American-style sizzle: Bacon and Beer Festival

Bert and Ernie approve of Bacon and Beer

While the pairing of bacon and beer might not get the same billing as cheese and wine, one event raising awareness of this important combo in spite of the recent processed meat slandering World Health Organization report is the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival. Now in its fourth year, the 2015 celebration of cured pig […]

Bacon and Beer Brewers Dinner menu revealed

Euclid Hall will pair with Wit's End

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is back for its fourth iteration this year, but fans of swine and ale can get a jump on the festival crowd by attending the Bacon and Beer Brewers’ Dinner the night before. The dinner – now in its third year – pairs five chefs and five breweries for […]

Colorado brewers win first GABF medals

Bootstrap Brewing from Niwot accepts a medal for their Wreck Havoc Imperial Red Ale.

Amid a packed house at the Bellco Theatre in the bowels of the Denver Convention Center, representatives from most of the 1,500+ breweries entered anxiously waited as the winners of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival competition were announced Saturday morning. With almost 100 categories to get through, the production was like the Emmy’s minus […]

First-time brewers at GABF

The tap room at Mockery Brewing - Photo credit:  Mockery Brewing

For 33 years, new breweries have been barreling and delivering their beer to the Great American Beer Festival for public consumption and professional appraisal and 2015 will be no different. A medal awarded by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel is instant validation of their efforts and sacrifices along with some enviable hardware for the taproom. […]

GABF is here! What to do outside the big show

Photo © Brewers Association

It’s here! The week of indulgence, intoxication, and dehydration is upon us. It snuck up on me this year, taking place earlier than years past, and I’m not sure if I’m fully hydrated just yet. But, the Great American Beer Festival and Denver Beer Fest have arrived. Ready or not, bottoms up. I’ve been attending this […]

What does it mean to ‘Sesh?’ | A guide to session beers

Photo by Imbibe Denver; a group of people outside seshing

Images and Illustrations by Imbibe Denver   As most of us know, there is no official definition for what a “session” beer is. We also know that light and refreshing beers have been around for as long as men and women have been brewing beer and do not seem to be going out of fashion. […]

Boulder, Fort Collins and now Colorado Springs: The Denver Passport is back again

The Denver Passport with a lineup of beers

Summers here in Colorado are synonymous with bike rides, hiking, sunshine and bar-hopping. Pair the latter with an ever growing, never boring list of venues to choose from and it could seem too daunting on the wallet to go at it for long. Thank goodness the summer also means the return of The Denver Passport, too. […]

Event Preview: BrüFrou Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing

Photo from BrüFrou

As craft beer lovers, many of us also love food. Pairing beer and food so that both enhance each other requires attention to the dominant taste and flavor elements in each. How do you approach pairing successfully? The Brewers Associated has created a Craft Beer Characteristics Chart. This chart is great if you are planning […]

Fleak Out!

Brew day

The Denver Flea is a unique market committed to elevating creative business in Denver and changing the way people think of a flea market. In conjunction with New Belgium and some fantastic luck and timing, we were invited to brew a pilot batch for the four Denver Flea events this year.   A few weeks ago, my beeriest, […]

The Barrel, Estes Park’s first outdoor beer garden, to open in spring

The Barrel will soon open in Estes Park (logo courtesy of The Barrel)

You’ve just summited Colorado’s storied Longs Peak, you’ve earned a beer.  You spent a night in Room 217 at The Stanley Hotel, saw a ghost, and peed your pants; you need a drink to calm your nerves.  After a few rounds at Estes Park Brewery, you realize you’re still thirsty.  Where can your designated driver […]

Our 4th birthday beer, the 4×4, brewed with Former Future

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Denver off the Wagon turns 4 this month, 1,870 posts published, just shy of 1 million visits, and a whole lot of drinks drank. As is our way, we’re brewing a beer for our birthday. For our first birthday, we brewed Wagon Ryed with Wynkoop. Year two was Dubbel Fisting with Denver Beer Co, followed by […]

Beer Theory, Chapter IV: A Pale! A Pale! My Cellar for a Pale!

(Image credit: Bernt Rostad)

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. I was recently talking with a friend of mine who happens to be the beer curator for one of the most […]

Avanti F&B coming to LoHi, will showcase Dogfish Head beer


Avanti F&B (Food and Beverage), a collective eatery concept coming to the LoHi neighborhood, is slated to open this May and will feature seven distinct, miniaturized, and self-contained “restaurants,” remarkable views of the city, and Colorado’s largest year-round selection of Dogfish Head beer on tap.   Inspired by European markets, Avanti might be best described […]

The 2015 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines is this weekend.


The 2015 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival is upon us. Every year, remarkably close to that morning on which you resolve to take some time off from drinking, a plethora of beers over 7% ABV are offered in a festival hall over 8,000 feet above sea level. Surrounded by dinners, seminars, ski trails and the […]

Inaugural IPA Showdown | A Recap

IPA Showdown - Posner Center

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

(Photo Credit: The Beer Spot)

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

Logo: Trinity Brewing Company

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

Photo: German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chapter

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

Photo: Alpine Dog Brewing Company

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

Image: Molly's Spirits

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 […]