Holiday beers…with a side of Craft

Front Range breweries are pouring some lush dark beers for the Winter. Stouts, Porters and flavored brown ales are showing up in the local taprooms. It’s one way that breweries can attract women. Gals have a more adventurous palate – they’re often willing to try a fruit-flavored beer or whatever the latest release might be… Many breweries have discovered that women are the primary audience for their dark beers.

As the Holidays draw near, breweries have discovered another way to attract the female beer lover and her friends—crafts! Snowbank Brewery hosted a S’More Party to celebrate their new tasty (not too sweet) S’mores Stout. The tap room was packed with couples, families, and friends all grilling flavored marshmallows over small stone-filled mini-braziers. Creating s’mores isn’t too crafty but creating a Holiday wreath is…and there are a few places that are hosting Wreath Making.

Maxline Brewery has a Blooms and Brews Winter Wreath Workshop on Dec. 12th. At $30, it quickly sold out. Loveland Aleworks hosts a Holiday Wreath Making & Pints night, Sunday, Dec 17th from 6-9pm. $40 gets you the instruction, materials and a beer. Plus, mark your calendars for their Darkest Day Beer Release: Chocolate Coconut Porter on Dec 21st. Yum!

City Star Brewery recently celebrated Movember with a fun mustache contest and the release of Chai Watchman Stout, a spicy, rich mouth-feel beer that’s sure to warm your spirit.


5% ABV | 16 IBU

American Stout brewed with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and Madagascar vanilla beans.

The Wreath Making Workshop with The Flower Gypsy at City Star is this Sunday, Dec 3rd and already Sold Out.

Can you sense a theme? Yes, the breweries know how to attract a crowd…and support their local community at the same time. So, find a brewery you’d like to visit, check their website or Facebook for an event happening soon…and bring your crafty friends!



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