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Denver Beer Beat

Jeremy Cornelius previews this week’s brewery openings, beer releases, special tappings and all the craft beer related events happening in the state of Colorado.

Falling Rock Alternative Festival of Great Beer Aims to Fill Void of GABF

September 18, 2020 |

For the past 22 years, on the Monday before the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the country’s most iconic beer bars has helped usher in the event with a celebratory kick-off tapping at 5 p.m.

However this year, on September 21, when Falling Rock Tap House’s GABF countdown timer would normally have ticked down to all zeros, there will be little pomp and circumstance as the festival transitions to a virtual format in response to the pandemic.

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Oktoberfest Beer Showcase | Bierstadt Lagerhaus Oktoberfest Märzen

September 17, 2020 |

In a year when longstanding traditions have been upended by the unconventional, a Denver brewery is aiming to preserve one of beer’s most time-honored rituals. Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver, CO, which has been celebrated since its inception for its unwavering dedication to brewing traditional Lagers, is set to release their vaunted Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. This weekend’s release will coincide with the date that the 210-year-old Oktoberfest festival in Munich was originally scheduled to kick-off before being canceled as a result of the pandemic.

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2020 Guide to Colorado’s Oktoberfest Beer Releases

September 10, 2020 |

It’s clear by now that the year 2020 has no chill, and rather than ease into a gradual shift of in temperature, us Coloradoans have already begun experiencing some seasonal schizophrenia. And while Oktoberfest may have been canceled in Munich, … Read More

Westbound Acquires Former Endo Brewing Facility & Adds Dream Team of Brewers

September 4, 2020 |

Throughout pop culture, there’s often been a great deal of fascination around those rare instances when a talented group of individuals is able to put aside individual egos and motives to coalesce together around a greater cause. 

Think back to … Read More

Molly’s Spirits Shares Six Fall Beers to Buy this Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2020 |

While nothing is exactly traditional these days, beer drinkers can typically count on Labor Day as the perfect time to shift from crisp Pilsners, session IPAs, and fruited Kettle Sours to maltier offerings like Oktoberfests, Porters, and yes, even Pumpkin … Read More

Former WeldWerks Brewer Launches Peculier Ales in Windsor, CO

August 28, 2020 |

In the grand scheme of beer’s role throughout human history, American craft beer is still in its early stages of influence. However, even during this fleeting period, the amount of innovation that has sprung forth has already made a lasting … Read More

Molly’s Spirits Collaboration Program Elevates Colorado Craft Beer

August 20, 2020 | 1

In a world where brewery collaborations are commonplace, Denver-area liquor store Molly’s Spirits has pioneered a new form of collaboration between their store and local craft breweries. The program helps raise the profile of newer, smaller local breweries while offering Molly’s customers a pipeline of unique and interesting beers.

Pairing Molly’s knowledge of consumer trends with local breweries’ expertise in crafting flavorful, enticing beers is a boon for the industry as a whole. Every couple of months, Molly’s connects with a Colorado brewery to develop a beer that is then packaged. Molly’s handles the exclusive distribution of the co-branded beer. Read More

Distanced Yet Together: 12th Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting Goes Virtual

August 18, 2020 |

While many beer festivals have been canceled due to the pandemic, the 12th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting is taking a page out of Great American Beer Festival’s book and will be taking place virtually the weekend of September 25-27. It will feature a live, online event portion, remote brewery releases, and an auction to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. Over 70 leading craft breweries have already committed to participating in the event.

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Capitol Creek Brewery is Colorado’s Best Kept Mountain Town Secret

August 13, 2020 |

Part of what makes the state of Colorado so special is that a short drive outside of the city can lead you on an adventure through altitude defying mountain ranges, desert-like sand dunes, lush rolling green plains, and arid rocky traverses. Such is the case with Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, where a drive through its snaking canyons that have been carved out over time by a swift and serpentine river that shares the name, has created one of the state’s most picturesque regions.

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Left Hand and Liberati Locked in Lease Dispute Over Curtis Park Location

August 11, 2020 |

For the past five months, Curtis Park residents have likely seen changes taking place around the building that formerly housed Liberati Restaurant & Brewery. Most notable were the recent additions of an exterior coat of firehouse red paint and the … Read More

Sanitas Brewing Opens Boulder’s Largest Outdoor Patio

July 27, 2020 |

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.

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Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Colorado Pint Day Date & Participants

July 10, 2020 |

The Colorado Brewer’s Guild (CBG) has announced the new date and participating brewery list for Colorado Pint Day 2020. Colorado Pint Day will now take place on Wednesday, July 29.

The annual event raises money for the guild and traditionally takes place during Colorado Craft Beer Week each spring. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBG had to postpone its 2020 fundraiser. Now that breweries are being allowed to re-open with on-premise consumption, the guild was able to confirm a new date. Read More

Westbound & Down’s True West Series Triumphs Charitable Causes

July 3, 2020 |

The craft beer and hospitality industry have had to weather a multitude of uncharted challenges over the past three months.

In addition to a revolving door of ever-changing state mandates, small business owners have been forced to wade through convoluted … Read More

Denver Beer Company Eyes New South Denver Location

June 30, 2020 |

As the nation slowly begins to open back up, the public rubs the quarantined sleep from its
eyes, tightens their masks and steps out into socially distanced summer patios, eager to taste
what little bit of summer we are allowed to have.

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Wiley Roots Brewing Finds Growth in Pandemic Expands Distribution

June 24, 2020 |

At the end of 2019, the craft beer industry was celebrating a banner year. While beer sales nationally saw a 2% decline, the craft beer segment grew by 4%, and the number of breweries in operation across the country reached … Read More

Spice Trade Brewery & Kitchen Raises the Bar on Metro Denver Brewpubs

June 23, 2020 |

Since its humble beginnings in 2008, Spice Trade Brewery has been closely intertwined with East Asian cuisine. Not prescribing to the typical brewery origin story, Spice Trade was originally birthed as Yak & Yeti Brewpub, an extension of Dol Bhattarai’s … Read More

The Alchemist Beer is Coming to Colorado in Limited Distribution

June 12, 2020 |

One of the country’s earliest and most prolific pioneers of New England-style Hazy IPAs is finally coming to Colorado. The Alchemist, which first splashed on to the Vermont beer scene in 2003, has since grown a cult-like following for their … Read More

Where to Find Colorado Strong Ale Collaboration Releases Across the State

June 12, 2020 |

While the past three months have been a taxing time for the craft beer industry, one of the brightest aspects to emerge has been the consistent theme of breweries banding together for the greater good. As seen with Other Half … Read More

Complete List of Colorado Breweries Re-Opening Taprooms This Weekend

May 29, 2020 |

Earlier this week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis included breweries along with restaurants in his update of businesses that could begin re-opening this week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In following the guidelines set forth for both restaurants and … Read More

Colorado Breweries Prepare to Re-Open; Must Adhere to State Guidelines

May 27, 2020 | 4

This article has been updated to note that Governor Jared Polis’ updated easing of restrictions directly applies for restaurants but also addresses brewery re-opening provisions.

Since mid-March, breweries, and businesses across the state have been forced to alter their business … Read More