Beer Me: December 13, 2016 – December 19, 2016

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Elevate your cocktail experience with a gift set from Strongwater

Still looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life? Want to support local artisans? Armageddon gear beer bivy too redneck? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of those questions, here are a few options to pursue…

To prevent glass rings on your stuff: Cork coasters by Counter Couture or Colorado Aspen coasters by Elevation Creations
For the koozie collector: Make America Hippy Again beverage holder by Be Hippy
For the koozie collector/fisherman: River Runner Neck Coozie by Give’r
For the koozie collector who also seeks complete hand coverage: The Moozie (a mitten/koozie hybrid) by Drift & Amble
To open beers with style + state pride: Colorado beetlekill “C” bottle opener by JC Custom Design Work
A better way to serve tasters: Pine or oak tasting paddles by StoCo Designs
Best use of empties: Beer bottle candles by Pearl Street Lights
To step up one’s beer + pretzel game: Beer mustard with Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale by Merfs Condiments
To grow one’s glassware stash: 22-ounce beer steins (this link is definitely worth clicking on) by Long Dog Dandy or pint glasses by Black Lantern
For the mixologist: Herbal bitters gift box by Strongwater

And to balance out all of that shopping…here’s this week’s events:

Wednesday, December 14, 20165 — 7pm: Top Rope Can Launch at The Post Brewing Co.

Lafayette’s The Post releases their fifth canned offering and it’s a throwback to one of their first beers: Top Rope Mexican-Style Lager was “brewed with refreshment in mind” and “flips into the ring with crisp malt flavor and herbal hop aroma.” Grab a Top Rope for $1 a can or step up to a boilermaker for $3.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 3 — 9pm: Epiphany Belgian-Style Ale Release at Odyssey Beerwerks

Using a single malt and single hop (S.M.A.S.H.), Odyssey brewed a Tripel/Belgian Golden Strong Ale hybrid. To do so, they utilized a base of Belgian Pilsner Malt, combined with experimental hop HBC462. The result is a beer “graced with aromas of pear, light fruit, and bubblegum.” Epiphany Belgian-Style Ale clocks in at 8.5% ABV and 28 IBUs.

Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 3 — 11pm: Jingle Beans Returns at Beryl’s Beer Co.

Just like Santa Claus and ugly sweaters, Jingle Beans is a once-a-year type deal, but well worth the wait. Beryl’s pear and coffee-infused Stout is dry and roasty—perfect for the fireside.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 11am — 11pm: December Beer Releases at 4 Noses Brewing Co.

Christmas is coming early at 4 Noses in Broomfield as they release some new beers and a variety of barrel-aged variants. New to the scene are Lil’ Fugger 2, a new experimental dry-hopped American IPA, and Double Dry-Hopped Bout Damn Time.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 noon — 11pm: Donut Panic Release at Fiction Beer Co.

Fiction releases its third installment of the Donut Panic collaborative series with Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts. This year’s brew is a Strawberry Witinspired by the classic strawberry donut with sprinkles. Additionally, there will be piles of Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts to go with your beer and sprinkle-rimmed glasses if you so desire. This will also be the first canned offering from Fiction.

Saturday, December 17, 2016noon – 11pm: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Peanut Butter Porter Release at Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company

Liquid Mechanics took their popular Peanut Butter Porter and aged it in bourbon barrels. The new concoction clocks in at 10% ABV, has hints of bourbon and oak and will be available on tap and in crowlers (2 per person limit) to go. The brewery expects to fill less than 200 crowlers so get there early!

Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 4 — 7pm: Denver [Only] Beer Festivus at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Celebrate all things beery and Denver at the Fifth Annual Denver [Only] Beer Festivus. More than 50 of the city’s 60+ breweries and cideries will be on hand, dolling out everything from taproom favorites to rarer holiday hits. Tickets are officially sold-out, but you can always scour Craigslist hoping for a Festivus miracle…

Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 12:30 — 4pm: A Very Cookie Christmas at Chain Reaction Brewing Company

If you haven’t gotten your Christmas cookie fix or your picture with Santa yet, kill two birds—well, don’t kill Santa—with one stone at Chain Reaction. They’ll be hosting a cookie potluck and old St. Nick at this festive community event. Bring in a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and get a discount on beer.

Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 2 – 9pm: Vanilla Chai Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Head back to Copper Kettle for the next installment in their 12 Firkins of Christmas series. Today, day six, features a firkin of Vanilla Chai Stout.

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.