Fresh Taps: July 16th – July 22nd (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. Time flies when you’re having fun! This week […]

How I lost and regained my culture at Biergarten Festival

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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 […]

A Hootenanny for Breckenridge Brewery’s 24th Anniversary

From a Breckenridge Brewery press release

Since the 1980′s, Richard Squire’s love of skiing and love of making home brews have come a long way. Eventually he created the Breckenridge Brewery brand. Twenty-four years later, we’re enjoying the celebration of its creation to this day in the form of a hootenanny. Taking place on Saturday, July 12th the Hootenanny celebration, is an […]

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios

Photo Courtesy of ViewHouse

This week kicks off the official start to the summer and what is better than enjoying a cold one outside in the sunshine? Day drinking on patios is one of my favorite summer hobbies. With so many options what are the not-to-miss spots to drink in the sunshine? To answer this question I asked my […]

Fresh Taps: June 25th – July 1st (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. A new brewery, anniversaries, and firkins – oh […]

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 […]

Fresh Taps: June 18th – June 24th (2014)

(Photo ©Crazy Mountain Brewery)

Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. A new brewery, anniversaries, customer appreciation tappings, and even Summer Solstice celebrations are bringing you plenty of tasty options to choose from! From TRVE’s anniversary […]

Session in Question

Photo Credit: Sean Buchan

For months I’ve put off writing this article, laziness being the number one reason, but a recent ad for Harpoon Brewery’s Citra Victorious in BeerAdvocate #87 really pushed me over the edge. Short of calling their Pale Ale a straight-up “session beer,” they twice mentioned its “sessionable” nature. A bright, Citra-hopped pale ale with a […]

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 […]

Fresh Taps: June 11th – June 17th (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 hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. And I’m back! Although a week in Mexico might sound nice, it’s a place that lacks tasty brews. It’s great to be back in the […]

“I do” with a brew: Hosting a craft beer wedding

(Photo: Grooms Advice)

I have two great passions.  Two influences that give meaning to my life, prevent me from falling into a pit of despair, shield me from the wretchedness of existence.  The first and foremost deterrent to utter hopelessness is my beautiful, loving, supportive fiancée, Nicole, the woman whom I love and whom I will wed this […]

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Burning CAN 2014: A beer festival of heart, resilience, and homage to Lyons folk

(Photo: Oskar Blues)

When the rain kept coming day after day after day, the St. Vrain river began to swell. And when the Colorado Flood of September 2013 made its devastating debut, the Town of Lyons was caught in its crosshairs. Oskar Blues Brewery has always been a fundamental member of the community. After all, its founder, Dale Katechis, […]

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 […]

Fresh Taps: May 6th – June 10th (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. American Craft Beer Week may be over, but there’s plenty going on! Find yourself a firkin release, swing by Coda Brewing’s or 4 Noses Brewing’s Grand Opening, help Colorado […]