Fresh Taps: Aug. 27th – Sept. 9th (2014)

Photo Credit: Dodgeton Creek Brewing

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. I joke that at least one brewery opens […]

Fresh Taps: Aug. 20th – Aug. 26th (2014)

Photo Credit: Snowbank Brewing

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. This week Snowbank Brewing opens its doors in […]

Meet the newest Colorado Native: IPL

Courtesy of AC Golden Brewing Company

“We don’t believe the world needs another IPA.” Bold words, and only a week or so after IPA Day, but there they are, written in plain English on the back of the bottle.  When craft beer’s most prevalent style is, was, and continues to be IPA, who has the chutzpah to make such a controversial […]

Fresh Taps: Aug. 13th – Aug. 19th (2014)

Cedar Creek Beer Camp

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. Two new breweries open Saturday (Iron Bird Brewing […]

Fresh Taps: Aug. 6th – Aug. 12th (2014)

(Photo Credit: Denver Beer Co)

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. Bieres de Garde, Denver Beer Co’s 3rd Anniversary, […]

PHOTOS: Denver’s first Sesh Fest

Photo Credit: John Mogos

The inaugural SeshFest was this past Saturday at Sculpture Park. A picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s a 9,000 word essay. Click on the photos for super full big size.

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Putting the BA’s mid-year report into perspective

Courtesy of the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) released their mid-year report on the state of craft beer in America and—no real surprises—craft breweries have sustained continual growth in the marketplace.  The broad strokes of the BA’s study: In one year, craft breweries sold an additional 1.6 million barrels of beer (9 million this time last year, 10.6 million […]

Union Station opens with a new look and boozy attractions

(Photo: Misty Faucheux)

It’s official! The new Denver Union Station is now open, and it looks nothing like the old Union Station. The new station features several restaurants along with the attached Crawford Hotel. The main lobby got a facelift with plush seats and lounge areas as well as games like shuffleboard to bide your time while you […]

Fresh Taps: July 30th – Aug. 5th (2014)

The Sour Incident

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. This week we’ve got two anniversaries (Odd13 and […]

Brew Dogs Season 2: An interview with James Watt

James Watt (above) and Martin Dickie (below), the Brew Dogs (Photo Courtesy: YC Media).

The latest and second Colorado-centric episode of Esquire’s Brew Dogs recently aired and it’s always a treat to see the outsider’s perspective on our state’s renowned craft beer scene.  To get an even more in-depth grasp on the episode, the show, and the minds of the hosts, I had the opportunity to interview James Watt, […]

Barks and Brews: Being a dog owner for a day

(Photo Credit: Denver Beer Co.)

If there are two things it seems that all Denverites love, it’s beer and dogs. In fact, they go together so well in Denver, that bars such as Bark Bar have opened specifically as dog-and-beer destination locations. I know my way around a tap house pretty well, but I do not own a dog. So, while […]

Fresh Taps: July 23rd – July 29th (2014)

Jagged Mountain

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. Hello from Pittsburgh! I’m in the City of […]

Fresh Taps: July 16th – July 22nd (2014)

Wiley Roots Brewing

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. Time flies when you’re having fun! This week […]

How I lost and regained my culture at Biergarten Festival

Prost this enthusiastically with a pint glass and you won't have enough beer left to drink.

I am German-American.  That is, I thought I was German-American.  My last name, family tree, and pasty complexion point to Germanic roots.  I like beer, I like sauerkraut, I own a pair of lederhosen, and I was mildly pleased to see Die Mannschaft hoist the World Cup trophy.  I assumed I was as German as […]

Fresh Taps: July 9th – July 15th (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. Are you someone who loves variety? Or maybe […]

18th Annual Biergarten Festival: Don’t wait until Oktoberfest to party like a German

GACC Biergarten Festival

October/September is Christmas Day for the German-American.  It’s Oktoberfest time!  A time to revel in Old World heritage, polka till you drop, stuff your face full of bratwurst and sauerkraut and, of course, indulge in copious amounts of Germany’s greatest cultural achievement: beer.  Yes, Oktoberfest is a grand event indeed, but why confine the Deutsche vivacity […]

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

(Photo Credit: Xavier Provencher)

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. Planning to celebrate your independence from macro brews […]

Voting Towards Mediocrity – A Rant.

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This is a rant. A rant composed because I’m tired of Denver’s brewing industry being something that is cashed in on by folks who have no business dealing with beer. In this case: Denver’s KDVR. You know, FOX. Right now, Denver’s KDVR is hosting some kind of ill-thought chimera of “World Cup meets Denver’s Breweries” […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Beer geeks unite!

From the CBF website.

  Friday Saturday Sunday High: 80˚ Low: 58˚ Isolated T-Storms Precip: 30% High: 88˚ Low: 59˚ Sunny Precip: 0% High: 95˚ Low: 61˚ Sunny Precip: 0% Friday, June 27 Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta Five Points, 2830 Larimer St. As a part of this Final Friday’s festivities in Denver, the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is […]

Colorado Brewers’ Festival to mark 25 years

Photo courtesy of Colorado Brewers' Festival

The Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF) is Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 in downtown Ft. Collins’ Civic Center.  Hours each day are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. I know what you’re thinking, another speck of salt in the ocean of beer fests.  True, it’s easy for festivals to get lost in the crowd (after all, according to […]