Beer Calendar: Doughnuts, Eggnog, Peanut Butter and Raspberries Are in Your Beer

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Ken Hamblin
Breweries opened at a rate of 1.5 per day in the United States in 2014. Broomfield's 4 Noses Brewing, which debuted in May, was just one of them.
New breweries opened at a stunning rate of 1.5 per day across the United States in 2014, bringing the total number to more than 3,200 by the end of November, according to the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based trade group that covers the craft-beer industry. And there are another 2,000 breweries currently in planning.

The volume of beer produced also rose by 18 percent over the first half of 2014, led by IPAs, which continue to be the most favored craft=beer style. "According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales," the Brewers Association said last week.

And finally, roughly 38 percent of U.S. households bought a craft beer in 2014, up from 29 percent in 2010. And while a lot of those purchases were made by men, women -- in particular, women aged 21-34 -- made up 32 percent of craft-beer volume.

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Beer Calendar: Christmas Tappings, Ugly Sweaters, Birthdays and Cranberries

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Upslope Brewing
Sam Scruby (left) replaced Alex Violette, who is opening a craft brewery in Vietnam.

Last July, we wrote about former Upslope head brewer Alex Violette, who was planning to leave Colorado and start an American-style craft brewery in Vietnam. And according to an Outside magazine story this week about U.S. craft breweries going global, Pasteur Street Brewing will open in Saigon on Christmas day.

"The goal: to build on the upstart, experimental character of American craft beer with unique, high-quality ingredients, including the local fruits rambutan and mangosteen, coffee, jasmine, ginger, and cacao beans," the article reads, before quoting Violette: "I have been able to source many of the parts for the brewery from vendors in Saigon. It took hundreds of kilometers on the motorbike to find the neighborhoods that sold the specific items. It was great to see the excitement of the shop owners when we were finally able to get past our language barriers and find an oddly specific part that I need."

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Beer Calendar: Repeal Day, Sour Ales, Holiday Fests and Collaborations

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This guy gets free beer for a year.

When Denver Beer Co opened its Canworks production brewery and packaging facility last August, it also cranked up a contest in which participants could buy the newly canned beers, grab printed GPS coordinates off of the cans, figure out the 24 different secret locations and then visit them and take a picture. One person who visited all of them first would win free beer for a year at Denver Beer Co. And the winner of the DBC Explorer Challenge: Cory Palm, whose name was drawn for a hat with the eleven people who successfully completed the challenge. Some of the spots included: Confluence Park, Deer Creek Canyon, Lookout Mountain, the summits of Mount Elbert, Evans, and Bierstadt, Clear Creek Canyon, St. Mary's Glacier, Shelf Road, and a secret hot spring in the Colorado River. Denver Beer Co will bring the challenge back with new place in 2015.

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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.

See also: Beer Calendar: Stouts and Porters to Sustain You Through the Thanksgiving Weekend

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Beer Calendar: Stouts and Porters to Sustain You Through the Thanksgiving Weekend

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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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Christopher Morgan
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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Courtesy of Sanitas Brewing
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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