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.

Oktoberfest: The Best Beer Festival

 

Denver loves beer and breweries. Micro breweries have grown in popularity nationwide, Denver ranks high in best American cities for beer, alongside cities like Portland and St. Louis.

oktoberfest 2015 eblast2With such an affinity for things brewed, the annual celebration of Oktoberfest this weekend through the beginning of October should be a source of joy and excitement for Coloradoans.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 in Munich, celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Phew. That was a mouthful! The couple invited the “common folk” of Munich to the wedding’s festivities, not a common act for royalty. Forty thousand people attended the celebration. The next year, in celebration of the couple’s anniversary, the party was thrown again…and again, and again.

The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12. Since then it has come to start towards the end of September, extending through the beginning of October. While this has caused confusion for some, as the name of the festival does insinuate it should happen in the month related to its name, the reasoning is understandable. Festival-goers preferred (and still prefer!) the typically warmer weather of late September to the possibly snowy and colder temperatures of mid-October.

Oktoberfest came to Denver in 1969, courtesy of Larimer Square shop owners, Fred and Hertha Thomas. The German holiday was a favorite tradition of the couple, and in its honor they opened a keg, set out some pretzels and celebrated with folks passing by.

Denver Oktoberfest is no longer a quaint and quiet tradition, but has grown to be one of the biggest Oktoberfest festivals in the United States. As the Denver Oktoberfest website says, “Denver drinks beer really well.”

Denver’s main Oktoberfest celebration still happens on Larimer, at 20th and Larimer Street. It starts this
weekend, on Friday evening, through Sunday afternoon, picking up again next weekend. The complete schedule can be viewed here:OKTOBERFEST dates

There are a number of smaller Oktoberfest celebrations happening around the city and state, including Highlands Ranch, S. Pearl Street in Denver and more.

Fun and games are promised, beer is brewed and delicious, Oktoberfest is here.