Because of warm weather, the Colorado ski/snowboard season got off to a slow start -- but Loveland is open for business. And with temperatures dropping and snow falling, the rest of this state's resorts will soon be online. We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and s ... More >>
The record pace of restaurant openings slowed a bit in October, but there were still some notable events, including the long-awaited opening of Sarto's in Jefferson Park. And two of the town's best Chinese restaurants -- Chef Liu's and East Asia Garden -- gave up the ghost, although the latter is su ... More >>
Halloween won't be on a Friday again until 2025. Don't waste eleven years waiting for the next one because there is plenty to do this time. Even if you're not into the whole ghouls and goblins celebration, there are options, including smashing pumpkins, meeting artists and practicing vinyasa. Surf t ... More >>
The Sidewinder is for sale, as reported on Backbeat this week. The hundred-year-old building in Globeville has been home to numerous saloons, including one incarnation that served some of the town's best green chile; for the past two years, it's also hosted great live music acts in a room that had b ... More >>
The backside of the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar looks pretty appealing when you're stuck in I-70 traffic by Idaho Springs. But soon that view will be even better: The owners closed the place at the end of service Sunday for a five-month renovation of the building, which got its start in 1906 as John Ro ... More >>
Erika T. Wurth, now a creative writing professor at the Western Illinois University, went to school in Idaho Springs. She already has one book of poetry under her belt and now a novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, set in the mountain town. She'll be back in Colorado on Monday, September 29 for a readin ... More >>
No denying that Idaho Springs' Haley Stanfield, twenty, has suffered a terrible loss -- the death last month of her fifteen-month-old son, Logan Borchik. But she now stands accused of attempting to turn her grief into vengeance by hiring Logan's father to kill her current boyfriend, who is said to ... More >>
Beau Jo's is going green. At all four locations of the local chain, you can charge your electric car while refueling yourself with a slice of Colorado-style pizza. See also: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanese to Moroccan cuisine
Colorado's largest craft brewer, New Belgium, and one of its smallest, Black Shirt, both broke new ground in January when they began canning a pair of unusual beers. New Belgium's offering was the tart Snapshot, one of the first canned beers using lactobacillius as a souring agent. Black Shirt rolle ... More >>
It was a tale of two cities (towns, really) -- and of two breweries. In Lyons, Oskar Blues owner Dale Katechis canned his first beer, Dale's Pale Ale, in 2002. At around the same time, Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs began canning Ornery Amber. But while Oskar Blues went on to create a revolu ... More >>
At 5 p.m. Friday, the DenverDepartment of Excise and Licenses posted a list of fourteen stores now fully licensed to sell recreational marijuana on January 1. There are still two days left in 2013, so more stores might be added to this list by the start of retail sales in the new year -- while other ... 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 >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... More >>
Dig your bluegrass? Banjos and mandolins make your heart swell? Great. You're gonna love this shindig: two days of banjo goodness up in the hills. Clear Creek Rapidgrass is slated to go down on the first weekend of July at the Shelly/ Quinn Baseball Fields in Idaho Springs on Friday, July 5 and Satu ... More >>
I'm not at all sorry I missed being an adult in the 1970s. There were terrible fashion trends with bell bottom pants and clogs with heels, and worse hairstyles with that feathered look; the porn was all sweaty and hairy, and the food trends were...well, Irma Rombauer's Joy of Cooking came out and fo ... More >>
The year 1973 brought some good things: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was released, the first mobile phone call was made, the original U.S. space station was launched, and homegrown Colorado chain Beau Jo's Pizza was born. To celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Beau Jo's is now offering 1973 pr ... More >>
After one of the mildest winters in recent years, leaving some areas of the parched high country with less than 10 percent of normal snowpack -- not to mention forests ravaged by drought and pine beetles, ready to explode into wildfires like the rapidly expanding High Park blaze -- this may not sou ... 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.
"Your job should be something you're pumped on," says Preston Strout, co-owner of the High Cascade Snowboard Camp. He's the guest moderator at The Business of Fun, a free event starting at 6 p.m. tonight that's the kick off for the three-day Launch of Winter celebration at Battery 621 (click those l ... More >>
Despite rumors that state licenses wouldn't be issued until next year at the earliest, several medical marijuana clinic owners in the mountains say they have reached the final stages of the application process and are within weeks of getting the final okay from the Medical Marijuana Enforceme ... More >>
Larkburger is now open in West Washington Park.The metro area gained a cheesesteak spot and lost a cheesesteak spot, it gained a Larkburger and lost a Walk-In Burger (although that venture promises to relocate)...and Hart's Corner made a comeback. Here's the Restaurant roll call for April:
The old logo.Many of the bigger craft breweries across the country overhaul their image every three or four years, adding beers to the lineup, changing their look or their labels. But time moves a little slower in Idaho Springs. "We are doing a whole image revamp," says Steve Indrehus, the ... More >>
Need a good excuse to get out of town this weekend? Here are our six sweet reasons to head up to yonder hills.
Lori MidsonLou's Food Bar was a late entry in the new restaurants of 2010Just as he did two years ago with Bones, Frank Bonanno opened a new restaurant, Lou's Food Bar, in the last days of the year. But there was much more action on the Denver dining scene, as documented in our Restaurant rol ... More >>
Lori MidsonChoLon Modern Asian Bistro was one of the big restaurants to open in 2010.While many restaurants closed in 2010, many more restaurants opened -- including such hot spots as ChoLon, Euclid Hall, Green Russell, Lou's Food Bar and, on the very last day of the year, Bittersweet. Here' ... More >>
The Tommyknocker crew.www.sanjuanhopfarms.comOn the third Thursday of every November (today), vintners in France have been releasing a kind of red wine called Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine isn't powerful or rich or even that all that good. Its main quality is light freshness. It's fermented f ... More >>
Most human smuggling cases in Colorado are handled by state prosecutors using a 2006 state law -- the effectiveness of which is questioned in this week's feature story, "Disappearing Act." But human smuggling remains a federal crime, as well -- and in cases where there are aggravating facto ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon. Do you know where your fresh-hopped beers are. If not, then here are two suggestions. All 27 Old Chicago locations began pouring Colorado IPA Nouveau this week. It's a limited release that was made especially for Old Chicago by Tommyknocker Brewing in Idaho Springs. T ... More >>
Update below: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of delaying the scheduled February 17 switchover from analog to digital broadcasting. If the House of Representatives follows suit, President Obama will sign the bill into law, pushing back DTV-day until June 12. But such a move will do nothin ... More >>
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Feel like drinkin'? Why not try any number of awesome craft beers that are released only around the holidays. Try the one below, or read about many others in our Booze News blog archive. Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer Tommyknocker Brewery Idaho Springs A rich, dark por ... More >>
A sign of the times. Just a week after visiting The Outlets at Castle Rock and being distressed by the sky-high vacancy rate there, I discovered a similar situation in Idaho Springs, a community I've enjoyed visiting for years. On September 6, Miner Street, the heart of the old downtown, was hardl ... More >>
After twenty years, it looks like the state, local governments, environmental advocates, and business interests may have finally come to an agreement on what to do about the I-70 mountain corridor – and that agreement includes a train. The Collaborative Effort, a 27-member panel of stakeholders, ... More >>
Head up to Georgetown for some historic fun.
In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>
In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>
Conquer Mount Evans on the Bob Cook Memorial.
The sight of the Steve Canyon sculpture in Idaho Springs draped in lazy, yet effective, holiday festoonery inspired this haiku: Posed like a hero Who cares if you're a cartoon? The sky's the limit.
War and Pizza
In the Suds
Drinking High on the Hog
French chefs are out there--if you know where to look.