Wednesday, June 03, 2009

This Week in Colorado Beer

I swear I'm going to have to start drinking prune beer, so I can get more regular at this blogging thing . . .

Friday and Saturday: Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest. Take a heavy heaping of bands, add two hours per day of beer and chili, and you've got this rollicking weekend. More than 50 breweries are expected to attend.

Big Parties
Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m. Great Divide's 15th anniversary celebration might not be a festival just yet, but at $20 a pop, it's cheaper than any tasting ticket you can buy to Snowmass. And in addition to food and a sampling of the Denver brewery's beers, you get to be among the first to try the oak-aged 15th Anniversary Double IPA. If you go, find me and say hi: I'll be the short, curly-haired guy drinking a lot of the new beer.

New Tappings
Thursday: Head to a Rock Bottom nearest you. The Downtown Denver location rolls out its Jazzberry Ale, presumably to the sounds of smooth jazz. The Orchard Town Center location taps a Sunset Steam.
Already out: I'm a little late on this one, but Left Hand recently released its St. Vrain Tripel Ale, a 9% ABV whopper available in 22-ounce bombers. Anyone tried this one yet?

New Tap Rooms
Just when you thought I was running out of categories . . .
Upslope Brewing of Boulder, the newest addition to Colorado's microbrewery scene, opened its tap room about a week ago. It's still operating on limited hours - 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday - but any new brewery willing to make a go of it in these economic conditions needs a little support.

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