West Side Beer Bus This Weekend

Ursula Anniversary & Pig Roast

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out and drink beer this Saturday June 3, head down to Ursula Brewery in Aurora and help them celebrate their 3rd anniversary starting at 11:00 am.

They’ll have live bands and a pig roast, along with (of course) new beers on tap and a special release. At 11:00 am they plan to release Angel of the Odd, their new sour

May Beverage Happenings

May looks like a great month for beer and other drinking experiences!

May 7 is National Homebrew Day. If you’re already a homebrewer or want to give it a try a lot of brewing supply places are doing things to celebrate, such as The Brew Hut which is having brewing demonstrations and sales on equipment on May 6.

Mid-month is American Craft Beer Week from May 15-21 when you can expect 20170101_151519_hdrnumerous breweries to get in on the action with special events.

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival hits Mile High Stadium on May 13. Bacon + Beer – is any more description needed?

May 20 is a two-fer. Starting at noon Strange Craft celebrates their 7th anniversary with a Backyard BBQ featuring food, bands, and of course beer from 10 different breweries! Then in the evening the Denver Beer and Music Festival kicks in at City Hall on Broadway with bands, DJs, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. Perhaps a good day for Uber, huh?

Thursday May 25th brings Colorado Corks and Cuisine at Four-Mile Park. This event celebrates local food, distilleries, and of course breweries including Comrade and Fermaentra. Tickets are cheaper in advance and coupon code GCCC gets you another 5 bucks off.

Drink On!

 

April Happenings

With spring in the air, breweries are opening their garage doors and patios and offering plenty of activities to stay busy (and stay drinking!). Here’s a quick sample of a few that caught my eye for the coming month.

  • April 19 – Black Shirt Brewing opens a kitchen. Another excuse to hang out on their patio, sip some of their red beers, and listen to live music.
  • April 22 – The House That Beer Built fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Drink for the greater good at the Great Divide RINO location with 20+ breweries serving their beers.
  • April 29 – Belgian Brew Fest at Bruz Beers. Ten breweries and loads of yummy Belgian beer!
  • Finally, the opening date is TBD but Halfpenny Brewing Company has started construction on a much-needed, dog-friendly Biergarten. Hopefully it’ll be ready in time for the first really warm evenings to kick back with some beers in the ‘burbs

Lost Highway Brewing Hits The Road

Lost HighwayColfax’s loss will be DTC’s gain, as Lost Highway Brewing closed their E Colfax location yesterday with bands and beer specials, after the owners sold the building and also closed their restaurant franchise Cheeky Monk. The upside for folks in the DTC area is that Lost Highway staff says they expect to open near Arapahoe and Peoria (12741 E Caley Ave) in just three to four weeks. Never fear, though, if you find yourself thirsty and wandering the Cap Hill area of Colfax, as Alpine Dog Brewery is just down the street at Colfax and Ogden.

Halfpenny Brewing Company Flight of the Stouts

If you’re a stout fan then Halfpenny Brewing Company’s limited time (til they run out) Flight of the Stouts is worth the trip down to the DTC area. The lineup features five stouts ranging from standard tap fare to barrel-aged to high-gravity and each has its own charms. A quick summary:

  • Homer’s Oatsey Oatmeal Stout: This is your off-the-tap regular stout with a medium body, deep roasted malt flavors, and slight bite to it.
  • Nitro Oatsey Oatmeal Stout: The nitro version of the above, with the added thick and creamy body that comes with nitro. The nitro also takes out whatever kind of bite the original has for a creamy, roasty, and slightly chocolate-y experience.
  • Heavy Petals 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged: This one has a VERY strong bourbon flavor with some hints of oak.  Bourbon is primarily what you taste and the beer has a “hot” alcohol flavor to it. Might have been better to serve a little earlier  when there was more balance.
  • Heavy Petals 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged: This beer achieves the balance that the 2016 lacks. It offers bourbon notes but they are mellowed by the beer, giving some sweeter caramel flavors mixed up with the maltiness. A very complex beer with many subtle flavors.
  • Black Night Imperial Stout: A high-alcohol beer that could sneak up on you because it doesn’t taste like it. This beer also leans toward the complex side, offering significant dark malt and coffee flavors with lesser notes of dark chocolate

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Denver Mug Club

If you’re needing an excuse to get out to try new breweries around town and meet some new people check out the Denver Mug Club. It’s basically a traveling version of the mug clubs that many individual breweries have, where you get your own personal mug that gets you discounts on fills and other perks. From the sound of it, they lug a case full of mugs to a different brewery every month and you get your first beer free, discounts on additional Mug Clubbeers all month, and some other perks. All this for 10 bucks a month. 

Upcoming Breweries:

  • March: Fiction Beer Company
  • April: Briar Common Brewery
  • May: Bierstadt Lager
  • June: Spangalang Brewery
  • July: Great Divide Brewing Co.
  • August: Bruz Beers