Weekend Beer Update

Looks like we’re headed for reasonably-good patio drinking weekend and there’s lots going on to make the most of it! From a number of anniversaries to diverse food-themed events there’s no excuse not to knock back a few brews.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: Join Strange Craft for a celebration of their ninth anniversary. Friday will feature a special tap release, cellared bottle sales, a vertical tasting and food, while Saturday brings nine collaboration brews with other local breweries, t-shirt printing and food.strange-beers.jpg

Friday 17 – Saturday 18: While only clocking in at six years, Odyssey Beerwerks will also be pulling out all the stops for their anniversary with a special release and food on Friday, then multiple beer releases, barrel-aged tap beers, merch, music, food and even magic (2-5 p.m.) on Saturday.

Saturday 18: Also celebrating six years, Colorado Plus Brew Pub brings live music, over 20 house beers on tap, special sausage and a cornhole tournament.  The tournament comes with prizes, plus Colorado Plus will start raffling free shwag at 3 p.m.

20171110_210133_HDRSaturday 18: With the makings of a great combo afternoon, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, just down the road from Strange Craft, celebrates two years by showcasing new tappings and cellar beer releases, new merch, food, a beer garden and lawn games. Why not check out both anniversaries for a brew-full afternoon?

Saturday 18: Fire up the stove and cook a pot of your best chili for Living the Dream Brewery’s Beer Chili Cookoff. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with prizes for the best red and green, and naturally all recipes must include craft beer. See the event post for more info and the email address for questions and entry.

Saturday 18: If eating chili has put you in the mood for more heat, head to Alpine Dog Brewery for their annual Chili Pepper Festival where they’ll be infusing some of their standard offerings with different chilies and creating special chili brews, along with hosting a taco truck providing complementary flavors.two22-taproom.jpg

Saturday 18: For those who prefer things on the sweeter side Two22 Brew will host a Peach Festival with the release of their Peach Patio beer plus other beer infusions throughout the day. The theme is luau so Hawaiian-wear is strongly encouraged.

Saturday 18: Continuing the crawfish season, Denver Beer Co. will hold their eighth annual Crawfish Boil at the downtown location. In addition to the requisite crustaceans and sides Denver Beer Co. will release a special pilsner to accompany the Cajun flavors. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Kokopelli BeerSaturday 18: Get a preview of the newest Alamo Drafthouse in Westminster as Kokopelli Beer Company hosts a pre-opening party from 4 – 6 p.m. First 25 people get a free beer!

Saturday 18: Get bluesy with Halfpenny Brewing Company at their second Blues & Brews Night featuring Jeff White. It’s pretty much as advertised; music & beer!

 

Brewery Snapshot: Two22 Brew

Normally I’m a little suspicious of any business that leads their sales pitch with a cause, versus their products or services. Happily, Two22 Brew in Aurora stands as a clear exception to that guideline and offers great beer in a friendly atmosphere. Two22 donates $2.22 of every $10 in profits to a foundation started to honor the father of one of the owners, and which makes grants to nonprofits focusing on the environment, education, and “whole person” enrichment. But enough about the cause; on to the beer!

BEER LINEUP: Two22 serves a wide range of beer styles. The menu covers the traditional spectrum of light-to-dark with a blonde, hefeweizen, several IPAs, a porter, and a stout, but also branches out into some adventurous territory with peach-flavored beers and a gose. Short version: something for everyone.

ATMOSPHERE: The decent-sized taproom and 20180601_174220_hdr.jpglarge, shady patio offer plenty of space to spread out and get comfortable. The Friday-evening crowd was a mix of after-work beer drinkers and young families with small children and dogs (patio-only). It seemed like many customers were regulars and the comfortable chairs and patio games gave the entire place a very relaxed feel and encouraged kicking back and having one more beer on a pleasant summer evening.

SERVICE: The servers occasionally make a loop of the taproom to take orders but for immediate refreshment head to the bar. Attentiveness was hit or miss but once we had a server engaged they were very friendly and helpful in discussing the beer and providing samples. 20180601_173812_hdr.jpg

NEIGHBORHOOD: This is a love it or hate it proposition. Those in south Aurora, Centennial, and the like will probably enjoy the convenient location and comfortable suburban strip-mall feel, but access is difficult from other parts of the Denver metro. 20180601_174236_hdr.jpgOnce there you will find convenient parking and several food options by way of a food truck and local restaurants with takeout and delivery. Aside from that the area is mostly residential.

STANDOUT BEER: Watermelon Gose. The delicate balance of sour and fruity/sweet watermelon accented by hints of savory and salt make this beer a delicious easy-drinker on a hot summer day. The light body and slightly-hazy golden color also contribute to the refreshing experience.

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.

 

Beer Of The Week: Two22 Reformation Scottish Ale

20161129_171529_hdrDepending on where you live, Two22 Brew is a bit of a ride, located deep in SE Aurora, but usually good for an adventurous/experimental beer or two. However on my most recent visit I steered away from experimental and tried the Reformation Scottish Ale which I wouldn’t call particularly adventurous, or even that typical of a Scottish. The beer showed the typical reddish-carmel color and had a Scottish-level ABV but lacked the sweeter malty and carmel flavors that I’m accustomed to in Scottish ales. What did come through loud & clear were the dark-roast malt flavors and an unusual bitterness, almost like an English-style mild or bitter. Overall I’d call the beer pleasant but lacking in the “Scottish” part of the ale

Aurora Strong – Same Idea, Seven Interpretations

For the fifth annual A Night to Remember fundraiser, seven Aurora breweries each brewed their own unique version of a Belgian Strong  Ale. So far I’ve only tried the Copper Kettle and Two22 versions but the tastiness of those makes me want to track down the other five. Continue reading “Aurora Strong – Same Idea, Seven Interpretations”