Just a handful of events this weekend including a bunch of anniversaries north of town. Field trip, anyone?
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5: Cool off in the mountains at Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival, where over 40 Colorado breweries will pour their best. Of course the festival will also have plenty of music and food to accompany the beer. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Saturday 4: Carrying over a long-standing tradition from their original location, Avery Brewing Co. goes all-out for their annual birthday bash and this year their anniversary party will be extra-special, as Avery turns 25! They’ll be tapping into their deep reservoir of beer excellence and your ticket gets you pours of over 90 beers, plus live music and a commemorative glass. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Saturday 4:Odd13 Brewing celebrates five years with a street party offering up loads of bottle, can, and taproom special releases.
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5: Even further north, Purpose Brewing and Cellars in Fort Collins will hold a first anniversary party with music, food, outdoor games, and of course plenty of beer!
It’s looking like a great weekend to take dad out for a beer! Saturday has the most options but Sunday has some Father’s-Day-specific events. Or perhaps you’d rather just treat yourself to a refreshing beverage, whether you’re a father or not, since there are loads of choices!
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17: If the city heat is getting you down, head to the Vail Craft Beer Classic. Four days of fun features about a dozen beer events from tastings and food pairings to hard-core outdoor events like hiking and biking with the brewers. Note: Many of the events are ticketed.
Friday 15 – Saturday 16: Parker’s Barnett & Son Brewing Co. will celebrate their third anniversary with food and music on Friday and a crawfish boil on Saturday.
Saturday 16: Toyota enthusiasts rejoice! Copper Kettle Brewing Co. will hold their second annual Toyota Truck Meet & Greet for truck owners to show off their ride, enjoy some beer, and grab some food. The event runs from noon-4 p.m.
Saturday 16: Just down the street from Copper Kettle and starting at 5 p.m., celebrate Lowry Beer Garden’s sixth anniversary with their BBQ and Beer Fest featuring 25 beers from 8 local craft breweries, BBQ, and live music. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Saturday 16: Several Aurora breweries will join Dry Dock Brewing Co at their South Dock location (Hampden & Chambers) for the A-Town Funk Fest featuring brews, food, and a DJ. The funkaliciousness runs from noon-5 p.m..
Saturday 16: Finally! An excuse to wear your T-Rex costume! Billed as a day of beers, music, and dinosaurs, Dinosaur Ridge’sBrontos and Brews Festival in Morrison will attempt to set the Guinness world record for the most people dressed like dinosaurs. The costumes might be hot, but the organizers are promising plenty of cold beer.
Saturday 16: The IPA Bash at Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project in Loveland pretty much speaks for itself: 14 different IPAs including guest taps and a collaboration brew.
Saturday 16: Check out the newest brewery in the metro area as Redgarden Restaurant and Brewery holds their grand opening in Louisville. For the special occasion they plan a pig roast in addition to serving up their farm-to-table menu and pouring house-made beers.
Sunday 17th:Happy Father’s Day! Several breweries have activities set up for you and your dad to bond over a brew. At 10:30 a.m. Baere Brewing Co. will host Father’s Day yoga followed by a beer. Starting at noon Seedstock Brewery has multiple seatings for their second annual Father’s Day Crawfish Boil, and will offer $1 off beers to dads all day! Finally, at 3 p.m. Station 26 Brewing Co. fires up their Surf & Turf & Surf with a special surf & turf menu accompanied by surf music. Note: Baere and Seedstock are ticketed events.
It’s looking like a hot and dry weekend – perfect for patio beers!
Saturday 8: Put some physical fitness into your weekend with Station 26 Brewing Co’s 0.5K run! The $5 entry fee supports charity and includes a mid-race coffee & donut break plus a beer. To make the math easy, 0.5K = about 1/3 of a mile.
Saturday 8:4 Noses Brewing Company shakes off the hangover of Memorial weekend’s anniversary party and will host a Bluegrass Brunch accompanied by the release of three new fruit beers incorporating strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
Saturday 8: Enjoy the beautiful summer weather at Denver Beer Co’s Sun Drenched Music Fest. Starting at 2 p.m. at Denver Beer Co.’s Canworks near 44th & Jason, the festival offers music, beach games, and sand volleyball. What better signal that summer has arrived? Note: This is a ticketed event, which included one free beer.
Saturday 8: Heading further afield, the Lake Dillon Beer Festival brings the party to the shores of Lake Dillon in the mountains. Over 25 breweries will tap their best brews starting at 1 p.m., accompanied by live music. Note: This is a ticketed event.
Sunday 9: For those recovering from the exertion of Saturday’s 0.5K, Station 26 Brewing Co. will host their monthly – and self-explanatory – Bluegrass Brunch event.
It seems like everyone is recovering from the holiday hangover and events are few and far between this weekend. However if you want to make a trip to the mountains for some beer drinking and/or skiing/riding Breckenridge is hosting the Big Beers festival this weekend. Probably best not to combine the fest and the slopes on the same day, though!
With the beautiful fall weather,it’s a great time to take a brewery stroll in Idaho Springs between the new kid in town and an old standby! Earlier this year Westbound and Down Brewery opened up beside The Buffalo Restaurant at the east end of historic Miner Street. While The Buffalo Restaurant is all about old west with exposed timbers and dead animals on the wall, Westbound is sleek and modern with bar and table seating and an open brewing area.
Getting down to what’s really important, Westbound’s beers cover the spectrum from IPA to tripel to stout so everyone should find a style they like. As far as taste, the ones I tried were pretty good although some deviated from the “official” style that they proclaimed. However I’ll take a tasty beer any day and happily ignore rigid style limitations. The brewery is connected to the restaurant so you can get the beers with food in either location. The Buffalo focuses on hearty southwest/bar food. On the other hand, if you want to wait on food Tommyknocker Brewery is a short walk.
To get there, simply exit The Buffalo or Westbound and turn left (west) on Miner Street and walk about three blocks past loads of shops and boutiques to Tommyknocker Brewery (or shop along the way if that’s your thing). As the elder statesman in Idaho Springs (and one of the older craft breweries in Colorado at 20+ years old) Tommyknocker has the brewpub thing down – a mountain lodge with a pub menu and a wide variety of beers. While Westbound has the range of traditional styles, Tommyknocker leverages its history to expand on traditional beers with more experimental stuff like blood-orange IPA, oaked bock, oaked brown, and more. My recommendation would be a flight since there are so many appealing options. Overall, this brewery walk is short on the exercise/calorie burn, but if you’re already in the mountains for hiking or skiing and want an excuse to kick back with some comfort-food and comfort-beers it’s a great way to go.
Though not for the faint of heart, the ride from Dillon to Breckenridge is a beautiful one, especially in the fall, with changing aspens and most importantly breweries in both towns. The only drawback is that the breweries are clustered at the ends, leaving a 15-mile dry stretch in between (or you could stop in Frisco). On a recent Saturday ride I started in Dillon, found the trail along the inside of the dam, then rode mostly uphill to Broken Compass in Breckenridge. The ride skirts Lake Dillon and provides spectacular views of the water, the mountains, and the fall color.I had hoped to get the hard uphill work out of the way first and be rewarded with some beer and a downhill cruise – not so much.