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River North Brewery Moving with Funk The Man Celebration

When it comes to some of the best craft beer in Denver, River North Brewery has been a highlight staple in the RiNo district. But by the end of October, you won’t be able to visit the brewery in its famed 24th and Blake location of the neighborhood.

The building River North has called home for over three years will be bulldozed in order to rebuild on the lot some apartment dwellings. River North is now preparing to move, but they’re going out with a big celebration and a big beer. Called the Funk the Man series, these special beer releases are variation of the brewery’s brett saisons from their archived barrels. Funk the Man challenges what River North Brewery calls “insatiable redevelopment, growth for the sake of growth and cash over community.” In contrast to the new development, the Funk the Man wants to celebrate how breweries like River North help to revitalize the community through engagement, collaboration, and fun in the district. The neighborhood will miss this location, and we’ll miss the 24th and Blake stop on our craft beer tour.

But we don’t have to worry for too long about River North’s disappearance. Their new location will be at 6021 Washington Street, slated to reopen before the end of the year. The new location will expand production and provide more space in thetap room, giving more space for drinkers to enjoy the local brew. In addition, the Brewery plans to make a comeback in the neighborhood with a new pilot brewery and taproom.

So good luck to River North, and make sure you stock up before the move! To learn more about some of the best RiNobreweries like River North, contact us.


Denver’s Craft Beer Masters Know How to Get What They Need, Do You?

 

Are you a craft beer fan that watches CBS News and reads the Denver Business Journal? Then perhaps you’ve taken notice of the recent stories about yeast and hops. It seems that there is a shortage of both but never fear. There are a number of brew fans turned entrepreneurs who are willing to lend a hand and help beef up the Mile High City’s caches. So we don’t expect to see Denver’s finest brew masters shutting off their taps any time soon (Whew!).

Apparently, there are also companies out there who will be giving our region’s craft beer masters their own private stash of ingredients. What’s that mean for all of us? We suspect a large number of incredible, one-of-a-kind brews will be the likely result. But until then, we’ll have to content ourselves with what’s already on the menus in LoDo and RiNo.

And we can tell you from our Denver Microbrew Tour experiences, there are still a lot of fantastic combinations to choose from. For instance, there’s the Chocolate Rye Scotch Ale and Repeater at Ratio Beerworks. With chocolate and Munich malts at the forefront, they’re a perfect segue into fall. Be warned though, the Chocolate Rye Scotch Ale has more of anABV kick than the other. So it’s definitely an adult treat.

The Rockbottom, Wynkoop and Falling Rock have a few tricks and treats of their own. A few to put on your early autumn sampling list are Weizen, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabeza, B3K Black Lager and English Barley Wine. Try them with or without seasonal fare. If you decide to go for the fare, think about ordering new and old-school favorites like steak sliders or wings.

To learn more about what our region’s craft brewers are doing to get the best ingredients despite the shortages, please contact us. We’d be glad to help you meet the men and women behind the brew madness in person and hear their tales.

 


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.


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.


A Self Serve Bar in Denver

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.

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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.

If you want to learn more about the latest beer news in Denver, please contact us!


River North Brewery: A Rising Gem in RiNo

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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.

River North Beers in Distribution

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.

To visit River North Brewery and other top watering holes in Denver, please contact us at (303) 578-9548. We offer the best microbrew tours in the Mile High City, year round, weather permitting. All of our guided brew tours include a pint, beer samples, educational tidbits and stops at four fabulous locations.