Your Weekend Beer Buzz is juiced up this week. Man, there are a freakin’ ton of events to talk about. And if you’re opening a brewery, maybe don’t do it on the 2nd weekend of September. I’m not sure this town can handle any more Anniversary Parties on the same weekend.
Anyway, here’s the scoop.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Belgium’s Brasserie d’Achouffe will pay a visit to Denver during Gnome Week.
Freshcraft will be serving up Gnomegang and the classic La Chouffe. I love these little dudes. Brewery reps will be giving out some schweet schwag. Stop by and raise a glass to the Gnomes! Additional tappings will be held at World of Beer on Friday. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.
Earlier this week, The Old Mine tapped Chocolate Pyrite.
This one’s their Imperial Handlebar Hard Cider fermented and aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels and washed with Nova Monda Chocolate. Get up there and seek this new one out. The Old Mine is located at: 500 Briggs St, Erie, CO 80516.
Station 26 will tap a firkin of Vanilla Oat Brown Porter on Thursday at 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s Pumpkin beer season. Copper Kettle’s tapping their fun twist on the style this Friday with the release of their Pumpkin Porter. The English-style porter has been brewed using a variety of spices from the Savory Spice Shop, including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The first 50 pours will be served in baby pumpkins. A Rum Barrel-Aged version is also scheduled to be tapped. The fun begins at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.
The 2nd Annual Fortoberfest is set for this weekend at the Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins. 12 Fort Collins breweries will be pouring, including New Belgium, Odell, Black Bottle and let’s not forget the brand new Zwei Bruder and Snowbank breweries. Many German-inspired and Autumn-themed beers will be flowing, with both samplers and full pours available.
Seating will be available in large, communal tables, similar to those found at a traditional German beer hall. This is a bike-friendly event, with bike events planned throughout the 2-day affair. There will also be 14 bands taking the stage throught the fest. This one’s family friendly, but please leave the pups at home.
This week’s Firkin is a Lemon and Sage Saison. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Jellyman’s ready to tap Art of Tartness at Rockyard on Friday. This one’s a 4.8 % ABV Soured Wheat Ale. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Grimm Brothers is ready for Oktoberfest. They’ve organized the Loveland Oktoberfest again this year and will bring together several local breweries for a day of stein-hoisting, costume contests, live music, food vendors and family friendly fun. Visit the official website for additional details. Thunder Mountain Ampitheatre is located at: 4250 Byrd Dr., Loveland, CO 80538.
Elitch Gardens is hosting Thrills and Pils’ on Saturday afternoon. Come spend the day touring and riding at Elitch and enjoy unlimited pours of more than 80 brews. Participating breweries include Great Divide, Dry Dock, Odell, Breckenridge, Grist and De Steeg. Tickets are $45 for park entry (10 AM – 8 PM) and beers (pouring from Noon – 5 PM). Ticket info and details HERE. Elitch Gardens is located at: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204. Read more »