4th Annual BrüFrou at the Tivoli Quad on Sunday, July 16 from 12-5 pm
The 4th annual BrüFrou is almost here! And hold onto your hats, because this year is even bigger and better than ever! BrüFrouFEST 2017 is an outdoor summer extravaganza being held on the new quad at the historic Tivoli Brewery/Student Union building. Get ready for a whole new kind of experience featuring Live Music, Merchandise Marketplace, Specialty Tasting Pavilions, Outdoor Games, and Value Tickets & VIP Tent Passes. BrüFrouFEST 2017 is the largest craft brewer and chef pairing event in the country!
Tickets: General Admission tickets are on sale now for just $40 and include 8 full pairings. Additional tokens are available ($10 for a 4-pack, which is 4 full pairings). GA ticket holders can choose from 90 breweries, eateries & cocktail bars (45 pairing partners), and live music is included.
Want the full BrüFrouFEST experience? Get your VIP tickets for $125. VIP ticket holders get access to all 130 breweries & eateries (65 pairing partners) in both VIP & GA areas, exclusive access to Shaded VIP Tent area with 40 Breweries & Eateries (20 extra special pairing partners), upgraded polypropylene party plate & Belgian tulip sampling glass, and the live music stage.
Interested in attending but don’t care about the alcoholic beverages? Go with a food-only ticket; both GA ($35) and VIP ($50) options are offered.
While the menu isn’t out yet, the Pairing Partners for both General Admission and VIP areas have been announced. You’ll also find last year’s menu for an idea of what to expect. Also check out my posts from 2015 and 2016 for photos and some of my favorite pairings.
Having attended BrüFrou in the past, I am super excited about the expansion and transition to BrüFrouFEST! I can’t wait to experience the new venue and all the fun extras. Tickets are on sale now–don’t miss the largest craft brewer and chef pairing event in the country, right here in Denver!
Last Saturday was the 3rd annual BrüFrou craft beer & culinary pairing event at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. I look forward to this event every spring, and I have attended each year since its inception.
As a vegetarian, I’m often (usually) unable to participate in beer dinners, as it’s rare that meatless courses are offered (other than dessert and possibly an appetizer). And even though some chefs are happy to acommodate such requests, I don’t like to make extra work for them, so I normally politely decline and skip the event.
While BrüFrou isn’t a “beer dinner,” it does involve hours of unique beer and food pairings. At this year’s event, attendees got the chance to try 50 different beer and food pairings. With such a large number of pairings available, I knew I would surely be able to find some that were vegetarian-friendly.
While participants had access to 50 pairings, I don’t know of anyone who could possibly conquer them all. There is only so much room in the human stomach to fill in a 5-hour (or less) period. So while there were just 6 vegetarian pairings (fewer than in years past), with access to 6 bites and 50 beers–I still left the festival full and slightly tipsy.
I made sure to try all of the vegetarian options, and every one was great! (see photos to view the deliciouness). Though after circling around numerous times, I was unable to locate one of them; so in all I tried 5 pairings. Note: I did find myself going back to a couple of the pairings a second time.
I was, of course, able to sample all the beers, though I’m quite certain I didn’t even get halfway through them (and that’s still around 25 beers!)
This year I had two favorite pairings: It was a tie between Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery + Glazed & Confused: Ubermountain Barleywine paired with Breaking Banana Bread: banana bread “cake style” donut with a salted caramel glaze and mini Ghiradelli chocolate chips, and Copper Kettle Brewing Company + The Rosedale Tavern: Mexican Chocolate Stout paired with Spicy Chocolate Cake.
In years past there was an afternoon and an evening session of BrüFrou. But this year they changed it up and offered tiered ticketing with varying prices for a 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-hour option. Considering vegetarians are limited in what they can eat, a 2- or 3-hour session should be ample time to consume all of the meatless pairings, plus try several additional beers.
The 2-hour tickets sold out quickly, so vegetarians: be prepared for next year’s event and buy early (provided the ticketing structure remains the same). And for those who eat everything: go with the full 5-hour session. You’re going to need all of that time to make it to as many pairings as you can possibly handle.
I am continually impressed with BrüFrou and all of the amazing, creative dishes and beers that local restaurants and breweries bring to the event. If you haven’t been, I strongly suggest checking it out next year!
Here are the winning pairings from this year’s event:
Call to Arms Brewing Company + Hops & Pie
Tennyson Standard Denver Kolsch paired with Bahn Mi Taco with braised pork shoulder, pork rillette & miso vegetables
Verboten Brewing + Harman’s Eat & Drink
Cucumber Gose paired with Salmon Pastrami with dill cream cheese mousse, avocado, brewers rye crisp, pickled mustard seed & cilantro
WeldWerks Brewing Company + First Draft Taproom & Kitchen
Juicy Bits New England IPA paired with Spicy Citrus Tuna Poke with candied grapefruit, orange & lemons along with sambal on a puffed rice cracker
High Hops Brewery + NorthCounty
Habanero Honey Red Ale brewed with habaneros & honey paired with Pork Green Chile thickened with masa & loaded with roasted hatch green chilies served with warmed tortilla chips
On Saturday April 25th, BrüFrou, a craft beer + culinary pairings event, was back for its second year, and it couldn’t have been better. This year BrüFrou had an impressive 40 pairings for guests to enjoy, from wild boar to donuts to everything in between. As a vegetarian I wasn’t able to try them all, though there were several meatless options. And of course I got to sample as many beers as I wanted.
The event was held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, which was an interesting and educational setting in addition to being a whole lot of fun.
My first stop ended up being one of my favorite overall pairings: Basta’s Rustic Pizza with ricotta and burnt orange with Wild Woods Brewery’s Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde. I was ravenously hungry upon my arrival, so unfortunately I scarfed this one down before I could even get a photo. But the burnt orange and the kiwi complemented each other extremely well.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how good a Kale Salad Taco actually sounded. However, I was pleasantly surprised; the taco was much more elaborate than I had imagined: house-made black beans, corn and red peppers topped with cilantro, onions and an avocado tomatillo salsa. Yum.
I’m a huge fan of Saag Paneer–if it’s done right. I’m happy to say that Yak & Yeti’s was spot on. While the recommended pairing with their Gluten Free Apple Ale, I have a weakness for their Chai Stout and decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed at all; both the beer and food were so tasty that they went well together.
Thankfully I inquired about the Bootstrap/Lucky Pie pairing before digging in, as the food was marked as vegetarian when only half of it actually was. I enjoyed the Chilled Asparagus Soup but had to skip the Lardo Crostini (not pictured) for obvious reasons.
Everything I tried was great. But if I had to narrow it down…
I was surprised that two of the beers in my favorite pairings were fruit beers, which I wouldn’t normally choose. That’s one of the reasons I love pairings so much–they force me out of my beer comfort zone and make me try things I’d be likely to pass over.
Everything about BrüFrou was so well done: the setup was such that none of the areas got too crowded, the planes were amazing and provided a fantastic atmosphere, and of course the beer and food–downright delicious!
Have you heard about BruFrou? It’s happening this Saturday at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. BruFrou is a craft beer + culinary pairing event, featuring 70 local breweries and eateries. There are two sessions: the first from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and the second from 4-9 p.m. If you don’t already have your tickets check out their site, where they are offering some amazing deals this week. I am excited for this event, as I (obviously) love beer and tasty fare, and am especially fond of breweries and restaurants working together to create carefully selected pairings of food and drink.
While all of the participating restaurants and breweries sound wonderful, a number of my favorites will be in attendance that I am really looking forward to. For example, some of the breweries are: Mountain Toad Brewing, Fate Brewing Company, Sanitas Brewing Co., Ska Brewing, and many more. A few of the restaurants I’m happy to see: WaterCourse Foods, Wynkoop, City, O’ City, plus dozens of others I haven’t tried but want to.
All the information on this inaugural event can be found on their website. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Enjoy an afternoon or evening filled with unique pairings from some of Colorado’s finest breweries and restaurants.