Meet the newest Colorado Native: IPL

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“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 […]

AC Golden’s Troy Casey Starts Own Brewery

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Ever been at a beer fest where you tasted an awesome sour apricot or peach brew and you can’t remember the origins? Chances are it’s from AC Golden. Say what?  They only make Colorado Native, right? Wrong. Yes, Troy Casey, who is a former brewer at this branch within the basement of the massive MillerCoors […]

I love Blue Moon: A Companion to the Rant Against Snobbery

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I love Blue Moon. And not in the same way that this guy loves Breckenridge Avalanche Amber. As with Mr. Hoberman and Avalanche, I don’t buy Blue Moon. For a Belgian Wit, I much prefer the range of craft options from the crisp lemon of Allagash White to the near-indescribable earthiness of Fantôme Blanche. Still, […]

The Dark Side of Wynkoop

Plum Sour and Blueberry Sour; possibly the best beers at the Parade

Join the dark side.  They’ve got great beer! No, I haven’t been spending time with Darth Vader and my soul is no more corrupted than usual. In fact, my propensity for darkness helped raise $14,000 for Metro CareRing, a local food pantry, during Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Parade of Darks. Parade of Darks is Wynkoop’s annual celebration […]

Weekend off the Wagon – July 13-15

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Festivus. Rest of us. Something kitschy. What I’m trying to say is the festivals are here, so start picking your battles wisely. Earn your brew by running, buy a brew for charity, or just straight up exchange money for alcohol, whatever your method,  your options are many. […]

Rails & Ales Brewfest delivers the goods

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Drinkin’ booze and ridin’ trains through rural America—no, it’s not the Hobo Convention, it’s the Rails & Ales Brewfest (sponsored by the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad) in Alamosa/La Veta, wherein the general public can enjoy the tramp lifestyle, drink finely-crafted local beer, enjoy the musical stylings of Chuck Pyle and The Rifters, and do it all in […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Memorial Day Weekend Edition (May 25-28)

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a weekend to remember those who we’ve lost in service to our country. It also signifies a lot of things: festival season, grilling season, something called summer. And of course, for most of you who sit at a desk during daylight hours, […]

American Craft Beer Week / Colorado Beer Week Event List

American Craft Beer Week and Colorado Beer Week are here! Declare your craft beer independence, patronize the hell out of your local, and drink some good stuff. Let’s do this.   We’ll keep this list updated as the week progresses. Know something we missed? Super stoked about a particular event? Were we slydexic in our […]

Derby Day AC Golden Tap Takeover at Rackhouse Pub

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Tap takeovers are a special sort of event. The bars that have the capacity to invite a brewery for a takeover tend to have a decent selection as is, so the brewery needs to really bring out the heavy hitters. Yes, the normal 6-pack offerings are important, but when you’ve got 20 taps with the […]

AC Golden: Craft? Macro? Who cares, it’s delicious.

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A few months ago, we were invited to tour AC Golden Brewing inside the Coors Brewery in Golden. Not the type to turn down a brewery tour, five of us filed into the car and headed west. We’d all met Troy Casey of AC Golden before, and we’d all tried the beer. And we all […]

Four Colorado Brewers Make the Top 20 Beer Bachelors List of 2012

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In all honesty, it started as a conversation about boys. But when Ashley Routson (also known as The Beer Wench) and I started brainstorming last year and came up with the 2011 list, the ball kept rolling. We knew it was a good thing to highlight the talents of the incredible brewers in this industry. […]

Got Buddha?

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With all the brew excitement of the past month I’ve definitely slacked on getting this post out for which I deeply apologize. But all’s fair in love and beer, especially when it’s a beer as outstanding and unforgettable as Buddha Nuvo from Rockyard Brewing Co. Much to be said about this fourteen-brewer collaborated genius that brings to light the […]

My weekend in beer

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My calendar fills up fast. A combination of a love for socializing and an understanding that there is never “just one beer”, my nights and weekends fill up quickly. I’m also a bit obsessed with beer. It’s my life. My schedule for the weekend was full of beer related activities, but I didn’t realize how […]

AC Golden Brewing Awards Grant Money to Local Charities

Golden, Colo. — AC Golden Brewing Company has awarded $15,000 to four local Colorado charities through its Colorado Native Community Reinvestment Project. Drinkers and fans of its Colorado Native amber lager nominated and voted for the charities. Their picks for who receives the money: Continental Divide Trail Alliance, $7,000; Ignite Adaptive Sports, $5,000; Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of […]

AC Golden’s Specialty Beers, Not Usually Sold, Available June 24 at Star Bar

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Golden, Colo. — Beer drinkers will have a chance to taste AC Golden Brewing Company specialty beers that are not usually sold this Friday night (June 24). Starting at 5 p.m. the Star Bar, 2137 Larimer Street in Denver, will feature three AC Golden specialty beers – American Wild Ale, Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout and […]

Wynkoop hosts United Tastes of Belgium beer event

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This Saturday, May 21st from 1-4:30pm, Wynkoop is rolling out a fantastic beer event, The United Tastes of Belgium.  With a list like this (below), it’s a great way to feel around the Belgium beer style, try some new breweries, and at a great price.  There will also be a short list of Belgian dishes […]