Weekend Beer Update

Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, which of course means no shortage of Mexican-themed celebrations across the metro area and beyond. Additionally, there are plenty of other fun events from anniversaries to Derby parties and it looks the weather will cooperate for some patio beers, regardless of which craft brewery(ies) you venture out to this weekend.

Friday 3 – Sunday 5: Join Dos Luces Brewery to celebrate the Battle of Puebla all weekend with food, music, and plenty of chicha and pulque beers. The highlight will be the release of Moctezuma III, an imperial pulque, on Saturday. The Battle of Puebla has evolved into our current Cinco de Mayo celebration, which commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French in 1862.

Saturday 4: Though it’s a day early, Cerveceria Colorado’s combination Cinco de Mayo celebration and first anniversary party doesn’t skimp on the fun and games. In addition to several special releases, they’ll also have Mexican games, Mexican food trucks, piñata smashing and a photo booth.

Saturday 4: Saturday is also Derby Day and Epic Brewing Company will celebrate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby with their Never Tell Me the Odds Derby Party. Throw on your best seersucker, prettiest dress, and wackiest hat to watch the Derby, drink Epic’s Mint Sour, and take some pictures in the photo booth.  The best Kentucky Derby attire and/or Star Wars costume photo strip wins free beer.

Saturday 4: Crawfish Boil season continues this weekend at Bruz Beers, where they’ll have crustaceans, sides and live music all day. You can buy tickets in advance to reserve your crawfish or just show up and take your chances.

Saturday 4: CO-Brew combines their four-year anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo party that includes music, a nacho bar and piñatas, along with the much-anticipated employee beer competition returns.

Saturday 4: If you’ve had your fill of Mexican celebrations, take a break at Prost Brewing and their Maibock Release/German Night party. In addition to the Maibock, Prost will have specials on their regular beers accompanied by food and music. German attire is suggested.

Saturday 4: Up north in Berthoud, City Star Brewing celebrates their seventh anniversary with music, food trucks, merch, cupcakes and of course beer releases!

Sunday 5: Celebrating the actual Cinco de Mayo, Lone Tree tanksLone Tree Brewing will hold a salsa and guacamole competition with prizes for your best recipes. They’ll also release a Strawberry Mexican Lager Margarita beer and have a food truck with a taco bar. Contestants need to email the brewery at info@lonetreebrewingco.com ahead of time with their name and type of entry.

Sunday 5: Continuing the Cinco de Mayo theme, Ironton Distillery will hold a Viva Cerveza party with guest taps of craft beers from Mexico.

Weekend Beer Update

TulipThis weekend brings an interesting mix of events across the metro area, from festivals to anniversaries and a few interesting one-offs. If you have some time to kill, it’s also not too early to book tickets to the Day of Dorks at Wynkoop on March 9 where you can geek out to some wild and wacky beers!

Friday 18 – Sunday 20: Greeley’s Wiley Roots Brewing Company just completed their brewery expansion and it’s so big they’ve set aside a whole weekend to celebrate. Starting Friday they’ll begin releasing five new beers accompanied, of course, by brewery tours. Note the new address: 625 3rd Street Unit D.

Saturday 19: Another event up north, Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project in Loveland will turn its taproom into a Stout-lover’s heaven by pouring 20 different stouts at their inaugural Stout Fest. Many of these will be taproom-only pours including small-batch and barrel-aged releases. The ticketing situation is mixed: you can buy an unlimited-sampling ticket, get a 10-beer punch card or go a-la-carte and purchase individual samples.

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20: Up in Golden, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company celebrates six years with special tappings, food, and live music.

Saturday 19: Starting at noon, Stem Ciders also celebrates an anniversary; five years at their Walnut Street location in Rino.  They’ll have bluegrass music to accompany their special releases along with free swag for the first 50 attendees. Thought not exactly beer, these guys have some tasty, tasty ciders!

20170409_143040_HDR
NOT the rebranded, remodeled patio!

Saturday 19: Prost Brewing hosts a rebranding party starting at 3 p.m. While it sounds like a bit of a stretch for a party theme, who really needs an excuse to check out some delicious Prost German-style beers (not changing with the rebranding) and the new logos and updated taproom?

Sunday 20Seedstock Brewery hosts it’s weekly Bluegrass Jam from 4 – 6 p.m. Bring your own instrument to join in or just kick back and enjoy the jam and a beer.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend comes packed full of festivals, including a couple in somewhat cooler locations if you feel like getting out of town for a bit. Not that staying in town will leave you feeling deprived; there are plenty of creative events including several with a musical or international flair 

Friday 13- Sunday 15: While not technically a craftImage result for german flag public image beer event, the T.E.V Edelweiss Club will host a Biergarten Festival at their Morrison festival grounds, complete with German music, dancing, food, and of course large mugs of imported German beer as well as Prost Brewing and Tivoli Brewing Company brews! Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180712_090035_hdr.jpgFriday 13: On the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Odyssey Beerwerks will host Punk Night, showcasing three punk bands accompanied by a food truck and special beer release.

Friday 13: In a similar vein, Oscar Blues Black Buzzard in downtown Denver will  preview the Underground Music Showcase set for later this month with bands, beer giveaways, and promotional ticket pricing. There is no cost to attend but the event requires an RSVP.

Saturday 14: Escape the heat and journey to Salida for the 22nd Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous showcasing 75+ breweries pouring over 300 beers, plus food & live music. With that much of a selection it might be worth reserving a hotel! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 14: Heading the opposite direction, get an early start and journey north to Rally King Brewing in Fort Collins for their VIP Birthday Brunch, which offers pretty much what you would expect: brunch food and beer. They will also lead brewery tours and have various raffles and merch.

Saturday 14: Practice your French to warm up for Bastille Day at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project where you can enjoy a flight of saisons from local breweries. Perhaps it’s a French tradition I’ve not heard of, but there will also be a 3 p.m. cornhole tournament. Finally, Intrepid Sojourner will be one of the stops on the monthly Brewery Bus Loop, which ventures to several breweries for only five bucks.

Saturday 14: Enjoy the Sloan’s Lake view at 20170617_173638_HDRJoyride Brewing Company’s family-friendly fourth anniversary celebration where they will shut down the street and bring in bands, food, and beer.

Saturday 14: Get your BBQ on at the Centennial Brew-N-Que with beer sampling, BBQ, and bluegrass music. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 15: Trendy-looking Blue Moon Brewing Company celebrates their second anniversary in their RINO location with a special brunch menu, music, and special barrel-aged releases.

Brewery Snapshot: Prost Brewing

Based on the name alone you should guess that Prost Brewing is all about German-style beers, but a taproom visit will strongly confirm that. From their German-themed Highlands taphouse to the strict Germanic brewing process and seasonal beer rotation, Prost stays true to all things German. Traffic and parking in the area can be challenging but Prost distributes most of their beers locally so if the taproom seems too much trouble, you can get many of their beers at bars and liquor stores.

BEER LINEUP: German and, well, more German. That’s their thing and they’re proud of it. The seven standards and seasonal rotaters all conform tightly to their styles.

ATMOSPHERE: The indoor taproom sports a Bierhall theme with German decorations and communal tables. The cavernous space can get loud, but during warm weather you can opt for the outdoor tables, although they lack any German charm. You won’t mistake the roar of I25 for a relaxing German Biergarten, but the spectacular views of downtown help compensate. Prost usually has food truck and if not Avanti is 5 minutes away.

20170409_143040_HDR

SERVICE: Overstaffed, so excellent. With true German efficiency one server poured and another rang the transaction to deliver beer in near-record time. Staff also usually rotates around the indoor tables if you want to skip the trip to the bar.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The red-hot real estate market in Prost’s I25 & 20th St. location causes the area to change monthly. The immediate neighborhood is developing quickly and you can now incorporate Prost in a bar- and restaurant-hopping walking tour.  Or you could keep it simple and combine Prost with the Avanti complex across the park for an afternoon of sipping and sampling food. The major downside of the development is the utter lack of parking. Between new apartments, Avanti, and Prost’s loss of their parking lot you may have to search a while for a spot.

STANDOUT BEER: I can’t pick just one. Having spent lots of time drinking German beers in Germany I can say that that Prost nails each and every style. If you have a vision of your favorite German beer then that’ll be your standout. However if you don’t like the German style, then you should probably take a pass on Prost.

Platte River Ride