Upcoming Beer Events
August & September Beer Releases at Little Machine Beer
8/20 – “Kickback” – Old Skool Pale Ale. Includes the most famous Bri ish hop in history: East Kent Goldings. Pale Ale is the best better than all the rest. Row row row your Pale Ale gently down the stream merrily merrily merrily life is beer, a dream. Herbaceous and bodacious like the days of yore.
8/27 – “Marzen Attacks” Festbier – A got dang seasonal favorite across the entire globe: BEER IN A MUG. Starts with an O. Ohhhh yesssss. ALSO in liters for more drinky time… ohh baaabbyyy.
9/4 – #NOFILTER – New England-style IPA. We have a brand new filter and didn’t even use it and that’s a shame because I always thought if I worked hard some day I would have a nice new filter now here I am like a spoiled little brewer just staring at this shiny work of art and not even using it. Golden Promise malt and lots of oats and wheat and Mosaic, El Dorado and Lotus hops.
9/11 – “WAP 2021” Wet Hop IPA. This WAP is even wetter than last year we maxed out the system with 50% more wet and smelly (good smelly) Cascade hops from Paonia, CO delivered fresh the moment we used them. Glenwood Canyon mudslides can’t stop won’t stop the Machine from giving the people what they want. WAP MACHINE. Plus our farmer started growing pot too and I think some of the smell wafted over into this crop.
Wednesday, August 4th-Sunday, October 31st: The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience – Denver
A Boozy Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Is Coming to Denver
Climb down the rabbit hole and join us on an immersive, topsy-turvy cocktail adventure!
Brought to you by the team behind The Wizard’s Den and Beyond Cinema, this magical journey is one you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now for the pop-up experience opening at 1037 N Broadway in Denver on 4th August 2021.
Create your own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of The Mad Hatter and expect things to get curious and curiouser. Dive through the looking glass and into a fantasy world where you will play croquet with flamingos, paint the roses red and devour ‘Eat Me’ cake! Solve riddles and challenges just like Alice and unlock all the ingredients to create your own enchanted teapot cocktails. It’s all fun and games until someone steals the Queen of Hearts tarts!
Come and explore the magic and join the tea party to end all tea parties! This 90 minute alternate reality experience in Wonderland costs $47pp and includes 2x bespoke cocktails and ‘Eat Me’ cake.
Available Now: SNOW CAPPED CIDER LAUNCHES LONG-AWAITED
RESERVE AND SPECIALTY BOTTLE LINES
Award-Winning Bottles, Hand-Crafted from Colorado-Estate Apples
Colorado apple growers and cider producer Snow Capped Cider, helmed by Kari Williams, is beyond excited to release their highly anticipated Reserve and Specialty Bottle Lines, made exclusively with their own Colorado estate-grown apples. Nine years in the making, these truly special ciders have been a labor of love—surviving frost, fires, and a global pandemic. Now available at select retailers and online.
The new Specialty 375ML and Reserve 750ML Lines are a fruit-grower’s tribute to Colorado cider. Husband-and-wife team Kari (cidermaker) and Ty Williams (fourth-generation orchardist) have touched every single process with century-old growing techniques to showcase every aspect of these historic cider apples.
FROM BRANCH TO BOTTLE
In the cider world, it is very well known that there are very few orchards, and even fewer growers, of cider-specific apples. Ten years ago, Snow Capped Cider took this as a personal challenge and have spent that time growing, testing and refining their techniques to become the first and only Estate-grown cider company in Colorado that can distribute with any sort of volume.
They have planted over 500,000 cider-specific trees—and trialed more than eighteen different varietals—and continue to plant and trial new and extremely rare apple varietals, and testing them for Colorado’s unique growing conditions. Snow Capped Cider does not make great cider by searching for apples from other regions or states—it’s all Colorado, and they do it all themselves.
The terroir in Colorado’s Western Slope is its own unique challenge—it has become very hard to grow in the harsh conditions and the risk is very high with the current trending weather. At 6,130 feet of elevation, the Colorado Rocky Mountain region is a micro climate with conditions that lend to more expressive flavors. High exposure to UV rays from the strong mountain sun cause “distress” in the apples, so fruit grown here is comparatively high in the sugars and acid that develop from this exposure. The fruit grown here has been considered unparalleled for its flavor and aesthetics.
Cider apples in and of themselves are inherently hard to grow, without the added challenges of the terroir. They are virus-prone (Fire Blight), they can bear small fruit with a low juice yield, and orchards do not usually plant them for these reasons.
Over the last century, the Williams family has refined and perfected their growing techniques to meet these challenges, and has the staying power that many other fruit-growers have not. Through decades of innovations—often seen as extreme to other growers— like improved frost protection systems, in-ground heating, hail netting, and micronized sprinkler systems to maximize nutrient return, Snow Capped Cider is able to extract the magic from these historic, dynamic fruits.
Says Williams, “The cider I can make due to the conditions on the Western Slope and the experience gained from a century of growing here is hyper-expressive—it’s so different and it practically jumps out of the glass with its bold flavor. The last time we were in bottles we were big winners, but I felt we could get even better. We pulled out for a few years to do research and continue growing until I felt we had obtained the height of flavor we could produce from this terroir.”
Each cider in both lines is uniquely finished with all different levels of carbonation from still or petulant to boldly carbonated and sparkling—each of with accents the specific fruit and appeals to all drinkers.
THE RESERVE LINE
Snow Capped Cider’s single-varietal Reserve Line, is Williams’ love letter to her cider apples. Colorado has never had a 100% single varietal made from these cider-specific apples that are also 100% Colorado grown. After trialing eighteen varietals and patiently making small batches, testing yeast, and adjusting growing methods to get the best flavors from the growing conditions, it is finally ready.
- Ashmead’s Kernel Unique farm style cider with elusive richness and a sensory experience that leaves you questing for more. (2021 Silver Winner, Great American Cider Competition)
Traditional • Farm • Petulant • ABV 8.1% • 12 • CS
- Dabinett Colorado soil evokes a deep golden hue and beckoning butterscotch aroma. Layered with flavor and light tannins. (2021 Winner Good Food Award; 2021 Platinum Winner, Great American Cider Competition)
Heritage • Unfiltered • Moderate Carbonated • ABV 8.2% • 12 • CS
- Harrison From past presidents to modern cider making, this apple earns bragging rights. Juicy sweetness, crisp and balanced. (2021 Winner Good Food Award, 2021 Gold Winner, Great American Cider Competition)
Modern • Sparkling • ABV 6.5% • 12 • CS
- Kingston Black The famous dark skinned apple boasting royal character with dense saucy apple, notes of leather, black pepper and round mouthfeel.
Heritage • Moderate Carbonated • ABV 8.4% • 12 • CS
THE SPECIALTY LINE
This line represents some truly exciting blends made with old world and experimental finishes, many of which have been aged two to three years before being bottled and then further conditioned and rested.
- Blanc Mollet French bittersweet cider apple. Romantically aged one year in pear brandy barrels.
Single Varietal • Barrel Aged • Petulant • ABV 8.9% • 12 • CS
- Golden Russet Colorado grown twist on this rich, multi-purpose cider apple. Unmistakable lasting, robust flavor & character.
Single Varietal • Bold Carbonated • ABV 6.6% • 375ml • 12 • CS
- Spiced Peach English Apple Blend Complex by nature. English cider apples, fall spice and peaches aged 18 months in bourbon barrels; layered with flavor and warmth.
Blend • Barrel Aged • Medium Carbonated • ABV 8.2% • 12 • CS
- Winter Pear A 100% Perry blend made from our late season Colorado pears: D’Anjou, Bosc & Comice.
Perry • Sparkling • ABV 6.3% • 375ml • 12 • CS
- Wickson Crab Our scrappy pollinator reinvented with exquisite balance. (2021 Platinum Winner, Great American Cider Competition)
Blend • Modern • High Carbonated • ABV 8.4% • 12 • CS
Snow Capped Cider’s product is made from 100% Colorado-grown fruit, and stands on over a century of fruit-growing experience.
Thursday, September 9th, 1-5 pm: Denver Rare Beer Tasting 13
Pints for Prostates is partnering with the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) to bring back one of Denver’s premier craft beer tasting events. Traditionally a signature event during Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) week, the 13th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting will take place during the Craft Brewers Conference® on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. at McNichols Civic Center Building.
This event will feature 60 of the country’s most highly regarded breweries pouring their most rare, unique, vintage and limited offerings. Tickets go on sale July 8 at 10 a.m. MST. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the missions of the Pints for Prostates campaign and the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Tickets for the event are $125, plus ticket processing and credit card service fee. Entry to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting includes beer samples, individually wrapped lunch, limited edition tasting glass and a pen. In addition to the tasting, there will be an online silent auction featuring unique beer experiences and collectibles. As part of the event, a free men’s health screening will be hosted outside the McNichols Civic Center Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event t-shirts are $25 and must be ordered in advance for pick up at the event.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit founded with men’s health at the core of its mission, Pints for Prostates takes the safety of attendees, volunteers and brewers very seriously. For this reason, everyone attending the Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be required to show proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event to be admitted. This event will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. The Beer Lovers Silent Auction will shift to an online format and safety precautions will be observed when it comes to the handling of glassware, pouring beer and serving of food. For more information about the Denver Rare Beer Tasting’s safety precautions, pintsforprostates.org.
Sunday, September 12th, 11 am-5 pm: Michelada Fest at Mile High Flea Market
FREE Michelada Festival (with $3 Admission) at Mile High Flea Market
Join us for a FREE Michelada Festival to enjoy one of summer’s most refreshing and flavorful Mexican beer drinks on Sunday, September 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Mile High Flea Market’s Main Stage. Using Clamato and Estrella beer, we will be attempting to build the World’s Largest Michelada, and the Guinness Book of World Records will be onsite. Join us to watch while enjoying comedy and pro-wrestling from Lucha Libre & Laughs, music with DJ Raul, break dancers, lots of tasty food, rides, a farmer’s market, and tons of shopping. The event is free with your $3 admission into the Mile High Flea Market, and you can pre-purchase a VIP drawstring bag for $20 per person that includes two free micheladas, a signature glass stein, swag and more. The $50 value VIP bags will be sold in advance beginning July 28th at https://fb.me/e/1CFRje6Gk. Located at 7007 East 88th Avenue in Henderson, CO. Visit www.milehighfleamarket.com for more information.
Saturday, September 26th, 2 pm: Craft Beer for Babes Exploratory Classes at Factotum Brewhouse
Back By Popular Demand!
Babes of all ages*, and experience levels, learning (er, tasting) about Craft Beer!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a lager and an ale? What about all of those acronyms like ABV and IBU? Are you for certain that you wouldn’t like a beer that is dark in color?
Maybe you’re a wine connoisseur looking to expand your horizons with Colorado’s signature beverage? Possibly you just moved to this great state and you haven’t been exposed to the rich variety of craft beer?
If so, you’re a perfect candidate to attend the first of a 3 part series, designed just for babes, who are interested in learning more about craft beer. Join this low key, friendly, no pressure, and FUN session while getting a proper introduction to the great world of craft beer.
The first class (Sept 26) will focus on craft beer lingo, the four main ingredients of beer, common abbreviations (ABV, IBU) and defining and refining your palate.
Class 2 (Oct 24) and 3 (Nov 14) will delve deeper into the nuances of styles, history, proper glassware for different styles, pairing food with beer, and womxn in the craft beer industry, etc.
Consider signing up for all 3 sessions at a discounted rate!
All classes taught by a woman in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and snacks.
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