Fresh Taps: Apr. 23rd – Apr. 29th (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.

Comrade Brewing Co

Photo Credit: Comrade Brewing Facebook page

Time to celebrate! What you ask? How about the Grand Opening of Comrade Brewing on Saturday! Or perhaps the anniversaries of Copper Kettle Brewing and Echo Brewing. There’s plenty to celebrate, whether it’s milestones or the beautiful spring weather. And if you’re in Colorado Springs, this week marks the start of Colorado Springs Craft Week, with numerous tappings happening this week and next.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Copper Kettle Brewing is turning three, and they’re throwing what has become an annual multi-day celebration complete with special beer tappings, food trucks, and live music. And given CKB’s recent brewing system expansion and patio addition, there’s plenty to celebrate! Special tappings include barrel-aged goodies from 2013 – such as Snowed In and Well Bred – (Thursday), their first sour (Friday), a battle of employee-inspired beers (Saturday), and a petite verdot barrel aged Grand Cru (Sunday). Check below for full details.

Copper Kettle's 3rd Anniversary

Today, Barrels & Bottles in Golden is celebrating beer brewed by 14 ladies from 11 different breweries, with proceeds of the collaboration beer, “The Big C,” going to the Pink Boots Society. Breweries represented include Wynkoop, Bootstrap, Strange, Epic, CAUTION, Renegade, Horse & Dragon, Big Choice, and Pikes Peak.

Saint Patrick’s Brewing in Englewood is celebrating pilsners on Thursday with four different styles: American, Czech, German, and Japanese. Stop by to check out and compare this sometimes unjustifiably-dismissed beer style.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Old Chicago All CO Locations Cool Lime Lager Through May 5th, light lager brewed with three different lime varieties (freshly juiced limes, Kaffir leaves, and dried limes)
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora
  • Crazy Mountain Snowcat Coffee Stout
  • Eel River Earth Thirst Double IPA
  • Gravity Jubileum Belgian Peppercorn Ale
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Odell Levity
  • Prost Weissbier
Recent tappings via Taphunter
Fate Brewing Boulder Watermelon Kolsch
Star Bar Denver
  • Avery IPA
  • Crooked Stave Vielle Artisanal Saison
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • New Belgium Snapshot
  • Upslope Lager
Recent tappings via Taphunter
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Belgian Dubbel collab w/ Strangeways Brewery in VA Tapping this week
The Keg Steakhouse Denver Golden City Brewery Saison
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon Buh-bye Barleywine
1933 Brewing Co Fort Collins G-Man IPA

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Belgian Red IPA Discovery Beer Wednesday W 4/23/2014
River North Brewery Denver B-Side Avarice Belgian Imperial Stout Aged for one year in rye whiskey barrels W 4/23/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver El Chupacabra Mexican Lager W 4/23/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Super Kriek One Barrel Wednesday W 4/23/2014 3PM
Barrels & Bottles Golden
  • The Big C Belgian IPA (collab)
  • Wynkoop Brewing Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
  • Bootstrap Brewing Insane IPA
  • Strange Craft Beer Co 1000 Barrel Imperial IPA
  • Epic Brewing Sour Apple Saison
  • CAUTION: Brewing Honey Matrimony Brown Ale
  • Renegade Brewing Fruhling Maibock
  • Horse & Dragon Brewing Almost Summer Ale
  • Big Choice Brewing 10,000 Summers Saison
  • Pikes Peak Brewing Devil’s Head Red
Celebrating beer brewed by 14 ladies from 11 different breweries, with proceeds of The Big C going to the Pink Boots Society W 4/23/2014 5PM-10PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Apricot Wheat W 4/23/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Spicy Peach Blonde Ale Firkin Hump Day Brewed w/ peaches, honey, and habaneros W 4/23/2014 5PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Maibock Th 4/24/2014 5PM-9PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Favorite barrel-aged beers from 2013, including:

  • Rum Barrel Pumpkin Ale
  • Rum Barrel Old Ale
  • Snowed In Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout w/ coffee & chocolate
  • Well Bred Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
  • And more?
3rd Anniversary Th 4/24/2014 12PM-9PM
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Englewood
  • American Pilsner
  • Czech Golden Pilsner
  • German Pilsner
  • Japanese Pilsner
Pilsner Week Th 4/24/2014
Odell Brewing Fort Collins CSU Spring Forward Belgian Bok Bier Brewed by the CSU Brewing Science & Technology class Th 4/24/2014 4PM-6PM
Moxi Theater Greeley TBD Wiley Roots Brewing Tap Takeover Th 4/24/2014
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Water Tower Wheat F 4/25/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Caramel Vanilla Coffee Milk Stout Firkin Friday F 4/25/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder El Padre Quad aged in Suerte Tequila barrels F 4/25/2014 5PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs 3 Flowers Saison Aged on the tips of 3 secret flower varieties F 4/25/2014 5PM
Wild Goose Meeting House Colorado Springs
  • Fieldhouse Brewing (TBD)
  • Manitou Brewing (TBD)
  • Pikes Peak Brewing (TBD)
  • Paradox Beer Company (TBD)
  • Great Storm Brewing (TBD)
  • Red Leg Brewing (TBD)
  • Trinity Brewing (TBD)
  • Lofty Brewing (TBD)
  • Bristol Brewing Old Ale
  • Nano 108 Brewing (TBD)
  • Smiling Toad Brewing (TBD)
  • Phantom Canyon (TBD)
Colorado Springs Tap Takeover F 4/25/2014 4PM-9PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Wine Barrel Aged Raspberry Framboise 3rd Anniversary First sour, aged for 10 months in wine barrels F 4/25/2014 12PM-10PM
Moxi Theater Greeley One By One SMaSH Pale Ale SMaSH = single malt & single hop F 4/25/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Jasmine 3 Golden Hairs F 4/25/2014
Loveland Aleworks Loveland
  • Paul’s American-style ESB
  • Darkest Day (cask)
F 4/25/2014
Nano 108 Brewing Colorado Springs Mango & Pineapple IPA Sa 4/26/2014
Cheeky Monk Denver
  • La Trappe
  • Urthel
King’s Day Sa 4/26/2014
Comrade Brewing Denver
  • Blonde
  • Irish Red
  • Coffee Milk Stout
  • IPA
  • Pale Ale
  • Cascadian Dark Ale (collab w/ Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing)
Grand Opening Sa 4/26/2014 12PM-10PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver
  • Tokaji Hungarian Oak Spiced Biere de Garde
  • Brown Ale w/ bacon and brown sugar
  • India White Ale w/ Citra and Zythos hops
  • Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter w/ blackberry liquor
  • Double Chocolate Mexican Chocolate Stout w/ mint and vanilla
  • Colonial Ale w/ black strap molasses
  • Oak Aged Vanilla Peach American Wheat
  • The Luis Suarez ESB
3rd Anniversary Battle of the Beers – 8 beers from 8 employees Sa 4/26/2014 12PM-10PM
River North Brewery Denver Belgian IPA Cans and draft Sa 4/26/2014 1PM
Echo Brewing Frederick TBD tappings all day 2nd Anniversary Sa 4/26/2014 11AM-9PM
Parry’s Pizza Highlands Ranch Avery Brewing:

  • Coconut Brown Ale
  • Trogdor the Burninator
  • Opuntia Barrel-Aged Sour in tequila barrels w/ prickly pear

And more!

Avery Brewing Big Ass Tap Takeover Sa 4/26/2014 11AM
Cheeky Monk Westminster
  • La Trappe
  • Urthel
King’s Day Sa 4/26/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor TBD Patio Party Sa 4/26/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder Rufus Corvus Barrel-Aged Sour Ale No. 19 Bottles S 4/27/2014 1PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Single Hop Amarillo IPA Cask, dry hopped with Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe hops S 4/27/2014 11AM-8PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Petite Verdot Barrel Aged Belgian Grand Cru 3rd Anniversary S 4/27/2014 12PM-9PM
Hogshead Brewery Denver AK “Not So” Ordinary Bitter Beer From The Wood #5 Oak barrel aged for 3 months S 4/27/2014 2PM
Brewer’s Republic Colorado Springs
  • TRiNiTY Brewing Barrel Aged Chilly Water
  • Great Storm Barrel Aged Imperial Red
  • Nano 108 Barrel Aged English Barleywine
  • Pikes Peak Barrel Aged Belgian Golden Strong
  • Bristol Brewing Barrel Aged Laughing Lab
  • Paradox Beer Co Dark Tartelette
Barrel Aged Beer and Chocolate Pairing Barrel-aged beers will be paired with locally-made chocolates from Radiantly Raw, no advance purchase necessary M 4/28/2014 4PM-8PM
Kannah Creek Brewing Grand Junction Thai IPA Firkin Monday M 4/28/2014 5PM
Green Man Taproom Colorado Springs Pikes Peak beers:

  • Dry Hopped Devils Head Red
  • Wild Horses Barrel Aged Porter
  • one more TBD
Locals Day w/ PPBC and Radiantly Raw Paired with chocolate from Radiantly Raw T 4/29/2014 4PM-11PM
The Tavern at St. Michael’s Square Greeley Left Hand:

  • Milk Stout Nitro
  • Sawtooth Ale Nitro
  • Good Juju
  • Polestar Pilsner
  • Smokejumper Imperial Porter
  • 400 Pound Monkey IPA
Left Hand Tap Takeover T 4/29/2014 6PM-10PM
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument
  • The Big C (collab)
  • Unite Pale Ale (collab)
  • Jimmy Camp (collab)
Colorado Collaboration Brew Tap Takeover See here for details on who brewed what T 4/29/2014 5PM

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

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.