Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is one of the rare years when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same date and brewery’s have plenty of fun for both on offer. In addition the holiday festivities, the weekend features anniversaries, openings, and some just plain interesting events. Cheers!

Friday 4: Last day of Teacher Appreciation Week at Factotum Brewhouse. All week Factotum will recognize teachers and help them build up their summer-drinking tolerance by offering a buy one/get one free beer with your work badge.

Friday 4 – Sunday 6: Tonight starts the weekend-long party at Big Choice Brewing, celebrating their 6th anniversary. Although they’ve moved to Brighton from their original location, the bigger space lets them throw down food, music, special tappings, and fun events like piñata-busting and face painting.

Friday 4:  Another up-north brewery will also celebrate its 6th anniversary this Friday as well. City Star Brewing in Berthoud is holding a hootenanny featuring  bluegrass music (of course) along with special tappings of their barrel-aged golden lager.

Image result for free kentucky derby clip artSaturday 5: Put on your Kentucky Derby hat and head up to New Belgium Brewing Company for a Race Day Party to watch the horses, enjoy special tappings, and try some of their Mint Brewlip Ale.

Saturday 5: If you’re more of a Cinco de Mayo person, stop by The Highlands for Cervecería Colorado‘s grand opening and enjoy Mexican games, food, Mexican-inspired beers, and even a piñata-smashing.

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Saturday 5: Alternation Brewing Company will also get into the Cinco de Mayo theme with unique beer releases and music all day.

Saturday 5: While not explicitly Cinco-related, Alpine Dog Brewery hosts their 3rd annual Chile Pepper Beer Fest with four new chili beers plus spicy food.

Sunday 6: Ratio Beerworks will proudly carry on the tradition of hipster beer brunch with free brunch samples from various restaurants, a pop-up record shop,  and a preview of the new 303 Music Vol. 1 showcasing music from local bands. The free event starts at 11.

Sunday 6: If something later in the day suits you better, Briar Common Brewery offers their Spring Beer Pairing Dinner at 4:30, which matches their brews with their kitchen creations.

 

Weekend Beer Update

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Of course it’s going to be a huge 20170103_210350_HDRweekend of celebrations and sickeningly-green beer but also a time when many craft brewers put out special Irish-themed releases. I had the opportunity to try Odyssey Beerworks’ Young Flanagan Dry Irish Stout the other night and that definitely put me in the Irish mood. If you can’t make it to one of the official celebrations or events below (or simply don’t want to mess with the mayhem) at least stop by your local brewery for a hearty stout!

Saturday 17th: As if you need an excuse to break out your best Irish fashion, Big Choice Brewing is holding their Kilt Irish St Patrick’s Day Party where green attire and kilts get you beer discounts all day, plus entry into the best kilt contest. To accompany all the kilti-ness, a swag-leprechaun will make an appearance at 2:00, followed by Irish step-dancing at 4:00. Kilt contest follows.

Saturday 17th: Perhaps driving to Fort Collins (and back) for St Patrick’s revelry isn’t especially advisable, but New Belgium Brewing Company’s St Patrick’s celebration sounds tempting. In addition to their normal, tasty taplist they will release a green wit to complement the live music and dancing they have scheduled.

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Saturday 17th: If you’re on the south side of town and heading back from the parade or simply don’t want to deal with it, stop in at Alternation Brewing Company on South Broadway for their St Patrick’s Day Bash. Starting at 9:30am they’ll christen their new biergarten/patio with beer releases, live music, and food.

Image result for st patricks public domain imagesSaturday 17th: Fiction Beer Company takes a different direction with an intentionally chill St Patrick’s with Irish-themed food, music, and a Jameson-barrel-aged stout.

Saturday 17th: Irish food and dancers also feature prominently in Living the Dream Brewery’s St Patrick’s Shenanigans if you’d prefer to stay in the south suburbs.

Sunday 18th: It’ll be a full day at Mockery Brewing, starting with the 2nd annual Mockery Homebrew Competition followed by the St Patrick’s Day Hangover Brunch. The gist of the homebrew competition is that Mockery brews up wort in the morning, provides it to homebrewers who then do their own things with it, and finally return with their unique brews for judging. Pretty cool, huh? See the link above for specifics. If that sounds like way too much work then just stop by for Hangover Brunch with breakfast beer drinks and greasy hangover food starting at 11:00am.