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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 20, 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, February 20

Stout Month @ Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries (Multiple Locations)

Date/ Time: Friday, February 1- Thursday, February 28 from 11:30am– 12am

Details: Now in its 25th year, Stout Month has become an anticipated event among locals. For the entire month of February, more than a dozen taps at all five Mountain Sun locations are devoted to local versions of the rich, thick and dark ale.

(Tap Takeover)

Sour Month @ Freshcraft (Denver) – 1309 26th St., Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 1- Thursday, February 28 from 11am– 10pm

Details: We’ll have 8 sour taps rotating all month long! Sours from Russian River Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., WeldWerks Brewing Company, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, and many more!

(Tap Takeover)

Stout Month Beer Releases @ Peak to Peak Tap and Brew (Aurora) – 16701 E Illiff Ave, Aurora, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 1- Thursday, February 28 from 11:30am– 11pm

Details: Limited amounts released so get ’em while the gettin’ is good!

Fri, Feb 15: ‘Nawlins Praline
Fri, Feb 22: Crimea River Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – available in bombers and on draught

(Tap Takeover)

Barrel Aged Sensory Training @ Crooked Stave RiNo (Denver) – 3350 Brighton Blvd. Suite 130, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, February 20 from 6pm-8pm

Details:  February is Stout month it makes us think of barrel aged beers as well. With that in mind Kevin Ritter, Crooked Stave’s sensory specialist, would like to invite you to attend our next sensory event at our Rino taproom which will focus on some flavors/aromas that you might find in barrel aged beers. We will cover 5 standards including acetic acid, acetaldehyde, ethyl acetate, H2S and ethyl butyrate. In addition to flavor standards we will also cover several common barrel aged aromas. As part of our sensory journey for this event we cover some background on how some of these standards are created and their relationship to each other.

This will be a ticketed event. Attendees are free to enjoy a complimentary draught beer and hang out with Kevin after the training.

(Beer Education)

Surly Brewing Company Tap Takeover @ Freshcraft (Denver) – 1530 Blake St, Unit A, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, February 20 from 7pm– 10pm

Details:  On Wednesday 2/20/19 we will be celebrating all things Surly at Freshcraft. We will tapping several Surly Brewing Company beers including rarities and will also be serving a special entree paired with one of the beers. Several members of the Surly crew will be in attendance including their head brewer!

Available beers:
Todd the Axe Man IPA (draft)
Barrel Aged Pentagram Sour Ale (draft)
DAF Brut IPA (draft)
Salted Chocolate Funeral Bar Dessert Stout (draft)
Coffee Bender Coffee Infused Brown Ale (cans)

(Tap Takeover)

Thursday, February 21

Sir Citra-ness Release! @ Wibby Brewing (Longmont) – 209 Emery St, Longmont, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, February 21 from 11:30am– 9:30pm

Details:   Sir Citra-ness is a yellow, medium-bodied, hoppy lager that was brewed with copious amounts of Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and Huell Melon hops. It has a super pungent hop aroma.

This is a very limited can release. We will have 12 cases available at the taproom. It will also be available on draft.

This is the first release in our RIPL (Rotating India Pale Lager) Series. We will brew a new IPL every couple of months, and each one will be a limited can release. Stay tuned!

(Bottle/Can Release)

First Official Can Release of 2019  @ Novel Strand Brewing Company (Denver) – 305 1st Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, February 21 from 3pm– 10pm

Details:  We managed to convince our homies at Craft Canning to come by and can some beer for us. As such, we’re thrilled to invite you to join us (and our friends La Patrona) on Thursday, Feb. 21st, at 15:00 (3 PM) for the release of the following 3 big, hoppy, unfiltered beers in cans:

– 2>1: AMARILLO + VIC SECRET: Continuing our strong ale hop duet series, Vol. II showcases Amarillo (USA) and Vic Secret (AUS) hops, both from this last year’s (2018) harvest. This fresh Amarillo is citrusy & dank, and is complemented nicely by this Vic Secret crop we have, which provides beautiful tropical fruit flavors, along with its own spice and a touch of berry. 7.5% ABV, $20/4pack. No limits (to start).

– ALPHA-BETA SOUP: a strong hoppy ale featuring Apollo (USA), Citra (USA), Galaxy (AUS), Summer (AUS), and Vic Secret (AUS). This is a return of a brewery favorite we released in fall 2018. Expect big notes of tropical & stone fruits, along with a nice, rounded dankness. 7.2% ABV, $20/4pack. Limit of two (2) 4packs/person/day until it’s gone.

– CONTAINS HOPS: a strong hoppy ale that is basically us cheating at hoppy beers. Massive amounts of Citra (USA), Galaxy (AUS), Mosaic (USA), and Nelson Sauvin (NZ) unite (with a touch of Apollo (USA) to create intense flavors of Mango, Peach, Papaya, Gooseberry, mixed berries, and cannabis. 7.5% ABV (we toned it down from the original batch), $22/4pack, limit of one (1) 4pack/person/day until it’s gone.

– Single cans of each beer will be available for on-site consumption for $8/can. 4packs are TO-GO ONLY and may not be consumed in the taproom.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Rare Beer Night- New Image @ DBC Beer Hall (Denver) – 1300 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, February 21 from 6pm-12am

Details:  Tapping Bromance! Collab from New Image Brewing Company and Funkwerks.
Sour with Elderflower and Lemon

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Friday, February 22

Single Hopped Citra Whimsy Returns @ 4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield) – 8855 W 116th Cir, Broomfield, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22 from 12pm– 11pm

Details:  Whimsy fans rejoice – our Single Hopped Citra Whimsy is returning!

Brewed with 100% Citra hops, this Whimsy packs a strong passion fruit, grapefruit, melon, and gooseberry flavor profile. It’s like fresh cut fruit plucked straight from the tap 🍺

This will be available in the taproom in 4-packs & on tap! Distribution of this round will be limited.

Yummys will also be here around 2pm with authentic Brazilian cuisine!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Goldspot 4th Anniversary Celebration @ Goldspot Brewing Company (Denver) – 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22- Sunday, February 24 from 12pm– 8pm

Details:  Help us celebrate 4 years of Goldspot at our luau party! We will be releasing five new beers on Friday, will have special spiked kegs throughout the weekend… plus custom glassware, anniversary merchandise and food trucks every day!

Special Releases:
Strawberry Brett IPA (Collaboration with Woods Boss)
Coconut Porter
Pineapple Pale Ale
Maple Brown
Rum Barrel Aged Red Hefeweizen

Other Beers on Tap:
Cutter IPA, Pantalones Rojos Red IPA, Kodiak Brown Ale, Lavender Honey Stout, Guanabana Ale, Kolsch, Winter Warmer Lager, Orange Honey Rye Saison, Belgian Dubbel, Makin’ Rye Pale Ale,
Hull and Oats White IPA, Grapefruit Belgian Table Beer, Malbec Barrel Aged Plum Saison

Food Trucks:
Friday: Michigan Colorado Chefs 3pm-9pm
Saturday: Toby’s New Orleans Po’boys 3pm-9pm
Sunday: Ohana Grille 12pm-7pm


Cafe Con Leche Draught/Can Release @ Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Denver) – 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver,

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22 from 12pm– 10pm

Details:  Pick up a 6-pack or enjoy a draught pour of this milk stout brewed with Novo coffee and vanilla… perfect for both sunrise and sunset!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Tears of Our Enemies & Urban Lumberjack @ WestFax Brewing Company (Lakewood) – 6733 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22 from 2pm– 11pm

Details:  Double 16oz 4-pack can release this Friday 2/22! We’ll be offering two of our flagship brews in limited quantities (Tears of Our Enemies & Urban Lumberjack). See beer info & pricing below!

Tears of Our Enemies · Scottish Ale
“The beer William Wallace would’ve drunk if he didn’t drink the tears of HIS enemies.” This light brown Scottish Ale has aromas of subtle fruit combined with a toasty malt character followed flavors of caramelized sugar and toasted bread and finishes with a pleasant warmth.
ABV 7.1% | 31 IBU
$13 per 4-pack

Urban Lumberjack · Hazy IPA
“It’s so juicy it’ll blow your beard off” – Paul Bunyan. This hazy IPA has 6 hop varieties primary flavors from Citra, Azacca & Eldorado hops, Amarillo, Simcoe and Mandarina adding additional subtle flavors. This IPA is juicy and tropical with notes of orange, nectarine, and mango.
ABV 6.5% | 67 IBU
$14 per 4-Pack

(Bottle/Can Release)

3x Can Release @ Cerebral Brewing (Denver) – 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22 from 12pm– 10pm

Details: Join us this Friday, 2/22 for the release of Scam Likely, Forbidden Idol – Painkiller & Inhabited Form!
S⃣c⃣a⃣m⃣ L⃣i⃣k⃣e⃣l⃣y⃣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝟾% 𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝙸𝙿𝙰⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
100% Citra Double IPA ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
$18/4-Pack, Limit 1 case PP ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝔽𝕠𝕣𝕓𝕚𝕕𝕕𝕖𝕟 𝕀𝕕𝕠𝕝 – ℙ𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝟽% 𝚃𝚒𝚔𝚒 𝚂𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝙸𝙿𝙰⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The second in our Tiki Series! Hopped with Citra, Sabro, and Galaxy in the whirlpool and then added lactose, coconut, pineapple & tangerine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
$18/4-Pack, Limit (3) 4-Packs PP
𝓘𝓷𝓱𝓪𝓫𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓕𝓸𝓻𝓶⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝟻.𝟼% 𝙷𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝙵𝚘𝚎𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝙻𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚎𝚛
Brewed with Pilsner & Oats and then hopped with Galaxy, debittered Citra & debittered Mosaic. Foeder fermented with additional lagering in stainless. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
$16/4-Pack, Limit 1 case PP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲-𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝟳𝟱 𝗧𝗶𝗸𝗶 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
$12 gets you a glass with a 16oz pour of Forbidden Idol or $8 gets you the glass alone. These went very fast last time, so make sure you claim yours! Taproom only, Limit 2 PP.
Doors open at noon and all new releases will also be available on tap! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

(Bottle/Can Release)

Stout Wars @ Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) – 1139 20th St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, February 22 from 6pm– 8pm

Details: Join us Friday, February 22nd for our Second Annual Stout Wars! Stout Wars is a friendly competition between staff combining all their creative minds to produce 6 unique stouts. $20 gets you 4 Stout tasters, 1 16oz pint of the stout of your choosing and 1 super limited edition Glass to take home! First Stout to kick its keg wins! Kegs tap at 6 PM sharp, only 5 gallons of each so don’t be late!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Saturday, February 23

Taproom Only Can Release @ Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 23 from 12pm-11pm

Details:  We’re excited to bring you 2 brand new beers for our upcoming taproom release.

1) Sip the Magic Dragon (8.5% ABV)
– Sip the Magic Dragon is a Double IPA inspired by some of the classics from Vermont.
– It’s loaded with OVER 7 pounds of hops per barrel!
– Hops: Amarillo, Calypso, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, and Simcoe.

2) Nelson DDH Codename: Superfan (6.5% ABV)
– For this variant of Codename: Superfan, we matched the standard Citra, Simcoe and Ekuanot dry hop with an equal quantity of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.
– Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Ekuanot, and Nelson Sauvin

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Treasure Hunt Month 2: Blue Raspberry Lemon Kool-Aide Kettle Sour, Little Debbie Swiss Roll Milk Stout, and An Avocado Gose Release  @ Something Brewery (Brighton) – 117 N Main St, Unit A, Brighton, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 23 at 12pm

Details:  🙌🙌 this Saturday at 12 noon! 🙌🙌

– Deception: a Blue Raspberry lemon Kool-Aid kettle sour. The first time ever to actually use real Kool-Aid in our sour.
Part of the next months Treasure Hunt Craft Pack.
1 of 3 brews coming out this Saturday.

-Also apart of the craft pack-
-Enigma: an Avocado Lime Gose, just like a delicious margarita. A beer that will be featured in this year’s collaboration beer festival.

-Distraction: a Little Debbie Milk Stout is coming at you.

250 crowlers each available this Saturday at noon.
Peel the label off to reveal the riddle underneath to find your way to the hunt.
Can’t wait for you to get started!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Vladislav, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout: Release Party @ Diebolt Brewing Company (Denver) – 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 23 from 12pm-10pm

Details:  Vladislav, Baby Don’t Hurt Me
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, tapping and bottle release.

It’s the richest, decadent, chocolaty, roasty, month of the year and this day is the zenith. We’ll be tapping 4 variations of Vladislav, a 1 year barreled 2018 Vladislav, and 22oz bottles of 2019 Vladislav.

DRONES – Game on Drones will be on site from 2 – 4 PM for free drone games and demos! Come test your flying skills in our event space!

HOURLY RAFFLE – Beer and swag at the top of each hour. Raffle ticket provided with every purchase 10 oz., 16 oz., and 6-pack. Crowlers of our Keg of the Monday Vlad’s will be available: Coffee & Vanilla, Strawberries & Cream, Double Dutch Chocolate, and Thin Mint!

INVENTING ROOM – We have a special ticketed event at 6 PM in the event space (our tasting room will still be open during this hour). We still have a handful of tickets left! Purchase them online or in the tasting room before we sell out!

VLAD VARIATIONS – We will have four new Vladislav (Baby Don’t Hurt Me!) variations on tap all day plus a special 4 pm tapping of 2018 Valdislav aged for one year in Four Roses barrels.

Freeze Dried Bananas, Cacao Nibs, Lactose Sugar, & Vanilla

Tasmanian Pepper Berries & Smoked Serrano Peppers

Coconut Milk Powder, Turmeric, & Mango

Cherry Puree, Vanilla, & Spices

FOOD TRUCK: Koi and Ninja

(Festivals and Special Events)

Sunday, February 24

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

Date/ Time: Sunday, February 24 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)

Girl Scout Cookie Pairing @ Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Denver) – 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Sunday, February 24 from 1pm-6pm

Details:  On Sunday, February 24th we will be having a cookie EXTRAVAGANZA.

Don’t even try to deny your love for these babies. Come in between 1-6 and get a cookie/beer flight for $15 (no tickets necessary)!!

We are saving some special brews for this event so stay tuned for the pairing list!

You will also be able to buy Girl Scout cookies on site that day.


Tuesday, February 26

Stout Month Tap It Tuesday @ Crooked Stave RiNo (Denver) – 3350 Brighton Blvd. Suite 130, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 26 from 12pm-8pm

Details:  In honor of the now famous stout month we are tapping a single barrel expression of our whiskey barrel aged stouts. On Tuesday, February 26 we are tapping the only keg of Private Reserve BBA Imperial Rye Stout Barrel #145. This luscious beauty was aged for over two years in a single whiskey barrel. Tapping at noon.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

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