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.
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.
It seems like every weekend, there are more and more events going on around town. There’s a TON of events happening this weekend. I’m not complaining, I just hope I can fit it all into one post. It’s worth a shot.
Start your weekend by hitting up Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday release on July 20th. Mix Master Walt has come up with Apple Pie Rye in July for this week’s release. 3 PM sucka!
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Speaking of Dry Dock, Patti and I will be pouring beers for them over at the Hops for Habitat Beer Festival on Friday, July 20th at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO. Come out and drink some beer while raising money for the environment! This charity brewfest runs from 5 PM – 9 PM and will feature more than 15 Colorado breweries, food trucks, wagon rides, live music and more.
Some of the breweries pouring include Dry Dock, Copper Kettle, Odell, New Belgium and Ska. Stop by the Dry Dock booth and say Hi! Tickets for the event are $30 ($15 for DD’s) and can be purchased in advance HERE. The Plains Conservation Center is located at: 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013. 303-693-3379.
Celebrate Belgian Independence Day on Saturday, July 21st, over at the Wynkoop Brewing in Denver, CO. They’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual United Tastes of Belgium with more than 50 breweries on-hand, pouring authentic Belgian and Belgian-style beers.
Some amazing breweries will be in attendance including Stone, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Duvel and of course Wynkoop. Check out the complete list of beers HERE. Advance tickets are $30, which covers your glass, beer, cheese and chocolate samples. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $37.50. Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
The radio waves will be blowin’ up again with Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 at noon.
This week, they’ll be sitting down with the guys from TwinHops Brewing to talk about their campaign on Kickstarter and hear about their plans to open a brewery in Aurora next year. (More on TwinHops further down in this post). Also in the studio will be Whitney and John from City Star Brewing out of Berthoud, CO. The Colorado Craft Beer Show will also be giving away tickets to Kyle’s Brew Fest and the Denver Summer Brewfest, so keep your phones handy.
Over on American Craft Beer Radio, Gary V will be sitting down with a panel of beer judges. They’ll be breaking down the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines, explaining how a beer is judged and doing some on-air tastings of commercial beers.
Tune in to the show on 102.3 FM on Saturday, July 21st at noon.
Where my freaks at? Sour Freaks that’s you! (Don’t get offended, I include myself in that category). The 2nd meeting of the Funk ‘n Wild Club is scheduled for Saturday, July 21st at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, CO.
This unofficial club of local sour freaks doesn’t require a golden ticket or secret password to get inside. Just show up and be ready to get your mouth-puckering, funky, freak on. Breweries on-hand include Crooked Stave, Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium, Russian River and more. Beers can be purchased in full pours, half pours or tasting flights. Special guest Chad Yakobson, the mastermind behind Crooked Stave Brewing is scheduled to be the guest speaker.
Dude, I’m pumped for this! More info on Funk’n Wild can be found HERE. The event runs from 3 PM – 6 PM at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503. 303-485-9400.
Speaking of sours, The Rackhouse Pub keeps their Sour Month rolling with new sours getting tapped daily throughout the month of July. This week, look for Great Divide Bretty Yeti, Crooked Stave Surette, Odell Shenanigans and AC Golden Apricot Sour hitting the tap lines.
The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-507-7824.
Looking for something not sour, but still packed with complexity and flavor? Copper Kettle Brewing’s got ya covered. They’re releasing an Imperial Oak Aged Stout on Saturday, July 21st. This is one of those rare chances to try a nice, big, flavorful stout, right, smack in the middle of summer. Skip the wheat and pils, grab your big boy drinking pants and hit up Copper Kettle for this one.
Stop by at noon for the tapping, stick around for the Harvest Food Truck at 5 PM and music from Pete Stein at 6 PM. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
River North Brewery is getting ready to begin accepting sign-ups for their Locals’ Club. Sign-ups for the club begins on Sunday, July 22nd at 1 PM. The $30 membership includes an exclusive, 16 oz. glass (pictured below), $4 pints all day, every day and a membership card.
Memberships will be sold to the first 50 people on a first come, first served basis. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-296-2617.
Hops & Pie is back with the next round of their Littlest Big Beer Fest on Sunday, July 22nd. There’s a killer lineup of Firestone Walker beers hitting the tap lines at 2 PM. Look for Double Jack (Double IPA), Double DBA (Barrel-Aged Barleywine), Parabola (Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout / my FAV of the bunch!) and more.
This special collection of Firestone Walker beers should not be missed. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Lastly, the guys behind TwinHops Brewing want to invite you over to help them brew a batch of beer on Sunday, July 21st. Brad, Scott, Rick and Colin will be firing up the burners to educate, answer questions and share with fans all the details about their upcoming brewery. More info on TwinHops Brewing can be found on yesterday’s blog.
Starting at noon and rolling throughout the day, stop by and taste their beer. Bring your homebrew rig over and brew with them if you’d like! This is being held at: 23891 E Alabama Dr, Aurora, CO 80018.
7/20 Update: The TwinHops brew day has been postponed. Just got word that it won’t be happening on Sunday, July 21st, but will be rescheduled for a later date. I’ll update you when they get a new date scheduled.
That’s it kids! Hope to see you around town this weekend. Have fun, stay cool and follow us on Facebook for more updates throughout the weekend.