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It’s the eve of Denver Opening Day that most baseball fans – and the state in general – turn to thoughts of renewal and optimism. It should be a good day, a hopeful one, especially as the world is slowly showing signs of creeping out from under the weight of the pandemic. But baseball itself is fraught with problems, and the Rockies – well, their possession has once again shown its disdain for the fans.
This time around, however, there seems to be a basic wave of aversion to the way management did its business (see: Nolan Arenado) to the point that many people – myself included – refuse to get another ticket or buy another t-shirt (or put another dollar in the Monforts’ pockets) until something changes. This is especially sad as Coors Field will again allow a limited number of fans to attend in person.
How does the beer world show its displeasure? Dry Dock Brewing produced a video encouraging people to watch the game on TV instead of going to it in person (and getting a free Cracker Jack when purchasing certain six-packs; see below) which has these lyrics in the tune of ” Take “contains me out to the ball game”:
We won’t be out at the ball game
We won’t be out with the crowd
We want dry dock with our Cracker Jacks,
We don’t care if we ever return.
‘Cause it’s hard to take root for the rockies
Dumping the biggest name of the team.
And we want to drink Dry Dock beer and watch the old ball game!
Denver Beer Co.
Crowdfunding campaign to raise $ 1 billion
to buy the team. “Denver deserves to win baseball. We love this city and believe baseball is one of the things that makes life in Denver really amazing, “says the brewery.” That’s why we’re asking Colorado Rockies fans everywhere to come together so we can put together an offer for the Monforts. ”
However, if this insurmountable task fails by May 1, DBC will donate 100 percent of the contribution to local nonprofits, “with an emphasis on relieving hospitality workers affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic”. Either way, it’s a win.
Read on to see craft beer events and taps through April 9th.
Wednesday March 31st
New cans: Baere Brewing has just released two new beers in cans. The first, Riwakabout IPA, is a cloudy IPA made from rare Riwaka hops from New Zealand, as well as Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo. The second, It Is What It Is, is a cloudy IPA made from citra, amarillo, and mosaic hops along with blood oranges.
Copper Kettle Brewing taps a Firkin from Lord of the Rings’ Gondor Calls for Ale. The 6 percent ABV beer is a milkshake IPA made from lactose, guava and mango.
Cerebral Brewing releases Critical Space, a cloudy 9 percent ABV double IPA made from Colorado wildflower honey, along with CTZ, Citra, El Dorado, and Sabra hops. It is available as a draft and in cans.
Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder is reopening for on-site meals after a long pandemic-related hiatus. The brewery offers a limited selection of pizza, wings, and pretzels. In addition, Cerise, a 6.4 percent ABV cherry sour, is being developed. This acidified wheat beer is made from sweet cherry juice.
Thursday April 1st
Baseball is back – but not really in Denver, where Colorado Rockies property has repeatedly betrayed its fan base, most recently by sending Nolan Arenado to St. Louis. Even so, there will be a game – and if you bring your opening ticket to the Factotum Brewhouse, you can get a BOGO beer deal.
Dry Dock Brewing also noted that the Rockies won’t be exactly fun to see. That is why the brewery is offering a home run package that fans can pick up at the brewery and take home with them. It includes free Cracker Jack as well as a six-pack Peanut Butter Porter from Dry Dock. Customers also have the opportunity to be photographed with (a life-size section) of former Rockies star Nolan Arenado.
Great Divide will open its taproom on Arapahoe Street at 10am for those who want to play baseball in LoDo. The brewery picks Tropical Kettle Sour and Mendoza Lime Lager. There will also be a one-off, very limited edition Great Divide Colorado baseball t-shirt that can be purchased in the taproom.
Baere Brewing is releasing a new round of From Alanis, With Love – a pilsner. The brewery will also offer fresh cans of Totes Hops, Totes Pops and a limited number of Totes glassware.
Friday April 2nd
The Seedstock Brewery is launching two new beers in limited-edition bomber bottles ahead of its fifth anniversary. The first, Grandpa’s Pipe Smoked Brown Ale, “starts off with a rich malty sweetness and turns into a relaxing smoke that reminds you of Grandpa’s pipe,” says the brewery. “This subtle beer is about kicking back and enjoying the simple life.” The second beer, Trippin ‘Wth Grandma, is a Belgian beer that has matured on oak soaked in orange liqueur. “It has a sunset orange color with an aroma of oranges and dried apricots. It has a rich mouthfeel in oak and ends dry and warm,” says the brewery. Order online.
Bierstadt Lagerhaus taps two “Collabieration” beers, a hops table season and a hops table camp, which are produced in collaboration with Amalgam Brewing. Bierstadt opens at noon.
The Little Machine Beer Company is bringing back So Exotic Margarita Gose, their 4.8 percent ABV-leavened, salted wheat beer with lime, lemon, orange and coriander.
The Empourium Brewing publishes All My Circuits Coconut IPA. “With this easy-to-drink 5.8 percent ABV IPA brewed with liquid coconut, you’ll feel like you’re hanging out on the beach in the tropics,” says the brewery. There will also be a bargain and food from Little Red’s Kitchen.
New Image Brewing is releasing the latest version of its Pure Isolate Double IPA series. This 9.5 percent ABV version was made from hop oil extracts known as terpenes, talus, simcoe, and mosaic hops from Oast House Oils. The beer has “concentrated juicy, tropical, citrus, and stone fruit flavors and aromas,” says the brewery.
Saturday 3rd April
Landlocked Ales in Lakewood taps a beer from collaborations with several other breweries (Evergreen Brewery, Mother Tucker Brewing and Coal Mine Avenue Brewing) as well as the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit that advocates for women in beer. Gettin ‘Caught in the Grain is a Piña Colada-inspired season brewed with fresh desiccated coconut and a special blend of hops from Pink Boots that gives off pineapple notes.
Sunday April 4th
Factotum Brewhouse is bringing back its worst Easter egg hunt ever at 2pm. Here’s the story: “After we came to the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in 2018 (which apparently ran out of free candy and we couldn’t predict the popularity of our little family and community event. In 2019 we quickly turned around to the worst Having an Easter egg hunt ever, “says the brewery.” How does it work? Buying a full pour of beer equals a range in our Easter egg basket. Eggs can contain candy, coupons for a free beer or a swag, or you are lucky enough to choose one special egg that it contains. A free small batch brewing session with our brewing team ($ 295 value). This Easter egg hunt is so bad there’s no hunt at all, just drinking and a little egg play. “
Monday April 5th
Odell Brewing Sloan’s Lake Brewhouse opens its doors to the public for the first time at 11 a.m., connecting Odell’s Fort Collins headquarters and a second taproom and brewery in the River North Arts District. Handcrafted pizzas are served in the taproom – the first time the 32-year-old brewery has served food. The room at 1625 Perry Street has a ten barrel pilot system used to brew new or experimental beers only available at Sloan’s Lake Brewhouse. Odell will also have its flagships available as part of 32 faucets, half on the ground floor and half on the roof terrace overlooking Lake Sloan.
Wednesday April 7th
Comrade Brewing will win its GABF gold medal winner More Dodge Less Ram IPA. The 7.8 percent ABV beer is a stronger version of the brewery’s flagship, Superpower IPA – and with more dry hop. Since the brewery also participates in Colorado Pint Day, a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild, you can grab a beer and save the commemorative glass for an extra $ 1.
Platt Park Brewing is tapping the next beer in its Neon Nectar Smoothie Sour series. This time around, the sour ale is “packed with insane amounts of mango and pineapple puree,” along with Ugandan vanilla and habanero chilies to give it some serious flavor. Platt Park is participating in Colorado Pint Day, so you get a free glass with your beer.
Friday April 9th
Missed The Empourium Brewing’s first anniversary? So do you – since we were all locked up. But you can contribute to the second anniversary today and tomorrow by tasting two new beers. Today Empourium is launching the American barley wine FAH-Q, which “has all the malty goodness you expect, complemented by a good hop presence from Chinook, Mosaic and Saaz,” according to the brewery. On Saturday, Empourium is releasing Beer Bust New England-style IPA loaded with Huell Melon and cashmere hops and topped off with more than 1.5 pounds per barrel of mango puree. There will also be food, sweepstakes, and merchandise.
The Little Machine Beer Company is betting on the status effect, a New England-style IPA made from hops from Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon.
Slush season returns to Wiley Roots Brewing in Greeley to herald the return of warm weather. To celebrate, the brewery is throwing a weekend-long slush kickoff party with a range of fruity slush beers and the frozen on-site versions it launches in its two mushy machines. “If you haven’t tried our range of slushes, imagine playing a juicy game with America’s most popular drive-in drink – light, fruity, bold, and refreshing,” says the brewery.
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Jonathan Shikes is from Denver and writes about business and beer for Westword.