Weekend Beer Update

In the run-up to Christmas a couple of breweries follow tradition by tapping a brew a day until the holiday, while others reach back to their pagan roots to celebrate the winter solstice on Friday.

Gift cards, bombers and merch make for great last-minute gifts and you can treat yourself to a beer at the same time but be mindful that many taprooms roll out limited hours over the holidays. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

All Weekend and Beyond: The Twelve Firkins of Christmas continues through the 24th at Copper Kettle Brewing Company with a 20181219_095001_HDR.jpgnew and (usually) tasty offering every day, along with prizes at the end for those Christmas elves who have finished all 12.

All Weekend: Similar to Copper, Launch Pad Brewery continues their 8 Crazy Nights with beer releases all the way through Sunday the 23rd.

Thursday 20: Have An Imperial Christmas at Comrade Brewing Co. with Christmas music, cookies and multiple varieties of Quit Stalin Russian Imperial Stout.

Friday 21: Both of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty Weasel taprooms will celebrate the solstice with The Darkest Day, a celebration and release of five high-gravity, barrel-aged brews. The ritual drinking starts at 11 a.m. at the Longmont and Boulder locations.

Friday 21: Dive further into the dark at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont with a release of  the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 versions of their Fade to Black foreign export stout.

Friday 21: Explore the ancient Scottish tradition that celebrates the shortest day/longest 20170527_141810_HDRnight of the year with the Sacred Fire Solstice Party at Ursula Brewery. Ursula will serve several varieties of The Sacred Fire Scottish ale all day but the fiery festivities really kick up after dark with the lighting of candles and a traditional fire, along with Scottish beef stew.

Friday 21: If downtown is more your hood, join Freshcraft for their Night of Darks where they will tap four of Bell’s Brewery’s darkest and tastiest beers. Additionally, Bell’s staff will visit with glassware and swag.

Saturday 22: Enjoy the sweet pairing of a Glazed and Confuzed doughnut with a specially-created Sweet Potato Pie Specialty Ale at Fiction Beer Company all throughout the day.

Saturday 22: Set the holiday mood with the Holiday Beer Fest at Hops & Pie on Tennyson, where they will pour holiday beers from 11 craft breweries from around the country.20170624_203711_HDR

Saturday 22: Get stung by the Barreled Lightning at Diebolt Brewing’s Barreled Lightning Tap Takeover where they will be cracking 12 different kegs of the beer that they’ve saved from each month’s special release.

Saturday 22: If the family is already getting on your nerves, head to Westfax Brewing Co. for a free comedy show at 8 p.m. Kick back with some beer and20170722_130246_HDR a food truck and forget your holiday stress for a couple hours.

Saturday 22: For something a little more risque, give thanks for the unseasonably warm weather, leave your pants at home and join Black Sky Brewery for their Naughty Christmas Party. Party it up in your best (or worst) undergarments with a DJ and Ugly Undies Contest.

Sunday 23: Much like their beers, Chain Reaction Brewing Company’s Cookie & Ugly Sweater Get Together will have a little bit of everything: Christmas music, a cookie decorating station, a can & coat drive, shirt printing and holiday gifts for purchase.

Weekend Beer Update

As one might expect, it’s a weekend full of Halloween parties and other spooky happenings at a multitude of breweries. Most involve prizes of some sort so if you’re rockin’ that absolutely killer costume this year get out there and cash in!

Friday 26: Put on your Halloween best and head to Strange Craft Beer for $1 off pints on Costume Night. Strange sweetens the deal for hopheads with a release of their Super FI IPA as well.

Friday 26 – Wednesday 31: Demons take over Avery Brewing Co., Image result for free demon clip artwith the return of the Demons of Ale – The Beast Grand Cru, Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, & Mephistopheles’ Stout – along with a costume contest on Friday the 26th. Naturally the best costume takes home a case full of demons!

Saturday 27: Tear yourself away from Halloween-themed events and join Little Machine Beer for a brunch to celebrate their third anniversary. Starting at 11:00 a.m. the brewery will serve up brunch food accompanied by live music and a special beer release.Living the Dream

Saturday 27: If brunch is too early for you head to  Living the Dream Brewing Company in the afternoon for their annual BBQ Fest, which as you might imagine will include plenty of pig and beer!

Saturday 27: If you’ve had your fill of BBQ and want to jump back into the Halloween spirit, throw on a costume and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their Night of Crafty Delights with a costume contest, beer & candy bar pairing and apple-bobbing contest starting at 6:00 p.m. The best apple-bobber will receive a prize as well as best costumes in three separate categories.

Saturday 27: Make your happiest nightmares come true with River North Brewery’s Nightmare Fuel Halloween Party featuring the release of regular and barrel-aged Nightmare Fuel coffee stout combined with a doggy costume party, plus trick-or-treat beer & cookie pairings with Good Sugar Baking from 4:00-6:00 p.m.20181024_170427_hdr.jpg

Saturday 27: Do double-duty with your dog’s costume and drop by 4 Noses Brewing Co. before or after downing a few River North beers for their 3:00 p.m. costume contest offering up prizes for winning dogs and their owners.

Saturday 27: Get your pumpkin on at Hops & Pie’s Pumpkin Beer Fest. They will pour pumpkin beers from about a dozen – mostly local – breweries all day for your drinking pleasure.

Saturday 27: Get to Call To Arms Brewing Company early for the20160907_191850_hdr 7:30 p.m. costume contest at their Halloween Rumpus to score some sweet prizes, not to mention specially-printed t-shirts, beer releases and an 80’s DJ.

Saturday 27: If your costume involves a onesie (yeah, that’s kinda random) or you need an excuse to get one, Ursula Brewery hosts a Hallow-Onesie party to coincide with the release of Scary Stories s’mores porter.

Saturday 27: Enjoy a delightful pairing of chocolate and peanut butter as Alpine Dog Brewing Company hosts their Halloween Peanut Butter Cup Stout Party featuring the release of the aforementioned beer plus a costume contest at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 27: Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company hosts Swills & Chills with a DJ for some dancing and a costume contest at 11 p.m.

Saturday 27: Further afield, darkness comes to New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins as Darkness Pours 2018 ushers in drinking, dancing, and a costume contest. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27:  Take a trip back to the 1990’s at Ratio Beerworks‘ Halloween Party with a Green Day tribute band. They’ll feature costume contests throughout the night along with special beer releases. The party starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 28: If the 80’s is more your style then head to Seedstock Brewery’s Beers For Fears 1980’s-themed Halloween Party. Watch classic Halloween movies while sucking down $4 pints.

Monday 29: Strange Craft Beer bookends the weekend with a Beer ‘o Lantern carving at 6:00 p.m.

Weekend Beer Update

Take your pick of events this Saturday, from music festivals to biking and Halloween to facial hair. Sadly the rest of the weekend is rather bare, or perhaps a good excuse to hit the local craft brewery for a quiet one.

Friday 27 – Sunday 29: This year Sesh Fest and the Underground Music Showcase have teamed up for a weekend-long beer and music event. Kick back with low ABV pours from over a dozen breweries and enjoy some great banded-oak-exterior-2.jpgmusic at various venues and stages along broadway. Two breweries are even hosting events – Baere Brewing Company and Banded Oak Brewing! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The rubber hits the road again this month at the West Side Brewery Bike Loop circling between Westfax Brewing Company, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery. Pick up a punch card at any of the stops for $1 off a beer at each brewery and when you complete the loop you get a free future beer. This month has a beach theme so dress accordingly!

Saturday 28: Dig out last year’s costume or create a new one for Ursula Brewery’s Halloween in July. Ursula will have individual and group costume contests, candy,  Image result for free public halloween clip artHalloween crafts, and even themed games. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can even bring a carved pumpkin for the jack ‘o lantern contest.

Saturday 28: Beer, Bacon, and Bluegrass take the stage on Black Shirt Brewing Co.’s back patio. No ticket necessary, just show up after 2 p.m.to eat, drink, and enjoy!

Saturday 28: Why beat around the bush with a fancy name? Thirstyfest says it all as they bring over 15 breweries to the McNichols Building in Civic Center along with entertainment and food. Festivities start bright and early at 11 a.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The final entry on the festival list pulls together IPAs from seven breweries at West End Tavern’s JUL-IPA in Boulder. From noon to 3 p.m. they’ll have beer and bourbon tasting, food, music, and an auction of beer-related merchandise. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Down in The Springs Goat Patch Brewing Co. celebrates one year with special releases, raffles, merchandise, and food trucks.

Saturday 28: Up in Longmont, Grossen Art Brewery celebrates all forms of facial hair with the Mane Event. In addition to the 6 p.m. beard competition, they’ll have music, raffles, bar games, and food all day. Note: There is a cover for this event.

Weekend Beer Update

After a busy Memorial Day weekend it seems that a lot of people are taking a breather, but enough happenings are on the calendar to stay entertained – or even get a little wild at Burning Can! Although generally more low-key, a number of breweries are also holding one-off releases. Finally, the Highlands Ranch Beer Festival hits south of town, although sadly for many Highlands Ranchers it has sold out.

Friday 1 – Saturday 2: Head to Lyons for a weekend of revelry at the Burning Can Festival sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. There’s far too much to describe in a short blog, but highlights include a beer festival with 70+ breweries, music, sporting events, camping, and of course the keystone event: Burning of the Can! Check out the website for all of the happenings. Note: This is a ticketed event. 

Saturday 2: Stop by the Fitzsimmons neighborhoodursula-taps.jpg and celebrate Ursula Brewery’s fourth anniversary with new beer releases, cellar releases, and live music.

Saturday 2: If West Wash Park is more your game, another brewery marks the big Oh-Four this weekend. Platte Park Brewing Company celebrates with a flood of flavorful-sounding brews and a keep-the-glass promotion for the first 200 celebrants.

Saturday 2: Loveland beer -drinkers will gain more brewery elbow-room when Crow Hop Brewing opens their new taproom across from their current downtown site. In addition to a larger indoor space, the location offers front and back patios. Crow Hop will supply music, games, and of course beer to christen the new facility.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3: Crooked Stave hosts their inaugural Stone Fruit Harvest weekend with 22 stone fruit beers staging a tap takeover. Note: This is a ticketed event.

 

Weekend Beer Update

This weekend offers quite the range of options, from anniversary parties to cooking with beer! And of course don’t forget to stay the course for Stout Month.

Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th: Halfpenny Brewing Company wraps up their 2nd anniversary week with their final special tappings, live music, food, and giveaways.

Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th: Sort of Halfpenny’s older 20170103_210350_hdr.jpgbrother, Goldspot Brewing Company will celebrate its 3rd anniversary over with special beer releases and a big 16-beer menu over the weekend.

Saturday 24th: If you want to mix up your Stout Month and take a break from Vine Street Pub, head east to Ursula Brewery for their release of nine different versions of their 180 Gram Twist and Stout including barrel-aged, flavored, and a 2016-18 vertical tasting

Saturday 24th: The SOWN III expo comes to the Oskar Blues Brewery downtown Denver location at 2:00 and spotlights local ingredients in beer, pouring beers from seven area breweries that use local Troubadour Malts. Additionally, they will host a panel discussion with local brewers and growers on the importance of locally-sourced ingredients. Note: This is a ticketed event ($5).

Sunday 25th: Beer is Food! At least according to Living the Dream Brewing Company, which is holding a contest for recipes containing their beer. The cutoff for entries has already passed but stop by and vote for the best use of beer in food!

Ursula Anniversary & Pig Roast

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out and drink beer this Saturday June 3, head down to Ursula Brewery in Aurora and help them celebrate their 3rd anniversary starting at 11:00 am.

They’ll have live bands and a pig roast, along with (of course) new beers on tap and a special release. At 11:00 am they plan to release Angel of the Odd, their new sour

Brewery Snapshot: Ursula Brewery

Tucked away among old army buildings, new hospitals, and big apartment blocks, Ursula Brewery serves up creative beers in a friendly taproom. Ursula seems to focus on experimenting with new ingredients and different production methods to create beers that range from slight variations on typical styles like Renata Passionfruit Kolsch to beers that go completely off-reservation like the Crustless Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter. For me these kind of breweries are hit or miss – you may find great beer combos, or you may leave feeling like you are overstuffed with too many flavors.

BEER LINEUP: The lineup covers the full light-to-dark spectrum from Helles to Russian Imperial Stout, but don’t expect to find a straight-up version of your favorite style. From the Brett Saison aged in red wine barrels to the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout most, though not all, styles have a unique twist.

ATMOSPHERE: We visited on a rainy afternoon and Ursula had a chill vibe and a familiar comradery between regulars and the bartender. The taproom looks part industrial, part rustic, with a sprinkle of a music theme which makes for a relaxing place to kick back with a few beers. You can order food from the restaurant across the street and have it delivered.20170527_141525_HDR

SERVICE: The bartender was friendly, fast, engaging, and knowledgeable.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Deep in the Fitzsimmons construction zone, the area doesn’t have much vibe yet other than “work in progress” so a trip to Ursula is pretty much a destination event. The area offers plenty of two-hour parking amidst the new apartment buildings, vacant lots, and huge hospitals.

STANDOUT BEER: Hope Sour Tart Wheat With Guava. Ursula throws a lot at you with some of their beers and this one came off pretty well. The initial grapefruit nose and sourness gets balanced by the sweetness of the guava and results in mid-range tropical sourness, which is a lot friendlier than many sours. Overall I’d call it an accessible and interesting sour that will please a wide range of palates.