Weekend Beer Update

This weekend brings a whole lot of activity across the metro area and beyond, with multiple anniversaries, Day of Dorks, a new Beer Bus and other assorted fun & games. 

westfax-bar.jpgFriday 8 – Saturday 9: Celebrate three years on West Colfax with WestFax Brewing Company. Over the course of the weekend they’ll release seven new beers, treat beer-lovers to a concert, bring in food trucks, and have some other fun treats like anniversary glassware, beard trimming and axe throwing.

Friday 8 – Sunday 10: If you’re looking to take a field trip, Gilded Goat Brewing Company up in Ft. Collins marks their second anniversary with a weekend of fun. They’ll have special tappings and bottle releases along with birthday cake, a toast with the mayor, raffles, giveaways and a commemorative glass for the first 50 customers on Saturday.

Saturday 9: Anniversaries continue, with Zuni Street Brewing Co. marking two years with a full-on celebration in their parking lot offering up the usual food trucks and live music along with art from local artists, pottery painting, yard games, a photo booth, and topping it off with a bouncy house.

Saturday 9: Rounding out the anniversary celebrations, New Image Brewing Co. in Arvada brings on the special releases, live music, and new merchandise for year number three.

Saturday 9: The Beer Bus concept comes to southeast comrade-taps.jpgDenver, with busses running from 1 – 9 p.m. between Platt Park Brewing Co., Comrade Brewing Co., Grandma’s House and Copper Kettle Brewing Company. It costs just 5 bucks to ride all day and if you complete each brewery you get a coupon for a free beer. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 9: It’s finally time for Day of Dorks! Wynkoop Brewing Company’s celebration of geeky and quirky beers takes over the upstairs pool room from noon – 4 p.m. with over 30 breweries pouring their dorkiest stuff. Geek-wear is encouraged. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 10: The monthly incarnation of Bluegrass Brunch comes back to Station 26 Brewing Co. Starting at 11 a.m. they’ll bring in a food truck and bluegrass band for you to relax and recover from the weekend.

Lady JusticeSunday 10th: Join Lady Justice Brewing’s Big Fun Celebration at their shared space with Factotum Brewhouse. The party will celebrate two of Lady Justice’s Community-Supported Beer Membership grant recipients with music, a food truck, and of course beer!

SE Denver Winter Cruise

‘Tis not normally the season for biking but last Saturday we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather for a quick (thanks, limited daylight) ride around southeast Denver. To minimize time & distance we shortcutted down a number of streets, most of which are bikeways, but you could also spend much of the ride on trails in the warmer months with more time. If you drive, it probably works best to park at Comrade and ride to Copper Kettle to avoid a decent uphill climb after a strenuous ride and a few beers!

20181205_185334_HDR.jpgAt our first stop, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, we marveled at the nice weather while sitting on the sunny patio. Copper Kettle has a relatively wide variety of beers to satisfy most tastes, including light beers, IPAs, a high-gravity or two, and usually at least one sour and something dark. The good-sized taproom and large patio will let you spread out and there are plenty of spots to lock bikes. As usual we had great service, although arriving at opening time with only one other patron no doubt helped with that!

It’s probably best if you follow a map app for the exact directions, but the general plan after leaving Copper Kettle involves mostly street riding to get to the Cherry Creek Trail, crossing Cherry Creek South Drive and cutting through Cook Park. Taking Florida Avenue west reaches a dead-end at South High School. After cutting through trails/lots south of the school, more street riding south and west reaches Platt Park. The last few blocks involved threading the needle down busy side streets including Pearl Street but we arrived safely and used the patio fence for a bike rack.

Platt Park Brewing Co. has just a small patio, but a large indoor taproom and garage doors that make it feel like you are outside in warmer weather. The brewery also serves a wide range of beers for almost every taste, from light to dark with a few tangents that can get interesting. The servers are invariably attentive and knowledgeable, and the location in the middle of a neighborhood gives it a sort of local-pub vibe. Although we didn’t take advantage of it, Platt Park also had a food truck, which seems pretty standard for them. After a quick beer and a half it was time to get moving and beat the rapidly-approaching sunset.Platte-Park-Bar.jpg

From Platt Park there are numerous paths to Comrade, including reversing the original route and then heading south at the Cherry Creek Trail (map below). However we went south from the brewery and navigated streets with bikeways to pick up the Highline Canal Trail at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Park near Colorado Bouldvard and Dartmouth Avenue. We took that to Quebec Street and Iliff Avenue. From there we quickly found Comrade to the east in an auto 20181208_154744_HDRstrip mall. Note: to shorten the route cut out part of the Highline Canal Trail by exiting at Iliff Avenue and rejoining the trail a bit east (shown on the attached map)

At our final destination, Comrade Brewing Co., we grabbed a large table to celebrate our completion of the ride and enjoy the energy of their large taproom. Their beers focus mostly on IPAs and hoppy brews but Comrade usually has at least one or two other options for non hop-heads. In the summer the entire front of the taproom opens to the outdoors although they do not have a patio. Service is reasonably good, but bar-only and they typically have a food truck that several in our group used to refuel after the ride. There’s a bike rack out front.

Link to Route Map Described Above: https://goo.gl/maps/4DcVKKf3PXx

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Weekend Beer Update

After a busy Memorial Day weekend it seems that a lot of people are taking a breather, but enough happenings are on the calendar to stay entertained – or even get a little wild at Burning Can! Although generally more low-key, a number of breweries are also holding one-off releases. Finally, the Highlands Ranch Beer Festival hits south of town, although sadly for many Highlands Ranchers it has sold out.

Friday 1 – Saturday 2: Head to Lyons for a weekend of revelry at the Burning Can Festival sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. There’s far too much to describe in a short blog, but highlights include a beer festival with 70+ breweries, music, sporting events, camping, and of course the keystone event: Burning of the Can! Check out the website for all of the happenings. Note: This is a ticketed event. 

Saturday 2: Stop by the Fitzsimmons neighborhoodursula-taps.jpg and celebrate Ursula Brewery’s fourth anniversary with new beer releases, cellar releases, and live music.

Saturday 2: If West Wash Park is more your game, another brewery marks the big Oh-Four this weekend. Platte Park Brewing Company celebrates with a flood of flavorful-sounding brews and a keep-the-glass promotion for the first 200 celebrants.

Saturday 2: Loveland beer -drinkers will gain more brewery elbow-room when Crow Hop Brewing opens their new taproom across from their current downtown site. In addition to a larger indoor space, the location offers front and back patios. Crow Hop will supply music, games, and of course beer to christen the new facility.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: Crooked Stave hosts their inaugural Stone Fruit Harvest weekend with 22 stone fruit beers staging a tap takeover. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Weekend Beer Update

Simply put, this weekend offers an embarrassment of beer-related riches! From multiple anniversary parties to a few festivals and even something for mom, there’s no reason not to get out an hoist a beer this weekend.

Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12: Head to Littleton to celebrate with 38 State Brewing Company. They’ll throw down four days of fun for their fourth anniversary, culminating in a Saturday blowout with new beer releases, music, raffles, games and more.

Saturday 12: Celebrate Colorado Plus Brew Pub’s fifth anniversary with the return of several customer-favorite beers, house-made sausage on the grill, live music, and raffles.

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Saturday 12: Although in my opinion it’s rather overpriced, the Bacon and Beer Festival rolls into town on Saturday with two sessions at Sports Authority Field. For more info and tickets starting at $69 click on the link above.

Saturday 12: For some refreshing spring flavors stop by Platte Park Brewing Company for their second annual Fruit Frenzy where they will pour ten of their delicious-sounding fruit beers.

20161026_200508_hdr.jpgSaturday 12: A whole lotta Belgian fun rolls into River North Brewery with their Barrel Aged Extravaganza from 12:00-9:00 where they will offer up over a dozen of their barrel aged creations.

Saturday 12: Of course it’s always nice to drink for a good cause and Great Divide Brewing Company helps you do that at their Hops for Homes Craft Beer Festival from 12:00-4:00 at their Barrel Bar. With a long list of over 30 breweries and multiple food trucks everyone ought to find something to satisfy. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13: In Five Points, Goed Zuur will celebrate their first anniversary with special tappings all weekend. Though not my style of beer I truly appreciate their dedication to being the world’s first sour-themed taproom and if that tickles your fancy you really ought to check them out!

Sunday 13: Also celebrating a first anniversary, Mother Tucker Brewery in Thornton will celebrate with food, bands, and of course plenty of beer.

Sunday 13: Have a beer-filled Mothers Day at 20180212_175021_HDRKokopelli Beer Company. Bring mom in early for some lunch and a few beers and then test both of your artistic skills while painting at the brewery. From 1:00-3:00 you get the materials and instruction to paint Serene Sunrise at the brewery. The experience costs $40 per person and reservations are required.

Sunday 13: It’s that time of the month again for Station 26 Brewing Co. to host their Bluegrass Brunch, which pretty much comes as advertised – beer, music, brunch food. Get there at 11:00 to secure your spot on the patio.

Brewery Snapshot: Platt Park Brewing Company

Set in a walkable residential neighborhood, Platt Park Brewing Company always seems busy. The pleasantly-large taproom along with the small outdoor seating offers a comfortable space to stop by for a quick beer or two. I find most of their beers pleasant but not exceptional, however the central location makes it easy to stop in and decide for yourself.

BEER LINEUP: The menu features a broad range of styles from pilsners to stouts, with a few forays into interesting territory like sours and flavored beers. I’ve found their beers a little on the bland side but every time I visit they seem to have upped their game a bit more so there seems to be lots of potential.

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ATMOSPHERE: Platt Park offers a busy, high-energy urban taproom, populated by a younger, neighborhood crowd that seems to be constantly circulating in and out as they drop in for a beer or two.

SERVICE: While the busyness of the taproom slowed things a bit, the servers were extremely friendly and did a great job of keeping things moving, at times even wading into the waiting crowd to take orders.

LOCATION: The Platt Park area is the epitome of local, with lots of quiet single-family homes from which you can walk to small shopping clusters containing businesses like Platt Park. You’ll need to look for street parking, but once 20180217_200507_HDRyou have a spot the area is great for strolling around and visiting the shops or grabbing some food to take to the brewery.

STANDOUT BEER: Belgian Ambassador Dubbel. This beer lays on the heavy raisin and bready tastes common in many Belgians, though normally at a lighter level. I really enjoyed this unique interpretation and happily was able to have a second because despite the heavy flavor and darkish color the body remains medium and the ABV only hits 6.6%