Last weekend’s trip to Salida was INCREDIBLE! So incredible, in fact, that I cannot do it justice with a little snippet in a post really devoted to the future (STOP LIVING IN THE PAST, MAN!), so I shall write it up another day. But for teasers:
- Brewer’s Rendezvous!
- A broken elbow
- Cliff jumping
- Pitching a tent
- Brewery #250!!!
- 3 – yes 3 – distilleries!
On to this weekend!
Trouble I am getting into this weekend
I will be helping out at Ironwork Brewery‘s booth at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Westminster’s Beer Bash. The winner of the Beer Bash gets to be on tap for two months! If you are inclined to come down and vote for your favorite brew, please do. We participated in one of these for Brewery Rickoli about six months ago and it was fun… weird… but fun. I like it because it introduces a bunch of folks who are really unfamiliar with craft beer to the product. It’s weird because it’s a bunch of people who aren’t really into craft beer. It definitely challenges both the Bearded Brewer and I on being more relatable to a different audience. Which is never, ever a bad thing.
Before we mosey on to Quaker Steak & Lube, we are going to try and hit up Joyride Brewing in Sloan’s Lake which just opened yesterday. I took my Certified Cicerone exam with one of the owners, so I’m really jazzed to stop by and check it out. (Yep, jazzed).
After the event we will be going down to Baere Brewing on Broadway (by TRVE). They opened last weekend and are just a hop-skip-jump from a place for us to crash on any given night, so we are hoping that they are super rad. Given, we hope ALL new breweries are super rad, but unfortunately, too many are popping up under-prepared. But, as always, high hopes and our three-sip rule (I should write a post about that, I suppose).
With so much going on this weekend, it was really hard to decide what we would do with our Sunday. I really want to make it down to Living the Dream Brewing after rave reviews from so many, including the Beer Drifter. A Night to Remember is another event going on that not only involves beer, but also supports a great cause. However, Palette of Brews is the only beer fest that happens in our home of Evergreen, and I as I missed it last year to throw a baby shower (sounds just like something I’d do, I know…), I really want to go. It’s a small fest, and it’s clearly not thrown by folks familiar with beer fests (just look at their website and you’ll know what I mean), but the Bearded Brewer really enjoyed it last year, so I’m giving it a go.
Other things going on that sound fun as crap
You know what: there are just so many awesome things going on this weekend, I’m not even going to try and list them. Just go here and read about them yourself.
The only one I will really highlight is A Night to Remember. This event is in honor of Alex Teves, who lost his life in the Aurora theatre shootings. He was a mug club member at Copper Kettle, and they wanted some way to honor him. His passion was working with kids at Humanex Academy in Denver, so they decided to throw a beer fest to raise money for the school. It’s a great event, a great cause, and one that touches both the Bearded Brewer and I deeply. I am a survivor of a mass shooting, so I love that there is an event to honor a victim that focuses on their life and passion, instead of dwells on their death. The Bearded Brewer actually attended Humanex Academy way way WAY back when. Again, if Palette of Brews wasn’t conflicting, we would be there. But we will certainly be raising a glass of stout to Alex on Sunday. You should, too.
That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out there living it up.