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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 8, 2020

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, January 8

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Small Batch: Just the Tip @ WestFax Brewing Company (Lakewood) – 6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, January 8, from 3:00–10:00 p.m.

Details: New Year! New Beer! Here’s our latest small batch beer! We decided to brew up a small batch IPA with spruce tips! Come taste this magical piney beer for yourself on Wednesday January 8th at 3pm! There will only be one keg available that means it will go fast and no crowlers to-go!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)


Thursday, January 9

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Friends and Family Tap Room Opening and 9th Anniversary @ Crooked Stave (Denver) -1441 W 46th Ave. Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 9- Friday, January 10, from 12:00 –8:00 p.m.

Details: *THIS EVENT IS AT THE NEW FRIENDS & FAMILY TAPROOM LOCATED AT 1441 W 46TH AVE IN DENVER, NOT AT THE PERMANENTLY CLOSED RINO TAPROOM*

We’re excited to ring in 9 YEARS with you all! What better way than to open the doors of our original Friends & Family Taproom again. Party starts at 12pm when taproom doors open to the public.

TAPROOM EXCLUSIVE releases:

Scoville Stout: Imperial stout brewed with scotch bonnet peppers, cinnamon and vanilla. 10.5% ALC|VOL in 16oz cans.

Mallow Out Stout: Imperial stout brewed with marshmallow, cacao, and coconut. 10.5% ALC|VOL in 16oz cans.

Double Nelson double dry-hopped double india pale ale. 8.0% ALC|VOL in 16oz cans.

(Grand Opening/ Anniversary)


Big Beers Pregame Party @ Rocky Mountain Underground (Breckenridge) – 114 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 9, from 8:00 –10:00 p.m.

Details: We’re stoked to get our friends together for a Big Beers Pregame Party and Tap Takeover to kick off an epic weekend of incredible beer.

Try some specialty brews from some of the best breweries in the country in one of the raddest venues in Breck.

Full tap list coming soon….

(Special Events and Festivals)


Briar Common Brewery Crafty Classes @ Briar Common Brewery + Eatery (Denver) – 2298 Clay Street, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, January 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Details: Dates for the exclusive opportunity of Briar Common Brewery Crafty Classes. We will provide a complimentary Brewing Educational Series for our guests at Briar Common Brewery + Eatery.

The courses will begin at 4:30pm and will last one hour and fifteen minutes. Each course will provide the exclusive opportunity to learn about different varieties of not only beer, but will include various hops + their characteristics and well as yeast and brewing techniques; all the while tasting some of our creations.

We are able to offer limited seating on each date for this exciting opportunity. To secure your seats, please contact Heather Jaeger at [email protected]

Dates/Varieties of Study:

January 9th: Yeast Strains : Stages of Fermentation

(Beer Education)


Friday, January 10

2020 Snowed In Maple Release @ Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Denver) – 1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 10, from 12:00 –10:00 p.m.

Details:Snowed In Maple 2020 is here!! Come join us for the release – we will have it on tap and in 19 oz cans. Don’t miss out on this sweetness!

(Bottle/Can Release)


Ski Wax Party @ Platt Park Brewing Company (Denver) – 1875 S Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 10, from 4:00 –8:00 p.m.

Details:🎿$20 gets you a ski/snowboard wax and a pint while you wait! Best deal in town.

(Special Events and Festivals)


Dusseldolf Alt Beer Release @ Seedstock Brewery (Denver) – 3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 10, at 2:00 p.m.

Details: Seedstock Brewery is releasing it’s award winning Dusseldorf Alt. It was named the 3rd best beer of 2018, and the 38th best beer of ALL TIME by Beer Connoisseur Magazine!

Seedstock’s altbier is brewed in the ‘Dusseldorf’ tradition/style, meaning it’s less sweet and more bitter than Northern German style alt. At 5.0-percent ABV, this beer has a clean, malty aroma with a very slight hint of fruitiness. It is assertive in its hop bitterness and balanced by a clean, bready malt character. The long-lasting, dry finish makes it a very sessionable beer.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)


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Big Beers Bash: Presented by Outer Range and Weldwerks @ Apres Handcrafted Libations (Breckenridge) – 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, January 10, from 7:00 –10:00 p.m.

Details: Some of the best breweries in the Nation are taking over our taps! Join us as we tap very special beers in honor of the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywine Festival that you’ll only find at Après! All beers tapped at 7:00pm.

TAPPINGS FROM:
Outer Range Brewing Co.
WeldWerks Brewing Company
Wiley Roots Brewing Company
Cerebral Brewing
Mikerphone Brewing
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
The Rare Barrel
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

<<<UPDATE>>> We will also be featuring a pretzel pairing from Schnibs Pretzels that you won’t want to miss!!

(Bottle/Can Release)


Saturday, January 11

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Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywine Festival @ Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center (Breckenridge) – 620 Village Rd, Breckenridge, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 11, from 9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m.

Details: The 20th Anniversary of a World-Class Beer Festival

The perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway: A world-class beer festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Meet renowned brewmasters and brewery owners, taste hundreds of big, Belgian style, and experimental beers, explore beer and food pairings, and learn from an impressive array of brewmasters and industry experts over an action-packed three day weekend.

As a novice, an aficionado, or an advanced homebrewer, you can enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to discuss beer with the amazing people who make it happen. Dig in further to learn more about this little festival in the mountains that the beer industry has held in such high esteem for 20 years!

For more information and tickets: https://bigbeersfestival.com/

(Special Events and Festivals)


6th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival @ Lowdown Brewery (Denver) – 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO

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

Details: The 6th annual LowDown Barrel Aged Beer Festival is set for Saturday January 11th! One day only! Per usual, LowDown will be releasing several of our own barrel aged beers. As always- our friends from Elevation Beer Co, Ratio Beer Works, Dry Dock Brewing, River North Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Baere Brewing, Little Machine Beer, and Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales, will be bringing some of their barrel aged goodness as well. We will tap the barrel aged beers at 11AM when we open and pour them until they’re gone- so don’t get here too late! There’s not many places where there are 14 different barrel aged beers on tap at one time- don’t miss this one!

No Cover. No Tickets.

(Special Events and Festivals)


Annual Barrel-Aged Stout Release @ 4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield) – 8855 W 116th Cir, Broomfield, Colorado

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

Details: This is our biggest release of the year! 3 new barrel-aged bottled beers will be ready for your enjoyment.

Single Barrel Select BMF – Imperial Stout aged in a Colorado Rye Whisky barrel. The rye imparts notes of vanilla with a slight spiciness that is rounded out by the big, boozy imperial stout. With only 25 cases this one is not to be missed. Limit 2 per customer.

Columbian Rum BMF – Imperial Stout aged in Columbian Rum casks and bottle conditioned with blackstrap molasses. The rum barrel adds beautiful oak and spice flavors that are balanced by the chocolate and coffee flavors from the imperial stout. 35 cases available.

Toasted Coconut Bourbon BMF – Imperial Stout aged in Colorado Bourbon and second use Port barrels. With some beautiful nuance from barrel aging, the toasted coconuts accentuate the barrel character and bring forward some intense depth to this already complex imperial stout. 45 cases available.

We hope to see all of you in the taproom enjoying these beautifully crafted barrel-aged beers!

(Bottle/Can Release)


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Aces & Eights  @ City Star Brewing (Berthoud) – 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, Colorado

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

Details: A local favorite – Imperial Red Ale. This beer is big and resinous, lace up your boots and get ready.

Aces and Eights were the cards reportedly held by Old West gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered at the poker table. This seasonal ale pays homage to our building’s history: during its 100 years the City Star Barn allegedly changed hands twice during local poker games.

Sweaty Moose will be out front 1-8pm and Followthefox plays live 7-9:30pm

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)


Meet the Brewery: TRVE and Crooked Stave @ The District (Denver) – 1320 E 17th Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, January 11, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Details: Come meet brewers from TRVE & Crooked Stave – grab some swag + free tasters, then select your favorite to purchase and vote for your brewery! Can’t decide? Buy a flight! Can’t make it Saturday? Six taps have been taken over for the entire month of January – stop by and vote.

(Tap Takeover)


Sunday, January 12

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January Bluegrass Brunch @ Station 26 Brewing Company (Denver) – 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, Colorado

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

Details: Ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s our mantra heading into the new decade.

We roll on into 2020 with a stomping good time on Sunday, January 12 for Bluegrass Brunch. Follow the Fox is a fantastic local, contemporary American roots duo and we are pumped to have them in our heated patio tent for two sets of fine music beginning at noon.

Farm to Truck will be here as always serving up their delicious brunch specials.

Don’t miss out on the first Bluegrass Brunch of the new year. Take our word for it.

(Beer Dinner/Brunch)


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