“I never thought I’d make beers like that,” Nathan Flatland said this week, pointing a frosty pint of his new Pina Colada Sour.
“This used to be how it was decades ago. It’s only changed recently, and that’s a pretty aberrant period in our food history,” she said. “It’s my right, as an individual, to grow the food I eat.”
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.
To celebrate their fifth anniversary, the brewery on South Valentia Street near Parker Road has a five-day party planned during which they’ll unveil 12 different beers.
The construction should be complete within a couple weeks, Jameson said. The first class in the new space is set for May 7.
And check out this week’s business story about the steady growth in craft brewing, with a local focus on Aurora’s newest beer maker, Launch Pad Brewery
Copper Kettle’s tap list always has a few interesting seasonals — this week they had their Help Me Out Stout and European Potato Ale on tap. And the regular menu always features the Mexican Chocolate Stout, one of the more-complex regular offerings in town.
At Launch Pad Brewing Co., they have a special St. Patrick’s release: the Imperial Red Rocket Rye. Tulips are just $5 all day while it lasts, and they say gingers get an additional 10-percent off.
Stop by a participating brewery and snag a passport. Get the passport stamped after you get a beer and after four stamps, bring it to any Aurora Public Library to receive a free pint glass.
Tenant farmers in the 17th century were forced to pay substantial rents to their landlords, so they relied heavily on crops of cabbage and potatoes to get them through the year. The more prosperous farmers also grew pigs, so they were able to season their vegetables with the pork parts that weren’t needed elsewhere. When the potato famine hit, cabbage became an even more critical food source.