Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Big Week in Beer

The time between GABF and Big Beers often has been a slow time for anything beer-related other than the release of Christmas beers. But not this year. There is a ton going on in the next week. And here are some things you probably don't want to miss.

Beer Festivals
* Today, 1-5 p.m. Renegade Publick House hosts Cans of Wrath, a festival celebrating high-alcohol beer in cans, as they mark their release of the Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout. Tickets $45 at the door.
* Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Stapleton Tap House hosts Thanksgiving Brewers Rendezvous, a 19-brewery celebration with some great offerings (Backcountry Breakfast Stout and Grimm Brothers Pack of Scoundrels white spiced beer being just some of the highlights.) Tickets are $40.
* Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Denver Beer Co. hosts Pies and Pints, an event where you can taste pies paired with the brewery's offerings and then decide you'd rather just order them than make pies yourself for Thanksgiving. Tickets are $12.
* Friday, 5-9 p.m. American Craft Beer Radio is throwing a holiday bash at Mile High Station. For $35 you get access to 30 breweries, many of whom will be serving holiday warmers. And you get to hang out with ACBR host Gary Valliere, which is worth at least of your ticket price alone.

New Releases
* Breckenridge just released its Nitro Vanilla Porter, a softer take on its best-selling beer.
* Today, River North debuts a Whiskey-Barrel-Aged J. Marie, its latest experiment with the saison.
* On Thursday, Bristol Brewing releases its Old No. 23 Barleywine, a seasonal that will put hair on your chest.

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