Beer calendar: Sesh Fest, Avery's anniversary and a pair of new cans

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Dad & Dude's Breweria Facebook page
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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Great American Beer Festival 2014 tickets go on sale today; 700 breweries, 130 from Colorado

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Tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, slated for October 2, 3 and 4 at the Colorado Convention Center, go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. and will likely sell out within seconds.

The festival itself, run by the Boulder-based Brewers Association, continues to grow while the breweries and attendees continue to experience both growing pains and opportunities to experiment and try new beers.

See also: Nearly 1,400 breweries register for GABF, 81 percent higher than last year

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp was the best festival of the summer that nobody went to

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Sierra Nevada Brewing didn't provide the double rainbow that arched across the sky above Civic Center Park last Friday. But the Chico, California-based brewery certainly took care of all the other details at Beer Camp Across America, a roving seven-city festival that will end in Mills River, North Carolina, on August 3.

There were celebrity brewers pouring their own creations, beers from more than 100 breweries, a mesmerizing circus-like marching band, tables, artwork, tulip glasses for tasting cups, a plethora of food trucks and restrooms -- all in Civic Center's stately, stunning setting between the State Capitol and the City & County Building.

As a result, Beer Camp may have been the best Colorado beer fest of the summer. But it was also fantastic for another, stranger reason: Hardly anyone came.

See also: Photos: Denver drinkers go to Beer Camp with Sierra Nevada

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Upslope head brewer Alex Violette leaving Boulder to start craft brewery in Vietnam

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Upslope Facebook page
Sam Scruby (left) will take over when Alex Violette (right) leaves for Saigon.
Upslope head brewer Alex Violette, who has been making beer for the Boulder brewery since early 2009, is leaving his post there to start his own place in Vietnam.

It's an unusual career choice to leave the center of this nation's brewing universe for a country where craft beer is virtually unheard of, but one Violette says he couldn't turn down. "They don't do craft beer in Vietnam...you literally can't find an IPA there," he explains. "Which is why I am going over there. It sound like a great challenge."

See also: Upslope Brewing introduces Thai Style White IPA

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Beer calendar: Throw down at Grimm Bros., Sanitas, Avery and Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp

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Powder Keg Brewing Facebook page
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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Call to Arms and Cannonball Creek brewing Peace & Assist -- not cease-and-desist

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Call to Arms Brewing Facebook page
Cross, Bell and Hutchinson brew Peace & Assist.
"You talk to any brewery, old or new, and they will tell you a story about how another brewery helped them out," says Chris Bell. "Everyone helps each other along. We want to celebrate that and celebrate what makes this industry great."

That's the idea behind a collaborative brewing effort between Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden and Call to Arms, a future Denver area brewery being planned by three former Avery Brewing staffers: Bell, Jesse Brookstein and Jon Cross.

See also: In an era of trademark battles, would Avery and Russian River still collaborate, not litigate?

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Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America lands in Denver on Friday

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California's Sierra Nevada Brewing, the nation's second-largest craft beer maker, is nearing completion on a second production facility, this one near Asheville, North Carolina. And to celebrate, company founder Ken Grossman wanted to turn the spotlight on the craft brewing industry as a whole, rather than on Sierra Nevada by itself. With that in mind, the brewery has launched a three-week, seven-city road-tripping festival called Beer Camp Across America, which starts in Sierra Nevada's hometown of Chico and will end in North Carolina. But it stops in Denver on Friday, July 25.

See also: Ten brand-new Colorado craft beers you'll be seeing in summer/fall 2014

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Finkel & Garf Brewing now pouring in Gunbarrel

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All photos by Chris Utterback
Finkel & Garf Brewing Company opened this week in Gunbarrel, adding its taps to a growing list of neighborhood beer makers in the towns and communities surrounding Boulder. The brewery, owned by Eric and Dan Garfinkel, derives its moniker derives from the lifelong nickname of both father and son. The two, along with brewer Mychal Johnson, opened the doors of Finkel & Garf on Monday, with ten beers on draft. Two more are slated to be tapped next week.

See also: Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2014 - Beast + Bottle

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First look: Baere Brewing on Broadway now open on Saturdays

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Kevin Greer (left) and Ryan Skeels want to serve you a beer.
Ryan Skeels and Kevin Greer want to serve you a beer, and although the majority of their brewing equipment has been delayed, they're tired of waiting. Which is why they decided to open Baere Brewing for business on Saturdays for the time being.

"We didn't want to start this small, but it's actually a nice transition," says Greer. " We'd rather limit our hours and have six beers on tap than have three and keep running out."

See also: 20 breweries that plan to open in Denver in 2014

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DMNS and Denver Beer Co team up on science, fun and a Maya-inspired beer

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The Denver Beer Co's Patrick Crawford talks science and beer at the DMNS.
Roughly 1,000 years ago in the highlands of Guatemala, a member of the Maya civilization lifted a clay vessel -- adorned with an intricate jaguar figure -- to his lips and took a slug of something. Beer? Corn liquor? Something else? Last May, two scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Denver Beer Co's Patrick Crawford tried to find out what it was by chemically evaluating...the backwash. Ah, science.

"If they could ferment it, they drank it," says Michele Koons, the archaeology curator at the museum. "It's no different from today."

See also: The DMNS and Denver Beer Co conduct a wild brewing experiment with City Park yeast

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