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Denver Breweries: Come Celebrate with Strange Craft and Others

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The much-beloved Strange Craft brewery turned five years old in May 2015.

If you’re a faithful follower of all things Denver brewed, you’ll know that it’s time to raise a pint of Strange Craft’s beer in celebration. The much beloved brewery turned five years old in May 2015. But don’t let their toddler status fool you in missing out on a pint. Although the brew masters have only been at their Zuni Street location for a half a decade, they possess the wisdom of brewers beyond their years.

Oh, and they’re pretty savvy marketers too. They know that nothing goes better with great, Denver craft beer than special events like One Barrel Wednesdays, Band Night, Strange Days, Gamers Group and Blues, Brews & BBQ. Plus, they make sure to open the taps early and stay late every time the Denver Broncos stop to throw the pigskin around at Sports Authority Field over on Bryant Street.

The Broncos, by the way, will be in town this August to take on the San Francisco 49ers. So be sure to stop by in the late afternoon. Hit up fantastic food trucks, like Burger Smith, Tony Guacamole and Wheels on Fire. Then position yourself at Strange Craft’s bar and down a glass of Watermelon Hefe or another seasonal beer before heading to the stadium.

And just so all the Denver brew fans out there don’t get the wrong impression; Strange Craft serves up more than just seasonal fare. As a matter of fact, they have a history of always inventing something new. Case in point, since they opened five years ago they’ve surprised craft brew fans with more than 100 different beers. So you just never know what Tim Myers and John Fletcher will have on tap when the Broncos roll into town.

To discover more about Strange Craft and other fantastic, Denver breweries, please contact DMbT today. We know the bottom of a Denver brewed pint glass like the backs of our hands and information rich tours are offered on the weekends.

Best Times to Visit the Falling Rock Tap House in June 2015

Now that Coors Field is open for the MLB season, we can’t resist visiting the Falling Rock Tap House. It has been on our Downtown Denver Microbrew Tour for some time now and we just can’t get enough of the place. They’ve got some of the best summer brews and bar food available and the service is typically speedy. So you’ll be able to get in and get out on game days without much of a hassle.

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Falling Rock is the perfect place for a pre- or post-Rockies-game brew.

Speaking of game day, did you know that Coors Field’s promotional calendar is full of great stuff in June 2015? For example, they gave away beach towels on June 2nd and they’ll be giving out 2015 Rockies Team Posters on the 19th. But that’s not all. Dad’s Day Weekend MLB fans will have a chance to score keepsake drink tumblers and baseball caps. Of course there are other giveaways planned too. So why not plan on taking in a MLB game, DMbT tour and visit to the Falling Rock Tap House sometime during the month?

If you decide to come with, think about ordering the Falling Rock Tap House’s Upper Deck Club. Made from the freshest luncheon meats, cheeses and veggies, it’s a real belly buster. And it won’t cost you much all things considered. There are plenty of summery ales and ciders on sale too. Consequently, finding the right bottle or pint glass to wash it all down will be easier than catching a Colorado Rockies player’s autograph.

If you love fruity beers, try Funwerks Tropic King, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Stone Go to IPA or Port Wipeout. Feeling like a taste of British beers instead? Then perhaps Sam Smith’s collection of craft brews will do the trick. The list includes organic, summery flavors like raspberry and strawberry. To learn more and sample them all the next time the Colorado Rockies are set to play, please contact us at Denver Microbrew Tour.

Denver Breweries: Spotlight on One of Five Points’ Finest Additions

Denver breweries are not confined to a handful of streets. As a matter of fact, there are many sidewalk-lined areas in the Mile High City that sport a multitude of fantastic establishments where one can throw back a taste of liquid artistry. Five Points is one of them. It is where you’ll find the recently established, Spangalang Brewery. The brew masters there opened their doors to the public in April 2015.

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Beer from Spangalang, one of Denver’s newest additions, is only available on tap at the brewery.

The brewery is located in a thriving strip mall but don’t let that deter you from stopping by after work for a drink. There is nothing “mass market” about their flavorful beers and you certainly won’t find them for sale in retail stores. Yes, we’re talking about pints drawn straight from the tap and nothing more.

Each one is well thought out and unique, right down to its intriguing moniker. At the moment, guests may choose from a fewIPAs, imperial stouts, a saison, Belgian table beer and a Belgian-style double. And they sport fun, roll off of your tongue names like Love Supreme, Hop Colossus, Night Walker Con Alma and Soul Sauce.

Prices at the Spangalang Brewery are easy on the pocket too. A sample will cost you a mere buck but you can expect to pay more for the 10 and 16 ounce servings. Not much more though. For now, all of their craft beer offerings are priced below $8 a glass. As for the ABVs, they range from a modest 4.5 to a hefty, 10.2 percent. The Belgian table beer is on the light end and the fermented, imperial stouts are on the other.

Of course a good, craft brew isn’t anything unless it’s served with a bit of hospitality and that’s exactly what you’ll find atSpangalang. The staff is friendly, the beer is cold and the taproom is clean as well as comfortable. To learn more about the place and other Denver Breweries in the Five Points area, please contact us.

Denver Breweries: The Best Places to Go When You Crave the Extraordinary

You are not likely to find run of the mill, Denver breweries in the city’s RiNo Arts District. Known for its happening vibe, the area is home to many creative individuals with an obvious disdain for the ordinary. And by the way, it shows. The “We won’t be defined attitude” is pervasive. You’ll find it displayed front and center, from the smallest gallery to the biggest brewery.

Which extraordinary Denver breweries are located in RiNo? We’re glad that you asked. The ones we’ve chosen to add to our tour’s roster are Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre and Brewery, Ratio

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Great Divide is just one of the unique breweries you’ll find in Denver’s River North arts district.

Beerworks, Epic Brewing Company and Stem Cider. We’ve talked about all of them before. So if you’ve been following along, you already know what awesome places they are to visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Of course you’ll find other funky breweries tucked away in the RiNo Arts District too. The ever-growing list includes, but certainly doesn’t end with the following watering holes:

  • Black Shirt Brewing Company
  • Beryl’s Beer Company
  • River North Brewery
  • Mockery Brewing
  • Crooked Stave
  • Great Divide Brewing
  • Bierstadt Lagerhaus
  • Zephyr Brewing

Our DMbT RiNo Tours take place on Sunday afternoons and end well before the dinner hour. As such, there is ample time on the weekends to check out the artsy district’s other diversions. Places like the Fuel Café are open for brunch on Sundays. On Saturdays, you can generally catch them serving lunch and dinner. They serve everything from Dutch baby pancakes and green chile poutine to fried chicken biscuits. And by the way, there’s more than art, beer and biscuits on offer in the area. There happens to be the Forney Museum of Transportation, great shops and Control Group Productions taking place in Denver’s hottest neighborhood too. To learn more about the area and our walking tours, please contact us today.

How John Hickenlooper Made Denver History

Many residents in and around Colorado know the name John Hickenlooper to belong to their state’s governor. Especially in the Denver area, some may still recognize him as the former mayor of the Mile High City. But Hickenlooper means so much more to the state of Colorado and the history of Denver, and much of that has to do with his early professional journey.

history of denver, as it relates to drinkingMention the name “Wynkoop Brewing Company” to residents of Denver, and their eyes will light up. It’s the first brew pub to open its doors in the historic downtown of Denver after prohibition ended in the state of Colorado, serving its first beer to the public in 1988. In the 27 year since, the Wynkoop has turned into one of the largest microbreweries in the entire United States.

Today, the pub is located within convenient walking distance to Coors Field, and offers hearty pub fare along with live music and comedy and, of course, self-brewed beer. The facilities even include a BCA-sanctioned billiards parlor upstairs, completing the unique and comfortable feeling that keeps guests coming back to the Wynkoop.

But it’s how one of the two landmark microbreweries in downtown Denver got started that really deserves attention. Guess who was the person who brewed and served the first beer, all the way back in 1988? That would be beloved ex-mayor and current Colorado governor John Hickenlooper. Considering the Mile High City’s rich history and array of different brews, we hardly think so.

Of course, the Wynkoop Brewing Company is just one of the many beer-related locations worth exploring in and around Denver. For a tour of this and many other famous microbreweries, pubs and their stories, contact us.

Breckenridge Brewery – 1 of 5 Colorado Breweries on Top 50 List

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Breckenridge Brewery is riding the craft-beer wave and is soon to open another brewery, with a beer garden, in Littleton, CO.

The count is in and the results are awesome: Colorado is home to five of the fifty biggest craft breweries in the nation!

According to the Denver Post, Fort Collins’ New Belgium Brewing maintained its position as the state’s largest craft brewery and snagged itself 4th place in the nation-wide list. Coming in behind were Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery at 24th, Fort Collins’ Odell Brewing at 34th, Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing at 40th, and Denver’s own Breckenridge Brewery at 50th.

The craft brewery rules, defined by the Brewers Association, stipulate that a brewery must have relatively small production, be independently owned, and use traditional ingredients in its beer in order to qualify.

These rules don’t seem to be hindering the craft beer industry, however, as it is experiencing a huge boom in popularity and growth. Breckenridge is riding the wave and is soon to open another brewery, with beer garden, in Littleton. The project is valued at $36 million, but it should be paying for itself soon enough. According to spokeswoman Terry Usry, “Our (2014) growth was only 4 percent because we are so capacity constrained.” With the new location, production should jump from 64,000 barrels to 184,000 barrels. As such, Breckinridge will be doubling its sales and marketing staff this year. They’ll also be experimenting with some new malts and hops and increasing their barrel-aged program, meaning new and exciting beers are on the horizon!

If you want to keep up with all the Denver brewing happenings, contact us today and arrange a tour!

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