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The First Two (of Six) Beers from Odell’s Cellar Series Are Here!

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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:

WHO: Odell Brewing
WHAT: Barrel Aged Mountain Standard Double Black IPA (10.6% ABV), the first of six beers in Odell’s 2017 Cellar Series releases
WHEN: Released March 20, 2017
WHERE: Available in very limited quantities as a single 12oz bottle across Odell’s 14-state distribution footprint
ABOUT: In the fall of 2015 Odell took a small batch of their most popular seasonal releases, Mountain Standard Double Black IPA, and locked it away in their cellar. This Mountain Standard has been aging in bourbon barrels for over a year and has now been released as the first batch of Barrel Aged Mountain Standard Double Black IPA.
“Barrels and time can yield some amazing changes to the character of a bold beer like Mountain Standard,” explains Head Brewer, Bill Beymer. “The oak has definitely performed some magic here. The assertive hop bitterness has made way for incredible flavors of sweet chocolate, dried figs, toffee, vanilla and caramel.”
MY THOUGHTS: Being barrel aged, this isn’t your typical IPA. The bourbon and oak notes temper the hoppiness found in the traditional version of Mountain Standard. I thought it was almost a bit more like a full-bodied porter than an IPA. Either way, if you can find this beer, be sure to grab one.

Cutest thing ever! (Photo courtesy of Odell Brewing)

WHO: Odell Brewing
WHAT: Flemish Giant (6.5% ABV), the second of six beers in Odell’s 2017 Cellar Series releases
WHEN: Released March 27, 2017
WHERE: Available for a limited time in 750ml bottles across Odell’s 14-state distribution footprint
ABOUT: Flemish Giant is a new 750ml single run barrel aged Flanders-Style Sour Red Ale. This beer begins with notes of tart ruby red grapefruit and cherry, finishing with sweet raisin and fig.
“At Odell Brewing, we often brew hop forward styles and this beer presented an opportunity to explore a malt forward profile that let the oak barrels take center stage,” said COO, Brendan McGivney. He added, “Blending is an important part of our process and we used about 60 different barrels to bring this beer together. Woodcut toasted oak barrels, Bourbon barrels, rum barrels, and chardonnay barrels all contribute different layers and depth to the final beer.”
The name Flemish Giant pays tribute to a curious breed of rabbit which can grow up to 20 lbs. Native to Belgium, the birthplace of the Flanders-Style Sour Red Ale, the Flemish Giant dates back to the 16th century.
MY THOUGHTS: This Flanders-Style Red is less sweet than many beers of this style which, in my opinion, makes it easier to drink. It has a fairly dry finish and is tart yet not markedly sour. It’s an overall quality Flanders Red, and I definitely recommend it.  Plus it gets bonus points from me for the rabbit reference!

Stay tuned for more of Odell’s Cellar Series Releases in the coming months!

December Beer Events!

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December Beer Events Roundup is here! Click here for all the details!

‘Tis the season for beer events! Okay…every season is beer events season in Colorado (hooray!). But this December you’ll find tap takeovers, anniversary parties, festivals, holiday parties and more.

Featuring:

The West End Tavern

Hoppy Holidays

Asher Brewing

Parade of Darks

Someplace Else Brewery

HO HO HO Slapdown

Our Mutual Friend

Großen Bart Brewery

Denver Beer Co.

Bootstrap Brewing

Beethoven & Brews

Factotum Brewhouse

Festivus

Black Shirt Brewing

Odell Brewing

 

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!

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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.
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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

Cheers to New Beers! Yard House’s Annual Beer Review

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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.

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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!

Henry’s Tavern: 100 Beers on Tap & So Many Tasty Dishes!

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!

Myrcenary Double IPA from Odell

Myrcenary Double IPA from Odell

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.

A cup of Henry's Beer Cheddar Soup

A cup of Henry’s Beer Cheddar Soup

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.

Grilled Whole Romaine Caesar Salad

Grilled Whole Romaine Caesar Salad

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!

Twisted Giant Bavarian Soft Pretzel with Porter Mustard & Creamy Gorgonzola

Twisted Giant Bavarian Soft Pretzel with Porter Mustard & Creamy Gorgonzola

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.

Henry’s Traditional Mac & Cheese with a Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker

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.

September Beer Events

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.

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  • Starting Tue., Sep. 1: The Great Douglas County Libraries Brew Tour 2015  (takes place at 8 breweries; click link for details). In addition to the Brew Tour, each Wed. in Sep. at 6 p.m. at the tappings of  “library brews,” a special guest speaker will be in attendance:
    • September 2: John Holl, author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook at Living the Dream. The library brew is a Blackcurrant Saison.
    • September 9: Beer and Chocolate Pairing with the Chocolate Therapist at Elk Mountain. The library brew is an ESB.
    • September 16: Ed Sealover, author of Mountain Brew: Colorado’s Colorful Craft Breweries at Barnett & Son. The library brew is a Dunkel Weizen.
    • September 23: Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer at Grist. The library brew is a Southern English Brown Ale.
    • September 30: Dan Rabin, author of Notes from the Tap Room at Lone Tree Brewing. The library brew is a Pumpkin Ale.

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  • Fri., Sep. 11-Fri., Sep. 18: New Belgium Tap Takeover at Thirsty Lion (1605 Wynkoop St., Denver). ***Promotion on Sep. 18th 3-5 p.m.: Win 2 tickets to GABF and other New Belgium Prizes.***
  • Fri., Sep. 11, 7-10 p.m.: 7th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest at The Lincoln Center (417 W. Magnolia, Ft. Collins).

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  • Fri., Sep. 11-Sun., Sep. 13, 4-6 p.m.: The POST Brewing Co. Townie Ale & Howdie Beer Can Release Parties. Sep. 11 at Centro Latin Kitchen, Sep. 12 at The POST Brewing, and Sep. 13 at LOLA Mexican Fish House.

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  • Sat., Sep. 12, 1-10 p.m.: Gravity Brewing’s 3 Year Anniversary Celebration at Gravity Brewing ( 1150 Pine Street Unit B, Louisville).
  • Sat., Sep. 12 and Sun., Sep. 13, 12-7 p.m.: The Denver Flea at Sculpture Park (Speer & Champa, Denver). At 1, 3 and 5 p.m., both days there will be special tappings (see schedule below). RSVP in advance for a free New Belgium beer upon arrival. 

    Saturday, 9/12

    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

    Sunday, 9/13

    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

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  • Wed., Sep. 16: National Guacamole Day and Tivoli Tap Takeover at Kachina Southwest Grill (10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster).
    • Guacamole flavors include Scorpion Pepper, Charred Tomato, Smoked Avocado, and two flavors which utilize local Colorado ingredients: Roasted Hatch Guacamole and Palisade Peach Guacamole.
    • Tivoli Tap Takeover, starting on September 16, lasting through the end of Great American Beer Fest.
  • Fri., Sep. 18, 11 a.m.: New Belgium Tap Takeover at Next Door Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St., Ste. 100, Denver).
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  • Sat., Sep. 19, 2 p.m.-midnight: 2nd Annual Gratitude at Our Mutual Friend (2810 Larimer St., Denver).
  • Fri.-Sun., Sep. 18-20 & Fri.-Sun., Sep. 25-27: Oktoberfest Denver (Between 20th St. & 22nd St. on Larimer St., Denver).

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  • Sat., Sep. 19-Sat., Sep. 26: Odell Brewing Tap Takeover at Thirsty Lion (1605 Wynkoop St., Denver). ***Promotion with Odell Brewing Co. on Sep. 24th (first day of GABF) 3-5 p.m.: Win 2 tickets to GABF and other Odell Prizes.***

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  • Sat., Sep. 20 & Sun., Sep. 21, 10 a.m.-close: First Draft’s Oktoberfest at First Draft (1309 26th St., Denver).

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  • Thur., Sep. 24-Sat., Sep. 26: Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, Hall F, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver). SOLD OUT.
  • Thur., Sep. 24, 10:30 p.m.: 2015 Avery Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall (1317 14th St., Denver).

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  • Wed., Sep. 23-Sun., Sep. 27: Sunnyside Beer Stroll at Factotum Brewhouse, Diebolt Brewing and Denver Beer Co Canworks.
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  • Thur., Sep. 24, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: 50 Firkin Fiasco at Epic Brewing (3001 Walnut St., Denver).
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Collaboration Fest 2015: Recap

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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.

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Welcome beer from Telluride Brewing and String Cheese Incident

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.

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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!

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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.

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See you again next year, Collaboration Fest!

Exciting Craft Beer News at The Rio!

R&R MPA, a Mexican Pale Ale by Renegade Brewing

R&R MPA, a Mexican Pale Ale by Renegade Brewing.

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.

Veggie Quesadilla

Veggie Quesadilla

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.

Mexican beers and local beers on tap

Mexican beers and local beers on tap

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!

Colorado Craft Beer, Great Food & Desserts: Los Chingones & Sugarmill

Odel IPA at Los Chingones

Odel IPA at Los Chingones

Two exciting new restaurants, right next door to each other, are now open at Broadway & Larimer: Los Chingones and Sugarmill.

Los Chingones is the latest venture from Chef Troy Guard. The menu is filled with inventive Mexican dishes, including 11 different types of tacos, Pig Ear Nachos, Octopus, Chicken Leg Enchiladas, and more.

Butternut Squash Taco with kale, goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds, & Garden Guac with pumpkin seeds, tomato, corn & zucchini.

Butternut Squash Taco (sample size) with kale, goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds, & Garden Guac with pumpkin seeds, tomato, corn & zucchini.

As a vegetarian I am always eager to take a look at a new menu, and on Tuesday I got the chance to do so at their pre-opening party. I am pleased to say that Los Chingones offers plenty of meatless fare, and it’s anything but boring. I absolutely loved the Butternut Squash Tacos as well as the Garden Guac. The pumpkin seeds added such a unique flavor to both dishes. Other vegetarian options include Cojita Cheese Tacos, salads, two kinds of fundido, a cheese quesadilla, grilled jalapenos, and chips & salsa (of which they have 5 kinds). And carnivores will appreciate the 9 different meat-based tacos.

T & T: Tequila, lime, Tang, & orange soda

T & T: Tequila, lime, Tang, & orange soda

They have a variety of cocktails such as margaritas (of course) and the T & T, a unique blend of tequila, lime, Tang, and orange soda, plus Colorado craft beers on tap from Odell and Great Divide (and others in bottles/cans). Los Chingones has a bar on the main level as well as one upstairs, and a rooftop deck that will be wonderful once it warms up enough to enjoy it. It is set to open on St. Patrick’s Day 2014.

Berry Trifle & Chocolate Jasmine Mousse from Sugarmill

Berry Trifle & Chocolate Jasmine Mousse from Sugarmill

Next to Los Chingones is Sugarmill, a bakery, lounge and dessert bar. And Pastry Chef Noah French can whip up some ridiculously tasty desserts. I thought the Chocolate Jasmine Mousse was delicious–my favorite for sure. Unfortunately I was so full after all that Mexican food that I didn’t get to taste as many as I would have liked. But that’s okay, because I will be back! In addition to a plethora of sweets they also have a menu of savory bites: a Roasted Mushroom Toast, Beef Wellington, and Quiche of the Day, to name a few.

Roasted Mushroom Toast

Roasted Mushroom Toast

Sugarmill has several types of drinks on offer too, from wine and champagne to beer, including bottled selections from Colorado’s Avery, Crazy Mountain and Ft. Collins Brewery.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about Los Chingones and Sugarmill. I am also quite excited that they are very close to me, which means I have two great new places to add to my list of regular spots. I definitely recommend checking out both of these places, if you like good food, beer, cocktails, and a fun atmosphere.

Unique Dishes & Beers at Parallel Seventeen

Last week I visited Parallel Seventeen for the first time. After being seated, I was ready for a beer and  immediately checked out what they had on tap. They had selections from Colorado breweries Great Divide and Odell, as well as Oregon’s Deschutes and a Pumpkin Ale by Wasatch Brewery in Utah, which I chose, as I’ve really been enjoying pumpkin beers this season.

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Pumpkin Ale by Wasatch Brewery

My guest and I started with the White asparagus flatbread with pistachio, sesame & fig gastrique, mustard greens, and Manchego cheese. It was wonderful; the asparagus was so tender it practically melted in my mouth, and the gastrique added just the right amount of sweetness. I could have eaten the entire dish myself, but I had to stop in order to leave room for my entrée.

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White asparagus flat bread

I was in the mood for a salad, so I went with the Quinoa salad with arugula, pea shoots, goat cheese fritters, apricot, and charred scallion vinaigrette. I omitted the water chestnuts as I don’t care much for them, but I imagine they would add a nice crunchy texture. It was very good, and the goat cheese fritters were such a nice addition. My guest decided on the Vermicelli noodles with field greens, cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, and crispy tofu. This dish is on the menu as “vegetarian,” though the nuoc cham it normally comes with contains fish sauce, so they substituted miso vinaigrette instead. This too was quite tasty, and both salads were very filling.

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Quinoa Salad

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Lucky Buddha Lager

Our server suggested a lighter beer to pair with the salads, and he recommended Lucky Buddha Lager from China. I liked this beer from the moment I saw the bottle. I had never tried it before, but it did go well with the salad and was more flavorful than many lagers I’ve had.

Though I was extremely full by now, I just had to try some dessert. I was surprised to see Cotton Candy on the menu; I’m not sure the last time I’d had cotton candy, but it was probably about 20 years ago at a local carnival. So I was eager to see how theirs, made in-house, would compare. It was very light and flavorful, the perfect way to get a taste of something sweet without being too filling. My guest and I loved it. We also enjoyed the Coconut & chocolate bread pudding, which went well with my dessert drink, a Vietnamese Coffetini (chilled Vitenamese coffee, vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur and sweetened condensed milk).

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Coconut & chocolate bread pudding

The great meal was enhanced by the delightful ambiance and attentive staff at Parallel Seventeen. The menu is full of inventive dishes, and they have good craft beers on tap. My experience at Parallel Seventeen was fantastic; I look forward to my next visit so I can try out another of their delicious creations.

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