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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

Mark Your Calendars for Mile High Beer Festival!

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WhatMile High Beer Festival

When: Saturday, February 11th, 2017. Two sessions: 1-4 pm (VIP at 12 pm) and 7-10 pm (VIP at 6 pm)

Where: EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St, Denver)

Details:

• 25+ Colorado Breweries
• 60-70 Colorado Craft Beers to sample
• Check the list on our Breweries Page
• Three full hours of tasting (Four for VIPs)!
• Food trucks
• Cool vendors
• Awesome music
• Plus more surprises!

The 2nd Annual Mile High Beer Festival is coming soon! Join the fun on Sat., Feb. 11, with one of two sessions: afternoon or evening. General Admission tickets are just $39 for three hours of tasting and include a MHBF “Little Red Sampling Cup,” beer sampling, live music, vendors, games and one of the best beer-bonding experiences you can have! VIP tickets are just $55 for four hours of tasting and include all General Admission inclusions as well as all an official Mile High Beer Festival T-Shirt. Designated Driver tickets are also available for $20.
Breweries are still being added, but check out the list so far! Good stuff!
38 State Brewing
Black Shirt Brewing
Bruz Beers
Colorado Cider Company
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Dead Hippie Brewing
Declaration Brewing
Fate Brewing Company
Fort Collins Brewery
Good River Beer
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Joyride Brewing
Kannah Creek Brewing Company
Lost Highway Brewing Company
Mu Brewery
New Planet Gluten Free Beer
Odyssey Beerwerks
Redstone Meadery
Resolute Brewing
Brewery Rickoli
Stem Ciders
Trinity
Upslope Brewing Company
Verboten Brewing
Zephyr Brewing Co

All I want for Christmas…

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While gold, frankincense, and myrrh are traditional Christmas gifts, times have changed—especially in Colorado, home to around 300 craft breweries. So for the beer lover(s) on your shopping list, there is definitely no shortage of excellent local beers, a gift any beer enthusiast is sure to appreciate. With that in mind, let me introduce you to the three items that top my list this year: Epic Brewing Company‘s Big Bad Baptist, Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist, and Big Bad Baptista.

big-bad-baptistBig Bad Baptist is an Imperial Stout aged in whiskey/bourbon barrels and infused with coffee and cacao nibs. While it’s not a brand new beer, every batch is distinct, as each one gets a different dose of coffee. This year, it contains coffee from three different roasters: Blue Copper Coffee (Salt Lake City), Novo Coffee (Denver), and Dark Horse Coffee (San Diego).

As if Big Bad Baptist wasn’t enough, Epic really outdid themselves this year with two new creations.

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Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the perfect beer for those who are fans of all things barrel aged. Double Barrel refers to the fact that not only is the beer aged in whiskey barrels, but the coffee is as well. That’s right–Hot Box Roasters in Longmont, Colorado aged green Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans in whiskey barrels, and the result is nothing short of amazing.

When I first heard about Big Bad Baptista, I was extremely intrigued and excited. Inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, Baptista is brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate (Salt Lake City), and Mexican Coffee (roasted by Blue Copper). I have a thing for Mexican coffee beers. I’ve only run across a few of them over the years, but I always enjoy them and am on the lookout for new ones to try. Baptista blew me away. It didn’t seem to have the heat that some Mexican coffee beers do, but I picked up on a little spiciness from the coffee itself. I could drink this any time, but it makes an excellent dessert.

double-barrel-baptistSpeaking of dessert, all three Baptists pair well with dark chocolate desserts and hard cheeses—making them great choices for holiday gatherings. Other pairing suggestions are Belgian waffles and BBQ brisket.

Also of note is that, as of today (December 16, 2016) Epic Brewing’s Denver tap room has Son of a Baptist available on draft and 6-packs! It’s an 8% ABV Imperial Stout, but is not barrel-aged like Big Bad Baptist. Its flavor profile was specifically designed to highlight the complex and often unique flavors of small batch coffees.

Epic does a phenomenal job with all of the beers in the Baptist series. If you like strong, dark, bold beers with lots of flavor, the Baptists are for you. I highly recommend them all!

December Beer Events!

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December Beer Events Roundup is here! Click here for all the details!

‘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!

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