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Brazzle, Odell’s Latest Cellar Series, is Here!

I love special releases! Especially from my favorite breweries. Odell just released the third of its six 2017 Cellar Series releases, each available for a limited time. Here is all the information you need about Brazzle Sour Golden with Raspberry.

WHO: Odell Brewing Co.
WHAT: Brazzle Sour Golden with Raspberry, Aged in Oak Barrels. 5.4% ABV
WHEN: Taproom release TODAY (May 26)!  Official release is Monday, May 29th
WHERE: Available for a limited time in 750 ml bottles across Odell’s 14-state distribution footprint (Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Illinois and Iowa)
ABOUT: A bit of info from Odell: Some folks refer to the color of fool’s gold as brazzle, a radiant hue much like the golden raspberry. A rare find and unique treat, these tiny nuggets are sweet and juicy. Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry is aged in oak barrels with wild yeasts and 300 pounds of golden raspberries. Don’t be fooled by the bubbly light mouthfeel and delicate raspberry sweetness. There’s a subtle tartness that is not quite sour enough to make you pucker. But will prickle the back of your tongue leaving a crisp and refreshing finish. 
MY THOUGHTS: If you enjoy sours, get this beer! I personally found it to lean more toward the puckering side rather than just having a subtle tartness. It actually may be pucker-inducing to those with a lower tolerance for sour beers. I love sours, and to me this was spot on. The raspberry comes out more as it warms, so let it sit for a bit before drinking. It’s true it has a light mouthfeel, especially for being barrel aged. But that barrel aged flavor really came through in the end, at the back of the tongue. I am very pleased with this new release, and at 5.4% ABV, it’s an excellent summer beer to kick off the season with!

BrüFrouFEST 2017: Bigger & Better. See What’s New!

 More Brü. More Frou…

Introducing BrüFrouFEST

4th Annual BrüFrou at the Tivoli Quad on Sunday, July 16 from 12-5 pm

The 4th annual BrüFrou is almost here! And hold onto your hats, because this year is even bigger and better than ever! BrüFrouFEST 2017 is an outdoor summer extravaganza being held on the new quad at the historic Tivoli Brewery/Student Union building. Get ready for a whole new kind of experience featuring Live Music, Merchandise Marketplace, Specialty Tasting Pavilions, Outdoor Games, and Value Tickets & VIP Tent Passes. BrüFrouFEST 2017 is the largest craft brewer and chef pairing event in the country!

This year’s event features 130 Chefs, Brewers & Mixologists, 80 Culinary Pairings, 6 Live Bands, a DJ, and so much more! And here is all you need to know.

TicketsGeneral Admission tickets are on sale now for just $40 and include 8 full pairings. Additional tokens are available ($10 for a 4-pack, which is 4 full pairings). GA ticket holders can choose from 90 breweries, eateries & cocktail bars (45 pairing partners), and live music is included.

Want the full BrüFrouFEST experience? Get your VIP tickets for $125. VIP ticket holders get access to all 130 breweries & eateries (65 pairing partners) in both VIP & GA areas, exclusive access to Shaded VIP Tent area with 40 Breweries & Eateries (20 extra special pairing partners), upgraded polypropylene party plate & Belgian tulip sampling glass, and the live music stage.

Interested in attending but don’t care about the alcoholic beverages? Go with a food-only ticket; both GA ($35) and VIP ($50) options are offered.

A pairing from BrüFrou 2016

While the menu isn’t out yet, the Pairing Partners for both General Admission and VIP areas have been announced. You’ll also find last year’s menu for an idea of what to expect. Also check out my posts from 2015 and 2016 for photos and some of my favorite pairings.

Having attended BrüFrou in the past, I am super excited about the expansion and transition to BrüFrouFEST! I can’t wait to experience the new venue and all the fun extras. Tickets are on sale now–don’t miss the largest craft brewer and chef pairing event in the country, right here in Denver!

Biscuits, Beer & Booze: Brunch at The Post Rosedale

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

The Post Brewing Co. opened in Lafayette, Colorado in 2014. It has since expanded, opening The Post Chicken & Beer in Longmont as well as in Denver’s Rosedale neighborhood. I really enjoy The Post in Lafayette, but as a Denver resident I’m happy to have an even closer location.

I recently visited The Post Chicken & Beer Rosedale for the first time. As the name implies, chicken (and the beer, of course) is the restaurant’s main attraction. While my vegetarian diet precludes me from trying the chicken, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about it. But still, why would a person who doesn’t eat meat pick such a place for brunch? Even though chicken isn’t an option for me, I knew there would be plenty of other delicious ways to enjoy my favorite meal of the week.

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes with maple whipped cream

There are a few different ways a vegetarian can do brunch at The Post Chicken & Beer Rosedale. Here are my suggestions:

  1. The healthy pick: Go with the Hippyster Bowl (crispy brussels, red potato, sweet potato, kale, scrambled eggs, whipped goat cheese), or try the Kale Salad (granny smith apples, roasted sunflower seeds, dried cherries, pickled cauliflower, red grapes, shredded carrot, apple cider vinaigrette). Both are substantial and filling, but they’re also choices you can feel good about.
  2. The savory: Huevos Rancheros. It’s hard to go wrong with a huge plate of tortillas, eggs, cheese, and green chile! (note: the beans are cooked with pork, so ask to substitute potatoes instead).
  3. The “little bit of everything”:  There are several meatless starters & sides on the menu, like Buttermilk Cheddar BiscuitsCinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, and Green Chile Mac & Cheese. I got three small plates during my visit and loved it because I got to try a variety flavors. The biscuits were perfect: light and flaky. The mac & cheese was creamy and a bit spicy. And the donut holes were my favorite; the maple whipped cream adds an amazing finishing touch to these already awesome little bites.

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with whipped apple butter

There are tons of options on the brunch menu for everyone. As for the chicken, the traditional fried version is always available, but the menu also boasts a variety of ways to get your chicken fix in the morning with some breakfast-style dishes. Check out the Chicken and Waffles, Chicken Fried Steak or the Chicken & Biscuit.

Beverages include the classic brunch drink, the Bloody Mary as well as a couple of other interesting cocktails: Country Bubbles (house-made punch limeade, bubbles) and the Man-Mosa (vodka, Post Top Rope, orange juice). I was curious about both of the latter, but I was I was in the mood for a good, strong beer.

If it looks like the same type of beer in all of the photos here, that’s because it is. I can’t get enough of the Rooster Cruiser Double IPA! It goes with everything, in my opinion. But for those who aren’t into IPAs or simply want something under 8% ABV, other suggestions are Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale (2016 GABF Gold Medal) or the Townie Ale. And definitely feel free to ask the staff for beer suggestions with your meal; they are experienced in what pairs best with certain dishes, and they are always happy to help.

Green Chile Mac and Cheese

The Post Chicken & Beer Rosedale is open for dinner every day at 4 p.m., serves Friday lunch at 11 a.m., and brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

2017 Summer Passport: Get Yours! On Sale Next Week

Photo credit: Lewis Neeff

The 2017 Summer Passport goes on sale on Tuesday, May 16th!

The Summer Passport, a pocket-sized book full of 2-for-1 drink specials, can be purchased starting Tue., May 16. Passports are available for these Colorado cites: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, will be available to purchase on May 16. The deals are valid from May 26th through September 4th.
The Passport isn’t just for Coloradans. It’s also now offered in these other cities nationwide: Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
The program is $20 in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C and $25 in Denver.
The Passport is an awesome deal! Plus, it’s a great way to explore new places, in your own city or while traveling.

Photo credit: Lewis Neeff

This year’s Denver Passport includes:
Ace Eat Serve, Adelitas Cocina y Cantina / Palenque Mezcaleria, Avelina, Bar Max, Bear Creek Distillery, Bellwether, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Blue Island Oyster Bar, Brazen, Briar Common Brewery + Eatery, Call to Arms Brewing Co., Carbon Cafe & Bar, Cerebral Brewing, Cho77, Chowder Room, CLYDE, Colorado Cider Company, Colt & Gray, Concourse Restaurant Moderne, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Taproom, DiFranco’s, Dio Mio, Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House, Fiction Beer Company, FIRE at the ART, a Hotel, Fort Greene Bar, The Great Divide Barrel Bar, The Greedy Hamster, Hearth & Dram, Hudson Hill, Humboldt: Farm Fish Wine, Illegal Pete’s, Laws Whiskey House, Leña, Little Machine, Lola Coastal Mexican, Los Chingones, Luca, Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse, Max’s Wine Dive, MCA Cafe & Bar, Milk & Honey Bar Kitchen, Molecule Effect, Olive & Finch, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company, Park Burger, Post Chicken & Beer, Postino Wine Café, Prohibition, Que Bueno Suerte!, Ratio Beerworks, Rebel Restaurant, Rhein Haus, Rosedale, Russell’s Smokehouse, Sarto’s, Satchels on 6th, Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap, Squeaky Bean, Ste. Ellie, Stem Ciders, TAG, Telegraph Bistro & Bar, Teller Bar, TRVE Brewing Company, Upstairs Circus, Que Bueno! Mexican Grille, and Timberline Steaks & Grille.

Don’t miss out on the deals at all of these excellent bars, breweries, restaurants, and more! Get yours before it’s too late!

Breaking: Cigar City Announces Colorado Distribution

This just in: Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has just announced its expansion into Colorado!

Just in time for American Craft Beer Week, Cigar City has several events planned around the state to celebrate the Colorado launch.

Cigar City Brewing’s Colorado Launch Events:

Monday: May 15th – Denver

  • Ale House at Amato’s – Launch Event
    2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
    6-8pm

Tuesday: May 16th – Fort Collins

  • Mayor of Old Town – Launch Event
    632 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    6-8pm

Wednesday: May 17th – Vail, Colorado Springs & Longmont

  • Vail Ale House – Launch Party
    2161 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657
    5-7pm

  • Brass Tap – Launch Event
    13271 Bass Pro Dr #110, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
    6-8 pm

  • Parry’s Pizza Longmont – Pint Night
    1232 S Hover Rd #100, Longmont, CO 80501
    6-8pm

Thursday: May 18th – Denver, Northglenn & Highlands Ranch

  • Parry’s Pizza Northglenn  – Launch Event
    100 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO 80233
    5-7pm

  • Parry’s Pizza Highlands Ranch  – Launch Event
    9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
    5-7pm

  • Star Bar  – Official Launch Party
    2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
    8-10pm

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website [www.cigarcitybrewing.com] to find the CCB beer closest to you.

Ticket Alert: Velorama Colorado

Velorama

Brace yourselves, folks. This is going to be HUGE.

Velorama is a festival that combines the Colorado Classic, a world-class pro cycling race, with headliner music acts and a full-on, 3-day street party in the RiNo Art District.

Velorama Colorado is coming to Denver August 11-13, and this festival is like nothing else. Starting Friday afternoon, August 11, twelve blocks of RiNo Art District will be transformed into a festival for an incredible weekend of bands, bikes and beyond, lasting through the big race finale on Sunday. Bands lined up for Velorama include Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers, Saint Motel, La Santa Cecilia, Tennis, plus local acts.

In addition to music, the RiNo street party will be packed with all kinds of fun, including the Drink RiNo Beer Garden, a bike expo, special events, plenty of local food, and the Denver Flea, the Front Range’s favorite curated showcase of Colorado makers. And of course the best views of the Colorado Classic bike race — the start/finish line and a thrilling criterium (for those–like me–who aren’t familiar with cycling, that means a one-day bicycle race on a circuit road course).

Day tickets—which give you access to the full Velorama Festival in RiNo, that day’s bands and race viewing—are on sale now for $35/day! Ticket pricing is timed — the sooner you buy, the less expensive the ticket. Advance is $35/day and available NOW; and then Last Minute will be $45/day. A discounted 3-Day pass is now available for only $90 and a daily 4-Pack of tickets is $120.

Also be sure to check out the VIP experience as well — for daily tickets, 3-Day passes and 4-packs — with special VIP hospitality tents, viewing areas, premium all-day food, beverages and more.

Children 2 and under are free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drink & Dine with the Animals at Do at the Zoo 2017!

Do At the Zoo brings some of Denver’s best food & drinks to this year’s event!

I attended Do at the Zoo last year, and I was blown away by how truly fantastic it was. There is an unbelievable amount of delicious food and drinks at this extremely well-organized fest. Check out my recap from 2016, and get excited for an evening of excellent food, drinks and fun amongst the animals while supporting this important cause.

What: Do At the Zoo, the Denver Zoo’s annual fundraiser, presented by Anadarko. More than 55 of Denver’s finest restaurants and craft brews, cocktails and wines, up-close animal encounters and dancing.

When: Thursday, June 15, 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Denver Zoo (2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO)

Why: To raise funds to support all of “What We Do At The Zoo,” including science education, global conservation and world class animal care.

Details: 

  • Cocktail attire — Do At The Zoo style. Animal prints, safari khakis and classic cocktail dresses are, of course, always appropriate.
  • General Admission Tickets – $175* per adult
    Group of 10 General Admission Tickets – $1,500 for 10 adults (offered at a 15% off discounted rate)
  • No guests under 21 years of age will be admitted (including infants).
  • NOTE: Denver Zoo will close at noon on Thursday, June 15 to prepare for this event.
  • Valet parking is available for $10.
  • Complimentary self-parking is also available.
  • The event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be issued.
  • Valid ID required at gate.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please call 720-337-1400.

Want to know which restaurants and breweries/wineries/distilleries will be there? Click here for a full list! I’m looking forward to pairing bites with some of my favorite Colorado breweries like Fate Brewing, Great Divide, New Belgium, Odell, Strange Craft, and more! Tickets* are on sale NOW!

*Note: The fair market value of goods and services associated with a General Admission ticket has been determined to be $72 per ticket. The remainder of the ticket price is considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution and will be receipted accordingly.

Coming Soon: 2017 Denver People’s Fair

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Denver People’s Fair!

What: The 2017 Denver People’s Fair (Free and open to the public. VIP tickets are on sale now for $20. The VIP upgrade includes premium stage viewing, a shaded VIP lounge, two free drinks, a VIP bar, and separate VIP entrance all weekend)

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017 (Gates are open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday, and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday)

Where: Civic Center Park, downtown Denver

What I’m most excited about: THE BEER! I’m happy to say that there will be local beer and wine available, including two awesome announcements:

The 2017 People’s Fair will include Denver’s own Great Divide Brewing’s DPA Artist Series Can Release: the public release of its Denver Pale Ale artist series can #2! More info will be released the week of the festival. Here’s more info on the artist from last year and the program.

Also, Grapes & Grains Gardens: a mini beer/wine festival within the festival. $10 for 5 tokens to sample beer from Great Divide and wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem. These are specialty beers/wines that are not available at the regular bars. Plus, the ticket price includes a commemorative glass.

More Details: Musical performances by Guster, Night Riots, and Jeremy Garrett’s Fiddle Science – a supergroup featuring members of Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters and Gipsy Moon – as well as over 30 other performances including bands, artists, drag shows, and creative community entertainers, this year’s People’s Fair sets the stage for a massive cultural showcase event that is uniquely Denver.

With a focus on community engagement and interactive programming, the People’s Fair will offer events like free morning yoga hosted by Denver-based Kindness Yoga, Art In The Park where attendees can enjoy a beverage or cocktail as they create their own craft project with other inspired patrons, and countless field and lawn games to enjoy with friends new and old. Also at the fair will be a Drag Show, community dance and theater groups, the best local food trucks, and a chance to get to know some of the most innovative upcoming local businesses.

Proceeds go to benefit the Capital Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN).  More info on the event can be found at www.peoplesfair.com.

Epic Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3

Epic Brewing Company has put out some amazing beers this year, and it’s just now the beginning of May.

In a post in March I introduced four of Epic’s 2017 limited releases: three from the Oak and Orchard series, and Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3. The Oak and Orchard beers have been released, and I am happy to say they are all wonderful sours! I was really impressed with the depth and complexity of flavors in each.

Within the next couple of weeks, Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3 will hit the shelves. You may have had one or both of the first batches, so how is this one different? Epic’s description of the beer is:

She smells like a peach, but packs a cruel, puckering punch! This is our most sour version of this beer yet, but it still retains beautiful notes of peach skin, citrus and a dose of barnyard funk.

I recently got the chance to do a vertical tasting of three different batches of this beer: No. 1 (2015), No. 2 (2016), and the soon to be released No. 3. (800 cases, 7.5% ABV).

It was interesting to taste the differences between each batch and how the flavors change as the beer ages. I felt that batch No. 3 came out perfectly: it has a bit of acidity like the first release and some tartness like the second. It’s as if they took the best qualities of the first two batches and combined them to make this one, awesome beer.

While I did get to try the beer, it was just a small pour, so I can’t wait to get a couple full bottles for myself! Be sure to keep an eye out; you won’t want to miss this batch of Sour Brainless on Peaches, which will be available in mid-May.

May Beer Events

May Beer Events post is up! Click here to see what all is going on in Colorado craft beer in May.

Black Shirt Brewing now has a kitchen! Serving up absolutely delicious pizzas, salads, and more. If you haven’t been, be sure to stop by soon!

Tons of fun, fantastic events featuring: 

Boulder Beer Company

The Pint Room

Denver Beer Co.

Big Choice Brewing

Mockery Brewing

American Homebrewers Association

Fiction Beer Company

Denver Bacon & Beer Classic

38 State Brewing Company

Odyssey Beerwerks

Strange Craft Beer Company

The West End Tavern

and of course: the ever exciting American Craft Beer Week! 

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