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!
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.
Sat., Dec. 5, 1 pm: 3rd Anniversary Beer Release at Beyond The Mountain Brewing Company
3 new beer releases: That IPA (Juicy IPA featuring Galaxy and El Dorado hops), Beast of the Barrel (Wheatwine aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla beans and cacao nibs), and This IPA (Juicy IPA featuring Mosaic Moteuka hops).
Sat., Dec. 5, 12-8 pm: 7th Anniversary Releases at Station 26 Brewing Co.
We’re turning SEVEN. Despite the weirdest year of our existence and indeed our lives in general, time marches on. We find ourselves at the end of the year again, reflecting on that special month of December 2013 when we first mashed in and opened the firehouse doors to you.
We’re celebrating in 2020 fashion: by handing you some to-go beers with a smile and a wave. Presenting three special can releases over two weekends in December in celebration of our Seventh Anniversary.
MANGO JUICY BANGER IPA (7.4%)
Our flagship west-coast style IPA loaded with delicious mango flavors.
Available Saturday 12/5**
7 S’MORE YEARS (11.5%)
Imperial pastry stout with chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and graham cracker.
Available Saturday 12/12, alongside hot, ready, and handmade gourmet s’mores from @denversmores! (12-3ish p.m.!)
HAZE WRANGLER #2 (6.9%)
Hazy IPA with Galaxy, Nelson, Lotus, Citra, El Dorado hops.
Available Saturday 12/12
All beers will be available for online reservation at noon on the days listed beneath each offering. Please note Mango Juicy Banger will be available on the 5th, one week earlier than 7 S’more Years and Haze Wrangler #2.
Feel free to also swing by the taproom, greet our host and pick up some four-packs at the curb. Reminder we are only open for outdoor seating, so bundle up if you come visit us for a beer.
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported over the past seven years, especially in this 2020. We’re eternally grateful to be doing this, and we mean it. Providing quality beer and a community space is all we set out to do; we have exceeded that benchmark beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks to you. Let’s close out this year strong.
Fri., Dec. 11, 2 pm: 3 x Can Release at Fiction Beer Company
We’re releasing 2 brand new beers and bringing back a classic! All 3 beers will be available in 16 oz 4 packs and on draft.
El Dorado Hazy Imperial IPA
Golden One, Hazy Imperial IPA is a nod to the myth and truth. Taking a hop we know and love—then setting off into the unknown—with subtle manipulations to our process. The result is the creation of flavor and olfactory sensations worthy of myth. Heavy additions of El Dorado dry hops mixed with Azacca hops creates notes of watermelon candy, ripe guava, and juicy lychee followed with a smooth and airy finish.
*$17.99 / 16 oz. 4 pack
Honey Rye Pale Ale
While life these days can feel like a constant swarm, we at Fiction Beer Company are finding solace in the craft we love. Hive Swarm Honey Rye Pale Ale brings the magic of honey bee colonies right to your glass. Brewed with a crisp backbone of pilsner and pale malt, this grain bill was elevated with 17% malted rye for an earthy and spicy quality. A touch of honey malt is complimented by local wildflower honey, added at flame out to preserve some of the delicate sweetness our bee friends have worked so hard to create. With an amber color resembling unfiltered honey and a firm hop bitterness to round out the malty sweet profile.
*$15.99 / 16 oz. 4 pack
“The Man in the High Castle” by Phillip K. Dick is dark, philosophical and intriguing as the reader ponders what an “alternate present” would be like. We couldn’t help but wonder what type of beer we would be drinking in Phillip K Dick’s world? Schwarzbier? A beer that literally translates to “black beer” in German. And although this beer’s appearance is dark and gloomy–don’t be fooled–much like the novel, this beer is soft, rich and surprisingly sessionable.
Flavors of chocolate with a bit of roasted marshmallows up front, a slight fruity ester note in the middle, then fading to a clean malty finish.
*13.99 / 16 oz. 4 pack
Can pre-sale begins at 8:00 am on 12/11. Cans can be picked up, or you can select Thursday delivery at check out. http://www.fictionbeer.com/order-online
Fri., Dec. 11 and Fri., Dec. 18: Super Special Winter Releases at Little Machine Beer
12/11 – Barrel Aged Bottle Releases and Scotch Ale Release
“Dark Source” Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – 11.6% abv: Do Russians even still drink this stuff or did they move on to vodka completely? Probably moved on so more for us yay. Laws Whiskey barrels for nine. fine. months.
“Surface of the Moon” Barrel Aged Mixed Culture Sour – 6.3% abv: Secret blend re-fermented in Chardonnay barrels with mixed culture could potentially be a connection between your brain to the far reaches of the universe via black holes. Or maybe just some regular old moon walking. Up to you.
“BLIMP. BLIMP. BOOM.” Scotch Ale Release – 9.0% abv: Originally brewed as a collaboration with Sun King Brewing in 2016. The old name was bad so we tried to see if we could make it worse but the beer is the best possible. times infinity. plus one. This beer is filled with neither hydrogen nor helium, just alcohol. Good for advertising and bonus most riders won’t die.
12/18 – Double beer release
“That’s my Yam” Sweet Potato Stout – 5.9% abv: Often duplicated, never imitated. Spice is the variety of life and a deft hand can deliver it oh so (not sugary) sweetly. STOP ASKING IT IS HERE. Buy it if you want to but please stop calling and asking if we have it. WE HAVE IT.
“BEER ACQUISITION SYNDROME” IPA – 6.5% abv: Add it to your collection all your friends will fawn over you and think you’re soooo cool. WEST COAST STYLE. Trident and Simcoe hops.
Fri., Dec. 11-Sat., Dec. 12, 1-8 pm: 6 year Interim Anniversary Party
at Großen Bart Brewery
Celebrating 6 years of craft beer brewed in Longmont. (Large bash in June or July, fingers crossed) As we all know this is going to be a bit weird this year. We’ve spread this out over 2 days with a specialty bottle release each day. Limited availability of each. Discounted merchandise and to go beers.
Friday Release, Walrus Oatmeal stout aged 8 months in Black Canyon Bourbon, then we aged it on coconut and rum soaked cacao nibs 6.5%
Friday Release, Winfield Winter Ale, Earthy and rich with a touch of sweetness, 7%
Saturday Release, 2019 vintage HandleBarley wine aged in Hale and Bradford Bourbon 8 months 14.5%
Looking to be a Treu Bart Mug Club Member? Memberships will be on sale these 2 days. Gets you discounted beer, merch and other fun events throughout the year.
On Saturday enjoy a 3 course Dinner with West Side Tavern at 5p. 3 course dinner $30 paired with 3, 5 oz pours paired with each course, please purchase tickets ahead of time either at the taproom or at this link.