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The things you find in the park: A review of South Denver Beer Fest 2015
May 7, 2015
Over the past weekend there was a plethora of activity taking advantage of the warmer weather and greener scenery that’s taken hold. This played into my recent urge to get out and about (an occurrence that I try to take advantage of, lest a weekend of binge watching Netflix occur) so I took stock of the options that caught my eye. No this didn’t include the sportsballing or going to a show, rather I decided to do something a little more active. Even though the sky had been threatening to drop the rain that eventually graced us these first few days of the week I was inclined to do something outside. Naturally when it was brought to my attention one such activity centered on beer that made the choice fairly simple. This decision landed me in a Littleton park to find out what the South Denver Beer Fest had to offer.
Despite the graying skies and windy disposition that the day had taken on, I was not going to be deterred from an afternoon of indulging my beer snobbery. It took two light rail trains (which were nearly empty on a Saturday…..<cough cough> maybe if it was cheaper people would actually ride it RTD </cough cough>) to make it to the Downtown Littleton station where a shuttle to the festival was said to be waiting. The shuttle itself turned out to be a retired school bus driven by a volunteer, which I genuinely appreciated as a supplement to deter anyone from driving to and from the day’s activities. After a trek through Littleton the bus stopped at a beautiful park on the foot of the mountains. A quick trade of my ticket for a wrist band and tasting glass it was time to geek out on some beer.
As far as the main attraction of the event, there was the expected range of IPA’s and wheat beers that can be found at most beer festivals, but I found many of the darker offerings to be the stars of the day. Several of the better known local stouts like Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout and The Brew on Broadway’s Social Club Coffee Milk Stout offered a taste of the familiar, while breweries I hadn't been familar with were also impressive with their dark brews, in particular JoyRide Brewing’s Bear Paw Oatmeal Milk Stout. Another surprise of the day was the presence of so many booths for things other than beer. Tables offering tastes of wine and kambucha were unexpected but interesting diversions scattered throughout the various tents.
The end of South Denver Beer Fest came all too quickly, leaving room for one last pour and a quick stop at the pizza vendor (because pizza makes everything better…tell me I’m wrong) and it was back on the bus to make the long journey home. Overall this was a perfect way to spend a Saturday, with new breweries on my list to visit and a great excuse to spend a day outdoors with some like-minded folks. This bodes well for the summer beer season to come and of the new pints I hope to share with at least a few of you. Cheers everyone!