#Wynkoop Archives – PorchDrinking.com
It’s the ultimate test of endurance, fortitude, knowledge and charisma, we’re not talking about the Jeopardy, this isn’t Ultimate Ninja Warrior, and it certainly isn’t the Olympics, but combine all three and add a whole lot more beer and you just might be onto something. Tomorrow, Denver’s most historic craft brewery, Wynkoop Brewing, will once again crown one knowledgeable beer fan the title of Beer Drinker of the Year.
I just want to thank America for doing (mostly) the right thing this week. Great work everybody! Now that we’ve taken steps to reinstate a check on our country’s executive branch, I feel safe imbibing a fine craft-brewed beverage. Crack open a beer and discover all this stuff I found on Twitter and Instagram. This is The Weekly Buzz.
This was one of those weeks that I allowed my day job to get in the way of my fun beer writing job. I really had to push my Twitter-scrolling finger past its safety limits to get this post out in time. While I grab an ice pack and a beer, you can check out this edition of The Weekly Buzz.
One of the greatest byproducts of the booming craft beer industry is the ability for breweries to utilize their resources as a conduit for positive change in the community. Wynkoop Brewing, Denver’s oldest active running brewery, is one many that have embraced the practice of charitable giving, recently launching a Charity Tap of the Month program.
When: Saturday, March 4 from 12- 4pm
Where: Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO
Bust out those pocket protectors, polish off those Lisa Frank notebooks and pull up your suspenders, tomorrow’s Day of Dorks presented by Wynkoop Brewing is a celebration of all things dorky.
Not many people have had a more storied history in Colorado craft beer as Marty Jones. He’s the brains behind such iconic slogans as Great Divide’s “Great Minds Drink Alike”, Oskar Blues’ “Canned Beer Apocalypse” and New Belgium’s “Contents Under Pleasure”. Along that same vein, Marty was also one of the early pioneers advocating for the practice of canning craft beer both at Oskar Blues and later at Wynkoop Brewing.
The PorchCast has been on a bit of a hiatus since we last sat down with the fellas from Our Mutual Friend Brewery. Episode 21 welcomed on our newest permanent host …
Who’s got the biggest… cans of them all? In walks Wynkoop’s Barrel Aged Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in 19.2oz cans. Sure their can itself may not be the” largest” format craft can, but its “contents” may just be the most coveted this side of the Vanilla Rye-filled Mississippi.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with notes of wood and vanilla and… wait, what am I drinking? What is a Rocky Mountain Oyster? Hold on, what? Calf fries, swinging steaks, prairie oysters, cowboy caviar, criadillas in Mexico, Montana tendergroins, dusted nuts, bull fries or swinging beef? You’re kidding, right?!
BPB (balls per barrel): 3
Over the last five years, Parade of Darks has become a Denver staple, helping with the transition from Thanksgiving into the holiday season. This year’s event switched gears from year’s past by moving from the comfortable confines of the upstairs area at Wynkoop Brewery to the exciting and bustling Bindery on Blake.
The complex at 29th and Blake was extremely busy, hosting both a flea market open to the public and the ticketed beer festival. The Parade of Darks was separated from the Flea Market in a large open-space area as well as a long hallway. Breweries lined the large area as well as the backside of the hallway.
Ratio Beerworks recently announced plans to open a production brewery and taproom located at 2920 Larimer St. in the Upper Larimer district of the historic Five Points neighborhood. That building may be familiar to Denverites as the old Mile High Spirits building. The brewery is currently under construction in the 5,500 square foot building that will be home to a 1,500 square foot taproom with the remaining 4,000 square feet to be used for production.
Every year after the departure of Halloween is right around the time that I begin my own transition from IPAs, Saisons, and Pilsners toward the darker, heartier stouts, holiday beers, and the occasional porter. Wynkoop Brewing looks to help usher in that same transition this weekend with their Parade of Darks beer holiday fundraiser.
This is where it all started, folks. Colorado’s esteemed governor, John Hickenlooper, helped plant the seed for what would eventually turn Denver into one of the top beer towns in the world at Wynkoop Brewing Company. Not only is Wynkoop celebrated as Denver’s first microbrewery/brewpub, it was also the first to utilize the long dormant factories peppering the city’s current downtown area. Before Coors Field and before LoDo turned into the weekend destination for locals, there was Wynkoop.
On August 9, I was invited to join the Wynkoop brewers and staff to pick locally-grown hops for their beer Belgarado. It is a Belgian style Pale Ale made with all Colorado grown ingredients, except for the yeast. Fresh cut Chinook hops were shipped over to the brewery from Voss Farms in Arvada, CO. One of my friends from Kentucky, Andrew, was in Denver for the week and he was thrilled to be a part of this process. Plus, we were goaded with the promise of free beer.