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Happy 21st, Great Divide!

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As Great Divide Brewing Company enters its 21st year of brewing excellent beers, it’s time to celebrate! And you can do just that at its big anniversary bash Saturday, June 13th.

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The details:

When: Saturday, June 13th from 2-6 p.m.

Where: 3395 Brighton Boulevard, Denver (future home of its second location)

What: A party to celebrate Great Divide’s 21st anniversary! Ticket price includes unlimited access to the entire lineup of Great Divide beer (including many special releases), live music, a food ticket (for a generous snack from one of Denver’s finest food trucks), a commemorative (and reusable!) stainless steel pint & free bike valet.

Cost: $40 per person, tickets here

Don't miss your chance to see a Yeti up close and personal!

Don’t miss your chance to see a Yeti up close and personal!

This event will most likely sell out, so get your tickets today before it’s too late!

Arctican: Best Invention Ever!

The Arctican. You need this.

The Arctican. You need this.

I like to drink beer, and I like my beer to stay cold while I drink it. I’ve tried countless koozies over the years and, while many are fun to look at and may absorb the sweat in the summer heat, none of them do a great job of actually keeping beer cold. Until now. Introducing the Arctican. I’ve only had mine for about a week, but I am beyond impressed with it and want to spread the word.

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The Arctican is advertised as being able to keep drinks cold for up to 3 hours. I admit I was skeptical at first, but after I put it to the test I am pleased to say that statement is 100% true. How does it work? Simply remove the bottom of the Arctican and toss it in your freezer. Once frozen, twist it back on, put in your beer can, and drink up!

Arctican by Corkcicle is available online for $19.95, which is an awesome deal considering it is built to last and will keep your beers cold for years to come. I’ve tried it, it works, and I love it. It’s an excellent product for beer lovers and makes a great gift too!

The Beer Relay at Burning Can: Sign Up Now With $10 Discount!

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Sign up with code BEERGIRL for $10 off!

Like running? Enjoy drinking beer? How about combining the two?! The Beer Relay allows participants to do just that. Join the fun on Saturday, May 30th in Lyons. The Beer Relay is the first ever endurance trail running and beer drinking race. It is held in conjunction with Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival and the Town of Lyons Outdoor Games. Teams run a 5km trail course, relay-style, for up to six hours. Each runner can down a 12-ounce Oskar Blues beer before his or her lap for a two-minute deduction taken from the lap time. The team that completes the most laps in six hours wins!
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Sound like fun? Here are the details:

Categories:
Duo Male
Duo Female
Duo Coed
Team (3 or more)

Fees and what you get:
All runners receive a custom BUFF headband/sun shield, a beer before each lap (for those that are 21+), free photos, live music at the after party, chip-timing, race nutrition, hydration, and seriously…the best 6 hours of your year!

$65 / person until 5/29/15
$70 / person race day
$200 / 4-Pack Team (Your best deal)
***Use code BEERGIRL for $10 OFF your registration fee***

Prizes = BEER!
Top 3 in each category win 1 to 4 cases of Oskar Blues beer!

Schedule:
8 am – Registration opens
10 am – The Beer Relay Start!
4 pm – All laps must be complete and runners in
4:30 pm – The Beer Relay awards (on the main music stage)

Rules:
Run as many laps as possible within 6 hours.
The team with the most laps in 6 hrs. wins.
Only 1 runner from a team is allowed on course at one time.
At the beginning of each lap, you will have the option to drink a 12 ounce beer for a 2:00 minute deduction off your lap time.
Timing will be fully automated with each team member equipped with an RFID chip.
Each division will have a specific colored Snap bracelet. Each team will have one bracelet that will be transferred from the finishing lap runner to the next runner ONLY in the “Runner on Tap” beer drinking area.
Beer can must be proven to be empty before starting lap.
The BEER RELAY staff has the authority to run a sobriety/balance check on any participant if there is reason to believe the participant could cause harm to themselves from over-intoxication.

Drizly Launches Inaugural Colorado Whiskey Week

Exciting news from Drizly: 

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DENVER (May 7, 2015) – Drizly, the on-demand alcohol delivery technology company, which powers a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor, has joined forces with several of Colorado’s top distilleries to launch Colorado Whiskey Week. The inaugural week long celebration is aimed to promote the amazing craft whiskey being made in the Centennial State.

WHAT​: Colorado Whiskey Week’s inaugural year will feature four marquee events throughout the city of Denver celebrating Colorado’s prolific craft whiskey scene.

May 11- 17: Order Colorado Craft Whiskey Straight to Your Door!
Use Drizly to enjoy some of Colorado’s premiere whiskies by ordering Colorado craft whiskey delivered straight to your home or office in under an hour. Add Colorado whiskey to your order and receive a free delivery throughout the week! Just log on at www.drizly.com or Download the Drizly app and browse the Colorado Whiskey Week section to discover the state’s premiere whiskies.

Wednesday, May 13: Trumaker and Drizly’s Do Good Look Good Whiskey Tasting Clothing Drive
Join Trumaker and Drizly at Society Sports and Spirits for $10 Colorado Whiskey Flights featuring LAWS Whiskey Four Grain Straight Bourbon, Breckenridge Bourbon and Downslope Distilling Double Diamond Whiskey, and giveaways. Also for each article of gently used dress clothing you bring to donate toward the Denver Rescue Mission, you’ll get $10 toward new Built-to-Fit gear from Trumaker, up to $30 Off shirts and blazers and $20 off sweaters. No tickets are required to attend.

Friday, May 15: The 2nd Annual Whiskey & Doughnut Showdown
Come experience the epic donut varieties that Denver has to offer, then wash them down with an all-star lineup of Colorado craft whiskies. What better way to kick off your Friday night than with the heavenly pairing of Whiskey and Donuts?! Tickets are $35 for unlimited whiskey and doughnut sampling and part of the proceeds benefit Minds Matter, a nationally recognized not-for-profit serving high-achieving, low income students in cities across the United States. Their mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams preparing them for success.

Current list of whiskey vendors include: Blank and Booth Distilling, Downslope Distilling, Feisty Spirits, 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit, Breckenridge Distillery, Woods High Mountain Distillery, Deerhammer Distillery, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, Mile High Spirits, and LAWS Whiskey House.

Current list of doughnut vendors include: Lamar’s Donuts, Dazed and Confused Donuts, VooDoo Doughnuts.

More being added daily!

Saturday, May 16: International Whiskey Tasting at Argyll
Enjoy an impressive selection of premium International Whiskeys combined with delicious appetizers taking place from 6-8pm on Saturday May 16 at Argyll Gastropub on 17th. This is a very limited occupancy event of 45 people so be sure to buy your ticket now. Nine premium whiskeys will be on hand for a blind sampling with the big reveal occurring at 8pm. Tickets are $55 and will not be available at the door.

HOW: Tickets for events are available at whiskeyweek.co/events

WHEN: May 11-17, 2015

WHO:
Drizly – the technology company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor. Combining the best selection and price, content-rich and personalized shopping experiences, and the speed and convenience of on-demand delivery, Drizly delivers “The Joy of Drinking” to legal-age drinkers across the United States.

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Imbibe Events
Minds Matter
Thrive Coworking Space
10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit
Blank and Booth Distilling
Breckenridge Distillery
Deerhammer Distillery
Downslope Distilling
Feisty Spirits
LAWS Whiskey House
Mile High Spirits
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey
Woods High Mountain Distillery

For more info, please visit www.drizly.com

10 Barrel Brewing Rolls into Colorado

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Oregon based 10 Barrel Brewing has made its way to Colorado, and they brought their flagship beer, Apocalypse IPA, with them.

Apocalypse IPA, 10 Barrel's flagship--and most popular--beer

Apocalypse IPA, 10 Barrel’s flagship–and most popular–beer

I stopped by Fourteen Seventy-Two the other evening for the 10 Barrel tap takeover and got to try several of their beers. Hop heads rejoice! In addition to Apocalypse, they also had two more IPAs available: JOE and DUB (double). But 10 Barrel does far more than just hoppy beers. They brew a wide range of styles, such as Cucumber Crush Berliner Weisse, Double Chocolate Stout, Night Ryed’r Rye/Porter, and more.

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While I enjoyed all of the beers I sampled, my favorite is the Apocalypse, a standard West Coast Style IPA that is flavorful and easy to drink. I could see this one taking up space in my fridge on a regular basis.
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Be on the lookout for 10 Barrel bombers and 6-packs in your neighborhood liquor store as well as on tap in local restaurants and bars.

BrüFrou 2015: Recap, Favorites

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On Saturday April 25th, BrüFrou, a craft beer + culinary pairings event, was back for its second year, and it couldn’t have been better. This year BrüFrou had an impressive 40 pairings for guests to enjoy, from wild boar to donuts to everything in between. As a vegetarian I wasn’t able to try them all, though there were several meatless options. And of course I got to sample as many beers as I wanted.

Rye Saison from Finkel & Garf with a Samoa Donut from Glazed and Confused

Rye Saison from Finkel & Garf with a Samoa Donut from Glazed and Confused

The event was held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, which was an interesting and educational setting in addition to being a whole lot of fun.

Spacious venue

Spacious venue

My first stop ended up being one of my favorite overall pairings: Basta’s Rustic Pizza with ricotta and burnt orange with Wild Woods Brewery’s Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde. I was ravenously hungry upon my arrival, so unfortunately I scarfed this one down before I could even get a photo. But the burnt orange and the kiwi complemented each other extremely well.

Basta brought a Rustic Pizza with ricotta and burnt orange to pair with Wild Woods Brewery's Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde

Basta brought a Rustic Pizza with ricotta and burnt orange to pair with Wild Woods Brewery’s Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how good a Kale Salad Taco actually sounded. However, I was pleasantly surprised; the taco was much more elaborate than I had imagined: house-made black beans, corn and red peppers topped with cilantro, onions and an avocado tomatillo salsa. Yum.

Dr. Wilkinson's Dry Irish-Style Stout from Horse & Dragon Brewing with a Kale Salad Taco from McDevitt Taco Supply

Dr. Wilkinson’s Dry Irish-Style Stout from Horse & Dragon Brewing with a Kale Salad Taco from McDevitt Taco Supply

I’m a huge fan of Saag Paneer–if it’s done right. I’m happy to say that Yak & Yeti’s was spot on. While the recommended pairing with their Gluten Free Apple Ale, I have a weakness for their Chai Stout and decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed at all; both the beer and food were so tasty that they went well together.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub Self-Pairing: Saag Paneer with Chai Stout.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub Self-Pairing: Saag Paneer with Chai Stout

Thankfully I inquired about the Bootstrap/Lucky Pie pairing before digging in, as the food was marked as vegetarian when only half of it actually was. I enjoyed the Chilled Asparagus Soup but had to skip the Lardo Crostini (not pictured) for obvious reasons.

Insane Rush IPA from Bootstrap Brewing paired with Chilled Asparagus Soup with Micro Mint

Insane Rush IPA from Bootstrap Brewing paired with Chilled Asparagus Soup with Micro Mint

Everything I tried was great. But if I had to narrow it down…

Favorite Pairings:

  • Wild Woods/Basta: Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde paired with Rustic Pizza: Anson Mills Organic “OO” Crema Semolina Flour, House made Ricotta, and Burnt Orange
  • Verboten/Second Home Kitchen + Bar: Thinking of Something Orange American Wheat Beer with orange blossom honey & orange peel paired with Fried Squash Blossom stuffed with green chile chevre finished with honey
  • Yak & Yeti: Chai Stout with Saag Paneer

Favorite Beers:

  • Insane Rush IPA from Bootstrap Brewing
  • Grey Watcher Grisette-style Farmhouse Ale from Trve Brewing
  • Crimson Fog, a quadrupel, kettle soured strong ale, aged on Italian plums and pinot noir soaked oak chips from 12 Degree Brewing

I was surprised that two of the beers in my favorite pairings were fruit beers, which I wouldn’t normally choose. That’s one of the reasons I love pairings so much–they force me out of my beer comfort zone and make me try things I’d be likely to pass over.

Verboten's Thinking of Something Orange American Wheat Beer with orange blossom honey & orange peel paired with Fried Squash Blossom stuffed with green chile chevre finished with honey from Second Home Kitchen + Bar

Verboten’s Thinking of Something Orange American Wheat Beer with orange blossom honey & orange peel paired with Fried Squash Blossom stuffed with green chile chevre finished with honey from Second Home Kitchen + Bar

Everything about BrüFrou was so well done: the setup was such that none of the areas got too crowded, the planes were amazing and provided a fantastic atmosphere, and of course the beer and food–downright delicious!

Craft Chronicles: Get Yours Now!

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

How does Craft Chronicles work?

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

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

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

Craft Chronicles is available in two package options.

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

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

Take advantage of this excellent deal while it lasts!

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