Weekend Beer Update

Enjoy some of the last of the beautiful fall weather this weekend with all sorts of fun festivals, fall beer events and even a pet costume contest in addition to the usual anniversaries and grand openings. 

Friday 19 – Saturday 20th: Multiple sessions of The Festival bring you dozens and dozens of small-batch and artisan beers from the United States and around the world. It would be impossible to try all these brews and meet so many brewers without breaking the bank and this weekend they all come together at The Rock Drill in RINO. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 19: Get into the Halloween/Day of the Dead spirit at Golden skullIntrepid Sojourner Beer Project by painting a sugar skull mug. The finished mugs will be taken to Potter’s Touch for firing and returned to you just in time for Halloween. Note: The cost for supplies and firing is $30.

Saturday 20: In preparation for Saturday sessions of The Festival, Freshcraft hosts a Fuel for the Fest brunch starting at 10:00 a.m. with special tappings to complement the tasty brunch food.

Saturday 20: Head down to Parker to check out the grand opening of Welcome Home Brewery. Details seem a little sketchy but it looks like they’ll be pouring some of their newly-crafted beers, along with having some food and a DJ.

Saturday 20: If you’re looking for somewhere more established, head up to Loveland for Crow Hop Brewing’s fifth anniversary party with at least ten wood-aged brews plus other specialty beers, a food truck and giveaways.

Saturday 20: Oktoberfest’s not done with us yet! The Real Oktoberfest Crate Brewery Beer -Brick Lane Londontakes over Glendale’s Infinity Park in combination with Olympic-qualifying women’s rugby. Starting at 1:00 p.m. grab samples from over 30 breweries before checking out the action on the field. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 20: The Brew Hut holds their annual home brew competition. Entry space is limited but they are looking for judging and stewarding volunteers.

Lit-up Halloween pumpkin with shadow vector imageSunday 21: Pumpkin mayhem hits Station 26 Brewing Co. as they celebrate all things pumpkin with beers, pies, carving, and even a bit of smashing. The brewery will supply tools and pumpkins to carve up at outdoor stations.

Sunday 21: Dress your pet for success at Bruz Beers’ pet costume party. In addition to  prizes there will be treats, swag, photos and it all benefits a good cause – MaxFund Animal Shelter. Note: This is a ticketed event for entrants.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend ushers in colder weather but that’s not preventing a number of breweries from holding outdoor events – fortunately on Friday and Saturday before the snow flies! 

Friday 12 – Saturday 13: Head north to Windsor and help High Hops Brewery celebrate their 6th anniversary with food, music, commemorative swag, giveaways and of course beer releases.

20170610_195333_hdr-e1497366840193.jpgSaturday the 13th ushers in the Lucky 13 Anniversary Party at Dry Dock Brewing Co’s North Dock. They’ll be bringing out the big guns with music, food, lawn games, beer releases, screen printing and even a tattoo artist. Even better, you can also purchase the First Mate’s ticket, which gets you a souvenir glass and covers all the beer you want to drink. Seems like one helluva deal to me!

Saturday 13: The monthly West Side Brewery Bus Loop Hits the streets between Zuni Street Brewing Co., Hogshead Brewery, Little Machine Beer and Joyride Brewing. For 5 bucks you can ride the loop and get a free future beer if you complete the circuit. This month has a theme that about every beer-lover can get into, which is wear your brewery gear!20180621_171744_HDR

Saturday 13: Turn up the heat with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s BBQ Cook-Off starting at noon. Note: This is a ticketed event for samples.

Saturday 13: Make a run up to Longmont for Collision Brewing Company’s grand opening with live music and giveaways, not to mention their spanking-new beers.

Saturday 13: At the opposite fringes of the metro area, Iron Mule Brewery opens in Castle Rock. Housed in the same facility as the recently-deceased Castle Rock Beer Co., they’re hoping to have an actual mule in attendance at the festivities.

Weekend Beer Update

The Oktoberfest options continue! Many more breweries will celebrate the traditional German holiday this week, along with a culture-heavy Friday & Sunday plus lots of other interesting-looking stuff to do.

Friday 5: Get a little dose of culture with an opening reception for Bruz Beers’ artist of the month, Chris Austin, from 6 – 8 p.m.20161104_175636_hdr.jpg

Friday 5: For a big dose of culture head to First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe Drive, where you can check out local galleries, sip beer & wine, and pay a visit to one or more craft breweries. By my count you have at least four options – Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and Renegade Brewing Co.

Friday 5 – Saturday 6: Longmont is first out of the gate this weekend with their Oktoberfest that spans two days and is sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Company. The festival features beer from over ten breweries, music, food and games for the whole family. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Get into the anniversary spirit as Blind Faith Brewing celebrates one year of beer with a whole series of barrel-aged releases.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Welcome Goldspot Brewing Company’s new owners at the weekend-long New Ownership Party featuring daily beer releases, rotating food trucks, music, raffles and on Sunday a dog show at 2 p.m.

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Saturday 6: Beer steins, bands, music and food usher in Oktoberfest at Kokopelli Beer Company in Westminster. Kokopelli currently features an extensive lineup of German and Oktoberfest-specific beers, which I had the pleasure of trying last weekend and which I would highly recommend!

Saturday 6: Oktoberfest also rolls on down south in DTC at Halfpenny Brewing Company with all the traditions you’d expect: German food, music and of course beer! In addition, Halfpenny will have games, contests and prizes.

Saturday 6: If you’re already on the south end of town 20171108_161432_HDRfor Halfpenny, why not combine it with Locavore Beer Works’ Oktoberfest in Littleton?  They’ll tap some traditional German beers to complement their food while you watch (or participate in) yard games and stein-holding contests.

Saturday 6: Hop lovers will flock to Falling Rock Tap House for Fresh Hop Fest featuring beers from dozens of breweries created using the unique fresh-hopping process. No ticket required; just buy your hop happiness by the glass.

Intrepid Sojourner SignSaturday 6: For those more centrally-located, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project throws down their version of Oktoberfest with a new Kölsch release, special steins, lawn games & contests and a craft market.

Sunday 7: Enjoy some ales and art at Alpine Dog Brewery’s Sunday Night Culture Club featuring the work of  Nastasja Martel.

Weekend Beer Update

Hopefully by now everyone has recovered from their Great American Beer Festival hangover and perhaps found a new favorite brewery or beer at the Fest. Life goes on, and this weekend offers up a number of fall-themed brewery events including several Oktoberfests across the metro area.

Friday 28 – Sunday 30: Munich comes to Boulder at Avery Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest, with a special beer menu and free Kaiser for anyone in a traditional German outfit.reichstag-entrance.jpg

Friday 28 – Sunday 30: If RINO is more your scene, Black Shirt Brewing Co. celebrates their sixth anniversary all weekend with special releases (actually starting Wednesday), creative beer slushies and cocktails, Beer, Bacon and Bluegrass on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

Saturday 29: Oktoberfest makes a stop at Seedstock Brewery from 5-11 p.m. with a special Hell tapping, plenty of Oktoberfest beer, polka music, contests and free mugs for those in traditional German attire. A meat-heavy food20170808_182550_HDR truck rounds out the Germanic picture.

Saturday 29: Join Brewability Lab in celebrating their second anniversary with music, a mobile cigar lounge, a yoga bus and a pop-up shop.

Saturday 29: Load up on numerous can and bottle releases at Fiction Beer Company’s fourth anniversary party. In addition to the takeaway options,  enjoy special tappings, live music and limited-edition glassware on their special day.

Saturday 29: Howdy Fest Rides into Lafayette with music, food, and a special release briar-common-sign.jpgfrom The Post Brewing Co. along with pours from a number of other area breweries.

Sunday 30: Enjoy a preview of Briar Common Brewery’s upcoming anniversary beers at their five-course beer-pairing dinner. The first seating starts at 4:30 p.m. but if demand calls for it they will add a later seating. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

With Great American Beer Festival just a week away,  there are a ridiculous number of things going on! From individual breweries hosting events, collaboration tappings and other fun to places like Falling Rock Tap House which has20171006_191138_HDR[1] become the unofficial home of offsite GABF gatherings. Rather than take up loads of space on this blog with all the crazy events I’ve linked to a couple of great local sources for literally hundreds of things to do. However if you don’t want GABF overload before the fest even starts, check out these lower-key weekend events. 

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Friday 14 – Sunday 16: Join Diebolt Brewing Company for a crazy weekend of activities to celebrate their fifth anniversary. In addition to the usual beer releases, music, and food trucks, Diebolt will host a silent disco/toga party, a variety show, cornhole and beer pong tournaments and more.  Note: Some events are ticketed.20170624_203711_HDR

Friday 14 – Saturday 15: Up north, Loveland sponsors their local Oktoberfest with a focus on learning about German heritage, authentic vendors, food and beer from a number of area breweries.

Saturday 15: Drag out the lederhosen and dirndles for one more weekend! 2018 Oktoberfest comes to Copper Kettle Brewing Company with Oktoberfest and Imperial Pumpkin Porter releases, a stein-holding competition, food trucks, and live music.

Saturday 15: If physical activity is more your style, cruise on over to the Sloans Lake Alamo Draft House for the GABF Brewery Bike Loop covering six west-side breweries plus an after-party. Registration starts promptly at 11 a.m.20180129_163411_hdr-e1517590694414.jpg Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 15: Down in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree Brewing Co. hosts their Oktoberfest and Fall Market with polka music, beer tapping, a stein-hoisting competing, and beer-brat grilling along with over 20 local vendors with a variety of products

Saturday 15: It’s sad to see summer winding down but Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. in Lafayette makes the most of these final days with their outdoor End of Summer Party with food, bands and new beer releases.

Saturday 15: Also in the northern reaches of Denver, Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder celebrates six years with special anniversary releases (including a smoked-yam offering) and tappings, food, giveaways and live music.

Lady JusticeSaturday 15: Help make the world a better place with Lady Justice Brewing as they celebrate their second anniversary at Factotum Brewhouse. The festivities will include new releases, music and food. Lady Justice is a fully nonprofit brewery with all profits going to women’s causes. Community Supported Brewery memberships will be available.

Saturday 15: In RINO, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company puts on Gratitude 2018 to say thanks to their customers and the beer community with 30 beers on tap, a special release, giveaways, a photo booth and food trucks.

Saturday 15: For the final anniversary of the weekend, Industrial Revolution Brewing Company in Erie marks five years with beer release, food and music.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s my favorite time of the year, with Oktoberfest season coming into full swing and the Great American Beer Festival right around the corner! This weekend offers up a  preview of the fall beer fun in store, plus lots of other interesting brew-related activities.

Thursday 6 – Saturday 8: Wanderfest 2018 comes to New Terrain Brewing Company in Golden with a beer garden featuring over 20 beers, bands, food trucks and family fun. Note: This is a ticketed event.

lowry-beer-garden-night.jpgFriday 7 – Saturday 8: The 6th annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Lowry Beer Garden takes center stage this weekend with Oktoberfest beers from several front-range breweries, German food, music and games. Dress up in your favorite German outfit and get your first beer free!

Saturday 8: Docktoberfest rolls into Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s South Dock in Aurora with the annual release of their Oktoberfest beer, pouring of their other German-style beers, polka music, 20171021_163608_HDRfood, a stein-holding contest and the announcement of homebrew competition winners at 1 p.m.  German attire is strongly encouraged of course.

Saturday 8: Join Coda Brewing for their grand opening in Golden with 14 new small-batch beers, music and food.

Saturday 8: Cerberus Brewing Company in Colorado Springs turns two years old with new releases, throwback favorites, giveaways, food and music.

Saturday 8: Several breweries from north of Denver also celebrate milestones, starting with Gravity Brewing in Louisville’s 6th anniversary party featuring music, food and barrel-aged & small-batch beers.

Saturday 8: WIBtoberfest takes over Wibby Brewing in Greeley with hourly special releases and re-releases, music of every variety, unusual games, raffles, interactive art, and food in celebration of Wibby’s 3rd anniversary.

Saturday 8: Once you’ve had your fill of Gravity and The WIB, head down the road to Sanitas Brewing Company in Boulder for their five-year anniversary offering up more music, a pig roast, and five new beer releases.

Saturday 8: Even though they’re not on the front range, Ska Brewing in Durango deserves a mention for 23 years of great beers!  The anniversary party is sold out but their distribution network means that we can still hoist a Ska in their honor.

Sunday 9: If Saturday’s festivities didn’t keep you up too late, join Copper Kettle Brewing Company for Beer and Breakfast starting at 11 a.m. In addition to Copper Kettle’s own coffee beer release, several Spice Trade Brewing beers will be available along with coffee from Sonder Coffee & Tea. To complement all that coffee goodness, several breakfast and pastry trucks will offer up food and snacks.

Brewery Snapshot: Bootstrap Brewing Company

Located in sleepy Niwot, Bootstrap Brewing Company embraces the friendly and slow-paced small-town feel. With a fittingly rustic taproom and a large patio with a grass game area this  brewery seems designed for families and locals stopping in for a pint and friendly chat.  The taplist is sufficiently broad to offer at least one option for any beer drinker and the bartender wasn’t shy about playing mix & match to create even more tasty concoctions.

BEER LINEUP: Bootstrap serves up a moderate number and variety of beers, consisting solely of light-to-medium beers. All the beers I sampled were good, but dark beer lovers be warned that the darkest on the menu was a red. The menu contained mostly traditional styles with a few experimentals like pineapple and chili. In all fairness I believe they rotate in a couple of darker styles seasonally.20180729_144122_HDR

ATMOSPHERE: The taproom echoed the feeling of the small town of Niwot, with friendly regulars hanging out and chatting with each other, the bartender, and newcomers like us to create a truly welcoming feel. The wood and metal taproom can get cramped during busy times but creates a cozy feel even when not full. Additionally, Bootstrap has a large patio for games and families.

20180729_144234_HDRSERVICE: The bartender was super-friendly and helpful in making beer recommendations and suggestions including a special combination of two beers (see below).

NEIGHBORHOOD: You definitely feel small-town Colorado in Niwot and the relaxed pace encompasses both the old-fashioned downtown and the brewery. Everything is nearby so you can easily stroll around and grab food or do some shopping combined with a Bootstrap visit. Needless to say, parking is plentiful and free.

STANDOUT BEER: Per the bartender’s suggestion, I tried a half & 20180729_144945_HDRhalf of Backfire Chili and Chillax Pineapple Gold. Both beers were awesome in their own right, with the Backfire bringing on intense heat and Chillax serving up light pineapple sweetness blended perfectly into the base beer without off-flavors or weirdness that I’ve found with most pineapple beers. Together they make something truly amazing. Each sip starts sweet and gives almost the full pineapple flavor and then after a few seconds the pepper catches up for a spicy finish without being as intense as straight Backfire. It may be the best beer mix I’ve ever had.