Weekend Beer Update

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Of course it’s going to be a huge 20170103_210350_HDRweekend of celebrations and sickeningly-green beer but also a time when many craft brewers put out special Irish-themed releases. I had the opportunity to try Odyssey Beerworks’ Young Flanagan Dry Irish Stout the other night and that definitely put me in the Irish mood. If you can’t make it to one of the official celebrations or events below (or simply don’t want to mess with the mayhem) at least stop by your local brewery for a hearty stout!

Saturday 17th: As if you need an excuse to break out your best Irish fashion, Big Choice Brewing is holding their Kilt Irish St Patrick’s Day Party where green attire and kilts get you beer discounts all day, plus entry into the best kilt contest. To accompany all the kilti-ness, a swag-leprechaun will make an appearance at 2:00, followed by Irish step-dancing at 4:00. Kilt contest follows.

Saturday 17th: Perhaps driving to Fort Collins (and back) for St Patrick’s revelry isn’t especially advisable, but New Belgium Brewing Company’s St Patrick’s celebration sounds tempting. In addition to their normal, tasty taplist they will release a green wit to complement the live music and dancing they have scheduled.

St Patrick Day Background

Saturday 17th: If you’re on the south side of town and heading back from the parade or simply don’t want to deal with it, stop in at Alternation Brewing Company on South Broadway for their St Patrick’s Day Bash. Starting at 9:30am they’ll christen their new biergarten/patio with beer releases, live music, and food.

Image result for st patricks public domain imagesSaturday 17th: Fiction Beer Company takes a different direction with an intentionally chill St Patrick’s with Irish-themed food, music, and a Jameson-barrel-aged stout.

Saturday 17th: Irish food and dancers also feature prominently in Living the Dream Brewery’s St Patrick’s Shenanigans if you’d prefer to stay in the south suburbs.

Sunday 18th: It’ll be a full day at Mockery Brewing, starting with the 2nd annual Mockery Homebrew Competition followed by the St Patrick’s Day Hangover Brunch. The gist of the homebrew competition is that Mockery brews up wort in the morning, provides it to homebrewers who then do their own things with it, and finally return with their unique brews for judging. Pretty cool, huh? See the link above for specifics. If that sounds like way too much work then just stop by for Hangover Brunch with breakfast beer drinks and greasy hangover food starting at 11:00am.

Weekend Beer Update

Although the big drinking weekend – St Pat’s – is still a week away, this weekend is jam-packed with beer related events from grand openings to anniversaries to festivals, along with some good-old parties and a chili cookoff.

Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th: Celebrate Zuni Street Brewing Co.’s one-year anniversary all weekend. They’ll throw down some live music, beer releases, party favors, and fun activities to spice things up.

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th: Not to be overshadowed by Zuni, Westfax Brewing Company will be holding their own anniversary party for their second year of business with special releases, giveaways, unique vendors, and a wing-eating contest Friday night.

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th: North Denverites, welcome Image result for periodic table free imagesyour new mountain neighbor to the ‘hood by joining Periodic Brewing’s grand opening celebration. The Leadville-based brewery will hold a ribbon-cutting for their new Northglenn location on Friday, and on Saturday will offer live music and a party bus linking up other Front Range breweries.

Saturday 10th: Start your day with some coffee, and of course beer, at Ratio Beerworks’ Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Festival starting at 10:00. You pretty much get what’s advertised – Ratio beer plus coffee from Novo Coffee and some tasty-sounding brunch food. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10th: At midday get your geek on at Wynkoop Image result for spinner hat free imagesBrewing Co’s Day of Dorks, where you can sample some of the most unique and unusual beers from over 30 Colorado breweries while diving into the more esoteric aspects of beer geekery with the brewers. Nerd attire is encouraged; a ticket is required.

Saturday 10th: Another anniversary this weekend: New Image Brewing Co. in Arvada. Expect anniversary beer releases and live music.

Saturday 10th: Cap the day off by going backwards – way back to the 80’s. Fiction Beer Company will be hosting an 80’s party all day. Come listen to some retro music and wear your best Madonna & Bon Jovi fashions for beer specials!

Image result for chili free imagesSunday 11th: Cook up a batch of your best chili for Strange Craft Beer Co’s Chili Cookoff, or just stop by to cast your vote for your favorite and chill out with a beer. Click on the link to register.

Sunday 11th: Or if brunch is more your thing, Station 26 Brewing Co. fires up the music and food at their monthly Bluegrass Brunch starting at 11:00

Field Trip: Colorado Springs

With this past weekend’s great weather it seemed like a good time to get out of town and check out the sunny scenery, not to mention finding a good patio, so we headed south to Colorado Springs. The Springs has loads of breweries but for a break in the middle and some wonderful scenery we headed up Highway 24 to Ute Pass and The Winery at Pikes Peak. This drive is super-easy to navigate and goes right past Garden of the Gods if you want to take a break for some sightseeing or hiking

In their own words  . . . One of the “challenging” beers


Heading down I25 from Denver it’s a straight shot and just over an hour to exit 146, Garden of the Gods Road. Head west about 3 minutes and Trinity Brew sits on your right in a strip mall. The inside has a mountain-dive-bar look, but outside the wrap-around patio offers plenty of space to catch some sun and hang out. Though bit windy we still enjoyed the beautiful weather, a bite to eat, and good service. Trinity concentrates on what I’d call “challenging” beers – with many hoppy and/or sour options – and they do an amazing job. It’s a great place to expand your palate, and they also offer a couple of sessionable options too. Trinity also has a full-service kitchen if you need something to balance out your beer.


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Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is relatively quiet for events, aside from the two competing beer festivals on Saturday. However a number of local breweries are doing beer releases this weekend so perhaps it’s a good weekend to appreciate taprooms close to home.

Friday 2nd: Start your weekend early – REALLY early – Image result for public sunrise clip artwith 4 Noses Brewing Company Night Shift Appreciation Party at 7 AM (yes, like the morning, at dawn). Technically it’s for shift workers but who says you can’t take the day off and get a jump on the weekend – and get $1 off beers. No judgment!

Saturday 3rd: Try some Colorado brews at the Mile High Beer Festival. Two sessions (afternoon and evening) will host over 25 Colorado breweries with about 70 beers at the Denver Rock Drill in RINO. Public transit is a great option, especially if you want to extend your day to some other RINO breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: If you’re up north and the boozy logistics of returning from the Mile High festival sound too challenging, Boulder is hosting the Winter Craft Beer Festival starting at 1:00. The weather looks good (60s) for this outdoor-ish event and with a few dozen breweries pouring, who’ll notice anyway? Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 4th: Recover from the beer fests or wherever your Saturday took you with Bloodys, Beers & Brunch at Peak to Peak Tap and Brew in Aurora. Starting at 11:30 the event features food and other breakfast drinks along with the beers & bloodys.

Winter Rino Brewery Crawl

Over the weekend a friend put together a nice route through some good RINO breweries that I’ve described below. However with such a heavy concentration of breweries in that area you can easily add or substitute other establishments to fit your beer tastes and/or your appetite for walking. Our 1.8-mile trip started in the heart of RINO, then crossed the train tracks down to Brighton Boulevard but you can definitely mix it up a lot of ways.

Our journey started at Epic Brewing Company on the corner of 30th and Walnut, which offers a bright and sunny taproom which opens to the brewing equipment and also accesses a spacious patio for sunny days. Epic was a great place to begin, because there’s usually plenty of 20180224_161033_hdr.jpgfree street parking within a block or two. The taproom was packed with a younger and energetic crowd that had streaks of hipster running through it. Mostly it seemed like just a bunch of people spending the afternoon with a tasty beer or two. The servers didn’t seem particularly organized and while they seemed to want to be able to keep up with the busy crowd, patience was required. As always, the beer selection was solid with a few lighter beers but a focus on the darker, barrel-aged, and more flavorful beers including a sour or two. Continue reading “Winter Rino Brewery Crawl”

Brewery Snapshot: Platt Park Brewing Company

Set in a walkable residential neighborhood, Platt Park Brewing Company always seems busy. The pleasantly-large taproom along with the small outdoor seating offers a comfortable space to stop by for a quick beer or two. I find most of their beers pleasant but not exceptional, however the central location makes it easy to stop in and decide for yourself.

BEER LINEUP: The menu features a broad range of styles from pilsners to stouts, with a few forays into interesting territory like sours and flavored beers. I’ve found their beers a little on the bland side but every time I visit they seem to have upped their game a bit more so there seems to be lots of potential.


ATMOSPHERE: Platt Park offers a busy, high-energy urban taproom, populated by a younger, neighborhood crowd that seems to be constantly circulating in and out as they drop in for a beer or two.

SERVICE: While the busyness of the taproom slowed things a bit, the servers were extremely friendly and did a great job of keeping things moving, at times even wading into the waiting crowd to take orders.

LOCATION: The Platt Park area is the epitome of local, with lots of quiet single-family homes from which you can walk to small shopping clusters containing businesses like Platt Park. You’ll need to look for street parking, but once 20180217_200507_HDRyou have a spot the area is great for strolling around and visiting the shops or grabbing some food to take to the brewery.

STANDOUT BEER: Belgian Ambassador Dubbel. This beer lays on the heavy raisin and bready tastes common in many Belgians, though normally at a lighter level. I really enjoyed this unique interpretation and happily was able to have a second because despite the heavy flavor and darkish color the body remains medium and the ABV only hits 6.6%

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend offers quite the range of options, from anniversary parties to cooking with beer! And of course don’t forget to stay the course for Stout Month.

Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th: Halfpenny Brewing Company wraps up their 2nd anniversary week with their final special tappings, live music, food, and giveaways.

Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th: Sort of Halfpenny’s older 20170103_210350_hdr.jpgbrother, Goldspot Brewing Company will celebrate its 3rd anniversary over with special beer releases and a big 16-beer menu over the weekend.

Saturday 24th: If you want to mix up your Stout Month and take a break from Vine Street Pub, head east to Ursula Brewery for their release of nine different versions of their 180 Gram Twist and Stout including barrel-aged, flavored, and a 2016-18 vertical tasting

Saturday 24th: The SOWN III expo comes to the Oskar Blues Brewery downtown Denver location at 2:00 and spotlights local ingredients in beer, pouring beers from seven area breweries that use local Troubadour Malts. Additionally, they will host a panel discussion with local brewers and growers on the importance of locally-sourced ingredients. Note: This is a ticketed event ($5).

Sunday 25th: Beer is Food! At least according to Living the Dream Brewing Company, which is holding a contest for recipes containing their beer. The cutoff for entries has already passed but stop by and vote for the best use of beer in food!