Weekend Beer Update

This weekend is absolutely packed with beer-drinking fun! From anniversaries in south Denver to festivals in northern Colorado there’s no shortage of stuff to do. Add in what’s shaping up to be decent weekend weather and there’s no excuse not to be out and about grabbing a few brews and catching some rays!

ck-8th-anniversary.jpgFriday 26 – Sunday 28: For an action-packed weekend head to Copper Kettle Brewing Company for their 8th anniversary celebrations. Friday kicks off with a release of five sours, multiple food trucks and a band. Saturday brings the Staff Showdown where each staff member has brewed a beer and customers vote for their favorite, plus more food and music. Sunday keeps things going with a cellar draught release of aged beers from 2014-2018 and a Hangover Brunch.

Friday 26: For something unique head up to Longmont for Primitive Beer’s barrelhouse opening. Primitive focuses on spontaneous, barrel-fermented beers. Between the hectic schedules of the owners, who both work at other breweries, and the limited quantities of the beers, Primitive only opens for a few hours twice a month.

Friday 26: In Boulder, Microbreweries for the Environment brings bluegrass music and beer from almost twenty breweries to the Boulder Theater in support of a good cause. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27: Another southeast Denver brewery celebrates an anniversary, as Comrade Brewing Co. marks five years with special beer releases, food trucks and souvenir glassware. Since they’re just a couple miles apart, a bus will circulate between Comrade and Copper Kettle’s party for just five bucks.

Saturday 27: Now that we’re finally getting warm-ish weather, it’s a great time to check out Halfpenny Brewing Company’s Biergarten Opening! Oddly for a biergarten theme, it has mostly British elements – a fish & chips truck plus the release of a bitter. Whatever nationality, it ought to be nice to hang out in the sunshine with brew and listen to some live music.

Saturday 27: Get your hop on at Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project’s IPA Bash in Loveland. Verboten plans to offer over 15 different versions of IPAs including fruited, sour, and the ubiquitous hazy.

Saturday 27: If you’re already up north, why not wibby-tasters.jpgstop by Longmont and Wibby Brewing’s Ancient Steinbeer Brew and Crawfish Boil. Wibby’s brewmaster will illustrate the ancient art of brewing a steinbeer, complete with fire and the chucking of red-hot stones into wort. The fires will be put to further use for s’mores roasting, complemented by a crawfish boil from 3 – 6 p.m. To round out the day, Wibby will also feature ice carving and live music.

Saturday 27: Also up north, High Hops Brewery’s Patio Party brings food, music and the tapping of a special spring Berliner weisse. Looks like good weather will be part of the package as well.

Saturday 27: Back down in Denver, another Crawfish Boil fires up at Station 26 Brewing Co. with beer, mudbugs, and live music.

Saturday 27: Rye Fest 2019 comes to Chain Reaction Brewing Company, bringing unlimited tasters of rye beers from over a dozen Colorado breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20180224_175151_HDRSaturday 27: The fourth annual celebration of Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s Beer Purity Law, takes place at Mockery Brewing with their Reinheitsgewhat? party. They’ll mix things up with music from a polka/metal band along with a number of special releases that don’t exactly adhere to the law, but are likely to be tasty nonetheless.

Saturday 27: For a slightly healthier option, jump on the West Side Brewery Bike Loop. Participants get a discounted beer at each of the five participating breweries along with a free beer voucher for finishing all of them. A group ride leaves at noon from Westfax Brewing Company, or ride at your own pace starting at any of the breweries during the afternoon. The other participating breweries are Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, Seedstock Brewery  and Oasis Brewery.

Sunday 28: For lovers of Belgian beer, Bruz Beers’ Belgian Brew Fest is a can’t-miss, with pours from 10+ breweries, live music and food. Special guest breweries Duvel and Ommegang will also be on hand for your drinking pleasure. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: What goes together better than beer, tacos, and live music? The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival brings all three to Fiddler’s Green. With tastings of over 100 beers, lucha libre wrestling and some pretty big names in punk music (The Offspring, Bad Religion to name a couple) this looks to be one helluva party.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 28: For a more cultured experience, drop in on Living the Dream Brewing Company’s Night Photography Class. Over some great beer, Darren White will explain techniques for better nighttime photos such as focus, exposure, stacking, noise reduction and post processing ideas. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Weekend Beer Update

Happy Easter weekend! It seems that spring is ever-so-slowly working its way across the Front Range and we’re getting those occasional patio-drinking opportunities. Many breweries are starting their summer fests, with a disproportionate number of crawfish boils coming in the coming weeks so if that’s your thing stay tuned. With the holiday this weekend, a number of breweries are offering family-friendly Easter egg hunts with something for the grownups as well, along with some special releases tied to sweets. 

Friday 19: Head to Highlands Ranch after work lone-tree-sign.jpgfor Lone Tree Brewing Co.’s Crawfish Boil.  Mile High Cajun will serve up crawfish from 4 – 8:30 p.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 20: Start the sugar-filled Easter weekend with a Stroopwaffel pairing at River North Brewery. Good Sugar Baking will create four Easter-themed versions of caramel-filled Stroopwaffels, which will each be paired with a River North beer taster.

Saturday 20: With fun for everyone,  Halfpenny Brewing Company puts on their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m. Some eggs will have treats for the kids, others will make the adults happy with prizes like beer coins and growler certificates.

Saturday 20: Up north, Kokopelli Beer Company hosts a family-friendly Pancake Breakfast with a coloring contest, pictures with a fire truck, kid-oriented egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For some adult fun, Kokopelli will have Cadbury Milk Stout on nitro and a new beer release as well.kokopelli-taproom.jpg

Saturday 20: If you’ve had enough of rabbits and eggs, hop down to Freshcraft for their Secret Stash Tapping of beers that they’d hidden away for the Craft Brewers Conference last week and are now happy to share with the rest of us. They’ll have at least fifteen beers, all from out of state craft breweries.

Sunday 21: Finish out your weekend with some music and fun at Seedstock Brewery’s Bluegrass Jam from 4-6 p.m. Bring your own instrument to jam out, or just enjoy the show with a brew.

Weekend Beer Update

This Friday serves up a double dose of city-wide events with the Rockies home opener and First Friday art walks. Numerous breweries and taprooms in the vicinity of Coors Field are putting out special releases or lining up special brews to help fans celebrate the season opener.  In the evening you can take in the culture of First Friday art walks along Santa Fe, Tennyson Street or RINO, stopping at numerous breweries in each of those neighborhoods. As far as specific weekend events . . .

seedstock brewery photo credit scott grossmanFriday 5 – Saturday 6: Just west of downtown, Seedstock Brewery turns the corner on another year with their third anniversary party. They’ll have beer releases, food trucks, and live music both days. Friday also has a bonus comedy show at 6 p.m..

Friday 5: Try out some of the great Belgian Beers imported by Sheldon Brothers at the Shelton Brothers showcase in the Pour Tap House in Commerce City from 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday 6:  Get up early and lace up your running shoes for WestFax Brewing Company’s 5k Brewery Run starting at 11 a.m.! The race runs 20181222_212153_HDR[1]through the 40 West Arts District and ends back at the brewery. Naturally your ticket includes a free beer. Note: This is a ticketed event. 

Saturday 6: Be one of the first to try out Lost Friend Brewing Company at their Grand Opening. The Colorado Springs brewery looks set to have nine diverse beers on tap, plus a couple of special tappings throughout the day as well as a food truck.

Sunday 7: For something entirely different and a bit educational, head to Purpose Brewing and Cellars in Ft. Collins for a talk and demonstration by Russ Karasch, a visiting cooper from Squarrel Square Barrels. The event starts at 3 p.m. and although it’s free, please visit the website to sign up to help them plan for the event.

 

Weekend Beer Update

This first weekend of spring brings a diverse mix of events including some anniversaries, some openings and the first annual Big Reveal where participants do blind tastings of Colorado beers, with the winners revealed during the event followed by more tasting.

Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23: Head up to Loveland for the multi-day sixth anniversary party at Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project. In addition to the usual special releases, Thursday features a four-course Anniversary Dinner and on Saturday the big guns come out with more releases, brewhouse tours, cake and music.

Friday 22: Down in Colorado Springs Brass Brewing Co. kicks off their first anniversary party mid-afternoon with a beer release followed by food and music.

Saturday 23: What might be the most interesting event of the weekend, The Big Reveal at Union Station will serve 20 Colorado-made American IPAs in a blind tasting and attendees will get to vote on their favorite. Once the votes are counted the winners will be revealed and attendees can go back and re-sample all the beers. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Brewers Guild and PorchDrinking.com to cap off Colorado Craft Beer Week. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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Joyride Rooftop Patio Under Construction

Saturday 23: The long-awaited rooftop patio at Joyride Brewing Company makes its debut with great views over Sloan’s Lake on what looks to be a relatively mild spring day.

Saturday 23: One of my favorite breweries, Weldworks Brewing Co., celebrates four years with their Super-Time Great-Fun 4th Anniversary weldworks-can.jpgGet-Down. They’re thinking big and will take over their entire parking lot, put up a big-top tent and bring in multiple food trucks. All of that on top of the usual special tappings and release of two barrel-aged barley wines. Saturday’s gonna be huge!

Saturday 23: Taking over the former Caution space in Lakewood, Olde 121 Brewhouse holds their official Grand Opening with six of their beers on tap plus a collaboration with The Grateful Gnome as well as some live music. In addition to beer, Olde 121 plans to make their own craft soda and serve flavored hot and iced teas.

Sunday 24: Wrap up the weekend with some music and fun at Seedstock Brewery’s weekly Bluegrass Jam from 4-6 p.m. If you want to join in you can bring your own instrument, or just kick back and relax with a brew.

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend brings a great mix of festivals if you want to put down roots or crawls if you want to get out on the town, though quite honestly with the weather forecast my choice is going to be holing up somewhere warm!

Friday 1: With herds of Girl Scouts roaming the town peddling their treats, Goldspot Brewing Company gets in on the action by hosting a beer and cookie pairing matching four of their beers to complementary Girl Scout cookies. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Friday 1 – Sunday 3: Station 26 Brewing Co is trying out station-26-bar.jpga novel approach for 303 day by holding 303 WKND with events all over Denver. Friday features Happy Hour deals  around town where Station 26’s 303 Lager is served. Saturday gets more ambitious with a 303 Lager Bar Crawl to five different downtown bars. Get to Freshcraft at 2:00 p.m.to get your punch card, drink a beer at each place and have your card punched, and get Station 26 swag at the final destination around 6:30 p.m. Finally on Sunday Station 26 brings it home to their taproom and hosts a craft market with local vendors, artisans, food, and music.

Saturday 2: The Mile High Beer Festival returns to Denver, this year at a new location – Number 38 in RINO. This year’s version features almost 40 Colorado breweries pouring over 90 craft beers. With two sessions, plus VIP options, everyone will have plenty of time to enjoy the goodness! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: Also making a return appearance, the Bacon, Beer and Coffee Festival hits Denver Beer Co at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Get a breakfast burrito, coffee, and as much bacon as you can handle along with a Denver Beer Co coffee mug to fill with breakfast-inspired brews. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Zuni Street BarSaturday 2: If you’d rather be more mobile, the monthly West Side Brewery Bus Loop will transport you between four breweries for only 5 bucks, and if you finish all four you get a free beer on your next visit. This month’s breweries are regulars Zuni Street Brewing Co.Little Machine Beer,  Joyride Brewing Company with Seedstock Brewery rotating in. First bus leaves at 2 p.m. and in honor St. Patrick’s this month’s theme is the color green.

 

Congrats to Seedstock!

Congratulations to Seedstock Brewery, which scored two brews in Beer Connoisseur’s top 100 of 2018 list! Their Dusseldorf Alt came in at #3 and their Oktoberfest took the 33rd spot. Seedstock was the only Denver-area brewery to make the list and in recognition of the honor has re-released the Dusseldorf Alt, which is currently on tap at their West Colfax Avenue taproom.

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!

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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.