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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 24, 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.

Tuesday, September 24

Sketch Bet Double IPA @ Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) – 7667 E Iliff Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Tuesday, September 24, at 12:00 p.m.

Details: Sketch Bet Double IPA. A double IPA brewed with Pure Idaho pilsner and malted wheat. Hopped with Citra, Citra CRYO HOPS® and Mosaic. Nuff’ Said. 9.8% ABV

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Thursday, September 26

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

Date/ Time: Thursday, September 26, from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

Lightstruck / Skunky
Sour / Lactic Acid
H2S (Sulphur)
Ethyl Acetate
Isovaleric Acid

(Beer Education)

Bluegrass and Beer @ Columbine Cafe (Golden) – 15630 S. Golden Rd., Golden, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, September 26, from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Details: Columbine Cafe welcomes Hilltop Harvest Band to the Backyard Bluegrass Series.
Bob’s Atomic Burgers will be here!
New Belgium Beer specials all night!
$10 cover/Includes Bob’s burger

(Festivals and Special Events)

Friday, September 27

Grand Opening Party! @ Lonesome Buck (Greeley) – 819 9th Street, Greeley, Colorado 

Date/ Time: Friday, September 27- Sunday, September 28, from 5:00- 11:00 p.m.

Details: Spend the weekend toasting Greeley’s newest brewery and smokehouse!

While Oktobrewfest rages on next door at Lincoln Park, we’ll be relasing two new beers, our Smoked Pumpkin Ale and ‘Citric or Treat,’ our Chocolate Orange Stout.

The first 500 people to check in at our Oktobrewfest tent and buy a pint from our taproom get an exclusive BUCKTOBERFEST T-shirt!

(Grand Opening)

Saturday, September 28

Hop Zombie Day @ Lone Tree Brewing Company (Lone Tree) – 8222 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Details: Alert…Alert…The Hop Zombies are coming….

Every year, for one day only, we unleash the hop zombies!

Join us Sept. 28th for a can/draft release of our most anticipated beer of the year-A deliciously hopped, Imperial Red IPA. Weighing in at 9%ABV and 90 IBUs, this beer is certain to raise the dead….or at least we hope.

What to expect:
Zombie Day is always a party with delicious beer poured by un-dead bartenders.

12oz Hop Zombie cans will be available to purchase individually, in a 4-pack or by the case*. Supplies are limited as this beer is only available one day out of the year. There will be a very limited amount of special glassware and custom t-shirt to purchase the day of the event as well.

Each year there are a handful of devoted souls who arrive in the wee hours of the morning to guarantee themselves all the goodies. Therefore, Ol’ Skool Que BBQ truck will be serving up their green chili breakfast bowls before we open and will be around all day serving up their tasty smoked meats. Colorado Pizza Co will also be on hand around serving up their pizza’s that they cook right in front of your eyes.

The first TEN people in line will go home with a free limited edition zombie glass! We’ll also be serving up a complementary beermosa or bloody beer to any soul that arrives before we open.

*Earn a chance to win one of six amazing prizes with every 12 cans purchased!

RSVP to stay up to date on all the upcoming details!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Zwanze Day-2019 @ Crooked Stave RINO (Denver) – 3350 Brighton Blvd. Suite 130, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Details: Tickets on sale now. Two tickets available per person. Tickets will be $20. Tickets are good for a pour of Zwanze and a Glass.

We are honored to host Zwanze Day 2019! This year’s event will be held at the Crooked Stave Taproom in River North (not the Barrel Cellar). Doors will open at 11AM. No outside alcohol is permitted.

We will begin checking ID’s around 10:45AM. You MUST have a valid ID to enter. If you have a ticket, it will be scanned at this time. You will receive a voucher for your glass and the pour you have a ticket for. Please keep track of your voucher – if it is lost we cannot replace it.

Cantillon Pours will be available starting at 11AM and will be $10/10oz pours. We will announce the Cantillon pours closer to the event. These pours do not require a ticket.

We’ll begin pouring Zwanze at 12:15pm for the 1pm toast. You will receive your Zwanze glass to keep when you get your ticketed pour. Vouchers must be redeemed by 1:15PM. Any remaining Zwanze and Nath will be sold at $10 for a 10oz. starting at 1:15PM. Remaining Zwanze glasses will also be for sale at this time.

Crooked Stave will have several limited release beers available on draught and for sale, along with a large selection of magnums.

Lastly, we know that several of you miss the Barrel Cellar. We will be opening the Barrel Cellar for Great American Beer Festival, October 1st-5th Noon-6pm.

The Source does have a large amount of parking available, as with any beer-related event, we strongly encourage the use of public transportation or ride-sharing. See you Saturday!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Upslope’s 5th Annual Backcountry Tap Room @ Grand Park Development (Fraser) – 46 Market St, Fraser, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Details: We’re headed to the backcountry once again this fall to host a pop-up tap room experience for our 5th Annual ↟↟ Backcountry Tap Room ↟↟ on Saturday, September 28, 2019! Get ready to enjoy some good beers in the great outdoors… but you’ll have to earn ’em!

We’re teaming up with our friends at Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics again this year – 100% of the profits will go directly to Leave No Trace to support their 2020 Colorado Hot Spots!

This year’s Backcountry Tap Room will serve as the release location for a brand new, limited edition beer brewed exclusively for the event – a Double Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. Join us for a family-friendly, day hike to soak up some brews and views!

↠ WHEN // Saturday, September 28th
• Bar hours: 11:00 am-4:30 pm
• Check-in opens at 10:00 am
• Event ends at 5:00 pm

↠ WHERE // Top of Grand Park (~9,000′) – by way of marked trails (~2.5 miles) // Use 46 Market St, Parshall, CO as the address to get to the Parking Area and Check-in Tent.

↠ TICKETS // $15+ fees (event profits benefit Leave No Trace) :
*Day-of tickets will go up to $20- while supplies last*

*Non-drinkers and children accompanied by legal guardian are free.

All 21+ attendees (with valid ID) will receive four drink tickets – good for one 12 oz can of our exclusive Backcountry Tap Room Beer (Double Dry-Hopped Pale Ale) and up to three more cans of our 12 oz year-round styles.

Birch Benders will be serving free pancake kabobs at check-in from 9-11 am (or while supplies last)
Alpine Start Foods will be on location in the AM with coffee!

WANNA VOLUNTEER? Get in free and be a part of the event! Sign-up here:

>> Be sure to bring a valid ID.
>> No overnight camping – event ends at 5 pm.
>> No smoking.
>> Furry friends are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times. Make sure to pick-up after your pup, too!
>> Please be mindful of wildlife in the area and be sure to exercise Leave No Trace principles (pack it in, pack it out!).
>> Alcohol consumption is permitted in designated event areas marked by the Backcountry Tap Room bar and should not extend on to trails.
>> No refunds. Event is rain or shine.

(Festivals and Special Events)

Seedstock Oktoberfest @ Seedstock Brewery (Denver) – 3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Dig out your lederhosen and dirndl, Oktoberfest is returning to Seedstock.

We’re bringing Munich to West Colfax and if you’re attending any Oktoberfest in Denver this year, the celebration at your favorite old-world style brewery should be at the top of your list!

Here’s what to expect:
-Special beer releases
-Free pint if you come dressed in lederhosen or dirndl
-Stein hoisting competition
-Polka music by the very talented The Alan Polivka Band
-Tasty traditional German food from The Slider Side of Life food truck

Get ready to raise a stein and shout, “Prost!”

(Festivals and Special Events)

2nd Birthday Bash @ Endo Brewing Company (Lafayette) – 2755 Dagny Way, Lafayette, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 12:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Details:We’re turning two and celebrating with an epic birthday bash! Join us for a day of food, live music, bike contests, and of course, some fantastic and rare craft beer releases.

To commemorate our two-year mark, we will release five different barrel-aged beers through out the day. We’ll have some fan favorites from our first two years, including:

2017 and 2018 variants of Kill Me, Thrill Me a Belgian Dark Strong aged in a Maker’s Mark Barrel,
2018 and 2019 variants of No Quarter, a Brett Saison aged in Sauvignon Blanc wine barrels,
2017 Belgian Dubbel aged in a Woodford Bourbon barrel.

Enjoy the musical stylings from SoundClub Colorado and live music by Lady Gang. We will also be doing some bike-centered contests such as a Slowest Bike Race and a Shine and Show Bike event, where top honors will go to the most unique bikes.

Mac ‘N Noodles and Hangry Hut will be on-site serving up delicious eats.


Double Barrel Aged Dubbel Release @ River North Brewery (Denver) – 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 12:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Details: Aged in Colorado bourbon and then Colorado whiskey barrels, this Double barrel aged Dubbel is a deliciously dark brew sitting at 11.5% ABV, this dubbel is going to be perfect going into the Fall season. On tap and in bottles to go at both locations!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Mexican Lager Release @ Alpine Dog Brewing Company (Denver) – 1505 Ogden St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 12:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Details: Our first ever Mexican style lager “Chico Crujiente” (aka crispy boi) is coming out just in time for your late summer crushing! This will be the only time we do it with limes! This beer was brewed with CO local pilsner and pale malts by Root Shoot Malting!

Peyote Mexican Food Truck will be here!


(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

5th Year Anniversary Bash @ Fiction Beer Company (Denver) – 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m.

Details: FIVE years y’all! We’re throwing a carnival of sorts to celebrate our craft brewery birthday!
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•’The Recurrence’ Quadruple Dry Hoped Triple New England Style IPA returns for year 5
•’Steep’ Imperial Coffee Stout brewed in collaboration with Pablo’s Coffee
🍦We’ll have Nuggs Pablo’s Coffee Ice cream scoop floaters for the draft pours of the coffee stout
🍦And, root beer floats for the kiddos with root beer and vanilla ice cream from Nuggs

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The Dollhouse Thieves play @ 5:00

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Hole in 1 putting game
Tic Tac Toe Toss
Skee Ball
Frog Hop

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Brava Pizzeria


Gratitude 2019 @ Our Mutual Friend Brewing (Denver) – 2810 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, September 28, from 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Details: Taking place Saturday, September 28th, 2018 from 2 to 10pm
at Our Mutual Friend Brewing
2810 Larimer st, Denver CO 80205

It’s time for Gratitude! A celebration of friendship and the beer made possible by it.

Every year (the Saturday before GABF) we take the opportunity to celebrate you! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our customers, friends, family, and countless people in the craft beer industry.

Over 30 beers on tap! Special bottle and can releases! A Photo Booth! Food trucks! Merch Giveaways! NO TICKET REQUIRED!

Bottle list (as of 9/19):
Gratitude 6 – 100% Colorado Saison aged in Tequila barrels
Customer Appreciation – West Coast Double IPA
How Complicated and Unpredictable the Machinery of Life Really Is – Baere Solstice Collab; Winter Solstice Golden Sour Dry-Hopped with Mosaic
Contacto: Orange Roussanne Wild Ale
Baraka! (Collab with Fort George): Buckwheat Brett Saison
Gig Economy (Collab with Casa Agria: Rustic Saison
Oy (Collab with Stem Ciders): Mixed-Culture Graf Ale
Manor Bier (Collab with Finn’s Manor): 100% CO Strong Brett Saison
Saison Trysero: Brett Saison
Weirding Way: Foeder-Fermented Brett Saison

Tentative (as of 9/19) Tap list:

Gratitude 6 – Tequila Barrel-Aged Saison
Small Hold – 100% Colorado Hoppy Table Saison
Wet Hop Inner Light – Wet Hop Pale Ale
Time’s Arrow – West Coast IPA
Neon Nail – Hazy IPA
Wicket – Witbier
Festbier – 100% Colorado Lager Bier!
Mr. Prickles – Prickly Pear Sour
Customer Appreciation – West Coast Double IPA
Summerish – English Summer Ale on Nitro
Structured Chaos – Hazy Double IPA
Saison Trystero – Brett Saison
Yonksbier – Dry Irish Stout on Nitro
Contacto – Orange Roussanne Wild Ale
How Complicated and Unpredictable the Machinery of Life Really Is – Baere Solstice Collab
Dad’s Brown Ale – 100% Colorado Brown Ale
Shrug and Destroy (Wooden Robot Collab) – Hazy IPA w/ Oak

Gelber Rauch – Smoked Blonde Ale
Fixed Blade – Laws Barrel-Aged English Barleywine
Chene Peche – Mixed-Culture Foeder Sour on CO Peaches
Chene Cerise – Mixed-Culture Foeder Sour on Cherries
Colorado Pale Ale – 100% Colorado Pale Ale
Vanilla Thanatoid – Laws Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Vanilla
Stepwell – Imperial Porter with Vanilla + Oak
Apricot Smiles – Saison with Apricots
Strangers Are Strange (Collaboration with Cellar West) – Wine Barrel-Aged Strong Brett Saison
Double A Malt Liquor – Malt Liquor
Gig Economy – Rustic Saison Collaboration with Casa Agria
Color Logic (Crooked Stave Collab): Mixed-Culture Helles
Weirding Way – Foeder Brett Saison
Camisado – 100% Colorado Cream Ale
ABGB Industry – Pils!

Check back as we add new info to this page!

(Festivals and Special Events)

Tuesday, October 1

Odell’s 30th Birthday Beer Dinner @ Euclid Hall (Denver) – 1317 14th St, Denver, Colorado 

Date/ Time: Tuesday, October 1, from 6:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Details: Come celebrate 30 years of Odell brewing and Great American Beer Festival at Euclid Hall. We are proud to be partnering with Odell to serve a lovingly crafted 6 course dinner with special beer pairings. This will include a small batch Euclid/Odell collaborated brew!

(Beer Dinner)

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