Hopefully by now everyone has recovered from their Great American Beer Festival hangover and perhaps found a new favorite brewery or beer at the Fest. Life goes on, and this weekend offers up a number of fall-themed brewery events including several Oktoberfests across the metro area.
Friday 28 – Sunday 30: Munich comes to Boulder at Avery Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest, with a special beer menu and free Kaiser for anyone in a traditional German outfit.
Friday 28 – Sunday 30: If RINO is more your scene, Black Shirt Brewing Co. celebrates their sixth anniversary all weekend with special releases (actually starting Wednesday), creative beer slushies and cocktails, Beer, Bacon and Bluegrass on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.
Saturday 29: Oktoberfest makes a stop at Seedstock Brewery from 5-11 p.m. with a special Hell tapping, plenty of Oktoberfest beer, polka music, contests and free mugs for those in traditional German attire. A meat-heavy food truck rounds out the Germanic picture.
Saturday 29: Join Brewability Lab in celebrating their second anniversary with music, a mobile cigar lounge, a yoga bus and a pop-up shop.
Saturday 29: Load up on numerous can and bottle releases at Fiction Beer Company’s fourth anniversary party. In addition to the takeaway options, enjoy special tappings, live music and limited-edition glassware on their special day.
Saturday 29: Howdy Fest Rides into Lafayette with music, food, and a special release from The Post Brewing Co. along with pours from a number of other area breweries.
Sunday 30: Enjoy a preview of Briar Common Brewery’s upcoming anniversary beers at their five-course beer-pairing dinner. The first seating starts at 4:30 p.m. but if demand calls for it they will add a later seating. Note: This is a ticketed event.
It’s an anniversary-filled weekend with Caution, Cannonball Creek, and Castle Rock Beer Co. all celebrating. However with the upcoming cold and snow I’ve got my eye on Colorado Plus Brew Pub for some true winter warming!
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th: Head out to Lakewood for Caution Brewing Company’s 6th Anniversary Party showcasing their anniversary beer Hold The Door Baltic Porter along with the tapping of some secret experiments. And of course they’ll have the obligatory food trucks and live music.
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st: Stay toasty at Colorado Plus Brew Pub’s Big Barrel Aged Beer Festival, which pretty much says it all. They’ll be tapping a range of imperial porters & stouts for your drinking pleasure.
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st: Head for the hills and celebrate Cannonball Creek Brewing Company’s 5th anniversary with special tappings, music, and food.
Saturday 20th: If south-metro is more your style, head down to Castle Rock for Castle Rock Beer Co.’s 2nd anniversary where you can buy a pint and keep the commemorative glass.
Saturday 20th: In the ongoing Pussy Riot beer series, Makin’ Noise Beer will hold events at five breweries for version 5.0 of the beer. Woods Boss Brewing Company, Ratio Beerworks, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company, The Post Brewing Co., and Goldspot Brewing Company will all have tapping celebrations today, with proceeds benefiting a variety of non-profits.
If you have a long afternoon and want to get out of Denver – but not too far – there are loads of breweries in the small towns just north of the city that make for a nice driving/walking tour.
We started at The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, primarily because they opened the earliest and have food. The feel is upscale old west – kind of like a pretty saloon, although on a nice day try to sit in the atrium beer garden. Unfortunately the food and beer didn’t match the skill of the decor. The beer was solidly average and the food not even that good. I tried the saison, which had typical barnyard flavors and smells, the maltier-than-expected ESB, and a rather bland red. According the waiter their fried chicken was a point of pride, but that day they seemed to have been a little overly-proud of the fryer and it came out dark, burned, and tough. Although I’ve included it in this tour as an option, you could realistically do better at dozens of other breweries.
Moving on from Post we headed to Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., about a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk, and that’s when the fun really started. Although located in a typical strip mall, Liquid Mechanics has a cave-like barrel room with games side-by-side with barrels and also an outdoor patio. The real stars are the adventurous beers. The chilly day lead me to favor darks which were all very complex and warming. My sampler featured a stout, three porters including coconut and peanut butter versions, and a red wine saison. All of them had great depth and balanced flavors but the red-wine saison was the clear stand-out. The typical yeasty and bready saison flavors were balanced by rich red wine flavors. If we hadn’t needed to keep moving I absolutely could have had another pour.
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