Weekend Beer Update

Whether by coincidence or careful planning around the holiday, this Mother’s Day weekend has few coordinated events. Most of the activity centers around feeding mom some beer, although a large number of breweries are doing special releases throughout the weekend. The weather looks good and patios are open, so there shouldn’t be any shortage of excuses to skip the craft brews.

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Saturday 11: Highlands Ranch is getting their own Beer Bus which stops at four breweries: Grist Brewing Company, Resolute Brewing Company, Lone Tree Brewing Company, and newcomer Peak View Brewing Company. Starting at 1 p.m., it’s the typical brewery bus deal – five bucks for a ticket and you get a free future pint when you complete all four breweries. Start your journey at any of the participating breweries. Note, the Grist location is the Park Meadows one.

Sunday 12:  Happy Mother’s Day! Bring mom out for beermosas and breakfast food at 105 West Brewing’s Mother’s Day Brunch in Castle Rock.

20180212_175021_HDRSunday 12: If mom lives up north, do brunch at Kokopelli Beer Company instead. They’ll have pancakes, fresh fruit crepes, mimosas, sangrias, specialty drinks, and Bingo. Game starts bright and early at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday 12: If mom’s more of a downtown gal, take her to Ratio Beerworks’ Cirque & Eclat Mother’s Day Brunch where they’ll serve up an all-you-can-eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with plenty of Ratio beers of course. Note: This is a ticketed event.  If this all sounds too good to pass up, rumor has it you don’t necessarily have to be a mom to stop by and enjoy.

Weekend Beer Update

Ok, so it’s St. Pat’s weekend and there’s an unbelievable amount of stuff happening on the main party day Saturday March 16. It seems like about every bar and brewery is dragging out the Irish dancers and bands. As such, I’m going to assume y’all can figure out where to drink Irish-type beer that day and I’ll only be mentioning non-leprechaun stuff.

20181205_185334_HDRFriday 15: Get ready to rampage and pillage! If you’re already sick of the St. Patrick’s  hype, throw on your furs and horned helmets for Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Viking Party from 6 – 10 p.m. The throw-down will feature six different kveik-style beers from six different breweries with flavors from saison to barrel-aged. For the costumed hordes, Copper Kettle will also have a photo booth and costume contest.

Saturday 16: The spring festivals roll on with the sixth annual Collaboration Fest at the Hyatt Regency downtown from 2 – 6 p.m. The festival will pour over 100 beer collaborations made by over 200 breweries. Irish, St Patrick'S Day, IrelandAll beers have at least one Colorado brewery on the team. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 17: Celebrate the actual St. Patrick’s Day at Goldspot Brewing Company with their Irish Breakfast from 10 a.m. – noon. They’ve partnered with The Noshery to serve up a traditional breakfast paired with the brewery’s dry Irish stout. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend  focuses on a couple of themes – Stout Month and Melvin’s 2×4 day – both of which offer numerous opportunities for adventure and discovery. But if stouts and DIPAs are not your thing, you can always hit a couple of anniversary celebrations or catch some live music. 

Friday 1 – Thursday 28: It’s that time of year again, time 20180115_132222_HDRfor the Mountain Sun Pubs to hold Stout Month. Join them in their Boulder or Denver locations for a rotating cast of stouts to keep you happy and warm for the next four weeks. Peak to Peak Brewery in Aurora also gets in on the action with weekly stout releases all month. Many other local breweries are on the bandwagon too so enjoy a weekend (or month) of cruising your favorite taprooms to see who’s doing what.

Friday 1 – Thursday 28: In a counterpoint to Mountain Sun, Freshcraft has christened February as Sour Month and will have eight sours in rotation all month in case too much malty-ness gets under your skin.

Saturday 2: Melvin 2×4 Day! A number of breweries are hosting events to celebrate 2×4 DIPA from our neighbor up north, Melvin Brewing. All of them will, to some extent, feature Kung Fu, Wu Tang Clan, a bunch of randomness and of course the star of the party – 2×4. Colorado breweries include:

Saturday 2: Celebrate gluten-free at Holidaily Brewing Co.’s third anniversary. Head to Golden for music, food trucks, a special pilsner tapping plus giveaways.

Saturday 2: Celebrate Six Years in the Alley with DeSteeg Brewing. There’s a whole lot going on that day including free swag, free beer and some limited-edition releases. But wait, there’s more! DeSteeg will also host a chili cookoff starting at 4 p.m. Reserve a spot to participate and be judged, and you’ll get some free beer and prizes if you win. Or just 20170305_141942_HDRcome by and taste. Note: Tasting is a ticketed event.

Saturday 2: Down in Castle Rock 105 West Brewing Company hosts rock & world music with Harmony & Brad starting at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: If satisfying your sweet tooth is 20190109_182255_hdrmore of a priority, Denver Beer Co. and Cerveceria Colorado will host a Beer and Cookie Pairing all weekend with tasty treats from Victory, Love, and Cookies. The pairing of four beers and four cookies takes place in both taprooms (they are literally next door). Note: This is a ticketed event, advance purchase saves you five bucks.

Sunday 3 – Seedstock Brewery hosts its weekly Bluegrass Jam from 4 – 6 p.m. Bring an instrument to join in or just relax and enjoy the music and a beer.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend looks to be a transitional weekend with summer-oriented outdoor events giving way to indoor fall-type events with comfort food and darker beers. Of course there are the usual suspects for brunch, music, and anniversary parties as well.

Friday 9 – Saturday 10: WeldWerks Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates the milestone of brewing 100 beers in a year with special re-releases both days for onsite consumption and/or takeaway.

20170305_141942_HDRFriday 9 – Sunday 11: Join 105 West Brewing Company in Castle Rock to help cap off a full week of anniversary celebrations including tappings, a patio party, live music and special events for the Veteran’s Day weekend.

Saturday 10: Get up early and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their all-you-can-eat Brewery Brunch Buffet catered by Stupid Awesome! The brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes a beermosa. Note: This is a ticketed event. Purchase in advance or day-of.

Saturday 10: If brunch wasn’t enough, slide into comfort food season with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Mac N Cheese Cookoff from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Entry is free and the winner takes home a free keg of beer! Note: For tasting this is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 10: Sour fans, head to Sanitas Brewing Company in Boulder for Sanitas Sour Day 2018 featuring over a dozen of their house-made sour beers.

Saturday 10: Alpine Dog Brewery has made to four years! Join the celebration by enjoying special releases & collaborations, music, food and giveaways.

Saturday 10: Grist Brewing Company has logged one 20170729_142951_HDRmore than Alpine Dog and will mark their fifth anniversary in both of their south-metro taprooms by releasing new beers, hosting live music and giving away prizes.

Saturday 10: For a full afternoon & evening of fun, join this month’s West Side Brewery Bus Loop starting at 2:00 p.m. at any of the participating breweries: Little Machine Beer, Joyride Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co. , Diebolt Brewing. The theme this month is Thanksgiving/Movember and tickets are only five bucks, plus score you a free future-visit beer when you complete the loop. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: For an excursion from Denver, visit the All Colorado Beer Festival at Chapel Hill Mall in Colorado Springs with 64 breweries and 2 cideries pouring over 200 beverages. On second thought, might not be a bad idea to reserve a hotel! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: The fifth annual Nitro Fest at Left Hand Brewing Company in Fort Collins brings a boat-load of smooth-pouring dark beers from around the world set to live music and a voodoo masquerade featuring aerialists, acrobats, and fire dancers.  Note: This is a ticketed event and themed dress is expected.

Sunday 11: Another day, another brunch. Station 26 Brewing Co. will hold their monthly Bluegrass Brunch with food, music and of course beer – all starting at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday 11: After filling up on brunch, head to RINO for Mockery Brewing Co.’s Veteran’s Day Beer and Cookie Pairing, with proceeds going to help support veterans’ charities.

Sunday 11: Grab your banjo and head to Seedstock Brewery for their Bluegrass Jam and Beer from 4:00-6:00 p.m. You can join in the jam with fellow musicians or just kick back with a beer and listen.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s definitely a weekend to think of others, starting Friday with the support for the endangered Yeti, followed up Saturday by the Day of Darks that supports multiple nonprofits. Day of Darks is truly one of my favorites of the year due to the small crowd and the awesome beers.

Friday 17th: Cap off Yeti Awareness week with Yeti Day at the Great Divide Barrel Bar with over 10 varieties of Yeti on tap, Yeti + food (Yeti ice cream float anyone?), plus raffles.

Friday 17th: Cerebral Brewing starts their 2nd anniversary weekend festivities with a few beer releases, then pumps it up Saturday with live music, raffles, and chocolate giveaways. Sunday features an egg drop contest20160721_201225_HDR – pick up kits at noon, drop at 2:00.

Saturday 18th: Join over 30 local breweries for the Day of Darks at Wynkoop Brewing Co. where they will be pouring some of their stash of dark beers for pairing with chocolates. From past experience this a great event with no lines, easy brewer access, and lots and lots of tasty beer! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 18th: Come watch the lighting of the star on Castle Rock at 105 West Brewing. The brewery is arranging daycare next door ($5) so the taproom will be an adults-only affair.

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Weekend Beer Update

It’s a weekend of 3’s, with three breweries – Alpine Dog, Locovore, and Fermaentra – all celebrating their third anniversaries by collaborating on a triple IPA. The only downside is that Saturday is absolutely packed with exciting beer events so at some point you have to make the sad choice to leave something off the list.

Friday 10th: Kick off weekend of anniversary fun 20171108_162039_HDRat Alpine Dog Brewing Company with new beer releases running through Sunday.

Saturday 11th: Locovore Beer Works anniversary party all day with beer releases, beer pairings, and live music.

Saturday 11th: And to complete the brewery trifecta, Fermaentra Brewing will have beer releases with a barrel-aged focus along with merchandise giveaways all day.

Saturday 11th: If you want to skip the in-town anniversaries and go for a drive, the All Colorado Beer Festival will set up in Colorado Springs, showcasing 69 breweries from 33 cities across Colorado. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11th: Just in case you need some motivation or a break heading to or from the All Colorado Beer Festival, 105 West Brewing Company will be wrapping up their anniversary week on Saturday with their final special tapping, although special beers from earlier in the week may still be on tap. It’s a quick jaunt west off of I-25 in Castle Rock and as an added bonus for Veteran’s Day, the first pint is free for veterans.

Brewery Snapshot: 105 West Brewing

For a remote brewery hidden in a quiet industrial park, 105 West Brewing Company packs in some happy surprises. On our visit, crowds of all types filled the taproom and gave it an energetic feel, while the comprehensive beer list delivered both variety and flavor. It’s a bit of a drive from Denver but well worth a stop if you find yourself in Castle Rock or commuting to Colorado Springs, since it’s less than five minutes off the highway.

BEER LINEUP: 105 West sticks to traditional styles and has great coverage from a light wit to a dark stout and high-gravity Tripel. All the beers I tried fit squarely (and tastily) into their named style category so count on getting you ask for.

ATMOSPHERE: Despite the lack of any discernible neighborhood the place was packed with energetic people (and dogs) of all ages including families with kids. The actual space shows an attempt to dress up a basic industrial park box with some rustic wood and an open brewery, but in the end you’re not coming for the pretty decor. There’s also a small patio out front and they seem to regularly have either a food truck or someone squished in between fermenters dishing out grub.

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SERVICE: This one cut both ways during our visit. While the servers helpfully chatted up customers, poured samples, recommended other beers, etc. (+), this tended to jam  up lines at the bar (-). It wasn’t the biggest deal but be warned if you are beer-desperate. One interesting note is the no-tipping policy; any tips go to charity.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Industrial park with few attractions around other than a brew shop two doors down. Given the Castle Rock location this one’s definitely a driving destination and thankfully features ample parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Belgian Tripel. This beer blended great Belgian yeast flavors with a little bit of farmhouse for an extremely balanced and flavorful Tripel having just the slightest bit of sweetness. The beautiful golden color made it even more appealing, and the slight cloudiness visually reinforced the yeast and farmhouse flavors.