Fresh Taps: Oct. 2nd-8th


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.

Denver Beer Fest 2013 This is that time of year your taste buds have been waiting for, and your liver has feared. It’s the lead-up to Denver Beer Fest and the Great American Beer Festival! The state is full of special releases from local breweries and tappings of numerous new and old out-of-staters…75+ to be more specific. I’ve done my best to find as many tappings this week as I can muster. So enough talk, let’s get down to business!


Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

Each week I’ll pick a few tappings that catch my eye, and taste buds. This week it’s tough to choose, but…

If you can, just camp out at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder from Sunday through Tuesday. From offering 30+ sour beers on Sunday to very rare collaborations on Tuesday, they’ll be ground zero for delicious beer. I highly recommend trying Boulevard’s 2012 Rye on Rye (rye beer aged in rye whiskey barrels) to be tapped on Monday, as it is one of the best rye beers I’ve had.

Mayor of Old Town

Or you could set up camp at The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, where mini tap takeovers from several of Northern Colorado’s best breweries will occur through Sunday. See below for who is featured each day. They have like 100 beers on tap anyway, so it’s a pretty safe bet you and your crew will find something tasty.

Industrial Revolution Brewing And if you are traveling near Erie, swing into Industrial Revolution Brewing on Saturday. They will be celebrating their grand opening with five brews on tap, including an Orange Cream Ale and a Chamomile Wheat.


Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the events this week. Here’s the rest of the stellar fresh tappings across Colorado for the next week. I will do my best to keep adding events as I find them, so check back for updates!

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed):

  • Cedar Creek Pub (Aurora) – Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
  • Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) – Dead Colonel Sour Kentucky Common and Bitter Off Dead DIPA
  • Echo Brewing (Frederick) – ESB
  • Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) – Coconut Porter
  • River North Brewing (Denver) – Unified Theory

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 2013:

  • Avery Brewing (Boulder) – GABF Offerings Pre-Tasting – 8PM – $15
  • Avery Brewing (Boulder) – Fall Day IPA – 5PM – IPA infused with spruce tips
  • Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) – Ghostly Gose German Salted Wheat – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday
  • High Hops Brewery (Windsor) – Cherbocka Cherry Bock – 5PM – Firkin Wednesday
  • Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) – Mr. Moo’s Pumpkin Brew – 12PM
  • Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – TBD – 5PM – Small Batch Wednesday
  • Rackhouse Pub (Denver) – Speakeasy Brewing’s Butchertown Black Ale, Witness Belgian Style Wheat, Tallulah Extra Pale Ale, and Double Daddy Imperial IPA – 5PM to 12AM – I’d Tap That
  • River North Brewing (Denver) – Rum Barrel Quandary – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday
  • The Astoria (Fort Collins) – Funkwerks Tap Takeover – 8PM to 10PM – Saison, Tropic King, and Quad
  • The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) – Black Bottle Brewery Tappings – 5PM to 7PM – NoCo Tap Takeover
  • Yak & Yeti (Arvada & Westminster) – Brown Rice and Honey Northern English Brown Ale – 4PM

Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013:

  • Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) – Niwot Hoppy Blond Fresh Hop – 3PM
  • Café Vino (Fort Collins) – Odell Brewing Fernet Aged Porter – 7PM to 9PM
  • Front Range BBQ (Colorado Springs) – Left Hand Brewing Tappings – 7PM to 10PM – Warrior IPA, Milk Stout Nitro, Oktoberfest, Sawtooth Ale, Fade to Black Vol. 2 Smoked Baltic Porter, and Smokejumper – Meet the Brewer talk on smoked beers
  • Funkwerks (Fort Collins) – Deceit Belgian Strong
  • High Hops Brewery (Windsor) – Dr. Pat’s #9 Release – Dry-hopped with Australian Galaxy for a hint of passion fruit
  • McCabe’s Tavern (Colorado Springs) – Bristol Brewing Tap Takeover – 6PM to 9PM
  • Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – Eric and the Hipster Imperial Red
  • The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) – Oskar Blues Tappings – 5PM to 8PM – NoCo Tap Takeover

Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013:

  • Avery Brewing (Boulder) – Eremita VI – 5PM – Extremely tart key lime sour ale
  • Breckenridge Brewery Tasting Room (Denver) – TBD – 4PM – First Firkin Friday
  • Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) – Big Choice Brewing Tap Takeover – 6PM to 9PM – Type III IPA, Disconnected Red, #42 Poblano Stout, Thrashard Biere De Garde, and Punk-toberfest – Win 2 GABF tickets (@7PM)!
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) – Rocky Mountain High Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Ale
  • Crooked Stave @ The Source (Denver) – Grand Opening – 3PM
  • Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) – Blackberry HMS Frolic English Summer Ale – 3PM to 6PM – Firkin Friday
  • Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) – Pumpkin Beer
  • Stoney’s Bar & Grill (Denver) – Oskar Blues Tap Takeover – 7PM
  • The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) – Fort Collins Brewery Tappings – 3:30PM to 5PM – NoCo Tap Takeover
  • Verboten Brewing (Loveland) – GABF Pre-Release Tappings – 5PM – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Angry Banjo Kentucky Common, Sour Angry Banjo Kentucky Common, She’s A Saint Bourbon Barrel Imperial IPA, Halt & Stay Imperial Red Aged in Bushmills Whiskey Barrel, and Between Worlds White IPA aged in Peach Brandy Barrel
  • Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) – Treeline IPA aged in Roundhouse Spirits Gin barrels
  • World of Beer (Lakewood) – TBD – 5PM – First Friday Firkin
  • World of Beer (Lakewood) – Backcountry Brewery Tap Takeover – 15 beers on tap

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2013:

  • Ale House at Amato’s (Denver) – Oskar Blues Mini Tap Take Over
  • Centennial Plaza (Montrose) – Kannah Creek Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale – 1PM to 6PM – Montrose Oktoberfest
  • Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) – Black IPA – 12PM to 10PM
  • Fickel Park (Berthoud) – City Star Brewing Altoberfest – 11AM to 6PM – Berthoud Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest inspired ale
  • Grand Hyatt (Denver) – Oskar Blues Tap Takeover – 2PM
  • Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) – American Ale, Orange Cream Ale, Chamomile Wheat, Vanilla Porter, and English Brown – 12PM to 10PM – Grand Opening!
  • River North Brewing (Denver) – B-Side Quandary – 1PM – Aged in oak bourbon whiskey barrels with cherries
  • The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) – City Star Brewing Tappings – 5PM to 7PM – NoCo Tap Takeover
  • TRiNiTY Brewing (Colorado Springs) – House IPA – 11AM – First Saturday Firkin – $3 pints until gone
  • Wiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) – Imperial Pumpkin – 12PM to 11PM

Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2013

  • Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) – Sour Sunday Tappings – 30 drafts and 2 firkins – 1PM
  • BRU (Boulder) – Belgian Style Imperial Stout – 3PM
  • Echo Brewing (Frederick) – Rye IPA
  • Hops & Pie (Denver) – Firestone Walker 2012 Double DBA, 2013 Double DBA, Merkin, and more – 2PM – Littlest Big Beer Fest
  • The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) – Verboten Brewing Tappings – 3:30PM to 5PM – NoCo Tap Takeover

Monday, Oct. 7th, 2013

  • Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) – Boulevard Pint Night Tappings – 6PM – Including 2012 & 2013 Saison Brett and 2012 Rye on Rye
  • BRU (Boulder) – Sasquash Pumpkin Porter – 3PM
  • Cedar Creek Pub (Aurora) – Dogfish Head Burton Baton – Likely day of tapping
  • Ernies Bar & Pizza (Denver) – TRiNiTY Brewing’s 7 Day Sour and Houdini Hopper Fresh Hop – 7PM
  • Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver) – Cellar Tappings – 5:30PM – TBD, but will likely be delicious – Includes tapping of Upslope Imperial IPA
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) – Devil’s Riddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale
  • Hops & Pie (Denver) – TRiNiTY Brewing’s TPS Report Wild American Bretta – 8PM
  • Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) – Cucumber IPA – 5PM to 10PM – Firkin Monday – 100% of the sales from the keg going directly to Cat’s League and Assistance of the Western Slope
  • Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza (Denver) – Odell Brewing Tap Takeover
  • Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – Roger Roger Small Batch Wet Hop Pale Ale – Hops from tap room regular Roger Grow
  • Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) – Fluffy Pumpkin Porter – GABF Discovery Beer Week
  • Tap & Handle (Fort Collins) – Great Divide Yeti(s?) – 5PM
  • The Corner Bar (Boulder) – Upslope Tap Takeover – 6PM

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 2013

  • Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) – Nøgne Ø/Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter and 2011 Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb 2 – 6PM
  • Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) – Shmaltz Brewing Co’s Death of a Contract Brewer, Hop Manna, Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale, Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., Reunion Ale ’13: A Beer for Hope, St. Lenny’s – The Immaculate Collaboration, Jewbelation 17, Jewbelation 15, Jewbelation 9, and Vertical Jewbelation
  • Cedar Creek Pub (Aurora) – Green Bullet Triple IPA – Likely day of tapping
  • Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) – Peach Pecan Pilsner – 5PM – Tap It Tuesday
  • Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver) – TRiNiTY Brewing Old Growth Flemmish Inspired Wild Brown – 5PM
  • Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver) – TRiNiTY Brewing Red Swingline IPA – 7PM
  • Fire on the Mountain (Denver) – Upslope Belgian Wit – 5PM to 8PM
  • Freshcraft (Denver) – Breckenridge Rum Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout w/ cherries, Summer Cab Ride, and Well Built ESB – 8PM – Geeks Who Drink Beer Pub Quiz
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) – Once Upon a Time Reserve Single Barrel Sour
  • Hogshead Brewery (Denver) – IPA – 12PM to 10PM
  • Lucky Pie (Denver) – Oskar Blues Firkin – 6PM – TBD
  • Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza (Denver) – Odell Brewing Tap Takeover
  • Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) – I’m In Love With a Gourd Pumpkin Ale
  • Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) – Raspberry Chocolate Nitro ESB – GABF Discovery Beer Week
  • Paramount Café (Denver) – Odell Brewing Tap Takeover – 6PM to 8PM – 90 Shilling, IPA, Isolation Ale, and Well Spring Saison
  • Star Bar (Denver) – GABF Orientation Tappings – Stone, Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head, Left Hand, and Great Divide
  • Wazee Supper Club (Denver) – Left Hand, Dogfish Head, Boulevard, and Firestone Walker Tappings – 6PM to 8PM
  • Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) – Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA and English Mild
  • World of Beer (Denver) – Breckenridge Brewery & Denver Beer Co Tap Takeovers – 4PM to 6PM
    > Breckenridge: Trademark Pale Ale, 5 Lamp Lager, Regal Pilsner, Autumn Ale, and 471 Over the Moon (471 and Oatmeal Stout blend)
    > Denver Beer Co: Graham Cracker Porter, Hey! Pumpkin, Hide the Rum, Fresh Hop, Le Raison Rouge, and Oyster Stout
  • World of Beer (Lakewood) – Humboldt County Tap Takeover (Mad River & Eel River)
    > Mad River: Super Chili Pepper Madness, Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Porter, Flor De Jamaica Hibiscus Ale, and John Barleycorn “Cellar 2012” Barleywine
    > Eel River: Tripel Exultation, Belgian 265 Quad, Earth Thirst Double IPA, Onyx Black IPA, and Emerald Triangle Imperial IPA


Did we miss something? Has your brewery released something new we should know about? I am only human, so please 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.

  • KyFree

    I love that you do these weekly posts. It would be easier to read if it were sorted by city instead of alphabetically, though.

    • Shea Suski

      Glad you enjoy them! That’s a great idea – hopefully I’ll have time to update this post, but will definitely implement going forward. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Shea

      Glad you enjoy them! That’s a great idea – hopefully I’ll have time to
      update this post, but will definitely implement going forward. Thanks
      for the feedback!