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Pints in Pictures: Our Mutual Friend, CAUTION: Brewing Co. and The All Colorado Beer Festival

Another brew filled weekend has come and gone.  Here’s the highlights in pictures.

Our Mutual Friend was open for the weekend.  The Huckleberry Roasters Coffee Stout is delicious!

Next, we met up with some friends at CAUTION.  The Green Tease blew me away.  It’s brewed with Green Tea Leaves and two Sake yeasts.  Really nice, refreshing beer.

We wrapped up our weekend with a trip down South to attend the All Colorado Beer Festival.  It was nice to finally try Paradox and some of their Barrel-Aged brews.  I also got my Trinity fix and sampled new beers like the Lips of Faith releases from New Belgium and Upslope’s Christmas Ale.

Another great weekend of beer here in Colorado!

Cheers!

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Weekend Beer Buzz 11/01/2012

Howdy!  Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  We made the rounds with our little ones and popped a little nightcap when they went to bed.  Three Floyds Dark Lord ’07 anyone?

Had to have something with a spooky name on Halloween!  Man, this beer has aged sooo well. Delicious.

The weekend’s right around the corner.  Got plans?  Need someone to point you in the right direction?  Follow me!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Crooked Stave has an awesome lineup of beers ready for you this weekend.

Cuvaison III – a blend made with Passion Fruit; L’Brett D’ Or – Golden Sour; Nightmare on Brett with espresso beans and more!  Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will be open Thursday – Sunday this weekend.

The guys have been working hard to catch up from their crazy busy weekend during GABF. They’ve brewed up a bunch of fresh batches to share with you.  Stop by and try their IPA, Pale Ale, Saison, Tart Saison, Proletariat Cream Ale and Huckleberry Coffee Stout.  They’ll be open on Thursday 4 – 10 PM, Friday 4 PM – 12 AM, Saturday 2 PM – 12 AM and Sunday 2 – 10 PM.  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dry Dock’s got a good one for this week’s Firkin Friday.  Can you say “Peanut Butter Cup Porter”?!?! Love this brew.  Get some!  Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday.

They’re also pouring a Spicy Stout, which was brewed with cinnamon and cayenne and they’ve also got a bit of their Shotgun Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout left as well.  Both are delish!  Speaking of the Dock, they turn 7 next weekend!  Put next Saturday on your calendar now as the Anniversary Parties always include special tappings and good ol’ fashioned fun.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Speaking of firkins, Breckenridge Brewery will be hosting Firkin First Friday this week.

Look for a firkin of 471 IPA, dry-hopped with Warrior Hops on Friday at 5 PM.  This’ll be at their Denver location, which is at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204.  800-328-6723.

Jellyman’s got another good one lined up for this week’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing.  This Friday, he’s releasing Freaktoberfest, which is a Hefeweizen fermented Oktoberfest.

This 6% ABV beer has aromas described as a “spicy fruit cornucopia” and tastes like “caramel malts with light citrus notes and spice”.  Tapping at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109.  303-814-9273.

The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest is in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center this weekend.

It’s connected with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo and runs through Sunday.  There’s 4 sessions running over the weekend and it’s only $12 to get in the door, which includes 3-samples and 1 full beer.  Additional beers may be purchased separately.  Look for Backcountry Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, Elevation Brewing, Odell Brewing and more.  Ticket information and times can be found HERE.  The Colorado Convention Center is located at: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Once again Saturday, is just ridiculous.

We should rethink our Saturday policy.  I say we drop a day mid-week and add a second Saturday every week.  There’s just never enough time on Saturday to see and do everything.  I think two Saturday’s in a week might let us get around to all of these great beer events.  Hey, it’s an election year.  You want my vote politicians?  Make it happen!  Until then, you might have some tough decisions to make this week.

First up is the All Colorado Beer Festival.  I did a writeup earlier this week on this beer festival down in Colorado Springs.  Check it out HERE.

Two Sessions, 30+ Breweries, 100+ Beers.  I’m really looking forward to having an opportunity to visit with some of Colorado’s newer breweries like Paradox and Elevation.  This should be a blast.

And if you’re on the fence about the VIP ticket option, let me just drop a few beers on you. Upslope Pumpkin, Trinity TPS Report, New Belgium La Folie and more than 20 other interesting beers will be pouring in the VIP area.  Don’t miss out!  Again, click HERE for all the details and I hope to see you there!

In Denver, the Wynkoop is hosting their annual Beers of the Year event on Saturday.

This is a really cool event that features a keg of every beer brewed at the Wynkoop during 2012. They’ll also be pouring casks and beers from other local CO breweries. A partial list of beers that will be pouring on Saturday, can be found HERE.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $32.  The event runs from 1 PM – 4 PM.  Wynkoop Brewing Co. is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-297-2700.

Up in Boulder, Upslope Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday.

They’ll be unveiling their 4th Anniversary Beer, which is a Saison brewed with Patagonia-sourced hops.  They’ll have more than 15 additional brews to sample, live music, food trucks and a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show.

That’s right, the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be kicking off the party at noon with a live broadcast on AM 760.  The show goes until 2 PM, the party rolls on all day and there’s NO COVER!  Congrats to Upslope on 4 years of great beers!  Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd No. 20, Boulder, CO 80304.  303-449-2911.

If you make it up to Boulder for the Upslope party, swing over to Twisted Pine for the next release in their Artisan Ale Series.

This month’s release is called “Modern Day Pine-eer”.  This is an India Pumpkin Ale brewed wtih Pilgrim and Columbus Hops and 500 lbs. of pumpkin!  The party goes from noon – 9 PM and label artist Shannon Ripley will be at the brewery displaying her artwork and signing bottles.  Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301.  303-786-9270.

As if that wasn’t enough, Learn To Homebrew Day is also on Saturday.

This is a great opportunity to try your hand at brewing your own craft beers.  There’s a full list of events HERE, or just head to your local homebrew shop and watch how it’s done.  If you’ve got your own rig, load it up, bring it to your local homebrew shop and share the fun of this growing and addictive hobby!

Thursday, November 7, 2012

Looking into next week, Prost will be pouring their beers for a German Beer Dinner at Ernie’s in Denver on Thursday.

The $40 dinner covers a 4-course meal each paired with a different Prost beer.  This is limited to 30 people, so call Ernie’s and reserve your spot today.  Ernie’s is located at: 2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.  303-955-5580.

There you have it peeps, another full week of beer here in Colorado!  Get out and enjoy the nice weather.  Hope to see you out and about.

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Cheers!


Drink and Support Local at the All Colorado Beer Festival

Just when you think this year’s Beer Festival season is coming to a close, I’m going to wow you with one that highlights the best of our delicious state of beery goodness.  Meet the All Colorado Beer Festival (ACBF)!

If you were anywhere near Denver earlier this month, you no doubt heard about or even experienced the madness of the Great American Beer Festival.  It was BIG, it was FUN, but it’s gone away until next year. It’s time to get back to our roots.  Time to refocus and revisit the amazing brewers and breweries right here in Colorado.  The ACBF, held annually at the Freedom Financial Expo Center, in Colorado Springs, is your perfect chance to sip some old favorites and seek out some new ones as well.

The ACBF, which is entering its’ 6th year, aims to raise money for Colorado Springs nonprofit organizations.  In five years, the festival has donated more than $85,000 to local charities!  So now you can drink local, while supporting local.  Get on it.  It’s win / win people!

I’ll admit, I’ve never been to the ACBF, but on Saturday, November 3rd, I’m hoping to change all that. The festival offers two tasting sessions, along with a VIP option.  Session 1 runs from 1 – 4:30 PM and Session 2 runs from 6:30 – 10 PM.  The VIP option allows you to get in 1-hour earlier and also grants you access to beers not available to the rest of the attendees.  Tickets are $30/per session ($25 with Military ID), $40 for VIP and $10 for DD.  Tickets, times and other details can be found HERE.  If you act quickly, you might be able to take advantage of the Groupon running right now.

As for the breweries, keep your eye out for your familiar favorites, such as Odell, New Belgium, Ska, Avery, Great Divide, etc…  But what’s really exciting for a big beer nerd like myself, is the abundance of new(er) breweries that will be making an appearance.  Paradox, out of Woodland Park, barrel ages everything! and has been getting quite a few good reviews from my fellow beer nerds.  Rocky Mountain Brewery, out of Co. Springs, recently took home two awards for their fruit beers from the very prestigious World Beer Cup.  I could go on and on, but half the fun is discovering new beers on your own.  More than 30 breweries will be bringing their beers to share at the ACBF this year.  Check out the complete list of breweries to map out your plan for the festival.

This year’s ACBF will also feature a formal judging event, live music, food and more.  The festival is shaping up to be a great day of beer, food and fun, all for a great cause.  Come on out on November 3rd and check it out for yourself.

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 10/18/2012

Looks like everyone’s still recovering from last weekend’s GABF.  It’s been kind of quiet this week.  I guess I picked a good week to go out-of-town.  At any rate, I’ve still got some fun things to share with my favorite band of beer nuts.

Friday, October 19th, 2012.

We’ve got a new brewery opening this weekend!  High Hops Brewery in Windsor, is having their Grand Opening on Friday and Saturday.

They had a soft opening a few weeks ago, but if you haven’t yet stopped by, put it on your calendar. Live music, $1 off pints, food trucks and door prizes will highlight the weekend.  From a Wheat Ale to a Double IPA, there’s something for everyone.  Be sure to stop by and welcome Colorado’s newest brewery.  The fun starts at noon and runs until 9 PM on both days.  High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO 80550.  970-674-2841.

Dry Dock Brewing is releasing Madagascar Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Ale for this week’s Firkin Friday.

Tapping’s will be held at 3 PM and 7 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Jellyman’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing is called “Here’s Smoke In Your Eye”.

A hand pecan wood smoked german malt and rye ale.  Stop by at 4 PM for the tapping and order the special appetizer made specifically to pair with the beer.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109.  303-814-9273.

Saturday, October 20th, 2012.

The boys on the Colorado Craft Beer Show have a great show lined up for you on Saturday.

Upslope Brewing’s Alex Violette and Chad Peiper will be on the show and hopefully bringing some of their delicious pumpkin beer to share.  Justin Tilotta from Twisted Pine Brewing and Dave Cole from Utah’s Epic Brewing will also be on air.  Tune in and get the latest update on Epic’s plan to open a brewery in Denver next year.  The Colorado Craft Beer Show is on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM.

Copper Kettle Brewing Company is bringing back their Black IPA, which will get tapped on Saturday at noon.

This English Style Black IPA is really tasty and will hopefully stick around for a few months.  I think I need to make a little run over there and get some growlers filled.  Tapping at noon, with Little India food truck arriving at 5 PM.  CKBC is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012.

Arvada Beer is gearing up for their 1st Anniversary, coming up on October 27th, by releasing a new beer every day next week.

Here’s the full lineup:

  • 10/21 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Wit
  • 10/22 – Both White House Ales
  • 10/23 – Nitro Russian Imperial Stout
  • 10/24 – Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aged Belgian IPA
  • 10/25 – Russian Imperial Stout
  • 10/26 – Batch 100 Wheat Wine
  • 10/27 – Syrah Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

I don’t know about you, but to me, these sound DELISH!!!  Three different Russian Imperial Stout’s! Wow, get your butt over to Arvada beer and check these out.  This all leads up to their Anniversary Part next Saturday, which will include an all ages Halloween costume contest and a live broadcast with the Colorado Craft Beer Show.  Can’t wait!  Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-467-2337.

Prost is getting into the Spirit of Halloween by hosting a pumpkin carving contest on Sunday.

$5 gets you a pumpkin and a chance to show off your pumpkin carving creativity.  Pumpkins will be on display and customers will get a chance to vote for their favorites.  The top three winners will be announced on Halloween and will receive either $25, $50 or $75 worth of credit at Prost.  The contest runs from noon – 8 PM on Sunday.  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

Not a ton of events this week, but after last weekend, it’s probably safe to assume that our livers need some rest.  In the meantime, here’s a little tease for next month.

The All Colorado Beer Festival is right around the corner.  Look for a full post with all of the details in the near future.  Until then, mark it on the calendar for Saturday, November 3rd and I hope to see you there.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Cheers!