Here we go friends. Buckle up and hang on, because Colorado Craft Beer Week starts NOW! There’s such an insane amount of beer events lined up for this week, that I thought it’d be helpful to post an early update.
This isn’t the mother load of lists, but rather a listing of some of the events we’re really excited about and wanted to share with all of you. Thanks to the Colorado Brewers Guild, the master list can be found on the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage. I’m just afraid my fingers would fall off if I tried to list every single event.
Ongoing All Week
Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont will devote all 44 of their taps to Colorado brews this week. Each night, reps from your favorite local breweries will be on hand to answer questions, talk beer and giveaway some great swag.
Monday– Prost, Tivoli and Upslope
Tuesday– Left Hand and New Belgium
Wednesday– Breckenridge, Boulder, Telluride and Denver Beer Co
Thursday– Avery, Bootstrap, Epic, Equinox and Twisted Pine
Friday– City Star, Renegade and Strange
Saturday– Oskar Blues, Estes Park, Echo, Gravity and Grimm Bros.
Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.
Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge is featuring IPA’s all week, building up to the main event on Saturday with an IPA showdown between 12 different breweries. Game on! The tappings begin nightly at 6 PM.
Monday– Oskar Blues *All 3 IPA’s from OB
Tuesday– Equinox Brewing *Zenith IPA and Remi’s Saison IPA
Wednesday– Elevation Beer Co. *Cask IPA Night
Thursday– Ska Brewing Modus IPA, Decadent DIPA, and Insubstantial IPA
Friday– Avery Brewing *Double Dry Hopped Maharaja, Winters Day IPA
Saturday– 12 different breweries racing to see who can sell the most IPA. Come support your favorite brewery and help them win by drinking beer.
Right Coast Pizza is located at: 7100 W 38th St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Falling Rock Tap House is THE place to be on Monday, when you’ll be able to view the glorious sight of 80 different Colorado breweries pouring under one roof. Yeah people, this is BIG! $45 gets you in. The fun starts at 7 PM (not 6 PM, like you may have heard elsewhere) and runs until 11 PM. You can buy tickets right here. You need to go. It’s your civic duty. Make it happen. Tell the King I sent you.
But don’t tell the King I’m showing you this list. It’s Über secret and we’re the only blog on the street brave enough to have hijacked his keg list. Check out the list of breweries and a few of the beers that’ll be on hand.
Big Choice Brewing
Boulder Brewing Champagne Mojo
Bristol English Old Ale
Bull and Bush
City Star Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Crooked Stave Assorted Goodness including L’Brett D’or
Elevation Oil Man
Hall Brewing Company
Hogs Head on CASK!
Left Hand Brewing on CASK!
Lone Tree Brewing
Odell Brewing Wooden Sidecar Oakaged Myrcenary
Strange Cherry Kriek
Wynkoop Ellegance, the Women’s Collaborative Brew
Say what?!?! You’re telling me there’s still a keg of Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout still out there? That amazing beer alone is worth the price of admission. Again, get your tickets HERE and ring in CO Craft Beer Week like one bad little monkey.
The admission price will get you your fill of any of the beers being poured. No limit or tickets, but please be responsible and don’t ruin it for everyone else. Cookies from The Cookie Brewer will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
In Denver, River North Brewery will tap 10 gallons of their Avarice Imperial Stout, which has spent the past 6 months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels.
This made its’ debut over the weekend at the Littlest Big Beer Fest at Hops & Pie. Grab a glass on Wednesday afternoon before it’s gone for good. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.
Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing will host the New Brew Crew Tasting on Wednesday, featuring 5 of the newest breweries up that way.
$20 will get you 3 hours of tasting and a tulip glass. Proceeds go to charity. As for the beer, look for 10 beers pouring from West Flanders, Fate, Echo, Gravity and Bootstrap. 7 – 10 PM. West Flanders Brewing is located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.
Out in Durango, Ska will launch the third beer in their Seasonal Stout series. This time it’s Vernal Minthe Stout, brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans.
The Durango release party will feature $3 pints, tours of the brewhouse and a chance to meet the brewer from 5 – 7 PM. Keep your eyes out for 12 oz. cans to hit the Denver area soon. Ska Brewing is located at: 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303.
Get out and celebrate our great state of Beer! Keep in mind, this just covers the first few days for the week. If you’re unable to attend the events mentioned above, but still want to participate, check the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage or just check with your local brewery to see what they’ve got planned. Stop by our Facebook page where we’ll list more events throughout the week. Coming up on Thursday, we’ll set you up for the weekend with the Weekend Beer Buzz.
We had the opportunity to attend the Denver Only Beer Festivus last Saturday. This is a new (and hopefully recurring) beer festival that was presented by Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver. The event was held at the recently renovated McNichols Building at Civic Center Park in Denver and featured ONLY Denver breweries (all 18 of them!). Despite having sold out weeks ago, the inaugural Festivus had no lines, great beer, a DJ and dance area, plenty of room to move about and brewers working their booths and supporting their craft beers. At one point, my wife whispered in my ear “This might be my new favorite beer festival”. It was truly a Festivus Miracle!
TRVE Brewing just keeps getting better and better. Owner / Brewer Nick Nunns was pouring Diotima, a Smoked Tea Saison and Stout O))), a thick and roasty American Stout. Stop by the brewery and give these brews a try if you haven’t already. Stout O))) was one of my favorite beers of the night. It’s a hearty brew and perfect for those cold winter nights that lie ahead.
Crooked Stave brought the funk and crushed it as usual. No shocker there. Amazing brews.
There was a Yeti sighting at the Great Divide table. They brought Oak-Aged Yeti, Titan IPA, Hibernation Ale and their upcoming Belgian Tripel called Orabelle. Keep an eye out for Orabelle in 12oz. bottles sometime in January.
Prost is awesome, but you already knew that.
Strange Brewing always brings a great lineup and the Festivus was no exception. Head Brewer Tim Myers brought his “Beers Made By Walking” release called Eldorado Juniper Bel-Jin Dark, along with the very tasty Pumpkin Porter and Le Bruit du Diable Farmhouse Ale.
I geek’d out for a good 20 minutes at the River North Brewery table. They brought some big and impressive beers for all the geeks in the house. They were pouring a barrel-aged version of Avarice (Belgian-style Imperial Stout), along with Quandary (Quadrupel) and Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle (Belgian-style Double IPA). Awesome stuff.
The standout of the night for me was Black Shirt Brewing and their Imperial Red Rye IPA. This a hop heads wet dream. Man, I was blown away by this beer with its’ full and complex flavor profile. I also tried their Saison and Red Ale, both of which were really tasty. There was reportedly a keg of Red Hubbard Squash Saison, but it was so popular that they ran out before I got a pour.
Black Shirt Brewing Co-Owner Branden Miller has been really helpful with providing information and answering questions for the blog and it was nice to finally meet and taste his beers. Guys, I’m excited about this one. Black Shirt Brewing looks to be the real deal. Miller said that going forward, they plan to open every Saturday, so check the Weekend Beer Buzz for updates on what they’ll be pouring in the Tap Room.
And that’s just a few of the many great breweries that were in attendance at the Festivus. Don’t forget Our Mutual Friend, CAUTION, Denver Beer Co., Wynkoop, Wit’s End, Renegade and on and on! Denver is lucky to have so many great, young brewers that are crafting some awesome beers these days. It’s really impressive to see so many high quality beers coming out of places that are so new to the brewing community. I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in 5 years.
So that’s just a quick recap on the Festivus scene and the many great beers that were flowing. Again, awesome, awesome time. Thanks again to Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver for hosting a great event. Now, on to the pictures.