Weekend Beer Update

Happy Yeti Awareness Week! Help Great Divide protect these gentle but endangered giants on Friday, National Yeti Day, or enjoy some of the other diverse fests, anniversaries, and pre-Thanksgiving festivities taking place this weekend. 

Friday 16: Today is National Yeti Day and the epicenter is Great Divide Brewing Company’s Barrel Bar. They promise a full day of celebration with over ten varieties of Yeti on tap including some crazy ones like Maple Pecan, Chai, and S’mores. They’ll also have giveaways, raffles, a photobooth and food including Yeti ice cream floats. Great Divide also promises to lure the elusive creature out for sightings throughout the day.

Friday 16 – Sunday 18: Feel smarter by celebrating Cerebral Brewing’s third anniversary with special beer releases, food, a DJ, prizes & raffles, and concluding Sunday with an egg-drop competition starting at 2 p.m.

Saturday 17: Get an early start and head to Bruz Beers for a good20171106_194213_HDR cause. Starting at 10:30 a.m., Bruz hosts a Movember mile run that entails drinking a quarter beer and completing a challenge each 1/4 mile. Whether you race or not, stick around for seasonal brews, food trucks, live music, photo booth and shaving station. Needless to say there will be a beard/stache contest.

Saturday 17: Don’t be afraid of the dark! Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Day of Darks brings 32 breweries showcasing their best dark beers to Wynkoop’s upstairs from 12-4 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180212_175021_HDRSaturday 17: Spend a comfie day in your PJs at Kokopelli Beer Company’s all day Pajama Party and enjoy music in the afternoon, a special beer release, and the movie Mean Girls at 8 p.m.

Saturday 17: Spice up your day with Chain Reaction Brewing Company’s Chili Cookoff starting at noon. If you’re an aspiring gourmet, whip up a batch to compete for prizes and if not just stop by for samples and beers.

Saturday 17: Locavore Beer Works in Littleton turns four, with an anniversary party offering up special tappings, live music, food, and giveaways.

Saturday 17: Today also marks the fourth anniversary at Fermaentra Brewing with special releases and other festivities that, according to the brewery, are still TBD.fermaentra-2.jpg

Saturday 17: Have a laugh at WestFax Brewing Company’s free comedy show starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18: Visit either the downtown or Arvada taprooms of Denver Beer Co. for Thanksgiving pie and beer pairings. Four pies + four beers! Note: This is a ticketed event, with discounts for advance purchase.

 

 

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.

Brewery Snapshot: Locovore Beer Works

Locovore Beer Works bills itself as a small business, neighborhood brewery and that’s pretty much what you get when you visit. Friendly staff and customers, a comfortable taproom, and familiar beers. There’s nothing experimental or edgy here, but the large high-quality beer selection and low-key atmosphere make this a great place to hang out for an afternoon or evening.

BEER LINEUP: Diverse. The long taplist covers a lot of ground from light to dark and should satisfy most any taste from hophead to fruit-lover to high-gravity freak.

ATMOSPHERE: Locovore has the typical relaxed suburban strip mall taproom and crowd. On a weekday Happy Hour a number of people still worked on laptops while others met for a beer after work. The spacious west-facing taproom and outdoor patio fill with sun late in the afternoon and open to the brewing tanks. The brewery is dog-friendly and serves food from an attached catering kitchen (order from kiosk at front of brewery). 20171108_161432_HDR

SERVICE: The service was hit or miss, but friendly when it happened. Occasionally a server would swing by the table but often the best bet was to go to the bar where the servers generally seemed to group up in a protective huddle. Once at the bar, the servers were efficient at dispensing beer.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The neighborhood about a mile west of downtown Littleton is the stereotype of suburbia, with a few strip malls and many spacious homes. There isn’t much to keep you in the immediate area but downtown Littleton is quaint and a several other breweries are closeby if you want to make a crawl of it.

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Fresh off the nitro

STANDOUT BEER: Corker English Bitter. Locovore serves it on nitro so the mouthfeel is silky-smooth and thick-bodied, which seems a bit surprising for the golden-copper color. The beer gives off a slightly unpleasant nose at first that seems heavy on English hop flavors, but a taste gives way to a rich malt flavor with light bittering.

Weekend Beer Update

It’s a weekend of 3’s, with three breweries – Alpine Dog, Locovore, and Fermaentra – all celebrating their third anniversaries by collaborating on a triple IPA. The only downside is that Saturday is absolutely packed with exciting beer events so at some point you have to make the sad choice to leave something off the list.

Friday 10th: Kick off weekend of anniversary fun 20171108_162039_HDRat Alpine Dog Brewing Company with new beer releases running through Sunday.

Saturday 11th: Locovore Beer Works anniversary party all day with beer releases, beer pairings, and live music.

Saturday 11th: And to complete the brewery trifecta, Fermaentra Brewing will have beer releases with a barrel-aged focus along with merchandise giveaways all day.

Saturday 11th: If you want to skip the in-town anniversaries and go for a drive, the All Colorado Beer Festival will set up in Colorado Springs, showcasing 69 breweries from 33 cities across Colorado. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11th: Just in case you need some motivation or a break heading to or from the All Colorado Beer Festival, 105 West Brewing Company will be wrapping up their anniversary week on Saturday with their final special tapping, although special beers from earlier in the week may still be on tap. It’s a quick jaunt west off of I-25 in Castle Rock and as an added bonus for Veteran’s Day, the first pint is free for veterans.

Oktoberfest Time!

It’s that time of year again when brewers start releasing Oktoberfest beers, booking oompah bands and opening their doors to the lederhosen- and dirndl-clad masses for fall celebrations. For starters, this coming Friday Lowry Beer Garden brings in German music and special Dry Dock beers. Lowry’s celebration continues on Saturday, when we can also look forward to Oktoberfest celebrations at Locavore Beer Works, Copper Kettle Brewing, and Wonderland Brewing Company. Other craft brewers and taphouses are having their own celebrations over the next few weeks so check with your local tasting room. No matter what part of Denver you’re in there’s no excuse not to get out and have some beers, brats, and sauerkraut!