Weekend Beer Update

It’s my favorite time of the year, with Oktoberfest season coming into full swing and the Great American Beer Festival right around the corner! This weekend offers up a  preview of the fall beer fun in store, plus lots of other interesting brew-related activities.

Thursday 6 – Saturday 8: Wanderfest 2018 comes to New Terrain Brewing Company in Golden with a beer garden featuring over 20 beers, bands, food trucks and family fun. Note: This is a ticketed event.

lowry-beer-garden-night.jpgFriday 7 – Saturday 8: The 6th annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Lowry Beer Garden takes center stage this weekend with Oktoberfest beers from several front-range breweries, German food, music and games. Dress up in your favorite German outfit and get your first beer free!

Saturday 8: Docktoberfest rolls into Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s South Dock in Aurora with the annual release of their Oktoberfest beer, pouring of their other German-style beers, polka music, 20171021_163608_HDRfood, a stein-holding contest and the announcement of homebrew competition winners at 1 p.m.  German attire is strongly encouraged of course.

Saturday 8: Join Coda Brewing for their grand opening in Golden with 14 new small-batch beers, music and food.

Saturday 8: Cerberus Brewing Company in Colorado Springs turns two years old with new releases, throwback favorites, giveaways, food and music.

Saturday 8: Several breweries from north of Denver also celebrate milestones, starting with Gravity Brewing in Louisville’s 6th anniversary party featuring music, food and barrel-aged & small-batch beers.

Saturday 8: WIBtoberfest takes over Wibby Brewing in Greeley with hourly special releases and re-releases, music of every variety, unusual games, raffles, interactive art, and food in celebration of Wibby’s 3rd anniversary.

Saturday 8: Once you’ve had your fill of Gravity and The WIB, head down the road to Sanitas Brewing Company in Boulder for their five-year anniversary offering up more music, a pig roast, and five new beer releases.

Saturday 8: Even though they’re not on the front range, Ska Brewing in Durango deserves a mention for 23 years of great beers!  The anniversary party is sold out but their distribution network means that we can still hoist a Ska in their honor.

Sunday 9: If Saturday’s festivities didn’t keep you up too late, join Copper Kettle Brewing Company for Beer and Breakfast starting at 11 a.m. In addition to Copper Kettle’s own coffee beer release, several Spice Trade Brewing beers will be available along with coffee from Sonder Coffee & Tea. To complement all that coffee goodness, several breakfast and pastry trucks will offer up food and snacks.

Arvada Ride – Downtown Out and Back

This ride includes three stops in Olde Town Arvada, plus a moderate ride along greenways (or perhaps brown-ways this time of summer) out to Bruz Beers in Denver. Given the number of breweries in Olde Town Arvada there are plenty of options for additions and substitutions, and Odyssey Beerwerks lies along the trail to Bruz. As for logistics, Olde Town Arvada is easily accessed from several trails and has lots of parking – just be careful of the two-hour zones. Additionally, for future readers, a Light Rail line runs to Arvada but it remains to be seen whether it will open to the public in our lifetime.

We started at the Yak & Yeti restaurant, which recently renamed their brewing operation Spice Trade Brewing. Yak & Yeti serves up some great Indian/Nepalese food to sustain yourself through the ride and the beers are a mix of traditional styles and unconventional brews using spices, fruits, and other flavorings. In additional to the great food and interesting beers, Yak & Yeti completes the picture with a pleasant patio on which to enjoy them while preparing for the ride.

From Yak & Yet we headed through Arvada neighborhoods (not an easy description so just map it) to the Ralston Creek Trail, then took that west to the Clear Creek Trail and headed north. If you want to detour to Odyssey Beerwerks, just exit the Ralston Creek trail at West 56th Avenue. Here’s where it gets tricky . . . As you approach the Midtown at Clear Creek development project (look for construction) you can either exit on 64th Avenue, head east to Pecos Street, then north til you see the Midtown entrance sign and Bruz Beers on 67th Avenue. Alternately you can keep going and look for the new houses across a dirt patch to the right. I assume some day the trail will link up, but for now you have to ride/walk your bike across the dirt to shortcut into the back of the development, then navigate northeast to Bruz on 67th.20180721_135240_hdr.jpg

However you arrive at Bruz Beers, you will find a bright, sunny taproom with refreshing air conditioning, a long list of Belgian beers, a few other styles, and likely a food truck. The friendly service and laid-back atmosphere encouraged us to linger for a second beer before the long-ish ride back to Arvada. Additionally, on cooler days Bruz offers a relaxing patio. Continue reading “Arvada Ride – Downtown Out and Back”