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The Beer Expert Says…

Great American Beer Festival is coming to Denver this weekend, and with it comes an incredible number of beer events throughout the city. And while it’s the perfect week to get out there and try some new spots, the list of possibilities can get overwhelming.

Our resident beer expert David Broecker is here to help. Before he launched his real estate career, David worked in the beer industry for decades, meaning he knows exactly where to go to find some of the best brews in town. Here’s his don’t-miss list for the week:

FRESHCRAFT This LoDo beer hall is loaded with fun events in the next couple days. Pop by at 9pm on Friday for a mini tap takeover by Station 26 Brewing (Denver) and Indeed Brewing (Minneapolis). On Saturday, they’ll have an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, a 4pm tap takeover by Trve (Denver) and Green Flash (San Diego), and a 7pm tap takeover by Surly (Minneapolis).

FALLING ROCK. With over 75 beers on tap, this is a great place to go to try some new ones. They’ll be highlighting new breweries all day Friday and Saturday, including Elevation (Friday at 3pm), Epic Brewing (Friday, 9:30pm), Telluride (Saturday, 6pm), Crooked Stave (Saturday, 9:30pm), and more! Check out their full event list here.

STAR BAR. This is one of the best hidden gems in the city. Though unassuming from the outside, Star Bar is a fantastic craft beer bar inside that has a wide range of great beer. From 10am-4pm on Friday, Star Bar will be featuring its Kenny Lagers (in addition to several other lagers on tap). Then at 7pm, join them for the Curiosity Ball, highlighting collaboration projects from across the country, including Creature Comforts, Other Half Brewing, Wicked Weed, and Jester King.

And since GABF celebrates beers from all across the country, David says there’s an out-of-towner that’s worth a try. Melvin Brewing out of Utah is known for their incredible IPAs. In fact, their Melvin IPA earned a gold medal at last year’s GABF, and a bronze medal the year before. You can find it at restaurants and breweries throughout Denver, so keep an eye out and give it a try!

For a full list of GABF week events, check out this great guide from Westword.

My Favorite Block: Tara Lovato

Tara Lovato,  Founder / Owner / Curator / Stylist, La Lovely Vintage

My Favorite Block:  Larimer Street between 20th and 30th in RiNo.

La Lovely Vintage is a great local go-to for beautiful, thoughtfully-curated goods. It all started as a mobile vintage shop in an adorable teal 1957 Shasta trailer named Lucy, and has since added a brick and mortar location in RiNo’s Backyard on Blake (30th and Blake Street). The vintage and modern boutique specializes in men and women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, and handmade goods, with all items curated by the shop’s founder and owner, Tara Lovato. We caught up with Tara this month to talk about her favorite part of the city:

“My favorite block is in RiNo, on Larimer Street between 20th and 30th. RiNo has an endless supply of amazing restaurants, breweries, and art murals in walking distance from each other. It’s a great place to spend a day off with friends or family exploring the city and seeing what Denver has to offer.” 

Check out Tara’s favorite go-to spots:

Bar Fausto: The Atmosphere and the Drinks (Old Fashioned)

Meadowlark Kitchen: Best hamburger in Town

Infinite Monkey Theorem: Always great vibes. A modern winery with beautiful indoor and outdoor seating

Crema: Coffee and Veggie Sandwiches

Check out La Lovely Vintage at www.lalovelyvintage.com.

10 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend is a big one in Denver - from concerts and music festivals to arts fairs and block parties, there's no shortage of activities to choose from. To help narrow down the list, we've rounded up our top 10 events happening in and around the city.

From the team at Slifer, thank you to the wonderful men and women in our armed forces who dedicate their lives to serving our country. You are an inspiration to us all and we are forever grateful for your service. 

Veterans Memorial Day Tribute

  • When:  May 27th; 10am
  • Where:  POF Hall, 1340 Sherman Street
  • What:  Honor Colorado’s fallen heroes and families at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at POF Hall, just south of the state capitol. The tribute includes touching stories about our fallen heroes, name reading with the US Navy bell “toll”, family banner and pin presentations, and music by the Denver Bronze Handbell, Bold Reflection singers, Piper Alex McIntosh, and more.

Summer Concert Series at Union Station

  • When:  May 26th; 5-8pm
  • Where:  Denver Union Station
  • What:  Union Station is kicking off it’s first annual Summer Concert Series this weekend. The series runs all summer long with a local band and local brewery featured each month. Join them to see Blake Brown and the American Dust Choir perform this Friday, partnered with Epic Brewing.

Paint the Square

  • When:  May 27th and 28th; Two-hour shifts running from 9am-7pm
  • Where:  The Square on 21st (21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence)
  • What:  Help transform the section of 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence into a beautiful pop-up park. Volunteers will be working in two-hour shifts this weekend to paint planters and other items as a way of helping kick-start the transformation.

Kick-Off to Summer on South Gaylord

  • When:  May 27th – 29th; Times vary by day
  • Where:  1000 Block of South Gaylord Street
  • What:  South Gaylord Street is kicking off summer in style with three days of entertainment, food, local vendors, and other fun, family-friendly activities. Stop by for live music Saturday from 4-10pm or enjoy the full festival Sunday and Monday starting at 10am.

Platte River Clean Up

  • When:  May 27th; 7:30am-2:30pm
  • Where:  The Platte River, starting at Taxi Building, ending at Confluence Park
  • What:  What better way to enjoy Memorial Day weekend than by helping improve our beloved city? A sixth grade student at Eldorado K-8 has organized a Platte River Clean Up day tomorrow, May 27th and he's hoping to get as much community involvement as possible. 

Denver Day of Rock

  • When:  May 27th; All day!
  • Where:  16th Street Mall
  • What:  Enjoy a day of free live music right in the heart of Denver! Five stages along 16th Street Mall will feature a myriad of performances throughout the day, with special food and drink passes that help support Amp the Cause.  

Boulder Creek Fest

  • When:  May 27-29th; 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm Monday
  • Where:  Downtown Boulder, along the Boulder Creek corridor
  • What:  Kick off your summer with this classic Boulder festival, chock full of live music and dance performances, a myriad of food and beverage vendors, family-friendly activities like carnival rides and a rubber duck race, and over 500 arts, crafts, lifestyle, and technology vendors.

Denver Arts Festival

  • When:  May 27th 10am-6pm; May 28th 10am-5pm
  • Where:  Stapleton Conservatory Green
  • What:  This annual fine arts and fine crafts festival has been a go-to for decades. This year, enjoy live music and an interactive painting area for kids, on top of booths featuring local and national artists.

Colorado Remembers

  • When:  May 27th; 11am
  • Where:  Springhill Community Park, 756 Telluride St, Aurora
  • What:  Join Denver Brass, the Colorado Freedom Memorial, and the City of Aurora for their annual event recognizing the dedication and service of Colorado’s military personnel. The military ceremony begins at 11am, with the free concert featuring Denver Brass starting at 2pm.

Water World Opening Weekend

  • When:  May 27th, 28th and 29th; 10am-6pm
  • Where:  Water World
  • What:  The beloved Colorado water park opens its doors for the summer on Saturday! Join them for fun in the sun all weekend long.

New in Town: Backyard on Blake

River North (RiNo) is undoubtedly one of the hottest neighborhoods in Denver right now. With a constant influx of new shops and restaurants, it’s no surprise that the area is quickly becoming a go-to for great food, great beer, and fun, multi-purpose spaces like Denver Central Market and The Source.

Enter Backyard on Blake, the newest addition to the neighborhood. At 3040 Blake Street, Backyard on Blake provides plenty of opportunities to work, eat, shop, and play, all in a relaxed space designed around the feeling of community. We stopped by their grand opening celebration earlier this month to see what it’s all about. Here are some of our favorites. 

Work @ The Workroom

Following the ever-popular shared workspace trend (think WeWork, Galvanize, Shift, and ModWorks), The Workroom offers “a space to think, work, innovate, and create.” Members pay a monthly membership fee to gain access to private offices, a permanent desk, or a floating desk. The space also features a lounge, café bar, high speed internet, printer/copier/scanner access, and a rentable conference room. 

Eat @ The Preservery

Since its opening last fall, The Preservery has garnered strong support from the community. As a combined restaurant, bakery, marketplace, and bar, their menu focuses on seasonal foods, meaning there’s always something new and fun to try. Stop by for their much-loved sandwiches, shared plates, or unique wagyu beef hot dog and enjoy some great live music while you’re at it. They recently started offering brunch and delivery, so you can now enjoy their delicious food in more ways than ever before.  

Caffeinate @ Blue Sparrow Coffee

With gorgeous tile work, standout blue booths, and great natural light, this charming coffee shop is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your morning cup of joe.  

Create @ River North Workshop Co. 

The beauty of the River North Workshop is that it not only offers gorgeous, unique home goods, but it also gives you an opportunity to try your hand at making your own. Each month, they host a number of DIY workshops where you can make everything from mini terrariums to homemade soap to garden signs. Have furniture that needs updating? They can help with that too. Their “milk paint” workshops allow you to bring your own furniture and, with guidance from their team of skilled artisans, give it a fresh new look.  

Shop @ a fabulous myriad of boutique shops

Whether you’re looking for unique furniture, vintage clothing, or home goods, Backyard on Blake has it all. One of our favorites is Spinster Sisters Co., a great little shop that sells soaps, body butters, bath salts, and more, all made right here in Colorado. The store is rounded out with a collection of goods from local artisans that make great gifts. 

Visit the Backyard on Blake website for a full list of vendors and stop by to check it out for yourself.