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BARVENTURE: 2 For 1 Drink App–Try it FREE!

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Free Drinks For All!

The folks over at BARVENTURE are giving you 48 free drinks at bars, breweries, and restaurants all around Denver. Normally they charge users $20 to access all the deals on their app, but if you use the link below it will automatically install the app for FREE. They are a local startup and simply looking for feedback from professional drinkers and foodies!

Are you ready for BARVENTURE?

https://barventure.app.link/freebeers

Download and try BARVENTURE today, and don’t forget to give them your feedback via the “Support” section in the app.

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WIN TICKETS to Day of Dorks at Wynkoop Brewing!

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Day of Dorks is coming up next Saturday, March 4! Do you have your tickets? Read below for event details and link to tickets.

What: Day of Dorks

When: Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Price : $25 for 1 ticket, $40 for 2 tickets

The Details:

Come to the DORK side. We have craft beer.
Nerds, we’ve gone plaid —
Join us Saturday, March 4th at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous celebration of all things dork.
Ticket holders receive Day of Dorks beer beaker, nerd specs, and other ridiculously dorky commemorative items.
Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. School supply donations to benefit local area high-needs schools (Cheltenham Elementary and Dora Moore, K-8). Students are in need of paper, pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair. 
 To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then!
Be there. Be square.

Want to WIN a pair of tickets to Day of Dorks at Wynkoop?

Comment on this post with your favorite Colorado beer for your chance to win 2 tickets! Contest closes on Friday, February 24 at 3 pm. Winner will be chosen at random and must contact me with your email address to claim your prize. Good luck!

175 Beers on Tap & So Much More: The Pint Room in Littleton

Burger of the Week: Butter Burger (I subbed a Housemade Black Bean patty), with a Pipeworks Santa Vs. Unicorn

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!

Some of the 175 beers on tap

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!

Cheese Curds: White Cheddar Cheese Curds + Beer Batter + Sriracha Ranch, with a Ballast Point Peppermint Victory At Sea

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.

Side of Mac & Cheese

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!

Tables near the fireplace will keep you warm and toasty

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!

Wynkoop Brewing Presents Day of Dorks on March 4, 2017

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What: Day of Dorks

When: Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Price : $25 for 1 ticket, $40 for 2 tickets

The Details:

Come to the DORK side. We have craft beer.
Nerds, we’ve gone plaid —
Join us Saturday, March 4th at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous celebration of all things dork.
Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. Donations to benefit local area schools.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair. 
To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then!
Be there. Be square.

Valentine’s Events for Beer Lovers: 2017 Edition

If you’re thinking about treating your sweetheart to chocolates or a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day, you’re on the right track. But don’t forget the beer!

Impress your Valentine by taking him or her to any one of these fantastic breweries’ special events!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-10 pm: 2nd Annual Valentine’s Oyster and Stout Festival! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company (1505 Ogden St, Denver, Colorado)

Our famed Valentine’s Day Oyster and Beer Pairing is returning for its 2nd year! This time around,in honor of Stout Month, a flight of four oysters will be paired with four specialty stouts! Chef Sandoval will be shucking oysters to be paired with the following variations of our Blind Sherpa Stout:
Mint Chocolate Stout
Peanut Butter Stout
Chocolate Raspberry Stout (from the firkin)
Maple Breakfast Stout
No Tickets this time around, just show up! Additional a la carte oysters will be available as well as full pours of our one-off stouts!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm: Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver) ***SOLD OUT!***

Join us for a special Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate event for Valentine’s Day, hosted by The Truffle Cheese Shop and Copper Kettle Brewing Co., with delicious desserts made by Pink Zebra Cupcakes. Bring your sweetie for a unique V-Day idea to do together!
This is a four course pairing featuring a craft beer sample, artisan cheese, and fine chocolate dessert for each course. The pairing will be held in our private event center with an intimate feel, personalized with our head brewer or Certified Cicerone and professional cheesemonger from the Truffle Cheese Shop. What a great gift idea for yourself and/or a special friend!
Tickets are $30.00. Tax and tip excluded. We sell out of this event every year, so TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!
Price includes:
Four artisan cheeses from all around the world
Four craft beer samples (oftentimes, we release a beer that’s not even on the draft line yet!)
Four decadent, locally made desserts
Locally baked bread or crackers
Fresh crisp fruit
We do require at least 24 hours to cancel your tickets.
See you there!!!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-9 pm: Valentine’s Day – Run Club and Special Trivia at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver)

Every Tuesday we’ve been working out our legs (and heart!) with Sunnyside Run Club and working out our mind with live trivia at 7 pm. This week, we’ll continue the fun with a special Valentine’s edition! There will be MORE prizes and MORE giveaways.
Weekly prizes include pizza from Denver Deep Dish LoHi, meat from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe and gift cards from @LivWell Dispensary. ADDITIONALLY, there will be FREE brewery glassware for all Trivia participants AND a chance to win bottles of Barrel-Aged Beer. And probably more 🙂
Join us. It’s going to be a lot more fun and laid back than sitting 6 inches away from a fighting couple at an overpriced prix-fixe dinner.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5:30-8 pm: Valentines Day Oyster Tapas & Beer Pairing at Resolute Brewing Company
(7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial)

Resolute’s first beer & food pairing is here!
Jordan Wein of Grassroots Grill will be throwing down a Valentine’s Day tapas menu (small plates) that will be accompanied by four special Resolute beers. The menu will be mostly mollusks- including grilled oysters, oyster shooters, oyster stew & more!
So go ahead, be shellfish this Valentine’s Day and bring your sweetheart to Resolute for this one-of-kind beer and oyster engagement.
Tickets are on sale! There are two seatings, the first seating is at 5:30 pm followed by the second at 7 pm. Space is limited, follow the link on the event and buy your tickets today!

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Special Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $30 or purchase a menu item a la carte!
First:
Caprese Salad $5
Second:
Goat cheese stuffed date wrapped in bacon $6
Third:
Rigatoni, white wine sauce with shallots, peas and roasted garlic,
choice of chicken or shrimp $13
or
Roasted Pork chop w/ maquechoux $13
Fourth:
Creme Brulee $6

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids
(1555 S Hover St, Longmont)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $60 Or purchase menu items a la carte!
First:
Seared pork belly atop brioche served with charred slivered callions, fresno chilis, and a juniper berry balsamic reduction. $9
Second:
Spinach & red onion tossed with a slightly warm bacon & sherry vinegrette. Garnished with egg wedges and asiago. $12
Third:
Seared sous-vide ribeye with potato croquets and sautéed spinach. $30
or
Black Pepper and fennel crusted salmon grilled and served with saffron risotto, asparagus, and lemon basil butter. $18
Fourth:
HotBox roasters infused chocolate mousse. $6

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Denver Beer Co’s Valentine Beer and Chocolate Pairing! at Denver Beer Co (1695 Platte St, Denver)

Show your Valentine just how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.
Before dinner, after dinner, instead of dinner, treat your date, your bestie, or yourself to our insanely amazing beer and chocolate pairings.
Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab is creating some amazing, artisanal chocolates paired with 5 of our favorite beers.
$30 gets you 5 amazing sweet treats paired with 5 4oz beers.
There are very limited tickets available for this event so grab them now and come by the Platte st taproom anytime between 11am-11pm on Valentines Day to get your taste on!
PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.

 

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Tue., Feb. 14: Singles Awareness Day Party at The Post Brewing Company (105 W Emma St, Lafayette)

 The Post Brewing Company is throwing a SAD (Singles Awareness Day) Party for all the singles out there this Valentine’s Day. Held in the Elkhorn Taproom, this 21+ event will feature $3 house-made Sweet Tea Vodka shots, house barrel aged tequila shots, and the return of The Post’s most romantic beer—Lovey Dovey Belgian-ish Style Amber Ale. Fermented at 69°, this is truly the most romantic beer in the world. Complex layers of herbal hop and spicy yeast rest upon a deluxe base of European Munich and Vienna malts. This 6% ABV love machine will deliver you to all the right places.
For more information, please contact The POST at (303) 593-2066.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 4-9 pm: Valentine’s Day with Rock Cut at Rock Cut Brewing Company
(390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park)

Valentine’s Day is two weeks from tomorrow and if you’re like us, romantic plans always involve craft beer. Since V-Day is on a Tuesday this year, we’ll be hosting a special Valentine’s Day themed trivia night, complete with a new beer release, special menu from Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse, and more. Check out the event below and click ‘Interested’ if you plan to stop by!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Valentine’s Day at Avery!  at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder)

Bring your best friend, your S.O., or your soul mate to our Valentine’s Day celebration at Avery! Nothing says “I Love You” like drinking beer and sharing a meal.
We’ll have a variety of special platters meant to share all day. But don’t worry, that pint of beer is all yours.
Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 303.440.4324.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5-11 pm: Loveless Sour Raspberry Dark Saison Bottle Release Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver)

Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.
Meet Loveless, our Dark Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh raspberries for another three months.
With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.
Brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless will be released on Tuesday, February 14th at 5pm in the 750ML champagne bottle format. Bottles are limited, so get here early.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-9 pm: Beer and Chocolate Dinner at WestFax Brewing Company (6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood)

We are headed west (to Lakewood) again for a beer and chocolate dinner with Westfax Brewing.
Bring your Valentine, a friend or come alone to our chocolate dinner pairing with Westfax Brewing. We have planned a four course dinner and they have hand selected beers to accompany each dish.
Start with a salad, select one of two small plates, choose an entree and dessert all for $45.00.
Tickets are required to attend the event. Please contact the brewery to make your reservation 303-233-3742 or click on the link to buy on-line.
Salad:
Roasted Beet & Apple Salad
oven roasted beets, apples, mixed greens & chocolate balsamic dressing
Tears of Our Enemies Scottish Ale
Small Plates
Albondigas
spicy three-meat meatballs, bourbon-chocolate barbeque sauce
Moasic El Dorado Pale Ale
or
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
honey-chili glazed, cocoa nibs, mizithra cheese
Cream Ale
Entree
Butternut Squash Ravioli
sage brown butter, shaved dark (72%) dark chocolate
Premature Pumpkination (Pumpkin Brown Ale)
or
Pulled Pork Sandwich
14 hour slow roasted pork, bourbon chocolate barbeque sauce, pickled onions, broccoli slaw, kettel chips
IPA is the new black (black IPA)
Dessert
Brownie a la Mode
triple chocolate brownie with Swole Stout ice cream
Swole Stout (Imperial Coffee Stout)
You must be 21+ to attend the event.

Big Game Catering Offer and GIVEAWAY from On the Border

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Platter of deliciousness from On the Border

The Super Bowl: a day to hang out and watch the game, throw back some cold ones with your buddies, and indulge in an awesome spread of snacks. For those who don’t feel like cooking, I’ve got a deal for you. I’ve teamed up with On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina to bring you a special offer, as well as a chance to WIN $100 in gift certificates from the restaurant!

From now through Game Day (February 5th, 2017), On the Border is offering a great special: 20% off catering orders of $100 or more, making it perfect for planning a party for college championships, pro playoffs, or the Big Game itself.  Available at all participating On The Border locations, fans can fiesta-fy their game-day spread with house-made tortilla chips and dips, customized party platters, full fajita bars with all the fixings, and many other crowd-pleasing dishes and drinks like:

  • Combo Supremo – Texas Wings, choice of beef or chicken empanadas, firecracker stuffed jalapenos, and chicken mini-quesadillas. Served with ranch dressing and queso. Serves 6 to 8 people.
  • Mini Brisket Burritos by the dozen – warm flour tortillas stuffed with slow-roasted brisket filling.
  • Mexican Sampler – chicken mini-quesadillas, chicken flautas, choice of beef or chicken chimichangas, served with original queso. Serves 6 to 8 people.
  • 5-Layer dip – stacked layers of refried beans, fresh guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cheese & jalapenos served with freshly made tortilla chips. Serves 15 to 20 people.
  • Tacos by the dozen – choice of southwest chicken or brisket filling.
  • NEW! OTB’s House Margarita Canteen – OTB’s signature margarita mix in a party-sized canteen. Just add your favorite tequila and serve. Makes 1 gallon of prepared margaritas (15 to 20 servings).

Orders can be made online at ontheborder.com and picked up from a local restaurant in as little as 30 minutes. All online orders of $100 or more qualify for 20% off by entering the promo code FOOTBALL20 when completing the order.

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Hosting a party? Wouldn’t it be sweet to treat your friends to a catering platter for free?! If you’d like to enter to WIN $100 in On the Border gift certificates, simply comment below with your favorite game day beverage (do you prefer your favorite beer, or margaritas perhaps?) by Friday, January 27th at 3:00 pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Must post comment here on the actual blog post (comments left on social media are not eligible). Good luck!

CHUBurger, Hotbox Roasters Now Open in RiNo

Photo courtesy of Oskar Blues

Photo courtesy of CHUBurger

Last week, the RiNo neighborhood welcomed Oskar Blues Fooderies first Denver outpost—CHUBurger RiNo and Hotbox Roasters CBD (coffee, beer, doughnuts) Café, which is the coffee roaster’s first retail location, at 3490 Larimer Street.

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CHUBurger is open daily from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (photo courtesy of CHUBurger)

I got the chance to stop in for a media event the night before the official opening, and wow—both places are packed with an unbelievable amount of delicious food and beer. Let’s begin with the beer. CHUBurger has 30 beers on tap. During my visit they had approximately 10 Oskar Blues drafts while the rest of the taps were those of other local breweries like Call to Arms, Hogshead, Odd 13, River North, Ska, Bootstrap, Crooked Stave, and more. They even had some national favorites like Cigar City and Perrin. I had a Barrel Aged Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout, which I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes dark beers.

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Hard Hand Shake: Stranahan’s Whiskey chocolate shake topped with Old Chub Nitro. Amazing! (Note: this is a sample size served at a media event)

Burger lovers: this place is your heaven. CHUBurger has so many types of burgers! There are 8 different options on the menu as well as a “build your own” with choice of patty: beef, Berkshire pork, chicken, turkey, veggie (falafel), bison, salmon, hawg dog, or grilled cheese. Additionally, you’ll find fish n’ chips, salads, fries, wings, shakes, floats—pretty much everything you could want. They even have a kids’ menu too.

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Hotbox Roasters is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (photo courtesy of Hotbox Roasters)

Next door to CHUBurger is Hotbox Roasters: premium fair-trade, craft coffees, that are roasted locally and packaged using reusable and recyclable cans. The café is also serving its new Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, coffee drinks, and coffee-infused Oskar Blues beers along with 13 flavors of homemade doughnuts, fried hand pies (a secret recipe from Oskar Blues Founder Dale Katechis’ mom, YaYa) and more. Hotbox Roasters was launched by Oskar Blues in 2015. I first discovered them when I drank Oskar Blues’ Hotbox Coffee Porter. From that moment on I was hooked; it’s a very high quality coffee that is available in several different varieties, both single origins as well as blends. One of my preferred flavors is the Soulshine blend: vanilla butter, crazy raisins, and crystal clean nectarines.

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Barrel Aged Tiny Fidy Russian Imperial Stout

I’m personally so excited to have CHUBurger and Hotbox Roasters join the RiNo neighborhood. They are a welcome addition to the community and both offer quality food and beverages at a reasonable price. They are open and ready to serve you. Stop by today!

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Doughnuts at Hotbox Roasters (photo courtesy of Hotbox Roasters)

Stick to Your Resolutions with Rock Bottom’s Lighter Choices

GRILLED BEER-GLAZED CHICKEN (570 CAL) Grilled chicken breast over roasted potatoes and sautéed peppers & onions, topped with corn and green onions. served with apple & kale coleslaw.

GRILLED BEER-GLAZED CHICKEN (570 CAL) Grilled chicken breast over roasted potatoes and sautéed peppers & onions, topped with corn and green onions. Served with apple & kale coleslaw.

Are you one of the thousands who resolved to eat healthier this year? If so, allow me to introduce you to some exciting new dishes at Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryJust in time to help folks stick to their New Years resolutions, Rock Bottom rolled out its Lighter Choices menu, offering four mouthwatering dishes that are all under 600 calories.

SMOKED CHICKEN TOSTADAS (580 CAL) Pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese and grilled onions on crispy tortillas. topped with avocado, romaine, corn & black bean salsa, pico de gallo, pickled red onions and Mexican crema.

SMOKED CHICKEN TOSTADAS (580 CAL)
Pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese and grilled onions on crispy tortillas. topped with avocado, romaine, corn & black bean salsa, pico de gallo, pickled red onions and Mexican crema.

And no meal at a brewery is complete without a freshly brewed beer, right? About six months ago I featured Rock Bottom’s beer and food pairing chart (found here), a handy, informative chart to help guide diners toward choosing the best type of beer to go with their food. Based on this chart, here are my recommendations for each of these lighter dishes.

Smoked Chicken Tostadas and Smoked Chicken Tacos: Chili Kolsch or Red Ale.

Chile Rub Steak: The Baltic Gnome Porter, or Oat PA (or other rotating IPA).

Grilled Beer-Glazed Chicken: Liquid Sun Saison or Snake Spit Black IPA.

CHILE RUB STEAK (520 CAL) Chipotle-marinated steak with sautéed peppers, onions, corn & mushrooms, tomatillo salsa and cilantro. served with cilantro lime rice.

CHILE RUB STEAK (520 CAL) Chipotle-marinated steak with sautéed peppers, onions, corn & mushrooms, tomatillo salsa and cilantro. served with cilantro lime rice.

Yes! You can have your steak and eat it too, all for just 520 calories!

SMOKED CHICKEN TACOS (550 CAL) Pulled chicken, cabbage, avocado, corn & black bean salsa, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and pickled red onions on corn tortillas. served with fresh greens.

SMOKED CHICKEN TACOS (550 CAL)
Pulled chicken, cabbage, avocado, corn & black bean salsa, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and pickled red onions on corn tortillas. served with fresh greens.

While these light dishes are excellent, delicious options, what can vegetarians like myself order as far as lower-cal items go? Rock Bottom has several meatless choices on the menu, but they aren’t all light. So I did a little research to find out the best picks for healthier vegetarian meals.

The Veggie Tacos have just 623 calories (tacos only; the rice and beans raise the calorie count to 887). Or, order the Housemade Veggie Burger without chipotle mayo; skip the fries, and you’re looking at 646 calories. And the burger is hearty, so even without fries it’s still quite filling. Another idea is to split the Roasted Vegetable Pizza with a friend for just 629 calories.

VEGGIE TACOS Roasted zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, avocado and Mexican crema.

VEGGIE TACOS Roasted zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, avocado and Mexican crema. (Not part of the Lighter Choices menu)

During my recent visit I chose the Veggie Tacos (YUM!). As far as beer pairings go, there were several choices here; I could have gone with “Wheaty, Fruity, or Spicy” or something “Hoppy.” I chose the RBP (Raspberry Bourbon Porter). Admittedly, this probably isn’t the kind of “fruity” beer that the pairing chart has in mind, as RBP is a big, boozy beer coming in at over 10% ABV. But I love my strong beers (especially on a chilly evening) and thought it paired well together.

With the addition of the Lighter Choices dishes, Rock Bottom makes it easy to dine out while sticking to your resolution of healthier eating. Be sure to stop by soon and check out these tasty, low-cal meals!

Hopdoddy Denver Ups Its Craft Beer Game

BYOB (Build Your Own Bucket), coming soon

BYOB (Build Your Own Bucket), coming soon

Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Craft Beer + Burgers. The original Hopdoddy was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010, but the restaurant now extends to three other states: California, Arizona, and Colorado. Each location places an emphasis on keeping it local, using local ingredients whenever possible, and of course serving local beer. And here in Colorado, we love our beer. But with just 12 taps at the Denver location, (which might seem more than sufficient to many people), sometimes it’s just not enough for the craft beer enthusiast. So Hopdoddy at Union Station decided to vastly expand its selection of bottles and cans.

Coming soon in the new year, Hopdoddy is rolling out a new happy hour special called Build Your Own Bucket (or BYOB!). For just $25, customers can choose five local craft beers and/or ciders to complete their bucket. It’s a great way to try out new beers with a friend so you can share them all without going overboard.

Examples of some of the gluten-free options for BYOB

The beers and ciders will be available on a rotating basis, with many seasonals thrown into the mix. The photos here show examples of some of what Hopdoddy will offer as part of the BYOB promotion.

Kennebec Fries with Green Chile Queso, just $5 during Happy Hour

In addition to new Build Your Own Buckets, Hopdoddy also offers an impressive $5 Happy Hour Menu. From 3-6:30 pm, Monday-Friday, all craft drafts, signature sips, and wine are $5. And the food specials are just as exciting. All fries are $5 (Truffle Fries, Chile Con Queso, and Green Chile Queso). Even the seasonal burger, which can be upwards of around $12 at full price, is also just $5.

In other beer news, Pint Nights have recently started at Hopdoddy Union Station. On Pint Nights, brewers and/or brewery reps will be present to answer questions, do giveaways, etc. Currently there are five Pint Nights scheduled for December and January:

Thurs, December 29: Odell Brewing, 5-7 p.m. (Featured beers: 90 Schilling and Lone Comet)

Sat, January 7: Avery Brewing, 7-9 p.m.

Thurs, January 12: Denver Beer Company, 6-9 p.m.

Mon, January 16th: Monday night Odyssey Beerworks 6-9 p.m. (Featured beers: Lite Brite Sour and Maple Coffee Stout <I can’t wait to try this one!>)

Mon, January 23: Good River, 7-9 p.m.

Hopdoddy is one of the best restaurants in Denver for beer lovers. And now there is even more reason to stop in and be a part of all the new and exciting developments in the Hopdoddy beer program!

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