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Briar Common Brewery Redefines Pub Grub

Briar Common Brewery + Eatery opened up in Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood in October 2016. It is the brainchild and long-time vision of brothers Kent and Greg Dawson.

The concept is different and unique enough to really standout in a sometimes crowded Denver craft beer market. First, they want to be neighborhood focused and give a place back to the locals. At the heart of the brewpub are their beer and food pairings. It’s a place that provides elevated food options, while staying true to being a brewery, as the guys say “their soul is in the beer.” The kitchen is adventurous and has a beer-first mentality, often including beer in the cooking process. The only thing not currently made in-house, from scratch, are the hamburger buns!

Kent and Greg have been homebrewing for a long time, with Kent going on 20 years since his “first batch of crappy beer” and Greg honing his skill while working in Seoul for about 10 years. At Briar Common, Greg has assumed all brewing responsibilities, working on a 7bbl system, while Kent, with his business background is the head of operations.

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The beer program consists of 3 core “American” styles, 3 Belgian styles, plus seasonal offerings. They are in the works of creating a Brettanomyces program as well.

American:
Briar – Pale Ae
Thistle –  IPA
Rochus – Porter

Belgian:
Joyce – Saison
Lanham – Dubbel
Hobart – Belgian IPA

Current seasonals:
Alison – Winter Warmer
902-Bravo – Straight Brett

Although Greg had only homebrewed prior to starting up the brewery, he is a Certified Beer Judge (BJCP) and certified Cicerone, so he knows about creating approachable, drinkable beers that are meant to accentuate a great meal. He has decided to use the same yeast strain for all the American styles and similarly all of the Belgian program uses a single yeast strain.

The team at Briar Common was gracious enough to have me in for a beer pairing, and it did not disappoint! I am guilty of walking into a newer brewery, sampling a couple of things, probably drinking a full pour of one beer, and then moving on to the next spot. You should NOT do this at Briar Common. Whether you are looking for a full meal, or need an after work happy hour snack, they have designed their menu with pairings in mind. Their idea is to match intensities, meaning don’t let the beer overpower the dish or vice versa.

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The menu has something for everyone’s tastes, here are a few of my favorites:

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/23/2017

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.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

  • Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Strange Craft Brewing Company, Denver, CO, 3 PM

Tapping & Bottle Release: Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Limited Release – Only 30 Cases. Come and get yours!

Strange Craft Brewing Company is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

*****GOLDSPOT IS TURNING TWO!!!*****

That’s right, time has quickly come and gone since we opened our doors in 2015. During that time we have continued to refine our brews, developed a loyal customer base that we love, and pushed to grow the Goldspot brand.

*****DETAILS*****

Who: Friends, Romans, Countrymen

What: Getting drunk with a 2-year old

When: Friday, February 24th
noon – 11 p.m.
Bottle release: La Cienega Farmhouse aged in oak barrels
freshly crushed syrah grapes from The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Denver’s Urban Winery.
Live music with Roman Samuels Music
Food from Baby E’s BBQ

Saturday, February 25th
noon-11 p.m.
Bottle release: Black Whiskey River Imp Stout aged in Laws Whiskey House Bourbon barrels.
Live music from Chris Dismuke Music
Food from The Pasty Republic

Where: (Go home, you’re drunk already if you can’t figure it out)

Why: Because it’s our baby’s birthday and we want to!

Goldspot Brewing is located at: 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO.

On February 24th, we’re having an IPA Blow Out Release! We’re going to release not one…not two…but THREE IPAs!!

1 – We’re re-releasing our New England IPA and renaming it, Citrus Paradisi. Citrus Paradisi is a juicy, extremely hopped and unfiltered IPA.

2 – We’ll release barrel aged Citrus Paradisi aged in rum barrels

3 – We’ll release another New England syle IPA made with Sorachi Ace hops and New Zealand Southern Cross hops

Tony Guacamole Food Truck & Catering will be here all evening serving amazing Mexian street food!!!

Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO.

It’s our first anniversary! Come help us celebrate with a big party in the taproom, featuring a new release of our Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout (plus an encore from the half-anniversary batch), music by the Skeleton Keys, food, giveaways, and a special commemorative beer stein.

We’ll also have nightly releases all week leading up to it:
Commonly Peculiar (English Strong Ale): Monday, February 20
The Emperor of India (Imperial IPA): Tuesday, February 21
White Dragon (White Stout): Wednesday, February 22
S.O.B. (Strong Oud Bruin): Thursday, February 23

Halfpenny Brewing Company is located at: 5150 E Arapahoe Rd, Unit D1-B, Centennial, CO.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 

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Everyone’s favorite White Whale is back! We’re excited to be one of very few accounts in Colorado selected to receive a keg of Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Younger IIIPA. All proceeds will go to Sense of Security, a Denver-based breast cancer support center.

We’ve done this event several times in the past, and this is how things will work to best ensure the smoothest guest experience for everyone:
Wristbands go on sale Saturday, February 25th, at 10am sharp at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids. Doors open at 9:30am. Please queue up in a single file line outside if you arrive prior to 930.

Wristbands are $12 (+ tax), and entitle the holder to one 10oz pour of Pliny the Younger.
We have 50 wristbands, total. First come, first served.
There is a limit of one wristband per person. Purchasers must be present, of legal drinking age, and have their valid (non-expired) driver’s license or passport with them. You may not purchase wristbands for someone else.
You may return to redeem your wristband for your pour between 1:30PM and 5PM on the same day only.
Wrisbands must be on your wrist and intact in order to redeem for your pour.
No refunds/transfers/rainchecks.
We’ll have some complimentary drinks and snacks available for those waiting to purchase wristbands.
In addition to Pliny the Younger, we’ll have a bunch of other awesome-sauce on. Check back closer to the 25th for a few hints at what else we’ll be pouring!
We’re looking forward to seeing y’all on the 25th!

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids is located at: 1555 S Hover St, Longmont, CO.

We will be tapping the famed Pliny the Younger on this day at 12pm. Doors open at 10AM. You must be an Ale Yeah Club member to have a glass and it is first come, first serve for members.

We will also have Pliny the Elder, Consecration and Supplication on tap.

If you’re not a member, here’s how to become one: https://goo.gl/YlouZ8

Parry’s Pizza – Northglenn is located at: 100 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO.

Folks it is your favorite time of the year! Pliny the Younger release will be happening on Saturday, February 25th!! Tickets will go on sale promptly at 11:00 AM.(no advance tickets, you must purchase in person.) We have 50 tickets, one per person, for $11.00.( a portion of the price of the ticket will be going to charity) Your golden ticket gets you one pour of Pliny the Younger! We will be tapping the Younger at 1:00 PM sharp! There will be some pours left over for auction and all the money raised from the auctioned pours will go to charity! This year Russian River Brewing Company is supporting Sense of Security. We will also have Blind Pig IPA and Pliny the Elder on tap for this event! No tickets needed for those! Come enjoy some awesome beer and feel good about it!

Lucky Pie – Louisville is located at: 637 Front St, Louisville, CO.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/16/2017

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.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

On Thursday, February 16 we will be releasing Alpha Bits 3, which is an IPL version of Juicy Bits, our popular New England-style IPA. The Alpha Bits series serves as both our playground and proving ground for experimenting with new hop varietals, different brewing techniques, and in this case, different yeast. Fermented cold with the same lager strain used for Puesta del Sol (our Vienna Lager) Alpha Bits 3 followed nearly the exact same hop schedule as Juicy Bits, using 3.3 lbs of Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado. The colder fermentation and extended lagering kept the fermentation profile clean and crisp, allowing the hops to truly shine, resulting in a beer suprisingly unique from its predecessor.

Alpha Bits 3 will be on tap and available in crowlers to-go starting when the taproom opens on Thursday, February 16. We will have approximately 200 crowlers available, with a limit of 4 per person.

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

Well its that time of year again! We will be tapping our keg of Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Younger on Thursday 2/16/17. Again this year we will be working with Elite Brands to raise money for Sense of Security. Their mission is to help Colorado breast cancer patients survive financially while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment. We will be donating $2 from every Pliny the Younger purchase for this worthy cause. 

We will also be tapping a keg each of Consecration and Supplication for your enjoyment.

Time some details:
*This is a highly sought after beer and we will only be getting a very limited amount. This means that we have to have a system in place to divide it up fairly. We will begin distributing tickets to guests interested in purchasing a pour of this amazing beer that are in the restaurant at 5:30 pm*

A ticket guarantees a pour of the beer. In order to receive a ticket you will need a valid ID showing that you are of legal drinking age. One ticket per guest (no, we’re sorry you can’t get an extra ticket for your friend that is coming later). Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have a ticket you can relax, you will get a pour of the beer. Enjoy some food or one of the other fine beverages that we will pouring that evening. We will be serving 6 oz pours of Pliny the Younger and the price will be $8, inclusive of the $2 donation. You will not be asked to pay for your beer until you actually receive it. You will need to either pay cash or put it on a tab at the time that we tap the keg. We highly suggest starting a tab before 6 pm.

We will tap the keg at 6:00 pm. In the past few years it has been completely gone by 6:30 pm and we anticipate this will be the same in 2017.

As an FYI, after initial tickets are passed out we will then have a few remaining “second chance” tickets which will be numbered. These “second chance” tickets do not secure you a pour, but allow you the chance to get one of the last few remaining pours until the keg kicks.

We have run this event the same way every year with great success and we hope everyone has a great time! See you on Thursday 2/16/17!

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

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We’re re-releasing Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout!

Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout is brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, local organic chocolate, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50

Nati Dogs food truck will be here all evening serving delicous comfort food.

Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO

Hypersonic has been the most popular and juicy version of our wild yeast NE IPA series

That is why we decided to make a year-round beer. 

We have also changed our method of hopping slightly, but still 8x dry-hopped. Hypersonic is not sour. It is made with wild yeast foraged from our neighbor’s apple tree in the Baker neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. 

Tapping will begin when we open at 2pm
EVENT – bit.ly/hypersonic20170217

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Five years!!! Two new IPAs! Come party with us!

Saturday 2/18, Noon to 9pm:
Anniversary Ale 5: our first American Double IPA – draft and bottles.
Anniversary Ale 5 1/4: our first hazy IPA – draft and crowler, taproom only!
Crawfish boil by Roaming Bull Brasserie.
Live music 4-6pm by The Dollhouse Thieves.
Rotating cellar tappings throughout the day.

Advance tickets available for reserved bottles and crowlers, see ticket link in this event for details!

Sunday 2/19, Noon to 7pm:
Lock Up the Cellar – your last chance at Decennial bottles and Single Cask Mr. Sandman.
Rotating cellar tappings throughout the day.
Raffle for full Anniversary Ale vertical (100% for charity).
New Mexican street food by The Road Runner.

See. You. There!!!

River North Brewery is located at: 6021 Washington St, Unit A, Denver, CO

WINE-BEER HYBRID BOTTLE RELEASE

SUPERCRUISE: Cabernet Franc
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $30/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON

SUPERCRUISE: Cabernet Sauvignon
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $30/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON

MACH-LIMIT: Cabernet Sauvignon
750mL bottle, cork and cage – $32/bottle
LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
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Each beer starts with wine grapes from locally-sourced, family-owned vineyards in Palisade, CO. Once the grapes have been destemmed and crushed, we allow the juice to rest for a few days – developing rich color and depth of flavor – before finally transferring the juice to neutral oak barrels along with our base Golden Sour. The beer then goes through a secondary fermentation while resting on the grapes, and after a few weeks is ready to bottle.

MACH-LIMIT
Fruited at the highest limit allowed, thereby creating a beer that is truly something of a hybrid with intense grape character – almost sangria-like. This beer should age well with proper cellaring; however, the grape character may diminish over time.

Wine grapes from Mesa Park Vineyard

SUPERCRUISE
Fruited at about half of what we do for Mach-Limit, the stonefruit character from the base beer is backed by bright fruit and soft tannins, yet the beer still shines through. This beer should age well with proper cellaring; however, the grape character may diminish over time.

Wine grapes from COLTERRIS Colorado Grand Valley Wine and Mesa Park Vineyards

EVENT – bit.ly/supercruise2017

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO

  • Palisade Reunion Bottle Release, Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO, Noon

Palisade Reunion Batch 2: Our golden sour beer aged on Colorado-grown Palisade Peaches!

Price: $20/750ml (tax included) 
Limits: 4x bottles per customer. 548 bottles available. 
First come, first served. 

How it compares to Batch 1: More peaches, our favorite 3 varietals and more carbonation. This year we took 200 gallons of our favorite golden sour wort and aged it on 1000 pounds of Colorado-grown peaches for 3 months (a fruiting ratio of 5lbs/gallon!). There was so much fruit that we rented a special wine fermention tank from California for the occasion and had to punchdown the fruit to keep it in contact with the beer. Batch 1 consisted of 220 gallons of sour beer, racked onto 700lbs of peaches (3.18lbs/gallon). For Batch 2 we also selected our 3 favorite varietals of the year, Cresthaven, Suncrest and JH Hale. For Batch 1 we ordered #2 peaches which growers use to reference the ones that fall of the tree on their own, are bruised and aren’t pretty enough to sell on regular store shelves. While these peaches still make wonderful beer, they are an unknown grab bag of varietals, some so sweet and overripe that the flavor nearly completely ferments out. By selecting the exact varitals that I wanted this year we were able to select juicy peaches with some residual tartness which I’ve found to translate into better, more complete, peach flavor in the finished product. It took more time and coordination to work with our peach grower, but overall the effort was totally worth it! Over the past year we have tweaked our bottle conditioning methodology for more consistency and while some bottles were slightly undercarbed last year, we think this years batch has just the right amount of carbonation to really accentuate the peach aromas! Just like last years batch, we used the same house culture, so if you want bright juicy peaches, drink fresh. With age the beer will develop a deep funk thanks to the various brettanomyces strains present in the beer and will age gracefully.

For transparency sake, last years batch was only $16. The additional cost this year is due to higher quality, specific varietals of peaches and a lot more of them while yielding a lower volume of finished beer.

We’re incredibly excited to share the beer with you!

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Powder Keg Brewing is located at: 101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO

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Oskar Blues Opens “The Oak Room” With Free Rare Beer Tasting

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY OPENS “THE OAK ROOM” EVENT SPACE FOR MARDI GRAS THEMED BEER BASH

Free event offers rare and hard to find Cigar City Brewing & Perrin Brewing beers brews while Lionel Young and Guerilla Fanfare to kick off live music and Parade.

LONGMONT- CO– Oskar Blues Brewery will crack the doors open on their new event space, The Oak Room at the Longmont Brewery, just in time for a Mardi Gras themed bash in Colorado. The craft beer in a CAN innovators are launching the massive 4,275 square foot event space, which features views of their expanded barrel aging room and aromas of freshly roasted Hotbox Roasters coffee beans. Complete with a private bar, custom-made oak barrel furniture & accessories and a 24’ big screen, The Oak Room fills a need as a premiere private event space in the area. The grand-opening party on Saturday, February 25th will feature incredible tunes, rare craft beer, killer Cajun food from Oskar Blues Homemade Liquid and Solids, a costume contest and as many beads we can throw at’cha. Follow the Tasty Weasel Taproom Facebook page for additional details.

Experience rare beers that will be available for the Mardi Gras festival, including:

●Cigar City Brewing Trousseau – a barley wine winter warmer
●Cigar City Brewing 110K + OT 9th Batch – Imperial oatmeal raisin cookie brown ale
●Perrin –  No Rules –  Bourbon BA Imperial Vietnamese Porter w/ coconut, cinnamon, and turbinado sugar

In addition to the exclusively available beers on tap,the Oak Room will serve a huge selection of Oskar Blues faves, Perrin Brewing, and Cigar City Brewing, B.Stiff & Sons soda cans. Each rare brew will be put on one at a time and then a new one tapped over as each previous is kicked.

Since no Mardi Gras festivity is complete without a parade, the event will feature a Guerrilla Fanfare Second Line Parade & Stilt Walkers around the brewery.

This year’s Mardi Gras soiree is headlined by Lionel Young, a real “living history of blues/jazz” set. Not retro – completely modern and simultaneously with full respect for what came before. From hill country to hard bop, boogie woogie to Ornette…but all blues.

The February 25th schedule of events for the day includes:
3 p.m. – Doors Open
5 p.m. – New Orleans Style Food & King Cake
5 – 7:30 p.m. – Lionel Young Band
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Guerrilla Fanfare Second Line Parade & Stilt Walkers

“The Oak Room” at Oskar Blues Brewery is a craft-cush 4,275 square foot, full-on event space roused by the view of over 1,000 oak barrels ageing rare and specialty Oskar Blues brews.  The approachable barrel house features a personal beer bar, 24 foot projection TV, sound system, personal entrance and bathrooms.  The Oak Room is on-point for rocky mountain revelry, charity events, live music, executive bored meetings, workshops and gatherings for up to 280 folks.  Beer & bite on Oskar Blues Brews, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, Hotbox Roasters coffee and food from Oskar Blues Fooderies ranging from casual to formal.  Dig the knotty, BarOAK inspired indoor décor or take your beer to the outdoor grass courtyard for lawn games and soaking up ColoRADo sunshine.

For additional details visit www.OBoakroom.com

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Crooked Stave Announces “Be My Valentine” – Nightmare on Brett Raspberry Release Party

Crooked Stave Announces the Release of Nightmare on Brett Raspberry – Valentines Day 2017 

Denver, Colo. – February 9th, 2016 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is excited to announce the first big release of 2017 and the launch of their 750ml cork and cage line up of specialty sour barrel-aged beers. First up for Crooked Stave is Nightmare in Brett Raspberry, just announced as Ratebeer.com’s top 50 beers released in 2016 with a perfect 100 rating.

Big plans for Valentines day? Why not spend it with Crooked Stave who has planned releases at retail stores across the state of Colorado, including 14 unique event tapping’s and a big kick off in their taproom at 3350 Brighton Blvd.

The Crooked Stave taproom event “Be My Valentine” will be the official release of Nightmare on Brett Raspberry, which the brewery aged with over 3,000 lbs of whole fruit raspberries from the 2016 harvest. Beer release festivities will be starting at 5:00pm MST at the 3350 Brighton Blvd Taproom, event details include:

  • 2016 Nightmare on Brett Raspberry Release, 750ml cork and cage bottles (4 Bottle Limit)
  • Special drawing for the opportunity to purchase a single 1.5L Magnum of 2016 Nightmare on Brett Raspberry (30 Bottles Available, – Subject to change – One entry per person)
  • 2016 Nightmare on Brett Raspberry on draught
  • 2015 Vintage Nightmare on Brett Raspberry on draught
  • First time release of 750ml cork and cage bottles of Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrels
  • Vintage Nightmare on Brett 375ml bottles being pulled from the cellar including some 2013 Dark Origins Raspberry, 2013 Dark Origins Blackberry, 2015 Nightmare on Brett Raspberry, and other varieties to be determined…
  • Local Denver chocolatiers chocolate pairings:

Temper Chocolates custom Truffles:

  • Dark ganache, raspberry pickled mustard seeds with a white chocolate shell.
  • Foie gras ganache with a milk chocolate shell. 

Chocolate Lab custom Truffles:

  • Nightmare on Brett chocolate truffle
  • Dark chocolate truffle with raspberry gastrique, topped w/ Urfa chili pepper

*Chocolates available to enjoy as a pairing with the beer and purchase separately at time of beer release.

Can’t make it to the taproom for the release, join us at one of the 14 specialty tapping events around the State:

  • First Drafts – Denver RiNo
  • Hops & Pie – Denver Tennyson 
  • World of Beer – Cherry Creek Location
  • Jakes Brew Bar – Downtown Littleton
  • Barrels and Bottles – Golden
  • Stapleton Tap House – Stapleton Denver
  • Parry’s Pizza – Highlands Ranch Location
  • Parry’s Pizza – Northglenn Location
  • Revivial Brews – Evergreen
  • Backcountry Pizza – Boulder Location
  • Parry’s Pizza – Longmont Location
  • Choice City – Fort Collins
  • Brues Ale House – Pueblo
  • Cerberus Brew Pub – Colorado Springs
  • Kenosha Steakhouse – Breckenridge

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/09/2017

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!

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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
Original
MON 2/13 – Coffee
MON 2/20 – Vanilla Chai
MON 2/27 – Double Dutch Chocolate

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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.

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

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Crooked Stave Shares Plans For 2017

Crooked Stave Announces 2017 Launch of New 750ml Cork and Cage Packaging With Nightmare on Brett Raspberry Set For Valentines Day

Denver, Colo. – February 4th, 2017 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is gearing up for a strong 2017. It was a tenacious 2016 which saw the culmination of Crooked Stave’s investment of nearly 3 million dollars to launch it’s fully customized brewery, including a new brewhouse with coolship, new fully hard piped stainless steel fermentation cellar, nearly doubling the size of their Foeder Farm, committing to 100% whole fruit in all of it’s fruited sour beers and last but not least, new packaging equipment including a 750ml bottling line built out with cork and caging capabilities. With the new equipment on line and processes dialed in, the brewery has been busy packaging the upcoming years many sought after and limited release beers into the new 750ml bottles, complete with custom corks and cages as well as some very limited 1.5L Magnums of select barrels.

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“2016 was a whirlwind of a year, “ said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner and Brewmaster. “Our skilled production team doubled in size, and we re-developed each of our processes to maintain our vision as a world leader in the fermentation of sour and wild beer with quality continuing to guide each successful step forward. 2016 also saw us release clean beers to the market and those have taken off, being wildly successful for us. 2017 is the year where we get to show off all the hard work we have put in over the last 6 years to get to this point. We see this year as a turning point, we put processes in place capable of making beers in a creative and quality way that I’ve never seen any other brewery install.”

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The brewery is set to release all of its Barrel Cellar Blends including L’Brett d’Or, Flor d’Lees, Origins and Nightmare on Brett in 750ml cork and cage format along with being 100% bottle conditioned. In addition to these brewery favorites, 2017 will see the creation of the Reserve Cellars Releases which includes a new 750ml limited offering each month. These are the breweries highly sought after fruit sours, produced with 100% whole fruit sourced locally from Colorado and Washington state, including favorites like L’Brett d’Raspberry, Persica, Surette Reserva with Palisade Peaches, Mama Bears Sour Cherry Pie and Nightmare on Brett Raspberry. Limited Reserve Cellars Releases have also made their way into 1.5L magnums to be released at various Taproom events. New for 2017 is the addition of taproom only releases. The brewery has been busy producing single barrel bottling’s and limited blends of new and creative beers. While the amount of bottles varies, some of these releases include as few as only 200 bottles.

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“We see many of our 2017 taproom only releases selling out the day they are released, given the very small number of bottles packaged,” says, Brett Zarhte, Packaging Manager at Crooked Stave. “These bottling runs are over before they start they are so small. Our packaging team loves these runs, especially when we add a few 1.5L Magnums to the mix. It’s a beautiful bottle when it’s all said and done.”

First up for Crooked Stave is Nightmare in Brett Raspberry, just announced as Ratebeer.com’s top 50 beers released in 2016 with a perfect 100 rating. Set your calendars for February 14th, Valentines day and the annual release day of Nightmare on Brett Raspberry. The taproom is gearing up with custom made chocolates that incorporate the beer into the chocolate, a slew of vintage tapping’s and bottle releases including some 1.5L Magnums of the beer and the release of additional 750ml cork and cage bottles.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/02/2017

And we’re back.

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 and beer related happenings. Think of it as the breweries, tappings and events you’d most likely find us hanging out, drinking and supporting.

For this special Groundhog’s Day edition, it’s all about Melvin’s National 2×4 Day. Here’s the scoop.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Join us for the release of our collaborative “0 IBU” DIPA with our friends at Mikerphone Brewing! Hopped at 4.5 pounds/barrel with Citra and Azacca then fermented with Mikerphone’s house blend of two very expressive yeast strains. Notes of juicy overripe mango, papaya and lychee.

7.6% ABV • 0 IBU

Crowlers will be available for $14 each, limit 3 per person.

Burgerchief will be outside from 3-10pm serving up amazing flat-top burgers, fries, onion rings, and more!

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

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

National 2×4 Day 2017

2×4 Day is the celebration of 2×4, 2×4 Man and drinking the best IPAs! Melvin Brewing has hand-picked some of the best bars around the globe to help us celebrate this monumental day. If you show up to an official 2×4 Day bar you can expect:

Great Beers – Lambda IIIPA, Drunken Master IIPA, Asterisk IIPA, Citradamus IIPA, Carlton CDA, Pilsgnar Pilsner, Hubert, MPA Melvin IPA and of course 2×4 DIPA.
Great Fun – You know Melvin. Kung-Fu, Hip-Hop, Free Swag!

More Information: www.2x4man.com

Dont Hate, Party!

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

2×4 Day is the celebration of 2×4, 2×4 Man and drinking the best IPAs! Melvin Brewing has hand-picked some of the best bars around the globe to help us celebrate this monumental day.

Beers that will be on tap:
Lambda IIIPA
Drunken Master IIPA
Asterisk IIPA
Citradamus IIPA
Carlton CDA
Pilsgnar Pilsner
Hubert MPA
Melvin IPA
2×4 DIPA.

We will be blasting Wu-Tang and Kung fu all day. Many more fun and Melvinish things will be happening throughout the day. This is an event you shouldn’t miss.

More information can be found at 2x4man.com.

The Crafty Fox is located at: 3901 Fox St, Denver, CO.

National 2×4 Day 2017 Finn’s Manor is the celebration of 2×4 IIPA, 2×4 Man and drinking the best IPAs! Melvin Brewing has hand-picked some of the best bars around the globe to help us celebrate this monumental day, and Finn’s Manor is honored to take part!

Melvin Brewing
2×4 IIPA
Lambda IIIPA
Drunken Master IIPA
Asterisk IIPA
Citradamus IIPA
Melvin IPA
Carlton Black IPA
Hubert MPA
Pilsgnar Pilsner

Other IPA’s that will be in attendance:
Cerebral Brewing & Mikerphone Brewing
Alternative Facts 0 IBU IPA

Comrade Brewing Company
Hype Machine IIPA
Superpower IPA

Station 26 Brewing Co.
Juicy Banger IPA

WeldWerks Brewing Company
Alpha Bits #2 IPA

Wicked Weed Brewing
Pernicious IPA

We’ll be blasting Wu-Tang Clan and have Kung-Fu on the projector all day.
More Information: www.2x4man.com

Finn’s Manor is located at: 2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

IT’S TIME TO FIND OUT WHICH BREWERY HAS THE BEST BEER IN COLORADO!

AND YOU GET TO HELP DECIDE!

THE 1ST RULE OF BEER FIGHT CLUB IS “BRING YOUR BEST BEER TO THE FIGHT”

THE 2ND RULE OF BEER FIGHT CLUB IS “BE READY TO DRINK THE BEST BEER EACH BREWERY HAS TO OFFER”

Beer Fight Club will feature 8 amazing breweries from the RiNo district of Denver in a head to head blind tasting competition.  Each brewery will submit their single best beer which will include some limited run and exclusive brews.  Voters will pick the winner of Beer Fight Club 1 during a single elimination bracket style tournament! 

Your ticket includes:

· Unlimited pours of all the competing beers until they are gone!
· Tons of give a way prizes from the breweries and sponsors!
· Free Sliders from the Larimer Beer Hall!
 · Free 5oz commemorative glass!
· A great event that everyone will be talking about forever! 

Fight #1 The Competing Breweries:

· Mockery Brewing Company
· River North Brewery
· Blue Moon
· Epic Brewing
· Zephyr Brewing
· Beryl’s Beer Co
· Black Shirt Brewing
· Jagged Mountain

Tickets start at $50 and are available HERE. Larimer Beer Hall is located at: 2012 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

Other locations hosting official 2×4 Day events include Falling Rock Tap House, Hops & Pie, Tap and Handle, and Brewer’s Republic. If we get details before the weekend, we’ll do our best to pass that info along to you.

By: Mark Robinson

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Party Time At 10 Barrel Brewing’s Grand Opening Block Party

If you’ve been brewery or beer bar hopping in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood recently you’ve probably noticed and maybe even popped into the new 10 Barrel Denver brewpub for a pint. Well, this weekend the folks from 10 Barrel are going big and throwing a huge block party that will be packed with live music, giveaways, a ski and snowboarding contest, and of course lots of tasty brews. The best part is that it is a FREE party for all ages!

This Saturday, January 28th is the Grand Opening Celebration of the new spot located at 2620 Walnut St in RiNo. They’ll be shutting down a block of Walnut between 26th and 27th streets for the festivities, which will run 4-10pm. Throughout the day there will be some really great live music from Brent Cowles, Rapidgrass and Dragondeer. Visit the Facebook Event Page for additional details.

The feature that we’re most excited about is the 10 Barrel Rail Jam Truck. All you trickster skier and snowboarders have the chance to win $300 cash by showing your best stuff on the Rail Jam Truck. You can still sign up by visiting and registering at www.10barrel.com/pray for snow

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In other exciting news, 10 Barrel Denver just announced that Kay Witkiewicz will serve as Head Brewer. We can’t wait to meet him, talk about his plans for the brewpub and drink some great beer.

Hope to see some familiar faces on Saturday. Come out and say Hi!

Cheers!

By: Matt Morris

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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Finds New Home In Breckenridge

This past weekend, we were able to immerse ourselves in all things beer at the annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival. Despite an unavoidable venue change and making the jump up I-70 from Vail to Breckenridge, this celebration of world-class craft beer didn’t miss a beat.

We began our Big Beers weekend with a long overdue visit to Westbound & Down Brewing Company in Idaho Springs. These guys are serving up some killer beers, ranging from a Pale Ale to Belgian-style Tripel. There was even a damn good collaboration Double IPA with Comrade Brewing called Nuclear Football. The food was good, the beer was on point and it’s definitely a place we’ll revisit on future trips to the high country.

Shortly after arriving in Breckenridge, we had to make our standard visit to Broken Compass Brewing. The tasting room was wall-to-wall people (and dogs), but that couldn’t keep us away from their heavenly Coconut Porter. These guys have been firing on all cylinders since day one and beer lovers continue to support what they’re doing.

Eventually we made our way to Beaver Run Resort, settled into our rooms and got ready for a long weekend of stellar beer, shared with even better friends. Some of our team headed to the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing, while others prepared for a relaxing bottle share.

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At the end of the day, we all met up at the Cigar Pairing Experience. While I don’t smoke, I still wanted to take a peek at what beers were available to sample. From Crooked Stave’s Sours to Weldwerk’s Stouts, there was something for everyone and it was the perfect way to wrap up Day 1.

The following day offered up multiple seminars, all building up to the Commercial Tasting. Somehow I got roped into Beer & Yoga. Fortunately, it was sponsored by Dry Dock Brewing, so my not so nimble limbs were rewarded with pours of Dry Dock’s Signature Series Double Hazelnut Brown at 10 AM. I was a yoga virgin, but the instructors were excellent and I enjoyed the experience. Although, for next year, it might be nice to have a dedicated room, away from foot traffic. There’s nothing like being heckled by your friends while you’re leading into that Downward Dog. Hopefully no pictures exist of these shenanigans.

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