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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | December 31, 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, December 31

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NYE at DBC! @ Denver Beer Co. (Denver) – 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 31, from 11:00–1:00 a.m.

Details: Happy New Year, Denver!

New year, new beer! That’s right, at our New Year’s Eve celebration, we’ll be sipping a beer that is sure to get your 2020 off to a delicious start.

Tutti Frutti Juicy Freak:
This special limited edition version of Juicy Freak was brewed to ring in 2020! Exploding with rich American hop notes of orange, mango, pear, and stone fruit, this tropical journey is smooth and creamy. The addition of grapefruit, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and blood orange kicks it up a fruity notch or two! Cheers!

As always, no covers, no shenanigans, no packed LoDo bar amateur drinking night situation…just craft beer, good friends, party hats, and a complimentary Tutti Frutti Juicy Freak toast at midnight (we’ll stay open till 1 a.m.)! Cheers and Hoppy New Year!

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No Cover New Years 2020 @ Woods Boss Brewery (Aurora) – 2210 California St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 31, from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Details: Nothing facy, nothing that cost you money to get in the door, just good beer and good friends on the last day of the decade. Free cheers at Midnight 🙂

Eric Lane Music starts at 5pm for some evening tunes.

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Compromised Principals: Juicy IPA @ Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) – 7667 E Iliff Ave Suite F, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 31, at 12:00 p.m.

Details: Tuesday Tapping Compromised Principles, Juicy IPA. Hopped with Citra, Azacca & Sultana. 7% ABV. Comrades first hazy IPA.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

New Year’s Eve Pre-Party @ Dry Dock Brewing Co.- South Dock (Aurora) – 15120 East Hampden Avenue, Aurora, Colorado

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 31, from 5:00–10:00 p.m.

Details: Join us at South Dock for a New Years Eve Pre-Party. Before you head to your evening celebration, stop by South Dock for beer giveaways. Also 3 packs of Crowlers will be available for $20.20

Our giveaways will begin at 5:45 pm, and can provide you with all your party needs!

5:45 pm – Crowler Giveaway

6:45 pm – Growler Giveaway

7:45 pm – 6 Pack Giveaway

8:45 pm – Full Case Giveaway

9:00 pm – Taproom Closes

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New Year’s Eve Party @ Ratio Beerworks (Denver) – 2920 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 31, from 8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.


Ring in the New Year by joining the Ratio Beerworks team for one helluva year-end blowout. Whether you feel like getting gussied up, or just want to rock a jean jacket, you’re all welcome to join for a rowdy dance party, midnight balloon drop, beer toast, and special tappings.

Our NYE Party will feature a special night of beer releases including a festive firkin tapping, and a free midnight toast for all attendees.

The Mystery Sisters DJ Duo will once be spinning punk and dance vinyl tracks for our taproom dance party, so come ready to throw down. Finally, right before midnight, we’ll be handing out free tasters to all attendees to help toast to the new year! Celebrate a fresh kickoff to 2020 over great beer and good times at Ratio Beerworks. NO COVER – Free to Attend!

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Wednesday, January 1

Bottle Cellar Mega Sale @ First Draft Taproom and Kitchen (Denver) – 1309 26th St., Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 1, from 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Details: We’re clearing out all of our bottles and offering some outrageous prices! Stop in anytime from now until 1/2/2020 and snag a great deal while supplies last. Limited quantities, first come first serve, and must consume onsite.

AC Golden Kriek Noir ‘14 – $15
Ale Apothecary El Cuatro – $20
Alesong Touch of Brett – $10
Almanac Raspberry Sour – $5
Avery Expletus BA Wild Ale – $5
Avery Lunctis Viribus BA Wild Ale – $5
Avery Uncle Jacob’s BA Stout – $8
Bell’s Expedition Stout ‘17 – $4
Beachwood Blendery Careful with that Cherry Eugene ‘17 – $15
Bruery Terreux Rueuze ‘15 – $10
Bruery Tart of Darkness ‘16 – $12
Bruery Batch #1731 – $8
Bruery Sour in the Rye – $10
Bruery Share This OC – $10
Bruery OR Xata – $10
Clarity Ginger Lime Sparkling Ale – $1
Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Cherry – $5
Dieu du Ciel Solstice Raspberry – $5
Dry River Bruxella BA Saison ‘17 – $6
Dry River Xibalba Sour Stout ‘17 – $10
Freigeist Gesterzug Gose – $4
Grassroots Arctic Saison – $10
Green Flash Cellar 3 – $8
Jester King Boxers Revenge ‘17 – $15
Jester King Ol Oi ’17 – $15
Jester King Provenance – $10
Jester King Saison Americaine – $10
Odell Friek – $10
Odell The Meddler – $10
Paradox Skully No. 35 – $7
River North Corundum – $5
River North Whiskey BA Quandry – $7
Schilling Grapefruit & Chill Cider – $3
Stillwater Gose Gone Wild – $7
Stone Locoveza BA Wild Stout – $10
Summit Apple Strudel Cider – $2

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Friday, January 3

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New Year, New Beer Can Drop @ Cerebral Brewing (Denver) – 1477 Monroe St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 3, from 12:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details: After a full week of not knowing what day it actually is, the holiday fog is finally starting to clear and you’re slowly making your way back to reality. We have just the reward for surviving the end of 2019! We will be releasing our first cans of 2020, including our highly anticipated Cookie Butter Barleywine!

10.4% Cookie Butter Barleywine
Brewed with Maris Otter, Munich & Oats with 120 lbs of added Lotus Biscoff cookies + vanilla. Notes of caramelized figs, dates & English toffee.
$16/16oz 2-Pack, limit 1 case PP

7.8% Robust American Porter
Rich, smooth & roasty with notes of chocolate covered espresso beans.
$16/4-Pack, limit 1 case PP.

6.4% House IPA with Citra, Mosaic & El Dorado
Bursting with notes of candied peach, mango & tangerine with a restrained bitterness.
$16/4-Pack, limit 1 case PP

6.7% IPA with Citra & Galaxy
Loaded with notes of orange creamsicle and tangerine.
$16/4-Pack, limit 1 case PP

8% Double IPA with 100% Strata
Notes of passion fruit, melon & mango with a subtle dankness.
$18/4-Pack, limit 1 case PP

5.1% Foeder Pilsner brewed with a touch of raw Colorado wheat and hopped with Sterling and Motueka.
$14/4-Pack, limit 1 case PP

All six will also be available on tap!

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Hazy vs. Clear: Can Release @ WestFax Brewing Company (Lakewood) – 6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 3, from 2:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details: Let’s battle two great competitors in the craft beer world! Hazy IPAs are juicy, mouthwateringly fruity with a nice fluffy mouthfeel, all while Clear IPAs are packed full of dank citrus pine notes with a nice clean dry finish!

We decided to brew up one of each to put up against each other! Here again for the second time is Cowboys Vs Hipsters our unforgettably Clear IPA brewed with Vic Secret & Strata. And to introduce the second in our Experimental Hazy IPA Series you’ll find Spirit Guide No. 2 brewed with pilsner, wheat, and a plethora of toasted oats hopped with Azacca, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Simcoe!

Both beers will be available in 16 oz 4-packs, Singles, or a Mixed Pack containing two cans of each! Doors open at 2PM for our can release and we’ll also be serving a Hazy Vs Clear IPA Flight containing 2 Hazy IPAs and 2 Clear IPAs. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win a 4-pack & gift card! Winner will be announced on Jan 4th!

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Beer Releases: Prague After Dark Czech Dark Lager @ Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) – 5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 3, from 2:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details: PRAGUE AFTER DARK Czech Dark Lager
ABV 4.7%
January Can of the Month Release in 16 oz 4-packs!

Take a moonlit meander through the streets of Prague with our Czech Dark Lager. Malt-forward with a soft bitterness and floral hops character like its sister beer, Czech Pale Lager (Czech Pilsner), but with a slight roasted, nutty flavor and darker hue.

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Folk Devil: Black IPA @ The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project (Denver) – 925 W 8th Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 3, from 3:00 –10:00 p.m.

Details: Our signature Black IPA is back, with the perfect balance of roast and hop character. Notes of chocolate from the malt with herbal, lemon and pine notes from the hops. 6.5% ABV.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Powder7 Pale Ale Beer Release @ Cannonball Creek Brewing Company (Golden) – 393 N Washington Ave, Golden, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 3, from 6:30 –8:30 p.m.

Details: Celebrate a new decade of skiing (and beer) over a pint of Powder7 Pale Ale! You might also win gear from rad brands like Backcountry Access, Inc., Liberty Skis, Icelantic Skis, SHRED., and more. Raffle and silent auction proceeds support Friends of CAIC.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Saturday, January 4

Wood: Spanish Cedar Can Release @ New Image Brewing Company (Arvada) – 5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 4, from 11:00 a.m. –11:59 p.m.

Details: We’re kicking 2020 off with some special beers, and one of the first is the newest varietal of our barley wine series, Wood. Hitting the taproom Saturday (1/4), this version used Spanish Cedar to pull in unique flavors to this massive beer.

With bold wood aromatics from the Spanish cedar, it’s like walking into a wood shop. When you give it a sip, the flavor starts with notes of grapefruit zest, clove and cinnamon, followed by caramel and toffee that fades into vanilla, then at the finish all these flavors come together like some kind of wooden gingerbread man with grapefruit zest buttons.

Get your 4pk here Saturday when we open at 11am!

(Bottle/Can Release)

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Rye Whiskey Aged Imperial Stout @ River North Brewery (Denver) – 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 4, from 12:00 –9:00 p.m.

Details: Mark your calendar for January 4th! We will be releasing our first single cask of the year and will open our Norther membership enrollment!

Norther memberships are limited so show up right at noon to get yourself added to this great membership. Annual membership perks include:
Six bottle releases throughout the year
Beer and merch discounts
Special glassware at the North Washington taproom
An annual holiday party
The inside scoop on upcoming beer releases and events
AND a monthly happy hour
All for $99!

Norther members can get access to our Locals membership for an extra $10 which includes discounts at our River North Brewery – Blake Street Taproom and a glass to keep.

The first Single Cask is a Laws Whiskey House Rye Whiskey Mr. Sandman.

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Funky Bottle Release II @ Primitive Beer (Longmont) – 2025 Ionosphere St, Longmont, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 4, from 12:00 –8:00 p.m.

Details: We’re ready to give you the FUNK, the SASS, and the in-your-face WEIRDNESS that you deserve! We have happily effervescent Red Globe Peach spontaneous bottles and a few remaining cases of the sparkling Chinook wet hop beer. While our first bottle release showcased BALANCE and NUANCE, this second release is highlighting some of our favorite edges.

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First up we’ve got HARBORED IN THE FUZZ (750ml bottle, $25, 6.2% ABV, limit 3/person)
Our second effervescent stone-fruit bomb, this two-year aged spontaneous beer was refermented on Colorado-grown Red Globe Peaches from Hotchkiss for ten months before bottle conditioning for six months with local Alfalfa honey.
Sun-warmed fuzzy peach skin, fresh squeezed orange juice, and sweaty blue cheese aromas jump out of the glass. The intensely fruity and funky nose juxtaposes more delicate Bellini-like flavors. This beer is incredibly dry and pleasantly acidic. We think of Harbored in the Fuzz as the funkier brother to “So Last Season: Nectarine”!

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About 3 cases remaining of Harvest Glitter!
(750ml bottle, $25, 5.5% ABV, limit 1/person)
Our first sparkling hop-focused beer, Harvest Glitter is the result of two-year aged spontaneous beer rested in Chardonnay barrels for ten days upon fresh/wet Colorado-grown Chinook whole cones from High Wire Hops in Paonia.
Candied pineapple on the nose is followed by notes of spruce tip, apricot jam, and white grape skins. The super restrained acidity and crisp, highly effervescent finish makes this beer an approachable all-day drinker.

We’ll also have Festive Splash, a brand-new still beer in boxes!
Festive Splash is a multiple puncheon blend of year-old spon-spon bing-bong. Aromas of over-ripened pineapple, black tea with orange, and musty cellar funk are followed by bright citrus-like acidity that is balanced by moderate aged-hop bitterness and a slight honey-like sweetness. We are excited to release this thoroughly drinkable still-blend, which targets flavors reminiscent of those found in young spontaneous beers offered by our Belgian contemporaries.

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Cherry Westfield Release @ Cellar West Artisan Ales (Lafayette) – 778 W Baseline Rd, Lafayette, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 4, at 1:00 p.m.

Details: Cherry Westfield 🍒 Several months ago we selected our absolute favorite oak barrel of currently maturing stock of our Westfield saison and added a light-handed dose of tart & sweet cherries to the cask.

After a few weeks of refermentation and conditioning we pulled the beer off the fruit, packaged it in bottles and kegs, then allowed it to naturally carbonate. Now we’re proud to offer our award winning wild Saison, Westfield, with a pleasant lil’ cherry kick. All the oaky, bretty Westfield character you know & love with additional nuances of sweet cherry skin, dried berry, and even a hint of that almondy pit character. Perfectly balanced between saison & fruited wild ale.

We’ll have draft pours and 500ml bottles of Cherry Westfield available in our Bier Pub this Saturday, January 4th from 1-10pm. Limit 3 bottles per customer, per day; $12.50ea (+ tax). Grey Duck Eats will also be on-site at 4pm helping us celebrate the release of our new twist on Westfield!

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Pilsner Tapping @ Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) – 7667 E Iliff Ave Suite F, Denver, CO

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 4, at 12:00 p.m.

Details:Saturday Tapping. True Level Pilsner. We also dabble in precision… Pilsner with Saphir with a light dry hop of more Saphir. 4.9%

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Monday, January 6

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Baby Yoda @ Fiction Beer Co. (Denver) – 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Monday, January 6, from 6:30 –9:00 p.m.

Details: It’s baby Yoda… enough said! Our instructor will walk you through step by step while you paint, drink, enjoy! Sign up for this one now, it’s going to fill up quickly!

**Please note that this is a 3 hour class**

$40 includes all painting materials, step by step instruction, one beer and endless FUN!

Fiction Beer Co – 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver 80220

*Please use the Group ID or Notes Section to let us know if you would like to be seated with certain people or a group!*

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