Pride Month is here, it’s queer, and it’s time to drink some beer.
Here are five ways to enjoy the unofficial beverage of Colorado and support LGBTQ+ organizations in the process.
Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont is rolling out the rainbow carpet for a Pride Month kickoff event on June 5, featuring live music and drag performances. The brewery is also debuting a recipe called Druicy Fruit, a tart Berliner Weisse made with blackberry and butterfly pea flower, which turns the beer purple. For an extra dose of fabulous, guests can add edible glitter when they order. A portion of the proceeds from beer sales benefit the Dru Project, which provides scholarships to LGBTQ+ youth and advocates for gay-straight alliances.
June 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Free to attend.
All hail the queens of Drag Brunch, coming to Denver’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. on June 13. Pair your meal with a side of sass courtesy of performers Kelela C., Reprobabe, Juiccy and Dustin Schlong. Tickets are available by the table, so you must reserve one for groups of four ($60), six ($90), eight ($120) or 10 ($150). A pint of the special release ALLIPA is included for each person in the price of purchase, and proceeds benefit the We Are Family Foundation.
June 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St., Denver. $60-$150. Buy tickets at 10barrel.com/drag-brunch.
Non-Binary beer release and dinner
Craft breweries have long been blurring the lines between traditional styles, and Burns Family Artisan Ales is leaning into style fluidity with the release of Non-Binary, a beer categorized as a helles-rauch-weizen-doppelbock clocking 8.8% alcohol content.
“It’s a wheat beer done with hefeweizen yeast, smoked malt, at double strength,” said co-owner Laura Worley. “Seriously defying a style descriptor is where we were going with it.”
The Denver brewery is hosting a release party and beer dinner on June 13, featuring a packaged meal to enjoy onsite or to-go with both meat and vegetarian options.
June 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Burns Family Artisan Ales, 2505 West 2nd Ave., Unit 13, Denver. $25. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com.
Big Queer Beerfest
Goldspot Brewing Co. is one of Denver’s proudly queer-owned establishments, and to close out Pride Month, it’s bringing together about a dozen local breweries to pour pints for a cause. Unlike many beer events, there is no entry fee to the Big Queer Beerfest. Instead, drinkers buy individual pints from the likes of Lady Justice Brewing Co., Novel Strand Brewing Co., Ursula Brewery and more. Each will be serving a unique recipe created specifically for Pride Month, and $1 per purchase will benefit local LGBTQ+ charities. Goldspot also will match the pool of donations.
Additionally, Goldspot plans to release six specialty recipes throughout the month, including collaborations with Lady Justice called Big Gay IPA and Professional Gays Strawberry Pomegranate West Coast IPA. Proceeds from these beers will benefit organizations such as Queer*, The Gathering Place and Transformative Freedom Fund, among others.
June 27 from noon to 6 p.m. at Goldspot Brewing Co., 4970 Lowell Blvd., Denver. Free to attend.
Buy festive and drinkable swag
Pride Month may come once a year, but with the right swag you can celebrate all year long.
The Colorado Brewery List has a comprehensive lineup of Denver-area breweries selling themed shirts. A few standouts include Counter Culture Brewery and Grille’s pride tank top and Station 26 Brewing Co.’s retro rainbow design that’s also printed on pairs of socks. The site also lists special beer releases region-wide, sales from which often benefit LGBTQ+ organizations.
If you’re looking to stock your glassware collection, the website Beer is for Everyone is selling pride-inspired stemware ($18), half of the proceeds from which benefit its Writers’ Collective, a program to produce educational content that raises awareness on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice within the craft beer community. The remaining proceeds go toward a scholarship fund that provides opportunities to our underserved populations, such as sending people of color to conferences or sponsoring Cicerone certification.
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