Chef & Brew 2014

Late last week, we sent Mrs. Insane out to cover the 2014 Chef & Brew Festival. She returned with a full stomach, a camera full of pictures, and the mouth-watering aroma of fine food woven into the fabric of her clothes. Mission accomplished. Hope you enjoy her take on this year’s event.

The EXDO Event Center in Denver’s RiNo district has become a hot spot for numerous great beer festivals in Denver.  Last Thursday’s Chef & Brew Festival, hosted by BeerCraving.com was no exception. Denver’s best chef’s teamed up with some of the state’s top breweries to stuff the bellies of foodies and beer connoisseurs alike.

My personal pick for best pairing was TRVE’s Scorn, a Dry-Hopped Pale Wheat Beer, paired with Green Curry with Blood Sausage from The Squeaky Bean. Pub 17 served up my favorite dish of the night, a Chicken Fried Oyster Shooter with Smoked Tomato and Habanero Remoulade, followed closely by Lou’s Food Bar’s Hot Chicken with Black-eyed Pea Salad. My favorite pour of the night was Crooked Stave’s Autumn Surette, a beer that could have easily been paired with numerous dishes throughout the festival. Thanks to all the breweries, and chefs, the staff from Beer Craving, and Mr. Insane for allowing me to attend one of Denver’s top festivals.

By: Patti Robinson aka Mrs. Insane


Lambics Against Leukemia

Listen up friends, this is important. We’ve got a fundraiser to share with you that not only goes towards a great cause, but also offers up a chance to win some awesome, über rare beers. It’s the 3rd round of Lambics Against Leukemia, which helps fund little Owen Meyer’s battle against the disease. Owen’s father, Matt, is the Beer Manager at Freshcraft and a dear friend to the Colorado beer community. It’s the season of giving and this is a great opportunity to help make a difference for Owen and the entire Meyer family.

Please take a minute to look over the details below from event organizer and beer connoisseur Bill Young. We urge you to make a donation, make a difference for Owen, and get entered to win one of the amazing boxes of beer listed below, generously donated from companies like AC Golden, Crooked Stave, Casey Brewing and Blending, Dry Dock, the beer nerds here at BI, and many others.

Lambics Against Leukemia III (The Final Round…hopefully!)

Box 1: Lambic Mix 1
- Grote Dorst Geuze van ’t Kasteel 2010
- Drie Fonteinen 4 yr Oude Lambiek 2011
- Huisstekerij Bokkereyder Elderflower Lambic 2014

Box 2: Lambic Mix 2
- Grote Dorst Angel Foam Blend Oude Geuze 2012
- Drie Fonteinen Framboos 2011
- Huisstekerij Bokkereyder Experimental Gueuze #14 2014

Box 3: Lambic Mix 3
- Cantillon Blabaer 2012
- h.erte Oud & Nieuw Speciaal 2012
- BIIR 4B Oude Gueuze 2014

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Weekend Beer Buzz 11/20/2014

It’s time!

The weekend’s looking sharp and the weather should be just about perfect.

Here’s the scoop.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

  • Belgian Tappings, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

Black Bottle’s got some special Belgian brews ready to tap on Thursday. Look for Rodenbach, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Palm on draft, along with Rodenbach Caractere Rogue, Boon Kriek, and Boon Framboise in bottles. Oh heaven. Black Bottle Brewery is located at: 1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Fort Collins, CO.

Upslope Brewing will release Vol. 2 in their Lee Hill Series on Thursday evening. This one’s a Wild Saison that spent 7 months in Red Wine Barrels with Upslope’s house yeast culture.

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Upslope says to expect fruity and sweet notes from the Saison yeast, balanced by tartness from the Lactobacillus and rustic funk from the Brettanomyces.  These will be sold in 19.2 oz cans beginning at 5 PM. Upslope’s Lee Hill is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd, Boulder, CO 80304.

  • Chef & Brew, EXDO Event Center, Denver, CO, 6 – 10 PM

Chef & Brew returns to EXDO Event Center on Thursday. Sponsored by BeerCraving, this is a beer and food competition that pairs some of the best local chefs and brewers in Colorado for a night of amazing culinary experiences to fill that mouth hole of yours.


Come hungry (and thirsty!). Leave happy. Check out our coverage from last year and grab your tickets today. Read more »

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout – Colorado Update

As the upcoming holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about all the great beers getting ready to hit local retailers. I’m talking Stouts, Barleywines, Old Ales and other sweet, boozy, malty brews to keep us warm through the long, cold Winter nights.

Goose Island is high on our shopping list this Winter as they make some of the very best stouts on the planet in their Bourbon County Series. They plan to debut the 2014 batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout and variants on November 28th, Black Friday. That’s right, the very blackest of all shopping days will be your first (and possibly only) opportunity to purchase some of these delicious beers.

Goose Island has 5 different beers set to roll out this year, but sadly, we’re being told only 2 of them will be available here in Colorado. Let that sink in a minute, because it hit us pretty hard too…

Here’s a quote we received earlier this week from Andrew Osterman, Brand Manager for Bourbon County:

“Unfortunately, Coffee and Vanilla Rye will not be available in Colorado. While we have been working to increase capacity – we have focused that on the base Bourbon County Stout. Excitement has continued to grow for BCS in Chicago, as well as the rest of the country. We need to make sure that we are taking care of our home market.”

It’s not all bad news though, as we’re still pretty stoked to be receiving allocations of Bourbon County Brand Stout and Bourbon County Barleywine. Here’s the scoop on the 2014 releases.

Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) – The classic. Aged in Bourbon Barrels and available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles. Coming to Colorado!

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Barleywine - After a successful debut in 2013, Goose Island decided to bring the Barleywine back. The barrels have their own story, beginning as Kentucky Bourbon Barrels, moving on to become BCBS barrels, before eventually ending up as Barleywine barrels. 3rd times a charm for this delicious 15% ABV Barleywine. Available in 4-packs, 12 oz. bottles. Coming to Colorado.

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Coffee – the 2014 coffee variant features Rwandan coffee from Intelligentsia. If you prefer your stouts with a heavy dose of coffee and a spike of caffeine, this is certainly one of, if not the very best. Available in 4-packs, 12 oz. bottles. NOT coming to Colorado. Read more »


Crooked Stave Announces Seven New Beers

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project has several new beers ready to roll out in bottles over the coming weeks. We’re super excited to see some funky new brews ready to debut and it sounds like CSA has plenty of other fun projects in the works as well.

Read on for details about the new beers and a schedule of release dates.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to Release Seven New Beers Before the New Year 

Denver, Colo.November 18th, 2014 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project has an eventful holiday season full of releases planned for barrel-aged sour beer lovers! 

On Wednesday, November 19th at 6 p.m., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release bottles of Origins, their burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels. This will only be the fourth batch of Origins released to date and marks the first in a string of seven unique bottle releases the brewery will host between now and the end of the year.

“We’ve been busy at Crooked Stave, brewing capacity has been steady and we’ve been brewing a lot of beers destined for barrels,” says Chad Yakobson, Founder and Brettanomyces Guru at Crooked Stave. “We are excited to release a collection of barrel-aged sour beers we’ve been working on over the past year. This is just the beginning of many specialty barrel-aged sour beers we plan to continue releasing on a regular basis.”

Last month, Crooked Stave announced that it would be discontinuing its Cellar Reserve Membership program following the 2014-year. Crooked Stave will continue to focus on quality barrel-aged sour beers while providing more public access to the unique diversity of beers in their expanding portfolio. These upcoming seven bottle releases are a sign of what’s to come for Crooked Stave in the near future.

Bottle limits will be set for all releases on a case-by-case basis. All releases will take place at the Crooked Stave taproom (3350 Brighton Blvd). The full bottle release schedule for November and December 2014 is as follows: 

November 19th – Origins – Burgundy Sour Aged in Oak Barrels

November 26th – Nightmare on Brett – Dark Sour Aged in Whiskey Barrels

December 3rd – Flor d’Lees – Golden Sour Aged in Oak Barrels

December 10th – Surette Reserva Cassis – Black Current Sour Aged in Oak Barrels

December 10th – Vieille Cranberry & Spice – Cranberry and Spices added in Secondary

December 17th – Motif Reserva – Dark Belgian-style Sour Aged in Sherry Casks

December 17th – Primitif – Dry Hopped Sour Ale

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Founder 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, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity.



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Bacon And Beer Makes Everyone Cheer!

Two of mankind’s finest creations joined forces on Sunday afternoon at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. Beer met Bacon in a magical combination that won’t soon be forgotten or surpassed.

More than two dozen local restaurants showed up to dish out their delicious dishes of bacon cuisine, served alongside beers from a few of Colorado’s best craft breweries.

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With offerings ranging from bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon soup, bacon ice cream to just straight up, grease-dripping bacon hanging from a clothesline, the festival was a swine lovers dream.

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There was plenty to choose from on the beer front as well and it’s worth noting how well the many Stouts paired with all that bacon. The richness of the beer cuts through the saltiness of the bacon, creating a beautiful medley of sweet and savory.

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After several hours of wandering through this land of bacon bliss, we eventually had to call it quits. With our bellies full and our legs giving out, we spent the rest of our evening enjoying the sweet odor of bacon that had taken up residence in the fabric of our clothes. It’s quite possible I may never wash those clothes again…   Read more »

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Parade Of Darks Beer Festival Set For December 6th

The 5th Annual Parade of Darks is just a few weeks away. Presented by Wynkoop Brewing, this classic beer festival celebrates all things dark, rich and fit to warm up with during the Winter season. From Stouts to Porters to Barleywines and more, there’s a little something here for everyone. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 6th at the Bindery on Blake. More than two dozen breweries will be on hand to offer up 60+ brews. Tickets are just $35 and go towards local hunger-relief. Scroll down for all the details on this year’s event.

Parade of Darks Returns December 6th
Fifth annual dark-beer festival to raise funds for Metro CareRing

DENVER - The highly anticipated fifth annual Parade of Darks presented by Wynkoop Brewing Company returns on Saturday, December 6 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the Bindery On Blake (2901 Blake Street). This event benefits Metro CareRing, Denver’s leading hunger-relief organization. Last year, Metro CareRing distributed more than 1.8 million pounds of food. Previous Parade of Darks events have raised more than $40,000 for the organization, and this year Wynkoop will again be donating 100 percent of the profits to Metro CareRing.

“Craft brewing is an art form and this festival really highlights experimentation and adventures in brewing,” said Andy Brown, head brewer at Wynkoop Brewing Company. “You will see a wide range of beers like barleywines, porters, stouts, and sours, all dark in color, all in one place.

Parade of Darks is a holiday tradition showcasing beers in the amber to opaque categories. Featuring more than 60 beers from 25+ breweries, attendees are sure to leave feeling warm and fuzzy.

Current participating breweries include:
Avery Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Elevation Brewing Company
Epic Brewing Company
Great Divide Brewing Company
Grimm Brothers Brewing Company
Odell Brewing Company
Odyssey Beerwerks
Our Mutual Friend
River North Brewery
Squatters & Wasatch Beers
Strange Brewing Company
Tivoli Brewing
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Verboten Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing Company


“Parade of Darks is not only extremely fun, but it’s also a very important event for Metro CareRing,” said Lynne Butler, executive director of Metro CareRing. “Proceeds from Parade of Darks provide essential funding for Metro CareRing’s programs and help ensure that our community’s children are not going to bed hungry.”

Parade of Darks is open to adults 21 and older. Event tickets are $35 and include a commemorative glass for unlimited sampling. Proceeds from the event’s silent auction will also benefit Metro CareRing. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.imbibeevents.com/event/2014paradeofdarks/.

This event is a collaboration between Wynkoop Brewing Company, The Bindery On Blake, Imbibe Events and Metro CareRing.

About Metro CareRing

Metro CareRing is Denver’s largest hunger-relief organization directly serving families, offering healthy-foods access, nutrition and gardening education, and self-sufficiency programming to improve people’s health and long-term food security. Learn more at www.metrocarering.org.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 11/13/2014

So. Cold.

But fear not, this weekend we can all warm up with some thick stouts, double porters and of course, BACON!

3 New Breweries!, 2 Festivals, 1 Anniversary Party, plus a mountain of bottle releases and special tappings. TWEAK!!!

Here’s the buzz.



Thursday, November 13th, 2014

  • Menu Update, Crooked Stave at The Source, Denver, CO

Crooked Stave’s got the good stuff flowin’ all weekend. Here’s a look at this weekend’s lineup.

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

Station 26 will tap a firkin of Currant and Sage Double IPA on Thursday afternoon. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

  • Double Vanilla Porter Release, The Canoe Room at Dry Dock - North Dock, Aurora, CO, Noon

Dry Dock’s releasing the newest beer in their Signature Series on Friday. Double Vanilla Porter will hit the tap lines at The Canoe Room at North Dock beginning at Noon.

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More details on the new brew, plus next week’s release of Double Coffee Porter can be found HERE. 22oz. bombers will also be available to-go. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

This week’s Firkin Friday tapping at Dry Dock is Root Beer Stout. Sorry kids, but this one’s 21+. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Rockyard will tap When It’s Not on Friday at 4 PM. The latest Deviation is a Robust Porter made with 6 different roasted chilies. Head down and get warmed up with this new release from the Jellyman. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Parry’s Pizza has everything you need to ensure you don’t get caught with crap in your glass. Saturday’s installment of their “Liberate Yourself From Crappy Beer Fests” will feature awesome keg tappings and tasty NY style pizza. Look for Russian River – Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, and Supplication; Ballast Point – Sculpin; Coronado Brewing – Idiot IPA; Stone Brewing – Lucky Bastard; and more!

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Parry’s Pizza is located at: 9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO.

Littleton’s growing again and we’re loving the vibe on that side of town. Locavore Beer Works will open their doors on Saturday at Noon with 11 beers and a full menu from Rocky Mountain Catering. Stop by and welcome them to the hood.

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Locavore Beer Works is located at: 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80123.

FERMÆNTRA will open in Denver on Saturday at Noon. The new brewery will be serving up 8 beers. Look for Hefeweizen, West Coast Pale Ale, Belgian Style Blonde, Belgian Style Dubbel, Russian Imperial Stout, Blonde Ale/ Lager Hybrid, English Amber, and Imperial India Pale Ale.

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FERMÆNTRA is located at: 1715 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210.

Alpine Dog will open in the Capitol Hill area of Denver on Saturday. They’ll be serving up 4 brews – Rye Blonde, Alpine Dog IPA, Hogback Amber, and a Belgian / American Hybrid Pale Ale.

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Alpine Dog’s Grand Opening has been set for Saturday, November 22nd. Details to come. Alpine Dog is located at: 1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218.  Read more »

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Avery Releases Tweak!!!

Tweak is coming! Avery Brewing’s Tweak is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout that weighs in at 17.81% ABV. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest beers Avery makes and we can’t wait to get our hands on some. This is the newest release in Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, joining Uncle Jacob’s Stout, Rumpkin, and Pump[KY]n.

Don’t miss Sunday’s release party of this fan favorite. Scroll down for more details on the beer and Sunday’s release party.

Please note that due to inclement weather, Avery has bumped bottle sales up to begin at 11 AM. 

Avery Brewing to Release Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer
Caffeinated colossus joins Avery Annual Barrel Series at Nov 16 Release Party

Boulder, CO – This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they’ve upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.

Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you’ve been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”

Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is. “You could start the day with a coffee mug of Tweak and your boss would never know.”

avery tweak bottleCold brewed coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in cold water, but Avery’s brewers went a step further and soaked the beans in the beer itself. “We didn’t want to dilute the flavors,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “You can definitely taste the coffee and will still taste the malt and the vanilla, coconut, and charred oak notes from the barrels.”

Avery added 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer. “Ozo’s roastery is just a few blocks from our brewery and they make incredible coffee,” says Parker, “so we went to them and asked for a ton of beans. They gave us this ridiculously smooth roast that’s caramelly and chocolatey.”

The 17.81% alcohol by volume adds another layer to this highly complex beer. Says Parker, “Alcohol is a flavor component of every beer you’ve ever had and we’re purposely using that component to make new styles of beer.”

Tweak will debut on Sunday, November 16 at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder. Bottle sales begin at 1pm and will be sold for $12 each with a one case limit per person. The line party will start at 11am featuring rare and exclusive beers on tap like Eremita VII, Sour 10 lb. Strawberry, Karmarita, Drew’s Fuzzy Peach, Antonius’ Carmen, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Trogdor, Hanging with the Boysen, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar, Ratman 10,000, and The Preacher.

Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which allows Tweak to reach store shelves around Colorado and in AR, AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY. Tweak is the newest member of Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Pump[KY]n pumpkin porter aged in Bourbon barrels.


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Beer Hunter’s Report 11/11/2014

With so many new brews dropping this week, Scott couldn’t wait any longer to share them all. So, you get your Beer Hunter’s Report a little early this week. Lucky You! We’ll still post a final version with Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz and we’ll add to this report as new beers arrive. Happy hunting.

  • Firestone Walker XVIII is out now, very limited. Leave me a bottle.
  • Casey Brewing and Blending Saison Batch 4 is also raining down right meow!
  • Prairie Christmas Bomb! is hitting shelves. Get those pumpkins out-of-the-way and bring on the Christmas beers!
  • Keep an eye out for Breakside IPA, Post Time KolschToro Red and BA Aztec, all of which are hitting this week.
  • Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chocolate and Orange Peel arrived last week, look for more this week.
  • Elevation Arete also started arriving last week, look for more this week.
  • Avery BA Tweak releases at Avery on Sunday, Nov 16th. Who needs Broncos games anyway. Or bacon. etc.



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