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!