Weekend Beer Update

It’s a weekend with a few breweries turning the corner and saying hello to another year, while sadly Fermaentra won’t make it to their next anniversary and is having a closing party this weekend. Stop in and say goodbye, or better yet show your support for your neighborhood craft brewery and down a few there!

All Week through Sunday 24: Join Halfpenny Brewing Company to celebrate their third anniversary. They’ll have food trucks and fresh beer releases each day of the week culminating with live music all weekend plus brewery tours and prizes.20170315_185333_HDR

Friday 22 – Sunday 24: It’s a weekend-long party at Goldspot Brewing Company for their fourth anniversary. Enjoy tropical-themed beers, food trucks, and special merch.

Friday 22: Check out the Second Annual Stout Wars at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. The staff competes to make the best stout, and the first keg to kick wins.  Buy a ticket for tasters, a pint of your favorite, and a commemorative glass to keep. Tapping starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday 23: Sadly, the hyper-competitive Denver20170211_211127 beer market claims another victim. Fermaentra Brewing near DU will have their final party Feb 23, where they will tap their barrel-aged brews for the last time.

Saturday 23: So it’s not actually beer event but the Winter Tequila Tasting Festival sounds like a heck of a lot of fun if  you want to take a break from beer. There are two sessions – early and late afternoon – at Blake Street Tavern downtown. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 24: It’s Girl Scout Cookie season again and that means local breweries tap into the theme, with cookie-inspired beers and pairings. Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will do their part by brewing up some special beers for their Girl Scout Cookie Pairing today, featuring four cookie/beer pairings.

 

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

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.

 

 

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend offers an unbelievable set of beer-related choices. Aside from the special events listed below, many breweries have special releases and tappings on their calendars. Combine that with (hopefully) nice weather and patio season and there’s no reason not to visit a craft brewery or two for a pint!

Friday 20th: Celebrate the beautiful spring weather on the patio at the Firkin Spring event being thrown by Dunbar Kitchen & Tap. Alpine Dog Brewery, Ratio Beerworks, Epic Brewing Company, Station 26 Brewing Co each crafted a one-off firkins for the party.

Saturday 21st: If you’re a fan of rye in your beer then check out Denver Rye Fest from 1:00-5:00 at The Brew on Broadway (BOB). The festival features rye-tastic beers from 15 breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 21st: Give a salute to Comrade Brewing Co for making it four years! Comrade will celebrate with six special anniversary beers, limited edition glassware, and of course a food truck.

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Saturday 21st: Help 4 Noses Brewing Company’s brewers square off at the Brewers Pilot Challenge. Brewers will compete to have their beer poured on their own tapline. Voting on the three beers is thoroughly democratic: the one with the most pours wins!

Saturday 21st: Retro comes to Avanti Food and Beverage with their celebration of Record Store Day.  Enjoy a DJ spinning records, limited edition vinyl, record-themed giveaways, and special releases of six Dogfish Head Brewery vintage beers.

Saturday 21st: The Viking hordes invade Alpine Dog Brewery for a Viking Party. Wear a costume and check out their Viking-inspired ale, photo booth, Viking movies, and Norwegian metal.

Sunday 22nd: Speaking of Makin’ Noise, Pussy Riot’s version 6.0 comes out simultaneously at Baere Brewing Co, Femaentra Brewing, Broken Compass Brewing, Storm Peak Brewing Company, and Renegade Brewing Company. Makin’ Noise is a group of breweries that have joined up to use their skills and make a positive impact on the community. One dollar from every pint of version 6.0 goes to environmental organizations.

Sunday 22nd: The CO-Brew homebrew supply shop celebrates 3 years with an employee beer competition and live music.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a weekend of 3’s, with three breweries – Alpine Dog, Locovore, and Fermaentra – all celebrating their third anniversaries by collaborating on a triple IPA. The only downside is that Saturday is absolutely packed with exciting beer events so at some point you have to make the sad choice to leave something off the list.

Friday 10th: Kick off weekend of anniversary fun 20171108_162039_HDRat Alpine Dog Brewing Company with new beer releases running through Sunday.

Saturday 11th: Locovore Beer Works anniversary party all day with beer releases, beer pairings, and live music.

Saturday 11th: And to complete the brewery trifecta, Fermaentra Brewing will have beer releases with a barrel-aged focus along with merchandise giveaways all day.

Saturday 11th: If you want to skip the in-town anniversaries and go for a drive, the All Colorado Beer Festival will set up in Colorado Springs, showcasing 69 breweries from 33 cities across Colorado. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11th: Just in case you need some motivation or a break heading to or from the All Colorado Beer Festival, 105 West Brewing Company will be wrapping up their anniversary week on Saturday with their final special tapping, although special beers from earlier in the week may still be on tap. It’s a quick jaunt west off of I-25 in Castle Rock and as an added bonus for Veteran’s Day, the first pint is free for veterans.

Brewery Snapshot: Fermaentra Brewing

Located right off the DU campus on Evans, Fermaentra Brewing has a true neighborhood-bar feel with little of the college party vibe one might expect. It seems like more of a place where neighbors drop in for one or two than a hangout destination, perhaps because of the residential, high-traffic neighborhood. The cozy space provides a chill, relaxing spot to enjoy the rotating beer list and weekday afternoons they offer Happy Hour – a rarity among breweries.

20170211_211127BEER LINEUP: The beers tilt toward Belgian and high-gravity, although on this visit there were a couple of IPAs. If you’re a picky drinker check out the tap list before you go as Fermaentra does not always have broad style choices, although there’s enough variety you should be able to find something enjoyable.

ATMOSPHERE: The space offers a warm, friendly vibe featuring 20170211_211110
brick covered with modern art for sale. The crowd appeared to be grad students and neighborhood residents, so perhaps the undergrads were next door at Stadium Inn sucking down budget-friendly Buds. The taproom is on the small side and there’s no patio. Fermaentra doesn’t seem to have food trucks but there are a number of takeway places nearby.

SERVICE: Friendly and fast. They like to explain their beer

NEIGHBORHOOD: Fermaentra sits on the commercial strip of Evans just a couple blocks from DU. You can easily combine a brewery visit with dinner elswhere or bring food in. Parking is generally good and there’s a lot of activity and people on Evans, while the side streets are quieter and heavily residential.

STANDOUT BEER: Meristem Russian Imperial Stout falls squarely into the high-gravity Belgian-leaning category that Fermaentra excels at. You immediatly notice the thick and syrupy body, then the rich, slightly sweet chocolate/roasty flavors hit your mouth accompanied by a hint of raisin. Definitely don’t leave there without at least sample!