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My overall favorite pairing: Rackhouse + C Squared Ciders: 6 Cheese Mac and Cheese Balls on a bed of apple cider slaw with cider dipping sauce, paired with Fuzz peach cider aged in oak barrels.

BrüFrouFEST just celebrated its fourth year, and with it came some big changes. The 2014, 2015 and 2016 events were all held in the spring at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. But this year it was outdoors at the Tivoli Quad, and it was in July instead. And there was more of everything: 130 chefs, brewers & mixologists, 80 culinary pairings, 6 live bands, and a DJ.

Ticketing structure was different as well. General Admission tickets were offered for $40, which included 8 pairings. VIP tickets were $125, with unlimited pairings (including access to all GA pairings plus 20 additional pairing partners), an upgraded polypropylene party plate, and perhaps most importantly for an outdoor event on a hot summer day: access to a shaded VIP tent area with plenty of tables and chairs (the large white tent pictured in the background of the photo above).

Glazed & Confused + Fiction Beer Company: Mango cheesecake with a graham cracker crusted donut hole, paired with Cream Ale with bourbon barrel aged cold brewed coffee

As a vegetarian, the VIP ticket wasn’t the best option for me since I can’t partake in most of the pairings. However, provided the set-up remains the same next year, I highly recommend going with VIP for access to all pairings and the large tent, as the amount of shade in the GA area was extremely limited. There were around 10 or so small tents available to the GA crowd, most of which were quickly occupied by groups of people who, if lucky enough to snag one, seemed to cling to them for the majority of the time. Outdoor events are great, but without proper shade, the fest might be better suited for a May or September date rather than July. But did I enjoy myself anyway? Absolutely!

Despite the heat, the beer was cold, the food was delicious, and the pairings were very well done—as always.
Of the eight pairings I had, there is one clear winner in my mind, and that was Rackhouse + C Squared Ciders: 6 Cheese Mac and Cheese Balls on a bed of apple cider slaw with cider dipping sauce, paired with Fuzz peach cider aged in oak barrels. The two blended together amazingly well to create the perfect flavor combination.

MouCo Cheese Company + Ska Brewing: Truffelo, paired with Modus Hoperandi IPA

There were a couple of others that came in close second: Dar Chocolate + Great Divide Brewing: Cafe Nero chocolate square paired with a Yeti Imperial Stout, and MouCo Cheese Company + Ska Brewing: Truffelo, paired with Modus Hoperandi IPA. Both chocolate and cheese are known to be great foods to pair with beer, and these folks definitely knew what they were doing.

Dar Chocolate + Great Divide Brewing: Cafe Nero chocolate square paired with a Yeti Imperial Stout

Cafe Nero is 90% Ecuador cacao with Ethiopian coffee beans, which really brought out the essence of the roasted malts in the Yeti.
Truffelo is a creamy, buttery cheese which, in turn, made the very hoppy Modus seem much smoother than when drinking it on its own.
I can honestly say that every pairing I had was pretty incredible, but these three were tops.

Dar Chocolate + Great Divide Brewing: Pomegoddess cacao spread on a banana slice, paired with a Hercules Double IPA

All of the chefs, brewers and mixologists did a fantastic job with the pairings, and the event was spacious and fun. The only suggestion I have for next time is to either have more shade (and tables) in the general area or move it to the spring or fall. But it was still a wonderful festival with an unbelievable amount of top-notch food and drinks, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for BrüFrouFEST 2018!

BrüFrouFEST 2017: Bigger & Better. See What’s New!

 More Brü. More Frou…

Introducing BrüFrouFEST

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!

This year’s event features 130 Chefs, Brewers & Mixologists, 80 Culinary Pairings, 6 Live Bands, a DJ, and so much more! And here is all you need to know.

TicketsGeneral 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.

A pairing from BrüFrou 2016

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!

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