Fresh Taps: Sept. 10th – Sept. 16th (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.

Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden

Photo Credit: Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden

I’m back! But I’m not a delicious craft brew. Know what else are back and are delicious and sudsy? Oktoberfests, pumpkin beers, peach beers, and fresh hop beers. Now that it’s September, these lovely seasonal styles are back in full swing. These special brews not your thing? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other beer styles in this week’s Fresh Taps. Even the Oktoberfest celebrations at the Lowry and Green Valley Ranch Beer Gardens, featuring Dry Dock Brewing this week, will have other Dry Dock brews.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Oskar Blues and Cyclists 4 Lyons are teaming up this Saturday for a fest in Lyons to raise funds for recovery efforts related to last year’s devastating floods. Six North Front Range breweries have donated kegs for the event, including Berthoud’s City Star Brewing which will be releasing their Flood Hound Ale – an ale aged in Spirit Hound rum barrels. All proceeds will go toward recovery efforts.

Funkwerks Oud Bruin

Photo Credit: Funkwerks

The Oud Bruin, a complex Belgian sour Flemish brew, is quickly becoming a favorite beer style of mine. Funkwerks knows a thing or two about Belgians, and they’re releasing their own Oud Bruin this Saturday. I suspect it will be incredibly delicious.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Dry Dock Brewing (North Dock) Aurora Imperial Pumpkin
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock) Aurora
  • Half Moon Pumpkin
  • Imperial Pumpkin
City Star Brewing Berthoud Altoberfest
Blue Spruce Brewing Centennial
  • Pikes Peak Gold Rush Belgian Golden Ale
  • Blue Spruce Raspberry Blonde
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs India Wheat Ale
Joyride Brewing Edgewater Cougar Pale Ale
1933 Brewing Co Fort Collins Fresh Colorado Peach Golden Ale
Cannonball Creek Brewing Golden Galaxy Single Hop
Living The Dream Brewing Littleton
  • Cherry Wood Smoked Porter
  • Fresh Hopped IPA
Beer By Design Brewery Northglenn Coconut Porter
Butcherknife Brewing Steamboat Springs Morningside Porter

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Palisade Peach Pilsner Discovery Beer Wednesday W 9/10/2014 5PM
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs Heather Tips and Rose Hips Dark Saison Test Tap Wednesday W 9/10/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Raspberry Rye Saison Firkin Wednesday W 9/10/2014 2PM
River North Brewery Denver Cascade Dry-hopped River North White Wayward Wednesday W 9/10/2014 3PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Pumpkin Porter One Barrel Wednesday W 9/10/2014 3PM
Epic Brewing Denver
  • Oak Aged Brainless Belgian Golden Ale with Cardamom
  • Blackberry Mt Hood Hopped Wit
Epic Rally Firkins W 9/10/2014
Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins Crazy Mountain Hitcher’s Ginger W 9/10/2014 6PM-8PM
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton Fort Collins Brewery Oktoberfest W 9/10/2014
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Vienna Lager W 9/10/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Spongebob Saison Pants Pineapple Saison Firkin Hump Day W 9/10/2014 5PM
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Peachy Wheat Th 9/11/2014
Comrade Brewing Denver TBD firkin Thirsty Thursday Firkin Th 9/11/2014 6PM
Baere Brewing Denver Strawberry Basil Saison 5 gallons Th 9/11/2014
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley Green Tea Lite IPA Hop Studies: A Hop-Centric Small Batch Series Session IPA with green tea Th 9/11/2014 6:30PM
Lulu’s BBQ Louisville TBD Crystal Springs beers Tap Takeover Th 9/11/2014
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Triple IPA 111 IBUs, single hopped with Equinox F 9/12/2014
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Nitro Double Coffee Stout Small batch F 9/12/2014
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock) Aurora Oak Aged Double IPA Firkin Friday F 9/12/2014 3PM
Mu Brewery Aurora Uber Umber Amber Ale F 9/12/2014 5PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Country Sunrise Peach Agave Firkin Friday F 9/12/2014 5PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Fall Day IPA Friday’s Special Tapping Infused with fresh Colorado spruce tips F 9/12/2014 5PM
Roaring Fork Beer Co Carbondale Fresh Hop IPA F 9/12/2014
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Farmhouse Blue Brewed with Oregon huckleberry and aged on rhubarb F 9/12/2014
Diebolt Brewing Denver Wethers Weizenbock F 9/12/2014 4PM
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden Denver Dry Dock:

  • Docktoberfest Lager
  • Apricot Blonde
  • U-Boat Hefeweizen
  • USS Enterprise IPA
  • Rye-Zing Sun Saison
Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends F 9/12/2014
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Dry Dock:

  • Docktoberfest Lager
  • Apricot Blonde
  • U-Boat Hefeweizen
  • USS Enterprise IPA
  • Rye-Zing Sun Saison
Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends F 9/12/2014
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins
  • Doppel Bock
  • Autumn Saison
  • American Pale Ale
F 9/12/2014
Living The Dream Brewing Littleton Alt Whitman Modeled after the Dusseldorffer Altbier F 9/12/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Kiwi Baron Berliner Weisse Firkin Friday F 9/12/2014
River North Brewery Denver Barrel Blonde One-third was aged in bourbon barrels, one-third in Manhattan cocktail barrels, and one-third in Boulevardier cocktail barrels Sa 9/13/2014 1PM
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden Denver Dry Dock:

  • Docktoberfest Lager
  • Apricot Blonde
  • U-Boat Hefeweizen
  • USS Enterprise IPA
  • Rye-Zing Sun Saison
Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends Sa 9/13/2014
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Dry Dock:

  • Docktoberfest Lager
  • Apricot Blonde
  • U-Boat Hefeweizen
  • USS Enterprise IPA
  • Rye-Zing Sun Saison
Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends Sa 9/13/2014
Funkwerks Fort Collins Oud Bruin Sa 9/13/2014
Horse and Dragon Brewing Fort Collins Alt-ar of Sacrifice Düsseldorf Altbier Pro-Am collab Sa 9/13/2014
Big Beaver Brewing Loveland Black Rye Saison Sa 9/13/2014 6:30PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland The Baron Berliner Weisse Sa 9/13/2014
Bohn Park Lyons
  • City Star Flood Hound Rum Barrel Aged Ale
  • Avery (TBD)
  • Boulder Beer (TBD)
  • Left Hand (TBD)
  • Oskar Blues (TBD)
  • Upslope (TBD)
Viva Lyons and Cyclists 4 Lyons Aged in Spirit Hound rum barrels; all proceeds will go to flood relief efforts here in CO Sa 9/13/2014 5PM-10PM
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument TBD firkin Monument Beer Week Sa 9/13/2014 5PM
Elk Mountain Brewing Parker Oktoberfest Elktoberfest Sa 9/13/2014 12PM
Butcherknife Brewing Steamboat Springs Morningside Coffee Porter S 9/14/2014
The Dam Grille Denver 5 TBD Dry Dock beers Brewery of the Month 5-Tap Takeover On all month M 9/15/2014 11AM
Federal Bar & Grill Denver TBD Odell seasonal beers Odell Pint Night M 9/15/2014 7PM-9PM
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Fluffy Pumpkin Porter T 9/16/2014
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Zena, Warrior Princess Golden Ale Barrel-Aged Tuesday Aged in Chardonnay wine barrels with kiwi puree and dry hopped with New Zealand and Warrior hops T 9/16/2014 4PM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Stone Brewing:

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Reason Be Damned Belgian Pale Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard
  • 18th Anniversary
  • Stochasticity Project (bottle)
  • Collective Distortion (bottle)
Stone Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Beer Night T 9/16/2014 5:30PM
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument TBD Class of 2011 Tap Takeover Beers from breweries started in 2011 T 9/16/2014

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.