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.
Wow, what a week. It’s been a little tough to take around here. High temps and wildfires up and down the front range. I hate to be a downer, but I’ve got some good friends being affected by this and I think we’re all just ready for a nice, long rain shower (minus the lightning)…
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I like to get you pumped for the weekend with a rundown of everything happening around town. It just feels a bit “off” this week. I’m going to keep it short, hit the highlights and hope for better conditions next week. These fires have hit us hard and I’m just feeling “funny” about the beer scene this week.
Dry Dock’s got their weekly “Firkin Friday” coming up on June 29th. This week is a Roasted Almond Brown Ale. Tapping is at 3 PM.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.
Maggie Smith’s Irish Pub is tapping a keg of Firestone Walker’s Parabola on Friday, June 29th at 5 PM. Parabola is a 12.5% ABV, barrel aged, Russian Imperial Stout and it’s an amazing beer.
Bottles hit the state a few months ago and it didn’t take more than a few days to sell out. If you missed out or just want to try it on draft, be sure to hit up Maggie Smith’s. They’re located at: 6631 S Peoria St, Centennial, CO 80111. 303-999-2010.
Renegade Brewing is turning 1 this weekend!
They’ll be throwing down on Saturday, June 30th from noon – 10 PM with all sorts of tasty brews. Look for Elevated Wood, a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of Elevation (their Triple IPA!) and special vintage brews like Hammer and Sickle (Russian Imp. Stout), Radiator (Winter Warmer) and more!
Stick around for live music, food trucks and the kickoff of their first canned beer, Ryetous IPA.
Renegade Brewing is located at: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. 720-401-4089.
Don’t forget to turn your radios on this weekend. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from Echo Brewing in Fredrick, CO. Get the latest updates on what’s going on up there at this new brewery. Gary will be joined by Elizabeth Kegan from Firestone Walker Brewing. Get your phones ready as he’s got some giveaways too.
American Craft Beer Radio is on 102.3 ESPN Radio at noon on Saturday.
On the AM side, Colorado Craft Beer Show will be doing their monthly broadcast from Arvada Beer Company. They’ll be joined by David Parry from Parry’s Pizza and the gang from The Beer Drinker’s Guide To Colorado.
The Colorado Craft Beer Show is on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM.
Bottles, bottles, bottles! Lots of fun stuff showing up on shelves this weekend.
River North Brewery has two, barrel-aged releases this weekend. Whiskey Aged J. Marie Saison and Unified Theory Oaked Imperial Wit will be going on sale at the brewery today. There will also be a small amount of bottles showing up at select stores in the Denver Metro area.
251 bottles, first come, first served. River North Brewery is located at: 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205. 303-296-2617.
The freaks at Stone also have some new beers hitting shelves right now. Be on the lookout for Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans and Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers. They’ve made these beers before, but until now, it’s only been in kegs and in very limited amounts. This is your first chance to get grab them in a bottle. Look for 120z. bottles to sell for right around $4.00.
They’ve also hit us with their 10th Anniversary of Ruination IPA. This already amazing beer got pumped up with double hops for this special batch. This beast clocks in at 10.8% ABV, 110 IBU’s and will be selling for $8.00 / 22oz. bomber.
TRVE had their official Grand Opening earlier this week and from what I hear, the turnout was great. I visited them and blogged about them twice this month and there are plenty of details about TRVE here.
I also hear that Hogshead Brewery will be opening their doors tomorrow. These guys will be pouring 3 English style beers. Look for Chin Wag – a Red ESB; Lake Lightening – Summer Ale and Gilpin Black Gold – a chocolate, roasted nut brown.
Hogshead Brewery is located at: 4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212.
Lastly, Chad’s packing his bags, barrels and brewhouse up at Crooked Stave in Fort Collins and headin’ South to his new digs down in Denver.
I can’t wait to visit his new place.
That’s it folks. Have fun this weekend, be safe and pray for rain!