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!

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 four different ways. Classic J. Marie, Wine Barrel J. Marie, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie and J. Marie Barreled & Bretted will all be on tap side-by-side! Doors open and all four beers flow at 3pm!

Thursday, October 2nd, time TBA: Cellar Sale! On Thursday in the taproom, we’ll offer rare bottles from the past year. The exact format and start time of the cellar sale will be announced soon, but doors will open at 1pm. How do you think we should run it?

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. More info to come.

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!


Barrel Blonde Returns September 13th!

Early this summer, one of our experimental barrel projects stole our hearts. Barrel Blonde was originally intended to be a taproom-only draft release. Since we only had a few kegs, it disappeared fast.

We’ve longed for another taste ever since. We had no choice but to rebrew it, and now it’s back!

Saturday, September 13th, Barrel Blonde will be available not only on draft, but also in bombers for your (and our!) cellars.


The beer so nice we had to brew it twice!

Barrel Blonde is an exotic blend of a single beer aged three different ways. One-third was aged in bourbon barrels, one-third in Manhattan cocktail barrels and one-third in Boulevardier cocktail barrels. When we bring them all back together, it creates a unique and indescribable beer like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

Bombers will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will hit Colorado shelves the week after the release party. A limited amount will also reach Kansas City a few weeks later.

If you had the pleasure of enjoying a Barrel Blonde the first time around, you know why we’re so excited to bring it back in full. If not, come down on the 13th, and see why we’re so crazy about it.



Rum Quad Returns August 23rd!

Each year, as September approaches, we get ready to drop all the barrel-aged beers we’ve been letting rest through the summer. We’ve got some exotic new brews for you this fall, but first, we need to revisit an old favorite.

This Saturday, August 23rd, we’re bringing back Rum Barrel Quandary! For this year’s vintage, we switched up the barrels, but the result is just as tasty. The spicy kick from new world spirits complements Quandary’s malty sweetness perfectly. Even at 10.2% ABV, Rum Quad drinks smooth.


We’ll have it both on tap and in bottles on Saturday at 1pm. We’ll also pour a limited amount of last year’s vintage, so you can taste the difference the barrel – and a year of age – can make.

Bombers will cost $15 with a limit of three. If you’re a fan of Rum Quad, stock up; quality rum barrels are hard to find, so we can’t guarantee annual releases of this brew. We bottled 135 cases total of this batch.

Colorado stores will receive bottles next week. Rum Barrel Quandary will also be the first barrel-aged beer released in Kansas City during our September 16th kickoff week.

Other exotic barrel releases coming soon: tequila-aged J. Marie, Manhattan-aged Quad and Barrel Blonde. And of course, this year we’ll see the return of Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, Whiskey Barrel Quandary and Barrel Aged Avarice.

We hope you’re as excited as us!



Kansas City, we’re coming to you!

First Denver. Then Colorado. Now Kansas City!

For the first time, we’re ready to start sending our beer out of state. Starting in mid-September, Central States Beverage Company will bring the full lineup, including some barrel-aged brews, to both sides of the Kansas City border!


Of course, Colorado will always be our home. But we’re excited to take the next step and get our beer to more thirsty fans! Central States provides the unique opportunity to send beer to both Kansas and Missouri, where Matt and Jess are respectively from.

The party starts September 15th with an invite-only shindig at Central States’ warehouse. They’ll be giving away tickets on their social media (@CSBev or fb/CentralStatesBeverage), so follow them there if you want to join the fun. Then at 6:30p, we move to Barleys Brewhaus in Leawood for the first public tapping!

The first bottles and cans will hit Kansas City shelves Tuesday the 16th, including house favorites Hoppenberg, J. Marie and River North White. But we intend to get all our beers to KC fans, including some barrel-aged rarities!

Throughout the week of September 15th, we’ll be making the rounds to the best taphouses and bottle shops in town. Follow us using #RNBinKC to meet up and share a beer with our Brewmaster Matt!

See you in KC!



River North Tripel debuts Saturday, August 9th!

Around here, we’re a little unconventional with our beer releases. Avarice was first released during a June heat wave. Our spring beer was an oaked quad. And now, even though it’s near August, we’re introducing a summer brew.

On Saturday, August 9th, we give you…River North Tripel!


You didn’t think we’d make just another summer beer, did you? Bursting with notes of apricot, pear and lemon, River North Tripel finishes with a crisp, dry bite. And yes, it’s just a hair over 9% ABV.

As always, both drafts and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party August 9th. Bottles will cost $9, and even though we only brewed a single batch, there will be no bottle limit.

Many of you have been clamoring to see what we can do with a Tripel, and after perfecting the recipe, we think we’ve nailed it. Who knows, maybe we’ll turn this into a year-round beer someday…

But for now, with only 15 barrels, this release will be as fleeting as summer…don’t miss it!



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!