Fresh Taps: Dec. 4th – Dec. 10th

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.

Barrels and Bottles - Elevation Tappings Now that you have recovered from stuffing your face on Thanksgiving, it’s time to hit the taps! And there’s plenty to try this week – from anniversaries (Our Mutual Friend and Lone Tree Brewing) to firkins to tap takeovers including Elevation Brewing making a guest appearance at Barrels & Bottles in Golden, there’s rarely a dull moment in beer when in Colorado.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Last week I had the fantastic opportunity to pre-taste Copper Kettle’s Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and this Saturday starting at noon you too can appreciate this beauty. Snowed In is Copper Kettle’s second bottled beer and first in its Barrel Aged series. And if you’re looking for immediate gratification, they’ll have three kegs of it for your enjoyment. Get there early, these are going to go fast.

Copper Kettle Brewing Company Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout Next Tuesday from 6PM to 10PM is Bull & Bush’s 2013 Christmas Beer Tasting, and those of you who have been before know this is one heck of an event. They will have over 100 beers for you to taste, including gems such as Anchor Brewing’s Our Special Ale from 1989 (yes, 1989) and New Glarus Brewing’s Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red from 2010 (how they got these and are able to serve, I have no idea – just go and get these early).

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

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed):


  • Kettle & Stone Brewing – Double Rye
  • Sanitas Brewing – Oso Grande Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale – Limited


  • Epic Brewing – Hopulent Double IPA
  • Renegade Brewing – Radiator Winter Warmer
  • Renegade Publik House – Radiator Winter Warmer
  • Wynkoop Brewing – Brewjolais 2013


  • Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company – Lana’i Double Dry Hop Lager

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Space Ghost IPA


  • Elk Mountain Brewing – El Dobelgo Pale

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2013:


  • Arvada Beer Co – Jolly Holiday Ale, Olde Town Brown, and Butter Pecan Brown
  • Odyssey Beerwerks – Irish Cream Nitro ESB – 5PM – Discovery Beer Wednesday


  • Backcountry Pizza – Perennial Artisan Ales Tappings – 6PMPeace Offering
    • Hereafter
    • Peach Berliner
    • Hommel Bier
    • Heart of Gold
    • Aria
    • Tart Hopfentea
    • Belgian Stout
    • IPA #7
    • Barry Rye


  • Big Choice Brewing – Maleus Malifcarum Belgian Quad


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Caramel Bock – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday – Candied Beers Cask Month
  • River North Brewing – Whiskey Barrel Quandary – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday
  • Rock Bottom – Winter Tartan Ale – 6PM


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


  • High Hops Brewery – Vanilla Brown – Firkin Hump Day

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2013:


  • Attic Bar & Bistro – Avery Brewing Mini Tap Takeover – 8:30PM
    • Out of Mind
    • Liebenweizen
    • Fall Day IPA
    • Bolder Weisse
    • Avery IPA
    • Lilikoi Kepolo

Colorado Springs

  • Bristol Brewing – Christmas Ale – 5PM to 10PM
  • Front Range BBQ – Meet the Brewer: Great Divide – 7PM
    • Yeti Imperial Stout
    • Colette Farmhouse Ale
    • Hoss Rye Lager
    • Peach Grand Cru
    • Space Kitten 100% Galaxy Hops IPA
    • Saison Brauer (saison brett)


  • Tilted Kilt – Boulder Beer Killer Penguin – 4PM to 6PM
  • World of Beer Cherry Creek – Speakeasy Prohibition Ale – Repeal Day


  • Barrels & Bottles – Elevation Brewing’s Whiteout Tap Takeover – 4PM
    • First Cast IPA
    • 8 Second Kolsch
    • Little Mo’ Porter
    • Apis Red Cabernet Barrel Aged
    • Apis IV Quad
    • Downpour Fresh Hop India Red Ale
    • Fanboy Double IPA aged in Oak Barrels

Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013:


  • Arvada Beer Co – Winter Schwarzweiss


  • Dry Dock Brewing – TBD – 3PM to 6PM – Firkin Friday


  • Avery Brewing – TBD (possibly Coconut Brown) – 5PM – Friday Special Tapping


  • Park Ave Pub – TBD Odell Firkin – 6PM to 8PM – First Friday Firkin


  • Big Choice Brewing – Peppermint Stout – 1 keg, served with a peppermint patty and crushed candy cane, every Friday until Christmas



  • Steamworks Brewing Co – Train Wreck – Firkin Friday – Half Conductor Imperial IPA, half Backside Stout


  • Very Nice Brewing Company – Porter de los Muertos Chili Porter – 5PM


  • Tavern on the Gore – TBD Crazy Mountain Brewing tapping – 4PM to 6PM

Wheat Ridge

  • Colorado Plus – 5 TBD Prost Brewing  tappings – 6PM to 8PM

Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013:

Colorado Springs

  • TRiNiTY Brewing – TBD – 11AM – First Saturday Firkin


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout – 12PM – Brewed with oatmeal, chocolate, and locally sourced coffee and aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels
  • Diebolt Brewing – C’est la Saison – 6PM to 10PM – Swanky Seasonal Party – 9% ABV winter saison
  • Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew – 1st Anniversary – 7PM – Each staff member got to choose a style and/or version of a normal OMF beer and its these unique creations that will be on tap
    • all-Galaxy Hopped Red Ale
    • Black IPA
    • Blood Orange Wheat Ale
    • Dubbel
    • Hoppy Saison
    • Cream Ale
    • NY Maple Syrup Porter
  • River North Brewing – Barrel Aged Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout – 1PM


  • Wiley Roots Brewing – Griff English Strong Ale – 12PM to 11PM

Greenwood Village

  • Tilted Kilt – Boulder Beer Killer Penguin – 4PM to 6PM

Lone Tree

  • Lone Tree Brewing – 2nd Anniversary – 11AM – Small batch tappings happening all day


  • Tavern on the Gore – TBD Crazy Mountain Brewing tapping – 4PM to 6PM

Wheat Ridge

  • Right Coast Pizza – Funkwerks Tap Takeover – 6PM to 8PM
    • Saison
    • Tropic King
    • Dubbel
    • Nelson Sauvin
    • Quad

Sunday, Dec. 8th, 2013


  • Freshcraft – Ommegang Take The Black Stout – 2PM


  • Tavern on the Gore – TBD Crazy Mountain Brewing tapping – 4PM to 6PM

Monday, Dec. 9th, 2013

Prepare for Bull & Bush’s Christmas Beer Tasting.

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2013


  • Backcountry Pizza – Against the Grain/Local Option State Rollout – 6PM – 12 beers TBD, 7 of which are brand new to CO


  • Bull & Bush – Christmas Beer Tasting – 6PM to 10PM – 100+ beers from multiple vintages
  • Stapleton Tap House – Crazy Mountain Brewery’s Tequila Barrel Aged Lava Lake Wit – 6PM – Tap It Tuesday


  • Dillon Dam Brewery – Black Forest Stout – 5PM – Tap It Tuesday – Export Stout aged on Frangelico and Cherry Grand Marnier soaked black cherry woodchips


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.