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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | May 29, 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 29

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)

Pua Aloalo Online Release @ Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) -625 3rd St., Greeley, CO

Date/ Time: Monday, May 27- Friday, May 31 at 10:00am-11:30pm

Details: Your tropical island awaits. 🌺

Today, we are excited to finally announce the release of Pua Aloalo, our Mixed Culture Sour Golden with Hawaiian hibiscus and whole bean Papua New Guinea vanilla, starting on Friday, May 31, at 12pm.

Bottle vouchers will be pre-sold online for $14 per person, starting Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10am with a limit of 3 per person. All vouchers are first come, first served. We will also have a small amount of bottles available on-site, with a limit of 3 bottles per person. Only 15% of bottles will be sold on-site, so please buy online to guarantee your allocation. Limits online and on-site subject to change.

• Sale starts Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10am
• Sale ends Monday, May 30, 2019 at 11:30pm
• Vouchers are sold exclusively through our website
• Cost: $14 per voucher
• Limit: 3 vouchers per person
• Voucher includes: Single 500mL bottle of Pua Aloalo
• Vouchers will be available online until sold out
• Purchasers must provide a valid ID during pick up
• Proxies are allowed
• Proxies must provide proof of purchase and a picture of purchaser’s ID during pickup
• Purchasers and individuals picking up for proxies must be 21 or older
• Pick up starts Friday, May 31, 2019 at 12pm
• Pick up ends Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8pm


(Bottle/Can Release)

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

Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30pm– 12:00am

Details: Here we go – for real this time! On Wednesday 5/29/19 we will be tapping in to the first ever kegs from our friends Barn Town Brewing beer ever poured in CO! This brewery has been making some waves in West Des Moines, IA and we are very excited to get a chance to taste the beer. Their owner Pete Faber will be in town, come out, meet him and try these phenomenal beers.

Tap list to include*:
Neon Double Dry-Hopped New England IPA
Barrel-Aged Cicada Killer Imperial Stout with Coconut
Blueberry Muffin Fruited Pasty Sour with Lactose
Chowdah Double New England IPA with Mosaic
Hop Skewer IPA

(Tap Takeover)

Thursday, May 30

An Evening with Crooked Stave @ Finn’s Manor (Denver) – 2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, May 30 from 5:00pm– 12:00am

Details: Join us this Thursday, May 30th, as we take over the taps with our friends from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. We’ve been cellaring a bunch of their vintage oak aged sour beers and will be bringing them out of the wood-work, and will have a few of their core beers pouring as well. We’ll also have Classic Beverage Company on the patio doing a tasting of some amazing sakes. Come hang!
Von Pilsner
Crooked Stave IPA
Coffee Baltic Porter
St. Bretta
Persica 2017
Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 2017
Surette Reserva Raspberry 2017
Serenata Notturna Blueberry 2017
L’Brett d’Cherry 2016
L’Brett d’Raspberry 2017
L’Brett d’Or 2016
Silly Cybies 2018
Nightmare on Brett Cherry 2017

(Tap Takeover)

10 Years Serving Beer at Lee Hill Celebration  @ Upslope Brewery (Boulder) – 1501 Lee Hill Rd Unit 20, Boulder, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, May 30 from 5:00pm– 9:00pm

Details: We’re keeping the celebration going and throwing a party for 10 years of serving beer at our original Lee Hill brewery and tap room AND we’re releasing our newest Lee Hill Series – Vol. 20: Galaxy Dry-Hopped Wild Saison!

Join us where it all started on Thursday, May 30th for an evening full of good times and 10 years of great beer…

🍺 Glass giveaway — Buy a can of our new Lee Hill Series Vol. 20 and take a 10th Anniversary glass* home with ya!
*Limited to the first 50 people who buy a can

🍺 $10 10th Anniversary t-shits (while supplies last)

🍺 Two cans of our 10th Anniversary Ale – Foeder Aged Golden Sour for $10

🍺 $4 Throwback Core Beer Pints

MUSIC // Steepland String Band will be performing from 6-8 pm too!

FOOD TRUCK // The Bamboo Skewer will be on site serving up tasty food!

ABOUT THE BEER // Galaxy Dry-Hopped Wild Saison

The 20th installment of the Lee Hill Series utilizes the funkier side of our barrel program to yield a beer that is hoppy, yet balanced and nuanced. Saison that was aged in barrels for 10 months with Brettanomyces claussenii is blended with our foeder-aged golden sour, then generously dry-hopped with Galaxy hops. Notes of passionfruit, pineapple, and guava are complemented by toasty Brettanomyces funk and delicate tartness. This mixed-culture beer is conditioned in the package and will continue to develop with extended aging.


Drinking American Pale Ale Release @ Comrade Brewing (Denver) – 7667 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Thursday, May 30 at 12:00pm

Details:Day Drinking American Pale Ale.

An American Pale Ale loaded with Citra LupuLN2 Cryo Hop Powder in the kettle. Dry-hopped with more Citra Powder, Citra Pellets and Strata for a crisp and refreshing citrus finish. Pours a beautiful light-straw color. 5.7% ABV

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Friday, May 31

Barrel Series: Grow Old with You Barleywine @ Verboten Brewing (Loveland) – 1127 E. 5th Street, Loveland, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31- Sunday, June 2 from 11:00am– 9:00pm

Details: Have we got an epic bottle release for you this month!

Our Barrel Project is at it again with a special taproom-only barrel aged bottle release: a Single Cask version of this year’s award-winning Grow Old with You Barleywine! This release is super limited, only about 150 bottles available. We will be releasing on draft and in bottles bright and early this Friday, starting at 11 a.m. Barleywine is life!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Beer Premiere! Unobtainium: Czech Pilsner @ Endo Brewing Company (Loveland) – 2755 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31 from 12:00pm– 10:00pm

Details:  Releasing Friday, May 31st
Czech Pilsner – 4.8% ABV
A mythical blend of imported German ingredients. It has a delicate spice and floral aroma, with nice round malt flavor and crisp finish.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

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

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31 from 2:00pm– 11:00pm

Details: We’re re-releasing 16oz four packs of two of our flagship beers this Friday. Both Urban Lumberjack Hazy IPA & Tears of Our Enemies Scottish Ale will be available in limited quantities. 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)

Pina Colada Milkshake IPA @ Something Brewing (Brighton) – 117 N Main St, Unit A, Brighton, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31 at 3:00pm

coming to this Friday’s release at 3pm!
STAYCATION – our new pina colada milkshake IPA is made with pineapples, coconut, tons of mosaic hops, vanilla and lactose.

250 crowlers available and on tap as well
See you then!

(Bottle/Can Release)

5 Year Anniversary Bash @ Broken Compass Brewing (Breckenridge) – 68 Continental Ct, Unit B12, Breckenridge, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31- Saturday, June 1 from 3:00pm– 12:00am

Details: Celebrate our 5TH BIRTHDAY with us! We’re throwing down like never before with a multi-day event that kicks off Thursday, May 30th with a 6-course beer pairing dinner at Modis (check the specific event for details).

Entry to our Firkin Friday Pre-Party on May 31st is FREE and will include our first ever firkin tappings and music from NEAL EVANS FRO DOWN and EMINENCE ENSEMBLE.

Saturday, June 1st is the big day, with all the happenings! Entry is $20 in advance (tickets available at or $25 on the day of. At the door, you’ll receive your 5th Anniversary Party Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Tumbler With Your First Beer FREE. Here’s everything else that’s happening!

Live Music All Day. Saturday’s Bands:

6 Specialty Beer Releases including BEERMOSAS and a Bloody Beer & Bar with our Chili Pepper Pale Ale at 10 AM while supplies last!

FREE Donut Holes and Sausage Rolls at 10 AM!

Pure Kitchen Taco Truck
Crock Spot: Gourmet Foot Long Hotdogs
Lil’ Cubby’s BBQ
Shuck Brothers’ Oyster Bar
Higgle’s Ice Cream

Interactive Ski and Bike Tuning Workshops and Demos from RMU and Carver’s.

A 5th Birthday Cake Cutting!

Local Artisans and Crafts and much, much more!

Entry to our Firkin Friday Pre-Party on May 31st is FREE and will include our first ever firkin tappings and music from NEAL EVANS FRO DOWN and EMINENCE ENSEMBLE.

Poster courtesy of Player Haynes!


Friday Night Pint Night with Surly Brewing- Barrel Aged Darkness @ Pour Tap House (Commerce City) – 12433 East 104th Place, Commerce City, CO

Date/ Time: Friday, May 31- Monday, June 2 from 6:00pm– 9:00pm

Details: One of our favorite breweries from the mid west Surly Brewing Company will be here for a special tapping of their 12% Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Darkness! This one is not to be missed, it is one of the best examples of the style being brewed and barrel aged today.

Also On Draft:
2019 Barrel Aged Darkness – Darkness is a beer of fable and legend. Malty and intense, yet velvety smooth. This special edition of our massive Russian imperial stout matured in rye whiskey barrels and brings waves of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, and cherry flavors, enhanced by the oak and spice of the barrel.

Rosé – Crisp, refreshing, and pink as hell, Surly Rosé features currants and strawberries in a fruit-forward, easy-going beer. 127 calories and 2.25 grams carbs per 12 oz. serving, if you’re tracking that kind of thing.

Axeman – Double dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic hops creates intense tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Brewed with Golden Promise malt and just a hint of haze, this beer finishes rich and dry.
Not quite a West Coast IPA, not quite a NE IPA. It was first brewed in collaboration with Amager Brewery in Denmark. Brewed with one malt, Golden Promise from the UK, with Citra and Mosaic hops.

Coffee Bender – Guatemalan coffee, roasted locally, added to Bender, our oatmeal brown ale. Cold press coffee aromas, intense coffee flavors balanced by the oats in the malt bill, resulting in a cappuccino-like creaminess.

As always, buy the beer keep the glass

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Saturday, June 1


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

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 12:00pm-11:00pm

Details: We will be releasing two new cans on Sat, June 1 at 12pm.

Here are the beers:

In the Steep on Vanilla
Hops: 100% Citra
Brewed with Vanilla Beans
75 cases available
1 case limit/person

Spelunking Double IPA
Hops: Columbus, Citra, Wakatu
60 cases available
1 case limit/person

(Bottle/Can Release)

New Taproom Grand Opening @ Colorado Sake Co. (Denver) – 3559 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 12:00pm-11:00pm

Details: Over the past 8 months we have been serving you 6 sakes on tap in our back alley sake bar. We are now expanding to the street side of 3559 Larimer St with 12 fresh sakes on tap! Come join us Saturday June 1st for our grand opening! Food, Giveaways and lots more!

(Grand Opening)

5 Year Anniversary @ Platt Park Brewing Company (Denver) -1875 S Pearl Street, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 12:00pm-12:00am

Details: Come help us celebrate our 5th Anniversary! We are releasing two beers (Watermelon Berliner Weisse & Plattmosphere NEIPA) in 16oz can 4-packs.

Watermelon Sour: This Watermelon Berliner Weisse is made with wheat, pilsner malt base & mixed with a lactobacillus culture. We end up with a golden colored berliner weisse that is light & tart. The final touch is a watermelon addition that makes this sour a thirst-quenching must have! $16 a 4-pack

Plattmosphere NEIPA: A New England style IPA that features a prominent honeydew, melon and mango hop character from the massive whirlpool & dry hop additions of Mosaic, Citra and Horizon hops. The mouthfeel is soft & silky. $14 a 4-pack


Tart Cherry Pale Release @ Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) – 3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 12:00pm-10:00pm

Details: Tis the season! Our annual release of this crowd favorite is upon us once again. Subtle, sweet, and tart, this beer is a beautiful ode to liquid art. And now, we are releasing this goodness…to your mouth!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Jake’s 7 Year Anniversary Party @ Jake’s Brew Bar (Littleton) – 2530 W Main St, Littleton, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 2:00pm-12:00am

Details: Hard to believe it…SEVEN YEARS for Jake’s in Downtown Littleton. Time flies when you’re having fun and we’re hoping you’ll join us for a bit of a celebration!

Saturday June 1st we’re hosting the Jake’s Brew Bar 7th Year Anniversary Party. Beer garden is set for some rocking live blues with the FULL A.J. Fullerton band. Hot Pizza Ass is slinging pizza pies to keep you from going hungry.

You like beer? We’ve got some pretty awesome tappings in store ranging from a Fremont Brewing Brew3000 to a Cerebral Brewing BA Table for one to a Brasserie Cantillon Saint Lamvinus. There’s more, but those are some awesome draft offerings that we’re REALLY excited about and we like to throw together a fun list for the occasion.

So whether you’re here for the beer or here for the party, we’re going to have an amazing time. Cheers to seven years!


Tequila Pear Sour @ The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project (Denver) – 925 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, June 1 at 3:00pm-11:00pm

Details: Our collaboration with First Draft Taproom & Kitchen – Denver, the Tequila Pear Sour, is back- in bottles only!

Conditioned in a Squarrel Square Barrel Company barrel with tequila-soaked oak staves. Subtle notes of pear, cardamom and rosemary give the beer a tart, herbal finish. $11.99 for a 500mL bottle. Limited supply, available in the taproom only- grab one before they’re gone!*

*Beer Club Members may purchase these a day early on May 31st*

(Bottle/Can Release)

Sunday, June 2 

Backyard Beer Fest @ Northgate Event Center and Taproom (Denver) -3880 South Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Sunday, June 2 from 10:00pm-4:00pm

Details:First Annual Backyard BEER Fest & BBQ – June 2, 10am-4pm
Proceeds donated to The Honor Bell Foundation
Featured Brewers: Boggy Draw Brewery, Elevation Beer Company, Resolute Brewing Company, Landlocked Ales, The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
Food & Drink Providers: Crush Pizza & Tap, Comfort Caterings, GT’s Kombucha. Tickets: 720.532.1571

(Festivals and Special Events)


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