Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver

Oskar Blues has constantly helped our beer review section grow over the years, allowing us to enjoy a variety of their brews, including their IPA, Chubna, Death By Coconut, Hotbox Coffee Porter and Pinner.

We were able to stop in to their new location during our trip to the Denver area. As soon as we walked in the door, we marveled at the decorations and polish of the bar, tables, and overall ambiance of the location. Despite being downtown during the early evening, there was cheap parking literally next door to the restaurant. The Oskar Blues Grill & Brew remained busy throughout our visit, but there were ample enough staff and space to keep a light and air feeling throughout.

Appetizers

The Bacon Candy ($5) was formidable. The additional layer of sugar that enrobes each of the bacon makes for a sweet, salty, and savory beginning to a meal. The Deep Southern Fried Pickles are breaded, giving people a nice little jolt as they chomp into each bite. The assertive flavors of these pickles would pair nicely with an India Pale Ale or other fruit-forward offering.

Entrees

The sides offered at the restaurant are pretty snazzy takes on new American fare, with crab & corn fritters, cheddar grits, a baked macaroni & cheese and asparagus offered as side plates ($4 ea). We chose two entrees – a “There’s A Hippie In My House”, a sandwich which adds chicken and mozzarella to arugula, tomato, avocado, and red peppers. The sandwich was finished up with hummus and pesto, we were quite pleased at the bevy of flavors that were present. The additional texture given it by the arugula and chicken ensured that one $16 sandwich was more than enough for two servings. Each of the burgers that OB offers here begin with a 1/2 pound patty. Whether one has a Trustafarian Burger ($14) which has arugula, goat cheese, bacon, and honey or the Silo Burger ($15, comes with a goodly amount of BBQ pork with Dale’s original hot sauce, pepperjack and Bacon), one can be sure they have a fulfilling meal. The burger was cooked to a perfect medium while the cold elements were crisp and provided a nice contrast to the bold beef flavors.

The Beer

Of course, it would not be a visit to Oskar Blues if there was not some beering going on. We tried a trio of their main-line and seasonal brews, including the 2018 Fugli, G’Night and Pinner.

Fugli (5.8%) is a different beast than the initial version, linking considerable citrus and fruit elements contributed by the Yuzu and Ugli Fruit with a solid hop snap and ample wheat element. After the bold flavors of the G’Night, the much brighter side to Fugli was a palette cleanser.

For those looking for a big beer before a game or during one of the , the restaurant offers 4-ounce pours of their 12.9% bourbon barrel-aged Ten Fidy which was perhaps the best BBA variant of any stout we’d tasted last year.

Details

The restaurant’s brunch menu is offered on Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 3pm.  The Oskar Blues Grill & Brew is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 10 pm, Thursdays 11 am to 12 am with ample weekend hours (11 to 2, 10 to 2, and 10 to 10 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays respectively).

If you find yourself in the Denver area and want good southern-inspired food and a world class slate of suds, make the OB Grill + Brew your first stop.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver / https://www.oskarblues.com/

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4th of July Beach Party Ideas – How to Throw an All-American Birthday Bash on the Beach

The 4th of July is one of the greatest excuses to throw an all-out early summer bash. But since it’s a pretty big deal, being America’s birthday and all, you have to fully commit and make it the most amazing party since…well…the last July 4th. To get you ready, we’ve got some awesome 4th of July beach party ideas that are perfect for a party on either coast.

Happy Birthday, America

Maybe we love it because we feel all patriotic. Maybe it’s that we love the sights and sounds of fireworks exploding over our heads. Or maybe it’s because it’s the only holiday that usually falls on a weekday (and we love getting drunk on a day that we would normally be at work). Whatever the case may be, on July 4th, we always go hard.

 

Don’t Forget the Basics

It wouldn’t be much of a birthday celebration without awesome food, flowing drinks, and party games. So if you’re getting ready to set up your 4th of July bash on the beach, you’re in the right place. We’re breaking down the best ways to throw a party worthy of America’s 242nd birthday.

 

Don’t overlook the essentials, like chairs, beach towels, buckets and coolers for drinks, and tables to set up a spread of food. You can ask your guests to bring their own, but it’s always better to provide the basics…let’s be honest, no one really enjoys lugging chairs through the sand.

 

Set things up ahead of time so that when your guests arrive, all they have to do is take off their shoes, grab a drink, and dig their toes into the sand.

 

Everything Red, White, and Blue

Stay true to the Independence Day theme and keep all your décor red, white, and blue. That means everything.

 

Toss red or blue beach towels over some white beach chairs. Have plenty of red, white, and blue napkins, plates, cups, tablecloths, and utensils on hand. You can get away with classic silver metal beer tubs, but make them festive by adding an American flag to each.

 

And if you really want to go all out, you can make sure your drinks and food options are red, white, and blue too. (More on that in a bit).

 

The point is, the 4th of July is the peak day of the year for wearing stars and stripes or wrapping yourself in flag blankets. It’s cool to be patriotic all year long, but on the 4th, it’s an absolute must.

 

The Food

If you’re ambitious and want to go the Martha Stewart route, you can make lots of festive red, white, and blue foods. Now you might not be able to do it with everything, but it’s super easy to do with desserts.

 

With strawberries and blueberries and whip cream, you can serve mini strawberry shortcakes, vanilla ice cream cones topped with fruit, colorful berry tarts, red velvet cupcakes with blue and white icing, berry parfaits and trifles…you get the idea.

 

As for the main course, hot dogs and burgers are always a classic. But that won’t score you any points for originality. Since you will be on the beach, if you want to step it up a bit, serve fresh steamed lobsters that keep with the color theme.

 

The Booze

We could (and we probably should) write a book on all the cool, colorful, awesome cocktails that are perfect for a July 4th party. But we know all you boozehounds have your own individual preferences on what you like to drink, so we’re just going to give you two must-have suggestions here.

 

For craft beer drinkers, there’s one IPA that you need to have on hand – Firestone Walker Union Jack. And there’s two good reasons: 1) it’s one damn tasty beer and 2) the Union Jack name and flag on the label let us get in a few digs at our British friends (who, just for the record, have equally as much fun at our July 4th parties as we do). It’s a must.

 

The other thing that you need to stock is Blue Curacao. It’s key if you plan on making any festive blue drinks.

 

The Games

A beach party isn’t a beach party without some games. Bring a football and/or a Frisbee…have some boogie boards on hand when it’s time to hit the water…set up a game of corn hole (preferably one decorated in an American flag print).

 

In case anyone is feeling active after all that food and booze, set up a net for a game of beach volleyball. If you want extra points for DIY creativity, string your volleyball net with white fairy lights so you can play long after the sun goes down.

 

July 4th isn’t July 4th without a fireworks display, so hopefully your beach party is within distance of a nearby fireworks show. And just in case it’s not, have some sparklers on hand so you can light it up when the sun goes down.

 

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Something for the kids (and adults): Children’s Museum of Denver

Before we moved to Arkansas, we were fortunate enough to stop by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Our daughter was a little bit on the young side at that point, so she was unable to properly get into some of the exhibits. While she was a bit older for our visit to the Little Rock Museum of Discovery, there were still a few things that she was unable to enjoy. Fast-forward a few months, and we were invited to check out the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.

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Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price

Part of the fun that we have when going out on the road for NeuFutur has to be the variety of restaurant chains that we have the opportunity to visit. On our way back from Denver, Colorado, we had a pretty length return ahead of us. After a particularly daunting drive through New Mexico, we finally got into Texas and had a chance to stop at the Lubbock, Texas location of Dion’s. The store was well kept up and had a classic dining (think mid-1990s) feel to the decor. Continue reading “Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price”

Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit

We were lucky enough to take a night in Albuquerque, New Mexico during our trip out west. While there, we stopped by Isleta Resort and Casino, an oasis seemingly plucked from the desert. While we spend a good amount of time on the road each year, I feel that our stay at Isleta will be fondly remembered even 10 or 15 years after it had ending. Continue reading “Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit”

Hopdoddy (Houston, TX), a great bite before a show

We had a big night ahead of us – we made the five hour-plus journey from our house in SW Arkansas to the River Oaks District in Houston. We stopped by Hopdoddy Burger Bar to fuel up before Chromeo began their set. A trio of offerings – Space CiTEA, an alcoholic drink, Hopdoddy’s storied Green Chili Queso Fries, and the luxurious Buffalo Bill cheeseburger. Continue reading “Hopdoddy (Houston, TX), a great bite before a show”

Smoothie King for Summer Bodies (Shreveport, LA)

We take a number of trips here at NeuFutur, and there are times where we are on the road and are not feeling snack foods. Perhaps we’ve been on the road for an hour or two and we wouldn’t quite be ready for a full meal at that point. Typically, we make a sub-par decision and eat badly. However, with the summer rapidly coming up, getting back into some semblance of shape seems like a good goal. Continue reading “Smoothie King for Summer Bodies (Shreveport, LA)”

Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery a good way to wind down a day

When our daughter was about a year old, we were invited over to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. While there were a few attractions for her to visit, we felt as if she was not developed enough to enjoy many of the exhibits. Over our move down south and the intervening months, she has hit a number of developmental milestones. We decided to visit the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas, to see exactly what she would delve into. While it was a bit brisk that afternoon, we were able to find parking about a block away from the museum. Continue reading “Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery a good way to wind down a day”

N’Awlins Arkansas (Jonesboro, AR)

We were able to stop in Jonesboro, Arkansas for a precious few days earlier in 2018 and had the opportunity to stop at a restaurant, N’Awlins Arkansas, that is crafting some food that is simultaneously reverent of the time-tested Cajun and Creole approach while ultimately being expression of John and Glin Miller’s own unique cooking style.

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The National WWII Museum a world-class trip

We were lucky enough to make it down to the New Orleans area a few months back and were able to see the Superdome, Bourbon Streets, and the French Quarter. Something we were not tremendously familiar with before our trip was the National WWII Museum. We were lucky enough to be invited into the museum before we began our trip back to SW Arkansas.

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