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February 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

February 2009

Here are the upcoming Colorado beer festivals and events that are known or planned for the month of February.

Beer School
February 2, 2009 (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 through April, 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.

Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Release Party
February 4, 2009 (Wed)
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Boulder, CO
Avery has collaborated once again this year with Russian River Brewing Company of Santa Rosa, CA to make batch #3 of Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. A blend of Salvation Belgian Golden Ale and Russian River Salvation Belgian Strong Ale, Collaboration is a dark, aromatic and delicious "blended belgian strong ale". Come into the AVERY TAP ROOM for the official release party! Collaboration, along with both of the original brews (Avery Salvation and Russian River Salvation) will be on tap. Web site. Collaboration Release Party runs from 4-7 PM At the AVERY TAP ROOM, 5757 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder $10.00 per person at the door

Odell Beer Dinner at Braun's
February 6, 2009 (Fri)
Braun's Bar & Grill
Denver, CO
The evening will begin with a beer reception at 6:00pm with dinner seating at 6:30pm. Enjoy a 5-course meal accompanied with an Odell beer pairing. Seating is limited, call or stop in for reservations, 720.932.0707. $50.00 (includes tax & gratuities). Odell Brewing web site. Braun's web site.

BJ's Imported Winter Warmers Dinner
February 10, 2009 (Tue)
BJ's Pizza, Grill & Brewery
Aurora, CO
Please join BJ's from 7:00pm to 9:30pm for a special evening featuring 5-courses of delicious food paired with some of the finest seasonal beers the world has to offer, including: BJ's 2209 Annual Grand Cru, Scaldis Noel, Ayinger Celebrator, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome, Fuller's Vintage Ale, Dupont Avec Bons Voeux, and Samichlaus. Cost: $30 Per Person. AHA Members enjoy a special discount (card required). Web site.

Beer Lovers Dinner
February 14, 2009 (Sat)
West End Tavern
Boulder, CO
An Avery Brewing beer dinner - highlights include: King Crab-stuffed Salmon Sashimi and Spicy jicama cucumber salad. (Reverend & Vogelbekdieren). Ginger Soy Sticky Ribs, Sweet corn waffle. (Salvation & Collaboration). Seafood Fish-n-Chips, Shrimp, oysters & sea bass in White Rascal beer batter. (White Rascal & India Pale Ale). Cedar-smoked Beef Tenderloin, Lobster potato gratin in Meph-zinfandel demiglaze. (Brabant & Ale to the Chief). Chocolate Torte and Sweet cherry chutney. (The Beast & Mephistopheles Stout). Menu prepared by Chris Blackwood, West End Tavern. Please contact The West End Tavern at 303-444-3535 for reservations and time. $45 a person.

Avery Brabant Barrel-Aged Wild Ale Pre-release Party
February 18, 2009 (Wed)
Avery Tap Room
Boulder, CO
Brabant, which is #1 in the new Barrel-Aged Series by Avery Brewing Company, will debut at a Pre-Release Party at the AVERY TAP ROOM on Wednesday, February 18th from 5-8 PM. Due to extremely limited quantities of this brew, 12oz. single bottles will be sold for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Avery Tap Room Pre-Release Party, with additional cases becoming available at a select group of stores across Colorado and the country soon after. The Pre-Release Party on 2/18 will be the only way to GUARANTEE you get your hands on some bottles of this rare, mysterious brew. Go to for more information or email This free event will feature President/Brewmaster Adam Avery on hand in the barrel-ageing room signing a limited number of bottles and answering questions on Brabant and other upcoming installments in the Barrel-Aged Series.

Beer Dinner - Mardi Gras Warm Up
February 19, 2009 (Thu)
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Denver, CO
Fat Tuesday decadence goes beyond frivolity and mischievous self expression. Join in on the rounds Thursday the 19th for February's beer-infused tip-of-the-hat to New Orleans, and experience the sensuous pleasure of pairing fresh Wynkoop ales & lagers with Creole cuisine. The evening begins with a pint of gold and spicy Belgian Tripel 6s. Once you find your seats they move into a crawfish and smoked oyster etouffee on a tasso biscuit topped with a sunny-side-up quail egg, paired with a creamy Milk Stout; Wynkoop's classic gumbo with cornbread croutons is matched with their hoppy new Mile Hi.P.A.; The main course is a blackened grouper on a bed of braised pork belly dirty rice and roasted green beans topped with Lake Pontchartrain crab sauce, paired with a crisp, oak-aged Anniversary Fest; And finally, a sweet potato pie with beignets and Chile chocolate dipping sauce for dessert, finished with an assertive Big Easy Black Voodoo Lager. They cap out at sixty and sell out quickly, so don't delay. 6:30pm first pour. $35 per person, (plus tax & tip). Dinner includes four courses and four beverages of note. Reservations can be made by calling 303-297-9999 or by emailing

5th Annual Firkin Rendezvous
February 21, 2009 (Sat)
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
This annual event is located at the Bristol Brewing Company and will be open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This year's event will once again offer several beers direct from the cask. Beer and food are included in the admission price. Estimated cost: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Web site. Map.

Avery Maharaja Release Party
February 21, 2009 (Sat)
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Boudler, CO
Avery announces the release of Batch #9 of The Maharaja Imperial IPA on February 21st, 2009 at the AVERY TAP ROOM. The three-hour long release party will feature Maharaja paired with various types of Indian food, along with tunes from Search and Rescue DJ's. The party will run from 4 to 7 PM and will cost $15 (includes two 12oz. Maharaja pours, 5 tasters and Indian cuisine). Web site.

Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals
February 21, 2009 (Sat)
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
Be on hand for the final round of competition in the 2009 Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals at the Wynkoop Brewing Co. The best beer drinkers from all over the US will be trying to convince a lively panel of judges. The winner gets Free Beer For Life at the Wynkoop and $250 in beer from their local brewpub or bar. Open to the public. Fun starts at 2pm. See web site for details.

Scotch Corner Pub Dinner
February 26, 2009 (Thu)
Scotch Corner Pub
Boulder, CO
Join in for a dinner at 6:30pm featuring Avery Brewing Company ales and a variety of traditional Scottish Ales. Each course will be paired with an Avery Beer and a Scottish favorite. Contact Scotch Corner Pub for reservations. Address: 1800 Broadway St # 150, Boulder, CO 80302 - Phone: (303) 545-2000 - Web site.

Boulder Strong Ale Festival
February 27-28, 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Harpo's Sports Grill
Boulder, CO
This year will mark the 7th annual tribute to big beers (all 8+% ABV) from around the country with 77 beers from over 45 breweries. It's been moved up to February this year and will again be hosted at Harpo's Sports Grill in Boulder. Around 1000 expected to attend. Many new breweries participating this year. $25 at the door gets you a commemorative glass, 16 2-oz sampling tickets. Additional sample tickets are two for $1. Plan ahead - bring a designated driver or arrange for a ride home. Friday hours: 4pm to 10pm. Saturday hours: Noon to 6pm. More details of this year's festival available at the Avery Brewing Company's website. Harpo's Sports Grill, 2860 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. No advanced ticket sales - at door only.

Additional events will be added as they become known. Please report and additions or corrections to Chipper Dave (see email on the side column).

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