About Chris Bruns

Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Examiner.com. Contact Chris by e-mail at chrisdbruns@gmail.com or through his blog at www.beerincolorado.blogspot.com.

How I lost and regained my culture at Biergarten Festival

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I am German-American.  That is, I thought I was German-American.  My last name, family tree, and pasty complexion point to Germanic roots.  I like beer, I like sauerkraut, I own a pair of lederhosen, and I was mildly pleased to see Die Mannschaft hoist the World Cup trophy.  I assumed I was as German as […]

18th Annual Biergarten Festival: Don’t wait until Oktoberfest to party like a German

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October/September is Christmas Day for the German-American.  It’s Oktoberfest time!  A time to revel in Old World heritage, polka till you drop, stuff your face full of bratwurst and sauerkraut and, of course, indulge in copious amounts of Germany’s greatest cultural achievement: beer.  Yes, Oktoberfest is a grand event indeed, but why confine the Deutsche vivacity […]

Colorado Brewers’ Festival to mark 25 years

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The Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF) is Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 in downtown Ft. Collins’ Civic Center.  Hours each day are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. I know what you’re thinking, another speck of salt in the ocean of beer fests.  True, it’s easy for festivals to get lost in the crowd (after all, according to […]

“I do” with a brew: Hosting a craft beer wedding

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I have two great passions.  Two influences that give meaning to my life, prevent me from falling into a pit of despair, shield me from the wretchedness of existence.  The first and foremost deterrent to utter hopelessness is my beautiful, loving, supportive fiancée, Nicole, the woman whom I love and whom I will wed this […]

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Dan Rabin’s Colorado Breweries: A comprehensive profile of breweries in the Centennial State

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As a Colorado beer geek, out-of-state (but like-minded) friends often ask “what’s your favorite brewery?”  Egad!  Why not ask Bartholomew Cubbins what’s his favorite hat or Wilt Chamberlain his favorite lady-friend?  In all cases, the options are too numerous and too unique to make a definitive answer; they’re all great but for different reasons. If […]

Wash Park beer advocates to Denver’s craft breweries: Brew 3.2!

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The proposed ban on all alcohol in Wash Park has been vanquished!  The zero-tolerance policy spearheaded by Councilman Chris Nevitt was intended to curb public drunkenness and make for a safer, more respectable park experience but opponents claimed it was the lackadaisical enforcement of the rules which resulted in unruly crowds and that many of […]

Finding the Lord in a lager: Regis University’s brewing program

From these hallowed halls, the next generation of brewers will emerge.

The ancient Egyptians brewed to honor Osiris.  The Trappist monks brewed to feed their community and fund their holy missions.  Benjamin Franklin is often (mis)quoted as saying, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”  Indeed, anybody who’s placed a well-crafted beer to their lips knows this universal truth: the path […]

The CBC through the eyes of a future brewery owner

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It might be expected that an event known as the “Craft Brewers Conference” involves a good deal of beer drinking.  That assumption doesn’t go unfounded. From brewery tours to the sudsy welcome reception at Sports Authority Field to the royal pint of Centennial State Pale Ale all guests received upon arrival, there was enough alcohol at […]

2014 WBC Medals: How does Colorado stack up to the rest of the nation?

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On Friday, April 11th, the final evening of the Craft Brewers Conference, the bi-annual World Beer Cup (WBC) awards were announced.  Although the WBC is usually inundated with submissions from American craft brewers, it is truly a global contest bringing together Old World masters and new school innovators.  Amid foreign and domestic competitors, how did […]

Denver: Fourth cheapest city for beer drinkers (maybe)

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“Cheap beer” isn’t a term usually coupled with Denver; the city’s propensity for craft beer means local taps typically pour high-quality—but pricey—suds.  Denver seems more like an $8-snifter-of-barleywine kind of drinking town rather than a place to get pitchers for a buck fifty (although even beer geeks enjoy cut-rate brewskis from time to time).  Yet, […]

Dry Dock Quadruples Production in 2013, More on the Way for 2014

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In the year 2013, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Co. quadrupled its production. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Yes, from 3,273 barrels (BBLs) in 2012 to 12,000 BBLs in 2013, Dry Dock’s been cranking out beers at about four times their previous rate and all in the span of 365 days.  That kind […]

Marijuana and Alcohol: A Call for Peace

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Colorado is a state of rebellion.  Oh, sure, there’s much posturing in Texas due to their former status as an independent nation and the Original 13 Colonies certainly have a revolutionary past but consider the following.  Which city won an Olympic bid, then snubbed the IOC saying thanks, but no thanks?  That’d be Denver.  Where […]

Drink Like a Russian: Beer

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Bitter Siberian winters.  The unforgiving Taiga.  Oppressive Czarist regimes.  Oppressive Communist regimes.  Oppressive current regimes.  The Cold War.  The “Miracle on Ice.”  Rocky IV.  Excuses for Russians to drink are never in short supply and, whether they’re spirits, beer, or wine, alcoholic options are equally abundant.  As the Sochi Winter Olympics near, we at Denver […]

Stouts: A History and Examination of Dark Beer

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This February, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and it’s various Boulder and Denver outposts will usher in the 20th  anniversary Stout Month, a 28 day celebration wherein the majority of Mountain Sun’s taps turn to the dark side, spew forth from their faucets the black, frothy elixir known as stout beer.  It is a time […]

Colorado College Town Beer Showdown

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It’s college bowl season and, while no Colorado school is playing in any significant game (no, CSU, the New Mexico Bowl is not significant even if you did win it in dramatic fashion), the heat of in-state rivalry still burns bright.  The Centennial State hasn’t yielded anything impressive in the way of collegiate sports lately—at […]

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New Beer’s Eve: Toasting with a Good Brew

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New Year’s Eve parties are a time of champagne toasts and tumblers of Scotch—is there any room for craft beer?  I think so.  At the end of the countdown, when the big hand and the little hand point straight up on the clock, why not hoist some sudsy goodness in lieu of more traditional libations?  […]

How to Name Your Beer: 11 Types of Labels

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You raised the funds and you rented a space for your brewery.  Then, you sourced your equipment, acquired the proper licenses, and completed the build-out.  After that, you bought your ingredients, you schlepped heavy sacks of grain to the mash tun, you toiled in the too-hot brew room and, finally, after months (possibly years) of […]

Embracing Winter at Parade of Darks

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For the life of me, I’ll never understand why people in Colorado bitch about the snow.  For one, this is Colorado and this sort of meteorological phenomenon ought to be expected; if we were living in Key West during a blizzard then I’d understand the surprise—not so startling when we’re situated at the base of […]

White Snow and Black Beer: Wynkoop’s Parade of Darks

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Fresh, flitting snow—delicately alighting upon the earth with its virginal whiteness—pairs best with the teeth-staining, belly-busting corruption of a stout, barleywine, or black IPA.  Indeed, when the seasons turn cold, when the blizzards roll in, and when the nights outweigh the days, it’s time to put away the crisp, light lagers so well-suited for the […]

A Non-Expert’s Pseudo-Scientific Look at the Issue of Brewery Oversaturation in Denver

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Note: I’m neither an economist nor a fortune teller.  I am, rather, an observer reporting on what I’ve witnessed in my day-to-day life as a beer geek.  Much of my argument is qualitative, comparative, and when I do use statistics, it’s quite possible that I’ve not considered all variables.  If you want a scientific, straight-forward […]

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