So we did the whole wine festival thing last weekend. Wine, you’re cute, but I dot think this is going to work out. Let’s just be friends. Ok?
The fest was fun, but my heart lies with craft beer. We managed to hit some great breweries and share a few pints with some true beer nerds and good people along the way to the Colorado Mountain Winefest. More to come as we fill in a few more holes in the “Beer Trippin’ on I-70” series.
Not specific to this weekend, but you NEED to get over to Prost and try the Tivoli Helles. Oh man, it’s nice.
Jonathan Shikes over at the Westword, wrote an informative article earlier this week, covering the history of Tivloi and their ties to Prost. Take a peek HERE to learn more.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
It’s Pumpkin Ale Season again! Dry Dock Brewing is releasing their Half Moon Pumpkin Ale on Thursday at noon. Stop by for your first chance to try this tasty, spicy brew. I was in the brewery when they were brewing this puppy last year and I’ll never forget how nice the smell was. Hey, Yankee Candle, try sticking that in a jar!
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Friday, September 21st, 2012
Got an update from Jellyman down at Rockyard Brewing last night. He’s got a good soundin’ brew with a sweet name for this week’s Deviation.
This one’s called “Comfortably Numb” and is a 7.5% ABV American IPA with a “full malty raisin and date-like presence” to balance out all those hops. 4 PM people! “I can ease your pain, And get you on your feet again.” Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Firkin Friday’s back and this week Dry Dock’s got a Cranberry Wit with your name on it. As much as I don’t want to think about snow storms, xmas shopping, hanging up holiday decorations and all those other festivus-type things, this beer sounds pretty tasty. It might be a bit early to bust out the ugly holiday sweater, but for now, step up to the bar and try this holiday tinged brew.
The firkin gets tapped at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Saturday is the first official day of Oktoberfest! Denver will be waiting for you when the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration begins this weekend and runs into next weekend as well.
This has been ranked one of the best in the U.S. by both USA Today and Maxim Magazine. A brat eating contest, live music and fireworks highlight the festivities. There’s no entrance fee, so be sure to stop by and check out all the fun on 20th & Larimer. More details, coupons and a full schedule of events can be found HERE.
More Oktoberfest fun is on tap at Lone Tree Brewing. They’ll be tapping their Oktoberfest Bier at 11 AM.
Come on out and celebrate with some tasty brews, live music and food trucks. Lone Tree Brewing is located at: 8222 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. 303-792-5822.
Don’t forget about Copper Kettle, who’ll also be taking part in the fun with their Oktoberfest Tapping. Their Oktoberfest lager is returning and will hit the tap lines at noon on Saturday.
They’re teaming up with Helga’s, the best damn German restaurant in town, to pair some authentic German cuisine with their beers. Food at 5 PM, Accordion Music at 6 PM. Get your fix with Copper Kettle at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
For our friends up in the Fort, check out the 4th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest. The $35 ticket includes samples from more than 25 breweries like Odell, Stone, Upslope, New Belgium and more.
There’ll be plenty of food, distilleries, cider, music and other fun things for those, gasp, non beer drinkers out there. Proceeds benefit the Animal House Shelter. This is being held at The Drake Centre, 802 West Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Ticket info and more details can be found by clicking HERE.
Don’t forget about your friends on the airwaves. Gary V from American Craft Beer Radio will be hanging out at Davidsons Liquors. He’ll be broadcasting live on 102.3 FM and will be giving away not one, but two! pairs of tickets for the Great American Beer Festival.
Davidsons Liquors is located at: 5555 Boatworks Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-224-0444.
Turk from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be joined by Garret Frase, the manager of Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom. They’ll be broadcasting live from the American Homebrewers Assoication Rally at the Tasty Weasel from noon – 2PM on AM760. Don’t miss out as they’ve got GABF tickets to give away!
As part of the Rally, the Bonewagon will be on-site with food, the mobile canning until will be around, hourly brewery tours are scheduled and plenty of special beers will be pouring. Don’t miss out!
The Tasty Weasel recently underwent a major expansion, so get out there and take a look at all the great work they’ve done. AHA Members grab your cards; Non-Members, this is a great chance to sign up and get involved in the beer community. The Rally runs from 11 AM – 3 PM. The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd, Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501. 303-776-1914.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Hungry yet? Like Yoda said, “You will be, you will be”. So why not plan on hitting up Dry Dock’s Salsa & Guacamole Competition on Sunday?!?!
Send an e-mail to email@example.com to get your butt entered in one of the 4 different categories: Mild Salsa, Hot Salsa, Sweet / Other Salsa and Guacamole. Stop by the brewery on Sunday with your entry and a bag of chips by 1 PM and grab a beer, while their panel of world-class, highly trained, salsa and guacamole judges, try out your recipe. And just in case you didn’t catch the address above, Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Is that enough? Can I put the computer away now?
Really, you want one more? Can you take one more?!?!
Monday, September 24th, 2012
How’s a new brewery sound? You greedy little monkeys! Fine, you got it!
West Flanders Brewing is gearing up for Opening Day on Monday!
They’ll be focusing on Belgian Beers and are being led by Brewmaster Brian Lutz, formerly of Oskar Blues, Left Hand and Redfish.
I’m still working on getting the full list of beers they’ll be pouring on Monday, but it sounds like authentic Belgian-style beers and a full menu are planned for the new brewery. There’s a soft opening planned for Saturday and for $20, you’ll get a peek inside, food and two beers. The money raised from the soft opening will benefit Community Food Share, a non-profit in Boulder dedicated to ending hunger. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-447-2739 between 1 and 4 PM to make a reservation.
West Flanders Brewing Co. will be open 7 days a week in the old BJ’s location on the Pearl Street Mall. Check out West Flanders Brewing at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-447-2739.
Put ’em on your radar as it sounds like they’ve got great things planned.
That’s it guys. I need a beer. Hope you all have a great weekend!
I love weeks like this. You know, the ones where you get to partake in so many beery events, that it just flies by. This past week, I made it over to Crooked Stave for the Grand Opening of their Taproom and Barrel Cellar, got the full tour and tasting with Head Brewer Adam Draeger over at Yak & Yeti (blog is forthcoming), attended Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival and because they’re just sooo dang good, went back to Crooked Stave for another visit and got the all access tour and tasting with Owner / Brewer Chad Yakobson. It’s been so much fun, I kind of want to do it all over again.
Unfortunately, the DeLorean’s in the shop, so let’s just start a new week!
Thursday, September 15th, 2012.
Prost Brewing is getting the weekend kicked off right, with the tapping of Bill Eye’s Helles Lager.
The beer has been named Tivoli and is a nod to the Tivoli Brewery, which operated in Denver from 1866-1969. Click HERE for a good read about Prost that ran in The Denver Post earlier this week. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-729-1175.
Copper Kettle is getting a jump start on the weekend too, with their Beer & Cheese Pairing Series. This monthly event is a tag-team tasting, coordinated with the amazing cheese Fromager’s from Denver’s Truffle Cheese Shop.
I had the opportunity to attend a pairing back in July and it was pretty damn delish. Four Copper Kettle beers are matched with four artisan cheeses for participants to sample, learn, talk about and enjoy. The cheese gets cut at 7 and tickets are $20. Grab a ticket at the brewery or reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com
This will also be your first opportunity to get a sneak-peek into Copper Kettle’s expansion. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Friday, September 14th, 2012.
Dry Dock Brewing is waiting for you. Firkin Friday will bring a version of their Mild Ale that’s been dry-hopped with Kent Goldings hops.
The Mild barely clocks in at 3% ABV, so help yourself to another before it’s gone. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
The Rockyard’s got a Belgian IPA lined up for this week’s Deviation. Tapping’s at 4 PM. Don’t be late!
Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, September 15th, 2012.
Parry’s Pizza is at it again, this time with an Oskar Blues Tap Takeover!
16 delicious treats will be on tap just for you. Check out this amazing lineup: Nitro G’Knight, Nitro Old Chub, Nitro Dale’s Pale Ale, TEN Fidy, Gubna, Deviant Dale’s, Mama’s Lil’ Yella Pils, Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Mama’s Lil’ Yella Pils, Red Wine Barrel-Aged G’Knight, Barrel-Aged Gubna, Barrel-Aged TEN Fidy, Barrel-Aged Chub, Dave’s Pale Ale, Legends India Brown, Homeskillet (Black IPA) and Chaka.
Let’s be honest, that’s a ridiculous lineup of beers. Don’t miss this. You’ll only kick yourself when it’s over. When you’re done kicking yourself, I’ll kick you too. I had a few of these beers at the Avery IPA Fest last weekend and they’re awesome. As if the beer isn’t enough, the food at Parry’s is amazing too. The poster says “Barrel Aged Passion”. So wrong, but oh, so right! Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Don’t miss this people. I’m serious! Do it for the children!
So what if I told you, I’m not going to Parry’s Tap Takeover on Saturday?!?! Will you still love me tomorrow? Truth be told, I can’t. Mrs. Brewtally Insane and I are hittin’ the road with our peeps for some camping and a stop at the Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. Yep, this is a beer blog, I’m quite aware…
I look at the Winefest as a chance to get a professional palate cleansing by some of the state’s best wine makers. I’m resetting my taste buds so I can better enhance my beer drinking experience. It’s to better mankind. Yeah, that makes it sounds better. Whatever…
Don’t worry, we’ll be hitting a few breweries along the way and have a trunkload of beer to enjoy and share with any beer nerds we meet. I’ve already talked to Danny, the Head Brewer at Palisade Brewing Company and he’s going to meet up for a few pints. See, I’m not turning into some sort of wine snob on you.
And look, if wine’s your thing, the CO Mountain Winefest is apparently a pretty big deal. 50 wineries, unlimited tastings, live music, food and more. It’s also a great excuse to leave things behind, hit the road and get away for a few days. Grab a ticket and get all the details HERE if you’re interested.
Palisade is loaded with wineries and orchards and sometimes the delicious fruit finds its’ way into a brew kettle. Copper Kettle is releasing two firkins of their Peach Saison on Saturday at noon that was made with Palisade peaches. These peaches are amazing! I can only imagine how good this beer is going to taste.
Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
The boys at the Colorado Craft Beer Show are hittin’ the road for a trek over to Telluride for the 19th Annual Blues & Brews Fest.
A huge variety of breweries will be pouring. From the smaller breweries like Bonfire, Horsefly and Revolution, up to the big boys like Stone, Deschutes and Sierra Nevada. Grab a beer and enjoy the tunes from Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, The B-52’s, Little Feat and dozens more. It’s like Bonnaroo without the hipsters and humidity. Yeah, I said it. To hell with that east coast humidity.
This looks solid. Click HERE for all the details, ticket info and more.
Can’t make it? Tune into the show on AM 760 at noon and see what you’re missing. I’m going to miss the broadcast since I’ll be with the winos in Palisade, but you can always catch the podcast over on coloradocraftbeershow.com Now you’ve got no excuse.
The Fight Fire With Beer Festival will be held on Saturday at Boulder’s 29th Street Mall.
This family friendly event runs from noon – 10 PM and features 10 breweries, food and live music. The beer flows from 3 – 7 PM at 1710 29th Street, Boulder, CO.
The Vine Street Pub is hosting their third annual Uptown Block Party at 1PM. 10 Breweries will compete in the Brewer’s Olympics for bragging rights around town. Watch the fun while sipping on more than 30 beers pouring in the beer garden.
Live music and tasty food will be available as well. Vine Street Pub & Brewery is located at: 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206. P.S. Bring cash if you’re going to attend as Vine Street doesn’t take plastic.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a new brewery opening their doors for the first time on Saturday from noon – 7 PM and again on Sunday from noon – 5 PM. High Hops Brewing in Windsor is ready to share a beer with you on this weekend, but keep in mind this is a soft opening. Look for their Grand Opening sometime in October.
They’ll be pouring 4 beers at their Hop Hut: The Golden One – Lemon Pilsner, The Honeyed One – Sweet American Red, The Noble One – Belgian Ale brewed with Noble Hops and The Dark One – Milk Stout. High Hops is a family run brewery, hop farm, homebrew shop and garden center. They’re brewing on a 10 BBL system and grow 35 different varieties of hops on their own hop farm! I’m looking forward to stopping by for a pint on my next trip up north. High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Highway 392, Windsor, CO 80550. 970-686-9771.
Oh, does anybody know anything about the twitter? My agent signed me up with an account and I’m supposed to be twittin’ about beer stuff I guess. Look for my bird and follow Brewtally Insane please. I’ll figure it out eventually.
That’s it for this round guys. Get out and take advantage of the nice weather before Old Man Winter rolls in.