About Bess Dougherty

Bess Dougherty's life revolves around hooch. By day she has the pleasure of making beer. At night this dame can often be found sipping whiskey and beer around town. This bearcat is also an avid homebrewer. Yar.

Sweet Lady Collaborations: One Gal’s Thoughts

Lady collaboration brew number three is in the fermentor. It’s set to release mid-September. As I write this, I’m sitting alone with my thoughts in an apartment in Los Angeles.  I have spent the past few days getting to know the people of the LA craft beer scene.  As I’m from Denver, these folks are eager to […]

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Colorado Collaboration of Awesome: The Full Story

SkaPeachCraft boys

A couple of months ago I told you cats about a secret I had been keeping regarding a Colorado collaboration of epic proportions.  With the arrival of GABF it is time to share with you all of the (not so) gory details. It all started with an invite from Mr. Moose of Peach Street Distillers […]

Denver Whiskey Club Honors GABF

For their October meeting, the Denver Whiskey Club is celebrating GABF and Denver Beer Fest the best way they know how: by sampling whiskey barrel aged beers.  The meeting is this Thursday, October 4th, at 7pm at Wynkoop.  As per usual, the cost to attend is $10.  For more information and to RSVP for the […]

Wynkoop has shiny new sticks.. and balls.

This week Wynkoop Brewing Co. announced the impending release of their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.  The beer started out as an April Fool’s joke with a hilarious video, but the brewery decided to make the beer a reality.  The beer is a 7% Foreign Style Stout with an approximate 3 ball-per-barrel ratio.  The beer pours a rich […]

Sweet Lady Beerventure

It all started innocently enough with a simple comment from my boss: “So apparently Alan down at Phantom Canyon made a sour mash cherry beer.”  I was intrigued, and needed this in my face. Colorado Springs really isn’t that far away and there are some other breweries down there.  One could make a nice little day […]

Orange Spice Cupcakes with Peach Street Distillers’ Peach Brandy

Orange spice cupcake!

This whole summer thing?  Yeah, I’m over it.  As a result I decided to make some cupcakes that remind me of fall.  It is my personal way of trying to force a change in the seasons.  A little bit of fruit, a nice dash of spice, and the use of a brown spirit in the […]

Colorado Collaboration of Awesome

Barrel tasting at Peach st.

Alright kids, I’ve been keeping a secret. An epic Colorado collaboration has been stewing for months now.  Back in April, I was lucky enough to bear witness to the 3-day beginnings of this project.  Involved parties include Freshcraft, Peach St. Distillers and Ska Brewing.  The final product will be released the week of the Great American […]

Great Divide Rocks the Casbah with Wolfgang Release and a Block Party

Great Divide is all set to release their newest seasonal offering, and what better way to do so than with an epic block party? Wolfgang is a dopplebock that originated on the brewery’s new pilot system.  The beer is already available in the tap room but is due to hit liquor stores across the land […]

Paloma Coma Cupcakes

Paloma Coma

Summer time is the time for tequila-based cocktails and all of the time is time for cupcakes. With these delicious morsels I managed to combine the two. One of my all time favorite tequila drink is the Paloma with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, tequila, and just a bit of lime. As you may or may […]

Denver Whiskey Club June Meeting

It’s that time of month again… Denver Whiskey Club time! Jameson isn’t just a popular drink, or a historic brand. In Ireland, it’s practically a way of life. So when Kate Flanagan talks about telling her father back in County Louth that she’d joined the company as a Brand Ambassador for the U.S., you can […]

Blueberry Lime Cupcakes

It’s summer time again kids and that means light and fruity rules the streets.  One killer combo I have discovered is blueberry and lime.  Nice and tart with a bit of juicy sweetness.  The beer I chose to use for this recipe is Wild Blue blueberry lager.  On its own it is far too sweet […]

My Beery Tattoo

This time last year I was on an epic beerventure in Belgium.  That trip changed my life in ways I never would have imagined. To mark the one year anniversary of this trip, and hell, to kick off American Craft Beer Week, I decided to now was the perfect time to get a new tattoo. […]

Denver Whiskey Club goes Tequila Crazy!

Whiskey club time is upon us once again and this month things are getting a little crazy.  Tequila crazy. This Tuesday, Star Bar Scruffy Murphy’s, 8pm. Details: Hey guys! Here we are again – our next meeting is upon us and we’re taking a field trip in both location and palate. This coming Tuesday, May […]

Ska Brewing Anniversary Party Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets to the party that puts all other parties to shame are on sale now.  Ska Brewing’s 17th anniversary party will be September 8th down in Durango.  Reel Big Fish is headlining.  As a dear friend once told me, “Reel Big Fish never disappoints. EVER.”  Head on over to Brown Paper Tickets, snag a couple […]

Colorado Represents at the World Beer Cup

We all know Colorado breweries make some fucking phenomenal beer.  Now breweries across the state big and small have shiny new plaques to prove it. The Craft Brewery Conference in San Diego wrapped up the weekend with the World Beer Cup awards gala. The World Beer Cup is a bi-annual competition that judges the creme […]

Strawberry Sweet Lady Cakes

Sweet lady strawberry

Dudes, it’s motherfucking sweet lady beer season again.  If you know me at all you probably know that Colette is one of my favorite beers and I fondly refer to it as Sweet Lady beer.  To celebrate the release of this years batch I did what I do: made cupcakes. Makes approximately 24 cupcakes Cupcake: 2 […]

Mocha Raspberry Cupcakes

Shiny pink things and beer

It was Aubrey’s birthday last week.  You guys don’t know Aubrey but she is one of the best people I have ever met.  She loves coffee and pink lipstick as much as I love coffee and red lipstick.  I thought what better  for her birthday cupcakes than combining coffee with awesome shiny pinkness?  Thus, my […]

Denver Whiskey Club gets their Irish on

  It’s that time of year again, where everyone is a bit Irish–and this definitely rings true for the Denver Whiskey Club.  For this year’s March meeting, the talented Mr. Robert Sickler will walk the group through some fine Irish whiskey.  The meeting will be held at Scruffy Murphy’s, Tuesday March 13, with pre-meeting hangout starting at 7:30pm […]

Avery’s Muscat d’Amour hits Denver

Denver beer hunters, heads up!  A little birdie just informed me that cases of barrel release number No. 10, the beautiful Muscat d’Amour, has been delivered to accounts around the Denver Metro area. If you do a little poking around and ask the fine folks at your local bottle shop nicely, you may just be able to get […]

Cheeky Monk Celebrates International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, Cheeky Monk will be offering a special paddle on March 8th featuring beers from women-owned breweries.  The paddle will be available at both the Denver and Westminster locations.  Featured brews include Urthel’s Saisonniere, Hop-It & Samaranth, and St. Feuillien’s Printemps.  So stop by and grab a paddle in honor of all of the amazing beer […]