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There is a secret club in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood that is quickly gaining popularity and notoriety. The perks of the club include access to a great beer not available to non-members. While the club does not have standard meetings or matching 90s windbreaker jackets, members of this Tennyson Street club are able to supply their patrons with a special beer created by Call To Arms Brewing Co.: The Tennyson Standard.
Over the last couple years East Colfax has been filling up with breweries, including Fiction Beer Company, Lost Highway Brewing Company, Alpine Dog Brewery, and Mu Brewery, but West Colfax has had a clear void in the craft beer scene. To fill that void, Anthony Martuscello is opening WestFax Brewing next to one of Denver’s most infamous landmarks: Casa Bonita.
Denver Location: 471 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204
Capacity: 50 Barrel Brewhouse
Open Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Hours of Operations: Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm
Denver’s craft beer scene has gained new energy, …
New Belgium Brewing Company’s annual event celebrating the releases of La Folie and TranksAtlantique Kriek is back and this year, Lost in the Woods is providing a magical sour beer experience for fans across the country. While they’re best known to most people for their flagship hoppy amber ale Fat Tire, New Belgium has advanced their barrel aging program to one of the industry’s most revered by both peers and customers.
Beer festivals can be amazing, but in many ways they can be overwhelming: from the ticket price to enormous crowds and even the long waits in line to catch a glimpse of the brewers of your favorite beers. Last year, LowDown Brewery held their type of beer festival with no lines and no entry fee; just great barrel-aged beer.
I know what you’re thinking: “Christmas is over. Why are you still talking about a Christmas beer?” Because Bell’s Christmas Ale is an incredibly light and sessionable beer to savor during the cold months, and a perfect beer to drink beyond the merry holiday. While a lot of other winter warmers and dark beers made for this season are heavy in their ABV and body, this Christmas Ale is nothing what you’d expect.
New Years Eve can be one of the most memorable nights of the year, but it can also be extremely expensive or douche-tastic. Luckily for beer lovers, many Denver-area craft breweries will host cheaper, more casual parties to ring in the new year. From multiple course dinners and special beer releases to cover-free parties, you’ll be able to find an event that’s just your style.
Here’s our guide to New Years parties to help you make your plans:
Treat Yo’self Day is an amazing concept bestowed upon all humanity thanks to Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle on Parks & Recreation. Treat Yo’self is not a holiday (officially) or birthday occurrence; it is just a normal day where you throw caution to the wind and indulge in any and all material pleasures you like. In honor of this concept, I decided to Treat My’self by combining two of my all time favorite things into a Craft Beer and Voodoo Doughnuts Pairing.
If bacon is good and more bacon is better, then even more bacon with lots of incredible craft beer is the absolute best. The Bacon and Beer Festival returned to Denver on Sunday, October 8… and it was glorious. Bacon is an extremely versatile ingredient and this festival was a platform for some of Denver’s top chefs to show us its versatility. It was also a great opportunity for local breweries to show how their beers can pair with diverse swine dishes. Like last year, proceeds from the event benefited Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart.
3501 Delgany Street
Denver, CO 80216
15 Barrel Brewhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 3pm-9pm
Mockery might seem like a strange name for a brewery. While it sounds like it could be a big joke, Mockery makes some seriously delicious beer that is out of the ordinary. Mockery even acknowledges this with their motto, “The only thing we take seriously is beer.”
Little Machine Beer
Location: 2924 W 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Capacity: 10 Barrel System
Open Date: October 29, 2015
Hours of Operation:
MONDAY – THURSDAY Noon-10pm
Amazing and complex things come from simple parts. This concept is the basis Ben Chenard, Mike Dunkly, and Brett Williams put behind Little Machine Beer, the newest brewery in Denver, opening today in Jefferson Park. Like incredibly complicated machines that are built from nuts and bolts, delicious and intricate beer starts with the same four ingredients: Hops, Barley, Yeast and Water.
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3001 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
20 Barrel Brewhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: Noon-10pm
Friday/Saturday: Noon-12am or later
Epic Brewing exploded onto the beer scene in Salt Lake City in 2008 and quickly started being recognized for their exemplary beers both domestically and internationally. To keep up with their demand and expand their distribution, co-founders David Cole and Peter Erickson headed east across the Rockies and opened a second brewery in Denver’s River North district. The new Denver location also allowed them to expand their barrel system and create a sour beer program too.
With all the amazing beers you are able to try at Great American Beer Fest, the last thing on your mind is probably keeping off the excess pounds from the additional beers you drink. No one wants to imitate a hamster on the treadmill in your hotel. Steve Allen, the fitness consultant and president of Fitness Please!, gives some fun and very Denver ways to sweat off the suds.
“It doesn’t matter what you do to get moving, but you’ll be more effective if you are enjoying yourself.”
Steve Allen, Fitness Consultant & President of Fitness Please!
If life gives you lemons, throw them in an awesome shandy or sour beer. You can find almost every fruit in the pour list for this year’s Great American Beer Festival. From strawberries to blueberries and even guava, the fruit added to beer gives it another level of complexity and often refreshment too. Fruit can be added to pretty much any beer style, which means this theme route can take you to a smorgasbord of flavors on your palette. Chris Day, Tristan Chan, and I looked through the list of GABF beers to help you hone in on fruit beers at the festival. Again, this list is not the end-all, be-all list of fruit beers, but it can help you jump start your adventure. Let us guide your way to the Fruit Beers at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
Other themed routes:
Great American Beer Festival can be a great place to summon your inner-Indiana Jones and find a real treasure in the beer world. Breweries utilize GABF to show off some of their biggest and best beers, but if you play your cards right, you can also find some once-in-a-lifetime finds. Chris Day, Tristan Chan, and I searched high and low through brewery pour lists to find you your Holy Grail.
Let our list guide you and your travel companions on a journey to find some of the festival’s rarest beers. Keep in mind that there are many other gems to find on your own too!
Other themed routes:
As you can tell from our Sours & Wilds Theme Route, we are trying to make your Great American Beer Festival as incredible and easy as possible. To help you make the most of your festival experience, Tristan Chan, Chris Day and I continue our tour guide services through Hoppy Beers. Coming soon, you’ll have a path through Rare Beers, Big Beers, and Unique Beers. You can check out our Sours and Wilds Route here. We’ll give you the breweries, beers and descriptions, then let you go from there.
Today’s theme route focuses on Hoppy Beers. There will be an incredible amount of hoppy beers at GABF, but we’ve looked at all the breweries pour lists to give you the cream of the crop. As we said with the sours, this list is by no means a complete list of all hoppy beers, but it is a great starting point. Take this list as a map to guide your way Hoppy Beers at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
Great American Beer Festival is a great opportunity for beer geeks, like yours truly, to rub elbows with the best in the craft beer industry. Last year, we introduced you to some of the most famous people in the beer world that you might run across at Great American Beer Festival. Out of that list of 25 celeBEERties, I was able to meet 10 of them, including Garrett Oliver, Dick Cantwell and my beer crush, Sam Calagione.
Most of last year’s class will likely attend GABF this year, but we have a new list of beer celebrities to keep your eye out for, including some of the world’s best brewers, actors/musicians that are trying their hand at brewing, and advocates for the industry.
In my opinion, Kyle Kinane is one of the best comedians currently on the circuit. He brought his own style to comedy, combining his enticing storytelling with an incredibly unique view on the world. Even if you don’t think you know who Kyle is, you probably do. Kyle is a nationally touring comedian with multiple specials including Whiskey Icarus. He’s been on Drunk History and won the internet on @midnight more than a handful of times. Also he is the gravelly voice of all the promos you hear on Comedy Central.
Coming up on Wednesday night, Kyle will also be the headliner at Offensively Delicious, a craft beer comedy show that kicks off a weekend full of Great American Beer Festival events (check out our preview here). Kyle gave me a few minutes to talk about his rise in the comedy world, his drinking preferences, and also his exciting upcoming projects.