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Weekend Beer Buzz 01/31/2013

Another great week here in Colorado.  Last weekend, we had the opportunity to check out the Denver Winter Brew Fest.  We put together a recap and shared a ton of pictures from our visit to this fun festival.

We also launched the first in a series of collaborative beer reviews that we’re working on with Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged.  Together, we put together an in-depth look at Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout.  So far, the feedback has been very positive.  I know we both enjoyed working on the review, so be on the lookout for more “coblogorative” style reviews in the future.

And now, here we are again, getting ready for a weekend full of great craft beer.  2013 looks to be the year of the new brewery.  I’d say we’re on pace for an average of 1 new brewery to open every week in Colorado this year.  I’m not complaining, but it’s going to be a very busy year in the world of craft beer.  This coming weekend, we’ll see three new breweries open in just four days.  If we keep this up, we’ll have to host two GABF’s.  One for Colorado and one for the rest of the U.S.

Right NOW!

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is tapping a few special kegs from Goose Island on Thursday night.

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Matilda, Sofie, Pere Jacques and Mild Winter will all be available.  Wait, I think I’m forgetting one… Hmmm, what could it be?  Oh yeah, Bourbon County Brand Stout!  Now we’re talking.  Get over to Liquids & Solids for this special tapping, which runs from 4 – 6 PM.  Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.  303-485-9400.

Our Mutual Friend’s Imperial Belgian IPA will probably kick soon.

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Head over today and don’t miss out!  Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-722-2810.

Crooked Stave has some tasty treats on tap as well.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.

Over at Yak & Yeti, Head Brewer Adam Draeger tapped his Orange-Chocolate Porter last night.  Only 1 keg was available and it’s long gone.  But fear not, he’s got plenty of other great brews to share. Earlier this week, he tapped the newest release in his Haunted Series. This time it’s “Yak’s R.I.S.”, a big ol’ 10% ABV, 100+ IBU Russian Imperial Stout. Here’s the rest of the lineup for this week.

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Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

This is the final weekend to reserve your seat for Falling Rock’s Annual Barleywine Dinner on Tuesday, February 5th.

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The multi-course menu is still being planned and there are vegetarian options available, if you notify them ahead of time.  In the past, there have been up to a dozen barleywines paired at this dinner. Tickets are $55.  Call or stop by Falling Rock to reserve your seat for this great event.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Friday, February 1st, 2013

We’ve got a new brewery opening on Friday!  De Steeg is set to open their doors on Friday at 4 PM.  Owner Craig Rothgery is ready to pour his first beers from the newest brewery to open in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver.

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This weekend, he’ll be pouring a 5.1% ABV English Mild on Nitro, a 5.5% ABV Pomegranate Acai Wheat and an 11% ABV Imperial Pumpkin.  Come out and explore the area as the opening has been coordinated with the Tennyson Street First Friday Artwalk, which spotlights local artisans and restaurants.  De Steeg Brewing is located at: 4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-484-9698.

In Aurora, Dry Dock Brewing’s got a Mosaic Dry-hopped IPA ready to roll for Firkin Friday.

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Tapping at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Jellyman’s tapping “The French Press” for his Deviation this week down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock.

This is a 6% ABV Coffee Stout brewed with the second runnings of Wilson, their very tasty Russian Imperial Stout (which is getting bottled today).  Tapping at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Breckenridge Brewery is back again this month with their Firkin First Fridays.

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This month’s release is their Avalanche Amber Ale with Kaffir lime leaves and dry-hopped with Summit Hops.  Get out and enjoy the nice weather and this great sounding brew.  Tapping at 4 PM.  Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204.  303-573-0431.

Can’t get enough freakin’ firkins?  Then head over to Hops & Pie for their Firkin 1st Friday release. This time it’s with Crooked Stave and their Surette Saison.

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Look for plenty of funk and spices in this 6.5% ABV Saison that was aged in a Downslope whiskey barrel.  Tapping at 6 PM.  Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.  303-477-7000.

Friday is also the kickoff for the “Run the Gauntlet” challenge over at Star Bar.  30 Avery beers in 28 days.  Can you handle it?  Probably not, but you should try anyways, because if you can, you’ll be rewarded with transportation from Star Bar to Avery Brewing for a private tour.  Have you seen the beer list?  Here’s a peek at some of the ridiculously tasty offerings they’re planning to tap:

– The Maharaja Imperial IPA
– The Czar Imperial Stout
– The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
– Hog Heaven Barleywine
– The Reverend Belgian-Style Quad
– Salvation Belgian Golden
– New World Porter
– Lebenweizen
– Lilikoi Kepolo
– 3Point5 Pale Ale
– Bolder Weisse
– Tweak
…and more!

Star Bar is located at: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  720-328-2420.

Over at Falling Rock, it’s the start of “Dain Bramage Month”, with a month-long celebration of Barleywines!

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Owner Chris Black acquired 6 new barleywines last week and plans to tap several vintage kegs Tuesday night for those lucky guests attending the Barleywine Dinner (see above).  These will be available for everyone else beginning on Wednesday.  No word on what will be tapped just yet. They’re still deciding what to pull out of the cellar.  Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.  303-293-8338.

Don’t forget February is the beginning of Stout Month over at the Mountain Sun brewpubs.  Stout Month is always a great time to stop by and enjoy some rich, roast brews.

Look for special beers to be released every Tuesday and Friday, beginning on 2/5 at all three locations.  In addition to their own beers like Addicition Coffee Imperial Stout, Girl Scout Stout and Chocolate Dip, they’ve got plenty of great guest beers lined up as well.  Keep your eyes open for Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Renegade’s Black Gold Peanut Butter Stout, Wildwood’s S’mores Stout and dozens more.  Mountain Sun is located at: 1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.  Souther Sun is located at: 627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.  Vine Street Pub is located at: 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

We mentioned Verboten a few weeks ago when they had a soft opening at their location up in Loveland.  But get ready, because their Grand Opening is coming up on Saturday afternoon.

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They’ll be debuting their new brewery with live music, food trucks, beer cupcakes, giveaways and of course BEER!  Verboten will be pouring Orange Blossom Honey Wheat, Lemongrass Wit, IPA, Caramel Porter, Espresso Stout, Kentucky Common Dark Cream Ale and Sour Rum Barrel-Aged Porter.  The party starts at 1 PM.  Be sure to check out this preview of Verboten from our friend Dave Butler over at Fermentedly Challenged.  Verboten Brewing is located at: 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537.  970-988-6333.

Dry Dock Brewing launched their cans to local retailers last week and that’s cause for celebration. Stop by the brewery for the official “Take it in the Can” launch party on Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. Snag a can of Apricot Blonde, Hop Abomination, Hefeweizen or Amber for only $3.

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Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Don’t forget to check out the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM760 from noon – 2 PM.

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Don’t quote me, but I believe the boys are back in the studio this week.  They always put on a great show, so be sure to tune in and see what’s on tap for this week.

Over on the FM side, Gary V and Dustin (from Avery Brewing) will be in the studio for American Craft Beer Radio.

This show is live on 102.3 FM ESPN Radio from 1 -2 PM.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Go watch the Super Bowl already.  Or at least watch the commercials and heckle whatever joke of an artist the NFL has chosen for the half-time show.  Do your thing and drink a craft beer or two.  Go Ravens.

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Fate Brewing in Boulder, will open their doors on Monday.  They might not have their brewhouse up and running just yet, but that hasn’t stopped Head Brewer Jeff Griffith from getting out and brewing some beer.  He’s already collaborated with multiple brewers in Boulder, including Wild Woods, Twisted Pine and Southern Sun.

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Fate plans to have their collaborations pouring on Monday, along with twenty other Colorado craft beers.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried the Imperial IPA, Cocoa Punk’n Porter and Eisbock and I love what I’ve had so far.  Bring an appetite, as a full food menu will also be available.  Fate Brewing is located at: 1600 38th St, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301.

Beer Hunters, Gatherers, Trappers and Traders

Pliny the Younger Season starts this weekend at Russian River in Santa Rosa, CA.

Here in Colorado, we’re still patiently waiting to see what beer bars will be allocated a keg of this beautiful beer.  Try to remain calm and know that we’ll get you the details as soon as we can.  In the meantime, enjoy this fun little documentary we came across last week.

Sour fans might want to consider securing a bottle or two of Cascade’s 2011 Vlad the Imp Aler, when they go on sale through the Cascade website this Saturday.

A little pricey at $30 / bottle, but this is a phenomenal beer.  Mrs. Insane and I visited the brewery a while back for their Anniversary Party and this is one of my favorites from Cascade.  The beer is a blend of Quads, Triples and Blonds and has been aged in select bourbon and wine barrels.  Get some before they’re gone.

Firestone Walker will release their latest batch of §ucaba this week.

Beer hunters should keep an eye out for this barrel-aged American Barleywine to hit the CO market in the next few weeks.  Drink fresh or age for later.  (Or both.)

Lastly, for all the beer traders out there, Foothills Brewing out in North Carolina, will be releasing the 2013 batch of Sexual Chocolate on Saturday at the brewery in North Carolina.

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1800 bottles of this delicious Russian Imperial Stout will be up for grabs during Saturday’s release. It’s well worth the trouble if you’re lucky enough to track down a bottle.

Almost forgot about your German lesson for this week.

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Thanks Bill!  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.  303-729-1175.

Man, I’m spent.  Hope that tides you over for a few days.  Have fun, drink well and enjoy the big game.

Cheers!

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Weekend Beer Buzz 12/06/2012

Hope you guys had a good week.  Last weekend’s Zwanze Day was pretty insane and will surely be one for the ages.  Thanks again to Chad and the Crooked Stave staff for hosting such an amazing event.  I’m off work for the next week and starting it off right with a little Beer and Broncos shindig tonight.  Go Beer!  Don’t worry, I’ve still got your Weekend Beer Buzz ready.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s ready to get your weekend started right.  For this week’s Deviaton, he’s releasing “Eric The Red” Braggot (a blend of mead and beer).

Tapping and specially paired appetizer will be on at 4 PM.  Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Over at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, Hop Heads are rejoicing with last week’s release of Hop Abomination.  This is the 9th version of the beer and it’s another winner.  I tried the new recipe last weekend and I enjoyed the low(er) ABV on this batch.  It’s 5.8% this time, with 100 IBU’s.  As if that wasn’t enough, for the upcoming Firkin Friday, it’s been double dry-hopped!.

Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

It’s First Friday time over at Breckenridge Brewery in Denver.  For this month’s Firkin First Friday, they’ve brewed a Christmas Cookie Ale.

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Get out and give this one a try before the cold weather moves in this weekend.  Tapping at 4 PM. Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204.  800-328-6723.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Lone Tree Brewing is celebrating their 1-year Anniversary this weekend.

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In addition to special tappings like a Peppermint Mocha Porter and Chili Pepper Red, Gary V from American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live on 102.3 FM on Saturday at noon and there will be a Customer Appreciation Brunch at noon on Sunday.  Check the above flyer for all the tapping details, food trucks and music schedule.

Lone Tree’s also got an expansion in the works and new fermenters have been springing up around the brewery.

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Two 20 BBL fermenters were delivered this week and two more are scheduled for delivery in 6 weeks. They even have plans to begin bottling soon!  Lone Tree Brewing is located at: 8222 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124.  303-792-5822.

The guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show are back in the studio after taking last week off.  Tune it to AM760 at noon for updates from the Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado, learn about the Großen Bart Brewery and get the lowdown on Renegade Brewing’s upcoming canned releases and to hear about their plans to open a restaurant and beer bar near DU!

Down in Colorado Springs, Eric Steen and his team at Focus on the Beer, are celebrating two year’s with a party at Trinity Brewing.

They’ve rounded up some special beers to share: Crooked Stave – L’Brett d’Or, Wynkoop – Barrel Aged Barleywine, Backcountry – SaiZin and a whole bunch more.  The party runs from 5 – 11 PM. Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Lastly, there’s snow in the forecast for Colorado on Saturday.  Stranahan’s Whiskey is releasing their latest Snowflake on Saturday.  If you’re not familiar with their Snowflakes, this is basically their one-off / experimental series of fine spirits.  This latest release is called Mount Shavano Malbec.

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Sales of this beauty begin at 9AM, but I’m sure the line will being EARLY on Saturday morning.  $99 / bottle, 3-bottle limit.  And just in case you’re wondering, YES, this will sell out on Saturday.  They always do.  I know Stranahan’s is Whiskey and this is a beer blog, but so, so many great beers kiss their used barrels.  Not to mention, The Rackhouse is the adjoining pub / restaurant and is a tremendous supporter of Colorado Craft Beer.  It’s definitely worth mentioning in this lil’ ol’ beer blog.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is located at: 200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Bacon & Beer Festival hits Denver on Sunday.  Sadly, this is sold out…  But, I’m sure if you had your eyes (or stomach) on this one, you snatched up your tickets well in advance.

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I slacked and missed out….  BooHoo for me.  Have fun out there if you’re going.  I’d love to see some pics or hear some feedback on this one.  I really hope this turns out to be an annual event for our great state.

As for me, I’ll be hitting up Dry Dock for their Bligh’s Barleywine release on Sunday morning.  Did you know that Bligh’s is currently the highest rated beer coming out of the Mountain States on Beeradvocate.com?  Didn’t know that did you?  Me neither.  Not until about 5 minutes ago anyway.  I knew it was up there, but didn’t realize it was #1!  It’s currently #91 in the U.S. if you were wondering.  Rankings aside, it’s a phenomenal beer.  This is a great beer to drink now AND later, so grab a couple for the cellar.

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Sunday’s release will be at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora on Sunday at 11 AM.  1 bottle per person, $20 each, 120 bottles.  The remaining 160 cases will be distributed to local stores on 12/11.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

That’s it for this weekend guys!  Have fun, stay warm, be good and Go Broncos!
Cheers!

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!