It is so good to be in Denver. Beautiful sunny day and temps in the 80′s. After a quick ride from the airport, it was time to check in at the Hilton Garden Inn and get started. Hunger dominated the core motivations, but still an hour in Denver and not a single beer yet.
It was a quick ride on the 16th Street Mall Free Shuttle to the Rock Bottom Brewery for a Ball Park Pretzel and a Hickory Smoked Burger, accompanied by tasters of the Kolsh, White, Mad Cow, Espresso Stout, Snake Bite, Oktoberfest and Old Thumper. All very nice beers, each with a totally different character.
In addition to the Great American Beer Festival here in Denver this weekend, the city sponsors Denver Beer Week – a big deal exposition of fun events related to the Colorado craft beer industry. See http://www.denver.org/denverbeerfest/ for details.
Among the events for today is an Oskar Blues pint tasting, with reps from the brewery on site at the Pi bar in the Hilton Garden Inn where I am staying. The draw is “buy a happy hour pint of Oskar Blues beer and get an OB pint glass for free”. Good deal? No. Bad deal, cuz all Pi had available was an IPA and Dales Pale Ale.. I know Dales’s is a staple in the craft beer industry – Oskar Blues is a pioneer in canned craft beers – but it is way on the hoppy side. Now the Old Chub – that is a good beer. http://www.oskarblues.com/ . The event started slow but by the time I headed out it was getting busy. The OB rep was busy passing out swag and talking up the great beer they make.
Oskar Blues is located about 45 miles north of Denver in Lyons, CO. They have a wide distribution around the United States. I can get several of their beers in Seattle.