Fresh Taps: Apr. 30th – May 6th (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.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co

Photo Credit: Horse & Dragon Brewing’s Facebook page

Anniversaries and grand openings! That’s the theme this week with Horse & Dragon Brewing Company in Fort Collins opening on Thursday, Blue Spruce Brewing now open in Centennial and CODA Brewing now open in Aurora, and both City Star and Big Choice celebrating their second anniversaries. But that’s not all! There’s also a few Cinco de Mayo related tappings, the remaining events for Colorado Springs Craft Week, and much more in store for your taste buds all over the state this week.

Exciting News!

Have some dirt on what’s going to be tapped, but don’t know how to tell me? Well you’re in luck! There’s now a nifty form that allows you to submit upcoming taps! Please visit http://bit.ly/freshtaps to submit tappings for the next week and beyond.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Fate Brewing in Boulder is one of the few breweries this week that is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the actual day – Monday, May 5th. In honor of the day, Fate is releasing their Mexican Style Dark Lager and Arta Tequila Barrel Aged Gose. The salty / sourish German wheat Gose aged in tequila barrels ought to be a unique and interesting try, so swing by to say “Hola” and give it a try.

Fate Brewing Cinco de Mayo

Photo Credit: Fate Brewing’s Facebook page

Whether you’ve been to The Source yet or not, the end of this week would be a good time to stop by, as New Belgium Brewing is setting up a pop-up taproom Thursday – Saturday. No telling what they will all have, but rest assured you’ll find many of the classics plus Lips of Faith series on tap. The setup will be held at the center bar area (formerly Cap Rock Farm Bar) from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. each day. The Source will also be showing the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, so why not dress up with big ridiculous hats, drink New Belgium beer, and watch the Derby!

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)
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Palm Tree Caribbean Lager
Yak & Yeti Arvada Chocolate Frosting Stout
CODA Brewing Aurora
  • Hydle Session Ale
  • Dogcatcher Red
  • Migration Oatmeal Stout
Now open!
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Class 2 Summit IPA
Blue Spruce Brewing Centennial
  • Honey Kolsch
  • Pale Ale
  • Red Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Golden Strong Ale
  • Doppelbock
  • II IPA
  • Apricot Blonde Ale
Now open! Plus numerous CO guest taps
Ale House at Amato’s Denver Breckenridge SummerBright Ale
Former Future Brewing Denver Chock-a-Bock Take on a doppelbock
1933 Brewing Co Fort Collins The Enforcer Oatmeal Stout
Tommyknocker Brewing Idaho Springs IPA and a Half

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Passion Pale Ale Discovery Beer Wednesday W 4/30/2014
Front Range BBQ Colorado Springs
  • Bristol Brewing (TBD)
  • Pikes Peak Brewing (TBD)
  • Lofty Brewing (TBD)
  • Red Leg Brewing (TBD)
  • Great Storm Brewing Brass Ale Honey Amber
Colorado Springs Tap Takeover W 4/30/2014 6PM
Nano 108 Brewing Colorado Springs Southern German Doppelbock W 4/30/2014 5PM-10PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Sex on the Beach Blonde Ale Firkin Wednesday Brewed w/ peach schnapps, cranberry, and orange peel W 4/30/2014 3PM
River North Brewery Denver Barrel Aged Blond Wayward Wednesday Aged in three different types of barrels, then blended W 4/30/2014 3PM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins
  • Flemish Fury
  • Scuba Steve
  • The Ripper IPA
W 4/30/2014
Post Brewing Co Lafayette Boys’ Medium Amber W 4/30/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Growing Saison Firkin Hump Day W 4/30/2014 5PM
Old Chicago Academy Colorado Springs Odell Brewing Pineapple IPA firkin Th 5/1/2014 6PM-8PM
Red Leg Brewing Colorado Springs Howitzer Amber w/ Mission Coffee Coasta Rican coffee blend Th 5/1/2014 5PM-10PM
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver Version Two American Wild Ale Collab w/ The Populist Th 5/1/2014 4PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver
  • Maibock
  • Oaked 1000 Barrels (firkin, limited)
Th 5/1/2014 3PM
The Source Denver TBD New Belgium beers (classics and Lips of Faith) Pop-up tasting room in The Source, benefits the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Th 5/1/2014 11AM-10PM
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins Edgar Lager Th 5/1/2014
Horse & Dragon Brewing Fort Collins Likely to have:

  • Almost Summer Ale
  • H&D Stout
  • L3 IPA
  • And more?
Grand Opening Th 5/1/2014 12PM-6PM
Colorado Plus Wheat Ridge TBD Lone Tree Brewing Mini Tap Takeover Th 5/1/2014 6PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Renovator Doppelbock F 5/2/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Habanero-infused Cool Lime Lager Firkin Friday F 5/2/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Karma Belgian Pale Bring 3+ listed food items and get a free pint of Karma (see FB event for details) F 5/2/2014 5PM
Wild Goose Meeting House Colorado Springs Paradox Brewing Cerveza Provisionale Spiced saison aged for over one year in tequila barrels F 5/2/2014 5PM-7PM
Former Future Brewing Denver White IPA F 5/2/2014
Renegade Brewing Denver R&R Mexican Pale Ale Collab w/ the Rio Denver F 5/2/2014
Renegade Publik House Denver R&R Mexican Pale Ale Collab w/ the Rio Denver and Renegade Brewing F 5/2/2014
Rio Denver R&R Mexican Pale Ale Collab w/ Renegade Brewing F 5/2/2014
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Strangely Epic F 5/2/2014 3PM
The Source Denver TBD New Belgium beers (classics and Lips of Faith) Pop-up tasting room in The Source, benefits the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado F 5/2/2014 11AM-10PM
Steamworks Brewing Durango Wild Cherry Berliner Weisse Firkin Friday F 5/2/2014 3PM
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Englewood Limconcello Lager Dessert beer F 5/2/2014
Broken Plow Brewery Greeley Razzlemedazzleberry Wheat F 5/2/2014 6PM
Crabtree Brewing Greeley Cascading Horizon IPA Firkin Friday F 5/2/2014
Patrick’s Irish Pub Greeley TBD Funkwerks Tap Takeover F 5/2/2014 7PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Mint Julip Master Thief Firkin Friday F 5/2/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Eternal Spring Session beer F 5/2/2014 12PM
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Elven Magic Tripel Adventurer Club get it on Friday, May 2nd Sa 5/3/2014
Fate Brewing Boulder Mint Julep Ale Sa 5/3/2014
The Old Man Broomfield
  • Ollie-Weizen Hefeweizen
  • Extra Pale Ale (regular and cask)
  • Plus a lot more!
Big Choice 2nd Anniversary Party NOT AT TAPROOM – taproom will be closed Sa 5/3/2014 10AM-8PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs TBD First Saturday Firkin Sa 5/3/2014 12PM
Wild Goose Meeting House Colorado Springs TBD Fieldhouse Brewing beers Pre-taste party for the new brewery Sa 5/3/2014 5PM
Historians Ale House Denver
  • Black Sky Brewery (TBD)
  • Diebolt Brewing (TBD)
  • Gravity Brewing Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong
  • Lone Tree Brewing (TBD)
  • Grist Brewing (TBD)
Battle of the Breweries The Finals! Winner (first to kick their keg) will be on tap for a year. Plenty of giveaways too! Sa 5/3/2014 12PM
The Source Denver TBD New Belgium beers (classics and Lips of Faith) Pop-up tasting room in The Source, benefits the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Sa 5/3/2014 11AM-10PM
Tilted Kilt Denver Left Hand:

  • Milk Stout Nitro
  • Sawtooth
  • Good Juju
Sa 5/3/2014 5PM-7PM
City Star Brewing Berthoud Vauquero Tequila Barrel Aged Golden 2nd Anniversary S 5/4/2014 12PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Unite Pale Ale Collab S 5/4/2014
Nano 108 Brewing Colorado Springs German Maibock S 5/4/2014 1PM-10PM
Fate Brewing Boulder
  • Mexican Style Dark Lager
  • Arta Tequila Barrel Aged Gose (bottles)
Cinco de Mayo M 5/5/2014
Post Brewing Co Lafayette Top Rope Mexican Lager Cinco de Mayo M 5/5/2014 4PM

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 by filling out this nifty form or going old-school via 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.