Weekend Beer Update

It seems like most breweries are taking a break this weekend after all the Christmas activities and perhaps to store up their energy – and beer – for New Year’s Eve. With only a few events going on, it might be the time to cash in those beer gift cards, grab a growler from your local brewery and enjoy a quiet day in.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday 29: Barrel-Aged Tap Takeover at Renegade Brewing! Live music and food will accompany six beers pulled directly from cellar to tap.20181219_221554_HDR.jpg

Saturday 29: Boulder’s VisionQuest celebrates three years with one-off beers, music, and food.

Sunday 30: Seedstock Brewery continues their musical Sunday tradition with their Bluegrass Jam from 4-6 p.m. Audience participation is encouraged so bring your instrument and join in.

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.

Colfax to Santa Fe Ride

This short ride starts off at Seedstock on West Colfax Avenue, then meanders through the Platte River Valley before ending up at a couple breweries in the Santa Fe Arts District with a stop at StrangeCraft on the way back.

Our starting point, Seedstock Brewery, sits on an interesting section of West Colfax Avenue with a wide variety of businesses and a diverse crowd. The brewery itself offers plenty of bike parking and large patio on which to enjoy their malty, Bohemian-style beers. They also offer a cozy taproom that opens to the brewery, and generally have a couple of other styles for different tastes than Bohemian. The real highlight on every visit has been the service; fast, friendly and engaging.

Leaving Seedstock, we headed south and west through the neighborhoods to 13th Street and Knox Court to pick up the Lakewood Gulch Trail in Paco Sanchez Park. From there we rode to the Platte River Trail, took a right and then a quick left on 13th Street. After passing under I-25 and crossing over several sets of railroad tracks we turned right on Mariposa Street and headed to 9th, then cut up the back alley to Intrepid Sojourner. There are other, shorter routes on the west side of the highway that involve more street riding, and with the grid street system east of I-25 there are countless alternative routes once you turn off of 13th so you can truly mix & match.

Intrepid Sojourner SignAs usual, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project offered up a selection of familiar beer styles, rare foreign recipes, and beers with unique and savory ingredients. Drinking at Intrepid Sojourner is always an adventure. The international-themed taproom stocks travel literature and artifacts from around the world, and on the day we visited had a pop-up craft fair in the small parking lot. The brewery has plenty of seating in the taproom along with a small patio. The only knock is that the service was very hit-or-miss. Continue reading “Colfax to Santa Fe Ride”

Brewery Snapshot: Renegade Brewing Company

As the oldest of the four breweries in the busy Santa Fe Arts District, Renegade Brewing Company helped set the standard for the Denver taproom experience with an industrial space that opens to brewing operations, a small patio out front and frequent food trucks. This history, plus the longstanding taplist of flagship beers and steady neighborhood crowd gives Renegade the feel of a comfortable, established neighborhood business.

BEER LINEUP: Renegade has always featured a modest, hop-heavy menu and even styles that are not normally hop-focused usually end up with a noticeable hop presence. Not to knock any of the beers, just know what you’re getting yourself into whether you’re a hophead, malt-head, or otherwise.

ATMOSPHERE: The small, basic industrial taproom opens to an equally-sized patio via garage doors. The space has a lot of energy with a younger crowd, people constantly coming and going, and the activity of the surrounding area.  Renegade certainly feels like a neighborhood spot where many customers knew each other or stop in for a pint while walking the dog. Note: It can occasionally get crowded, particularly at Happy Hour. Renegade almost always has a food truck.

SERVICE: On the most recent visit our server was attentive and friendly, although on previous visits service has sometimes been less efficient. Bar service only.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The active Santa Fe Arts District area offers plenty of opportunities for strolling and shopping, eating, drinking, or taking in some cultural sights. It seems perpetually lively and offers relatively easy access from downtown and other parts of the city via highways and thoroughfares. Renegade has no parking but street parking 20180804_160644_HDRis usually available if you don’t mind a short walk, and light rail is walkable as well. The neighborhood includes three other craft breweries within just a few blocks so it’s a great area for a brewery crawl!

STANDOUT BEER: Who Runs This Mother. This Belgian tripel with plums delivers a thinner-than-normal body but an unbelievably complex flavor mix. Sitting on a traditional slightly bready/malty base, numerous flavors layer on top including plum, raisin, tea, and even something slightly floral (lavender, perhaps). At 8.6% it’s definitely a great sipper with which to end the evening.

 

 

Weekend Beer Update

The run-up weekend to the July 4th holiday looks pretty quiet for events, but a lot of breweries have special beer releases this weekend if you are so inclined. Or you could go low-stress and relax on a patio somewhere with a cool brew on a hot day.

Friday 29 – Saturday 30: Last Call at Caution Brewing Co.Caution will close its doors June 30 and in effort to drink down their last supply they will throw a two-day party with  giveaways, kill-the-keg contests, and other fun shenanigans.

Saturday 30: The West Side Brewery Bike Loop hits the road again, this month with a patriotic red, white, and blue theme. The official route begins at noon at Westfax Brewing Company and runs through Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery but realistically you can start any time to do a self-directed tour. Get $1 off a pint at each brewery and a free beer voucher when you complete them all!20171111_130651_HDR

Saturday 30: Hopheads rejoice! Renegade Brewing Company starts a new tradition with their first annual Hop Head Festival featuring special beer releases, food, music, games, and other hop-themed activities. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 30: If you’re already in the neighborhood for Renegade,intrepid-sojourner-sign.jpg why not check out Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project’s graduation party for the Craft Beer Summer School? The party starts at 3 p.m. and aside from the proud graduates, Intrepid Sojourner will pour guest taps from all of the participating breweries.

Saturday 30: Up north in Loveland, Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project combines several great ideas with their Beer Bacon Coffee Donuts event from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., although naturally the beer continues all day and beyond!

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is full of anniversary parties and lots of patio-related events! However the weather forecast does not look too favorable for Saturday outdoor events so be sure to plan strategically, lest you end up eating your crawfish or drinking your beer in the rain. 

Friday 18 – Sunday 20: It’s hard to believe that it’s been EIGHT YEARS since Strange Craft opened! It’s one of my personal favorites and they’ll be celebrating all weekend long starting with Dr. Strangelove flights on Friday, a backyard party on Saturday, and a recovery brunch (BYO food) on Sunday.

Friday 18 – Saturday 19: Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project celebrates their one-year anniversary with bottle releases, firkin tappings, and live music.

Friday 18: Satisfy your sweet tooth with a beer and cookie pairing at Banded Oak Brewing Co. From 6:00-8:00 enjoy a pairing of four Banded Oak beers with cookies from Good Sugar Banking. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 19: Vine Street Pub and Brewery starts 20180115_132222_HDRtheir ten year anniversary party at 4:20 with music on the patio and burgers & brats on the grill.

Saturday 19: Odyssey Beerworks makes it five years and at noon will kick off their anniversary bash with music, magic, special beer releases, prizes and multiple food trucks.

Saturday 19: The first of two Crawfish Boils fires up at noon at Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s South Dock (Hampden & Chambers) offering multiple combinations of crawfish, sides, and beers. Note: This is a ticketed event and advance purchase is required to insure an ample supply of seafood.

Saturday 19: If you’d prefer to consume your crawfish up north, Station 26 Brewing Co. starts their own Crawfish Boil at 1:00 and will host the Anthony Russo Band to set the appropriate bluesy mood.

two-two-two-sign.jpgSaturday 19: Once you’re stuffed with crawfish at Dry Dock, head down the road to Two22 Brew for their Patio Peach Luau where they will celebrate the release of their peach seasonal along with beer infusions all day. It goes without saying that Hawaiian attire is a must!

Saturday 19: The bus loop makes its monthly round of a batch of breweries starting at 2:00. On the list for this circuit: Strange Craft, Seedstock Brewery, Black Sky Brewery & Renegade Brewing. Five bucks lets you ride all day!

Saturday 19: If you want to spend some quality time with your pooch, head up to Bruz Beers for their Wagapalooza where you can get photos with a professional pet photographer, visit a pet psychic, win raffle prizes, and bid in a silent auction.

Sunday 20: For something a little different and a little 20170729_140955_HDRcreative, check out Living the Dream Brewery’s Succulent and Crystal Terrarium Workshop where you’ll build your own terrarium and get care instructions for keeping the plants happy in your own home.

Monday 21: Another horizon-expanding option from Living the Dream Brewery runs from 6:00-8:30 Monday and covers The Science of Fly Fishing. Space is limited and you must register in advance at Living the Dream’s website. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend offers an unbelievable set of beer-related choices. Aside from the special events listed below, many breweries have special releases and tappings on their calendars. Combine that with (hopefully) nice weather and patio season and there’s no reason not to visit a craft brewery or two for a pint!

Friday 20th: Celebrate the beautiful spring weather on the patio at the Firkin Spring event being thrown by Dunbar Kitchen & Tap. Alpine Dog Brewery, Ratio Beerworks, Epic Brewing Company, Station 26 Brewing Co each crafted a one-off firkins for the party.

Saturday 21st: If you’re a fan of rye in your beer then check out Denver Rye Fest from 1:00-5:00 at The Brew on Broadway (BOB). The festival features rye-tastic beers from 15 breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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Saturday 21st: Give a salute to Comrade Brewing Co for making it four years! Comrade will celebrate with six special anniversary beers, limited edition glassware, and of course a food truck.

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Saturday 21st: Help 4 Noses Brewing Company’s brewers square off at the Brewers Pilot Challenge. Brewers will compete to have their beer poured on their own tapline. Voting on the three beers is thoroughly democratic: the one with the most pours wins!

Saturday 21st: Retro comes to Avanti Food and Beverage with their celebration of Record Store Day.  Enjoy a DJ spinning records, limited edition vinyl, record-themed giveaways, and special releases of six Dogfish Head Brewery vintage beers.

Saturday 21st: The Viking hordes invade Alpine Dog Brewery for a Viking Party. Wear a costume and check out their Viking-inspired ale, photo booth, Viking movies, and Norwegian metal.

Sunday 22nd: Speaking of Makin’ Noise, Pussy Riot’s version 6.0 comes out simultaneously at Baere Brewing Co, Femaentra Brewing, Broken Compass Brewing, Storm Peak Brewing Company, and Renegade Brewing Company. Makin’ Noise is a group of breweries that have joined up to use their skills and make a positive impact on the community. One dollar from every pint of version 6.0 goes to environmental organizations.

Sunday 22nd: The CO-Brew homebrew supply shop celebrates 3 years with an employee beer competition and live music.