By Maggie Swift
As the first two opening weekends of ski season fell behind us and the sun so familiarly warmed up Denver, thousands of people gathered at a dark warehouse in the RiNo district to take part in what can only be described as Colorado’s ultimate love affair. The 4th Annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, put on by the folks at Imbibe Events, was more than a celebration of pork, hops and malt. It was a true feast to be reckoned with as we welcomed winter’s coming and a feel-good $50 entry ticket that served as a benefit for Metro Caring and Project Angel Heart.
With more than 50 of the state’s hottest restaurants and award-winning craft breweries, guests were able to taste creative, pork-inspired offerings by local chefs while sipping on handcrafted Colorado suds. Forget about those plain old slices of bacon sizzling in a pan: we are talking chicken ‘n’ waffles-inspired bacon cupcakes from Fort Collins Brewery; cured duck bacon served with a carrot tater tot from Euclid Hall; and a bacon-fat biscuit topped with Denver Beer Co.’s Incredible Pedal IPA head cheese, as well as spicy bacon, pimento cheese and a frisee salad from range Restaurant.
Festival-goers were encouraged to vote for their favorites and we are happy to announce our friends at Call to Arms Brewing Company took home the coveted “Beast in Show” award for their Charlatan Petite Sour Wit and Clintonian Pale Ale. Word to the wise fellow imbibers, this festival is not to be missed in future years.