Tidbites | Week of August 22, 2013

Photo courtesy of Left Hand

Late summer lager

Left Hand Brewing Company has announced the release of its Oktoberfest Märzen Lager, brewed “true to style” as a German lager, a Left Hand press release says. The 6.6 ABV beer is brewed with Munich and Pilsner malts and is brewed starting in late spring, as lager brewing typically takes longer than ale brewing.

The copper-colored lager has a complex, malty flavor. Its recognizable blue-and-white lion logo was specifically named in Boulder Weekly’s 2013 Best of Boulder as a reason Left Hand won the staff selection for best beer labels. Oktoberfest has also won bronze in the German-style Marzen category three times from the Great American Beer Fest.

The beer is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles at various liquor stores. It will be available until mid-October, ideally, says Left Hand Marketing Coordinator Emily Armstrong. Around that time, Left Hand will release its next seasonal, Fade to Black.

U can taste this

The first diamond rapper will appear at A Taste of Colorado Sept. 1, performing his hits alongside the servings from more than 50 of Colorado’s restaurants and caterers.

MC Hammer, whose 1990 album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ’Em was the first album in hip-hop to be certified diamond by selling more than 10 million copies, will take the stage at A Taste of Colorado at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. Hammer recently appeared onstage with Korean pop artist PSY to perform a mashup of “Gangnam Style” and “Too Legit to Quit” that featured Hammer’s trademark dancing.

Denver’s annual Labor Day festival will again occupy the first weekend in September, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The food available in the park ranges from tacos to hot dogs to Greek to Indian, with gelato, cupcakes and coffee thrown in as well. Music, arts and crafts and kids’ entertainment rounds out the four-day festival.

Admission to the festival is free; sadly, the food is not. More information is available at www.atasteofcolorado.com.

Get fresh

Boulder’s Steelyards on 30th Street will soon be home to a new restaurant concept from longtime culinary instructor Christine Ruch. Fresh Thymes Eatery, at 2500 30th St., will be Boulder’s first community-supported restaurant, or CSR.

Similar to the community-supported agriculture model, the CSR offers customers the opportunity to pay for a membership up front in exchange for money off at the restaurant every month and member specials throughout the year.

Fresh Thymes will offer five levels of membership from $250 for a year, which in return gets members $12 to spend twice a month for at $288 value, to $5,000, which lasts three years and provides members benefits like two free family meals per season and an exclusive activity with Ruch once a year.

Fresh Thyme has not yet published a menu, but its website emphasizes chef-prepared cuisine that’s convenient and locally sourced.

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday. Its grand opening event will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

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