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5280 Magazine’s Denver Beer Lover’s Guide 2016


Have you heard? The February edition of 5280 Magazine is out, and it is chock full of articles about the Denver beer scene. The Denver Beer Lover’s Guide 2016 contains a wealth of information, suggestions, current news and more that is sure to be a useful guide whether you’re a local resident or just visiting.

Check out Suds in the City,” to discover which 10 newer Denver breweries you must visit. There are some excellent breweries on the list, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Read about craft beer trends, perfect pairings, get recommendations for Beer-cations, and more!

The folks at 5280 did a fantastic job on the guide, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who has even the slightest interest in craft beer. Cheers!

Valentine’s Day Events for Beer Lovers

My February Beer Events post is up, but here is a special one solely dedicated to beer events on Valentine’s Day/weekend. There are several fun things to do with your sweetheart or your friends!


Fri., Feb. 12-Sun., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day at The Post Brewing Co. (105 West Emma St., Lafayette).

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, The POST will be serving a special, super romantic menu all weekend long. The three courses will be offered individually or as a set menu and each comes with an optional beer, wine, or cocktail pairing:
First course: Wood-roasted Oysters Rockefeller – $12, Paired with 9 oz. Lil’ Buddy Bitter $3 
Second course: Rotisserie Pork Loin – creamy toasted barley, greens, & apricot mustard – $19, Paired with 9 oz. Belgian Tripel – $3 
DessertChocolate Dessert for Two – $8, Paired with 9 oz. Cul-de-Sac Stout $3
**Optional wine pairing – $18 for all 3:**
First courseFreixenet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine $5
Second courseBodegas Zerran Montsant Syrah-Grenache-Carignan $10
Third courseBera Brachetto $6
**Optional cocktail pairing – $18 for all 3:**
First course‘New England’ 75 – vodka, lime, cranberry-douglas fir syrup, sparkling wine $6
Second coursePost Manhattan – rye Whiskey, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, charred cedar bitters $8.5
Third courseChocolate Martini $6.5 – vodka, 1921 crema, chocolate, cream
For more information and to make reservations please contact The POST at (303) 593-2066.


Sat., Feb. 13, 3 p.m.: Beer is My Valentine at Coda Brewing (2101 Ursula Ct, Aurora). 

Two beer releases, elegant music on stringed instruments, chocolate covered strawberries and THOU: a perfect Valentine’s Day celebration!


Sat., Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.: Beer and Cheese Pairing at Wonderland Brewing (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

That time of year is quickly approaching. Yes, that time to get all ooey-gooey and show someone you care… And we know how you can do just that.
Attend the Second Annual Beer and Cheese Pairing at Wonderland!
Join us and The Cheese Course Boulder for a night out with three lip-smacking craft beers and three ooey-gooey gourmet cheeses paired with diligence. Your heart will be filled with love (and your tummy too…).
Price: $15 per person
How: Reserve your spot(s) by February 12th by visiting the Wonderland tasting room and purchasing your ticket with a beertender. Space is limited. Please arrive 15 min. early as we will begin right at 6pm.


Sat., Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m.: Hoppily Ever After at Barrels and Bottles Brewery (600 12th St., Golden).

Hoppily Ever After
We are re-marring or marrying 4 couples on Feb 13th.
We’ve got it all covered:
What a way to celebrate LOVE!
For more information or to be considered, please send an email to


Sat., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.: Sweetheart Soiree: A Dessert & Beer Pairing at Two22 Brew (4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial).

Sweetheart Soiree: A Dessert & Beer Pairing
$25 for one dessert flight + one beer flight
Pick one of the following dessert flights to be paired with an appropriate flight of beer:
Chocolate Delight (5 chocolate themed desserts)
Fruits of Passion (5 fruit themed desserts)
Romantic Assortment (5 assorted desserts)
Dessert Features include: Chocolate Lava Cupcake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Coconut Cupcake, + many more)
Tickets bought before Monday, February 8th receive a free pint card with purchase.
$2 of every sale go towards our charity of the month, Aurora Warms the Night.


Sun., Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Wynkoop Brewing Co. (1634 18th St., Denver).

Ewww. Valentine’s Day giving you the creeps?
Join us at Wynkoop for an Anti-Valentine’s Day affair with craft beer, people you don’t hate and free pool, all in a PDA-less environment. Why didn’t anyone think of this? Well we did. And you’re welcome. See you the 14th.


Sun., Feb. 14, 1 p.m.: Beer and Cupcake Pairing at Fiction Beer Co. (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

Fiction Beer Company and Cake Crumbs Bakery present a Beer and Cupcake pairing event!
Choose from eight different beer and cupcake pairings!
Come celebrate Valentine’s Day or come celebrate Single’s Awareness Day but dont miss the chance to celebrate beer and cupcakes!

Alpine Dog

Sun., Feb. 14, 6 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Oyster & Beer Pairing at Alpine Dog (1505 Ogden St, Denver).

We are teaming up with our friends from Colorado Raw to Bring you a catered oyster and beer pairing meal at the brewery! 4 oyster varieties with 4 suggested beer pairings then choose your favorite 2 oysters to go with your favorite pint! Seats are $30, then oysters after the pairing go for $3 a piece with $1 off pints! Reserve your spot via Eventbrite!

Denver Beer

Sun., Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St., Denver).

Show your Valentine how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.
Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab will create some amazing, artisinal chocolates paired with variations of one of our favorite beers – Graham Cracker Porter!
$25 for 4 GCP Beer Tasters + 4 Chocolates from Chocolate Lab. No tickets needed, just come into the Taproom between 6-9pm to get your pairing.
Graham Cracker Porter
Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate diving into a semi-dry finish of roasted malt and biscuit. 5.6% ABV
Coffee Graham Cracker Porter
An 8% ABV version of Graham Cracker Porter aged on Nicaraguan Bella Aurora Coffee from Coda Coffee. Chocolate, Caramel, Graham Crackers, and Coffee. Oh yeah!
Chocolate Coconut Graham Cracker Porter
GCP aged on dark chocolate, flaked coconut, and vanilla beans. 5.6% ABV, Kaapooowwww!!!
Chile Graham Cracker Porter
Our classic Graham Cracker Porter kicked up a notch with the addition of dried chiles. 5.6% ABV
PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.


Sun., Feb. 14, 12-6 p.m.: RiNo Love Triangle, hosted by Rackhouse Pub (2875 Blake St., Denver).

Valentine’s Day progressive beer and cider dinner. 3 courses. 3 locations. 3 hour lovefest.
Menu + Pairings:
Course One: Hosted at Epic
Cheese and Beer
Course Two: Hosted at The Rackhouse partnered with C Squared
Pork Ossobuco. Roasted Carrot Puree. Risotto. Shaved Parm. Pickled Beets. Paired with C Squared Ciders: Alma, Ginger and Nona

Course Three: Hosted at Ratio partnered with Crapefull
Dessert and Beer


Sun., Feb. 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Dinner Pairing at Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver)

‘tis passing strange: our passed sexy hors d’oeurves
  • Oysters poached in champagne and butter: Hot Latin pork skewers
  • Crab crepe kisses
  • 10 oz pour ColoREDo
“Enter” course
  • Cupids Salmon with asparagus risotto and shrimp saffron butter
  • 10 oz pour Breakfast Grapefruit IPA
The Main Affair
  • Truffle Roasted Marbled Beef Loin with pomegranate scented cracked pepper beef jus,
  • Silky soft potatoes and red hearts of beets
  • 10 oz pour Little Bit Bad Stout
  • French Press Chocolate Soup with raspberries and whipped cream
  • 10 oz pour Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout
$69 per person (excluding gratuity)

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Sun., Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Brushes & Brews and Time for Dezzerts at Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock: 15120 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora).

This Valentine’s Day, Time For Dezzerts will be slingin’ Apricot Blonde cupcakes at South Dock (located at 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014) from 11:30am to 3:30 pm, and Brushes & Brews will take place in the barrel room at 2pm. Reserve your spot for Brushes & Brews here, and don’t miss our Valentine’s Day celebration!


Sat., Feb. 14, 4:30-10 p.m.: Barley & Hops for Beer Lovers Dinner at BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)

Join us on Valentine’s Day for a very special dinner devoted to all things barley and hops. For reservations call 720.638.5193, $50pp.
CHILLED EAST COAST OYSTER beer mignonette gelee // horseradish tomato tuile
3 B’s ESB
TWO (choice of)
WILD SALMON TARTAR fuggle hop cracker // beer vinegar // golden caviar crème fraîche // quail egg // red onion
5290 SAISON Tangerines
HOP CURED LONZA beer mustard // crispy bread stick // malt-onion syrup // cornichons
OBITUS AMERICAN BROWN ALE dates // caramelized sugar
THREE (choice of)
HEIRLOOM GRAIN & CITRUS SALAD avocados // orange // citrus cascade hop vinaigrette // watercress
BELUX BELGIAN STYLE PALE ALE lemongrass // blackpepper
LOBSTER NOODLE SOUP malt glazed pork belly // orzo pasta // sliced leeks // hop scented oil
SOLUS PATERSBIER coriander // bitter orange
FOUR (choice of)
MALT CRUSTED DIVER SCALLOPS wood roast beets // micro greens salad // cauliflower potato puree // hop butter sauce
OVEN ROASTED HOP MARINADE SIRLOIN malted rye mushrooms sauce // charred asparagus // manchego grit cake
HOT CHOCOLATE & CHURROS chocolate & cinnamon churros // malted mexican hot chocolate // hopped cajeta


Sat., Feb. 13-Sun., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day In Loveland

Stay and Play in Loveland: These Valentines Packages Have Something for Everyone!
Book your FUN Valentine’s Package, in and around Loveland, CO.
Pick the tour that suits your style!
Brunch & Brew – February 13th
VIP Brunch & Brew – February 14th
Spirits Tour – February 13th

February Beer Events

Oh my. We’ve got a LOT to look forward to this month–check out what’s happening in February!

Note: I am also publishing a separate post of “Valentine’s Day Beer Events” that has many more events, so be sure to take a look at that one too!

Brewed Food

Brewed Food has 3 events in Feb:

Thur., Feb. 4, 6 p.m.: Brewed Food presents a night with New Belgium and Highland Tap and Burger 
Thur., Feb. 11, 6 p.m.: Brewed Food presents a night with New Belgium and Harman’s Eat & Drink
Thur., Feb. 18, 6 p.m.: Brewed Food presents a night with New Belgium and Rebel Restaurant


Tue., Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.: Cheese + Craft Beer Tasting at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver).

Sunnyside neighborhood merchants Cheese+Provisions and Factotum Brewhouse are teaming up for an artisan cheese and craft beer pairing!
Four distinct craft beer and cheese pairings will be enjoyed,along with a background on the style and history of each cheese and beer and why they are paired. What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than to repeatedly savor a cheese and follow it with a delicious, fresh beer?

1st Draft

Sour Month–all month long at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St., Denver).

First Draft Taproom & Kitchen in RiNo will feature sour beers for the entire month of February. With a minimum of 5 sour taps at all times, First Draft will look to educate guests and enlighten palates with one of America’s growing craft beer trends. The rotating sour taplist will include notable sour beers from breweries like Russian River, Almanac, Crooked Stave, Gueuze Tilquin, and Trinity Brewing, but will also highlight some small craft brewers’ sour offerings as well including Platt Park Brewing, Odd13 Brewing, and Pikes Peak Brewing.
In addition, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen will also host a beer dinner with the preeminent sour beer brewery in the US, Crooked Stave, at the end of the month. First Draft’s chef Peter Garner will pair a 3-course meal with some of Crooked Stave’s best and rarest offerings. Details and tickets forthcoming.


 Thur., Feb. 4: National 2X4 Day by Melvin Brewing

Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing is celebrating their award-winning 2×4 Imperial IPA across the U.S. on Thur., Feb. 4 with special events at 24 bars from Boston and New York to San Diego and Seattle. The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and – of course – Melvin’s 2×4 will all be out to party.
2×4 is an Imperial IPA with a stupid amount of hops. Checking in at 10% ABV, 2×4 has a light malt base that reveals notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. 2×4 has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards (2nd in 2015) and holds the current World Beer Cup Gold Medal.
Melvin’s 2×4 Imperial IPA has only been available on draught at Thai Me Up restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, until meow! National 2×4 Day is your first (or second) chance to taste this outstanding beer before it launches into wider distribution.
Participating Colorado bars include:
Backcountry Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder 
Backcountry Nederland, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland
Falling Rock, 1919 Blake Street, Denver 
Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson Street, Denver 
Fort Collins:
Tap and Handle, 307 S College Avenue, Fort Collins 

Lost in the Woods

Sat., Feb. 6, 7-11 p.m.: New Belgium presents: Lost in the Woods DENVER 2016 at Battery 621 (621 Kalamath Street Denver).

Join us this February in celebrating the release of two beloved sour beer vintages: La Folie, the award-winning sour brown ale that launched New Belgium’s wood beer program back in 1997, and Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Oud Beersel.
New Belgium’s Sour Beer program is one of the first and the largest in the United States.  La Folie initially rolled out in 1997 with a gold medal at GABF and has since been an anchor for our Sour Beer Program.  Every year, Eric Salazar, our Wood Cellar Manager, and Lauren Salazar, our Sour Beer Blender, coordinate a blending of various foeders to make a 100% sour brown ale.  Each Year is different, ages well, and will leave you puckering for more. 
All of the attendees will be provided with 3 delicious sour beers, food from Corner or Gourmet, and a special surprise to take home with you. Please join us and be among the first to enjoy our 2016 sours along with Rapidgrass Quintet providing live music throughout the evening!


Tue., Feb. 9, 6 p.m.: Rogue Beer Dinner at Euclid Hall (1317 14th Street, Denver). 

Oregon-based Rogue Ales’ Brewmaster John Maier will bring rare Rogue beers when he visits Denver’s Euclid Hall for a special beer dinner on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m. kicking off his four city tour of America. Chef Jake Grant has paired his eclectic five course menu with six selections from the Rogue collection.
The dinner is $89.00 per person including tax and gratuity.
Maier hasn’t been to Denver since the 2005 Great American Beer Festival. He joined Rogue just a few months after construction began on Rogue’s Bayfront Brew Pub in 1989.  The second course features Beard Beer, brewed with a yeast created from Brewmaster John Maier’s beard. John has had the same old growth beard since 1978 and for over 18,000 brews, so it is no great surprise that a natural yeast ideal for brewing was discovered in his beard.
Six courses and plenty of beer… this is a night you won’t want to miss!


Wed., Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m.: Epic Beer School: Cheese, Chocolate and Beer at Epic Brewing (3001 Walnut St, Denver).

If you share a passion for chocolate, cheese or beer, you will love this class!
We will go over how to build cheese and chocolate boards and pair each with beer!
Plus, THIS CLASS IF FREE! Just show up shortly before the class begins and put your name on the list! It will cap off at 20 people, so first come first serve.


Feb. 12, 13, & 14: Ratio Beerworks 1st Anniversary Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St., Denver).

It’s time to celebrate Ratio Beerworks 1st anniversary! We have an awesome weekend of wild events planned and can’t wait to see you in the taproom!
Get ready for special tappings, bottle releases, firkins, comedy, live music, giveaways, brunch and food trucks. We plan on partying throughout the weekend so mark your calendar!
More details will be posted soon, so stay tuned!
We can’t wait to party with all of you that made this year so much fun.


Wed., Feb. 17-Sat., Feb. 20, 5 p.m.: Girl Scout Cookie Pairing at Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver).

It’s that time of year again! Time for Girl Scout Cookies, and what better way to enjoy them than with some beer! Join us Wed.-Fri., February 17-19 at 5pm – close, where $12 gets you four 4 oz pours of beer paired with four Girl Scout cookies. RSVP here so we know how many cookies we need to order! Buy tickets here, or purchase in the tap room for $10.


Tue., Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: Women’s Only Craft Beer Classes 2 of 3 at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver).

Well now you know your ABV from your IPA. You have a better understanding how beer is made and that all dark colored beers do not taste like coffee. You’ve probably even ordered a beer at a brewery based off of its IBUs. That means you are ready for Class 2!
In this second class we will delve deeper into the nuances of all the different craft beer styles and the history of popular beer regions from around the world.
All three of these courses are designed just for women (by women), who are interested in learning more about craft beer. Join us for these low key, friendly, no pressure, and FUN sessions.
All classes taught by a female in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and snacks. All classes allow for plenty of networking and meet and greet time.
Purchase tickets in our taproom or on our website


Fri., Feb. 19-Sat., Feb. 20: Goldspot Brewing 1st Anniversary Party (4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver).

We’re turning 1! Come help us celebrate.
2 days of special beer tappings, including our whiskey barrel aged Black River Imperial Stout! Food from two of our favorite food trucks, Matt’s Snack Shack (Friday) and Bakin Bakery (Saturday)! Live music from Regis’ own Souled on Saturday! Random giveaways and prizes during the day.
Stay tuned for more info throughout the month. See you guys then!


Fri., Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Winter MMMINGL 2016 at Second Home Kitchen + Bar (150 Clayton Ln., Denver).

Join us on FridayFeb. 19th from 5:30-7:30pm at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek for an amazing selection of small plate dishes created by resident chef David Anderson. To wet your whistle, Call to Arms Brewing Company will present a variety of stunning craft beers and Golden Moon Distillery & Speakeasy will make a delicious assortment of hand-crafted cocktails for every taste. Limited tickets on sale now: $65.


Sat., Feb. 20, noon-10 p.m.: Cheers to ONE Year! at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver).

Cheers to ONE Year!
On Saturday Feb 20, we’re hosting a bash; sun or snow!
Music by Modern Moustache in the afternoon and Carnie Bums in the evening!
5280 Sliders food truck!
Special Tappings – some of your past favorites that have been hanging out in barrels as well as some staff curated brews!
Free Anniversary Glassware &11 Free Beers to the first 100 attendees!
PRE-PARTY with us on Friday night with Electro Hawk!
**For this one day, we ask that you leave Fido at home to chill on the couch while you come imbibe and eat and dance.

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Firkin Stout Month–all month long at Dry Dock Brewing (15120 E Hampden Ave., Aurora).

Stout Month, which originated at Mountain Sun Brewing Company in Boulder, is now an annual statewide tradition. We’re celebrating with a month full of specialty stout firkins at each of our locations, including Maple Bacon Breakfast Stout, Banana Split Stout, and Bourbon Oaked Vanilla Cherry Stout.

Stout Month

Stout Month!–all month long at all Mountain Sun Pubs

Now in its 23rd year, Stout Month has become a Front Range phenomenon. A dozen taps at all five Mountain Sun locations will be devoted to local and regional versions of this rich, thick, dark ale. Again this year, Stout Month will feature only Colorado stouts in celebration of our thriving suds scene.  
Stout Month 2016 is filled with more stouts than ever with 29 Mountain Sun stouts and more than 30 guest stouts from 25 different breweries. And the most exciting part of this year’s celebration is it’s a leap year, so you’ll have an extra day to enjoy the stout festivities.
Mountain Sun 2016 NEW RELEASESCherry Vanilla Stout, Chestertown Colonial-Style Stout, Planet Lovetron Imperial Milk Stout
Mountain Sun Barrel-Aged StoutsBourbon Barrel-Aged Addition Imperial Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Thunder Imperial Milk Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Mountain Sun Imperial StoutsAddition Imperial Coffee Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout 
Other Mountain Sun Stouts48 Smooth Chai, Brett Stoudt American “Wild” Stout, Casual Friday, Chocolate Dip, Coconut Cream, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick, Girl Scout, Korova Cream, Moloko Plus Coffee Cream Stout, Norwegian Wheat, Shadow Master Belgian-Style Stout, Sharkbite, Space Odyssey, Sovereign Star, Straight Stout, Stoked Oak, Trickster, Yonder Mountain 
Guest StoutsAvery Vanilla Bean Stout, Boulder Beer Bogged Down Cranberry Stout, Call To Arms I F@*#ING LOVE STOUT MONTH Session-Imperial Stout, City Star Brewing Night Watchman Stout, Comrade Brewing Koffee Kream Stout, Comrade Brewing Quit Stalin Imperial Stout, Diebolt Brewing The Commodore Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Epic Brewing 825 State Stout, Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Hogshead Brewery Divine Right Imperial Stout, Hogshead Brewery Extra Stout, Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Vol. 1, Odd 13 Brewing Blucifer Sour Cranberry Stout, Odd 13 Brewing Buzzin’ Cuzzin’ Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Oskar Blues Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged Decimal Point Stout, Pagosa Brewing R.I.P. Milk Stout, Pagosa Brewing Soaker’s Oatmeal Stout, Post Brewing Cul-de-sac Stout, Renegade Brewing Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, River North Brewery Barrel-Aged Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout, Station 26 Brewing Oatmeal Milk Stout, Telluride Brewing Ski-in-Ski-Stout, Upslope Brewing Oatmeal Stout, Wild Woods Brewery Smores Stout, Wild Woods Brewery Black Smoke Imperial Stout, Wonderland Brewing The Cuban Import Foreign Export Stout, Yak & Yeti Brewpub and Restaurant Chai Milk Stout


Mon., Feb. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.: Ratio Beerworks Leap Year Day Event at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St., Denver).

Leap Year Day, February 29th, comes once every 4 years so we’re marking it with a craft beer and “out of your mind” potato chip (we’re not talking pringles or lays) pairing at Ratio Beerworks. Recently named as one of the top new area taprooms of 2015, we’ll explore Ratio’s Beer with pairings. We’ll also meet their new female head brewer Ali Benetka.
The night will feature a 4 taster flight of Ratio Beer including a Belgian Quad and food prepared by Kyle Morgan of Morgan Handmade Rations. Because this event is on Leap Year Day, we’re adding a fun twist. Traditionally, this day was known as “bachelors day” and men were required to pay a penalty if they refused a proposal from a woman. In honor of that tradition, our members are allowed to invite a man to attend this event with them. This guest would require a second ticket/RSVP for the event.
Ticket price for this event is $18 per person. To RSVP click here.

Get Psyched for Citradelic


Citradelic IPA. Photo courtesy of New Belgium

I’ve had a lot of IPAs in my life. I love a good hoppy beer. And while many of them are distinctive enough to truly stand out, there are equally as many that are are fairly unremarkable. I am always on the lookout for an IPA with an interesting twist. So when I heard about Citradelic IPA from New Belgium BrewingI was excited to try what I hoped would be a delicious new IPA.

Citradelic is a Tangerine IPA with orange peel and plenty of Citra hops. It is full of citrus flavor throughout, yet still lighter to medium bodied. The tangerine and orange flavors are big, but not overpowering. I’ve had different experiences with fruit beers; some are over-hopped, drowning out the fruit flavor, while others are so fruit-filled that they stifle the hops. I am pleased to report that–to me–Citradelic incorporates the perfect balance of hoppy and fruity. And, unlike some other fruit IPAs I have had, Citradelic is a beer that I can definitely drink 2 or 3 of in one sitting. I really enjoy it and highly recommend giving it a try.

I’m more than happy to be drinking this beer during the winter. But I can definitely see it being great for the summer as well. Crisp, refreshing, fruity but not sweet–this beer will be my warm weather companion in the months to come. I am already hooked on it and look forward to a lasting relationship with Citradelic. Thank you for this wonderful new creation, New Belgium! Cheers!

Cheers to 4 Years!


WordPress was kind enough to inform me that today marks the 4th anniversary of my very first post. Wow–time sure does fly when you’re having fun! And what better place to do so than in Colorado, The State of Craft Beer?!


When I started this blog I did so with zero expectations. I didn’t think anyone would notice or read it; I simply wanted to have an outlet where I could “talk” about the beer I love so much. Fast-forward four years and approximately 3000 followers later–I never imagined my blog would be what it is today!


I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who reads my posts, follows me on social media and/or supports my efforts in any way. I feel fortunate to be in one of the best states for craft beer and, alongside that, to get to know the truly great people who drink it, brew it, serve it, write about it, and more. The relationships I have formed over the past four years are invaluable, and without my blog I never would have known what I would be missing.


Cheers, everyone! Thank you for a wonderful 4 years, and here’s to what I hope will be many more.



January Beer Events

Farewell, 2015! Time for a new year and new beer events!


Fri., Jan. 1, 3-10 p.m.: New Year’s Day Tamales, TV’s, and Brewski’s at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver).

We know our crowd isn’t a bunch of amateurs and will be ready to get out on the first day of 2016 to get the weekend started properly. Sleep in, write your resolutions, then grab your friends, family or dog and come over to the taproom for some traditional New Year’s Day tamales by our well-renowned neighbors Tamales by La CasitaWe’ll also have our brand new TV’s on and fresh, fresh, craft beer pouring.
We will also be honoring The Passport Program‘s Winter Warmer on this day with our secret beer for passport holders.


Fri., Jan. 1, 11 a.m.: New Year’s Day Holiday Hangover Party at Epic Brewing (3001 Walnut St, Denver).

Have an Epic start to your New Year. Join us New Year’s Day for our Holiday Hangover Party. We know you hit it hard on New Year’s eve. So it’s okay if you want to show up in your PJs. In fact will give you 10% your beers if you do.
We will open at 11a.m. on January 1st. We will televise the Bowl games. To help you get over the end over 2015 we will be pouring Beer-Mosas, Bloody-Beers, and we will have plenty of cold brewed coffee from Novo Coffee to blend with some of our favorite stouts or to drink straight.
Roaming Bull will be parked and serving up brunch. See menu here


Wed., Jan. 6-Sun., Jan. 10: 5 Year Anniversary Party – 5 Days of Special Events at Crooked Stave (3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver).

We are going all out for our 5-year anniversary with 5 days of special tappings, bottle releases and food pairings from our friends at The Source. We’re re-releasing some popular oldies and the first batch we ever brewed!
See the full listing of tappings and releases here!

West End Tavern

Thur., Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Vindication Brewing Company Satellite Taproom at West End Tavern (926 Pearl St., Boulder).

The January 2016 of the West End Tavern’s Satellite Taproom series will feature Vindication Brewing Company from Boulder. Guests will get the chance to taste a full lineup from Vindication and meet the brewers themselves. Featured brews will be: Winchester Wheat, Mommentum IPA, Unbranded Red Ale, Mighty Pale Ale, American Bold Ale, Winter Warmer, Freedom Stout, Hop Therapy Double IPA, and Big Sampson Imperial Rye IPA. Vindication will also bring their own Ginger Beer to make Whiskey Gingers Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s!


Sat., Jan. 9, 1-3 p.m.: Chili Cookoff at Diebolt Brewing (3855 Mariposa St., Denver).

Diebolt will be holding its inaugural Chili Cookoff January 9th starting at 1PM. If you are interested in entering your own chili in the contest, please contact Matt at You do NOT need to purchase a ticket. If you are wanting to sample and vote for the different chilis you can purchase a ticket on Eventbrite or in the Tasting Room at Diebolt. One ticket includes the chili sampling and one pint of beer.
First place will receive $50 cash or $100 worth of Brew Bucks
Second place will receive $25 cash or $50 worth of Brew Bucks
Third place will receive $10 or $20 worth of Brew Bucks


Sun., Jan. 10, 12-3 p.m.: Coffee, Doughnuts, & Beer Pairing! at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Join us on Sunday for a delicious pairing of three of our favorite things: coffee, doughnuts and beer!
Method Roasters and Carbon Beverage Cafe & Habit Doughnuts will be at Ratio Beerworks providing two pairings, one sweet and one savory, alongside our Domestica and a special blend of Domestica with Method Roasters cold press. It is really amazing how well coffee goes with beer and how doughnuts go with everything. Stop on by and see for yourself!
The pairings will be:
Ethiopia Chelchele coffee +
Savory Bite of Golden Arches Brioche Doughnut Mini (Griddled Spam, Smashed Tater Tot, Blueberry Bourbon Jam, Cured Egg Yolk) +
Ratio Beerworks Domestica (American Standard Ale)
Sumatra Arinagata coffee +
Sweet Bite of Malted Chocolate Glazed Brioche Doughnut Mini +
Method Roasters Infused Domestica
$12 will get you both pairings. Tickets are available at Ratio and Habit at the bar. Walk-ins are always welcome day of as well!


Fri., Jan. 15 (starting at 3 p.m.)-Sat., Jan. 16 (ending at 9 p.m.): CAUTION: West 2 Year Anniversary Party at CAUTION West (1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 60, Lakewood).

This’ll be a 2 day 2 year anniversary shindig, with food brought to us byLuckyz Eatz food truck, live performances by the Eric Gilbertson and New Wave Revival, plenty of free door prizes and delicious new beer tappings. Come join us in celebrating our anniversary and, as always, remember to #partywithcaution


Sat., Jan. 16, 2 p.m.: 2nd Annual Barrel Aged Beer Festival at Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (800 Lincoln St., Denver). 

It’s true, we’ve been keeping secerets from you, but you can come have them all and more at our Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Eight of our favorite local craft breweries are joining us. No tickets. No cover. Just beer drinking.


Sat., Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m.: Author Jonathan Bender’s Cookies & Beer event at Book Bar (4280 Tennyson Street, Denver). 

On Saturday, January 16, Jonathan Bender will be at BookBar for a reading from, signing of and sampling for his new book Beer and Cookies: Bake, Pair, EnjoyVictory, Love + Cookies–a local bakery in Denver–will provide cookie samples, while Call to Arms Brewing of Denver will provide beer for pairing!


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Tue., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.: Barley’s Angels event: Aging Beer with Andy Parker at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct., Boulder).

Avery’s Andy Parker is the man behind many of Avery Brewing’s extreme barrell aged beers. He’ll be meeting with our group to sample and talk about these beers and about cellaring for the long term. The night includes 3 samples and snacks from Avery’s kitchen. Tix: $20.00 $5 payable to reserve a seat and the balance due on the night of the event.

Wed., Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m.: Barley’s Angels event with Former Future and Brewed Food: Feasting on Fermentation at Former Future (1290 S. Broadway, Denver). 

Join us for happy hour and an event that takes cooking with beer to the next level. Chef/Cicerone Jensen Cummings is working with James Howat of Former Future to see how the premium ingredients James uses in his beer can create amazing food that pairs with beer in new ways. Tickets are $20: $5 to reserve your seat and $15 due at the event.

Women in Beer
Tues., Jan. 19, 2016, 6-8 p.m.: Women’s Only Craft Beer Class (Part 1 of 3) at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver). 

Back by Popular Demand!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a lager and an ale? What about all of those acronyms like ABV and IBU? Are you for certain that you wouldn’t like a beer that is dark in color? Maybe you’re a wine connoisseur looking to expand your horizons with Colorado’s signature beverage? Possibly you just moved to this great state and you haven’t been exposed to the rich variety of craft beer?
If so, you’re a perfect candidate to attend the first of a 3 part series, designed just for women, who are interested in learning more about craft beer. Join this low key, friendly, no pressure, and FUN session while getting a proper introduction to the great world of craft beer.
The first class will focus on craft beer lingo, the four main ingredients of beer, the basic equipment of brewing, and common abbreviations (ABV, IBU).
Class 2 (Feb 16) and 3 (March 22) will delve deeper into the nuances of styles, history, proper glassware for different styles, women in the craft beer industry, etc. ***Consider signing up for all 3 sessions at a discounted rate! Tickets may be purchased in the taproom or on our website.***
All classes taught by a female in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and snacks. All classes allow for plenty of networking and meet and greet time.

Dry Dock

Sat., Jan. 23, 12-8 p.m.: CANniversary at North Dock at Dry Dock Brewing Co. (2801 Tower Rd, Aurora). 

Canoe Room at North Dock is celebrating the third anniversary of Dry Dock’s canned offerings! Join us on Saturday, January 23rd from noon to 8pm for live music by Chris Dismuke Music, eats by the Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA truck, and your chance to win free Dry Dock beer for a year among other raffle prizes.


Sat., Jan. 23, 2-4 p.m.: Frisco BrewSki at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge

On Saturday, Jan. 23 the Town of Frisco will partner with New Belgium Brewing to present the inaugural Frisco BrewSki, a happy hour ski tour at the Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Nordic Center. At the event, New Belgium will release their new Citradelic IPA during the event for 21+ participants to sample. 
From 2-4 p.m., the ski portion of the event will start at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge and travel through the scenic terrain of the Frisco Nordic Center, with occasional stops for food and beverages. The family friendly event welcomes all ages and skill levels, and costumes are highly encouraged.  An after party will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the Day Lodge, where prizes will be awarded for best costume, most difficult costume to ski in and more. 
Advance registration is $15 per adult and $10 for youth ages 17 and below; day-of registration is $20 per adult and $15 for youth. Participants must register as teams of 2-4 people, and provide a team name upon registration. To register, please visit


CO Plus

Thu., Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.: 5-Course Beer Pairing Dinner at Colorado Plus (6995 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge). 

Join us once again for an amazing evening of great beer, food, and company. Meet Chef Jan and Head Brewer Adam Draeger as they explain the subtle nuances and passion for what they do. $50/Person tax and gratuity not included-reserve seating only.


Fri., Jan. 29-Sat., Jan. 30: Two Year Birthday Extravganza! at Former Future (1290 S. Broadway, Denver).

Last year was one hell of a party.
Friday, January 29th:
Prohibition Party (Costumes Encouraged)
Electro Swing
The return of Cat Sabbath – this time with even more power!
Beer Cocktails
Photo Booth
Saturday, January 30th:

First 50 People get a Former Future/Black Project Glass and one free pour of Black Project Beer for the toast
One new beer tapped every hour on the hour
MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB slinging vinyl all afternoon
Perhaps we’ll even tap some Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales?

Dry Dock

Sat., Jan. 30, 12-8 p.m.: North Dock Food Truck Pairing Series with the Crock Spot at Dry Dock Brewing Co. (15120 E Hampden Ave., Aurora).

Every month in 2016, Canoe Room at North Dock is collaborating with a local food truck to present specialty food and Dry Dock beer pairings. The first of the series features The Crock Spot. Check out their menu at
North Dock is located at 2801 Tower Road, Aurora, CO 80011. The tasting room is open from 2 to 8pm on Thursdays, and 12pm to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Sat., Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.: The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar Brewers Brunch featuring Avery Brewing Company (1401 Curtis St., Denver).

Brunch is a dearly held weekend tradition. Boozy beverages served with breakfast food allow you to escape from the workweek realities. This January, The Corner Office is bringing back its monthly Brewers Brunch series by partnering with Avery Brewing Company.
Enjoy a four course brunch featuring the creations of Chef Rich Byers. Each course will be paired with a different Avery beer. While indulging in each course, Avery representatives will offer pairing tips and the stories behind each beer.
Course One
Liliko’i Kepolo paired with Hawaiian Loco Moco Benny
Course Two
Joe’s Premium American Pilsner paired with Pilsner Crust Quiche
Course Three
Chai Brown Ale paired with Mini Tea and Coffee Biscuits
Course Four
Czar Stout paired with Braised Pork Nachos

Thirsty Lion Launches Breakfast Menu!

My guest enjoyed the Spinach & Feta Omelette with a Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

My guest enjoyed the Spinach & Feta Omelette with a Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

I love brunch. And I especially love brunch at a restaurant that has an extensive list of craft beers to pair with it. So I was very excited when I heard that Thirsty Lion added a new brunch menu! Thirsty Lion downtown Denver launched its weekend breakfast menu on Saturday, December 5th, and last weekend I stopped in to try it.

Thirsty Lion Breakfast Burrito with a Green Flash Imperial IPA

Thirsty Lion Breakfast Burrito with a Green Flash Imperial IPA

Thirsty Lion offers many traditional brunch drinks, such as mimosas, Bloody Marys and Irish coffee; they even have some unique twists on them, like the Sriracha or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. But on this particular occasion I was in the mood for a delicious craft beer. I was also craving a breakfast burrito and wondering what might go best with such a spicy dish. After careful consideration I decided on a Green Flash Imperial IPA. The hops accentuated the spiciness of the burrito (plenty of jalapeños in this one!) which was flavorful, hearty and filling.

Bread Pudding

Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding with a Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee

For dessert my guest and I shared the Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding. And I couldn’t resist the Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee: 151 Rum, Kahlua, Irish cream, Buttershots, caramel, coffee and Kosher salt. This drink packs a punch and is the perfect warmer for a chilly day. I highly recommend pairing these two together, both of which are included in the new Winter Seasonal Menu.


Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee

Thirsty Lion has a huge menu with lots of variety, 52 beers on tap (many of them local), and a large dining room; each time I have dined here I have been able to get a table immediately, which can definitely be a challenge at many restaurants during weekend brunch. And I can only speak for myself, but when I’m hungry I don’t want to wait an hour or more to be seated! So Thirsty Lion is an excellent choice.

French Toast

Irish Whiskey French Toast. Photo courtesy of Thirsty Lion

I will definitely be back to try more tasty dishes, like the Irish Whiskey French Toast or Spanish Chilaquiles. Breakfast is available every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a peek at the menuand I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With These Colorado Breweries!

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? How about something fun that involves great local beer? Take a look at these ideas when making plans to ring in the new year! (All events on this list are happening on 12/31. I will update it as I find out about additional events).


2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Fiction Beer Co. (7101 E Colfax Ave., Denver).

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve close to home at your favorite neighborhood brewery! Our 2nd annual party will include: live bluegrass from Burn it Blue who returns to help us bring in 2016! Live Music starts at 10pm. The release of Sour Blend #2 at 7pm! (more details to come). A special beer will be served to all (over 21) to toast the new year! The Gourmet Burger Company will be here with some special food to pair with your favorite Fiction Beer. So avoid the downtown drama, lack of cabs, surge charges from Uber, high cover charge bars, and general nonsense of downtown.


DEPRAVITY Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout Release Party! at Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver).

You’ve waited all year, and it’s FINALLY here! Come to the taproom on NYE between 3 – 9pm to get your hands on a pour of this extremely limited, extremely delicious beer.  Can’t wait until 3pm? We didn’t think so. So we’ve got you covered. Purchase one of our limited Early Bird Tickets for $32.50 (includes 64 oz growler + fill of Depravity) and come between noon – 3pm NYE day to beat the crowd, and be the first to have this exclusive brew.



Ring in the New Year at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St., Denver).

You are invited to ring in the New Year with us at Ratio Beerworks!  We will get the night going 8pm with special tappings while Magic Cyclops busts out the dance jams. Be sure to dress sharp for the photobooth and be ready to party! Matt’s Snack Shack will be out front with the fuel to keep you going strong until the ball drops at midnight.



New Year’s Eve Beer Pairing Dinner at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S. Valentia Street, Unit 100 Denver).

It’s our second annual New Year’s Eve black tie party featuring a four course beer pairing dinner from El Toro the Tot this year! We are thrilled to have them back for a fine dining experience not to be missed. As our tradition continues, we will have an optional champagne beer toast ringing in the new year at midnight. Skip the downtown crowd, the high priced parking and spend New Year’s Eve with us! This event sold out quickly last year, so make sure to get your tickets! $75 per person (tax and gratuity excluded and will be charged upon final online ticket purchase).




New Year’s Eve At Kokopelli With Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove (931 North Harlan Street Westminster). 

Join us for our New Year’s Eve celebration! We will be open late, with live music from Mitchel Evan & the Mangrove at 8:00pm. Giveaways and happy hour prices all day!  And of course there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are suggested, and are now being accepted.
Singer-songwriter, Mitchel Evan has been writing and preforming since he was 13 years old. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to open for many national acts including Civil Twilight, All Time Low and Title Fight. Shortly after moving to Colorado The Mangrove began to take roots under the apprenticeship and guidance of Producer Lance Bendiksen of Bendiksen Productions. With the addition of Dave Janssen on Bass guitar and Zedekiah Mills on the drums, the three create an eclectic mix of roots, rock, ad blues accompanied by powerful vocals and notable lyrics. With such a diverse sound Mitchel Evan and the Mangrove is guaranteed to captivate and entertain any audience.


New York Style New Year’s at Wonderland! (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

We get that not everyone stays up until midnight to bring in the new year (a chance to get a good night’s sleep… Uhm, yes please!). So, we have the perfect solution to get you and the kids home early.  New York Style New Year’s at Wonderland! Cheers with Wonderland beers and more at 10pm and get home before things start getting mad…

Celebrate with:
-$1 off pints from 6-10pm
-Food from Talarico’s Italian Taste
-Half price ping pong from 6-10pm
-Stay tuned for more!

RSVP here, invite the family and welcome 2016 with a smile!

World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner WinterBock is BACK at Gordon Biersch!


As cold weather approaches, it’s time to be on the lookout for winter seasonals. At Gordon BierschWinterBock dark lager is back on tap–but only through January, so be sure to catch it while you can!

WinterBock has an interesting history, to say the least. This strong, dark beer was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt (information courtesy of Gordon Biersch website).


I stopped into Gordon Biersch in Broomfield recently in order to try WinterBock for myself. I normally lean toward hoppier beers, but as the season changes I like to break routine and seek out something malty with lots of body–and this beer definitely fits the bill. Though full-bodied and with a fairly high ABV (7.5%), I found it to be very easy-drinking with a slight sweetness and a hint of chocolate.


Mediterranean Pizza (as a flatbread).

During my visit I was in need of some lunch, and upon browsing the menu I noticed a section called “Perfect Pairings,” a handy guide that helps guests create pairings that are sure to complement each other. This is a great tool for those who are looking to get the most out of the flavors of both the beer and food.

Because WinterBock is malty, it is very versatile and can be paired with many types of food. It goes especially well with pizzas and grilled and smoked foods. I chose the Mediterranean Pizza, as I do not eat meat but wanted something grilled. The grilled artichokes really brought out the flavor of the beer, and vice versa.


The Mediterranean pizza was delicious, especially with the beer. I would also suggest trying WinterBock with the Blackened Steak Flatbread, Smoked Chicken & Mushroom Pasta or the Kobe Black & Bleu Burger.

WinterBock is only available through January, so don’t wait to try this 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning beer!

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