Photos by John Mogos
Sundays are best served up with a side of bacon, beer and football. The first annual Denver Bacon & Beer Festival at Mile High Station on Sunday brought 900 pounds of bacon, 25 chefs, 20 breweries and 800 people together for the ultimate Sunday Funday.
The best compliment to bacon is beer. Winter seasonal beers tend to either be a little sweeter or bitterer, which pairs well with the saltiness of bacon. Breckenridge Brewery’s Christmas Ale, that has flavors of caramel and chocolate, was a great choice after indulging on a Duck Confit slider from TAG Burger Bar.
If you needed a quick bacon break(like that could actually ever happen), the mezzanine at Mile High Station offered a beer tour with stops at Prost, Boulder Beer, Grand Lake Brewing Company, Colorado Cider Company and Avery.
Avery Brewing Company’s brews paired amazingly with the Pork Belly Reuben from Blackberry Catering. So much for that bacon break!
I had to put my Snow Day from New Belgium down for just a moment so that I could enjoy the Bacon Ramen from Uncle Denver. I may make this pair a weekly staple in my diet.
Lala’s gave us a little reminder that bacon mac ‘n cheese is perhaps one of the best comfort dishes this time of year. Who doesn’t love bacon and cheese?
One thing I am sad about is that I missed Central’s Gerard’s Bacon-Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crème Fraiche Icing. I think it would have been the cherry on top of my Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Co.
This festival encompassed everything that a bacon and beer lover needs for the winter season. All the dishes hit the right spot and the beer gave that extra layer of warmth to brave the frigid temperatures outside.
And the cheering and beer shots during the Giants win was another bonus!
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