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May Beer Events

May Beer Events post is up! Click here to see what all is going on in Colorado craft beer in May.

Black Shirt Brewing now has a kitchen! Serving up absolutely delicious pizzas, salads, and more. If you haven’t been, be sure to stop by soon!

Tons of fun, fantastic events featuring: 

Boulder Beer Company

The Pint Room

Denver Beer Co.

Big Choice Brewing

Mockery Brewing

American Homebrewers Association

Fiction Beer Company

Denver Bacon & Beer Classic

38 State Brewing Company

Odyssey Beerwerks

Strange Craft Beer Company

The West End Tavern

and of course: the ever exciting American Craft Beer Week! 

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.
Snowed In
Intense coffee stout with notes of chocolate, aged in bourbon barrel 2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.6 – IBU 68
2014 – aged in High West bourbon barrels – ABV 12.1 – IBU 78
2015 – aged in Colorado bourbon barrels – ABV 11.5 – IBU 57
2016 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 13.3 – IBU 45
Well Bred
Regal English strong ale aged in bourbon barrels with some malty notes of fruit (plums/dates), slightly nutty, with a touch of molasses
2013 – aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels – ABV 10.2 – IBU 75
2014 – aged in Breckenridge borbon barrels – ABV 10.7 – IBU 72
2015 – aged in Versailles Kentucky bourbon barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
2016 – aged in Woodford Reserve barrels – ABV 10.3 – IBU 64
Law’s Whiskey Charlie’s Golden Strong
Straw colored Belgian with tropical fruit and spice notes, named in honor of our beloved brewery mascot, Charlie
2016 – aged in Laws Whiskey barrels – ABV 8 – IBU 23
Le Chapeau
Imperial Saison with notes of tart fruit and spice aged in lightly toasted wine barrels
2015 – aged in Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc barrels

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Évoluer Bottle Release & Black Friday Sale at Ursula Brewery

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

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Barrel Release at Beryl’s Beer Co.

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

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

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

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Mexican Achromatic Crowler & BAMA Bottle Release at WeldWerks Brewing

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

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Black Friday Release Party at Odd 13 Brewing

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

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Tasting Room Can Release – Black Friday at Liquid Mechanics

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

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

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

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Black Friday, Day of Delightful Dark Beer at Westfax Brewing

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

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Beer Release- The Old Fashioned at Verboten Brewing

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

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Epic Black Friday at Epic Brewing – Denver

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

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Black Friday at Fiction Beer Company

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

Beer Events: Special GABF Week Edition!

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Photo courtesy of the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page

Whether you’re attending the Great American Beer Festival or not, there are lots of exciting beer events leading up to GABF and continuing throughout the week. While Colorado is always a great place for craft beer, GABF week is the absolute best time to be here!

***Note: I will be updating this as other event information is released, so check back! Also, there are far too many awesome events to include in this one post; these are just some of my personal picks. See my Facebook Events page for even more good stuff!***

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)…

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Sat., Oct. 1, 2 p.m.-11:59 p.m.: Gratitude 2016 at Our Mutual Friend Brewery (2810 Larimer St, Denver).

It’s time for Gratitude! A celebration of friendship and the beer made possible by it. Every year (the Saturday before GABF) we take the opportunity to celebrate you! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our customers, friends, family, and countless people in the craft beer industry.
To show our appreciation we will have $4 standard and $5 special release pours all day! Over 20 beers on tap! At least 6 bottle releases (including Gratitude 3 sour ale)! Food trucks! Music! Giveaways! No ticket required.

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

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Mon., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.: Annual GABF Tapping Party at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St., Denver).

Join us as we celebrate the Great American Beer Festival in our own special way! Featuring many of the great beers we are are known for carrying as well as some special kegs including new, fun and one-off beers from our friends. Be there early to get a good spot for watching the clock count down to zero and toast the start of one of the Greatest Weeks in Beer!

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Mon., Oct. 3-Sat., Oct. 8: GABF Week at Freshcraft (1530 Blake St., Denver).

Freshcraft has special tappings and events all week long, starting on Monday Oct. 3rd and going through Saturday Oct. 8th. Click on individual events for more information:
Mon., Oct. 3: Wild & Sour Monday
Tue., Oct. 4: Local Showcase Tuesday 
Wed., Oct. 5: Upslope Brewing 
Thur., Oct. 6: Casey Brewing and Blending, Cigar City Brewing, and Ska x Telluride Spirit Animal Night 
Fri., Oct. 7: Odell x Wicked Weed, Left Hand Warrior Firkin Tapping, and Stone, Green Flash, Station 26 and Melvin 
Sat., Oct. 8: Breakfast with The Bruery and Surly Brewing 

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Mon., Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m.: Meet the Brewer at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

Our brewer, Tim Myers, will be giving tours every 30 min. He’ll lead a Q&A about Strange Craft beers and share samples. Limited to 10 people each half hour. Signup sheet in the tasting room.

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Mon., Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.: GABF Launch Party with Great Divide at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

We are working on our line up for GABF week, and its all going to start here with our Great Divide Launch Party! Going to be a great week for craft beer, we hope to see you here.

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Mon., Oct. 3, 5-10 p.m.: Stone + First Draft Collab Release at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

We collaborated with Stone on a crazy blend to create Stone Mixtape Ale vol. 15 – Brett the Rockies. With the help of Stone’s Senior Manager of Brewing and Innovation Steve Gonzalez, we blended a Brett-fermented foudre blend with Stone Ruination 2.0, and added cannibis oil as a finishing touch.
Come try this one-of-a-kind beer at First Draft starting Monday during GABF week. We’ll also be tapping Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton Sour Cherries and Stone Cali-Belgique aged in Tequila Barrels!

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Tue., Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Beers Made by Walking at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver).

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and create new beers inspired by plants identified on the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets are $35. 
Participating breweries: Baere, Black Project, Bonfire, Burial (NC), Cerebral, Crazy Mountain, Crooked Stave, Dry Dock, Elevation, Fiction, Fieldhouse, Fonta Flora (NC), Great Divide , Happy Leaf Kombucha, Hopworks (OR), Horse and Dragon, Living The Dream, Mockery, Odd 13, Odell, Our Mutual Friend, Paradox, Ratio, Riff Raff, Scratch (IL), Spangalang, Stem Cider, Strange Craft, TRiNiTY, TRVE, Goldspot + The Grateful Gnome collaboration.

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Tue., Oct. 4, 6-10 p.m.: What the Funk!? Invitational 2016 at Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St., Denver).

What the Funk!? Invitational is a celebration of all things barrel-aged from boozy and strong to wild, sour, and funky. Sponsored by Denver-based brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Shelton Brothers this festival features numerous breweries from across the United States and around the World making some of the best Barrel-aged libations. For more information and tickets please visit wtfinvitational.com

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)

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Tue., Oct. 4-Fri., Oct. 7: GABF Week Events at The Crafty Fox (3901 Fox St, Denver).

Tue., Oct. 4: The Crafty Fox & CSA Distributing Present GABF Gems! Come on down to The Crafty Fox on Tuesday October 4th and try some rare beer gems! We will be tapping fun rare beers from the following breweries: Lawsons, Bell’s, Half Acre, Two Roads, Council, Perennial, Fremont, Jack’s Abby, Boneyard, Gigantic, Blackberry Farms, Stillwater, Off Color, La Cumbre, Greenbench, Almanac, Ecliptic, Crux, Cascade, AleSong, Jolly Pumpkin, Against the Grain, and Lord Hobo!
Wed., Oct. 5: The Crafty Fox & Horse and Dragon Food/Beer Pairing! We will be teaming up with Horse & Dragon Brewery out of Fort Collins and doing a custom food and beer menu. We will be pairing a fun custom food menu with their Sad Panda Coffe Stout, Bounty of the Bine Fresh Hop Pale Ale, The Agitated Aardvark Imperial IPA, The Scottish Tradesman Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter, Perambluation Gose, and Harry Hughes Aggie Jasmine Green Tea Pale Ale! Not only will be have some fun food/beer pairings we will also be cooking the food with their spent grain, hops, wort, and yeast.
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Wicked Weed! We will be teaming up with Wicked Week Brewery out of North Carolina and we will be tapping 21+ of their rare beers. Like sours, IPAs, stouts?! Well, Wicked Weed will be sending out a very diverse lineup of beers which will help showcase the brewery. Come on down and help us welcome Wicked Weed to Colorado!
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Odd 13! We will be tapping some of the rarest beers that Odd 13 Brewery out of Lafayette CO has to offer! Like Odd 13 beers? Well, we will be tapping some of Odd 13’s heaviest hitters.
Fri., Oct. 7: Bellingham Beer in Denver w/ Melvin & Crooked Stave! Check out Bellingham’s finest breweries as they visit the Crafty Fox in Denver on October 7th from 4:00 PM – close! Drink beer and win prizes!
 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

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Wed., Oct. 5, 4 p.m.: Jax LoDo pre-GABF party featuring Bad Mutha’ Shucka at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo (1539 17th St., Denver).

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and happy hour runs 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo will be the official GABF headquarters for The Post Brewing Company. On Wed., October 5, the day before the festival kicks off, Jax LoDo will host a pre-GABF party with a special tapping of Cask-Conditioned, Dry-Hopped Bad Mutha’ Shucka. Weighing in at 5.75% ABV, this amber ale is dripping in citrus and tropical fruit aromas supported by a classic, full malt flavor. It was brewed from American 2-row barley malt, Munich malt and two types of crystal malt for a rich and satisfying malt profile. The beer was hopped with a blend of Cascade, Willamette and Azacca hops resulting in a distinctly fruity, American hop aroma and flavor. And while no oysters were harmed in the making of Bad Mutha’ Shucka, it pairs exceptionally well with a dozen on the half-shell.
This one-of-a-kind firkin will offer beer fans a different drinking experience. Similar to the cask-conditioned ales that fill beer halls across Europe, this batch of Bad Mutha’ Shucka was put into the cask immediately after the initial brew, at which point an enormous amount of dry hops was added. And until it is tapped, no one will know what it tastes like!
Jax LoDo will feature five additional Post Brewing Co. beers on October 5, and Brewmaster Bryan Selders himself will be in-house to tap the firkin, answer questions about cask beer and beer in general, and throw back a pint or two. Complimentary snacks will be provided, and guests drinking POST beer can enjoy $1.50 oysters all night long. Also, anyone drinking from the firkin will get a chance to win a $100 Big Red F gift card.

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.

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Wed., Oct. 5, 4-10 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: HMLS Pig Roast at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to an all you can eat family-style Pig Roast as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
Come on out for some live music courtesy of Coop and the Chicken Pluckers, good times, and great beers on Wednesday, October 5, to indoctrinate you to the Great American Beer Festival.  We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 6:30 PM.

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Wed., Oct. 5, 5-10 p.m.: Pre-GABF Shindig! at Tivoli Brewing (900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver).

It’s that time of year again!  And just as you’d expect, we’re going to kick this week off the only way we know how…Party!
Join our mischief and bafoonery Wednesday October 5th!

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Wed., Oct. 5, 6-10 p.m.: Offensively Delicious, a Craft Beer Comedy Show at McNichols Building (144 W Colfax Ave, Denver).

Offensively Delicious is a celebration of the craft and personality behind the beer industry. Laugh the night away with 10 breweries and 4 comedians. The event begins with a sampling from 10 breweries. At 8 PM brewers take the stage to crack some jokes. After the brewers’ stand-up, local and national comedians take the stage and are certain to leave the crowd rolling in their seats. Headliners for Offensively Delicious are Beth Stelling and Matt Braunger (bios below). This event is a nonprofit fundraiser for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8: Great American Beer Festival (SOLD OUT) at Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver).

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

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Thur., Oct. 6, 12-2:30 p.m.: GABF Pre-Party at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

• Beer tasting
• Keep the Pint Glass and get a free fill
• Pretzel kit to make your own necklace
• Brewery tour
$10 Signup sheet in the tasting room

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Thur., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco at Epic Brewing Co. (3001 Walnut St., Denver).

Join us for our 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco! Our brewers have put together 50 unique firkins for your enjoyment as you wander through the brewery to sample all of them. Be a part of history, be a part of the fun and chaos of this popular event!
Ticket price includes unlimited sampling of the 50 Firkins from 7pm – Midnight. Last call is at 11:45pm. Food and Souvenir t-shirts sold separately.
General admission tickets will be available for $30 until October 5th (price does not include shirt). A limited amount of tickets will be available the day of at the door for $45 (price does not include shirt).  Must be 21+, must have valid photo ID (non-expired: passports, military ID, driver’s license or state issued ID cards).

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Thur., Oct. 6, 5-11 p.m.: Three Floyds Night at LowDown Brewery + Kitchen (800 Lincoln St., Denver).

We are so excited to host Three Floyds Brewing the Thursday of GABF this year!!! We will have all of our own craft beer plus four offerings from this amazing brewery. Join us! No tickets. No reservations. Just drinking, eating and happiness.

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Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 120 Minute Happy Hour with Sam Calagione! at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

Join us for a GABF after party with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Beer! We will be featuring flights of everyone’s favorite IPA, the 120 Minute from 2007, 2009, and 2011. Who better to taste with than the man himself? Join in celebrating the 120 minute IPA with 120 minutes of party!

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Thur., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 9: Mexican Chocolate Stout Tap and Bomber Releases at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver).

October 6 – We will release the first of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Coffee Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with Pablo’s coffee, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a coffee twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 7 – We will release the second of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 8 – We will release the third of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Double Chocolate Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with cinnamon, a double dose of cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 9 – We will release the fourth new adaptation of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout!Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50

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Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8, 3-8 p.m.: GABF Celebration at Avery Brewing Co. (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder).

Who is ready for GABF?!! We are!!! In case you weren’t able to get tickets, or if you just want to come by and grab some beer and grub we will be hanging at the brewery both inside and out. We will have food tents and the draft trailer rolling outside as well as Tap Room and restaurant open. Food tents will be running Thursday 3-8pm and Friday/Saturday 3-8pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Star Bar After Party hosted by New Belgium at Star Bar (2137 Larimer St, Denver).

The legendary after party for the first GABF session continues!
Tappings Include: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Fat Tire, NBB Love Blackberry Oscar, NBB Love Apple Felix, Peach Wheat Wine, Tart Lychee, RockStar

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Fri., Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.: GABF week Tapping: Casey Brewing & Blending and Cascade Brewing at Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver).

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

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Fri., Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: Gospel Brunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

Come on out for some live music and the brewery experience on Friday, October 7, and get saved before the Friday session of the Great American Beer Festival.
The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to Gospel Brunch, live music courtesy of the Jonny Barber Gospel Review with Erica Brown, as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 10:30 AM.

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Fri., Oct. 7, 3-9 p.m.: 2016 GABF Collaboration Celebration at Denver Beer Co. (1550 Platte St., Denver).

Come celebrate the Great American Beer Festival! We will be introducing 6 collaboration brews with some amazing breweries from around the country. Plus, live music, food trucks, block party, games, photobooth, and more! Entrance is FREE and open to the public!
Beer Tickets: $25 gets you:
A 2016 Collaboration Celebration Commemorative Glass
8 oz. pour of each of the 6 Collaboration Celebration Beers
PLUS – $5 from every ticket goes to our charity partner, First Descents!

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Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St, Denver).

Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Great Divide Brewing Co. present a special evening of music, drinks, and food at The Summit Music Hall Friday, October 7, 2016.
This event celebrates the final show of the season for Levitt Pavilion Denver’s free concert programming with performances by 2016 The Voice runner-up, Laith Al-Saadi, along with Colorado’s rising star Brent Cowles and Austin mainstay Garrett Lebeau Band.
Tickets are only $25 and 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver (501(c)(3), a local non-profit focused on elevating the local music scene and increasing accessibility to live music through construction of the new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park, a free music venue opening in July of 2017.
Each $25 ticket includes:
– An exclusive opportunity to try ‘The Smoothness’, a Jameson and Great Divide collaboration beer
– Jameson Irish Whisky
– Great Divide Brewing CO. beer
– Sliders, appetizers and more.
Must be 21+ to attend.

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Sat., Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: GABF Brewers Breakfast: Burritos & Barleywines at Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St, Denver).

A little hair-of-the-dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again! Saturday, October 8 we will serve up a Brewer’s Breakfast:$12 for an awesome smothered breakfast burrito & a glass of barleywine!

If barleywine is not your breakfast bevie of choice, we’ll have a few of our other aged big beers on tap for the tasting.

Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!

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Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Special GABF Bottle Releases at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (1290 S. Broadway, Denver).

Join us on Saturday, October 8th at 10am for a special release of MULTIPLE beers, new and old! We are clearing out a bit of the back-cellar and have a couple never-before-released bottles. Note that ALL of these bottles will be extremely limited, and the list is subject to change:
NEW RELEASES
-LUNEX – Spontaneous Blended Sour with Corvus Coffee
-DREAMLAND (Batch 3) – never released in bottles
CELLAR STOCK
-кальмар Spontaneous Imperial Gose
-SUPERCRUISE Tempranillo
-DREAMLAND (Batch 1) – Waxed and capped old-school bottle
-DREAMLAND (Batch 2)
-VOODOO (Batch 1)
-ELSEWHERE (Batch 1)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 2) (cold-stored since release)
-EJECTOR (Batch 1) (cold-stored since release)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 3)
-EJECTOR (Batch 2)
-Probably some other stuff that I find a couple bottles of 😉

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Sat., Oct. 8, 4-10 p.m.: Bottlefest 2016 Sponsored by Tavour at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

Sample some of the tastiest brews ever put into a bottle! A mini beerfest with the cream of the crop craft beer. Buy tokens to use for 4 oz. pours of high quality suds. Bottle list includes: Casey Brewing & Blending, Cantillon, Jester King, Avery, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Hill Farmstead, Paradox Beer Co, The Bruery, Lawson’s, Westbrook, and much much more!
Limited space available. Purchase a timeslot for $10 to guarantee attendence and receive 6 tokens. Tokens will be sold first come first serve on the day of the event at $2 per token.
Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bottlefest-2016-sponsored-by-tavour-tickets-27687326539

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Sat., Oct. 8., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: 2nd Annual Ratio Karaoke GABF After-Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

You made it! You survived GABF, now let’s party! After the final session of the Great American Beer Festival on Sat., Oct. 8, join the Ratio Beerworks team in belting out some of your favorite hits and sending off the final night in a blaze of glory! We will be firing up the karaoke machine around 9pm so come prepared to throw-down your go-to tune. Everyone is welcome join the party, but if you bring your brewers badge and sign up to sing a song, your first beer is on us. Additionally, we’ll be tapping some serious heat during the party, to put the kibosh on a massive weekend.

Brews & Bites 2016

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The third annual Brews and Bites was held on Saturday, June 25th at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Brews and Bites is a fundraising event to benefit the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, and it was an absolutely wonderful time.

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Brews and Bites was held outdoors, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Combine a beautiful home and grounds with ideal weather and around 15 different beer & food pairings, and that makes for one outstanding event.

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As you can see from the pictures, the Colorado Chefs Association did a fantastic job creating very photogenic food for the event. Since I am vegetarian I wasn’t able to try all of the pairings, but everything looked and smelled delicious!

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Even though I wasn’t able to eat some of the bites, I did of course get to enjoy lots of great beers from all the Colorado breweries in attendance. My favorites of the night were the Coconut Porter from Broken Compass Brewing Company and Watermelon Hefe from Strange Craft Beer Company.

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Governor Hickenlooper addressed the crowd and then joined the fun, chatting with guests and sampling the beverages and fare.

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With so many amazing breweries and chefs in Colorado, it only seems natural to combine all that talent into a beer & food pairing event to raise funds for a good cause. Brews and Bites was a truly unforgettable evening, and I look forward to seeing what next year’s event brings!

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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

 

Valentine’s Day Events for Beer Lovers 2016

My February Beer Events post is up, but here is a special one solely dedicated to beer events on Valentine’s Day/weekend. There are several fun things to do with your sweetheart or your friends!

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Fri., Feb. 12-Sun., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day at The Post Brewing Co. (105 West Emma St., Lafayette).

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, The POST will be serving a special, super romantic menu all weekend long. The three courses will be offered individually or as a set menu and each comes with an optional beer, wine, or cocktail pairing:
First course: Wood-roasted Oysters Rockefeller – $12, Paired with 9 oz. Lil’ Buddy Bitter $3 
Second course: Rotisserie Pork Loin – creamy toasted barley, greens, & apricot mustard – $19, Paired with 9 oz. Belgian Tripel – $3 
DessertChocolate Dessert for Two – $8, Paired with 9 oz. Cul-de-Sac Stout $3
**Optional wine pairing – $18 for all 3:**
First courseFreixenet Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine $5
Second courseBodegas Zerran Montsant Syrah-Grenache-Carignan $10
Third courseBera Brachetto $6
**Optional cocktail pairing – $18 for all 3:**
First course‘New England’ 75 – vodka, lime, cranberry-douglas fir syrup, sparkling wine $6
Second coursePost Manhattan – rye Whiskey, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, charred cedar bitters $8.5
Third courseChocolate Martini $6.5 – vodka, 1921 crema, chocolate, cream
For more information and to make reservations please contact The POST at (303) 593-2066.

Coda

Sat., Feb. 13, 3 p.m.: Beer is My Valentine at Coda Brewing (2101 Ursula Ct, Aurora). 

Two beer releases, elegant music on stringed instruments, chocolate covered strawberries and THOU: a perfect Valentine’s Day celebration!

Wonderland

Sat., Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.: Beer and Cheese Pairing at Wonderland Brewing (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

That time of year is quickly approaching. Yes, that time to get all ooey-gooey and show someone you care… And we know how you can do just that.
Attend the Second Annual Beer and Cheese Pairing at Wonderland!
Join us and The Cheese Course Boulder for a night out with three lip-smacking craft beers and three ooey-gooey gourmet cheeses paired with diligence. Your heart will be filled with love (and your tummy too…).
Price: $15 per person
How: Reserve your spot(s) by February 12th by visiting the Wonderland tasting room and purchasing your ticket with a beertender. Space is limited. Please arrive 15 min. early as we will begin right at 6pm.

Barrels

Sat., Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m.: Hoppily Ever After at Barrels and Bottles Brewery (600 12th St., Golden).

Hoppily Ever After
We are re-marring or marrying 4 couples on Feb 13th.
We’ve got it all covered:
Minister
Photographer
Decorations/Flowers
Cake
DJ
Memories
Fun
What a way to celebrate LOVE!
For more information or to be considered, please send an email to barrelsbottles@gmail.com

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Sat., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.: Sweetheart Soiree: A Dessert & Beer Pairing at Two22 Brew (4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial).

Sweetheart Soiree: A Dessert & Beer Pairing
$25 for one dessert flight + one beer flight
Pick one of the following dessert flights to be paired with an appropriate flight of beer:
Chocolate Delight (5 chocolate themed desserts)
Fruits of Passion (5 fruit themed desserts)
Romantic Assortment (5 assorted desserts)
Dessert Features include: Chocolate Lava Cupcake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Coconut Cupcake, + many more)
Tickets bought before Monday, February 8th receive a free pint card with purchase.
$2 of every sale go towards our charity of the month, Aurora Warms the Night.

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Sun., Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Wynkoop Brewing Co. (1634 18th St., Denver).

Ewww. Valentine’s Day giving you the creeps?
Join us at Wynkoop for an Anti-Valentine’s Day affair with craft beer, people you don’t hate and free pool, all in a PDA-less environment. Why didn’t anyone think of this? Well we did. And you’re welcome. See you the 14th.

Fiction

Sun., Feb. 14, 1 p.m.: Beer and Cupcake Pairing at Fiction Beer Co. (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

Fiction Beer Company and Cake Crumbs Bakery present a Beer and Cupcake pairing event!
Choose from eight different beer and cupcake pairings!
Come celebrate Valentine’s Day or come celebrate Single’s Awareness Day but dont miss the chance to celebrate beer and cupcakes!

Alpine Dog

Sun., Feb. 14, 6 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Oyster & Beer Pairing at Alpine Dog (1505 Ogden St, Denver).

We are teaming up with our friends from Colorado Raw to Bring you a catered oyster and beer pairing meal at the brewery! 4 oyster varieties with 4 suggested beer pairings then choose your favorite 2 oysters to go with your favorite pint! Seats are $30, then oysters after the pairing go for $3 a piece with $1 off pints! Reserve your spot via Eventbrite!

Denver Beer

Sun., Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St., Denver).

Show your Valentine how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.
Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab will create some amazing, artisinal chocolates paired with variations of one of our favorite beers – Graham Cracker Porter!
$25 for 4 GCP Beer Tasters + 4 Chocolates from Chocolate Lab. No tickets needed, just come into the Taproom between 6-9pm to get your pairing.
BEER LIST – CHOCOLATES COMING SOON!
Graham Cracker Porter
Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate diving into a semi-dry finish of roasted malt and biscuit. 5.6% ABV
Coffee Graham Cracker Porter
An 8% ABV version of Graham Cracker Porter aged on Nicaraguan Bella Aurora Coffee from Coda Coffee. Chocolate, Caramel, Graham Crackers, and Coffee. Oh yeah!
Chocolate Coconut Graham Cracker Porter
GCP aged on dark chocolate, flaked coconut, and vanilla beans. 5.6% ABV, Kaapooowwww!!!
Chile Graham Cracker Porter
Our classic Graham Cracker Porter kicked up a notch with the addition of dried chiles. 5.6% ABV
PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.

Triangle

Sun., Feb. 14, 12-6 p.m.: RiNo Love Triangle, hosted by Rackhouse Pub (2875 Blake St., Denver).

Valentine’s Day progressive beer and cider dinner. 3 courses. 3 locations. 3 hour lovefest.
Menu + Pairings:
Course One: Hosted at Epic
Cheese and Beer
Course Two: Hosted at The Rackhouse partnered with C Squared
Pork Ossobuco. Roasted Carrot Puree. Risotto. Shaved Parm. Pickled Beets. Paired with C Squared Ciders: Alma, Ginger and Nona

Course Three: Hosted at Ratio partnered with Crapefull
Dessert and Beer

Strange

Sun., Feb. 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Valentine’s Day Dinner Pairing at Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver)

‘tis passing strange: our passed sexy hors d’oeurves
  • Oysters poached in champagne and butter: Hot Latin pork skewers
  • Crab crepe kisses
  • 10 oz pour ColoREDo
“Enter” course
  • Cupids Salmon with asparagus risotto and shrimp saffron butter
  • 10 oz pour Breakfast Grapefruit IPA
The Main Affair
  • Truffle Roasted Marbled Beef Loin with pomegranate scented cracked pepper beef jus,
  • Silky soft potatoes and red hearts of beets
  • 10 oz pour Little Bit Bad Stout
Finale
  • French Press Chocolate Soup with raspberries and whipped cream
  • 10 oz pour Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout
$69 per person (excluding gratuity)

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Sun., Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Brushes & Brews and Time for Dezzerts at Dry Dock Brewing (South Dock: 15120 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora).

This Valentine’s Day, Time For Dezzerts will be slingin’ Apricot Blonde cupcakes at South Dock (located at 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014) from 11:30am to 3:30 pm, and Brushes & Brews will take place in the barrel room at 2pm. Reserve your spot for Brushes & Brews here, and don’t miss our Valentine’s Day celebration!

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Sat., Feb. 14, 4:30-10 p.m.: Barley & Hops for Beer Lovers Dinner at BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)

Join us on Valentine’s Day for a very special dinner devoted to all things barley and hops. For reservations call 720.638.5193, $50pp.
ONE
CHILLED EAST COAST OYSTER beer mignonette gelee // horseradish tomato tuile
3 B’s ESB
TWO (choice of)
WILD SALMON TARTAR fuggle hop cracker // beer vinegar // golden caviar crème fraîche // quail egg // red onion
5290 SAISON Tangerines
~or~
HOP CURED LONZA beer mustard // crispy bread stick // malt-onion syrup // cornichons
OBITUS AMERICAN BROWN ALE dates // caramelized sugar
THREE (choice of)
HEIRLOOM GRAIN & CITRUS SALAD avocados // orange // citrus cascade hop vinaigrette // watercress
BELUX BELGIAN STYLE PALE ALE lemongrass // blackpepper
~or~
LOBSTER NOODLE SOUP malt glazed pork belly // orzo pasta // sliced leeks // hop scented oil
SOLUS PATERSBIER coriander // bitter orange
FOUR (choice of)
MALT CRUSTED DIVER SCALLOPS wood roast beets // micro greens salad // cauliflower potato puree // hop butter sauce
ENGLISH STYLE IPA
~or~
OVEN ROASTED HOP MARINADE SIRLOIN malted rye mushrooms sauce // charred asparagus // manchego grit cake
RIGLEY RED RYE IPA
DESSERT FOR TWO
HOT CHOCOLATE & CHURROS chocolate & cinnamon churros // malted mexican hot chocolate // hopped cajeta
LOCH WEE HEAVY SCOTCH ALE

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Sat., Feb. 13-Sun., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day In Loveland

Stay and Play in Loveland: These Valentines Packages Have Something for Everyone!
Book your FUN Valentine’s Package, in and around Loveland, CO.
Pick the tour that suits your style!
Brunch & Brew – February 13th
VIP Brunch & Brew – February 14th
Spirits Tour – February 13th

Denver Festivus!

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Once again, Denver Festivus was outstanding! This year, over 40 Denver breweries were in attendance with their delicious beer. And it was so much fun! One of the many reasons Festivus was great is that it had a nice mix of breweries that have been around for years as well as ones that have recently opened (and some not even open yet).

The Vine Street crew. Probably my favorite restaurant in Denver! And, of course, love their beer.

The Vine Street crew. In addition to being a huge fan of their beer since 1999, I also LOVE this restaurant!

I enjoyed trying beers from some of the newer places that I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, such as Grandma’s House and Platt Park. I was able to get a taste of what they have to offer and get excited about visiting them once I find time to make it there.

Strange Craft Beer Company. Thanks for bringing Cherry Kriek!

Strange Craft Beer Company. Thanks for bringing Cherry Kriek!

I had lots of spectacular beers at Festivus. I wish I could recall all of my favorites, but as the night wore on, well…you know how it goes. However, I definitely remember a few that stood out most to me that day. The American Wild Ale from Our Mutual Friend was phenomenal! I was hoping to discover a new sour at Festivus, and THIS IS IT. Love.

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Both of the beers from Fiction Beer Company blew me away. Their Experimental IPA, Somewhere Around Barstow, is brewed with cantaloupe and grapefruit, and those flavors really came through. And Feely Effects, a Green Tea Chocolate Milk Stout, was likely the best milk stout I’ve had. Green tea gave it such a unique flavor, and how creative to have come up with such a recipe!

OK, this was toward the end of the fest, and I completely spaced making note of who these guys are. (sorry, guys!) All I know is that I needed a photo of the Bah Hum Pug vest.

OK, this was toward the end of the fest, and I completely spaced making note of who these guys are. (sorry, guys!) All I know is that I needed a photo of the Bah Hum Pug vest.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize this wonderful event as well as all the breweries and participants that attended. It was great fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year! I wonder how many breweries we’ll have by then…?!

 

Summer Fun at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp

 

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On Friday, July 25th, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America stopped in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Edition of their tour.

This was one of the best beer festivals I’ve ever attended. It was extremely well-run and, from my perspective, went very smoothly. Aside from all the amazing beers, there were many other notable reasons this event was so enjoyable. I didn’t encounter any of the breweries running out of beer early on, there weren’t crazy lines at the booths, and there were plenty of tables and chairs (which was especially nice for those who ordered from food trucks and needed a place to eat). It was also quite spacious and spread out–not shoulder to shoulder like beer festivals can often be.

It rained a bit but we got a rainbow afterward!

It rained a bit but we got a rainbow afterward!

Much like the 12-pack, the festival was an excellent mix: breweries that collaborated with Sierra Nevada on the Beer Camp 12-pack, local breweries, and breweries whose beer we don’t often get in Colorado due to their distribution areas.

There are some exceptional collaborations in the 12-pack (which are also being poured at each stop of the tour). But the one that stood out most to me is the Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout, brewed with Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company. It is slightly creamy with just the right amount of espresso. I would say it’s a great breakfast beer, but at 7.6% ABV it’s probably a better fit for later in the day. I also found the Tater Ridge Scottish Ale (collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance) very interesting. Brewed with sweet potatoes, this stood out from any Scottish ale I’ve ever had. Most Scottish ales have a hint of sweetness, but this one was obviously from sweet potatoes and was perfectly done.

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In addition to the Sierra Nevada collaborations, I was pleased that some of the collaborators brought additional beers as well: Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin and at Sea Coffee Imperial Porter, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Allagash Curieux, and more. And a few Colorado breweries that brought standout beers: Fate Brewing’s Coffee IPA, Origins by Crooked Stave, Cherry Kriek from Strange Craft, and my usual–FYIPA from Mountain Sun.

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The Denver festival was the third stop of the tour, while the fourth took place in Chicago on Sunday. There are still 3 more: New England Edition this Friday (August 1st) in Portland, Maine, Mid-Atlantic Edition this Saturday (August 2nd) in Philadelphia, wrapping up in Mills River, NC for the Southeast Edition August 3rd. There is still time to grab tickets for the Portland and Philadelphia events, but the final stop in Mills River is sold out.

A couple of friendly faces from a Colorado brewery, Mountain Sun (/Southern Sun/Vine Street)

A couple friendly faces from Colorado brewery, Mountain Sun (/Southern Sun/Vine Street)

I absolutely–repeat–absolutely recommend this festival for anyone who likes craft beer. Sierra Nevada (and all breweries involved) have gone above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for attendees. And, at least at the Rocky Mountain Edition, they certainly did just that. So I can only assume all of the other stops have been and will be just as incredible.

The tour bus

The tour bus

If you live near one of the upcoming stops of Beer Camp Across America, get your tickets now, before it’s too late. This is one event that you simply do not want to miss. I thoroughly enjoyed the Denver event; I drank so many incredible beers, talked to numerous great people, ate tasty local fare, and had an overall wonderful experience.

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Hard Rock Denver Adds Taps, Colorado Beers, New Menu Items & Memorabilia

Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing with a delicious nacho

Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing with a delicious nacho

I recently attended a media event at Hard Rock Cafe Denver where I got the amazing opportunity to check out their new beers on tap as well as sample several new and updated menu items.

Blue Curacao mini marg and Spinach Artichoke Dip (one of the best I’ve had!) with Parmesan Flatbread. The margarita is part of a flight of 3 called Air Mexico, which also comes with a personal portion of chips & salsa. Fun!

They now have a total of 24 taps, and over half of them are local beers. They are featuring three local breweries each month. They are currently pouring beers from Renegade, Strange, and Dry Dock; next month they will bring in beers from three different breweries. This is exciting news for Colorado beer lovers who want more variety when drinking at Hard Rock.

Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad (minus the chicken). This salad was paired with their new Red Berry Press cocktail.

There are several new items on the menu, and the Hard Rock folks were gracious enough to ensure that my guest and I got to participate in it all by catering to our vegetarian diet. We started with a yummy arugula salad, perfect for summer.

Twisted Mac & Cheese (also normally comes with chicken) and Renegade's 5:00 Afternoon Ale

Twisted Mac & Cheese (normally comes with chicken) and grilled veggies with Renegade’s 5:00 Afternoon Ale

Our next course was one of my favorite dishes: mac and cheese. I usually like mine plain with nothing extra added. But this one had roasted red peppers and I loved it! It was a good pairing, as this dish was rich and flavorful and was served with a lighter tasting beer, Renegade’s 5:00 Ale.

Fresh Vegetable Sandwich, Veggie Leggie Burger, and citrus coleslaw with Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter

While the rest of the group was enjoying their Smokehouse Brisket, I proceeded to attempt to eat as much of the two excellent veggie sandwiches in front of me. Both were packed with fresh grilled vegetables: the burger was topped with portabellos, zucchini, yellow squash and roasted red pepper. The sandwich had all of those veggies plus asparagus, Jack cheese, and a balsamic glaze with tarragon mayo. These sandwiches were paired with Shock Top’s Pretzel Wheat. I’m on the fence about the beer, but there’s no question about the food. Vegetarians: there is plenty on the menu for you at Hard Rock!

Samples of desserts: Fresh Apple Cobbler, Hot Fudge Brownie, Oreo Cheesecake

Samples of desserts: Fresh Apple Cobbler, Hot Fudge Brownie, Oreo Cheesecake

Though I could hardly eat another bite, I of course had to at least try the desserts. And I am so glad I did! They were all delightful, but I think my favorite was the cheesecake made with Oreo pieces. In addition to all these tasty sweets, we were also treated to two different dessert-type drinks. They were both unbelievably good!!! I didn’t get good pictures of them so I’ll insert the stock photos at the end of this post.

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Everything I had was fantastic. I’m happy to know there is another spot downtown I can go to get craft beer and a delicious meal. There are more new dishes besides the ones in my post; check out their menu to see what they’ve done. And they just brought in a bunch of new memorabilia too, which is fun. I was most excited to see Jim Morrison’s boots. But there is some other interesting stuff that was added as well. unnamed Stop by Hard Rock to check out their new bar area, cocktails, craft beer, and food. They have a nice patio too, which is always a plus. I love patio weather! I will be back soon to sit outside, have a beer, and then sip on an adult milkshake. Mmmm!

Twist & Shout Shake: Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, Guinness, DeKuyper Dark Creme de Cacao, chocolate syrup, vanilla ice cream and Monin Salted Caramel. Topped with whipped cream, caramel, chocolate syrup, and bacon pieces.

Twist & Shout Shake: Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, Guinness, DeKuyper Dark Creme de Cacao, chocolate syrup, vanilla ice cream and Monin Salted Caramel. Topped with whipped cream, caramel, chocolate syrup, and bacon pieces.

Salted Caramel Cafe: Tia Maria, Baileys, Monin Salted Caramel, half & half, topped with whipped cream, caramel corn and caramel sauce.

Salted Caramel Cafe: Tia Maria, Baileys, Monin Salted Caramel, half & half, topped with whipped cream, caramel corn and caramel sauce.

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