High-flying Holiday Beer Bash brings out awesome food and drink

By Joe Ross

 Photo: Joe Ross

Photo: Joe Ross

Where can you taste the best beers in Colorado while getting your picture taken with a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter in the background? The 3rd Annual Holiday Beer Bash at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, of course.

Several hundred people gathered Saturday night to enjoy at least 100 craft sensations from more than 30 of the state’s breweries. Throw in some food from The Aurora Summit Steak House, Cedar Creek Pub and a few others and you have a fun evening filled with hipsters, oldsters and everyone in between. Kudos to the breweries who had staff (brewers, owners, etc.) answering questions throughout the night. It’s fun to hear it from the horse’s mouth.

Dry Dock featured double-digit offerings of its greatest beers, while most offered two styles for tasting. Denver Beer Co. featured a newly packaged release, the Summit Sunrise Red Rye IPA (6.2% ABV). Two 22’s Holiday Ale weighed in at 7%. Bristol Brewing’s Christmas Ale was nicely spiced and just 5.6% ABV.

Dan “Mac” McMaster, safety team leader, at Boggy Draw, said things are going well for the brewery that opened on South Platte River Driver last spring. The James and the Giant Peach Kettle Sour, 6.8% ABV, tasted like things were going well. With a backdrop of vintage aircraft from Cessna trainers to a B1A bomber, the museum provided a perfect gathering place for tasters and enthusiasts.

The evening was presented by American Craft Beer Radio and donations were made to Arapahoe County Adopt A Family program. Here is a list of most of the breweries in attendance, provided by the Holiday Beer Bash folks: Avery Brewing Co. , Barnett & Son Brewing Co., Boggy Draw Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Bull & Bush Brewery, C Squared Ciders, Caution Brewery, CODA Brewing Co., Comrade Brewing Company, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Denver Beer Co , Dry Dock Brewing Co, Elevation Beer Company, Elk Mountain Brewing, Fiction Beer Company, Fort Collins Brewery, Goldspot Brewing Co, Grist Brewing Company, Hall Brewing Co. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Launch Pad Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Company, Little Machine, Lost Highway Brewing, Mockery Brewing, New Belgium, Odell Brewing Co, Pikes Peak Brewing Co, Ratio Beerworks , Renegade, Squatters Craft Beers, Strange Craft Beer Co, Two22 Brew, Wasatch Brewery,