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2017 Collaboration Fest Pour List is available!

What: The 4th Annual Collaboration Fest 

When: Saturday, March 25, 4-7 pm (3 pm for VIP)

Where: the National Western Complex (4655 Humboldt St, Denver)

Why: To try over 100 special beer projects from nearly 200 breweries!

By now you’ve probably heard of a little thing called Collaboration Fest. Started in 2014, this festival is like no other in that all of the numerous beers were brewed in collaboration with other breweries. Some beers are a collaboration between two breweries, whereas others may work with three, four, or even five other breweries to create a special beer just for this occasion. I’ve attended every year since its inception, and each festival gets better and better. And, after seeing this year’s pour list, I couldn’t be more excited about Collaboration Fest 2017! Click on the breweries for more information about about the beers.
I’m looking forward to tasting as many of these unique beers as possible, but here are a few that jumped out at me as I was browsing the list:
  • The Post and Dogfish Head: Bulky Oxen is an English-style barley wine brewed with smoked sweet onion and citrus marmalade.
  • Grossen Bart Brewery and Verboten Brewery: I Must Break You is a White Russian Imperial Stout.
  • Living the Dream Brewing Company and Alter Brewing Company: A German Chocolate Cake Stout with flavors of pecans, chocolate, vanilla and coconut.
  • Cerebral Brewing and Great Notion Brewing: Blurpleberry is an IPA hopped with Citra, Mosaic and N1/69, and brewed with oats and conditioned on lactose, boysenberry and vanilla beans.
  • Mockery Brewing and Molly’s Spirits: Good Golly Miss Molly is a Randlized Pineapple IPA.
  • Mockery Brewing, Baere Brewing and Inland Island Yeast Co.: A rum barrel-aged English IPA.

Will I see you there? Be sure to get those tickets before it’s too late!

St. Patrick’s Day 2017: Beer Events!

It’s time for St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking for awesome beer events to celebrate, look no further. This roundup includes holiday events happening on March 11 (the day of the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade), as well as St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 17-19. Lots of great food and craft beer options for everyone!

Sat., Mar. 11, 11 am-2 am: 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Black Sky Brewery (490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver)

If you’ve ever been to one of Harry’s Saint Patrick’s Day parties over the years, you know it’s gonna be good. If you haven’t, you’ve been missing out. Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish music, craft beer car bombs, and of course whiskey! Join us, after the parade! We will be going until 2am.

Sat., Mar. 11, 1-11 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Fiction Beer Company (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver)

Avoid the downtown nonsense and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Fiction Beer!
Two Special, VERY LIMITED, tappings:
Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
Irish Whiskey Imperial Stout
Irish Music all day!
Live Music at 8pm
Celtic Bluegrass from Burn it Blue

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Sat., Mar. 11, 8 am: St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Wynkoop at Wynkoop Brewing Co. (1634 18th St, Denver)

With Irish eyes smiling and craft beer pours…
Get here early, grab a seat and watch the Wynkoop float float on… Doors open at 8am with drinks and limited menu until 9, parade begins at 9:30!
Brewers Warning: Watch for flying koozies, candy & beads.
Pot of gold? Don’t need it with these Parade Day specials…
$5 Jameson and Shillelagh — $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas
And because one cannot live on spirits and craft beer alone: Reuben sandwiches, Irish nachos, corned beef & cabbage, Irish Stout and onion soup are being served up.
So bring your favorite pal or gal and get ready to celebrate Mile High’s St. Patrick’s Day with the oldest brewpub in Denver.

Sat., Mar. 11, 9 am-9 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Breck On Blake at Breck On Blake (2220 Blake St, Denver)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!
Doors open early at 9 am. With food and drink specials throughout the day and live Irish music at 1:30 with Michael Collins Pipes & Drums.
Food Specials:
Corned beef and cabbage
$14 – Potatoes, carrots, and trademark pale ale mustard
Hot corned beef sandwich
$10 – Corned beef and swiss on rye served with brew fries

Irish beef stew
$12 – Beef stew with carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes
Beer battered broccoli
$7 – With cheese sauce and ranch
Drink Specials:
$4 Coors Banquet
$6 Irish Coffee w/ Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
$5 Hot Chocolate w/ Peppermint Schnapps
$5 Tullamore Dew Shots
$5 Shillelagh Shots
$6 Jameson Shots
$6 Irish Car Bombs
Craft a little Irish into your day with Denver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration at Breck On Blake! See you then!

Bacon Cheddar Potato Cakes (Photo courtesy of Thirsty Lion)

Sat., Mar. 11, 1-5 pm: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraiser at Thirsty Lion Union Station (1605 Wynkoop St
Denver)

Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Celebration! We’re featuring a special Irish Menu through March 19th, along with beer flights and specialty cocktails like our Irish Old Fashioned. 
A special menu features Irish Potato Cakes (pictured), Traditional Scotch Eggs, Artisan Lamb Burger, Irish Sheperd’s Pie, Corned Beef Mac & Cheese, Beer Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage, Oven Roasted Lamb Shank, with Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding for Dessert. Featured on tap is Guinness Stout Modern Black & Tan, Widmer Brrr, New Belgium Accumulation, and 10 Barrel Pray for Snow. 
And come in to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation from 1-5 on Sat., Mar. 11th. Whether shaving your head or not, all can donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Fri., Mar. 17, 11 am-8 pm: St. Paddy’s Celebration at New Belgium Brewing (500 Linden St, Fort Collins)

New Belgium invites you to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in our Liquid Center while sipping on a Special Release – Green Wit Beer! We’ll be serving up cover-free admission to a party filled with Irish tunes from Fort Collins’ very own Blind Alley Troubadours from 5:30-7:30PM. Sip on some unbeatable brews like Tart Lychee, Chile Chocolate Brown, La Folie, Clutch, Whiskey Fat Back, Belgian Stout, NBB Love Blackberry Oscar to keep you & your friends in true Irish spirit!

Fri., Mar. 17, 4 pm-10:30 pm: St. Paddy’s Day at the Machine at Little Machine Beer (2924 W 20th Ave, Denver)

Live music by Space Cadet Vibe from 6-10:30!
$4 Nitro Stouts and Nitro Irish Red’s all day long!
Special St. Patrick’s Day menu from Pasty Republic!
Come have a Laid Back Hard Core St. Paddy’s day at the Machine!

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Fri., Mar. 17, 11 am: Lucky Irish Specials at The POST Brewing Company (105 W Emma St, Lafayette)

The Post Brewing Company is celebrating St. Patty’s Day with some lucky Irish food and drinks specials. Chef Jimmy Giesler will be serving up a classic Corned Beef and Cabbage entree, which guests can enjoy alongside The Post’s Dry Irish Stout ($1 off all day) and a shot of Irish whiskey ($4 with purchase of beer).
About Dry Irish Stout:
ABV 4.8%
“From great simplicity comes beautiful complexity; this Dry Irish Stout is brewed from just two-row barley malt, roasted barley and flaked barley. These three simple grains deliver layers of gorgeous roasted malt flavor rich with notes of coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate and subtle char and smoke. Smooth, soft and dry in the mouth, this stout satisfies and nourishes and delivers everything you need in a traditional dark ale.”

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Fri., Mar. 17, 4-11:59 pm: St. Patty’s Day at Declaration Brewing (2030 S Cherokee St, Denver)

St. Patty’s Day done right by Denver’s ONLY certified Green Brewery!!#livemusic by Dirt!

Fri., Mar. 17, 4:30-8 pm: Crazy Mountain Tap Takeover – St Pattys Edition at La Güera (1610 Little Raven St, Denver)

Join La Guera & Crazy Mountain Brewery for a TAP TAKEOVER on Friday, March 17th from 4:30 – 8:30 PM.
It’s also St Patty’s Day, so we don’t need to give you any more reasons to imbibe!
Free to attend. Limited release beers & giveaways…need we say more? See you there!

Fri., Mar. 17, 6-9 pm: Kegs & Cabbage (Part Deux) at Boulder Theater at Boulder Theater (2032 14th St, Boulder)

Jameson Irish Whiskey & Boulder Beer Present
Kegs & Cabbage (Part Deux) at Boulder Theater
Lady and The Gentlemen with Cycles & MOONTANG
Doors: 5:00PM
Show: 6:00PM
21+
FREE
Irish Fare Available For Sale
More Info: http://www.bouldertheater.com/event/1422064-kegs-cabbage-part-deux-boulder/
Boulder Beer Company will be pouring a wide variety of their beers, featuring a brand new collaboration brew with Jameson and OZO Coffee – Irish Blessing Oak-Aged Coffee Stout! They will also be debuting their new Mexican-style Beer called Hola Maria for a light, refreshing option on draft, and serving Shake Chocolate Porter on NITRO for Shake Bomb specials with their friends from Jameson!

Fri., Mar. 17, 11 am-11 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Beer Release: Seedstock 14 at Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver)

If you liked our amber, wait’ll you try the Seedstock 14. This is a 14° Plato, malty, amber ale brewed in the Märzen style! Come celebrate Irish-Czech heritage and raise a glass of Seedstock 14. Erin go braugh!

Sat., Mar. 17, 12-9 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Party! at New Terrain Brewing Co (16401 Table Mountain Pkwy, Golden)

Come party with us for Saint Patrick’s Day! We will be donned in our finest green garb & the beer will be flowin’ & shenenigans unfoldin’!
There will be a special Irish-inspired menu being served up from J Street Food Truck all day and a festive performance starting at 5pm by Coral Creek & guest Susannah! (CORAL CREEK with Susannah! at New Terrain Brewing Co.)

Sat., Mar. 18, 11 am-4 pm: St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Brunch at Mockery Brewing (3501 Delgany St, Denver)

Let’s all recover together!
Beermosas!
Bloody Beers!
Brunch by Revelry Events!
Revelry Events Brunch Menu will include:
$9 Patches O’Houlihan Huevos- Mini Crispy Tortilla Bowl with Potatoes, Eggs, Irish white cheddar sauce, and Guinness Braised Corned Beef
$9 Guinness Braised Corned Beef Sandwich with Revelry Mustard and Pickle on toasted Hoagie

$11 Irish Nachos- Revelry Homemade Chips with Irish White Cheddar Sauce, Tomatoes, Scallions, topped with Guinness Braised Corned Beef
$1.50 sides of Revelry Chips
Beermosas ($5 for a pint) will be made with Orange Basil Happy Leaf Kombucha and your choice of Silk Road Imperial Saison or Blonde Ale. Happy Leaf Kombucha is rich in probiotic cultures that aid in digestion. It is also packed with B-Vitamins, Antioxidants, Active Enzymes, Glucaronic Acids and Amino Acids, balances pH levels and is naturally low in sugar.
Bloody Beers ($5 for a pint) will be made with The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix and Du Hast Weiss Smoked Wheat Ale! The Real Dill’s Bloody Mix is a perfect complement to the combination of Oak Smoked Wheat and Beechwood Smoked Barley Malt which gives Du Hast Weiss a nice punch of flavor along with a high level of drink-ability.
We don’t klnow about you, but our mouths are watering already!!

Socially Driven: Exploring My Denver

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I’m partnering with Mercedes-Benz to share my version of Denver. People are always asking me about my favorite spots in the city, and I decided it was high time to share them with you guys. If you had just one day in Denver, these are my can’t-miss spots.

1. The Georgetown Loop Railroad, just 45 minutes West of Denver
This beautiful view is from my train car at the Georgetown Loop Railroad in historic Georgetown, Colorado. I was on the Wine & Cheese train ride, which I highly suggest.

2. Thirsty Lion Gastropub at Union Station
Stop by Union Station and take a stroll around the train station, enjoy the ambiance and the shops. If you’re feeling hungry, Thirsty Lion serves up a fantastic brunch (get the breakfast burrito) and has 52 beers on tap, including several local brews.

3. LowDown Brewery + Kitchen
Speaking of beer, keep LowDown in mind for dinner later. It’s one of the many brewpubs in Denver, and the pizza is to die for.

4. BrüFrouFEST
BrüFrouFEST is just one example of the numerous beer festivals held in Denver each year. This one teams up local chefs and breweries for the ultimate beer & food pairing. If you’re visiting Denver, be sure to find out which festivals are going on during your stay.

5. Bread Bar in Silverton, Colorado
On your way to or from the Georgetown Loop Railroad, head to Bread Bar in nearby Silverton, a former mining camp, for a handcrafted cocktail while you take in the break taking views.

So, what’s YOUR version of Denver? If you live in or plan on visiting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or Denver, Mercedes-Benz is inviting you to share your city in a simple and artistic way on Instagram. It’s easy—you create a quick (but beautiful) animated album of 5 of your best geotagged photos and upload it to Instagram. Then, you share your album on your feed with the hashtag #MBsociallydriven—and your photos might be featured on the Mercedes-Benz website!

Ready to rediscover your city? Everyone experiences their own city, their own way. Here’s how I see my Denver. Now, show me yours! Share your city and tag #MBsociallydriven. #ad #sponsored

BARVENTURE: 2 For 1 Drink App–Try it FREE!

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Free Drinks For All!

The folks over at BARVENTURE are giving you 48 free drinks at bars, breweries, and restaurants all around Denver. Normally they charge users $20 to access all the deals on their app, but if you use the link below it will automatically install the app for FREE. They are a local startup and simply looking for feedback from professional drinkers and foodies!

Are you ready for BARVENTURE?

https://barventure.app.link/freebeers

Download and try BARVENTURE today, and don’t forget to give them your feedback via the “Support” section in the app.

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WIN TICKETS to Day of Dorks at Wynkoop Brewing! (CONTEST CLOSED)

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Day of Dorks is coming up next Saturday, March 4! Do you have your tickets? Read below for event details and link to tickets.

What: Day of Dorks

When: Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Price : $25 for 1 ticket, $40 for 2 tickets

The Details:

Come to the DORK side. We have craft beer.
Nerds, we’ve gone plaid —
Join us Saturday, March 4th at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous celebration of all things dork.
Ticket holders receive Day of Dorks beer beaker, nerd specs, and other ridiculously dorky commemorative items.
Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. School supply donations to benefit local area high-needs schools (Cheltenham Elementary and Dora Moore, K-8). Students are in need of paper, pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair. 
 To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then!
Be there. Be square.

Want to WIN a pair of tickets to Day of Dorks at Wynkoop?

Comment on this post with your favorite Colorado beer for your chance to win 2 tickets! Contest closes on Friday, February 24 at 3 pm. Winner will be chosen at random and must contact me with your email address to claim your prize. Good luck!

175 Beers on Tap & So Much More: The Pint Room in Littleton

Burger of the Week: Butter Burger (I subbed a Housemade Black Bean patty), with a Pipeworks Santa Vs. Unicorn

Not long ago I heard about The Pint Room in Littleton (2620 West Belleview Avenue), a restaurant and beer bar with 175 beers on tap. I’m not sure why I didn’t know about it until recently, as it opened in 2015, making it The Pint Room’s third location: the original in Dublin, Ohio with a second in Carmel, Indiana. But even though I’m apparently behind the times, I couldn’t be happier that I am finally aware of this wonderful place!

Some of the 175 beers on tap

The Pint Room has an extraordinary 175 beers on tap, which are updated regularly via Taphunter and can be viewed on their website. I like being able to see a live beer list, as I can get some ideas about what I’m interested in before even setting foot in a bar/restaurant. It’s helpful to both me and the person taking my order, as it can take a while to look over the full list, especially with that many options!

Cheese Curds: White Cheddar Cheese Curds + Beer Batter + Sriracha Ranch, with a Ballast Point Peppermint Victory At Sea

While not quite as extensive as the tap list, the food menu is also robust: several appetizers, salads and numerous sandwiches, including 15 burger creations, one of which rotates on a weekly basis. The Pint Room also makes its own black bean veggie burger in-house and offers it as a substitution on any of its burgers at no additional charge.

Side of Mac & Cheese

I dropped by for lunch last weekend and was more than ready to sample several items from the menu.  I started with the beer battered cheese curds with Sriracha ranch, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then wanted a burger, so I decided to try the Burger of the Week: the Butter Burger with Dijon Mayo, Caramelized Shallots, Compound Butter, and White Cheddar, with a black bean burger patty, with fries. I thought it sounded interesting, and it lived up to my expectations. It was delicious, and I was glad to try something new. And if that wasn’t enough already, I couldn’t resist ordering a side of Mac & Cheese, as it’s one of my favorite dishes. It was definitely tasty, and they get bonus points for the breadcrumb topping. Next time I might have to get two sides of it and call it a meal.

I was very impressed with the tap list. There were so many things I wanted to try. I first went with a Ballast Point Peppermint Victory At Sea, a beer I’ve had before and loved but can’t often find on tap. After that I got a few tasters of beers I hadn’t yet tried: New Belgium’s Tartastic, a Lemon Ginger Sour Ale. This one isn’t overly sour; it’s a good tart beer for those just getting into sours, and it seems like an especially perfect session beer for Spring and Summer. I also had Wicked Weed’s Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Stout: brewed with vanilla, zesty cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This is quite possibly the best barrel-aged beer I’ve had in a while. Or so I thought, until I tried Perrin Brewing’s No Rules: a Vietnamese Imperial Porter brewed with coconut, cinnamon & turbinado sugar aged in bourbon barrels. Not every establishment is going to have beers like these on tap. And these are just a few of the many rotating specialty beers you’ll find at The Pint Room. I simply cannot say enough great things about the beer selection here!

Tables near the fireplace will keep you warm and toasty

The Pint Room has excellent seating options for both warm and cold weather. The patio is fantastic for nice days; it was a bit too cool during my visit to sit outside, but I look forward to soaking up some rays on the patio in the coming months. They also have a fireplace; ask for a table nearby on those chilly days!

My first visit to The Pint Room Littleton couldn’t have been better. I had a very enjoyable meal, several incredible beers, and great service, and I look forward to stopping in again soon!

Wynkoop Brewing Presents Day of Dorks on March 4, 2017

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What: Day of Dorks

When: Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Price : $25 for 1 ticket, $40 for 2 tickets

The Details:

Come to the DORK side. We have craft beer.
Nerds, we’ve gone plaid —
Join us Saturday, March 4th at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous celebration of all things dork.
Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. Donations to benefit local area schools.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair. 
To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then!
Be there. Be square.

Valentine’s Events for Beer Lovers: 2017 Edition

If you’re thinking about treating your sweetheart to chocolates or a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day, you’re on the right track. But don’t forget the beer!

Impress your Valentine by taking him or her to any one of these fantastic breweries’ special events!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-10 pm: 2nd Annual Valentine’s Oyster and Stout Festival! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company (1505 Ogden St, Denver, Colorado)

Our famed Valentine’s Day Oyster and Beer Pairing is returning for its 2nd year! This time around,in honor of Stout Month, a flight of four oysters will be paired with four specialty stouts! Chef Sandoval will be shucking oysters to be paired with the following variations of our Blind Sherpa Stout:
Mint Chocolate Stout
Peanut Butter Stout
Chocolate Raspberry Stout (from the firkin)
Maple Breakfast Stout
No Tickets this time around, just show up! Additional a la carte oysters will be available as well as full pours of our one-off stouts!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm: Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver) ***SOLD OUT!***

Join us for a special Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate event for Valentine’s Day, hosted by The Truffle Cheese Shop and Copper Kettle Brewing Co., with delicious desserts made by Pink Zebra Cupcakes. Bring your sweetie for a unique V-Day idea to do together!
This is a four course pairing featuring a craft beer sample, artisan cheese, and fine chocolate dessert for each course. The pairing will be held in our private event center with an intimate feel, personalized with our head brewer or Certified Cicerone and professional cheesemonger from the Truffle Cheese Shop. What a great gift idea for yourself and/or a special friend!
Tickets are $30.00. Tax and tip excluded. We sell out of this event every year, so TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!
Price includes:
Four artisan cheeses from all around the world
Four craft beer samples (oftentimes, we release a beer that’s not even on the draft line yet!)
Four decadent, locally made desserts
Locally baked bread or crackers
Fresh crisp fruit
We do require at least 24 hours to cancel your tickets.
See you there!!!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 6-9 pm: Valentine’s Day – Run Club and Special Trivia at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver)

Every Tuesday we’ve been working out our legs (and heart!) with Sunnyside Run Club and working out our mind with live trivia at 7 pm. This week, we’ll continue the fun with a special Valentine’s edition! There will be MORE prizes and MORE giveaways.
Weekly prizes include pizza from Denver Deep Dish LoHi, meat from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe and gift cards from @LivWell Dispensary. ADDITIONALLY, there will be FREE brewery glassware for all Trivia participants AND a chance to win bottles of Barrel-Aged Beer. And probably more 🙂
Join us. It’s going to be a lot more fun and laid back than sitting 6 inches away from a fighting couple at an overpriced prix-fixe dinner.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5:30-8 pm: Valentines Day Oyster Tapas & Beer Pairing at Resolute Brewing Company
(7286 S Yosemite St, Ste 110, Centennial)

Resolute’s first beer & food pairing is here!
Jordan Wein of Grassroots Grill will be throwing down a Valentine’s Day tapas menu (small plates) that will be accompanied by four special Resolute beers. The menu will be mostly mollusks- including grilled oysters, oyster shooters, oyster stew & more!
So go ahead, be shellfish this Valentine’s Day and bring your sweetheart to Resolute for this one-of-kind beer and oyster engagement.
Tickets are on sale! There are two seatings, the first seating is at 5:30 pm followed by the second at 7 pm. Space is limited, follow the link on the event and buy your tickets today!

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Special Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $30 or purchase a menu item a la carte!
First:
Caprese Salad $5
Second:
Goat cheese stuffed date wrapped in bacon $6
Third:
Rigatoni, white wine sauce with shallots, peas and roasted garlic,
choice of chicken or shrimp $13
or
Roasted Pork chop w/ maquechoux $13
Fourth:
Creme Brulee $6

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Fri., Feb. 10-Tue., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids
(1555 S Hover St, Longmont)

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Dinner with your loved ones!
4-Course meal for 2= $60 Or purchase menu items a la carte!
First:
Seared pork belly atop brioche served with charred slivered callions, fresno chilis, and a juniper berry balsamic reduction. $9
Second:
Spinach & red onion tossed with a slightly warm bacon & sherry vinegrette. Garnished with egg wedges and asiago. $12
Third:
Seared sous-vide ribeye with potato croquets and sautéed spinach. $30
or
Black Pepper and fennel crusted salmon grilled and served with saffron risotto, asparagus, and lemon basil butter. $18
Fourth:
HotBox roasters infused chocolate mousse. $6

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Denver Beer Co’s Valentine Beer and Chocolate Pairing! at Denver Beer Co (1695 Platte St, Denver)

Show your Valentine just how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.
Before dinner, after dinner, instead of dinner, treat your date, your bestie, or yourself to our insanely amazing beer and chocolate pairings.
Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab is creating some amazing, artisanal chocolates paired with 5 of our favorite beers.
$30 gets you 5 amazing sweet treats paired with 5 4oz beers.
There are very limited tickets available for this event so grab them now and come by the Platte st taproom anytime between 11am-11pm on Valentines Day to get your taste on!
PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.

 

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Tue., Feb. 14: Singles Awareness Day Party at The Post Brewing Company (105 W Emma St, Lafayette)

 The Post Brewing Company is throwing a SAD (Singles Awareness Day) Party for all the singles out there this Valentine’s Day. Held in the Elkhorn Taproom, this 21+ event will feature $3 house-made Sweet Tea Vodka shots, house barrel aged tequila shots, and the return of The Post’s most romantic beer—Lovey Dovey Belgian-ish Style Amber Ale. Fermented at 69°, this is truly the most romantic beer in the world. Complex layers of herbal hop and spicy yeast rest upon a deluxe base of European Munich and Vienna malts. This 6% ABV love machine will deliver you to all the right places.
For more information, please contact The POST at (303) 593-2066.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 4-9 pm: Valentine’s Day with Rock Cut at Rock Cut Brewing Company
(390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park)

Valentine’s Day is two weeks from tomorrow and if you’re like us, romantic plans always involve craft beer. Since V-Day is on a Tuesday this year, we’ll be hosting a special Valentine’s Day themed trivia night, complete with a new beer release, special menu from Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse, and more. Check out the event below and click ‘Interested’ if you plan to stop by!

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Tue., Feb. 14, 11 am-11 pm: Valentine’s Day at Avery!  at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder)

Bring your best friend, your S.O., or your soul mate to our Valentine’s Day celebration at Avery! Nothing says “I Love You” like drinking beer and sharing a meal.
We’ll have a variety of special platters meant to share all day. But don’t worry, that pint of beer is all yours.
Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 303.440.4324.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 5-11 pm: Loveless Sour Raspberry Dark Saison Bottle Release Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver)

Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.
Meet Loveless, our Dark Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh raspberries for another three months.
With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.
Brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless will be released on Tuesday, February 14th at 5pm in the 750ML champagne bottle format. Bottles are limited, so get here early.

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Tue., Feb. 14, 7-9 pm: Beer and Chocolate Dinner at WestFax Brewing Company (6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood)

We are headed west (to Lakewood) again for a beer and chocolate dinner with Westfax Brewing.
Bring your Valentine, a friend or come alone to our chocolate dinner pairing with Westfax Brewing. We have planned a four course dinner and they have hand selected beers to accompany each dish.
Start with a salad, select one of two small plates, choose an entree and dessert all for $45.00.
Tickets are required to attend the event. Please contact the brewery to make your reservation 303-233-3742 or click on the link to buy on-line.
Salad:
Roasted Beet & Apple Salad
oven roasted beets, apples, mixed greens & chocolate balsamic dressing
Tears of Our Enemies Scottish Ale
Small Plates
Albondigas
spicy three-meat meatballs, bourbon-chocolate barbeque sauce
Moasic El Dorado Pale Ale
or
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
honey-chili glazed, cocoa nibs, mizithra cheese
Cream Ale
Entree
Butternut Squash Ravioli
sage brown butter, shaved dark (72%) dark chocolate
Premature Pumpkination (Pumpkin Brown Ale)
or
Pulled Pork Sandwich
14 hour slow roasted pork, bourbon chocolate barbeque sauce, pickled onions, broccoli slaw, kettel chips
IPA is the new black (black IPA)
Dessert
Brownie a la Mode
triple chocolate brownie with Swole Stout ice cream
Swole Stout (Imperial Coffee Stout)
You must be 21+ to attend the event.

Big Game Catering Offer and GIVEAWAY from On the Border

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Platter of deliciousness from On the Border

The Super Bowl: a day to hang out and watch the game, throw back some cold ones with your buddies, and indulge in an awesome spread of snacks. For those who don’t feel like cooking, I’ve got a deal for you. I’ve teamed up with On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina to bring you a special offer, as well as a chance to WIN $100 in gift certificates from the restaurant!

From now through Game Day (February 5th, 2017), On the Border is offering a great special: 20% off catering orders of $100 or more, making it perfect for planning a party for college championships, pro playoffs, or the Big Game itself.  Available at all participating On The Border locations, fans can fiesta-fy their game-day spread with house-made tortilla chips and dips, customized party platters, full fajita bars with all the fixings, and many other crowd-pleasing dishes and drinks like:

  • Combo Supremo – Texas Wings, choice of beef or chicken empanadas, firecracker stuffed jalapenos, and chicken mini-quesadillas. Served with ranch dressing and queso. Serves 6 to 8 people.
  • Mini Brisket Burritos by the dozen – warm flour tortillas stuffed with slow-roasted brisket filling.
  • Mexican Sampler – chicken mini-quesadillas, chicken flautas, choice of beef or chicken chimichangas, served with original queso. Serves 6 to 8 people.
  • 5-Layer dip – stacked layers of refried beans, fresh guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cheese & jalapenos served with freshly made tortilla chips. Serves 15 to 20 people.
  • Tacos by the dozen – choice of southwest chicken or brisket filling.
  • NEW! OTB’s House Margarita Canteen – OTB’s signature margarita mix in a party-sized canteen. Just add your favorite tequila and serve. Makes 1 gallon of prepared margaritas (15 to 20 servings).

Orders can be made online at ontheborder.com and picked up from a local restaurant in as little as 30 minutes. All online orders of $100 or more qualify for 20% off by entering the promo code FOOTBALL20 when completing the order.

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Hosting a party? Wouldn’t it be sweet to treat your friends to a catering platter for free?! If you’d like to enter to WIN $100 in On the Border gift certificates, simply comment below with your favorite game day beverage (do you prefer your favorite beer, or margaritas perhaps?) by Friday, January 27th at 3:00 pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Must post comment here on the actual blog post (comments left on social media are not eligible). Good luck!

CHUBurger, Hotbox Roasters Now Open in RiNo

Photo courtesy of Oskar Blues

Photo courtesy of CHUBurger

Last week, the RiNo neighborhood welcomed Oskar Blues Fooderies first Denver outpost—CHUBurger RiNo and Hotbox Roasters CBD (coffee, beer, doughnuts) Café, which is the coffee roaster’s first retail location, at 3490 Larimer Street.

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CHUBurger is open daily from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (photo courtesy of CHUBurger)

I got the chance to stop in for a media event the night before the official opening, and wow—both places are packed with an unbelievable amount of delicious food and beer. Let’s begin with the beer. CHUBurger has 30 beers on tap. During my visit they had approximately 10 Oskar Blues drafts while the rest of the taps were those of other local breweries like Call to Arms, Hogshead, Odd 13, River North, Ska, Bootstrap, Crooked Stave, and more. They even had some national favorites like Cigar City and Perrin. I had a Barrel Aged Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout, which I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes dark beers.

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Hard Hand Shake: Stranahan’s Whiskey chocolate shake topped with Old Chub Nitro. Amazing! (Note: this is a sample size served at a media event)

Burger lovers: this place is your heaven. CHUBurger has so many types of burgers! There are 8 different options on the menu as well as a “build your own” with choice of patty: beef, Berkshire pork, chicken, turkey, veggie (falafel), bison, salmon, hawg dog, or grilled cheese. Additionally, you’ll find fish n’ chips, salads, fries, wings, shakes, floats—pretty much everything you could want. They even have a kids’ menu too.

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Hotbox Roasters is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (photo courtesy of Hotbox Roasters)

Next door to CHUBurger is Hotbox Roasters: premium fair-trade, craft coffees, that are roasted locally and packaged using reusable and recyclable cans. The café is also serving its new Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, coffee drinks, and coffee-infused Oskar Blues beers along with 13 flavors of homemade doughnuts, fried hand pies (a secret recipe from Oskar Blues Founder Dale Katechis’ mom, YaYa) and more. Hotbox Roasters was launched by Oskar Blues in 2015. I first discovered them when I drank Oskar Blues’ Hotbox Coffee Porter. From that moment on I was hooked; it’s a very high quality coffee that is available in several different varieties, both single origins as well as blends. One of my preferred flavors is the Soulshine blend: vanilla butter, crazy raisins, and crystal clean nectarines.

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Barrel Aged Tiny Fidy Russian Imperial Stout

I’m personally so excited to have CHUBurger and Hotbox Roasters join the RiNo neighborhood. They are a welcome addition to the community and both offer quality food and beverages at a reasonable price. They are open and ready to serve you. Stop by today!

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Doughnuts at Hotbox Roasters (photo courtesy of Hotbox Roasters)

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