Weekend Beer Update

In the run-up to Christmas a couple of breweries follow tradition by tapping a brew a day until the holiday, while others reach back to their pagan roots to celebrate the winter solstice on Friday.

Gift cards, bombers and merch make for great last-minute gifts and you can treat yourself to a beer at the same time but be mindful that many taprooms roll out limited hours over the holidays. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

All Weekend and Beyond: The Twelve Firkins of Christmas continues through the 24th at Copper Kettle Brewing Company with a 20181219_095001_HDR.jpgnew and (usually) tasty offering every day, along with prizes at the end for those Christmas elves who have finished all 12.

All Weekend: Similar to Copper, Launch Pad Brewery continues their 8 Crazy Nights with beer releases all the way through Sunday the 23rd.

Thursday 20: Have An Imperial Christmas at Comrade Brewing Co. with Christmas music, cookies and multiple varieties of Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout.

Friday 21: Both of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty Weasel taprooms will celebrate the solstice with The Darkest Day, a celebration and release of five high-gravity, barrel-aged brews. The ritual drinking starts at 11 a.m. at the Longmont and Boulder locations.

Friday 21: Dive further into the dark at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont with a release of  the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 versions of their Fade to Black foreign export stout.

Friday 21: Explore the ancient Scottish tradition that celebrates the shortest day/longest 20170527_141810_HDRnight of the year with the Sacred Fire Solstice Party at Ursula Brewery. Ursula will serve several varieties of The Sacred Fire Scottish ale all day but the fiery festivities really kick up after dark with the lighting of candles and a traditional fire, along with Scottish beef stew.

Friday 21: If downtown is more your hood, join Freshcraft for their Night of Darks where they will tap four of Bell’s Brewery’s darkest and tastiest beers. Additionally, Bell’s staff will visit with glassware and swag.

Saturday 22: Enjoy the sweet pairing of a Glazed and Confuzed doughnut with a specially-created Sweet Potato Pie Specialty Ale at Fiction Beer Company all throughout the day.

Saturday 22: Set the holiday mood with the Holiday Beer Fest at Hops & Pie on Tennyson, where they will pour holiday beers from 11 craft breweries from around the country.20170624_203711_HDR

Saturday 22: Get stung by the Barreled Lightning at Diebolt Brewing’s Barreled Lightning Tap Takeover where they will be cracking 12 different kegs of the beer that they’ve saved from each month’s special release.

Saturday 22: If the family is already getting on your nerves, head to Westfax Brewing Co. for a free comedy show at 8 p.m. Kick back with some beer and20170722_130246_HDR a food truck and forget your holiday stress for a couple hours.

Saturday 22: For something a little more risque, give thanks for the unseasonably warm weather, leave your pants at home and join Black Sky Brewery for their Naughty Christmas Party. Party it up in your best (or worst) undergarments with a DJ and Ugly Undies Contest.

Sunday 23: Much like their beers, Chain Reaction Brewing Company’s Cookie & Ugly Sweater Get Together will have a little bit of everything: Christmas music, a cookie decorating station, a can & coat drive, shirt printing and holiday gifts for purchase.

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.

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!

Brewery Snapshot: Launch Pad Brewery

With its quirky space-based theme, Launchpad Brewery offers a chill and comfortable vibe with a diverse beer selection including a good representation of higher-gravity Belgians.  Many folks would consider the far-east Aurora location a downside, but for those living in that brewery-deprived area Launchpad must be a blessing. Regardless of your starting point, it’s worth the drive to give Launchpad a try.

BEER LINEUP: Launchpad offers a diverse array of beers, many of which are experimental versions of traditional styles. In general I’ve found them well-executed, and not too “out-there” but I think it pays to sample before you buy. Though well made, beers don’t always taste the way you’d imagine from the descriptions.

ATMOSPHERE: The space-themed taproom displays model rockets, tvs showing launch video, space-themed beer names, and other launch memorabilia. The crowd seemed friendly and mixed – professionals, families, old, young, etc. – as well as more regulars than visitors. The taproom is rather small and fairly standard with rows of stout tables and chairs. It expands a little during warm weather when the small patio opens. Also, look out back for a food truck. We were hungry and puzzled at first but quickly figured out you have to walk through the production facility to get food. The bar is also dog friendly.

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SERVICE: Efficient. Despite the busy evening and crowded bar, the bartenders kept everything moving quickly in a friendly manner.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Buried in a strip mall far out in Aurora, there’s little charm here so unless you are in the neighborhood you’ll need to make this a destination bar. On the positive side, suburbia offers plenty of parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Key Lime Saison. This light and slightly cloudy beer offered a well-balanced combination between sweet, lightly-acidic key lime and farmhouse flavors. The flavors blended well without any unpleasant takeover by one or the other

Beer Of The Week: Launch Pad Magellen English Mild

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Launch Pad seems to really shine on their Quads, Tripels and other heavy Belgian beers. Because I couldn’t pick just one favorite to profile I decided to bail on making a decision and go with my next-favorite, which is their Magellen English Mild.”Mild” describes it perfectly – gentle English-hops tea-like flavor, sessionable low alcohol (3.7%), and only 17 IBU. It’s definitely a comfortable and easy-drinking beer to relax with and doesn’t challenge your taste buds or sobriety so it’s a good contrast to the big Belgians. The only thing I found slightly unusual was a hint of cocoa on the back end.

Aurora Strong – Same Idea, Seven Interpretations

For the fifth annual A Night to Remember fundraiser, seven Aurora breweries each brewed their own unique version of a Belgian Strong  Ale. So far I’ve only tried the Copper Kettle and Two22 versions but the tastiness of those makes me want to track down the other five. Continue reading “Aurora Strong – Same Idea, Seven Interpretations”