Fresh Taps: May 14th – May 20th (ACBW 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.

Strange Craft Beer Co

Photo Credit: Strange Craft Beer Co’s Facebook page

Just when your liver thought it was catching a break – bam! American Craft Beer Week. And anniversaries including Strange Craft Beer Co. turning four with events at the brewery and beyond, 2nd anniversaries for both Elevation and CAUTION: East, and 1st anniversaries for both Odyssey Beerwerks and Colorado Plus. And all sorts of other tappings. It’s a busy week from start to end, with nearly 100 tappings of everything you can imagine and more!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Like Chocolate? Of course you do. Well there are numerous chocolate-themed beers going on tap this week, two of which sound particularly tasty. FATE Brewing in Boulder will be tapping a decadent sounding Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Stout today at 3 p.m., while Boulder Beer Co will be tapping a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Shake Chocolate Porter on Tuesday, May 20th. I’ve only heard good things about this beer, so a bourbon barrel-aged version must be quite delicious.

Colorado Plus

Photo Credit: Colorado Plus’s Facebook page

As mentioned above, Colorado Plus is celebrating one year of being in business this Saturday. And boy are they celebrating, with at least 14 house beers on tap and perhaps some other guests providing some additional goodies. There will be plenty of interesting brews to try, including a pizza beer and a truffle beer. See below for the full details.

Great Divide Saint Bridgets Porter

Photo Credit: Great Divide’s Facebook page

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Great Divide event in town, and this week there are several. One that stands out is at Freshcraft on Friday at 7 p.m. where the oldie-but-goodie Saint Bridget’s Porter will be on tap along with the new Fireside Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti and more. See below for full tap list.


This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada India Brown Ale Discovery Beer Wednesday W 5/14/2014
FATE Brewing Boulder Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Stout Cask W 5/14/2014 3PM
Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Park) Boulder Thai Style White IPA W 5/14/2014 6PM-9PM
503 West Colorado Springs
  • Great Divide DPA
  • Great Divide Titan
Pint Night W 5/14/2014 6:30PM
Cheba Hut Denver TBD Odell beers Odell Brewing Tap Takeover W 5/14/2014 6PM-8PM
Cheeky Monk Denver TBD East Coast beers East Coast Mini Tour W 5/14/2014
Comrade Brewing Denver English Summer Ale Made with Marris Otter and wheat, hopped with Cascade and dry hopped with Mount Hood W 5/14/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Watermelon Helles Firkin Wednesday W 5/14/2014 3PM
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver Brett Farmhouse W 5/14/2014 4PM
Renegade Publik House Denver Sam Adams:

  • Spiced Peach
  • Double Bock
  • Porch Rocker Summer Seasonal
  • Honey Queen, Braggot brewed with Honey and Chamomile
  • Rebel IPA
  • Roggen Wolf, Rye IPA
  • 3rd Voyage Double IPA
Sam Adams Tap Takeover W 5/14/2014
River North Brewery Denver J. Marie Barreled & Bretted Wayward Wednesday W 5/14/2014 3PM
Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap Denver TBD (6 taps) Strange Craft Beer Co 4th Anniversary Tap Takeover W 5/14/2014
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Black Raspberry IPA One Barrel Wednesday 4th Anniversary Week W 5/14/2014 3PM
Tom’s Urban Denver Left Hand Good JuJu Left Hand Night W 5/14/2014
1933 Brewing Fort Collins Dry Hopped Red Ale W 5/14/2014
Cranknstein Fort Collins
  • Odell Brewing Footprint Regional Ale
  • Odell Brewing Jaunt Oak Aged Ale w/ Riesling Grapes
W 5/14/2014 7PM
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins Coconut Curry W 5/14/2014
Tap & Handle Fort Collins Odell Brewing Lugene flight W 5/14/2014 6PM-9PM
Barrels & Bottles Golden Russian River Consecration American Wild Ale Limited supply W 5/14/2014
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood TBD FAT Beer Night 10+ beers 8%+ W 5/14/2014
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville
  • Marilyn Belgian-Style Golden Ale
  • Naughty Marilyn
W 5/14/2014 4PM-9PM
Verboten Brewing Loveland Bourbon Barrel Aged I Must Break You Russian Coffee Imperial Stout W 5/14/2014 5PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Hoppy Pils Firkin Hump Day W 5/14/2014 5PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Coconut Porter Brewers Limited Reserve 10 gallons Th 5/15/2014 2PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora ApriHot Habanero-enfused Apricot Blonde Collab w/ Wing Hut Th 5/15/2014 4PM
FATE Brewing Boulder Barrel Aged Clotho Cascadian Dark Ale Bottle Th 5/15/2014
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Molasses Brown Ale Th 5/15/2014
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Imperial IPA Th 5/15/2014 5:30PM-8PM
Black Sky Brewery Denver Moth Belgian Honey Ale Th 5/15/2014
Cheeky Monk Denver TBD West Coast beers West Coast Mini Tour Th 5/15/2014
Lucky Pie Denver Left Hand:

  • Milk Stout Nitro
  • Good JuJu
  • Polestar Pilsner
Th 5/15/2014
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Fresh Berries Black Raspberry IPA 4th Anniversary Week Firkin Th 5/15/2014 3PM
Industrial Revolution Brewing Erie Passion Fruit Wheat Th 5/15/2014
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins TBD 4-5 Verboten Brewing beers Verboten Brewing Tap Takeover Th 5/15/2014 6PM
Blind Pig Fort Collins
  • Black Bottle Brewery (TBD)
  • Odell Brewing (TBD)
Keg Race Th 5/15/2014 5PM-7PM
Cranknstein Fort Collins Horse & Dragon Brewing Dry-Hopped Picnic Rock Pale Firkin Th 5/15/2014 7PM
Equinox Brewery Fort Collins TBD Firkin Thursday Th 5/15/2014 12PM
Forge Publick House Fort Collins Funkwerks:

  • Deceit
  • Cameo
  • Raspberry Provincial
Funkwerks at the Forge Th 5/15/2014 6PM-8PM
Horse & Dragon Brewing Fort Collins Sad Panda Th 5/15/2014
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins Billy’s Beer Th 5/15/2014
Old Chicago (South) Fort Collins Odell Brewing Pineapple IPA Firkin Th 5/15/2014 4PM-6PM
Road 34 Fort Collins
  • Odell 2013 Friek
  • New Belgium 2013 La Folie
Sour Beer Tapping Th 5/15/2014 4PM
Tap & Handle Fort Collins River North Brewery:

  • Whiskey Barrel J. Marie
  • Wine Barrel J. Marie
  • Whiskey Barrel Quandary
  • and other classic River North brews!
River North Tap Takeover Th 5/15/2014 6PM
Barrels & Bottles Golden TBD Big Choice beers Big Choice Brewing Tap Takeover 4 brews Th 5/15/2014
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch Red Hot Cinnamon Blonde Small batch Th 5/15/2014 4PM
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood Great Divide:

  • Saison Yeiser (Brett-finished, Saaz dry-hopped saison)
  • Fireside Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti
  • Colette Saison
  • Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Titan IPA
Pint Night Th 5/15/2014 7PM-9PM
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood TBD 5 Odell brews Odell Brewing Night Th 5/15/2014 6PM-8PM
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville TBD Th 5/15/2014 4PM-9PM
LuLu’s BBQ Louisville TBD Odd13 beers Odd13 Tap Takeover Th 5/15/2014 4PM-10PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Cherry Vanilla Porpoise Firkin Friday F 5/16/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Twenty One Imperial India-Style Brown Ale 21st Anniversary Ale F 5/16/2014 5PM
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Hoopla F 5/16/2014 4PM-7PM
FATE Brewing Boulder Wild Honey Wheat Ale with 100% Brettanomyces Fermentation F 5/16/2014
Rockyard Brewing Castle Rock Bumper Time Ale German Altbier Fill the Boot for Muscular Dystrophy Brewed with Castle Rock Firefighters Union 4116 F 5/16/2014 5:17PM
Black Sky Brewery Denver
  • Lila’s Belgian Golden Ale
  • Daywalker Double IPA
From the Catacombs of the Black Sky Cooler Re-releases F 5/16/2014
Cheeky Monk Denver TBD hoppy beers Hip-To-The-Hop Night F 5/16/2014
Federal Bar & Grill Denver TBD Left Hand beers Tasting and special draft F 5/16/2014 7PM-9PM
Freshcraft Denver Great Divide:

  • Fireside Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti
  • Rumble
  • Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
  • Saint Bridget’s Porter
  • Oak Aged IPA
F 5/16/2014 7PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Hop Candy 4th Anniversary Week F 5/16/2014 3PM
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins
  • Altbier German Alt
  • Any Day Session Ale
F 5/16/2014
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Fort Collins TBD collaboration brews Fort Collins Brewery District Video Premiere and FAC Free F 5/16/2014 4PM-7PM
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins TBD Firkin Friday F 5/16/2014
Barrels & Bottles Golden Stanky Leg Sour Mashed Extra Pale Ale Collab w/ Upslope F 5/16/2014 4PM-10PM
Broken Plow Brewery Greeley Spring Till Black IPA F 5/16/2014
Slattery’s Irish Pub Greenwood Village TBD Funkwerks beers Funkwerks Tap Takeover F 5/16/2014 5PM-9PM
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch TBD firkin Small batch F 5/16/2014 4PM
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood TBD (4 taps) Strange Craft Beer Co 4th Anniversary Tap Takeover F 5/16/2014 5PM
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton
  • Elevation Signal De Botrange
  • Great Divide Yeiser
  • Avery Lilikoi Kepoli
  • Great Divide Fireside Yeti
  • Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux
Jake’s Brew Bar Expansion Opening Weekend Adding 12 new taps F 5/16/2014 2PM
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville TBD F 5/16/2014 4PM-9PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Mojito 3 Golden Hairs Firkin Friday F 5/16/2014
Verboten Brewing Loveland Got the Knife Golden Ale F 5/16/2014 12PM
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada
  • Hops, Paper, Scissors
  • Shandy
  • Chile Pale Ale
  • Coffee Oak-Aged Perpetual Darkness
  • Fluffy Pumpkin Vanilla Porter
1st Anniversary Sa 5/17/2014 12PM
FATE Brewing Boulder Barrel Aged Dola Barleywine Bottle Sa 5/17/2014
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder 2013 Big Bonfire Anniversary Ale Sa 5/17/2014
Black Sky Brewery Denver Groovey T.V.’s Purple Beerd Black Currant Belgian Strong Ale Sa 5/17/2014
CAUTION: Brewing Denver
  • Raspberry Hippity Hops CIPA (firkin)
  • Scotch Of All Trades (firkin)
  • 2nd Anniversary Dubbel Dunk
CAUTION: East 2nd Anniversary Party Sa 5/17/2014 12PM-8PM
Cheeky Monk Denver TBD CO beers Bringing It Home Colorado! Sa 5/17/2014
Freshcraft Denver
  • Dry Dock Amber
  • Dry Dock Sour Apricot Blonde
“Colorado’s Top Brewers” Book signing w/ Emily Hutto Sa 5/17/2014 3PM-5PM
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Dank Nugget IPA 6th Annual Anniversary Party Made with local Nugget hops from High Wire Hop Farm, proceeds from the party go to Project Angel Heart
Sa 5/17/2014 4:20PM
Horse & Dragon Brewing Fort Collins TBD firkin Sa 5/17/2014 1PM
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins
  • La Folie
  • Peach Porch Lounger
Sa 5/17/2014
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch Giant Rabbit Belgian Dark Strong Less than 50 pints available Sa 5/17/2014 12PM
Left Hand Brewing Longmont TBD sour Sa 5/17/2014 12PM
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville TBD Limited selection from the cellar every hour Sa 5/17/2014 1PM-9PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Maiden’s Kiss Maibock Lager Maifest Party Sa 5/17/2014 12PM-9PM
Elevation Beer Co Poncha Springs
  • 7437 Double IPA (anniversary ale)
  • Epication Blackberry Saison (collab w/ Epic)
  • 8 Second Kolsch
  • Little Mo’ Porter (nitro)
  • First Cast IPA (draft and firkin)
  • 2012 Apis IV Quad
  • Third Base Tripel
  • Senorita Horchata Imperial Porter (6PM-8PM)
  • Wildflowers Imperial Saison
  • Signal de Botrangi Chardonnay Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale
  • False Summit Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad (12PM-3PM)
  • Warning Sign Whiskey Barrel Lagered Eisbock (3PM-6PM)
  • Mild (firkin)
2nd Anniversary Party Sa 5/17/2014 12PM-8PM
Colorado Plus Wheat Ridge
  • Undead Red Belgian-style Red Ale
  • Bitter Off Dead DIPA
  • Dead Kaiser Soured Berlinerweiss-style Wheat Ale
  • Cinnamon Almond Ale
  • Barrel-aged Wilma Single-hop Willamette IPA in Feisty Spirits Rye Whiskey Barrel
  • Adam’s Big Sticke Dopplesticke Altbier
  • Sooty Monk Belgian-style Porter
  • 421 Hawaiian Pizza Ale
  • Rye Wyne Rye Barleywine
  • Mr. Brown India Brown Ale
  • 420 Red Head Smoked Hops Red IPA
  • Munchen Truffel
  • Black Forest Cake Ale (collab w/ La Patisserie)
  • Barrel-aged Bitter Off Dead DIPA in Feisty Spirits Rye Whiskey Barrel
  • and more!
1st Anniversary Also more beers from others such as Odell Brewing Sa 5/17/2014
FATE Brewing Boulder Arta Tequila Barred Aged Trippel 1/6 barrel S 5/18/2014
Hogshead Brewery Denver Oak Aged Hogshead Special Bitter ESB Beer From the Wood Series #6 S 5/18/2014 2PM
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins Beire De Mars S 5/18/2014
Post Brewing Lafayette Bulky Oxen Barleywine Collab w/ the owner of Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione S 5/18/2014
Colorado Plus Wheat Ridge
  • Strange Craft Beer Co (TBD)
  • Odyssey Beerwerks (TBD)
  • Colorado Plus (TBD)
A Strange Odyssey w/ Colorado Plus Tap Takeover S 5/18/2014 5PM
Great Divide Denver 2011, 2012, & 2013 Old Ruffian Barleywine verticle Vintage Beer Book Signing M 5/19/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Raspberry Tripel 4th Anniversary M 5/19/2014 3PM
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Bourbon Barrel-Aged Shake Chocolate Porter Barrel-Aged Tuesday T 5/20/2014

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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.