BREW NEWS: Hops for Habitat Brewfest on tap for Aug. 1 in Aurora


As the week winds down, there’s plenty happening in Aurora for beer drinkers looking for a sudsy weekend.

• The Hops For Habitat Brewfest is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E, Hampden Ave.

11168879_843873878995587_4286957746346882663_nTickets for this brew-filled shindig on the city’s eastern edge — proceeds of which benefit prairie conservation — are $45 if you get ’em before in hand, $60 at the door, and $120 for the VIP experience.

Beer includes specialty Dry Dock brews and the wine is from Aurora’s Wine Experience Cafe.

• Speaking of Dry Dock, Aurora’s oldest brewery — we can say that now, because Aurora seems to have finally caught up to the rest of the state and now boasts at least five craft breweries — has some relatively new beer makers running the show. The brewery announced in late June that Tim Evon is at the helm of South Dock, Dry Dock’s original location at Hampden​ ​and South Chambers Road, and Alan Simons is running North Dock, the brewery’s production facility​ ​at Interstate 70 and Tower Road.

11083733_807752299274412_7247767121927652334_oEvon started home-brewing in Utah before joining the brewing team at Bohemian Brewery and joined Dry Dock as  a brewer in 2012. He took over South Dock’s brewing operations in March 2015, the company said.

Simons also got his start as a home-brewer — even getting his gear from Dry Dock’s partner company,​ ​The Brew Hut. He started brewing professionally in 2008 at Backcountry​ ​Brewery in Frisco.

7bc977414c2799b582cd0435c4070be0• And Aurora has a shiny new brewery for you to try. Launch Pad Brewery opened July 24 at 884 S. Buckley Road. David Levesque’s brewery is a short distance from Buckley Air Force Base and that closeness is on display with each beer they pour. The brews are named for the aircrafts, missiles and rockets that wow folks at the nearby base and elsewhere.