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 >>
Some novels take a while to get going, and some give you an immortal dwarf, a time-traveling corpse and an alchemical mystery before the end of the first chapter, as City of Lost Dreams does. The follow-up to the best-selling City of Dark Magic finds protagonist Sarah Weston in an adventure that wea ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pa ... More >>
On Sunday, September 22, DISH will dish out food and drinks from dozens of Cafe Society's favorite restaurants and trucks, as well as Best of Denver readers' winners, in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. And Mustard's Last Stand, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this ... More >>
Peaches aren't the only Western Slope product heading east over the mountains these days. Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction has just begun distributing two of its bottled beers, Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale, to Denver for the first time. Eventually Republic National Distributing w ... More >>
The third annual Ballpark Plates will hit it out of the park on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For $30, enjoy complimentary food and drink samples at the following participating establishments: River North Brewery, Blake Street Tavern, Zi South, Breckenridge Brewery, Cheesesteak Connecti ... More >>
While Mustard's Last Stand, a wiener joint that started in Boulder, is still two decades shy of the 55-year milestone that Taco House celebrated this year, the iconic Chicago-style hot dog institution, which also pimps a location near the University of Denver, is certainly a stalwart, and this weeke ... More >>
Going, going, almost gone. Tomorrow Grand Lux Cafe will join the ranks of eateries that have closed in Park Meadows. Five years ago, not long after the giant restaurant opened, then-critic Jason Sheehan had what might have been the worst shrimp scampi ever...and he didn't find much there that was ... More >>
Just in time for cold weather, the Original Pancake House is offering free hot chocolate for the holidays at all of its locations. The chain has two in Colorado: at 8000 East Belleview Avenue in Englewood, and at 5900 South University Boulevard in Littleton. The deal runs through Friday, December 14 ... More >>
Japanther (due tomorrow night at Glob) was started by a pair of art school students who wanted a way to create art beyond the confines of a specific medium or traditional methods. The resulting New York duo has been just as involved in the art world and performance art as it has been in writing raw ... More >>
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 >>
Lori MidsonOut in the northwest suburbs for family events this holiday season, I was looking for a low-key place to unwind with some out-of-town relatives after all the feasting and present-wrapping concluded. Unwilling to settle for one of the strip-mall chain restaurants that are so prevale ... More >>
Lori Midson"It came to me in a dream one night," says Larry Bigay. "I have a pad of paper by my bedside, and I woke up early one morning, and started to draw what I'd seen in my dream." What he saw were visions of hot dogs dancing in his head.
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with 25 years behind the bar, including at some of this town's most liquid assets, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduat ... More >>
Mile High Vienna StandTemperatures threaten to approach the triple digits as we prepare to celebrate our country's independence this weekend, which puts us smack into summer, the season of baseball, lazy patio nights and, of course, hot dogs, which we like to feast on as we wander the streets ... More >>
Mile High ViennaA taste of the Windy City in the Mile High.At the tender age of incredibly-awkward-teenager, I was packed, along with an econo-sized bottle of zit cream and my discman, into my family's mini van for a summer road trip through the romantic Midwest. I was a terrible human to be ... More >>
Moving into the second week of her 100 Days Project, local artist Karen Bozik, whom we first visited with here last Monday, found herself running into mental and academic roadblocks. The aesthetics are there, she acknowledges, but in terms of a complete package, she's unwilling to speed throu ... More >>
Frank Berta was given a diary when he was ten, and his very first entry read: "today we had chicken and it was delicious." That youthful love of food spawned a lifetime interest in cooking. And after years of owning his own contracting business, he's giving up remodeling to take that intere ... More >>
http://www.curedboulder.com/When Boulder was named America's foodiest town by Bon Appetit last year, it won the honor despite the fact that Boulder has no specialty cheese shop. For the last few years, anyone looking for a unique cheese in this town would generally look for it at Whole Food ... More >>
Mark HolthusenDavid Eugene Edwards Wovenhand (due at The Marquis Theater tomorrow night with Git Some) is the current musical project of David Eugene Edwards. In his early bands, Bloodflower and The Denver Gentlemen, Edwards was developing an aesthetic that some consider synonymous with all ... More >>
Lori Midson It was only a matter of time before urban street food went suburban, and first (that we know of, anyway) to bring the street food movement to suburban asphalt are bigwigs Chris Amato, Peter Kudla and Rob Kuck, the visionaries behind the Vallagio at Inverness, which will soon unma ... More >>
Biker Jim will do you right. Nothing goes with Opening Day like hot dogs. Why would you even try? And while the grilled dogs and brats - with everything, please - you can get at Coors Field are truly delicious, even if the buns never seem to hold up, Denver is rich with other options. The f ... More >>
Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs, the brainchild of owner Bill Feid, a wiener-loving Chicagoan who couldn't find a noble Chicago-style dog when he moved to Denver, opened last Monday, February 8, at 2445 Larimer Street. The menu, a catchall of eight different Vienna beef, Polser and salmon hot dog ... More >>
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