We are continuing our sneak peak at the beers available at the upcoming Collaboration Festival. The Collaboration Fest returns to Denver for their 4th year on Saturday, March 25. With featuring more than 150 breweries working together (yay teamwork!) to brew more than 100 beers, the Collaboration Fest has long been a favorite annual beer festival of ours. Most of the beers at the fest are available just once, making this one of the most exciting and unique beer fests around.
Perhaps the most unique brew day experience we had was at Little Machine Beer. It was there that Brett Williams of Little Machine and Dave Bergen of Joyride Brewing Company were working on their collaboration brew: West Side is the Blessed Side. Both breweries are making a batch of the beer, a Belgian Style Tripel, for the festival. Little Machine Beer is adding red grapes to their beer, while Joyride has brewed the same recipe but with white grapes. Since this style of beer was originally popularized by the Trappist monasteries in Belgium, the breweries are addding wine grapes to symbolized communal wine. But that’s not the only reason that this beer is blessed.
West Side is the Blessed Side already sounds delicious, and it’s being made by two of our favorite breweries. But if that’s not enough, both batches of the beer has literally been blessed. Father Wesley Dessonville from St. Dominic Parish attended both brew days and properly blessed both batches of beer. In the blessing from Father Wes he added that whoever drinks the beers “shall have peace, love and happiness in mind and body.” Also during the brew day, several members of the St. Dominic Parish staff stopped to discuss the brew, and have lunch and a pint of beer. It was really special and fun to be a part of this brew day celebration. We cannot wait to try the final brew.
While the Little Machine & Joyride collaboration was brewing, we did find time to have a few pints of their beer. I enjoyed one of my favorites, the Coffee Tractor Beam stout. Made with Corvis coffee, this beer is a marriage of two of my favorite things: beer and coffee. It’s so delicious! Thanks to the recommendation from Mike at Little Machine, Jeff went for something totally new: the La Perla Mezcal-Inspired Smoked Lager. Brewed with agave and South American barley and infused with a smoked beechwood flavor, La Perla was just the right amount of smoky and sweet, and totally tasty.
About The Collaboration Fest
Tickets are still available for the 4th Annual Collaboration Festival, but you should get them while you can. Now in a new location, there are more beers and breweries than ever before. In addition to great beer the festival will offer live music and several food vendors.
What: Collaboration Beer Fest 2017
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216
When: Saturday March 25th
Hours: VIP, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; General Admission 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
More Information: You can buy tickets and get much more information on the festival by visiting collaborationfest.com