American Craft Beer Week Calendar




Today kicks off American Craft Beer Week and breweries around the city are brewing special beers and doing special tappings, taking over other brewpubs’ taps, and celebrating anniversaries.

Strange Brewing is doing a weeks worth of celebrations including cheese parings, live music, and tap takeovers leading up to their four-year anniversary next Monday, May 19.

(Photo: The Post Brewing)

(Photo: The Post Brewing)

Bryan Selders, brewmaster for Lafayette’s The Post Brewing Company collaborated with longtime friend Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head to create ‘Bulky Oxen,’ a “session” English-style Barleywine (7.4% ABV) that will be on tap at The Post all week.

Here is a list of happenings around town during American Craft Beer Week.


Monday, May 12

Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora

Are you a fan of Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde. Well, head to the Aurora taproom at noon for a special tapping of Sour Apricot Blonde! This beer is 100% lactobacillus fermentation and was aged in wine barrels for over a year.

Former Future Brewing, 1290 S. Broadway

“A Super Secret Special Event That Only You Know About” starts at 6:30 p.m. The menu for this beer dinner, created by Chef John Parks of Locality Supper Club, is a secret until the night of the event, but is rumored to be twists on classic recipes, combining the old and new, just like Former Future. Tickets are $45 and reservations are required.

Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap, 4262 Lowell Blvd.

Strange Brewing is taking over all six taps this week. Stop by for a [eats] paired with brews from this World Beer Cup winning brewery.

Tuesday, May 13

(Photo: Epic Brewing)

(Photo: Epic Brewing)

Epic Brewing Company, 3001 Walnut St.

Head to this RiNo brewery for a “Fancy Beer and Cheese Pairing” featuring three Epic Saisons paired with three local artisanal goat cheeses. Seating is limited, so purchase a ticket for a time slot between 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Strange Craft Beer Company, 1330 Zuni St., Unit M

The brewery will be doing a special tapping of the 2012 batch of Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine starting at 3 p.m. Stick around and things are sure to get even stranger with a screening of Strange Brew starting at 5 p.m. Every hour throughout the night, the Strange crew will be raffling off some prizes, get your tickets when you grab a pint.


Wednesday, May 14

Strange Craft Beer Company, 1330 Zuni St., Unit M

In celebration of ACBW and the brewery’s anniversary week, One Barrel Wednesday features a Raspberry Black IPA. Taste for yourself starting at 3 p.m.

Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Dr.

Black Sky and Strange are teaming up for a beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. Chef Charlie will be whipping up some delicious eats to pair with Strange brews.

Thursday, May 15

Former Future Brewing, 1290 S. Broadway

Head to this South Broadway brewery for an empanada pairing with Maria Empanada located two doors down from Former Future. $18 gets you four small empanadas and four beers.

Friday, May 16

Jake’s Brew Bar, 2540 W. Main St., Littleton

This downtown Littleton beer bar has been open just under two years and has already expanded, adding an additional bar and 1,200 square-foot beer garden. Today, Jake’s will be celebrating with 36 beers on tap, two cask brews, and over 40 different bottles.

World of Beer Belmar, 7260 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood

Strange Brewing will be taking over four taps, one for each year the brewery has been around. Beer starts flowing at 5 p.m.

Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St.

It’s $2 craft can night! Head to the Highlands for a slice and brews from Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Co.

Former Future Brewing, 1290 S. Broadway

Volume 2 of the ‘Beer & Coffee Mashup’ series features a blend of Former Future’s seasonal Singularity Principle Pale Ale with Corvus Coffee Colombian Granja la Esperanza. Tapping is at 7 p.m.

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St.

Great Divide is taking over this LoDo beer bar starting at 7 p.m. with a special tapping of Yeti aged in Fireside Whiskey barrels. Also on draft will be Rumble, Chocolate Yeti, and Saint Bridget’s Porter.

Saturday, May 17

Odyssey Beerwerks, 5535 W. 56th Ave., Suite 107, Arvada

The Arvada brewery is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. Shindig starts at noon with live music and eats from Bubba Dukes BBQ, The Orange Crunch, Chuey Fu’s. And of course there will be beer tappings. Five Discovery Beers will be released throughout the day.

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St.

Have you grabbed your copy of Colorado’s Top Brewers yet? Author Emily Hutto will be at Freshcraft 3-5 p.m. to chat, sell, and sign copies of her stellar book. Also, sample a pairing from the book: Freshcraft’s Chicken Paillard with Dry Dock Amber. A special keg of Dry Dock Sour Apricot Blonde will also be flowing.

(Photo: Freshcraft)

(Photo: Freshcraft)

Sunday, May 18

Epic Brewing Company, 3001 Walnut St.

Get ready to get schooled! Join Epic brewer Brian Arnold at 1 p.m. or Barrel Manager Anthony Baez at 3 p.m. for a session on the essentials of enjoying craft beer. Topics include proper glassware, purchasing, storing, and cellaring beers. Each session includes time for a Q&A, so come with your hardest questions to challenge the experts. 

Monday, May 19 

Strange Craft Beer Company, 1330 Zuni St., Unit M

Despite celebrating all week, today is Strange Brewing’s official fourth birthday and the brewery is commemorating the occasion with a cheese pairing with A Cheese Peddler. Tickets are $30 and you’ll get beer, cheese, salami, and chocolate. The event starts at 6 p.m. with live music from Fourth Dog Floyd.

Two22 Brew, 4550 S. Reservoir Rd., Centennial

The newbie brewery is holding their first beer dinner, partnering with East Coast Joe’s for a gourmet small bite pairing. Tickets are $40 and will get you five small bites paired with five Two22 beers. The event is limited to 30 people so get your ticket early!

Did we miss something? Is your brewery holding an ACBW event or tapping not listed here? Shoot an email to or leave a note in the comments field below. Cheers!

About Sarah Haughey

Editor, Denver off the Wagon. Sarah is a native of the "Napa Valley of beer," but her beer-drinking roots stretch all the way back to the Emerald Isle where Haughey (Haw-hee) is famous. Sure, our name may have got it's rap from the corrupt prime minister, but we like to think it stands strong due to our long-standing ability to pound a few too many pints. After stints on the East Coast and in San Francisco, Sarah came running back to Denver where her full-time job is exploring all the city's new craft breweries one sip at a time. Follow me @sarahhaughey4 to see where I'm grabbing a beer or for news about local breweries. Like to cook? Me too, check out: