About Michelle Simons

Michelle likes beer, booze, bands, beards and boys. And alliteration.

SAVOR is everything GABF is not, and that’s not a bad thing

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Glancing around the elegant room at the National Building Museum, no where in sight is a single pretzel necklace, no dude-bros in PBR onesies or Waldo costumes. In fact, no matching outfits at all. I managed to drop and break my tasting glass and not a single “Ohhhh” was heard. Not one volunteer pouring my […]

My Crafting Involves You to Open a Beer

Trve Brewing Owner, Nick Nunns Getting into the Ninja Spirit

[box type="info"]Bowman will be signing her book at the Tattered Cover bookstore this Friday at 6:30.  You want to go to there.  Bring her a beer[/box] “My crafting involves you to open a beer.” And thus begins the beer crafting journey of Colorado native, Portland resident, author and beer lover, Shawn Bowman. It began after receiving that note […]

Tomorrow #DenverTweetup & Can Do MS Team Teledu Fundraiser

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Have you ever wanted to do something generous and good but your overwhelming need for a tasty craft beer gets in your way? Yes? Friends, today you are in luck!  Tomorrow beginning at 6:00 PM, head on over to Star Bar for a fundraiser supporting the Can Do MS foundation. A mere $6.00 gets you […]

The Big Beards of Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

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Matt Brynildson – Firestone Walker One of my favorite aspects of any beer festival is the beards.  I love the beards.  While everyone was busy drinking amazing beer, I was drinking amazing beer and stalking some bearded prey.  With that, I give you the Big Beards of the Vail Big Beer Festival.  Also, I wrote […]

Hugo’s Soft Opening Makes Us Hard

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The much anticipated opening of Hugo’s Colorado Beer and Spirits took place last week and we here at the Wagon could not be happier. Hugo’s is located at t 1205 E. 13th Ave (13th and Downing) and it’s focus will be on Colorado brews and Colorado distilleries. One stop shopping for all the great offerings […]

Let’s toast to the old guard: Last call at Lancer Lounge tonight

Update: We’ve received a statement from Frank Bonanno. “I think it’s always unfortunate when someone loses a business. It’s very sad. I wish her [Becky Conda - Lancer Lounge Owner] all the best, and I hope she has a great send-off tonight.” An insider of the Bonanno camp says that Frank has been supportive of Becky for many […]

Strange Brewing to Host GABF Beer Dinner

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Worried you don’t have enough beer options this week? Tonight, get some Strange with this highly economical and delicious sounding beer pairing dinner at Strange Brewing. Presented in cahoots with the yummy Worldwide Vittles food truck, a staple at Strange, $40 gets you a four course dinner complete with beer pairings, and live music from Fourth […]

Where to Feed your Drunky McDrunk Face After GABF

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It’s 10pm.  GABF is over.  A tubby and annoyed security guard just calmly pushed your drunken ass out into the street. You are starving.  What are you going to do?   Well, first and foremost, remain calm. Remember that you have a smart phone device and have saved this handy dandy list I have prepared for […]

Fridays at the MCA just got Weird

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Do you like your art mixed with cocktails?  Perhaps your cocktails mixed with art?  And a dose of oddness?  Well then, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver has just the thing for you. For $5 after 5 pm, Black Sheep Fridays at the MCA features great happy hour drinking from 5-7 pm and a special […]

Breckenridge, Avery Brewing Dominate Olympics!

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You haven’t seen Olympics until you’ve seen the Brewer’s Olympics. Track and field? What is that? Screw synchronized swimming, and screw Michael Phelps…no really, I would like to screw Michael Phelps. Where was I?  Oh yeah, Brewer’s Olympics!  For the second year in a row, Vine Street Pub hosted a veritable shit-show of a field […]

What Does Belgium Taste Like? Hint: More Deliciousness, Less Waffles

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Last weekend I found myself at Wynkoop Brewing’s United Tastes of Belgium, a beer tasting featuring over fifty Belgium or Belgium-style beers.  Little did I know it was also Belgium Independence Day.  Personally, I can think of no better way to celebrate gaining independence from the Nederlands than throwing a beer festival to celebrate. The […]

Man Drinks 1000 Beers and Lives to Tell About It

Brian Aucone Enjoys Number 1,022

Brian Aucone, Vice President for Animal Collections at the Denver Zoo, and I grew up drinking shitty beer together. Many a Mickey’s, Schaefers, and Keystone Light were had before we figured out there was more in the world of beer. Once we had that worked out, away we went! Brian recently enjoyed his 1,000th unique […]

Thoughts from the Front Line of the TRVE Brewing CVLT

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Me to all my friends: “Hey, who wants to get up at 6:00 am and go wait in front of TRVE Brewing for the growler sales.  You know, we can recreate camping out for concert tickets before there was an internet. It will be super fun!” All of my friends: “No.  Also, there was always […]

Avery Pedal Pub Crawl Poker Run (say that five times fast!)

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This past Saturday, Avery Brewing celebrated Colorado Beer Week by throwing a pub crawl – on bikes!  25 brave and bundled up people thumbed their noses at the rain and came out for good beer, much fun, and a chance to win swag and a coveted  VIP tour of the Avery brewery.  For those of […]

Belgian Beer Pairing Dinner at Bistro Vendome

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Wednesday, June 6, Bistro Vendome will host a beer pairing dinner featuring food from Bistro Vendôme’s Chef de Cuisine Dana Rodriguez and the finest beers that Belgium can craft. Tickets are almost sold out, so you are encouraged to purchase now if you would like to join. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6th $57 per person […]

Straight from the Teat: A Stranahan’s Bottling Tale

Jim Halligan and Ginger Pelz Prepare the Labels

As anyone who knows me can attest to, I love my birthday.  Like really, really love my birthday.  However, after a series of unfortunate events, including a birthday-spirit-crushing bout of pneumonia, I was pretty much over it.  Right up until the point when the wonderful folks over at Stranahan’s Whiskey invited me over to experience […]

April is Organic Beer Month

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In Colorado, Organic Beer Month really means one thing – a visit to Asher Brewing in Boulder.  As the only certified organic brewing company in Colorado and one of only a few dozen in the country, the folks over at Asher are making quite a name for themselves.  Last week, I sat down with owner Chris […]

Colorado-Focused Hugo’s Beer & Spirits to Open in June

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It seems like damn near daily I have reasons to feel lucky about living in Denver.  Last week when I sat down with Joe-Michael Wright, owner of the new Hugo’s Colorado Beer & Spirits, I had another reason to add to the list. Hugo’s is a new beer/liquor store opening at 1205 E. 13th Ave […]

A Guide for Having Fun on St. Patrick’s Day (Without Being a Douche)

St. Patrick’s Day can be challenging for many.  It’s arguably the biggest amateur night for drinkers, even beyond New Year’s Eve.  It’s a fine line between giant, annoying frat party and one hell of a good time.  We here at the Wagon would like to help your St. Patrick’s Day be a bit less frat […]