Weekend Beer Update

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.

Grandma's HouseFriday 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 BusLoop4_Web.pngreturns 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

West Side Beer Bus This Weekend

Brewery Snapshot: Little Machine Beer

Little Machine Beer aims for the unique, from a taproom decorated with unusual mechanical devices (yeah, yeah, they do have ‘machine’ in their name) to interesting takes on some traditional beer styles. Unless you’re going to a Broncos game you’re unlikely to stumble upon it, but since it’s located right behind Mile High it’s a relatively convenient stop on the way to a lot of places. Or you could make an evening of it as a destination brewery. The relaxed seating, laid-back vibe, and numerous board games certainly lend themselves to kicking back over some interesting brews.

BEER LINEUP: Good coverage from light to dark with a lot of interesting twists and turns like a coffee oatmeal stout and a mezcal smoked lager made with agave and South American barley

ATMOSPHERE: Little Machine had a very chill vibe on a Saturday night, with about half the seats occupied by people hanging out, playing games, and chatting. The bartenders were equally relaxed and seemed to be having a good time. The space itself feels like some kind of old inventor’s lab filled with random machinery and knickknacks – tending toward Steampunk but without the funky clothes. The best part is the ingenious bar-in-the round, which is surrounded by plentiful tables and couches, and promotes fast service, keeping traffic jams to a minimum

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SERVICE:  Friendly and quick. The bartenders also have strong personal opinions about their beers that they are happy to share.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Hard to define. At 20th & Federal, Little Machine is sandwiched between Mile High Stadium, a traditionally sketchy part of town, and the southward expansion of The Highlands. While Federal Blvd. is heavily trafficked, the immediate area around the brewery seems quiet and doesn’t feel like a cohesive neighborhood. It seemed like most of the patrons were drop-ins rather than neighborhood regulars. That said, Little Machine offers decent parking and easy access from I25, Colfax, and Federal (except perhaps on Cinco de Mayo and Broncos home games).

STANDOUT BEER: La Perla Mezcal-Inspired Smoked Lager. Being a fan of the rich smokiness of mezcal, this beer had immediate appeal for me. At first pour La Perla showed wonderful copper color, followed by a lightly smoky/tequila nose. Upon tasting, La Perla replicated mezcal flavors perfectly, while complementing them with a malty Vienna Lager taste. Even if you are not a tequila/mezcal fan this one’s worth at least a sample for its uniqueness.

Beer Of The Week: Little Machine Sully Irish Red

20161210_134710_hdrOn a recent visit to the Stapleton Tap House the bartender recommended the Little Machine Sully Irish Red as a good medium-bodied beer and upon delivery it came across as a solidly-crafted brew. Stapleton Tap serves the Sully on nitro, giving it and exceptionally smooth and creamy body, with light malt and caramel flavors. Aside from these the beer contains no strong flavors or hoppiness, which makes it pleasant and quite sessionable, if unchallenging. Adding to the sessionability is the low (5%) alchohol content