Fresh Taps: Jan. 1st – Jan. 7th (2014)

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.

Tommyknocker 20th Anniversary Legend It’s a new year, so why not celebrate with a new brew? Although there isn’t as much going on this week since everyone is recovering from New Years Eve celebrations, there are still a number of tasty treats to try during this first week of 2014. From delicious Bretts to a Tommyknocker 20th Anniversary brew, there’s bound to be something new out there to get you excited. Forget those resolutions that you’ll drop in a couple weeks and vow to try some delicious new craft brews!

 

 

 

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Now through Friday, Cedar Creek Pub in Aurora is throwing a Barrel Aged Party that is sure to please. They’ll be serving a Anderson Valley Wild Turkey barrel aged Stout, Crabtree Barrel Monkey Brown aged in bourbon barrels, Crabtree Gooseberry Saison barrel aged in French oak barrels, and a Breckenridge Holidale Christmas beer aged in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels. No word on how much of these will be available, so might as well head over as soon as you can.

J Marie Barreled and Bretted After you’ve enjoyed some barrel aged goodies at Cedar Creek Pub, head to River North Brewing on Saturday at 1PM for the cherry on top. They’ll be releasing their J. Marie Saison Barreled & Bretted in both bottles on on tap. Why is it the cherry on top do you ask? Well this barrel aged beauty spent a year inside red wine barrels with Brettanomyces. It’s going to be one of the rarest brews released by River North, so get there early.

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, Jan. 1st, 2014 (Happy New Year!)

Aurora

  • Cedar Creek Pub – Barrel Aged Party
    • Anderson Valley Wild Turkey barrel aged Stout
    • Crabtree Barrel Monkey Brown aged in bourbon barrels
    • Crabtree Gooseberry Saison barrel aged in French oak barrels
    • Breckenridge Holidale Christmas beer aged in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels

Denver

  • Rackhouse Pub – Black Bottle Brewery Tappings – 5PM to 12AM – I’d Tap That
    • Hipster IPA
    • Cerealiously Milk Stout (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
    • TBD Barrel-Aged Specialty Beer

Idaho Springs

  • Tommyknocker Brewery – 20th Anniversary Legend Olde Oaked Brown Ale – 2PM

Thursday, Jan. 2nd, 2014

Aurora

  • Cedar Creek Pub – Barrel Aged Party
    • Anderson Valley Wild Turkey barrel aged Stout
    • Crabtree Barrel Monkey Brown aged in bourbon barrels
    • Crabtree Gooseberry Saison barrel aged in French oak barrels
    • Breckenridge Holidale Christmas beer aged in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels

Windsor

  • High Hops Brewery – Dr. Pat’s #11 IPA – Brewed with bitter orange peel and black pepper

Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2014

Aurora

  • Cedar Creek Pub – Barrel Aged Party
    • Anderson Valley Wild Turkey barrel aged Stout
    • Crabtree Barrel Monkey Brown aged in bourbon barrels
    • Crabtree Gooseberry Saison barrel aged in French oak barrels
    • Breckenridge Holidale Christmas beer aged in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels
  • Dry Dock Brewing – TBD – 3PM to 6PM – Friday Firkin

Boulder

  • Avery Brewing – TBD – 5PM – Friday Special Tapping
  • Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) – Milk Stout with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs & cinnamon – 3PM – Fan Firkin Friday

Durango

  • Steamworks Brewing – German Chocolate Cake Stout – 3PM – Firkin Friday

Lafayette

  • Front Range Brewing – Vanilla Coconut Porter

Saturday, Jan. 4th, 2014

Colorado Springs

  • TRiNiTY Brewing – TBD – 12PM – First Saturday Firkin

Denver

  • Copper Kettle Brewing – Mystery Beer Release – 12PM
  • River North Brewing – J. Marie Barreled & Bretted – 1PM – J. Marie saison aged in red wine barrels for a year with Brettanomyces

Fort Collins

  • Funkwerks – Brett Trois – 100% Brettanomyces Belgian ale
  • Odell Brewing – Runoff Red IPA

Sunday, Jan. 5th, 2014

Fort Collins

  • Odell Brewing – Runoff Red IPA

Monday, Jan. 6th, 2014

Grand Junction

  • Kannah Creek Brewing – TBD – 5PM – Firkin Monday

Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 2014

Boulder

  • Backcountry Pizza – Perennial Artisan Ales Mexican Chocolate Stout and more – 6PM

 

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.