BREW NEWS: Double celebrations at Aurora’s Ursula, Brew Hut


AURORA | There’s plenty to celebrate at Ursula Brewery these days.

This month marks two years since it was founded as Coda Brewing Co., and they’ve recently rounded the bend when it comes to rebranding to the still-new Ursula moniker.

To mark the occasion, they’re rolling out plenty of new beers for their “Re-Brandiversary” celebration this weekend. The celebration starts Friday at noon and continues Saturday and Sunday.

Brewer Dave Olson said among the beers — and check out their Facebook page for more details, there are quite a few — is their anniversary brew called Scary Stories. The beer is a Baltic porter with vanilla, graham crackers and marshmallows that tastes like s’mores and comes in at 8.8-percent ABV.

“It’s got quite a bit going on,” Olson said.

There are also a couple of barrel-aged options this weekend, including a version of their 180 Gram Russian Imperial Stout and an olde ale aged in a Crown Royal barrel called Olde Royale.

Olson said he has been making 180 Gram going back to his homebrew days and is itching to show off the barrel-aged version.

“The beer is kind of built for a barrel,” he said. “I think people are really gonna respond well to it.”

And the Olde Royale is probably going to be a big hit, too, he said. The barrel has been visible behind the bar for months and customers have been clamoring for a taste.

In addition to those, Ursula has bottle releases and a rotating batch of beers on tap. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the schedule, as some beers will only be tapped for a few hours before they get replaced.

The team at Ursula aren’t the only Aurora beer lovers celebrating this weekend. Dry Dock Brewing Co. and their sister shop, The Brew Hut, are celebrating the brewery supply shop’s 21st anniversary with a sidewalk sale and big discounts this weekend.

The weekend also marks the unveiling of the newly remodeled Brew Hut, which we touched on here.

At Copper Kettle Brewing Co., this weekend marks the release of their IPA and Milk Stout in cans. Cans of the brews, which are also available on tap at the brewery, are set for a Saturday release.