Craft Beer Week kicks off today in Denver, with dozens of beer-themed events -- including the Collaboration Fest on Saturday. But a brand-new food festival also makes its debut this weekend (with beer, of course), so get out and enjoy the start of spring by drinking in Colorado's rich craft-beer and ... More >>
Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara, who've been slinging suds at the Falling Rock Taphouse for years, will release their book, Italy: Beer Country The Story of Italian Craft Beer, in a couple weeks with a couple of launch parties. The fully-illustrated book covers the "story of the Italian craft beer mo ... More >>
Just because great brewers come together to collaborate on a beer doesn't mean that the beer will be twice as tasty. And just because dozens of breweries from Colorado, from out of state and even from a foreign country are coming together for a Collaboration Fest doesn't mean the beer is going to be ... More >>
River North Brewery added two new thirty-barrel stainless steel fermentation tanks and one new brite tank last week, which will increase the brewery's capacity by 44 percent -- and allow River North to focus on canning its River North White, a Belgian-style wit beer that was just released, and on Ri ... More >>
Yes, indeed, just as Christmas commercials have already begun overlapping Halloween spookiness, winter beers are fighting for tap and shelf space with the fresh hop and pumpkin beers of fall. And in addition to some of the usual suspects, there will be a few new ones this year, including Accumulatio ... More >>
Denver has just come off the high of the sold-out Great American Beer Festival and a week's worth of equally beer-geeky events, but that doesn't mean the town has run out of brews. In fact, quite the opposite. There is still a ton going on. If you're a brewery, though, and you don't see your event l ... More >>
The Great American Beer Festival, which starts tomorrow and runs through October 12, is dominating Colorado this week, as locals and out-of-town visitors fill up breweries, restaurants and bars all along the Front Range. But GABF doesn't just fill up the Colorado Convention Center. The days around i ... More >>
As quickly as the floodwaters rose, Colorado is organizing benefits to help those affected, and bars and breweries are no exception -- especially those in Longmont, Lyons and Boulder where some of the flooding hit the hardest. One of those benefits is Longmont's Oktoberfest, organized by Left Hand B ... More >>
The Great American Beer Festival is the biggest and best sudstravaganza in the world. This year, the sold-out fiesta will take place October 10-12 and feature 626 breweries pouring an astounding 3,159 beers. But GABF is just the start. Beginning on Monday, and continuing all week, breweries, bars, ... More >>
This week USA Today announced the results of its hunt for the "best" craft brewery in America. Experts whittled the list of this country's 2,538-plus breweries (the latest number from the Brewer's Association) down to 72 nominations, and those went to a vote of the readers. More than 11,500 people ... More >>
Quick! Wanna win two tickets to the tonight's sixth annual World Cup of Wine and Beer charity event at Dick's Sporting Goods Park? Then tell us why soccer (or wine, or beer) is awesome in 140 words or less in the comments section below -- and leave your e-mail address so we can notify you by 3 p.m. ... More >>
So you missed on getting tickets to the Great American Beer Festival -- again? That's a bummer, but it's also an opportunity. Over the past five years, the annual festival has evolved from being the greatest show on earth into being just one stage in a multi-ring beer circus that takes place in Denv ... More >>
Last year, the coordinators of the Colorado Distillers Festival created a tongue-in-cheek infographic comparing the costs of road-tripping around the state to visit distilleries versus simply attending the festival. The 1,020-mile road trip would take five days and cost $132 in gas alone, according ... More >>
Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing, which announced in January that it will build a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taphouse in Denver, updated its followers on social media this week with a couple of pictures and some potential opening dates. The Facebook pictures (like the one above) show the brewer ... More >>
After a long dispute with a similarly-named homebrew store in Massachusetts, Denver's Strange Brewing Company has gone on the offensive, asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the store's right to the name "Strange Brew." Strange said in a motion filed with the agency that it was tak ... More >>
Get your rest. We officially start celebrating St. Patrick's Day tomorrow. The party kicks off with KTCL's Keggs & Eggs at LoDos, and it continues after the parade on Saturday at ShamRock & Roll, our massive party at the Viewhouse with Bop Skizzum, Rachel & the Kings, Calder's Revolvers and Monroe M ... More >>
ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/9/13 A number of bands are returning to a Southern-rock sound these days, but much of the music they're making is too derivative to be interesting. Alabama Shakes, fresh off a date warming up for Neil Young, bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in hi ... More >>
Five Iron Frenzy is a Colorado band with a lengthy and storied history. Initially formed as a side project of Exhumator, an idustrial thrash band, Five Iron became a full time endeavor when its founders, frontman Reese Roper, bassist Keith Hoerig, and guitarists Micah Ortega and Scott Kerr, and drum ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Cold enough for you this morning? Yeah, we're feeling all sorts of brrrrrr over here. Only in Colorado can you go from eighty degrees to the thirties in the expanse of a couple of days. Alas, though, there's relief on the horizion, plenty of hot music this weekend to ... More >>
There will be thousands of beers to sample inside the Colorado Convention Center during the Great American Beer Festival, which starts on October 11, but there will also be some very special beers served at bars, breweries and restaurants during the week before GABF. Some of these were brewed espec ... More >>
Denver is in a frenzy over both tonight's debate and next week's beer-soaked Great American Beer Festival . And sometimes the two obsessions even come together! To check out all the GABF-inspired events, go to our Great American Beer Festival 2012 Calendar of Awesome, which we're updating regularly ... More >>
It's Oktoberfest season, and you can find out about all of the parties on the next few pages. But in the meantime, more news: Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs announced yesterday that it plans to double its brewing capacity -- just four months after opening. The brewery, which specializes in ... More >>
The answer to the question posed in the video above is, "Yes, freakin' open already!" The three dynamos behind Black Shirt Brewing have been pouring their hearts and souls into this neighborhood brewery, set to open very soon (really), and they must have a lot of both because the place has been in t ... More >>
Every year on the third Thursday in November, the world celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau, field-fresh young red wines from France that are meant to celebrate the harvest and be enjoyed right away. This September, Colorado beer brewers will do something similar for hops by kicking off a Hops Nouveau par ... More >>
Crabtree Brewing in Greeley has announced that it is moving and expanding in order to make more Eclipse, Oatmeal Stout, Ginger Bee and -- hopefully -- its GABF award-winning Berliner Weisse. The brewery will hold a grand opening at the new location, 2961 29th Street, on Wednesday, August 8 at 4 p.m. ... More >>
Copper Kettle Brewing scored some hand-painted, custom table tops recently that incorporate not just game boards -- like backgammon and checkers -- but a few of the young brewery's accolades, including its Great American Beer Festival medal and, of course, its nod as Best Brewery for Neighbors in We ... More >>
Ska Brewing is known for being stout: its Steel Toe milk stout won gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and again at the World Beer Cup in May. This fall, the Durango brewery will capitalize on that success by debuting the first in a series of four seasonal stouts that play off ingredients ... More >>
After booking hardcore and ska shows around Denver for the past six years, DJ Maladjusted has taken his massive record collection and almost dogmatic devotion to vinyl and garnered a small but devoted following with his obscure selections. Spinning 2tone, ska and reggae every third Friday for One St ... More >>
Update: The Cheeky Monk is also celebrating Canned Craft Beer Day at its Colfax and Westminster locations. Try two canned beers from Belgium, Wittekerke and Bavik Pils ($5), along with Maui Coconut Porter, Avery IPA and Ska True Blonde ($4). The canned craft beer revolution began ten years ago in L ... More >>
Once upon a time in the '90s, I was not the cool blogger I am now. I was just like any other teenager, barely existing on the Internet (save for being a third, observational party to my best friend's chat-room adventures) and living out my writing dreams as a reporter for my high-school newspaper, T ... More >>
Saturday, June 18, was supposed to be the day of the second annual Burning Can festival, an all-canned beer bonanza featuring craft beers from around Colorado and the rest of the country. Sadly, it was not to be. Oskar Blues, which created and hosts the event, canceled it, saying logistical i ... More >>
Craft beer has been the star of a recent documentary, a television series and a couple of Youtube videos over the past year, now another feature-length documentary is scheduled to be released this summer. Most of these efforts have been serious, noble -- sometimes overly so. Leave it to the ... More >>
Less Than Jake hasn't released a new record since 2008's GNV FLA, but it doesn't matter -- the Florida dudes still tour relentlessly, and their fans still come to see them play. Why? Because, in an era of performers constantly questioning their own cool, LTJ prides itself on being uncool. The ... More >>
In May, the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café opened a new location in Westminster that included an old world bar to focus on overseas beers and a new world bar focusing on Belgian-style craft beers, rare brews, Colorado beers and collaborations. The Cheeky Monk also added six craft beer taps t ... More >>
In September 2009, Denver's convention and visitors bureau decided to piggyback on the success of the Great American Beer Festival and this city's reputation as a beer Mecca by throwing Denver Beer Fest, a hastily organized but all-encompassing ten-day extravaganza featuring beer-related even ... More >>
The inaugural Boulder Sour Fest has been sold out for a while now, but give thanks to the gods of pucker-inducing beer: Additional tickets are going on sale today at 8 a.m. at www.ticketalternative.com/events/9351.aspx. (The address won't work until 8 a.m.) Tickets are extremely limited, so ... More >>
The year might be starting off slow, but there are still plenty of culinary events to keep things cooking -- including your very last chance to have Westword restaurant critic Jason Sheehan sign a copy of Cooking Dirty. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Saturday, December 5, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
It's American Craft Beer Week - seven days that even the United States Congress felt should be set aside for drinking micro brews. But Colorado's beer culture is worth a deeper look, since 100 craft breweries operated here in 2008, producing 75,000 barrels of delicious beer. Of particular interest ... More >>
The Winter Brew Fest will warm your cold-weather blues.
Monday, November 27, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Thursday, July 20, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Wednesday, May 10, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Skankin' it up with Bucket Hingley of the Toasters.
This week's concert pick.