‘Palace Caskcraft’ Beer Series: Small-Batch Cask Ale Now at Ship Tavern

Caskcraft

The Brown Palace is teaming up with the Wynkoop Brewing Company once again to create a series of special edition, traditional cask beers using Wynkoop Head Brewmaster, Andy Brown’s creative expertise and ingredients from the hotel’s signature elements.  The first beer to debut in the “Palace Caskcraft” small-batch beer series will be a version of Wynkoop’s London Calling IPA with an added hint of lemongrass, a featured component of the Brown Palace’s namesake spa line. As the series continues, additional batch recipes will use infused honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives and water from the artesian well.

To parallel the Caskcraft Series, the Brown Palace purchased two beer engines for the hotel’s Ship Tavern to create its own house cask beers.  The stainless steel casks with old-fashioned hand pumps offer guests the authentic experience of enjoying cask-conditioned beers the way they used to be served when the historic hotel opened in 1890.

Palace Caskcraft

In addition to the cask beer endeavors with Wynkoop Brewing Company, The Brown Palace is also indulging in Denver’s love for beer with a Signature Mircobrew Package, which offers luxe accommodations, signature glassware and apparel and, of course, Caskcraft beers at the Ship Tavern. “Cask-conditioned beers are a perfect fit for the Brown Palace and Ship Tavern,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “It’s a great match of timeless treasures.”

Local Musicians in the Mile High City Featured Every Sunday at ‘Jazz in the Park’

The Mile High City may be known as the gateway to the Rockies, but when summer rolls around, you can find most Denver locals soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a Colorado micro-brew on the patio. For Sunday evening entertainment, City Park Jazz is a staple summertime activity for Denverites and a perfect way to enjoy the city’s eclectic local music scene.

City Park JazzFun for the whole family, City Park Jazz is always a highlight of the summer months. Arrive early on Sunday evening to snag a spot on the lawn near the bandstand pavilion. Enjoy many of our local food trucks or bring a picnic of your own.

Although the City Park Jazz series kicked off in early June, there is still plenty of time to catch this season’s local talent. Sam Mayfield brings the blues this Sunday, July 14, followed by The Ken Walker Sextet on July 21. The sextet is a favorite in the Denver jazz club circuit drawing in local fans with their unique, upbeat sound. Walker, a faculty instructor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is no novice to live performances with appearances at both the Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festivals.

Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a solid show of late afternoon sunshine and snazzy tunes with great friends. Grab a few of your favorite Colorado brews or a bottle of vino and join the Denver community for Sunday Jazz in City Park.

4th of July Colorado Style: Red, White & Blue

Don’t let the lack of fireworks in Colorado during the dry summer season hinder your Independence Day adventures! Grab your water shoes, hats, sunscreen, a cooler and a few cold ones and you’re ready for a shin dig—Colorado style.  Here are some great red, white and blue activities the whole family can enjoy this Fourth of July.

Red Rocks

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Early riser? Join Michael Franti on Wednesday, July 3rd for a special ‘Yoga on the Rocks’ workshop to get your blood moving. Not-so-early riser? Come out to Red Rocks Amphitheatre a bit later on the 3rd for Michael Franti and Spearhead live in concert. On the Fourth of July, grab your best buds and boogie to the classic sounds of American jam band favorites, Blues Traveler and Moe. Continue the weekend with the Avett Brothers for a two-night run on Friday and Saturday and wrap up the holiday weekend with Josh Groban and the Colorado Symphony on Sunday, July 7th.

White Water Rafting

Escape the scorching summer heat and embark on a white water rafting adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping and discover the beautiful Arkansas River Royal Gorge near Canon City. This excursion is perfect for all skill levels. Book your trip here.

Enjoy unrivaled scenery of the American West and head to Glenwood Springs to raft down the Colorado River. There’s no fire ban here, so you might even catch some stellar fireworks!  Book your adventure here.

Boating on Lake Dillon

What’s an American holiday without water sports? At an elevation of 9,000 feet and surrounded by 25 miles of majestic peaks, Lake Dillon offers fun for the whole family. Boat rentals ranging from sailing lessons, runabouts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and paddle boating are sure to keep your crew entertained all day.  With no fire ban in Summit County, there’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show!

Summer Day Trips in the Mile High City

Although packed with plenty to do day and night, Denver is only the beginning of all that Colorado has to offer. When you begin to look for something beyond the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, you might be amazed how much more you find to explore.

1. The highest paved road in North America

At 14,240 feet high, the summit of Mt. Evans might seem like a difficult trek. Fortunately, the scenic highway that winds up the side of this mountain allows a simple, though daring, route to the top. The weather can be unpredictable on a fourteener (mountains in Colorado that reach over 14,000 feet in height), but the views as you drive up are unlimited. Wildlife, like bighorn sheep amongst Aspen trees, surround you on all sides. Echo Lake is also along the way, providing a place to stop and admire the mountain scenery.

2. Summer exhilaration for everyone

Keep your adrenaline running high by jumping on one of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park’s roller coasters or cool down in a water slide. Their classic rides are fun for the entire family, so you can stay the whole day, too. Easily accessible from downtown by Denver’s light rail network, Elitch Gardens has all the fun of a major amusement park mixed with local Colorado flavor. 

3. A different type of garden

More than a rocky landscape, Garden of the Gods is a unique park showcasing sandstone formations that tower 300 feet in the air. From picnikers to rock climbers, anyone who loves being outside will appreciate the the natural beauty at this National Natural Landmark. Easy walking trails and moderate hikes take you into the park for a close-up look, while photography buffs find inspiration around every corner. Just one hour from Denver, a trip to Garden of the Gods would not be complete without stopping in Colorado Springs to enjoy a bite to eat downtown or picking up some postcards to remember your trip.

4. The golden days

If you are looking for less action and more relaxing, visit the nearby town of Golden, CO in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Home to Coors brewery, the world’s largest single-site brewery, you can take a tour and experience the history, process, and taste of Coors beer. It sits on the same creek from which Coors was originally made and continues to be made to this day. After your tour, enjoy one of Golden’s restaurants along Clear Creek and revel in the peace and quiet of a Colorado mountain town.

Summer in the City: 16th Street Mall Happenings

Summer in the City: Skyline Market Get ready for a summer in the city!  The Skyline Market in the heart of Skyline Park opened on Arapahoe between 15th and 16th streets last Friday.  This is Denver’s new definition of a market—a food experience that offers artisanal products, ready-to-eat food and a farm fresh experience all in one.  The new market provides a variety of options for downtown workers, residents and visitors to enjoy different experiences, entertainment and culture that you won’t find elsewhere.  Stop by between 11AM and 7PM for a beer and wine garden and a chance to shop the market with a local chef.  In addition to live music during the lunch hour and happy hour, Skyline Market will feature pre-made food items, chef demos, cooking demonstrations, fresh market foods and flowers.  Also enjoy a special dinner prepared by one of Denver’s best chefs.

More changes are coming to 16th Street Mall.  Four blocks will be reinvented to create sub-districts as a gathering place where people can stay and enjoy art, culture, nature, entertainment, retail and food.  The blocks between Curtis and Welton will be home to irreplaceable street food and shopping options all summer long from 11AM to 6PM.  Between Welton and California expect to see a number of tent events—a flea market of continually rotating, eclectic merchandise.  From California to Stout, six to eight local food vendors will offer ethnic and diverse cuisines as well as lounging areas with tables and chairs to enjoy outside dining.  The block between Stout and Champa will host food and merchandise vendors and various special events, product introductions and sampling opportunities.

We’re excited for a great summer in the Mile High City!

5 Wedding Destination Essentials

From Paris to Disney Land, you could get married anywhere. In fact, your wedding daydreams may have taken you all around the world since you first started imagining your perfect ceremony. When you picture yourself tying the knot against a backdrop of soaring mountains, a historic city and opulent elegance, there is no better place than The Brown Palace.

A destination wedding adds an extra element of glamour to your Big Day, but if your idea of something special happens to include unparalleled service in all of Denver, we have your five absolute essentials covered.

5 Wedding Destination Essentials

1. Personal Wedding Specialist

Although you may not call Denver your home base, our Wedding Specialist knows everything about the Mile High City and how to create the wedding of your dreams. Planning a wedding from afar isn’t the easiest thing to do, so your personal planner will take care of all the details. The only thing you have to worry about is walking down the aisle.

2. Keep Your Options Open

So you’ve chosen your destination, but handpicking your ideal setting isn’t over yet. You still need to celebrate, dine and dance the night away with all your guests in a space no less stylish than the location itself. Choose from over 13,000 square feet, including five unique venues at The Brown Palace. Each will be sumptuously decorated to encompass the picture of beauty and grandeur.

3. Luxury Wedding Package

Combining something old and something new, The Brown Palace is proud to offer elegant plated dinners on your wedding day and modern luxury rooms for your wedding night. Top it all off with white glove service, a glittering champagne toast, personalized floral arrangements and custom wedding cake. Borrow a handkerchief for those tears of happiness, and the mountain skies will be your something blue.

4. Sweet Dreams

Have all your dreams come true yet? After a perfect wedding celebration, you’ll be in need of a good night’s sleep. You and your dearly beloved are invited to spend a complimentary night in one of our deluxe rooms while your guests stay nearby with our special rates for them. Complete with modern in-room comforts amongst the classic decor of our landmark hotel, the sweetest dreams of all are yet to come.

5. Explore Your Surroundings

After all, you did travel all the way here. You will remember your wedding forever, and your destination should live up to that. Denver is not a place to disappoint. Boasting a vibrant downtown scene and bursting with rich culture, the city opens its arms to you from the front door of The Brown Palace. This is the perfect stepping stone to enjoying everything from hiking to live music, roller coasters to baseball games and skiing to picnicking.

Five of our Fantastic Favorites for Father’s Day Fun (say that three times fast!)

Father's Day 5k1. Break a Sweat with the Old Man 

  • What: Father’s Day 5K
  • Where: Apex Center of Arvada, Colorado
  • When: Sunday, June 16th at 8:00 a.m.
  • How Much: $30 preregistration; $35 day of the event

Do some good with your dad at the 6th annual Apex Park and Recreation District’s Father’s Day 5K! There is also a free 1 mile “Fun Run” scheduled for the whole family and an Ugly Tie Contest! In addition to supporting general community recreation in the area, Apex Park and Recreation District Foundation has designated the funds for after-school recreation programs at Arvada middle schools.

Rockies2.  Root Root Root for the Home Team 

  • What: Rockies Game
  • Where: Coors Field
  • When: Sunday, June 16th at 2:10 p.m.
  • How Much: Call 303-ROCKIES for tickets

Gather some peanuts and cracker jacks for dad at the Rockies vs. Phillies game! Competition should be heavy since this is the third game of a three-game series. So sit back, order a couple cold brews and enjoy the game under a beautiful Colorado sun!

Parker Days3.  Father’s Day Ferris Wheel Fun  

  • What: Parker Days Festival
  • Where: O’Brien Park
  • When: June 13th-16th, 2013
  • How Much: $25 presale, $30 at the event

Hit the carnival for some family-friendly fun! O’Brein Park features many family activities with free entertainment as well as smaller child friendly bounce houses and a Petting Zoo. Enjoy carnival rides, attractions, music from live bands, arts and crafts exhibitors, a Car Show on Father’s Day, and two stages with beer gardens. On Saturday, the Parker Days Parade travels down Main Street complete with floats, marching bands, horses and vintage cars.

Racing4.  Get Speedy with Pops 

Give dad an adrenaline rush and pump the gas at Bandimere Speedway on Father’s Day! The Thunder on the Mountain Drag Racing Series, sponsored by Grease Monkey, features Top Fuel Harley Motorcycles, 250 mph Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars!

Jazz in the park5.  Jazz up your Father’s Day 

If dad prefers to get groovy, try taking him for some blues in the park! Pack some food and drinks and enjoy the free concert in honor of Neil Bridge! This show would be great for a calm cool-down from a long day of activities!

5 Beautiful Hikes in Colorado

5 Beautiful Hikes in ColoradoLooking for a daytrip, an easy hike, or an outdoors workout? Colorado has it all to offer, and some of the most beautiful views there are to experience can be found at the end of a great Colorado hike! Here are a few of the best hikes for Colorado visitors to try:

  1. Red Rocks- Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver, Red Rocks is a majestic amphitheater bordered by gigantic beautiful amber-colored rocks. Multiple trails (medium difficulty) surround the venue winding through a fortress of boulders that provide photo opportunities left and right. Pack a lunch and find a shady spot to enjoy an afternoon picnic between the rocks. Most loop trails take under an hour to complete.
  2. Boulder Falls- Visiting Colorado without a daytrip to Boulder would simply be ludicrous. The city sits below its’ notorious “flatirons” which are a sight to see themselves. The hike to Boulder Falls is short and sweet, in fact just 100 yards in length. The 70 foot waterfall found at the end of this trail is magnificent. While you’re in Boulder, try one of many medium difficulty hikes at Chitaqua National Park. The drive to Boulder is roughly 45 minutes, so visit Pearl Street for some afternoon shopping as well. Many street performers take stage on Pearl Street on the weekends.
  3. Lookout Mountain- If you’re looking for a simple hike to experience an array of Colorado wildlife, Lookout Mountain is your spot. Hikers often catch a glimpse of deer and other animals on the simple loop trails around Lookout Mountain. Take your kids to the Nature Center where they can learn about animal fur, tracks and tree bark. The drive to Lookout Mountain is roughly 30 minutes.
  4. Chicago Lakes Hike Near Mt. Evans- This trail is surely a day-long challenge to conquer. After a 6-mile hike, you will experience breathtaking views and you can stop at a few lakes along the way! We recommend rising early for this hike as it will take you 5-7 hours to complete!
  5. Manitou Incline- Fair warning, the “Incline” is a difficult workout, but a rewarding one! The hike gains over 2,000 feet in elevation over a span of about one mile. Remember to bring plenty of water! At the top, hikers can see over all of Colorado Springs- a deserved reward. This destination is just over an hour south of Denver so spending the day in the springs is a good idea!

Exotic Rhinos, Leopards and Elephants…Oh My!

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 1.13.18 PMThe Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit is a magical place that definitely needs to be added to your list of summer adventures.

Exotic animals that fly through the night and swing through trees or use their trunks as snorkels and cool off in the shade to keep from overheating don’t only exist in Asia.  One-horned rhinos, Asian elephants, fishing cats, clouded leopards and acrobatic gibbons, mingling around watering holes and giant rocks are all part of an Asian village working together at the Denver Zoo.  Across ten acres, Toyota Elephant Passage’s extensive compound with important  species allows visitors to explore and study the opulent background of animals in Asian culture, their intricate relationship with humans and the amount of work the Denver Zoo has done to protect these villages.  These majestic, Asian species encourage visitors to understand the delicate ecosystems in which they live and make informed decisions about the global efforts to protect these endangered animals.

With its lead in animal care, conservation and management, the Toyota Elephant Passage provides seven times the space of the current Pachyderm exhibit making it one of the biggest elephant habitats in North America.  The Denver Zoo alternates each of the Asian elephants, Indian rhinos and Malayan tapirs among five territories that  provide a diverse landscape, enabling the zoo to also house a substantial number of bull elephants.  In the long run, Toyota Elephant Passage hopes to make the Denver Zoo an Asian elephant breeding center.

The Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve helps visitors understand the relationships between animals and humans, which is a theme.  Get close to the elephants and rhinos as you stroll across the boardwalk.  But don’t be scared of the swinging gibbons and flying foxes overhead.  Learn about the efforts for practical solutions to conservation challenges in the Schoelzel Family Village, the exhibit hub that observes a varied collection of Asian animals.  Although efforts to protect wildlife in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sumatra are strongly effective, labors to keep elephants out of villages’ livelihood is just as important.  In the Village Outpost, the Denver Zoo conservation/biology research staff presents actual stories from people who work with elephants and native peoples through the struggles to help them co-exist.

Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit

Memorial Day Weekend 2013: How Are You Celebrating?

Kick off summer with music festivals, waterparks and all-day events around Denver this Memorial Day. There are so many events happening in Colorado, we’re going to have trouble deciding what to do!

Commemorate those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on May 25 at 11:30 in and around Civic Center Park.  Followed by the parade is the Veterans Day Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument.

BolderBoulderThe BolderBOULDER is a favorite Colorado 10k. The second largest race in the country with over 50,000 runners, the BolderBOULDER is not your ordinary race. More than thirty bands and other entertainers will line the course to get you to the finish with a smile.

Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, the Denver Performing Arts Complex invites art lovers alike to the Downtown Denver Arts Festival featuring more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists starting May 24 through May 26.  Last year’s event attracted nearly 150,000 people, who purchased more than $500,000 worth of art contributing to Colorado’s creative community.

For those who like things a little louder, check out Denver Day of Rock as the 16th Street Mall transforms into one massive block party with 25 free rock concerts on May 25.  From 2:30 to 9:30 rock your head to the sweet sounds of free music while enjoying great food and beer set up throughout downtown.  Check out the full lineup here.

This four-day event is sure to stir up the artist in all of us.  The brand new ArtStir Denver at the Denver Pavilions downtown showcases local and regional artists, more than 75 artisan booths, and a locals only stage.  With a dynamic mixture of talented musicians and artist demonstrations, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colorado Chapter of AIGA.