Denver Bacon and Beer Festival Returns

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Bacon and beer. Beer and bacon. No matter how you say it, it sounds amazing. For the past two years, we have been teaming up with EatBoston to bring you the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival. Let’s take a moment and recap what we ate and drank. Last year we added even more bacon and […]

GABF: How to see your glass half-full

Photo: Daniel Spiess on Flickr

Scalpers running rampant.  Ticketing websites crashing harder than the Hindenburg.  Exorbitant admission fees if you’re even lucky enough to get that far.  Worthy breweries getting shut out.  Spotty cellphone reception.  Sloppy, amateur-hour drunks crawling all over the city.  It’s easy to complain about Great American Beer Festival (GABF).  I, myself, have been guilty of a […]

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 […]

Sesh Fest – A beer fest you can survive

Image credit: Imbibe Denver

Want to attend a beer event that won’t make your tastebuds, wallet or day-after self unhappy? Then look no further. Sesh Fest, the second event in the Lovibond Series presented by The Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Denver, is an event where attendees can sample a multitude of beers without feeling the overwhelming effects of […]

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 […]

SAVOR is everything GABF is not, and that’s not a bad thing

(Photo: SAVOR)

Glancing around the elegant room at the National Building Museum, no where in sight is a single pretzel necklace, no dude-bros in PBR onesies or Waldo costumes. In fact, no matching outfits at all. I managed to drop and break my tasting glass and not a single “Ohhhh” was heard. Not one volunteer pouring my […]

Craft Brewers Conference: Events outside the Convention Center

Craft Brewers Conference 2014 cans, Centennial Pale Ale (Photo Courtesy: Oskar Blues)

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), April 8-11, is like the Great American Beer Festival for industry folk. That means specialty tappings, events, and beer-fueled debauchery galore. While a lot of the action takes place within the Convention Center, brewers and industry reps will be hitting the streets of Denver to blow off steam after sitting […]

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Who is the Master of the Brewniverse?

Sometimes brewing is all about fashion (Photo ©Betty Wang)

It’s almost here, the biggest and most important beer festival to end all beer festivals. No, we aren’t talking about the World Beer Cup or the GABF, but the Masters of the Brewniverse! Over 15 local breweries will compete for the inaugural title of “Master” on Thursday during a beer pageant (yes we said pageant), […]

Fermentation Festival coming soon

Fermentation Festival

Fermentation: the drinker’s favorite chemical reaction.  It’s a magical transformation wherein a yeast enzyme converts sugars into simpler compounds thus turning the average, all-ages beverage into an adults-only elixir of celebration.  If you love beer, wine, or spirits then you’re a fan of fermentation. But wait a minute!  The wonders of fermentation aren’t confined solely […]

Biergarten Festival turns Morrison into Bavaria

Audis and Red Rocks in the background

On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish.  On Cinco de Mayo, everybody drinks cerveza.  But, for three days out of the year in Morrison, Colorado, everybody is German thanks to the German American Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Biergarten Festival which celebrated its 17th anniversary this past weekend! With lederhosen donned, my girlfriend and I hopped in das Auto, […]

Break out the lederhosen, Biergarten Festival is coming!

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Belgium.  England.  Scotland.  Ireland.  Bohemia.  Europe is dotted with classic, historical brewing regions.  But, let’s face it, for the average American beer drinker, there’s only one place in the Old World to grab a good brew: Germany. This assumption is understandable considering the names of some of the men who brought beer to America: Adolph […]

Kyle Hollingsworth to bring beats and brews to Boulder Beer July 20th

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Music, beer, summertime; the three were made for each other!  What better way to experience this trifecta of awesomeness than at Boulder Beer where, on Saturday, July 20th, Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident fame will serenade the crowd with his tunes and serve up craft beer from over 30 breweries?  Check the press release […]

Avery SourFest 2013: ‘Pucker Up Buttercup’

Ready, set, pucker face! From L to R: Matt Sandy (Examiner.com), Casey Berry, Sarah Haughey, PJ Hoberman (all DOTW)

On Saturday 400 lucky beer nerds puckered up for Avery Brewing Co.’s 4th Annual Boulder SourFest, sampling as many of the 54 draft and 27 bottled wild and sour ales as possible. Despite the many angry beer nerds who couldn’t garner access to this Boulder shindig, the event was stellar and other festivals can learn […]

Burning Can 2013 – get your effigy ready!

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If you can only attend one outdoor festival this year, well, I fell bad for you and your rickets. But, if it actually only has to be one, make it Burning Can. Festival takes place on June 1st at Bohn Park in Lyons, Colorado. The gist: 30 or so craft breweries with one thing in […]

Denver Beer Co.’s Beer, Bacon, & Coffee Fest celebrates the breakfast beer

Denver Bacon Co. tantalizes guests as they wait for 9am to come.

As many a St. Patrick’s Day and other generally unimaginative drinking t-shirts claim: “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.” However true this may be, since you’ve graduated from your wild college days and have henceforth been marching steadily into adulthood and real responsibilities, killing a keg before noon in the […]

Beer, Bacon, & Coffee Fest coming to Denver Beer Co.

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An event centered on beer, coffee, and unlimited bacon pretty much sells itself.  I mean, what else do you need to know before snagging your credit card and making reservations in the next five seconds?  Even if the event is being held at the bottom of the ocean, and all the profits fund the Prohibition […]

Super Beer Porn of the Week – Denver (Only) Beer Festivus

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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 […]

Parade of Darks to be held December 1st

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Nights are long, days are cold, winter is nigh; it’s time to put away the fizzy, yellow beers and opt for something a bit heavier. Put down the Pilsner and pick up a porter because you will need a dark beer to warm your core and numb the pain of your relentless relatives this holiday […]

Fans of local booze brave the cold at Cultivate Festival

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Anybody who doubts Denver beer geeks are among the most devoted of all brew lovers wasn’t at last Saturday’s Chipotle Mexican Grill-sponsored Cultivate Festival.  Who, besides we burly, mile-high suds-guzzlers would endure hours of sub-freezing temperatures in City Park simply to get our frozen fingers on a sample of local beer?  Who else would wrap […]