One of the best blogs on craft beer culture, and one that has a huge commenter following, is the Beer and Whiskey Brothers blog from brothers Don and Jim Galligan. Their frequent posts on everything beer often become open forums in each article’s comments section; each responder putting in his or her two cents on that topic and then some. It’s become a true online community where each commenter feels like they know the others, as well as Don and Jim, even though most of us have never met.
Because of that virtual camaraderie, we were all looking forward to meeting the B&WBs at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. But due to unseen circumstances, a death in the family among them, Don and Jim sadly will not be able to attend. Being the true lovers of craft beer that they are, they even put up a post asking what everyone’s plans were for GABF; many of the comments mentioned the wish to get together and raise a pint to the brothers.
Being a frequent replier to that blog, and having the knowledge of the craft beer establishments here in Denver, I’m putting out a call to the fans of B&WB to get together and finally meet, while acknowledging the two guys who’ve brought us together.
Below is a list of breweries and craft beer-centered eateries that I propose for the event in and around downtown. I’ve left out many of the more popular and well known places mainly because of their popularity, knowing that during GABF week they are more than likely going to be overflowing with the rest of our craft beer brethren. But each is a good representation of Denver’s craft beer quality and scene. All are accessible via the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, lightrail, and a sight walk, or a short taxi ride, depending upon your preference. Cab fare to all of these places from hotels downtown are approximately $10 or less, many are probably $5 or less.
Please vote for the place you’d like to meet at, and detail your availability while you’re here for GABF in the comments. I’ll try and coordinate a time and place and update this post and the Brew Trek Facebook page with the final details. My own schedule is as follows: Thursday night session of GABF (I work downtown, so I could do Thursday PM before), and the Pints for Prostates on Friday (1:00-4:00). Hopefully we can all come together and toast the Brothers. I look forward to meeting all of you!
The choices (please use the poll to vote):
Denver Beer Company
1695 Platte Street
Downtown Denver’s newest brewery, it’s a short walk from the northern terminus of the 16th Street Mall shuttle. Constantly rotating taps, a biergarten, and huge pretzels.
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
1317 14th Street
Larimer Square’s gastro-pub with an eclectic tap selection, a two block walk from the 16th Street Mall shuttle stop at Larimer Street. Housemade sausages, poboys, and poutines are just a few of the offerings for this eatery whose tap list includes brews from around Colorado, as well as from across the country.
Ghost Plate & Tap
800 18th Street
A joint venture of Wynkoop and Breckenridge Breweries, the newly opened pub, located in the old Rocky Mountain Diner is a two block walk from the Stout Street stop of the 16th Street Mall shuttle. Featuring, as would be expected, many of the beers from both breweries, they also have a rotating tap of some of Colorado’s best and a few national selections. The food menu includes favorites from both breweries as well.
Pints Pub Brewery & Freehouse
221 West 13th Avenue
A true English pub with cask conditioned ales brewed onsite, they also boast the largest selection of single malt Scotch in the U.S. An easy five block walk from the Court Place stop on the 16th Street Mall, the pub has outstanding wimpys (burgers).
Renegade Brewing Company
925 West 9th Avenue
Another new brewery in Denver located in the Santa Fe Drive arts district, about a five block walk from the 10th and Osage lightrail station. They describe their beers as “offensively delicious,” which I can whole-heartily vouch for.