Weekend Beer Update

In the run-up to Christmas a couple of breweries follow tradition by tapping a brew a day until the holiday, while others reach back to their pagan roots to celebrate the winter solstice on Friday.

Gift cards, bombers and merch make for great last-minute gifts and you can treat yourself to a beer at the same time but be mindful that many taprooms roll out limited hours over the holidays. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

All Weekend and Beyond: The Twelve Firkins of Christmas continues through the 24th at Copper Kettle Brewing Company with a 20181219_095001_HDR.jpgnew and (usually) tasty offering every day, along with prizes at the end for those Christmas elves who have finished all 12.

All Weekend: Similar to Copper, Launch Pad Brewery continues their 8 Crazy Nights with beer releases all the way through Sunday the 23rd.

Thursday 20: Have An Imperial Christmas at Comrade Brewing Co. with Christmas music, cookies and multiple varieties of Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout.

Friday 21: Both of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty Weasel taprooms will celebrate the solstice with The Darkest Day, a celebration and release of five high-gravity, barrel-aged brews. The ritual drinking starts at 11 a.m. at the Longmont and Boulder locations.

Friday 21: Dive further into the dark at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont with a release of  the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 versions of their Fade to Black foreign export stout.

Friday 21: Explore the ancient Scottish tradition that celebrates the shortest day/longest 20170527_141810_HDRnight of the year with the Sacred Fire Solstice Party at Ursula Brewery. Ursula will serve several varieties of The Sacred Fire Scottish ale all day but the fiery festivities really kick up after dark with the lighting of candles and a traditional fire, along with Scottish beef stew.

Friday 21: If downtown is more your hood, join Freshcraft for their Night of Darks where they will tap four of Bell’s Brewery’s darkest and tastiest beers. Additionally, Bell’s staff will visit with glassware and swag.

Saturday 22: Enjoy the sweet pairing of a Glazed and Confuzed doughnut with a specially-created Sweet Potato Pie Specialty Ale at Fiction Beer Company all throughout the day.

Saturday 22: Set the holiday mood with the Holiday Beer Fest at Hops & Pie on Tennyson, where they will pour holiday beers from 11 craft breweries from around the country.20170624_203711_HDR

Saturday 22: Get stung by the Barreled Lightning at Diebolt Brewing’s Barreled Lightning Tap Takeover where they will be cracking 12 different kegs of the beer that they’ve saved from each month’s special release.

Saturday 22: If the family is already getting on your nerves, head to Westfax Brewing Co. for a free comedy show at 8 p.m. Kick back with some beer and20170722_130246_HDR a food truck and forget your holiday stress for a couple hours.

Saturday 22: For something a little more risque, give thanks for the unseasonably warm weather, leave your pants at home and join Black Sky Brewery for their Naughty Christmas Party. Party it up in your best (or worst) undergarments with a DJ and Ugly Undies Contest.

Sunday 23: Much like their beers, Chain Reaction Brewing Company’s Cookie & Ugly Sweater Get Together will have a little bit of everything: Christmas music, a cookie decorating station, a can & coat drive, shirt printing and holiday gifts for purchase.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend looks to be a transitional weekend with summer-oriented outdoor events giving way to indoor fall-type events with comfort food and darker beers. Of course there are the usual suspects for brunch, music, and anniversary parties as well.

Friday 9 – Saturday 10: WeldWerks Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates the milestone of brewing 100 beers in a year with special re-releases both days for onsite consumption and/or takeaway.

20170305_141942_HDRFriday 9 – Sunday 11: Join 105 West Brewing Company in Castle Rock to help cap off a full week of anniversary celebrations including tappings, a patio party, live music and special events for the Veteran’s Day weekend.

Saturday 10: Get up early and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their all-you-can-eat Brewery Brunch Buffet catered by Stupid Awesome! The brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes a beermosa. Note: This is a ticketed event. Purchase in advance or day-of.

Saturday 10: If brunch wasn’t enough, slide into comfort food season with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Mac N Cheese Cookoff from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Entry is free and the winner takes home a free keg of beer! Note: For tasting this is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 10: Sour fans, head to Sanitas Brewing Company in Boulder for Sanitas Sour Day 2018 featuring over a dozen of their house-made sour beers.

Saturday 10: Alpine Dog Brewery has made to four years! Join the celebration by enjoying special releases & collaborations, music, food and giveaways.

Saturday 10: Grist Brewing Company has logged one 20170729_142951_HDRmore than Alpine Dog and will mark their fifth anniversary in both of their south-metro taprooms by releasing new beers, hosting live music and giving away prizes.

Saturday 10: For a full afternoon & evening of fun, join this month’s West Side Brewery Bus Loop starting at 2:00 p.m. at any of the participating breweries: Little Machine Beer, Joyride Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co. , Diebolt Brewing. The theme this month is Thanksgiving/Movember and tickets are only five bucks, plus score you a free future-visit beer when you complete the loop. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: For an excursion from Denver, visit the All Colorado Beer Festival at Chapel Hill Mall in Colorado Springs with 64 breweries and 2 cideries pouring over 200 beverages. On second thought, might not be a bad idea to reserve a hotel! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: The fifth annual Nitro Fest at Left Hand Brewing Company in Fort Collins brings a boat-load of smooth-pouring dark beers from around the world set to live music and a voodoo masquerade featuring aerialists, acrobats, and fire dancers.  Note: This is a ticketed event and themed dress is expected.

Sunday 11: Another day, another brunch. Station 26 Brewing Co. will hold their monthly Bluegrass Brunch with food, music and of course beer – all starting at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday 11: After filling up on brunch, head to RINO for Mockery Brewing Co.’s Veteran’s Day Beer and Cookie Pairing, with proceeds going to help support veterans’ charities.

Sunday 11: Grab your banjo and head to Seedstock Brewery for their Bluegrass Jam and Beer from 4:00-6:00 p.m. You can join in the jam with fellow musicians or just kick back with a beer and listen.

Weekend Beer Update

With Great American Beer Festival just a week away,  there are a ridiculous number of things going on! From individual breweries hosting events, collaboration tappings and other fun to places like Falling Rock Tap House which has20171006_191138_HDR[1] become the unofficial home of offsite GABF gatherings. Rather than take up loads of space on this blog with all the crazy events I’ve linked to a couple of great local sources for literally hundreds of things to do. However if you don’t want GABF overload before the fest even starts, check out these lower-key weekend events. 

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Friday 14 – Sunday 16: Join Diebolt Brewing Company for a crazy weekend of activities to celebrate their fifth anniversary. In addition to the usual beer releases, music, and food trucks, Diebolt will host a silent disco/toga party, a variety show, cornhole and beer pong tournaments and more.  Note: Some events are ticketed.20170624_203711_HDR

Friday 14 – Saturday 15: Up north, Loveland sponsors their local Oktoberfest with a focus on learning about German heritage, authentic vendors, food and beer from a number of area breweries.

Saturday 15: Drag out the lederhosen and dirndles for one more weekend! 2018 Oktoberfest comes to Copper Kettle Brewing Company with Oktoberfest and Imperial Pumpkin Porter releases, a stein-holding competition, food trucks, and live music.

Saturday 15: If physical activity is more your style, cruise on over to the Sloans Lake Alamo Draft House for the GABF Brewery Bike Loop covering six west-side breweries plus an after-party. Registration starts promptly at 11 a.m.20180129_163411_hdr-e1517590694414.jpg Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 15: Down in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree Brewing Co. hosts their Oktoberfest and Fall Market with polka music, beer tapping, a stein-hoisting competing, and beer-brat grilling along with over 20 local vendors with a variety of products

Saturday 15: It’s sad to see summer winding down but Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. in Lafayette makes the most of these final days with their outdoor End of Summer Party with food, bands and new beer releases.

Saturday 15: Also in the northern reaches of Denver, Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder celebrates six years with special anniversary releases (including a smoked-yam offering) and tappings, food, giveaways and live music.

Lady JusticeSaturday 15: Help make the world a better place with Lady Justice Brewing as they celebrate their second anniversary at Factotum Brewhouse. The festivities will include new releases, music and food. Lady Justice is a fully nonprofit brewery with all profits going to women’s causes. Community Supported Brewery memberships will be available.

Saturday 15: In RINO, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company puts on Gratitude 2018 to say thanks to their customers and the beer community with 30 beers on tap, a special release, giveaways, a photo booth and food trucks.

Saturday 15: For the final anniversary of the weekend, Industrial Revolution Brewing Company in Erie marks five years with beer release, food and music.

Weekend Beer Update

Wow, so much to do this weekend – particularly on Saturday! Free Baseball Clip ArtThe Baseball Brewfest looks like a fun and creative concept, but if Parker is too far away then take the easier path and jump on one of the bus circuits and let someone else do the driving. For the truly lazy, most breweries have started their patio season so as long as you can motivate yourself to get out the door the rest kinda takes care of itself.

Friday 6th: If you want to pick up that next great painting or sculpture or just want to use culture as an excuse to drink craft beer, check out the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe. In addition to numerous galleries you can walk to Renegade Brewing Company, Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, and Crazy Mountain Brewery. Sadly the weather looks a bit iffy, though perhaps that just means more taproom time!

Saturday 7th: Baseball Brewfest 2018 comes to FanDraught Sports Brewery in Parker. This sounds like a fun new concept where you can “play” 9 different baseball positions, each serving a taster from a different craft brewery while watching the Rockies game in the background. Best part: You can play each position as often as you’d like! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 7th: This month’s version of the West Side Brewery Bus Loop starts at 2:00 and includes Joyride Brewing , Diebolt Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co and Little Machine Beer. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.20180331_150302_HDR

Saturday 7th: If four stops doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge, try out the 8-Brewery Bus Loop that showcases breweries on South Broadway, Santa Fe, and the Mile Hi area. It runs from 2:00-10:00 so if you want to visit all of them you’ll have your work cut out for you. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.

Saturday 7th: If you didn’t get enough of Collaboration Fest last weekend, River North Brewery hosts their own little Collaboration Party with four other breweries starting at noon.

Sunday 8th: Get out of bed for Station 26 Brewing Co’s monthly Bluegrass Brunch. Starting at 11:00 Station 26 will have a brunch food truck, bluegrass music, and of course beer!

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: Diebolt Brewing

Diebolt Brewing takes a bit of effort to find, located in a neighborhood northeast of 38th & Pecos, but the effort is rewarded by tasty beer, and once you’ve been there it’s easy to return. No doubt Diebolt’s retro-industrial look will feel trendy when Highlands-level development moves to the area, but for now it just feels like a practical design for a relaxed neighborhood hangout that makes accessible beers without pretense. If you want to make a day or evening of it, you can easily wander down to one of the nearby restaurants or even visit Factotum Brewhouse for more variety. 20170624_203711_HDR

BEER LINEUP: French and American wheat styles predominate with a few IPAs and other one-offs. Even if you don’t find your favorite style, Diebolt offers enough tame beers that you could likely find something to chill with for one or two.

ATMOSPHERE: The small taproom in an old industrial building has a pretty bare-bones feel. The  laid-back vibe, where both servers and patrons seemed very chill and familiar, felt like there’s a lot of neighborhood traffic. Usually a food truck will pull up, and in warmer months Diebolt opens their patio/loading dock out front. They also offer space in the brewing area for private events.

SERVICE: Laid back and low-key. Business was relatively slow when we were there so ordering at the bar was fast and friendly.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Located just north of 38th Ave, the area hasn’t seen the Highlands-hype from further south and remains working-class. Diebolt sits between a quiet single-family-home neighborhood and 38th Ave., with its semi-seedy/newly-trendy mashup of restaurants, tattoo parlors, auto stores, liquor, etc. Access from I25 or I70 via 38th is quick and the neighborhood offers plenty of parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Anton Francois French Ale. The clear, straw/copper-colored beer delivers a pleasant balance of saison flavors (likely from the yeast) and a good hit of malt with some breadiness, without going too much into the Farmhouse realm, as can sometimes happen with these sorts of beers.

Bike Tour Highlands to Rino

We started out at Denver Beer Co and as usual I think the best description is “adequate”. Yep, they have beers; yes, eventually you will get service. Probably the most interesting thing about it is watching the Highland Hipster scene play out. However it was the appointed start for our ride so after a bland Hefeweizen I tried the Night at the Duxbury Oyster Stout and was very pleasantly surprised with a full-flavored beer (see Beer of the Week)

From there it was a short but circuitous ride along the Platte past broken bottles and bathing homeless to Mockery and a much more flavorful experience. I tried too many to list but overall the whole experience was fantastic. Continue reading “Bike Tour Highlands to Rino”