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Weekend Beer Buzz 6/20/2012

We’ve got another beer filled weekend coming up.  You ready?  Get your calendar’s out, here’s the run down.

The 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival is this weekend.  The festival runs from 12:30 – 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.  More than 40 breweries will be pouring their brews including the usual suspects from Fort Collins, along with out of towners like Crazy Mountain, River North and Ska.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking HERE.

If you’re really looking to geek out and try some amazing beers ahead of time, then head over early for the VIP Connoisseur Tasting on Friday June 22nd.  This is sponsored by Choice City Butcher & Deli and is sure to have some nice beers available to taste.  Sour heads will want to check out Crooked Stave and Black Bottle Brewing.  Black Bottle hasn’t opened yet, so this might be your first chance to give them a try.

The 2012 Colorado Brewers’ Festival is being held at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, CO.  Check out the official website for a brewery and beer list, hours, directions, ticket information and schedule for the weekend.

Fire things up with Firkin Friday over at Dry Dock Brewing.  This week is Starship Enterprise.  Firkin Master Walt took their Enterprise IPA and dry-hopped it with Galaxy, a citrusy, Australian hop.  Tapping is at 3PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Copper Kettle Brewing is releasing another brew to the tap lines on Saturday, June 23rd.  This round is their summer Kolsch.  With more 90 degree weather on the way, this is just what you need.  The fun starts at noon and The Vegan Van will be rolling in at 5 PM.

Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

The Falling Rock 15th Anniversary celebration wraps up this weekend.  Friday will feature a special barrel aged version of Bull & Bush’s Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial Stout.  Saturday will see New Belgium’s sour LOVE on tap and Sunday will feature a variety of special kegs from Dogfish Head.  It’s Falling Rock, you won’t be disappointed.

Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Benjamin Weiss, Marketing Director for The Bruery, is in town visiting Colorado for a few days.  He’ll be hosting a beer dinner in Boulder on Thursday, June 21st.  Pizzeria Basta will be pouring Sans Pagaie (sour cherry), Loakal Red (hoppy, oak aged red), Smoking Wood (imperial, smoked, barrel aged rye porter) and Birra Basta (brewed exclusively for the event).  A special food menu was created to pair with each beer.  Call to make a reservation if you’re planning to attend.

Pizzeria Basta is located at: 3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-997-8775.

Ben will stick around and share some more Bruery specialties over at Hops & Pie on Sunday, June 24th.  This mini Tap Takeover will feature Otiose (sour guava), Loakal Red, Hottenroth (berliner weisse), Tradewinds (Belgian golden) and Mischief (hoppy Belgian golden).  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Aside from the Birra Basta, I’ve had the chance to try all of the beers that The Bruery is sending out our way.  Several of them have never been available in Colorado until now.  This is a rare opportunity to try some of their sours and Loakal Red, so check out these events.  You won’t be disappointed.

Wrap up your weekend with Avery’s next release in their Barrel Aged series.  This round is Oud Floris, a Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale.  You can purchase beers at the brewery on Sunday, June 24th at 4 PM.  Bottles are $8 / each, cash only, with a 6-bottle limit.

They’ll have plenty of sours on tap just for the event, including Bad Apple and Grapes of Wrath.  Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.

Last, but not least, another new brewery opened their doors for the first time this afternoon.  Bootstrap Brewing is open and ready for you!  They’re located up in Niwot and are currently pouring: 1956 Golden Ale, Backfire Chili Beer, Boomer Brown and IPA Batch #1.

Congrats on the opening guys!  Their hours are Mon-Thur 3-8 PM, Fri-Sun 12-8 PM.  Bootstrap Brewing is located at: 6778 North 79th St, Niwot, CO 80503.

That’s it folks.  Another solid week of events around town.  Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy them.

Cheers!

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