Fresh Taps: Apr. 16th – Apr. 22nd (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. It’s clear many are recovering from last week’s CBC, as it’s a light week of Fresh Taps. But, as always there’s still a lot going on! Fort Collins Brewery […]

The CBC through the eyes of a future brewery owner

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It might be expected that an event known as the “Craft Brewers Conference” involves a good deal of beer drinking.  That assumption doesn’t go unfounded. From brewery tours to the sudsy welcome reception at Sports Authority Field to the royal pint of Centennial State Pale Ale all guests received upon arrival, there was enough alcohol at […]

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

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On Friday, April 11th, the final evening of the Craft Brewers Conference, the bi-annual World Beer Cup (WBC) awards were announced.  Although the WBC is usually inundated with submissions from American craft brewers, it is truly a global contest bringing together Old World masters and new school innovators.  Amid foreign and domestic competitors, how did […]

Fresh Taps: Apr. 9th – Apr. 15th (2014) CBC Edition

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. The Craft Brewers Conference has officially begun, so what does that mean to you if you’re not going? Tapping events that are GABF-like in quantity and quality, that’s what. […]

Breckenridge and SweetWater collaboration hits Denver

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All it took was 17 years and persistent nudging from a brewery 1,400 miles away to convince SweetWater Brewing Company of Atlanta, Ga., to finally brew a big-time collaboration beer. The nudging, pestering, far-away brewery happens to be Breckenridge Brewery and the resulting collaboration beer has morphed into a two-day event during the Craft Brewers Conference […]

Craft Brewers Conference: Events outside the Convention Center

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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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Free Beer Friday – Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

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Guess what beer is pictured below. It’s a brewery that is on tap at at least one of the Illegal Pete’s locations. Send your answer and your mailing address to contest@denveroffthewagon.com. The first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Don’t respond in […]

Three brewers leave Avery to open Call To Arms Brewing Company

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Over twenty years of craft brewing experience sit around a table at a brewery that’s been open for three months. The three recently and temporarily unemployed brewers touch their glasses together and tell the story of Call To Arms Brewing Company, a brewery that doesn’t yet have a home, but already has a buzz. Chris […]

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Fresh Taps: April 2nd – April 8th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. Looking to continue the party with the ending of Colorado Craft Beer Week? Well you’re in luck! Denver is hosting the Craft Brewers Conference, and many tappings/events are happening […]

Where to find Collaboration Fest beers on tap

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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, […]

Fresh Taps: Mar. 26th – Apr. 1st (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. Colorado Craft Beer Week is in full swing through Saturday, and there’s plenty to do until then! Tap takeovers galore, beers from the Collaboration Fest, and so much more. […]

Colorado Craft Beer Week Calendar

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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 […]

Free Beer Friday – Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

Guess what beer is pictured below. It’s a brewery that is on tap at at least one of the Illegal Pete’s locations. Send your answer and your mailing address to contest@denveroffthewagon.com. The first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Don’t respond in […]

Fresh Taps: Mar. 19th – Mar. 25th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. Hope you’ve recovered from St Patrick’s Day because there’s a slew of tappings coming during Colorado Craft Beer Week, which starts this Friday. But that’s not the only source […]

Collaboration Festival: Colorado is one big happy brewing family

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Collaboration. This is a term you do not often hear between competing companies. However, the craft beer industry is not like any other industry. On March 22, Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) will present Collaboration Festival at The Curtis Hotel. Each beer featured at the festival was created by at least one CBG […]

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Free Beer Friday – Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

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Guess what beer is pictured below. It’s a brewery that is on tap at at least one of the Illegal Pete’s locations. Send your answer and your mailing address to contest@denveroffthewagon.com. The first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Don’t respond in […]

Preview – New Kids on the Block

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The ’80s. A time remembered so fondly by many of us Denverites of drinking age.  A simpler time, one filled with bodacious fashion, radical sitcoms, and tubular rock ballads that will never go out of style. Colorado Craft Beer Week is almost upon us, and in celebration of the best decade ever, and the best […]

Fresh Taps: Mar. 12th – Mar. 18th (2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. The great beer drinking day is upon us! St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday, though you won’t have to wait that long to have some special Irish tappings. […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale

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ABV – 5%  IBUs – 22 Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale Tasting Notes – Marilyn, Farrah, Madonna.  Sexy, iconic, and not afraid to be a little different, just like True Blonde Ale from our friends at Ska Brewing.  Slightly fruity and mild, with hints of lemon and honey, this beer goes great paired with grilled […]

Denver: Fourth cheapest city for beer drinkers (maybe)

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“Cheap beer” isn’t a term usually coupled with Denver; the city’s propensity for craft beer means local taps typically pour high-quality—but pricey—suds.  Denver seems more like an $8-snifter-of-barleywine kind of drinking town rather than a place to get pitchers for a buck fifty (although even beer geeks enjoy cut-rate brewskis from time to time).  Yet, […]