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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/30/2015

Another beautiful, beer-filled weekend is waiting for you. Here’s the scoop.

Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for a look at what’s in store for the coming weeks.

Have fun out there!


Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Station 26’s tapping a Pina Colada Belgian Golden Strong Ale on Thursday afternoon. They’ll be joined by Meatball food truck. Come back on Saturday afternoon for an all-you-can-eat pizza party when Basic Kneads celebrates their 5th Anniversary. Plenty of Station 26 deliciousness on tap to keep you from going thirsty. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Elevation will take over the tap at Barrels and Bottles on Thursday evening. There’s a fantastic lineup to sample, including fresh and vintage kegs. Here’s the rundown:

2014 False Summit
2014 Fanboy
2014 Wildflowers
2014 Senorita
2014 Arête
2015 Raspberry Gulch
2015 Signal de Botrange
2015 Fanboy
2015 Third Base
8 Second Kolsch
First Cast IPA
7437 Double IPA
Little Mo Porter
Apis IV

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Barrels and Bottles Brewery is located at: 600 12th St, Golden, CO 80401.

Friday, July 31st, 2015

On Friday, Great Divide will open their new Barrel Bar. Located on Great Divide’s new 5-acre lot in Denver’s brewery heavy River North neighborhood, the bar will feature the full GD lineup, along with special barrel aged offerings, pilot system beers, nitro taps and Crowler’s to-go.

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This is just the first phase of Great Divide opening their new location to the public. The brewery plans to open a beer garden, along with an expanded tasting room and restaurant in 2016. The new Barrel Bar is located at the intersection of 35th and Brighton Blvd (across the street from The Source).

Elk Mountain turns 5 this weekend and they’re ready to party on Friday and Saturday. Head over for a Crawfish Boil on Friday, fun, games, live music and of course special tappings throughout the weekend. Here’s the schedule.

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Congrats to our friends at Elk Mountain. They’re located at: 18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO.

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Art & Ale Brew Festival Returns For 12th Year

It’s that time of year again. On Friday, August 14th, the 12th Annual Art & Ale Festival will return to The Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver in Parker, CO. Set throughout the museum will be more than two dozen breweries, including Elevation, New Belgium, Lagunitas, Renegade, Living the Dream, Strange Craft, Upslope and many more.

What really sets this festival apart are the numerous restaurants offering up a variety of delicious bites, ranging from pasta to cheese to bbq and more. For desert this year, we hear there’s alcohol-infused ice cream, courtesy of Twisted Cream Colorado. Nom, nom, nom. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even spot a meadery, distillery or winery too.

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Inside the museum’s Great Hall, you’ll find live music from 80’s cover band Flock of Beagles. These dude’s will keep you rocking out to everything from INXS to Men at Work to U2, so grab a hula hoop and don’t forget your dancing shoes. You’ll also find an art station, courtesy of unWined, where you’ll have the opportunity to personalize your Art & Ale tasting cup. Once inside, be sure to spend a few minutes exploring the exhibition halls, which highlight wild critters and ecosystems from around the World.

Outside on the lawn, you’ll find corn hole and fire pits to enjoy while sipping on a cold craft

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For something entirely different, visit the team from Wildlife Protection Solutions, who’ll demonstrate how they use new technology and drones to combat poachers in South Africa.

Tickets to this year’s event are $45 for 4 hours of sampling and entertainment. Upgrade to VIP for $100, and you’ll enjoy an extra hour of tasting, plus a commemorative mug. Click HERE for ticket info, hotel packages and a list of attending breweries (which is still growing).


Come on out for this fun, one-of-a-kind brew festival. We hope to see you there.

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By: Mark Robinson

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Beer Hunter’s Report 07/29/2015

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.

  • Firestone Walker Helldorado has been spotted on the streets. Hunting season is in.
  • De Proef Brouwerij/Left Hand Wekken Sour, a blend of Wake Up Dead and De Proef’s Zoetzuur Flanders Red, is out.
  • Nøgne Ø/Bridge Road Brewery India-Style Saison has also hit.
  • Stillwater Kentucky Styled Folklore sounds pretty awesome. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. MMMMmmmmmm….
  • Crooked Stave Hop Savant NZ Pacifica, sounds fantastic…no?
  • Gueuzerie Tilquin Quetsche and Gueuze. Yup.
  • Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm, a cream ale with coffee and vanilla. wut.
  • Piña Agria is a Sour Pineapple Ale from Odell, and will be released at the brewery on Friday, July 31. Sometimes, the bottles hit before the release, so keep an eye out (otherwise, next week).


By: Scott Steigerwald


River North Releases Quad XO

River North Brewery will release a special new beer this Saturday. Quad XO has spent 15 months aging in Chardonnay Barrels and is unlike anything the brewery’s ever previously released. With only 135 cases to go around, it’s time to grab yours or risk waiting another 15 months for the next batch.

Read on for more details.

River North Quad XO Release Party this Saturday!

Deep within their towers of aging barrels, River North’s brewers uncovered a hidden gem.

After stashing it away for nearly a year and a half, River North Brewery will release Quad XO, an Abbey-style quadrupel aged in Chardonnay barrels. The official release party will take place at the Denver taproom on Saturday, August 1st, starting at 1pm.

“I have only one regret about this beer,” Founder and Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “It took 15 months to make, so I won’t have another batch until sometime in 2017. It was one of our early barrel-aged projects, and after tasting it, I wish we brewed more.”

Dancing on the tongue with an effervescent dryness, Quad XO pays homage to the divine roots of the quadrupel style. An extended rest in oak barrels elevates this traditional beer to a whole new level.

River North will have drafts and bottles-to-go at the release party August 1st. With only 135 cases bottled, the brewery recommends you stock up, as only a very limited supply will reach bottle shops in Colorado and Kansas City. Bombers will cost $15 with a half-case limit at the release.

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Great Divide Opens New Barrel Bar

On Friday, July 31st, Great Divide will open their new Barrel Bar. Located on Great Divide’s new 5-acre lot in Denver’s brewery heavy River North neighborhood, the bar will feature the full GD lineup, along with special barrel aged offerings, pilot system beers, nitro taps and Crowler’s to-go.

This is just the first phase of Great Divide opening their new location to the public. The brewery plans to open a beer garden, along with an expanded tasting room and restaurant in 2016. Read on for more details.

Denver, Colorado – Two years after buying a five acre space in Denver’s River North neighborhood, Great Divide Brewing is officially opening the doors of its new Barrel Bar on Friday, July 31st at 12pm. The Barrel Bar, located across the street from The Source at 35th & Brighton Boulevard, is a small 30-40 person taproom with capacity for up to 100 with patio space. The location is set along the South Platte River, right next to what will soon be a new City of Denver park, with picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver cityscape.

After 21 years, the brewery is quickly running out of space to grow in its original Ball Park location at 22nd and Arapahoe. “We are a Denver brewery, and have been involved in the craft beer scene and the community here since the beginning. When it came time to find a space to expand our brewery, leaving Denver was never an option. It wasn’t easy, but we are so happy to have found a place only a mile down the road where we can continue growing for the next 21 years.” –Brian Dunn, Great Divide Founder and President, explains of the reasoning behind having two Denver locations.

The first phase of the brewery’s expansion is a 65,000 square foot building which includes the Barrel Bar, a new packaging facility with a state-of-the-art KHS canning line, warehouse space, and room to store 1500 barrels between the barrel aging room and a negatively pressurized sour room. The second phase is anticipated to commence early in 2016 and will include a new brewery, a larger taproom, a beer garden, and restaurant.  Read more »

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Once In A Blue Moon Party to Commemorate 20 Year Anniversary

On Friday, July 31st Blue Moon will celebrate 2 decades of satisfying your Belgian White cravings. While many of us know that if you pop into Blue Moon Brewing Co.’s SandLot Brewery (birthplace of the popular brew) during a Rockies game or an afternoon when the Rox are out-of-town, you’re sure to find some excellent seasonal and experimental beers on tap. And while Blue Moon Anniversary Parties will be taking place all over the country, there’s no better place to celebrate and toast their success than Denver’s LoDo and the SandLot.

Four different bars in LoDo – Jackson’s, Lodo’s, Hayter’s, and Sports Column will have local bands playing opening sets on their rooftops from 6 to 8:30 PM. Headliners Big Data, along with special guest Robert DeLong, will be at the SandLot Brewery. Doors open at 7:30. The best part is that attendance is FREE! Just be sure to RSVP by first visiting to register for your lanyard and admittance to the 4 concerts.

“As a brewery, we’ve come a long way in 20 years, and we’re excited to celebrate with the people who got us here – our fans – and the things they love most: food, music and great beer,” says Keith Villa founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing. As if that’s not enough, this is your first opportunity to taste the very limited Blue Moon 20th Anniversary Ale. The new beer is a combination of a Belgian-style White and a Belgian-style Tripel, two of Villa’s favorite styles from when he earned his PhD in brewing in Brussels, Belgium.

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Zwanze Day 2015 Locations Announced

Zwanze Day 2015 is right around the corner. Here’s a rundown of where you’ll want to be on September 19th.

Click HERE for a look back at previous Zwanze Day coverage.

*List courtesy of Brasserie Cantillon.





– The Dutch Trading Company — Perth

– Tribaun — Innsbruck

– Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
– Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
– Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
– Rose Red — Brugge

– Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
– barVolo — Toronto, Ontario
– Biercraft – Vancouver, British Columbia

– Olbutikken — Copenhagen

– La Fine Mousse — Paris
– La Capsule — Lille

– Stadin Panimo Baari — Helsinki

– Café Herman — Berlin

– Kings Arms — London
– Kernel Brewery — Bermondsey
– Six° North — Aberdeen

– Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
– The Dome — Nembro
– Sherwood Pub — Nicorvo
– The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
– Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
– Ottavonano — Atripalda

– Brussels Otemachi – Tokyo
– Dolphin’s Umeda– Osaka

– De Bierkoning — Amsterdam

– Nogne O — Grimstad

– Masia Agullons — Sant Joan de Mediona

– Akkurat — Stockholm

– Erzbierschof — Zurich

– Anchorage Brewing Co. — Anchorage, Alaska
– Apex — Portland, Oregon
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Blue Monk — Buffalo, New York
– Brouwer’s Café — Seattle, Washington
– ChurchKey — Washington, D.C.
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– Fool’s Gold — Manhattan, New York
– Hill Farmstead Brewery — Greensboro, Vermont
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Lord Hobo — Cambridge, Massachusetts
– Monk’s Café — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– REAL a Gastropub — Honolulu, Hawai’i
– Redlight Redlight — Orlando, Florida
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s — Elkader, Iowa
– Side Project Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– The Birch – Norfolk, Virginia
– The Trappist — Oakland, California
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois


By: Mark Robinson

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2015 Great American Beer Festival Tickets On Sale This Week

Tomorrow and Wednesday are important dates that should be on the calendar of every craft beer fan. Tickets to the 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival are just hours from going on sale. Are you ready?

The GABF is quickly approaching and with more floor space, more breweries, and more beers, this year’s event looks to be the best ever. The festival space inside Denver’s Colorado Convention Center has expanded by 90,000 square feet, allowing for more than 800 breweries the opportunity to pour over 3,500 different beers.

Here’s a few updates to get you ready.

Meet The Brewer

Much of the new space will be dedicated to a Meet the Brewer section, where brewers and brewery staff have committed to pouring at their booths throughout the entire 3-day festival, with no assistance from GABF volunteers. Bring your questions, meet industry professionals and be sure to thank them for what they do.

Farm to Table Renamed “paired”

While the Farm to Table Pavilion has been renamed paired, attendees will be happy to know the format will remain largely unchanged. paired focuses on small, independent craft brewers, paired with top chefs in a more intimate setting. The beers being offered in paired are exclusive to the event and won’t be pouring in the festival hall. Tickets to paired will run $145 and will only be available to members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).

Festival Dates

Once again, there are 4 sessions spread over 3 days.

  • Thursday, September 24: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 26*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session.
  • Saturday, September 26: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Info You Need to Know

Pre-sale to GABF will begin on Tuesday, July 28th at 10 AM MDT for AHA Members.

General sales will begin on Wednesday, July 29th at 10 AM MDT via Ticketmaster.

Tickets will run $80 for non-members / $75 for members and $65 for the Saturday Afternoon Members-only Session.

We strongly suggest logging onto Ticketmaster early and ensuring your credit card info is up-to-date.

Good Luck! We hope to see you making your way up these magical steps in a few months.

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First Draft Lets You Pour-Your-Own Beers

Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood continues to grow into a real beer mecca with the addition of its first true taproom. First Draft opened on Friday, July 24th, with 40 taps of craft beer, wine and cider. The taps are self-service, meaning you pour-your-own and pay by the ounce.

Haven’t you always wanted to be at a great beer bar and pour your own flight? Or how about having a side-by-side tasting of your favorite imperial stouts or wild ales without having to pay for and consume full pours of each? Ladies and gentlemen, this is happening and First Draft is your answer!

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Owner Mark Slattery wanted a place to showcase the craft beer movement, with an emphasis on the thriving local scene. Let’s be honest, we’re spoiled here in Denver with some first class beer bars, but the booming RiNo neighborhood needed a great taproom. The open space at First Draft gives it a modern feel, with a mezzanine overlooking the tasting room and front patio that will eventually feature a fire pit.

On the kitchen side, Chef Eric Lee has crafted a menu bold enough to stand up to and complement the amazing beer selection. The kitchen is compact with limited storage so go in expecting fresh and adventurous small bites, along with entrées, deserts, and even brunch on the weekends.

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Odell Launches Piña Agria – Pineapple Sour

Odell Brewing’s expanding their Cellar Series portfolio next week as they get ready to launch the brand new Piña Agria, sour pineapple beer. This unique offering is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, brewed with pineapple juice and fermented with yeast cultures from the popular Friek, hand-selected by Odell Maintenance Manager and home brewer Matt Bailey, the brainchild behind the beer. Odell describes the beer as “tart, slightly funky, and full of bright pineapple character”.

750 mL bottles will launch on July 31st and will be available throughout Odell’s distribution footprint. Read on for more details on this fun, tropical, funky new brew.

Pucker Up for Pineapple

Odell Brewing Introduces Piña Agria

Fort Collins, CO. – On July 31, 2015, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series brew, Piña Agria, a sour ale brewed with pineapple. Offered in 750ml cork & cage finished bottles, the Cellar Series of beers are bigger and bolder brews that push the boundaries of style, ingredients, and brewing techniques. They are a showcase of the brewers’ innovation and talent, and an outlet for creativity and experimentation.

Piña Agria is no exception. The recipe was inspired by Odell Brewing’s Maintenance Manager and home brewer, Matt Bailey, and his admiration for the balance of tart citrus and fruity sweetness pineapple contributes to food and beverage recipes.

“I always wanted to do a sour brew at home, but never had the resources, knowledge, or the yeast to do it well at home,” said Bailey. “For me, this is obviously a special beer, but it embodies what Odell Brewing is about…home brewing roots, collaboration from learning and working with a team, and the ability for anyone to try and brew what they want on our pilot system.”

Bailey’s brainchild evolved into a small, five barrel batch on the brewery’s pilot system and eventually a full Cellar Series release. Brewed with pineapple juice, Piña Agria is also fermented with the yeast and cultures Bailey hand selected from his favorite Friek barrel. The final brew is tart, slightly funky, and full of bright pineapple character.

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