April Happenings

With spring in the air, breweries are opening their garage doors and patios and offering plenty of activities to stay busy (and stay drinking!). Here’s a quick sample of a few that caught my eye for the coming month.

  • April 19 – Black Shirt Brewing opens a kitchen. Another excuse to hang out on their patio, sip some of their red beers, and listen to live music.
  • April 22 – The House That Beer Built fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Drink for the greater good at the Great Divide RINO location with 20+ breweries serving their beers.
  • April 29 – Belgian Brew Fest at Bruz Beers. Ten breweries and loads of yummy Belgian beer!
  • Finally, the opening date is TBD but Halfpenny Brewing Company has started construction on a much-needed, dog-friendly Biergarten. Hopefully it’ll be ready in time for the first really warm evenings to kick back with some beers in the ‘burbs

Brewery Snapshot: Little Machine Beer

Little Machine Beer aims for the unique, from a taproom decorated with unusual mechanical devices (yeah, yeah, they do have ‘machine’ in their name) to interesting takes on some traditional beer styles. Unless you’re going to a Broncos game you’re unlikely to stumble upon it, but since it’s located right behind Mile High it’s a relatively convenient stop on the way to a lot of places. Or you could make an evening of it as a destination brewery. The relaxed seating, laid-back vibe, and numerous board games certainly lend themselves to kicking back over some interesting brews.

BEER LINEUP: Good coverage from light to dark with a lot of interesting twists and turns like a coffee oatmeal stout and a mezcal smoked lager made with agave and South American barley

ATMOSPHERE: Little Machine had a very chill vibe on a Saturday night, with about half the seats occupied by people hanging out, playing games, and chatting. The bartenders were equally relaxed and seemed to be having a good time. The space itself feels like some kind of old inventor’s lab filled with random machinery and knickknacks – tending toward Steampunk but without the funky clothes. The best part is the ingenious bar-in-the round, which is surrounded by plentiful tables and couches, and promotes fast service, keeping traffic jams to a minimum

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SERVICE:  Friendly and quick. The bartenders also have strong personal opinions about their beers that they are happy to share.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Hard to define. At 20th & Federal, Little Machine is sandwiched between Mile High Stadium, a traditionally sketchy part of town, and the southward expansion of The Highlands. While Federal Blvd. is heavily trafficked, the immediate area around the brewery seems quiet and doesn’t feel like a cohesive neighborhood. It seemed like most of the patrons were drop-ins rather than neighborhood regulars. That said, Little Machine offers decent parking and easy access from I25, Colfax, and Federal (except perhaps on Cinco de Mayo and Broncos home games).

STANDOUT BEER: La Perla Mezcal-Inspired Smoked Lager. Being a fan of the rich smokiness of mezcal, this beer had immediate appeal for me. At first pour La Perla showed wonderful copper color, followed by a lightly smoky/tequila nose. Upon tasting, La Perla replicated mezcal flavors perfectly, while complementing them with a malty Vienna Lager taste. Even if you are not a tequila/mezcal fan this one’s worth at least a sample for its uniqueness.

Lost Highway Brewing Hits The Road

Lost HighwayColfax’s loss will be DTC’s gain, as Lost Highway Brewing closed their E Colfax location yesterday with bands and beer specials, after the owners sold the building and also closed their restaurant franchise Cheeky Monk. The upside for folks in the DTC area is that Lost Highway staff says they expect to open near Arapahoe and Peoria (12741 E Caley Ave) in just three to four weeks. Never fear, though, if you find yourself thirsty and wandering the Cap Hill area of Colfax, as Alpine Dog Brewery is just down the street at Colfax and Ogden.