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

Photo Credit: High Hops Brewery

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)

Photo Credit: Kimberly Beesley

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…

Kevin Delange, Dry Dock Brewing Co. 
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

Photo © Brewers Association

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 […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th (GABF 2014)

Imagine growler fills at Falling Rock... (Picture courtesy of fallingrocktaphouse.com)

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 here. The moment we’ve all been waiting […]

Festivus is back! May your beeriest dreams come true.

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During this magical week of GABF, it’s also time to look into the future. Into our dreams. And into December, for the third annual Denver Beer Festivus, presented by Imbibe and Denver off the Wagon. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (October 2) at 10am, and tend to sell out, so get ready. Festivus is December 13, […]

Win tickets to GABF at BSide

B-Side beers - Photo Credit PJ Hoberman

Want some tickets to the Thursday night GABF session? BSide (1336 E. 17th Ave), the newest creation from the masterminds behind Star Bar, has three pairs of tickets to give away! Here’s how to win: Option 1 – Head into BSide and fill out a comment card before the bar closes on Wednesday night. While no purchase is necessary […]

Beer Theory: The Opening

Empties - Photo Credit: Breckenridge Brewery

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. Beer Theory exists where geekdom relents. It straddles the line between concept and practicality and begins in the simplest of places: your […]

Fresh Taps: Sept. 24th – Sept. 30th (Pre-GABF 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. With nearly 100 tapping events over the next […]

GABF: How to see your glass half-full

Photo: Daniel Spiess on Flickr

Scalpers running rampant.  Ticketing websites crashing harder than the Hindenburg.  Exorbitant admission fees if you’re even lucky enough to get that far.  Worthy breweries getting shut out.  Spotty cellphone reception.  Sloppy, amateur-hour drunks crawling all over the city.  It’s easy to complain about Great American Beer Festival (GABF).  I, myself, have been guilty of a […]

Great American Beer Festival Fantasy Draft: The Wagon’s team

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PorchDrinking.com’s second annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Fantasy Draft occurred this past weekend and Denver off the Wagon was there to challenge other beer journalists of both local and national acclaim.  Here’s a breakdown of the competition. The Participants & Draft Order 1. Mike Snider – USA Today 2. Mark Slattery – Denver Beer […]

DIA to give passengers a taste of Colorado beer culture

Logo: Denver International Airport

What image does Denver International Airport (DIA) project?  The roof of the Jeppesen Terminal looks like snowcapped peaks so our mountains are represented.  It features Western-inspired art like the “Spirit of the People” painting and that gigantic blue devil-horse off of Peña Boulevard so our history is on display, too.  But what about Colorado’s most […]

Fresh Taps: Sept. 17th – Sept. 23rd (2014)

Photo Credit: Fiction 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. Oktoberfest in Germany begins on Saturday, Sept. 20th […]

How I learned to stop worrying and tolerate #UpForWhatever

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Though I matriculated in Colorado, I am not a Buffalo nor am I a Ram.  I’m not even a Pioneer, Roadrunner, Falcon, Bear, or Oredigger.  In a state full of relatively obscure colleges, I chose the obscurest.  I am a Mountaineer. The reasons I chose to study at Western State College (now, to my irksomeness, […]

Fresh Taps: Sept. 10th – Sept. 16th (2014)

Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden

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’m back! But I’m not a delicious craft […]

A photo tour of Breckenridge Brewery’s new Littleton digs

Photo: Chris Bruns

Breckenridge Brewery’s new Littleton compound, located on a 12-acre lot between Santa Fe Drive and the South Platte River just north of the Aspen Grove shopping center, is slated to open in April/May of 2015.  While the site’s still under construction, major headway is being made and what might possibly be Colorado’s (maybe America’s) greatest […]

Oktoberfest 2014: Where to party in Denver

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It’s Oktoberfest season!  The beer’s flowing, the sun’s still shining, and it’s high time we donned our lederhosen and drank copiously in the biergarten.  Here are the places in the Denver area (i.e. from Golden to Aurora and from Northglenn to Castle Rock) where you can party like a German or, at the very least, […]

Just say “no” to Mocktoberfest

Revellers toast after getting the first beer in the traditional one-litre "Masskrug" beer mugs at  the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich

It’s autumn in Denver, the “Munich of the West,” meaning Oktoberfest celebrations are beginning to dot the calendar.  The food, the beer, the music, the camaraderie, the crisp fall air; it’s a great time to be alive!  But attendees beware: not all Oktoberfests are created equal.  Sometimes, event organizers eschew the traditions of Oktoberfest, they […]