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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is a gift to the world.

Our good friends, Nate and Christine, were in town over a long weekend and as any good Denver local will do, we had to show them The Source. We walked in, looked around at a few shops, gawked at the pastries, smelled the flowers, and sampled some cheese. We were nearly finished with our little tour when Christine wanted to find out what was going on in the back room. So, we ventured a little further and found Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Before walking in, I knew all about Crooked Stave. As a massive Saison fan, it’s one of my favorite breweries in Denver. Every single beer they make is worth the (sometimes) hefty (yet albeit worth it) price tag. Christine, a fellow sour fan, had to walk in and give the place a try.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Let’s just say Christine enjoyed herself. Crooked Stave was a big hit and if you haven’t been, go immediately.

Beer List:

  • Vielle
  • Colorado Wild Sage
  • Surette
  • Autumn Surette
  • St. Bretta Pomelo
  • Pure Guava Petite Sour


  • It’s hard to keep up with their Limited Release schedule so be sure to stop in often but, if they have it, order the Nightmare on Brett.
    • This beer is aged in Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey Barrels and is nothing short of incredible.


  • Vielle – If you can’t get your hands on a Limited Release, like the Nightmare on Brett, the Vielle is a great Crooked Stave staple. This is a barrel-aged Saison that’s lightly dry hopped and has lemon skin, pear, and dusty apple notes. Give it a try!


  • Luckily, Crooked Stave is surrounded by great options. Walk over to Comida for some Stella’s pork carnitas tacos.

Insider Tip:

  • For your D.D. friends, they have Happy Leaf on tap!



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Denver Oktoberfest Bavarian Flag

Denver Oktoberfest 2015

Denver Oktoberfest Crowd

Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa! I can get behind the festive nature of Denver Oktoberfest: stein hoisting contests (this year’s prize is a paid trip to Munich), Bavarian beer and happy people in lederhosen. It’s become a family tradition to find our way to Oktoberfest and 2015 marks our third year. In 2013, we entered Boris von Snicklefritz into the Long Dog Derby, a dachshund race. His age group was called “little links” and he took second, losing only to a weenie who had a fanatical family with team T-shirts. Chill out, guys! We didn’t race him again after that year because he had massive diarrhea in the doorway of a breakfast cafe afterward. Clearly he was trying to tell us that he didn’t want to be a professional athlete.

Denver Oktoberfest Merchandise

Clare has to talk me out of buying souvenir steins every year, especially the ones with glistening pewter tops. I have six at home from my days as an exchange student drinking my way through the shadowy streets of Luxembourg. They’re currently gathering dust in an upper cupboard and whenever I start to pat my wallet to buy a new one, the wife (*cough*judgmentally*cough*) reminds me that I don’t use them.

Denver Oktoberfest Hat

We pried no less than six turkey leg bones out of our tiny dog’s mouth during our walk through Larimer this year. You can identify non-dog owners by their inability to utilize a trash can. On a finer note, here is the before picture– the fine offerings of Das Turkey Leg, one of my favorite booths. I trust a guy a with tattoo sleeve to know his way around a grill.

Denver Oktoberfest Turkey Legs

Today and tomorrow (September 26 and 27) are the final days of Oktoberfest. If you’re reading this in time, go! It’s a dream of mine to attend the real deal Oktoberfest in Munich. Every year, I’ve been settling for the tradition of a cold, recently tapped Spaten as a small comfort.

Denver Oktoberfest Spaten Oktoberfest Beer

Denver Oktoberfest is on Facebook and Twitter. Follow them to watch keg bowling, dachshund racing and beer cheers-ing unfold in real time.

Auf Wiedersehen.

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El Diablo Hopdoddy Bruger

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Drew and I have been slowly eating our way through the variety of restaurants that have sprung up around the revamped Union Station. We wandered into Hopdoddy Burger Bar with burger cravings and, after a few bites, were pleased as punched with our decision.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Sitting Area

It’s a tad disorienting when you enter. A friendly host(ess) greets you and tells you about the table you will sit at after ordering, pointing to it. You remember the table tent number (to tell the order taker) and its location (to make your way over to it after you order).

Hopdoddy Burger

Drew had El Diablo, an Angus beef patty with pepper jack, carmelized onions, serrano and habenero chiles and salsa roja. He held the chipotle mayo per his hatred of condiments. I tried La Bandita, a black bean and corn patty topped with avocado, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto and chipotle mayo. It’s no easy feat finding a veggie burger at a dining establishment that’s not a freezer-burned, overcooked Boca patty to the tune of $8 or more. I’m looking at you, Sunnyside Burger. Not cool. Hopdoddy’s veggie version was a complete delight. I’m not interested in faux meats– who wants to eat something that’s imitating something else? Their black bean and corn burger was fresh, savory and best of all, mushroom-free. The only fungi I need in my life is Drew.

La Bandita Hopdoddy Burger

Their garlic fries? To die. About El Diablo, Drew says, “Not as spicy as advertised! The perfect balance between heat and flavor.”

Garlic Fries Hopdoddy Burger

Condiment enthusiasts (see: me) will appreciate the massive station of mayo, ketchup and mustard options. Surveying this bounty with my plate in hand, I asked a server incredulously, “Am I allowed to be back here?!” and she laughed and reassured me that they were available for the taking. Hopdoddy makes their own buns (including a gluten-free option) and features craft beer from only local, artisanal brewers that create small batches. Bonus points to Hopdoddy for having a burger on special the night we went named “the Boris.”

Hopdoddy Burger Buns

You can find Hopdoddy on 17th and Wynkoop or in Addison, Austin, Dallas and Scottsdale. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and the ‘gram. They have a Nutella and chocolate pretzel shake with my name on it for our second visit. It will be mine.

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