Boulder’s Pasta Vino Gets @SwirlGirlDenver Treatment

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Recently, Kendra Anderson, aka @SwirlGirlDenver, was the subject of some intriguing news released to the Front Range oenophile community. The woman with ‘Denver’ as part of her personal brand is bringing her sommelier skills to Boulder as the new Wine Director for Pasta Vino. Over the last few years, Kendra has built an immense amount […]

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 […]

Westword’s Best of 2012 Awards Announced — Our favorites are included

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It’s no hidden fact that we like good alcohol.  Thankfully, our friends at Westword love it, too. This year, with Laura Shunk’s added focus of booze news, Westword’s Best of series proportionally increased to allow the boozy favorites.  You can find the full list listed at this link, but here are our Cliff Notes for […]

Strong Ale Fest: An Ode to @ColoBeerMan

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This one’s for you, Shikes. Sure, we love beer. And we recognize that this love is a bit eccentric. But beyond our love for beer, the coolest part about ANY beer festival is the people. Friends, new and old, gather together to share this mutual love of the fermented brew. One of  many we look […]

It’s our birthday and we’ll… drink if we want to. And we want to.

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Today is the day. We are officially 1 year old. Jonathan Shikes wrote a great writeup on our first year for Westword today. Check it out for some history and awesomeness. We’ll focus on the year ahead starting next week. And mind you, it’s going to be awesome. We’ll talk about the past year tonight […]

Repeal Day – Denver Edition

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Happy Repeal Day! Seventy-eight years ago today, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment, repealing Prohibition. Its is your duty as an American and as a drinker to celebrate with some hooch. Get on it. The Brewers Association has some great ideas, videos, facts, and other words to get you through your […]

Westword #WebAwards Party Tonight at Casselman’s

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A few months ago, the Westword called for nominations for the Denver #WebAwards. They received 4.3 trillion nominations [citation needed] and spent countless hours distilling the ballots into distinct groups of finalists. At 8pm tonight the Westword is hosting a party at Casselman’s. We are absolutely humbled and thankful to be one of the finalists for […]

Wagon Team Takes 2nd Place in Deschutes Scavenger Hunt

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We snapped pictures in the  Teddy Roosevelt suite, hugged the big blue bear, and spewed one-liners in front of Comedy Works. These were a few of the missions that 4 of us Wagon writers plus Hop Press writer Brian Leplla completed during the Deschutes Base Camp scavenger hunt.  Base Camp is described as “A multi-venue, multi-event celebration of […]

In other news

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From all over the interwebs, right to your face, here are some things we’ve been reading this week: Five ways to freshen up GABF Jonathan Shikes of the Westword gives some thoughts on making GABF better. The Case for Low Mileage Beer A look at keeping it local, rather than shipping across the country. Utah […]

In Other News

"Care to make that comment about tasting diacetyl in my homebrew again?"

The globe keeps on spinning, and its population keeps on drinking. Here’s some of the news we’ve collected from around the interwebs this week.   News Trends Tilt Toward Niche Sites An article that hits near and dear to us here at the wagon. How the small guys are outperforming some of the media giants […]

Uptown Brothers Shuts Down

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Jonathan Shikes of the Westword just broke the news that Uptown Brothers, one of Denver’s newest beer bars, closed its doors for good at midnight last night. Read the whole article on the Westword. The text posted on the front door (sourced from the Westword article linked above): Friends and Neighbors: We are extremely sorry […]

Colorado Cocktail Project shakes, stirs, and mixes up a good time

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by Jess Hunter, Julia Yugel, and Lisa Bongiovanni It was a beautiful affair. You walked into the room, and as far as the eye could see were tables of mini cocktails and drink samples. The sound of ice and alcohol dancing in cocktail shakers filled the air. This was one of the best cocktail competitions […]

Kitchen Confidential: Williams & Graham faces licensing issues

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And the kitchen renovation drama continues… Earlier this month, Johnny Ballen and Josh Olsen of Squeaky Bean closed at their 33rd and Tejon location to make way for Occidental, a new bar, to open at the same location.  The Bean had hopes to expand their kitchen from the tiny galley in which the chefs, under the […]

Colorado Cocktail Project gears up for Monday’s competition

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[Note: We're live tweeting this event right now!] Ten finalists were chosen yesterday for this weekend’s Colorado Cocktail Project. These top 10 contestants were picked from a pool of 30 elite bartenders to represent their interpretation on what our great state tastes like in a glass.  The list of 10 is still subject to change, […]

New Belgium plans second brewery on the East Coast

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Apparently those East Coasters really loved that Fat Tire they tried after a day on the slopes. The Westword’s Jonathan Shikes just broke news that New Belgium Brewing, in Fort Collins, is planning a second brewery on the East Coast. They haven’t decided where, exactly, but somewhere close to the coast. This follows news of […]

American Craft Beer Week 2011 (May 16 – 22) Denver Roundup

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[Skip to the event list] American Craft Beer Week is in two weeks. While many of us live the American Craft Beer Life™, this is a week when all of America joins us in celebrating craft beer. Spearheaded by the Brewers Association and organized by pubs and breweries around the country, thousands of beer newbies, […]