Fresh Taps: May 6th – June 10th (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.

Coda Brewing

Photo Credit: Coda Brewing’s Facebook page

American Craft Beer Week may be over, but there’s plenty going on! Find yourself a firkin release, swing by Coda Brewing’s or 4 Noses Brewing’s Grand Opening, help Colorado represent against California brews, or get ready to pucker up at Hops & Pie’s “Denver’s Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest II”.

NOTE: This week’s listing not only covers this week, but through June 10th, as there will be no Fresh Taps on 5/28 and 6/4. I’ll return to providing you the freshest Colorado taps on 6/11. Cheers!


Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

It’s that time of year again for River North Brewery to release their barrel reserve! This year’s edition is a blend of three beers aged in a combination of sherry, wine and whiskey barrels. Drafts and bottles will start to be available in the taproom on Saturday, May 24th at 1 p.m. And as a bonus treat, River North will be selling the 2013 barrel reserve as well!


Sour fans, rejoice! Hops & Pie is hosting the second coming of its “Denver’s Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest” the following Saturday, May 31st starting at 12 p.m. There will be a dozen of some of the finest sours available, including three from Cantillon, the Russian River Consecration, and Das Wunderkind from Jester King.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
West Flanders Brewing Boulder
  • Canniption Pale Ale
  • Black Immaculate
  • Third Kingdom IPA
Copper Kettle Brewery Denver
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • The Lauzon Tokaji Hungarian Barrel Aged Biere de Garde
Renegade Brewing Denver Consilium Session Pale Ale
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon Playa Nieve Chili Beere
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Cerealiously Honey Bunches of Oats Beer
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette Zed the Zorcerer Session IPA
Loveland Aleworks Loveland Hefeweizen

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Key Lime Caribbean Lager Discovery Beer Wednesday W 5/21/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewery Denver Peach Golden Strong Firkin Wednesday W 5/21/2014 3PM
River North Brewery Denver 3 versions of IPA dry-hopped w/ different hops Wayward Wednesday W 5/21/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver El Burro Vienna-style Lager W 5/21/2014 6PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Not West Coast IPA W 5/21/2014
Post Brewing Lafayette Best Buddy American Style Best Bitter W 5/21/2014
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Single Hop (Motueka) Pale Ale W 5/21/2014 12PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Sou-Red Firkin Hump Day American-style red ale soured with cherries W 5/21/2014 5PM
West End Tavern Boulder
  • Boulder Beer Co Hoopla Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA
Collabs w/ Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident Th 5/22/2014 6PM-7PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Yellow Fever Jalapeno Blonde Firkin Th 5/22/2014 4PM
Denver Bicycle Café Denver TBD Epic beers Epic Brewing Tap Takeover 6 taps Th 5/22/2014 7PM-9PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Verglas Stout Th 5/22/2014
Station 26 Brewing Denver Grapefruit Mosaic Wheat Th 5/22/2014
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch White Eddy IPA Belgian White IPA Th 5/22/2014 4PM
Cheeky Monk Westminster Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey English IPA Cask Th 5/22/2014 6PM-10:30PM
Coda Brewing Aurora TBD Grand Opening Unique tappings F 5/23/2014 5PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Whiskey Barrel Aged Flight 19 Oatmeal Stout Firkin Friday F 5/23/2014 3PM-6PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Blueberry Karma Friday Special Tapping F 5/23/2014 5PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Tripel F 5/23/2014
TRVE Brewing Denver Prehistoric Dog Slightly tart gose style wheat with coriander and Hawaiian black lava salt F 5/23/2014 2PM
Steamworks Brewing Durango Face Plant Ale F 5/23/2014 5PM-8:30PM
The Colorado Room Fort Collins Smokejumper Cask F 5/23/2014 6:30PM
Crabtree Brewing Greeley Return of the JedIPA Firkin Friday F 5/23/2014 5PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Pina Colada Snow Drop Firkin Friday F 5/23/2014
Yak & Yeti Arvada Thrilla White Stout 2nd KROC 2014 Collaboration Beer Brewed w/ cocoa nibs, smoked malt and roasted peppers to bring out the darker flavors associated with a stout, but the beer is about the same color or lighter than an IPA Sa 5/24/2014 3PM
4 Noses Brewing Broomfield TBD Grand Opening Experimental beers and wild firkins Sa 5/24/2014
River North Brewery Denver
  • Barrel Reserve 2014 (debut, draft and bottles)
  • Barrel Reserve 2013 (limited, draft and bottles)
2014 is a blend of three River North beers aged in a combination of sherry, wine and whiskey barrels Sa 5/24/2014 1PM
Gravity Brewing Louisville Spice Apple Whiskey Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong, Acceleration Double IPA, and Tsar Bomba will all be released in 750 mL bottles too Sa 5/24/2014 2PM
Stapleton Tap House Denver San Luis Valley Brewing Grey Ghost American Amber Ale Monday’s Keg M 5/26/2014 6PM
World of Beer (Cherry Creek) Denver
  • Breckenridge O-Tay Hoppy Red Wheat Barleywine
  • Other TBD Colorado and California beers
Colorado v. California Tap Takeover M 5/26/2014
Copper Kettle Brewery Denver Raspberry Le Chapeau Firkin Wednesday W 5/28/2014 3PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Kumquat Hoppy Wheat Firkin Friday F 5/30/2014 3PM-6PM
1Up Denver Breckenridge Brews Wayne Hoppy amber ale made for the 2014 Denver Comic Con F 5/30/2014 8PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Strawberry Daiquiri Snow Drop Firkin Friday F 5/30/2014
Hops & Pie Denver
  • Cantillon Class Gueuze
  • Cantillon Vigneronne
  • Cantillon Mamouche
  • Russian River Consecration
  • Odell Friek
  • New Belgium Clutch
  • New Belgium Felix
  • The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tommee
  • Tilquin Oude Gueuze
  • Elysian Blueberry Tart
  • The Bruery Rueuze
  • Jester King Das Wunderkind
Denver’s Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest II No tickets required Sa 5/31/2014 12PM
503W Colorado Springs TBD Bristol Brewing beers Bristol Pint Night W 6/4/2014 7PM-9PM
Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins High Hopes High ABV Hopped Hefeweizen Collab w/ The Beer Bettys and High Hops W 6/4/2014 5PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Kolsch F 6/6/2014
Roaring Fork Beer Co Carbondale Slaughterhouse Lager American Pilsner Available on draft and in cans throughout the Roaring Fork Valley F 6/6/2014

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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.