Event Preview: BrüFrou Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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 […]