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Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Tickets On Sale 9/2

Tickets to the 16th Annual Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival go on sale Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 AM MST. The event returns to the Vail Cascade Resort on January 7 – 9, 2016 and is one of the best craft beer events in the country.

From the variety of beer dinners to the guest speakers and seminars, Vail Big Beers is a fun-filled weekend that should be on your radar this Winter. Attracting some of the nation’s top breweries, Big Beers will offer a unique opportunity to try beers from Surly, Jester King and Allagash, sample new blends from Casey Brewing & Blending, attend seminars on topics like koelschips and cooking with beer, learn how to pair beer with cigars, take the Cicerone exam and for 3-days become completely immersed in all that is Craft Beer.

While the festival is still months away, we highly recommend purchasing tickets and getting your hotel booked today. Vail Big Beers WILL SELL OUT and rooms are already filling. Don’t get left out in the cold!

2015 coverage can be found HERE.

Check the schedule and book your tickets today.

Big Beers Festival Tickets On Sale Wednesday

VAIL, CO – Tickets for the iconic Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival go on sale Wednesday, September 2, at 10am MST.  The 2016 festival weekend is scheduled for January 7 – 9, 2016, and will once again be held at the Vail Cascade Resort in Vail, CO. The ticketing link and information about the Sixteenth Anniversary weekend schedule are available at

The Featured Brewmasters, dinner hosts, and seminar presenters for 2016 came together earlier this year than they have in some years past. “Sometimes it’s difficult to organize the different elements of the weekend in time for September ticket sales, “said Laura Lodge, festival coordinator. “This year everyone was able to commit early enough to have a complete schedule ready for attendees to review before Wednesday.”

This includes the 2016 Featured Brewmasters, who will be Geoff Larson, President and Co-Founder of Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Company in Juneau, Alaska, and Omar Ansari, Founder and President of Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Larson will be kicking off Alaskan Brewing’s 30th Anniversary at the Big Beers Festival, a worthy celebration indeed.

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GABF 2015 Calendar

It’s time. We’re just a few weeks away from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival and all the amazing events that come with it. The Nation’s largest beer festival will roll into town at the end of September with thousands of kegs, bottles, industry folks and beer geeks ready to party and celebrate craft beer.

We’re back with our Monster calendar which we’ll continue to update as more events are announced. It’s also available in a Google Calendar friendly layout, so if that’s your jam, click HERE. Lastly, there’s a GABF 2015 tab at the top of the site. You’ll find all your news, updates and events in there.

Bookmark these pages and check back often.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

  • Sour Sunday, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, Boulder, CO, 10 AM

Get a jump start on the GABF Week fun by heading up to Backcountry Pizza’s Sour Sunday. 55 Taps of Sour Beers. Mind. Blown. Doors at 10 AM. Loonz at Noon. Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.

Monday, September 21st, 2015

  • 17th Annual GABF Kickoff Party, Falling Rock Tap House, 5 PM

Brewtally Insane Top Pick

Falling Rock will kick off GABF week on Monday at 5 PM. The countdown clock will finally roll back to zeros, meaning it’s time to party. This is the party for the locals. Hit up the Rock before all the tourists show up later in the week. Chris is sure to have some fun vintage treats to share, along with some interesting new brews you’ve probably never had. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales and Work & Class are teaming up on Monday for a 5-course dinner paired with all sour beers. Check out the menu HERE and snag your tickets HERE. This is going to be an incredible night of pairings. Work & Class is located at: 2500 Larimer St #101, Denver, CO.

Brewtally Insane Top Pick

Freshcraft will funk things up on Monday night with a Sour Kickoff party. The beer lineup’s still in the works, but you know this will be great. Follow @Freshcraftfood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and #FCGABFOnDeck for a sneak peek of kegs waiting to be tapped. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

The Crafty Ladies Beer Club and Odell Brewing have teamed up for a special GABF Honey Pale Ale. This will tap at Highland Tap & Burger on Monday and will be available throughout the week. Highland Tap & Burger is located at: 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Mockery Brewing will host a 4-course dinner to kickoff GABF Week. Tickets info and a look at the full menu can be found HERE. Tourists should know that Mockery is a great new brewery located in Denver’s River North (RiNo) district and they are definitely worth a visit while you’re in town. Mockery Brewing is located at: 3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO.

  • An Epic Beer Dinner, The Pint Room, Littleton, CO, 6 PM

The Pint Room in Littleton will host Epic Brewing for a 6-course beer dinner on Tuesday. Beers include Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Barley Wine, Hopulent Nitro and more. Call 720-283-3200 for reservations. The Pint Room is located at: 2620 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, CO.

Stone Brewing’s Dr. Bill will lead guests through the 4 C’s – Cheese, Chocolate, Charcuterie and Craft Beer. Sponsored by the Crafty Ladies Beer Club. Highland Tap & Burger is located at: 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver.

Ratio Beerworks and TRVE Brewing will join forces for a 6-course beer dinner at Rebel Restaurant on Tuesday. Each course will be paired with a beer from each brewery. 6-courses, 6 beers, 6 more beers. Just $55. Tickets HERE. Rebel Restaurant is located at: 3763 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO.

Head to Freshcraft on Tuesday for a special night with both Great Divide and New Holland. Beer lineup coming soon. Follow @Freshcraftfood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and #FCGABFOnDeck for a sneak peek of kegs waiting to be tapped. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

On Tuesday, The Cheeky Monk will offer up special anniversary brews from The Bruery, Coronado, Firestone Walker and others. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

  • Tapping Schedule, Falling Rock Tap House

4 PM – Oskar Blues
9 PM – Ballast Point
9:30 PM – Shelton Brothers at the Parking Lot Bar
10 PM – Verboten / Hoppin’ Frog Collaboration
10:30 PM – Crooked Stave at the Parking Lot Bar
11 PM – Trinity

Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • Crooked Stave Artisans Portfolio Tasting, Hops & Pie

Hops & Pie will tap a ton of great brews from the Crooked Stave Artisans portfolio on Wednesday afternoon. Head over on your lunch break or maybe get in some WTF pre-gaming with this amazing lineup.

Crooked Stave: Petite sour, origins
Jester king: Biere de Miel & Petite Sour
Bell’s: The Wild One, Double Two Hearted
Perennial: Maman, Blood Orange Suburban Beverage
Almanac: Meyer Lemon Gose, Sour Citra
Breakside: IPA
Freemont: Bourbon Abominable, Brew 1000
Ale Apothecary: Sahalie
Greenbench: TBA
Melvin: TBA
Jackie O’s: TBA
Two Road’s: Igor’s Dream
Westbrook: Mexican Cake
Evil Twin: Aun Mas Cafe Jesus
Cascade: Kreik & TBA
Societe: The Pupil, The Butcher, The Apprentice
Creature Comforts: Tropicalia, Reclaimed Rye
Boneyard: Armored Fist, Notorious, RPM

Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

Head over to Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood during GABF Week for the Sunnyside Beer Stroll. Visit all 3 breweries – Factotum, Diebolt and Denver Beer Co. Canworks for a chance to win some great swag. Pick up a map and stamp card from any of the breweries and start your adventure, which runs from Wednesday – Sunday. The first 200 to complete the circuit will get a commemorative koozie. Diebolt Brewing is located at: 3855 Mariposa St, Denver. Factotum Brewhouse is located at: 3845 Lipan St, Denver. Denver Beer Co. Canworks is located at: 4455 Jason St, Denver.

Beers Made By Walking returns to Denver for GABF Week. The event invites brewers to create beers inspired by nature and ingredients found on trails. This years tasting will feature 30+ breweries, including Perennial, Wicked Weed, Stone, TRVE, Dry Dock, Crooked Stave, Former Future, Trinity and many more. Our Mutual Friend has contributed too and will serve as the host brewery. Tickets are available for just $30, with proceeds benefiting Colorado’s Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. Our Mutual Friend Brewery is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Brewtally Insane Top Pick

The 4th installment of What The Funk!? is set for Wednesday. No words for this one. Look, if you like your beers funky, barrel-aged, sour, wild, or anywhere in-between, this is your event. The invitational fest will feature some of the best beers in town for GABF week.

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While the list of breweries remains tightly under wraps, just know this event is worth every penny and prepare to be blown away. Past WTF!? coverage can be found HERE. The Highlands Masonic Event Center is located at: 3550 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211.

The Oskar Blues Ordeal is back for another year of GABF fun. Kick things off on Wednesday at the Pig Roast. Head to the Hops & Heifer’s Farm for an all-you-can-eat pig roast, plenty of Oskar Blues brews, live music, a tour of the farm and plenty o’ fun. Tickets are $65 and available right HERE.

Head to Highland Tap & Burger for the 5th Annual Suds and Sliders on Wednesday night. Look for pairings from Epic, Avery and Left Hand. Highland Tap & Burger is located at: 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver.

Renegade Brewing has teamed up with Sexpot Comedy to present the 2nd Annual Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show. This year’s headliner is the very funny Kyle Kinane, who’ll be joined by local favorite Adam Cayton-Holland and Sam Tallent. The fun begins at 6 PM, with two hours of unlimited sampling from a variety of breweries, including Breckenridge, Epic, Telluride, Renegade, New Holland, Ommegang, Lagunitas and others. At 8 PM, the comedy will begin, so you’ll want to grab a full pour and kick back from some laughs.

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Tickets are $45 for samples, 3 additional full pours, and a seat for the show. Proceeds will benefit the Denver Public Library. The Oriental Theater is located at: 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO.

Head to The Cheeky Monk for special bottles from St. James, cans from Firestone Walker and a corn hole tournament. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

Avery Brewing will offer a 5-course dinner on Wednesday with the owners of Avery, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Russian River and The Lost Abbey. Tickets to this amazing night are $125 and available HERE. Avery Brewing is located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct, Boulder, CO.

Upslope Brewing will hit the taps at Freshcraft on Wednesday night. Delicious beers from one of Colorado’s best. Follow @Freshcraftfood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and #FCGABFOnDeck for a sneak peek of kegs waiting to be tapped. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

  • Tapping Schedule, Falling Rock Tap House

1 PM – Boulder
2 PM – Melvin
3 PM – Rogue
4 PM – Lagunitas
9:30 PM – Dry Dock at the Parking Lot Bar
10 PM – Ecliptic
10:30 PM – Green Flash at the Parking Lot Bar
11 PM – Stone
11:30 PM – Alpine at the Parking Lot Bar

Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • Sun King Tappings, Hops & Pie

Sun King will hit the draft lines at Hops & Pie on Thursday. Look for:

Grapefruit Jungle
Velour Soccer Mom
Ind Weiss
Velvet Fog
Afternoon Delight

Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

Head over to Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood during GABF Week for the Sunnyside Beer Stroll. Visit all 3 breweries – Factotum, Diebolt and Denver Beer Co. Canworks for a chance to win some great swag. Pick up a map and stamp card from any of the breweries and start your adventure, which runs from Wednesday – Sunday. The first 200 to complete the circuit will get a commemorative koozie. Diebolt Brewing is located at: 3855 Mariposa St, Denver. Factotum Brewhouse is located at: 3845 Lipan St, Denver. Denver Beer Co. Canworks is located at: 4455 Jason St, Denver.

Head to First Draft for a Tap Takeover with CSA. Here’s the lineup:

– Bells Brewery Two Hearted & Coffee Moustache Ale
– Societe The Pupil
– Boneyard RPM & Hop Venom
– Creature Comforts Tropicala, Bibo, & Athena
– Jack’s Abbey Smoke & Dagger, Red Tape Lager, Mass Rising, & Fire in the Ham
– Ecliptic Spica, Orbiter, & Canopus
– Gigantic Solid
– Fremont BA Abominable
– Almanac Citra Sour
– Perennial Suburban Beverage

And More beers to come from Crooked Stave, Jackie O’s, Against the Grain, Prairie, Breakside, Crux, Magnolia, Oakshire, GreenBench, Two Roads, Evil Twin, and Cascade! First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Brewtally Insane Top Pick

At 4 PM, two of the very best sour and funky beer makers in the country will converge on Freshcraft. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the brewers and sample their beers together under the same roof. Follow @Freshcraftfood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and #FCGABFOnDeck for a sneak peek of kegs waiting to be tapped. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 08/27/2015

We’ve got a special weekend in the works. Get ready for some great Anniversary Parties, Beer Festivals, Special Releases and New Tappings.

We’re also thrilled to see one of our own, Matt Morris, tie the knot with his fiancée Mikki this weekend. The reception will be at a brewery (of course!) and will be our first opportunity to check out the newly re-opened Tivoli Brewery, which is sure to be an amazing night.

Oh, and Hop Chops is back…


Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 5th Annual Save The Ales returns to the EXDO Event Center on Thursday night. This fundraiser for Conservation Colorado will offer unlimited samples, live bluegrass and access to local food trucks. Upgrade to VIP for early entry and complimentary food.

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Details and tickets HERE. The EXDO Event Center is located at: 1399 35th St, Denver, CO.

Freshcraft is turning 5 and they’re hosting an amazing Beer Dinner on Thursday night to celebrate. In addition to an mouth-watering menu, look for beer pairings from Casey Brewing, Station 26, TRiNiTY and others. Tickets and info can be found HERE. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Station 26 will release Rosemary Citra Rye on Thursday afternoon. Be sure to grab a bite from the Burger Radio Food Truck. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

  • 2nd Anniversary Week, Black Sky Brewery, Denver, CO, All Week

The 2nd Anniversary Week rolls on at Black Sky Brewery. Head over for some live metal and plenty of new tappings and collaboration brews. Check the schedule below and get in on the fun.

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Black Sky Brewery is located at: 490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO.

Friday, August 28th, 2015

  • Menu Update, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

I’m really excited for this week’s Comrade Brewing update. That’s because it includes a fresh batch of Hop Chops Double IPA! That’s right, the new batch will tap at Noon on Friday. Hop Chops Part Deux is 8.7% ABV and brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Lemondrop hops. Here’s the rest of the lineup.

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Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

World of Beer – Cheery Creek will share a slew of fun brews on Friday afternoon at their Berliner, Gose and Cider Fest. They’ll have a special flavor bar, allowing you the opportunity to customize your drinks with fruits, spices and syrups. World of Beer – Cherry Creek is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO.

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Beer Hunter’s Report 08/26/2015

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

  • Cascade is back with Apricot, Kriek, Strawberry, and Black Cap Raspberry.
  • Westbrook Gose, One Claw and White Thai cans are back. Also, Citrus Ninja Exchange, a Double IPA with grapefruit zest, is out.
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava is hitting the shelves.
  • Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial in 4-packs is now available.
  • Mateo & Bernabé & Friends Daniel Robust Porter, straight from Spain.
  • Four Noses Brewing Company .44 Magnum Imperial IPA in, like, 4-pack cans.
  • Drive cross town on Saturday to get 2 very special beers from River North. Quandary Single Cask (Davidson’s at 1PM) and Fancy Effing Stout (The brewery at 1PM). I’ll race ya.
  • Finally, last but still least…the pumpkins:
    • Southern Tier Warlock
    • Nebraska Wick For Brains
    • Pliny, Consecration, and Elder, Oh My!


By: Scott Steigerwald

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10th Annual Fresh Hop Festival Announced

The 10th Annual Fresh Hop Festival has been announced for Saturday, October 3rd. The event will once again take place at the iconic Falling Rock Tap House, featuring dozens of beers made with freshly picked hops, showcasing this year’s harvest. Lupulin lovers won’t want to miss this fun afternoon at Falling Rock, sampling new brews from the likes of Cannonball Creek, Comrade, Fiction, Odell, Spangalang, TRVE, Upslope and many more.

Tickets are available HERE for $40. Read on for more details.

Hope to see you there!

The 10th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival Returns October 3rd
Imbibe Events and Colorado Brewers Guild team up to promote fresh hop beers
DENVER – The minds behind Collaboration Fest and Sesh Fest have teamed up for one last time this year to create the Fresh Hop Festival. This event will take over Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St. Denver CO 80202) on Saturday, October 3rd from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hop growers have about 24 hours to get hops from the farm to the brewery’s drying kiln before they start showing signs of spoiling. When these hops connect with the wort within that 24-hour window, then you get yourself one good fresh beer! These beers are exciting because every beer is different, all have varied levels of hoppy flavor, and are super exclusive due to the fresh hop process.
“The hop harvest is an annual labor of love in the craft beer community,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Each hop flower contains lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains essential oils, bitter acids and resins that contribute to bitterness, flavor and aroma of the beer.”
This the 10th anniversary of this event being hosted at Falling Rock Tap House. Falling Rock was recently named the top beer bar in the country by The bar has a constantly changing selection of 75+ beers on tap and 130+ different bottled beers.
The majority of the beers at this festival will come from Colorado, but you may see a few out-of-state guests. Participating breweries include:
4 Noses Brewing Company
Baere Brewing Company
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Black Sky Brewery
Bonfire Brewing
Boulder Beer
Breckenridge Brewery
Call to Arms Brewing Company
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
Chain Reaction Brewing Company
Comrade Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Elevation Beer Company
FATE Brewing Company
Fiction Beer Company
Goldspot Brewing Company
Great Divide Brewing Company
Grist Brewing Company
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Joyride Brewing Company
Liquid Mechanics
Odell Brewing Co
Oskar Blues Brewery
Sanitas Brewing Company
Spangalang Brewery
Strange Craft Beer Company
Telluride Brewing Company
The Brew on Broadway (The BoB)
The Old Mine Cidery and Brewpub
Tommyknocker Brewery
TRVE Brewing
Upslope Brewing
Wonderland Brewing Company
“Fresh hop beers come in many different styles,” said PJ Hoberman of Imbibe Events. “Plan on enjoying fresh hop IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, Belgians,and even stouts. Plan to be pleasantly surprised.”
Tickets are on sale now for $40. Ticket includes unlimited fresh hop libations. Purchase your tickets at


By: Mark Robinson

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River North Brewery and Davidson’s Liquors Team Up For New Releases

Another fun update from River North landed in our inbox today. Seems they’ve teamed up with the gang at Davidson’s Liquors for a special series of limited releases named Quandary Single Cask. Each release will be aged in a special barrel that previously held a spirit or wine.

First up is Quandary Single Cask No. 1, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian-style Quad. Bottles will be sold this Saturday, August 29th at Davidson’s in Highlands Ranch. Only 30 cases were bottled, so don’t miss your chance to track down this new release. $11.99 / each, limit of 2 / person.

On Sunday, August 30th, River North Brewery will offer pours of the new brew in their tasting room. No bottles will be sold from the brewery.

River North & Davidson’s Liquors Partner to Release Quandary Single Cask No. 1

This weekend, River North Brewery will debut a new series of limited release bottles, Quandary Single Cask. Each edition of QSC will showcase one single-source barrel of a distinct type of spirit, wine or other unique concoction.

For the first in the series – Quandary Single Cask No. 1 – River North partnered with Davidson’s Liquors to craft a Belgian-style quadrupel aged in a specially selected Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrel from Smooth Ambler Spirits.

“When a freshly emptied barrel of Smooth Ambler Old Scout showed up on our dock, River North was the brewery that came to mind immediately,” said Matt Bates, Purchasing Manager at Davidson’s. “Not only did they want to use the barrel, but by offering to make it a single cask beer, they took the concept to the next level. This is why we love having small business partners in the Colorado beer community like River North.”

QSC1 is even more limited than the brewery’s other barrel releases; thirty cases were filled by hand and naturally bottle conditioned. Bottles will only be available at Davidson’s on Saturday, August 29th starting at 1pm ($11.99 each, limit two).

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River North Releases Cocktail Inspired Imperial Stout

We’re told to expect lots of news this week from our friends at River North Brewery. First up, is the release of their Fancy Effing Stout, an Imperial Stout that was aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. Read on for details.

The release party is set for Saturday, August 29th at the brewery. 22 oz. bombers will be sold for $15 / each, with a limit of 6 / person.

River North Releasing Manhattan-aged “Fancy Effing Stout” 8/29

This Saturday August 29th at 1pm, River North Brewery will release Fancy Effing Stout, an imperial stout aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. These rare casks formerly held rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters.

Jet black and robust as hell, Fancy Effing Stout is an exercise in narcissism, the bottle you break out when you want your friends to know you’re better than them.

“This stout embodies a level of sophistication – and a bit of hubris – that’s helped define us as a brewery,” Founder and Head Brewer Matt Hess said. ”Once the idea for a cocktail-barrel-aged imperial stout was hatched, the name was inevitable.”

River North will pour drafts of Fancy Effing Stout at the taproom release party Saturday starting at 1pm. Bombers to go will cost $15 with a half-case limit. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado following the release. While Fancy Effing Stout delivers on its name when fresh, it’s also a necessary addition to any respectable cellar.

Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012.  Located in the heart of the RiNo district, Denver’s premier craft brewing neighborhood, River North focuses on Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers. The brewery was recently named 2015 Brewery of the Year in the Best of Craft Beer Awards.  Follow River North on Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) and Facebook ( for the latest insights.



By: Mark Robinson

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GABF 2015 Google Calendar

As the 2015 Great American Beer Festival begins to take shape, we figured it’s time to get some calendars going. Here’s a link to our Google Calendar, which will be moved directly onto the site in the coming weeks.

We’ll also post our traditional calendar in a few days, so bookmark the GABF 2015 tab and check back soon.


By: Mark Robinson and Scott Steigerwald


Bell’s Brewery Distributes To Colorado For GABF Week

Some exciting news to share today from our friends at Bell’s Brewery and Crooked Stave Artisans. They’ve teamed up to bring some of Michigan’s finest to Colorado for GABF Week, giving us the rare opportunity to pick up bottles of Expedition Stout, Two Hearted Ale, Midwestern Pale and others. In addition to bottle distribution, some great kegs will hit as well. Look for Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Black Note, Mars DIPA, Raspberry Wile One, Double Two Hearted Ale and more. Read on for more details and we’ll be sure to share more info as we get it.

From the Bell’s website:

Bell’s beer will head to Colorado for a short time in September coinciding with this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

Crooked Stave Artisans will temporarily distribute Bell’s beer across its entire distribution footprint including the cities of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs beginning September 21.

“This was a unique opportunity for us to finally be able to bring our beer to Colorado, even though it’s just for a short time,” said Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

“Crooked Stave has been an amazing partner to work with and we are incredibly grateful to them for taking a project like this on,” she added.

Bottles of Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale and Two Hearted Ale will be available to purchase.

Best Brown and Two Hearted Ale cans will also be available.

Draught options will include Amber, Oarsman, Two Hearted, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Coffee Mustache, Double Two Hearted Ale, Lavender Saison, Mars DIPA, Raspberry Wild One and The Wild One.

Event details will be available on our Calendar and on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) as they are finalized.


By: Mark Robinson

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Weekend Beer Buzz 08/20/2015

Another glorious weekend of craft beer is here. Highlights this round include a new brewery opening, multiple anniversary parties, a benefit for those around the Animas River, a new release at Black Project and much more.

Look for our GABF Calendars to launch very soon. In the meantime, check out our recently launched Events Calendar for a look at what’s on deck in the coming weeks. Also check out our Colorado Beer Map which is live and includes all of Colorado’s breweries and best beer bars.



Thursday, August 20th, 2015

  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver, CO, Thu and Fri

Whether you’re picking up some new cellar additions from Crooked Stave this week, or just sampling something new, know you’re helping a great cause, as 10% of taproom sales between now and August 21st will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Grab a few pours and help make a difference. Crooked Stave at The Source is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

Lagunitas will take over the taps at World of Beer – LoDo on Thursday morning. Look for some killer kegs, including High West Imperial Coffee Stout, Citrussenensis, Hop Stoopid, a dry-hopped firkin of Sucks, and more. World of Beer – LoDo is located at: 1555 Blake St, Unit 102, Denver, CO.

On Thursday afternoon, Station 26 will tap Laika Come Home – Intergalactic Dingo Pale Ale made with Lychee fruit. They’ll be joined by the Smokestack 70 food truck. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

  • 3rd Anniversary Week, Prost Brewing, Denver, CO, All Weekend

Prost Brewing’s turning 3 this week and they’ve got a rotating lineup of food trucks, new tappings and live music. Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO.

Friday, August 21st, 2015

  • Opening Day, Great Frontier Brewing Company, Lakewood, CO, 5 – 10 PM

Great Frontier Brewing will open their doors in Lakewood on Friday evening. It’s no accident that Great Frontier’s initials are GF as Colorado’s newest brewery will feature Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced beers.

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Stop by on Friday and see what they’re all about. Great Frontier Brewing is located at: 2010 S Oak St, Lakewood, CO.

This Friday, Dry Dock will tap ApriColada, which is Apricot Blonde with Coconut and Pineapple. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

On Friday, The Tasty Weasel will host a release party for the new Oskar Blues IPA. Come out for cold brews, a climbing wall, live music and plenty of fun. The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO.

Ratio Beerworks will tap a pair of firkins at 5 PM on Friday. Each pour you purchase gets you a raffle ticket with the chance to win passes to Riot Fest and Ratio gear. Ratio Beerworks is located at: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Brewed Food’s heading to Spangalang Brewery on Friday. For just $10, you’ll enjoy tasty bites from Chef & Cicerone Jensen Cummings, paired with Spangalang brews.

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Spangalang Brewery is located at: 2736 Welton St, Denver, CO.

On Friday night, The Pint Room in Littleton will hold a benefit for the communities affected by the Gold King Mine spill along the Animas River. Participating breweries include Comrade, Station 26, Coda, City Star, Epic, Butcherknife and many more. The tappings begin at 6 PM, with a silent auction beginning at 7 PM. The Pint Room is located at: 2620 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, CO.

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