Weekend Beer Buzz: Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Edition 01/10/2013
It’s been a good week here in Colorado. I was able to attend a fun little bottle share last weekend with some local craft beer lovers. It was a great group of people and the tasting featured everything from Cigar City Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu to Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise to Hill Farmstead Anna. A few of us collaborated on a Czar vertical from ’05 to ’12. I like to call it the Czar Voltron.
It’s tough to beat a good bottle share and it was great to see the dedication and generosity of the local beer geek community.
Last Friday, Epic Brewing of Utah, announced their plans to open a brewery, barrel room and tasting room in Denver this Spring. All the details can be found in the Press Release.
Also last week, I had the opportunity to review Elevation Beer Co’s Downpour Imperial Red Ale and try Odell’s Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout (review coming soon!).
But enough about last week, there’s a new weekend right around the corner and we are READY! The 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival hits Vail over the next few days. After a long hiatus, we’re excited to be heading back up the mountain for this amazing festival. Anybody else headed up that way? Wait. Let’s back up, I’m getting ahead of myself. Deep breath. Alrighty, here we go!
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Colorado gets a new brewery today! Over in Boulder, J Wells Brewery will pour their first beers at 1 PM.
Stop by and check out the new place and try one of the three beers on tap: Jamie’s Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and Hop Haze IPA. J Wells Brewery is located at: 2516 49th St., Boulder, CO 80301.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Get your firkin fill over at Dry Dock Brewing with Firkin Friday.
This week’s tapping is Turncoat Amber. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s releasing Darth Cherry for this week’s Deviation.
Darth Cherry is a Dark Cherry Stout. Stop by for the 4 PM tapping. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Verboten Brewing will open their doors for the first time on Friday.
This new brewery up in Loveland will be open from 3 – 9 PM on Friday and 1 – 9 PM on Saturday. For opening day, they’ll be pouring: Belgian Wit w/ Lemongrass, IPA and Caramel Porter on both nitro and CO2. Verboten Brewing is located at: 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537. 970-988-6333.
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Vail is THE place to be this weekend with the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines (BBB) festival going on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at the Cascade Lodge. Although the festival kicks off on Thursday with the Brewmasters’ Dinner (with Avery and Dogfish Head), continues Friday with a homebrew competition, Cicerone exam and another Brewmaster’s Dinner (with Dry Dock Brewing), the real fun is the seminars and commercial tasting on Saturday. Although no official list of beers has been released, there should be more than 200 beers pouring from some of the best breweries in the world.
The Commercial Tasting runs from 2:30 – 6 PM, with seminars beginning as early as 10 AM. Unfortunately, the tasting sold out earlier this week, but tickets to a few of the seminars are still available. A complete schedule of events can be found HERE.
Both the Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from BBB on Saturday. Be sure to stop by and show your support for these great shows. They’re doing a great job of spreading the word of craft beer. If you’re not heading up to Vail, pour yourself a beer and tune in to see what you’re missing. Colorado Craft Beer Show will air on AM760 after the CU game, around 2:30 PM and run until 5 PM. American Craft Beer Radio will air on 102.3 FM at 2 PM.
Broncos fans should know that the BBB directors are trying to figure out a way to broadcast the game inside during the tasting. No promises, but they’re working on it.
Into The Future
Looking towards next weekend, Denver Beer Co. is hosting an Inaugural Beer Dinner in their new Barrel Room on Friday, January 18th. This will be your very first chance to see the newly completed barrel room and expansion.
The $60 ticket includes dinner and a chance to try some of Denver Beer Co’s first barrel aged brews. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-433-2739.
Also coming up on Sunday, January 27th, is a benefit at The Rackhouse Pub to raise money for Strange Brewing’s legal defense fund. The whole Strange vs. Strange has gotten a little out of control and the Colorado Craft Beer community is rallying behind our Strange Brewing to help them through this tough time. So far, two dozen local breweries have generously donated beer for this event, which runs from 3 – 6 PM on 1/27. Tickets are only available online for $25 and can be purchased HERE. The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-570-7824.
That’s it for this weekend guys! If you’re driving from the Denver-area up to Vail, be safe. Snow is on the way.
See you soon!