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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 19, 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, February 19

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Ales of Antiquity Dinner: Monticello @ Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) – 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, February 19, from 7:00– 9:00 p.m..

Details: Join us for our next Ales of Antiquity dinner, and take home a 4-pack of our newly released Monticello!

Monticello is the tenth release in the Ales of Antiquity series. Travis Rupp, professor at CU Boulder and head of the Avery Barrel Program, researched Thomas Jefferson’s personal journals to create this historic brew. The Monticello recipe is based on references to a beer brewed for Thomas Jefferson by Peter Hemings, who was enslaved at Monticello in 1822. Monticello is barrel-fermented with persimmon puree added.

Join us for a multi-course dinner and various iterations of Monticello! After dinner, you’ll take home a 4-pack of this limited release.

The dinner will be hosted in our upstairs restaurant. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the dinner will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $65 per person and include a multi-course dinner, multiple variations of Monticello, a presentation from Travis Rupp on his research and methods to brew this presidential brew, plus a 4-pack of this release to take home (and tax & tip)!

(Beer Dinner)

Stout Month 2020 @ Vine St. Pub & Brewery (Denver) – 1700 Vine St
Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, February 19- February 29, from 11:00–11:00 p.m.

Details: THE STOUTS ARE OUT! All February long at Vine Street Pub & Brewery. Enjoy a rotating cast of 36 house stouts and some very special guest stouts from some of Colorado’s finest breweries! 🍻

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Thursday, February 20

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Battle of the Hop Blends @ Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) – 1919 Blake St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Details: Battle of the blended hops!

We will be tapping our Samba IPA and our Trident IPA for you to vote!

Both are delicious but we want to see what you think!

$10 gets you one 10 ounce pour of each beer.

(Special Events and Festivals)

Barrel Aged Tasting and Pairing @ Woods Boss Brewing (Denver) – 2210 California St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, February 20, from 6:00 –8:00 p.m.

Details: Join us for a unique experience of tasting several of our one-off rare and unique craft beers from our barrel aging program. Taste samples from Wine, Rum, Tequila, Scotch or Whiskey barrels and let your taste buds open up to a world of new flavors. Throughout this experience, Head Brewer, Jordan Fink will guide you through this experience and provide insight on the process and flavors and respond to any questions that arise. Goed Zuur will be providing paired cheese bites to go along with each beer. Chef Anthony Lopiccolo and cheese monger Rachel from the GZ team will be on site to guide the pairings.

Included In Event:
– Eight 4oz pours straight from our one of a kind barrel aged beers
– Guided tour throughout the experience with Head Brewer Jordan Fink
– One 500ml bottle of Dreams The Stuff Are Made Of
– Carefully paired cheeses with each barrel aged tasting

(Beer Pairing)

Friday, February 21

Witkist White Taproom Release @ Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins) – 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, February 21, from 11:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Details: Introducing our newest year-round release, Witkist Grapefruit White Ale. Try it first at our Fort Collins Taproom!

This modern take on a Belgian-style White Ale has bright aromas of citrus from pureed grapefruit, and a delicate spice from dried orange peel and coriander. Complex yet delicate with a clean, refreshing finish, Witkist brings an unexpected twist on tradition.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

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Goldspot Turns 5! Day 1 @ Goldspot Brewing Company (Denver) – 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, February 21, from 12:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details:  Join us for a weekend of fun! We have tons of fun beers coming out all weekend.

Special tap release:
Italian Pilsner
Lotus Dry-Hopped Cream Ale

Bottle Releases:
Laws Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Chocolate Stout
Batch 250 Merlot Barrel Aged Plum Saison

Barrett and Pratt Provisions 12pm-4pm
Yuan Wontons from 5pm-8pm


Cordial Greeting Release @ 4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield) – 8855 W 116th Cir, Broomfield, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, February 21, from 12:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details: We had the honor to team up with our friends from New Image Brewing Company and make a wonderful creation we are all excited for you to try! We decided that the world needs a new imperial stout and thus Cordial Greeting was born. This dessert beer comes in at 14% abv making it extremely flavorful and rich. The key ingredients are an incredible sum of raspberries & cherries blended with rich chocolate and vanilla giving the illusion of drinking a glass (or can) of sweet cordial cherries.

With this beer, you can expect a large amount of flavor, so we can’t wait for Friday! Bring some friends to the taproom and try this new collaboration beer on draft and tell us what you think!

(Bottle/Can Release)

Saturday, February 22

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6th Anniversary Celebration @ 300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) – 335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m..

Details: Come celebrate 6 years of beer. Per tradition, our employees will be creating and brewing 6 special small batch beers to be released throughout the day (See the schedule below for details) in addition to our brewer’s release, Two Tart Barrel-Aged Stout in cans. Join us for giveaways, live music, delicious food from Scratch Kitchen and of course, local craft beer! Wendy Woo plays from 4:30-6:30. Acoustic Jammers Band featuring Tim Ostdiek plays 6:45-8:45.

Weisswurst on a Pretzel Bun will be the Scratch special of the day!

12:00 PM
Release of Princess Peach Saison (Rosemary/Sammee Jo)
6 lb Burger Eating Contest (must sign up at brewery-only 6 spots available)
1:30 PM
Release of Imperial Death Trooper Coffee Imp Stout (Josh/Nolan)
3:00 PM
Release of Legend…wait for it…Berry Kolsch (Alexa/Kelsey)
4:30 PM
Wendy Woo
4:30 PM
Release of Half Day Brut IPA (Dan A and Nate)
6:00 PM
Release of Hey Porter! Bourbon Vanilla Toasted Almond Porter (Darren/Karen)
6:45 PM
Acoustic Jammers Band
7:30 PM
Release of Wit-Tea Lemongrass Ginger Wit (Jean/Melanie)


Magically Magic 8 Year Anniversary Party @ River North Brewery- Blake St. Taproom (Denver) – 3400 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 22 from 12:00- 10:00 p.m..

Details: When was the last time you grabbed a Magic 8 Ball, asked a question and got, “Reply hazy, try again”?! You were probably around….eight years old. Well, we’re bringing the Magical Magic 8 Ball back for our eight anniversary party!

February 22nd we are throwing a party at both of our taprooms to celebrate us brewing beer, slinging beer and making friends. We will have plenty of fun things going on throughout the day at both spots, so we hope to see you all there.


We’re going to be giving away some of our vintage merch, vintage bottles, Hop-A-Tronic six packs and grand prizes of Northers and Locals memberships! Starting at 12pm, every full pour you get will get you one ticket to be entered into the drawing. Every hour, on the hour starting at 3pm we will be giving away some River North Brewery goodies for you. You must be present to win and the more beer you drink the more chances you get to win!

Beer Releases!

We brewed a special beer for this anniversary: an eight-hour boil stout. Coming in around 11% ABV, this super dark, extra rich and creamy stout is unlike any other stout we’ve put together. We BOILED IT for EIGHT HOURS. This is also our first canned big beer and will be packaging them in four packs so you can take this tasty beast home with you.

Besides our Anniversary 8 beer, we will be releasing specialty brews throughout the day at both taprooms. Stay tuned to learn more about what will be on tap and when!

Here’s the fun part: THE MAGIC 8 BALL.

We went out and bought some Magic 8 Balls specifically for this party. When you get a full pour, not only do you get that ticket to be entered in to win sweet treats, you will also get a chance to shake the Magic 8 Ball. With the shake of the Magic 8 Ball, you will see what your River North future holds with the possibility of winning FREE BEER. Every time you get a full pour, you get the chance to hold our future in your hands…..not really.

Mark your calendars for February 22nd, the party starts at noon at both taprooms. Where will we see you at?!


Goldspot Turns 5! Day 2 @ Goldspot Brewing Company (Denver) – 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 22, from 12:00 –11:00 p.m.

Details: Special tap release:
Vienna Lager
Cabernet Aged Bourbon Barrel aged Dopplebock

Bottle Releases:
Law Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Dopplebock
Batch 250 Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Plum Saison

Toby’s Po’boys from 2pm-8pm


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Mardi Gras Rumpus 2020 @ Call to Arms Brewing Company (Denver) – 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 22, from 12:00 –10:00 p.m.

Details: Get your party pants on…it’s almost Mardi Gras! Our 5th annual Mardi Gras Rumpus is on Saturday, February 22nd, featuring the World’s Tiniest Mardi Gras Parade! After you stuff your face with delectable mudbugs, join us second line style as we follow Guerrilla Fanfare blowing dem horns down Tennyson Street. This day is the best…we hope you can join us!

Noon: Special Beer Releases Tap
2pm: CRAWFISH BOIL by Rolling Smoke BBQ at Stanley Marketplace
3:30 – 6pm: Guerrilla Fanfare – Live Brass Band
4pm: World’s Tiniest Mardi Gras Parade with miniature floats by Little Machine Beer, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Under the Sun Eatery and Pizzeria, The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery, The Empourium Brewing Company, Valhalla Cakes, FlyteCo Brewing, Avery Brewing Company, Berkeley Park Running Company, Counter Culture Brewery + Grille, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company and more!

Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

(Special Events and Festivals)

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Black Pearl Vertical Tasting @Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) – 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd Ste D13, Littleton, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 22 from 7:00- 10:00 p.m..

Details: Join Jason and Andy in an intimate group to taste all 5 years of our barrel-aged Imperial Porter- the Black Pearl. We’ll sample 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 versions, nibble on some bread and cheese, and hang out. Additionally, each guest will take home a bottle of the current batch to squirrel away in their own cellar. Only 10 spots available in this inaugural event.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Sunday, February 23

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Hazy Sunday @ River North Brewery (Denver) – 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Sunday, February 22, from 12:00- 7:00 p.m..

Details: This month we have two new special Hazy IPA’s for our monthly Hazy Sunday!

On tap right at noon at our 6021 N. Washington Street taproom, these are limited small batches so show up before they run out.

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Goldspot Turns 5! Day 3 @ Goldspot Brewing Company (Denver) – 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Sunday, February 23, from 12:00 –8:00 p.m.

Details: Tap Release:
Laws Rye Whiskey English Barley WIne
Bottle Release:
Montanya Rum Barrel Aged Passion fruit and Dragon fruit Belgian

Lumberjack dog costume contest 3pm

Farm to Truck 12pm-6pm


Monday, February 24

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Firestone Walker & Crooked Stave Special Tapping @ Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) – 1919 Blake St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Monday, February 24, from 5:30- 10:00 p.m..

Details: Join Firestone Walker and Crooked Stave at Falling Rock Tap House for an evening of special tappings! There will be extremely limited, sour exclusives on draft for the night PLUS Jim Crooks from Firestone Walker and Chad Yakobsen from Crooked Stave will be giving a talk on all things SOUR.

Beer will be flowing at 5:30 so get in and grab a pint and settle in for the talk to start at 6:00PM.


Crooked Stave
7.3% ABV, Barrel blended sour ale aged in oak with raspberries, blueberries and marionberries.

Celebrating 29 years of No Crap On Tap, Falling Rock and Crooked Stave collaborated to create a unique blend of sour ales aged in oak with a variety of whole berries for Falling Rock’s 20th Anniversary!

Crooked Stave
10.5% ABV, Imperial stout brewed with cacao, marshmallow, and coconut. Exclusively available in Crooked Stave taprooms.

A Crooked Stave imperial stout iteration brewed with marshmallow, cacao, and coconut to amp up the pastry on an already beastly 10.5% ABV stout. Bring back the Stay Puft Man!

Crooked Stave
5.7% ABV, Methode Traditionnelle spontaneous sour ale aged in oak barrels.

GABF Gold Medal winning series! Oak and tangerine flavors bloom into sweet tropical fruits, making this beer the perfect example of the wild yeast and bacteria prevalent at Crooked Stave.

Firestone Walker
6.0% ABV, An inventive wild ale fermented with fresh Oregon strawberries.

A generous dose of strawberries were allowed a tertiary fermentation with a wheat beer matured 5-24 months in 100% French oak barrels. A fresh sweet strawberry perfume gives way to earthy funk, bracing acidity and malt undertones. A lively carbonation and underlying oak tannins create a thoroughly refreshing beverage. Santé!

Firestone Walker
7.5% ABV, American wild ale fermented with plums, black currants, cherries, and grapes.

Firestone Walker
9.7% ABV, Stong wild ale selectively matured in bourbon barrels for several months with an additional 18 month secondary fermentation in French and American oak barrels.

Nutty sherry aromas mingle with Oak, then give way to a Cointreau-like boozy orange zest. Tart cherries linger as the acidity builds on the palate. Vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon provide a supporting cast. The whole experience is reminiscent of a Manhattan cocktail. To be sipped and savored. A santé!

(Special Events and Festivals)

Tuesday, February 25

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Firestone Walker & Crooked Stave Special Tapping @ Goed Zuur (Denver) – 2801 Welton St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 25, from 6:00- 10:00 p.m..

Details: Join Firestone Walker and Crooked Stave at Goed Zuur for an evening of special tappings! There will be extremely limited, sour exclusives on draft for the night PLUS Jim Crooks and Chad Yakobsen will be sipping specialty sours and talking all things craft beer for a brief meet & greet.

SPECIAL TAPPINGS to be announced on 2/25!

(Special Events and Festivals)

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