Fresh Taps: Sept. 11th-17th


Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state.

New Belgium The weather has finally turned towards fall, and the beer tappings are following suit. Oktoberfests are starting to surface, fresh hop brews are in the air, and more pumpkin ales are on the way. Not ready for fall? Perhaps a New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover will suit your fancy, or some late summer saisons.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

Each week I’ll pick 2 or 3 tappings that catch my eye, and taste buds.
Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve This upcoming week marks the arrival of Saint Arnold’s Brewing from the Lone Star State, and I recommend stopping into Falling Rock this Monday to say “Hi!”. Although I’m a fan of their standard offerings like the Elissa IPA, it’s the Divine Reserves that I’ll be after. The No. 12 Old Ale is regarded as one of their best brews, while the No. 13 Quad is sure to please. Still not convinced? How about a bourbon barrel aged weizenbock brewed with coocoa nibs? That’s a lot of goodness in one beer description!

Copper Kettle Tha Hoppa - Sept. 14th, 2013 If you’re a fan of hops, I suggest making Copper Kettle Brewing your second home this week for some fresh hop brews. Between a Cascade Fresh Hop today and their crisp and lovely Tha Hoppa fresh hop ale made with local hops from Voss Farms being released this Saturday, your itch for the fresh hops ought to be well scratched. Actually, just stick around all month, as Copper Kettle is celebrating Fresh Hop Cask Month during September.


Looking for more? Here’s a sampling of Colorado’s freshest taps for the next week.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed):

  • Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) – Schwarzweiss Dark Wheat
  • Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) – Poblano Stout
  • Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) – The Statik Insane Pale Ale
  • Cedar Creek Pub (Aurora) – New Belgium Pumpkick & Marble Brewing Red
  • Pizza Bar 66 (Lyons) – City Star Revolver IPA
  • Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) – Mr. Brown Pumpkin Ale
  • Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) – Jasmine Green Tea & Ginger Yoga Beer
  • Yak & Yeti (Arvada & Westminster) – Cherry Wheat

Wednesday, Sept. 11th, 2013:

  • Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) – Cascade Fresh Hop – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday
  • Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) – Double IPA and Dry Hopped Tripel
  • High Hops Brewery (Windsor) – Black Cherry Wheat – 5PM – Firkin Hump Day
  • Lucky Pie (Louisville) – Boulder Beer Showcase – 5:30PM – Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest, Cold Hop British-Style Ale, and a barrel-aged surprise
  • Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – TBD – 6PM – Small Batch Wednesday
  • Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) – Papaya-Mango Pale Ale – 5PM – Discovery Beer Wednesday
  • River North Brewery (Denver) – Milk Stout Avarice Belgian Imperial Stout – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday

Thursday, Sept. 12th, 2013:

  • Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) – Drie Fonteinen Lambic Porter – 6PM
  • High Hops Brewery (Windsor) – Peach Larone Blonde Ale
  • The Kettle & Stone Brewing Co (Boulder) – Vindication Imperial IPA
  • Upslope Brewing (Boulder – Flatiron Park location) – Pumpkin Ale

Friday, Sept. 13th, 2013:

  • Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) – Sinister Minister Belgian Dark Strong – Pro Am Beer
  • Avery Brewing (Boulder) – Out of Mind Coffee Stout made with Ozo’s Organic House Blend coffee – Friday Special Tapping
  • Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) – Green Chili Double IPA – 3PM – Firkin Friday
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) – Farmer’s Daughter Oktoberfest
  • Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) – Prost Brewing Oktoberfest Tappings (TBD) – Featured Prost taps
  • Old Louisville Inn (Louisville) – Left Hand Sawtooth ESB on cask – 6PM
  • Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) – Fresh Hop IPA – 7PM
  • Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) – Octoberfest – 5:17PM
  • Southern Sun Brewery (Boulder) – Double Dry Hopped Rye firkin
  • TRiNiTY Brewing (Colorado Springs) – Le Capitaine Petite Bouddha Blonde Saison Regal – 5PM

Saturday, Sept. 14th, 2013:

  • Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) -Tha Hoppa Fresh Hop Ale – 12PM to 10PM
  • Denver Beer Co (Denver) – Oyster Stout – 12PM to 4PM – Oyster & Stout Fest
  • Diebolt Brewing (Denver) – Saison – 4PM
  • Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) – Prost Brewing Oktoberfest Tappings (TBD) – Featured Prost taps
  • Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) – Well Spring Dry-Hopped Saison
  • Parry’s Pizza (Greenwood Village) – New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover – 11AM to 11PM – La Folie 2013, Prickly Passion Saison, Cascara Quad, Biere de Mars, Peach Porch Lounger, Biere de Garde (Brewery Vivant Collaboration), Trip XVII, Pluot, Paardebloem, Heavenly Feijoa, Imperial Coffee Chocolate, Yuzu, Coconut Curry, Peach Porch Lounger, and Prickly Passion

Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2013

  • Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) – Well Spring Dry-Hopped Saison

Monday, Sept. 16th, 2013:

  • Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) – St. Arnold’s Colorado Kickoff Party – 6PM – Fancy Lawnmower Kolsch, Elissa IPA, Santo Black Kolsch, Endeavour Double IPA, Divine Reserve No. 12 Old Ale, Divine Reserve No. 13 Quad, and Bishop’s Barrel No. 4 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cocoa Nibs Weizenbock
  • Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) – TBD – Firkin Monday – 5PM

Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 2013:

Come back up for air and get ready for next week.


Did we miss something? Has your brewery released something new we should know about? Let me know what’s new and on deck to be tapped at



About Shea Suski

Transportation planner by trade, craft beer and BBQ enthusiast by life. And scotch. Oh, and live music. Maybe some biking and hiking between beers. He'll beat you at bowling too.