BREW NEWS: Comrade and Dry Dock celebrate, new brews at Launch Pad, Mu and Ursula


AURORA | For Comrade Brewing Co. founder and owner David Lin, it’s a little hard to believe  two years have already passed since he opened up shop.

“Time has definitely flown by,” Lin said last week.

On Saturday, Comrade is celebrating their second anniversary with a big bash at their brewery and tasting room at 7667 E. Iliff Ave.

The beer makers there have plenty of special brews planned for the occasion, but the big ones are barrel-aged versions of their Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout. One was aged in a Bourbon barrel from Kentucky, the other in a straight Colorado whiskey barrel. Lin said he can’t say what distilleries the barrels are from, but he’s plenty confident the brewery’s fans will be thrilled when they take a sip.

The brews were being carbonated last week when we spoke, but, Lin said, the team there sampled them before carbonation, and even flat they were pretty tasty.

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Lin said people who swing by on Saturday can count on plenty of other beer lovers to celebrate with. During last year’s party the crowd at the bar was five deep for about six hours straight, Lin said.

The brewery is also releasing their Specter Belgian-Style Wheat Ale on Friday, a 5.2-percent ABV beer made with wheat, flaked rye, Curacao orange peel, coriander and hopped with Sorachi Ace and Lemondrop.

And because the local beer scene just loves a party this month — don’t forget Copper Kettle Brewing Co. is celebrating five years in business with parties through April 24 — Dry Dock Brewing Co. is getting in on the fun.

The brewery is unveiling their Aurora Ale, a beer brewed to celebrate Aurora’s 125th birthday. The beer, a Belgian-style Blonde brewed with beet sugar to celebrate Aurora’s past, will be unveiled at 2 p.m. April 28 at North Dock. That celebration will include a pairing with a beet dish by Comida.

The next day, Dry Dock is hosting a birthday party for Aurora at 5 p.m. at South Dock. that party will feature beet birthday cupcakes by Time For Dezzerts.

At each location, bottles of the beer — which feature a label covered in old pictures of the city from the Aurora History Museum — will be available. After that they will be at liquor stores around the state.

Emily Hutto, a spokeswoman for the brewery, said if you want to snag a bottle you need to hustle.

“It’s a very limited batch so folks should get these bottles while they can,” she said.

The team at Launch Pad Brewery has good news for fans of their super-popular bourbon-barrel-aged Soyuz Stout and rye-whiskey-barrel-aged Red Rocket Rye: They bottled a few.

Erin Levesque, who owns the brewery with her husband David, said the brews made in Laws Whiskey barrels were so popular they opted to save some for bottles.

There are five cases of each available for sale to the general public starting Thursday, but Levesque said those likely won’t last through the weekend, so hurry in.

Also at Launch Pad, the new Moonraker IPA will be available next week, as will their Pink Peppercorn and Orange Saison.

Mu Brewery unveiled a new bacon-inspired brew last week with their Maple Smoked Amber.

Owner and brewer Nathan Flatland said he made the beer for last week’s Bacon and Beer Festival in Denver, but still has plenty flowing at the tasting room on East Colfax Avenue.

While he expected the beer to pair perfectly with bacon, Flatland said it’s also been popular on its own.

Ursula Brewery released their Melismatic Belgian pale last week. The beer, named for the Gregorian chant, will also be released on tap in several fruit variants, including blood orange, mango, and prickly pear. There are also two bottled versions with different yeasts coming.