If You'd Rather Drink Than Shop, These Black Friday Craft Beer Tappings Are For You

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Comrade Brewing Facebook page
Maybe you were done buying discount TVs before 6 a.m. or maybe you've just got better things to do today than join the masses at the mall. Whatever the case, there are some special beer tappings going on at a few local breweries in honor of the retail world's big day. And while beer geeks may also be hitting the liquor stores to catch a few rare releases (like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout), breweries are definitely where you want to be if you want to avoid the madness.

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The Yard on Santa Fe Facebook page
Renegade Brewing, which has spent the past five months renovating a 15,000-square-foot production facility in a development called the Yard near First Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, announced last week that it will begin distributing outside of Colorado for the first time next month. Kansas is the first state that Renegade will sell to, with help from Worldwide Wine and Spirits. The brewery will begin brewing and packaging in its new space soon, using its own canning line. That change also means Renegade will begin canning its flagship Redacted Rye IPA in twelve-ounce cans rather than sixteen-ouncers.

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Beer Calendar: Sour Ales, Thanksgiving Tie-Ins and Beery Anniversaries

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Fate Brewing Facebook page
Fate Brewing in Boulder announced this week that it has acquired an extra 2,500 square feet of space next door to its current facility, where it will begin renovations next month, adding a barrel-aging room and new bottling and canning equipment. In addition, Fate will double its fermentation capacity to about 150 barrels. "We knew that increased production capacity would be a goal at some point down the road. Never did we imagine it could happen so quickly, but we have hit capacity and we need more space to keep up," Fate Brewing owner Mike Lawinski says in a statement.

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Beer Calendar: Bacon, Barrel-Aged Beers, Nitro Fest and Three New Breweries

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Ski resorts haven't always made craft beer a priority, but that has changed a lot over the past two years. The latest pairing between local brews and winter sports is at the Base 9 bar inside Breckenridge's Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is introducing a new craft-beer program this season. Bar managers hired craft consultant Laura Lodge, who also created the annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail, to help them design a beer menu that works with the food menu. Different Colorado breweries will be served at the bar, and one will be featured each week with a tasting in Beaver Run's lobby and other specials. Currently on tap: Ska True Blonde, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Great Divide Collette, New Belgium Fat Tire, Avery IPA, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA, Odell Cutthroat Porter and Left Hand Milk Stout.

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Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Anniversaries, Festivals and a Ski Season Kickoff

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Dry Dock Brewing Facebook page
Dry Dock Brewing debuted two whiskey-barrel-aged beers in its Signature Series last week, both in bottles and at its new tasting room, located inside the brewery's production facility in north Aurora. The beers are Double Brown Ale, an 8 percent ABV English-style brown "with a nutty, caramel backbone and pronounced, earthy bitterness"; and Double Hazelnut Brown Ale, an 8 percent ABV version of the brown that has been spiced with hazelnut, which "creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma." Fewer than 200 cases of each beer will be distributed.

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Beer Calendar: Jagged Mountain, Dad & Dude's Celebrate Brewery Anniversaries

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Oskar Blues Facebook page
The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, which was created a year ago to help Lyons -- where Oskar Blues was founded -- recover from the devastating floods that ravaged several towns in Colorado, said this week that is had raised one million dollars over the past twelve months and has expanded its mission. In the first three months, CAN'd Aid distributed $515,000 (including a $150,000 personal donation from Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis), money that helped 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations. But the nonprofit foundation is now focused on grants to help small businesses in other places, particularly those that focus on music, arts and culture, disaster relief, outdoor pursuits, health and wellness, and sustainability and recycling.

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Beer Calendar: Count Chocula, New IPAs, Pumpkins and Hot Wings

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Who knew that a cereal could capture the world's attention? On Monday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan posted a story about how Black Bottle Brewery had bought up all of the Count Chocula cereal in two stores and used it for a Halloween beer. Over the next few days, that story went viral, appearing on websites across the spectrum and in newspapers internationally. "That got out of hand quick. We have been getting calls from everywhere. Radio stations in Canada, NPR talked about it this a.m. on air, etc.," says brewery general manager Steve Marrick.

Cerealiously Count Chocula will be tapped on October 30. You'll have to go to Fort Collins to try that one (for now), but there are few other new or newly packaged beers (sorry, without cereal) that you can buy off liquor store shelves right now or in the near future. They include a new brew from Boulder's Sanitas called Sanitas IPA; a canned version of Grimm Brothers' GABF award-winning Fearless Youth dunkel lager; and Slope Style Winter IPA, a new seasonal release from Boulder Beer Company.

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Beer Calendar: New Brews, a GABF Winner and Pumpkins

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the third annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, which will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m. November 16 at the Curtis Hotel. This year's event will feature eighteen breweries and more than 25 restaurants; one beer-bacon team will be crowned Best in Show win $750 to donate to the local charity of its choice. Presented by EatBoston and Denver Off The Wagon, the fest has raised almost $40,000 for Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing in the past. For tickets, $46.50, more info and a list of participants, go to the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival's website.

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Renegade Brewing and Elevation Settle Suit, Yak & Yeti's Third Spot and More Beery News

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The Great American Beer Festival is over, but the beer news keeps pouring out. Renegade Brewing Company and Elevation Beer Company just announced they've settled all litigation pertaining to Renegade's use of the mark Elevation Triple IPA. In exchange for certain financial terms that will not be disclosed, Renegade will discontinue use of Elevation and complete its phase-in of its new mark by mid-2015. The challenge to the validity of Elevation Beer Company's mark is also being withdrawn.

On October 15, Yak & Yeti will open its third location -- and what a location it is! The popular brewpub is taking over the Crystal Rose events center in south Denver, where it will serve its popular beer -- GABF medal-winner Chai Milk Stout, GABF medal-winner Himalayan Style IPA and GF Apple Ale -- and Indian cuisine, including a $10.95 lunch buffet that will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The new place also has plenty of room for private events -- it can seat up to 300 inside, where there's a raised platform that works as a bandstand -- as well as a large patio.

Keep reading for a handful of beery events this week.

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Update: The Great American Beer Festival Week 2014 Calendar of Events

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The Great American Beer Festival will welcome nearly 50,000 people to the Colorado Convention Center October 2 through October 4, along with an astounding 3,500 beers from 726 breweries, making it the biggest and best sudstravaganza in the world. Tickets sold out months ago (although you can find them online if you're willing to spend some extra dough), but that doesn't mean you can't get your craft-beer vibe on in Denver and its environs. Starting on Saturday, September 27 and continuing for ten days, breweries, bars, restaurants and other venues up and down the Front Range will host beer dinners, concerts, parties, special tappings, bar crawls, meet-and-greets, smaller festivals and classes that should thrill every beer lover -- from near and far.

Here is our guide to GABF-related events, a list that we will be updating on a weekly -- and probably daily -- basis as new activities are planned and introduced. Cheers!

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