Vine Street Pub celebrates Belgian beer with month-long festival

By Kuvy Ax

Brewer’s Olympics, Belgian Beer 101, and many new Belgians on tap make Vine Street the place to be in September

Denver, Colo.—This September, Denver’s Vine Street Pub will hold their first “Belgian Beer Month,” with special Belgian beer events and specials including the multi-brewery contest “Brewer’s Olympics,” Belgian beer tasting classes, and new Mountain Sun Ales’ Belgian beer releases.

The biggest weekend of the Festival begins Thursday, September 15 at 6 p.m. with a class and tasting led by Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson, “Belgian Beer 101: Tasting the Trend Sweeping the Nation,” along with appetizers provided by Mountain Sun Pubs’ new Executive Chef Annabel Forrestal. Tickets for this event will be available at all three pubs from August 15.

The Vine Street Pub Belgian Block Party is Saturday September 17th 1-9 p.m.  That afternoon, a “Brewer’s Olympics” event will bring together many Front Range breweries for a Belgian beer contest, judged by a celebrity guest panel, where company reputations are on the line!  Currently confirmed participants include:

Boulder Beer
Twisted Pine
Golden City Brewery      
Oskar Blues
Great Divide
and of course, Mountain Sun Ales
Olympic events:

Keg Toss
Brewer’s Obstacle Course
Grain Stacking Competition
Blind Folded Beer Identification
Eating Competition using only beer ingredients
Grand Finale Big Wheel Relay Race
The Block Party continues that evening with a bluegrass band, the Uptown Allstars, and performances by local comedians.

All month long, Vine Street will offer these house beers rotating on tap for Belgian Month:

Franklin’s Strong Golden Ale (a special new beer brewed specifically for Belgian Month – see description below)
3-5 brand new Belgian Saisons (being brewed specifically for Belgian month)
Onslaught Belgian Imperial IPA – (see description below)
Dirty Dark Sour (- see description below)
Temperance Belgian Pale
Prudence Belgian Honey Ale
Fortitude Belgian Tripel
Justice Strong Belgian Red
Bombshell Blonde
St Amos Wit
Shadow Master Belgian Stout
1636 Belgian Dubbel
Champagne Lady Strong Golden Ale
New Vine Street Belgian Beers:

Dirty Dark Belgian Sour:  This dark brown Belgian style strong ale has been aging for 6 months in a sour merlot merlot barrel.  AT 9.5% ABV, this complex ale hits the palette with a pleasant tartness, woody tannins, and a hint of dark caramel.  The Dirty Dark truly shows the magic of the barrel.  Before touching the wood, this beer was malty, sweet, and slightly heavy on the palate.  After undergoing a re-fermentation in the barrel, the result is a dry, sour, ale that lends just a hint of it’s sweet, malty past.

Franklin’s Strong Golden Ale:  This unique take on a Belgian style strong golden ale, features a sturdy dose of Saaz, Amarillo, and Styrian Golding hops.  The aroma is fruity with hints of orange and spice.  A generous portion of wheat and oats were used to lend a pleasant, full mouthfeel, while ensuring a crisp, dry finish.  8.3% ABV

Onslaught Belgian Imperial IPA:  The Mountain Sun brewers combined two of their greatest loves in this special ale: massive amounts of hops, and Belgian yeast.  This dry-hoppped hybrid ale is loaded with hops from both America and Europe, and features the distinct spicy and fruity character imparted by Belgian yeast.  9.6% ABV

Guest Belgian Taps Offered During September:

U.S. Breweries

Avery – Salvation, Karma Belgian Pale, Sour TBD, 18th Anniversary Ale (Rye Saison)
Black Fox – Faust Part II or similar
Boulevard Brewing – Tank 7
Great Divide – Belgian Yeti
Russian River – Damnation
The Bruery – Saison Rue, Mischief
Lost Abbey – Multiple styles
Greenflash- Le Freak Belgian IPA
Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien Collaboration – Biere De LaMitie
St. Somewhere Brewing Company – Saison Athene
Jolly Pumpkin – Calabaza Blanca
Belgium and Beyond

Cantillion  – Classic Gueze
Fantome – Fantome Saison
De Ranke XX Bitter
Geants Sasion Voisin
Geants Gouyasse Belgian Blonde
Duvel Belgian Ale
Maredsous Brune
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Watou Tripel
La Binchoise Blonde
Echt Kriekenbier
OUD Beersel  – Kriek, Geuze
Girardin –  Gueuze
La Trappe – Witte Trappist,  Blond
Saison Dupont Farmhouse Ale
Delirium Tremens
Kasteel Rouge
Check for details as they become available.


The third pub in the Mountain Sun family, Vine Street Pub opened in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood April 14, 2008 to a standing-room-only crowd.  As is the case at Mountain Sun and Southern Sun Brewpubs in Boulder, Vine Street features 20+ taps of house brews and quality craft beers, award-winning all-natural burgers, and a comfortable, living room-like atmosphere. Vine Street Pub plans to open a 3,500 sq ft brewery on site fall 2011.

Mountain Sun Ales have won numerous awards around the globe, including six gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In 2009, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery’s Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson was crowned “Alpha King” with his Hop Vivant Imperial IPA (making Mountain Sun the first and only Colorado brewery to take the title.)  In 2010, they won a silver medal for their Illusion Dweller IPA.  For more information about Mountain Sun ales, pubs and brewpubs, visit To arrange interviews with Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson or Proprietor Kevin J. Daly, contact Kuvy Ax at 720.329.7327 or

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