Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Draft Dodger

Yes, it's commendable that the current issue of Draft magazine includes Denver International Airport in its "Beer Drinker's Layover" guide to fourteen airports with good selections of microbrews. Commendable, even if mysterious, since Draft calls DIA "one of the West Coast's craft beer meccas."

But there's a bigger problem with the magazine's DIA description: It makes no mention of Mesa Verde Lounge, the Concourse A eatery whose selection of over two dozen local microbrews earned it the Best Last Taste of Colorado award in the Best of Denver 2008.

For the record, here's what Draft did find to salute at DIA:

A Rock Bottom Restaurant (Concourse C) provides safe but flavorful taps, while nearby Timberline Steaks and Grill (Concourse C) pour an array of local brews. New Belgium provides the brewery's standard lineup, including the coveted Fat Tire Amber Ale. Recommended Pint: New Belgium 1554 Brussels Style Black Ale.

Not bad for a West Coast mecca. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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