Wednesday, November 19, 2008

December 2008 Colorado beer dinners and tastings

Here are some of the known beer dinners, tapping parties, tastings and beer pairings known to be scheduled in Colorado for December 2008. Check back here often as the list will be updated regularly.

Boulder Beer's Beer School
December 1, 2008 (Mon)
Boulder Beer Company
Boulder, CO
You can get an MBA (Masters of Beer Appreciation) from Boulder Beer as they announce the return of their monthly Beer School which is now in session. Each first Monday night of the month from November 2008 through April 2009, Boulder Beer will be hosting seminars that feature samplings of seasonal beers, and a discussion led by their Brewmaster, David Zuckerman. Last year’s classes included a session on hops varieties; firkins; filtering; stouts, porters and barleywines; and how to taste beer like a professional. This years classes will fill up fast as they are limited to 30 students each. For $10 you can reserve a seat for the month and receive a generous amount of samplings with your class. Contact to reserve a seat.

Falling Rock Christmas Beer Dinner
December 2, 2008 (Tue)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
11th annual beer dinner starts at 7:30pm. Come taste some of the season's best offerings including Saison DuPont's Avec les bon Voeux, Avery Old Jubilation '07, St Feuillien Noel & Others. Beers will be paired with a fabulous 5 course meal prepared by Chef Cheryl. Tickets are available now & are $55 advance (tax & gratuity included) if purchased by Sunday November 30th @ 7pm, $65 after that if available. Web site.

Mephistopheles' Stout Release Party
December 3, 2008 (Wed)
Avery Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
Avery Brewing releases their coal black, velvety smooth Belgian Imperial Stout on Wednesday, December 3rd. Come and be the first to taste the 2008 Vintage. For those severely twisted and deranged souls who can't get their stout fix from Mephistopheles', they'll also have a keg of Out of Bounds Stout on the Cask and their Czar Russian Imperial Stout on tap for the evening. Stop by, taste a few, and walk away with some bottles of Mephistopheles. Event runs from 4-7 PM. Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO. $10 per person. Web site.

Rock Bottom Beer Tasting
December 4, 2008 (Thu)
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Westminster, CO
Each month Jack Johnson, brewmaster, taps a new brew for every to try. Join Rock Bottom Brewery in Westminster for complimentary glasses of their specialty beer Old Curmudgeon English Strong. They'll tap the beer at 6:00pm with a description from Jack and pour until 6:30pm. 14694 Orchard Parkway Suite 400, Westminster, CO.

25 Years of Chimay in the USA
December 5, 2008 (Fri)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
Chimay Trappist Ales have been brewing in Belgium for 146 years; the U.S.A. has been enjoying this beverage for 25 years in the states. In recognition of this grand occasion, Bières de Chimay has designed a special collector goblet to recognize the exportation of Chimay Trappist Ales to the United States for 25 consecutive years. Come out and join other Chimay fans for a celebration of Chimay at the Falling Rock Taphouse! Event runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Left Hand Smokejumper Release Party
December 5, 2008 (Fri)
Left Hand Brewery Tasting Room
One of Left Hand's most demanded beer, most unique beer, and most complex beers is coming your way this Friday, December 5th. The Smokejumper Imperial Smoked Porter, the official beer of the National Smokejumper Association, is being released around 5pm in the Left Hand Tasting Room. Look for one of their most unusual beers, the Smokejumper Imperial Porter, as well as some food and even a few of those real-life heroes that risk their lives to save our wilderness. They'll have a tip jar out accepting donations for the association and plenty of beer flowing. After you try the new brew you'll understand why they're the "keepers of the flame" and LH is the "keeper of the smoke". Web site.

75th Anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition
December 5, 2008 (Fri)
Where: Everywhere!
75 years ago on this date, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed the 18th amendment and gave Americans back the right to buy and drink alcohol. Go out to your favorite bar, pub, liquor store, restaurant or local brewery or winery and celebrate your right to drink alcohol in this country! Support your local establishments!

Proto's Pizza & Beer Tasting
December 9, 2008 (Tue)
Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana
600 Airport Road
Longmont, CO
Come out to Proto's and enjoy some fine Left Hand beers, exquisite pizza and other delicious side dishes. This event will run form 5:30pm until 9:00pm. Cost: $12 which will get you food and 5 samples of Left Hand Brews. Proto's web site.

Charles Dickens Christmas Beer Dinner
December 11, 2008 (Thu)
Wynkoop Brewery
Denver, CO
A festival holiday dinner and brew will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm on December 11th. Cost: $35 a guest (plus tax and gratuity). Call for reservations (303) 297-2700. A four course menu is being planned, each paired with a different beer. Entrees include: Cornish Lamb Pastries w/ Apples paired w/ Frambozen. English Cheddar Ale Soup w/ Banger Sausage paired w/ St Charles ESB. Goose and Duck Ballotine w/ Hazelnut Stuffing, Roasted Vegetables, w/ Cranberry Sauce paired w/ Churchyard Ale. And Figgy Pudding w/ English Toffee Sauce paired w/ 20th Anniversity Barleywine. Web site.

December 12, 2008 (Fri)
Sancho's Broken Arrow
Denver, CO
It's the Hollyfest! Soon to become a staple in your Christmas party rounds. Breckenridge Brewery and Sancho's come together for free food and free beer (Avalanche Amber Ale, 471 IPA, Thunder Stout Agave Wheat and Christmas Ale) for all of their friends 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Cheers! Sancho's Broken Arrow 741 E Colfax Denver, CO. 303-832-5288. Web site.

Snowbound Pair and Share Event
December 15th, 2008 (Mon)
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
Longmont, CO
It's that time to spark your stove, turn on your blender, and drink a beer is here again and Left Hand wants you to make a dish. Every year they do a series of beer and food pairing competitions that not only make for some very happy bartenders, but also make for some delicious recipes for everyone to enjoy. This month they're offering their Snowbound Winter Ale as the inspiration for their Pair and Share event. All you need to do is enjoy a Snowbound Ale, come up with a recipe that either includes the beer or pairs nicely with the Snowbound, and bring in the dish to the Left Hand Tasting Room with at least 10 small servings on Monday, December 15th. All entries need to be submitted by 6:00pm. First, second, and third place get beer to take home, and everyone has a good time.

Look for the 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals listing available now.

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