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Weekend Beer Buzz 04/26/2012

I’m going to help you out this weekend.  The forecast is for rain, off and, on from Thursday to Sunday, which means you won’t need to set up your sprinklers and can forget about the yard work.  You’re officially off the hook from doing your chores for a few days.  Hmm, what to do, what to do?  Let’s see….

Start it up over in Aurora, at Dry Dock Brewing on Friday, April 27th with Firkin Friday.  Firkin Master / Freak / Czar / Man Walt Chleva, has brewed a Roasted Pecan Old Ale.  Sounds delicious as usual and will start flowing at 3PM.

Firkin Friday

Head back to the Dock on Saturday, April 28th, for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Silent Auction.  They will be pouring Second Base Brown Ale, brewed specifically for the event, plus a Strawberry Hefeweizen firkin.  Don’t be surprised if more surprise beers get tapped as well.

The silent auction starts at noon and will feature some great items including a pair of tickets to the Saturday night session of the Great American Beer Festival, gift cards for merchants around town and a day of brewing with Dry Dock head brewer Doug Hyndman.  Go early, bid often!

Dry Dock

The Pretzelpro’s will be at Dry Dock during the event on Saturday, selling their tasty creations.  I got to try their pretzels the other night over at Lone Tree Brewing.  Super tasty and the perfect snack to go with your beer.  They’ll donate $1 to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for every pretzel sold.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Dry Dock also has special pink growlers available for a limited time.  They will donate $1 to charity for every growler sold.  Get your beer-to-go and give a little something back at the same time.

On Friday, April 27th, up in Boulder, is the annual Microbreweries for the Environment.  The event returns once again to The Boulder Theater and will be raising money for local environmental causes.  This year’s event will feature 3 bands and 20 breweries, including Great Divide, Odell, Avery, Oskar Blues and Asher.

Tickets are $25.75 and beers are $2 / pint, with a $12 / unlimited tasting option.  Get your tickets ahead of time as this is sure to sell out in advance.  The fun starts at 8PM and runs until 1AM.  Tickets can be purchased on The Boulder Theater website.

Featured Event

Oskar Blues is turning 15 this weekend!  Over at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO, they’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary with a full day of food, fun and music.  Bring your appetite and start things off with a crawfish boil at noon, followed by a pig roast at 5PM.  They’ve brewed a 15th Anniversary Abbey Ale, which will be available at the event in 16oz. cans.  Bring the kids along so they can visit the petting zoo, go bonkers in the bouncy house and sip on some homemade root beer.  Two bands will be performing and it should be a full day of fun.  They’ll even be giving away a Harley Davidson!  Cheers to 15 years OB!  Oskar Blues is located at: 303 Main Street, Lyons, CO 80540.  303-823-6685.

While you’re out and about this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for Great Divide’s Barrel Aged Old Ruffian.  This tasty American Barleywine spent more than nine months aging in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Barrels.  This release kind of flew under the radar, but it’s out there and probably won’t last too long before it’s gone.  BA Old Ruffian was released in 750mL bottles and will set you back about $25 / each.  It hasn’t been made in two years and I wouldn’t expect much of it to escape from Colorado.  I’m not sure of the exact bottle count, but have heard it’s in the 5000 range.

There’s a pretty big event happening this weekend, all the way out in Munster, Indiana at Three Floyds Brewing.  Dark Lord Day is going down again on Saturday, April 28th.  Yeah, it’s back and it’s your only chance to buy bottles of the very popular and elusive Dark Lord Imperial Stout.  In addition to having the opportunity to purchase bottles of this monstrous stout, attendees will also be able to sample a variety of Three Floyds brews, including Oak Aged Dark Lord, eat BBQ, listen to some live music, trade and taste beers with other nerds from around the country and just have a ton of fun.

If you don’t already have tickets for Dark Lord Day, you’re probably out of luck.  They sold out a few months ago.  But, with the recent blogs about beer trading, maybe you can track down a bottle.  The Barrel Aged Old Ruffian mentioned above might be just the ticket to trade for a bottle.

Dark Lord is really one of the holy grails in the beer world.  It’s an amazingly complex beer that will continue to change and evolve over time, if you can resist the urge and let it age a bit.  Have fun if you’re going and good luck with your search if you’re not.

Lastly, tickets for Avery’s 3rd Annual Boulder SourFest will go on sale online tomorrow morning at 9AM.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, from 12-5 at Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO.  Tickets prices are set at $50 / each which covers a tasting glass, beer samples and live music.  Check Avery’s website for more details.

That should wrap things up for now.  Looks like we’re in store for another beer packed weekend.  Enjoy yourself and try to stay dry.  Cheers!

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