Weekend Beer Buzz 02/09/2017

ratio beerworks anniversary

Hey guys, the Weekend Beer Buzz has returned with a slightly different approach this time. Rather than blasting you guys with dozens of events every weekend, we’re going to share our very favorite beer releases and beer related events. Think of it as the breweries, tappings and happenings you’d most likely find us hanging out, drinking and supporting.

Don’t forget it’s Stout Month. Head to your nearest Mountain Sun location and take part in this month long celebration of dark beers.

All Weekend

It has been an incredible two years at Ratio Beerworks and now it’s time to celebrate! We have an exciting weekend of events ranging from special anniversary beer releases, Ratio Comedy, and Ratio Sessions with special musical performances by some rad buds of ours.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, February 10th, with a night of Denver-centric Ratio Comedy curated by our In-House Comedian Ian Douglas Terry. Featuring: Mara Wiles, Ben Bryant, Timmi Lasley, James Draper, Andrew Bueno, and Matt Cobos, followed by a silent dance party from SoundDown Party – Denver’s Silent Disco Company.

On Saturday, February 11th, join Ratio at Noon for the release of this year’s anniversary beer, Continuous Thunder, a Double IPA showcasing Mosaic and Simcoe hops, with bright tropical fruit aromas, and ripe mango & pineapple flavors. Additionally we’ll be tapping a single half barrel keg of our upcoming release of Loveless, a beautiful, complex yet delicate, barrel-fermented Dark Sour Saison, which spent over a year in red wine barrels, before being re-fermented with raspberries. Loveless will receive the full kick off treatment on Tuesday, February 14th with a bottle release party, but get a preview of this limited barrel release in the taproom while you can.

Then to the main event… before heading out on their national headlining tour, Ratio welcomes Matt Pryor, frontman of legendary band, The Get Up Kids (8pm), as well as Dan Andriano of the seminal Alkaline Trio, for a special preview performance in the Ratio Brewhouse. Afterwards, we’ll keep the party rolling with DJ Digg spinning the dance party in the taproom.

On Sunday, February 12th, we’ll ease back into polite society with MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB spinning soul and mo-town vinyl in the taproom to accompany a Hangover Brunch featuring Bloody Mary Beers from The Real Dill and breakfast pizza & sandwiches from Denver Deep Dish LoHi.

Later that afternoon, Ratio Beerworks will also take part in the Valentine’s Day RiNo Love Triangle event alongside Epic Brewing Company – Denver Taproom and Rackhouse Pub. The three neighbors will be offering a progressive beer and cider dinner with stops at all three RiNo establishments culminating in the dessert portion featuring Sugar Bakeshop and Coffee House at Ratio.

Clearly there’s a ton happening all weekend long, but at the very least we can’t wait to connect with friends old and new and cheers to a fantastic two years. It’s going to be an anniversary to remember!

ratio beerworks anniversary

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

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Doors will open at our usual time of 11am. As people arrive we will be issuing Tickets that allow you to purchase a glass of Pliny the Younger. There will be 2 colors of tickets; if you get the first color, relax, sit down, start a tab, get something to eat & a warm-up beer or two, you are getting a Younger, if you get the second color, well, Maybe. When it comes time to tap Younger, we will start by selling it to all of the folks with the first color; if you are seated & have a tab with a server, you can stay seated because the server will bring it to you. If you don’t have a table line up, no pushing or shoving, and get your beer. When we finish serving all the folks with the first color we will do a last call for that color ticket then line up the second color tickets in order (they have numbers written on the back 1-??) & start serving those folks. In order to get a Pliny the Younger you need to be here before we do last call for that color of tickets (usually around 25-30 minutes after we start pouring it) or you lose your chance & we give it to the next person in line.

I know it might sound a bit complex, but it’s really simple & has made our Pliny the Younger release days a lot easier, more civilized & less stressful for everyone involved as well as giving more people the opportunity to drink some truly amazing beer. Last year all the folks with the second color got a Younger, just saying.

WE CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A TAB OPEN TO SPEED THIS PROCESS UP!! BETTER YET, PAY CASH! We will not close tabs during this process because no one wants to wait all day for their Younger! – See more at: http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/pty-2017-update-and-schedule/#sthash.FRRV7RtX.dpuf

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

The beer formerly known as The Commodore returns with a facelift! It’s the same amazing Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout that was voted one of the “ten best newly packaged Colorado craft beers of 2015” by Westword, but with an updated look.

Vladislav will be available at Noon in bottles and limited draft. We will also be tapping a few different variants throughout the day. Also keep an eye out for different variants to come out every Monday of February. It is Stout Month afterall.

Stout Month Schedule
MON 2/6 – Peanut Butter Chocolate
SAT 2/11 – Orange Habanero
Coffee Chocolate
Raspberry Mint
Dry Hopped w/ Chinook and Galena
Sour Cherry
MON 2/13 – Coffee
MON 2/20 – Vanilla Chai
MON 2/27 – Double Dutch Chocolate

diebolt vladslav

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

The Cultural Chameleon 2.0 is a variant from a pilot recipe, featuring all South African hops! For this batch, we are double dry hopping with Southern Passion hops, to bring you a rich, juicy, extra hazy Pale Ale. Atop a velvety texture sit flavors of blueberry, lemon zest, coconut and bergamot orange! $11/6pk. Limit 2 cases/customer.

odd13 cultural chameleon

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

We have been excited about this for a long time!!! At noon on Saturday Feb. 11th we release our 11.2% ABV Chocolate & Peanut Butter Russian Imperial Stout. Dark chocolate and our signature peanut decadence melds perfectly with our new RIS base beer. We intend to release this once per year.

– 300 bombers will be available
– Limit 3 per person
– Tasting room only
– $14.99 per bottle + tax

liquid mechanics chocolate peanut butter

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company is located at: 297 N Hwy 287, Suite 100, Lafayette, CO.

180 Gram Returns… and it’s a Valentine’s Party!
We’ll have two versions of our Imperial Stout available in bombers and on tap, as well a limited quantity of 2016 180 Gram held back by our head brewer. We will be releasing 2 versions of 180 gram this year…
First, our regular 180 Gram in 22oz bombers as well as 10oz draft.
Second, we’ll have a Tart Cherry and Chocolate version of our 180 Gram in 22oz bottles and 10oz Draft. Barrel aged variants of 180 Gram will be released very soon with 3 variants to be announced later this month. We’re doubling this release event as our Valentine’s Day party, so we’ll have some special things happening along side of our bottle release… Chocolate and Live Music!

We’ve got so many amazing ideas for chocolate and 180 Gram pairings that we just can’t narrow down how to limit ourselves… but expect great flavors on flavors.

For those of you who came to our Valentine’s party last year we have live music that will fascinate you! Let’s just say it’s non-traditional misic from the 1600’s and beyond. The instruments and the woman who performs are beyond compare!

Ursula Brewery is located at: 2101 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO.

We are bringing back one of our most popular events from last year, our Valentine’s Beer Pairing Flight. Except this year, we have partnered with our friends at Batter Up Cakes to take the pairing to the next level.

Starting on Saturday, February 11th, we will be offering a flight of five different Stouts paired with five different cake truffles from Batter Up Cakes. We are still finalizing the beers and cake truffles, but you can expect pairings with Mexican Achromatic, Mocha Achromatic, and Nutella Achromatic and the last two pairings are still in the works.

We will begin offering flights on Saturday the 11th, but we will only have 200 flights available and we will continue to offer them until they are gone (likely through Monday or Tuesday, but no promises).

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

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Houston, we have a problem! Due to scheduling conflicts, we need to tap the Younger on February 12th. Also, this will ensure that it is as fresh as possible! Everything else remains the same.

Backcountry is happy to announce that we will be tapping Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Younger at noon! 

Like prior years, we will be opening on Sunday morning at our normal 10am. We will be selling a limited amount of tickets at this time.

Details include:
One ticket per person.
Plenty of other delicious IPA’s being tapped.
Tapping at noon.
No whiners. 
Just because you waited in line doesn’t guarantee you a ticket, it strongly aids your chances.
First come first serve for the tickets.
Details on other beers soon to follow!
Did I say no whiners?

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Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.

Bluegrass Brunch returns to Station 26 on Sunday. Head over for beer, donuts, live music, bbq and fun. Details HERE. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

By: Mark Robinson

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