November Beer Events
There are far too many events in any given month to post here, so for even more events, see my Facebook page!
Ongoing: Burger & Beer Pairings at Slater’s 50/50
With a selection of more than 50 beers on tap – more than half of which are local – and plenty of burgers, bacon and more to enjoy alongside each, picking a beer to drink and a meal to eat at Slater’s 50/50 Denver is easy. Picking a beer and a meal that perfectly complement each other? General Manager Stephen Tracy and Executive Chef Ryan Mercado want to make that just as simple, creating several pairings perfect for the chillier months of fall and early winter:
- The Original 50/50 and Epic Brewing’s Hey Careful Man, There’s a Lager Here! Slater’s 50/50 Denver and Epic Brewing partnered to bring diners the “house beer.” Lagers, almost with certainly, are best paired alongside a classic beer. This full-strength and quaffable American lager with a hint of European flavor has a subtle malt flavor, a spicy and herbal noble hop profile and a clean, crisp finish, cutting the richness of the signature 50/50 beef and bacon blend topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado, sunny-side up egg and chipotle mayo served on a brioche bun.
- 50 Alarm 50/50 Burger and Weldwerks’ Juicy Bits Hazy IPA: A pairing only for the bold, this burger requires a signed waiver and the hoppy bitterness that defines this citrus IPA will intensify the heat, though the creamier mouthfeel will surely help to relieve. The rich 50/50 beef and bacon blend is rubbed with ghost chile powder, topped with ghost chile jack cheese, grilled jalapeños, habanero-bacon spread and a sunny-side up egg on a brioche bun with spicy fried peppers.
- Lone Star Smoke and Telluride Brewing’s Face Down Brown: This brown ale, nutty with notes of chocolate and coffee, complements the savory, smoky flavors of the BBQ-style burger made with certified Angus beef and topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, pickles, smoky barbecue sauce and garlic aioli on a brioche bun.
- Bonus: Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos and Stem Ciders’ Lavender Apple Cider: Bright and off-dry the cider pairs perfectly with the sushi-grade ahi tuna. Plus, the heat – brought through by cilantro slaw, toasted sesame seeds, pickled jalapeños, chipotle crema, scallions and chile-lime hominy piled high on top of crispy corn chips – is slightly uplifted by the floral lavender flavor.
New Takeout Specials at Hops & Pie + Berkeley Donuts
COVID-19 is made a lot more bearable with early morning donuts, pizza for dinner for the family, rare and hard-to-find beers for the adults, highly alluring weekly specials and supporting small businesses.
Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212, operating take-out and delivery only) has always been known for their weekly specials and have now adapted them for COVID-19:
Tues: One 18” two-topping pizza + 2 drafts = $25, starting at 5 p.m.
Weds: $2 select craft cans
Thurs: Detroit-style pizza for just $5 (toppings extra)
Sat: 2 slices of the day + 3 cans of beer = $18
Hops & Pie also features a new artisan sandwich every week (right now it’s Korean Five Spice Fried Chicken), a new artisan pie of the month (Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork in Texas-style BBQ, cheddar grits, black eyed peas, red onion, pickled jalapeno and Muenster) and incredible vegan offerings like Vegan Sloppy Jane.
Rare beers on tap right now include Jester King’s Provenance, Fremont Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star and Casey Brewing & Blending’s East Bank. Hops & Pie has its own in-house delivery + Postmates.
Berkeley Donuts (operating Weds.-Sun. inside Hops & Pie) regularly features new donuts with Hot Chocolate Donut as the latest addition. Other new donuts include Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cider, and Pink Grapefruit Glazed with Hop Infused with Hawaiian Salt. Berkeley Donuts recently introduced delivery.
Note: Beers on tap subject to change; please contact Hops & Pie directly for current information.
Most Wednesdays in November: Dessert Firkin Tappings at Copper Kettle Brewing Company
This month we are debuting dessert firkins for November! We are kicking it off with our Well Bred with pecans added. Served on our nitro line, so on draft only!
4th: Pecan Well Bred on Nitro
11th: Red Velvet Blonde Stout
25th: Banana Cream Pie Snowed In
Tue., Nov. 3, 3-9 pm: Democracy IPA Release at LUKI Brewery
At LUKI Brewery, we support the right to vote. To promote the importance of making your voice heard in November, we’re creating Democracy IPA; a beer for the people, by the people. Releasing on Election Day, November 3, this IPA style will be created by YOU! Come one, come all, and let your opinions be known!
Fri., Nov. 6, 2 pm: 2 X Can & Draft Release at Fiction Beer Company
‘TYPO’ Turkish Delight Dessert Porter
Being Fiction Beer Company, you’d think we’d be typo free, but obviously that is not the case! Our typos are often gleefully pointed out to us on social media or in-person in the taproom. We’re delighted when you catch us and we crafted this beer just for you! We’ve compiled our most notable (and favorite typos) from 6 years of beer labels, signage and social media all in one label. Surely you’ll recognize a few?
The self-contained eye of Fiction Beer Company is always looking inward at our past, present and future. We are in a constant state of improvement–we can always do better. Creating a unique and meaningful addition to the vast sea of options is not always easy, but it is always important. The latest iteration of our Imperial New England Style IPA builds on our years of experimentation with this style. A proper grain bill to balance and enhance the plethora of flavors and aromas from the hops is critical. Our Lotus hop additions exceeded our expectations! Notes of bright orange blossom, decadent vanilla, and a complex blend of ripe tropical citrus make for a splash of olfactory sensations. Smooth, luxurious, juicy and crushable.
on 11/06 beginning @ 8:00 am. Cans are available for Thursday, 11/12 delivery and consecutive Thursdays after that. No out of state delivery. Delivery is limited per our delivery area map on our website. Please check it prior to placing an order.
Sat., Nov. 7, 12 pm-10 pm: 6th Anniversary (Socially Distanced) Extravaganza at Mockery Brewing
We can’t wait to party with you all from a healthy distance! In order to keep everyone safe, this year we are selling table reservations. The tables are for either 8 people or 4 people (if we do not sell out, we will open up 2 person tables at a later date). The price of the table is $20/person. That $20 includes YOUR choice of EITHER:
1) 2 Full Size Draft Pours of Any Beer + Glassware to take Home (included in $20 price)
2) 1 Crowler to Go + Glassware to take Home (included in $20 price)
3) Special Release Beers & Food Pairing (see additional details below) + Glassware to take Home (additional $5 to participate)
**In order to accommodate as many attendees as (safely) possible, each reservation will be for the full table. If you have a party smaller than the table size, you receive all benefits of the full reservations. I.e. if you are a 3 person party, you can select 4 options and recoup the benefits of a 4 person table.**
If you select a 4 person table, you can select up to 4 boxes (if you are an 8 person table, you can select up to 8 boxes) regardless of members in your party. This allows for each person at your table to choose from any of the three options above!
Special Release Beers and Food Pairing Details:
Mockery Brewing + The Buffalo Theory, Via Alba, & Ulster St. Pastry Pop Up Present:
-Chilled Vietnamese noodle salad with palm sugar and lime vinaigrette, peanuts and cilantro
Paired with: 4 oz. Czech Lager with oak, coconut and lime (Homebrew Competition Winner!)
-Focaccia panini with local pears, arugula pesto, salami Calabrese and goat cheese
Paired with: 4 oz. Oak aged French Saison with Gewürztraminer grapes, pear, & prickly pear
-Millionaire Tart: Sweet almond pastry crust filled with layers of dark chocolate ganache & salted caramel
Paired with: 4 oz. Solera #3 – BA Amber Sour with Sweet Cherry and Pomegranate
Sat., Nov. 7, 12 pm-10 pm: 7th Anniversary at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Wolfpack Black Saison
Cattywampus Grapefruit DIPA
Red Point Rye DIPA
Plus bottle releases, firkin and more!
Wed., Nov. 11, 11 am-10 pm: Cerveceria Colorado Churro Stout Release Celebration at Cervecería Colorado
Sat., Nov. 14, 12 pm-10 pm: Hometown Coffee Stout/Peach Cobbler Sour Beer Release at
WestFax Brewing Company
An American stout that is medium body – brewed with Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters Hometown Blend. This helps accentuate the already chocolaty stout with notes of roasty coffee and berry.
A kettle sour ale that we brew using peaches with a little bit of a twist! We added cinnamon & vanilla to replicate the flavors of a peach cobbler! A fresh peach flavor it’s crisp & tart with a little reminder of a buttery flaky crust on a cobbler!
Los Compitas Food Truck will be serving up fantastic food all day!
Mon., Nov. 16, 6:15-8:30 pm: Craft Beer for Babes Exploratory Classes at Factotum Brewhouse
The first class (Oct)will focus on craft beer lingo, the four main ingredients of beer, common abbreviations (ABV, IBU) and defining and refining your palate. Class 2 (Nov) and 3 (Dec) 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.
**All classes taught by a woman in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and individual charcuterie snacks provided by our friends
Thur., Nov. 19, 6 pm: Virtual Yeti Awareness: A Night of Yeti Appreciation
Though 2020 has proven tumultuous, November remains synonymous with Yeti Awareness. Now in its fifth year, the celebration shines a light on Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Yeti Imperial Stout, a lineup mainstay since 2003.
Despite the beer’s august history, the Denver brewery has not been afraid to experiment and innovate with the brand. Different variants of Yeti have always been eagerly anticipated and the calendar now features four such releases on draft and in 19.2oz cans.
This year’s slate featured Chocolate Cherry, S’mores, Pumpkin Spice, and Peanut Butter—the latter two premiering in 2020 with Peanut Butter hitting shelves this month. Moving forward, the brewery plans to introduce three to four new Yeti variants each year.
“Yeti has so much going for it as a base beer due to its complex malt bill,” explains Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “Dialing in flavors to complement and contrast adds to the legend. Yeti also has quite the following so finding ways to keep true-to-brand for Yeti fans while branching out to get new drinkers with the variants is the exciting factor. It lines up perfectly with the company mantra of ‘Bold Characters’ as those flavors can never by shy or they will just be eaten by the beast.”
Though much of this year’s Yeti Awareness programming has pivoted to a virtual format, the brewery is still using the campaign as a way to experiment with new flavors. A recent social post asked fans to offer up their Yeti variant wish list. Based on these suggestions, the Denver taprooms will pour Chocolate Orange Yeti, Irish Cream Yeti, German Chocolate Cake Yeti, and Chocolate Banana Bread Yeti.
The highlight of Yeti Awareness this year will be a virtual variety show on Thursday, November 19th at 6pm dubbed A Night of Yeti Appreciation streaming at YetiAwareness.com. The event will include a panel discussion with founder/president, Brian Dunn, Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau, and Operations Manager, Jeff Martin. The evening will include the presentation of the Yeti Awareness Achievement Award, the Imperial #YetiCheers at 7pm your local time, and live comedy from national and local comics.
November also sees the unveiling of the newest Pack of Yetis gift set featuring 19.2oz cans of Chocolate Cherry Yeti, S’mores Yeti and BIG Yeti—the brewery’s well-received 25th anniversary 13.5% ABV Yeti that is now exclusive to this package—along with a Yeti Brussels glass.