Fresh Taps: Feb. 19th – Feb. 25th (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.

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One might think that the brewing world would take a break after so many Valentine’s Day tappings, but that would be wrong. This week is as busy as ever with a new brewery opening up in Centennial (Two22 Brew), some Pliny the Younger tappings, small and large tap takeovers at World of Beer, Stout Month rages on, and spring beers are starting to trickle in with the warmer weather. There’s even a beer named Joe Pesci. Read on for this week’s tappings!

 

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Station 26 Brewing is releasing three versions of its Coffee Session Stout this Sunday, and each sounds delicious. But it’s the Whiskey Coffee version that is catching my eye. The coffee beans come from the newly-opened Corvus Coffee and were aged green on whiskey barrel wood, then roasted and brewed. An interesting approach that should provide a unique taste.

It would be a mistake to not highlight the fact that you have FOUR different opportunities to try the famous Russian River triple IPA, Pliny the Younger. Three of those chances are at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. The first will be today, and the second two occurring Saturday and Sunday. The very specific details on how to get a taste are available here. Backcountry Pizza in Boulder is also tapping Pliny the Younger on Sunday, with tickets going on sale at 10AM and the beer being released at 1PM.

TRVE / DotW Brew Day - © PJ Hoberman

TRVE / DotW Brew Day – © PJ Hoberman

And this week’s spotlight wouldn’t be complete without a plug for the Wagon’s third birthday! PJ Hoberman and some of the crew brewed a French saison at TRVE, and it’s being tapped for your pleasure this Thursday at 6 p.m. at TRVE. Come say hi and try our brew!

 

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Glaring Bull Porter
The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company Erie Incandescent Cream Ale
Echo Brewing Frederick Munich Helles
Verboten Brewing Loveland Not the Irish Red Ale Nitro and CO2
Colorado Plus Wheat Ridge
  • Shra Smoked Hops Red Ale
  • Willma Willamette Single Hop Session IPA

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Guava Ale Discovery Beer Wednesday W 2/19/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada People’s Choice Porter 100% Kona coffee porter W 2/19/2014 4PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Smokebrush Porter W 2/19/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Orange Grand Marnier Chocolate Milk Stout Firkin Wednesday Also going to be at the Firkin Rendezvous at Bristol Brewing on Saturday W 2/19/2014 3PM
Falling Rock Tap House Denver Russian River Pliny the Younger See their webpage for operating procedure W 2/19/2014 6PM
River North Brewing Denver
  • Anniversary Ale #1 Imperial Stout
  • Anniversary Ale #2 Dry-Hopped Golden Strong Ale
Wayward Wednesday W 2/19/2014 3PM
World of Beer Denver 25 Oskar Blues beers Gordon Knight Birthday Celebration W 2/19/2014 5PM
Road 34 Fort Collins Elevation Beer Co:

  • 2013 Oil Man Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
  • 2014 Oil Man Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
  • Fanboy Imperial IPA
  • Engel Weisse Berliner Weisse
Elevation Beer Co Tap Takeover W 2/19/2014 4PM-7PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Strawberry Ginger Kolsch Dry hopped with Amarillo hops W 2/19/2014
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette TBD Small Batch Wednesday 2 varieties of each batch W 2/19/2014 5PM
World of Beer Lakewood 10 Boulder Beer Co beers Boulder Beer One Night W 2/19/2014
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Wee Heavy Scotch Ale W 2/19/2014
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
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 W 2/19/2014
Quaker Steak & Lube Westminster Beers from:

  • Beer by Design Brewery (Thorton)
  • Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge)
  • Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield)
  • Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada)
  • Prost Brewing (Denver)
  • Westminster Brewing (Westminster)
Beer Bash Vote for your favorite W 2/19/2014 7PM-9PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Joe Pesci Firkin Hump Day Light American Ale w/ peaches and espresso W 2/19/2014 5PM
Fire on the Mountain Denver Hogshead Brewery Extra Stout Firkin February Th 2/20/2014 6PM
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver Saison2 Th 2/20/2014
Station 26 Brewing Denver Scottish Ale w/ Vanilla Beans Th 2/20/2014
TRVE Brewing Denver Circle the Wagons French Saison Denver Off The Wagon’s 3rd Anniversary Th 2/20/2014 6PM
Equinox Brewing Fort Collins TBD Firkin Thursday Th 2/20/2014 12PM
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch Hallerbock Girl Bock Th 2/20/2014 2PM
Oskar Blues (Tasty Weasel) Longmont 7 variations of G’Knight Imperial Red Gordon Knight Birthday Celebration Th 2/20/2014
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
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 Th 2/20/2014
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Irish Stout On Nitro F 2/21/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Citrus U.S.S. Thrasher IPA Firkin Friday F 2/21/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Brett Red Table Saison Friday Special Tapping Red Table Saison re-fermented with Brettanomyces F 2/21/2014 5PM
Under the Sun Pub Boulder Big Choice Brewing Peppermint Stout Stout Month F 2/21/2014 5PM
Jack Quinn’s Colorado Springs TBD Feckin Firkin Friday Odell Brewing special firkin F 2/21/2014
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Session Swing IPA F 2/21/2014 5PM
Crabtree Brewing Greeley Baltic Porter F 2/21/2014
Tommyknocker Brewery Idaho Springs Figged Oatmeal Stout F 2/21/2014 3PM
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
Stout Month Available thru 2/21 F 2/21/2014
Two22 Brew Centennial
  • Blonde
  • Milk Stout
  • Session IPA
  • Simcoe IPA
  • Centennial Chocolate Porter
Grand Opening Sa 2/22/2014 12PM
Falling Rock Tap House Denver Russian River Pliny the Younger See their webpage for operating procedure Sa 2/22/2014 1PM
Former Future Brewing Denver Bourbon Barrel Aged Robust Porter Sa 2/22/2014 4PM
Monkey Barrel Bar Denver TBD Dry Dock Tap Takeover And crawfish boil Sa 2/22/2014 1PM
Funkwerks Fort Collins Session Saison Sa 2/22/2014
Odell Brewing Fort Collins Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA Release Party Sa 2/22/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout (or Pikes Peak Brewing Oatmeal Stout)
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • Vanilla Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Three Rivers Brewing Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery 48 Smooth Chai Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Girl Scout Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Nihilist Prime Imperial Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/28 Sa 2/22/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora 2013 Bligh’s Barleywine S 2/23/2014 11AM
Avery Brewing Boulder Opuntia Barrel-Aged Sour Ale #18 Sour ale with a dose of prickly pears and aged in first use small batch tequila barrels for 9 months S 2/23/2014 1PM
Backcountry Pizza Boulder Russian River Pliny the Younger Must buy a ticket for one pour, go on sale at 10AM S 2/23/2014 1PM
Falling Rock Tap House Denver Russian River Pliny the Younger See their webpage for operating procedure S 2/23/2014 1PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Three versions of the Coffee Session Stout:

  • Volkopi Lintong (Sumatra)
  • Hopped Kivu Kanzu (Rwanda) w/ Nelson Sauvin hops
  • Whiskey Coffee (Corvus Coffee green coffee beans aged on whiskey barrel wood and roasted)
S 2/23/2014
TRVE Brewing Denver Tiphareth Sour Red Ale S 2/23/2014 2PM
Odell Brewing Fort Collins Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA Release Party S 2/23/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout (or Pikes Peak Brewing Oatmeal Stout)
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • Vanilla Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Three Rivers Brewing Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery 48 Smooth Chai Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Girl Scout Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Nihilist Prime Imperial Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/28 S 2/23/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout (or Pikes Peak Brewing Oatmeal Stout)
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • Vanilla Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Three Rivers Brewing Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery 48 Smooth Chai Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Girl Scout Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Nihilist Prime Imperial Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/28 M 2/24/2014
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Bacon Milk Stout Stout Month 2014 Homebrew Contest Winner T 2/25/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Bacon Milk Stout Stout Month 2014 Homebrew Contest Winner T 2/25/2014
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Junta Dog Enigma Brown Ale T 2/25/2014
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Bacon Milk Stout Stout Month 2014 Homebrew Contest Winner T 2/25/2014
World of Beer Lakewood 20+ Black Bottle Brewing beers Black Bottle Brewing Tap Takeover T 2/25/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Pagosa stouts:

  • Soakers Stout (or Pikes Peak Brewing Oatmeal Stout)
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • Vanilla Stout on cask

Plus:

  • Three Rivers Brewing Imperial Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery 48 Smooth Chai Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Girl Scout Stout
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Nihilist Prime Imperial Stout
Stout Month Available thru 2/28 T 2/25/2014

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.