Last Saturday, March 4th, I attended the first ever Day of Dorks beer festival at Wynkoop Brewing. Day of Dorks was a fun celebration of beer—an event where beer nerds could geek out over all the righteous brews and chat with those who used their scientific know-how to create them. Some 30 local breweries were present (with one absent) to pour their geekiest beers for excited attendees.
The brewery was decked out in dorkiness: taped spectacles, “beaker” tasting glasses, nerdy movies, and snacks such as Smarties, Dum Dums, and Nerds. And pool tables full of school supplies, for a very good cause. Day of Dorks held a supply drive to help out two Denver high-needs schools, Cheltenham Elementary and Dora Moore, K-8. So many people contributed! It was wonderful to see the piles continue to grow.
I sampled numerous tasty beers at Day of Dorks. There was a wide variety available; I tried some IPAs, stouts, mead, saisons, sours, doppelbocks, and more. Apparently I was in a “dark” mood that day, as all of my favorites were stouts!
***My top 3 picks from the fest***
Ginny Girl Stout from Beryl’s Beer Co, an 11.8% stout aged in gin barrels
Erin & James’ Breakfast Stout from Colorado Plus Brew Pub
Social Club Coffee Milk Stout from The Brew on Broadway (The BOB)
Day of Dorks was an awesome, entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Great beer, good people, fun times. Check out the list of all the excellent local breweries who participated. And let’s hope for a Day of Dorks 2018!
Participating breweries in 2017:
Beryl’s Beer Co
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Boggy Draw Breckenridge Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
C Squared Ciders
Colorado Plus Brew Pub
Crazy Mountain Brewing
Crestone Brewing Co.
Crystal Springs Brewing
High Hops Brewery
Holidaily Brewing Co.
Horse and Dragon
Iron Works Brewery & Pub
New Image Brewing
New Planet Brewery
Platt Park Brewing
Prost Brewing Co.
The Brew on Broadway
Trinity Brewing Co.
Shoes and Brews (Note: this brewery dropped out)
Wonderland Brewing Co.
I’m partnering with Mercedes-Benz to share my version of Denver. People are always asking me about my favorite spots in the city, and I decided it was high time to share them with you guys. If you had just one day in Denver, these are my can’t-miss spots.
1. The Georgetown Loop Railroad, just 45 minutes West of Denver
This beautiful view is from my train car at the Georgetown Loop Railroad in historic Georgetown, Colorado. I was on the Wine & Cheese train ride, which I highly suggest.
2. Thirsty Lion Gastropub at Union Station
Stop by Union Station and take a stroll around the train station, enjoy the ambiance and the shops. If you’re feeling hungry, Thirsty Lion serves up a fantastic brunch (get the breakfast burrito) and has 52 beers on tap, including several local brews.
3. LowDown Brewery + Kitchen
Speaking of beer, keep LowDown in mind for dinner later. It’s one of the many brewpubs in Denver, and the pizza is to die for.
BrüFrouFEST is just one example of the numerous beer festivals held in Denver each year. This one teams up local chefs and breweries for the ultimate beer & food pairing. If you’re visiting Denver, be sure to find out which festivals are going on during your stay.
5. Bread Bar in Silverton, Colorado
On your way to or from the Georgetown Loop Railroad, head to Bread Bar in nearby Silverton, a former mining camp, for a handcrafted cocktail while you take in the break taking views.
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Not long ago I heard about The Pint Room in Littleton (2620 West Belleview Avenue), a restaurant and beer bar with 175 beers on tap. I’m not sure why I didn’t know about it until recently, as it opened in 2015, making it The Pint Room’s third location: the original in Dublin, Ohio with a second in Carmel, Indiana. But even though I’m apparently behind the times, I couldn’t be happier that I am finally aware of this wonderful place!
The Pint Room has an extraordinary 175 beers on tap, which are updated regularly via Taphunter and can be viewed on their website. I like being able to see a live beer list, as I can get some ideas about what I’m interested in before even setting foot in a bar/restaurant. It’s helpful to both me and the person taking my order, as it can take a while to look over the full list, especially with that many options!
While not quite as extensive as the tap list, the food menu is also robust: several appetizers, salads and numerous sandwiches, including 15 burger creations, one of which rotates on a weekly basis. The Pint Room also makes its own black bean veggie burger in-house and offers it as a substitution on any of its burgers at no additional charge.
I dropped by for lunch last weekend and was more than ready to sample several items from the menu. I started with the beer battered cheese curds with Sriracha ranch, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then wanted a burger, so I decided to try the Burger of the Week: the Butter Burger with Dijon Mayo, Caramelized Shallots, Compound Butter, and White Cheddar, with a black bean burger patty, with fries. I thought it sounded interesting, and it lived up to my expectations. It was delicious, and I was glad to try something new. And if that wasn’t enough already, I couldn’t resist ordering a side of Mac & Cheese, as it’s one of my favorite dishes. It was definitely tasty, and they get bonus points for the breadcrumb topping. Next time I might have to get two sides of it and call it a meal.
I was very impressed with the tap list. There were so many things I wanted to try. I first went with a Ballast Point Peppermint Victory At Sea, a beer I’ve had before and loved but can’t often find on tap. After that I got a few tasters of beers I hadn’t yet tried: New Belgium’s Tartastic, a Lemon Ginger Sour Ale. This one isn’t overly sour; it’s a good tart beer for those just getting into sours, and it seems like an especially perfect session beer for Spring and Summer. I also had Wicked Weed’s Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Stout: brewed with vanilla, zesty cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This is quite possibly the best barrel-aged beer I’ve had in a while. Or so I thought, until I tried Perrin Brewing’s No Rules: a Vietnamese Imperial Porter brewed with coconut, cinnamon & turbinado sugar aged in bourbon barrels. Not every establishment is going to have beers like these on tap. And these are just a few of the many rotating specialty beers you’ll find at The Pint Room. I simply cannot say enough great things about the beer selection here!
The Pint Room has excellent seating options for both warm and cold weather. The patio is fantastic for nice days; it was a bit too cool during my visit to sit outside, but I look forward to soaking up some rays on the patio in the coming months. They also have a fireplace; ask for a table nearby on those chilly days!
My first visit to The Pint Room Littleton couldn’t have been better. I had a very enjoyable meal, several incredible beers, and great service, and I look forward to stopping in again soon!