Wow, so much to do this weekend – particularly on Saturday! The Baseball Brewfest looks like a fun and creative concept, but if Parker is too far away then take the easier path and jump on one of the bus circuits and let someone else do the driving. For the truly lazy, most breweries have started their patio season so as long as you can motivate yourself to get out the door the rest kinda takes care of itself.
Friday 6th: If you want to pick up that next great painting or sculpture or just want to use culture as an excuse to drink craft beer, check out the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe. In addition to numerous galleries you can walk to Renegade Brewing Company, Black Sky Brewery, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, and Crazy Mountain Brewery. Sadly the weather looks a bit iffy, though perhaps that just means more taproom time!
Saturday 7th: Baseball Brewfest 2018 comes to FanDraught Sports Brewery in Parker. This sounds like a fun new concept where you can “play” 9 different baseball positions, each serving a taster from a different craft brewery while watching the Rockies game in the background. Best part: You can play each position as often as you’d like! Note: This is a ticketed event.
Saturday 7th: This month’s version of the West Side Brewery Bus Loop starts at 2:00 and includes Joyride Brewing , Diebolt Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co and Little Machine Beer. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.
Saturday 7th: If four stops doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge, try out the 8-Brewery Bus Loop that showcases breweries on South Broadway, Santa Fe, and the Mile Hi area. It runs from 2:00-10:00 so if you want to visit all of them you’ll have your work cut out for you. Note: This is a ticketed event, starting at any of the breweries.
Saturday 7th: If you didn’t get enough of Collaboration Fest last weekend, River North Brewery hosts their own little Collaboration Party with four other breweries starting at noon.
Sunday 8th: Get out of bed for Station 26 Brewing Co’s monthly Bluegrass Brunch. Starting at 11:00 Station 26 will have a brunch food truck, bluegrass music, and of course beer!
A relatively slow weekend is saved by Saturday, when loads of things are happening! Friday and Sunday pay a visit to your favorite brewery and then check out Denver A-List and show them some love by nominating and voting for them in the Best Brewpub category (apparently the closest thing to “brewery” in the A-List world)
Saturday 17th: Another Saturday and another West Side Brewery Bus Loop. This week it’s Goldspot Brewing Company, Little Machine Beer , Zuni Brewing Brewing Co, and Joyride Brewing Company. Get your ticket for 5 bucks at any brewery and hop on for the tour from 2:00-10:00. Get stamped at each brewery for a free beer on your next visit.
Saturday 17th: Get cultural at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and celebrate Chinese New Year with themed beer releases & food, a drawing for a trip to China, and a bluegrass band starting at 5:00.
Saturday 17th: Help Factotum Brewhouse celebrate their third anniversary of giving new brewers a stage to showcase their talents with special tappings, live music, and giveaways all afternoon and evening.
Saturday 17th: The weather’s looking nice enough for a field trip to Colorado Springs to take in Bristol Brewing Company’s 14th Annual Firkin Rendezvous where approximately 40 Colorado breweries will be pouring their cask ales from 2:00-5:00. Best part: proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewer’s Guild.
Saturday 17th: Valentine’s week drags on just a little longer with a beer & oyster pairing at Alpine Dog Brewery. Best part: it’s free (at least for the oysters).
Sunday 18th: For something a little different head down to Living the Dream Brewing where they will be playing the Tour de France performance of cycling legend Eros Poli. Eros is also an Olympic Gold Medalist and will be on hand to chat about cycling, beer, and much more.
Monday 19th: While not technically a weekend event, Halfpenny Brewing Company kicks off their 2nd anniversary weeklong party today. Each day of the week features a new tapping and they all look pretty tasty, including things like Creme Brulee Belgian and Brandy-Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy
Take a break from Christmas shopping to stop by one of the many holiday-themed brewery events scheduled this weekend, or better yet give the gift of beer or brewery merch!
Friday 8th: Break out your ugliest sweater for Strange Craft Beer Company’s release of their Ugly Sweater Belgian-style brown ale. Needless to say there will be prizes for the ugliest attire! Starts at noon.
Friday 8th: If tradition is more your style, visit Grandma’s House for old-fashioned cookie decorating in the evening. Free with the purchase of a beer!
Saturday 9th: One of the best deals in Denver returns this afternoon from 2:00-10:00 – the West Side Brewery Bus Loop! Ride between four breweries for just $5 and if you complete the loop with a beer at each one you get a free beer. So really, it pays for itself. Buy a tickets to start at any brewery. This month features Little Machine Beer, Hogshead Brewery, Zuni Street Brewing Co. and Joyride Brewing.
Saturday 9th: Come inside and warm up with Living the Dream Brewing Company as they host their 1st Annual Barrels of Brews. Enjoy four barrel aged releases on the same day paired with chocolates from 1:00-6:00
Saturday 9th: Join Station 26 Brewing Co. in celebrating their 4th anniversary with live music and special beer releases
With two walls of open garage doors and a fantastic view of Sloan’s Lake, Joyride Brewing Company’s taproom almost feels like the outdoors. The busy location in downtown Edgewater offers a fair number of beer choices, which you can enjoy in their small backyard beer garden or sitting at the counter while enjoying the great view and watching life pass by on the busy street corner.
BEER LINEUP: Much of the lineup looked fairly standard, though favoring lighter, summery brews – a couple IPAs, a Kolsch, a lager, a cream, and a dark beer. They also spice up the mix with seasonals and specialty beers so you might luck into something a little offbeat as well, like my friend did with a mango IPA.
ATMOSPHERE: Busy on a summer Saturday. All of the communal tables and street-facing counters were full of a variety of people from hipsters to families to neighborhood regulars. Even the small outdoor space in back was packed, even in iffy weather. Joyride is most definitely a summer stop, with two walls of the taproom open to the heat and outward-facing counters for lake views and people-watching. It seems like they always have a food truck, but there are plenty of neighborhood restaurants too.
SERVICE: Despite the busy Saturday afternoon the bartenders seemed in a good mood and happily provided samples and reasonably quick service. It seemed like there was sort-table-service if one of them could work his or her way out from behind the bar, but I wouldn’t count on it.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Old-town Edgewater feels like a small town despite the close proximity to Denver. There are small shops and restaurants to peruse along with Sloan’s Lake for recreation. It’s definitely a place where you could hang out vs. just hitting Joyride. Joyride seems like another small business bringing a key piece of the puzzle to make the neighborhood whole instead of just a hit & run visit.
STANDOUT BEER: So it sounds strange for a summer, but the day had unexpectedly cooled and the Bear Paw Oatmeal Milk Stout really hit the spot. The beer offered a smooth and balanced experience combining forward coffee and chocolate flavors with a more subtle milk flavor. As one would expect, Bear Paw has a thick body and dark color.