Brewery Snapshot: The Grateful Gnome Brewery

Located just off popular Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver, The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shop and Brewery combines a food and beer to create an interesting neighborhood hangout. The New Jersey and West Virginia history of the owners comes through in some of the food offerings, the college football flags, and game-day parties. Because of the emphasis on the food, Grateful Gnome feels like more of a restaurant than a hang-out brewery but they do make quite a long list of beers in a variety of styles.20181220_192947_HDR.jpg

BEER LINEUP: The tap list covers a lot of territory, from a blonde right through a stout, along with a few creative tangents like a gingerbread stout and hibiscus saison. The beers I sampled were solid representations of their style and most beer-drinkers will find something pleasant to accompany their meal.

ATMOSPHERE: The stripped-down industrial taproom has a few quirky decorations but feels a lot like a college sandwich shop. The lively and diverse evening crowd consisted of after-work office groups, families, couples and random 20181220_182108_HDR.jpgfriends getting together. The facility has sit-down table service along with a bar and food takeaway counter. The overall vibe was more restaurant than brewery and it seemed that more people were ordering food than treating it like a beer joint.

SERVICE: Our server was extremely friendly and chatty and seemed to know a lot about the food and less about the beer. Unfortunately all the chattiness got in the way of fast and efficient service and at times we were left waiting for our orders or having to repeat requests. While I wouldn’t count it as bad service, some allowances are required.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The Tennyson Street corridor is rapidly developing, with scrape-offs transforming small houses into packed-in condos. This has accelerated the area’s development with lots of shops, restaurants, and other small businesses moving in. Just across the street from The Grateful Gnome the Oriental Theater remains a neighborhood staple, and two other breweries (De Steeg and Call to Arms) are within a block. The area is great for strolling and with parking at a premium, it’s easiest to find a spot and leave the car for a walk.

STANDOUT BEER: I can’t say that I found one on this visit. All the beers I tried were pleasant but nothing really jumped out as special.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend comes jam-packed with anniversaries and ugly sweater parties, plus a few culinary events and – if you are willing to brave the elements a bit – the monthly brewery bus tour. Cheers!

Friday 7 – Sunday 9: Up in Brighton, Something Brewery celebrates their third anniversary with a weekend-long party focusing on unique beer releases including a cookie-themed lineup on Friday and barrel-aged beers on Saturday.

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9: One of the newest entrants into the brewery20181201_180521_hdr.jpg scene celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. Alternation Brewing Company will mark their first anniversary with bands, food, and their first foray into canning and bottling.

Saturday 8: Time to break out the hideous Christmas clothing for what has become an annual tradition: The Ugly Sweater Christmas Party! Kicking off the season, Westfax Brewing Company starts the fashion freakshow at 11 a.m. with some free glassware plus food and of course a prize for the ugliest sweater at 1 p.m.

Saturday 8: Things will also get ugly at Landlocked Ales in Lakewood, as they host an ugly sweater charity 5k run along with an ugly sweater party and contest. The entry fee gets you a bunch of swag and supports Drink for Pink Colorado, or you can just come to drink some beers and gawk at the sheer ugliness of it all. Note: The race is a ticketed event.

Saturday 8: On a nicer vibe, Dry Dock Brewing Co. also gets into the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to the festive pair, Christmas carolers will help set the holiday mood.

Saturday 8: Not to be left out, Strange Craft will hold their own ugly sweater party starting at 6 p.m. and will also celebrate the anniversary of Wit’s End Brewing Company, which merged into Strange last year.

Saturday 8: It’s also anniversary time for Station 26 Brewing Co., which celebrates five years of brewing with two special releases, live music, and food.20180129_163411_HDR

Saturday 8: The anniversary-filled weekend continues with Lone Tree Brewing’s seventh, featuring special beer tappings, food, and a casino night benefiting Freedom Service Dogs.

Saturday 8: Up in Longmont, Grossen Bart Brewery turns four with special beer releases, music, giveaways and even face painting.

Saturday 8: Also up north, Asher Brewing Company in Boulder holds their ninth anniversary bash with pours of their organic beer (it’s Boulder of course!) along with food and a photo booth.

Saturday 8: The final up-north anniversary this week is Funkwerks’ eighth, where they will release two special beers for the occasion, with a free cheers at 5 p.m.

Saturday 8: Back in Denver, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company celebrates six years with special bottle and tap releases.

20170211_211127Saturday 8: For foodies, Fermaenta Brewery will host an all-day beer and cheese pairing that matches four of their beers with four cheeses selected by a Certified Cheese Professional (sort of like a Cicerone of cheese). Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 8: For those with a sweet tooth, Fiction Beer Company Fiction Beerpairs four of their beers with chocolates custom-designed by Chocolate Lab all afternoon. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 8: If all of these options have your head spinning, then take the easy route and latch on to the West Side Brewery Bus Loop, which this month includes Joyride Brewing Company, Call To Arms Brewing Company, Westfax Brewing Company and Zuni Street Brewing Co. As usual, a $5 ticket gets you a ride on the bus from brewery to brewery and those who complete all four get a free future beer. Start at any of the participating breweries and, no surprise, the theme of the month is ugly sweaters.

 

Weekend Beer Update

As one might expect, it’s a weekend full of Halloween parties and other spooky happenings at a multitude of breweries. Most involve prizes of some sort so if you’re rockin’ that absolutely killer costume this year get out there and cash in!

Friday 26: Put on your Halloween best and head to Strange Craft Beer for $1 off pints on Costume Night. Strange sweetens the deal for hopheads with a release of their Super FI IPA as well.

Friday 26 – Wednesday 31: Demons take over Avery Brewing Co., Image result for free demon clip artwith the return of the Demons of Ale – The Beast Grand Cru, Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, & Mephistopheles’ Stout – along with a costume contest on Friday the 26th. Naturally the best costume takes home a case full of demons!

Saturday 27: Tear yourself away from Halloween-themed events and join Little Machine Beer for a brunch to celebrate their third anniversary. Starting at 11:00 a.m. the brewery will serve up brunch food accompanied by live music and a special beer release.Living the Dream

Saturday 27: If brunch is too early for you head to  Living the Dream Brewing Company in the afternoon for their annual BBQ Fest, which as you might imagine will include plenty of pig and beer!

Saturday 27: If you’ve had your fill of BBQ and want to jump back into the Halloween spirit, throw on a costume and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their Night of Crafty Delights with a costume contest, beer & candy bar pairing and apple-bobbing contest starting at 6:00 p.m. The best apple-bobber will receive a prize as well as best costumes in three separate categories.

Saturday 27: Make your happiest nightmares come true with River North Brewery’s Nightmare Fuel Halloween Party featuring the release of regular and barrel-aged Nightmare Fuel coffee stout combined with a doggy costume party, plus trick-or-treat beer & cookie pairings with Good Sugar Baking from 4:00-6:00 p.m.20181024_170427_hdr.jpg

Saturday 27: Do double-duty with your dog’s costume and drop by 4 Noses Brewing Co. before or after downing a few River North beers for their 3:00 p.m. costume contest offering up prizes for winning dogs and their owners.

Saturday 27: Get your pumpkin on at Hops & Pie’s Pumpkin Beer Fest. They will pour pumpkin beers from about a dozen – mostly local – breweries all day for your drinking pleasure.

Saturday 27: Get to Call To Arms Brewing Company early for the20160907_191850_hdr 7:30 p.m. costume contest at their Halloween Rumpus to score some sweet prizes, not to mention specially-printed t-shirts, beer releases and an 80’s DJ.

Saturday 27: If your costume involves a onesie (yeah, that’s kinda random) or you need an excuse to get one, Ursula Brewery hosts a Hallow-Onesie party to coincide with the release of Scary Stories s’mores porter.

Saturday 27: Enjoy a delightful pairing of chocolate and peanut butter as Alpine Dog Brewing Company hosts their Halloween Peanut Butter Cup Stout Party featuring the release of the aforementioned beer plus a costume contest at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 27: Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company hosts Swills & Chills with a DJ for some dancing and a costume contest at 11 p.m.

Saturday 27: Further afield, darkness comes to New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins as Darkness Pours 2018 ushers in drinking, dancing, and a costume contest. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27:  Take a trip back to the 1990’s at Ratio Beerworks‘ Halloween Party with a Green Day tribute band. They’ll feature costume contests throughout the night along with special beer releases. The party starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 28: If the 80’s is more your style then head to Seedstock Brewery’s Beers For Fears 1980’s-themed Halloween Party. Watch classic Halloween movies while sucking down $4 pints.

Monday 29: Strange Craft Beer bookends the weekend with a Beer ‘o Lantern carving at 6:00 p.m.

Weekend Beer Update

It looks to be a jam-packed, beer-filled weekend ahead, with anniversaries, openings, and festivals up and down the Front Range from Greeley to Colorado Springs. With the great weather there’s no excuse to stay home, no matter where in the metro area you live!

Friday 20 – Sunday 22: Kick off a hard-core weekend of wicked-looking beer releases  for Launch Pad Brewery’s third anniversary. In addition to multiple daily releases, Saturday will offer up a pig roast and employee beer showdown, and Sunday features coffee and brunch.

Friday 20: Take a road trip to Boulder for Finkel & Garf Brewing Company’s fourth anniversary party, offering up new beer releases, patio games, and free hot dogs and popsicles.

Friday 20 – Saturday 21: Heading further afield, Wiley Roots Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates five years with Friday beer releases and a Saturday food truck accompanied by huge patio games (think life-size beer pong). Throughout, the brewery will serve up 18 tap beers and 15 more to go, but you better get there early as kokopelli-beer-logo.jpgall the brews are first-come, first-served.

Saturday 21: Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and lei to get $1 off your first beer at Kokopelli Beer Company’s  Summer Luau. Specialty tropical beers and drinks will complement Hawaiian pizzas and if you stick around til dusk you can enjoy a beach movie on the patio.

Saturday 21: Get your hop on at Hops & Pie’s Hop Fest on Tennyson Street. The festival features brews from over a dozen breweries, both local and far-flung.

Saturday 21: Also on Tennyson, Call To Arms Brewing will throw a 3rd Anniversary Fun Fest with carnival games, music, and naturally beer releases.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22: Living the Dream Brewing Company hosts their fourth anniversary Beer Bash with loads of activities including a Saturday cornhole tournament with $700 in prizes.

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Saturday 21: The Stapleton Beer Fest brings over 40 breweries to downtown Stapleton starting at 5 p.m., plus a free concert later in the evening. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 21: Colorado Springs welcomes another brewery to the beer community. Metric Brewing Co. will hold their grand opening starting at noon with a ribbon-cutting, door prizes, and of course brand-spanking-new beers.

Related imageSaturday 21: Celebrate Belgian National Day at River North Brewery! In honor of Belgium’s Independence Day will host a Belgian Beer Celebration with special beer releases and a Belgian-themed food truck.

Saturday 21: Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. celebrates their 23rd anniversary with beer releases, yard games, and live music.

Sunday 22: The online community of Lets Talk Craft Beer celebrates its 10,000th member with a get-together at Ratio Beerworks for members to meet and chat about their shared interest in beer.

Weekend Beer Update

It seems like all of this weekend’s activities have bunched into Saturday, but that also gives you the pick of various anniversaries, festivals, and other fun & games.

Saturday 23: Escape to Hawaii at Call Arms Brewing Company’s Call To ArmsRumpus & Chill event featuring Hawaiian-themed food, music and special beer tappings.

Saturday 23: Help Lakewood’s Landlocked Ales celebrate their first year in business with food, music, beer releases, and a cornhole tournament.

Saturday 23: Chain Reaction Brewing Company makes it four years this weekend with a party that includes special beer releases and food made using their beers.

epic.jpgSaturday 23: Not to be outdone, Epic Brewing Company will celebrate five years with a 90’s Dance Party and a staff firkin competition. They will also have games and raffles throughout the day.

Saturday 23: Finally, the granddaddy of them all celebrates 39 years! Boulder Beer Co. will have live music and let you taste the beers of tomorrow with a dozen experimental beers from their pilot system.

Saturday 23: Govnr’s Park fires up their Beer Fest for the ninth year with 100 beers for you to sample from 1 – 4 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event

Saturday 23: Heading out of town, the Rocky Mountain Beer Festival brings a couple dozen breweries to Louisville to pour their best, accompanied by live music, food, and lawn games. Note: The event is free but beer tasting requires ticket purchases.

Saturday 23: All the way up in Greeley the WeldWorks Invitational Beer Festival will pour about 100 beers from 40+ breweries. Note: This is a (pricey) ticketed event although proceeds go to charity.

 

Weekend Beer Update

Now that we’re pulling out of the deep winter doldrums many more breweries are holding weekend events. Among others, Call to Arms highlights one of my favorite harbingers of spring – Mardi Gras! And don’t forget, it’s still Stout Month at Vine Street Pub along with Frozen February at Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder.

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th: Drop in on Ratio Beerworks’ 3 Year Anniversary Party where the name of the game is live music all weekend, complemented by special tappings and a recovery brunch at 11 on Sunday.

Saturday 10th: Mardi Gras rolls into town at Call To Arms Image result for public mardi gras clip artBrewing Company with New Orleans food, music, themed beer releases, and even a small Mardi Gras parade featuring tiny floats from several local breweries.

Saturday 10th: Head for the hills to join Holidaily Brewing Co.’s second anniversary at their Golden taproom featuring beer specials, live music, food and giveaways all day long.

Saturday 10th: Fiction Beer Company will appeal to your pre-Valentine’s sweet tooth with a beer and cupcake pairing at 1:00.

Saturday 10th: Finish out the day swinging with Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Valentine’s Sock Hop dance. Starting at 7:00 the South Dock offers live swing music, dance lessons, a costume contest, and desserts- all for free!

Sunday 11th: Grab some food and music from 11-3 at Station 26 Brewing Co.’s Image result for public valentines clip artBluegrass Brunch featuring the Order 26 foodtruck and Big Time Rascals band.

Sunday 11th: If sweets are more your style, Dry Dock Brewing Company finishes out their Valentine’s theme with Valentine’s Beer and Dessert Pairing from 1:30-3:00 at the South Dock. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

2018 has come roaring in with a weekend packed full of festivities that mixes up traditional events like anniversaries with some pretty unique morning events and a traditional Wassail Winter Carnival. If you have the time and a strong liver you can pretty much have a beer in your hand from Friday evening all the way through the Monday holiday.

Friday 12th: Oscar Blues Brewery kicks off the grand opening weekend of their Denver taproom at 1624 Market Street with food, drink, and music at their live music space next door. Celebrations continue on Saturday. Note: The live music is a ticketed event.

Saturday 13th: One of two anniversaries this weekend, 20170101_151519_hdr1-e1505312001811.jpgKokopelli Beer Company celebrates with limited-release beers and giveaways.

Saturday 13th: Get up early and start your day at the Beer, Bacon, and Coffee Fest at Denver Beer Co’s Arvada taproom. Note: This is a ticketed event and also doesn’t seem to specifically involve beer.

Saturday 13th: Cellar West Artisan Ales in Boulder celebrates their first anniversary with a bash that includes special tapping of their beers plus collaboration, along with BBQ to munch on.

Saturday 13th: If you’re looking for something a little unusual (though not exactly beer), C Squared Ciders hosts their Winter Carnival in The Rackhouse featuring a tapping of their winter wassail and numerous activities to frighten away evil  spirits and summon good ones for the upcoming year. The evening will include Magicians, Jugglers, Tarot Card Readers and Live Music. The show keeps rolling on Sunday as well.

Sunday 14th: You can get a head start on today’s iteration of the Winter Carnival with Station 26 Brewing Co’s Bluegrass Brunch from 11:00-3:00 featuring live bluegrass, a brunch food truck, and of course beer!

Monday 15th: Call to Arms Brewing invades Euclid Hall for a Kick the Keg Tap Takeover starting at 11:30am if you have MLK day off and are looking for something to do. The menu features seven Call to Arms beers along with a special pairing menu from Euclid Hall’s kitchen. The person who gets the beer that kicks each of the kegs wins a prize!

Wednesday 17th: While not technically a weekend event, the Strange/Wit Meet & Greet at Strange Craft sounds pretty cool. From 4:30-6:30 interact with a panel of the owners & brewers of Strange and Wit that focuses on the topic of seasonal ingredients. Note: This is a ticketed event.