Fresh Taps: Dec. 18th – Dec. 24th

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.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox Brewing

Christmas has come early! There hasn’t been this many tappings planned for a week since GABF, so you have no excuse to not try a fresh draught. Places like Lucky Pies, Stapleton Tap House, and Equinox Brewing continue to release beers almost every day this week. Meanwhile, many breweries are celebrating the Winter Solstice with a special brew or a few. So go out there and get merry with roughly 70 tappings to choose from! Responsibly of course.

 

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Every Wednesday at 5PM Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada releases a small batch of what it calls a Discovery Beer. If you’ve seen these listed in my Fresh Taps each week, you know these brews sound very interesting (and delicious). This week they’re releasing The Clan of Darkness – a Belgian Scotch Ale. I’ve never heard of such a brew, and if I could, I would be there to try it. Since I can’t, go try one for me and tell me about it in the comments or via twitter @sheabutter84.

Wild Woods Brewery - Night in the Woods

 

There are numerous Winter Solstice tappings happening this Saturday, and one of the more tasty-sounding ones will be at Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder. They’ll be tapping four dark beers from 2PM to 9PM to celebrate the day with the most darkness, including a Baltic Porter with coffee and a Russian Imperial Potato Stout. Yes, a potato stout. Sounds interesting!

 

 

Not to be outdone, High Hops Brewery in Windsor is celebrating the Winter Solstice with 7 versions of its popular Dark One Milk Stout as part of its The Dark Days of December event. Details on the seven variations aren’t available yet, but why not just go and be surprised!

High Hops Brewery - Dark Days of Dec

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

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Aspen

  • Aspen Brewing – Green Monstah Strong Ale

Denver

  • Bull & Bush – Guest Taps
    • Yak & Yeti Chai Milk Stout
    • Wit’s End Brewing Ugly Sweater Brown Ale with roasted pumpkin seeds and palm sugar
    • Dry Dock Brewing The Gose of Christmas Present
    • Denver Beer Co Barrel Room Bock
    • Copper Kettle Brewing Holiday Spiced Old Ale
    • Brasserie Dubuisson Freres 2012 Scaldis Noel
  • Renegade Brewing – Peasant Porter

Englewood

  • Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company – Cranberry Snowflake Lager

Greeley

  • Crabtree Brewing – Gooseberry Cezanne Saison

Lafayette

  • Front Range Brewing – IPA and ALT Red

Monument

  • Pikes Peak Brewing – Ascent Pale Ale and Elephant Rock IPA

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 2013

Arvada

  • Arvada Beer Co – Poolhall Porter and Vanilla Porter
  • Odyssey Beerwerks – Clan of Darkness Belgian Scotch Ale – 5PM – Discovery Beer Wednesday

Boulder

  • Boulder Beer Co – TBD – 5PM – Barrel Wednesday – Special barrel-aged tapping
  • Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) – Foreign Style Stout – 5PM to 9PM

Colorado Springs

  • Front Range BBQ – TBD specialty Bristol Brewing beers – 7PM – Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Denver

  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Chocolate Peanut Brittle Old Ale – 3PM to 9PM – Firkin Wednesday – Candied Beers Cask Month
  • Crooked Stave – Vieille blended with Happy Leaf Kombucha’s Longevity (Hibiscus/Lemon/Ginger) – 5PM – Wild Wednesday
  • Fire on the Mountain – TBD Epic Brewing special firkin and Hopulent Mosaic Double IPA cask conditioned with Whole Leaf Summit – 5:30PM
  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – TBD – 12 Beers of Christmas
  • Rackhouse Pub – Boulevard Brewing Tappings – 5PM to 12AM – I’d Tap That
    • Reboot White IPA
    • Nutcracker Ale
    • More TBD
  • River North Brewery – Pumpkin-spice J. Marie – 3PM – Wayward Wednesday
  • Stapleton Tap House – Epic Brewing / Strange Brewing Epically Strange – 13 Days ‘Til Winter – Collaboration ale blend of Big Bad Baptist and Cherry Kriek

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Picasso Pale Ale – 12 Days of Beer
  • Tony’s Bar – TBD City Star Brewing Tappings – 7PM

Highlands Ranch

  • Grist Brewing – Russian Imperial Stout – 4PM

Lafayette

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

Lakewood

  • CAUTION! Brewing – TBD – 2PM (hopefully) – Lakewood Brewery Opening

Lone Tree

  • Lone Tree Brewing – Winter Warmer

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – The Bruery 6 Geese a Laying – 12 Beers of Christmas

Niwot

  • Bootstrap Brewing – Gingerbread Stout – 3PM to 9PM

Westminster

  • Exchange Tavern – Odell Brewing IPA and Isolation – 7PM

Windsor

  • High Hops Brewery – Cher-Lacto-Nobley Sour Cherry Quad – 5PM – Firkin Hump Day

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 2013

Arvada

  • Arvada Beer Co – Coffee Porter and Sour Cherry

Boulder

  • Backcountry Pizza – Boulevard Tapping Event – 6PM
    • Nutcracker
    • Foeder Project #1
    • Imperial Stout
    • Tank 7

Denver

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – TBD – 12 Beers of Christmas
  • Stapleton Tap House – Wynkoop Brewing Gingerbread Stout – 13 Days ‘Til Winter

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Ginger Bread Snow Capped Borealis – 12 Days of Beer
  • Tony’s Bar – KCCO Black Lager – 9PM – From Red Hook and The Chive

Highlands Ranch

  • Grist Brewing – Cinnamon Honey Blonde Firkin – 4PM

Lakewood

  • World of Beer Belmar – Sam Adams Ugly Sweater Tap Takeover – 5PM to 8PM
    • Boston Lager
    • Winter Lager
    • White Christmas
    • Juniper IPA
    • Old Fezziwig
    • Cherry Chocolate Bock
    • Golden Yuzu
    • Black and Brew Coffee Stout
    • Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Avery Old Jubilation – 12 Beers of Christmas

Windsor

  • High Hops Brewery – Lady Godiva Noble One Belgian Quad aged in a whiskey barrel with Brettanomyces added

Friday, Dec. 20th, 2013

Arvada

  • Arvada Beer Co – Double IPA

Aurora

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

Boulder

  • Avery Brewing – TBD – 5PM – Friday Special Tapping

Broomfield

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

Denver

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – TBD – 12 Beers of Christmas
  • Stapleton Tap House – Renegade Brewing Radiator Winter Warmer – 13 Days ‘Til Winter

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Jester’s Rauchbier – 12 Days of Beer

Lakewood

  • World of Beer Belmar – Odell Brewing Fresh Fruit Myrcenary Double IPA Firkin – 6PM to 8PM

Lone Tree

  • Lone Tree Brewing – Gingerbread Old Ale – 12PM

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Odyssey Beerwerks Don’t Pout Stout – 12 Beers of Christmas

Wheat Ridge

  • Colorado Plus – Crazy Mountain Brewery Tap Takeover – 5PM
    • Cara de Luna
    • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
    • Old Soul
    • Snowcat Coffee Stout
    • Amber Ale

Windsor

  • High Hops Brewery – Intro IPA – Brewed by the home brew class

Saturday, Dec. 21st, 2013 (Winter Solstice)

Boulder

  • Wild Woods Brewery – Night in the Woods – 2PM to 9PM
    • Black Smoke Imperial Stout
    • Constellation Black IPA
    • Nocturnal Baltic Porter with Coffee
    • Czar Tater Russian Imperial Potato Stout

Colorado Springs

  • TRiNiTY Brewing – Winter Solstice – 11AM

Denver

  • Copper Kettle Brewing – India Pale Lager – 12PM to 10PM
  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – TBD – 12 Beers of Christmas
  • Stapleton Tap House – Pike’s Peak Brewing AdAmAn Ale – 13 Days ‘Til Winter
  • World of Beer Cherry Creek – Hall Brewing Tap Takeover
    • Helles
    • Pilsner
    • Saison
    • IPA
    • Stout
    • Deck the Hall Holiday Ale
    • Juicy Peach Blonde
    • Harvest Ale
    • Oktoberfest

Durango

  • Ska Brewing – Hibernal Vinifera Stout – 5PM to 7PM

Fort Collins

  • Black Bottle Brewery – Funkwerks Tappings – 5PM
    • Dubbel
    • Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad
    • Tropic King
    • Peach Whiskey Barrel Tropic King
  • Equinox Brewing – Airing of Grievances Imperial IPA – 12 Days of Beer

Highlands Ranch

  • Grist Brewing – Holiday Spiced Russian Imperial Stout and Cranberry Kolsch firkin

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Ska Euphoria – 12 Beers of Christmas

Loveland

  • Loveland Aleworks – Darkest Day Chocolate Coconut Porter – @ Dusk

Niwot

  • Bootstrap Brewing – Cherry Christmas – 3PM to 9PM

Wheat Ridge

  • Right Coast Pizza – TBD 6 Odell beers on tap – 6PM to 9PM – Ugly Sweater Party

Windsor

  • High Hops Brewery – 7 versions of the Dark One Milk Stout – The Dark Days of December

Sunday, Dec. 22nd, 2013

Denver

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – TBD – 12 Beers of Christmas
  • TRVE Brewing – Manannan Sour Brown Ale – 1:30PM to 10PM

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Roasted Chestnut Rauchbier – 12 Days of Beer

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Prost Doppelbock – 12 Beers of Christmas

Monday, Dec. 23rd, 2013

Denver

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

Fort Collins

  • Equinox Brewing – Ande’s Mint Stout – 12 Days of Beer

Grand Junction

  • Kannah Creek Brewing – Coconut Chocolate Almond Stout – Firkin Monday

Louisville

  • Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – Ommegang Adoration – 12 Beers of Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 24th, 2013 (Christmas Eve)

Boulder

  • Backcountry Pizza – Christmas Eve Day Belgian Christmas – 11AM
    • Gouden Carolus
    • St. Bernadus
    • Delirium Noel
    • Dupont Avec les Bon Voeux
    • Brasseria de Blaugies La Moneuse Special Noel
    • De Struise Tsjeeses
    • Samichlaus Classic

Colorado Springs

  • TRiNiTY Brewing – Cherry Awaken Stout – 12PM to 4PM

 

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 shea@denveroffthewagon.com

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.