Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Falling Rock Anniversary/Elyssian Bash Tonight

Our pals at Denver’s legendary Falling Rock Taphouse (at 1919 Blake Street in D-town) are celebrating their 12th anniversary tonight, Tuesday, June 9, at 6 PM. The night will feature a couple handfuls of special kegs, some free BBQ and much beery fun.

That’s not all that’s shaking at the Rock tonight. The 69-tap taphouse is also having a kickoff party for the Colorado arrival of the lovely beers from Seattle’s Elyssian Brewing. There’s a hefty list of six or more Elyssian beers that will be making making their CO debut tonight, including the otherworldly Avatar Jasmine IPA. Oh yeah.

Stop by and see our man Dave Buhler, one of the revered breweries founders, and tell him we sent you.

News with the Blues: The modern-day queen of the blues, Koko Taylor, has left the building. Taylor died last week at the ripe age of 80. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform a couple times back in Virginia, what a badasss she was.

The personification of "owning the stage," Koko had a huge stage presence, unmatched gusto and swagger, and a rough & tumble voice (and real-life backstory)that the plamet will never see again. When Koko told the crowd, "We gonna pitch a wangdang doodle all night long," there was no mistaking her sense of purpose in that goal.

Offstage, she was as sweet,polite,and down-to-earth as they come. The music world has lost one of its best.

Ko--ko Taay--lor,ladies and gentlemen!

Read more about her here: http://www.kokotaylor.com/news.html

-- MJ


Melis said...

The Earthshaker!

russ said...

Denver, CO - The 12th Anniversary of Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, Colorado was an amazing and successful jubilee.

The Tap House, which opened its doors at 1919 Blake Street in Denver’s historic lower downtown (LoDo) in 1997, has over 69 beers on tap and even more beers in bottles. All the beer on tap is craft brewed, which means there are no contract brews or megaswill. Coupled with the beer selection and an extensive food menu, pool tables, dartboards and comfortable atmosphere, the Tap House thrives nestled in the oldest and original settlement of the city of Denver, a prime example of urban reinvestment and revitalization.

The celebration included 160 pounds of free barbeque ranging from pulled pork to brisket to potato salad to baked beans to barbeque sauce to rolls as well as five extraordinary beers from Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Washington.

Chris Black, the Tap House’s owner, head beer geek and King, is in charge of beer and was excited to celebrate the 12th Anniversary with the folks of Denver, “I’m really glad the people of Denver supported us enough that we’re still here,” said Black, “We just wanted it to be about the beer and it really has been about the beer. It’s been really a lot of fun.”

Elysian Brewing, which has three brew pubs in Seattle, provided five special beers for the party:

Immortal IPA- refreshingly hoppy, Immortal IPA is brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell malts and bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial hops.

Avatar Jasmine IPA- somewhat sturdy and refreshing, this IPA is florally fragrant and slightly sweet with hops to balance.

Loser Pale Ale- a strong, hoppy pale ale that uses Japanese Sorachi Ace hops. The Sorachi hops have a lemony aroma and flavor that’s different from the usual grapefruit or pine character of American hops.

The super special beer for the evening was a five-gallon keg of the Double Avatar Jasmine IPA Brew 2000, the 2000th batch from Elysian’s Capitol Hill Pub (1221 E. Pike St., Seattle WA 98122), a 10% abv version of Avatar Jasmine IPA, one of the most famous brews from Elysian.

Another five-gallon keg was Trip II, a collaborative effort with Elysian and New Belgium Brewing(Ft. Collins, CO). Trip II is a deep, golden ale generously hopped with Magnum and the seldom-used Citra hop, which produces flavors of grapefruit, peach and passion fruit. The ale is spiced with lemongrass and grains of paradise, fermented with a Belgian yeast strain for a hop-forward ale and swirling fruit undertones.

Elysian beers are just now available in the Colorado market.

Patron Debbie Medina came out for the festivities, “I’m here to party for the 12th Anniversary of Falling Rock. I’m not sure what I am drinking because there are so many decisions.”

Cheers to many more triumphant years!