Arvada Ride – Downtown Out and Back

This ride includes three stops in Olde Town Arvada, plus a moderate ride along greenways (or perhaps brown-ways this time of summer) out to Bruz Beers in Denver. Given the number of breweries in Olde Town Arvada there are plenty of options for additions and substitutions, and Odyssey Beerwerks lies along the trail to Bruz. As for logistics, Olde Town Arvada is easily accessed from several trails and has lots of parking – just be careful of the two-hour zones. Additionally, for future readers, a Light Rail line runs to Arvada but it remains to be seen whether it will open to the public in our lifetime.

We started at the Yak & Yeti restaurant, which recently renamed their brewing operation Spice Trade Brewing. Yak & Yeti serves up some great Indian/Nepalese food to sustain yourself through the ride and the beers are a mix of traditional styles and unconventional brews using spices, fruits, and other flavorings. In additional to the great food and interesting beers, Yak & Yeti completes the picture with a pleasant patio on which to enjoy them while preparing for the ride.

From Yak & Yet we headed through Arvada neighborhoods (not an easy description so just map it) to the Ralston Creek Trail, then took that west to the Clear Creek Trail and headed north. If you want to detour to Odyssey Beerwerks, just exit the Ralston Creek trail at West 56th Avenue. Here’s where it gets tricky . . . As you approach the Midtown at Clear Creek development project (look for construction) you can either exit on 64th Avenue, head east to Pecos Street, then north til you see the Midtown entrance sign and Bruz Beers on 67th Avenue. Alternately you can keep going and look for the new houses across a dirt patch to the right. I assume some day the trail will link up, but for now you have to ride/walk your bike across the dirt to shortcut into the back of the development, then navigate northeast to Bruz on 67th.20180721_135240_hdr.jpg

However you arrive at Bruz Beers, you will find a bright, sunny taproom with refreshing air conditioning, a long list of Belgian beers, a few other styles, and likely a food truck. The friendly service and laid-back atmosphere encouraged us to linger for a second beer before the long-ish ride back to Arvada. Additionally, on cooler days Bruz offers a relaxing patio. Continue reading “Arvada Ride – Downtown Out and Back”

Weekend Beer Update

As usual, Saturday brings the largest number of activities over the weekend with all sorts of fun beer events including a few anniversaries and beer and music festival.

Friday 6: It’s all out war at Jagged Mountain Brewery; an IPA war. Staff members have brewed up six different and creative IPAs and will battle it out to determine the winner.

bruz-mannekin.jpgSaturday 7: Happy second birthday to Bruz Beers! Te celebrate, they have scheduled a jam-packed day starting with a car show and brunch beginning at 7 a.m. The afternoon brings live music, a market, yard games, and multiple food trucks including one specially for the dogs (literally).

Saturday 7: Bruz’s older sibling, Baere Brewing Co., celebrates four years with a party featuring special beer releases and beer ice cream and slushies. With forecast high temperature in the high 90s those sound awfully refreshing.

Saturday 7: Up north, 12Degree Brewing in Louisville also celebrates an anniversary; five years in their case. Their party offers up merch giveaways in addition to the traditional special beer releases and live music.

Saturday 7: If choosing one brewery sounds like too much work,  hit up Mile High Tunes and Brews from 4-7 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The event promises music, food, games, and of course lots and lots of beerStation 26 .5 k from over a dozen breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 8: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch comes to Station 26 Brewing Co., with food starting at 11 a.m. and music at noon.

 

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is full of anniversary parties and lots of patio-related events! However the weather forecast does not look too favorable for Saturday outdoor events so be sure to plan strategically, lest you end up eating your crawfish or drinking your beer in the rain. 

Friday 18 – Sunday 20: It’s hard to believe that it’s been EIGHT YEARS since Strange Craft opened! It’s one of my personal favorites and they’ll be celebrating all weekend long starting with Dr. Strangelove flights on Friday, a backyard party on Saturday, and a recovery brunch (BYO food) on Sunday.

Friday 18 – Saturday 19: Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project celebrates their one-year anniversary with bottle releases, firkin tappings, and live music.

Friday 18: Satisfy your sweet tooth with a beer and cookie pairing at Banded Oak Brewing Co. From 6:00-8:00 enjoy a pairing of four Banded Oak beers with cookies from Good Sugar Banking. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 19: Vine Street Pub and Brewery starts 20180115_132222_HDRtheir ten year anniversary party at 4:20 with music on the patio and burgers & brats on the grill.

Saturday 19: Odyssey Beerworks makes it five years and at noon will kick off their anniversary bash with music, magic, special beer releases, prizes and multiple food trucks.

Saturday 19: The first of two Crawfish Boils fires up at noon at Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s South Dock (Hampden & Chambers) offering multiple combinations of crawfish, sides, and beers. Note: This is a ticketed event and advance purchase is required to insure an ample supply of seafood.

Saturday 19: If you’d prefer to consume your crawfish up north, Station 26 Brewing Co. starts their own Crawfish Boil at 1:00 and will host the Anthony Russo Band to set the appropriate bluesy mood.

two-two-two-sign.jpgSaturday 19: Once you’re stuffed with crawfish at Dry Dock, head down the road to Two22 Brew for their Patio Peach Luau where they will celebrate the release of their peach seasonal along with beer infusions all day. It goes without saying that Hawaiian attire is a must!

Saturday 19: The bus loop makes its monthly round of a batch of breweries starting at 2:00. On the list for this circuit: Strange Craft, Seedstock Brewery, Black Sky Brewery & Renegade Brewing. Five bucks lets you ride all day!

Saturday 19: If you want to spend some quality time with your pooch, head up to Bruz Beers for their Wagapalooza where you can get photos with a professional pet photographer, visit a pet psychic, win raffle prizes, and bid in a silent auction.

Sunday 20: For something a little different and a little 20170729_140955_HDRcreative, check out Living the Dream Brewery’s Succulent and Crystal Terrarium Workshop where you’ll build your own terrarium and get care instructions for keeping the plants happy in your own home.

Monday 21: Another horizon-expanding option from Living the Dream Brewery runs from 6:00-8:30 Monday and covers The Science of Fly Fishing. Space is limited and you must register in advance at Living the Dream’s website. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Bruz Beer Workshops

In keeping with the education-related theme of one of Tuliplast week’s posts, Bruz Beers will offer classes on Belgian beers and also homebrewing. The World of Belgian Beers workshops cover the history and characteristics of 12 different Belgian beers, which you also get to sample. The Homebrewing Series teaches 4 levels starting with beginner and looks to have a relatively thorough curriculum. All of the workshops repeat on a regular basis. Check out the Bruz Beers Workshops link for all the details.

Weekend Beer Update

This coming weekend brings plenty of ethnic fun on Saturday with your choice of Belgian, German, Mexican, or Cajun. Bookend that with some Friday international flavor at Intrepid Sojourner and a chill-out brunch on Sunday at one of two breweries and that’s one heck of a weekend.

Friday 27- Sunday 29: Copper Kettle Brewing Company rolls out a weekend full of events to celebrate their 7th anniversary. Start on Friday with a special Snowed In release along with food trucks and music. Saturday brings the ever-popular Staff Showdown where the staff compete for your love with their various creative brews. Finally Sunday takes things down a notch with an all-day pajama & cartoon brunch (and another special release!).

Friday 27: Explore the subtleties of oak in beer at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project’s Flight Night, where they will pour their Imperial Saison containing various degrees of toasted oak.

20171106_194213_HDRSaturday 28: Take a little tour to Belgium with Bruz Beer’s annual Belgian Beerfest from 1:00-4:00. Over 10 breweries will pour their Belgian best, and since we all know how strong those can get it might be advisable to plan ahead for alternative transport home! They will also have food trucks and live music on tap. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Commune with Belgium’s purity-obsessed neighbor at Mockery Brewing Co.’s Reinheitsgewhat? to celebrate the 502nd anniversary of Germany’s beer purity law. Mockery will have special (though law-breaking) beer releases, a German-themed band, and a German food truck menu.

Saturday 28: Or if Mexican better suits your mood, get a preview of Cinco de Mayo at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival at Fiddler’s Green. This all-day festival will feature tastings of over 100 craft beers, gourmet tacos, musinc from bands like the Offspring, Pennywise, and several, plus Lucha Libre wrestling. So go ahead and fill up while checking out some great entertainment! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Finally, if crawfish sounds more appealing, Living the Dream Brewing hosts their annual Crawfish Boil. Enjoy loads of crawfish with all the tasty New Orleans sides and of course delicious Living the Dream Beer. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: For a more active take on the West Side Brewery 20171111_130501_HDRBus, WestFax Brewing Company kicks off their first West Side Brewery Bike Loop featuring a 6.7-mile route including Seedstock BreweryJoyride Brewing Company and Hogshead Brewery. The ride starts at noon but if you miss this one WesFax has a several more scheduled over the summer.

Sunday 29: If you need to recover from any of the Saturday festivities, head to Launch Pad Brewery for their Pajama Brunch starting at 10. With a brunch food menu, a themed stout release, and beer-mosas it’ll put you right back in the mood for another day of drinking. No need to even change out of your jammies – they’ll get you 10% off!

Weekend Beer Update

Nothing goes better than the Superbowl and beer and several breweries are hosting Bowl-related events. Alternately, stop by your favorite taproom to grab a growler to share with friends at a Superbowl party! Once the big game is over, the rest of February promises to be a dark and boozy month full of stouts, imperials, and barrel-aged beers.

Thursday 1st: Today marks the first day of Stout Month at Vine Street Pub so pick a date on the calendar, get some friends together, and get your stout on!

Thursday 1st: Today also marks the start of Frozen February at Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder. They’ll showcase imperial, barrel-aged, and winter seasonal beers with weekly tap and bomber releases, plus special cellar tappings.

Friday 2nd: De Steeg Brewing celebrates their fifth anniversary Image result for public domain chili photoswith a beer and cookie pairing. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Fire up your taste buds with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff. Visit their website to sign up to participate, or to get tickets to taste and vote for your favorites.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Hop on the Winter Bus Loop between Strange Craft, Black Sky Brewery, Renegade Brewing, and Seedstock Brewery. For just $5 you can start at any brewery and catch a bus that circulates between all four. Even better, complete the circuit and get a free beer on your next visit! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Rock out (quietly) with Diebolt Brewing Company’s Vladislav Release Party and 80’s Disco Party offering various flavor options of their Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout and of course funky dance moves. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20171106_194213_hdr.jpgSunday 4th: Superbowl Sunday starts early at Bruz Beers with the dog-friendly Puppy Bowl, where they will tune in to the Animal Planet show and have doggy bowls and other dog-related products for your pup. From there they launch right into their Superbowl viewing party and potluck. Bring a dish to share and get your first beer free.

Sunday 4th: If you’re more of a south-Denver person, Living the Dream Brewing Company will also be showing the game on their big screen.

 

Brewery Snapshot: Bruz Beers

In addition to the tasty Belgian beers, you gotta love the promotions that Bruz Beers puts on for their customers. Monday is Customer Appreciation Night, Tuesday is buy a draft and get a crowler at 1/2 price, and Wednesday-Friday feature Happy Hour from 3-6. However even without the promos Bruz stands out for its beers and energetic atmosphere.

BEER LINEUP: Bruz clearly focuses on Belgian-style beers in the saison/dubbel/tripel family but also offers a few beers that may appeal to hop-lovers by supplementing traditional Belgian flavors with W Coast or New Zealand hops.

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Manneken Pis from Brussels guards Bruz’s medals

ATMOSPHERE: The evening we visited, the mostly-full taproom had a great energy with a lively, younger crowd. I didn’t see any families but the taproom is VERY dog-friendly with pooches all over the place. The layout showcases the clean, industrial space with lots of concrete, metal, and glass decorated with interesting art for sale on the walls. There is also a patio.

SERVICE: The bar seemed very well staffed and despite the flurry of activity the servers were fast and friendly but still took time with each customer. They happily and successfully guided undecided members of our party to beers they loved.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Located in the recently-invented “Midtown” neighborhood at 67th and Pecos in northwest Denver, the area is an outpost of sparkling new residential construction in the midst of an industrial landscape. Aside from the brewery there’s not much of a draw, although the restaurant next door will deliver food to hungry drinkers and Bruz generally has a food truck. If you don’t see street 20171106_194213_HDRparking, Bruz has a large lot behind the building too.

STANDOUT BEER: Dubbel Trubbel hits the spot on a cold fall day. The appearance is dark and reddish and though there’s not much nose on the beer, the flavor comes bursting through on the first sip. A complex mix of roasty malts, raisin, candi sugar, mild hops and spicy Belgian yeast flavors keep your palate busy.