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Collaboration Fest 2014 was great! Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Fest (March 21st). If you’re wondering if you should attend, the answer is YES. See my post about the 2014 fest.

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Last Saturday I attended a beer festival in Denver. A beer festival? In Denver?! Yes–another festival. They happen so frequently these days that one might wonder how it’s possible to put together a beer event that is different, special. Well, the folks behind Collaboration Festival made it happen.

Collaboration Fest took place on March 22nd at the Curtis Hotel. This truly unique festival featured many breweries that had worked together to create beers specifically for this event. In some cases there were two breweries that collaborated, and in other cases there were as many as ten. And the results were nothing short of amazing.
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Many of the beers were brewed by Colorado breweries, while some partnered with breweries from other states and even as far away as Sweden. There was something for everyone: saisons, stouts, IPAs, lagers, porters, and much more. I tried as many as possible, of course…

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Collaboration Fest is back! Saturday, March 21st, at 3:00 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Tickets are on sale now!

 The current list of collaborations include:

  • All Summit County Collaboration – The Bakers’ Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Dillon Dam  Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing and Pug Ryans Brewing Company
  • BJ’s BrewHouse – Boulder and Vindication Brewing Company
  • Black Bottle Brewery, Zwei Bruder Brewing, Scrumpy’s Cider, Verboten Brewing and Trinity Brewing
  • Boulder Beer and Cigar City Brewing
  • Breckenridge Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery
  • Big Choice Brewing Company and Wonderland Brewing
  • Big Choice Brewing Company and 4 Noses Brewing
  • CAUTION: Brewing Company, Hall Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing
  • Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company
  • East Side Nano Brewers – FATE Brewing Company, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Wild Woods Brewery
  • Epic Brewing Company and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Mission Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti Brewing Company
  • Front Range Brewing Company and Crystal Springs Brewing
  • Front Range Brewing Company, Echo Brewing Company and Gravity Brewing
  • Kokopelli Beer Company and Pateros Creek Brewing Company
  • Lady Collab – Bootstrap Brewing, Strange Craft Beer Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Big Choice, Barrels & Bottles Brewing, CAUTION Brewing Company
  • Left Handing Brewing Company and Backcountry Brewery
  • Odell Brewing Company and Beavertown Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company
  • Renegade Brewing Company and AC Golden
  • Rockyard Brewing Company and Pagosa Brewing Company
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Dillon Dam Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing Co.
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and The Bakers’ Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Wild Woods Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Co., Dillon Dam Brewery and The Bakers’ Brewery
  • Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing
  • Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company
  • TRiNiTY Brewing Company and Epic Brewing Company
  • TRVE Brewing and Ska Brewing
  • TRVE Brewing and The Bruery
  • Twisted Pine Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company and Colorado Cider Company
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company

**More collaborations are being added, so stay tuned for updates**

This event was awesome last year and looks to be even bigger and more impressive this time around. Be sure to get your tickets, as these are some one-of-a-kind brews you don’t want to miss!

Denver Festivus!

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Once again, Denver Festivus was outstanding! This year, over 40 Denver breweries were in attendance with their delicious beer. And it was so much fun! One of the many reasons Festivus was great is that it had a nice mix of breweries that have been around for years as well as ones that have recently opened (and some not even open yet).

The Vine Street crew. Probably my favorite restaurant in Denver! And, of course, love their beer.

The Vine Street crew. In addition to being a huge fan of their beer since 1999, I also LOVE this restaurant!

I enjoyed trying beers from some of the newer places that I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, such as Grandma’s House and Platt Park. I was able to get a taste of what they have to offer and get excited about visiting them once I find time to make it there.

Strange Craft Beer Company. Thanks for bringing Cherry Kriek!

Strange Craft Beer Company. Thanks for bringing Cherry Kriek!

I had lots of spectacular beers at Festivus. I wish I could recall all of my favorites, but as the night wore on, well…you know how it goes. However, I definitely remember a few that stood out most to me that day. The American Wild Ale from Our Mutual Friend was phenomenal! I was hoping to discover a new sour at Festivus, and THIS IS IT. Love.

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Both of the beers from Fiction Beer Company blew me away. Their Experimental IPA, Somewhere Around Barstow, is brewed with cantaloupe and grapefruit, and those flavors really came through. And Feely Effects, a Green Tea Chocolate Milk Stout, was likely the best milk stout I’ve had. Green tea gave it such a unique flavor, and how creative to have come up with such a recipe!

OK, this was toward the end of the fest, and I completely spaced making note of who these guys are. (sorry, guys!) All I know is that I needed a photo of the Bah Hum Pug vest.

OK, this was toward the end of the fest, and I completely spaced making note of who these guys are. (sorry, guys!) All I know is that I needed a photo of the Bah Hum Pug vest.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize this wonderful event as well as all the breweries and participants that attended. It was great fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year! I wonder how many breweries we’ll have by then…?!

 

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Epic Brewing has a couple of awesome upcoming events that I would like to share with everyone:

Sunday Dec 28
2nd Annual Epic Holiday Brunch with Big Kiwi Eats
Tix are $35, all inclusive price
Details on the ticket page: EpicHolidayBrunch.nightout.com

Menu includes 3 unique and seasonal brunch dishes to choose from, including a gluten free and a vegetarian option. Each ticket includes one entree, 2 beers or beer cocktails, Novo coffee, tax and gratuity. Optional White Elephant gift exchange because you know you are going to get a Christmas gift that you’ll want to re-gift.

Menu (choose one entree):

Vegetarian cheddar biscuits with mushroom gravy

Chicken and waffle sandwich with bourbon peach sauce (gluten free)

Southwest brioche strata with sausage, peppers, onions and cheddar

Each entree comes with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit

***Tickets sold out last year, so don’t wait! Get yours today!***

Saturday January 24

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.

New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas for Denver/Boulder

Let’s face it–there’s a good chance many of us are going to wake up on New Year’s Day with a headache and in need of a good hearty meal. So here are some ideas in advance of where you can go for a great recovery brunch.

 

  • While New Year’s Eve focuses on carousing with friends, New Year’s Day at Centro Latin Kitchen (950 Pearl St., Boulder) is all about the food – specifically, the brunch. Recover with a resolution brunch at Centro, where specials include Chef Dakota Coburn’s traditionally lucky Poached Lobster Huevos Ranchero and a Caramelized Rum-Apple Stuffed French Toast to satisfy your sweet tooth.  If you hit it a bit too hard the night before, our favorite hangover cure is the Centro Steak & Eggs with roasted chile tamales and tomatillo salsa.  Make it boozy with a visit to the hangover-cure Centro Bloody Mary Bar, making its debut in 2015.

 

  • The Post Brewing Company (105 W. Emma Street, Lafayette) is offering two great ways to kick off your new year.  Stop in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy The Post’s Good Luck Platter – Chef Brett Smith’s guarantee for good fortune in the upcoming year.  Four items, each meant to bring good luck and awesomeness in the coming year, include Post-style grilled ham, collard greens, marinated black eye peas and two eggs over easy.  Had a bit too much to drink last night and can’t stay?  Try the Post’s version of a Hangover Cure, and grab a Bucket of Chicken and a growler for $49.  Fill your growler with your choice of the Post’s Meathooks, Howdy or Zippy brews, and you’re good to go.

 

  • Nursing a champagne headache?  Drop in to Argyll Whisky Beer (1035 E 17th Ave) for their new year’s day brunch, featuring the Argyll regular brunch menu served until 3 p.m.  Roll on in and make a day of it with the Traditional Corned Beef Hash – poached egg, greens and a spicy mustard sauce, or dig into the Crayfish & Artichoke Stew, enhanced by rice and a fried egg.  Feeling especially hungry?  Tuck in to the city’s best take on the English Breakfast, with house made sausage, fried egg, tomato, mushrooms and beans.  You can’t start the new year off without a bite of the Scotch Egg – delicious, crispy,soft, savory, all in one cheeky British package.  For those needing a bit more sleep, Argyll’s regular dinner service starts at 5 p.m.

 

  • Make it a delicious start to the new year with brunch at Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine (1700 Humboldt Street), where they’re keeping it simple by serving from their brand new brunch menu.  Must-trys include the Sausage Cheddar Fritters – yes, that’s right – and Blueberry & Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with breakfast sausage.  You can’t go wrong with Humboldt’s specialty Washburn oysters, fresh shucked and served with traditional mignonette, it’s a traditional new year’s day dish, guaranteed to bring good luck in the new year.  Wash it down with a carafe of bubbly or Humboldt’s Solstice “Sangria” for a boozy start to the new year.

 

  • Whether you’re hung over or just hungry, ViewHouse (2015 Market Street) has the answer with regular brunch menu offerings, including Crab Cakes Egg Benedict, French Toast with salted caramel bananas and the ViewHouse breakfast burrito, stuffed full of spicy chorizo, green chile, pico de gallo, sour cream and eggs, and loaded up with guacamole.  FIinish strong with the ViewHouse Bloody Mary or Whiskey Kiss, with Leopold’s small batch whiskey and St. Germain, fresh strawberries, mint and lemon juice.

 

  • Head over to Ignite Burgers & Bar (2124 Larimer St.) on New Year’s Day for the Walk Of Shame Brunch from 10am-2pm.  Enjoy bottomless mimosas and bacon Bloody Marys while you listen to (mellow) live music with Dave Connelly. Ease into January with the Last Hoorah Burger, one of Ignite’s creative and massive burger concoctions or the Hangover Cure Burger including hash browns and a fried egg. Diet starts tomorrow.

 

  • Tamayo (1400 Larimer Street) rings in the new year with bottomless brunch, the perfect hangover cure. Unlimited small plates and free flowing cocktails for $35 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Too early?  Come in later and take advantage of regular happy hour offerings between 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and stay for dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.

 

  • Zengo & La Biblioteca (610 Little Raven St) kick off the New Year with bottomless brunch at both Zengo and La Biblioteca. Bottomless cocktails & free-flowing small plates, including a “build your own bloody bar (Maria or Mary)” with over 30 fixings to make it to your liking, all for $35. Menu favorites include Chorizo Benedict, Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Vegetable Potstickers and Bacon Fried Rice. Reservations recommended; call 720-904-0965.

A Toast to The Post

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Approximately ten months after they first opened their doors, I finally made it to The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette. There are several newer breweries in Colorado that I still haven’t gotten around to visiting, as working full-time doesn’t always allow quite enough free time to keep up with them all. But The Post was especially attractive to me for one reason (beyond having heard great things about their beer)–it is a full restaurant in addition to a brewery. And not only that, but the kitchen and brewery work with each other to create food and drink that pair well together in order to give their customers the best possible experience.

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with honey butter.

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with honey butter.

My guest and I  were greeted by Brewmaster/Partner Bryan Selders, who approached our table with appropriately-named Howdy Beer in hand. Not only was Howdy Beer a good choice choice because of its name, but it won a silver medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in the category of American/International Style Pilsner. There’s nothing better than a liquid appetizer! But I was hungry too, and while I wasn’t quite ready to order my entree I had browsed the menu and was certain I needed to try the buttermilk cheddar biscuits with honey butter. While we got acquainted with Bryan, I gladly chowed down on the biscuits while sipping my beer. The two complemented each other very nicely; I think a darker beer would have made the biscuits seem heavier than they actually were, so the pilsner was the perfect choice.

Vegetable Hash Scramble: eggs, roasted tomato, root vegetables, arugula. With a Howdy Beer (Pilsner).

Vegetable Hash Scramble: eggs, roasted tomato, root vegetables, arugula. With a Howdy Beer (Pilsner).

The Post specializes in comfort food, and I’ve been told their fried chicken is really fantastic. But this vegetarian didn’t have any problem finding a tasty meatless dish on the menu: I ended up going with the Vegetable Hash Scramble while my guest (also vegetarian) enjoyed the Ranch Breakfast–a basic dish of eggs, potatoes and Texas toast (normally served with bacon or ham). The hash was quite flavorful and seemed pretty healthy, as it did not contain cheese as veggie scrambles often do.

In the brew house with Brewmaster Bryan Selders.

In the brew house with Brewmaster Bryan Selders.

As I savored my meal I sampled a few more beers: Meathooks Dark Mild Ale, Large Marge Double IPA, Big Rosie Porter, and Efite “Saison-ish Beer.” Bryan was more than happy to guide us through all the beers, giving us information on the ingredients, brewing process, flavor profiles, and more. And they were all superb: well-made, drinkable, just delicious in every way. It’s clear that a lot of hard work, time, effort and care go into the production of the beers at The Post. And I can say the same for the restaurant too, thanks to Chef Brett Smith.

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My experience at The Post was wonderful. I truly enjoyed the space, atmosphere, service, beer, and food. Oh, and they also have live music during Sunday brunch (and when it’s warm enough, the performances are held outside on their large patio). So if you’re looking for a great meal at a brewery with top-notch beers, this is the place!

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