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 full weekend lies ahead. You ready?
Friday the 13th got you freaked out? Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and head over to the Denver Beer Co. for Christmas in July! At 1 PM, they’ll be tapping a special “Christmas-spiced” firkin. Stick around for music, food and a special appearance by Mr. Claus himself. The fun runs until 5 PM and is sure to chase those Friday the 13th blues away.
Don’t forget Firkin Friday over at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, CO. This week’s release is a Black Cherry Saison. Sounds delish. I made it out last week for the Kona Coffee Milk Stout, which was really, really tasty. It was like sipping a nice, iced coffee. Another great creation by their Firkin Freak Walt.
Anyway, head over to the Dock at 3 PM on Friday, July 13th to give the Black Cherry Saison a try or two or three… Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Parry’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch, CO is gearing up for another Tap Takeover on Saturday, July 14th. This time they’re joining forces with New Belgium Brewing to bring fans a slew of tasty brews, many of which haven’t been available in months. Look for a variety of beers from the Lips Of Faith series, including Tart Lychee, Cocoa Mole, Biere de Mars, Fall Wild, La Folie, Brett Beer (collaboration w/ Lost Abbey. Read further down on how to win a bottle.) and more!
This ain’t your local Old Chicago! Parry’s Pizza combines great food with one of the best tap lists in the Denver area. If you’re able to make it over to Parry’s in the near future, try to bring some items to donate, as they’re collecting a variety of goods for victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire. More details and a list of items you can donate, can be found on the Parry’s Pizza Facebook Page. Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
If you’re able to visit Parry’s between noon and 2 PM on Saturday, you’ll be able to hang with Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show. The guys will be broadcasting live from the event on AM 760.
Over on the FM side, American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous down in Salida, CO on Saturday, July 14th.
Gary V will be hitting the airwaves on 104.3 FM at noon in Riverside Park in Salida, CO. The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous will feature more than 60 Colorado breweries and runs from 1 PM – 5 PM. Tickets are $35 and covers beer samples, local music and root beer for the kids and DD’s. I really wanted to attend this year, but it wasn’t meant to be. Looks like it’ll be a blast though! Have fun guys!
Twisted Pine Brewing, in Boulder, CO, is gearing up for their 17th Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 14th.
Plenty of great food, music and of course, tasty beers, will be there for you to enjoy from 2 PM – 7 PM. Tickets are only $25. Congrats on 17 years! Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
And yet ANOTHER Beer Festival is lined up for this weekend up in Breckenridge, CO. That’s 3 this weekend, for those of you keeping score at home. Main Street Station will be hosting the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival on Saturday, July 14th from 1 PM – 6 PM.
25 Breweries will be pouring this year, including several out-of-state breweries such as Alaskan, Stone and Boulevard. Of course, a variety of great breweries from CO will be on hand as well. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Click here for more info.
Here at Brewtally Insane, we hit the Spring Breceknridge Beer Festival and it was an absolute blast! There’s a review and a ton of pics HERE. You’re probably not going to find any crazy, rare, sour, barrel-aged brews at this one, but you’ll definitely be treated to a solid lineup from quite a few of your favorite breweries.
Sour Month rolls on at the Rackhouse Pub. Scheduled to be tapped this weekend is Avery – Immitis, Crooked Stave – Petite Sour and AC Golden – Dry Hopped Sour. Looking towards next week, the tap lines will see New Belgium – Tart Lychee, Great Divide – Bretty Yeti and more!
The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-507-7824.
While we’re talking sours, on Saturday, July 14th, AC Golden will be releasing Kriek, the latest installment in their Hidden Barrel Collection. This is being sold exclusively through Mile High Wine and Spirits in Lakewood, CO.
Sales will begin at the store and over the phone at 3 PM, with a 1-bottle limit. If you can make it to the store, an AC Golden rep will be on-hand to answer questions and pour samples. I fought my way through the phone lines for the Apricot and Peche release a few weeks ago. These beers are delish and worth checking out. Mile High Wine and Spirits is located at: 435 S Vance St, Lakewood, CO 80226. 303-936-0272.
Lastly, the Brewtally Insane Facebook Page is nearing 100 “likes”. I’ve got a special New Belgium Lips of Faith & globe glass combo giveaway for that lucky 100th person.
So if you haven’t already done so, head over there and “Like” us today! Win free beer, while staying up to date on the latest happenings in the beer world. Win, Win!
Have a great weekend!
If you live in Colorado and like good beer, this is going to be a busy week for you. It’s not only Colorado Beer Week, but it’s also American Craft Beer Week. Nearly every brewery in the state has a full calendar of events planned every day. So I’m a little unsure at where to even begin with the beer buzz for this weekend.
I’ll give you some highlights to look for and some links to find more information, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to cover the 100+ events going on next week. If there’s a particular brewery or event you’d like more information on, the official list for American Craft Beer Week can be found HERE. The official list for Colorado Beer Week can be found HERE.
Falling Rock Tap House is getting a jump start on the festivities, by hosting a Russian River event on Friday, May 11th at 5:30 PM. They’ll be tapping some of the popular beers in the “-tion” series, including Supplication, Temptation and Sanctification. It’s getting harder and harder to track down Russian River around town, so don’t miss your chance to try these great beers.
Falling Rock has other events planned throughout the week, including a New Belgium “Lips of Faith” Extravaganza on Saturday, May 12th and some hard to find beers from Lost Abbey & Port Brewing on Sunday, May 13th. A full list of events can be found on their website. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock or are new in town, Falling Rock Taphouse is located at: 1919 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202. 303-293-8338.
Colorado Beer Week officially kicks off over at the Highland Tap and Burger, with a mini-beer festival on Saturday, May 12th. This event will feature more than 15 local breweries and 2 distilleries, pouring more than 35 beers. John Turk and the Gubna will be broadcasting their weekly Colorado Craft Beer Radio Show live on 760AM at noon. Tickets and details can be found HERE. This will definitely be an awesome way to get the week-long party started. Highland Tap and Burger is located at: 2219 W 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211. 720-287-4493.
Strange Brewing is kicking off Craft Beer Week with the Grand Opening of their Biergarten on Saturday, May 12th. They’ve got other events planned throughout the week including a 4-course beer brunch, the tapping of a Cherry Saison Firkin and the release of their 2nd Anniversary Beer – Munich Dunkel. Check out this list for more details. Strange Brewing is located at: 1330 Zuni St., Unit M, Denver, CO 80204. 720-985-2337.
Over in Aurora, Dry Dock Brewing will be releasing a different firkin every night of the week. They will be releasing Hopricot 2.0 on Friday, May 11th at 3 PM for their weekly Firkin Friday. Starting on Monday, they will tap a new firkin every afternoon at 3 PM. With beers like Cranberry Wit, Peanut Butter Cup Porter, Mango Pale Ale and Green Chile Double IPA scheduled to be released, there’s definitely something for everyone. Check out the full schedule on Dry Dock’s Facebook page. Dry Dock is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Up north, towards Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins, the breweries have gotten together and planned a game of Bingo. You can pick up a card at any of the participating breweries and get it stamped for the different beers you sample. Complete a line and turn it in for a free T-shirt! Cool idea.
Odell has a full list of events, both in Colorado and around the country, that can be found HERE.
Looking towards the following weekend, be sure to put the inaugural Taste of Tipsy’s Beer Festival on your calendar. This event, which is scheduled from 11 AM – 6 PM on Saturday, May 19th, will be held behind Tipsy’s Liquor World in Littleton, CO. This is a family friendly event that will feature face painting and carnival games for the kids, great food, live music and more. The event is free, but entrance to the beer festival will run you $25 for a 3-hour session. The beer tasting will feature more than 60 breweries, with proceeds going towards the Dakota Ridge Athletic Foundation. You can find more information and tickets HERE. Tipsy’s is located at: 5869 S Alkire St, Littleton, CO 80127. 303-551-7000.
Lastly, Parry’s Pizza is at it again with another Tap Takeover on Saturday, May 19th. This time they’ve joined forces with Odell’s from Fort Collins, CO. Parry’s Pizza owner, David Parry, even brewed a special batch of beer with Odell for the occasion! After hitting up the Avery Tap Takeover last month, I’m really excited for this one. Odell always has special, tasty one-offs, brewed exclusively for their tasting room. They seemed to have perfected just about every style of beer imaginable, yet they still continue to push boundaries and come up with new recipes on a regular basis. I’m really curious to see what they bring down for this event. Don’t miss it! Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Oh, I almost forgot… If you’re like me and are one of those “Beer Hunter” types, always trying to track down the latest and greatest, then head’s up, Firestone Walker’s Parabola is in Colorado! Get off your couch and get some! This barrel aged beauty is a tasty Russian Imperial Stout, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee and oak. This beer is a delicious, high ABV sipper, whose flavors will age well and continue to blend together and smooth out over time. An amazing beer for sure. Get it now or kick yourself later.
So that’s all I’ve got for now… There are events going on all over the state and around the country next week, so get out and have some fun. I’ll post some updates throughout the week on the Facebook page. Have an event you’d like to share? Post it on the Facebook wall or leave a comment on here and I’ll be sure to cover it.
Here’s to Craft Beer Week! Cheers!