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 Brewing 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 Bluegrass 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.
With the Monday holiday it’s a jam-packed weekend of celebrations to usher in the new year and then recover from all that celebrating. Numerous breweries are hosting New Year’s Eve parties as well as New Year’s Day recovery parties so whatever your mood you should be able to find a reason and place to celebrate 2018.
Saturday 30th: New Year’s Eve Eve celebration at Station 26 Brewing Co. with a live band playing songs from musicians who passed away in 2017.
Sunday 31st: Start your festivities early at Avery Brewing Co. with their New Year’s Eve Brunch beginning at 11:00AM and featuring beer flights and a long menu of delectable dishes.
Sunday 31st: If you want to continue on the gourmet food and beer train, head over to Copper Kettle Brewing Company for their annual Beers & Cheers NYE Black-Tie Dinner featuring four courses of beer and food pairing. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Sunday 31st: And finally, if you want to skip the long lines and cover charges at clubs, many of our local craft breweries are having special New Year’s Eve parties featuring special tappings, live music, and other fun. Some of the breweries with festivities are Fiction Beer Company, Beryl’s Beer Co., Ratio Beerworks, and Caution Brewing Co.
Monday 1st: Get right back on the horse with a Hangover Brunch at Ratio Beerworks from noon – 3:00.
Last night was a great start to Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Twelve Firkins of Christmas with blackberry Berliner weisse that was not too sweet, not too sour, but very fruit-forward. This weekend’s releases also look to be worth stopping by for, along with a number of other beer-related events around town including a disturbing number of ugly-sweater parties (not all involving beer).
Friday 15th: The first of many ugly-sweater events, Westfax Brewing Company’s all-day party starts at 2:00 and will feature a double IPA tapping, presumably so you can drink those awful sweater memories out of your head.
Friday 15th: Fiction Beer Company cuts to the chase of the Christmas season by hosting a Drunk Christmas both Friday and Saturday starting at 8. In addition to the obvious – beer – Fiction will have raffles, auctions, baked goods, and Christmas Karaoke as a fundraiser for Audacious Theater.
Saturday 16th: The annual Festivus returns to Lowry at the Wings Over the Rockies museum with over 50 breweries pouring their best – better book your Uber now! GA tickets are sold out but VIP tickets are still available.
Saturday 16th: If a traditional Christmas is more your style, The Intrepid Sojourner Project is hosting a Gingerbread Invitational that integrates gingerbread beer releases, cookie decorating, and a gingerbread house contest.
Saturday 16th: For more traditional Christmas activities, venture up to the Tennyson St. Holiday Rumpus and Market. In addition to a traditional German market with food and music, Call to Arms Brewing Co will also offer special holiday beer release along with their normal lineup.
Saturday 16th: As if ugly sweaters weren’t enough, Mockery Brewing is hosting a onesie party featuring stout hot chocolate and free cookies starting at 7.
Sunday 17th: For the craftiest of the craft-beer fans, Living the Dream Brewery is hosting holiday ornament decorating starting at noon. Note: this is a ticketed event.
It’s Anniversary Saturday this weekend with three Denver-area craft brewers celebrating, not to mention some spooky post-Halloween beer-related events!
Friday 3rd: Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project brings the south of the border holiday Dia de los Muertos to life during the monthly Santa Fe Art Walk by tapping some of their Mexican-styled beers along with guest taps, tacos, and music.
Saturday 4th: Enjoy a barrel-aged quad tapping and their 4th anniversary celebration at Jagged Mountain Brewery downtown.
Saturday 4th: Not to be out-done, Mockery Brewing Co. in RINO will celebrate their 3rd anniversary with a block party featuring 20+ beers, food, music, games, special releases and more.
Saturday 4th: To round out the anniversary trifecta, Grist Brewing Company will celebrate their 4th anniversary at both locations in Highlands Ranch with hourly beer releases and a beer bus ($10) running between the locations.
Saturday 4th: Fiction Beer Company keeps the Halloween spirit going with their Descent Into Darkness featuring a simultaneous tapping of 10 of their dark beers at 5:00 plus a bonus mac & cheese cookoff.
Saturday 4th: If you feel like getting out of town, Estes Park is holding the Fall Back Beer Fest with 30 Colorado craft brewers, demonstrations, brew clubs and of course food. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Fiction Beer Company lists Logic Is Relative as a New England IPA, which differs from the more typical West Coast IPAs with lower floral characteristics and less bitterness. It still contains the hops bitterness one expects from an IPA – just a little more balanced and nuanced. The aroma offers a hint of citrus, which carries forward to the taste. The citrus flavor leans toward the sweeter side – think of oranges rather than grapefruit – without being actually sweet. Logic Is Relative has the typical body and color of an IPA, but with significant haziness. I found this beer to be a refreshing pause between super-hopped IPAs, and it would also likely work as a transition beer between very hoppy IPAs and other beers, or vice versa.