Beer Me: January 17, 2017 – January 23, 2017 – Makin’ Noise, Barrel-Aged Beers, and Anniversary Parties

15937300_1857421554478837_2813715531981412225_o-1Dissent can take on many forms, so it’s only fitting that one reaction out of Denver concerning recent election results incorporates beer. A cadre of female Colorado brewers recently gathered at Goldspot Brewing Co. to brew Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer, a politically inspired beer that will be tapped at various breweries on Friday, January 20, 2017.

The beer’s name plays up Donald Trump’s close ties to Russia and Russia’s hate/hate relationship with punk-rockers Pussy Riot. The collaboration was the brainchild of Goldspot head brewer, Kelissa Hieber; Wynkoop brewer, Bess Dougherty; and several other female brewers and craft beer industry insiders.

The mission was explained in a statement, posted to a private Facebook group page, and acquired by Westword, “We felt it necessary to take action and decided to use our art to make our voices heard. We are coming out in support of those most at risk in our community and doing what we can to stand together as a united voice against hate and intolerance. This beer works to combat the hate and oppression while also lending support and solidarity to the fight for equality. We believe in this beautiful community, and we feel it is necessary to work together to protect it. We believe in an America that celebrates its diversity, an America that protects and supports anyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender, identity, race, religious views or immigration status. We condemn the hate that has always existed against marginalized groups, and we will not stand for the new strong wave hitting our country.” The story was also picked up by Fox News.

First brewed at Goldspot, batches of the beer were also whipped up at Black Sky Brewing, Lady Justice Brewing, 3 Freaks Brewingand Brewability Lab  and will be tapped in conjunction with the inauguration on Friday. Variations of the Imperial Saison include versions with strawberry purée, lavender, acai, and pink peppercorn. This bad ass brew clocks in between 8 and 9% ABV and each brewery will donate a portion of proceeds to various charities.

And here be the rest of the events for the week…

Tuesday, January 17, 20172 – 9pm: Extra Juicy Bits Crowler Release at WeldWerks Brewing Co.

WeldWerks had an off-menu treat for patrons of the recent Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Breckenridge: a scaled up version of their stellar Juicy Bits, dubbed Extra Juicy Bits. The beer is brewed with 8.7 pounds of Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops…PER BARREL! Extra Juicy Bits clocks in at 8.5% ABV and will be available in crowlers for $18 a piece, limit three per person.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 3 – 9pm: Discovery Throwback Series Release: Kiwis, Koalas, and Godzilla at Odyssey Beerwerks

Over the last six months, Arvada’s Odyssey Beerwerks has been releasing small batch, pilot system beers as part of their Discovery Beer series. This week, they’ll tap Kiwis, Koalas, and Godzilla. The 7.5% ABV, 70+ IBU IPA is a tribute to the Pacific Rim, featuring hops from New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 5 – 9pm: Lee Hill Series Vol. 11 Release Party at Upslope Brewing Co.

Upslope is releasing the latest in their Lee Hill series of big beers, a Tequila Barrel-Aged Barleywine. The 14.6% ABV “colossal” barleywine is available in 19.2-ounce cans (limit 6 per person) and commemorates Upslope’s 500th batch of beer brewed at their main production facility.

Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21, 2017: 5th Anniversary Party at Caution: Brewing Co.

Caution is celebrating five years of brewing with special tappings and live music spread over two days. On Friday, get a taste of Camacho 2020, an American Strong Ale and possibly the front-runner for the next election.  The One and only Jon Ham takes the stage at 7pm. Day two brings more special tappings, live music, giveaways, and shenanigans.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 11am – 5pm: 3rd Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival at Lowdown Brewing + Kitchen

Normally, we’d encourage you to eat before going to a booze festival but considering the quality of food at Lowdown, just plan on fitting in a course or two of eats as you navigate through the selection of barrel-aged beers. Beyond Lowdown’s own contributions to the festival will be rare, barrel-aged beers from Ratio Beerworks, Platt Park Brewing Co., Elevation Beer Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., and several others.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 11am: Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian Bottle Release at Fermaentra

Fermaentra is unveiling the latest two releases in their barrel-aged beers series. The first is Red Wine Barrel-Aged Canticle, a Belgian Dubbel, and the second is Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Saleos, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. 375 ml bottles are $10 each with a limit of four of each beer per person.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 @ noon: Four-Year Anniversary Party at Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.

Day two of the Cannonball Creek four-year anniversary party kicks off at noon and features special brunch-themed tappings throughout the day. Rolling Dough Pizza will be serving pies and Midnight Shakedown will play from 1 – 4pm. Proceeds from this event benefit Environmental Learning for Kids.

Monday, January 23, 2017 @ 6 – 8pm: Son of a Baptist Variations Tasting at Epic Brewing Co.

Epic has created 13 versions of Son Of A Baptist Imperial Stout this year, focusing on 13 different coffee roasters from across the nation. 12 of these brew will be available today. $10 will get you a one-ounce pour of each but arrive early – supplies are limited!

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.