Fresh Taps: Aug. 27th – Sept. 9th (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: Dodgeton Creek Brewing

Photo Credit: Dodgeton Creek Brewing

I joke that at least one brewery opens up every week in Colorado, but that’s not much of a joke anymore. Dodgeton Creek Brewing in Trinidad will become the newest brewery on Thursday, while numerous places celebrate an anniversary this week and next. Next week? Yes sir, I’ll be on vacation next week, so I have compiled numerous tappings for the next two weeks. Prost!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

If you can’t make it to Trinidad for Dodgeton Creek’s opening this Thursday (8/28), try stopping by Barrels & Bottles in Golden for an Alaskan Brewing tap takeover that will feature some of their crowd favs such as their Barleywine and Smoked Porter. They’ll also have some unique specialty brews, such as their Jalapeno Imperial IPA. The fun starts at 5 p.m.


Freshcraft, one of the best beer pubs in all of Colorado, is turning four this Saturday (8/30), and of course is celebrating with a bang. They’ll have some sought after brews such as Dry Dock’s Sour Apricot Blonde and Stone’s 18th Anniversary, plus many more treats. Stop by anytime after 11 a.m. and wish them a happy birthday.

Wonderland Brewing in Broomfield is using a fruit I have yet to see in a beer, which is saying something. Not only that, but they’re making it a sour too! They’ll be releasing a plum sour on Saturday (8/30) at 2 p.m., which will certainly be a fun unique brew to try.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Coda Brewing Aurora
  • Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsch
  • Migration Oatmeal Stout
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Aurora
  • Liquid Resume Pale Ale
  • Green Street Brewligans English Mild
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Pilage and Plunder Dortmunder Pro-Am from Billy Beeson
Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Park) Boulder Imperial Rye IPA Brewed with Belma, Centennial, Citra, and Orbit hops
Cheeky Monk Denver Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
Lowdown Brewery Denver
  • Dirty Shame Cascadian Dark
  • FlutheRed Irish Red
  • Black Bessie Milk Stout
Renegade Brewing Denver Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
River North Brewery Denver Quandary Quad
Star Bar Denver
  • Epic Utah Sage Saison
  • TRVE Stout O)))
  • Telluride Freaky Fish Belgian Double IPA
Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon
  • Peach Pilsner
  • Chili Beer
Cannonball Creek Brewery Golden Black IPA
Crabtree Brewing Greeley
  • Dearfield Strawberry Blonde
  • Magna Carta IPA
Odd13 Brewing Lafayette Professor Hops
Beer By Design Brewery Northglenn Painted Black Pepper Porter
Pagosa Brewing & Grill Pagosa Springs Chili Verde Cerveza

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Double Dry Hopped Pacific Rim IPA Discovery Beer Wednesday W 8/27/2014 5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada Brown Rice & Honey Ale W 8/27/2014 4PM
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs IPA Test Tap Tuesday Brewed with Mosaic and Zythos hops W 8/27/2014 5PM
Black Shirt Brewing Denver
  • Lemongrass Red Farmhouse
  • Colorado Red Ale
W 8/27/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Apples & Cinnamon Blonde Ale Firkin Wednesday Childhood Cereal Cask Month W 8/27/2014 2PM
Epic Brewing Denver
  • Cinnamon Sherry Oak Aged Cross Fever Amber Ale
  • Blackberry and Grains of Paradise Hopulant IPA
Epic Rally Firkins W 8/27/2014
River North Brewery Denver B-Side Avarice Wayward Wednesday W 8/27/2014 3PM
The Blind Pig Fort Collins
  • Black Bottle Brewery Friar Chuck
  • Fort Collins Brewery Oktoberfest
Keg Race First keg gone wins W 8/27/2014 7PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Evil TED Brett Watermelon Lambic W 8/27/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Water-Logged Watermelon Lager Firkin Hump Day W 8/27/2014 5PM
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Superflower Pale Ale Th 8/28/2014
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Red Baron Octoberfest Th 8/28/2014 5:30PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Honey Ginger Lemongrass Wheat Firkin Thursday Th 8/28/2014 3:30PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Lemon and Ginger Euro Pale Ale Firkin Thursday Th 8/28/2014
Wynkoop Brewing Denver UberSinthe Lager Th 8/28/2014
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Englewood Lana’I Dry Hop Lager Th 8/28/2014
The Forge Publick House Fort Collins Fort Collins Brewery:

  • Red Banshee
  • Oktoberfest
  • 24 Carat IPA
Brewers Night Th 8/28/2014 6PM-10PM
The Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins 4 TBD New Holland beers Kick Off Party Th 8/28/2014 5PM-8PM
Barrels and Bottles Brewery Golden Alaskan Brewing:

  • Imperial Red Ale
  • Jalapeno Imperial IPA
  • Barleywine
  • Amber
  • Smoked Porter

And more!

Alaskan Brewing Tap Takeover Th 8/28/2014 5PM-10PM
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton Avery Lilikoi Th 8/28/2014
Dodgeton Creek Brewing Trinidad
  • Miner Extra Pale Ale
  • Blue Lake Pale Ale
  • Long Pond IPA
  • Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
  • Coffee Porter
  • Pumpkin Stout
Grand Opening Th 8/28/2014 2PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Chocolate Orange Peel Imperial Stout Firkin Friday F 8/29/2014 3PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Raspberry LemonAid Session Firkin Friday F 8/29/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder
  • Lupercalia Belgian Strong Ale
  • Serenienwiese Belgian Strong Ale
Friday Special Tapping Both are similar in color and strength, but with very different flavor profiles. Brewed in honor of the union of Travis & Sara (Lupercalia), >and Mike & Serena (Serenienwiese). F 8/29/2014 5PM
Roaring Fork Beer Co Carbondale 100% Brett Collaboration Brew Collab with Casey Brewing and Blending F 8/29/2014 2PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Double Swingline DIPA Primitif F 8/29/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver White IPA F 8/29/2014 12PM
Lowry Beer Garden Denver TBD Left Hand beers (likely including Oktoberfest) Oktoberfest 3 breweries, 3 weekends F 8/29/2014
Three Freaks Brewery Highlands Ranch IPA F 8/29/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Amarillo Dry-Hopped Golden Hairs Firkin Friday F 8/29/2014
Loveland Aleworks Loveland PRO-AM Baltic Porter Brewed with Abe and Laura Pilato F 8/29/2014
Yak & Yeti Arvada Big G’s Red IPA Made by Brewmaster-for-a-day winner Gary Dyer Sa 8/30/2014 3PM
Wonderland Brewing Broomfield Plum(b) Crazy Sour Sa 8/30/2014 2PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs TBD 6th Anniversary Shindig Sa 8/30/2014
Freshcraft Denver
  • Dry Dock Brewing Company Sour Apricot Blonde
  • Stone Brewing 18th Anniversary
  • The Bruery Sucré 6th Anniversary
  • Avery Brewing Company Double Dry-Hopped Twenty-One
  • Grimm Brothers 4th Anniversary
  • Upslope Brewing Company Barrel Aged Brown
  • And more!:
4th Anniversary Party Sa 8/30/2014 11AM
Lowry Beer Garden Denver TBD Left Hand beers (likely including Oktoberfest) Oktoberfest 3 breweries, 3 weekends Sa 8/30/2014
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Double Decade Saison 20th Anniversary M 9/1/2014 3PM-6PM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Liquid Metal Imperial Rye Stout M 9/1/2014
Suds Brother’s Brewery II Fruita Orange Honey Wheat M 9/1/2014
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Dark Mild T 9/2/2014
Black Shirt Brewing Denver American India Red Ale W 9/3/2014
Epic Brewing Denver
  • Escape to Colorado IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo hops
  • Blackberry Cross Fever Amber Ale with Lactose
Epic Rally Firkins W 9/3/2014
Comrade Brewing Denver Peach Wit Firkin Thursday Th 9/4/2014 3:30PM
Odell Brewing Fort Collins Fall Harvest Pilot brew for Fall Harvest Brewfest, brewed with toasted coriander seeds and orange peel Th 9/4/2014 8PM-10PM
Tavern on the Square Vail Odell Brewing:

  • Double Pilsner
  • Oktoberfest
  • St. Lupulin
Oktoberfest F 9/5/2014
Denver Pearl Brewing Denver TBD new beers and barrel-aged beers Re-Naming Party To rename the brewery Sa 9/6/2014 12PM
Echo Brewing (Erie) Erie TBD Grand Opening Opening of their Erie location Sa 9/6/2014 3PM-9PM
Casey Brewing and Blending Glenwood Springs
  • Cherry Fruit Stand Farmhouse Ale
  • Saison Blend Two
  • Saison Blend Three
Sa 9/6/2014 11AM
Gravity Brewing Louisville TBD 2nd Anniversary Special small batch and barrel aged beer releases on the hour, every hour Sa 9/6/2014 12PM-10PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver BrettBagger Barrel-Aged Brettanomyces Imperial White IPA Date changed from 8/26 T 9/9/2014

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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.