Weekend Beer Update

It’s an anniversary-filled weekend with Caution, Cannonball Creek, and Castle Rock Beer Co. all celebrating. However with the upcoming cold and snow I’ve got my eye on Colorado Plus Brew Pub for some true winter warming!

Friday 19th – Saturday 20th: Head out to Lakewood for Caution Brewing Company’s 6th Anniversary Party showcasing their anniversary beer Hold The Door Baltic Porter along with the tapping of some secret experiments. And of course they’ll have the obligatory food trucks and live music. 20160721_201225_HDR

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st: Stay toasty at Colorado Plus Brew Pub’s Big Barrel Aged Beer Festival, which pretty much says it all. They’ll be tapping a range of imperial porters & stouts for your drinking pleasure.

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st: Head for the hills and celebrate Cannonball Creek Brewing Company’s 5th anniversary with special tappings, music, and food.

Saturday 20th: If south-metro is more your style, head down to Castle Rock for Castle Rock Beer Co.’s 2nd anniversary where you can buy a pint and keep the commemorative glass.

Saturday 20th: In the ongoing Pussy Riot beer series, Makin’ Noise Beer will hold events at five breweries for version 5.0 of the beer. Woods Boss Brewing Company, Ratio Beerworks, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company, The Post Brewing Co., and Goldspot Brewing Company will all have tapping celebrations today, with proceeds benefiting a variety of non-profits.

 

Weekend Beer Update

2018 has come roaring in with a weekend packed full of festivities that mixes up traditional events like anniversaries with some pretty unique morning events and a traditional Wassail Winter Carnival. If you have the time and a strong liver you can pretty much have a beer in your hand from Friday evening all the way through the Monday holiday.

Friday 12th: Oscar Blues Brewery kicks off the grand opening weekend of their Denver taproom at 1624 Market Street with food, drink, and music at their live music space next door. Celebrations continue on Saturday. Note: The live music is a ticketed event.

Saturday 13th: One of two anniversaries this weekend, 20170101_151519_hdr1-e1505312001811.jpgKokopelli Beer Company celebrates with limited-release beers and giveaways.

Saturday 13th: Get up early and start your day at the Beer, Bacon, and Coffee Fest at Denver Beer Co’s Arvada taproom. Note: This is a ticketed event and also doesn’t seem to specifically involve beer.

Saturday 13th: Cellar West Artisan Ales in Boulder celebrates their first anniversary with a bash that includes special tapping of their beers plus collaboration, along with BBQ to munch on.

Saturday 13th: If you’re looking for something a little unusual (though not exactly beer), C Squared Ciders hosts their Winter Carnival in The Rackhouse featuring a tapping of their winter wassail and numerous activities to frighten away evil  spirits and summon good ones for the upcoming year. The evening will include Magicians, Jugglers, Tarot Card Readers and Live Music. The show keeps rolling on Sunday as well.

Sunday 14th: You can get a head start on today’s iteration of the Winter Carnival with Station 26 Brewing Co’s Bluegrass Brunch from 11:00-3:00 featuring live bluegrass, a brunch food truck, and of course beer!

Monday 15th: Call to Arms Brewing invades Euclid Hall for a Kick the Keg Tap Takeover starting at 11:30am if you have MLK day off and are looking for something to do. The menu features seven Call to Arms beers along with a special pairing menu from Euclid Hall’s kitchen. The person who gets the beer that kicks each of the kegs wins a prize!

Wednesday 17th: While not technically a weekend event, the Strange/Wit Meet & Greet at Strange Craft sounds pretty cool. From 4:30-6:30 interact with a panel of the owners & brewers of Strange and Wit that focuses on the topic of seasonal ingredients. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

It seems like everyone is recovering from the holiday 20171109_211457_HDRhangover and events are few and far between this weekend. However if you want to make a trip to the mountains for some beer drinking and/or skiing/riding Breckenridge is hosting the Big Beers festival this weekend. Probably best not to combine the fest and the slopes on the same day, though!

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th: Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival brings tastings, beer dinners, homebrew competitions, and seminars to Breckenridge. Additionally, many Colorado breweries are hosting tappings and related festivities at numerous locations around town. Note: Some events are ticketed.

Weekend Beer Update

With the Monday holiday it’s a jam-packed weekend of celebrations to usher in the new year and then recover from all that celebrating. Numerous breweries are hosting New Year’s Eve parties as well as New Year’s Day recovery parties so whatever your mood you should be able to find a reason and place to celebrate 2018.

Saturday 30th: New Year’s Eve Eve celebration at Station 26 Brewing Co. with a live band playing songs from musicians who passed away in 2017.

Sunday 31st: Start your festivities early at Avery Brewing Co. with their New Year’s Eve Brunch beginning at 11:00AM and featuring beer flights and a long menu of delectable dishes.

Sunday 31st: If you want to continue on the gourmet food and beer train, head over to Copper Kettle Brewing Company for their annual Beers & Cheers NYE Black-Tie Dinner featuring four courses of beer and food pairing. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 31st: And finally, if you want to skip the long lines and cover charges at clubs, many of our local craft breweries are having special New Year’s Eve parties featuring special tappings, live music, and other fun. Some of the breweries with festivities are Fiction Beer Company, Beryl’s Beer Co., Ratio Beerworks, and Caution Brewing Co.

Monday 1st: Get right back on the horse with a Hangover Brunch at Ratio Beerworks from noon – 3:00.

Weekend Beer Update

copper-kettle-christmas.jpgSince the Christmas holiday takes precedence this weekend, there are few events on the calendar. However a number of breweries including River North and Intrepid Sojourner are clearing out merchandise and beer to make way for the new year so check your favorite local for possible last-minute gifts or a treat for yourself! And of course – Merry Christmas!

Saturday 23rd: Get comfortable at Zuni Street Brewing Company with their Cheese & Cheesy Sweater Party, which gives you the opportunity to don your worst Christmas sweater for a beer and cheese pairing starting at 4:00 (ticketed event $16). Regardless of whether you want to get cheesy, Zuni Street will offer beer releases and live music for all.

Monday 25th: If you run out of beer or simply want to enjoy the holiday with like-minded drinkers, Alpine Dog Brewery opens at 11:00 for an all-day Christmas party which will include several tappings and other treats.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

BruzIf you’re looking for a last-minute gift for the craft beer lover in your life, consider an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Membership includes great information and resources for brewing, plus industry news and of course advance purchase of Great American Beer Festival tickets. It also provides huge value to even casual craft beer drinkers, as most craft breweries offer discounts ranging from $1 off your first beer to 15% of your total check. With those kinds of benefits you may want to treat yourself to an extra Christmas gift!

I can say from personal experience that my membership pays for itself in discounts, so all the other benefits are essentially a free added bonus. The only difficulty is remembering to ask for the discount before you get your check!

Memberships are for 1/2/3 years at $38/$68/$97 or $700 for lifetime, plus the AHA throws in some free gifts too.

Weekend Beer Update

Last night was a great start to Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Twelve Firkins of Christmas with blackberry Berliner weisse that was not too sweet, not too sour, but very fruit-forward. This weekend’s releases also look to be worth stopping by for, along with a number of other beer-related events around town including a disturbing number of ugly-sweater parties (not all involving beer).Christmas Beer Barrel

Friday 15th: The first of many ugly-sweater events, Westfax Brewing Company’s all-day party starts at 2:00 and will feature a double IPA tapping, presumably so you can drink those awful sweater memories out of your head.

Friday 15th: Fiction Beer Company cuts to the chase of the Christmas season by hosting a Drunk Christmas both Friday and Saturday starting at 8. In addition to the obvious – beer – Fiction will have raffles, auctions, baked goods, and Christmas Karaoke as a fundraiser for Audacious Theater.

Denver Beer FestivusSaturday 16th: The annual Festivus returns to Lowry at the Wings Over the Rockies museum with over 50 breweries pouring their best – better book your Uber now! GA tickets are sold out but VIP tickets are still available.

Saturday 16th: If a traditional Christmas is more your style, The Intrepid Sojourner Project is hosting a Gingerbread Invitational that integrates gingerbread beer releases, cookie decorating, and a gingerbread house contest.

Saturday 16th: For more traditional Christmas activities, venture up to the Tennyson St. Holiday Rumpus and Market. In addition to a traditional German market with food and music, Call to Arms Brewing Co will also offer special holiday beer release along with their normal lineup.

Saturday 16th: As if ugly sweaters weren’t enough, Mockery Brewing is hosting a onesie party featuring stout hot chocolate and free cookies Christmas Decorationstarting at 7.

Sunday 17th: For the craftiest of the craft-beer fans, Living the Dream Brewery is hosting holiday ornament decorating starting at noon. Note: this is a ticketed event.