Like many beer fests, the Colorado Brewers Festival was a victim of its own success. Inspired by the Oregon Brewers Festival, it was founded in 1990, at a time when there were only nine breweries in Colorado and even fewer beer gatherings. Over the years, the event -- one of only five U.S. beer fes ... More >>
In a state where new craft breweries and new beers debut every week and beer festivals and events run nearly every weekend, it's hard to notice when one goes missing. But that's what happened last February, when Wynkoop Brewing decided not to host its Beerdrinker of the Year competition, which had t ... More >>
Marty Jones, who has been one of Colorado's foremost craft beer ambassador's for more than a decade and the chief idea man for the Wynkoop Brewing Company since 2009, will leave the brewery this week to pursue a career as an independent consultant. "I had a lovely time at Wynkoop, and they gave me ... More >>
It's hard to follow a beer made with bull testicles, but Wynkoop Brewing Co. is going to try by releasing Colorojo Imperial Red Ale in cans next week. Like Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, this hoppy, 8.2 percent ABV double red IPA is part of the brewery's new Even Smaller Batch series of canned, hand- ... More >>
Malt, water, hops, yeast...and bull testicles. That's the recipe for the ballsiest beer that Denver's Wynkoop Brewing Company has made in its 24-year history, and one that it will start serving on October 8 during Great American Beer Festival week. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which started off as ... More >>
The beer-happy bunch at the Wynkoop Brewing Company has a New Year's Resolution for 2012: put a few sacred cows out to pasture. "The goal," says brewery spokesman Marty Jones, "is to rock the status quo and to shake up the beer list with new offerings." To that effect, the Wynkoop is messing around ... More >>
The Wynkoop Brewing Company is in the midst of expanding its brewing capacity for the first time in thirteen years -- since the days when brewery co-founder Mayor-turned-Governor John Hickenlooper was still slinging suds at the LoDo landmark. In November, the brewery moved its four original twenty- ... More >>
The Wynkoop basement.The Wynkoop Brewing Company is about to add new brewing space for the first time in, uh, as long as anyone there can remember, says spokesman Marty Jones. The new tank -- a forty-gallon beauty that will serve as décor in addition to increasing the brewpub's capacity -- ... More >>
It's been five months since the Wynkoop and Breckenridge breweries revealed that they were merging their finances and operations, but it's going to be a while longer before the Wynkoop can start producing its beer at Breckenridge as it had planned. The federal Alcohol Tobacco Trade and Tax B ... More >>
A horse is a horse, of course, of course.Cloppity clop. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is bringing back its horse-drawn beer wagon tonight, packing up kegs and cans around 6 p.m. and rolling them down the road to drop them off at the Wazee Supper Club, Mario's Double Daughters Salotto, the Lobb ... More >>
Copper Kettle BrewingAmerican Craft Beer Week starts in a little less than three weeks, but the nine (yes, nine!) breweries in Fort Collins have already banded together to brew a collaboration beer that celebrates the seven days that Congress dedicated to the quaffing of craft brew. C.B. & P ... More >>
Seattle has a beer week. So do Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. San Francisco's and Philadelphia's are famous world wide. Hell, even Eugene, Oregon; Louisville, Kentucky; and the entire state of Alabama have beer weeks. Denver has the Great American Beer Festival and the surrounding Denver ... More >>
Lori MidsonJust a few weeks after they joined forces, the Breckenridge and Wynkoop breweries have taken on an unexpected challenge: slapping together a new concept to fill the former Rocky Mountain Diner space at 800 18th Street, which closed last month after a twenty-year run. The two comp ... More >>
Nice head.As if the Wynkoop Brewing Company didn't have enough going on today -- it announced that it will join with Breckenridge Brewing -- it has also named (tentatively) the beer it plans to brew in honor of brewery co-founder and Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper's InaugurAl ... More >>
Wynkoop Brewing CompanyFeeling nostalgic about 2010? The Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, will help you relive the good times by cracking open a keg of all 35 beers that the brewery made over the course of the year when the second annual Beers of the Year event takes place Saturda ... More >>
Wynkoop brewers are looking forward to more space.Last week, Impulse Theater, which has leased basement space from the Wynkoop Brewing Company for the past seventeen years, announced plans to move to a building at 55 South Broadway, next to the under-construction Punch Bowl bowling alley and ... More >>
Beer holds no grudges, and neither, apparently does Invesco Field. Beginning with the Denver Broncos game on October 17, the stadium will begin serving Rail Yard Ale in cans in its six River's Edge beer stands. It joins just a handful of other Colorado microbrews in the stadium, which is a b ... More >>
Dozens and dozens of Colorado breweries will send hundreds of beers to the judges this week at the Great American Beer Festival, and to wish them good luck, the Wynkoop Brewing Company held a kick-off party last night. The Great COntenders, part of Denver Beer Fest, included 61 beers from 22 ... More >>
Just add beer.Beer hasn't always been delivered by truck. In the early 1900s, it took a horse and carriage to get Denver's suds from the brewery to the bar. Although the tradition died after prohibition, the Wynkoop Brewing Company plans to bring it back. "I've got a horseman, two horses and ... More >>
At 5 p.m. today, the Wynkoop Brewing Company will pull the hand pump on the 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year beer, one of the perks of winning this august crown. The beer is Auld Rabbit, a cask-conditioned, molasses-infused brown ale that's 6.4 percent ABV, brewed by Wynkoop head brewer Andy Br ... More >>
According to Wynkoop Brewing Company's spokesman Marty Jones, he's been charged with "stretching out the already wonderful beer culture," at the Wynkoop by "working closely with some other breweries, flying the flag a little higher." What does all that actually mean? Just this: Starting toda ... More >>
Marty Jones (left) and Andy Brown toast the Wynkoop.Beerman-about-town Marty Jones has landed a new gig. The former Oskar Blues marketing whiz, Jones has taken a similar job at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, where he'll be guiding the brewery's fledgling canning project (the Wynkoop began cann ... More >>
Drink & Song
Three brew-related events are converging in Denver. Let the games begin!
Maybe you know Old Chub because you've had it on tap at Oskar Blues or bought a six-pack of this canned Scottish Ale at the liquor store. Or maybe you've heard the name because you took a momentary leave of your senses and purchased a tube of Old Chub chapstick, perhaps the only beer-flavored lip ba ... More >>
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After a few years hiatus, Marty Jones is returning to the stage with a new batch of tunes. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at the Skylark, Jones and a new group of players -- Zach Boddicker, Scott Johnson and Clay Bielman -- will unveil a 45-minute set of brand new material, on a bill supporting ... More >>
Thirsty? Bring your checkbook. Let it blog, let it blog, let it blog. Today in Cafe Society: • Try the $1,000 martini at Capital Grille. • The Cooler is very cool. • Shazam! Shazz Cafe suddenly appears. • Veggie Girl has a happy hour at Dazzle. • The naked truth about the Partida Tequil ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, June 7, got to the soggy bottom of a problem that has people across the country hopping mad: short pours, or the practice of using smaller than pint-sized beer glasses in bars and restaurants or glasses with thick bottoms and rims. Or even -- as former Westword w ... More >>
Back in October, I called local beer man Marty Jones of Oskar Blues fame (left) to talk about the Great American Beer Festival. When Jones asked me what kind of beer I preferred, I felt slightly ashamed to admit that, actually, I don’t like beer. He was beside himself. “We’re going to have t ... More >>
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