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BrüFrou Comes Through With Food and Booze

BrüFrou was held on Sunday, July 16th this year at a new location on the Auraria Campus. BrüFrou focuses on beer and food pairings with local breweries and restaurants. The event had some notable improvements over previous years and we really enjoyed ourselves.

In previous years, BrüFrou took place at the Wings Over The Rockies Museum which is a great venue. I was concerned about this year’s event taking place outdoors on the Auraria Campus. It was a hot day and being on an open field could spell disaster. But, it was very well done. The VIP tent provided plenty of shade. Even non-attendees were able to take advantage of random tents placed throughout the field. Regardless, an outdoor event in the middle of Summer is probably not the best idea.

The larger venue allowed for a big stage where several bands performed throughout the day. The styles of music were perfect for this event ranging from bluegrass to jazz to EDM.

A new “virtual token” system allowed attendees to scan a token that was adhered to the bottom of their glass. This made it easy to walk around and try samples without fumbling for tickets. This token system seemed to work pretty well with few glitches. After the festival, attendees could log on and view the tastings they enjoyed. Attendees could re-load their tokens at one of several tents throughout the event if they ran out.

Several vendors had mixed cocktails made from beers coming from their partnering brewery. Black Project collaborated with Williams and Graham for a beer cocktail made of Dreamland, Leopolds Tart Cherry, Rittenhouse Rye and grapefruit zest. WeldWerks partnered with Social for a Summertime Sipper made of WeldWerks Key Lime Pie Berliner, pisoc, vodka, bitters, juices and nutmeg. The drink was super refreshing. Stranahan’s was also there pouring straight whiskey shots.

It’s impossible to have all of the pairings, but some of the notable ones we enjoyed included:

  • Great Divide Yeti with DAR Chocolate 90% dark chocolate with Ethiopian coffee (although, the chocolates melted quickly in the heat).

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  • WeldWerks Key Lime Pie Berliner paired with beer-poached Mahi Mahi tacos made by First Draft.

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  • Fiction Cream Ale with bourbon barrel-aged cold brewed coffee paired with Glazed and Confused mango cheesecake donut hole (this was one of my favorites of the day).

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  • Banded Oak Barrel Lagered Bock paired with Second Home duck, lardo, smoked peach and spent grain flatbread.

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  • Spice Trade Brewing King Montezuma Imperial Stout (a Mexican chocolate stout) paired with Yak and Yeti banana pakora.

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  • Odd13 Sheriff Shane Sherman the Solera Cyborg, a yet-to-be-released foeder aged beer, paired with River & Woods Japanese oyster shooter with a quail egg and beer infused Shiso. (This was my favorite pairing of the day, although a few people told me their quail egg was overcooked, so it was hit or miss)

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Overall, it was a great event. While I’d like to see them move it back indoors, it was fantastic otherwise. The food and beer pairings were great, the entertainment was fantastic and the people were amazing.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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4th Annual BrüFrou Returns To Denver

The 4th Annual BrüFrou takes place this Sunday, July 16th, at the Tivoli Quad on the Auraria Campus. This year’s event features a venue change (formerly held at Wings Over the Rockies Museum) and a new time, shifting up from Fall to Summer. The new outdoor venue should offer some interesting changes to the event. Several bands will be on hand to entertain the masses with musical styles ranging from Jazz to EDM to Rock.

Brewtally Insane has attended the event twice in the past and we love it. The food and beer pairings are not to be missed, and we look forward to attending again this year. Look for a post-event write-up next week and check out the official website for tickets, pairings, directions, FAQs and more.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Weekend Beer Buzz 06/08/2017

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

We’re turning 20 this June and are celebrating in the best possible way: Great Food, Great Friends, and GREAT BEER!! If you were here for our 10th Anniversary you’ll recognize the idea: Chris has been busy brewing beers with some of our favorite breweries and old friends to customize the special tappings. We’re going ten days straight again, with several days tapping both a beer brewed in Colorado and one from elsewhere in the US.

We’re kicking the festivities off with a Dual Tapping on Friday, June 2 at 5:30pm: reprising their role from TEN years ago, Dry Dock Brewing will be sailing in with Chris’ homage to Mr. Hoppy, the beer he planned on tapping to kick off the 10th Anniversary. We are also thrilled to welcome our friends from San Diego as we tap into the Alpine/Green Flash/Cellar 3 brew – We Were Here First! This was the first of the anniversary beers Chris brewed, a big, amazing and truly unique collaboration.

Throughout the remaining nine days we will also be tapping into beers brewed with:

Epic
Ecliptic
Upslope
Sierra Nevada
Great Divide
Comrade
Odell
Spangalang
New Belgium
Crooked Stave
And more to be announced!!!

Our last day of the celebration, Sunday June 11th, will feature a very special tapping of an extremely limited beer Chris brewed at Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs.

All Weekday Brews will tap at 5:30pm, with Weekend Brews tapping at 2pm. As the beers arrive in town/at the bar and travel plans are confirmed we will finalize the schedule of events and announce which Brewery will be tapped on which day. Of course Twitter and Facebook will have continual updates as well, but we will update events here on the website each day as well.

One of the absolute best things about this celebration is spending time with the PEOPLE! Brewers, Owners, Brewery Representatives, fellow Publicans, Regulars who are a massive reason we are here, friends from around the country and around the World are coming in to celebrate with us. We can’t thank you enough for all of the love and support you have provided over the last two decades. We can’t wait to see you, raise a pint and share some stories!!

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

Friday, June 9th, 2017

In 1966, with Cold War tensions simmering between the United States and USSR, a GAMBIT 1 (KH-7) spy satellite acquired this image of the town. -NASA

GAMBIT was named to support The Brewtography Project‘s successful Kickstarter last year. We loved the beer so much that we decided to re-brew it and re-launch it.

The base is almost Flanders-red style, but without acetic acid, and with a moderate amount of ruby red grapefruit zest added. The result is incredible. The flavors are complex, the acidity of the beer balances well with the grapefruit flavors, and the aroma is positively candy-like with the base of this beer giving it a bit more complexity, due to the darker malts and higher gravity.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Every Friday at South Dock we tap a one-of-a-kind firkin. This week we’re serving a delicious Latte Stout! Limited availability, so get it while you can.

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

Join us Friday, June 9th for the release of three different styles of our Brettanomyces beers in cans!

Crooked Stave will be releasing HopSavant, Colorado WildSage, and St. Bretta available in 4-packs. Unfiltered and naturally wild, these beers are the perfect companion for wherever life’s adventures take you.

The release party starts at 5 PM so mark your calendars and make sure to stop in and grab a few 4-packs fresh off the canning line!

Crooked Stave is located at The Source: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

The day is nearly here when our new IPA is hitting the tap! We’re really excited about this Super Soaked IPA release and can’t wait for you all to try it out. Generous Lemondrop and Mandarina hops give this one a citrus punch and it’s the perfect addition to your Summer. Come grab a pint with your crew and enjoy our patio with Beef King (Chicago style Italian Beef & more) posted up on the lot. See you there!

Beryl’s is located at: 3120 Blake St, Denver, CO.

New Kids on the Block, the radtacular 80’s dance party and new breweries beer festival is back for a 5th Year! Join PorchDrinking.com and The Lobby for another celebration of Colorado breweries 2 years old or younger.

Festivities kick off at 7pm with unlimited pours from approximately 20 of the best up-and-coming Colorado breweries, each showcasing two of their best beers. Additionally, an 80’s dance party will be rocking all night long with a live DJ. Be sure to dress the part, as we’ll have brewery prizes for best dressed outfits.

Early bird tickets are currently available for $30 via the link below, with prices increasing to $35 on Thursday, May 25 and $40 the day of the event, so reserve your spot for the 2017 NKOTB right now!

This year’s New Kids Breweries include…

14er Brewing
Banded Oak
Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Brewability Lab
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Call to Arms Brewery
Cellar West Artisan Ales
Cerebral Brewing
Cheluna Brewing
Holidaily Brewing
Little Machine
Maxline Brewing
New Image
Outer Range Brewing Co
Periodic Brewing
Resolute Brewing
Seedstock
Something Brewery
Spangalang
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
WestFax Brewing Co
Zuni Street Brewing Co

With small bite muncies provided by…

Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Elevation Meats
The Lobby
Rackhouse Pub

The Lobby is located at: 2191 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

It’s back! Dry Dock’s A-Town Funk Fest is returning for its second year! This year we invited our friends Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Wing Hut for our first Funkalicious Beer & Food Pairing event at the Funk Fest.
In addition to food, music, games, and the 11 funk and sour beers on tap–Dry Dock, Crooked Stave, and the Wing Hut bring you a food & beer pairing event like no other Guests of this special pairing event will receive 7 different specialty beers from Dry Dock Brewing and Crooked Stave (including an extra special collaboration beer created just for this event) all paired with 5 delicious courses created by Chef Josh Prater and his team of culinary geniuses. Pairing sessions begin at 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00 P.M.Food & Beer Pairing Menu
*Welcome Drink: Dry Dock Sour Apricot “Cocktail”
*Course One: Dry Dock Guanabana with frutti de mare, grilled baguette
*Course Two: Crooked Stave Von Pilsner with Spätzle, summer squash, goat ricotta
*Course Three: Crooked Stave Rose with seared diver scallops, beurre blanc, mizuna salad
*Course Four: Dry Dock & Crooked Stave Collaboration Sour with a “mystery” dish
*Course Five: Dry Dock Breakfast Stout & Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett duet with Seared hanger steak, braised short ribs, gruyere potatoes dauphine, blistered tomato, asparagus saladTap List
*2014 Ambassador
Cooked Stave’s Petite Sour Rosé
*Mary Rose
*Funk & Sour No. 2: Cassidae:
*2016 Old Stock Ale
* International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day Brett Saison
*Funk n’ Sour No. 5: Astreae
*Guanabana
*Funk & Sour No. 4: Maurea
*Kettle Sour Apricot Blonde

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

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Weekend Beer Buzz 06/01/2017

 

All Weekend

We’re turning 20 this June and are celebrating in the best possible way: Great Food, Great Friends, and GREAT BEER!! If you were here for our 10th Anniversary you’ll recognize the idea: Chris has been busy brewing beers with some of our favorite breweries and old friends to customize the special tappings. We’re going ten days straight again, with several days tapping both a beer brewed in Colorado and one from elsewhere in the US.

We’re kicking the festivities off with a Dual Tapping on Friday, June 2 at 5:30pm: reprising their role from TEN years ago, Dry Dock Brewing will be sailing in with Chris’ homage to Mr. Hoppy, the beer he planned on tapping to kick off the 10th Anniversary. We are also thrilled to welcome our friends from San Diego as we tap into the Alpine/Green Flash/Cellar 3 brew – We Were Here First! This was the first of the anniversary beers Chris brewed, a big, amazing and truly unique collaboration.

Throughout the remaining nine days we will also be tapping into beers brewed with:

Epic
Ecliptic
 Upslope
Sierra Nevada
Great Divide
Comrade
Odell
 Spangalang
New Belgium
Crooked Stave
And more to be announced!!!

Our last day of the celebration, Sunday June 11th, will feature a very special tapping of an extremely limited beer Chris brewed at Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs.

All Weekday Brews will tap at 5:30pm, with Weekend Brews tapping at 2pm. As the beers arrive in town/at the bar and travel plans are confirmed we will finalize the schedule of events and announce which Brewery will be tapped on which day. Of course Twitter and Facebook will have continual updates as well, but we will update events here on the website each day as well.

One of the absolute best things about this celebration is spending time with the PEOPLE! Brewers, Owners, Brewery Representatives, fellow Publicans, Regulars who are a massive reason we are here, friends from around the country and around the World are coming in to celebrate with us. We can’t thank you enough for all of the love and support you have provided over the last two decades. We can’t wait to see you, raise a pint and share some stories!!

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

June – a time for camping, hiking, fishing and all things Colorado. But let’s not forget the most Colorado activity of them all: drinking hoppy beers!

 With that in mind, we’re incredibly proud to announce our inaugural ‘Hops for Humanity’ event, a month-long dedication to hoppy beers and experimentation with proceeds going to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

 Throughout the course of June we plan to tap 10 new and classic throwback hop-forward offerings. In addition to fresh batches of Clintonian Pale Ale and our CTA IPA you can look forward to…
– n.IPL India Pale Lager
 – Hopped-up Khores Ballroom Beer (featuring Galaxy hops)
 – Bellodrama (IPA) India Pale Kolsch
 – Lobsterback Bi-Coastal IPA
– Our first EVER Triple IPA
– Our first EVER lupulin powder brew
Be on the lookout throughout May and June for more details pertaining to the aforementioned beers along with small-batch, one-off kegs of hoppy libations!

Additionally, our June Rumpus will be entitled ‘Humulus Rumpulus’ and take place on June 17th! If you have any questions about that name, just check this out…http://bit.ly/2oY6PUc

Proceeds from the entire month will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity. More info to come!

Call to Arms is located at: 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Join us for the release of L’Brett d’Blueberry – Harvest 2016!

L’Brett d’Blueberry is a Golden Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Washington Blueberries.

We uphold the time-honored traditions used to make spontaneous Belgian lambic through embracing natural fermentation with the microflora native to our brewery. For our Harvest 2016 release, we’ve selected unique barrels to balance the heavy-handed addition of Washington blueberries, expressing the Pacific Northwest terroir from which our fruit is sourced, and a quality that reflects the skilled stewardship of our partner farmers.

L’Brett d’Blueberry will be available on draught and in 750ml cork & cage bottles June 2nd and the party starts at 5 PM! Grab your L’Brett d’Blueberry- Harvest 2016 before we sell out!

Crooked Stave is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

We are partnering with Corvus Coffee on a new series of rotating coffee sour beers.

 On Friday, we are releasing GEMINI: Boloya, a golden sour beer made with Ethiopian coffee beans from Boloya, a small mill in Kochere. Boloya has notes of lemon and black tea in the aroma and contributes blackberry and dried cherry in the flavor.

 By partnering with Corvus, we’re able to showcase unique coffee beans from across the world that are being produced by small farms in select regions. Each new beer release in the GEMINI series will highlight the unique flavors and aromas of each coffee roast, something that Corvus Coffee specializes in with their Single Origin coffees. Since all the roasts are from a single origin, each beer will be as unique as the beans.

GEMINI is named after “Project Gemini”, NASA’s second spaceflight program. The aircraft carried two astronauts around Earth’s orbit in the early 1960s, furthering our understanding of space and developing the techniques necessary to land on the moon. It was also responsible for pioneering orbital maneuvers necessary for working in space.

GEMINI is our second coffee sour beer, after LUNEX. It will also be the next step in our evolution of coffee sour beers. Through continuous innovation in research and development, we hope to pioneer spontaneously fermented beer into unknown territory, leading to new discoveries; the same way discoveries from Project Gemini made it possible for us to land on the moon.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Join us on Friday June 2nd at 5:30pm for a special tapping of Odell Brewing Co latest cellar series beer Brazzle. A sour golden raspberry ale aged in oak barrels with wild yeasts and 300 pounds of golden raspberries.

Also on Draft:
 Odell Friek
 Odell Myrcenary

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

Join us for a First Friday celebration as we launch our new Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No.2.

 Start your RiNo First Friday off at our launch event and then take a free E-Tuk ride to your next spot! We’ll have a ton activations including live screen printing and a collaborative art project. It’s free to get in and we’ll also have:

– Food Trucks
– Games
– Live Tunes
– Great Divide Brews
 – Denver Pale Ale Firkin Tappings
– Art Activations
– Call to Artists
– Collaborative Art Project
– Meet the Artist
– Live Screen Printing
– Commemorative Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No. 2 Merchandise
– Raffles

The party will be sponsored by 303 Magazine and a portion of beer sales will benefit RiNo Arts District.

Great Divide is located at: 3403 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 05/25/2017

 

 

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Do you love Top Gun ?? Now 31 years later, we will be having a Tap takeover from 10 San Diego Breweries including Green Flash, Ballast Point, Mike Hess, Port, Lost Abbey, AleSmith, Alpine, Coronado, Mission and Stone.

Cedar Creek Pub is located at: 2100 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO.

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Crowlers of Coffee Maple Achromatic will be available starting Friday. CMA is our 9.9% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with an absurd amount of maple syrup and freshly roasted coffee from our friends at Zoe’s Cafe & Events. Crowlers will be $19 each, with a limit of 2 per person.

WeldWerks Brewing is located at: 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO.

Come celebrate our 3rd Anniversary all weekend long. With special beer tappings including some rare favorites and some new flavors. Getting things started on Friday afternoon and winding things down Memorial Day. Great food trucks, cellar beer releases, tap room can releases and more surpises to come.

4 Noses Brewing is located at: 8855 W 116th Cir, Broomfield, CO.

  • Smoothie Berliner Weisse Release, Cerebral Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

Get free 10 oz. firkin pours with a donation to Habitat Denver. Drink beer for a great cause raising money for The House That Beer Built! (cash donations only)
This Friday’s firkin is Peachy Cream.

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

  • OSTARA Release, TRVE Brewing, Denver, CO

The season’s finally turning. The spring showers are coming through. The streets are covered in the washed away dirt of winter and the waters of the South Platte are running strong. Spring is here, and to celebrate we’ll be releasing this year’s vintage of OSTARA, our mixed culture golden ale with dandelion, lemongrass, and lemon peel. Available this Friday.

TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO.

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Flavors of wine, bourbon, and tart acidity melt together in one bottle. It starts with a custom blend of two beers, both fermented from coolship-caught microbes. Once fermented, the beer is transferred to oak barrels that first held bourbon before their second life aging cherry wine from Red Fox Cellars, in the Palisade region of Colorado. After being freshly emptied at the winery, the beer was transferred to cherry wine barrels and allowed to rest and soak up all the beautiful cherry wine, rich oak character from the wood, and some of the original bourbon notes.

 PEACEMAKER is part of our experimental series, which uses a blend of two spontaneous solera fermented beers. The blend is a combination of two base beers, one 100% wheat and the other, a golden ale, made with pilsner malt. Both beers were brewed on our 4 BBL system and then cooled in our coolship, a custom-built copper 12 BBL vessel designed to cool wort overnight while inoculating with wild yeast and other microbes from the air. In November, we expanded into the space next door to add 100 oak barrels and a new coolship, which sits under an open window with fans overhead to circulate the air. This allows the boiling wort to cool for 12 hours, which inoculates the wort with airborne microbes, including brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus, and saccharomyces. Once it is cooled, the wort is transferred to stainless-steel totes where it aged and fermented for 8-12 months.

This beer was created using a solera method, a process where unfermented wort is added to finished beer, which causes the active microbes in the beer to referment the new wort, creating an almost identical copy of the original spontaneously fermented beer. When the total volume has finished fermentation, a portion of the beer is then transferred to another container and the new, unfermented wort, is topped off to replace and referment on the existing beer. This is a continuous process that we have used for over three years to create one of a kind beers, as each beer changing slightly from the previous batch.

The base beer is funky and tart and pairs perfectly with the sharp flavors of the barrel, while still peeking through with a complex and unique character. This beer is the culmination of years of spontaneous fermentation, barrel aging, and a unique partnership with Red Fox Cellars. Bottles are extremely limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. This beer will continue and develop with age so drink fresh or save for later.

PEACEMAKER was named after the production of the Convair B-36 “Peacemaker”, originally created for the United States Air Force by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation in 1946 as a piston-engine bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons intercontinentally without refueling, with a range of 10,000 miles and a maximum payload of 87,200 lbs.

The B-36 set the standard for range and payload for subsequent U.S. intercontinental bombers.
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PEACEMAKER
 750mL bottle, cork and cage
LIMITS AND PRICING TO BE ANNOUNCED*

*All limits are subject to change, at anytime, without advanced warning.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Come join us as we celebrate 4 years of Mountain Toad craft beer and community! We will have live music from both Thunder and Rain and Shawn Nelson as well as tapping a new IPA – Space Toad IPA brewed with Galaxy hops! Also Tony Guacamole will be serving awesome Mexican food all day!

Check out www.mountaintoadbrewing.com for details!

Mountain Toad Brewing is located at: 900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO.

  • übern00b Release, Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO

Saturday, May 27th meet übern00b. She’s a dialed up version of n00b, our year round Pale Ale. Clocking in at 7.5% and with twice the dry hop of regular n00b, we get tons of orange zest in the flavor and aroma and a thicker mouthfeel. $14 per six pack. 3 case limit. 170 cases available.

Odd13 Brewing is located at: 301 E Simpson St, Denver, CO.

  • Local Knowledge Release, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, CO

Apricot Collette will be available in cans at both the taproom and barrel bar. Details HERE.

Its time to Mash In! The new Grist Brewing Company Taproom will host an opening celebration on Saturday, May 27th. Our new experimental brewery will feature a Colorado made brewing system from Forgeworks, a next level tasting experience, all the great beers you have come to expect, and new and exciting concoctions brewed in small batches.

We will have Cubs BBQ serving up great food along side all our great new neighbors. So come check it out!

We are excited to show you what we have been up to!

Grist Brewing – Lone Tree is located at: 9535 Park Meadows Dr, Unit F, Lone Tree, CO.

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Join us on Saturday, May 27th for the release of our newest 100% Brettanomyces Saison, Ripping Through Dimensions. Brewed with Pilsner, Colorado wheat (from our friends at Troubadour Maltings) and oats then hopped with Galaxy and South African XJA2/436.

Bottles will be available for $10 each, limit 6 per person.

More on the beer here: http://cerebralbrewing.com/ripping-through-dimensions-release/

Hoof, Wing, and Fin will be out front starting at 2pm serving up delicious charcuterie, sandwiches and more!

Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO. Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz: 05/18/2017 American Craft Beer Week Edition

 

Happy American Craft Beer Week! There’s plenty to talk about this time around, with some great Anniversary Parties, Grand Openings, Special Release on tap and in bottles, plus much, much more.

Here’s the scoop.

Hope you enjoy!

 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

  • The Specter Tapping, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Belgian-style wheat beer with coriander, lemongrass, curacao orange peel, and flaked rye.

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

It’s American Craft Beer Week and we’re celebrating with a special surprise! 

We have a very limited amount of special edition 10oz Rare Trait wrap glasses left, so we’re doing round two of snag the swag night on Thursday 5/18.

$12 gets you a 10oz pour of Rare Trait + this limited edition glass.

$10 gets you a glass without the pour.

Limit 1 per person until they run out. See you on Thursday!

Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

Cigar City Brewing is hitting the market soon and we’ve prepared just the event to showcase their crafted brilliance. It has taken some time for them to get their beer here but it’s finally upon us and we couldn’t be happier.

We will be tapping the following beers on this day:

Jai Alai, Maduro Brown, Tampa Lager, Florida Cracker, Invasion Pale Ale plus two additional specialties TBA

Friday, May 19th, 2017

This Tangerine IPA has been years in the making, but it’s ready for its national debut! Introducing The Real Peel IPA, a bright, refreshing, and crisp IPA that uses real tangerine peel to add a citrusy and zesty kick. It’s the real deal.

While this beer will be packaged in 6-pack cans and distributed nationwide, join us on Friday, May 19th to get your hands on some of the first cans available.

Bring a 6-pack home to enjoy in the backyard with the grill going or lounge on our patio while drinking a pint. You cannot go wrong either way!

Avery Brewing is located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO.

Celebrate a limited draft and bottle release of the 5th installment in our Funk & Sour Series: Astraea.
A blend of Sour Blondes from four different oak wine barrels with Passionfruit added. Light essence of peach, lemon, pineapple and mango dance under big notes of passionfruit, pleasant Brettanomyces funk, lactic acid and soft oak. A sour beer that will have you longing for the beaches of Brazil.
6.5% ABV, 5 IBUs

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

  • New Tappings, Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO

NEW BEER ALERT. 2 new beers, tapping Friday. Both are draft only/taproom only releases.
1) Hop Hop Troll Troll (DIPA): Spin-off series of Hop Troll, but instead of a SMASH IPA, it’s a DIPA with 2 hop varieties (Citra & Montueka) and 2 malts (Pilsen + Spelt).
2) DDH Hallertau Blanc Codename: Superfan (IPA): DDH variant of our year round, Codename: Superfan.

Odd13 is located at: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

strange 7th anniversary

We’re super excited to share the upcoming 7th Anniversary Backyard BBQ bash at Denver’s Strange Craft Beer Company. Plan to visit the brewery on Saturday, May 20th from Noon – 4 PM for food, a birthday beer festival featuring unlimited pours from local breweries and live music later in the afternoon.

Tickets are just $30 in advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased HERE. Participating breweries include Wit’s End, Renegade, Hogshead, Copper Kettle, CAUTION, Black Sky, Very Nice, The Brew on Broadway and Chain Reaction.

Show your Uber or Lyft receipt for a free pint!

Strange Craft’s Anniversary Week coincides with American Craft Beer Week. Check out Strange’s full calendar of events, which includes an IPA Throwdown and the return of Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine!

Strange Craft is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO.

powder keg twilight rendezvous

We’re releasing Twilight Rendezvous, our Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels! $18 per 22oz bomber. Limit 2 per customer. 160 allocations. In addition we’ll also have bottles of Coconut Telegraph and Insomnium available to go for $18 per 22oz bomber. Limit 1 per customer. Only around 60 allocations for these beers. 

We’re putting together a special food menu for the occasion as well:
Twilight Rendezvous Steak Panini- twilight rendezvous marinaded flank steak, quartet pickled onions, horseradish aioli, arugula on focaccia.
Coconut telegraph ice cream- ice cream made with coconut telegraph and flaked coconut.
Insomnium ice cream- ice cream made with insomnium and cold brew coffee reduction.

For onside draft pours we’ll also be offering two beers in collaboration with one of our favorite local businesses; My Mom’s Pie. We took our saison and blended it with 20% mature golden sour beer and aged it on 2lbs/gallon of unsweetened pie filling. We’ll have Bumbleberry (a mixture of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) and raspberry rhubarb. We’ll also have each of the pies available in 3″ single serving palm pies.

We will have a limited amount of Coconut Telegraph and Insomnium on draft and Twilight Rendezvous available in bottle pours.

Look forward to seeing you all Saturday!  Read more »

strange 7th anniversary

Strange Craft Beer Company Celebrates 7th Anniversary!

We’re super excited to share the upcoming 7th Anniversary Backyard BBQ bash at Denver’s Strange Craft Beer Company. Plan to visit the brewery on Saturday, May 20th from Noon – 4 PM for food, a birthday beer festival featuring unlimited pours from local breweries and live music later in the afternoon.

Tickets are just $30 in advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased HERE. Participating breweries include Wit’s End, Renegade, Hogshead, Copper Kettle, CAUTION, Black Sky, Very Nice, The Brew on Broadway and Chain Reaction.

Show your Uber or Lyft receipt for a free pint!

Strange Craft’s Anniversary Week coincides with American Craft Beer Week. Check out Strange’s full calendar of events, which includes an IPA Throwdown and the return of Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine!

Strange Craft is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO.

By: Mark Robinson

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Epic Brewing Announces Sour Brainless on Peaches Release Party

The third iteration of Sour Brainless on Peaches has already hit some fine liquor store establishments around the metro area, and there is a planned release party at Epic Brewing Company’s Denver taproom this Saturday, May 13th, when doors open at Noon.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Ant Baez, Epic’s Barrel Blender and man in charge of all their barrel-aged beers and sours, to taste batches 1, 2, and 3 side-by-side and learn more about all of the hard work that goes into this special beer.

Epic and Ant have been producing this beer since 2013, when they acquired their original 3 foeders from New Belgium. They have now expanded the program to 14 foeders, which Ant can rattle off the names of in less than 4 seconds, but the original 3 (Emily which is funky and earthy, Molly brings citric and lemon tartness, and Stacy with an acidic bite), make up the base beer for Sour Brainless on Peaches.

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The beer is made by using the Solera method, which allows for continued bacterial growth and maturation over time. Solera is a process that uses the same vessel repeatedly by only draining a portion of that vessel, leaving some of the original beer behind. No bacteria has been added since 2013!

The fun for Ant comes in figuring out how the beer is changing over time and working to grow up together. In his own words, “Sour beer is a rollercoaster of emotions.” It takes a lot of patience. Once the foeders work their magic on the base, which takes a minimum of one year, the beer is transferred into barrels with peach puree. From there, Ant, a self-proclaimed “flavor engineer,” tastes the beers frequently and rates them on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the very best. You might think you could simply blend all the 4’s and 5’s and call it a day, but it is a much more complicated art. There is a place for some 2’s and 3’s in the blended batch to round out the flavor profile just how he wants it.

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Tasting Notes:

Batch 1- Acidic and funky, lots of peach flesh, juicy like the inner part of a peach.

Batch 2- Much more citric tart, like a lemon. Peach skins.

Batch 3- Very citric, more tropical up front, super tart.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 05/11/2017

Some pretty cool happenings around town this weekend.

Don’t forget to take Mom out for a beer.

 

 

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Former Future Brewing Company will always hold a special place in our hearts, the boxes of old merchandise – not so much.

So, we are getting rid of all of it, for FREE. Come down to Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales and buy a pint and we will let you pick from a random assortment of shirts, growlers, hats and other merchandise* that is taking up space at the brewery. 

Cheers to FFBC! 

*Merch is not available online or by phone, you must come into the brewery and purchase a 10oz beer to receive any merchandise.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa are having their launch party right here at Fire on the Mountain. We are excited to host and serve these delicious beers. Come try any one of these uniquely tasty brews: Jai Alai, Invasion Pale Ale, Tampa Style Lager, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Wit.

Fire on the Mountain is located at: 3801 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO.

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Oh yea! Firkin time! We have a very special super awesome firkin of Station 26 Brewing Co. Juicy Loops IPA (Juicy Banger IPA with orange, lemon, and lime and conditioned with wildflower honey). Come in and help us kick the firkin this Friday at 5pm!  

Also on draft will be Juicy Banger (base beer to firkin), Single Hop Mandarina Bavaria and Hop Sequence No. 5.

See you Friday!

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

crooked stave salvador cybies

Join us for the release of Salvador Cybies – Harvest 2016!

Salvador Cybies is a Belgian Style Dark Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Colorado Cherries.

Primary fermented in oak foeders with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Salvador Cybies has an unmistakable Belgian character backed by a strong malt base. For our Harvest 2016 release, we’ve embraced age-old tradition by conditioning the beer for extended periods of time in oak barrels before a heavy-handed addition of local cherries from our partner farmers on the Colorado western slope.

Salvador Cybies will be available on draught and in 750ml cork & cage bottles starting at 5 PM! Grab your Salvador Cybies- Harvest 2016 before we sell out!

Crooked Stave is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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Join us for the release of Here Be Monsters, our 13.1% Imperial Stout aged 12 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. We will also be releasing a vanilla variant that has been conditioning on Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for over 3 weeks. Both versions will be available in bottles and a very limited amount will be available on draft in the taproom.

$16/bottle. Limit 4 bottles of regular and 2 vanilla per person. No Crowlers, no tasters, no splashes. Doors open at noon.

Whiskey, charred oak and cherry on the nose followed by notes of luscious chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Full bodied and everything you would want out of a BA stout. To say that we’re excited to share this with the world would be an understatement.

Cerebral Brewing is located at: 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO.

3 YEARS!!!

We are so excited and honored to celebrate the last 3 years with you. 

Doors open at noon. 

Giveaways, Colorado themed trivia, new beer!

Live music starts at 5 PM with Strings and The Box

Then the awesome KenK is on at 8:30 PM. 

Food by Saucy Buns BBQ.

38 State Brewing is located at: 8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO.

The second Saturday of each month we will be filling our Fässer with one of our Keller lagers directly from the lager tank. The unfiltered lager will change each time depending on what Bill and Ashleigh think is tasting particularly good. It’s on until it’s gone – fastest one was gone in 3.5 hours.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus is located at: 2875 Blake St, Denver, CO.

  • Sour Brainless on Peaches Bottle Release, Epic Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

They say the third time is the charm! We will release our Sour Peaches batch #3 in the taproom Saturday May 13th. We will have a very limited release of batch #1 and #2 available as well. Batch #1 & #2 are a limited of one bottle per customer. 
We start selling when we open at noon.

Epic Brewing is located at: 3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO.

The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means! It’s Wiggy Wiggy time! This Honey Hibiscus Saison is a brilliant red color with a tart and fruity aroma and hints of honey; smooth, silky mouthfeel with a slightly dry, acidic finish.

– Draft and cans will be available in the taproom starting at Noon
– Live music by The Dollhouse Thieves from 2:00-5:00
– Mama Said Eat food truck
– Hasher Costume Run @ 1:00
– Hula Hoop Contest
– New Men’s t-shirts and Women’s tank tops will be available
– More details to come

Diebolt Brewing is located at: 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO.

Join us on Saturday, May 13th for our Grand Opening of the new Beer Garden at our Denver brewery location! The space is bigger and better than ever, so come on over for the party. Live music, food trucks, games, and drink specials – Let’s Get Crazy!

Live Music Schedule:
That Damn Sasquatch 2-4PM
Silver Kimono 4:30-6:30PM
Trevor Jones Band 7-9PM

Grub:
WeChef Kitchen
More to come… stay tuned!

Crazy Mountain’s Denver location is at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO.

Join Aurora Firefighters Local 1290 & Dry Dock Brewing Company for a day of food, games, and beer! We’ll be tapping our special Big John Ale collaboration, organizing a disc golf tournament and holding our annual chili cook-off.

Come have fun and drink for a great cause!
Portions of each Big John Ale sold will go towards the Antique Apparatus Fund. Other proceeds will go towards Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, which is a 501(c)3 charity benefitting families of injured, ill or fallen Aurora Fire Rescue Firefighters. 

To enter the Chili Cook-off, email sean.christon@yahoo.com

Disc golf tournament will begin at 11am with registration taking place the day of.
For more information on the disc golf tournament email webster@drydockbrewing.com

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

Join us ON THE FIELD at Sports Authority Field, home of the Denver Broncos, for the Bacon and Beer Classic on May 13th, 2017. Come hungry, come thirsty, leave happy!

Experience 80+ craft beers, 30+ bacon-infused dishes, music, games, contests and more. 

Afternoon Session: 1-4pm
Evening Session: 7-10pm

VIP and Power Hour ticket holders enter one hour early. Early Access ticket holders enter half an hour early.

For tickets and more info, visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com.
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All attendees must be age 21 or over. Tickets sold via Ticketmaster. Event is rain or shine. All tickets are non-refundable, unless a request is filed within 24 hours of purchase. If we must cancel the festival, all tickets will be refunded.

Sports Authority Field is located at: 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO.

On Saturday May 13th we will be bringing you an amazing burger and beer pairing event! This is our fundraising event for The House That Beer Built project benefitting Habitat Denver 

Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association and Co-Author of ‘Beer Pairing’ will be on-site to sign books and help guide the pairing. We will have copies of ‘Beer Pairing’ available for purhase.

Our beers will be paired with delicious burgers from the Park Burger burger buggie. (Pairing menu forthcoming and will be posted on the Facebook event.)

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity House that Beer Built project (project info found here https://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/get-involved/donate/the-house-that-beer-built ) We have a $1k donation goal for our event and we can only get there if a whole bunch of you come to Fiction Beer CO and buy lots of burgers, books and beers! 

Fiction Beer is located at: 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO.

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

This is our Mothers Day beer – something for Moms to enjoy and that transports them to a place of relaxation and salvation – the garden. This beer is made with fresh beets and garnished with edible Nasturtium flowers grown and harvested at The GrowHaus – a very special place in our community.

Traditionally, Mothers Day in Denver signals the last frost, and therefore the time of the year that we start to really plant veggies and flowers in the garden. In this vein, we wanted to create something that tasted like the garden – in a very pleasant way!

The beer is chocolatey, creamy, rounded, delicately earthy, and tastes pleasantly of the garden. The beet character is nuanced but noticeable and the Nasturtium flowers are spicy and crisp! This is a beer unlike any other.

Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO.

Beer, live music from Meadow Mountain, donuts from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts, and barbecue from Turn-In BBQ! Free admission.

Note: we have plenty of bike parking so ride your bikes (and don’t forget your helmets)!

Station 26 is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO.

Treat yourself to the harmonious pairings of cupcakes stacked next to the refreshing smoothie-esque qualities of Ratio’s Heart Tattoo Blackberry Wit, the balanced tropical fruit notes from Rented World Session IPA, and champagne-y refreshing flavors of Dear You Citra Hopped French Saison.

Join Ratio Beerworks and Church of Cupcakes this Mother’s Day in sampling the ultimate pairing of beer and cupcakes. $16 (pre-tax and fees) gets you a flight of three cupcakes and three tasters of Ratio Beers.

Ratio Beerworks is located at: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

By: Mark Robinson

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Weekend Beer Buzz 05/04/2017

There’s a fun lineup of beer happenings on the horizon.

Here’s the scoop.

 

All Weekend

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Here’s a rundown of everything there is for the enjoyment of your eyes and ears: 

Friday, May 5th
• 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Classic southern crawfish boil + kegger complete with Oskar Blues solo cups. $20 for food or $30 for food and music Friday night only! Online ticket sales do not apply for food****
• 8:30 p.m. Lil Smokies featuring opening band Spring Fever with Sally Van Meter; tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show
• $30 gets you access to the crawfish boil and the tunes 

Saturday, May 6th
• Food from CHUBurger, Cyclhops, Oskar Blues Grill (yup – burgers, fajitas, a pig roast and oysters) 
• Hotbox Roasters is making an attempt to set a world record with a 20 year anniversary cake featuring more than 2,000 donuts
• Outside Stage, no cover: Interstate Stash Express at 5:30 pm & Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams at 7pm
• Inside Stage: 8:30 p.m. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, featuring opening band Gasoline Lollipops; tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show

Sunday, May 7th
• Pancake breakfast with Hotbox Roasters coffee to benefit CAN’d Aid Foundation with suggested $5 donation
• 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Danny Shafer
• 3:00 p.m. Free Blues and Legacy Music Day including stars of the Colorado blues scene 

Along with classic Oskar Blues beers, a specialty beer, 2xTwenty, will be available to imbibe for the anniversary weekend. 2xTwenty, a small batch Nitro Red Ale brewed in Lyons, features Pilsner malt and an experimental malt called Steamed C40 developed by maltsters Malteurop and Craft Masters. It finishes with a silky smooth mouthfeel and has a pinch of Eldorado Hops that provide a deep maltiness with fruity flavors and packs in 7.1% ABV.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday with some “Best of OB” highlights from artists who’ve played over the years and helped put Grill & Brew on the musical map. Expect some classics like Erica Brown, Lionel Young, Johnny O and a handful of surprise appearances that dubbed Oskar Blues “the hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado” by Rolling Stone
The 20th anniversary party in Lyons the first weekend in May will celebrate the Oskar Blues community. Bands new to Oskar Blues Grill & Brew and bands who have graced its stage for years will make appearances over the weekend and attendees won’t have to choose between an oyster bar, crawfish boil, pig roast or taco…they can have it all. 

Oskar Blues is located at: 303 Main St, Lyons, CO.

We’re turning 5 years YOUNG!

We will be celebrating all weekend… here’s the current lineup of events:

THURSDAY, 5/4: 
– Deputy Membership Registration Opens: https://citystarbrewing.com/deputy-membership/
– Food Truck: Mile High Lobster Shack 5-8pm
– Live Music: Bonnie & Taylor Sims of Bonnie and the Clydes 7-9:30pm
– Zoller Reserve Barrel Tasting–SOLD OUT!
– Happy Hour ALL DAY!

FRIDAY, 5/5:
– Chili the Kid Beer Release 2pm
– Food Truck: Yolk’n Around 5-8pm
– Live Music: Steepland String Band 7-9:30pm

SATURDAY, 5/6:
– Troubadour Bottle Release 12pm
– Poppin’ Bottles ALL DAY
– Food Truck: Trattoria Oreganata 3-9pm
– Cupcakes & Toast 6pm
– Live Music: Wood Belly Bluegrass Band 7-9:30pm

SUNDAY, 5/7:
– Orange & Summer Hops IPA Firkin Tapping 1pm
– Food Truck: Curbed Hunger 2-7pm
– Challenge of Nonsense to Benefit JOSH 2-4pm
– Live Music: Daniella Katzir Music Trio 3-6pm

PLUS giveaways, prizes and more fun throughout the weekend!

City Star Brewing is located at: 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Please join us to celebrate the release of our official Spring seasonal beer, Mai the Fourth, a Mai Bock lager. We fired up the big system this year, and we are also proud to say we used a lager yeast for the very first time!  

In addition to the beer, we will have our new Mai the Fourth tees, and of course we will be screening our favorite space opera all evening. All Star Wars geekery is highly encouraged, in fact, wear your favorite Star Wars tee/outfit and get 10% off! May the beers be with you…always.

Wit’s End is located at: 2505 W 2nd Ave #13, Denver, CO.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Treat yourself to a beer unlike any other. On Friday, May 5 join Ratio Beerworks for the grand return of Heart Tattoo Blackberry Wit.

There’s something to be said about a universal connection, either through the conduit of a familiar song, an emotion, or even a beer. Heart Tattoo is our blackberry infused version of our classic Handwritten Belgian Wit. Think fruit smoothie with a kick, this easy drinking summer seasonal showcases brilliant blackberry flavors on top of the blank canvas that is our Belgian Wit base.

Heart Tattoo will be tapped when the brewery opens at Noon.

Ratio Beerworks is located at: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

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