Grand Unified Theory! Saturday, July 26th!

Around here, we’re always looking for new exotic flavors for our barrel-aged brews. And if you’ve spoke with any of our brewers in the last few months, you know we’ve been giddy about some cocktail barrels we recently scored.

Well now the first is ready. Saturday, July 26th at 1pm, we give you…

Grand Unified Theory, our imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels!

Oh yes we did...

Oh yes we did…

Straight bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur lend Grand Unified Theory a spicy citrus note that is the perfect complement to its robust wheat backbone. We promise you’ve never tasted anything like this before (we hadn’t!).

The first in a series of cocktail-barrel-aged releases, both drafts and bombers-to-go of Grand UT will be available at the July 26th release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three per person.

We also have two other cocktail-barrel-aged beers in the works. Big City Quad is an amped-up Quandary recipe aged in Manhattan barrels. And for those who remember the draft-only taproom beer Barrel Blonde, we’re working on a full bottle release of that too (aged in a blend of Manhattan, Boulevardier and whiskey barrels). Both of these will release in the next couple months.

It’s gonna be a tasty end to the summer!

-RNB

2014-2015 Locals’ Club details!

The Locals’ Club: where regulars become friends.

Many of you have been asking about this year’s rendition of our VIP group. We will likely only have a few spots available this year, so mark your calendars.

New spots in the 2014-2015 Locals’ Club will be available Sunday, July 20th at 1pm, on a first-come, first-served basis in the taproom.

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As always, last year’s Locals will have a chance to renew before new spots go on sale (check your emails, Locals – spam folder too!). We will keep the cap at 100, so we expect to have only a couple dozen spots for newcomers. We’ll announce the exact number shortly before the public sale.

This year’s membership includes:

  • $1 off each and every beer you consume in the taproom for the entire year
  • Exclusive, stainless steel swing-top 32-ounce “Locals” growler
  • Mega-official keychain bottle opener – this is your membership card
  • Locals-only holiday party – we shut down the whole brewery and pull out the good stuff
  • Exclusive usage of Locals glassware in the taproom
  • And finally, new this year: Locals who absolutely cannot make a bottle release will be allowed to purchase after-the-fact from brewery reserves

The 2014-2015 Locals’ Club membership will sell for $60. After this year, new members will only be allowed to join when existing members choose not to renew, so if you want in, don’t miss out this year!

Words cannot express how grateful we are to all the Locals that have supported us over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you all.

Cheers!

-RNB

Oud Bruin! Saturday, June 14th!

Finally, it’s time!

After nearly two years, Oud Bruin is ready!!! Our longest running project, we’re damn proud of this brew.

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Debuting Saturday, June 14th at 1pm, Oud Bruin is an exercise in balance: tartness from Lacto, funk from Brett, sweet Belgian malts and a lingering wine finish come together to create one of our most anticipated beers yet.

As always, draft and bottles will both be available at the release party. Bottles (750ml) will cost $20, limit 2, and they are numbered.

While Oud Bruin has been aged 20 months in the barrel, it will also develop further in the bottle over time. We encourage you to drink one bottle fresh, and cellar the second.

It’s not that often we release a beer like this!

Do. Not. Miss it!

Barrel Reserve 2014! Memorial Weekend!

We love Barrel Reserve. Not only does it let us flex our creative muscle, but it also opens up endless possibilities for barrel blending.

Last year we blended three whiskey-aged beers. This time around, we wanted to take it a different direction.

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Barrel Reserve 2014 will debut Saturday, May 24th at 1pm! This year’s vintage is a blend of three ales aged in four types of barrels: Oloroso Sherry barrels from Spain, Chardonnay barrels from California, and Whiskey barrels from Colorado and Utah.

This blend gives Barrel Reserve 2014 a delicate and complex flavor, balancing the malt sweetness of our traditional Belgian brews with dry wine and sherry notes and finishing with a touch of oak.

We’ll have Barrel Reserve on tap and in bottles throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Bombers will run $15 each with a 4-bottle limit.

If that weren’t enough, we’ll also have a limited amount of last year’s Barrel Reserve on tap and in bottles to-go. Available starting at 1pm on the 24th, these will go fast, so if you want to try both vintages side-by-side get here early.

One final note: we’ll also extend our Sunday hours starting May 25th. During the summer, we’ll open at 1pm and close at 9pm every Sunday.

Cheers!

-RNB

American Craft Beer Week!

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Next week marks American Craft Beer Week! As always, we’ll have rare and limited beers on draft in the taproom all week (watch the Twitters for tappings as they happen). But we’re also joining in on some great events around town…

Wednesday, May 14th, 6pm: We were honored when both Ale House at Amato’s and Freshcraft approached us looking to feature RNB barrel-aged brews in their legendary beer dinners. Since both happen the same night, we’ve posted both menus below, so you can decide for yourself which to attend. Matt and Jess will feast at the Ale House, while Trent and Derek will hold it down at Freshcraft. Please contact the venues directly for reservations.

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Thursday, May 15th, 6pm: Fort Collins, this one’s for you! Once again, we’re teaming up with our good friends at Tap & Handle as they delve into their cellar for a barrel-aged tap takeover. Starting at 6pm, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, Wine Barrel J. Marie and Whiskey Barrel Quandary will all be on tap! We’ll also have some of our classic brews and RNB giveaways. Patrick and Kim will make the trip up to join the fun and answer any River North related questions.

Friday, May 16th, 4pm: Burger Night at Fairfax Wine & Spirits (Marczyk’s on Colfax)! Jess will pour free samples of River North brew paired with cheeses, and Marczyk’s will cook up gourmet burgers in the parking lot. Tasting starts at 4pm with the grill firing up at 5pm.

We hope to see you all out and about. Make sure to say hello and join us to raise a glass to the American beer revolution!

Cheers,

-RNB

 

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