Looking back at the year and all of the beer festivals and beer-centric events, two of them come to mind right away and should be any beer lover’s must go list. The first is Collaboration Fest – which will be here again March 2018 – it’s truly a showcase of creativity and beer. At this festival, partnerships among brewers are formed and no ingredient is off limits. One of our favorite and most unusual beers was made for this event – the Japanese Saison– from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and UberBrew. This sushi-inspired beer had it all — green tea, shitake mushrooms, kelp, roasted seaweed — but all of that together managed to create a light and funky beer with a pepper finish.
Behind Collaboration Fest there are many great beer festivals events – most of which occur during that special week known as the Great American Beer Festival each fall. But, it wasn’t the main event this year that stole the show. For us, it was the What the Funk Invitational. In a time when GABF feels like it’s going to take over the entire city of Denver for the week – the small and intimate feel of What The Funk was a much-needed respite. It was also the only festival where it was the brewers pouring the bottles and chatting about their passion. Two more of our top beers for 2017 were poured at this event. The first beer, Supreme Clientele from Casey Brewing and Blending – its member-only beer that combines raspberry and blackberries to name a few into a luscious sour beer. Our other top beer for the year comes from one of the newest breweries and that’s Amalgam with its Composition #1 – this sour beer is dry hopped with the juicy citra and mosaic hops showcasing the ways that sour beers can be expanded.
No list of great beer festivals or experiences would be complete for 2017 without mention of the two special beer events Avery Brewing Company throws each year. It’s also where you can find two more of our top beers for the year. Avery’s SourFest is to our knowledge the only festival in the state dedicated to sour beers and it was there we discovered the BAMF Gose from Loveland Aleworks – great name, better beer. The beer was light and funky and finished with a salty bite. If sour beers aren’t your thing – Avery has another beer festivals dedicated to the bigger beers in life, the Strong Ale Fest. If you love the big beers of Avery you have to attend this event if only to try such stalwarts and our favorite for this year – Uncle Jacob’s Stout – fresh from the barrel. There is just something that connects you to the beer knowing it’s being released from its restful sleep in that barrel just for you.
Grub-Bud-Microbrewery Tour with Colorado Rocky Mountain HIGH Tours & Events tours three Colorado Springs microbreweries. Each microbrewery serves our guests a flight of their finest craft beers and their patrons favorite pub foods. During the limo drive between microbreweries the Cannabis Concierge pairs strains with each group of craft beer samplings. Cannabis and Hops are closely related and when paired enhances the flavors and herbal nuances.