If you love microbrews and relaxation Edgewater Tap & Grill is the place for you.

I thought of this quote from “thedeliciousday.com” as I entered the brewery.

“More beer brewed daily (80 varieties) than in any other city in the US + extra thin air to get you drunker – faster” (Denver, CO)

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Edgewater Tap and Grill is located at the end of 9th Street. Their motto is “With deep roots in the Grand Junction community and our hearts in Colorado beer, we’ve come to South Downtown to thrive at the edge of the river. The Grand Valley is our playground and Edgewater is your Pub.

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If you are familiar with Kannah Creek Brewing Company then you will know the micro brews here. The reason to build Edgewater is to brew,bottle and distribute the microbrews while adding a small comfortable environment for a bite to eat and cold brew.

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Hand Crafted Beers on Tap

Island Mesa Blonde – Light Golden in color with a light hoppy flavor and dry finish.

Highside Hefeweizen – A traditional German style unfiltered wheat beer with unique clove and citrus flavors.

Lands End Amber – Silver Medal 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal 2010 World Beer Cup Specialty malts enhance this light-bodied German-style Altbier. Deep copper color, medium hop and crisp finish.

Standing Wave Pale Ale – Rich amber color and complex malty flavor make this award winner memorable. Brewed in traditional English style, its crisp hop balance.

Broken Oar India Pale Ale – Modeled after the traditional British IPA. Light mahogany in color with a subtle malt flavor and strong hop finish.

Pigasus Porter – Dark brown in color with a subtle chocolate flavor and a roasty finish. Add a shot of 3 olives espresso vodka or vanilla vodka for a stronger beer.

Black’s Bridge Stout – This hearty beer has coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a roasty finish.

Seasonal Beer – Ask the server

Ace Hard Cider – This is a light bodied cider, moderately sweet and crisp with a taste of apple cider.

Friends

Edgewater officially opens on Thursday May 9, 2013 11:00 AM. The patio will be a great gathering place when the weather is nice. We were fortunate to attend the pre-opening practice night for the staff.

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Now on to the menu:

There are a handful of appetizers offered. The Edgewater staff votes that the fried green beans are the best pick from the app menu. I think the buffalo drummies and the fried cheese curds sound interesting. We did not try any of the appetizers.

The main menu consists of Salads, Burgers, Bratwurst, and Big City Red Hot Dogs finishing with a create your own called “Take it to the Edge”

We shared the “The Rado” burger, BBQ Bacon Burger and Philly Bratz” My personal favorite was the Rado Burger – Bacon, Avocado, tomato, green chilies, chipotle ranch and provolone cheese. Each entrée comes with a side. The side choices are hand cut French fries, tempura beer battered onion rings, BBQ baked beans, Apple curry slaw.

The hand cut fries are small and seasoned nicely, the onion rings are HUGE and the baked beans are bland. The ketchup is chipotle seasoned very delicious and the bbq sauce has a bit of stout in it very good as well.

The atmosphere is very relaxed you won’t find your favorite game on TV in this pub. It’s a place where friends can come together and enjoy a cold beer and great meal.

I loved the added touch in the rest room. Fresh flowers and hand lotion!

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So head on down to  Edgewater Tap & Grill ask for my friend Suzanne and she will take excellent care of you!

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Backyard Potluck & Beer Exchange!

Last Saturday night I attended a fun Backyard potluck and Beer Exchange.  I received an e-mail from the hostess with the following information.

5:00 – Until?

Potluck: Bring a main dish, side dish/salad or dessert to share.

Beer Exchange: Bring a 6 pack (or 12 Pack) of your favorite beer, an unusual beer or seasonal beer (for newbie’s, we will put all the beer together and go through and pick a variety pack that you can bring home or enjoy at the party.  

Kids Cookie Exchange: If your kids want to participate, have them bring 2 dozen cookies (no nuts please) and they will exchange and go home with a variety of cookies.

World Premiere video: Be the first to see the World Premier showing of the Leadville 100 video montage.

We will also have some backyard games to play (bags) and ill have a campfire at dark with S’mores of course.

 

Tre Amicas!

If you are looking for a fun party to have this is the one! I arrived late due to the mini me’s volleyball game and really didn’t have time to make a dish so I stopped at Nick and Willy’s for a take and bake pepperoni pizza. This was a brilliant idea because the kids had something to eat. Besides we all know that I am not so good in the kitchen.

There was so much food to choose from. I started with chips and homemade salsa while sipping on a Pyramid Apricot Peach ale. Love this beer!

Apricot Ale perfectly combines the taste and aroma of fresh apricot with the smooth finish of a traditional wheat beer. It’s refreshingly unfiltered character and fruit flavor make it an ale worth savoring.

My newest friend who just moved here is from PA and 100% Italian made peppers, sausage with homemade sauce oh yeah delicious the Chef would have loved it.  Then I tried two different chicken green chilies. I had to combine them because one was really spicy. Yummo! Now on to dessert. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie this cookie is awesome! I am full now! Time to try a new beer.

I decided on the Blue Moon Apple Carmel Spiced Ale. I chose this beer because I love Blue Moon. This beer is not near as good as the regular Blue Moon.  

So Crisp, You’ll Want to Bite Right Into It.

Limited Autumn Release.

In anticipation of the blue moon on August 31, 2012, we reached out to our fans to help us craft our next Blue Moon®. We started by taking suggestions from our fans, and then we brewed three beers based on their input. Then came the hard part—tasting the beers. Our fans voted for their favorite, and with that we now welcome Caramel Apple Spiced Ale to our collection of limited seasonal releases. We blend apple juice with cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malts for a warming spice taste to stir up the tastes of fall.

Blue Moon Brewing Company, Golden Colorado

After we all stuffed our faces with delicious food it was time for the beer exchange.  The hostess sent the kids in the house for the cookie exchange. It was time for adults to get rowdy! The houseboat cooler was full of all different kinds of beer. Many that I have never heard of or tried.

How the exchange works is you ask a question and line up in that order to start filling up your six packs. This game gets EVERYONE talking including all the introverts. We laughed at the end of the night because we might not know the person’s name but we know many other things about them.

I am going to attempt to remember the questions and the order they were in.

  1.  How old are you? Line up oldest to youngest. (The oldest get to pick the first beer in the cooler)
  2. What state were you born in? Line up Z-A. (Mind you we all had a couple of beers by now and the alphabet backwards was a challenge)
  3. What is your middle name? Line up A-Z.
  4. What was the mascot of your high school? Line up Z-A.
  5. How old were you when you lost your virginity? Line up youngest to oldest.
  6. What is the year of your vehicle? Line up oldest to newest.

We laughed a lot and had some interesting conversations. This is a great way to get to know new friends and try some new beers. My six pack consisted mostly of pale ales. I am not much for a stout or porter. I tried a Karma the following day. I liked this beer much better than the Blue Moon.

Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Colorado

Beer Style: Belgian Pale Ale
We believe in Karma. We suspect most of you do, too. It truly is a global concept: very simply put, “you get what you give.” Inspired by this principle and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we’ve created Karma Ale, a decidedly fruity and estery ale, intricate in body and nose, all driven by a unique Belgian yeast strain. Remember, good things DO happen to good people. Here’s to being good!

 

One of the girls at the party had the opportunity to ride the Leadville 100. The hostess and her family had some video from the race to share. Talk about inspiration!

This is it. The race of all races. One hundred miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. Created for only the most determined athletes. Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breath — while the views try to take it away. The 100-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Columbine Mine, 12,424 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to all of the athletes that gave 100% and made it across the line — from 6:32:24 to 11:59:59 to more than 13 hours! It was a tough day out there for all but there were amazing displays of courage, guts, grit and determination displayed throughout the course by all (how about those head winds!).

What a fantastic party! My mini me was calling and I needed to head home before the fire and S’mores! I highly recommend a gathering like this anytime. I have not had any of the other beers in my six-pack as of yet but will share the findings when I do.

What’s your favorite seasonal or unusual beer?