Weekend Beer Update

Looks like we’re headed for reasonably-good patio drinking weekend and there’s lots going on to make the most of it! From a number of anniversaries to diverse food-themed events there’s no excuse not to knock back a few brews.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: Join Strange Craft for a celebration of their ninth anniversary. Friday will feature a special tap release, cellared bottle sales, a vertical tasting and food, while Saturday brings nine collaboration brews with other local breweries, t-shirt printing and food.strange-beers.jpg

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: While only clocking in at six years, Odyssey Beerwerks will also be pulling out all the stops for their anniversary with a special release and food on Friday, then multiple beer releases, barrel-aged tap beers, merch, music, food and even magic (2-5 p.m.) on Saturday.

Saturday 18: Also celebrating six years, Colorado Plus Brew Pub brings live music, over 20 house beers on tap, special sausage and a cornhole tournament.  The tournament comes with prizes, plus Colorado Plus will start raffling free shwag at 3 p.m.

20171110_210133_HDRSaturday 18: With the makings of a great combo afternoon, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, just down the road from Strange Craft, celebrates two years by showcasing new tappings and cellar beer releases, new merch, food, a beer garden and lawn games. Why not check out both anniversaries for a brew-full afternoon?

Saturday 18: Fire up the stove and cook a pot of your best chili for Living the Dream Brewery’s Beer Chili Cookoff. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with prizes for the best red and green, and naturally all recipes must include craft beer. See the event post for more info and the email address for questions and entry.

Saturday 18: If eating chili has put you in the mood for more heat, head to Alpine Dog Brewery for their annual Chili Pepper Festival where they’ll be infusing some of their standard offerings with different chilies and creating special chili brews, along with hosting a taco truck providing complementary flavors.two22-taproom.jpg

Saturday 18: For those who prefer things on the sweeter side Two22 Brew will host a Peach Festival with the release of their Peach Patio beer plus other beer infusions throughout the day. The theme is luau so Hawaiian-wear is strongly encouraged.

Saturday 18: Continuing the crawfish season, Denver Beer Co. will hold their eighth annual Crawfish Boil at the downtown location. In addition to the requisite crustaceans and sides Denver Beer Co. will release a special pilsner to accompany the Cajun flavors. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Kokopelli BeerSaturday 18: Get a preview of the newest Alamo Drafthouse in Westminster as Kokopelli Beer Company hosts a pre-opening party from 4 – 6 p.m. First 25 people get a free beer!

Saturday 18: Get bluesy with Halfpenny Brewing Company at their second Blues & Brews Night featuring Jeff White. It’s pretty much as advertised; music & beer!

 

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This weekend brings a great mix of festivals if you want to put down roots or crawls if you want to get out on the town, though quite honestly with the weather forecast my choice is going to be holing up somewhere warm!

Friday 1: With herds of Girl Scouts roaming the town peddling their treats, Goldspot Brewing Company gets in on the action by hosting a beer and cookie pairing matching four of their beers to complementary Girl Scout cookies. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 1 – Sunday 3: Station 26 Brewing Co is trying out station-26-bar.jpga novel approach for 303 day by holding 303 WKND with events all over Denver. Friday features Happy Hour deals  around town where Station 26’s 303 Lager is served. Saturday gets more ambitious with a 303 Lager Bar Crawl to five different downtown bars. Get to Freshcraft at 2:00 p.m.to get your punch card, drink a beer at each place and have your card punched, and get Station 26 swag at the final destination around 6:30 p.m. Finally on Sunday Station 26 brings it home to their taproom and hosts a craft market with local vendors, artisans, food, and music.

Saturday 2: The Mile High Beer Festival returns to Denver, this year at a new location – Number 38 in RINO. This year’s version features almost 40 Colorado breweries pouring over 90 craft beers. With two sessions, plus VIP options, everyone will have plenty of time to enjoy the goodness! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: Also making a return appearance, the Bacon, Beer and Coffee Festival hits Denver Beer Co at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Get a breakfast burrito, coffee, and as much bacon as you can handle along with a Denver Beer Co coffee mug to fill with breakfast-inspired brews. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Zuni Street BarSaturday 2: If you’d rather be more mobile, 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 beer on your next visit. This month’s breweries are regulars Zuni Street Brewing Co.Little Machine Beer,  Joyride Brewing Company with Seedstock Brewery rotating in. First bus leaves at 2 p.m. and in honor St. Patrick’s this month’s theme is the color green.

 

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This weekend  focuses on a couple of themes – Stout Month and Melvin’s 2×4 day – both of which offer numerous opportunities for adventure and discovery. But if stouts and DIPAs are not your thing, you can always hit a couple of anniversary celebrations or catch some live music. 

Friday 1 – Thursday 28: It’s that time of year again, time 20180115_132222_HDRfor the Mountain Sun Pubs to hold Stout Month. Join them in their Boulder or Denver locations for a rotating cast of stouts to keep you happy and warm for the next four weeks. Peak to Peak Brewery in Aurora also gets in on the action with weekly stout releases all month. Many other local breweries are on the bandwagon too so enjoy a weekend (or month) of cruising your favorite taprooms to see who’s doing what.

Friday 1 – Thursday 28: In a counterpoint to Mountain Sun, Freshcraft has christened February as Sour Month and will have eight sours in rotation all month in case too much malty-ness gets under your skin.

Saturday 2: Melvin 2×4 Day! A number of breweries are hosting events to celebrate 2×4 DIPA from our neighbor up north, Melvin Brewing. All of them will, to some extent, feature Kung Fu, Wu Tang Clan, a bunch of randomness and of course the star of the party – 2×4. Colorado breweries include:

Saturday 2: Celebrate gluten-free at Holidaily Brewing Co.’s third anniversary. Head to Golden for music, food trucks, a special pilsner tapping plus giveaways.

Saturday 2: Celebrate Six Years in the Alley with DeSteeg Brewing. There’s a whole lot going on that day including free swag, free beer and some limited-edition releases. But wait, there’s more! DeSteeg will also host a chili cookoff starting at 4 p.m. Reserve a spot to participate and be judged, and you’ll get some free beer and prizes if you win. Or just 20170305_141942_HDRcome by and taste. Note: Tasting is a ticketed event.

Saturday 2: Down in Castle Rock 105 West Brewing Company hosts rock & world music with Harmony & Brad starting at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: If satisfying your sweet tooth is 20190109_182255_hdrmore of a priority, Denver Beer Co. and Cerveceria Colorado will host a Beer and Cookie Pairing all weekend with tasty treats from Victory, Love, and Cookies. The pairing of four beers and four cookies takes place in both taprooms (they are literally next door). Note: This is a ticketed event, advance purchase saves you five bucks.

Sunday 3 – Seedstock Brewery hosts its weekly Bluegrass Jam from 4 – 6 p.m. Bring an instrument to join in or just relax and enjoy the music and a beer.

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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.

 

 

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There are a lot of events this Saturday from one end of town to the other, and particularly downtown in between. Given the beautiful summer weather there’s no excuse not to get out and about and explore a new part of town!

Saturday 11: Starting in RINO, Bierstadt Lager celebrates two years of making fine German beers. They’ll have some music, yard games, and Helles specials, but really it’s about – as they explain – “drinking large quantities of pale lager.” And who can argue with that?

woods-boss-beers.jpgSaturday 11: In the same neighborhood, Ratio Beerworks throws down an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Crawfish Boil starting at noon. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: At the other end of downtown Wood Boss Brewing Company will partner with other local businesses to transform California Street into a biergarten with music and special beer tappings all day.

Saturday 11: The final downtown event of the day is Denver Beer Co.’s 7th anniversary party, which will also spill into the street with food, music, games, a photo booth and beer. Note, the party happens at the original Platte Street location.

Saturday 11: The Arvada Center hosts Arts and Ales 2018, featuring local artists exhibiting their wares, beer sampling, food, music, and activities. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: On the opposite side of town in Lowry, Wings Over The Rockies puts on Hops in the Hangar which features beer tasting, a car show, music, games and giveaways all while surrounded by classic aircraft. Note: This is a ticketed event.station-26-taproom.jpg

Sunday 12: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch comes back to Station 26 Brewing Co. with food, music, and of course beer! The fun starts at 11 a.m.

Brewery Snapshot: Denver Beer Co. Arvada Taproom

Similar to the Highlands location, the Arvada outpost of Denver Beer Co. (DBC) boasts a trendy look & location but comes out bland where the beer is concerned. Although DBC Arvada has its own brewing system, I didn’t notice an appreciable difference in the style or taste of the beers vs. the Denver location.

BEER LINEUP: On our visit the tap list trended lighter with plenty of wheats, kolsches, and IPAs plus a handful of slightly darker and specialty brews. Dark-beer-lovers will find a limited selection but DBC has options for most every taste. As always, the beers seemed pleasant but plain and stripped of flavor. Although many have ambitious names involving pretzels or graham crackers, everything I tried had only the faintest hint of those flavors.

ATMOSPHERE: The taproom and large, pleasant patio20180527_170906_HDR on the corner of Olde Wadsworth and Ralston Road encourage relaxed lingering, particularly in the summer. A food truck parked inside the taproom serves tasty burgers and similar fare. It’s clear that a lot of design and thought went into equipping the taproom with a  combination of modern and retro for a trendy feel. The overall vibe seemed relaxed, with a younger crowd chilling in hang-out mode on a pleasant weekend afternoon. The taproom allows dogs and, on our visit, even a local pig (seriously).

SERVICE: The Arvada location beats its Denver sibling hands-down. The bar-only service was very fast, friendly and without attitude.

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NEIGHBORHOOD: The taproom location at the corner of Old Wadsworth and Ralston Road offers a convenient starting, ending, or midpoint for a day spent wandering Olde Town Arvada or cobbling together a brewery/taproom crawl. Olde Town offers convenient street and lot parking (watch the time limits) along with great bike and public transit connections.

STANDOUT BEER: Nothing I tried really jumped out.

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It’s looking like a hot and dry weekend – perfect for patio beers!

Saturday 8: Put some physical fitness into your weekend station-26-taproom.jpgwith Station 26 Brewing Co’s 0.5K run! The $5 entry fee supports charity and includes a mid-race coffee & donut break plus a beer. To make the math easy, 0.5K = about 1/3 of a mile.

 

Saturday 8:  4 Noses Brewing Company shakes off the hangover of Memorial weekend’s anniversary party and will host a Bluegrass Brunch accompanied by the release of three new fruit beers incorporating strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

 

Saturday 8:  Enjoy the beautiful summer weather at Denver Beer Co’s Sun Drenched Music Fest. Starting at 2 p.m. at Denver Beer Co.’s Canworks near 44th & Jason, the festival offers music, beach games, and sand volleyball. What better signal that summer has arrived? Note: This is a ticketed event, which included one free beer. 

 

20160910_103806_HDRSaturday 8: Heading further afield, the Lake Dillon Beer Festival brings the party to the shores of Lake Dillon in the mountains. Over 25 breweries will tap their best brews starting at 1 p.m., accompanied by live music. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Sunday 9: For those recovering from the exertion of Saturday’s 0.5K, Station 26 Brewing Co. will host their monthly – and self-explanatory – Bluegrass Brunch event.