Bristol Batch 6000

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So Bristol turned 16 last year and in the business of making really good brew, they’re continuing that tradition in their release–and pairing dinner–of Batch 6000.  Here’s an excerpt of their story: Finally last year, after 16 and a half years in business, as our auspicious 6000th batch approached, Mike [Bristol] knew he wanted to […]

Welcome to Barrel Season!

Barrel-Aged

You might be wondering what I mean by ‘Barrel Season’, so I’ll explain myself.  You can find a barrel-aged beer on the shelves of any liquor store in town from January to December.  However, it’s around this time of year that their numbers appear to increase dramatically.  But it’s not just the pure number of […]

City O’ City Closes for Remodel August 1

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While recovering from a late Saturday night complete with a show at Benders, a slice from Benny Blanco’s, and dancing and downing tall boys of Red Stripe at Beauty Bar (don’t ask), the boy and I found ourselves at City O’ City on a Sunday afternoon sipping on some of the city’s tastiest blood marys. […]

Weekend off the Wagon: 7/28 – 7/31

Weather 7.28 to 7.31

If I had my weekend my way (with my multiple clones) these are some of the tracks I’d pick: Track 1:  Beers and Parties Thursday: Jump up to Oskar Blues to hit the back-to-back beer fun of Beer Culture the Movie and Firestone Walker Friday:  Check out the Denver County Fair and maybe see Billy […]

Colorado Brewed: Odell Double Pilsner

Odell Double Pilsner

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at hoptopia@gmail.com – or leave your ideas in the comments. The […]

Denver Beer Co Announces Opening Date and new Hire

Get excited! Denver Beer Co announced their ribbon cutting date. Their doors will open at 6pm on Friday, August 12. From their facebook page: Drumrollllllllllll….IT’S TIME! FINALLY we are excited to announce that kegs will be tapped and beer will flow at Denver Beer Co. on August 12th! Slap your butt on a bench in […]

Apricot Ale Cupakes with Vanilla Bean Bourbon Frosting

Dry Dock Apricot

Since it’s summertime, I figured I should make some cupcakes without using dark beer for once. I also figured that since I would be taking these little treats to the Denver Whiskey Club picnic, that they needed to have some sort of whiskey in them. So on one fateful rainy afternoon I came up with […]

Denver Summer Brew Fest Recap

Bop Skizzum

On Friday, I attended the Denver Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station.  This festival featured over 125 beers from more than 45 breweries, most of which were from Colorado.  There was also live music, food, and local vendors at the event which benefited the Swallow Hill Music Association.  From their website: “Swallow Hill serves […]

Beer Porn of the Week

Bully Porter

Boulevard Bully! Porter   [We'll share some beer porn every Monday* to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!] [*Monday: Sometime before Friday]

Euclid Hall Throws Party to Celebrate its First Anniversary

I love me a good birthday bash, especially when it’s a beloved beer bar.  See below for Euclid Hall’s press release on their 1st Birthday Party: Denver, CO — Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen on Larimer Square will be celebrating its first anniversary with a blowout party at the restaurant on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 serving […]

New Belgium Kick, Clutch collabs debut in August

New Belgium Kick Label

[Source: BeerNews.org] (Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com) today announced two new releases in its Lips of Faith series, “Kick” and “Clutch.” Both are collaboration beers suitably named in honor of their collaborative counterparts and each offers something fine and rare in the Lips of Faith tradition. Lips of Faith beers are New Belgium’s more esoteric creations, […]

Monday Morning Blues – Buddy Guy featuring Quinn Sullivan – Who’s Gonna Fill Those Shoes

Let’s start the week off right. With some blues. Buddy Guy played Red Rocks Saturday night, and brought 12 year old Quinn Sullivan up to play: Leave your Monday Morning Blues suggestions in the comments. Have a good week!

Spring 44 Launches Product in Denver at Euclid Hall

Spring44

On Tuesday, June 19th, Spring 44 (one of Sean Kenyon’s consulting projects) launched in the Denver market at Euclid Hall. And I’ll admit, I was apprehensive.  Last time Euclid Hall launched a product, it was American Harvest.  And at the Harvest launch, it felt like the old Martini Ranch has resurrected itself–complete with the skinny […]

Friday Afternoon Punk – The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl

We help you ease your way in to the work week with Monday Morning Blues. It’s time to get you amped up for the weekend with some Friday Afternoon Punk. Check out their song Bitchin’ Camero too, if you liked this one. Got an idea for next week? Leave it in the comments! Now go forth, […]

Brewery Updates: Black Shirt, Caution, Crooked Stave, Renegade, Ska, Vine Street, and Wit’s End

Black Shirt Brewing Fermenter Collage

Some updates from breweries around town. In this issue, Black Shirt, Caution, Crooked Stave, Renegade, Ska, Vine Street, and Wit’s End Brewing: Black Shirt Brewing New tanks are in. One 15-bbl fermenting tank and two 15-bbl brite tanks, brand spanking new from Premier Stainless. They just received the plans from the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and […]

Captain Midnight: Not your average beer. Not your average hero.

Captain Midnight

The second installment of the Chef Collaboration Series beers between myself and Bull & Bush Brewery is a hero of a different hue.  Being a Chef and being inspired by food and the potential for beer to be seen as food has always been enticing to me.  That is why my mission is to create […]

Weekend off the Wagon: 7/21 – 7/24

Courtesy of zenmagnets on reddit.com

YOUR WEEKEND FORECAST* Thursday, July 21st Isolated Thunderstorms High: 89˚ – Low: 65˚ Precip: 30% Friday, July 22nd Sunny High: 93˚ – Low: 65˚ Precip: 0% Saturday, July 23rd Sunny High: 91˚ – Low: 66˚ Precip: 0% Sunday, July 24th Partly Cloudy High: 85˚ – Low: 66˚ Precip: 20% * This is Denver. Bring a […]

Breckenridge Brewery Increases Production by 37.5%

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Breckenridge Brewery received two new big bright shiny 300 barrel fermenters yesterday. A barrel is 31 gallons. That’s 9,300 gallons per tank. These tanks will allow Breck to increase production by 15,000 barrels a year, or 465,000 gallons, or 4,960,000 12 oz bottles of beer, bringing total annual capacity to approximately 55,000 barrels. That is, […]

New Belgium Snow Day

New Belgium Snow Day

New Belgium recently got a label approval for a new beer, “Snow Day”. We don’t know much about it, except that it’s 6.2% and an ale, and appears to be draft only for now, based on the label approval being a keg cap. What kind of beer do you think Snow Day will be? [Source: […]

Where, oh, where has my bartender gone? Tales of the Cocktail, of course.

Cocktail Colt and Gray

As you stop in this week to your local cocktail joint, you may notice that your favorite bartender might not be behind the bar.  Bartenders, distributors, and distillers alike are jet-setting down to Tales of the Cocktail held in New Orleans, capital of the sazerac, from July 20 to July 24.  Every year, the booze […]