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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!

Blue Moon 2016 Holiday Beer Dinner Recap

Blue Moon Belgian White as a Welcome beer

Blue Moon Belgian White as a Welcome beer

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Holiday Beer Dinner at Blue Moon Brewing Company’s RiNo Brewery. The dinner consisted of four courses, each paired with a different beer, created by Executive Chef Darrell Jensen and Head Brewmaster Jon Legnard.  This event was by invitation only, but I wanted to share a little bit about it, as I was so impressed with the quality and imagination of the food and beer pairings.

Upon receiving the invitation I assumed I would have to decline, as I am vegetarian, so I wasn’t able to eat three of the four courses. But much to my surprise and delight, I was told they would be happy to accommodate my dietary needs, which was greatly appreciated. It was all very well done and so delicious!

To start, a plate of Falafel bites, paired with a Saison (pictured above), while Polentina was on the menu for the majority of attendees.

Next up was some Israeli Cous Cous and a Mango Wheat. The same as the carnivore dish, only without the Harissa Shrimp. I definitely recommend trying the Mango Wheat. I was a bit surprised at how flavorful it is. Some fruit beers are too subtle for me; I want to really taste that fruit. In this case, the mango is very prominent throughout.

For the main course: Pad Thai with a Smoked Porter, served to the vegetarian attendees instead of Roast Tenderloin with Smoky Sauce. I’d love to see this Pad Thai on Blue Moon’s regular menu in the future. It had a nice peanut sauce that went well with the smoked beer.

To end the night, Burnt Caramel Pudding with Foreign Export Stout, a collaboration with Hogshead Brewery (Denver). This pairing was amazing! And there was beer in the dessert and whipped cream!

While these specific dishes aren’t on Blue Moon’s menu, I can tell you the chef does a fantastic job, and you’ll find many other tempting items on the standard menu, including daily specials. And the beer menu is quite extensive and offers a variety of different styles, as you can see from this post. One of my favorites is the Cappuccino Stout.

If you haven’t yet checked out the new digs at Blue Moon RiNo, put it on your to-do list ASAP!

Brew Year’s Eve: Ring in 2017 with these Beer Events!

Bid adieu to 2016 (we’re SO over you!) and kick off the new year with your favorite Colorado breweries. Where’s the party?! Check out my round-up of breweries with events on New Year’s Eve, as well as New Year’s Day. Cheers!

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Sat., Dec. 31, 11 am-2 pm: BSB Beer Brunch! at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

Introducing BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails—
$6 Micheladas w/ Common Red & The Real Dill Bloody Mary mix
$6 Beermosas w/ Semitone & OJ
$6 Coffee Beer (rotating selection w/ Huckleberry Roasters)
Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm. Brunch is meant to be drunk!

bsb-dinner

Sat., Dec. 31, 4-9 pm: New Years Beer Dinner at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

We’re teaming up with To The Wind Bistro and Bear Creek Distillery for an epic New Year’s Eve Dinner. The folks at To The Wind have created an incredible menu pairing our beers and Bear Creek’s spirits with their inventive, unique, and seasonal fare. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come—
Maui White Shrimp
Jicama slaw, Macadamia nut, Papaya
**Born to Hula, BSB Pineapple Coconut Sour on Nitro
Truffle Mortadella
Toasted spent Grain, Arugula, pecorino cheese
**BSB Foeder-Aged Stringbender Saison
Seared Scallops
Barley risotto, kohlrabi salad
**BSB Fourtrack Chai Porter
Shuck & A Shot
Fat Bastard
**Bear Creek Wheat Whiskey
Duo of Colorado Lamb
Rack of Lamb, braised lamb, spätzle, root vegetable
**BSB Box of Boom, Farmhouse Belgian Triple IPA
Tasting of Sweets
Creme Brulee, Pecan pie, Pineapple curd
**Bear Creek Rum Old Fashioned
St. Maure Caprifeuille
Black pepper and rye vodka cure, roasted beets
**BSB & Bear Creek Rye Beet Saison “Bubbles”
**$100/person, contact To The Wind @ tothewindbeerdinner@gmail.com

renegade

Sat., Dec. 31, 12-10 pm: Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout Release! at Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver).

It’s finally that time of year!
Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout is back!
Come to the taproom on NYE and enjoy a pour of this delicious and extremely limited beer.
This popular beer will be available:
– on tap
– in growler fills for take-away
-in 4 packs* for take-away
*limit of 2 4-packs per customer

left-hand

Sat., Dec. 31, 6-8:30 pm: End of the Year Party at Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company (1265 Boston Ave, Longmont).

Pre-Party before NYE Party, or your only party…we like your style! Beer, food, & music from Hobo Swagger & Sugar Mill Sunset, bringing you a little hard rock and ska.

ratio

Sat., Dec. 31, 8 pm-1 am: New Year’s Eve Party at Ratio Beerworks at Ratio Beerworks
(2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Ring in the New Year by joining the Ratio Beerworks team for one helluva year end blowout. Dress sharp for a special night of special release firkins, snacks, dance partying and our balloon and keg drop at midnight.
The Mystery Sisters DJ Duo will be spinning punk and dance vinyl track for our taproom dance party so come ready to throw down. 2016 has been a real kick in the ass so lets celebrate a clean slate over great beer and good times.

epic

Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-1:30 am: Epic NYE Coast to Coast Party! at Epic Brewing Company – Denver Taproom (3001 Walnut St, Denver).

The end of 2016 is coming!
Get your tickets for the Epic Coast to Coast Party!
https://epicdenvernye.eventbrite.com/

The only thing better than celebrating the new year is celebrating it 4 times in one night!
Starting at 9pm each hour Epic will count down the minutes to the new year from east coast to west coast.
Each hour will feature a themed small plate buffet of bar fare from major cities, served along with a special beer pairing.
Buffet Themes: 9-10 pm New York, 10-11 pm Chicago, 11 pm-12am Denver (obviously), 12-1 am Portland
There will be a red carpet to greet you!
Photographer Dustin Hall (Brewtography Project) will be on site to capture you at your best!
DJ Eerie will keep the night going by spinning tunes for each city celebration!
We will watch each count down live!
You will also have a chance to record your new year’s resolutions the old fashioned way (typewriter.)
All Nighter Tickets are available for the whole night celebration 9pm-1:30am, or if you can’t hang out that long you can purchase tickets for individual hour celebrations. Individual hour tickets are labeled by the theme of the city along with times.

copper-kettle

Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-12 am: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner – Black Tie Affair at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver).

Please join us for our third annual New Year’s Eve black tie dinner party featuring a three course beer pairing dinner with El Toro the Tot. Get dressed to the nines and ring in the new year with an intimate, candle lit, fine dining experience at your favorite local brewery!
The Menu:
– Course 1 ~ Seared Tuna ‘Tataki’, shaved fennel, pickled shallots, honey-basil vinaigrette, ‘mini onion rings’ – paired with – Bavarian Helles: a German lager with a crisp finish, 4.8% ABV
– Course 2 ~ Black Truffle Stuffed Chicken, roasted squash puree, Brussels sprouts, bacon, black truffle jus, – paired with – Le Chapeau, wild ale aged in cabernet and sauvignon blanc barrels, 7.4% ABV
– Course 3 ~ Coffee & Doughnuts, cappuccino semifreddo, home made cinnamon-sugar doughnut – paired with – Snowed In, imperial oatmeal stout aged in coffee, chocolate and bourbon barrels, 13% ABV
– Midnight Toast
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!
$60 per person (plus tax and gratuity. Gratuity will be charged upon final online ticket purchase).

fiction

Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-12:30 am: 3rd Annual NYE Party – Live Music at Fiction Beer Company (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve close to home at your favorite neighborhood brewery! Our 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature:
Live Bluegrass – That Damn Sasquatch at 9:00 pm
Exclusive Toasting Beer made only for NYE
Covered Heated Patio, plenty of room!
Food and Beer Pairings
Prizes all night
Special tapping (more details to come)
So avoid the downtown drama, lack of cabs, surge charges from Uber, high cover charge bars, and general nonsense of downtown and have fun with us and your neighbors.

38-state

Sat., Dec. 31, 6 pm-2 am: Casino Night New Year’s Eve Bash NO COVER at 38 State Brewing Company
(8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton).

38 State Brewing presents: The Third Annual New Year’s Eve Bash!!!
2016 was quite a year so let’s send it off in style!
Theme: Casino Rat Pack Night
NO COVER
21+ only 6PM and on.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 6 PM to Midnight – Get a ticket with every beer ordered. Each ticket goes into a giveaway box… At 8, 9, 10, 11 we will have a drawing and a prize giveaway!
At 11:55 PM we will give away BEER FOR A YEAR!! Get here early for a higher chance to win.
CASINO DETAILS: Every person will get $100 worth of chips to play with. No purchase necessary.
The games: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps.
Casino games from 8-10 PM.
Once your chips are gone they are gone!
You can redeem your chips for a variety of 38 State prizes/merch.
DRESS TO IMPRESS!!! There might even be a few extra chips in it for ya!
LIVE MUSIC: Michael Angiolillo “The Italian Crooner” from 9-12:15
Arepas House will be serving up food.

black-sky

Sat., Dec. 31, 6 pm-2 am: Black Sky’s BREW Year’s Eve! FREE! 21+ at Black Sky Brewery (490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver).

Ring in the New Year proper with metal! Groovey.TV and 13 Mentalities Productions are bringing you 4 bandsf or your listening pleasure. Champagne Toast at Midnight! As always, our shows are FREE! 21+ No vertical, temporary, or expired ID accepted.
Bands:
Hallowed Screams – Slayer Tribute Band
Driven by Turmoil
Six Feet of Anger S F O A
Sanity’s Edge

kokopelli

Sat., Dec. 31, 11 am-12:30 am NYE at KBC at Kokopelli Beer Company (8931 Harlan St, 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.
Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove
www.mitchelevan.bandcamp.com

oskar-blues

Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-12:30 am: New Year’s Eve ParTay at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons).

We all survived 2015, so #getinhere and celebrate with us! Cheers to the New Year!
Tap Takeover with Periodic Brewing! Live music from 9 pm-12:30 am with Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams!
Specialty food menu including smoked prime rib as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

deviant-dales

Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-12:30 am: Deviant New Year’s Eve Party at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids (1555 S Hover St, Longmont).

Deviant Dale’s is here and so is the New Year! Come party with us!
Deviant Dale’s release party Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids! Come hang out with Shannon McGrath the OBCO brewery sales rep., drink some Deviant, win some swag & listen to live music.
Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene jammin’ from 9 pm-12:30 am.
Appetizer buffet + a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

farm-house-restaurant

Sat., Dec. 31, 8:30 pm-1 am: New Year’s Eve Beer Dinner at  Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery (2990 Brewery Ln, Littleton).

Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration!
– 8:30 pm Welcome Reception
– 9:00 pm Community Style Dinner
– 11:00 pm-1:00 am Live Music
2017 Midnight Toast with a Special Breckenridge Brewery Firkin Tapping!
**Call the restaurant now to book your spot: (303) 803-1380 or visit breckbrew.com/visit/littleton**

grandmas-house

Sat., Dec. 31, 12-2 pm: Happy New Beer! at Grandma’s House (1710 S Broadway, Denver).

It’s time for our last meeting of 2016. Let’s enjoy a casual get-together at Grandma’s House to share beer hopes and dreams for 2017. As always, this meeting is open to the public so please come and invite a friend or two.
More about the Flocculant Basterds Home Brew Club:
We are a beer loving, home brew making, fun bunch of people that meet once every other month. All beer-lovers and drinkers (of legal drinking age) are invited to join!
Adorable Grandma Image via: http://www.rsvlts.com/2015/07/20/grandma-drinks-guinness/

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Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 11:30 am: New Year’s Chili Cook Off at The West End Tavern (926 Pearl Street, Boulder).

The West End Tavern is celebrating the start of a 2017 with its annual Chili Cook Off. On Sunday, January 1, guests will get the chance to sample three different recipes from The West End kitchen. Football will be playing on all 6 flatscreens and there will be food and drinks specials all day long including $10 BBQ nachos and $14 pitchers of Post Brewing Co.’s Howdy Beer. Doors open at 11:30 am.

bsb-brunch

Sun., Jan.1, 11 am-2 pm: BSB Beer Brunch! at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

Introducing BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails—
$6 Micheladas w/ Common Red & The Real Dill Bloody Mary mix
$6 Beermosas w/ Semitone & OJ
$6 Coffee Beer (rotating selection w/ Huckleberry Roasters)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-2 pm. Brunch is meant to be drunk!

factotum

Sun., Jan. 1, 10:45 am-8 pm: 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 2017 to get the New Year started properly. Write your resolutions, throw on your favorite football jersey, grab your friends/family and come over to the taproom for some traditional New Year’s Day tamales by our well-renowned neighbors Tamales by La Casita!
We’ll also have The Sunday Ticket football on our two TV’s and 100″ screen and fresh, fresh, craft beer pouring.

 

free-rides

Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-7 am on New Year’s Day: Coors Light Free Rides®

Have fun celebrating! But most importantly, get home safe. This year, Coors Light and RTD  Denver have teamed up to create Coors Light Free Rides,® available on Saturday, December 31, from 7 P.M. through 7 A.M. on New Year’s Day. Free Rides will also be offered on New Year’s Eve in Chicago; Dallas; Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Milwaukee and Madison, WI; Phoenix; and Washington D.C. For more information, visit  www.coorslightfreerides.com

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