American Craft Beer Week / Colorado Beer Week Event List

American Craft Beer Week and Colorado Beer Week are here! Declare your craft beer independence, patronize the hell out of your local, and drink some good stuff. Let’s do this.

 

We’ll keep this list updated as the week progresses. Know something we missed? Super stoked about a particular event? Were we slydexic in our times? Let us know in the comments.

Like seeing things in calendar form? We’ve got that too: http://www.denveroffthewagon.com/upcoming-events/
 
 

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

 
 

Monday, May 14

 
 
ACBW Kick Off with Boulevard Brewing at FreshCraft

FreshCraft

We’ll start off the week celebrating craft beer with Boulevard Brewing Co. All day long we’ll have Boss Tom’s Bock & Tank 7 on draft. Stop in for a punch card – the first 48 people to get 3 punches on their card will receive a Boulevard pint glass. Representatives of Boulevard will be here from 7 pm – 9 pm with a drawing at 9 pm for a super cool Boulevard Brewing brewer’s shirt.

 
 
Strange Brewing Munich Dunkel Release

Strange Brewing

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Cranberry Wit

3pm – 4pm

Dry Dock Brewing Company

 
 
Great Divide Real Ale Tapping at Paramount Cafe

4pm

Paramount Cafe

Great Divide will be tapping their “Real” Ale, their DPA brewed with Amarillo hops and first 24 people to order will receive a free pint glass

 
 
Beer and Pizza Pairing

5pm

Kaos Pizza

Strange Brew + Kaos Pizza

 
 
Odell Meet the Brewer at Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

 
 
Homebrewer and Bottle Collectors Support Group at Avery

6pm – 8pm

Avery

Avery Homebrewer and Bottle Collectors Support Group Presents Nerds on Yeast Our Quality Assurance Manager (aka Head Nerd) Robert Christiansen talks and answers questions about yeast varieties, what they do, and how we keep them happy!

 
 
Beer and Chocolate Pairing with The Chocolate Therapist

7pm – 10pm

Star Bar

$20 for 7 pairings. We’ll be featuring the following beers in the pairings:

  • Wynkoop Fire Roasted Chile
  • Fort Collins Brewing Company Oak Aged Maibock
  • Odell Myrcenary
  • Ska True Blonde
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Great Divide 18th Anniversary
  • Avery 19th Anniversary

 
 
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza IPA Night

6pm – 8pm

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

IPAs and Double IPAs from 7 craft breweries from around the country will showcase their best beers. For only $20 you’ll enjoy a 6 oz pour from each of the 7 breweries. That’s right 7 IPAs for $20!!! Ernies is deviating from the menu for this event and will offer pizza by the slice for your shopping and eating pleasure.

Ticket Price: $20.00

http://www.cobeerweek.com/may-14

 
 
Pub Trivia at CKBC

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

Join us for Pub Trivia every Monday with FREE BEER prizes!

6:30PM and 7:30PM sessions
 
 

Tuesday, May 15

 
 
Strange Food Pairing at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids

 
 
Strange Nostalgia Night

Strange Brewing

  • Caber Toss
  • 151 Anniversary Double Take IPA
  • Barleywine
  • Belgian IPA

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Green Chile Double IPA

3pm – 4pm

 
 
Number One release at Vine Street

3:20pm – 5pm

Vine Street

The “Number One” will be released. This is our inaugural Vine Street Brewery brew! Number One is a Belgian-style Trippel brewed with Golden Naked Oats and Belgian candy sugar. This medium-bodied, 9% strong ale has notes of light fruit and spice, balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. The finish is clean and dry.

 
 
Acoustic Music Showcase

6pm – 9pm

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Admission is Free

Contact Dave Lash www.facebook.com/Davelash or davelash@me.com to get in the line-up.

 
 
Beer Cocktail Melee

7pm

Star Bar

$25 – Beer Cocktail Melee with Great Divide Brewing Company. Sample 12 different Beer Cocktails, all made with a Great Divide beer and Local Spirits from 6 Bartenders:

  • Britt Henze / Allie Geppert / Justin Lloyd – Star Bar
  • Kelly Wooldridge – Trillium
  • Ryan Conklin – Euclid Hall
  • Joshua-Peter Smith – Justice Snow’s – Aspen

 
 
Victory Summer Love Pint Night at FreshCraft

7pm – 9pm

FreshCraft

Continuing the American Craft Beer Week celebration we will be having a Victory pint night starting at 7 pm & featuring their latest brew: Summer Love Ale. The lucky first 24 people to purchase a pint will walkaway with a Victory pint glass. Don’t forget, we also have a Geeks Who Drink Pub quiz at 8:00 pm that night – should be a lot of fun!

http://victorybeer.com/beers/summer-love-ale/

 
 
Pork-Centric Beer Dinner at Falling Rock

7:30pm – 10pm

Falling Rock Tap House

Falling Rock Tap House is proud to present a Pork-Centric Beer Dinner with Justin Brunson from Masterpiece Deli. Justin is preparing the menu and the beer pairings are in their final stages. Cost $65 (tax & Gratuity included) if purchased by 5/12, $75 after (if still Available). Sorry, no Vegetarian options on this dinner. This should be an awesome dinner & we are limited to 40 tickets.

http://www.cobeerweek.com/may-15
 
 

Wednesday, May 16

 
 
Rotating Happy Hour at CKBC

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

$1 off a different rotating beer every hour from 3-9 PM (guests get to pick which beer goes on special!)

 
 
Soci-ALE Colorado Brewers Guild One-Barrel Release

Strange Brewing

A very special One-Barrel Wednesday release. This pale ale is brewed exclusively with Colorado ingredients, including malt from Colorado Malting Company and organic Nugget hops from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, to showcase the State of Craft Beer. Special guest brewer Steve Kurowski from the Colorado Brewers Guild helped Tim and Harry brew this tasty pale to kick off Strange Brewing Company’s participation in the CBG SOCIAL program

http://coloradobeer.org/social

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Raspberry Porter

3pm – 4pm

 
 
Odell Cocktail Hour Beer Pairing at Lucky Pie LoDo

5pm – 8pm

Lucky Pie LoDo

Join us for an awesome night of beer and great food at our new Lucky Pie location in LoDo.

Call 303-825-1021 for reservations!

$55 Per Person plus Tax and 18% Gratuity

Cocktail Hour 5-6pm with Odell Beer Specials

1st Course – St. Lupilin – Chilled asparagus with bacon, frisee & egg yolk vinaigrette

2nd Course – Double Pilsner – Beer battered monkfish with Fresno pepper tartar sauce

3rd Course – Mystery Beer – Mystery Food

4th Course – 90 Schilling – Grilled Long Farms pork loin with Jameson butter, braised greens & smoked cheddar biscuit

5th Course – Shenanigans – Raspberry ice cream pie with Cocoa Pebbles crust

http://luckypiepizza.com/lodo-events/

 
 
Sierra Nevada Night at Paramount Cafe

4pm

Paramount Cafe

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Tapping with Scott, a Whole Cone Imperial IPA, enter to win a Hoptimum prize pack including a Hat, Shirt, and 4-Pack of Hoptimum.
 
 
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Block Party at Kaos Pizzeria

5:30pm

Kaos Pizza
$30 Entry

Unlimited Pizza and Beer (until you misbehave or we run out)

 
 
Great Divide Bourbon Barrel Aged Yeti

5:30pm

West End Tavern (Boulder)

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week this week at The West End Tavern as we feature delicious beers from all over the country. Join us this Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30pm as we hold a special tapping of a Great Divide Bourbon Barrel-Aged Yeti! This special batch of Yeti was aged in a Maker’s Mark barrel provided by The West End Tavern, and it was ready just in time for Craft Beer Week! We will be giving away Great Divide glassware, while supplies last. For more information, contact 303.444.3535.

 
 
Boulder Brewing Night at Star Bar

6pm

Star Bar

 
 
Meet the Brewer – Renegade

6pm – 8pm

Renegade Brewing In celebration of American Craft Beer Week Renegade Brewing Company will be hosting a time of beer tasting, food and beer pairing, beereducation, and a chance to meet the owner/founder, Brian O’Conell. The event is free, but you must RSVP on http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3446429363 You must print out the reservation confirmation and bring it the night of the event (5/16).Currently, all of the 6:00 time slots are filled so we are now offering20 more tickets for 7:15-8:15. Space is limited, get them while you can! https://www.facebook.com/events/353848731331017/

 
 
5:30pm – 10pm Hoedown with Oskar Blues

FreshCraft and Blake Street Vault

Freshcraft Beer Dinner – 5:30pm
1530 Blake Street
$35.00
First come, first serve
Menu:
- Grilled melon salad with cucumber cream, paired with Mama’s Little Yella Pils
- Hops & Heifers Farm chile ribeye bangarang, paired with Deviant Dale’s IPA
- Candied pecan sticky bread topped with Leopold Brothers Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Old Chub, and paired with the same

Hoe Down Throw Down at Blake Street Vault – 8pm
1526 Blake Street
FREE SHOW
The Tusks of Elephant Revival (3 of the 5 members)

http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/calendar/show?title=oskar-blues-beer-dinner-hoe-down

 
 
Sisterhood of the Hop

6:30pm – 9pm

Avery’s own Sisterhood of the Hop is screening “The Love of Beer”

The Love of Beer is a feature length documentary celebrating the women in the Pacific NW beer industry. Produced by Lingering Illocutions and created by Alison Grayson, The Love of Beer stars Bend Brewing’s Tonya Cornett and Saraveza’s Sarah Pederson and featuresTeri Fahrendorf, Lisa Morrison, Gayle Goschie, Amy Welch. The Love of Beer is an intimate portrayal of craft beer’s female forerunners. Staying true to cinema vierte, these women tell their stories in their own words and through their own actions. Check out the trailer to learn more.

http://theloveofbeermovie.com/about/

Tickets are $10 (price includes a pint!) and are available in the Avery Brewing Company Tap Room

Congratulations is in order for “The Love of Beer” for winning Colorado’s own Indie Spirit Film Festival award for Best Documentary!

 
 
Meet the Brewer at Renegade

6pm – 8:30pm

Renegade Brewing

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week Renegade Brewing Company will be hosting a time of beer tasting, food and beer pairing, beer education, and a chance to meet the owner/founder, Brian O’Conell.

The event is free, but you must RSVP on http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3446429363
You must print out the reservation confirmation and bring it the night of the event (5/16).

Currently we are offering 20 spaces for 6:00 PM, but if the event fills quickly we will offer more times.

 
 
Geeks Who Drink at Dry Dock

7pm – 9pm

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

We’re pretty sure you’re a nerd, and since you’re already here at DDBC’s Facebook page, odds are that you like to enjoy a drink now and then as well! Combine the two and you’ve got a recipe for Geeks Who Drink, Dry Dock’s hosted pub quiz! Geeks Who Drink quizzes are free, and and win bar cash and Internet fame: And as an added bonus: Geeks Who Drink blogs every quiz. So the day after quiz night, players can find photos of the winning teams, the final scores and a small narrative of the evening’s festivities on the Geek’s website. 1st place: $25 Brew Bucks. 2nd place $15 Brew Bucks, along with free wings from The Wing Hut. 5 free pints given out during the quiz.
 
 

Thursday, May 17

 
 
$2 off Growler Fills All Day @ CKBC

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

 
 
Colorado Craft Beers $1 off at Hops & Pie

Hops & Pie

 
 
Left Hand and Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Highland Tap & Burger

Highland Tap & Burger

Ticket Price: $45.00 includes tax and gratuity
Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com. Search Highland Tap

Join Left Hand Brewery along with Firestone Walker for a very cool beer dinner. The theme of the dinner is “Distinctly American Style Beers”. This will be four course dinner with four delicious courses dreamed up by Chef Eli Odell paired with beers from each brewery. Left Hand will be serving our Good Juju and Beer Week Sauce and Firestone Walker will be serving Double Jack and Parabola.

Capacity will be set at 50 so don’t wait too long to buy your tickets. This will sell out fast!

 
 
Left Hand Kill the Keg at FreshCraft

FreshCraft

Join us for a wonderfully fun event–Kill the Keg. We will be tapping a keg of our Beer Week Sauce to celebrate American Craft Beer week. This specially concocted beer pours jet black with aromas of intense cold extracted coffee. But what’s the deal you say? Well, the person who orders the last pint gets a Left Hand Survival Pack. This consists of a 12pk, 2 pint glasses and a T-Shirt. Ok, so come later? No, come early because we will be giving out your very own pint glass to take home with you for the first 50 folks who order a Beer Week Sauce between 11am and 1pm. And if we do make it to 50 by 1pm there will be something cool to give away then too!

Then at 5pm we’ll do the pint glass giveaway again for the first 50 of you that come see us straight from work. But wait…there’s more. As we pass key numbers in the killing of the keg we’ll have some cool stuff to give away. So be there or you’ll seriously miss out!

 
 
Strange Brewing Firkin, Steak, and Music

Strange Brewing

Cherry Saison Firkin

Buck-An-Ounce Steak Night

Live Music – Fourth Dog Floyd – 6pm

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Double Dry Hopped Double IPA (DDHDIPA)

3pm – 4pm

 
 
Meet the Odell Brewer at Paramount Cafe

4pm

Paramount Cafe

Meet the Odell and Brewer from Odell Brewing. Tasting for Double Pilsner, Levity Amber, 90 Shilling, and ODell IPA.

 
 
Fruit Cake release at Vine Street, Mountain Sun, and Southern Sun

4:20pm – 6pm

Vine Street, Mountain Sun, Southern Sun

The “Fruit Cake” will be released. Fruitcake is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with dried mission figs, and Turkish apricots. Aged in rum barrels for 3 months. 9.2% ABV.

 
 
AC Golden Night at Star Bar

6pm – 9pm

Star Bar

 
 
Cheese Pairing with Murray’s Cheese Shop at Avery Brewing

6pm – 9pm

Avery Brewing

Murray’s Cheese is descending on the Avery Brewing Company Barrel Aging Cellar to pair some great cheeses with some of our finest Avery brews. Come down and celebrate two of our favorite things!

Pairings:

- Avery IPA with Murray’s Gorgonzola Mountain
- Reverend Belgian Quad with Reypenaer Aged Gouda
- White Rascal with Haystack Mountain’s Haystack Peak Goat Cheese
- Nineteen (our just released Nineteenth Anniversary Ale, a Tripel) with Murray’s Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
- Maharaja with MouCo’s Colorouge

Tickets are $ 8.00

Natasha from Murray’s will be on hand to discuss the cheeses and Rachael from Avery will be discussing the tasty brews!

 
 
Odell Beer Dinner at The EDGE Restaurant at the Four Seasons Beer Dinner

6:30pm – 9pm

The Four Seasons

 
 
Crafty Ladies at Highland Tap & Burger

6pm – 8pm

Highland Tap & Burger

…and a little something for the ladies. Once again Crafty Ladies is bringing woman together in the community one craft beer at a time. Learn more about Crafty Ladies on Facebook at facebook.com/craftyladies.
 
 

Friday, May 18

 
 
“Help Me Out!” Stout Goes on Cask at CKBC

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

“Crazy Good Food” from 5:00-10:00pm

 
 
2012 Prime Time Pilsner Release

Vine Street, Southern Sun, Mountain Sun

The first batch of 2012 Prime Time Pilsner will be released. Prime Time is a pre- prohibition style pilsner brewed with flaked maize, and Hallertau and Saaz hops. This is a light to medium bodied lager with with an assertive floral and spicy hop character. The finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

 
 
Copper Kettle Cask Dry Irish Stout tapping

Copper Kettle

 
 
Odell Tap Takeover at FreshCraft

FreshCraft

 
 
Strange Brewing – Food and Music

Strange Brewing

Food by Worldwide Vittles

Live Music – Colorado Goat Ropers – 6pm

 
 
A Celebration of American Craft Beer

4pm – 11pm

Star Bar

Wood and Barrel Aged Beer – Pouring 14 Wood and Barrel Aged Beers From Sours to Stouts and everything in between.

  • Great Divide 18th Anniversary Ale
  • Great Divide Belgian Yeti – Aged in Leopold Brothers American Small Batch Whiskey Barrel
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight – Aged in Leopold Brothers New York Apple Whiskey Barrel
  • New Belgium Tart Lychee
  • New Belgium Vrienden
  • Crooked Stave – Petite Sour
  • Odell Shenanigans
  • Odell Saboteur
  • Fort Collins Brewery – Oak Aged Maibock
  • Boulevard – Rye on Rye
  • Firestone Walker – Parabola
  • Dogfish Head – Noble Rot
  • Dogfish Head – Black and Blue

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Peanut Butter Cup Porter

3pm – 4pm

 
 
Avery Tapping on Steroids

5pm

Avery Brewing

We tap a special beer every Friday at 5 pm. Friday May, 18th we will be tapping some very special beers indeed. The lineup is as follows:

1. Tweak (the artist formerly known as Meph Addict)
2. Bourbon Barrel Aged Tweak
3. Rumpkin
4. Fred’s Mom
5. Eremita 1
6. Eremita 2 This means we’ll have Eremita 1,2, and 3 on at once! Hooray!

 
 
Caution: Brewing Tap Room Grand Opening

5pm – 9pm

Caution: Brewing

Yes, it’s finally happening. CAUTION: gets a tap room! The only new tap room opening in Denver during Craft Beer Week, come celebrate the spirit of craft beer and enjoy our unique brews. We’ll have 5 beers on tap right off the bat with more to come.

Tap List:

Lao Wang Lager
Wild Blonde Ale
Honey Matrimony Brown
Toaster Bat Black Imperial Porter

Annnnnnnnd….we’re releasing an IPA on Friday! Our Hippity Hops Chrysanthemum IPA packs 75IBUs, 7.5ABV, and the best aroma out of an IPA you’ve ever had. Friday will also be when you can become a CAUTION: Groupie. We’re going to be selling limited edition Groupie Growlers, more details on our web site!

Regular tap room hours:
Friday: 5 – 9PM (special hours this Friday, 4PM until…it’s really late)
Saturday: 12 – 6PM
Sunday: 12-6PM
 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Peanut Butter Cup Porter

7pm – 8pm
 
 

Saturday, May 19

 
 
Copper Kettle Black IPA release

Copper Kettle

Release of our Double Black IPA from noon – 10 PM! For those of you wanting our Black IPA back, this is your chance! “Street Eats” will be out with food from 5-10 PM “Pete Stein” on acoustics from 6-9 PM with NO COVER! Listen to his amazing voice and unique personalized songs…

 
 
Parry’s Pizza Odell Tap Takeover with special Parry’s pilot brew

Parry’s Pizza

 
 
Strange Brewing 2nd Anniversary

Strange Brewing

HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY!!! Kegs & Eggs 9am Chris will cook breakfast and the taps will be flowing Live Broadcast of the Colorado Craft Beer Show at noon Live Music – Acoustic Mining Company 7pm Food All Day

 
 
Avery Pedal Poker Run

12pm – 4pm

A two-wheeled pub crawl to five of Denver’s most legendary beer bars. Collect a playing card at each. At the end the rider with the best poker hand wins!

1. Hops & Pie 12-12:45
2. Ale House at Amato’s 12:45-1:30
3. Cheeky Monk 1:30-2:15
4. Star Bar 2:15-3pm
5. Freshcraft 3-4pm

Prizes drawn at 3:45-4pm

Prizes include a VIP tour at Avery with transportation provided, Avery swag, gc’s, etc. Please drink responsibly!

https://www.facebook.com/events/373779772659255/

 
 
Caution: Brewing Tap Room Opening

12pm – 6pm

Yes, it’s finally happening. CAUTION: gets a tap room! The only new tap room opening in Denver during Craft Beer Week, come celebrate the spirit of craft beer and enjoy our unique brews. We’ll have 5 beers on tap right off the bat with more to come.

Tap List:

Lao Wang Lager
Wild Blonde Ale
Honey Matrimony Brown
Toaster Bat Black Imperial Porter

Regular tap room hours:
Friday: 5 – 9PM (special hours this Friday, 4PM until…it’s really late)
Saturday: 12 – 6PM
Sunday: 12-6PM
 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Mango Pale Ale

3pm – 4pm

 
 
New Belgium Lips of Faith Tasting at Paramount Cafe

4pm

Paramount Cafe New Belgium Lips of Faith Tasting. Tapping a keg of Tart Lychee, ale brewed with oak, cinnamon, and lychee fruit. Very Rare Beer!!
 
 

Sunday, May 20

 
 
Caution: Brewing Tap Room Opening

12am – 6pm

Yes, it’s finally happening. CAUTION: gets a tap room! The only new tap room opening in Denver during Craft Beer Week, come celebrate the spirit of craft beer and enjoy our unique brews. We’ll have 5 beers on tap right off the bat with more to come.

Tap List:

Lao Wang Lager
Wild Blonde Ale
Honey Matrimony Brown
Toaster Bat Black Imperial Porter

Regular tap room hours:
Friday: 5 – 9PM (special hours this Friday, 4PM until…it’s really late)
Saturday: 12 – 6PM
Sunday: 12-6PM
 
 
Hops & Pie Little Bit Beer Fest

2pm – 3pm

Featuring Stone Brewing

 
 
Dry Dock Firkin Tapping: Blake’s Juniper Berry Wit

3pm – 4pm

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