Left Hand Brewing co-founder and president Eric Wallace was recognized last week as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the consumer products and services category, beating out two dozen other candidates. The award recognizes "extraordinary performance in leading successful innovative busin ... More >>
Barleywines are part of an ancient style of beer, one that's primarily denoted by a higher alcohol content than typical brews -- an alcohol level closer to that of wine. But Bryan Selders and Sam Calagione don't care, and why should they? The two brewers built their reputations at Dogfish Head Brew ... More >>
More than two dozen restaurants opened this month, including the long-awaited Gozo and Troy Guard's stunning Guard and Grace. But the big news was how many longtime spots on the Denver dining scene called it quits -- including longtime steak-mecca Emilene's in Aurora and the Catacombs Bar in the Hot ... More >>
Not enough is known about the health impacts of oil and gas drilling in Colorado, or we already know more than enough. Surveying residents who live near wells about their "quality of life" is either a terrific idea or a lot of unscientific twaddle -- and a waste of money to boot. The sparring at Thu ... More >>
Pumpkin dishes are popping up in restaurants all over Denver -- but you can also harvest your own fresh fruit at a Colorado pumpkin patch. Here are five farms where the pumpkins are just ripe for the picking. See also: Five best places to pick apples in Colorado
The corn maze is a classic way to lose yourself in the spirit of harvest and Halloween. Mazes range from the downright frightening to the challenging to the kid-friendly corny -- and you'll find plenty of places to fall into this seasonal tradition just a short drive from Denver. Here, in no parti ... More >>
A known proponent of all things spook and horror, Stephen Graham Jones is a professor of writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. Highlighting his curricular activities this past summer: ENGL 3246 -201: Zombie Renaissance - Pop. Culture. If he's able to bring that into the halls of academia, ... More >>
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
Contrary to the impression left by many local and national news broadcasts, not every park on the Front Range was badly damaged by recent flooding. Indeed, some of our favorites either sustained little or limited damage or are already coming back strong. With that in mind, we've dipped into our huge ... More >>
Last week, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told city council members that there were "twelve homicides related directly to medical marijuana." He subsequently said the figures were "loose" and didn't all occur in MMJ facilities. But when contacted by Westword, Morrissey's office did indeed ... More >>
As we've reported, Magpul is a weaponry business based in Erie that's so aghast at new gun-control laws about to go into effect that it's pledged to leave Colorado. Before folks at the firm pull up stakes, though, they're doing everything they can to protest what they see as an attack on their right ... More >>
Boulder is the cradle of craft brewing in Colorado, and nearby Longmont is home to two of the biggest breweries in the state, but until recently, southeastern Boulder County was primarily known only as the former headquarters for the Rock Bottom chain. By this fall, however, there will be eight bre ... More >>
Echo Brewing, which celebrated its first anniversary this past weekend in Frederick, has decided to straddle I-25 and open a second brewery in Old Town Erie. Until that's ready, though, Echo will also serve as a jumping-off point for a second brewing company that plans to open in Erie: Atom Brewing ... More >>
Colorado breweries continue to open at a rapid pace in 2013 -- and they're typically swamped the minute they open by beer fans eager to sample their brews. But breweries-in-planning don't usually get a chance to put their products in front of customers (paying customers, anyway) ahead of time. That ... More >>
Thieves dispensing with stolen goods typically do so quietly, outside the public eye. But if Wheat Ridge Police are right, Wylie Newton is a different breed. Newton is accused of stealing an antique pistol from a New Mexico museum, then trying to sell it on a reality TV show.
Update: A just-released indictment related to Operation Sweet Leaf, in which 25 metro-area marijuana grows were raided, names 22-year-old Jordan Buehrer as the alleged ringleader of the scheme -- although Buehrer's LinkedIn profile suggests another name. The bare-bones page lists him as the owner o ... More >>
Kelsey WhippleGlenn Grassi goes American Gothic in front of his miniature creation.The fully functioning home in which Glenn Grassi is standing in isn't much larger than his bedroom was that time he joined the circus. It is significantly smaller than the sets he made and won national awards f ... More >>
The November issue of Thrasher included the results of a contest in which the magazine had asked readers for the worst skateparks in their towns for a list titled "Certified Piece of Suck: Doo-Doo Skatepark Construction." One of these pieces of suck is located in Colorado.
FlickrIn a hit-and-run accident, a driver causes a crash but flees the scene rather than facing the music. Something similar happened over the weekend, but it didn't involve cars. Instead, the parties were a woman on horseback and the owner of a dog that caused an injury requiring a rescue c ... More >>
Big pic below.Erie's Nicole Bernard never gave much thought to her neighbor, Gordon Schumacher, and no wonder. He's 35, married, seemingly ordinary in every respect. Until he allegedly snuck into her house and planted a webcam in her bedroom, prompting his arrest for being a high-tech peepin ... More >>
New foreclosure filings in Colorado are at an eight-month low and the number of foreclosed properties being sold at auction is down nearly 22 percent from this time last year, according to a report released today by the Colorado Division of Housing. "The past several months have certainly b ... More >>
Full-sized comic below.Erie Reminder Real name: Fred Diehl; Occupation: Town Spokesman; Suburb of Operations: Erie; Hair: Rolled gold; Eyes: Deep Suburban superhero skills: Erie Reminder is a Detroit, Michigan transplant who possesses the superhuman capacity to think and talk at great speeds ... More >>
Just six weeks ago, Kevin Foote was opening his third BenchWarmers Tavern & Grill in a month, and offering this explanation of the origins of his mini-chain: "I was at a Colorado Avalanche game one evening with friends. We overheard some of the fans complaining about how cold they were and ho ... More >>
BenchWarmers will open its third Colorado location on Thursday, June 24, and in touting this accomplishment, the Colorado-based company offers the most succinct business plan ever: "I was at a Colorado Avalanche game one evening with friends," founder and chief executive officer Kevin Foote, ... More >>
Watch your backside, Hooters. BenchWarmers is coming for you. The up and coming Colorado-based sports bar chain, "where beautiful girls will serve you fantastic food, cold beer, and cocktails as you enjoy an uninterrupted view of the game" already has two restaurants in Aurora and Erie and ... More >>
Colorado is not all about balloon boys and terrorists -- unless you count fat babies and health insurance companies. Senator Michael Bennet has been getting a lot of face time lately, speechifying about our broken healthcare system. And in his most recent speech, he may have finally given th ... More >>
Herbal Connections dispensary (photo by Aaron Thackeray) Colorado's medical marijuana business is booming -- or, if you prefer, blooming. You can read about the growth in Joel Warner's feature story or The Latest Word's marijuana category, which includes reviews of dispensaries. But if you ju ... More >>
Letters from the week of 12/20/2007
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
From the week of September 23, 2004
From the week of September 16, 2004
Driver Jerry Robertson aims to be king of the oval.
Flyin' West and Hughie
Shadow Theatre Company
Fruits and veggies help his products grow.
Two short plays by Chekhov and O'Neill light up the Ralph Waldo Emerson Center.
A new mayor and some Erie politics.
Denver's kilns are hotter than ever.
A group of slow-growth activists plans to change the ways things are done in Erie.
Governor Owens is getting pressure from fellow Republicans to stop the sprawl.
Nobody likes Bob Eason. Maybe it's because he has all the wrong (property) values.