Beer calendar: Featuring new beers from Wynkoop, Station 26 and Copper Kettle

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Tim Myers of Strange Brewing receives his award.
The Craft Brewers Conference, a national trade show that brought more than 8,000 brewing-industry pros to town, wrapped up last week in Denver with the presentation of awards in the World Beer Cup, a prestigious biennial competition. There were 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries this year, but Colorado held its own, bringing home two dozen awards. The winners included Loveland's Verboten, which won two medals; Strange Brewing; Wit's End; Aspen Brewing; BJ's; Boulder Beer, Eddyline, Dry Dock, Odell, Elevation, Left Hand and Cannonball Creek.

Turn the page for all of this week's craft beer events.

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The Wynkoop cans Kurt's Mile High Malt, based on a recipe from Kurt Vonnegut's family

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Some say beer is food. Others say it is art. In the case of Kurt's Mile High Malt, the Wynkoop Brewing Company is hoping to put wisdom and prose into a can.

The beer, which is being packaged for the first time, is a coffee-infused lager that is based on a recipe by author Kurt Vonnegut's grandfather, Albert Lieber, who ran the Indianapolis Brewing Company in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Kurt's Mile High Malt is the first in a series of new and redesigned beers and beer labels that the Wynkoop plans to release this year.

See also: Wynkoop Brewing will package its "ballsy" Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in cans

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Boulder's Sanitas Brewing and Crown Beverages debut pull-top lid at Craft Brewers Conference

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Colorado has been the king of canned craft beers since Oskar Blues began packaging its brews in aluminum more than a decade ago. And although the Longmont beer maker continues to change the game, other breweries are getting in on the act as well.

This week, Boulder's Sanitas Brewing, which opened last September, debuted a limited-edition beer, 360º Tripel, in a two new cans from Crown Beverages. The first has a lid that pulls all the way off; the second has a puncture hole at the top to make the beer pour more smoothly. Sanitas is the first Colorado craft brewery to use the cans.

See also: Photos: Colorado breweries getting equipment directly from the Craft Brewers Conference

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Photos: Colorado breweries getting equipment directly from the Craft Brewers Conference

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Denver Beer Co's Charlie Berger checks out his new brewing system.
Colorado's breweries are growing fast -- expanding, adding employees and ordering new equipment. Some of that equipment is on display at the industry-only Craft Brewers Conference, a trade show in Denver for the first time this week.

For some of the breweries, like Durango's Ska Brewing and Denver Beer Co, this is the first time that the owners have had a chance to see their new, completed toys in person.

See also: Beer calendar: the Craft Brewers Conference brings all the beer to town

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Beer calendar: the Craft Brewers Conference brings all the beer to town, all of it

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The Craft Brewers Conference begins in earnest today with speakers, seminars and a trade show for the 8,000 or so craft-beer industry professional who are in town for the annual event -- which takes place in Denver this year for the first time. But just because the event is closed to the public doesn't mean that local bars, breweries and restaurants are -- those doors are wide open. In fact, many are hosting special events complete with rare and unusual beers along with out-of-town brewer guests. You can check with your favorite spots to see what they are up to; in the meantime, turn the page for a list of some of the highlights.

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The Bull & Bush, a big winner in 2012, will tap 42 of its beers in honor of the World Beer Cup

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The victors at the World Beer Cup in 2012.
The first award was thrilling -- and a big relief. The second was a welcome surprise. The third and fourth, well, those were just icing on the cake. Two years ago, the crew from the Bull & Bush went to San Diego and came back with four medals from the prestigious World Beer Cup -- a biennial competition held by the Brewers Association.

This week, the WBC and the associated Craft Brewers Conference is in Denver for the first time, and although Bull & Bush co-owner Erik Peterson would love to collect some more hardware, he's more interested in being a good host this round.

See also: Get ready for Man Beer and three other bottled beers from Bull & Bush

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Dry Dock "Cool" spoofs lime beers, celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Old Chicago

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You've probably heard of Bud Light Lime. And Miller Chill. Now get ready for Dry Dock Cool -- a tongue-in-cheek takeoff on mass-produced lime-infused beers.

Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing is making the beer -- a 5.2 percent ABV Mexican-style lager -- specially for Old Chicago's 25 Colorado locations as part of the restaurant chain's periodic effort to reintegrate itself into the minds of the state's craft-minded drinkers.

See also: Old Chicago will close its longtime Denver flagship on Market Street next week

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Oskar Blues will debut Old Chub Nitro this week, the first U.S.-made nitro beer in a can

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Oskar Blues, which pioneered putting craft beers in cans in the United States, is taking an old favorite from the U.K. and making it better. Call it an AmeriCAN revolution.

This week the Longmont beer-maker will become the first stateside brewery to can a beer that has been carbonated with nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. Old Chub Nitro will debut at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver before being sold in four-packs of sixteen-ounce throughout the brewery's distribution network.

See also: Bud, Guinness, Sam Adams protest Left Hand Brewing's attempt to trademark "Nitro"

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First of its kind: Ernie's will host a thirty-tap takeover of beers made only by women

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Ashleigh Carter after GABF last year.
Be careful about making assumptions next time you meet a woman at a beer festival. Warns Ashleigh Carter: "You might be looking at the brewer -- not the secretary."

Or the girlfriend, or any number of other stereotypical labels that people may hang on women working for breweries. And that's part of the reason why Carter is organizing what could be a first in the craft-brewing industry -- a thirty-tap takeover featuring only beers that were made by women.

See also: Beer calendar: Baseball, blondes and the Craft Brewers Conference

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Trinity Brewing will make Colorado's first coolship-produced wild ale

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The coolship is unloaded at Trinity.
April is a high-pollen month, particularly in the northwestern part of Colorado Springs, where the winds blow hard around Trinity Brewing. It's the kind of month when you can find all kinds of things floating in the air, things that make people sneeze, swell their eyes shut -- and maybe, just maybe, help to produce a very unusual beer.

Next Tuesday, Trinity Brewing founder Jason Yester plans to become the first commercial Colorado brewer to ferment a beer using naturally-occurring bacteria and yeast.

See also: TPS Report, Oh Face: Trinity Brewing bringing its funky beers to Denver

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