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Mother’s and Father’s Day will be here soon, and if there is a beer lover on your list you’ll want to check out these unique gifts. Keep in mind that beer itself is always an excellent choice too! But here are some other fun options to consider. Happy shopping! BottleKeeper 2.0 BottleKeeper®

$34.99-$44.99

Colder Beer is Better. It’s Science.®

BottleKeeper is an insulated stainless steel container that keeps your beer bottle colder, longer, and sexier than ever. Available in three sizes and numerous colors.

Sizes: 12oz Standard, 12oz Stubby, 22oz Bomber

BottleKeeper 2.0 (pictured above): ​Launched in September 2017 as an update to the original BottleKeeper, BottleKeeper 2.0 is ​insulated to keep your beer colder, longer, and protected from breakage. It features a powder coated finish for superb feel and durability, a bottle opener built into the cap, and a tether to keep it attached for even more cold beer lovin’. Cold beer not included.

  • Size: Available in​ ​Standard (12oz), Stubby (12oz) and Bomber (22oz)
  • Bottle Compatibility: ​99% of 12oz bottles, full list of compatible brands here
  • Materials: ​Stainless Steel (304)
  • Price: ​$34.99-$36.99
  • Features: Insulated with neoprene and padded for impact. Attached cap seals inner bottle for extended    freshness. Bottle opener built into cap with tether.
BottleKeeper X

BOTTLEKEEPER X (above): ​Launched in 2018, the newest cold beer lovin’ product is BottleKeeper X – double walled and vacuum insulated to keep your beer colder and longer than ever before (and by longer we mean up to 6 hours of cold frothy deliciousness). The BK X will fit your Standard shaped beer bottles like Corona, Bud and Stone, and comes standard with a built-in bottle opener. Mind. Officially. Blown.

  • Size: ​Available in​ ​Standard (12oz)
  • Bottle Compatibility: ​99% of 12oz bottles, full   list of  compatible brands here
  • Materials: ​Stainless Steel (304)
  • Price: ​$44.99
  • Features: Double walled and vacuum insulated  for up to 6 hours of cold beer enjoyment. Lined  with neoprene and padded for impact. Attached cap seals inner bottle for extended freshness. Bottle opener built into cap with tether.
Beer Greetings 

Priced at $4.95, with discounted multi-packs available

  • Casual and funny – our card boxes are great for grab-and-go host/hostess gifts, white elephant gift exchanges, client gifts or even just that hard to buy for friend or relative.
  • Write a special note – open the attached card to write a special note to the recipient.
  • Buy Online or In-Store – Available at more than 700 retailers nationwide.
  • Popular new product – the #1 New Release in Greeting Cards on Amazon with over 100 Five Star reviews.

Groovy Guy Gifts

Groovy Guy Gifts offers personalized gifts for the special guy or lady in your life. There are lots of fun products available, specifically in the Bar & Drinking Gifts section.

Like the Grill & Chill set (pictured above): a personalized tailgate cooler and complete grill tool set rolled into one great present.  This cooler set comes with all the core essential grilling tools, from spatulas to tongs, a fully insulated cooler with an easy access top opening, and an attached bottle opener.  If you want your partner ready to tailgate, with personalized style, then this gift is the way to go. You can personalize the cooler with 1 line of up to 12 characters.

Palm Partner: Not your average koozie, that Palm Partner is made with double-wall insulation and steel construction to keep your beer cold to the last sip.

Rumble TumblerThe Rumbling Tumbler is 30 oz. and double wall insulated. It has an awesome sealed lid to prevent spills and vacuum insulation to keep preserve temperature for hours. Note: I have this item, and I love it! Very durable tumbler, excellent quality all around.

Ultimate Stout Beer & Whoopie Pies Gift Crate from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

$49.99

A chocolate and beer lover’s dream, these two were made for each other! A classic New England comfort food baked good with a Maine brew that is intended to be dessert like, but not so “heavy” that you wouldn’t ask for more (that’s why we’ve included two in this crate). This crate is meant to be shared with a friend or enjoyed solo, let your recipient decide!

  • Whoopie Pie – (6) Classic 3.25 oz – Traditional fluffy vanilla cream center sandwiched between two rich chocolate cakes. Even better than you remember from childhood.
  • Whoopie Pie Stout by SoMe Brewing Company – (2) 16 oz. – Milk stout with a sweet and creamy mouthfeel. Aged on Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans. Sweet with vanilla and chocolate notes.

The Rare Beer Club

$37.95/month (starting price)

The World’s Best Hand-Selected Rare Beers

Never Receive a Beer You Don’t Want to Get! Our Personalized Shipment Program ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club® you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. (Also available to gift recipients upon request.) Each month prior to receiving your shipment, you will be sent an email detailing the two upcoming beer selections and given the ability to customize what you will receive. You can:

  • Add more bottles of either or both of the upcoming featured beers
  • Add more of your favorite past selections
  • Replace one or both of the featured beers with your favorite past selections
  • Choose not to receive one of the featured beers
  • Skip the entire shipment altogether

You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

Enjoy Unmatched Variety: Members receive two different styles in each shipment. We strive to offer variety between those two styles as well as from month to month. Variety to us means not only by style but also by country of origin, so rest assured that both domestic US craft brewers as well as time-honored international breweries will be represented.

Spiegelau Craft Beer Tasting Kit – Set of 3 Beer Glasses

 $29.99

This set from Spiegelau features an IPA glass, a Stout glass, and an American Witbier glass, each carefully designed to unleash the full flavor of your brew.

This set of three beer glasses offers the premium hallmarks of pure Spiegelau quality. These German glass manufacturing giants have been making exceptional glassware for generations, and they’re constantly innovating to provide the best sipping experience for beer lovers everywhere.

Inside the box, you’ll find an IPA glass that was designed in conjunction with Sierra Nevada, a Stout glass that’s the result of a collaboration with Left Hand Brewing, and an American Witbier glass that was worked on together by Spiegelau and Bell’s. Each glass is carefully crafted from non-leaded crystal and rigorously engineered to provide a superior taste profile that truly unleashes the full flavor and aroma of your chosen style of beer.

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Win tickets to the Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival! WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE MILE HIGH BEER FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13th? THEN YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE! COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION: WHICH COLORADO BREWERY OR DISTILLERY DO YOU MOST HOPE TO SEE AT THE FEST

Winner will be chosen at random and will be selected on Friday, March 29th. Tickets are for Session 1 of the fest.

The Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival, the only event of its kind in Denver, will celebrate the artistry of two of the most glorious craft industries this April. A new trend in alcohol, the event will feature unlimited sampling of beer aged in whiskey barrels, whiskey aged in beer barrels, and small batch blends in between.

Created by Denver event company 11 Creative, the festival will take place at the downtown Denver venue Number 38 on Saturday, April 13, 2019. VIP and Early Admission tickets are available for craft enthusiasts looking to beat the lines with the VIP tasting beginning at 2 p.m. and Early Admission access at 2:30 p.m. General admission for the event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m.

BUY TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-mile-high-beer-festival-tickets-53163378095

VIP: Start the sampling early with an extra hour of tasting as well as a VIP-only signature cocktail. VIP ticket holders will also go home with an engraved rocks glass.

Early Admission: Early admission includes 30 extra minutes of unlimited barrel aged tasting.

General Admission: Sample unlimited amounts of barrel aged whiskey, beer and other spirits while enjoying live entertainment, food trucks and vendors.

The Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival proudly supports Minds Matter of Denver, an organization committed to making college education a reality for accomplished high school students from low-income environments.

Distilleries that will be featured at the event include: 3 Hundred Days of Shine, 3 Hundred Days Distilling; Art of the Spirits Whiskey; Axe and the Oak Distillery; Bear Creek Distillery; Deerhammer Distilling Company; Distillery 291; Hale & Bradford; Hogbackdistillery; Idlewild Spirits; Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse; Mythology Distillery; and Spruce Creek. Breweries include: 14er Brewing Company; Alpine Dog Brewing Company; Blue Moon RiNo; Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project; The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project; Joseph James Brewing Co.; Odell Brewing Co; Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company; Strange Craft Beer Company; Wit’s End Brewing Company; and Woods Boss Brewing.

This is a 21+ only event.

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February, aka Stout Month, is in full swing. There are still two weeks left to indulge in a world of stouts, from dry Irish stouts to barrel-aged stouts and everything in between. And I have two great suggestions for you today—the latest seasonals from Left Hand BrewingRaspberry Milk Stout and Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter.

I was so excited when I first heard about Raspberry Milk Stout (5.7% ABV). Left Hand got creative with a new take on its award-winning Milk Stout by adding a crazy amount of raspberries, and the result is “a liquid raspberry truffle,” as they so perfectly sum it up. The raspberry isn’t subtle; it’s completely up front and in your face, which is how I like my fruited beers. I am absolutely in love with it! It’s only available now through March, so I’m going to stock up in order to have plenty to enjoy through spring, and I’ll stash some away for this fall too.

While not a stout, Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter (6% ABV) fits right in with its black as midnight color, medium to full body, and robust flavor. Brewed with Allegro Coffee, this nitro beer is smooth and easy drinking.

Not only are the beers are excellent to drink by themselves, they also pair very well with (and in) food. I whipped up a batch of Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars using Hard Wired Nitro, thanks to an awesome recipe from The Beeroness*. These bars are delicious, and this was the best beer possible to both use in the recipe and drink with the finished product.

And Raspberry Milk Stout and Girl Scout Cookies are a dream pairing; try the beer with Thin Mints or Trefolis for a delightful treat. Grab both the beer and cookies to create your own pairings while you still can!

Great job on your newest seasonal releases, Left Hand! Cheers!

*If you like beer and cooking and/or baking, I implore you to check out her cookbooks.

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Win a pair of tickets to the 2019 Mile High Beer Festival! Want to win a pair of tickets to the Mile High Beer Festival on Saturday, March 2nd? Then you’re in the right place! ***Comment on this post with YOUR answer to this question: Which COLORADO brewery do you most hope to see at this year’s Mile High Beer Fest?*** 

Winner will be chosen at random and will be selected on Friday, February 22nd. Tickets are for Session 1 of the fest.

Now, here’s all the info on the festival:

The legendary, always local, always sold out Mile High Beer Festival returns in 2019!

Join us Saturday, March 2nd for the Annual Mile High Beer Festival at our new downtown venue, Number 38, as we sample the best craft beers in the great state of Colorado. With over 90 delicious beers to try – this is the one beer festival you just can’t miss out on!

AFTERNOON & EVENING SESSIONS
• Session 1 – 1pm-4pm (VIP at 12pm, Early Admssion at 12:30pm)
• Session 2 – 6pm-9pm (VIP at 5pm, Early Admission at 5:30pm)

WHAT TO EXPECT
• 40+ Colorado breweries (the most we’ve ever had!)
• 90+ Colorado Craft Beers to sample (even more for VIPs!)
• Full list will be announced on Facebook
• Three full hours of tasting (4 for VIPs)!
• Food trucks
• Cool vendors
• Awesome music

General Admission
Includes entry to the event and unlimited sampling

Early Admission
Includes 30 minutes early entry and unlimited sampling

VIP
Includes one hour early entry with VIP-only offerings, commemorative glass

This is a 21+ event.

Please note that the venue is indoors and outdoors and the outdoor portion will have heaters and heated tents. We recommend guests dress warmly as it’s March in Colorado and you never know what you’re going to get!

The Mile High Beer Festival proudly supports Minds Matter of Denver. Minds Matter of Denver is committed to making college education a reality for accomplished high school students from low-income environments since we first opening 2004. Students are paired with two adult mentors and spend time during weekly after-school sessions working on summer and college applications, standardized test preparation, community service efforts, writing and speaking skills, and other life skills that benefit the student academically and personally. How would we know? The staff of 11 Creative are also mentors at Minds Matter! If you’re interested in learning more, shoot us an email and we will tell you all about it!

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Candy and flowers are nice, but why go with the predictable when you can give your Valentine something they’ll really appreciate? Think outside the box with these gift ideas that are bound to put a smile on the face of that special beer lover in your life.

Groovy Guy Gifts

Groovy Guy Gifts offers personalized gifts for the special guy or lady in your life. There are lots of fun products available, specifically in the Bar & Drinking Gifts section. Like the Hops Quartet (pictured above): a four glass set featuring a 20oz. Curved Pilsner, 16oz. Can Beer Glass, 16.5oz. Stemmed Pilsner, and 16oz. Classic Pilsner glass.

Palm Partner: Not your average koozie, that Palm Partner is made with double-wall insulation and steel construction to keep your beer cold to the last sip.

Rumble TumblerThe Rumbling Tumbler is 30 oz. and double wall insulated.  It has an awesome sealed lid to prevent spills and vacuum insulation to keep preserve temperature for hours. ***Personal note: I have this item, and I love it! Very durable item, excellent quality all around.***

The Rare Beer Club The World’s Best Hand-Selected Rare Beers

Never Receive a Beer You Don’t Want to Get! Our Personalized Shipment Program ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club® you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. (Also available to gift recipients upon request.) Each month prior to receiving your shipment, you will be sent an email detailing the two upcoming beer selections and given the ability to customize what you will receive. You can:

  • Add more bottles of either or both of the upcoming featured beers
  • Add more of your favorite past selections
  • Replace one or both of the featured beers with your favorite past selections
  • Choose not to receive one of the featured beers
  • Skip the entire shipment altogether

You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

Enjoy Unmatched Variety: Members receive two different styles in each shipment. We strive to offer variety between those two styles as well as from month to month. Variety to us means not only by style but also by country of origin, so rest assured that both domestic US craft brewers as well as time-honored international breweries will be represented.

Beer Greetings 

Put together a Build-Your-Own 6-pack using this festive carrier with included greeting card.

  • Best Valentines Day Gifts for Him or Her – Six-pack box + greeting card in one!
  • “Heart You” design – Great for Valentine’s Day
  • Love cards – Write a special note on the inside of the card (BEER NOT INCLUDED)

Beer Pen

Drawing inspiration straight from the tap, Merrie Buchsbaum‘s lager-hued pen is handmade with resin tinted and textured with hand-ground, locally grown hops. Whether you use it to pour over your daily to-dos or pen a novel, this heady tool makes a buzz-worthy gift for the beer connoisseur. Each one-of-a-kind pen is housed in a handsome maple wood gift box. Handmade in Connecticut.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Beer Gifts.com

Beer Gifts.com has a wide range of Valentine’s Day-themed beer gift baskets, like the Beer My Valentine set (pictured above). Each beer in the box was selected because it fits the Valentine’s theme perfectly, and some of the best breweries are represented as a result. Whether you’re searching for an alternative to the typical box of roses or you want something fresh to combine with those roses, your sweetie will appreciate a durable box loaded with sweet treats and intense flavor. This Valentine’s Day beer gift box delivers just that by combining the following items:

  • 3 Assorted Iced Valentine’s Day Cookies
  • Bottle of Pete’s Wicked Ale
  • Bottle of Fort Collins Brewery Retro Red
  • Bottle of Tecate Beer
  • Bottle of Red Stripe Jamaican lager
  • Bottle of Stone Pale Ale
  • Bottle of Pin Stripe Red Ale

Hopped Up Coffee

You may have had the brilliant idea to combine your two favorite drinks: coffee and beer. But unlike Sean Godbey, you probably don’t have your own spice and coffee shop to test the theory. Innovative brewmasters craft stouts, porters, and IPAs with coffee infusions, but never the other way around. So, Sean blended favorite beer ingredients like barley and hops with coffee grounds and the rest is history. Brew a cup of this unique combination to satisfy your curious, craft-loving tastebuds. Handcrafted in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Love it, hate it, and/or use it as an excuse to drink good beer! These Colorado breweries are pairing beer with chocolate, bacon, cookies, truffles, and cupcakes. Opt for a multi-course meal with beer, try your hand at painting, speed dating, or even making your own voodoo doll. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with great beer and great company at any of these events! ***All of these events take place on Thursday, February 14th***

11 am-11 pm: Denver Beer Co’s Valentine Beer and Chocolate Pairing! at Denver Beer Co

Show your Valentine just how much you love them with the two best things on the planet: BEER + CHOCOLATE.

Before dinner, after dinner, instead of dinner, treat your date, your bestie, or yourself to our insanely amazing beer and chocolate pairings.

Denver’s very own Chocolate Lab is creating some amazing, artisanal chocolates paired with 5 of our favorite beers.

$20 gets you 5 amazing sweet treats paired with 5 4oz beers.

There are very limited tickets available for this event so grab them now and come by either taproom anytime between 11am-11pm on Valentines Day to get your taste on!

PS – A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.

7-10 pm: My Bloody Valentine’s Day Dinner at Goed Zuur

Come and join us for a paired dinner of 5 beers with 5 courses. Tickets are $75 + tax with gratuity included.

Sales can be made in person at Goed Zuur, or email your reservation request to goedzuur@gmail.com with your name, number of people in your party, and a contact phone number. We will contact you for credit card payment over the phone. We will answer requests in the order they are received.

Looking forward to having you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

4-10 pm: Valentine’s Day Dinner at BRU

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at BRU. Beer Chef / Founder Ian Clark has crafted every course to include barley and hops, then paired it with his naturally carbonated / never filtered ales for a menu handbuilt with love.

4-10 pm: Vlad-entine’s Day: Double Dutch Chocolate Imperial Stout at Diebolt Brewing Company

Vladislav, Baby Don’t Hurt Me – Double Dutch Chocolate
Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout with Dutch cocoa powder, cacao nibs, and French sea salt.

We saved our most decadent, most chocolatey, most rich Vladislav variation for this special day. So come treat your sweetheart, a friend, a stranger or just yourself to this chocolate confection.

And please feel free to stick around for special Valentine’s programming at 7PM.

Happy Vald-entine’s Day!

Love, your favorite brewery, Diebolt.

5:30-9 pm: MCB Valentine’s Day BEER + Chocolate Pairing at Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company

Join us this Valentine’s Day for a MCB Beer + Chocolate pairing! Chocolate will be provided by none other than LoriLee’s Chocolates & Gifts! There are a limited number of pairings available so please register early to reserve your spot. Visit our website to register and pay for your pairings at:  https://mountaincowboybrewing.com/collections/events

3-8 pm: Valentine’s Day Couple Special at Big Choice Brewing

Whether it’s a night you want to hang out with friends or that special someone – come spend it with us at Big Choice!

Enjoy an awesome night out and get 2 pints, A Neapolitan pizza of your choice, and a special Valentines Day dessert, all for $25 (plus tax).

Book now by clicking the ticket link!

5-10 pm: Valentine’s Day Bottle Release & Cupcake Pairing at Baere Brewing Company

Join us in the taproom on Valentine’s Day for some delicious beers and tasty treats. We’re teaming up with Buttercream Bakeshop once again with 4 cupcake/beer pairings for $18 pre-sale or $20 the day of the event.

We’re also releasing two beers that have been a long time in the making and we couldn’t be more excited. We took four oak barrels of our mixed culture sour brown and aged them further in freshly emptied Laws Whiskey House barrels for up to 9 months. After this aging we blended them and aged some of the delicious nectar on freshly harvested Palisade Bing Cherries. We’ll have bottles of both variations on tap and available in 375mL bottles to go for $12 a piece.

6-9 pm: King & Queen’s Valentine’s Day Dinner at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

A royal Valentine’s Day celebration…
Thursday, February 14th at 6pm, join us for a romantic evening featuring city views, music, drinks, dancing, and a king and queen’s buffet spread prepared by Head Chef Mario Moser.

Back for its second year, this intimate Valentine’s Day engagement has very limited seating – get your tickets today.

$100 per person and includes buffet spread and two drink tickets per person for choice of any beer, wine, or single pour cocktails.

A sneak peek at the menu for the night features:
Smoked Robuchon potato puree
Champagne poached oyster with caviar, parsnip puree, pickled leek
Roasted halibut loin
Brochette of filet mignon
Roasted seasonal veggies
Waguy fat & shrimp sopes
Pesto chicken penne
Prime rib (carving station)
Crispy quail leg with lemon thyme glaze
Ham and pea risotto
Dessert // petit fours

Tickets on sale now through February 14th at 10AM. Must be 21 with ID to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance, don’t miss out.

6-8 pm: Date Night: Murder Mystery + 3 Course Dinner at ViewHouse Centennial

Join us at ViewHouse Centennial for a night of mystery, love & fun! Whether you want a fun night out with your significant other or just group of friends, we have the party for you. The Murder Mystery Company will be bringing us an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

$40 per person includes a three-course dinner that includes the following:
1st Course: House Mixed Green Salad with your choice of balsamic or ranch dressing.
2nd Course: Choice of Chicken, Salmon or Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin served with vegetables & mashed potatoes.
3rd Course: White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

For reservations, please complete the following reservation form: www.viewhouse.com/event/vday-mystery/

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WHOOdell Brewing Co.

WHAT: Wolf Picker Experimental IPA (5.5% ABV)

WHEN & WHERE: Available now through March in 12oz cans across Odell’s 18-state distribution footprint (Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Utah).

ABOUT: A bit of info from Odell:

Know your Hop Farmer. That’s what we believe. Wolf Picker, named after the classic hop harvesting rig, celebrates our decades-long relationships with hop farmers, and our obsession with new talent in the world of experimental hops. This year, we’re featuring the newcomer known as Strata which brings notes of grapefruit, peach and mango to an IPA unlike anything we’ve released.

MY THOUGHTS: Odell has done it again with yet another stellar IPA, and with a new type of hop: Strata hops, from Oregon. I always enjoy trying new beers, especially with ingredients I’ve never had. And as far as I know this is the first beer I’ve tried that is brewed with Strata Hops. I got lots of tropical notes at first sniff, specifically mango and peach, so the above description from Odell was, shall we say…right on the nose?! (sorry!) Wolf Picker is a nice easy-drinking IPA coming in at 5.5% ABV. And as a bonus to this great-tasting new beer, I am in love with the label! Such awesome art work. Check out Wolf Picker today, as it’s only around through March. Pairs well with Nashville Hot Chicken, Lemon Meringue Pie, and PIZZA (my fave!).

And here’s a fun, informative video about the process of creating and growing hops; take a minute to learn about Experimental #331, aka Strata Hops. Cheers!

Odell Brewing's Wolf Picker Experimental IPA - YouTube
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Flight Rail at Kline’s Beer Hall

2-for-1 drinks: it’s a beautiful thing. Who doesn’t love a great deal?! I know I do, which is why I always carry my Passport. But how you do get free stuff with a passport? What’s that all about? It’s the Denver Winter Passport, and it gets you BOGO drinks at 64 different locations!

As I both live and work in Denver, I don’t often have much time to get out of the city. But when I saw Page 7 of the Denver Passport, I knew that an Olde Town Aravada Field Trip was in order. The Field Trip is comprised of the following four establishments and their respective 2-for-1 offers:

Brussels Sprouts with Green Goddess Aioli at Steubens

A friend agreed to join me on my excursion, and we started charting our course. Since we planned to have a drink at each place, we figured it was in our best interest to start by fueling up with a big meal. Three of the four Field Trip spots serve food (New Image is the only one that does not), so it was a tough choice, but we ultimately decided on Steubens for Stop #1. And since it was still morning, we started with mimosas (though they have a good selection of beer as well, often doing tap takeovers with local breweries).

We wanted to share something, and once I saw the Crispy Brussels Sprouts Appetizer I looked no further. I love Brussels Sprouts, and Steubens does them right. Crispy yet chewy and served with Green Goddess Aioli (drool!).

Steubens has lots of vegetarian options, but I’ve been hooked on the Impossible Burger for months and couldn’t bring myself to order anything else! I’m a cheese fanatic so I added provolone, but the burger can be served vegan by selecting Texas Toast instead of brioche. And I wasn’t aware of this pro tip until after my meal, but I’m trying it next time: order it Rachel style with cole slaw and Russian dressing (a la the Rachel sandwich on the menu). It’s served with really yummy house-made chips.

Lobster Roll with fries and Impossible Burger with house-made chips at Steubens

My friend had heard rave reviews about the Lobster Roll, which turned out to be accurate.  Just how fresh can a lobster roll in a landlocked state be? Steubens cuts no corners here, with live lobsters flown in from the East Coast twice a week. I didn’t sample it since I don’t eat meat (no–not even seafood), but the feedback from my friend was excellent! For a close-up of the lobster roll, see photo near bottom of post.

Last up was dessert. We didn’t have a ton of room left, but the Mississippi Mud Pie with malted chocolate mousse, Oreo cookie crust, bourbon caramel corn was amazing and just the right size for two people to split (see mouthwatering photo at bottom of post). Everything at Steubens was so delicious!

Watermelon Sour from Platt Park Brewing

On to Stop #2: Kline’s Beer Hall, a very cool place reminiscent of a European style beer hall with a spacious, open floor plan, exposed brick, an open rafter ceiling, and lots of long wooden community tables. And over 50 beers on tap, where you’ll find everything from lagers to IPAs, sours, saisons, ciders, stouts, and cask-conditioned ales.

I went with a Watermelon Sour from Platt Park Brewing Co. for two reasons: it’s a fantastic beer bursting with fruit flavor, and it’s low in alcohol content (right around 4% ABV)—a good fit when on a drinking field trip. And to give us a good idea of the diversity of beer on tap the bar manager, Andrew, created a flight (pictured at top of post) for us with these picks:

  • Helles from Bierstadt Lagerhaus
  • Festbier Marzen from Gran Teton Brewing Company
  • Horse & Dragon’s Nitro Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale
  • Neopolitan Stout from Untitled Art (Waunakee, Wisconsin)

My favorite was the Neopolitan Stout, which truly tasted like a liquid version of the tricolored dessert.

To help soak up some of that beer, Kline’s serves a variety of sausages, Rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, pretzels and more. Grilled cheese with tomato soup is on my agenda for my next visit.

Deschutes Black Raspberry Sour Ale at School House

Next up, Stop #3: Arvada School House Kitchen & Libations, one of the more unique establishments I’ve been to in a while. As you can see in the photo above, the bar top is packed with #2 pencils. They use plastic classroom chairs, the bar menu is printed on Scantron sheets, the host stand is a card catalog cabinet, and cocktails are served in beakers. It’s a very fun atmosphere.

One of the things that struck me most is the extremely impressive collection of whiskey. I have never seen a more extensive selection of whiskey in one place. Since my friend and I had even more drinking to do later, we didn’t take advantage of the 2-for-1 deal at School House, a Single Barrel Flight of whiskey; instead we chose from the tap list of around 30 beers. I got a Black Raspberry Sour Ale from Deschutes, another tasty beer with a low ABV, 4.3%.

Next time I’d like to visit during brunchand one item that’s calling my name is the Bartman French Toast: Hawaiian bread French Toast + crumbled Butterfinger topping! And I’ll use my Passport to try some of that whiskey.

Better Together at New Image

The final stop on our Field Trip was New Image Brewing. I had heard they make some killer IPAs, and from the one I drank, I agree. Better Together is a hazy New England style IPA, a collaboration with Molly’s Spirits. This juicy, hoppy, citrusy beer is a fine example of a hazy NE IPA.

I would have liked to have tried more from New Image, but I had to watch my intake. I’ll be back again though, as they brew some really interesting stuff. One beer I remember fondly (and often crave) is yet another collab with Molly’s: I Can’t Believe It’s Butter, a pastry stout that was like a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. It was one of my top beers at Collaboration Fest 2018.

Others that have piqured my interest are the Kombucha Brett Saison and Hoppy Brett Saison. Oh, and they just did a collaboration with Weldwerks. It’s Weldwerks’ Juicy Bits turned it into Juicy Bust: a sour IPA with mango and blueberries. Don’t miss the Release party at New Image this Saturday, December 8th!

Lobster Roll at Steubens

All four Field Trip establishments are within walking distance of one another in Olde Town, making for a truly enjoyable day (or night) out. If you don’t have your Denver Passport yet, get on it. They’re good through April 15, 2019 and are still available for just $25!

Interested, but living outside the Denver area? The Passport Program offers 8 other passports: Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Colorado Mountains, and even St. Louis, Washington D.C, Kansas City, and Minneapolis—all chock full of local deals. Cheers!

Mississippi Mud Pie at Steubens
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Colorado Beer Girl by Coloradobeergirl - 5M ago

Wynkoop Brewing Company‘s Day of Darks 2018, held on November 17th, was yet another fantastic year for this dark beer festival featuring over 30 local breweries. The weather turned cold just in time to bust out all those amazing stouts, porters, and other malty delights that go so well with winter. And once again, it was a full house at this sold out event.

Part of the silent auction

A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds went to support three local charities focused on researching and fighting cancer:

  • Beer for Boobs 
  • Colorado Cancer Institute
  • Movember

Attendees had the pleasure of spending four hours sampling some of the finest dark beers in the area while backing these important organizations at the same time.

In addition to all that beer, participants got to help themselves to beer ice cream, mini chocolate cupcakes, and truffles. Yum! And with all the amazing beverage options, it was not hard to pick a beer to create the perfect mini-pairing with the goodies.

But the fun didn’t stop there: some truly awesome items were up for grabs in a silent auction, and Wynkoop provided a Build-Your-Own Mustache Station, complete with a contest for ‘Best Real Mustache’ and ‘Most Creative Mustache.’

Build Your Own Mustache station

I tried a great deal of excellent beers at Day of Darks 2018, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 favorites:

  • Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing
  • Big Bad Baptista from Epic Brewing
  • Espress Yourself Coffee Stout from Resolute Brewing Company
  • Barrel-Aged FOAB (Father of all Beers) Russian Imperial Stout from Wynkoop
  • Chai Yeti from Great Divide

Thanks to Wynkoop and all other participating breweries for making Day of Darks 2018 a huge success!

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Dark beer season is here! And there are very few dark beers I look forward to more than the Baptists from Epic Brewing Company. From Epic’s Exponential Series we have the Big Bad Baptist Imperial StoutBig Bad Baptista, and new this year is Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist.

Big Bad Baptist (12% ABV) is the original of the series, an imperial stout with coffee (the type varies with each batch) and cacao nibs. This 2018 Baptist is brewed with a Columbian origin roasted coffee by Blue Copper Coffee Roasters in Salt Lake City. The barrel-aged flavor really comes through in this year’s BBB.

Big Bad Baptist is one of the finest imperial stouts around, so when you take this base beer but brew it with Mexican coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, you’ve got Big Bad Baptista (12.1% ABV), which is probably the best Mexican Chocolate stout I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried many). I found it to be a bit lighter on the cinnamon this year with a more prominent barrel aged taste. In fact, I think Epic really brought it with the barrel-aging in all of the 2018 Baptists.

In years past, Epic released Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist and Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist, and they took it up yet another notch this year with the Quadruple Barrel. Aged in rum barrels, it’s boozy (12% ABV) with lots coconut and hints of coffee and almond. I was thrilled at the amount of coconut I could taste in it. Epic’s Director of Brewing Operations, Jordan Schupbach, explains how Double Barrel got its distinct, intense flavors:

“We’re taking our 100% barrel aged philosophy to the extreme and barrel-aging any ingredient that will absorb the flavor and character of barrels before going in the beer. What’s great about this approach is that the adjuncts don’t mask any of the barrel character we’ve worked so hard to develop in the beer. Cracking the casks of coconut and almond open after they’ve aged is amazing. The entire brewery fills with the aroma and everyone starts to get excited to finally taste the results,” says Schupbach.

Quadruple Barrel BBB is especially nice for the holidays, as it pairs well with hard cheeses and dark chocolate desserts. If you only try one of the beers in this post, make it this one.

All three beers in the Baptist series are seriously some of the best stouts ever. I recommend them all 100% and am proud to spread the word about how wonderful these beers are. I recommend letting them warm up a little before enjoying, as this will really make the flavors stand out. All three are being distributed nationally to all of Epic’s markets and are currently available for a limited time.

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