Fresh Taps: Aug. 6th – Aug. 12th (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: Denver Beer Co)

(Photo Credit: Denver Beer Co)

Bieres de Garde, Denver Beer Co’s 3rd Anniversary, IPA Day – heck, there are even Shark Week themed tappings! It’s quite the variety this week across all of Colorado. Try something fresh today!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Hop heads, it’s your day this Thursday – IPA Day. Few places will have more IPAs on tap than Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Park) in Boulder, as they’ll have seven different IPAs ranging from traditional to Thai style. They’ll also have a dry hopped firkin as part of the celebration.

West End Tavern Cyrstal Springs

(Photo Credit: Crystal Springs Brewing)

Also in Boulder on Thursday, Crystal Springs will be taking over 21 taps at West End Tavern. Yes, you read that correctly – 21 taps dedicated to Crystal Springs. The brews are of all kinds, including a cherry kriek and cherry wheat made from tart Wisconsin cherries. See below for a list of known beers to be tapped. Have one for me please.

World of Beer- Belmar is turning one and wants you to help celebrate. That won’t be hard since they’ll have 20+ Dogfish Head beers and numerous other treats such as Pliny the Elder. If you’re a fan of Dogfish, this might be one of the largest tappings at one place. Brews include staples such as Midas Touch to rare creations. See the list of known beers below.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Aurora
  • Ryot Amber Red Ale
  • Leaves of LemonGrass Belgian Witbier
Renegade Brewing Denver Change de Garde
Wynkoop Brewing Denver
  • Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
  • Patty’s Chile Beer
  • B3K Black Lager
  • Mile High PA
  • Elitch Gardens Orchard Wheat
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins Tour de Fall
Twelve Degree Brewing Louisville
  • Duplicity Brett Golden Strong
  • Cherry Fog Quad on Tart Cherries
Verboten Brewing Loveland Wonderbaar Belgian Style Trippel aged w/ pears Collab with High Hops Brewery
High Hops Brewery Windsor Wonderbaar Belgian Style Trippel aged w/ pears Collab with Verboten Brewing

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Thai Blonde Ale Discovery Beer Wednesday W 8/6/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada Raspberry Wheat Wheat Wednesday W 8/6/2014 4PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Honey Nut Cheerios Firkin Wednesday Childhood Cereals Cask Month W 8/6/2014 3PM
River North Brewery Denver Cherry Avarice Russian Imperial Stout Wayward Wednesday W 8/6/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver Liquid Sun Saison Ale W 8/6/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Hoppy Wheat One Barrel Wednesday W 8/6/2014
38 State Brewing Littleton
  • Two Buttes Double IPA
  • ColorAmber Amber Ale
W 8/6/2014
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Biere de Mariage “Baby Biere de Garde” W 8/6/2014 12PM
Very Nice Brewing Nederland Deez Coconutz Coconut Porter Half Barrel Hump Day W 8/6/2014 5PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Golden Shandy Lemonade Pilsner Firkin Hump Day W 8/6/2014 5PM
Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Park) Boulder
  • IPA
  • Imperial IPA
  • Thai Style White IPA
  • Rye IPA
  • Black IPA
  • Session IPA
  • Dry Hopped Imperial IPA (firkin)
IPA Day Th 8/7/2014
West End Tavern Boulder Crystal Springs:

  • South Ridge Amber
  • Crystal Kriek
  • Don Blonde
  • Biere de Ferme (Crystal Saison #1)
  • Woody’s Salted Chocolate Stout
  • Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout #3
  • Bourbon Barrel Black IPA
  • Drum Rum Barrel Aged Robust Porter
  • Naughty Marilyn Tripel
  • Angel Wheat
  • Butch Pale Ale
  • Doc’s American Porter
  • Summertime Ale
  • Wisconsin Cherry Wheat
  • Wuerzburger

Plus more!

Tap Takeover 21 total taps Th 8/7/2014
Front Range BBQ Colorado Springs River North:

  • J. Marie
  • Grand Unified Theory
  • IPA
  • Avarice
  • Barrel Aged Reserve 2014
Meet the Brewer Th 8/7/2014 7PM
Old Chicago (Powers) Colorado Springs TBD Left Hand firkin Th 8/7/2014 6PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Session IPA Firkin Thursday Th 8/7/2014 4PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Simultaneous Saison Finished with fresh lemongrass and key lime zest and juice Th 8/7/2014
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton TBD Lagunitas IPAs IPA Day Th 8/7/2014
Left Hand Brewing Longmont 400 Pound Monkey IPA IPA Day Firkin Th 8/7/2014
Elevation Beer Co Poncha Springs
  • Fanboy Virgin Oak Aged Double IPA
  • 7437 Double IPA
  • First Cast IPA
  • special IPA firkin
IPA Day Th 8/7/2014
Kokopelli Beer Co Westminster White Lace IPA IPA Day Th 8/7/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Tamarind & Papaya Wit Firkin Friday F 8/8/2014 3PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Ginger Peach Wheat Firkin Friday F 8/8/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder 2014 The Beast Grand Cru + verticle tasting Will have a vertical from Adam’s cellar and have all of the previous vintages available F 8/8/2014 5PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Easy Swinger Wild IPA Bottles F 8/8/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Sobremesa Tequila Barrel Aged Agave Lime Pale Ale Bottles and on tap F 8/8/2014
Diebolt Brewing Denver Wiggy Wiggy Wheat French Grisette brewed with a Belgian yeast strain and hibiscus flowers resulting in a light, slightly fruity, purple ale F 8/8/2014 4PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Little Red Cap Dry Hopped w/ Cascade Firkin Friday F 8/8/2014
Westminster Brewing Westminster Blueberry Wheat F 8/8/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Dr. Pat’s #14 Double IPA F 8/8/2014
Denver Beer Co Denver Graham Cracker Porter (cans)
Incredible Pedal IPA (cans)
3rd CANniversary Sa 8/9/2014 2PM-10PM
River North Brewery Denver Tripel Bottles and on tap Sa 8/9/2014 1PM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins American Graffiti American Sour Sa 8/9/2014
Casey Brewing & Blending Glenwood Springs Saison #2 Sa 8/9/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland
  • Odds & Ends Columbus Single Hop Pale Ale
  • True Bride Kolsch
Sa 8/9/2014 12PM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins
  • Doby Session IPA
  • Scuba Steve IPA
Shark Week S 8/10/2014
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Anaheim Altbier Chili Tuesday T 8/12/2014
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora
  • Russian River (TBD)
  • Ninkasi Brewing (TBD)
  • 3 Floyds (TBD)
  • Oskar Blues (TBD)
  • Firestone Walker (TBD)
  • Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (TBD)
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Coast Through 8/17 T 8/12/2014
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon Sage and Tetnag Hops Dry Hopped White Wheat IPA Tap It Tuesday T 8/12/2014 5PM
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood 20+ Dogfish Head beers including:

  • American Beauty
  • Bitches Brew
  • Chateau Jiahu
  • Birra Etrusca
  • Festina Peche
  • Hellhound On My Ale
  • Immort Ale
  • K’Vasir
  • Midas Touch
  • My Antonia
  • Olde School
  • Palo Santo Marron
  • Piercing Pils
  • Raison D’Etre
  • Sah’Tea
  • Sixty One
  • Theobroma
  • World Wide Stout

And more from others:

  • Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • Breckenridge Barrel-Aged ’72 Imperial Stout
  • Boulder Beer Co Whiskey Barrel aged 35th Anniversary
  • CAUTION: Brewing The Earl
  • Stone Suitable For Cave Aging Red WIne Barrel-Aged
  • Fort Collins Brewery Malt Monsters Wallace
  • Odell Footprint
  • Wynkoop C-Andy Brown Nitro
  • Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband
  • Sierra Nevada 2011 Bigfoot Barleywine
1st Anniversary T 8/12/2014 4PM-2AM

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.

  • bobsforth

    Thanks for the list. Certainly excited for the Cherry Avarice at River North.

    As an aside, is the plural of Bière de Garde Bière de Gardes or Bières de Garde? Like Attorneys General or Courts Marshal?

  • EO

    It’s bières de garde…bière is the noun, and de garde is the modifier…essentially translates as beers to keep/guard.

  • Shea

    Thanks all for the correction! Funny…I had a conversation about this not too long ago. Guess it didn’t stick. Thanks again and thanks for reading!