Cabernet Barrel J. Marie – May 30th!!!

J. Marie was the third beer we ever brewed here. It’s been a staple on our taplist since we opened in 2012, and we’ve aged it in more barrels than we can count. It’s infinitely versatile, beautifully showcasing the character of whatever we put it into.

So on Saturday, May 30th, we give you an entirely new iteration of our imperial saison: Cabernet Barrel J. Marie!

Cab JM

Aged in freshly emptied Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from California, Cab JM dances on the palate with notes of black currant, fresh apricot and orange marmalade. It finishes dry with lingering oak tannins and a subtle malt backbone for balance.

We’ll kick off the May 30th release party at 1pm in the taproom. Draft pours and bombers-to-go ($15) will be available until 9:30pm. More bottles will head to shelves in Colorado and Kansas City following the release. Look for rare tappings at the finest pubs in Colorado in the coming weeks as well.

This is just the beginning of a busy few months for us. The barrel garden currently holds more aging beer than ever before – 102 filled barrels ranging from bourbon and chardonnay to Cognac and rye whiskey. We’ve got some fantastic projects in the works for you, both classic and new.

See you on the 30th!

Cheers,

RNB

Waywards, whenever!

Three years ago, we started a weekly “Wayward Wednesday” tapping that allowed us to experiment outside our Belgian brewing roots. Since then, Waywards gave us the opportunity to explore brewing traditions from across the world. We’ve discovered that, for whatever reason, people can’t get enough of berry-infused saisons and IPA’s brewed with citrus. And we’ve enjoyed seeing the friendly faces of our regulars every Wednesday.

Cause everyone loves a grapefruit Belgian DIPA...

Cause everyone loves a grapefruit Belgian DIPA…

Well, it’s time to shake things up. Rather than tapping just a single keg each week, we’ll now have Wayward tappings “on the fly,” pouring anywhere from one to three variants each week. These tappings will be announced the day the keg goes on, so stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Often these beers will only be available the day they are tapped. Since we have grown fond of seeing our Locals every week, we’ll still have Wayward brews most Wednesdays. But now you can enjoy rare kegs from us any day of the week…you just gotta keep an eye out for when to come down! Basically, we have a lot of fun beers in the pipeline, so this is our chance to offer more Waywards! We’ll start tomorrow (May 20th) with a English-style ESB dry-hopped with Perle, followed shortly thereafter by any of the following…

  • Raspberry J. Marie
  • ESB-Style River North IPA
  • Pilot Belgian Black IPA
  • Pilot American Black IPA

…plus whatever else we feel like brewing! Get ready for an onslaught of new tasty brews to try…we hope you’re as excited to drink them as we are! Cheers, -RNB

Ketill, our go-to sour…

Some of you have already had a sneak preview of our latest project.

Sour beers have always been a passion of ours, and finally, we have the chance to release a beautiful, refined brew to soothe your craving for all things tart.

We give you Ketill, a 5% ABV table sour to steal your low-pH craving heart.

RiverNorthKetill

Currently available in the taproom, you’ll start seeing Ketill (“kuh-teel”) on draft at some of the best bars and tap houses around Colorado very soon.

While this first batch of Ketill will be fleeting, it also opens the door for variations down the line.

We’re excited to see where this latest path takes us. We’ve honed our sour brewing skills, and now it’s time for all of us, you included, to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

River North FarmHouse release party 3/21!

We pride ourselves on crafting simple, delicate and elegant beers that exemplify what Belgian ales should be. While some of our other brews bend traditional styles, for our third canned offering, we wanted to stay true to that philosophy – no fruit, no spices, just Belgian yeast done right.

So on March 21st, we’ll introduce a new beer to carry our torch – River North FarmHouse!

RiverNorthFarmHouse

At 4.6% ABV, FarmHouse is perfect for your adventures in Colorado springtime, whether they’re on the hill or in the lowlands. As with our other canned beers, FarmHouse will be available on draft and in 16-ounce four packs.

This beer delivers every bit of character you’ve come to love from us while quenching that insatiable Colorado thirst for kick-ass session beers. Brewed with only two grains, one hop and one of our favorite ale strains, FarmHouse showcases the beauty of Belgian yeast.

The first tapping of FarmHouse will go down Saturday, March 21st at 1pm in the taproom. Super-portable four-packs to-go will cost $10, with drafts by the pint.

Then, on Wednesday March 25th, our good friends at Freshcraft will host an evening kickoff event. In addition to a special FarmHouse food pairing, they’ll tap some other rare kegs from us, and the brewcrew will be on hand to schmooze and booze it up.

We’ll start sending cans and kegs all over Colorado, Kansas and the Missouri side of KC starting in April. Going forward, FarmHouse will be a year-round brew for you to enjoy.

But we’re not stopping there. Look for the infamous Hoppenberg in a can this summer, and in the fall, a darker canned brew loosely based on Hello, Darkness.

Cheers!

-RNB

Third Anniversary Party February 13th – 16th!!!

Each year, our anniversary party allows us the opportunity to run wild with a beer – to see how far we can push it. This year, we decided to test the limits of our yeast, and the results were impressive.

Modest indeed.

Modest indeed.

Anniversary Ale #3, a 17.2% ABV Biere de Garde, will debut Friday, February 13th at 1pm in the taproom! It’ll stay on tap for the weekend, serving as the centerpiece for a four-day extravaganza. Other events include:

Friday, February 13th: The kickoff tapping! First pours of Anniversary Ale #3 go out at 1pm. We’ll also have bombers to go ($15 each, half-case limit).  Bursting with notes of stone fruit and complemented by citrus and anise esters, Anny Ale 3 will remain on tap all weekend.

Saturday, February 14th: Come enjoy Valentine’s Day with three years of Anniversary Ale! The last kegs of both Anniversary 1 (12.5% Stout) and Anniversary 2 (10.2% Golden Strong Ale) tap at 1pm. Our good friends from Roaming Bull Brasserie will also join us with their killer tapas menu.

Sunday, February 15th: We’ll raid our reserves for rare bottles from the past two years and have a cellar sale! Exact format and options will be announced later, but what you need to know is this will include bottles from the past two years! Sale starts at 1pm, first come, first served.

Monday, February 16th: Since it’s Presidents’ Day, we’ll keep the party rolling and open early at 1pm. Special rare tappings will continue throughout the day as kegs kick.

So while Anniversary Ale #3 will stay on tap, we also have other goodies to pour. Throughout the weekend, follow us on Twitter for tappings as they happen. Possible kegs include Barrel Reserve 2013 & 2014, Whiskey Barrel Quandary 2013 & 2015, Big City Quad, Oud Bruin and the ever-elusive J. Marie Barreled & Bretted. Most of these kegs are the last of their kind in the brewery, so don’t miss your favorite tapping!

For those that can’t make it, more bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado following the release.

It’s been a crazy three years…thanks to all those who have supported us and allow us to continue doing what we love!

Cheers,

RNB

Whiskey Barrel Quandary returns January 17th!

One beer was missing from our holiday releases last year. Sometimes, a barrel just needs some extra time. But now, we’re excited to announce that this juggernaut is ready…

The 2015 vintage of Whiskey Barrel Quandary drops Saturday, January 17th at 1pm in the taproom!

RiverNorth_WhiskeyQuandary2015

Big enough to keep you warm on top of the fourteener that bears its name, Whiskey Barrel Quandary is loaded with notes of ripe plum, rich specialty malts and whiskey kick. Aged in rye and bourbon barrels, this 100% barrel-aged blend finished at 12.7% ABV.

Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. With 120 cases bottled, bombers will cost $15 with a half-case limit. More bombers will see store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.

This is one of our favorite beers to cellar. We highly recommend you grab some extra bottles to sit on.

Whiskey Barrel Quandary is only the beginning of a busy 2015 for us. Look for Anniversary Ale #3 next month, and a new low-grav farmhouse ale in 16-ounce cans in March.

Cheers to a tasty year!

-RNB

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!

historians

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!

-RNB