I love special releases! Especially from my favorite breweries. Odell just released the third of its six 2017 Cellar Series releases, each available for a limited time. Here is all the information you need about Brazzle Sour Golden with Raspberry.
I love special releases! Especially from my favorite breweries.
In March, Odell released the first two of its six 2017 Cellar Series releases, each available for a limited time. Here is all the information you need:
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.
On Monday, March 28th, Yard House locations all across the country tapped approximately 1,581 new beers as a result of its Annual Beer Review. The Beer Review consists of evaluating beer sales and ultimately selecting 20 to 30 new beers to replace the lowest selling brands at each restaurant, a process that takes about 3 months to complete.
Yard House is making a great effort to focus on “hyper-local brews,” paying close attention to the preferences of each market. One trend Yard House noticed is the rise in popularity of sour beers, thereby adding both European sour offerings as well as some amazing American craft sours. In Denver the latest sour additions include Odell Cellar Sour Series, Crooked Stave Surette, Stupid Silly Sour, and Boulevard Tell Tale Tart.
Other beers just added at the downtown Denver Yard House are local favorites Dry Dock Vanilla Porter, Avery Raja, New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Crooked Stave Surette and more. Also newly tapped are several popular non-local brews like Lord Hobo Boom Sauce, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, and Almanac IPA, among others.
I stopped in on Monday to try a flight of new beers and enjoy a snack. There were so many great ones from which to choose! I highly recommend the Rogue Cold Brew IPA, Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad, Crooked Stave St. Bretta Series, and Stupid Silly Sour. Building a flight is an excellent way to try out several of the new beers at once. And if you drop by during Happy Hour, you can take advantage of $2 off Craft & Import Pints and Goblets (among other drink specials) and appetizers between $5-8. Check out your local Yard House ASAP to see what’s new!
My first visit to a Henry’s Tavern was this summer in Portland, Oregon. I was at the airport, looking for a place with a good beer selection where I could get a bite before heading back to Denver. That’s when I happened upon Henry’s: lots of local craft beers, and an appetizer called Gorgonzola Waffle Fries. I was sold. I sat down and relaxed with an Oregon beer and thoroughly enjoyed a huge plate of gorgonzola fries. The next day, I was already craving the fries. Shortly thereafter, I got news that Henry’s was opening a location in Denver. And I was excited!
Henry’s Tavern opened in September at 500 16th Street Unit 184B (in the Denver Pavilions), and it’s a great place for people like me, who love craft beer and tasty eats.
Henry’s has 100 beers on tap, about half of which are local. On my recent visit to Denver Henry’s, I decided to start with an Odell Myrcenary Double IPA (one of my favorite Colorado beers) while I looked over the menu. Since it was my first time truly dining there, I wanted to try a variety of dishes.
Sometimes finding enough vegetarian options can be a challenge, but this was certainly not the case at Henry’s. I found appetizers, salads, pizzas, a veggie burger, stir fry and lots more. One thing I always look for is beer-cheese soup. I find it often, though it’s usually made with chicken stock, so I’m not able to eat it. But Henry’s Beer Cheddar Soup is vegetarian friendly, which was a pleasant surprise. Thick, rich and full of flavor, it also worked well as an additional dip for my giant pretzel.
I’m not usually much of a salad eater. But when I saw “Grilled Whole Romaine Caesar” on the menu, I knew I had to try it. The grilled lettuce really added a certain zest that I found far more enjoyable than a traditional salad. It was truly delicious–best salad I’ve ever had!
I love soft pretzels; they are one of my favorite things to pair with a beer of any style. The Giant Bavarian Soft Pretzel was hot and fresh with just the right amount of salt. I was happy that I got to choose two sauces at no extra cost. The Creamy Gorgonzola sauce was phenomenal! It’s the same sauce used for the gorgonzola fries, which I already loved.
With 100 beers on tap, it’s never a problem to find something good to order. While I had a Colorado beer to start, for my second I went with a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. This slightly smoky beer went well with the creamy, garlicky Mac & Cheese.
One item that caught my eye is the Mac & Cheese Burger: yes, a burger topped with Mac & cheese! (as well as cheddar ale sauce, applewood smoked bacon, garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles). It sounds like such a fun meal! If anyone has tried it, please let me know how it was.
Henry’s has an excellent of local and non-local craft beers, an extensive food menu, and the patio is perfect for people-watching. If you haven’t been, consider checking it out for your next happy hour or dinner.
What I’m looking forward to next time: Tempura Fried Cheese Curds.
Sure, the Great American Beer Festival is sold out. But whether you’re attending or not, there are plenty of other fun beer events in September!
Note: Due to events being continually announced, I will update this post as necessary.
1 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent
3 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Le Terroir at the New Belgium Tent
5 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent
1 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent
3 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: NBB Love Apple Felix at the New Belgium Tent
5 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Wild Wild Dubbel at the New Belgium Tent
The second annual Collaboration Fest was a huge success. With 70 collaborations, 2000 attendees and a larger venue, this year’s festival was even bigger and better than last year.
Collaboration Fest 2015 was held on the club level of Sports Authority Field at Mile High with fantastic views of downtown Denver. There was more than enough space, which was refreshing, as most festival-goers know that an overly crowded situation can definitely put a damper on the experience. The lines weren’t ridiculously long (yay!), and there was ample space to wander around, eat, and enjoy those tasty beers.
Since I wasn’t able to find a list of all the beers (like they had last year), I unfortunately missed a couple that I wish I would have gotten to try. But luckily for me, I found one of them on tap at Falling Rock a couple days later: New Belgium Brewing/Star Bar/Falling Rock: Rock Star Part Deux sour brown. Though I didn’t drink it at the festival itself, I’m still going to call this my favorite beer overall. So tart–just the way I like it!
Other standouts include:
Lady Brew: FMR Double Red IPA (all female collaboration)
FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti: Belgian Style Cherry Dubbel
Odell Brewing and Mountain Sun: Mutual Respect Java Imperial Stout
Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery: NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout
Odell Brewing and Liquid Mechanics: Charlie’s Sour Brown
Fiction Beer Company/Chain Reaction Brewing/Cerebral Brewing: Ultimate Simpatico Farmhouse ale with Cascara and plum fermented with Brett. I was hanging out at Fiction the night they were brewing this, so I was excited to try it. It had delightful a hint of spiciness that I wasn’t expecting.
I missed the Carrot Cake Brown from Front Range Brewing and Kokopelli, but I have a feeling it would have been a fave of mine. I’ll have to look for it at either brewery to see if I can catch it.
See you again next year, Collaboration Fest!
I have been a fan of the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant since first moving to Colorado 15 years ago. I’ve always enjoyed their margaritas, food, patios, and atmosphere. And now, as a craft beer drinker, there is even more to love. All six of the Rio’s locations have (or soon will) at least one beer on tap that was created exclusively for them by a local brewery.
The Ft. Collins location was the first to tap these special beers, by Odell and Coopersmith’s. Coopersmith’s brewed Rio Trigo, a wheat beer with blood oranges. And Odell created Battalion, a tequila barrel-aged imperial stout with dark chocolate, cinnamon, house-roasted poblanos and dried chipotles, as well as Sangre de Chueco, a tequila barrel-aged imperial Vienna lager with agave nectar, blood oranges, and lime. The Rio in Denver recently tapped Renegade’s R&R MPA, a Mexican Pale Ale made with El Dorado hops, a full-flavored citrus forward pale.
The other four locations will soon tap the beers that have been brewed for them. At this point the breweries involved are: Lone Tree Brewing (at the Lone Tree Rio), Sanitas Brewing (Boulder), and Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley). The Steamboat location does not yet have a brewery partner finalized, but it is in the works.
While these breweries are currently participating in this new craft beer program, The Rio is also open to working with other local breweries as well. It is great to see Colorado companies supporting each other. I absolutely love this idea and am looking forward to trying as many of these new creations as possible!