Denver’s Best Craft Beers for National Beer Day

April 7th is National Beer Day! Denver is home to over 100 brewpubs, taprooms, and craft breweries so it choosing a beer can be overwhelming! Here are 7 of Denver’s best brews you can taste test today!

1. Roswell 

Where to find it: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
1290 S. Broadway A51, Denver, CO 80210

Roswell is a lambic-style sour beer that was spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged over the course of about nine months; it was then re-fermented in five batches with five different kinds of fruit: apricot, blackberry, cranberry, guava and raspberry. And each one was like a burst of that fruit times ten, with aromas to match and magical simplicity that belied the complexity with which they were concocted

2. Public Red Ale 

Where to find it: Blackshirt Brewing Co
3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205

Our flagship beer – hoppy, dry, and complex with aromas of juniper, lemon and fresh cut wildflowers.

3. Rosemary Sourdough Saison

Where to find it: Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
393 N. Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403

An ale inspired by the perfect loaf of bread. This loose interpretation of the Saison style is brewed with fresh organic Rosemary and features a subtle tartness from the contribution of acidulated malt. The result is a dry, refreshing ale with a delicate yet distinct aroma of fresh Rosemary.

4. Legal Wheat

Comrade Brewing Co.
7667 E Iliff Avenue Ste. F, Denver, CO 80231

Legal Wheat is an unfiltered American wheat ale featuring a citrusy flavor from Lemondrop and Citra hops with a distinct cloudy golden color. Smooth, refreshing and light bodied

 

6. Coffee Coconut Stout

WeldWerks Brewing Company
508 8th Ave., Greeley

A creamy and unique beer that is worth the drive to Greeley. This is what you want when you are looking for a coffee stout with a tropical kick. It is a toasted coconut and coffee explosion that will leave you wanting more.

7. Rare Trait

Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe St., Denver
An explosion of mango, pineapple and something a bit sweeter in tangerine. Hazy IPAs such as this are often filled with hops, but this one doesn’t overpower with its bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. It is the perfect beer for someone interested in trying this style for the first time.

Your Oktoberfest Guide: Denver 2017

OKtoberfest 2017

 

Despite having October in its name, Oktoberfest is celebrated in late August or early September. Typically a three-to-six day festival, Oktoberfest is filled with dancing and games, beer, brats, and saur kraut, and endless fun. The origins of Oktoberfest trace back to 1810 and a five-day wedding celebration for the crown prince of Bavaria. Held in Munich, the celebration was attended by over forty thousand people and was such an enjoyable event they decided to throw an anniversary party the next year, and the next, and the next…and so Oktoberfest was born! Denver is home to one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfests in the country, but there are numerous other Oktoberfest celebrations around Colorado!

Denver Oktoberfest

The 48th annual Denver Oktoberfest, this festival has been ranked one of the country’s finest. This four-day event promises lots of fun, delicious food, and excellent beer because, as the website reminds us, “Denver drinks beer really well.”

WHEN: September 22-23 & September 29-30

WHERE: Between 20th St & 22nd St on Larimer St, Downtown Denver

Drink RiNo Oktoberfest

Some of RiNo’s favorite breweries are coming together to celebrate their favorite beverage. The website proudly announces, this “is NOT a beir tasting event, it’s a beir drinking event!” So come together to enjoy RiNo’s finest fall beer selection.

WHENSeptember 16

WHERE2875 Blake Street, Denver 80205

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest Celebration and 5k

What better way to start your Oktoberfest celebration than with a run? Join the Highlands Ranch Community Association in their annual Oktoberfest festivities and 5k. The race will be followed by Oktoberfest’s usual fare with German food, dancing, beer, music, and lots of kiddo-oriented entertainment for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!

WHEN: September 23

WEREHighlands Ranch Town Center, 9344 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch 80129

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

Reminiscent of childhood block parties, the Castle Rock Oktoberfest (hosted by Downtown Castle Rock) will have a street fair vibe, with live music, food vendors, and of course a multitude of local breweries. Don’t miss the live demonstrations, and of course the bounce house to keep the inner child alive!

WHEN: September 30

WEREWilcox Square, Downtown Castle Rock, 80104

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These are just a few of the many Oktoberfest celebrations going on in Colorado throughout September and October! If you’re looking for more of a mountain getaway and time away from the busy city, check out these mountain town festivities:

Vail: September 8 – 19, 15-17

Loveland: September 15 – 16

Woodland ParkSeptember 16-17

Longmont: September 22-23

Montrose: September 30