New beers. We’ve got a ton. Here’s a rundown of what to expect and what to watch for over the next few months.
Wynkoop Brewing is releasing cans of their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout today (yes, TODAY!) in unique, 2-packs.
100 cases will be available this time around and should reach several stores in their Denver-area distribution network.
Our Mutual Friend is bottling their first offering! Stop by the Denver brewery on Friday, March 22nd at 2 PM to snag one of only 100 wax-dipped, hand-numbered 22 oz. bombers. Limited to 2 / per person.
Parker’s Hall Brewing is gearing up for their next wave of bottled releases. Their Bock, Pilsner and Saison should be hitting shelves any day now.
Denver’s River North Brewery, with the help of the Mobile Canning Unit, plans to can later this year. Keep an eye out for their White and Hoppy Red to hit the metal soon.
Great Divide’s working on their 19th Anniversary Ale, which is scheduled to be released in April.
The annual release is a wood-aged IPA, brewed with birch syrup and aged on birch wood. The Anniversary Party will be at the Denver brewery this June.
New Belgium and Trinity have teamed up to brew a Berliner Weisse.
Not sure when this barrel aged beauty will debut, but with two funk masters behind it, I can’t wait.
Trinity’s also looking to release Elektrick Cukumbahh.
The world of Cucumber saisons and ales are growing on me and I’m looking forward to trying this one. Elektrick Cukumbahh is made with English Cucumbers, Grains of Paradise and fermented with Saison and Brett yeasts.
New Belgium’s working on several new Lips of Faith releases. The first is named after the Pluot, a wacky little fruit that’s a hybrid of the plum and apricot.
I like both and what’s even better, is that it’s fermented with a strain of wild Belgian yeast. Sounds delish!
Another New Belgium collaboration is underway with Utah’s Red Rock Brewery called Paardebloem. This odd little brew will feature peach juice, grains of paradise, dandelion greens and will be wood-aged with wild Belgian yeast.
If that’s not strange enough for you, New Belgium’s also got Rolle Bolle coming out this Summer, which is brewed with monk fruit and soursop. I don’t know where they find these crazy ingredients, but I’m hoping they make for a good beer.
Odell has a pair of new brews set to release this spring. One’s a low ABV session ale, while the other is an Imperial Peach IPA.
Kansas City’s Boulevard teamed up with The Roasterie to brew up a Coffee Ale, set to be released later this month.
Dogfish Head will release 61 Minute IPA into their distribution network towards the end of March. This is their 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.
Stone’s bringing back their Enjoy By IPA. This time it’s Enjoy By 04.20.13.
Apparently a much larger batch was made since we last received this beer in 2012. This was a really great IPA, that rivals the best of ’em, so look out hop heads.
Speaking of Stone, last month they collaborated with Two Brothers and Aleman, out of IL, to create Dayman Coffee IPA.
Citrus hops meets deep-roasted coffee in this 8.7% ABV, 42 IBU one-off. Look for bombers and kegs to start dropping on March 18th.
That’s the latest in new brews to watch for. If you’ve got something you’re excited to try or would like us to review a brew for you, let us know on our Facebook Page. Happy Hunting Friends!
Yeah, it’s cold out. Yeah, it’s snowing. What of it? It is winter after all. Don’t let the weather get you down. We’ve got plenty of big ol’ brews to warm you up this weekend. Coffee? Check. Bacon? Check. Coffee Bacon Beer? Check. Triple IPA? Check.
Let’s do this.
Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Sour freaks, listen up! Oregon’s Cascade Brewing will release 2012 bottles of The Vine at 5:30 PM MST on Thursday. Click HERE to place an order through their website.
The Vine is a delicious blend of oak aged blond ales that were aged on pressed grapes. Bottles will sell for $20 / 750 mL. Vlad the Imp Aler, Blueberry, Apricot and other bottles are also currently for sale. Get on over there and grab some before they’re gone.
Crooked Stave bottled their Provision Saison earlier this month. Stop by the tasting room for a beer or two (or three) and take some bottles home.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Yak & Yeti Head Brewer Adam Draegr will replace Red Hots Wheat with Very Berry Stout tomorrow. Here’s the rest of the current lineup.
Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-431-9000.
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Down at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, Jellyman’s mixing things up a bit for this week’s Deviation. He’s announcing “Jellyman’s Mystery Deviation Contest”, which will begin this week and going forward, will run on the last Friday of each month. Beer fans will have the opportunity to evaluate and critique his Deviation based on aroma, appearance and taste via entry sheets at each table. The brewers will gather the entries and announce a winner on the Monday following the release. Jim will pick the winner for most accurate and Jellyman will pick the winner for most creative. Winners will receive Rockyard gift cards.
This week’s release is called “Dogleg”. Stop by and put your palate to the test. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Dry Dock’s whipped up a Simcoe and Amarillo Dry-Hopped Black IPA for Firkin Friday.
Tapping at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Congrats to PJ and the rest of the peeps over at Denver Off The Wagon on their 2nd Anniversary.
To celebrate, they’ve brewed a beer with the Denver Beer Co. Swing by on Friday at 4:30 PM to try their Dubbel Entendre, a Belgian Dubbel brewed with Belgian malts, plenty of Belgian candi sugar and fermented with an Abbey yeast. Denver Beer Co is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
So much to talk about on Saturday. Where to begin???
Start your day with coffee, beer and bacon. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Denver Beer Co. is back with the 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest. For $30, you get a breakfast burrito from Chile Billy, coffee from Coda Coffee, all you can eat bacon from Denver Bacon Co. and a coffee mug to drink up all the coffee brews you can handle.
Here’s the list:
Swineheitsgebot: Rauchbier aged on Denver Bacon Co. bacon
Red Eye: Rauchbier aged on black & red chipotle chiles
Kenya Karitina: Coda oatmeal coffee stout
Rwanda Abakundakawa: Coda coffee stout
Cascara IPA: Hoppy American IPA aged on dried coffee bean fruit
Firkin: Denver Breakfast Stout – chocolate espresso stout
Firkin: Belgian Breakfast Ale – Belgian pale ale with apricots, blueberries, & spices
Red Beer: spicy bloody amber ale
The fest runs from 9 AM – noon, but be sure to call the brewery in advance to reserve a spot. 303-433-2739. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.
Over at Falling Rock Tap House, they’ve got two kegs of Pliny the Younger ready to go for this weekend. The Saturday tapping will be at 12:30 PM. The Sunday tapping will be at 1 PM. Doors open at 11 AM and tickets will be handed out as people arrive. More details and the entire Falling Rock update can be found HERE.
The Wynkoop will host the 17th Annual Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals on Saturday at 2 PM.
The three beer geek finalists will be judged by a panel of past Beerdrinker of the Year winners and guest judges Kyle Clark, beer lover from Channel 9 News, and Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer. The 2013 Beerdrinker of the Year will receive $250 worth of free beer at their home bar or brewery, free beer for life at Wynkoop and unparalleled bragging rights. This fun and unique event is free and open for all to come and enjoy. Wynkoop Brewing is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
It’s “Littlest Big Beer Fest” time again at Hops & Pie. This month, the featured brewery is Firestone Walker.
Sucaba and XVI! Are you kidding me? Don’t miss this. Tappings begin at noon. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212. 303-477-7000.
Beer freaks down South need to get over to Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs for the 9th Annual Firkin Rendezvous. This annual fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild will showcase firkins from 25 Colorado breweries including Great Divide, Odell, Dry Dock, Prost, Elevation and Three Barrel.
Doors open at 1 PM for VIP and 2 PM for general admission. Tickets are $50 and $35 respectively, which covers food, beer and tasting glass. Bristol Brewing is located at: 1647 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. 719-633-2555.
Our friends on the airwaves will be “working” hard to bring you the latest and greatest in Colorado brew news. This week, the Colorado Craft Beer Show is on location at Arvada Beer Co. They’ll be chatting with guests from Firestone Walker and Uinta Brewing.
Check ’em out on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM. Better yet, get over to Arvada Beer and listen to the show live. Arvada Beer is located at: 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002. 303-467-2337.
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Falling Rock Tap House will tap their final keg of Pliny the Younger on Sunday at 1 PM. Details are above and HERE.
Up in Boulder, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House will tap their keg of Pliny the Younger at 11 AM. Pours will be sold for $9 / 10 oz.
Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-449-4285.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Our last Pliny the Younger tapping for the weekend comes from the good people over at Cheeky Monk in Denver.
They’ll be tapping one of their two kegs of this heavenly nectar at 6:30 PM. $10 / glass. If you’re not early, then you’re late. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. 303-861-0347.
Other Brew News
Just a few bits of brew news to close out this week’s beer buzz. Jim Koch over at Samuel Adams announced they’ll begin canning this summer.
Once upon a time, all the way back in 2004, Koch said “Beer shall be offered in bottles, not cans”. My how times have changed. No worries. I love cans and don’t mind seeing Sam Adams get in on the action.
A little closer to home, Odell has announced Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA.
Pinch me, because I must be dreaming. Brewed with 2,000 lbs of pureed Colorado peaches, this is sure to be magical, wish granting unicorns in a bottle. No word on a release date yet, but you know we’ll keep you posted on when you can expect 750 mL bottles to hit the shelves.
Colorado’s lady brewers are collaborating on a special brew to be released during Colorado Craft Beer Week in March. Over at the Westword, Jonathan Shikes has all the details in his article about the Belgian Pale Ale they’ll be brewing up next week at the Wynkoop.
Lastly, Bill Eye’s here with his weekly terminology lesson.
Prost Brewing is located at: Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211. 303-729-1175.
We’ll be working on a little makeover and doing some maintenance on the site this weekend. I want to apologize in advance for any outages we might experience. Our team of skilled experts are working hard to make improvements and fine tune a few things just for you. (It’s also a great excuse to gather some friends and open some nice brews.)
Otherwise, that’s it for this round. Have fun this weekend you little Younger freaks.
We’ve got a big weekend folks and I’m dropping bombs! Say what? Hey, there’s not one, but two new breweries opening in Colorado this week! This looks like it’ll be the biggest weekend we’ve had since the GABF circus rolled through town almost two months ago. Strap on your beer goggles and get ready to go. Oh and if you really want to enjoy this week’s post, grab your favorite beer and take a swig every time you see the word “BOOM!”. Hurry up, you just missed one.
Ready? Alright, let’s do this.
Earlier This Week
Firestone Walker XVI dropped not once, but twice. BOOM!
The Bad News: It disappeared from store shelves almost as soon as it landed. The Good News: It’s on tap at Parry’s Pizza right now (11/29/2012 11AM). Head over and try this unique anniversary blend of 8 different barrel-aged beers! BOOM!
Deschutes The Abyss hit Colorado. BOOM!
This inky impy stout is proving to be a challenge to track down as well. There’s not as much to go around as originally anticipated. I’m not sure if we’ll be getting a second shipment or if the beer geek boom is stretching the supply thinner than previous years. Whatever the case may be, if you want some, don’t wait around. It’s hitting shelves this week and a few stores have already sold out.
Dry Dock bottled their 2012 batch of Bligh’s Barleywine on Tuesday. BOOM! This luscious Barleywine has spent the better part of 2012 aging in Stranahan Whiskey Barrels.
I had the opportunity to try a sample a few weeks ago during our interview with Dry Dock Co-Owner & Founder Kevin DeLange and it’s shaped up very nicely. You’re going to love it. And if you don’t, you’ll sell your bottles to me and like it. Dry Dock’s releasing 10 cases at the brewery on Sunday, 12/9 ($20 each / 1-bottle limit), with more cases going to local liquor stores on 12/11.
Brewery Rickoli Ltd. opened in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday. BOOM!
Brewmaster Rick Abitbol has been brewing along the Front Range for more than a decade. Rickoli opened with Black Pliny Double IPA, Social Lubricant Scotch Ale, Aldo’s Red, Totally IPA and a Rye Stout. Stay tuned for a single-hopped Pale Ale series exploring one hop variety at a time, plus a Hoppy Barleywine, a Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, a Dark Chocolate Milk Stout and more! Brewery Rickoli Ltd is located at: 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Mon – Thu: 3 PM – 11 PM & Fri – Sun: 2 PM – 12 AM. 303-344-8988.
Cantillon bottles have been dropping on local retailers too (thankfully no one was injured)! BOOM!
My most favoritest of the Belgians. I heart you Cantillon. Sadly, I’m not too hopeful that I’ll find any. With everyone on the hunt, I figure winning this week’s $400+ Million Powerball jackpot might be easier than finding a little Cantillon on a store shelf around town. But, hey, at least it’s returned to CO. More Cantillon news below…
Friday, November 30, 2012
For this week’s Deviation down at Rockyard Brewing, the Jellyman will be pouring JPA – Jelly Pale Ale.
According to Jellyman, this is a 7% ABV that pours a “dark straw with lacy white head”, has aromas of “fruit berry jelly with hints of toffee” and has “a balanced maltiness and citrus hops, punctuated by jam”. Get your Jelly On at 4 PM! BOOM! Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Dry Dock Brewing is following up last week’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown with a very festivus Firkin Friday. Here’s Firkin Friday Surgeon General Walt Chleva modeling an amazing beer and pairing it with this Christmas sweater that’s… Well it’s… hmm, oh yeah nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Thanks Mom.
This week’s firkin will feature a Roasted Marshmallow version of Bethla-Yam. Bethla-Yam is a Sweet Potato Stout, winner of the 2012 Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and creation from Dry Dock Brewer Brett Williams. The win has secured Brett bragging rights around the brewery for the next 12 months as he beat out fellow brewers Doug Hyndman and John Schneider for the title.
As for Bethla-Yam, it’s a sweet, moderately spiced stout. BTW – Dry Dock is still pouring all of the Ho Ho Ho Slapdown entries, so if you’re interested in trying them or grabbing a growler to-go, head over now and get your fix. As for Firkin Friday, tappings will be at 3 PM & 7 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Wynkoop’s Annual Parade of Darks is lined up for Saturday.
34 breweries bringing 82 brews, all leaning towards the darker side of the force. BOOM! Here’s the complete list from Wynkoop’s very own Beer Evangelist, Mr. Marty Jones:
Arvada Beer Co – Jolly Holiday Ale, Foreign to Me Stout
Avery Brewing – The Czar, Old Jubilation, Out of Bounds Stout
AC Golden – Blueberry Sour, Plum Sour,
Bootstrap Brewing– Worthog Stout, Boomer Brown
Boulevard Brewing – Bully! Porter, Dark Truth Stout
Breckenridge Brewery – Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Porter, Extra ESB, Christmas Ale
Bull & Bush – Big Ben Brown Ale, Stonehenge Stout, Punk Up The Yams, The Legend Of The Liquid Brain, Captain Funk, Captain Midnight
Caution Brewing – Toaster Bat Black Smoked Porter, Dunkel(er)weiss.
Copper Kettle – Mexican Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin Porter
Denver Beer Co– Graham Cracker Porter, Chill Out Chocolate Chili Stout
Elevation Brewing – Apis, Lil Mo Porter
Drydock Brewing – Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale, Raspberry Porter
Firestone Walker – Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout, Walker’s Reserve Porter, DBA
Fort Collins Brewery – Double Chocolate Stout
Great Divide – Yeti Imperial Stout, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Claymore Scotch Ale, Hibernation
Green Flash – Double Stout
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Master Thief German Porter, Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager, Wee Heavy Barrel-Aged Scottish Strong Ale
Jolly Pumpkin – Bam Noir
Left Hand – Fade to Black, Milk Stout Nitro
Lone Tree Brewing – Acres O Green Irish Red, Toots’s Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout, Chili Beer Collaboration #2, Old # 99 Rauchbier
Lost Abbey – Lost & Found
Maui Brewing – Coconut Porter
Mountain Sun Brewery & Pub — Megatron Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing – Mountain Standard, Isolation Ale
Ommegang – Three Philosophers
Port Brewing – Old Viscosity
Prost Brewing – Doppelbock, Dunkel
Pug Ryan’s– Brain-teaser Barlywine, Barell-Aged Leap Year Trifecta
Sierra Nevada –Narwhal Imperial Stout,Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel
Ska – Steel Toe Stout, Nefarious, On The Sly Again
Strange Brewing – Pumpkin Porter, Cherry Bomb Stout, Gingerbread Man, Vanilla Rum Porter
Twisted Pine – Espresso Stout, Honey Brown
Upslope Brewing– Christmas Ale, Brown Ale
Wynkoop Brewing – Gingerbread Stout, 2012 Barleywine, Cowtown Milk Stout, B3K Black Lager, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Colorojo
As you can tell, this is going to be full of awesome beers for your tasting pleasure. Tickets are $35 in advance and available HERE or $42 at the door (if they’re not already sold out come Saturday). The Wynkoop is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Just up the road from the Wynkoop, Crooked Stave will be hosting Cantillon’s Zwanze Day on Saturday. BOOM!
This is a world-wide event with a coordinated toast at 1 PM MST. This is the first time a Colorado location has been picked to participate so don’t miss out. To quote some snotty teenager somewhere in America, “it’s kind of a big deal”. BOOM! For more specifics, check out our article about Zwanze Day from earlier in the week by clicking HERE. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211. 720-508-3292.
Black Bottle Brewing up in Fort Collins, CO will open their doors to beer freaks for the first time this Saturday. BOOM!
This new brewery, run by Sean Nook, will be pouring their own beers, along with some great craft beer on their 40 guest taps. They’ll also have a full bar and fermented grape juice for those non-beer drinking types you so unwisely choose to associate yourself with… I’m freakin’ psyched about these guys. They’ve gotten great reviews and took second place in the People’s Choice Awards at the 2012 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival. In the near future, they’ll be working out a barrel-aging program, souring beers and brewin’ up some nice styles of craft beer that they’ll want to drink. And by the looks of things, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to drink them too.
Their videos are tough to beat. I mean, have you seen this yet?
Because Craft Beer Rocks! BOOM! I can’t wait to visit Black Bottle Brewing and give them a try. Black Bottle Brewing will be open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 2 AM and is located at: 1605 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. 970-493-2337.
Over in Boulder, Asher Brewing turns 3 this weekend.
They’ve got a little shindig planned complete with beer, food, beer, music, beer, dogs, games, beer and beer. Beer, it’s what’s for dinner. Bet you thought I was going to say “BOOM!”. I did clown. Now drink! Two for flinching. The party runs from noon – midnight. Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct, Suite 104, Boulder CO, 80301. 303-530-1381.
But wait, there’s more. While you’re up in the People’s Republic of Boulder, swing over to Twisted Pine and grab a bottle or 3 of the last installment in their Artisan Ale Series. For December, they’re releasing Noel Tripel.
This beer is a 9% ABV Belgian-style Tripel. 750mL bottles will be sold in the tap room beginning at noon. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Into next week, New Belgium has planned “The Creator’s Dinner”, where all the beers being poured will be introduced by their creator / brewer. This is happening over at The Kitchen in Denver on Monday at 6:30. Check out this lineup:
- Kick- Presented by Kim Jordan (NBB Co-founder and CEO) and Dick Cantwell (head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co)
- La Folie- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Le Terroir- Presented by Lauren Salazar (Wood Beer Blender and Sensory Specialist at New Belgium)
- Eric’s Ale- Presented by Eric Salazar (Wood Beer Brewer and Blender at New Belgium)
- Chocolate Coffee Stout- Presented by Grady Hull (Assistant Brew Master at New Belgium)
- Transatlantique Kriek- Presented by Peter Bouckaert (Brew Master at New Belgium)
BOOM! There will be incredible food paired with each beer. This is a really great opportunity to meet and talk with some of the creative minds behind New Belgium’s fantastic beers. Reservations are $85 and can be made by calling 303-623-3127. The Kitchen Denver is located at: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202.
That’s it. Did you make it all the way to the end? I hope so. I’m all BOOM’d! out. Yes, that one counts too, so take your final sip and go grab a nap. You’re going to need it before the weekend gets here.
Have fun out there.
Howdy! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! We made the rounds with our little ones and popped a little nightcap when they went to bed. Three Floyds Dark Lord ’07 anyone?
Had to have something with a spooky name on Halloween! Man, this beer has aged sooo well. Delicious.
The weekend’s right around the corner. Got plans? Need someone to point you in the right direction? Follow me!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Crooked Stave has an awesome lineup of beers ready for you this weekend.
Cuvaison III – a blend made with Passion Fruit; L’Brett D’ Or – Golden Sour; Nightmare on Brett with espresso beans and more! Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will be open Thursday – Sunday this weekend.
The guys have been working hard to catch up from their crazy busy weekend during GABF. They’ve brewed up a bunch of fresh batches to share with you. Stop by and try their IPA, Pale Ale, Saison, Tart Saison, Proletariat Cream Ale and Huckleberry Coffee Stout. They’ll be open on Thursday 4 – 10 PM, Friday 4 PM – 12 AM, Saturday 2 PM – 12 AM and Sunday 2 – 10 PM. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Dry Dock’s got a good one for this week’s Firkin Friday. Can you say “Peanut Butter Cup Porter”?!?! Love this brew. Get some! Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday.
They’re also pouring a Spicy Stout, which was brewed with cinnamon and cayenne and they’ve also got a bit of their Shotgun Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout left as well. Both are delish! Speaking of the Dock, they turn 7 next weekend! Put next Saturday on your calendar now as the Anniversary Parties always include special tappings and good ol’ fashioned fun. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Speaking of firkins, Breckenridge Brewery will be hosting Firkin First Friday this week.
Look for a firkin of 471 IPA, dry-hopped with Warrior Hops on Friday at 5 PM. This’ll be at their Denver location, which is at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204. 800-328-6723.
Jellyman’s got another good one lined up for this week’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing. This Friday, he’s releasing Freaktoberfest, which is a Hefeweizen fermented Oktoberfest.
This 6% ABV beer has aromas described as a “spicy fruit cornucopia” and tastes like “caramel malts with light citrus notes and spice”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest is in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center this weekend.
It’s connected with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo and runs through Sunday. There’s 4 sessions running over the weekend and it’s only $12 to get in the door, which includes 3-samples and 1 full beer. Additional beers may be purchased separately. Look for Backcountry Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, Elevation Brewing, Odell Brewing and more. Ticket information and times can be found HERE. The Colorado Convention Center is located at: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Once again Saturday, is just ridiculous.
We should rethink our Saturday policy. I say we drop a day mid-week and add a second Saturday every week. There’s just never enough time on Saturday to see and do everything. I think two Saturday’s in a week might let us get around to all of these great beer events. Hey, it’s an election year. You want my vote politicians? Make it happen! Until then, you might have some tough decisions to make this week.
First up is the All Colorado Beer Festival. I did a writeup earlier this week on this beer festival down in Colorado Springs. Check it out HERE.
Two Sessions, 30+ Breweries, 100+ Beers. I’m really looking forward to having an opportunity to visit with some of Colorado’s newer breweries like Paradox and Elevation. This should be a blast.
And if you’re on the fence about the VIP ticket option, let me just drop a few beers on you. Upslope Pumpkin, Trinity TPS Report, New Belgium La Folie and more than 20 other interesting beers will be pouring in the VIP area. Don’t miss out! Again, click HERE for all the details and I hope to see you there!
In Denver, the Wynkoop is hosting their annual Beers of the Year event on Saturday.
This is a really cool event that features a keg of every beer brewed at the Wynkoop during 2012. They’ll also be pouring casks and beers from other local CO breweries. A partial list of beers that will be pouring on Saturday, can be found HERE. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $32. The event runs from 1 PM – 4 PM. Wynkoop Brewing Co. is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Up in Boulder, Upslope Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday.
They’ll be unveiling their 4th Anniversary Beer, which is a Saison brewed with Patagonia-sourced hops. They’ll have more than 15 additional brews to sample, live music, food trucks and a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
That’s right, the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be kicking off the party at noon with a live broadcast on AM 760. The show goes until 2 PM, the party rolls on all day and there’s NO COVER! Congrats to Upslope on 4 years of great beers! Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd No. 20, Boulder, CO 80304. 303-449-2911.
If you make it up to Boulder for the Upslope party, swing over to Twisted Pine for the next release in their Artisan Ale Series.
This month’s release is called “Modern Day Pine-eer”. This is an India Pumpkin Ale brewed wtih Pilgrim and Columbus Hops and 500 lbs. of pumpkin! The party goes from noon – 9 PM and label artist Shannon Ripley will be at the brewery displaying her artwork and signing bottles. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
As if that wasn’t enough, Learn To Homebrew Day is also on Saturday.
This is a great opportunity to try your hand at brewing your own craft beers. There’s a full list of events HERE, or just head to your local homebrew shop and watch how it’s done. If you’ve got your own rig, load it up, bring it to your local homebrew shop and share the fun of this growing and addictive hobby!
Thursday, November 7, 2012
Looking into next week, Prost will be pouring their beers for a German Beer Dinner at Ernie’s in Denver on Thursday.
The $40 dinner covers a 4-course meal each paired with a different Prost beer. This is limited to 30 people, so call Ernie’s and reserve your spot today. Ernie’s is located at: 2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211. 303-955-5580.
There you have it peeps, another full week of beer here in Colorado! Get out and enjoy the nice weather. Hope to see you out and about.
Man, my kids started school last week and were gracious enough to bring The Funk home with them and share it with us. Been sick for the past few days… Time to kick this crap and get ready for the holiday weekend! I’m goin’ Phisin’!
Thursday, August 30th, 2012.
Parry’s Pizza has some new goodies hitting the tap lines today. They just added kegs of Firestone Walker’s Oaktoberfest (Marzen), Fort Collins Brewing’s BamBostic! Rauchbier and Crazy Moutain’s Mountain Livin’ (Pale Ale).
They’re also pouring Stone 16th Anniversary (Lemon Double IPA), Great Divide’s ’08 Old Ruffian (Barleywine), Elevation’s Apis IV (Belgian Quad) and another 40+ tasty microbrews. Stop by and pay them visit at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-0600.
Friday, August 31st, 2012.
Kick things off over at Dry Dock with their Firkin Friday. This week is a batch of Green Chili Double IPA.
Who’s in? Sounds delish. Tapping’s at 3 PM. This week, in addition to their home fleet of tasty brews, they’re also pouring Phoenix Rye IPA and Coffee Milk Stout.
Get out there and get some before they’re gone! And by the way, who’s ready for Hop Abomination cans?!?! I know I am! Here’s a little teaser of what’s to come.
Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Down at the Rockyard, Jellyman has dug up a real treat this week. On Friday, he’ll be pouring his award-winning Eisbock “Eiscavator” Eised Doppel Bock. He describes it as having “caramel malts with faint sweet oak character” and “surprisingly smooth for 14% ABV”. He also mentioned it was the first commercial beer he ever brewed with the Rockyard. Pretty cool!
This bad boy gets tapped at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, September 1st, 2012.
The 3rd Annual Boulder Brew and Music Festival is happening on Saturday at The Boulder Theater. More than 20 breweries will be pouring 60+ beers over the course of two tasting sessions.
Lots of great breweries will be in attendance including Firestone Walker, Great Divide, Avery and Odell. 3 bands will also be serving up live tunes for you. Tickets run $40 per session and the sessions run from 1 – 5 PM and 6 – 10 PM. More details and ticket info can be found HERE. The Boulder Theater is located at: 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302.
New Belgium’s zany Tour de Fat bike parade is coming home to Fort Collins on Saturday.
The madness starts at 10 AM and lasts all day at Civic Center Park. Grab you costume and two-wheeled ride and head over for some fun. Click HERE for a full schedule and registration info.
Back here in Denver, the Wynkoop will be tapping their annual batch of Belgorado on Saturday. This wet-hopped Belgian IPA, won a Silver Medal in the Experimental Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.
This year, the Wynkoop will feature three different batches brewed with local hops from three different hop farms. The batch set to be released on Saturday will feature hops from Voss Farms up in Arvada. This is a very limited, seasonal release, so don’t miss out. Get over to the Wynkoop at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Just down the street from the Wynkoop, Freshcraft is turning two and they’ve got some awesome beers ready to be tapped for the celebration.
The party starts at 11 AM, when a firkin of Upslope’s Peach Cobbler (brewed with Palisade peaches) gets tapped. More unique and rare beers will get tapped throughout the day including New Belgium’s La Folie (sour brown), Firestone Walker’s Parabola (Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout) and Oskar Blues Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY on nitro! They’ll also have their full menu available and BBQ as well. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-758-9608.
If you can make it out for the Freshcraft Anniversary party, say hi to The Gubna, who’ll be broadcasting live on AM 760 with the Colorado Craft Beer Show from noon – 2 PM.
Co-host Turk will be all the way out in Durango for Ska’s 17th Anniversary Party.
Ska has put together a beer fest and invited 25 of their favorite breweries to come out, pour beers and celebrate with them. $25 gets you a commemorative glass, beer samples and live music. Turk, I’m jealous! This sounds sick. Have fun and congrats to Ska on 17 years!
Stay tuned for more details on Ska’s upcoming series of canned stout releases, which is set to debut next month. Ska Brewing is located at: 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303. 970-247-5792.
Many breweries around town are operating on limited hours due to the holiday weekend, so be sure to call ahead and get your growlers filled early. Nothing ruins a good cookout quicker than serving bad beer. Just a thought.
Looking towards next weekend, don’t forget to grab your tickets for Avery’s Inaugural IPA Festival.
Don’t miss this! Come get bitter with us up at Avery Brewing in Boulder. Ticket details and more can be found HERE.
That’s it for this round. Go have some fun and enjoy the holiday weekend!
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.