• Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Colorado's Ten Best Breweries for Music Fans

    It's no surprise that music and beer are meant to be together, especially in Colorado. Still, there are a handful of local breweries that like to turn it up a notch when it comes to supporting Colorado's music. We've picked out ten of the best places for music fans to find their microbrews. You'll f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    U.S. Trade rep Michael Froman tours Epic Brewing, touts sudsy Colorado exports

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman visited the Denver home of Epic Brewing on Monday to endorse the Obama administration's push for international exports and the jobs they provide, especially at small and medium sized businesses. The stop at Epic was one of many on a tour highlighting the fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Claire Davis: Public memorial tomorrow at the National Western Events Center

    Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to remember seventeen-year-old Claire Davis, who was fatally wounded in the December 13 Arapahoe High School shooting, at a memorial service at the National Western Events Center. Tickets to the Celebration of the Life of Claire Davis are free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Film Industry Seminar Series reveals the magic behind the silver screen

    The lights and the camera, the big stars and the director's chair -- these are the icons we associate with filmmaking. But the magic on the silver screen wouldn't happen without such key players as casting directors and producers. Local filmmakers and fans can learn about the people behind the scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Strange Brewing faces a trademark threat from a Massachusetts homebrew shop

    Something strange is going on. In September, as Denver's Strange Brewing was gearing up for a small expansion as well as the Great American Beer Festival, owners John Fletcher and Tim Myers got a letter from a lawyer demanding that they change their name. See also: - De Steeg Brewing will open on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    National Western Stock Show corrals the Rodeo All-Star Weekend

    Yee-haw! The National Western Stock Show has saddled up for the future. Although NWSS chairman Jerry McMorris passed away yesterday, leaders went through with the announcement of a deal that will help steer the direction of the Stock Show, expanding it beyond an every-January event into more of a ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Reader: Michael Hancock's National Western Stock Show win-win-win may end in Denver loss

    Hancock.​Patricia Calhoun's Wake-Up Call post about Mayor Michael Hancock seeking a win-win-win regarding a potential move of the National Western Stock Show raised a red flag for one reader, who thinks a potential compromise wouldn't result in a victory for Denver at all. Here's his post.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    John Paton named MediaNews Group CEO: What's it mean to MNG's pay-wall experiment?

    John Paton.​In late August, we noted that the search for a new MediaNews Group CEO to succeed Dean Singleton had stretched out for seven months, with no end in sight. At last, the situation has changed. John Paton, a director of the Journal Register Company, has been named the firm's CEO as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Michael Hancock appoints panel to wrangle National Western Stock Show plans

    ​Michael Hancock announced yesterday that he's appointed a panel of pols, business people and other civic-minded types to decide what to do about the possible relocation to Aurora of the National Western Stock Show, "a Denver treasured asset," as the mayor-elect calls it. He adds, "We understa ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Comment of the day: Why did the People's Fair choose Miller?

    ​While most folks go to festivals like the Capitol Hill People's Fair mostly for the bouncy-castle and the shirtless ambiance, Bree Davies is partial to the finer points of festival vending, like hats for dogs and paintings of sheep in trench-coats; in her recap of the fair yesterday, she brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    New Belgium, maker of Fat Tire, plans a second brewery on the East Coast

    FacebookNew Belgium headquarters in Fort Collins.​Two of the nation's biggest craft brewers, both based in California, have revealed the details of some major expansion plans in the past couple of days, and Colorado's New Belgium Brewing, the country's third largest craft brewer, could be clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    How the music industry will change in 2011

    ​In the past decade, the music industry has seen a lot of changes, but it has struggled to keep pace with technology, piracy and consumer demands. Already this year we've started to see a few more changes take shape, from crackdowns on piracy websites, a resurgence of interest in the currently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Metro Taxi's $10,000 for Hick's inauguration payback for opposing Mile High Cab?

    ​November's "Mean Streets" detailed how politicians with ties to existing taxi companies -- Mayor John Hickenlooper among them -- stymied attempts to start new operations such as Mile High Cab. Now, Metro Taxi, which opposed Mile High Cab, has donated $10,000 to Hickenlooper's inauguration.

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Mean Streets

    Some Denver taxi drivers say they've been taken for a ride by their employers

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    LimeWire shut down by permanent injunction

    ​Looking for WMAs of Third Eye Blind? You're going to have to look elsewhere. Effective immediately, LimeWire, the popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, has gone the way of pagers, payphones and the Walkman. In 2006, the music industry filed a suit against the service for a "massive sca ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
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    August 19, 2010

    Great American Beer Festival brew is ready and waiting to be judged -- in a Bud warehouse

    This is what we imagine the warehouse looks like.​A refrigerated Budweiser warehouse isn't normally the kind of thing that would make a hop-headed craft beer geek salivate, but for the next couple of weeks, the facility at 62nd Avenue and Franklin Street in Denver is every beer geeks dream. I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010
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    May 7, 2009

    An American Revolution

    Craft Beer Week celebrates beer independence.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery creates order from chaos

    "I've got junkies sleeping outside my door," Ben Parsons says, warning me to lock my car when I visit the Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery. "There are needles around here all the time." Hmmm...sounds like a perfect place to make wine, I think. But as it turns out, it is. Because Parsons not only likes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    The details behind Clear Channel and 9News public-service announcements for car dealers

    Yesterday morning, during one of his regular updates on KOA/850 AM's morning-news broadcast, Channel 9 business reporter Gregg Moss talked about a new series of public-service announcements for the automobile industry that would begin running immediately on Clear Channel stations like KOA, as well a ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Passenger rail study for I-70 and I-25 corridors kicks off

    Rocky Mountain Rail Authority chairman Harry Dale. On August 12, the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority announced the start of a feasibility study that could bring the state one step closer to a passenger rail system that goes from Wyoming to New Mexico along the I-25 corridor, and from Denver Internat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    Denver Radio Legend Steve Keeney Retires

    When radio executive Steve Keeney commented for a March 6 Message column about changes in the local radio scene, he was exceedingly forthcoming, noting the reasons the outlet formerly known as Sassy had flipped to a format dubbed One FM and outlining an audio revamp at Martini, another property unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Concerts Battle Heats Up Again

    The ongoing concert promotions battle in Denver just became a little more heated. Just received word from Live Nation that Eric Pirritt has been named Vice President of Booking. Pirritt joins fellow VP of Booking, Peter Ore, and will now go head-to-head with his former associates at AEG Live, vying ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008
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    August 9, 2007

    Wining and Dining

    Boulder's food and wine takes center stage.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2007

    False Gold

    The documentary Black Gold, which is touring the country and was shown in Denver and Boulder last month, fashions itself the Fast Food Nation of the coffee industry, contrasting the excesses of the western caffeine craze with the plight of Ethiopian coffee farmers to illustrate the inequities stirre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Live Action

    The concert business in Denver just got a hell of a lot more interesting. After last month's announcement that Live Nation planned to acquire House of Blues, things had calmed down — but now a tidal wave looks to be forming on the horizon, one that could have epochal implications for the local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Clearing the Way

    It's official: The nation's (not to mention Denver's) highly competitive live concert business just got a little less, well, competitive. Live Nation today announced that it will purchase House of Blues Entertainment for $350 million in cold, hard cash. As part of the deal, Live Nation will presum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    The Long Drive

    ProTAXI could spell relief for Denver cabbies.

  • Dining

    July 4, 2002


    A Good Egg

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Digital Dilemma

    Will new royalty fees kill Web radio?

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    July 31, 1997
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    February 15, 1995
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