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National Sour Beer Day

National Sour Beer Day

National Sour Beer Day at Parry’s Pizza

This blog is brought to you by our beer buyer, Katie Nierling

My early days as a craft beer neophyte sour beers were on the rise and pioneered in Colorado by the likes of Avery, New Belgium and Crooked Stave to name a few. It was mid May in 2013 and my best friend and I arrived at Crooked Stave for ROY-G-BIV day, Rainbow Day, and the final release of the Wild Wild Brett series, Violet. It was a 100% Brettanoymces fermented experimental ale brewed with pomegranate and Lavender, then fermented on whole passion fruit and dry hopped. There was a buzz about the day as the line wound around the building, nearly everyone arriving with another rare, limited or sour in hand to pass down the line – bottle releases sometimes being the best bottle share in town. I don’t think that Crooked Stave imagined that the release would draw that crowd and while it was successful it might also be viewed as an unmitigated disaster to those to walked away empty handed – the beer selling out and nothing allocated for outside distribution. I held onto that beer for a few years; knowing it was the last in the series a part of me had a hard time ‘letting go’ but while some brewers encourage cellaring of certain beers, it is designed to be consumed, shared and enjoyed. I don’t recall the exact flavor profiles but I do remember a door opening for a desire to learn more about sour beers and their often times, very difficult process.

I do not begin to know all there is to know about the fermentation and care involved to produce a well made sour, but I have a respect for those brewers who do spend years cultivating wild yeast in barrels – drawing those distinct whiskey, rum, tequila or wine barrel characteristics to blend with the bacteria’s added ending in a flavor profile unlike any other. Some will make you pucker as if drinking a lemon drop candy, while others will highlight a rustic funk combined with an aged fruit and subtle hop character. The combination of tartness with fresh fruit makes a hot summer day complete for me. The prevalence in the market today gives anyone a shot at liking a sour beer, much like IPA’s there are so many interpretations out there, one does not have to be intimidated to try.

Fast forward to 2017 and just last weekend I was privileged enough to take part in the release of New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve series – the reinvented and reimagined specialty and sour line from this storied brewery. The team at New Belgium has built what many affectionately call the ‘foeder forrest’, a collection of foeders sourced since the late nineties integral in the building of the La Folie series among many other sour iterations from New Belgium over the years. Le Kriek Noir is an assertively sour dark blend from two continents and three years in the making. Authentic to its Belgian roots, a small portion of Oud Beersel from Belgium is blended with a single foeder of dark sour beer and aged in the brewery’s original wine barrels stemming from the start of the program in 1998. The first sip is lip puckering, but sharp aromas and flavors of cherries are immediately present. The next few sips the sour subsides and the complex flavors from the barrel aging take over with a rich and woody finish. It is a perfect illustration of the innovation and evolution in sour beers. New Belgium led the way years ago and now they have thrown their hat back in the ring so to speak, showcasing where we can all expect sour beers to go.

Parry's Pints - select craft beers for $4

Parry’s Pints August – Cheap Craft Beer

AUGUST: get a full pour of these five craft beers for only $4 the entire month!

  1. True Blonde by Ska Brewing Co. – Blonde Ale, 5% ABV, 20 IBUs
  2. Travelin’ Light by Left Hand Brewing Co. – Kolsch Style Ale, 4.8% ABV, 22 IBUs
  3. Amber by Alaskan Brewing Co. – Alt Style Ale, 5.3% ABV, 18 IBUs
  4. IPA by Dry Dock Brewing Co. – New England Style IPA, 7% ABV, 49 IBUs
  5. Drumroll by Odell Brewing Co. – Unfiltered American Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV, 42 IBUs

All day. Every day. No happy hour needed.

Dogfish Head Brewery Tap Takeover. Big. Scary. Beer.

Dogfish Head Tap Takeover: BIG. SCARY. BEER!

TAP TAKEOVER

Big. Scary. Beer. With Dogfish Head Brewing

Saturday, August 26 – 11am

It would be a shame to not bestow some gratitude for such a stalwart of the craft beer community. What better way to do that than to tap a plethora of their products and call it a party. Good, clean, summer fun with some amazing people and a deep dive into some of their great products.

Representation of the brewery will be on hand to converse with customers, talk swag and beer and maybe share some beer or pizza with you. Who knows.

We expect to be tapping the following beers and we sure hope there’s enough to go around for all of the passionate craft beer geeks out there:

120 Minute IPA, World Wide Stout, Olde School, Barley Wine and more TBA.

loyalty program

Announcing: Our New Loyalty Program, “Empire City”!

Parry’s Pizza would like to announce the launch of the newly-devised loyalty program, “Empire City”.

We’ve known a lot of you for years and some of you for only days. Either way, we feel that it’s only fair to reward your continued patronage with a loyalty program. It’s called, Empire City! Your loyalty to our restaurants should be rewarded. You spend lunches and dinners here and the libations, of course, you drink those here, too.

We are proud to introduce to you “Empire City”!  A simple and easy loyalty program to acknowledge your visits and reward your decision to frequent our establishment on a regular basis!  The more often you visit, the bigger the reward!  And the coolest part is “Empire City” has a very simple for you to unlock all of the greatness that awaits you!

Get over to this page to get signed up. It’s super simple and you can do it from your mobile device, laptop or on your old school desktop setup. We just need a couple of pieces of information so that we know who all of these rewards need to go to. Just by signing up, we’ll spot you 50 points.

Gift card purchases also count toward your total points. So, you made someone angry. Gift cards work as great apologies. Special someone has a birthday coming up. Perfect. Gift card. Your boss? Yeah, gift cards work on them, too. Killing two birds with one stone by purchasing gift cards and gaining points toward your journey through Empire City.

Also worth mentioning: Empire City has several levels of “status” and with each level you rise comes shinier objects as rewards. After accumulating a nice chunk of points in Empire City, you will be elevated to a new level with special perks and after doubling that in a year, you earn “Top Tier Status”! Once you’ve obtained your “status” you can never lose it. Ever! No matter what, you will always have your “status”.

Thanks for being a loyal bunch of enthusiasts and we can’t wait to see how great this new loyalty program will be for everyone!

Parry's Pints - select craft beers for $4

Parry’s Pints July – Cheap Craft Beer

July – five new cheap craft beers, only $4 each for the entire month!

  1. Lime Pilsner by Uinta Brewing Co. – Pilsner, 5.3% ABV, 14 IBUs
  2. Parry’s IPA by Epic Brewing Co. – American Style IPA, 6.2% ABV
  3. All Good by Bull & Bush Brewery – Amber Ale, 6% ABV
    Gold, Peak Radio Brew Fest 1997, Gold, Colorado State Fair 1998,
    Best in Show, Colorado State Fair 2005
  4. Blue Ski by Epic Brewing Co. – Lager, 5% ABV
  5. Sidecar by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Orange Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV, 35 IBUs
Parry's Pints - select craft beers for $4

Parry’s Pints June – Cheap Craft Beer

June – five new cheap craft beers, only $4 each for the entire month!

  1. First Cast by Elevation Beer Co. – American IPA, 6%
    Gold, US Open Beer Championship 2013
  2. Landon’s Blood Orange Wanna Walk Wheat by Epic Brewing Co. – Wheat, 5%
  3. Hop Abomination by Dry Dock Brewing Co. – American IPA, 6.5%
  4. Laughing Lab by Bristol Brewing Co. – Scottish Ale, 5%
    Nine GABF awards since 1994
  5. Tropical Torpedo by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – American IPA, 6.7%
Happy Hour Specials

New Happy Hour Specials at Parry’s Pizza

New Happy Hour Specials

A change has been made to our happy hour that we think you are going to love!

Happy hour is special to lots of our customers for various reasons. Most of those reasons revolve around discounted libations and food that can be had at not quite the end of the day, but close to it. We like nothing more than making sure our customers are happy about our happy hour and we believe that we have curated a very handsome happy hour offering.

Like most places, our happy hour lasts longer than just a single hour. Why wouldn’t it? People’s schedules differ vastly from one another and to just have one hour would be an injustice. Our happy hour runs Monday (ughhh, Monday) through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. If you’re not a drinker, grab a few bites of food to tide you over into the dinner hours. If you ARE a drinker, you should expect some good drinks on the cheap. We’ve done just that.

Our Real Dill® Bloody Marys have gained quite the loyal following at our stores and if it’s important to you that you support Colorado-born companies, this is your drink. Real Dill® is from right here in Colorado and if you haven’t had one of our Bloody Marys made with their tasty mix, you’re just not livin’.

You can now enjoy these Bloody Marys during our happy hour for only $4.99 each. To round out the list we’ve added signature Margaritas for $3.99 and all well drinks and house wine will be priced at $3.99 each.

Our Parry’s signature beers, brewed here in Denver by Epic Brewing Co.,  also make an appearance on this list. Get our Parry’s IPA, Crushin’ It Cream Ale and Landon’s Blood Orange Wanna Walk Wheat all for just $3 each for a full pour.

Maybe dinner will be late tonight. No big woop. Our happy hour drinks are served right aside some specially priced food deals:

9” CHEESE PIZZA – toppings additional 5.99

LIBERTY WINGS  – golden brown breaded boneless chicken wings smothered in your choice of any sauce from below
Homemade Zesty Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot, BBQ (regular or hot), Garlic (regular or hot), Teriyaki (regular or hot) 10 pcs  4.99

MADISON SQUARE BITES – breaded macaroni and cheese served with white ketchup 4.99

POLO GROUNDS PARM BITES – our famous pizza dough, made fresh daily, rounded, fried, then tossed in a parmesan and spice mixture and served with homemade marinara for dipping  4.99

“BODEGAS’ BEST” CRISPY BEANS  – breaded, deep fried and golden brown green beans served with white ketchup 4.99

CHAP’S CHIPS – natural cut potato chips tossed in our blend of secret spices served with a side of bbq 2.99

Stop in and check out our new happy hour specials. We’re pretty proud of this lineup and we think you’ll be enjoying this for weeks to come.

Parry's Pints - select craft beers for $4

Parry’s Pints May – Cheap Craft Beer

May – five new cheap craft beers, only $4 each for the entire month!

  1. Boulevard Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co. – Unfiltered Wheat, 4.4%, 14 IBUs
    Silver, Australian Intl Beer Awards 2010. Gold, GABF 2008
  2. Wit Beer by Epic Brewing Co. – Belgian Style Wit, 5.1%, 15 IBUs
    Bronze, LA Intl Beer Competition 2014
  3. Samurai by Great Divide Brewing Co – Rice Ale, 5.5%, 20 IBUs
    Gold, GABF 2013, 2014, 2015
  4. Hazed Hoppy Session Ale by Boulder Beer Co. – Session IPA, 5%, 38 IBUs
    Bronze, US Open Beer Championship
  5. Voodoo Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing Co – American IPA, 7%, 50 IBUs
Cigar City Launch

Cigar City Launch Party at Parry’s PIzza

Cigar City Brewing Launch Party at Parry’s Pizza

A new brewery enters the state and it deserves a party
Thursday, May 18th – 6pm to 8pm

Cigar City Brewing is hitting the market soon and we’ve prepared just the event to showcase their crafted brilliance: a launch party. It has taken some time for them to get their beer here but it’s finally upon us and we couldn’t be happier. Way better late than never.

The masses here in Colorado have been looking forward to this day for some time and it’s finally here. You can cash in on such beers as Jai Alai, Maduro Brown, Tampa Lager, Florida Cracker, Invasion Pale Ale and two other specialties we will be announcing as the event draws nearer.

There will be representatives on hand to talk shop (craft beer).

Get it on your calendars:

Thursday, May 18th, 6pm – 8pm
Parry’s Pizza
9567 S University Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Barrels of Beer - Drink beer and help kids

Barrels of Beer and Family Fun for our Charity, Bags of Fun

Barrels of Beer for Bags of Fun

Drink beer and soak up some sun for our charity, Bags of Fun

SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH – ALL DAY

We take great pride in helping a local, Colorado-born 501(c)(3) that addresses very specific needs for children that have been afflicted with some scary challenges. If we are going to put our money where our mouth is…well, the breweries will, too! This event has been curated to see to it that Bags of Fun can continue to do their work and you, the craft beer lover, can join in on this fine day.

In fact, this event will cater to not only the craft beer lover, but also the craft beer lover’s children. Adults will be sipping on craft beer that has been donated by several Colorado breweries and they can rest assured that all proceeds from these donated kegs are going straight to Bags of Fun. The children in attendance will be able to take part in building their own personal pizzas for lunch, playing some games on the patio and even have their face painted. Who doesn’t like a good face painting?

Our Signature Beer partner, Epic Brewing Company, is among a group of breweries that will be donating a keg for this event.  Also joining in the fun will be Oskar Blues, Breckenridge and Left Hand . Each brewery rep comes with activities like bags or corn-hole, event ticket giveaways, swag and a few surprise tricks up our sleeve to keep the kids and adults entertained all day.

This event will be happening at our Highlands Ranch location only on Saturday, June 17th starting at 11am. Technically, the event runs all day but here are some of the highlights of the event and when they’ll be going down.

11a – 12p – Epic Brewing will be tapping a special firkin of our very own Parry’s IPA flavored with Mike and Ike’s. We’ll be calling this, ‘Mike & Ike’d Parry’s IPA’. They will also be providing a free brewery tour to anyone that can guess how many Mike and Ike’s are in a jar.

12p – 2p – Breckenridge Brewery will have their art project installation on hand for the kiddos. This is a traveling art exhibit that they encourage kids to participate with/in. It’s mostly a lot of fun for the kiddos!

12p – 2p – Kids Build Your Own Pizzas – . Kids get to make their own pizza, hand it off to our staff and it comes out of the oven just the way they wanted it.

1p – 3p – Our face painting specialist will be in the house applying art to the faces of those interested. Adults welcome.

2p – 4p – Oskar Blues will have some games on hand for the kiddos to play. There will be things like life-sized Jenga and corn hole.

7p – Left Hand Brewing will be raffling off tickets to their very own, Leftapalooza Party for those that make a monetary donation to Bags of Fun.

Be on the look out for our very Parry’s Prize Wheel spinning on our patio. If you make a monetary donation to Bags of Fun, you get the chance to take a spin and win some pretty decent prizes.

Beyond our donated beer menu, we will also be taping some serious beer including the following:

120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head
Xibalba by Wicked Weed
Oil Man by Elevation
Barrel-Aged Death by Coconut
Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island
Barrel-Aged Vanilla Porter by Dry Dock
Strawberry Farmer’s Reserve by Almanac
La Folie (2014) by New Belgium

Hope to see all of our regulars out for this one. It should be a hoot!