Tuesday 10: Beer Pairings, Dinner, and Other Meals

Mountains…sunshine…hiking…music…food….and BEER!

Northern Colorado is known for many things. Beer pairings combine two of my favorite things: beer samplings and delicious food. Good company required, because by the end (or beginning) of the meal you’ll be laughing and thoroughly, happily stuffed.

Here are ten places for beer and food pairings:

1. 4th Annual Fort Collins Beer Pairing – March 13th – 6PM– CSU – Can’t decide on a beer? This event has unlimited beer samples from 15 Colorado breweries. Enjoy gourmet small plates perfectly paired with each beer. http://www.alumni.colostate.edu/FortCollinsBeerPairing/tabid/663/Default.aspx

2. Beer Dinner – March 23rd – 6:30PM – Choice City Butcher & Deli – March’s dinner features beers from Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. 5 beers served with 4 courses. Keep watch for other beer dinners here. They’re delicious! http://www.choicecitybutcher.com/beertasting.html

3. Wine vs. Beer Pairing Dinner– April 7th – Next Door Food & Drink – A fantastic Loveland restaurant! Their next pairing event includes both the wine drinkers and beer drinkers. They hold a variety of pairing events throughout the year. If you can’t make it for the event, they have an excellent happy hour. http://www.nextdoorloveland.com/

4. The Taste – April 16th – 5PM – The Hilton, Fort Collins – Benefits the Larimer County Food Bank. Craft beers and wines paired alongside food samples prepared by chefs from over 30 restaurants. http://www.tastebenefit.org/

5. Zwei May Day – May 1st – Zwei Bruder Brewing – May Day celebration complete with a May Pole, beer release, and food available for purchase. http://www.zweibruderbrewing.com/events.aspx

6. America On Tap – May 2nd – 2PM – Washington Park – Showcases over 100 releases from America’s craft breweries and imports. Live music and vendors. Delicious food available for purchase. http://americaontap.com/front-range-on-tap/

7. American Craft Beer Week 2015 – May 11th– May 17th – All over- A celebration of craft beer thrown by The Brewers Association. Different events celebrating craft beer all around town. http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week/acbw-news

8. Fort Love Brewers Jamboree – May 16th – 2PM – Legacy Park – Emphasizes beer tasting, education, and brewers telling stories of their journey into craft brewing. Designed as slower pace event than other beer events. Small plate pairings included with admission. http://brewersjamboree.com/

9. Front Range Rally – May 30th – 1:30PM – Loveland Food Share – 50 craft breweries…over 130 craft beers…12 food trucks…2 live bands…you won’t leave hungry. Guaranteed. http://frontrangerally.com/

10. Moot House Beer Dinners – throughout the year – Serve my family’s favorite beer dinners. Several courses served with a generous tasting of beer and really delicious food. If by some miracle you’re still hungry at the end (you won’t be), the pretzel rolls always pair well with beer. http://themoothouse.com/

What are some of your favorite beer and food pairings?

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