The Thirsty Beagle: TapWerks rolls out red carpet for 20-year annivesary

Monday, October 5, 2015

TapWerks rolls out red carpet for 20-year annivesary

It's kinda hard to believe, but TapWerks -- the place where my conversion to craft beer was initiated more than a decade ago thanks to a simple Belgian witbier -- is turning 20 years old.

To mark the occasion, TapWerks has planned a four-day birthday celebration, starting tonight.
The specifics: TapWerks is pulling special beers out of the cellar each night and will also feature a different local brewery each night. The local guys will bring special glassware. That schedule goes like this:

-Monday: Anthem
-Tuesday: Prairie
-Wednesday: Roughtail
-Thursday: COOP and Marshall

So how about the cellar specials? Here's that list:

-Monday: Anthem Babalon, Avery Samaels (2014), Boulevard Rye on Rye (2012, 2013), COOP Territorial Reserve Wild Wheat Wine (2012), Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Prairie Apple Brandy Noir, Prairie Bomb (gold wax), Unibroue 17th (2011).

-Tuesday: Avery Beast (2014), Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation (2013), Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (2013), Choc Whiskey Barrel Quad (2014), Prairie Bomb (blue wax), Prairie Vanilla Noir (silver wax), Rodenbach 2011 vintage Oak Aged Ale Barrel No. 95, Timmerman's Oud Gueze.

-Wednesday: Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout (2014), Boulevard Love Child No. 4, Boulevard/Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita (2013), COOP Barleywine (2012), Prairie Bomb (green wax), Prairie Okie (2015), Prairie/Omnipollo Potlatch, Roughtail Rock Tsar (first bottling).

-Thursday: Avery Mephistopheles (2014), Boulevard Saison Brett (2013-15), COOP DNR (2011, first bottling), Laughing Dog Barrel-Aged Dogfather (2013), Marshall 5, Mikkeller/Prairie American Style IPA, Prairie Noir (maroon wax), Prairie OK-Si, Prairie Wine Barrel Noir (2014).

That, my friends, is an impressive list. I think you will likely find me there on Thursday to scoop up some of that 2011 COOP DNR. I'm super-curious to see how that beer has aged. But really, you can't go wrong on any of the nights. Looks like this will be one heck of a party.

Happy birthday TapWerks!

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