Denver’s Annual Pies and Pints



Guest post by Burleigh Court


Add a pinch of brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and clove. Can you smell that?  Let those Autumn flavors fill your senses and you have the perfect pie and pint! At Denver Beer Co, a superb recipe for a pint is just as important as pumpkin or pecan pie on any holiday table.

We may call it pie, but they call it loveMaple Street Pie Company knows just the right ingredients for the quintessential holiday pies; Who wouldn’t want to end a holiday meal with “handcrafted loved on a plate?” If you ask most people, the way to their heart is food – and if you ask most Denverites, the way to their heart is locally crafted brews! Denver Beer Co is my most beloved brewery, serving up seasonal beer by the pints; Graham Cracker Porter and Hey! Pumpkin’ are perfect growlers to bring to your holiday parties (and some of the best beer I tasted at this year’s GABF)!


The partnership of Maple Street Pie Co and Denver Beer Co is very fitting; They have a commitment to brining the best to their community, using local resources and sharing what they love with their neighbors. Making a city your home needs a pinch of caring, kindness, warmth, and love. When creative folks like the owners of DBC and Maple Street come together, magic happens not only in the kitchen and barrels, but the community in which they help build by bringing people together with “handcrafted love.”

Each year, Denverites gather in the warmth of the Barrel Room to taste their favorite holiday pies and pints with friends and neighbors. Each pie is matched with a pint and the “oohs and ahhs” are heard throughout the cozy and casual meeting place. DBC brewers Charlie and Patrick can be seen enjoy the fruits of their love and labor with old and new friends – always plenty of genuine smiles from these happy guys! When ordering your seasonal beers at the bar, look past the busy bartenders to find a happy little pie elf, finding pure bliss in her work. She is Eneri Rodriguez and pie is her passion! One pop of the these flavorful parings can take you back to your favorite comfort food memories of homemade dinners and warm kitchens.


What once was the classic milk and cookies is now pies and pints! Whether you are taking dessert to your family holiday party or going to a Friendsgiving party, everyone will hail your triumph of the evening with your pies and pints. Ask yourself, would Santa prefer milk or beer, cookies or pie? I think the folks at Denver Beer Co and Maple Street have the right answer! Cheers and happy holidays!




Denver's Annual Pies and Pints

Denver’s Annual Pies and Pints


Upcoming Event: 35+ breweries Serve Beer To Fight Hunger at Wynkoop Brewery

Will Drink for Food

Will Drink for Food

More than 35 breweries will serve up seasonal beers for tasting at the fourth annual “Parade of Darks,” at Wynkoop Brewing Co. on Dec. 7 from 1-4 shortly before the Parade of Lights. Proceeds go to Metro CareRingDenver’s largest hunger-relief organization directly serving families.  The funds will be used to provide healthy food, nutrition education, self-sufficiency programs, and supportive services to fill hungry bellies while also combating the root causes of hunger.

Last year, the sold-out event raised more than $14,000 for Metro CareRing.  Advance tickets are $35 and day-of-event tickets are $42, and all attendees receive a commemorative glass and unlimited sampling.  Tickets can be purchased at


Bacon & Beer Brewers’ Dinner Features Top Chefs & Brews

Bacon & Beer Brewers' Dinner Features Top Chefs & Brews

Bacon & Beer Brewers’ Dinner Features Top Chefs & Brews

The Bacon and Beer Festival (Nov 10 at Exdo Event Center) will be pregaming with a Bacon and Beer Festival Brewers’ Dinner this Saturday, November 9th at Wynkoop Brewing Company. Some heavy hitting chefs are collaborating on a 5-course meal with beer pairings from Wynkoop. Spotlight chefs: Jennifer Jasinski and Jorel Pierce – Crafted Concepts, Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome Max MacKissock and Blake Edmunds – Williams & Graham Kim Alter – Plum, Haven (San Francisco) and of course Cory Treadway – Wynkoop Brewing Company. Tickets are $40. You can purchase them here.

Heres the rundown:

Welcome Beer: Wynkoop Koop Deville 

Koop Deville is the copper colored love child of two separate beers, fermented apart then blended together and dry-hopped. Koop gets Belgian characteristics from his barrel-aged brettanomyces fermented dad and a hint of sour from his saison mother (she’s French after all). Of mixed decent, Koop’s complexity garners him lots of attention.
Course 1 
Max MacKissock and Blake Edmunds: Bacon wrapped shrimp mousseline with shrimp and chile consommé, Uni mayonnaise, mostarda
Beer: Breckenridge Well Built ESB

This extra special brew was well built intentionally. In team effort with our neighbors and Colorado’s own, Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery, we combined the warming malt notes and pronounced hop characteristics of our Small Batch ESB with their ambrosial whiskey flavors to create the first ever collaboration of its kind. Aged for 6 months in Well Built Oak Whiskey Barrels.

Course 2
Kim Alter: Onion soup, smoked egg yolk, bacon
Beer: Denver Beer Co. Tiffani “Amber” Thiessen 
Our take on an Amber Ale and named after one of our favorite actress’s, she pours a beautiful deep amber and offers up big hints of sweet malts, caramel and a hint of hops in the background.  A smooth, easy drinking body with additional hints of caramel & malt bring you into a semi-sweet finish with hints of sweet oak.
Course 3
Jen Jasinski and Jorel Pierce: Stout braised pork belly with chestnut polenta, crispy chestnuts, smoked malts-glazed turnips and greens
Beer: Great Divide Hoss
HOSS is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.
Course 4
Cory Treadway: Carolina BBQ quail, bacon braised collard greens with sweet potato & bacon fritters
Beer: Wynkoop Kurt’s Mile High Malt 
A Vienna style lager brewed with lightly roasted Ethiopian ANYETSU coffee using a recipe handed down by Kurt Vonnegut’s grandfather, who was a brewer.  The beer is a malty sweet and copper colored brew with low bitterness that showcases balance and nuance of coffee flavor in a very clean and drinkable lager.
The recipe for this beer was given to Wynkoop founder John Hickenlooper by the late author. The first batch of was brewed in 1996 and then again in 2007 as a tribute to Kurt’s passing.  We are brewing it to celebrate our 25th year in business and by recreating some hidden gems in our trick bag, we are paying tribute to our brewing history.
Course 5
Collaboration petit four and mignardises
Beer: Each guest will randomly receive one of the following beers to be paired with this course.
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling. They may be from the same clan, but they have entirely different personalities. Oak aging gives a subtle vanilla character, rounding out Yeti’s intense roastiness and huge hoppy nature. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti?
Breckenridge 72 Imperial - Brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s very own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., this Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is full of rich, toasted chocolate notes with hints of dark fruit. 72 Imperial will take you where you need to go. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Denver Beer Co. Graham Cracker Porter -  Our GABF medal winner is a unique take on the classic English style Porter.  This medium bodied delight has nice hints of chocolate & vanilla on the nose, beautiful notes of more chocolate & biscuit in the body that bring out a complex array of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & roastiness in the finish.  A S’mores in a glass.

First Thanksgiving Rendezvous at Stapleton Taphouse

Intimate gathering to give thanks to the Colorado beer community

Intimate gathering to give thanks to the Colorado beer community

 The Colorado Brewers Guild is back at it.  This time with the Thanksgiving Rendezvous which will showcase a hand selected collection of diverse beers from across the state. The event is Nov. 17 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Stapleton Tap House.
The Thanksgiving Rendezvous will feature speciality brews from:
Backcountry Brewery
Blue Spruce Brewing Co.
Bristol Brewing Co.
Caution Brewing
Denver Chop House
Dry Dock Brewing Company
Epic Brewing Co.
Grimm Brothers Brewing Co.
Hall Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing
Lone Tree Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Prost Brewing
Renegade Brewing Co.
River North
Ska Brewing Company
Strange Brewing Company
The Thanksgiving Rendezvous is open to adults 21 and older. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online for $40 at

8286 Northfield Blvd #1525
Denver, CO 80238




USA Today Features Our Video To Talk Trends At Great American Beer Festival




When USA Today calls, or emails rather, to ask you to cover an assignment there is only one answer: YES! And when they tell you the assignment is to cover a beer festival the answer is slightly revised to: HECK YES! After grabbing one of Denver’s best photog’s and editors, Jason Bunch, we were headed to the 32nd Annual Great American Beer Festival to learn about trends in the American Beer Industry. And of course to try out some of the beers taking the industry by storm.

Next years GABF: Oct. 2-4 at the Colorado Convention Center. See you there!

Watch the Clip:

USA Today Features Our Video To Cover Great American Beer Festival

USA Today Features Our Video To Cover Great American Beer Festival