February is known as “Stout Month” in Colorado and many craft breweries dig into bold, malty and deeply roasted flavors. But just like the weather in our fickle state, the love-bound month invites a wide range of taste profiles to suit all of your imbibing needs. RMFR shares our list of beers you need to try as we settle in for six more weeks of winter.
This glass of diabetes is for people “who don’t like beer” and taps on Friday, February 23, as part of the “Back up the Brinkmann Series” brewed with truffle salt, chocolate wafer cookies, vegan marshmallows, white cinnamon bark, milk sugar, tangerine zest and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. (12 percent ABV)
1466 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Pikes Peak’s February seasonal is a classic porter made with cold brew coffee from Switchback Roasters in Colorado Springs. PPBC calls this “the perfect breakfast beer” with notes of chocolate and a smooth coffee taste. (6.1 percent ABV)
1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132
Wednesday night test taps:
- February 21: Oatmeal stout
- February 28: Cinnamon hazelnut stout
521 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
- Kingu imperial stout with coffee and cinnamon (9.1 percent ABV)
- Dark Soul stout (6.4 percent ABV)
- Udderly Ridiculous milk chocolate stout (6.8 percent ABV)
1539, 702 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Wednesday, February 14: Chocolate mint Stout (5.3 percent ABV)
Friday, February 23: Milk Stout for 94.3 KILO 40th anniversary beer (5.3 percent ABV)
- Munich dunkel lager (4.6 percent ABV)
- Imperial IPA (8.17 percent ABV)
- German doppelbock (8.2 percent ABV)
2402 Waynoka Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915
- Jelly the Elder: An intensely hoppy pale ale with minimal malt characters. (9 percent ABV)
- Too Drunk to Funk: “Lizzy’s wild beer” with dry, fruity flavors. (6.7 percent ABV)
1043 Park St., Castle Rock, CO 80109
Chocolate peanut butter marshmallow milk stout
- A traditional English-style sweet stout base with a light, smooth mouthfeel, brewed with gobs of peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and lactose sugar. (4.2 percent ABV)
Wednesday, February 14: “Bad Moon Raisin” rum raisin imperial stout
- This big, bold beer will offer aromas of intense roasted malts, notes of dried fruits and a hint of Caribbean rum on the finish, with balanced bitterness. (Between 9.5 and 10 percent ABV)
Wednesday, February 21: Coconut cream stout
- A liquid Mounds Bar with subtle flavors of hazelnut backed by fresh coconut for a smooth mouthfeel and surprisingly crisp finish. (5.9 percent ABV)
Monday, February 26: Golden stout
- This beer pours a sunny, golden color with all the aroma and flavor of a traditional stout, featuring notes of roasted coffee, fresh vanilla and chocolate. (5.4 percent ABV)
7286 S. Yosemite St. #110, Centennial, CO 80112
Great Divide Brewing Company announces their new barrel aged series, Wood Werks, and debuts a Belgian-style sour in February.
“We were coming up on the 10th anniversary of our original barrel aged series,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide. “It felt like it was time to breathe some new life into the program and take a more modern approach to barrel aged beers.”
The first Wood Werks release is a Belgian-style tripel artfully soured for 15 months in red wine barrels and aged on plums. This extremely limited spiced sour ale is 9.3 percent ABV and has notes of luscious stone fruit with a tart, dry finish and hint of French oak. Wood Werks Belgian-style sour will be available seasonally from February through March in 12-ounce bottles and kegs.
“This Belgian-style sour showcases our creativity and thoughtful approach to a Belgian-style tripel,” said Brandon Jacobs, brewing manager at Great Divide. “It really is a labor of love and patience.”
RiNo Barrel Bar & Packaging Wonderland: 1812 35th St., Denver, CO 80216
Epic Brewing Co. hosts a beer dinner at Colorado pizza conglomerate, Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar at their Highlands Ranch location on Tuesday, February 27th. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. and is available all evening with no reservations necessary. Epic Brewing and Parry’s representatives guide patrons through a three-course beer and dinner pairing for $35.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Welcome beer: Los Locos
- A sessionable, refreshing Mexican-style lager with a hint of corn sweetness, a dash of sea salt and the perfect kick of natural lime juice. (4.8 percent ABV)
Bruschetta with feta and pancetta
Tuna appetizer with mango, cilantro and lime salsa
Tart and Juicy (4.5 percent ABV) paired with Mae West Pizza, a white pie with artichokes, roasted tomatoes, feta and fresh basil, plus a special twist with goat cheese and balsamic drizzle.
New England IPA (7 percent ABV) paired with Thai Chicken Pizza with tomato, basil, cilantro, sweet Thai chili drizzle and topped with toasted black sesame seeds.
Third course: Lil’ Brainless Raspberry Ale (5.2 percent ABV) paired with a cannoli and chocolate sauce.