Beer Man

Hops & Pie hosts Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest on Sunday

Maybe you went to the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival two weeks ago in Vail. Or maybe you've checked out the Great American Beer Festival, the biggest beer fest of all. If you have, then you know how big "big" can be.

Now, it's time to check out how small "big" can be.

On Sunday, Hops & Pie, the new beer-centered pizza place in Northwest Denver, will hold Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest, featuring two staples, Gubna and Mama's Little Yella Pils, from Oskar Blues and two uncommon firkins of beer rarely seen outside the brewery's own establishments, Oaked Old Chub and Double Dry-Hopped Gordon.

"We got really lucky with Oskar Blues," says Drew Watson, who owns Hops & Pie with his wife, Leah. "These beers aren't just the usual suspects. These are really unusual."

Hops & Pie will shut down for regular business that day; the festival, which is 21-plus only, starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include all you can drink of Oskar Blues beers.

The Watsons plan to make the Littlest Big Beer Fest a monthly event; on February 13, they'll host Great Divide, followed by Left Hand, Fort Collins Brewing and a selection of California beers distributed by Elite Brands of Colorado.

"We are trying to support the craft beer crowd and have some fun," Watson says.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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