Weekend Beer Update

This Friday serves up a double dose of city-wide events with the Rockies home opener and First Friday art walks. Numerous breweries and taprooms in the vicinity of Coors Field are putting out special releases or lining up special brews to help fans celebrate the season opener.  In the evening you can take in the culture of First Friday art walks along Santa Fe, Tennyson Street or RINO, stopping at numerous breweries in each of those neighborhoods. As far as specific weekend events . . .

seedstock brewery photo credit scott grossmanFriday 5 – Saturday 6: Just west of downtown, Seedstock Brewery turns the corner on another year with their third anniversary party. They’ll have beer releases, food trucks, and live music both days. Friday also has a bonus comedy show at 6 p.m..

Friday 5: Try out some of the great Belgian Beers imported by Sheldon Brothers at the Shelton Brothers showcase in the Pour Tap House in Commerce City from 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday 6:  Get up early and lace up your running shoes for WestFax Brewing Company’s 5k Brewery Run starting at 11 a.m.! The race runs 20181222_212153_HDR[1]through the 40 West Arts District and ends back at the brewery. Naturally your ticket includes a free beer. Note: This is a ticketed event. 

Saturday 6: Be one of the first to try out Lost Friend Brewing Company at their Grand Opening. The Colorado Springs brewery looks set to have nine diverse beers on tap, plus a couple of special tappings throughout the day as well as a food truck.

Sunday 7: For something entirely different and a bit educational, head to Purpose Brewing and Cellars in Ft. Collins for a talk and demonstration by Russ Karasch, a visiting cooper from Squarrel Square Barrels. The event starts at 3 p.m. and although it’s free, please visit the website to sign up to help them plan for the event.


Beer of the Month: American Amber Ale

April’s beer is an easy-drinking beer that’s probably familiar to most people and a go-to beer for many. A relative to the well-known pale ales, American Amber Ale has a darker color, fuller body, and a greater malt influence.goat-patch-beer-3.jpg

At the first appearance, ambers will be clear and amber (no surprise there) to copper in color. Most ambers will have a light-to-medium body with medium head, and typically a noticeable, but not excessive, hop aroma.

As far as flavors go, roasted malt/caramel characteristics will predominate but still leave room for detectable hop bitterness that provides a pleasant balance. You’ll find no flavor extremes here. With an ABV that generally falls into the medium/low range, these balanced beers go down easily and are relatively sessionable.

Along the Front Range, most beer-drinkers know Odell’s 90 Shilling and New Belgium’s Fat Tire, which both provide good examples of the style.