Fresh Taps: Sept. 17th – Sept. 23rd (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: Fiction Beer Co

Photo Credit: Fiction Beer Co

Oktoberfest in Germany begins on Saturday, Sept. 20th and many local establishments are celebrating with their own beer releases, primarily Oktoberfests of course. Or in the case of Fiction Beer Co., they’ll be open for the first time for you to try their brews. The past few weeks have been kind of slow on tappings, but not this week – whether you like Oktoberfests or not, with all of the anniversary parties and such there are tons of fresh brews being tapped for your enjoyment. Prost!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Sour fans, today you have FOUR locations to try TWO wonderful sounding sours. That’s because the Mountain Sun brewpubs (Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Vine Street, and Under the Sun) are all releasing a couple of sours: one Bourbon Barrel aged and the other with raspberries.

Photo Credit: Copper Kettle Brewing

Photo Credit: Copper Kettle Brewing

It’s no secret – I love pumpkin beers, especially pumpkin porters. Two of the best in Denver are at Copper Kettle and Strange Craft Beer Co. On Thursday, Strange will be release their pumpkin brew, while Copper Kettle will release theirs on Friday along with a 2013 rum barrel aged version (yum!) and the first 50 beers being served in a baby pumpkin (awwww).

Diebolt Brewing is celebrating its first anniversary with a three-day extravaganza that include new beers each day starting Friday. They all sound great, especially the barrel aged treats on Saturday. Starting at 2 p.m., they’ll release a Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout, Cabernet aged Biere de Tromphe, and a gin/oak barrel aged Saison Voila. At 7 p.m. they’ll release the rest, a Bourbon Barrel aged A Votre Sante and a gin aged A Votre Sante.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Fate Brewing Boulder Wet Hop IPA
Sanitas Brewing Boulder Special Cargo Wet Hopped American Red w/ Chinook
Two22 Brew Centennial Abbey Ale
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver
  • Barking Marmot Belgo-American Black IPA
  • Mountain Jim Dark Mild
Ska Brewing Durango Hoperation Ivy Fresh-Hop IPA All Colorado beer
Joyride Brewing Edgewater
  • Fresh Nugz Wet Hop Pale Ale
  • Double IPA
Cannonball Creek Brewing Golden Not Mindbender Imperial IPA
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Lafayette Fresh Hop Red Ale
Loveland Aleworks Loveland Blueberry Sour Ale
Elevation Beer Co Poncha Springs Downpour Fresh Hop Ale

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada S’mores Stout Discovery Beer Wednesday W 9/17/2014 5PM
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder
  • Use Your Illusion #1 Blended Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale
  • Use Your Illusion #2 Blended Raspberry Sour Ale
W 9/17/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder
  • Use Your Illusion #1 Blended Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale
  • Use Your Illusion #2 Blended Raspberry Sour Ale
W 9/17/2014
Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse Boulder
  • Use Your Illusion #1 Blended Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale
  • Use Your Illusion #2 Blended Raspberry Sour Ale
W 9/17/2014
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs Irish Red Test Tap Wednesday W 9/17/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Pomegranate Molasses Blonde Firkin Wednesday W 9/17/2014 2PM
Epic Brewing Denver
  • Ginger Escape to Colorado IPA w/ Zeus hops
  • Oaked Blackberry Escape to Colorado IPA
1st Anniversary Epic Rally Firkins W 9/17/2014 5PM
River North Brewery Denver Nelson Sauvin Dry-Hopped J. Marie Saison W 9/17/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver Rocktoberfest Marzen W 9/17/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver (James) Brown Porter One Barrel Wednesday W 9/17/2014
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver
  • Use Your Illusion #1 Blended Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale
  • Use Your Illusion #2 Blended Raspberry Sour Ale
W 9/17/2014
Old Chicago (Timberline) Fort Collins Boulder Beer Co Indian Summer Winter Warmer W 9/17/2014 5PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Grisette Small Batch Wednesday W 9/17/2014
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument Local 5 Pale Ale Benefits Colorado Springs Local 5 Fire Fighters Union W 9/17/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Pretzel Porter Firkin Hump Day W 9/17/2014 5PM
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest Oktoberfest Celebration Th 9/18/2014
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Oktoberfest Lager Th 9/18/2014
Baere Brewing Denver Saison Brewed with orange peel, fresh ginger, and coriander seed Th 9/18/2014 5PM-9PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Mosaic Dry-Hopped Superpower IPA Thirsty Thursday Firkin Th 9/18/2014 3:30PM
Freshcraft Denver Brasserie d’Achouffe:

  • La Chouffe
  • Gnomegang
Gnome Week Th 9/18/2014 7PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Pumpkin Porter Th 9/18/2014
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley Derailment Double IPA Small Batch Release Th 9/18/2014
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch Scotch Ale Th 9/18/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Monster Mash Pumpkin Pie Porter Sneak Peak Th 9/18/2014
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Lemon & Sage Saison Firkin Friday F 9/19/2014 3PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Firkin Friday F 9/19/2014 5PM
Avery Brewing Boulder Old Jubilation Friday’s Special Tapping F 9/19/2014 5PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Farmhouse Red Aged on rhubarb and Colorado chokecherries F 9/19/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver
  • Pumpkin Porter
  • 2013 Rum Barrel Pumpkin Porter
Serving the first 50 beers in baby pumpkins F 9/19/2014 12PM
Diebolt Brewing Denver Dry Hopped Mariposa Pale Ale (firkin) One Year Anniversary Extravaganza Plus some throwback tappings F 9/19/2014 4PM
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden Denver Odell Brewing (TBD) Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends F 9/19/2014
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Odell Brewing (TBD) Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends F 9/19/2014
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley Gose Small Batch Release F 9/19/2014
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood TBD Bluten Free Tap Takeover Including ciders, Widmer Omission Line, and many more F 9/19/2014
Left Hand Brewing Longmont Warrior Fresh Hopped IPA 21st Anniversary F 9/19/2014 5PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Grape Snow Drop Alt Firkin Friday F 9/19/2014
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada
  • Obey The Wet Hop IPA
  • Cardamom Coconut Hefeweizen
  • Black Raspberry Schwarz
  • JJJ Screamin’ Double Dry Hop Grapefruit IPA
  • Guava Ale
Odtoberfest Party Sa 9/20/2014 12PM
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Headybrah Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Headybrah Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014
Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse Boulder Headybrah Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014
Great Storm Brewing Colorado Springs
  • Red Oktober
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Imperial Stout
  • Gdansk Gdansk Revolution Baltic Porter w/ Bay Leaves
Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014 12PM
Diebolt Brewing Denver
  • Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout
  • Cabernet Aged Biere de Tromphe
  • Gin/Oak Aged Saison Voila
One Year Anniversary Extravaganza Sa 9/20/2014 2PM-6PM
Diebolt Brewing Denver
  • Bourbon Aged A Vorte Sante
  • Gin aged A Votre Sante
One Year Anniversary Extravaganza Sa 9/20/2014 7PM
Fiction Beer Co Denver TBD limited menu Sa 9/20/2014 2PM
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden Denver Odell Brewing (TBD) Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends Sa 9/20/2014
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Odell Brewing (TBD) Oktoberfest 3 breweries over 3 weekends Sa 9/20/2014
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver
  • Proletariat Session Ale
  • American Wheat
  • IPA
  • Chinook Red Ale
  • Farmhouse
  • Brown Ale
  • Ritual Cocoa Nib Brown Ale
  • Novo Coffee Stout
  • Blackberry Sour
  • American Wild Ale
  • Fresh Hop IPA
  • Gratitude Dark Sour Ale
Gratitude Sa 9/20/2014 2PM
Prost Brewing Denver Marzen Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014 11AM
The Lobby Denver
  • Epic Brewing Brainless on Peackes w/ Ginger
  • Dry Dock Brewing Whiskey Stave Old Ale
  • City Star Brewing Peanut Butter Cup Bandit Brown
5th Anniversary Sa 9/20/2014 11AM
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver
  • Mountain Sun (TBD)
  • Avery (TBD)
  • Boulder Beer (TBD)
  • Prost Brewing (TBD)
  • Jagged Mountain (TBD)
  • River North (TBD)
  • Breckenridge (TBD)
  • Wynkoop (TBD)
  • Upslope (TBD)
  • Great Divide (TBD)
  • Oskar Blues (TBD)
  • Renegade (TBD)
Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics All participating breweries will be donating several kegs of the beers they’re proudest of Sa 9/20/2014 1PM
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver Headybrah Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014
Wit’s End Brewing Denver
  • Big Willy Style Imperial Wilford
  • Jean-Claude Van Blond
  • Wilford
  • Green Man
  • Super FL-IPA
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Dim Mak
  • Sorry I’m Not Sour
  • Big Willy Style
  • Lollihop Guild
  • Scotchy Scotch Scotch Ale
  • One-Simcoe
  • The Fresh Prince

And more!

3rd Anniversary Sa 9/20/2014 12PM-8PM
Funkwerks Fort Collins Nelson Sauvin Single Hopped Saison Sa 9/20/2014
Pateros Creek Brewing Fort Collins Stevetoberfest Stevetoberfest And other beers as well Sa 9/20/2014 2PM-7PM
Zwei Brüder Brewing Fort Collins Märzenbier Sa 9/20/2014 12PM
Barrel & Bottles Golden
  • Barrel & Bottles Juniperus Agave Gin Barrel Aged Imperial IPA
  • Barrel & Bottles Breckenridge Bourbon Barrel Aged Raspberry Imperial Stout
  • Wynkoop Tequila Infused Lager w/ edible glitter
  • AC Golden Peche
  • Barrels & Bottles/Strange Craft Beer Co collab (TBD)
  • Russian River (TBD)
  • CAUTION: Brewing (TBD)
  • Copper Kettle Brewing (TBD)
  • Yak & Yeti (TBD)
  • The Bruery (TBD)
  • Elevation Beer Co (TBD)
  • Funkwerks (TBD)

And more firkin tappings!

1st Anniversary Sa 9/20/2014
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley O’Zapft Is! Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014 2PM
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Oktoberfest Oktoberfest Sa 9/20/2014 11AM
Bootstrap Brewing Niwot Oktoberfestbier Sa 9/20/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder
  • Pump[KY]n Bourbon Barrel Aged Spiced Pumpkin Porter
  • Eremita VI
  • Khodynka
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar Imperial Stout
  • Bad Sally
  • Papa Sour
Pump[KY]n Release Tappings at 11AM, bottle release of Pump[KY]n at 1PM S 9/21/2014 11AM
Fieldhouse Brewing Colorado Springs Fresh-Hopped Black IPA S 9/21/2014
Diebolt Brewing Denver Huckleberry Roasters Coffee Biere de Garde One Year Anniversary Extravaganza S 9/21/2014
Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins TBD Tap Into Northern Colorado Featuring some of the best 10 beers from the region S 9/21/2014
Odell Brewing Fort Collins TBD throwback beers 25th Anniversary Kick Off Party M 9/22/2014
Blue Spruce Brewing Centennial Chipotle Lime Blonde Tuesday Firkin T 9/23/2014
Ska Brewing Durango Autumnal Molé Stout Autumnal Equinox Party Brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch green chiles T 9/23/2014 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 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.