It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s doors to host the biggest event of it’s kind in the country. An event that is the quintessential adult playground. No kids allowed, just hopheads only. It’s the biggest annual event hosted by this space not featuring anyone named Lorin (ok well maybe someone will be in the building who has that name, but I digress). It’s time, of course, for the annual Great American Beer Festival.
Summer Brew Fest has been held annually on the 4th Friday and Saturday of July at Mile High Station since 2009 The taps of 50 different microbreweries were flowing in Denver Summer Brew Fest 2016. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music, a nonprofit community for musicians and music lovers who appreciate the ability of music to bring people together. The Denver Summer Brew Fest satisfied all of the senses with live music and multiple food trucks selling pretzels, sausages, turkey legs, pizza & more! We had the privilege to cover this celebration of tasty brews on Friday the 22nd, with a large majority of the breweries coming from Colorado.
One of the things that we are fortunate to do a lot of here at Colorado Culture is interview music artists from around the world about a variety of different topics. No matter the artist however, we’ve got a stock question that we like to ask everyone, mainly because it always prompts such diverse and interesting answers. The question is (since we’re Colorado CULTURE) “what does culture mean to you?” And it’s a bit of a two-parter, this first part just concerns defining the term itself, and the second part involves defining it as it applies to Colorado. For the second part, the answer (more often than not) contains something to do with weed and/or bass music. Which is something we’ve always found to be a bit curious. No one hardly ever mentions beer.
Last weekend, I found myself in Five Points to hit up Snowboard on the Block. I haven't spent much time in that neighborhood over the years as it used to have a reputation of a place that you didn't go unless you had a specific reason to be there. And like much of central Denver in recent years, gentrification has swept through and left its mark. Now it boasts various versions of bars, restaurants, and concert venues. One of which is the Epic Brewing Company that showed up here in 2013.
I've got a special affinity for Dry Dock as it's basically in my old neighborhood. I took drum lessons as a kid in the same strip mall at Hampden and Chambers. However I never thought when I discovered my love for craft brew that I'd one day be able to make a legitimate argument around the statement that "Southeast Aurora brews best". It might not, but Dry Dock definitely put us folks from the plains east of Denver on the map. They opened in 2005 as Aurora's first microbrewery and taproom, and have been growing like gangbusters ever since. They built their rep on quality, consistency, and innovation.