Beer calendar: Special events at Copper Kettle, Wynkoop, Upslope and World of Beer

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Avery Brewing Facebook page
Riders from last year's BoulDurango cracking beers at elevation.
Beer can pack on calories, especially for the owners and employees of Colorado's breweries, who have to drink their brews for a living (tough life). Fortunately, they know how to work them off as well. On Monday, July 21, owners and reps from six breweries (Avery, Ska, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Oskar Blues and Great Divide) will participate in the sixth annual Tour De BoulDurango, a five-day, 426-mile bike ride that starts at Avery Brewing in Boulder, traverses some of the state's steepest passes, and ends at Ska Brewing in Durango. And then they will party: Finish Fest (tickets are $10) starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 25, featuring beers from all six breweries, including Wheelsucker Wheat, a collaboration between Avery and Ska. And this year, the riders are allowing anyone along the route to join in, cheer them on or meet them for a beer along the way with the use of Insta-Mapper GPS tracking software. Go to skabrewing.com for more information.

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Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, Breckenridge Hootenanny highlight this week's beer calendar

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Barrels & Bottles released three flagship beers this week, all of them created by new head brewer Kim Collins. The beers are Piney the First, a 5 percent ABV all Chinook-hopped pale ale; Lil' IPA, a 5.2 percent ABV session IPA; and Hot Lips, a 3.7 percent ABV sour mash blonde ale that was brewed with Lactobacillus to give it sour notes. The brewery, founded last September by Zach and Abby George, plans to create and release three new beers this fall as well.

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Beer calendar: Try new brews from TRVE, Copper Kettle and Jagged Mountain

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Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing.
Left Hand Brewing co-founder and president Eric Wallace was recognized last week as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the consumer products and services category, beating out two dozen other candidates. The award recognizes "extraordinary performance in leading successful innovative businesses, strong financial performance, and an endearing commitment to the community," the brewery says. Left Hand was founded in 1993 in Longmont, by Wallace and Dick Doore.

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Renegade, Front Range and the Colorado Brewers Festival celebrate anniversaries

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Boulder Beer Company, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, said this week that it will begin canning two of its flagship beers, Buffalo Gold Golden Ale and Mojo IPA, for the first time. Both cans will feature redesigned artwork. Boulder Beer has canned two of its other beers, Hazed & Infused year-round and Hoopla Pale Ale, with the help of Mobile Canning LLC. But the brewery recently purchased its own canning line. Both beers will be sold in six-packs of twelve-ounces cans.

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Beer calendar: fruity firkins, a taphouse tour and a new Denver brewery opens

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Strange Craft's Tim Myers at the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa.
On Thursday morning, a group of six small Colorado breweries will take a decidedly modern approach to beer-making when they all brew Simultaneous Saison at the same time at their respective locations across the state. The six breweries -- Denver's Strange Craft, Echo Brewing in Frederick, Monument's Pikes Peak Brewing, Very Nice Brewing in Nederland, Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction, and Butcherknife Brewing in Steamboat Springs -- will unite their efforts via social media with the hashtag #SimultaneousBrew.

For the project, which will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow, each brewery will use Colorado-grown ingredients, including malt from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Nugget hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, Chinook hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia, and honey from BeeYond the Hive in Salida. Organizer Tim Myers, of Strange Craft, is urging each brewery to use the same recipe but to finish their beers in their own way. You can follow the progress of the beer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It will be served at the eighteenth annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida on Saturday, July 12.

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Beer calendar: Avery and River North get sour; Boulder Beer and Great Divide have birthdays

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Denver Beer Co is just a few weeks away from firing up the kettle at its new production facility, dubbed "Canworks," and brewing its first batches of Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA in Sunnyside. The brewery's second location should begin canning those two beers before its third anniversary party on August 9.

Meanwhile, Copper Kettle Brewing is making full use of its recent upgrade from a three-barrel brewing system to a fifteen-barrel one by releasing two more year-round beers to accompany its award-winning Mexican Chocolate Stout. They are Charlie's Golden Strong, an 8 percent ABV Belgian-style strong, and Naja Imperial Red IPA, a stellar example of this style, which combines intense hops with a smooth, malty punch.

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Beer calendar: Cool down with fruit beers, a festival and a grand opening

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Although they've both been operating in Fort Collins for more than two decades, Odell and New Belgium had never collaborated on a beer. That changed last month when the two Colorado stalwarts teamed up on FOCOllaboration Ale, a pale ale made with Fawcett Crystal Malt (an Odell favorite), Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops (New Belgium staples). "After working just down the street from each other for 23 years, it seemed the right time to brew something together," said Odell co-founder Wynne Odell in a statement. "Our collaboration beer combines our long term friendship with our collective creativity resulting in a delightful, neighborly brew. The 6.7 percent ABV beer will be bottled.

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Beer calendar: a burning can, a bat man and a wonder land

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Americans are drinking more craft beer, but they're also making more of their own at home. The Boulder-based American Homebrewers Association released the results of its fifth annual Homebrew Supply Shop Survey, which used data from 408 shops in 48 states, and found that gross revenue grew by an average of 10 percent in 2013. Other facts:

There are 1.2 million homebrewers nationwide today. Over the past year, there was a 24 percent increase in sales of beginner homebrew equipment kitsl beginner kits were most commonly purchased by 30-39-year-olds. And there was considerable growth in new shop openings, with 37 percent of respondents indicating they have been open for three years or less.

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Beer calendar: salty beer, hoppy beer and pair of brewery grand openings

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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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Soak in Colorado's breweries during American Craft Beer Week

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Epic Brewing celebrated ACBW with a goat cheese and saison pairing last night.
The ninth annual American Craft Beer Week, which runs through May 18, is in full swing right now as breweries, restaurants and craft-beer bars across Colorado and around the rest of the nation toast the craft-beer renaissance. "With more than 2,800 small and independent craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year, the observance of ACBW is more significant than ever before," says the Boulder-based Brewers Association, which created the week.

And to mark American Craft Beer week, new collaborations are being announced. For example, Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri, and Odell Brewing in Fort Collins opened just days apart back in 1989. To celebrate this coincidence -- and the 25th anniversary of their breweries -- owners John McDonald and Doug Odell have decided to collaborate on a beer that will be released this November. An English-style strong ale, the beer will honor the roots of both companies, which began by making English ales.

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