This past weekend we attended the Rendezvous At The Rock beer festival in Castle Rock. It’s incredible that this is the first time we’ve attended this beer fest, given it’s held literally 15 minutes from our house. I can’t explain how we’ve missed out on so many Rendezvous, but I can assure you we won’t skip this event again.
Held annually at Rockyard Brewing Company, Rendezvous At The Rock is just about the perfect community beer festival. This 4th annual event featured 25 Colorado breweries, each pouring a few different brews, including a deviation beer that ensures you’ll be trying something new. Deviations were mostly small, special release brews, and Rendezvous attendees are asked to vote for their favorite deviation each year. The winner of the Deviation Decision gets a pretty impressive trophy in addition to bragging rights. Some of our favorite deviations included the Strawberry Weiss from Rockyard and the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Wheat from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. When they tallied the votes at the end of the day, Double Deez Nuts was the well-deserved champion. This rich, delicious, peanut butter and hazelnut infused English old ale was made by Castle Rock’s own 105W Brewing Company. Decidedly, Double Deez Nuts deserved deviation distinction!
If you’re not a Castle Rocker, Rendezvous At The Rock is a great excuse to come visit our little town. There is a decidedly more relaxed vibe here than you’ll find at bigger beer festivals. That means you don’t spend half the day waiting in line for beer, and you have ample time to chat up the brewers and brewery representatives about what they are pouring. In addition to the beer we enjoyed great live music, outdoor games, plus several food and merchandise vendors. We were especially appreciative that they had tents for festival attendees to escape the midday sun! It’s such a simple thing, but so often overlooked.
Overall, we thought Rendezvous At The Rocks was well organized and lots of fun! It’s a great festival, and we recommend you check them out next year.