It is time—time to eat with your hands and a knife, dress in furs, and embrace your inner barbarian. Since 2017, the Barbarian Feast, a beer dinner like no other, is a hot ticket, selling out each year.
I am married to the man (Ryan Schlaefer) who thought up the Barbarian Feast. It had been in his mind for at least a decade or so, and in 2017 we made it happen with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, who thankfully, saw the vision.
Today, the feast is held as a fundraiser for the American Legion, Post 2000. It is an appropriate nonprofit to be involved as they help with planning and set up, and come well-armed to the feast. All proceeds from Barbarian Feast go to the Loveland Veterans Assistance Fund that goes to help vets right in the town where the feast is held.
It’s vital to everyone involved in the planning that you have a good time, so here’s the lowdown.
Barbarian Feast is held at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse at 623 N. Denver Avenue in Loveland, Colorado.
Dressing as a barbarian is not required, but those who do not always feel like they should have—you have been warned. Pro-tip: Fake fur is available at places like JoAnn’s Fabric.
There will be drums. We have connections that provide us access to local drummers who set the evening’s barbaric mood.
Barbarian Feast has had, from the beginning, belly dancers. Yes, belly dancing happens. Troupe Sidysaan not only entertains, they understand the concept of a barbarian feast. Quite honestly, these ladies were born to participate in this event.
Complete with costume changes, this fabulous dance troupe is living proof that women are beautiful and strong, and can wield a sword alongside anyone.
A crowd-favorite at last year’s fest, Axe to Grind provides free access to axe throwing all evening. Their downtown location at 217 E. Third Street next to the dine-in theater, has axe-throwing booths and a bar. If you haven’t been, it is fun.
For Barbarian Feast, they bring their mobile axe throwing unit to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.
The food at this event has to be seen to be believed, but I will tell you that this lineup is worth the price of admission. Nick, of Friendly Nick’s Butcher in Fort Collins, provides the feast. He has an eerie understanding of what “barbarian feast” means and in the past has included foods such as head cheese and pig feet.
However, if that doesn’t sound appealing, he also provides veggies cooked to perfection… and all forms of meat piled high like sausage and chicken. Of course, there is bread and a variety of appetizers like nuts and grapes.
Food is one of the biggest pieces of this event so come hungry and ready to feast.
There is a feasting caveat. Barbarian Feast does not provide plates, utensils or napkins. Do you know any barbarian who has a use for such things? No. Food is served on big platters and bread makes a useful plate. We, therefore, advise you to BYOK (bring your own knife)—that’s how we dine at Barbarian Feast.
Last, but certainly not least, there will be beer. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, an award-winning brewery in Loveland, provides several types of beer for thirsty barbarians. And, for some reason, it tastes even better when poured into a barbarian drinking apparatus, provided to ticket-holders at the feast. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided as well.
This is an adults-only affair so please leave your little barbarians at home.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
6 to 11 p.m.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 N. Denver Avenue
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Chuck Osborn, individual