Weekend Beer Update

There are a lot of events this Saturday from one end of town to the other, and particularly downtown in between. Given the beautiful summer weather there’s no excuse not to get out and about and explore a new part of town!

Saturday 11: Starting in RINO, Bierstadt Lager celebrates two years of making fine German beers. They’ll have some music, yard games, and Helles specials, but really it’s about – as they explain – “drinking large quantities of pale lager.” And who can argue with that?

woods-boss-beers.jpgSaturday 11: In the same neighborhood, Ratio Beerworks throws down an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Crawfish Boil starting at noon. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: At the other end of downtown Wood Boss Brewing Company will partner with other local businesses to transform California Street into a biergarten with music and special beer tappings all day.

Saturday 11: The final downtown event of the day is Denver Beer Co.’s 7th anniversary party, which will also spill into the street with food, music, games, a photo booth and beer. Note, the party happens at the original Platte Street location.

Saturday 11: The Arvada Center hosts Arts and Ales 2018, featuring local artists exhibiting their wares, beer sampling, food, music, and activities. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: On the opposite side of town in Lowry, Wings Over The Rockies puts on Hops in the Hangar which features beer tasting, a car show, music, games and giveaways all while surrounded by classic aircraft. Note: This is a ticketed event.station-26-taproom.jpg

Sunday 12: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch comes back to Station 26 Brewing Co. with food, music, and of course beer! The fun starts at 11 a.m.

Brewery Snapshot: Bierstadt Lagerhaus

bierstadt-lagerhausA relative newcomer to the RINO neighborhood, Bierstadt Lagerhaus offers an interesting destination concept by pairing with C Squared Ciders and the newly-reopened Rackhouse in an old industrial space. Bierstadt’s brewing talent comes from Bill Eye (formerly of Dry Dock and Prost Brewing) along with Ashleigh Carter (also formerly of Prost), both of whom are aficionados of German beer styles. The overall package makes for a convenient meeting place for friends with diverse tastes, as it offers a full bar in addition to the beer and cider options plus of course the Rackhouse food.

BEER LINEUP: German: that’s all

ATMOSPHERE: Bierstadt features a trendy, industrial vibe with the dining area elevated over the production facilities of the brewery and cider company. The three business have definitely configured the space for maximum impact, including mountain views out the back. If I had to name the atmosphere I’d call it “upscale industrial” compared to many breweries that jam taps into an old warehouse or strip mall and call it good. Business was a little slow the weeknight I visited, but it seems like a chill place to linger over beers and food.

SERVICE: Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in weighing beer choices. However the timing seemed a bit hit or miss. Perhaps they were understaffed that night or something else was going on, but from the looks of it efficiency wasn’t a strong point.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Stereotypical RINO. The area has lots of warehouses, many of which are being converted to trendy restaurants, bars, and galleries. There are also loads of other breweries in the area if you want to have a proper pub-crawl. You can generally find free parking, and best of all Bierstadt Lagerhaus has it’s own decent-sized lot.

STANDOUT BEER: All – or none – depending on your taste. All of the beers stood out equally for me as a German beer lover, but they would all probably have equally low appeal for someone who doesn’t like German styles. The beers I tried had the characteristic crisp and clean reinheitsgebot presentation of authentic German beers, and a hallmark of Bill Eye’s style