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Get Ready for Four Limited Releases from Epic This Spring

It’s almost time! Get ready for four special, limited releases from Epic Brewing! Three Oak and Orchard beers are hitting the shelves in April with a new batch of Sour Brainless on Peaches coming out in May. See below for all the details, straight from Epic Brewing.

Oak and Orchard Syrah, Release No. 2 

This time around we went with a little less funk and a lot more fruit. We loaded one of our Napa Valley foeders with our sour saison and so much blueberry, boysenberry and black currant that it was practically bursting at the seams, resulting in a beer that explodes with huge, fruity, wine-like notes. Available starting the first week of April with a release in Salt Lake City on April 14. 8.5% ABV, 661 cases.

Oak and Orchard Dark Sour with Plum, Release No. 2

The second packaging of this trip to the dark side is finally being released beyond the breweries’ walls. This Dark Sour has spent most of it life brooding in retired whiskey barrels before being finished with plum puree. Aromas of dark fruit, plum and fig fade into faint notes of earthy funk. Hitting markets around the country the second week of April. 654 cases, 7.5% ABV.

Oak and Orchard Pinot, Release No. 2

This is the second release of this extremely limited sour. This sour saison was fruited to mimic Pinot Noir (with blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry strawberry, plum) and aged in oak for months until it reached the peak of puckering perfection. Available at the end of April. 650 cases, 8.5% ABV.

Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3

She smells like a peach, but packs a cruel, puckering punch! This is our most sour version of this beer yet, but it still retains beautiful notes of peach skin, citrus and a dose of barnyard funk. Available in the beginning of May. 800 cases, 7.5% ABV.

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!

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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!

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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 @ tothewindbeerdinner@gmail.com

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!
https://epicdenvernye.eventbrite.com/

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.

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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).

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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.

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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
NO COVER
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.

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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.
Bands:
Hallowed Screams – Slayer Tribute Band
Driven by Turmoil
Six Feet of Anger S F O A
Sanity’s Edge

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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
www.mitchelevan.bandcamp.com

oskar-blues

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!

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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!

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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 breckbrew.com/visit/littleton**

grandmas-house

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: http://www.rsvlts.com/2015/07/20/grandma-drinks-guinness/

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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.

bsb-brunch

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!

factotum

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.

 

free-rides

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  www.coorslightfreerides.com

All I want for Christmas…

baptists

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-baptistBig 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.

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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.

double-barrel-baptistSpeaking 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!

Black Friday 2016: BEER!

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.

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Black (Shirt) Friday Beer Brunch at Black Shirt Brewing

Roll out of your Turkey-and-pie-filled-stupor and celebrate Black (Shirt) Friday with BSB Brunch Cocktails, Long I Pies, 25% off swag, and the release of our Four Track Porter!
We’ll be pouring our delicious BSB Beer Brunch Cocktails and matching them with The Long I Pie Shop’s mini-pies! $10 gets you a Michelada, Coffee Beer, or Beermosa and a mini pie! You know you want it!
We’re also offering deals on BSB merch—25% all BSB swag! Load-up on holiday gifts and spread the BSB love.
We’re releasing Fourtrack Porter, our American Red Porter! The time is perfect for Porter, with complex milk chocolate, toffee, caramel notes. We can’t wait to crack it open.

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Avery Black Friday at Avery Brewing

Escape the crowds and join us for the darkest of Fridays – a deliciously dark line-up of Avery Stouts on the mezzanine. A true “Black” Friday.
Plus, check off a few items on your holiday shopping list with our Black Friday deals.
The Details:
-Available at the Brewery & Online (http://shop.averybrewing.com/)
-11/25 through 11/28
-20% off all items from our Gear Shop (online code: holidaycheers20)
-40% off all clearance items from our Gear Shop (onliine code: holidaycheers40)
-Online Only: Free Shipping on orders over $50 + Free keychain & coozie on orders over $75

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Black Friday 2016 at Station 26 Brewing

Put down the shopping bags and join us for another bourbon barrel aged imperial stout journey!
This year’s Dark Star Imperial Stout was aged in a mix of bourbon barrels for 10 months and clocks in at over 13%!
** Note: This is a 21+ event **
Three versions available in bottles this year:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Stout
German Chocolate BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout
Salted Caramel BBA Dark Star Imperial Stout

* There is a two bottle limit for each variant. We have 20 cases of each, or 120 full allocations. $22 per bottle. *

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Black Friday + Ancient Ruins Release at Cerebral Brewing

After your tryptophan coma finally wears off, come join us for a very special Black Friday event!
We are releasing a brand-new beer, Ancient Ruins. This 9.0% Imperial Chocolate Stout was brewed with a plethora of chocolate malts, cacao husks and Haitian cacao nibs from our friends at Cultura Craft Chocolate.
We will also be releasing limited quanities of the following variants:
• Blackberry
• Sea Salt and Orange Zest
• Toasted Coconut
**Ancient Ruins Crowlers limited to 3 per person. We will be releasing 25 Crowlers of each variant. Limit one Crowler per person per variant. $16 each**
All three variants will be available on draft while supplies last. Nightglow, our Robust American Porter, will also be making a return to the taplist!
To sweeten the pot even more, we will be offering a 25% discount on ALL OF OUR MERCH, including the brand new Dreamy Thing t-shirts!

ratio

Black Friday Release & Breakfast at Ratio at Ratio Beerworks

Either before or after braving the insanity that is Black Friday Shopping, find your safe place by enjoying beer and brunch at Ratio Beerworks.
We’re opening early on Friday, November 25, at 10 a.m. for the release of Young Pilgrims, Raspberry Belgian Dubbel, as well as a limited release of Coffee Domestica.
We’ll also have donuts from Fractured Prune Denver, breakfast burritos from Illegal Pete’s, and coffee from Novo Coffee . So take shelter from the madness of holiday shopping, by cozying up to pints and bites at Ratio Beerworks.

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BA Cranberry Cream Ale Release at Factotum Brewhouse

Last January we released the wintry Cranberry Cream Ale, a traditional cream ale infused with unsweetened cranberries, for a slightly tart taste, with guest brewers Chris MacDermaid and Trupti Suthar. We then let this beauty hibernate in a Chardonnay barrel for 9 months before bottling it. It’s a perfect compliment to any holiday gift basket and is sure to please a wide range of palates.

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Tapping: Gingerbread Man at Strange Craft

A big American Brown spiced with Grandma’s gingerbread cookie recipe. Think liquid gingerbread. Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Allspice. Perfect for a cold winter night. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man. 6.7% ABV, 22 IBU. #GingerbreadMan #SeasonalBrew

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Black Friday Dual Bottle Release, Tappings and Merch Sale! at Baere Brewing

The time is nigh. Next Friday, Black Friday, November 25, 2016 we will be releasing two bottles and tapping three different variations of Table Sour!
Beer details now:
Bottles:
Palisade Peach Table Sour
Kettle Soured with our house lactobacillus culture and fermented in stainless with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Aged on fresh Palisade peaches and bottled by hand with love.
750 mL – $14 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 9/26/2016
Saison Batch 2 – GABF Bronze Medal 2016 for Classic Saison
Our take on the classic saison brewed with Barley, Wheat, and Rye and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for a spicy, dry finish. Highly carbonated and bottled by hand in a strip mall with love.
750 mL – $12 – 2 Bottle Limit – Bottled 6/27/2016
Tappings:
Palisade Peach Table Sour – less than 5 gallons on tap!
Blackberry Table Sour
Black Currant Table Sour
All merchandise will be 20% off.

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Vintage Barrel-aged Bomber Release at Copper Kettle

We’re tapping into the Copper Kettle cellar! We’ll be releasing barrel-aged bombers that have been gently aging for years and years. Don’t be afraid of a little dust on the bottle.
Snowed In
Intense coffee stout with notes of chocolate, aged in bourbon barrel 2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.6 – IBU 68
2014 – aged in High West bourbon barrels – ABV 12.1 – IBU 78
2015 – aged in Colorado bourbon barrels – ABV 11.5 – IBU 57
2016 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 13.3 – IBU 45
Well Bred
Regal English strong ale aged in bourbon barrels with some malty notes of fruit (plums/dates), slightly nutty, with a touch of molasses
2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.2 – IBU 75
2014 – aged in Breckenridge borbon barrels – ABV 10.7 – IBU 72
2015 – aged in Versailles Kentucky bourbon barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
2016 – aged in Woodford Reserve barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
Law’s Whiskey Charlie’s Golden Strong
Straw colored Belgian with tropical fruit and spice notes, named in honor of our beloved brewery mascot, Charlie
2016 – aged in Laws Whiskey barrels – ABV 8 – IBU 23
Le Chapeau
Imperial Saison with notes of tart fruit and spice aged in lightly toasted wine barrels
2015 – aged in Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc barrels

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Évoluer Bottle Release & Black Friday Sale at Ursula Brewery

Black Friday Shopping just got a whole lot better. We will be open for limited hours on Friday, 11/25 to release our very limited edition barrel aged golden sour Évoluer, available only in our taproom. Stop by, enjoy a beer and get some Christmas shopping done for all the beer lovers in your life.
Special Promotions Include:
Évoluer Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Golden Sour: $15 per bottle (limit 4)
Renata Bomber: $6 (regular $8)
Man of the Earth Bomber: $7 (Regular $10)
$5 off all t-shirts
$1 off all glasswear
Évoluer – An American Golden Sour Aged in California Pinot Noir barrels. This bright, dry beer has notes of lactic and stone fruit in the nose with just a hint of Brett funk and a soft touch of tartness. A sip brings in a peach Sweet tart flavor that we think marries well with the oak tannins and grape skin character the barrel imparts.
We do not have any draft of Évoluer but we will be pouring small samples to folks buying bottles.

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Barrel Release at Beryl’s Beer Co.

We are releasing our Brandy Barrel Aged Antero and Classic Antero!

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Odell’s Black Friday Toy Drive & Fun Run at Odell Brewing

Skip the chaos on Black Friday and join us at the taproom. We’ll be partnering with Santa Cops of Larimer County and Track Friday to celebrate community, health and charity. There’s lots of different ways to get involved and give back. Check out the itinerary for the day:
10:30 am: Meet at the tap room and head out for a 3 mile fun run along the Poudre River.
11:30am: Meet back at the tap room and try the limited edition Track Friday brew. It’s a lavender-sage, unfiltered wheat beer. $1 from every pint goes to Santa Cops.
12pm-3pm: Santa Cop Toy Drive. Come pick out a discounted toy from BeginAgain Toys and donate it to the Santa Cops who will gift the toys to children in need throughout Larimer County.

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Mexican Achromatic Crowler & BAMA Bottle Release at WeldWerks Brewing

Escape the shopping madness and join us for a dual crowler and bottle release on Black Friday (Friday, November 25th) at 12:00 noon. For starters, we will be releasing our latest batch of Mexican Achromatic, an Imperial Stout at 10.5% ABV brewed with cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Mexican Achromatic will be available on draft and in crowlers to-go.
In addition, we held back several cases of our Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic, originally released during GABF week, and the remaining bottles will be available for purchase along with crowlers of Mexican Achromatic (no draft).
There will be a limit of 2 crowlers of Mexican Achromatic ($21 each) per person and 2 bottles of Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic ($14 each) per person. We plan to have enough full allocations for at least 250 people. We will also have the following specialty crowlers available for purchase:
~Juicy Bits: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 500+ available
~Alpha Bits: $14 each, limit 2 per person, 400 available
~Coffee Coconut Stout: $12 each, limit 2 per person, 400+ available

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Black Friday Release Party at Odd 13 Brewing

Who said Black Friday was only for shopping? We think it’s a great day to release dark beers, and avoid the crazy shoppers. We don’t release a ton of dark beer, but when we do, we go all out!
Sir Joshua, our black IPA, and Double Buzzin Cuzzin with Mole Spices, an imperial stout, will be available in 6 packs. Saint Nicole, our bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, will return and will be available in bottles.
All will be available on draft. Plus we will have several variants on Saint Nicole on draft too! Come hang out and avoid the crazy shopping mayhem with a pint!
***Sir Joshua and Double Mole Coal Miner’s Cuzzin will hit select liquor stores too.

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Tasting Room Can Release – Black Friday at Liquid Mechanics

6 packs and cases of Kolsch, Belgian Double IPA, and Hop Nectar will be available in the tasting room starting at noon on Black Friday. 1 case limit of Hop Nectar per person.

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Fade To Black Friday at Tasting Room at Left Hand Brewing Company

We will be tapping an archive 2014 Fade To Black. Spend $95 on merchandise and get a FREE Beer For A Year Gift Certificate!! Purchase a Fade To Black Sweatshirt & Can Glass for $40.

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Black Friday, Day of Delightful Dark Beer at Westfax Brewing

On Friday November 25 at 12PM Join us at WestFax Brewing Company for a day dedicated to dark beer.
Before, during, after, or instead of dealing with crowds at the mall come join us for a celebration of dark beer. We will be Tapping 6 small batch dark beers at noon with additional tappings throughout the day(as space and time allow).
Yummy’s To Eat, Brazilian food truck will serving up their delicious Brazilian and international cuisine.
Beer Lineup:
– Black Lager
– Imperial Stout
– Coffee Imperial Stout
– Black IPA
– Mango Chili Stout
– Nitro Milk Stout
– Others TBA

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Beer Release- The Old Fashioned at Verboten Brewing

If you’re a fan of a good old fashioned, you’ll love this delicious “cocktail beer”. This Golden Ale was aged for 6 months in a single bourbon barrel, and then we added cherry puree and orange peel.

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Epic Black Friday at Epic Brewing – Denver

For Black Friday ths year Epic is celebrating with two great specials.
First, we could not think of anything better to put on special then one of our newest darkest beers the “Big Bad Baptista!” Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee.
So on Black Friday we will be tapping a special frikin of Baptista with Bacon and Smoked Sea Salt. We will tap this Firkin at 12pm.
Second, we will also be releasing a very limited amount of our newest beer in our Oak & Orchard series “Sour Pineapple.” We will have a extremely limited amount on tap as well. Sales will begin at 12pm.
The intense and complex sour character of this beer is developed in oak Foeders containing select cultures of Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and wild yeast. The process is slow and delicate, regularly taking a year or more. Once our brewers have decided it’s ready, we blend the soured beer into hand-selected oak barrels with fresh pineapple puree, where it undergoes additional sour fermentation and aging. You are holding our Brewmaster’s selected blend of those barrels. We took our time crafting this beer, and we hope you’ll take yours enjoying it.
See you this Friday!

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Black Friday at Fiction Beer Company

Dark Beer. Lots of dark beer on tap; 5 to be exact. Bringing out some rarities to put on tap for Black Friday: ‘Feely Effects’ and bourbon barrel aged ‘Malice & Darkness.’
*Open @ 2:00 on Black Friday
*Pavy’s will be serving up sammies
*25% off all Fiction Beer merchandise

Beer Events: Special GABF Week Edition!

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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!***

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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.

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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)…

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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.

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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

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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!

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 wtfinvitational.com

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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)

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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!
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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
Perennial
Creature Comforts
Stillwater
Melvin
Boneyard
Scratch
Blackberry Farms
Fremont
Almanac
La Cumbre
Green Bench
OffColor
Alesoong
Two Roads
Half Acre
Jester King
Fonta Flore
Lawson’s

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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).

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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:
NEW RELEASES
-LUNEX – Spontaneous Blended Sour with Corvus Coffee
-DREAMLAND (Batch 3) – never released in bottles
CELLAR STOCK
-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 😉

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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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bottlefest-2016-sponsored-by-tavour-tickets-27687326539

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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.

Win Tickets to Epic Brewing’s 4th Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco!

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It’s almost that time again: Thursday, October 6th is Epic’s Fifty Firkin Fiasco! If you’ve been before, you know it is one of the best beer events of the year!

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).

***Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to Epic’s 50 Firkin Fiasco on Thursday, October 6th?! Just leave a comment below with your favorite Epic beer, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for the tickets! Contest ends Friday, September 16th at 3 p.m. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at that time. (Entries via this blog post as well as on the Colorado Beer Girl Facebook page will be eligible to win).***

Cheers To Summer Beers!

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Raspberry Sour from Avery Brewing, paired with vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries.

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!

*In select areas. See website for details.

May 2016 Beer Events

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It’s time for May Beer Events! Click here to go to my Monthly Beer Events page to see what’s happening!

You’ll find TONS of fun things to do, including events with:

The Brewtography Project

Epic Brewing

Alpine Dog

Fiction

Crystal Springs

Odell

Left Hand

Cerebral

Barley’s Angels

Factotum

Echo Brewing

Nighthawk Brewery

Crazy Mountain

AND MORE!

 

Collaboration Fest 2016: The Best Year Yet!

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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And whether you attended or not, here is where you can catch some of the beers that were brewed for Collaboration Fest:

  • Boulder Beer Co. and Fat Heads: Available at Boulder Beer starting 3/21. Available 4/1 in Ohio at all Winking Lizard Restaurant locations as well as additional tap takeovers in Ohio.
  • Factotum Brewhouse and Tow Yard Brewing: Available in cans at the end of March/beginning of April and in the Factotum taproom.
  • Fiction Beer Company and Tivoli Brewing Company: Available in both taprooms.
  • Great Divide Brewing Co. and TRVE Brewing: Available in both taprooms.
  • Hall Brewing and Kokopelli Beer Company: Available at both taprooms starting on 3/21.
  • Holidaily Brewing Company and Yak and Yeti Brewpub: Available in both tasting rooms.
  • Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Brewery Rickoli: Available at Brewery Rickoli tasting room starting on 3/19.
  • Joyride Brewing Co. and Heretic Brewing Company: Available at Joyride taproom.
  • Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Colorado Boy Brewing: Available in all taprooms.
  • Launch Pad Brewery and 38 State Brewing Company: Available at 38 State starting 3/20 at noon. Available at Launch Pad on 3/26 from noon until 8pm.
  • The Bakers’ Brewery, Broken Compass, Dillon DAM Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Pug Ryan’s Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery OG: Available in taprooms.

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The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria: Now Open!

Baconator Pizza: Tender Belly bacon 3-ways: hop sugar bacon, pepper bacon, herb bacon, sour onions, jalapeños, red sauce.

Baconator Pizza:
Tender Belly bacon 3-ways: hop sugar bacon, pepper bacon, herb bacon, sour onions, jalapeños, red sauce

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.

Some of the taps on one side of the bar

Some of the taps on one side of the bar

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.

Caponata Bruschetta: grilled eggplant, tomato ragout, feta

Caponata Bruschetta:
grilled eggplant, tomato ragout, feta

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.

Build Your Own Pizza with black olives, jalapeños and Swiss cheese

Build Your Own Pizza with black olives, jalapeños and Swiss cheese

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.

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