Fresh Taps: Nov. 6th-Nov. 12th

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.

Backcountry Pizza
Backcountry Pizza in Boulder

Like our evenings after the time change, it’s getting darker out there in the craft beer world! More browns, porters, and stouts are coming your way. But if dark isn’t your thing, have no fear – there are still plenty of saisons, IPAs, and even some wheats being released. Whether you’re checking out some 2013 GABF winners at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder or visiting your local brewery, there’s still plenty of variety to please your taste buds this week.


Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

Each week I’ll pick a few tappings that catch my eye, and taste buds.

Dry Dock 8th Anniversary Brewery anniversary parties are always fun, and Dry Dock’s 8th Anniversary Party this Saturday will be no exception to that rule. I attended their celebration last year, and it was beyond delicious. I highly recommend grabbing a pour of their Ambassador Sour and some of their 2012 offerings. Check below for the full details.





Left Hand Brewing Firkin Face Off If you’re further north on Saturday and love a good firkin tapping, you’ll be 4x excited to be at Left Hand Brewing for their Firkin Face Off. Four firkins of Left Hand brews with a twist. Sample them all and vote for your fav!




Here’s the rest of the stellar fresh tappings across Colorado for the next week.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed):


  • Wild Woods Brewery – Lemon Zinger Wheat


  • Big Choice Brewing – 21st Century Digital Brown

Buena Vista

  • Eddyline Brewing – Jolly Roger Black Lager


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – English Mild
  • Prost Brewing – Dunkelwieß


  • Steamworks Brewing – Spruce Goose

Grand Junction

  • Kannah Creek Brewing – Room of Doom Dark Pale Ale


  • Loveland Aleworks – Double Birds Double IPA


  • Beer By Design Brewery – Brunette Brown and JD Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Wheat Ridge

  • Brewery Rickoli – Crazy Aldo’s Red Chili Beer

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2013:


  • Odyssey Beerwerks – Oak Aged Red Ale – 5PM – Discovery Beer Wednesday


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Pumpernickel Sage Rye Porter – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday
  • River North Brewing – Abbey-style J. Marie – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday
  • Rock Bottom Downtown Denver – 22nd Anniversary Ale Raspberry Porter – 6PM


  • Odd13 Brewing – TBD – 5PM – Small Batch Wednesday

Lone Tree

  • Lone Tree Brewing – Bock – 1PM


  • High Hops Brewery – Toasted Coconut Stout – 5PM – Firkin Hump Day

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2013:


  • Odyssey Beerwerks – Sic ‘Em IPA

Fort Collins

  • The Mayor of Old Town – Un-Pasteurized Pilsner Urquell – 5PM to 9PM


  • High Hops Brewery – Chernobley – The Noble One Quad aged on cherries

Friday, Nov. 8th, 2013:


  • Cedar Creek Pub – Prost Brewing Keller Pils – 5PM to 7PM
  • Dry Dock Brewing – TBD – 3PM to 6PM – Firkin Friday


  • Avery Brewing – Missionary Position Quad infused with pineapple and guava – 5PM – Friday Special Tapping
  • Twisted Pine Brewing – Norstar Imperial Porter


  • Punch Bowl Social – Breckenridge Imperial Express Hoppy Imperial Red Ale – Opening Day Celebration Party – 5PM


  • Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company – Saint KilPatrick’s Stout – International Stout Day


  • The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company – Coal Hopper IPA

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2013:


  • Dry Dock Brewing – 8th Anniversary Party – 11AM to 11PM
    • Imperial Pumpkin
    • Coffee Milk Stout
    • Cracked Saison
    • Belgian Dark Strong
    • Biere de Garde
    • 2012 Bligh’s Barleywine – 4PM
    • 2012 Barrel Aged Shotgun Imperial Stout
    • Irish Red
    • Ambassador Sour
    • Topsail Tripel
    • Winter Solstice Saison
    • Big Ass Old Ale (nitro)
    • 2012 Swabby Quadtastic Sour Belgian Awesomeness


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Smoked Pecan Brown Ale – 12PM to 10PM


  • Left Hand Brewing – Firkin Face Off – 5PM to 8PM
    • Ro-count Milk Stout w/ coconut
    • Ro-chata Milk Stout w/ horchata
    • Curious Ro 400# Monkey w/ chocolate and rasberry
    • Jack Ro’Lantern Blackjack w/ roasted pumpkin and spices

Sunday, Nov. 10th, 2013


  • Loveland Aleworks – Cherry Saison – Likely release date

Monday, Nov. 11th, 2013

It’s a case of the Mondays in craft beer land too – no new announced tappings today.

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2013


  • Backcountry Pizza – 2013 GABF Medal Winner Party – 6PM – Includes the following drafts, plus some bottles:
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Crooked Stave Hop Savant
    • Twisted Pine West Bound Braggot
    • Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
    • Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
    • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Blue Moon Golden Knot
    • Speakeasy Prohibition Ale
    • Odell’s 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • City Star Brewing Bandit Brown
    • Russian River Sanctification
    • Miller High Life…yes, seriously
    • AC Golden IPL
    • Avery Lilikoi Kepolo
    • Dry Dock Wee Heavy
  • Boulder Beer Co – Killer Penguin Barleywine Vertical Tasting – 2010 to 2013


  • Park Burger – Telluride Brewing Tap Takeover – 4PM


  • Dillon Dam Brewery – Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Dam Gogh de Garde – 5PM – Tap It Tuesday


  • World of Beer Belmar – Firestone Walker Spotlight – 5PM
    • DBA
    • Pale 31
    • Union Jack
    • Double Jack
    • Velvet Merlin (Randalled with coffee beans)
    • Pivo Pils
    • Wookey Jack
    • Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout


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.