Paralysis by Choice: Selecting a Style at GABF and Sticking With It

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There are over 3,000 individual beers at Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and that many choices can easy overwhelm an aimless beer geek.  Do I drink this saison from San Diego or this Porter from Portland?  Do I opt for this big, gnarly, barleywine or this simple, palatable, Pilsner?  Don’t blow a fuse, when you’re […]

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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 […]

Chef n’ Brew Festival Filled With Great Pairings, Poor Planning

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The first annual Chef n’ Brew Festival was held at the Oriental Theater on Saturday night. The purpose of the event was to highlight the complementary flavors of locally brewed beer with dishes from some of Denver’s finest chefs. In total, twelve breweries and twelve restaurants were present, several of whom were offering two pairings […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Left Hand Warrior IPA

Left Hand Warrior IPA

Left Hand Warrior IPA   [We'll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Beer Porn of the Week – Avery Boulder IPA Fest

Avery Boulder IPA Fest

Golden City Brewery Elevation IPA at the Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest at Avery Brewing Company   [We'll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Beer Porn of the Week – Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Brown IPA

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Brown IPA

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Brown IPA  They’re not open yet… but they will be soon!  This Brown IPA was a bit of a “mistake” – the malt was toasted too long, producing a beer too dark to call an IPA.  Mistake or not it’s a great beer.  Stay tuned for updates on OMF’s […]

Sean’s Sips – Ska Brewing Co. Modus Hoperandi

Ska Modus Hoperandi

Science: ABV: 6.8% IBU: 65 SRM: 7 (Standard Reference Method measures beer color intensity; a 7 falls between deep gold and pale amber) Boil Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Columbus Dry Hops: Cascade, Columbus History: Referred to as the ‘Old-Man Bitter’, Modus began as a collaborative effort of the entire Ska Brewing Co. staff.  As they were […]

IPApril at the Rackhouse Pub

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  April is IPApril at the Rackhouse Pub. In honor of the hop flower (and the easter bunny), the Rackhouse is offering regional double IPAs throughout the month of April — and holding a twitter contest too! See below for details. If you thought the Easter Bunny was the only thing that hopped in April, […]

Colorado Brewers Guild hosts first monthly beer-food pairing at Bridgewater Grill

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All beer-drinkers, be they casual consumers or complete beer geeks, pair food with brews. In the general public, that pairing is usually Bud Light and pepperoni pizza, Pabst and hot wings, or MGD and mixed nuts—not exactly the master chef’s ideal banquet. It’s a different story in Colorado, where beer is the equivalent of a […]

Sweat for Suds, Part I: Denver Beer Co. Run Club

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There are two big reasons why I love Denver. The drinking culture in this city is second to none: we host the best beer events and our incredible number of breweries are world-class. And perhaps it’s the collective mindset, or perhaps it’s the altitude that makes every mile-high step feel like ten sea-level steps, but […]

Beer Porn with an Extra Emphasis on the Porn

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Ska Brewing Company Ten Pin Porter & Decadent Imperial IPA Here’s just one of the highly inappropriate but awesome poses from the Ska Brewing Co. barbies at Big Beers Festival last weekend in Vail, Colorado… with a little help from a fellow boozer. [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Hercules Double IPA

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Great Divide Brewing Co. – Hercules Double IPA [We'll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Upslope Brewing Company: Still Kickin’ it After Three Years

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We live in a culture of constant flux.  Permanence is gone.  New technologies become obsolete within days.  Our professional athletes change teams like they change jock straps.  Celebrities marry and divorce quicker than four frat boys killing a pitcher of beer.  This weekend, my girlfriend and I tried to visit Los Oasis Latin Grill & […]

Arvada Beer Company opens to the public

Arvada Beer Company

Many months ago, my girlfriend and I were walking through Olde Town Arvada on our way to our weekly Geeks Who Drink trivia contest at the D-Note.  Along the way we passed by a stately but vacant brick building on the corner of Old Wadsworth and Grandview.  “This place would make for a great craft […]

Beer Porn of the Week — Renegade Brewing Ryeteous Rye IPA

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Renegade Brewing Co. – Ryeteous Rye IPA   [We'll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Colorado Brewed: Breckenridge 471 IPA

Breckenridge 471 IPA

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. With […]

All Hail the IPA! Give us Liberty, and innovation.

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What started out as a brewer’s act of necessity more than 200 years ago has emerged as one of the primary driving forces in the booming and experimental craft brewing industry we see today. By now we should all the know the story of the development of the first English IPAs. Sailing around the world […]

#IPADay – Denver Events

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The first ever international toast to a style – #IPADay – is Thursday, August 4th. You can read all about it in our previous post. What follows is a list of participating bars in Denver, and what they’re doing. If you know of an event not listed here, please comment and we’ll get it added […]

IPA Cupcakes with Lavender Honey Frosting

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While many people believe that IPAs are too bitter to bake with I tend to disagree.  These cupcakes are not as sweet as most but are delicious nonetheless.  The floral lavender and bitter hops are balanced nicely with the honey. Makes approximately 24 cupcakes. Cupcake: 2 1/3 cups flour 1 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup […]

March 18th 2011 7pm sharp! Avery Tapping and Release of Maharaja

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It’s that time of year again, the 2011 release of Maharaja is here.  Come into Freshcraft tomorrow March 18th to taste this amazing seasonal brew.  Also on tap will be Avery’s Dugana and IPA to quench or destroy your hop loving palete. Beer Style: Imperial India Pale Ale Hop Variety: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook […]