Day of Dorks is coming up on Saturday, March 10th! Do you have your tickets? See below for event details and link to tickets. And keep reading for your chance to win!
What:Day of DorksWhen: Sat., March 10, 2018, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PMWhere: Wynkoop Brewing Company Tickets: $25 Early Nerd (ends 2/24), $30 GADetails:
Craft beer nerds, we’ve gone plaid! Join us Saturday, March 10th 12-4pm at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a most righteous beer fest celebration of all things dork. Teaming up with over 30 breweries, we’ll be pouring up some of the geekiest and whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.
Nerd attire suggested but not required. And to truly encourage The Next Generation of dorks, we’ll be collecting school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. Donations to benefit local area schools.
Your ticket gets you a commemorative Day of Dorks glass for unlimited dorky beer pours and of course, the nerdiest of snacks to pair.
To miss out would be highly illogical. And if our degrees Plato calculations are correct – tickets to Day of Dorks are going to go fast. Get yours today and until then, live long and prosper!
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Comment on this post with your favorite Wynkoop beer for your chance to win 2 tickets!
Contest closes on Friday, February 23 at 3 pm. Winner will be chosen at random and must contact me with your email address within 48 hours to claim your prize.
Since the arrival of winter a couple of months ago, most beer drinkers have likely already delved into some of the latest and greatest dark beers with the onset of colder weather. But February is when things really get going, because there is nothing like stout month in Colorado.
Some breweries and bars specifically tout “stout months,” tapping numerous stouts throughout the month. This tradition started 25 years ago with Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder, which now includes 4 additional Colorado locations). This custom has carried on since 1993, and others have followed their lead.
For example, Resolute Brewing Company in Centennial also celebrates stout month, offering many variations of stout such as American style, Latte Milk, Chocolate Orange, Rum Raisin Imperial, Golden Stout and more. Additionally, several other local breweries are tapping their own as well as numerous guest stouts.
So, who’s excited?! It’s Stout Month! Go big! First up, a few barrel-aged stouts.
Bull Proof is a collaboration between Odell and Colorado-based Old Elk Distillery. This beer was brewed and then aged in Old Elk Bourbon barrels, giving way to notes of chocolate and caramel, as well as a light smokiness. The finish is very creamy and therefore it does not feel like a 12% beer, so keep that in mind!
Where to find it: On draft at Odell Brewing Company and in a 12 ounce bottle at liquor stores across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint (Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Illinois and Iowa).
Photo courtesy of Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Beerworks—Genius Wizard Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
This 12% stout was barrel-aged for 12 months in a variety of bourbon barrels, blended then bottled. This heavy-hitter is very boozy (in the best possible way!), pours thick and has notes of maple syrup. This one definitely packs a punch and is a sipping beer for sure. It’s everything a barrel-aged stout should be, and more!
Where to find it: Non-barrel aged version is on tap at Ratio Beerworks. Barrel-aged bottles can be purchased in the tap room and at these local liquor stores: Warehouse Liquor Mart, Grapevine Wine & Liquors, Molly’s Spirits, Toast! Wine and Spirits, Divino Wine & Spirits, Mondo Vino , Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits-Downtown, The Proper Pour, Small Batch Liquors, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Bogey’s Beer and Wine, Joy Wine and Spirits, Little’s Wine & Spirits, Mile High Wine and Spirits, Craft Beer, Cellar Fort Collins, Wyatt’s Wet Goods, and Craft Alley.
Banded Oak Brewing—Atomga Brazilian Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels
This recipe was developed in collaboration with Bodebrown Brewery of Curitiba, Brazil. At 10.5% ABV, this is a complex beer with obvious notes of whiskey and wood. Roasted marshmallow, sweet tobacco, cacao and coffee mingle with your tastebuds providing a delightful finish.
Where to find it: On draft at Banded Oak Brewing
If strong, high ABV stouts aren’t your thing, here are a few more, ranging from 5.2-9.5% ABV.
Call to Arms Brewing—Dust in the Wind
At 5.2% ABV, Dust in the Wind is seriously drinkable offering roasty notes with a hint of mole on the nose and a light smoke aroma. With flavors of chocolate and cinnamon, this is a highly drinkable alternative to Guinness.
Where to find it: On draft at Call to Arms and all five Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries during Stout Month.
Great Divide Brewing—Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Yet another revered reincarnation of Great Divide’s legendary Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide toned down the hops to allow cacao nibs to bring out a pleasing bitterness, while vanila notes from the oak combined with the cacao to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne provides a lively finish.
Where to find it: On draft and in 22oz bombers at both Great Divide tap rooms, as well as within Great Divide’s distribution footprint.
Maxline Brewing—Chocolate Stout
This deep mahogany beauty has a fruity aroma up front that fades to a light roast. Flavors of chocolate dominant the front palate with undertones of earthiness, roast, and bright fruit. This 6.8% medium bodied brew has a velvety mouthfeel that will make you yearn for more.
Where to find it: On draft at Maxline Brewing in Fort Collins, CO.
I hope you enjoy these suggestions contribute to your enjoyment of Stout Month. It’s time to get out and about and check out some stouts!
Valentines Day is lame, new Snowed In flavors are not.
Single, taken, netflix n’ chillin…whatever your status, you’re definitely going to want to mingle with us on Valentines Day this year as we release Cherry Cordial Snowed In! This is a one time only, single keg release and will not be available in stores, bombers, crowlers, or growlers.
Forgot to get a valentine for your valentine? We’ll also have anti-valentine coloring sheets, mad-libs, and cards for you to share with your pals!
Get away from the crazy restaurant sene on Valentines day and come join us for our monthly Bacon and craft beer pairing! Corner of Gourmet cures all of the Bacon in-house and will be pairing a 4 course meal with the delicious hand crafted beer from Someplace Else Brewery in Arvada.
$30 per person comes with a 4 course meal paired with four 4 oz beers with a 8oz of your choice at the end!
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Come on in to our taproom for a special Chocolate & Beer Pairing from 7-9pm featuring local sweets from Cultura Craft Chocolate and live music from The Dollhouse Thieves until 9:30pm.
For $15, you will receive a pairing of 4 chocolates with 4 beers and a live show. No tickets necessary!
Kokopelli Beer Company is the best place to celebrate your love of your significant other with your love of beer and pizza! We are hosting a special $50 Pre Fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day including:
1 large shaped specialty pizza
2 side salads
2 drinks (beer or wine)
and a homemade dessert to share!
Reservations are required. Please send an email to email@example.com including the following:
Date preferred (Friday, February 9 or Saturday, February 10, or February 14<–very limited seating! 6pm and 8pm only on Valentine’s Day)
Number of people (1 couple or multiple?)
Our February Paint Night Party with Creative U is geared towards couples for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th. The design features two burlap canvases with a full phrase painted on it when lined up side by side.
Tickets are $40/ group of two and includes your first two 10 oz pours of beer. Reserve your spot early. All our past Paint Night Parties have SOLD OUT and only 10 sets of tickets will be sold for our February paint night. https://app.getoccasion.com/p/n/sxz6qk8o-sn0jri58cwbra#
**Please note you only need to sign up once for both of you to be registered!
Please arrive 10 mins early to check in with Lisa and pick up a drink ticket + apron. Please keep in mind this is an art event. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little paint on!
It’s also BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) and Local Business Night. Receive $2 off your first pint of beer when you bring a record to play from 6pm-close.
Join us this Valentine’s Day in the taproom for an evening of Cupcakes and Beer!
We are teaming up with B.sweet.cupcakes here in Loveland for 4 unique cupcakes paired with 4 beers. For just $15 you can enjoy all of the Cupcakes and Beer!
Tastings start at 5pm and will go as long as supplies last! Cupcakes will be limited so RSVP by calling the taproom at 970-619-8138 or show up early on 2/14!
Walk right in and meet the love of your life*. Spend 7 minutes with each person while enjoying a BOGO drink on us! Must be 21+ and prizes include TRUE LOVE *.
Event begins at 7pm, so arrive a little early and get ready for a Valentine’s Day to remember. We will have an extended happy hour just in case you hit it off with your new special someone and want to chat a bit longer.
How about a different sort of Valentines date night? Did you know that every knot serves a different purpose? Knowing how to tie various knots can go a long way to getting yourself out of tricky situations in the wilderness and around the home. These skills can help you get in or out of some “knotty” situations.
Join us for City Star Brewing’s 6th Annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Beer Pairing. The self-guided pairing includes 5 beers (4oz tasters) expertly paired with 5 craft chocolates. Pairings will be available anytime on Wednesday, 2/14 from 5-9pm, $20/ea. Share or enjoy solo!
WHEN & WHERE: Available now in limited quantities as a single 12oz bottle across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint (Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Illinois and Iowa).
ABOUT: From Odell: “We were excited to brew an unapologetically big beer. The Triple IPA is an exciting style and the 12oz single bottle felt like the right package,” explains Bill Beymer, Brewing Manager. “The real trick is finding the balance between the higher malt bill and the hop bitterness and aroma. We’re really looking forward to sharing this one with our fans.”
Fee Fi Fo Fum is a giant of a Triple IPA, brewed with a colossal amount of American hop varieties including Chinook, Azacca, and Mosaic. With a full body and notes of sticky pine, tropical fruit, and citrus, this triple packs a resinous hop punch.
“This is the perfect time of year to release a Triple IPA,” notes Beymer. “Our brewers had free reign to select some of the freshest and most exciting hops from our 2017 harvest.”
MY THOUGHTS: Seeing as how Odell’s Myrcenary Double IPA has been one of my favorite Colorado beers for several years, I was really looking forward to trying Fee Fi Fo Fum, Odell’s latest Cellar Series beer. And I was not disappointed.
Upon first sniff, it’s obvious that Fee Fi Fo Fum is packed with a variety of hops. As far as taste goes, it’s pretty similar to Myrcenary in that it strikes the perfect balance of malt and hops. One noticeable difference is that Fee Fi Fo Fum has more of a resinous, piney aftertaste, whereas Myrcenary’s is slightly sweeter. I would say Fee Fi Fo Fum is like an amped-up version of Myrcenary. If you like Myrcenary, this beer is for you: it’s higher in alcohol content (11.1% compared to 9.3%) a little hoppier, and is full of resinous flavor. BIG on taste, this giant of an IPA is a limited edition and won’t be around long. Check your local liquor store, or use Odell’s Beer Finder to see where you can find yours.
The 6th Annual Denver (only) Beer Festivus was held at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on Saturday, December 16th. I’d attended the event in the past at when it was at The McNichols Building, but this was my first Festivus at this venue, and it was fantastic! It was very roomy and didn’t feel crowded at all, so I would not have guessed it was sold-out festival; it seemed like the perfect amount of attendees for the space.
Speaking of space…the beers were out of this world! And in addition to great brews, it was fun to look at all the aircraft and learn a little bit while drinking.
Around 50 breweries were present, representing Denver with their best stouts, IPAs, porters, sours and more. Here are a few beers that really caught my attention:
I try to visit as many breweries as I can during fests, but inevitably I always end up hearing about beers I missed after the fact. I regret that I didn’t get to try Jagged Mountain’s This Beer Really Ties The Room Together, a blonde white Russian milk stout, which I undoubtedly would have enjoyed. Same goes for Reciprocity Golden Sour Blend from Baere Brewing. I’ll have to stop by their taprooms ASAP for a taste!
Thank you to Two Parts and all of the breweries, volunteers, and everyone else who had a hand in making Festivus a success! As the Denver brewery scene continues to grow, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Festivus 2018. Cheers!
Depravity, our Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout will make it’s appearance New Year’s Eve day once again! Quantities are limited, and there is a one case per Renegade limit, so come down early.
Live screen printing will be provided by Indy Ink; the first 30 Renegades through the door leave with a free Depravity tee.
The Ham Bone Thieves will be in the house, playing hits from your favorite musicians we lost in 2017.
We will be having a Chili Cook-Off on NYE (corresponding with the Broncos game).
Three entry categories: red, white, & green. (You may enter in to more than one category.)
Chili must be pre-prepped & ready to serve at 2:00. Voting will take place from 2:00 through half time of the Broncos game.
Prizes awarded to 1st place winner in each category (chili with the most votes–all people’s choice).
It will be $5 to taste/vote with all proceeds going to our Charity of the Month program.
Revival Brews will be celebrating three amazing years and we want you to join us! We’ll be featuring some fun barrel aged and rare beers, awesome food specials, and a Champagne toast. The bar will stay open until midnight so lets ring in the New Year together with some good cheer.
Come celebrate New Year’s Eve close to home at your favorite neighborhood brewery! Our 4th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature:
Live Music – The Dollhouse Thieves @ 9:00pm
Exclusive Toasting Beer made only for NYE
Covered Heated Patio, plenty of room! (Double the size of last year)
Special tapping (more details to come, think RARE) . Avoid the downtown drama, lack of cabs, surge charges from Uber, high cover charge bars, and general nonsense of downtown and have fun with us and your neighbors. Registration recommended.
Ring in the New Year by joining the Ratio Beerworks team for one hell of a year end blowout. A special night of special release firkins, late night snacks, dance partying and our balloon and keg drop at midnight.
The Mystery Sisters DJ Duo will be spinning punk and dance vinyl tracks for our taproom dance party, so come ready to throw down. 2017 has been a real gut punch, so lets celebrate a clean slate over great beer and good times.
The night will feature several special tappings including a champagne-y firkin, and a special variant take on our Genius Wizard Imperial Stout.
Finally, right before midnight, we’ll be popping a magnum of Ratio beer and handing out free tasters of something special to all attendees as our midnight toast! Cheers to 2018!
This might be our most epic shindig yet, folks. At 8 PM, we will host our first ever New Years Raffle! $10 gets you a free pint and the chance to win some awesome prizes, including a 1/6 BBL keg of Asher beer!
Please, do join us as we get real classy to bring in the New Year with a whole lotta beer & a whole lotta cheers!
We’ll have an expertly paired, 4 course dinner prepared by Mikes 2 Kitchen as follows:
Course 1: Wine Barrel Saison + Butter poached shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and seared and served with crispy polenta and walnut basil pesto
Course 2: Citrus Paradisi + Pan seared chicken thigh with an andouille sausage, brussel sprout, and fingerling potato hash topped with a citrus thyme Au jus
Course 3: Well Bred + Seared duck breast over soba noodles with haricot vert, shitake mushrooms, ginger and garlic with a shiro shoyu vinaigrette
Course 4: Raspberry Sour + Flourless Chocolate torte enhanced with raspberry jam & whipped cream
Your ticket will include the 4 course meal, midnight toast and gratuity. No one under 21+ will be able to attend. Tickets are nonrefundable, but can be transferred within 24 hours of the start of the event. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL.
Have additional questions? Email Stacey@CopperKettleDenver.com.
Bulky Oxen, a sessionable barleywine brewed in collaboration with Dogfish Head
In early November, downtown Boulder welcomed the newest location of The Post Brewing Co. The original Post opened in Lafayette, Colorado in 2014, followed by a second in Longmont and a third in Denver. The Post Brewing Co. Boulderoccupies the space at 2027 13th Street, formerly home to Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse, then Colorado Brewing Company, and later Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place.
I’d been to both the Lafayette and Denver locations and was excited to check out the new digs in Boulder. The bar and main dining area is bright, airy and open. Head straight back from the entrance and to the right you’ll find the back room with a full stage for live music events (Tip: don’t miss the Otis Taylor Band LIVE on New Year’s Eve!)
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes with whipped cream and syrup
After taking in the new space I was eager to try a glass of Bulky Oxen, a sessionable English style barleywine that The Post’s founding Brewmaster (and current Brewing Ambassador for Dogfish Head) Bryan Selders and Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head, brewed together. Bulky Oxen has all the flavor of a heavy-hitting barleywine but with a lower alcohol content, which is good for me because, while I love this style of beer, it isn’t always the best choice given the typically high ABV. But with Bulky Oxen coming in at 7.4% ABV, problem solved!
While The Post is most well-known for its fried chicken and award-winning brews, the food menu offers a wide range of dishes for everyone to enjoy. One thing I love so much about Executive Chef Brett Smith and the entire team is their willingness to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences. On every menu, you’ll find the following statement:
“Vegan, raw, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, paleo. We get it – everybody’s different and that’s cool. Whether it’s an allergy, sensitivity or personal choice, our highly skilled chefs will attempt to make every possible modification to our menu to accommodate you! Certain substitutions/omissions may not be possible…but if you call ahead we will make every possible adjustment.”
As a vegetarian (and a picky one at that), I always feel welcome at The Post when requesting ingredient substitutions/omissions, as they understand that some customers may require (or simply just want) minor adjustments to their meals.
Speaking of meals, I visited The Post Boulder in the afternoon, so I wasn’t extremely hungry but couldn’t resist sampling some appetizers and small plates.
Of course the Donut Holes never disappoint; crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. And the whipped cream with syrup is the best!
The Kale Salad with beets, goat cheese, and crunchy toasted cashews is a great choice for vegetarians, or anyone looking for something a bit healthier but also big on taste. Every ingredient in this salad blended together so well to create the perfect flavor combination.
The Spicy Pimento Cheese Platter was excellent. With lots of jalapenos throughout, it’s definitely spicy, and you get so many different things to dip in it; the Texas Toast was my favorite. Mmm!
Beet, Goat Cheese & Kale Salad: quinoa, pickled cauliflower, roasted red peppers, toasted cashews, red wine vinaigrette
The Post Brewing Boulder serves lunch Monday-Friday at 11am, dinner nightly at 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday brunch starting at 10am. And happy hour Monday-Thursday 4-6pm with food, beer, and cocktail specials. Stop by today and check out the new place, sip on a pint of Howdy Beer, and dig into any of the numerous tasty dishes on the menu. Welcome to Boulder, Post Brewing!
Get into the holiday spirit all month long with these fun events! You can do your shopping with pint in hand at numerous markets, get your (or your pet’s) photo with Santa, sport your ugly sweater, eat cookies, celebrate Festivus, and wrap gifts—all at your favorite local breweries! It doesn’t get any better than this.
Join us this December First Friday for our Inaugural Holiday Market! We have invited back our First Friday Artists and other vendors who have worked with Mockery to sell the best and most unique gifts you will find this Holiday Season. Skip the malls and come Support Local!
Vendors (More to Come)
Brush and Brews
Good Sugar Baking
Skulls by Megan Miller
Bryce Leonard Photography
White Tale Coffee
J Brady’s Seasonings
Santa is coming to our taproom to cheerily take photos with crying (and smiling) children and grown ups in his lap! The Spoiled Beer Brat will be onsite to document these precious memories. The details:
•Digital photo is free with purchase of one full pour beer, or $10 without beer purchase.
•Grown ups are encouraged to dress up in their finest geeky fashions for a perfect themed Santa photo.
The #TempleOfBoom will host a Holiday Market with local vendors on Saturday December 2nd from 2-6pm… because isn’t holiday shopping more fun with a beer in hand? Confirmed vendors are below and more will be added. Copacabana Grill will be our food truck.
Browse fun gifts from…
Amy Kindland from The Porch – The Porch in Brighton, CO specializes in shabby shic home decor, furniture, vintage items and antiques.
Elizabeth Jayne with Beautycounter – Beautycounter is a Santa Monica based safer personal care products company. They offer safe, sustainable products for the whole family.
Rachael Wood with Bare Bones BARKtique – All natural wholesome dog bones & treats made in Colorado.
Purple Porch Company makes wood burned home decor and kitchen accessories here in Colorado.
Caroline Brothers from Henna Luna – Henna Luna will be offering henna adornments during the event on a first come, first serve basis. Designs are $5-25+.
Hey Big Choice fans – furry and all! We are hosting a furry pet photo shoot at Big Choice Brewing and it’s all for a great cause! Join us on Sunday, December 3rd from 1-6 pm Big Choice where Dustin from The Brewtography Project will do a 15 minute photo shoot of your furry friend.
Come hungry – The Burger Bus will be here with their mouthwatering burgers!
The timeslot you purchase will reserve a 15-minute timeslot with Dustin. With each $40 ticket sold, $30 will go to the Movember Foundation USA, and the remainder to the photographer for his time. Please arrive a minimum of 10 minutes before the hour you sign up for and a 15 min timeslot will be assigned to you upon check in.
Feel free to bring fun props to use and anything you feel your furry friend needs to feel comfortable.
While attendees will receive digital copies of their photos, by purchasing a timeslot, you agree to not attempt to profit from republishing or selling images, and to always credit The Brewtography Project in social posts.
Get those furry friends cleaned and ready to go – should be an awesome time!
Brewer v Brewer – beer competition and roast all in one. You get to drink the beers, listen to the smack talk and decide who is the Champion for the year. $25 gets you a 5 oz pour of each beer, and a vote to decide who will be crowned champion.
Who wouldn’t love holiday shopping while drinking a pint? Stop on by and see what goodies local vendors have this holiday season.
We will be having Foothills Decor, LeBlossoms, Blissful Sol jewelry, and essential oils here from 11-2 to give you a variety of shopping options.
Work Options for Women (WOW) has helped low-skilled individuals overcome personal barriers and obtain employment in the food service industry for 20 years. They not only prepare low-skilled workers to obtain entry-level employment, but also work to insure that their graduates have the culinary skills, job-readiness skills, life skills and ongoing support that they will need to retain employment and pursue a permanent career in the culinary
12 Days of Giving was created to lend a hand to 12 diverse local nonprofit groups in need, that Ratio has identified as doing really great work in the Denver area. During the first three weeks of December, Ratio will showcase one of those 12 groups in the taproom for 12 non-consecutive days with $1 from each beer sold during a three hour period going to benefit those organizations. This year, each of the participating nonprofits/community groups have been encouraged to educate attendees about their mission and work in the taproom through immersive taproom experiences.
Who needs the Nutcracker Ball? We have our own secret party, ok, maybe not so secret, but we are excited to announce the 2017 release of our most popular seasonal beer, Ugly Sweater! This beer is a Belgian-style brown ale, brewed with roasted pumpkin seeds, palm sugar, and world peace. Other than inherent specialness of the beer, it is even more special this year as it will be poured in our new co-taproom with Strange Craft Beer Company!
Help us celebrate our new digs and we have a couple of special treats. Along with the batch for 2017, we have a limited amount of the batches from 2015 and 2016. Although not as extreme as Jack Skellington trying to take over Christmas, this is truly a merger of two worlds.
As is tradition, we hold an ugly sweater party/competition to herald the release of this beer. Enjoy a pint and dust off that vintage/ironic garment of yours as we will be selecting the best ugly sweater at 7pm! Winner gets a Crowler fill and a ticket to Denver Beer Festivus! #StrangeWit
Join us for our 4th Annual Holiday Craft Sale and Bottle Release featuring many local artists and their beautiful crafty works including Crafted Art Emporium, Copia Confectionery, Nature Studio, Desired1Crafts, Yugomatto and more!
We’ll also be releasing Unknown Parentage into the wild and have a limited amount on tap. Unknown Parentage is named for the mysterious origins of the Vignoles grapes that we sourced from Palisade, Colorado. Originally thought to have come from a hybrid of two grapes with origins in France, genetic testing has shown otherwise. This wine-like sour beer is a blend of a wine barrel open-fermented Saison with fresh pressed Vignoles grape juice and skins and a barrel of our..
November: the month we set back the clocks and darkness creeps in. The weather becomes chilly, and thoughts turn to the coming winter. While some may fall into a bit of a funk this time of year, beer drinkers everywhere get excited about stouts, porters, and barrel-aged beers. And what better way to celebrate than Day of Darks at Wynkoop?!
Day of Darks 2017 was on Saturday, November 18th. I’ve attended this event for the last few years. As a stout lover, this fest is especially enjoyable to me, and I always look forward to checking out all the new dark beers as well as revisiting some of my old favorites.
Wynkoop really knows how to put on a beer fest. Day of Darks was sold out, yet I didn’t find myself waiting in lines or fighting to get through the crowds. It was just the right amount of breweries (approximately 36), beers (around 85) and attendees. Additionally, I think the duration (four hours) is perfect; there are no worries about missing out on any of the beers if you don’t get there the minute it starts, you can leisurely sip and really take in the flavors of the beers, and hang out and have fun conversations with friends without having to rush through the experience.
There were so many excellent beers this year! So what were my favorites at Day of Darks 2017?
Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing
Triple Barrel Baptist is new this year. I’m a big fan of the Big Bad Baptist series, but this one blew me away. It’s aged in whiskey & rum barrels with barrel aged coffee beans and barrel aged coconut. And the coconut is very noticeable–and extremely tasty!
Big Bad Baptista from Epic Brewing
I was happy to see this one make its return after the initial release in 2016. Mexican coffee, vanilla, cinnamon come together to form the perfect union.
Mexican Chocolate Ale from Blue Moon
I was told this beer is like cold hot chocolate, and when I looked at my full glass, I could see it was true. It looked and tasted just like hot chocolate, only boozy and cold!
Maple Pancakes Porter from Renegade
This was the first time I’d tried Maple Pancakes Porter. The name truly speaks for itself: you know exactly what you’re getting, and the flavors are abundant.
Strangely Epic from Strange Craft & Epic Brewing
This has been one of the beers I’ve looked forward to for the past few years. It’s a liquid chocolate covered cherry. There is simply no other way to describe it.
Overall, it’s Epic Brewing for the win! I had lots of delicious beers, but in looking back at my list, Epic definitely came out on top as far as my taste buds are concerned. Cheers to another successful Day of Darks!
Also, mark your calendars for Day of Dorks at Wynkoop: Saturday, March 10, 2018! From 12-4 pm, 30 breweries will be pouring their best beers while attendees geek out! Wynkoop will be collecting school supplies which will be distributed to local schools, so bring along a bag of goodies for the littles.
WHEN & WHERE: Available now in limited quantities as a single 12oz bottle across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint (Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Illinois and Iowa).
ABOUT: A bit of info from Odell:
The 2017 batch of Friek marks the seventh year of the beer release and the first release of a Cellar Series offering in a 12oz bottle. Since 2006, Odell Brewing has offered their Cellar Series line in 750ml (25oz) bottles. Moving forward, all Cellar Series beers will be packaged and sold as single 12oz bottles.
The smaller format allows the Cellar Series beers to be available at a more affordable price. Brewed with aging in mind, these beers can be enjoyed right off the shelf or tucked away in the cellar and allowed to mature over time.
Friek is a unique blend of framboise (raspberry sour ale) and traditional lambic kriek (cherry sour ale). Each year, multiple generations of kriek ale age patiently in oak barrels, some dating back ten years in the Odell Brewing cellar. Fresh Colorado-grown raspberries are then added to the wild fermented brew just prior to the final blending, creating a subtle sweetness to balance the tart cherry flavors with an effervescent, dry finish.
MY THOUGHTS: Friek is one unique beer. It combines two delicious styles, framboise (raspberry sour ale) and traditional lambic kriek (cherry sour ale), into one. And this year’s batch is tart; I think this is the most tart Friek I have ever had, which makes this sour fan very happy. I felt the last couple of batches were more kriek-heavy, leaning toward the sweeter side. But this time around it tastes more framboise-like to me, with more noticeable raspberry throughout. I am truly impressed with 2017 Friek. I definitely recommend it, especially if you love sours.
It won’t be around for long, but it’s here just in time for the holidays! Pick up some bottles now to share with family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve…this beer is the perfect accompaniment to any celebration. It pairs well with seafood, goat cheese, chocolate, and you can even make a Friek-y turkey this year with Odell’s Friek Brine Smoked Turkey recipe.