Westword: Beer Calendar: Say Goodbye to Caution and Hello to Renegade’s Hop Head Fest

“When Joyride Brewing opened four years ago at the edge of Sloan’s Lake Park, the owners promised a rooftop patio. It would be a perfect spot for beer drinking, considering the views of Sloan’s Lake and the downtown skyline from the corner of West 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Last week, the brewery left a tantalizing hint, a picture of construction on the roof, on Facebook as a reminder that the brewery’s promise may be turning into a reality — possible just in time for the Joyride fourth-anniversary party in mid-July.

If the patio does materialize, Joyride will join Denver’s Briar Common as being among the only brewery rooftop patios in the state. Others include Ouray Brewing in Ouray and Open Door Brewing in Longmont. Odell Brewing’s new River North location has a second-story patio that essentially functions as a rooftop oasis as well.

Here are our picks for the best craft beer events and tappings through Saturday, July 7.

Wednesday, June 27
For its monthly 11th Tap creation, Platt Park Brewing aged its Island Lager on fresh green chiles from New Mexico and then aged it on tequila staves. The chiles are meant to provide a bit of heat, but not to overpower, the brewery says. This beer is only available today.

There was nothing better on Saturday mornings than cartoons and Pop Tarts, says Strange Craft Beer Company. So, the brewery decided to make Fudge Pop Tart Porter as part of its traveling One-Barrel-Wednesday program. The beer will also be on tap at Chain Reaction Brewing, Black Sky Brewing and the BOB.

Thursday, June 28
Once a year for the past two years, Great Divide Brewing has commissioned a new piece of artwork for the labels of its revamped Denver Pale Ale. The brewery will unveil this year’s label at 6 p.m. at Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop Street, during the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No. 3 Launch Party. There will be a food truck, free Denver Pale Ale, games and a chance to meet artist Rachel Jablonski, who did this year’s artwork. Alongside Jablonski’s current work, the gallery will also showcase the past two Denver Pale Ale artists, Josh Holland and John Vogl. You must RSVP at eventbrite.com to reserve a spot.

Celebrate Tau Day (6/28, based on pi’s more obscure mathematical sibling) with the release of Crooked Stave‘s Key Lime Tau Wild Ale, a beer aged in oak with fresh lime peel, lemongrass and lactose. The brewery, located inside The Source, will also release Surette Reserva Palisade Peach Provision Sour Ale, which was aged in oak barrels with Colorado peaches.

Renegade Brewing
 holds its second monthly Beers + Banned Books event from 6 to 10 p.m., this time featuring the novel Catcher in the Rye. The series pairs books from past banned-book lists with a new beer created in a Squarrel Barrel; this time around, it’s Redacted Rye IPA aged with Scotch-soaked American oak staves and flavored with bitters and cherries.

Join Finn’s Manor for the tapping of Fremont’s 2017 and 2018 vintages of Rusty Nail from Seattle’s Fremont Brewing. Finn’s will also tap Head Full of Dynamite, Lush and Summer Ale…”

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