Oskar Blues Brewery + Perrin Brewing = Happy Michigander ColoradoTransplants

Oh,… you haven’t heard of Perrin Brewing, you Colorado hipsters? That’s because it’s that Michigander brew… that great mitten state style! Remember, once upon a time, we lived there – have to give credit where credit’s due! And, amazingly enough, Grand Rapids, MI, is a huuuuuge Craft Beer city. Continue reading

A Delicious Sunday Brew & a Broncos Game

Beer goes with football – it’s just how it works. Today, we’re partaking in both of Denver’s awesome pastimes and watching the game at Black Shirt Brewing.
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Pictured above is the oh-so-tasty Imperial Chai Red Porter. Robust coffee flavor with hints and highlights of clove, cinnamon, and ginger. A delicious winter porter that everyone needs to try.

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Thanks for having the games on, BSB! Even though the Bronco’s game didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped…

Colorado Craft Beer Week 2014

Welcome to Colorado Craft Beer Week, going on March 21 – 29, 2014. Check out the calendar and participate in events all around Colorado at favorite breweries, pubs, and restaurants.

Don’t see your favorite brewery, pub, or restaurant on the event page? Check their websites or Facebook pages! Odds are, they’re planning something for you, your family, and friends to enjoy for Craft Beer Week!

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Check out Tommyknocker’s beer flights! Photo Credit: DenverSpeax, 2013

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DenverSpeax enjoys trying out new beers and keeping up with old faves. Photo Credit: DenverSpeax, Mar 2014

 

Tell us your favorite breweries and why – help us out with new places to visit. We have a Michigander coming into town this weekend, and would love to enjoy a new experience alongside him!

 

A Michigander Thanksgiving

Steven and I were fortunate enough to be able to visit Michigan this past Thanksgiving, and revisit many things we didn’t know we missed.

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My mother’s backyard in Muskegon, Michigan, on Thanksgiving with a fresh blanket of snow. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Nov 2013

Sometimes you forget how beautiful some of the simplest places can be – like a backyard!

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Bell’s Two Hearted Ale… why do you not visit Colorado? At the Holiday Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Nov 2013

Dear Coloradans, I know I haven’t been around long, but I feel you know beer. You know how to brew it, you know how to market it, and you sure as hell know how to enjoy it!

Michiganders also know a thing (or twenty) about beer – check out Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI. Home of my personal favorites, Two-Hearted Ale and (seasonal) Oberon. For whatever reason, (I’m sure there’s some fancy reason I’m not privy to) Bell’s cannot be located in Colorado, which is incredibly saddening. If you’re ever in a state that receives distributed Bell’s brews, please do yourself a favor and try them out.

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Meet Remington – 9 weeks old. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Nov 2013

Seeing family is fantastic; meeting new members like the sweet baby Bernese Mountain dog, Remington, above, is the icing on the cake. Welcome to the family, Remington.

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The B Team in Conklin, Michigan. Credit: Who even took this picture?, Nov 2013

To us, our friends are also our family. Pictured above is the B Team, putting to bed a bottle of Absolut Citron that has taken 10 years to finish. Sorry to say, but that stuff is awful. However, with a little teamwork and strategy, obviously anything is possible.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with those they love, even if via FaceTime.

Have fun with the upcoming holidays – remember to breathe and take the festivities in stride. You can do it – we believe in you.

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Tommyknocker Brewery – Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer

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Tommyknocker brews: 5 oz samples of each beer on tap, for a $1.50 a pop. Try them out – click on the picture to be brought to Tommyknocker’s Facebook page. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Loveland Pass is a great place to bring your friends and family when visiting the Denver area; here’s another place that you can incorporate on the way to Loveland Pass! Tommyknocker Brewery is located in Idaho Springs, one of many small mining towns west of Denver. It’s about a 40 minute drive in decent traffic from North Colorado Blvd’s i70 ramp.

When our friend Chris was in town from Michigan, we didn’t get the chance to run up to the Pass, but we were able to bring him to Tommyknocker’s to show him more of Colorado’s awesome brews. Whenever we stop there, I always order the Nuts and Berries Salad and pair it with the Tundrabeary Ale. If a pairing isn’t notated on the menu, your server will be able to suggest a great brew to go along with any food ordered, whether it be a juicy burger or pub food, like their Homemade Bacon Jalapeño Poppers.

To give Chris an idea of what Tommyknockers is all about, we ordered one of each brew in a 5 oz. sampler size for $1.50 each – that’s only .30 cents an ounce! Also, we ordered up our favorite Beer-Battered Mushrooms (pictured below) drizzled with balsamic glaze, and the Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers (also pictured below). Both of the pub appetizers came out piping hot, and reasonably portioned. It was pub-food heaven with our apps and 50 oz of delicious, assorted beers.

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Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers – these were a big hit, and might actually take over the number spot for me as fave appetizer at Tommyknocker’s! Click on the picture to head over to Tommyknockers menu. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

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Beer-Battered Mushrooms with a balsamic glaze drizzle. The mushrooms are actually HUGE and super juicy – they aren’t your 2 am, drunken bar food mushroom, no sir! Click on the photo to check out Tommyknocker Brewery’s menu. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Not only did we order these kick-ass appetizers, of course we had to try out some mains! Steven had a giant reuben with sweet-potato tots, while Chris had a few brots with kraut and fries. Let me take a minute to describe the fries Chris received; smothered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese, the fries definitely made a good impression at our table. The pairing of buffalo sauce and blue cheese atop golden french fries is genius!

I was content with my Nuts and Berries salad – the produce and apples are always fresh, and the caramelized walnuts are to die for. Again, this paired with the Tundrabeary Ale guarantees satisfaction. Adding broiled chicken adds $2, but is well worth it. The salad is so ridiculously large -I’m never able to finish it. Hooray for lunch the next day!

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Check out the Reuben Steven ordered stacked with juicy, corned-beef. Are you seeing a pattern with the serving portions? They’re huge! Thanks, Tommyknocker’s. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

Everything is decently priced and beyond reasonably portioned – the plate sizes are huge! If you’re passing through and just want to try the brews and get a snack, split the Motherload Nachos – “A heaping platter of freshly fried tortilla chips, topped with chili con queso, cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, cilantro, and sour cream. Served with a side of salsa” (Credit: Tommyknocker Brewery menu). When they say a heaping platter, don’t take this statement lightly – these nachos are massive. Also, you can add some protein – chicken or buffalo; add guac as well, if you so dare.

Aside form the food and the brews, Tommyknocker’s venue is fantastic. You can see the beer being brewed while sitting in the brewery / pub area; it’s really incredible to watch the brewmasters go to work and do what they do best – brew outstanding beer! There is an additional room for restaurant seating as well. They also have a small shop, located right at the entrance, with a cooler full of their beer and rootbeer (that they ALSO brew themselves!), t-shirts, beer coozies, and other Tommyknocker gear.

Check out our glorious dinner!

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Check out this salad: apples, fresh greens, red onions, dried cranberries, feta cheese, caramelized walnuts, and a side of raspberry vinaigrette. I opted to add the chicken for an extra $2. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Check out that homemade ‘kraut! Strictly delicious. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

Check out the Tommyknocker Brewery website and see what specials and events they have going on down at the Brewery.

If you find yourself heading west, take a break and check it out. They have a great menu, appropriate for all ages with good comfort-classics. The wait staff and bartenders are friendly, and the venue is incredible. Watching Tommyknockers brew staff actually brew the beer while you eat, drink, and maybe watch a football game or two creates such a cool environment to take your out-of-town guests.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Tommyknocker Brewery – Never a Bad Visit

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Surprise, surprise – we have another Michigander visiting this weekend! As part of our Denver tour, we like to bring visitors to Tommyknocker Brewery on Miner St in Idaho Springs for some fantastic food, and incredible beer. Try the whole flight for $1.50 per 5 oz sample, like we did pictured above.

Stay tuned for our write up on Tommyknocker’s.

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