Craft Brewers Conference: Events outside the Convention Center

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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

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[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

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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?

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[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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Sweet Lady Collaborations: One Gal’s Thoughts

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Lady collaboration brew number three is in the fermentor. It’s set to release mid-September. As I write this, I’m sitting alone with my thoughts in an apartment in Los Angeles.  I have spent the past few days getting to know the people of the LA craft beer scene.  As I’m from Denver, these folks are eager to […]

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Renegade Publik House & Funkwerks Bring Beer Dinner to South Denver

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Denver is a craft beer mecca, sure, but those living South of I-25 don’t have the luxury of strolling down the street for a Red Rye Saison or authentic German Hefeweizen. Due to a lack of not only breweries, but also bars serving local or craft brews in the suburbs, fizzy yellow beer has become […]

No Water. No Beer.

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If you can boil water, you can brew beer. A common utterance from experienced homebrewers to nervous novices contemplating their first batch, but they aren’t far off. Sure, there are multiple steps involved and the whole process takes three to four hours, so maybe making lasagna would be a more apt comparison. Whatever the statement, […]

Fermentation Festival coming soon

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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 […]

Meet the Brewer: Renegade’s Ali Benetka

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Few can say they got into craft beer while in Rome. But Ali Benetka, Renegade Brewing Company’s new head brewer – and the youngest female brewmaster in the state – discovered her love for fine suds at a brew/football pub, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà (Translation: ‘But what is it you came here to […]

Nearly legal, Great Divide turns 19 and parties.

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“This is a beer I could sip on for hours,” George tells me. Outside of this, I don’t really know who George is. He’s holding the small, four or five ounce syrupy pour of the Barrel Aged Yeti Stout, poured directly from the Stranahan’s barrel it had been aged in. He’s right, like most aged […]

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 […]