Weekend Beer Update

It’s looking like a great weekend to take dad out for a beer! Saturday has the most options but Sunday has some Father’s-Day-specific events. Or perhaps you’d rather just treat yourself to a refreshing beverage, whether you’re a father or not, since there are loads of choices!

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17: If the city heat is getting you down, head to the Vail Craft Beer Classic. Four days of fun features about a dozen beer events from tastings and food pairings to hard-core outdoor events like hiking and biking with the brewers. Note: Many of the events are ticketed.

Friday 15 – Saturday 16: Parker’s Barnett & Son Brewing Co. will celebrate their third anniversary with food and music on Friday and a crawfish boil on Saturday.

Saturday 16: Toyota enthusiasts rejoice! Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will hold their second annual Toyota Truck Meet & Greet for truck owners to show off their ride, enjoy some beer, and grab some food. The event runs from noon-4 p.m.20170609_184428_HDR

Saturday 16: Just down the street from Copper Kettle and starting at 5 p.m., celebrate Lowry Beer Garden’s sixth anniversary with their BBQ and Beer Fest featuring 25 beers from 8 local craft breweries, BBQ, and live music.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 16: From 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Stanley Marketplace joins forces with Holidaily Brewing Co. and Gluten Free Explorer to offer a unique spin on beer & food pairings with tastes of gluten free beers and pizza.

Saturday 16: Several Aurora breweries will join Dry Dock Brewing Co 20161105_151452_hdrat their South Dock location (Hampden & Chambers) for the A-Town Funk Fest featuring brews, food, and a DJ. The funkaliciousness runs from noon-5 p.m..

Saturday 16: Finally! An excuse to wear your T-Rex costume! Billed as a day of beers, music, and dinosaurs, Dinosaur Ridge’s Brontos and Brews Festival in Morrison will attempt to set the Guinness world record for the most people dressed like dinosaurs. The costumes might be hot, but the organizers are promising plenty of cold beer.

Saturday 16: The IPA Bash at Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project in Loveland pretty much speaks for itself: 14 different IPAs including guest taps and a collaboration brew.

Saturday 16: Check out the newest brewery in the metro area as Redgarden Restaurant and Brewery holds their grand opening in Louisville. For the special occasion they plan a pig roast in addition to serving up their farm-to-table menu and pouring house-made beers.

Sunday 17th: Happy Father’s Day! Several breweries have activities set up for you and your dad to bond over a brew. At 10:30 a.m. Baere Brewing Co. will host Father’s Day yoga followed by a beer. Starting at noon Seedstock Brewery has multiple seatings for their second annual Father’s Day Crawfish Boil, and will offer $1 off beers to dads all day! Finally, at 3 p.m. Station 26 Brewing Co. fires up their Surf & Turf & Surf with a special surf & turf menu accompanied by surf music. Note: Baere and Seedstock are ticketed events.

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Station 26 .5K Run

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.

 

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

Time to get out of the post-Thanksgiving food coma and drink some (more) beer! The weekend’s a little light on events but still a reason to get off the couch and back out to the real world.

Friday 24th: Try out the first annual Black Friday Invitational at Station 26 Brewing Co. featuring releases of their Dark Star series  along with a number of other guest breweries and munchies. Ticketed event.

Saturday 25th: Dance off the Thanksgiving calories at Dry Dock’s Ugly Sweater Swing Dance at the South Dock from 5:00-10:00. Or just come to marvel at the sheer ugliness of it all . . .

Sunday 26th: Jump right back into the turkey-based feasting with Halfpenny Brewing Company’s Turkey Day Leftovers Potluck. Bring leftovers to share and get a discount on beer, or just show up and extend the Thanksgiving feast one more day.

Brewery Snapshot: Dry Dock Brewing South Dock

As one of the more established and medal-winning craft brewers in Denver, Dry Dock Brewing just celebrated their 12th anniversary and while you can find a few of their staple beers in bars and liquor stores throughout Denver, their taproom has a wealth of additional beers. The original South Dock is attached to the Brew Hut, which offers a wealth of home-brewing & winemaking supplies and advice.

BEER LINEUP: As Dry Dock has grown, their beer lineup has matured and today provides something for everyone, from traditional light styles to dark, plus specialty beers like sours, seasonals, and fruit beers including their famous Apricot Blonde

ATMOSPHERE: Over the years Dry Dock has expanded their taproom multiple times from a Brew Hut closet and their mountain-lodge-style taproom generally buzzes with activity. The feeling is comfortable and friendly, with guests hanging out chatting, playing games, and making new friends at the bench-style tables. The only critique is that it can get a bit loud inside, although they also offer a reasonable patio in front of the taproom.

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SERVICE: Always great. The staff seems like they are having fun and the feeling rubs off on the whole environment. They’re always very engaging and informative regarding the beer selection and quick to offer suggestions and opinions.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Tucked on the far side of Cherry Creek Reservoir, the South Dock can be a hike for those not in Aurora or Southeast Denver, with access from I225 and Parker Road. The surrounding area is typical suburbia with single-family homes and strip malls, and the strip-mall-heavy corner where Dry Dock sits provides lots of parking along with restaurants offering takeout or delivery since Dry Dock has no onsite food.  The neighborhood doesn’t offer many reasons to linger unless you also have a few errands to run.

STANDOUT BEER: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. While some may find this beer a little gimmicky I thought it hit the spot on a cool fall day with rich roast malt combined with dark chocolate and peanut butter. The beer had the appropriate deep-brown color and thickness that one would expect for this type. Truly a well-balanced cold-weather comfort beer!

Weekend Beer Update

Saturday seems to be the pick day of the weekend for beer drinking! Check out a few options below, both north and south. You could even combine visits to Dry Dock and Brewability for a 2fer! And on Sunday maybe learn a thing or two . . .

Saturday 21st: Hard to believe but Dry Dock will celebrate their 12th anniversary at their North Dock location from 12-5. Tickets are $35 advance/$40 door and include unlimited pours of 30+ beers including rare and specialty beers.

Saturday 21st: Living the Dream will host South in Your Mouth with eight South Denver pouring and proceeds benefitting the Castle Rock Dumb Friends League.

Saturday 21st: Brewability Lab one-year anniversary will have music, sword fighters, and the inclusive community atmosphere that they strive to promote.

Saturday 21st:  Barrel-Aged Nightmare Fuel Halloween Party at River North Brewing. Get a jump on the holiday with the release of regular and barrel-aged Nightmare Fuel

Sunday 22nd: Cider-making class at the Brew Hut. Learn some new skills and make a hard cider with advice from C-squared Cider Company

Hilly Southeast Ride

This ride packs in a lot of beers and a fair amount of riding, taking you from Glendale to Aurora via Cherry Creek State park using mostly paved trails. There are several big hills and it is exposed so riders need to be in decent shape and keep an eye on the weather.

The ride starts in Glendale at Bull & Bush Brewery , a British-style venue that offers good parking, nice outdoor seating, food, and of course beer! Bull & Bush has been making beer for 20 years and offers a broad range of house-brewed styles along with bottles and drafts from domestic and British brewers. We visited with a large group and the servers were extremely accommodating and efficient, juggling beer and food orders and getting everything right.

From there we crossed the street and headed south on the Cherry Creek Trail til we turned left at Place Bridge Academy, then right onto a trail that aligned us with E Florida Ave and our first big hill of the day. This portion requires the only (brief) street-riding of the day and after crossing Parker Road and turning left on the sidewalk we quickly arrived at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. In comparison with Bull and Bush, Copper Kettle is a stripped-down craft brewery. The taproom and patio are smaller and food comes from takeout or food trucks. However the focus on beer remains and Copper Kettle keeps crowd-pleasers on tap like the light Helles, an IPA or two, and of course their Mexican Chocolate Stout. They also roll out seasonal and experimental beers so you may luck into something adventurous. Continue reading “Hilly Southeast Ride”