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Oskar Blues CHUBurger Now Open in RiNo!

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Some days all you want is an affordable beer and burger meal. For those of us in north Denver, look no further because CHUBurger in the RiNo neighborhood is now open as of today! Last night I attended a pre-opening party thanks to Yelp Denver and got a sneak peak into one of my new favorite spots (brews ‘n’ burgers put a strange spell on me….). CHUBurger is an offshoot restaurant of Oskar Blues, a brewery and eatery founded way back in the late ‘90s in Lyons, Colorado. The first CHUBurger in Longmont opened in 2013; this is the second location. Focusing on locally-raised meats from Colorado farms, CHUBurger is your classic farm-to-table restaurant with a plethora of alcoholic beverages (think Oskar Blues beers and Colorado whiskey) to whet your whistle. Down the hallway, another Oskar Blues venture, Hotbox Roasters, brews sustainably-sourced coffee. They’re now open for business as well. I really love Oskar Blues and all of their businesses; they like to keep the focus on LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, and IMPECCABLE TASTE.

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The pre-opening event was the perfect introduction to the new neighborhood spot. There were food and beer samples from CHUBurger, live music from a string duo, impressive gift bags for attendees, and coffee and donuts at HotBox Roasters next door.

CHUBurger has 30 taps filled with Oskar Blues beers and other craft beers, ciders, and sours. As keeping in line with the local attitude, many of the taps are from breweries or cider houses in RiNo, like C-Squared and Hogshead Brewery, or from other spots along the Front Range. My beers of choice last evening were all brewed by Oskar Blues: the Priscilla (an American Wit with notes of orange peel and coriander), Beerito (a Mexican lager with flavors of walnut and toasted bread), and Droppin’ Beets dry-hopped French saison, which was my favorite. They also have boozey shakes… That’s right. Shakes with booze. Last night I sampled the chocolate Hard Hand Shake, aka a shake made with Colorado-proud Spirit Hound whiskey, chocolate shake mix, and Old Chub Nitro. I never thought I would like the mixture of chocolate and whiskey, but you better believe I do now.

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Boozey shakes for the win!

I got to sample some things of CB’s new menu including:

  • Chuburger: Grass-fed black angus beef, CHUB bun, house dressing, smoked American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles
  • Crispy Clucker: Crispy chicken, CHUB bun, roasted garlic mayo, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato
  • Berk Burger: All natural Berkshire pork, honey wheat bun, house dressing, balsamic grilled onions, bacon, blue cheese, butter
  • Gonzo Garbanzo: Veggie falafel, honey wheat bun, Greek yogurt tartar sauce, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, tomato, red onion
  • Roasted Beet Salad: IMT wine roasted beets, trendy raw greens, dried cranberries, goat cheese, candied walnuts, quinoa
  • Shoshito Fries: Made with shoshito peppers
  • Mama’s Beer Battered Onion Rings

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My favorite items were the Chuburger and the roasted beet salad. The burger was cooked to perfection and the salad’s flavors were perfectly layered for a sweet, complex taste. I am itching to try the cheese curds, salmon burger, and potato pierogies next time I stop in. Needless to say, I’m pretty ecstatic that CHUBurger is now located within walking distance from my house and offers a great selection of beers and affordable food! You really can’t go wrong with a concept like this.

CHUBurger RiNo and HotBox Roasters are located next door to each other at:

3490 & 3450 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

Holiday Gifts for the Bloody Mary Lover

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Oh, the holidays. It’s that time of the year again! When you are working, commuting, and trying to balance some play into that repertoire, holiday gift shopping can be somewhat burdensome. Struggling with my own gift shopping this year, I thought I would create a mouthwatering list of 10 amazing gifts for the Bloody Mary lover in your life. I know I would happy with all (or any one) of these gifts, so happy shopping and happy holidays from Bloody Mary Tour.

1.) 16 oz. Mason Jar Glasses (4 Pack) by Lily’s Home

Perfect gift for Bloody Mary lovers who like to make cocktails for all of their friends.

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2.) Cajun Style Pickled Quail Eggs (2 pint jars) by J&S Farms

A unique garnish that is cute taboot and flavored with Cajun spices.

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3.) Benny’s Beef Straws (Original or Chipotle)

Instead of grabbing classic plastic straws for a gift, why don’t you gift these tasty beef straws instead?

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4.) Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mixes (8 oz Variety Pack – Set of 4)

Tried and true, these Bloody Mary mix kits only require you to add tomato juice, vodka, and ice. A great gift for the traveling Bloody Mary lover or someone who just wants to save space in the kitchen.

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5.) “You Say Tomato But I Say Bloody Mary ” T-Shirt (Women & Men’s T-shirts)

For the fashionable Bloody drinkers.

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6.) Bolder Beans Pickled Green Beans (3 pack variety, 16 oz jars)

Delicious pickled green beans available in mild, medium, and hot. A must-have garnish for the Bloody Mary aficionado.

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7.) Novelty candy canes (Wasabi, Bacon, and Pickle)

I just bought a pack of the wasabi candy canes to make a Christmas-themed Bloody Mary. These are a great gag gift, though I will be using mine in a future Bloody Mary recipe (stay tuned!).

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8.) “Make Mine a Bloody Mary!” Pint Glass

A useful gift for all.

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9.) Demitri’s Bacon RimShot

For bacon and Bloody Mary lovers alike, this rimmer is a tasty treat.

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10.) Bloody Mary Gift Pack

This gift pack would be perfect for that special someone in your life who you want to spend big bucks on… This gift pack includes four highball glasses, bamboo picks, a mini recipe book, Bloody Mary mix, celery salt, garlic salt, oregano, thyme, garlic hot sauce, ghost pepper hot sauce, chipotle pepper hot sauce, and whiskey habanero hot sauce.

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Note: This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.