Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is absolutely packed with beer-drinking fun! From anniversaries in south Denver to festivals in northern Colorado there’s no shortage of stuff to do. Add in what’s shaping up to be decent weekend weather and there’s no excuse not to be out and about grabbing a few brews and catching some rays!

ck-8th-anniversary.jpgFriday 26 – Sunday 28: For an action-packed weekend head to Copper Kettle Brewing Company for their 8th anniversary celebrations. Friday kicks off with a release of five sours, multiple food trucks and a band. Saturday brings the Staff Showdown where each staff member has brewed a beer and customers vote for their favorite, plus more food and music. Sunday keeps things going with a cellar draught release of aged beers from 2014-2018 and a Hangover Brunch.

Friday 26: For something unique head up to Longmont for Primitive Beer’s barrelhouse opening. Primitive focuses on spontaneous, barrel-fermented beers. Between the hectic schedules of the owners, who both work at other breweries, and the limited quantities of the beers, Primitive only opens for a few hours twice a month.

Friday 26: In Boulder, Microbreweries for the Environment brings bluegrass music and beer from almost twenty breweries to the Boulder Theater in support of a good cause. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27: Another southeast Denver brewery celebrates an anniversary, as Comrade Brewing Co. marks five years with special beer releases, food trucks and souvenir glassware. Since they’re just a couple miles apart, a bus will circulate between Comrade and Copper Kettle’s party for just five bucks.

Saturday 27: Now that we’re finally getting warm-ish weather, it’s a great time to check out Halfpenny Brewing Company’s Biergarten Opening! Oddly for a biergarten theme, it has mostly British elements – a fish & chips truck plus the release of a bitter. Whatever nationality, it ought to be nice to hang out in the sunshine with brew and listen to some live music.

Saturday 27: Get your hop on at Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project’s IPA Bash in Loveland. Verboten plans to offer over 15 different versions of IPAs including fruited, sour, and the ubiquitous hazy.

Saturday 27: If you’re already up north, why not wibby-tasters.jpgstop by Longmont and Wibby Brewing’s Ancient Steinbeer Brew and Crawfish Boil. Wibby’s brewmaster will illustrate the ancient art of brewing a steinbeer, complete with fire and the chucking of red-hot stones into wort. The fires will be put to further use for s’mores roasting, complemented by a crawfish boil from 3 – 6 p.m. To round out the day, Wibby will also feature ice carving and live music.

Saturday 27: Also up north, High Hops Brewery’s Patio Party brings food, music and the tapping of a special spring Berliner weisse. Looks like good weather will be part of the package as well.

Saturday 27: Back down in Denver, another Crawfish Boil fires up at Station 26 Brewing Co. with beer, mudbugs, and live music.

Saturday 27: Rye Fest 2019 comes to Chain Reaction Brewing Company, bringing unlimited tasters of rye beers from over a dozen Colorado breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180224_175151_HDRSaturday 27: The fourth annual celebration of Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s Beer Purity Law, takes place at Mockery Brewing with their Reinheitsgewhat? party. They’ll mix things up with music from a polka/metal band along with a number of special releases that don’t exactly adhere to the law, but are likely to be tasty nonetheless.

Saturday 27: For a slightly healthier option, jump on the West Side Brewery Bike Loop. Participants get a discounted beer at each of the five participating breweries along with a free beer voucher for finishing all of them. A group ride leaves at noon from Westfax Brewing Company, or ride at your own pace starting at any of the breweries during the afternoon. The other participating breweries are Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, Seedstock Brewery  and Oasis Brewery.

Sunday 28: For lovers of Belgian beer, Bruz Beers’ Belgian Brew Fest is a can’t-miss, with pours from 10+ breweries, live music and food. Special guest breweries Duvel and Ommegang will also be on hand for your drinking pleasure. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: What goes together better than beer, tacos, and live music? The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival brings all three to Fiddler’s Green. With tastings of over 100 beers, lucha libre wrestling and some pretty big names in punk music (The Offspring, Bad Religion to name a couple) this looks to be one helluva party.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: For a more cultured experience, drop in on Living the Dream Brewing Company’s Night Photography Class. Over some great beer, Darren White will explain techniques for better nighttime photos such as focus, exposure, stacking, noise reduction and post processing ideas. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

The Craft Brewers Conference took up lots of people’s 20190411_112941_hdr.jpgattention and maybe wrecked a few livers this week but there are still several fun things going on this weekend, from festivals to live music and more. Since I spent most of the week at the CBC this list will be a bit shorter than normal  . . .

Saturday 13: Keep CBC week rolling with more festivities at the Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival in RINO. The name pretty much says it all – sample all the tasty goodness of stuff that’s spent time in barrels.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 13: Kick back with some great blues music from the Dry Creek Duo as Halfpenny Brewing Company hosts Blues & Brews Night from 6-9 p.m.

20170729_132834_HDRSunday 14: Mardi Gras may be long past but that’s not stopping Living the Dream Brewing Company from holding their annual Crawfish Boil. In addition to the tasty crustaceans Living the Dream will have music, beads and of course beers. No need to hurry, as the boil runs from noon to 6 p.m. and you need to reserve your mud bugs in advance. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 14: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch returns to Station 26 Brewing Co. with a brunch food truck and bluegrass band. The fun runs from noon to 3 p.m.

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Ok, so it’s St. Pat’s weekend and there’s an unbelievable amount of stuff happening on the main party day Saturday March 16. It seems like about every bar and brewery is dragging out the Irish dancers and bands. As such, I’m going to assume y’all can figure out where to drink Irish-type beer that day and I’ll only be mentioning non-leprechaun stuff.

20181205_185334_HDRFriday 15: Get ready to rampage and pillage! If you’re already sick of the St. Patrick’s  hype, throw on your furs and horned helmets for Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Viking Party from 6 – 10 p.m. The throw-down will feature six different kveik-style beers from six different breweries with flavors from saison to barrel-aged. For the costumed hordes, Copper Kettle will also have a photo booth and costume contest.

Saturday 16: The spring festivals roll on with the sixth annual Collaboration Fest at the Hyatt Regency downtown from 2 – 6 p.m. The festival will pour over 100 beer collaborations made by over 200 breweries. Irish, St Patrick'S Day, IrelandAll beers have at least one Colorado brewery on the team. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 17: Celebrate the actual St. Patrick’s Day at Goldspot Brewing Company with their Irish Breakfast from 10 a.m. – noon. They’ve partnered with The Noshery to serve up a traditional breakfast paired with the brewery’s dry Irish stout. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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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.

 

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.

 

Day of Dorks Early Bird Tickets

20160721_201225_HDRDon’t miss out on this year’s Day of Dorks Saturday, March 9th at Wynkoop Brewing Co! Early Nerd ticket sales end Feb 23 and prices go up, plus it may sell out. It’s one of my favorite festivals of the year because it’s small enough to mingle with the brewers and try at least a couple beers from each without feeling like a marathon. In this case, over 30 brewers will bring their geekiest and craziest concoctions for sampling. Nerd attire is encouraged as well.

Weekend Beer Update

Saturday seems to be the go-to day this weekend for coordinated events, but don’t get down on the other days of the weekend! There are still plenty of breweries doing special releases and participating in Stout Month in various ways to keep everyone busy.

Friday 15 – Saturday 16: Join Factotum Brewhouse for a party celebrating four years of brewing. Both days will feature special releases, food trucks, and music.

BristolSaturday 16: Head to the Springs for Bristol Brewing Company’s 15th annual Firkin Rendezvous, where over 30 breweries from across the state will push, pull or drag their firkins of cask-conditioned ale to Bristol for your sampling pleasure. The fun starts at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 16: Closer to home, River North Brewery celebrates seven years with seven beers.  They’ll be pouring  seven barrel-aged beers including 20170812_151542_HDRa special anniversary ale, along with various one-off keg tappings. On the food side they’ll have a mini birthday cake and beer pairing with Good Sugar Baking, plus a food truck.

Saturday 16: In an unusual combo, Alpine Dog Brewery will host a beer and oyster pairing, although it’s not unprecedented as it’s the fourth annual event. At any rate, it’s pretty much as advertised; a couple of special release beers and oysters!

 

 

Weekend Beer Update

20180106_150906_HDRStout Month continues, with numerous breweries keeping extra taps flowing and others doing special releases or rotations throughout the month. However if stout isn’t your thing there are plenty of festivals and gastronomic experiences, plus a few oddball events, to keep you busy and keep your thirst at bay this weekend.

Feb 8-10: Ratio Beerworks celebrates four years with a weekend-long party offering music and food trucks every day plus special releases on Saturday and a Sunday brunch.

Friday 8: Every month Bruz Beers tries to bring some 20180721_135240_HDRclass to the beer scene by featuring a different artist in their taproom. This Friday they’re hosting a reception for Brett Matarazzo’s February installation from 6 – 9 p.m. so come on out and get a little culture with your beer.

Saturday 9: Really not sure what to make of this one. The Wizards and Witches Beer Festival is a Harry-Potter-themed fest featuring over 20 winter, pumpkin, and holiday beers. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at The Church on 12th Ave and Lincoln Street so it’s got some potential to be a little over-the-top. Or just cheesy. But you won’t know if you don’t go. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 9: In another wacky one-off event, Wynkoop Brewing Co. hosts the Beer Drinker of the Year competition. Participants will be tested on their knowledge, passion, and commitment to beer, and it appears audience participation will help determine the winner. Plus Wynkoop promises some free beer and giveaways. The warm-up starts at noon with the competition firing up at 1 p.m.

Saturday 9: If you’d rather spend your day out and about, 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 20181222_212153_hdr1.jpgbeer on your next visit. This month’s breweries are regulars Zuni Street Brewing Co.Little Machine Beer,  Joyride Brewing Company with special guest Westfax Brewing Company. First bus leaves at 2 p.m. and this month’s theme is ski bunnies.

Saturday 9: On Tennyson Street,  Hops & Pie will hold the OG Whales of Craft Beer Fest showcasing over a half-dozen of the original and legendary brews that garnered early craft beer fame. We’re talking famous brews like Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder and Dogfish Head’s 120 Minutes, so settle in for an afternoon of drinking!

20181224_150254_HDR[1]Saturday 9: For the fourth year in a row Fiction Beer Company has paired with a bakery – Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe this year – to put together beer & cupcake pairings with four beers paired with four special cupcakes.

Sunday 10: It’s Station 26 Brewing Co.’s monthly Bluegrass Brunch. Get an early start, as the food, beer and music starts at 11 a.m.

Sunday 10: For more of a fine dining experience, sign up for Briar Common Brewery’s  five-course beer-pairing dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

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Friday 25 – Saturday 26: One of the bigger festivals of the winter – Winter Brew Fest – hits Mile High Station near the stadium for a two-day run. With over 40 different Colorado breweries each evening and 100+ beers you’ll certainly get your fill of craft beer. Several of the breweries change out between the evenings so you’ll need to attend both nights to get them all. Tickets come in a variety of combos, with earliest entry at 6 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event (and likely to sell out in advance). 

Saturday 26: Turn up the heat at Copper Kettle 20181031_171536_HDRBrewing Co’s Chili Cookoff from 4 – 7 p.m. Sign up on their website to enter for the chance to win prizes and beer, or stop by to chow down and put your vote in for the best and hottest!

Saturday 26: Add one more festival to the weekend with the Bourbon and Bacon Fest at McNichols Civic Center Building downtown. While technically not a beer event, sipping on a whole bunch of whiskey and chomping on salty pork goodness sounds like an afternoon well spent. Earliest entry is at 2 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 26: If neither the chili nor the bacon satisfied you and you are looking for something more exotic, give Cerveceria Colorado’s Beer and Bug Pairing a try. The event pairs three Cerveceria beers with elaborately-prepared tastings of snacks with bugs as ingredients. The event runs all day until 5 p.m. so stop by if you’re out & about.

20161026_200526_hdrSaturday 26: Get a jump on Stout Month with River North Brewery’s SuperStout Party. River North will dig into their cellar to pull out over twenty of their darkest and biggest beers and will rotate through them as the day goes on.

Saturday 26: Head west to Westfax Brewing Company for a free comedy show from 8 – 10 p.m. In addition to their tasty beers. Wesfax will also have a food truck to make a night of it.

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It’s a festival-filled weekend from the Front Range to the mountains, with three big fests rolling out the welcome mat. However if festivals aren’t your style, the weekend also offers plenty of options from music to brewery-hopping to food-focused events.

Thursday 10 – Saturday 12: Celebrate eight years of sour beers at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Starting Thursday Crooked Stave will offer special beer releases, unique guest beers, food, and commemorative merch.

Thursday 10 – Saturday 12: If you can handle the weekend ski 20160721_201225_HDRcrowds, take a ride up to the Breckenridge Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival for brewing seminars, beer dinners, pairings, homebrew competitions and of course lots and lots of big beers! The main tasting event is Saturday afternoon, with the competitions, seminars, and food events going throughout the weekend. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 11: In the Tennyson neighborhood, the Northwest Beer Fest takes over the Oriental Theater with beers from ten local breweries along with wine and cider. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180212_171117_HDRSaturday 12: Celebrate five years of beer with Kokopelli Beer Company and enjoy their award-winning beers along with a special release, swag and prizes.

Saturday 12: The LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Festival comes to South Broadway with 14 brews including several from Lowdown plus eight guest breweries. This festival is a bit different, as you pay for your beers as you go vs. getting one all-in ticket.

Saturday 12: Hop on the January edition of the West Side Brewery Bus Loop which will visit Little Machine Beer, Zuni Street Brewing Co., Joyride Brewing Company and this month’s special guest Briar Common Brewery. From 2 – 10 p.m. a bus will circulate between all the breweries. Tickets are $5 and you get a free future beer for completing all four breweries. This ride’s theme is 1980’s-1990’s.

Saturday 12: Get your gourmet fix at Living The Dream Brewery’s Charcuterie at the Brewery. From 3 – 4:30 p.m. enjoy a pairing of five beers with specialty meats and cheeses from Whole Foods. Note: This is a ticketed event (buy at the door).20180527_134218_HDR

Sunday 13: Bring a dish to share and enjoy live music at SomePlace Else Brewery’s Thom & Coley Concert and Potluck. It appears that the duo plays country music. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 13: Enjoy food and music starting at noon at this month’s Bluegrass Brunch brought to you by Station 26 Brewing Co.