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Fermentation Festival & Market

Violette Hour cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery: Breckenridge vodka, Plum bitters, Creme de Violette, Gooseberry lemonade

Violette Hour cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery: Breckenridge vodka, Plum bitters, Creme de Violette, Gooseberry lemonade

Last weekend was the second annual Fermentation Festival & Market. It was a great “celebration of all things fermented” with breweries, spirits, food vendors, educational seminars, live music, and more. This event was again held at the Highlands Masonic Center, which was the perfect venue for the occasion. I liked that it was both indoors and outdoors, and it was pretty spacious. It’s never comfortable to feel like you’re in a can of sardines, which happens too often at this type of festival. So I’m a fan of this space (plus, the indoor part came in handy when the storm blew in that Saturday).
unnamed (7) It was such a fun afternoon full of tastings. I had an exceptional cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery (see photo above) and sampled lots of delicious beers. I tried yummy bites like alcohol-infused ice cream from Twisted Cream and flavored tempeh from True Java Tempeh.
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4th Annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser

Drinking beer is fun. Drinking local beer is even better. But the absolute best is drinking beer from several local breweries all under one roof for a great cause. The fourth annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser takes place on Friday, September 5th at Exdo Event Center. Water is one of the main components of beer; without access to good clean water, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the amazing beers we’re so lucky to have here in Colorado. So please come out and support Conservation Colorado’s efforts to protect our state’s water, air and beer!

Some of the fantastic breweries that will be pouring at this event are:

Avery, Caution, Crazy Mountain, Diebolt, Eddyline, Epic, Fate, Former Future, Hall, Joyride, Living the Dream, Mountain Toad, Mu, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, River North, Trinity, Rock Bottom, Upslope, and Wynkoop.

Click here for tickets. $35 General Admission, $60 VIP. I hope to see you there!

Beer Brunch at Boone’s Tavern

Next Saturday, August 16th, Boone’s Tavern will be hosting a beer brunch in celebration of the Premier League Kickoff. I’m not a sports fan, so at first I had no idea what this even was. But I can say that this brunch sounds delicious, as do the beers that are paired with each course. It starts at 11:00, and you can make a reservation by calling 720-961-0320.

Four courses, five beers (the event begins with a Stella toast). $35. Check it out!

  • Warm Asparagus Salad with wild mushrooms and asparagus on a salad with poached eggs and hollandaise — paired with Hoegaarden


  • Caprese Sandwich with heirloom tomatoes, house-made Mozzarella, and arugula pesto — paired with Leffe’ Belgian Blonde


  • Chorizo and Pepperjack Cazuela with chorizo and potato hash, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and poached eggs —  paired with Solstice Belgian Blonde


  • Buttermilk and Palisade Peach Upside-Down Cake with fresh peaches –paired with Perpetual Darkness Belgian Black



First Ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival

On Saturday, August 23rd, Downtown Boulder will host its first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival. Boulder County is home to some awesome breweries, and this event will bring 20 of them together in one place for an afternoon of unlimited sampling.

Participating breweries:

12 Degree Brewing

Oskar Blues Brewery

Upslope Brewing Co.

Avery Brewing

Gravity Brewing

The Post Brewing Co.

Vindication Brewing Co.

Bootstrap Brewing

J. Wells Brewery

Sanitas Brewing Co.

Walnut Brewery

Boulder Beer

Left Hand Brewing Company

Shine Brewing Co.

West Flanders Brewing

BRU Handbuilt Ales

Fate Brewing Company

Odd 13 Brewing

Twisted Pine Brewing Co.

Wild Woods Brewery

For just $30 per ticket (in advance; $35 the day of), attendees get unlimited samples of all 40 beers at the festival, a commemorative sampling glass and snacks provided by Glutino & Udi’s Gluten Free. There will also be live music from Andy Hackbarth (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) and The Hill Benders (3 – 5 p.m.). Boulder Craft Beer Festival will be held in West Central Park from 12-5 on August 23.

Food will be available for purchase from Alfalfas’s, Boulder Bowls, Centro, Cheese Louise, and Seb’s Wood Fired Pizza. Additional food vendors may be added, so check this link for updates.

It’s about time Boulder had a craft beer festival of its own! All of the breweries are great, but I am especially excited that a few of my personal favorites will be in attendance that day. I’m looking at you, Fate, Sanitas, and Gravity.

Designated driver tickets are available for $10 and include 5 non-alcoholic beverages and a $10 food ticket for the food vendors on site. And, in celebration of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 7 start on Sun., Aug. 24, the Boulder Craft Beer Festival encourages attendees to cycle to the event where a Boulder B-Cycle valet bike parking station will be on site for a $1 donation. Cyclists donating $5 will receive a Boulder B-Cycle PolarBottle in addition to valet parking.

Come be a part of this inaugural event. Click here to get your tickets today! 

Summer Fun at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp



On Friday, July 25th, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America stopped in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Edition of their tour.

This was one of the best beer festivals I’ve ever attended. It was extremely well-run and, from my perspective, went very smoothly. Aside from all the amazing beers, there were many other notable reasons this event was so enjoyable. I didn’t encounter any of the breweries running out of beer early on, there weren’t crazy lines at the booths, and there were plenty of tables and chairs (which was especially nice for those who ordered from food trucks and needed a place to eat). It was also quite spacious and spread out–not shoulder to shoulder like beer festivals can often be.

It rained a bit but we got a rainbow afterward!

It rained a bit but we got a rainbow afterward!

Much like the 12-pack, the festival was an excellent mix: breweries that collaborated with Sierra Nevada on the Beer Camp 12-pack, local breweries, and breweries whose beer we don’t often get in Colorado due to their distribution areas.

There are some exceptional collaborations in the 12-pack (which are also being poured at each stop of the tour). But the one that stood out most to me is the Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout, brewed with Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company. It is slightly creamy with just the right amount of espresso. I would say it’s a great breakfast beer, but at 7.6% ABV it’s probably a better fit for later in the day. I also found the Tater Ridge Scottish Ale (collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance) very interesting. Brewed with sweet potatoes, this stood out from any Scottish ale I’ve ever had. Most Scottish ales have a hint of sweetness, but this one was obviously from sweet potatoes and was perfectly done.


In addition to the Sierra Nevada collaborations, I was pleased that some of the collaborators brought additional beers as well: Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin and at Sea Coffee Imperial Porter, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Allagash Curieux, and more. And a few Colorado breweries that brought standout beers: Fate Brewing’s Coffee IPA, Origins by Crooked Stave, Cherry Kriek from Strange Craft, and my usual–FYIPA from Mountain Sun.

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The Denver festival was the third stop of the tour, while the fourth took place in Chicago on Sunday. There are still 3 more: New England Edition this Friday (August 1st) in Portland, Maine, Mid-Atlantic Edition this Saturday (August 2nd) in Philadelphia, wrapping up in Mills River, NC for the Southeast Edition August 3rd. There is still time to grab tickets for the Portland and Philadelphia events, but the final stop in Mills River is sold out.

A couple of friendly faces from a Colorado brewery, Mountain Sun (/Southern Sun/Vine Street)

A couple friendly faces from Colorado brewery, Mountain Sun (/Southern Sun/Vine Street)

I absolutely–repeat–absolutely recommend this festival for anyone who likes craft beer. Sierra Nevada (and all breweries involved) have gone above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for attendees. And, at least at the Rocky Mountain Edition, they certainly did just that. So I can only assume all of the other stops have been and will be just as incredible.

The tour bus

The tour bus

If you live near one of the upcoming stops of Beer Camp Across America, get your tickets now, before it’s too late. This is one event that you simply do not want to miss. I thoroughly enjoyed the Denver event; I drank so many incredible beers, talked to numerous great people, ate tasty local fare, and had an overall wonderful experience.

Click here for the full photo album on my Facebook page.



Today is the Day: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp: Rocky Mountain Edition

The third stop of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is in Denver today, July 25th, at 5:00. And, believe it or not, there are still tickets available (as of now, 8:30 a.m.).

This festival is going to be incredible! Check out my previous post, as well as the Beer Camp page for additional information. More than 200 craft beers from 100 breweries in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will be served at the event. There will also be several food trucks on site, so bring some cash–food isn’t included in your ticket. Also don’t forget your water bottle. Sierra Nevada is striving to make this a Zero Waste event; water stations will be around but you’ll need your own container.

I hope to see you there! Cheers!

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America Tour Comes to Denver July 25th!



Originally posted on coloradobeergirl:

Sierra Nevada‘s Beer Camp Across America kicks off this Saturday, July 19th in Chico, California. That is the first of seven stops on their 7 city travelling beer festival and will be followed by stops in San Diego, DENVER–July 25th, Chicago, Portland (Maine), Philadelphia, and Mills River (North Carolina).

Sierra Nevada just released a special, limited edition 12-pack of beers they collaborated on with some of America’s finest breweries: Allagash, Ballast Point, Bell’s, Cigar City, Firestone Walker, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Oskar Blues, Russian River, 3 Floyds and Victory, plus the Asheville Brewers Alliance. This one time only 12-pack not only contains these rare collaborations, but it’s the first of its kind in that the pack contains both bottles and cans. And, while I can’t speak for the rest of the country, if you’re in the Denver area consider yourself lucky if you’re able to come by one of these…

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