Eat Your Bugs and Drink with ‘Em Too!

Bugs with Food. Food with Beer. A Pairing Experience You’ll Talk About for a Year. 


You don’t need to travel the world to get a creepy, crunchy insect adventure. This weekend in Denver you can experience the joy of insects as a Mexican delicacy during Cerveceria Colorado Brewery’s Beer and Bug Pairing. If you get your tickets by Friday, Jan. 25, the price is only $20, substantially less than the price of a round-trip ticket to Guadalajara, Mexico.

A team of inspired, locally owned Denver businesses is working to bring this event to life. The protein-rich bugs come from the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch in Denver. The tiny ranch raises micro-livestock like crickets, meal worms and other bugs for consumption, the first of its kind in Denver.

Comida means food in Spanish. The Comida cantina is taking that to new heights this weekend as they prepare three traditional Mexican dishes offering one variety of bug in each dish; guacamole with chili covered molitos (mealworms), cricket hush puppies and escamole mole (ant larva, said to be the caviar of Mexico). 

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Cervecería Colorado Brewery is where you’ll find the event. The brewery “hops in” by pairing its traditional Mexican-inspired beers, including the Napolito (Nopal Wheat Beer), Senor Pina (Pineapple Blonde Ale) and Pablano Pilsner. 

It’s the ultimate, limit-crushing culinary fiesta!

What you need to know about the Beer and Bug Pairing event:

Date:   Saturday, Jan. 26

Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Cerveceria Colorado Brewery, 1635 Platte St. in Denver

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 on day of event. Buy here

- Lisa McIntyre