Fresh Taps: Aug. 20th – Aug. 26th (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: Snowbank Brewing

Photo Credit: Snowbank Brewing

This week Snowbank Brewing opens its doors in Fort Collins, New Holland (MI) moves into Colorado, and Cedar Creek Pub’s Beer Camp rages on. There are fall beers, summer beers, and even beers made with wine! It’s a full lineup of fresh faces and old friends.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

If you and your loved one battle over whether to drink beer or wine, argue no further! De Steeg Brewing has been crafting beer and wine hybrids and will be releasing the final keg of each of their four wine-beers today. And you don’t even have to fight over red vs. white wine – they have both. See below for details.

Photo Credit: Freshcraft

Photo Credit: Freshcraft

For those of you from the Midwest who have had New Holland beers before, you no longer have to hide their bottles in your checked luggage. That’s right, this Michigan brewery is coming to Colorado and is throwing housewarming parties at Star Bar (Wednesday) and Freshcraft (Thursday). See below for more details.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Yak & Yeti Arvada
  • Cinapple Cinnamon Infused Apple Ale
  • Leopold Brothers Bourbon Barrel Aged Saison
Wynkoop Brewing Denver
  • Nitro C.Andy Brown Ale
  • Western Slope Cider
  • London Calling English-Style IPA
  • Colorojo Imperial Red
  • Mile High Pale Ale
Bonfire Brewing Eagle Demshitz Brown
Horse & Dragon Brewing Fort Collins Alt-ar of Sacrifice DŸsseldorf Altbier Pro-AM
Elk Mountain Brewing Parker IPA

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Orange Chocolate Stout Discovery Beer Wednesday W 8/20/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada TBD wheat beer Wheat Wednesday W 8/20/2014 4PM
Hops Culture Aspen TBD 5 Funkwerks beers, plus more in bottles Funkwerks Tap Takeover W 8/20/2014 5PM
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora Sierra Nevada collabs:

  • Russian River Yvan the Great
  • Ninkasi Brewing Double Latte
  • 3 Floyds Chico King
  • Oskar Blues Canfusion
  • New Glarus Brewing There and Back
  • Victory Brewing Alt Route
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Through 8/22 W 8/20/2014
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs Belgian Dubbel Test Tap Wednesday W 8/20/2014 5PM
Nano 108 Brewing Colorado Springs American Wheat Homebrewer collab, brewed with two types of wheat and Mosiac hops W 8/20/2014 5:30PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Donny American Pale Ale W 8/20/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout Firkin Wednesday Childhood Cereal Cask Month W 8/20/2014 2PM
De Steeg Brewing Denver
  • Gewurztraminer Ale (White Wine, Rice Beer, Sake Yeast)
  • Pinot Ale (Pinot Noir Red Wine, Bold Malty Beer)
  • Zinfandel Ale (Red Zinfandel Wine, Barley Wine Beer)
  • Belgian Quad Malbec (Malbec Red Wine, Belgian Quad Beer, Oak Aged)
Wine Beer Week Last of the wine beer kegs W 8/20/2014
River North Brewery Denver Oud Bruin Wayward Wednesday Only 5 gallons W 8/20/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver Denver Steam W 8/20/2014 6PM
Star Bar Denver TBD New Holland beers Launch Party W 8/20/2014 6PM-8PM
Elk Mountain Brewing Parker Toasted Coconut Alt Firkin Wednesday W 8/20/2014 4PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Apple Bottom Jeans Brewed with blackberries, blueberries, and apples W 8/20/2014 5PM
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora Sierra Nevada collabs:

  • Russian River Yvan the Great
  • Ninkasi Brewing Double Latte
  • 3 Floyds Chico King
  • Oskar Blues Canfusion
  • New Glarus Brewing There and Back
  • Victory Brewing Alt Route
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Through 8/22 Th 8/21/2014
Coda Brewing Aurora Hydle Ale Th 8/21/2014
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Scotch Ale Th 8/21/2014 5:30PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA Firkin Thursday Th 8/21/2014 3:30PM
Freshcraft Denver New Holland:

  • Mad Hatter IPA
  • Ichabod Ale
  • Dragon’s Milk
Launch Party Th 8/21/2014 8PM-10PM
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton Upslope Brewing Leopold Brothers Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Th 8/21/2014
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Pacific Rim IPA F 8/22/2014
Cedar Creek Pub Aurora Sierra Nevada collabs:

  • Russian River Yvan the Great
  • Ninkasi Brewing Double Latte
  • 3 Floyds Chico King
  • Oskar Blues Canfusion
  • New Glarus Brewing There and Back
  • Victory Brewing Alt Route
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Through 8/22 F 8/22/2014
Coda Brewing Aurora Blackwater Whiskey Oak Aged Stout F 8/22/2014
Coda Brewing Aurora 12th Doctor Scotch Strong Ale F 8/22/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Pineapple & Thyme Blueberry Wheat Firkin Friday F 8/22/2014 3PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Pineapple Upside-Down Amber Firkin Friday F 8/22/2014 2PM
Vindication Brewing Boulder Wet Hop F 8/22/2014 4:30PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Red Swingline Wild IPA Barrel aged and brewed with both Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus F 8/22/2014 5PM
Beryl’s Beer Co Denver
  • Elsie Saison
  • Elsie Mae White Wine Barrel Aged Saison
F 8/22/2014
Prost Brewing Denver Marzen 2nd Anniversary F 8/22/2014
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins
  • 24 Carat IPA
  • This Little Figgy Brown Ale with Figs
F 8/22/2014
Snowbank Brewing Fort Collins
  • American Red Ale
  • Inclination IPA
  • IPA (TBD)
  • Belgian Wheat
  • Pawnee Porter
  • Plateau Pale Ale
Grand Opening F 8/22/2014 12PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Belgian IPA Nitro and CO2 F 8/22/2014
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville
  • Marilyn Golden Strong Ale
  • Naughty Marilyn Belgian Style Tripel
Marilyn’s 90th Birthday F 8/22/2014 3PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Saaz Dry Hopped Golden Hairs Firkin Friday F 8/22/2014
Yak & Yeti Arvada Lavender Warrior Imperial Saison Collab with the Shelly Blais Yoga Studio Sa 8/23/2014 3PM
Freshcraft Denver Firestone Walker Sucaba Barrel Aged English Style Barleywine Rare Beer Saturday Sa 8/23/2014 1PM
River North Brewery Denver
  • 2014 Rum Barrel Aged Quandary Quad
  • 2013 Rum Barrel Aged Quandary Quad (limited)
2014 version is available on draft and in bottles Sa 8/23/2014 1PM
Funkwerks Fort Collins Dahlia Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Sa 8/23/2014
Living the Dream Brewing Littleton Belgian Chocolate Stout Brewed with coco nibs and extra dark Belgian candied syrup Sa 8/23/2014
Left Hand Brewing Longmont Jalapeno Cream Ale 2014 Pro-Am winner Sa 8/23/2014 12PM
Hogshead Brewery Denver Oak Barrel Aged Hog Wild IPA Beer From the Wood #9 Aged for 3 months S 8/24/2014 2PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver TBD Tails & Ales Charity dog wash and beers S 8/24/2014 11AM-4PM
Old Chicago All CO Locations Odell Comes & Gose Available thru 9/13, collab with Old Chicago M 8/25/2014
Stapleton Tap House Denver River North Oud Bruin Monday’s Keg M 8/25/2014 3PM
Tony P’s (Highlands) Denver TBD Funkwerks beers Funkwerks Tap Takeover M 8/25/2014 5PM
Kannah Creek Brewing Grand Junction Basil IPA Firkin Monday M 8/25/2014 5PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Chili Golden Ale Chili Tuesday T 8/26/2014
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver BrettBagger Barrel-Aged Brettanomyces Imperial White IPA T 8/26/2014

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 shea@denveroffthewagon.com

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.