December Beer Events
There are far too many events in any given month to post here, so for even more events, see my Facebook page!
Now through Aug. 9, 2020: Beer Here! Brewing the New West Special Exhibition at History Colorado Center
A river of beer flows through Colorado’s past.
Back in the gold rush, saloons weren’t just saloons. They were post offices, restaurants, hotels, and social clubs. But then Colorado banned alcohol—four years before Prohibition hit the rest of the country. By the 1970s, beer was big business again—really big business. Now, homebrewers have gone pro and it seems like there’s a brewery on every corner.
All of this making you thirsty for more? Come explore our brewing past, present, and future. See beer-brewing equipment from then to now, a massive bottle-breaker from Prohibition days, the nation’s first aluminum beer cans, and a wealth of other artifacts from our state’s hoppy history.
Visit nineteenth-century saloons, Prohibition-era “drugstores,” and the kitchen that brewed up the modern craft beer industry.
After you view the exhibit, stay awhile to enjoy a sampler tray of historic beer styles.
More than just a tale of ale, this is a story of Colorado—told over a few beers.
Beer Here! is generously supported by lead sponsors Ball Corporation and Coors Brewing Company.
Fri., Dec. 13, 7-10 pm: 2019 Genius Wizard Beer Release Experience at Ratio Beerworks
On Friday, December 13th, Ratio Beerworks invites you to join for an intimate beer release experience unlike any other celebrating the return of 2019 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard Imperial Stout.
This unique event will transport attendees to a mystical new world featuring an immersive art installation by Spectra Art Space.
Attendees will have the first chance to enjoy this year’s rendition of Genius Wizard Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout along with 4 variant expressions consisting of BA Vanilla Coconut Genius Wizard, BA Maple Pecan Genius Wizard, Espresso Coffee Genius Wizard, and BA Mayan Chocolate Genius Wizard (variants subject to change).
Additionally, we’ve teamed up with some of Denver’s best local food purveyors to provide small bites to pair with the beer.
Only a limited number of tickets will be available for this intimate tasting experience, so grab yours before they’re gone.
Attendees will receive:
-Commemorative Genius Wizard Glassware
-A bottle of 2019 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard to-go
The Variants and Vintages (4oz pours):
-Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coconut Vanilla Genius Wizard
-Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Pecan Genius Wizard
-Bourbon Barrel-Aged Espresso Coffee Genius Wizard
-Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mayan Chocolate Genius Wizard
-2019 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard
(Variants are subject to change)
One Full Pour of 2019 Genius Wizard Imperial Stout or Any Non-Barrel-Aged Ratio Beer (At the bar)
Smōk – Denver
Super Mega Bien
Work & Class
More to be announced
Plus the first opportunity to pre-order this year’s limited release variant four-pack of 2019 Genius Wizard Variant bottles.
Fri., Dec. 13, 2 pm: Seedstock’s Fredersdorfer Beer Release at Seedstock Brewery
Seedstock Brewery is closing out its year of historical beer releases (making for a very hard-to-pronounce taplist) by releasing one last old world beer in 2019: a Fredersdorfer bier. The beer will be released this Friday in the taproom.
The Fredersdorfer was the most popular beer in Berlin in the 1830s. It is a pale brown wheat beer brewed with molasses and spicy Saaz hops. The hoppy beer (7.5% ABV) has a rich mouthfeel, crisp finish and clean spiciness, making it a great beer in 2019 or 1830!
Rather than offering trendy, sexier beers, Seedstock Brewery is one of very few breweries in the U.S. reviving the little known broyhan, polotmavy, dusseldorf alt and other old-world beers using recipes going back hundreds of years. Based on our research, Seedstock is potentially the only U.S. brewery making a Fredersdorfer bier.
Sat., Dec. 14, 3-6 pm: Denver Beer Festivus 2019 at Major Studios (3881 Steele St., Denver)
Whether you’re a Festivus alumni or you’ve new to the scene, we invite you to join us for the 8th annual Denver Beer Festivus — the only holiday party you’ll need to get you through the season. Trust us, the rest aren’t worth the hassle!
We’ve invited every brewery in Denver’s city limits to share their favorite brews. We combine that with unorthodox entertainment, pepper in some 90’s nostalgia for all of you Seinfeld die-hards, and the end result is a giant, non-denominational, beer-filled extravaganza!
Thur., Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm: Beer Dinner with Four Directions Cuisine at Dos Luces Brewery
Join us at Dos Luces Brewery for a very special beer dinner to cap off the year.
This time, we have partnered with Four Directions Cuisine, LLC to create a pairing of Chichas, Pulques, and Tepaches with food inspired entirely be indigenous North and South American traditions.
First Course – “Where the Wild Things Grow” micro greens salad with Ramona Farms’ tepary beans, roasted Winter squash, popped amaranth, Séka Hills elderberry balsamic and EVOO. Paired with Cranberry Tepache and Muluc Agua Fresca Dura.
Second Course – Sweet potato hash with braised duck and cider juniper berry pan sauce. Paired with Pulque Metztli and Passion Fruit Orange Zest Chicha.
Third Course – Wild rice pudding. Paired with Azteca Pulque and Ponche Pulque.
Price $65 per person includes all taxes and gratuity. Seating will be highly limited, so get your tickets early.
Thur., Dec. 19, 8 pm: Silver & Gold w/ One Flew West, Overslept and The Beeves at Moxi Theater
It’s official! Goldie Rocks hefeweizen is ready and on tap at Brix Brewery & Taphouse and The Moxi Theater. This gilded brew is a collaboration between Brix Brewery & Taphouse and rock band, Silver & Gold. The purpose behind this beer was to showcase the collaborative spirit of Downtown Greeley and come together for a good cause. Proceeds from Goldie Rocks will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County.
On December 19th, Silver & Gold, alongside Colorado favorites, One Flew West, Overslept, and The Beeves are together, hosting a benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County. Goldie Rocks will be on tap and 100% of those sales, that night, will benefit the BGCW. In addition, Brix Brewery & Taphouse will release a special fruited variant dubbed, Goldie Goes Punk Rock, made with blackberries. This version will only be available at the concert!
Be sure to try both versions of this German influenced wheat and come out for what is sure to be a great night filled with fantastic music and delicious brews!
Fri., Dec. 20, 7-11 pm: July in Christmas at Little Machine Beer
We’re cranking up the heat to 80F, putting on our best beach attire and forgetting about the long Colorado winter, if just for one night.
Karaoke from 8-11 hosted by Yellowbrick Productions.
Pineapple IPA re-release.
Take a photo with Bad Santa.
Enjoy warm kiddie pools and lawn games.
And get a FREE BEER with your beach attire.
Sat., Dec. 21, 12-10 pm: Summer Solstice Fiesta at Dos Luces Brewery
Join us for our second annual Summer Solstice Fiesta!
This year, we will celebrate the Summer Solstice (In South America) by once again turning up the heat in the brewery and breaking out our shorts and swimsuits. We have barrels in the spot where the swimming pool was last year, so hopefully we can find another place to put it!
We’ll cap the day with the official launch of our Ponche Pulque, a blend of pulque with eight different fruits and nuts to make a pulque inspired by the classic Mexican Christmas tradition of Ponche.
We’ll be joined by Maria Empanada for a mid-day Empanada making lesson starting at 3 (best of all, you get to eat your creations for dinner!). Details and advance tickets for this portion will be coming soon, so watch this space.
Starting at 5, we’ll have live original music from the The Spicy Pepper Band.
Additionally, we’ll be doing a toy/gift drive throughout the day, so bring gifts to donate for charity. This year, the gifts will go to support CASA in Colorado, so please give generously!
Wed., Dec. 25, 10 am-10 pm: 6th Annual Christmas Day Party! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company
That’s right, we are open on Christmas Day! Get those pesky presents out of the way and come down to the Dog for the real thing!
Sugar Cookie Decorating and 3 new beers open 10-10!
Featuring the Releases of:
Banana + Chocolate + Coffee + Lactose – Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Porter
Bourbon Barrel Fermented English Style Old Ale
German Style Schwarz Bier
The One And Only Jon Ham will be sweetly rocking your ears from 1-3 pm!