Fresh Taps: July 2nd – July 8th (2014)

Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure.


(Photo Credit: Xavier Provencher)

Planning to celebrate your independence from macro brews this 4th of July with a fresh tapping? You’re in luck, as eight breweries are celebrating the holiday with a new brew just for you, including The Brew on Broadway celebrating their first anniversary. Heading west this weekend? Check out the grand opening of Casey Brewing & Blending this Thursday and Saturday in Glenwood Springs. It may be a relaxing weekend, but there’s still plenty of tasty brews for you to celebrate the good ol’ US of A.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Copper Kettle comes up for a theme each month for their Firkin Wednesday releases, and this month they’re paying homage to the Saison. Today they’ll be tapping a lovely Black Pepper Saison for your enjoyment. The slight funkiness of the Saison paired with the crisp spice of the cracked black pepper ought to make for an interesting pair.

If you missed out on River North’s Barrel Reserve 2014, or you want it again, you’ve got two chances this week! They’ll be releasing the beer blend aged in sherry, wine, and whiskey barrels at their taproom as part of their Wayward Wednesday series today, and Freshcraft will feature it for their Rare Beer Saturday.

Black Shirt back patio

Black Shirt Brewing’s new beer garden (Photo Credit: BSB)

Black Shirt will be celebrating Independence Day with the return of its popular Pale Red Rye at 2 p.m. this Friday. They’ll also have live music and cornhole on their new patio, and a food truck out front. Sounds like a great way to celebrate America to me.

Perhaps the most intriguing brew this week comes courtesy of Boulder’s Wild Woods Brewery. They’ve taken their Treeline IPA and aged it in a gin barrel. This crisp barrel-aged brew will be tapped to celebrate Independence Day at 1 p.m.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Cat Burglar Belgo-American India Black Ale
Smiling Toad Brewery Colorado Springs Irish Creme
Black Shirt Brewing Denver Guava Red Saison
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Constitutional Cream Ale
Barrels & Bottles Brewery Golden
  • Piney the First Chinook Pale Ale
  • Lil’ IPA
  • Hot Lips Sour Mashed Blonde Ale
Beer By Design Brewery Thorton Cantilever Lager

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Strawberry Mint Tripel Discovery Beer Wednesday W 7/2/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada Cherry Wheat Wheat Wednesday W 7/2/2014 4PM
Two22 Brew Centennial Hefewiezen Limited release W 7/2/2014
Front Range BBQ Colorado Springs Great Divide:

  • Denver Pale Ale
  • Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Lasso IPA
  • and 2 special selections TBD
Great Divide Tapping Party W 7/2/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Black Pepper Saison Firkin Wednesday Saison Cask Month W 7/2/2014 3PM
River North Brewery Denver Barrel Reserve 2014 Sherry, wine, and whiskey aged blend W 7/2/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver American Dream W 7/2/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Blackberry Bergamot Belgian Wheat One Barrel Wednesday W 7/2/2014
El Moro Spirits & Tavern Durango
  • Avery Samaels
  • Epic Big Bad Baptist
Bury the Hatchet Good vs. Evil W 7/2/2014
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Kentucky Waterfall w/ White wine grape must W 7/2/2014
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Chocolate Orange Stout Small Batch Tapping W 7/2/2014
Very Nice Brewing Nederland Little Red IPA Half Barrel Hump Day W 7/2/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Mr. Bluebird Blueberry Pilsner Firkin Hump Day W 7/2/2014 5PM
Two22 Brew Centennial Imperial Melon IPA Special release Th 7/3/2014
Comrade Brewing Denver Vanilla Cream Stout Firkin Thursday Th 7/3/2014 3:30PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Watermelon Hefeweizen Th 7/3/2014
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Kentucky Waterfall w/ Oregon blueberries Th 7/3/2014
LuLu’s BBQ Louisville Epic Brewing (TBD) Tap Takeover Th 7/3/2014 5PM
Twelve Degree Brewing Louisville
  • Midnight Fog Quad
  • Peppercorn Saison (small batch)
Th 7/3/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Rodeo Rider Red Th 7/3/2014
City Star Brewing Berthoud All American IPA Brewed with a handful of elusive USA hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and dry hopped with Citra hops F 7/4/2014 12PM
Fate Brewing Boulder Red, Wit and Blue F 7/4/2014
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Gin Barrel Aged Treeline IPA F 7/4/2014 1PM
Black Shirt Brewing Denver Pale Red Rye Food truck, live music, cornhole, and beer F 7/4/2014 2PM
Comrade Brewing Denver
  • American as Apple Pie Malt Liquor (firkin)
  • Yellow Fever Jalapeno Blonde Ale (1 keg)
Opening at 9:30AM for the World Cup F 7/4/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Kolsch F 7/4/2014
The Brew on Broadway Englewood
  • Shadyside Blonde DHA
  • The Griffen Ryerish Redheaded Ale
  • Cinderella Twin Double IPA (nitro)
  • Social Club Coffee Milk Stout (nitro)
  • 5 new beer releases
1 Year Anniversary Party F 7/4/2014
Funkwerks Fort Collins Galaxy Saison w/ a pinch of honey malt and finished with Galaxy hopping F 7/4/2014
Barrels & Bottles Brewery Golden Epic Brewing Escape to Colorado IPA w/ toasted French oak and Simcoe hops Firkin F 7/4/2014
Vail Ale House Vail Crazy Mountain:

  • Hookiebobb IPA
  • Gorilla You’re a Desperado IBA
  • Mountain Livin Pale Ale
  • Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine
Hoppy 4th F 7/4/2014 7PM-10PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Dry Hopped Altbier Sa 7/5/2014
Freshcraft Denver River North Barrel Reserve 2014 Rare Beer Saturday Sherry, wine, and whiskey aged blend Sa 7/5/2014 1PM
Casey Brewing & Blending Glenwood Springs
  • Saison
  • Raspberry Saison
Grand Opening Sa 7/5/2014 11AM-5PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Dos Grios Vienna Lager Collab with The Rio Sa 7/5/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Jamaican Jerk Beer Firkin Sa 7/5/2014
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon Strawberry Rhubarb Hefeweizen Tap It Tuesday T 7/8/2014 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 by filling out this nifty form or going old-school via

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.