The Greenhorn’s Survival Guide to GABF

So, this is your first Great American Beer Festival (GABF)?  Feeling excited?  Giddy, even?  Good, but are you truly prepared for 2, 200 beers and 500 breweries?  Can you handle the sheer enormity of it all?  Can you get through the granddaddy of all beer events and live to tell about it?  Yes, yes you […]

Wynkoop turns to the Dark Side for their 3rd Annual Parade of Darks

Winter was made for the burly man.  Men shave less, chop firewood, and drink manly beer when it gets cold.  Gone are the months where a nice pint of blonde, pilsner, or hefeweizen would hit the spot; now beer geeks are turning to the dark side: stouts, porters, barleywines and others of that ilk.  Where […]

Colorado Brewed: Dry Dock Signature Series Bligh’s Barleywine Ale

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at hoptopia@gmail.com – or leave your ideas in the comments. The […]

Know Thy Beer – Barley Wine

As the Great American Beer Festival approaches (28 days!), I’ll be highlighting some of the beer styles you are likely to encounter and what makes them unique.  Today we’ll be covering the barley wine (or barleywine depending on how you want to spell it).  This big beer is easily one of my favorite styles and […]

Count the Rings, Twisted Pine Turns 16

On Saturday, Twisted Pine celebrated their 16th anniversary at their Boulder brewery.  The party featured over 20 specialty beers (in addition to their usual offerings), a frozen t-shirt contest, and live music from Danny Shafer, Holden Young and Hot Soup.  One of the specialty beers offered was Bough Breaker Barleywine, Twisted Pine’s 16th Anniversary beer.  Bough […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: March Madness

And the Madness begins.   The second week of March marks the beginning of “March Madness.” It is a time for colleges to flex their muscles, doctors to recommend surgeries, and for bars to open their doors for college basketball fans to come a-running.  The NCAA tournament includes 64 teams total for a wrap up […]