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.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
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!
2012. What a year! Certainly a HUGE year for beer! With more than two dozen breweries opening in Colorado this year, there were plenty of new and interesting brews that were introduced into our market. It’s not easy for a beer geek to keep up with everything…
We did our best to try them all and my liver hates me for it. But have no fear, all this “research” has good purpose. There was no way we could have tried everything out there, but here’s some of our personal favorites from 2012. While I didn’t take availability into account, we did have a few rules that each beer had to meet: 1. available in either bottles or cans. 2. a new release in 2012. 3. made right here in Colorado.
Without further ado, here’s our list of favorite beers, breweries and beer bars from the past year.
10. Odell Brewing – The Meddler
Big woody notes combine with tart cherries and plums to round out this complex Flanders Oud Bruin. Such a tasty style that seems to be making a bit of a comeback. Odell has been rolling out great sours since the emergence of Friek last year and this is a great addition to their already impressive lineup.
9. Oskar Blues Brewery – Deviant Dale’s IPA
Not only did Oskar Blues give us an IPA this year, but they put it in those big ass 16 oz. cans! Who do I need to thank for this great gift? Plenty of grapefruit, caramel, pine and citrus hops galore. Best addition to the OB family since TEN Fidy.
8. Prost Brewing – Hefeweizen
We all knew Bill Eye was an amazing brewer, but I don’t think any of us knew German lagers could be sooo damn tasty. I love the entire Prost lineup, but the Hefeweizen is pretty special. Fruity, flavorful, refreshing and light enough to make it a sessionable beer. In addition to being on tap at a variety of restaurants and bars, look for growlers of this tasty brew at liquor stores throughout the Denver area. Delish!
7. New Belgium – Lips of Faith Tart Lychee
A three-year old wild ale was mixed with lychee fruit and cinnamon to create a unique combination for New Belgium’s summertime Lips of Faith release. It turned out to be the perfect “lighter” sour brew for the warm summer months. I liked it so much, I greedily snagged a keg for myself. I hope they keep this tasty offering in regular rotation.
6. Trinity Brewing – Oh Face Saison Provisional
I credit my wife, Mrs. Insane, with finding this one. While I was filling my cup with Trinity’s phenomenal sours during GABF, she was discovering Oh Face. This is another beer in their “Office Space” series, which also includes TPS Report and the upcoming Red Swingline Stapler. Oh Face is a sensory adventure with plenty of Bretty funk, fruit, cardamom, pepper, coriander, yeast and more. Another complex masterpiece from our favorite brewery down in the Springs.
5. Funkwerks – Deceit
The 2012 Small Brewery of the Year just seems to get better and better. Deceit is a classic Belgian-style Tripel with flavors of tropical fruit, spices and hops. Look for more interesting one-off’s and seasonals to come out of this Fort Collins brewery in 2013.
4. AC Golden Brewing – Hidden Barrel Apricot
Low production numbers, a high price tag and no distribution for AC Golden’s first bottled release. Yet, it still managed to tie up phone lines with orders and sold out on the same day it hit store shelves. And for good reason. It’s full of sour apricot, barnyard funk and oak. Hopefully we’ll continue to see more interesting bottles and expanded distribution from AC Golden in 2013.
3. Elevation Beer Co. – Apis IV
Elevation’s first bottled release was a delicious, complex Belgian-style Quadrupel, that was much more authentic Belgian than American knockoff. Although Elevation may or may not brew this beer again, they’re clearly on the right track and I’m looking forward to more greatness from them in the years to come. Awesome beer.
2. Avery Brewing – Uncle Jacob’s Stout
This 17% ABV Imperial Stout, debuted in April as the 2nd release in Avery’s Annual Barrel Series. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and booze make up this sticky, sweet stout. Look for another batch to be released sometime in 2013. Be sure you don’t miss out!
I could have easily picked 5 beers from Crooked Stave to make this list. They’re just that good. But for me, Persica was the standout and my pick for best Colorado Beer of 2012. Unfortunately, the only way to try this one was by being a member of Crooked Stave’s 2012 Cellar Reserve, having a generous friend who’s in the Cellar Reserve or were lucky enough to snag a sample at Avery’s Sour Fest. Ripe peaches and oak mix for this fruity, sour gem. It’s a shame only a few hundred bottles were made, but the good news is that it’ll be making a return in 2013 to members of the Cellar Reserve. It’s not too late to sign up, so don’t miss out.
Best Colorado Breweries of 2012
1. Avery Brewing – Not only do they offer a solid lineup of year round beers, but their seasonals and occasional Barrel-Aged releases are second to none. The Barrel-Aged series has become so popular, that the releases have turned into mini-festivals at the brewery, where Avery taps unique and hard-to-find beers just for the occasion. Combine their great beers with their annual Anniversary Party, Sour Fest, IPA Fest and Strong Ale Fest and the new brewery which is expected to open in 2014, and it’s easy to see why Avery Brewing is our favorite brewery of 2012.
2. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Wild Wild Brett Indigo, L’Brett D’Or, Nightmare on Brett, Persica and they even managed to bring Cantillon’s Zwanze Day to Colorado. Phenomenal job all around!
3. Odell Brewing – They make some of our favorite CO beers including Friek, Myrcenary and Bourbon Barrel Stout. I could sit in their tasting room all day, play a little cornhole or just watch the world go by on the patio. Thank you Odell for another great year of events, tappings and bottled releases.
Best Denver Area Beer Bars of 2012
1. Parry’s Pizza – Epic tap takeovers, pint nights, great food and a friendly and knowledgable staff made Parry’s our favorite place to sip a pint outside of a brewery in 2012. Three locations around the Denver area, with more on the way!
2. The Rackhouse Pub – Aside from great beer, great food and multiple beer events throughout the year, The Rackhouse shares the roof with Stranahan’s Whiskey. Stop by for a tasting and tour of the distillery, stick around for a bite to eat and a locally brewed craft beer.
3. Falling Rock Tap House – The classic Denver tap house. They get the good stuff the for the geeks and always seem to have something special on draft.
Three Colorado Breweries to Watch in 2013
2. Dry Dock Brewing – A new production facility, new brewhouse, a 63-BBL foeder, canning line and expanded distribution. I’m in!
3. Black Shirt Brewing – I’ve admittedly only tried 3 of BSB’s brews, but if that’s any indication of what’s to come, Denver’s in for a treat in 2013.
With so many great beers, breweries and beer bars around town, this wasn’t an easy list to compile and sadly, many deserving beers didn’t make it. What were your favorites from 2012? Leave a comment on our Facebook Page and share with us.
As 2012 draws to a close, I cant wait to see what lies ahead for the Colorado Beer Scene in 2013. It’s an exciting time to be a craft beer lover.
Cheers and Happy New Year!
It looks like Mother Nature has dished out a bit of snow and cold weather to us. Don’t fret, there’s still plenty of good beer to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside again. It’s time for the weekend people. You ready?
Fire it up right now, by making a trip over to Crooked Stave. Just look at this lineup.
Not only are there amazing brews on draft, but they’ve got both Oculus and the GABF-medal winning Sentience in bottles to go. Don’t forget to sign up for Crooked Stave’s Cellar Reserve while you’re at it. You won’t regret it. Crooked Stave is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.
Over at the Yak & Yeti is their Oaked IPA. This is their Himalayan IPA aged in a Leopold Bros. Rye Whiskey Barrel. Brewer Adam Draeger teased this recently on our behind the scenes tour of the brewery and I’d love to taste how this turned out.
They’re also pouring Blueberry Tart, which is a slightly tart, blueberry brown ale and a Milk Stout, which will only be pouring for the colder months. Stay tuned for a series of Porters that will head into territories never before visited by previous Porters. More details in the coming weeks. Check out Yak & Yeti at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002 and 8665 N Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO 80003.
Friday, October, 26th, 2012.
So the Jellyman down at Rockyard is up to his usually playfulness again this week. This time, he’s releasing “Wonder Twin Powers…Activate!” Best beer name I’ve heard in a long time. He’s taken an IPA and filled it with antioxidant goodness from the very special and tasty Açaí berry. Well, lots of Açaí berries actually.
Guaranteed to be way better than a flu shot, stop by at 4 PM to get your fix. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273. And for you kids still wondering who the hell the Wonder Twins are, get learned.
This may or may not be from the original cartoon series. You be the judge.
Before this post goes any further South, let’s just move on.
Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is turning 3! Stop by on Friday for this family friendly event, complete with balloon making and face painting for the little ones.
Good beer? Are you kidding me? These guys kill it in the beer category and will have a ton of great brews flowing. The food menu is tough to beat too. Man, I wish I could make this. It’ll be an awesome time. Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is located at: 1555 S Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501. 303-485-9400.
Parry’s Pizza is hosting Beer & Fear on Friday.
Scary Costumes meets Scary Beer. Get all ghouled up and stop by for some spooky brews from Jolly Pumpkin, Lost Abbey and Shmaltz. Costume contest from 7 PM – 8 PM. Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
Dry Dock is ready for another round of Firkin Friday. This week’s release is their Double IPA, dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Hop-heads arise! Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012.
Saturday is a solid day of beer happenings, so let’s refocus and get serious.
The Rackhouse Pub is turning 3 this weekend! To celebrate their 3rd Anniversary, they’ll be hosting a Dry Dock Tap Takeover.
Yeah, they’ve got your Hop Abomination, GABF Gold-medal winning Apricot, Vanilla Porter and so on, but they’ll also be pouring Dry Dock’s World Beer Cup medal winning Wee Heavy, Coffee Milk Stout, Bligh’s Barleywine (yes, Bligh’s Barleywine), The Ambassador Sour (my fav!) and even a firkin of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Porter. More than 20 beers will be making an appearance for this amazing event.
Do NOT miss this! I mean it. Aside from maybe your buddy’s beer cellar, when’s the last time you saw a bottle of Bligh’s Barleywine? Head over to the Rackhouse and help them celebrate 3 years. There’s even a costume contest and live music later in the evening. The Rackhouse is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.
Arvada Beer is also celebrating an Anniversary this weekend.
For their 1-year anniversary, they’ve been tapping great beers all week-long. Here’s the complete list of what they’ve got planned:
- 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
There’s some amazing beers on the list for sure! Stop by on Saturday for a Halloween costume contest, a chance to win free beer for a year! and to check out a live broadcast with the boys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
Turk and the Gubna will be broadcasting live from noon – 2 PM on AM 760. Tune in or stop by to get all the latest Colorado craft beer news. Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-2337.
Parry’s Pizza is inviting you out to drink beer for a
good great cause on Saturday.
They’re hosting a silent auction to help raise money for little Zoe, who is battling cancer. Stop by for a beer, a bite to eat and bid on some great merchandise for an amazing cause. Parry’s Pizza has three locations at: 9567 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 12501 E. Lincoln, Englewood, CO 80112. 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108.
Black Shirt Brewing’s gearing up for another party on Saturday. While they still don’t have any permanent hours established just yet, they’ll be pouring a variety of Red Ales from 3 – 8 PM.
Stop by for a sneak-peek and try some beers from Denver’s newest brewery. Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.
This last one is for all the über beer geeks and beer traders out there. Darkness Day at Surly Brewing in Brooklyn Center, MN is going down on Saturday! Darkness is an amazing, amazing, amazing Imperial Stout that is delicious fresh, but also ages incredibly well. I also think it’s kind of cool that Surly chooses a different monster / zombie / scary creature to adorn their bottle every year.
Darkness Day only happens once a year, so show up early to secure up to 6-bottles of this limited, yummy brew. Cash only. I’ve got a vertical running back to ’08 and if anybody happens to have an extra bottle and can grab me this year’s workshirt, you’ll be rewarded with, well, more beer. Duh! E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’ve got a bottle that you just need to get rid of and we’ll figure out the details.
Again, Darkness is a pretty special brew that you should go out of your way to find. Seriously great beer. It’s good too. Grab your bottles, stick around for the beer (obviously!), food trucks and metal music. It’s going to be a blast! Surly Brewing is located at: 4811 Dusharme Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.
That’s about it y’all. Plenty to do both near and far, far and near, amazing things are brewing everywhere. (Sorry, my kids are all about Dr. Seuss these days.) Get on it and have some fun this weekend.
Get yer brew news! Yep, the weekend is almost here and the forecast is perfect. You ready?
Friday, August 17th, 2012.
Kick things off over at Dry Dock with Firkin Friday. This week, they’ve taken Doug’s Hop Abomination VI and double dry-hopped that bad boy.
Because obviously a single dry-hopping just wasn’t enough. Hop Abomination is a great, great beer and I can’t wait to see its’ debut in cans later this year. In the meantime, stop by and try the latest batch. Hop heads won’t want to miss this firkin. The beast gets unleashed at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Sadly, I will miss this week’s firkin, but I’ll be happily pouring beers at the Art and Ale Brew Festival at The Wildlife Experience in Parker.
This is a new one for us, but the list includes Deschutes, Avery, Elevation, Trinity, Uinta and 30+ other breweries. There’s also several wineries, distilleries and restaurants on the list. I’m really excited to finally attend this one. A beer fest in a museum is an awesome idea and I can’t wait. Tickets are $35 for members of The Wildlife Experience, $40 for non-members and $25 for DD’s. More details can be found HERE.
We’ll be pouring at the Dry Dock booth, so stop by and say hi! The Wildlife Experience is located at: 10035 Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134. 720-488-3300.
Oh, and if you’re out that way, don’t forget about Parry’s Pizza. They’ve got a location right across the street at: 12501 Lincoln Ave, Englewood, CO 80112.
Don’t forget that Friday will be your first chance to grab tickets for Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival. This is taking place at Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO on Saturday, September 8th from noon – 5 PM.
Saturday, August 18th, 2012.
On Saturday, head over to Stapleton for the third annual Stapleton Beer Festival.
This year, check out dozens of local breweries serving up their tasty offerings from 4 – 8 PM. Look for Great Divide, Wit’s End, Copper Kettle, CAUTION and an additional 20+ breweries to be on-site. Two bands will perform and nearly a dozen food trucks will be there as well.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the event. Call 303-388-0724 to purchase tickets in advance or get more information.
If you’re looking to get out-of-town, head up to Central City for the Great Central City Beer Festival. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival on 102.3 FM from noon – 1 PM on Saturday. The Beer Festival runs from noon – 7 PM.
I got my history lesson on Central City’s rich brewing history last weekend from Dave Thomas of Dostal Alley Brewing. Dave recently wrote a book on the history of brewing in Gilpin County and this past weekend, he was a featured guest on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
The Great Central City Beer Festival will celebrate the rich, 150 year brewing history of Central City and will feature hayrides, live music and more than 40 beers to sample from breweries like Prost (oh yeah!!), Backcountry Brewing and Dostal Alley Brewing. This is an all ages event and tickets are on sale for $20. Click HERE to check out some pics from our trip to Dostal Alley Brewing earlier this summer.
And speaking of the Colorado Craft Beer Show, the guys will be hanging out at Hops & Pie this week as they broadcast from noon – 2 PM on AM760. Head over to Hops & Pie at noon to check out the live show, as they give you all the latest and greatest brew news and take part in Denver’s Littlest Big Beer Fest.
This month’s lineup is from Elevation Brewing. Elevation, from Poncha Springs, CO, will be bringing a bunch of tasty beers like their Apis IV Quad, Signal de Botrange Belgian Ale, several barrel-aged variations, a firkin and more! Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Don’t forget about Bull & Bush’s 41 Beer in 41 Days event that rolls on all month-long.
This weekend, they’ll be tapping their own Captain Funk, and on the guest list is J.W. Lee’s 25th Anniversary Harvest Ale and d’Achouffe’s Biere Du Soleil. A full list can be found HERE. Bull & Bush Brewery is located at: 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246. 303-759-0092.
Sunday, August 19th, 2012.
The 2nd Annual Colorado Distillers Festival hits the Rackhouse Pub from 1 – 5 PM on Sunday.
Check out some delicious spirits from Breckenridge Distilling, Deerhammer Distilling, Peach Street Distillers and more. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door and includes admission, a tasting glass and a tour of Stranahan’s Distillery. More details can be found HERE. The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.
Monday, August 20th, 2012.
Stretch your weekend clear into Monday as Euclid Hall will be hosting Tom Korder, brewer from Goose Island at 8 PM. Yep, that would be Chicago’s Goose Island. Goose Island recently announced they’ll be bringing their full line of beers into the Colorado market, beginning in September. There’s talk that they may even begin brewing some of their famous recipes out this way too. Time will tell. But, on Monday, visit Euclid Hall to try some of their Vintage Beers brought out to CO just for this event.
The chefs at Euclid Hall have created some unique dishes to be paired alongside the beers. Euclid Hall is located at: 1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-595-4255.
I’m glad to hear that Goose Island will be expanding their distribution to include our market. For the past few years, we’ve seen bits and pieces of the Goose Island portfolio, but it’s been pretty hit or miss and some of my favorite styles never made it out this way. It sounds like they’re planning to bring nearly the entire lineup to us. I had the chance to visit Goose Island last year and if you’re not familiar with them, you’re in for a treat. They have an awesome lineup of beers and an enormous barrel-aging program that includes everything from big, bold stouts to sour, belgian-style ales. I can’t wait to track down some more Bourbon County Brand Stout, as my supply is dwindling. For more details on Goose Island’s expansion into Colorado, check out the recent article by Jonathan Shikes over at the Westword.
If you’re just looking to hang out at home and enjoy a new beer this weekend, keep an eye out for Stone’s 16th Anniversary beer, a new batch of Cantillon (which is probably already gone by now…), The Bruery’s tasty Tart of Darkness and some interesting new Brettanomyces beers from Anchorage Brewing.
Looking into the crystal ball, Prost Brewing will officially open on Thursday, August 23rd at noon. I’m hoping to get a sneak-peek at the finished place and try the lineup on Wednesday. Absolutely can not wait for them to open! Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80202.
Grab your calendar and save the date of Saturday, September 29th. That’s the big date for the upcoming Fall Beer Classic. Turk and The Gubna from the Colorado Craft Beer Show are hosting their very own beer fest! These boys know beer and how to have fun. Sounds like the perfect combo for a beer fest! Think of it as a warm-up for the Great American Beer Festival.
I’ll get you all the details in the coming weeks, but for now, be sure to “Like” them on their Facebook Page.
Hey, “Like” us too while you’re at it. I’ve got more beer to give away, but you’ll need to follow the Facebook page if you want a chance to win.
That’s it y’all. My fingers are done, my mind is blown, it’s time for a beer!
Have a great 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!
Hey everybody! Hope you had a fun and safe Independence Day. I know many of you are probably taking advantage of the mid-week holiday and enjoying a nice, loooong weekend. Many of my favorite breweries either closed early or were closed all together on the 4th, but are gearing up for a busy weekend. You ready?
Kick it off over at Dry Dock Brewing for their weekly Firkin Friday. This week’s release is a Kona Coffee Milk Stout.
Dry Dock’s Milk Stout is solid and I know Walt worked some magic with this coffee’d version. I’m going to try to hit this one up and so should you. Tapping is at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Breckenridge Brewery is turning 22 this weekend! Wow! There’s not too many craft breweries that have been pumping out beer for 22 years. Congrats guys! To celebrate, there’s a Pig Roast / Concert / Beer Drinkin’ Throwdown on Saturday, July 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM.
The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Breck’s Anniversary Party.
Turk will have Tebo sitting in for The Gubna again this week. Plan on lots of updates from the Breckenridge crew, plus visits with Brian O’Connell from Renegade Brewing, Boone from Bristol Brewing and Virgil from Illegal Pete’s. The show airs live on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM. Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204. 800-328-6723.
Over on the FM side, American Craft Beer Radio, will be broadcasting live from Backcountry Pizza and Tap House up in Boulder, CO. Gary V will be hittin’ the waves on Saturday at noon. Keep your ear on 102.3 FM for giveaways and beer news. If you can make it over to Backcountry, they’ll treat you to happy hour pricing from 11-2.
Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-449-4285.
Copper Kettle Brewing is releasing another round of deliciousness this weekend. This Saturday, July 7th, the tap lines will be graced with this year’s batch of German Altbier. A nice blend of malt and hops round out this highly drinkable, German-style brew.
They’ll be joined by Reetz Treats at 5 PM, who’ll be bringing an assortment of sweet, yummy morsels to pair with this and other Copper Kettle beers. The tapping is at noon. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine is ready to release the next installment in their Artisan Ale Series. For July, they’re releasing Hoppy Girl, an 8% ABV, 70 IBU, IPA infused with hibiscus and jasmine. 750’s will go on sale at the brewery on Saturday, July 7th from noon – 9 PM.
Kate Medlin, who designed the label art, will be on hand to sign bottles. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St. Ste A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
Sour Freaks, listen up! It’s Sour Month over at the Rackhouse Pub. This week will see Dry Dock’s Apricot Sour and Grand Teton’s Snarling Badger (Berliner Weisse) hitting the tap lines. Looking towards next week, keep an eye out for AC Golden’s Rackhouse Blend and Dry Hopped Sour, Avery Immitis and Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour.
There’s a lot of special sour treats to watch for over at the Rackhouse Pub in July. This event runs all month long and I’ll keep you updated with everything they’ll be putting on the tap lines. Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 720-570-7824.
TRVE Brewing picked up a Buffalo Trace barrel earlier this week.
A hint of things to come? They must have gotten smoked on their opening week, as they had to close for a few days to catch up and make more beer. Don’t worry, they’ll be ready for you this weekend. TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO 80203. 303-351-1021.
Lastly, Prost brewed their first batch of beer this week! Bill brewed up his Weißbier on Tuesday.
Still no firm opening date, but they’re getting closer. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.
That’s all I got! Hope you guys get out and try some great beer this weekend. Click “Like” on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the latest updates, events and beer news in Colorado and around the globe.
There are a TON of beery events going down this weekend. I don’t know if it’s the nice weather, Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby or just the fact that we live in the “Napa Valley of Beer”, but I like it. Having options isn’t a bad thing, but it can sometimes make it tough to decide where to go and what to do.
The big news has to be the opening of not one, but TWO new breweries this weekend! City Star Brewing and Big Choice Brewing will both be opening their doors to the public on Friday, May 4th.
City Star Brewing, located in Berthoud, CO, will be opening their doors for the first time on Friday, May 4th, at 2PM. They will be pouring: Cowboy’s Double Golden, 6-Shooter IPA, Red Necktar (hoppy American red ale), Bandit Brown, Raspberry Bandit (brown ale fermented with puréed fresh raspberries) and Night Watchman Stout. If you get the munchies, City Star invites you to bring food into the brewery or visit the food trucks on-site.
City Star Brewing is located at 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513. 970-532-7827.
Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield, CO, will also be opening their doors for the first time this weekend. They’ll have a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 4th at 3PM, followed by their first official happy hour, with $1 off pints. Four beers will be pouring: Disconnected Red Ale, Poblano Stout, Type III IPA and a Saison.
The Oskar Blues Bonewagon will be on-site for the party on Friday, with burgers, wings and more for sale. Saturday will feature a bouncy house for the kids and free BBQ starting at 11AM. Sunday features a growler happy hour from 4-6PM with $2 off new growlers and $1 off fills. Bring in your Rockies ticket stub after the game to get a free pint on Sunday afternoon. Big Choice is located at: 7270 W 118th Place, Broomfield, CO 80020. 303-469-2616.
In other news, Equinox Brewing, in Fort Collins, CO, is celebrating their second anniversary this weekend with live music in the beer garden. They’ll also be tapping an IPA brewed just for the occasion. Congrats on two great years! Equinox is located at: 133 Remington St., Fort Collins, CO 80524. 970-484-1368.
Over in Boulder at Twisted Pine Brewing, they’ll be releasing the latest addition to their Artisan Ale Series on Saturday May 5th. This month is Big Easy Offbeat Brown, a brown ale brewed with wasabi, ginger, horseradish and honey. Spicy enough for ya?
Stop by the brewery on Saturday to get your bottles and meet the artist behind the label. Twisted Pine is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
But wait, there’s more! Dry Dock Brewing, in Aurora, CO, just tapped a Coffee Milk Stout. They’ll be doing their weekly Firkin Friday thing on May 4th, with a Brown Ale, dry hopped with Cascade hops. The beer gets tapped at 3PM.
Go next door and visit The Brew Hut on Saturday, May 5th and take part in the American Homebrew Association’s annual Big Brew.
This is a great opportunity to make a batch of homebrew with friends, introduce new people to the hobby, share recipes and tips with other homebrewers and just have a bunch of fun. More details and a list of participating stores can be found HERE.
If you make it to The Brew Hut, say “hi” to Gary V., who will be broadcasting live on American Craft Beer Radio, 102.3FM at noon. Dry Dock Brewing and The Brew Hut are located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Copper Kettle will be releasing their latest creation, “La Palmoa Wit” on Saturday, May 5th at noon. The ingredients used in this beer include fresh pomelos, grapefruit, key lime zest, agave nectar and coriander. I’m not much of a wit guy, but this beer sounds amazing! I’m loving all the citrus they used to brew it. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Copper Kettle is now open on Tuesdays, so you can get your fix 7 days a week. $1 from every pint sold on Tuesday’s will go towards charity. This program is called “Pints for Purpose” and will feature a different charity each week. Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Have you been waiting patiently to try the line of AC Golden Beers? Then head over to The Rackhouse Pub on Saturday, May 5th for the AC Golden Tap Takeover. Don’t let the Coors building fool you, these cats know how to brew. I’ve only had a couple of their beers, but I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve tried so far. They’ve got 15 beers ready to be tapped this weekend including a Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, a Belgian Saison, a Baltic Porter and 5 different sours! The full lineup can be found HERE.
The Rackhouse Pub offers a full menu and is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223. 770-570-7824.
If you don’t see your favorite brewers around town this weekend, don’t be surprised. Most of them are out in sunny San Diego, CA for the bi-annual World Beer Cup. This is an international beer competition that has a judging system very similar to the Great American Beer Festival. For 2012, more than 800 breweries from 56 countries have submitted nearly 4,000 beers into the competition. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.
The Brewing Network will be broadcasting live from the awards ceremony on Saturday. Click HERE to follow the action live.
Lastly, there’s a ton of great beers just waiting for you around town this weekend. Stone Imperial Russian Stout (just had an ’06 bottle – ages really, really well), Sierra Nevada Hoptimum in 4-packs, Funkwerks White, New Belgium Tart Lychee, Avery Nineteen and Samael’s, Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian, some fresh Jolly Pumpkin and Dogfish Head and so much more! There’s are so many great beers available right now. If you need help tracking something down, give me a shout.
Man, that was a lot of news. I love Colorado! Hope you find something to keep you busy this weekend.
Time for a beer. Cheers!