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!
It’s 2013 and we’ve only got 52 weekend’s to enjoy this year. Don’t let one pass you by. Plenty to do, plenty to see and most importantly, plenty to drink. You ready? Need a little motivation? Click HERE for a reminder of what 2012 brought us. NOW are you ready? Thought so.
Friday, January 4th, 2012
Crooked Stave’s ready for the weekend. Stop by the tasting room for some funky goodness.
Grab something on tap or a bottle to-go (thee’s still a few bottles of L’Brett D’Or for sale). Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
My friend Firky D. Firkin, made his way down to Rockyard to brew with Jellyman and help bring you this week’s Deviation.
This week is “A Firkin Brown Ale”, which is described as “A Firkin balanced malty brown, with assertive bitterness and clean finish”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Over at Dry Dock in Aurora, they’ll be tapping a Centennial Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. Tapping at 3 PM.
Last week, Dry Dock brewed for the first time at the new production facility. Kevin, Doug and the rest of the gang made a monster batch of Apricot on their new 40 BBL brew system. Look for cans coming very soon! Click HERE to watch the live feed and see what they’re up to in the new digs. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, January 5th, 2012
Copper Kettle Brewing Company will release their Annual Mystery Beer on Saturday.
This is a tradition where Copper Kettle taps a “mystery beer” on the first Saturday of the new year. Last year’s mystery beer was a Belgian Quad. Stop by and check out this year’s mystery beer beginning at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247. 720-443-CKBC.
Hops & Pie is hosting a “Vertically Epic Tasting of Stone Vertical Epic Ale” on Saturday afternoon.
They’ll be tapping kegs from the Vertical Epic series back to 08.08.08, including a special keg of 10.10.10 that was aged in French Oak barrels. The fun starts at noon. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to try multiples VE beers at the same time. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Also on Saturday, don’t forget to check in with Turk & Gubna on the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
They’ve got your weekly dose of Colorado craft beer news. Tune into AM760 on Saturday at noon to listen live.
Sunday, January 6th, 2012
Odell Brewing will release Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on Sunday. What’s a new beer without a new beer release party? Odell has you covered with live music, food trucks and plenty of Lugene on tap and in 4-packs.
The beer starts pouring at 11 AM, with live music at 4 PM. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is named after local Fort Collins dairy farmer Lugene Sas. Click HERE to see a day in the life of Lugene and his family of lovely bovine sweeties. Odell Brewing Co. is located at: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Into The Future
January’s not exactly a big month for beer festivals, but this is Colorado and there’s ALWAYS something on the horizon. It’s not too late to book a trip to Vail for Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines, which is coming up next weekend.
Ticket info, hotel deals and a full schedule of events can be found HERE. We haven’t been since ’07 and are excited to be going back.
And later this month is the Winter Brew Fest in Denver at Mile High Station.
This is on Friday, January 25th and you can click HERE for all the details.
Lastly, I noticed last night that the Facebook Page is approaching 300 Likes. Thank You all for your continued support! As a Thank You, I’m giving away something special to lucky #300. Not sure what yet, but we’ll hook you up with something any craft beer lover will enjoy. So check us out on Facebook and “Like” us if you haven’t already. Thanks again guys! We really appreciate you.
Happy New Year Friends!