Introducing River North IPA! Debuts Saturday, April 26th!

After we canned the White, we all knew what we wanted next. Everyone loved BPR: the brewers, the Locals…everyone. And there’s nothing more Colorado than a pint of hops in a can.

And so, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm, we give you River North IPA!

Hand modeling by Kim.

Hand modeling by Kim.

Yes, we did change the name and tweak the recipe. While BPR was a fun little joke, the new moniker just works better for the shelf. And the new version will still have all the hoppy red Belgian goodness you’ve come to love. After all, BPR was Matt’s original Belgian IPA recipe.

To get the hops to your mouth as fresh as possible, we’ll can and keg IPA the day before the release party. We’ll sell four-packs of pint cans for $10 to go, and of course, keep it on draft throughout the party and beyond.

At 6.0% ABV and 55 IBU, IPA combines the pine and citrus notes of American hops with white pepper and clove yeast esters, putting our signature spin on a classic style. It’ll treat you well at the top of a fourteener or as your go-to après. We’re just as excited to take it on an adventure as you.

We’ll catch you a week from Saturday. Cheers to summer!

-RNB

CBC in Denver!

This week, Denver will host the Craft Brewer’s Conference, and we couldn’t be more excited to show visitors how we do things here in the Mile High City.

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We have a great lineup of events for the week, including a collaboration beer with some of our favorite Colorado breweries!

We teamed up with Left Hand, Bristol, Ska, Funkwerks and our distributor CR Goodman to brew a Belgian Black IPA called “The Goodman Life.” You can find it starting next week in our taproom and at the best bars around Denver.

Here’s what else we have in store:

Tuesday, April 8th, 12pm: Pilot beer and tap takeover at Hops & Pie! Trent and Drew got together to brew a Belgian Dubbel with tart cherries. Only two kegs exist, and the first will be tapped at Hops & Pie at 11am. They’ll also tap a keg of J. Marie Barreled & Bretted, along with some other RNB brews. The kegs go on when HnP opens, and Trent will be there around noon to talk about the beers.

Wednesday, April 9th, 3pm: Wayward Wednesday! B-Side Avarice and Barrel-Aged Avarice on tap together. Come help settle the eternal debate: which barrel-aged Imperial Stout reigns supreme?

Thursday, April 10th, 3pm: B-Side-by-Side! Both B-Side Avarice and B-Side Quandary will flow in the taproom. NOTE: This is the absolute last keg of B-Side Quandary!

Friday, April 11th, 6pm: We’re teaming up with Funkwerks to bring you a Belgian beer and bluegrass extravaganza, “Funky River,” at the Denver Bicycle Cafe. Three taps from each brewery. We’ll bring three versions of J. Marie: classic, Wine Barrel Aged and J. Marie Barreled & Bretted. Bluegrass band Timber will take the stage around 9pm, and Brewer Derek will be there sippin’ brews and enjoying some twang.

Saturday, April 12th, 1pm: The grand finale at the taproom! Our friends at CR Goodman will setup their draft trailer outside the taproom, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate Colorado beer under the Denver sunshine! We’ll have multiple rare and barrel-aged beers on tap throughout the day, and El Toro the Tot will serve their handmade burgers and tater tots. Should be the perfect way to finish off the week!

Cheers!

-RNB

Colorado Craft Beer Week, featuring Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie!

Primetime for beer events is quickly approaching, and it all begins with Colorado Craft Beer Week, March 22-29!

We’ll start the week strong and end with the return of a classic barrel-aged brew. Here’s our highlights for the week:

Saturday, March 22nd: Collaboration Fest! About three years ago, Matt met Nick Nunns at the Craft Brewers’ Conference in San Francisco, where, after realizing they were both planning to open breweries in Denver, they may have shared a few too many beers. Those breweries would become River North and TRVE, respectively, so it made perfect sense to team up and celebrate how far each has come.

For Collaboration Fest, Matt and Nick brewed a Belgian-style Single, or Enkel, and fermented it in 2nd and 3rd use whiskey barrels. This beer will debut for the first time Saturday, March 22nd at the festival! If you want to try this and other one-time collaborations from breweries around the great state of Colorado, there are still a few tickets left at http://events.imbibedenver.com/pages/collaboration-festival

Friday, March 28th: Tap takeover + pilot beer at World of Beer – Belmar! Trent, one of our brewers, used to work at WoB and teamed up with their crew to brew a Belgian Pale Ale hopped with Willamette, one of our favorite hops. This one-time beer will be the star of the show, but WoB will also tap several other rare and delicious beers that night! First pours at 6pm.

FINALE: Saturday, March 29th: To send off Colorado Craft Beer Week in style, we’ll bring back a brew that hasn’t been available for a year and a half. After nine months in the barrel, batch two of Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie is ready!

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We’ll have it on tap and in bottles starting at 1pm on the 29th, in the taproom. Many of you have been clamoring for this brew, and we’re delighted with how it turned out. Dry with notes of oak and fresh pears, Chardonnay barrels provide the perfect complement to our farmhouse ale. If you’ve been a regular here a while, you know how rare this beer is, so don’t miss it! Bombers will cost $15 with a 2-bottle limit. We’re bottling 120 cases for taproom and stores.

In addition to these events, we’ll rotate through rare beers all week in the taproom, showing you how we do here in Denver.

Cheers to the State of Craft Beer, Colorado!

-RNB

Introducing our first seasonal beer, Quad on Oak!

Back in the sweltering summer of 2012, we had an imperial witbier nearing the end of fermentation, and wanted to give it a little something extra to elevate it further.

After kicking around a couple ideas and kicking back a few beers, we decided to conduct an experiment: with oak.

That experiment, of course, would become Unified Theory, our beer with the strongest cult following.

Flash forward to today. We’ve been itching to brew a seasonal series for some time, and since oak complemented the Unified Theory so well, we wanted to see what else it could do.

On Saturday, March 1st at 1pm, we’ll debut Quad on Oak, the spring edition of our new seasonal lineup!

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Adding oak to a new amped-up Quadrupel recipe helps to balance the inherent sweetness, adding dry notes of vanilla and coconut.

Bombers will cost $9 each with no limit. We’ll keep brewing and pouring Quad on Oak until late May, when we’ll introduce another seasonal brew.

Look for River North Tripel in summer, and River North Dubbel in fall…

Cheers!

-RNB

Anniversary #2: The Beer and the Party!

It’s our party and we’ll brew what we want to!

Our second anniversary is less than two weeks away, and you know we like to go big.

Last year it was a 12.5% Imperial Stout. This year, we’re taking it a different direction…

Introducing Anniversary Ale #2, a 10.1% Belgian Golden Strong Ale dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin!

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A wonderfully floral and tropical brew, Anniversary Ale #2 will serve as the centerpiece for our weekend-long birthday party, beginning Friday, February 14th and lasting until Sunday, February 16th. We’ll have Anny #2 on tap all weekend, with $9 bombers to go (limit 6). But we’ll also pull some rare beers from the cellar throughout the event. Such as:

Friday, 2/14: Side-by-side tapping of Anniversary Ale #1 and Anniversary Ale #2. Both huge, both delicious, both distinct. Opening early at 1pm with the first bottles and pours.

Saturday, 2/15: We’ll rotate through some barrel-aged kegs throughout the day, giving the brewers choice as to what they want to drink.

Sunday, 2/16: J. Marie Barreled & Bretted on tap! We’ll also host our first Cellar Sale…limited quantities of rare bottles from the past two years available to go, one day only!

We hope you can join us for the festivities, but if not, Anniversary Ale #2 will hit store shelves around Colorado after the party. For all the other beers, however, you gotta make it down here!

Cheers to another successful year!

-RNB

GAMEDAY!!!

The biggest game in 15 years is almost here!

As many of you know, we choose to not have TVs in the taproom to stimulate conversation. But we still want to provide you with some great beer to celebrate a championship!

So this Sunday, we’ll hold special hours and promotions. We’ll open at 11am and close shortly after kickoff at 5pm. All “session” beer-to-go will be discounted. We’ll be offering $10 growler fills of Hello, Darkness, River North White and BPR, and 4-packs of River North White pintcans for $8!

So start your gameday right with a few pregame drafts, and show up to your viewing party with the best beer in the house!

Go Broncos!

-RNB

Scotch Barrel J. Marie releases this Saturday!!!

Sometimes, a barrel just does what it wants. And when it’s ready, it’s ready.

So this Saturday, we’ll have a surprise barrel-aged release for you…

Scotch Barrel J. Marie!

I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch...

I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch…

Debuting February 1st at 1pm, Scotch Barrel J. Marie takes our classic farmhouse ale and adds layers of smoke, peat and oak.

If you enjoy sipping a fine Islay scotch as you lounge by the fireside in your studded leather wingback chair, this beer is for you. We don’t recommend drinking it on the rocks.

We bottled 110 cases of this one-time special release. Individually numbered bombers will be available starting at 1pm Saturday, with the brew on tap all day. More bottles will hit store shelves the following week.

Come keep it classy with us!

-RNB