Weekend Beer Update

The Craft Brewers Conference took up lots of people’s 20190411_112941_hdr.jpgattention and maybe wrecked a few livers this week but there are still several fun things going on this weekend, from festivals to live music and more. Since I spent most of the week at the CBC this list will be a bit shorter than normal  . . .

Saturday 13: Keep CBC week rolling with more festivities at the Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival in RINO. The name pretty much says it all – sample all the tasty goodness of stuff that’s spent time in barrels.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 13: Kick back with some great blues music from the Dry Creek Duo as Halfpenny Brewing Company hosts Blues & Brews Night from 6-9 p.m.

20170729_132834_HDRSunday 14: Mardi Gras may be long past but that’s not stopping Living the Dream Brewing Company from holding their annual Crawfish Boil. In addition to the tasty crustaceans Living the Dream will have music, beads and of course beers. No need to hurry, as the boil runs from noon to 6 p.m. and you need to reserve your mud bugs in advance. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 14: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch returns to Station 26 Brewing Co. with a brunch food truck and bluegrass band. The fun runs from noon to 3 p.m.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a festival-filled weekend from the Front Range to the mountains, with three big fests rolling out the welcome mat. However if festivals aren’t your style, the weekend also offers plenty of options from music to brewery-hopping to food-focused events.

Thursday 10 – Saturday 12: Celebrate eight years of sour beers at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Starting Thursday Crooked Stave will offer special beer releases, unique guest beers, food, and commemorative merch.

Thursday 10 – Saturday 12: If you can handle the weekend ski 20160721_201225_HDRcrowds, take a ride up to the Breckenridge Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival for brewing seminars, beer dinners, pairings, homebrew competitions and of course lots and lots of big beers! The main tasting event is Saturday afternoon, with the competitions, seminars, and food events going throughout the weekend. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 11: In the Tennyson neighborhood, the Northwest Beer Fest takes over the Oriental Theater with beers from ten local breweries along with wine and cider. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180212_171117_HDRSaturday 12: Celebrate five years of beer with Kokopelli Beer Company and enjoy their award-winning beers along with a special release, swag and prizes.

Saturday 12: The LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Festival comes to South Broadway with 14 brews including several from Lowdown plus eight guest breweries. This festival is a bit different, as you pay for your beers as you go vs. getting one all-in ticket.

Saturday 12: Hop on the January edition of the West Side Brewery Bus Loop which will visit Little Machine Beer, Zuni Street Brewing Co., Joyride Brewing Company and this month’s special guest Briar Common Brewery. From 2 – 10 p.m. a bus will circulate between all the breweries. Tickets are $5 and you get a free future beer for completing all four breweries. This ride’s theme is 1980’s-1990’s.

Saturday 12: Get your gourmet fix at Living The Dream Brewery’s Charcuterie at the Brewery. From 3 – 4:30 p.m. enjoy a pairing of five beers with specialty meats and cheeses from Whole Foods. Note: This is a ticketed event (buy at the door).20180527_134218_HDR

Sunday 13: Bring a dish to share and enjoy live music at SomePlace Else Brewery’s Thom & Coley Concert and Potluck. It appears that the duo plays country music. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 13: Enjoy food and music starting at noon at this month’s Bluegrass Brunch brought to you by Station 26 Brewing Co.

Winter Rino Brewery Crawl

Over the weekend a friend put together a nice route through some good RINO breweries that I’ve described below. However with such a heavy concentration of breweries in that area you can easily add or substitute other establishments to fit your beer tastes and/or your appetite for walking. Our 1.8-mile trip started in the heart of RINO, then crossed the train tracks down to Brighton Boulevard but you can definitely mix it up a lot of ways.

Our journey started at Epic Brewing Company on the corner of 30th and Walnut, which offers a bright and sunny taproom which opens to the brewing equipment and also accesses a spacious patio for sunny days. Epic was a great place to begin, because there’s usually plenty of 20180224_161033_hdr.jpgfree street parking within a block or two. The taproom was packed with a younger and energetic crowd that had streaks of hipster running through it. Mostly it seemed like just a bunch of people spending the afternoon with a tasty beer or two. The servers didn’t seem particularly organized and while they seemed to want to be able to keep up with the busy crowd, patience was required. As always, the beer selection was solid with a few lighter beers but a focus on the darker, barrel-aged, and more flavorful beers including a sour or two. Continue reading “Winter Rino Brewery Crawl”

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: Beryl’s Beer Co.

I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but Beryl’s Beer Co. seems to be aiming for a wordplay with their focus on barrel-aged beers.  Located in a cavernous space at current edge of RINO development, you may face challenges getting there through all the construction and closures, but once there you can easily park and try out their lineup of both barrel-aged and non-barrel-aged beers. Overall you’ll find a slightly less hipster vibe than a lot of RINO breweries along with a menu of standard beers styles that often have an extra ingredient or other twist to them.

BEER LINEUP: Hard to describe but maybe “eclectic” would cover it. Aside from the obvious barrel-aged offerings, Beryl’s gets creative with existing styles, for example a Strawberry Wit and Sour Saison. On our visit they offered a few “standard” styles along with a bunch of the creative ones. It seemed like some were hits and some missed a mark a bit (nothing, bad just uninspiring)

ATMOSPHERE: The space is typical RINO – a big shed-like taproom that opens to the production facility, with chunky seating and local art for sale . The crowd seemed younger and more like visitors than neighborhood regulars, and included some families so there was lots of activity going on. In warmer weather you can also take it outside to their front patio.

SERVICE: Very laid back.

NEIGHBORHOOD: In the depths of RINO at the edge of the brewery scene, Beryl’s sits in the midst of major road, residence, and business construction. Today it has a bit of an “out-there” feel in a semi-deserted neighborhood but this will surely change. Beryls is still close enough that you can walk to other breweries or restaurants and make it multi-stop visit. Depending on construction, parking is decent for the moment.

STANDOUT BEER: Donny Boy Doppelbock. This copper-colored, thick & syrupy beer packs a lot of intense flavors. From the predominant caramel to raisin and dried fruit, all the flavors have depth and intensity, giving it almost a savory quality. Although it only clocks in at 7.8% ABV the alcohol flavors occasionally poke through to make it seem even stronger. Definitely not one for the light-beer crowd.