Weekend Beer Update

This weekend ushers in colder weather but that’s not preventing a number of breweries from holding outdoor events – fortunately on Friday and Saturday before the snow flies! 

Friday 12 – Saturday 13: Head north to Windsor and help High Hops Brewery celebrate their 6th anniversary with food, music, commemorative swag, giveaways and of course beer releases.

20170610_195333_hdr-e1497366840193.jpgSaturday the 13th ushers in the Lucky 13 Anniversary Party at Dry Dock Brewing Co’s North Dock. They’ll be bringing out the big guns with music, food, lawn games, beer releases, screen printing and even a tattoo artist. Even better, you can also purchase the First Mate’s ticket, which gets you a souvenir glass and covers all the beer you want to drink. Seems like one helluva deal to me!

Saturday 13: The monthly West Side Brewery Bus Loop Hits the streets between Zuni Street Brewing Co., Hogshead Brewery, Little Machine Beer and Joyride Brewing. For 5 bucks you can ride the loop and get a free future beer if you complete the circuit. This month has a theme that about every beer-lover can get into, which is wear your brewery gear!20180621_171744_HDR

Saturday 13: Turn up the heat with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s BBQ Cook-Off starting at noon. Note: This is a ticketed event for samples.

Saturday 13: Make a run up to Longmont for Collision Brewing Company’s grand opening with live music and giveaways, not to mention their spanking-new beers.

Saturday 13: At the opposite fringes of the metro area, Iron Mule Brewery opens in Castle Rock. Housed in the same facility as the recently-deceased Castle Rock Beer Co., they’re hoping to have an actual mule in attendance at the festivities.

Pub Pass Circuit

In an attempt to check off a number of Pub Pass breweries, a friend20181001_143113_HDR scheduled at short ride (approx. 5 miles) through The Highlands and Edgewater. The route primarily uses residential streets but takes a few trails, most notably through Sloan’s Lake Park with pretty views of the lake and mountains. The shorter ride lets you finish before dark on these shorter fall days but beware if it’s a Broncos Sunday, as the first part of the route runs reasonably-close to the stadium.

Briar Common signWe started at Briar Common Brewery + Eatery, which as the name implies offers both beer and food. The location in The Highlands is reasonably accessible by bike from light rail and other transit but if you choose to drive, parking can be tricky with many streets marked for resident permits only. Briar Common serves up a wide range of beers that should satisfy most tastes, paired with gourmet/trendy food offerings. The location in an old brick building feels cozy and has a wonderful patio on the roof for warm days (and why else would you be out biking, right?)

Leaving Briar Common we rode directly west on 23rd Avenue to Sloan’s Lake Park and beautiful views of the Front Range. A quick ride through the park to the corner of Sheridan Boulevard and 25th Avenue brought us to our next stop at Joyride.

Arriving at Joyride Brewing Company, we used 20180915_135700_hdr.jpgthe bike racks in front and at the municipal lot across the street and dived right in to the diverse taplist. In my experience Joyride can be a hit or miss in their selection but I’ve never been completely frustrated with their offerings. The taproom connects to the outdoors with garage doors opening to pleasant Sloan’s Lake views in front and a patio/biergarten out back. On our visit it appeared that they are building a rooftop patio to further leverage their location. Like Briar Common, this place is best experienced in warm weather. If the short ride calls for some sustenance, food trucks consistently park out front.

Crossing back over Sheridan Boulevard and taking Byron Place along the edge of the park we took a left on Xavier (though almost any of the streets opposite the park will work), headed uphill four blocks to 29th Avenue and took a right to bring us to Hogshead Brewery after a couple more blocks.20180915_152206_hdr.jpg

Hogshead Brewery was busy on the beautiful day we rode, with the tiny interior and big patio almost full. Hogshead’s specialty is English-style cask ales  so we settled in for a few lightly-carbonated bitters, porters, and the like. They do have a few other beers such as a saison and blonde but where they really shine is the English brews. They don’t typically have a food truck but there’s a coffee shop next door for a quick snack, and if you happen to have bike problems a bike shop shares the building with the coffee place.

We continued east on 29th Avenue across Lowell Boulevard and the tricky Speer Boulevard crossing to Zuni Street and Zuni Street Brewing.

Zuni Street Brewing Company was also having a busy day with both patios plus their interior full. The taproom has an island feel to it thanks to the vegetation-covered bar, the openness to breezes 20180915_172342_hdr.jpgfrom both the front and rear patios, and the chill band. As for beers, Zuni Street covers the full spectrum from dark to light but on my visits it seems like IPAs and hoppier styles are their sweet spot. We found a place in the shade on the front patio where we had easy access to both the bar and food truck.

Finally, as the sun and temperatures started to drop we headed back out on 29th Avenue – west this time – a few blocks to Clay where we turned south until we reached 23rd Avenue and our starting point of Briar Common.

This route is pretty easy to shake up many different ways and add or subtract breweries since it’s such a target-rich area (Little Machine comes to mind). Given the short distances you definitely want to pace yourself, though, as it’s easy to travel between breweries in just a few minutes.

For details on our particular route click the link.

Weekend Beer Update

Take your pick of events this Saturday, from music festivals to biking and Halloween to facial hair. Sadly the rest of the weekend is rather bare, or perhaps a good excuse to hit the local craft brewery for a quiet one.

Friday 27 – Sunday 29: This year Sesh Fest and the Underground Music Showcase have teamed up for a weekend-long beer and music event. Kick back with low ABV pours from over a dozen breweries and enjoy some great banded-oak-exterior-2.jpgmusic at various venues and stages along broadway. Two breweries are even hosting events – Baere Brewing Company and Banded Oak Brewing! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The rubber hits the road again this month at the West Side Brewery Bike Loop circling between Westfax Brewing Company, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery. Pick up a punch card at any of the stops for $1 off a beer at each brewery and when you complete the loop you get a free future beer. This month has a beach theme so dress accordingly!

Saturday 28: Dig out last year’s costume or create a new one for Ursula Brewery’s Halloween in July. Ursula will have individual and group costume contests, candy,  Image result for free public halloween clip artHalloween crafts, and even themed games. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can even bring a carved pumpkin for the jack ‘o lantern contest.

Saturday 28: Beer, Bacon, and Bluegrass take the stage on Black Shirt Brewing Co.’s back patio. No ticket necessary, just show up after 2 p.m.to eat, drink, and enjoy!

Saturday 28: Why beat around the bush with a fancy name? Thirstyfest says it all as they bring over 15 breweries to the McNichols Building in Civic Center along with entertainment and food. Festivities start bright and early at 11 a.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The final entry on the festival list pulls together IPAs from seven breweries at West End Tavern’s JUL-IPA in Boulder. From noon to 3 p.m. they’ll have beer and bourbon tasting, food, music, and an auction of beer-related merchandise. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Down in The Springs Goat Patch Brewing Co. celebrates one year with special releases, raffles, merchandise, and food trucks.

Saturday 28: Up in Longmont, Grossen Art Brewery celebrates all forms of facial hair with the Mane Event. In addition to the 6 p.m. beard competition, they’ll have music, raffles, bar games, and food all day. Note: There is a cover for this event.

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!

Weekend Beer Update

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  There are plenty of great happy%20memorial%20day%20clipartbeer events happening up and down the front range, and the weather is looking great for patio time. One of my favorite plans involves an active outdoor morning followed by a relaxed afternoon and a few brews!

Friday 25: Another brewery comes to the metro area with the soft open of Burly Brewing Company in Castle Rock.

Friday 25 – Monday 28: Up north, the long weekend lets 4 Noses Brewing Company squeeze in 4 days of 4th anniversary fun including special releases, food, and live music.

20170722_130505_HDRSaturday 26: Get your fix of heavy metal and goat (yeah, that sounds weird) at Black Sky Brewery’s 4th Annual Goat Roast. Goat starts at 2:00, bands at 3:30.

Saturday 26: Hop on up to Golden for Mountain Toad Brewing’s five-year anniversary bash with special tappings, food, bands, and beer & ice cream pairing. With the Saturday forecast of 90+ I think they’re on to something with the ice cream!

Saturday 26: Enjoy the sunny weather and join up with WestFax Brewing Company’s Bikes and Breweries circuit. Participants receive $1 off beers while cycling between Westfax, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery and upon completion get a free beer to celebrate. The seven-mile loop starts at noon and will involve both path and street riding.

Saturday 26: Odell Brewing Company rolls out over 40 of their beers including pilot-system brews and barrel-aged offerings at their Small Batch Festival in Ft. Collins. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 26: Celebrate the one year anniversary of 20170729_142951_HDRGrist Brewing Company’s Grist Lab location in Lone Tree with special beer releases every other hour, a raffle, and prizes.

Sunday 27: Take your last runs for the season and then kick back with brews from over a dozen breweries at Arapahoe Basin’s Festival of the Brewpubs. Having been up last weekend I can say that the snow’s pretty thin and once the afternoon sun gets to work you’ll be ready to call it a day with a bunch of beers and live music.

Sunday 27: The holiday Sunday is a slow one for events but if you fancy a drive and/or sour, head up to Ft. Collins for New Belgium Brewing Company’s 20 Years of Sour Celebration.

Monday 28: Memorial Day brings us Briar Common Brewery’s Summer Crushable Party with the release of four new beers, BBQ, games and prizes.

Weekend Beer Update

This coming weekend brings plenty of ethnic fun on Saturday with your choice of Belgian, German, Mexican, or Cajun. Bookend that with some Friday international flavor at Intrepid Sojourner and a chill-out brunch on Sunday at one of two breweries and that’s one heck of a weekend.

Friday 27- Sunday 29: Copper Kettle Brewing Company rolls out a weekend full of events to celebrate their 7th anniversary. Start on Friday with a special Snowed In release along with food trucks and music. Saturday brings the ever-popular Staff Showdown where the staff compete for your love with their various creative brews. Finally Sunday takes things down a notch with an all-day pajama & cartoon brunch (and another special release!).

Friday 27: Explore the subtleties of oak in beer at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project’s Flight Night, where they will pour their Imperial Saison containing various degrees of toasted oak.

20171106_194213_HDRSaturday 28: Take a little tour to Belgium with Bruz Beer’s annual Belgian Beerfest from 1:00-4:00. Over 10 breweries will pour their Belgian best, and since we all know how strong those can get it might be advisable to plan ahead for alternative transport home! They will also have food trucks and live music on tap. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Commune with Belgium’s purity-obsessed neighbor at Mockery Brewing Co.’s Reinheitsgewhat? to celebrate the 502nd anniversary of Germany’s beer purity law. Mockery will have special (though law-breaking) beer releases, a German-themed band, and a German food truck menu.

Saturday 28: Or if Mexican better suits your mood, get a preview of Cinco de Mayo at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival at Fiddler’s Green. This all-day festival will feature tastings of over 100 craft beers, gourmet tacos, musinc from bands like the Offspring, Pennywise, and several, plus Lucha Libre wrestling. So go ahead and fill up while checking out some great entertainment! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Finally, if crawfish sounds more appealing, Living the Dream Brewing hosts their annual Crawfish Boil. Enjoy loads of crawfish with all the tasty New Orleans sides and of course delicious Living the Dream Beer. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: For a more active take on the West Side Brewery 20171111_130501_HDRBus, WestFax Brewing Company kicks off their first West Side Brewery Bike Loop featuring a 6.7-mile route including Seedstock BreweryJoyride Brewing Company and Hogshead Brewery. The ride starts at noon but if you miss this one WesFax has a several more scheduled over the summer.

Sunday 29: If you need to recover from any of the Saturday festivities, head to Launch Pad Brewery for their Pajama Brunch starting at 10. With a brunch food menu, a themed stout release, and beer-mosas it’ll put you right back in the mood for another day of drinking. No need to even change out of your jammies – they’ll get you 10% off!