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2022 Colorado Black Friday Craft Beer Releases

Uhl's Black Friday Lineup

The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means the thrill of shopping for others in crowded spaces has begun. Instead of fighting the ravenous hordes at a tortuous big box store, why not enjoy some tasty beer? Black Friday marks a big day in the craft beer community as many breweries release special and limited edition beers, many of them made big and boozy for a warming liquid cold weather blanket. We have rounded up a list of 2022 Colorado Black Friday craft beer releases for your perusal and enjoyment. Convince the family to stop by one of these establishments while you’re out and about fighting off the crowds and that turkey hangover. Beer also makes for a great present for that special friend or family member!

Photo by Brittni Bell Warshaw

This post was made possible with the support of Laws Whiskey House. In addition to their no-shortcuts approach toward producing world-class whiskey. They also have lent their barrels to some of the best barrel-aged beers in the country. Explore more at

Denver Metro Area

  • Odyssey Beerwerks | Salyut Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
    • Available on draft and in 16 oz 4-packs to-go
  • Old 121 Brewhouse | Cinnamon Roll Dunkel
  • Resolute Brewing | Limited Release: Beneath Ancient Sand
  • River North Brewery | Whiskey Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman
  • Station 26 | Russian Imperial Stout Variations
    • All will be $9 for an 8oz pour. We will begin tapping right at 11A.
      • Mexican Chocolate – made with Chocala chocolate, Guajillo peppers, and cinnamon. 10.4% ABV.
      • Turkish coffee – made with medium roast arabica coffee beans and cardamom. 10.0% ABV.
      • Spumoni – made with pistachio, tart cherry and Chocala chocolate. 10.0% ABV.
      • Creme Brûlée – made with fresh vanilla bean and caramel. 
  • Westbound & Down (all locations: Downtown, Lafayette, Idaho Springs)
    • Tapping: Beyond Description
      • Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout + Coconut, Vanilla, Pecan & Hazelnut
      • A blend of 10- and 18-month Double Absence aged in Elijah Craig, Weller, Blanton’s and Russell’s Reserve 10 barrels, finished on loads of coconut, pecan, hazelnut, and vanilla. Light-handed is not a word we would use with this one! Adjuncts pound the palate, yet this beer still maintains a semblance of balance.
      • 13.5% ABV
      • $8/6oz
    • Selling: Opulence (2022)
      • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout + Vanilla
      • A blend of 10-and 18-month Double Absence aged in Elijah Craig, Weller, Blanton’s and Russell’s Reserve 10 barrels with extended aging on two pounds of Madagascar Vanilla beans.
      • 13.7% ABV
      • $25/500ml bottle. Limit one bottle per person per day
Westbound & Down Opulence
You too can be drinking this!
  • Westfax Brewing Company | Various releases
    • Beta Wave – vanilla, almond, cherry Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
    • Mountain Dream – DDH Double Hazy IPA
    • Assorted Variety – peppermint bark Pastry Stout
    • Spiced Christmas Ale
    • Peaches Be Crazy – peach Sour Ale
    • The Elvis Stout – peanut butter, banana and bacon Stout

Boulder County

  • Left Hand Brewing | Spend $100 on merch get one free growler fill each month in 2023
  • Uhl’s | Black Friday Beer Release
    • Releasing eight new barrel-aged stouts on draft and in bottles including three single barrel variants of Deep Dark Depths
    • Deep Dark Depths – 7 year old Heaven Hill barrel
    • Deep Dark Depths Rye – 6 year Templeton rye barrel
    • Deep Dark Depths Antique- 7 year old W.L. Weller Antique 107 barrel
    • Chocolate & Vanilla Barrel’d Treat- 8 year old Buffalo Trace barrel, Madagascar & Ugandan Bourbon vanilla beans, Organic Ecuadorian cacao nibs
    • Superior Liquor Coffee & Vanilla Barrel’d Treat – Breckenridge select bourbon barrel, Ozo Le Triunfo Mexican coffee beans, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans
    • Apache Liquor Imperial Barrel’d Stout – Old Elk select bourbon barrel
    • Mile High Wine Cellars Tahitian Vanilla Barrel’s Imperial Stout – A.D. Laws select bourbon barrel
    • Colorado Beverage Co. Barrel’d Imperial Stout – Breckenridge select bourbon barrel
  • Verboten Brewing | Barley Friday

Larimer/Weld County (FoCo, Loveland, Greeley)

City Star Chai Watchman
Photo courtesy of City Star

Featured image courtesy of Uhl’s

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