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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | March 4, 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.

Tuesday, March 3

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Coffee Maple Medianoche & Old Fitz Medianoche Bottle Release @ Weldwerks Brewing Company (Greeley) – 508 8th Ave, Greeley, Colorado 80631

Date/ Time: Tuesday, March 8- Sunday, March 8, from 12:00– 7:00 p.m..

Details: The next two barrel aged releases of 2020 feature two brand new Medianoche variants – Coffee Maple Medianoche and Old Fitz Medianoche!

The unique casks used for Coffee Maple Medianoche began as Heaven Hill® 10-12 year-old bourbon barrels and were then used to age Vermont maple syrup for over a year. We received the barrels immediately after the maple syrup was emptied and promptly filled them with a special batch Medianoche brewed with even more maple syrup. After 17 months in the maple syrup bourbon barrels, we commissioned the talented folks at Mostra Coffee to design a blend specific for this beer. They landed on a mix of their Brazil Oberon and El Salvador “El Isidro” beans, which were roasted a touch longer to develop more sweetness and a gentle acidity, lending notes of dark chocolate, almond, toffee, and hints of tangerine. The complex coffee character layers perfectly with the rich caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla. and subtle citrus character imparted from the barrels, all of which are complemented by the lavish maple sweetness.

Available in 22 oz bottles to-go for $32 each, with a limit of 3 bottles per person.

As our barrel program has grown and matured over the past five years, so has our appreciation for the spirits originally produced from our casks. When we managed to secure barrels from Heaven Hill® Distillery’s first entry in the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond series back in 2018, we decided to craft a batch of Medianoche specifically for these unique casks. To complement the extraordinary softness imparted by the wheated mash bill of the Old Fitzgerald bourbon, we used flaked wheat and flaked oats to further enhance the mouthfeel of the base beer. After aging for more than 18 months in these exceptionally rare and complex 11-year wheated bourbon casks, Old Fitz Medianoche is a distinctly expressive homage to one of our favorite bourbons.

Available in 22 oz bottles to-go for $28 each, with a limit of 2 bottles per person.

Tickets will be sold online exclusively through Eventbrite, and tickets must be exchanged for bottles in person at the brewery between Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 8 during taproom hours. Here are our hours for those dates:

Feb 28-29: 12-10 pm
Mar 1: 12-7 pm
Mar 2-5: 12-9 pm
Mar 6-7: 12-10 pm
Mar 8: 12-7 pm

Once again, we will be allowing proxy pick-ups for this release (see more info about proxy pick-ups below) Given the exponentially greater demand we experienced by allowing proxies for the Vanilla Destinations/1910 Medianoche release, we have adjusted limits and significantly increased bottle counts, resulting in double the number (100% more) allocations than the January proxy release. Bottles are still likely to sell out quickly but we will be able to accommodate significantly more customers with these changes.

If you are unable to pick up bottles during the pickup window, or you are unable to secure a proxy, PLEASE, DO NOT BUY TICKETS! Tickets must be purchased online and will not be available for purchase in person. Tickets will go on sale promptly at 10:00 AM MDT on Saturday, February 15. Be sure to read all of the details below before purchasing tickets!

– Individuals must be 21 or older to purchase tickets, and a valid 21+ photo ID matching the name on the tickets must be presented at the time of pickup. Proxies picking up bottles for other individuals must be 21 or older and must present a picture or copy of the driver’s license of the ticket holder along with their tickets. There is a limit of 4 proxy order pick-ups per proxy.

– Each ticket entitles the patron to redeem (1) one 22 oz bottle of Coffee Maple Medianoche or one 22 oz bottle of Old Fitz Medianoche, as indicated on the Eventbrite ticket. There is a strict limit of (3) Coffee Maple Medianoche tickets and (2) Old Fitz Medianoche tickets per person. One ticket = one bottle redemption, so a full allocation of (3) three bottles of Coffee Maple Medianoche and (2) two bottles of Old Fitz Medianoche requires the redemption of (5) tickets. Additional orders placed that exceed the limits will be cancelled without notice.

– Tickets must be exchanged for bottles in person at WeldWerks Brewing Co. (508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631) between Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 8. Tickets (either digital or printed) must be presented in order to receive bottles.

– All unclaimed bottles remaining after the pickup window will be forfeited. Orders for unclaimed bottles will be refunded within 72 hours, less a 20% restocking fee.

– All sales are final and no returns or exchanges will be accepted.

– Individuals who attempt to violate these policies may be ineligible for future bottle purchases, so please do not waste our time and yours by trying to circumvent these rules.

(Bottle/Can Release)

Wednesday, March 4

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Double Double Release @ Cerberus Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) – 702 W Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m.– 10:00 p.m..

Details: That wait is over. Double Dry Hopped Elysium Double IPA will be back on tap Wednesday, March 4th. We only release Double Double once a year. We took our flagship Elysium Hazy IPA, brewed it as a double IPA, and double dry hopped it with copious amounts of ekuanot and cryo hops. This double trouble Double Double is 8.7% ABV and tastes like big kid orange juice. GET👏 IT 👏WHILE 👏YOU 👏CAN 👏
*Limit 2 crowlers per person*

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

7th Anniversary @ Verboten Brewing (Loveland) – 127 E. 5th Street, Loveland, Colorado

Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 4 – Friday March 6, from 11:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m..

Details: That wait is over. Double Dry Hopped Elysium Double IPA will be back on tap Wednesday, March 4th. We only release Double Double once a year. We took our flagship Elysium Hazy IPA, brewed it as a double IPA, and double dry hopped it with copious amounts of ekuanot and cryo hops. This double trouble Double Double is 8.7% ABV and tastes like big kid orange juice. GET👏 IT 👏WHILE 👏YOU 👏CAN 👏
*Limit 2 crowlers per person*


Thursday, March 5

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5 Year Anniversary Party @ 2 Penguins Tap and Grill (Centennial) – 13065 E Briarwood Ave, Centennial, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Details: Our 5th Anniversary is coming up on March 5th some might call that our Golden Birthday 😜

We will be tapping S P E C I A L T Y beers ALL DAY long! 🍻

Tapping first is Anniversary Effect which is a special edition of
Coriolis Effect New Zealand Style IPA with Ruby Red Grapefruit made specially for our anniversary from our good friends at New Image Brewing Company!

From our friends at Downhill Brewing Company we’ll have a Rocket Powered Penguin IPA brewed with Centennial, Zythos, and Mosaic oil 🐧

From our friends at Odyssey Beerwerks we’ll have their Peanut Butter Psycho Penguin Porter 🥜

We will be raffling off our CO proud beanies all weekend long!

Stop in and celebrate with your favorite penguins! 🐧🎉


Pilot Program Thursday: Wood Werks Old Fashioned @ Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver) – 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Details: Every Thursday, Great Divide’s Pilot Program reveals new, experimental beers.

This week features the latest release in our Wood Werks series and the first in 16oz cans. For this Old Fashioned Inspired Belgian-Style Ale, we used a subtle Belgian yeast strain to create a malty, enticing base beer and reimagine a traditional Trappist-style dubbel. The beer was then aged in brandy barrels for ten months with orange peel and cherry puree.

This beer will be available on draft and in 16oz single-serve cans for $10.

Come grab a glass at either Denver taproom starting at noon and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to ask your beertender about your Pilot’s License!

(Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings/New Tappings)

Poudre Pub Talk: Saving Farms One Beer at a Time @ High Hops Brewery (Windsor) – 6461 State Highway 392, Windsor, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, March 5, from 6:00- 7:00 p.m.

Details: As part of an on-going series, the Poudre Heritage Alliance presents monthly educational pub talks at local establishments throughout Northern Colorado. Join us for a Pub Talk on March 5, 2020, 6-7 pm, at High Hops Brewery in Windsor, CO. Guest speakers Todd and Steve Olander, Farmers and Co-Owners of Root Shoot Malting, will join us to talk about their family’s history of farming in Northern Colorado and the future of farmlands on a rapidly developing Front Range. High Hops will have one or two beers on tap brewed with Root Shoot malts too!

Pub Talk Bonus! Root Shoot has a beautiful short film – “100 Year Lease” – they will be showing at the Pub Talk.

Root Shoot Malting is deeply grounded and invested in Northern Colorado. Todd and Steve Olander, owners of Olander Farms, cultivated Root Shoot Malting to specialize in the highest quality of local grain and craft malt available to the brewing and distilling industries. As 5th generation farmers in Loveland, Colorado, they respect the heritage of Northern Colorado’s agriculture. As partners in the beer industry, they value the high standards of being in one of America’s most esteemed locations for craft beer.

If you are interested in attending this Pub Talk, please RSVP via Facebook. The event is FREE and open to the public!

Poudre Pub Talks are a series of FREE educational presentations, open to the public, presented by the Poudre Heritage Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that manages the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. Pub Talks lead up to the 3rd Annual Poudre Pour on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado.

(Beer Education)

Beer Pairing Dinner @ Cooper’s on the Creek (Georgetown) – 1500 Argentine St, Georgetown, Colorado

Date/ Time: Thursday, March 5, from 6:00- 7:00 p.m.

Details: Join us for a five course beer pairing dinner at Coopers on the Creek on Thursday, March 5th @ 6PM featuring select craft beers from Guanella Pass Brewery. $75/person. You will receive a 10oz commemorative glass as a gift for attending. RSVP at Cooper’s on the Creek TODAY!

Five Course Beer Pairing Dinner:

Course 1
Duck French onion soup – gruyere crostini; smoked provolone
Pairing with GPB– Aoraki Rye IPA

Course 2
Spring Risotto – exotic mushrooms; fresh greens; crispy sunchokes; cured egg yolk and white truffle essence
Pairing with GPB- Ptarmigan Belgian Tripel

Course 3
Sous Vide Yuzu Monkfish – Miso butter glaze; baby bok choy; Japanese mushrooms; flying fish roe
Pairing with GPB– Pirate Pilsner

Course 4
Frenched Rack of Elk – Baltic Porter elk demi-glace; roasted root vegetable puree; cherry bourbon gastrique; toasted pistachio
Pairing with GPB– Geneva Basin Baltic Porter

Course 5
Belgian Strong Ale Poached Pear – Pear poached in GPB Cabernet Barrel-aged Christmas Gift Belgian Strong Ale; vanilla bean custard; Marcona almond streusel
Pairing with GPB– Mount Sniktau Snowshoer Sour Saison

(Beer Dinner)

Friday, March 6

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Resolute Official Can Launch Party @ Resolute Brewing Company (Centennial) – 7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, March 6, from 11:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Details: They’re officially here! Our new beers have been in liquor stores all week, but now is your chance to come get some cans in the tap room and try them out on draft!

We’ll have Grill Sauce, All the Fuss and Standing Room Only, our new year-round brews, for sale to drink in the tap room and to-go all day long on March 6! Come give them a try and take some home to enjoy!

All the Fuss Sour and Standing Room Only IPA will be 10.99 per six pack, and Grill Sauce American Lager will be 9.99 per six pack. Limited quantities to come and get it while you can.

We’ll have these beer available on tap as well, and all day Friday you can get a full pour for $1 off! Try em out, fall in love, then take some home!!!

(Bottle/Can Release)

One Year Anniversary Weekend Bash @ Envy Brewing (Fort Collins) – 3027 E. Harmony Road Suite 2, Fort Collins, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, March 6- Sunday, March 8, from 12:00- 6:00 p.m.

Details: SAVE the DATE to come celebrate 1 Year of Envy Beer!

All weekend long enjoy drink specials, live music, specialty beer taps, food specials & enter to win raffle prizes!

Friday Night –
Jon Ham from 5pm – 8pm

Saturday Night –
The Seers from 3pm – 4:30pm
& Maxwell Tretter from 5pm – 7pm


1 Year Anniversary Party @ FlyteCo Brewing (Denver) – 4499 W 38th Ave Ste 101, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, March 6- Sunday, March 8, from 12:00- 10:00 p.m.

Details: Join us celebrating 1 year in beer!
4 beer releases, membership sale, live music, beer garden, tap trailer, karaoke, food truck, games +morey


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Citrus Release @ Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) – 625 3rd St., Greeley, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, March 6- Sunday, March 8, from 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Details: 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟔, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐚𝐭 𝟏𝟐𝐩𝐦, we’re releasing five new beers at Wiley Roots that are all citrus forward, including our flagship Unfiltered American IPA bursting with orange and lemon, a new orange chocolate Berliner Weisse that combines tart citrus with decadent chocolate, the return of key lime pie in a glass, and a new East Coast IPA that showcases grapefruit forward Mosaic and Nugget hops.

𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐈𝐏𝐀
Unfiltered American IPA with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade hops
6% ABV | 10 IBU
$𝟏𝟒 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫-𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐤 | 𝟏𝟔𝐨𝐳 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬

𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐭
Sour Ale with Dark Chocolate dry hopped with Citra hops
5.5% ABV | 8 IBU
$𝟏𝟔 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫-𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐤 | 𝟏𝟔𝐨𝐳 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬

𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐫
Milkshake Sour IPA with Key Lime purée, Graham Cracker, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Lemon Drop hops
6.3% ABV | 10 IBU
$𝟐𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫-𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐤 | 𝟏𝟔𝐨𝐳 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬

𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬: 𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲
East Coast IPA with Mosaic and Nugget hops
6.8% ABV | 15 IBU
$𝟏𝟔 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫-𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐤 | 𝟏𝟔𝐨𝐳 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬

𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟔 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝟏𝟐-𝟕𝐩𝐦
Edge Gourmet Street Kitchen
An awesome eatery on wheels bringing you fresh local ingredients and delicious upscale street food

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟕, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝟏𝟐-𝟕𝐩𝐦
Yolk’n Around
Egg featured dishes from appetizers, breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items

(Bottle/Can Release)

Smokebrush Smoked Porter Release @ Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) – 1604 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date/ Time: Friday, March 6, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Details: This event has been rescheduled and we are ready to turn our love lights on for First Friday, March 6th!

Combining this unique beer style with a unique art experience. Every year, this beer’s label has been illustrated by a different local artist. Come see the new label, meet the people who make Smokebrush’s random acts of creativity possible.
Celebrating the release of the world’s only black light beer label by Manitou- er, Jermaine Rogers. There will be live music from The Cosmic Flying Goats and Crystal and the Curious, a black-light art show and dance party curated by Krystal Dragon Wagon, a food pairing, and of course a toast!


Fashioned in the Robust Porter style, mahogany-hued Smokebrush Porter is a richly roasted, gratifying brew. A clever combination of malts smoked on peat and beechwood add an ever-so-slightly smoky character to the finish.


Smokebrush Foundation came to life as a Community Arts Foundation in 1992. Involved in the local and professional theater scene, the foundation also spearheaded workshops, exhibitions, a Children’s Theater series, world-class concerts and numerous community art projects.
In 1999 we shifted gears to design and create the Uncle Wilber Fountain for the children of Colorado Springs, transforming the energy of Acacia Park.

100% of the profits from this beer will go to support the foundation and its vision to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration in the Pikes Peak region and beyond!

(Special Events and Festivals)

Saturday, March 7

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Maui Express Luau: Both Tap rooms @ Denver Beer Co. Company (Denver) – 1695 Platte St, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 7, from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Details: Say ALOHA to Maui Express, our amazing Coconut IPA is BACK!

Denver Beer Co will be transformed into a tropical paradise for the party and we’re hoping to see a lot of dudes sporting coconut bikinis and grass skirts and ladies in awesome Hawaiian shirts!

We will be raffling off a TON of DBC swag, Maui Express Crowlers, a Maui Express KEG, plus limited edition tiki glass and a pour for $9! 1 raffle ticket will be handed out with EVERY Maui Express pint purchase from 11-5pm and additional raffle tickets will be handed out for amazing luau inspired costumes! Drawings will happen every hour! FREE entry to this event.

Come get your tiki on with us!

(Bottle/Can Release)

4th Anniversary Party @ New Image Brewing Company (Arvada) – 5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 7, from 11:00 a.m.- 11:59 p.m.

Details: We can’t believe it either…FOUR YEARS?!?
The time has flown and we’re celebrating like we always do – with a big ol’ party! Come join us on Sat. 3/7 for shenanigans all day including:

– FOUR special taproom beer releases
– Live Music out back on the patio under a HEATED TENT from Boot Gun (4pm) and The Dendrites (5pm)
– Live DJ (8pm-???)

More details to come, but clear your calendar for 3/7 and get ready to get down in Olde Town Arvada!


3 Year Anniversary @ Zuni Street Brewing Company (Denver) – 2355 W. 29th Ave., Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 7, from 12:00 – 11:59 p.m.

Details: Ladies & Gentlemen, we’re turning THREE! And we want YOU to join in the celebration. Bands are playing and beers are flowing for 3 days with the BIG DAY in the middle on Saturday March 7. Buy your commemorative 16oz steel drinker and get $1 off pints all weekend long. Don’t forget to grab your complimentary sunglasses and koozie! See the event schedule below:

Start 3rd Anniversary 16oz drinkers $1-off fills! 12pm
Stella Blue Food Truck 12pm
Meat-n-Potatoes 7pm


Goldberry Ale Release 3pm
Justin’s Easy Going Amber Release 6pm

The Low Road Bluegrass 1pm
The Weber Brothers 4pm
Morsel Band 7pm

Clamato Time Mexican Food Truck 12pm
Seasoned Swine Food Truck 12pm

Giant Jumpy Castle
Dream Stream Shop

Queener Law – Denver Legal Representation
Paris Lumb, Broker/Owner with Green Door Living Real Estate
HelloFresh Denver

Farm to Truck food truck 12pm
Matt Flaherty Music 3pm


3x Can Release @ Fiction Beer Company (Denver) – 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Details: THREE of our all-time favorite beers are releasing in 16 oz can 4 packs and on draft. The unabridged details:

‘Off Script’ Pilsner
Brewed with Pilsner malt, German noble hops, and our amazing Denver water, our brewers have crafted a unique recipe while retaining the familiar pilsner flavor profile. Saaz hops are used to bitter the beer lending the quintessential floral and earthy notes we know so well. Saphir hops were used as the dry hop to enhance the back-end flavor. Floral and earthy notes on the palate with a very dry and effervescent finish.
*$12.99 / 4 pack*

‘Fan Fiction’ Double Dry Hopped New England IPA
Collaboration with the CO: NEIPA & Hazy Haze Group
This New England Double IPA collaboration is a work of Fiction Beer Company and told by a group of Fans from the CO: NEIPA & Hazy Haze group. This hazy is dry hopped with double the Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Vic Secret hops. A full bodied mouthfeel carries the smooth tropical citrus characteristics across your pallet leaving notes of ripe passionfruit, zesty citrus, and a touch of juicy peach.
*$16.99 / 4 pack*

‘Alternate Present’ Dark Lager
Schwarzbier is a German dark lager with the drinkability of a pilsner and the flavor of a porter. Flavors of chocolate with a bit of roasted marshmallows up front, a slight fruity ester note in the middle, then fading to a clean malty finish. Despite the color, it’s a sessionable beer.
*$12.99 / 4 pack

(Bottle/Can Release)

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