Hey there, beer people. We’re getting closer to opening every day. One of the things that we’ve been looking forward to since we started planning Goldspot has been attending beer festivals. When I moved here from Texas (shut up, haters) about a decade ago, my first real craft beer experience was GABF. That was back in the day where you could actually roll up to the gate on the day of and buy a ticket…imagine that!
While GABF is awesome, we’ve come to enjoy the smaller, more intimate beer festivals. Many times, you’ll get to chat with brewery owners and brewers…many times you’ll get cool free stuff. Also, the beer is usually poured right from the tap instead of from a pitcher…much better experience.
One day a couple months ago as I was sitting around trying to figure out what was up with our glycol chiller, I got a message from PJ asking if we were gonna be able to pour our beer at Festivus. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to Denver. To the uninitiated, Denver Beer Festivus is limited to only breweries with a Denver address. The word “limited” is kind of a misnomer here…I think there were almost 40 of us this year. Next year that number is estimated to be 748.
We immediately said yes. We love, love, love us some Festivus. PJ and Casey at Imbibe are putting on some of the best events in Denver over the past couple of years. They know what the people want. Just as important, they understand how to make it enjoyable for the producers.
We were approached by another start-up brewery a few days later. Our friends over at Cerebral Brewing were looking to do a collaboration with us (read more about the brewing of that beer here: http://cerebralbrewing.com/the-making-of-uh-huh-honey/) for the fest. We were pretty excited to finally get a chance to brew a beer that we had put together over an evening’s worth of tweeting about a stupid Kanye West video spoof. The beer is WAY better than the video.
We decided to bring two of our favorite beers: Our Chocolate Coffee Porter and India Pale Ale. The porter has roasted cocoa nibs from our friends at Gus Chocolate out of Ouray and our own cold-brewed coffee recipe that we use throughout the year to feed my caffeine addiction. The IPA is very british in grist and yeast and very American in hopping. Matt fell in love with Amarillo hops during my tenure at Wynkoop and this IPA is a reflection of that affinity.
While both beers were very well received, the porter was definitely the standout. It got almost as many compliments as Alex’s pug Christmas sweater vest. It was great to have so many folks tell us how much they enjoyed the beer and how excited they are for us to open the doors soon.
Very soon, dear sweet wonderful Denver beer lovers…very soon.
Happy Festivus! Hope you get to drink something delicious with someone you love this week!