parry's pizza avery tap takeover

Weekend Beer Buzz 06/23/2016

Sorry for the lack of posts last week. I was on vacation and while I had planned to post like normal, I ended up getting sick. Blah.

But, we’re back and there’s much to talk about this week. Looks like Bell’s snuck back into town while we were away. Very cool. Nods to our friends at Renegade, TRVE and Beryl’s as they get ready for Anniversary Parties this weekend. The Avery Big Ass Tap Takeover is back at Parry’s locations along the front range, Breakside Brewery is in town for a visit, and more.

Scroll down for all the details.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

  • Breakside Brewery Tap Takeover, Finn’s Manor, Denver, CO, 5 PM

Finn’s Manor will turn the taps over to Breakside Brewery on Thursday evening. Tapping at 5 PM.

finn's manor breakside

Finn’s Manor is located at: 2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Head over to TRVE on Friday and Saturday before the music begins over at Hi-Dive (see below). They’ll share some upcoming releases from The Acid Temple.

trve brewing 4th anniversary

Mixed Culture Amber Ale with Rosemary and Lime Peel
Smoked Mixed Culture Ale

Mixed Culture Golden Ale with Black Currants
Mixed Culture Pre-Prohibition Adjunct Ale

Limited amounts, so don’t delay. TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway, #101, Denver, CO.

TRVE Brewing’s celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday. They’ve got two nights of music planned over at Hi-Dive. $20 / night or $30 / both nights. Tickets at TRVE. Additional details HERE.

Beryl’s turns 2 this weekend. They’ve got 3 nights of live music, special beer releases and food trucks to celebrate. Details HERE. Beryl’s Beer Co. is located at: 3120 Blake St, Denver, CO.

  • Breakside Tap Takeover, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, Boulder, CO, 5 PM

Backcountry will host Breakside Brewery Owner Scott Lawrence on Friday evening. Tap list is yet to be announced, but we’re sure it won’t disappoint. Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

The 5th Annual Big Ass Avery Tap Takeover at Parry’s Pizza is set for this Saturday at all Parry’s locations (except Parker). Head over for special brews from the Avery cellar, rare bottle releases, super fresh IPAs, small batch beauties and more. This is an all-day event with giveaways and special events at each location. Details HERE.

parry's pizza avery tap takeover

Want to know what’s getting tapped before anyone else? Sign up for the Ale Yeah club and you’ll know be the first to know where to go for those special tappings. Hey, did you know that Northglenn’s tapping Tweak and Highlands Ranch is tapping Double Dry Hopped Maharaja. Get more details by becoming an Ale Yeah member today. Parry’s locations and details can be found HERE.

Spangalang’s tapping their Birth of Cool Cucumber Gose on Saturday. They’ll be joined by The Real Dill for special beer and pickle tappings, plus live music from The Mike Schwartz Band. Bring your best homemade dills for judging and compete in the finest pickle contest. Details HERE. Spangalang Brewery is located at: 2736 Welton St, Denver, CO. Read more »

beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 06/22/2016

Every week, Scott puts his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

  • Bells has sent us a shipment of their brews in a one time drop (well, two…a GABF drop should be hitting as well later). Beers include; Oberon (Miranda and Titania), Two HeartedOarsmanExpedition Stout, and Third Coast Old Ale. More info here:
  • Yazoo has entered the Colorado market with HefeweizenSUEDelicieux, and Lignage A Trois.
  • Odd13 in collaboration with CerebralFiction and WeldWerks created a hazy IPA named Robot Librarian. It was released at Odd13 last week, but is hitting stores now.
  • Crooked Stave/Motet collaboration, Totem, is hitting stores as well.
  • Still waiting on that “The Bruery Share This: Coffee” to show up. Some day.

By: Scott Steigerwald


Crooked Stave Teams Up With The Motet For Upcoming Beer Releases

Crooked Stave’s got a pair of new brews heading your way later this week. This round’s a little different, as the new beers are a collaboration with Colorado band The Motet.

Both will release on Thursday, June 16th at 5 PM at Crooked Stave’s tasting room in The Source. You’ll find additional details in the press release below, as well as on the Facebook Event Page.

Crooked Stave Announces Special Beer and Music Collaboration With Colorado Band The Motet   

Denver, Colo. – June 10th, 2016 – On Thursday June 16th at 5pm Crooked Stave will be releasing 2 very special musical collaboration beers with The Motet in celebration of their new album Totem and headlining show at Red Rocks on July 22nd! This special release will take place at Crooked Stave’s taproom located at 3350 Brighton Blvd.

“This our first musical collaboration and we are excited to be able to do it with a band we have watched perform many times” says Danny Oberle, Head Brewer at Crooked Stave. “The beers we brewed for special release spread the spectrum and showcase creativity and collaboration.” Crooked Stave is happy to introduce the following beers which will be available during the summer leading up to the Red Rocks show.

Damn! IPA – This beer showcases hops piled on top of more hops. Created with live music and summer festivals in mind, this IPA tickles the pallet with citrus, tropical fruit and just a little bit of dank hop aromas packed into a refreshing 6.0% abv beer. This beer is a draft only release.

Totem Wild Ale – We added an additional layer onto our collaboration with The Motet through blending a few projects we’ve had aging in our Barrel Cellar. Totem embraces the barrels we hold sacred to our brewery. Stacked to the ceiling, they elevate the natural wild beers we brew. This limited edition bottling will only be available through Summer 2016.


By: Mark Robinson

breckenridge hootenanny

Breckenridge Brewery Announces Hootenanny Headliners

Earlier today, Breckenridge Brewery announced the Colorado’s own Big Head Todd and the Monsters will headline the brewery’s annual anniversary party, known as the Hootenanny. Set for July 9th at Breck’s Littleton Farm House Brewery, the band will join Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Head for the Hills and others for the all-day celebration of music, beer and bbq.

We’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of Hootenanny’s and they never disappoint. Read on for more details and click HERE to snag your tickets today.

See you there!


Big Head Todd and the Monsters will Headline Breckenridge Brewery’s Hootenanny

Littleton, CO – June 13, 2016  Breckenridge Brewery announced today that hometown favorites, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, are the headliners for the brewery’s annual anniversary celebration at its Littleton location. The Hootenanny on July 9th marks Breckenridge’s twenty-sixth year in the craft brewing scene. This all-day event features live music on two stages, fresh beer, and barbecue smoked on-site.

“Coming off of a sold out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend, Big Head Todd and the Monsters is an amazing addition to our line up,” says Todd Thibault, the brewery’s Culture Czar. “Members of the band attended Columbine High School together, which is less than five miles from here. To have a band of their caliber, with such close ties to this area, is really exciting.”

Big Head Todd and the Monsters join the previously announced line up of Robert Randolph and the Family BandLarry & Jenny Keel (accompanied by Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon), and Head for the Hills on the main stage.  The beer garden stage showcases Colorado musicians ZolophtGrant FarmWe Dream DawnSweet Lillies, and Caribou Mountain Collective.

As in years past, the Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny benefits Conscious Alliance, a Colorado-based non-profit that fights hunger across the nation through their extraordinary grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs.

To purchase tickets and for additional information go to

breckenridge hootenanny


By: Mark Robinson

great divide 22

Weekend Beer Buzz 06/09/2016

It’s beginning to feel like Summer out there. The weather’s warm and the beer’s cold.

There’s some pretty sweet happenings around town this weekend. A fundraiser is set for Dry Dock, supporting local beer friend Paul Ogg and his battle against lymphoma. Please support this event. Also on deck is the 22nd Anniversary Party at Great Divide, a Melvin Tap Takeover at World of Beer, the wrap up party for The Brewtography Project’s Kickstarter, several great bottle releases and more, all leading up to Bluegrass Brunch at Station 26.

Get out and enjoy!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Copper Kettle’s monthly beer & cheese pairing returns on Thursday evening.  4 cheeses, 4 beers, fresh bread and fruit for just $20. Get on it. These delicious pairings will give you a better understanding of the complex relationships that exist between beer and different foods.

ckbc beer and cheese

This monthly event is led by the Copper Kettle staff and one of the cheesemongers from The Truffle Cheese Shop.  7:00 – 8:30 PM, reserve your tickets HERE. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO 80247.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Cerebral will release a new batch of Invisible Hand on Friday at Noon. This is their Dry-Hopped Brett Table Beer. Each release features a new Brett strain that’s split into two tanks and dry-hopped with two different hops. This round uses Brettanomyces bruxellensis var. Drei and was dry-hopped with Azacca and Equinox. Crowlers will be available for $16, limit of 2 / person. Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

Dry Dock’s releasing a series of Cocktail inspired firkins throughout June. On Friday, look for Helles Mule at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Dry Dock Brewing will host a special beer tapping and fundraiser for Paul Ogg, a much-loved member in the brewing community, battling an aggressive form of lymphoma. Dry Dock will tap a special Helles with sales going to support Paul’s family and medical bills. There’s also a silent auction. We can’t say enough good things about Paul and encourage you to support this great event. More details HERE. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.

Former Future will release Singularity Principle VII SMaSH Pale Ale on Friday at 7 PM. This one weighs in at 5.4% ABV, 39 IBUs and was brewed with Pale Malt and Chinook Hops. Former Future is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

TRVE plans to unleash Warmoon on Saturday at Noon. This is a Golden Sour with beets and grapefruit.

trve warmoon

Limited run, so head over early. Limit of 6 / person. TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO.

That new River North Brewery is fully operational. No Admiral Ackbar, this is no trap, River North is back and ready to fill your fridge. On Saturday, they’ll fire off fresh cans of their flagship Witbier and Session Farmhouse. Head over to snag your 6-packs for just $10. They’ll have freshly tapped kegs and food from the Wing Wagon. See you there! River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

World of Beer – Belmar’s hosting a Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday, beginning at Noon and lasting until close. Head over for a Melvin Tap Takeover and $5 Moscow Mules. Do it for the children. Here’s the lineup:

Melvin IPA
Melvin Hubert
Melvin Hop Shocker
Melvin Druken Master
Melvin Brosiac
Melvin Killer Bees
Melvin 2×4

World of Beer – Belmar is located at: 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood, CO.

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beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 06/08/2016

Every week, Scott puts his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

  • Stone Enjoy By 07.04.16 hit late last week at some stores, look for bigger drops this week.
  • Avery Xolotl also hit some stores last week. We expect to see even more this week.
  • Gigantic Holy Oak (collab with Magic Rock Brewing), Vivid Imperial IPA, Massive and Grimalkin Amorphotron collab with Half Acre (a “black and tan” with half DIPA from Gigantic, half stout from Half Acre)
  • La Cumbre Strawberry Gose goes nice with strawberries.
  • Odell Drumroll APA is Odell’s take on the New England hazy thang.
  • The Bruery Share This: Coffee should hit soon. I guess.
  • Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee should hit mid-month (or a little later). Don’t forget to swing your elbows and knock out some teeth.

By: Scott Steigerwald

dry dock funk & sour

Dry Dock Brewing Unveils Funk n’ Sour Series

Earlier today, Dry Dock Brewing unveiled the first beer in their new Funk n’ Sour Series. Brett Stock Ale spent 7 months aging in Whiskey Barrels with Brett. The resulting brew weighs in at 7.8% ABV and is said to exhibit notes of plums, vanilla, sherry and hints of funk. This will be a fun one to age to see how it develops and changes over time.

Only 500 bottles will be sold, beginning at South Dock on Tuesday, June 7th, when they’ll also tap a keg so guests can enjoy a pour on site. Look for bottles up at North Dock beginning on Thursday, June 9th. There are no plans to distribute Brett Stock Ale outside of the brewery, so head over to secure your bottles today.

Brett Stock Ale is the first of several upcoming releases in the Funk n’ Sour Series, which will highlight South Dock’s barrel program, currently sitting at more than 80 barrels. Click HERE to learn more.

Dry Dock Brewing Company Presents the Funk n’ Sour Series

AURORA, CO— Dry Dock Brewing Company is excited to announce a brand new beer series that features our favorite offerings from South Dock’s barrel program, which currently includes more than 80 barrels. These barrels, mostly wine and some whiskey, are dedicated to sour, Brett, and mixed culture fermentations utilizing a multitude of organisms and inoculation methods. Many have added fruit, flowers, and whatever else inspires us.

The first release of this sour and funky beer series is Brett Stock Ale. This Brett beer was inspired by 19th century British Old/Stock Ales which utilized a secondary fermentation of Brettanomyces. This take on an almost extinct classic was aged in heavily rinsed whiskey barrels for seven months with Brett C. before bottle conditioning. Complex fruity and earthy aromas suggest hints of funk and give way to rich malty flavors of stone fruit, white chocolate, plums, raisins, and dark cherries. Brett Stock Ale has notes of bananas foster, vanilla, and wild berries, as well as port and sherry, all with a pleasing rustic undertone and almost no acidity. The flavors in this beer will continue to develop over time, making it a great bottle to add to the cellar. Brett Stock Ale weighs in at 7.8 percent ABV and 35 IBU.

Brett Stock Ale will tap at South Dock on Tuesday, June 7 at 5pm. Only 500 375mL bottles of this beer will be available for purchase. All of the Funk n’ Sour series bottles will only be available for purchase at South Dock and North Dock. Please note that North Dock’s tap room is open Thursdays from 2 to 8pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 8pm.

To learn more about this beer and the Funk n’ Sour Series, visit


Dry Dock Brewing Company was the first brewery in Aurora, Colorado that began as a small speakeasy-style bar next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue. To-date, it’s one of Colorado’s top producing breweries made possible by its second production and canning facility North Dock, the closest Colorado craft brewery to Denver International Airport. Visit Dry Dock online at

Follow Dry Dock on Facebook at and on Instagram and Twitter @DryDockBrewing.


Dry Dock Brewing – South Dock is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO.

Dry Dock Brewing – North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO.

By: Mark Robinson

casey brewing june

Casey Brewing and Blending Bottle Log

In an attempt to keep track of all the amazing beers coming out of Casey Brewing and Blending, we decided to compile a Bottle Log. The beers are listed below and we’ve added as much info as we could, including the information from the bottle sticker, as well as details from Troy Casey that were shared during the initial releases.

We’ll do our best to maintain and grow the log throughout the year. We know there’s a few releases of East Bank, Oak Theory, etc. that we still need to track down and add. If you have details you think would be helpful, please reach out to us.


Updated: 06/07/2016

Beer Bottled Brewer's Notes
Advanced Oak Theory
Advanced Oak Theory 01/21/2015
Advanced Oak Theory 12/16/2015 Fermented in whiskey barrels from Woody Creek in Basalt. Some of the barrels held 100% CO ingredient spirits. Less whiskey astringency and more fruity qualities come from the barrels.
Biere de Garde
Biere de Garde 06/30/2015 Our Collaboration with Aspen Brewing Company. They brewed a super malty wort that we split. We used our farmhouse culture to ferment this. The result is basically what you'd expect. Rich and malty but dry, more acidic than any farmhouse we've done. I'm really excited about this.
Biere de Garde 04/14/2016 New recipe, this beer is all us, not a collab. All Colorado ingredients except for the Crisp Chocolate malt we used. This beer is hands down my favorite beer we've made. Our farmhouse yeast just destroyed the massive amount of Munich base malt to make something crazy fruity.
Brett Loves Hops
Brett Loves Citra 10/30/2014
Brett Loves Citra 06/10/2015 This batch of BLC is super clean with huge mango and pineapple notes.
Brett Loves Citra 02/29/2016 It's back! Clean brett funk that pairs well with the tropical Citra hops. We've never made a drier beer.
Brett Loves Mosaic 03/28/2016 The Mosaic hops create huge mango and papaya flavors. More hoppy and less bitter compared to last month's BLC.
Brett Loves Citra 04/11/2016 For this second and final blend of BLC this year we dry hopped it with more Citra. Less bitter than the previous blend.
Casey Family Preserves
Casey Family Preserves - Blackberry 02/02/2016 Double the amount of fruit compared to the Fruit Stand version. Huge blackberry jam in this beer.
Casey Family Preserves - Cherry (Montmorency) 09/02/2015 3.1 lbs fruit / gallon
Casey Family Preserves - Cherry (Montmorency) 03/23/2016 Montmorency cherries used at a rate we've never done before. Lots of cherries.
Casey Family Preserves - Cherry (Sweet Hedelfingen) 07/22/2015
Casey Family Preserves - Cherry (Sour Balaton) 07/24/2015
Casey Family Preserves - Grape (Cabernet Franc) 12/08/2015 More grape than the Fruit Stand. 100% CO ingredients.
Casey Family Preserves - Grape (Chardonnay) 11/23/2015 Twice the amount of grapes but less carbonated than the Fruit Stand version.
Casey Family Preserves - Grape (Riesling) 12/02/2015 Twice the amount of grapes but less carbonated than the Fruit Stand version.
Casey Family Preserves - Nectarine (Emeraude) 09/01/2015 2.2# / gal
Casey Family Preserves - Peach (Elberta) 10/06/2015 3.1# / gal
Casey Family Preserves - Plum (Elephant Heart) 10/19/2015 Most acidic beer we've released so far. Huge plum notes and a bright acidity. 2.3# / gal
Casey Family Preserves - Plum (Laredo) 10/09/2015 2.4# / gal
Biere de Garde 06/30/2015 Our Collaboration with Aspen Brewing Company. They brewed a super malty wort that we split. We used our farmhouse culture to ferment this. The result is basically what you'd expect. Rich and malty but dry, more acidic than any farmhouse we've done. I'm really excited about this.
Blackberry Honey 03/08/2016 Collaboration / Exclusively Sold at Mile High Wine & Spirits. East Bank w/ Blackberries.
Cherry Inclusion 08/28/2015 "Buy A Hand Truck" Collaboration / Exclusively Sold at Small Batch Liquors. Biere de Garde w/ Cherries.
Hop Mess 08/18/2015 Collaboration with Rockslide Brewing. Dry Hopped w/ Centennial, Citra, and Simcoe.
Leaner 09/30/2015 Collaboration with Side Project Brewing. A leaner is when a peach is so juicy you have to lean forward or it spills on you. 100% Oak Fermented Saison fermented with both Casey and Side Project's cultures. Aged with over 3 pounds per gallon Flamecrest Colorado Peaches. The Saison we both brewed was a higher gravity version of our house Saison recipe. So this beer is basically a higher gravity version of Casey Family Preserves but with Side Project's cultures. Noticeably more acidic. A great showing of both our cultures.
West Slope Connection Vol. 1 12/15/2015 "Sell Me Cantillon" Collaboration / Exclusively Sold at Mr. B's Wine & Spirits. Advanced Oak Theory aged in Peach Street Bourbon Barrels.
Dry Hopped Oak Theory
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 01/26/2015 Simcoe and Galaxy
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 02/26/2015 Simcoe and Galaxy
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 04/20/2015 Amarillo Amarillo dry hops blend almost seamlessly with the brett funk to make flavors that couldn't be described as hops or funk - something totally new.
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 05/19/2015 Amarillo and Simcoe DHOT Amarillo and Simcoe is tasting amazing, the most acidic blend yet.
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 12/28/2015 Citra and Mosaic Citra and Mosaic hops at a usage rate so high we're not even going to say. When this first carbed in the bottle, it didn't even smell like a wild beer, just a double IPA. The funk has since blended with the hops to make the best version of this beer yet.
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 02/23/2016 Citra and Simcoe This one tastes remarkably like Iris.
Dry Hopped Oak Theory 03/21/2016 Amarillo
Dry Hopped Saison
Dry Hopped Saison 11/01/2014 Dry Hop Test #1 4 Cases Bottled
Dry Hopped Saison 02/17/2015 Dry Hop Test #2
Dry Hopped Saison 04/07/2016 CO Cascade We used a little bit of Colorado Cascade hops to create this 100% CO ingredient beer. Don't think of this like Hop Mess or DHOT, the dry hopping adds another layer of citrus. We love this blend. Very different than straight Saison. This is the last Saison iteration until the early winter. Fruit season is almost here and we'll be using ever barrel for fruit or other projects.
East Bank
East Bank 10/27/2014 78 Cases Total
East Bank 12/04/2014 16 Cases Total
East Bank 02/12/2015
East Bank 03/31/2015
East Bank 04/30/2015
East Bank 08/10/2015
East Bank 08/12/2015
East Bank 01/06/2016
East Bank 01/15/2016
Fruit Stand - "For this series, we blend whole fresh Colorado fruit together with Saison barrels that were seemingly made for each other. The beer will age on the fruit for weeks, slowly fermenting the sugars in the fruit which results in a farmhouse ale with balanced notes of the fruit used."
Fruit Stand - Apricot 07/28/2015 - Perfection 1.5 lbs fruit / gallon
Fruit Stand - Blackberry 09/03/2014
Fruit Stand - Blackberry 10/29/2014
Fruit Stand - Blackberry 06/24/2015 We found some frozen blackberries and decided to do a large blend with our favorite barrels. 1.4 pounds fruit per gallon. Don't expect Blackberry Cut level of fruit, but this "brings the berries®" More fruit than previous blends.
Fruit Stand - Blackberry 01/27/2016 Triple Crown variety from a small farm in Hotchkiss I found. The only blend of the year.
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Balaton Sour) 08/01/2014 Our first two barrels of Cherry Fruit Stand used Balaton sour cherries from Hotchkiss, CO and a sweet cherry from Paonia, CO. Surprisingly, the sweet cherry version is a bit more acidic than the Balaton cherry. The contrast in flavors is remarkable, with the Balaton version's nose smelling of classic Kriek notes. The sweet cherry smells to cherry candies.
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Balaton Sour) 07/24/2015 1.4 lbs fruit / gallon
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 09/02/2014
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 10/29/2014
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 02/10/2015
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 05/11/2015
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 06/23/2015
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 08/26/2015
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 10/15/2015 1.5#/gallon
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Montmorency) 03/16/2016 Great as usual. We made a lot, we expect some of this blend to make it to the front range.
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Sweet Hedelfingen) 07/22/2015 1.4 lbs fruit / gallon
Fruit Stand - Cherry (Sweet) 08/01/2014 Our first two barrels of Cherry Fruit Stand used Balaton sour cherries from Hotchkiss, CO and a sweet cherry from Paonia, CO. Surprisingly, the sweet cherry version is a bit more acidic than the Balaton cherry. The contrast in flavors is remarkable, with the Balaton version's nose smelling of classic Kriek notes. The sweet cherry smells to cherry candies.
Fruit Stand - Grape (Cabernet Franc) 12/09/2015 Cabernet Franc grapes from Palisade, CO aged for 2 months on Saison. 100% CO ingredients.
Fruit Stand - Grape (Cabernet Sauvignon) 10/28/2014
Fruit Stand - Grape (Chardonnay) 11/24/2015 Chardonnay grapes from Palisade, CO aged for 2 months on Saison. 100% CO ingredients.
Fruit Stand - Grape (Riesling) 12/03/2015 Riesling grapes from Palisade, CO aged for 2 months on Saison. 100% CO ingredients.
Fruit Stand - Nectarine (Emeraude) 09/01/2015
Fruit Stand - Peach 02/13/2015
Fruit Stand - Peach (Elberta) 10/07/2015
Fruit Stand - Plum (Black Amber) 09/04/2014
Fruit Stand - Plum (Black Amber / Italian Plum) 12/01/2014 9 Cases Bottled. Plum Fruit Stand is a blend made with Black Amber and Italian plums from Palisade and Hotchkiss
Fruit Stand - Plum (Elephant Heart) 10/20/2015 1.2#/gallon, the most acidic FS we've done so far. There's plenty of usual lactic acid, but the acid from the plums, almost like citric acid, creates a unique mouthfeel for sure. A bit puckering.
Fruit Stand - Plum (Santa Rosa) 08/28/2015
Fruit Stand - Plum (Shiro) 09/04/2014
Oak Theory - "This beer is our take on classic Belgian sour beers from the Senne Valley. We combine Colorado pilsner malt and raw wheat with a hefty charge of aged European whole hops and boil for almost 3 hours. We ferment in a variety of different sized oak barrels with a proprietary blend of saccharomyces, brettanomyces and various lactic acid bacteria cultures. After aging in these barrels for anywhere from 9-12 months, barrels are selected for their unique flavors and that individual blend is born."
Oak Theory 01/20/2015 - Oak Theory 1st!
Oak Theory 02/19/2015
Oak Theory 03/23/2015
Oak Theory 04/14/2015
Oak Theory 12/22/2015
Oak Theory 02/15/2016
Oak Theory 03/17/2016
Saison - "Our Saison is as old-world as it gets. We use 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of saison yeast, brettanomyces and lactobacillus. We ferment the beer in custom-made open oak barrel fermenters. After this rustic primary fermentation, the beer goes to other barrels for further aging and flavor development. The result is a citrusy, dry, tart and effervescent beer worthy of sharing. 5.5% Alc. By Vol, 25 IBUs"
Saison 05/30/2014 - First Blend! Our first blend brought together a mix of barrels that had great citrus notes, lactic acidity, a small amount of spicy phenols and isoamyl acetate (banana).
Saison 06/25/2014 - Second Blend Blend Two had a softer acidity than the first blend. Blend Three was a blend of two barrels aged for 4 months.
Saison 07/31/2014 - Blend Three
Saison 10/09/2014
Saison 11/25/2014
Saison 01/07/2015
Saison 03/30/2015
Saison 04/29/2015
Saison 11/11/2015
Saison 03/09/2016
Saison 03/10/2016
Seasons Past
Seasons Past 03/28/2015 - 8 Month Old East Bank So this beer is also 100% ready and it kills me to think of how many bottles I opened and dumped waiting for this day. This will not be available to the public or served at the the tasting room. 8 month old barrel of East Bank that turned out great!
Seasons Past 10/27/2015 - HiGrav Saison This version is the collab that we did with Side Project without the fruit or Side Project's cultures. So it's a higher gravity wheat saison we oak fermented with our cultures. The higher gravity gave the yeast more work to do and we got some interesting phenols we haven't seen before. Conditioning since late October.
Seasons Past 01/07/2016 - 8 Month Old East Bank This single barrel was East Bank aged for 8 months. Very different than the original Seasons Past.
The Cut - "The Cut is Oak Theory aged with whole CO fruit usually over 2 pounds per gallon. We hand select specific barrels that we think will pair well with the fruit we’re using."
The Cut: Apricot 07/29/2015 It's got more carb than sleeper but not as much as normal beers we release. Still plenty of amazing Perfection juice. 3#/gal. Some people tried it during November and the feedback we got was great.
The Cut: Blackberry 02/17/2015
The Cut: Blackberry 04/21/2016 - Triple Crown Yup. It's good.
The Cut: Cherry (Balaton) 03/30/2015
The Cut: Cherry (Balaton) 08/31/2015 We served this beer one month as a Sleeper, but it carbed up shortly after and now we're releasing it. A bit more carb than The Cut: Apricot but a huge amount of cherries.
The Cut: Cherry (Bing) Served Only In The Tasting Room
The Cut: Cherry (Montmorency) 05/14/2015
The Cut: Grape (Merlot) 12/18/2015 Huge funk and grape flavors. Juicy.
The Cut: Grape (Riesling) 01/19/2016 Sweet riesling grape and Oak Theory funk.
The Cut: Peach 09/17/2015 Suncrest peaches at 3#/gal and some of the funkiest base barrels we've used result in a Cut that Eric thinks is his favorite yet. Bottled 2.5 months ago, we've just been waiting for the yeast to clean up a bit, and now its ready.
The Cut: Plum Served at Vail Big Beers 2016
The Low End
The Low End 06/01/2015
The Low End 06/29/2015 Compared to the 1st blend, this batch is softer and more round, a touch more hoppy. Gun to my head, I prefer this batch. It's hard to say though.
Wet Hop Low End
Wet Hop Low End 10/28/2015 Classic Low End but with a huge amount of Colorado Cascade wet hops that make for a beer with amazing flavors of lemon rind.
Wet Hop Low End 11/20/2015 Classic Low End but with a huge amount of Colorado Cascade wet hops that make for a beer with amazing flavors of lemon rind. This is the second blend of the 2015 Wet Hop brew, last Low End until the summer. 100% CO ingredients.

By: Mark Robinson, Brian McKenzie, Scott Steigerwald

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Nighthawk Brewing Hosts Funk and Farm Beer Fest

Last Saturday, Nighthawk Brewery hosted their Inaugural Funk & Farm Fest, strategically scheduled to switch your Stout and Barleywine conditioned Winter palate to the Springtime cravings of everything funky.

The festival featured some of Colorado’s finest, with the likes of Trinity, Elevation Beer Co, and Crooked Stave alongside newcomers like Black Project and Atom Brewing.

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Atom’s Maggie, which is a Gin Barrel Aged Arlo, continues to wow us. We can’t say enough good things about Atom. Be sure to head up for the release of Arlo Batch 2 later this month. Odd13 offered up a Brett Saison called Master of Unrelated Science, proving they can do so much more than the hazy IPAs they’ve become known for. Our Mutual Friend was pouring their GABF Silver Medal winning 24 FPS. This was my first time having this one and it was definitely deserving of its hardware.

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Local cheese plates were spinning out all day from Haystack Mountain, which specializes in handcrafted, yumtastic, artisanal goat cheese. As an added bonus, VIPs were able to get full pours of a variety of Nighthawk’s taproom offerings.

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Nighthawk also unveiled their Barrel Aged side project called Follow the Light. Head brewer Dan Moore has been hard at work corralling barrels and tinkering with recipes, and the fest provided him the perfect platform to debut his work. On the docket was a Rye Saison with Brett, one version was aged in a Whiskey Barrel and another version was aged in a neutral Oak Barrel. Both were highly enjoyable. The slight whiskey astringency provided a really interesting and welcoming mouthfeel that was unique to all of the beers being poured that day.

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Good times were had with lots of familiar faces, finally giving us a reason to celebrate the re-emergence of the sun and the easy Colorado springtime living. We’re looking forward to year two!

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By: Brian McKenzie

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Weekend Beer Buzz 06/02/2016

Another big weekend of beer events. It’s opening day at Banded Oak Brewing, Platt Park’s celebrating an anniversary, Ursula’s re-branded, Casey’s releasing #waelzbro and more!

Here’s your Weekend Beer Buzz.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Dry Dock recently launched cans of their tasty Sour Apricot. Easy drinking, with just the right amount of sour, this one will be in our cooler all Summer long. Head over to Dry Dock – North on Thursday for the official release party. Tag your best pucker shots with #sourapricot for a chance to win their photo contest. Winner announced at 6 PM. Dry Dock – North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO.

River North will open their doors on Thursday to the Colorado Let’s Talk Craft Beer (CLTCB) Facebook Group. The River North team will share their story, offer tours and share some of their awesome brews. If you’re not a member, click HERE and see what all the fuss is about. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Ursula Brewery’s turning the page. Formerly Coda Brewing, they’re now Ursula and will host a weekend of fun beer releases, food, music and more.

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Here’s the scoop for Friday:

12pm – 9pm – Food available from Cedar Creek Pub


Bottles (while supplies last):
 Belgian Pale Ale – Melismatic, 2 bottle conditioned variants (normal and brux)
Via Chicago – Pale Ale
Lithium Sunset – Helles
 GreyJoy – Gose
 Lazy Brewer – DIPA
Ursula – IPA

On Tap (while supplies last):
 Scary Stories – Year 2 – S’More Porter
 Lazy Brewer – DIPA
Ursula – IPA
Lithium Sunset – Helles
Via Chicago – Pale Ale
Melismatic – Belgian Pale Ale
Ship Without a Rudder – English Mild
 GreyJoy – Gose
 GreyJoy w/Raspberries – Gose
 GreyJoy w/Passionfruit – Gose

 5-9pm – 80’s Dance Party

Ursula Brewery is located at: 2101 N Ursula St, #10, Aurora, CO.

Homebrewers will want to head to The Brew Hut this weekend and help them celebrate their 21st Anniversary all weekend long. Head over to check out their recent growth and renovation, complete with a classroom for hands-on training from their talented staff. Look for select items discounted 21%, along with a sidewalk sale with items up to 50% off. Congrats to The Brew Hut. They’re located next to Dry Dock Brewing at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO.

Platt Park turns 2 this weekend. Head over for First Friday with arts, crafts and music. Come back on Saturday for a variety of special tappings, including Lulo Berliner Weisse, Pineapple Snow Dance IPA, Sour Chocolate Cherry Stout, plus new firkins every 2 hours!

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Congrats Platt Park! They’re located at: 1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO.

Cerebral’s getting in on the mixed-fermentation action. Head over on Friday to try the 6.5% ABV Firstling, which spent 6 weeks in stainless steel with Cerebral’s house Saison strain and two Brettanomyces strains, before being dry-hopped with Ella hops. Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A beer relay, live music from national acts, all sorts of sports, plus a beer fest featuring more than 50 of the nation’s finest breweries. There’s all that and more at Saturday’s Burning Can Festival. There’s camping and plenty to keep you busy all weekend long.


Details and tickets HERE. Bohn Park is located at: 219 2nd Ave, Lyons, CO.

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