AC Golden- IPL
AC Golden- Double IPA
Alpine- Exponential Hoppiness
Arvada Beer- Goldline IPA
Arvada Beer- Arvada Pride Double IPA
Asher- Greenade Double IPA
Avery Brewing- Summer’s Day IPA
Avery Brewing- duganA
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped duganA
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped Maharaja
Avery Brewing- Ale to the Chief
Avery Brewing- Double dry-hopped Ale to the Chief
Avery Brewing- Avery IPA
Avery Brewing- Centennial and Cascade dry-hopped IPA
Big Choice Brewing- Hemlock Double IPA
Big Choice Brewing- Type III IPA
Bootstrap Brewing- Insane Rush
Boston Beer Co.- Dark Depths
Boston Beer Co.- Tasman Red
Boston Beer Co.- Whitewater IPA
Boston Beer Co.- Latitude 48
Boulder Beer Co.- Mojo
Boulder Beer Co.- Champagne Mojo
Boulevard Brewing- Double-Wide IPA
Breckenridge Brewery- 471 Double IPA
Breckenridge Brewery- Lucky U IPA
Brewery Ommegang- BPA
Bristol Brewing- Compass IPA
Cigar City- Jai Alai
Cigar City- Jai Alai aged on White Oak
COOP Ale Works- F5 IPA
COOP Ale Works- Orange Blossom Double IPA
Crazy Mountain- Hookiebobb IPA
Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA
Dry Dock Brewing- Dry Dock Double IPA
Epic Brewing- Hopulent IPA
Epic Brewing- Imperial IPA
Fate Brewing- Evolution
Firestone Walker- Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker- Double Jack
Firestone Walker- Wookey Jack Unfiltered Black Rye IPA
Funkwerks- Belgian IPA
Golden City- Evolution IPA
Golden Road- Point the Way IPA
Grand Teton Brewing- Lost Continent Double IPA
Gravity Brewing- Acceleration Double IPA
Great Divide- Titan IPA
Great Divide- Rumble
Great Divide- Hercules Double IPA
Left Hand- 400 Pound Monkey
Mountain Sun- Vagabond
Nebraska Brewing- Romancing the Cone
Nebraska Brewing- Hop God
New Belgium- Super
New Belgium- Ranger IPA
New Belgium- Belgo
Odell Brewing Co.- Odell American Style IPA
Odell Brewing Co,- Myrcenary
Oskar Blues- Deviant Dale’s IPA
Oskar Blues- Double dry-hopped Deviant Dale’s IPA
Oskar Blues- Barrel Aged Gubna
Oskar Blues- Homeskillet Black IPA
Pizza Port Ocean Beach- Retox
Pizza Port Carlsbad- Delusions of Grandeur
Pizza Port San Clemente- Nose Rider Double IPA
Port Brewing- Hop 15
Redstone Meadery- Nectar of the Hops
Renegade Brewing- Ryeteous
Renegade Brewing- Elevation
Santa Fe- Happy Camper
Ska Brewing- Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing- Decadent
Stone Brewing- Stone 16th Anniversary Double IPA
Stone Brewing- Sublimely Self Righteous
Strange Brewing- IPAphany IPA
Strange Brewing- Z.O.R.A Rosemary Pale
The Fort Collins Brewery- The Incredible Hop Rye Imperial IPA
The Fort Collins Brewery- Rocky Mountain IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Boy IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Girl IPA
Twisted Pine- Hoppy Knight
Two Brothers Brewing- Outlaw IPA
Upslope- Upslope IPA
Upslope- Rye IPA
Upslope- Double IPA
Victory Brewing- Hopdevil
Victory Brewing- Hop Wallop
Victory Brewing- Ranch Double IPA
Colorado Craft Beer Week is nearly upon us. You know what the Dr says.
I like Beer. You like Beer. Drink often, drink well. Who’s got what on tap, when and where? I’m on it.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Black Shirt Brewing’s been teasing some big news on their Facebook page this week. They’re busy for sure and I can’t wait to share the news with you guys. Hopefully next week. In the meantime, here’s this week’s setlist.
Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-993-2799.
Former Future Brewing Company is releasing tickets today for their first ever tasting event, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th.
The link to score FREE tickets will go up on their Facebook Page at 2 PM. There’s only 50 tickets available, split between two timed sessions. Don’t delay.
Boulder’s Upslope Brewing will re-release their Belgian Style Pale Ale at the brewery on Thursday.
You want fresh? You got it. From 5 – 7 PM, you’ll be able to walk right up to the canning line and grab a freshly filled can before the lid is sealed on top. How cool is that?!?! 6-packs will also be available to-go. Beer hunters watch for this one to hit your local retailers over the next few weeks. Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd #20, Boulder, CO 80304.
World of Beer opened in Denver yesterday.
500+ beers from around the world, plus 50 taps. It’s good to have options. And a cab. We stopped by and were blown away by the selection. Top notch beers and a very knowledgable staff. Good times for sure. They don’t offer food, but you can bring your own or order from nearby restaurants. We’re working on a feature story which will hopefully be up soon. Until then, stop by and see what they’re all about. World of Beer is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing will tap a firkin of Flyin’ High Rye on Friday. This is a dry-hopped Rye Ale.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Rockyard Brewing’s very own Jellyman is getting in the spirit of the upcoming Funk’n Wild event (details below), by releasing “…Deviate From The Norm”. This is a 5% ABV “light ale fermented with Brettanomyces yeast”.
Nerds, you catch that Rush reference? Old School Rush. Eat it up. “Everybody needs a mood lifter.” Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Up at Yak & Yeti in Arvada, they tapped a Chocolate Frosting Stout, which was brewed with vanilla, almond and lactose. This is the newest release in the “Haunted Series”. Here’s the rest of the lineup.
Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
There’s fun(k) to be had at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids on Saturday. Funk’n Wild is back for another round of frightfully funky, sickeningly sour and wickedly wild ales.
This time around, AC Golden’s Troy Casey will be the guest of honor. Troy just got back from Belgium and will surely have some great stories and experiences to share. He’s a brilliant brewer and has been hatching secret brews in the bowels of MillerCoors for the past few years. We recognized his Apricot in our Best of 2012 article. Stop by and stir the ongoing “Crafty vs. Craft” debate, while enjoying some funk’n wild brews in the process. The fun begins at 1 PM. Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.
The boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be posted up at Hops & Pie for this month’s Littlest Big Beer Festival. This time, the LBBF is featuring all Barrel-Aged beers. Quick story, Hops & Pie got ahold of 5 first run, Makers Mark barrels, then hand-picked 5 different local breweries to each receive one barrel. This all went down last September. Each brewery then filled their barrel with a secret brew and stashed it away. Flash forward to this weekend and now these new brews are ready for you. The Odell Mountain Standard & Lugene Blend just sounds stupid good. All 5 beers will be tapped at noon.
While you’re there, enjoy the Colorado Craft Beer Show from noon – 2 PM on AM760. If you can’t make it, be sure to tune in and see what you’re missing while getting your weekly dose of craft beer news. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Tickets! Get your tickets!
Dark Lord Day is coming, you fervent little freaks. Sunday’s the day to get tickets to the release party, which is scheduled for April 27th at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, IN. Better skip those St. Patrick’s Day frat parties or you’ll be left behind with nothing to show for it other than a bad hangover and a reminder of why green beer is still lame. Click HERE and cross your fingers on Sunday or the Dark Lord will eat your soul! He’s hungry, so don’t test him.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Most Monday’s suck. It’s a fact. So says Garfield and Angry Cat. Then again, Angry Cat doesn’t like anything, so screw that little ball of hate.
Well buckle up, because this Monday’s going to be good. In fact, it’ll be great. “Why”, you ask? Thanks for asking. Because Colorado Craft Beer Week begins on Monday and Falling Rock Tap House is the place to be for the big kickoff.
I repeat, Falling Rock Tap House is THE place to be on Monday. So quit your whining and head over to view the glorious sight of 80 different Colorado breweries pouring under one roof. Yeah people, this is BIG! (That’s what she said!) $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.
Into the Future…
As for the rest of the week, I’m not going to list every single event going on during CO Craft Beer Week. If I did, I wouldn’t have time to get out and enjoy the fun myself. But, keep your browser pointed HERE for a list of what to drink and do next week. There are plenty of chances to get out and toast our amazing breweries and craft beer scene. Check with your local breweries to see what they’ve got planned. We’ll have more events listed on our Facebook Page and in the next Weekend Beer Buzz. Stay tuned.
And last, but not least, Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch will be releasing a small amount of delicious bombers from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing on Thursday, March 28th at 6 PM.
I don’t need to tell you how big this is. Parry’s is the only place in the state where you’ll be able to find Cigar City (aside from some random beer nerds cellar) and these beauties surely won’t last long. We’ll see if we can finagle some more details before the event gets here. Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
That’s it for now. 70 degrees this weekend. Go, see, do, drink, repeat.
Cold, snowy week here my friends. The “Redneck Ruler” has been working overtime, trying to keep up with the foot of snow we got this week.
Our team of “experts” flew in for a few days to revamp the website. Those slackers got a good start, but we’re not ready to relaunch just yet. It’s coming…
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Some of the last kegs of this year’s Pliny the Younger release are getting tapped tonight.
Freshcraft will begin handing out tickets at 5:30 PM, with the tapping scheduled for 6 PM. 6 oz. pours will sell for $7. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-758-9608.
Over at The Cheeky Monk, they’ll tap their last keg at 6:30 PM. $10 / glass. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. 303-861-0347.
The Inaugural SUDS for SIDS Brew Fest is at Mile High Station in downtown Denver, CO.
The event will raise money for Angel Eyes, which helps families cope with the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler. As the father of two, this is a very scary topic and one that isn’t recognized enough. Parent or not, it’s a great cause. The $40 ticket will allow you the opportunity to try a variety of beers, sample food from local restaurants and meet dancers from the Broncos and Nuggets. Beer geeks can look for brews from more than a dozen breweries including Elevation, River North, Strange and Oskar Blues. Mile High Station is located at: 2027 W Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.
Last night, Renegade and Wit’s End tapped their collaboration beer, called Judge Whoppner. It’s an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with malted milk. The initial 10 gallon batch is on tap at Renegade right now. A second batch is set to be brewed soon over at Wit’s End for their tasting room. Shikes has all the details in his recent Westword article. In the meantime, head over to Renegade and give it a try. Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Aurora’s Cedar Creek Pub is a bit of a hidden gem out in. Today, they’ll tap a keg of The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye. It’s brewed with around 40% rye malt, then transferred to oak barrels where the sour yeast and bacteria work their magic. This is a tasty, complex, moderately funky, seasonal brew from California’s The Bruery.
I still need to make a trip to visit Cedar Creek Pub, but their beer tappings have just gotten better and better over the past few months and the food menu looks great too. Stop by and give them a try. Cedar Creek Pub is located at: 2100 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO 80045. 303-537-4124.
Up in Arvada, Yak & Yeti’s Head Brewer Adam Draeger, tapped a Toasted Coconut Porter yesterday and the (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock is getting rave reviews. Here’s this week’s lineup.
Draeger also said he brewed a large batch of a Belgian Dubbel that will be ready sometime towards the end of March. The beer will be called “Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge” and features 25 pounds of homemade Belgian Candi Sugar. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Crooked Stave has your sour fix. They just tapped Sentience aged in a Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey Barrel. This won’t last, so get to the barrel room today. It’ll also be pouring at Strong Ale Fest, so you’ve got a couple of chances to try this amazing beer.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday release will be a Citrus Saison.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s got a 15% ABV Eis’d Bier de Garde, called King Baudoin.
This Deviation is described as a “malt forward and chewy ale” that will “warm you like a thick down coat”. Perfect for the cold, snowy days we’ve experienced lately. This behemoth will tap at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
As for us, we’ll be at the 11th Annual Strong Ale Festival at Avery Brewing in Boulder. You know how much we love the Avery Fests and this one is no exception. This is THE place to be this weekend if you crave those big ass, roided up, 8+% ABV, monster brews. I’ll be scoping out Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, Avery’s Tweak (coffee infused Mephistopheles) and whatever the hell Surly brings this year. Maybe a little of your new barrel-aged Brett beer, Pentagram? Yeah, that works. And bring back Darkness you foolio’s!
Strong Ale Fest sold out quick, so if you don’t already have tickets, well, you’re probably out of luck. However, if you do have tickets, look for us Friday night. The event continues on Saturday and features a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio. More details below. And if you just want to re-live last year’s fest and gaze over the menu, click HERE. Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.
UPDATE: The 2013 Strong Ale Fest beer list is up for your drooling pleasure. Start planning your weekend right HERE.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Strong Ale Fest at Avery continues on Saturday from noon to 5 PM. The Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio will kick things off out front beginning at noon. Check them out on AM 760 and 102.3 FM respectively. Be responsible people. Book a hotel, call a cab, eat a big meal, drink a whole mess of water, have fun.
If you don’t have tickets for Strong Ale Fest, then get your butt over to Copper Kettle Brewing Company, for the release of their Barrel Aged Old Ale.
Tapping at noon. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC
Don’t forget your German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.
Prost needs your help. They’re looking to name their 4 fermenters. They’ve got three 70 barrel tanks and one 80 barrel. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will win a growler a month for one year! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Hops & Pie will tap their Pliny the Younger keg on Sunday.
They’ll hand out 50 tickets when the doors open at 2 PM. A ticket guarantees you a 10 oz. pour, so don’t be late. The keg gets tapped at 4 PM and all tickets must be redeemed by 8 or you risk losing your share. Pliny the Elder will also be on tap. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Monday, March 4th, 2013
Your last chance for Pliny the Younger is coming up on Monday down at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs.
Tickets will be available at 6 PM and the tapping will happen at 7 PM. Don’t be one of those whiners who didn’t get their Younger this year. Get out and get some. Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. 719-634-0029.
Other Exciting Brew News
Some of Colorado’s lady brewers brewed a collaboration beer at Wynkoop earlier this week. They joined forces to brew a Belgian Pale Ale that’ll debut during Colorado Craft Beer Week in March. Click on this link for a short video that aired on Fox31 a few days ago. There’s also details on a contest they’re having to name the brew. Winner gets FREE BEER!
Boulder’s Fate Brewing has been staying busy. Business is good at the new brewpub and the brewhouse is almost completely installed. Sales & Marketing Director Hannah Lloyd says they should be “brewing test batches by this weekend…fingers crossed”.
Until then, be sure to stop by and check out some of their tasty collaboration brews. Fate Brewing is located at: 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew gave us a little tease this week.
A new 3 BBL brew system is on the way and it looks like bottles are in the future as well. Congrats to Brandon and the rest of the gang on this very exciting news! Stop by and check them out if you haven’t already. They just expanded their hours again to better serve the local beer freaks. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Beer Hunters, take note that Firestone Walker’s §ucaba, a barrel-aged Barleywine and Stone’s Old Guardian Barleywine are making the rounds right now. Stone also released an Oak-Smoked version of Old Guardian as part of their “Odd Beers for Odd Years” line of beers. I can’t speak for the new Oak-Smoked, but the others are great both fresh and aged. Get ’em while you can.
Utah’s Epic Brewing is opening a brewery, barrel room and tasting room right here in Denver. They’re just getting started over there, but plenty of exciting things are coming.
As always, we’ll keep you posted with updates. An April opening is expected.
Happy Birthday to us!
Brewtally Insane (that’s us) turns 1 this week! Just wanted to say Thank You to all of our readers, brewers and amazing people who have supported us since we fired up this little site last year. We really, really, really appreciate it. I started this just as a way to keep some friends in the loop with all the local beer happenings and it’s taken off from there. So Thank You! Look for us at SUDS for SIDS at Mile High Station tomorrow and Strong Ale Fest at Avery Brewing on Friday. Say “hi”, have fun, be safe.
You guys rock! Craft beer rules!
We had a killer time last week on the left coast. San Diego is a great, great beer town. No, it’s not Denver, let’s not get carried away, but it’s solid and growing just as quickly as our local scene. This was our second visit in 18 months and it’s crazy to see the growth. We shared some sights and tastes from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey and we’ve got more to come including the Inaugural San Diego Winter Brew Fest, Green Flash, AleSmith and more. Stay tuned!
And hey, it’s lent.
Maybe give up something a little more reasonable like eating or shaving (which I happily haven’t done since November). Do what you gotta do, but don’t give up craft beer.
In other news, the CO brewers won their fight against grocery and convenience stores selling full-strength beer. Well done boys and girls. I sincerely hope this is the last time you all have to fight that fight. Unfortunately, it seems some overpaid assbanana brings it up again year after year. Until then, Congrats on winning this battle.
And lastly, before we start our weekend run down, Cheers to Swagger, the Old English Sheepdog and CO-native that made us all proud at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The big guy placed second overall out of 2,500+ pups. Nicely done! Now maybe your owner will finally get that furry mop out of your eyes.
And now, it’s time to get serious. Focus. It’s time for your Weekend Beer Buzz.
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
The Day of Love is very near and if you love beer, then have no fear, just plant your eyes on this page right here. Many of the beery events and Valentine’s beer dinners sold out long ago, but here are a few that don’t require tickets and should have plenty of beer flowing for you and your special someone on Thursday night.
Dry Dock has a delicious pair of tappings lined up for Thursday. Stop by and revisit Rudolph’s Revenge, which you might remember as Head Brewer Doug Hyndman’s Raspberry Pomegranate Porter from the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown. Dry Dock also plans to release a firkin of Strawberry Hefeweizen, which I think at one point used to be called Heidi Klum? Am I wrong here? Either way, firkin at noon, Rudolph at 4 PM. Don’t be surprised if a few more treats pop up as well.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Black Shirt Brewing is hosting a beer and desert pairing on Thursday. End your special night with a Chai Red Porter and a specially prepared desert.
This will run from 5 – 9 PM and is rumored to be your only chance to try this great brew. The BSB tasting room will now be open on Wednesday’s, with expanded hours throughout the week. Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-993-2799.
Scott and the Wit’s End Gang will have their 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Pairing from 4 PM – ? (until the chocolate’s gone!).
Cruise over to the Wit’s End Website and see what they’ve got planned for this year’s event. The Kitchen Sink Porter is paired with a chocolate-bacon bar. Need I say more? Sappy, cheese-filled music provided free of charge. Wit’s End Brewing is located at: 2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO 80223. 303-459-4379.
Up at Yak & Yeti in Arvada, Head Brewer Adam Draeger released (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock and Cherry Porter this week. For Valentine’s Day, he’s bringing back Red Hot Wheat, which is brewed with Red Hots Candies. Draeger describes the 4.9% ABV bright red brew as a “Dentyne gum flavored dessert wine to share with the sweetheart of your life”.
Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Speaking of Yeti’s, there’s been reports of a sighting over at Great Divide. They’ll be tapping a Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Version of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti at 2 PM. Wow, that sounds amazing.
Great Divide Brewing is located at: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-296-9460.
Up in Longmont at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, they’ll have hand carved prime rib and some special Ommegang goodies on draft.
Homemade Liquids and Solids is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. 303-485-9400.
Lone Tree Brewing will tap The Princess Vidrevitz Russian Imperial Stout and Chocolate Cherry Stout at noon today. Sounds delish.
Lone Tree Brewing is located at: 8222 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124. 303-792-5822.
Here’s the latest from Crooked Stave.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Friday, February 15th, 2013
Just in case you don’t have enough spice in your life on Valentine’s Day, Dry Dock’s tapping a Green Chili Double IPA on Firkin Friday.
Tapping at 3 PM. I don’t typically reach for chili brews, but this one’s good. Damn good. Trust me. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s busting out “The Preacher” for this week’s Deviation. The Preacher is a Simcoe and Vanguard Pale Ale.
Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Congrats to River North Brewery, who’ll be celebrating their 1-year Anniversary on Saturday. Stop by and share a beer from their great lineup of Belgian-influenced ales. You’ll also have the opportunity to try their newest and biggest beer yet, a 12.5% ABV Imperial Stout that was brewed to commemorate the special occasion. 120 cases produced, so perhaps this’ll see a bit of local distribution. Keep your eyes peeled fellow beer hunters and gatherers.
River North will also be offering tours of their barrel room. The party starts at 1 PM and you won’t want to miss out. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-296-2617,
The Tasty Weasel is also gearing up for an Anniversary Party. The Oskar Blues Tap Room in Longmont will be celebrating 4 years with a super secret beer release, food trucks and of course skee ball. They’ll be joined by the Colorado Craft Beer Show, who’ll be kicking it off at noon on AM 760. Better yet, stop by and watch the show live.
The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd, Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501. 303-776-1914.
The 3rd Annual Winter Beer Fest is right around the corner. On Saturday, the Woodland Park Cultural Center will be turned into a beer garden as Prost Brewing, Arvada Beer Company, Trinity Brewing and others set up shop for the afternoon.
Tickets are only $15, but hurry, as they’ll jump to $30 if you wait to buy them at the door. Ticket price includes taster glass and unlimited tastings. This event runs from 2 – 6 PM. More details and ticket info can be found HERE. The Woodland Park Cultural Center is located at: 210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80863.
Pliny the Younger Update
The Younger kegs are slowly invading Denver.
So far, we’ve got two tapping times confirmed.
Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will tap their keg on Sunday, February 24th at noon. Tickets are $9 / 11 oz. and will be sold at 11 AM. Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-449-4285.
The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe in Denver will have TWO tappings! The first will hit tap lines on Monday, February 25th, the second will get tapped on Thursday, February 28th. Both will start pouring at 6:30 PM. $10 / glass, first come, first serve. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. 303-861-0347.
Until next time, here’s your German lesson for the week.
Pretty sure they didn’t teach you that in High School. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
It’s been fun. Let’s do it again next weekend.
Another glorious week here in old Colorado. The little varmint didn’t see his shadow, so maybe that explains the 50 degree weather all week.
Animals turn Humans into clowns. Babies seem to have that ability as well.
In other news, we visited The Source last week to check out the future digs for a variety of local artisans, but specifically Crooked Stave.
An update can be found HERE. We’ve extremely excited about this new venture and we’ll be keeping you updated along the way.
Breckenridge Brewery announced their plans to open an environmentally friendly new brewery, farmhouse, hop farm and more over in Littleton along the Platte River. They plan to break ground in 2013 and open in 2014.
Another very exciting turn of events in our world of CO breweries. Check out their page for the official announcement.
Lastly, congrats to De Steeg and Fate Brewing, who both had successful openings last week. We can’t wait to stop by for a visit and a chance to try your brews.
Grab a beer and let’s toast to Animals, Babies, Crooked Stave, Breckenridge, De Steeg and Fate on an awesome week. Now, sit back, grab your calendar and start planning your weekend. It starts… wait for it… get ready… NOW!
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Renegade Brewing launches their next wave of cans today! Cans of Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale have been showing up at better beer stores around town all week. To celebrate the release, Renegade’s hosting a party on Thursday from 6 – 10 PM.
Stop by for a pint and grab some cans to-go. Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draeger has plenty of great options to pick from this week, including a newly tapped Vanilla Porter, brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans.
Tune in next week, when Adam taps a Bock, Cherry Porter and Red Hots Wheat, his special Valentine’s Day brew made with Red Hots candies. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora has your firkin fix this week. Stop by and try this week’s Firkin Friday release, which is a Lavender Dark Saison.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down South at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s got a 4.5% ABV Ginger Ale made with “fresh ginger, French oak and a tin of ginger Altoids”. This one’s called “NOT MARIANNE”. See if you can figure out the connection between the name and the beer.
Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Parry’s Pizza is hosting “Firkin Right Friday” and tapping some Barrel-Aged West Coast IPA from California’s Green Flash Brewing on Friday at 4 PM. Love this beer. To see a Green Flash firkin in CO is a rare treat. Get some.
Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Still not enough firkins fir ya? Then get the firk over to High Hops Brewery and Hop Farm in Windsor for their Inaugural Firkin Fest. Look for 14 taps to be pouring, plus special one-day only firkins, food and live music. The beer starts flowing at noon.
High Hops Brewery is located at: 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO 80550. 970-674-2841.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will tap their new Weizenbock on Friday at 7 PM.
7% ABV, 31 IBU’s. Stop by and check out one of Denver’s newest breweries. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Somewhat quiet Saturday around town this week, so we’re heading to California for the Inaugural San Diego Brew Fest and a visit to some of our favorite West Coast breweries like Lost Abbey and Stone. Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for updates. We’ll have a full report next week.
In the meantime, get your brew news fix with our friends Turk and the Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
This week, they’ll be joined in the studio with Brian Hutchinson, who formerly brewed at Mountain Sun and is now brewing at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, which just opened in Golden last month. They’ll also have David Zuckerman and Dan Weitz from Boulder Beer in the studio. Tune into the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM on Saturday.
Odell will release Amuste at the brewery on Saturday. This is an “Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado”.
Pick up a bottle to-go and stick around for a glass at the brewery. Sales will begin at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. This should hit local shelves very soon, so keep an eye out. Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524. 970-490-9070.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company is bringing back their Smoked Porter this weekend.
Tapping at noon, food truck at 4 PM and live music at 6 PM. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Don’t forget this week’s German lesson with Bill Eye from Prost Brewing.
Hey, if you’re going to learn a foreign language, you better at least know how to speak Beer. Thanks Bill! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
Pliny the Younger Update
The Pliny’s been raging this week out at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA.
No word yet on when we’ll see kegs around town, but we should have some information at some point next week. Stay tuned!
Dark Lord Day 2013
Speaking of hyped, big beers. Dark Lord Day 2013 is coming. Last week, Three Floyds Brewing unveiled a new logo for their über popular Russian Imperial Stout. I guess they ran out of different colors of wax, so it was time to change the label in order for us beer nerds to differentiate between the vintages.
Looks pretty sharp. And angry! There are rumors that Three Floyds will move this year’s event to a location away from the brewery, in order to better accommodate the crowds. We’ll keep you posted with updates as we get ’em.
That’s it for this weekend.
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.
Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is tapping a few special kegs from Goose Island on Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
– Lilikoi Kepolo
– 3Point5 Pale Ale
– Bolder Weisse
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weekend’s nearly here. Big weekend of beer, combined with a beautiful forecast.
The Kool-Aid Man always knows the right words to say. Chicks dig the big guy too.
Oh, before we get started, Mile High Wine & Spirits deserves a HUGE shout out for bringing De Dolle Stille Nacht back to Colorado. Yep, the bestest ever xmas beer made a return appearance in our great state last week.
I don’t know how Andre does it, but he does. Keep on, keeping on my friend. The Reserva lasted about 11.3 seconds, so don’t waste your time calling to get a bottle. I don’t know if he’s got any Stille Nacht left. He shouldn’t. If I had made it over, he wouldn’t. But either way, I applaud Andre and his beer department for continuing to track down the very best offerings from around the globe. If you haven’t checked them out yet, make it a priority. They care about bringing the very best beers to Colorado. Mile High Wine & Spirits is located at: 435 S Vance St, Lakewood, CO 80226. 303-936-0272.
Crooked Stave has a killer menu every week and they’re at it again with this great lineup.
Get over to Yak & Yeti sometime soon for a chance to try some of Head Brewer Adam Draeger’s awesome creations. Right now, he’s got everything from a Chipotle Porter to a Oaked IPA, the latest release in his Haunted Series.
Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Dry Dock Brewing Company will tap a Maple Smoked Porter at 3 PM for this week’s Firkin Friday release.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Jellyman’s got “The Honey Bird” lined up for this week’s Deviation.
This is a 6% ABV filtered American Wheat Braggot. Look for a mead and malt nose, nicely balanced flavor and big time drinkability. Tapping at 4 PM. When it’s gone, it’s gone, so leave work a little early and get on over for this one. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
As for us, we’ll be attending the Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station on Friday.
It sold out earlier this week, but I hope to see some familiar faces in attendance. More than 40 breweries will be pouring including Elevation, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues and Stone. Doors open at 6 PM for VIP and 7 PM for GA. Mile High Station is located at: 2027 W Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Saturday is stupid. It’s too big for its’ own good. Saturday is so bad, it should be in detention.
Over at Falling Rock Tap House, the King’s cleaning out his cellar.
Owner Chris Black has been digging deep to share some of his cellared treasures with Denver beer geeks and he was kind enough to give us an exclusive sneak peek into what’ll be available. You want this? Are you ready? Me too, but first, a few points I was asked to keep in mind:
– Quantities are LIMITED! Falling Rock will have a tally board to keep track of what’s available, but when it’s gone, it’s gone. No cry babies, so get there early if you see something you MUST have.
– Beer must be consumed on-site. Sorry, but that’s standard CO law. No growlers, no takeaways, no flasks and no crazy camelbacks to sneak out your beloved beer. Bring a friend, a wife, a girlfriend, your friend’s girlfriend, your friend’s boyfriend, an enemy, an enemy’s friend or whoever to imbibe with… Open, share, enjoy, repeat.
– Prices weren’t given to me, but I was told beers “will be at a much lower price than they would be offered at the bar any other time”.
The list below is only about 1/2 of the 60+ different beers that will be available on Saturday. You’ll have to come by on Saturday to see the full list, but here’s what we know so far:
|A Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout||2003||11.2oz|
|A Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout||2009||9.3oz|
|Alaskan Smoked Porter||2003||16 oz.|
|Alaskan Smoked Porter||2006||22oz|
|Alaskan Smoked Porter||2008||22oz|
|Alaskan Smoked Porter||2009||22oz|
|Avery Beast||2004||22oz (Batch #2!)|
|Bridgeport Old Knucklehead||1997||12oz|
|Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout||2008||750ml|
|Full Sail Old Boardhead||2003||22oz|
|Gale’s Prize Old Ale||1999||9.3oz|
|Gale’s Prize Old Ale||2005||9.3oz|
|Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian||2008||22oz|
|Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian||2009||22oz|
|Lost Abbey Bourbon Barrel Aged Angels Share||2009||375ml|
|Lost Abbey Judgment Day||2011||750ml|
|North Coast Old Stock||2003||12oz|
|Odell Old Curmudgeon||2003||12oz|
|Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale||2008||750ml|
|Rogue Old Crustacean||2006||750ml|
|Sierra Nevada Bigfoot||1999||12oz|
There’s a sexy little rumor floating around that there might be a special appearance from some early 2000’s J.W. Lees Harvest Ales as well, but you didn’t hear that from me…
Thanks to Chris and Beth over at Falling Rock for getting us this list. Beer Geeks, do your part on Saturday and help the King make some space in his cellar. The sale starts at noon and runs until 6 PM. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-293-8338.
Over at Parry’s Pizza, we’ve got a Dry Dock Tap Takeover lined up for Saturday. But, not just at the Parry’s in Highlands Ranch. No sir, this’ll be going down at their Castle Rock location as well. Now you’ve got no excuse to miss it.
They’ll be pouring everything from Apricot Blonde to Hop Abomination. (Side note – you ever mix the Apricot with the Hop Abomination? The Dry Dock staff calls it a Hopricot. I call it splendidly delish! Try it.) Brewery reps will be on hand at both locations to answer your questions and give away some great Dry Dock merchandise. The takeover runs from 11 AM – 10 PM. Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 and 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock 80106.
Hops & Pie is gearing up for another round of Denver’s Littlest Big Beer Fest. This time they’ve teamed up with Green Flash Brewing from San Diego, CA to bring some seriously big-ass brews to you.
The party starts at noon. Take a cab. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 S Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Saturday will also be the premiere of Our Mutual Film, a film about Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew.
Come out for a pint and enjoy the movie at the brewery. The movie begins at 7:30 PM and the filmmakers will be on hand to answer your questions. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
While you’re drinking all this great beer around town, tune into AM 760 from noon – 2 PM for the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
This week, they’ll be broadcasting live from Arvada Beer and chatting with Jeff Griffith from Fate Brewing in Boulder, which is set to open at the end of the month. Stop by Arvada Beer for the live broadcast. Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-2337.
Sunday, January 27th, 2013
The local breweries are rallying around Strange Brewing this weekend in the ongoing, Strange vs. Strange battle.
The Rackhouse Pub will play host to more than two dozen breweries in an event designed to raise funds for Strange Brewing’s legal defense. This event is sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door. Click HERE for a full list of breweries that’ll be participating on Sunday. The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-570-7824.
Up in Boulder, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will celebrate their 2nd anniversary with an “Epic Avery Tap Takeover”. More than 30 kegs from Epic Brewing and more than 30 kegs from Avery Brewing will be flowing at Backcountry for this killer event. No tickets, no bull, just show up and enjoy some great beers (and food).
On the Epic side, Brewmaster Kevin Crompton will be in attendance and will be pouring beers like Elder Brett, Big Bad Baptist and for the first time ever, Brainless IPA. I haven’t seen the Avery lineup yet, but come on, you can practically walk to the brewery from Backcountry. I’m sure they’ll have plenty of awesome things on tap to share. Backcountry will have a buffet for $15 from 11 AM – 4 PM, plus giveaways throughout the day. Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-449-4285.
Schoolhouse Rock! with Bill Eye and Prost Brewing
And now for your German lesson of the week with Prost Head Brewer, Bill Eye.
Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
That’s it for this round my beer-lovin’ friends. Hope to see you all around town this weekend!
It’s been a good week here in Colorado. I was able to attend a fun little bottle share last weekend with some local craft beer lovers. It was a great group of people and the tasting featured everything from Cigar City Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu to Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise to Hill Farmstead Anna. A few of us collaborated on a Czar vertical from ’05 to ’12. I like to call it the Czar Voltron.
It’s tough to beat a good bottle share and it was great to see the dedication and generosity of the local beer geek community.
Last Friday, Epic Brewing of Utah, announced their plans to open a brewery, barrel room and tasting room in Denver this Spring. All the details can be found in the Press Release.
Also last week, I had the opportunity to review Elevation Beer Co’s Downpour Imperial Red Ale and try Odell’s Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout (review coming soon!).
But enough about last week, there’s a new weekend right around the corner and we are READY! The 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival hits Vail over the next few days. After a long hiatus, we’re excited to be heading back up the mountain for this amazing festival. Anybody else headed up that way? Wait. Let’s back up, I’m getting ahead of myself. Deep breath. Alrighty, here we go!
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Colorado gets a new brewery today! Over in Boulder, J Wells Brewery will pour their first beers at 1 PM.
Stop by and check out the new place and try one of the three beers on tap: Jamie’s Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and Hop Haze IPA. J Wells Brewery is located at: 2516 49th St., Boulder, CO 80301.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Get your firkin fill over at Dry Dock Brewing with Firkin Friday.
This week’s tapping is Turncoat Amber. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s releasing Darth Cherry for this week’s Deviation.
Darth Cherry is a Dark Cherry Stout. Stop by for the 4 PM tapping. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Verboten Brewing will open their doors for the first time on Friday.
This new brewery up in Loveland will be open from 3 – 9 PM on Friday and 1 – 9 PM on Saturday. For opening day, they’ll be pouring: Belgian Wit w/ Lemongrass, IPA and Caramel Porter on both nitro and CO2. Verboten Brewing is located at: 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537. 970-988-6333.
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Vail is THE place to be this weekend with the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines (BBB) festival going on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at the Cascade Lodge. Although the festival kicks off on Thursday with the Brewmasters’ Dinner (with Avery and Dogfish Head), continues Friday with a homebrew competition, Cicerone exam and another Brewmaster’s Dinner (with Dry Dock Brewing), the real fun is the seminars and commercial tasting on Saturday. Although no official list of beers has been released, there should be more than 200 beers pouring from some of the best breweries in the world.
The Commercial Tasting runs from 2:30 – 6 PM, with seminars beginning as early as 10 AM. Unfortunately, the tasting sold out earlier this week, but tickets to a few of the seminars are still available. A complete schedule of events can be found HERE.
Both the Colorado Craft Beer Show and American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from BBB on Saturday. Be sure to stop by and show your support for these great shows. They’re doing a great job of spreading the word of craft beer. If you’re not heading up to Vail, pour yourself a beer and tune in to see what you’re missing. Colorado Craft Beer Show will air on AM760 after the CU game, around 2:30 PM and run until 5 PM. American Craft Beer Radio will air on 102.3 FM at 2 PM.
Broncos fans should know that the BBB directors are trying to figure out a way to broadcast the game inside during the tasting. No promises, but they’re working on it.
Into The Future
Looking towards next weekend, Denver Beer Co. is hosting an Inaugural Beer Dinner in their new Barrel Room on Friday, January 18th. This will be your very first chance to see the newly completed barrel room and expansion.
The $60 ticket includes dinner and a chance to try some of Denver Beer Co’s first barrel aged brews. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-433-2739.
Also coming up on Sunday, January 27th, is a benefit at The Rackhouse Pub to raise money for Strange Brewing’s legal defense fund. The whole Strange vs. Strange has gotten a little out of control and the Colorado Craft Beer community is rallying behind our Strange Brewing to help them through this tough time. So far, two dozen local breweries have generously donated beer for this event, which runs from 3 – 6 PM on 1/27. Tickets are only available online for $25 and can be purchased HERE. The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-570-7824.
That’s it for this weekend guys! If you’re driving from the Denver-area up to Vail, be safe. Snow is on the way.
See you soon!
It’s 2013 and we’ve only got 52 weekend’s to enjoy this year. Don’t let one pass you by. Plenty to do, plenty to see and most importantly, plenty to drink. You ready? Need a little motivation? Click HERE for a reminder of what 2012 brought us. NOW are you ready? Thought so.
Friday, January 4th, 2012
Crooked Stave’s ready for the weekend. Stop by the tasting room for some funky goodness.
Grab something on tap or a bottle to-go (thee’s still a few bottles of L’Brett D’Or for sale). Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
My friend Firky D. Firkin, made his way down to Rockyard to brew with Jellyman and help bring you this week’s Deviation.
This week is “A Firkin Brown Ale”, which is described as “A Firkin balanced malty brown, with assertive bitterness and clean finish”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Over at Dry Dock in Aurora, they’ll be tapping a Centennial Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. Tapping at 3 PM.
Last week, Dry Dock brewed for the first time at the new production facility. Kevin, Doug and the rest of the gang made a monster batch of Apricot on their new 40 BBL brew system. Look for cans coming very soon! Click HERE to watch the live feed and see what they’re up to in the new digs. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, January 5th, 2012
Copper Kettle Brewing Company will release their Annual Mystery Beer on Saturday.
This is a tradition where Copper Kettle taps a “mystery beer” on the first Saturday of the new year. Last year’s mystery beer was a Belgian Quad. Stop by and check out this year’s mystery beer beginning at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Hops & Pie is hosting a “Vertically Epic Tasting of Stone Vertical Epic Ale” on Saturday afternoon.
They’ll be tapping kegs from the Vertical Epic series back to 08.08.08, including a special keg of 10.10.10 that was aged in French Oak barrels. The fun starts at noon. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to try multiples VE beers at the same time. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Also on Saturday, don’t forget to check in with Turk & Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
They’ve got your weekly dose of Colorado craft beer news. Tune into AM760 on Saturday at noon to listen live.
Sunday, January 6th, 2012
Odell Brewing will release Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on Sunday. What’s a new beer without a new beer release party? Odell has you covered with live music, food trucks and plenty of Lugene on tap and in 4-packs.
The beer starts pouring at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is named after local Fort Collins dairy farmer Lugene Sas. Click HERE to see a day in the life of Lugene and his family of lovely bovine sweeties. Odell Brewing Co. is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Into The Future
January’s not exactly a big month for beer festivals, but this is Colorado and there’s ALWAYS something on the horizon. It’s not too late to book a trip to Vail for Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines, which is coming up next weekend.
Ticket info, hotel deals and a full schedule of events can be found HERE. We haven’t been since ’07 and are excited to be going back.
And later this month is the Winter Brew Fest in Denver at Mile High Station.
This is on Friday, January 25th and you can click HERE for all the details.
Lastly, I noticed last night that the Facebook Page is approaching 300 Likes. Thank You all for your continued support! As a Thank You, I’m giving away something special to lucky #300. Not sure what yet, but we’ll hook you up with something any craft beer lover will enjoy. So check us out on Facebook and “Like” us if you haven’t already. Thanks again guys! We really appreciate you.
Happy New Year Friends!
Well, we survived the “apocalypse”. Good job people. I’m proud of you.
We went from “the end of the world” right into “the most wonderful time of the year”. Yep, Christmas is here. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday. Did you see our recent post about some of the more complex and unique Christmas brews on the market? Be sure to check it out HERE and feel free to share your favorites on our Facebook page.
It’s a pretty quiet week in the world of beer. I’m off work for a few days, so it’ll be a quick update. After all, I’ve got pirate ships and talking puppies to play with.
Friday, December 28th, 2012
Down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s releasing “Ball Dropper” for this week’s Deviation. This is an Eis’d Belgian Red Dark Strong. Jellyman describes this as “truly a fine ale for a world that was supposed to END! 11% ABV. Think dark fruit and molasses meets good ole funk!”
Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Dry Dock Brewing has a Raspberry Brown Ale ready to roll out for Firkin Friday.
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.
Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Turk and the Gubna will be broadcasting live from Arvada Beer on Saturday. That’s right, stop by for a pint and catch the Colorado Craft Beer Show for their monthly broadcast in old town Arvada.
Even if you can’t make it out to Arvada Beer for the live broadcast, be sure to tune into AM760 at noon to catch all the latest brew news. Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-2337.
Over on the FM side, Gary V’s back with American Craft Beer Radio.
He’ll be broadcasting live on Saturday at noon from the Dry Dock Brewing Company in their barrel room. Tune into 102.3 FM at noon to get the latest updates in the world of craft beer. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s releasing their Winter Spiced Ale on Saturday at noon.
Guess two out of the three spices used in the recipe and you’ll win a free growler! Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Denver’s Renegade Brewing will tap their Black Gold on New Year’s Eve at 6 PM.
This is the annual release of their peanut butter stout. Don’t miss out on this tasty, sweet stout. Tapping’s at 6 PM. Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Prost Brewing’s having a New Year’s Eve Party. For $23.15, you’ll get plenty of Prost Bier, a toast at midnight, German buffet and party favors.
The party starts at 7 PM. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
Just down the street, Denver Beer Co. has their own New Year’s shindig planned.
They’ll have plenty of tasty brews flowin’ along with a firkin of Chocolate Graham Cracker Porter at midnight. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-433-2739.
We’ve got some great new brews hitting right now. This week we had Elevation’s Downpour Imperial Red Ale show up in the Denver area.
This is a 7.5% ABV hop-forward red.
Also hitting right now is Ska’s Vinifera Stout.
Vinifera Stout is an 8% ABV, oak aged foreign style stout brewed with Malbec grapes.
That’s it for the Weekend Beer Buzz. Have a great weekend and be safe on New Year’s Eve.
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.
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.
We’ve got a big weekend folks and I’m dropping bombs! Say what? Hey, there’s not one, but two new breweries opening in Colorado this week! This looks like it’ll be the biggest weekend we’ve had since the GABF circus rolled through town almost two months ago. Strap on your beer goggles and get ready to go. Oh and if you really want to enjoy this week’s post, grab your favorite beer and take a swig every time you see the word “BOOM!”. Hurry up, you just missed one.
Ready? Alright, let’s do this.
Earlier This Week
Firestone Walker XVI dropped not once, but twice. BOOM!
The Bad News: It disappeared from store shelves almost as soon as it landed. The Good News: It’s on tap at Parry’s Pizza right now (11/29/2012 11AM). Head over and try this unique anniversary blend of 8 different barrel-aged beers! BOOM!
Deschutes The Abyss hit Colorado. BOOM!
This inky impy stout is proving to be a challenge to track down as well. There’s not as much to go around as originally anticipated. I’m not sure if we’ll be getting a second shipment or if the beer geek boom is stretching the supply thinner than previous years. Whatever the case may be, if you want some, don’t wait around. It’s hitting shelves this week and a few stores have already sold out.
Dry Dock bottled their 2012 batch of Bligh’s Barleywine on Tuesday. BOOM! This luscious Barleywine has spent the better part of 2012 aging in Stranahan Whiskey Barrels.
I had the opportunity to try a sample a few weeks ago during our interview with Dry Dock Co-Owner & Founder Kevin DeLange and it’s shaped up very nicely. You’re going to love it. And if you don’t, you’ll sell your bottles to me and like it. Dry Dock’s releasing 10 cases at the brewery on Sunday, 12/9 ($20 each / 1-bottle limit), with more cases going to local liquor stores on 12/11.
Brewery Rickoli Ltd. opened in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday. BOOM!
Brewmaster Rick Abitbol has been brewing along the Front Range for more than a decade. Rickoli opened with Black Pliny Double IPA, Social Lubricant Scotch Ale, Aldo’s Red, Totally IPA and a Rye Stout. Stay tuned for a single-hopped Pale Ale series exploring one hop variety at a time, plus a Hoppy Barleywine, a Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, a Dark Chocolate Milk Stout and more! Brewery Rickoli Ltd is located at: 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Mon – Thu: 3 PM – 11 PM & Fri – Sun: 2 PM – 12 AM. 303-344-8988.
Cantillon bottles have been dropping on local retailers too (thankfully no one was injured)! BOOM!
My most favoritest of the Belgians. I heart you Cantillon. Sadly, I’m not too hopeful that I’ll find any. With everyone on the hunt, I figure winning this week’s $400+ Million Powerball jackpot might be easier than finding a little Cantillon on a store shelf around town. But, hey, at least it’s returned to CO. More Cantillon news below…
Friday, November 30, 2012
For this week’s Deviation down at Rockyard Brewing, the Jellyman will be pouring JPA – Jelly Pale Ale.
According to Jellyman, this is a 7% ABV that pours a “dark straw with lacy white head”, has aromas of “fruit berry jelly with hints of toffee” and has “a balanced maltiness and citrus hops, punctuated by jam”. Get your Jelly On at 4 PM! BOOM! Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Dry Dock Brewing is following up last week’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown with a very festivus Firkin Friday. Here’s Firkin Friday Surgeon General Walt Chleva modeling an amazing beer and pairing it with this Christmas sweater that’s… Well it’s… hmm, oh yeah nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Thanks Mom.
This week’s firkin will feature a Roasted Marshmallow version of Bethla-Yam. Bethla-Yam is a Sweet Potato Stout, winner of the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and creation from Dry Dock Brewer Brett Williams. The win has secured Brett bragging rights around the brewery for the next 12 months as he beat out fellow brewers Doug Hyndman and John Schneider for the title.
As for Bethla-Yam, it’s a sweet, moderately spiced stout. BTW – Dry Dock is still pouring all of the Ho Ho Ho Slapdown entries, so if you’re interested in trying them or grabbing a growler to-go, head over now and get your fix. As for Firkin Friday, tappings will be at 3 PM & 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Wynkoop’s Annual Parade of Darks is lined up for Saturday.
34 breweries bringing 82 brews, all leaning towards the darker side of the force. BOOM! Here’s the complete list from Wynkoop’s very own Beer Evangelist, Mr. Marty Jones:
Arvada Beer Co – Jolly Holiday Ale, Foreign to Me Stout
Avery Brewing – The Czar, Old Jubilation, Out of Bounds Stout
AC Golden – Blueberry Sour, Plum Sour,
Bootstrap Brewing– Worthog Stout, Boomer Brown
Boulevard Brewing – Bully! Porter, Dark Truth Stout
Breckenridge Brewery – Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Porter, Extra ESB, Christmas Ale
Bull & Bush – Big Ben Brown Ale, Stonehenge Stout, Punk Up The Yams, The Legend Of The Liquid Brain, Captain Funk, Captain Midnight
Caution Brewing – Toaster Bat Black Smoked Porter, Dunkel(er)weiss.
Copper Kettle – Mexican Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin Porter
Denver Beer Co– Graham Cracker Porter, Chill Out Chocolate Chili Stout
Elevation Brewing – Apis, Lil Mo Porter
Drydock Brewing – Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale, Raspberry Porter
Firestone Walker – Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout, Walker’s Reserve Porter, DBA
Fort Collins Brewery – Double Chocolate Stout
Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Claymore Scotch Ale, Hibernation
Green Flash – Double Stout
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Master Thief German Porter, Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager, Wee Heavy Barrel-Aged Scottish Strong Ale
Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noir
Left Hand – Fade to Black, Milk Stout Nitro
Lone Tree Brewing – Acres O Green Irish Red, Toots’s Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout, Chili Beer Collaboration #2, Old # 99 Rauchbier
Lost Abbey – Lost & Found
Maui Brewing – Coconut Porter
Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub — Megatron Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing – Mountain Standard, Isolation Ale
Ommegang – Three Philosophers
Port Brewing – Old Viscosity
Prost Brewing – Doppelbock, Dunkel
Pug Ryan’s– Brain-teaser Barlywine, Barell-Aged Leap Year Trifecta
Sierra Nevada –Narwhal Imperial Stout,Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel
Ska – Steel Toe Stout, Nefarious, On The Sly Again
Strange Brewing – Pumpkin Porter, Cherry Bomb Stout, Gingerbread Man, Vanilla Rum Porter
Twisted Pine – Espresso Stout, Honey Brown
Upslope Brewing– Christmas Ale, Brown Ale
Wynkoop Brewing – Gingerbread Stout, 2012 Barleywine, Cowtown Milk Stout, B3K Black Lager, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Colorojo
As you can tell, this is going to be full of awesome beers for your tasting pleasure. Tickets are $35 in advance and available HERE or $42 at the door (if they’re not already sold out come Saturday). The Wynkoop is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Just up the road from the Wynkoop, Crooked Stave will be hosting Cantillon’s Zwanze Day on Saturday. BOOM!
This is a world-wide event with a coordinated toast at 1 PM MST. This is the first time a Colorado location has been picked to participate so don’t miss out. To quote some snotty teenager somewhere in America, “it’s kind of a big deal”. BOOM! For more specifics, check out our article about Zwanze Day from earlier in the week by clicking HERE. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Black Bottle Brewing up in Fort Collins, CO will open their doors to beer freaks for the first time this Saturday. BOOM!
This new brewery, run by Sean Nook, will be pouring their own beers, along with some great craft beer on their 40 guest taps. They’ll also have a full bar and fermented grape juice for those non-beer drinking types you so unwisely choose to associate yourself with… I’m freakin’ psyched about these guys. They’ve gotten great reviews and took second place in the People’s Choice Awards at the 2012 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival. In the near future, they’ll be working out a barrel-aging program, souring beers and brewin’ up some nice styles of craft beer that they’ll want to drink. And by the looks of things, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to drink them too.
Their videos are tough to beat. I mean, have you seen this yet?
Because Craft Beer Rocks! BOOM! I can’t wait to visit Black Bottle Brewing and give them a try. Black Bottle Brewing will be open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 2 AM and is located at: 1605 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. 970-493-2337.
Over in Boulder, Asher Brewing turns 3 this weekend.
They’ve got a little shindig planned complete with beer, food, beer, music, beer, dogs, games, beer and beer. Beer, it’s what’s for dinner. Bet you thought I was going to say “BOOM!”. I did clown. Now drink! Two for flinching. The party runs from noon – midnight. Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct, Suite 104, Boulder CO, 80301. 303-530-1381.
But wait, there’s more. While you’re up in the People’s Republic of Boulder, swing over to Twisted Pine and grab a bottle or 3 of the last installment in their Artisan Ale Series. For December, they’re releasing Noel Tripel.
This beer is a 9% ABV Belgian-style Tripel. 750mL bottles will be sold in the tap room beginning at noon. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Into next week, New Belgium has planned “The Creator’s Dinner”, where all the beers being poured will be introduced by their creator / brewer. This is happening over at The Kitchen in Denver on Monday at 6:30. Check out this lineup:
- Kick- Presented by Kim Jordan (NBB Co-founder and CEO) and Dick Cantwell (head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co)
- La Folie- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Le Terroir- Presented by Lauren Salazar (Wood Beer Blender and Sensory Specialist at New Belgium)
- Eric’s Ale- Presented by Eric Salazar (Wood Beer Brewer and Blender at New Belgium)
- Chocolate Coffee Stout- Presented by Grady Hull (Assistant Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Transatlantique Kriek- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
BOOM! There will be incredible food paired with each beer. This is a really great opportunity to meet and talk with some of the creative minds behind New Belgium’s fantastic beers. Reservations are $85 and can be made by calling 303-623-3127. The Kitchen Denver is located at: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202.
That’s it. Did you make it all the way to the end? I hope so. I’m all BOOM’d! out. Yes, that one counts too, so take your final sip and go grab a nap. You’re going to need it before the weekend gets here.
Have fun out there.
I declare Shenanigans! In September, the good people at Strange Brewing Company here in Denver, were threatened with a potential lawsuit from Strange Brew Homebrew in Marlboro, MA over the use of the term “Strange Brew”. You can get all the details in this great article from our friend Jonathan Shikes over at the Denver Westword.
I wasn’t going to chime in on this debate, but I can’t help it, so I’ll try to keep it short. To me, this just comes off as sad and lame. Seems like Strange Brew is trying to get a little publicity from the success of Denver’s Strange Brewing Co. Show your support to the Strange gang by clicking “Like” on Keep Strange Brewing Strange on Facebook. This page was started by fans of our local brewery and has been keeping people up to date with the latest in this drama filled battle.
This whole situation makes me sad. I’m not necessarily surprised, just let down that Strange Brew Homebrew isn’t willing to work with Strange Brewing here in Denver to figure this out. You’re talking about a term that’s been around for ages and is referenced in music, movies and more… Hey, if Avery and Russian River can settle their differences and collaborate together to brew “Collaboration Not Litigation”, I’m pretty sure these two can come up with a better solution rather than wasting time and money on lawyers… Stay tuned to watch this one unfold.
Time for something positive. I found out on Monday that we were nominated for a Westword Web Award in the Best Booze Blog category! I’m really excited to have made the list of 4-finalists. Denver Off The Wagon, Fermentedly Challenged and Colorado Wino are also in the running. Man, am I in good company or what? All of these sites are run by good people and without a doubt, deserve to win. I’m just happy to be mentioned. We’ve come a long way since I started this journey 9-months ago and I can’t Thank You guys enough for your continued support. So Cheers to you!
Alright friends, we’ve got a big weekend to talk about. Roll Tide!
Thursday, November 15th, 2012.
Beer Craving is gearing up for their first beer festival. They’ve created Chef N Brew, which will pair 12 locally brewed beers with 12 dishes from local chefs in an event / challenge to come up with the perfect pairing.
Want a teaser of what to expect? How about Prost Brewing’s Dunkel paired with pasta, handmade meatballs, cheese tortellini, cinnamon custard and savory pie crust from Panzano’s. Or how about Elevation’s Apis IV Quad, paired with smoked lamb neck shepherd’s pie, with goat cheese whipped potatoes in a honey whole wheat crust.
In addition to the tasting, pairing and competition, there will be a silent auction and raffle. Head over to The Oriental Theatre for this fun and one-of-a-kind event. Tickets are $49 at the door and the event runs from 6 – 9:30 PM. More details can be found HERE. The Oriental Theatre is located at: 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212. LATE UPDATE – This is now SOLD OUT!
Over at Crooked Stave, Chad’s got another lineup of amazing sour brews pouring in the Barrel Room.
Man, I need to get over and try Cellar Blend #1. Sounds awesome! Crooked Stave is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
As for us, we’ll be hitting the Westword Web Awards on Thursday. This looks to be a pretty sweet event that recognizes writers, photographers, twitterererers, bloggers and just about anybody else covering the great city of Denver via the internets. The complete list of finalists can be found HERE. Winners will be announced in more than 40 different categories.
Odell Brewing will be pouring #OhMyGourd, a small-batch pumpkin beer, which was brewed specifically for the event. The tap handle logo was designed by Jeff Herndon, who had his winning creation chosen by Odell in a recent contest. Awesome design in my opinion.
Despite being an invitation only event, there will be some extra tickets available via the Denver Westword’s Facebook page on Thursday morning. Get on it if you’re interested and come cheers us on in the “Best Booze Blog” Category. The Web Awards run from 7 PM – 11 PM at Denver’s RedLine, located at: 2350 Arapahoe Ave, Denver, CO 80205. Wish us luck!
Avery releases the 2012 batch of Czar today at 5 PM. This big, bold Russian Imperial Stout is a tasty release from their “Dictator Series” and is one of those beers that drinks well both now and later. Don’t be afraid to grab a few for the cellar.
Stop by the Tasting Room and bring some non-perishable food items with you. You’ll get a 10 oz. pour of Czar for every 3 items you donate. You’ll also have a shot at winning a 5 gallon keg or 2-cases of Czar. Good Beer for a Good Cause. Win / Win. The Avery Tasting Room is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is open with regular hours!
Hours will be: Thu 4 PM – 10 PM, Fri 4 PM – 12 AM, Sat 2 PM – 12 AM and Sun 2 PM – 10 PM. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810. Stop by and welcome them to Denver!
Friday, November 16th, 2012.
Down in Castle Rock, the Jellyman’s got another of his Deviations ready to roll at Rockyard. This week, look for “Verbal Warning”, a 6.0% ABV version of their Redhawk Scottish Ale lagered with semi-sweet chocolate.
Over at Dry Dock, Firkin Master Walt, has brewed a Chestnut Brown Ale.
Tapping’s at 3 PM & 7 PM. Don’t be late. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch is hosting another Pint Night. They’ll have Odell in the house for this round.
Stop by and try the yummy Haven and Hale Peach Ale and get a pint glass to take home. Ryan Odell will be in the house handing out Odell swag from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
So you’re in the Parry’s Pizza Ale Yeah club right? I hope so. It’s the only way to find out about special tappings and events at Parry’s before they happen! Oh, and it’s FREE! There’s a special tapping coming up next Wednesday that Sour-heads won’t want to miss, so get over there and sign up today! Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Saturday, November 17th, 2012.
Turk and The Gubna are headin’ North on Saturday. They’ll be broadcasting live from the Foeder Forest at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins.
Man, we had a tour of that area earlier this summer and I’m still having funky, sour dreams because of it. Such a cool place. New Belgium better lock up the La Folie. Turk can’t resist that beer. Tune in and listen live on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM or grab the podcast on their website. LOVE their show!
10 Years of Dale’s Cans?!?! Nicely done Oskar Blues! Crazy to think the can movement has grown from OB into more than 200 breweries canning beers in the U.S. today. Head over to the original OB, the OG of cans if you will, for their CANiversary. On Saturday, stop by their Lyon’s location and raise a
pint can to the OB gang.
There’s a concert by The White Buffalo, sorry, it’s sold out… But, the rest of the party is FREE and runs from 6 PM – midnight. There’s even a special CANlaboration beer debuting at the party. OB teamed up with Ska to brew “oSKAr the G’Rauch”, an 8.5% ABV, smoked IPA that will debut in 19.2 oz cans this weekend.
Come on out for some great food, beer, silent disco and more! Oskar Blues is located at: 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540.
Sunday, November 18th, 2012.
And on the 7th Day, He rested (and had beer for breakfast at Copper Kettle Brewing Company). Bourbon Breakfast Stout is back!
On Sunday, Copper Kettle is hosting a breakfast and beer pairing, which will give you the only chance to try last year’s batch of Bourbon Breakfast Stout, alongside this year’s batch. The $25 ticket includes 3-courses and 4-beers. Stop by the brewery or send them an e-mail (email@example.com) to reserve your spot at either the 9:30 AM or 11 AM meals. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC. Oh, and if you can’t attend Sunday’s breakfast, you’ll still have a chance to try this year’s batch. The tapping is scheduled for next weekend. Keep your browser pointed right here for all the details.
The Littlest Big Beer Fest is back at Denver’s Hops & Pie. Killer freakin’ lineup this time with the FiftyFifty crew out of Truckee, CA.
Some sick brews will be flowing. Man (or WoMan) up and order a glass of the Eclipse, aged for 300 days in 12 Yr. Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Their stouts are not for the faint of heart, not easy to find and certainly not to be missed. Want. To. Drink. The. Eclipse. I. Do. said Master Yoda in odd, punctuated speak. LBBF starts at 2 PM. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
That’s it for now friends. Once again, Thank You for getting us nominated for a Denver Westword’s Web Awards tonight! Have a great weekend.
It’s been an interesting week. We got back an hour of sleep, although my kids still haven’t figured out how to sleep past 5:30 AM… We survived another election. I don’t get political on here. Truthfully, I don’t really talk politics at all on here or otherwise. It’s not my thing. But, I’m enjoying the fact that the phone calls during dinner, knocks at the door and back stabbing commercials have ceased for the time being.
I spent an afternoon over at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, sipping on a 6-year old Framboise and talking all things beer with owner Kevin DeLange. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for a full report on one of Colorado’s top breweries and be sure to stop by Dry Dock this weekend and help them celebrate their 7th Anniversary on Saturday. Details below.
The weekend’s here. Let’s rock it!
Friday, November 9th, 2012.
You wanted the hops? You got the hops! Kick off your weekend with a visit to Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora. The Firkin Master’s summoning all of Colorado’s Hop Freaks for his Citra Dry-Hopped Osirus Bitter.
Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, November 10th, 2012.
It’s all about Dry Dock this week. I can’t help it. They’ve got an Anniversary this weekend, they’re gearing up to open their Production Facility, they’ve got cans on the way and I’m sipping on their Barrel-Aged Shotgun Russian Imperial Stout as I type this. If you missed our 2-part interview with Owner / Founder / Brewer Kevin DeLange, click HERE and HERE to get the full scoop on Dry Dock’s Past, Present & Future. Dry Dock, here’s to 7 awesome years! Help them celebrate on Saturday at their Anniversary Party.
The party starts at noon and runs until… I guess until they kick you out, which they’re not very good at. So just plan on sticking around all day and getting a cab home. Just glancing at this list of beers getting tapped, I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong. 2010 Wee Heavy, Sour Apricot and the incredibly tasty Ambassador Sour Ale. That’s good times right there. Check out Dry Dock’s 7th Anniversary Party and wish them luck with their new Production Facility and 40 BBL Brewhouse. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
The folks behind The Funk’n Wild Sour Beer Club are back at it again. This time they’ve wrangled Avery’s Barrel Herder Andy Parker to join the group and talk about and taste all things sour.
Once again, they’ve secured some great beers to share including Crooked Stave’s L’Brett d’Or, Avery’s Dihos Dactylion, New Belgium’s La Folie, Russian River’s Consecration and Bear Republic’s Tartare and that’s just the beginning! Although I haven’t been able to make it to a meeting yet, I’m loving this group of Sour Beer Enthusiasts. Fingers crossed I can swing up to Longmont to check it out this time around.
The boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be in the house broadcasting live from this funky event from noon – 2 PM. Check them out on AM 760. Somebody buy Turk a La Folie. That boy can’t get enough of that beer. He’s got good taste.
Stop by Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids from 1 PM – 4 PM and see what Funk’n Wild’s all about. OB’s HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503. 303-485-9400.
Branden and the gang at Black Shirt Brewing are opening their doors once again this Saturday from 3 -8 PM.
Despite their limited hours, Black Shirt Brewing continues to receive positive reviews as they showcase the versatility and complexity of the Red Ale. If you have the time, I’d recommend getting over there for a visit. It’s at the top of my list. Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-993-2799.
Lastly, Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will host “A Night of Casks” on Saturday beginning at noon and running until 10 PM.
The Hoppa Fresh Hop hits the hand pumps at noon, with the Imperial Pumpkin Porter going on at 5 PM. There’s just something about a smooth, flavorful, real cask ale. Check out this unique twist to CKBC’s brews. CKBC is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Thursday, November 15th, 2012.
Looking into next week, the Chef N Brew Festival is coming up on Thursday night.
This will pair 12 local breweries with 12 local chefs for an interesting night of tastings and competition. Come by and see what kind of creative dishes Denver’s top chefs have created to go with beers from Denver’s top breweries like Prost, Crooked Stave and Strange. This is being held at The Oriental Theatre in Denver. Tickets are $39 in advance, $49 at the door and can be purchased HERE.
There you have it good people. Get out and try something new this weekend. Or something old, that’s fine too. No matter what it is, have fun and respect your beer.
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.
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!
So here we are, just two weeks out from the Great American Beer Festival and there’s a bazillion fun, beer events happening around town to get you ready. It seems like every weekend is just building up to the granddaddy of beer festivals. We’ve got some awesome events to talk about and there’s no time to lose!
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Yak & Yeti’s Head Brewer Adam Draeger released his Dragon Wort Ale on Wednesday. The latest addition in his Haunted Series of beers is an 8.5% ABV Belgian-style Ale. It’s spiced with Dragon Wort (or Tarragon), a versatile ingredient that’s more commonly used for chicken, fish, cake and even soda.
Stop by Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Brewery to try Adam’s newest creation. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
So I’ve got nothing for you on Thursday… Sad, I know. So why not take a ride over to Boulder for a visit to the new West Flanders Brewing Co. on Pearl Street Mall?
I had the chance to sample all of their beers, along with some items on the food menu on their opening day last week and I was really impressed. They’re already off to a great start with their menu and 6 tasty beers: Angry Monk, St. Mark’s Dubbel, Daisy Cutter Belgian Strong, Canniption Pale Ale, TBD ESB and Third Kingdom IPA. Look for a full post about West Flanders Brewing next week, but in the meantime, stop by for a visit. They’re located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-447-2739.
LATE ADDITION: Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar is pouring beers again today! After some confusion surrounding appropriate licenses for pouring beers in the tap room, the funkiest brewery in Denver is officially back open and ready to pour their tasty blends again.
This is awesome news and I’m glad owner / brewer Chad Yakobson was able to get things cleared up so quickly. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is open Wed – Sat from noon – 7 PM and is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.
Friday, September 28th, 2012
Prost Brewing is kicking off their Oktoberfest on Friday at noon. They’ll be joined by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who in true Oktoberfest fashion, will be tapping the first keg of Prost Märzen.
The fun will run throughout the weekend, but you won’t want to miss the tapping on Friday as there will also be live music by The Rhinelanders and their Alpenhorn, while the Prost staff will be decked out in their best German garb. Bust out your lederhosen and dirndls and come on down for a Maß of the new Märzen. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-729-1175.
This week’s Firkin Friday over at Dry Dock Brewing is a Cherry Belgian Blonde. Stop by at 3 PM for a chance to try this round.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at the Rockyard, Jellyman’s brewed Keg Stand Red for this week’s Deviation release.
This is an “amped up version” of Rockyard’s Redhawk Ale. Sweet toffee and roasted aroma, with a hot hop bite. First glass gets poured at 4 PM. Don’t miss out. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Wow, Saturday’s big. HUGE!!!
Where to begin, where to begin….
Well, first up, Congrats are in order for Scott Witsoe over at Wit’s End Brewing, as they’ll be celebrating their 1-year Anniversary on Saturday.
Stop in from noon – 8 PM on Saturday and raise a glass to Scott and his awesome nano-brewery. They make some great beers and deserve your support. Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza will be on-site to fill your tummy. Wit’s End Brewing is located at: 2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO 80219. 303-459-4379.
Speaking of anniversaries, Boulder Beer is having their 33rd Anniversary Party on Saturday. That’s incredible! Congrats guys!
They’re hosting a Beer Rave at the brewery from 2 – 6 PM. Tickets are $30 and include a tasting glass, beer, music and food from Jimmy John’s. Look for 12 small batch beers from Boulder Beer, plus a variety of beers from more than 30 guest breweries. This is going to be a great afternoon! Good weather, good beer and the money goes towards the Danny Williams Fund. It doesn’t get much better than that. Stop by Boulder Beer Co. at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-444-8448.
Oktoberfest! I already mentioned Prost, who’ll be continuing their German shenanigans throughout the weekend. Go see them. You’re not a certified Beer Geek until you’ve visited Prost. Just sayin’…
On the other side of town, Dry Dock is gearing up for Docktoberfest. This is a GREAT event and rumored to be their busiest and mostest funnest day of the year. Pardon my terrible grammar, but it’s an awesome time.
The doors open at 11AM, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will be tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest at 11:15 and from then on, mayhem and madness will ensue. Music will be provided by The Rhinelanders and their mighty Alpenhorn. There’s just something irresistible about accordion music and that huge horn from the Ricola commercials. Food will be on-site from Helga’s, the best freakin’ German food in town and the staff will be sporting their sharpest German duds. Mrs. Brewtally Insane will be pourin’, I’ll be drinkin’, it’ll be glorious. Come by and say hi. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Up north in Loveland, Grimm Brothers will also be hosting their Oktoberfest on Saturday. This will be your first chance to buy a few bottles of Farmer’s Daughter, their Oktoberfest Lager.
This family friendly event will also feature live music, food, games, contests and limited edition steins for sale. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is located at: 623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO 80537. 970-624-6045.
I spent some time last week plowing through some tasty Pumpkin Beers and shared my findings in two posts breaking down what’s out there and what’s coming our way. Click THIS and THAT to catch up. Which brings us to RUMPKIN!
Avery’s releasing their 2nd batch of Rumpkin on Saturday at 5PM! This is a glorious, amazingly, tasty, delectable, glorious… Wait, I already said that…. Damn, it’s good. And it’s big! Like The Beast Grand Cru ate a pumpkin patch. Avery’s resident barrel herder Andy Parker said he had trouble getting enough rum barrels this year, so expect lower production numbers and little-to-no distribution. If you want some, get your pumpkin lovin’ butt to Avery Brewing on Saturday for this release.
I’ll be there, muling beers back for my fellow geeks that can’t make it. If you’re lucky enough to attend, Avery always treats their guests to some awesome, small-batch, barrel-aged deliciousness. Just between you and me, I’ve heard Tweak (aka Coffee Meph, aka Meph Addict aka delicious, big stout Mephistopheles brewed with coffee) and Ross’s Mom (blended Red Sour Ale). There’s plenty more that will be pouring and remember, that’s just between you and me. OK?
So go up there, get your Rumpkin bottles and you’ll be sitting pretty with your loot. This high ABV brew is sure to age well for years to come. Avery Brewing is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. P.S. $10 / 12oz. bottle, 12 bottle limit, CASH ONLY!
Black Shirt Brewing is hosting another sneak-peek-teaser event on Saturday.
Black Shirt, you’re killing me! I want to come by, but not sure I’ll be back in time. I’ve even got 4 of those swanky Offero glasses longing to be filled with your beer. On Saturday, they’ll be open from 5 – 8 PM and pouring their wet-hopped Red Ale, brewed with locally harvested Centennial and Williamette Hops from Voss Farms in Arvada. I heard good things about last week’s sneak-peek. Me wants some! Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.
Don’t forget our friends on the radio.
The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be live at Arvada Beer.
The show will be live from noon – 2PM on AM 760. They’ll be joined by Hops & Pie owner Drew Watson (also celebrating their 1-year Anniversary) and will be giving away another pair of tickets to GABF! You won’t want to miss this. It’s a great time to visit Arvada Beer, as they’ll be tapping their Pumpkin Ale on Friday, which was brewed with 45 lbs of pumpkins, 1 gallon of vanilla and 5 lbs of spices. Nom, nom, nom! Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-2337.
American Craft Beer Radio host Gary V., will be joined by Dustin Lemoine from Avery Brewing on 102.3 FM at noon. Chris Black from Falling Rock Tap House should be making an appearance and I’ll be there as well to talk about the upcoming Denver Beer Week and all of the Great American Beer Festival events planned around town.
We’ll also be talking about Avery’s Rumpkin release, discussing homebrewing topics with Duane Taylor from The Brew Hut and more. So grab your calendar and tune in at noon to 102.3 FM to make your plans for the next few weeks.
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
So I hear Falling Rock got their paws on a few bottles of Toronado 25. Yeah, read that again and just absorb it for a minute. Close your eyes and go to your happy place. You read it correctly, Toronado 25! Toronado 25 is an epic blend from Russian River Brewing, that was made to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the famous San Francisco Beer Bar, Toronado.
Not sure on the price, but, no matter, you won’t want to miss out when bottles make their appearance at 2PM. I still remember my first (and last…) sip of the incredible 20th Anniversary Blend. Amazing, complex, once in a lifetime kind of beer. Here’s the 25th blend:
4% Sonambic (barrel aged for 15 months)
16% Blonde Ale (barrel aged for 8 months)
36% Strong Pale Ale (barrel aged 12 months)
28% Ale Aged with Currants (barrel aged for 8 months)
12% Strong Dark Ale (barrel aged for 12 months)
4% Baltic Porter (barrel aged for 10 months)
Get some on Sunday so I don’t have to wipe away your tears when it’s gone. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-293-8338.
Before I wrap up, I just wanted to congratulate Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder. They opened for the first time on Tuesday, 9/25 with 6 beers: Wildflower Pale Ale, Treeline India Pale Ale, Campfire Red Ale, Ponderosa Porter, Smores Stout and Berry Wheat Patch.
Stop by and check them out on your next visit to Boulder. They’re located at: 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-484-1465.
I think that’s it. Man, I hope that’s it. Saturday is absolutely ridonkulious. If you can’t find a beer event to attend this weekend, I guess you don’t like beer. Anybody else notice that we have the potential for 4 Anniversary parties on the same weekend next year? Boulder Beer will be 34, Wit’s end will be 2, West Flanders will be 1 and Wild Woods will be 1. Aaah, that makes me happy.
Have fun this weekend, be responsible and be nice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Got a big one this week. No time for small talk. Climb aboard.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opened their taproom this week. You want the funk? Chad’s got it. I hit up the big opening day this past Wednesday to check it out. I expected Awesome and they delivered. More details can be found HERE.
But wait, there’s more! I couldn’t get enough, so I went back for a second visit on Thursday afternoon. Things had quieted down a bit since the big opening day and Chad was gracious enough to give me a tour of his new Barrel Cellar and share a look into what he has planned for Crooked Stave. Expect a full blog with a ton of pics to go up in the next few days. In the meantime, stop by and check out his new stomping grounds at: 1441 W 46th Ave. Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.
Friday, September 7, 2012.
Jellyman’s got a “Mysterious” cask conditioned, wild yeast fermented, rum barrel-aged, smoked ale for this week’s Deviation release down at the Rockyard. Mysterious might be a bit of an understatement, but as usual, I’m intrigued.
Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Over at the Dock, they’re bringing back the Toasted Coconut Porter for Firkin Friday.
My wife’s allergic to coconuts, but still can’t turn this beer down. Break out the Benadryl and head over for the release at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
I’m happy to announce that Yak & Yeti in Arvada has been added to our list of supporters. I spent an afternoon this week with Head Brewer Adam Draeger getting the full tour and plenty of samplers. He’s brewing up some tasty treats over there.
This Friday at 4 PM, he’s releasing a Brown Rice and Honey Ale, brewed with 60 lbs of clover honey and 60 lbs of brown rice. He also still has a bit of his 8.2% LoonyToon Tripel, brewed with a strain of yeast from Unibroue and if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll still be pouring his refreshing Watermelon Wheat. Today was my first visit to his brewery, but it won’t be my last. Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Brew At The Zoo is back at the Denver Zoo for its’ 15th year. This year, more than 40 breweries will be pouring including Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing, Strange Brewing and River North Brewery.
The $70 price tag not only gets you beer, but food from a variety of great restaurants from Euclid Hall to Vine Street Pub. Proceeds go to charity. Tickets information and more details can be found HERE.
Saturday, September 8, 2012.
Hop Head Unite! Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival is ready to blow your palate on Saturday afternoon with their IPA’s, Double IPA’s, Triple IPA’s, Sextuplet IPA’s. Wait, what?!? One can dream right?
Hop bombs for my mouth. I’m in, what about you? How has this not sold out yet? Here’s a tentative beer list:
So we’ve got an IPA Festival scheduled for Saturday, which is also Sour Beer Day! That’s right, Saturday is Sour Beer Day! Hmmmm…. I like it. All hail beer! God Bless Sour Beers. Maybe I’ll raise a glass when I get home from the IPA Fest. I could use a good reason to pop some Cantillon, Cascade, Crooked Stave or some other great sour beer brought to us by the letter “C”.
Odell Brewing is embracing the spirit of Sour Beer Day by releasing The Meddler, a barrel aged Oud Bruin ale.
This beauty was aged for more than 18 months with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces yeasts. Looking forward to tracking some bottles down. Keep your eyes peeled peeps! 750mL bottles will be released in the tap room at 4 PM. Odell Brewing is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524. 970-498-9070.
There’s a new brewery opening their doors today! (I love typing that line). Gravity Brewing in Louisville, CO is having their Grand Opening on Saturday from 2 – 10 PM.
Gravity as in high gravity beers. Cheers to that! On Saturday, they’ll be pouring: Belgian Wit, Belgian Abbey, Belgian Blonde, Double IPA and Imperial Stout.
Stop by and visit the tasting room and enjoy a little bubble hockey or ping pong. The weather should be cooperating if you want to hang out in the beer garden and enjoy a little horseshoe action. Gravity Brewing is located at: 1150 Pine St. Unit B, Louisville, CO 80027. 303-544-0746.
Don’t forget about our friends on the radio. Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat over at City Park in Denver.
Grab your bike and a costume and head over for the parade of bikes and beer. Can’t make it out? Tune into the show on AM 760 at noon and listen in live.
There you have it! Another beer-packed weekend is waiting for you. Go get it!
Weekend. You’re here again! Aaah, I love you Weekend. You’re the BEST!
This past week has been a wild one. At work, my company dedicated an airplane to our great state.
I was on-hand to take part in the festivities and see the aircraft up close.
My work had their yearly “Spirit Party”, which bounces to a different city every year. This year it was held in Denver and we took over Coors Field for the evening. Gotta love working for a company that had a special beer brewed just for the event.
We also had a chance this week to visit Brandon Proff over at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew.
This is a new brewery getting set to open in Denver in September. Brandon met with us to talk about his project, his beers and show us around his place. I’m putting together a post that will give you all the details on Our Mutual Friend, so stay tuned.
As if that wasn’t enough, we caught up with Bill Eye over at Prost Brewing for a Preview Party at Prost Brewing.
Amazing. I’m in love with the brewery and the beer. Such a great place. There’s a ton of pics and details in an earlier blog. Just click HERE.
This all went down during the week. Can there really be more fun in store for the weekend? Absolutely!
I took a few extra days off this week because: 1. My beautiful wife is having a birthday this weekend! and 2. Uhm, hello, 4 days off is waaay better than 2!
So let’s do this! You ready?
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012.
My weekend’s already in full swing. Kick it off right now and head over to Prost Brewing. And when I say right now, I mean RIGHT NOW! We’ve been waiting for what seems like an eternity for Bill to open his doors at Prost and today is the big day!
Bill Eye, the genius behind some great German-style beers is finally ready to share his amazing brews with you. I’ve had ’em, I love ’em, I want more! Run, do not walk, do not pass GO, do not collect $200! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.
Oh, and come back on Saturday for a live broadcast with Gary V on American Craft Beer Radio. Scroll down for more details.
Friday, August 24th, 2012.
On Friday, check out Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday at 3 PM. This round is a Blueberry Hefeweizen.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at Rockyard Brewing, Jellyman’s Deviation for this week is “Lab Bunny”.
This is a Rum Barrel-Aged version of Hopyard IPA. Sounds tasty. This varmint gets released on Friday at 4 PM. The Rockyard is located at: 880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, August 25th, 2012.
The boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Arvada Beer on Saturday. Arvada Beer recently tapped a Double IPA and Scottish Ale and should be getting ready to tap a Coffee Porter made with tasty beans from the local artisan bean roasters at Corvus Coffee. Sounds awesome!
They’ll also be talking to Right Coast Pizza about their Grand Opening and mini-Beer Fest this weekend.
If you can’t make it to Arvada Beer, be sure to tune into the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM760 from noon – 2 PM to get all the latest beer news around town. But, if you can make it to watch the show live, you won’t be sorry! Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-BEER.
Over on the FM side, Gary V will be broadcasting not once, but twice on Saturday! First up, he’ll be at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival in Boulder, CO from noon – 1:30 PM.
Then he’ll drop in at Prost Brewing from 3:30 – 5 PM. Tune into 102.3 FM to catch up on all your beer news. Stop by Saturday evening to watch the show live, check out the new brewery and raise a liter with Bill and Gary. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.
Trinity Brewing, down in the Springs is turning 4! Man, where does the time go? They’ve got a day filled with live music and special beers to celebrate.
Sour Freaks won’t want to miss this as Trinity has dug up some special brews from the cellar including Old Growth (my favorite!!!), Brain of the Turtle, TPS Report and more. Trinity Brewing is located at: 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. 719-634-0029.
This year’s Annual Foam Fest is going down on Saturday from 6 – 10 PM at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
There’s not only a tasting session, but also an awards ceremony for both homebrewers and commercial craft brewers. Hit it up and cheer on your favorite brewers and see who gets to claim bragging rights for the next 12 months. Tickets run $30 and there are no advanced ticket sales. More details HERE. The Colorado State Fair is located at: 1001 Beulah Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004. 1-800-876-4567.
That’s it. That’s all I got and that’s all your gettin’. Hope that lasts you for a few days. Besides, it’s my wife’s b’day weekend. She doesn’t know it yet, but we’ve got big plans!
I’m out. Go have some fun, be safe and I’ll talk to you in a few. Oh, and if anybody has any pics they’d like to share from the Prost opening or other events around town, send them to me and I’ll share with the readers on here. email@example.com