The Beer Hall

 Did you know that WINTERWONDERGRASS was recently named one of the top winter beer festivals? For good reason too! In addition to the presenting brewers GREAT DIVIDE & CRAZY MOUNTAIN, there will be two heated tents hosting some of Colorado’s finest Craft Beer, along with a “Pickin’ Stage” and “Jamboree Stage” for musical enjoyment between sets on the main stage. Make sure you check out the Beer Tents daily from 2:30-5:30 to sample all of the signature brews they have to offer! We suggest eating a generous portion for lunch because there’s going to be a lot of beer flowing through that belly and you’re going to need some sustenance! Its all about endurance people, am I right?

Being a very spoiled resident of Denver, I am familiar with and have access to lots of these local brews, but there’s still a handful that I have not tried before and am really looking forward to tasting for the first time! It was hard to narrow it down to just a few highlights, but we hope you enjoy and try them all!

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1. ASPEN BREWING COMPANY

Established at 7,822 ft, Aspen Brewing Company is dedicated to providing a product that is worthy of the mountains and outdoor lifestyle. One of their beers that caught my particular attention was the BROWN BEARALE, a sweet and chocolatey brew that looks scarier than it actually is. This year round favorite appeals to beer lovers of all scales, and derived its name the bear inhabited mountain it was brewed on.

2. CROOKED STAVE

I am a HUGE sucker for sours! This artisan beer project has residency at THE SOURCE, a popular hipster paradise made up of small shops and restaurants in Denver. If you haven’t tried a sour before, just imagine a kombucha in beer form! I usually enjoy sours during the summer, so I’m really interested to see what kind of winter/seasonal options these guys bring to the table! (or tent).

3. MOCKERY BREWING

Man, I feel like I’m discovering a new brewery to try every other day. #DenverProblems am I right? Family-owned and ran by Colorado Natives, these guys are dedicated to the integrity and source of the ingredients that make their products so personal. If I had to choose one Mockery beer to try, it would be either their SALTED SCOTCH ALE (a British Ale with golden promise malts and sea salt) or the WHEAT AROUND THE BUSH (don’t let the lightness of the Boysenberry Puree fool you, this bad boy packs an ABV punch of 11%). I might not be able to wait until next month to try these!

4. SKA BREWING

Last but not least! I haven’t been to Durango, but I hear excellent things about the beers that flow from this mountain town. Any Stout lovers in the house? Ska recently unleashed their winter minded masterpiece called BUMP N’ GRIND, a delectable stout brewed with cocoa nibs and local coffee. It pours black and has a crema colored layer of froth to top it off. The sip is rich and leaves a lingering mocha flavor. I’m literally salivating as I write this…is it February yet?

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So between top shelf Bluegrass and the best craft beer that Colorado has to offer, how much more convincing do you really need? Tickets are almost sold out, so snag yours HERE before they’re gone for good! Don’t forget to check out our Craftbeer.com feature below:

9 Kick-Ass Winter Beer Festivals

Don’t forget about the home brewers competition! Information on how to enter HERE

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