Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day

That time of year is here again where heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and flowers fly off the stores shelves. Of course this is Valentine’s Day. But thankfully we live in Colorado where we have all the craft breweries that have taken notice of this holiday, and have put their own interpretation on it. Gone are the days of expensive dinners, and here are some of the most fun, and entertaining ways to spend Valentine’s Day with not only your loved one, but also some great craft beer around Colorado.
Beer and Chocolate Pairing- Denver Beer Co. (Denver, CO): After that fancy dinner out what better way to end a night than with some craft beer and artisanal chocolates? Well Denver Beer Co. will be hosting their annual Beer and Chocolate Pairing in the Barrel Room Friday night starting at 7:00 pm. For $30 you will receive 8 chocolates from The Chocolate Lab in Denver along with 4 great beers from Denver Beer Co. The pairings are an Apricot Belgian Ale with and Apricot Truffle and a Pecan Bacon Caramel Toffee. A Cocoa Crème Graham Crack Porter will be paired with a Dark Chocolate Truffle and a Chocolate Covered Marshmallow. A Chocolate Chile Stout will be paired with an Ancho Chile Truffle and Chocolate Covered Bacon. Last will be Hide the Rum paired with and Irish Stout Truffle and Candied Pecans. This will be a fun evening with craft beer and chocolate lovers, and a great way to end the evening.
Sweetheart Dinner- Kokopelli Beer Co. (Westminster, CO): One of the newest brew pubs in Colorado will be bringing their great beer and pizza to the table for a special dinner during Valentine’s Day Weekend. For $40 per couple guests will receive a drink, a heart shaped pizza, dessert to share, plus a chocolate rose and teddy bear to take home. If you already have plans for Friday night this is a two night event that will also be going on Saturday night as well. 24 hours notice is required for reservations. This is sure to be a great event with not only high quality craft beer, but great pizza, and great company making it a can’t miss craft beer event for Valentine’s day.
Valentine’s Day Pairing- Black Shirt Brewing Co. (Denver, CO): What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with a wide variety of Red Ales? Friday, February 14 from 2-9 Black Shirt Brewing will be offering a special Valentine’s Day Pairing for $30. This will include a flight of 8 beers, a board of artisanal breads, cheeses, and for dessert two espresso marshmallows. This will be a great event with not only great beers, but a great way to celebrate the holiday with a friend or loved one. Tickets are available at 
Cider and Cheese Pairing-Stem Ciders (Denver, CO): Beer and cheese pairings are becoming more and more popular every month but on Valentine’s Day there is the opportunity to try something totally new. A cider and cheese pairing. Stem Ciders in Denver has teamed up with St. Kilians Cheese Shop in Denver to bring a great offering of craft cider and cheese. Friday night from 6-8 for $15 guests will receive a flight of 4 ciders and tasters of 4 cheeses. No reservations are required but guests are asked to RSVP so that there is enough food to go around. Most times fruits are on the side of cheese plates, now guests will have the opportunity to drink a great fruit beverage while enjoying. This is sure to be a great event that is not only fun, but also educational and delicious and sure to be a great way to spend Valentine’s.
Now of course there are smaller events and special Valentine’s themed beer releases this day as well.
-12 Degree Brewing in Louisville will be offering special beer and chocolate flights on Friday.
-Arvada Beer Co. in Arvada will be tapping a special release Golden Ale with strawberries on Friday.
-Bootstrap Brewing Co. in Niwot will be re-releasing their Cherry Ginger Gold Ale Friday for the holiday.
-Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora will be releasing a Chocolate Raspberry Porter for their Firkin Friday.

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