No. 10: The Roundtree – A New Year’s Tradition

Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, can get a bit redundant, so my friends and I would find ways to amuse ourselves during the holidays. And, being certified band nerds (I was Band President — the nerd leader), my friends and I were never really invited to the cool kids’ parties on New Years Eve. Therefore, […]

No. 9: How to Get Santa’s ‘Stache

This year, spirits have been keeping me warmer than beer and I have mixed a few of my favorite ingredients to create a special holiday cocktail.  I’ve always loved anything with gin or whiskey, but I’ve recently started to explore cocktails with eggs.  I find that most things with vodka are better replaced with gin, […]

Weekend off the Wagon – December 30 – January 1

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Happy New Year! Everyone ready to drink, make out, drink, and pass out? Sweet, let’s do this. We’ve got an ongoing list of bars with special hours, closings, and tappings, for this week. Check it out.   Track 1: Friday: Hit up every bar you’ve been […]

No.8: A Glögging Contest

They don’t call it Heroes Glögg for nothing. And when Mrs. Hunter brings home 3.5 litres of port, brandy, and wine, you don’t ask questions. You roll up your sleeves and dig in. A few times I’ve talked about my mother on Denver off the Wagon.  She’s a fantastic lady.  And she gets a lot […]

The Liquid Diet

This Week in THE LIQUID DIET: like most of you, I was enchanted by the spell of the Holiday Season!  Which, like most of you, means that I was in the mood for booze.  There is something about this time of year that evokes a passionate drive to drink (responsibly of course).  Is it the […]

No 7: Manischewitz

Tonight is the 8th and last night of Hanukkah. That number is fitting. How old were you when you had your first drop of alcohol? I was 8. Eight days, that is. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was my בְּרִית מִילָה. Obviously. Part of the ceremony involves a blessing over wine. Thankfully, […]

No. 6: Jack, Tom and Jerry, and Don’t Forget the Slush

There are a lot of holiday family boozing traditions out there. I come from a very large family. My grandparents had 10 kids and I am the oldest of 40+ grandkids. This led to pretty big Christmas events and none of the family shied away from the drinks. My dad is a Jack and Coke […]

No. 5: Anisette

Some of my most treasured memories around the holidays are centered around a specific aroma. It always amazes me that a smell can bring you back to an exact moment of your childhood, good or bad. For instance, the magic scent of apple pie baking reminds me of the painful ceremony when parents asked to […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Firestone Walker Parabola

Firestone Walker Parabola – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout   [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!]

No. 4: A License to Drink…an Irish Christmas

I come from a long lineage of Irish drinkers (please note: I did NOT say alcoholics, I said “drinkers”) so drinking at the holidays always seemed normal. Being given a half glass of beer or a taste of this or that was never unusual but about the time I turned 12 or 13, I had […]

No. 3: Your Christmas Workout aka Grand-ma’s Eggnog

Eggnog comes in two varieties: shitty store bought and teen-age-male forearm of fortitude. Why the fuck anyone would mess with that stuff called ‘eggnog’ on the shelves is beyond me. If you want to drink that stuff, go full-hobo and sneak a shot of bourbon into your Starbucks Eggnog Latte. The first step to making […]

Euclid Hall declares January to be Beer Month

I’ve always considered every month “beer month”, but I also may have liver issues… Anyway. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen celebrates beer every day but January has been deemed Beer Month at the 14th Street temple of brew. Daily beer tappings at 5:00 p.m. feature new and unusual beers. Every Tuesday through the month we will […]

No. 2: The drink that brings out the kid in every alcoholic

While I come from a predominately beer-centric family, we do mix things up a little during the holidays by cracking open the hard stuff.  Since I was a kid and into the present, two of my aunts (both nuns) have made Christmastime synonymous with a special type of cocktail that you don’t drink—you eat. Called a Bourbon […]

Weekend off the Wagon – December 23-25 – Xmas edition

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday [Insert politically correct salutation here] To whatever you celebrate, or don’t, cheers. We hope you have a job, and that you get some time off from it this coming week. There’s not too much going on. A bunch of places have special hours this weekend. Check out our […]

Avery 2012 Festival Dates Released

Avery has released their festival dates for 2012. Mark your calendars now, book your tickets, find a ride, and get ready to buy early. Last year, SourFest sold out in 17 minutes.   10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival Friday & Saturday, March 9th & 10th, 2012, Avery Brewing Company Tickets ($40) go on sale […]

New Year’s Great Divide Tap Takeover at Rackhouse

That resolution you’re considering? The one about staying sober in 2012? Drinking less? Being mindful of your liver? Don’t even bother. Rackhouse and Great Divide are teaming up to make sure you start 2012 off right: on your couch, trying to piece together how the hell 2011 even ended. 20 taps, a Stranahan’s toast at […]

12 Days of a Wagon Christmakwanzakah

By now, you’ve seen a million emails and TV commercials touting the 12 Days of Christmas in order to get you to open your wallet. Per Wikipedia, “the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas may have no meaning at all. Its meaning, if it has any, has yet to be satisfactorily explained.” Reminiscing about our crazy […]

It’s The Hooch Life(style)

It’s been a busy fall/winter.  It feels like a whirlwind blew through Denver since even before GABF and the Mad Hatter’s Wonderland has begun.  That may also be due to the numerous cocktails I’ve consumed.  And it’s just the beginning. On Repeal Day, December 5th, The Hooch Life launched, a national online booze and cocktail publication.  While […]

Schedules for the holidays

Sticking around for the holidays? Here’s a list of who’s open when and what they’re doing. We’ll update this as more information comes in. Comment if you know something that should be on the list. Happy its-cold-out-so-drink-something-delicious-in-a-hot-tub season! Avery | City O’ City | Colt & Gray | Denver Beer Co | Freshcraft | Falling Rock […]

The Liquid Diet

This week a Tuesday jumped up and bit me! All of the sudden I realized I was a few drinks deep and thirsty for more. It was one of those, “I’ll just go have one” nights, and those usually end up in the most fun. Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM MST: I apologize […]