Weekend Beer Buzz and Trade Update
Even on Easter weekend, the beautiful beer state of Colorado has several events planned to prevent you from getting thirsty. The weekend’s right around the corner, where are you gonna be?
Boulder is topping the list with two big releases this weekend. First, swing by Twisted Pine for their West Bound Braggot Release. This is the fourth release in their Artisan Ale Project and is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th, from 4-8PM. Think sweet honey mead, mixed with exotic Tasmanian pepper berries and fermented with Belgian saison yeast. Think adventurous and delish! Stop by the brewery to grab your bottles, meet the brewers and get your bottle signed by the artist who designed the label.
After Twisted Pine, grab a cab and swing by Avery for the Uncle Jacob’s Stout release party. This will join Rumpkin as the second beer in their Annual Barrel Series. Uncle Jacob’s Stout is a big ol’ 17.4% ABV stout that’s been aging for 6 months in fresh bourbon barrels. Maker’s Mark I believe…
Fan boys and girls can grab bottles for their cellar on Saturday, beginning at 5PM. 12oz. bottles are $10 / each, with a 12 bottle limit. Even if you’re not looking to score any bottles, stop by for some banjo pickin’, and try the special beers pouring for the event. Eremita III, Barrel Aged Tweak (aka Meph Addict) and Rumpkin will be flowing along with whatever else Avery pulls out of their stash to share. You won’t want to miss it.
So you can’t make it Boulder this weekend? No worries, out on the southwest side of town in Highlands Ranch, Parry’s Pizza is getting ready for an onslaught of Firestone Walker. Parry’s is putting on a pint night on Saturday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30PM. Word is that they’ll have 21-23 different taps flowing of Firestone Walker deliciousness. Order a Firestone Walker beer, get a glass to bring home and add to the collection. You’ll also be entered to win shirts and other prizes.
Sounds like they’ll be bringing out some tasty kegs from the cellar to share with Colorado. I visited Parry’s for the first time last weekend and had a great time. Awesome food and amazing tap list. Stop kidding yourself. This place is a legit attraction for beer nerds. Check them out!
On the other side of town in Aurora, Dry Dock’s Firkin Master, Walt Chleva has brewed a Rose Hips Superstition Ale. This rose hips infused version of their sour mash ale will go on tap on Friday at 3PM, so slip out of work a little early and get your weekend started in the right direction.
Anybody make it last week for the Bacon Maple Ale firkin? I’m bummed that I missed that one and would love to hear how it turned out.
My last post was all about getting started in the wide world of beer trading. I’ll be continuing this series soon, but wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with this project. After my initial post on beeradvocate.com, I had 3 replies in 20 minutes and ended up getting 15 replies in 24 hours. I’m currently working out the details with a trader who lives in Chicago, IL and is making a trip to Wisconsin to do some beer shopping this weekend. I’ll be making a few more posts on this and will walk you through the entire process, but just wanted to give you a quick update.
Finally, a few cases of Cantillon have trickled in from Belgium and a few more should be showing up on shelves around town this weekend. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can find a bottle or two, but I don’t have my hopes up. Gone are the days when Cantillon was readily available all over town. But good luck beer hunters and if you come across an extra, I’d love to trade you for a bottle. If you come up empty-handed, just remember, it’s only beer. There’s always something new and tasty to try coming up on the horizon.
Have a great weekend and Hoppy Easter! Cheers!