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Mark Your Calendars: August Beer Events

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And the events just keep on coming! Check out new additions to August beer events:

Originally posted on Colorado Beer Girl:

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Another month in Colorado means another month full of fantastic beer events. Here is what we have to look forward to in August:

  • Copy-of-SeshFest__152Saturday, Aug. 1, 12-4 p.m.: Sesh Fest 2015 at Sculpture Park (1345 Champa Street, Denver). Over 40local breweries pouring beers that are 5% ABV or less.
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  • Saturday, Aug. 1, 4-7 p.m.: Hops for Habitat 2015 at Plains Conservation Center (21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora). 11th annual fundraiser for the Plains Conservation Center with breweries, live music and food trucks.
  • unnamed (1)Sunday, Aug. 2, 1-4 p.m.: Jack’s Benevolent Bash, hosted by The Post Brewing, at the Koenig Alumni Center at CU. This bash features some of the area’s best chefs and breweries, and…

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South Park Brewing: For Locals Only

Last weekend my husband and I took a little road trip to Fairplay, Colorado. We had been meaning to check out historic South Park City for some time, so we were looking forward to a fun afternoon. And, being a beer blogger, naturally I had to add South Park Brewing to our itinerary. After a couple hours in the car we were more than ready for a beer. We walked into South Park Brewing and sat at the bar.

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We were greeted fairly quickly, and the woman asked if we were just passing through, to which we replied that we were visiting South Park City. I ordered a double IPA, while my husband asked for a taste of the regular IPA. After trying the IPA the server asked what he wanted, and he said he would try a sip of mine to decide between the two and would then be ready to order. He wanted the double IPA, but several minutes passed without anyone coming back over to us (there were 3 ladies behind the bar). Tired of waiting, he got up to use the restroom, and a couple mintues later I was finally able to make eye contact with one of them and order his beer. (It wasn’t as if they didn’t know he was in need of a beer, so why I had to track someone down to get it is beyond me). When she brought the beer, I said “thank you,” to which she did not respond and walked away.

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I was hungry, so I asked for a plate of nachos; the same woman looked annoyed and mumbled something inaudible. When she brought the food, we thanked her, and again she said nothing and walked off. The amount of attitude she gave us was unprovoked and unnecessary, and we had no idea why she was acting in such a way. Interestingly enough, she then smiled at the couple next to us and asked if they needed anything. When she brought them their next round of beers, she cheerily handed them over, the couple thanked her, and she smiled with a warm “you’re welcome!” At that point we were done. There was absolutely no reason we deserved the sort of treatment we received (the others behind the bar ignored us, so apparently the one “helping” us wasn’t an anomaly. One man working in the back actually smiled and asked if we liked the beers, unlike everyone else there).

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Having a rude server is one thing; I mean, rude service isn’t acceptable, but it happens. A server that is disrespectful to certain customers yet nice & friendly to others is inexcusable. While the double IPA tasted good, it was difficult to enjoy it due to the treatment we experienced. The only “reason” we could come up with is that we clearly looked different than all the other customers. We were the only ones not dressed in outdoorsy gear. They knew we weren’t locals, so I guess they didn’t appreciate us being there, and they certainly weren’t subtle about sending their message.

Non-locals be advised: South Park Brewing would rather not waste their time on you.

Side note: South Park City was awesome. It was very interesting to walk through all the old buildings and learn about its history. I definitely recommend it, but I’d skip South Park Brewing.

Barley’s Angels Colorado: Beer Education for Women

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I recently started volunteering for a great women’s beer group, Barley’s Angels Colorado, and I wanted to share this information and help get the word out about this fun, educational opportunity for females in the Denver/Boulder area.

Barley’s Angels is an international organization of women and beer with chapters in approximately 7 countries. Its purpose is to provide “women with a comfortable environment to explore and learn about craft beer while allowing publicans, brewers and restaurateurs to grow their female customer base by hosting Barley’s Angels safe, friendly events.” (info from the Barley’s Angels site)

The Colorado chapter holds 2 events per month–one in Boulder, one in Denver– and provide beer education from a number of women and men in the craft beer industry, with beer tastings and food pairings.

Examples of past events include: Beer & cheese pairing at Crooked Stave, Beer & salsa pairing at Epic Brewing, Haystack Mountain & Avery Brewing joint beer dinner, Beer & atrisan pizza pairing at Hops & Pie and a pour-your-own beer & small plate pairing at RiNo’s new beer bar First Draft. Check out photos from these events as well as many others.

Registration is now open for August events:

Barley’s Angels is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping women expand their beer knowledge by providing enjoyable, educational events on a regular basis. I encourage any and all ladies who are interested in craft beer to check out their local chapters to see what it’s all about. And ladies of Colorado–please join us at one of our upcoming events!

 

Mark Your Calendars: August Beer Events

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Another month in Colorado means another month full of fantastic beer events. Here is what we have to look forward to in August:

  • Copy-of-SeshFest__152Saturday, Aug. 1, 12-4 p.m.: Sesh Fest 2015 at Sculpture Park (1345 Champa Street, Denver). Over 40 local breweries pouring beers that are 5% ABV or less.
  • https_proxySaturday, Aug. 1 & Sunday, Aug. 2, 1-5 p.m.: 19th Annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival at Keystone Resort, CO. Over 35 breweries and more than 14 bluegrass bands will be at this festival.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1, 4-7 p.m.: Hops for Habitat 2015 at Plains Conservation Center (21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora). 11th annual fundraiser for the Plains Conservation Center with breweries, live music and food trucks.
  • unnamed (1)Sunday, Aug. 2, 1-4 p.m.: Jack’s Benevolent Bash, hosted by The Post Brewing, at the Koenig Alumni Center at CU. This bash features some of the area’s best chefs and breweries, and the proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Boulder County.
  • 969941_574613009250869_1522607260_nTuesday, Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m.: Summer Tuesday Women-Only Craft Beer Sessions, Part 3 of 3  at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver). This session focuses on women in the beer industry. Women who work in different sectors of the industry will be on hand to talk about what they do and how they got involved. Includes samplings and snacks.

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  • Friday, Aug. 14, 6-11 p.m.: 2015 Art & Ale Brew Festival at Liniger Building at CU South Denver (10035 Peoria St., Parker). Enjoy unlimited tastings from an amazing array of craft breweries and local restaurants, dance to live music, play corn hole and other games, see professional artists create new art and make your own to take with you.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Boulder Bike & Brew Fest at Valmont Bike Park (times vary; see link for details). Race clinics for mountain bike and cyclocross, 17 local breweries, live music and food vendors.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 5-11 p.m.: Hops in the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver). Brews, Blues and Barbeque in the WWII-era Air Force hangar.

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  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 12-4 p.m.: Craft Brew Race 2015 at Boulder Reservoir (5565 N 51st St., Boulder). The Craft Brew Race consists of a 5k run or walk around the Boulder Reservoir followed by a craft beer event featuring more than 25 breweries, including local favorites like Boulder Beer, Oskar Blues Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co., among others. 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Beer Dinner with Black Shirt Brewing Co., showing Walk The Line, at Alamo Drafthouse (7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton). Four course dinner, each paired with a beer from Black Shirt Brewing. 
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m.: Brewery Night with Bristol Brewing at Stout Street Social (1400 Stout Street, Denver).  Beers featured that night include the popular Laughing Lab, honey wheat Beehive and the hard-to-find RyePA. The brewer will be on-site and available to chat about the beer program, plus offer tastings and complimentary food pairings. Stout Street Social offers discounted valet parking at the Embassy Suites next door and is conveniently located on the light rail line across from the Colorado Convention Center.

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  • Saturday, Aug. 22, 4-8 p.m.: Third Annual Brewer’s Alley in the alley on the 16th St. Mall between Curtis and Champa. The alley between Curtis and Champa will be taken over by 10 craft brewers, live music, appetizers and lawn games. Breweries include Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Rockyard Brewing Company, Jagged Mountain Brewery, Upslope Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company, Prost Brewing, and more.  Entertainment provided by That Damn Sasquatch. 

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  • Saturday, Aug. 22, 1-5 p.m.: Boulder Craft Beer Festival at West Central Park. In its second year, this festival features breweries specifically from Boulder County. 

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  • Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.: Save the Ales at EXDO Event Center ( 1399 35th St., Denver). “Our beer. Our Water. Our Future.” The 5th Annual Save the Ales Festivals benefits Conservation Colordado with 40 local breweries, live music, and drawing for beer swag throughout the evening. Food trucks on site and special complimentary dinner available for VIP ticket holders.
  • Monday, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.: Barley’s Angels event at Comrade BrewingBarley’s Angels women’s beer group will meet at Comrade Brewing for an evening of beer education, complete with beer samples and hot wings.

The Big Eat!

Goat cheese quesadilla with mango, pickled red onion, fresh jalapeno and green chile crema from El Camino Community Tavern. With Great Divide's 21st Anniversary American Sour Ale.

Goat cheese quesadilla with mango, pickled red onion, fresh jalapeno and green chile crema from El Camino Community Tavern. With Great Divide’s 21st Anniversary American Sour Ale.

The Big Eat 2015 was held at The Galleria at The Denver Performing Arts Complex on Thursday, July 23rd. It was my first time attending, so I was excited to see what it was all about. With unlimited food, local beer and cocktails, it sounded like my kind of event.

Eclairs from D Bar.

Eclairs from D Bar.

I really enjoy good food, but I consider myself a grazer–I prefer more frequent, smaller portions rather than a large amount at once. So having access to several little bites sounded perfect for me. However, I’m also vegetarian, which can often be tricky when it comes to culinary events. But I decided to go for it and see what I could find.

Strawberries & cream eclair from D Bar with an Old Chub from Oskar Blues.

Strawberries & cream eclair from D Bar with an Old Chub from Oskar Blues.

While there were many things I wasn’t able to try, there were plenty of vegetarian options available. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. But my overall favorite was the beer cheese spread from New World Cheese. So delicious!

Beer cheese on a pretzel roll with a slice of watermelon with feta from New World Cheese.

Beer cheese on a pretzel roll with a slice of watermelon with feta from New World Cheese.

I thought the venue was perfect for the occasion. With restaurants located both outside and inside, there was lots of room for attendees to walk around without being too crowded. There were also places to sit and several tables scattered about the event.

Restaurants were serving food both indoors and outdoors.

Restaurants were serving food both indoors and outdoors.

I was in the mood for beer and was happy to see Great Divide, Oskar Blues and Crazy Mountain. But there were also many great cocktails available as well. I appreciated that there was something for everyone.

Brioche bread pudding with lemon-berry custard from Snooze.

Brioche bread pudding with lemon-berry custard from Snooze.

The Big Eat was a fun, leisurely evening of sampling excellent local restaurants, beer and spirits!

More of D Bar's delicious eclairs.

More of D Bar’s delicious eclairs.

Banana split mini cupcakes from Happy Cakes Bakeshop.

Banana split mini cupcakes from Happy Cakes Bakeshop.

Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur’s 2nd Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition

Attention Colorado Food & Beverage Small Business Owners: I wanted to pass along some information I received regarding an opportunity to compete for a business grant from Samuel Adams.

This virtual competition will allow food and beverage small business owners in Colorado to submit a product sales pitch for a chance to win a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams. Please see below for details and additional information.
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Attention Colorado Food & Beverage Small Business Owners: Prepare Your Best Sales Pitch for Samuel Adams andEntrepreneur’s 2nd Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition

Online Voting Determines Which Small Business Owner Competes in the Finals For the Chance to Win $10,000 and Extensive Mentoring

 

WHAT:  Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition in partnership with Entrepreneur Magazine. The virtual competition will allow food and beverage small business owners in Colorado to submit a product sales pitch for a chance to win a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams.

HOW:  Colorado entrepreneurs with a food or beverage product, including craft brewers, are invited to upload a two-minute or less video of their best sales pitch. A panel of experts from Samuel Adams and Entrepreneurwill judge the videos based on criteria including pitch quality, creativity, product viability and passion.

The top 5 best video submissions from across the country will then post to the Entrepreneur site, and the general public will be invited to vote for their favorite. The small business owner who receives the most votes for his/her sales pitch will be named the Wild Card winner and receive a trip for two to participate in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals this December.

WHEN:  Applications will be accepted from July 7 – July 30. Winners will be posted on Entrepreneru.com for public voting from August 16 – September 7.

WHERE: Entrepreneur.com via http://entm.ag/samadamspitch2015

WHY:  The Wild Card Pitch Room Competition is part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for food and beverage small businesses including craft brewers that provides a unique combination of the two things Sam Adams brewer and founder, Jim Koch, wished he had when starting Sam Adams: access to capital and expert business advice. As an important extension of the program’s coaching and mentoring activities, the Pitch Room Competition helps small business owner’s better position and communicate about their products.

For more information on how to apply for the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition, please visit:http://btad.samueladams.com.

Great Divide Brewery Brunch at EDGE

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Scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms, & Haystack Mountain goat cheese (normally comes with tomatoes too but I omitted them).

Scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms, & Haystack Mountain goat cheese (normally also has tomatoes but I omitted them).

I had never been to EDGE before, as it’s well known for its steaks, and as a vegetarian I wasn’t sure there would be much I could eat. But being a big fan of Great Divide, of course I had to check out this new brunch. I was pleased to find an egg white scramble with veggies and goat cheese, and I thought a Rumble Oak Aged IPA would pair well with it. It certainly did; the combination of oak flavor and goat cheese complemented each other nicely.

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Chef Kelley Schmidt puts the finishing touches on an order of chicken & waffles.

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Lemon ricotta pancakes with Colorado peaches and maple syrup, with Great Divide’s Colette.

My guest chose the lemon ricotta pancakes and a Colette (which I had to try myself), and that was another winning combination. The farmhouse ale really brought out the lemony characteristics of the pancakes. So needless to say, there are definitely vegetarian options. The menu is comprised of sections titled “Be Friendly,” and consists of shared appetizers, “Be Good,” which includes the two entrees we had, plus salads and seafood dishes, and “Be Bad,” with items such as biscuits & gravy, burgers, and chicken & waffles. EDGE likes to keep things local. In addition to partnering with a Denver brewery, the restaurant uses local ingredients whenever possible, such as Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and Tender Belly Bacon. Those who like brunch and beer will enjoy Brewery Brunch. On Sundays, Great Divide has reps on hand to talk to guests about the company, the beers, and more. Stop in soon for a fun, delicious brunch!

Rumble IPA from Great Divide.

Rumble IPA from Great Divide.

July Beer Events!

Summer is packed with beer events in Colorado. Can’t decide which ones to attend? Here are my picks for July.

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  • Brewery Brunch at EDGE Restaurant & Bar with Great Divide (ongoing): This event is ongoing, every Saturday and Sunday. On Sundays representatives from Great Divide will be on hand to talk to guests about the company, their award-winning beers and more. Bottomless featured Great Divide taps, and you get to keep the pint glass.
  • Tue., Jul. 7, 6-8 p.m.: Summer Tuesday Women’s-Only Craft Beer Sessions at Factotum BrewhouseThe second in a series of 3 educational classes for women. This one will focus on the nuances of the different craft beer styles, their history, proper glassware for different beers, and common food pairings.

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  • Sat., Jul. 11, 12-4 p.m.: JUL-IPA Festival7th annual JUL-IPA Festival in Boulder, brought to you by The West End Tavern and The Millennium Harvest House. Festivities include over 35 breweries pouring IPAs, live music, and BBQ from West End Tavern.

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  • Sat., Jul. 11: Colorado Brewers Guild 19th Annual Colorado Brewers RendezvousOne-day brewfest in beautiful Riverside Park in downtown Salida. Sample the different and unique beers by specialty craft brewers from around Colorado.
  • Thur., Jul. 16, 6-8 p.m.: Brewery Night at Stout Street Social with Crazy Mountain BrewingComplimentary beers from Crazy Mountain. The brewer will be on-site and available to chat about the beer program plus the cicerone-certified Stout Street Social staff can answer many beer questions.

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  • Sat., Jul. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Breckenridge Brewery’s 25th Anniversary HootenannyThe grand opening of the brand new 12 acre brewing campus, and Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne will be headlining; additional bands will be playing throughout the event. There will be a pig roast and plenty of Breckenridge beer available. 
  • Thur., Jul. 23, 6-10 p.m.: Big Eat 2015Bites from 40+ restaurants, cocktails from Denver’s top mixologists and craft beer from favorite Colorado breweries Crazy Mountain, Oskar Blues and Great Divide. 

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Big Eat 2015

Photo from Imbibe's Big Eat event page

Photo from Imbibe’s Big Eat event page

Denver has its share of stellar restaurants, so many in fact that it’s hard to find time to visit them all. So what could be better than bringing over 50 of them to the same place at once?! The fifth annual Big Eat is happening on Thursday, July 23rd from 6-10 p.m. at The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Check out these awesome restaurants that will be in attendance:

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Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina
Appaloosa Grill
Argyll Whisky Beer
Bacon Social House
Beast + Bottle
Beatrice & Woodsley
Bijus Little Curry Shop
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs Restaurant
Bubu
Butcher’s Bistro
Central Bistro & Bar
Chowder Room
D Bar Denver
DiFranco’s
duo restaurant
El Camino Community Tavern
Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen
Happy Cakes Bakeshop
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Denver
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Glendale
La Loma
Linger
Los Chingones
Lou’s Food Bar
Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House
Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza [Downtown]
Masterpiece Deli – LoHi
Mercado at Dorchester
New World Cheese
North County
Panzano
Pinche Tacos
Poco Torteria
Root Down
Russell’s Smokehouse
Salt & Grinder
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery [Downtown]
Steuben’s Food Service
Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs
Stoney’s Bar and Grill
Sugarmill
TAG
The Corner Office
The Berkshire
The Lobby
The Village Cork
Trillium
Vesper Lounge
Vesta Dipping Grill
Vine Street Pub & Brewery

 

In addition to all the above restaurants, attendees can enjoy cocktails created by the Colorado Bartenders Guild with local spirits from Laws Whiskey House, Peach Street Distillery, Woody Creek, Golden Moon, craft beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery and Great Divide Brewing Co., and wine from Trinchero Family Estates.

Ticket price ($55) includes unlimited small bites, beer, wine and signature cocktails. Proceeds from The Big Eat support the efforts of EatDenver.

 

Great Divide’s 21st Anniversary Party

Reusable stainless steel pint glass. They even gave us lids for them upon exiting the party.

Reusable stainless steel pint glass. They even gave us lids for them upon exiting the party–a very nice touch!

Last Saturday I attended Great Divide’s 21st anniversary celebration. I have been to several of its parties in the past, but this year’s was a little different to me, for a couple of reasons. The 2015 anniversary party is the first one I’ve gone to at the site of the new Great Divide facilities that are currently under construction. The 2014 bash was also held here, but I wasn’t able to make that one. So it was nice to see so much additional space, as I was used to the downtown block party situation in previous years.

Lines.

Lines.

The other difference–which I was most pleased about–was the presence of so many sour beers this time around. I counted around 7 different sours being poured that day. I tried my best to get to them all, but unfortunately the lines were some of the longest lines I have seen at a festival in recent years. In many cases, I found myself waiting 30+ minutes for a beer. I guess there were either too many attendees or too few pouring stations, as I do not believe the intention was to have such lenghty lines starting immediately after the event began. Even just one hour in, most of the lines stretched halfway across the space of the event. Because of this, there were some beers that I simply didn’t have time to try.

One of the many sours at this year's event.

One of the many sours at this year’s event.

However, of everything I drank that day, there were a few standouts that were pretty amazing. My favorite overall was the Prince of Darkness, a black sour. I also really enjoyed the 21st Anniversary American sour and the Demeter, a strawberry rhubarb sour that would make the perfect popsicle for those hot summer days. I also liked having 2 different years of Old Ruffian being poured side by side for comparision.

Partygoers with the ever-popular Yeti.

Partygoers with the ever-popular Yeti.

I am a fan and supporter of Great Divide, and I’m happy I got to try some great beers. But unfortunately the main idea that will stick with me about this year’s event: half hour beer lines. I am confident though that the glitches will be worked out for next year’s party, so count me in for 2016.

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