Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day 2014

It’s that time of year again where the Irish in all of us comes out, the bagpipe becomes our favorite instrument, corned beef and cabbage is a food group, and the beers a plentiful. Now in Colorado the events are in abundance from the parade to all the festivities at breweries around the state. Now if green beer isn’t your flavor then here are some of the best places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in the craft beers scene.
Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Denver, CO): Friday, March 14 from 12 to 10 PM Copper Kettle will be getting the St. Patrick’s weekend started with what has become a great annual tradition. It all starts with the return of the popular Help Me Out Stout, a dry Irish stout made from roasted barley and English hops served on nitro for a great mouth feel and rich, bitter taste. This will be paired with Irish inspired food from Dogtown Concessions food truck and live music from 6-9 featuring Kevin Dooley and Eric Drobny. This will be a great event featuring some great beer, so wear your best green clothes and start the holiday early!
Boulder Beer Company (Boulder, CO): If avoiding the chaos of downtown Denver is part of your St. Patrick’s Day plans then head to Boulder and celebrate with Colorado’s first microbrewery on Saturday, March 15 from 12-8. The pub will feature great food specials featuring corned buffalo reubens, and potato soup, plus drink specials including a Neopoltian Porter, Obovoid Stout, Celtic Warriors and more. In addition starting at 3 there will be live Irish step dancers, and live music from DeLalla-Bartsch Duo starting at 4. Great beer, food, and entertainment all off the beaten path from Denver, sounds like a great way to spend St. Patrick’s Day!
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company (Englewood, CO): It’s only fitting that on St. Patrick’s Day a brewery named after him would be hosting a great party for this Irish holiday, by releasing 6 new lagers for the weekend! Friday, March 14 the highlight release will be an Imperial Oak Oatmeal Stout coming in at a hefty 9.5%. In addition the new lagers available will be a Red Lager, Honey Helles Bock, Strawberry Fire, Pilsner Wit, Saison Apple Lager, and the popular Lana’I Dry Hop Lager is making its return. The festivities continue on Saturday with Irish Dancer joining the party. For those who have not visited this hidden gem of breweries this is a great time to make your first visit, and for those looking to drink some great lagers this is easily one of the best places to spend your St. Patrick’s Day.
In addition there will be several new beer releases around the state all with a great Irish theme.
-Strange Brewing in Denver is releasing Jack Stout their Dry Irish Stout, wear green and receive $1 off your pint.
-Epic Brewing in Denver will be partnering with Big Kiwi Eats on a Corned Beef and Cabbage plate along with a pint of Epic’s Imperial Red on Saturday.
-River North Brewery in Denver will be opening early for thirsty guests after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tap Room will open at 9:00 AM.
-Elk Mountain in Parker is releasing an Irish Red Ale aged in a 100 year old Rum Barrel. There will also be corned beef and hash to enjoy with your beer.
-Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch will be releasing an Imperial Red on Monday, March 17 just in time for the holiday.
-Mountain Toad in Golden will be releasing a special Tadpole Beer, a Mint Chocolate Stout. Along with that Texorado BBQ Food Truck will be serving corned beef and cabbage to hungry guests.
No matter where you are in Colorado the options to let your inner Irish out will be plentiful, and even more important is none of the above come with a pint of green beer.

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