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Where to Drink in Denver for American Craft Beer Week

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It is American Craft Beer Week here in Denver and these great venues are celebrating with noteworthy specials, outstanding tap lists, neighborhood parties, live music, and even beer school.

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1. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

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1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-2337
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This City Park establishment celebrates its seventh anniversary this Saturday May 16. The pub will be hosting a neighborhood block party with live music from Starlight Squires, five dollar deals on bratwursts and burgers, and a firkin of a special release India brown ale. Vine Street is also known for their beloved mainstay beers such as hop-forward XXX Pale Ale, piney FYIPA, and the slightly caffeinated Java Porter. The best part of their anniversary party this weekend? All proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart.

2. Crooked Stave @ The Source

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 508-3292
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Your favorite sour specialty brewery is hosting events all week long. Kicking off the festivities on Tuesday May 12 with Tap-it Tuesday, Crooked Stave is pouring up a very special beer in its chic taproom at the Source: Batch 100, brewed with centennial kumquats and hops. Wednesday and Thursday feature special release beers from Crooked Stave including the Cuvee de Cobbler, a golden sour aged with peaches, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and nutmeg. On Friday, there will be a tapping of all of the collaboration brews Crooked Stave has done with other breweries in honor of American Craft Beer Week. And don't miss out on a chance to educate yourself. On Friday May 15 Patrick Dawson, author of Vintage Beer, is hosting a seminar on cellaring in the taproom, and on Wednesday May 14 beer drinkers can attend Beer School with Crooked Stave at the World of Beer LoDo at 5:30.

3. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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With an impressive and constantly rotating beer list and top notch pizza, Hops & Pie is the place to drink this week in Berkeley. The current tap list features rare and notable beers such as Or Xata from the Bruery, Maracuya from Horse & Dragon, Ozo Coffee Brown from Upslope, Citra Sunshine Slacker from Evil Twin, and 5 O'Clock Shadow from Grand Teton. This list is subject to change before you find yourself at Hops & Pie, but fear not. There is guaranteed to be equally as remarkable beers on deck and always beautiful food options. This week's artisan sandwich has house-made tasso, fried green tomatoes, garlic aioli, a sweet corn and pecan pesto, and baby arugula on a griddled house roll. May's artisan pie of the month is a chicken and waffle pie with sweet potato puree, fried chicken, bacon roasted brussels sprouts, waffles, aged white cheddar, and maple bourbon gravy.

4. Denver Bicycle Cafe

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1308 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 446-8029
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This cozy and hip Uptown location is inviting Renegade Brewing to the party this week with a special tap takeover in honor of American Craft Beer Week. On Thursday May 14 starting at 7 p.m., patrons can enjoy any Renegade beer and be entered into a contest to win a private tour of the new production facility with nine friends and free beer all afternoon.

5. Star Bar

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2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 328-2420
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Divey and unassuming, Star Bar has one of the best tap lists in the city, hands down. Right now, the lineup features Anderson Valley's Holy Gose, Boulevard's Spring Belle, Fate's watermelon kolsch, Ska's Mexican Logger, and AleSmith's IPA. They open two hours before all ball games this season and feature some weekly events worth going to. Star Bar is the place to be on Wednesday nights throughout the summer for the weekly movie night on the quaint back patio.

6. River North Brewery

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2401 Blake St Unit 1
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-2617
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River North Brewery will soon be saying a heartfelt goodbye to the current location. This means you've got limited time to enjoy a Belgian-inspired beer in the Blake Street taproom and this week is a perfect opportunity for that. With an exemplary barrel aging program, you can expect great things from River North in the next few months.

7. Colorado Plus Brew Pub

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6995 W. 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(720) 353-4853
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Love live music, creative beers, and interactive games? Head to Wheat Ridge's Colorado Plus on Saturday May 16 for the second anniversary soiree. This spot brews some seriously innovative beers such as the Hawaiian Pizza Ale, Oreo Cookie Stout, and the Bam Bam, a beer brewed with fruity pebbles and lactose. The tap list also includes excellent beer from all over the state. The Colorado Plus burger served with caramelized onions, havarti, and horseradish cream is also a necessity.

8. Historians Ale House

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24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 479-8505
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The South Broadway hood is a little more beer savvy thanks to Historian's Ale House. With the epic rooftop patio, forty beers on tap, eighty percent of which are Colorado beers, and a killer happy hour and weekly specials, it's become a favorite watering hole in the neighborhood. Each month, Historian's features a brewery of the month, promoting a local Colorado brewery beyond the taproom. This month's brewery of the month is Crow Hop out of Loveland. Crow Hop recently released four different versions of session ales and have been hard at work on a sour program. A sour strawberry kiwi IPA is the first of the sour series to be released by this Loveland spot. Also at Historian's this week and every week is the $5.95 cheeseburger, fries, and a beer special. Another promotion that sets Historian's apart is the incredibly entertaining Battle of the Breweries event. On Thursday May 14: Twisted Pine v. Platte Park. The first keg to kick marks the winner.

9. Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

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393 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80403
(720) 427-8453
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Cannonball Creek is only a quick Light Rail trip to Golden away and well-worth the journey. The award-winning beers coming out of the brewhouse at Cannonball paired with an excellent food truck program and big open taproom make this place one of the top breweries in Colorado right now. This Golden establishment is closing out American Craft Beer Week on Sunday May 17 with an event dubbed "Libations and Rescues." In collaboration with Animal Rescue of the Rockies, Cannonball Creek will be hosting an adoption event from 12-4 p.m. Come enjoy the iconic Featherweight Pale Ale or the freshly-brewed Victorville Red and maybe go home with a new friend this Sunday at Cannonball.

10. CAUTION: Brewing Co.

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12445 E 39th Ave Unit 314
Denver, CO 80239
(970) 315-2739
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With great locations on both sides of town, there is no excuse not to drink at Caution this week. Not only are we celebrating American Craft Beer Week but also Caution's third anniversary on Saturday, May 16. Starting at noon, the East Denver location will host a special beer tapping, a pig roast, a corn hole competition with great prizes, and live music from Lookout Mountain Boys. The Pirate Bat bomber will be making its first appearance at the anniversary party as well. Caution is also celebrating the recently released 16 oz cans.

1. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206
This City Park establishment celebrates its seventh anniversary this Saturday May 16. The pub will be hosting a neighborhood block party with live music from Starlight Squires, five dollar deals on bratwursts and burgers, and a firkin of a special release India brown ale. Vine Street is also known for their beloved mainstay beers such as hop-forward XXX Pale Ale, piney FYIPA, and the slightly caffeinated Java Porter. The best part of their anniversary party this weekend? All proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart.
1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206

2. Crooked Stave @ The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Your favorite sour specialty brewery is hosting events all week long. Kicking off the festivities on Tuesday May 12 with Tap-it Tuesday, Crooked Stave is pouring up a very special beer in its chic taproom at the Source: Batch 100, brewed with centennial kumquats and hops. Wednesday and Thursday feature special release beers from Crooked Stave including the Cuvee de Cobbler, a golden sour aged with peaches, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and nutmeg. On Friday, there will be a tapping of all of the collaboration brews Crooked Stave has done with other breweries in honor of American Craft Beer Week. And don't miss out on a chance to educate yourself. On Friday May 15 Patrick Dawson, author of Vintage Beer, is hosting a seminar on cellaring in the taproom, and on Wednesday May 14 beer drinkers can attend Beer School with Crooked Stave at the World of Beer LoDo at 5:30.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

3. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
With an impressive and constantly rotating beer list and top notch pizza, Hops & Pie is the place to drink this week in Berkeley. The current tap list features rare and notable beers such as Or Xata from the Bruery, Maracuya from Horse & Dragon, Ozo Coffee Brown from Upslope, Citra Sunshine Slacker from Evil Twin, and 5 O'Clock Shadow from Grand Teton. This list is subject to change before you find yourself at Hops & Pie, but fear not. There is guaranteed to be equally as remarkable beers on deck and always beautiful food options. This week's artisan sandwich has house-made tasso, fried green tomatoes, garlic aioli, a sweet corn and pecan pesto, and baby arugula on a griddled house roll. May's artisan pie of the month is a chicken and waffle pie with sweet potato puree, fried chicken, bacon roasted brussels sprouts, waffles, aged white cheddar, and maple bourbon gravy.
3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

4. Denver Bicycle Cafe

1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
This cozy and hip Uptown location is inviting Renegade Brewing to the party this week with a special tap takeover in honor of American Craft Beer Week. On Thursday May 14 starting at 7 p.m., patrons can enjoy any Renegade beer and be entered into a contest to win a private tour of the new production facility with nine friends and free beer all afternoon.
1308 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

5. Star Bar

2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Divey and unassuming, Star Bar has one of the best tap lists in the city, hands down. Right now, the lineup features Anderson Valley's Holy Gose, Boulevard's Spring Belle, Fate's watermelon kolsch, Ska's Mexican Logger, and AleSmith's IPA. They open two hours before all ball games this season and feature some weekly events worth going to. Star Bar is the place to be on Wednesday nights throughout the summer for the weekly movie night on the quaint back patio.
2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. River North Brewery

2401 Blake St Unit 1, Denver, CO 80205
River North Brewery will soon be saying a heartfelt goodbye to the current location. This means you've got limited time to enjoy a Belgian-inspired beer in the Blake Street taproom and this week is a perfect opportunity for that. With an exemplary barrel aging program, you can expect great things from River North in the next few months.
2401 Blake St Unit 1
Denver, CO 80205

7. Colorado Plus Brew Pub

6995 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Love live music, creative beers, and interactive games? Head to Wheat Ridge's Colorado Plus on Saturday May 16 for the second anniversary soiree. This spot brews some seriously innovative beers such as the Hawaiian Pizza Ale, Oreo Cookie Stout, and the Bam Bam, a beer brewed with fruity pebbles and lactose. The tap list also includes excellent beer from all over the state. The Colorado Plus burger served with caramelized onions, havarti, and horseradish cream is also a necessity.
6995 W. 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

8. Historians Ale House

24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
The South Broadway hood is a little more beer savvy thanks to Historian's Ale House. With the epic rooftop patio, forty beers on tap, eighty percent of which are Colorado beers, and a killer happy hour and weekly specials, it's become a favorite watering hole in the neighborhood. Each month, Historian's features a brewery of the month, promoting a local Colorado brewery beyond the taproom. This month's brewery of the month is Crow Hop out of Loveland. Crow Hop recently released four different versions of session ales and have been hard at work on a sour program. A sour strawberry kiwi IPA is the first of the sour series to be released by this Loveland spot. Also at Historian's this week and every week is the $5.95 cheeseburger, fries, and a beer special. Another promotion that sets Historian's apart is the incredibly entertaining Battle of the Breweries event. On Thursday May 14: Twisted Pine v. Platte Park. The first keg to kick marks the winner.
24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

9. Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

393 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403
Cannonball Creek is only a quick Light Rail trip to Golden away and well-worth the journey. The award-winning beers coming out of the brewhouse at Cannonball paired with an excellent food truck program and big open taproom make this place one of the top breweries in Colorado right now. This Golden establishment is closing out American Craft Beer Week on Sunday May 17 with an event dubbed "Libations and Rescues." In collaboration with Animal Rescue of the Rockies, Cannonball Creek will be hosting an adoption event from 12-4 p.m. Come enjoy the iconic Featherweight Pale Ale or the freshly-brewed Victorville Red and maybe go home with a new friend this Sunday at Cannonball.
393 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80403

10. CAUTION: Brewing Co.

12445 E 39th Ave Unit 314, Denver, CO 80239
With great locations on both sides of town, there is no excuse not to drink at Caution this week. Not only are we celebrating American Craft Beer Week but also Caution's third anniversary on Saturday, May 16. Starting at noon, the East Denver location will host a special beer tapping, a pig roast, a corn hole competition with great prizes, and live music from Lookout Mountain Boys. The Pirate Bat bomber will be making its first appearance at the anniversary party as well. Caution is also celebrating the recently released 16 oz cans.
12445 E 39th Ave Unit 314
Denver, CO 80239

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