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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | April 3, 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, April 3

First Draft March Madness Brewery Bracket @ First Draft (Denver) – 1309 26th St., Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 6- Wednesday, April 3 from 7:00pm– 10:00pm

Details: Breweries face off against each other for each round, bracket style, where the winner is determined by whose sixtel has the most ounces poured at the end of the night, or kicks first. Winner advances to the next round until there is a champion crowned on April 3rd. Winning brewery will have a permanent tap line at First Draft for a year.

(Tap Takeover)

Thursday, April 4

Cerealiously Cinnamon Toast Crunch @ Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) – 1611 South College Ave Suite 1609, Fort Collins, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 4 from 11:00pm-10:00pm

Details: Stop in on Thursday, April 4th as we release this years bracket winning Cerealiously! Cinnamon Toast Crunch beat Reese’s Puffs in the final round! Stop in for a pint and be sure to grab a 4 pack!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Batch 1000 Release! @ Upslope Brewery (Denver) – 1501 Lee Hill Rd Unit 20, Boulder, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 4 from 5:00pm-9:00pm

Details: We proudly announce the release of our newest Lee Hill Series and all around big deal- Batch 1000!

RELEASE // Thursday, April 4th (5-9 pm) at our Lee Hill tap room. Be the first to try this one on tap or snag a can for your cellar, or both!

12 ounce cans will be available for $10 per. Price per can will go up to $12 on Friday.

🍻 Buy a can, get a free limited release collector glass!

To Celebrate our 1000th batch of beer brewed at our main production facility, we concocted a ludicrously sticky wort and dosed ten different types of sugar into the fermenting beer. Twelve months of mellowing in fresh bourbon barrels bestowed notes of warm caramel, crème brûlée, stone fruit, and baking spices. This rich and viscous beer turned cordial is intended to be savored and shared in good company.

LEE HILL SERIES // Named after our original North Boulder brewery, the Lee Hill Series is our tribute and continued commitment to experimenting and crafting small batches of beer for YOU, our awesome, craft beer-loving fans.

This quarterly, limited release series celebrates experimentation and creativity. The Series offers new and innovative styles that are sure to be cellar keepsakes!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Off Flavor Tasting/ Sensory Analysis @ CO- Brew (Denver) – 1133 N Broadway, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 4 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Details:Want to improve your palate? Ever tasted something “off” in a beer, but weren’t sure what it was or what caused it? We will taste 10 common off-flavors, learn about the causes, and discuss how to prevent them in your beer. Flavors included are:
Dimethyl Sulphide (DMS)
H2S (Sulphur)

(Beer Education)

Single HopX10416 and Trade War @ Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) –  7667 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 4 at 12:00pm

Details: Two beers tapping Thursday April 4th at noon,

Single Hop X10416, Collaboration CBC Beer. Brewed with Cargill IdaPils malt grown in Idaho, hopped with a new experimental variety of hops from Hopsteiner, X10416. A cross between Bravo, Serebrianka and Wye Target. Notes of orange citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Fermented with California Ale from White Labs. 7.1% ABV
Trade War, a Dortmunder Export lager, brewed with premium pilsner malt and traditional German Tettnang hops. Fermented cold with a Swiss lager strain. A straw gold color with a slightly flowery yeast and honey-ish aroma, with a lightly spicy noble hop aroma and well-balanced hint of bitterness. Lagered for over ten weeks. 6.3% ABV

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Friday, April 5

Double Digit Hazy IPA @ Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) – 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5- Sunday, April; 7 from 11:30pm– 10:00pm

Details: We’re releasing Double Digit IPA and celebrating all weekend long!

This juicy and hazy IPA is first warm dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, then traditionally dry-hopped with all Mosaic hops to put it over the top. Think giant fruity hop overtones, while staying easy on the bitterness.

Our Brewing Director Fred couldn’t cut it as a butcher, but luckily found his calling with brewing and selecting amazing hops. We were ready to drink a juicy, hazy IPA in the double digits so Fred lent his skills (and partial hand) to create this Imperial Hazy IPA.

We’ll be sharing the love with:
*Buy a draft pour, get a Double Digit glass on us
*Buy a 6-pack to-go, get a 7th on us

This is a national release, so look for it in a store near you if you can’t make it to the brewery!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Charlie Blackberry Release & Rockies Opening Day Celebration @ Diebolt Brewing Company (Denver) – 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 12:00pm– 10:00pm

Details: Charlie Blackberry Quick Sour with Blackberries
Can Release & Tapping —
Named in honor of the Colorado Rockies most charismatic character and of course best baseball beard, Charlie Blackmon!

Bring your ticket from Opening Day and receive 50% off draft beer. We’ll be opening EARLY at noon in order to stream the game live and for those of you heading to Coors Field to get here for some pre-game Charlie! We’re only a short bike ride, scooter, or walk from Coors Field!

Electronic Colorado will be onsite from 5-7 PM raising money for The Blue Bench in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with prizes of their own (and some beer prizes of course)!

Brewed as a quick sour, not necessarily a kettle sour, this beer was mashed, boiled for 10 mins, then sent to a fermentor at 115 F and pitched with lactobacillus. After reaching the desired ph over 3 days it was sent back to the kettle for the proper boil and hop treatment and then back to the fermentor with saison yeast. 5 days later we pumped in 500lbs of blackberry puree and the rest is history. This spring classic is a home run!!!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Liquid Knowledge Can Release @ Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company (Lafayette) – 297 N. Hwy 287 Suite 100, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 1:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: Liquid Knowledge is a double New England style IPA brewed in collaboration with the rock stars at Bottle Logic Brewing Anaheim, CA. Double dry hopped with Citra, Sabro, and Mosaic at 7 lbs/barrel. 8% ABV. Our brewers get gummy bears and fruity pebbles on the taste. Citrus, stone fruit, coconut, and cream stand out. Sabro might be our new favorite hop. Tasting room only with extremely limited distribution.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Extra Innings at Avanti: Rockies Opening Day @ Avanti F&B (Denver) – 3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 10:00am– 1:00am

Details: Come party at Avanti F+B for Denver’s favorite weekend… Opening Day Weekend! We’re celebrating with our newest event series, Extra Innings.

On Friday, we’re opening at 10am! We’ve got food pairings with New Belgium Brewing beers to keep you fueled up for the game. Come by after the game for more drinks and food on the best patio in the city!

Then, join us for our new brunch menus out on the Wolf Bar, Saturday and Sunday from 11-2p! Our restaurants will have plenty of brunch options, and we’ll have a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar Saturday and Sunday!

(Festivals and Special Events)

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

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 2:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: We will be re-releasing 16oz four packs of two of our flagship beers on Friday 4/5. Urban Lumberjack Hazy IPA & Tears of Our Enemies Scottish Ale. Full release info below!

Tears of Our Enemies · Scottish Ale
“The beer William Wallace would’ve drank 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 or orange, nectarine, and mango.
ABV 6.5% | 67 IBU
$14 per 4-pack

(Bottle/Can Release)

First Friday- Wolf Moon Chocolate Stout Beer Release @ The Emporium Brewing Company (Denver) – 4385 W 42nd Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 4:00pm– 10:00pm

Details: Join us for First Friday on the corner of 42nd Ave and Tennyson for our tapping of Wolf Moon Chocolate Stout! We will also be joined by The Pasty Republic serving up some of their delicious Pasties! See you then!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Shelton Brothers Showcase @ Pour Tap House (Commerce City) – 12433 East 104th Place, Commerce City, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, April 5 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Details: Shelton Brothers is responsible for bringing America some of the worlds best Saisons, Belgians, Lambics, Lagers, Wild/Sour and everything in between.

Come in this night and taste some world class beer

(Tap Takeover)

Saturday, April 6

A Loveland Mountain Adventure @ Loveland Ski Resort (Dillon) –  I-70, Dillon, CO 80435

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 from 10:00pm-4:00pm

Details: Fat Tire Presents a Loveland Ski Area Mountain Adventure

Join us Saturday April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am-2:00pm for an On Hill Scavenger Hunt in which costumes are encouraged.

Then from 2:00pm-4:00pm there will be a party at the base with music and other fun entertainment!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Work from Home Beer Breakfast @ Cerebral Brewing (Lafayette) – 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6- Sunday, APril 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Details: Come join us on April 6th or 7th for our Fourth Annual Work From Home Beer Breakfast! Work From Home, our Breakfast Porter is brewed with Vermont maple syrup and Guatemalan coffee roasted by @middlestate Coffee. We will also be releasing Barrel-Aged Work From Home. This beer has been slumbering in Laws Whiskey House 4-Grain straight bourbon for the past 10 months.

We’re celebrating by throwing a beer breakfast party, including waffles and bacon provided by Waffle Brothers! We’ll have cartoons on the big screen and highly encourage wearing your favorite pajamas. The party will run from 10am-12pm and we will be open to the general public at 12pm.

This year, you’ll have the option of buying either a Saturday or Sunday ticket.

You will have to sign up and login at Opt-in for SMS alerts to receive updates and special offers.



General Admission tickets are $45 and will include:
• Screen-printed mug
• 10oz pour of Work From Home
• 10oz pour of this year’s Barrel-Aged Work From Home
• A waffle and a side of bacon
• Access to Single Barrel Work From Home with coconut on tap
• The option of upgrading or buying one of our MiiR insulated camping mugs with a custom Work From Home design! (there are only 120 available, so if you’re dying for one of these – please buy a Saturday ticket)!

Ticket holders will also reserve the right to purchase up to:
• (1) Barrel-Aged Work From Home bottle
• (1) 4-Pack (16oz cans) of Work From Home
• (1) 4-Pack (16oz cans) of Pink Slip, our newest Breakfast Sour with Blueberry & Maple Syrup

We will be selling the remaining allotments that were not purchased during the Saturday and Sunday brunch of Regular Work From Home and Pink Slip to the general public after brunch ends on both days.


Separately, there will be an online release for BA Work From Home & Personal Day. Details and limits will be announced closer to the release date. No Work From Home Breakfast ticket required for the separate online bottle release. For more details, please refer to our Work From Home Bottle Release event on Facebook which will be posted soon.

There is also a WAFFLE ONLY ticket available for kids or designated drivers for $10, but you will not have any access to any beer on draft until 12pm.

Regular Work From Home will be on tap during and after the party, but BA WFH and other special tappings will only be on during the party and then pulled until bottle pick up.

(Festivals and Special Events)

Cerveceria Colorado Can Release Fiesta @ Cerveceria Colorado (Denver) – 1635 Platte St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 from 11:00am-7:00pm

Details: Amigos! Have you heard? Señor Piña and Venga are now available in cans! To celebrate, we’re throwing a big fiesta. We’ll have specialty Mexican cuisine all afternoon, Cerveceria Colorado swag giveaways, photo booth and best of all a $4 cerveza can bar on the patio. Come join us a for a fun afternoon of cervezas, comunidad, y amigos.

(Festivals and Special Events)

Grand Opening- Lost Friend Brewing Company @ Lost Friend Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) – 2458 Montebello Square Dr, Colorado Springs, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 from 11:00am-10:00pm

Details: We’re opening our doors and we can’t wait to share the result of all of our blood, sweat, and tears. Join us for our grand opening!

Marlee Rae’s and Piglatin Food Truck will be serving up delicious food.

– “Wee Tail” American Wheat Ale
– “Fearthainn” Scottish Wee Heavy
– “Weltschmerz” Vienna Lager
– “Rocket Man” Rye Pale Ale
– “Soft Brexit” English Mild
– “Varnas” Baltic Porter on Nitro
– “Chimera” Sour Wheat Ale
– “The Bitter One” IPA
– “The Bitter One” IPA on Nitro

2:00 PM: Alyssa’s “Unbeetable” Sour Beet Ale
4:30 PM: “Homeward Bound” Hazy IPA Collab with Focus on the Beer

(Grand Opening)

Strangers are Strange Release @ Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company (Denver) – 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 from 12:00pm-11:30pm

Details: Strangers Are Strange is the brain-child from our friendship with the good humans at Cellar West Artisan Ales in Lafayette, CO. We went Euro with the ingredients and brewed this oak-aged strong saison with brett with Mistral hops from France and Eraclea Pilsner malt from Italy. The beer fermented in Cellar West’s wine casks with mixed cultures from their brewery and the addition of different cultures from our brewery as well. We love this beer and we hope you enjoy it, too.

S.A.S will be available on draft and in bottles this Saturday, April 6th starting at noon, with 500ml bottles available for $12 each. This Saturday also happens to be Saison Day! We have the following bottled saisons available as well as one of our favorite beers on tap, Small Hold, an all-Colorado hoppy table saison:
-Baraka, Buckwheat Brett Saison brewed in collaboration with Fort George
-Manor Bier, all-Colorado Strong Brett Saison brewed in collaboration with Finn’s Manor
-Weirding Way, Foeder-Fermented Brett Saison
-Pageantry, Lemon Verbena Saison brewed in collaboration with Austin Beerworks.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Unidentified IPAs Can Release @ Fiction Beer Company (Denver) – 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 at 1:00pm

Details:  Can & draft release.
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This is a mixed 4 pack of IPA styles we’ve been known to brew. The catch? Each IPA is ᑌᑎƖᗪƐᑎƬƖFƖƐᗪ.
We wanted to throw out preconceived notions about a beer and challenge you—the consumer—to try something blind. Each can is distinctly different. We encourage you to first taste the beer from the can, evaluate it, discern what aromas come to mind and what flavors you taste. Can you guess which style? Next, pour into a glass and consume the beer as you normally would. We want you to experience the beers for what they are without our lengthy, adjective-laden descriptions, and without someone else’s idea of what it should be. You be the taster, you write the description. And then let us know if you liked it.

The bottom of each can contains the true name of the beer you are drinking. Go to and see if your descriptions approximate to ours. Tag us on Instagram @fictionbeer and give us your comments on how the experiment went. We want to know how you would describe these beers. Enjoy the puzzlement.

Pico Arepa is the food truck for the release.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Bully Stole My Lunch @ Ursula Brewery (Aurora) – 2101 N Ursula St Unit 10, Aurora, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 6 from 12:00pm-9:00pm

Details:  Come join us for for our biggest release of the year, our peanut butter and Jelly Porter formerly known as Crustless. This will be the first time we release this beer with it’s new new name Bully Stole My Lunch. We will also be releasing 2 new Mochi Ice Cream IPAs.

Bully Stole My Lunch – This is our adult interpretation of a PB&J sammy in boozy liquid form. It’s peanut butter and Raspberry “jelly” wrapped in liquid porter bread. 7% abv

4pk 16oz cans will be $14 – no limit

***This is a big one. We make plenty but make sure you get here on release day to guarantee your cans.***

*Mochi Ice Cream IPA Mixed Pack – Inspired by those little Japanese Mochi Ice Cream balls found most everywhere these days. Each of these beers has an identical malt profile made up of locally malted barley from Root Shoot Malting, flaked oats, Japanese short grain sweet rice and lactose sugar. From there they differ; different hops, different yeasts, and different adjunct fermenter additions. We’re releasing these beers as a mixed 4 pack. 2 cans of the Green Tea Mochi and 2 cans of the Mango Mochi.

*Mango Mochi – Mochi Ice Cream IPA -This Mochi Ice Cream IPA has over 33 pounds of Mango Puree per barrel, and a touch of vanilla. It’s a big juicy mango ice cream bomb, hopped with over 7.5 pounds per barrel of Cashmere, Citra, and Mosaic Hops. Fermented with Norwegian Kviek yeast.

*Green Tea Mochi – Mochi Ice Cream IPA -. This one has 3 pounds of green tea per barrel, and a touch of vanilla. It’s very much for the Green Tea Ice Cream fan but enough grassy and juicy hops with over 7.5 pounds per barrel of Olicana, Jester and Huell Melon to please the hop-head as well. Fermented with A blend of NEIPA yeasts.

4pk 16oz cans will be $16 – no limit

(Bottle/Can Release)

Sunday, April 7

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

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 7 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

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)

Visiting Cooper: Russ Karasch at Purpose @ Purpose Brewing and Cellars (Fort Collins) – 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 7 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Details: Join us as we welcome Russ Karasch, of Squarrel Square Barrels and owner of Black Swan Cooperage in Park Rapids, Minnesota, as our guest cooper. Karasch will be providing a talk and demonstration at 3pm immediately following our regularly scheduled Cooperage Class with Peter Bouckaert from 1-3 p.m. This is a free event. Please sign up so that we can get an accurate guest count. Cheers!

(Beer Education)

Monday, April 8

Loveless Blackberry & Raspberry Sour Saison Bottle Release @ Ratio Beerworks (Denver) – 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Monday, April 8 from 12:00pm-11:00pm

Details: Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.

Meet Loveless, our Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with Saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh blackberries and raspberries for another three months.

With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant blackberry and raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.

Originally brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless has returned just in time for the week of the Craft Brewers Conference. Bottles of Loveless will be released on Monday, April 8 at Noon in the 375ML bottle format. Loveless will also be available on draft in the taproom for a limited time as well.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

TCFB Tap Takeover at Our Mutual Friend @ Our Mutual Friend Brewery (Denver) – 2810 Larimer St, Denver, Co

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 8 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Details: Come witness true friendship in the brewing industry as Our Mutual Friend taps real #farmbeer!

(Tap Takeover)

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: A CBC Late Night Kickoff @ Brass Tacks (Denver) – 1526 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 8 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Details: Ratio Beerworks invites everyone to kick off CBC week with a bang. After the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America 2019 Opening Reception, head down the street to one of Denver’s best new late-night spots, Brass Tacks, for good eats, an all-star cast of breweries, and great hangs.

Join Ratio along with TRVE Brewing, Outer Range Brewing Co., Call to Arms Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, Brewery Bhavana, and Threes Brewing in getting the CBC party started a little early with some late night Monday hangs.

(Festivals and Special Events)

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