A Wild West Tradition Returns to Denver this Month

Stock Show ParadeSpotting hundreds of Texas Longhorn cattle strolling through downtown Denver on a Thursday afternoon in mid-January can only mean one thing: It’s Stock Show time. Don’t have a cow, downtown will resume its urban chic vibe by the end of the day and there will be plenty more opportunities to wrangle your wild side in the coming weeks. 

The 2014 National Western Stock show is just around the corner, and The Brown Palace will once again invite the Grand Champion Steer to join us for an afternoon of local paparazzi in the Atrium Lobby.

Two of Denver’s most historic traditions will come together on Friday, January 24th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to showcase the 108th Annual National Western Stock Show’s Grand Champion Steer. After being led down a red carpet, the award-winning giant will be available for a complimentary close-up. This event is open to the public and does not require reservations.

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The 2014 National Western Stock Show will be held January 11 – 26th with events held at the Denver Coliseum, Stadium Arena and National Western Events Center. For more information about this event, please call 303.297.3111 or email us at concierge@brownpalace.com.

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

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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.

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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.”

Things to do in Denver in March

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Wondering what to do in Denver while you’re staying at The Brown Palace? With March and warmer weather just around the corner, there are plenty of fun things to discover in the Mile High City. Let us help you with some ideas that you can do this month:

Professional Sports Events: Denver is home to NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Be sure to catch one of the many games at the Pepsi Center this March.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: If the weather is not cooperating, don’t worry. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers great indoor entertainment for both you and your family and is sure to keep you occupied and intrigued for days. 

St. Patrick’s Day: If you are looking to celebrate the luck of the Irish, you are in the right town. Denver’s beer culture is rich and diverse and offers a great atmosphere to enjoy a glass of green beer or Irish-style lager. 

For more information on things to do in Denver, visit: http://www.denver.org/what-to-do

 

5 Favorite Desserts at The Brown Palace

Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 5.27.53 PMYou might be able to curb your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit during the warmer months, but in the dead of winter, nothing but a dessert made with plenty of cream and sugar will do… well at least for us. Here are a few of our favorite desserts that are served right here at The Brown Palace.

Bourbon Bread Pudding at Ship Tavern 
This delicious bread pudding is a blend of caramel custard infused with bourbon layered with house-made croissants. Topped off with caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Apple Cobbler at Ellyngton’s 
Apple cobbler may become one of your favorite apple desserts once you try this one from Ellyngton’s. Our old-fashioned crunchy cobbler is a mix of roasted apples with rum raisins, and topped with almond streusel and cinnamon apple ice cream.

Bananas Foster at Palace Arms 
This classic dessert is prepared table side for two in Palace Arms. During the preparation you will watch your bananas being tossed bubbling pan of dark brown sugar, butter, rum and cinnamon and served to you warm over ice cream.

Brown Palace Coffee Creme Brulee at Ellyngton’s 
You’ll be wanting more after you give this a taste. Our Creme Brulee is a blend of rich and  creamy custard that’s infused with Brown Palace Coffee.

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Palace Arms 
This scrumptious take on the British steamed dessert includes finely chopped pecans, covered in a sticky toffee sauce and served with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream.

Hotel Discounts for Active Military Members at The Brown Palace

With Veterans Day coming up, people across our beautiful country are coming together to appreciate our land of the free, home of the brave—and to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our courageous service men and women. Here at The Brown Palace, our gratitude extends beyond Veterans Day. We like to show our appreciation year round by extending a special package to our heroes at home.

Whether you’re coming back from deployment and want to enjoy a romantic night with that special someone or are just looking for a fun night on the town in Denver, you can enjoy special perks and discounts when you show us your active military ID.

Package Includes:

  • 10% off room rate
  • Guaranteed upgrade to next available room category
  • 15% discount in all restaurants and spa with military ID

To book, please call 303-297-3111 or 800-321-2599.

The Brown Palace Hotel Announces 25th Annual Champagne Cascade to Celebrate Our Veterans

We are excited to host our 25th annual Champagne Cascade on Sunday, November 11th at noon. During the event, a master swordsman will use an antique Napoleonic saber to sever the bottle necks of Moet & Chandon Champagne bottles that will be poured into the uppermost glass of the two-story, 6,000-glass pyramid. In addition to kicking off the holiday season, this year’s toast will honor U.S. veterans, offering several ways for the community to thank the servicemen and women this Veteran’s Day.

The legendary event will feature live jazz music and an afternoon of entertainment in The Brown Palace’s stunning open Atrium.  The event is open to the public to watch the famous champagne pour from the balconies of floors four through seven.

For prime viewing access on the Mezzanine level and unlimited champagne, beer, wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a VIP experience is available for $75 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and the organization’s Service to the Armed Forces program.  To make reservations for VIP viewing, please call (303)294-3618 or visit www.brownpalace.com to purchase a ticket.

Joining the guests on the Mezzanine level and addressing the crowd before the pour will be the honored guest of The Brown Palace and the American Red Cross, General Victor E. Renuart Jr. General Renuart is the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, stationed out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. and also acts as the Chair of the National Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Committee.

Guests joining the celebration can also express their gratitude to veterans through the Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Special holiday cards will be available in the lobby of The Brown Palace throughout the event to send seasonal greetings to veterans and current members of the military serving at home and overseas.

“The brave members of our armed forces are always a focus of The Brown Palace’s community giving efforts,” said Marcel Pitton, General Manager of The Brown Palace. “The American Red Cross does amazing work for our armed forces and veterans and we’re proud to partner with them to support their Service to the Armed Forces program and give back to those who have served our country.”

The American Red Cross has provided humanitarian support to the United States military, veterans and their families under a trusted symbol for more than 130 years. Through the Service to the Armed Forces program, the Red Cross provides emergency communications, supports military and veteran health care facilities, and provides social services to more than 2 million military members – including National Guard and Reservists – 23 million veterans and their families.

“Although the Red Cross provides support and services year-round for the armed forces, veterans and their families, Veteran’s Day and the holidays provide a special time for us to join with local residents in expressing gratitude to those who have served our country,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region. “We’re so pleased to be welcomed by The Brown Palace to this premier event and to have the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ together with The Brown Palace and its guests.”

The American Red Cross provides these services through employees and volunteers who are stationed alongside the military, across the country andaround the world. Although the Red Cross provides these services as part of its Congressional Charter, the Red Cross is not a governmental agency and relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission.

Denver Nightlife: Best Places for Date Night

Typically “date night” conjures up a host of restaurant and bar options, but what to in Denver, Colorado when you want to impress your date with something out of the ordinary? We have the scoop on some unique Denver nightlife activities that are sure to land you a second date.

Indie Dinner and a Movie

The Mayan Theatre is a Denver treasure and an esoteric place to take your date to the movies. The beautiful lobbies, archways, lavish screen curtain, and richly embellished Mayan murals set a romantic tone. The cinema is located in a hip part of South Broadway near plenty of divey restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops for a treat before or after your independent film screening.

On Broadway

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts a high caliber mix of Broadway shows that are sure to impress. No matter what your date’s performance genre preference is, the Company offers classics, revivals, blockbuster musicals, and cabaret productions. Make a dramatic night of it, this is Broadway after all. Dress in your finest and spoil your date with a pre-fixed dinner menu that most of the nearby restaurants offer before the theatre.

Larimer Laughs

There is no better way to break the ice on a date than laughter, especially when you aren’t responsible for producing the comedic material. Comedy Works is Denver, Colorados top stand-up comedy club and has been a date favorite for over 25 years. The club is conveniently steps from Larimer Square, so you can keep the good times rolling over cocktails at a local Denver nightlife lounge.

Graceful Evening

A date night at the Colorado Ballet will not disappoint, this company is truly exceptional. From Swan Lake to the Nutcracker, performances rotate continually and are entrancing for men and women alike. The creativity, athleticism and graceful movement are a feast for the eyes. There are plenty of Denver restaurants near the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for an elegant dessert and glass of wine after the show.

These superbly unique Denver nightlife options are sure to give “date night” a whole new meaning.

Live Music in Downtown Denver: Meet John

From smooth tunes to upbeat numbers that will want to make you sing along, John Kite shares his gift of music with the guests of The Brown.  For the past 24 years, he has been one of the resident pianists at The Brown Palace Hotel. Serving guests from all over the world, you can hear John playing in the Atrium lobby during afternoon tea on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 – 4 p.m. and evening cocktails in the lobby on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.   Looking for a late night drink?  Come to Ship Tavern restaurant, Wednesday through Saturday nights, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. for some great numbers

The Great American Beer Fest & Rooftop Honey

Oh honey, let us tell you – this is one delicious beer.  In a beautiful collaboration sure to get your taste-buds going, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and Denver’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company, have come together to create Rooftop Honey Saison, a limited-edition beer utilizing 75 pounds of honey from our rooftop honey bees.   Launched during a special exclusive Afternoon Tea here at The Brown Palace, guests were welcomed to be some of the first to try the beer, paired with other delicious offerings prepared by Chef Thanawat Bates including Hops Cured Kobe Sliders and Rail Yard Ale Beer Can Chicken.

Afterwards, over very own resident pianist John Kite performed an original song about our Rooftop Honey live for the first time ever at the launch event in celebration of The Great American Beer Festival and National Drink Beer Day.

Rooftop Honey is now available in Ship Tavern and at Wynkoop, for a limited time and will be served at The Great American Beer Fest this weekend here in our great City of Denver.  We invite you top stop by our pub, grab a pint and enjoy this sweet sweet nectar.  If you feel the desire to buzz about the special brew on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #RooftopHoney.  Enjoy!