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    April 2, 2014

    Beer calendar: Baseball, blondes and the Craft Brewers Conference

    The Brewers Association released its annual accounting this week of the top fifty craft brewers in the nation as base on sales, as well as the top fifty brewers altogether. In Colorado, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell, Left Hand, Boulder Beer and Craftworks -- which owns the Rock Bottom and Old Chic ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    April Fools: Helium beers, self-filling cans and fake lawsuits highlight annual brewery jokes

    Craft breweries and related companies love April Fool's Day and each year, they skewer their fans, their competitors, big breweries and themselves with jokes. But these breweries are also innovators, and a couple of years ago, one of these jokes actually became reality when Wynkoop Brewing produced ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    John Hickenlooper will debut a craft beer draft system at the Governor's Mansion

    The Colorado Governor's Mansion has seen its share of keggers over the decades, thanks to the learning experiences and youthful indiscretions of several gubernatorial offspring. But the 106-year-old-mansion hasn't had its own draft-beer system -- until now. Tonight, during a party feting the state ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Stefan Moton, paralyzed in shooting at Aurora's Century 16, files lawsuit against theater owner

    Stefan Moton, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, has filed a lawsuit against theater owner Century Theatres, Inc. Like other lawsuits filed by victims, Moton's claim alleges that the theater was lacking in security, allowing a gunman to prop open an emergency ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    RJ Reynolds' Colorado launch of new e-cigarette not inspired by marijuana, company says

    Since the early days of Colorado's marijuana legalization movement, the prospect of Big Tobacco moving into the state and taking over the pot industry has concerned activists. So it was only natural that when RJ Reynolds, among the most powerful of the nation's tobacco companies, announced that it h ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Here's to American Craft Beer Week, and something wet in every cup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Beer calendar: Renegades, superheroes and American Craft Beer Week

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2013
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    April 10, 2013

    Colorado breweries stay steady on the list of the nation's biggest craft brewers

    Colorado craft breweries have remained steady on the Boulder-based Brewers Association's annual list of the top fifty craft-beer makers in the country. New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins is still the third-largest craft brewer in the nation, while Longmont's Oskar Blues rose from 29th on the list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Craft Brewers Conference wraps up with an award for New Belgium

    It's been quiet out there in the craft beer world this week -- primarily because most of the movers and shakers from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, and industry-only event hosted by the Brewers Association. This year's version -- the thirtieth on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Third Shift lager, a new MillerCoors beer, got its medal-winning start at Denver's Sandlot

    Tom Hail loves beer. He loves lagers especially, which is why he stays very late on a lot of nights to work on his passion projects. One of these is a traditional German-style marzen -- a recipe that he's been tinkering with on and off for eighteen years. It's a tasty beer -- so tasty that Hail, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Ten biggest Colorado craft beer stories in 2012

    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 >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Is Colorado the center of the "crafty" beer universe?

    Colorado -- home to the Great American Beer Festival, the Brewers Association and 161 breweries -- is the center of the universe when it comes to craft beer. But is it also the center of the "crafty" beer universe? On Thursday, the Brewers Association, which represents small brewers nationwide, fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Denver Post & MediaNews Group: Fallout from partner Journal Register Company bankruptcy?

    Almost exactly a year ago, the Journal Register Company's John Paton was named CEO of MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, with a new entity called Digital First Media taking over management of both firms. But the first birthday of this deal hasn't been a happy one. Yesterday brought word that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Free money! Denver bands have unclaimed SoundExchange royalties. Are you on the list?

    The bad news is you didn't win a gazillion dollars last night in Powerball -- some lucky jerk in Michigan did, apparently. The good news is, however, you may still have some cashola coming your way that you weren't expecting. Think of it as finding a crisp twenty in the pocket of pants you haven't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Chicago's Goose Island will brew some of its signature 312 beer in Colorado's 970

    Goose Island, a Chicago craft brewer that was bought last year by Anheuser-Busch InBev, will brew some of its signature 312 Urban Wheat Ale at the AB InBev plant in Fort Collins, according to a federal filing. 312 takes its name from the Windy City's area code and is described on Goose Island's webs ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Three Colorado winemakers worthy of Drink Local Wine week love

    A little more than nine months ago, we ruffled a lot more than a few feathers by voicing our opinion on the local wine industry. Everyone from the Front Range Winery Association to hobbyist vintners juiced over where we got the balls to speak our minds on such an -- unbeknownst to us -- unbelievabl ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    $714 million a year and other fun facts about Colorado's craft beer industry

    The Colorado Brewers Guild provided proof today of what most Colorado residents have known for a while: beer is good for us, economically at least. On Tuesday, the Guild, which represents craft breweries in the state legislature, said Colorado's 139 licensed craft breweries pump $714 million a year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Jerry Grilly to retire as president and CEO of the Denver Post

    Jerry Grilly, the president and CEO of the Denver Post, is retiring -- and not for the first time. Grilly had been lured back to the Post three years ago, shortly after the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, which ended the joint operating agreement that yoked the two papers. It's a different worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Artists like Springsteen and Dylan can start applying to regain copyrights of 1978 recordings

    ​When copyright law was revised in 1976, there was a provision that gave artists control of their work after 35 years, provided they applied two years in advance. The law didn't go into effect until 1978, but now artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn can start a ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Google further monetizes YouTube, which means enduring ads on every music video

    ​After a four year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers, YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association. While this doesn't affect YouTube's preexisting contracts with the four major labels, it does change the way YouTube and its pare ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Three reasons why Colorado wines still suck (and three Colorado winemakers who are getting it right)

    ​Last month we attended the first annual Colorado Winefest - Denver, and for the first time tasted a number of truly delicious, locally produced wines we could recommend to you without pause. So you can certainly understand how we were legitimately fired up about an already scheduled wine-tast ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    MediaNews Group-Freedom talks break down, but don't be shocked by a comeback

    Dean Singleton.​For months, newspaper insiders have been abuzz about Denver Post parent company MediaNews Group potentially acquiring Freedom Communications, owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Orange County Register -- two properties that synergize nicely with MediaNews strongholds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    7News, Azteca America affiliates in CO for sale: McGraw-Hill looks to peddle broadcasting group

    ​Update below: KMGH-TV, better known as 7News, is on the block -- and so are Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, according to an announcement by McGraw-Hill, the stations' parent company. Officially, the move is part of a "portfolio review" -- but the real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Five Colorado wines (finally!) worth drinking by the case

    ​Have you ever gotten the impression that Colorado wines kinda suck? If you're really, really honest with yourself, you probably answered yes - and you're not the only person who feels that way. A glance at the wine list of many of Denver's top-rated dining destinations routinely reveals fewer ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    March 24, 2011
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    February 14, 2011

    Dean Singleton, Denver Post publisher, shoots down rumors of national copy-editing center

    MediaNews Group​In an interview last month about stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group, Dean Singleton talked geographical expansion and consolidation. These words echoed after MediaNews bought the Longmont Times-Call's parent company days later -- and fears of job losses were heightened by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Pinot Posse wines spark Old World vs. New World debate

    ​Last week's post featuring the wines of the Pinot Posse sparked much debate over the respective merits and flaws of modern, new world-style pinot noir. At one end of the table, we had the new world wine lovers, who revel in bottles bursting with ripe, mouthwateringly juicy fruit, and (though ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Hickenlooper's Inaugurale will be delivered via horse and carriage

    ​Not only is the Wynkoop Brewing Company making a special beer to commemorate brewery co-founder John Hickenlooper's gubernatorial inauguration party on Tuesday, it will deliver that beer, Hickelooper's Inaugurale, via horse and carriage. The party, which is being held at the Fillmore auditor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Beer today, gone tomorrow

    At 6 p.m. tonight, April 16, "Beer Wars Live," a live simulcast, will present the founders of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, New Century Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company, as well as Charlie Papazian, the president of the Boulder-based Brewers Association, in a discussion led by Ben Stein; the ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Harry Whipple out as head of Denver Newspaper Agency

    The only surprise in yesterday afternoon's announcement that Harry Whipple would no longer be in charge of the Denver Newspaper Agency was the identity of his successor: former Denver Post publisher Gerald Grilly, who's coming out of retirement to take the gig. Indeed, the February 26 press conferen ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    How the troubles at the San Francisco Chronicle echo in Denver

    The San Francisco Chronicle, the largest daily newspaper in the Bay Area, is reportedly in such shabby fiscal shape that its owner, the Hearst Corp., says it may have to close the venerable pub within weeks if expenses can't be brought under control. In the event of such a shut-down, San Francisco's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    MediaNews Group tops Newsosaur's Default-O-Matic roster

    Veteran journalist and executive Alan D. Mutter's Reflections of a Newsosaur blog has become a popular destination for media members and observers hoping to get a better handle on the troubles being experienced by the industry. He's been a thoughtful and credible chronicler of the business as a whol ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Does the Denver Newspaper Agency want double the previously announced cuts?

    The Rocky Mountain News typically steers clear of anonymous sources. In a February 2008 column about accusations of lewd conduct by state rep Michael Garcia (read about them in the Message column "A Denver Daily Wouldn't Touch Michael Garcia"), editor/publisher/president John Temple quoted his paper ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Statements from Clear Channel execs John Hogan and Mark Mays about job cuts

    Yesterday's blog "The Bloodletting Starts at Clear Channel Denver" documents ten layoffs at the Texas corporation's local properties: five FMs -- KTCL/93.3 FM, The Party/95.7 FM, KBCO/97.3 FM, The Fox/103.5 FM and KBPI/106.7 FM -- and three AMs -- KHOW/630 AM, KKZN/760 AM and KOA/850 AM. This mornin ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    We're an Arbitron family!

    Watch out, radio stations. I'm no longer impotent when it comes to determining your success of failure. Suddenly, I'm a force to be reckoned with. Sort of. Kind of. In a way. A few days back, my beloved received a letter from Arbitron, the Maryland-based radio-ratings service. "Be Part of the Radio ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Denver Post confirms pension freezes, union negotiations

    In mid-December, news broke that MediaNews Group head Dean Singleton (pictured) asked unions to open negotiations on new contracts early in the hope of saving a combined $20 million at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency. But, as mentioned parenthetically in a December 16 More Messages b ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    The Moody's downgrading of MediaNews Group: What's it mean for Denver newspapering?

    As if the Denver newspaper scene couldn't get any more confusing... Yesterday, word surfaced that Moody's Investors Services downgraded the credit rating of Denver-based MediaNews Group, declaring that the Dean Singleton-run newspaper chain is at significant risk of default. Indeed, the firm, whose ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Rocky Mountain News put up for sale

    It's the sort of headline most media observers in this area have been anticipating for quite some time, but it's still a shock to see it in print: "Rocky Mountain News For Sale." The article, published moments ago on the Rocky's website, quotes from a press release in which Rich Boehne, president a ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Cyber Monday coverage more about hype than specifics

    Back in 2005, the folks at declared the Monday after Thanksgiving to be "Cyber Monday" -- supposedly the equivalent of Black Friday for e-tailers. Obviously, this designation is a wholly artificial construct intended to pump up business, but the media has signed on anyhow -- including local ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    The Boulder Daily Camera's building goes on the block

    The Daily Camera building can now be yours. In yesterday's blog "The Denver Dailies: No Post-Election Shrinkage Yet," I argued that the hefty size of the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post shouldn't be interpreted as a sign that the newspaper business is back on track. More indicative of the ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Miller, Coors, Bud are Aleing

    My heart goes out to multi-billion-dollar brewing giants MillerCoors (which recently completed its merger) and Anheuser-Busch (which is about to be taken over by Belgium’s InBev). No, really, it’s hard to look small when you are that big. Not that it has kept the beer companies from trying. The ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    Dean Singleton Fights Back Against Bad MediaNews Press

    A More Messages blog from June quoted Dean Singleton, the head of MediaNews Group, which owns the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country, taking a shot at "whining editors, reporters and newspaper unions" that "continue to bark at the dark, thinking their barks will make the n ... More >>

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    April 13, 2007

    Spin Master

    As part of the Denver National Convention brouhaha in town yesterday, Howard Dean announced the convention committee’s leadership team. It’s a powerful, experienced bunch, including Leah Daughtry, Dean’s chief of staff, as the convention’s CEO. The list also includes Jenni Engebretsen as dep ... More >>

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    May 19, 2006

    More Messages: Barking and Biting

    When MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton and his partners ponied up $1 billion for three California Bay Area newspapers formerly owned by Knight Ridder (and one ex-KR paper in Minnesota), he earned the enmity of a relentless foe: Bruce Brugmann, the editor and publisher of the Bay Guardian, an altern ... More >>

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    September 16, 2004

    Smoke Detector

    Anne Landman has dedicated her life to being a pain in the ash. Will it make a difference come election time?

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    May 2, 2002

    Digital Dilemma

    Will new royalty fees kill Web radio?

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    March 5, 1998

    Doing a Slow Burn

    The Colorado AG grabs a hot potato in the state's tobacco lawsuit--and hopes she won't get scorched by the legislature.

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