Great week here in Colorado. Busy, but it’s that time of year. We hit the Denver Only Beer Festivus last weekend. Awesome, awesome event. Big shout out to Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver for putting on such a kick ass event. Get the full scoop and a ton of pics from the Mrs. and I right HERE.
So with the end of the world upon us, I highly suggest you put down the PBR and reach for something a little more sophisticated this weekend. I’m just saying… Whether or not you think Doomsday is actually going to rear its’ ugly head on 12.21, you’ll have plenty of great drinking options to choose from on what could be your last night on this big blue planet.
No time to lose. There’s beer to be drank and zombies to be killed. (In that order).
Friday, December 21st, 2012
Dry Dock Brewing is at it again and Firkin Master Walt has brewed up a batch of Peppermint Porter for this week’s Firkin Friday.
Just in time for xmas. Head over and grab a pint at 3 PM & 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s releasing “CranBlaaager” for this week’s Deviation.
He describes it as a “Nicely balanced mead/Munich Helles with a clean finish and cranberry notes floating in and our of perception. If the end is near then this is just the ticket.” Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Our friends over at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew are hosting a Winter Celebration & Food Drive from 4 PM – 12 AM.
Donate two non-perishable food items on Friday and they’ll give you a free OMF stemmed glass with the purchase of a beer. Click HERE for more details and a list of items they’re looking for. This is awesome glassware that’ll be a great addition to your collection. Or maybe you get one and gift it to the writer of one of your favorite blogs since he can’t make it. Wait, what? How’d that get in there?!? Seriously though, this is a great deal and they’ve only got 100 glasses to go around, so don’t miss out. Limit 1 glass per person. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Just down the road at Black Shirt Brewing Co., they’ll have plenty of tasty Red Ales pouring for you on Friday night.
They’ll open at 4 PM so you can “drink red before you’re dead”. BSB was my pick for best beers at the recent Denver Beer Festivus and I can’t wait to check them out to try more. Black Shirt Brewing Co. is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-993-2799.
Over in Highlands Ranch, Parry’s Pizza is gearing up for their End of the World Party on Friday.
They’ll be pouring Doomsday-inspired brews along with firkins from Oskar Blues and Odell. Stop by for a very cool “Last Supper” influenced menu and songs about the end of the world. I’m interested to see how far they went with their playlist. I came up with a list of tunes that hint at the end of the world and there are quite a few out there. I mean R.E.M.’s cute and all, but there are some really good ones that aren’t so obvious, ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Medeski, Martin & Wood. The fun starts at 6 PM at Parry’s Pizza Highlands Ranch – 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 and in Castle Rock – 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108.
For our friends down south, get your butts over to Trinity for the Little Death Ride Release & Death Costume Party.
This is a collaboration beer made with John Schneider of Black Fox Brewing. Little Death Ride is a “Super Saison” brewed with a slew of Mayan ingredients, with everything from red Aji chiles to pumpkin to wild white cinnamon and more and finally aged in clay pots. Put your zombie costume on and grab some Little Death Ride. They’ve got 1 and ONLY 1 keg that’ll be getting tapped at 5 PM. They’ll also have 750 mL bottles available. If we survive, there’s a toast planned at midnight. Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. 719-634-0029.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Uhm, what? We’re closed Dummy! The world’s gone to crap and the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived! Every man / woman / zombie for themselves. Did you make it? Then get your ass over to Right Coast Pizza for their Apocalypse Survival Bonfire Bash.
They’ll have 18 beers pouring from Great Divide & Ska along with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and plenty of food. The party runs from 6 PM – 11:30 PM. Right Coast Pizza is located at: 7100 W 38th St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. 303-431-6077.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be pouring their Bourbon Breakfast Stout on Cask on Saturday.
There’s no comments needed. This is a great beer that speaks for itself, so I repeat: Bourbon Breakfast Stout on Cask on Saturday. Done deal. Head to Copper Kettle Brewing Company at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Post Apocalyptic Brew News
New Belgium’s got a new Lips of Faith in the works.
Cascara Quad is a Belgian-style Quad brewed with date sugar and blended with the fruit that surrounds coffee beans (called cascara). No release date yet.
That’s it for this round guys. Have a good weekend, stay safe and I hope this isn’t my last blog… Signing off for now.
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.
Howdy Beer Freaks! How was 12.12.12? I spent the night in a haunted hotel drinking spooky beers. Anybody have any tasting stories or notes to share about the Stone Vertical Epic series? Falling Rock Tap House held a 03.03.03 through 12.12.12 tasting. I’m holding my tasting later this month or early next month. I’m really curious to see how these have held up. Drop us a note on our Facebook page to share your experience.
Quick update this weekend.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has a Cocoa-Weizen planned for this week’s Firkin Friday release.
First batch hits at 3 PM, followed by another batch at 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s releasing a Deviation called “Parli-Funki-Fication”.
Copper in color, spicy and fruity in the nose, with a malt forward, tangy farmyard funkiness. They’ll be givin’ up the funk at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe have joined forces to bring us the Denver Only Beer Festivus on Saturday.
19 Denver Breweries, local vendors, food trucks and live music. This should be a blast. Unfortunately, it sold out quickly. It was announced during GABF in mid-October and tickets were gone by early November. We’ll be there and hope to see you there too. The Festivus is being held at the recently renovated McNichol’s Building in Civic Center Park at 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO. The fun runs from 2 PM – 6 PM, with an after party featuring Great Divide at 6:30 PM. More details on the Festivus and After Party can be found HERE.
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver is hosting “Pints and Painting” on Sunday from 2 PM – 5 PM.
My wife “dragged” me to some sort of “Canvas and Cocktails” deal a few weeks ago and I gotta admit, it was a a lot of fun. The beer sucked, I actually drank wine. Gasp! Copper Kettle on the other hand, has awesome beer. So I can only imagine how much fun this is going to be.
Let your creative side shine as you’re walked through step-by-step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece of the chosen painting for the night. I’m telling you guys, the ladies love it and it’s actually a lot of fun. Not to mention, it’s at a brewery! What more could you ask for?
Reservations are $35, which includes all materials, instruction and your first beer. Click HERE for more details. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
That’s it for this round. Have fun this weekend.
Oh, and if you’re out beer huntin’ this weekend, Westvleteren probably came and went by the time you read this. Buy yourself some St. Bernardus Abt 12 and close your eyes. You’ll never know the difference.
But, AC Golden’s Ctayt, barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout is hitting shelves right now. This GABF medal-winner is limited to 1344 bottles.
Check the latest round of New Beers and Beer News for more new brews to watch for.
Good luck beer hunters. And Be Nice to each other! No chinese finger traps, feces throwin’ monkeys, tazers or anything like that. It’s only beer people! Great beer, but it’s still only beer.