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.
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!
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
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).
-$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!
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:
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.
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 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!
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.