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Wurstkuche Brings Beer, Sausage to Downtown Denver

Wurstkuche Denver. Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

Wurstkuche Denver, 2036 Broadway. Photo Credit: Daniel Lauer

Wurstküche, a Los Angeles based restaurant from proprietors Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli, has expanded to Denver. I had the pleasure of paying them a visit just a few days before opening day. My first impression? Impressive selection of beers, delicious sausage and fries, and a welcoming environment.

Walk in, choose your sausage, fries, and beer, then off to the beer hall in back. Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

Walk in, choose your sausage, fries, and beer, then off to the beer hall in back.
Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

Wurstküche has a huge selection of sausages, with approximately 18 from which to choose. From traditional bratwurst, duck & bacon, rattlesnake & rabbit, to lamb. And even three vegetarian options.

Vegetarian Smoked Apple Sage Sausage with caramelized onions & sweet peppers. Belgian Fries with dipping sauces: Curry Ketchup, Sweet & Sassy BBQ, Chipotle Aioli, and Pesto Mayo. The beer is a mixture of Westmalle's Dubbel and their Tripel.

Vegetarian Smoked Apple Sage Sausage with caramelized onions & sweet peppers. Belgian Fries with dipping sauces: Curry Ketchup, Sweet & Sassy BBQ, Chipotle Aioli, and Pesto Mayo. The beer is a mixture of Westmalle’s Dubbel and their Tripel.

Since I am vegetarian, I of course honed in on the meatless sausages. While I was interested in all 3, I decided on the Smoked Apple Sage: apples, Yukon potatoes, & rubbed sage. I topped it with caramelized onions and sweet peppers. Several mustards are available at the tables; I added two to my sausage: honey and whole grain. Upon my first bite, I was in heaven. This vegetarian sausage was flavorful and–almost more importantly–was not mushy (which unfortunately is all too common with most veggie versions of dogs and burgers). I was thrilled with both the consistency and taste of my sausage. The Belgian Fries were also excellent. Thick yet crisp, with 10 different dipping sauces available. My favorite was the Pesto Mayo!

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Beer hall/seating back behind the ordering area. Plus another bar! Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

Wurstküche’s 24 taps are split almost evenly between Belgian and German beers. Additionally, they have many more in bottles. I found the beer list to be more than accommodating. A few of my personal favorites caught my eye, such as Duchesse De Bourgogne, Delirium Tremens, and Houblon Chouffe. And for those who just have to have it, they do offer PBR.

Close-up of my tasty Veggie Smoked Apple Sage Sausage.

Close-up of my tasty Veggie Smoked Apple Sage Sausage.

A patio is currently in the works and looks to be a perfect addition to the already spacious restaurant. I’m getting excited for patio season, and this should be a great spot for it!

Another seating area.  Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

Another seating area.
Photo credit: Daniel Lauer

I truly enjoyed my visit to Wurstküche. I love its downtown location, awesome selection of food & beer, and overall vibe. I’m thrilled to welcome them to Denver and look forward to seeing much more of them in the near future. If you like sausage, fries and beer, check them out! They open on Monday, February 23rd!

Welcome to Colorado, DESTIHL!

Dosvidanya Russian-Style Extra Imperial Stout

Dosvidanya Russian-Style Extra Imperial Stout. 12.5% ABV, 84 IBU.

In devising my plan of attack for the Great American Beer Festival a couple years ago, I asked my readers which breweries I should be sure to visit. I was looking for beers I couldn’t normally get in Colorado, and I received lots of excellent suggestions. After numerous people recommended DESTIHL Brewery, I put them at the top of my list. And it was one of the best beer decisions I’ve ever made.

Flanders Red. If you like sour, this is your beer.

Flanders Red. If you like sour, this is your beer. 6.1% ABV, 12 IBU.

I loved everything I tried from DESTIHL at GABF. I even chose a couple for my “GABF Best in Show” list: Samhain Pumpkin Porter (2012) and St. Dekkera Reserve Sour Raspberry/Strawberry Ale (2013). After having their beers all I could think was, “How I wished they would distribute here!” And now, over two years later, they have partnered with distributors Elite Brands to make my dreams come true. I am ecstatic to finally say: they are here. 

Welcome to Colorado, DESTIHL!

Hoperation Overload: A delicious Imperial IPA.

Hoperation Overload: A delicious Imperial IPA. 9.6% ABV, 85 IBU.

DESTIHL is such a solid brewery. It doesn’t matter what type of beer you choose: from their IPAs, sours, to stouts, they clearly know how to do it right. Since their arrival in Colorado, I have had: Vertex IPA, Hoperation Overload Imperial IPA, Flanders Red and Here Gose Nothin’ (both from their Wild Sour Series), Dosvidanya® Russian Imperial Stout, and Saint Dekkera Reserve Zure Dubbele Stout (sour double stout). I kid you not when I say I’ve been impressed with them all. And I’ve been known to be picky about beer.

The most unique beer I’ve had from them to date is the Zure Dubbele Stout. They took two of my favorite styles and combined them into one awesome creation. I’ve had one sour stout before (from a different brewery), but it was heavy on the stout and light on the sour. This one, however, was the perfect blend of both.

Here Gose Nothin'. 5.0% ABV, 12 IBU.

Here Gose Nothin’. 5.0% ABV, 12 IBU.

Check with your local liquor store to see if they carry any DESTIHL beers at this time. If not yet, it’s entirely possible they might start in the near future. If you do find a DESTIHL beer, I strongly urge you to give it a try. It just might brighten your day like it does mine:

Collaboration Fest 2015 Beer Update

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After sampling so many great beers at last year’s Collaboration Fest, I was a little sad that I wouldn’t be able to get a full pour any of them. I was grateful to have gotten to try them, but getting only a few ounces of something so amazing was a bit of a tease. So I am ecstatic that this year, many of the beers will be available in tap rooms, bars and/or restaurants after the festival! Check it out:

Beers featured at this year’s festival are:

4 Noses Brewing, Big Choice Brewing and Wonderland Brewing 
Beer Name: Bazinga!
Beer Description: This ménage a trois collaboration starts with a Belgian wit base recipe. After adding loads of lemongrass and rose hips to the mash and boil, each brewery used different yeasts to impart a distinctly different flavor. To top it all of, a modest dose of vanilla beans were added during conditioning to get the flavor explosion.
Available After Festival: Yes
Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery 
Beer Name: NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout
Beer Description: Imperial Stout with Ozo coffee
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on tap at both breweries.
Comrade and Crooked Stave 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Imperial Wit
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the breweries and select bars and restaurants.
Comrade and Hogshead 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: English IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the breweries and select bars and restaurants.
FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: German style pilsner with Barke Heirloom Barely and Polaris and Sorachi Ace hops.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE, Lost Highway and Cheeky Monk.
FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Belgian Style Cherry Dubbel
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE and Yak & Yeti.
FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: German Style IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE and Cannonball Creek.
Eastside Nano Collaboration: FATE Brewing Company, BRU and Wild Woods
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Three different versions of a hoppy belgian golden strong ale, all brewed with the Wyeast 1388 yeast strain, Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops. Each beer is between 9-10 percent alcohol by volume and 40-50 IBUs.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at all three breweries
Epic Brewing Company and Devils Backbone  
Beer Name: Midnight Mischief
Beer Description: This is a non-traditional American hopped black lager Schwarzbier. Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both Colorado and Virginia.
Fiction Beer Company, Chain Reaction Brewing and Cerebral Brewing
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Farmhouse ale with Cascara and plum fermented with Brett.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Fiction Beer Company.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten, Crow Hop, Big Beaver and Buckhorn 
Beer Name: Anything for Love
Beer Description: Belgian Quad
Available After Festival: No
Grist Brewing Company and No Label Brewing Company 
Beer Name: Skiing in Jeans
Beer Description: This is a traditional German bock using all German malt and hops with the addition of Colorado wildflower honey and Texas pecans. The nutty flavor and residual sweetness from the honey shine through on this perfect-for-spring beer.
Available After Festival: Yes – Available at Grist Brewing Company and select bars and restaurants.
Kannah Creek Brewing and The Bakers’ Brewery
Beer Name: The Prickly Peach
Beer Description: A Belgian strong ale fermented with Palisade peaches, prickly pear cactus and spiced with eucalyptus and Jamaica peppers (whole allspice).
Available After Festival: No
Mockery Brewing, River North Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Zephyr Brewing, Beryls Beer Co., Brew ‘n Q Homebrew Shop
Beer Name: RyeNo Cluster Fuggle
Beer Description: 51 percent rye beer with roasted barley (roasted at Our Mutual Friend), Belgian house yeast from River North Brewing.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Mockery and Beryls Beer Co.
Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing
Beer Name: Brevis and Butthead
Beer Description: Kettle Sour Pale Ale
Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both taprooms.
Odd13 and 12 Degree
Beer Name: 12/13/2014
Beer Description: Sour Belgian Strong Ale
Available After Festival: No
Powder Keg Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Powder Keg and Avery will  be blending various vintages and styles from selected sour barrel projects at both breweries.
Available After Festival: Maybe. If any remains it will be available at Avery Sour Fest.
Renegade Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Triple Saison
Available After Festival. Yes. Available at Renegade taproom.
River North Brewery and Red Leg Brewing Company 
Beer Name: West of Ardennes
Beer Description: Rye barrel fermented Belgian Imperial Brown
Available After Festival: No
Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing Collaboration
Beer Name: Mighty Mighty Bastogne
Beer Description: A Tripel Tripple brewed with Bagstonge Belgian Ale yeast.
Will Be Available After Festival: No
Ska Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing Company and Reel Big Fish
Beer Name: Reel Big Stout
Beer Description: Oak aged imperial stout
Available After Festival: Yes, at Wynkoop and Ska draft accounts in the Denver metro area.
Station 26 Brewing Co. and Call to Arms Brewing Company 
Beer Name: Schwarzbier
Beer Description: Schwarzbier is an easy drinking German black larger.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on draft in the Station 26 taproom and on draft in select accounts in Denver and Boulder.
Station 26 Brewing Co. and Cigar City 
Beer Name: White IPA
Beer Description: White IPA brewed with wheat, oats and orange peel and hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria, and Summer.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on draft in the Station 26 taproom and on draft in select accounts in Denver and Boulder.
Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company
Beer Name: StrangeTail IV
Beer Description: Either a Belgian IPA or hoppy saison. Single malt with four hops (German Magnum, Hersbrucker, Triskel and New Zealand Waimea).
Available After Festival: Yes. At Strange tasting room and limited draft accounts.
Summit County Collaboration: Backcountry, Breckenridge, The Bakers’, Dillon DAM, Broken Compass and Pug Ryan’s Breweries 
Beer Name: Summit Safety Meeting Barleywine
Beer Description: A full strength barleywine with flaked rye and Mosaic hops balancing out the caramel malts and fresh figs and dates sweetness.
Available After Festival: Yes. Some of the beer is being barrel aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels for later consumption.
The Very Nice Brewing Company and Twisted Pine 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Midnight Wheat, Cherry, Sage, Saison
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at The Very Nice Brewing Company.
The Very Nice Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Chickory Black IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at The Very Nice Brewing Company.
Twisted Pine and Blind Tiger
Beer Name: Twisted Tiger
Beer Description: Weizenbock
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the Twisted Pine ale house and other select Colorado craft beer establishments.
Verboten Brewing and New Belgium Brewing
Beer Name: Top Bunk-Bottom Bunk
Beer Description: Collaboration in a glass: Black and Tan, Peppermint Stout called Top Bunk and a Chocolate Brown named Bottom Bunk. Stout will float on brown.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both tap rooms and other Northern Colorado bars.
Wynkoop and Tivoli
Beer Name: Double OG aka D.O.O.G
Beer Description: Imperial Malt Liquor
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Wynkoop Brewing Company and other Denver accounts.
Zwei Bruder and Tivoli
Beer Name: Pass the Buck
Beer Description: Resurrected the original Sigi’s beer recipe.
Available After Festival. Yes. Tune into 99.5 The Mountain to find out where this beer will be available.

Stout Month 2015!

It’s that time of year again. February is almost here, and for the 22nd year in a row that means STOUT MONTH at all five of the Mountain Sun locations: Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, and Under the Sun in Boulder, Vine Street in Denver, and Longs Peak Pub in Longmont. Here’s is what we have to look forward to the entire month of February:

This Year’s House Stouts

48 Smooth Chai Stout, Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Brett Stoudt American “Wild” Stout, Casual Friday Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Chocolate Thunder Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, Coconut Cream Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick Stout, Girl Scout Stout, Korova Cream Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Mutual Respect Coffee Stout brewed with Odell Brewing, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Norwegian Wheat Stout, Oatimus Prime Oatmeal Stout, Old School Dry Irish Stout, Sharkbite Foreign Stout, Space Odyssey Stout, Stoked Oak Stout, Totally Stoked Stout, Thunderhead Stout, Trickster Stout, and Yonder Mountain Oatmeal Stout

This Year’s Guest Stouts

Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout, Backcountry Brewery Breakfast Stout, Big Choice Brewing #42 Poblano Stout, The Brew on Broadway Social Club Coffee Milk Stout, Cannonball Creek Brewing Almond Chocolate Stout, Crabtree Brewing Oatmeal Stout, Diebolt Brewing The Commodore Russian Imperial Stout, Fate Brewing Sudice American Stout, Gravity Brewing Oort Cloud Oatmeal Stout, High Hops Brewery The Dark One Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout, Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Odyssey Beerwerks Seething Cauldron Belgian Stout, Pagosa Brewing Soaker’s Oatmeal Stout, Renegade Brewing Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, River North Brewery Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout, Sanitas Brewing Cinnilla Stout, Strange Brewing Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout, Telluride Brewing Ski-In-Ski-Stout, TRVE Brewing Stout O))), Upslope Brewing Foreign Stout, Wild Woods Brewery Smores Stout, Wonderland Brewing Vaderade Irish Stout, Yak & Yeti Chai Milk Stout

When can you find these particular beers on tap? Here’s a helpful note from the folks at Mountain Sun: “With so many stouts, it’s impossible to say when your favorite will be debuted on our tap boards, so make sure you visit the pubs often in February so you don’t miss out on any of these exceptional offerings.”

However, here are some special release dates to keep in mind:

Stout Month Special Events and Releases

Unless otherwise specified, all releases occur at opening time at all Mountain Sun Locations!

  • Meet the Brewer Fridays:
    • Come hang with those who make the beer every Friday during Stout Month from 6-8pm at the Southern Sun Pub and Brewery in Boulder and The Vine Street Pub and Brewery in Denver.  These are very casual gatherings with our brewers in our breweries that include tastings and tours of the breweries.
  • Sunday, February 1st: Stout Month 2015 Kick Off!  
    • Tom Brady, who?  Mountain Sun Pubs are where it’s at on Sunday as we roll into Stout Month 2015!
  • Tuesday February 3rd: Chocolate Thunder Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Our Imperial version of a traditional Milk Stout is opaque and full-bodied with a soft, velvety texture from additions of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and milk sugar.  Chocolate Thunder has assertive flavors of chocolate, vanilla and oak from several months aging in Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrels 10.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, February 10th: Dueling Beer Release Featuring Megatron Imperial Stout and Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
    • Megatron American Imperial Stout: This American-style Imperial Stout has dominant flavors of chocolate and roast balanced by huge citrus and pine flavors from American hop varieties.  The California Ale yeast has a clean fermentation profile and accentuates the flavors of the malts and hops 10.7% ABV
    • Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout: This offering is dark and rich with flavors of chocolate from the blend of roasted grains balanced by warming notes of alcohol.  A large addition of Golden Naked Oats lends aromas of oatmeal cookie as well as contributing to the smooth texture and full mouth feel. 10.3% ABV
  • Saturday, February 14th: Cherry Chocolate Stout
    • This has become a Valentine’s Day tradition for us.  This Cherry Chocolate Stout is brewed with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and a blend of more than 300 pounds of dark sweet cherries and red tart cherries.  The flavor leaves the impression that you’ve just eaten a dark chocolate-covered cherry! 7.2% ABV
  • Saturday, February 14th: Strange Craft Brewery Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout
    • Brewed for Stout Month and Valentine’s Day, this stout uses raw organic cocoa nibs from Ghana and is fermented with a special Belgian yeast before being aged on nearly 40 pounds of raspberries.  8.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, February 17th: Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout
    • Brewed with a massive quantity of roasted malts, this beer is balanced with a hefty dose of Orange Blossom honey.  A generous portion of Chinook and Amarillo hops and a drier finish lend to a unique drinkability not often associated with Imperial Stouts.  Complex notes of coffee, chocolate, orange, and cherry fill the palette, while an ample addition of bittering hops ensure a smooth ride all the way to the last drop 10.3% ABV
  • Tuesday, February 24th: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout
    • Our coffee-infused Imperial Stout has assertive flavors of coffee and malt flavors which suggest chocolate, dark fruit and caramel complemented by vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors from aging several months in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels 9.5% ABV
  • Every Thursday of Stout Month Means The Release Of Avery’s Mephistopheles At A Mountain Sun Pub
    • Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liquerish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish.  17% ABV
    • Thursday, February 5th: Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse
    • Thursday, February 12th: Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery
    • Thursday, February 19th: Vine Street Pub and Brewery
    • Thursday, February 26th: Southern Sun Pub and Brewery.  This release will be a special version of Mephistopheles infused with coffee, aptly named Tweak

Woo hoo! 

Don’t You Love Beer and Cheese Pairing at Wonderland Brewing

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, so naturally our thoughts turn to love. And what do we love? Beer, of course! And what better to pair with beer than cheese?! Head over to Wonderland Brewing in Broomfield on Friday, February 13th for their ‘Don’t You Love’ Beer & Cheese Pairing. What’s on the menu at this tasty event?

  • Alice Blonde paired with Big Ed’s Gouda (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Hoptail IPA  paired with Cana de Cabra (Murcia, Spain)
  • Probably Probable Porter  paired with Mt. Tam (California, USA)

Presented by Wonderland Brewing and The Cheese Course. 6-7 p.m. on February 13th, $15 per person. Sign up in the tap room to secure your spot. Sounds like a fantastic way to kick off Valentine’s weekend with your sweetheart or your friends! Cheers!

Premier Brewery Night at Stout Street Social

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Photo from Stout Street Social’s Facebook Page

Stout Street Social has some exciting news for beer lovers. Next week is their inaugural “Brewery Night,” the first in a monthly event series, featuring a different brewery each month. Brewery Night kicks off Thursday, January 15th from 6-8 p.m. with Alaskan Brewing Company’s Winter Ale and Smoked Porter. Interested? RSVP for this free event here. Food pairings, giveaways and more will be included in these complimentary Brewery Nights.

Ginger Pear Martini and a Hazed & Infused (Boulder Beer)

Ginger Pear Martini and a Hazed & Infused (Boulder Beer)

I was very impressed with the beer selection (among other things) at Stout Street Social, which you can read about in my post here. With all of the outstanding breweries they have on tap, Brewery Nights are sure to be delicious, fun, and informative. Be sure to RSVP and be a part of the first ever Brewery Night at Stout Street Social!

Brewed: A Coffee and Beer Workshop at Epic Brewing

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This is an event not to be missed!

Saturday January 24 at Epic Brewing in Denver

Brewed – a coffee and beer workshop
Join brewers and coffee roasters for a discussion on coffee, beer and the confluence of the two. After the discussion, you get to have fun creating your own blends of various coffees and beers to find your favorite combinations.
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It’s uncertain who first thought up the concept to add coffee to beer, but we must admit, it was a hell of an idea. Before we knew it, coffee stouts and porters were showing up in craft brewery tasting room and on liquor store shelves. The roastiness of the coffee was a perfect match for those big roasty notes of the black beers craft brewers were creating…but is there even more potential with different exciting coffee characteristics and beer styles?

Join us as we explore the confluence of where beer and coffee meet. Local coffee roasters and Local brewers will be on hand to discuss what they’re doing individually and lead in what promises to be an eye opening and smile inducing tasting experience. This will be a workshop style event with time to blend your own coffee/beer combinations.

Ticket cost includes coffee, beer and light snacks. Breakfast will NOT be served, so we recommend eating before the event starts.

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