.com for more information about categories and registration) and a beer garden. Grimm will tap several specialty beers to celebrate the event. A limited edition anniversary stein will be available to purchase (last year's sold out minutes after the event started).
Sunday, July 27
Hops & Pie will feature Against the Grain Brewery today for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest starting at 2 p.m. The Louisville, Kentucky, brewery will be pouring Citra Ass Down, Cutty Can't Hang, Kentucky Ryed Chicken, the Brown Note, Killewitte and 35K.
Avery Brewing will release the latest beer from its Barrel-Aged series (No. 22), an intriguing, 19.4 percent ABV Belgian-style beer called 5 Monks. Although the brewery says the beer started off as a quadrupel, Avery is calling it a "quintupel," because it is so high in alcohol. "The term 'sextupel' seems inappropriate alongside a congregation of monks," the brewery adds. "So quintupel, it is." Bottle sales begin at 1 p.m., although the line will form much earlier. Each twelve-ounce bottle is $12, with a limit of twelve per person, cash only. There will be other rare beers on tap starting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 29
Members of the Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association may buy tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, which takes place October 2-4, beginning today at 10 a.m. They sold out last year. They are $75 each.
Wednesday, July 30
Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. to the general public. They cost $80 this year and are available at Ticketmaster.com. They sold out within minutes each of the past two years. GABF takes place October 2-4.
The Copper Kettle will tap a firkin o fVanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout today at 3 p.m. Ckrepes will be serving food as well.
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