Fresh Taps: Feb. 12th – Feb. 18th (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.

River North

River North Brewery is turning 2

Some of you probably love Valentine’s Day, while some of you hate it. Well all beer enjoyers will love the beers being tapped this week for Valentine’s Day, Stout Month, and more. Dark and light, many beers are getting a sweet addition of such ingredients as raspberries or pomegranates. Don’t like fruit in your beer? Don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too.

 

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Do you like rye beers? How about rye whiskey? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you must swing by Historians Ale House in Denver today at 4PM, as they’ll be tapping Boulevard’s Rye on Rye – a rye beer aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. This is one of my favorite rye beers, and is a rare one at that.

High Hops 2nd Firkin Fest

Attention firkin lovers: your valentine is High Hops Brewery in Windsor, and she/he’s giving you the gift of 16 firkins! The brewery is throwing their 2nd Annual Firkin Fest on Friday, Valentine’s Day. A few of the brews to be released include the Diamana Herb Beer (said to be a Mayan aphrodisiac), Habanero Honey, and Lemon Ginger Honey.

RiverNorth_AnniversaryAle2 Last but certainly not least, River North Brewery in Denver is turning two! They’ll be releasing their second anniversary beer, a Dry-Hopped Golden Strong Ale, Friday through Sunday. But that’s not all, as they’ll be releasing their first anniversary beer, J. Marie Barreled & Bretted, and other barrel aged goodies throughout the weekend. See below for details. And if you want to get in an earlier visit, swing by today for their Scotch Barrel Aged J. Marie for Wayward Wednesday. It’s a great saison/farmhouse with the perfect amount of scotch taste.

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada High Pitched Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter Discovery Beer Wednesday On nitro W 2/12/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada Honey Porter Porter Series W 2/12/2014 4PM
Backcountry Pizza Boulder De Struise Brouwers from Belgium:

  • Black Albert
  • Blackberry Albert
  • Pannepot
  • Pannepot Reserva
  • Pannapuet
  • Tangerine Heated
W 2/12/2014 6PM
Brewer’s Republic Colorado Springs TBD Odell Brewing Tap Takeover W 2/12/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Chocolate Vanilla Cream Ale Firkin Wednesday Decadent Chocolate Cask Month W 2/12/2014 3PM
Historians Ale House Denver Boulevard Brewing Rye on Rye W 2/12/2014 4PM
River North Brewery Denver Scotch Barrel J. Marie Wayward Wednesday W 2/12/2014 3PM
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley Rose of My Heart Merlot Barrel Aged Porter Celebration of Dark Beers W 2/12/2014 6:30PM
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette TBD Small Batch Wednesday 2 varieties of each batch W 2/12/2014 5PM
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree My Cherie Amour Cherry Chocolate Stout W 2/12/2014
Crow Hop Brewing Loveland For the Love of Pale Colab w/ Loveland Aleworks W 2/12/2014 6PM-9PM
Loveland Aleworks Loveland For the Love of Pale Colab w/ Crow Hop Brewing W 2/12/2014 6PM-9PM
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 W 2/12/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Nick Noel-Tea #3 Tropic Thunder Firkin Hump Day Brewed with black teas, roasted mate, and motueka hops W 2/12/2014
Blues & Greens Boulder Left Hand 400lb Monkey English-style IPA Cask Ale Night Th 2/13/2014 7:30PM-10:30PM
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Englewood Chocolate Peppermint Lager Th 2/13/2014 11AM
Equinox Brewing Fort Collins TBD Firkin Thursday Th 2/13/2014 12PM
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 Th 2/13/2014
Arvada Beer Co Arvada
  • Strawberry Golden Ale
  • Butter Pecan Brown
F 2/14/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora ChRAZzY Chocolate Raspberry Porter Dark reddish porter made with Ghirardelli chocolate and raspberries F 2/14/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder TBD Friday Special Tapping F 2/14/2014 5PM
Boulder Beer Co Boulder
  • Shake Chocolate Porter on nitro
  • Chocolate Cherry cask beer
F 2/14/2014
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Cherry Chocolate Stout Stout Month F 2/14/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Cherry Chocolate Stout Stout Month F 2/14/2014
Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) Boulder Sour Wit w/ Pomegranate Firkin Friday F 2/14/2014 2PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs TBD For the Love of Stouts! F 2/14/2014 12PM
Black Sky Brewery Denver Unibroue Trois Pistole F 2/14/2014
Great Divide Brewing Denver Rye’t Meow Double Rye IPA Pilot Beer F 2/14/2014
Lucky Pie Denver Epic Brewing:

  • Sour Apple Saison w/ Rose Buds (firkin)
  • Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout
  • Brainless Belgian Style Ale on Raspberries
F 2/14/2014
River North Brewery Denver
  • Anniversary Ale #1 Imperial Stout
  • Anniversary Ale #2 Dry-Hopped Golden Strong Ale
2nd Anniversary F 2/14/2014 1PM
Stapleton Tap House Denver Epic Brewing Escape to Colorado IPA w/ dried passion flowers 10 gallon firkin, only available at the Stapleton Tap House F 2/14/2014 6PM
Strange Brewing Denver
  • Chocolate Love Stout
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Black IPA
F 2/14/2014
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Cherry Chocolate Stout Stout Month F 2/14/2014
Brew on Broadway Englewood Carnation Queen Coffee Vanilla Porter F 2/14/2014
Barrel & Bottles Brewery Golden Oskar Blues:

  • Ten FIDY aged in Makers Mark 15 year old barrels
  • Gubna aged in 30 year old tequila barrels
  • Brewing Market Coffee Stout
  • Merlot Barrel Aged Chaka Belgian Style Pale
  • Icey Wheat IPA (colab w/ Icelantic)
  • Reeb Rye’d Pale Ale
  • Obliterator German Strong Bock
  • Oskar the G’Rauch Ssmoked IPA (colab w/ SKA)
  • Body like a Battle Axe Wee Heavy
    Old Chub
  • Marzen
 Oskar Blues Tap Takeover F 2/14/2014 5PM-10PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Pomegranate Hibiscus Saison F 2/14/2014
CHUBurger Longmont TBD Sour Ale Showdown Cast your vote from least to most favorite and the winner will be tapped for a month F 2/14/2014
Loveland Aleworks Loveland Darkest Day Coconut Porter w/ cocoa nibs Cask F 2/14/2014
Bootstrap Brewing Niwot Cherry Ginger Gold F 2/14/2014
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 F 2/14/2014
Beer By Design Thorton Double Span IPA F 2/14/2014 2PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor
  • Diamana Herb Beer
  • Habanero Honey
  • Lemon Ginger Honey
  • And 13 other firkins!
2nd Annual Firkin Fest 16 firkins on tap F 2/14/2014
River North Brewery Denver
  • Anniversary Ale #2 Dry-Hopped Golden Strong Ale
  • TBD barrel-aged kegs
2nd Anniversary Sa 2/15/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Once Upon a Time Barrel Aged Sour Sa 2/15/2014 12PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Green Chili Stout
  • Blackberry Stout on cask

Plus:

  • TRiNiTY Brewing Past Out Stout
  • Renegade Brewing Hammer N Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Thunderhead Robust
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 Sa 2/15/2014
Hogshead Brewery Denver Beer from the Wood #3 Oak Aged Kiwi Bitter S 2/16/2014 2PM
River North Brewery Denver
  • Anniversary Ale #2 Dry-Hopped Golden Strong Ale
  • J. Marie Barreled & Bretted
2nd Anniversary S 2/16/2014
TRVE Brewing Denver Winter Zephyr Black Sour S 2/16/2014 2PM
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Green Chili Stout
  • Blackberry Stout on cask

Plus:

  • TRiNiTY Brewing Past Out Stout
  • Renegade Brewing Hammer N Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Thunderhead Robust
S 2/16/2014
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora
  • Beers from 2009
  • Hopothermia
  • TBD
Alaskan Brewing Tap Takeover M 2/17/2014 11AM
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Denver Wild Belgian Pale Ale Ferus Fluxus Series colab between Upslope Brewing and Crooked Stave, adding Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus to Upslope’s Belgian Style Pale Ale M 2/17/2014 6:30PM
Stapleton Tap House Denver River North Brewery B-Side Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Quandary Monday’s Keg Only 10 gallons M 2/17/2014 6PM
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins Big Ben Nitro English Pale Ale M 2/17/2014
William Oliver’s Fort Collins TBD Black Bottle Brewing Tap Takeover M 2/17/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Green Chili Stout
  • Blackberry Stout on cask

Plus:

  • TRiNiTY Brewing Past Out Stout
  • Renegade Brewing Hammer N Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Thunderhead Robust
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 M 2/17/2014
Boulder Beer Co Boulder TBD Barrel-Aged Tuesday T 2/18/2014 4PM
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Mutual Respect Imperial Coffee Stout Stout Month Colab w/ Odell Brewing T 2/18/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Mutual Respect Imperial Coffee Stout Stout Month Colab w/ Odell Brewing T 2/18/2014
Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) Boulder Wild Belgian Pale Ale and other barrel aged one-offs Ferus Fluxus Series colab between Upslope Brewing and Crooked Stave, adding Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus to Upslope’s Belgian Style Pale Ale T 2/18/2014 6PM
Pagosa Brewing Denver Mutual Respect Imperial Coffee Stout Stout Month Colab w/ Odell Brewing T 2/18/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Green Chili Stout
  • Blackberry Stout on cask

Plus:

  • TRiNiTY Brewing Past Out Stout
  • Renegade Brewing Hammer N Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Thunderhead Robust
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 T 2/18/2014

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.