BREW NEWS: Plenty new around town, plus Bligh’s returns at Dry Dock

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AURORA | It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year for Aurora’s beer lovers — and not just because we are three weeks from Christmas.

a4c9feafe7b939f9502f3181bd6bd006This is one of the best moments on Aurora’s beer calendar because this week marks the release of Dry Dock Brewing Co.‘s uber-popular Bligh’s Barleywine.

The 2015 batch of the big, barrel-aged brew made its debut this week at North Dock’s Canoe Room.

The brew, which has been produced since 2008, is available just once a year on tap at South Dock and North Dock, and can be found in 22-ounce bombers at both locations and a few liquor stores across the state.

But, according to Dry Dock, this remains one of their most-popular offerings, and supplies won’t last.

Launch Pad Brewing Co. is also in on the barleywine act this week. Aurora’s newest brewer launched it’s barleywine last week. That new brew is joined by their Lovely Lavender Saison and Golden Belgian Strong, all of which are flowing at the brewery near South Buckley Road and East Kentucky Avenue.

And while Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will be closed Monday for an employee appreciation day, you can swing in before that and try their Imperial Smoked Porter, a heavy, malty English porter that just tapped Wednesday. It’s a small batch, too, so hustle.

At Mu Brewery, people in the giving spirit can save a bit on their next round. From now through Dec. 18, for each toy customers bring in they get $1 off your first 2 pints. And, until 2015 comes to a close, they’ll do the same if customers bring in $10 cash. The cash and toys benefit Mu’s north Aurora neighbor, Brent’s Place, which helps kids with cancer and their families.

At Comrade Brewing Co., a fresh batch of Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout started flowing last week.

And at Two22Brew, keep your eye out for a Winter Wheat and a White IPA, both are set to released soon but the dates haven’t been released.