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

This weekend looks to be a transitional weekend with summer-oriented outdoor events giving way to indoor fall-type events with comfort food and darker beers. Of course there are the usual suspects for brunch, music, and anniversary parties as well.

Friday 9 – Saturday 10: WeldWerks Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates the milestone of brewing 100 beers in a year with special re-releases both days for onsite consumption and/or takeaway.

20170305_141942_HDRFriday 9 – Sunday 11: Join 105 West Brewing Company in Castle Rock to help cap off a full week of anniversary celebrations including tappings, a patio party, live music and special events for the Veteran’s Day weekend.

Saturday 10: Get up early and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their all-you-can-eat Brewery Brunch Buffet catered by Stupid Awesome! The brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes a beermosa. Note: This is a ticketed event. Purchase in advance or day-of.

Saturday 10: If brunch wasn’t enough, slide into comfort food season with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Mac N Cheese Cookoff from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Entry is free and the winner takes home a free keg of beer! Note: For tasting this is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 10: Sour fans, head to Sanitas Brewing Company in Boulder for Sanitas Sour Day 2018 featuring over a dozen of their house-made sour beers.

Saturday 10: Alpine Dog Brewery has made to four years! Join the celebration by enjoying special releases & collaborations, music, food and giveaways.

Saturday 10: Grist Brewing Company has logged one 20170729_142951_HDRmore than Alpine Dog and will mark their fifth anniversary in both of their south-metro taprooms by releasing new beers, hosting live music and giving away prizes.

Saturday 10: For a full afternoon & evening of fun, join this month’s West Side Brewery Bus Loop starting at 2:00 p.m. at any of the participating breweries: Little Machine Beer, Joyride Brewing, Zuni Street Brewing Co. , Diebolt Brewing. The theme this month is Thanksgiving/Movember and tickets are only five bucks, plus score you a free future-visit beer when you complete the loop. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: For an excursion from Denver, visit the All Colorado Beer Festival at Chapel Hill Mall in Colorado Springs with 64 breweries and 2 cideries pouring over 200 beverages. On second thought, might not be a bad idea to reserve a hotel! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 10: The fifth annual Nitro Fest at Left Hand Brewing Company in Fort Collins brings a boat-load of smooth-pouring dark beers from around the world set to live music and a voodoo masquerade featuring aerialists, acrobats, and fire dancers.  Note: This is a ticketed event and themed dress is expected.

Sunday 11: Another day, another brunch. Station 26 Brewing Co. will hold their monthly Bluegrass Brunch with food, music and of course beer – all starting at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday 11: After filling up on brunch, head to RINO for Mockery Brewing Co.’s Veteran’s Day Beer and Cookie Pairing, with proceeds going to help support veterans’ charities.

Sunday 11: Grab your banjo and head to Seedstock Brewery for their Bluegrass Jam and Beer from 4:00-6:00 p.m. You can join in the jam with fellow musicians or just kick back with a beer and listen.

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.

Beer Of The Week: Left Hand Brewing Fade To Black

20170103_210350_hdrEverything about Left Hand Brewing Company’s Fade to Black says Big Beer. A quick look and swirl shows you the thick body and dark color of the beer. That’s followed by the nose, which is deliciously smoky like smoked cheddar with notes of espresso and chocolate. The first taste starts with the same wonderful smokiness, which is soon complemented by dark malt and light raisin flavors, and subtly accompanied by high-alcohol warmth throughout. Finally, the aftertaste of smokiness and roasty malt lingers long after the sample. In my opinion this is the perfect sipping beer to warm up with on a frigid winter evening while watching the snow fall.  Hands-down this is the most excited I’ve been about a beer in quite a while, and I don’t attribute that just to the 8%+ ABV, as I made sure to make my tasting notes during the first few sips.