Humptoberfest @ Latitude 33 Brewing: Saturday, Oct. 19 (noon to 8 p.m.)
Octoberfest celebrations are undeniable fun, but have you ever noticed the glaring lack of even-toed ungulates at them? I certainly have. It’s sickening.
Latitude 33 is putting an end to all that with Humptoberfest, a free festival celebrating hoppy beer, music and mammals with sizable fatty deposits on their back. There's even a costume contest for the best Camel Corps garb, so you can finally pluck out all those mid-19th-century military outfits just sitting idly in your closet.
For fans of the Latitude 33 Camel Corps IPA, they’ll be serving up six varieties of it:
- Camel Corps - Single Hump
- Camel Corps Double Hump—double IPA
- Camel Corps Dry Hump—dry-hopped oak-aged IPA
- Camel Corps Wet Hump—fresh-hopped rye IPA
- Spicy Camel—IPA aged with ghost chilies
- Camelima—IPA aged with fresh lime leaves
Wet Hop Festival @ O’Briens: Now! (and through the weekend)
In brewing circles, the terms “wet” and “dry” hopping have little to do with one another. They most certainly aren’t opposites, as the name implies. Dry hopping is the technique of adding hops to a beer during the fermentation, whereas wet hopping is using unprocessed, fresh hops in the beer. Strictly speaking, this means you can dry hop with a wet hop.
If you’re sufficiently recovered from having your mind blown in that last paragraph, you should celebrate with some fresh hop beers at O’Briens, which will have a rotating (and progressively expiring) list through the weekend. It has a lineup of more than 34 of them starting Saturday, including offerings from Monkey Paw, Hangar 24, The Bruery, Sierra Nevada and others. As the weekend progresses, look for offerings from Acoustic Ales, Great Divide and New Belgium, as well.