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******BrüFrouFEST 2017******

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Divide’s 2017 Block Party at The Square on 21st

 Great Divide’s 2017 Block Party

Raspberry Sour—highly recommend!

Last Saturday, July 8, was Great Divide’s annual summer party. Typically held in June to celebrate their anniversary, Great Divide changed things up this year with something new and different. Instead of an anniversary bash, the celebration was a July summer block party at the newly created Square on 21st Street, an urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer & Lawrence, just a couple blocks from the downtown brewery.
It was a hot, sunny day, and guests were greeted at the entrance with an ice cold can of Denver Pale Ale to quench their thirst. But just about about an hour in, a quick rain shower really cooled things off for the remainder of the afternoon, which made for perfect weather for an outdoor party.

Yeti & friends having fun at the party

It was a very casual, relaxed event, and attendees were even allowed to come and go as they pleased. General admission ticket holders had access to several year-round beers like Titan, Colette, DPA, Samurai, and Roadie Grapefruit Radler (such an excellent summer beer!). And a few of my favorites: Hercules, Yeti, and Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.
A limited number of VIP tickets were offered, which included the perk of additional VIP-only beers such as Laws Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti, Hazy IPA, The Smoothness, All the Buzz Words (Weldworks collaboration), Barrel Aged Imperial Red with Cherries, Hades Belgian Golden Strong Ale and more, as well as a few different firkin tappings. There were two beers in particular that I found myself going back for again and again: Local Knowledge Raspberry Sour and Red Wine Barrel Aged Yeti. The Raspberry Sour was just released a couple weeks before this event, and I got my first taste there. I found it to be even more tart than the Strawberry Rhubarb, which I loved!

Lawn games

While the beer was the main attraction, many games of corn hole were played, food trucks were on-site, and three different bands entertained partygoers throughout the afternoon.
I really enjoyed this year’s party. While well-attended, overcrowding was not an issue. There was plenty of room for everyone to move about, stand around, and sit. And I never had to wait more than 2 minutes or so for a beer. Many thanks to Great Divide for yet another awesome event!

Beautiful day to drink beer outdoors!

Great Divide’s NEW SOUR, & Summer Party Info!

This Saturday, Great Divide Brewing is releasing the third of its Local Knowledge series, Raspberry Sour (5.6% ABV). This beer is a kettle sour brewed with over 200 pounds of raspberry puree. This limited batch brew will be exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24th. Get it while it lasts!

***Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit. Drink, discover, and share your #localknowledge.***

 

Also: Everything you need to know about

Great Divide’s 2017 Block Party 

When: Saturday, July 8, 2-6 pm

Where:  Square on 21st Street (2062 Larimer Street , Denver)

What: Much like Great Divide parties of the past, this event will be a block party in downtown Denver! However, instead of being held on Great Divide’s block, it will be nearby at the newly created Square on 21st Street.

“Great Divide is getting back to its roots with a summer block party at the Square on 21st Street, a newly created urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer & Lawrence streets. The event will be a relaxed affair with music, lawn games and plenty of delicious beer in a unique outdoor venue. Think of it as a sort of “not an Anniversary-party party.” Wait, that didn’t help, did it?

Because we know there is a lot going on in this great city of ours, we’ve taken the stress out of committing to a day-long event by offering different tiers of participation. The capacity at this venue is limited so if you’re committed to your relationship with Great Divide, we encourage you to get your tickets in advance.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Tier 1: Put A Ring On It – $40
For our Yeti Mafia-worthy fans who have no problem committing to a great time, $40 will get you unlimited 4 oz. pours of rare, specialty and core beers along with a commemorative glass, Great Divide limited edition Hop Disciples pin and VIP status for fast-tracked beer service. You will also have access to exclusive, limited beer tastings not available to other attendees.

Tier 2: Going Steady – $10
Not ready to pop the question? Since space at The Square is limited, this $10 ticket ensures that we will save room for you to join us, and it gets you a free Denver Pale Ale upon entrance, just to remind you what a good thing you’ve got.

Tier 3: Don’t Tie Me Down – $5 at the door
For those simply looking for a casual hang, $5 will get you in the door along with one free Denver Pale Ale. Please note there is no guarantee of entry day-of. Giving you the option to keep it casual means we don’t know how many people to expect to show up. If you can’t commit to us we can’t commit to you. You understand, right? If you want to reserve your space at the party, just wear our varsity jacket already and get that “Going Steady” ticket. Don’t make us play hard to get.

Once inside, beer tokens will be available for purchase, unless you committed to the $40 unlimited tasting experience ticket.

Other info:

Bands
2:30pm: Ned Garthe Explosion
3:30pm: Kitty Crimes
4:30pm: The Still Tide

Beer Lineup: (subject to change)
Beers available for purchase with general admission ticket: Titan, Colette, Denver Pale Ale, Hercules, Yeti, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, Samurai (note: these are also available to VIPs in sample size or full pours).

Beers available only to VIP in tasting sizes: IPA w/ Black Tea, BA Imperial Red, Laws BA Yeti, Breckenridge BA Yeti, All the Buzz Words (Weldworks collaboration), Hazy IPA, The Smoothness, Hades, Local Knowledge #3 Raspberry Sour, along with some other pilot brews and firkins.

Great Divide is teaming with Ballpark Neighborhood Association and Levitt Pavilion Denver to make this event happen and proceeds will go to benefit Levitt Pavilion Denver. This event is 21+.

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!***

townie-fest

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)…

gratitude

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.

corner-office

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

falling-rock

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!

freshcraft

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.

first-draft-stone

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.

wtf

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

odd13

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)

crafty-fox

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!
 hops-and-pie

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

jax

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.

1400-miles

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!

breast-friends

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.

oskar-blues

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.

tivoli

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!

offensively-delicious

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

firkin

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.

dogfish-head

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.

July Beer Events

Beer Round Up

July Beer Events list is up! 

Featuring events with:

Black Shirt

Great Divide

Strange Craft Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company

Boulder Beer

Breckenridge Brewery

BRU

The POST Brewing

Renegade Brewing

Ska Brewing

Factotum Brewhouse

Twisted Pine

 

And festivals!

Summer Brew Fest

Breck Summer Beer Fest

Breckenridge Brewery’s Hootenanny

Denver’s Biergarten Festival

Colorado Brewers Rendezvous

Kyle’s Brew Fest

Colorado Craft Beer Round Up

Jul-IPA Rooftop Party

 

AND MORE

 

Great Divide Celebrates 22 Years

be1ad82a-6fb3-48a7-90de-13ecfce0a70dOn Saturday, June 11, Great Divide celebrated its 22nd anniversary with an awesome event at the brewery. I’ve been to several Great Divide anniversaries over the years, both at the original Ballpark brewery as well as the new RiNo location. But I have to say this year’s party was the best yet.

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Note: please forgive my less than stellar quality photos. I forgot my camera and had to resort to using my phone, which doesn’t produce the best pics. Thanks!

Anyone who has been to an event at the RiNo location in the summer knows there are no trees to provide shade on hot days. So I was thrilled with the options they provided to help beat the heat. For one, they decided to open up a portion of the brewery and had some of the pouring stations inside. They also put up a couple of big tents outside to provide some respite from the sun on that 95 degree afternoon. And finally: beer floats!

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There were so many special beers at the party that I don’t even know where to begin. My personal favorite of the day was the Yeti with with Cinnamon, Mexican Cocoa Powder, Chai Spice and Colombian Coffee (which was one of the 4 firkins that were tapped on the hour). I already love Yeti in any form, but this one was phenomenal.

The 22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour was great (as was last year’s sour, which also made an appearance at the event). And both the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and Port Barrel Aged Old Ruffian were are the top of my list as well.

Great Divide continues to brew creative, innovative beers in addition to the tried & true core beers that have been a staple of beer drinkers for the last 20+ years. And they know how to throw one fantastic party! Congratulations on 22 years, Great Divide!

June Beer Events

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June Beer Events! 

Want to know what’s happening with local breweries in June? Click here for a list of 20+ great options to kick off your summer! Including…

CAUTION Brewing

Ursula Brewery

Great Divide

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

Barley’s Angels Colorado

Lowry Beer Garden

Ratio Beerworks

Sanitas Brewing

The POST Brewing

Gravity Brewing

Factotum Brewhouse

And more!

Thirsty Lion’s Fall Dishes, Seasonal Beers

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As a beer lover, I know there is always something on tap for me at Thirsty Lion. Its 52 taps has something for every beer drinker: ambers, IPAs, lagers, saisons, stouts and more. And while I typically stick with the same few beers when I stop in, I am always excited to see what’s new when the seasonal fresh sheet makes its appearance. The Fall Fresh Sheet came out, I knew it was time for another visit.

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Pan Seared Shishito Peppers with Chipotle Aioli. Paried with a Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide.

I wanted to try the new Shishito Peppers, but I can’t seem to visit Thirsty Lion without getting the pretzel with beer cheese fondue (which is on the regular menu). So I decided to start with both!

I’m never sure how hot shishito peppers might be, so I usually pair them with a stout, as a dark beer helps tame the heat. And the hint of smokiness complements the peppers’ blistered skin. Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout was just the beer for this dish. Note: these peppers were very approachable; they were not too spicy, which allowed me to really enjoy the flavor.

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The decision about which beer to have with the pretzel was an easy one. What goes better with a soft pretzel than a traditional German lager? So I selected Prost Brewing’s Märzen, one of the fall seasonals.

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For the main course I ordered a Margherita Pizza (off Thirsty Lion’s regular menu) and a Breckenridge Autumn Ale (seasonal). The slightly sweet flavor of the ale went well with the pizza, and the mouthfeel of this full-bodied beer accentuated the chewiness of the crust and cheese.

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After my meal I was ready for something sweet. I was in the mood for chocolate, but I absolutely had to try the new Caramel Apple Cheesecake. So I developed a plan: pair the cheesecake with a Shake Chocolate Porter! And it was perfect! The creaminess of the beer and the cake were a winning combination.

Since I am vegetarian there are many more fall dishes available that I wasn’t able to try. Here are some of the other items on the seasonal fresh sheet (which runs through early December):

Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops, Pomegranate, Spinach & Pancetta Salad, Fennel Sausage & Sundried Tomato Pizza, and Black Berry BBQ Pork Tenderloin.

Seasonal beers on tap are Woodchuck Fall Apple Cider, Breckenridge Autumn Ale, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Prost Märzen, Lefthand Oktoberfest and Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy. And new cocktail items include a Pear Martini and Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned.

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Don’t miss these fall drinks and dishes; they are available now through early December.

The Big Eat!

Goat cheese quesadilla with mango, pickled red onion, fresh jalapeno and green chile crema from El Camino Community Tavern. With Great Divide's 21st Anniversary American Sour Ale.

Goat cheese quesadilla with mango, pickled red onion, fresh jalapeno and green chile crema from El Camino Community Tavern. With Great Divide’s 21st Anniversary American Sour Ale.

The Big Eat 2015 was held at The Galleria at The Denver Performing Arts Complex on Thursday, July 23rd. It was my first time attending, so I was excited to see what it was all about. With unlimited food, local beer and cocktails, it sounded like my kind of event.

Eclairs from D Bar.

Eclairs from D Bar.

I really enjoy good food, but I consider myself a grazer–I prefer more frequent, smaller portions rather than a large amount at once. So having access to several little bites sounded perfect for me. However, I’m also vegetarian, which can often be tricky when it comes to culinary events. But I decided to go for it and see what I could find.

Strawberries & cream eclair from D Bar with an Old Chub from Oskar Blues.

Strawberries & cream eclair from D Bar with an Old Chub from Oskar Blues.

While there were many things I wasn’t able to try, there were plenty of vegetarian options available. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. But my overall favorite was the beer cheese spread from New World Cheese. So delicious!

Beer cheese on a pretzel roll with a slice of watermelon with feta from New World Cheese.

Beer cheese on a pretzel roll with a slice of watermelon with feta from New World Cheese.

I thought the venue was perfect for the occasion. With restaurants located both outside and inside, there was lots of room for attendees to walk around without being too crowded. There were also places to sit and several tables scattered about the event.

Restaurants were serving food both indoors and outdoors.

Restaurants were serving food both indoors and outdoors.

I was in the mood for beer and was happy to see Great Divide, Oskar Blues and Crazy Mountain. But there were also many great cocktails available as well. I appreciated that there was something for everyone.

Brioche bread pudding with lemon-berry custard from Snooze.

Brioche bread pudding with lemon-berry custard from Snooze.

The Big Eat was a fun, leisurely evening of sampling excellent local restaurants, beer and spirits!

More of D Bar's delicious eclairs.

More of D Bar’s delicious eclairs.

Banana split mini cupcakes from Happy Cakes Bakeshop.

Banana split mini cupcakes from Happy Cakes Bakeshop.

Great Divide Brewery Brunch at EDGE

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Scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms, & Haystack Mountain goat cheese (normally comes with tomatoes too but I omitted them).

Scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms, & Haystack Mountain goat cheese (normally also has tomatoes but I omitted them).

I had never been to EDGE before, as it’s well known for its steaks, and as a vegetarian I wasn’t sure there would be much I could eat. But being a big fan of Great Divide, of course I had to check out this new brunch. I was pleased to find an egg white scramble with veggies and goat cheese, and I thought a Rumble Oak Aged IPA would pair well with it. It certainly did; the combination of oak flavor and goat cheese complemented each other nicely.

Chef Kelley Schmidt puts the finishing touches on an order of chicken & waffles.

Chef Kelley Schmidt puts the finishing touches on an order of chicken & waffles.

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Lemon ricotta pancakes with Colorado peaches and maple syrup, with Great Divide’s Colette.

My guest chose the lemon ricotta pancakes and a Colette (which I had to try myself), and that was another winning combination. The farmhouse ale really brought out the lemony characteristics of the pancakes. So needless to say, there are definitely vegetarian options. The menu is comprised of sections titled “Be Friendly,” and consists of shared appetizers, “Be Good,” which includes the two entrees we had, plus salads and seafood dishes, and “Be Bad,” with items such as biscuits & gravy, burgers, and chicken & waffles. EDGE likes to keep things local. In addition to partnering with a Denver brewery, the restaurant uses local ingredients whenever possible, such as Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and Tender Belly Bacon. Those who like brunch and beer will enjoy Brewery Brunch. On Sundays, Great Divide has reps on hand to talk to guests about the company, the beers, and more. Stop in soon for a fun, delicious brunch!

Rumble IPA from Great Divide.

Rumble IPA from Great Divide.

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