Weekend Beer Update

Looks like we’re headed for reasonably-good patio drinking weekend and there’s lots going on to make the most of it! From a number of anniversaries to diverse food-themed events there’s no excuse not to knock back a few brews.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: Join Strange Craft for a celebration of their ninth anniversary. Friday will feature a special tap release, cellared bottle sales, a vertical tasting and food, while Saturday brings nine collaboration brews with other local breweries, t-shirt printing and food.strange-beers.jpg

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: While only clocking in at six years, Odyssey Beerwerks will also be pulling out all the stops for their anniversary with a special release and food on Friday, then multiple beer releases, barrel-aged tap beers, merch, music, food and even magic (2-5 p.m.) on Saturday.

Saturday 18: Also celebrating six years, Colorado Plus Brew Pub brings live music, over 20 house beers on tap, special sausage and a cornhole tournament.  The tournament comes with prizes, plus Colorado Plus will start raffling free shwag at 3 p.m.

20171110_210133_HDRSaturday 18: With the makings of a great combo afternoon, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, just down the road from Strange Craft, celebrates two years by showcasing new tappings and cellar beer releases, new merch, food, a beer garden and lawn games. Why not check out both anniversaries for a brew-full afternoon?

Saturday 18: Fire up the stove and cook a pot of your best chili for Living the Dream Brewery’s Beer Chili Cookoff. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with prizes for the best red and green, and naturally all recipes must include craft beer. See the event post for more info and the email address for questions and entry.

Saturday 18: If eating chili has put you in the mood for more heat, head to Alpine Dog Brewery for their annual Chili Pepper Festival where they’ll be infusing some of their standard offerings with different chilies and creating special chili brews, along with hosting a taco truck providing complementary flavors.two22-taproom.jpg

Saturday 18: For those who prefer things on the sweeter side Two22 Brew will host a Peach Festival with the release of their Peach Patio beer plus other beer infusions throughout the day. The theme is luau so Hawaiian-wear is strongly encouraged.

Saturday 18: Continuing the crawfish season, Denver Beer Co. will hold their eighth annual Crawfish Boil at the downtown location. In addition to the requisite crustaceans and sides Denver Beer Co. will release a special pilsner to accompany the Cajun flavors. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Kokopelli BeerSaturday 18: Get a preview of the newest Alamo Drafthouse in Westminster as Kokopelli Beer Company hosts a pre-opening party from 4 – 6 p.m. First 25 people get a free beer!

Saturday 18: Get bluesy with Halfpenny Brewing Company at their second Blues & Brews Night featuring Jeff White. It’s pretty much as advertised; music & beer!

 

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Another holiday-filled weekend, with Denver Beer Festivus on Saturday and a bunch of Christmas-themed events across the metro area. In addition, numerous breweries are doing special winter-warmer releases and offering special deals on gift cards, often with a reward for you if you purchase a certain amount. How could Christmas shopping get any easier than filling up at your local craft brewery?!

Thursday 13 – Monday 24: While not technically a weekend20181205_185319_HDR event, Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s 12 Firkins of Christmas is one of my favorite activities of the year. The title pretty much speaks for itself: 12 firkins starting 12 days before Christmas. Copper Kettle brews up a big variety so check out the schedule to find your style, or come each day for prize at the end.

Friday 14: Although it seems a bit out of season, from 6 – 9 p.m. Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project hosts a pairing of four different cantaloupe saisons with appetizers from executive chef Chris Starkus. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 15: Once again Denver Beer Festivus brightens the holiday season with about 60 breweries, Seinfeld references, food, and entertainment at the Denver Sports Castle on Broadway. Parking is limited and realistically, with all those breweries it’s probably in everyone’s interest to take public transit or ride-sharing. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 15: For a more family-oriented experience, Kokopelli Beer Company hosts a Christmas-filled day with a Santa brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, holiday vendors and a couple of holiday-oriented movies later in the day. Get a buck off pints for wearing an ugly sweater!

Saturday 15: If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, visit River North Brewery for a beer and cookie pairing. From 2 – 4 p.m. get four tasters paired with four cookies. Note: This is a ticketed event.River-North-Taproom.jpg

Saturday 15: In a similar vein, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project will hold the Gingerbread Invitational, where various local brewing businesses build gingerbread houses to compete for your vote. Additionally, a Christkindlesmarkt will offer arts and crafts from local vendors and special releases from participating breweries will be available.

Sunday 16: Continue the Christmas fun at Living the Dream Brewing Company by making your very own Christmas ornament. From 2 – 5 p.m. you can decorate an ornament for yourself or to give as a gift. The price of the event includes your first beer to get you in the creative spirit! Note: This is a ticketed event.

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Enjoy some of the last of the beautiful fall weather this weekend with all sorts of fun festivals, fall beer events and even a pet costume contest in addition to the usual anniversaries and grand openings. 

Friday 19 – Saturday 20th: Multiple sessions of The Festival bring you dozens and dozens of small-batch and artisan beers from the United States and around the world. It would be impossible to try all these brews and meet so many brewers without breaking the bank and this weekend they all come together at The Rock Drill in RINO. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 19: Get into the Halloween/Day of the Dead spirit at Golden skullIntrepid Sojourner Beer Project by painting a sugar skull mug. The finished mugs will be taken to Potter’s Touch for firing and returned to you just in time for Halloween. Note: The cost for supplies and firing is $30.

Saturday 20: In preparation for Saturday sessions of The Festival, Freshcraft hosts a Fuel for the Fest brunch starting at 10:00 a.m. with special tappings to complement the tasty brunch food.

Saturday 20: Head down to Parker to check out the grand opening of Welcome Home Brewery. Details seem a little sketchy but it looks like they’ll be pouring some of their newly-crafted beers, along with having some food and a DJ.

Saturday 20: If you’re looking for somewhere more established, head up to Loveland for Crow Hop Brewing’s fifth anniversary party with at least ten wood-aged brews plus other specialty beers, a food truck and giveaways.

Saturday 20: Oktoberfest’s not done with us yet! The Real Oktoberfest Crate Brewery Beer -Brick Lane Londontakes over Glendale’s Infinity Park in combination with Olympic-qualifying women’s rugby. Starting at 1:00 p.m. grab samples from over 30 breweries before checking out the action on the field. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 20: The Brew Hut holds their annual home brew competition. Entry space is limited but they are looking for judging and stewarding volunteers.

Lit-up Halloween pumpkin with shadow vector imageSunday 21: Pumpkin mayhem hits Station 26 Brewing Co. as they celebrate all things pumpkin with beers, pies, carving, and even a bit of smashing. The brewery will supply tools and pumpkins to carve up at outdoor stations.

Sunday 21: Dress your pet for success at Bruz Beers’ pet costume party. In addition to  prizes there will be treats, swag, photos and it all benefits a good cause – MaxFund Animal Shelter. Note: This is a ticketed event for entrants.

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The Oktoberfest options continue! Many more breweries will celebrate the traditional German holiday this week, along with a culture-heavy Friday & Sunday plus lots of other interesting-looking stuff to do.

Friday 5: Get a little dose of culture with an opening reception for Bruz Beers’ artist of the month, Chris Austin, from 6 – 8 p.m.20161104_175636_hdr.jpg

Friday 5: For a big dose of culture head to First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe Drive, where you can check out local galleries, sip beer & wine, and pay a visit to one or more craft breweries. By my count you have at least four options – Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and Renegade Brewing Co.

Friday 5 – Saturday 6: Longmont is first out of the gate this weekend with their Oktoberfest that spans two days and is sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Company. The festival features beer from over ten breweries, music, food and games for the whole family. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Get into the anniversary spirit as Blind Faith Brewing celebrates one year of beer with a whole series of barrel-aged releases.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7: Welcome Goldspot Brewing Company’s new owners at the weekend-long New Ownership Party featuring daily beer releases, rotating food trucks, music, raffles and on Sunday a dog show at 2 p.m.

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Saturday 6: Beer steins, bands, music and food usher in Oktoberfest at Kokopelli Beer Company in Westminster. Kokopelli currently features an extensive lineup of German and Oktoberfest-specific beers, which I had the pleasure of trying last weekend and which I would highly recommend!

Saturday 6: Oktoberfest also rolls on down south in DTC at Halfpenny Brewing Company with all the traditions you’d expect: German food, music and of course beer! In addition, Halfpenny will have games, contests and prizes.

Saturday 6: If you’re already on the south end of town 20171108_161432_HDRfor Halfpenny, why not combine it with Locavore Beer Works’ Oktoberfest in Littleton?  They’ll tap some traditional German beers to complement their food while you watch (or participate in) yard games and stein-holding contests.

Saturday 6: Hop lovers will flock to Falling Rock Tap House for Fresh Hop Fest featuring beers from dozens of breweries created using the unique fresh-hopping process. No ticket required; just buy your hop happiness by the glass.

Intrepid Sojourner SignSaturday 6: For those more centrally-located, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project throws down their version of Oktoberfest with a new Kölsch release, special steins, lawn games & contests and a craft market.

Sunday 7: Enjoy some ales and art at Alpine Dog Brewery’s Sunday Night Culture Club featuring the work of  Nastasja Martel.

Colfax to Santa Fe Ride

This short ride starts off at Seedstock on West Colfax Avenue, then meanders through the Platte River Valley before ending up at a couple breweries in the Santa Fe Arts District with a stop at StrangeCraft on the way back.

Our starting point, Seedstock Brewery, sits on an interesting section of West Colfax Avenue with a wide variety of businesses and a diverse crowd. The brewery itself offers plenty of bike parking and large patio on which to enjoy their malty, Bohemian-style beers. They also offer a cozy taproom that opens to the brewery, and generally have a couple of other styles for different tastes than Bohemian. The real highlight on every visit has been the service; fast, friendly and engaging.

Leaving Seedstock, we headed south and west through the neighborhoods to 13th Street and Knox Court to pick up the Lakewood Gulch Trail in Paco Sanchez Park. From there we rode to the Platte River Trail, took a right and then a quick left on 13th Street. After passing under I-25 and crossing over several sets of railroad tracks we turned right on Mariposa Street and headed to 9th, then cut up the back alley to Intrepid Sojourner. There are other, shorter routes on the west side of the highway that involve more street riding, and with the grid street system east of I-25 there are countless alternative routes once you turn off of 13th so you can truly mix & match.

Intrepid Sojourner SignAs usual, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project offered up a selection of familiar beer styles, rare foreign recipes, and beers with unique and savory ingredients. Drinking at Intrepid Sojourner is always an adventure. The international-themed taproom stocks travel literature and artifacts from around the world, and on the day we visited had a pop-up craft fair in the small parking lot. The brewery has plenty of seating in the taproom along with a small patio. The only knock is that the service was very hit-or-miss. Continue reading “Colfax to Santa Fe Ride”

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend comes packed full of festivals, including a couple in somewhat cooler locations if you feel like getting out of town for a bit. Not that staying in town will leave you feeling deprived; there are plenty of creative events including several with a musical or international flair 

Friday 13- Sunday 15: While not technically a craftImage result for german flag public image beer event, the T.E.V Edelweiss Club will host a Biergarten Festival at their Morrison festival grounds, complete with German music, dancing, food, and of course large mugs of imported German beer as well as Prost Brewing and Tivoli Brewing Company brews! Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180712_090035_hdr.jpgFriday 13: On the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Odyssey Beerwerks will host Punk Night, showcasing three punk bands accompanied by a food truck and special beer release.

Friday 13: In a similar vein, Oscar Blues Black Buzzard in downtown Denver will  preview the Underground Music Showcase set for later this month with bands, beer giveaways, and promotional ticket pricing. There is no cost to attend but the event requires an RSVP.

Saturday 14: Escape the heat and journey to Salida for the 22nd Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous showcasing 75+ breweries pouring over 300 beers, plus food & live music. With that much of a selection it might be worth reserving a hotel! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 14: Heading the opposite direction, get an early start and journey north to Rally King Brewing in Fort Collins for their VIP Birthday Brunch, which offers pretty much what you would expect: brunch food and beer. They will also lead brewery tours and have various raffles and merch.

Saturday 14: Practice your French to warm up for Bastille Day at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project where you can enjoy a flight of saisons from local breweries. Perhaps it’s a French tradition I’ve not heard of, but there will also be a 3 p.m. cornhole tournament. Finally, Intrepid Sojourner will be one of the stops on the monthly Brewery Bus Loop, which ventures to several breweries for only five bucks.

Saturday 14: Enjoy the Sloan’s Lake view at 20170617_173638_HDRJoyride Brewing Company’s family-friendly fourth anniversary celebration where they will shut down the street and bring in bands, food, and beer.

Saturday 14: Get your BBQ on at the Centennial Brew-N-Que with beer sampling, BBQ, and bluegrass music. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 15: Trendy-looking Blue Moon Brewing Company celebrates their second anniversary in their RINO location with a special brunch menu, music, and special barrel-aged releases.

Weekend Beer Update

The run-up weekend to the July 4th holiday looks pretty quiet for events, but a lot of breweries have special beer releases this weekend if you are so inclined. Or you could go low-stress and relax on a patio somewhere with a cool brew on a hot day.

Friday 29 – Saturday 30: Last Call at Caution Brewing Co.Caution will close its doors June 30 and in effort to drink down their last supply they will throw a two-day party with  giveaways, kill-the-keg contests, and other fun shenanigans.

Saturday 30: The West Side Brewery Bike Loop hits the road again, this month with a patriotic red, white, and blue theme. The official route begins at noon at Westfax Brewing Company and runs through Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery but realistically you can start any time to do a self-directed tour. Get $1 off a pint at each brewery and a free beer voucher when you complete them all!20171111_130651_HDR

Saturday 30: Hopheads rejoice! Renegade Brewing Company starts a new tradition with their first annual Hop Head Festival featuring special beer releases, food, music, games, and other hop-themed activities. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 30: If you’re already in the neighborhood for Renegade,intrepid-sojourner-sign.jpg why not check out Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project’s graduation party for the Craft Beer Summer School? The party starts at 3 p.m. and aside from the proud graduates, Intrepid Sojourner will pour guest taps from all of the participating breweries.

Saturday 30: Up north in Loveland, Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project combines several great ideas with their Beer Bacon Coffee Donuts event from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., although naturally the beer continues all day and beyond!