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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Here’s how to stay warm, Colorado

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It’s a chilly day in September, but regardless of if and when it warms back up this weekend, it’s nothing we’re not prepared for. Besides, boozy events keep you nice and warm, right? Friday Saturday Sunday High: 53˚ Low: 41˚ AM Clouds / PM Sun Precip: 20% High: 78˚ Low: 50˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 0% […]

Bar Red – A good place to not be seen

Bar Red - Photo Credit: PJ Hoberman

There’s a little bar on Colfax that you probably haven’t noticed. It’s not along the normal crawl routes. You’ve driven by it, or maybe even strolled right on past. It rests quietly around the corner from Diamond Cabaret, just down the street from the Denver Diner, and across Colfax from those big city buildings that […]

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 […]

Brunch and Broncos: Where Wes Welker and Matt Prater Should Drink and Watch the Game

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Football is back! While the majority of our favorite players, like Peyton Manning, took the field, a few players have been side-lined and need a few recommendations on where to enjoy a cold one and watch the game. To help out Wes Welker and Matt Prater, we have put together a short list of where to […]

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Fall is definitely here

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Friday Saturday Sunday High: 72˚ Low: 51˚ AM Showers Precip: 70% High: 72˚ Low: 52˚ Partly Cloudy Precip: 20% High: 83˚ Low: 57˚ PM T-Storms Precip: 40% Friday, September 5 Fall Harvest Brewfest Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins Benefiting the Animal House Shelter, the Fall Harvest Brewfest is into its sixth year of showcasing […]

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 […]

Meet Denver’s Most Imaginative Bartender: Ben Carrington

Ben Carrington with his Top Taco awards (Photo Credit: La Biblioteca)

In its first year, La Biblioteca has already established itself as Denver’s tequila hub, touting over 300 different varietals, and is now home to Denver’s “Most Imaginative Bartender.” Ben Carrington, head bartender at this cavernous downtown cantina, took home the crown at this year’s competition with “The Recluse,” a cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire gin, […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Don’t labor on Labor Day weekend

Photo credit: The Big Wonderful's Facebook page

There’s no shortage of things to keep you and your friends busy with this Labor Day weekend. Just don’t try to cram too many fun things into one weekend.

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 […]

Where is your Colorado craft whiskey made?

Spring44 Straight Bourbon, on the rocks - Photo Credit: Spring44

Local liquor store shelves are rife with bottles touting the title of “artisanal,” “craft,” or “small-batch.” Consumers focused on buying from small business jump for joy at all the handcrafted choices sitting within arms reach. Up until recently, these consumers had no reason to question the feel-good story on the back of the bottle describing […]

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Weekend off the Wagon – Feeling fancy or outrageous this weekend?

Friday Saturday Sunday High: 76˚ Low: 57˚ T-Storms Precip: 80% High: 82˚ Low: 55˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 20% High: 83˚ Low: 56˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 0%   Friday, August 22 High Plains Comedy Festival Various Locations in Denver Ready for a good laugh? The second annual High Plains Comedy Festival started Thursday and continues until Saturday night. […]

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 […]

Get the best bang for your buck during Denver Restaurant Week

Photo credit: Ernie's Bar & Pizza Facebook page

You may be thinking, “Wait, isn’t Denver Restaurant Week during the winter?” Normally, you’d be correct in thinking that, but this year, VISIT DENVER is celebrating the 10th anniversary of DRW by having both a summer and a winter week of fixed price deliciousness starting August 23-29 and again February 22-28. There is one other […]

Wine 101 at Wine & Whey

Photo Credit: Cortney Logan

When I imagine wine making, I always picture Lucile Ball dancing/stomping around a vat of grapes. Once upon a time, this was how wine was made. Winemakers used this method because the balls of the feet would not squish the grapes completely. Nowadays, it’s rare to find winemakers who crush grapes with their feet, but […]

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 […]

Unwind H2O: Gorgeous art on a summer night

Close up oh Chihuly's piece "Blue and Purple Boat" at dusk

What can possibly be more perfect than a warm summer night, gorgeous art, and some booze? Not much, and that is exactly what transpired at the Denver Botanic Gardens during Unwind: H2O on August 7. (Note: This article is a little picture heavy. SorryNotSorry.) The Unwind events are a more relaxed visit to the Botanic […]

Weekend off the Wagon – It’s a responsibly raised zoo out there

Friday Saturday Sunday High: 89˚ Low: 64˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 20% High: 91˚ Low: 63˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 0% High: 92˚ Low: 61˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 10% Friday, August 15 Live Music Friday @ MCA Denver MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. All summer long, MCA Denver is staying open late on the weekends, and Fridays are ripe for […]