Fresh Taps: Feb. 26th – Mar. 4th (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.

Fat Old Sun As February comes to an end, more and more spring-time brews are making their way to the taprooms, such as a Mayor of Old Town and Odell Brewing collaboration. But if you’re still in the mood for dark, have no fear – Stout Month still has a few days left, and places like the Mountain Sun pubs and Pagosa Brewing still have you covered. Oh…and more Pliny the Younger too.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Each month Copper Kettle Brewing celebrates a theme for its weekly Firkin Wednesday tapping. This February has been “Decadent Chocolate” month, and the good folks at CKB are tapping the last cask of the month today with a Strawberry Chocolate Blonde. The brew is a basic blonde ale with chocolate syrup added to the firkin to highlight the chocolate malt used in the grain bill and compliment the 2 pounds of strawberries added. Challenger hops were used to balance the chocolate and strawberry to provide a clean, earthy flavor. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it?

Pliny the Younger Miss out on Pliny the Younger at Falling Rock or Backcountry Pizza last week? Well cry not, as you have another two tappings to try for. Cheeky Monk on Colfax in Denver is tapping the prized brew on Monday at 6:30PM, while Freshcraft is tapping on Tuesday at 6PM. See below for further details.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Big Choice Brewing Broomfield Colorado Common
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon 17th Anniversary Imperial Brown
Cannonball Creek Brewing Golden Almond Chocolate Stout

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Yak & Yeti Arvada Orange Chocolate Porter W 2/26/2014 4PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Strawberry Chocolate Blonde Firkin Wednesday Decadent Chocolate Cask Month W 2/26/2014 3PM
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Denver Surette w/ taragon kombucha from Happy Leaf Kombucha Wild Wednesday W 2/26/2014 6PM
River North Brewery Denver British-style Red Rye IPA Wayward Wednesday W 2/26/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver Fire Chief Ale Benefits the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation W 2/26/2014 6PM
World of Beer (Cherry Creek) Denver Br. Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Bitter Buffalo Bill’s Birthday W 2/26/2014
Mthe Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins Fat Old Sun Double IPA Colab w/ Odell W 2/26/2014 4PM-6PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Angry Samoan Brown Ale w/ Samoa Girl Scout cookies W 2/26/2014
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette TBD Small Batch Wednesday 2 varieties of each batch W 2/26/2014 5PM
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree
  • Dunkelweizen
  • Dopplebock
W 2/26/2014 12PM
Swirl Manitou Springs Bristol Brewing Barrel-Aged Single Hop Simcoe IPA The Traveling Firkin W 2/26/2014 6PM
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 W 2/26/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Buddha’s Bathwater Firkin Hump Day This bubbly brew boats a blend of Buddha’s best bourbon barrel-aged beers before adding Brettanomyces & bacterias W 2/26/2014 5PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada
  • Vanilla Porter
  • Coffee Porter
Th 2/27/2014
West Flanders Brewing Boulder Mole Stout Th 2/27/2014
Fire on the Mountain Denver Odell Brewing Myrcenary Double IPA Firkin February Th 2/27/2014 6PM
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Totally Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month Brewed w/ smoked malt and vanilla extract, aged on oak spirals, and spent several months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrels Th 2/27/2014
Crazy Mountain Brewing Edwards Pink Vail Fruit Ale $1 goes to the Pink Vail Fundraiser Th 2/27/2014
Equinox Brewing Fort Collins TBD Firkin Thursday Th 2/27/2014 12PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Bison Peak Brown Ale A cross between a Southern English and Northern English brown ale, w/ notes of caramel, bread, coffee, chocolate, and more Th 2/27/2014
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 Th 2/27/2014
Paradox Beer Co Woodland Park
  • Skully Barrel No. 8 Amber Sour
  • Kilted Lass 2014 Belgian Dark Ale
Th 2/27/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Raspberry Barrel Aged Shotgun Stout Firkin Friday F 2/28/2014 3PM-6PM
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Totally Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month Brewed w/ smoked malt and vanilla extract, aged on oak spirals, and spent several months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrels F 2/28/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Totally Stoked Oak Stout Stout Month Brewed w/ smoked malt and vanilla extract, aged on oak spirals, and spent several months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrels F 2/28/2014
Twisted Pine Brewing Boulder TBD Fresh Tapped Fridays F 2/28/2014
Crabtree Brewing Greeley Fireball Blonde Firkin Friday F 2/28/2014 5PM
Loveland Aleworks Loveland Imperial IPA on cask Dry hopped with Australian Ella hops F 2/28/2014
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 F 2/28/2014
Paradox Beer Co Woodland Park
  • Skully Barrel No. 8 Amber Sour
  • Kilted Lass 2014 Belgian Dark Ale
F 2/28/2014
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs TBD First Saturday Firkin Sa 3/1/2014 12PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Smoked Porter Sa 3/1/2014 12PM
River North Brewery Denver Quad on Oak Sa 3/1/2014 1PM
Cheeky Monk (Colfax) Denver Russian River Pliny the Younger Triple IPA M 3/3/2014 6:30PM
Kannah Creek Brewing Grand Junction TBD Firkin Monday Firkin Fundraiser benefiting Diabetes Counts M 3/3/2104 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock Fat Tuesday Blessing of the Bock by an ordained minister at 5PM T 3/4/2014 4PM
Fate Brewing Boulder Biere de Mars-di Gras Fat Tuesday T 3/4/2014
Freshcraft Denver Russian River Pliny the Younger Triple IPA See event for details T 3/4/2014 6PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Barking Marmot Belgo-American Black IPA T 3/4/2014

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.