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Craft Chronicles: Get Yours Now!

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It’s patio weather in Denver! Do you enjoy craft beer? Do you like a great deal? Now through May 31, Imbibe’s Craft Chronicles allows Denverities the opportunities to explore Breckenridge Brewery, Denver Beer Co., Epic Brewing and Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre and Brewery like never before.

How does Craft Chronicles work?

Purchase a package to the brewery of your choice. Participating breweries are:

  • Breckenridge Brewery (471 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80204)
  • Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202)
  • Epic Brewing (3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205)
  • Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre and Brewery (2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205).

Cruise to the brewery. Show your voucher to the bartender upon arrival. The bartender scans the barcode and your tasting begins. Drink up, take some pictures and share your experience. Buy another package and explore more breweries.

Craft Chronicles is available in two package options.

  • Craft Regular – $25
    Four 4oz. samplers + two full pours + limited edition can glass. Includes tip!
  • Craft Connoisseur – $30
    Four 4oz. samplers + 2 full pours + limited edition can glass + six pack of beer to take home. Includes tip!

This program was designed to encourage beer lovers to stop for a minute and learn about the stories behind these beers. To celebrate the season even more, Our Mutual Friend recently updated their Craft Chronicles offerings. You can now sip Proletariat, Gose, Marion (Brett pale), and Chinook Red Ale.

Take advantage of this excellent deal while it lasts!

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Delicious Easter Brunch Options, with Cocktails!

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Weekends are the best: sleeping in and enjoying a leisurely brunch with bottomless mimosas. This coming Easter Sunday, several area restaurants have lined up some extra special meals and deals. Here’s the scoop:

Specials at neighborhood pub Argyll Whisky Beer (1035 E 17th Ave – http://www.argylldenver.com) include a fresh, seasonal asparagus salad from Executive Chef John Broening. This tangy spring version features the flavors of chorizo, capers, and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette to add spark and brightness to the earthy asparagus. Chef’s hearty Shepherd’s Pie, bursting with lamb, dark porter and a cheddar mash, will also be a feature of the Easter brunch menu. Looking for something even more British? Tuck into the Rabbit Roulade, with braised pancetta and a spiced carrot puree. Bottomless Mimosas, including an Easter special Grapefruit Mimosa, round out a fun, casual Uptown brunch.

The seafood, oyster and wine experts at Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine (1700 Humboldt Street – http://www.humboldtrestaurant.com) are rolling out an Easter Prix Fixe menu all day, so brunchers can stop in early and enjoy the quiet before the crowds or stop in later and catch some rays on the sunny, tree-lined patio. Choose from mainstays such as Executive Chef DJ Nagle’s Classic Clam Chowder, Humboldt’s Crispy Broccoli, or the Calamari with pickled pepper-tomato sauce, tempura lemon, shishito and aioli. Feeling traditional? Tuck into Chef’s take on Easter favorites Pan Roasted Airline Chicken, Scottish Salmon with chive garlic fingerlings, spinach and buerre blanc, or the always-impressive Carved Prime Rib with sour cream horseradish mash and spring vegetables. Brunch Fresh Sheet specials will be available, and wash it all down with a classic Mimosa or the fresh and spring-like Bellini with housemade peach puree for a quintessential Denver brunch.

In a city consistently ranked as one of the healthiest in America, a favorite brunch destination is the Ballpark neighborhood’s ViewHouse (2015 Market Street – http://www.viewhouse.com), where the Sunday Fun Day activities draw crowds from all over for a day of eating, drinking and outdoor fun. Why should the kids have all the fun? Grab your friends and stop in for an adult easter egg hunt, where prizes include vouchers, gift cards, and swag. Enjoy the upscale casual food from the talented ViewHouse kitchen – Executive Chef Jose Guerrero will be offering specials in addition to the regular brunch menu, including his version of a honey baked ham served with a fresh and snappy green bean casserole, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and a spiced arugula salad. Wash it down with the Hopped Up cocktail, with the spring-inspired flavors of pear, raspberry, cider and St. Germain, topped with fresh lime and garnished with fresh raspberry.

If you’re down south, be sure to stop in to the Centennial location of ViewHouse (7101 S. Clinton Street, Centennial – http://www.viewhouse.com) for an Easter buffet brunch spread showcasing the talents of the kitchen staff and featuring seafood towers, fresh-pressed juices and a custom omelet station. Specials for Easter include holiday favorites carved spiral ham and tender leg of lamb. Mimosas are included with the buffet for $36.95, and kiddos can meet and take pictures with Thumper the Easter Bunny outside on the expansive, view-laden Green.

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This Easter hop on over to Cherry Cricket (2641 E 2nd Ave – http://www.cherrycricket.com) where one can indulge with the Bene Burger, an Easter-brunch inspired burger topped with American cheese, egg any style, ham, and hollandaise. A breakfast burrito will also be offered with chorizo, potatoes, white cheddar, and scrambled eggs topped with green chili, guacamole, and sour cream. For more information, call (303) 322-7666.

The Bottomless Easter brunch at Zengo (1610 Little Raven Street, Riverfront Park, Denver http://www.richardsandoval.com) will temp tastebuds, along with their Build Your Own Bloody Bar (Maria or Mary) with over 30 fixings to make it to your liking. $35 per guest includes unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails, and each guest will receive an Easter Egg surprise upon departure. Easter Brunch will be served from 9:30AM-2:30PM. A taste of what’s on the menu: chorizo benedict, spicy tuna roll, shrimp vegetable potstickers, bacon fried rice, and much more! Reservations are recommended, call 720-904-0965.

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Session Kitchen

Stop by Session Kitchen (1518 S. Pearl St. – http://www.sessionkitchen.com) for Easter brunch between 10 am and 3 pm on April 5th. Brunch service favorites include the Session Breakfast Burrito with chorizo, eggs, hash browns, pickled avocado, while cheddar, house adobo or pork green chili wrapped in a house made tortilla, Lox and Tots with a crispy shredded potato cake, boursin cheese creamed spinach dill and pickled red onion and the gluten-free Fried Chicken & Waffles with buckwheat almond waffles, fried chicken, apple butter, curried chicken salad and red pepper syrup. On the beverage side, Session Kitchen is now offering a create-your-own mimosa with a selection of 3 bubbles (Spanish, French, and Italian) and includes a choice of three juices: orange, grapefruit, cranberry, and two rotating tasty surprise flavors. Prices range from $25-$35/bottle. Call 720.763.3387 for reservations.

Celebrate Easter at Tamayo (1400 Larimer Street – http://www.richardsandoval.com) on historic Larimer Square. Join us on Sunday, April 5th from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for our Bottomless Brunch that includes unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails for $35. Reservations encouraged, please call 720-946-1433.

Blackbelly Market (1606 Conestoga #3, Boulder – www.blackbelly.com) is jumping into Sunday brunch with an Easter spread that will include favorites from Hosea Rosenberg’s farm-to-table local, sustainable and organic menu. For their first ever brunch service, Blackbelly has chosen a combination of variations on favorites and all-new dishes.  Farm fresh eggs are the star in a brunch version of Chef Hosea’s Hatch green chile posole and eggs, brimming with the smoky flavors of his roasted green chiles and in-house smoked pork shoulder.  Other soon-to-be-brunch-favorites at the East Boulder neighborhood hotspot include challah french toast, golden and crackling with fluffy goodness, a croque madame served with traditional house meats and farm-fresh egg, and creamy, flavorful polenta with eggs and savory ratatouille.  Wash your feast down with a brunch cocktail from the talented bar staff, and if the weather’s right you might even be able to enjoy it outside on one of Blackbelly’s two outdoor patios.
Blackbelly will be open from 10-2 on Easter Sunday and closed for dinner that night.

Collaboration Fest 2015: Recap

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The second annual Collaboration Fest was a huge success. With 70 collaborations, 2000 attendees and a larger venue, this year’s festival was even bigger and better than last year.

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Welcome beer from Telluride Brewing and String Cheese Incident

Collaboration Fest 2015 was held on the club level of Sports Authority Field at Mile High with fantastic views of downtown Denver. There was more than enough space, which was refreshing, as most festival-goers know that an overly crowded situation can definitely put a damper on the experience. The lines weren’t ridiculously long (yay!), and there was ample space to wander around, eat, and enjoy those tasty beers.

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Lots of space

Since I wasn’t able to find a list of all the beers (like they had last year), I unfortunately missed a couple that I wish I would have gotten to try. But luckily for me, I found one of them on tap at Falling Rock a couple days later: New Belgium Brewing/Star Bar/Falling Rock: Rock Star Part Deux sour brown. Though I didn’t drink it at the festival itself, I’m still going to call this my favorite beer overall. So tart–just the way I like it!

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Other standouts include:

Lady Brew: FMR Double Red IPA (all female collaboration)

FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti:  Belgian Style Cherry Dubbel

Odell Brewing and Mountain Sun: Mutual Respect Java Imperial Stout

Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery: NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout

Odell Brewing and Liquid Mechanics: Charlie’s Sour Brown

Fiction Beer Company/Chain Reaction Brewing/Cerebral Brewing: Ultimate Simpatico Farmhouse ale with Cascara and plum fermented with Brett. I was hanging out at Fiction the night they were brewing this, so I was excited to try it. It had delightful a hint of spiciness that I wasn’t expecting.

I missed the Carrot Cake Brown from Front Range Brewing and Kokopelli, but I have a feeling it would have been a fave of mine. I’ll have to look for it at either brewery to see if I can catch it.

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See you again next year, Collaboration Fest!

Colorado Craft Beer Week 2015 Events

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There are two weeks in the year that I look forward to the most: GABF week and Colorado Craft Beer Week (March 21-29). And 2015 has no shortage of fantastic beer events lined up for beer lovers in Colorado. I’m personally excited for Collaboration Fest, which is sold out. But there are plenty of other fun things going on. Here are some ideas to get you going. Also check out the Colorado Brewers Guild’s calendar for the scoop on where to go and what to do.

Beers & Spears #5
On Saturday, March 21, stop by Denver Beer Co. between 12-5 for Beers & Spears #5. Denver Beer Co. & The Real Dill are collaborating on an awesome paired flight of pickles & beer. The flight will include tasters from specialty firkins and a bloody beer (made with The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix) paired with The Real Dill pickles! Don’t forget about the infamous SPICY PICKLE EATING CONTEST! The winner goes home with a 6 pack or growler of a DBC beer of their choice and a jar of TRD pickles! Free admission. $10 per flight.

South of the Border Beer Dinner
​On Monday, March 23 join the Founders of McDevitt Taco Supply and Sanitas Brewing Co. for a unique Southwestern-style beer dinner. ​It will include​ ​four ​courses ranging from Jalapeno Squash Soup to Chipotle Brownies paired with multiple Sanitas beers, including a special pour of Coffee Cinnilla Stout. The meal will be coupled with stories and conversation from the food truck and brewery founders.​ Dinner costs $25 per person. Click here for more details.​

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Fuss Off
​On Wednesday, March 25, imagine yourself in a room full of handlebar mustaches, oversized glasses, and refined palates. Add a lineup of some of Colorado’s most thoughtfully crafted beers, and then picture yourself rubbing shoulders with the fine brewers who made them. Where is this fantasy beer festival, you ask? In downtown Denver, of course, in a mysterious venue that has never hosted a beer festival before. Only guests will be privy to its actual location… and they wont find out where it is until the morning of. Join Colorado’s craft beer aristocracy at Fuss Off, and don’t forget your beard wax for the beard competition. Some festivals are worth the fuss.​ Click here to purchase tickets, which cost $50 per person.

New Kids on the Block Beer Festival
This newbie brewery party is back! New Kids on the Block, slated for Thursday March 26, is a beer-centric event celebrating Colorado breweries under 2 years old. Come in your finest ’80s duds to this all-you-can-drink event! The event will include unlimited beer tastings, ’80s jams, and a costume contest. VIP tickets to this festival include a seated three-course beer dinner beforehand. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased here.

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Colorado Beer Book Showcase
In honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week,​ Dry Dock Brewing Company ​is hosting a Colorado Beer Book Showcase​ on Friday, March 27 at its North Dock location.​ Meet the authors of three Colorado beer titles— Colorado Breweries by Dan Rabin, Colorado’s Top Brewers by Emily Hutto, and Mountain Brew by Ed Sealover— from 4 to 7pm at Canoe Room at North Dock. Guests can purchase books and get them signed at this event.​ Visit Dry Dock’s Facebook page for more information.​

Rye Fest
Rye the hell not?! That was the general thought passed around between Brew on Broadway, Chain Reaction Brewing and Black Sky Brewery when they concepted this rye beer festival. Together these three breweries created a rye pale ale for the fest that used the additions of pale rye, flaked rye and crystal rye malts. This event, which includes beers from several other Denver breweries, will take place from 1 to 5pm on Saturday, March 28 at Black Sky Brewery. $35 tickets include admission, unlimited tasters, and a rye fest pint glass. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MaxFund No Kill animal shelter and adoption center. More details here.

CRAFTED
The Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Brewers Guild is excited to host the 2nd annual CRAFTED event​ on Saturday, March 28 from 12 to 3:30pm​. The venue will be located at the top of Painter Boy lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. This on mountain tasting event features 20 different breweries and distilleries from around Colorado​, ​in addition to local food offerings​. ​Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of, and $80 including a lift ticket for the day. ​

Ongoing Events

Dry Dock Brewing Co. Pint Glass Giveaway
Got your I Heart Colorado Beer shirt yet? How about a Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) member t-shirt?​ ​During Colorado Craft Beer Week from March 21 to March 29 receive a free Dry Dock pint glass with the purchase of an I Heart Colorado Beer shirt or hoodie, or the CBG Colorado Beer Shirt, while merchandise supplies last.​ This promotion will go on at both of Dry Dock’s locations. Get the details here.​

Old Mine Anniversary Week
The Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub in Erie is celebrating its one year anniversary during Colorado Craft Beer Week. The week-long extravaganza includes special tappings from Colorado breweries, vintage beers, and special Old Mine cider releases like the Citra Hopped Handlebar and the SIDRA Tequila Barrel Fermented Imperial Cider.​ More information here.

Stout Street Social Tappings
Denver’s Stout Street Social, located at 1400 Stout Street, is tapping specialty beers from some of the city’s small-batch breweries all week. Head to the restaurant for Station 26 Cream Ale, Fiction Beer Company’s Feely Effects Green Tea Chocolate Stout, Two22 Brew’s Red Cinnamon Ale, Wit’s End Brewing Company’s Oatmeal Porter, and Jagged Mountain Ptarmigan Ridge Cascadian Dark Ale.

Beer-Infused Dessert at The Mainline
Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter is the magic component that makes the​ ​Chocolate Ganache Tort at The Mainline in Fort Collins completely unique.​ Executive​ Chef Justin Burdick tops the dark, sweet tort with salted caramel, a perfect compliment to the vanilla undertones that the beer imparts. Try this beer, this dessert, and many of The Mainline’s other beer-friendly menu items during Colorado Craft Beer Week.

Collaboration Fest 2015: Breakout Sessions

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Attending Collaboration Fest next Saturday, March 21st? If so, check out these breakout sessions that will be going on during the festival. And don’t worry–you can take your beer with you!

Sour Beers with Lauren Salazar
Time: 5:00 pm
Guests will learn about the art of blending from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren Salazar uses in New Belgium’s cellar. Lauren is the Wood Cellar Manager, Blender and the Specialty Brand Manager at New Belgium Brewing Company. She held the title of Sensory Staff Specialist from 1998-2012. Lauren focused primarily on sensory science, where she developed the sensory program from a basic production check to its present world-class program.

The Flavor of Colorado Craft
Time: 5:45 p.m.
You have a long history with flavor, and Colorado has a long relationship with beer. Take your knowledge of both to the next level with Dr. Nicole Garneau, curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dive into the science of experiencing a craft beer the way you were meant to. Along the way take home a few historical gems that will make you Colorado proud, even if you don’t call the “Napa of Craft Beer” home.

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The Fine Gentleman’s Club started when Chris Charpentier, Nathan Lund, Sam Tallent, and Bobby Crane got into a bidding war at the yacht store. When none of the men backed down, ever, it was mutually agreed that each one was a Finer Gentleman than the next.

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.
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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!

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