Weekend Beer Update

It’s a big weekend ahead and there are plenty of reasons to hoist a beer, starting with MLB’s Opening Day and moving right along to Easter and April Fool’s. While the weekend starts off with some modern anniversaries and fests, tradition reigns on Sunday with Easter events. Start planning now for which favorite beers pair best with that Easter ham or lamb!

Friday 30th: Start the weekend right and join Seedstock Brewery for their second anniversary party! They’ll serve up special beer releases, live music, food trucks, giveaways, and a special treat if you come dressed in German attire.

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Saturday 31st: Fingers crossed for good weather (forecast is partly sunny & 61) to celebrate Halfpenny Brewing Company’s biergarten opening party. Live music, a food truck, giveaways, and of course bier will help usher in the summer patio season, and for dog-lovers, the patio is also pet-friendly.

Saturday 31st: Quirky, geeky fact: Apparently today is the 90th day of the year, and that has special meaning for Odell Brewing Company. They’ll celebrate all things 90 with 90 Shilling beer and merch specials, and giveaways every 90 minutes.

Saturday 31st: Collaboration Fest rolls into the Colorado Convention Center this afternoon with 100+  beers from over 150 collaborating breweries. Note: This is a ticketed event with both early-entry and general admission tickets available.

Sunday 1st: Tip your hat to tradition and join Briar Common Brewery for Easter brunch starting at 10am with breakfast drinks, good specials, and a prize wheel.

Sunday 1st: For a more interactive Easter, stop by Easter TimeFactotum Brewhouse for an Easter egg hunt. Doors open at noon so you can search out eggs holding prizes for the whole family including candy, and of course free beers!

Sunday 1st: Even more family friendly, Kokopelli Beer Company’s Easter egg hunt starts at 11:45 (sign up required) but get there early for a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny starting at 11. Kokopelli will also have a coloring contest, fire truck and most importantly beer tappings!

Weekend Beer Update

Nothing goes better than the Superbowl and beer and several breweries are hosting Bowl-related events. Alternately, stop by your favorite taproom to grab a growler to share with friends at a Superbowl party! Once the big game is over, the rest of February promises to be a dark and boozy month full of stouts, imperials, and barrel-aged beers.

Thursday 1st: Today marks the first day of Stout Month at Vine Street Pub so pick a date on the calendar, get some friends together, and get your stout on!

Thursday 1st: Today also marks the start of Frozen February at Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder. They’ll showcase imperial, barrel-aged, and winter seasonal beers with weekly tap and bomber releases, plus special cellar tappings.

Friday 2nd: De Steeg Brewing celebrates their fifth anniversary Image result for public domain chili photoswith a beer and cookie pairing. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Fire up your taste buds with Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff. Visit their website to sign up to participate, or to get tickets to taste and vote for your favorites.  Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Hop on the Winter Bus Loop between Strange Craft, Black Sky Brewery, Renegade Brewing, and Seedstock Brewery. For just $5 you can start at any brewery and catch a bus that circulates between all four. Even better, complete the circuit and get a free beer on your next visit! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 3rd: Rock out (quietly) with Diebolt Brewing Company’s Vladislav Release Party and 80’s Disco Party offering various flavor options of their Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout and of course funky dance moves. Note: This is a ticketed event.

20171106_194213_hdr.jpgSunday 4th: Superbowl Sunday starts early at Bruz Beers with the dog-friendly Puppy Bowl, where they will tune in to the Animal Planet show and have doggy bowls and other dog-related products for your pup. From there they launch right into their Superbowl viewing party and potluck. Bring a dish to share and get your first beer free.

Sunday 4th: If you’re more of a south-Denver person, Living the Dream Brewing Company will also be showing the game on their big screen.

 

West Side Beer Bus This Weekend

Brewery Snapshot: Seedstock Brewery

West Colfax has long sat in the shadow of popular East Colfax, but several breweries including Seedstock Brewery now provide some entertainment options along that stretch. Located at Colfax and Lowell, Seedstock focuses on German and Czech styles served in a comfortable taproom or on their patio.

 

BEER LINEUP: The menu definitely leans toward Czech and German beer styles, but also offers other options including at least one IPA for the hopheads. Seedstock brews a good balance of traditional styles, lesser-known old-world styles, and experimental twists on tradition such as Vanilla Espresso Stout.

ATMOSPHERE: We happened to visit during a boil so the air was thick with tempting malty smells. Aside from that, Seedstock felt chill and the taproom looks like your typical brewery with sturdy seating which opens to the production facility.  The good-sized patio feels relatively insulated from Colfax and offers sun during the day and a firepit for chilly evenings.

SERVICE: The service was very relaxed. Despite a rather large crowd the single bartender took everything in stride and provided friendly and efficient service. It seemed like bar service only.

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Brewing Day at Seedstock

NEIGHBORHOOD: Gritty section of W. Colfax. Seedstock straddles the neighborhood between N. Federal and Casa Bonita so you can observe all kind of randomness . . . or not, depending on the hour and day. For most people this will be a drive-to brewery, which fortunately sits close to major thoroughfares like I25 and features at least some parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Lichtenhainer – This  smokey/sour German style was supposedly popular over 100 years ago. While I wouldn’t rate this my favorite beer by any stretch, it stands out as a very unique beer and a pleasant offering for some tastes. The light-bodied beer contains medium sourness and a smoky (think smoked cheddar) flavor. I say contains vs. combines because the two flavors seem to fight it out in your mouth; one minute sour, the next smoky. It makes for interesting drinking and should you decide on more than one, the 3.8% ABV won’t sneak up on you. Even if it doesn’t sound like your thing, you ought to try a sample.

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Beer Of The Week: Seedstock Bohemian Dunkel

20161007_184627_hdrSometimes fate takes a strange twist, including at GABF. While talking to the brewers at Seedstock Brewery about their Bohemian Dunkel they mentioned that it was patterned after the 500-year-old  U Fleku brewery in Prague. As fate would have it I had just returned from a Czech vacation and visited U Fleku not a week earlier. Even cooler, Seedstock’s Bohemian Dunkel was a dead ringer for U Fleku’s. The taste is malty with little hops and what seems to be a medium malt roast, and the color is typical for dunkel – medium brown with a hint of red but you can still see through it.  The only I area I found surprising (with both beers) is the lighter body – almost like a blond. However the whole package is quite appealing and also fairly sessionable. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Czech beer to make it feel like fall, head out to Seedstock!