Inaugural IPA Showdown | A Recap

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Here’s the scene: you’re out with your friends at a new-to-you dive bar, and the question of what everyone is going to drink naturally comes up. “I feel like an IPA, I think. Oh, they have Titan! That’s the best. I’ll have one of those,” you say. “But they have Avery IPA! That’s the best […]

Beer Theory: Chapter III – Coming up for air, exploring oxidation in beer

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We’ve discussed these points before: craft beer consumers are more knowledgeable now than they’ve ever been; craft beer consumers are developing a greater understanding of what constitutes a “good” beer; the palates of craft beer consumers are more finely tuned – so much so that once-common off-flavors will no longer float by unnoticed. For the […]

TRiNiTY returns silver medal and the inherent flaws of beer judging

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TRiNiTY BREWiNG COMPANY recently did something that sent a slight tremor through the craft beer world.  They did something a less scrupulous brewery might not have done.  Not to sound too dramatic, but they did something with the potential to change the public’s entire view of beer competitions.  They returned the silver medal they’d won […]

Christkindl Market coming to downtown Denver beginning November 21st

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In America, we have holidays and we have drinking holidays.  In Germany, because they’ve a more lenient attitude towards libations, there’s no distinction between the two.  Putting the word “drinking” in front of “holiday” is superfluous; it’s understood that alcohol will be involved.  New Year’s Eve and Oktoberfest, of course, are boozy affairs but the […]

Alpine Dog overcomes delays, slated for grand opening November 22nd

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Remember Alpine Dog Brewing Company?  It launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to help founder Gardiner Hammond—formerly of Old Mill Brewery & Grill—get his brewery up and running.  Well, it didn’t meet its funding goal and Alpine Dog basically fell off everybody’s radar.  So, it’ll probably come as a surprise to many that Hammond is […]

Molly’s Spirits: Where technology and inebriation meet

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The smallest incorporated town in Colorado will soon be home to one of the state’s largest liquor stores.  Molly’s Spirits, a 30,000 square foot space boasting 360 shelves of beer behind 60 doors (six of which will be devoted solely to make-your-own-six-packs), a massive bomber cave, and offering products from 200+ breweries both domestic and […]

From Wynkoop to the Capitol: An interview with Governor Hickelooper

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Guest content from Maya Silver, Editor at DiningOut Magazine DiningOut offers an insider’s look at dining in U.S. cities–from behind-the-scenes chef interviews, to exclusive recipes, to restaurant guides in your city and beyond. We chatted with Governor Hickenlooper about his brewing past, his drinking present, and his thoughts on the future of craft beer in […]

The Average Denver Brewery: 2014

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Almost every Denver neighborhood is home to one or two breweries ranging in size, age, and amenities.  The city is a rich tapestry of sudsy options and such diversity makes it difficult to describe the typical Mile High brewery.  But that won’t stop us from trying.  Based on the survey results of 32 Denver breweries […]

Fresh Taps: Nov. 5, 2014 and on

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. It’s with a heavy heart that I must […]

More Bacon: Bacon and Beer Brewers and Chefs Dinner

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be a few things some people list as their favorites, but when it comes to Denver Off The Wagon, bacon and beer take the top spots. We have already shared with you the details of the third annual Denver Bacon and Beer Festival (tickets are still available), but […]

Beer Theory: Chapter II – How Do You Convert The Bud Drinkers?

Beer Theory is a monthly series that exists where geekdom relents. It’s the cross between prose, poetry, philosophy, and spilling a beer on your keyboard. Look for it the last Friday of every month. For those of us familiar with the craft beer renaissance, this might come across as a joke, but after many travels and […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 29th – Nov. 4th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. If you’re a fan of pumpkin in your […]

Great Divide Expands and Gets Canny

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Great Divide has officially started construction at the site of their future second location, 3403 Brighton Blvd in Denver. With a Yeti as his co-pilot (and in hand), Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide Brewing Company, broke ground at the new site on September 23rd. Dunn started off the afternoon by stating that “a few […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 22nd – Oct. 28th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. Due to unforeseen internet problems (thanks Comcast), this […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 15th – Oct. 21st (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. We have numerous milestone events with tappings this […]

Denver Bacon and Beer Festival Returns

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Bacon and beer. Beer and bacon. No matter how you say it, it sounds amazing. For the past two years, we have been teaming up with EatBoston to bring you the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival. Let’s take a moment and recap what we ate and drank. Last year we added even more bacon and […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 8th – Oct. 14th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. It seems like it took forever for GABF […]

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

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Another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) has come and gone meaning it’s once again time to tally up the scores and see how well Colorado’s medal count compares to the rest of the nation.  The first criterion in deciding the winner is the most obvious: Who won the most overall medals? Most Overall Medals 1. […]

And Your 2014 Great American Beer Festival Award Winners Are…

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American-Style Fruit Beer - Apricot - Bronze

English Style-Mild Ale - S.S. Minnow Mild Ale, Bronze

Now in it’s 33 year, the Great American Beer Festival has more than quadrupled in size. At the first GABF, there were 40 breweries, this year 3,100 breweries participated. Now in it’s 28th year, this year’s competition awarded  268 medals. More than 5,507 beers were entered into the competition. To kick-off the awards ceremony, the State of […]

The 10 people you see waiting in line at GABF

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Whether it’s to get into the Convention Center, to get a tasting cup, to get a beer, or to go to the restroom, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) experience is 90% waiting in line.  There’s no need to stand idly with crossed arms and an impatiently tapping foot; queue time is people-watching time.  For […]