Fresh Taps: Oct. 15th – Oct. 21st (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: High Hops Brewery

Photo Credit: High Hops Brewery

We have numerous milestone events with tappings this week, including the continuation of Big Beaver’s 4th anniversary, Arvada Beer Co’s 3rd anniversary, and High Hop’s 2nd anniversary. And let’s not forget that Lost Highway is now open. These milestones plus a few sizable tap takeovers means you’ve got some tasty options when it comes to fresh tappings this week.

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Ever tried Kannah Creek out of Grand Junction? No? Well if living on the Front Range is your lame excuse why you haven’t or if you’re already a fan, then you can head to Brewer’s Republic in Colorado Springs tonight for a tap takeover that includes some rare treats like a Cherry Bourbon Barrel Brown. Full tap listing is below.

Photo Credit: The Old Mine

Photo Credit: The Old Mine

The Old Mine in Erie frequently rolls out some pretty amazing tap takeovers that often include some rarities from world class breweries. This Thursday is just that, with some exotic brews from Stone, including a 2013 espresso version of their Imperial Russian Stout. The regular Imperial Russian Stout is one of the best I’ve had, especially when aged, so I can only imagine how delicious this brew will be. See below for the full tap listing.

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
City Star Brewing Berthoud Up All Night Watchman French Roasted Coffee Infused Stout
Iron Bird Brewing Colorado Springs IB’s Amber
Black Shirt Brewing Denver American Red Saison #2014-05
Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café Denver New Holland Dragon’s Milk
Lost Highway Brewing Denver
  • District 6 Pils
  • Grave Robber Fraud Quad
  • Golden Ghost Blond
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Belghost IPA
  • Longest, Wickedest Wit
Lowdown Brewery & Kitchen Denver Slandering Rye Porter
Sandlot Brewery Denver White IPA
Zwei Brüder Brewing Fort Collins Wilhelm II IPA

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Brewer’s Republic Colorado Springs Kannah Creek:

  • Island Mesa Blonde
  • Lands End Amber
  • Standing Wave Pale Ale
  • Broken Oar IPA
  • Cherry Bourbon Barrel Brown
  • Prickly Peach
Tap Takeover W 10/15/2014 5PM-7PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Venetucci Pumpkin Ale Draft and limited bottles W 10/15/2014 5PM
Front Range BBQ Colorado Springs TBD Odell Brewing Tap Takeover W 10/15/2014 5PM-7PM
Black Shirt Brewing Denver India Red Ale #2014-07 W 10/15/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Ale Firkin Wednesday October Pumpkin Cask Month W 10/15/2014 2PM
Epic Brewing Denver
  • Oaked Nutmeg Escape to Colorado IPA
  • Blackberry Hopulant IPA with Simcoe Hops
Epic Rally Firkin Tapping W 10/15/2014
River North Brewery Denver The Hidden Barrel Wayward Wednesday Single keg of a barrel-aged experiment W 10/15/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver Pumpkin Smasher Spiced Ale W 10/15/2014 6PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Barrel-ly Strange Coffee & Cocoa Nib Pale Ale One Barrel Wednesday Collab with Barrels & Bottles made with Golden coffee and cocoa nibs W 10/15/2014 3PM
Lone Tree Brewing Lone Tree Chili Pepper Red W 10/15/2014
Big Beaver Brewing Loveland Pumpkin Stout 4th Anniversary W 10/15/2014
Pikes Peak Brewing Monument Howling Creek Pumpkin Porter W 10/15/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Freddy Brewger’s Never Sleep Again Espresso Lager Ales from the Crypt W 10/15/2014 5PM
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Slope Style Winter IPA Th 10/16/2014 4PM
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder Moe’s American Cream Ale Th 10/16/2014
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Wallon Harvest Saison Plus several other harvest beers from around CO Th 10/16/2014 12PM
Denver Bicycle Café Denver TBD Fort Collins Brewery Tap Takeover Th 10/16/2014 7PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Limoncello Cream Ale Firkin Thursday Th 10/16/2014 4PM
The Old Mine Erie Stone:

  • Enjoy By IPA
  • Arbalest
  • Bang Bang
  • Coffee Milk Stout
  • Reason Be Damned
  • 18th Anniversary IPA
  • Xocoveza Mocha Stout
  • Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
  • 2013 Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stochasticity Project – Hibiscusicity
  • Stochasticity Project – Quadrotritcale
Stone Tap Takeover Th 10/16/2014
Coda Brewing Aurora Peach Kolsch F 10/17/2014
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock) Aurora Brown Sugar Butternut Brown Ale Firkin Friday F 10/17/2014 3PM
Mu Brewery Aurora Fresh Hopped Imperial IPA F 10/17/2014 6:30PM
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud Carrot Cake Ale Firkin Friday F 10/17/2014
Platt Park Brewing Denver Gump’s Vienna-style Lager F 10/17/2014
Pateros Creek Brewing Fort Collins Owl Canyon Fresh Pumpkin Ale F 10/17/2014 5PM
300 Suns Brewing Longmont Coffee Stout F 10/17/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Cucumber 3 Golden Hairs Pilsner Firkin Friday F 10/17/2014
Dry Dock Brewing (Canoe Room – North Dock) Aurora Lapsang Souchong Smoked Tea Amber Firkin Saturday Sa 10/18/2014 12PM
Chain Reaction Brewing Denver Smoked Pumpkin Robust Porter Pecan smoked malt, smoked pumpkin Sa 10/18/2014
River North Brewery Denver Big City Quad Manhattan cocktail barrel aged quad Sa 10/18/2014 1PM
Gravity Brewing Louisville
  • Heisenberg Oktoberfest/Marzen
  • Schwag Lager!
Oktoberfest Thru end of October Sa 10/18/2014
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Hans The Hedgehog Bavarian Wheat Lager Sa 10/18/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs R.I.P. Milk Stout Sa 10/18/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor
  • Barrel-Aged Chernobley Cherry Quad
  • Honey Habanero (cask)
2nd Anniversary Sa 10/18/2014
Avery Brewing Boulder
  • Black Eye Rum Barrel Aged Stout (bottle)
  • Bad Karma
  • Bad Apple
  • Tequila Sour
  • Raven
  • The Beast ’08
  • The Beast ’12
  • Salvation ’12
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar
  • Eremita IV
  • Eremita I
Barrel-Aged Series No. 21 Release Bottle on sale at 1PM, draft beers at 11AM S 10/19/2014 11AM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Chile Golden Ale 3 Year Anniversary M 10/20/2014
Kannah Creek Brewing Grand Junction Bavarian Dunkel Firkin Monday aka Chocolate Banana Bread beer M 10/20/2014 5PM
Arvada Beer Co Arvada Chipotle Red 3 Year Anniversary T 10/21/2014
Boulder Beer Co Boulder Prime Time Bourbon Barrel British-Style Ale Barrel-Aged Tuesday T 10/21/2014 4PM

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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.