Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Brews News 12-10

The frigid cold week that was is now over, and as the weather starts to warm up so does craft beer events around the state. As the year draws to a close we still have new beer releases, festivals, and news coming from breweries in planning. Here is a look at the week ahead in Colorado craft beer.
Saturday, December 14 will be the 2nd Annual All Denver Beer Festivus at the McNichol’s Building in Civic Center Park. Last year the inaugural event sold out in 2 weeks and featured 19 breweries from Denver. This year the number of breweries has increased by 8 and now includes De Steeg, Diebolt, Epic, Factotum, Former Future, Jagged Mountain, and Station 26. And of course all the other great Colorado Breweries will be there as well. Tickets are sold out, but this is a great festival to look forward to on what is now becoming a great holiday tradition. Event runs from 2-6.
-It’s the 2nd Thursday of the month and that can only mean one thing, and that is the monthly Beer and Cheese Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company. $20 gets you 4 beers from Copper Kettle, 4 cheeses from the Truffle Cheese Shop and a couple hours of fun and learning. Tickets are still available for this great event.
New Beer Releases:
Starting Monday, December 9 Stapleton Tap House in Denver started their 13 days till Winter Tapping. Every day they will be tapping a special holiday, winter, or barrel aged beer leading up to the first day of winter. Those who have been here know some of the unique beers offered, so stopping by one of these days is a must. First tapping is Don’t Pout Holiday Stout from Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada.
-Tuesday, December 10 Wild Woods Brewery will be releasing their newest small batch beer. Cinnamon Roll Brown, a spiced brown with a thick icing head comes in at 8.5 percent ABV and is sure to warm you up.
-Tuesday, December 10 Crooked Stave will begin tapping a new limited beer starting at 5 at the Source. This week’s offering id Dark Origins, a barrel aged dark sour ale.
-Wednesday, December 11 Copper Kettle Brewing Company will continue their “Candied Beer” month with a firkin of Fudge Stout. Tapping will be at 3 and is sure to go fast.
-Wednesday, December 11 back at the Source Crooked Stave will be tapping a beer blended with kombucha from Happy Leaf. This week is Vieille blended with Citra dry hopped prickly pear kombucha. Tapping is at 5 and this beer sounds so interesting it has to be tried.
-Wednesday, December 11 River North is bringing back their original barrel aged beer for Wayward Wednesday with the Whiskey Barrel Aged J Marie, tapping is at 3.
-Thursday, December 12 Crooked Stave will be releasing their seasonal Vieille in bottles at the Source. This saison has been flavored with cranberry and holiday spices, there is a 1 case limit per customer.
-Thursday, December 12 Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch will begin a weekly firkin, and what is the first one? Rob’s Sweet Cherry Kolsch. Tapping is at 4 pm and this is a great weekly addition to the first brewery in Highlands Ranch.
-Friday, December 13 Hall Brewing will be part of a tap takeover at World of Belmar, this will be a great chance to try some great beer from Parker, CO and support a great local, farmhouse brewery.
It is certainly shaping to be another great and busy week in craft beer, and as the year starts to wind down what better way to celebrate than with a pint in hand?

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