Posts ByZoe Lanterman, Author at PorchDrinking.com
There’s been a lot of talk about the Denver culinary scene lately — from Michelin Stars to one of our favorite pink-painted restaurants being reopened by television show creators. But one would be remiss to forget that one of the biggest weeks for the Denver culinary scene, Denver Food + Wine Festival, is back September 6 – 9, 2023. This year marks a landmark week of exciting events, so Denver foodies rejoice!
Since their opening their downtown Denver taproom on Platte Street in 2011, Denver Beer Company’s hyper-focus on the local community has allowed them to become one of Denver’s most recognized breweries in the state. This road map has led to the opening of multiple neighborhood taproom locations throughout the last decade with outposts in Arvada, South Denver’s Rosedale neighborhood, Sunnyside, and this week yet another in the Lowry neighborhood.
Collaborations are made to bring out the best of two things, melding knowledge and expertise together to create something better than either could have created alone. This year, two iconic brands joined forces to bring the wild and raw nature of the Pacific Northwest to the mouths of humans through a unique beer series. Filson, established in 1897 to outfit prospectors headed for the Yukon partnered with Stillwater Artisanal, a nomadic beer venture to celebrate over a century of craft and tradition through a limited-release collection of collaboration beers.
Walking into The Eddy, I’m greeted by the wagging tail of the adorable four-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Aspen. The Eddy Taproom & Hotel, which opened in Golden, CO in 2021, offers an atmosphere bustling with furry friends, vibrant local beers on tap and great conversation with friends old and new. The Eddy also hosts a variety of unique experiences, from wine tastings to Meat Smoking 101 classes. And for the beer lovers out there, they have recently launched a Brewmaster Dinner Series. This four-course beer dinner and reception is hosted by Eddy Executive Chef Ben Shapiro and partners with a rotating cast of local brewing legends.
Honeymoons have no shortage of passion, but in the case of Doug and Wynne Odell, a passion was ignited not only for each other but for craft beer as they drank their way across the UK. From that moment on, the craft beer scene would be forever changed. As the Odells returned to the US their travels would go on to inspire them to launch Odell Brewing Company in 1989 in Fort Collins, CO.
Sanitas Brewing Company may not be a flashy new name in the Boulder, Colorado, brewing scene, but the brewery’s palpable excitement and energy come through when talking to co-founders Chris Coyne and Michael Memsic. They have every reason to be excited because they recently opened the largest outdoor patio in Boulder. This new patio adds another component to the brewery, especially during the pandemic, offering room for live music, games, movie nights, running and bike clubs, and plenty of socially distant seating.
As the fourth-largest craft brewery in the country, New Belgium Brewing has the reputation of doing big things in the industry. However, their newest project at the just-opened Source Hotel seems to be in stark contrast to this model. The 10-barrel brewing system, run by brewer Geoff Wenzel, plans to focus on small-batch, artisanal creations with an emphasis on the Source community.
The Source, a former iron factory, was one of the first buildings in the country to put together the concept of a multi-use, multi-vendor space for patrons to explore and enjoy. Taking the idea of craft and re-imagining it through the lens of food and drink, The Source has created a hub of very talented and imaginative artisans. Seeing this concept come to life, New Belgium approached the Zeppelin team to become a part of this collaborative culture in 2014 and has been a critical part of making this vision become a reality ever since.
The long-awaited project pairing a budding local mixed-use development empire in Zeppelin Places, with one of craft beer’s most storied pioneers, New Belgium Brewing, has finally opened to the public.
The Source Hotel, the fourth major mixed-use space in Denver’s River North Art District from the Zeppelin team following Taxi, The Source and Zeppelin Station, has been a long time coming. In fact, New Belgium Brewing and Kyle Zeppelin’s team had been collaborating on this project since 2014. Normal construction delays and accidents made opening a practice of patience for everyone involved, but the excitement was palpable as Kyle Zepplin (developer), Stephen Dynia (architect) David Stutz (The Source Hotel GM) and Kim Jordan (New Belgium) addressed the crowd at the soft-opening this past Thursday.
The golden rays of the Colorado setting sun cast shadows upon laughing faces at this year’s Brews and Bites event. Set to the backdrop of the Governor’s sprawling backyard garden, some of Colorado’s finest breweries and dining establishments were paired together to bring event goers unique and flavorful tasting experiences while mingling with Governor Hickenlooper himself.