It’s a weekend of 3’s, with three breweries – Alpine Dog, Locovore, and Fermaentra – all celebrating their third anniversaries by collaborating on a triple IPA. The only downside is that Saturday is absolutely packed with exciting beer events so at some point you have to make the sad choice to leave something off the list.
Friday 10th: Kick off weekend of anniversary fun at Alpine Dog Brewing Company with new beer releases running through Sunday.
Saturday 11th: Locovore Beer Works anniversary party all day with beer releases, beer pairings, and live music.
Saturday 11th: And to complete the brewery trifecta, Fermaentra Brewing will have beer releases with a barrel-aged focus along with merchandise giveaways all day.
Saturday 11th: If you want to skip the in-town anniversaries and go for a drive, the All Colorado Beer Festival will set up in Colorado Springs, showcasing 69 breweries from 33 cities across Colorado. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Saturday 11th: Just in case you need some motivation or a break heading to or from the All Colorado Beer Festival, 105 West Brewing Company will be wrapping up their anniversary week on Saturday with their final special tapping, although special beers from earlier in the week may still be on tap. It’s a quick jaunt west off of I-25 in Castle Rock and as an added bonus for Veteran’s Day, the first pint is free for veterans.
UPDATE: As of the end of late 2017 Wit’s End has combined forces with Strange Craft Beer Company. The flagship beers and brewer are the same but now produced and served at Strange’s location near 13th and Zuni.
A lot has changed at Wit’s End Brewing Company since my last visit a couple of years ago. On the positive side they have broadened and deepened their beer menu by adding a number of darker beers, high gravity beers, and barrel-aged beers. They truly offer a curated menu where most beer drinkers will find a sweet spot. On the other, bittersweet, side they will shortly be closing their brewery/taproom and moving in with Strange Craft Beer Co. so while they will continue to brew and pour, they won’t be doing it in their own unique space. In recognition of that I’ve truncated the review below to focus mainly on the beer.
BEER LINEUP: Very broad and comprehensive with good variety of light, medium, dark, IPA, and barrel-aged. All the beers I tried were very smooth and easy drinking, sometimes dangerously-so on the high-gravity beers. Everything seemed very solidly-produced and true to style.
ATMOSPHERE, SERVICE, and LOCATION: Wit’s End is currently buried deep among growhouses in an industrial park off of 2nd and Federal, which may contribute some to its sleepy vibe. The small taproom sits in the same space as the brewery, giving the whole place a stripped-down industrial look. The service was great and the bartender happily guided our party through the variety of selections to help us make our selections. If you want to visit this location, you better hurry and get there before Thanksgiving!
STANDOUT BEER: Scotchy Scotch Scotch – 2015 and 16. You really need to have both of these Scotch Ales to appreciate them, although I would heartily recommend either on their own. Obviously from the dates they have been barrel aged, though surprisingly the 2016 has a much smokier and Scotch-like flavor. Both beers have a thick consistency and very smooth, sweet, and syrupy base. They feature big, intense hits of roasted malt and almost woody flavors. In the 2015 the sweetness wins out to the point that I got some marshmallow undertones occasionally. In contrast, the woody and smoky flavors dominate the 2016. Scotch-lovers would be all over 2016.
It’s Anniversary Saturday this weekend with three Denver-area craft brewers celebrating, not to mention some spooky post-Halloween beer-related events!
Friday 3rd: Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project brings the south of the border holiday Dia de los Muertos to life during the monthly Santa Fe Art Walk by tapping some of their Mexican-styled beers along with guest taps, tacos, and music.
Saturday 4th: Enjoy a barrel-aged quad tapping and their 4th anniversary celebration at Jagged Mountain Brewery downtown.
Saturday 4th: Not to be out-done, Mockery Brewing Co. in RINO will celebrate their 3rd anniversary with a block party featuring 20+ beers, food, music, games, special releases and more.
Saturday 4th: To round out the anniversary trifecta, Grist Brewing Company will celebrate their 4th anniversary at both locations in Highlands Ranch with hourly beer releases and a beer bus ($10) running between the locations.
Saturday 4th: Fiction Beer Company keeps the Halloween spirit going with their Descent Into Darkness featuring a simultaneous tapping of 10 of their dark beers at 5:00 plus a bonus mac & cheese cookoff.
Saturday 4th: If you feel like getting out of town, Estes Park is holding the Fall Back Beer Fest with 30 Colorado craft brewers, demonstrations, brew clubs and of course food. Note: This is a ticketed event.