Monument Beer Week kicks-off Saturday

It being Wednesday, you’ve got three days until the fifth annual Monument Beer Week starts. Led by Pikes Peak Brewing Co., the week features specialty beer tappings, tap takeovers, an Oktoberfest celebration and the Bines and Brew Hop Festival.  As the brewery says, some events are for Craft Beer Society members only and some require ticket purchase in advance.

Here’s the schedule, according to PPBC:

Saturday, Sept. 12 • Oktoberfest • Doors open at 11 a.m.

Ceramic Oktoberfest steins available for sale now!
Oktoberfest Marzen Lager tapping • 11 a.m.
German meals and giant Bavarian pretzels served all day. Hammerschlagen, stein holding, and other games throughout the day.
Bavarian accordionist, Danny Newton • Noon to 2 p.m.
Oktoberfest Firkin Tapping • 5 p.m.
Die Volkstanzgruppe German Folk Dancers • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Constant Tourists • 8 to 11 p.m.
German meals • $15.50

Sunday, Sept. 13 • Tap takeover at Back East Bar & Grill Monument • All day

Join our neighbors at Back East Bar and Grill as they tap several Pikes Peak beers, including limited-edition seasonal releases. Get a pint glass with the purchase of your first beer while they last.

Monday, Sept. 14 • New beers releasing at PPBC

Penrose Private Reserve 1508 • All day
This full bodied stout is full chocolate, coffee, and roast that blend perfectly with the oak and whiskey characters imparted from barrel aging for several months.

Local 5 Pale Ale • 7 p.m.
A pale ale with a purpose. This beer has been brewed with and for members of Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters, Local 5. We proudly release this beer the week of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial gathering to honor all who serve. Proceeds go back to the Local 5 in support of their service to fallen brethren, and their efforts to improve their community. This single-hop amarillo pale ale is full of citrus and pine and available in 12-ounce cans for a limited time.

Hot Shot Green Chili Ale • 6:30 p.m.
This seasonal favorite might even make it’s debut Monday too!

Tuesday, Sept. 15 • Craft Beer Society party • 6:30 p.m.

Appreciation party for Craft Beer Society members only

Wednesday, Sept. 16 • Grain vs. Grape • 6:30 p.m.

It’s the battle of the beverages, Grain vs. Grape. Beer and wine are at it again and we’re putting together the jury to determine which pairs better with food. Buy your summons in the PPBC taproom (while they last) to enjoy this entertaining five-course dinner, each course paired with a wine and a beer. After the two beverages present their evidence, we’re counting on you to reach the best verdict.
Catered by Lil’ Tin Can Food Truck

Thursday, Sept. 17 • Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Special Paddy O’ the Peak Irish Stout tapping. Heavenly Dessert Bakery & Cafe  are serving up Ireland inspired cuisine. • 5 pm.
2015 Leprechaun of the Year will be making a guest appearance!
Stubby Shillelagh’s Celtic Band • 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18 • Prospector Black IPA Wet Hop edition release

Pikes Peak Brewing is bringing back their popular Black IPA with a twist. (Or should we say with a bine?) This big, roasty beer balances out with a nice bitterness and pungent wet-hop aroma. This beer was made with freshly picked hop bines grown a mile away. The bines were brought to the brewery and the hops were picked as we were brewing a 10 bbl batch of our 2015 entry to the Bines and Brews Wet Hop Festival.

Saturday, Sept. 19 • Monument Bines and Brews Wet Hop Festival • 1 to 5 p.m.

Local Brews and Local Hops • Limbach Park
Sample beers from several local brewery, including each location’s fresh hop beer made with Monument-grown Cascade hops. Help vote for your favorite fresh-hop beer of the year. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, Sept. 19 • After Party at Pikes Peak Brewing • 5 p.m.

Join Pikes Peak Brewing after the festivities at Limbach Park for grub and suds. Smokey the Pig Food Truck.