Unfortunately, there will be no fresh hop or wet hop category at the Great American Beer Festival this year. As the fest takes place from September 20-22 – about three weeks earlier than usual – the organizers felt that fresh hop beers would not be ready in time, as hops are usually harvested in late August and early September. Ironically, the hop crop in Colorado came a little earlier this summer because of the warm weather, so many breweries have already brewed their fresh hop beers and will have them ready in the next two weeks. How do we know? Well, they have placed their lush photos, like those above.
Keep reading to see dozens of local craft beer events in early September.
Wednesday, August 22
Hurricane Haze is back at Co-Brew. This collaboration with Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is a heavy dry hopped NEIPA with mango, pineapple and roasted coconut.
For the latest release of Traveling One Barrel Wednesday, Strange Craft Beer Company has brewed a Brut IPA, an Indian ale, fermented with Champagne yeast. This light session beer is also made with Hallertau Blanc-hop and has a dry mouthfeel with an aromatic nose. The Brew on Broadway, Chain Reaction Brewing and Black Sky Brewery will also tap the beer.
Thursday, August 23
Comrade Brewing ticks Thunder Donkey IPA in the afternoon. This 9.1 percent ABV double IPA was brewed with Galaxy, Citra and Simcoe hop, with a thunderous six pound of hops per barrel.
Renegade Brewing presents the following in its series Beers + Banned Books events from 5 pm to 10 pm. This is equipped with One Flew Over the Cuckoo & # 39; s Nest in combination with, um, Fried Chicken Beer? "Just like the colonel, we are now working on our secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices to put in the brew, but we are convinced that we will make a beer that even nurse Ratched makes happy," says the brewery.
Cerebral Brewing releases its new pilsner in cans this Friday.
Friday, August 24
Join Cerebral Brewing for a triple can that can be delivered from 12.00. The first beer is Secret Chat Room, a 7 percent ABV IPA brewed with "a generous amount of both malted and baked wheat and hopped with mountains Mosaic, Columbus and Simcoe", says the brewery. The second beer is Burner Phone, an 8 percent IPA "brewed with an extremely simple malt chip and only hopped with Galaxy in the WP and then hit hard in the DH with Galaxy and Mosaic.The last beer is International Waters, a 5.1 percent unfiltered pilsner made with a bit of raw Colorado wheat and hopped with Sterling and Motueka.
The sixth annual New Kids on the Block beer festival returns from 8 to 11 hours in The Lobby. to celebrate Colorado breweries under two years old. This year, the Lobby will also highlight various distilleries and eateries. The brewery line-up consists of Variety, Intrepid Sojourner, Banded Oak, Woods Boss, 14er Brewing, Burns Family Artisan Ales, Bruz Beers, New Image, Outer Range, Brewability Lab, Angry James and Green Mountain Beer. The line-up of the distillery consists of the Family Jones, the Block Distilling, the Denver Distillery, Marble Distilling and Archetype Distillery. There will be food from Brewed Food, The Lobby, Culinary Quick Start, Mario's Ocean Club and Whiskey Biscuit. In addition, there are cocktail demonstrations, live music and lawn games. Tickets are $ 40 and are available at twoparts.com.
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project taps three beers of age in Squarrel barrels. They are Oaked Passionfruit IPA, the peppery Gratzer and a Manhatten-like Scottish Ale with luxury cherries.
Last week it was Oktoberfest. This week there are pumpkin beers at Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada, which comes a little early in the spirit of the autumn season. Odyssey will tap his famous Fluffy Pumpkin Toasted Marshmallow Porter and Imperial Fluffy Pumpkin at 6 PM. Brewed with ample quantities of roasted pumpkins, herbs, vanilla and marshmallow, Fluffy Pumpkin is also available in canned six packs. Imperial Fluffy Pumpkin was six months old in whiskey casks and will be sold in bomber bottles.
Saturday, August 25
River North Brewery taps Single Cask Quandary: Rum Barrel & noon as part of its "taproom-only" series of hyper-limited releases designed to demonstrate the essence of one barrel. " This is the distinctive Belgian quad style of the brewery in a single Caribbean dark rum barrel. The beer costs $ 12 per bottle, with a limit of four bottles per person. There will also be a small amount of draft.
Fiction Beer Company is organizing a Limited-edition Crowler release for three of its favorite blurry IPAs of the past year. DDH logic is relatively New England style Imperial IPA was the first beer fiction ever canned. "The double dry hop treatment was given to our standard Logic Is Relative base with more than four pounds per barrel of hops, including Citra and Summer," says the brewery. The second beer is Madame Psychosis, which is full of Citra, Idaho 7, Mandarina Bavaria and Mosaic hop. "Flavor of ripe papaya and mango with orange peel and peach," says Fiction. The third beer is HAL, a 2001: A Space Odyssey– inspired IPA in the style of New England, which doubled dry with Galaxy, Lemondrop and Medusa-hop.
Resolute Brewing in Centennial takes over the parking lot next to the brewery for a bash for the second anniversary complete with live music from several bands, food from Ol & Skool Que, fun activities and beer stations. There will also be a large number of vendors including: Craft Alley, Cream City Market, Shirts on Tap, Morgan Handmade Rations, Shaklee Corporation, The Rebel Project / Phoenix999, Brewery Boot Camp, Emma Paints Colorado and Yoga Pod DTC. Receive tokens and tickets at squareup.com.
The First Annual Big Can Jam Beer Fest takes place from 13.00 to 17.00. at Zuma & # 39; s Rescue Ranch, in a rural part of Littleton. More than fifteen craft breweries in Colorado will pump all their beer and stream from their 32-ounce cans. This means that they can bring a number of truly exclusive beers, says Crowling Rental Company, host of the events. Food trucks, live music, ranch tours and hayrides contribute to the fun. All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Zuma & # 39; s Rescue Ranch and Young Americans Bank. For tickets, $ 35, and to view the list of breweries, view eventbrite.com.
New Belgium Brewing brings Tour de Fat back to Denver, but this time it is just a festival and it does not contain the characteristic bike ride that the brewery has done for years. The event starts at Sculpture Park in the afternoon with comic acts, shenanigans and lots of beer "This year many favorite ensembles from the past, such as Sedan Halen, The Handsome Little Devils, Daredevil Chicken and KOLARS – plus our main act, Jamestown Revival, "New Belgium says. Some proceeds from beer sales benefit Bike Denver and the Denver Cruiser Ride. Tickets are $ 15 and are available at eventbrite.com.
Sunday, August 26
River North Brewery is continuing its new monthly series Hazy Sundays by tapping two new single-barrel variants at Mountain Haze. The first is Azacca Mountain Haze, which jumped dry with Azacca-hop, known for borrowing a tropical stone fruit eruption. The second is Loral Mountain Haze, who jumped dry with Loral hop, a more floral, earthy variety, "like an excited noble hops", says the brewery.
Tuesday, August 28
"We have heard that Starbucks officially dropped the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 28, so we thought we were going to carry out the action," says Comrade Brewing. As such, the brewery will pour a limited amount of Pumpkin Spice Koffee Kream Milk Stout at 15:00. "Let's celebrate the season of pumpkin all together."
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Wednesday, August 29
The particularly tasty Chef n Brew Festival returns for its seventh year from 7 to 10 pm in the evening. at the Exdo Event Center. Promoting the idea that this local craft beer is an ideal combination for chef-driven food brings together more than twenty of Denver's top chefs and artisanal brewers in a competition for the ultimate to form beer and food & # 39 ;, say the organizers. "Guests will have the opportunity to taste unlimited examples of all dishes and all the beer and to vote for their favorites." Judges are awarded for: Best Dish, Best Beer and Best Link, and the main prize is selected by a part of the evening sales are donated to Project Angel Heart, cards are $ 49 or $ 69 for VIP, find them at chefandbrew.com.
Friday, August 31st
Station 26 Brewing welcomes Phish fans this weekend, as the band returns to Denver for its annual series of shows. To celebrate it, the brewery will release two beers with a Phish theme. The first is the Comet of Palley, a Vermont-style beerbill, brewed with Apollo, Galaxy and Comet hop. The second is Divided Rye, a crunchy and drinkable beer, brewed with rye malt that has jumped slightly dry. There is a limited number of Crowlers from each available for purchase before the shows. The beers must be on the tap all weekend.
Oskar Blues organizes release parties for its seasonal Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, a 10.5 percent ABV "black hole with a strong malt flavor," says the brewery. One of those festivities takes place in Longmont in the Tasty Weasel tapping room in Longmont, where Oskar Blues offers Ten FIDY flights for the first time with rare FIDY varieties: vanilla and sugar Maple Wood Aged Ten FIDY; 2012 Ten FIDY; 2014 Ten FIDY; Java BA Ten FIDY; and 2018 FIDY. Chris Dismuke plays live music from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Saturday, September 1st
Try the annual edition of Colorado Buckeye Imperial Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stout from Ursula Brewery, which will be in cans and on tap. The beer celebrates the start of the college football season and the Ohio State Buckeyes. This year, Ursula will also release 375ml bottles of Woody Barrel Aged Buckeye and Urban Coffee Barrel Aged Buckeye only in the taproom.
Sunday, September 2
The wait is over. By noon Comrade Brewing supersamps, his back-to-back GABF silver medalist IPA for fresh hops. The beer is the flagship Superpower IPA from Comrade, wet hopped with organic Chinook and Nugget from High Wire Hop Farms in Paonia. The hops were put in the beer less than 24 hours after the harvest. Unfortunately, Comrade will have no chance this year to defend his title at GABF, because there is no new hops category as a result of the festival held three weeks earlier.
Monday, September 3
Join Briar Common Brewery + Eatery for its first annual September festival from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm The brewery will release its newest beer, Earth to Marzen, in honor of the season. They will also grill hamburgers and brats.
Friday, September 7
Tivoli Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest and its third birthday with a party from 5 pm onwards. and with music from Brothers of Brass, What About Jim, and HomeSlice Band. There are also German dishes from Little Reds Kitchen, a costume contest, a lottery, a stein-holding competition and tapping a Marzen beer. For more information and tickets, $ 20 each, go to eventbrite.com.
Saturday, September 8th
Put up a stein, fill your suitcase and go to the original South Dock location of Dry Dock Brewing for Docktoberfest, an annual celebration that celebrates the season. There is music by Polka Folka, a stein-holding contest, German food and various beer taps, including Docktoberfest Marzen Lager, Helles, Pilsner and Wheat Beer (the last three have won all GABF medals in recent years). German-themed clothing strongly encouraged.