The Denver brewery and bar scenes are both booming, but this summer something new is coming to town, according to Westword. Mark Slattery, the popular beer blogger also known as the Denver Beer Guy, is moving into the 2601 Larimer development in River North, and he’s bringing a dream with him.
The dream is a tap room that is completely self service. In lieu of a bartender, the room is managed by a program called iPourIt, which allows customers to open tabs and pour their own beers in amounts strictly tabulated by corresponding wristbands. It’s an excellent way to sample small amounts of a variety of beers.
And the beers are worth sampling. Slattery says he plans to carry beers that are one-third to one-half from Colorado breweries, with the rest being choicely selected from across the country. “We plan to showcase the best beers we can get our hands on,” he says. The beers, as well as ciders and wines totalling forty in all, will rotate regularly.
Slattery has only the highest respect for Denver’s breweries, but felt he wanted to take things in a different direction. “Denver already has a great craft brewery scene,” he says. But rather than add his voice to many, he has decided to bring “a unique drinking experience” to the city.
First Draft will feature small but quality plates of food that pair well with the beers on offer, as well as a 900 square foot patio with a fire pit. He hopes to be open in June.
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River North Art District
Situated north of Coors Field
is an up and coming artists’ enclave called River North Art District
, or RiNo for short. Amongst its Nuevo art sculptures, galleries, studios and eclectic shops is a rave worthy place that’s sure to satisfy one’s thirst for craft beers. It’s called the River North Brewery
Since it opened in February 2012, the venue has produced so many fantastic brews that it’s already expanded its production area multiple times. The last one took place in November 2013. But you don’t have to take their ongoing expansions as sole proof of the onsite brew master Matt Hess’ brilliance. There are also the reviews on Yelp and The Denver Magazine 5280‘s shout outs to consider. They all add up to one simple truth. River North Brewery is quickly becoming one of the city’s beloved gems.
Some of River North’s Beers
So which beers are creating all of the buzz and why? Some of them may be found in the brewery’s series of whiskey barrel aged delights. Belgian-style beers with notes of oak and rye, they are one of the pints down favorites of Denver. Word has it that the River North Brewery’s crew will be adding another brew to the popular series at the end of January 2014. This one is expected to be titled B-Side Avarice. Highly rated, Belgian-style, double IPA brews like the Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle is another “must try” crowd favorite. It’s a high ABV, orange hued, hoppy brew that sports a beautiful off-white head with every pour.
River North doesn’t serve food, but there is usually a food truck nearby. One that tends to haunt the place from time to time is East Coast Joe’s Grey Ghost. She’s a solar powered truck that’s home to some of the best seafood, deviled eggs and East Coast fare in Denver.
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