About Josh Rapp

Josh is a beer and whiskey enthusiast. He is a home brewer and a long time member of the Denver Whiskey Club and Denver Homebrew Club. He also makes Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey for money.

TRVE Brewing Company: Grand Opening Recap & What’s on Tap

It was a hot Wednesday afternoon but the bar was packed during the grand opening of TRVE Brewing a couple of weeks past.  The dark, heavy metal-themed space was offset by sunlight streaming through the large windows that look out on Broadway.  TRVE’s narrow but long communal area is accentuated by a large wooden table […]

Row 14: They’re Doing it Right

Before I even start this article I have to tell you all about Row 14’s new On the Road, Off the Vine, To the Table initiative.  Row 14 is teaming up with Il Mondo Vecchio Salumi. You pay only $350 (they’re seriously making no money on this). You get a two-day, all-inclusive trip that includes […]

Caution: Brewing Co. Opens Tap Room

If you still haven’t been able to try a Caution: Brewing Co. beer it’s a shame, but understandable as they have been hard to find… until now.  Caution will finally be opening up their tap room this month, just in time for Colorado Beer Week.  They are located right off of I-70 and Peoria, which […]

Whole Foods Micro Brews for Micro Finance

Check out this beer tasting for a good cause.  Tickets are only $10 for GA and $15 to include a pint glass and help out a little more.  With either ticket you’ll get libations from Avery Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing, Strange Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing, Downslope Distilling, Republic Tequila, Denver Beer Company, Oskar Blues, Del Norte, […]

Last Chance for Stout Month Recap – Featuring the Colorado Beer Girl

Hey it’s stout month and it’s time for a recap on beer blog writing thus far! Leah Arthur, The Colorado Beer Girl, and I sat down for a couple of stouts over at the Vine Street Pub last weekend with plenty to report and taste. I was feeling quite sleepy and decided to start off with […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 10 Wit’s End Brewing

Brewery Name: Wit’s End Brewing Company Website: witsendbrewing.com Year Founded: 2011 The Bawss: Scott Witsoe Year Round Brews: 4 Seasonal Brews: 2 Tap room/Tour hours: Thurs 4-8pm, Fri – Sat 2-8pm Josh’s Favorite Beer: Kitchen Sink Porter. I can confirm that it’s super tasty Chris’s Favorite Beer: The Mad King – Weizenbock Guest’s (Rat Man’s) […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 9 Del Norte Brewing Co.

[Day 8, Caution, is a bit delayed. Enjoy Day 9!] Brewery Name: Del Norte Website: www.delnortebrewing.com Year Founded: 2006 The Bawss: Joe Fox Year Round Brews: 3 Seasonal Brews: 2 Tap room/Tour hours: Fri – Sun 4:30 – 7:30pm Josh’s Favorite Beer: Manana (pronounced like banana… probably) Chris’s Favorite Beer: Luminari Guest’s (Lisa and Bill […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 7 Dry Dock

  Brewery Name: Dry Dock Brewing Company Website: www.drydockbrewing.com Year Founded: 2005 The Bawss: Kevin DeLange Year Round Brews: 8 Seasonal Brews: Officially 7, but you know there are more Tap room/Tour hours: Sun – Tues: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm, Wednesday: 12:00 pm- 9:30 pm, Thursday: 12:00 pm- 10:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm Josh’s […]

Wife Out of Town Special Day 6: Denver Beer Co.

Brewery Name: Denver Beer Company Website: denverbeerco.com Year Founded: 2011 The Bawss’s: Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford Brews: It’s honestly always changing. There are definitely a lot of frequent favorites, but they just tap whatever is fermented. Tap room/Tour hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday – Thursday 3 – 10pm, Friday and Saturday Noon – Midnight and Sunday […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 5 Breckenridge Brewery

Brewery Name: Brecknridge Brewery Website: www.breckbrew.com Year Founded: 1990 The Bawss: Ed Cerkovnik Year Round Brews: 6 main beers Seasonal Brews: at least 6 at any given time.  Look out for 471 IPA and Pandora’s Boch–out now Tap room/Tour hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11am till at least 9pm Josh’s Favorite Beer: Regal Imperial […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 4 Arvada Beer Company

Brewery Name: Arvada Beer Company Website: http://www.arvadabeer.com Year Founded: 2011 The Bawss: Kelly Floyd Year Round Brews: 5 Seasonal Brews: 1 Tap room/Tour hours: Monday through Thursday 12 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM to 11 PM, Sunday 10PM to 9 PM Josh’s Favorite Beer: Pale Ale Seasonal (yummy–tastes like cannabis) Chris’s Favorite […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 3 Renegade Brewery

Brewery Name: Renegade Brewing Company               Website: http://www.craftbrewerydenver.com/ Year Founded: 2011 The Bawsses: Khara and Brian O’Connell Year Round Brews: 3 consistent brews Seasonal Brews: Everything else.  There are 8 tap handles and only 3 main brews so do the math. Tap room/Tour hours: 3pm to 8 or 9pm […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 2 Strange Brew

Brewery Name: Strange Brewing Co. Website: http://www.strangebrewingco.com Founded on: May 19th 2010 The Bawsses: Tim Myers and John Fletcher Year Round Brews: 6 as well as root beer Seasonal Brews: There is no specific number but you can always expect something special to be on tap Tap room/Tour hours: M-F 2-8ish and Saturday 12-9ish.  Ask […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Day 1 Great Divide Brewing Co.

Brewery Name: Great Divide Brewing Co. Website: greatdivide.com Year Founded: 1994 The Bawss: Brian Dunn Year Round Brews: 9 Seasonal Brews: 8 (four of which are seasonal Yetis) Tap room hours: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sunday-Tuesday and 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Wednesday-Saturday. Tour hours: M-F 3 and 4pm Sat-Sun: 2:30-5:00pm (every 30-45mins) Happy […]

Wife Out of Town Special: Ten Breweries in Ten Days

Not that we need a reason to drink a lot of beer, but Chris Rippe’s wife leaving town for ten days is as good a reason as any. Today we embark on our heroic journey to bring Wagon readers all that is noteworthy from breweries in our great city. Ok, so we added a couple […]

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, […]

Root Down’s New Bar and Food Program is Dressed to Impress

The leaves are turning, there is snow on the ground once a week and it’s much harder to wake up in the morning. And occasionally it’s 75 degrees. Fall is here.  For me, Autumn has always been a great time for change, and the pros at Root Down couldn’t agree more.  And they have definitely changed for […]

Big Beer Crawl – GABF style – Tuesday night

GABF is upon us, and in our “We were never on the wagon in the first place” fashion, we’re going to kick it off right. If you like beer and good company then join us tomorrow to make the most of your Tuesday night! We’ve got a beer crawl tomorrow, Tuesday, the 27th of September, […]

Jack Rabbit Hill: Local Love from a Hidden Gem in Hotchkiss

By Josh Rapp and Jen Fowler Many people in our great state have inclinations toward all things local over all things not local.  Jack Rabbit Hill Winery and Peak Spirits have had “all things local” as their focus since they started up in 2000.  You may have seen bottles of Cap Rock gin or vodka […]

GABF Beer Judge School Tickets on Sale Now

So, you want to be a Certified Cicerone®?  Those that have gone through the ringer will tell you of the tasting portion of the test.  It involves styles, off-flavors, etc., and in order to receive this prestigious beer certification, you gotta know it all. On the Tuesday of GABF week (September 27th), Rackhouse Pub is hosting a GABF […]