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 […]

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Fermentable goodies & CANiversaries

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Friday Saturday Sunday High: 88˚ Low: 62˚ Isolated T-Storms Precip: 30% High: 86˚ Low: 62˚ PM T-Storms Precip: 50% High: 79˚ Low: 60˚ PM T-Storms Precip: 40% Friday, August 8 Summer Nights @ the Museum  Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.The theme for this night’s of adult fun is ‘Bacon, Beer, and OhHeckYeah!’ Powered through […]

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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In Search Of: The Perfect Paloma

(Photo: Misty Faucheux)

In Search of the Perfect: Paloma When people think of the “signature” cocktail of Mexico, they immediately come to the conclusion that it must be the Margarita. That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. One of the most popular local drinks is actually the Paloma – a refreshingly sweet, light tequila-based drink that’s perfect […]

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon: “Thank you, I’ll have another”

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This weekend is going to be a cool one–and hopefully a dry one to boot! Come spend it outdoors while checking out some of the events going on the next three days. With a very sessionable SeshFest and a few other outdoor shindigs, there isn’t a shortage of things to do or drinks to indulge with! Friday […]

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, […]