About Sarah Haughey

Editor, Denver off the Wagon. Sarah is a native of the "Napa Valley of beer," but her beer-drinking roots stretch all the way back to the Emerald Isle where Haughey (Haw-hee) is famous. Sure, our name may have got it's rap from the corrupt prime minister, but we like to think it stands strong due to our long-standing ability to pound a few too many pints.

After stints on the East Coast and in San Francisco, Sarah came running back to Denver where her full-time job is exploring all the city's new craft breweries one sip at a time. Follow me @sarahhaughey4 to see where I'm grabbing a beer or for news about local breweries. Like to cook? Me too, check out: Lifewithalittlespice.com

Where is your Colorado craft whiskey made?

Local liquor store shelves are rife with bottles touting the title of “artisanal,” “craft,” or “small-batch.” Consumers focused on buying from small business jump for joy at all the handcrafted choices sitting within arms reach. Up until recently, these consumers had no reason to question the feel-good story on the back of the bottle describing […]

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2nd Annual Toques & ‘Tails: Denver’s best chefs and bartenders go head to head

Tomorrow, May 22, eight of Denver’s best food and cocktail restaurants will compete in the second annual Toques & ‘Tails. The event, presented by Culinary Connectors and held at Cassleman’s Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St.) aims to celebrate and promote the combined culinary and beverage talent at local restaurants by featuring a team from […]

American Craft Beer Week Calendar

  Today kicks off American Craft Beer Week and breweries around the city are brewing special beers and doing special tappings, taking over other brewpubs’ taps, and celebrating anniversaries. Strange Brewing is doing a weeks worth of celebrations including cheese parings, live music, and tap takeovers leading up to their four-year anniversary next Monday, May […]

The Denver Passport is back and expanding to Boulder & Fort Collins

You worked late again and missed happy hour. Shit, there goes that 2-for-1 deal you were looking forward to all day. But wait, the Denver Passport is back! All summer long from Memorial Day through Labor Day, get 2-for-1 drink specials at 60 establishments with your Passport. Upon redemption, bartenders will stamp your nifty pocket-sized […]

The EcoVolt: Revolutionizing water management in the brewing industry

Nothing is more important than water in the brewing process. But still, more times than not, water is the one component most overlooked. The Brewers Association (BA) estimates that the average water use ratio for a brewery is around seven barrels of water to one barrel of beer. More than half of that water becomes wastewater at […]

Craft Brewers Conference: Events outside the Convention Center

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), April 8-11, is like the Great American Beer Festival for industry folk. That means specialty tappings, events, and beer-fueled debauchery galore. While a lot of the action takes place within the Convention Center, brewers and industry reps will be hitting the streets of Denver to blow off steam after sitting […]

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Where to find Collaboration Fest beers on tap

Colorado Craft Beer week tapped out on Sunday and the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) doesn’t start until next week, so what are you going to do this week? Don’t get discouraged – your next craft beer is just around the corner. Many beers released at Collaboration Fest, like Epic Brewing & Elevation Brewing’s Blackberry Saison, […]

Colorado Craft Beer Week Calendar

Colorado Craft Beer Week is here! From today until Saturday, March 29, breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants are celebrating with special tappings, beer dinners, festivals, and contests. The headline event of Craft Beer Week is Collaboration Fest, taking place on Saturday, March 22, 3-7 p.m. at The Curtis Hotel. During the Fest, presented by Imbibe and […]

A true Colorado beer: Centennial Pale Ale brewed for CBC

It’s been nearly six months since flash floods devastated Lyons and much of Longmont, CO but all major roads have been completely rebuilt, the displaced have begun to re-establish, and a sense of community has been solidified. A huge factor in Northern Colorado’s recovery has been Oskar Blues Brewery that raised $515,000 dollars between September […]

Who is the Master of the Brewniverse?

It’s almost here, the biggest and most important beer festival to end all beer festivals. No, we aren’t talking about the World Beer Cup or the GABF, but the Masters of the Brewniverse! Over 15 local breweries will compete for the inaugural title of “Master” on Thursday during a beer pageant (yes we said pageant), […]

Collaboration Fest: Not your average brew days

Collaboration Fest is more than a month away but many brews are fermenting in barrels and stainless steel tanks across the state. From Durango and Telluride to Golden and Boulder, the range of collaborations is growing by the day. To purchase tickets and for an updated list of collaborations, click here. Here’s a sneak peek […]

Super Bowl Eats: Beer brats with BSB’s Red Porter & More

Sunday is a momentous occasion, not only because the Denver Broncos are in the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years, but also because the Super Bowl is ranked second behind Thanksgiving in number of total calories consumed by Americans in one day. The stress of enduring hours of tackling, sacking (not PFM), […]

Crazy Mountain Brewery expects landmark year with expansion

It all started aptly over a beer in San Francisco. She was on vacation for the long weekend, sitting in the Anchor Steam taproom sipping a post-tour beer. He, a brewer, had just gotten off his shift and was ready for a cold one. The two started talking, he regaled her about skiing and fishing […]

New from New Belgium: Snapshot Wheat

Sessionable is an understatement. This fresh brew from New Belgium – to be released just in time for the Super Bowl – is mellow and citrusy up front with a hint of coriander and clove, finishing with a snappy tartness then soothing the palate with a creamy mouth-feel. Snapshot Wheat, brewed with wheat and pale […]

The Bark Bar Opens in the Highlands

In the first two weeks since Catherine Peters opened The Bark Bar in the Highlands (4132 West 38th Avenue), she has garnered a huge dog-loving clientele and established one of the largest craft beer can selections in Denver, and maybe even the state. Sure, the focus is the fenced-in dog yard, where our furry friends […]

14th Annual Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barlewines Festival

Well, it’s 2014. Sure, fireworks and the ability to buy weed without having to contact that sketchy guy who always wants you to come in and smoke a bowl (or three) and talk about the meaning of life, are great ways to ring in the New Year. But, an even better way to say hello […]

New Years Resolutions: Drink Sour Beer For Your Health

It’s that time of year again. Christmas and Hanukkah are over, the New Year is looming, and for some reason we feel obligated to make a whole lot of resolutions we know are impossible to keep. So, this year, instead of cutting out carbs and sweets, say “Screw your resolutions, I’m going to resolve to […]

Festivus: Why We Live In Denver

Why do we live in Colorado? Many will say the over 300 days of sunshine, while others will tout mountain adventures from hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing to skiing, boarding, or the less graceful yard-sale, you get the picture. Why do we live in Denver? Sure, we have quick access to all of the above, […]

On Blending Beers & Troy Casey’s New Venture

Brewers in Belgium pioneered what we now know as sour beers, or wild ales, hundreds of years ago, but spin-offs of these styles have just started to hit the American beer market in the last several years. New Belgium helped make these styles approachable after building a huge fan base with its balanced amber ale […]

AC Golden’s Troy Casey Starts Own Brewery

Ever been at a beer fest where you tasted an awesome sour apricot or peach brew and you can’t remember the origins? Chances are it’s from AC Golden. Say what?  They only make Colorado Native, right? Wrong. Yes, Troy Casey, who is a former brewer at this branch within the basement of the massive MillerCoors […]