After a jam-packed St Patrick’s Day weekend this week offers very few big events, although a number of breweries are featuring special releases and tappings just ‘cuz.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th: Head up to Greeley to congratulate WeldWerks Brewing Co. on their 3rd anniversary. They’ll have 20 regular beers plus a half-dozen rotators each day, along with food and a photo booth.
Sunday 25th: Get your comfort food (and drink!) fix at Chain Reaction Brewing Co.’s 2nd annual Mac & Cheese off. Even if you’re not up for making your own entry, you can sample others’ creative dishes alongside a beer and sloppy joe bar while enjoying live music. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Now that summer is finally in full swing I’m inspired to get outdoors at do a little brewery-hopping! Last weekend we took a bike ride on the southwest side of town, starting and ending at St Patrick’s Brewing, with a few planned and unplanned stops in between. We stuck 99% to trails and avoided street riding.
St Patrick’s has a great summer setup with a beautiful location in downtown Littleton right on the Platte River with a huge lawn for lounging or playing games. We enjoyed relaxing in the expansive outdoor area and fortifying ourselves for the ride with a few beers and food-truck eats. The current taplist at the lager-focused brewery features summer-friendly beers including multiple blonde styles like Strawberry, Luminosity (lemon & honey), and Peach Mango along with an Irish Berry Wheat and Fire Melon. All that I sampled had refreshing lightness and fruitiness for a hot summer day. As a starting point for a ride, St Patrick’s has the distinct advantage of a large parking area and direct access to the Platte River Trail.
From St. Patrick’s we went out the back gate and took a right onto the trail to head north for several miles. Pay attention as you pass the Overland Park golf course on the right because the end of the golf course is Florida where you’ll turn left for half a block, then cross Florida at Lipan and burn off some beer calories chugging uphill to Chain Reaction.
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