Our Ten Most-Read Drink Stories in 2017

Mayor Michael Hancock toasts the Great American Beer Festival.
Mayor Michael Hancock toasts the Great American Beer Festival. Kenzie Bruce
Small breweries are big business in Colorado, so any beer news — from unknowns like Sleeping Giant to industrial giants taking over the little guys — catches the attention of our readers. But there's more going on in the Denver bar scene than just taprooms. You also loved reading about My Brother's Bar, Wally's Wisconsin Tavern and bottomless mimosas at the cities many brunch spots. Here are the ten most-read Westword booze stories of 2017.

1. "Craft Beer Bars Cutting Off Wicked Weed, Other AB InBev-Owned Breweries"

In May, Wicked Weed Brewing revealed that it had become the tenth independently owned craft brewery to be consumed by Anheuser Busch InBev. Read more here.

2. "You Might Be Surprised at How Many Colorado Breweries Are for Sale"

A wave of ownership changes at small breweries began last year and is picking up steam. Read more here.

3. "Does "Craft Beer" Definition Go Down the Drain With the Avery Brewing Sale?"

In November, Boulder's Avery Brewing gave up a 30 percent stake in the company to Spanish brewing giant Mahou San Miguel, making it no longer a "craft" brewery according to the definition used by the Brewers Association trade group. Read more here.

4. "The Largest Denver Brewery You've Never Heard of Is Getting Bigger"

You probably haven’t heard of the second-largest brewery in Denver, but you definitely know the beers brewed there. Read more here.

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Kenzie Bruce formerly Westword’s social media editor, is a Mizzou photojournalism graduate and was previously the manager of communications and multimedia for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Atlanta.
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