Drink Local: February beer events

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We've got a really busy February here in the Colorado Springs Beer Scene! With multiple beer dinners from Pikes Peak Brewing, Odell Brewing, and Crooked Stave, there's plenty to choose from! Also, the Firkin Rendezvous moves with Bristol over to Ivywild this year, which is always a great time! In conjunction with the Rendezvous, UCCS is hosting the Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium, so if you should take a "sick" day and learn about beer!

Feb. 6

Bristol Brewing pre-Firkin Tapping, Jack Quinn's, 6:30pm

Jack Quinns 1st Annual pre-firkin rendezvous, Firkin Tapping. The Bristol Brew Crew will be at Jack Quinns to tap a barrel-aged Winter Warlock firkin with whiskey-soaked oak chips.

Feb. 7

Bristol Brewing pre-Firkin Tapping, Brewer's Republic, 6:30pm

The crew from Bristol and Brewer's Republic will be tapping a a firkin of single hopped IPA with Pineapple. They will also have the non-firkin IPA on tap along with Warlock and Old 23 Barleywine.Feb. 8

Feb. 14

For the Love of Stouts! Trinity Brewing, 12pm  

In honor of Stout Month we will be doing a special stout tapping @ noon! Ask staff about the specials we will offer this Valentine's Day! We loved the Passed Stout release last month, so Trinity's Stout month event is sure to be amazing as well.

Crooked Stave Beer Dinner, Brewer's Republic

Need something special to do on Valentines day? Artisan Beer, Gourmet Food and delicious chocolate await you at Brewer's Republic. We've teamed up with CrookedStave Artisan Beer Project to bring a romantic night you and your love will never forget.Menu:Crooked Stave Surette – Flight of three cheeses with house made crackers.Crooked Stave Batch 60 – Smoked salmon fennel salad with parsley, cilantro, arugula and raspberry balsamic dressing.Crooked Stave St Bretta Winter – Four Onion Soup Gratinee topped with Swiss and Gruyere.Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett – Garam masala lamb and beef kabobs with squash, peppers, tomato, red onion and pineapple over rice pilaf.Crooked Stave Vieille – Lemon cheesecake with cranberry cassis$40 per person until February 12! and goes up to $45 on February 13th.After dinner we'll have a Dessert Flight of Four 5 oz pours and four desserts, $20 per person (available the night of the event)[one_half]BeerFirestone Walker SucabaGreat Divide Espresso YetiRogue Double Chocolate StoutTrappist Rochefort #10[/one_half][one_half_last]DessertChocolate covered strawberryCheesecake truffleDark chocolate bark with candied pecans, dried tart cherries and red chile flakesPeanut Carmel nougat chocolate thing (homemade candy bar)[/one_half_last]

Feb. 15

Craft Beer Society, Pikes Peak Brewing

Sunday, February 15 is the cutoff date for new applications for Pikes Peak Brewing's Craft Beer Society

Current BET Members: Current BET members who have indicated that they are interested in joining the Craft Beer Society can sign up at the brewery on Sundays in February between 12-5pm, and on Mondays in February between 5-7pm.

Interested in becoming a new Craft Beer Society Member?

PPBC will be admitting a limited number of new members to the Craft Beer Society.  Those interested in becoming a member must complete a New Member Application.  Completed applications should be dropped off at PPBC by February 15 and applicants will be notified by March 1 if their application has been accepted.

Feb. 21

Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium, UCCS

Take a Friday Off to Eat, Drink, and Learn!!

This one-day event brings brewers together from all over the Rocky Mountain region for the exchange of information and ideas.  The program evolves from year-to-year, as does our industry, but always offers a combination of formal presentations and informal workshops and tutorials.Toby Tucker and Tevis Vance (Country Malt) Trends in Specialty Malts, Emily Hutto (Craft Beer Author and CBG Social Media Liaison) Colorado Craft Beer: The Complete Package, Ashleigh Carter (Prost Brewing Company) Brewing Lager Beer Well

Keynote Address:

Tom Kolicko - Crafting a Nation, Ali Schultz (New Belgium Brewing) Developing a Brewery Sensory Program, Anna Nadasdy (Great Divide Brewing Company) Selling Your Beer in One or Multiple States, Jeff Nickel (AC Golden) A Look at Hop UtilizationRegister here.

Feb. 22

10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous, 1pm

10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous, a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild. 33 Colorado breweries will share with us their cask conditioned ales of goodness. Cask conditioning of ales is a traditional British style of brewing that originated centuries ago when publicans lived above their pubs and made a life's work out of tending their beers. Cask ales are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask-- the "firkin" being the British cask size most commonly used. VIP tickets are $60 which includes a t-shirt and early entrance at noon. General admission tickets are $35 with a 1pm entrance. All admission includes beer, food and souvenir tasting glass. Tickets are available here.

Odell Beer Dinner, Brewer's Republic, 5:30pm

Keep the beer-centered day going with a beer dinner hosted by Brewer's Republic and Odell Brewing.

Menu:

Well Spring dry-hopped Saison ale - Grilled peppery bison sausage with stone ground mustardWolf Picker pale ale - Marinated and charbroiled skirt steak over cole crop salad with spicy lime dressingFriek Wild ale - New England style clam chowderRunoff Red IPA - Red pepper chutney glazed chicken with fried steak frittesLugene Chocolate Milk Stout with Orange - Cinnamon raisin bread pudding with grand marnier cream sauceAs always, five beers, five courses, $40!Tickets are available at Brewer's and Coaltrain. 

Feb. 24

Dinner and Beer pairing with The Golden Bee and Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 6pm

1st Course:Gold Rush Belgian Ale Bacon and Artichoke Soup2nd Course:Devil’s Head Red AleCorned Beef Hash, Poached Egg, and Hollandaise3rd CourseSummit House Oatmeal StoutWarm Double Chocolate Walnut CookieOatmeal Ice Cream, Cumquat PreserveFor more information or reservations please call toll free 866.381.8432 or 719.577.5776

Feb. 27

Old No. 23 Barleywine Vertical Tasting and Pairing at Bristol Brewing

Bristol Brewery is proud to present 6 years of our Old #23! These samples, going all the way back to 1999, will be classically paired with small bites from the Meat Locker. Mike Bristol will guide you through the evening in the Wildcat room, sharing stories of the beer's origin, evolution, nuances and labeling. So, bring a friend, don't be late, and come treat yourself. Tickets available here.