Saturday seems to be the pick day of the weekend for beer drinking! Check out a few options below, both north and south. You could even combine visits to Dry Dock and Brewability for a 2fer! And on Sunday maybe learn a thing or two . . .
Saturday 21st: Hard to believe but Dry Dock will celebrate their 12th anniversary at their North Dock location from 12-5. Tickets are $35 advance/$40 door and include unlimited pours of 30+ beers including rare and specialty beers.
Saturday 21st: Living the Dream will host South in Your Mouth with eight South Denver pouring and proceeds benefitting the Castle Rock Dumb Friends League.
Saturday 21st: Brewability Lab one-year anniversary will have music, sword fighters, and the inclusive community atmosphere that they strive to promote.
Saturday 21st: Barrel-Aged Nightmare Fuel Halloween Party at River North Brewing. Get a jump on the holiday with the release of regular and barrel-aged Nightmare Fuel
Sunday 22nd: Cider-making class at the Brew Hut. Learn some new skills and make a hard cider with advice from C-squared Cider Company
If you’re a lover of the sours or pumpkin beers (no, not sour pumpkin beers because that might be nasty) check out Copper Kettle Brewing this month. After a recent release of sour batches they have about a half-dozen sours currently on tap, though not listed online, but they’re going fast!
Additionally, they’re doing weekly releases of pumpkin versions of their beers in addition to the Pumpkin Porter that’s on the menu.
- Oct 11 – Pumpkin Oktoberfest
- Oct 18 – Pumpkin Saison
- Oct 25 – Pumpkin Snowed In
I finally found time to visit the Crazy Mountain Brewing
taproom in Glendale that replaced the old World of Beer location near Colorado and Cherry Creek Dr. and it’s amazing what a quick change of beers can do for a vibe. I always found World of Beer a little cold and dead, but Crazy Mountain feels active, energetic, and busy (without being crowded). The only discernable changes I noticed were new tables and different beers. Even the sign outside is just World of Beer flipped backwards.
But on to the important stuff – beer. Like the other Crazy Mountain locations his one has the year-rounders, but differs due to its new-ness with only a handful of the Local’s Stash beers. A previous post
discussed Crazy Mountain’s regular lineup, and in Cherry Creek my favorite of the Locals Stash was the barrel-aged pumpkin which contained a little pumpkin, a little caramel, a little boozy-ness, and a lot of complex rich
flavors nicely blended together. According to the staff, they are ramping up production of their own Locals Stash lineup so stay tuned! However between their own offerings plus guest beers (currently featuring Renegade) nobody will feel disappointed.
A few notes specific to the location: Crazy Mountain does not offer food but there are loads of places in the surrounding strip malls from which you can order. Parking can look difficult but a parking garage exists under the surface lot. And don’t get worried about those “2-hour” signs. Apparently a recent lawsuit ended with the complex not enforcing them til 48 hours.
Tis the season for fall beerfests & Oktoberfests and a great time to get out of Denver to check out the aspens in the mountains or have a weekend getaway in another part of the state. It seems like almost every little town has its own beer festival in the fall and some of the ones coming up in the next couple weeks include:
Telluride Blues & Brews – Sept 15 – 17
Steamboat OktoberWest – Sept 16
Loveland Oktoberfest – Sept 16 & 17 at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Louisville Red White & Brew – Sept 16
Colorado Springs Pawtoberfest – Sept 16
Longmont Oktoberfest – Sept 22 & 23
Fort Collins Fall Harvest Brewfest – Sept 23
Manitou Springs Heritage Beer Festival – Sept 23
Monument Bines and Brews – Sept 23
Canon City Bikes and Brews – Sept 23
Denver Micro Brew Fest – Sept 23 (yeah this one’s not out of Denver but looks really promising!)
In a quick turnaround, the space in Glendale formerly belonging to World of Beer has re-opened a little over a week as the Crazy Mountain Cherry Creek Taproom. Given the fast re-open the space can’t have changed much but now the offerings feature Crazy Mountain year-round beers and Local Stash seasonals plus guest beers from other craft breweries. Still no food, but non-beer drinkers will appreciate the wine and cocktail options. Crazy Mountain also acquired the also-closed Lakewood World of Beer location in Belmar in Lakewood and plans a similar taproom shortly.
If you’re looking for an outdoors beer-drinking experience this weekend, Great Divide Brewing Co. is having their Summer Block Party right outside the doors of their original taproom at 22nd and Arapahoe. They’ll have games, bands, and of course beer in a new urban greenspace. The party kicks off at 2:00 and they have different levels of tickets that get you different levels of beer – from the basics all the way to some of their pilot beers.