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December Beer Events Roundup is here!

‘Tis the season for beer events! Okay…every season is beer events season in Colorado (hooray!). But this December you’ll find tap takeovers, anniversary parties, festivals, holiday parties and more.

Featuring:

The West End Tavern

Hoppy Holidays

Asher Brewing

Parade of Darks

Someplace Else Brewery

HO HO HO Slapdown

Our Mutual Friend

Großen Bart Brewery

Denver Beer Co.

Bootstrap Brewing

Beethoven & Brews

Factotum Brewhouse

Festivus

Black Shirt Brewing

Odell Brewing

 

Black Friday 2016: BEER!

Don’t want to spend Black Friday at the mall? Rather hang out at a local brewery instead? You’re not alone! Come join the fun and see what all of these breweries have planned for Friday, November 25th, 2016.

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Black (Shirt) Friday Beer Brunch at Black Shirt Brewing

Roll out of your Turkey-and-pie-filled-stupor and celebrate Black (Shirt) Friday with BSB Brunch Cocktails, Long I Pies, 25% off swag, and the release of our Four Track Porter!
We’ll be pouring our delicious BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails and matching them with The Long I Pie Shop’s mini-pies! $10 gets you a Michelada, Coffee Beer, or Beermosa and a mini pie! You know you want it!
We’re also offering deals on BSB merch—25% all BSB swag! Load-up on holiday gifts and spread the BSB love.
We’re releasing Fourtrack Porter, our American Red Porter! The time is perfect for Porter, with complex milk chocolate, toffee, caramel notes. We can’t wait to crack it open.

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Avery Black Friday at Avery Brewing

Escape the crowds and join us for the darkest of Fridays – a deliciously dark line-up of Avery Stouts on the mezzanine. A true “Black” Friday.
Plus, check off a few items on your holiday shopping list with our Black Friday deals.
The Details:
-Available at the Brewery & Online (http://shop.averybrewing.com/)
-11/25 through 11/28
-20% off all items from our Gear Shop (online code: holidaycheers20)
-40% off all clearance items from our Gear Shop (onliine code: holidaycheers40)
-Online Only: Free Shipping on orders over $50 + Free keychain & coozie on orders over $75

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Black Friday 2016 at Station 26 Brewing

Put down the shopping bags and join us for another bourbon barrel aged imperial stout journey!
This year’s Dark Star Imperial Stout was aged in a mix of bourbon barrels for 10 months and clocks in at over 13%!
** Note: This is a 21+ event **
Three versions available in bottles this year:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Stout
German Chocolate BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout
Salted Caramel BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout

* There is a two bottle limit for each variant. We have 20 cases of each, or 120 full allocations. $22 per bottle. *

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Black Friday + Ancient Ruins Release at Cerebral Brewing

After your tryptophan coma finally wears off, come join us for a very special Black Friday event!
We are releasing a brand-new beer, Ancient Ruins. This 9.0% Imperial Chocolate Stout was brewed with a plethora of chocolate malts, cacao husks and Haitian cacao nibs from our friends at Cultura Craft Chocolate.
We will also be releasing limited quanities of the following variants:
• Blackberry
• Sea Salt and Orange Zest
• Toasted Coconut
**Ancient Ruins Crowlers limited to 3 per person. We will be releasing 25 Crowlers of each variant. Limit one Crowler per person per variant. $16 each**
All three variants will be available on draft while supplies last. Nightglow, our Robust American Porter, will also be making a return to the taplist!
To sweeten the pot even more, we will be offering a 25% discount on ALL OF OUR MERCH, including the brand new Dreamy Thing t-shirts!

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Black Friday Release & Breakfast at Ratio at Ratio Beerworks

Either before or after braving the insanity that is Black Friday Shopping, find your safe place by enjoying beer and brunch at Ratio Beerworks.
We’re opening early on Friday, November 25, at 10 a.m. for the release of Young Pilgrims, Raspberry Belgian Dubbel, as well as a limited release of Coffee Domestica.
We’ll also have donuts from Fractured Prune Denver, breakfast burritos from Illegal Pete’s, and coffee from Novo Coffee . So take shelter from the madness of holiday shopping, by cozying up to pints and bites at Ratio Beerworks.

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BA Cranberry Cream Ale Release at Factotum Brewhouse

Last January we released the wintry Cranberry Cream Ale, a traditional cream ale infused with unsweetened cranberries, for a slightly tart taste, with guest brewers Chris MacDermaid and Trupti Suthar. We then let this beauty hibernate in a Chardonnay barrel for 9 months before bottling it. It’s a perfect compliment to any holiday gift basket and is sure to please a wide range of palates.

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Tapping: Gingerbread Man at Strange Craft

A big American Brown spiced with Grandma’s gingerbread cookie recipe. Think liquid gingerbread. Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Allspice. Perfect for a cold winter night. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man. 6.7% ABV, 22 IBU. #GingerbreadMan #SeasonalBrew

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Black Friday Dual Bottle Release, Tappings and Merch Sale! at Baere Brewing

The time is nigh. Next Friday, Black Friday, November 25, 2016 we will be releasing two bottles and tapping three different variations of Table Sour!
Beer details now:
Bottles:
Palisade Peach Table Sour
Kettle Soured with our house lactobacillus culture and fermented in stainless with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Aged on fresh Palisade peaches and bottled by hand with love.
750 mL – $14 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 9/26/2016
Saison Batch 2 – GABF Bronze Medal 2016 for Classic Saison
Our take on the classic saison brewed with Barley, Wheat, and Rye and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for a spicy, dry finish. Highly carbonated and bottled by hand in a strip mall with love.
750 mL – $12 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 6/27/2016
Tappings:
Palisade Peach Table Sour – less than 5 gallons on tap!
Blackberry Table Sour
Black Currant Table Sour
All merchandise will be 20% off.

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Vintage Barrel-aged Bomber Release at Copper Kettle

We’re tapping into the Copper Kettle cellar! We’ll be releasing barrel-aged bombers that have been gently aging for years and years. Don’t be afraid of a little dust on the bottle.
Snowed In
Intense coffee stout with notes of chocolate, aged in bourbon barrel 2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.6 – IBU 68
2014 – aged in High West bourbon barrels – ABV 12.1 – IBU 78
2015 – aged in Colorado bourbon barrels – ABV 11.5 – IBU 57
2016 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 13.3 – IBU 45
Well Bred
Regal English strong ale aged in bourbon barrels with some malty notes of fruit (plums/dates), slightly nutty, with a touch of molasses
2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.2 – IBU 75
2014 – aged in Breckenridge borbon barrels – ABV 10.7 – IBU 72
2015 – aged in Versailles Kentucky bourbon barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
2016 – aged in Woodford Reserve barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
Law’s Whiskey Charlie’s Golden Strong
Straw colored Belgian with tropical fruit and spice notes, named in honor of our beloved brewery mascot, Charlie
2016 – aged in Laws Whiskey barrels – ABV 8 – IBU 23
Le Chapeau
Imperial Saison with notes of tart fruit and spice aged in lightly toasted wine barrels
2015 – aged in Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc barrels

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Évoluer Bottle Release & Black Friday Sale at Ursula Brewery

Black Friday Shopping just got a whole lot better. We will be open for limited hours on Friday, 11/25 to release our very limited edition barrel aged golden sour Évoluer, available only in our taproom. Stop by, enjoy a beer and get some Christmas shopping done for all the beer lovers in your life.
Special Promotions Include:
Évoluer Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Golden Sour: $15 per bottle (limit 4)
Renata Bomber: $6 (regular $8)
Man of the Earth Bomber: $7 (Regular $10)
$5 off all t-shirts
$1 off all glasswear
Évoluer – An American Golden Sour Aged in California Pinot Noir barrels. This bright, dry beer has notes of lactic and stone fruit in the nose with just a hint of Brett funk and a soft touch of tartness. A sip brings in a peach Sweet tart flavor that we think marries well with the oak tannins and grape skin character the barrel imparts.
We do not have any draft of Évoluer but we will be pouring small samples to folks buying bottles.

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Barrel Release at Beryl’s Beer Co.

We are releasing our Brandy Barrel Aged Antero and Classic Antero!

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Odell’s Black Friday Toy Drive & Fun Run at Odell Brewing

Skip the chaos on Black Friday and join us at the taproom. We’ll be partnering with Santa Cops of Larimer County and Track Friday to celebrate community, health and charity. There’s lots of different ways to get involved and give back. Check out the itinerary for the day:
10:30 am: Meet at the tap room and head out for a 3 mile fun run along the Poudre River.
11:30am: Meet back at the tap room and try the limited edition Track Friday brew. It’s a lavender-sage, unfiltered wheat beer. $1 from every pint goes to Santa Cops.
12pm-3pm: Santa Cop Toy Drive. Come pick out a discounted toy from BeginAgain Toys and donate it to the Santa Cops who will gift the toys to children in need throughout Larimer County.

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Mexican Achromatic Crowler & BAMA Bottle Release at WeldWerks Brewing

Escape the shopping madness and join us for a dual crowler and bottle release on Black Friday (Friday, November 25th) at 12:00 noon. For starters, we will be releasing our latest batch of Mexican Achromatic, an Imperial Stout at 10.5% ABV brewed with cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Mexican Achromatic will be available on draft and in crowlers to-go.
In addition, we held back several cases of our Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic, originally released during GABF week, and the remaining bottles will be available for purchase along with crowlers of Mexican Achromatic (no draft).
There will be a limit of 2 crowlers of Mexican Achromatic ($21 each) per person and 2 bottles of Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic ($14 each) per person. We plan to have enough full allocations for at least 250 people. We will also have the following specialty crowlers available for purchase:
~Juicy Bits: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 500+ available
~Alpha Bits: $14 each, limit 2 per person, 400 available
~Coffee Coconut Stout: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 400+ available

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Black Friday Release Party at Odd 13 Brewing

Who said Black Friday was only for shopping? We think it’s a great day to release dark beers, and avoid the crazy shoppers. We don’t release a ton of dark beer, but when we do, we go all out!
Sir Joshua, our black IPA, and Double Buzzin Cuzzin with Mole Spices, an imperial stout, will be available in 6 packs. Saint Nicole, our bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, will return and will be available in bottles.
All will be available on draft. Plus we will have several variants on Saint Nicole on draft too! Come hang out and avoid the crazy shopping mayhem with a pint!
***Sir Joshua and Double Mole Coal Miner’s Cuzzin will hit select liquor stores too.

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Tasting Room Can Release – Black Friday at Liquid Mechanics

6 packs and cases of Kolsch, Belgian Double IPA, and Hop Nectar will be available in the tasting room starting at noon on Black Friday. 1 case limit of Hop Nectar per person.

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Fade To Black Friday at Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company

We will be tapping an archive 2014 Fade To Black. Spend $95 on merchandise and get a FREE Beer For A Year Gift Certificate!! Purchase a Fade To Black Sweatshirt & Can Glass for $40.

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Black Friday, Day of Delightful Dark Beer at Westfax Brewing

On Friday November 25 at 12PM Join us at WestFax Brewing Company for a day dedicated to dark beer.
Before, during, after, or instead of dealing with crowds at the mall come join us for a celebration of dark beer. We will be Tapping 6 small batch dark beers at noon with additional tappings throughout the day(as space and time allow).
Yummy’s To Eat, Brazilian food truck will serving up their delicious Brazilian and international cuisine.
Beer Lineup:
– Black Lager
– Imperial Stout
– Coffee Imperial Stout
– Black IPA
– Mango Chili Stout
– Nitro Milk Stout
– Others TBA

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Beer Release- The Old Fashioned at Verboten Brewing

If you’re a fan of a good old fashioned, you’ll love this delicious “cocktail beer”. This Golden Ale was aged for 6 months in a single bourbon barrel, and then we added cherry puree and orange peel.

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Epic Black Friday at Epic Brewing – Denver

For Black Friday ths year Epic is celebrating with two great specials.
First, we could not think of anything better to put on special then one of our newest darkest beers the “Big Bad Baptista!” Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee.
So on Black Friday we will be tapping a special frikin of Baptista with Bacon and Smoked Sea Salt. We will tap this Firkin at 12pm.
Second, we will also be releasing a very limited amount of our newest beer in our Oak & Orchard series “Sour Pineapple.” We will have a extremely limited amount on tap as well. Sales will begin at 12pm.
The intense and complex sour character of this beer is developed in oak Foeders containing select cultures of Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and wild yeast. The process is slow and delicate, regularly taking a year or more. Once our brewers have decided it’s ready, we blend the soured beer into hand-selected oak barrels with fresh pineapple puree, where it undergoes additional sour fermentation and aging. You are holding our Brewmaster’s selected blend of those barrels. We took our time crafting this beer, and we hope you’ll take yours enjoying it.
See you this Friday!

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Black Friday at Fiction Beer Company

Dark Beer. Lots of dark beer on tap; 5 to be exact. Bringing out some rarities to put on tap for Black Friday: ‘Feely Effects’ and bourbon barrel aged ‘Malice & Darkness.’
*Open @ 2:00 on Black Friday
*Pavy’s will be serving up sammies
*25% off all Fiction Beer merchandise

Best Beers for Friendsgiving 2016

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Photo courtesy of Avery Brewing

Friendsgiving, a Thanksgiving celebration with friends (whether on Thanksgiving itself or just before/after) has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Friendsgiving is a day of relaxing, imbibing, and enjoying the company of your pals with a potluck style meal, where everyone contributes something to share. One person brings the main course, someone else a side dish, while another provides dessert. And perhaps most importantly, someone is in charge of the beer.

Photo courtesy of New Belgium

Photo courtesy of New Belgium

There are a few things I like to keep in mind when selecting beers for such an occasion:

1.) Bigger is better. Large bottles are great for sharing. There are many excellent beers that come in bombers (22 oz.) or 750 ml bottles, both of which can be passed around the table so everyone can get a taste. Here are a few that are perfect for a Friendsgiving celebration:

  • New Belgium’s La Folie. This sour brown ale is one of my staple beers. And it’s a natural choice for a holiday meal, as it pairs well with dark turkey meat, stuffing, and sweet potatoes with butter.
  • Avery’s Raspberry Sour and Vanilla Bean Stout. Two beers: one tart and bursting with fruit flavor; the other malty, dark and thick. Both are from Avery’s Botanicals & Barrels series, both are barrel aged, both delicious. Pairing sour beers with their opposite—sweets—results in an amazing combination. Try it with chocolate, ice cream, or pumpkin pie. Vanilla Bean Stout: this beer could really be served as an additional dessert. And considering it’s between 10-12% ABV (varies by batch), it’s meant for sharing. Plus, it was included in Draft Mag’s The Top 25 Beers of 2016).
  • The Bruery’s Autumn Maple. This seasonal is a Belgian-Style Brown Ale brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices. What does it pair with? The Bruery’s site says it best: “Deep fried turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.” This one is a Friendsgiving must!
Photo from Stone Brewing's website

Photo from Stone Brewing’s website

2.) Variety. Not everyone has the same taste in beer. Therefore, you can never go wrong with a mixed 12-pack, as they contain 4 different types of beer. This fall, Stone Brewing released a new mixed pack called Cabin Fever Mixed 12-Pack, which consists of two hoppy and two malty beers. Stone knows how to brew IPAs, and Ruination 2.0, a West Coast style double IPA, is sure to please anyone who is a fan of hops. Also in the pack is Delicious IPA–a gluten-reduced beer–which is a good option for those with gluten sensitivity. Both of the IPAs are available year-round, but the malty beers in the Cabin Fever box are seasonal releases. Coffee Milk Stout: a smooth, caffeinated beer that provides a little pick-me-up, and Vanilla Bean Porter, which was released exclusively as a part of this 12-pack. So the only way to get your hands on Vanilla Bean Porter is by purchasing this special mixed box. Note: If this particular box isn’t available in your area, check for a mixed pack from another brewery.

Photo from @thebeeroness Instagram page

Photo from @thebeeroness Instagram page

3). Use DrizlyIt’s now easier than ever to get booze delivered straight to your door in an hour or less. Drizly is an alcohol delivery service that offers a large selection, no price markups, and a safe way to get you what you need. Stay warm and cozy, and leave the driving to Drizly.

Here’s to a happy holiday filled with friends, family, food, fun, cheer, and beer!

Day of Darks at Wynkoop

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WhatWynkoop Brewing Company’s Day of Darks

When: Saturday, November 19, 12-4 p.m.

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co. (1634 18th St, Denver)

Why: To support the Movember Foundation and local men’s health organizations, Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center

Over 25 breweries will bring in their “stache” of dark beers to Wynkoop Brewing on Nov. 19th, with ticket proceeds going to support the Movember Foundation and local organizations Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center, all benefiting men’s health.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass for unlimited dark beer tastings, chocolates and chocolate desserts to accompany mo’ dark beers than you can imagine.
Day of Darks is always a fantastic time. Come out and support an important cause by drinking great beers from lots of local breweries! Tickets are just $30! Click here to see photos (courtesy of The Brewtography Project) of last year’s event.

The Day of Darks Mo’ Crew Thus Far:

Boggy Draw Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Cerebral Brewing
Comrade Brewing Company
Fiction Beer Company
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Goldspot Brewing Company
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing Company
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company
Loveland Aleworks
Odyssey Beerwerks
Ratio Beerworks
Stem Ciders
Strange Craft Beer Company
Verboten Brewing
4 Noses Brewing Company
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Dead Hippie Brewing
Mu Brewery

Don’t miss it! Get your tickets now!

November 2016 Beer Events

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November Beer Events list is out–click HERE!

SEVEN breweries are celebrating their anniversaries in November!

FERMÆNTRA

GRIST

MOCKERY

UPSLOPE

ALPINE DOG

LOCAVORE

CEREBRAL

Plus:

CHEF & BREW FESTIVAL

DAY OF DARKS

FALL BACK BEER FEST

BACON AND BEER FEST

AHA LEARN TO HOMEBREW DAY

BEER & CHEESE PAIRING

BARLEY’S ANGELS EVENT

REAL ALE FEST

BARLEY WINE & SWINE

VETERAN’S DAY SPECIALS

BEER RELEASES

Fall Seasonal Menu at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek!

I’ve been a regular customer of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill since it came to Denver two years ago. The first location opened at Union Station, followed by the latest addition in Cherry Creek (click here to see my initial post about the Cherry Creek location). No matter which Thirsty Lion I visit, I can always rely on quality food, service, cocktails, and a stellar tap list.
Pear Pomegranate Cooler

Pear Pomegranate Cooler

I have a few favorite dishes I look forward to when I stop in, but I get particularly excited when they put out a new seasonal menu. Thirsty Lion is currently offering several new items on their Fall Seasonal Menu, available through early December. Last week I went to Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek to try it out.
While I normally opt for beer or two from the extensive tap list, I also like to try the seasonal cocktails. So this time I went for the Pear Pomegranate Cooler: Absolut Pear Vodka, Prosecco, pear purée, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and sliced pear. After a long day at work, this drink really hit the spot: slightly sweet, not overly boozy, with a garnish of fresh pear (that I saved until the end so it was fully saturated with the drink–yum!).
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Pan Seared Shishito Peppers sautéed in olive oil with fresh lemon and kosher salt. Served with chipotle aioli dipping sauce

I’m a big fan of blistered Shishito Peppers, and Thirsty Lion knows how to do them right. Incredibly delicious, this dish keeps things interesting because you never know when you’ll get an especially spicy one. And the Chipotle Aioli dipping sauce is the best sauce I’ve ever had with Shishito Peppers, anywhere.
Note: If you’re looking to order these peppers, they are on the regular lunch/dinner menu at the Cherry Creek location, but at the Union Station Thirsty Lion they can be found on the Fall Seasonal Menu.
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Fennel Sausage & Sundried Tomato Pizza: Fennel sausage, roasted yellow peppers, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, toasted fennel seed, fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, goat cheese crumbles, roma tomato sauce and four cheese blend

For the main course: a Fennel & Sundried Tomato Pizza. Talk about a gourmet pizza! This hearty pie is packed with a ton of ingredients including fennel sausage, goat cheese, four different kinds of veggies, and more.
One of the seasonal beers on tap at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek is a local favorite of mine: La Folie from New Belgium. I thought this sour beer would pair well with something on the opposite end of the taste spectrum, so I drank it with dessert…the Caramel Apple Cheesecake.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake** Cinnamon graham cracker & pecan crust, brandy glazed Granny Smith apples, pecan streusel, Myers’s Rum caramel sauce and whipped cream

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

You must order this cake! With brandy glazed Granny Smith apples, Myer’s Rum caramel sauce, pecan streusel, and a graham cracker & pecan crust, it truly captures the essence of autumn!
As if all of the above isn’t enough to tempt you, there’s lots of other good stuff on the Fall Seasonal Menu, such as:
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Peppercorn & Artisan Blue Cheese Burger: 1/2 lb. burger, three peppercorn rub, demi glaze, melted Artisan blue cheese, arugula, tomato, red pepper tapenade and garlic aioli on grilled ciabatta

 

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Black Cherry BBQ Pork Tenderloin: Apple brine marinated and grilled with ginger black cherry BBQ glaze. Served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and bacon sautéed Brussels sprouts

Be sure to catch everything here and more from now until early December at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek!
Note: My camera decided to start acting up just before my visit, so these all photos here are courtesy of Thirsty Lion.

The Ultimate (B)Eerie Halloween 2016 Guide!

Looking for something to do Halloween weekend? These Colorado breweries are celebrating in a big way, so see below for lots of great ideas!

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Fri., Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m.: CAUTION: Halloween Bash at CAUTION: Brewing Co. (1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 60, Lakewood).

Be afraid. Be very afraid. It’s time for CAUTION: Brewing CO’s annual Halloween party! BOO!
Come for the trick-or-treat goodies, stay for the beer! Everyone in costume gets candy.
For ONE NIGHT only, we celebrate the return of Frisky Bat, the Colorado whiskey-barrel aged version of Toaster Bat. This is a reeeeeally rare one, make sure that you don’t miss this one. It’s scary-good.
Karaoke and fun music videos at 7 PM by Sound Master Entertainment.
Draw your little heart out on tiny little pumpkins with a prize given at 7 PM! What will you draw? Everyone can participate.
To round the spooky night out, at 9 PM we will judge your costume! Prizes for First and Second. Silliness is highly encouraged.

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Fri., Oct. 28, 6-11 p.m.: Halloween Costume Contest at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder).

Get in touch with the spirits of Halloween past by trying vintage brews from our cellar, such as 2012 Mephistopheles or 2010 Beast, watch silent scary movies, and be part of the ultimate Costume Contest.

The top 3 costumes will be announced at 8:00pm and a live audience vote will determine the winners of the best beer-lover prizes ever.

First Place: Your choice of 24 Gold Foil beers from our cooler. A $280+ value!
Second Place: $100 gift card that can be used for Avery gear and beer.
Third Place: $25 gift card that can be used for Avery gear and beer.

Our special vintage beer list will be available starting at 6:00pm, so come thirsty and ready to party.

Vintage Beers Available: 6:00pm
Costume Contest Winners Announced: 8:00pm

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Sat., Oct. 29, 1-6 p.m.: 2nd Annual Halloween Craft Brew Ball Hosted by Colorado Beer Trail at Wonderland Brewing Company (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

A Hauntingly Good Time
A Family Friendly Afternoon at Wonderland Brewing Co.
13 Colorado Craft Breweries. Costume Contest. 4 Hours of Sampling. Music. Food Trucks. More!
Come celebrate Halloween with Wonderland Brewing Co, Colorado Beer Trail, and local guest craft brewers in a big festival tent behind Wonderland! Event benefits the Arc of Adams County.
The event is a family-friendly Halloween experience. Costume contest, trick or treating, temporary tattoos, games, face painting, live music, local food vendors, & more!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 2-11 p.m.: Halloween Party with Live Music at Fiction Beer Company (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

We celebrate Halloween this year with a party!
While the sun shines, bring the kiddos for treats while you enjoy a beer. Wear your costume get $1 off all beers (no limit)!
When the sun sets, we have The Sun Dried Nanners starting at 7:00 pm. A costume contest will be held at set break. Winner takes home free beer and bragging rights (groups are welcome)!
Based in Denver, Sun-Dried Nanners sound has been described as diverse, melodic and catchy. In a world of short attention spans and ADD, if you aren’t digging one of our tunes, just try the next and you may be pleasantly surprised. From rock to reggae, jam to pop and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m.: Halloween Costumes & Cocktails Party at 300 Suns Brewing (335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont).

Our mad scientists are concocting the perfect goulish beer-cocktail recipes to delight and entertain your palate. Join us for a night of fun. Costume contest with prizes at 8:00pm. We’ll be open to 11pm.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 6 p.m.-11:59 p.m.: Annual Halloween Party! at Asher Brewing Co. (4699 Nautilus Ct S, Ste 104, Boulder).

Happy Halloween! Come get spooky with us at our annual Halloween Party! Don’t miss out on delicious Cuban food, organic ales, live music, and a chance to win cool prizes for our costume contest!
Timeline:
5:30pm- Cuban Fusion Food Truck
6:00pm- The party begins!
8:00pm-DJ Headfridge Set 1
9-10:00pm- Costume Contest
10-12:am-DJ Headfridge Set 2
We can’t wait to see you there!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Beryl’s Monster Mash Halloween at Beryl’s Beer Co. (3120 Blake St, Denver).

Halloween Party at Beryl’s! You don’t want to miss our 3rd annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash. Who will win our costume contest? Winner announced at 10PM with a terrific prize.
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I LOVE this image!

Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.: Halloween Foolery at New Belgium Brewing (500 Linden Street
Fort Collins).

A wicked good gathering oozing with voodoo and villains, new brews and brujas. $10 for your soul to drink (ticket includes one complimentary beer), your bones to boogie and your alter-ego to costume-up!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 5-11:30 p.m.: Halloween & Kids Haunted House at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons).

Let the Halloween celebrations begin! Our kids OB Haunted House is back and SCARY! #getinhere to enjoy games and candy from 5-7pm.
#livemusic from Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams 8:30-11:30pm
Late Night Costume Contest: Winner chosen at set break. 1st Place gets a $50 OB Gift Card, 2nd Place gets a FREE PINT!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 8-11:30 p.m.: Sanitas Halloween Bash hosted by Acrophobia Fest at Saints Brewing (3550 Frontier Ave. Unit A, Boulder).

Sanitas Brewing Co. & Acrophobia 2.0, an acro yoga festival,
are joining forces to celebrate this haunted holiday.
Come sip the Sanitas brew, devour delicious tacos from
McDevitt Taco Supply and celebrate in your freakiest costume.
While others are tricked, we will have treats including an
Acrobatic Circus Freak show, costume contest and dance party with Artisan Jones spinning live music.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 9-11:30 p.m.: Day of the Dead Halloween Party w/ Quemando at Left Hand Brewing Co. (1265 Boston Ave, Longmont).

Join us in our Day of the Dead Halloween Bash!! Come in costume, listen to Quemando, get your face painted by our Sugar Skull face painter, and watch Thriller performed…salsa style!!
*Must be 21 years old or older to attend
IID Checking: The Tasting Room has a 100% IDing policy. Please be prepared to show a valid ID.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Halloween Party! at Station 26 Brewing Co. (7045 E 38th Ave, Denver).

Halloween dance party and costume contest!
Costume contest results announced at 8:30. Prizes for the best costumes.
Basic Kneads Pizza will be here all day making wood fired pizzas.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 3 p.m.-12 a.m.: Halloween 2016 at Alpine Dog! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company (1505 Ogden St, Denver).

Howl at the Moon with us for Halloween at Alpine Dog! Come in costume for a chance to take home a filled growler as the 1st place winner, with the 2nd place costume earning a free pint… We’ll also be re-releasing our hugely popular “Liquid Pancakes” Maple Red Ale, which will only be on draught until the keg kicks for the night, so don’t miss it!
We know you’re curious what your favorite Alpine Dogs will be dressed as… and there’s only one way to find out!😉

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Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: Upslope Swills & Chills – Halloween Costume Party at Lee Hill at Upslope Brewing Company (1501 Lee Hill Road N20, Boulder).

Start planning your costume and get ready for a freaky fun time with some beats, boos and brews at our Swills & Chills Halloween Costume Party!
– Live DJ! Tunes by Old Man Winters
– Costume contest @ 11 pm

>> 1st place = $40 tap room gift card + 1 case of Pumpkin Ale
>> 2nd place = $25 tap room gift card + hat or shirt
>> 3rd place = $15 + hat or shirt
– Schnibs Pretzels (8-11 pm)

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Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Halloween at Pikes Peak Brewing at Pikes Peak Brewing (1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument).

Come dressed as your favorite Jim Henson character…. or any other character. This party will have music from The Constant Tourists, food by Vore Food Truck and of course…. amazing beers by Pikes Peak Brewing.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Ratio Halloween Party: Return of the Ramoans at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Join us at Ratio Beerworks on Sat., Oct. 29th to celebrate Halloween with a night of special beers, crazy costumes and the return of the RaMoans.
Ratio will be also have Darklands – a hoppy brown lager, back on tap, along with Nobody’s Darlin’, a Barrel-Aged Whiskey Ale on tap along with a few special firkins.
The RaMoans (Ramones tribute band) will take the stage around 9:30pm. We’ll have costume contests throughout the night and we’ll keep the party rolling as late as the dance party allows. So join us for another year of spooky scary fun!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.: Halloween Party at 38 State Brewing Company (8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton).

Join us for an all day party at 38 State Brewing Company! We’re kicking things off with our guests from the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley and their adorable adoptable pups!
Noon-2 PM there will be a PET COSTUME CONTEST!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/994033487397129/
3 PM bring your children for some trick or treating and their own costume contest.
4 PM We will have a people’s choice voting on the best pumpkin carving: https://www.facebook.com/events/1023886154377292/
“Dude With The Food” food truck will be serving up food.
7 PM Miles Wide will help keep us entertained with some live music!
8 PM- Adult costume contest! Best individual and best group costumes will take home a prize! No cover!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 4-10 p.m.: Halloween Party at Diebolt Brewing Company (3855 Mariposa St, Denver).

DJ, Candy infused beer tappings at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00. More details to come!

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Sat., Oct. 29, 6-6:30 p.m.: Dog/Human Costume Contest (CLOWNS DISQUALIFIED) at Paradox Beer Company (10 Buffalo Ct, Divide, Colorado).

We are holding a costume contest on the tasting room patio at 6:00 p.m. during our Doggo de los Muertos (Dia de Los Muertos/Halloween) celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Prizes go to best human costume, best dog costume, and best themed pair (dog/human or human/human).
Dia de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. HUMAN CLOWNS DISQUALIFIED (dog clowns are ok).
Come and party with us, and bring your best friend.

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Sat., Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m.: Odd13’s Halloween Costume Bash at Odd13 Brewing (301 E Simpson St, Lafayette).

Come join the Odd Squad for our Annual Halloween Costume Bash! Be sure to come in your best costume for a chance to win some great prizes. Our judges will announce the winners at 9:30 pm. Rogue 2 will also be in the house, rocking some great covers.

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Sat., Oct. 29 – Sun., Oct. 30: Halloween Festivities at Kokopelli at Kokopelli Beer Company (8931 Harlan St, Westminster).

SATURDAY 10/29
costume contest and
live music by Live Music with Corey Rezner
7-10pm
SUNDAY 10/30
FREE pumpkin carving 11am-2pm
(you provide the pumpkin, we provide the tools and clean up)
then stay and watch the Denver Broncos beat the Chargers at 2:05!

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Mon., Oct. 31, 6-8:45 p.m.: Halloween Party! at Vindication Brewing Co. (6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder).

It’s Halloween, and the best way to celebrate is in costume with good beer. So, come to Vindication IN COSTUME at 6pm, and join us for a celebration. We’ll have a vote for best costume at 8pm, winner takes home a free growler of their favorite beer.
Let’s celebrate spookiness!

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Mon., Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.: HOWL-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest at Denver Beer Co (1695 Platte St, Denver).

Its time to pimp your pup in his cutest or scariest Halloween costume at DBC’s 1st Annual Howl-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest! Join us with your canine on Monday, October 31st in costume for an evening of pumpkin beer drinking and tricks and treats for doggies and humans!
We’ll be giving away $25 gift card prizes for 3 categories:
Best pup costume – solo
Best human – pup couples costume
Best pup – pup couples costume
So grab your pups and get creative! We’ll see you on Halloween for a doggone scary good time!

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Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: All Hallows Eve at Black Sky at Black Sky Brewery (490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver).

Come join us to celebrate Metal Halloween! Black Sky style! with LEGION OF DEATH, Scalafrea, and Bound By Years.

Get Ready for Chef and Brew Festival 2016!

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The Fifth Annual Chef and Brew Festival is Thur., Nov. 17, 2016, from 7-10 pm (6 pm for VIP) at Exdo Event Center (1339 35th Street, Denver). Tickets are $49 for General Admission and $69 for VIP.  VIP ticket holders gain early entry and a Belgian style glass.

At Chef and Brew, you’ll be able to sample of all of the dishes and all the beer and vote for your favorite. Judges will select three awards: Best Dish, Best Beer, and Best Pairing, while the Grand Prize – Best in Show – will be selected by festival attendees. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to Project Angel Heart.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the dishes at this year’s festival. This pairing is from Brewed Food and Spanglang Brewery:

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Tender Belly Pork Bulgogi / mix-culture beachu kimchi, fermented blueberry sriracha, paired with Bon Voyage Barrel-Aged Brett Tripel (a blend of a young Tripel and a Tripel aged in French red wine barrels with Brettanomyces. The resulting beer is dry and slightly tart with a delicate earthy funk from the Brettanomyces and floral esters from the blend of Belgian yeast used during fermentation).

Tempted yet?! This is just one of many unique pairings you’ll find at Chef and Brew. Which other chefs and breweries will be there?

This year’s pairings are from:

Brewed Food – Chefs Jensen Cummings and Brandon Muncy
Spangalang Brewery

Mizuna – Chef Ty Leon
Strange Craft Beer

Euclid Hall – Chef Jorel Pierce
Ratio Beer Works

Blueprint Bar – Chef Ryan DiFranco
Wit’s End Brewery

The Good’s Restaurant – Chef Seth Murty
Fiction Brewing Company

Squeaky Bean – Chef Darren Pusateri
Elevation Brewing Company

Cho77 – Chef Ryan Gorby
Caution Brewing Company

Kline’s Beer Hall – Chef Tim Hefty
Little Machine Beer

range Restaurant – Chef Paul Nagan
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Glazed and Confused Donuts – Chef Josh Schwab
Twisted Pine Brewing

Samples World Bistro – Chef Ryan Shaw
Left Hand Brewing Company

Lena Restaurant – Chefs: Jerry Mansfield and Matyas Urban
Post Brewing Company

C. Y. Steak – Chef Anthony Jakowski
Epic Beer Company

Pub 17 – Chef David Lillich
River North Brewing

Silvi’s – Chef Richard Sickler
Crazy Mountain Brewery

Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery – Chef Nate Gravina
Breckenridge Brewery

New Image Restaurant – Chef Darian Blackwell
New Image Brewing

Elk Creek Ranch – Chefs Scott Creecy and Dustin Brafford
Renegade Brewing Company

Briar Common – Chef Joshua Goodsell
Briar Common Brewery

Be sure to follow my Facebook page, as I’ll be sharing more yummy photos of some of the items you can find at 2016 Chef and Brew!

Paired: Craft Beer + Food at GABF 2016

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The Bruery, Placentia, CA + Alex Seidel, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver, CO: Bruery Terreux Confession + Olathe corn budino with savory brown butter cake, candied hazelnuts, puffed chili sorghum

Paired, a craft beer & food event at the Great American Beer Festivalwas one of the most impressive pairings I have even attended. This year, 21 chefs teamed up with 21 craft brewers to create 42 different food and beer pairings. And the results were stunning.
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The Bruery, Placentia, CA + Alex Seidel, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver, CO: Bruery Terreux Confession + Olathe corn budino with savory brown butter cake, candied hazelnuts, puffed chili sorghum

Paired was held in a separate pavilion just off of the festival hall. One of the bonuses about Paired (aside from everything you see here!) is that it featured special craft beer releases: beers that are not available the festival hall. The standout beer at Paired for me personally was Confession from Bruery Terreux.
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Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK + Kyle Mendenhall, Arcana, Boulder, CO: Alaskan Cran-Spruce + Carrot cake with spruce cream, orange & maple caramel

As a vegetarian I wasn’t able to indulge in all of the pairings, though there were a number of them that were meatless (which I always appreciate very much). I got to taste as many beers as I wanted, but I missed some of the bites that went with them. So the photos here represent all of the vegetarian pairings I sampled at Paired.
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Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville, FL + Paul Reilly, Beast & Bottle and Coperta, Denver, CO: Morning Glow + Mushroom agnolotti, cambozola cream, hazelnut

I ended up with two overall favorite pairings this year: Tenaya Creek Brewery (Las Vegas, NV) + Jordan Wallace & Chris Donato of Pizzeria Locale (Boulder, CO): Old Jackalope Barleywine + Budino: Butterscotch pudding, milk chocolate ganache, caramel & whipped cream. And Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, AK) + Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana (Boulder, CO): Alaskan Cran-Spruce + Carrot cake with spruce cream, orange & maple caramel.
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Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, CO + Scott Dolich & David Sapp, Park Kitchen, Portland, OR: Rum Barrel-Aged Death by Coconut + Boilermaker ice cream sundae

Paired is an awesome addition to the Great American Beer Festival. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning about beer and food pairings, how chefs and brewers decide what works and what doesn’t, or simply to those who like to try new and delicious bites with their beer.
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Tenaya Creek Brewery, Las Vegas, NV + Jordan Wallace & Chris Donato, Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, CO: Old Jackalope Barleywine + Budino : Butterscotch pudding, milk chocolate ganache, caramel & whipped cream

If you’ve never been to Paried at GABF, consider it for next year. It’s worth it!

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2016 Great American Beer Festival: Favorites & More

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The Great American Beer Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary last weekend, October 6th-8th. It was another year of a very well run, very well attended (60,000 people!) festival, featuring 780 breweries and 3800+ unique beers from all across the country. I am so thankful to the Brewers Association, the thousands of volunteers, and sponsors who put in countless hours of time and effort to make GABF 2016 a huge success. And of course, many thanks to all the breweries who brought such incredible beers to share.

Fun & games at The Backyard (which was new this year)

Fun & games at The Backyard area (new this year)

It’s always hard to fit in all the breweries and beers I want to try. I spend a lot of time preparing my list, mapping out a plan, and doing my best to stick to it. But inevitably there are so many pit stops I end up making when I find something interesting along the way. I tried a beer made with BBQ sauce, two peanut butter & jelly beers, several with maple syrup, a red velvet cake beer, a couple brewed with mushrooms, and more. Talk about variety!

Of all the beers I had, here are my top 10, in no particular order. Except I have to say that the Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic was my absolute favorite beer this year!

Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic from Weldwerks Brewing (CO)

Coffee Maple Achromatic from Weldwerks Brewing (CO)

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery (TX)

Oyster Weiss* from Scratch Brewing Company (IL)

Blueberry Maple Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Co (MI)

Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Barleywine from Moody Tongue Brewing (IL)

Dubious Nights from The Rare Barrel (CA)

Monmouth Red from Allagash Brewing Co (ME)

Cassis Amour Rouge from Mantra Artisan Ales (TN)

Ode Bruin from Two Brothers Brewing Co (IL)

*Oyster Weiss won a bronze medal in the category of Experimental Beer

One of my favorite parts of the festival

Bagpipes: one of my favorite parts of the festival

Awards! There is something very special about attending the awards ceremony. Hearing the announcements and watching all the deserving breweries go up and get their medals is truly inspiring. There were 254 medalists this year with a total of 286 medals! Congratulations to all of the 2016 Award Winners!

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These Colorado breweries took home a total of 38 medals: Bootstrap Brewing Co., Echo Brewing Co., 12Degree Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, 14er Brewing Co., Front Range Brewing Co., Fiction Beer Co., El Rancho Brewing, 4 Noses Brewing Co., Verboten Brewing, Upslope Brewing Co., Telluride Brewing Co., Coors Brewing Co., Ska Brewing, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Black Bottle Brewery, The Post Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co. – Canworks, Prost Brewing, Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel, Carver Brewing Co., Baere Brewing Co., Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing, Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Co., Blue Moon Brewing Co., Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Broken Compass Brewing, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Boulder, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewing Co. – South Dock, and Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

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I’ve been attending the Great American Beer Festival since 2009, and I feel like each year gets better as far as the organization of the event and the quality of beers. I had a wonderful time, tried some amazing beers, met some great people, and can’t wait for next year’s festival (October 5-7, 2017)!

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