Fresh Taps: Dec. 11th – Dec. 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.

Great Storm Brewing We may be a couple weeks away from Christmas, but there’s plenty of gifts and celebrations going right now. Great Storm Brewing in Colorado Springs is hosting a Christmas party, Barrels & Bottles in Golden and World of Beer in Cherry Creek are celebrating with Sam Adams, Freshcraft is celebrating Firestone Walker’s anniversary, Copper Kettle is releasing another delicious bourbon barrel aged beer in a bottle, and Funkwerks is celebrating their anniversary. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this week. Time to get merry!


Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Oh the holidays. It’s a time for giving, and two area tap houses are certainly in the mood. Both Lucky Pie in Louisville and the Stapleton Tap House are tapping a new beer each day for the next couple weeks. Lucky Pie will be focusing on Christmas ales, while the Stapleton Tap House is tapping some interesting Colorado brews. Check each day below for more details.

Black Bottle Brewery 1st Anniversary

Black Bottle Brewery up in Fort Collins normally has both house beers and guest taps, but not this Saturday. It’s time to celebrate their first year in business, and they’re going big time by populating all 40 taps with their brews, including special tappings each hour from 3PM to 8PM. Check below for more details on what will be released when.


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

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed):


  • Aspen Brewing – Imperial Stout


  • FATE Brewing – Winter Wit Dark Witbier spiced w/ tangerine peel, coriander and star anise
  • Sanitas Brewing – Stocking Ale


  • Wiley Roots Brewing – Off the Tracks IPA

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 2013:


  • Odyssey Beerwerks – Butter Pecan Scotch Ale – 5PM – Discovery Beer Wednesday


  • Breckenridge Brew Pub – Imperial Red – 3PM to 6PM – Winter Kickoff Party

Colorado Springs

  • Smiling Toad Brewery – Russian Imperial Stout


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Fudge Stout – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday – Candied Beers Cask Month
  • Crooked Stave – Vieille blended with citra dry hopped prickly pear kombucha – 5PM – Wild Wednesday
  • River North Brewery – Whiskey Barrel Aged J. Marie – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday
  • Stapleton Tap House – Diebolt Brewing C’est la Saison – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st

Highlands Ranch

  • Grist Brewing – American IPA – 5PM


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


  • High Hops Brewery – Peach Farm American-style Farmhouse Ale – 5PM – Firkin Hump Day

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2013:


  • Stapleton Tap House – Crabtree Brewing Barrel Monkey Brown – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st

Fort Collins

  • Black Bottle Brewery – 7-Year Stout Hazelnut Coffee Stout – 6PM

Highlands Ranch

  • Grist Brewing – Rob’s Sweet Cherry Kolsch Firkin – 4PM

Lone Tree

  • Lone Tree Brewing – Pilsner


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Breckenridge Christmas Ale – 12 Beers of Christmas

Friday, Dec. 13th, 2013:


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


  • Avery Brewing – Mephistopheles Stout – 5PM


  • Big Choice Brewing – Peppermint Stout – 3PM – 1 keg, served with a peppermint patty and crushed candy cane, every Friday until Christmas

Colorado Springs

  • TRiNiTY Brewing – Farmhouse Ruse Saison – 5PM


  • Stapleton Tap House – High Hops Brewing Plum Dubb – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st


  • Barrels & Bottles – Sam Adams Tap Takeover – 5PM
    • Boston Lager
    • Winter Lager
    • Merry Maker
    • White Christmas
    • Old Fezziwig
    • Golden Yuzu
    • Juniper IPA
    • Cherry Chocolate Bock
    • Black and Brew
    • Grumpy Monk IPA


  • Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids – Funkwerks Tap Takeover – 5PM
    • Saison
    • Tropic King
    • Deceit
    • Oud Bruin
    • Provincial
    • Dubbel
    • Quad


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Odell Brewing Isolation Ale – 12 Beers of Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013:

Colorado Springs

  • Great Storm Brewing – Christmas Party – 11AM
    • Thunderstroke Barleywine aged in whiskey barrels
    • Stingo Apple-Cinnamon Wee Heavy
    • Coffee Stout with chai spice
    • Rum Raisin Stout


  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Well Bred Bourbon Barrel Barleywine – 12PM
  • Freshcraft – Firestone Walker Mini Tap Takeover 17th Anniversary Tapping – 1PM
    • 17th Anniversary
    • 16th Anniversary
    • Velvet Merkin
    • Double DBA
    • Pivo Pils
    • Wookey Jack
  • Stapleton Tap House – Bristol Brewing Christmas Ale – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st
  • World of Beer Cherry Creek – Sam Adams Tap Takeover – Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
    • Boston Lager
    • Winter Lager
    • White Christmas
    • Juniper IPA
    • Old Fezziwig
    • Cherry Chocolate Bock
    • Golden Yuzu
    • Black and Brew Coffee Stout
    • Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout

Fort Collins

  • Black Bottle Brewery – 1st Anniversary Party – 11AM to 12AM – All 40 taps will be dedicated to Black Bottle Brewery beers
    • Dramamine – 3PM
    • I’ll Sais It’s On #1 – 4PM
    • Homebrewer’s Do It In The Garage – 5PM
    • I’ll Sais It’s On #2 – 6PM
    • Angry Elf 1st Anniversary American Strong Ale Aged in Scotch Barrels – 7PM
    • Black Bottle Brewery & Feisty Whiskey collab – 8PM
  • Funkwerks – Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad – 1PM – 3 Year Anniversary – Free half glasses until the sixtel is gone


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Sierra Nevada Celebration – 12 Beers of Christmas

Pagosa Springs

  •  Pagosa Brewing – Coconut Porter

Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013


  • Hogshead Brewery – Beer From the Wood Series #1 – 2PM – Gilpin Black Gold London Porter aged 3 months in a oak barrel and served from the barrel
  • Stapleton Tap House – TRiNiTY Brewing Merle, Saison Nocturnum – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Bristol Christmas Ale – 12 Beers of Christmas

Monday, Dec. 16th, 2013


  • Stapleton Tap House – Twisted Pine Brewery Noel Tripel – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Upslope Christmas Ale – 12 Beers of Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 2013


  • Stapleton Tap House – River North Rum Barrel Aged Quandary – 6PM – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – A new beer tapped each day through Dec. 21st


  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Boulevard Nutcracker – 12 Beers of Christmas


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.