Although the official first day of GABF isn’t until tomorrow, events are in full swing and now that I’m back out of the amazing high Rockies it’s time to jump head first into the world of beer. For today we kept it simple with happy hour at Cheeky Monk and a paired beer dinner at Watercourse.
Cheeky Monk is a great Belgian tap house on Colfax here in Denver. Since our reservations for dinner wasn’t until later in the evening we headed over to have a couple of beers and check it out. We were able to get in and get seated quickly. I ordered a Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. It’s a nice light Saison with a great balance of funk, malt, and hops. It really was the perfect reentry beer for transitioning between being in the mountains and now hitting up the town. For the second round Eryn and I split an Odell’s Bourbon Barrel Stout on the bartenders recommendation. It was amazing. Perfect creaminess mixed with the smooth bourbon flavor pulled from the barrel. After that round we wrapped up at Cheeky Monk and headed over to Watercourse for dinner.
Watercourse is a great vegetarian restaurant just a few blocks away that held a beer pairing dinner with a few local small Denver Breweries. I had written up all the beers and all the courses on my iPhone but somehow they have all been lost. So I’ll spare you the details but the dinner was good and the pairings were excellent. Even on the weaker beers they poured the courses paired up in an excellent way. The best beer of the dinner was by far Strange’s Farmhouse Ale.
And so begins our GABF weekend. Tomorrow we are planning on taking it easy, meeting up with some friends and checking out a few of the smaller Denver breweries. It’s exciting to be in Denver this time of year and the weekend should be full of great events.