Here's to American Craft Beer Week (which began Monday), the annual salute to small independent brewers that the Boulder-based Brewers Association (with help from Congress!) created seven years ago to increase awareness of craft beer. Of course, in Colorado, as some people say, every week is craft b ... More >>
Did you know that Italy has a thriving craft-beer scene? Neither did I. But Brian Jansing and Paul Vismara, two longtime suds slingers at the Falling Rock Taphouse, did, and they've traveled all over Italy, researching the movement as it grew from fewer than twenty craft breweries in 1996 to nearly ... More >>
Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing, which announced in January that it will build a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taphouse in Denver, updated its followers on social media this week with a couple of pictures and some potential opening dates. The Facebook pictures (like the one above) show the brewer ... More >>
One of electronic music's fastest rising young stars, Maya Jane Coles has become a major phenomenon over the last two years. Just 25 years old, the Londoner has been recognized as one of the hottest DJs on the planet by everyone from Rolling Stone to Resident Advisor and she has performed at major f ... More >>
Colorado craft breweries and their many fans enjoyed a spectacular year in 2012, as the options for consuming locally made beer continued to grow and fill our tastebuds with joy. If the state's 160-plus breweries weren't expanding, then they were adding new beers or welcoming friendly competitors. A ... More >>
The culinary calendar is full of tasty events this week, including plenty of excuses to enjoy the summer weather. Here's the rundown:
Every year on the third Thursday in November, the world celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau, field-fresh young red wines from France that are meant to celebrate the harvest and be enjoyed right away. This September, Colorado beer brewers will do something similar for hops by kicking off a Hops Nouveau par ... More >>
The Great American Beer Festival is coming a little late this year, October 11-13, but tickets go on sale August 2, and the GABF buzz is already beginning as breweries in Colorado and around the country get ready to wow the crowds -- the big crowds. As usual, Westword will be fully loaded immersed, ... More >>
You could spend a small fortune keeping up with every Colorado beer release over the course of a year -- believe me, I know. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least try a couple of them. In the old days -- like, three years ago -- beer releases were fairly predictable. Most breweries had one or ... More >>
See Also: • Lulacruza wraps up Communikey on April 29 at BMoCA • Q&A with Brian Williams of Lustmord • Q&A with Nick Zammuto • Q&A with Morton Subtonick • CMKY brings electronic arts and music to Boulder for a fourth year Sun Araw (due tonight at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for ... More >>
House heavyweight DJ Dan will no doubt rock the dance floor at Beta on Saturday night; the UK's Kirk DeGiorGio and Pinch will also be gracing our city with their presence this weekend. Sex Panther returns to Beauty Bar tonight for the regular dubstep, Moombahton, funky dance party with Max Kl ... More >>
If Jean-Philippe Failyau, the owner of the original Park Burger in Platt Park, passes inspections tomorrow, his packed-to-the-rafters burger joint will reopen on Sunday with dozens of additional seats, new burgers, a free-standing bar and, God willing, waits that don't stretch to an hour.
PortisheadPortishead (due Thursday, October 27th, at 1stBank Center) wasn't the first band associated with the aesthetic of trip hop but it is the most commercially successful with major hits in the 1990s. The thing that made the band so remarkable was that the sound it crafted wasn't one tha ... More >>
UpslopeUpslope jacked the competition. Pumpkin beers are an acquired taste. Some people love them, others hate them. Most drinkers can only tolerate a few. But there is an amazing array of pumpkin beers on the market, from the subtle to the spicy to the completely over-the-top.
Facebook Bristol Brewing of Colorado Springs has made an amazing 6,000 batches of beer since owner Mike Bristol founded the place back in 1994 (and that doesn't include the home brew he cooked up in his dorm room at Colorado State University in the late 1980s). A momentous occasion? You bet, ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayGreat Divide's parties always rock.Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival's thirtieth edition go on sale to the general public tomorrow, and even at $60 a pop, the biggest beer fest in the world is still worth the price of admission. Although most things will be the same ... More >>
Wing Hut Facebook pagePut out that fire!Wings and beer is one of the most perfect combinations in edible history. But what about wings and craft beer? Do big, bold flavors help or hurt Buffalo's spicy gift to the world? The Wing Hut in Aurora is going to try to answer that question - along w ... More >>
Jonathan ShikesAC Golden.New Belgium Brewing celebrates its twentieth anniversary -- and two decades of spreading the word about better beer -- next Tuesday. Founded in Fort Collins in 1991, the brewery has gone from the basement of a house to become the third largest craft brewer in the nat ... More >>
It's been five months since the Wynkoop and Breckenridge breweries revealed that they were merging their finances and operations, but it's going to be a while longer before the Wynkoop can start producing its beer at Breckenridge as it had planned. The federal Alcohol Tobacco Trade and Tax B ... More >>
Liondub will bring Jamaican-influenced beats to 2200.This weekend, the Unity Gain Reunion show will be taking over 2200, with special guest (and former Colorado resident) Liondub playing a reggae and dancehall set, along with guests Mr. Anonymous and Psychonaut, and house/slomo stylings by Pa ... More >>
It's First Friday again, folks, which means another awesome edition of the Whomp Truck's series of late night shows. This show's title is Ballerado and features DJs CacheFlowe, Jantsen, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and Dirt Monkey. The show's location is a secret so you'll have to consult the Whomp Truck's ... More >>
Drawing inspiration from eccentric 1950s bandleader Spike Jones, as well as from found sounds and field recordings, Sean O'Neal (aka Someone Else) is an experimental minimal techno and house producer who is really doing his own thing. Having performed at the world's greatest nightclubs, including ... More >>
Jonathan ShikesBreckenridge Brewery's barrel-aging riches.The Breckenridge and Wynkoop breweries officially sealed the deal on their joint venture, and celebrated their future on Tuesday by tapping kegs of each other's beers at their respective breweries. And later this month -- possibly as e ... More >>
Govnr's ParkRevelry from last year's party.There's a battle brewing at Govnr's Park. On Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., the ageless watering hole will host its second annual Spring Meltdown Beerfest, pitting 35 breweries against each other. They'll be fighting for the love of Gov's patrons, and ... More >>
Old dog. New tricks. The Wazee Supper Club, which has been dishing up Denver-style pizza pies for almost forty years, is adding to, and revamping, its beer lineup to focus more on craft beer. "We used to have twenty taps. Now there are 32, and some of those original twenty taps have been rep ... More >>
Yee-haw! Twenty-four Colorado breweries will round up some wild firkins this weekend and drive them down to Colorado Springs for the seventh annual Firkin Rendezvous. Hosted by Bristol Brewing Company, the rendezvous -- February 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. -- is a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers ... More >>
Of all the inaugural balls taking place next month around the country, Colorado's has to have the best beer list. And why not? The new governor, John Hickenlooper, is a brewer and the co-founder of the iconic Wynkoop Brewing Company. In addition to Hickenlooper's InaugurAle -- which is bein ... More >>
Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>
The seasons in Colorado run together like oil and antifreeze on the floor at Jiffy Lube. At the supermarket, Halloween candy debuts in August, while the temperatures are still in the high 90s. Watermelons mix with peaches, while raspberries, pumpkins and roasted chiles mingle awkwardly but re ... More >>
Falling Rock Taphouse.Things are swinging in the Mile High City as just about every plane that touches down at Denver International Airport today will carry a brewer, a beer blogger or a beer lover on their way to the Great American Beer Festival, which begins tomorrow. And Denver is ready f ... More >>
When Grimm Brothers Brewhouse opens tomorrow in Loveland, it will be the town's only independently-owned brewery. But it will also be one of several craft beer makers around the state that focus on a specific style of suds. "There are breweries in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Es ... More >>
Last week, GQ magazine released a bucket list of fifty beers to drink before you die. It was a decent compilation, but a little short on Colorado offerings. So we decided to come up with our own list of fifty Colorado-made beers to drink before you die. Arranged alphabetically, we have tried ... More >>
Slinging craft beers requires knowledge beyond the basic pour. Everybody knows what Bud Light tastes like, but how many people can answer on-the-fly questions about lager versus ale, hops versus malts and everything in between? From 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight, Left Hand Brewing Company and the ... More >>
Having trouble finding your favorite seasonal brew? The Colorado Brewers Guild is working on that. And on Tuesday evening, the Guild -- a trade group representing the majority of the 110-plus craft beer-makers in the state -- hosted liquor store and restaurant reps at its second annual holid ... More >>
The Beer NinjaPerhaps, in the distant past, beer drinkers have looked down their red, shiny noses at alfalfa sprout-munching yoga lovers, while those body-mind-and-soul spiritual types disdainfully ignored the smelly hopheads. But not anymore. The Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs has cre ... More >>
Click it or ticket. Today in Cafe Society: • Tony's Market gets a witness. • Fallout from Aspen's New Year's Eve bomb. • Chipotle salads: The secret is in the sauce. • Root Down joins the brunch bunch. • Class is in session at Bristol Brewery. • Denver-based Quiznos cuts the price on ... More >>
Winter break is over, and it's time to get back to school: beer school. Bristol Brewing Company's 2009 course catalogue is out, and although the first class -- Beer 101, taught by company founder Mike Bristol - already took place, there's still time to catch up and make the grade. Beer 120, The Eti ... More >>
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