About- Brady Akers
If you have attended the Barrel-Aged Beer Festival at LowDown Brewery in the past, you remember the laid back, line-free day of great rare beers. This year’s third annual event will be better than ever with more barrel aged beers, more breweries, and more time to drink them. LowDown will again host the event this weekend, January 13 and 14 with beers from 15 other breweries, including Black Project, River North, Funkwerks, Station 26, Lagunitas, Dry Dock, Odell, Ratio, Elevation, Left Hand, Platt Park, Banded Oak, Spangalang, Little Machine and Declaration.
This weekend’s Big Beers festival is one of Colorado’s most awe-inspiring beer events, featuring more than 500 amazing and sought-after beers. If you’re not able to attend the big show in Breckenridge, there are plenty of mountain events related to the fest. From special releases to rare tappings, we’ve compiled a list of happenings for you to start 2018 with a bang.
For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.
Toppling Goliath, the Iowa brewery who has gained national acclaim in recent years, is making its Colorado debut during Great American Beer Festival with the help of Denver’s LowDown Brewery. On Wednesday October 4 at 11am, LowDown located at 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO, will tap nine Toppling Goliath beers including PseudoSue, King Sue and Mornin’ Delight.
When Epic Brewing first released its Sour Brainless on Peaches in late June 2015, the brewery’s sour program was officially launched. I remember going to the first release at the Denver taproom, where I was able to hand-dip the wax on my bottles, enjoy free peach ice cream from Little Man with flame roasted peaches, and also get my first taste of Epic’s sour peach. In the two years since the initial release, Epic’s sour initiative has quickly matured into an innovative and well-respected program.
Starting at the end of April, LowDown Brewery + Kitchen will host a month-long charity event, featuring a new IPA tapping every day. The IPA lineup will include LowDown’s own hoppy treats, as well as some of the best IPAs from Denver and around the country. On Friday, April 28, LowDown will tap seven IPAs to launch the event, which will benefit Groundwork Denver.
Cochon555 made a successful return to Denver on Sunday with almost 500 guests enjoying more than 1,500 pounds of family farm-raised pork. The event also raised $7,000 for Piggy Bank, a charity supporting family farms through education, resources and more.
If you have attended LowDown Brewery’s Barrel-Aged Beer Festival in the past, you remember the laid back, line-free day of great rare beers. This year’s event is bound to be twice as good; mainly because it’s twice as long with more than double the barrel aged beers. LowDown will again host the event at their brewery this weekend, January 21 and 22.
When the weather outside gets frightful, a nice big imperial stout can be very delightful, but you should be sure that you’ve got no place to go. For me, one of my favorite big imperial stouts during the holiday season is Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper. Like sweet baby Jesus, Santa’s Little Helper is pure and good in every way. The beer doesn’t have any “holiday seasoning” in it, which is a nice break after pumpkin beer season to avoid nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc.
This Saturday marks the 5th annual Parade of Darks holiday beer festival, hosted by Metro Caring. This year’s event will take place at the Tivoli Student Center’s Turnhalle Room on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. With a focus on dark beer, more than three dozen breweries and 70 thoughtfully-selected beers will be featured at the event.
Various amazing writers at PorchDrinking have covered television hits in Ultimate 6ers for years, including Parks & Recreation (Parts I & II), The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and American Idol (just kidding, we have standards). With these past Ultimate 6ers in mind, I just had to create a new one for my current pop culture love affair: HBO’s new hit Westworld.
In case you don’t know, Westworld blends Grand Theft Auto with Jurassic Park in an old western setting. Westworld is an amusement park where guests pay to be immersed in a realistic 1800s “Old West” environment. With towns, farms, rivers, deserts, and more, guests are able to choose their own adventures: from tracking down outlaws to becoming an outlaw or taking advantage of the local bordello’s enticing attractions. Guests are even able to kill the park’s lifelike androids, also known as Hosts.
Sharing is caring, and the beer radar is back for another month of sharing news of the best craft beer releases coming to the Denver market in November. Remember, we will update this list throughout the month as new releases are announced.
I remember attending the celebration for Epic Brewing‘s first dive into sours in June 2015, including waxing my own bottle of Sour Brainless on Peaches, free peach ice cream and even fire-roasted peaches. The beer was worth the hype and I was immediately excited to see how this souring program would grow.
When: Wednesday, October 5, 6-10 p.m.
Where: McNichols Building (Denver, CO)
One of the cooler and more unique events during Great American Beer Festival is back and closer to downtown than ever before. Renegade and Sexpot Comedy are teaming up again for the Offensively Delicious Craft Beer Comedy Show at McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. As an unofficial kickoff to GABF, which starts on Thursday, Offensively Delicious offers a miniature beer festival with brews from 10 great breweries and the comedic stylings of some hilarious local and national comedians.
The Great American Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity for beer geeks, like yours truly, to rub elbows with the best in the craft beer industry. And while you may be a bit blown away when spotting some of these industry titans, please refrain from actually rubbing their elbows. That’s awkward.
Most of these iconic brewers will be manning their booths, and we’ve gotten confirmation that two musical legends (the Hanson Brothers are totally legends, right?) will be at the festival.
Sharing is caring, and the beer radar is back for another month of sharing news of the best craft beer releases coming to the Denver market in September. Remember, we will update this list throughout the month as new releases are announced.
Keeping up with the latest and greatest craft beers hitting the market can be a full time job. So to help you keep track of some of the best new releases on the market, we’ve started a monthly feature to help you track the best new beers that will be hitting the Colorado market or have recently been garnering local acclaim. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating this list throughout the month as new releases are announced.
ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 55
When I think about amazing craft beer, Nevada never really came to mind until a couple years ago when I found two amazing breweries out of the state mainly known for Vegas and deserts. During the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, I stumbled (figuratively, not literally) across both Brasserie Saint James and Joseph James Brewing. Joseph James Brewing’s Citra Rye APA has got quite a bit of praise, including a GABF medal in 2013, Men’s Journal Best Beers in America, and from craft beer drinkers like me.
This post was composed due to the efforts of Stephen Adams on Data, Desiree Duzich on Graphics, Brady Akers and Tristan Chan in Brewery Descriptions, Dustin Hall and Holly Gerard on Photos.
Denver’s Light Rail system is making it easier to safely expand your reach of local breweries while also preventing drinking and driving. With the A Line opening tomorrow, traveling through the River North (RiNo) District, even more breweries will be accessible through this convenient form of public transportation. This concept sparked the interest of Colorado Beer Geek, Stephen Adams to compile a list of all the breweries within a mile of a Light Rail station along RTD’s A-Line.
Are you able to use “bro” at least four times in every sentence? Do you consider articles from The Chive “classic literature”? If so, I’m sure you remember the classic Bud Light slogan “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night”, but did you know that Bud Light’s Rita series can make saying ‘no’ even easier?