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Lakewood’s Westfax Brewing, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., will host a tap party as part of the Jefferson County Public Library’s “Stouts & Stories, Ales and Tales” celebration, Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m.

And, the Edgewater Library will stage a beer-glass etching class and beer talk on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Patrons can customize their own beer pint glass, all supplies and materials are provided, free of charge, while supplies last. Then, Joyride Brewery co-owners Dave Bergen and Grant Babb, along with Fermentation Society President Chris Mendez, will expound on fermentation and craft beer brewing. Adults only, no registration required.

“Stouts & Stories, Ales and Tales” is a six-week celebration of Jefferson County beer and books with special events, tap parties, contests, prizes and a passport beer tour.

Now through Nov. 15, residents can pick up Beer Tour Passports from any Jeffco branch library and receive discounts and prizes at brewery partners in the county.

Other library events include “The Story of Beer” where people can learn the origins and history of beer in Jefferson County, how it’s made, different types of beer and stories of the rise of several great American brewers and beer families. Trends in micro brewing and craft beers, and their strong Colorado connections, will be featured. Check the website for times and locations.

Participants can enter contests and win weekly prizes throughout the six weeks on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram and a grand prize at the end of the program. People will earn an entry each time they play using the #stoutsandstories. The grand prize includes an annual Colorado State Parks pass.

Check out all the beer-related programs the library has planned at jeffcolibrary.org/beer.