Weekend off the Wagon: NYE 2015 Edition

From Flickr

  Wednesday, December 31 (Happy New Year’s Eve!) New Year’s Eve @ Lucky Pie with RUMTUM & Zane Train Lucky Pie LoDo, 1610 16th St. Worried about getting food late on NYE? Never fear, Lucky Pie LoDo will be keeping its kitchen open until midnight, plus you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne if you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Hootenanny for Breckenridge Brewery’s 24th Anniversary

From a Breckenridge Brewery press release

Since the 1980’s, Richard Squire’s love of skiing and love of making home brews have come a long way. Eventually he created the Breckenridge Brewery brand. Twenty-four years later, we’re enjoying the celebration of its creation to this day in the form of a hootenanny. Taking place on Saturday, July 12th the Hootenanny celebration, is an […]

“I do” with a brew: Hosting a craft beer wedding

(Photo: Grooms Advice)

I have two great passions.  Two influences that give meaning to my life, prevent me from falling into a pit of despair, shield me from the wretchedness of existence.  The first and foremost deterrent to utter hopelessness is my beautiful, loving, supportive fiancée, Nicole, the woman whom I love and whom I will wed this […]

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Weekend off the Wagon – ACBW goes out with a bang!

Photo credit: Dry Dock Brewing's Facebook page

Did you manage to celebrate American Craft Beer Week yet? No? Well, you’re still in luck. There’s a gazillion things going on this weekend, but here are just a few to check out. Raise your pints and small-pours in unison and cheers to the weekend! Friday Saturday Sunday High: 66˚ Low: 46˚ PM T-Storms Precip: 60% High: 71˚ […]

American Craft Beer Week Calendar

(Photo: CraftBeer.com)

  Today kicks off American Craft Beer Week and breweries around the city are brewing special beers and doing special tappings, taking over other brewpubs’ taps, and celebrating anniversaries. Strange Brewing is doing a weeks worth of celebrations including cheese parings, live music, and tap takeovers leading up to their four-year anniversary next Monday, May […]

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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Weekend off the Wagon – Jagged Mountain Grand Opening and hangout with Lagunitas

From Jagged Mountain's website

[Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox every Friday – Sign up now!] It may be starting out to be a chilly and rainy weekend, but come Sunday, it should be wonderful patio drinking weather. However, if you enjoy the bitter cold, Frozen Dead Guy Days starts today and it’s right up your alley. Want to stay inside […]

Two22 Brew Mixes Beer and Charity

Two22 Brew

Two22 Brew, one of Denver’s newest breweries, is opening up with a novel concept – it’s giving away part of its profits. At its core, Two22 is a marriage of a brewery and a philanthropic endeavor. Paige Schuster, who co-owns the brewery with her husband Marcus Christianson, said the idea of Two22 – opening in […]

Weekend off the Wagon – What’s better than candy & flowers on Valentine’s Day?


[Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox every Friday – Sign up now!] Taking your favorite person (which counts yourself) out for some tasty meals & drinks this weekend, that’s what! Yes, Valentine’s Day is considered a big day for marketing and ad revenue… but why can’t it be an excuse to spoil someone special? (Again, who’s […]

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), […]

Crazy Mountain Brewery expects landmark year with expansion

(Photo ©Crazy Mountain Brewery)

It all started aptly over a beer in San Francisco. She was on vacation for the long weekend, sitting in the Anchor Steam taproom sipping a post-tour beer. He, a brewer, had just gotten off his shift and was ready for a cold one. The two started talking, he regaled her about skiing and fishing […]

The Bark Bar Opens in the Highlands


In the first two weeks since Catherine Peters opened The Bark Bar in the Highlands (4132 West 38th Avenue), she has garnered a huge dog-loving clientele and established one of the largest craft beer can selections in Denver, and maybe even the state. Sure, the focus is the fenced-in dog yard, where our furry friends […]

Festivus: Why We Live In Denver

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Why do we live in Colorado? Many will say the over 300 days of sunshine, while others will tout mountain adventures from hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing to skiing, boarding, or the less graceful yard-sale, you get the picture. Why do we live in Denver? Sure, we have quick access to all of the above, […]

Rough Draughts: Copper Kettle’s Well Bred Bourbon Barrel Barleywine is Very Well-To-Do

Copper Kettle's Well Bred

The “barleywine” beer style dates back to the 18th century, developed in England as a special drink for aristocrats. The upper class thumbed its collective nose at the peasants below them, reserving this deliciously strong and complex brew for themselves¹. Thankfully you won’t have to prove your lineage to enjoy a glass of Copper Kettle […]

Rough Draughts: Get Cozy with Copper Kettle’s Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Snowed In in the snow

Imagine you’re staying at a cabin near Breck. It’s frigid outside, and it’s been snowing like mad since you returned from the slopes last evening. Your little two-door Accord doesn’t look like it wants to go anywhere. Heck, it probably can’t get out of the driveway. You just constructed the perfect fire, and your better-half […]

Denver Bacon & Beer Festival: The Suds & The Swine


The time for gluttony is nigh. On Sunday, November 10, hundreds of hog and hop fiends will descend upon the EXDO Event Center for the second annual Denver Bacon & Beer Festival (tickets now sold out), where over 25 Colorado breweries will pair their beers with innovative bacon-inspired dishes from over 25 local restaurants. We’re […]

Wit’s End Turns Two! Win GABF Tickets and Special Beer

Scott Witsoe (Photo: Sarah Haughey)

As breweries begin to pop up on every corner like food trucks and dispensaries in our dear city, talk of bursting the craft beer bubble is beginning to surface once again. But rather than getting all hot and bothered about having too many places where we could plop our fannies for afternoon suds, why not […]