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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 23, 2019

Denver Beer Beat
Jeremiah Cornelius

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events.

Wednesday, January 23

STARGATE Bottle Release @ Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales (Denver) – 1290 S Broadway # A51, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 1pm-3:30pm

Details: Mark your calendars!
4 variants of STARGATE will be available via online presale starting January 22nd @ Noon (MST)!

STARGATE is a sour golden ale refermented with stone fruit in fresh spirit barrels. This year we are releasing 4 variants: Red Haven, O’Henry, Glo Haven, and Nectarine – each in specially selected bourbon barrels from across the USA.

Bottles much be purchased in the pre-sale and must be picked up during the pickup window of January 25, 26, 27 – during business hours. Proxies are allowed.

STARGATE will be sold primarily as a set of 4 different variants. 4x500mL bottles, corked and capped, $80 including all taxes and fees. If a small amount of individual bottles are available, they will be $21 each. A small amount of vintage bottles will also be made available for the pre-sale. Limits on all are TBD.

Click “Interested” or “Attending” on this event to make sure you receive more information and updates leading up to the sale day.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Coconut Lime Gose @ WestFax Brewing Company (Lakewood) – 6733 W. Colfax Ave. Lakewood, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 3pm- 10pm

Details:  Join us for a single keg release of this month’s small batch; COCONUT LIME GOSE! Not available to-go, limited quantities so come by early for a pint! Stupid Awesome will also be slingin’ tasty eats during this release.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Earl Grey IPA @ Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver) – 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 3pm- 8pm

Details:  Whether you take your tea in the morning or the afternoon this #travelingonebarrelwednesday release is an all day drinking kind of IPA. #EarlGreyIPA hailing from The Brew on Broadway ( The BoB ) is a deliciously balanced IPA as the Earl Grey tea lends to bold, brisk, citrusy notes brightened with CTZ, Magnum, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace hops. Make sure you get to one of the four taprooms and grab yourself a pint as these OBW brews go fast!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Local Stash: The Golden Pan Saloon and Outer Ranger Brewery Paired Dinner @ The Golden Pan Saloon  (Breckenridge) – 103 North Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 6pm- 9pm

Details:  The Gold Pan Saloon’s “Local Stash” dinner series highlights local breweries in a paired five course dinner. A local favorite, the historic Gold Pan Saloon was established in 1879 on Main St in Breckenridge. The second of the series will feature Frisco-based Outer Range brewery with courses like Citrus Glazed Pork paired with “In the Steep” IPA.

Course 1: “Bread and Beer” brown bread, whipped butter. “Long Way Home” – Red Ale – Belgian

Course 2: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – Italian meatball, Moroccan lamb meatball, Spanish chorizo style meatball. “Luminous Flux” – Blond Ale – Belgian

Course 3: “Crispy Snapper” – sticky rice, curry broth, beech mushrooms. Grisette

Course 4: “Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin” – confit smashed potato, watercress, citrus. “In the Steep” – IPA – New England

Course 5: “Carrot Cake” cream cheese whipped cream, candied spiced carrots. “Infinite Chasm” – Belgian Quad

(Beer Dinner)

Bell’s Hopslam Release @ Romero’s K9 Club and Tap House (Lafayette) – 985 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 7pm- 10pm

Details:  Bell’s Hopslam is finally making it’s return to Colorado and we’re fortunate enough to be tapping a keg!

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in their repertoire.

We’ll be featuring this wonderful offering along with a few other treats right smack dab in the middle of the week to give us all an extra push to get over that hump.

The beer will be on at 3PM when we open and we’ll be raffling off a few cool Bell’s prizes later on in the evening around 8PM.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Hopslam Release Party @ Walter’s 303 Pizzeria  & Publik House(Denver) – 1906 Pearl Street, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 23 from 7pm- 10pm

Details:  We are hosting the official release party for Bell’s HopSlam. Party kicks off and there will be HopSlam swag for all!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Thursday, January 24

Majestic Wolf Lamp @ Call to Arms Brewing Company (Denver) – 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 24 from 3pm– 10pm

Details: Announcing the much anticipated second tapping and bottle release of Majestic Wolf Lamp, an Oak-Aged Blended Belgian Sour with Blackcurrants. We loved it so much the first time around, we decided to bring it back!

Coming in this year at 8.6% ABV, this complex, jammy blend offers notes of boysenberry and blackcurrant with a pronounced, yet balanced, sour finish. Majestic Wolf Lamp is stunning with a beaming magenta hue and exudes pure farmstand blackberry jam.

Just for funsies, we are trying something a little different for this release, and we will only be releasing 750mL bottles instead of our usual 375mL bottles. Bomber format only! We feel this beer is meant for sharing with special people, and you’re going to want more than just a splash. 🙂

Only 150 bottles available ~ also will be on tap ~ doors open at 3pm. Stay tuned for more details!

 (Bottle/Can Release)

Alpine Apres Collaboration Release @ Apre Handcrafted Libations (Breckenridge) – 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 24 from 6pm– 9pm

Details: We are so excited to announce the release of our collaboration brew with 4 Noses Brewing Company!! We can’t wait for you to try this special hoppy lager made with Hallertau Blanc hops! Join us for our special release party on Thursday, January 24th at 6pm!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Wood & Beer @ CO-Brew (Denver) – 1133 N Broadway, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 24 from 7pm– 9pm

Details: Join us and the wood experts from Squarrel to learn about:
*Barrel history
*Wood chemistry 101
*Wood in beer – best practices and guidelines

This is a great class if you are interested in barrel aging or alternatives to barrel aging.

The class is free, but reservations are required! Save your spot now!

 (Beer Education)


Hopslam! @ Freshcraft (Denver) – 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 24 from 7pm– 12am

Details: We’ll be tapping one of our favorite beers in the universe on Thursday 1/24/19 at 7 pm. Bell’s Brewery Hopslam. If you’ve had it before then you understand. If you haven’t we think that you should. Either way, get in here and have one!

About the beer:
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire.

Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Beer and Sushi Pairing @ Bamboo Sushi (Denver) – 2715 17th Street Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 24 from 6pm– 10am

Details: Join us for a unique 4-course dinner with beer pairings created in partnership with Zuni Street Brewing.

Tickets are $55 per person. Two different seating times at 6pm or 8pm. Limited seats available.

The menu:

  • Amuse Bouche: Kumamoto Oyster with Persimmon Granita paired with Gingergrass Ale
  • First Course: Black Cod Ceviche-Shishito, Yuzu Tobiko, Togarashi Popcorn paired with Eva’s Golden Ale
  • Second Course: Yakumi (scallop, salmon, kanpachi) paired with 522 Pale Ale
  • Third Course: 3 Piece Oshizushi-Hoki Poke Box paired with Way West Wit
  • Fourth Course: Yuzu Tart-Pretzel Beer Brittle paired with Old Man Willow Imperial Stout


Friday, January 25

Biscotti Monsta! Biscotti Coffee Oreo Milk Stout @ Something Brewery (Brighton) – 117 N Main St, Unit A, Brighton, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, January 25 from 3pm


This Friday at 3pm
That’s right!
A new Monsta to add to the Monsta series!!
“Biscotti Monsta!” 9%
Made with over 30lbs of chocolate almond biscottis, NoCo Coffee and of course 70 pounds of Oreos!
Sold in 16oz cans. 400 available and also will be on tap.
$9 a can

 (Bottle/Can Release)

Tropical Stout Small Batch Release @ Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) – 3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, January 25 from 3pm-10pm

Details: A tropical stout? This little known style is sweet with tropical fruit esters that come from the hop selection. Originated in the West Indies, it was the islands’ twist on the traditional English Stout of their colonizers. Only one keg of this tasty beauty was made. Treat your taste buds with this fun beer!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Denver Winter Brew Fest @ Mile High Station (Denver) – 2027 West Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, January 25- Saturday, January 26 from 6pm-10pm

Details: Sample from over 100 amazing brews from over 40 breweries with your commemorative tasting glass while listening to some great live music from the Burroughs on Friday night and Dead Floyd on Saturday night!

VIP 6-7 PM each day
Get first taste of great brews by getting in an hour early with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP power hour including a special beer and cheese sampling.
$50 Advance/$60 Day of Event (per day) – Includes General Admission

General Admission 7-10 PM each day
$40 Advance/$50 Day of Event (per day)

About the Event
Established in 2004, the Denver Winter Brew Fest celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and features live music, food, and other vendors at the beautiful and intimate Mile High Station. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

Swallow Hill Music is a non-profit organization that brings the joy of music to life every day through concerts, music lessons, and educational outreach.

(Festivals and Special Events)

Firestone Walker’s Parabola Party @ Ale House (Denver) – 2501 16th St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, January 25 from 6pm-9pm

Details: Join us for a rare imperial stout night with craft beer legends, Firestone Walker of Paso Robles, CA.

Friday, January 25th starting at 6PM we’ll have the city’s final pours of this wintry mix including::

Parabola Imperial Stout
Coconut Rye Parabola
Scotch Barrel-Aged Parabola

Our friends from Firestone Walker will be on the scene hanging out, talking shop, answering your beeriest questions and here to hand out FW swag.

Don’t miss it. This event is first-come, first-serve.

(Tap Takeover)

Saturday, January 26

3x Can Release Day @ Outer Range Brewing Company (Frisco) – 182 Lusher Ct., Unit #2, Frisco, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 12pm-11pm

Details: We are doing a limited release of 3x beers in cans on Sat, 1/26 at noon in the ORB taproom only. Here are the beers:

Fresh Palette IPA: Simcoe, Columbus, Citra
Limit: 1 case/person

3 is a Magic Number Triple IPA
*collab with Mikerphone Brewing
Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Wai-iti
Limit: 1 case/person

In the Steep IPA
100% Citra
Limit: 1 case/person

Cheese Love Grill will be here all day Sat & Sun (all winter long).

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)


1 Year Anniversary Party @ Angry James Brewing (Silverthorne) – 421 Adams Ave, Silverthorne, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 10pm-10pm

Details: January 26 from 10am-10pm. $20 gets you a Clean Canteen Anniversary Pint, your first beer, one raffle ticket, & $5 donation to summit search and rescue. Live music all day.


Cerveceria Colorado’s Beer and Bug Pairing @ Cerveceria Colorado (Denver) – 1635 Platte St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 11pm-5pm

Details: Join us for a delightful culinary adventure in partnership with our friends at Comida and Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch. Insects are a delicacy and are featured in the cuisine of many cultures across the world, including Mexico. We invite you to join us as the chefs at Comida feature insects within a three traditional Mexican dishes. We’ll pair each dish with one of our beers for a tasting that will delight and inspire your senses!

Pairings will include:
Comida hand-mashed guacamole with roasted, chili spiced molitos paired with Nopalito, our easy drinking wheat beer made with nopal, which are the pads or leaves of the Opuntia cactus. Nopalito translates as “little nopal beer” or “little cactus beer”.

Macha (chili) dipped cricket hush puppies with pineapple and habanero jam paired with Senor Pina, our pineapple blonde ale.

Escamole Mole – Arguably Mexico’s most prized delicacy, escamoles are called the caviar of Mexico, and served here with Comida’s house made mole, paired with Poblano Pilsner.


Brut Force Brut IPA Release Party @ New Image Brewing Company (Denver) – 5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 11pm-12am

Details: Brut Force Brut IPA launches at the Olde Town Arvada taproom. This dry, hoppy, effervescent IPA comes in at 7% ABV and kicks you in the mouth with the citrusy, juicy flavors of nelson sauvin, mosaic, and huell melon hops.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Canadian Soyuz @ Launch Pad Brewery (Denver) – 884 S Buckley Rd, Aurora, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 12pm-11pm

Details: Our Soyuz Russian Imperial Stout flavor of the month release. We will have 100 bottles available as well as a 1 keg on tap. First come, first serve. Cheers!

(Bottle/Can Release)

2019 SuperStout Party @ River North Brewery (Denver) – 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 12pm-9pm

Details: So you like stouts?!? Then we have a party for you! Once again, we will raid the cellar and fill our taps with our biggest and darkest brews, with Crowlers available of ANYTHING on draft! Featuring:

Anniversary Ale 6
Coconut Mr. Sandman
2018 Rum Barrel Mr. Sandman
2018 Decennial II: Shadowman
2018 Barrel Aged DOUBLE Avarice
2018 Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel
2017 Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman
Chai Mr. Sandman
Mr. Sandman XO
2018 Barrel Aged Avarice
2017 Fancy Effing Stout
2017 Vicennial II: Barrel Aged Shadowman

With more than 20 unique options to choose from in our cellar, please bear in mind this taplist is subject to change…we will also tap new options as the initial kegs kick!!!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Limited Taproom Can and Bottle Release @ Odd13 Brewing (Denver) 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 12pm-11pm

Details: We are excited to announce our first taproom can and bottle release of 2019!

This year, in addition to cans, we are planning on releasing a few small batch barrel aged beers alongside our can releases. This won’t be every month, but periodically throughout the year.

For this release, we’re releasing 1 new fruited double IPA, and 4 new sours.

Beer Details:

1) Fruit Puncher – 8.2% ABV
– Fruited Double India Pale Ale
– Fruit Puncher is a collab brewed with our friends from Carton Brewing
– Fruit additions: Cherry, strawberry, papaya, mango and pineapple (basically all of the fruit)
– Hop additions: Mosaic and Amarillo
*Contains lactose
$19/6pk, 12oz cans

2) Raspberry Rhubarb Sheriiff Shane Sherman – 6.63% ABV
– Foeder aged Sour with raspberry and rhubarb
$11/500ml bottle

3) Small Batch Barrel Series: Barrel Aged Hawaiian Bartender – 5.5% ABV
– Barrel aged Sour Ale with mango and pineapple
$12/500ml bottle

4) Small Batch Barrel Series: Barrel aged Sour Ale with cherries – 6.5% ABV
– Pro-Am with Dustin Swales
$12/500ml bottle

5) Small Batch Barrel Series: Barrel aged Sour Ale with peaches – 6.5% ABV
– Pro-Am with Dustin Swales
$12/500ml bottle

(Bottle/Can Release)

Hazelnut Mocha Milk Stout @ Something Brewery (Brighton) – 117 N Main St, Unit A, Brighton, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 12pm

Details: Welcome to the Treasure Hunt Craft Pack. Go to to find out more information about the game.

This Saturday at 12 noon. (1 of 3) crowlers being released. On tap as well.
“Cryptic” – Hazelnut Mocha milk stout

Other crowlers being released that day…

“Decipher” -a tart kettle sour made with kiwi and pink Guava
“789953” – DDH New England made with Galaxy, Citra and Azacc

(Bottle/Can Release)

Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA Launch Party @ The Tasty Weasel (Longmont) – 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 26 from 5pm-8pm

Details: In 2019, we’re introducing the rotating Can-O-Bliss IPA Series, starting with Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA, which will take your tongue on a tropical island tour of the dankest hops around – Mosaic, Azacca, Galaxy, El Dorado and Idaho 7. Come crack a can and taste that juicy tropical goodness at the Can-O-Bliss launch party on Saturday, 1/26.

4pm to 8pm: FREE photo booth by Picture This Photo Booth

4:30 to 6:30pm: Music by Peak 2 Peak

5:30pm: Can-O-Bliss hop sensory session

All Night: Grab a hoppy flight featuring limited release IPAs including Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA, Interstate SMaSH Express with Idaho-7, Interstate SMaSH Express with Enigma, and Dry Times IPA

(Festivals and Special Events)

Sunday, January 27


Bluegrass Jam and Beer @ Seedstock Brewery (Denver) – 3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Monday, January 21 from 5pm-7pm

Details: Join us every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. for a bluegrass jam in our taproom. Bring your own instrument to join the jam, sing along or just listen in. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate!

Participants receive a free pint!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Tuesday, January 29

Dr. Strangelove Day @ Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver) – 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Tuesday, January 22 from 3pm-8pm

Details: On January 29th, 1964, Stanley Kubrick releases his final black and white film, a theatrical version of an impending nuclear holocaust. Since we opened as a brewery we have been brewing Dr. Strangelove, our revered barleywine and to honor this satirical comedy we will have a vertical tasting of past years Strangelove. This 5 taster flight for $15 will include yrs ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, and Barrel-Aged ’15. We will also be airing the movie Dr. Strangelove at 6pm for you viewing pleasure. Look forward to seeing you Tuesday January 29th 2019 in the taproom!

(Festivals and Special Events)

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