Weekend Beer Update

This weekend offers an unbelievable set of beer-related choices. Aside from the special events listed below, many breweries have special releases and tappings on their calendars. Combine that with (hopefully) nice weather and patio season and there’s no reason not to visit a craft brewery or two for a pint!

Friday 20th: Celebrate the beautiful spring weather on the patio at the Firkin Spring event being thrown by Dunbar Kitchen & Tap. Alpine Dog Brewery, Ratio Beerworks, Epic Brewing Company, Station 26 Brewing Co each crafted a one-off firkins for the party.

Saturday 21st: If you’re a fan of rye in your beer then check out Denver Rye Fest from 1:00-5:00 at The Brew on Broadway (BOB). The festival features rye-tastic beers from 15 breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 21st: Give a salute to Comrade Brewing Co for making it four years! Comrade will celebrate with six special anniversary beers, limited edition glassware, and of course a food truck.

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Saturday 21st: Help 4 Noses Brewing Company’s brewers square off at the Brewers Pilot Challenge. Brewers will compete to have their beer poured on their own tapline. Voting on the three beers is thoroughly democratic: the one with the most pours wins!

Saturday 21st: Retro comes to Avanti Food and Beverage with their celebration of Record Store Day.  Enjoy a DJ spinning records, limited edition vinyl, record-themed giveaways, and special releases of six Dogfish Head Brewery vintage beers.

Saturday 21st: The Viking hordes invade Alpine Dog Brewery for a Viking Party. Wear a costume and check out their Viking-inspired ale, photo booth, Viking movies, and Norwegian metal.

Sunday 22nd: Speaking of Makin’ Noise, Pussy Riot’s version 6.0 comes out simultaneously at Baere Brewing Co, Femaentra Brewing, Broken Compass Brewing, Storm Peak Brewing Company, and Renegade Brewing Company. Makin’ Noise is a group of breweries that have joined up to use their skills and make a positive impact on the community. One dollar from every pint of version 6.0 goes to environmental organizations.

Sunday 22nd: The CO-Brew homebrew supply shop celebrates 3 years with an employee beer competition and live music.

Weekend Beer Update

It looks like a rather slow weekend on the beer-events calendar but there are a few things to keep you busy. Sunday looks to have decent weather so checking out one of the many patio-equipped breweries could be an option.

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th: Hopefully the unlucky start date won’t weigh down Spangalang Brewery’s 3rd anniversary party. Join the crowd at the Five Points location to help celebrate, and if the weather’s nice you can piece together a nice RINO-area brewery walking tour.

Saturday 14th: The north suburbs gain another brewery with the grand opening of Primitive Beer in Longmont. The brewery produces spontaneous, barrel-fermented  beers using only Colorado ingredients for a funky local flavor.

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Baere Bar

Saturday 14th: Go highbrow with a book signing at Baere Brewing Co. Dustin Hall will sign his book of Colorado craft brewery photos called Discovering Colorado Breweries from 3-5, and of course Baere will serve their tasty beer all day if you want to linger.

Weekend Beer Update

Wow, so much to do this weekend – particularly on Saturday! Free Baseball Clip ArtThe Baseball Brewfest looks like a fun and creative concept, but if Parker is too far away then take the easier path and jump on one of the bus circuits and let someone else do the driving. For the truly lazy, most breweries have started their patio season so as long as you can motivate yourself to get out the door the rest kinda takes care of itself.

Friday 6th: If you want to pick up that next great painting or sculpture or just want to use culture as an excuse to drink craft beer, check out the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe. In addition to numerous galleries you can walk to Renegade Brewing Company, Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, and Crazy Mountain Brewery. Sadly the weather looks a bit iffy, though perhaps that just means more taproom time!

Saturday 7th: Baseball Brewfest 2018 comes to FanDraught Sports Brewery in Parker. This sounds like a fun new concept where you can “play” 9 different baseball positions, each serving a taster from a different craft brewery while watching the Rockies game in the background. Best part: You can play each position as often as you’d like! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 7th: This month’s version of the West Side Brewery Bus Loop starts at 2:00 and includes Joyride Brewing , Diebolt Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co and Little Machine Beer. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.20180331_150302_HDR

Saturday 7th: If four stops doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge, try out the 8-Brewery Bus Loop that showcases breweries on South Broadway, Santa Fe, and the Mile Hi area. It runs from 2:00-10:00 so if you want to visit all of them you’ll have your work cut out for you. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.

Saturday 7th: If you didn’t get enough of Collaboration Fest last weekend, River North Brewery hosts their own little Collaboration Party with four other breweries starting at noon.

Sunday 8th: Get out of bed for Station 26 Brewing Co’s monthly Bluegrass Brunch. Starting at 11:00 Station 26 will have a brunch food truck, bluegrass music, and of course beer!

Beryls for Sale

The explosive popularity of RiNo seems to be a mixed bag for craft beer lovers. While it first promoted a wave of breweries opening in the spacious warehouses with cheap rent, it has now boomeranged back and resulted in rising rents, redevelopment, and heightened competition. Already River North Brewery and Zephyr Brewing Co. have relocated to north Denver and now Beryls Beer Company is looking to sell.

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Barrels of Beryl’s

The goal is to sell by the end of April and the list price is $195,000 if you happen to be in the market for a turnkey brewery. If the business doesn’t sell, the future appears a little murkey so if you’re a fan of their beer it might be best to plan a Beryls visit sooner rather than later.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a big weekend ahead and there are plenty of reasons to hoist a beer, starting with MLB’s Opening Day and moving right along to Easter and April Fool’s. While the weekend starts off with some modern anniversaries and fests, tradition reigns on Sunday with Easter events. Start planning now for which favorite beers pair best with that Easter ham or lamb!

Friday 30th: Start the weekend right and join Seedstock Brewery for their second anniversary party! They’ll serve up special beer releases, live music, food trucks, giveaways, and a special treat if you come dressed in German attire.

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Saturday 31st: Fingers crossed for good weather (forecast is partly sunny & 61) to celebrate Halfpenny Brewing Company’s biergarten opening party. Live music, a food truck, giveaways, and of course bier will help usher in the summer patio season, and for dog-lovers, the patio is also pet-friendly.

Saturday 31st: Quirky, geeky fact: Apparently today is the 90th day of the year, and that has special meaning for Odell Brewing Company. They’ll celebrate all things 90 with 90 Shilling beer and merch specials, and giveaways every 90 minutes.

Saturday 31st: Collaboration Fest rolls into the Colorado Convention Center this afternoon with 100+  beers from over 150 collaborating breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event with both early-entry and general admission tickets available.

Sunday 1st: Tip your hat to tradition and join Briar Common Brewery for Easter brunch starting at 10am with breakfast drinks, good specials, and a prize wheel.

Sunday 1st: For a more interactive Easter, stop by Easter TimeFactotum Brewhouse for an Easter egg hunt. Doors open at noon so you can search out eggs holding prizes for the whole family including candy, and of course free beers!

Sunday 1st: Even more family friendly, Kokopelli Beer Company’s Easter egg hunt starts at 11:45 (sign up required) but get there early for a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny starting at 11. Kokopelli will also have a coloring contest, fire truck and most importantly beer tappings!

Weekend Beer Update

After a jam-packed St Patrick’s Day weekend this week offers very few big events, although a number of breweries are featuring special releases and tappings just ‘cuz.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th: Head up to Greeley to congratulate WeldWerks Brewing Co. on their 3rd anniversary. They’ll have 20 regular beers plus a half-dozen rotators each day, along with food and a photo booth.

Sunday 25th: Get your comfort food (and drink!) fix at Chain Reaction Brewing Co.’s 2nd annual Mac & Cheese off. Even if you’re not up for making your own entry, you can sample others’ creative dishes alongside a beer and sloppy joe bar while enjoying live music. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Of course it’s going to be a huge 20170103_210350_HDRweekend of celebrations and sickeningly-green beer but also a time when many craft brewers put out special Irish-themed releases. I had the opportunity to try Odyssey Beerworks’ Young Flanagan Dry Irish Stout the other night and that definitely put me in the Irish mood. If you can’t make it to one of the official celebrations or events below (or simply don’t want to mess with the mayhem) at least stop by your local brewery for a hearty stout!

Saturday 17th: As if you need an excuse to break out your best Irish fashion, Big Choice Brewing is holding their Kilt Irish St Patrick’s Day Party where green attire and kilts get you beer discounts all day, plus entry into the best kilt contest. To accompany all the kilti-ness, a swag-leprechaun will make an appearance at 2:00, followed by Irish step-dancing at 4:00. Kilt contest follows.

Saturday 17th: Perhaps driving to Fort Collins (and back) for St Patrick’s revelry isn’t especially advisable, but New Belgium Brewing Company’s St Patrick’s celebration sounds tempting. In addition to their normal, tasty taplist they will release a green wit to complement the live music and dancing they have scheduled.

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Saturday 17th: If you’re on the south side of town and heading back from the parade or simply don’t want to deal with it, stop in at Alternation Brewing Company on South Broadway for their St Patrick’s Day Bash. Starting at 9:30am they’ll christen their new biergarten/patio with beer releases, live music, and food.

Image result for st patricks public domain imagesSaturday 17th: Fiction Beer Company takes a different direction with an intentionally chill St Patrick’s with Irish-themed food, music, and a Jameson-barrel-aged stout.

Saturday 17th: Irish food and dancers also feature prominently in Living the Dream Brewery’s St Patrick’s Shenanigans if you’d prefer to stay in the south suburbs.

Sunday 18th: It’ll be a full day at Mockery Brewing, starting with the 2nd annual Mockery Homebrew Competition followed by the St Patrick’s Day Hangover Brunch. The gist of the homebrew competition is that Mockery brews up wort in the morning, provides it to homebrewers who then do their own things with it, and finally return with their unique brews for judging. Pretty cool, huh? See the link above for specifics. If that sounds like way too much work then just stop by for Hangover Brunch with breakfast beer drinks and greasy hangover food starting at 11:00am.