Even on Easter weekend, the beautiful beer state of Colorado has several events planned to prevent you from getting thirsty. The weekend’s right around the corner, where are you gonna be?
Boulder is topping the list with two big releases this weekend. First, swing by Twisted Pine for their West Bound Braggot Release. This is the fourth release in their Artisan Ale Project and is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th, from 4-8PM. Think sweet honey mead, mixed with exotic Tasmanian pepper berries and fermented with Belgian saison yeast. Think adventurous and delish! Stop by the brewery to grab your bottles, meet the brewers and get your bottle signed by the artist who designed the label.
After Twisted Pine, grab a cab and swing by Avery for the Uncle Jacob’s Stout release party. This will join Rumpkin as the second beer in their Annual Barrel Series. Uncle Jacob’s Stout is a big ol’ 17.4% ABV stout that’s been aging for 6 months in fresh bourbon barrels. Maker’s Mark I believe…
Fan boys and girls can grab bottles for their cellar on Saturday, beginning at 5PM. 12oz. bottles are $10 / each, with a 12 bottle limit. Even if you’re not looking to score any bottles, stop by for some banjo pickin’, and try the special beers pouring for the event. Eremita III, Barrel Aged Tweak (aka Meph Addict) and Rumpkin will be flowing along with whatever else Avery pulls out of their stash to share. You won’t want to miss it.
So you can’t make it Boulder this weekend? No worries, out on the southwest side of town in Highlands Ranch, Parry’s Pizza is getting ready for an onslaught of Firestone Walker. Parry’s is putting on a pint night on Saturday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30PM. Word is that they’ll have 21-23 different taps flowing of Firestone Walker deliciousness. Order a Firestone Walker beer, get a glass to bring home and add to the collection. You’ll also be entered to win shirts and other prizes.
Sounds like they’ll be bringing out some tasty kegs from the cellar to share with Colorado. I visited Parry’s for the first time last weekend and had a great time. Awesome food and amazing tap list. Stop kidding yourself. This place is a legit attraction for beer nerds. Check them out!
On the other side of town in Aurora, Dry Dock’s Firkin Master, Walt Chleva has brewed a Rose Hips Superstition Ale. This rose hips infused version of their sour mash ale will go on tap on Friday at 3PM, so slip out of work a little early and get your weekend started in the right direction.
Anybody make it last week for the Bacon Maple Ale firkin? I’m bummed that I missed that one and would love to hear how it turned out.
My last post was all about getting started in the wide world of beer trading. I’ll be continuing this series soon, but wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with this project. After my initial post on beeradvocate.com, I had 3 replies in 20 minutes and ended up getting 15 replies in 24 hours. I’m currently working out the details with a trader who lives in Chicago, IL and is making a trip to Wisconsin to do some beer shopping this weekend. I’ll be making a few more posts on this and will walk you through the entire process, but just wanted to give you a quick update.
Finally, a few cases of Cantillon have trickled in from Belgium and a few more should be showing up on shelves around town this weekend. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can find a bottle or two, but I don’t have my hopes up. Gone are the days when Cantillon was readily available all over town. But good luck beer hunters and if you come across an extra, I’d love to trade you for a bottle. If you come up empty-handed, just remember, it’s only beer. There’s always something new and tasty to try coming up on the horizon.
Have a great weekend and Hoppy Easter! Cheers!
I recently learned about a few new and exciting beers that should be hitting store shelves in the next few months and had to share with you. First up is a Bourbon Barrel-aged version of Bigfoot coming out from Sierra Nevada. I’m excited for this one. Bigfoot is a very tasty barleywine that ages incredibly well. The bad news is that they only had enough barrels and space to make about 100 bbls. In comparison, their barrel aged 30th Anniversary releases were right around 1000 bbls. So this one might take a little hunting around and good luck to find. No word on how much will be making it’s way to the area, but I’ll try to keep you posted. They’re tenatively shooting for a May release.
While we’re talking Bigfoot, check your local shelves for Sierra Nevada’s standard Bigfoot, which is out there right now. As of last week, it’s at most of the better retail stores around town. Get some now and put some away for later.
Another collaboration brew was recently announced between Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey and Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium. These two hooked up back in 2004 and brewed a beer called Mo Betta Bretta. It was a 100% Brettanomyces beer that was sold at the Solano Beach Pizza Port out in California and proved to be very popular. They are working on a very similar beer that will once again be a 100% Brettanomyces beer, but will be produced on a larger scale and should see store shelves in May.
And if you need something to do today, head over to Twisted Pine Brewing over in Boulder, CO, for the release of their third installment in their Artisan Series. This limited series of beers pairs a new beer with a local artist each month and will be released on the first Saturday of each month throughout the year. For March, the release is called Sacred Spice, which is a Baltic Porter brewed with chai spices provided by the local company Sanctuary Chai. The release party is set for today, March 3rd, from 12-9. Twisted Pine is located at: 3201 Walnut Street, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
The weather is supposed to be perfect this week in Colorado. Get out one day, maybe after work or on a day off and enjoy it. Grab a local growler and sit outside on your deck and watch the world go by. Or maybe head over to one of the many spots around town with some outdoor seating, bring your dog or kids and try the latest seasonals. But don’t let your dog or kids try the latest seasonals! I mean, seriously people, let’s not waste good beer on unappeciative pallets. Anyway, I love this town. The beer scene and weather are in perfect alignment right now. Let me if you find anything new and interesting and I’ll share it with the readers on here. Pictures are welcome too! Enjoy yourself and have fun, but be responsible. Cheers!
P.S. Don’t forget to tune into American Craft Beer Radio on 102.3 ESPN Radio today from 12-1. I’ll be hanging in the studio with Gary V. and all his great guests.