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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | May 15, 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, May 15

Shorter Nights, Lager Days! @ Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) – 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 1- Thursday, May 30 from 4:00pm– 9:00pm

Details: 5th Annual Shorter Nights, Lager Days – A month long celebration of traditional and experimental lagers! Weekly beer releases, keep the lager glass special, live music, food trucks, & trivia!

Event/Lager Lineup:

Wed, May 1st: Maibock, Peppercorn Pilsner, Japanese Rice Lager
Thurs, May 2nd: Cellared Doppelbock + Food Truck: The Vegetable Express
Fri, May 3rd: Live Music from Miles Perry & Dave Pullins of Caribou Mountain Collective (6:30-8:30pm) + Food Truck: Bandar Mediterranean
Sat, May 4th: Agave Lime Mexican Lager (draft & bomber release) + Cask Agave Lime Mexican Lager with Watermelon + Micheladas + Food Truck: Zeal serving fresh tacos, tostones with tomatillo salsa, black beans and salsa rachera
Thurs, May 9th: India Pale Lager (IPL) + Hammer’s Trivia + Food Truck: The Vegetable Express
Tues, May 14th: Vienna Lager
Thurs, May 16th: Imperial Pilsner
Sat, May 18th: Boysenberry Helles + Live Music from RAVINWOLF
Tues, May 21st: Cask Keller Pils
Thurs, May 23rd: Dark Czech Lager
Thurs, May 30th: Cellared Imperial Yamtoberfest

Put your sunglasses on and get ready to drink right into summer!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Maine Beer Company Launch Party @ Hops & Pie (Denver) – 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30am– 10:00pm

Details: Join us for a Launch Party of Maine Beer Company in Colorado at Hops & Pie. Drew, a culinary expert from the East Coast, will be designing special menu items for this event featuring a Lobster Sandwich with Clam Chowder paired with a flight of four Maine Beer Company offerings.

Don’t miss this authentic East Coast experience right here in Denver!

Meet the Maine Beer Company reps at 5 p.m.

(Tap Takeover)

IPA Tapping @ Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) – 7667 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00pm


Honeyman 26 IPA:
The 26th in our R&D series of IPAs. A light malt base of pilsner, Imperial and Munich malt. Hopped generously with Galaxy and Amarillo hops and double dry-hopped with Amarillo, Ekuanot, El Dorado and Galaxy. 6.4% ABV
Single Hop Strata IPA:
Brewed with locally grown and malted Root Shoot Genie pale malt from Loveland, Colorado. Hopped with a new variety, X331 from Indie Hops. Layered tropical notes of mango and passion fruit with a light citrus and grapefruit with dank herbal notes. 6.2% ABV

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Into the Wild @ The Regional (Fort Collins) – 130 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO

Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00pm– 9:00pm

Details: The Regional and New Belgium Brewing are partnering up on a one night event. Into the Wild is a 5 course southern food inspired dinner paired with 5 beers from New Belgium’s woods cellar. Chef Kevin Grossi of the Regional and Lauren Limbach of New Belgium our hosts for the night. Featuring sour beers such as Southern Vine, Apple Felix, and Nirvana.

(Beer Dinner)

Thursday, May 16

Squishy- New England IPA Release @ Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) -1139 20th St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, May 16 at 12:00pm

Details: Thursday at 12 noon we’ll be releasing our brand new “Squishy” New England IPA hopped with Amarillo, Azacca and El Dorado.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

May Triple Can Release @ Novel Strand Brewing Company (Denver) – 305 1st Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, May 16 from 3:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: We got some fun stuff coming out for May! We’re missing Mother’s Day by a few days with this release, but we’re making it mother’s month! And since our Moms are all queens, we have a bit of a theme for this release…

– QUEEN OF ALL EVERYTHING: The return of our strong hoppy ale exclusively showcasing African Queen hops from South Africa. Yes, AB-Inbev tried buying as much of the hops out of South Africa as they could. No, it didn’t stop us from getting hops from the 2018 harvest, and won’t stop us from getting hops from the 2019 harvest. You can’t stop the love! Big, big notes of raspberries, black currants, and Rooibos tea with tropical fruit. A really unique hop profile! 7.2% ABV, $18/4pack

– GREEN QUEEN: The myth, the legend. To make this beer we brew our beloved GREEN SHOWERS recipe, and augment our whirlpool and dry hopping additions with African Queen (SA). The result is so lovely it’s silly. Massive aromas and flavors of guavas, raspberries, and dank cannabis. Our kind of beer. Hail to the Green Queen! 6.3% ABV, $18/4pack

– NOVEL QUEEN: we teamed up with our homies, Queen City Collective Coffee, to make you an adorable little beer to crush. We brewed up UDDERWORLDLY, our small oatmeal milk stout, and cold infused it with a delightful washed coffee varietal from the Hingakawa Co-Op in Rwanda. Hingakawa is run by and for women, who do most of the work on coffee farms in Africa. It’s another way we can show the queens in our lives they mean the world to us! 3.5% ABV, $15/4pack

As usual, no limits… party on! Empanadasonwheels will be outside to supply us with the edible goodness!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Friday, May 17

Kiwicumber Jalapeno Dyad Release @ New Image Brewing Company (Arvada) – 5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 from 11:00am– 12:00am

Details: Our newest Dyad variant is coming at ya with a whole bunch of kiwi, cucumber and jalapeno thrown in to change it up! 4pks will be available as soon as the taproom opens at 11am.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Forbidden Fruit Can Release @  Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) – 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17- Sunday, May 19 from 11:30am– 10:00pm

Details: The next in our series is here! Forbidden Fruit, a blonde sour ale aged in neutral oak barrels for seven months and then blended with blueberry and pomegranate juice. This combo creates an ultra juicy, berry forward, tart yet crushable sour.

Originally created for our 2018 Avery Invitational Small Batch Challenge, this beer has generated quite a following. Available in 16oz 4-packs at our brewery only!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Baltic Porter @ Mash Lab Brewing (Windsor) – 4395 Highland Meadows Pkwy, Windsor, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 from 12:00pm– 9:00pm

Details: Strong, dark lager with notes of dark chocolate and coffee, brewed with all German malts and a robust alcohol content at 7.5%

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

9 Year Anniversary Party @ Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver) – 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18 from 12:00pm– 10:00pm

Details: Can you believe it!?! We made it to 9 years in this crazy up and down business known as brewing beer! 9 years of turning strangers into friends. Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 17th! Come and drink with us, this is your chance to taste 9 different beers we created with 9 different breweries! We here at Strange Craft got a little strange for this years shindig!

Friday May 17th:
We will be releasing our much anticipated 2018 Dr. Strangelove Barleywine. Additionally we will have previous years of Dr. available in a 4 flight vertical tasting, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.

Cellar Sale for Dr. Strangelove: $10 any bottle. Stock up ya’ll!

Koi & Ninja will be available to help soak up all that Dr. Their wings are on point and you can’t pass up those parm garlic fries.

Saturday May 18th
Gird your loins! We are tapping 9 different collaborations this day! Say what!?! Bring your drinking britches for this day and experience the beer made from around Denver in one location! The garage door will be open and we will be expanding out to the front with a roped off biergarten! We haven’t done this since way back in our heyday!

Hogshead Brewery : Empire IPA on cask (in our taproom!)
Woods Boss Brewing : Sake Sasion
Mockery Brewing : Cherry Blonde Stout
Diebolt Brewing Company : Spelt Historical Saison
Falling Rock Tap House : Cascadian Dark Ale
Joyride Brewing Company : Moscow Mule Kettle Sour
Copper Kettle Brewing Company : Basil Kriek Blonde
Black Sky Brewery : Vanilla Cone
Freetail Brewing Co. : StrangeTail VII

Tongue Tied Design will be on premise to freshly print for you our limited one of kind anniversary t-shirt. David Palmer, our in house artist has created a our new anniversary graphic just for this for this event. Tongue Tied will available all day.

Mike Heuer will be playing his original music from 6-9pm this evening.

Food trucks TBD.

We hope you all can make it out to help celebrate one of Denver’s O.G breweries. If you’re a stranger to Strange we want to make you our friend!


Azzaca & Idaho 7 Whimsy Release @ 4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield) – 8855 W 116th Cir, Broomfield, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 from 12:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: Whimsy fans rejoice – the next in the series will be released May 17th, 2019!

Brewed with Azzaca & Idaho 7 hops, this Whimsy variant features beautiful melon and peach aroma complemented with a balanced hop flavor.

Azzaca and Idaho 7 Whimsy will be available in the taproom only in 4-packs & on tap!

For more information on visiting the taproom, our upcoming food trucks, and more, check out our website here:

(Bottle/Can Release)

Cerebral Celebration Can Release @ Outer Range Brewing Company (Frisco) -182 Lusher Ct., Unit #2, Frisco, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 from 12:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: We are releasing 2x new beers in cans this Fri, May 17 when we open at noon. Here are the beers:

Coconut Clouds Milkshake Double IPA
*Collab with Cerebral Brewing
Hops: Citra, Summer
Brewed with coconuts and vanilla beans. *Contains lactose
45 cases available
Limit: 1 case/person

Outskirts DDH Double IPA
Hops: Galaxy, Centennial, El Dorado, Citra, African Queen
50 cases available
Limit: 1 case/person

(Bottle/Can Release)

Odyssey Beerwerks 6th Anniversary Party @ Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) – 5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18 from 11:00am– 11:00pm

Details: ODYSSEY 6th Anniversary Party!
Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18

FRIDAY 5/17:
* New Beer Releases: Tangerine Tree Pilsner & Sweet Heet Wheet Raspberry Habanero Kettle Sour
* Food truck: Taste of Texas BBQ

* New Beer Releases: Three Amigos Tequila Barrel Aged Gose, I Can’t See Clearly Now Imperial Hazy IPA, and Story of Maibock
* Barrel Garden – select barrel aged beers on draft Noon-7:00pm
* ARCHIVE BOMBERS for purchase
* 6th Anniversary T-SHIRTS for purchase
* MAGIC from Brandon K. Parker 2:00-5:00pm
* FOOD trucks: The G Wagon and El Turkito Food Truck
* MUSIC on 5/18: 3:00-5:00pm The Dollhouse Thieves, and 7:00-9:00pm Jim Jamm Jimmy!


Cilantro Lima Ale @ WestFax Brewing Company (Lakewood) –  6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 from 2:00pm– 10:00pm

Details: Our Cilantro Lima Ale seasonal is BACK and now available in cans! You’ve got to try this refreshing/zesty brew for your self. Made with fresh cilantro and lime zest, this beer is perfect for sunny Colorado weather. 4-packs feature original artwork by Dolan Geiman and will be available in limited quantities for $14 per pack. Stop by for a pour (or two) and a 4-pack (or two) this Friday!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Creamsicle Series- Blackberry Pie, Pineapple, and Blackcurrant Raspberry @ Something Brewery (Brighton) – 117 N Main St, Unit A, Brighton, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 17 at 3:00pm


Can 1 of 3 this Friday’s release at 3pm!
Resting Sour Face (6.9%) our new sour IPA is made with blackberries, cinnamon, graham crackers and lactose. 🔥🔥🔥
As part of our Creamsicle Series we will be having a Slushy Machine in the brewery, with a new beer on each day!!🍧🍧🍧
250 crowlers available, on tap and in the slushy machine.
See you then!

Can 2 of 3 this Friday’s release at 3pm!
NEW BREW WHO DIS? (6.1%) a new kettle sour made with a ton of pineapple, mangos, vanilla and lactose. 🔥🔥🔥
As part of our Creamsicle Series we will be having a Slushy Machine in the brewery all weekend, a new beer on each day!!🍧🍧🍧
250 crowlers available, on tap and in the slushy machine.
See you then!

Can 3 of 3 this Friday’s release at 3pm!
RUDE BOY (5.5%) our new CREAM ALE made with blackcurrent, raspberries and vanilla! 🔥🔥🔥
As part of our Creamsicle Series we will be having a Slushy Machine in the brewery all weekend, a new beer on each day!!🍧🍧🍧
250 crowlers available, on tap and in the slushy machine.
See you then!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Saturday, May 18

6th Anniversary Party @ Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) – 6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am

Details: We will have live music, over 20 House beers on tap! Special made sausage, a cornhole tourney that will have some sweet prizes. We will have raffles going for free schwag starting at 3pm. Join us and help us celebrate 6 amazing years in wheat ridge!!


Second Anniversary Party @ The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project (Denver) – 925 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, May 18 from 11:00am-11:00pm

Details: Join us in celebrating our second trip around the sun with a day full of fun activities, new beer, new merch and more!

Pilot Series Beer Release, Chardonnay Cherry Sour:
Kettle-soured, fermented in Chardonnay barrels, and aged on 500lbs of Ranier Cherries for nine months.

Cellar Beer Releases:
Three crowd favorites will emerge from the cellar: Flanders Purple (collaboration with Dos Luces), Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout, and Strong Scotch.

New Merch:
Anniversary Shirts: We’re rolling out newly designed shirts in limited quantities with the help of our friends at Pub & Grub Creative starting at the Anniversary Party! Design will be posted in the comments!
Anniversary Glassware: 13oz stemmed Rastal Luttich Balloon glass. Purchase a full pour and add a glass for $4, buy extra glasses for $8. Design will be posted in the comments!
We may also have fancy new hats…

Old Merch Fire Sale:
The old stuff needs to go! Select styles will be up to 50% off! Tank tops, T-Shirts, hats and more.

Intrepid Sojourner Beer Club:
Sign up at the ticket link ( or in the taproom until May 25, 2019! $50 annually gets you:
1. Customized 20oz Rastal glass with your name and membership number engraved on it
2. $1 off full pours in your customized glass
3. Early access to monthly bottle releases
4. Take your glass home at the end of the year

Rumichaka Eats will be here serving delicious Peruvian food all day!


4th Annual Chili Pepper Festival @ Alpine Dog Brewing Company (Denver) -1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, May 18 from 12:00pm-11:00pm

Details: Its May and that means Chili Pepper Beer Fest at Alpine Dog! We’ll be infusing some of our favorites with various chilies and creating some new one-offs for the event! Look for these tasty treats and tacos from Bada Bing Food Truck – Denver !

*Jalapeno + Hatch “Ms American Rye” Blonde Ale
*Habanero “Hyper Puppy” IPA (Thunder Puppy infused with Hyper Jam Blackberry Sour)
*Double Coconut Pequin Chili “Paradise Pupper” Brown Ale
*Double Chocolate Arbol y Mulato Chili Pepper “Vaya Con Dios” Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
*Blueberry Habanero Polish Grodziskie, a smoked wheat beer
*Serrano y Aleppo Chili “Wolf’s Blood” Red Ale

(Festivals and Special Events)

Denver Beer Co’s 8th Annual Crawfish Boil @ Denver Beer Co. (Denver) – 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 

Date/ Time: Saturday, May 18 from 12:00pm-5:00pm

Details: J8th Annual Crawfish Boil

Get your Cajun on! It’s time for the 8th Annual Denver Beer Co. Crawfish Boil!

Start practicing your best bayou accent because who doesn’t love a big pile of crawfish, spicy corn on the cob, potatoes, and of course beer to wash it all down?! As always, we’ll fly in pounds and pounds of fresh, live crawfish straight from Louisiana. Our Cajun chefs will be boilin’ up batches all afternoon, so come grab a seat on our patio and join the feast!

This year we are spicing it up with the release of our Zydeco Pils: This bayou style pilsner was brewed to complement the annual favorite Denver Beer Co Crawfish Boil. A hoppy clean pilsner featuring the French hops Mistral and Aramis with added black pepper and lemon for a Cajun twist. C’est si bon!

Saturday, May 18th from 12-5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include two (2) 16 oz beers ( of your choice) and a 3 lb tray of crawfish, and fixins.

Tickets are on sale now, grab them while you can!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Patio Peach Fest 2019 @ Two22 Brew (Centennial) – 4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, May 18 from 12:00pm-11:00pm

Details: Patio Peach Seasonal Release Party
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs out all day with life-changing hot dogs!
Beer infusions released all day.

It’s a LUAU so Hawaiian attire is highly encouraged!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Sunday, May 19

Lucha de Chelas- Homebrew Competition @ Cheluna Brewing Company (Aurora) – 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora, CO

Date/ Time: Sunday, May 19 from 8:00am-5:00pm

Details: ¡Vamos! We’re hosting the 1st annual Lucha de Chelas brew competition. You can create an account here:
Entries will be accepted starting March 1st. If you are planning on submitting a beer (or up to 3) message Cheluna Homie Brewer Ross Wallace for a code to get free entries.

(Beer Education)

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