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Great Divide’s NEW SOUR, & Summer Party Info!

This Saturday, Great Divide Brewing is releasing the third of its Local Knowledge series, Raspberry Sour (5.6% ABV). This beer is a kettle sour brewed with over 200 pounds of raspberry puree. This limited batch brew will be exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24th. Get it while it lasts!

***Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit. Drink, discover, and share your #localknowledge.***

 

Also: Everything you need to know about

Great Divide’s 2017 Block Party 

When: Saturday, July 8, 2-6 pm

Where:  Square on 21st Street (2062 Larimer Street , Denver)

What: Much like Great Divide parties of the past, this event will be a block party in downtown Denver! However, instead of being held on Great Divide’s block, it will be nearby at the newly created Square on 21st Street.

“Great Divide is getting back to its roots with a summer block party at the Square on 21st Street, a newly created urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer & Lawrence streets. The event will be a relaxed affair with music, lawn games and plenty of delicious beer in a unique outdoor venue. Think of it as a sort of “not an Anniversary-party party.” Wait, that didn’t help, did it?

Because we know there is a lot going on in this great city of ours, we’ve taken the stress out of committing to a day-long event by offering different tiers of participation. The capacity at this venue is limited so if you’re committed to your relationship with Great Divide, we encourage you to get your tickets in advance.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Tier 1: Put A Ring On It – $40
For our Yeti Mafia-worthy fans who have no problem committing to a great time, $40 will get you unlimited 4 oz. pours of rare, specialty and core beers along with a commemorative glass, Great Divide limited edition Hop Disciples pin and VIP status for fast-tracked beer service. You will also have access to exclusive, limited beer tastings not available to other attendees.

Tier 2: Going Steady – $10
Not ready to pop the question? Since space at The Square is limited, this $10 ticket ensures that we will save room for you to join us, and it gets you a free Denver Pale Ale upon entrance, just to remind you what a good thing you’ve got.

Tier 3: Don’t Tie Me Down – $5 at the door
For those simply looking for a casual hang, $5 will get you in the door along with one free Denver Pale Ale. Please note there is no guarantee of entry day-of. Giving you the option to keep it casual means we don’t know how many people to expect to show up. If you can’t commit to us we can’t commit to you. You understand, right? If you want to reserve your space at the party, just wear our varsity jacket already and get that “Going Steady” ticket. Don’t make us play hard to get.

Once inside, beer tokens will be available for purchase, unless you committed to the $40 unlimited tasting experience ticket. Beer list coming soon…

Great Divide is teaming with Ballpark Neighborhood Association and Levitt Pavilion Denver to make this event happen and proceeds will go to benefit Levitt Pavilion Denver. This event is 21+.

Spectacular Sours: Kannah Creek’s Sour Beer Project

Photo courtesy of Kannah Creek Brewing Company

Summer is here! It’s time to seek out some new beers that are right for the season. With more daylight hours and warmer temperatures, I look for sessionable options that are delicious, flavorful, and a bit lower in ABV than the typical 7-8% IPAs that normally fill my fridge. And I haven’t had much luck with session IPAs; I find most of them to be on the watery side and often overly hopped. So I’ve had my challenges when searching for high quality session beers. Until now. Kannah Creek Brewing Company from Grand Junction, Colorado, has given me an answer to my struggles with its new series of session sours.
I’m a huge fan of sours, and I’m very pleased to have found Kannah Creek’s new Sour Beer ProjectThese beers are highly approachable. They aren’t overly sour; they probably won’t make you pucker, but they are tart for sure. I see these beers appealing to those who are new to sours (call them starter-sours, perhaps), as well as to seasoned sour-drinkers who want something to sip on throughout the day/night without getting too buzzed too quickly. And there are four different spectacular options in this series.

The beers:

PEACH SOUR

A session style Belgian blonde ale, kettle soured and infused with peaches.
ABV 4.7%        IBU 18

HOP CITRUS ZEST SOUR

A hop forward American session sour ale with citrus zest.
ABV 5%        IBU 50

APRICOT SOUR

A session style Belgian blonde ale, kettle soured and infused with apricots.
ABV 4.7%        IBU 18

BIERE DU FRAMBOISE – RASPBERRY SOUR

A Flanders inspired reddish-brown, session sour ale with raspberries.
ABV 4.9%        IBU 20
I thoroughly enjoyed them all and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who likes sours. After trying all four, I can say that my favorites were Hop Citrus Zest and the Apricot. The Hop Citrus Zest is unique and very refreshing: think fresh orange, lemon, and lime zest combined into a slightly hoppy sour. Each drink really made my palate come alive! The Apricot is full of fresh fruit flavor. I found it to be more fruity than the peach, and when I drink a fruit beer I really want that fruit to come through. So while I prefer the Apricot, the Peach Sour would be a great choice for those who just want a hint of fruit instead of the full-blown flavor throughout. The Framboise was tasty and easy to drink; it didn’t seem quite as sweet as others I’ve had of this style, which was nice.
These beers are all 5% ABV or less, making this series an ideal choice for summer, especially for those times when you just aren’t ready to call it a night.
Give these awesome sours a try! They’re all available on draft and in 22oz bottles throughout Colorado. Want to know where to find them? The beer locator will show you the way! Cheers!

June Beer Events

Summer is upon us! And that means even more beer events than ever. June 2017 in Colorado is full of beer festivals, brewery anniversaries, brunches, photo shoots and more. Click here for full details. And get ready to celebrate with:

Alpine Dog Brewing Company 

Denver Beer Co

Boulder Beer Company

Nighthawk Brewery

Platt Park Brewing Company

Easy Brews Beer Festival

Fiction Beer Company 

Dragstravaganza Punk Rock Drag Show at Ratio Beerworks

 2017 New Kids on the Block Beer Festival 

 6th Annual “A Night to Remember” Beer Festival 

Banded Oak Brewing Company

Snowmass Rendezvous

2017 Criterium and Brewfest

Pet Photo Shoot Fundraisers at 3 Colorado breweries

Hogshead Brewery

Vail Craft Beer Classic

The Corner Office Brewers Brunch with Denver Beer Co 

TRVE Brewing

Renegade Brewing Company

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.

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