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RiNo District Continues to Attract Interesting, Denver Breweries

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As RiNo continues to grow, we expect to see more Denver breweries popping up.

More than ever, it is a really good feeling knowing that the RiNo Arts District is part of our Denver Microbrew Tour offerings. The area’s list of Denver breweries just increased to include First Draft and New Belgium Brewing. Why is that so exciting? Well for us, any new place to kick back and sample a freshly released brew is cause for celebration.

First Draft, in particular, really has us mesmerized. A true testament to the power of freedom and choice, it gives new meaning to the phrase, “beer tasting.” Customers who visit have a chance to pay for their drinks in the most unconventional way. As such, everyone can sample away without fear of having to force down something they hate for the sake of not wasting money. And by the way, it’s already open for walking tour related business.

New Belgium Brewing is different from First Draft. First, it isn’t open yet and you won’t find craft beers sold by the ounce. However, when the doors do fling wide open in the future, they’ll be lots of sour beers on tap to keep everyone smiling. In meantime, sour beers are available at several other places in RiNo. Plus, there are old standbys, like French saisons and American standard ales too.

As RiNo continues to grow, we expect to see more Denver breweries popping up in the area alongside of restaurants and other establishments of note. One thing is clear, we’ll be watching with one hand on a craft beer mug and the other on our Denver Microbrew Tour’s office keyboard. As soon as we hear of interesting places getting ready to open along our tour route, we’ll be sure to share the news. To learn more about the existing stops on both of our ongoing tours, pleasecontact us in Denver today.


River North Brewery Brings a Taste of Belgium to Colorado

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River North has quickly become a favorite with the city’s craft beer aficionados.

It’s no secret that Belgium produces some of the best beers in the world. The good news is, you do not have to travel 5,000 miles in order to partake in the flavors of Belgian beer. You just have to find your way to the River North Brewery, at 2401 Blake St., #1. The brewery is situated about two blocks north of Coors Field, very close to the North River Arts District (RiNO).

Matt and Jessica Hess opened their award-winning brewery in February 2012. Matt’s brewing style is influenced by Belgian-style ales and American ales with a Belgian twist, and he adds an emphasis on barrel-aging.

“Early in my homebrewing career, I fell in love with Belgian yeast. Not only does it offer the widest variety of flavor profiles, but it also creates drier beers, allowing us to craft balanced and refined brews that are both drinkable and delicious.” – Matt Hess

River North offers brews in bottles, cans, and barrel-aged styles. The bottles come in 22 oz. offerings which are producedfive times a year. The barrel-aged beers are special and rare.

Brewmaster Hess generally produces one barrel-aged brew a month, in a run of about 120 cases. Some are annual, and some are never again produced. They’ve brewed everything from a rum-aged Quadrupel to a tequila-aged farmhouse style.

River North has quickly become a favorite with the city’s craft beer aficionados. Wednesday through Sunday, the breweryis visited by some of the city’s best food trucks, too, so you’ll have great local eats to go along with the delicious, locally brewed beer.

Simply contact us if you would like to know more about the local Denver beer scene, or to join us on our DenverMicrobeer Tour.


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.


River North’s Best Tap Rooms Receive Awards and Media Attention

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Some of the ciders are aged in red wine or bourbon barrels.

Have you taken a look at Westword®’s latest list of award winners? If not, you may want to pour yourself a glass of hard cider and take a peek. One of the locations on our new River North Art District walking beer tour has been dubbed the besttap room party host in Denver for 2015 and we couldn’t be happier for them. Yes, we are talking about the ultra fabulous venue known as Stem Cider.

Founded by Eric Foster and Phil Kao, the Stem Cider team obviously knows more than just how to put on a heck of a party. They make amazing hard ciders too. Some of their ciders are aged in red wine or bourbon barrels and others spend time fermenting in stainless steel. As such, you can count on the tap room‘s offerings to have wide appeal.

And as for the parties, you already know that they’re legendary. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have won a nod from Westword®. But just in case there is any doubt, we’d suggest checking out some of their upcoming events for yourself. The team currently hosts regular events Tuesday through Friday evenings and special shindigs throughout the year. The themed vary too. So, one night you may enjoy live bluegrass music and the next could be a hard cider and cheese pairing.

Of course Stem Cider wasn’t the only River North Art District venue to receive kudos earlier this year. There were others that area foodies and wine lovers know well. Among them are the RiNo Yacht Club, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Acorn, Park Burger, Cart-Driver and Work & Class. To learn more about the River North Art District’s best places to grab craft brews, please contact us. We have a tour planned for this Sunday afternoon and would love to sip a cold one with you at Stem Cider.


Walking Beer Tour to Open in RiNo Art District

Denver, Colorado – April 6, 2015 – Today, Denver Microbrew Tour (DMbT) announced the addition of a new tour route in the River North Art District (RiNo), just north of Downtown Denver. The inaugural tour will be on Sunday, April 12, and will start at 12:15pm at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205). Tours will then be offered every Sunday, starting at the same time and same location.

Similar to DMbT’s long-standing LoDo route, the RiNo route will include:

  • visits to four local breweries, cideries, or tap rooms
  • beer samples at each stop
  • an in-depth lesson of how beer is made
  • info about each location’s founders and the inspirations that led them to brew
  • stories behind the street art and murals prevalent in RiNo
  • just enough scandalous Denver history to keep things interesting

The new route will feature some of the newest and most exciting breweries in the Denver area, and will also include a visit to a cidery. “We want to showcase the best brewers Denver has to offer, and there is no better place to do it than in RiNo,” said DMbT founder, Steve Schneiter. “The heavy concentration of breweries here creates a great atmosphere of collaboration and friendly competition. These companies work together to push each other to make the best beer in Colorado, and are succeeding in doing so.”

Schneiter continued, “But the tour won’t be all about the breweries – we’ll also focus on the RiNo neighborhood. In RiNo, there are motorcycle shops next to wineries, junkyards across from breweries, and run-down diners next to upscale restaurants; it is the perfect combination of dive and elegance. The stories behind these businesses, and the inevitable changes that they will face in the coming years, craft a great narrative for Denver locals and tourists alike.”

Arline Kellog, a self-proclaimed Cider Wench at Stem Ciders (one of the stops on DMbT’s RiNo route), added, “We are excited to have such a great company showcasing our growing artisan brew district; we can’t wait to show people what craft cider is all about!”

DMbT’s RiNo route will visit Ratio Beerworks, Stem Ciders, Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre and Brewery, and Epic Brewing Company. The tour will be offered weekly, on Sunday afternoons starting at 12:15pm and lasting until roughly 2:30pm. The cost is $29 per person and includes the tour and at least 10 samples of beer (or cider). For more information, visit www.denvermicrobrewtour.com.

About Denver Microbrew Tour

For over five years, Denver Microbrew Tour has been showcasing the best of downtown Denver, offering tourgoers ten beer samples and scandalous history of the city and its development. This highly-reviewed, well-respected walking tour has served over 20,000 clients, offering both public and private tours, as well as appearances at corporate events. For additional information or to book your tour, please call 303-578-9548 or visit www.denvermicrobrewtour.com.
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