Weekend Beer Update

Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, which of course means no shortage of Mexican-themed celebrations across the metro area and beyond. Additionally, there are plenty of other fun events from anniversaries to Derby parties and it looks the weather will cooperate for some patio beers, regardless of which craft brewery(ies) you venture out to this weekend.

Friday 3 – Sunday 5: Join Dos Luces Brewery to celebrate the Battle of Puebla all weekend with food, music, and plenty of chicha and pulque beers. The highlight will be the release of Moctezuma III, an imperial pulque, on Saturday. The Battle of Puebla has evolved into our current Cinco de Mayo celebration, which commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French in 1862.

Saturday 4: Though it’s a day early, Cerveceria Colorado’s combination Cinco de Mayo celebration and first anniversary party doesn’t skimp on the fun and games. In addition to several special releases, they’ll also have Mexican games, Mexican food trucks, piñata smashing and a photo booth.

Saturday 4: Saturday is also Derby Day and Epic Brewing Company will celebrate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby with their Never Tell Me the Odds Derby Party. Throw on your best seersucker, prettiest dress, and wackiest hat to watch the Derby, drink Epic’s Mint Sour, and take some pictures in the photo booth.  The best Kentucky Derby attire and/or Star Wars costume photo strip wins free beer.

Saturday 4: Crawfish Boil season continues this weekend at Bruz Beers, where they’ll have crustaceans, sides and live music all day. You can buy tickets in advance to reserve your crawfish or just show up and take your chances.

Saturday 4: CO-Brew combines their four-year anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo party that includes music, a nacho bar and piñatas, along with the much-anticipated employee beer competition returns.

Saturday 4: If you’ve had your fill of Mexican celebrations, take a break at Prost Brewing and their Maibock Release/German Night party. In addition to the Maibock, Prost will have specials on their regular beers accompanied by food and music. German attire is suggested.

Saturday 4: Up north in Berthoud, City Star Brewing celebrates their seventh anniversary with music, food trucks, merch, cupcakes and of course beer releases!

Sunday 5: Celebrating the actual Cinco de Mayo, Lone Tree tanksLone Tree Brewing will hold a salsa and guacamole competition with prizes for your best recipes. They’ll also release a Strawberry Mexican Lager Margarita beer and have a food truck with a taco bar. Contestants need to email the brewery at info@lonetreebrewingco.com ahead of time with their name and type of entry.

Sunday 5: Continuing the Cinco de Mayo theme, Ironton Distillery will hold a Viva Cerveza party with guest taps of craft beers from Mexico.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is absolutely packed with beer-drinking fun! From anniversaries in south Denver to festivals in northern Colorado there’s no shortage of stuff to do. Add in what’s shaping up to be decent weekend weather and there’s no excuse not to be out and about grabbing a few brews and catching some rays!

ck-8th-anniversary.jpgFriday 26 – Sunday 28: For an action-packed weekend head to Copper Kettle Brewing Company for their 8th anniversary celebrations. Friday kicks off with a release of five sours, multiple food trucks and a band. Saturday brings the Staff Showdown where each staff member has brewed a beer and customers vote for their favorite, plus more food and music. Sunday keeps things going with a cellar draught release of aged beers from 2014-2018 and a Hangover Brunch.

Friday 26: For something unique head up to Longmont for Primitive Beer’s barrelhouse opening. Primitive focuses on spontaneous, barrel-fermented beers. Between the hectic schedules of the owners, who both work at other breweries, and the limited quantities of the beers, Primitive only opens for a few hours twice a month.

Friday 26: In Boulder, Microbreweries for the Environment brings bluegrass music and beer from almost twenty breweries to the Boulder Theater in support of a good cause. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27: Another southeast Denver brewery celebrates an anniversary, as Comrade Brewing Co. marks five years with special beer releases, food trucks and souvenir glassware. Since they’re just a couple miles apart, a bus will circulate between Comrade and Copper Kettle’s party for just five bucks.

Saturday 27: Now that we’re finally getting warm-ish weather, it’s a great time to check out Halfpenny Brewing Company’s Biergarten Opening! Oddly for a biergarten theme, it has mostly British elements – a fish & chips truck plus the release of a bitter. Whatever nationality, it ought to be nice to hang out in the sunshine with brew and listen to some live music.

Saturday 27: Get your hop on at Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project’s IPA Bash in Loveland. Verboten plans to offer over 15 different versions of IPAs including fruited, sour, and the ubiquitous hazy.

Saturday 27: If you’re already up north, why not wibby-tasters.jpgstop by Longmont and Wibby Brewing’s Ancient Steinbeer Brew and Crawfish Boil. Wibby’s brewmaster will illustrate the ancient art of brewing a steinbeer, complete with fire and the chucking of red-hot stones into wort. The fires will be put to further use for s’mores roasting, complemented by a crawfish boil from 3 – 6 p.m. To round out the day, Wibby will also feature ice carving and live music.

Saturday 27: Also up north, High Hops Brewery’s Patio Party brings food, music and the tapping of a special spring Berliner weisse. Looks like good weather will be part of the package as well.

Saturday 27: Back down in Denver, another Crawfish Boil fires up at Station 26 Brewing Co. with beer, mudbugs, and live music.

Saturday 27: Rye Fest 2019 comes to Chain Reaction Brewing Company, bringing unlimited tasters of rye beers from over a dozen Colorado breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180224_175151_HDRSaturday 27: The fourth annual celebration of Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s Beer Purity Law, takes place at Mockery Brewing with their Reinheitsgewhat? party. They’ll mix things up with music from a polka/metal band along with a number of special releases that don’t exactly adhere to the law, but are likely to be tasty nonetheless.

Saturday 27: For a slightly healthier option, jump on the West Side Brewery Bike Loop. Participants get a discounted beer at each of the five participating breweries along with a free beer voucher for finishing all of them. A group ride leaves at noon from Westfax Brewing Company, or ride at your own pace starting at any of the breweries during the afternoon. The other participating breweries are Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, Seedstock Brewery  and Oasis Brewery.

Sunday 28: For lovers of Belgian beer, Bruz Beers’ Belgian Brew Fest is a can’t-miss, with pours from 10+ breweries, live music and food. Special guest breweries Duvel and Ommegang will also be on hand for your drinking pleasure. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: What goes together better than beer, tacos, and live music? The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival brings all three to Fiddler’s Green. With tastings of over 100 beers, lucha libre wrestling and some pretty big names in punk music (The Offspring, Bad Religion to name a couple) this looks to be one helluva party.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: For a more cultured experience, drop in on Living the Dream Brewing Company’s Night Photography Class. Over some great beer, Darren White will explain techniques for better nighttime photos such as focus, exposure, stacking, noise reduction and post processing ideas. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

20180106_150906_HDRStout Month continues, with numerous breweries keeping extra taps flowing and others doing special releases or rotations throughout the month. However if stout isn’t your thing there are plenty of festivals and gastronomic experiences, plus a few oddball events, to keep you busy and keep your thirst at bay this weekend.

Feb 8-10: Ratio Beerworks celebrates four years with a weekend-long party offering music and food trucks every day plus special releases on Saturday and a Sunday brunch.

Friday 8: Every month Bruz Beers tries to bring some 20180721_135240_HDRclass to the beer scene by featuring a different artist in their taproom. This Friday they’re hosting a reception for Brett Matarazzo’s February installation from 6 – 9 p.m. so come on out and get a little culture with your beer.

Saturday 9: Really not sure what to make of this one. The Wizards and Witches Beer Festival is a Harry-Potter-themed fest featuring over 20 winter, pumpkin, and holiday beers. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at The Church on 12th Ave and Lincoln Street so it’s got some potential to be a little over-the-top. Or just cheesy. But you won’t know if you don’t go. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 9: In another wacky one-off event, Wynkoop Brewing Co. hosts the Beer Drinker of the Year competition. Participants will be tested on their knowledge, passion, and commitment to beer, and it appears audience participation will help determine the winner. Plus Wynkoop promises some free beer and giveaways. The warm-up starts at noon with the competition firing up at 1 p.m.

Saturday 9: If you’d rather spend your day out and about, the monthly West Side Brewery Bus Loop will transport you between four breweries for only 5 bucks, and if you finish all four you get a free 20181222_212153_hdr1.jpgbeer on your next visit. This month’s breweries are regulars Zuni Street Brewing Co.Little Machine Beer,  Joyride Brewing Company with special guest Westfax Brewing Company. First bus leaves at 2 p.m. and this month’s theme is ski bunnies.

Saturday 9: On Tennyson Street,  Hops & Pie will hold the OG Whales of Craft Beer Fest showcasing over a half-dozen of the original and legendary brews that garnered early craft beer fame. We’re talking famous brews like Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder and Dogfish Head’s 120 Minutes, so settle in for an afternoon of drinking!

20181224_150254_HDR[1]Saturday 9: For the fourth year in a row Fiction Beer Company has paired with a bakery – Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe this year – to put together beer & cupcake pairings with four beers paired with four special cupcakes.

Sunday 10: It’s Station 26 Brewing Co.’s monthly Bluegrass Brunch. Get an early start, as the food, beer and music starts at 11 a.m.

Sunday 10: For more of a fine dining experience, sign up for Briar Common Brewery’s  five-course beer-pairing dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Learn About Belgian Beers!

20171106_194213_HDRBruz Beers is hosting another round of their Learn About Belgian Beers classes. These classes cover the basics and major categories of Belgian beers and you get to taste a dozen of them while learning about history and characteristics of each. Tickets are $25 for either the February 2 or February 16 sessions, however Bruz typically offers these classes twice a month along with homebrewing courses so no worries if you can’t fit it in your February calendar.  Check out their website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Weekend Beer Update

Happy Yeti Awareness Week! Help Great Divide protect these gentle but endangered giants on Friday, National Yeti Day, or enjoy some of the other diverse fests, anniversaries, and pre-Thanksgiving festivities taking place this weekend. 

Friday 16: Today is National Yeti Day and the epicenter is Great Divide Brewing Company’s Barrel Bar. They promise a full day of celebration with over ten varieties of Yeti on tap including some crazy ones like Maple Pecan, Chai, and S’mores. They’ll also have giveaways, raffles, a photobooth and food including Yeti ice cream floats. Great Divide also promises to lure the elusive creature out for sightings throughout the day.

Friday 16 – Sunday 18: Feel smarter by celebrating Cerebral Brewing’s third anniversary with special beer releases, food, a DJ, prizes & raffles, and concluding Sunday with an egg-drop competition starting at 2 p.m.

Saturday 17: Get an early start and head to Bruz Beers for a good20171106_194213_HDR cause. Starting at 10:30 a.m., Bruz hosts a Movember mile run that entails drinking a quarter beer and completing a challenge each 1/4 mile. Whether you race or not, stick around for seasonal brews, food trucks, live music, photo booth and shaving station. Needless to say there will be a beard/stache contest.

Saturday 17: Don’t be afraid of the dark! Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Day of Darks brings 32 breweries showcasing their best dark beers to Wynkoop’s upstairs from 12-4 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180212_175021_HDRSaturday 17: Spend a comfie day in your PJs at Kokopelli Beer Company’s all day Pajama Party and enjoy music in the afternoon, a special beer release, and the movie Mean Girls at 8 p.m.

Saturday 17: Spice up your day with Chain Reaction Brewing Company’s Chili Cookoff starting at noon. If you’re an aspiring gourmet, whip up a batch to compete for prizes and if not just stop by for samples and beers.

Saturday 17: Locavore Beer Works in Littleton turns four, with an anniversary party offering up special tappings, live music, food, and giveaways.

Saturday 17: Today also marks the fourth anniversary at Fermaentra Brewing with special releases and other festivities that, according to the brewery, are still TBD.fermaentra-2.jpg

Saturday 17: Have a laugh at WestFax Brewing Company’s free comedy show starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18: Visit either the downtown or Arvada taprooms of Denver Beer Co. for Thanksgiving pie and beer pairings. Four pies + four beers! Note: This is a ticketed event, with discounts for advance purchase.

 

 

Weekend Beer Update

Enjoy some of the last of the beautiful fall weather this weekend with all sorts of fun festivals, fall beer events and even a pet costume contest in addition to the usual anniversaries and grand openings. 

Friday 19 – Saturday 20th: Multiple sessions of The Festival bring you dozens and dozens of small-batch and artisan beers from the United States and around the world. It would be impossible to try all these brews and meet so many brewers without breaking the bank and this weekend they all come together at The Rock Drill in RINO. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 19: Get into the Halloween/Day of the Dead spirit at Golden skullIntrepid Sojourner Beer Project by painting a sugar skull mug. The finished mugs will be taken to Potter’s Touch for firing and returned to you just in time for Halloween. Note: The cost for supplies and firing is $30.

Saturday 20: In preparation for Saturday sessions of The Festival, Freshcraft hosts a Fuel for the Fest brunch starting at 10:00 a.m. with special tappings to complement the tasty brunch food.

Saturday 20: Head down to Parker to check out the grand opening of Welcome Home Brewery. Details seem a little sketchy but it looks like they’ll be pouring some of their newly-crafted beers, along with having some food and a DJ.

Saturday 20: If you’re looking for somewhere more established, head up to Loveland for Crow Hop Brewing’s fifth anniversary party with at least ten wood-aged brews plus other specialty beers, a food truck and giveaways.

Saturday 20: Oktoberfest’s not done with us yet! The Real Oktoberfest Crate Brewery Beer -Brick Lane Londontakes over Glendale’s Infinity Park in combination with Olympic-qualifying women’s rugby. Starting at 1:00 p.m. grab samples from over 30 breweries before checking out the action on the field. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 20: The Brew Hut holds their annual home brew competition. Entry space is limited but they are looking for judging and stewarding volunteers.

Lit-up Halloween pumpkin with shadow vector imageSunday 21: Pumpkin mayhem hits Station 26 Brewing Co. as they celebrate all things pumpkin with beers, pies, carving, and even a bit of smashing. The brewery will supply tools and pumpkins to carve up at outdoor stations.

Sunday 21: Dress your pet for success at Bruz Beers’ pet costume party. In addition to  prizes there will be treats, swag, photos and it all benefits a good cause – MaxFund Animal Shelter. Note: This is a ticketed event for entrants.

Weekend Beer Update

The Oktoberfest options continue! Many more breweries will celebrate the traditional German holiday this week, along with a culture-heavy Friday & Sunday plus lots of other interesting-looking stuff to do.

Friday 5: Get a little dose of culture with an opening reception for Bruz Beers’ artist of the month, Chris Austin, from 6 – 8 p.m.20161104_175636_hdr.jpg

Friday 5: For a big dose of culture head to First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe Drive, where you can check out local galleries, sip beer & wine, and pay a visit to one or more craft breweries. By my count you have at least four options – Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and Renegade Brewing Co.

Friday 5 – Saturday 6: Longmont is first out of the gate this weekend with their Oktoberfest that spans two days and is sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Company. The festival features beer from over ten breweries, music, food and games for the whole family. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Get into the anniversary spirit as Blind Faith Brewing celebrates one year of beer with a whole series of barrel-aged releases.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Welcome Goldspot Brewing Company’s new owners at the weekend-long New Ownership Party featuring daily beer releases, rotating food trucks, music, raffles and on Sunday a dog show at 2 p.m.

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Saturday 6: Beer steins, bands, music and food usher in Oktoberfest at Kokopelli Beer Company in Westminster. Kokopelli currently features an extensive lineup of German and Oktoberfest-specific beers, which I had the pleasure of trying last weekend and which I would highly recommend!

Saturday 6: Oktoberfest also rolls on down south in DTC at Halfpenny Brewing Company with all the traditions you’d expect: German food, music and of course beer! In addition, Halfpenny will have games, contests and prizes.

Saturday 6: If you’re already on the south end of town 20171108_161432_HDRfor Halfpenny, why not combine it with Locavore Beer Works’ Oktoberfest in Littleton?  They’ll tap some traditional German beers to complement their food while you watch (or participate in) yard games and stein-holding contests.

Saturday 6: Hop lovers will flock to Falling Rock Tap House for Fresh Hop Fest featuring beers from dozens of breweries created using the unique fresh-hopping process. No ticket required; just buy your hop happiness by the glass.

Intrepid Sojourner SignSaturday 6: For those more centrally-located, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project throws down their version of Oktoberfest with a new Kölsch release, special steins, lawn games & contests and a craft market.

Sunday 7: Enjoy some ales and art at Alpine Dog Brewery’s Sunday Night Culture Club featuring the work of  Nastasja Martel.