Jonathan Shikes

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    June 20, 2014

    From the Noshery to 3 Freaks, a second helping of Cafe Society, June 16-20

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Atticus, a restaurant that is still struggling to reach its grown-up ambitions. Lori Midson talked to chef Alex Figura of Lower48 Kitchen about ditching school to be a line chef, cooking abroad and more in this week's Chef and Tell. And Mark Antona ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    From Palettes to P17, a second helping of Cafe Society: May 12-16

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Palettes, Kevin Taylor's restaurant in the Denver Art Museum, where the service is sometimes far from artful. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson interviewed Daniel Bradley of 5280 Burger Bar, who talked about his lifelong love of burgers, his hatred of ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Prost Brewing and Prost Fine Beer and Sausages aren't two of a kind

    Denver blog posts understand the name of the game. At our Cafe Society blog, Jonathan Shikes cuts through the confusion when it comes to Prost Brewing and Prost Fine Beer and Sausages, which aren't connected despite similar names and locations in the same neighborhood. Big Media's Jason Salzman ex ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    From last call to a last look at Federal, a second helping of Cafe Society, April 21-25

    This week on Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited The Abbey Tavern, which turns out to be much more than just a neighborhood watering hole for Park Hill. In Chef and Tell, Sharif Villa Cruz, executive chef at Corner House, talked about the importance of fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients and more. ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Reader: The Rockies suck so hard that fans shouldn't care if there's a f*cking game, recently spotlighted by Jonathan Shikes, is an ultra-practical website intended to help LoDo dwellers prepare themselves whenever an onslaught of baseball fans is expected to hit the area. Many of our readers were amused by the concept, but less so by the current ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Have you tried the new Boulder Beer brew made by mistake?

    Denver blog posts could use a cold one about now. At our Cafe Society blog, Jonathan Shikes reveals how a mistake resulted in Boulder Beer's 35th anniversary brew. Denver Infill's Ryan Dravitz offers a final update on the Denver Art Museum office project. Denver Frank offers a lesson in street ty ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Old Chicago's iconic Market Street restaurant closing

    Denver blog posts are open for anything. At our Cafe Society blog, Jonathan Shikes reports about the closing next week of Old Chicago's iconic Market Street restaurant -- and the chance of a rebirth in the neighborhood down the line. Denver Egotist shares a "street view" of the Colorado River. Th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Pliny the Younger: Where and when you can drink the much-hyped cult beer

    Denver blog posts are on tap. At our Cafe Society blog, Jonathan Shikes reveals when Pliny the Younger is slated to pour; first sip is on Wednesday. The Colorado Independent's Tessa Cheek on the Jeffco school board donnybrook. Denver Frank intros One Inch of Snow. Will Atlanta survive?

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    February 7, 2013
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    August 9, 2012

    Reader: Cafe Options has a great chicken cutlet sandwich

    Politics aside -- if you can set politics aside -- Chick-Fil-A has lots of fans of its sandwiches. For those who are boycotting the chain for its anti-gay-marriage stance, yesterday Jonathan Shikes served up five chicken-sandwich options in town. Turns out we missed one: at Cafe Options, a terrific ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    A handful of restaurants offer up Opening Day deals

    Opening Day at Coors Field may as well be a holiday in the Mile High City -- Denver's residents descend on downtown en masse, kick off the baseball festivities early and keep partying until late. Earlier today, Jonathan Shikes, aka Colorado Beer Man, divulged a list of spots to find craft beer as yo ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Reader: My driver's license just got put under restraint for an unpaid ticket from 1986

    The Internet may not be forever, but it's a pretty damn long time. Witness the continuing life of Jonathan Shikes' 2008 post about being notified about an unpaid ticket from six years earlier. This tale struck a chord with one reader, who was recently hit with a parking-ticket blast from the even mo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Homemade mole and smoked pork overwhelm Ska's latest Local Series beer

    ​I've always loved mole for its spicy, chocolatey uniqueness. In fact, if I were forced to pick a favorite sauce, it might very well be mole (though Hollandaise holds a special place in my heart). Making it has always seemed like a daunting task, but the more I cook, the more I crave a challen ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Reader: Good luck proving that cops like those in Hooters bust lie 90 percent of the time

    ​Jonathan Shikes's Shmuck of the Week post about an undercover bust at Hooters has spurred some lively back-and-forths. Here's one exchange involving a person who thinks most police officers lie and a succinct rebuttal.

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    June 15, 2011

    Reader: Taco Bell's Colorado Rockies deal -- less meat for more money

    ​Yesterday, Jonathan Shikes wrote about the diminishing returns of Taco Bell's Colorado Rockies deal, which would be less impressive even if the Rocks weren't mired in an offensive slump. Not that one reader is actually salivating at the thought of a bargain bite.

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    June 13, 2011

    Boulder Sourfest: Hundreds of beer lovers puckered up at Avery on Saturday

    ​Hundreds of beer geeks gathered at Avery Brewing Company on Saturday to enjoy one of the strangest, most inaccessible beer styles in the world -- and they loved every funky minute of it. The second annual Boulder Sourfest attracted 37 breweries, who poured nearly 75 beers - all of them brewe ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Denver's five best burgers

    Lori MidsonThe American Classic Burger at Tarbell's.​Denver is a burger-loving town, and you can find excellent versions all over: beefy patties, oozing juice, coated with cheese and served on tasty rolls. The very best? The American Classic Burger at Tarbell's, which won the award for Best Bu ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Tonight: Celebrity Chili Cook Off at Denver Press Club

    ​Westword's own Beer Man, Jonathan Shikes, will defend his title at the annual Celebrity Chili Cook Off at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, from 6 to 8 p.m.; admission is $15 to $20, and proceeds benefit the Women's Bean Project. For more details, go to Fo ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Outside the box of chocolates: A few Valentine's Day gifts we're pretty sure won't be creepy

    Dressing up like this is not a half bad idea.​If you've been in your relationship for a while, chances are your Valentine's Day can be a pretty laid-back affair -- a rose will suffice, or a nice card, just something to show her that you're thinking about her and you care. If your relationship ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Reader: Scott Gessler was honest about his inability to live on $68,000 Sec. of State salary

    Gessler.​Our own Jonathan Shikes named Secretary of State Scott Gessler Shmuck of the Week in part for deciding after being elected that he couldn't live on the office's $68,000 salary. Plenty of commenters seemed to agree with this designation. But one reader offered a defense of Gessler's ho ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Ten beers to stop drinking at age thirty

    ​Cheap beer. It's a libation that most of us down during our late teens and twenties. But like all childish things, there comes a time to banish these cheap cans and brands forever. We argued over which beers should and shouldn't be included on this list, but we eventually came to a consens ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Governor Hickenlooper mounts up, rides the beer wagon to his inauguration party

    Jonathan ShikesJohn Hickenlooper on the beer wagon.​While the party was just getting started at the Fillmore Auditorium, Governor John Hickenlooper arrived in the gritty parking lot of a Blockbuster store about a block away to begin the ride of a lifetime. Or at least the ride of the night. ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    October 13, 2010

    Tonight: Rumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale Release Party at Avery Tap Room

    ​According to our resident Beer Man, Jonathan Shikes, pumpkin beers are best consumed at temperatures below 70 degrees. With a high of 63 predicted for today, this is the perfect time to stop by Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit B1, in Boulder, for the Rumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale Rel ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 11

    I display this to keep the other aliens away...​ It's funny. I've been writing about food for going on ten years now. I've won awards. I've written a book. And yet, the one piece of mine that's actually been picked up and given wide (although unusual) distribution in national magazines a ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches brings its Italian Night Club to Wash Park

    Lori MidsonWestword's Jonathan Shikes, who keeps all you serious bread heads in the know with his sandwich chat each week, doesn't give a baguette's butt that Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, which started its sandwich monopoly in Illinois in 1983 and now has sixteen locations throughout ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Rockies Opening Day 2009: The ill-advised live blog

    Read from the bottom up. Or not at all. 4:44 Two down in the ninth. Before we leave for the bar, let me assure you I am not wearing a Cardinals hat. My hat is not red. It says "SC," which does not have anything to so with St. Louis or baseball. And it says "Broncos" on the side. In summary, Shike ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Go green at 8 a.m. today

    If you can't find fun today, you're not looking. A good place to start -- and end -- your St. Patrick's Day celebration is Katie Mullen's, the new - and giant - Irish pub at 1550 Court Place, which will be bringing in Irish entertainment all day after opening at 8:30 a.m. But beating Katie Mullen's ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Live blogging St. Patrick's Day from the Fainting Goat: Happy Birthday to me!

    This from a guest bar blogger: Hey all, we're having a great time here in Denver!!! We're discussing social networking and demographics, the future of journalism, and politics. Woo!!! We have found out that the 18-25 age demographic isn't as brain-dead as previous thought. They may actually have som ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    My new obsession: Glayva Scotch Liqueur

    "Here. Try this." I handed over the small, green Jagermeister bottle and grinned. Because he's a good sport (and, like me, completely susceptible to even the weakest sort of peer pressure), my comrade-in-arms Jonathan Shikes screwed off the top without question and made a move to drink the myster ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Baby born at Denver Public Library truly is Unique

    Jonathan Shikes' January 27 blog "The Downtown Library's New Due Date" was the first to tell the story of a woman giving birth at Denver Public Library's main branch, at 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. Yesterday, Channel 4 correspondent Raj Chohan filled in the details via interviews with proud mom Domin ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Sports memories, selling cheap

    Broncos fans distraught over the team's disintegration over the past three weeks are likely taking a break from all things sports today and probably tomorrow. But for those of you who can't get enough pain, Opening Day for the 2009 Colorado Rockies is only 98 days away, and the home opener against ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Beer and Cheer: Tommyknocker Winter Warmer

    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 >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Annual count is for the birds

    It's time to count birds again, and we don't mean your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinners. The Audubon Society of Greater Denver, in conjunction with local Audubon groups around the nation, is asking its members to count the birds they see in their back yards on New Year's Day - a tradition g ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday, parking ticket

    I got a letter from the government the other day. Well, not the government, specifically, but the esteemed law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, who claimed to be working for the City and County of Denver in the capacity of leg breakers. It appears I was cited for a parking meter vio ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Beer and Cheer: Jubelale

    Jubelale Deschutes Brewery Bend, Oregon   This strong ale stands a head above the others. Why? The complex malts are balanced by a powerful hoppiness that gives it an extra punch and you a good reason to stay up late on a cold winter night. Graced by a spicy kick rather than an overly sweet fro ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Beer and Cheer: Celebration Ale

    Celebration AleSierra NevadaThis is a beer that I sometimes dream about during the summer months; it's the only thing that makes me look forward to cool weather. It's also the first beer I think of when I consider the holidays -- and the first one I buy. Although it differs from most holiday br ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Christmas tree sales go down

    Look out below. Like lots of empty lots around town, the open space on the southeast corner of Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard where Annie's Café and a handful of apartment buildings and other businesses once stood, has banners advertising that it will host Christmas tree sales at some point ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    John Denver is good for the heart

    Don't forget to take your medicine. When the eleventh anniversary of John Denver’s death passed by on October 12, I noted it privately, but let it be at that. After all, how many times can you dredge up cheesy feelings for an artist whose songs alternately inspired and gagged so many people? We ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    The scent of money at the Colorado Lottery

    Flower power. Flowers are expensive, what with the economy and all. So why not buy the next best thing: the $3 Crossword Bouquet from the Colorado Lottery! Well, "the next best thing" might be stretching it. But the latest scratch ‘n’ sniff lotto ticket certainly smells more strongly than the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Oskar Blues hops on Barack and Shepard Fairey

    The audacity of hops. It’s been faked, photo-copied, duplicated and replicated, mocked and knocked off. But Shepard Fairey’s now-iconic blue-and-red print of Barack Obama’s hopeful face never gave us reason to drink – until the folks at Oskar Blues got a hold of it. The Lyons-based brewery ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    The best of the West at the Great American Beer Festival

    Drink up! I went to the Great American Beer Festival last Thursday, October 9, and concluded that craft beers made West of the Mississippi River are, with a couple of notable exceptions, better than those created on the Eastern side. Many of you offered suggestions as to where I could find good Eas ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008 blog shortcut, September 18 edition

    Pray to the Priest. Boss blog. Backbeat Online unearths a series of killer bootlegs from the long-gone Rainbow Music Hall, including performances by acts as disparate as Judas Priest and Graham Parker and the Rumour. You can't be too strong. Additional features: A blog about DeVotchKa taking it o ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    No thinking allowed at the Denver parking office

    "What's wrong with thinking?" Note: In a blog posted earlier today, Jonathan Shikes salutes the positive side of city bureaucracy. The following represents the other side of the coin. Yesterday, I was standing in line at the Denver parking cashier’s office, about to receive a much-coveted permi ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    The Denver Mint shows its metal

    Minty fresh. The Denver Mint, which was shuttered last week during the Democratic National Convention (allegedly to conduct “inventory”), was back in business Tuesday, September 2. Too bad its employees missed one of the most ridiculous chapters in the soon-to-be closed book on the convention ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    From Barack Obama to Carl's Pizza

    Carl's, please don't change! Change can make a person hungry. And after standing in line in the sun for two and a half hours, watching speeches and bands for another five (Yes We Can!), hearing constantly about change, and then being funneled nearly a mile in the wrong direction by angry police o ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    Frasca at my Block Party

    Dear Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, I’ve heard you are a great chef, and that your restaurant, Frasca (1738 Pearl Street, Boulder), is awesome. But it is unlikely I will get to Boulder anytime soon --and even if I did, my budget at the moment doesn’t allow for a lot of fancy stuff. That is why ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Sign Language

    Absinthe, that naughty green elixir that was banned in the United States for 96 years, is back on the shelves in Denver -- as reported by Westword here and here. Supposedly hallucinogenic, the wormwood-laced alcohol was a favorite of Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway and Vincent van Gogh -- who some peo ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    We'll Toast to That

    The state Senate approved a bill last week that would finally allow liquor sales on Sundays, and the measure will now move to the House. But that might not be the biggest change for one of the Denver area’s largest spirits superstores. Applejack Wine & Spirits in Wheat Ridge is looking into the po ... More >>

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    July 12, 2001

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    From the week of July 12, 2001

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