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Copper Kettle, Cholaca, & Nova Craft Chocolate Create the Perfect Partnership

Products from Nova Craft Chocolate, and a bottle of Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed with Cholaca)

Beer and chocolate: two wonderful, individual things. But together, it can be a magical combination. Beer paired with chocolate? Yes, please. Beer brewed with Cholaca, pure 100% cacao? Amazing. Truffles made with hops and Cholaca? Phenomenal. Sound like something you want in your life? Yes! Well, if you haven’t heard of it before let me introduce you to Boulder-based company, Cholaca.

Cholaca pure liquid cacao and a taste of Copper Kettle’s Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed with Cholaca)

Cholaca, pure, 100% cacao, was created to bring healthy, organic and regeneratively-farmed cacao to the world, while creating sustainable Fair Trade partnerships with farmers throughout the rain forests of Peru and Ecuador. Two Colorado companies, Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Nova Chocolate, are partnering with Cholaca to celebrate Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) and beyond, and a portion of the proceeds will go to regenerative cacao farmers through Yellow Seed, a conscious trade nonprofit that promotes equality, ecological conservation and community resilience in the cacao marketplace.

Delicious Hops Truffles by Nova Chocolate and Cholaca

Nova & Cholaca have always shared a vision of regeneratively-farmed cacao, so Hops Truffles was a natural pairing. Nova combines Cholaca’s Peruvian cacao with Amarillo Hops to give this truffle the citrus brightness beer lovers appreciate in brews made with Amarillo hops.
Hops Truffles are available for sale online. Or, to purchase locally, please visit any of these Colorado stores throughout the month of April:
Zavy Green (Lafayette)
Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette)
Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver)
Cheese & Provisions (Denver)
The Preservery (Denver)
Cured (Boulder)

Jeremy Gobien (Owner and Head Brewer at Copper Kettle), Ira Leibtag (CEO of Cholaca), Andrew Starr (Owner of Nova Chocolate). Photo credit: Tyra Sutak Media

Cholaca began supplying its liquid cacao to craft brewers in Colorado in 2015, and then quickly expanded to supply breweries across the country. Cholaca grew sales by 300% in the beer segment from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Cholaca sold over 3,600 gallons of pure liquid cacao to approximately 30 breweries. Of these, approximately a half-dozen of them are nationally distributed, including Breckenridge Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Tommyknocker Brewery and Troegs Independent Brewing.

Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout, brewed with Cholaca. One of my personal favorite beers!

Other Colorado breweries that have already used Cholaca include Big Choice Brewing, Coopersmiths Pub & Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, FATE Brewing Company, Shine Brewing Co, and Zwei Brewing.

Jeremy Gobien, Owner and Head Brewer at Copper Kettle

As part of their commitment to supporting a healthy planet, Copper Kettle is excited to be making their GABF gold medal winning-Mexican Chocolate Stout now with Cholaca. They are also celebrating their 6-year anniversary throughout Earth Day weekend, which will include 50% of all Mexican Chocolate Stout sales on Earth Day being donated to Yellow Seed. 
On Sunday, April 23, Copper Kettle will be releasing a very special version of its famous Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout, aged on Maple Syrup. Cholaca will be working with the on-site food truck to bring you a delicious brunch menu of chocolate eats to pair with this amazing ale. Check out the schedule of events for all the information on Copper Kettle’s 6th Anniversary Bash. Be sure to stop by for a Mexican Chocolate Stout and the special version of Snowed In, both brewed with Cholaca. And definitely don’t forget to pair the beers with a couple of Hops Truffles!

Brew Year’s Eve: Ring in 2017 with these Beer Events!

Bid adieu to 2016 (we’re SO over you!) and kick off the new year with your favorite Colorado breweries. Where’s the party?! Check out my round-up of breweries with events on New Year’s Eve, as well as New Year’s Day. Cheers!


Sat., Dec. 31, 11 am-2 pm: BSB Beer Brunch! at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

Introducing BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails—
$6 Micheladas w/ Common Red & The Real Dill Bloody Mary mix
$6 Beermosas w/ Semitone & OJ
$6 Coffee Beer (rotating selection w/ Huckleberry Roasters)
Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm. Brunch is meant to be drunk!


Sat., Dec. 31, 4-9 pm: New Years Beer Dinner at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

We’re teaming up with To The Wind Bistro and Bear Creek Distillery for an epic New Year’s Eve Dinner. The folks at To The Wind have created an incredible menu pairing our beers and Bear Creek’s spirits with their inventive, unique, and seasonal fare. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come—
Maui White Shrimp
Jicama slaw, Macadamia nut, Papaya
**Born to Hula, BSB Pineapple Coconut Sour on Nitro
Truffle Mortadella
Toasted spent Grain, Arugula, pecorino cheese
**BSB Foeder-Aged Stringbender Saison
Seared Scallops
Barley risotto, kohlrabi salad
**BSB Fourtrack Chai Porter
Shuck & A Shot
Fat Bastard
**Bear Creek Wheat Whiskey
Duo of Colorado Lamb
Rack of Lamb, braised lamb, spätzle, root vegetable
**BSB Box of Boom, Farmhouse Belgian Triple IPA
Tasting of Sweets
Creme Brulee, Pecan pie, Pineapple curd
**Bear Creek Rum Old Fashioned
St. Maure Caprifeuille
Black pepper and rye vodka cure, roasted beets
**BSB & Bear Creek Rye Beet Saison “Bubbles”
**$100/person, contact To The Wind @


Sat., Dec. 31, 12-10 pm: Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout Release! at Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver).

It’s finally that time of year!
Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout is back!
Come to the taproom on NYE and enjoy a pour of this delicious and extremely limited beer.
This popular beer will be available:
– on tap
– in growler fills for take-away
-in 4 packs* for take-away
*limit of 2 4-packs per customer


Sat., Dec. 31, 6-8:30 pm: End of the Year Party at Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company (1265 Boston Ave, Longmont).

Pre-Party before NYE Party, or your only party…we like your style! Beer, food, & music from Hobo Swagger & Sugar Mill Sunset, bringing you a little hard rock and ska.


Sat., Dec. 31, 8 pm-1 am: New Year’s Eve Party at Ratio Beerworks at Ratio Beerworks
(2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Ring in the New Year by joining the Ratio Beerworks team for one helluva year end blowout. Dress sharp for a special night of special release firkins, snacks, dance partying and our balloon and keg drop at midnight.
The Mystery Sisters DJ Duo will be spinning punk and dance vinyl track for our taproom dance party so come ready to throw down. 2016 has been a real kick in the ass so lets celebrate a clean slate over great beer and good times.


Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-1:30 am: Epic NYE Coast to Coast Party! at Epic Brewing Company – Denver Taproom (3001 Walnut St, Denver).

The end of 2016 is coming!
Get your tickets for the Epic Coast to Coast Party!

The only thing better than celebrating the new year is celebrating it 4 times in one night!
Starting at 9pm each hour Epic will count down the minutes to the new year from east coast to west coast.
Each hour will feature a themed small plate buffet of bar fare from major cities, served along with a special beer pairing.
Buffet Themes: 9-10 pm New York, 10-11 pm Chicago, 11 pm-12am Denver (obviously), 12-1 am Portland
There will be a red carpet to greet you!
Photographer Dustin Hall (Brewtography Project) will be on site to capture you at your best!
DJ Eerie will keep the night going by spinning tunes for each city celebration!
We will watch each count down live!
You will also have a chance to record your new year’s resolutions the old fashioned way (typewriter.)
All Nighter Tickets are available for the whole night celebration 9pm-1:30am, or if you can’t hang out that long you can purchase tickets for individual hour celebrations. Individual hour tickets are labeled by the theme of the city along with times.


Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-12 am: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner – Black Tie Affair at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver).

Please join us for our third annual New Year’s Eve black tie dinner party featuring a three course beer pairing dinner with El Toro the Tot. Get dressed to the nines and ring in the new year with an intimate, candle lit, fine dining experience at your favorite local brewery!
The Menu:
– Course 1 ~ Seared Tuna ‘Tataki’, shaved fennel, pickled shallots, honey-basil vinaigrette, ‘mini onion rings’ – paired with – Bavarian Helles: a German lager with a crisp finish, 4.8% ABV
– Course 2 ~ Black Truffle Stuffed Chicken, roasted squash puree, Brussels sprouts, bacon, black truffle jus, – paired with – Le Chapeau, wild ale aged in cabernet and sauvignon blanc barrels, 7.4% ABV
– Course 3 ~ Coffee & Doughnuts, cappuccino semifreddo, home made cinnamon-sugar doughnut – paired with – Snowed In, imperial oatmeal stout aged in coffee, chocolate and bourbon barrels, 13% ABV
– Midnight Toast
Skip the downtown crowd, the high priced parking and spend New Year’s Eve with us! This event sold out quickly last year, so make sure to get your tickets!
$60 per person (plus tax and gratuity. Gratuity will be charged upon final online ticket purchase).


Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-12:30 am: 3rd Annual NYE Party – Live Music at Fiction Beer Company (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve close to home at your favorite neighborhood brewery! Our 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature:
Live Bluegrass – That Damn Sasquatch at 9:00 pm
Exclusive Toasting Beer made only for NYE
Covered Heated Patio, plenty of room!
Food and Beer Pairings
Prizes all night
Special tapping (more details to come)
So avoid the downtown drama, lack of cabs, surge charges from Uber, high cover charge bars, and general nonsense of downtown and have fun with us and your neighbors.


Sat., Dec. 31, 6 pm-2 am: Casino Night New Year’s Eve Bash NO COVER at 38 State Brewing Company
(8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton).

38 State Brewing presents: The Third Annual New Year’s Eve Bash!!!
2016 was quite a year so let’s send it off in style!
Theme: Casino Rat Pack Night
21+ only 6PM and on.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 6 PM to Midnight – Get a ticket with every beer ordered. Each ticket goes into a giveaway box… At 8, 9, 10, 11 we will have a drawing and a prize giveaway!
At 11:55 PM we will give away BEER FOR A YEAR!! Get here early for a higher chance to win.
CASINO DETAILS: Every person will get $100 worth of chips to play with. No purchase necessary.
The games: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps.
Casino games from 8-10 PM.
Once your chips are gone they are gone!
You can redeem your chips for a variety of 38 State prizes/merch.
DRESS TO IMPRESS!!! There might even be a few extra chips in it for ya!
LIVE MUSIC: Michael Angiolillo “The Italian Crooner” from 9-12:15
Arepas House will be serving up food.


Sat., Dec. 31, 6 pm-2 am: Black Sky’s BREW Year’s Eve! FREE! 21+ at Black Sky Brewery (490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver).

Ring in the New Year proper with metal! Groovey.TV and 13 Mentalities Productions are bringing you 4 bandsf or your listening pleasure. Champagne Toast at Midnight! As always, our shows are FREE! 21+ No vertical, temporary, or expired ID accepted.
Hallowed Screams – Slayer Tribute Band
Driven by Turmoil
Six Feet of Anger S F O A
Sanity’s Edge


Sat., Dec. 31, 11 am-12:30 am NYE at KBC at Kokopelli Beer Company (8931 Harlan St, Westminster).

Join us for our New Year’s Eve celebration! We will be open late, with live music from Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove at 8:00pm. Giveaways and happy hour prices all day! And of course there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are suggested, and are now being accepted.
Singer-songwriter, Mitchel Evan has been writing and preforming since he was 13 years old. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to open for many national acts including Civil Twilight, All Time Low and Title Fight. Shortly after moving to Colorado The Mangrove began to take roots under the apprenticeship and guidance of Producer Lance Bendiksen of Bendiksen Productions. With the addition of Dave Janssen on Bass guitar and Zedekiah Mills on the drums, the three create an eclectic mix of roots, rock, ad blues accompanied by powerful vocals and notable lyrics. With such a diverse sound Mitchel Evan and the Mangrove is guaranteed to captivate and entertain any audience.
Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove


Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm-12:30 am: New Year’s Eve ParTay at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons).

We all survived 2015, so #getinhere and celebrate with us! Cheers to the New Year!
Tap Takeover with Periodic Brewing! Live music from 9 pm-12:30 am with Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams!
Specialty food menu including smoked prime rib as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!


Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-12:30 am: Deviant New Year’s Eve Party at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids (1555 S Hover St, Longmont).

Deviant Dale’s is here and so is the New Year! Come party with us!
Deviant Dale’s release party Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids! Come hang out with Shannon McGrath the OBCO brewery sales rep., drink some Deviant, win some swag & listen to live music.
Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene jammin’ from 9 pm-12:30 am.
Appetizer buffet + a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!


Sat., Dec. 31, 8:30 pm-1 am: New Year’s Eve Beer Dinner at  Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery (2990 Brewery Ln, Littleton).

Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration!
– 8:30 pm Welcome Reception
– 9:00 pm Community Style Dinner
– 11:00 pm-1:00 am Live Music
2017 Midnight Toast with a Special Breckenridge Brewery Firkin Tapping!
**Call the restaurant now to book your spot: (303) 803-1380 or visit**


Sat., Dec. 31, 12-2 pm: Happy New Beer! at Grandma’s House (1710 S Broadway, Denver).

It’s time for our last meeting of 2016. Let’s enjoy a casual get-together at Grandma’s House to share beer hopes and dreams for 2017. As always, this meeting is open to the public so please come and invite a friend or two.
More about the Flocculant Basterds Home Brew Club:
We are a beer loving, home brew making, fun bunch of people that meet once every other month. All beer-lovers and drinkers (of legal drinking age) are invited to join!
Adorable Grandma Image via:


Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 11:30 am: New Year’s Chili Cook Off at The West End Tavern (926 Pearl Street, Boulder).

The West End Tavern is celebrating the start of a 2017 with its annual Chili Cook Off. On Sunday, January 1, guests will get the chance to sample three different recipes from The West End kitchen. Football will be playing on all 6 flatscreens and there will be food and drinks specials all day long including $10 BBQ nachos and $14 pitchers of Post Brewing Co.’s Howdy Beer. Doors open at 11:30 am.


Sun., Jan.1, 11 am-2 pm: BSB Beer Brunch! at Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St, Denver).

Introducing BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails—
$6 Micheladas w/ Common Red & The Real Dill Bloody Mary mix
$6 Beermosas w/ Semitone & OJ
$6 Coffee Beer (rotating selection w/ Huckleberry Roasters)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-2 pm. Brunch is meant to be drunk!


Sun., Jan. 1, 10:45 am-8 pm: New Year’s Day Tamales, TV’s, and Brewski’s at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver).

We know our crowd isn’t a bunch of amateurs and will be ready to get out on the first day of 2017 to get the New Year started properly. Write your resolutions, throw on your favorite football jersey, grab your friends/family and come over to the taproom for some traditional New Year’s Day tamales by our well-renowned neighbors Tamales by La Casita!
We’ll also have The Sunday Ticket football on our two TV’s and 100″ screen and fresh, fresh, craft beer pouring.



Sat., Dec. 31, 7 pm-7 am on New Year’s Day: Coors Light Free Rides®

Have fun celebrating! But most importantly, get home safe. This year, Coors Light and RTD  Denver have teamed up to create Coors Light Free Rides,® available on Saturday, December 31, from 7 P.M. through 7 A.M. on New Year’s Day. Free Rides will also be offered on New Year’s Eve in Chicago; Dallas; Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Milwaukee and Madison, WI; Phoenix; and Washington D.C. For more information, visit

Beer Events: Special GABF Week Edition!


Photo courtesy of the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page

Whether you’re attending the Great American Beer Festival or not, there are lots of exciting beer events leading up to GABF and continuing throughout the week. While Colorado is always a great place for craft beer, GABF week is the absolute best time to be here!

***Note: I will be updating this as other event information is released, so check back! Also, there are far too many awesome events to include in this one post; these are just some of my personal picks. See my Facebook Events page for even more good stuff!***


Sat., Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m.: 1st Annual Townie Fest at The Post Brewing (105 W. Emma St., Lafayette).

Uptown, downtown, eastside, westside; we’re all townies and we all need a beer when we meet. Townie Fest is a day of fun with the friends and family and all Townies are welcome. Oktoberfest is happening in Germany and costumes are welcomed! Great American Beer Fest is the next weekend, didn’t get a ticket? Great! Come to Townie Fest and get your drink on and earn yourself a chance at GABF tickets for 2016!
We’ll have a “Celebrity Dunk Tank” for all to dunk their favorite local celebrity. Lots of games and activities to keep you laughing, and winning awesome prizes including an all expenses paid trip to Portland Oregon to tour some breweries!
We’ll have special tappings throughout the day – so get here early and stay a while to get be a part of all the excitement! We’ll have a boot-stomping good time to start it off with a local jam and end with live music from Malai Llama.


Sat., Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m.: 11th Annual Fresh Hop Fest at The Future Home of Brewery Liberati (2403 Champa St., Denver).

The beer-centric minds of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Falling Rock Tap House, and Two Parts have done it again! We present to you: The 11th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival!
This year’s event has landed in a new and improved location—the old Golden Bell Press building, and the future home of Liberati Brewing is located just a few blocks from Falling Rock. This event showcases a medley of fresh hopped beers created by breweries from across the country. The majority of beers will come from the greater Colorado area, but some out-of-state guests will grace us with their presence as well!
What in the heck is a fresh hopped beer? Here’s the timeline… Hops growers have about 24 hours to get the hops from the farm to the brewery’s drying kiln before they start showing signs of spoilage. But if these hops are utilized within that 24-hour window, then eureka, we’ve got ourselves one heck of a beer! These beers are exciting because each one is different, all have varied levels of hoppy flavor, and are super exclusive due to the fresh hop process. Don’t miss out!
Ticket includes entry to the event, unlimited libations, and a commemorative glass. Trust us when we say it will be worth every penny. Buy now and save. At door prices will increase by five dollars (if any tickets remain)…


Sat., Oct. 1, 2 p.m.-11:59 p.m.: Gratitude 2016 at Our Mutual Friend Brewery (2810 Larimer St, Denver).

It’s time for Gratitude! A celebration of friendship and the beer made possible by it. Every year (the Saturday before GABF) we take the opportunity to celebrate you! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our customers, friends, family, and countless people in the craft beer industry.
To show our appreciation we will have $4 standard and $5 special release pours all day! Over 20 beers on tap! At least 6 bottle releases (including Gratitude 3 sour ale)! Food trucks! Music! Giveaways! No ticket required.


Sun., Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.: Brewers Brunch with Ska Brewing Company and Peach Street Distillers at The Corner Office (1401 Curtis St, Denver).

Course 1 – Crispy cabbage roll with blonde dubbel hot mustard + cilantro japanses mayo paired with True Blonde Dubbel 
Course 2 – Pork carnita sopes with citrus black beans + pico paired with Modus Mandarina IPA.
Course 3 – Slow cooked ESB beef rib, tender belly ham + smoky blue drizzle paired with ESB Special Ale
Course 4 – Double chocolate ten tin shake paired with Ten Pin Porter


Mon., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.: Annual GABF Tapping Party at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St., Denver).

Join us as we celebrate the Great American Beer Festival in our own special way! Featuring many of the great beers we are are known for carrying as well as some special kegs including new, fun and one-off beers from our friends. Be there early to get a good spot for watching the clock count down to zero and toast the start of one of the Greatest Weeks in Beer!


Mon., Oct. 3-Sat., Oct. 8: GABF Week at Freshcraft (1530 Blake St., Denver).

Freshcraft has special tappings and events all week long, starting on Monday Oct. 3rd and going through Saturday Oct. 8th. Click on individual events for more information:
Mon., Oct. 3: Wild & Sour Monday
Tue., Oct. 4: Local Showcase Tuesday 
Wed., Oct. 5: Upslope Brewing 
Thur., Oct. 6: Casey Brewing and Blending, Cigar City Brewing, and Ska x Telluride Spirit Animal Night 
Fri., Oct. 7: Odell x Wicked Weed, Left Hand Warrior Firkin Tapping, and Stone, Green Flash, Station 26 and Melvin 
Sat., Oct. 8: Breakfast with The Bruery and Surly Brewing 


Mon., Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m.: Meet the Brewer at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

Our brewer, Tim Myers, will be giving tours every 30 min. He’ll lead a Q&A about Strange Craft beers and share samples. Limited to 10 people each half hour. Signup sheet in the tasting room.


Mon., Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.: GABF Launch Party with Great Divide at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

We are working on our line up for GABF week, and its all going to start here with our Great Divide Launch Party! Going to be a great week for craft beer, we hope to see you here.


Mon., Oct. 3, 5-10 p.m.: Stone + First Draft Collab Release at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

We collaborated with Stone on a crazy blend to create Stone Mixtape Ale vol. 15 – Brett the Rockies. With the help of Stone’s Senior Manager of Brewing and Innovation Steve Gonzalez, we blended a Brett-fermented foudre blend with Stone Ruination 2.0, and added cannibis oil as a finishing touch.
Come try this one-of-a-kind beer at First Draft starting Monday during GABF week. We’ll also be tapping Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton Sour Cherries and Stone Cali-Belgique aged in Tequila Barrels!


Tue., Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Beers Made by Walking at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver).

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and create new beers inspired by plants identified on the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets are $35. 
Participating breweries: Baere, Black Project, Bonfire, Burial (NC), Cerebral, Crazy Mountain, Crooked Stave, Dry Dock, Elevation, Fiction, Fieldhouse, Fonta Flora (NC), Great Divide , Happy Leaf Kombucha, Hopworks (OR), Horse and Dragon, Living The Dream, Mockery, Odd 13, Odell, Our Mutual Friend, Paradox, Ratio, Riff Raff, Scratch (IL), Spangalang, Stem Cider, Strange Craft, TRiNiTY, TRVE, Goldspot + The Grateful Gnome collaboration.


Tue., Oct. 4, 6-10 p.m.: What the Funk!? Invitational 2016 at Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St., Denver).

What the Funk!? Invitational is a celebration of all things barrel-aged from boozy and strong to wild, sour, and funky. Sponsored by Denver-based brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Shelton Brothers this festival features numerous breweries from across the United States and around the World making some of the best Barrel-aged libations. For more information and tickets please visit


Tue., Oct. 4, 5-10 p.m.: Odd13 Brewing Showcase at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

We’re getting the GABF party started early with some great offerings from Odd13 Brewing! The Odd13 crew will be in the house with giveaways as well. Taplist includes:
– Codename Superduper Fan
– Hawaiian Bartender
– The Economist
– Codename Superfan
– Boulder Brett
– Chainsaw the Princess of Karate (collab with Big Choice Brewing. Proceeds from Odd13 Taproom sales go to support breast cancer charities)


Tue., Oct. 4-Fri., Oct. 7: GABF Week Events at The Crafty Fox (3901 Fox St, Denver).

Tue., Oct. 4: The Crafty Fox & CSA Distributing Present GABF Gems! Come on down to The Crafty Fox on Tuesday October 4th and try some rare beer gems! We will be tapping fun rare beers from the following breweries: Lawsons, Bell’s, Half Acre, Two Roads, Council, Perennial, Fremont, Jack’s Abby, Boneyard, Gigantic, Blackberry Farms, Stillwater, Off Color, La Cumbre, Greenbench, Almanac, Ecliptic, Crux, Cascade, AleSong, Jolly Pumpkin, Against the Grain, and Lord Hobo!
Wed., Oct. 5: The Crafty Fox & Horse and Dragon Food/Beer Pairing! We will be teaming up with Horse & Dragon Brewery out of Fort Collins and doing a custom food and beer menu. We will be pairing a fun custom food menu with their Sad Panda Coffe Stout, Bounty of the Bine Fresh Hop Pale Ale, The Agitated Aardvark Imperial IPA, The Scottish Tradesman Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter, Perambluation Gose, and Harry Hughes Aggie Jasmine Green Tea Pale Ale! Not only will be have some fun food/beer pairings we will also be cooking the food with their spent grain, hops, wort, and yeast.
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Wicked Weed! We will be teaming up with Wicked Week Brewery out of North Carolina and we will be tapping 21+ of their rare beers. Like sours, IPAs, stouts?! Well, Wicked Weed will be sending out a very diverse lineup of beers which will help showcase the brewery. Come on down and help us welcome Wicked Weed to Colorado!
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Odd 13! We will be tapping some of the rarest beers that Odd 13 Brewery out of Lafayette CO has to offer! Like Odd 13 beers? Well, we will be tapping some of Odd 13’s heaviest hitters.
Fri., Oct. 7: Bellingham Beer in Denver w/ Melvin & Crooked Stave! Check out Bellingham’s finest breweries as they visit the Crafty Fox in Denver on October 7th from 4:00 PM – close! Drink beer and win prizes!

Wed., Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.: CSA Portfolio Tasting at Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver).

Featuring Beer FromThese Breweries:
3 Floyds
Beachwood Brewing& BBQ
Creature Comforts
Blackberry Farms
La Cumbre
Green Bench
Two Roads
Half Acre
Jester King
Fonta Flore


Wed., Oct. 5, 4 p.m.: Jax LoDo pre-GABF party featuring Bad Mutha’ Shucka at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo (1539 17th St., Denver).

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and happy hour runs 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo will be the official GABF headquarters for The Post Brewing Company. On Wed., October 5, the day before the festival kicks off, Jax LoDo will host a pre-GABF party with a special tapping of Cask-Conditioned, Dry-Hopped Bad Mutha’ Shucka. Weighing in at 5.75% ABV, this amber ale is dripping in citrus and tropical fruit aromas supported by a classic, full malt flavor. It was brewed from American 2-row barley malt, Munich malt and two types of crystal malt for a rich and satisfying malt profile. The beer was hopped with a blend of Cascade, Willamette and Azacca hops resulting in a distinctly fruity, American hop aroma and flavor. And while no oysters were harmed in the making of Bad Mutha’ Shucka, it pairs exceptionally well with a dozen on the half-shell.
This one-of-a-kind firkin will offer beer fans a different drinking experience. Similar to the cask-conditioned ales that fill beer halls across Europe, this batch of Bad Mutha’ Shucka was put into the cask immediately after the initial brew, at which point an enormous amount of dry hops was added. And until it is tapped, no one will know what it tastes like!
Jax LoDo will feature five additional Post Brewing Co. beers on October 5, and Brewmaster Bryan Selders himself will be in-house to tap the firkin, answer questions about cask beer and beer in general, and throw back a pint or two. Complimentary snacks will be provided, and guests drinking POST beer can enjoy $1.50 oysters all night long. Also, anyone drinking from the firkin will get a chance to win a $100 Big Red F gift card.


Wed., Oct. 5-Sat., Oct. 8: Beerliner & Chill: Brewers Health Initiative at 14th & Stout, Denver).

When: Wednesday, October 5th – Saturday October 8th
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available.
$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

This awesome event is brought to you by 1400 Miles with some generous help from our friends at Pints for Prostates, Prostate Conditions Education Council, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and more.
Don’t forget, #dontfearthefinger, y’all! See you in Denver!


Wed., Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.: Breast Friends w/TRVE, Ratio, Burial and Revolution at Hi-Dive (7 S Broadway, Denver).

Join TRVE Brewing, Ratio Beerworks, Burial Beer Co. and Revolution Brewing for a night of pre-GABF fun. These four Breast Friend breweries have teamed up for a tap takeover and punk rock / metal music showcase featuring Cloud Catcher, Space In Time, Major Sports, and Cheap Perfume all benefiting Keep A Breast Foundation!
Doors open at 8:30 show begins at 9pm, tickets are available for $10 via the Hi-Dive Denver.


Wed., Oct. 5, 4-10 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: HMLS Pig Roast at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to an all you can eat family-style Pig Roast as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
Come on out for some live music courtesy of Coop and the Chicken Pluckers, good times, and great beers on Wednesday, October 5, to indoctrinate you to the Great American Beer Festival.  We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 6:30 PM.


Wed., Oct. 5, 5-10 p.m.: Pre-GABF Shindig! at Tivoli Brewing (900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver).

It’s that time of year again!  And just as you’d expect, we’re going to kick this week off the only way we know how…Party!
Join our mischief and bafoonery Wednesday October 5th!


Wed., Oct. 5, 6-10 p.m.: Offensively Delicious, a Craft Beer Comedy Show at McNichols Building (144 W Colfax Ave, Denver).

Offensively Delicious is a celebration of the craft and personality behind the beer industry. Laugh the night away with 10 breweries and 4 comedians. The event begins with a sampling from 10 breweries. At 8 PM brewers take the stage to crack some jokes. After the brewers’ stand-up, local and national comedians take the stage and are certain to leave the crowd rolling in their seats. Headliners for Offensively Delicious are Beth Stelling and Matt Braunger (bios below). This event is a nonprofit fundraiser for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8: Great American Beer Festival (SOLD OUT) at Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver).

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.


Thur., Oct. 6, 12-2:30 p.m.: GABF Pre-Party at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

• Beer tasting
• Keep the Pint Glass and get a free fill
• Pretzel kit to make your own necklace
• Brewery tour
$10 Signup sheet in the tasting room


Thur., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco at Epic Brewing Co. (3001 Walnut St., Denver).

Join us for our 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco! Our brewers have put together 50 unique firkins for your enjoyment as you wander through the brewery to sample all of them. Be a part of history, be a part of the fun and chaos of this popular event!
Ticket price includes unlimited sampling of the 50 Firkins from 7pm – Midnight. Last call is at 11:45pm. Food and Souvenir t-shirts sold separately.
General admission tickets will be available for $30 until October 5th (price does not include shirt). A limited amount of tickets will be available the day of at the door for $45 (price does not include shirt).  Must be 21+, must have valid photo ID (non-expired: passports, military ID, driver’s license or state issued ID cards).


Thur., Oct. 6, 5-11 p.m.: Three Floyds Night at LowDown Brewery + Kitchen (800 Lincoln St., Denver).

We are so excited to host Three Floyds Brewing the Thursday of GABF this year!!! We will have all of our own craft beer plus four offerings from this amazing brewery. Join us! No tickets. No reservations. Just drinking, eating and happiness.


Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 120 Minute Happy Hour with Sam Calagione! at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

Join us for a GABF after party with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Beer! We will be featuring flights of everyone’s favorite IPA, the 120 Minute from 2007, 2009, and 2011. Who better to taste with than the man himself? Join in celebrating the 120 minute IPA with 120 minutes of party!


Thur., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 9: Mexican Chocolate Stout Tap and Bomber Releases at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver).

October 6 – We will release the first of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Coffee Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with Pablo’s coffee, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a coffee twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 7 – We will release the second of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 8 – We will release the third of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Double Chocolate Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with cinnamon, a double dose of cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 9 – We will release the fourth new adaptation of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout!Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50


Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8, 3-8 p.m.: GABF Celebration at Avery Brewing Co. (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder).

Who is ready for GABF?!! We are!!! In case you weren’t able to get tickets, or if you just want to come by and grab some beer and grub we will be hanging at the brewery both inside and out. We will have food tents and the draft trailer rolling outside as well as Tap Room and restaurant open. Food tents will be running Thursday 3-8pm and Friday/Saturday 3-8pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Star Bar After Party hosted by New Belgium at Star Bar (2137 Larimer St, Denver).

The legendary after party for the first GABF session continues!
Tappings Include: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Fat Tire, NBB Love Blackberry Oscar, NBB Love Apple Felix, Peach Wheat Wine, Tart Lychee, RockStar


Fri., Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.: GABF week Tapping: Casey Brewing & Blending and Cascade Brewing at Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver).

From Casey –
Cherry Cut : Balaton
Cherry CFP :Attika
Apricot Cut
East Bank
Cherry CFP : Golden Cherry
From Cascade –
Black Cap Raspberry
2014 Project : Noyaux
Sang Noir
Manhattan Project


Fri., Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: Gospel Brunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

Come on out for some live music and the brewery experience on Friday, October 7, and get saved before the Friday session of the Great American Beer Festival.
The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to Gospel Brunch, live music courtesy of the Jonny Barber Gospel Review with Erica Brown, as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 10:30 AM.


Fri., Oct. 7, 3-9 p.m.: 2016 GABF Collaboration Celebration at Denver Beer Co. (1550 Platte St., Denver).

Come celebrate the Great American Beer Festival! We will be introducing 6 collaboration brews with some amazing breweries from around the country. Plus, live music, food trucks, block party, games, photobooth, and more! Entrance is FREE and open to the public!
Beer Tickets: $25 gets you:
A 2016 Collaboration Celebration Commemorative Glass
8 oz. pour of each of the 6 Collaboration Celebration Beers
PLUS – $5 from every ticket goes to our charity partner, First Descents!


Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St, Denver).

Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Great Divide Brewing Co. present a special evening of music, drinks, and food at The Summit Music Hall Friday, October 7, 2016.
This event celebrates the final show of the season for Levitt Pavilion Denver’s free concert programming with performances by 2016 The Voice runner-up, Laith Al-Saadi, along with Colorado’s rising star Brent Cowles and Austin mainstay Garrett Lebeau Band.
Tickets are only $25 and 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver (501(c)(3), a local non-profit focused on elevating the local music scene and increasing accessibility to live music through construction of the new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park, a free music venue opening in July of 2017.
Each $25 ticket includes:
– An exclusive opportunity to try ‘The Smoothness’, a Jameson and Great Divide collaboration beer
– Jameson Irish Whisky
– Great Divide Brewing CO. beer
– Sliders, appetizers and more.
Must be 21+ to attend.


Sat., Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: GABF Brewers Breakfast: Burritos & Barleywines at Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St, Denver).

A little hair-of-the-dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again! Saturday, October 8 we will serve up a Brewer’s Breakfast:$12 for an awesome smothered breakfast burrito & a glass of barleywine!

If barleywine is not your breakfast bevie of choice, we’ll have a few of our other aged big beers on tap for the tasting.

Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!

Black Project

Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Special GABF Bottle Releases at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (1290 S. Broadway, Denver).

Join us on Saturday, October 8th at 10am for a special release of MULTIPLE beers, new and old! We are clearing out a bit of the back-cellar and have a couple never-before-released bottles. Note that ALL of these bottles will be extremely limited, and the list is subject to change:
-LUNEX – Spontaneous Blended Sour with Corvus Coffee
-DREAMLAND (Batch 3) – never released in bottles
-кальмар Spontaneous Imperial Gose
-SUPERCRUISE Tempranillo
-DREAMLAND (Batch 1) – Waxed and capped old-school bottle
-DREAMLAND (Batch 2)
-VOODOO (Batch 1)
-ELSEWHERE (Batch 1)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 2) (cold-stored since release)
-EJECTOR (Batch 1) (cold-stored since release)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 3)
-EJECTOR (Batch 2)
-Probably some other stuff that I find a couple bottles of 😉


Sat., Oct. 8, 4-10 p.m.: Bottlefest 2016 Sponsored by Tavour at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

Sample some of the tastiest brews ever put into a bottle! A mini beerfest with the cream of the crop craft beer. Buy tokens to use for 4 oz. pours of high quality suds. Bottle list includes: Casey Brewing & Blending, Cantillon, Jester King, Avery, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Hill Farmstead, Paradox Beer Co, The Bruery, Lawson’s, Westbrook, and much much more!
Limited space available. Purchase a timeslot for $10 to guarantee attendence and receive 6 tokens. Tokens will be sold first come first serve on the day of the event at $2 per token.
Purchase Tickets:


Sat., Oct. 8., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: 2nd Annual Ratio Karaoke GABF After-Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

You made it! You survived GABF, now let’s party! After the final session of the Great American Beer Festival on Sat., Oct. 8, join the Ratio Beerworks team in belting out some of your favorite hits and sending off the final night in a blaze of glory! We will be firing up the karaoke machine around 9pm so come prepared to throw-down your go-to tune. Everyone is welcome join the party, but if you bring your brewers badge and sign up to sing a song, your first beer is on us. Additionally, we’ll be tapping some serious heat during the party, to put the kibosh on a massive weekend.

BrüFrou 2016 Recap: A Vegetarian Perspective


Copper Kettle Brewing Company + The Rosedale Tavern: Mexican Chocolate Stout paired with Spicy Chocolate Cake

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.


Little Machine Beer + Table 6: Alternating Currant tart black currant ale paired with Popcorn with kimchi butter

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.


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

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.


Ratio Beerworks + Cart-Driver: Handwritten Belgian Abbey White paired with Ramps & Ricotta Tart

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!)


Trinity Brewing Co + Zeal: One Ear classic Belgian saison paired with Vegetable Curry: coconut milk, curry spices, sprouted lentils & micro basil cauliflower rice

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.


Black Shirt Brewing’s Branden Miller pouring a Dry-Hopped Mango Sour

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

March Beer Events

Here are some fun beer events to consider in March. Also check out my St. Patrick’s Day post (including St. Patrick’s Day Parade) for holiday-specific events! Plus, Colorado Craft Beer Week is March 19-27, so there is LOTS to do!


Wed., Mar. 2, 6-11 p.m.: Homebrewer Appreciation Night, hosted by Fermentologists & TRVE at TRVE Brewing (227 Broadway #101, Denver).

TRVE Brewing started out as homebrewers and as such want to give back to the homebrew community. On March 2, our club has partnered up with them to host a homebrewer’s night at the brewery.
Join us to have a few beers, hang out with other homebrewers, and take home some FREE bottles. Just buy two pints during the event and Trve will send you home with a CASE of either 12 oz. or 750ml empty bottles.
This is a great opportunity to talk to other brewers and enjoy some great beer, plus bring home some brand new empty bottles.
(Do not bring homebrew to share, it’s illegal for public events).

Work From Home Sat., Mar. 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Work From Home Beer Breakfast at Cerebral Brewing (1477 Monroe St., Denver). 

We added 165 pounds of Vermont maple syrup and 10 gallons of cold-brewed Sweet Bloom coffee to our Robust American Porter, Nightglow, to create Work From Home. The result is a 9.0% Imperial Breakfast Porter teeming with lush notes of baker’s chocolate, coffee, and a slightly sweet maple finish. It’s the perfect beverage to start your day, providing you’re not going into work.
Come celebrate its release by joining us for a beer breakfast including waffles and bacon provided by Waffle Brothers! We’ll have cartoons on the big screen and highly encourage wearing your favorite pajamas.
Each ticket includes a screen-printed glass mug, a 10oz pour of Work From Home, a waffle and a side of bacon. Additional pours of Work From Home will be available for $5.
Space is limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly!

Stong Ale

Sat., Mar. 5, 12-5 p.m.: 14th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct. N, Boulder).

Please join us for our 14th annual ode to strong ales! Boulder Strong Ale Fest features epic brews from craft breweries around the country, bringing the beers of brawn and this king of categories to one holding pen for your pleasure. To make it into this fest, a beer must be 8% ABV or higher and represent something very special from the heart and soul of its creator.
Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds benefit G.O.A.L.S. – Get Outside And Learn Something. Each ticket includes 16 pours and a commemorative glass. Food will be available for purchase. Because this event is for charity, there are no discounted designated driver tickets and no refunds. This is a 21+ event—please leave your children and dog-children at home.
Sneak peek of participating breweries:
Allagash Brewing Co.
Call to Arms Brewing Co.
DogFish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ska Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
The Lost Abbey
…and many more!

Suds for SIDS

Sat., Mar. 5, 6 p.m.: Suds for SIDS Beer Fest at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver).

The 4th annual SUDS for SIDS Beer Festival and fundraiser is taking place on March 5th from 6-10 PM at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Join CAUTION: Brewery and many more of your favorite local breweries, as we help raise money and awareness for the Angel Eyes “Child Loss Awareness Program.” Tickets include unlimited tasting, beer style appetizers as well as non-alcoholic beverages (for our DD). There will also be a live DJ and a special, one-of-a-kind silent auction. Come party with CAUTION and drink some beers for a very good cause!


Mon., Mar. 7, 7 p.m.: Beer & Food Pairing with Ratio Beerworks at Rhein Haus (1415 Market St., Denver).

March’s Beer & Food Pairing features Ratio Beerworks pouring 3 different & fun beers.
Rhein Haus’ Executive Chef Eric Hiob & Bier Curator Scott McKinney host a 3-course Beer & Food Pairing Dinner @ 7 PM on the first Monday of every month. All 3-courses are carefully created to marry the seemingly infinite pool of flavors from surrounding Denver breweries.
A great opportunity to meet & mingle with brewers and other beer lovers in a family style seating atmosphere.
Tickets to the pairing dinners provide guests early VIP access to beers featured on the following Wednesday’s Tap Takeover.


Tue., Mar. 8-Fri., Mar. 11: Barrel-Aged Scottish Style Ale Tappings with Upslope Brewing & Spirit Hound of Lyons (4 dates & locations)

In the fall of 2013, Spirit Hound’s inaugural whiskey wash was cooked at Upslope. Remember the flood that year? This beer was aged in the whiskey barrels that survived the swim. The result? Only six barrels of beer.
Tues., March 8 @ 5:00 p.m. at Both Upslope Tap Rooms (1501 Lee Hill Dr., Boulder and 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder)
Wed., March 9 @ 5:30 p.m. at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)
Thurs., March 10 @ 5:30 p.m. at Lyons Fork (450 Main St., Lyons)
Fri., March 11 @ 5:30 p.m. at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St., Denver)


Wed., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Women For Delicious Beer: Caution Brewing Co. (1057 S Wadsworth Blvd., Ste. 60, Lakewood).

Hey ladies! This is our third meeting of many to come! Do you love craft beer? This is a social educational club…
Don’t worry! If you don’t know much about beer or aren’t even sure if you LIKE beer…you’re more than welcome to join! This club is all about including ALL women, no matter if you’re a novice drinker or a brewer! There is no charge for this meeting. Please keep your RSVP updated.


Sat., Mar. 12, 12-6 p.m.: Hops + Handrails at Roosevelt Park (Long’s Peak and 8th Ave., Longmont).

Left Hand’s bringing the mountain to the people! In its fourth year, Hops+Handrails features the best of Colorado, mixing an epic beer fest with a live rail jam! Sip from 60 craft breweries, while riders do their best tricks down the 40ft. ramp with live music filling the air. Sam Bush will headline the Hops + Handrails stage, featuring his trademark bluegrass and jaw-dropping mandolin playing.
60 Breweries | Rail Jam | Live Music | Vendors | Kid Zone
Hops + Handrails is a benefit for SOS Outreach, Chill, and the LHB Foundation.

Pi Day

Mon., Mar. 14, 7 p.m.: Celebrate Pi / Pie Day for Beer Geeks at Upslope at Upslope Brewing Co. ( 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder).

The Greek symbol Pi is used around the word to represent a constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) and we’re celebrating it with our friends at Upslope by creating a craft beer and pie pairing.
We’re also following the pairing with a beer geek trivia session. Questions are created by Upslope Brewers, and friends/members of Barley’s Angels with fun prizes. Tickets for this event is $15 which includes 3 beer and pie pairings, craft beer education and service charges.
$5 reserves your seat by clicking this link. The balance is payable to the taproom on the night of the event.


Wed., Mar. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Canvas & Cocktails at Cerebral Brewing (1477 Monroe St., Denver). 

Tap into the right side of your brain and join us for a night of painting and delicious beer! Canvas & Cocktials will be hosting a step by step instructional painting class with beer, music, and fun! $40 includes all painting materials, instruction, and one beer! We will be painting the above picture of the Denver skyline.

Collab Fest

Sat., Mar. 19, 3-6 p.m.: Collaboration Fest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St., Denver). **SOLD OUT**

Collaboration Fest is back, and is entering its third year in 2016! The first year of the festival boasted more than 20 collaborative beer projects with contributors coming from as far away as Sweden, providing limited edition, exclusive brews specifically for this event. The second annual Collaboration Fest expanded not only in size, but number of beer projects and types of collaboration. 2016 promises to be the best event yet! Don’t miss this one of a kind festival! Tickets are available at 

After party

Sat., Mar. 19, 8 p.m.: Collaboration Fest After Party at The Mercury Cafe (2199 California St., Denver).

After this year’s Collaboration Fest on Saturday, March 19… we’ll collaborate one last time to end the day in style! Greater Than Collective, the Mercury Cafe and Two Parts have put their heads together to create a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed after party for the ages. We’ll be taking over the Mercury Cafe (upstairs), and we’ve asked a slew of musicians to join us for a once in a lifetime concert featuring members of…
Cop Circles
The Still Tide
King Cardinal
and more to be announced!
Tickets are only $10 ahead of time, and $12 at the door!
No persons under 21
No pets, please
and remember… the Mercury Cafe is cash only!


Sun., Mar. 20, 1-4 p.m.: Beer & Cheese Pairing at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Join us at Ratio Beerworks for a 4 course cheese and beer pairing on March 20th. Amy Combs, aka A Cheese Peddler, will walk attendees through the featured cheeses and why she chose to pair them with each beer. Ratio Beerworks will also describe why each beer pairs so well with each cheese selection.
Tickets are available for $15 in the taproom at the bar and we will be accepting walk-ins throughout the afternoon so no need to worry about getting here right on time.


Sun., Mar. 20, 4 p.m.: Paints & Pints with UnWined at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St., Ste. 100, Denver).

We’re having another painting event here at CKBC with unWined Painting, a new studio in Denver! Come test your skills and learn new ones while enjoying a great beer! We’ll be painting the Eclectic Elephant (pictured) for a fun and playful art piece! Perfect for a gift to your friends and family…or yourself! Tickets, $40 per person, include all materials, instruction, and first beer!

Hob Nob

Mon., Mar. 21, 8-10 p.m.: Black Project Homebrew Hob-Nob, hosted by Fermentologists, at Former Future Brewing Co. (1290 S. Broadway, Denver). 

Join us at Former Future on March 21 2016, where Black Project Spontaneous Brewmaster, James Howat, will teach us how to make a coolship and how to apply what we’ve learned at the homebrew level. Ticket includes two 10 oz pours of beer and admission. At the March 21st event, James will discuss how to build a Coolship (Koelschip) on the homebrew level (5-10 gallons). This event will focus on the science and math needed to accurately calculate the required volume needed to create a proper spontaneous fermented beer. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and tour the brewery.

Tue., Mar. 22, 6 p.m.: Women’s Only Craft Beer Classes Part 3 of 3 at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).

We’ve talked about the common styles of craft beer and their history. We’ve started to define our personal palates, and now it is time to have soem fun with this knowledge and start pairing it with delicious food!
In this third class we will learn that wine is not the only acceptable beverage to pair with food and we will explore some of these pairings and suggested ways to cook with craft beer as well. Additionally, we will be learning about women in the craft beer industry and ways to get involved if one is interested.
All three of these courses are designed just for women (by women), who are interested in learning more about craft beer. Join us for these low key, friendly, no pressure, and FUN sessions.
All classes taught by a female in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and snacks. All classes allow for plenty of networking and meet and greet time.
Purchase tickets in our taproom or on our website:


Wed., Mar. 23: Colorado Pint Day (multiple locations)

Colorado Pint Day is a celebration of Colorado, The State Of Craft Beer. Buy a 16 ounce fresh craft beer at any of the venues below on March 23, 2016 and you will be able to keep the glass. Oh, the best part, $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Bonfire Brewing – Eagle
Boulder Beer – Boulder
Breckenridge Brewery and Pub – Breckenridge
Call To Arms Brewing – Denver
Epic Brewing – Denver
Farmhouse @ Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton
Fiction Beer Company – Denver
Launch Pad Brewery – Aurora
Lone Tree Brewing – Lone Tree
Mountain Toad Brewing – Golden
Odell Brewing – Fort Collins
Pug Ryan’s Brewery – Dillon
Ska Brewing – Durango
Ute Pass Brewing – Woodland Park
Ale House @ Amato’s – Denver
Breckenridge Colorado Craft – Denver
Breckenridge Ale House – Grand Junction


Wed., Mar. 23, 3 p.m.: Roaming Bull Brasserie Food & Beer Pairing at Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St., Unit M, Denver, CO).

Two different food & beer pairing options. $1 off of pints with purchase of food.


Thur., Mar. 24, 7-10 p.m.: New Kids on the Block Beer Festival at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St., Denver).

Now in its fourth year, New Kids On The Block is a beer-centric event celebrating Colorado breweries under 2 years old. Show off your finest ’80s garb at this, all-you-can-drink event! The event will include unlimited beer tastings, ’80s tunes, and a costume contest. As a part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, New Kids on the Block is brought to you by Two PartsThe LOBBY and
Pull out the neon and grab a ticket at VIP tickets are $45 and include a three course paired beer dinner with Call To Arms Brewing Company. Beer dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $30. Festival and general admission starts at 7:00 p.m. 


Sat., Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Crowdtasting: The Science of Beer and Food Pairings at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver).

Option 1: Begin your evening with entry to Chocolate: The Exhibition followed by a tasting and voting session at 7:45 p.m.
Love beer and food? So do we, but the science behind why we find certain pairings so satisfying isn’t clear. Sign up to be a part of a pilot taste test led by Dr. Nicole Garneau, Museum curator and taste expert, and her partners from the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), the Brewer’s Association, and Cicerone. You and your fellow beer nerds, citizen scientists, and foodies participate in tastings designed by the Museum’s culinary team and in return, give feedback on your experience to inform future scientific studies.
Following the tasting, hear the voting results and what it might mean about the science of taste. Includes beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and admission to Chocolate: The Exhibition.
We are conducting a taste test, so please plan ahead and try not to eat or drink anything but water for 2 hours before your tasting and voting session.
The Beer & Food Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, brewing experts, and industry veterans:
Ray Daniels: Creator of the Cicerone program and former BA Craft Beer Program Director/Brewers Publications Manager
Pat Fahey: Content Manager-Cicerone Certification Program and Master Cicerone
Nicole Garneau, PhD: Director of the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and ASBC Sensory Sub-Committee Member
Lindsay Barr, MA: Sensory Specialist New Belgium Brewing Company and Chair of the ASBC Sensory Sub-Committee
Julia Herz: Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director and Publisher of


Sat., Mar. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: March Brewer’s Brunch with Denver Beer Company at The Corner Office (1401 Curtis St., Denver).

Each month TCO brings in a different Colorado brewery for a 4 course paired beer brunch. In March Denver Beer Co. will be teaming up with Chef Rich Byers to create a menu perfect for some morning imbibing. The March Brewer’s Brunch with Denver Beer Company will take place on March 26, 2016 starting at 11:30 a.m. Perfect way to celebrate the end of another great Colorado Craft Beer Week. Tickets are on sale now for $40.


Sat., Mar. 26, 2-6 p.m.: 4th Annual Western CO Craft Beer Celebration at Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction).

Shake off those winter blues and join us at the Western CO Craft Beer Celebration! This is a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild held on the lawn at our production facility, Edgewater and will feature over 10 Western Slope breweries.
Tickets are $20 +tax and include a glass and unlimited samples. Tickets go on sale March 1st and are available for purchase (cash or credit card) at either of our locations in Grand Junction. We are selling a limited number of tickets, and last year we did sell out, so we’d recommend buying your ticket early!
Gates will open at 2pm and we’ll have live music by local favorite Retrospectacle . Our kitchen box will be open (walk up service for food and cocktails) along with our main kitchen.
The breweries in attendance:
*Kannah Creek Brewing Company
*Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery (Ridgway)
*Colorado Boy Pizzeria (Montrose)
*Copper Club Brewing
*Horsefly Brewing
*Ourayle House aka Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing
*Palisade Brewing Company
*Revolution Brewing
*Rockslide Brewery
*Suds Bros Brewery
*Two Rascals Brewery
*** Ouray Brewing will be unable to join us but will be sending beer for the festival. The Bookcliff Home Brew Club will be at the festival pouring Ouray Brewing’s beer along with giving out information for joining the club!
We raised over $4,000 for the CBG last year and hope to increase that donation this year!


Sat., Mar. 26,   Mighty Beer Run (Platt Park run only; see site for other run dates)

The Mighty Beer Run is launching its second annual event series featuring four interactive courses that will challenge runners, walkers and crawlers to earn their beer, from start to finish. The adventures will take place throughout 2016 in Denver’s top neighborhoods including Platt Park, RiNo, South Broadway and a grand finale location. Each race will include scenic views, varying degrees of difficulty and pit stops at four of Denver’s top local breweries. Racers will have two hours to hit each brewery and beat the masses, all while enjoying a cold one. The first five men and women who hit all the breweries and hiccup across the finish line will be rewarded with a golden chalice and the opportunity to race in a special wave at the grand finale.
WHO: Active participants and spectators who enjoy getting outside and have a passion for beer.
EVENTSPlatt Park on Saturday, March 26; RiNo on Saturday, May, 21; South Broadway and the grand finale dates to be determined.
WHERE: We will have a suggested route, but participants are welcome to set their own pace and choose their own path. Each neighborhood will feature four participating breweries. Current brewery partners on the Platt Park course include Declaration BrewingPlatt Park Brewing Co.Grandma’s House and Former Future Brewing Company.
TIMETABLE: The first heat of the March 26th event at Platt Park is already SOLD OUT! For the second heat, participants can check-in at Declaration Brewing around 2:30 p.m. The event begins at 4 p.m. for the Competitor Division and continues on in waves after that for the Crawler Divisions, concluding around 6 p.m. with a post-race after-party featuring food trucks and beer.
COST: There are three tiers of pricing for the races ranging from $30-$40, depending on the time of registration. For event registration, please visit
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Each entrant gets a beer koozie, beer samples from the participating breweries and access to the after-party for an afternoon of fun!
WHO BENEFITS: We are proud to benefit UpaDowna, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment. 


Sun., Mar. 26, 12-8 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).

Join us on Sunday for a kid and adult friendly Easter Egg Hunt. Prizes include candy and complimentary beers. Starts at noon and finishes when the last egg is found!


Thur., Mar. 31, 6:30 p.m.: Painting Fun at Factotum at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).

Canvas and Cocktails is bringing the fun back this spring for another edition of Painting Fun at Factotum! Bring your craft beer palate and use your paint palette to paint this Latin American inspired piece.
Grab your bestie, your selfie, your kiddo, your better half, or meet a friendly stranger and sign up using the ticket link! The last class was a rocking good time so don’t procrastinate!
Ticket includes: instruction, all painting tools, one full pour of Factotum’s fresh craft beer or a Rocky Mountain Soda, and a lot of laughs!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With These Colorado Breweries! (2015)

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? How about something fun that involves great local beer? Take a look at these ideas when making plans to ring in the new year! (All events on this list are happening on 12/31. I will update it as I find out about additional events).


2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Fiction Beer Co. (7101 E Colfax Ave., Denver).

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve close to home at your favorite neighborhood brewery! Our 2nd annual party will include: live bluegrass from Burn it Blue who returns to help us bring in 2016! Live Music starts at 10pm. The release of Sour Blend #2 at 7pm! (more details to come). A special beer will be served to all (over 21) to toast the new year! The Gourmet Burger Company will be here with some special food to pair with your favorite Fiction Beer. So avoid the downtown drama, lack of cabs, surge charges from Uber, high cover charge bars, and general nonsense of downtown.


DEPRAVITY Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout Release Party! at Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver).

You’ve waited all year, and it’s FINALLY here! Come to the taproom on NYE between 3 – 9pm to get your hands on a pour of this extremely limited, extremely delicious beer.  Can’t wait until 3pm? We didn’t think so. So we’ve got you covered. Purchase one of our limited Early Bird Tickets for $32.50 (includes 64 oz growler + fill of Depravity) and come between noon – 3pm NYE day to beat the crowd, and be the first to have this exclusive brew.


Ring in the New Year at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St., Denver).

You are invited to ring in the New Year with us at Ratio Beerworks!  We will get the night going 8pm with special tappings while Magic Cyclops busts out the dance jams. Be sure to dress sharp for the photobooth and be ready to party! Matt’s Snack Shack will be out front with the fuel to keep you going strong until the ball drops at midnight.


New Year’s Eve Beer Pairing Dinner at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S. Valentia Street, Unit 100 Denver).

It’s our second annual New Year’s Eve black tie party featuring a four course beer pairing dinner from El Toro the Tot this year! We are thrilled to have them back for a fine dining experience not to be missed. As our tradition continues, we will have an optional champagne beer toast ringing in the new year at midnight. Skip the downtown crowd, the high priced parking and spend New Year’s Eve with us! This event sold out quickly last year, so make sure to get your tickets! $75 per person (tax and gratuity excluded and will be charged upon final online ticket purchase).


New Year’s Eve At Kokopelli With Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove (931 North Harlan Street Westminster). 

Join us for our New Year’s Eve celebration! We will be open late, with live music from Mitchel Evan & the Mangrove at 8:00pm. Giveaways and happy hour prices all day!  And of course there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are suggested, and are now being accepted.
Singer-songwriter, Mitchel Evan has been writing and preforming since he was 13 years old. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to open for many national acts including Civil Twilight, All Time Low and Title Fight. Shortly after moving to Colorado The Mangrove began to take roots under the apprenticeship and guidance of Producer Lance Bendiksen of Bendiksen Productions. With the addition of Dave Janssen on Bass guitar and Zedekiah Mills on the drums, the three create an eclectic mix of roots, rock, ad blues accompanied by powerful vocals and notable lyrics. With such a diverse sound Mitchel Evan and the Mangrove is guaranteed to captivate and entertain any audience.


New York Style New Year’s at Wonderland! (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

We get that not everyone stays up until midnight to bring in the new year (a chance to get a good night’s sleep… Uhm, yes please!). So, we have the perfect solution to get you and the kids home early.  New York Style New Year’s at Wonderland! Cheers with Wonderland beers and more at 10pm and get home before things start getting mad…

Celebrate with:
-$1 off pints from 6-10pm
-Food from Talarico’s Italian Taste
-Half price ping pong from 6-10pm
-Stay tuned for more!

RSVP here, invite the family and welcome 2016 with a smile!

Winter Brew Fest 2013: The best beers to drink while seriously annoyed

I’ve been attending the annual Winter Brew Fest and Summer Brew Fest in Denver for several years. The first couple of years I went (2009 & 2010) were great. The venue, Mile High Station, worked well for the event and had plenty of space for attendees to enjoy their beers; it was fairly crowded but not unbearable. But the number of tickets keeps increasing each year:

  • Winter Brew Fest 2010 sold 1200 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest 2011 sold 1500 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest 2012 sold 2000 tickets
  • Winter Brew Fest sold…? This information is not available on their site.

This year, in addition to selling out, the folks at Brew Fest decided to employ a “1 in, 1 out” system, due to the fact that they had a “ton of requests from people who did not buy tickets in time.” Now, I don’t know when exactly the tickets went on sale, but when they did, I got an e-mail about it and ignored it. Then–weeks later–I saw a “daily deal” for half-priced tickets…so I figured I might as well do it. It’s not like GABF, where tickets were gone within mere minutes. But Brew Fest obviously wanted to make as much money as possible, not caring that they were basically screwing the rest of us competent people who actually purchased tickets. The “1 in, 1 out” system allows a non-ticket holder to pay and enter once another person is done and leaves. That way, instead of allowing ticket holders a little bit of breathing room toward the end of the night, the festival stays completely packed the entire time. There are certain breweries which are basically impenetrable after the first hour or so due to the enormity of the crowd (if anyone was there, think upstairs near the restrooms). And at one point, my friends and I found ourselves “in line” to simply try to get to the other side of the room. Beyond annoying.

So, which beers were best (and tastiest) at taking the edge off?  Here are my picks:

It was also my first time trying Fate, as they are gearing up for their grand opening in Boulder next week. I am highly interested in Fate and plan on paying them a visit in the very near future.

I’m not sure if I’d had anything from Elevation before, but these two beers were amazing. I’ve tried many bourbon barrel aged stouts, and this one was a standout for sure. And the horchata porter?! Brilliant idea.

I had heard of Big Choice, yet I hadn’t had their beer until this festival. I’ve decided it’s definitely worth the short drive to Broomfield to see what else they have to offer.

I was not aware of No-Li, so I was pleased to discover a new (to me) brewery. I found out they just started distributing in Colorado about 3 months ago, so I’ll be looking out for them.

And Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout is one of my all-time favorite beers. Ever. Always a winner.

That is probably the last time I will attend a Denver Brew Fest (Summer or Winter), as it’s getting (gotten) out of hand. But I’m glad I went last weekend, as I discovered some new favorites. Should the festival organizers decide to either move it to a larger venue or keep ticket sales under control enough so as to not feel like sardines in a can…count me in. But I’m not holding my breath.

My Favorite Colorado Beers of 2012

I drank more great beers in the past year than I can even begin to remember. So, looking back on 2012, I’ve decided to make a list of my favorite Colorado beers I had throughout the year. Some are not new, but have been around for a while, whereas others were just released in 2012. But here are the best Colorado-brewed beers I drank last year, in no particular order.

These last 2 are new, as these breweries just opened in 2012:

I also got to try a very special version of Oskar Blues’ G’Knight aged in Leopold Bros. New York Apple Whiskey Barrels, in May at Star Bar‘s Wood & Barrel Aged Beer Party.

I can’t imagine what my 2013 list is going to look like this time next year, with all the new breweries set to open within the year. But I can tell you I am extremely excited about it!


Beer & Cheese Pairing at Copper Kettle

Copper Kettle Brewing hosts a beer & cheese pairing on the second Thursday of every month.  Cheeses from The Truffle Cheese Shop (2906 E. 6th Avenue Denver) are paired with Copper Kettle’s brews.  $20 gets you four pairings.  I attended my first one last night, and I must say I was not disappointed.

When I arrived shortly before the event was to begin, I ordered a Mexican Chocolate Stout, as I’d heard great things about it but had yet to try it myself.  And not only had I heard great things about it, it won a Gold Medal at GABF in 2011 in the category “Herb and Spice Beers.”  Herb and spice is pretty much dead on.  I’d describe this beer as tasting like a piece of toast with cinnamon sugar, lightly sprinkled with finely diced jalapenos.  I fell in love with it at first sip!  It’s one of the best stouts I’ve had. 

Once the event began, it started off with the most mild pairing:  Bavarian Helles, a German style blonde lager, and Flat Rock cheese, a raw cow’s milk cheese modeled after the French mountain cheese Abondance.  While I’m not a fan of lagers, the cheese really brought out the flavor of this light-tasting beer.  The Flat Rock was my favorite cheese of all four. 

Next came Copper Kettle’s American Amber and Toma Maccagno Rosa cheese.  As with lagers, I’ don’t love ambers either.  But this one was very drinkable compared to most.  And the cheese, which reminded me of brie, made the beer all the more enjoyable. 

The third pair was Better Half IPA (which I raved about in a prior post about Copper Kettle) and Camembert Normandie or, as it was described by the hosts–stinky cheese.  And stinky it was; to me it smelled like an old pair of gym shoes.  I hoped it would taste better than it smelled.  It did!  It was very pungent and strong-tasting, and it was paired with the IPA because it too is bursting with flavor.  If this cheese was paired with a lighter beer, it would have completely overpowered the taste of the beer.  So that was nicely done.

The final pairing of the evening was Copper’s Bloody Best (British Best Bitter) with Caciocavallo Afumicato, a smoked cheese similar to provolone.  I don’t like things that are too smoky, and this was just right.  Though the beer is called a bitter, I did not find it to be so.  In fact it tasted a little sweet and buttery, which I was not expecting.  It was quite different but went well with the cheese, which was fairly salty (salty=good) and delicious. 

I truly enjoyed all of the pairings.  Jeremy (owner and head brewer), Kristen (owner and manager), and Justin (lead bartender) were very friendly and wanted to make sure everyone was pleased with the experience.  My only wish is that I would have been able to hear Jeremy and the guy from the cheese shop (sorry–I did not catch his name) talk about the pairings.  But there was so much extra noise from the patrons at the bar (who were not there for the event) it was extremely difficult to make out what the gentlemen were saying.  Jeremy did apologize and mentioned the event normally takes place in the brewery iteslf, but they did not have the space to do so on this particular night.  But it was still a good time and an overall great experience.  Excellent job, Copper Kettle and Truffle Cheese Shop!  You’ll see me again in the near future.

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