Weekend Beer Update

There are a lot of events this Saturday from one end of town to the other, and particularly downtown in between. Given the beautiful summer weather there’s no excuse not to get out and about and explore a new part of town!

Saturday 11: Starting in RINO, Bierstadt Lager celebrates two years of making fine German beers. They’ll have some music, yard games, and Helles specials, but really it’s about – as they explain – “drinking large quantities of pale lager.” And who can argue with that?

woods-boss-beers.jpgSaturday 11: In the same neighborhood, Ratio Beerworks throws down an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Crawfish Boil starting at noon. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: At the other end of downtown Wood Boss Brewing Company will partner with other local businesses to transform California Street into a biergarten with music and special beer tappings all day.

Saturday 11: The final downtown event of the day is Denver Beer Co.’s 7th anniversary party, which will also spill into the street with food, music, games, a photo booth and beer. Note, the party happens at the original Platte Street location.

Saturday 11: The Arvada Center hosts Arts and Ales 2018, featuring local artists exhibiting their wares, beer sampling, food, music, and activities. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 11: On the opposite side of town in Lowry, Wings Over The Rockies puts on Hops in the Hangar which features beer tasting, a car show, music, games and giveaways all while surrounded by classic aircraft. Note: This is a ticketed event.station-26-taproom.jpg

Sunday 12: The monthly Bluegrass Brunch comes back to Station 26 Brewing Co. with food, music, and of course beer! The fun starts at 11 a.m.

Weekend Beer Update

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. 20160721_201225_HDR

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.

 

Brewery Snapshot: Woods Boss Brewing Company

Tapping into Coloradans’ love of the outdoors, Woods Boss Brewing Company brings an outdoors-themed taproom and beer menu to a formerly rough area of downtown that is under transition. The busy taproom serves up a wide variety of beers – some traditional, some unusual – that seem thoughtfully brewed and which, 20171109_191640_HDRfor the most part, deliver in the area of taste.

BEER LINEUP: The menu features a broad range of beer styles including many standard-style offerings like an IPA, ESB, red, etc. along with a number of styles with slight twists like a juniper wheat and oatmeal brown. There didn’t seem to be anything too far-out – just tweaks to the standards.

ATMOSPHERE: The taproom features lots of wood – tree trunks, split-log tables, beer-menu signs – which would seem at odds with the urban, industrial building but actually works to create a fresh, modern look. It seems like a place for the young professional crowd to get together and catch up or play some of the games on hand. They do not serve food.

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SERVICE: Bar service only,  but the servers were attentive, informed, and helpful in making difficult choices among the numerous tasty-looking offerings.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Woods Boss is just a little north of the downtown business district in a  former urban wasteland of trash-strewn parking lots and empty warehouses. Now the area is slowly filling with small businesses and the patrons they bring. However it still feels rather sketchy, especially at night, with homeless staggering around like zombies, but free street parking is reasonably close to the brewery. There aren’t yet a lot of other 20171109_211457_HDRbusinesses to keep you in the area, but it’s building up fast.

STANDOUT BEER: The Enrosadira pink peppercorn saison has quite a bit going on aside from the usual Belgian-yeast saison flavor. The peppercorn added spicy and savory flavors including sage, reminiscent of Thanksgiving stuffing (in a good way). The golden appearance had a slight brown tint and touch of haziness typical of a saison. Overall it seemed a good fall/holiday beer – interesting but not overwhelming.