Tom’s Urban 24 Opens Today, Oct 31

Tom's Urban 24

This review is a collaborative effort of the PJ Hoberman, Ginger Pelz, and Jim Halligan powerhouse-diner-trio.   It’s 2am. You’ve left the bar willingly after that last necessary shot. And you’re hungry. Really hungry. For bacon. Bacon! And a water. So much water. And mac n’ cheese with green chili and carnitas. In my face! […]

DAM Gogh de Gard – now available for a limited time at The Rackhouse

Dam gogh dillon dam beer release

Filed under “cool things being done with beer” – Last night at the Rackhouse a keg of DAM Gogh de Gard was tapped for those who truly appreciate the creative and subjective agility that exists between the worlds of art and brewing. The Rackhouse is one of two places (the other being the Dillon Dam […]

The Friek Is Back! Odell Brewing celebrates the 2012 Friek release

We don’t post many press releases anymore, but this beer is just too good to miss. Keep an eye out for Odell’s Friek. Fort Collins, CO. – On November 10, 2012, Odell Brewing will release this year’s batch of Friek. The Kriek and Framboise hybrid returns for its third year.   “Friek is certainly one of […]

Rackhouse 3rd Anniversary Bash: Dry Dock Tap Takeover

Halloween is kind of a big deal for me. I love getting dressed up and seeing other people’s costumes. Also: binge drinking. No, “binge drinking” is a negative term. How about “unmoderated levels of drinking”? That sounds better. This year, I decided to do something a little different and drink good beer for Halloween instead […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Elevation Brewing Co. Prostator

Elevation Brewing Company Prostator Smoked Doppelbock This beautiful smoked doppelbock was not only one of my favorite beers at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, but it blew me away when we paired it with a maple bacon pork roast.  Prostator was a limited release to members of the Rare Beer Club, but I’d highly recommend […]

GABF Week Photo Recap

GABF involved way too much drinking for me to put into words.  So here are a few slideshows detailing my week.   Tuesday – Beers Made by Walking at Wynkoop:   Wednesday – The Lion, The Bear, and the Brewmaster (Firestone Walker Beer Dinner) at Mile High Station:   Friday – Denver Rare Beer Tasting […]

Free Beer Friday, Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

Guess what beer is pictured below, send your answer and your mailing address to, and the first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 5 Illegal Pete’s locations.     To start it off, we’ll give you a hint. Here are all the beers available […]

Weekend off the Wagon – October 26-28

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday With Halloween on a Wednesday this year, will you celebrate this weekend? Next weekend? Wednesday? ALL THREE? There are plenty of parties going on this weekend. We picked a few that sounded a little different than the norm. Game of Thrones party? $1000 Costume Contest? Grace […]

Rackhouse Pub Anniversary Party this weekend

Rackhouse Pub celebrating their third birthday this weekend. In their normal way, they’re throwing a ridiculous party. Did you see their New Year’s Party last year? Ya, they don’t mess around when it comes to celebration. From the source: As is the Rackhouse Pub tradition, we don’t half-ass our anniversary party. We’ve been scheming this […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Deschutes Black Butte Anniversary Vertical

Deschutes Black Butte Anniversary Vertical – just one of the many reasons we love GABF.   [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!]

Crooked Stave Cellar Club Memberships On Sale Monday, October 22

If you were lucky enough to join Crooked Stave’s Cellar Club this past year, stop reading this post and go renew your membership. Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project began their Cellar Reserve Club in 2012. At that time, they didn’t even have a tap room. […]

Weekend off the Wagon – October 19-21

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Zombies! Zombies! Everywhere! And an 80s Ski Party to boot. Combination costume? Ya, do that. Beyond parties with flair, there’s a few chili cook-offs and Becoming Van Gogh is at DAM starting Sunday (for a few months). Oh, and A-Basin is open. Also, we’re throwing a […]

Free Beer Friday – Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

Guess what beer is pictured below, send your answer and your mailing address to, and the first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 5 Illegal Pete’s locations. This past Friday night, the downtown Illegal Pete’s did a New Belgium tap takeover and put the […]

Super-Sized Dale’s Pale Ale Cans Revealed Thursday

Taller than a typical pint glass, heavier than a plate of nachos, able to destroy sobriety in a single serving!  Look, on the bar!  It’s a tube of tennis balls!  It’s a cylinder of Pringles!  No, it’s the new 19.2 ounce cans from Oskar Blues!  Yes, the extra-tallboy cans of Dale’s Pale Ale, strange visitors […]

A Benefit for Nico – Tonight at Euclid Hall

You may not know him. He may have served you a great cocktail, or you may have never set eyes on him before. But Nico Eymar – aka Nico the Frenchie – has been a pillar of the Denver food and beverage industry, slinging drinks at Rioja for the past seven years. Last Friday, Nico […]

Pop Up Harvest Wine Dinner with Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg? Yes, Please!

Can’t get enough of Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg? I certainly can’t. And I’m not just speaking of his charm, but of his consistently fabulous product.  If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of enjoying a meal prepared by the Top Chef Season 5 winner, then I recommend you join me and fellow wine writer LeVar Battle, […]

Fireman’s Brew to be distributed in Colorado

Nobody should feel guilty for imbibing a fine-craft beer but, just in case you have an overactive conscious, here’s your chance to drink well and support a very noble cause. Fireman’s Brew, a craft brewery from the Los Angeles area, will soon distribute to Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company.  The brewery was founded by […]

Fans of local booze brave the cold at Cultivate Festival

Anybody who doubts Denver beer geeks are among the most devoted of all brew lovers wasn’t at last Saturday’s Chipotle Mexican Grill-sponsored Cultivate Festival.  Who, besides we burly, mile-high suds-guzzlers would endure hours of sub-freezing temperatures in City Park simply to get our frozen fingers on a sample of local beer?  Who else would wrap […]

Food for Wine & Wine for Food- Strategies for Successful Pairings

As the sommelier of Il Posto, I field hundreds of oenological questions on a nightly basis. These questions range from the basic to the incredibly complex. The majority of my nights revolve around deciphering our wine list and translating the contents of any given bottle to its potential consumer. The lion share of my evening, […]

An Interview With Master Cicerone Rich Higgins

Rich Higgins Breakfast at Lou's Food Bar

With the city’s annual rodeo of beer events, Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall fame had a chance to sit down and chat with Rich Higgins, master cicerone, covering everything from snacks to the laws of physics. Denver Off The Wagon: How did you get into the Cicerone program? Rich Higgins: Brewing at Thirsty Bear Brewing […]