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Summer Fun at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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THIS FRIDAY! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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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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Drizly Comes to Denver

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Drizly, a smartphone app that’s been in use in Boston, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles since 2013, makes its debut today in Denver. Drizly has teamed up with Argonaut Wine & Liquor and will offer an alcohol delivery service.

For a delivery fee of just $5, Drizly brings your order to your door in approximately 20-40 minutes. And first-time users can get the delivery fee waived for the first order. Sounds amazing, right?! I’d love to hear about your Drizly experience, so please let me know if/when you use them and how it went! And don’t forget to tip your driver.

Check out the full press release:

BOSTON/DENVER – July 23, 2014 — Drizly, the premier smartphone app for fast, convenient alcohol delivery, today announced expansion to its fifth major American city, as it unveiled service in Denver, Colo.

The Mile High City joins Boston, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles as the cities experiencing the magic of Drizly alcohol delivery.  Beginning today, Denverites can get their favorite beer, wine and liquor delivered in just 20-40 minutes, for the same price that they pay for products in the store.

Neighborhoods where Drizly is available at launch include Downtown Denver, East Highlands, Lodo, Five Points, City Park, Congress Park, Cherry Creek, Washington Park, South Park Hill, Capitol Hill, RiNo, and Lincoln Park. Additional areas will be added and announced in the near future.

Powered by a partnership with Denver-area retail store Argonaut Liquor, Drizly offers consumers a choice of more than 3,000 wine, beer and spirits products right from their smartphone, all delivered within 20-40 minutes.  Whether it’s watching the Broncos with friends, hosting a dinner party, or office happy hour, Drizly always makes having a good time more convenient.

“Consumers are demanding convenience in every area of their life, and the smartphones we carry have become the tool of choice to deliver that convenience,” said Nick RellasDrizly co-founder and CEO. “Denverites can spend more time having fun with family, friends and co-workers when they let Drizly take care of securing the beer, wine and liquor.”

Drizly is available for download on iPhone and Android. As a special welcome to Denver drinkers, new Drizly members can enter WELCOMEDENVER at checkout for free delivery (normally $5) on their first order made before July 31. They can also follow @DrizlyDenver on Twitter for the latest local updates, events and promotions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Drizly to offer unparalleled convenience to our customers,” said Ron Vaughn, Argonaut Liquor co-owner and COO. “By bringing Argonaut’s inventory of more than 3,000 products to Drizly’s beautifully designed app, we’re not only delivering product, but the also the Argonaut shopping experience in a new and innovative way.”

 

AVAILABLE ON iPHONE AND ANDROID

The Drizly apps can be downloaded here:

HOW DRIZLY WORKS

  1. Download Drizly to your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Sign up and add your favorite beer, wine and liquor to your cart.
  3.  Check out, enter discount codes, pay (same prices as in the store) and tip your driver, all right from the Drizly app.
  4. In less than one hour, you’ll have your alcohol.

 

ABOUT DRIZLY

Drizly is a mobile lifestyle app that is the most convenient way for smartphone users to get beer, wine and liquor. Consumers of legal drinking age simply download the app to their smartphone and with a few taps of the finger, the consumer’s favorite beer, wine or liquor is on its way, in just 20-40 minutes. Delivery drivers then authenticate and validate IDs using proprietary Drizly technology. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $4.8 million to become the premier alcohol delivery service in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), the Hamptons and other cities across the United States.

Fermentation Festival Is Back!

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Last August was the first Fermentation Festival & Market at the Highlands Masonic Center in Denver.  And it’s back again this year, August 9th & 10th, 2014. This two-day festival features all things fermented and is host to numerous excellent food and beverage vendors.

I had a great time at Fermentation Festival last year and am already looking forward to going again! I had several delicious beers, sampled lots of interesting food, and even tried kimchi for the first time ever. Here is the line-up of participants so far:

Wineries

Coming Soon

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Vibrant Veggies
Mobile Meltz
5280 Caters 
More Coming Soon

N/A Fermented Beverages

Happy Leaf Kombucha
More Coming Soon

Check out this awesome video of last year’s festival:

 

In addition to all the food and drinks, several interesting classes will be offered for just $5 each:

  • Homebrew Kombucha
  •  Kefir Fermentation
  •  Cheesemaking by Fromage to Yours
  •  Crafting Seasonal Small Batch Fruit Wines
  •  Fermented Korean Foods
  •  Making Beer at Home
  •  Sake 101, Tasting and Homebrewing
  •  Lacto-fermented Vegetables

Check the schedule for class dates and times. Fermentation Festival tickets are available here. Options include General Admission, VIP and a food-only option (includes non-alcoholic beverages).

I almost forgot to mention the pickle toss contest! It takes place both days at 4:15, and you could win $50 and a gallon of pickles! How fun! Get your tickets today for this fantastic festival.

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

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 treasures. Most of the liquor stores I tried had sold out within the first day they arrived. But with a little due diligence I was able to track one down. I also found that they are typically limited to one per person. So what to do should you fall in love with these beers, knowing it will be impossible to get your hands on more? The answer is clear:

GO TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN EDITION OF THE SIERRA NEVADA BEER CAMP TOUR ON JULY 25TH!

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All of the breweries who worked with Sierra Nevada to create this 12-pack will be at Beer Camp, pouring those beers and much, much more. More than 200 craft beers from 100 breweries from Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will be served at the event. Wow!

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In addition to beer there will be entertainment: the provocative Oregon-based MarchFourth Marching Band (a blend of burlesque, vaudeville, horn-driven funk and marching band madness) will play a live set. There will also be plenty of food available for purchase from up to a dozen area food carts including Big Kiwi, Church of Cupcakes, Cilantro Truck, Crazy Good Food, Crock Spot, Fried Pie Mama, Little India, Meatball, Moe’s BBQ, O.T. go, OG Burger and Still Smokin.

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You might be thinking, “This is Colorado. There are beer festivals every weekend. Why attend this tour?” Well, simply put–this event is one of a kind and not to be missed! Never again will we get the chance to try these 12 collaborations in addition to having access to many awesome breweries that don’t distribute in our state.

Get your tickets now–it’s only 9 days away!!! Don’t miss out!!!

Special Beer brewed for Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

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Tivoli Sigi’s Wild Horse Buck Beer & Former Future’s Countinghouse

The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel recently opened in the old Colorado National Bank building at 17th & Champa. Built in 1915, the building is absolutely beautiful in every way. Its original character has been preserved while being modernized at the same time. It’s a wonderful mix of old and new.

Hotel lobby and Teller Bar

Hotel lobby and Teller Bar

There is a bar in the lobby, appropriately named Teller Bar, as it occupies the spot where the bank tellers’ stations used to be situated. It’s a nice place to have a drink while admiring the building’s grand interior. Murals from 1925 by artist Allen Tupper True still remain:

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One of 16 murals by Allen Tupper True

There is also a restaurant (with full bar) called range. It has a very comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. There are plenty of options as far as where to sit too: there’s a bar, booths, high-top tables, and a cozy corner with window seats.

Inside Range. I want to sit here next time!

Inside range. I want to sit here next time!

The hotel has a special beer on tap that was brewed just for them, and the brewery behind it couldn’t be more fitting. Countinghouse is a Pre-Prohibition Style Cream Ale by Former Future Brewing Company. As described on their website, “Former Future is a small-batch, artisan brewery in Denver, CO that focuses on combining modern science and innovation with the styles and traditions of the past.” Countinghouse is a very approachable, easy drinking, flavorful ale. It is only available here and at Former Future’s tap room.

Range

Range

range has beers from other local breweries on tap as well: Great Divide, Left Hand, Odell, Pug Ryan’s, and Tivoli. Plus bottles from Oskar Blues, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, and more. Range offers happy hour deals from 3-6 seven days a week with $4 drafts, $5 Colorado cocktails, $6 snacks, and more.

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Street view of the hotel

I really enjoyed my visit to this amazing hotel. I will definitely return for more good beer at Teller Bar and range. Plus, I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food at Range when I was there, so that’s even more incentive to go back soon!

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