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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/28/2016

Here we go peeps. Another hot one’s waiting for us. The good news is there’s some awesome events on the calendar this week.

Cheers to our friends at First Draft Taproom as they celebrate their 1st Anniversary this weekend, with multiple days of events and special tappings. Also, a nod to Hogshead as they gear up for their 4th Anniversary celebration.

In addition, there’s some really great releases at River North, TRVE, Ursula, and others, not to mention a Bacon Beer Dinner. Let the games begin.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Congrats to the gang over at First Draft on their 1st Anniversary. They’re celebrating all week with special tappings, including the debut of their collab with Odd13, look for a crawfish boil on Saturday and Sunday, live music and more. Special tappings include beers from The Bruery, Russian River, Bells, Comrade, Boneyard, Avery and many more. Details HERE. First Draft Taproom & Kitchen is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

Ursula Brewery will relaunch their GABF Medal Winning Passion Fruit Kolsch, now known as Renata. It’ll be available both on draft and in bottles to-go on Thursday afternoon. Ursula Brewery is located at: 2101 N Ursula St #10, Aurora, CO.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

  • 4th Anniversary, Hogshead Brewery, Denver, CO, Fri – Sun

Hogshead Brewery’s celebrating their 4th Anniversary this weekend. Stop by for proper pints, new releases, live music and tasty bites. Hogshead is located at: 4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO.

Cruise by Dry Dock on Friday at 3 PM when they tap a firkin of Rose Hip & Hibiscus Pilsner. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Culture will head over to Diebolt on Friday evening and they’re bringing ready-made meat and cheese boards. Try your hand at pairing your favorite Diebolt brews with these tasty bites. Diebolt Brewing is located at: 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO.

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

B-Side Avarice is River North’s most recent collaboration with Mr. B’s Liquor in Denver. This time they took their Avarice Belgian Imperial Stout, aged it in Rye Whiskey Barrels for more than a year and added local coffee, at a rate of more than 3 lbs / barrel.

river north b-side avarice

With only 168 cases to go around and a 3 bottle limit, this one should go quickly. Bottles are $12 / each. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

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Crooked Stave Announces New Beers and Bottle Releases

Crooked Stave has been hard at work making new beers and gearing up for some fun new bottle releases. Look for L’Brett d’Blueberry to release on Wednesday, August 3rd, followed by Batch #200, a Dry-Hopped Sour Raspberry beer, which will release on Wednesday, August 17th.

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Crooked Stave Announces a String of Bottle Releases Including A Few Never Before Released Beers

Denver, Colo. – July 27th, 2016 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will host a series of bottle releases starting with the first release ever of L’Brett d’Blueberry on Wednesday, August 3rd. The Brewery will then follow up with the highly anticipated release of Batch #200 on Wednesday, August 17th. All bottle releases will take place at the Crooked Stave Taproom (3350 Brighton Blvd) starting at 5:00 p.m. MST.

“After a solid summer of dialing in our newly expanded production facility and adding more Foeders we’ve got some of our most exciting beers of the year to release,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner and Brewmaster. “We are fortunate enough to work with some amazing growers and really showcase the plethora of fruit we have been experimenting with. With all that sour beer aging in barrels and the bounty of Foeders we use to age beer on fruit, it’s time to start showcasing some new fruit sours we are really proud of.”

L’Brett d’Blueberry, which is being released for the first time by the brewery builds upon the Petite Sour Blueberry beers with upwards of 3 times more fruit. L’Brett d’Blueberry is a blend of Golden Sour beer from various barrels, which was additionally aged with 3,500lbs of fruit in the breweries large oak foeders. L’Brett d’Blueberry (6.0% ABV) pours with a blue-ish red hue and rose-colored head from the mass amount of blueberries added in secondary fermentation.

In addition, Crooked Stave will release Batch #200 on Wednesday, August 17th. This beer builds upon the breweries past Batch Series releases by blending two of the breweries favorite ingredients, fruit and hops! Batch #200 aged for months on whole raspberries and was then dry hopped with aromatic hops to match and contrast the raspberry forward nose. The result is a deep red sour beer with a pink-ish, red head and deep raspberry aromas, which instantly lift the heavy citrus and resinous, hop aromatics.

“We have a few more beers that we’ve packaged and are conditioning till we think they are just right,” said Brett Zarhte, Brewery Facilities Manager. “Expect another release August 31st and likely even another few before GABF rolls upon us in early October.” 

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Brewmaster and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing, blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity.

For more information visit our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/CrookedStave/events
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By: Mark Robinson

beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 07/27/2016

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.

  • This week’s big new thing: Holy Mountain The Goat: Rustic Brett Saison. Thanks CSA!
  • Avery Ale to the Chief comes out once every four years. For the Olympics or something, I guess.
  • Station 26 Simcoe IPA is hitting the shelves.
  • Evil Twin Sour Bikini and Nomader Weisse, 2 very low-ABV brews to sip on by the poolside.
  • Mikkeller’s Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse is here in fruited variants. Look for cherries and peaches.
  • Breakside India Golden Ale DIPA is back.
  • TRVE Dhumavati released at the brewery last weekend, look for it on shelves now.
  • B-Side Avarice releases at River North (really far North) this weekend. These guys do coffee beers right. If you can’t make it up to Wyoming to buy this, there’s always the Mr. Bs lottery. But you’ve probably already missed that. sucker.
  • Do you like Saisons? Look at this mad drop posted by Mr. B’s. I assume some of these will hit other places around town as well:
    • Fantôme Dark White, Forest Ghost Blonde, Forest Ghost Dark and Pissenlit.
    • Blackberry Farm Classic, Spring, & Noble Cuvee.
    • Brasserie de Blaugies La Moneuse and the return of La Vermontoise (collab with Hill Farmstead)
    • Brasserie à Vapeur Saison De Pipaix 
    • Brasserie Dupont collaboration with Lost Abbey, Deux Amis
    • De Glazen Toren’s Saison D’Erpe-Mere
    • Brasserie Trois Dames’s La Tentation
    • Birrificio del Ducato’s Vieille Ville

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/21/2016

It’s hot out. Again. Time to hydrate and get ready for a wonderful weekend of craft beer.

Anniversary parties, festivals, special tappings and much more.

Here’s the scoop.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Celebrate Belgian Independence Day on Friday at Falling Rock with special tappings, games, swag giveaways, brewery reps and plenty of tasty frites. 4 PM start. Falling Rock is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

The Tasty Weasel’s tapping some fun brews on Thursday afternoon from Cigar City Brewing and Perrin Brewing. We don’t see this stuff every day, so don’t miss out on pours of Jai Alai IPA, Florida Cracker Wit, Maduro Brown, Invasion Pale Ale and Lager from Cigar City, plus Blackberry IPA, Session IPA, 98 Problems IPA and Black Ale from Perrin.

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The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO.

Freshcraft’s tapping some tasty Ruination variants on Thursday night. Stop by to try:

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 w/ Orange Peel & Vanilla Beans
Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 w/ American Oak
Stone RuinTen Triple IPA

Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Launch Pad Brewery will celebrate their 1st Anniversary this weekend with special Barrel-Aged tappings, an Anniversary Beer, food trucks, a pig roast on Saturday, firkins and more.

launch pad brewery anniversary

Launch Pad Brewery is located at: 884 S Buckley Rd, Aurora, CO.

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

Start the weekend early on Friday and head over to Comrade at Noon, when they tap Amarillo Smash IPA. This is their single hop IPA, which has citrus and tropical notes. Here’s the rest of this weekend’s menu.

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

Cerebral’s got a pair of tasty brews set to tap on Friday at Noon. First up is Mango Rare Trait – 6.5% ABV, 80 IBUs, this is their IPA with a boatload of Mango puree. Also look for Keystone Species – 5% ABV, 31 IBUs, this is an open-fermented Saison hopped with Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc, and Cascade. Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

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Beer Hunter’s Report 07/20/2016

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.

  • The big news of the week is the drop of Belgians; Cantillon (Lou Pepe Gueuze & St Lamvinus) and Hanssens (Schaerbeekse Krieken & Oudbeitje Strawberry Lambic). Good luck, be nice, don’t fight.
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is back. Also coming from Mikkeller, in collaboration with Three Floyds, Blå Spøgels.
  • Siren/Cigar City Caribbean Chocolate Cake. Cigar City…isn’t THAT interesting…
  • Buxton/Lervig Aktiebryggeri Trolltunga. By the way, I like trolling…lol. #troll #lol
  • To Øl Zee Germans are Koming. Das ist gut.
  • Brasserie de Blaugies/Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise is also back.
  • Dry Dock Double Apricot Blonde released from the North and South Docks last week, look for it to hit stores this week. Word is this is a fantastic brew, but could use some time to mellow.
  • Avery El Gose is here just in time for some pool, hike, bike, parking lot drankin’, shotgunning, etc.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/14/2016

So Pokémon Go happened this week. I still have no idea what’s going on, but what’s new. I’m trying to equate it to Untappd. Looks like in Pokémon Go, people run around catching imaginary creatures. With Untappd, people run around chasing #waelzbro. Got it. From there, you collect and train your creatures to obtain bragging rights for your team at the gym. With Untappd, you collect merit badges, ticks and check-ins for bragging rights to your beer friends. Am I off? Help me out here so I can play with my kids.

At any rate, good luck out there. Have fun and be safe.

In other news, it’s hot and getting hotter, but we’ve got some great happenings to get you hydrated and cool you down for the weekend.

Let’s do this.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Congrats to our friends up at The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar in beautiful Buena Vista. Today’s their long-awaited opening day and we couldn’t be happier for Owner Sarah Haughey and her new endeavor. They’ll have plenty of great brews tapped, including offerings from Casey Brewing and Blending, Comrade, Cannonball Creek, La Cumbre, Almanac, Perennial, Melvin and more. The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar is located at: 412 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO.

Call to Arms will launch their first bottle release and debut The Carriage House Series on Thursday at 3 PM.  This new project will showcase CtA’s wild, sour and barrel-aged side. Yu Zu Yu is a Wild Saison blended with Yuzu and Raspberries and aged in Chardonnay Barrels. With only 50 bottles to go around, don’t be late! 375’s will be available beginning at 3 PM, with a limited amount also available on tap. Call to Arms is located at: 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

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.

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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, July 15th, 2016

Living the Dream’s celebrating their 2nd Anniversary all weekend long. Here’s a look at their plans for Fri, Sat and Sun.

FRIDAY July 15th, 1pm – 10pm
Normal hours, but lots of amazing beers on tap!
6pm: DJ Timeless will be spinning his own self-proclaimed “sweet jams”… more on his amazing style later.

SATURDAY July 16th, 1pm – 10pm
 VIP Hour 12pm-1pm, $45, unlimited tasting, swag bag.
 5pm: Live Music by Sqware Pegs!
Buy VIP tickets Here: http://living-the-dream-brewing-co.townvustore.com/product-list.php?category_id=21

SUNDAY July 17th, 1pm – 10pm
VIP Hour 12pm-1pm, $45, unlimited tasting, swag bag
4:30pm: Live Music by True Fiction Band!
Buy VIP tickets Here: co.townvustore.com/product-list.php?category_id=21

AND… We are giving away FREE BEER FOR A YEAR!
That’s right. One lucky person in each of our VIP days will randomly find a Golden Ticket in their VIP bag. This card gets you one free beer per week from July 2016 to July 2017.

More on DJ Timeless:
In case you didn’t know, DJ Timeless who is spinning on Friday night is our own Tim (as-in “Presidential Hair Tim”) that you see working in the brewhouse & taproom during the week! Definitely stop Tim next time you see him and ask him about his Sweet Jams…

THE BEERS – Anniversary Starting Line Up:
– Helluva Caucasian Stout
– Belgian Cherry
– American Farmhouse Table beer Single Hopped Eldorado
– Skiesta
– IPA Your Brains Out
– Idaho to Amarillo Oatmeal IPA
– 3rd Place Pale Ale
– Hop Eating Grin DIPA
– Peanut Butter Stout

Limited Release Beers:
– Maple Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout – One Sixtel (5 Gal Keg)
– Belgian Cab Ride 2015 – One Sixtel Per Day
– Warrant — Cherry Pie – Belgian Cherry infused with Vanilla and Cinnamon- Two Sixtels Per Day
– High Class Horchata – 1 Half BBL (15.5 Gal Keg) For The Weekend
– Belgian Quad aged in Cabernet Barrels with Sweet Cherries: 1 Sixtel Per Day
– A Few Small Batch Infused Beers – Limited Sixtels Per Day

Living the Dream is located at: 12305 N Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO.

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Joyride will ring in their 2nd Anniversary on Saturday with a Street Party. Cruise over for live music, food trucks, a dunk the brewer tank, special tappings and more. Joyride Brewing is located at: 2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO.

Don’t miss Call to Arms 1st Anniversary Fun Fest on Saturday. They’ll have 15 beers on tap, carnival games and prizes, food, live music, local vendors, and special tappings, including their First Anniversary IPA. Congrats to the CtA crew. Stop by and raise a glass this weekend. Call to Arms is located at: 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

River North will release their 2016 Whiskey Barrel Quandary on Saturday at Noon. This decadent Quad took 18 months to make.

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Head out and enjoy their hard work. River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO.

Aurora Strong is a 8.1% ABV Belgian Strong Ale that was brewed to honor of the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater tragedy. 20% of each bomber sold will go toward the Alex C Teves Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for students with special needs. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

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River North Brewery Launches Whiskey Barrel Quandary

River North Brewery is settling in nicely to their new home. The beers have been tapped, the corn hole games are outside and the barrel-aged brews are beginning to blossom. The 2016 batch of Whiskey Barrel Quandary will debut at the taproom on Saturday, July 16th.

18 months in the making, this delicious Belgian-style Quad serves up layers of rich malt and dark fruits. Bottles will be available for $10, or 12 for $108.

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River North 2016 Whiskey Barrel Quandary Releases 7/16

Whiskey Barrel Quandary, River North Brewery’s revered barrel-aged Belgian dark strong ale, was last seen in January 2015. Now, after a full year and a half in the making, the next installment in this remarkable series is ready.

The brewery will debut 2016 Whiskey Barrel Quandary this Saturday, July 16th, at noon in their taproom.

A neoclassic Abbey-style Quadrupel aged in a blend of whiskey barrels, Whiskey Barrel Quandary delivers on all the traditional dark fruit notes inherent in a rich, malty quadrupel. A year-plus rest in whiskey barrels only deepens the complexity, lending a lingering oak and warming finish.  Last year’s vintage of Whiskey Barrel Quandary earned a 98/100 rating in DRAFT Magazine, and the series collectively boasts a 97 rating on RateBeer.

For Saturday’s release, River North will offer Whiskey Barrel Quandary both on tap and in 375ml bottles to go. Fans can score single bottles for $10, or a full case of twelve for $108 to add to the beer cellar. More bottles will hit store shelves at select bottle shops and premier retailers throughout Colorado following the release.

A beer to truly savor, Whiskey Barrel Quandary can be enjoyed fresh or cellared for years to come, but once this year’s version is gone, this beer will not reappear until 2017.


By: Mark Robinson

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Dry Dock Brewing Adds Double Apricot Blonde To Signature Series

Earlier today, Dry Dock Brewing launched the first beer in their 2016 Signature Series. Double Apricot Blonde is a new addition to the lineup this year and spent 5 months in Colorado Whiskey Barrels. It’s available both on draft and in 22oz. bombers at Dry Dock North and will debut at Dry Dock South on Friday, July 15th.

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Dry Dock Brewing Company Debuts Double Apricot Blonde

AURORA, CO— Dry Dock Brewing Company will release Double Apricot Blonde on draft and in 22 ounce bombers today, Wednesday July 12, at North Dock at 2pm. This bourbon barrel-aged version of the brewery’s flagship Apricot Blonde is the first of the 2016 Signature Series, a collection of small-batch, barrel-aged imperial and double beers that concludes with Bligh’s Barleywine each year. 

Aged with apricot puree for five months in Colorado whiskey barrels, Double Apricot Blonde seamlessly melds fruit and bourbon flavors, creating notes of caramel and burnt sugar. This beer is surprisingly delicate in body, slightly tannic, and rounded out by dry oak and sweet sherry nuances. 

“Double Apricot Blonde is a perfect marriage of whiskey and fruit that is reminiscent of your favorite mason jar beverage,” says North Dock Head Brewer Alan Simons. “This beer seemed like a natural addition to our Signature Series because of the popularity of our flagship.” 

Double Apricot Blonde will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bombers at North Dock today at 2pm and at South Dock on Friday, July 15 at 12pm. Bombers are available for purchase at liquor stores across the state.

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By: Mark Robinson

beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 07/13/2016

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.

  • Joseph James 9th Anniversary Strong Ale, straight from Scott’s (not me) mouth (the news about the beer, not the beer itself).
  • When I was in San Francisco 2 weeks ago, I spied The Bruery Share This: Coffee and the anniversary beer, Poterie, sitting on the shelves. It should hit Colorado soon, no? (UPDATE: They are here)
  • Hoppin’ Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve. That’s right…Reserve. Also, some other Hoppin’ drops.
  • La Cumbre Project Dank (super fresh yo!) & Fievre d’ Abricot.
  • Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution #002 has hit, and it’s as good as #1!
  • Rodenbach Caractere Rouge is back.
  • Stillwater Hopvine Bling & Gose Gone Wild Phuket. lol, he said phuket.
  • Perennial Suburban Beverage.
  • Omnipollo Nautilus.
  • To Øl Gose To HollywoodSur CitraSur Mosaic and Sur Simcoe.
  • Oakshire Sun Made Cucumber Berliner Weisse for this fucking heat.
  • Brewery releases – This weekend is going to drop some serious bombs on Denver, check out these brewery releases:
    • Dry Dock Double Apricot Blonde is a new beer from the Signature Series. A big, barrel-aged version of Apricot Blonde! Daaaammn sonnn! Releasing at Dry Dock North Wednesday (7/13) and at Dry Dock OG on Friday (7/15). This should hit stores soon after.
    • Do you know about CLTCB? No? It stands for “Colorado Let’s Talk Craft Beer”. It’s a Facebook page with thousands of people talking beer all day long. It’s pretty cool…but what’s even cooler is the collaboration beer Mockery did with CLTCB;  Double Scotch on the Rockies releases…oh wait, you should probably be a member to get in on the details. Sorry! (jk, this Sat at 11:30)
    • River North brings back their highly acclaimed Whiskey Barrel Quandary on Saturday at noon. MmmmmmmYYyyesss!
    • If you aren’t a TRVE Cvlt member, move on. You are not worthy. For the rest of us, MMXV-III releases to the members on Saturday. See you there. Call me?

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Sesh Fest 2016 Announced

The 3rd Annual Sesh Fest has been announced for Denver’s Highlands Masonic Events Center on Saturday, August 6th. Presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Two Parts, the event serves up dozens of low ABV brews (<5% ABV), so you can sip and enjoy the live music, lawn games and food trucks without feeling the effects of boozing all day in the warm Sun.

With the low, low, very sessionable price of just $30, this is the perfect way to beat the Summer heat. You’ll find the initial list of breweries below. You’ll also find a recap from last year’s event HERE.

Participating breweries include:
Alpine Dog Brewing Company
Baere Brewing Company
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Black Bottle Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Call to Arms Brewing Co.
CAUTION: Brewing Company
Cerebral Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
FATE Brewing Company
Fiction Beer Company
Great Divide Brewing Co
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Mu Brewery
Ratio Beerworks
Sanitas Brewing Company
Something Brewery
Spangalang Brewery
Storm Peak Brewing Company
Strange Craft Beer Company
The Brew on Broadway
The Old Mine
The Post Brewing Company
TRVE Brewing Co.
Upslope Brewing Company
WestFax Brewing Company
Wit’s End Brewing Company
Wonderland Brewing Company

More breweries to come!

Hope to see you there!

sesh 2016

By: Mark Robinson

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