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!
The third annual Collaboration Fest was last Saturday, March 19th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In addition to over 85 unique beers, this fest is one-of-a-kind in that it brings to light the camaraderie and extraordinary relationships among so many brewers. It is this spirit of working together that adds something special to to the overall atmosphere of Collaboration Fest.
In my opinion, the 2016 festival was the best yet. I had more excellent beers this year than ever before! But to mention a few of my favorites:
Skeptic Ale: Barrel Aged American Peach IPA from Epic Brewing & Ska Brewing
Rock Star Part III: Sour Blend from Falling Rock Tap House & Star Bar
Neptune’s Fickle Grace: 100% Brett Citrus IPA from Fiction Beer Company & Tivoli Brewing Co
I Smoka: Coffee Mocha Porter from Oskar Blues & Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
ÜberMountain Barleyshine: English-Style Barleywine from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery & Uber Brew
Morning in Havana: Tropical Stout from Upslope Brewing Co. & New Belgium Brewing Company (great on its own but even better with coffee added!)
Understandably, Collaboration Fest sold out well before the actual event. If you missed it, make a mental note to get your tickets early next year, as it just keeps getting better and better.
And whether you attended or not, here is where you can catch some of the beers that were brewed for Collaboration Fest:
As the Great American Beer Festival approaches, my thoughts turn to hundreds of different beers that will be poured at the fest. And as I sit here thinking about it, I sip on my favorite beer of all time: Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing. Nothing feels better than taking a moment to relax and kick back with a glass of my beverage of choice. And while I don’t necessarily spend too much time thinking about glass each time I pour a drink, it has recently been at the forefront of my mind thanks to one of the sponsors of the Great American Beer Festival, Glass Is Life.
Glassware is a big part of any beer drinker’s daily life. I always enjoy opening my cabinets and choosing the perfect glass for the beer I’m drinking at the time. Do I want a snifter? A mug? A tulip? My Modus is in a Shaker pint glass today, as it usually is, because I enjoy the overall versatility of this particular glass. The pint glass is sturdy, reliable and very agreeable to most styles.
When I tip back my glass and take a drink of Modus Hoperandi, I know that I am tasting exactly what the brewers intended. Ska specifically uses brown glass bottles for Modus, protecting the beer from being compromised by light so that is is delivered to its consumers in its purest form. The use of glass is extremely important and ensures the integrity of the beer is uncompromised. Glass + beer = perfect partners. So raise a glass of your favorite beer today, tomorrow, and all week in celebration of glass, beer, and the Great American Beer Festival. Cheers!
It’s almost my favorite time of year again: GABF week! The Great American Beer Festival is something to get very excited about. But even for those not attending the festival, there are endless other great beer events going on before, during and after it. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading about dozens of upcoming tappings, dinners, and more, and there are too many to keep track of. However, there are several that stood out to me, and I would like to pass along my picks to you.
I decided to keep it to Denver-based events only, though there are plenty of other happenings in Boulder, Ft. Collins, and other surrounding areas.
My top picks:
9/29 Annual GABF Tapping Party at Falling Rock
9/30 Beerfest at Paramount Cafe
10/2 Trve Brewing’s GABF Kickoff Show at Summit Music Hall
10/2 What the Funk!? CBC Denver 2014 (sold out)
10/3 Beers Made by Walking Festival
Freshcraft has a bunch of special tappings:
Again, there are numerous other beer events that will be going on in the area the week of September 28th-October 5th. These are just the ones that are particularly interesting to me. I hope you all get out there and enjoy some of these wonderful events!
Beer and brunch: a couple of my favorite things. There is almost nothing more enjoyable to me than to sleep in on the weekend and then go out for a leisurely meal (preferably on a patio), with drinks of course. And I did just that on Sunday, at Humboldt.
Humboldt has many great beverage options for brunch, such as the classic mimosa and four different types of bloody Mary, as well as several cocktails. And while they do not have any beer on tap, they do have a wide selection in bottles & cans. They definitely do their part to support Colorado breweries, offering beers from Avery, Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, Upslope, Ska, Dry Dock, Telluride, and Crazy Mountain. Depending on my mood, I usually opt for a mimosa or a good craft beer, and I take a restaurant’s beer list into consideration when deciding where to go for brunch.
I had heard good things about the Crispy Broccoli (a house favorite, as the menu states). And from my first tasteI loved it! It was the perfect appetizer to snack on while my guest and I waited on our entrees.
I had the omelet of the day: roasted zucchini and squash, basil, goat cheese, & romesco with a side of breakfast potatoes. Delicious!
My guest ordered the Veggie Benedict. It is on the menu as a seasonal preparation; on our visit it was a Mushroom Benedict made with portobellos and served with breakfast potatoes. I tried a bite and thought it was very tasty.
We were so full after all the yummy food and beverages. However, I absolutely cannot pass up anything with chocolate, caramel, and sea salt. So we ordered dessert. It was one of the best desserts I have ever had! Amazing.
Brunch at Humboldt was excellent. The food, service, patio, drink selection–it was all spectacular. I will be back, as there are more menu items I’d like to try. And I will definitely keep Humboldt in mind for happy hour on the patio too!
Seeing as how IPA is my personal favorite style of beer, every day is “IPA Day” to me. However, I am excited that tomorrow, August 1st, is the official IPA Day! When I first started drinking craft beer, I was a strictly dark beer fan: my first loves were porters…then stouts…and, eventually–after sampling many of them–IPAs. It took a while for IPAs to grow on me though; they are bitter, for sure. But I ended up developing such a love of them, which I can’t say for every beer style (though I’ve tried dozens of Belgians, they still aren’t for me and quite possibly never will be; it’s similar to tomatoes…as much as I want to like them, my taste buds simply can’t comply with what my brain desires).
Are you going to have an IPA tomorrow? If so, what will you be drinking??? Here’s a picture of my beloved Harriette, age 17. She’s seen me through many a beer style over the years. And, since she’s so fond of her surrogate “mom,” she too loves IPAs. Her favorite IPA is Ska‘s Modus Hoperandi, just like me. Leave your comment to let us know YOUR favorite IPA.