Monday, October 08, 2012
For some reason, no one wanted to go with me tonight to drink the marinade for a couple of sliced bull testicles. And so, the members of the Fearless Tasting Crew missed out on the opportunity to try Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout tonight. For real. For shame.
The good news is, while cow cojones may be the oddest thing being served up at bars and breweries outside the Great American Beer Festival this week, it certainly isn't the only unique offering. And while there are hundreds of events worth mentioning, especially for those who weren't among the lucky few to get tickets to the GABF, I figured I'd at least distill down the hundreds of press releases and Facebook posts I've gotten to give you a decent guide to some of the best - including some that are available without a ticket.
*11:30 a.m.: Hops and Pie taps Cigar City beers all day long. 'Nuf said.
*5-8: Beers Made by Walking, at Wynkoop. $15. Eric Steen has gotten nine brewers to make 10 beers with ingredients inspired by hikes. Got a sneak preview of Strange's the other night and learned this is a great idea.
*6 p.m.: Renegade Brewing taps Elevated Wood. What's better than a triple IPA? How about a triple IPA aged in a bourbon barrel for six months.
*1 p.m.: River North continues its weeklong barrel release schedule with River North White aged in both white wine and whiskey barrels. It's a different barrel offering every day.
*5-6:30 p.m.: I'll be signing Mountain Brew at Strange Brewing. And they'll tap two one-barrel brews and play "Strange Brew" all night. Serious fun.
*6-9 p.m.: The Rackhouse Pub throws a rare beer tasting event featuring 21 different Colorado breweries. $35.
*1-3 p.m.: Breckenridge Brewery hosts the Brews Cruise Rendezbrew featuring local craft beer, plus beer from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Oregon. $15. At its 471 Kalamath St. location.
*10 p.m.: Freshcraft brewed a Big Brown Rye with the guys from Ska Brewing and then aged it in bourbon. Now they tap Colorado goodness.
*10:45 p.m.: Falling Rock Taphouse will first tap a collaboration between Oskar Blues and Sun King - the Indiana brewery that scored the most GABF medals in 2011 - and then just tap tons of Sun King beer.
*9:30-11:30 a.m. Freshcraft hosts the first Colorado Brewers' Brunch, featuring five local beers with big enough flavors to wake up your hungover taste buds. $30.
*11-5: Avery Brewing hosts a poker run with five barrel-aged beers at five of Denver's best beer bars. $45.
*10 p.m.: After the festival closes for the night, Falling Rock will host a number of Colorado breweries tapping rare one-off beers.
*Noon: Euclid Hall taps sour and fruit-forward beers from Goose Island and Odell Brewing.
* 11 p.m. Once you've beaten your tastebuds all week, the only thing that can jolt them back to life is barrel-aged sours - like the New Belgium specialties that Falling Rock will be pouring.