Beer Me: November 8, 2016 – November 14, 2016

Tbaptistshere are plenty of bizarre ways to predict election results. Did the Redskins win their last home game? If so, the incumbent party maintains power (eerily enough, the Redskins last game – though not at home – resulted in a tie…) The winner will probably also be the candidate whose likeness was most replicated on Halloween, ironic or not. Or you can go with the “Klofstad method” which posits the candidate with the deepest voice will take the White House.

But, can craft beer determine the election? Absolutely! The facts don’t lie. In an exhaustive survey of the last several – well, two to be exact – elections, we can say with certainty that whoever wins the five states with the most craft breweries will win the general election. So, if one candidate takes California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and New York, expect to see them also take the election.

If you’re interested in watching the mayhem unfold in the company of others, Liquid Mechanics in Lafayette will be watching the returns come in with sound from open to close (2 – 10pm). Over at Fiction Beer Co., wear your “I Voted” sticker and get a free beer starting at 2pm and pints will be $1 off at Elk Mountain Brewing from 3 – 9pm for anyone with a voting sticker. To mark the occasion, Odyssey Beerwerks will release Expatriate, a “Moving-to-Canada-Style-Stout” at 3pm and Declaration Brewing will have happy hour from 5 – 11pm, along with patriotic-themed trivia at 7pm.

Now, let’s make American beer again…  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ noon – 8pm: Huguenot Colonial Sour Saison Release at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Over at Crooked Stave, they’re embracing the bipartisan spirit by releasing a collaborative beer brewed with Coast Brewing out of Charleston, S.C. Huguenot Colonial Sour Saison was brewed with “heirloom variety rustic grains” from Anson Mills,. The grain bill features Huguenot Black Oats, Black Rye, and Carolina Gold Rice Middlins and a Brett mixed-culture was used in fermentation. The beer will be available on draft and in bottles.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 2 – 9pm: Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

November is Candy Cask Month at Copper Kettle. This week’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout is a strong, dark beer with roasted characters and hints of peanut butter and chocolate.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 5 – 10pm: 1916 Colorado Lager Release Party at Renegade Brewing Co.

Renegade is unveiling the first product in their Colorado historical beer series with a tongue-in-cheek nod to that unsightly blemish on our country’s proud drinking history. On January 1, 1916, Prohibition went into effect and almost immediately, arrests were made for public drunkenness. 1916 Colorado Lager pays homage to those brave souls who rebelled against the new normal and continued to tipple.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 11am – 9pm: 5th Anniversary Bash at Cedar Creek Pub

Cedar Creek Pub in Aurora is turning five and they’re celebrating with live music by John T. Woodall from 4 – 7pm, food specials, and an enviable tap list. Selections include beers from Wicked Weed Brewing, Jack’s Abby, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Russian River Brewing Co., Bell’s BreweryWeldwerks Brewing, and Goose Island, among others.

Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 5 – 11pm: Release the Baptists at Epic Brewing Co.

This Friday, Epic is unveiling two new versions of their revered Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. First up is Big Bad Baptista, inspired by Mexican coffee traditionally served with cinnamon and piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar). Next up is Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist, brewed with coffee aged in whiskey barrels and “artisanal micro-batch cacao nibs” from Solstice Chocolate.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ noon: Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Dreamy Things Release at Cerebral Brewing

After taking home a silver medal in the Brett Beer category at this year’s GABF, Dreamy Things is back. A 100% Brett beer originally brewed for Collaboration Fest with Our Mutual Friend, a portion of the base beer was aged in Chardonnay barrels for six months and then dry-hopped with a blend of Citra, Centennial, and Sterling hops. There will be a limited supply on tap and 500mL bottles will be available for $14 each, limit four per person.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ noon – 9pm: Annual Funk the Man Party at River North Brewery

The fourth annual Funk the Man party goes down at River North’s spacious (newish) location. Funk the Man #4 is a barrel-aged Saison fermented with Brett and Lacto, barrel-aged for 32 months and featuring white tea and rose hips. Only 50 cases will be available for $12 each, six bottle limit per person. Mr. Sandman is an Imperial Stout, jet black and silky smooth. $10 per bottle with a 12 bottle limit per person. Tickets to purchase bottles will be handed out starting at noon with the bottles going on sale at 12:30pm.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ noon – 11pm: GABF Leftover & Cellar Clean Out at Hops & Pie

Hops & Pie is clearing out some barrels taking up space in their cellar and rolling out some GABF leftovers at noon sharp. The bounty includes several beers from Cigar City Brewing and 21st Amendment Brewery with some other surprises.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 11am – 4pm: Bluegrass Brunch at Station 26 Brewing

Family-friendly (and dog-friendly) fun! Beer, live music from Turkeyfoot, donuts from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts, and barbecue from Turn-In BBQ. Free admission. No cover!

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 6:30pm: Beer – Deconstructed Gallery & Reception at Epic Brewing

LOCK + LAND has deconstructed unique beers from popular Colorado breweries and photographed the ingredients before they go into the kettle. The resulting images will be on display at Epic and owners, brewers, and staff from the participating breweries will be on hand to speak about the project. The event is open to the public and will feature food trucks, games, and Epic’s awesome line-up of beer.

Still thirsty? Use this handy map of Colorado breweries and other drinking establishments to plan your next adventure. Cheers.

Matt Sandy, a self-proclaimed “Beer Gadabout” and Certified Beer Server, has been enjoying beer since he was of legal drinking age. Having been born across the pond where “legal drinking age” is a relative term, let’s just say he washed down a shandy or two while still in short pants. He moved to Denver in 2007 and immediately took up residency at the Great Divide taproom. Since then, he’s enjoyed exploring all of the craft corners of this great town and in this column will highlight weekly beer-related events that you should consider drinking in.