Fresh Taps: Feb. 5th – Feb. 11th

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.

Former Future Brewing's English IPA Shots, shots, shots? Try stouts, stouts, stouts! Stout Month is in full swing with numerous stout takeovers and the like over the next week. Perfect timing for this chilly weather. Want more balance? There are plenty of other beers out there too, including some new brews at Former Future Brewing Company‘s grand opening this Friday.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Normally the 50 Wing Challenge is what would bring me to West End Tavern in Boulder (well, the thought of it anyway), but on Thursday at 6:30PM Boulder Beer Co will give another reason to stop by. Boulder Beer will have 7+ crazy tappings available, including a couple bourbon barrel aged beauties and a vintage 2008 Killer Penguin Barleywine.

Pagosa Stout Month The Mountain Sun and its sibling locations put on one heck of a Stout Month celebration, but Pagosa Brewing has a pretty stellar Stout Month planned as well. Each week they’ll be tapping numerous house and guest stouts, including one on cask. The first week is already underway, with beers available through Friday, after which a new batch comes on. So if you happen to be in or through southwest CO, be sure to stop in and have dark one or few. See below for tap lists.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
City Star Brewing Berthoud Widow Maker Russian Imperial Stout
Sanitas Brewing Boulder The Waker Espresso Stout
Black Sky Brewery Denver Petal to the Metal
Renegade Brewing Denver Conspirator Coffee Milk Brown Ale
Wit’s End Brewing Denver Ambition Coffee Stout made with Kaladi Coffee Colorado
Echo Brewing Frederick Tri-Town Brown
Cannonball Creek Brewing Golden Roundabout IPA
Twelve Degree Brewing Louisville Legal Nelson Hoppy Belgian Golden
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument Summit House Stout
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • RIP Milk Stout
  • Java Stout using Wolftracks Hand-Roasted Espresso
  • Vanilla Hazelnut Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Lone Tree Brewing Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout
  • Elk Mountain Brewing Cherry Stout
  • Rockyard Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/7

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA Discovery Beer Wednesday W 2/5/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada Toasted Coconut Porter Porter Series W 2/5/2014 4PM
Backcountry Pizza Boulder Jackie O’s:

  • Mystic Mama IPA
  • Mandala Citra
  • Chromo-Lung-Ma
  • Java the Stout
  • Oil of Aphrodite
  • Dark Apparition
Jackie O’s Tappings W 2/5/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout Cask Wednesday Decadent Chocolate Cask Month W 2/5/2014 3PM-9PM
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Denver Vieille w/ Happy Leaf Rose Kombucha Wild Wednesday W 2/5/2014 6PM
River North Brewery Denver Whiskey Barrel Quandary Wayward Wednesday W 2/5/2014 3PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Cherry Chocolate Quad W 2/5/2014
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette TBD Small Batch Wednesday 2 varieties of each batch W 2/5/2014 5PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • RIP Milk Stout
  • Java Stout using Wolftracks Hand-Roasted Espresso
  • Vanilla Hazelnut Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Lone Tree Brewing Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout
  • Elk Mountain Brewing Cherry Stout
  • Rockyard Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/7 W 2/5/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Nobilla Brown Firkin Hump Day A brown ale made with the 2nd runnings of their Belgian Quad with specialty grains added to give this brew a slight nutty, roastiness with just a touch of vanilla W 2/5/2014 5PM
West End Tavern Boulder Boulder Beer Co tappings:

  • Albino Rhino White IPA
  • 2008 Killer Penguin Barleywine
  • 35th Anniversary Beer Pilot Brew Imperial Black IPA
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cold Hop English-Style Pale Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Amber
  • Hazelnut Porter
  • and more!
Boulder Beer Co Tap Takeover Th 2/6/2014 6:30PM
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Cabin Fever Imperial Red Ale w/ cinnamon and rum soaked oak Th 2/6/2014 4PM
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Colorado Springs Bristol Brewing Barrel-Aged Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout w/ whiskey-soaked oak chips The Traveling Firkin Th 2/6/2014 6:30PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Lemongrass Ginger Kolsch Firkin Thursday Th 2/6/2014 4PM
Equinox Brewing Fort Collins TBD Firkin Thursday Th 2/6/2014 12PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • RIP Milk Stout
  • Java Stout using Wolftracks Hand-Roasted Espresso
  • Vanilla Hazelnut Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Lone Tree Brewing Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout
  • Elk Mountain Brewing Cherry Stout
  • Rockyard Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/7 Th 2/6/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Apri”hot” Firkin Slapdown Firkin Friday 3 different firkins of Apricot Blonde chili beers, vote for your favorite F 2/7/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Trogdor the Burninator Friday Special Tapping German-style smoked doppelbock F 2/7/2014 5PM
Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) Boulder Imperial IPA w/ tequila and dry hopped w/ Apollo & Citra Fan Firkin Friday F 2/7/2014 2PM
Brewers Republic Colorado Springs Bristol Brewing Barrel-Aged Single Hop Simcoe and Pinapple IPA The Traveling Firkin F 2/7/2014 5:30PM
Former Future Brewing Company Denver
  • Farmhouse IPA
  • Wakatu Dry-Hopped Belgian Wit
  • Robust Porter
  • English IPA
  • Salted Carmel Porter
Grand Opening F 2/7/2014 2PM-10PM
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver Version One Rye Ale Base colab beer with the Populist that will be aged in various barrels F 2/7/2014 4PM
Wit’s End Brewing Denver Me, Myself, and Rye Pale Ale 28% rye malt bill F 2/7/2014
Steamworks Brewing Durango Flaming Willy Chili Wee Heavy Frikin Friday F 2/7/2014 3PM
Cranknstein Fort Collins Odell Brewing:

  • Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on nitro
  • Crème Brulee Lugene Milk Stout firkin
F 2/7/2014 8PM-10PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • RIP Milk Stout
  • Java Stout using Wolftracks Hand-Roasted Espresso
  • Vanilla Hazelnut Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Lone Tree Brewing Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout
  • Elk Mountain Brewing Cherry Stout
  • Rockyard Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout
Stout Month Last day of these tappings F 2/7/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Rum Barrel Aged Old Ale Sa 2/8/2014 12PM-10PM
Epic Brewing Denver 825 State Stout spiced with chipotle peppers and cocoa Saturday Firkin Sa 2/8/2014 2PM
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Celebration of Dark Beers Sa 2/8/2014
Oskar Blues (The Tasty Weasel) Longmont G’Afternoon Hoppy Red Ale + other special tappings all day long 5th Anniversary Party Sa 2/8/2014 4PM
Big Beaver Brewing Loveland Cherry Pomegranate Saison Sa 2/8/2014 12PM-10PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Caramel Sea Salt Stout
  • Bacon Stout
  • Irish Whiskey Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Bristol Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warlock
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Old School Stout on nitro
  • Paradox Brewing Pinon Coffee Hell Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/14 Sa 2/8/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder
  • Uncle Jacob’s Imperial Stout
  • Khodynka
  • Tweak
  • 2012 Beast
  • Chewblacka
  • Bolder Weisse
  • Double Dry-Hopped Maharaja
  • and more!
Uncle Jacob’s Stout Release Party S 2/9/2014 1PM
Highland Tap & Burger Denver Fate Brewing Chocolate Pretzel Stout Colab with Crafty Ladies Beer Club S 2/9/2014 3PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Caramel Sea Salt Stout
  • Bacon Stout
  • Irish Whiskey Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Bristol Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warlock
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Old School Stout on nitro
  • Paradox Brewing Pinon Coffee Hell Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/14 S 2/9/2014
Stapleton Tap House Denver Echo Brewing Grand Cru Monday’s Keg M 2/10/2014 6PM-10PM
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins
  • Sweet Tart Pomegranate Stout
  • Strikin’ It Rich Irish Stout
M 2/10/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Caramel Sea Salt Stout
  • Bacon Stout
  • Irish Whiskey Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Bristol Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warlock
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Old School Stout on nitro
  • Paradox Brewing Pinon Coffee Hell Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/14 M 2/10/2014
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month T 2/11/2014 4:20PM
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month T 2/11/2014 4:20PM
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month T 2/11/2014 4:20PM
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon Raspberry Chipotle Irish Stout Tap It Tuesday T 2/11/2014 5PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Caramel Sea Salt Stout
  • Bacon Stout
  • Irish Whiskey Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Bristol Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warlock
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub Old School Stout on nitro
  • Paradox Brewing Pinon Coffee Hell Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/14 T 2/11/2014

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.