Summer Shindig Recap | Keep It Public Celebrates Outdoors & Local Beer
The coalition known as Keep It Public joined Broomfield’s 4 Noses Brewing in bringing together more than 20 Colorado breweries and a cidery during the Summer Shindig, held on August 25 at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. Keep It Public is a 501c3 non-profit organization, run exclusively by volunteers bound by a mission to educate the community on the American public land system.
Joining in on the fun of the Summer Shindig were some of Colorado’s most admired breweries, who showcased many of their local favored beers such as Rare Trait by Cerebral Brewing, Codename: Superfan by Odd13, Slow Pour Pils by Bierstadt Lagerhaus, East Coast Transplant by New Image Brewing, Juicy Banger by Station 26 and many more classic Colorado beers.
Alongside these great breweries were a handful of outdoor retailers, who were raffling off prizes that any outdoor enthusiast would love. All proceeds would benefit Keep It Public.
The big, open space offer by Hanger at Stanley Marketplace allowed attendees to socialize amongst each other without being too crowded by other guests. Not only were the beers enjoyable, but the vibe of the festival was easy-going and laid back — including being baby and dog friendly. The venue continued to an outdoor space, where it hosted live music and food offerings from La Paisita Mexican Food, Fiesta Fusion and Little Big Sandwich.
Those who purchased a supporter ticket grained early access to the brewmasters hour, a YETI mug, and KIP decal. The brewmasters hour showcased several special pours from various breweries ranging in style from sours to IPAs including Sour Peachopotamus by 4 Noses, Oud Bruin by Our Mutual Friend, Burner Phone by Cerebral Brewing, and Onolicious by Odell Brewing…to name a few.
The stars of the brewmasters hour had to be the sours! Our Mutual Friend’s Oud Bruin, a 7.5% single cask sour brown ale, set us off on the right foot with its bold flavors of tart cherries and plums. Odell Brewing poured a tropical sour ale from their Cellar Series called Onolicious, which produced some graceful notes of passion fruit, mango, and ripe guava, leaving you with the most satisfying tart finish. Our brewmasters hour wouldn’t have been complete without 4 Noses, Sour Peachopotamus, a 4.5% sour ale pack with 1800 pounds of Palisade Peaches, that was ultra juicy and had a very refreshing finish.
Moving onto the core beers of the festival: there were loads of great beers surrounding this event. 4 Noses line up of beers was jammed packed with styles ranging from IPAs to Kölschs. Starting with their Velvet Series they featured their latest variant, Pineapple Velvet, a Milkshake IPA loaded with pineapple, hops, and lactose, that tasted like a pineapple smoothie with a remarkably soft mouthfeel. And in celebration of the festival, 4 Noses brewed a Keep It Public Kölsch that was very light and crisp. It became a nice palette cleanser between all the different styles of beers at the festival. A few other notable beers from 4 Noses were their Peachopotamus Wheat Ale, Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager.
Other beers that should be recognized was Oswald by Wood Boss Brewing a 7.1% New England IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops giving you an incredibly juicy beer with a soft mouthfeel. In addition to all the great IPAs at the festival, Cerebral Brewing was pouring one of their freshest IPAs, Burner Phone an 8.1% DIPA heavily hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic, leaving your palette coated in flavors of melon and pineapple. Balancing out the festival, we finished off with an exceptionally easy-drinking sour: Call To Arms Berkeley Tart Blonde Ale. Other noteworthy beers included Coriolis Effect by New Image Brewing, Lime Gose by Ratio, Neon Nail by Our Mutual Friend and Wit(h) Passion by Renegade Brewing.
Keep It Public kept the celebration very entertaining with its great selection of breweries, food and live music, as well as educating everyone on the importance of keeping public land public!