American Craft Beer Week 2011 (May 16 – 22) Denver Roundup

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American Craft Beer Week is in two weeks. While many of us live the American Craft Beer Life™, this is a week when all of America joins us in celebrating craft beer. Spearheaded by the Brewers Association and organized by pubs and breweries around the country, thousands of beer newbies, beer geeks, and every other beer drinker category will raise their glasses and toast to beer.

There’s a Declaration of Beer Independence, a few Congressional resolutions, a nod from the Colbert Report, and a lot of parties.

So how does Denver celebrate?

In style.

Here’s a list of events in and around Denver during ACBW. Check back as we’ll update this list as more events are planned.

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Week Long Events

Breckenridge Ale House @ Amato’s (2501 16th Street Denver)
$1.00 off all American Craft Beers

Breckenridge Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake Street, Denver)
With the purchase of any food or beverage, you are eligible to enter the contest to win a free pint of beer every week for a year!  Only valid at the Breckenridge Ballpark Pub; must be 21 or older to enter.  Winner will be announced Saturday evening at the Ballpark Pub during the Colorado Goat Ropers Guild show.  Need not be present to win.  (but wouldn’t it be fun to be present?!)
Get a free Breckenridge Koozie with the purchase of a pitcher.  Summer’s a comin’!
$1.00 off all Breckenridge Mainline Beers

Breckenridge Brewery & BBQ (471 Kalamath, Denver)
$2.50 Breckenridge Brewery Beers

Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street)
Chef Jorel Pierce and Certified Cicerone Ryan Conklin have created two pairing menus for this special week.
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Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Free tours all week

Joy Wine and Spirits (1302 East 6th Avenue)
Bomber special

The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe, Denver)
$1 off all Colorado craft beers. Just mention American Craft Beer Week.

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
14 taps starting Wednesday, including the last of the 151 Anniversary Ale and the return of all three barley wines.

 

Monday, May 16

Breckenridge Brewery & BBQ (471 Kalamath, Denver)
Firkin Tapping

Bull & Bush (4700 Cherry Creek South, Denver)
Keg tapping of Funky Cougar – First time ever on tap. Sour beer aged in a Folk Machine wine barrel.

Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street)
Brewery Visit (Brewery TBD)

Freshcraft (1530 Blake Street, Denver)
Join us at Freshcraft during happy hour to kick off American Craft Beer Week with a BBQ with a Brewer featuring Oskar Blues. We will be tapping Barrel Aged ODB Barleywine and Old Chub, as well as other Oskar Blues beers. There will be brewers on hand to talk about the beer and we’ll be serving BBQ made with Oskar Blues signature hot sauces. We’ll also have a raffle for some awesome Oskar Blues gear.

Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Vertical Hibernation tapping. ’08, ’09, ’10. $6 for a 3oz pour of each. This will go fast.

Old Chicago LoDo (1415 Market Street, Denver)
Join the Westword’s Jonathan Shikes, Ska, and the Brewers Association for an ACBW kick-off party and a local series beer release, Big Shikes Orange Blossom Imperial Pilsner.

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
Meet the Brewer – Avery Brewers will be on hand to sample beers and answer questions

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
$1 off all pints

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder)
Homebrew & Bottle Collector Support Group

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs)
An introduction to craft beer styles, for ladies only, with great food pairings from Blue Sage Catering. We’ll break it down with a discussion of ingredients, process and flavors. Learn how to talk intelligently about craft beer and pick up some food pairing tips that will amaze your friends! Tickets are $20, space is extremely limited.

Buy a pint for $5 and keep the glass. Refills are $3.50. 5:00 pm until 9:00.

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins)
Nine local breweries have collaborated on a special ACBW brew…we’ll tap the beer on Monday

Twisted Pine (Boulder)
Independence Ale, $2.00 pints all night

Tuesday, May 17

Big Beer Crawl (Starts at Star Bar, 2137 Larimer, Denver)
Join Big Beer Crawl and the Denver Pedal Bar on a beerventure through downtown Denver. Stops include Star Bar, Euclid Hall, Freshcraft, Falling Rock, and back to Star Bar. More details at BigBeerCrawl.com.

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax, Denver)
Odell Friek Tapping – This Lambic style beer from Odell is part of their Single Serve Series and is very limited in draught. As part of the Friek tapping we are serving each pour with a serving from the Cheeky Monk Belgian Chocolate Fountain. Enjoy!

City O’ City (206 E. 13th Ave, Denver)
Left Hand Wake Up Dead Firkin

Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street)
Brewery Visit – Crabtree

Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Live music by Ian Cooke

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
Meet the Brewer – Dry Dock brewers will be on hand to sample beers and answer questions. Dry Dock Vanilla Porter on special

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
$1 off all pints

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder)
The Sisterhood of the Hop – Pink Boots Society Fundraiser ($10 admission)

Wednesday, May 18

Breckenridge Ale House @ Amato’s (2501 16th Street, Denver)
Firkin Fest – Firkins, Firkins!!  Join us as we tap a Breckenridge Brewery firkin & a Left Hand Brewing Co. firkin in the main level bar.

Breckenridge Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake Street, Denver)
Flights (sample trays) of 3 beers available for $3 – choose from a variety of flights.

Bull & Bush (4700 Cherry Creek South, Denver)
Keg tapping of The Legend of Liquid Brain Imperial Stout – Aged for 2.6 years in a Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old barrel

Copper Kettle Brewing (1338 S. Valentia St., #100, Denver)
Half price pints all day

Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street)
Brewery Visit – Boulevard

Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Beer and Salumi tasting

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
All Great Divide brews on special, including DPA, Titan, and Chocolate Yeti

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
Drew from Hops & Pie is onsite grilling his amazing pizzas

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins)
Firkin fun…we’ll pour our latest Firkin creation, and feature live music from 4-6pm

Twisted Pine (Boulder)
Keep the pint night

Thursday, May 19

Breckenridge Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake Street, Denver)
Be among the first to partake in the Front Range FIRST TAPPING (at 7:00) of Trademark Tripel, Breckenridge Brewery’s newest small batch beer – a Belgian version of our Trademark Pale Ale.

Our weekly trivia night (starting at 7:31…yes, that’s 7:31) will highlight American Craft Beer Trivia.

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax, Denver)
Beer vs. Wine Dinner – Which is your favorite? More details and tickets at http://thecheekymonk.com/tickets

Copper Kettle Brewing (1338 S. Valentia St., #100, Denver)
$2 off growler fills

Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street)
Brewery Visit – Stone

Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Hop Disciples meeting

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
All Odell brews on special, including 90 Shilling, St. Lupulin, Odell IPA, and a Nitro Cutthroat Porter

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
Steuben’s Food Truck onsite all night. Music by the Goatroapers.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder)
The Society for the Pursuit of Hoppiness
Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar & Tasting ($15 for Society members, $40 for new members to join)

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins)
Get schooled! Join us in for a beer and food education/panel (limited to first 30 participants).

Friday, May 20

Breckenridge Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake Street, Denver)
Fish Friday – kick off the weekend w/ a free pint at lunch with an order of Fish & Chips

Breckenridge Brewery & BBQ (417 Kalamath, Denver)
Enjoy 3 special Breckenridge beers paired with American Artisan Cheeses.  Brewery Tours also available at 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 & 5:00.

Bull & Bush (4700 Cherry Creek South, Denver)
Keg tapping of Bull & Bush Abt 12, a dark, seductive Belgian-Style Trappist Ale.

Copper Kettle Brewing (1338 S. Valentia St., #100, Denver)
Brewery tours on the hour. Rotating Happy Hour – $1 off a different pint each hour.

Freshcraft (1530 Blake Street, Denver)
Avery Tap Room Takeover – Have you ever been to the Avery Tap Room? Its pretty sweet right? Or even if you haven’t now is your chance (sorta)! On May 20th Avery is taking over Freshcraft and transforming it into their Taproom. We will have 15 Avery Taps including several hard to find and one off beers in addition to all of the amazing beers in the Avery core line up. This Day/Night is not to be missed! Stay tuned for further information in regards to what Beers will be available. Who knows, you might see a firkin or two also.

Great Divide Brewing Company (2201 Arapahoe, Denver)
Special Tapping – TBA

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
All New Belgium beers on special, including Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, Somersault, and Trippel

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
Drew from Hops & Pie is grilling his pizza onsite. Music from the Black Dots.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder)
Dihos Dactylion Barrel-Aged Sour Ale Tapping ($10/10oz pour)

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins)
Trivia time! Test your knowledge of American craft beer, and win some fun prizes!

Twisted Pine (Boulder)
Live Music and happy hour all night

Saturday, May 21

Breckenridge Ale House @ Amato’s (2501 16th Street, Denver)
Ale House at Amato’s now serves brunch…er…BEER-unch!  Free Beer-Mosa (Agave Wheat&OJ) with the purchase of any BEER-unch menu item.

Breckenridge Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake Street, Denver)
We are extending happy hour ($1 off Breckenridge Brewery mainline and small batch beers) into the evening as you enjoy live music from Colorado Goat Ropers Guild.

The winner of the “Free Pint a Week for a Year” contest will be announced!

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax, Denver)
Keep the Glass Night – Join us in welcoming De Halve Maan direct from Bruges, Belgium to Colorado! Includes Straffe Hendrik Tripel
on draught ($10) and the Quadrupel in 750ml ($20) – while supplies last!

Copper Kettle Brewery (1338 S. Valencia St., #100, Denver)
12-4pm – $1 off all pints.
4pm – Mexican Chili Pepper Stout Release Party, including food pairings with Alvie’s Eats

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
Colorado Craft Day! Specials on Ska Modus Hoperandi, Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown, Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, and Boulder Beer Hazed & Infused.

Strange Brewing Company (1330 Zuni, Unit M, Denver)
Jason from Kona Grill is bringing an amazing spread. Live Reggae music all night.

Wynkoop (1634 18th Sreet, Denver)
The United Tastes of Belgium showcases the best Belgian-style beers from CO and the US and tastings of chocolate and cheese. Along with samples of a few choice beers from Belgium.
So far the beer list includes Belgianesque gems from Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Black Fox, Great Divide, Epic, Funkwerks, Golden City, Great Divide, Green Flash, Russian River, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and Wynkoop. With many more to come.
Tickets are $30 in advance and get you samples of all of the beers, chocolates and cheeses. Buy advance tickets at and get more details at www.wynkoop.com.  Tickets are $35 at the door on May 21 if the event is not sold out by then.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder)
Cellar Day at the Avery Tap Room – Cellar beers, individually priced

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins)
Hiveranno, New American Wild Ale uncorking event. We’ll celebrate our newest Single Serve offering with samples, food, and music

Twisted Pine (Boulder)
Food and beer pairing

Sunday, May 22

Breckenridge Ale House @ Amato’s (2501 16th Street, Denver)
Ale House at Amato’s now serves brunch…er…BEER-unch!  Free Beer-Mosa (Agave Wheat&OJ) with the purchase of any BEER-unch menu item.

Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street, Denver)
Big Nose Day! Our House Brews on Special, Big Nose Pale Ale, Red Ale, and Wheat Ale.

Twisted Pine (Boulder)
Happy Hour all day

 

Here’s to Craft Beer!

Know of an event not listed here? Leave a comment!

About PJ Hoberman


PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?

  • Hanna

    It seems odd to me, and perhaps a bit offensive, that the Bristol intro to craft beer styles is open to women only. I feel like this sort of needless division continues the same stereotypes that link craft beer drinking to antiquated notions of gender roles.

    Nonetheless, cheers to American craft beers!

    • http://tewsdaybrewsday.blogspot.com CraftBeerDude

      Avery has a women’s beer club, Sisterhood of the Hop. They have monthly tastings which I’m sure are comprised of mostly women. Also, Ladies of Craft Beer (ladiesocb.com) is a national group of “Women Teaching Women About Craft Beer.”

      Personally, I think it’s an awesome idea to encourage women to explore craft beer in their own way, and to support this with “ladies only” or female-centric groups and events.

      There are already enough guys that are interested in beer. In fact, I’d say the vast majority of homebrewers, craft beer reviewers, professional brewers, and craft beer figureheads are male. I totally support the involvement of more women in all of these areas. Especially so since I recently read an interesting article that found that the female palate is more acute and sensitive than the male palate. That’s why I always make sure to get my girlfriend’s opinion on my homebrew. :)

      Cheers!

    • http://notyourdadsbeer.com/ Marc Bayes

      Euclid Hall: Dry Docks Brewery visit

  • Hanna

    I think we are essentially saying the same thing. I want to see more women involved in craft beer, just in the same way I want to see more people with brown hair, more people with glasses and more people who throw a baseball with their left hand involved in craft beer. I want everyone to be more involved in craft beer. I applaud efforts to help others become more educated about the craft.

    I just don’t necessarily think that stratifying it by gender is the best way to go.

  • http://tewsdaybrewsday.blogspot.com CraftBeerDude

    Touche, and agreed. Maybe to a certain point but certainly not forever.

  • http://www.bigmargaritacrawl.com Mike

    FYI – next week is NOT craft beer week – its two weeks from now

    “American Craft Beer Week is next week.”

    • http://denveroffthewagon.com PJ

      Wow, calendar fail on my part. Thanks Mike.

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  • http://brianleppla.hoppress.com Brian

    PJ–you commented before I even had a chance to thank you, considering I linked/used this here page. So, thanks! (an awkward late thank-you is better than no thank-you, I suppose)

    • http://denveroffthewagon.com PJ

      Those trackbacks are fancy fast!

      You’re welcome :)

  • Scott S

    I was surprised that Dry Dock isn’t having any ACBW events, but they are having one event this week that is for a great cause; The Dry Dock Beer and Food Pairing is a benefit for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It will be held on Sunday, May 22 with 2 separate times. The menu looks amazing: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107783999310121. Not an ACBW event, but an event for a good cause regardless.

    • http://denveroffthewagon.com PJ

      A bunch of places didn’t know about the week, or didn’t really care to do anything. I think there’s a sort of feeling here of “We celebrate craft beer every week”. But, that event does look cool. I’ll add it today at some point.

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  • http://www.drinkeattravel.com cambria

    this list is rad. i need to be in denver like now.

  • Bode

    Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub (955 Bannock Street Denver)
    $1 off all Craft Cans…ALL WEEK LONG