Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lucky Pie Pizzeria in Louisville, Co

The Lucky Pie Pizza has only been open since August of this year but has built a small following.  During the summer this place was having a grand time but since patronage has slowed.
They have 21 taps of local Coloradan beer plus others from California.
Today I had Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs.  A great winter brew.  Made with 100lbs of oatmeal, this beer is smooth, rich, and dark brown almost black.  At 6% alcohol isn't going a really big beer.
My husband had the Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing from California.  He didn't care much for this beer but drank it anyways.  Thought Bear Republic's Scot Ale he had at the Beachwood BBQ was more to his palate.
We been to Lucky Pie and had appetizers which were quite good.  I think we need to taste their pizza's next.

Falling Rock Tap House Christmas Beers

Winter Warlock by Bristol Brewing Co.,
Colorado Springs
The Falling Rock Tap House will be having over 20 draft taps of Christmas beers from around the world. Yesterday I got a preview of some really great beers.  I had the 2010 Anchor Steam "Seasonal Ale" that was dark, rich tasting with those great seasonal spices we have come to associate with the holidays.  This is the first time I have ever drank this beer and at $6 a pint not a bad deal.  The Falling Rock also had a very expensive seasonal beer I have ever seen the Scaldis Noel from Belgium, it was $9 for a half pint.  Very rich, light sweetness, and lightly spiced.
The Falling Rock is having a beer pairing dinner with more Christmas beer including a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale that wasn't available yesterday.  I hoping there will be some tomorrow when I'll be at the Rock for more Christmas cheer.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Twisted Pine Brewery

Twisted Pine is having brunch at the brewery every Sunday.  Have a beer with breakfast, biscuit, gravy, and eggs with a beer.  Sunday is also the day for NFL football.  Twisted Pine is also in the process of revamping their menu with less store bought foods with more home made foods from scratch. The chef, Michael has to be creative with the kitchen they have.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rueben's Burger Bistro in Boulder

Gouden Carolus Triple.
Draft beers on tap.
Kwak in a foot glass.
Went to Reuben's Burger Bistro in Boulder just the other day and was quite surprised.  Their halfy hour or happy hour was affordable and the food was delicious.  I was impressed with their draft beer on tap, there were a good many that you don't find in most bars.  St. Bernardus, Duchess de Bourgogne, and Kwak, all these are excellent Belgian beers and all were half off.  A $5 pint of Kwak which goes for ten is amazing. I had a Gouden Carolus Triple in 12 ounce bottles was excellent, in fact, I had two bottles.  Rueben's also has an excellent local microbrewed beer on tap, Avery, and O'dell's and Left Hand, Avery, O'dell's, in bottles.
The happy hour menu is just the appetizers but half off.  The fresh-cut french fries were good, the cheeseburger sliders were also good but the most amazing was the mac n' cheese where you can pick two extras items such as bacon and chorizo sausage.  I would highly recommend Rueben's Burger Bistro for happy hour.  I'll be back for lunch and dinner to give a true review.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Twisted Pine Northstar Vertical tasting

Empty glasses to be filled with Northstar Porter.

Chocolate covered bacon and banana.
Last Thursday, Nov 18, Twisted Pine Brewery had their 2nd Northstar Imperial Porter vertical tasting and food pairing.  The event was low keyed and casual.  It took place in the back of the taproom in the brewing area. Three long tables and one round bar table were situated in a horse shoe where in the end of the open area is where Bob, the owner, gave a casual history lesson of Twisted Pine.
The opening beer was their first imperial porter of 2003. It was effervescent, smooth, and sweet. This one was the most different. With the first pour can the appetizer, dark chocolate covered bacon and a chocolate covered banana.  Both went well with this 2003 Northstar.
The next beer also paired well, the 2004, slightly less sweet, dry, and much less carbonated.
The 2006 was paired with a braised beef over potatoes. The 2006 had a sharpness to it with a cherry and chocolate notes.  It had a robust nose.
The 2007 was dry with a slight bitterness at the end.
The 2008 was more bitter and dry.
The next 2009 was paired with the dessert which was a New York style cheesecake with imperial porter chocolate sauce.  The 2009 was malty, nutty, slight bitterness.
The 2010 was dry, cherry chocolate note with the bitterness.
Overall the event was great, a good time for everyone there.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Twisted Pine Brewery

Twisted Pine Brewery is having a vertical tasting of their imperial porter, Northstar on Thursday, November 18 at 6:30pm.  They have a small kitchen on the premises and will be serving appetizers along with the tasters.  My husband and I will be there.  This is our first beer event at Twisted Pine.

We have gone to the brewery many times to drink at their taproom.  Last Sunday we watched football and drank so good beer plus talked with the head brewer Jeff.  Their  barley wine was on tap and my husband, Larry thought it was wonderful.  I was surprised that they also had a Mr. Brown Pumpkin Ale, though there is no pumpkin in it.  It tasted very pumpkin spiced but when added to their espresso stout in half/half proportions, it was so rich and flavorful.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Left Hand Brewery in Longmont

I usually go to Left Hand at least twice a month on Saturdays to drink beer and visit friends. Last Saturday was our afternoon at Left Hand and it was quite pleasant, not as crowded as usual. The beers were fine with Twin Sisters a double IPA and milk stout on nitro on tap. My husband liked the Twin Sisters and I throughly enjoyed my milk stout. Milk Stout is make with milk sugar instead of cane sugar and it is a creamy sweet stout with chocolate overtones.
There was a two person band playing that night, playing bluegrass and country with only a guitarist and mand0linist. Don't know the name of the duo but they were good and I usually don't care for that style of music.
Only problem was you couldn't converse with the music right there next to you. Left Hand also had a fundraiser going on in the overflow room where bands usually would perform. So they had to make room in the main seating area.

Oskar Blues in Longmont

I was at Oskar Blues Liquid and Solids Restaurant in Longmont, CO., yesterday for lunch. They have a great lineup for draft guest beers besides their own. I had three tasters one of their won brew, nut brown ale, a seasonal beer called Winterhook from Redhook brewery, it was amber in color with a slight hop taste. I also had a taster of late harvest from Bear Republic. It was funny that I would drink those style of beers. All had that amber color and they were similar in tastes to me anyway.
Oskar Blues is having a dinner and beer pairing with Ska Brewing Co in December at Liquid and Solids. It sounds like a good time. My only reservation is the food, sometimes their entrees were less than perfect.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Upslope Brewing Co

Upslope just celebrated their 2nd anniversary last weekend. It was a blast for all. Westend Tavern in Boulder catered the event with an modern twist bbq.
At 2pm the doors opened, the guys at Upslope were still decorating and organizing when we arrived but that was okay. We got a beer each and sat out in the back of the brewery and watch as the festivities unfolded.
There was a keg of whiskey aged pale on draft, pumpkin beer, a strong dark lager, bourbon barreled aged Belgian, and their quad. The beer was fantastic and the day was sunny so all was good. I enjoyed the pumpkin and whiskey barreled aged pale. My husband liked the strong dark lager.
By 4:30pm we were spent but the anniversary party went on without us until 9pm when the stragglers were kicked out.
Upslope is my favorite brewery on the Front Range, I enjoy many of their brews. They make a American brown ale that is yummy with that caramel roasted chocolate taste that is unusual for a brown. Their stout is dark and chocolate tasting.