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 learned to stop worrying and tolerate #UpForWhatever

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Though I matriculated in Colorado, I am not a Buffalo nor am I a Ram.  I’m not even a Pioneer, Roadrunner, Falcon, Bear, or Oredigger.  In a state full of relatively obscure colleges, I chose the obscurest.  I am a Mountaineer. The reasons I chose to study at Western State College (now, to my irksomeness, […]

A photo tour of Breckenridge Brewery’s new Littleton digs

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Breckenridge Brewery’s new Littleton compound, located on a 12-acre lot between Santa Fe Drive and the South Platte River just north of the Aspen Grove shopping center, is slated to open in April/May of 2015.  While the site’s still under construction, major headway is being made and what might possibly be Colorado’s (maybe America’s) greatest […]

Oktoberfest 2014: Where to party in Denver

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It’s Oktoberfest season!  The beer’s flowing, the sun’s still shining, and it’s high time we donned our lederhosen and drank copiously in the biergarten.  Here are the places in the Denver area (i.e. from Golden to Aurora and from Northglenn to Castle Rock) where you can party like a German or, at the very least, […]

Just say “no” to Mocktoberfest

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It’s autumn in Denver, the “Munich of the West,” meaning Oktoberfest celebrations are beginning to dot the calendar.  The food, the beer, the music, the camaraderie, the crisp fall air; it’s a great time to be alive!  But attendees beware: not all Oktoberfests are created equal.  Sometimes, event organizers eschew the traditions of Oktoberfest, they […]

Meet the newest Colorado Native: IPL

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“We don’t believe the world needs another IPA.” Bold words, and only a week or so after IPA Day, but there they are, written in plain English on the back of the bottle.  When craft beer’s most prevalent style is, was, and continues to be IPA, who has the chutzpah to make such a controversial […]

Putting the BA’s mid-year report into perspective

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The Brewers Association (BA) released their mid-year report on the state of craft beer in America and—no real surprises—craft breweries have sustained continual growth in the marketplace.  The broad strokes of the BA’s study: In one year, craft breweries sold an additional 1.6 million barrels of beer (9 million this time last year, 10.6 million […]

Brew Dogs Season 2: An interview with James Watt

James Watt (above) and Martin Dickie (below), the Brew Dogs (Photo Courtesy: YC Media).

The latest and second Colorado-centric episode of Esquire’s Brew Dogs recently aired and it’s always a treat to see the outsider’s perspective on our state’s renowned craft beer scene.  To get an even more in-depth grasp on the episode, the show, and the minds of the hosts, I had the opportunity to interview James Watt, […]

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)

According to NerdWallet, the cheapest cities to grab a beer

“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 […]