Events | Denver Festivus

Denver Festivus 2014: I loved it and it was hilarious but dear lord, there was so much to drink. Going into the event, I did not expect to be drinking so many big beers. When I say big beers, I’m speaking about the Epic/New Belgium collaboration called Eternal Consequences that rings in at 10.7% ABV or Jagged Mountain’s Voodoo Goat Barleywine at 10.9% ABV. Luckily, I created a strong pizza base to help me withstand the TWO floors filled with boozy beverages. The donuts from Glazed and Confused also helped.

The variation of drinks offered was a welcome change from other beer parties. I often find that festivals have lots of similar beers, whether that is high alcohol, low alcohol, all Belgians, etc. At Festivus, the “beer festival for the rest of us,” there was a beer style for every drinker. If I had to give an award for the beer that embodied the night though, it would go to Crooked Stave’s Cranberry and Spice Vielle. Maybe I’m biased because I totally have a crush on this brewery, but Cranberry and Spice Vielle is exactly what I want my holiday beer to be: fruity, warm, and tastes like Christmas. After drinking my way through the two floors of beer at Festivus, I still couldn’t get that beautiful Vielle out of my mind. If I have to name a second place winner to my self proclaimed Festivus contest, it would be the American Wild Ale from Our Mutual Friend. I even went back to get seconds of this funky, red wine barrel aged Brett creation. When a brewery does red wine barrel aging right, like OMF was able to do, it is fantastic. I feel like it gives the beer a complex, full-bodied taste. OMF’s choice to age a lighter, citrusy brew in the red wine barrels created a multi-layered flavor experience. Take me back to the festival, please.

Overall, Denver Festivus turned out to be a raging party, just like all of the other Imbibe/Denver Off the Wagon sponsored events. I loved the Christmas themed outfits and plethora of Santa but the most outrageous thing I saw was the male stripper themed playing cards. Ladies, if you had a picture of a naked man in your pocket at the end of the night, you know what I’m talking about. Whoever brought those…bravo. It was hilarious. If you were at Festivus, you might have also seen me, the lady wearing a Santa hat with a beard attached. You might have even taken a picture with me. If you did, tag me @drinkandspoon – wassup social media!? If you weren’t at Festivus, you seriously missed out. Go mark your calendar now to prepare for the beer party that puts all other holiday parties to shame.
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Cranberry and Spice Vielle!!!!

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American Wild Ale!!!

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Instagrammin @drinkandspoon : May 2014

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Tonight’s Brews: Petrus Aged Pale and Epic’s Brainless on Cherries 🍻 @epicbrewing  #drink #beer #beerporn #beertography #beerstagram #instabeer #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity

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Follow me on twitter or follow #beerclub to see what we have to say about tonight’s choice: Imperial Russian Stout by @stonebrewingco #drinkandspoon #stonebrewing #stout #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity #beer #beerporn #beergasm

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Beer selection for the @porchdrinkingco meet up tonight  

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Pumped about these three things: Denver Passport, Denver Flea, and Agave Nectar. The passport = buy one get one free drinks at all the places inside, and one of them is @breckbrew. For the Denver flea - if you RSVP online you get a FREE beer. So yeah, ill obviously be attending. All hosted by my favorite party throwers @imbibedenver #drinkandspoon #drink #denver #colorado #beer #beergasm #beerporn #beertography #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity #party #beerstagram #instagood

“Pumped about these three things: Denver Passport, Denver Flea, and Agave Nectar. The passport = buy one get one free drinks at all the places inside, and one of them is @breckbrew. For the Denver flea – if you RSVP online you get a FREE beer. So yeah, ill obviously be attending. All hosted by my favorite party throwers @imbibedenver #drinkandspoon #drink #denver #colorado #beer #beergasm #beerporn #beertography #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity #party #beerstagram #instagood”

A glass of Black Cascade and a bottle of the Black Fox/TRVE collab @trvebrewing #beerheaven #drinkandspoon #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity #beer #beerporn #weekend

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Today’s nom fest : The Popper (burger with roasted green chiles, jalapeno cream cheese and haystack onions) and The Works (fries with cheese, bacon, scallions, and ranch) at @parkburger 

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PorchDrinkers goin hard on our random meet up. @tristanechan @porchdrinkingco @4nosebrewing #drinkandspoon #drink #beer #brewery #beerporn #beerstagram #bestoftheday #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity

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Some freshly made bread I picked up and strawberry jam I made with Anarchy by @4nosesbrewingco #drinkandspoon #craftbeer #food #foodporn #nom #yum

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Between the Staves (yayyyyy!!!) and Vielle at one of THE BEST breweries in any town ever… @crookedstave 

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Check out ‘Le Freak-ishly Good Beer Salad Dressing’ I made with Le Freak by @greenflashbeer and grapefruit over on PorchDrinking.com (@porchdrinkingco ) It’s quite delicious on salad and all kinds of other things.

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“Check out ‘Le Freak-ishly Good Beer Salad Dressing’ I made with Le Freak by @greenflashbeer and grapefruit over on PorchDrinking.com (@porchdrinkingco ) It’s quite delicious on salad and all kinds of other things.

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Fresh brews for the new apartment. Cheers! #drinkandspoon #drink #beer #craftbeer #craftbeercommunity #beerporn #beergasm #beerstagram #instagood

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Lunch at my favorite BBQ spot in MO. It’s 50 years old and only open 3 months out of the year. #drinkandspoon #drink #food #foodporn #foodgasm #yum #nom #lunch

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Hello, @perennialbeer - I’m diggin you

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How ’bout them apples? Slow Cooked St. Bretta Applesauce

We are a bunch of fruits over here at Drink and Spoon and we also love cooking with fruit. Therefore, we are going to stay on this fruit and beer train with our next recipe: Slow Cooked St. Bretta Applesauce. St. Bretta Spring from Crooked Stave is a 100% Brettanomyces Whitebier, brewed with Minneola tangelos, and aged in foeders (basically giant barrels) for 6 weeks. It’s tart and extremely citrusy. Citrus from the beer + sweet apples + a few spices/herbs = a recipe for success. I particularly like this recipe because it’s a different take on your regular old applesauce and it makes enough for some to be jarred and stored or given away as a gift. My serving suggestions include: serve it with pork chops, use it in your pancakes, or just have a giant bowl for a snack. As for as how long you can store the jars, I found this link that shows you how to preserve them for a longggg time (http://www.wikihow.com/Preserve-Applesauce) otherwise, I’d keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Explore: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

I knew The Source was a rad place long before I went there to drink beer. Not only had I looked it up online, I had eaten a delicious chorizo benedict at Comida, a restaurant in the building, a few weeks before. The Source is a collective of eateries, providers of booze, and quaint little shops. Within the warehouse, there is a butcher, a baker, a florist, a gallery, a distillery, and nestled in the back left corner is Crooked Stave. The surrounding atmosphere is hip yet the look of the bar is simple and sleek. They put all their focus into their brews, which becomes quite apparent when you start to drink them.

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Surette Roasted Berries

Ready for a summertime dream? These Surette roasted berries are simple to make and absolutely enchanting on the taste buds. And since it is a dessert made with berries, you won’t feel so bad about going back for seconds (or thirds like I did).  The beer chosen for this recipe is Surette, a Provision Saison by Crooked Stave. It is wild aged in oak barrels to create a product that is tart and fruity with a bit of citrus. The sour flavors of Surette combine with the spicy cinnamon and sweetness of the berries to make a dish that is utterly delightful. Happy cooking, eating, and drinking!

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