In anticipation of a beautiful weekend (and in the case of a mistaken forecast, a crappy one where you might as well get boozed up) we've carefully constructed a downtown bar crawl with six pit-stops, each serving a limited time-only, Colorado-made brew with a high alcohol by volume -- including one mind-melter that goes up past 13% -- so, suck it Spinal Tap.
Seven Seas Double IPA, Dry Dock Brewing, 9% ABV
LoDo's beer-nerd paradise has growlers (and soon, taps) of the difficult-to-find Aurora swill whose name stems from its seven different hops all starting with "c", as well as its ability to lower inhibitions enough to get you flashed by two girls and the chick from Total Recall.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
The Coupler, Wynkoop Brewing, 8% ABV
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hick's venerable brewpub's spicing glasses with an Imperial Milk Stout aged with organic cacao nibs & ancho chile peppers inside of Stranahan's whiskey barrels, giving you the "beer equivalent of gourmet chocolate, an atomic fireball and some whiskey rolled into one", which just caused scores of Combos scientist to slap their foreheads in jealous frustration.
Falling Rock Tap House
ODB (Old Double Bagger), Oskar Blues, 13.2% ABV
Drop by the Blake Street stalwart with 75+ beers on tap, and laugh at them all whilst downing Oskar Blues' recently released barleywine with a "subdued malt background" and a "spicy citrus character", as opposed to a Spacey citrus character, which is what Kevin crafts in an upcoming biopic about the creator of Tang.
Great Divide Brewing Company
Grand Cru, Great Divide, 11% ABV
On tap through March at the lauded 17-year-old Denver brewery, this slightly spicy killer is brewed with imported malts and a proprietary Belgian yeast strain, and features a "fruity complexity", making it the Eddie Izzard of beers.
The Reverend, Avery Brewing, 10% ABV
Recently opened in December, CBD's newest beer-palace is serving up a "divinely complex", Belgian-malted concoction with notes of dark cherries and "hints of molasses" (Mrs. Peacock, in the kitchen, with...a bottle of molasses?).
Vine Street Pub
Norwegian Wheat Stout, Vine Street Pub, 7.5% ABV
The popular brewpub has magic'd up a bottle (in celebration of Stout Month) that boasts a "crisp, chocolatey finish" partially due to its use of both malted and "flaked" wheat, which stood you up because it thought you were too husky.