Fresh Taps: Oct. 29th – Nov. 4th (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: Denver Off the Wagon)

(Photo Credit: Denver Off the Wagon)

If you’re a fan of pumpkin in your beer, this is your week! With Halloween falling on a Friday, numerous breweries are rolling out all kinds of pumpkin beers, from regular to curried. Not a fan? No worries, there’s plenty of other brews being tapped this week as well, including some especially big ones at Jagged Mountain as part of their first anniversary. So don’t be scared, get out there and grab a fresh pint!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

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

Where should you be on Halloween night? Well, you really can’t go wrong with all of the tappings this Friday. But if you want one of my favs, try Copper Kettle’s Rum Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Porter. I had it last week and it was fantastic. The rum perfectly compliments the pumpkin without getting too boozy.

Want more than one pumpkin beer to choose from? World of Beer in Belmar and Cherry Creek are both having a pumpkin beer bash on Halloween with a slew of some of the best pumpkin beers out there, including several big ones from Avery and local fav Upslope.

(Photo Credit: Lowry Beer Garden)

(Photo Credit: Lowry Beer Garden)

Pumpkin beers not your thing? Perhaps swing by Lowry Beer Garden now through Friday to try a number of Avery brews as part of their “Good vs. Evil” tap takeover. Or if you’re in Fort Collins, get your hands on Funkwerks‘ new Crimson, a wild cherry Belgian-style ale. Knowing Funkwerks, that’s going to be all treat and no trick!

The Smuggled Taps (Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock) Aurora Hop Eye the Sailor Man Pale Ale
City Star Brewing Berthoud Fall Back IPA
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder
  • River Rock Brown
  • Honey Nut Blonde
Bull & Bush Denver Wally’s Winter Wonder Lager
Station 26 Brewing Denver Honey Blonde
Wynkoop Brewing Denver C.Andy Brown English Ale On nitro
Edgewater Brewery Grand Junction Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale
Verboten Brewing Loveland Get Busy Living Pear Belgian

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Brick Lane ESB Discovery Beer Wednesday W 10/29/2014 5PM
Black Shirt Brewing Denver American Red Porter #2014-04 W 10/29/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Pumpkin Saison Firkin Wednesday October Pumpkin Cask Month W 10/29/2014 2PM
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Avery:

  • Salvation
  • The Reverend
  • Hog Heaven
  • Samael’s
  • The Beast
  • Gored!
  • White Rascal

And other Halloween surprise beers!

Good vs Evil Avery Tap Takeover Through 10/31 W 10/29/2014
River North Brewery Denver
  • White
  • Saphir Dry Hopped Bavarian-style Wit
  • German Hull Melon Dry Hopped Saison-style Wit
Wayward Wednesday White three ways W 10/29/2014 3PM
Strange Craft Beer Co Denver Barrel-Aged StrangeTail IPA One Barrel Wednesday W 10/29/2014 3PM
TRVE Denver DUNWICH Robust Porter W 10/29/2014
Industrial Revolution Brewing Erie New Zealand Pale Ale Gluten reduced W 10/29/2014
Pateros Creek Brewing Fort Collins
  • Rattlesnake Jack Chipolte Peanut Blackberry Sour
  • Peanut Brittle Red
  • Wood City Wood-Aged Lager
  • SchwarzSaber Black Lager
  • 2012 Sleeping Elephant Winter Ale
Wicked Wednesday Costume contest W 10/29/2014 4PM-8PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Hibiscus Saison Small Batch Wednesday W 10/29/2014
High Hops Brewery Windsor Pumpkin “Eye” PA Ales from the Crypt W 10/29/2014 5PM
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout Th 10/30/2014 5:30PM-8:30PM
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub Colorado Springs Odell 180 Shilling Th 10/30/2014 8PM-10PM
CAUTION: Brewing (East) Denver
  • Toaster Bat Smoked Porter
  • Cabernet Saison
  • TIM Curry Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Fresh Raspberry IPA (firkin)
And other winter brews Th 10/30/2014 4PM-8PM
Fiction Beer Co Denver Feely Effects Green Tea Chocolate Stout Th 10/30/2014 6PM
Freshcraft Denver Green Flash Treasure Chest Barrel Aged Saison with Plum Green Flash will donate one dollar from every full pour of Treasure Chest beer sold to a breast cancer charity in Denver Th 10/30/2014 7PM-10PM
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Avery:

  • Salvation
  • The Reverend
  • Hog Heaven
  • Samael’s
  • The Beast
  • Gored!
  • White Rascal

And other Halloween surprise beers!

Good vs Evil Avery Tap Takeover Through 10/31 Th 10/30/2014
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins Cerealiously Count Chocula Milk Stout Th 10/30/2014
Grist Brewing Highlands Ranch Juniper Berry Belgian Single Th 10/30/2014 2PM
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Fluffy Pumpkin Porter Pumpkin carving and costume contests F 10/31/2014
Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock) Aurora Caramel Apple Old Ale Firkin Friday F 10/31/2014
Mu Brewery Aurora Witches Brew Free 5oz pours F 10/31/2014
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud
  • Crazy Farmer Beyond Chili Beer (firkin)
  • Freight Hopper IPA (firkin)
  • Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie Ale
Costume contest F 10/31/2014
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder Mutual Respect Belgian Coffee Imperial Stout Collab with Odell F 10/31/2014 4:20PM
Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) Boulder TBD Halloween beer Costume contest F 10/31/2014 9PM-1AM
4 Noses Brewing Broomfield Pumpaction Pumpkin Ale F 10/31/2014
Wonderland Brewing Broomfield Barrel Aged Pumpkin F 10/31/2014
Blue Spruce Brewery Centennial Golden Strong Ale Costume contest F 10/31/2014 7PM
Two22 Brew Centennial Boo!22 Pumpkin Beer F 10/31/2014
Great Storm Brewing Colorado Springs
  • Pompion Unspiced Roasted Pumpkin Golden Ale
  • Come On Ryeileen Roggenbier
  • Frank Carrot Brown Ale
  • Rum Raison Stout
3rd Annual Halloween Party F 10/31/2014 12PM
Red Leg Brewing Colorado Springs Pumpkin Beer Costume contest F 10/31/2014
Baere Brewing Denver Dangerously Delicious Whiskey Barrel Aged Big Hoppy Brown F 10/31/2014
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Rum Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Porter F 10/31/2014 12PM
Lowry Beer Garden Denver Avery:

  • Salvation
  • The Reverend
  • Hog Heaven
  • Samael’s
  • The Beast
  • Gored!
  • White Rascal

And other Halloween surprise beers!

Good vs Evil Avery Tap Takeover Through 10/31 F 10/31/2014
World of Beer (Cherry Creek) Denver
  • Avery Brewing Gored
  • Avery Brewing Rumpkin
  • Avery Brewing Pump[KY]n
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Nitro Pumpkin
  • Samuel Adams Fat Jack
  • High Hops Brewery Monster Mash
  • Rogue Ales Chatoe Pumpkin Patch
  • Upslope Brewing Pumpkin

And more pumpkin beers!

WOB ‘oween Costume contest F 10/31/2014 8PM-10PM
The Brew on Broadway Englewood Orchard Place Caramel Apple Stout F 10/31/2014 6PM
Odell Brewing Fort Collins
  • Friek
  • TBD pumpkin beer

And more?

F 10/31/2014 11AM-7PM
Road 34 Fort Collins Odell:

  • Friek
  • Boyz In The Wood Boysenberry Sour
  • Dr. Acula Black Ale
F 10/31/2014 6PM-9PM
The Forge Publick House Fort Collins Odell Dr. Acula Black Ale F 10/31/2014 7PM-9PM
Cannonball Creek Brewing Golden Chocolate Pumpkin Porter F 10/31/2014 12PM
Golden City Brewery Golden Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Ale 21st Anniversary Costume contest, $2 pints, and $4 growlers F 10/31/2014 11:30AM-7PM
Broken Plow Brewery Greeley Gem O’ the Patch Pumpkin Ale Costume contest F 10/31/2014 7PM
Crabtree Brewing Greeley Tricky-Treat Ale Ghost Chile and Cocoa Nib American Amber F 10/31/2014 6PM
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood
  • Avery Brewing Rumpkin
  • Avery Brewing Pump[KY]n
  • Upslope Brewing Pumpkin
  • Southampton Pumpkin
  • Southern Tier Warlock
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Elysian Night Owl
  • Shipyard Pumpkin Head
  • Strange Craft Beer Co Pumpkin Porter
  • Odyssey Beerwerks Fluffy Pumpkin
  • Sam Adams Fat Jack

And more pumpkin beers!

WOB ‘oween Costume contest F 10/31/2014 7PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Bloody Mary Little Red Cap Firkin Friday F 10/31/2014
Loveland Aleworks Loveland Darkest Day Coconut Porter Costume contest F 10/31/2014 7PM
Glenn Bar Northglenn Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter F 10/31/2014
Pagosa Brewing Pagosa Springs Great Pumpkin Ale F 10/31/2014
Kokopelli Beer Co Westminster Pumpkin Ale Costume contest F 10/31/2014 6PM-11PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Snick Or Treat Porter Costume contest F 10/31/2014
Dry Dock Brewing (North Dock – Canoe Room) Aurora Pecan Rum Oak Amber Firkin Sa 11/1/2014 12PM
Chain Reaction Brewing Denver Habanero Northern English Mild Firkin Sa 11/1/2014 3PM
Diebolt Brewing Denver Graveyard Ale Cerveza De Los Muertos Sa 11/1/2014 7PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Whiskey Barrel-Aged Voodoo Goat Barleywine 1st Anniversary Sa 11/1/2014 12PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Lunar Eclipse Imperial Stout 1st Anniversary Sa 11/1/2014 3PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Cognac Barrel-Aged Voodoo Goat Barleywine 1st Anniversary Sa 11/1/2014 6PM
Jagged Mountain Brewery Denver Barrel-Aged First Descent Old Ale 1st Anniversary Sa 11/1/2014 9PM
Funkwerks Fort Collins Crimson Wild Cherry Belgian-Style Ale Sa 11/1/2014
Casey Brewing & Blending Glendwood Springs
  • Saison
  • Peach Fruit Stand
  • Plum Fruit Stand
Bottles Sa 11/1/2014 11AM-5PM
CAUTION: Brewing (West) Lakewood
  • Toaster Bat Smoked Porter
  • TIM Curry Imperial Pumpkin Ale
And other winter brews Sa 11/1/2014 12PM-11PM
Crystal Springs Brewing Louisville
  • Black Saddle
  • Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle
  • Solano Chili Beer
  • Imperial IPA
Louisville Location 1st Anniversary Sa 11/1/2014 1PM-9PM
City Star Brewing Berthoud Vanilla Bandit English Style Brown Ale M 11/3/2014
Kannah Creek Brewing Grand Junction Harvest Ale Firkin Fundraiser 100% of firkin sales go to Grand Valley Pets Alive M 11/3/2014 5PM
Ska Brewing Durango Dementia Aged & Confused Bourbon Barrel-Aged Euphoria Pale Ale Tu 11/4/2014 5PM-8PM

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.