Weekend Beer Update

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.

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!

 

 

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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.

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.

Brewery Snapshot: Cerberus Brewing

With a huge beer garden offering mountain views and tasty gourmet-pub fare, Cerberus Brewing has created a great place to enjoy Colorado’s beautiful weather and relax outdoors. Add in a full spectrum of tasty beers and it’s the perfect combination for an afternoon of chilling.

20181026_125314_hdr1.jpgBEER LINEUP: The broad taplist offers up a full range of styles, from the 2018 World Beer Cup bronze-medal-winning Kolsch to stouts and a tripel. Some have creative twists while others stick close to style.

ATMOSPHERE: On our lunchtime visit the indoor industrial-looking taproom was mostly filled with working folks taking a lunch break while the outdoor patio and huge, comfortable beer garden seemed to have small groups of friends a grabbing a beer and food with nowhere to rush back to. Regardless, the environment felt very relaxed and pleasant for hanging out and enjoying the great food. The sunny day and mountain views from the patio no doubt encourage a more relaxed state of mind, although the traffic blasting by on the adjoining  thoroughfare counter-acts that to some extent. Cerberus had a full kitchen and specializes in brisket, which infuses the parking lot with the mouth-watering smell of the smoker.20181026_125857_hdr.jpg

SERVICE: The servers were all very friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about both the food and drink. We sat on the patio which can sometimes be a blind spot at craft breweries but we still received extremely attentive service.

LOCATION: The area has a mix of older residential houses and varied retail, service and restaurant businesses on the main road in front of Cerberus and the surrounding area. You could easily pair a quick beer and bite with other nearby errands. Whether you make Cerberus a destination or a quick stop, the medium-sized lot and additional street parking should let you stash your car, and there’s a bike shop across the street if that’s more your style.

STANDOUT BEER: Hathor California Common. This actually rather un-common style fit the warm fall day perfectly with a medium-bodied dryness bringing forth flavors of straw and non-floral hops. While that was the most noticeable flavor it was not excessive and was nicely balanced by the malt. The orange/yellow color also fit right in with the fall season.

Brewery Snapshot: Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co.

Occupying the old Victorian space of the former Augustine Grill, Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co. takes its place as Castle Rock’s newest and possibly busiest brewery. Offering up huge indoor and outdoor spaces plus food, a full bar and a variety of beers, Wild Blue Yonder was packed when I visited just before Halloween on their second day of business.

BEER LINEUP: While limited at this early stage, the taplist of seven beers hits most popular styles and will likely let any beer lover find something appealing. The styles that our party tried all tasted great and true to style. Additionally, there are guest ciders and a limited bar.

ATMOSPHERE: On their second day of operation the atmosphere was buzzing with energy and even a little chaotic. The mostly adult, professional crowd packed the indoor taproom and spilled onto the large front patio and huge rear beer garden. The industrial taproom has a slight aviation theme in keeping with the brewery’s name and the owners’ Air Force roots, and opens nicely to show off the production area. While the beer garden is a bit roughly-finished at the moment the plan is to upgrade the landscaping and make it a multi-functional space. The kitchen offers a full food menu.20181026_174018_HDR

SERVICE: As one might imagine for a brand-new operation that was suddenly packed to capacity, service was a little confused but overall the friendly crew did a pretty good job of keeping the drink and food flowing.

LOCATION: Situated on a corner of busy Wilcox Street at the edge of downtown Castle Rock, Wild Blue Yonder makes a great stop while strolling around the main street shops and businesses, as part of a brewery-hopping tour, or as a destination its own right. There’s decent street parking and the Douglas County School District building across the street has plenty of spots in off hours.

STANDOUT BEER: Napoleon’s Conquest French Saison showcases virtually everything I love about saisons. The orange-amber, medium-bodied beer puts forward a medley of spice flavors balanced by a little bit of breadiness and the crispness that comes with Belgian yeast.

Weekend Beer Update

Simply put, this weekend offers an embarrassment of beer-related riches! From multiple anniversary parties to a few festivals and even something for mom, there’s no reason not to get out an hoist a beer this weekend.

Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12: Head to Littleton to celebrate with 38 State Brewing Company. They’ll throw down four days of fun for their fourth anniversary, culminating in a Saturday blowout with new beer releases, music, raffles, games and more.

Saturday 12: Celebrate Colorado Plus Brew Pub’s fifth anniversary with the return of several customer-favorite beers, house-made sausage on the grill, live music, and raffles.

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Saturday 12: Although in my opinion it’s rather overpriced, the Bacon and Beer Festival rolls into town on Saturday with two sessions at Sports Authority Field. For more info and tickets starting at $69 click on the link above.

Saturday 12: For some refreshing spring flavors stop by Platte Park Brewing Company for their second annual Fruit Frenzy where they will pour ten of their delicious-sounding fruit beers.

20161026_200508_hdr.jpgSaturday 12: A whole lotta Belgian fun rolls into River North Brewery with their Barrel Aged Extravaganza from 12:00-9:00 where they will offer up over a dozen of their barrel aged creations.

Saturday 12: Of course it’s always nice to drink for a good cause and Great Divide Brewing Company helps you do that at their Hops for Homes Craft Beer Festival from 12:00-4:00 at their Barrel Bar. With a long list of over 30 breweries and multiple food trucks everyone ought to find something to satisfy. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13: In Five Points, Goed Zuur will celebrate their first anniversary with special tappings all weekend. Though not my style of beer I truly appreciate their dedication to being the world’s first sour-themed taproom and if that tickles your fancy you really ought to check them out!

Sunday 13: Also celebrating a first anniversary, Mother Tucker Brewery in Thornton will celebrate with food, bands, and of course plenty of beer.

Sunday 13: Have a beer-filled Mothers Day at 20180212_175021_HDRKokopelli Beer Company. Bring mom in early for some lunch and a few beers and then test both of your artistic skills while painting at the brewery. From 1:00-3:00 you get the materials and instruction to paint Serene Sunrise at the brewery. The experience costs $40 per person and reservations are required.

Sunday 13: It’s that time of the month again for Station 26 Brewing Co. to host their Bluegrass Brunch, which pretty much comes as advertised – beer, music, brunch food. Get there at 11:00 to secure your spot on the patio.