December 2014 Events!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We have a busy month to finish off 2014 with events in both Colorado and Kansas City. Read through for all the details.

Tuesday, December 2nd: All month, Historian’s Ale House  will feature River North as part of their brewery of the month program, with six beers on tap! To kick everything off, we’ll host Beer School on Tuesday the 2nd. Come learn how Belgian yeast creates our unique brews! Throughout the month we’ll also host other events, like Keep the Glass or Meet the Brewers nights!


Wednesday, December 3rd: We’re headed to Boulder for an incredible tap takeover at Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse. Somehow, they managed to sit on a keg of Anniversary Ale #1 for nearly two years! One of only two kegs left in existence, if you haven’t tried this 12.5% Imperial Stout, don’t miss this chance! They’ll also tap Big City Quad, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, and some other goodies.

Saturday, December 6th: Parade of Darks beer festival! Join us just up the street as we pour Avarice and Quandary to celebrate winter warmers. Tickets still available here.

Monday, December 8th: Craft Beer Night at Tony P’ Highland location! Taste free samples and help pick the next beer to go on tap!

Tuesday, December 9th: For Colorado Gives Day, we’re partnering with Children’s Future to join fundraising efforts across the state. All day on the 9th, $2 of every beer sold in the taproom will go directly to charity. Come drink for a cause!

Thursday, December 11th: Pint Night at Historian’s Ale House! As part of our Brewery of the Month feature, we’ll be giving out glassware and other gear with every beer purchase. Patrick will also be in the house to answer any beer or brewing questions.

Saturday, December 13th: Here’s the big one: Barrel Aged Avarice!

barrel-avarice-2014One of our most anticipated releases of the year, we’re excited to tap batch three of this annual tradition. Rich with molasses and coffee notes, this year’s rendition was aged in both rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. Both bombers and draft pours available starting at 1pm. More bombers will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City following the taproom release. Don’t forget your cellar bottles!

And if that weren’t enough, the release party will feature a three-year vertical of Barrel Aged Avarice!!! Draft only, the 2012 keg is the oldest one in the cellar!

Also on Saturday the 13th, we’ll join our neighborhood brewers to celebrate Denver beer at Festivus! We always like to bring something real special to this one…tickets still available here.

Thursday, December 18th: Matt and Jess head back to Kansas City! On the 18th we’ll host a beer dinner at Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout in Missouri. The menu is a secret until the day of the event…come see what they’ve cooked up for you and pick Matt’s brain about beer!

Friday, December 19th: Kansas City, your last chance to catch us out and about in 2014 will be at Lukas Liquors on the Kansas side of the border. Free samples of River North beer, poured by the owners themselves!

Friday, December 19th: We’ll host one more tasting at one of the best bottle shops we’ve ever seen, Small Batch Liquors. These guys have an incredible lineup of our barrel-aged beers…come get something nice for the holidays! Pouring 4-7pm.

And just as a heads up, the taproom will be closed December 24th through 26th, reopening on the 27th. We’ll also have normal hours New Year’s Eve, and close New Year’s Day.

Happy Holidays!


November Events!

We have a busy month leading up to Thanksgiving with events throughout Colorado and Kansas City! Here’s where you can catch us in November…

Wednesday 11/12: Keep the Glass & Tap Takeover at Flying Saucer! Jess will be in Kansas City starting on the 12th with a tap takeover featuring two barrel-aged beers, Barrel Blonde and Tequila Barrel J. Maria! Avarice and (gold-medal winning) River North White will also be on tap, plus take home some RNB glassware!

Thursday 11/13, Beer School @ HyVee in Belton! Jess will walk you through tastes of our beers, explaining how our Belgian yeast strains make each beer unique. Learn about beer from a brewery founder!

Thursday, 11/13, Craft Beer Night @ Tony P’s 17th! Back in Denver, Patrick will be giving out samples at Tony P’s Bar and Pizzeria on 17th street. Come sample four beers and pick the next keg for Tony P’s to pour!

Saturday, 11/15, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie Release! Our original barrel-aged beer returns! Whiskey J. Marie on tap and in bottles in the taproom starting at 1pm. Full details here.

Sunday, 11/16, Bacon and Beer at The Curtis Hotel! One of the most decadent festivals of the year, join us as we celebrate swine and beer! Unlimited samples of greasy, greasy pork and Colorado craft beer, tickets here.

Tuesday, 11/18, Beerdinner and a Movie at Alamo Drafthouse! We’ve partnered with the best cinema in town for a great meal and a show! We’ll be screening Smokey and the Bandit, because not only does it harken back to Colorado beer history, but it’s just a fun movie! Chef Seth will serve smoked frog legs, cheese grits, stewed tomatoes and sautéed spinach in a clam cream sauce, and you’ll enjoy IPA, J. Marie and Avarice throughout the movie. It’s a full experience for only $25, click here. 

Thursday, 11/20, Chef N Brew @ EXDO! Another great culinary beer festival, this year we’ve paired up with the award-winning Chef Amos at Acorn to bring you two great pairings, which we’ll reveal at the event. If you haven’t been to Chef and Brew, you need to check this one out! Tickets here.

Friday, 11/21, West of Ardennes collaboration tapping at Wild Goose Meeting House! We teamed up with one of the best new breweries in Colorado Springs, our new friends Todd and Jeff at Red Leg Brewing Company. Together we brewed a Belgian-style hoppy brown ale called West of Ardennes, which combines our signature Belgian flair with Red Leg’s malt-forward beers. Come get the first pour at Wild Goose at 6pm and meet the guys behind both breweries! Full details on the beer courtesy of Focus on the Beer. 

Saturday, 11/21, West of Ardennes taproom release! The day after the Colorado Springs tapping, we’ll tap our version of West of Ardennes in the taproom. Ours was fermented in rye whiskey barrels, and will only be available right here at the brewery! Draft only, no growler fills please.

Monday, 11/24, Micro Monday at Blake St. Vault! Come down to Blake St Vault for full pours and free samples of multiple River North beers. Also be one of the first to play RNBomber Ring Toss, where you can win beer and prizes!

Tuesday, 11/25, Beerdinner at The Tavern @ St. Michael’s Square, Greeley! Before you’re thrust into Thanksgiving cooking, let us feed you! We’ll have a gourmet beerdinner in Greeley with 5 paired courses, plus starter beer. Full menu to come soon…

And finally, we will be closed Thanksgiving 11/27, but open normal hours Wednesday and Friday.

See you around!


Whiskey Barrel J. Marie returns 11/15!

Back in 2012, we got our first whiskey barrel and loaded it with J. Marie. After tasting the result, we were hooked…

Now, the beer that started the barrel program is back! Batch five of Whiskey Barrel J. Marie releases Saturday, November 15th at 1pm in the taproom!


J. Marie’s stonefruit esters meld beautifully with notes of toasted coconut and vanilla from the barrels. Delicate and unique, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie comes in just a hair above 10% ABV. Drink it fresh or age for up to two years.

As always, we’ll have the beer on tap and in bottles to go at the release party. Bombers will cost $15 with a limit of three. With 135 cases total, we’ll send more bottles to stores in Colorado and Kansas City following the release.

This release marks the time of year when we bring back our classic barrel-aged brews. We’ll also have Barrel Aged Avarice returning in December, and Whiskey Barrel Quandary in January.

So come down on the 15th, and get the beer that started it all, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie!



Big City Quad release! Saturday, October 18th!

As soon as we managed to get some Manhattan cocktail barrels, we knew we wanted to go big with them. Something decadent. Lavish. Opulent.

Those who know us, know we’ve been looking forward to this one. On Saturday, October 18th, after ten months in the barrel, we give you…Big City Quad!


Coming in at 13.7% ABV, Big City Quad is the highest-gravity beer we’ve ever released. Rich Belgian specialty malts meld with notes of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters, resulting in a magnificent quadrupel ale to savor now or cellar for a long as you can stand.

Both drafts and bombers-to-go ($15, limit three) will be available at the release party. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release. We have 150 cases total.

Come down on the 18th and taste the beer we’ve been waiting a year for!



J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged), September 27th!

You can tell a lot about an empty barrel’s potential by smelling it. And when we popped open a barrel and were blindsided by the most overwhelmingly complex and delicately spicy aroma of fine anejo tequila, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to refill it with some Colorado-brewed Belgian-style beer.

So this Saturday, September 27th at 1pm, we proudly bring you our next exotic barrel-aged release,  J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged)!


Rich notes of citrus, pepper and cinnamon balance the malt character of classic J. Marie. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little delicious. Finishing at 10.2% ABV, J. Maria stands on its own. No lime or salt necessary.

Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.

Make sure you come down on Saturday before the GABF masses descend on our fair city!



GABF 2014 Events!

It’s hard to believe that GABF is less than two weeks away! We’re getting ready to welcome brewers and beer lovers from around the country to Denver and show them how we do things in the Mile High!

The universal sign of a big week in Denver...

The universal sign of a big week in Denver…

Taproom hours (with rare kegs on tap all week!):

  • Monday-Wednesday: 3-9pm
  • Thursday: 1-9pm
  • Friday: 1-10pm
  • Saturday: 1-10pm
  • Sunday: 1-7pm

Here’s the full details on what we’ve got going down!

Saturday, September 27th, 1pm: We’re kicking things off with a new barrel-aged release! J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged) combines the delicate malt base of our farmhouse ale with the spice notes of anejo tequila. Full details here.

Monday, September 29th, evening: We’ll join brewers from around the country at the annual Falling Rock GABF kickoff. They’ll be tapping a keg of Grand Unified Theory, our first cocktail-barrel-aged beer, with some other surprises thrown in. Come share a beer with us and meet our brewers!

Wednesday, October 1st, 3pm: Wayward Wednesday in the taproom! We’re going all out with a horizontal tasting of our farmhouse ale finished five different ways. Classic J. Marie, Wine Barrel J. Marie, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, J. Marie Barreled & Bretted and Tequila Barrel J. Maria will all be on tap side-by-side! Doors open and all four beers flow at 3pm!

Thursday, October 2nd, 3pm: Cellar Sale! On Thursday in the taproom, we’ll offer rare bottles from the past year. Doors will open at 1pm, with first cellar bottles sold at 3pm. Those here early will get first dibs, and bottle limits will apply. Options will include Grand Unified Theory, Rum Barrel Quandary, Barrel Reserve 2014, Anniversary Ale #2, River North Tripel, Wine Barrel J. Marie, Barrel Aged Avarice 2013 and Oud Bruin!

Also on Thursday, our distributor CR Goodman will host Hyatt Rock the Dock, a mini-beerfest featuring some of Colorado’s best breweries, from 3-5pm at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets are $20 and available at the door. See poster below.


Friday, October 3rd, noon-4pm:  We’re back pouring at one of our favorite events of the year, the Denver Rare Beer Tasting! We’ll be sampling Oud Bruin and joining top breweries around the country to support Pints for Prostates. There are still a few tickets left here. Come see why this is considered one of the best beer fests around!

Saturday, October 4th, 1-10pm: The taproom finale! Our Empty the Cellar Party was such a success from last year, we’re doing it again. Brewers’ choice rotating rare kegs all day…we’ve been saving the whole year for this! No tickets required, open to the public with beers by the glass.

See you soon!



Kansas City kickoff parties!

All next week, we’ll be making the rounds to Kansas City’s best taphouses, celebrating our first distribution outside Colorado. Bottles and cans will hit store shelves on both sides of the border Tuesday, September 16th, but we’ll be out and about all week. Meet us at any of the following events to share a beer and chat with Brewmaster Matt Hess.

Monday 9/15, 7pm: The first River North public tapping will be at the Leawood location of Barley’s Brewhaus!

Tuesday 9/16, 4pm: On the day the first bottles hit shelves, we’ll be tossing ‘em back at Bier Station on the Missouri side.

Wednesday 9/17: Here’s where things get fun. We’re crashing bars around the city and seeing where the night takes us. We’ll post updates (@rivernorthbrew) on all our travels as we go. Think of it as a social media pub crawl…and you’re invited!

Thursday 9/18: We’ll finish off the week at the Flying Saucer Draft Emporium!

We’ll likely make additional stops each day. Follow us to see where we’re at!

See you soon!