Here we go friends. Buckle up and hang on, because Colorado Craft Beer Week starts NOW! There’s such an insane amount of beer events lined up for this week, that I thought it’d be helpful to post an early update.
This isn’t the mother load of lists, but rather a listing of some of the events we’re really excited about and wanted to share with all of you. Thanks to the Colorado Brewers Guild, the master list can be found on the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage. I’m just afraid my fingers would fall off if I tried to list every single event.
Ongoing All Week
Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont will devote all 44 of their taps to Colorado brews this week. Each night, reps from your favorite local breweries will be on hand to answer questions, talk beer and giveaway some great swag.
Monday– Prost, Tivoli and Upslope
Tuesday– Left Hand and New Belgium
Wednesday– Breckenridge, Boulder, Telluride and Denver Beer Co
Thursday– Avery, Bootstrap, Epic, Equinox and Twisted Pine
Friday– City Star, Renegade and Strange
Saturday– Oskar Blues, Estes Park, Echo, Gravity and Grimm Bros.
Oskar Blues HMLS is located at: 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80503.
Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge is featuring IPA’s all week, building up to the main event on Saturday with an IPA showdown between 12 different breweries. Game on! The tappings begin nightly at 6 PM.
Monday– Oskar Blues *All 3 IPA’s from OB
Tuesday– Equinox Brewing *Zenith IPA and Remi’s Saison IPA
Wednesday– Elevation Beer Co. *Cask IPA Night
Thursday– Ska Brewing Modus IPA, Decadent DIPA, and Insubstantial IPA
Friday– Avery Brewing *Double Dry Hopped Maharaja, Winters Day IPA
Saturday– 12 different breweries racing to see who can sell the most IPA. Come support your favorite brewery and help them win by drinking beer.
Right Coast Pizza is located at: 7100 W 38th St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Falling Rock Tap House is THE place to be on Monday, when you’ll be able to view the glorious sight of 80 different Colorado breweries pouring under one roof. Yeah people, this is BIG! $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.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
In Denver, River North Brewery will tap 10 gallons of their Avarice Imperial Stout, which has spent the past 6 months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels.
This made its’ debut over the weekend at the Littlest Big Beer Fest at Hops & Pie. Grab a glass on Wednesday afternoon before it’s gone for good. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205.
Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing will host the New Brew Crew Tasting on Wednesday, featuring 5 of the newest breweries up that way.
$20 will get you 3 hours of tasting and a tulip glass. Proceeds go to charity. As for the beer, look for 10 beers pouring from West Flanders, Fate, Echo, Gravity and Bootstrap. 7 – 10 PM. West Flanders Brewing is located at: 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302.
Out in Durango, Ska will launch the third beer in their Seasonal Stout series. This time it’s Vernal Minthe Stout, brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans.
The Durango release party will feature $3 pints, tours of the brewhouse and a chance to meet the brewer from 5 – 7 PM. Keep your eyes out for 12 oz. cans to hit the Denver area soon. Ska Brewing is located at: 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303.
Get out and celebrate our great state of Beer! Keep in mind, this just covers the first few days for the week. If you’re unable to attend the events mentioned above, but still want to participate, check the Colorado Craft Beer Week homepage or just check with your local brewery to see what they’ve got planned. Stop by our Facebook page where we’ll list more events throughout the week. Coming up on Thursday, we’ll set you up for the weekend with the Weekend Beer Buzz.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org