Tickets to the fifteenth annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, which takes place January 8 through January 10 in Vail, went on sale this morning -- and some of the events have already sold out. Although the events, and the weekend itself, are expensive compared to many beer fests, eve ... More >>
Two bi-partisan groups of Colorado lawmakers -- a crew that is often woefully unfamiliar with this state's craft-beer industry -- will make their way to a pair of breweries this week as part of a program created by the Colorado Brewers Guild called Hop the Vote. A team of state senators will be at D ... More >>
Oskar Blues said last week that it has lowered the alcohol content of its newest and most unusual craft beer, Old Chub Scotch Ale Nitro, at the request of bars across the OB's 35-state distribution network, where the beer will be rolled out in coming weeks. Old Chub will now weigh in at 6.9 percent ... More >>
Is it fall yet? Almost. A pair of seasonal beers from two Colorado breweries are hitting shelves around town right now. They include Grimm Brothers Brewhouse's Farmer's Daughter, a 6.1 ABV German Style Oktoberfest beer with a creamy mouthfeel and toasty aroma, and New Belgium's Tour de Fall, a new s ... More >>
For the past six months or so, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office says William Amaya was renting a room from his aunt and uncle, Mayra Lorena Lopez, 40, and Eliseo Lopez, 42. But now, both of them are dead, leaving their teenage sons orphans -- and Amaya is being held in relation to the crime. Here's ... More >>
One of Colorado's most specialized, and most highly-anticipated, new breweries will give the public a sneak peak this weekend when it opens for two days to sell its first bottled release, a saison that was fermented entirely in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Casey Brewing & Blending, at 3421 Grand ... More >>
The restaurant business, muses Mark Fischer, exec chef of Harman's Eat & Drink, is "seriously peculiar." Chefs, he continues, "have become really high-profile, and they're granted an inordinate amount of admiration and given an inordinate amount of credit for the successes that are their restaurants ... More >>
I've kept my mouth shut on the topic of professional sports for most of my time as a writer. I don't even talk about how much I despise the majority of the culture that comes with it on Facebook (I save those complaints for Twitter). But I know I can't be the only one who suffers in silence this tim ... More >>
Our Melanie Asmar has been reporting about efforts to attract more moviemakers to Colorado -- and one great selling point is to check out the classics that have been partly filmed here over the years. Below, count down our ten favorites, as culled from the flicks listed on the FilmInColorado.com we ... More >>
Thanks to Amendment 64, industrial hemp is on its way to becoming a legitimate crop in Colorado. Tonight in Loveland, hemp industry bigwigs will gather to discuss how hemp is grown and processed, the market for the crop and what farmers interested in growing it can expect. (For instance, hemp does ... More >>
When we last caught up with John Baker, irascible author/songwriter/culinary guerrilla, he was celebrating the richness in spirit of the downtrodden by performing his song "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" on YouTube. Baker knows a thing or two about being without portfolio in Colorado's glitziest town, ... More >>
Ryon Olthoff's Facebook page, featuring the memorably defiant profile shot seen here, lists him as having worked at "various positions" with the Colorado Department of Corrections in 2009-2010. Presumably, one of those gigs was "inmate" -- and he'll likely get a chance for a do-over after being cha ... More >>
Yesterday, we told you about Jesse Evans, an alleged child pornographer -- and unfortunately, he's got plenty of apparent peers. The Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children website assembles photos and descriptions of accused creepazoids from across the state -- most of them white men, with only a ... More >>
Update: In our original post about Michael Maher, who's accused of impersonating a firefighter tackling the ultra-destructive High Park blaze (see our earlier coverage below), we noted that his alleged impersonation suggested that he'd been trying something new in comparison with his previous crimin ... More >>
Posts like our collection of the top ten "You know you're from Colorado when...." punchlines celebrate life in our fair state. But what about the opposite side of that coin? Turns out the last breath of many memorable folks was of our thin air. We've assembled a roster of the ten most notable passin ... More >>
The brand new History Colorado Center opens on Saturday. Last week, in my column about the wonderfully-designed museum, I pointed out how poor the two debut shows, Colorado Stories and Destination Colorado, are. Rather than trying to elevate the discussion, the museum and History Colorado chief oper ... More >>
Lauren Redfern.Lauren Redfern ignored that old warning about how you can never go home again. A star basketball player for Basalt High School prior to her 2004 graduation, she took over as the squad's head coach in 2010 and worked as a health teacher. Now, however, she's expected to be proces ... More >>
Back in May, the governor signed a bill to increase efforts to stop bullying, adding that students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender should be protected -- especially after a number of gay teen suicides. One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, took the ball and ran with it ... More >>
Santa's like, "Haaaay, girl."The number one rule when scouting a Santa for the Santa Ratings is that he has to be alive. I mean, there are probably like a million statues of Santa in this great square state, so those are generally disqualified in favor of a breathing (and preferably naturally ... More >>
Rollie Heath.Tomorrow, voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposition 103, which would hike taxes to raise money for schools. Senator Rollie Heath, the measure's most familiar proponent, is unwilling to predict victory. But he believes the vote will be "very, very close" -- and he's optimis ... More >>
Hotel ColumbiaAdmit it, you have become one of those crazy dog people. Every time you go on vacation, the sight of your little buddy's puppy-dog eyes gets you in the gut, ruining your Colorado getaway before you even leave. Why not exchange good old-fashioned guilt for a healthy dose of shame ... More >>
Colorado's Department of Revenue will introduce the final draft of medical marijuana regulations on Monday. But interpretations of HB 1284, the state's main MMJ law, continue to be made on the local level, with Carbondale telling centers that adding infused products to its menu before July is ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to emphasize that it's focusing on arresting so-called criminal aliens -- and it's lassoed plenty in these parts of late. In September, ICE busted 78 people -- and of the 6,617 folks grabbed in the Denver area during fiscal 2010, 4,447 were said t ... More >>
An image from ColoradoImmigrant.org.Last Friday, we previewed a student walkout decrying the controversial new Arizona immigration law. On Saturday, the events continued here and in several other locations across the state. These get-togethers were well attended everywhere, says Chandra Russ ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... 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 >>
An image from the last edition of "Fort Collins Now." Today marks the final edition of Fort Collins Now, a weekly newspaper that built up a considerable following dating to 2003, when it was born as the Fort Collins Weekly. Indeed, Northern Colorado as a whole was practically bursting at the seams ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
A nervous rafter gets up close and personal with the Colorado River.
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Take an adventure of road and palate through this mini Napa.
From the week of 3/22/07
Finding a solution to I-70 traffic has been one long, strange trip. But the end could be in sight.
Kick your cabin fever with this quartet of photo shows.
A footsore hiker shares his stories.
It's the Colorado hillbillies!
The media play catch-up on the state's largest-ever blaze.
Bones can tell a story--and forensic anthropologist Diane France keeps digging for the truth.
Twenty-eight years after a nuclear bomb rocked Colorado, its shock waves still reverberate on the Western Slope.
The state's global-warming forums are canceled after foes show up en masse.
Westword's guide to the 1997-98 ski and snowboard season