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

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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.