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.
While gold, frankincense, and myrrh are traditional Christmas gifts, times have changed—especially in Colorado, home to around 300 craft breweries. So for the beer lover(s) on your shopping list, there is definitely no shortage of excellent local beers, a gift any beer enthusiast is sure to appreciate. With that in mind, let me introduce you to the three items that top my list this year: Epic Brewing Company‘s Big Bad Baptist, Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist, and Big Bad Baptista.
Big Bad Baptist is an Imperial Stout aged in whiskey/bourbon barrels and infused with coffee and cacao nibs. While it’s not a brand new beer, every batch is distinct, as each one gets a different dose of coffee. This year, it contains coffee from three different roasters: Blue Copper Coffee (Salt Lake City), Novo Coffee (Denver), and Dark Horse Coffee (San Diego).
As if Big Bad Baptist wasn’t enough, Epic really outdid themselves this year with two new creations.
Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the perfect beer for those who are fans of all things barrel aged. Double Barrel refers to the fact that not only is the beer aged in whiskey barrels, but the coffee is as well. That’s right–Hot Box Roasters in Longmont, Colorado aged green Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans in whiskey barrels, and the result is nothing short of amazing.
When I first heard about Big Bad Baptista, I was extremely intrigued and excited. Inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, Baptista is brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate (Salt Lake City), and Mexican Coffee (roasted by Blue Copper). I have a thing for Mexican coffee beers. I’ve only run across a few of them over the years, but I always enjoy them and am on the lookout for new ones to try. Baptista blew me away. It didn’t seem to have the heat that some Mexican coffee beers do, but I picked up on a little spiciness from the coffee itself. I could drink this any time, but it makes an excellent dessert.
Speaking of dessert, all three Baptists pair well with dark chocolate desserts and hard cheeses—making them great choices for holiday gatherings. Other pairing suggestions are Belgian waffles and BBQ brisket.
Also of note is that, as of today (December 16, 2016) Epic Brewing’s Denver tap room has Son of a Baptist available on draft and 6-packs! It’s an 8% ABV Imperial Stout, but is not barrel-aged like Big Bad Baptist. Its flavor profile was specifically designed to highlight the complex and often unique flavors of small batch coffees.
Epic does a phenomenal job with all of the beers in the Baptist series. If you like strong, dark, bold beers with lots of flavor, the Baptists are for you. I highly recommend them all!
Don’t want to spend Black Friday at the mall? Rather hang out at a local brewery instead? You’re not alone! Come join the fun and see what all of these breweries have planned for Friday, November 25th, 2016.
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!
Details from Epic Brewing:
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).
June 20th marks the official start of Summer 2016. It’s time to get excited for baseball games, cookouts, camping, and all the other fun activities that summer brings!
Be sure to get your fridge summer-ready by stocking up on beers that are great for warm weather. Longer days and more hours of sunlight means more time to enjoy your favorite beverages with friends and family. Therefore, summer is the perfect time for session beers. What exactly are “session” beers? Sessionable beers are 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) or less. The idea behind these beers is that one can drink several of them during a “session” without becoming too intoxicated.
Lagunitas Daytime Ale (a “Fractional IPA”) is a great choice for those who like hoppy beers but not the higher alcohol content that often comes with them. Daytime has all the flavor of an IPA yet its ABV is just 4.65%.
Looking for a good session beer but not into hops? Try the latest seasonal from New Belgium: Heavy Melon (5% ABV). Brewed with with watermelon and lime peel, this beer captures the essence of summer. Lightly sweet, easy-drinking, and full of fresh melon flavor, Heavy Melon is the ideal way to cool off on those hot days.
Not only does summer mean road trips and afternoons at the pool, it’s also the time when some of the most delicious fruits are in season. While Heavy Melon is a wonderful lighter fruit beer, there are also some strong, bold beers brewed with fruit that are definitely worth trying.
Epic Brewing’s Brainless® On Peaches is a big beer, weighing in at 10.8% ABV. This Belgian-style ale is brewed with peach puree and aged in French Chardonnay casks. While it’s high in alcohol, it comes in a bomber (22 oz. bottle), making it an excellent beer to share with a friend while indulging in a fresh peach (or any fruit) cobbler.
For sour beer fans, Avery Brewing’s Raspberry Sour is the perfect accompaniment to a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. Or pair it with a rich chocolate brownie; chocolate and raspberry is always a winning combination! The sourness of the beer and the sweetness of the desserts complement each other nicely.
Get these beers (and much more) delivered in an hour or less with Drizly alcohol delivery service.* Party at your place and running low on booze? In addition to the speed and convenience of Drizly, it is a safe option for those who may have had one too many to get behind the wheel. How does it work? Drizly partners with local liquor stores to provide customers with a full line-up of beer, wine and spirits delivered right to your door with just a few clicks of a button.
I hope you’ll check out my summer beer recommendations, and please comment below with any thoughts or recommendations of your own. Cheers!
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The third annual Collaboration Fest was last Saturday, March 19th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In addition to over 85 unique beers, this fest is one-of-a-kind in that it brings to light the camaraderie and extraordinary relationships among so many brewers. It is this spirit of working together that adds something special to to the overall atmosphere of Collaboration Fest.
In my opinion, the 2016 festival was the best yet. I had more excellent beers this year than ever before! But to mention a few of my favorites:
Skeptic Ale: Barrel Aged American Peach IPA from Epic Brewing & Ska Brewing
Rock Star Part III: Sour Blend from Falling Rock Tap House & Star Bar
Neptune’s Fickle Grace: 100% Brett Citrus IPA from Fiction Beer Company & Tivoli Brewing Co
I Smoka: Coffee Mocha Porter from Oskar Blues & Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
ÜberMountain Barleyshine: English-Style Barleywine from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery & Uber Brew
Morning in Havana: Tropical Stout from Upslope Brewing Co. & New Belgium Brewing Company (great on its own but even better with coffee added!)
Understandably, Collaboration Fest sold out well before the actual event. If you missed it, make a mental note to get your tickets early next year, as it just keeps getting better and better.
And whether you attended or not, here is where you can catch some of the beers that were brewed for Collaboration Fest:
The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria opened its doors on Saturday, February 20th, to a crowd of curious and excited customers. Among those eager to see what this brand new establishment had to offer was–of course–me. The moment I first heard about The Crafty Fox I knew it was a place I’d likely fall in love with, given that its name contains two of my favorite words: “Taphouse + Pizzeria.” I stopped in a few days after it opened to experience it for myself.
I was immediately impressed with the beer selection. With 60 taps, there are plenty of local options from breweries such as Crooked Stave, Epic, Avery, Black Shirt, Caution, and Fiction (just to name a few), plus numerous others from all across the country, including Ballast Point, Breakside, Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River, and far too many others to mention in this post. For all the details check out their live beer list for up-to-date information on what’s currently available. I ordered a custom flight of 6 tasters, as it was impossible to pick just one. Once I had a few minutes to try out my beers, it was time to order some food.
I was intrigued by the fact that the pizza dough is made with spent grain and wort thanks to a partnership with local breweries Diebolt and Epic. And the beer-infused fare doesn’t stop there; other items made with beer ingredients include the House Salad with hoppy honey mustard dressing, Spent Grain Raisin Cookie and Garlic-Garlic-Garlic Bread (if you choose the wort butter).
In addition to dishes that are made with ingredients used during the brewing process, The Crafty Fox uses Epic Brewing’s Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA to create the “sour onions” on the Baconator pizza, as well as in the sweet n sour beer sauce, which is one five sauce options for the Crafty Chicken Wings.
My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried. The Caponata Bruschetta was a welcome change from the tomato-basil variety that I usually find. My guest loved the Baconator, which is one of the specialty pizzas. And my veggie pizza was delicious! As a vegetarian (and a picky one at that), I really appreciate the “build your own” option. The menu also contains a handful of salads and sandwiches, and a kids’ menu is available too.
If you’re looking for a place with a huge selection of excellent beer on tap, great food, and a fun, welcoming atmosphere that is sure to appeal to craft beer lovers and families alike, check out The Crafty Fox.