Weekend Beer Update

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.

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Friday 17- Saturday 18: Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. turns the calendar into their fourth year with an outdoor festival featuring beer, games, music and (to quote the brewery) “general mayhem”.

Saturday 18: Find all your favorite Lakewood breweriesWestfax in one place as Westfax Brewing Company hosts the Lakewood Brewery Collective Block Party with five Lakewood breweries and plenty of beer, music, and giveaways all day.

Saturday 18: Check out the Shop the Dock Summer Market at Dry Dock Brewing Co. South Dock. Dry Dock serves up food, drink, and gift shopping along with their annual food drive; bring two cans and get entered into drawings for some great prizes!

Kokopelli BeerSaturday 18: Enjoy a Grease-themed Saturday at Kokopelli Beer Company with a special beer release, burgers and cornhole and all capped off with an outdoor evening screening of Grease.

Saturday 18: Parker brings back the Parker Brewfest with beer sampling from over 30 breweries, food, games, and music in downtown Parker. Note: This is a ticketed event

Sunday 19: Zwei ist Vier – or in English, Two is Four, Zwei Brewing Co. in Fort Collins turns four and closes their parking lot to host bands, food, and of course lots of beer.

Weekend Beer Update

It looks to be a jam-packed, beer-filled weekend ahead, with anniversaries, openings, and festivals up and down the Front Range from Greeley to Colorado Springs. With the great weather there’s no excuse to stay home, no matter where in the metro area you live!

Friday 20 – Sunday 22: Kick off a hard-core weekend of wicked-looking beer releases  for Launch Pad Brewery’s third anniversary. In addition to multiple daily releases, Saturday will offer up a pig roast and employee beer showdown, and Sunday features coffee and brunch.

Friday 20: Take a road trip to Boulder for Finkel & Garf Brewing Company’s fourth anniversary party, offering up new beer releases, patio games, and free hot dogs and popsicles.

Friday 20 – Saturday 21: Heading further afield, Wiley Roots Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates five years with Friday beer releases and a Saturday food truck accompanied by huge patio games (think life-size beer pong). Throughout, the brewery will serve up 18 tap beers and 15 more to go, but you better get there early as kokopelli-beer-logo.jpgall the brews are first-come, first-served.

Saturday 21: Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and lei to get $1 off your first beer at Kokopelli Beer Company’s  Summer Luau. Specialty tropical beers and drinks will complement Hawaiian pizzas and if you stick around til dusk you can enjoy a beach movie on the patio.

Saturday 21: Get your hop on at Hops & Pie’s Hop Fest on Tennyson Street. The festival features brews from over a dozen breweries, both local and far-flung.

Saturday 21: Also on Tennyson, Call To Arms Brewing will throw a 3rd Anniversary Fun Fest with carnival games, music, and naturally beer releases.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22: Living the Dream Brewing Company hosts their fourth anniversary Beer Bash with loads of activities including a Saturday cornhole tournament with $700 in prizes.

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Saturday 21: The Stapleton Beer Fest brings over 40 breweries to downtown Stapleton starting at 5 p.m., plus a free concert later in the evening. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 21: Colorado Springs welcomes another brewery to the beer community. Metric Brewing Co. will hold their grand opening starting at noon with a ribbon-cutting, door prizes, and of course brand-spanking-new beers.

Related imageSaturday 21: Celebrate Belgian National Day at River North Brewery! In honor of Belgium’s Independence Day will host a Belgian Beer Celebration with special beer releases and a Belgian-themed food truck.

Saturday 21: Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. celebrates their 23rd anniversary with beer releases, yard games, and live music.

Sunday 22: The online community of Lets Talk Craft Beer celebrates its 10,000th member with a get-together at Ratio Beerworks for members to meet and chat about their shared interest in beer.

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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.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a big weekend ahead and there are plenty of reasons to hoist a beer, starting with MLB’s Opening Day and moving right along to Easter and April Fool’s. While the weekend starts off with some modern anniversaries and fests, tradition reigns on Sunday with Easter events. Start planning now for which favorite beers pair best with that Easter ham or lamb!

Friday 30th: Start the weekend right and join Seedstock Brewery for their second anniversary party! They’ll serve up special beer releases, live music, food trucks, giveaways, and a special treat if you come dressed in German attire.

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Saturday 31st: Fingers crossed for good weather (forecast is partly sunny & 61) to celebrate Halfpenny Brewing Company’s biergarten opening party. Live music, a food truck, giveaways, and of course bier will help usher in the summer patio season, and for dog-lovers, the patio is also pet-friendly.

Saturday 31st: Quirky, geeky fact: Apparently today is the 90th day of the year, and that has special meaning for Odell Brewing Company. They’ll celebrate all things 90 with 90 Shilling beer and merch specials, and giveaways every 90 minutes.

Saturday 31st: Collaboration Fest rolls into the Colorado Convention Center this afternoon with 100+  beers from over 150 collaborating breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event with both early-entry and general admission tickets available.

Sunday 1st: Tip your hat to tradition and join Briar Common Brewery for Easter brunch starting at 10am with breakfast drinks, good specials, and a prize wheel.

Sunday 1st: For a more interactive Easter, stop by Easter TimeFactotum Brewhouse for an Easter egg hunt. Doors open at noon so you can search out eggs holding prizes for the whole family including candy, and of course free beers!

Sunday 1st: Even more family friendly, Kokopelli Beer Company’s Easter egg hunt starts at 11:45 (sign up required) but get there early for a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny starting at 11. Kokopelli will also have a coloring contest, fire truck and most importantly beer tappings!

Brewery Snapshot: Kokopelli Beer Company

Depending on where you live, Kokopelli Beer Company is either a go-to brewery and restaurant easily accessed off main roads, or a frustrating grind through city traffic to the old Westminster Mall. Regardless, if you make the journey you’ll find the ample & diverse beer selection combined with the great food make it worthwhile.

BEER LINEUP: With a menu listing over two dozen 20180212_171117_hdr.jpgbeers it would be difficult not to find something in your style. The taplist ranges from very light to very dark & boozy, with detours through fruit beers and even some guest ciders and sours. Kokopelli does seem to favor flavored beers like Leia Lime Lager and Razzmatazz Chocolate Raspberry Stout but you’ll find standard IPAs, reds, and ales too.

ATMOSPHERE: The atmosphere tends toward a more relaxed family environment than many breweries. Perhaps because of the focus on both food and beer, the taproom has more of a quiet restaurant feel with an older crowd, as well as some kids. Kokopelli has taken over the storefront next door so combined with the existing patio there’s plenty of space for larger groups to spread out and play some of their bar games. Kokopelli’s kitchen also turns out highly-rated food from a rather extensive menu for a brewpub.

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SERVICE: Kokopelli offers both bar and table service, which we found efficient, friendly, and very knowledgeable. After a few tasters the server seemed to drill into our preferences and started suggesting appropriate next-beers, and even mixed a couple of beers to get a flavor profile that one of our party liked.

LOCATION: Like many in the Denver area, the taproom is tucked into a strip mall, right 20180212_175021_hdr.jpgacross from the flattened Westminster Mall. Aside from convenience to major roads and ample parking there’s nothing compelling about the suburban location.

STANDOUT BEER: The Sassy Saison was spicy and heavy on the coriander and orange peel, but balanced by the dryness that the Belgian yeast provided. According to the server, that unique variety of Belgian yeast does all the flavor work; the brewer added no spices to the beer. The saison has a typical rust-orange color and medium body that keeps the focus on the flavor.

Weekend Beer Update

2018 has come roaring in with a weekend packed full of festivities that mixes up traditional events like anniversaries with some pretty unique morning events and a traditional Wassail Winter Carnival. If you have the time and a strong liver you can pretty much have a beer in your hand from Friday evening all the way through the Monday holiday.

Friday 12th: Oscar Blues Brewery kicks off the grand opening weekend of their Denver taproom at 1624 Market Street with food, drink, and music at their live music space next door. Celebrations continue on Saturday. Note: The live music is a ticketed event.

Saturday 13th: One of two anniversaries this weekend, 20170101_151519_hdr1-e1505312001811.jpgKokopelli Beer Company celebrates with limited-release beers and giveaways.

Saturday 13th: Get up early and start your day at the Beer, Bacon, and Coffee Fest at Denver Beer Co’s Arvada taproom. Note: This is a ticketed event and also doesn’t seem to specifically involve beer.

Saturday 13th: Cellar West Artisan Ales in Boulder celebrates their first anniversary with a bash that includes special tapping of their beers plus collaboration, along with BBQ to munch on.

Saturday 13th: If you’re looking for something a little unusual (though not exactly beer), C Squared Ciders hosts their Winter Carnival in The Rackhouse featuring a tapping of their winter wassail and numerous activities to frighten away evil  spirits and summon good ones for the upcoming year. The evening will include Magicians, Jugglers, Tarot Card Readers and Live Music. The show keeps rolling on Sunday as well.

Sunday 14th: You can get a head start on today’s iteration of the Winter Carnival with Station 26 Brewing Co’s Bluegrass Brunch from 11:00-3:00 featuring live bluegrass, a brunch food truck, and of course beer!

Monday 15th: Call to Arms Brewing invades Euclid Hall for a Kick the Keg Tap Takeover starting at 11:30am if you have MLK day off and are looking for something to do. The menu features seven Call to Arms beers along with a special pairing menu from Euclid Hall’s kitchen. The person who gets the beer that kicks each of the kegs wins a prize!

Wednesday 17th: While not technically a weekend event, the Strange/Wit Meet & Greet at Strange Craft sounds pretty cool. From 4:30-6:30 interact with a panel of the owners & brewers of Strange and Wit that focuses on the topic of seasonal ingredients. Note: This is a ticketed event.