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Day of Dorks at Wynkoop

Last Saturday, March 4th, I attended the first ever Day of Dorks beer festival at Wynkoop Brewing. Day of Dorks was a fun celebration of beer—an event where beer nerds could geek out over all the righteous brews and chat with those who used their scientific know-how to create them. Some 30 local breweries were present (with one absent) to pour their geekiest beers for excited attendees.

Cheers! The guys from New Image Brewing with some happy festival goers

The brewery was decked out in dorkiness: taped spectacles, “beaker” tasting glasses, nerdy movies, and snacks such as Smarties, Dum Dums, and Nerds. And pool tables full of school supplies, for a very good cause. Day of Dorks held a supply drive to help out two Denver high-needs schools, Cheltenham Elementary and Dora Moore, K-8. So many people contributed! It was wonderful to see the piles continue to grow.

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Some (not all) of the school supplies collected at Day of Dorks

I sampled numerous tasty beers at Day of Dorks. There was a wide variety available; I tried some IPAs, stouts, mead, saisons, sours, doppelbocks, and more. Apparently I was in a “dark” mood that day, as all of my favorites were stouts!

***My top 3 picks from the fest***

Ginny Girl Stout from Beryl’s Beer Co, an 11.8% stout aged in gin barrels

Erin & James’ Breakfast Stout from Colorado Plus Brew Pub

Social Club Coffee Milk Stout from The Brew on Broadway (The BOB)

Day of Dorks was an awesome, entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Great beer, good people, fun times. Check out the list of all the excellent local breweries who participated. And let’s hope for a Day of Dorks 2018!

Participating breweries in 2017:

Beryl’s Beer Co
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Boggy Draw Breckenridge Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Bristol Brewing
C Squared Ciders
Colorado Plus Brew Pub
Crazy Mountain Brewing
Crestone Brewing Co.
Crystal Springs Brewing
High Hops Brewery
Holidaily Brewing Co.
Horse and Dragon
Iron Works Brewery & Pub
New Image Brewing
New Planet Brewery
Nighthawk Brewery
Odd13 Brewing
Odyssey Beerwerks
Platt Park Brewing
Prost Brewing Co.
Redstone Meadery
The Brew on Broadway
Trinity Brewing Co.
Shoes and Brews (Note: this brewery dropped out)
Wonderland Brewing Co.

One of the best nerdy movies ever!

Wynkoop Brewing Presents Day of Dorks on March 4, 2017

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What: Day of Dorks

When: Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Price : $25 for 1 ticket, $40 for 2 tickets

The Details:

Come to the DORK side. We have craft beer.
Nerds, we’ve gone plaid —
Join us Saturday, March 4th at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous celebration of all things dork.
Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. Donations to benefit local area schools.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair. 
To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then!
Be there. Be square.

Day of Darks at Wynkoop

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WhatWynkoop Brewing Company’s Day of Darks

When: Saturday, November 19, 12-4 p.m.

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co. (1634 18th St, Denver)

Why: To support the Movember Foundation and local men’s health organizations, Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center

Over 25 breweries will bring in their “stache” of dark beers to Wynkoop Brewing on Nov. 19th, with ticket proceeds going to support the Movember Foundation and local organizations Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center, all benefiting men’s health.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass for unlimited dark beer tastings, chocolates and chocolate desserts to accompany mo’ dark beers than you can imagine.
Day of Darks is always a fantastic time. Come out and support an important cause by drinking great beers from lots of local breweries! Tickets are just $30! Click here to see photos (courtesy of The Brewtography Project) of last year’s event.

The Day of Darks Mo’ Crew Thus Far:

Boggy Draw Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Cerebral Brewing
Comrade Brewing Company
Fiction Beer Company
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Goldspot Brewing Company
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing Company
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company
Loveland Aleworks
Odyssey Beerwerks
Ratio Beerworks
Stem Ciders
Strange Craft Beer Company
Verboten Brewing
4 Noses Brewing Company
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Dead Hippie Brewing
Mu Brewery

Don’t miss it! Get your tickets now!

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

Two22

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!

BRU

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

United Tastes of Belgium 2014: Update!

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Last week I posted about Wynkoop’s United Tastes of Belgium on July 19th. I listed many of the breweries that will be in attendance, but now it’s even more exciting. I just got the list of beers that will be poured at the event. It is going to be AMAZING!!! Click on the list below to check it out:

UToB 2014 Beer List

 

Original Post from 6/16:

It’s almost that time again! Time to taste some unique Belgian-style beers at Wynkoop‘s United Tastes of Belgium 2014.

This event will be held on Saturday, July 19th from 12:30-4:00. I was out of town last year and had to miss it, but I will definitely be in attendance this time! While the brewery list isn’t yet finalized, take a look at all the great ones already signed up:

  • Epic
  • Crooked Stave
  • Upslope
  • Strange
  • Verboten
  • Avery
  • New Belgium
  • Caution
  • Elite Brands
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Left Hand
  • Squatters
  • Wasatch
  • Denver Beer Co.
  • Great Divide
  • Grand Teton
  • CR Goodman Brands
  • Kannah Creek
  • Elevation
  • Trve
  • Crazy Mountain
  • Oskar Blues
  • Perennial
  • Crooked Stave Brands
  • Odyssey
  • Yak n Yeti
  • Tommyknocker
  • Wynkoop
  • Stone Brewing

This is your chance to try some rare Belgians, wild ales, barrel-aged beers, and much more. And Belgian chocolates and cheese! It is just a month away, and if you buy now you can get your ticket for only $30! That is an amazing deal for unlimited samples from some of the best breweries around. Grab your tickets now. United Tastes of Belgium is always fantastic and such fun; you won’t want to miss it!

South Denver Beer Festival 2014

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Last weekend was the second annual South Denver Beer Festival at Clement Park in Littleton. It was a weekend of nice weather, beautiful scenery, and lots of great Colorado breweries, distilleries, and more.

unnamed (7)South Denver Beer Fest hosted a good mix of breweries old and new. Some have been around for years, such as Great Divide, Wynkoop, and Avery, to name a few. And there were some that haven’t  even open yet, like Zephyr Brewing and 4 Noses (which I believe is opening today, May 8, in Broomfield).

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Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s display

I enjoyed drinking some of my favorites as well as trying beers from breweries that I hadn’t yet experienced until this festival. One thing–besides the beer–I enjoy at festivals are the displays some breweries have at their pouring stations, like the one above from Kannah Creek.

Is there a legal drinking age for squirrels?

Is there a legal drinking age for squirrels?

My personal favorite display was from Black Bottle. As a huge fan of both beer and squirrels, I just loved this! Fun (non-beer related) fact about me: I once spent 6 hours (over the course of 2 days) in my fireplace to rescue a trapped one. I finally grabbed hold of it with my gloved hand, pulled it out and set it free.

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“Juanita”

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I have been to South Denver Beer Festivals for two years now, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys beer fests. It’s outdoors, very spacious, and fun! If you haven’t attended one yet, don’t miss it next year!

Pouring beer is hard work!

Pouring beer is hard work!

United Tastes of Belgium at Wynkoop

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Attention Belgian beer lovers! This Saturday, July 27th, is the United Tastes of Belgium event at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver. There are some truly amazing beers on the list, and some excellent local breweries have been added to this year’s event, such as 12 Degree, Black Bottle, Black Shirt, Fate, Gravity, and more. Check out the lineup:

  • 12 Degree: Saison, Dark Strong Ale
  • AC Golden: Colorambic American Wild Ale, Peche
  • Asher: Eau de Vie Belgian Strong Ale (aged in cognac barrel)
  • Avery: Reverend, White Rascal
  • Backcountry: Imperial Saison
  • Black Bottle: Social Security Belgian Session, There Goes The Neighborhood Rye Saison, Kentucky Waterfall Belgian Blonde
  • Black Shirt: Red Saison, Sour Mash Saison
  • Boulevard: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, 6th Glass Quadrupel
  • Bru: Beezel Golden Strong Ale, Arium Sour Cherry Dubbel, First Anniversary Belgian Quadrupel
  • Copper Kettle: Cabernet Barrel-Aged Saison
  • Crooked Stave: Vieille Artisana Saison, Surette Provision Saison, St. Bretta Summer Whitebier
  • Denver Beer CO: Capper’s Tart Cherry Ale, Swingtown Saison
  • Elevation: Third Base Belgian Tripel, Wild Flowers Imperial Saison, False Summit Barrel-Aged Quadrupel
  • Elite Brands: Duvel, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus Trippel, St. Louis Geuze, Bruery Mischief, Green Flash Saison Diego
  • Elysian:  Oddball Peppercorn Saison
  • Epic: Brainless on Peaches, Brainless IPA
  • Fate: Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Wit
  • Funkwerks: Tropic King, Leuven
  • Gravity: Louisville Belgian Abbey Ale, Orange Blossom Saison, Mendacious Belgian Blonde
  • Great Divide: Collette Farmhouse Ale, Heyday White Ale
  • Left Hand: St Vrain Belgian Trippel
  • New Belgium: Trippel, Abbey Ale, Heavenly Seojoa
  • Odell: Celastrina
  • Odyssey: Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA
  • Pikes PeakGold Rush Belgian Ale
  • Strange: Le Brut du Diable Farmhouse Ale, Juliette Belgian Pale, Cherry Kriek
  • Tommyknocker: Nice Saison, Port-Aged Nice Saison
  • Twisted Pine: La Petit Saison
  • West Flanders: Daisy Cutter Belgian Strong Ale, Angry Monk
  • Wynkoop: Belgorado, Koop de Ville, Saison de Colfax
A dream come true for anyone who enjoys Belgian brews. Be sure to get your tickets now; they are currently just $30 each and will go up to $37.50 on Saturday, provided there are any tickets left. Unfortunately, I won’t be in attendance, but instead I’ll be having fun at the National Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston. I hope you all enjoy this fun and tasty event at Wynkoop!

Craft Beer Pairs Well With Italian Fare at Gaetano’s

When I want to go out for a nice Italian meal, my thoughts often turn to wine. Wine is the natural companion to Italian cuisine, and I enjoy an occasional glass of it with a good pasta dish. But, as a beer lover, I would like the option of having a few craft beers from which to choose at an Italian restaurant. Unfortunately, that is pretty rare. So I was delighted to find that Gaetano’s has just what I’ve been looking for.

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Gaetano’s, 3760 Tejon St., has been a thriving Denver business for many decades. Eugene, Clyde and Clarence Smaldone first opened the restaurant in 1947 and also used the space to conduct “family business.” In 2012 they underwent renovations, adding black and white murals as a reminder of its past, for one. And the place looks fantastic. Nice, comfortable booths fill the dining area, and friendly staff are there for you every step of the way–from being greeted at the door, to the bartenders, servers, and management.

On my recent visit I had mead from Wynkoop Brewing Company. It had been quite some time since I’d last had mead, so it was a nice surprise to find it here. It was infused with juniper, heather, and wormwood and aged in whiskey barrels. It was delicious! They also offer other Colorado beers on tap from breweries such as Breckenridge, Ska, and Avery. It was great being able to choose a craft beer at an Italian restaurant. It is a treat to be able to eat and drink local at the same time. But don’t get me wrong; they also have an impressive wine list, so if you want wine from Italy, you’ve got it! Or if you’d prefer local wine, try a red or white from Infinite Monkey Theorem, also on tap and made right here in Denver.

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Mead from Wynkoop

At Gaetano’s you’ll find all the classics: lasagna, chicken or veal parmigiana, Alfredo and more, plus plenty of other unique dishes to try. And if you’re not sure what type of beverage would pair best with your meal, the knowledgeable staff is more than happy to provide you with an excellent suggestion.

Their happy hour runs weekdays from 4-6, offering $1 off Breckenridge and Wynkoop beers and wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem, plus a few other specials. Whether you want authentic Italian fare or just to stop in for a happy hour drink, Gaetano’s is a neat, interesting place to experience!

Gaetano's Cosmic Picnic

American Homebrewers Association: Trust me, you want a membership

In the spring I started thinking about this year’s Great American Beer Festival. I knew I wanted tickets to the Saturday afternoon members-only session, so I pulled up the American Homebrewers Association web page for some information. An individual membership costs $38 for one year; to me it was worth it to pay that amount just to get my GABF tickets, if nothing else. So I made my purchase and also looked into the other benefits that come with it. Many brewpubs and bars offer deals with the AHA card, which is an added bonus. Some offers are pretty meager (10% off food only at Old Chicago, for example), while others are fantastic. Since March, I have probably saved somewhere around $200, less the cost of the membership. That is a-ma-zing. I absolutely love my card. It has far surpassed its original purpose of simply allowing me to get Saturday GABF tickets. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made, and I’d like to tell you about some of the discounts I find most impressive.

  • The #1 deal that has saved me the most money: Mellow Mushroom. They offer buy one get one free with your card. You actually have to drink the beers (if you go with a friend and you’re both drinking, it will only count toward your own beers), but I have gotten numerous $6 beers at no cost. What’s better than that?!
  • Hops and Pie. You get 15% off all food and pints. And while they do not brew their own beer (yet), they have a large selection of craft beer and damn tasty food too: great pizza, sandwiches, including good vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Renegade Brewing. They already have very reasonable prices, but you save an additional 10% off beer and merchandise.
  • Strange Brewing. $1 off pints and growler fills.
  • Tommyknocker BreweryFree pint with purchase of appetizer or entree. Nice!
  • Wynkoop. Happy Hour prices any time.
  • Oskar Blues. 15% off beer and merchandise.
  • Left Hand. 10% off beer and merchandise.
  • Breckenridge Brewery. 10% off beer and food.
  • Great Divide. It says “20% off beer and gear,” but when I tried to use the discount I was told it is only valid for beer to-go. But it’s still a good deal if you want to pick up some beer on your way out.

There are also plenty of other deals on the site worth checking out. If you go out often, you will save big bucks with your AHA membership. Just be sure not to lose your card, like I just did. 2-3 weeks before my new one arrives. Who ever could have foreseen…someone who drinks copious amounts of beer, trying to keep track of a little piece of plastic for a whole year, and fails?! But I’m sure you all will do a better job of that than me. If you want to save lots of money on beer, join the American Homebrewers Association today!

Wynkoop Brewing’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout: Does this count as meat?

I am a long-time vegetarian.  I am also a lover of beer.  These two normally harmonious characteristics were recently challenged when I found out about Wynkoop Brewing’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.

I know “meat” beers exist; I’ve heard of bacon beers but never had any interest in trying them.  And it’s not because I’ve been a strict vegetarian for nearly 15 years; I just don’t think bacon beer sounds the least bit appealing.  But beyond beer that is obviously brewed with meat, I don’t give much thought to whether or not animal products might be used in the brewing processes of each and every beer I consume.  To me, good beer is worth the possible risk of ingesting a tiny amount of animal product, yet I refuse to eat soup made with chicken broth, and I abstain from S’mores due to gelatin in marshmallows.  My decision to become vegetarian started as an ethical one, and still is, though I also enjoy the health benefits as well.  For me to knowingly choose to consume meat—it’s a big deal.  Huge, in fact.  So what is the one thing that could make me even begin to consider doing so?  BEER, of course!

I love Wynkoop Brewing Company.  It’s Colorado’s first brewpub and Denver’s first craft brewery.  It’s in a beautiful 1888 historic building, has great food and beer, and it’s a mere half mile walk from my home.  What’s not to love?!  When I heard about their latest creation, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, my first thought was, “Yuck!”  I’ve never had the desire to eat Rocky Mountain Oysters—ever; even when I liked meat.  So I certainly didn’t think I’d be trying the beer.  But I found myself at Wynkoop last week with a crew of friends who were here for the Great American Beer Festival.  And some of them ordered it.  This beer is surely one of a kind, I thought.  I’m a beer enthusiast and blogger; how can I pass up the opportunity to try this revolutionary brew?  So right then and there, I made the conscious decision to break almost 15 years of abstaining from meat.  I sipped my friend’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.  And it was good!  I did not taste bull testicles (not that I’d have any idea how they’d taste).  It was a delicious smoky stout, a very enjoyable beer.  I even recommend it!  But I quickly went back to my Mile HI.P.A., satisfied that I had the balls to go through with it.

It was a bit strange for me, but I am happy to have tried it.  And, in regard to my vegetarianism, my helpful and witty friend Chris said to me, “Don’t think of it as meat, think of it as nuts!”  Well done, sir.  Well done.

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