Taste of the West: June 11, 2015

PrintTaste of the West is the premier culinary event in Jefferson County. The “Taste” will feature award-winning cuisine from many of Jeffco’s best restaurants and caterers. In addition to food sampling, the festival will feature an assortment of beer from local breweries, wine, culinary exhibitors, a silent auction benefiting Youth Leadership Jefferson County, music, and networking with 1,000 attendees. New for 2015, Taste of The West will include a beer garden to highlight the great local craft beer from Jefferson County.

The Beer Garden is sponsored by World of Beer – Belmar, and will include Arvada Beer Company, Barrels & Bottles, Brewery Rickoli, Caution Brewing, Colorado Native, Golden City Brewery, Joyride Brewing, and select beer from World of Beer.

Beer-Garden-Sponsor-Banner-WebWHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015
TIME: 5:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
WHERE: Lakewood Heritage Center – 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO 80226
TICKETS: $20 for unlimited food samples + 5 beer samples. To purchase Click Here!
WHO ARE THE VENDORS?: Many of the best restaurants & breweries from Jeffco
WHO WILL ATTEND?: Families, foodies, and local beer & wine enthusiasts

Celebrating more than 20 years of “Great Tastes,” this is an event enjoyed by families, young professionals, retirees, couples, individuals and of course, foodies! It is brought to the community each year by The West Chamber in June at the Lakewood Heritage Center in Lakewood, Colorado.

To purchase tickets to Taste of the West, Click Here.

Featured Breweries

Featured-Breweries-HeaderWe’ve visited breweries around Colorado, and will be visiting many more. Find out about the history of our featured breweries, and the brewer’s that are responsible for brewing the craft beer they provide to Colorado beer drinkers.

Joyride Brewing Company – Edgewater, CO (May 2015)
Joyride Brewing logoOdyssey Beerwerks – Arvada, CO (May 2015)
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Barrels & Bottles Brewery – Golden, CO
(March 2015)
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Estes Park Brewing – Estes Park, CO
(February 2015)
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38 State Brewing – Littleton, CO
(June 2014)
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Ironworks Brewery & Pub – Lakewood, CO (June 2014)
Ironworks logo - FINALYak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub – Arvada, CO (November 2013) Yak and Yeti LogoProst Brewing Company – Denver, CO (May 2013)
logohorizontal2CAC Golden Brewing Company – Golden, CO (May 2013)
Colorado Native LogoBrewery Rickoli – Wheat Ridge, CO (April 2013)
Brewery Rickoli LogoRiver North Brewery – Denver, CO (April 2013)
River North LogoWit’s End Brewing Company – Denver, CO (April 2013)
Wits End Brewing logoOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew – Denver, CO (March 2013)
Our Mutual Friend Malt & BrewArvada Beer Company – Arvada, CO (March 2013)
Arvada Beer Company LogoRenegade Brewing Company – Denver, CO (March 2013)
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Golden City Brewery – Golden, CO: (February 2013)
Golden City Brewery LogoEddyline Brewing Company – Salida, CO (February 2013)
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Local Beers On Tap

Local-on-Tap-HeaderLooking for Colorado craft beer on tap? Here’s a list of Bars, brewpubs, restaurants, taprooms, and sports grills that serve fresh Colorado craft beer from the tap!

Alamo DraftHouse Cinema – Littleton, CO: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas provides a unique combination of theatre and restaurant, showing first-run & independent films and special programming events with an extensive menu made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen. Handcrafted, specialty beers are available on tap, including The Drafthouse’s own signature ale brewed locally.
  7301 S Santa Fe Dr Littleton, CO 80120 | 720.588.4107

Alehouse at Amato’s – Denver, CO: Inside we pay tribute to Colorado craft brewing with 42 beers on tap, starting with a delicious dozen from our beer-mad scientists at Breckenridge Brewery. But ours is a big-picture focus: we showcase 25 beers from our favorite Colorado comrades, including inventions from our allies at Wynkoop Brewing. The beer lineup changes daily, so stop in often to try the Colorado craft industry’s latest and greatest.
  2501 16th St Denver, CO 80211 | 303.433.9734

Bridgewater Grill – Golden CO: Colorado Beer Tour – Join us for our monthly beer dinner in Colorado’s capital city for beer. Our Chef works closely with Colorado’s best local hand crafted brewers to bring you a dinner of incredible food and brew.
  800 11th St Golden, CO 80401 | 303.279.2010

Cedar Creek Pub – Aurora, CO: Cedar Creek Pub, located at 2100 North Ursula Street in Aurora Colorado is a new pub and grill which features food and beverages from all over the State of Colorado. Cedar Creek Pub embraces and supports “Colorado Proud” and is proud to offer dozens of local company’s to our new menu.
  2100 North Ursula Street Aurora, CO 80045 | 303.537.4210

Cheeky Monk Belgiun Beer Cafe – Denver, CO: The Cheeky Monk stems from the love and appreciation of great beer and our desire to share it with others. Since many of the finest beers in the world tend to be brewed in Belgium, we thought “why not bring these great beers to Denver?” Not an easy task but one that has allowed us to bring people together to share their knowledge and passion for fine beers.
  534 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80203 | 303.861.0347

Cherry Cricket – Denver, CO: The term “legendary” is overused these days. But the Cherry Cricket lives up to the lofty classification and the revered reputation it holds as a bastion of classic neighborhood-bar culture.
  2641 E 2nd Ave Denver, CO 80206 | 303.322.7666

Choppers Sports Grill – Denver, CO: About the only thing we don’t do is brew our own beer. Luckily, we have 100 Colorado neighbors that do, offering one of the best selections of Colorado craft beers you’ll find anywhere. From car garage to Colorado crafts, this building has been bringing you the best for over fifty years!
  80 S Madison St Denver, CO 80209 | 303.399.4448

Colorado Beer Exchange – Denver, CO: As philanthropists, we want to go beyond simple distribution, and at the Colorado Beer Exchange, we want frequent beer showcases to be an opportunity both to discover great beer and to support the greater communities it comes from. Taproom coming soon! Until then, follow us on twitter to get the latest on great beer coming out of taps around Denver.
  Denver, CO 80218 (Taproom Coming Soon!)

Colorado Keg House – Broomfield, CO: At the Colorado Keg House, our mission is to celebrate the wonder and variety of Colorado craft beer, and quality craft beer is all we do.  We scour the state to bring you the best Ales, IPAs, Pilsners, Lagers, and Stouts available.  With 75 beers on tap at a time, and constantly rotating our inventory to bring you new flavors each week, you can’t find a better place to sample your favorite Colorado beer anywhere.

Colorado Plus Brew Pub – Wheat Ridge, CO: The 1st brew pub in the history of Wheat Ridge, CO. We have 56 Colorado craft beers on tap. Grand opening on May 13th, 2013.
  6995 W. 38th Ave.Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Coors Field (Sandlot Brewery) – Denver, CO: The Blue Moon Brewing Co. at the SandLot is located at the corner of 22nd and Blake Street inside Coors Field. It all began in 1995, when head brewmaster and founder, Keith Villa, returned from Belgium with his Ph.D. in brewing and a belief that crafting beer is an art. Come see where Blue Moon is made and taste seasonal and limited-release brews, including a commemorative Rockies 20th Anniversary Ale available only at Coors Field!
2161 Blake St Denver, CO 80205 |  303.298.1587

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen – Denver, CO:  this American tavern focuses on high quality and innovative pub food from around the world including housemade sausages, po’ boys, poutine and schnitzels. An extensive beer selection and creative cocktails drive the beverage program.
  1317 14th St Denver, CO 80202 | 303.595.4255

Falling Rock Tap House – Denver, CO: With a constantly changing selection of 75+ beers on tap and 130+ different bottled beers in the cooler, we challenge you to find a better place to drink a wide selection of the finest beers available. This list is designed to be a representation of the beers we carry and we keep it updated as much as we can!
  1919 Blake St Denver, CO 80202 | 303.293.8338

Freshcraft – Denver, CO: We have 20 tap handles of great craft beers and around 100 plus different beers in the bottle for you to pair with the food. We’re happy to help you pick out the beer that will best complement your meal. Of course you can always just hang out and enjoy a beer (or four).
  1530 Blake St Denver, CO 80202 | 303.758.9608

Harpos Sports Grill – Boulder, CO: A great neighborhood restaurant and bar serving the north eastern area of the city of Boulder. Harpo’s Sports Grill has over 27 tv’s, 2 pool tables, rooftop dining with one of the best views in Boulder, state of the art satellite system featuring all major sports packages, a sweet golden tee game and an awesome foosball table.
2860 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80303 | 303-444-9464

High Plains Taphouse – Littleton, CO: High Plains Tap House is a Littleton, Colorado bar & restaurant offering a wide selection of beers on tap for you to choose from! Enjoy old favorites and explore new tastes from our extensive tap menu.
8176 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Suite F Littleton, CO 80128 | 303.669.6194

Highland Tap & Burger – Denver, CO:  It’s our hope that we are able to introduce you all too some cool and unique beers that these world class breweries make right here in Colorado. They are part of our family and we are excited for what the future of our relationships holds.
  2219 W 32nd Ave Denver, CO 80211 | 720.287.4493

Historians Ale House – Denver, CO: We are a bar designed to showcase the food, beer and wonderful attributes that Colorado has to offer! Colorado is a majestic state with the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Our sports teams are heroic champions, the skiing is epic and the weather is amazing. HISTORIANS ALE HOUSE is here to showcase all of the incredible attributes of the square state!
  24 Broadway Denver, CO 80203 | 720.479.8505

Hops & Pie – Denver, CO: While living in San Diego the idea of Hops & Pie was born. Partially inspired by living in close proximity to Stone, Lost Abbey, Port, Green Flash and Ballast Point Breweries, we began to develop a love for hand crafted beer. We soon learned that good IPA and pepperoni pizza were made for each other. That inspired us to start creating different pies to see how they paired with different beers and we soon learned that the sky was the limit.
  3920 Tennyson St Denver, CO 80212 | 303.477.7000

HOPS Culture – Aspen, CO: HOPS Culture is an exciting new craft-beer focused restaurant-bar on Aspen’s vibrant Hyman Mall. We feature 200 domestic and imported craft beers, 15 world-class wines by the glass, and an upscale American comfort food menu focused on grilled cheese sandwiches, mac n’ cheeses, gourmet salads and hearty soups. Join us for exceptional craft beer, wine and great eats!
414 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611 | 970.925.4677

Lucky Pie – Denver, CO: With 21 rotating taps of craft beer we have one of the best selections of beer in the area. The breweries love us because we love beer. We often get to feature rare and limited beer that you will find nowhere else. We have 20 wines by the glass, each specifically selected to pair with our delicious menu offerings. We also feature a full bar, with a list of original handcrafted cocktails. 
  1610 16th St Denver, CO 80202 | 303.825.1021

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery – Boulder & Denver, CO: With a six-barrel brewery, the Mountain Sun opened its doors on Pearl Street in October of 1993. The pub’s mission was to create an environment that was as comfortable as your living room, where great food, craft beers, and conversation flowed freely. With a commitment to high-quality ingredients, community engagement, environmental stewardship, and employee equity, the uniquely eclectic atmosphere of Mountain Sun came to be. See all 4 locations here
1535 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.546.0886

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Various Locations in Colorado:
Back in 1976, a few buddies opened a pizza restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. From the start they agreed on a few basic principles: serve up delicious, handmade pizza, have the best lineup of cold beers in town and treat everyone who walks through the door like family.
More than three decades later, we sport a fresh new look, a new menu and lots of new faces, but Old Chicago is still committed to being the best place to share a world-class pie and great craft beer. Click here for locations.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar – Castle Rock, CO: We’re doin’ it NY style. Pizza and 50 craft beers on draft. We have additional locations in Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village and Parker, CO.
  5650 Allen Way Castle Rock, CO 80108 | 303.814.8686

Rackhouse Pub – Denver, CO: The Rackhouse Pub has a rotating tap list of 30 craft beers. Colorado has some of the best beer in the world, and we think it’s essential to promote Colorado-made products. That’s why we feature so many taps of Colorado-made craft beers. We also have a specialty out-of-state tap, often a hard-to-get keg of something special.
  208 S Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80223 | 720.570.7824

Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen – Denver, CO: Located inside the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Root25 is a nod to the historic recipes that pubs, bistros and watering holes have offered for hundreds of years while demonstrating what it’s like to live and eat well in the Mile High City. Colorado is often referred to as the ‘Napa’ of craft beer and in our new venue, it is all about the beer!
  7800 E. Tufts Ave. Denver, CO 80237 | 303.221.ROOT

Stapleton Taphouse – Denver, CO: The Stapleton Tap House is a Colorado craft beer tap room in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood. We are focused on bringing our customers a variety of locally brewed beers, produced by some of Colorado’s smaller brewers. In fact, the easier it is for you to find a beer in your local restaurant, bar, or liquor store, the less likely it is that we will carry it.
8286 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525, Denver, CO 80238 | 720.449.2337

Star Bar – Denver, CO: One of Denver’s oldest surviving watering holes, opened in 1959 and completely renovated in April 2010. Ready to service the ballpark neighborhood, conveniently located close to Coors Field, LoDo, the Highlands, Curtis Park, and central downtown. We feature BIG Handles – Some of the best and and hardest to find beers from Colorado and the rest of the U.S.
  2137 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205 | 720.328.2420

Tap Fourteen – Denver, CO: Tap 14 is now open on the rooftop of Hayter’s & Co, 1/2 block from Coors Field in downtown Denver.  At Tap 14 we celebrate the amazing beer scene here in Colorado.  We have 70 beers on tap, all brewed right here in the great state of Colorado!  We also have the largest selection of Colorado spirits anywhere in Denver.  Made in Colorado, for Colorado!
1920 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202 | 303.297.8279

Tasty Weasel Tap Room – Longmont, CO: Located inside Oskar Blues Brewery, Tasty Weasel Tap Room puts you in the front row of beer soaked nirvana. Drink OB brews including weekly specialty firkin creations along with a variety of additional Oskar Blues selections while enjoying the view of stainless steel fermentation tanks. The Tasty Weasel offers 10 taps, growlers to go and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of America’s hottest breweries.
  1800 Pike Rd, Unit B Longmont, CO 80501 | 303.776.1914 ext. 313

Teller’s Tap Room – Lakewood, CO: Established in 2011, Teller’s was designed and built on the belief that every great neighborhood deserves a great neighborhood bar & grill – A place where friends, family and neighbors can gather together and enjoy each other’s company. We hope you enjoy your Neighborhood Place and look forward to seeing you often! Check out the Colorado beer list.
  1990 Youngfield Street Lakewood, CO 80215 | 303.237.1002

Vine Steet Pub – Denver, CO: In April, 2008, the Mountain Sun restaurant group took its concept to the Uptown neighborhood of Denver, opening the Vine Street Pub. In April of 2012, the pub opened its flagship brewery with the capacity to produce 5,000 barrels annually, outnumbering the current brewing capacity of both Boulder locations combined, and reducing beer transportation miles between the pubs.
  1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206 | 303.388.2337 

Westrail Tap & Grill – Lakewood, CO: 13 Colorado beers on tap and great happy hour specials! Westrail is minutes from the Federal Center Light Rail Station in Lakewood.
195 S. Union Blvd., #160 Lakewood, CO 80228 | 303.986.2200

West End Taphouse – Denver, CO: Locally owned, friendly neighborhood bar. Focusing on Colorado craft beer, wine and spirits. Tap beer, bottles, cans and 22 oz. bombers available from some great Colorado Craft Brewers! Check out the beer list.
  3945 Tennyson St. Denver CO. 80212 | 303.433.4759

World Of Beer – Lakewood, CO: World of Beer is a truly uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product. At World of Beer, having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting.
  7260 W. Alaska Drive, Unit A Lakewood, CO | 303.934.2304

Yard House – Denver, CO: Yard House is the creation of founder and entrepreneur Steele Platt, who came up with the concept shortly after relocating from Denver, Colorado to Southern California in the early 1990s. Platt, along with partners Harald Herrmann and Carlito Jocson, wanted to create a restaurant that would offer one of the largest selections of draft beers, a diverse menu of American fare, and play a heady selection of classic rock music on a state-of-the-art sound system. Additional locations in Lakewood & Lone Tree
  1555 Court Pl. Denver, CO 80202 | 303.572.9273